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Beware of Psalm 23 (Joe McIntyre)

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(From: HERESY HUNTERS INSTITUTE, INC.)

Dear brother,

Thank you for sending us the questionable document. We are always glad to examine any teaching materials that may adversely affect the Church. We do think that this material is dangerous and certainly want to warn the Body of Christ  concerning its subtle false doctrines. Our analysis is as follows:

The document:

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my
life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

We weren’t given the name of the author of this document, but it is quite clear that is part of the contemporary, humanistic “gospel” of self.

The first thing we would point out is that this is a “positive confession.” Our research shows that this idea was never heard of in the Church before the metaphysical cults introduced it in the late 19th century. This author has obviously been influenced by these cults.

Secondly, note the “affirmation” that he will not want. This is clearly that “gospel of greed” – the prosperity gospel. Whoever wrote this probably is a follower of these dreadful prosperity preachers. Sorry you couldn’t come up with the author so we could do a background check on him or her. Even without the author’s name, it’s still pretty clear who influenced this individual.

Then the author affirms himself to be perfectly led by the Lord. This is the dangerous delusion of elitism. Many of these groups feel they are the only true Christians. They are the only ones who really represent the name of the Lord. You can see the tremendous spiritual pride lurking behind this, I’m sure.

Our author tells us that he walks through the shadow of death. Obvious Christian Science influence here. Denying the reality of matter and evil. This is indeed a pernicious error. This is also practiced by denying the reality of sickness. Sickness, evil and death are mere illusions. Very dangerous!

Notice the references to “green pastures” and “still waters.” The cults always resort to metaphoric symbols and encourage their victims to visualize. This, of course, opens their minds up to demonic influence. Note also that a life of ease and blessing is pictured, very appealing to the flesh. Seldom do these people ever talk about taking up our cross and following Jesus.

The author now mentions restoring the soul. We see two possible references to dangerous teachings here. Firstly, the teaching of restoration. This is false teaching that suggests that the Church isn’t all God wants it to be. Of course, that is unacceptable. We have the Bible; we need nothing beyond the Scriptures. And then secondly, there could be a suggestion of the teaching of inner healing. We have a paper on this error available if you should so desire.

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL FOR YOU ARE WITH ME: Notice the big “I.” Bold, arrogant, egotistical statements like this are common
among these groups. Totally devoid of humility. I think you can see the obvious, humanistic bent.

YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME: Clearly the error of the authority of the believer is being implied here. Taking the place of God and assuming that mere sinful men can actually wield the rod of God. To say this is presumptuous is mild. This is the “little gods” error. These false teachers never have a due regard for the sovereignty of God.

YOU PREPARE A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES: The archangel Michael did not dare to bring an
accusation against Satan, but these types of teachers boldly mock the Devil. This suggests an unhealthy preoccupation with “spiritual warfare.”

YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL: The height of arrogance. So many today claim they are the anointed of the Lord and no one
should question their teachings and activities. I’m sure this author, whoever he is, considers himself to be one of God’s “special” anointed ones.

MY CUP RUNS OVER: Another allusion to prosperity. A “positive confession” of abundance. Decidedly derived from Unity or one
of the other metaphysical cults.

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE: No suffering, no trials, no difficulties in life! This is not the Bible gospel. These teachers hold out the promise of problem-free living and then bilk those who listen to them of their finances to support their extravagant life-styles. What a mockery of the cross.

I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER: Actually this type of teaching doesn’t belong in the Church at all.
This gospel of greed, positive confession and trouble-free living certainly isn’t based on the Bible.

Thank you for sending us this example of heretical teaching. We advise you to steer clear of this teacher. Although it may have a veneer of Biblical sounding ideas, it is clearly imported from metaphysical and New Age teachings.

Understanding the Tithe (Kenneth Copeland)

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“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 3:10-11).

This is God Himself speaking and He is saying, “Prove Me in this.” This is the only time in the Word where God instructs us to prove Him, and it is the one area where most people have withdrawn from proving God.

