The Long and Lonely Road, Part 3

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The Long and Lonely Road, Part 3

Struck by an Arrow

The day of the meeting with Pastor and his wife had finally arrived. Since I had several days of waiting until meeting, I spent a lot of time in prayer. However, I have to admit – I also spent a lot of time wondering who went to the Pastor about this issue.

We started our meeting off with prayer, then Pastor got right to the point. He told me he was mad when he heard I was “distributing” the information on Beth Moore around the church. What I did was far from “distributing” the material. That makes it sound like I was standing at the door, passing it out to everyone who entered the church. As I stated in the first part of this series, if any of the ladies asked why I was no longer attending the bible study, I handed it to them, and said, “This explains why I’m no longer attending.” I also emailed it to one of the women who was facilitating the study. I emailed her because if I were in her shoes, and was teaching something that wasn’t biblically sound, I would hope someone would come to me and enlighten me.

I apologized for any division my actions may have caused. I also explained to Pastor that exposing false teaching is like a fire in my bones. Like the psalmist in Psalm 119:139, my zeal had consumed me. It is a deep burden of mine that the church wake up and learn to study like the Bereans because scripture makes it very clear that as the end times approach, false teaching will abound, deceiving even the elect.
Pastor said that in the future, if they are allowing a class that I believe is not biblically sound, I can meet with them to discuss, or even email them. He told me to let the responsibility fall on him to determine if the class needs to be stopped. He added that if anyone would ask me why I wasn’t attending, I was to say something like, “I don’t personally care for ____.” This way, it would avoid any confusion or chance of causing division. That sounded good…..or did it?

He even shared a story from a previous church where a couple didn’t agree with something the church was allowing in the pulpit. Yet, they still came to church to do the ministry they were committed to, then they would quietly leave. The only person they ever discussed the issue with was Pastor.

Pastor said he never really cared for Beth Moore, and because of what I shared with them, he would be looking deeper into Beth Moore’s studies. Chances were high that her material would not be used in the future.

They went on to discuss an email I sent to the lady who was facilitating the study. The truth was out – just as I suspected, she was the one who went to Pastor behind my back. This lady is one who knows the scriptures well, and would have known that coming to me was the proper, biblical way of addressing this issue, according to Matthew 18:15-16:  “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” NKJV. I firmly believe that if she had followed the way Jesus told us to handle these things, the whole situation could have been resolved before the pastor ever had to be involved. In all honesty, the way she handled it felt like a betrayal to me.

Once again, I stated that if I were in her shoes, I would hope someone would be gracious enough to point out to me that the material I was using was not scripturally sound. My intent was never to offend her, but obviously, that is what happened.

Next, he mentioned something they were going to do over the summer months, and asked me to pray about it and see if the Lord would be leading me to help in this area.

Finally, Pastor and his wife assured me that they love me, and am glad to have me as a part of the church. He said, “I’m ready to move on from here and forget about this.” We closed in prayer.

The meeting ended on a very positive note, so I should have been at peace since it appeared there was finally a resolve to this ongoing issue.  So why did I feel like an arrow had pierced my soul?

What was I to do now? Proverbs 11:14 tells us that in the multitude of counselors, there is safety, so I went to three godly, trusted friends who talked with me and prayed with me for clear insight as to why I was so disturbed. Proverbs 27:17 tells us that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. I knew their insight would help me get to the root of the unsettling feeling in my spirit.

I didn’t want to do something rash because Proverbs 28:25-27 says that when we make rash, hasty decisions, we show that we aren’t trusting the Lord. I prayed Psalm 119:133 during this time, asking the Lord to direct my steps by His word, and help me not to let any sin have dominion over me. My goal was to be above reproach in this entire situation, and I knew the enemy of my soul would love nothing better than to destroy me with anger and bitterness.

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The Long and Lonely Road, Part 2

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The Long and Lonely Road, Part 2
Hanging in the Balance
Today is a continuation on what I spoke about in my last post. If you haven’t already read that one, please start there for clarification.

