Category Archives: heresies
As more and more false teachers, particularly those who ascribe to homosexual inclusion theology, flex their influence, collusion is bound to occur. But what is a believer, faithful to the truth to do (or say) about it when a respected leader links up with false teachers?
A flier for unannounced homosexual cleric Kenneth Samuel’s church anniversary features gay bishop OC Allen and card carrying inclusionist DE Paulk. No surprises there as birds of a feather are expected to congregate together. Here’s the documentation on Paulk, Allen and Samuels, respectively.
But what of the appearance of Joseph L. Williams, son of reknowned Atlanta pastor Jasper Williams? Or Juandalyn Stokes, a local gospel personality? Are these two making small steps towards embracing the specious inclusion doctrine? While one appearance at a gay/gay affirming church is not to be taken as full approval or partnership with doctrines of devils, it is nonetheless disturbing trend in the contemporary church. And then again, Samuels would have never invited someone to speak at his church who he knows openly opposes his false teaching and immoral sexual lifestyle. So what conclusions can we draw? Williams, a theologically educated man, surely knows the implications of 1 Cor 5, Eph 5:14,1 Cor 15:33 and other passages which warn believers not to associate with those who work undercover for satan.
Tetuan Moffett, who produced the popular EXMinistries series “Thieves in the Temple” says that false teachers have no redeemable qualities.
But what about the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1)? What about these men who lead hundreds, thousands, and sometimes millions to the second death (2 Peter 2:2, “many will follow” Revelation 20:14-15; 22:15)? DO WE PRAY FOR THEM? No. The instruction Paul gives in Galatians1:8-9 (for those who preach any other gospel) is that we let them go to hell. (be accursed). The Lord says that false teachers are like “brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed.” In other words, God has made false teachers for the express purpose of destroying them forever. As the above says, “they will utterly perish”, and they “will receive the wages of unrighteousness.” The wages of unrighteousness is the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). False teachers are beyond hope. In fact, note Jude 11. It says of them that they have “perished” in the rebellion of Korah.”
In both the old and new testaments, the prophets, Jesus and the apostles use extremely harsh and condemning language, metaphors and pronouncements in dealing with false teachers. To lend aid or support to one was considered just as grave a transgression as being one. But many have been deceived into thinking that false teachers are actually part of the body, but just having minor differences with the truth.
In properly understanding the serious evil of a preacher who has been trained (brought up) by a wolf, Jesus’ words are referenced – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. (Matthew 23:15) The bible says “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” Therefore whether if its Michael Green, Daffy Duck or whomever, if you have endorsed and/or supported these false teachers then what spirit is leading you? AN ANTICHRIST SPIRIT? Now how is that for JUDGING? (see: Luke 12:57, I Cor. 11:13, 6:3, 10:15, Matt 7:15-20. Let no man deceive you by any means. How can we tell the “sheep” from the “wolves” unless we “judge” or “determine”? How can we do as our Lord commanded and “beware of false prophets” unless we “judge” them by the word of God? If we do not “judge” or “decide” their error by the word of God, how do we even know they are in error?
Are you a member of Williams, Joseph Williams or Jaundalyn Stokes church? If you are, do you approve of your pastor keeping company with known false teachers and lending support to sexually immoral religious leaders?
The false prophets supporting homosexual marriage just keep getting more bizarre as the days go by. Their arguments are rarely, if ever, biblically coherent. But like hordes of flesh eating zombies they keep popping up.
In order to justify homosexuality, marriage perversion and the entire spectrum of gay related issues they have to throw Jesus, the bible and 2,000 years of church doctrine under the bus. And then back over them.
On a recent tv debate on Fox News Sean Hannity show that’s exactly what the false teacher Oliver White, a cleric with the United Churches of Christ, did. If the name sounds familiar, its because White made news in 2012 when 72% of his predominately African American congregation in St Paul, MN walked out on him for attempting to force his false religious beliefs on them. Despite homosexuals trying to prop up his dead works, he lost the church. Read here
But he’s back and as nasty and as ignorant as ever, even degrading and blaspheming the Lord Jesus himself.
For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude verse 4
Said White: “If Jesus were alive today, he would be more inclined to say, ‘you know, I didn’t know it all…”
Does Jesus know all things? Of course. He is God. He openly proclaimed himself to be God (that’s why the Jews attempted to stone him twice before the crucifixion).
John 1:1 says that “the Word was God.” John 1:14 says that “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” This clearly indicates that Jesus is God in the flesh. Acts 20:28 tells us, “…Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” Who bought the church with His own blood? Jesus Christ. Acts 20:28 declares that God purchased the church with His own blood.
As God come in the flesh, Jesus is omniscient.
Not far behind is the plastic voiced false teacher Carlton Pearson who fetched up a gaggle of clerics in Chicago to do the same.
Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
After an oped by gay wunderkind Matthew Vines on the Christian Post, several theological scholars were drafted to take a serious look at his claims, assertions and the loophole type theology being used to rally the spiritually blind to his cause. GCM Watch has reported on Vines before here and here.
