10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:10-11)

Continuing on from my last post, I watched Bishop Tudor Bismark preach in the video below, compared what he said to the scriptures and found that a lot of what he stated was unscriptural and basically tickled the followers ears. We would put so many of these ‘preachers’ unemployed if we just took the time out to study for ourselves. The bible instructs us to test EVERYTHING. The fact that after Tudor Bismark spoke, people would be ‘amening’ in agreement with what he was saying sadly speaks volumes that most Christians today lap up these teachings and dont question what he said and like to have their ears tickled

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (1 Timothy 4:3-4)

So let’s watch the video, and then afterwards, we will look at what is said, look at scripture (whwnever it is used because he hardly uses any in this video) and then measure up the two

There so much here which isnt true but i will attempt to go through some of them

0:05  In the month of April and May all kind of options and blessings are coming into your life. – This is just blatantly not true and gives everyone in the congregation false hope. So you are trying to tell me that EVERYONE will get blessings coming into life in April and May. What about June? What is his definition of blessing?

0.31 He talks about the law of expectation. If you don’t know what you want, you get what you don’t want. What you expect God gives you. If you expect nothing, that’s what you get. The law of expectation means you always get more than you expect. - So does that mean that if I expect a large car, large house and lots of money that God will give it to me? There is no where in scripture (when taken in context) that states that God will always give us whatever we expect. Scripture also does not state that we get what we don’t want if we don’t know what we want. I’m sure when Paul suffered for the gospel, it was not something that he wanted but he got it anyway. There is nowhere in scripture that talks about a ‘law of expectation’ that always give you more than you expect. Again, this panders to the ears of the congregation and of course, who wouldn’t want more than they expect?

1.15 Don’t ask God for pair of shoes, ask for a shoe factory (gospel of you). Don’t ask God for a house, ask for the whole street. Dont ask God for a car, ask for shares in Mercedes Benz – The focus here is all about YOU. When preaching is man centered as this is, it focuses on earthly possessions which is exactly where the bible tells us NOT to set our minds (Colossians 3:2)

2:05 Revelation Knowledge comes in companies. If God does one thing ‘here’, he will do another thing in the same pattern over ‘here’. My question is where in scripture does it say any of this?

2.44 In next 21 days, God is going to give you access – Here is false hope once again. So what happens to a person if after 21 days, God doesn’t give you ‘access’? This stuff makes me mad because it deceives many but even after 21 days, many Christians will still not ask questions when nothing happens or if things get worse.
3:54 God said I cannot hide anything from Tudor, I’m about to give him access . RED FLAG, RED FLAG. Did God actually say that? Now if there is anything in this sermon that should have got your attention, this should have. God will NEVER say that he cannot hide anything from Tudor. That would put Tudor above God. You will see that after this God is telling Tudor a lot of things and there is also a lot of shouting but no substance

6.36 He compares himself to Stephen who was full of the Holy Spirit in Acts 7:54-59. However, if we look at that text, this was just before Stephen got stoned to death. But Tudor talks about how his life is full of blessing, of the anointing, of power and of money (it’s everywhere).

7:08 Don’t criticize what you don’t understand because what you criticize, you can never get. Don’t criticize rich people because you can never be ‘one of us’ and don’t criticize that Mercedes or Bentley because you will never drive it. This is simple manipulation where questioning the man of God or what he has, is discouraged.

7.46 Bless those who are being blessed. The more you bless, you get full of what they have – Again this is manipulation and encourages people to give money and to tithe thinking that God is like a slot machine and they will get back what they have given.

You can see in this video, how much (little) scripture was used versus how much of his own words and thinking was used. And any scripture that was used was basically butchered and eisegesis used instead of exegesis i.e reading THEIR OWN meaning INTO the text instead of letting the meaning come OUT of the text.