I want to state up front that my purpose in writing about this deeply personal experience is because as these end times progress, there will be others who go through similar trials. My hope is that you find some encouragement through my story. I also hope my words will help you not to feel so alone during your own struggle.

After seeing that my concerns about Beth Moore were falling on deaf ears, I knew it was time to refrain from attending the bible study any longer. I decided to type an email to my pastor and his wife with detailed information on the scriptural errors I had found in Believing God, and I ended it with saying that I would be refraining from attending any further studies by Beth Moore.

I sent this email on April 6, and got a response from pastor’s wife just three days later. In her response, she said, “I personally feel you are making a wise decision not to attend the study based on your research and personal feelings.” I appreciated the response, but was a bit perplexed with the “personal feelings” part because all of my research on this bible study was based solely from scripture, and not my personal feelings.

Pastor and I had discussed on several occasions how most people in the church are biblically illiterate, and how dangerous it is since there is so much false teaching out there. He knew this was a huge burden of mine, so when several weeks went by with no response from him, I was a bit puzzled. Finally, over a month later I did get a response. However, I was quite befuddled to discover that the only reason I was getting a response was because someone brought to his attention that I was “distributing” information from my research on the Believing God study to people within the church. His stated that my letter had the “potential to create confusion and division among the members of the Body.” He wanted us to schedule a meeting “try to reach a solution that will be beneficial for all of us.”

I was very apprehensive about this meeting because the focus wasn’t going to be on the biblical errors I had found in the study. Rather, it was because he felt my actions had caused division within the church. I was deeply grieved over this because it was never my intent to cause division. Rather, I was striving to help people see that even the most popular teachers today can be scripturally wrong in what they are teaching.

Now I had an even longer wait, as we didn’t meet until May 30. I truly felt like I was hanging in the balance. I had started reaching out to the leadership in March regarding this study, and now it was nearly three months later with no resolve. I felt as if all of my research was for naught.

For several weeks, I had been carrying a huge burden after reading Proverbs 24:11-12, and seeing it in a whole new light. Previously, I would picture abortion as I read this portion of scripture. However, this time I read it, thinking of those who so easily fall prey to the false teachers who are so prevalent.

“Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” NKJV

I felt so alone during this time, but I knew Jesus was with me, for He was the One who burdened my soul with this issue. For those of you who read my blog, I’m sure you have sensed in recent months that it has become like a fire in my bones.

I spent a lot of time in prayer as I waited for the day of the meeting. I had so many thoughts and questions going through my head. One of the questions that was tormenting my soul was, “Who went to Pastor?” After all, it says in Matthew 18:15-16,  “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” NKJV.

It was difficult to attend church every Sunday, knowing that someone had issues with what I was pointing out. Instead of doing the scriptural thing, and coming to me about it, they went right to Pastor. I had been betrayed. Who betrayed me? My fervent prayer quickly became, “Lord Jesus, help me not to allow a bitter root to grow because I know it could destroy me!”

The Long and Lonely Road, Part 1

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The Long and Lonely Road, Part 1

If you have been following my blog for a while, you have likely noticed a shift from writing devotions to reviewing books of popular false teachers. There is a reason I felt led to go in that direction. For starters, after reading nothing but my bible for nearly four years, immersing myself in it, I spot false teaching much easier. I have been going through books that I read several years ago, thinking they were great books. As the Bereans did, I am rereading the books, asking myself, “Is this really what the scriptures teach?” It has been a good exercise for me, helping me rightly divide the Word of Truth.

Another reason I felt led to move in that direction is because our women’s group at church was going to do the Beth Moore study on Believing God. Having already done extensive research on her, I already knew she was a false teacher. She preaches a prosperity gospel, which is “another gospel,” as mentioned in Galatians 1. She is also into many New Age things, which is very dangerous for any Christian. However, in spite of what I already knew about her, I decided to purchase the book and workbook because I wanted to have proof from my own research to show the ladies the many errors I found.

While out to lunch with my pastor’s wife several months ago, we were discussing popular teachers. I mentioned Beth Moore and why she is dangerous, so I was a bit surprised and perplexed that this particular study was being allowed in our women’s group.

