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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

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

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)

If you have been a follower of my blog, you will know that one of the things that I keep harpening on about is ‘be a Berean’. The scripture above states that the Bereans didn’t just take Paul’s word ‘as gospel’ when he spoke but they examined the scriptures to see if what he said lined up to it. They questioned the ‘man of God’. Even Paul wasn’t untouchable when it comes to scrutinizing what came of of his mouth.

I think the reason why many people dont like to ask questions and thus being a ripe candidate for deception is because they assume that the preacher is always right because he has a higher level of spirituality. They don’t read the bible themselves and don’t know HOW to study the bible and rightly divide the word or simply that they too lazy to open the bible……..until Sunday.

But what does being a Berean actually mean? Why is it so important? How is it done in practice? Why is it that Christians who choose to be Bereans are seen as the unloving ones but false teachers are defended?

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 which can be viewed here. 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). Shai Linne then addressed this topic head on whith his response which can be viewed in full here.

Now before anybody gets on my case, I am not saying that Paula White is not a believer and not going to heaven. I am am not in a position to say that. However, I am in a position to say that what she teaches is false. So lets get into it and view a portion of the letter to see why and what happens when a person listens to what is being taught, reads the scripture, and then measures up the two, being a Berean.

1. False View of the Atonement

Paula White did a series called 8 Promises of the Atonement, that at the time of my writing this, is currently featured on your ministry website. In it, she states that physical healing and financial abundance in this life are provided for in the atonement of Christ. See the following video at the 25:00 mark where Paula White teaches “salvation includes healing.” She says it again at 28:30. But then she goes even further. If you keep listening, she talks about commanding her body not to be sick because of the blood of Christ. She ends this section by boldly declaring around 29:40:

“You are not going to die of sickness. When you go, it’s going to be because of your appointed time of old age and full of life”

For Paula White to say this to a large crowd of people is both false and irresponsible. She has no idea how those people are going to die. The truth is that Christians do get sick. Many godly believers die at young ages from sickness and it is not due to their lack of faith or because they haven’t embraced what’s theirs through the atonement. It’s because God is sovereign.

As He says in Deut. 32:39, “‘See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.”

Psalm 139:14 says “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”.

God sovereignly determines when we live and when we die. And if He appoints or allows a sickness to take our lives, it is because His infinite wisdom determined that it be so.

At the 2:00 mark of this video on your website, Paula White lists “financial abundance” as one of the promises of the atonement. This is false. It is also a slap in the face to the millions godly saints throughout the world today (and church history) who do not live in “financial abundance” like many of us live here in America. Jesus commends the church in Smyrna when He says:

“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan” – Rev. 2:9

In His kindness and care, the risen Savior tells the church in Smyrna that He is aware of their poverty. What does He say after that? Does He tell them that they’re poor because they haven’t fully embraced the promise of His atonement? Does He say they’re poor because of a generational curse, as Paula White teaches at 13:20 in this video?  No. He reminds them that though they are materially poor in this world, they are actually rich in God’s eyes because of their union with Jesus Christ! Like C.S. Lewis once famously said, “He who has God and everything else has no more than He who has God only.”

In 1 Timothy 6:7-8, which is in the same context of a passage I mentioned in the song, it says “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” This is consistent with the New Testament emphasis on contentment, which is almost always mentioned in contrast to the love of money (Heb. 13:5). I’m encouraged to see that you try to put that into practice in your own life, Brad. But in doing so, you’re actually contradicting the teaching of Paula White, who says that the atonement promises your financial abundance. She obviously embraces this teaching herself. It is well documented that she, along with others mentioned in the song, was investigated by the U.S. Senate for financial impropriety due to their extravagant lifestyles.  Much more could be said about this, but let me get to the next false teaching.

2. False “Sow a Seed” Teaching

This is something that is common among the people I named in the song, including Paula White. The premise is that if you give a certain amount of money, God will multiply it and you’ll get more money back in return. As I studied the prosperity teachers, I noticed that they often used this tactic when taking an offering. But when you study the Scriptures, you find that the “sow a seed” passages that are usually referred to are not talking about money at all, but the knowledge of the kingdom of God, which leads to salvation (See Matthew 13:1-23). Even in 2 Cor. 9:6-15, where seed is used in connection with financial gifts, the emphasis is on generously supplying the needs of other churches (vs. 12) and having what you need to serve others effectively (vs. 8). Living out the American Dream is not in view there.

