Just when you thought that seeker-friendly evangelicals were at the height of embarrassing cultural accommodation, this Episcopal church in San Francisco goes so far over the top that suddenly Joel Osteen, Steven Furtick, and Benny Hinn appear orthodox and Biblical:
Most people don't get too excited when a moth gets captured by a security camera. Charisma Magazine, however, is sure that the moth is actually an angel, and the roofline of the building behind it is actually a sword:
Just in case you're not sure that the sword is just the roofline behind it, Charisma even publishes the next frame in the sequence that clearly shows the roofline of the building as the moth flies away.
Here's the 2nd photograph showing the moth fly away:
Now here's the "angel with a sword" photograph:
When you ditch the mega-church you founded just in time to avoid the consequences of your horrid personal behavior, it can be difficult to find new speaking gigs. Heck, it can be hard to simply walk down the street without getting hit with a rotten tomato. But Mark Driscoll has found a new place to call home: the Charisma Conference! He's already published a new book with Charisma Publishing so now it's time for Driscoll to get on stage and sell stuff to a whole new audience, an audience who have already proven themselves gullible enough to buy The Sneaky Squid Spirit, The Four Blood Moons Thingy, The Harbinger/Shemitah/Paradigm Thingy, and about ten thousand other useless doctrines that are contrary to Scripture.
The promotional website for this conference is 100% certain that the Holy Spirit wants you to buy a ticket...
Here's an article from Charisma Magazine by Ryan Lestrange:
LeStrange has clearly been influenced by the New Doctrine of the Sneaky Squid Spirit and appears to be feeling left out. In the world of Charismania, anyone can make up anything, and then everyone is supposed to nod their heads in agreement. Even Dr. Michael Brown can't bring himself to admit that the Sneaky Squid Spirit is ridiculous; most likely he would go along with whatever wacky new doctrine that Ryan LeStrange invents, too.
Ryan LeStrange and Jennifer LeClaire seem to be battling it out for the title of:
"Most Willing to Make Up New Doctrine and Sell Stuff to the Desperate & Gullible."
This article by LeStrange is an example of the pot calling the kettle black. This is what false teachers do all the time: they speak against the very thing they are guilty of.
Here is point number one from LeStrange's article:
"They boast more of their accomplishments than the man Jesus. The preaching of the gospel can include many facets, but the main aim is to declare Jesus. Anytime ministry becomes more about a person or personality, it has gotten off course. Leviathan will make it about a man rather than clearly lifting up the name of Jesus." -Ryan LeStrange.
This is an amazing comment from a man who prattles on like a hyper-active teenager about useless topics that have almost no Gospel message or mention of Jesus Christ the resurrected Savior who died for our sins.
Want to hear someone boasting "more of their accomplishments than the man Jesus?" Here is Ryan's bio at the bottom of this article (punctuation errors included):
"Ryan LeStrange is an apostolic and prophetic revolutionary, laboring to see global awakening He is the founder and apostolic leader of a global network of ministries known as TRIBE Apostolic Network. He is the senior leader of the iHub movement, planting and overseeing a network of governing churches, apostolic hubs, and revival hubs Ryan is also a real estate investor who is active in the business arena. Ryan is an accomplished author. His latest release is titled Hell's Toxic Trio. Ryan and his wife, Joy, have one son, Joshua, and currently reside in Virginia."
Nothing really needs to be said about this...
Except maybe: "Pow pow pow..."
If you’re looking for guides to teach you how to walk by sight, and to doubt if God loves you in Christ, you really need to listen to Bill Johnson and Randy Clark. On the other hand if you prefer to live by faith and not by sight, and don’t want to doubt God’s love for you in Christ, then you probably shouldn’t consult Bill Johnson and Randy Clark...
Bill Johnson and Randy Clark were asked why miracles and healing are so important today. Bill Johnson gave an answer that really doesn’t encourage anyone to stretch their faith, or live by faith at all. He talked about how God has the power and resources to heal.
“If you have resources and you don’t take care of a need, then your love is questioned.” -Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson is giving us room to question God’s love if he doesn’t heal us. Forget about stretching our faith and calling us to walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Forget about saying that hope that is seen is no hope at all. (Romans 8:24) According to these men, what Jesus did on the cross doesn’t really prove that God does love us in Christ.
