IS CHRISTIANITY COLLAPSING?

By:

Very Rev. Fr. +Gregori, SSJt.- Abbot, Cor-Bishop 

To Those Who Preach and those who follow The Word-Faith Psychobabble,

HERE IS THE TRUTH ABOUT

PENTECOSTALISM,

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, Church of Christ, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Non-Denominational and many who call themselves 'Independent' Catholic groups...

as well as

MANY OTHERS

IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE

TRUTH!

As the Roman Catholic Church becomes ever - more enmeshed in the disease of “political correctness”, opening it’s arms, hearts and altars to many non-Christian religions as well as bending over backwards to “hop into the proverbial bed” with schismatic and heretical Christian groups, I have begun to wonder if Christianity as a whole is on a downward slide and headed toward oblivion.

There have been several other things that have gone on in the recent past. One of the most striking, to me, happened just a few days ago. After many years of watching TBN on Thursday nights for the purpose of viewing “The International Intelligence Briefing”, a prophecy program produced and hosted by Hal Lindsey, a world renowned prophecy author, I was rather surprised that his weekly show was no longer on. Ordinarily, I do not put much stock in the “so-called prophetic utterances” that emanate from the mouths of the Fundamentalist, Televangelists that seem to saturate much of Christian broadcasting, but over the years I have come to respect Hal Lindsey as he is right on the mark in his prophecies concerning the world political situation in light of Biblical teachings concerning the end times. He has correctly shown how the various countries are aligning themselves politically and moving toward Armageddon.

Shortly before Christmas, Mr. Lindsey began to show how the Moslem nations were playing a huge role in the “end time” prophecies. He also began to show undisputable proof that Islam was NOT a peaceful religion, as claimed by the politically correct crowd. He showed that the Koran teaches and stresses the killing of “non-believers” and/or making slaves out of them. They are also taught that it is the duty of all true Moslems to kill Jews and infidels where ever they find them, and it is their duty to help fight for world domination by the Moslems.

 I couldn’t understand why “The International Intelligence Briefing” was no longer on. Last night, I was shocked when Dr. Lindsey appeared as a guest on the Fox News Channel’s Hannity and Colmes Show. He stated that his show had been dropped by TBN, rather abruptly, because they (Paul and Jan Crouch) did not like the way he portrayed the Moslems in a bad light.

After watching the Hannity and Colmes Show, it got me to asking questions about the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and its founders, Paul and Jan Crouch. What I learned, is not a very pretty picture. Much of what is put forth as Christian doctrine by the vast majority of the Praise the Lord show, hosted by Paul and Jan, is so far off the wall that if it weren’t for the fact that they are leading souls to hell, it would be funny. And some of the non- Christian comments and threats out of the mouths of Paul Crouch and his top crony on the station, Benny Hinn, are truly shocking. Along with “Pastor” Benny Hinn, some of the main-stays of TBN are preachers and televangelists such as:

Paul Crouch

Benny Hinn

John Hagee

Dr. Creflo Dollar

    John Avanzini

Kim Clement

Kenneth Copeland

Kenneth "Dad" Hagin

Oral Roberts

and many more. After much digging, the following were some of the things I was able to discover:

First, it is important to realize that the Charismatic Movement is the fastest growing religious movement of our day among those who claim profess Christianity. As a mater of fact, it is growing faster than Roman Catholicism, Greek Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Pentecostalism, Evangelicalism and even Fundamentalism. The biggest and perhaps scariest side effect of this phenomenal growth in the Charismatic Movement is the production of much more theological confusion than any other movement in the world. My aim in writing this article is two-fold; one is to give a Scriptural and Spiritual warning concerning some of the erroneous teachings of the Charismatic Movement and, two, to help people to hang on to their hard earned money and retain possession of their souls.

The Charismatic Movement as such was unknown until the 1960s, its roots go back to Pentecostalism, which began in the early 20th century. The major difference between Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement is that most Christians rejected the doctrinal deviations and unscriptural practices of the Pentecostals in the early years, forcing them to establish new churches, denominations and institutions. In contrast, the Charismatic Movement has established itself within existing churches and denominations, including the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches that had previously been untouched by Pentecostalism.

Even though some of the Pentecostals reject what they consider to be excesses in the Charismatic Movement (especially with regard to worldliness and fellowship with Catholics), Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement are basically the same because both groups hold to and teach similar theological views regarding the person, ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Though both Pentecostals and Charismatics preach and teach many precious truths of the Bible, it is the mixing of these truths with serious doctrinal errors that makes their teachings so deceptive and dangerous. Much of the confusion caused by Charismatic teaching is a direct result of seven major errors. These errors are:

1.  The error of teaching that signs, miracles, wonders, healings, etc. authenticate the message and methods of those who claim to be God's anointed messengers even when they speak and act contrary to the Scriptures; Jesus Christ warned about such in Matthew 7:2 1-23;

2.  The error of making a very selective application of what the Bible says concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a failure to recognize and earnestly desire the best gifts (1 Cor. 12:31; 13:13);

3.   The error of misinterpreting the nature, purpose and restrictions concerning speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 14:22-23) and the interpretation of tongues (1 Cor. 14:27-28);

4.   The error of disobeying God's command concerning the Scriptural place and responsibility of women in the local church (1 Cor. 14:34);

5.   The error of failing to recognize that some of the spiritual gifts exercised in the early church were to cease upon the completion of the written Word of God (1 Cor. 13:8-10);

6. The error of accepting and teaching many unscriptural doctrines on the basis that these are supposedly "new winds of the Holy Spirit" rather than recognizing that they are examples of being "carried about with every wind of [false] doctrine" (Eph. 4:14);

7.  The error of practicing and advocating an unscriptural unity with those who preach a false gospel rather than separation from false teachers, disobedient brethren and the world (Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Gal. 1:6-9; Eph. 5: 11; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; 1 Jn. 2:15-18).

Another huge fallacy put forth by Paul and Jan Crouch, along with many of their guests, is that giving to TBN is equated with giving to God, and therefore it is promised that a monetary return on donations will be given by God. In addition, the expenses of the network, incurred by Paul Crouch himself, are claimed to be the result of the work of God and it is the responsibility of Christian believers to support the work and moving of God. Paul Crouch is the self-proclaimed spokesman in relation to what he claims about the network, its mission and its needs, while God remains strangely silent, giving "revelations" and "words of wisdom" to Paul Crouch, the teachers and religious leaders that populate the programming. The words from God always seem to verify what Paul Crouch and his group of teachers and religious leaders wish to say and do.

Paul Crouch and the teachers and leaders mentioned above, are in a symbiotic relationship. They feed off each other in order to exist at the level to which they have aspired and accustomed themselves. Crouch needs the teachers and religious leaders to populate his programming schedule and to increase the numbers of listeners to the network. The greater the number of listeners, the greater the amount of offerings that will be given and the larger the network can become. The teachers and religious leaders need Paul Crouch and TBN so that they can gain exposure, sell their books, tapes, CD's and other goods, to win adherents to their beliefs and extend the boundaries of their ministries in addition to tapping into the greater numbers of potential donors. The relationship of those who constitute TBN brings them into a common theology, not of a Biblical nature, but one in which the acquiring of the dollar bill is the highest goal. All other doctrinal issues are secondary or are presumed to be non-existent in the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Hinn's rise to the top of the Charismatic ladder is due in large measure to the high esteem in which he is held by Paul and Jan Crouch and their promotion of his ministry and teachings on TBN. Hinn indeed appears to have more raw power than any of his peers, even more than the late Kathryn Kuhlman displayed in her ministry. In his meetings, most of those on whom Hinn lays hands immediately fall backward to the floor. Occasionally, some fail to go down, and he quickly turns away from them. But so strong is his "power" that most people fall to the floor even when he blows or waves his jacket at them. Such occurrences are referred to as "being slain in the Spirit" or "coming under the power." There is NO Scriptural foundation or basis for this, however it has become an integral part of most Charismatic meetings.

