When a deviation enters a stream of truth, at the first point of deviation, error looks like truth; it is very hard to see it as error. This is what has misled so many people. They never recognize error until they became engrossed in it. Down the line they begin to suspect that it is error, but by that time they are already hooked. – Ray C. Stedman [1917-1992]

All errors in Christian theology and practice can be traced back to an inadequate view of Scripture. The modern church's low view of Scripture is evidenced by its willingness to dabble with psychology, its readiness to absent the Bible from the preaching ministry, and its constant pursuit and embrace of extra biblical revelation. ― Jim Osman, Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare


“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).

• A new revelation, even though seemingly accredited by miracles, is not to be received if it contradict the already existing revelation. For God cannot contradict Himself (De 13:1-3; 1Ki 13:18; Mt 24:24; 2Th 2:9).

• The Greek expresses not so much "any other gospel different from what we have preached," as, "any gospel BESIDE that which we preached." This distinctly opposes [man-made] traditions. . .which are at once besides and against (the Greek includes both ideas) the written Word, our only "attested rule." — Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary


Camp Regen’s “Insane” Fun & Games

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com   Camp Regeneration (Regen) is hosted by John MacArthur and Grace Community Church. This annual summer camp invites high school ministries nationwide for “powerful expository preaching, Christ-centered music, intense team games, various outdoor activities, … Continue reading

Don’t Let This Be Your Kid: Disturbing Video of Girl From Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.

Holly Pivec Spirit of Error spiritoferror.org   I frequently hear from Christians who are concerned that their child has gotten involved with Bethel Church in Redding, California. If you don’t know, Bethel Redding is one of the most influential organizations … Continue reading

New Age Mysticism Déja vu – Part One

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org February 2016   In the mid-1970s, Dave Hunt wrote a book chronicling the life of Paul Gupta, a Christian convert and the founder of Hindustan Bible Institute. That biography began Dave’s research efforts … Continue reading

New Age Mysticism Déja vu – Part Two

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org March 2016   The New Age Movement seems to have faded away since it came on the scene quite vigorously in the 1970s. Actually, it hasn’t faded away but has “faded into the woodwork.” … Continue reading

New Age Mysticism Déja-vu — Part Three

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org May 2016   In his 2006 book, Yoga and the Body of Christ, Dave Hunt noted that there were more than 500,000 references on Google Search for “Christian churches and yoga.” Today, that search … Continue reading

The Nature of False Prophets and False Teachers

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of … Continue reading

Jen Hatmaker: “Christians Should Open Wide Their Churches to LGBT Community”

Amy Spreeman Berean Research bereanresearch.org   So many Christian women who love the Lord are very upset with me for warning them about Jen Hatmaker. Yes, I know, Jen is the lovable mom, writer and speaker who is known for … Continue reading

Let’s Revive the Lost Art of Christian Polemics

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   The tragedy on today’s ecclesiastical landscape is the number of heretics who are thriving inside evangelicalism. They are having a field day and hardly anyone is raising a voice against them. … Continue reading

Discernment Challenge: If You See Something, Say Something

JD Hall Pulpit & Pen pulpitandpen.org   If You See Something, Say Something is a public service campaign started by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, now licensed by the Department of Homeland Security and has become popularized in … Continue reading

Did God Break the Law for Love?

Tim Challies www.challies.com   It happened again. A popular preacher said something in a sermon, it made its way to social media, and lots of people got upset. This happens quite often, doesn’t it? I rarely pay attention to these … Continue reading

Gender Ideology Harms Children

American College of Pediatricians www.acpeds.org   The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not … Continue reading

Glenn Beck: Evangelicals Not Listening to ‘Their God’

Jeff Maples Pulpit & Pen pulpitandpen.org   At a Utah rally with Glenn Beck supporting Ted Cruz last week, Glenn Beck gave a speech declaring that Ted Cruz was the fulfillment of the Mormon White Horse Prophecy. The Mormon University, … Continue reading


Robert Stewart, Ph.D. & Marilyn Stewart, M.Div. Watchman Fellowship, Inc. www.watchman.org The claim that Jesus never existed is virtually unknown prior to the 18th century. Up to that time even Christianity’s fiercest detractors did not deny that Jesus was a historical … Continue reading

D is for Deception—The Language of the “New” Christianity

Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   A number of years ago, a book written by emerging-church leaders Brian McLaren and Leonard Sweet was released. The book was called A is for Abductive: the language of the emerging church. Going through the … Continue reading

Pastoral Self-Appointments Must Stop

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   It is a well-known fact that state governments in Africa are deciding that enough is enough and are moving in to arrest the rot taking places largely in Charismatic churches. The … Continue reading

Chasing What God?: Examining The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney

Pastor Bill Randles Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. midwestoutreach.org   The God Chasers is a call to those who consider themselves to be hungry for the “manifest presence of God.” It begins with a narrative, which should strike a chord with … Continue reading

The Rise of Religious Narcissism

Bruce W. Davidson   We live in a very neo-Romantic age, in which feelings are considered more significant than facts. This is why a man can claim to be a woman just because he feels like one and be taken … Continue reading

Barbie in Full PC Mode: There is Now a Lesbian Barbie

Fellowship of the Minds fellowshipoftheminds.com   Because “Diversity is crucial“…or something like that. Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, recently added new dolls in three body types: curvy, petite and tall. They announced the following: “Girls everywhere now have infinitely more ways to … Continue reading

