IS CHRISTIANITY COLLAPSING?

Part II

 

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 'Independent' Catholic groups...

as well as

MANY OTHERS

IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE

TRUTH!

 

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

 

{Editorial Note:  We hope you have already read Part I? To fully understand what is said hereafter in this article, one must keep in mind at all times that the very word "Orthodox" has many meanings and understandings, of which the very basic is this:  "correct or true belief". This means, right thinking, true belief, correct understanding and true worship. At the end of this article is a definition to which most everyone will not be offended and, hopefully, will find easy to understand.*}

 

Today, January 18, 2006, the Church Report (CR) came out with their listing of the TOP 50 most influential Christians in America. We should take a closer look at some of these individuals to examine their doctrinal and theological teachings to see how they align with TRUE Biblical teachings.

 

 As you are introduced to each named clergyman, you will notice the letters (Ta Da) after each name. Those of you who are reading this, will have to use your imaginations that this is a “drum roll”.

 

Keep in mind the scriptural admonition:

 

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:15

 

Cross Between Pentecostal & Jehovah's Witness's - these people are the harbinger for the One World Church along with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church

 

Number one on their list is:

 

Bishop T.D. Jakes (Ta Da):

Bishop Jakes is the pastor of Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas. C R feels that Jakes is most certainly qualified for this distinguished honor. In a conversation with C R, Bishop Jakes said: “I’m really honored and flabbergasted that I would be recognized in this way. I have really given my life to helping hurting people and just trying to be a support for people as they face different challenges.” To be honest, Jakes has done much as far as community out-reach goes, but what are his theological beliefs?

 

As a Charismatic pastor and televangelist, Jakes appears to be very successful, and he is a prolific writer. He is called a “Bishop” by Charisma magazine. [Editorial Commentary:  To be a "true" bishop, one must have apostolic succession coupled with right thinking and right belief.  'Bishop' Jakes has no apostolic succession whatsoever.  Even if he had such, he would have most assuredly been defrocked and excommunicated based on his departure from the root teachings of the ancient Church as handed to them from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostles].

 

Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and the Black Entertainment Network (BET) both air various programs by Jakes up to three times weekly. In addition, the highly popular Promise Keepers organization enlisted Jakes as a member of its “Men’s Conferences Speaker Team” in 1995 at its Seattle and St. Petersburg conferences and has invited him as a speaker for its 1997 lineup.

 

One should be less concerned about his popularity, and more concerned with his commitment to the truth of Scripture. In other words, does Jakes have sound doctrine? Does he maintain sound historical orthodoxy or is he (and those he influences) moving away from the mainstream?

 

As he prances and struts across the stage, he catches people’s attention, but does being a bombastic entertainer make one a good teacher?

 

Jakes is part of the Higher Ground Always Abounding Assembly, a Pentecostal fellowship of over 200 churches started in the late 1980s. His orientation is decidedly Pentecostal and clearly Word-Faith. The vast majority of his messages are definitely motivational and all about empowerment, loaded with psychological claptrap, but very little real spirituality.

 

There are troubling things about Jakes’ beliefs. Case in point; in the November issue of Charisma, in an interview, Jakes spoke of people who have “failed to appreciate their divinity”.  "Divinity" means that you are divine and it is a word that only fits with and applies to God. The word is derived from Latin (divinitatem) and means “godhead” or “the quality of being divine”. There is no known place in Holy Scripture that addresses 'mankind as being divine'. To suggest that man is divine takes empowerment a bit too far. To claim that mankind is divine (little gods) is part and parcel of the Word-Faith Movement.

 

Jakes often praises the ministries of Marilyn Hickey and Joyce Meyer, even though both of these “renowned ministers” are heretics who promote Word-Faith doctrine without apology. This flies in the face of Scripture where in 2 John 9-11, we are commanded not to endorse heretical teachers in any way.

 

At a conference in September 1996, Jakes shared a platform with Roberts Liardon, one individual who any Christian, with an ounce of sense, should stay as far away as possible from. Liardon made the claim that he was 'transported to heaven' and there met Jesus face to face and that he and Jesus had a water fight in the River of Life! (Wow, what a lucky guy!). He also said that he was shown a building filled with unclaimed body parts (hair, eyes, skin, legs, etc.). This heavenly warehouse of unclaimed body parts is overstocked, according to Liardon, simply because here on earth believers have failed to appropriate them by faith (Man, how gross).

 

Jakes enjoys the fellowship of the celebrities of the various Charismatic groups. He took part in the August “Victory Word Explosion” held in Tulsa, Oklahoma with:

 

Benny Hinn

Rod Parsley

Joyce Meyer

 

as well as: Richard Roberts, and Jerry Savelle.

 

With this list of characters, they should have called it the “Heresy Explosion.”

 

When he was asked about his lavish lifestyle, which includes an expensive home and a Mercedes-Benz automobile, Jakes merely refers to himself as an investor and an author. However, in Acts 3:6, the Apostle Peter states: “Silver and gold have I none” which is an example for all who are truly of Jesus Christ, In Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ.

 

One can see that the “business” of religion is very, very lucrative. The Dallas Observer magazine had this to say concerning Jakes:

 

His conferences draw tens of thousands. His television show, broadcast on both the Trinity Broadcasting Network and Black Entertainment Television, reaches hundreds of thousands. He has spawned his own industry, T.D. Jakes Ministries, which sells his books — 10 in all, with five best-sellers — and videotapes, the income from which allowed him to spend nearly $1 million last year on a residence in his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia.” 

 

The Dallas Observer went on to say:

 

He says he is not embarrassed by this, even though his extravagant lifestyle has caused controversy in his hometown that will likely follow him to Dallas. His suits are tailored. He drives a brand new Mercedes. Both he and his wife Serita are routinely decked out in stunning jewelry. His West Virginia residence — two homes side by side — includes an indoor swimming pool and a bowling alley. These homes particularly caused the ire of the local folks. One paper wrote at length about the purchase and made much of their unusual features. A columnist dubbed Jakes ‘a huckster.’

 

What really bothers me, is not Jakes wealth, but his false teaching about Jesus to justify his fortune. The Dallas Observer states further:

 

Besides”, Jakes says during an interview and in his sermons Jesus was a rich man. He had to have been, in order to have supported his disciples and their families during his ministry.

 

To add to his false and mythical Christ, Jakes brazenly added:

 

The myth of the poor Jesus needs to be destroyed, because it’s holding people back.

 

It is very obvious that Jakes twists and perverts the true biblical picture of Jesus in an effort to advocate his own lifestyle. According to a report in The Fort Worth Star Telegram, they stated:

 

Jakes, who drives a Mercedes, has moved with his wife and their five children to a luxurious seven-bedroom home with swimming pool in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas. He said the home cost more than $1 million. I do think we need some Christians who are in first class as well as coach, Jakes said.”

 

Have you noticed that with all of the prosperity teachings, ONLY THE TEACHERS are prospering! Think of that when you read the following in 2 Corinthians 8:9:

 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich”, or  Our spiritual riches came only because he stripped and divested Himself of all earthly goods (Ephesians 1:3).

 

Another area that give you reason to pause is “Bishop” Jakes' view on sin. He talks about sin in psychological terms. For example, he refers to immoral, lustful and sinful thinking as merely little boy thoughts.According to Scripture, a lustful thought is as sinful as a lustful act in God’s view (Matthew 5:28-30). Jakes talks very little about sin, instead he uses politically correct “touchy-feely” terms such as being wounded, dysfunctionandthe child within. This is the type of esoteric psychobabble that you would expect from the New Age-self help gurus, not from true Christian preachers and teachers. Bishop Jakes refers to an adulterous man as a frightened little boy and a wife beater as a terrified little boy.  If Jakes cared to read the Bible, he would surely find that Holy Scriptures never refers to adultery or wife-beaters in such a flippant manner.

 

You have been shown that as far as money and riches, Jakes’ view of Jesus is decidedly opposite of what Scripture teaches. It is my guess that his depiction of a “rich Jesus” is either because he is “high” on grape juice or he is just spewing the false teachings of Fred Price, Paul Crouch and John Avanzini.

 

Jakes also seems to believe that Jesus needed a boost in self-esteem and that it took some Jewish teachers to do it, because he states that…. because the teachers in Jesus’ day listened to Him as a child it boosted His self-esteem. Again, you can see the psychobabble coming to the fore as Jakes' creates a different Jesus. Jakes’ Jesus is a “flawed rich man needing an ego boost!”

 

The Church (True Orthodox Catholic Christianity) has always maintained that Christ’s human nature was complete. This Orthodox view was promulgated at the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451 and stated:

 

“In the one person Jesus Christ there are two natures, a human nature and a divine nature, each in its completeness and integrity, and these two natures are organically and indissolubly united, yet so that no third nature is formed thereby. In brief, to use the antiquated dictum, orthodox doctrine forbids us either to divide the person or to confound the natures.”

 

Thus to suggest a boost was needed in Christ’s self-esteem is a definite move away from orthodoxy.

 

Before we move on to number two on the list, I would like to give one more example of the warped thinking of Bishop T.D. Jakes. The Bible presents an ideal manhood. God’s Word has incredible things to say about manhood and godliness, and the male leadership of the Church is given in specific, practical guidelines in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9.

 

But what does Jakes think?  He mentions that he purchased (for all the men in his organization) subscriptions to the secular GQ Magazine to help them learn about manhood (Oh my!). Any sane and normal Christian would be shocked and appalled at the contents of GQ Magazine – (Gentlemen’s Quarterly), some of which is nearly pornographic. For example, the November 1996 issue where there is an advertisement for the “Better Sex Videos.” The photograph accompanying this ad left little to the imagination. This same issue’s table of contents listed articles on “Nightlife at the Viper Room,” a crime story about a cross-dressing heiress, the cigar clubs of Beverly Hills, and things even worse. Jakes claims to love his children but is this the kind of reading material they would find around the house? And besides, what does GQ have to do with Christianity and Christian manhood?

