Concerning one of the new “movements” in the church that was causing a stir among Christians, Leonard Ravenhill very aptly said... “There’s also a stir when the circus comes to town.”
The Fad-Driven Church
The dictionary defines a fad as "a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal." This could just as well be a description of congregational life of many Christian churches today. There is a new book, a new program or a new emphasis every year or so. It's all anyone can talk about; it's all the preacher preaches about - for a while. Then, as quickly as it came, it's gone. As eagerly as it was received, it's abandoned and forgotten.
When Religion Goes Wrong
It Goes Terribly, Terribly Wrong
The Purpose Driven Program
Two books.... the Purpose-Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California took the Christian community by storm. But with all the truth they presents come many worldly concepts that run counter to God's Word. Additionally Rick Warren does not seem to be at all particular whom he associated with or what their beliefs happen to be. From his mentor Peter Drucker, to his signing up New Age promoter of Ken Blanchard to help ‘train soldiers for Christ, to his involvement with the John Templeton Foundation’s world-wide Power of Purpose essay. (Several Articles in section)
The Alpha Course
To leave someone believing they are converted when they are not is an awful prospect. Yet that is what we are risking using defective tools such as Alpha.
Eleven chapter booklet refuting the new Cleansing Stream materials from The Church On The Way. The emphasis on Satan and demons is out of balance with Scripture and the methods of "cleansing" are flat out error. What Christians need is to return to biblical sanctification, not to have demons cast out.
A Course In Miracles
[In the New Age Section].. The Course uses Christian terminology and its followers believe it to be the revelation of Jesus... But is it?
Theophostics: Unbiblical Teaching and A Biblical Evaluation of Theophostic Ministry
The Bible does not promise freedom from all emotional pain in this life. Theophostics does. The Bible gives us the gospel as the only way for salvation and the sanctifying process that occurs afterwards. Since virtually every religion, philosophy, medicine (real or quack), counseling method, and psychic reader in history boast testimonies of those marvelously helped, we must avoid the lure of anecdotal evidence as our primary means for establishing what is true. Giving up the Biblical means of grace and the command to struggle against sin for the empty promise of a “struggle-free, maintenance free, pain free” life now is trading one’s eternal hope through the gospel for a mystical experience that has nothing to do with the gospel or true sanctification. Such a trade is a very bad deal indeed
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Doctrines of Demons
Remember the verses in Scripture that speak of The “Falling Away” when some will give “Heed to Deceiving Spirits And Doctrines Of Demons? Well THAT DAY IS ALREADY HERE. We have lost all rights to call ourselves Christians by our wholesale adoption of doctrines and practices DIRECTLY derived from the occult...Tongues, Word of Faith, Labyrinths, Contemplative Prayer, Slain In The Spirit and Santa Claus. which means the man of sin isn’t far behind. May God, in His mercy send us a Nathan to accuse, a Jonah to warn, and an Elijah to threaten before it is too late.