I got the entire study finished before the women started studying it. Once again, I approached my pastor’s wife about my concerns. She didn’t take me seriously. When I mentioned that I would be speaking out when the errors came up in class, she asked me how I would handle it if women would disagree with me. She pointed out that some would not receive what I had to say, simply because I have a strong personality. I reiterated that I have a responsibility to speak out when I see error.

Finally, the night the study began, I could sense the excitement of the ladies. Yet, all I felt was dread. It was rather intimidating to know the Lord was leading me to speak out against her teachings, and I was doing it in a room filled with women who adored Beth Moore.

The study was packed into a one hour period, most of which was spent in watching the video, so it was awkward at the end to try to make my point, but I did it. I raised my hand, and stated my concern for that particular lesson. As I expected, no one spoke up and agreed that I had a valid point.

I attended session two of the study because I saw something that bordered on blasphemy. It was Beth Moore’s comment that her 5-statement pledge of faith could become a shield of faith for us. There is nowhere in scripture that tells us that any person can make a shield of faith for us. When I pointed that out, I could feel an “icy” atmosphere in the room. At that point, I knew I had done what I was supposed to do. I warned the ladies of some biblical concerns I had. None of this was my personal feelings – but based on scripture.

Second John gives a stern warning not to welcome those who bring false teaching. If we do, we share in their wicked work. I knew it was time for me to refrain from attending the study. I also wrote a long letter to the pastor and his wife, showing them many of the errors I found in this study.

You can read those posts here:  Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

I also printed a few copies of that letter because I knew some of the ladies would ask why I was no longer attending. I wanted them to see that it was because of scriptural errors I found in that study. My passion is for the church to wake up and see how many dangerous “teachers” there are, and learn to read and study the bible for ourselves.

It was several weeks before I got a response from my pastor regarding the letter. Not only that, but after voicing my concerns in the study, and handing out a few copies of my letter, most of the ladies were avoiding me at church.
I realized then that I was travelling a long and lonely road.

I will continue this topic in the near future because I know there are others out there who are facing the same dilemma, the same lonely road, and the same burden for their own churches. My hope is to encourage you in this endeavor, and to help you see that you are not alone.

The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney

God Chasers by Tommy Tenney

I read this book years ago and thought it was a fabulous book.  However, I was like many in the church today — I blindly took his word as “gospel,” without searching the scriptures to see if what he was saying was actual biblical truth.  In my second reading of this book, I found some disturbing things in it. For one, he speaks multiple times of “experiential” things happening. To go only by experiences is very dangerous since scripture tells us that false teachers and deceitful workers who transform themselves into apostles of Christ will enter the church. Even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:13-14)

He speaks of wanting something new, not the old dusty stuff from the past. He frequently discounts scripture, like it is a history book, and not relevant to seeking the true presence of God. Yet Psalm 138:2 tells us that God has magnified His Word above His Name. Since He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), I have to believe that He still holds His Word above all else, including “experiences.”

Page 18: “God is getting ready to break out in America, even if he has to bypass her stuffy churches to break out in barrooms.” This book was published in 1998, and I don’t see any of this happening. I have seen many false revivals where people break out into “holy laughter,” like they can’t control it. The fruit of the Spirit is self-control, so I don’t believe this holy laughter is of the Lord. I have seen false revivals where people bark like dogs, writhe like snakes, and worse. (You can search YouTube and find evidence of this.) Yet, we are told in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that there is an apostasy that is coming. I believe that apostasy is already here, and will only get worse as we near the time of Tribulation.

Page 102-103 He speaks of going after entire cities, even placing stakes in the ground at strategic places, “marking a spiritual declaration and demarcation line.” This concept reeks of the teachings from the New Apostolic Reformation cult, where they believe they are special apostles, with the ability to have dominion over 7 specific areas before Jesus returns. However, that does not line up with what the scriptures teach us. Rather, we see a great apostasy coming.

Page 104: In a prayer on that page, he mentions several things that also reek of NAR teaching. God’s kingdom coming, as well as the destiny of the city. These words are used frequently with the NAR crowd.

