Tag: false teaching

If You Really Want to Soar

Since we acquired internet at our house this summer I decided it was time to dip my toe into the social media universe and get a little experience in those worlds myself before my teenagers had any access.  I’m still not on Facebook but did start following some ministries on Instagram and Twitter.  The ministry content has been great and as long as you keep your feed limited to about 20, a quick scan won’t take up more than a minute or two a day.  That said, I could see right away that if you don’t set parameters and just start following every person you’ve ever known, your screen can quickly become a rabbit hole from which some seldom, if ever, emerge.

Besides sucking up your time, I’ve noticed another alarming feature of Instagram in particular, and that is the propagation of lies.  I don’t just mean the staged, image-driven lifestyle idolatry, I mean the really sinful-advice/worldly-wisdom/bad-theology that shows up on every Christian women’s feed under the guise of self-care/self-love.  Since we’re studying birds right now here’s one that stuck out to me in particular.  @lizziejank reposted it with the appropriate pants on fire pasted on to identify the statement as the lie from hell that it is.

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Ladies, think of Eve a minute.   What method did Satan use to deceive her?  Was it guilt, fear, intimidation, bullying, put-downs? No!  It was lies just like the one above.  “Eve, don’t you want to be like God?  Don’t you want to really soar?”  And how does she respond?  “Yeah, that fruit would actually be good for me, it looks delightful and I deserve it.”  And thus sin and death had immediate lift off.

Even an elementary knowledge of the New Testament would serve to filter lies like “First love yourself” out of your daily diet of Instagram crumbs.  But you’re not going to be able do that unless you are personally feasting on the Word of God.  By that I mean actually reading it yourself.  Like regularly.  And in bigger chunks than your “Verse of the Day” app.  That’s why I love the Bible Reading Challenge for men and women.  If you haven’t heard about it I would strongly encourage you to check it out by clicking here.  Our family is already doing a chronological Bible reading plan together but I really didn’t want to miss out on the Bible Reading Challenge so I signed up via the YouVersion App and am listening to the daily readings on the audio ESV!

You’ve got to take those Instagram lies captive ladies and the only way to do that is by filtering everything through the Word of God.  So as John Piper so eloquently said, “Eat. Bible.” That, my friends, is the ONLY way to soar.

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Tolle Lege: “The Physics of Heaven” part 2

In my last post I began an examination of “The Physics of Heaven” put out by the leadership of Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church, Redding.  I only got about 1/3 of the way through the book on that one, and now I just want to focus on the middle section.  Here are a few quotes from “The Physics of Heaven” which highlight Bethel’s teachings on sound, music, and worship.

  1. “We live in the ‘Information Age,’ an age of increasing revelation, prophetic insight, and sensitivity to the spirit realm… I believe that the Holy Spirit has given me some of the pieces of the puzzle to heaven’s sound, so the information I share with you about sound, light and vibration will be based on scientific fact, confessed speculation, and spiritual revelation” (65,66).
  2. “Everything that God has ever brought forth has come from His creative voice–the same voice which impregnates the earth with light, sound, music, and glory, the elements of God.  The sound of heaven that is called the “sound of many waters” in Revelation 14:2, encompasses all the frequencies in the sound spectrum.  The four universal elements are water, wind, fire, and earth.  The sound of heaven–all the frequencies of the sound spectrum–can be heard in water, wind, and fire.  We are made of the fourth element which is earth.  When He created us, He simply animated dirt… We are the creatures God chose to give free will to accept or reject His sound breathing in us… we have a choice to align our sound with the sound of heaven… we have been given the creative ability to release the sound of God” (66,67).
  3. “Sound has the power to change everything… Music is the indicator.  Sound sets the tone for her [the church’s] destiny.  Throughout the generations of history, the spiritual climate of God’s people has always responded to a musical indicator.  With every revival, there has been a release of new music or new sound… the sound changes as God’s people respond to what God is doing and saying… God unveils new songs and new sounds in relationship to the new revelation of His presence in His people” (69,70).
  4. “Particular sounds, tones and frequencies motivate us to particular responses… When the sound of many waters, which is the song of the Lord, comes illuminating out of heaven and joins the realm that we are living in, phenomenal things happen… When the sound of heaven is magnified by the creative force of God releasing His authority to the earth, the sound of corporate worship is heard… Every time that sound visited the earth something phenomenal took place.  When the sound that resonates out of the heart of God’s people comes into agreement with the sound resonating out of God’s heart, we find worship on Earth as it is in heaven” (72,73).
  5. “We produce a sound that’s been in us since the beginning of time.  We bring to life the full meaning of Emmanuel–Christ with us, Christ revealed in us… Christ will be revealed as we hear His sound and release our individual, God appointed sound as His unique instruments… Christ in you is the hope of being ‘lit,’ or the hope of being ‘sounded.’ Christ is your hope of producing the sound that has resided in you since the beginning go time… The sound God desires to release will chase religion from the church and bring truth”(74,75).
  6. “Modern scientific discoveries have recently joined the voice of ancient sacred writings to pull back the veil of ignorance that once shrouded the power of sound in God’s universe.  Today these applied sciences and theologies can be woven together toward the redemptive understanding of sounds that heal, deliver, destroy, and open up portals in the heavenly realms… Quantum physics serves as one of the great scientific disciplines bridging the river of confusion between science and biblical kingdom thinking” (77).
  7. “Trees, plants, rocks and people are perhaps music that has taken on visible form… How can we begin hearing more?  How can we increase our sensitivity to the sounds of God in whatever form they appear?  Open your heart, your eyes, and your ears with an expectancy to encounter the sounds and sights of heaven on a new level… No more passive seeing or hearing.  Activate your sensitivity to your aural and spiritual environment.  When you suspect a unique sound or light encounter–follow it” (82-86).

