Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Texas Governor Perry's call for prayer for the nation NOT what we need

It sounds like a good idea, in fact it sounds like what I've been hoping would happen for a long time. But like Glenn Beck's rally it is pulling together people of false beliefs as well as true. We can't do this together with heretics and expect God to hear us. This sort of thing makes it discouraging even to consider calling Christians to a time of prayer.

Here's Brannon Howse on this upcoming event:
In August of 2010 it was Glenn Beck with whom Christians were uniting for his "Restoring Honor Rally". I took a real beating from many Christians for stating that I believe that Glenn Beck, as a Mormon, is proclaiming another Jesus and another gospel and that this event would not help America but hurt America.

Even after Beck released his book, Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life in which he detailed his completely unbiblical worldview; Christians continued to defend Beck stating that he is a good Christian that is teaching truth.

Now, as we approach August of 2011, many Christians are once again jumping on what appears to be the next spiritual bandwagon; a prayer rally being hosted by Governor Perry of Texas and other leaders. The website of The Response, says the reason for this rally is because:
America is in the midst of a historic crisis. We have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. The youth of America are in grave peril economically, socially, and, most of all, morally. There are threats emerging within our nation and beyond our borders beyond our power to solve.
The reason the "youth of America are in grave peril economically, socially, and most of all, morally", is because they are in peril spiritually and I believe that giving credibility to and introducing youth and adults to false teachers and their unbiblical spirituality is only going to put people in danger of eternal, spiritual peril.

I do not believe this event will aide in reclaiming the country, restoring liberty, or prosperity and it certainly will not prompt God to bless America. I believe such an event will actually hasten God's judgment on our nation.

News reports reveal that on July 22nd, Governor Perry stated that he has no problem with gay marriage in New York. Are pro-family leaders that have agreed with boycotting secular companies for their support of gay marriage now going to be consistent and boycott Perry's prayer event?

The Response, as this event is being called, is being promoted as a time of prayer and repentance. However, how can Christians and Christian leaders gather together in a spiritual enterprise, a spiritual service, with individuals that embrace a theology and doctrine that teaches a different Jesus and a different gospel? I and thousands of pastors and theologians believe that the Word of God reveals that the teaching of the New Apostolic Reformation, (NAR) the Word of Faith movement and the prosperity gospel is completely unbiblical.
Yes, that's the problem with calls to prayer in this time. There was a time when a self-described Christian could be counted on to be orthodox enough to join with in such an event. In our time the nation is full of cults and apostate churches. Prayer for the nation now has to include strenuous spiritual warfare against false doctrine along with all the other needed petitions on behalf of the nation. Yes, such is the time we live in that we need to do spiritual warfare against a false Christian group that thinks it has the last word in spiritual warfare (see the Howse article linked above for an explanation of what I mean by this).


Suzie Q said...

Amen and amen!! Praise God for your rejection of the apostacy and falling away of the last days. Reposting your article to my fb page so my fb friends can see it. Thanks again.

Suzie Q said...

I should say this. I agree with your statements about certain groups, like Word of Faith, etc. Yet, there are saved ppl in those movements. Also, the great error is in leaving the sound doctrine of Reformation and attempting to attain Christian maturity through human will and intellect with man in "control" of God and sanctification. For example, I do believe that God wills us as the Word states to attain Christian maturity and to be endued with power. Yet, in a man-centered paradigm (which arminiasm produces) -- this becomes distorted, impure, and sadly becomes polluted and corrupted. However, from a Reformed theological foundation, the fruit arises in Jesus giving all glory to God - and God really WILL bring the Kingdom as we are submitted to His Sovereignty, giving Him all the glory, and arising in our spiritual union in Christ. In other words, one cannot "take a false path" to Christian maturity on the basis of "free will" with man in control of God rather than submitted to God in His Sovereignty in His Kingdom and produce true holiness, sanctification, and power in the Kingdom which truly brings the Kingdom by the Spirit of God in Christ. (Hope that makes sense. I am saying that I absolutely believe that God will bring healing to a nation, will bring Christian authority by anointing, will heal the sick, will do all things that are the bringing of the Kingdom - however, this will be by worship of God as Sovereign in submission to Him and God doing the work in and through us by grace in Jesus Christ alone as GOD brings the Kingdom rather than men striving in self and self-effort to do the work of the Spirit in their own flesh and by their own flesh... big difference.) God bless.

Faith said...

Dear Suzie,
Just to be clear, I didn't make any statements about any groups such as Word of Faith, I was quoting Brannon Howse. Of course I quoted him because I tend to agree with him.

I'm afraid I don't see the relevance of your other remarks. My post is about how true Christians can't pray with heretics and cultists.

And dear Suzie, your claim to have been born again at three and taken to heaven makes you very suspect yourself. You should read my entries on other stories of young children being taken to heaven. I suspect if you described your experience in some detail it would become obvious that it was not heaven you visited, and not Jesus you met.

Your claim of being born again at three is highly questionable. A three-year old can't comprehend sin and the need for salvation from it for starters -- the new birth is God's work but it is marked by a conscious faith in the believer. You couldn't have had that at three. I don't doubt that you had some kind of supernatural experience at that age, however, just as I don't doubt the other stories of similar experiences, I doubt their source and your interpretation of what happened to you. I believe you need to take a long hard honest look again at that experience as you are most certainly being deceived.

And since you showed that you reject the apostolic authority of Paul by what you wrote on my Hidden Glory blog (and at your own blog as well I see) I'm afraid I have to class you with the heretics a Christian can't pray with as well.

Again, sincerely I suggest that you reexamine that experience you had at three, in the hope that you might escape what is certainly a terrible deception.