In the following video, Paula White gives an appeal for money at The Potter’s House, the church pastored by T.D. Jakes. Around 2:10 she says, “God is speaking to many”. She then tells them what God is supposedly saying, “Give a $126 dollar offering. For some it may be $1,260, for some it may be $12,600”.

Now if I’m sitting in that audience that day and Paula White says, “God is saying give $126 or $1,260 or $12,600”, what am I supposed to do? If God is saying it and I don’t do it, I’m being disobedient. But here’s the thing. I don’t have to wonder whether or not God is saying that through Paula White because God has already spoken in His Word, the Bible. And in the Bible, God said:

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:7)

What Paula White does in that video absolutely qualifies as compulsion and it actually made me sad for her as I watched it. In this video at 25:08, in the middle of an appeal for money (Start it at 22:28 to get the full context), Paula White promises that “Your seed today is gonna turn everything around for your children, your grandchildren, your family, your spouse, everyone in relation to you. But you have to activate it. Call that toll-free number.” There is no way that that statement could be true for each of the thousands of Christians and non-Christians watching the show that day! What makes it worse is that she’s claiming to speak for God as she does it. And that brings me to the final and perhaps most serious falsehood.

3. Falsely Claiming to Speak For God

As I’m sure you know, Brad, God takes speaking in His name very seriously. To say that God said something that He didn’t say is to lie on God. God takes this sin so seriously that in the Old Testament, the person found guilty of this was to be executed. Check out Deuteronomy 18:20:

“But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’”

The verses following that one give the litmus test for how we can determine whether or not someone is speaking for God:

“And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’—when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously.” (Deut. 18:21-22)

There is nothing new under the sun. People have been falsely claiming to speak for God for thousands of years. Here’s what God said when it was happening in Jeremiah’s day.

“Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23:32

As sincere as Paula White may be, she is extremely reckless in the many false things that she says God told her to tell her listeners. The videos I provided are enough. Just go back and listen to how often she says God is saying something that He could not possibly be saying to everyone listening to her at the time. “You are not going to die of sickness” is just one of many examples I could give. Sadly, her teaching is characterized by this falsehood. She and the other people I mentioned in the song do this all the time.

By the response in the videos, you can tell that most of the congregation just swallowed up what she said and that is where the danger is in many congregations. Nobody really stops to say ‘Hold on a minute. That’s not correct. That’s contrary to scripture’. False teachers are very good at wrapping up their teaching in scripture and twisting it.

For some simple rules on how to read the bible correctly, rightly dividing the word of truth, see this post and this one

To hear Paula White being challenged about her divorce and her doctrine, you can also listen to a interview on this post.

Look out for Part 2 where I will be a Berean once again

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What does it mean to be a Berean in practice? – Part 2 (Bishop Tudor Bismark)

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On my post of Blessings, Breakthroughs and Divine Favor, some of the questions asked were the following:

Are you frustrated that the Lord has not answered your prayers for the breakthroughs and divine favour which you seek?

Have you faithfully tithed but find that the “windows of heaven blessings” continue to elude you?

Have you diligently sown your seeds into “good soil” and confessed daily but you are still not receiving a harvest?

Do you “give to God” faithfully but feel like the Lord has abandoned you as you are not receiving anything in return?

For some reason, as per the cartoon above, some Christians seem to lose their brains and common sense and it frustrates me when I see believers blatantly being deceived left, right and center when they are blinded by false promises. So below are some basic questions that I really wish some Christians would take time to ask. I know a few do ask them already but for some reason, they choose to ignore it and put it to the back of their minds.

