But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 19 June 2017 02:21

A subtle and dangerous shift in Christianity

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Back in 2010 when I wrote this article my aim was to inform professing Christians, who had convinced themselves that it’s okay to practice “Christian yoga,” that it is not okay at all.  At that point yoga, which has it’s roots in Hinduism, had taken the Christian...

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This is the title of a piece published in Elle magazine. Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, added “what gospel” to the title because the author, Ruth S. Barrett, wasn’t talking about the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, as Burk makes clear in his blog...

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Conservative evangelicals are often accused by charismatics of having a tendency to box God up.  One charismatic whose mission it is to un-box God is New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “Super Apostle” Bill Johnson, senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Anthony Wood of Mission...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 04:49

Saddleback and its Meulenberg dilemma

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It’s always heartbreaking when we hear of Christian leaders being charged with sexual abuse, as in the recent arrest of Saddleback youth worker Ruben Meulenberg. He was charged with 5 felonies: Three felony counts of lewd acts on a child Two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 01:47

We Need Discernment Ministries? Yes Absolutely!

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I stumbled upon this gem over at Apprising Ministries that was penned in 2005 by G. Richard Fisher of Personal Freedom Outreach. Ken Silva ran across Fisher’s piece and posted it on AM in 2011. In it Fisher presents his view of why discernment ministries are necessary. For example,...

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Has your church “turned Orange?” If your children’s ministry leaders have suddenly put your children’s discipleship in the hands of Andy Stanley’s “Orange Strategy,” you’re going to want to investigate what this program is – and more importantly...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:48

Leaving the NAR Church: Lizzy’s story (Part 1) Featured

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“One time I was flat out on my back at the altar and a female prophetess stretched herself on top of me like Elijah had done in the book of Kings to the dead boy. We also headed over to Lakeland to meet and be a part of the Rodney Howard Brown meetings and would […]

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 02:11

The Tyranny of Decadence

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Society is experiencing the same sort of moral anarchy that occurred when the Weimar Republic ruled Germany and liberal ideas and pleasure seeking became the norm. Dr. Peter Jones is the Executive Director of truthXchange and one of the world’s foremost experts on paganism....

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 01:39

Leaving the NAR Church: Alicia’s story Featured

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“Tithing was required to serve in any ministry. If you don´t regularly tithe you would not be entered into the yearly church anniversary raffle for a TV, Beats headphones or Visa gift cards. I couldn’t believe my ears, this was cause for the tables to be flipped over in disgust...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 23:31

Leaving the NAR Church: Pam’s story Featured

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“At our ladies group the leader would say, “let us just open our minds to Jesus and let Him love on us,” and then everyone would just sit there praying, swaying, and sighing that Jesus was “holding them.” Everyone had smiles on their faces as I just sat there not...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 01:47

Purpose Driven dismantling of Christianity

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Posted below is part 3 of a column I wrote for RenewAmerica in 2011.  In it I revealed that religious syncretism (a blending of many different belief systems) had virtually reshaped the visible Church.  I wasn’t alone in pointing out this fact.  There were many others in...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 01:11

Leaving the NAR Church: Val’s story Featured

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“I would hear something bizarre about some “apostle” who had just been to heaven or someone else who had visited hell and I believed it all. I was hungry for spiritual experiences and there was a kind of competition in these meetings where everybody would be hoping that they would...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 05:16

Leaving the NAR Church: Robert’s story Featured

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“It was our Christmas Service that year, and it was promised to be “an event for everyone”, so no child care.  They opened worship with Hell’s Bells by AC/DC.  Yeah, the full song with lyrics posted, and an R-rated video to go with it.   We had five...

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In letter posted a few days ago, Churchwatch Central (CWC) had a lot to say to Dr. Michael Brown, who is a charismatic, for calling those of us who are involved in online apologetics and discernment ministries “self-appointed heresy hunters.” Actually, what we are is...

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The headline “I put a spell on you, Mr. President” recently appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The story by novelist Diana Wagman was deemed newsworthy enough for the Time’s Op-Ed page. In her piece, Wagman reveals that she, along with other no-trumpers around the world, have...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 20:48

Leaving the NAR Church: Kelsey’s story

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“I can tell you from my experience in the occult that contemplative/soaking prayer IS transcendental meditation.  People being “taken to the heavenlies/different places on earth” are experiencing astral projection.  The teachings and practices of the NAR is occultic in...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 05:58

Does God speak to us? Should I expect Him to?

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In a piece I wrote several years ago entitled Finding God’s will is no deep dark secret, I tackled the burning question: How can a person know God’s will?  I began by asking the following questions: Is it possible for a Christian to know God’s will and not have to...

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Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church has put together a quiz for you to take. The quotes include…witches, and prophets and squids, oh my!  According to Jennifer LeClaire, the Holy Spirit is responsible for the words she utters. Now to Steve’s quiz. Enjoy! The following quotes from...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 07:36

How deep and wide does the NAR rabbit hole go?

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How do you discover which networks of Apostles are working together to reclaim America and build God’s Kingdom here on earth? You click. Just keep clicking, and clicking, and clicking some more, until things click. It takes time to research, and if you’re looking for an easy,...

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Wouldn’t it be great if men and women who are dead in their sins would just stop being wicked and start respecting professing Christians? At first blush, the idea of transforming America’s ever-sickening, vile culture sounds like a great plan. And giving pastors a support network of...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 05:55

Leaving the NAR Church: Macie’s story

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“I felt something push me down.  I stumbled up the stairs but kept falling.  It must have been the Spirit manifesting itself, I thought.  As I sat on my bed, I kept keeling over and twitching.  My brother and mother thought it was great.  In fact, my brother even...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 04:47

Pastors, don’t be a jerk. Be a shepherd.

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Boyce College professor Denny Burk has a word of advice for pastors: A wise and courageous pastor will always remember the wisdom of Solomon when exhorting his people: “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov.12:18). A...

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Monday, 22 May 2017 00:29

Leaving the NAR Church: Morgan’s story

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“Not really knowing better, I let them do a deliverance session on me. Basically, you sit in a chair, they command the demons to come up and speak, and then they get bound and cast out.” Morgan was immersed in a so-called “Deliverance Ministry,” in which he was introduced to...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 03:47

The extreme teaching of Jennifer LeClaire

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In a piece entitled “LeClaire spills ink over ‘sneaky squid spirit’ attack?” Churchwatch Central (CWC) begins by telling us that their article will show that Pentecostalism and charismaticism are enemies of each other.  CWC points out that the Pentecostal AOG in America...

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A new report says Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor Brian Brodersen is an active promoter of contemplative mysticism. Last November Brodersen lead the Calvary Chapel split, quit his leadership position at the Calvary Chapel Association, and  announced he is establishing a new Calvary Chapel Global...

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