For those of you who are aware of the false teachings of Bill Johnson and Bethel Church Redding but still defend the practice of using their music in your worship setting because the songs themselves don’t appear to be saying anything unbiblical, please consider the ideology behind the music.  This isn’t about throwing a song out because of the compromised lifestyle of the author (if that was the case we wouldn’t be singing some of the Psalms of David or “It Is Well With My Soul”).  This is about promoting and participating in a form of worship based on manifestly unbiblical teaching and New Age  practice.  Can the church be too careful about the ways and means we use to worship a Holy God?  Shouldn’t we at least make sure that what we are singing was written with that same triune God in mind?  Take for instance the following hymn lyrics:

“We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.
When dark clouds of trouble hang o’er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv’rance is nigh.”

Those words certainly seem just as edifying as any modern worship song’s.  And yet when you add the first stanza, you should have reason for pause:

“We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.”

This song is straight out of a Mormon hymnal, which also includes many favorites from the Protestant church.  Should we throw out some of our hymns because the Mormon church has adopted them?  No!  Should we maybe examine them and see if there is any untruth in them that promotes Mormon ideology?  Yes!  Should we think twice before using Mormon hymns in our own corporate worship?  Yes!  Should we think twice before using worship songs that are being produced in an environment with a known penchant for false teaching?  Yes!  Is our God not worthy of our highest praise?  Please church, let’s stop settling for less simply because it’s popular.

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Shred it.

Tolle Lege: “The Physics of Heaven” and “The Story of The Cosmos”

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I’ve been working my way through these 2 science-y sounding books.  One is an inspiring scientific examination of the physical properties of the heavens and the other is a New Age fairytale.  Both claim the church needs to take something back from the world.  One claims that thing is the arts and sciences.  The other claims that thing is sorcery.   I want to talk about the former first. 

The Story of the Cosmos” is a fantastic compilation of beautifully written essays on astronomy and the glories of God as declared by the heavens.  The editor is the host of one of my favorite podcasts, “Good Heavens,” Daniel Ray, and the book reads much like their show (which I reviewed here).  Both the book and the show are casually conversational, scientifically informed, theologically sound, witty, eclectic, awe-inspiring, nerdy, and poetic all at the same time.  Each chapter is stand-alone and they cover a variety of topics such as how the glory of God is revealed in the cosmos, how that creative glory is also expressed through art and literature, and how the intricacies of the created cosmos point to the existence of a Creator. 

You don’t have to be a Phd to enjoy this book.  It’s completely digestible for the laymen interested in astronomy.  If a non-scientifically minded philosophy major like myself can grasp its key concepts, anyone can.  And if you’re still not convinced that it wouldn’t be over your head, just get it for the pictures.  The photos are numerous and stunning and will keep you thumbing through the book just to gaze at the glossies.  “The Story of The Cosmos” is definitely a book to be savored and shared.  Check out the fantastic youtube trailer by clicking here!

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And then there’s the latter: an heretical New Age fairy tale called “The Physics of Heaven” put out by a number of influential leaders of Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church in Redding California, with contributions by “Apostle” Bill himself, his wife Pastor Beni, “Prophet” Kris Valletton and infamous guests like Bob Jones.  Folks, if you’ve heard about any of the questionable practices attributed to this signs and wonders movement, and wondered if they could possibly true, this book will not only confirm your worst fears, it will magnify them a thousand-fold.  And if you’re wondering how or why so many people can possibly buy into these lies just look at the kinds of things they are promised if they do.  Here’s just a sampling of what I’ve learned from this book so far:

  1. If you are a seer, you can join a Holy Spirit think tank and emerge with new perspectives never before pondered (from the forward by Kris Valletton, Prophet of Bethel Church)
  2. You can be transformed by the new sound which will be released from heaven.  If you receive and embrace the new insights and revelations about sound you can finally become the child of God creation has been waiting for (pgs 2,3).
  3. You can literally move mountains because you have the zero-point field within you and around you which is sustained by an underlying sea of quantum light (pgs 5-7).
  4. You can do even greater works than Jesus including living longer.  You should live to at least 70 or 80.  If a child gets cancer you can tell that cancer to leave because children are not meant to die early (p8).
  5. According to Bob Jones, some people are given special shields or badges with the number 341 on them which authorizes them to do healings, holy confiscations, prayer, petitioning, teaching and ushering in prosperity —which will be transferred from one group to another (pgs 21,22).
  6. You can smell God’s breathe.  And it smells like apples (p23).
  7. Vibrations are open portals to heaven.  You can find 300 in the Old Testament and 28 in the New Testament (p24). 
  8. Your genetics are the same as God’s were and you can change your DNA through the new sound that is coming in our praise (p25).
  9. You can reclaim or recover realms of anointing, mantles, revelation, mysteries, insights and realms of God that were left by the dead (pgs 30,31).
  10. You can reclaim the following practices which have been stolen from the church by the New Age movement:  spirit guides, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyances, and clairaudience and more (p 49).
  11. Through the mysteries of sound, color, light, vibrations, and energy, you can carry energy that has the force or power to empower others to do things like move deeper into God or take trips to heaven (p 53).
  12. You can sense the unseen and unheard through vibrational frequencies found in nature such as crystals and essential oils (p 62).

Oh dear, I really wanted to get in one more but that would be number 13 and I’ve heard that’s an unlucky number. It produces all kinds of bad vibrations (whatever those are), so I better stop and pick up with number 14 next time.  That’s right folks.  There’s more.  I’m only a third of the way through the book 😦  But just in case you’ve heard enough and have no interest in reading another post on the subject you can just take my advice regarding “The Physics of Heaven” and shred it.

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Shred it.