  • Why is that that even though you have been are tithing for so long, your financial position has not really increased any different than an unbeliever? In fact, you may now be poorer as a result and in debt
  • Why is it that this ‘sowing a seed‘ prescription seems to always work with the ‘man of Gawd’ but not with you?
  • Why does it seem like a pyramid scheme where the ones at the top seem to benefit and the ones at the bottom seldom do?
  • What happened to the supernatural wealth transfer? How comes you are not benefitting from it?
  • If the seed faith doctrine really works, why doesn’t the church sow back into YOUR life so that they can receive a blessing and get that building or that auditorium?
  • Why do preachers have ‘testimonies’ from members of the congregation or themselves of blessings as proof that something works but it only seems to happen as an exception and not the norm for the majority?
  • In these healing crusades, why are the healers reluctant to have these independently verified?
  • Why doesn’t everyone get healed if they are such a powerhouse.
  • Why are these ‘healings’ normally done in crusades? Surely it would be more of a testimony if they went into the hospital and healed each patient
  • Why is it that every New Year, it has to be the Year of this and the Year of that giving users false hope? As I mentioned in this post when in my old church there was a ‘Year of the Open Door’ for example. Does that mean that in other years, doors would not be open? What about the sovereignty of God? Supposed God did not want a door to open that year because that person had not reached a certain level of maturity? What if doors were closed to build character in a person? Think about it really
  • What happens if after confessing healing that you or your family gets cancer or dies? Why is is that Christians who ‘speak things into being’ do not seem to be exempt from sickness and are no different than unbelievers when it comes to sickness and disease?
  • Why is tithing taught in many churches but if you look in the New Testament after Christ’s death, there is NOT ONE instance of a believer tithing?
  • Why do some pastors and their wives (who a lot of the time don’t need the money) always seem to get ‘love-offerings’ every birthday, Fathers/Mothers day, Christmas etc while you are left struggling to pay your bills every month?
  • Why is it that even though someone shows me from scripture that what my pastor is teaching is unbiblical, I still defend my pastor first instead of defending the scripture?
  • Why is it that the songs that are TOTALLY unbiblical are the ones that Christians seem to celebrate? For example, ‘The Best in Me by Marvin Sapp when the fact is Christ saw exactly the opposite in us and saw the worst in us, that is why he came to save us

Can I really challenge you to think about these questions and don’t just ignore it but act upon it and dont be blinded by loyalty. It is these kind of questions that caused me to question a lot of stuff that I was being taught as mentioned in the ‘About Me’ section above. It was also what prompted me to start this blog.

I hope I have provoked you to think about this.

If you are anything like me. I love the bible and I love reading it, trying to get some undertsanding. There are many questions that I have had and I love the Got Questions website because the answers are very balanced and biblically and doctrinally sound. It answers a wide variety of questions. Some crucial, some not so crucial

You can now have these answers in your pocket if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device as can be seen below.

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I love this app and more often than not, when I have a question about a christian topic, it is there. So what are you waiting for? Click here for info on how to download the app to your device

Ten of my favorite blog posts on Real Christianity

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Christian Living, Evangelism, False Doctrine, False Teachers
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I cannot believe that I have been blogging for over five years beginning with How Important is Doctrine and as of today, have written 619 posts, this being my 620th. Every now and then, I go back to my old posts and re-read some of them, if not for anything else to re-encourage myself. So out of these 600+posts, below are ten of my favorite posts in no particular order and my reasons why. Just click on the titles to read the posts

1. The Marks of False ‘Christian’ teachers and teaching – OK, I am going to cheat on the first one as it was my first series (11 parts in total) called The Marks of False ‘Christian’ teachers and teaching starting with A Form of godliness. I saw so much foolishness in churches and on Christian TV and I knew that a lot of people were beginning to question a lot of things but were afraid to say anything. I just said what they were thinking. So I wrote the series and gave my reasons for doing it as I know a lot of people would think that I was just a heresy hunter. If you want to read the full series, just follow the links at the bottom of the posts

2. To tithe or not to tithe – Tithing was one of those things that kept me in bondage early on in my days and I know keeps many in bondage today. Many preachers use old testament scriptures like Malachi 3:8-12 to manipulate people into giving money and making them feel that they have robbed God if they don’t give their 10%.  That was until I searched the scriptures for myself only to find that the new testament principle of giving is proportional giving and giving out of what you have and not out of what you don’t have thus getting yourself into debt. It is also about a person giving what THEY purpose in their heart (2 Cor 9:7) . I wrote this to make it plain why Christians are not under any obligation to tithe anymore under the new covenant.

