Red Light: False Prophet Alert

I feel it necessary to call your attention to a charismatic pastor who is beginning to draw in an ample amount of spotlight.  This pastor’s name is Shawn Bolz.  (I’d like to tip my hat to Wallace Revels for introducing me to this man, for if he had not shared a video of Bolz on Facebook and warned his readers to beware of him, I may never have come across him.  I mean, I might have… but ya never know.)

So, who is Shawn Bolz?

Background

I find it best to draw my information from the source itself.  The following info was taken directly from Bolz’s website.

Shawn has been a minister since 1993, and these days he is well-known for his strong prophetic gift and fresh Biblical perspective. Shawn taught, ministered, mentored, and prophesied at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle in the ‘90s, and in the early 2000s he joined the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.

There are several things wrong with this statement.  First, if you have to announce in your bio that you have a strong prophetic gift, then focus is on this so-called gift and not on Christ Jesus.  Second, red flags go up when I hear people say they have a “fresh” Biblical perspective.  The word “fresh” usually means new and different, but rarely does it ever mean “accurate” or “scriptural.”

Next in this statement he lists his experiential background.  He taught, ministered and prophesied at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle.  The same Mike Bickle who founded IHOP, which Bolz later joined.  He now pastors “Expression58, a Los Angeles based church reaching the entertainment industry and the poor.”  (Online Source)  I have covered Mike Bickle on this blog, you need only do a search to find related blog posts.  Mike Bickle is one of the main culprits in the Latter Rain heresy, and a huge advocate for contemplative prayer.  (For more information on Mike Bickle, please click here.)

Bolz’s type of prophesying is less along the lines of Bob Jones, Todd Bentley, or Paul Cain, and more along the lines of pseudo psychics John Edwards and Theresa Caputo (Long Island Medium).  He’ll call out letters, numbers, and such, and primed targets respond to it.  Basically, he does a really good cold reading, and unsuspecting followers lap it up.

In the video below, Bolz “prophesies” over Bill Johnson of Bethel Church.  In his so-called prophecy, he says he sees Bob Jones in heaven.  He begins calling out street names and then lets Johnson know that his late father and Bob Jones talking in Heaven.  He tells Johnson his dad now lives on Gold Street in Heaven.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

This is just smoke and mirrors and the church is glutting for this kind of chicanery.  Please avoid this man at all costs.  He will bring nothing to your faith except shipwreck and despair.  While Mr. Bolz displays his amazing skills, he is glorifying no one but himself.

To watch the video, please click here.  (This video was posted on Facebook, so you may need to be logged in to view it.)

Did Todd Bentley REALLY Raise the Dead?

On Facebook this week, a friend posted a video supposedly showing Todd Bentley, of Lakeland Outpouring fame, purportedly raising a man from the dead in Pakistan.  I’m going to attempt to season this post with as much grace as possible, for there are many things I could say in the heat of the moment that would render any sense I could make absolutely useless.  I wouldn’t want that to happen.

If you’ll use the search feature on this blog, you will see many, many posts exposing Todd Bentley’s abuse of Scripture and those who hold it most dear.  You will find a wealth of information that will give you a sense of who Todd Bentley is and who he continues to be.

When Bentley was the darling of the Lakeland Outpouring, many Charismatic leaders circled around him and hitched their wagon to this rising star who not only got the attention of the church, but also the mainstream media.  The heavy hitters in the apostolic movement tripped over one another to “throw their mantle” on him and cement him as an evangelical mainstay.  C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Che Ahn, Stacey Campbell, among others, stood on the platform at Lakeland and prophesied over Bentley.  They said he would be great.  They said God was going to do mighty things through him.  They said these words prefaced with, “Thus saith the Lord,” as if their words had come out of the mouth of God Himself.  They didn’t know he was already involved in an inappropriate relationship with another woman.  They didn’t know he had done something like that before.  They didn’t know…they didn’t know…they didn’t know.

They didn’t know because they weren’t true prophets, and God never sent them.  Todd Bentley left the revival in disgrace, left his wife, ran away with his mistress, and that’s the end of the story, right?  No, in charismania, the story never ends that way.

Rick Joyner, who was one of the so-called prophets on stage that night and was one of the ones who prophesied over Bentley that he would be around for a long time.  When Bentley fled, Joyner’s status as a prophet was in jeopardy, so he reached out to Bentley, sent him through a “restoration” process, and set him on his way again.  Nothing changed.  Bentley got everything he wanted.  Now he’s traveling the globe spreading false doctrine and he has a global audience.

