Word of Faith…Poison or Problematic?

anniem8:

poison bottle greenI was also taught 17 of the 21 lies listed in this blog post… I praise Jesus that He rescued me out of this! :-)

~ Annette

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Some will say the Word of Faith movement is okay as long as it’s taught with balance. Before I understood that I was involved in the word faith, I eventually came to see the teachings as very one-sided. I did not consider it an issue. But no matter how much divine health was preacher, it was never a reality for me or anyone around me. People continued to get sick. People continued to die. No matter how many times Pastor Breedlove referred to how people could be making negative confessions behind closed doors which could result in death, I viewed divine health as a promise for him alone.

I remember becoming angry when I learned what we were taught was taken from books written by other preachers. Many leaders in the word faith movement read books from written by Kenneth Hagin Sr., Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, T.L. Osborn, Fred…

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You MIGHT Not be in a Real Christian Church If…..

Generic Church in a Stadium1) your Pastor is not teaching and preparing you for suffering, as a Christian, in this fallen world.

2) your Pastor does not comfort you with the gospel of what Jesus Christ did for you, after he has hit you with God’s laws.

3) your Pastor puts his own “vision” for your church above what God’s commands are for a New Testament church.

4) there can be no distractions in church in order to hear the words of the teacher/preacher, rather than whole families in church to hear the reading & teaching of whole passages of Scripture… in their original context!

5) the Pastor teaches you his own “vision” and rules, as if they were God’s law (ask to see it in context, in Scripture).

6) you are pushed into signing “commitment cards” for things not found in Scripture (usually after emotional manipulation in a “sermon”).

7) you are pressured into “serving the church”, even if it means detriment to your vocations in life at this present time (father, mother, husband, wife, daughter, son, citizen, employee/employer, student, etc.)!

8) your “pastor’s” emphasis is pretty much on having your best life now (what will your afterlife be like..? ***shudder***).

9) your “Pastor” takes the Lord’s name in vain (ie. “OMG”) without even skipping a beat…!

10) you rarely seek, in times of distress, comfort from others in your church, out of fear of having a “negative confession” (this is what was previously known as superstition)!

Just some thoughts as I watch what is happening in much of the “visible” church in this world…  I feel a possible “series” of posts coming on, after my LONG hiatus!

~ Annette

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A Letter from Kabwata: Why is the Charismatic Movement Thriving in Africa?

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The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back

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I must admit that I have been a bit flabbergasted, these last few months, at how BRAZEN the Prosperity/Word-Faith teachers have become, as of late. I have also been pondering on how to talk about this in a more loving way than how I naturally react inside myself to these things I watch happening. These “leaders/teachers” (I do refuse to call them Pastors, as they do not qualify for that role according to the Scriptures) are actually letting their “true colors” (New Age / Pagan roots) be seen by all…!

Sadly, I was once in this very camp, and am still mortified by this, at times. Regardless, I am most grateful and humbled that The LORD saw fit to slap me upside my head…! He woke me up to the fact that I really had just slid from my New Age Spirituality, Witchcraft, and Law of Attraction camp (actually calling it, for what it really was), into EXACTLY the same things in the Word-of-Faith, Prosperity, and Positive-Affirmation camp (although there, it was “cloaked” in Christian sounding terms)!

The link to the article below was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” for me, very recently. It shows just how MUCH the visible “church” has let things “slide” (in order to be “accepted” and liked by the world)… Oprah will be opening for a conference that is being billed as a “Family-friendly Christian” event? Really…?

Additionally, the visible church has continued to lower their view on the Authority of Scripture, and what is ACTUALLY said, and to WHOM in The Bible. WHO is the Bible actually about (hint: it is NOT about YOU, and how you can actually live out the life of a Bible “character”)?  We need to get back into keeping things in context, Context, CONTEXT!

Finally, they do not even take into account the TYPE of literature that each book and/or chapter of the Bible is written in! Any other form of written literature would NEVER be treated the way that God’s Word is treated by these people, secular society, or even the Church-at-large…!

Have we really lost the ability, as Christians, to think in a logically consistent, and doctrinal manner (as the Bible tells us to do, by REASONING one with another)? Instead, we are craving and running after the emotional “highs” in every wind of doctrine, dynamic motivational teachers, and anyone else who just “claims” to be a Christian or had a “vision” of some kind… Just like the rest of the unregenerate world… We are no longer a “people set apart”, on the whole.

http://global.christianpost.com/news/oprah-winfrey-joining-td-jakes-joel-osteen-for-megafest-2013-99279/

~Annette

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Excellent Roundtables on Gospel of John

There are men here, from different Christian denominations, discussing what unites us as a body of believers, from the Gospel of John.

The final episode will be uploaded today – Resurrection Sunday! Their audio discussions are always excellent.

Christ Is Risen! 💛
He Is Risen Indeed!

http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/category/white-horse-inn/the-gospel-of-john/

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Jesus TOLD Us! Should We Not Listen?

Christ TOLD us (MORE than once) that the Old Testament Scriptures are about, and point to HIM! Why do we keep ignoring that fact? If we study/read only the New Testament (or portions of it), we have an incomplete Bible!