3. How do you know that you are saved (that you are a Christian)? – I really enjoyed writing this blog because it became very apparent to me that many people thought that they were Christians but they were actually self-deceived. This troubled me so I wanted to have some kind of ‘test’ whereby a person could measure up themselves to. Luckily the books of 1 and 2 John has such a test and has been one of my most popular posts that is found when people do searches, which tells me that a lot of people really do want to know if they are a Christian or not.

4. So you think that you’re a Christian. Power testimonies from former false converts – This ties in to number 3. When I heard these testimonies, I knew there were countless amount of people in this situation and I wanted to share it because I wanted others to see if they could see themselves in the mirror and if so, do something about it. The worse deception ever is to think that you are a Christian when, in fact, you are not

5. Spending Quality Time with God – This post always comes to haunt me because I know that this is something that I am constantly guilty of not doing but it is a constant reminder of where our priorities should be  

6. When your children don’t want to follow God – This post was and still is a very personal one to me. It hurts me to know that my children (so far) have decided to not follow Christ. I can only pray that God orchestrates the events in their life to point them to him.

7. Every Man’s Battle - I wrote this because it is a taboo subject amongst Christian men but can be a deadly poison if not dealt with….especially when it comes to the summer.

8. The Money Challenge - If anything, this is a shame on most of us as Christians about what motivates us to share the  gospel with others. I never want to be  Christian that as the gospel group, Commissioned, say in one of their songs that we “tend to find security in our salvation. We should constantly think about the lost”

9. Should we ever question what the man of God says – This post goes hand in hand with the post of Touch not the Lord’s anointed. Say goodbye to the untouchable preachers. The reason why I started this whole blogging stuff is because I questioned everything that I had previously heard and decided to go back to the basics of the gospel. You know, things like the cross, salvation, sin, repentance, faith, discipleship and NOT breakthroughs, blessings and divine favour which seems to be so prevalent in churches these days.

10. Christ is the only way, now you choose - I have posted many videos over the years but I love this video because it puts everything in perspective about what Christ has done and how he has provided a way out for those who have repented and put their trust in him

Taken from Desiring God

Introduction
3:29  The glory of God.
7:16  David Wells and the weight of God’s reality.
9:00  Would you write the book the same today?
12:00 The sovereignty of God.
18:47 How do you speak of God’s sovereignty in the presence of tragedy?
22:01 How do all things work for bad for those who reject Christ?
24:14 Do you hedge on Larry King?
27:00 Unconditional election.
30:18 The importance of eternity.
34:42 How do you conceive of eternity: in heaven, on earth?
38:53 What is the Gospel?
42:00 What did Jesus achieve on the cross?
43:40 Repentance.
50:50 Why don’t you call yourself a Calvinist?
53:09 Propitiation.
54:39 Prevenient grace.
1:00:01 Total depravity.
1:03:00 Hell.
1:09:10 Eternal destiny of those who never heard.
1:12:40 The extent of the atonement.
1:17:00 Do unbelievers always do the devil’s bidding?
1:18:40 Your view of the Bible.
1:22:40 Expository preaching and doctrinal depth.
1:28:10 Rick Warren’s sacred trust

In the UK, unfortunately there are many African churches and ‘Pastors’ who subscribe to the health and wealth prosperity message. It is also popular in Africa itself because it preys on the poor and the desperate who will do anything to get out of their situation, even if that means sowing a seed to get them out of debt but in reality puts them more into debt. 

Please listen to this video as it is a refreshing breathe of fresh air to hear something that is not only an African problem but a church problem

Related Posts:

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 5 – The Prosperity Gospel

Money cometh and the anointing money ritual

John Piper – Why I abominate the prosperity gospel

This is the conclusion Steve Campbells take on Morris Cerullo’s Mission to London

A topic that I don’t have time to cover here but will just say that scripture teaches that Jesus The Son Of God paid the price and suffered as a man and nowhere is it taught that God The Father paid a price or suffered some emotionally strain as He watched His Son take on the sins of all mankind. WOF doctrine teaches that Jesus also suffered in hell and then became the first born again man. Cerullo’s words here echo that of the additional Gnostic teachings of pain and suffering by the WOF and other heretical movements gone by.