War Room

Glenn E. Chatfield The Watchman’s Bagpipes watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com   One of the problems with so many apologetics ministries is the propensity to nit-pick every little detail of someone’s teachings, or lifestyle, or productions. I have been a wee bit guilty of … Continue reading

Looking Beyond a Church’s ‘Statement of Faith’

Holly Pivec Spirit of Error spiritoferror.org   Do you want to know if a church or organization is part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)? Finding the answer may not be as easy as looking at the church’s statement of … Continue reading

See To It That No One Takes You Captive Through Philosophy and Empty Deception…

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to … Continue reading

Unbelief Begets Deception

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   53 When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. 54 He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did … Continue reading

God’s New Sound

Pastor Larry DeBruyn Guarding His Flock Ministries guardinghisflock.com   Part 11: The Physics of Heaven A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction Review of Chapter 10: (authored by Larry Randolph) “Spiritual Synesthesia” I believe we are on the verge of … Continue reading

The Physics of Heaven

Pastor Larry DeBruyn Guarding His Flock Ministries guardinghisflock.com   A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction: Part 1 Judy Franklin, Ellyn Davis and others, The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics (Crossville, TN: … Continue reading

Fraudulent Faith

Ray C. Stedman authentic Christianity www.raystedman.org   Chapter four of First Timothy begins with dramatic and intriguing words. The apostle says: Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to … Continue reading

Discernment Ministry – A Biblical Defense

Dr. Gary E. Gilley Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   We live in an environment in which it is most difficult to stand for the faith. Not only will those who attempt to be on the front lines of discernment face … Continue reading

How God Changes Lives – Understanding Means of Grace

Bob DeWaay Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   What do the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Donald Whitney have in common? They all promote freestyle spirituality where feeling close to God replaces drawing near to God on His terms. Religious experimentation … Continue reading

New Calvinism

Dr. Gary E. Gilley Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   There is a great deal of interest and confusion about a movement within conservative evangelicalism sometimes called “New Calvinism” or Neo-Calvinism. As with many movements it is not monolithic and therefore … Continue reading

Question: Is an “apostate” one who was never a believer to begin with? Or is it the way the dictionary defines it: a person who abandons/rejects a faith he previously actually believed in?

The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org October 2015   Question: Is an “apostate” one who was never a believer to begin with? Or is it the way the dictionary defines it: a person who abandons/rejects a faith he previously actually believed in? … Continue reading

Christian Idolatry

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   THE SIN OF IDOLATRY Definitions of Idolatry Idolatry is the sin of paying homage (worship, service, or guidance) to any god or image other than the true Creator God. Idolatry is the sin of worshipping a … Continue reading

Beware of Wolve’s in Sheep’s Clothing

Mike Gendron Proclaiming The Gospel www.pro-gospel.org   The Lord Jesus Christ warned His followers, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheepʼs clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves (Matt. 7:15). The warning was important because Jesus later … Continue reading

The Beleaguered Disciple: One Woman’s Story of Finding Discernment and Losing Beth Moore

Pulpit & Pen pulpitandpen.org   In this guest post, JoAnne Elizabeth of Vancouver, WA recounts her experience of going from Beth Moore Groupie to warning every woman she knows to stay far, far away from Beth Moore. I once was … Continue reading

Why Some People Need a Good Killing…A Biblical Defense for Self Defense

Pulpit & Pen JD Hall pulpitandpen.org   Just because we’re good people doesn’t mean we won’t kill you – Rick Grimes   Right. So, maybe a Biblical defense for self-defense shouldn’t begin with quotation from the protagonist in a televised … Continue reading


Tim Challies challies.com   On the positive side, I think [William] Paul Young has become a markedly better writer since The Shack. On the negative side, he continues to use his writing to undermine and redefine Christian theology. By my … Continue reading

Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot be “Together”

Jordan Standridge The Cripplegate thecripplegate.com   As the evangelical world in America seems rather excited about the Pope’s visit, I can’t help but remember how I felt when I discovered the Evangelicals and Catholics Together document (ECT). In 1995 the … Continue reading

Praying Circles

Dr. Gary E. Gilley Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   Prayer is surely one of the most blessed of all privileges afforded the child of God. Just to think that sinners, even forgiven sinners, are invited to approach the throne of … Continue reading

The Tragic Loss of The Doctrine of Sin

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   I started writing this blog post on a flight across the Atlantic. I was disturbed. I left the USA on the same day that the Supreme Court there announced the legality … Continue reading

Demystifying the Popular Prophecies About Jewish Sabbaths and Blood Moons

Gaylene Goodroad Herescope herescope.blogspot.com   A book review of Dave James’ timely new book Biblical Guide to the Shemitah and the Blood Moons: Discerning Popular “Prophecies” in the Light of God’s Word The book, The Mystery of The Shemitah, by … Continue reading

The Apostles Who Don’t Do Anything

Cameron Buettel & Jeremiah Johnson Grace to You www.gty.org   It is not new, it is not apostolic, and it is not a reformation. – John MacArthur on the New Apostolic Reformation What should we think of self-styled apostles who meet … Continue reading

The Lunatics Are Running the Asylum

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   The world has truly gone mad. And it is unrestrained sin that has made it so. The sodomites and their friends pushed and pushed – and pushed still more – against the walls … Continue reading

The Holy Spirit’s Witness

Dr. Gary E. Gilley Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   I have written a number of articles, even a book or two, [1] challenging “Christian” mysticism which is so prevalent in evangelical circles today. What do I mean by mysticism? John … Continue reading

Todd Bentley’s School of Revival?

