Friday, January 06, 2017

Passion 2017: the dangers

Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit and Pen report on this year's Passion Conference which just wrapped up last weekend and it includes the doctrinal problems of not just the teachers, but musicians too (Chris Tomlin and Carrie Underwood), as well as a focus on "experience" which is the Evangelical's new definition of Christianity.
Among this year’s featured participants were the false teaching pastrix Christine Caine, the SBC’s resident recipient of revelation Beth Moore, and Hillsong New York’s “I’ve been on Oprah downplaying Christ” Carl Lentz.....
The pastoral presence of those who might have once been considered reliable, but who are now clearly off the rails of Biblical, doctrinal obedience – how exactly does one stand on a stage in a spiritual endeavor next to known false teachers when Scripture clearly says “avoid them”? (Romans 16:172 Corinthians 6:14-18) – included heavyweight of “Christian” hedonism, John Piper, and former-pastor-turned-conference-celebrity Francis Chan. Even 84-year-old Charles Stanley – father of the “Scripture isn’t important” Andy Stanley – made an appearance to pray with Giglio for the gathering, his appearance giving the explicit nod to the event and an implicit thumbs-up to its headliners.  These days, it seems, that enemy who appears as an angel of light is most often showing up cloaked in an evangelically-approved tunic of ecumenism.....
Given the parade of false teachers and doctrine-avoiding – and, in some cases, doctrine-denying – celebrity Christians across the Passion platform, it’s little surprise that attendees are clueless about the authentic Jesus who, with His Word, is exalted above all things, particularly in His Word. (Psalm 138:2)But, as one 21-year-old attendee to the conference said, “We all want the same thing – the experience.”   (Source)But experience doesn’t save.   Gospel Truth saves. It’s clear in Scripture … from the lips of our Lord, no less … “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  (John 14:6)  You’ll note He didn’t say, “I am the experience.”  A few chapters earlier in John’s Gospel, the Lord identified His disciples, not as those who had an “experience of the Truth to be set free,” but that they would “know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (John 8:31-32)  That Truth is found by abiding in the Word.
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The report then deals with the doctrinal problems with the music, including Chris Tomlin and Carrie Underwood.

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