Showing posts with label What to Do if Your Church has False Teaching. Show all posts
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Surprise! Is the tithe for today? In a nutshell, 3 eye-opening reasons why the tithe is unbiblical for today's Christian and is correlated with clergy abuse



Is the "tithe law" for today's Christian?

Like many concepts in the Bible, not every single one is necessarily for today. While generosity to the poor is a Biblical, New Testament ideal, tithing - giving a consistent ten percent of one's income to church leaders - is not for today. Here is another example: Leviticus 19:27 tells men to not shave their beards.

It would be nutty to tell others today that they must not shave their beards lest they incur a curse from God Himself.

The tithe is also found in Leviticus 27, for instance, and it is equally nutty to tell Christians to "test the tithe".

Journalist David Cary Hart recently penned an article about a controversial church called Bethel Church in Redding, California. Hart explained,
"Suffice it to say that church leadership rakes in untold millions of tax-deducted dollars. Apparently, leader Bill Johnson's wife, his two sons and their wives are all on the payroll. Bethel Church is the perfect example of why churches should be required to file the same annual reports as every other nonprofit organization. It won't happen because Congress is scared to death of Christianity, Inc."
It is beyond me why the government does not hold (professing) Christian churches more accountable, even the ones who buy $65 million gulfstream jets tax-free. It's corruption. It makes no sense, and many of these churches, despite their claims, do not exist for the "public good" but exist to rip off the public. The government lets them get away with it.

As it is, millions of sincere people are duped into giving their hard-earned dollars under manipulative means. The Washington Post and The New York Times are not the only news agencies that have taken notice, and it is rare that billions of dollars churches collect across the nation reach the poor, those who could truly use it. The fact that the tithe is not for today may come as a surprise because modern tele-evangelists and pastors are experts in brainwashing tithing into the minds of multitudes of Americans, often going so far as to threaten with God's divine retribution or "curse".

This leads to the first reason why the tithe is unbiblical: the tithe is a command found in the Old Testament, not the new. The only references to the tithe in the New Testament are: Matthew 23:23, Luke 18:12, and Hebrews 7. In all three references, the tithe is being spoken of in retrospect. The verse they twist and take out of its historical context in order to manipulate those in their care is from the Book of Malachi:
"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:8-10; KJV (Emphasis mine)
Notice who God was talking to: a nation, not the body of Christ. It's truly funny and extremely ironic that the ones who are truly robbing others and "displeasing" God are the very ones who are manipulating his people:
"Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" Acts 15:10; KJV
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1KJV
The second reason the tithe is unbiblical is because it involves coercion.  Coercion is the opposite of liberty in Christ. God loves a cheerful giver, someone who gives under His guidance to those in need, not from the coercion of man. The latter involves bondage, not freedom. If there is any coercion involved, giving is not Spirit-filled. Important to note is that coercion usually comes by covert, veiled means - sly and subtle - often with a big smile and sincere-looking intentions. That's how error masquarades. For obvious reasons, many pastors love the following verse and love to use it in a threatening way to coerce others into "tithing". Upon further observation, where in the New Testament is there a command to tithe? Answer: there is no command to tithe in the New Testament.
Ironically, there is a command for pastors to not coerce others into giving:
"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7; KJV (Emphasis mine)
The word "necessity" here is from the Greek word anank─ôs which means to force or show a need for something. It refers to an outward pressure or influence from someone upon another, or a "compelling need requiring immediate action, i.e., in a pressing situation" (source). This makes me recall a time at a Baptist church in Henderson, Nevada when the preacher told the congregants that not tithing (to him) is the same as stealing a cart full of groceries from a grocery store. Erroneous pastors love to throw legality in on the tithe to add more guilt to others. It works, for the most part. Some congregants do pay attention to that "red flag" feeling, though, especially those with the spiritual gift of discernment.

A third, and most comical reason the tithe is simply unbiblical, is that the Old Testament tithe was not exactly cash! Rather, it was fruit of the land, oil, corn, new wine, herbs, herds, etc. If someone brought a true tithe to a church, it could very well be a bucket of turnips or basil, along with a goat, yet somehow modern pastors have managed to persuade others that the tithe is what's in one's pockets. The Malachi verse says the tithe was "meat".
"And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD." Leviticus 27:30: KJV
"Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand: But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto." Deuteronomy 12:17,18; KJV
"Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries." Nehemiah 13:12; KJV
These are only three of the reasons the tithe is not for today; there are many more reasons. Be assured that if your pastor is preaching the "tithe", it is rotten, twisted, heretical fruit. As the old saying goes, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree". Corrupt teaching comes from currupt intentions, no doubt. It's clergy abuse, also known as spiritual abuse. The "test the tithe" teaching, giving ten percent of one's income to the church, often including an "or else" threat, is a sign of an unhealthy church.