Lately, Crouch and Hinn have been making overtures toward Rome. During the televised funeral of Pope John Paul II, TBN televised the funeral from Rome with Benny Hinn hosting the program. Both Crouch and Hinn couldn’t stress enough, how they had met several times with the late Pontiff. They even had a couple of Roman Catholic priests, from the Charismatic Catholic Movement, on the program to praise both Crouch and Hinn for the “wonderful work they are doing to help bring about a re-unification of all Christians.

By far, the most dangerous and deceptive claims of false teachers today are based upon their insistence that all they say and do is mandated by God who supposedly communicates His will to them by direct revelation apart from and in addition to the Bible. They attempt to justify even some of their most bizarre words and deeds by false claims such as, "God told me to do it" or, "God revealed this new teaching to me." What many people do not realize is that so many of the supposed divine revelations and prophecies given to Charismatic leaders have subsequently proved to be absolutely false. Do not make the mistake of listening to and believing any person who claims a message from God apart from the Bible. It is the duty of all true Christians to test everything by the Bible. Men and their words bring disappointment. God's Word never fails.

Another member of the TBN family is a televangelist by the name of John Avanzini who operates John Avanzini Ministries.

This gentleman (and I use term lightly) uses carefully selected quotations to distort Bible teachings by highlighting money.

In a 19-page manuscript, titled: The Offering God Must Multiply, Avanzini told potential donors ' ... God has a portion of this world's wealth set aside for you'. To receive it, people had to make their offering to Avanzini's Christian ministry both cheerfully and willingly. "However, if you allow the pressure from your insufficiency to influence the amount of your offering, God will not accept it ... you must never allow your concern over the temporary shortage or insufficiency you are facing to decrease the amount of your offering." Avanzini also stated that: “the amount of money given was the visible evidence of the intensity of a donor's faith in God.” The following are some more of the false statements made by John Avanzini:

“Jesus had a nice house, a big house”.

(John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory, TBN 1/20/91)

“Jesus wore designer clothes”.

(John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory, TBN 1/20/91)

“Paul had the kind of money that could stop up justice”

(John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory, TBN 1/20/91)

“If you have a treasurer, that means you have a lot of money”.

(John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory, TBN 9/15/88)

“Jesus was handling big money”.

(John Avanzini, Believer's Voice of Victory, TBN 9/15/88)

All of these statements are in direct opposition to what Jesus himself had to say:

(Matthew 6:24)  “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money”.

John Avanzini, as most Word of Faith teachers do, focuses largely on supposed promises of earthly financial prosperity for those who would follow Christ. One of his most well known teachings is that of the "hundredfold increase" (a similar teaching is also used by Gloria Copeland in her book "God's Will is Prosperity"). Based on Mark 10:29-30, Avanzini stood before his audience on TBN and said that God told him, "I want you to lay hands on that offering, and I want you to speak hundredfold increase over that offering - that it will be multiplied back to the giver one hundredfold."(1) Of course, this neglects the context and the essence of Mark 10:29-30, which reads:

"I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life."

Avanzini preaches a Jesus that looks more like himself than the Jesus of the Bible. Avanzini comes up with many proof texts to try to assert that Christians should be rich because Jesus was rich. For instance, based on John 19:23, Avanzini says:

John 19 tells us that Jesus wore designer clothes. Well, what else you gonna call it? Designer clothes - that's blasphemy. No, that's what we call them today. I mean, you didn't get the stuff He wore off the rack. It wasn't a one-size-fits-all deal. No, this was custom stuff. It was the kind of garment that kings and rich merchants wore. Kings and rich merchants wore that garment.”

Avanzini went on to say:

Jesus had a nice house, a big house - big enough to have company stay the night with Him at the house. Let me show you His house. Go over to John the first chapter and I'll show you His house.... Now, child of God, that's a house big enough to have company stay the night in. There's His house.”

Jesus was handling big money because that treasurer He had was a thief. Now you can't tell me that a ministry with a treasurer that's a thief can operate on a few pennies. It took big money to operate that ministry because Judas was stealing out of that bag.”

Unfortunately for Avanzini (and those who trust him), his teachings crumble in the light of scriptures such as the following:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. - 2 Corinthians 8:9

Listen my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? - James 2:5

People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. - 1 Timothy 6:9-10

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." - Matthew 19:23-26

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also." - Matthew 6:19-21

Jesus was very obviously not wealthy; Avanzini clearly teaches a different Jesus. This is truly sad since 2 Corinthians 11:3-15 shows that those who preach a different Jesus are false teachers. The real Jesus and His disciples taught not to seek after such things, that worldly wealth is not important.

Two more TBN family members worth investigating are the husband and wife team, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, two more Word-Faith teachers. The following is well worth noting:

"Word-Faith teachers owe their ancestry to groups like Christian Science, Swedenborgianism, Theosophy, Science of Mind, and New Thought--not to classical Pentecostalism. It reveals that at their very core, Word-Faith teachings are corrupt. Their undeniable derivation is cultish, not Christian. The sad truth is that the gospel proclaimed by the Word-Faith movement is not the gospel of the New Testament. Word-Faith doctrine is a mongrel system, a blend of mysticism, dualism, and Gnosticism that borrows generously from the teachings of the metaphysical cults. The Word-Faith movement may be the most dangerous false system that has grown out of the charismatic movement so far, because so many Charismatics are unsure of the finality of Scripture” (Charismatic Chaos , p. 290).

I would very strongly advise non-Christians, as well as newly baptized Christians to avoid visiting the Copeland site because it is full of false teachings and spiritual deception. 

Copeland preaches no gospel before telling people to pray the following prayer:

"Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10. "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead."

What Copeland fails to teach is that without belief in Christ and repentance, there can be no salvation.  The gospel must be clearly understood with the mind and heart before one can declare it with their lips. The above prayer is fine, so long as the person is not using this prayer as a magic formula of salvation and clearly believes what he is confessing with his mouth. God has promised us salvation if we believe on Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of our lives, but to pray this to God without true understanding and belief smacks of Copeland's other doctrines of "declaring" and "proclaiming" things into being by the "force of faith".  Only God decides who is saved and who isn't.  We can be assured that we are saved when we truly believe, but we cannot command God to save us.

Another false doctrine taught by Copeland and other Word-Faith and Charismatic preachers has to do with the speaking in tongues.

 "Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God.  I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance”(Acts 2:4).