John Lanagan My Word Like Fire mywordlikefire.com   Welcome to the (as I call it) School of the Unholy, where once again Todd Bentley will present his bells-and-whistles strange fire. In the video he speaks of his experience that was … Continue reading

Cross Encounters Radio: Bethel Church

Tony Miano Cross Encounters crossencountersmin.com   This is a new series of shows that will focus on a blight, a scourge, a locust in the land of Christendom—Bethel Church, in Redding, CA. I know those are strong, and to some, … Continue reading

Bethel Church: The False Gospel of Kris Vallotton

Tony Miano Cross Encounters crossencountersmin.com   This article is the second in an ongoing series of articles looking at the false teaching and false practices of Bethel Church, in Redding, CA. In this article I will address the false gospel … Continue reading

Selling the Stairway to Heaven: Critiquing the Claims of Heaven Tourists

Jim Osman Kootenai Community Church kootenaichurch.org   Heaven visitations are all the rage today. A retelling of the sights, sounds, and smells of a supposed trip to Heaven can land an author at the top of the bestseller list and … Continue reading

A Reformation The Church Doesn’t Need – Answering Revisionist Pro-Gay Theology, Part I

  Gregory Koukl & Alan Shlemon Stand To Reason www.str.org   The scene was familiar: a church filled with joyful Christians, singing well-known hymns, praising God with arms outstretched, enjoying beautiful, bountiful fellowship with each other. There was one significant … Continue reading

SCOTUS and Premillennialism

Clint Archer Café Seminoid www.clintarcher.com   What the Supreme Court of the United States [SCOTUS] did last week was simply play catch-up with the many other countries that were ahead of it in the headlong pursuit of institutionalized ungodliness. South … Continue reading

Wrong is Wrong

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com   “There is no such thing as same-sex marriage in the Constitution. The words are not there, we’ve never had it in our history,” [Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore] told CNN on Friday. … Continue reading

When A False Teacher Calls America “Israel” – A Review of The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn

Bob DeWaay Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the Lord’s … Continue reading

Hope for a Doomed Nation

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Chad Taylor – A ‘New Breed’ Pied Piper

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com July 2009   Who is Chad Taylor?  In a “Press Release And Prophecy To The South,” dated February 19, 2009, he states of himself: Chad has been traveling through the states of the South … Continue reading

Chad Taylor – Riding The Third Wave

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com February 2013   In 2009, I wrote an exposé titled “Chad Taylor – A ‘New Breed’ Pied Piper”.  Originally, it was for the benefit of family members who were involved with Taylor.  Since that … Continue reading

Tony Campolo Welcomes Gays and Lesbians Into The Church

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com   To apply the mantra “All you need is love” to some professing Christians seems fitting. Such can be an apt depiction of a dangerously myopic and erroneous Christian worldview. To wit, president of … Continue reading


Jeff Pollard Chapel Library www.chapellibrary.org   In the English language, there exist certain four-letter words that, when uttered, grieve the soul and defile the minds of those who by faith in Christ attempt to live with a clear conscience. They … Continue reading

The Folly of Fools

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com   What a rich irony that men have rolled over on their backs and let women become priests in the Church of England to now having a group of these women push for “the … Continue reading

How to Gauge the Authenticity of a Christian Leader or Teacher or Preacher or Minister

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin … Continue reading

Entering Into Eternal Love

Patricia Campbell I was pondering Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac…We see in Abraham a dad who had waited a very long time for his son, until it was only by a miracle could he even have one. And then… Abraham … Continue reading

Walking With God by John Eldredge: A Critical Theological Review

Jim Osman Kootenai Community Church kootenaichurch.org   When I picked up Walking With God and began to read, I expected to find one basic error: God speaks to us through still small voices and such personalized revelations are to be expected … Continue reading

Concerned Parents: Christian Colleges Promoting Spiritual Formation

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com   Are you a parent of a college student? Are you aware of what Spiritual Formation is? No matter how you answer these questions Christian parents must step up to the plate on behalf … Continue reading

Revival or Apostasy?

Dave Hunt The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org April 2015 Revival or Apostasy? – First published in October 1997 Knowing that we are in the last of the last days, with an imminent Rapture a very real hope, our thoughts often (and … Continue reading

Hearing the Voice of God

Jim Osman Kootenai Community Church kootenaichurch.org     If it is true that God does indeed communicate to His people through . . . subjective means (impressions, signs, promptings, inner thoughts, still small voice, etc.) then there is certainly nothing … Continue reading

The Inerrancy Summit

Shepherds’ Conference www.shepherdsconference.org   Session videos from the 2015 Shepherds’ Conference – The Inerrancy Summit March 3–8, 2015 at the Master’s Seminary. View videos HERE.  

