Minister Franklin Graham appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) this week, co-hosting its signature ministry program “Praise the Lord” with network co-founder, Jan Crouch, just as the network is facing scrutiny over allegations of financial dishonesty.
Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and the humanitarian aid ministry Samaritan’s Purse, hosted Crouch at BGEA’s picturesque retreat and training center, The Cove, in Asheville, N.C
“My job as finance director was to find ways to label extravagant personal spending as ministry expenses,” Ms. Koper said. This is one way, she said, the company avoids probing questions from the I.R.S. She said that the absence of outsiders on TBN’s governing board — currently consisting of Paul, Janice and Matthew Crouch — had led to a serious lack of accountability for spending.
Ms. Koper and the two other former TBN employees also said that dozens of staff members, including Ms. Koper, chauffeurs, sound engineers and others had been ordained as ministers by TBN. This allowed the network to avoid paying Social Security taxes on their salaries and made it easier to justify providing family members with rent-free houses, sometimes called “parsonages,” she said.
Everyone will be attacked, if they are doing – or even if they are not – doing something for God, but do they given in and pay the settlements? And does another of the same type of accusations arise years later? Where there is smoke, is there fire? I have only posting this because this issue, and indeed immorality of all kinds, accompany these prosperity preachers. While we may shake our heads at this, and in some way, know that it is plausible if not true, people are still being fooled by the Give Me Your Money Network.
Did televangelist Paul Crouch Sr., founder of fervently anti-gay Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), secretly date a gay employee?
This week, the latest issue of Gospel Today hit the news stand and mailboxes of readers around the country and globe. While the cover story featured the P.E.A.C.E. Plan of mega-church pastor, RICK WARREN, who happens to be at the center of a controversy regarding his participation in the upcoming presidential inauguration, one of the other lead stories of the current issue is a survey on who readers of Gospel Today considers the 20 most influential leaders in the church today.
If you have read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I have no problem calling out the wolves among the sheep. I have often times been attack for ‘judging’ these people, so in an effort to have a quick resource guide to point to at a later date, I am posting but a few things on judgment in the Bible.
And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers. And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. (2Ch 19:4-7 KJVA)
Yes, we know that this is the Old Testament, but Christ did not End the Law, He Fulfilled the the Law, so the ‘Old Testament’ is still of some use to us. Now, in reality, this verse has nothing to do with calling someone out on doctrine, but we must note that it is God who established judges.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (Mat 7:1-5 KJVA)
This verse is often quoted to the point that it is mere mud. Nearly every commentator will agree that the judgment of which Christ is talking about “is against the kind of hypocritical, judgmental attitude that tears others down in order to build oneself up. It is not a blanket statement to overlook wrong behavior of others but a call to be discerning rather than negative.” (LASB) In the very same chapter, we are commanded concerning false prophets,
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Mat 7:15-20 NKJV)
Peter tells us,
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. (2Pe 2:1-3 NKJV)
Jude was not bashful about pointing them out when he called them,
These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. (Jud 1:12-13 NKJV)
Paul goes beyond Jude by telling us,
For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. (Tit 1:10-11 NKJV)
Who mouths must be stopped is literally “whom it is necessary to silence”. Paul tells Timothy to teach against these doctrines and these people!
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If you instruct the brethren in these things (speaking about the doctrines of demons), you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. (1Ti 4:1-6 NKJV)
The duty Paul calls on Timothy to exercise is described in the NKJV as instruct, in the KJV as to put in remembrance of, in the LITV as having laid down, and the NIV as if you point out these things. The Greek word may be difficult to translate accurately, but the meaning is clear. Noting that the Greek word is used here as a present participle, which means repeated or continuous action, is important. Preachers are commanded to give their people regular counsel and advice on the reality and dangers of false doctrine. Preachers of Christ must teach believers to be discerning by encouraging them to think biblically and separate truth from error. Measuring it against the infallible and inerrant Word of God exposes false teaching. Listen again to what Paul says, If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ. The man who fails in this duty cannot be deemed to be a good minister of Jesus Christ. Exposing false teachers is a biblical injunction. In a faithful church exposing false doctrine forms part of the ministry of the church.