We are not expected by God to speak with other tongues, especially the kind that Copeland talks about. It is true that the Apostles spoke in "tongues" at Pentecost:

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:4 )

What Copeland and others ignore, in fact what many Charismatics ignore, is that the "tongues" at Pentecost were actual languages. Consider the following:

Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome  (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-- we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues! (Acts 2:8-11) 

First of all, tongues were given at Pentecost not just as a witness of the Spirit, but more importantly to preach the gospel.  Copeland is not talking about this.  What Copeland wants you to do is empty your mind and start babbling, giving a foothold to the enemy to deceive you into thinking you are truly "filled with the Spirit".  This can make a believer demonized right at the point when he first believes in Christ.  This is one of the most dangerous times for a believer, and Copeland is being led by one who wants you to be exposed to demons.

Second, God says we are to worship Him with our whole minds.  We are not taught in Scripture to empty our minds as many cults and eastern religious groups and Copeland tells you to do. Copeland has said before:

"Believers are not to be led by logic," he writes. "We are not even to be led by good sense" (Kenneth Copeland, The Force of Faith, 7)

One thing that God wants us to do with our mind is to love Him with it. We cannot love God by disengaging our minds that He created. We must love Him at all times with our whole being. God is not a God of disorder and chaos. He keeps our minds peaceful as we keep our minds steadfastly on Him. We are also to fill our minds with Scripture and the word of Christ.

We are to witness each day, live a life pleasing to God each day, and pray each day, but the Bible never commands all Christians to pray in tongues each day!  This is a lie of the enemy that disengages the mind of the believer and opens him up to demonization. Kenneth Copeland has demonstrated, well beyond any reasonable doubt, that he is apostate and a wolf in sheep's clothing.  If you doubt this, read his quotes at:

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/quotes.html#Copeland

Salvation is not a formula.  It is not a mantra.  It is not some magical potion.  It is not something you declare into existence by the force called "faith".  You cannot save yourself, and Jesus did die physically for your sins and saves us by His blood, not as Copeland claims:

"Jesus had to go through that same spiritual death in order to pay the price. Now it wasn't the physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin, because if it had of been any prophet of God that had died for the last couple of thousand years before that could have paid that price. It wasn't physical death anybody could do that." (Kenneth Copeland, "What Satan Saw on the Day of Pentecost" Kenneth Copeland Ministries, audio tape #020022)

Stay away from Kenneth Copeland and all those who have received the "anointing" through him, which include Rodney Howard-Browne and those he laid hands on such as John Arnott and anyone from the Toronto "Blessing" and Steve Hill or anyone from the Brownsville "Outpouring".   The "anointing" of Copeland is an evil farce and a malignant cancer that needs to be excised from the body of Christ before many more children of God are deceived.

Have no doubt about it, Gloria Copeland’s doctrinal and theological teachings are just as deceptive and spiritually dangerous as those of her husband. I am not judging the Copelands’ as people, because as far as I know, they may be very sincere people with good intentions, but remember, the road to eternal damnation is paved with good intentions.

Before moving on, I shall introduce you to two more well known members of the TBN family. The first is John Hagee, pastor of the Cornerstone Church located in San Antonio, Texas.  At first glance, those who see and hear the Rev. John C. Hagee are awe struck. He is a large rotund man who speaks with an authoritative and strident voice. The way he delivers his message leaves one with the impression that he really knows what he is talking about, but if one makes the effort to look below the surface they will discover false teaching and a defective view of a basic and essential issue regarding salvation and the Gospel. Rev. Hagee preaches another way of salvation for the Jew, which is in direct violation of Paul’s warnings in Galatians 1:6-9. This theological concept, which has many forms, is primarily referred to as the “Two Covenant” or “Dual Covenant” theory.

On his web site, Hagee states that his “vision is for world evangelism. He proclaims that thee burning passion of his heart is . . . . “to win the lost to Jesus Christ in America and around the world.” However, that statement is not altogether true due to the fact he will not evangelize Jews and teaches salvation on another basis than the Gospel for the Jewish people.

Hagee has become extremely popular since the 1987 dedication of his Cornerstone Church and he associates with the likes of Benny Hinn and appears with him from time to time at crusades and other Charismatic congresses.

Besides the doctrinal and theological issues, there are also moral and ethical concerns connected with Hagee and a serious question as to his being biblically qualified as a pastor and teacher. The Liberty Flame reported in May 1994 that during the time when Hagee was serving the Charismatic congregation at Trinity Church (1976) in San Antonio, he divorced his wife, resigned and married a young woman in the congregation, Diana Castro. Custody of Hagee’s two children by his ex-wife, Martha, went to her.

More recently, in March 1996 Hagee caused a furor when he created an uproar in the black community of Texas. Major newspapers of the area reported on his plan to conduct a “slave sale.” The auction was an attempt to raise money for a seniors’ class trip from his private Cornerstone High School. He announced to the congregation that “slavery in America was returning to Cornerstone” and that each senior “would be auctioned off.” The highest bidder could have a “slave” work at their house, so the congregation should make plans to “go home with a slave.” The fund-raising project was seen as insensitivity and a massive error in judgment. Reaction to the plan was fast and furious. Area newspapers further reported that after a weekend of criticism, Hagee issued an apology. He renamed the enterprise “a student auction.”

Even though most of his prophetic books become instant best-sellers, they have not always received the best of reviews. The normally courteous CBA Marketplace Magazine gave a “thumbs down” to his book, Final Dawn Over Jerusalem, saying:

“In his long list of Jewish people who have blessed the world, Hagee makes no distinction between individuals who simply have a Jewish background and those who truly fear and seek God. He lists Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, and Barbara Streisand, among others, as Jews who have proven the Scripture ‘in thee shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.’ The contributions of these entertainers can hardly be seen as a fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis. Hagee also goes as far as branding anti-Semitic those who don’t agree with his enthusiastic support of Israel.”

If just the above were all that could be reported on John Hagee, some might say there should not be major concern and there probably would not be. So what that he is divorced, a promoter of word-faith teaching and its proponents, and a slick marketeer for religious goods and products? So what that he showed insensitivity to African-Americans? It can all be overlooked since he helps so many and sends so much money to Israel. But there is a more serious concern. Hagee reported to the Houston Chronicle that he believes that Jews already have a covenant with God and a relationship to God and do not need to come to the cross. Hearing this is shocking to say the least. Hagee told the newspaper:

“I believe that every Jewish person who lives in the light of the Torah, which is the word of God, has a relationship with God and will come to redemption.”

This really is a shocking statement in the light of Jesus’ words that “no man comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6). John further writes, in his first Epistle: “He who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). Even the Apostle Paul, as well, would say the opposite of Hagee: “I do not set aside the grace of God: for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21). Paul is affirming that nothing that the Old Testament offered could avail apart from the death of Jesus.

The Houston Chronicle had this to say about Hagee:

John Hagee, fundamentalist pastor from San Antonio and friend of Israel, is truly a strange fish. ... The man has a mission. He’s out to attack anti-Semitism. He also believes that Jews can come to God without going through Jesus Christ.

The Houston newspaper then quoted Hagee’s own shocking words:

I’m not trying to convert the Jewish people to the Christian faith, in fact, trying to convert Jews is a ‘waste of time, he said. ‘The Jewish person who has his roots in Judaism is not going to convert to Christianity. There is no form of Christian evangelism that has failed so miserably as evangelizing the Jewish people. They (already) have a faith structure.’ Everyone else, whether Buddhist or Baha’i, needs to believe in Jesus, he says. But not Jews. Jews already have a covenant with God that has never been replaced by Christianity.