 

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." 2 Peter 2:1-3

 

Number two on their list is:

 

JOEL OSTEEN (Ta Da):

 

"A dispute involving the wife of Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen delayed holiday travel plans for a planeload of passengers, but few details were released Tuesday as the airline and the mega-church downplayed the incident.

 

At least some people aboard the Continental Airlines flight were less than pleased, however, after waiting about two hours at Bush Intercontinental Airport while the Osteens left the plane and their luggage was removed, said a woman who witnessed the incident.

 

"She was just abusive," said Sheila Steele, who said she was sitting behind Victoria Osteen.  "She was just like one of those divas."

 

A church spokesman said the couple and their children left the plane voluntarily after the incident Monday and took another flight to Vail, Colo..... ("Osteen family leaves plane after dispute," FBI agent says the pastor's wife didn't follow a flight attendant's instructions.  By ARMANDO VILLAFRANCA and HARVEY RICE.  Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle.  December 21, 2005)

 

Well, I bet you can see where this is going. The following is an excerpt from the Larry King Live Show:

 

Larry King: "Because we've had ministers on who said, your record don't count.  You either believe in Christ or you don't.  If you believe in Christ, you are, you are going to heaven.  And if you don't no matter what you've done in your life, you ain't."

 

Osteen: "Yeah, I don't know.  There's probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ.  But I think that if you know Christ, if you're a believer in God, you're going to have some good works.  I think it's a cop-out to say I'm a Christian but I don't ever do anything..."

 

King: "What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?"

 

Osteen:  "You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven.  I don't know..."

 

King:  "If you believe you have to believe in Christ?  They're wrong, aren't they?"

 

Osteen:  "Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong.  I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe.  But I just think that only God with judge a person's heart.  I spent a lot of time in India with my father.  I don't know all about their religion.  But I know they love God.  And I don't know.  I've seen their sincerity.  So I don't know.  I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus."

(Joel Osteen, "Larry King live," Aired June 20, 2005)

 

From this dialogue, one can see that Joel Osteen has denied his calling as a pastor and as a minister of Christ. How you ask? Any man who calls himself a minister or preacher of  Jesus Christ, but cannot bring himself to proclaim that Jesus is the only way to heaven should resign from the ministry (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 4:12).

 

By the looks of things, it appears that the Church of Laodicea has a new star on the rise in the world of positive Charismatic motivational Christianity. Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, whose motto is "Discover the Champion in You," is the son of Pentecostal preacher the late John Osteen. What the senior Osteen lacked in charm and charisma the 39-year-old Joel more than makes up for it in the style of a Tony Robbins with the looks of a Richard Gere.

 

Like the rest of the Word-Faith crowd, Joel is no stranger to the world of opulence. He lives the life of prosperity that he preaches. A 2001 Real Estate Guide valued his home at $1,265,500.

 

Perhaps a look at some of the “Christian” titles of  Osteen’s  sermons will offer a clue as to the focus of his ministry:

 

* ENLARGE YOUR VISION;

* FINANCIAL PROSPERITY;

* DO ALL YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE:

 

There are many more such titles, but I am sure you are getting the picture.

 

In 1999, when John Osteen died from complications due to high blood pressure, Joel took over his father’s church. The senior Osteen founded Lakewood Church and built a 7,500 seat auditorium and made his mark by hosting a weekly television program and authored 45 books. Since Joel Osteen became senior pastor, the size of the congregation has more than doubled and has now outgrown his father’s facility.

 

Now with his super-star celebrity status Osteen is moving Lakewood Church into the Compaq Center, the 18,000-seat arena where Houston’s basketball team has played. They have entered into a lease and are busy remodeling the entire center which they will rename "the Lakewood International Center." A fund-raising campaign to raise the $70 million dollars for the improvements is asking supporters to sponsor a seat for $2500 each, (I have a seat in my bathroom that you can sponsor for half that amount).

 

On Lakewood Church’s website, Joel gives a vision of his ministry: "We’re all about building people up. We’re all about helping people reach their full potential. We don’t push some kind of religion.…all we push is joy and peace and victory through Jesus Christ. …Our message every single week -is through faith in God you can live an overcoming life of victory … I believe that’s the message this generation needs to hear. We’ve heard a lot about the judgment of God and what we can’t do and what’s going to keep us out of heaven. But it’s time people start hearing about the goodness of God, about a God that loves them. A God that believes in them. A God that wants to help them. That’s our message here at Lakewood."

 

The new modernized gospel that Osteen preaches, is increasing the number of tares and goats in the visible church. "It's the goodness of God that leads people to repentance," Osteen asserts carefully avoiding the dreaded word 'sin.'  "That's why over 18,000 people walked down our aisles last year to receive Jesus. That's why we receive hundreds of thousands of letters, e-mails, and phone calls from our television viewers."

 

In one of his sermons, Osteen stated: "I believe one of the main ways that we grow in favor is by declaring it. It’s not enough to just read it it’s not enough to just believe it. You’ve got to speak it out. Your words have creative power. And one of the primary ways we release our faith is through our words. And there is a divine connection between you declaring God’s favor and you seeing God’s favor manifest in your life…You’ve got to give life to your faith by speaking it out."

 

Keeping with the erroneous idea of using some positive thinking to get what you want in life, Osteen preaches the Kenneth Hagin/Charles Capps idea that we can get what we want from God by our faith-filled words. Joel’s entire sermon was on how as a child of God we should be receiving "preferential treatment" by everyone. He testified about how he had been pulled over a couple of times for speeding but when the officer saw his last name was Osteen, no ticket was issued. He said the same can happen for every Christian who wakes up declaring they have God’s favor. Osteen says, by following this method he has been able to get the best parking spot in a crowded parking lot, a first class seat on a crowded airplane with no boarding pass, and priority seating at restaurants.

 

What does the Bible say about the treatment of true believers will receive from the world? In John 15:18-19, Jesus warned: "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."

 

The Bible also seems to quote these new prosperity "Christians" word for word in Revelation 3:17 -- "I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing." But Jesus responds, "You are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked."

 

The prosperity gospel preached by the Word-Faith crowd, seems to have the goods of this world as their god. They are what the Bible calls "lovers of mammon." They completely turn their backs on the apostle John’s warning against chasing after this world’s favor, in his first epistle:

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" 1 John 2:15.

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1

 

Number three on their list is:

 

Billy Graham  (Ta Da)

Evangelist Billy Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history. He preached to over 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. He is now suffering from Parkinson's disease, a progressive nervous disorder that has already made it impossible for him to drive a car or write by hand.

Billy Graham (born in 1918) is an ordained Southern Baptist (SBC), he heads a $100 million a year evangelistic empire, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) (Graham is now paid $101,250 per year with a $33,750 housing allowance.) The BGEA also operates a 1,500 acre training center, "The Cove," located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Cove was started in 1987 and includes an inn and a Cove camp for youths ages 9-15. Approximately 5-10,000 adults are trained there annually in Graham-style evangelism.

 

Former President Bush called Graham "America's pastor." Harry Truman called him a "counterfeit" and publicity seeker. Pat Boone considers him "the greatest man since Jesus." Still another says Graham "has done more harm to the cause of Christ than any other living man." Who's correct? Read on and make up your own mind.

 

Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's prodigal son, was named first vice chairman and eventual successor to his father's crusade organization, in 1995. Franklin wears jeans, boots, denim shirt, and leather jacket. He was a teen rebel who drank, smoked, fought, and led police on high-speed chases. He was kicked out of Letourneau College. He will continue as director of Samaritan's Purse and World Medical Mission, both social gospel organizations.

 

In an interview in June 1996, on CNBC, Franklin Graham declared, "Whether it's the Roman Catholic Church ... the Orthodox Church ...we'd all agree ... it's Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for sin." Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star (6/3/99) that his father's longstanding ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations, "was one of the smartest things his father ever did." Charisma magazine in 10/95 contained a 7-page article on Franklin Graham. They quoted him as saying, "I thank God for the warmth I see within many of the charismatic churches -- their love for the Lord and love for the scriptures. ..." (Oh really!)  The younger Graham also said, "Probably (Samaritan's Purse) largest base of support comes from the charismatic community."

 

Being a chip off the old block, you may be sure that Franklin Graham will compromise as much, and maybe even more than his father. Franklin Graham does not use his father's word, "crusade," but uses the secular seeker-sensitive word "festival" for his meetings.

 

 Norman Vincent Peale was the person who was not only responsible for bringing "Christian" psychology into the professing Church, but he also advocated such New Age and/or occult teachings as visualization, pantheism, human potential, positive confession, positive thinking, etc. Once on the Phil Donahue Show, Peale, a 33rd degree Mason, said, "It's not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God, I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine." (Shintoism is an ancient Oriental religion that fuses ancestor worship with mysticism.) He also denied the necessity of believing in the virgin birth.

 

The false teachings of Peal apparently mattered little to Billy Graham. Bible for Today quoted Graham as saying in a speech at a National Council of Churches luncheon on 12/6/66: "I don't know anyone who has done more for the kingdom of God than Norman and Ruth Peale, or have meant any more in my life -- the encouragement they have given me" (Hayes Minnick, BFT Report #565, p. 28). Graham even once allowed Peale to give the benediction at one of his New York City rallies, and then sent the names of some 400 new "converts" to Peale's Marble Collegiate Church.

 

One of Norman Vincent Peale's most "successful" protégés is:

 

Robert Schuller.