The day my eyes were really opened to this, and I began reading the Scriptures that way (SEEING the many types and shadows of Jesus, and WHY many were looking forward to The Messiah, and that we each NEED a propitiation for our sins, and that all of those “Bible stories” also show us the genealogy of The Messiah and that they are NOT stories (or promises to me, personally) for ME to pattern my life after…), was the day that almost ALL Scripture began to REALLY make SENSE and has only served to increase my sense of wonder and Faith. I can see God’s “signature” ALL OVER the pages of Scripture, and that there is NO WAY that ordinary human beings “came up with it to “control” the masses” (a lie I believed many years ago)…!

~[Jesus speaking] You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive glory from people. (John 5:39-41 ESV)

~And he [Jesus] said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27 ESV)

~Then he [Jesus, after His resurrection] said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:44-49 ESV)

My prayer is that MANY more souls will actually see this in the reading of their Bible, and have their minds opened in this way also!

May the Peace that only The Lord can give (shalom), be with you,
~Annette

We Are Losing Our Children, and It Is Our Own Fault…!

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Wow… This was very good, and something I have experienced, and am still experiencing, first-hand within my own extended family. I hope that Christian parents, and those who care about the upcoming generation in our churches, will read this and take it to heart!
Please read and think on this! Seriously…..!
~Annette

Originally posted on Marc5Solas:

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We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened?

It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of 20-somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning. I spend a lot of time with them and it takes very little to get them to vent, and I’m happy to listen. So, after lots of hours spent in coffee shops and after buying a few lunches, here are the most common thoughts taken from dozens of…

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anniem8:

A very good article on the 495th anniversary of  Reformation Day (which was yesterday, October 31st)! No wonder the enemy has tried to totally take over this day…! Definitely a thought to consider…
I hope that you will enjoy this article from reformed4christ, and the other links she has provided!
~Annette

Originally posted on Biblical Womanhood to the Glory of God :

 

So I will start by saying that this is our first year (ever) that we are celebrating Reformation Day. I must admit that it wasn’t until recently that I even knew what Reformation Day WAS (funny as it is that our family has claimed to be reformed for the past couple years, LOL). This is our first year in an actual reformed church as well, so all of this is new to us. I must admit that I quite like the idea of celebrating a holiday that has to do more with God than one that is concerned with gouls, goblins, witches and demons. So, needless to say, I was thrilled and jumped at the idea of starting a tradition with our son where we could celebrate God and where the glory could once again be pointed back to Him.

In this post, I would just simply like to…

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Excellent Lessons on Bible Study Methods, and Tools!

KJV BibleHello Everyone!

Have you ever been really frustrated, when listening to a sermon (or some other talk/Bible study), wondering, “HOW in the world do they figure all this stuff out, from just reading the Bible?!  I don’t see it in there…!”  I sure have!   Unfortunately, many times, it really was NOT in there that way…!  Other times, it was sound doctrine, but how was I to know when I was being duped, or not?!

Well, help and instruction is here!  There is a pastor (Trevor Hammack), on sermonaudio.com, that is doing a series to disciple believers in how to actually study the Bible for themselves!  This is our only defense, in these times, when there are so MANY false doctrines being propagated in the name of “Christianity“.  He is a good teacher, and I am learning so much on properly dividing The Word!

Below, you will find a link to Method 1 (The Devotional Method). This is the foundational method, that will be used at the end of all the other methods, so do not skip it! ;-)

This audio is the longest, because it has an introduction, and example, along with teaching the actual method, itself.  He also explains how he, himself ended up learning how to study the Bible.  It was a kind of mini-testimony.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=217121428126

Next, is Method 2 (The Chapter Summary Method).  Pastor Hammack will not allow anyone in his church to give a sermon, or even a Sunday School lesson, until they have mastered these two methods of Bible study.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=21812111866

And finally, here is an example, using Method 2.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=21812140262

I will forewarn you that you will be needing a few simple tools to implement these methods.  You will need a PLAIN Bible (NOT a Study Bible, no notes in it, no highlights/markings, etc. – you want to start fresh – he explains why, in the first audio lesson), a pencil, and a simple empty notebook.  You may already have these around your house!  If not, I have even seen paperback KJV Bibles, 3-subject spiral notebooks, and packs of pencils at the dollar store!  For $3 (plus tax), I could go get these tools, today!  ;-)  Also, there are many online bibles that are free (I just really like to be able to have a paper one in my hands…)!  Here is one of my favorite online Bibles.  The other online tools, that are listed further down, also have Bibles on them.

http://www.youversion.com/

Also, he suggests that it would serve you well, to actually have three simple notebooks!  One for your Bible studies, one to track prayers and answers to prayers, and then one for sermon notes and other thoughts to check into later (I would think that you could actually use a 3-subject spiral notebook, or put 3 spiral notebooks in a loose-leaf binder (which might be the best, because then you could replace each notebook, separately, as they are filled up) or a loose-leaf notebook with dividers, if you want to have them all in one place).  I, personally, added a small spiral memo book, JUST for taking the notes on the methods being taught, so that I will have them all in ONE PLACE!  :-)

Next, you will need the following websites for the other tools that will be needed.  They are both free, and filled with a WEALTH of information!  I would suggest that you use these tools, to figure out what you may want to buy, in print, eventually, for your ongoing studies.

http://biblos.com/

http://biblemaster.com/

I hope you will join me on this exciting journey!  I will come back to my blog to make sure and let you know as each method lesson is uploaded.