Be free today to be guided by the generous, loving hand of God to meet the needs of others according to His plan for your life, not man's. Jesus did speak about giving to the poor. "My pastor teaches the tithe, and he is a very nice man looking out for the needs of the church", some may say. Please don't be tricked. The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) has addressed this issue about pastors who do not have the best intentions for others, and the con-artist pastor knows precisely what he is doing. He (or she) may very well be an artist using the Bible against others (who are too trusting) in a twisted manner.

I hope you enjoyed the video on the tithe.
  Source: Strong's Concordance 318

Tags: The Tithe Lie; Anthem Community Church Henderson, Nevada; Green Valley Baptist Church Henderson, Nevada

Monday, July 11, 2016

NEW: A new booklet by Bill Randles called 'Beware of Bethel' examines some of Bill Johnson's unbiblical teachings

Hi there, friends!  Just wanted to let you all know there is a new booklet out by author and pastor Bill Randles.  I hope that this blesses you and may all who you share it with have a changed heart and changed mind, in Jesus's name.  Have a great week! 

Beware of Bethel: A Brief Summary of Bill Johnson's Unbiblical Teachings by Bill Randles


"And many shall follow their shameful ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." 2 Peter 2:2

Friday, September 4, 2015

How important is 'doctrine'?


How important is doctrine to Jesus? Very! So important is right teaching to Jesus that He says anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in it does not have God. "Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work" (2 John 1:9-11).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Are you a 'vessel of honor'? Cleanse yourself from the false teachers and become one!

Been looking at a few verses in the Bible.  2 Timothy 2:21 speaks of "vessels of honor".  Here is what it says... 
"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work" (emphasis mine).
If we as Christians want to be used by God, we must purge, or cleanse, ourselves from "these".  If we don't, we will be a "vessel for dishonor".  What is "these" referring to?

Many people want to be used by God, set apart for Him, and useful to Him.  Some people pay a lot of money to go to supernatural schools of ministry to learn how to be "used by God".  Ironically, many of these schools of ministry are run by false teachers who are teaching unbiblical ideas that may look good, and "these" are exactly what God wants us to purge or cleanse ourselves of in order to be useful to Him!!!  


Let's go back to what "these" means.  God tells us in scripture that in order to be useful to Him, we must do something: we must "purge ourselves from these".  


In order to find out what it is we as Christians are to cleanse ourselves from, let's look at the chapter in context.  Earlier in the chapter, in verse 17, the Holy Spirit referred to Hymenaeus and Philetus.  These guys were heretics.  They were teaching false things.  They were not "rightly dividing the word of truth".  That's what many teachers do today. These two false teachers were ruining the Christians they were teaching their "babblings" to.  The Apostle Paul called these "babblings" or false teachings cancerous.  They spread like crazy and hurt many Christians.  Their teaching was a twist on the resurrection.  They were not teaching the right thing about it.  The false teachings they taught tended to prevail at Corinth.  Many teachers today teach the wrong thing about Jesus and who he is (his deity, etc).  Paul called them out by name. 


I started to wonder more about what it means to be a vessel of honor.  I see that many people want to do great things or miracles for the Lord, seeking to be a useful vessel for Him.  All the while, they are falling into a trap and are living with the pollution of false teachings instead of purging themselves from such teachers/teachings.  We are commanded in scripture to "mark and avoid" false teachers (Romans 16:17), yet how often do we see Christians flocking to them or being casual about fellowship with them and reading their books?  


I own a Bible commentary from 1935.  Here is what it says...

"In the visible Church there would be some hearts of gold incapable of being seduced, but there would also be some of less precious material liable to be led away by the heterodox teachers; if the latter purged themselves from their false teachers by rejecting their doctrine and ministry, they too would become vessels unto honor."

What about you?  Are you a vessel unto honor or dishonor?  An approved or disapproved worker?  God has always approved rejection of heresy and its teachers.  





