I’ve heard plenty of preachers over the years and thought, “Wow, I’d like to see what chapter and verse THAT theology was based on.” Granted, no one is perfect and I’m sure that I believe a few things that would make you scratch your head too.
But at what point do we call a brother out — by name?
Really. At what point do say, “Pastor, if you can’t show me where this came from and how it applies as you laid out, what you said here is false teaching.” Where is the line drawn if there is no sound evidence that the doctrine is Biblical that you decide to nationally call a pastor out — by name.
Well Christian musician Shai Linne decided to do just that in his new single, “Fal$e Teacher$” (video below).
The song directly attacks twelve pastors for teaching the Prosperity Gospel. I put the list below the video.
I for one hope that Mr. Linne privately confronted these men and women before posterizing them in what has become a viral music video.
How appropriate is this video, and when do you think it is proper to call out a pastor publicly when you believe they are a false teacher?
Here’s the list (from his lyrics):
Talk to them) Joel Osteen – false teacher!
(Let them know) Creflo Dollar is a false teacher!
(Who else? Who else?) Benny Hinn is a false teacher!
I know they’re popular but don’t let them deceive ya!
(Talk to them) TD Jakes is a false teacher!
(Tell the Truth) Joyce Meyer is a false teacher!
(Let them know) Paula White is a false teacher!
Use your discernment, let the Bible lead ya!
(Keep going) Fred Price is a false teacher!
(Tell the Truth) Kenneth Copland is a false teacher!
(Who else? Who else?) Robert Tilton is a false teacher!
I know they’re popular but don’t let them deceive ya!
(Talk to them) Eddie Long is a false teacher!
(Let them know) Juanita Bynum is a false teacher!
(Who else? Who else?) Paul Crouch is a false teacher!
Use your discernment, let the Bible lead ya!
This is a great bit of audio. Here is the video from youtube, or if you like, you can follow the link and download the mp3.
Words that hurt so good: “They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.” John 16:2
Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I was reading in Matthew today and something really stood out to me. It’s at the end of the beatitudes in Matthew 7. After giving this wonderful teaching of which our Christian life should be modeled after, there is this little diddy (verses 28 and 29):
“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”
Ouch. It sounds as though some of what Jesus was saying was not overly revolutionary in that it had been said by others before him. The difference this time was that there was something different behind His words: Authority.
It really got me thinking about many of the sermons and books that I have consumed and taken part in over the years. I can remember few where I have said, “Wow. That was powerful,” at the end of them. Maybe it is because of this very thing mentioned by Matthew. Those few were delivered with the authority of God behind them, which leads me to consider the others. By whose authority were they given?
I think of my writing, and the content of much of it is just ranting, which is something delivered of my own authority, and I will be held accountable for that (ouch). But really, we must consider the motivation and origin of what we consume and deliver, even if from “religious authority.”
Since I cannot help what others do, it has to start with me.
- God, please help me to discern what is originating from my own soul, and what is coming from yours. Let it not be said that anything I do is out of a spirit of manipulation, self, or of my own authority, because these are dead words. But help me discern your voice, and only be a vessel your words pour from.
Well, that slogan should be familiar to everyone. It’s President Obama’s campaign slogan. Whether you believed in it or not, change is here. With the signing of the Stimulus Bill, change is no longer knocking on the door, but sitting on the couch waiting dinner to be put on the table. That’s change for sure, but not change I want to believe in.
I have spoken with many people, Christian and non, not about the content of the bill, but where they think it’s taking the country. I heard answers all along the spectrum from, “Finally, we can get out of this recession,” to “lock and load, there’s going to be a revolution.” Some see it as positive, some as the express lane to the Socialist Republic of American States.
Either way, there is a lot of fear because none of us really know (see Biden’s 30% chance of failure comment). People are very disturbed at the way our social order is being rearranged. With taxes going up, politicians effectively dividing the country, hundreds of thousands are losing their jobs and homes, and a war that seems never-ending, people are starting to panic. And panic demands a me-first attitude.
People are starting to grab onto what they believe is theirs, and holding it close. Even the church.
Many of the people in know that are screaming, “The sky is falling!” are the people who claim to have a relationship with the Prince of Peace (Jesus). I can’t find that attitude from Him, and certainly those times when His disciples acted in that manner, he quickly reprimanded them.
Well, this is no reprimand, but it is a heads up!
We should not be the over-reactors, nay-sayers, or messengers of doom, we should be holding fast to the rock that does not move, and offering others the Hope that we (are supposed to) cling to.
So to those those of you, even in the church, that see the world falling about you and are afraid, may I offer you a change you can believe in. There is a God (Jehovah) who loves you. His Son Jesus came to make a way so that we could be in a relationship with God. Believe in Him! All of your problems may not disappear and this country may fall into a tailspin, but He is our hope.