The conclusion (as if serious theologians were really needed to deconstruct Vine’s patently superficial arguments) left Vines looking like a foolish and petulant child who skipped Sunday School classes.
The scholars: Dr. Robert Gagnon of Pittsburgh Seminary, Dr. Evan Lenow in Fort Worth, TX and Professor Sean McDonough of Gordon-Cornwall Seminary joined in on the collaborative critique.
We’ve pulled out some of the highlights of the fairly comprehensive theological smackdown of Vines’ juvenile assertions. Although MV insisted he spent two years “studying the bible”, its evident he actually spent two years memorizing rehashed false teachings from blind teachers of religion. Vines’ rise to attention echoes his youthful predecessor, John Boswell who traveled this same path only to meet with a tragic death from AIDS at 47. But unlike Boswell, Vines has an obvious intellectual deficiency. Part of his strategy seems to be creating trite, soundbite memes like “being gay is not a sin”.
Being gay is not a sin” is the mantra that one young Harvard student is trying to promulgate. But while Matthew Vines has attracted a growing following with what some are describing as accessible, scholarly arguments, evangelical scholars don’t believe he’ll make much headway in the Christian community.
“His arguments are not new, and his predecessors failed to win the day within the Christian community,” said Dr. Evan Lenow, assistant professor of Ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Therefore, I doubt he will have significant impact in the long term.”
But the arguments he presents have been rehashed from the work of such scholars as Finnish Old Testament scholar Martti Nissinen, homosexual New Testament scholar Dale Martin (Yale), and homosexual church historian John Boswell [see our expose of Boswell's teachings here and here], according to Dr. Robert Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, who is considered the foremost expert on the Bible and homosexuality.
Of course the scholars immediately recognize that Vines is pouring out old, sour wine from an old wineskin.
“Every one of these rehashed arguments I have refuted in previous work, of which Vines shows not the slightest awareness,” said Gagnon, who studied the issue for 15 years after completing a masters of theological studies at Harvard Divinity and a Ph.D. in New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.
His (Vines’) take on Genesis 1 is theologically incoherent. He seems to concede the goodness of God’s creation of man and woman (which forms the basis for subsequent biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality), then claims that in the current state of things homosexual desire is natural, and therefore good, for homosexuals. But this spectacularly avoids the problem of the Fall in Genesis 3.
“One might equally argue that while peace was a desirable state for Adam and Eve in Eden, murderous envy was the ‘natural’ state of Cain, and thus he cannot be condemned for acting on his innate desires. He also suggests that the only possible way not to be alone in the world is to be in a sexual relationship. Why would this be so?”
Like most arguments in support of homosexuality, they are heavy on emotional manipulation primarily because they have no foundational truth to stand upon. That’s another cog in the wheel of trickery the scholars pointed out.
But for McDonough, Vines’ main appeal is emotional, “with a thin dusting of logic on top.”
“Vines presents himself as a sensitive, rational soul simply trying to figure out what the Bible really says. But underneath the veneer there is a pretty manipulative premise: if you disagree with me, you are by definition cruel and oppressive,” McDonough commented. “Who wants to be cruel and oppressive?”
The evangelical scholars agreed that Vines may be able to sway some believers.
“We are living in a time when many younger folks are looking for alternatives to traditional Christian views about sexuality,” said Mouw of Fuller. “Unless we do a much better job of ministering to people with their very real dilemmas, arguments like those set forth by Vines will arise, even though they are highly speculative as interpretations of biblical teaching.”
Finally, as Jesus said those who follow someone blind will fall into a ditch. Vines’ superficial theology manipulates shifting emotional instability, rehashes shallow heresies and seeks to destroy the very foundation of biblical teaching.
True of most if not all of gay christian theology is its serpentine logic. Lenow noted:
“If one were to follow Vines’ logic, that calling homosexuality a sin marginalizes homosexuals, then the church would have to approve of all things that the Bible calls sin “lest we marginalize any segment of society. This would, in effect, eliminate sin from Scripture and eliminate our need for a Savior. By doing so, we would eliminate the church and Christianity.”
Resources: A Strong Delusion: Confronting the “Gay Christian” Movement by Joe Dallas [amazon]
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. Ephesians 5:6-11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Pastor Mike Campagna at Heart for God blog has an incredible writeup about false teachers, false prophets and false shepherds. He explains the differences between them as well as talks about how the devil uses “photoshop” religion to deceive both unbelievers and believers alike.