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Good division or evil division? Division in the church....what did Paul teach? Bethel Church and Christianity and 1 Corinthians 1:12

For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. (1 Corinthians 11:19)

This scripture really stuck out today. This comes right after verse 18 in 1 Cor. 11 which speaks of divisions in the church. Paul was telling the Corinthians that when they come together, there are divisions. I checked the cross references for this, and the divisions Paul is speaking of is that in Corinth, some Christians were saying they followed Paul, others Cephas while others were saying they followed Apollos and some simply stated they followed Christ. Because of this they were separating into groups and not having unity. This can be found in 1 Corinthians 1:12.

Here I see two different kinds of division right next to each other in two verses (verses 19 and 18). Sometimes, people who follow Bethel Church will tell their confronters (who warn them about false teaching) that they are "divisive" and use the scripture from 1 Corinthians 1:12 to prove their point.

The problem with this is that Paul had an issue with the church being divided over the WRONG things. Here in this verse, we see that Apollos, Cephas, Paul and Jesus were all teaching the same thing about Christ. None of these men were teaching falsely!!! One was not saying "Christ was not divine at all times" while the other was saying "Christ was divine at all times". No! These leaders were all of one mind in their teaching. If one of them was a heretic, than Paul says that the Christians that are approved (by GOD) will be made manifest (will become obvious). That is, those who follow the heretic are unapproved by God. Those who separate from the heretic are approved by God. It would be manifest and evident who was REALLY following Jesus and His Word by who divided away from the heretic.

What Paul the apostle did not like about Corinth divisions is that they were being divided for a foolish reason. If pastor A and pastor B both teach correct sound doctrine from the Bible, but I am divided with you because you don't follow pastor A and I do, than that would be the unpleasing division that Paul was referring to. That is what was happening in Corinth. It was just stupid. It's like saying, my favorite color is blue and yours is red. Therefore I am not your friend. Totally immature. Paul says stop.

HOWEVER...

If Pastor A and Pastor B teach two totally different and contrary teachings about Christ, than only one is correct. God is a God of truth! He cannot be right and wrong at the same time. He cannot lie!

If Pastor A teaches correctly but Pastor B teaches heresy, and we are divided because of it, THAT IS THE KIND OF DIVISION THAT PAUL SPEAKS OF IN 1 CORINTHIANS 11:19. Paul explains that the very purpose of heresies is to see which Christians are approved by God!. It is those Christians who "mark and avoid" the false teachers who are mature and obedient followers of Christ (Romans 16:17). They are divided away for the right reasons. To not do so would be disobedience to the Lord Jesus.

Here are some supporting scriptures:


"If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ' Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’
you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

Heresies are a test, people!  God is testing us to see what our reaction will be with heresies.  Are we going to flunk and keep following the false teachings down the broad road to destruction, or are we going to study the Bible and get on the narrow path (Matthew 7:14)? 

Here, being divided is a command!  Again, there is righteous division and unrighteous division.  Check it out...

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)

Marking and avoiding sounds pretty "divisive", yet it is a command straight from Jesus for His followers!


As you can see, not all division is a sin!  It is a sin to be divided for the wrong reasons.  There are also right reasons to be divided!  Jesus Himself said people would be divided:


Jesus Brings Division (Matthew 10) 
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37 He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.



If there can be true, righteous division and false, unrighteous division, can there also be true, righteous unity and false, unrighteous unity?  Would being divided away from true Christians who teach true, sound doctrine be good division or evil division?  Have a blessed day.  ~ ADMIN 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Are you tossed? Mature Christians and immature Christians: Following false prophets and their various 'winds of doctrine' is like being tossed by a storm


These days, we must be extra discerning who we are "following".  Who are you learning from?
"That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive..." Ephesians 4:14
Are you a wise or foolish virgin (Matthew 25)?  The mark of a mature Christian is to not be tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, to not be deceived by the sleight of men, by their cunning craftiness.
Deception most always comes in a package of light (2 Cor. 11:14).  Be careful!
"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:5
Matthew 24:5 makes it clear that deceptive teachings would even come from those who look good, those who teach about Jesus (Acts 20:30 further illustrates this point).  There are even discernment ministries out there that are teaching very unbiblical things that sound good!
Who are you following on Facebook?  Twitter?  Is it any wonder that the Lord used the word "Follow" thousands of years ago?
"Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to deceitful spirits, and doctrines of demons..." 1 Tim. 4:1
Have a blessed day...

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Is it really the Holy Spirit? Bethel Church and Christianity...