Randy Clark also gave a resounding call to live by sight and not by faith. He said that without miracles and healing, the gospel for some is just a moral code or philosophy. Clark gave emphasis to miracles and healing as THE way God shows his glory. That really is a top rate tactic on his part to get us to live by sight. If he wanted to get us to live by faith, he might suggest that the gospel is the very power of God unto salvation. (Romans 1:16)
So if you want the top advocates for living by sight, and doubting if God loves you, listen to Bill Johnson and Randy Clark. It’s rather interesting that these two men known for their "amazing faith," are actually better at promoting the exact opposite.
Original video here.
Here's one of the founders of the Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel, Oral Roberts, bragging and laughing about the great riches that he and Kenneth Copeland enjoy; then watch the aging and unrepentant Copeland fail to heal anyone at a healing service:
It seems this is what we should expect from NAR Prosperity Preacher, Bill Johnson:
Click on this recent episode of Fighting for the Faith to hear a little bit of Bill Johnson's Scripture twisting. Here's a recent episode about fellow Bethel Prosperity Preacher, Kris Vallotton: I See Rich People. For a LOT more information about Bill & Bethel check out this: The Bill Johnson Cornucopia of False Teaching, Bible-Twisting and General Absurdity
Thanks to Is Not Satire for this story/video!
Here's yet another conference... the Holy Spirit will "show up" and it'll change the whole world and stuff. If you go to this thing you'll never be same, blah blah blah...
Okay, let's just be honest: These people are professional speakers and if you don't buy tickets to this thing, they won't make any money.
Here's what the title page says for this conference:
So they ripped Acts 1:8 out of context and applied it to this conference! Here's more of the passage:
In the very next chapter of Acts, the Holy Spirit (really) fell on people:
So the thing that this passage is pointing to has already happened. Read the rest of this chapter-it's an amazing passage of Scripture! We don't need to keep begging the Holy Spirit to fall (unless you want to sell more tickets to yet another conference).
The Holy Spirit has come.
These professional speakers don't want you to know that. They continually tell you that you don't have enough of the Holy Spirit until you buy tickets and go to their events and buy their books and get lulled into a semi-hypnotic state by the soft-rock worship team and then listen to people talk a lot, tell outlandish & unverifiable stories, and twist God's Word while they brag about how humble they are.
By the way, if you're really interested in getting more you can spend an extra $79 for the Premier Ticket to have one "meet and greet session" with a Super Apostle; maybe you'll get an "anointing" or "mantle" or "impartation" or something.
Most of the 2nd chapter of Acts is the Apostle Peter's terrific sermon, where he tells people the hard truth that they've rejected the Messiah, Jesus, and are guilty of crucifying Him. This is what follows:
Indeed, let us all "save ourselves from this crooked generation."
Here's a short video demonstrating the utterly useless "prophetic ministry" of people like Cindy Jacobs and Chuck Pierce. This happened in 2009, and like all of these types of prophetic messages, nothing is clearly being taught of any value, and nothing good happened as a result of this type of rambling, incoherent nonsense.
Have you heard of the country called Sid Roth-Iscam? It's a very special place, where only a select few can become citizens. Sid Roth-Iscam is where weak and vulnerable travelers lose their money and dignity, as the royal citizenry enrich themselves through fraud and deceit.
Dr. Michael Brown has proven his citizenry in this land. Here is a short video that explains the qualifications necessary to become a citizen of this land:
Remember, Dr. Michael Brown has publicly validated the "ministry" of his good friend, Sid Roth:
Here's (yet another) conference where you're supposed to go and "encounter God." This one has superstars Rick Pino, Todd White, Misty Edwards, and a few other NAR people as guest speakers and musicians. Rick Pino is putting on this conference, that's why he gets top billing. This "Presence 2018" event is where the Holy Spirit has been scheduled to make an appearance.
(Notice above that these people have trouble spelling the word "Christianity" correctly; imagine how they handle actual Christian doctrine!)
Here's a screenshot of the ticket prices; notice the PREMIUM option:
So, for an extra twenty bucks you can have an exclusive time of imparting with one of the celebrity worship leaders or speakers.
It looks like Rick Pino is trying to kick-start his HOD School of Ministry. What does HOD stand for? House of David. This appears to be the latest trend in the hyper-Charismatic world: re-establishing the tabernacle of David.
If you want to attend Pino's "school" you'll have to shell out $3,600 for a 12 week semester, and half of your academic day will involve "praying" and "worshipping" while hypnotic music lulls you into thinking that you're actually learning something. Here's what the schedule looks like:
On Saturdays you'll have the opportunity to annoy the citizens of Austin, Texas, by continually attempting to make both of their legs the same length. The citizens of Redding, California would appreciate the chance to be left alone, so if you're thinking of attending the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, maybe give this school a try instead.
