Beth Moore leaves the SBC

Michelle Lesley’s article does an excellent job of covering what Beth Moore’s departure means For Beth personally, For the average Beth Moore fan, For the discerning Christian, For Southern Baptist Churches, and For the Southern Baptist Convention.

Most interesting was her critique of LifeWay enabling Beth’s false teaching to line their own pockets.

LifeWay didn’t care about Southern Baptist women whose spiritual lives they crippled by the thousands through Beth Moore’s false teaching and ungodly example. They didn’t care about the Southern Baptist churches they sowed division into by peddling Beth’s poison to them. They didn’t care about the discerning Southern Baptist women who have been forced out of their churches and spiritually abused by Southern Baptist pastors, pastors’ wives, and women’s ministry leaders deceived by Beth.

And you know who else LifeWay didn’t care about? Beth. They didn’t care enough to look into her teaching, her beliefs, and her behavior, compare them to Scripture, and go, “Something is off here. This is not the fruit of someone who is saved, much less of a sound teacher. We love this woman as a soul created in the image of God, and we’re not going to help her continue down this road of destruction. She needs the gospel. She needs Christ. And for the sake of the judgment she’s going to face, she doesn’t need to be teaching anybody.”

But, no, they were making money off of Beth, so they just kept building her empire. Why let a little thing like her eternity get in the way? The time came to choose between serving God and mammon, and they picked mammon. They sold Beth’s soul for thirty pieces of silver.

Source: https://michellelesley.com/2021/03/12/bye-bye-beth-what-beth-moores-split-with-the-sbc-means/

Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality

We need to start protecting God’s sheep by steering them away from people who refuse to sign the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel due to their aggressive promotion of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.

I would steer people away from the following men, all who did not sign the statement, and all who either are aggressively promoting or are tolerating their leaders and peers who aggressively promote this heretical Cultural Marxist ideology.

We need to steer people away from the following men and anyone else who promotes Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality and are dividing the church:

  • Pastor Paul Tripp
  • Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and 9Marks.
  • Russell Moore the President of ERLC.
  • Jonathan Leeman of 9Marks.
  • Thabiti Anywabili, Pastor of Anacostia River Church.
  • David Platt, Pastor of McLean Bible Church.
  • Matthew Hall, Dean of Boyce College.
  • John Onwuchekwa, Pastor of Cornerstone Church
  • Curtis Wood of SBTS
  • Jarvis Williams of SBTS
  • Matt Chandler, Pastor of The Village Church.
  • Danny Aikin, President of SEBTS.
  • J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church and SBC President.

I would recommend the following ministries:

  • Founders Ministry as an alternative to 9Marks and the Gospel Coalition.
  • G3 Conference as an alternative to T4G.

I would also recommend the following pastors, authors, and teachers as an alternative to the men mentioned above:

  • Voddie Baucham
  • Pastor Tom Ascol
  • Pastor Tom Buck
  • Dr. James White
  • Pastor Josh Buice
  • Emilio Ramos
  • Pastor John MacArthur
  • Phil Johnson
  • Todd Friel
  • Tom Nettles
  • Conrad Mbewe
  • Paul Washer
  • Costi Hinn
  • Steve Lawson
  • JD Hall

And anyone else who adheres to sound doctrine and adamantly rejects Critical Race Theory/Intersectionality/Social Justice/Cultural Marxism. But as with all men, always practice discernment and listen with an open Bible.

Source: https://biblethumpingwingnut.com/2019/06/16/social-justice/

Beyond Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis may be a great apologist, but his theology can leave things to be desired. This paragraph from “Mere Christianity” smacks of Universalism.

There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so. There are people who do not accept the full Christian doctrine about Christ but who are so strongly attracted to Him that they are His in a much deeper sense than they themselves understand. There are people in other religions who are being led by God’s secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it. For example, a Buddhist of good will may be led to concentrate more and more on the Buddhist teaching about mercy and to leave in the background (though he might still say he believed) the Buddhist teaching on certain other points. Many of the good Pagans long before Christ’s birth may have been in this position.

https://www.equip.org/article/beyond-mere-christianity/

“Hearing” from God

You remember what the disciples asked Jesus in Luke chapter 11? “Lord, teach us to pray.” The ball is sitting on the proverbial tee waiting for Jesus to knock it out of the park and affirm what Robert Morris and the vast majority of evangelicals believe today, that prayer is a two-way street.

“Lord, teach us to pray.” What did Jesus say? “Okay, here’s how you do it. You talk to God, and then you get real quiet and you listen for that still small voice.” Is that what He said? No, He didn’t say that at all. He said, “When you pray, say this: ‘Lord, hallowed by Thy name,’” nothing about listening for some still small voice, nothing about listening for God to speak back to you. So this whole notion of prayer being a two-way street, that is foreign to the Word of God. There’s nothing in the Bible about that at all.

source: https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/TM19-3/hearing-from-heaven-how-to-know-the-voice-of-god-justin-peters

This section comes earlier in the sermon, but the above paragraphs are so critical to be seen, I’m pushing this down to ensure the first two paragraphs get read:

How does God speak to us today? Undoubtedly, you have heard people say this: “Well, God has spoken to me and He’s told me that you are to do such and such.

And it is just ubiquitous out there in the evangelical world – whatever evangelical means nowadays – that God speaks to people in still, small voices, maybe audible voices, dreams, visions, hunches, all of these things; and you hear this so commonly.