The Merging of Muddy Rivers: The Singing Prophet Kim Clement Washes in Chuck Missler’s Stream

Gaylene Goodroad Herescope herescope.blogspot.com   For the past few years, we have documented the ever-mystical leanings of notable Bible teacher and author, Chuck Missler, ultimately listing him among a group of evangelical teachers we’ve dubbed ‘Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm’ (PPP) leaders, … Continue reading

God of All Grace

Patricia Campbell Thoughts on 1 Peter 5:10   …the God of all grace…has called you to His eternal glory… Who? The self-existent eternal Creator God; the God who told Moses that no man could see His face and live; the … Continue reading

Meet Ima Do-Gooder and Mia Mystic – Affable Spokespersons For Deception

Debra Rae www.debrarae.us January 31, 2015   Allow me, if you will, to introduce Ima Do-gooder and his partner, Mia Mystic. Both college educated,[1] Ima and Mia are model citizens, ever ready to take in stray animals and take on … Continue reading

“The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” Recants Story, Rebukes Christian Retailers

Pulpit & Pen pulpitandpen.org   Lifeway has been selling The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven for many years now. It is part of the trifecta of books on “heavenly tourism” that Lifeway has sold and has promoted, along with … Continue reading

Pastor of Subjective Spirituality?

Diane Conklin Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com April 2014 updated January 2015   Why would an evangelical church have a “Pastor of Spiritual Direction” on its staff trained by an abbot from a Benedictine monastery?  Such is the case of one … Continue reading

Bill Johnson: Squandering Our Spiritual Inheritance

Herescope herescope.blogspot.com   Review of Chapter 4 authored by Bill Johnson: “Recovering Our Spiritual Inheritance”[1] [The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics, by Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis (Crossville, TN: Double Portion … Continue reading

Selfie Syndrome – How Social Media is Making Us Narcissistic

The Best Computer Science Schools www.bestcomputerscienceschools.net   What is Narcissism? ● Narcissistic personality disorder involves a preoccupation with self and how one is perceived by others. Narcissists pursue gratification from vanity and the admiration of their own physical and intellectual … Continue reading

Selfie Scriptura

Herescope herescope.blogspot.com   1. Like taking a picture of themselves, selfies believe they have received individualized and intimate communication(s) from God as stimulated by and resulting from their pietistic and personal contemplation and/or imagination. To validate that the messages have … Continue reading

New Apostolic Reformation and International House of Prayer Article Series

Herescope herescope.blogspot.com   The original article The Present of “His Presence” [by Pastor Larry DeBruyn] served as an apologetic, laying the solid biblical groundwork necessary to refute the newly emerging Second Pentecost teaching by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and … Continue reading

Church of Scientology

Kurt Van Gorden Watchman Fellowship, Inc. www.watchman.org   L. Ron Hubbard was a successful science fiction writer who published over 15,000,000 words between 1932 and 1950 under 20 pen names. Some critics believe that Hubbard may have predicted his forthcoming church. While … Continue reading

The Best Gift I Can Give Christian Christmas Haters

Clint Archer Café Seminoid www.clintarcher.com   It isn’t wrong to have a fern on my porch or a cactus in my office (chosen for its resilience to neglect, a prerequisite for any plant life under my supervision). But apparently having … Continue reading

Classic Q&As from Dave Hunt on “Messianic Jews”

Dave Hunt The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org December 2014   This month’s Q&As were answered by Dave Hunt and were originally printed in October 2005 and June 2007 Question: [You have] objected to the use of the terms “Messianic Jew” and … Continue reading

Is The Evangelical Church in Africa Really Glorifying God?

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   As 2014 draws to an end, my heart aches. I am deeply burdened about what has become the dominant characteristic of evangelical Christianity in Africa. I have tried to wrap my … Continue reading

The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson

Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   In Redding, California, Bethel Church has become one of the largest evangelical churches in North America. Many people from around the world travel to Redding to attend the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, and C. … Continue reading

Should Christians Dialogue with Obvious Apostates and Heretics?

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you … Continue reading

Destructive Heresies

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   1 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 … Continue reading

Changing “Jesus Calling”—Damage Control for a False Christ

Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   Publisher Problems What if you are a major publisher like Thomas Nelson and you suddenly discover that your mega best-selling book Jesus Calling was inspired by a channeled New Age book? And what if you … Continue reading

Kirk Cameron Called to ‘Repent’ for Encouraging Christians to Celebrate Halloween

Christian News christiannews.net   Kirk Cameron, who has been making appearances promoting a new documentary film, is now being called to repentance after raising concerns by statements he made encouraging Christians to celebrate Halloween… During the interview, Kirk discussed his … Continue reading

Rock Music and Insanity

David Cloud Way of Life Literature, Inc. www.wayoflife.org/   It cannot be disputed that a spirit of insanity accompanies rock & roll music more than any other in modern times. Since the 1950s, rockers have thumbed their noses at God’s … Continue reading

For Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   11 The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. 12 The ten horns which you saw are ten … Continue reading


Robert Velarde Watchman Fellowship, Inc. www.watchman.org   Is it possible to practice yoga apart from its decidedly Eastern religious worldview, and do so safely? The simple answer is no; it is not possible to practice true yoga without the underlying spirituality … Continue reading

Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation? (Important Reasons Why They Shouldn’t)

Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   Is your church involved in a Spiritual Formation program? If so, you might want to ask the question, what exactly is Spiritual Formation? It’s a fair question, and one that, if not asked, could end … Continue reading