Page 116: He mentions demonic dominion, which shouldn’t surprise us since ”dominion” is frequently used by NAR.

The following links give a much better description of this book, as well as linking Tommy Tenney to the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/GodChasers.htm

https://midwestoutreach.org/2016/01/23/chasing-what-god-examining-the-god-chasers-by-tommy-tenney/

http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain21.htm

http://www.christianresearchservice.com/chasing-what-god-examining-the-god-chasers-by-tommy-tenney/

The Blessed Life by Robert Morris

The Blessed Life by Robert Morris

The following is my review of this book.

In nearly every chapter, he shares his own personal stories of giving, along with stories from other people. Some of the stories are incredible stories – like giving everything they had, only to have all of that, plus more, in a matter of months. However, your experiences do not determine truth.

Matthew 24 warns us that false teachers will perform signs and wonders. Stories and miracles don’t prove someone’s doctrine is solid and true.

James Robison described this book as being a “simple secret” to growing a blessed church and have a blessed life. Implication: It is a formula. He also pushes this book on his TV show as a moment to change your life. When someone says a book can transform your life, that is a huge problem. The BIBLE is what has the true power to transform us. What they are really doing is making merchandise of the Word of God.

As far as the stories that are shared in the book, did the people test the teaching, like the Bereans? Did they search the scriptures to see if it lines up with the Word? Or did they use their “experience” as confirmation that the teaching is biblical? I refer you again to Matthew 24 where it tells us that there will be signs and wonders – so much so, that even the elect could be deceived. I have to admit that it is quite a wonder that they gave away everything they owned and got that, plus more, in only a few months. That is amazing. But…..was it truly God, or was this false signs and wonders?

If what you are teaching cannot be effectively preached in a third world country, is what you are preaching truth? I think not. God did not create some of His principles to work in only certain parts of the world and not others.

Page 21: Speaking of a man he met at a restaurant, the man said, “God is about to teach you about giving so that you can teach the body of Christ.” This is dangerous to take someone else’s word as the word of the Lord, and even more so, when you “barely know” the person. (Mentioned on page 20.)

Page 27: He said, “Being “blessed” means having supernatural power working for you.” Yet, 3 John 2 tells us that he wishes we would prosper, even as our soul prospers. Our spiritual being is the top priority, not our finances, which is what his book implies.

Page 28: He mentions four portions of scripture to back his claims that “everything you touch does well.” (Deuteronomy 14:29, 15:10, 23:20, 28:8,12) Yet, if you read Deuteronomy 14 in its entirety, you find this portion of scripture is dealing with what kind of animals they could eat. He pulls one verse from this chapter, basing a doctrine from that one verse. We are told in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that whatever we eat or drink, we should to it to the glory of God. In Romans 14:17, we are told that the kingdom of God isn’t about food, but righteousness, peace, and the Holy Spirit.

In Deuteronomy 15, the chapter is speaking of the Jubilee year. Again, he takes one verse to fit his teaching.

In Deuteronomy 23, it states many rules the Israelites were to follow and the blessings to come if they obeyed. However, these laws are not for us to obey. He is twisting scripture to fit his doctrine.

It appears that Robert Morris is trying to put us under the Law. He seems to forget that when the law came out of Horeb, 3000 men died! In contrast, under grace at Pentecost, 3000 men found life!

Page 29: He mentions how there are 500 verses in the Bible on prayer and faith, but over 2000 that refer to money and possessions. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean that we need to take those verses and make a prosperity doctrine from it. Rather, there is so much teaching on money because the Lord knows what a hold money can have on our lives.

Page 30: He speaks on the “principles of firstfruits.” Again, he is taking us back to Old Testament law. In the next paragraph, he calls this “life-giving, liberating truth.” No! It is cursed! Galatians 3:10 tells us that if we are under the works of the law, we are cursed. If we are to go back to the law, then we must continue in all of the things written in that law.