Word Of Faith also teaches that the promise of physical healing was part of the Atonement and that salvation is a prerequisite for your physical healing. Cerullo’s words here endorse this teaching.

Isaiah 53:5 5But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

This verse is a popular verse amongst Christians, but does this verse refer to literal physical healing or an everlasting spiritual healing?
The two words transgressions and iniquities both refer to sins. The true disease that needs healing is our sins as physical sickness is just a symptom of the spiritually fatal disease of sin. Peter’s declaration in
1 Peter 2:23-24 says;
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

The original Hebrew word for “transgression” is Pe-sha (peh’shah)
Meaning: trespass, sin, and rebellion
http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H6588&t=KJV&page=3
The original Hebrew word for “iniquity” is Avone
Meaning: punishment, sin, mischief.
http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5771&t=KJV
Biblical usage for the word “avone” is perversity ,depravity, guilt and punishment..
The text in their original language never refers to physical sickness.
The only time when we will be free from all earthly physical sickness and disease is when receive an incorruptible body.

1 Corinthians 15:52-55: 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55″O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

Of course this is never explained by the likes of Cerullo and the other WOF teachers leading many to believe in a false teaching on physical healing.
being connected to salvation. Cerullo at this point instructs the crowd to place their hand on the part of the body where there sickness is.

He then states:

“Sometimes when your healing doesn’t happen like that, sometimes its just Jesus testing your faith.”

Sounds like a get out clause to me as Cerullo has been down this path many times before and if someone doesn’t experience healing after he gives the “prophetic” word it will be down to Jesus testing their faith and not Cerullo’s prophetic healing gift.

Cerullo announces that there is an incredible healing anointing about to be
released and once its been released that he wants the first 25 people who have experienced healing under this anointing to come to the stage.
As this “healing anointing” which I presume is falling? The “praise and worship” team start singing again and there are various sections of the crowd engaged in ecstatic worship, some were “binding and loosing” whilst others were “decreeing & declaring”. Cerullo announces that “someone has just got a new kidney in this place.”

This is known as “cold calling”, I mean you have a auditorium of approx 10,000 people its quite obvious that you will have a large variety of illnesses so calling out someone with a kidney problem should have at least one taker so call me skeptical if you must.
After the “healing anointing” decided to stop falling or the song just came to an end? Cerullo announced for the first 25 people to rush to the stage in order to announce their miracles and low and behold one of those miracles was a woman who had a kidney problem.
She declared that she had been healed, Cerullo looked relieved (joke!) as this gave his “prophetic mantle” even more credibility and the 10,000 strong crowd roared and gave thanks to God in celebration.
Cerullo instructed her to go to her doctors first thing Monday morning and let the MTL team know the report.
Not going to debate whether any of the 25 where truly healed or not, but would stress that “signs, wonders & healings” should not be considered as validation of a move of God if the gospel and the full counsel of God have not been preached before hand. Mark 16:15-17 Jesus instructs that signs will follow the preaching of the gospel as this is doctrine and ones doctrine will confirm if the healing’s are an act of God or not.

I will probably have to deal with Cerullo’s doctrine in another article where I will go more in depth and address his Later Rain Theology and also the influence of William Branham and A A Allen on his teachings.
One of the key doctrines of Cerullo’s is The End Time Manifestations Of The Sons Of God, Cerullo made a slight reference to this during his talk where he stated that God brought people to the UK from other countries to be a part of God’s end time manifestation in Great Britain. Embedded in this doctrine are the WOF teachings on Kingdom Now Theology, Dominionism and End Time Wealth Transfer.

At this point and finally the first passage of scripture is read from the bible after approximately 45 minutes of Cerullo’s “pick n mix” style prophecies.

Isaiah 10:27 27And in that day his burden will depart from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat.”

But sadly this text was interpreted to endorse Cerullo’s earlier teachings and was then used as a catalyst for Cerullo to command the crowd to run towards the stage and have the yoke of bondage removed.

“Everyone who wants to have the yoke of bondage removed, I want you to run down the aisles and get as close to me as possible..
The devil knows that he doesn’t have the power but Morris does.”

