Archive for May, 2008

As promised on my previous post, here are some highlights of the GL Live concert featuring Lecrae that I attended in April.

Lecrae truly ministered and made sure that people knew what to do ‘After the music stops’

One criticism that I did have and this was not at GL Live but at some of the rappers in general (and I think this was fedback) was that when they were ministering, they needed to remember that not everyone knew their songs and also remember that there were unsaved people there also. There were a few artists there where I could not hear a word that they were saying which kinda defeats the object of ministering. Lecrae was very clear in his presentation of the gospel

But all in all, the gospel was preached and my little brother and sister were there to hear it, so please keep them in your prayers together with others that were there also

Check out UMTV for more videos. I’m looking forward to the Unashamed Tour in August

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I saw the testimony below from a person called Dawn on Bro Phil’s blog Theology Today and as I read it, I saw myself a few years ago and I could resonate with everything she said

I am coming away from revival with something I didn’t expect. Like many honest, God-fearing believers who love Him, I came expecting to find and come away with “more” of Him. What I have come away with is the realization that perhaps much of what I have built my Christian walk on is deception. This kind of deception cannot solely be laid at the feet of the Todd Bentleys, or even the Bob Jones of the world. It is much too insidious to be attributed to mere mortals. I see myself in each one of these individuals. They are me! I believe these are all men and women who love God and have honestly desired to follow after Him. But somehow, somewhere along the way, we began to listen to another gospel and follow another Jesus. I don’t believe for a moment that my journey out of deception is complete, but praise God, it’s a start.

I have spent a better part of the last 30 years in Charismatic/Pentecostal churches looking for “more” – more power, more anointing, more glory, more revelation, prosperity, divine health, and everything else I believed was mine in Christ. Those of us from the “more Lord” camp have come to the foot of the cross looking to get all that we can from Christ in order to live a life that is “more than abundant.” We have earnestly believed that with this abundant life, we would be able to expand the Kingdom of God and reach the world for Christ with our “kingdom power and kingdom wealth”. Therein lies the delusion! Is not this the same theology Satan tempted Jesus with in the wilderness?

Luke 4: 5-6 “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, ‘All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If thou wilt worship me, all thine shall be thine.”)

Sounds eerily familiar, doesn’t it?

I have said, as well as the many others who are attending revival, we are hungry for God. But is that really what we are hungry for? Are we hungry for a life that is holy, that denies the desires of our flesh, to glory in our weakness rather than in our visions and revelations of Christ (as Paul says in II Corinthians 12:1-5)? Or is it something else we’ve been hungry for? I can tell you, after 30 years of all the preaching, teaching, conferences, healing schools, prophetic schools, etc., we have been after more than just God. We’ve been after His power. We are after His glory….which He will not share. (”I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another….Isaiah 42:8.) It our seeking of the power and glory of God that leads to deception; it is to pursue another Jesus and preach another gospel!

We say that we are hungry for God, but if we are honest with ourselves, we are really looking to benefit from His power. The power of God has been something to be pursued with all of our heart, time and resources. Let’s be honest; spiritual power is tantalizing. “God’s power” represents, whether we realize it or not, a quick fix to put in order those areas of our life that we will not through repentance, self-control, and the taking up our own cross to follow Him. Oh, if we only desired to have Christ’s character operating in our lives as much we desire the operation of spiritual gifts and annointings!

To truly be a follower of Christ we must not only come to the foot of the cross, but we must be willing to get on the cross. How many of us would really follow Christ if there were no healings to be had, no outpourings to revel in? Would we rush to get to Florida to embracing lack, to know hunger, to suffer need, to be stoned, or beaten? How many of our present day “apostles” truly bear the marks of the gospel upon their bodies as did the Apostle Paul? (And I don’t mean tattoos either!)

Let’s face it, we’ve been running to Lakeland in hopes of getting something more…. something more for ourselves, something more for our churches, and something more for the world. We have been preoccupied with the thinking that God has somehow withheld something we must still pursue. It was exactly this kind of thinking that lead Eve into taking that first bite.

Thanks to Phil, and thanks you to all those of you out there who have put so much effort into many of your blogs and websites on the subject of the danger associated with this revival in Lakeland. Continue to speak the truth. Continue to walk in love towards those you know to be deceived. Without the love, the message cannot be heard.

I covet your prayers. Please remember also to pray for those coming out of this deception. Safe places of worship and fellowship will be key if we would ever truly follow after Christ.

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If there is a God that does exist, what can we tell about this God from creation?

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20)

Well I think there are many things we can know about this God. First of all we can know that he is VERY BIG and VERY POWERFUL. Some of the other things we can know is that he is very creative, he is productive and he is communicative.