Now, ready…  set…  GO!!!

~ Annette

An Apology to All Who Heard My Public Testimony from 08/2010 (and a Humbling Lesson for Myself…)

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For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.    Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.  And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—  just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.    Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.  But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”  But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.  Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. ~Jude 4-11 ESV (emphasis, mine)

I come to all of you, with a very heavy heart and under great conviction, right now.

Back in August of 2010, I did an online radio program testimony, that is probably still “out there” on the internet “somewhere”… It was my story of getting out of Neo-Paganism and New Age spirituality, and then, sliding right on into the Word-of-Faith movement, as a brand new Christian. I then was able to gradually, by reading God’s Word for myself, get out of the WOF, also. Unfortunately, at the time of that interview, my mind still was not totally out of all of the erroneous teachings that I had learned while in the WOF church, and under those teachings. I am sure I will continue to find even more of those beliefs, that may still be lingering in my mind, as I continue in The Lord’s Word.

The teaching that I am apologizing, and publicly repenting for, is that of railing against the devil, and his demons. I cannot, in good conscience, say that there is a solid biblical precedence for doing such things, if the scriptures cited by those teachers are taken in their full context! If even the archangel Michael (in his undefiled form) as a finite (a created being, having a beginning), but glorious angelic creation of God‘s, dared not to do this… I do not think that it is any coincidence that this little, but powerfully packed, book of Jude is placed right before The Revelation with its many strong warnings, to us! What in the world made me think that I should do such a thing?! The only thing I could come up with was a deafening, resounding answer… It was my own irreverence, arrogance, and PRIDE! One of the things God hates the MOST!

There are six things that the  Lord  hates,  seven that are an abomination to him:   haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  a heart that devises wicked plans,  feet that make haste to run to evil,  a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. ~Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV (emphasis, mine)

As a matter of fact, looking back, pretty much everything I learned (and allowed myself to continue to believe, and “buy into”), in that church (and the teachers they subscribed to), was from a self-centered, feel-good, prideful, arrogant, man-centered, scripture-twisting, meetings out-of-order and chaotic, chasing after signs/wonders/miracles/visions, point-of-view (may sound harsh, but it is the truth)…! Even now, when I happen to hear any of these types of preachers on the TV, radio, or internet, I am continually appalled at the lack of humility, or any semblance of a reverential fear of The Lord! The longer I have been out of the WOF, and into The Word of God, the more I see it.

Also, I helplessly watch how the errors inherent in these teachings, and the “different” false Jesus that they offer, ruins the minds, hearts, and spirits of so many of those who follow, previously followed, or just happen to “run into” these false teachers. So many of these damaged, and broken, people are practically unreachable, because of the inherent spiritual abuse, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, longings for a “Word from the Lord” (outside of the Bible), dependency on “feelings” and emotions, the addiction of chasing “signs and wonders”, and sometimes even deep brainwashing (mind control) that they have gone through! It is an ongoing, dark, and terrible, travesty…!

One thing that these misled individuals REALLY need to know, is the following truth:

And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do.  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. ~2 Corinthians 11:12-15 ESV (emphasis, mine)

I daresay, and testify, that since totally abandoning the practice of “railing” (along with teaching my children to stop this, also), the demonic activity, AND horrific nightmares, have almost COMPLETELY come to a halt in our household (after so many years of wasted, railing battles)! What we DO need to do is continue to be subject and obedient to The Lord, continuously keep on the armor of God, and proceed in His righteousness!

I (and my children) now simply either say, “The LORD rebuke you” (following the archangel Michael’s example), or simply call on the name of Jesus Christ!

It IS a battle we are in, but it is a “different” kind of battle. An individual, spiritual battle. Not a battle where we need to shout, and rail against the devil and his demons. It is a battle to keep ourselves (through the help of the Holy Spirit within us) in the ways that are listed in the scriptures below. It is from a place of making sure that we are in right-standing subjection and obedience to The Lord, that we are even able to resist the devil, so that he cannot get an easy foothold (or open doorway) into our lives.

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?  But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. ~James 4:4-10 ESV (emphasis, mine)

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.  The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. ~Romans 13:11-14 ESV (emphasis, mine)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, ~Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV (emphasis, mine)

It really is simple, yet not always easy to do. With the help of the Holy Spirit, though, it does get easier, as each day goes by.

Even if after all of this, I find that the Lord lets the devil have his way with me, I now know that it is only to keep me humble (not just because I did not have “enough faith”, or I am “not doing something quite right”, or I do not have the “right positive confession” or “life verse”, or a myriad of “other” reasons I was given, by the WOF followers, and leaders), and to refine me by fire (to see if I really do stand with God), like silver is refined to become pure.

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,  and the Lord tests hearts. ~Proverbs 17:3 ESV

~Annette

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