 

Schuller teaches that there is no need for one to recognize his own personal sin, no need for repentance, and no need for the crucifixion of self. Concerning the latter, Schuller teaches just the opposite philosophy -- that self is to be exalted -- which is nothing less than an outright denial of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (See Self-Esteem: The New Reformation, wherein Schuller says, "Jesus knew His worth; His success fed His self-esteem. He suffered the cross to sanctify His self-esteem and He bore the cross to sanctify your self-esteem. The cross will sanctify the ego trip" [cf. Matthew 16:24].

 

Never the less, Graham endorses this apostate as well, saying: "Robert Schuller is a great man of God, whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop and loose" (cf. John the Baptist's statement when speaking of Jesus in John 1:27!). Graham is also the one who advised Schuller, back in 1969, to start his "Hour of Power" television show. In 1972, Graham made Schuller a leader in his Anaheim Crusade, saying, "There is no one in all the world I love in Christ more than I do Bob Schuller. ... He has done some of the greatest things for the Kingdom of God of any man in our generation" Graham made a personal appearance on Schuller's 1000th anniversary program (aired 4/2/89), relating how he had encouraged Schuller 20 years earlier when he said, "Bob, why don't you think of telecasting your services." [Graham spoke at Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral in 1985, and the two men came up with a joint definition of "born again" as "a decision to stop carrying your own luggage" (Paul Harvey's report, 7/15/85).}

 

To cooperate with or take part in a Graham crusade will automatically necessitate fellowship with those who have denied the cardinal doctrines of the faith. For example, Graham not only has influential unbelievers on his crusade platforms, but has also had, on a regular basis since at least 1972, Catholic counselors counsel with new Roman Catholic "converts," referring these new converts back to their own Catholic churches for follow-up. In fact, Graham won't even hold a crusade in a city unless he is assured of wide denominational support (i.e., ecumenical backing). This calls into question the authenticity of Billy Graham's Christianity. Over the years, Catholic leaders have learned they have nothing to fear from Billy Graham crusades. They use the Graham crusades to retrieve non-practicing Catholics and even to gain proselytes to Romanism. Graham's call to "receive Christ," or "make the step of faith," or "come to Christ tonight," is general enough to allow Catholic leaders to insert their sacramental gospel into it.

 

The fact that Graham is working with the Catholic churches and never sounds any warnings about Romanism gives people the idea that he accepts their theology. Catholic priests simply teach the inquirers that they are born again at baptism and repeatedly renewed in Christ through all sorts of religious activities -- the mass, family duties, the rosary, even coming forward at evangelistic rallies (Wilson Ewin, The Assimilation of Evangelist Billy Graham Into the Roman Catholic Church, pp. 38-39):

 

"For some unexplainable or even mysterious reason, Billy Graham is unable to discern the theological, moral, and spiritual soul of Roman Catholicism. Likewise, he has failed to grasp, or worse still, has chosen to ignore the historical character of the entire Vatican system. Instead, he has chosen to become attracted, impressed, and finally to honor and follow the Holy See. The result has been a tragic failure on his part to understand the difference between the truth of God's Word and the utter blackness of Roman Catholicism" (Ewin, p. 22).

 

["Early on in my life, I didn't know much about Catholics. But through the years I have made many friends within the Roman Catholic church. In fact, when we hold a crusade in a city now, nearly all the Roman Catholic churches support it. And when we went to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., for the crusade [last year], we saw St. Paul, which is largely Catholic, and Minneapolis, which is largely Lutheran, both supporting the crusade. That wouldn't have happened 25 years ago" (Billy Graham interview with Promise Keepers New Man magazine, March-April 1997).]

 

Graham even has a hard time taking a truly Christian position on moral issues. Case in point,  when in Portland for the 9/92 Crusade, Graham had the unique opportunity to declare that homosexuality is sin. He was asked about his position on Oregon's upcoming (11/92) statewide referendum that would declare homosexuality abnormal, and would thereby prohibit government support of it. Rather than giving a clear answer from the Bible, Graham played the politician:

 

"I find it is emotional, with strong arguments on both sides of the issue. I intend to stay out of national and local politics while here. God loves all people whatever their ethnic or political background or their social orientation. ... Christians take opposing views on many issues ... those on both sides of the issue must love each other. ... I never speak against other groups" (9/22/92, The Statesman Journal).

 

Concerning the issue of abortion, on ABC's "Good Morning America" (GMA) (9/5/91), Graham, when asked the Christian position on abortion, said: "... there is a Christian position, I think. But I'm not prepared to say what it is." Then, again two weeks later on GMA (9/19/91), Graham said: "But there are occasions when abortion is the only alternative" (although he didn't say when it is okay to snuff out innocent, unborn human life). (Reported in the 2/22/93, Christian News.)

 

Billy Graham seems to have done a lot of flip-flopping concerning his theological views. For instance, in 1952, and again in 1958, Billy Graham made sound statements concerning the separation from those who teach false doctrine. For example, in 1952 he wrote to Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.: "We have never had a man on our [crusade] committee that denied the virgin birth, the vicarious atonement, or the bodily resurrection." In 1958, Graham stated in Eternity magazine: "If a man blatantly denies the deity of Christ or that Christ has come in the flesh, we are not to even bid him Godspeed. Thus, the Scriptures teach that we are to be separated from those who deny the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. ... I am to treat him as an Antichrist and an enemy of the cross." But, as early as 1963, Graham had United Methodist Bishop, Gerald B. Kennedy, as his Los Angeles Crusade Chairman. Kennedy wrote in one of his books (God's Good News, p. 125): "I believe that the testimony of the New Testament taken as a whole is against the doctrine of the deity of Jesus. ..." Graham had this to say about Kennedy in 1963, "Bishop Kennedy is one of the ten greatest Christian preachers in America."

 

His most dramatic change regarding false religions, came in 1948, when he said: "The three gravest menaces faced by Orthodox Christianity are Communism, Roman Catholicism, and Mohammedanism." But by 1973, however, Graham had changed his tune. He said that Communist Mao Tse-Tung's "eight precepts are basically the same as the Ten Commandments," he praised the Roman Catholic mass as a "very beautiful thing", and said Mohammed Ali's beliefs in Islam "are something we all could believe."

 

In 1985, Graham affirmed his belief that those outside of Christ might be saved. Los Angeles reporter David Colker asked Graham: "What about people of other faiths who live good lives but don't profess a belief in Christ?" Graham replied, "I'm going to leave that to the Lord. He'll decide that" (Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 7/22/85). While this answer might appear reasonable to those who do not know the Bible, in reality it is a great compromise of the truth. God has already decided what will happen to those who die outside of faith in Jesus Christ. The book of Ephesians describes the condition of such as "children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3) and "having no hope, and without God in the world" (Eph. 2:12). That is why Christ must be preached. Men without a saving knowledge of Christ are condemned already (John 3:18). There is no mystery or question about this matter, because the Bible has plainly spoken.

 

Graham has said that the virgin birth of Christ is NOT an essential part of the Christian faith. In an interview with a United Church of Canada publication in 1966 ("Billy Graham Answers 26 Provocative Questions," United Church Observer, July 1, 1966), Graham gave the following reply to a question about the virgin birth of Christ:

 

Q. Do you think a literal belief in the Virgin birth -- not just as a symbol of the incarnation or of Christ's divinity -- as an historic event is necessary for personal salvation?

 

A. While I most certainly believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, I do not find anywhere in the New Testament that this particular belief is necessary for personal salvation.

 

Lets look at this question logically: How would it be possible for a saved person to deny the virgin birth of Jesus Christ? If Jesus Christ were not virgin born, He was a sinner; and if He were a sinner, He could not have died for our sins. Further, if Christ were a sinner, and if He were not virgin born, He was a liar for making such claims and the Bible that records those claims is a blatant and wicked lie, and the Bible-believing Christian is a deceived and foolish person whose faith has no authoritative foundation. Aside from the virgin birth, there is no Gospel and no Salvation and no authoritative Bible. The virgin birth of Christ is a "fatal" doctrine, meaning it is crucial for salvation. The entire Gospel stands or falls on the virgin birth.

 

An interview on CNN's "Larry King Live" television broadcast once again reveals just how far Graham has fallen from the orthodox teaching of Scripture. King interviewed Graham for a full hour on Christmas Day, 1998. During the course of the interview, King questioned Graham about the afterlife soon after Graham had mentioned he was not afraid to die since he knew he would be with God:

 

GRAHAM: I'll know Him. He'll know me. He will receive me. I believe the moment that I die, an angel comes and takes my hand and leads me into His presence.

KING: “In your body or through a soul?”

GRAHAM: Both -- maybe both, because we have been resurrected. Remember, this body's coming back together again. Nothing ever disappears ...

KING: “All right. You'll meet Jesus and then what will it be like? What will paradise be like?”

GRAHAM: It's going to be like paradise. It'll be the -- everything that you ever wanted for happiness will be there. People say that the Bible teaches there's no sex in Heaven. If sex is necessary for our happiness and fulfillment, it'll be there. And then, if certain other things that we think are pleasurable will -- it'll be there.

Graham's theology is completely contrary to Scripture. God's Word never teaches that whatever is necessary for physical human happiness will be the believer's lot in heaven. On the contrary, the believer will rejoice in praising God and fulfilling His will, not the desired will of the individual. The believer's physical body, while on the earth, is still wrestling with the lusts of the flesh and the pride of life that are certainly pleasurable to the earthly saint. But heaven will be a place where the believer will fulfill the will of the Savior and honor and glorify Him throughout all eternity. To give the impression that heaven will be a type of hedonistic paradise is dangerous, false theology.

Graham also believes that men can be saved apart from the Name of Christ. During a televised interview with Robert  Schuller on 5/31/98, Graham said:

SCHULLER: “Tell me, what do you think is the future of Christianity?”