Even though we can know these things, it does not give us specific information and creation is limited in what it can reveal to us. So if, as I stated above, God is communicative, how does he communicate with us? Is it through the Bible, the Qur’an, Bhagavad Gita or the Vedas or does he not communicate with us at all?

I will attempt to answer this in the next post in the series

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Following on from seeing Lecrae earlier this year at the GL Live concert organised by my good friend Christophe Pierre and his team, Lecrae will be returning to the UK from 5-11 Aug, this time with Trip Lee, Sho Baraka and Tedashii and will be part of The Unashamed Tour

While in the UK, the artists will participate in a range of activities including community outreach, workshops and interviews. These guys’ music are theologically sound and I will advise anyone to support them. See the promo video below

I’m defintely hoping to support this event. Click here for more details.

If you live in the UK, please spread the word around, especially to our youth who seem to be increasingly becoming the victims of knife and gun crime.

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I have tried to not go on about Todd Bentley as my previous post has already attracted over 100 comments and I have made my views very clear especially when it comes to people elevating experience above doctrine. However I came across this video on Battle 4 Truth and I was wondering how much more evidence Christians need to know that Todd is preaching another gospel and it is NOT the gospel of Jesus Christ. Apparently God told Todd that people already know about Jesus and now “you’ve got to get people to believe in the angel” and to believe in ‘the supernatural’.

There is NOWHERE in scripture which says that we must elevate angels or anywhere where the apostles tried to get people to ‘believe in the angel’ at the expense of knowing Jesus. It’s ALL about Jesus, pre and post conversion. Once you elevate angels above Jesus, that angel becomes an idol because Jesus does not take first place.

Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. (Colossians 2:18-19)

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:8 )

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Cor 2:1)

TAKE HEED THAT NO ONE DECEIVES YOU

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Taken from The Way of the Master Minute


None That Seek After God

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Do you know that the First Commandment demands that we love God with all of our hearts, minds, souls, and strength? When we tell the world what that Commandment requires, it shows them that they have fallen short of God’s standard. The Moral Law reveals that they don’t love God, even though He gave them life. The Bible says that there is none that seek after God, that they are unthankful and unholy, and are “children of disobedience.” The Law of God brings the knowledge of sin. It calls for our blood, and demands our death and damnation. When a sinful world understands that, they are ready for the Good News that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us.(Galatians 3:13)The Law makes the cross make sense. That’s why Jesus used it. That’s why Paul used it. Do the same. There goes another minute. Gone forever. Go share your faith while you still have time.

Selah

Following on from this post, I cannot even imagine being a Pastor. I dont think many of us (including myself) really appreciate what it takes to be the shepherd of the flock. As well as preaching sound doctrine, they have to take care of the flock with things ranging from marital problems to just giving some godly counselling and on top of that, be a husband and a father . They also have to make sure that the function of the local church is to be the focal point of God’s plan for displaying his glory to the nations, reflecting the character of God.

The Church Mafia website had the article below which gives us some advice on what we can do to help our Pastors.

The bad news is this: pastors today are faced with more stress, more problems and more challenges than ever before. Statistics today are frightening. More and more pastors are leaving the ministry. Why? Because they are human, and can’t everything that everyone expects them to be. We, the church, are expecting pastors to be many things that they aren’t called to be. Instead of allowing God to define their ministry, we’ve created our own definition. This definition takes him from being our spiritual leader and protector, and made the pastor into our baby sitter and servant. Take a look at these alarming statistics:

  • Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches.
  • Four thousand new churches begin each year, but over seven thousand churches close.
  • Fifty percent of pastors’ marriages will end in divorce.
  • Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
  • Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
  • Eighty-five percent of pastors said their greatest problem is they are sick and tired of dealing with problem people, such as disgruntled elders, deacons, worship leaders, worship teams, board members, and associate pastors. Ninety percent said the hardest thing about ministry is dealing with uncooperative people.
  • Seventy percent of pastors feel grossly underpaid.
  • Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses feel their spouse is overworked.
  • Eighty percent of pastor’ wives feel left out and unappreciated by the church members.
  • Eighty percent of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.
  • Eighty percent of pastors’ wives feel pressured to do things and be something in the church that they are really not.
  • The majority of pastor’s wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.

The bad news is that your pastor, like pastors everywhere is at risk of becoming just another statistic. He is expected to do so much, be so much, and give so much that many times there is nothing left for him. We, the church, can’t afford to keep losing pastors to burnout and contention. What Can You Do?