Has it ever made you stop and wonder, “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I hear God speak to me that way? Is there something wrong with me? Is there something wrong with my relationship with the Lord? Do these people have a closer walk with God than I do? What’s wrong with me?” And if you have ever had those thoughts, I hope that this session will be an encouragement to you as we look at how God does and does not speak to us today.

Four Myths Charismatics Believe

For nineteen-hundred years, the Christian church has largely believed that the Apostolic sign gifts (which include prophecy, tongues, and miracles wrought by the hands of men) no longer exist because the Apostles are no longer with us. These gifts were meant to signify Apostles and were distributed only to the Apostles and upon those whom the Apostles laid their hands. Charismatics disagree with the bulk of church history, however, and in doing so fall repeatedly for charlatans, crooks, carnival barkers, frauds, phonies, mentalists, and parlor tricksters.

  1. Laughing in the Spirit, Being Slain in the Spirit, Being Drunk in the Spirit: The Bible says that fools laugh when they should be serious (Proverbs 29:9). No one in Scripture, no one, is portrayed as laughing in God’s presence as a means of worship. Rather, when God is present, they fall terrified in fear.
  2. Receiving a “Word from the Lord” Outside the Bible: Hebrews 1:1-2 very clearly tells us that God no longer speaks to us through prophets, but through the words of Christ. In fact, we’re promised that incomplete and fragmented prophecies and tongues will cease in 1 Corinthians 13:8 when the complete (telios) comes. The complete word of God Paul referred to was the Holy Scripture and completed canon.
  3. Speaking in “Tongues”: One of the last curses of sin was the confusion of language at Babel (Genesis 11). Symbolically, the gift of xenoglossia in Acts 2 was the significant and symbolic lifting of that curse. One thing is for sure, however; the languages spoken on the Day of Pentecost were actual languages.
  4. Jezebel Spirits, Leviathan Spirits, and other Boogeyman Spirits: Scripturally, however, there are demons. There are not, however, specific kinds of demons with various mythical mascots or superheroes.

Read the full entries: https://pulpitandpen.org/2019/06/08/four-dumb-myths-charismatics-believe-that-arent-real/

10 ways to identify false teachings

  1. False teachings are Man Centered
  2. False teachings Misrepresent the nature of God and man
  3. False teachings promote Methods
  4. False teachings Minimize the cost of following Christ
  5. False teachings Misinterpret the kingdom of God
  6. False teachings Misapply promises God made to Israel
  7. False teachings Marginalize the word of God
  8. False teachings Magnify experiences
  9. False teachings Monetize the Gospel
  10. False teachings Modernize the gospel

Read the full article, with excellent descriptions of each item here: https://fitl.co.za/2018/05/10/10-ways-to-identify-false-teachings/

Since the web page is on a server in South Africa on a site that I’ve never seen before, I’ve attached a copy in case it goes away. (Formatted for easier reading, and Americanized the British spellings)

7 Marks of a False Teacher

Tim Challies has an excellent list of indicators of a false teacher.

  1. False teachers are man pleasers.
  2. False teachers save their harshest criticism for God’s most faithful servants.
  3. False teachers teach their own wisdom and vision.
  4. False teachers miss what is of central importance and focus instead on the small details.
  5. False teachers obscure their false doctrine behind eloquent speech and what appears to be impressive logic.
  6. False teachers are more concerned with winning others to their opinions than in helping and bettering them.
  7. False teachers exploit their followers.

Read the full article and explanations of each entry on Tim’s site: 7 Marks of a False Teacher

Bonus Material from Tim Callies:

Lessons Learned about False Teachers

  • False Teachers Are Common: we ought to expect them and be on the lookout for them. They are common in every era of church history.
  • False Teachers Are Deceptive: They do not announce themselves as false teachers, but proclaim themselves angels of light, people who have access to wisdom others have missed or misplaced.
  • False Teachers Are Dangerous: They will affirm so much that is good and true. They will not deny all of the doctrines upon which the Christian faith stands or falls, but only select parts of it
  • False Teachers Are Divisive: Because false teachers tend to remain within the church, and because they claim to be honoring the Bible, they confuse true believers and drive wedges between them. Amazingly, it is often those who stand fast against falsehood who get labeled as divisive.
  • False Teachers Give People What They Want: Their concern is not for what people truly need, but for what people want. The concern of the Christian is the exact opposite—the gospel does not address what we want, but what we need!
  • False Teachers Are Not Innocent: They are not naive people who have taken a wrong turn in their theology, but evil people who are out to destroy others. Their attack on truth is far more brazen than we may like to think.
  • False Teachers Cannot Tolerate the Gospel: At some level and in some way, they will always add to or subtract from the pure and sweet gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

Full Article: https://www.challies.com/articles/lessons-ive-learned-from-false-teachers/

How Hillsong and Brian Houston
are Destroying Christianity

And this is absolutely the truth. Youth today have been conditioned to “experience” church, rather than accept the biblical model of church, which is, primarily, to equip the saints to make disciples. While biblically-modeled worship is and should be an integral part of a church service, Hillsong has transformed the traditional worship service into a mind-numbing session of entertainment that contains little, if any, expository preaching, Gospel proclamation, or biblical truth. As the English evangelist, Leonard Ravenhill once said, “Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. The more joy you have in the Lord the less entertainment you need.” Hillsong and churches that follow their model have become breeding grounds for false converts, and make their congregations completely dependent on the “high” they get through the experiential worship services, while departing from the truth.

source: https://pulpitandpen.org/2016/07/05/how-hillsong-and-brian-houston-are-destroying-christianity/