Now you can understand how important it is to listen to what you are being taught and not just swallow what you are being fed from the pulpit. Unfortunately, you can see from the video, it is so easy to just follow the crowd and not to follow scripture

There is very little understanding or desire for biblical truth and theology even among Christians. The Bible is not being expounded in many pulpits today. Christian radio saturates the airwaves with talk shows and psychology experts. Christian magazines aimed at the laymen are full of testimonies but devoid of solid spiritual food, and so few believers study the Word for themselves. As a result, we are a spiritually starved people who are no longer able to discern truth from error – Gary Gilly

Look out for Part 3

Related Post:

What does it mean to be a Berean in practice? – Part 1 (Paula White)

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Comments
  1. Corey says:

    Alan, on your blog, there seems to be a lot of criticism of preachers and other brothers and sister in Christ. Could you show me via the scriptures that God has called you to speak about people publicly in such away.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Corey, the whole point of these posts is to look at what some preachers are saying, and encouraging christians to be Bereans (scripture above). Their teaching is out there publicly constantly and I am showing people how to rightly divide God’s word and measuring up with scripture. It is sooo important that Christian defend scripture above their favorite preachers.

      Romans 16:17

      Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM which cause divisions and offences CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and AVOID THEM.

      I am MARKING THEM and warning others about false doctrine

      Paul Marked Alexander the Coppersmith

      “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.” 2 Timothy 4:14-16

      If you want some bedtime reading, http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/naming-names-is-it-biblical-part-1/

      Corey you seem to have a problem with this but is what I am saying true or do you believe it is sound docrine. It may seem innocent but it harms so many people that it would actually be wrong to NOT speak up knowing that so many people are being harmed because they are being fed a lie.

      Also if you look at the first post in the series, you are very guilty of what I said

      “When Shai Linne did his song Fal$e Teacher$, he got a lot of stick about it. So much so that Paula White’s son wrote an open letter to Shai. However, in his response, he never really addressed the real issue at hand and that was ‘Did his mum, Paula White,teach things that did not line up with scripture?’ (This is the typical response that those who challenge a doctrine receive. They never really address the topic at hand but accuse the person of being things such as a heresy hunters or unloving).”

  2. Corey says:

    Alan, when I read the scriptures I like to check other translations to gain understanding, because the word says, with all thy getting get understanding. Say you are MARKING you are taking the scripture out of context.

  3. Corey says:

    Alan, if you read the rest of the scripture, it says that God will crush satan not preachers. The scripture does not tell you to warn anyone, that’s your choice.

    As for the Bereans, where does it say we must be like Brereans ?

  4. Alan Higgins says:

    The scripture gave an example where the Bereans measured up what Paul said to the scriptures. Its ironic that you are asking for scripture proof which is exactly what a Berean is. Are you saying that we shouldn’t do that and just follow what people say regardless and how is marking taken out of context? If someone teaches falsely, whether that be Christians or other religions, Christians are to keep silent? Could God not use people to warn others as he uses people to do other things such as evanglize, encourage, etc. The explanation is in the link

  5. michaelm says:

    Thanks Allan for bringing those examples to our attention and for backing up your much needed warnings , with scripture .

  6. glenda says:

    it is so crazy to me to see a preacher from another country imitating exactly what the american preachers do. i’d like to apologize on behalf of america for doing that to them. (lol) but anyways… i was also apart of this word of faith, pentecostal group and it was horrible. i use your blog, alan, to deprogram myself from the effects of it. i was in that group from 19 until 26 or 26 so that was years of brainwashing. but i thank God for you and your blog. thanks for everything. i’m out now and relearning everything!

  7. PDCM says:

    I get suspicious when I hear preachers give specific details like time frames (90 days, 3hours, 24 hours). The 90′s and mid 2000′s was sturated with the gosple of the flesh. The saints took to messages that promised prosperity. Holiness and simply loving God was almost nonexistent. Today, thank God, there is a shift from that generation to truth and accurate information. Many of us are coming out of those teachings because with all of our jumping, shouting, turning around 3 times, touching our neighbor and tithing out of fear – we still have nothing to show for it but faith that has been in crisis because of, like you said, false hope.

    Thank you for the warning.

    Sonia Kong
    http://praisedancecentralministries.wordpress.com
    http://sistersempoweredintruth.com

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