Hagee’s erroneous view — that Jews are saved just because they are connected to Abraham — is not new with him as has been clearly shown. We must be careful to remember that even the Old Testament Jew was not saved on the basis of pedigree or keeping the Law (which he could not do fully anyway), or connection to Abraham but on the basis of the lamb, the sacrificial system, atonement, the mediating priesthood and faith. Jesus affirmed that it was not Abrahamic pedigree alone but faith in God’s Messiah (John 8:39-59) that would bring salvation. Israel does not have a priesthood or even a sacrificial system to point to today but the Christian has all those things fully wrapped up in Christ as his Prophet, Priest and King, as the Book of Hebrews emphasizes.

Like the rest of the TBN crowd, John Hagee believes that you should give until it hurts. After the jazz band, the choir and the soloist have done their shtick, Hagee, perched upon his wide white and blue throne, tells ushers at his 5,000-seat Cornerstone Church to take their positions. Then while dozens of men bearing glinting platters in the aisles, and six cameramen capturing the moment, Hagee instructs church members to hold their money toward the heavens. The thousands repeat after him: "Give and it shall be given."

"When you give, it qualifies you to receive God's abundance," he tells his listeners. "If God gives to you before you give to him, God himself will become a liar. ... If you're not prospering, it's because you're not giving." For four decades, Hagee's message has motivated his members to give millions to his ministry. His message of giving has helped his nonprofit television arm, Global Evangelism Television, become a prosperous, global, moneymaking family enterprise that has netted millions year after year peddling prayer, inspirational books, tapes and the promise of prosperity. Since Hagee and his wife, Diana Hagee, founded GETV 25 years ago, the organization has gone from a back-room operation broadcasting Sunday sermons to San Antonio area viewers to a 50,000-square-foot multimedia studio broadcasting to 127 television stations and 82 radio stations nationwide.

As the nonprofit organization's president, Hagee drew $540,000 in compensation, as well as an additional $302,005 in compensation for his position as president of Cornerstone Church, according to GETV's tax statements. He also received $411,561 in benefits from GETV, including contributions to a retirement package for highly paid executives the IRS calls a "rabbi trust," so named because the first beneficiary of such an irrevocable trust was a rabbi. The John Hagee Rabbi Trust includes a $2.1 million 7,969-acre ranch outside Brackettville, with five lodges, including a "main lodge" and a gun locker. It also includes a manager's house, a smokehouse, a skeet range and three barns.

Hagee and his wife are listed in the Bexar County Appraisal District database as owners of their six-bedroom, 5,275-square-foot house in one of San Antonio's most exclusive gated communities, The Dominion. The house, similar in architectural style to the building at Cornerstone Church - classical Greek revival and white with tall pillars reaching from the ground to the roof - is appraised at $688,900.

His son, Matthew Hagee, 24, received a compensation of $10,288 for his role as a director at GETV. And according to the 990 form, one of his daughters earned a salary for serving as the director of publications for GETV. Matthew and his sisters, Tina and Sandy, make up the John Hagee Family Singers, who also earn royalties from album sales and honoraria for singing at events and get paid through GETV.

The amount of money he's making is unconscionable for a minister. Hagee defended his GETV compensation package, saying he earned the money and benefits through speaking fees and "royalties" for book and tape sales and not from individual donors calling the station's prayer line. "

I have no salary here (with GETV), none whatsoever,"

Hagee said.

"What I have is a royalty from products I produce. That's very, very different. And to call that an income would be a misappropriation of terms."

The last TBN regular that I will discuss at this time is none other than televangelist Oral Roberts.

For nearly forty years the name Oral Roberts has been synonymous with religious healing. Millions of people throughout the world consider Oral Roberts a prophet of God, but just as many believe him to be a fraud, however, few people would deny his huge impact on America and the world. Roberts is the leader produced by the Pentecostal and charismatic world.

According to an article which appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, September 7, 1985, Oral Roberts left high school, and the rest of his formal education consisted of the equivalent of about two years of college work, all taken in part-time study at Bible schools in Oklahoma. He and his father became laborer-preachers populating the fringes of the Pentecostal movement. Roberts has spent the rest of his life trying to change that image along with his wife, Evelyn Lutman Fahnestock, the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher. She was a school teacher at the time they met while both were playing guitars and singing at a camp meeting, she was just as determined as Oral to escape poverty ... Mrs. Roberts has acknowledged that, just as her husband has, that she `yearned for respectability and resented poverty.'

They were tied to a denomination that taught that `you had to be poor to be a Christian.'  So, the first 10 years of their marriage offered no escape. Roberts traveled the evangelistic circuit for five years and held four brief pastorates before he found justification for their suppressed desires in a biblical passage and in another `audible' message from God.

Oral’s epiphany began in the spring of 1947 when, discouraged by the lack of enthusiasm in his congregation in Enid, Okla., Roberts prayed desperately for help. He says the Lord responded first by leading him to a passage in III John 2: `I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.'  Shortly after, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts bought their first new car, a Buick, which Roberts said became

`a symbol to me of what a man could do if he would believe in God.'

Roberts says he had his second encounter with the voice of God about a month later.

“I was in my church study, praying for direction to my ministry, when the voice told me to get into my car and drive home to the parsonage. On the way, the voice told me to concentrate my ministry on healing. `You will have the power to pray for the sick and cast out devils,’”

Roberts says the voice told him. His rise to fame since then has been steady. In 1949, he began a series of radio programs. By 1950, he was traveling the country with an 18,000-seat tent simultaneous broadcast on 63 stations. Within two years, his radio and television programs were being broadcast on 400 stations in the United States, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii and by short-wave to listeners around the world.

In 1957, his evangelistic association contended that his programs on radio and television were reaching an audience of `almost one billion persons'--probably an exaggeration, but one that not many of his colleagues in evangelism were willing to dispute. Roberts began to mail out prayer cloths which were imprinted with the following message:

"I prayed over this cloth for God to deliver you--use as a point of contact (Acts 19:11-12). Oral Roberts, Tulsa 2, Okla. It is not necessary to wear the cloth unless you feel you should. It can be used more than once or for more than one person. If you wish to request more, I will be glad to send them to you. The important thing is to use the cloth as a point of contact for the body ... I have prayed over this cloth in the name of Jesus of Nazareth and asked Him to heal you when you apply it to your body."

Oral Roberts was repeatedly taunted about his failures and the death of persons in his meetings, and his admission that not all in his healing lines were helped. Perhaps the most serious charge made against him, was in a widely distributed tract which accused Oral of "payola". The tract stated:

"I offered to appear before the Senate Investigating Committee in Washington and present evidence that Oral Roberts was guilty of `payola' on his TV Healing program. Among other things, I had evidence to prove that a person had `performed' on the Roberts healing TV program, claiming that he was healed as a `cripple,; but it was all a fake and he was paid by them to `fake' the healing. The person who faked the healing offered to testify."

The most damaging religious attack on Oral ever published appeared in the Presbyterian Outlook in 1955. The article, written by Carroll R. Stegall, Jr., pastor of the Pryor Street Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, was later republished in a widely circulated tract. It was Stegall's tract which preceded Oral to Australia and fanned opposition to him.