The Ministry of Rebuke – and How to Receive It

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   No one likes to be rebuked. From childhood, our natures rebel against any form of reproof, rebuke, or censure. But in the course of our lives we may experience rebukes, at different times, … Continue reading

The Low-Information Evangelical (LIE)

Marsh West STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH! renewamerica.com   The phrase low-information voter (LIV) was made popular in the mid-1990s. Although the LIV is uninformed on the issues, he casts his vote. The LIV is often highly opinionated even when … Continue reading


Pastor Zachary Doppelt Verax Institute veraxinstitute.us   What has been the greatest negative influence on the Christian faith over the centuries and particularly in the past thirty years? Was is Roman Catholic sacramentalism, money-crazed tele-evangelists, “Christian” rock concerts? Sure, these … Continue reading

Biblical Discipleship vs. RightNow Media

Amy Spreeman STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH! standupforthetruth.com   Are you ready for the next big state-of-the-art discipleship tool for every member of your church, including staff? It’s called RightNow Media, a slick new video streaming program that compares itself … Continue reading

Bound to Work: 3 Reasons You Should Not Try Bind Satan

Clint Archer Café Seminoid www.clintarcher.com   Spiritual warfare is real. It might not make the news; but it ought to. Paul acknowledges this in Ephesians 6: 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, … Continue reading

An Evaluation of Muslim Dreams & Visions of Isa (Jesus)

Pastor Dennis McBride c/o Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   My Goal: The goal of this paper is to evaluate the reported phenomenon of Jesus (Isa) appearing to some Muslims in dreams and visions, and to discern if such reports fit … Continue reading

Answers to Questions: Community Conversion

Pastor Richard A. Conners www.fbceres.com   Question: Is it possible for a community group, like a family, tribe, household, or village to come to Christ altogether at the same occasion? Answer: We have to be clear about what the question … Continue reading

Dreams as a Mission Strategy: Let’s Ask Questions

Pastor Randy White Randy White Ministries randywhiteministries.org   For many years now I’ve been concerned with what appears to be a growing strategy of missions in difficult areas: praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal Christ in the lives of … Continue reading

A Call to Separation

Arthur W. Pink   “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14-18) This passage gives utterance to a Divine exhortation for those belonging … Continue reading

Roman Catholic Necromancy: Praying to Dead Popes

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   At an historic and unprecedented canonisation ceremony in April 2014 the reigning pope of Rome, Francis I, watched by his predecessor, the retired Benedict XVI, canonised two dead popes, John XXIII and John … Continue reading

How Neo-paganism Deceives the World and the Church – Why Nature Religions Predominate

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed … Continue reading

The Church as a Vehicle to Transform the World

Dr. Martin Erdmann Verax Institute veraxinstitute.us   New series of seven video interviews with Pastor Dean Good: The Biblical Mission of the Church Satan’s Mission: One World Society The Infiltration of the Church The New Age Movement The Church as … Continue reading

Narcissism: The Root of All Hypocrisy in The Theological Psychology of Jonathan Edwards

Bruce W. Davidson   I. INTRODUCTION Nowadays there is a naïve tendency to accept uncritically all accounts of spiritual experience as authentic. Many books capitalize on this and relate their authors’ supposed experiences with God. For example, in the best-selling … Continue reading

Climbing Up Another Way – Is There A Spiritual Ladder to the Lap of “Father God”?

Mark Dinsmore The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org March 2014   History and Structure of Sozo “SOZO” is a psycho-spiritual deliverance and inner healing methodology birthed out of Bethel Church in Redding, California. But though the Bethel Sozo website banner says, “[A] … Continue reading

Copeland in Popeland: Kenneth Copeland Embraces “Unity” with the Roman Pope

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   It caused a huge stir – but really, should any Christian be surprised?  At a conference in Texas, USA, under the auspices of the “ministry” of veteran Charismatic charlatan and false prophet, Kenneth … Continue reading

Larry Crabb to Join Richard Foster’s Renovare Contemplative Conference – Christian Leaders Continue to Promote Crabb

Lighthouse Trails Editors Lighthouse Trails Research www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com   As Lighthouse Trails has often said, when Christian pastors and leaders endorse or share platforms with those who are teaching serious heresy (contemplative negates the Gospel itself with panentheistic/universalisitic/interspiritual roots), this not … Continue reading

Movie Review: Son of God

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell Answers in Genesis www.answersingenesis.org   Largely cobbled together from The Bible miniseries that showed in six parts on the History Channel last year, Son of God, as a full-length feature film focusing just on the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, had … Continue reading

Swedish Megachurch Leader Ulf Ekman Converts to Catholicism, ‘Stuns’ Congregation

Stoyan Zaimov The Christian Post www.christianpost.com   Megachurch leader Ulf Ekman of the Word of Life ministry in Sweden has announced that he and his wife Birgitta have converted to Roman Catholicism . . . “We needed to know the … Continue reading

The Paraclete

Charles Haddon Spurgeon “Prince of Preachers” (1834 – 1892) Spurgeon Gems & Other Treasures of God’s Truth www.spurgeongems.org   A SERMON DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, OCTOBER 6, 1872, BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON. (NO. 1074)   … Continue reading

Question: What About People Who Say They’ve Gone To Heaven?