Paul warns us again that these false ministers are after the working of the adversary, not sincere people making mistakes.
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (2Co 11:13-15 NKJV)
As Paul was leaving the Elders at Ephesus, he preached a final sermon to them, reminding them of their duty, of his duty, and of the dangers to the Church,
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears. “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”‘ (Act 20:28-35 NKJV)
Further, Paul commands the Church to mark those people, brethren, that cause divisions. Paul has a great compassion for the Church, so much so as to not let even brothers and sisters to harm her.
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. (Rom 16:17-18 NKJV)
But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. (2Th 3:6 NKJV)
And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. (2Th 3:14-15 NKJV)
Tell me, would you add or detract from this list?
FALSE PROPHETS AND TEACHERS…Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Robert Schuller, Marilyn Hickey, Paul and Jan Crouch, Rod Parsley, R.W. Shambach, Carlton Pearson, John Avanzinni, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, John Hagee, Jessie Duplantis, Oral Roberts, Richard Roberts, Kenneth Hagin Sr., Kenneth Hagin Jr., Frederick Price, Creflo Dollar, Rodney Howard Browne, Jack Van Impe, Rinehard Bonnke, Joyce Meyer, Morris Cerullo, John Kilpatrick, Clarence McClendon, Rick Joyner, Hal Lindsey, Charles Capps, Robert Tilton, Ellen G. White, Joseph Smith, Kim Clement, Mark Charonna, Juanita Bynum, Brigham Young, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Jack Van Impe, John Kilpatrick.
In reviewing this post, it came to my attention that I never did say what Moses would have done. Well, we know what Moses would have done, it would have had the false prophets stoned. Can we do that today? Should we do that today?
No; that is literally out of the question. We, unlike some conservative Christian leaders who like to pretend, do not live in ancient Israel or even in a modern theocracy. We are under a new law, a law of grace and a spiritual law. They are already spiritually dead anyway.
Can we still search out the things that people are saying? Yes, indeed we must. Should we still stand against such vile speech? Of course.
We must sound the trumpet and warn those around us. In the end, we must cast those out from amongst us that would believe such false prophets. First, instruction from the true minister. Second, warning from the trumpeter. Third, dismissal from the congregation of the Lord.
We have so many out there, some that have even commented on this here blog, that says we need to strive for unity in the Body of Christ. That is so very true, but Todd Bentley and his cast of heretics, and others like HInn, Copeland, Dollar, etc… are not the Body of Christ. They are cancerous tumors, growing and eating the flesh away where it can.
Of of the simplest things to do is to ban, completely, no write letters or pray, but ban God TV. What happens when we let a little bit of evil in, is that evil spreads. That is why this cancer must be cut out of our consciousness and thrown into the the trash heap that holds the rest of the heresies.
What would Moses do? Well, he wouldn’t have let it get this far. Tells you a lot about the state of ‘Christianity’, doesn’t it?
Yesterday morning, our Pastor preached concerning some of those false prophets, like Todd Bentley and the others, and the duty of every Saint to stand against them. I rather enjoyed it and I hope that I will be able to put some of his sermons on here for world to hear.
I cannot exactly reproduce his text, but I am going to use of of the scriptures and go from there. For those just reading the first few lines, this covers the Lakeland Revival and indeed all prosperity preachers.
What has to be remembered that is that the God of the Old Testament was a very merciful God while taking a very hardline against Sin, but He was a God that sought to protect Israel from the outside at all costs. (It has to be remembered that God only allowed invasion when Israel had sinned and sinned again, after many warnings). One of the first protections that God gave to Israel was the right to police her own borders, religiously speaking. (And, except for the stoning part, I believe that the Church has the same right today.)
In Deuteronomy chapter 13, we read that God had set out certain boundries for who a prophet of God actually was. (I have used the KJV because, frankly, it sounds more authoritative.)
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in.
If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.