Tithing was instituted under the Old Covenant as a way for God to communicate His blessing to His people. The word tithe means “tenth or ten percent.” Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.” Tithes are to be given from the first fruits, from the top— the gross, not the net. A person who does not tithe is robbing God and is operating under a curse (Malachi 3:8-9). The first fruits of our income is God’s; it is not ours to use to pay bills.

Tithing is different from seed-faith gifts and offerings. The tithe is your 10 percent that God commands us to give—gifts and offerings are above and beyond it. Some people want to give “as the Lord leads them” instead of tithing—but the Spirit would never lead you against His Word. The Word says to tithe.

Tithing is not only an Old Covenant command, but also a New Testament blessing and privilege. Hebrews 7:8 says, “Here men that die receive tithes. But there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.”

In the Old Covenant, God’s people would place their tithe—the first fruits of their increase—in a basket, present it to the high priest, and say to him, “I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us” (Deuteronomy 26:2-3). They spoke their redemption.

According to Colossians 1:13, we have been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of his dear Son. As believers, we are living in the kingdom of God. We have entered into our inheritance in Jesus Christ and possess it in His Name. Jesus is the High Priest of the New Covenant. When we take our tithes to our High Priest and speak our redemption, He receives them and then presents them to the Father (Hebrews 3:1, 7:8).

When we stand on our covenant with God and exercise our rights as tithers, we lay a foundation for success and abundance. Satan has no chance against us. Tithing the tithe rebukes the devourer! When we resist Satan in the Name of Jesus, God’s rebuke is in action. God told the Israelites their words were stout against Him. They were confessing lack and want. It is important to speak our redemption in order for the tithe to produce.

Where you place you tithe depends on where you are receiving your spiritual food. God says to bring the tithes into the storehouse. That is where the food is—where a pastor, an evangelist, an apostle or some other ministry is in operation. When you give, you are not giving to an individual, but for the furtherance of the gospel. Since your tithe is God’s money and since Jesus is the One who handles and receives it, you should always pray and let Him tell you where it should be put to work.

Can God Create a Rock So Heavy He Cannot Lift It?

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The answer to that question is no.

God cannot create a rock so big that He cannot pick it up.

Let me explain: God’s omnipotence does not mean that God can do anything. Let me give you an example: God cannot lie (1 Sam. 15.29, Hebrews 6.18). That God is omnipotent does not mean that God can lie. God cannot do immoral things because they go against His nature.

There are other things that God cannot do: He cannot do illogical things. He cannot make 2 + 2 = 5. He cannot make a cause follow an effect. He cannot go beyond these rules because they are part of His nature. God is a good God and He is consistent and honest. Because God cannot lie, He cannot make 2 and 2 = 5 because 2 and 2 = 4.

Now God’s omnipotence means that God can lift an infinite weight. That is not inconsistent with God’s nature and part of the nature of God: He can lift infinite weight.

For God to be able to create a rock SO heavy He cannot lift it, God would have to make a rock that weighs MORE THAN INFINITE. God cannot do this because it would be against His nature: to create something more than infinite is something God cannot do because it is illogical.

I hope I have explained this well enough,

Blessings,
Ben

Don’t Limit God (mp3 – Andrew Wommack)

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What’s that?  You have just read the article on Don’t Limit God by Andrew Wommack and you want to listen to six sermons on mp3 of Andrew teach on how to not limit God in your life?

Here you go then, don’t say Tree of Life Church doesn’t do anything for you: click here for the sermons.

Don’t Limit God (Andrew Wommack)

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You may not know about the second most important experience I’ve had with the Lord.

There isn’t space to write the whole story here, so I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. On January 31, 2002 the Lord powerfully spoke to me through Psalm 78:41. He said I was limiting what He could do with me because of my small thinking. That word from the Lord changed my life and ministry.

At that time our broadcasts covered approximately 30 percent of the U.S. with the Gospel Truth program. We averaged 2,000 incoming calls per month and had 31 employees with a budget of about $210,000 per month. Contrast that with the nearly 26,000 phone calls we received in October 2008, 200 employees, and the monthly budget of nearly $1.5 million that it takes to run the U.S. and U.K. ministries today.