GRAHAM: Well, Christianity and being a true believer -- you know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ. [How can anyone love Christ or know Christ and not be conscious of it (Rom. 8:9,16; 10:14; 1 John 3:24; 4:13; John 3:18)?] And I don't think that we're going to see a great sweeping revival that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time. I think James answered that -- the Apostle James in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said that God's purpose for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus [How can this be? (cf. Acts 4:12; Rom 10:13)], but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think that they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven.

You now have a clear picture of the doctrine and theology of Evangelist Billy Graham. You can clearly see that he is hand-in-hand with the rest of the Word-Faith crowd.

Number four on their list is:

JOYCE MEYER (Ta Da)

Joyce Meyer is another rising star on the Charismatic horizon with a weekly program on cable TV and the Trinity Broadcasting Network and a new book, The Word, The Name, The Blood, is the latest example.

As a Christian, one would expect a “Christian” teacher, preacher, evangelist and author who claims to be speaking and writing out of a calling from the Holy Spirit would consistently put forth a message that is doctrinally sound from sermon to sermon and book to book. Not so with the “Christian” Charismatic scene. One finds that such expectations often come to naught. Joyce Meyer is no exception.

With her books, her television shows and her rising fame, one would think that Meyer has a firm grip on what she believes. Well, ya know what? No way. By her own admission, her teachings are ‘evolving’, (now there is a nice “New Age”, “New Speak” word for you). A look back over her weekly program and tapes reveals that her preaching style, even though somewhat folksy-sounding, is rather strident, aggressive and authoritarian. Meyer has a tone of knowing it all. The following is an excerpt from one of her tapes:

You know something? I liked myself before I had started studying on this because that’s something God had just worked in me the last seven years. And I didn’t start out liking myself. I didn’t like myself at all. But I’m telling you after I’ve studied this message, I’m so excited about me that I hardly know what to do.

Yet, her current book reveals a rather different attitude:

Several years ago I found myself completely worn out from trying to fight the devil. I learned many ‘methods’ of spiritual warfare; however, they did not seem to be working ... I had fallen into the trap that many Christians fall into. I had the right teaching, but the wrong order ... I was feverishly applying methods I had learned — like fasting and prayer ... rebuking and resisting evil spirits ... empty formulas which wear us out and produce no results except maybe a sore throat (The Word, The Name, The Blood, pp. 28, 32, 33).

Classified as a Word-Faith teacher and as such, Meyer has exhibited an inclination to flip-flop on major doctrines. The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make, Meyer’s 1991 booklet geared toward nonbelievers, echoes the Word-Faith view of Christ’s atonement:

During that time He entered hell, where you and I deserved to go (legally) because of our sin. He paid the price there ... no plan was too extreme ... Jesus paid on the cross and in hell (pg. 35, underlining in the original).

God rose up from His throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless Son of God, ‘Let Him go.’ Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus ... He was resurrected from the dead — the first born-again man (pg. 36, underlining in the original).

His spirit went to hell because that is where we deserved to go. Remember in the very beginning of this, I said, ‘When you die, only your body dies. The rest of you, your soul and spirit, goes either to heaven or hell’ (ibid.).

There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth I am presenting. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that Jesus took your place in hell (ibid.).

Jesus went to hell for you (pg. 38, underlining in the original).

Meyer teaches the classic “Born-Again Jesus” gospel that has been taught by:

Copeland,

Benny Hinn

Kenneth Hagin, Fred Price, Jan Crouch, just to name a few. It’s usually presented under the guise of “revelation knowledge,” given by the Holy Spirit and grounded in Scripture. However, this gospel does not stand up under biblical scrutiny.

Time and again, Charismatics will defend their position by saying, “Jesus went to hell. Doesn’t it say so somewhere in the book of Acts?”

Yes, according to Ephesians 4:8-9; 1 Peter 3:18, it is true that Jesus went to hell, but our focus and attention should be on what He did or didn’t do there. However, Meyer and the rest of the Word-Faith Charismatics teach that Jesus went there to pay for our sins. In other words, it’s the same kind of payment, or perhaps even better than that He made on the cross.

When you recall Meyer’s repeated declarations: He paid the price there ... Jesus paid on the cross and in hell ... Jesus took your place in hell ... Jesus went to hell for you, keep in mind that every pseudo-Christian sect and cult disparages the cross, which makes them an enemy of the cross of Jesus Christ, which is one who dares to suggest that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was insufficient for salvation. Such an individual is teaching another gospel. No enemy of the cross can be a brother in Christ, therefore, the final destiny of such teachers is destruction (Philippians 3:19).

In her now-unavailable tape, “What Happened from the Cross to The Throne?” Meyer teaches the “Born-Again Jesus” doctrine which is a close, if not identical, copy of the Kenyon/Copeland theme and title.

On the tape, she stated that at age 36, she received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and sometime later felt a flipping and a turning in her stomach. This, she said, led to an understanding of her justification and a deeper revelation of Jesus’ spirit death in hell, where He became sin and was tormented by demons. She also states that when God yelled down through the universe, ‘That’s enough. Let Him loose,’” Jesus was able to rise. She admits this understanding does not come from the Bible, saying it came from our spirit man. Most likely it came from the likes of Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin.

 On the same tape, Meyer also claimed that she no longer is a sinner:

I’m going to tell you something folks, I didn’t stop sinning until I finally got it through my thick head I wasn’t a sinner anymore. And the religious world thinks that’s heresy and they want to hang you for it. But the Bible says that I’m righteous and I can’t be righteous and be a sinner at the same time ... All I was ever taught to say was, ‘I’m a poor, miserable sinner.’ I am not poor, I am not miserable and I am not a sinner. That is a lie from the pit of hell. That is what I was and if I still am then Jesus died in vain. Amen?

But what does the Apostle John say? If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8).

 

Word-Faith teachers advocate that through speaking and positive affirmations we can create our own reality. They usually refer to Genesis 1 and show that God spoke the world into existence and extrapolate that we, too, can speak creative words and can speak reality into existence, thus, Meyer writes in her new book (The Name, The Word, The Blood, pg. 37) Words are containers for power. The very fact that this premise falls apart because we are not God does not stop Meyer from saying, Remember then, that the Word of God is both spirit and life, use wisdom and begin speaking life to your situationMeyer’s evolving, changing Word-Faith views are at best aberrant, confusing, misleading and unscriptural.

 

The fall 1994 issue of the Christian Sentinel, the newsletter of Eastern Christian Outreach, reviewed the doctrine and practice of Meyer based upon her series of speaking engagements in the Philadelphia area. Jackie Alnor reported that Meyer’s methodology during the visit to the city was patterned after the “laughing” spectacles of Rodney Howard-Browne, (founder of the Holy Laughter movement).

 

Meyer responded to the Sentinel’s criticism in a cassette tape titled, “Like a Mighty Wind,”:

 

It amazes me, and not only does it amaze me, it aggravates me. These people who think they’ve got a ministry of exposing what’s wrong with everybody else ... Man, I just got written up in a newspaper in Philadelphia ... they mention in this one article, they mention about 5 or 6 or 7 national ministries. I got my own column. Had my own little column in there, telling how I came to the city and I manipulated the people and I did this and that and something else. Oh garbage, garbage, garbage! Why is it that people think that it’s their call to go around and find out what’s wrong with everybody else and print it? Do you know when people were trying to stop Jesus, finally, some very wise man said, ‘Why don’t you just leave us alone? If it’s of God, you’re not gonna stop it. And if it’s not God, it won’t last too long anyway.’ Hallelujah! I mean, that’s just the way I feel about it.

 

Her incorrect citation of a speech by the rabbi Gamaliel (Acts 5:34-40) is a typical Charismatic reply to evaluations directed toward extremes within the movement. Meyer’s citation of the passage also makes it sound as if Gamaliel had been a part of the early Church. Meyer says, Finally, some very wise man said, ‘Why don’t you just leave us alone? However, the clear Word of God states: Therefore, in the present case, I advise you: Leave these men alone (Acts 5:38).

 

Meyer’s writings and tapes continue to lack solid biblical teachings, but fear not, for next month, next year, or the year after she will have again evolved and changed her teachings and be spreading different errors and “revelations.”  We should heed Scripture which clearly states that: We are to avoid those who are devoid of sound doctrine and are like wandering stars (Jude 12-13).

 

Number nine on their list is:

James C. Dobson (Ta Da)

James C. is founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs that are heard in 25 languages on over 8,300 radio facilities in 164 countries, Ph.D., is a bestselling author and recognized advocate for the family. He is also founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his internationally syndicated radio programs that are heard in 25 languages on over 8,300 radio facilities in 164 countries, but there is more to Dobson then meets the eye.

Self-esteem is a high priority for many professing Christians, who work hard to develop self-esteem in them-selves and in their children. Dobson has enthusiastically touted self-esteem through his books and his Focus on the Family radio program and other ministry efforts and because he professes Christianity and promotes family values, many people assume that Dobson's teachings on self-esteem are Biblical, but they can be found nowhere in the Bible unless Scripture is bent to fit.

A New York Times article quotes Albert Bandura, a psychology professor at Stanford, as saying that "self-esteem affects neither personal goals nor performance." Dobson is dead wrong about self-esteem from both a Biblical and research perspective. None-the-less, in spite of all the research that continues to contradict Dobson's position on self-esteem, his books continue to be popular. Moreover, because he has combined the psychology of self-esteem with the Bible, many will have a difficult time giving it up. To those who are Biblically illiterate, it has become a major part of their faith and no amount of research to the contrary will dissuade them.

Despite all of the psychological nonsense Dobson has brought into the church, there is still hope. God's Word is true and we can depend on Him, who by His "divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:3,4).

Dobson was a professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, until he gave up the practice of medicine in 1977 to launch his California-based radio program. Unlike most of America's evangelical leaders, Dobson has no theological credentials, and he bristles when he is called a preacher. His arguments, however, frequently cite Biblical authority, and he is often photographed waving a Bible while speaking -- he looks like a preacher, sounds like a preacher, and preaches like a preacher. So, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then by God it is a duck.

