Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey

Oh, dear. Just when you thought that charismatic theology couldn’t get any worse, you get the “Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey”. If this is where your pentacostalism is leading you, perhaps you should reconsider whether you even want to continue calling yourself a Christian.

The worst part is the testimonies at the end, where people actually think that they’ve been healed. Really? The Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey is going to heal you? Does that give glory to Christ? Does that proclaim the one true gospel? Does putting body parts “in” and “out” say something about how glorious God is?

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Todd Bentley hits an old woman

Please remind me to stay far, far away from this guy.

Religulous: Speaking in Tongues

So really, who takes Religulous seriously? Well, a lot of non-believers, for one thing. But do they really matter? Most Christians have avoided the documentary altogether, and it’s not surprising. But are all the concerns that Religulous raised invalid? Maybe not. In fact, it makes a lot of sense to me why people see Christians speaking in gibberish and equate it to the Holy Spirit and think that Christians are a bunch of idiots.

Yes, the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing– but to us it is the power of God. But isn’t it enough that the word of the cross is foolishness? Must we create some foolishness of our own to put on top of that? Christianity isn’t about being foolish, although some Christians seem to have adopted the concept of foolishness as their very own doctrine. Why are some Christians so intent on getting people to have some sort of mystical experience where God starts speaking unintelligible words through them? Does God really want that? Does God get kicks out of us speaking in gibberish? Does God want us to worship Him mindlessly? That seems to contradict one of the means of the directive to “Love the Lord your God.” How are we to love the Lord? With all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Do we love God with all our heart at one time, and then move on to our soul, and then move on to our mind, and then move on to our strength? Or ought we not to do them all at once? Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 14:14 seems pretty clear: “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.” If your mind offers no fruits of worship to God, is that really a worthwhile way to spend your time? What’s Paul’s response in verse 15? He asks: “What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” Love God by praying with your spirit AND your mind. Don’t waste time praying in “tongues” that you don’t understand but rather pray with intelligible words — with your spirit AND your mind!

WARNING: Explicit language (one scatological phrase)

Benny Hinn calls, “Heresy!”

A few things Hinn said:
– Joel Osteen has a devil.
– Woe to anyone who doesn’t preach the one true gospel.

Amazingly, Hinn’s sermon was actually pretty good.  Except… shouldn’t be preaching that very message to himself?  Everyone should realize by now that Benny Hinn is a false prophet. Here is a video that exposes him:

I think that the funniest thing is that people continue to regard him as a prophet, even though he’s been wrong.  Are you kidding me?  You can be wrong a few times and still be a prophet?  If you claim to be declaring the Word of God, you’d better be right, or He’s gonna be pretty ticked off!

“My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 13:9)

“And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lordhas not spoken.” (Ezekiel 22:28)

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1)

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

Getting Drunk on the Spirit, woohoo!

No, don’t be drunk with wine, be drunk with the spirit! In this case, definitely not the Holy Spirit, though.

As blasphemous as this is, it’s pretty entertaining.

(From A Little Leaven)