In the light of eternity, a recession is nothing.
” Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny[a]? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” – Matthew 10:28-33 (NIV)
Well, once in awhile something in the Bible really gets to me; not in the upset way, but the haunting, don’t let me sleep well kind of way. Such is it lately with the following verses from Joshua:
Joshua 5:13-14 – Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
It seems I ask that question a lot about people and organizations. Are you for me, or against me? It’s wrecking me that the “commander of the army of the LORD” wasn’t there to take a side, but to represent the Father. That is where I should be also. How many times, whether in politics, religion, or just with friends, do I go into a situation with prejudice, always wanting to and forcing others to take sides?
Unfortunately, this mindset also makes it into friend and family relationships. I find myself thinking, “you’re with me, or against me,” which is probably not the case at all. Oh that I could get to this point where I step off my soap box and realize that as a representative of God, it is not always my duty to demand friend or foe.
The general here said, “I don’t take sides, I obey God.” Unfortunately in this case, Jericho was on God’s hit list of cities to bury. As I go forward, I need to remember to ask God what I need to do in a situation instead of drawing my own line in the sand. Who knows, maybe instead of throwing stones, He’ll ask me to tell them, “Go and sin no more.”
Here’s an interesting thought. What did Jesus write in the sand in John 8? I have heard many theories, but someone finally showed me a scripture to back one up, let me know what you think. He says that Jesus wrote their names in the sand:
John 7:37-44 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” So there was a division among the people because of Him. Now some of them wanted to take Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Jesus teaches on the living waters, He is rejected by some that wish to kill him for it. The next chapter (not sure if it’s the same day or weeks later, but I imagine the events are close together in time and chronological.
John 8:3-11 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
This is all great, but where’s the tie-in?
Jeremiah 17:13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.”
Is it possible that John 7-8 are a fulfillment of this prophesy and Jesus was writing their names? hmmm Maybe you have seen this before, but it is new to me and I find it fascinating!
I am a subscriber to Direct TV, mainly for their selection of “Christian” stations. One of my favorites is GMC, the Gospel Music Channel. They play music videos and concerts most of the day. There is a commercial that has been playing a lot lately that annoys me. it has some teens in it skateboarding and doing other “teen” things. The tag line that is repeated several times in the commercial is, “It’s Officially ‘Cool’ To Be A Christian”.
C’mon. It’s cool to be a Christian? They think this is going to appeal to the younger generation. For me, it was reminiscent of the, “this is your brain on drugs” fried egg commercials from my youth. Hokey.
Have the creators of this commercial read the Bible? the list of people in it who served God that were considered “cool” are definitely in the minority. Plus there are plenty of verses like,
john 15:18-21, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”
Add to that most of the disciples were martyred.
If you choose to believe in God because you think it is cool, I am afraid you will not last long in the faith. It has to be based on your love for him, no matter the cost.
Luke 14:25-35, “Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with
twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way
off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Sorry, I had to rant for a minute. Cool to be a Christian? Read the news people.
I’ve bee thinking quite a bit about “personal evangelism” lately. I think mostly because I saw Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on TBN the other night showing how they evangelize (Christianity) on the street. They showed a few examples of people who were receptive to the method they were using, and a few more that weren’t interested.
It really got me thinking about the different takes people have on the subject.
I have personally been of the conviction that the most effective approach would be to have a relationship with a person before trying to proselytize them. You would think so right? I would be more apt to buy a product on a friend’s recommendation than I would from the guy knocking on my door. And I know it annoys most people when the Jehovah’s Witness guys come to the house with their agenda of conversion. That kind of stuff just turns me off.
That being said, I am truly intrigued at the approach of Ray and Kirk. I feel their approach a tad legalistic and brash, but their is video proof that converts have come by taking this route. Thus the dilemma: a personal preference versus what might be truth. So I take it to the Bible, because truth is more important than what I think.
I’m blown away now. The entire New Testament is full of conversion stories and only a handful come from someone telling a friend. The Apostles went to many different places, often converting thousands, and almost none came from a friendship.
And what about Jesus? Many of His converts, including the disciples, were strangers that He approached seemingly on a “whim”.
So where does that leave me? Time for me to get out of what is comfortable and follow the example of the One I say I want to be like. Time to start spreading the Word. I hold something deep inside that needs to get out. It’s a simple as a child’s song, “Put it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine.”
I find this amazing! My brother-in-law Jason sent me a link to this picture by Chris Harrison. It has the books of the Bible on the bottom and an arc is drawn from one book to another. The arcs represent every time a verse is referenced in another book. I am going to contact him to see what a poster sized print would be. Enjoy!