If it weren’t for his teachings on self-esteem, much of his theological teachings are “right on the mark” Scripturally. His father was a Nazarene preacher who spent hours praying on his knees every day. Strict interpreters of Scripture, Nazarenes advocate a lifestyle that discourages alcohol, tobacco, and premarital sex. Husbands are recognized as the head of the household, and adolescent social situations such as dances are closely monitored. Where Dobson goes wrong is bringing “New Age” psycho-babble into his religious messages.

 

One needs to evaluate this man's teachings in the light of the Bible, under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. God has given into your hands, precious living souls. Your children are not your own, they do not belong to the New Age social engineers either, they are entrusted to you for a season by the Creator, the Lord God. As parents and Christian caretakers of souls, our duty lies in bringing children to the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, and teaching them diligently from the Word of God. No where in Scripture are commanded by God to update and "improve" on His instructions on rearing children by using the psychological reinforcing, conditioning techniques of the Godless!

 

Being that Dr. Dobson's influence is so strong, perhaps we should take a closer look at some areas of his ministry and what is really coming out of Focus on the Family. The mission statement adopted by the F.O.T.F. Board of Directors states: "To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in disseminating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and, specifically, to accomplish that objective by helping to preserve traditional values and the institution of the family." Sounds great, but what kind of "values" is he really promoting?

 

In a video titled "Sex, Lies & the Truth”, which was produced by FOTF, two versions were produced, one for the "Christian" groups and one for the secular institutions, such as schools, etc. The purpose of this 30-minute video is to encourage sexual abstinence before marriage. The premise sounds good and is a worthy motive. The Bible clearly teaches sexual purity both within and outside of marriage. The only problem, however, is that the video doesn’t even promote modesty of dress.

 

The following is an analysis prepared by Christian parents who watched the 'Christian' version of the video when it was shown to the youth group at their local church in California:  “The hosts of the video, Kurt & Chelsea Cameron, are movie stars that are posing as examples to youth viewing the video. They are both dressed in shorts; Kurt's are tight and Chelsea's are short-shorts cut up as short as they can go, not great examples of what the Bible describes as modest dress... [Kurt] only gives himself glory, not God, by abstaining.... ",  “Viewers are forced to look at bikini-clad bodies, G-strings, cleavage, demonic/evil faces and images, etc., to get the point. One of the quotes Chelsea Cameron made was, 'You have to see the whole picture before you make a decision” (not true! Chelsea said, ‘Look inside yourself and do what's right for you.’ " (This last sentence is disguised New Age terminology!)

 

The reasons given throughout the video for remaining a virgin are based on scare tactics, such as not getting AIDS, respecting yourself, not getting pregnant, etc. The "issue of sin wasn't even addressed" in this video. We certainly do not need to turn to Hollywood to promote Christian values. To tell the truth, Morality is wonderful, but we need more than morality for morality without salvation will never get anyone to heaven.

 

In response to a critical letter from Bible-Science Newsletter, Dobson said that he takes the first eleven chapters of Genesis to be poetry, not factual history, and thereby, is fully justified in making a figurative rather than literal interpretation of them! A verse in "The Garden Song" (which was handed out to people in the distribution center to be sung at a gathering) states: "Plant your rows straight and long, season with a pray'r and song, Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her loving care." The very mention of Mother Earth shows the pagan/New Age orientation of this song. There is no credit given to God who makes all things to grow, but it's "Mother Earth" who will make you strong.

 

There are number of things promoted by Focus on the Family that has New Age overtones. For instance, The Lion King, a video which sold 20 million copies in the first week, was endorsed by FOTF. This video contains "New Ageism, Neo-paganism, Hinduism, pantheism/environmentalism, astrology, and occult imagery" as well as the promotion of homosexuality. A homosexual produced parts of the soundtrack, and two 'outcasts' (Timon and Pumbaa) represent homosexuals and the 'intolerant discrimination' they experience in our society. Well known homosexual, Ernie Sabell, the voice of the Wart Hog in the film (Pumbaa) admitted: 'These are the first homosexual Disney characters ever to come on the screen.” Some great family values.

 

Al Dager ["Media Spotlight'] writes: "The Lion King packs powerful New Age symbolism and philosophy. Its theme, the 'Circle of Life,' is a variation on the cycles of nature: life, death, and rebirth [reincarnation], particularly as it relates to the theory of evolution. Shamanistic ritualism is graphically portrayed in the dedication of the baby Simba to the spirits of the earth." No matter, the August 15, 1994 issue of Parental Guidance, a magazine published by Focus on the Family, states: "Despite a few slight imperfections, The Lion King is a wholesome, brilliantly animated picture relating the importance of family and responsibility.” So homosexuality, occultism, reincarnation, magic, etc., are "wholesome" and relate to the importance of the family and responsibility?!  So much for James C. Dobson.

 

Number ten on their list is:

Chuck Colson (Ta Da)

Chuck Colson, imprisoned during the Watergate scandal, is founder and head of Prison Fellowship Ministries in Lansdowne, Va., the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims and their families. Colson is also an author and host of “Break Point,” a syndicated national radio show.

Colson's world collapsed when he was trapped in the Watergate scandal. He was an Episcopalian with no understanding of saving faith. A man by the name of Tom Phillips pointed him to Christ. When left alone he humbly cried out, "God, take me as I am."  Shortly after, he was sentenced to prison. After his release from jail (he served seven months of a one-to-three-year federal prison sentence), Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM) to help "meet the needs" of the kind of men he met in prison. PFM now operates programs in more than 80% of the prisons in the U.S. 

Colson claims to have been converted in 1973 by reading C.S. Lewis. For those who are not familiar with Lewis’ writings, his theology is a garbled mixture of some ideas from the Bible, more from the Anglo-Catholic Church, and many from pagans. Lewis was a member of the apostate Church of England, an institution whose history is based largely on theological compromise with Rome. Colson was later tutored in theology by R. C. Sproul, who clings tenaciously to Aristotelian and Roman Catholic philosophy, while preaching the sovereignty of God, apparently believing that a mind divided against itself can too stand. From these “humble” beginnings, it is not difficult to see from where Colson learned his twisted theology and ecumenical philosophy.

Next to Billy Graham, Colson is probably the most responsible for the growing acceptance of Roman Catholics on the part of professing evangelicals. Colson’s PFM uses about 50,000 volunteer workers, and employs 21 Directors (some of whom are Roman Catholics) in PFM offices in 83 countries. (Over 70% of PFM's chaplains are Roman Catholic.) He has an ecumenical record of praising liberals, Roman Catholics, and Charismatics. In July of 1998, Detroit businessman Michael Timmis was named chairman of PFM, succeeding founder Chuck Colson who remains on the board as Chairman Emeritus. Timmis is a Roman Catholic. Colson, Timmis, and Jim Berlucchi (Promise Keeper's Catholic evangelist) were scheduled speakers along with two Catholic priests at the "Catholic Men's Conference" June 9-11 at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, which is heavily involved with Marian apparitions and with PK (6/00, The Berean Call). Colson seems to have a policy of speaking anywhere, anytime, regardless of the heresy or apostasy emanating from the pulpit.

Colson calls for unity with Rome, but his appeal is based upon gross misinformation provided to his readers. For example, after explaining that a major catalyst for the Reformation was Luther’s revulsion for the practice of selling indulgences, Colson writes: "The Reformers, for example, assailed the corrupt practice of indulgences; today they are gone"  Indulgences are gone? Hardly! Vatican II's Indulgentarium Doctrina by Pope Paul VI devotes 17 pages to indulgences. This document declares that the Roman Catholic Church commands that the usage of indulgences be kept in the Church; and it condemns with anathema those who say that indulgences are useless! (Adapted from the 4/93, Berean Call.)

Colson finds fault with various segments of the evangelical church, but not with today's Catholic Church. And the praise he gives Rome is often so blind as to be embarrassing, such as his statement that "the Catholic Church, to its great credit, does call heretics to account" (p. 132). Indeed she does, having burned more than a million at the stake! And to this day both Trent and Vatican II condemn evangelicals as heretics for holding beliefs to which Colson subscribes. Surely he must know this! [As an example of Rome's censure of heretics, Colson commends Pope Urban VIII for declaring "that anyone in the New World who kept Indian slaves would be excommunicated" (p. 133). But he fails to mention that this same Pope condemned some heretics to the most horrible slavery of all -- the galleys for life! Nor does he tell us that Urban VIII also threatened an elderly and very ill Galileo with torture for saying that the earth revolved around the sun, and had him on his knees in front of the Inquisition recanting of this "heresy" in fear of his life! Calling heretics to account, indeed!] (Adapted from the 4/93, Berean Call.)

In an article in the Religious News Service (October 16, 1995), Colson described his October meeting with the Pope in New York City. He depicted the Pope as a great moral leader and a friend of Biblical orthodoxy. Consider the following excerpt:

"As one of the evangelicals present, I left with one conclusion: Those who defend eternal moral truths and Christian orthodoxy have taken their stand on common ground. … The pope made it quite clear that he fully supports those of all persuasions who recognize, and work to counter, the enormous problems resulting from our society's flight from the truths of orthodoxy. … When my eyes met the pope's, we stared across centuries of distrust and suspicion and found common ground. ... Orthodoxy is nothing less than that thread that connects the present to the past and the past to the future -- and that is the thing that really bothers our adversaries.