Did the people really listen and understand what Cerullo was saying as I did that’s why I typed this comment in caps into my phone’s memo pad.

Cerullo had also prior to this comment stated

“If you want the anointing you pull it from the servant of God you take it by force.”

The Anointing is treated by Cerullo and many others in WOF as a kind of spiritualized force that can be dispatched by certain special “anointed” individuals at their will.
But do we control God’s anointing or does the anointing abide in and guide us?

1 John 2:27: As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit- just as it has taught you , remain in Him.”

We are all anointed when we are in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

21And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

The true evidence of the anointing in our lives are seen in Galatians 5:22-23 which are the “fruits of the spirit” as the anointing also leads us to all truth John 14:26
The anointing is demoted by Cerullo and those in the WOF to an act of emotion and feelings.

Read the description of the Eastern Hindu Mystics version of the “anointing” and see the similarities to the WOF’s version both rely on the practitioner’s ability to conjure or transfer its force, also note how its description is also similar to the “slain in the spirit” phenomena.

Shaktipat or Śaktipāta is a Sanskrit word in the Hindu spiritual tradition that refers to the act of the spiritual energy of kundalini being conferred on a disciple or student, by a guru or spiritual teacher in whom it is already active. Śakti translates as spiritual energy and “pāta” as descent (to fall down). [1][2] Shaktipat can be intermediated by the spiritually enlightened master either by transmission of sacred word or mantra, a look, a thought or by touch. The touch is usually given to the ajna chakra or third eye of the disciple. Shaktipat can be transmitted in person or at a distance, through an object such as a flower or fruit, or via telephone or letter.

So Yep…. “Morris has the power and the devil doesn’t” his words not mine and although his supporters would vehemently disagree with my next statement Morris was also in total control of the nights proceedings. The lady at the registration desk didn’t give a “prophetic word” I believe that she just called it as she’s been seeing it all week.
“Enjoy the show” and it’s a well-oiled and seasoned show too, with Cerullo working the crowd with proficiency and a finesse not too dissimilar to the infamous Maradonna World Cup wonder goal against England in 1986.
If the presence of God was truly in Earls Court 2 and God was doing some “stuff” that night as someone put it then the level of acceptance that Cerullo’s false doctrine received from the crowd must have grieved the heart of God deeply.

Jeremiah 5:30-31 30An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:31 the prophets prophesy falsely ,and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

Cerullo draws his “prophetic session” to a close and then says:

“I’m not going to take an offering tonight as you have to get the financial breakthrough first. Trust me before this conference is over you will give crazily. Anybody believe that Morris is a prophet of God.”

I think his closing statement ended off the night’s proceedings quite appropriately. The scriptures were sadly the side issue here while Cerullo’s every word took centre stage.
People were clearly being “tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine”
as Cerullo asserted prophecy after prophecy that were not validated by the scriptures.
One has to ask why are Christians accepting this as Christianity?
If I were a medical student and attended a lecture at my medical school that did not deal with the essentials from the manuals that I am supposed to be learning from which will enable me to qualify as a doctor, then I would have some serious issues and questions for the lecturer after the class in regard to the methodology he employed.
So why aren’t Christians who attend “Mission To London” year after year asking the same kind of questions? Biblical Christianity was not taught at this event neither was it truly displayed.
If the aim of “Mission To London” is to win the lost then what version of Christianity are the lost being converted too?

I stated at the beginning of this article that my aim is to encourage believers to focus on biblical truth and to test all things against the scriptures.
I believe that some will read this article who have been in environments similar to the one examined here and the article may have answered several of the questions and doubts that they’ve had based on their experience.
Others on the other hand will claim that the article is biased and judgmental. They will state that I do not understand or have never truly experienced the power or move of God, they may even claim that I don’t have the Holy Spirit.
Sadly those who find those faults with the article and question my Christianity may well never have a full understanding of what true Orthodox Authentic Biblical Christianity should be as once you have an understanding of this then everything else is a mere shadow of that truth and evidently is therefore a lie. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone and in Christ alone. This is the gospel and this must always be presented with no gimmicks attached.
Christ centered Christianity is just as it says “Christ Centered” Christ must be the centre of all our preaching as well as our lives. In order for error to thrive the truth must be kept silent.

