Monday, July 22, 2019

God's Real Power and Wisdom

A lie making Charismatic rounds is that God is about to pour out mountains of miracles on His church by which great revival will break out and produce that final “Great Harvest” of souls the New Apostolic Reformation and the Dominionist crowds have been promising us, lo, these many years.
     The abundance of healings, the raising of the dead, and even nature miracles will draw billions of hearts to faith in Jesus, or at least, in the miraculous. As Christians learn how to move “in the prophetic” and release angelic spirits, even the winds and the waves will obey them. The “roaring lion of Judah” will, at last, make his presence known.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lion or Lamb? A Charismatic Deception

Some church leaders claim that though Jesus came previously as the “lamb of God,” today he is rising up as the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” This is idea is promoted especially by the New Apostolic Reformation and Dominionist movements.
     This "doctrine" is a lie intended to replace the crucified messiah of the New Testament with an aggressive figure that combines the predatory nature of a lion with a take-no-prisoners Rambo-like mythological being set on subjugating all his enemies. In the end, God's crucified messiah will reign while the Charismatic-American counterfeit amount to a paper tiger.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Jesus and Political Power

Satan tempted Jesus by offering him “all the kingdoms of the world.” All he needed to do to attain political power was to “fall down and render homage” to the Tempter (Matthew 4:8-9Luke 4:5-7).
     In contrast, American evangelicals embrace the political means, which necessitates accommodation; compromise. Satan demanded homage from Jesus as the price of political power. In Revelation, this is precisely what the "Beast" demands from the "inhabitants of the earth," that they all render homage to its image. Perhaps modern evangelicals are the great American exception to this rule!
     The Devil claimed that the kingdoms of this Age “have been delivered to me and I give them to whomever I will.” Note well that JESUS DID NOT DISPUTE LUCIFER’S CLAIM! This incident perhaps provides the key to why human governments often exhibit rather beastly behavior! 
      Though he was chosen by God to rule all nations, Jesus refused Satan's offer of political power. As God’s Son, he was destined to rule the nations; Scripture confirmed this (Psalm 2:8-10). Why do we grasp what the Son of God refused? Do we believe we can succeed without doing a little evil along the way?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Date Setters and Estimators

The Prophecy Industry claims that unlike “date-setters” William Miller and Harold Camping, they only estimate the general “season” of Christ’s coming, a distinction with a minuscule difference.
     Like good hairsplitters, they focus on the details of Jesus’ saying that no one knows the “day or the hour” of his coming. “Well, he didn’t say we couldn’t know the season?”
     Yeah, well, he also didn’t say whether we could know the week, month, year, decade, century or the millennium. Legalistic wrangling to find loopholes in what Jesus clearly intended to say: God alone knows the timing of that day. False logic rather than taking Christ's statement at face value; arguments from silence.

Paradigm Shifts

In looking back at the church community I knew as a young Christian, I have noted several rather ironic “paradigm shifts.”
     For example, fundamentalist preachers in the 1950s-70s warned about the “liberal social gospel” making inroads into mainstream denominations and how it would sidetrack the church from its gospel mission. Today, the offspring of the fundamentalists, especially evangelicals, have all but dropped gospel preaching in the pursuit of their own “conservative” social gospel and political agenda.
     In the 1970s, the prosperity gospel was on the fringe of the Charismatic Movement and, frankly, some of us did not expect a deception that obvious (and stupid) would ever go mainstream. Today, the prosperity gospel defines the “Charismatic Movement.” SHARE