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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Saturday
    Feb162013

    Never Enough

    I try to keep up on what various Christian ministries are promoting by every so often visiting their websites, looking at the events page, and reading a few articles. It occurred to me after looking at some of the latest news on certain websites, that many ministries advocate an “always seeking” (really, it is "never enough") mentality.

     

    They always seem to have something “new” to look for, wait for, or embrace. It is not wrong to hope for a better future, but it is not Biblical to live there. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)

     

    It appears these organizations are never quite satisfied with what God is currently doing or has already done. They wait expectantly for some kind of “new” move of God, some sort of spiritual “outpouring” or “anointing” so they can better spread the love of Jesus, as if He has called us to tasks we are not currently properly equipped for.

     

    What they don’t understand is that God has already done the most generous, the most marvelous thing through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It can’t get any better than Jesus’ divine self-sacrifice which defeated sin and death,  

    Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

    The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)

     

    The outpouring has already occurred, and it was Jesus who was poured out as an offering,

    For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3).

    We are already anointed as “sons and daughters of the most high,” (2 Corinthians 6:18), and “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). 

     

    *These are the fruits of the Spirit named in Galatians 5:22-23

    We should be loving “because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). We should be joyful because our bridegroom lives (Revelation 19:6-9), we should be peaceful because He is our provider (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 54:4, and many more).

    We should be patient because He is patience with us (2 Peter 3:9). We should be kind as He is kind (Ephesians 4:32). We should be good because He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). We should be gentle because He is also gentle (Isaiah 40:11).

    We should exhibit self-control because we have the victory over sin and death in Jesus (Romans 6 plus the ones I have already quoted throughout this article).  

     

    But these ministries are like “tossing waves” (see verse at the end) always throwing a new vision or prophecy out. They really appear greedy (Hebrews 13:5-6) and unsatisfied (Isaiah 58:11) by continually asking for “more Lord”, when He has already given the best gift (Matthew 7:11; John 3:16; Romans 6:23) of Jesus. Be sure to look these verses up. Just do a Google search

     

    Maybe it is because the leaders of these ministries don’t want their followers to know that the Emperor has no clothes, so they continually “have” visions, prophecies, dreams, and words of knowledge to keep their followers hyped and attentive to them only.  To question their authority is “sinful judging” and to follow another teaching is “rebellious heresy”. These are attributes of a cult, not Biblical Christianity.

     

    I noticed a pattern after reading a few articles from Morning Star Ministries (Rick Joyner) which follows the same pattern I’ve found in many other ministries. Mainly, they write without references.

     

    If they use a Bible verse (and they will almost always use at least one) it will either be shortened, used with other verses from different Bible versions, be an obscure verse, or be a familiar verse with said ministry’s personal twist (“teaching”) to it.

     

    However, here is a short article from Rick Joyner which asserts many teachings allegedly from Scripture without using one Bible reference throughout the whole thing. Here is the opening sentence,  

    “As we covered last week, the main reason the Lord did not take His authority over the earth immediately after His resurrection was to seek a bride.”

    I triple checked just to be sure: not one Bible verse. (Turn Back to God: The Great Comission #7 )

     

    You can also bet they will throw a lot of factual sounding information without any references to back their claims. Not even Wikipedia. If they happen to quote someone, usually it is not a field expert but another author.

     

    In the case of Morning Star Ministries, Joyner seems to be aware of his lack of references. He acknowledges the lack, then brushes it off by saying things like, (these are my paraphrases, but follow the link to read these sentiments at the bottom of the article under “Summary”: Confronting the Last Enemy )

     

    “No one is likely to read this anyway”; “We plan on going into more detail later”; “This is just an introduction to a larger topic”. These are excuses for poor scholarship and research, plain and simple. I don’t care how short or unimportant your piece is (Joyner’s pieces are not that short, and it was obviously important enough to write about).

     

    Another thing to look out for is emotional language. I’ve talked about this before (see section IV of “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus Critique” and “Emotional Manipulation in the Church”) , but it is so rampant in the stuff I read, I want to reemphasize.

     

    Words such as “wounded” and “hardened” evoke a sense of guilt in Christians. Buzz words like “pride”, “humility”, “rebellious”, or “saddened” make the reader doubt and question themselves. Good promises are given for those who are “humble enough” to see the light (The Last Enemy). Emotive language is fine for opinion pieces, poetry, and fiction. In fact, you want that for fiction especially…

     

    Sadly, I have been a follower of some of these teachers. I believed their teachings until the foundations of them were tested and failed with the death of my baby girl. Other people I’ve known have only stopped believing these teachings after personal tragedy befell them, too. Those are very painful ways to be awakened to truth.

     

    Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14-15)

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