Which brings me to the point of the latest video that purports to show Bentley raising a man from the dead.  My advice to everyone reading this is to take it with a grain of salt.

If it’s one thing Todd Bentley knows how to do, it’s to survive and thrive.  Now Bentley finds himself in Pakistan, and he’s still deceiving an unsuspecting flock.

Now we ask ourselves, did Todd Bentley really raise the dead?  Well, let’s continue to look at Bentley’s track record.

This is the same Todd Bentley who:

  • Stated that preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is not enough to save souls.
  • Believes in a female angel named Emma.
  • Took advantage of the followers at the Lakeland Revival by telling them that God told him that if they would donate a certain amount of money, they would get a one-thousand fold return on their investment, and then later admitting to lying about the prophecy, stating he was just trying to raise money to build a stadium to house the revival.
  • Had an inappropriate relationship with another woman, and then left his wife and children and ran away with her at the height of the revival.
  • Claims to take frequent trips to Heaven, where on one trip, he was allowed access to the treasure room, where he began to stuff gold coins in his pockets, and when he couldn’t get any more in, he began to stuff them in his nose and ears.
  • Said he was told by God to kick an elderly woman in the face with his biker boot so that she could be healed.
  • Kneed a stage 4 colon cancer patient in the stomach.
  • Lied about getting tattoos, saying he got them before he got saved.  Since then, he, as well as his wife, have gotten many more.  (Not arguing about tattoos here, just stating he lied about them.)
  • Preaches a doctrine of mysticism and greed.
  • Etc., so forth, and so on.

I could go on, but the point has been made.  So, let me ask you… would God lend credibility to a false prophet/teacher like Todd Bentley by raising someone from the dead at his behest?  As the apostle Paul said, “May it never be!”

The days are dark and time is swiftly drawing near for the Lord to return.  It saddens and frustrates me that people listen to what Bentley says about God, and they think that’s who He truly is.  Oh, how I wish those who follow such malicious doctrine would open their eyes to the truth, but since we know one of the signs of the times is the rejection of sound doctrine, may we be on guard that we too be not swept away in the delusion.

Video of alleged resurrection below:

Tweeters Tweet the Dumbest Things: Rachel Held Evans

I was browsing Twitter and came across this gem retweeted by “Progressive Christianity” darling, Rachel Held Evans.

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Now Evans has made it a point to distance herself from biblical Christianity as taught in the bible; instead, she chooses to adopt a position that questions biblical salvation and the authority of Scripture.  She is also known for supporting the role of LGBT people in the church, is open to evolution, and champions women’s push to be more vocal in the church.

This quote that Evans found to be so “retweetworthy” echoes all the unscriptural rhetoric she promotes.  Is it really true that, with God, the closer you get to certainty, the further you get from the truth?  Is she stating that the closer we get to being certain of Scriptural truths, the further we get from truth?  This is complete and utter hogwash.

One thing you can be sure of… there is biblical truth, you can know it, and it will set you free.  Jesus is the good Shepherd, not a derelict shepherd who allows His church to wander blindly through the darkness groping for unattainable truth.  The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, and you can bet that once He begins leading, you will arrive safely.  Truth is knowable, and it is certain.

One last word… when Jesus prayed for the disciples in John 17:17, he said these words:

Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.

Not only is truth knowable and certain, but His Word, that is, the bible, is truth!  That truth has the power to sanctify and save.  Anyone who questions that questions that authority of Scripture.  But, oh wait…. Rachel Held Evans admits that openly.  Any wonder her words contradict what is written in God’s Word?

I think not.

Personal Note: My Absence Again

Hello, friends.  I’m sorry for my absence so soon after returning to the blogosphere, but I have a good explanation.  Honestly!

Sometimes the tides of life can grab hold of you and lob you in directions you don’t intend to go.  This past month my mother became ill, and everything came to a standstill for a while.  Now, thankfully, she is on the mend.

I ask that you remember her in your prayers if you wouldn’t mind.  Thank you.

Creflo Dollar: Cause I’m Worth All That!

Creflo Dollar has made the news the last several months for soliciting funds to purchase a new jet.  Dollar has his sights on a Gulfstream G650, which has a robust price tag of $65 million. After Dollar’s ministry, World Changers Church International (WCI), asked his followers to cover the bill, they suffered substantial media backlash, which prompted them to quickly withdraw the solicitation.  But, unfortunately, it doesn’t end there.  WCI has now announced they will move forward with the purchase of the jet so Creflo Dollar can travel the globe and spread the gospel.