How to Tell a False Prophet:
1. A false prophet can have the ability to do signs and wonders. (Mark 13:22)
2. A false prophet declares out of his own imaginations and not Christ. (Ezekiel 13:2-3)
3. A false prophet can be bought. He speaks pleasantly to those who feed him. (Micah 3:5)
4. A false prophet disguises himself as a believer while all the time he’s under the control of the devil. (Matthew 7:15-23)
How to Tell a False Teacher:
1. A false teacher portrays himself as having knowledge when he does not. (1 Timothy 1:7)
2. A false teacher offers contrary doctrine to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 6:3-5)
3. A false teacher speaks what people want to hear instead of what people need to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
4. A false teacher is bound to wickedness, unconverted and destined for destruction. (2 Peter 2:1-3)
How to Tell a False Shepherd:
1. A false shepherd is only concerned for himself and not the flock. (Ezekiel 34:2-3)
2. A false shepherd leads the flock astray in word and deed. (Jeremiah 50:6)
3. A false shepherd abandons the flock when they need him the most. (John 10:12)
4. A false shepherd does not exalt the Good Shepherd. (John 10:14-15)
With all types of bizarre, weird and unseemly teachings and practices coming out from so called leaders in the Christian church, you would do yourself a big favor by reading Pastor Mike’s entire blog and get educated so you can avoid the traps set by false trisectomy.
After checking numerous times for a pulse and finding none, its our sad duty to inform you that the once great voice championing change from homosexuality, is dead at age 35. We reported in February that the organization had been infected with the heresy illusion virus and death was approaching.
Who would have ever dreamed we would see the day Exodus International, the nation’s largest, most well known and formerly most trusted ministry organization fall headlong back into the pit from whence they had been brought out of?
Galatians 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. Exodus rose to prominence because it helped to destroy the lie that homosexuals could not change. For 3 decades it steadfastly declared that God was able to change and transform any homosexual who would submit to his will. Now, Exodus is helping to build the lie it once sought to destroy.
Bible scholar Dr. Robert Gagnon called for Chambers’ removal if the organization was to be saved. In response, Chambers (who has never had any theological muscle) became even more emboldened in his public discourses. Gagnon revealed the source of Chamber’s doctrinal error: Clark Whitten, his pastor of 16 years and the man pulling the strings behind the scenes. This unrecognizably distorted view of grace being taught by Whitten had led Chambers into error, thus prompting statements like the following:
“The thing that brought me here [to the gay christian network conference] first and foremost is: We’re Christians, all of us. We may have diverging viewpoints … but the thing that brings us together, the thing that causes us to even want to have this dialogue, or need to have this dialogue, is the fact that we all love Jesus. We all serve him. We serve the very same God and believe very different things.”
In a 2011 interview with Lisa Ling he states: “There are people out there who are living an active gay Christian life. God is the one who called them and has their heart and they are in fellowship with Him, and I do believe they will be in heaven with me.”
In a June interview with The Atlantic Chambers declared that an unrepentant homosexuality doesn’t “interrupt someone’s relationship with Christ.”
Exodus’s demise foretold?
Two days before his death, Anthony Falzarano, one of our fallen soldiers, left a warning to Exodus and revealed that he had fought with them about false teachings that have helped fuel the “gay christian” movement. Falzarano was responding to an article at exgaywatch in which another ministry leader Andy Comiskey warned Exodus about embracing the false “once saved, always saved” doctrine.
Falzarano wrote on April 21st, 2012:
“That’s why our ministry parentsandfriends.com does not affiliate with Exodus International. The unbiblical false teachings of “once saved always saved” CANNOT be supported in Holy Scripture. Read Hebrews chapters 3,4,6-12. Where it mentions that someone can fall away from their faith.
Bob Davies past president of Exodus supported the false teaching of “once saved always saved”. The ones that have made it out of the gay lifestyle are the ones who stand by Jesus’ teachings when scripture says “if you love Me you will obey what I command” and the Lord Jesus says “to refrain from all sexual immorality” (whether you are homo or heterosexually tempted!!!)
Bravo to Andy Comiskey for standing up to the now corrupt teachings of Alan Chambers and Exodus. I brought this to the attention of the Exodus leadership in 1999 (as a warning) and instead of listening, they put me out of leadership. As Christians it is better to be right then [sic] popular. Look at Jesus’ example. There will be a split at Exodus soon and the new organization will be formed leaving the deadness of Exodus international behind if they don’t repent of their unbiblical teachings. I have been involved with the ex-gay movement for almost 23 years. Exodus was so powerful then and must come back to its roots or God will remove His protection from it!!!” (our bold).
Exodus has indeed split. The Restored Hope Network was formed out of Exodus by some of the most well respected and notable ministry leaders including: Frank Worthen, Anne Paulk, Andy and Annette Comiskey, Dr. Robert Gagnon, Joe Dallas, Stephen Black, David Kyle Foster, and Michael Newman.
The split is almost guaranteed to evolve into implosion as its fatally wounded head Alan Chambers continues his march into homosexual inclusion ideology. Every person and organization that has embraced homosexual inclusion ideology has died spiritually and been left laying on the wayside as a warning to others. But Chambers and the board of Exodus have been blinded already and thus their fate is sealed. An indicator that God has removed his anointing and his hand of protection from an individual is vividly portrayed in Romans 1.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (our bold)
And as verse 32 shows, approval and justification of any sin shackles an individual to it as if he himself were committing the act.