Let’s not sleep on this believers as the truth needs to be proclaimed.

“So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk,are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:6-10

As Always

Sola Scriptura

Steve A Campbell.

This is a continuation of yesterdays article

Morris’ next statement:

“Before this conference is over God is going to do something for you
that he’s never done before.”

Hyping the crowd statement number two as once again Morris is telling the crowd what they want to hear and this statement had the usual buzzwords of “breakthrough and new anointing” tagging not too far behind.
This kind of statement is usually tied in with the believer’s expectation of wanting to receive something from God, whether it is healing or a financial breakthrough.
Morris makes the intention of his statement clear when he then states;

“There are three feasts in the scripture, Atonement, Passover and Pentecost.
How you celebrate these feast determines how God’s going to bless us.”

Now you have to ask yourself as a bible believing Christian is God really going to “bless me” based on how I celebrate an Old Testament Jewish feast?

The Day of Atonement feast Leviticus 23:27-28
“Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the LORD. 28And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God.

The word Atonement means; the making of reparation for a sin or a mistake.
Cerullo makes no attempt to present where the text comes from or give any biblical reasoning and clarity for his statement.
If I was a non-believer who had no understanding of the word “atonement” in the Christian sense then I would be none the wiser.

The Day of Atonement was done once a year on the tenth day of the seventh year. This would involve the high priest going in to the Holy Of Holies , the most revered holy place. The priest would go through various rituals of bathing and would sacrifice a bull as a sin offering. He would then sprinkle its blood on the altar. Please ref Leviticus 16:1-34 for more of the finer details.

Christ was sacrificed for our sins once and for all (Hebrews 7:27) and completed the finish work on the cross. Hebrews 10:1-12, verse 8 truly summarizes the point that the rituals before Christ are of no use to the Christian now.

“8When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9then he added “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

This verse highlights the act of sanctification, this word and it’s meaning were never explained by Cerullo using the scriptures and I actually don’t recall the word “sanctification” being used by Cerullo at all.
This is a supposed conference that is geared at evangelizing to non-believers and empowering believers to spread the gospel.
If we are to spread the gospel then we must have a full understanding of exactly what that gospel is and this must be based on the scriptures so that we do not rely only on our own personal testimonies. How can a non-believer be expected to receive the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10) if the message of salvation is not explained and taught using the scriptures? Acts 2:37-41

Lastly, in order to be “blessed” by God we must be living lives that are in complete submission and pleasing to Him. (Romans 12:1-2) This is the doctrine that Cerullo should have taught and not one that claims we are blessed based on the basis of how we celebrate certain biblical feasts.

There were a couple of occasions during the evening’s proceedings that Cerullo would look for affirmation from his followers and for them to confirm his “prophetic” credentials by asking the crowd.

“Does God still have prophets?”
“Yes” replied the crowd.
“Does God still speak through his prophets?”
“Yes”
“Do you believe that Morris is one of God’s prophets?”
“Yes”
“Does God speak to his people through his prophet Morris?”
“Yes”

This particular routine intrigued me as Cerullo needed his audience to accept his authenticity of his self-professed “prophetic office” and authority before he could proceed with whatever he had to say next.
The view held by his followers was that this was God’s servant speaking God’s words. In my view the crowd in their affirmation had validated his statement and had therefore given his “prophetic license” the green light and Cerullo an open door to further say and do as he pleases.
I don’t recall any of the OT prophets seeking validation from their audience before they had to present God’s word. One of the reasons why all the prophets were persecuted and even killed in the OT was due to them speaking God’s words whether they wanted to or not of judgment to a nation that did not accept them.
Take Jeremiah’s lament while he was being tortured for example in chapter 20:8-9

For whenever I speak, I cry out,
I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the LORD has become for me
a reproach and derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.

Jeremiah was clearly un-liked by those around him because of the word of the Lord that he had no choice but to proclaim.
There is a major difference with one having to say the words that have been given by God as opposed to words that are pleasing to its hearer.

Galatians 1:10 10For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Cerullo establishes through his words and routine the he will not be presenting sound doctrine directly from the scriptures tonight as he goes on to say that God had been speaking to Him in his hotel room for a few hours prior to the conference through several dreams.