Stegall's curiosity was aroused by a March 1952 issue of Healing Waters, which featured a cover picture of ‘three great medical doctors congratulating Oral Roberts.’ Stegall and Donald Grey Barnhouse, a noted conservative Presbyterian pastor in Philadelphia, addressed an inquiry to the American Medical Association that ‘brought the answer from their bureau of investigation that not one of the men mentioned ... could be identified as doctors of medicine ... One of the three men was found operating in Phoenix as a ‘naturopathic physician’ [meaning he was not a licensed medical doctor]. No organization headed by ‘Dr. J.H. Miller, outstanding medical doctor and president of a medical society of over 20,000 physicians, was discovered.’ All of the negative assessments were exacerbated by the morbid fascination of the press with the periodic tragedies which struck the crusades. In 1951, an Alabama businessman died while attending a Roberts campaign in Atlanta. Such tragedies struck with some regularity during the 1950s and were generally accompanied by flurries of bad publicity.

In 1955, the death of an elderly Indian, Jonas Rider, during Oral's campaign in Calgary, Alberta, occurred according to the local press `in the evangelist's tent surrounded by converts and followers of the cult. The following January, Mary Ida Buddington Vondersher, who had appeared the year before on Oral's television program in the healing line, returned to testify of her healing of cancer, but she died in her California home only twelve hours after her testimony was aired.

In January 1959, a sixty- four-old California man died of a heart attack during a campaign in Oakland Auditorium. Then, in May, of that same year, death struck again n a campaign in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A three-year-old girl died under the tent in her parents' arms while waiting for the service to begin. Not a very good track record for one who supposedly had the “gift of healing” from God.

Leaving the Pentecostal Holiness church in 1968, Roberts joined the Methodist church. The Methodist church is a member of the National Council of Churches. Roberts was content to be a member of the Methodist Church even though a scientific survey taken at that time showed that only about 50 percent of the Methodist clergy accepted the resurrection of Christ as a historical fact. The most compelling attraction of the Methodist Church was its latitude. Oral was increasingly cramped by Pentecostal theology and his church's moral prudishness; both restraints would have hindered his new television format.

Oral Roberts had great respect for Miss Kathryn Kuhlman. Oral believed that

“she represented the finest of the healing ministry of Jesus.”

Kuhlman made frequent visits to Tulsa in the last years of her life, giving the baccalaureate address at ORU in 1972 and receiving the university's first honorary doctorate the same year. The flamboyant evangelist signed on as `head cheerleader' for the university and was a warm friend of the Roberts family at the time of her death in 1976.

Kuhlman herself has been exposed as a phony healer by a medical doctor who formerly supported her. She broke up a family when she married a man she later divorced without any scriptural reason. Charismatics generally reject what the Bible teaches about divorce. Roberts excused the unscriptural divorce of "Miss" Kathryn Kuhlman and like most Charismatics rejects what the Bible teaches about women leading public worship services.

Just like the rest of the Charismatic televangelists, Oral Roberts managed to eke out a meager existence through the largess of the “little people” who contributed to his ministry.

In a book by Jerry Sholes, a former employee of Oral Robert ministries, published in 1979, Sholes wrote:

"Here is a portrait of the real Oral Roberts, the man not too many of his admirers know. He dresses in Brioni suits that cost $500 to $1000; walks in $100 shoes; lives in a $250,000 house in Tulsa and has a million dollar home in Palm Springs; wears diamond rings and solid gold bracelets employees `airbrush' out of his publicity photos; drives $25,000 automobiles which are replaced every 6 months; flies around the country in a $2 million fanjet falcon; has membership, as does his son Richard, in `the most prestigious and elite country club in Tulsa,' the Southern Hills (the membership fee alone was $18,000 for each, with $130 monthly dues) and in `the ultra-posh Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California' (both father and son joined when memberships were $20,000 each--they are now $25,000); and plays games of financial hanky-panky that have made him and his family members independently wealthy (millionaires) for life. (When his daughter and son-in-law were killed, they left a $10 million estate!)" (Evangelist R.L. Sumner's review of Give Me that Prime- time Religion by Jerry Sholes)

Not only do the Robertses wear expensive clothes and jewelry, they also travel in a company-owned eight-passenger fanjet.

Many Bible believing Christians have been skeptical about the visions Roberts claims to receive when he needs money and the fact that he says God talks directly to him. Orthodox Christians maintain that God speaks to man today only through His Word, Holy Scripture. But, those of the Charismatic persuasion do not hold to much of Holy Scripture, and Oral Roberts is no different, which showed when he enthusiastically endorsed the Reader's Digest Bible, a Bible which, like the RSV, eliminates the deity of Christ in its translation of such key passages as Philippians 2:6 and Romans 9:5. It translates the Hebrew "almah" in Isaiah 7:14 as "young woman" rather than "virgin." It eliminates Christ from various important messianic passages as Genesis 22:18.

The 1970’s and 1980’s were marked by tragedy in the Roberts family. His daughter Rebecca and her husband Marshall Nash were killed in an airplane crash in 1977. In 1979, His son Richard and daughter-in-law Patti, who were being groomed to take over the ministry, were divorced. Three years later, his rebellious older son Ronnie committed suicide, and in 1984, his 10th grandchild--the son of Richard and his second wife Lindsay and the only heir to be named after him--died two days after birth.

Since the publication of Oral Roberts--An American Life by David Harrell in 1985, Roberts has claimed to have had more strange visions. In January 1987, he told his television audience that God had appeared to him in March of 1986 and had told him that he must raise $8 million within the next 12 months or he would die. The money was supposed to provide scholarships for medical students who attend Oral Roberts University. In the January broadcasts, Roberts claimed he has raised $3.5 million but he must have another $4.5 million before March 31--or he would die! Apparently the gimmick worked, because in April Roberts announced that he had received the $8 million. I bet most you didn’t know that God is in the business of extortion. Now it has become clear that the medical college will be closed due to financial troubles and no scholarships will be distributed.

Any one with a modicum of Biblical knowledge can plainly discern that Roberts is a deceiver and a false prophet. His prophecies have been proven wrong time and time again. Sadly, he has deceived multitudes with his lying words and false promises, and has robbed God's people of hundreds of millions of dollars. And in spite of all the evidence which proves Roberts' hypocrisy, he is still regarded as a great Christian leader in charismatic circles and is still promoted as a man of God. This is another evidence of the spiritual bankruptcy of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement.

There are many more well known “pastors” of the same ilk, but due to time and space constraints, I will have to omit them at this time.

After listening to the spiel of the so-called teachers and religious leaders on TBN, one comes to learn, if they have any kind of spiritual common sense, that the Word Of Faith and Dominion doctrines are the ideal means for achieving the monetary goals of TBN because those doctrines appeal to the base nature of humanity; the desire for wealth, health and the desire for power. Those doctrines are exploited to the limit in order to obtain the monetary support for TBN and to furnish the lifestyles of those who are the exclusive members of the TBN family of teachers and religious leaders.

