This is a follow-up to the previous post on It’s Not Okay to Pick Your Own Incense.
Matthew 24:11 states, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”.
2 Peter 2:1-3 states, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoke of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
I thought that it would be beneficial to provide other sources and resources for anyone who would like to gain more insight into why I mentioned specific examples of preachers, and teachers “misleading people with their own incense”. Michelle Lesley has written two informative articles that address examples with respect to why I listed Christine Caine and Beth Moore in my previous post. The links to these two articles are as follows:
Below is another link to an article on Christine Caine, who is linked with….Hillsong!
Hillsong United and Bethel Church, have almost cornered the entire market with respect to the modern “praise & worship” music. If one just turns on almost any ‘Christian radio” station, they are bound to be playing a song by one of these mega churches’ musical groups. Your own church may have purchased their music to use in the worship services. Have you ever really paid attention to the words? You need to do so, and stop singing them. They are not uplifting and reverent to God. They tend to question His abilities and quite frankly, way over-simplify Our Lord and Savior, His power, authority, etc. I will quote some lyrics below from a couple of the over-played songs that are popular with churches and radio stations. For example: Bethel Music does the Lion and the Lamb, or better known by the stanza, ‘who can stop the Lord Almighty’. Why would anyone sing that verse over and over? While the song has some good points in it, the repeated use of the phrase ‘who can stop the Lord Almighty?’ taints it. It takes the focus off what is good, and turns it to asking who can stop Him? This is a way to brainwash and mislead people. They don’t even realize what they are saying. However, rest assured, someone at Bethel does. Hillsong’s music works the same way. It will focus on one or two points or aspects of God that are easy to understand, even for the devil. It will drone on about them, minimizing the majesty and power of the Lord. An example of this is What a Beautiful Name. They have minimized the name of God. They have not talked about the Holy name used by the Hebrews. They have over-simplified it to a ‘beautiful name’. Then again, hidden in the song is ‘what could separate us now’. Why? That is not a question that a Christian asks. It should not be there, hidden among the simplicity that they sing about as God. God is to be revered and worshiped. Look at the hymns of old that many churches have tossed aside in lieu of the over-simplistic mumbo jumbo that they call modern ‘praise and worship’. It is nothing of substance, and treats God as a simplistic object that we do not revere and respect. Why do I bring up these two particular groups? Here’s why. They fund their churches with this music that they peddle to all the other churches. Who runs the churches that profit from this music? Well, I will include articles below that will discuss that issue.
Donald Elley has this information posted about Hillsong:
Bruce Herwig has posted this information about Hillsong:
Steven Kozar of Pirate Christian, has posted information on Hillsong:
The Passion Conference/Movement is an interesting and useful tool to get young people involved in what is sold as a Christian movement. They sell tickets for these kids to listen to speakers and guess what? Praise and worship music. Who are the speakers and what music are they worshiping to? Does Carrie Underwood qualify as a Christian artist? She is a Country artist with a couple of Christian-type songs. The Passion Conference and ministry is geared toward the millennial market. False teachers are thriving in this area. They seek to make worship into a show. Show is not what makes a true Christian. We know this from Scripture. Luke 18:9-14 is just one such example. The Millennials, nor anyone else, do not need to be entertained with big “shows”. We all need Truth and real worship, along with reverence. There are many articles and posts related to the Passion Conferences and John Piper, Louis Giglio, etc. I will add a few the links to a couple of references for these people and the Passion Conference/Movement below:
This is from the Abandoned to Christ blog:
The definition of Passion from Biblestudytools.com, is available in the link below. Notice the third aspect of the definition which is what I believe this conference to be about – EMOTIONS. It is no coincidence that the conference/movement has been given this name with a dual meaning.
Two articles from Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the 2017 conference:
Andy Stanley, Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer are others that were mentioned in my post. There are many articles and a great deal of information out that anyone can research and read with respect to these leaders along with others that were not mentioned. The point of the follow up, was not to justify why I mentioned each one, but to cause readers to question what these people are saying and doing, since it does not follow what is in God’s Word. If it is not Scriptural, it is not what they should be teaching/preaching/advocating.
Here is a link to the Pirate Christian blog with information on Andy Stanley:
I want to encourage people not to be fooled by the devil and the many tricks that he perpetuates through misguided and false teachers. Take a long look at what and who you allow to teach you. Look and see if it matches Biblical Truth. If it doesn’t, it is not what you need to be doing or who you need to be under for teaching. Proverbs 30:5-6 states, “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Deuteronomy 31:11-12, “When all of Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which He shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may learn and fear the Lord your God and observe and do all the words of the law.” Nehemiah 8:3, “And he read therin before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.” We need to be attentive to God’s Word, and not a fake and showy appearance with false teachers telling us, what we want to hear. Many use the old standby, that they cannot understand Scripture and thus want someone else to interpret it for them or “dumb it down” for them. That is not needed. Nehemiah 8:6 ,8 & 12, “And Ezra blessed the Lord the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.” We don’t need a show, or entertainment. We just need the Lord.