  • Pray For Your Pastor. The greatest gift you can give your pastor is to take the time to pray for him. We need to realize that pastors and other ministers are prime targets for the devil. If he can cause a believer to fall, it’s a victory for his kingdom. But, if he can cause a minister to fall, he can hurt the lives of many other believers. We have a responsibility before God to hold up our leaders in prayer, and seek God’s protection over their lives.
  • Be Reasonable in Your Expectations. Too many people expect the pastor to be everything. I have heard stories about people expecting their pastor to pick up their children from school, talk to them when they can’t sleep, mow their lawn, and fix their car. God has given specific instructions about what a pastor is supposed to be. Let him be it, and protect the calling and anointing God has placed upon his life.
  • Compensate Him Appropriately. There’s an old line about the church board praying something like this, “Lord, you keep our pastor humble, and we’ll keep him poor.” That attitude is way too common. Pastors and their families have the same financial needs as everyone else in the congregation. In fact, they often have more expenses, because of the needs of visiting people and ministering to them. When God established the tithe, he said that it was to go to the Levites (the ministers); not to pay for the mortgage on the church, the electric bill, and the youth field trip. At that time, the Levites consisted of about seven percent of the population of Israel. Therefore, if everyone tithed, the Levites received a little more than the average income of the congregation. This is a good guideline for us to use today. A pastor should receive slightly more than the average income of his congregation. That will allow his family to live and minister without having to worry about money.
  • Respect His Privacy and Time. So often, being a pastor is a 24-hour a day job. Granted, there are always emergencies that come up at the most inopportune times. But, a hangnail, or the flu isn’t an emergency. Your pastor needs time to study, time to pray, time to rest, and time to be with his family. Pastor’s children have become a joke in our society today. Although the church expects them to be perfect, the world expects them to be hellions. Why? Because, they usually are. Why? Because dad is so busy taking care of everyone else, he doesn’t have time for his own family. Don’t expect him to give up his wife and children, to take care of yours. That’s your job.
  • Let Your Pastor, and His Wife Know You Appreciate Them. Everyone needs some encouragement now and then. One of the motivational gifts mentioned in Romans 12: 6-8 is exhortation. This gift is badly lacking in the Body of Christ today. It is especially lacking towards those in ministry. We expect them to encourage us, forgetting that they need it as well. A kind, or encouraging word, a card, or even a small gift will work wonders to build up your pastor and help him to continue in the calling God has given him. Don’t let your pastor become a statistic. Be a blessing to him, so he can continue to be a blessing to you.

If you are truly thinking about being a Pastor, please be very prayerful about it and get godly counsel from others. It is a tremendous responsibility to look after God’s people

Before I make any comments, please watch the videos below

Marjoe Gortner, self proclaimed false faith healer

Peter Popoff Exposed

As I stated in my previous post, I have received quite a few comments about my take on people like Todd Bentley and Benny Hinn.

I would like to again list some of the common objections that people have with my view and see if we can see them in the videos above. Lets build up a little check list

  • People are getting ‘healed’ – CHECK
  • People are experiencing ‘God’ – CHECK
  • People are giving testimonies – CHECK
  • People are coming to the altar for ‘God’ – CHECK
  • Surely Satan is not going to glorify JESUS – CHECK. It looks like the people are above are glorifying Jesus
  • Jesus said by their fruit you will know them – CHECK. On the face of it, it looks like people are drawing closer to God
  • People are falling down under the power of God – CHECK

So if I go by the above statements and the common arguments that I hear, I should come to the conclusion that it must be from God right? But hold on….the videos above have proven that they are not from God because one was a self confessed fake and the other was found out, so what is the missing ingredient? How can we know? What exactly is the fruit that we should be looking for when Jesus says we will know them by their fruit? Mark Kielar touched on the answer in this video.

The missing ingredient is sound biblical doctrine. You will find false teachers will do and say many things contrary to scripture. This is the big give away but unfortunately, it is the very thing that most christians neglect to investigate. The Bible declares that the last days will be characterized by a GREAT deception. It will be so strong that if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived (Matthew 24:24). That gives you an idea on how strong this deception will be. The bible also makes it clear that many people who thought that they were christians will be surprised on that last day

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:22-33)

So my advice is as it always is. Be a Berean (Acts 17:11) and check everything out with scripture before you swallow any of the spiritual junk food that comes through your television screen or from a pulpit and understand some basic rules of biblical interpretation.