The latest Nielsen ratings list the Gospel Truth broadcast as the fourth most watched daily Christian television program in the nation. Praise the Lord! That’s quite an accomplishment in such a short time. At the rate we were growing before I took the limits off God, it would have taken nearly 30 years to reach the level of coverage that produced those results. We still have a long way to go to reach saturation, but praise the Lord, we are well on our way.

We’ve done our best to keep you informed of what the Lord’s been doing since taking the limits off, but there’s been so much, it’s been hard. One of the great things I haven’t talked about much is the explosion of ministry outside of the United States. We have nearly ten times as many viewers of our Gospel Truth television program around the world as we have here in the States. There are now 2.2 billion people all over the world who have access to our program. Praise the Lord!

Our U.K. ministry, under the leadership of Will Graham, has now translated my books into seventeen foreign languages (check out our European website for details at http://www.awme.net). Just a few weeks ago, I spoke through an interpreter to a woman in Russia who has been totally transformed reading Spirit, Soul & Body. It really touched me to realize that without the translation of that book into her language, this woman would still be struggling in her relationship with God. Now she is joyfully growing in the Lord as never before.

I was so impressed with our Charis Bible College graduates who are now running our Bible school in St. Petersburg, Russia. The students there are just as excited about the Lord as our students here, if not more so. The maturity that God’s Word has caused in their lives was so evident. We have twelve nationalities represented in that one college alone. They will graduate and go back to their home countries and take the life-changing, true Gospel with them. One graduate is already making a tremendous impact in the Congo.

In Amsterdam, I ministered to some of the hungriest people for the Lord that I’ve ever seen. They were soaking up the Word. We saw many miracles happen. I prayed with one woman about a young boy who was dying in a hospital. I laid hands on her and used her as a prayer cloth (Acts 19:11-12). When she got to the hospital, the doctors had totally reversed their diagnosis and said he was okay. They were baffled.

In Buxton, England, we watched a woman come out of her wheelchair and walk in a way that she hadn’t been able to since MS put her there. And the change that we saw in hundreds of ministers at that Ministers’ Conference was awesome! God’s Word is POWERFUL! It is changing people all over the world.

In the first few weeks of February 2009, I have dedicated the Gospel Truth television broadcasts to an update on what the Lord is doing through this ministry in Uganda. Don’t miss these programs. You will see how we literally have the opportunity to change an entire nation.

There is much more to say about all the opportunities the Lord is giving us that are impacting people’s lives worldwide. There just isn’t room here. But the doors are so wide open that we have opened offices in six countries this last year: Canada, Uganda, Belize, Holland, Hungary, and Germany—with more on the way. In the next few months we are also opening CBC extension schools in India and Hungary, and in January 2010 we are starting one in Uganda.

All of this has happened and all of these miracles began when I changed the way I thought about myself and what the Lord could do through me. I stopped limiting Him. What a miracle! But there is more.

The Lord has been speaking to me in the last few months. It’s time to grow again. We can’t fulfill all that He has for this ministry unless I remove more of the limits I’ve placed on Him through my thinking. So I’ve been humbling myself before the Lord and looking for ways I can think bigger.

By the time you read this, I will have just completed a special series of meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Biltmore Resort. It was there, at the beginning of this New Year, that the Lord wanted me to re-teach Taking the Limits Off God (the new series will be called Don’t Limit God) and share with the people what He has been showing me about the future.

We have recorded the meetings in both CD and DVD format. I would really love for you to get a copy of that seminar. What the Lord is leading me to do is bigger than Jamie and me. We can’t do it by ourselves; it’s going to have to be a cooperative venture with thousands of you involved.

One of the important things the Lord is speaking to me about is huge. Most of you know that we have recently been broadcasting the Gospel Truth once a week on the Trinity Broadcasting Network at 10:30 a.m., Pacific Time. Those at TBN love our weekly program and tell us we are near the top of the list for a daily program. It may take a while to clear a spot, but it will be upon us before we know it.

This will increase our television budget over $300,000 per month. We now know by experience that this will also double our calls and more than double our workload. We need a $500,000 per month increase just to accommodate this one project.

I know that these large numbers overwhelm most of us. And this is all coming at a time when many of us are drawing back because of fear about our economy. But this is the time the Lord is dealing with me, and He is not limited to our economy. He has promised to supply our needs according to His riches in glory, by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19), not by the U.S. economy.

