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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Brian Houston’s hearings before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are underway, as Houston faces questions about the safety of his Hillsong empire after the original charge: that Houston failed to tell police his father was a child sex abuser....

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 23:00

7 False Teachers in the Church Today

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“Satan’s greatest ambassadors are not pimps, politicians, or power-brokers, but pastors,” warns Tim Challies. “His priests do not peddle a different religion, but a deadly perversion of the true one. His troops do not make a full-out frontal assault, but work as agents,...

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In a piece over at Pulpit & Pen, Bud Ahlheim gives us a glimpse of “rock star icon of the Emerging Church” Rob Bell’s latest attempt to rewrite the Bible. In his new book, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, MI looks at the Bible in a...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 22:20

Leaving the NAR Church: Eliza’s story

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I write this to you not to come out to bash people but to sincerely warn people of the dangerous trend that has engulfed the N.A.R. church. Eliza remembers being pushed down at the altar if she didn’t willingly fall to the ground in the “spirit.” She was part of a well-known...

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Thursday, 23 March 2017 21:53

Do you need “Momentum for your breakthrough?”

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The following daily devotional is from one who has been called a great Prophet of our time, by other modern-day, self-anointed prophets of the N.A.R.  Can you guess which Prophet penned this? Read it without skimming. Notice the phrasing: Nowhere does God promise in His Word a...

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Can someone be a witch and a Christian?  What about a Muslim and a Christian?  Do you think the idea is preposterous?  Think again.  Believe it or not, there are people who call themselves Christian witches.  And they’re not kidding around. Maria Kneas of Lighthouse...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 23:39

Leaving the NAR Church: Olivia’s story

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Olivia’s story I was exposed to the “kundalini” spirit, and saw some people barking like dogs. At one of these meetings a well-known & respected AOG pastor declared that these manifestations were indeed from the Lord. I didn’t stand a chance. Olivia found a church in...

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:55

Paul Washer did NOT visit the Third Heaven!

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After suffering a heart attack and undergoing surgery this week, his family and friends report that Paul Washer is on the mend. His Twitter account posts updates, and today word comes of his improved condition. The news of Washer’s condition Monday evening prompted prayers from around the...

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A reader from Australia writes: Dear Berean Research, Having come from Charismatic circles, I was involved for many years with the Aglow movement. It was started in the USA back in 1967. While the ladies themselves were a huge help to me, the slippery slope to the ministry being involved with...

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“Prophetic Activations” will happen next week at Steven Furtick’s Elevation Church, a clear indicator that Furtick is not just affiliating, but becoming one with the heretical New Apostolic Reformation. I first noticed Furtick dipping his toe into the signs-and-wonders New...

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The late Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries penned this piece in 2014. In it he deals with the word-faith “little gods” doctrine. (Follow the link to his piece and scroll down to the end and check out the video of two wolves teaching “little gods” heresy.)  Ken...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:42

Leaving the NAR Church: Derrick’s story

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“The fruit of this movement is destruction. It’s true though, when you are in it, you cannot see what is wrong.  You think, “oh, that is just a different way of looking at that verse.”  You don’t realize the full extent of what all the doctrines are that they...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 01:59

Leaving the NAR Church: Andrew’s Story

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The pastor stopped in the middle of a sermon and said, “God is telling someone here that if you don’t stop doing that thing, He’s going to kill you.” Imagine how everyone must have felt that day – “Is it me?” Andrew was submerged and drowning in every kind...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 01:41

Namaste, Satan

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Na-ma-stay is the pronunciation. It’s a Hindu salutation that is said at the beginning and end of most yoga classes. Participants place their palms together before the heart, bow their heads, and utter “Namaste,” which means “The divine in me bows to the divine in...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 01:52

Leaving the NAR Church: Mandy’s story

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I started watching GOD TV. There were stories of angelic encounters, oil dripping from the speaker’s feet, feathers and gold dust falling on the worshipers, rain falling inside of the buildings, and supernatural gems being found all over the church. Due to my strong Christian upbringing, I...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:37

A Manifesto of Christian Discernment

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Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church penned some guidelines aimed at Church leaders that deal with the monumental lack of spiritual discernment in the Church visible. Included in the Kozar manifesto are several video clips of celebrity “pastors” jumping, skipping and...

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What did the Lord Jesus do to expose the deadly doctrine and unrighteous actions of the false teachers of His day? Well, for one thing, He exposed their error publicly and then taught them the truth!  What are God’s people to do about all the deadly doctrines the Church visible is...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 00:54

Leaving the NAR Church: Angela’s story

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“The senior pastor himself was declared as an apostle by an Elijah List prophetess, and that his church would be known as the “loving church.” Armed with this fresh knowledge, the church became fanatical in making that prophecy happen.” Angela’s family member was...

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“For close to a decade, a few discerning Christians have been warning about The Shack,” says Gideon Knox. “Unlike other books that are equally as bad, this one even attracted the ire of more prominent men like [Albert] Mohler and [Tim] Challies. And yet, few listened.” Dr....

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Those who once stood firm on the solid foundation of biblical doctrine have gone soft. So soft, in fact, that one can hardly differentiate between the so-called born-again Christ followers and the carnal world. Jesus is not surprised at all, as He warned that this would happen. A writer named...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 00:01

Leaving the NAR Church: Phil’s story

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Something supernatural is going on in the NAR movement. I once thought this to be the Holy Spirit. I now believe it to be demonic, Satan disguising himself as an angel of light. Phil’s hunger for God was idolatry. He was focused on wanting more and more experiences of God’s...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 23:15

What Is Discernment?

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Sinclair Ferguson of Ligonier Ministries reminds us, “the only worthwhile discernment we possess is that which we receive in union with Christ, by the Spirit, through God’s Word.” How does discernment affect the way we live? Ferguson suggests four ways.  Discover...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 00:08

A Culture of Counterfeit Christians

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Have you ever run over a dead skunk in the road?  I have, during a heat wave.  The smell got into my tires and permeated our garage for days!  I’ll go out on a limb and say that no one takes pleasure in the highly offensive smell of skunk spray, dead or alive. My point...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:33

5 Ways Christians Should Judge

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Author, speaker and national talk show host Julie Roys asks a twofold question: Are Christians supposed to judge or not judge? And just what is the Christian standard? Here are Julie Roys’ 5 biblically-based principles concerning judging…. It happened when I posted something to social...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 00:14

Should I listen to haters who hate The Shack?

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Why in the world would Christians ruin a perfectly great movie with their criticisms and negativity? Finally there is a film about forgiveness that helps people think in an out-of-the-box way about God, so why can’t they just leave well enough alone? Those are the questions you may be asking,...

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