When describing Abraham’s obeying God’s command to offer Isaac, he said that God said to “take your firstborn son”. Isaac was not Abraham’s firstborn son,… Ishmael was. And the text of Genesis 22 never says “first born” in it. Morris states that firstfruits and tithes are the same. Yet, Nehemiah 10:37-38 clearly reveal that they are not the same.

Some principles (laws) of the Old Testament are still valid and applicable under the New Testament. An example is the Ten Commandments. However, Jesus even addressed that, stating that we are to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. He said all of the law and the prophets hang on these two commands. Matthew 22:37-40.

What Robert Morris is doing is cherry picking verses of the Old Testament while neglecting all of the others. He often takes one verse from a chapter, using it out of context, because he doesn’t consider how that verse relates to the rest of the chapter.

Page 31: “God gave His tithe (Jesus) in faith before we ever believed.” That is not scriptural! Yes, God gave Jesus before we ever believed, and while we were still in sin. However, God is omniscient (all knowing), so He never needed faith to offer Jesus as our sacrifice. He already knew! He reiterates this unscriptural point on page 32.

Page 44: He quotes from Exodus 13:12-13. However, he leaves out verse 11, which changes the entire context of verses 12-13. He is misquoting the Word. Verses 12-13 are not a timeless piece of scripture, but rather, they speak explicitly of the Israelites and their exodus from Egypt.

Page 51: “To that question, I felt as if the Lord spoke to my heart….” First, it is dangerous to take someone’s word as being from the Lord when they say “I felt.” Secondly, he felt it was the Lord speaking to his heart. The heart is deceitful above all else. (Jeremiah 17:9) It is dangerous to follow someone based what they believe the Lord spoke to their heart. We need to be Bereans and see if what was spoken actually matches up with the Word of God.

Page 66: This chapter opens up with a question, “Have you ever wished you could multiply your money?” Once again, you see a clear picture of a prosperity gospel being preached. The gospel message should be able to preached and applied anywhere, including third world countries. If not, then it is another gospel, AKA: false teaching. Galatians 1:8 says that if anyone preaches another gospel, let him be accursed.

Page 88: “Just as a spirit of mammon will keep you from living the blessed life, so will a spirit of poverty or a spirit of pride.” There are many sins that can cause you not to live a blessed life.

“As we have seen over and over in this book, the more give away, the more God bestows.” He is pushing his own formula, not the Word.

I have never seen a poverty spirit listed in the Bible. However, I have seen the following spirits, mentioned by name:
Spirit of infirmity — Luke 13:10-16
Unclean (impure) spirit — Mark 1:21-27;  Luke 4:31-41
Spirit of divination — Deuteronomy 18:9-11; Acts 16:16; 1 Samuel 15:23 (witchcraft and rebellion)
Familiar spirits — Leviticus 19:31; 1 Samuel 28:3-25
Jealous spirit — Numbers 5:14
Lying spirit — 1 Kings 22:22, 2 Chronicles 18:21-22
Perverse spirit – Isaiah 19:14
Spirit of haughtiness — Proverbs 16:18
Spirit of heaviness — Isaiah 61:3
Spirit of whoredom — Hosea 4:12, 5:4
Deaf and dumb spirit — Mark 9:25
Spirit of bondage — Romans 8:15-17
Spirit of fear — 2 Timothy 1:7
Seducing spirits — 1 Timothy 4:1
Spirit of anti-Christ — 1 John 4:2-3
Spirit of error — 1 John 4:5

The closest thing I could find in the Bible about a poverty spirit is in Matthew 5:3 where Jesus said the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are poor in spirit.

Page 89: “Let me give you some real-world examples of how these spirits manifest themselves…” How about giving us some biblical examples? Perhaps he is using “real-world” examples because scripture doesn’t back up what he is saying.

Next, he begins to give examples of “Pride says ____.” And “Poverty says _____.”
“How do you respond when someone compliments you on your watch or your outfit? Prides says, “It’s imported from Europe.” Poverty says, “This old thing? I got it at Target.”” What about this? I get nice things for great prices because God has blessed me and helped me to find those good deals. I often buy things at resale shops because I am trying to be like the Proverbs 31 woman and do my husband good and not harm all the days of his life. However, Robert Morris would see me as having a poverty mentality, based on his flawed teachings.