From 8/28/93-9/5/93, more than 6,000 delegates to the Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR) met in Chicago. Just about every demonic false Christ-worshipping cult, Scripture-twisting counterfeit, and apostate Christian group in the world was gathered at the Palmer House for a week of plenary sessions and over 500 meetings and workshops. Prior to the Chicago meetings, a committee made up of the leaders of the world's five major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity) met and chose Chuck Colson as the 21st recipient of the million dollar "John M. Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion -- "for showing "extraordinary originality in advancing humankind's understanding of God." The "Prize" was established in 1972 by New Age pantheist/science-of-mind universalist/investment guru John Marks Templeton. Colson not only agreed to take the money (which actually came to more than $1.2 million for 1993), which he claimed would be used to further the aims of his Prison Fellowship Ministry, but also agreed to attend and speak at the Chicago PWR event.

Among the attendees with Colson in Chicago were a Hindu swami who heads the Divine Life Society of India (Chidananda Saraswati); the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (Abdullah Omar Naseef); the exiled "god-king" of Tibetan Buddhism (the Dalai Lama); the feminist director of the National Council of Churches (Joan Campbell); several Roman Catholic dignitaries such as liberal theologian Hans Kung, the Archbishop of Chicago (Joseph Cardinal Bernardin), a goddess advocate (Dr. Rosemary Reuther), a worshipper in Hindu temples who dresses in robes of a Hindu guru (Dr. Bede Griffiths), and even the Vatican's official representative (Francisco Gioia of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue); representatives of the Eastern Religions of Taoism, Confucianism, and Shintoism; officials of the satanic Lucis Trust; Zoroastrian sun god worshippers; witchcraft priestesses, Santeria/voodoo high priests, and various shamanists and animists; apostate "Christians"; Freemason higher-ups; serpent charmers; liberal Jewish rabbis; assorted New Age "dignitaries"; and Druid priests! Even the American Humanist Association was represented. In all, occultists and religionists from over 130 countries came to celebrate their "Unity in Diversity."

The joint goal of PWR is Unity -- it "seeks to encourage understanding of the benefits of each of the great religions," and ultimately, to bring all the world's faiths and religions together as one, (CAN YOU SAY: ‘ONE WORLD RELIGION’?). Thus, you can see that the PWR is made up of a bunch of deceived and misguided zealots blindly following the pied pipers of ecumenism. The 4/19/93 Christian News said: "The World Parliament of Religions promotes an anti-scriptural universalism, the notion that all religions worship the true God and that Christianity is not the only true and saving faith." This intent was reiterated by Templeton himself at the first news conference (2/17/93 in New York), where he announced that Colson, who was present, was the 1993 Prize recipient. In response, Colson said, "I salute Sir John for establishing this award ...".  Ask yourselves, Would Paul have accepted such a prize offered by the pagan leaders of his day? Then why excuse Colson?

 

Colson's Prison Fellowship appears to be a money-hungry group that milks its members big time. In the summer of 1993, Colson sent out a computer-generated, fundraising letter to his thousands of followers. In the letter, Colson tearfully appealed for an immediate $800,000 or, he claimed, Prison Fellowship wouldn't be able to pay its summer bills. This letter was sent just after Colson's group had pocketed over $1 million he had received in May from the "Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion."

Is Chuck Colson, then, a wolf in sheep's clothing -- a "born again" New Ager disguised as a Christian? I’ll leave that for you to decide for yourselves.

 

 

Number eighteen on their list is:

Bishop Eddie L. Long (Ta Da)

Bishop Eddie L. Long is God’s visionary for New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which has grown from 300 in 1987 to 25,000 today. Long has close relationships with key leaders in the religious, political and entertainment arenas; consequently, he is advancing the Kingdom of God in a whole new way, (I bet he is).

I ran into a rather curious and troubling situation, while doing a Google search on:

Bishop Eddie L. Long

 

With the exception of the following quotes, I have been unable to reach any of the web sites, listed in the Google search, that had any information regarding Longs theological or doctrinal beliefs. Why? Because ALL of those sites were listed as “Unavailable”. Why is that? I was able to get information on all the other TBN and Word-Faith preachers, but the only sites available on Long, were the ones that praised him. I will let you, the reader, come to your own conclusion as to why. This is one of those things that make you go “Hmmmmmm”.

All I can tell you, is that Bishop (?) Eddie Long IS part of the TBN family of preachers, and very often he uses the jargon of Word-Faith and the Charismatic movement, such as:

"Everything that you have been speaking is coming...Touch your neighbor and say, 'You got power in your mouth.'  Tell them, 'There is power in your words...It is so important that you change your vocabulary.  A lot of the stuff I found myself in, I spoke it."

"I don't make poor gods!  You know why some of you haven't got a financial breakthrough?  It's because, first--You ain't recognized who you are.  And you don't recognize as a god you have territory.  So God cannot release your wealth because you still don't know you have a territory. But just as soon as you realize that, 'I am a god.'  And as revelations reveal, 'I am a king.'  He is King of kings.  He is God of gods!  But you know what?  Some of you still, you will go to work and mess this up in a testimony. 'I was at church and Bishop Long said--I ain't say you were gods!  God said it!  Show them the Scripture."

(Bishop Eddie Long, "You are Mighty," tape from his ministry)

 

"You need to understand when folk start talking about stuff and how evil things are.  You'll look at them and say, 'But, I ain't going out like that!'  Well how come?  Because, I'm god!  I'm little 'L.'  I'm not going out like men.  I believe what God said about me!  How you going to kill god?  That's a good question.  How you going to kill god?  How you going to kill him?  So if you look like Him then you'll talk like Jesus.  What did Jesus say?  'Ain't nobody going to take my life.  When it's time to go I'll lay it down.'  But ain't nobody taking my life."

(Bishop Eddie Long, "You are Mighty," tape from his ministry)

 

All I can say is that 'Bishop'(?) Long is a "Chip off the Word Faith/Charismatic block".

 

Number forty-four on their list is:

Pope Benedict XVI, (Ta Da)

Pope Benedict XVI, the former Roman Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and successor to Pope John Paul II, is the 265th reigning pope; and the head of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. He was elected to the position in a papal conclave April 19, 2005.

Cardinal Ratzinger was born into a traditional Bavarian farming family in 1927, although his father was a policeman. At the age of 14, he joined the Hitler Youth, as was required of young Germans of the time, but was not an enthusiastic member.

Ratzinger studied for the priesthood at Traunstein seminary. However, these studies were interrupted during World War II when he was drafted into an anti-aircraft unit in Munich.

In 1945, toward the end of the war, Ratzinger deserted the German army and was held briefly as a prisoner of war by the Allies. His experiences under the Nazi regime convinced him that the Church had to stand up for truth and freedom.

Cardinal Ratzinger's conservative, traditionalist views were intensified by his experiences during the liberal 1960s. In 1966 he took a chair in dogmatic theology at the University of Tuebingen. However, he was appalled at the prevalence of Marxism among his students.

One particular incident at Tuebingen, in which student protesters disrupted one of his lectures, seems to have particularly upset him. He felt religion was being subordinated to a political ideology that he considered "tyrannical, brutal and cruel". "That experience made it clear to me that the abuse of faith had to be resisted precisely," he later wrote.

In 1969, Ratzinger moved to Regensburg University in his native Bavaria where he  eventually rose to become its dean and vice-president. He was named Cardinal of Munich by Pope Paul VI in 1977.

Benedict XVI calls for unification of Christians

VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI outlined goals for his papacy Wednesday, including the unification of all Christians, continuing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and reaching out to people of other faiths.

"This successor of Peter knows he has been entrusted with the task of confirming his brothers ... with the intention of working to reconstitute the full and visible unity of all the followers of Christ," Benedict told cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel for his first Mass as pontiff. (Thursday, April 21, 2005 Posted: 5:36 AM EDT (0936 GMT)

Much like the late John-Paul II, I believe that Pope Benedict XVI will be a bit hard to figure out theologically and doctrinally. As the Roman Pontiff, I know that Benedict will adhere to Roman theology, which often goes against True Orthodox tradition and theology, but how far will he go in opening the doors of the Church to non-Catholic Christians, only time will tell.

Benedict XVI, is considered a direct disciple of his predecessor, John Paul II, and is known for his unyielding embrace of conservative theology. He holds firm to the “ORTHODOX” view on homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, etc. He has referred to homosexuality as "a tendency toward an intrinsic moral evil" and has taken strong stance against gay marriage, while at the same time he teaches that all people should be treated with dignity. He opposes contraception and wrote a memo saying he approved of denying communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

Some in the America's (Roman) Catholic Church are applauding his selection -- saying it affirms the moral center of the faith. Others say he will alienate many progressives who want the church to open its doors wider.

It is the so-called progressives who would like to see the Roman Church open its doors to the One World Religion groups. We will have to take a “wait and see” stance as to just how far Benedict will go in his wish for “the unification of all Christians”.  Will he “hop into bed” with the Word of Faith/Charismatics and the rest of the “religious loonies”? This remains to be seen, and it will be interesting to see how the various Orthodox jurisdictions react if he does.

Ten Reasons Why We Should Shun

WORD-of-FAITH / CHARISMATIC / Pentecostal / EVANGELICAL

Teachings:

 

ONE:

Much like all the cults and Gnostic heresies throughout the centuries, Word-of-Faith requires a “special” knowledge on the part of the adherents in order to be effective. The leaders proclaim that they have a divine commission from the Almighty to bring new spiritual revelations to the Body. The amount of this “knowledge” that can be imparted to the followers, seems to have a direct relation to how much money they give to their particular church.

 

TWO:

On one hand, Word-of-Faith ministers speak of God in a personal way, while on the other hand they treat Him like some form of cosmic source of energy that can be manipulated by “laws” that even God has to obey in order to create and maintain all of creation. They teach that God ceded control over the earth to mankind, and that He can ONLY intervene with the help of a covenant partner. Such teachings belittle the Sovereignty and Omnipotence of the Almighty God.

