Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.
Lights, camera, action!
To boost the mood for the Praise and Worship segment of the service, a large number of churches feature a worship leader and several backup singers accompanied by a live band. I've been in services where the Praise Band could be the opening act for Switchfoot!
To help spice up worship, a team of want-to-be actors treat the audience to a short skit that ties in with the message (sermon). As the lights dim and the actors scurry off stage, a hip cool pastor wearing skinny jeans, a logo T-shirt, and a five o'clock shadow ambles out to preach the "new" Good News. Hip cool pastors aren't your average run of the mill ministers.
Movies about God are making big bucks at the box office, and the film adaptation of The Shack will more than likely be a top ticket seller when it hits the big screen. I can already imagine The Shack Bible studies and busloads of small groups fellowshipping and praising “Papa” for another opportunity to share Jesus.
But which Jesus? We know that the Jesus of the Bible is very different than the one author William P. Young wrote about in his mega-bestseller.
“The Shack” is the fictional story of a man who meets God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and is cured of his deep emotional pain.
Hollywood likely will promote it as a Christian film, but a respected theologian told WND “The Shack” does not present the Gospel truth.
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In the first half of this plea for grace, I examined a number of ministries that I am convinced I would have lost many great spiritual insights if I had written off their teachings because I disagreed with some part of what they have to say. We will now explore where we as Christians should draw the line concerning whether a ministry is apostate or not.
The Crucial Doctrines
NOTE: Olive Tree Ministries agrees with Dave Reagan as we continue to speak out against "contentious contenders." Contend for the faith in love, please.
First, let's keep in mind that there are no perfect ministries. All of them, including Lamb & Lion, are headed up by people and are composed of people, and people are flawed.
I would urge you, therefore, to look for the good — for that which lines up with the Scriptures — and either ignore or criticize responsibly what does not. Otherwise, you are going to miss some spiritual blessings.
Let me give you some examples from my personal perspective.