This is the time. We have come to the kingdom for such a time as this (Esth. 4:14). You and I are not here on the earth at this time by mistake. Our world needs to hear this nearly-too-good-to-be-true news now.

It’s going to take all of us to make that happen, and we need your help. I’m believing there will be 1,000 people who will join with Jamie and me by giving $1,000. Then we need another 5,000 people to give $100 per month to meet the immediate need of a daily program on TBN.

Seventy percent of the people who have made a partnership pledge to this ministry faithfully meet their pledge. If the other 30 percent would make their best effort to fulfill their pledges, we would have an additional $80,000 per month. What a blessing that would be!

Of course, ability varies from person to person, and everyone may not be able to give large amounts. But if just 20 percent of you gave an extra $30 per month, we could cover the cost of the daily TBN program. That’s half of what many people spend at Starbucks each month.

I wish you could go with me and see for yourself what the Lord is doing through this ministry and hear what people are saying around the world. In Russia, for example, I met a man living near Moscow who says he has been transformed through this message. He gave me example after example of how God has spoken to him through the television broadcasts.

He also told me that he asked the Lord why I hadn’t been on television earlier, that he could have used these truths years before. He said the Lord told him I wasn’t listening. I don’t know if that’s the way it is or not. But I do know I’m hearing Him now, and I’m ready to act.

God Never Gives Up!

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God is love

– 1 John 4.8


4 God is patient and kind. God is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. He does not demand his own way. He is not irritable, and He keeps no record of being wronged. 6 God does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 God never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

– 1 Corinthians 13.4-8

Split parents harm kids into adult life (Christian Institute)

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Children whose parents separate are likely to suffer “enduring” problems with their education, mental health and future relationships, a Government-commissioned report reveals.

Children whose parents divorce are twice as likely to become divorced themselves as adults, the report says.

Girls are often hit by the consequences of their parents’ separation later in life, experiencing more anxiety and depression as adults than their male counterparts, the study found.

Behavioural problems, gaining fewer educational qualifications, needing more medical treatment, becoming pregnant at an early age and turning to drugs, alcohol or smoking, were all among the possible negative consequences named in the report.

Academics at the Institute of Education reviewed an extensive list of existing research for the report, which was commissioned by Children’s Secretary Ed Balls.

They looked at the impact of family breakdown, and factors often associated with it such as repeated family transitions, poverty and parental mental health, on the wellbeing of children.

“Adults who had experienced parental separation in childhood had a higher probability of problems which included mental health and well-being, alcohol use, lower educational attainment and problems with relationships”, the authors found.

Lone parent families – which account for almost a quarter of all dependent children –“tend to be more disadvantaged in terms of poverty and health”, according to the report.

Divorce is the “main route into lone parenthood”, the report says, “whilst the rise in births to cohabiting mothers has made an important contribution because of the higher rate of breakdown in relationships within this group”.

A recent survey of 2,000 adults who had experienced divorce as a child found that a third had sought solace in alcohol or drugs, while eight per cent had considered suicide.

A survey of children aged under ten last year found that the thing they would most want to ban if they ruled the world was divorce.

Leading family lawyer Mr Justice Coleridge warned last month that an “epidemic” of family breakdown was ‘infecting’ children.

He said a documentary he was involved with, about what went on in the family courts, had been deemed ‘too dark’ for prime time by the BBC and pushed to a later time slot.

Mr Justice Coleridge warned: “There is a tendency, especially among the chattering classes, to assume that we have attained a social utopia, in which we are entirely and happily free from taboos, stigmas and other constraints on behaviour. It sounds so beguiling: let us all do what we want, when we want and sort out any mess as we go along.

“But surely the test of any social change is whether it enhances people’s lives or makes them more miserable. And this is where I take issue with the modern view of the family. If it is so successful, why are the statistics for separation so large?

“More significantly, why are the family courts overwhelmed with cases involving damaged, miserable or disturbed children? How do other children, caught up in less serious separations, really feel? Do they relish the endless changes of partner, or adapting to a new step-parent and step-siblings?”

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