Page 94: Continuing on the same line of thinking. “When someone pulls up beside you in a less expensive car, pride says, “Mine’s better!” When someone pulls up beside you in a more expensive car, poverty says, “That’s a waste! He’s probably a crook!” What about being grateful to drive an older vehicle that is paid off, instead of being in debt? That isn’t poverty! It is wisdom! Proverbs has much to say about being in debt, and discourages against it.

Page 102: He pushes the idea of “Give, give, give,” to those who can’t pay you back, those who don’t deserve it, etc. However, what about the addicts who are looking for their next fix? Do we give to them? NO! Giving them money would only lead them to deeper bondage. Jesus called us to set the captives free. (Luke 4:18)

What about the verse that tells us that if a man wouldn’t work, then he shouldn’t eat? (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

Page 104: “When we grow to become cheerful, willing givers, we become more and more like our heavenly Father. God is trying to do a work in us. He wants to purify our hearts.” Nowhere in scripture does it say that by giving, we are purified.

Page 153: He quotes Mark 10:29-30, where Jesus is telling us there is no one who has left house, brothers, mother, wife, children, or land…who will not receive a hundredfold in this time – houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life. He focuses on the positive rewards we will get, but it is important to note that Jesus also said we will face persecutions. Yet, nothing is said about this part of the verse.

Page 160: “God wants to put great resources in our hands so that we can be conduits of His blessing.” He goes on to quote 2 Corinthians 9:8. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” I don’t see anything in this verse that states that “all sufficiency” has to refer to material things, and that is clearly his implication. What if God wants to make me abound in mercy to the hurting, grace for the weak, or patience for a newly saved person, who is rough around the edges?

Page 161: “But as we’ve seen, having abundance is only possible when we are good stewards of the blessings God has given us.” This is not scriptural! I didn’t abound with grace to not cuss because I was a good steward, but because I diligently read the Word and that Word transformed my mouth! I didn’t abound with perseverance because I was a good steward of my resources, but because I stayed in His Word, trusting Him to speak to me, to give me the endurance I needed to make it through trying times.

Page 171: “Things multiply after their kind.” Example: Wheat begets wheat, and corn begets corn. His implication is that when you give money, you are going to get money. That isn’t necessarily true. In Malachi 3, where it speaks of the tithe, it doesn’t say that when we give our tithe, God is going to give us money. Rather, it tells us that the floodgates of heaven will be opened on us, there will be so much blessing that we cannot contain it, and God will rebuke the devourer. Nowhere in there does it say that the blessing will be in money. God can choose to give the “blessing” however He chooses.

Page 196-197: “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9, NLT “In other words, God is searching and searching for generous hearts – hearts He knows He can trust with wealth and resources.” That is NOT what the verse says at all! It specifically says that He is looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him! It has nothing to do with our resources. Granted, when we are fully committed to Him, it will likely affect our resources, and how we handle them, but he is twisting scripture here to fit his prosperity gospel.

The following link has a video on Debunking Robert Morris and The Blessed Life. I found it rather insightful.
https://youtu.be/kExiiiKz6Tc

Psalm 1 describes a blessed life. It is when we don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of the scornful, but we choose to meditate on God’s Word. The result is that we will bring forth fruit and what we do will prosper. It doesn’t mention that we will get rich.

Psalm 5 mentions the faithful being able to lie down and sleep in peace. A good night’s sleep is certainly part of living a blessed life!

Proverbs is filled with descriptions of a blessed life. It starts with wisdom, knowledge, and discernment, which can guard us from evil, as well as helping us to make wise decisions. When we choose to keep God’s commands, they add years to our life, as well as peace. Peace is priceless! How many rich people do you know who have no peace? God blesses the home of the just. His secret counsel is with the upright. What a huge blessing that is! And these are just a few blessings I found in the first five chapters of Proverbs. I’m not going to do the entire chapter since I did an entire series on Proverbs earlier this year.