Jan Crouch (Paul’s wife) has a very unchristian attitude toward those who support TBN. The furnishings and décor found at the TBN studio centers, is primarily the work of Jan Crouch and expresses her feelings of superiority over those who are, as she expresses it, "all you little people" who give their money to support her lifestyle. In the decorating excesses, the kitsch, garish and tawdry design of the faux gold and imitation style of royal furnishings is designed to give the appearance that those who are part of TBN, either as an adherent or participant, are also part of an authoritative and exclusive group who rule over, and are superior to, all other persons. Yes, a fool and his money are soon parted. But, just as the furnishings are all fake and imitations of royal furnishings, the doctrines that are being taught at TBN are also fake and imitations of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the greatest deception being promoted.

SOME OF THE SWILL OF EVIL FALSEHOOD PUT FORTH ON TBN:

On March 3, 2000, Paul Crouch had the audacity to call Jesus a Communist. Paul said that Jesus taught pure Communism and quoted Josephus, CS Lewis's Book, the Bible.

Joseph Chambers had this to say in a piece titled: “The Confused World Of Paul And Jan Crouch”:

“If there is one thing certain about Paul and Jan Crouch, it is that nothing is certain. Whether the guest of Trinity Broadcast Network is a religious leader that is fairly fundamental in doctrine or a way out person that says almost nothing that makes sense, they both are welcomed and applauded as great. For one hour of the "Praise The Lord" show you may hear someone trusted by much of the church world and then the next hour hear the babble of Kim Clement. Theology or truth is just not important. It is religious entertainment.”

In fact, Paul Crouch calls theology "doo-doo". On a Praise The Lord telecast he shouted, "Let Him (God) sort out all this doctrinal doo-doo, I don't care about it." He apparently hates no one worse than those he calls "heresy hunters". On another occasion he spoke to his worldwide audience by stating, "Heretic hunters, those guys who spend their lives straightening us all out doctrinally, they are going to go straight to hell." (You could hear Jan laughing approvingly on the set.) Here are a man and woman that controls the message about the Word of God and the airing of the messages of the most noted televangelists to the greatest single audience in the world and they hate correction and biblical reproof. It is a formula for spiritual disaster and that is what is already occurring. The following are three more quoted examples that show Crouch’s disdain for anyone that dares to question the messages of his guests on Trinity Broadcast Network. They have been transcribed from Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise The Lord Show:

"I refuse to argue any longer with any of you out there. Don't even call me if you want to argue doctrine, if you want to straighten somebody out over here, if you want to criticize Kenneth Copeland for his preaching on faith of Dad Hagin, get out of my life. I don't ever want to talk to you or hear, I don't want to see your ugly face."

"I think they are damned and on their way to hell and I don't think there is any redemption for them. I say, 'to hell with you'."

"I say, 'Get out of God's way, quit blocking God's bridges (Apparently, he defines God's bridges as the One World Church and ecumenism.); or God is going to shoot you if I don’t.’”

Very Christian statements from a Christian man, wouldn’t you say?

Benny Hinn is the shining star in the crown of TBN and Paul Crouch treats him with great care. There seems to be nothing that Benny Hinn can do or say that will cause Paul Crouch to question his integrity, truthfulness or doctrinal principles.

He claims to have been transported to heaven and has received many revelations and visions. He claims to be a prophet and speaks the direct words of God. He claims to be able to heal and has also claimed that persons would be raised from the dead under his ministry and that of TBN. In an interview with Larry King, he claimed to have healed himself by watching a previously recorded broadcast of his own message. He has never restored a missing arm or leg, never healed a Down's Syndrome individual, never healed a congenitally deformed person, restored a missing eye or removed scars as a result of acid or burns. Benny Hinn's claims to healings are always of the internal and invisible type and no proof is ever produced as to their validity.

Benny Hinn made outrageous prophecies about TBN. Hinn stated:

"People will be raised from the dead watching TBN! People will cancel funeral services and will place caskets in front of a TV set. TBN will no longer be a Christian Network. TBN will be an extension to heaven! Want to go to heaven? Want to see heaven? Want to taste heaven? Then turn on and tune into TBN.”  “I see rows of caskets lining up in front of this TV set and I see them bringing them closer to the TV set and as people are coming closer I see loved ones picking up the hands of the dead and letting them touch the screen and people are getting raised as their hands are touching that screen." BENNY HINN, Praise The Lord, TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network, October 19, 1999

On another occasion, Hinn went on to say:

"God the Father, ladies and gentleman, is a person and He is a triune being by Himself, separate from the Son and the Holy Ghost. See, God the Father is a person, God the Son is a person, God the Holy Ghost is a person; but each one of them is a triune being by himself. If I can shock you and maybe I should, there s nine of them! What did you say? Let me explain. God the Father, ladies and gentlemen, is a person with his own personal spirit, with his own personal soul and his own personal spirit body. You say, I never heard that! Well, you think you are in church to hear things you heard for the last fifty years?"

Here is another off the wall teaching by Pastor Hinn transcribed from TBN’s “Praise The Lord” show:

"Adam was a super being when God created Him. I don't know whether people even know this, but he was the first superman that ever lived. (Jan Crouch is heard laughing on the set.) First of all, the Scriptures declare clearly that he had dominion over the fowls of the air, the fish of the sea, which means he used to fly."

Jan Crouch: "Wow!"

Benny Hinn:

"Of course, how can you have dominion over the birds and not be able to do what they do?"

Jan Crouch: "Whoa, I mean, wait a minute. Benny, wait a minute."

Benny Hinn:

"I'll prove it to you. The word dominion in the Hebrew clearly declares that, if you have dominion over a subject, you can do everything that subject does. In other words, that subject, if it does something that you cannot do, you don't have dominion over it. I'll prove it further. Adam not only flew, he flew to space. He used to be . . . He, He, He, He, He, He . . . with one thought He'd be on the moon.”

Then he went on to say:

"Holy Spirit said something to me and I had to go like a mad man and looking in the Word. He says, 'God's original plan is that the woman was to bring forth children out of her side.' What? You know that there is nowhere in the Bible but where God gives birth out of His side. Jesus gives birth to the church out of His side. Adam gives birth to his wife out of his side. It was sin that turned the thing around. And it was sin that transformed her flesh and her body."

As if this weren’t enough, another frequent guest, Kenneth Copeland stated:

“Then he (God) created Eve out of Adam. Now, actually God didn't name her Eve, Adam named her Eve later. That wasn't her name, her name was Adam . . . Adam. When God said Adam, they both came. Their authority was one and the same together. They did everything together. They had always been together. Even when she was still part of him, he was as much female as he was male, LIKE GOD IS. And God separated the female part of him and then put them back together. And she was Adam, they were Adam. He was the man, she was the woman. She was the man with the womb."

After reading these statements made by Hinn, one can only believe that he may have been dropped on his head one too many times when he was an infant.

Benny Hinn teaches a false doctrine. His career as a prophet has been chronicled as one of failure. He is unable to prophesy, because he is not a prophet and not anointed by God. He is a false prophet and is declared to be so in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. Yet, he continues on in his "ministry", never apologizing for his errors or repenting to God for claiming what God did not reveal to him. Paul Crouch has decided that he has greater authority than God and ignores the Scripture in Deuteronomy 18:20-22, regarding the definition of a false prophet, and continues to support Benny Hinn and defends every word that he says.