Brent Riggs Serious Faith www.seriousfaith.com   Think about it… the Apostle Paul went to heaven, and God told him “don’t talk about it”. The Apostle John saw many wondrous things in heaven that God told Him not to write down, … Continue reading

Christians Eating Grass?

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   News concerning a pastor in South Africa who has made his church members to eat grass has shocked the world. What many people do not know was that a few days … Continue reading

What is Dominionism?

Dr. Martin Erdmann Verax Institute veraxinstitute.us   Dominionism is the erroneous belief that Christians have a mandate to build the “kingdom of God” on earth, restoring paradise, by progressively and supernaturally transforming themselves and others as well as all societal … Continue reading

Strange Fire Conference

Grace to You www.gty.org   Strange Fire, part of Grace to You’s Truth Matters conference series, evaluates the doctrines, claims, and practices of the modern charismatic movement, and affirms the true Person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.  The conference … Continue reading

Biblical Signs of a Work of God

Jonathan Edwards The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God Jonathan Edwards was one of the premier theologians our nation ever produced. The following is a contemporary adaptation of Edward’s masterful treatise on revival, The Distinguishing Marks … Continue reading

What Does it Mean to be Filled with The Spirit?

Jeremy Cagle Just the Simple Truth www.justthesimpletruth.com   In 2008, a news release was sent out in Great Britain entitled, “World’s Oldest Living Animal Discovered After He is Pictured in 1900 Photograph.”1  The article showed a picture taken on the … Continue reading

Contending for the Faith Against the Heresies of our Times

Shaun Willcock Bible Based Ministries www.biblebasedministries.co.uk   In addition to preaching the Gospel to the lost (Mk.16:15), and teaching all the Word of God to the saved (Matt.28:20), it is also the solemn duty of the Lord’s servants to “earnestly … Continue reading

The Characteristics of an Apostate

Mike Ratliff Possessing the Treasure mikeratliff.wordpress.com   20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, … Continue reading

Spiritual Warriors with an Antigay Mission: The New Apostolic Reformation

Political Research Associates   The New Apostolic Reformation, an aggressively political movement within Christianity, blames literal demonic beings for the world’s ills and stresses the power of “spiritual warfare” to deliver people and nations from their power. It is rapidly … Continue reading

The Evangelical Gelding is Neutered

Dr. Orrel Steincamp The Plumbline Newsletter Archive www.deceptioninthechurch.com/plumblinearchive.html   “To play the culture card you have to ‘mix and match.’ Having put the focus on the culture as ‘evangelism’ bait you find you then need the new and brighter and … Continue reading

Toxic Devotion: A Review of Sarah Young’s — Jesus Calling

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   “And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”  (Acts 2:42) In the Bible, the term “devotion” is used for the … Continue reading

Joel Osteen is a Demonic False Teacher

“Men are not so much victims of false prophets as false prophets are the judgment of God on men who don’t want God.”   Video includes: Paul Washer, John Piper & John MacArthur View video HERE.

Joel Osteen: Origins & Errors of His Teaching

Keith Thompson Reformed Apologetics Ministries www.reformedapologeticsministries.com   “Joel Osteen has assumed the role of pastor at Lakewood Church in Huston, Texas, teaching his view of Christianity to around 38,000 people a week and to millions on television around the world.” … Continue reading

A Healthy Church Member is an Expositional Listener

Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile Pure Church thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/   The Scripture tells us “the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn … Continue reading

Why is The Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa?

Pastor Conrad Mbewe A Letter from Kabwata www.conradmbewe.com   Many explanations have been given for the explosion of the Charismatic movement in Africa. Many have seen this as a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. Whereas there is probably more … Continue reading

The Marks of a Cult: A Biblical Analysis

James K. Walker Watchman Fellowship, Inc. www.watchman.org   How can we recognize a counterfeit church or a group that is theologically cultic? What are the differences between another Christian denomination and a religion promoting imitation Christianity? While there is some doctrinal … Continue reading

Modern American Christianity

Paul Washer Shocking Youth Message Stuns Hearers, So Shocking the Preacher Was Never Invited Back   LISTEN HERE.

Examine Yourself

Paul Washer The most important issue in life is your salvation. Are you really saved?   A Sermon That Has Angered Many – Examine Yourself is a message on true and false conversion. Are you striving after holiness? LISTEN HERE.

On the Excellency of the Holy Scriptures

                  William Huntington I have sometimes thought, that a nation must be truly blessed, if it were governed by no other laws than those of that blessed book [the Bible]. It is … Continue reading

Do People Still Speak In Tongues?

Jeremy Cagle Just the Simple Truth www.justthesimpletruth.com   It is very common today to hear stories of people experiencing God in unusual ways.  Several books are currently available that describe someone’s trip to Heaven1 or Hell2 or they tell how God spoke … Continue reading

Is The Church Necessary?