James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord. Notice that it doesn’t promise to make us rich.

2 Corinthians 9:8 tells us that God is able to bless us so that at all times, we will have all we need to abound in every good work. It doesn’t say the blessing will always be in our finances.

His book offers nothing for those who live in impoverished nations. Rather, he offers help on improving things in this temporary life. And that “good news” he offers only works in countries where they have a lot of money and opportunity. If his gospel cannot be effectively preached and lived out in third world countries, then I have to say he is preaching “another gospel,” and is cursed, according to Galatians 1. He is a false teacher, and I would stay away from any of his teachings.

Thus Saith the Lord by John Bevere

Thus Saith the Lord? By John Bevere

This is my review of the above titled book.

Page 1: He says, “The ways God speaks to His children are various and many. I believe that His first preference is to speak directly to us.”

I have problems with the above for a couple of reasons. First, he states his own belief and that alone makes me cautious because our own beliefs can be wrong. When I dig deeper into what he says, I discover that it does not match up with scripture. God has made it clear that His #1 way of speaking to us is through His Word. He has magnified His Word above all else. (Psalm 138:2) Also, 2 Timothy 3:16 speaks of how ALL scripture is given by God and it is useful for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.

Page 3: “….I was in the ministry full time, serving my pastor.” We serve the Lord. His wording on this gives me concern because we can easily get our priorities in the wrong order for prestige, recognition, power, and more.

Page 9: He is speaking of how our generation is the living in the end times. Then he says, “This will be accompanied by a harvest of souls of such magnitude it is unimaginable. It will be a time of great glory and joy.” In the very next paragraph, he starts quoting 2 Timothy 3 where it speaks of perilous times coming, and how there will be great deception.

He clearly contradicts himself in the above. So which is it? A great harvest coming? Or will there be perilous times and great deception? The Word of God makes it abundantly clear that there will be apostasy, a falling away, and deception that is so widespread that even the elect could be deceived. (Matthew 24, 2 Timothy 3)

Also, regarding the harvest of souls – this comes from the dangerous teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). This website has easy-to-understand information on their beliefs. http://www.piratechristian.com/berean-examiner/the-six-hallmarks-of-a-nar-church

Here is a website that links John Bevere’s involvement with that cult: http://www.piratechristian.com/berean-examiner/2017/1/leaving-the-nar-church-dylans-story

Page 14: Knowing that John Bevere is heavily involved in the dangerous NAR teachings, I found a quote on this page that was quite insightful. “False prophets are those who have yet to submit their lives to the lordship of Jesus. They have sought God for the wrong reasons. They serve Him for what they can get from Him rather than for who He is.”

Page 68: “In prayer I asked the Lord for His definition of covetousness.” It is dangerous to take someone’s interpretation as truth. Example: How many times have we heard stories from pastors about counseling someone who is involved in adultery? They will often say the Lord led them to this person, and the Lord told them to divorce their spouse, etc. However, based on what the Word tells us about adultery and divorce, we know this was not the voice of God speaking to them.

Page 70: “In prayer, I asked the Lord for His simple definition of contentment. In my heart, I heard….” Again, it is dangerous to take someone’s word that that Lord spoke to them. We need to line it up with scripture and use discernment. Also, another thing very common to those involved in NAR is that they focus heavily on the “experiences” and “feelings.” Notice that he said, “In my heart…” That is very experiential. It is not based on the Word of God, but his feelings about the situation. Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked. (Jeremiah 17:9) They can easily lead us astray.

Page 118: “Many Americans have difficulty with kingdom principles.” NAR teachings use the word “kingdom” and “dominion” a lot. They believe they will be given dominion over seven different areas in our society before Jesus comes back. This is not scriptural (see above information on the apostasy, etc.)

I am very cautious any time I see someone using the word “kingdom” because they are often subtly pushing the NAR teachings. In fact, I started reading the Passion Translation several months ago because I liked the way it was worded. However, I began to notice the words “dominion” and “kingdom” being used frequently. When I did a search on the author, sure enough, he is heavily involved in NAR. I stopped reading that translation immediately.

