The return of the super-apostles

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:4-6

The lights were turned down low and the music played softly.  The pastor entered majestically through the church doors and immediately all the beams of light were turned on maximum strength and focused on him.

There was an expectant hush in the crowd.  The anointed “Man of God” (as the pastor liked to call himself) had arrived.

His teeth sparkled and his eyes twinkled as he reached the golden pulpit.

God had revealed to the pastor the secret of walking in His favour and blessing. 

The pastor didn’t need a Bible as God revealed his Prophetic Word – sometimes contradicting the Bible – directly to the pastor; but that was no problem as the Spirit was clearly at work.

The pastor’s sermons were awesome: Jesus died for your sins, sickness and sorrow. No more suffering.  No more second-best.  No more sub-standard Christianity. You simply need to have enough faith.

This was real, victorious, triumphant Christianity!

God was clearly working through this Man of God and the church was growing.

Another man, known as the Apostle Paul, had started the church, but it turned out that he was a bit of a loser.  He was constantly suffering, continually facing hardships, not a great orator, not a rich man, always working, and he never even asked for money.

What kind of a church leader is that?  No thank you, not for us.

We want a super-sized Christianity. Not the weak, suffering, faith-without-sight Christianity the Apostle Paul had to offer.

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The God syndrome

Many religious practitioners, down through the centuries and throughout the world today, have suffered from (what I like to call) the “God-syndrome”.  It refers to religious leaders or church pastors who see themselves as the Lord’s Anointed or the anointed Man of God.

It’s the priest in Roman Catholicism who can absolve you of your sins and turn wine into Christ’s very own blood. Without his intervention, you would be eternally damned.

It’s the anointed prophet or healer in the Charismatic church who can call down God’s blessing and bring healing. Without his intervention, you would not have all that God intended for you.

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So you think you can (Prophetic) Dance?

A church in greater Cape Town has a “Prophetic Dance” ministry.

I like dancing as much as the next person, but this dance ministry over-reaches in its claims.

 “The dance ministry is prophetic of nature. This simply means that the dancer proclaims God’s truth through the use of their body…A variety of dance forms are used and combined for ultimate worship…Dance is also a powerful way to evangelize and at two opportunities a ‘Flash mob’ dance was done in a Shopping Centre and the dancers used this opportunity to minister to the people.” 

I’m sure I understand the Apostle Paul correctly when he wrote that “faith comes from hearing” (the gospel).  cf. Romans 10:14

The New Testament is consistent in its claim that the good news about Jesus needs to be communicated in words.  Gospel workers are called heralds, witnesses, teachers, preachers and evangelist.  The common trait in all these people is that they use words.

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How Christian is Christian TV?

faith-africaThere is a certain activity I do from time to time that is to the detriment to my mental and spiritual health.  I know this, but yet I’m inextricably drawn to switching on the “Christian” TV channel, FAITH TV (channel 341 on Dstv).  If it’s not the prophet speaking, it’s the apostle or bishop.

Of course, they ignore Ephesians 2:20 where it says that the church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, and therefore now that the foundation is laid these offices have fallen away.

Of course, they ignore the fact a bishop is an appointed overseer, not a self-appointed leader of their own church.

Nevertheless, the far greater cause of my mental health issues is the blatant false teaching and distortion of the gospel, all in the name of Christ.

May I warn you that if you base your spiritual life and growth on FAITH TV, you are in great spiritual danger.  You need to be committed to a local church to fall under the rule of Christ as God’s word is systematically and consistently preached week by week.

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A mistaken call to prayer

frustrationWriting this post is very therapeutic for me.  I have to vent my frustration.  In the past week I received yet another email full of drivel claiming to be Christian.

It was a call to prayer given by another so-called prophet who, of course, had a vision that 2016 is the year of God’s Restoration and Deliverance.

(I thought Hebrews 3:7 & 13 say “Today” is the day for God’s restoration and deliverance whatever the year?)

Anyway, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to stand more firmly for the truth of the gospel by attempting to obey the Apostle Paul’s command in Titus 1:9, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”  Paul also commanded Timothy: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke (when you see false doctrine or ungodly living), and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

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