Jeremy Cagle Just the Simple Truth www.justthesimpletruth.com   Is the church still needed today or is there a better way to live the Christian life?  Several decades ago, that question would have been unwarranted as Christians understood that the primary … Continue reading

The Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   “The Charismatic Movement has stolen the Holy Spirit and created a golden calf and they’re dancing around the golden calf as if it were the Holy Spirit.” View audio/video HERE. Well now that … Continue reading

They Claim to Speak for God – Part One

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org March 2013   A very large part of Christendom in the United States is enamored with those who claim to speak for God. If you think that’s an overstatement, simply tune into some … Continue reading

They Claim to Speak for God – Part Two

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org June 2013   Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you … Continue reading

Fasting and Spiritual Direction

Dr. Gary E. Gilley Southern View Chapel www.svchapel.org   The list of spiritual disciplines that has been adopted within the Spiritual Formation Movement is almost endless. We could analyze the divine office, Benedict’s Rule, use of the Rosary and prayer … Continue reading

The False Gospel of Self-Esteem

Jim Baumgaertel Proclamation, Invitation, & Warning procinwarn.net   COUNSELING “Christian counseling” has become a very prominent feature of the Church of Jesus Christ. The fact that the general area of “counseling” is rife with the philosophies of man results in … Continue reading

By Faith

Diane Conklin  Christian Research Service www.christianresearchservice.com   A look at the benefits of stepping out in faith according to Exodus 14 GOD LEADS ME “Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and … Continue reading

Building the Kingdom of God on Earth

The Mind Renewed Thinking Christianly in a New World Order themindrenewed.com   Dr. Martin Erdmann Interview:  Dr. Martin Erdmann, Professor of Philosophy at North Greenville University, Director of the Verax Institute in Greer, South Carolina, and member of the Discernment … Continue reading

The Greatest Loss

J. C. Ryle (1816 – 1900)   “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”—Mark 8:36   THE saying of our Lord Jesus Christ that stands at the head … Continue reading

Are You Born Again?

J. C. Ryle (1816 – 1900)   Are you born again? This is one of life’s most important questions. Jesus Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). It is not … Continue reading

Contemporary Christian Divination: The False Claims and Practices of Christian Mystics

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting … Continue reading

Bell Calls Homosexual ‘Marriage’ a Move of God for ‘Greater Affirmation of Gay Brothers, Sisters’

Heather Clark Christian News christiannews.net   Rob Bell “believes that the push for homosexual ‘marriage’ is actually a move of God.” “What we’re seeing right now in this day, I believe, [is] God pulling us ahead into greater and greater … Continue reading

Does the Emergent Love-God Win?: A Review of Rob Bell’s ‘Love Wins’

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   A Review of Love Wins–A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell   I.  BELL’S BOOK A.  Were you ever in a conversation where you could not … Continue reading

The Word-Faith Error: Word-Faith Course (11 lectures) by Watchman Fellowship

Tim Martin Watchman Fellowship, Inc. http://www.watchman.org   Faith means trusting in God for the future, not claiming rights for the present: The faith that “moves mountains” is a special spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12:8; 13:2), not the normal Christian experience. … Continue reading

The Real Roots of the Emergent Church

Elliott Nesch Holy Bible Prophecy www.holybibleprophecy.org   Film: This Christian documentary film The Real Roots of the Emergent Church will take an honest look at the leaders of the Emerging Church movement such as Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, … Continue reading

Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker-Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order

Elliott Nesch Holy Bible Prophecy www.holybibleprophecy.org   Film: Can the Church borrow the marketing tools of the world and apply them to the Church? What is the history of the Church Growth movement and its false premises? Who is involved … Continue reading

An Invasion of Error: A Review of Bill Johnson—When Heaven Invades Earth

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   Bill Johnson of Redding, California has become a popular teacher in one of the latest iterations of the Signs and Wonders movement. His book, When Heaven Invades Earth, reveals his underlying theology. Johnson believes that … Continue reading

False Prophets and Lying Wonders

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   Have you noticed that no matter how many times charismatic televangelists make outlandish false prophecies, they never lack for followers, and they don’t stop claiming the Lord has spoken directly to them? Benny Hinn, for … Continue reading

The Doctrine of Church Discipline

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   I.     PURPOSES IN CHURCH DISCIPLINE A.    Restoration in Fellowship (Gal 6:1) 1.     Meaning of “restore” a)    The word “restore” (katartizō) in Gal 6:1 means to mend a net or something broken, to repair, to fit out, equip, put in order, … Continue reading

The Demise of Biblical Discernment

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org February 2013   In last month’s issue of this newsletter we exhorted our readers to discipline themselves to read the Word of God daily. The emphasis was on developing a habit, the best … Continue reading

Excited Utterances: A Historical Perspective On Prophesy, Tongues and Other Manifestations of Spiritual Ecstasy

Matthew Allen www.bible.org   “…Christianity involves a relationship, not a religion. By that, we mean that we do not hold to the staid formalism or empty rituals that typify much of religious expression in our day. After all, even orthodox belief, devoid … Continue reading

Charismatics and the Sovereignty of Satan

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   I received an interesting letter the other day. It came from some people who came to Grace [Community] Church from a Charismatic church — a very large, prominent Charismatic church. That’s quite a jump … Continue reading

Slain in the Spirit

Dr. Ken Matto Scion of Zion Internet Ministry www.scionofzion.com   There is a phenomenon which has taken hold in many churches called “Slain in the Spirit.” When this event happens a person falls backward into the arms of another so … Continue reading

Focus on the Family: A Sham and a Shame – Part One

Martin & Deidre Bobgan PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries www.pamweb.org   Sometime back we did a series of articles on the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) in which we called the AACC “A Sham and a Shame” and then demonstrated why … Continue reading