Page 122: “I wanted to be in the fivefold ministry.” This is also heavily pushed in the NAR teachings, along with super apostles. They believe these new apostles will be equal to the apostles who lived in the time of Jesus, and that their authority should not be questioned. This is dangerous because if we believe someone’s spiritual authority shouldn’t be questioned, we open ourselves up to spiritual abuse.

Page 139: “God is preparing His latter-day prophetic ministers.” This statement reiterates my concerns in the above paragraph. The areas where they believe they will have dominion before Jesus comes back are in government, media, entertainment, education, business, family, and religion. This is not scriptural! I do believe we are in the end times, but do I see any indication that the church is taking dominion over any of these areas? Absolutely not! And I see a church filled with biblically illiterate people!

Page 140: He mentions Ex. 19:10-11, and how it says that on the third day, the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of the people. He goes on to speak of how one of God’s days is a thousand of our years. He says, “For two days, or two thousand years, the church’s responsibility has been to consecrate itself for the coming of His glory. On the beginning of the third day (the third thousand-year period), He will come in His glory.” I believe this is a blatant error, for time began back at the time of creation (for we humans). According to creationists, we are already in the 6000+ year of creation (or day 6).

In the very next paragraph, he says “…the latter-day Elijah prophets will proclaim this message prior to His second coming.” Once again, he is using popular phrases from NAR teachings. Revelation 14:6 makes it very clear that it is angels who will proclaim the gospel to every nation, tribe, language, and people.

So my summation of John Bevere’s book is that is it written by a false teacher. The false teachings are very subtle, and if you are not heavily into the Word, you will be deceived by them. I am sure there are many things that I missed in my study. However, what I did find, I share with you in hopes of opening your eyes to the truth.

I want to address one more thing here: There has been a move among many charismatic churches, where the people are seeking to have a “prophet” come to speak. People come from far away, seeking to hear a special “word” from these prophets. This is so dangerous! I want to look at a couple of scriptures that address this issue because they give such strong warnings.

Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.” Jeremiah 29:8, NIV, emphasis added. – Many times, we encourage these “prophets” by buying their books and tapes, and there are even times when people will give a large offering to receive a “word” from the prophet.

A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land – the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. And worse yet, my people like it that way! Jeremiah 5:30-31, NLT, emphasis added.

There are so many books out there that are not biblically sound, yet people continue to buy them.  They like what is being taught because it tickles their itching ears.  We are a lazy church, refusing to search the Word for ourselves, trusting that it holds everything we need.

Exposing False Teachers

Exposing False Teachers
 
The Lord pulled me away from all books, except for my bible, for nearly four years.  During that time, I was intensely studying the Word of God.  Now He is leading me to read some books by those who are false teachers, making note of the scriptural errors I find, then posting it on my blog. Some of you may ask, “Why?” 
 
First, I carry such a huge burden for a church that is biblically illiterate.  However, it even goes beyond that, as you will see in the verses below.  Previously, as I have read these verses, I would think of abortion.  However, as I was reading it just a few days ago, I was thinking of it in context of those who are listening to false teachers.  I found it quite enlightening!
 
Proverbs 24:11-12 NLT
Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die.  Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it.  For God knows all hearts, and he sees you.  He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew!  And he will judge all people according to what they have done.
 
I looked up this same portion of scripture in a bible app that has footnotes for nearly every verse.  What an awesome confirmation from the Lord!  “This proverb calls for the rescue of people threatened by death.  This may refer to instructing people in life-saving wisdom or righteousness — helping others avoid the path that ultimately leads to death….”

What I see in this verse is a responsibility to share with others what the Lord is showing me. I used to read the books by all of the authors I am researching. I used to take their words as “gospel,” believing that all they were teaching was true. However, after learning to study as a Berean, and really searching out what authors, pastors, and teachers are writing, I am finding many errors in what I read. The above scripture makes it clear that I have a responsibility to expose error when I find it. And if all of the time, effort, and energy only helps one person, it is worth every bit of it!

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