Was reading in the Word this morning, and a question came up in my mind.  I posted this question on the Bethel Church and Christianity Forum today:
"Acts 5:32 -- "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." I read this today and was wondering if these people are really teaching by the Holy Spirit, why is it that they are not departing/separating themselves from the false teachings/teachers? That would be obedience to God (Romans 16:17), and the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is given to them that obey him."
Will let you know what replies I receive.  What do you think?  These people speak of the Holy Spirit so much.  In fact they are a part of a regular conference called, "the Holy Spirit Conference".  Would the Holy Spirit be comfortable with all the teachings from books, sermons, etc. that we see coming out of Bethel Church?  I don't think so...

Doesn't Jesus say to "mark and avoid" in Romans 16:17?  Not meaning, mark and avoid those who uphold/defend sound doctrine (like Jesus did!) - but those who cause divisions/offenses CONTRARY TO sound doctrine in the Bible (like the false teachers do).

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Is leaving church (when there is false teaching) a sin or a command? Is it wrong to leave church? No!

http://www.lawsonchristopher.org/f/CL_WEB_2013_03_2.4MB.pdf

The above is a helpful news article for those of you considering leaving your church due to error and apostasy.  We must remember that it is okay to leave a church for the right reasons.  Many may judge people who leave church and condemn them, but if there is doctrinal error or false teaching entering the church, the Bible commands us to "mark and avoid" (see Romans 16:17).

Bethel Church is the same church that teaches (via senior pastor Bill Johnson) that Jesus was non-divine (before age thirty water baptism).  This simply is taking away from the person of Jesus.  The real Jesus is both 100% divine and 100% human.

Take a look at the newsletter!  It is very helpful.

BSR

Friday, March 8, 2013

Assemblies of God Encourages Christians to Contact Local District Offices for False Teaching Concerns

If you attend an Assemblies of God Church, and have a concern about a false teaching or practice, please go ahead and email the district office in the state where the church of concern is located.  Certified letters may be more efficient.


To clear up any doubt, and due to the fact that there was recently some doubt/questioning on the above post by a reader, we have helpfully provided a direct quote we received from the General Council of the Assemblies of God:

Direct Quote
The General Council of the Assemblies of God
Please note that Assemblies of God was not condemning the practice of sozo.  Actually, it is unclear to BSRG if the council has researched this new, modern practice yet.  To view what AG believes, visit their website (a link was provided in the article posted above).  What they were encouraging is contacting the district office for concerns with what is erroneous at an AG church.  Hope this helps.  God bless your day!

BSRG

Friday, July 15, 2011

Public Facebook page owner Mark Brown and Christi Armstrong teachings on divorce and marriage (Jesus Christ, The Bible, Global Scope Ministries): False or true?

Fellow Christians need to be very alert with certain public teachers' teachings and how they claim their teachings are "Biblical" and from Jesus Himself.  This ministry has no ill-will toward these teachers, but encourages caution (and extreme discernment and careful analysis) in accepting all their teachings as Biblical.  
 
"Therefore what God has joined together, let man NOT separate." Mark 10:9
 
Be very discerning with any pages run by "Global Scope Ministries" or by "Rev. Mark Brown".

Mark Brown is married to writer Christi Brown (previously "Christi Armstrong" before her and Mark's divorce).  That was a public discussion and public knowledge. 

He has several teachings that are allegedly for God, Jesus, prayers and so on. We must test everything to the Word of God alone.  Sometimes, according to the Bible, teachings can be "fine-sounding speeches", that is, persuasive, or enticing words (Colossians 2:4) that would preach to "itching ears" unsound doctrine (2 Tim. 4:3), as well as "secretly introduced destructive heresies" (2 Peter 2:1).

Anything that is contrary to Christ's teaching is a false teaching.

He has also taught on YouTube, visible to the public, as well.  According to some research, I believe these are a few of his pages.

http://www.facebook.com/Gl​obalScopeMinistries
https://www.facebook.com/TheBible
https://www.facebook.com/KingJamesBible
https://www.facebook.com/Jesus.page
https://www.facebook.com/MarkBrown.page
http://www.facebook.com/IL​oveGod.page
http://www.facebook.com/Pr​ayingPeople
http://www.facebook.com/Te​achingsofJesus
http://www.facebook.com/Me​nofFaith.Page
http://www.facebook.com/Bi​bleJourney
http://www.facebook.com/Jo​urneyDeeperIn2GodsWord
http://www.facebook.com/Mo​re.of.God