Wednesday, June 05, 2013

"They Claim To Speak For God" --Watch out!

In his excellent book Wandering Stars: Contending for the Faith with the New Apostles and Prophets(see TBC 03/13 ), which has been a chief resource in this series, Keith Gibson summarizes the foundational errors of the movement regarding the Bible: “So what can we conclude after this brief survey of the attitudes and words of the modern apostles and prophets concerning the Scripture? One would have to conclude that the Bible alone is an insufficient guide for the end-time church. New doctrines, not found in the Bible, are needed to perfect the church. Scripture is generally inspiring but basically unreliable. It is insufficient to convince the world of God’s truth….It does not provide the parameters to faith and practice and does not give us the norms for the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Canon of Scripture is not closed, and, in fact, many of the words of today’s prophets carry a higher level of revelation, anointing, and authority than some of the words of Scripture. And lastly, the Bible cannot be understood by any normal means. Grammar, history, and context are completely irrelevant. The words of Scripture can be redefined and ripped out of context to discover the ‘deeper’ meaning for today’s church. There is no objective interpretation or understanding of Scripture. The Bible means whatever one wants it to mean” (pp. 105-6)....
For a true believer in Christ to accept manifestations such as falling and writhing on the floor, uncontrollable shaking, hysterical laughing, and making various animal sounds as though they were the work of the Holy Spirit would seem to indicate that the person has taken leave of his senses. It is more reasonable to conclude, however, that they have taken leave of the Scriptures...
There are countless numbers of ministries, websites, blog sites, and the like, that advance the false doctrines and manifestations of the movement. To name but a few, there is the Elijah List, The International House of Prayer (IHOP), Bethel Church (Redding, CA), Identity Network, Morning Star Ministries, Streams Ministries International, Glory of Zion, City Bible Church (Portland, OR), and the Christian International Apostolic Network. C. Peter Wagner’s International Coalition of Apostles has a membership of hundreds who profess to be apostles manifesting apostolic authority. 
If you thought these things were outside your "solid" circle of Christian teachers/pastors/speakers, think again. Here are some of the most popular and proclaimed "sound" teachers of our day embracing these heretical ministries:
As I reported the other day, Francis Chan, an Emergent who is heartily welcomed among Piper  fans, will be preaching at an IHOP conference in December according to his own website. Chan, along with John Piper joined hands with 'Jesus Culture', the ministry /music branch of Bethel Church (Redding, CA), and Judah Smith of The City Church. Matt Chandler shared the pulpit in 2012 with Judah Smith also. Rick Warren is a disciple of C. Peter Wagner back in is Fuller Theological Seminary days. Mark Driscoll also promotes Judah Smith of The City Church.

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