 

THREE:

According to Word-of-Faith doctrine, Jesus rejected His divinity and walked the earth as a mere man, albeit a man filled with The Spirit. They teach that Jesus, the Only-Begotten Son of God had to use the Word and the laws of faith to perform miracles. They also teach that upon His death on the cross, He had to take upon Himself the very sin-nature of the Devil, causing His spirit to die, and suffer three days and nights of hellish torment AS A MAN before God the Father commanded Satan to release Him to be re-created as a re-born man, the first of many sons. In other words, there was no Blood Atonement.

 

FOUR:

As a result of this 'Jesus-died-spiritually' doctrine, is all born-again Christians stand in the same place of power and authority as Jesus - not by virtue of their unity with Him, but in themselves, as men filled with the Spirit. Such teaching implies that our resurrection from the dead has already taken place and that we only need to gain the “Special Knowledge” as to our new condition in order to discard the trappings of the fleshly body and begin living as spiritual gods on earth!

 

FIVE:

In order for us to come to an understanding of the unique position that Word-of-Faith gives to man, we should know their interpretation of the Creation. It is that man HAS NO NATURE OF HIS OWN but takes his nature from his 'lord'. It is their view that when God was man’s Lord, then man had a divine nature because he was created as god of the earth, but after man's fall, he took the sin-nature of the Devil and became like Satan, therefore the Word-of-Faith wonks reason that a born-again man has regained his divine nature  and is therefore entitled to use the attributes of his divinity, such as creative powers and domination of the environment etc. (of course all of this bunk goes against all that Holy Scripture teaches).

 

SIX:

In the Word-of-Faith teachings, the redemption is the restoration of mans dominion over the earth. They stress that the loss of dominion over the earth, not sin, is the root problem. So, salvation becomes a matter of re-discovering one's place of godhood and learning to rule as kings on earth. This reduces the role Jesus had to play in redemption as that of a substitute Adam, coming to earth to fulfill all that Adam failed to do, demonstrating the possibilities of dominion, and then taking Adam's place in Hell to let mankind 'off the hook'. They totally miss the whole point of redemption: that Jesus HIMSELF is the Life and Salvation of mankind and that we are only saved in union with Him.

 

SEVEN:

Despite scriptural warnings of apostasy and increasing wickedness in the end-times, Word-of-Faith believers foresee the time coming when - by sheer force of numbers, probably - all mankind has to bow the knee to God. They teach that all the wealth of the world will flow to the Church, and that the laws, government and entire social structure of the world system will have to change. In other words, they believe their goal is the total transformation of the earth through spiritual dominion, and they see themselves as having returned to their god-like state.

 

EIGHT:

Word-of Faith emphasizes the word (not the Son of God, but the scriptures) as the power used to operate all of the spiritual laws. They teach Christians to draw upon powerful 'forces' that reside in the human spirit - such as the force of faith - to bring certain laws into operation. Learning and confessing the Word continually is what is needed to obtain anything we desire. Of course, any true Orthodox Christian knows that this sort of self-rule leads to pride and greed, and that we must deny ourselves and submit our wills to the entire Will of God, as revealed moment-by-moment by the Holy Spirit.

 

NINE:

The Word-of-Faith so-called ministers, teachers and prophets, teach that the only true reality is spiritual, and the earthly senses are deceptive. Therefore, their followers are taught to deny that they are ill, poor or in any way below a god-like state. They are also taught that they can overcome adversity by confessing a suitable 'positive' scripture, instead of seeking God's guidance. The need for forgiveness and the reality of sin are overlooked by teaching that a simple confession of the Lordship of Jesus will effect a change of lifestyle.

 

TEN:

Word-of-Faith teachers and ministries have been the worst offenders in bringing the Name and the cause of Jesus Christ into disrepute. By putting the emphasizes on prosperity they have greedily manipulated believers into giving money they can ill afford. Plus, the over-emphasized teaching about God's healing has led to extravagant claims for miracles that have been exposed as hyperbole and shams.

 

Word-of-Faith doctrinal emphasis is all about success, prosperity, advancement, gain, health and strength with very little compassion for those who fail to come up to these exacting standards. This is a huge misstating of the wisdom of God, and His plan to bring his children to glory, for if we refuse to share in the trials, setbacks and persecutions of Jesus, we are not ready to share His glorification. [Rom 8:17]. The false about man's godhood and superhuman abilities have led to arrogance, self-will and the use of psychic powers to perform miracles instead of a simple dependency on the Holy Spirit.

 

WE NEED TO PUT OUR FAITH IN GOD, NOT IN FAITH:

There has been much written over the past few years about the New Age movement and the great threat it poses to historic Christianity. But we should be just as concerned about the insidious threat that the Word-Faith movement poses to the body of Christ. Why? Because the New Age movement threatens Christianity from “outside” the Church, whereas the Word-Faith movement is a threat from “within” the Church. It is a battle between the gospel preached by the Lord Jesus Christ and another gospel by another Jesus.

 

Word-Faith teachers promise unlimited health and wealth to believers who can conjure up their brand of faith. But, Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Jesus also urged His disciples not to "labor for that which perishes" but to "labor for that which is eternal" (John 6:27). The gospel of prosperity, on the other hand, encourages Christians to focus on what they can receive from Christ in the here and now.

 

Jesus told His followers that by following Him, they will face poverty, rejection, and persecution. For their part, His disciples were willing to face the tyrant's blade, the fires of a thousand deaths and the wild beasts in the arena because they had faith in Jesus Christ and believed that they were not of this world, but rather citizens of Christ’s Heavenly Kingdom.

 

On the other side of the “proverbial coin”, all of the Word-Faith teachings, weather on tapes, videos or television programs, panders to mankind’s baser instincts and greed, what peoples' "itching ears" desire to hear: the promise of earthly gain. As a result, Jesus Christ has become nothing more than a means to an end, and believers are induced through slick Madison Avenue manipulation to come to the Master's table, not to experience fellowship and intimacy with the Master, but to enjoy what is on the Master's table. Why? Because the message they preach, with it’s emphasis on “self”, “riches” and earthly “power”, is nothing more than the outer skin of “TRUTH” crammed full of  “LIES” and “HALF-TRUTHS”.

 

In reality, The Jesus Christ of Holy Scripture is not a means to an end, He is the end (e.g., Phil. 3:7-8). We can read of those who were commended for their faith, yet were destitute, persecuted, imprisoned, and suffered torturous deaths, in Hebrews 11, which is often referred to as the "Faith Hall of Fame”. The men and women mentioned therein, are an example for us, since their earthly lives were characterized more by perseverance than by prosperity.

 

The unholy purveyors of the Word-Faith message promise health and wealth to those who exercise faith in their faith rather than faith in their God. But remember, dear readers, faith is only as good as the object on which it is placed. You would do well to stay clear of these unholy, ungodly false prophets and spend more time reading God’s Truth in the Holy Scriptures. By so doing, you will have a better chance of saving both your money and your soul.

 

*{Our faith is like a finely constructed building.  Each floor is finely constructed as well, each constructed in due time so that all fit together firmly and securely.  Thus, our faith, as given by Jesus Christ to the Holy Apostles is built on the cornerstone, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone.  Now... you may know of a very beautifully high building near you, a colossal building which reaches high into the heavens, the sky and often times the top disappears into the clouds. The entrance, in this example is somewhat hidden and without guidance not everyone can find it!  There are many attendants standing by to direct and guide you further.  These attendants are, at the same time, physicians for the sick and crippled, and dispensers of the food needed for the journey to the building and up to its heights. Once inside you find so many stairways or, shall we say, ladders (as used in olden times) that nearly everyone has his own once he gains entry tot he building.  But all the ladders are steep, narrow and poorly lighted so that without a guide and outside help, it is impossible even to take a step, especially at the beginning.  This building was the work of the wisest Architect, and it was made for the very purpose of enabling people to ascend to heaven and Paradise itself.

 

After hearing this, no doubt you would like to be where this building leads to.  But, in that case, how are you going to act? Of course, first of all, you must get to the building, examine it carefully, ask the attendants about everything, about the building itself, its purpose, how to enter it, and so on.  And the attendants will gladly tell you all that is necessary.  If you are an educated person, go up to the building itself, look at it from all sides and see whether it is build on a strong foundation and whether it can bear the actual weight of the building as well as the people who enter it.  If you are very learned, then examine the materials of which it is made, find out about and investigate all that your eyes can see, and for this purpose you may even use the necessary instruments.  When you have seen and are certain that the building is sound, strong and can fully serve its purpose, then give up all further searching and leave at the doors all the instruments with which you have made your investigations because there they will only hinder you and not help. 

 

Without a doubt or hesitation, enter the building itself, and go without stopping and without fearing the difficulty of the ascent which is really difficult, especially at the beginning. 

 

The ascent to heaven is difficult, but on the other hand it leads straight to that to which all should aspire and which all should seek all their life. 

 

Inside the building you will meet fellow travelers, strugglers, with whom you will go hand in hand, and doctors if you happen to fall and be bruised or hurt; and you will find dispensers of the food you will need for the journey as it will provide the kind and type of nourishment you will need for the journey; you will find guides and directors and teachers who will tell you all that is necessary, and whom you will find and meet until you meet the Lord and Creator of the building Himself.  But, in order to reach the end of the journey more quickly and more surely, the best and most hopeful thing to do is to surrender one's self completely to the Will of the Building and Lord, Jesus Christ, Himself!

 

The Builder and Grand Architect is Jesus Christ.  The floors, and even the rungs of the ladder you ascend are the Holy Apostles, Martyrs and ancient patristic fathers who went before you.  The Holy Bible is like a structure within a structure, this grand building.  But to use all that is provided by the Grand Architect, one must allow the guides, teachers and physicians to aide and assist you.  Some of them are the authors of ancient patristic materials.  Others are alive now and are the duly ordained priests and true "consecrated" Bishops in an unbroken line of succession down through time from the very days of the Holy Apostles themselves. 

