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Hillsong Conference: Strange Bedfellows

I learned a long time ago that if you want to lose followers, just talk about their favorite singers/bands.  I might lose a few after this, but so be it.

Hillsong has been on the slippery slope of false doctrine for a while, but many still love to listen to their music.  But when a band/singer/group, etc., forms an unholy alliance (as Stand Up for the Truth so aptly put it), there comes a point when you should turn your back on them.

Hillsong’s 2013/2014 Conference is going to have a mix of speakers from some of the most apostate veins of the modern church.

This is from Stand Up for the Truth’s website:

The diversity is certainly represented in the speaker docket, uniting and melding Word of Faith (T.D. Jakes, the Osteens, Hillsong Church), Purpose Driven/Drucker-designed big business (Rick Warren), Craig Groeschel and Judah Smith.  (Online source.)

The author of the article asks a pertinent question:  “…at some point you just have to wonder how teachers of different “gospels” can find unity?”  The key words there are “different gospels.”

Hillsong does not represent Biblical Christianity, but a false gospel which has no power to save.  This is from the Hillsong Conference website:

“Our prayer is that our magnificent 2013 guests will again unleash and water the potential within our collective lives.”

Not to nitpick, but there is only One who is magnificent, and the ones who are speaking at this conference are not Him.  Our magnificent Lord has spoken the true gospel, and that truth is that if we don’t repent, we shall all perish.  (Luke 13:3)  Instead of teaching purpose-driven prosperity potential and navel gazing, they should teach death to self and repentance.  But they won’t.

What Hillsong is effectively praying for is that these self-titled magnificent speakers will show unrepentant sinners how to be happy unrepentant sinners.  Let’s pray they don’t make them two-fold the child of Hell that they potentially may be.  (Matthew 23:15)

Please take time to read the rest of the article after the hop.  You can find it by clicking here.

Harlem Shake – C3 Church Style: Jesus vs. Satan

A friend on Facebook posted this video and I thought I would pass it along as a companion post for my previous one concerning the Harlem Shake at Saddleback Church’s High School Ministry.

The following video is from C3 Church (not sure which campus).  You think Saddleback’s was bad?  Take a look at this.  This version of the Harlem Shake pits Jesus against the devil.  Of course, C3 doesn’t get much of anything right when it comes to Christianity.

Check it out:

Debunking Greater by Steven Furtick – Burn the Plows

Steven Furtick

Caption inspired by Chris Rosebrough.

Steven Furtick, spikey-haired, skinny-jeans wearing pastor of Elevation Church has a new book coming out and the title of the book is Greater.  Thankfully, Chris Rosebrough, host of Pirate Christian Radio’s Fighting for the Faith program has taken time to debunk Furtick’s latest work.  I’m thankful for this because it spares me the task of having to do it.  Okay, I’m having a lazy moment…I admit it.

Rosebrough always does a thorough job of explaining why what people like Furtick are saying in the name of God isn’t truly from the Word of God.  Check it out!

Steven Furtick Should Just STOP!

I find it frustrating to listen to Steven Furtick.  First of all, his skinny jeans look unhealthy.  Second of all, he is incapable of properly interpreting Scripture.  Thirdly, he really, really, REALLY needs to stop teaching the Bible.  He’s just not good at it!

In this video snippet entitled “What to Tell your Biggest Critic,” Furtick affirms his listeners by saying, “You’re doing better than you think you are.”  Okay, fine… a bit Joel Osteenish, if that’s even a word, but fair enough.  If he had STOPPED  at that, closed his Bible and sat down, it wouldn’t have been quite as bad; but since he NEVER does that, we’ve got a big problem.  Here it is – Furtick goes on to say, “I came to tell somebody that Jesus has been talking about you behind your back and what He says is, ‘You’re doing better than you think you are.'”

Okay, first of all, not to be nit-picky or anything, but, Jesus doesn’t talk behind your back.  What He heard from the Father He declared openly.  Second of all, did Jesus really say that?  I can’t find it in the Bible, can you?  Pull out your concordance and search for it, but I’m bettin’ you won’t find it either.  That’s because it’s not there.  Saying that Jesus made this statement is the same as the “thus saith the Lord” type of revelations given by  the false prophets in the Charismatic movement.  It is extra-biblical revelation and is to be rejected.  It should cause fear in the heart of all mankind to say the Lord said something He did not say.  But, it gets worse… much worse.

Furtick proves how dismally he understands Scripture by making this statement:

“But Jesus wanted the crowd to know, look, ‘John’s (the baptist) the one who got this whole thing started.’ In verse ten He says, ‘This is the one about whom it is written, ‘I’ll send my messenger ahead of you who will prepare Your way before You.’  Jesus says, ‘If it wasn’t for John, I wouldn’t even be here performing these miracles.'”

*blink*  *blink*

Did Jesus say that?  Did He really say, “If it wasn’t for John, I wouldn’t be here performing these miracles?”  Did He REALLY?!?!

No.  What Jesus made clear to the world is that it was God the Father who sent Him, therefore, since Jesus submitted His power to the will of the Heavenly Father, it is safe to say that if it weren’t for GOD Jesus wouldn’t have been performing miracles.

Furtick then goes on to assert that John didn’t believe he was really doing very much, but if it weren’t for him, Jesus couldn’t have come and performed His miracles.  He then twists the context back around to tell the congregation that if they’re feeling like a failure, cheer up…”You’re doing better than you think you are!”  How on earth he got that from the scriptures he sites is beyond me.  Simply bewildering.

Just think, in six short years Furtick has built an empire church with seven campuses and over 10,000 congregants, and THIS is what they’re being fed.

For shame.

Joel Osteen: So Sweet He’ll Give You a Toothache

I was perusing Twitter and found this little lump of sugar from Joel Osteen:

(Online source.)

Now, that’s deep.

He has the largest church in America; he pulls in an audience of 35,000 corporately and millions across the earth, and this is all he has?!?!  What exactly does that mean, anyway?  I’m not an accident?  Who said I was?  I didn’t wake up this morning and say, “Daggone it, I can’t go to work today.  I’m an accident.”  What I did say was, “Oh, no!  I can’t believe I slept through the alarm… I’m gonna be late!!!”  But, I digress…

Just think about this, gang – Osteen has the largest church in the country… that’s right… his syrupy-sweet message attracts that many people.  Think that’s an accident?  Think again.  This is hard evidence of the lateness of the day and hour.  What Osteen’s message does is make sinners die happy sinners.  Give me a message that cuts me to my heart and brings me to my knees!

I’ll take that any day!

As I browsed his Twitter feed, I found an interesting exchange between Osteen and a gentleman named Peter.  Well, I don’t know if you could actually call it an exchange – Osteen tweeted, Peter responded, and Osteen did not respond back, which leads me to believe someone may do his tweeting for him.  But, as I was saying, it wasn’t much of a conversation, but I found it amusing.  Check it out:

(Online Source.)

Given the message Osteen preaches, Peter is perfectly reasonable to ask for $100,000 in small bills.  Osteen says it works… I’m wondering if Peter received that “increase” yet.

Nah, most likely not.  I’m thinking Peter didn’t expect it either.