“You are going to see the greatest financial breakthrough I saw it in the spirit realm that God is going to do something in the next five months.
I saw hundreds of people carrying yokes, the devil is going to get off your back.”

I’m presuming that the scripture reference for this statement can only be found in Morris’ “God’s Victorious Army Financial Breakthrough Spiritual Warfare Bible” as there are no references in my ESV to the above Cerullo statement.
Cerullo continues by filling his audience with false hope and vague promises by stating

“If Morris is a prophet of God, then God’s going to do something for you before Sunday comes.”

This is what God says through His prophet Jeremiah in regards to the likes of Cerullo and their feel good prophecies and dreams.

Jeremiah 23:16-17 16Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. 17They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.

28: Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. 29 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? 30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who steal my words from one another. 31Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the LORD.’ 32Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the LORD.

We now have God’s word in the completed canon of the scriptures.
Solid doctrine Titus 1:9 and the Holy Spirit are our guides.

Hebrews 1:1-2 1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

The problem with the modern day “prophets” like Cerullo is that they ease from country to country, city to city and conference to conference surrounded by all the excesses of westernized living. They are flanked by bodyguards and have a carefully selected entourage in tow.
A large percentage of their itineraries are filled with speaking engagements that have them presenting their message to a “church friendly” environment where the message is accepted and the ministry is supported financially. Rarely do you see Cerullo teach outside of the confides of a “church” setting whether it’s in a stadium or a conference centre the event has still been organized in conjunction with a Christian organization.
This is a far cry from the conditions of the prophets and the apostles of old whose ministries were besieged with persecution and hardships.

2 Corinthians 6:4-10 4but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7by truthful speech, and) the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

Cerullo then makes one factual statement of the night.

“A true test of a prophet is if what he speaks comes to past”

Cerullo refers to a prophecy that he made last year in the UK.

“I was in Westminster and God said you tell my people that economic & political change is going to come. Now look you have a new government and new Prime Minister this was prophesied
Sa ka ba sun da la holi ba????????????????”
(Please apply 1 Corinthians 14:22 & 23 at this point thanks..)

Now if this is the best that Cerullo can offer in terms of the prophetic then I guess God really hasn’t got that much to say as even “Lloyd & Harry” from the film Dumb & Dumber could have predicted that one. Now if Cerullo had prophesied that “Dr Evil & Mini-Me” would be our Prime Minister & Deputy Minister then I would have been marginally impressed but still not that convinced. Once again his followers showed their approval with their exuberant applause.

What Cerullo forget to mention is what the scriptures clearly say should happen to those prophets who prophecies do not come to pass.. Did I hear the words “be & stoned??”..

“70 percent of you here are Morris Cerullo’s partners”

Cerullo states this and thanks them for their support.. I think the true objective of this conference is becoming more and more apparent.

“God said he wants me to prophesy over my people August, September, October, November and December.
Phenomenal spiritual financial breakthrough in these months,
God put a heavy burden on me, God said my people sitting before you are hurting and God said I want my people well.”

Notice that Cerullo’s prophetic words include the infamous financial breakthrough again and the promise of divine health.
So I think its safe to say at this point that we are clearly dealing with the “Health & Wealth Prosperity Doctrine” as none of Cerullo’s prophetic words had included anything pertaining to Holiness, Righteousness, The Sovereignty of God or Justification for example. These are essential subjects that pertain to our faith and I fail to understand how anyone who is professing to proclaim the gospel to the lost chooses to make no mention or teach on these important doctrines.
If Cerullo had covered any of these in his “prophecies” then I would have had no problem presenting them in this article as I made notes of his entire message.
I have documented and highlighted the essence of his message as close to the order that he delivered it that evening. Yes he spoke about Jesus, he spoke about the crucifixion and even spoke about sin, but never in any great detail and he never referred to the texts that covered the subjects.

“The price God paid to bring us what we need, salvation and healing.
We talk about the price that Jesus paid but what about the price God
paid watching His Son suffer.”

This teaching raises both theological and philosophical arguments in regards to whether God is Passible?– God does undergo emotional changes of state, and so does suffer. Or impassible? – God feels no emotional hurt and doesn’t suffer.

To be concluded….