The book by C.S. Lewis called "Screwtape Letters" was a clever idea in exposing a number of tactics of the enemy. Those principles are still at work today in many churches. Following is a list of some of the things the enemy wants to see in churches and Christians in order to bring them down.
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Anytime we are just getting acquainted with a ministry, we look for ways to evaluate it. Sometimes problematic elements are obvious from the beginning but at others the problems are not so evident at first. Cults and heretics often do not promote their unique, false teachings or aberrant practices to strangers and newcomers. The Unification Church and Scientology are two groups that are particularly noted for this. Still, we can look for red flags that may indicate a need for closer inspection. A red flag differs from a false teaching or bad practice in that the red flag is a sign that something might be wrong. Upon seeing a red flag, we should never form any kind of conclusion without further information. The group or person may just be imprudent or in some sense unusual without being unorthodox or wrong in what they do. It is nevertheless useful to know the signs of possible problems with a minister or ministry. I have given below twelve such signs.
Congregations, Organisations and Individuals currently operating in Israel who are part of, or teach the doctrines of: the New Apostolic Reformation, Emergent Church, Spiritual Warfare and Spiritual Formation movements.
I recently returned from a trip to Redding, California, where I visited Bethel Church, led by popular NAR apostle Bill Johnson. Many things were taught during my visit there that troubled me. Especially troubling was the adult Sunday School class called Firestarters. Firestarters is a 12-week course described as "the fast-track to revival culture." It was created by Kevin Dedmon, who teaches at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM), and is a crash course for people who don't have the time or money to attend BSSM's full-time program. According to the Bethel website, students learn how to "burn with passion for God," "experience His passion" for them, "walk in their God-given identity and purpose," and "experience the power to heal the sick, prophesy, and live a victorious life." Read Part 1 & Part 2.
"Yet Another One-An Undiscerning Believer-Is Being Deceived!" Not long ago a dear friend wrote me an e-mail that she titled: "Yet Another One." In her note she wrote that a former pastor's wife had just messaged many on Facebook touting "Jesus Calling." Now this seasoned pastor's wife seemed to have absolutely no clue or discernment that there were any problems with Sarah Young's devotional Jesus Calling. Sadly, she had never read Warren Smith's classic critique: Another Jesus Calling.
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