Generational Sins & Blaming the Past

Martin & Deidre Bobgan PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries www.pamweb.org   Psychological counseling theories and therapies encourage individuals to look outside themselves to explain why they do what they do and why they feel the way they do. This blame game all … Continue reading

Rick Warren Uncertain if Homosexual Behavior is Sinful, Says ‘Gays’ Go to Heaven

“Controversy is stirring over recent comments made by Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life and megachurch leader of Saddleback Church in California, who stated that homosexual behavior ‘might be’ sinful, and that he believes homosexuals go to Heaven.” … Continue reading

A Brief Synopsis of The Emerging Church

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   I.     WHAT IS THE EMERGING CHURCH? A.    It is difficult to pin down a definition of the Emerging Church for several reasons: 1.     They are not able to clearly define themselves. 2.     They have not made up their mind, what to deconstruct and … Continue reading

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Jonathan Edwards 1703 – 1758 www.pbministries.org Preached at: Enfield, Connecticut, July 8, 1741 “.. Their foot shall slide in due time,” Deut. 32:35 In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God’s … Continue reading

Another Gospel

A. W. Pink 1886 – 1952 www.pbministries.org   Satan is not an initiator but an imitator. God has an only begotten Son-the Lord Jesus, so has Satan-“the son of Perdition” (2 Thess.2:3). There is a Holy Trinity, and there is … Continue reading

Practical Concerns in the Local Church: An Interview with John MacArthur

John MacArthur & Phil Johnson Grace to You www.gty.org   Topics include: When church leaders are abusive When to leave a church Is it an option to not attend church? Women “pastors” and deaconesses Mysticism, spiritual formation, Richard Foster/Dallas Willard … Continue reading

Setting the Record Straight on the Work of the Holy Spirit

Where is the debate in evangelicalism today regarding the attacks on the Holy Spirit by the Charismatic Movement?  “The Holy Spirit has been assaulted and abused in a massive way…there seems to be no outrage.”  Listen to John MacArthur and … Continue reading

Christian Mysticism

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   I.        INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM A.      Mystical Experience 1.       No true believer will deny that experience or even, mystical experience, has a place in the Christian life. 2.       For instance, the divine events that bring a sinner to salvation could be … Continue reading

Charismatic Irrationality

The following is excerpted with permission from The Master’s Seminary Journal, “The Rationality, Meaningfulness, and Precision of Scripture,” by Robert L. Thomas, Professor of New Testament, The Master’s Seminary, Fall 2004: Contemporary Examples of Irrationality The psamist has written, “Your Word is … Continue reading

Spiritual Warfare Movement

Pastor Daryl Hilbert www.gracebiblegillette.org   INTRODUCTION A.    We know from Scripture that Satan exists and has set up a counterfeit program. He attacks God’s creation (Gen 3:1), God’s Word (Gen 3:1,4), God’s character (Gen 3:5), God’s truth (1Ti 4:1-5; 2Co 11:14), God’s Christ … Continue reading

The Gospel as the True Armor of God – Deliverance from Demons as Transfer of Dominion

Bob DeWaay  Critical Issues Commentary www.cicministry.org   For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13, 14) We know that … Continue reading

Jesus Gets Tough… Part One

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org September 2012   When writing or even thinking about the biblical Jesus, problems may arise. One of them occurs when we focus on just one of His attributes and lose sight of His … Continue reading

Jesus Gets Tough… Part Two

T. A. McMahon The Berean Call www.thebereancall.org October 2012   In this two-part series we’re considering characteristics of Jesus that are revealed clearly in the Scriptures but that seem to be avoided or dismissed in the church today. As we … Continue reading

Profane Preachers Contribute to Killing the Conscience

Marsha West News With Views www.newswithviews.com Pastor Mark Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill Church, Seattle Washington is highly regarded in evangelical circles. Pastor Driscoll sometimes uses profanity from the pulpit and has become known for his crude stand-up comic style … Continue reading

Rob Bell’s ‘Love Wins’: A Review

“One of the reasons the blogosphere exploded over this book, is that we really do have two different Gods. The stakes are that high. If Bell is right, then historic orthodoxy is toxic and terrible. But if the traditional view of … Continue reading

The Christian’s Authority: Experience or the Word? Part 1

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   We’re studying this morning, continuing in our series in discussing the charismatic movement. I want to just express, initially, that, basically, Grace Church is a place where saints come together to learn the … Continue reading

The Christian’s Authority: Experience or the Word? Part 2

John MacArthur Grace to You www.gty.org   Well, this morning, we’re gonna continue in our study of the issues in the charismatic movement, and I want to preface it by saying that I feel that the things we’re gonna share … Continue reading

The Evils Within the Church

Horatius Bonar Jude 1-25 Jude, “the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,” speaks to us in the tone of an ancient prophet. His voice is that of Elijah or John the Baptist. It is “the voice of one crying … Continue reading

The Church of the Apostasy, Part I

Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum Ariel Ministries www.ariel.org   “The old apostasy was marked by verbal ‘destructive denials.’” The following is excerpted from The Footsteps of the Messiah – A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events by Dr. Arnold G. … Continue reading

The Church of the Apostasy, Part II

Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum Ariel Ministries www.ariel.org   “The new phase [of apostasy] claims to affirm the fundamentals of the faith…” The following is excerpted from The Footsteps of the Messiah – A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events by Dr. … Continue reading