Friday, 18 October 2013

The One Huge Lie

DENYING THIS KEY TRUTH - The One Huge Lie by John Anderson


Lee Grady's article is tremendous. However, the four flaws he mentions are not the beginning of the problem; they are rooted in a flawed message which is in turn rooted in a flawed, distorted view of the holy God.

Distortion of God's character was the essence of the temptations in the Garden of  Eden, as with deadly subtlety the enemy of God lured Eve toward sin by stripping God first of His Integrity --- by casting doubt on His truthfulness: "Has God said that you should not eat..."; and then stripping Him of His Justice --- by denying the truth that God would judge: "You shall not surely die..."

Beginning with God's warning to Adam and Eve that if they ate of the forbidden fruit they would die, the stern but vital truth in Scripture is that the God of Justice says every evildoer is under His wrath (John 3:36);  and unless he or she repents and receives forgiveness and cleansing made possible through His Son's shed blood on the Cross, they face eternal damnation in hell.

Today's visible church  has made an art form of dodging the inconvenient Scriptural truth that God clearly says the wicked are under His wrath, preferring to market God in more appealing ways by ignoring or downplaying His judgment. So we've happily replaced the true gospel with all kinds of seeker friendly pseudo-gospels focused on prosperity, success, self-image, motivation and how to have a good sex life. All this revealing of course that today's visible church, like Eve, has been seduced to buy into Satan's distortion of God's character.

The point here is that the consequence of the distorted view of God and His message so popularized today is that it produces a professed, likely self-deceived preacher whose ministry is not marked by brokenness, humility, and servanthood; but is marked by the frauds of ministry Lee Grady cited:  charlatanism, entitlement, arrogance (this should head the list), and professionalism.  
The true minister of God is marked by brokenness before the Lord, humility and a servant's heart whose desire is to please the Lord and proclaim His Word. Such ministers do not play to celebrity, nor need strobe lights, fog machines, armor-bearers, special treatment, rock bands and other evidences of today's god who doesn't judge.

Thank you Lee Grady. As you said:  "Let's become leaders who act like Jesus."


Footnote from Brenda:

The one huge lie is the distortion of how God is perceived in the Charismatic Church and the point that both pastors have missed is the root of where this distortion originated.

If you can find a copy of this book you will know the truth - "Another Gospel" by Don McConnell of Oral Robert's University. It was the thesis for his doctorate.

McConnell proved that Kenneth Hagin Snr, the founder of Rhema Ministries, took some of the writings of E. W. Kenyon and without any changes turned them into the foundational doctrines of Rhema. In other words, Hagin plagiarized Kenyon.

McConnell showed many examples by placing the two authors side by side. There is no doubt that Hagin copied Kenyon word for word, comma for comma.

McConnell visited Hagin and showed him the evidence. Hagin responded that the same spirit that spoke to Kenyon also spoke to him! So McConnell visited the widow Kenyon and she said they knew about the plagiarized works but chose to let it go.

McConnell asked her about her husband's Christianity. She responded that he was NEVER A CHRISTIAN!! He was an occultist who adhered to the Christian Scientists, New Thought and Unity.

The conclusion of McConnell's thesis was that the teachings of Rhema Church are Another Gospel and not the true gospel of the Bible.

No matter how sincere they are the spirit of Rhema is not the Holy Spirit. It has thrown the church off course and needs urgent intervention to rescue those who truly seek to be like Jesus.

Rhema is a cult and all the many ministries that have sprung from Rhema are struggling to have the life of Jesus in its fullness because they are ignorant of Don McConnell's thesis.

They would not listen back then but I hope they will listen now.

Prayer: Heavenly Father the desire of my heart is that all people come to know You and Your Son Jesus Christ in truth and righteousness. The roots of error must be exposed to the light and destroyed. Open their eyes and ears to receive true salvation. In Jesus' name. Amen.