Here are the words of WCI:

We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate. (Source.)

Those who follow God’s Word and strive to live a life of righteousness can immediately see the pride and arrogance of such a statement.  This attitude is antithetical to the attitude that Jesus Christ Himself possessed, for He told those who wished to follow Him that He had nowhere to lay His head, He owned no home, He traveled on foot, He didn’t wear a microphone (not that there’s anything wrong with that… just stay with me), and you can bet there was no camera in His face while He taught the sermon on the mount.  In fact, His followers weren’t in possession of most of those things either, and yet… wait for it … the gospel FLOURISHED!!!

Creflo Dollar believes that as a minister of the gospel (so-called), he should have only the best, and anyone who contradicts this, in Dollars’ words, just doesn’t understand the bible.

“See, don’t get upset when the world says stuff and talks about stuff, and all that. They’re just looking through the wrong lens, they don’t understand,” Dollar said in a recent sermon. “‘What does a preacher need with an airplane?’ They don’t know. They’ll never know because they’re not looking through the word. They will never know, never never know.”  (Source.)

There’s something about WCI’s statement that needs to be corrected.  They state they will purchase the jet, but they aren’t the ones actually purchasing it.  They aren’t footing the bill. They asked 200,000 people to give a gift of $300 each.  They’re the ones footing the bill.  Dollar wants to ride in style, but he wants YOU to pay for it.  The sad part?  There are MORE than 200,000 deluded people out there who would gladly send this wolf $300 so that he can travel the globe in style perverting the gospel.

The days grow late, loved ones.  Pray that we not enter into error, and praise God that we have eyes to see… and we see, and that we have ears to hear… and we hear.  Discernment is such a gracious gift from God.

Tweeters Tweet the Dumbest Things

Browsing through Twitter can sometimes be an eye-rolling experience.  Did you know that it is entirely possible to say really dumb things in 140 characters or less?  I took some screenshots to illustrate my point.

Benny Hinn

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Honestly, this one was just way too easy!  If I’m trying to avoid online, telephone, or social media solicitation scams, the LAST place I should go is BennyHinn.org.  Crazy, man.

Steven Furtick

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Access to what?!?  God?  Not so!  The blood of Jesus Christ and faith in Him grants us access to the Father.

Well, Furtick didn’t really say in that tweet what gratitude would give us access to.  Maybe he meant gratitude will give us access to Furtick himself!  Pssh.  Dumb.

I don’t know.

Paula White

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What does that even mean?  Do angels need to be activated?  Follow these thoughts through to their logical conclusions, please.  It sounds like Paula White randomly thinks up christiany sounding statements in between her press junkets, speaking engagements, and photo shoots, and then she just throws them out there.  The sad part?  Undiscerning people swallow it.

Oh, and let’s not leave out this little gem:

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Dream big.  Anything our depraved hearts can concoct, go ahead and dream it – whether it’s God’s will or not.  No humbling ourselves before the cross of Calvary, no repentance … just think of everything your lustful heart desires and God’s gonna give it to ya.  Not so.  Anyone wonder why it’s called the gospel of greed?

Caught in the Cross Hairs

Discernment blogging can be a thankless task sometimes.  Well, more often than you think.  We expect to take fire from the people we feature on our blogs, but sometimes the “good guys” take aim at us.

The following article is from blogger Marsha West, and she discusses this issue more in depth.  I’ll post a snippet here, but you can read the rest of the article after the jump.

Reprise: Christian “watchbloggers” under fire

A few years ago “the world’s most famous Christian blogger,” Tim Challies, took Christian “watchbloggers” to task in his piece Evil as Entertainment.  Thereafter, says Tim, “Much discussion, much gratitude, much criticism ensued.”  Boy I’ll say!

Only recently did I stumble onto Evil as Entertainment and the follow-up he wrote for clarification.  (Links below)

Tim views Christian watchbloggers (CWs) thusly:

Day after day they offer examples of all that is wrong in the church. They may vary what they offer a little bit, but what is true of them is that they offer a steady diet of negative content related to the church in general or perhaps related to just one person or one ministry. You know of some of these sites, I am sure.

Oh yes, I know of many of these sites.  And I thank God for them.

To read the rest of the article, please click here.