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Hindu philosophy and NewAge/occult mystical practices have entered many Christian churches in the West! Contemplative/New Age mystical practices and teachings have been made palatable for undiscerning Christians. So too, Christian pastors in India grieve that Christians in the West are doing Yoga for exercise. Photo: Chris and Sam on a missions trip with people delivered from Yoga/Hindu occult powers (Andhra Pradesh, South India). Read YOGA and Christianity - Are They Compatible? (2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:11). Read more at Chris Lawson's missions wesbite.
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THE ALPHA COURSE - An Evangelical Contradiction
Let us first open this overview of the Alpha Course with several passages in Scripture that warn us of the wolves that will enter the church looking to pervert the Gospel and introduce falsehood. We must always measure everything by the plumbline of God’s Word because without that, deception awaits.
2 Peter 2:1-2 tells us:
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 spoken of.
1 John 4:1 tells us to “try [test] the spirits” to see if they are from God; and 1 Timothy 4:1 says:
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
That verse should cause every believer in Christ to be increasingly sober-minded and vigilant. Read more!
Observations for Calvary Chapel Leaders to Consider
by Chris Lawson
Read Important Introductory Statement
Ten Word of Faith Doctrines Weighed Against Scripture
Since the 1970s, a growing and captivating faith-teaching movement has saturated the world. This movement continues to emphasize “faith Scriptures” as a foundation for encouraging Christians to have strong and unwavering faith when speaking, confessing, or declaring God’s Word for health and wealth. Most people refer to this faith movement as the “Word of Faith,” and many use Romans 10:8 and 17 to lay a foundation for their faith belief. These read:
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
In this booklet, we will look at some common Word of Faith teachings and compare these with Scripture to discern the definition of their doctrines. This will verify whether any person or ministry is preaching doctrines of truth or false doctrine. Some faith-teaching ministries do not claim to be Word of Faith ministries but still teach false faith doctrine. Therefore, our focus will also be on refuting ten common false faith teachings found worldwide.
1) Identifying the Sources of Sickness and Disease
2) Discerning True Faith
3) Jesus and the Teaching of Positive Confession
4) Creative Visualization
5) Financial Angels
6) Seed Faith for $
7) 3 John 2—Health and Wealth?
8) Abraham’s Covenant
9) the Curse of the Law
10) Guaranteed Physical Healing Through Christ’s Atonement
Exposed: The False Faith Healing - Prosperity Gospel
More Than 100 False Teachings Exposed and Biblically Refuted
By Danny Frigulti DannyFrigulti.com
Have you ever been deceived and placed “your faith” in a false gospel? Well, this new book written by Danny Frigulti - an in-depth Scriptural refutation of more than 100 false faith teachings taught around the world about Jesus and the Bible by “false faith ministries” and their followers - will clear up many of those false faith teachings and hopefully set you free regarding the gospel.
"Author Danny Frigulti has spent more than 30 years reviewing "faith teachings." This book exposes more than 100 false teachings found in worldwide faith healing and prosperity gospel ministries. False teachings about sickness, healing, faith, positive confession, quantum faith, money, inner healing, Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24, creative visualization and what the blood of Christ's atonement represents are refuted with Bible Scriptures. Also, some of these false teachings are shown to have an occult connection."
Danny Frigulti has done an absolutely excellent job exposing the False Faith Healing-Prosperity Gospel. This book is a must-read and it is much more than just a small expose' on false teachings.
In fact, it is a biblical commentary on many true teachings of Scripture that serve to expose, refute and destroy the modern-day heresies of the Word of Faith movement. Not only does the author have an extensive understanding of the abusive dangers and outlandish false teachings of the Word Faith movement, he ably refutes these modern-day heresies with extensive Scripture references.
Rather than just quoting extensively from false teachers, he lays the ax of God's Word to the very root of the error. In doing so, the reader learns Scripture, and not just what 'so-and-so' has wrongly said. The author also applies double-bladed practical insight and at times a bit of witty humor to illustrate points that need to be made - and need to be heard - by church leaders today.
Making it very clear throughout the entirety of this book that the dangerous teachings being exposed are no laughing matter, it is clear that Mr. Frigulti has a very tender heart towards the hurting and the abused. His sincere desire to see true healing and sound doctrine in the Body of Christ comes through clearly, as does his vast knowledge about the dangers of Occultism, cultic abuses, and the biblical way to escape these dangers.