(Deu 13:1-18 KJVA)
I have included my commentary for that passage at the bottom. Dr. Jim West today made mention of Jeremiah 28 in response to Todd B. It is a battle scene between the prophet of God, Jeremiah, and one who wishes to profit from God, Hananiah. The false prophet would go on to prophecy that within two years, God would restore the goods stolen by the King of Babylon to the house of Judah.
Jeremiah’s response shows much poise, more than I would have in the face of someone like Todd Bentley. When Hananiah finishes his ‘prophecy’ what what is coming (think John Hagee), the rightful prophet simply says,
Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the LORD’S house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place. (v6)
Sure, the Church wants people healed and brought to life and blessed (spiritually). Surely the Church wants people drawn to God. But the Church wants it done biblically. Todd B. and his ilk preach a smooth gospel, and thus a perverted gospel. When the Church preaches about blessings, she speaks about spiritual blessings, not that of a new car. When she speaks about seeds being planted, she speaks about the gospel story being told to someone new. When we speak about healings and miracles, we speak about the resurrection from the life of sin. Granted, we do not dismiss the power of God and His ability perform these things again, but we know that since the beginning of the Church, these things were not the focus. As a matter of fact, how many that saw these miracles endured to the end. Judas, a witness to things greater than what is recorded failed in the end to find his faith.
Jeremiah then goes on to issue a sort of a warning by saying,
The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence. The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.
(Jer 28:8-9 KJVA)
We see the stark picture of a false prophet standing before the rightful prophet of God Almighty with the Lord plainly speaking: I have prophets and I have given them messages already and I have given Israel a way to know them. Yet, the false prophet goes on to issue another false prophecy. It brings to my mind that one who will stand in the temple of God and declare himself God, knowing full well the prophecies that proceed him doing this.
In the end, the LORD sends to Jeremiah another message. Hananiah recieved no more warnings. No more calls to heed to the Truth. Instead, Jeremiah leveled this:
Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.
(Jer 28:15-17 KJVA)
Returning to my pastor’s text from yesterday morning,
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
(1Jn 4:1-6 KJVA)
John tells us to try this spirits that attempt to attach themselves to the name of Christ and thus the Church. Even in John’s day the false prophets abounded. Whether the Gnostics or Alexander, the Church was assailed. What we know is that the Church managed to survive. The Church, as many will agree, is the keeper of the Truth and thus is the measuring tool against those things and those people that are heretical. Billy Graham, Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Patricia King, Paula White, Joyce Meyer and the many others are following in the footsteps of those in John’s day, in Paul’s day, in the days of Ingatius and Polycarp, Theophilius and Marcellus and others. Granted they have such things as God TV and TBN, etc…, but their message is still the same – anything but God.
The false prophets always sought to deviate from the doctrine that God had laid down, and whether it was a mere change in a minute part of the Temple service or bad prophecies, such as Hananiah, these all had taught rebellion against the LORD God.
 Even the devil can perform ‘miracles’. Pharaoh’s priests were able to match, for the most part, Moses’ actions. Todd Bentley and his ilk reportedly perform miracles constantly (no matter that there is no identifiable proof); however, they are attempting to lead people into worshipping a very false god.
 Granted, it is not advisable to start stone false prophets today, but we can cast them out of the Church and stand against them with all spiritual weapons available to us.
 One of the cities can be something like Lakeland, Florida or perhaps even a congregation. There have been times, throughout history, where congregations of the Church have been led astray by false prophets, so again, perhaps we can understand cities to be congregations.
 The Lord tells his people through Moses, the very symbol of a prophet, that if they hear of such people arising, then they should make a search and seek out the truth most diligently. (I will not mention that this is a very Messianic passage where Christ responds by telling the Pharisees to search the Scriptures concerning Him) We are to search out whether there be false prophets in the land/Church and make sure we stand against them.
 What a graphic picture. If a false prophet was to infect a city of ancient Israel, that entire city was to be treated as leprous and cast out into destruction. Why? Because as Saul would come to understand, if you leave a bit of the infection around, then the entire body will be consumed. Look at the ancient heresies that was not completely stamped out and their resurgence.
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