If you're sceptical that maybe Rick Pino's school isn't legit, don't worry: Kim Walker Smith thinks it's the place for you (she had her photo taken right after she got back from a Halloween party)...
Here's a related article about this new "Skip Jesus and the New Testament" movement:
Here's more information about the highly paid professional speaker, Todd White:
Because the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ isn't good enough for these people, they want to go back to the Old Testament. The School of Faith is asking for money to help them build the Tabernacle of David in Melbourne, Australia:
Not surprisingly, this organization is using curriculum from Bethel Church, Redding:
Here's their plan:
They've got it all: the "Encounter Gospel," the "five-fold ministry," the "7 Mountain Mandate," and on top of all that, they are going to "establish God's heart on earth."
In this historical footage from the Brownsville "Revival" we see Dr. Michael Brown literally pushing people's heads down in order for them to collapse under the weighty presence of the Holy Spirit. Is it any wonder why Dr. Brown doesn't speak out against Toronto, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard Brown, Jennifer LeClaire and others?
In case you're wondering, yes he still does this sort of thing:
Got an extra $139 laying around? The Apostle Robert Henderson will grant you permission to:
And if you think this is gonna be just another flakey conference don't worry, this conference features some heavyweight theologians like: Patricia King, Che Ahn, Randy Clark, Mark Chironna (who is sporting a new scholarly-looking beard and a cool Bill Johnson-style shirt!) and The Apostle Robert Henderson himself.
Here's the Apostle Robert Henderson talking about how to get rich-oops, I mean unlocking wealth... but I'll save you the 28 minutes of worthless blathering. Wanna get rich? Charge a bunch of people $139 to "unlock the supernatural from the courts of heaven!"
By the way, if this sounds like the prosperity gospel to you, don't worry about it, because Dr. Michael Brown says it's not!
Here's a brief (and disturbing) compilation video of Heidi Baker when she was the special guest speaker at the Brownsville Assembly of God for a conference called Awake Deborah in 2003; the original video is two hours long:
Heidi tells somebody in the noisy, confused and writhing crowd "I know it hurts, it's holy though, don't be afraid..." She also asks God to "incapacitate" people.
As Heidi is trying to impart something to Guatemala she is overcome by convulsions and says "holy sh*t, I'll come back..."
Here's that part of the original video:
Dr. Michael Brown is a big defender of Heidi Baker, so you can be assured that she's legitimate!
Thanks to Is Not Satire for bringing this to our attention!
Todd White really knows how to go BIG. He went from a complete unknown just a decade ago to sharing the spotlight with the world's richest and most notorious false teachers.
Here he is talking about "encountering the Holy Spirit in a Benny Hinn meeting:"
Here he is practically speechless in the presence of the great and mighty Kenneth Copeland just a few months ago, as the two of them raise money for Todd's gigantic $19 million facility:
Please watch this interview with Benny Hinn's nephew, Costi Hinn, who has rejected the prosperity Gospel of his wealthy and famous uncle in order to follow Jesus Christ:
Here's an expose on Benny Hinn from 2002:
Here's what the Apostle Paul said about preachers getting rich:
2 Corinthians 2:17 “Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.”
1 Timothy 6:5, 9-10 “...and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. (9) But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. (10) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 "But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of a brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler-not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those on the outside. Remove the evil person from among you."
Titus 1:7-11 “For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.”
Here's what Jesus said about getting rich:
Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Luke 6:20-26 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets."
Here's what the Apostle Peter said about preachers getting rich:
2 Peter 2:1-3 “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
Here's what the Apostle John says about getting rich:
1 John 2:15-17 "Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions-is not from the Father but is from the world. And this world is fading away, along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever."
Here's Todd White's $1 million mansion:
Check out these articles about Todd White:
This really sounds like something made up as a satire post... but it's real. It would be fun to somehow make this more ridiculous, but we can't figure out a way to do that. It might be worth noting that Ryan LeStrange has recently adopted his new "Do These Make Me Look Smarter?" eyeglasses, so maybe he's received new revelatory powers as a result.
They are actually SELLING tickets to this festival of idiocy:
Thanks to Is Not Satire for the scoop on this unbelievably stupid event!
This is what happens when your vision-casting leader (notice we didn't say pastor) has the maturity level of a Junior High School boy and he reads a word in the Bible that reminds him of a potty word.
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