If you are seeking to be set free from spiritual charlatans this book is for you. So too, if you desire to have a firm grasp on what the Bible truly says, and what it truly does not say, this book will help immensely. I certainly wish one of my friends had read Mr. Frigulti's book before he tried to hack-off his right arm off with a meat knife, after a deceived Word of Faith teacher told him to 'Have more faith in God, and stop taking your medication.'
Mr. Frigulti, thank you for your kind-hearted and extensive labor in the Lord, and for caring enough to tell us the truth and expose the damnable lies of the False Faith Healing-Prosperity Gospel.
Two former pastors didn't have the guts to publicly tell us the truth from the pulpit, but you have. May the Living God bless you for your obedience to His Word.
- Chris Lawson, Central Coast, California
Faithful Ministers Versus False and Corrupt Ministers
A Brief Overview with Compiled Resources
By Chris Lawson
In an age of mass confusion as to what a "Christian Minister" actually is and does, the following compilation is
given in order to help clarify what the Bible teaches about what a biblical "minister," or "servant" is, and does, as opposed to what false, corrupt and deceitful ministers are and do.
In the church today, many people say a minister needs an extra special "laying-on-of-hands impartation" (holy-laughter-type) in order to receive an "anointing" in order to "minister" to people. Some proclaim they are "God's Generals," "Super-Apostles," and apostles of what false prophet/false teacher C. Peter Wagner has coined as the New Apostolic Reformation." Others say they are "Boiler-room" prayer warriors (Mike Bickle - IHOP), "Prophetic-prayer" Christians, "Healing-room ministers," "Warfare-prayer soldiers," "Anointed-ones," "visionaries," "seers," "prophets" who have "word's from God," "synergistic-teachers," "Christian Intuitives" (occultism), "Christian "Reiki Masters" (occultism), "Christian Therapeutic Touch practitioners" (occultism), Christian "healers," "Christian yoga ministers" and more. Many also who believe in the false teachings of the Dominionist Latter-Rain movement are claiming to be a part of "Joel's Army." Christians as "Joel's Army"? The army of locusts described in the book of Joel is actually a judgment from God, which is very clear as one reads the text - in context - in the book of Joel. Read more...
The Defiling Influence of Spirit Contact
"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards,
to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” LEVITICUS 19:31
By Chris Lawson
We are living at a time where contact with the spirit world is commonplace. Even in many Christian settings, where spiritistic activity and occult literature are condemned, “messages” and so-called “words from God” that have been communicated to humans by fallen angels (and peoples’ vain imaginations) are misleading people on a grand scale. Furthermore, the amount of heretical practices and material that countless ministries and leading names in the Christian bookstore industry, create and promote, both locally and globally, is staggering.
God has warned, but who is listening?
Simply put, what we are seeing transpire in our age is part of the great spiritual deception that Jesus and his apostles warned about nearly 2000 years ago. With 21st century computer technology and numerous forms of digital media, one can catch a glimpse of the current global apostasy within a matter of minutes. Massive amounts of documentation reveal that people en masse have fallen prey to spiritual deception because they have failed to do what the Bible says. God commands Christians to “try [test] the spirits [to see] whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1), yet many Christians don’t seem to have a clue what this means. Read more...
The Physics of Heaven by Judy Franklin (Author) Ellyn Davis (Author), Kris Vallotton (Foreward) and Contributors - Bill Johnson, Beni Johnson, Bob Jones, Larry Randolph, Ray Hughes, Cal Pierce, Dan McCollam, Jonathan Welton, David Van Koevering. Endorsements by Phil Mason, Banning Liebscher and Steve Witt.
A Warning to the Church
"Objection is often raised even by some sound in the faith - regarding the exposure of error as being entirely negative and of no real edification. Of late, the hue and cry has been against any and all negative teaching. But the brethren who assume this attitude forget that a large part of the New Testament, both of the teaching of our blessed Lord Himself and the writings of the apostles, is made up of this very character of ministry-namely, showing the Satanic origin and, therefore, the unsettling results of the propagation of erroneous systems which Peter, in his second epistle, so definitely refers to as "damnable heresies."
Our Lord prophesied, "Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." Within our own day, how many false prophets have risen; and oh, how many are the deceived! Paul predicted, "I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch." My own observation is that these "grievous wolves," alone and in packs, are not sparing even the most favored flocks. Undershepherds in these "perilous times" will do well to note the apostle's warning: "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers." It is as important in these days as in Paul's - in fact, it is increasingly important - to expose the many types of false teaching that, on every hand, abound more and more."
- Quote from Dr. Harry Ironside (1876-1951)