 

But, as with all things, even buildings ... there are hijackers and terrorists along the way who are the vessels of the greatest hijacker and terrorist of all times, Satan who is also known as Lucifer.  They use many disguises and have gained entry into the building but have failed to make use of the duly appointed guides, teachers and physicians.  Thus they have hijacked the faith.  As a result, they think that only the material instrument of the Holy Bible is enough, not realizing that there is both an "Oral" and the "Written" traditions.  The written, being the Holy Bible.  They try to interpret it according to their own whim which is their mind, without knowing that the "oral" teachings go hand-in-hand with the "written".  Thus, the hijackers and terrorists have not the slightest clue as to how to use the instruments provided.  They interpret according to their own whim, failing to follow the instructions of the Great Architect and those duly appointed by Him.  These hijackers and terrorists leave eventually and attempt to build their own buildings, the faith, as though they can re-invent it. 

 

These hijackers and terrorists do indeed succeed in getting many people to come to their buildings (faith) which rise high into the sky, but the buildings are made of faulty material which is their un-sound teachings, without having any connection to either sound doctrine or even apostolic truth and succession.  Eventually, their buildings crumble and fall.  Yet, those who go into them are not allowed to examine their buildings as the Grand Architect has allowed for what He has built with His very Life for you to enter.

 

For anyone who has a sincere desire to be where this building leads, it is sufficient if he is convinced that it is sound and established on a firm foundation, and built not by the hands of ordinary artists and workmen, but by the hands of the great Architect Who opened the way into it and cleansed it by His Blood and went by it Himself first.  It is sufficient to be convinced of this; and all the rest, that, why it is built as it is and not otherwise, or why it is there and not in another place, and so on - - -  

 

Those who have been identified in the above article are those who are hijackers and terrorists of the faith by their false presentation of ill man-made doctrines and teachings never before accepted or taught in the true building of Orthodox Catholic Christian Church which is founded on and established by Jesus Christ. He ordained and consecrated out of seventy disciples, twelve men who became Apostles (Bishops) in the Church.  They in turn followed that which He established.  And so down through time and history this has been the way. 

 

Some have left the faith because they were either weak or hijackers and terrorists in disguise, thinking and believing they could appropriate to themself for the sake of self-image, money (gold and silver)... and such - - - all of which is in violations of the commandments laid down by the founder and his Apostles, and those who succeeded them.

 

What the above article points out is that those mentioned and numerous of their kind are, for the most part, truly "Religious" people, being very staunch and stubborn in their brand of faith.  But it is a faith not established on the roots of Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostles.  Those mentioned may be educated and articulate in part, but they have not gained all the instruments of the Great Architect in our story here.  They have not the "oral" transmission... they do not have the "Holy Spirit" in and with them, but the Un-holy spirit of Anti-Christ, the great deceiver, the great hijacker-terrorist to the souls of those who they reach and deceive.  Some of them are very much a "shuckster-jiver" as a means to gain a foothold into your heart through manipulation in order to gain your 'gold' and 'silver (Money!) to support themselves without spiritual and material TRUTH!  These kind of people are spiritual vampires, again... under the influence (whether they know it or not) of the Evil One, Satan, the great deceiver!

 

Everyone would like to obtain material things as easily as possible with little to no work at all.  But once obtained, they loose interest in them and then pursue other 'things' for their interests.  But the one thing they claim to want, the entrance into Heaven ... far to many believe they can gain the faith and storm the bastions of Heaven in the same way by following those false minions of the great hijacker-terrorist, Satan, unbeknownst to themselves. 

 

Did not Jesus Christ Himself say the, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Light".  Therefore, what those minions are teaching is something else while using bits, pieces and scraps, along with the name "Christ" in order to obtain self-image, self-respect, power over you whether material or psychological. 

 

Jesus Christ and those who are truly His servants, in the lines of succession, and who have maintained the dignity, character and perseverance of the faith, even to the degree of sometimes going to their death for the faith, and sometimes going to prison to protect the faith established... are guides appointed by Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostles, Martyrs and Saints through Holy Spirit ... and they are to be listened to, adhered to, for without demanding or using psychological manipulation to gain material wealth for themselves, they are your guides, spiritual physicians, attendants into the building created by the Great Architect, Jesus Christ Himself.}

 

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. 

 

Many of the members of the fundamentalist cultic congregations have no 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 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.

 

To: Those Who call Themselves "Independent" and "Old Catholic"...

 

We should include in this mix of questionable Protestants the following:

 

[Might it be noted that not all members of those congregations are bad as exampled above.  There are many Pentecostal believers and even some Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons who are actually very HONEST, GOOD people who do not necessarily believe that their congregation's members are doing the right things.  Yet, the ministers and pastors of these Satanic cults who follow the heresy road of Satan's making, believe themselves above reproach which allow them to get away even with murder... We know of several members of those so-called "christian" congregations who are owners and managers of gas stations, grocery stores and gas companies whose ideals of their congregations are not what they are supposed to believe.  In fact they are more honorable than many of their ministers and pastors. But the majority of their congregations are so enthralled with this false doctrine that they will do whatever is necessary to stop any FACTS from reaching the public for they see such as attacks....  Hmmmm.... ]

[The leaders, pastors or ministers of these so-called "Evangelical" churches do not want anyone to know the truth because they themselves do not know or want to accept the truth of the roots of Christianity because of the material goals involved (gold, silver, money, land, boats, houses, self-image, power, etc.)  Another reason is because that which is "Catholic" is often misunderstood as being "Roman" which is only a part of the "Catholic Church". 

Now comes those who think and believe they are "Catholic" by calling themselves "Independent Catholic" - others believe themselves "Old Catholic" and "Old Roman Catholic"... And as to those who are true to what it means to be an Old Catholic or Old Roman Catholic we must admit that the true Old Catholics and Old Roman Catholics are those like Archbishop +Andrew Berry of Canada, Archbishop +Bostwick here in the U.S.A. and several others. 

But then we have those who, for example, like +Donald Weeks (photo above right) [oud-katholieke-kerk@yahoogroups.com] and those who are in union with him, lock, stock and barrel; have opted for the falseness of a Catholicism that allows for the inclusion of Pentecostalism attitudes and believes, Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses and more.  It must be noted that not all who subscribe to his yahoo group are with him, but the majority of the membership are. This is another "back-door" which Satan has taken to promote Synchrestic Ecumenism that has been is and continues to be the destruction of Orthodox Catholic Christianity as it was handed down to us by Jesus Christ Himself, His Holy Apostles and Patristic Fathers.  These are the "Cafeteria" Catholics who have opted to be inclusive of female priests, Pentecostalism attitudes, beliefs and worse.  [In Muslims (Islamists) it is their belief as given by their so-called holy book (Quoran or Koran), that the next prophet of Muslims (Islamists) will be through the loins of a man... which means that during certain Muslims (Islamists)ic festivals they must attempt to impregnate (Sodomize) young boys, teenagers and under teen aged youth.... This is a fact of truth which is not told to the world populace.  This is what they do! During those certain Muslim festivals, they are required by their holy book to 'take' a youth, to sodomize him.  But, during other times of non-festival, it could be discerned by Muslims (Islamists)ic law, to be homosexual, depending upon who the Imam is that oversees the observance of their holy laws.  Yet, in many instances, such activities during non-festival times is overlooked, especially if the man caught is wealthy or has political pull, etc. - This almost sounds like the actions of some Jehovah's Witnesses and Pentecostals who abhor and deny any kind of homosexuality altogether, but who, as observant to their satanic faith, will go after those who are "Catholic" or "Orthodox" Catholic.  Because they, like Muslims (Islamists) believe their actions are a Holy Action in the name of their prophet or Messiah. ] It is the aim and goal of so-called "Ecumenists" of these present times, to bring about an amalgamation of all religions and faiths no matter what they are, to be of the same idea that they worship the same God.  This is what the Independent Catholic movement and Independent movement is doing... Thus, anything which spreads TRUTH and FACT is acted against in order to silence them.  The FACTs are that the God of Islam - Muslims (Islamists) is actually Satanic.  The God of many of the Protestant Cults is not the Life and Teaching of Jesus Christ, but a pseudo-idea of what they would like Christ's Life and Teachings to be as a result of the manipulations made to the Bible and reinterpretation by Protestantising cultic groups already mentioned.  It is not necessarily the people who are at fault, they are (for the most part) blind sheep, being led to the spiritual slaughter.  As for those who have opted to join them who had been "Catholic" (Roman or Orthodox), they never had the unfailing faith that abides; they were weak and unchatechized in spirit, although having been catechized through book learning... Their spirit, their mind responded only by rote, not by diligence of the spirit. Thus, if they had been strong out of both spirit and truth in remaining "Catholic" (Orthodox or Roman) they would have opted to take action from within their parish(es) or diocese for any failing of their administrational concerns. ]

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 God, Man & the World - Part C - Awake III - THE UNITED NATIONS, THE INTERNATIONAL MONEY FUND AND THE WORLD BANK:

God, Man & the World - Part D - Awake IV - Tavistock Institute, the Best Kept Secret in America

God, Man & the World - Part E - Awake V - U. N. Influence in Our Schools

God, Man & the World - Part F - Awake VI - The United Nation’s Plans for the Future of the World

God, Man & the World- Part G - Awake VII - What is the  - "Club of Rome?"

God, Man & the World - Part H - Awake VIII - A Closer Look at the One World Order and Bible Prophecy – Part I

God, Man & the World - Part I - Awake IX - A Closer look at the One World Order and Bible Prophecy – Part II - The Culture War in America

  God, Man & the World - Part J - Awake X - A Closer Look at the One World Order and Bible Prophecy – Part III - The Devaluation of Life

 

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