Archive for the ‘Heresy and Heretics’ Category
Here’s how I know that. Be sure to read the whole essay by a conservative, not a liberal, which blasts Cruz and the Christian Zionists he appeals to in a way that hasn’t been done enough, ever.
I am especially appreciative of this quote:
Sometimes American Christians romanticize overseas persecuted Christians into disembodied noble souls unaffected by terrestrial concerns. But they, like everybody else, have histories, loyalties, resentments, grievances, and political calculations. Generally, most Mideast Christians cannot further imperil themselves by ever seeming politically to sympathize with Israel or the West. But their notions are not just for appearances. Many Mideast Christians are Arab nationalists. And whether for survival or genuine sympathy, some church leaders over the years have aligned with repressive regimes, like Assad’s and Saddam’s.
They [i.e., Arab Christians] deserve to be killed by ISIS because they don’t support Israel, or US policy in the Mideast? They deserve to be spited and mocked and used by a US Republican senator from Texas who now has the footage he needs to make a campaign commercial, and to pull in donations from home state megachurches? Meanwhile, the Christians of the Middle East, who have been worshiping there since the days Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth, are slowly being ground down to nothing. But hey, the American right-wing media machine took its pound of flesh out of the Christian patriarchs’ backsides, so it’s all cool, right?
Every bible thumping ‘God loves Israel’ right wing soul on the planet needs to be held accountable for their despicable disregard for their brothers and sisters in Christ and their mindless fawning at the altar of a nation-state named Israel.
The revelations keep coming about imploding Mars Hill church, which this week announced that it was laying off staff and closing branches in the wake of numerous allegations of financial impropriety, porn-laced misogyny and abuse of power. Today, one of the most dogged bloggers following the saga, Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, published a 2012 memo purporetedly written by Mars Hill Executive Pastor Sutton Turner.
“It’s really incredible,” Throckmorton says of thememo, talking by phone today. Leaked to him by an insider, the memo reveals that as far back as two years ago Turner was warning elders about a financial crisis brought on by a culture of “entitlement,” “poor stewardship” and questionable ethics.
Sutton calls out dubious behavior on the part of church staffers. Some used the church credit card to “treat their wives to spa appointments,” or attended to their own personal ministries and consulting businesses on church time. This was not a secret, he wrote. When he came to Mars Hill 10 months prior, “the finance team kept a spreadsheet call ‘questionable expenses.’ So whether top leaders did not want to know or were complicit in their action is debatable.”
The church also routinely engaged in what Sutton called a “Hail Mary” strategy. Every December, the church would undergo an extra giving push. Members were told that the church needed additional funds for new branches or special projects. “But given our spending habits, their gifts just help us catch up,” he wrote.
Etc. By the way, the reason I call it a cult is because organizationally it is cult-ish. And in terms of its leadership, it is definitely cult-ish. This does not mean that there are no Christians there. But it does mean that they have been duped and misled and for their own spiritual well being need to get OUT and begin attending a Church where Christ is Lord and not the Mickey Mouse Tee Shirt Wearing ‘Senior Pastor’.
Mars Hill keeps secrets, closes books, hides things, makes members and leaders sign non-disclosure pacts, and all the trappings of a secretive cult trying its best to make sure people don’t know what’s really going on there. Everything @PastorMark does is suspect and suspicious. Christians, flee.
Hillsong… I might not see eye to eye with Mohler on lots of stuff, but on Hillsong he’s spot on:
“It’s a prosperity movement for the millennials, in which the polyester and middle-class associations of Oral Roberts have given way to ripped jeans and sophisticated rock music,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality.”
Hillsong is the corporation-ized version of the prosperity heresy. It’s yet another pentebabbleist cult not making disciples, but entertaining mobs.
When the entertainment gets boring, or the Millenials grow up and seek substance rather than form, Hillsong will go the way of the 8 track tape, emergent Christianity, and the seeker sensitive movement.
So says the head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Orthodox Church head claims Vladimir Putin is possessed by Satan and faces eternal damnation in hell in statement titled “New Cain”.
I like this Orthodox guy!
Patriarch Filaret issued a statement accusing the Russian leader of trying to “incite bloodshed and killings” in eastern Ukraine. “With great regret I must now say publicly that among the rulers of this world … there has appeared a new Cain, not by his name but by his deeds,” he said. “Like the first fratricide of history Cain, these deeds show that the aforementioned ruler has fallen under the action of Satan,” he said in the statement, published on the patriarchate’s website in Ukrainian, Russian and English. Mr Putin “himself tells obvious outward lies: while organising and sending mercenary killers to our countries, he talks about an ‘internal conflict’ in which he is allegedly not involved,” he said.
Pow! Take that ya kooky loony Russian nutbagger Putin.
Below are two photos. One of Joel Watts and one of Bryan Lewis. I understand your confusion if you think they’re actually Joel Osteen and Rick Warren. What you don’t realize is that Joel Watts IS Joel Osteen, and Bryan Lewis IS Rick Warren. They go by their screen names online in order to cozy up to actual scholars because they aren’t.
And now you know the rest of the story… When next you speak to Joel Watts, you’re actually speaking to the arch-heretic Joel Osteen. And when you speak to Bryan Lewis, you’re actually conversing with the slightly less heretical Rick Warren. The truth is exposed.
As he’s now telling them to stay off the internet… doubtless to protect them from such nasty things as the facts and the truth about him and his ‘ministry’. So, really, how long before he completely plunges into insanity and, like Jim Jones, urges his followers to some unimaginable self destructive behavior?
From Mark Driscoll’s sermon dated June 8 on the Mars Hill Church website:
Now, some of you may have heard we’re a Reformed church. Don’t Google it, don’t blow your head up. We love Jesus, read your Bible, stay off the Internet. It’s all shenanigans anyways.
Admittedly, this is a very short part of a very long sermon but I am starting to wonder if this represents a more significant development at Mars Hill Church.
Over the weekend, and then again today, I have heard from sources near Mars Hill that some in the congregation are being warned to avoid blogs and media that have carried articles deemed to be critical of Mars Hill.
One source (6/17, now multiple sources) told me that the accuracy of information is being questioned and false information is being told about me and others.
How long, then, before Driscoll strives to control everything the cult, erm, ‘church’ reads? And what greater indication that Mars Hill is a cult than the fact that its leader is telling folk to stay away from X? (where x = anything Driscoll finds discomfiting).
Ed Young doesn’t understand the function and purpose of tithing. It isn’t to serve as little more than the purchase of a lottery ticket which God will add to and return to you upon your ‘investment’.
A Texas megachurch believes so much in the promise of God’s blessings that it’s offering a full refund to tithers who don’t experience it. Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, has launched “The 90-Day Challenge,” which promises churchgoers, “that if you tithe for 90 days and God doesn’t hold true to his promise of blessings, we will refund 100% of your tithe,” the church said in a description of the event on its website.
Many the theologically ignorant buffoon will fall for the scam. But they need to be reminded that God isn’t your lottery ticket. And if you give, or tithe, with mercenary intentions, just keep your stinking money.