There are numerous other false teachers and false prophets who appear on TBN and are supported and promoted by Paul Crouch. He has adopted the position that those who confront him, regarding those false doctrines and heretical teachings, are considered to be "heresy hunters." Paul Crouch reacts violently to criticism, even when rightly given, and assumes, for himself, the position of God, pronouncing a judgment of death on all persons who he would classify as "heresy hunters."

“God, we proclaim death to anything or anyone that will lift a hand against this network and this ministry that belongs to You, God. It is Your work, it is Your idea, it is Your property, it is Your airwaves, it is Your world, and we proclaim death to anything that would stand in the way of God's great voice of proclamation to the whole world. In the Name of Jesus, and all the people said Amen!” Paul Crouch, Praise The Lord television program, November 7, 1997.

Not only does Paul Crouch hold to a view that he has the right to call for the death of his enemies, his star performer, Benny Hinn, has the same belief:

"You know, I've looked for one verse in the Bible. I just can't seem to find it. One verse that says, `If you don't like 'em, kill 'em.'' I really wish I could find it! Sometimes I wish God would give me a Holy Ghost machine gun. I'd blow your head off!"
Benny Hinn

After discovering all of the above through on line searches, and by speaking with people who had been mesmerized (hypnotized) by TBN in the past, I can now fully understand why the Crouch’s would boot off someone like Hal Lindsey, who believed in sound and true Biblical teachings. The way I see it, Paul and Jan Crouch have actually given Mr. Lindsey a blessing in disguise.

As I had stated earlier, in this article, both TBN and Benny Hinn have been making some very strong overtures toward Rome, and at least two Roman Catholic priests have appeared, at different times, on the TBN “Praise The Lord Show”. Also, about a year ago, an Orthodox Catholic Bishop, appeared on the show. I cannot recall his name but I believe he was from the Greek Orthodox Church. This was rather shocking, to see an Orthodox bishop appearing on a Protestant television show, especially a Charismatic Word-Faith show.

Apparently, this Bishop either never bothered to read, or he has forgotten the teachings found in “Missionary Conversations with Protestant Sectarians”, written by Rev. Fr. Kyril Zaits, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

These writings are for the purpose of helping “younger Orthodox Christians maintain their balance in a world filled with clever decep­tions and subtle, satanic teachings hidden in flowery philosophies and decorated with exciting slogans.”  One is not lead astray through grossly blatant falsehoods or with the open rejection of Christianity and morality, but rather with scraps of truth labeled as being “Christian” and then being presented with just enough of the truth to entice one to follow the false teachers. Once they have you hooked, these false teachers and prophets the introduce out-right falsehoods that feed upon one’s pride and greed.

The “Conversations” present clear-cut refutations of here­tical teachings and because, in the process, they present correct Ortho­dox Christian teachings in a clear, simple manner, more easily under­standable to younger readers.

Those who set out to preach a false gospel, a false doctrine and theology, do so with great energy, daring to impose their false teachings upon everyone in tones which do not permit objections. But, when they encounter someone in the midst of their listeners who is familiar with, their twisting of the Scriptures and their craftiness, they soon vanish. But often, they are able to lead some poor soul astray and start them on the road to spiritual destruction. 

These attacks on the Holy Church are increasing on an almost daily basis and they are not taken lightly by those who are deeply grounded in their faith. It is extremely important that, those of us who are priests in the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, teach the truths of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church and it is equally important that we pray for and support sound Orthodox Christian missionary and teaching efforts everywhere.

On September 1, 1927, Father Kyril was on a train, in Russia, heading to the parish of the Ascension on the feast of St. Simeon Stylites. Among the passengers in the third class coach, which consisted of mainly peasants, there were also merchants, members of the local intel­ligentsia, and several Jews.

Around 10 P.M., as many of the passengers, including Fr. Kyril, a passenger began to speak loudly and passionately which roused the priest from his dozing. The speaker was a young man who was walking up and down the aisle of railroad car, urging people to listen to him. He spoke about how he was a sinner, but now was saved through Jesus. Then he began to rail against Orthodox dogmas, especially the reverencing of icons, which caused objections to be raised by the passengers.

"So you worship the icon of Simeon Stylites," said the Baptist. "Icons are unnecessary. This is idol worship! One cannot bow down before pictures.  The word of God forbids it ... It is necessary to pray only to dear Jesus ... I was wounded twice, was seriously ill, but I turned to Jesus Christ, prayed and became well without any icons ...".

One outraged and irate peasant asked the sectarian:

"What are you doing here, agitating us? I likewise was seriously wounded, but I went to the church, asked our priest to serve a thanks­giving service before the icon of the Mother of God and I became well.”    

Soon, other passengers were drawn into the arguments made by the young man as he attempted to sprinkle his speech with quotations from the Holy Scripture. Soon his speech became disunited. Texts were introduced out of context and often pointlessly. It seemed that he would achieve a victory of sorts simply by speaking endlessly.

Finally, Fr. Kyril, unable to sleep, decided to interject. He told the young man: "You have spoken quite a bit tonight, my friend, but you have made precious little sense. You have talked around and touched upon some things, but I for one cannot tell what it is that you are getting at. You present yourself as saved and you have tried very hard to convince all these people who are believers to accept that Never-the-less, it is clear that you are at enmity with Orthodox Christianity.”

After a lengthy discourse with the young man, Fr. Kyril said to him: "Then tell us, what do you have? Faith? Yes, you brag of it and call upon these people to believe in Christ. Your invitation, however, is late: all of these people, with the exception of two or three Jews, have believed in Christ for a long time already; they have been in the Church since childhood. Calling upon Orthodox Christians to come to believe in Christ is foolish vanity. We all believe incomparably more strongly than you. We believe so strongly that we preserve all that has been handed down to us and we fulfill all that has been commanded — you cannot say this of yourselves. Call upon the Jews to believe in Christ, go to the heathens, to Mohammedans — preach there, but not here amongst Orthodox believers. You cannot give us faith for we already have it. What can you give? What kind of spiritual treasure? Absolutely nothing. You come to us as a beggar in rags.”

With all of the trash being proclaimed as Christian doctrine and theology by the half baked televangelists and with them getting cozy with Rome, and Rome with them, one can only imagine where Christ’s Church is headed, especially with overtures being made to the Eastern Churches for reunification, it is extremely important for all True Orthodox Christians to stand firm and without fear in defense of true doctrine and of the true Jesus Christ. We must stand against those who preach false Jesus and a false doctrine. We must work to undo the serious spiritual harm caused by TBN and their army of false prhphets and teachers. We must be a beacon in the spiritual darkness that is being spread through NEWCHURCH.

We must heed and teach the words of Fr. Kyril: "Regardless of their sharp condemnation of Holy Orthodoxy, of their mocking of sacred things, you not only have failed to turn away from their propaganda, which at times is sacrilege, but many of you have begun regularly to visit the meetings which they have arranged. Some few have even joined together with them, daring to blaspheme the Holy Orthodox Church. Unfortunate ones! They have forgotten the warning of the Holy Apostle Paul: ' ... or if even an angel from heaven preach another gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema" [Gal. 1:8-9].

