It’s the end of the World as we Know It (and I feel fine)

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

EndThe last days…it always sounds kind of ominous doesn’t it? People everywhere are curious as to the matters concerning the end of times. According to the Mayans the world may or may not have been supposed to end on December 21…it didn’t. In 2011 according to Harold Camping the world was supposed to end on May 21 October 21. I remember when I was a kid seeing the book 88 Reasons why the Lord will Return in 1988, and then the ever popular sequel 89 Reasons why the Lord will Return in 1989, I always supposed the 89th reason was something like “because it didn’t happen in 1988”. Apocalyptic themes (and post-Apocalyptic for that matter) have always been major themes in movies.

The truth of the matter is we don’t know how soon the world will end (and I feel fine.) However the Bible does help paint a picture of what the last days will look like for us here. And the above verse is one of the ones we can look to.

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;

Notice the list of transgressions: lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, etc…Now you have to understand at this point that, because of peoples sinful nature, by and large, people have always been this way, they have always followed this list of transgressions. It’s not like people 2000 years ago had a more pleasant disposition, any quick study of world history should confirm this. What Paul is talking about here aren’t regular people you meet every day on the street, no, Paul is talking here about people IN the church…let me say that again with a more dramatic tone..

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I Declare = Word-Faith Preachers are Agents of Satan

I Declare this book isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on

Joel Osteen’s new book released yesterday. Osteen’s newest self-help book is called I Declare-31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life. The description on Osteen’s website reads:

The words we speak set the course for our life. If you want to know what you’re going to be like in five years, listen to the words you are saying about yourself today. Now you can take charge of your future with the help of Joel Osteen’s latest book-I Declare. Filled with 31 written declarations-one for each day-you can declare, in faith, God’s powerful Word over your life and watch your surroundings change in incredible ways. You will move forward to a promising future from the fruit of your words! (Source)

This reminds me of another book I am reading by a somewhat lesser known Mega-Pastor John Hagee, his book is called The Power of the Prophetic Blessing,  I was saving my comments about the lies of Word-Faith pastors till I did my book review but since it seems to be heresy hurricane season I will go ahead and tell you what the Bible says that is contrary to this heresy…and I’d like all other pastors that are in cahoots with these W-F heretics to take notice, it doesn’t matter how many people are “getting saved” in these churches, false doctrine makes false converts. As a pastor you should be protecting your sheep from these men, not giving them a platform to spew their lies and half-truths. And though I am referring specifically to Mark Driscoll, who has the nerve to call Joel Osteen a brother in Christ from the pulpit/stage on a Sunday morning and participate in a Google hangout with Steven Furtick to promote his new book, there are other pastors out there that will promote these lies. This is more than a lack of discernment on Driscoll’s part, Osteen and Furtick are both preaching a message contrary to the true gospel, and contrary to the Bible as a whole. In fact the Word of Faith heresy is the exact opposite of the life we are called to as Christians.

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JUST INTERCEPTED

A Personal Message from Perry Nobel to Steven Furtick

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**Hello, This is Pastor Stevens’ personal line, I’m screening my calls right now for security purposes, but if you leave a message I’ll get back with you as soon as the sun stands still for me, and don’t forget to get your copy of Sun-Stand Still at amazon.com, or in Elevation churches bookstore. Have a blessed day.**

*Steven, it’s me Perry, man pick up I know you’re listening….look whatever…Hey I just wanted to say a big Thank You…I see what you’re doing and I can’t thank you enough, you’re getting guys like Ken Silva and Chris Rosebrough off my back and paying more attention to you than me. Yeah, I know those guys are just Basement Living Opinion Giver’s but some of the stuff they say, man don’t tell nobody, but it’s really true…you’re going to delete this message right? Anyway, since you’ve been praising guys like my homeboy TD Jakes and Rod Parsley and welcoming them to your church as brothers, the wider audience you’re getting among those guys, man, it’s awesome. You are making me look orthodox. Remember, for your next Code Orange Revival you have to get Mark Batterson, between his Circle-Maker book and your Sun-Stand Still book there’s no way we can’t get God to bless the crap out of us. Anyway, I just wanted to give you a quick FYI on what I’m doing, you see, while you’ve been rolling with TD and Rod, I’ve been hanging with Mark Driscoll, he’s got me blogging as part of his website, The Resurgence, BUT not blogging like Ken Silva or Chris Rosebrough, no, my blogging is legit…so yeah, and you know Driscoll he’s got connections…Matt Chandler…Darrin Patrick…all those Acts 29 guys…and Mark’s setting me up a meeting with Rick Warren next week… awesome…and get this, Driscoll said that Warren would be glad to introduce me to John Piper. Man, I just feel like we’re really blessed right now. It’s only a matter of time my friend…soon the church world will be ours to rule and we’ll crush those rebels in one fail swoop. **cough** Sorry, my voice got all weird there, don’t know what happened. Anyway man…Just want to say, thanks again…you are making me look good, our plan is working, and…

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Amos 3:3 “Do two men walk together unless they have made an agreement?”

What will happen to the church if we do not confront the heresy in it, and declare the men spreading it anathema? How many more people will get hurt and believe the lies of the devil? Pastors like Mark Driscoll and Darrin Patrick talk a lot about acting like a man, it’s time the examined themselves and acted like a man on behalf of the church and call out–and kick out–the heretics instead of welcoming them in or turning a blind eye to those in error.

Seven thoughts on a Thursday

Seven Quick thoughts this Morning:

I got this e-mail from a friend and it was a great encouragement to me:

“Well John. I responded with my thoughts to a stupid saying (“Sinning is obeying the devil, Keeping yourself from sin is obeying God.”), and rooted out a false teacher with some seriously f*&#@ up theology (heresy is more like it). I ended the “conversation” gracefully and without malice, then tonight all my comments were deleted. 😦

No one appreciates sound argument or the art of good criticism. I probably wouldn’t have said anything about it in the past, but I was inspired by DPS to share the truth and not allow foolishness and lies to propagate. Thanks!”

That’s a big part of what DPS is all about, sharpening your discernment skills and, theologically speaking, separating meat from bones. So, I say, good on you Daniel for speaking the truth, watch your potty mouth because we want to be careful in discussions, especially with unbelievers,  not to say anything that would undermine our own convictions, and just be prepared to be hated for speaking the truth, because you are also certainly right when you say that no one appreciates sound argument, especially when it infringes on their “Jesus.”

Thought #2

In a couple of months I will be teaching a Sunday School class at our church…I will be basing it largely off of Phil Johnson’s excellent lectures on Historical Heresy’s in Church History. Our Education Director, though, wants me to make it more “positive,” longer than 5 weeks-more like 13 weeks, and focus more on what we do believe instead of what we don’t, but still work in the heresy’s part. I’m excited for the opportunity, but I’m not sure exactly where to start to put it all together…I, of course, want to start from the Bible, but from there where? Creeds and Confessions? Augustine? The Reformation? The 5 Solas? Do I show how the creeds and confessions were all brought on by the heresy? It all makes my head hurt a little, so if you want to offer suggestions I’m open to them.

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The Mega-Pastors Training Manual

The New Book from Mega-Church Pastor Perry Furtick!

Available now on Glamazon.com and at your local Way of Life Christian Bookstore!

Does your congregation need to shut up listen to your story? Do they need to quit whining about going deeper into the Bible and do what you tell them? Are the unblessed members of your congregation not tithing enough to pay for your church?Are the members of your congregation holding you back from unleashing your fullest potential as a pastor? Do you desire to be a pastor of pastors?

This book is for you!

Just listen to the chapter titles:

Chapter 1: How to Get Your Ego Through the Door.

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