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The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 1 – A Form of godliness

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 2 – Scripture Twisting

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 3 – The abuse of biblical numerlogy

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 4 – Man Centered Theology

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

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers (Interlude) – My reason for doing this

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 6 – Denial that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 7 – Signs and Wonders

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 8 – Deconstruction

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 9 – Giving False Hope

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 10 – The misuse of old testament scriptures

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers Part 11 – The Gospel of Inclusion

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers – The Conclusion

Persecution.com
“Be joyful always; pray continually;” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)
Prayers for May 20, 2008
From The Voice of the Martyrs
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Pray for ALGERIA
ALGERIA
Christian Sentenced for Carrying a Bible – Compass Direct News

On April 29, a court in Djilfa, south of Algiers, charged a 33-year-old Muslim convert to Christianity with “printing, storing and distributing” illegal religious material. According to Compass Direct News, “An Algerian Christian detained five days for carrying a Bible and personal Bible study books was handed a 300-Euro (US $460) fine and a one-year suspended prison sentence.” Compass reported this conviction was the latest in numerous detentions and court cases against Algerian Christians. “Since January, police and provincial officials have ordered the closure of up to half of the country’s estimated 50 Protestant congregations,” Compass Direct said. The 33-year-old Algerian Christian converted from Islam to Christianity eight years ago. On April 25, he was stopped at a police road block while riding in a shared taxi. Compass Direct added, “Officials took the convert into custody upon finding a Bible and several religious study books in his luggage. Police appear to have previous knowledge of the Christian’s connections. Officers refused to let the convert call friends to let them know of his detention, naming a church member in Tiaret whom they claimed he would contact.” Pray believers in Algeria will remain faithful despite persecution. Ask God to protect and give courage to this Algerian Christian who is standing for Christ. Psalm 37:28

Pray for CHINA & BURMA
CHINA & BURMA
Pray for Believers Affected by the Cyclone and Earthquake – VOM Sources

The Voice of the Martyrs is encouraging believers to pray for those affected by the cyclone in Burma (Myanmar) and the earthquake in China. Pray God will comfort Christians who have been displaced and lost loved ones during these natural disasters. Ask Him to provide for them during this difficult time and for the Holy Spirit to be their comforter. Isaiah 61: 1-3

Pray for WEST BANK
WEST BANK
Pastor’s Son Recovering after Bomb Attack – VOM Sources

Praise God! Amiel Ortiz, the teenage son of Messianic Pastor David Ortiz, is recovering after he was seriously injured when a bomb delivered to the family’s home in the Jewish settlement went off in his hands. According to The Voice of the Martyrs contacts, Amiel’s father reports, “We checked out of the Schneider Children’s Hospital last week after a six-week stay, eight days in the ICU and the rest on the children’s floor. Ami received excellent care from the doctors and nurses in that hospital, but in response to prayer from the four corners of the earth, Ami has been healing at a rate that is extraordinary The plastic surgeon that worked on Ami said that in his 15 years of experience, he had never seen such extensive wounds. He said he has at least 100 pieces of shrapnel in his body from his head to his feet, which his body is slowly bringing up under the surface of the skin, which will come out by themselves.” Pray for Amiel’s continued recovery as he has transitioned into a rehabilitation center. Pray specifically for both eardrums to be restored, for him to regain use of his hands and arms, and healing for the burns and scars on his body. Also for the emotional healing for Amiel and his family, and for those responsible for the attack to be brought to justice. Ask God to give this family strength to forgive their attackers. 1 Corinthians 1: 3-5

Pray for VIETNAM
VIETNAM
Government Officials Confiscate Evangelist’s Home – Compass Direct News

Government officials in Vietnam’s Lao Cai province have confiscated the land and home of a former opium addict because of his phenomenal success as an evangelist. According to Compass Direct News, “Local Christians report Sua Yinh Siong of Lau Chai village, in Sapa district in the Northwest Mountainous Region, had long been a desperate opium addict, leading to destitution for him and his family. In 2004, after becoming a Christian, Siong broke from his addiction and his animistic past, taking down paraphernalia for ancestor worship and other spirit-related articles and burning them. His joy over his liberation soon spread to others, and eventually more than 200 families also decided to follow Christ.” The Compass report added, ” Earlier this month, Siong told other Christian leaders that government harassment had reached a crisis point – in April, local and provincial officials had confiscated his land, citing ‘illegal religious activities.’ In the first few days of this month, Siong said officials evicted him from his home and threatened to destroy it.” Pray for protection for Siong and his family and for their land and home to be returned. Ask God to use his testimony to draw more nonbelievers into fellowship with Him. Philippians 4:13

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I am still receiving many comments on my posts concerning people like Todd Bentley and Benny Hinn and one of the thing I keep getting told is ‘look at the fruit’. The video below touches on this amongst other things

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