 

He goes on to say: "Understand! Our Orthodox Church has existed since the time of the Apostles; our Church is the very one which the Lord Jesus Christ founded, our Church preserves in a pure, unaltered form all that has been handed down from the Apostles. What does this sectarian-Baptist say, however? He who comes from who knows where, for who knows what reason? He refutes all the apostolic teaching, as you yourselves have heard, and in its place he offers a new teaching. But if the Apostle Paul pronounces 'anathe­ma' even on an angel if it would offer a new teaching, then, of course, this gentleman and all preachers of new faiths are under this anathema. Brethren, fear the apostolic anathema and flee from those who offer new teachings!"

If you are interested in reading the totality of Fr. Kyril’s words and teachings, you may see them at:

http://www.apostle1.com/missionary_conversations_with_protestant1.htm

I strongly urge each of you to do so.

With the daily talk of ecumenism and with the overtures being made by to Rome by the Word-Faith Charismatic groups, and with the advent of political correctness, we need more than ever to have the spiritual strength to stand up to those who wish to spread the false gospel of a false Jesus, even if it means standing up to Hierarchs, within the Orthodox Church, who are in error if they teach, preach or adhere to false doctrine or false theology. We cannot afford to remain complacent and allow the children of God to be led astray by the puppets of the Evil One.

Remember what the CHURCH is:

THE CHURCH IS THE CHANNEL OF REVELATION, TEACHING AND SALVATION

Eph. 3:9-10: "Also enlighten all men and make plain to them what is the plan (regarding the gentiles and providing for the salvation of all men) of the mystery kept hidden through the ages and concealed until now in God Who created all things by Christ Jesus; that through the Church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known ..."

1 Tim. 3:15: "If I am detained, you may know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and stay of the Truth."

THE CHURCH IS FOUNDED BY CHRIST AND WILL ENDURE TO ETERNITY

Mt. 16:18; 28:20 " ... I will build My Church and the gates of Hades (the powers of hell) shall not overcome it." "And lo, I am with you always, even unto the consummation of the ages."

THE CHURCH IS A VISIBLE, GOVERNED COMMUNITY

Acts 2:44: "And all who believed were united, and together they had everything in common."

Heb. 3:6: "But Christ, the Messiah was faithful over His (God the Father's) house as a Son. And it is we who are (now members) of this house, if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant con­fidence and sense of triumph in our hope (in Christ)."

Acts 20 :28: "Take care and be on guard for yourselves and the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you bishops and guardians, to shepherd the Church of the Lord, which He obtained for Himself with His own blood." (cf. Acts 41:47).

THE CHURCH 1S ONE

Jn. 10:16: " ... there will be one flock under one Shepherd." Eph. 4:4-6: "(There is) one body and one Spirit, just as there is also one hope (which belongs) to the calling you received.    (There is) one Lord, one faith [And thus, it is not at all possible to accept the Protestant theory that the Church is composed of a scattered sheaf, of faiths, un-gathered and un­bound, which man, owing to the failure of Christ and God the Father to be able to do so, must gather and bind himself.], one baptism; one God and Father of us all, Who is above all, pervading all and in all."

Jn. 17:11: " ... Holy Father, keep in Your name them whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are one." 20-21: "Neither for these (the apostles) alone do I pray, but also for all those who will ever come to believe in Me through their word teaching. So that they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that hey also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me."

1 Cor. 12:13: "For by means of one (Holy) Spirit we are all — whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — baptized into one body, and all made to drink of one (Holy) Spirit"

Rom. 12:5: "So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ, the Messiah, and individually, we are parts one of another — mutually dependent on one another."

We must always bear in mind for ourselves, and we must educate others to the truth of “who has the authority” to teach in the Church:  Those who have received the valid and canonical “laying on of hands” (ordination) by a validly and canonically consecrated bishop in a direct line of decent from the original Apostles, have the right and the authority to teach in the Church:

“Those who may teach in the Church are: The apostles and their legitimate successors; only those set aside by Christ Himself — those who are ordained; those who are sent by the Church; those especially appointed and called by Christ, through His Church and in His Church. But no one may appropriate the position for himself.”

(Mt. 28:19-20; Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28; 2 Tim. 1:11; 2:2; Heb. 5:4.)

Just because someone declares themselves to be a preacher, prophet of God, a healer, evangelist, a bishop, etc., does not make them so. When you see someone who calls themselves a servant of God, and they live in a multi-million dollar mansion, flying around in their own private Lear jet, wearing suits that cost hundreds of dollars, dripping with gold chains, wrist watches, collar studs, and with hair-dos that costs hundreds of dollars, this should tip you off that something just isn’t right with that picture. And if they tell you that “The Lord wants them to have all of that wealth”, just say to them; ‘Get thee behind me Satan, ‘cause Homey don’t play that game”.

Only through proper discernment, knowledge of Holy Scripture, faith in Christ Jesus, and spiritual strength can we hope to save the TRUE CHURCH of Jesus Christ from Satan and his legions of false prophets.

A word of warning and advice: Do not jump to errant conclusions that we of the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith which is the root of ALL Christianity (the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ)... that we are against those people who belong to the fundamentalist cultic congregations, for we are not.  We are against those who are their ministers and pastors who preach a shrill sound of hatred against the root of Christianity by diversionary tactics to thwart the TRUTH and keep their congregations in ignorance.  We are against their attempts to reshape Christianity into their own image and ideal from that which is was originally given.

Many of the members of the fundamentalist cultic congregations have no true understandings.  Many of them have been so mesmerized, brainwashed and psychologically transfixed by their various so-called ministers and pastors that they hardly recognize TRUTH when it is factually presented to them.  A good example is the devastation being done by these cults as they march into the prison systems, take advantage of those less educated and many of them who are lacking in or are incapable of using mental skills sufficient to obtain a good education.  Many of them are, shall we say, "Mentally Challenged" people and thus are ripe for the picking by these fundamentalist cults whose theology is a theology honed by the Evil One, the Devil, Satan. 

So, it is not the people so much as it is the false, heretical doctrines or dogmas of these fundamentalist cults who birthed such as Jimmy Jones (who massacred his people in another country with laced kool aide to drink).  There are many other examples that could be provided.  But if you read PART II of this article, you will find sufficient evidence to come to a better understanding.

Go To: Is Christianity Collapsing - Part II

Go Back or go to One of the following articles (It is suggested you take them in sequence):

  1. Modern Day Ecumenism and its horrors.

  2. The Fundamentalist - Evangelical Cults of Pentecostalism, Jehovah's Witnesses and many others...

  3. Regarding Ecumenism...

  4. Goals of Ecumenism...

  5. Is Christianity at the Crossroads

  6. Ecumenism - path to peridition

  7. Is Christianity Collapsing - Part 1 & 2

  8. Missionary Conversations with Protestant Sectarians - Part 1 & 2, 3, 4, and 5...

  9. Pedophilia condoned by Islam (Muslim) - Does A parallel ethos exist in some Protestant cults and Independent 'Catholic' movements???

  10. True Forgiveness and its true meaning... what is required in both spirit and truth! (ASM FORUM at Yahoo disbelieves in the Seals of the Confessional and those that do, are few! The true meaning of forgiveness in practice and the Seals of the Confessional pre-existed the founding of the U.S.A and protected by the U.S. CONSTITUTION, so it would seem, AND that's why Protestant Sectarians are against anything and practically every thing "Catholic" including ASM FORUM at Yahoo Groups who are attempting to reshape CATHOLICISM as the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church has been and continues to do!)

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Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 

 

Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 

 

Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

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