Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, which claims over 66 million Pentecostals worldwide, acknowledged in a letter addressing Pastor John MacArthur's Strange Fire conference that "there have been isolated aberrations of behavior and doctrine over the past century among those who self-identify as Pentecostal or charismatic." Wood insisted, however, that "the movement as a whole has proved a vital force in world evangelization."
Dr. Wood, general superintendent of The General Council of the Assemblies of God and also chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, issued a letter on AG.org in the wake of the Strange Fire conference that brought about 4,000 people to Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., over a week ago. The conference, hosted by Pastor MacArthur and featuring other speakers, such as R.C. Sproul, Conrad Mbewe, Steve Lawson and others, called out what the California minister deems as "unacceptable worship" among the Charismatic movement.
"Dr. MacArthur believes that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit ceased with the close of the Apostolic Era and that the Pentecostal and charismatic movements are therefore theologically aberrant at a foundational level," Wood's said in his statement. more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Pastor Chuck Smith, regarded by many prominent Christian leaders as having influenced their ministries and spiritual lives, was remembered as a preacher holding firm to Biblical principles and a loyal friend to Israel at a memorial tribute Sunday evening. More than 16,000 people at the event, as well as those viewing the livestream webcast internationally, watched as Smith, who died on Oct. 3 after battling lung cancer, was honored through words, music, and video.
"He preached his last sermon four days before he went to heaven," said evangelist Greg Laurie, who was one of several featured pastors speaking at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. "…When a loved one leaves us, like Chuck, we feel great sadness, but I must say, please don't feel sadness for him. We might say, 'Oh, poor Chuck, I wish he could be here tonight to see all of this.' Wait a second, Chuck's in heaven right now. He's thinking 'I wish they could be up here to see all of this.'"
During the more than 3-hour tribute, featuring both pastors and musicians influenced by Smith's teachings during the Jesus Movement of the late '60s, Consulate General of Israel, David Siegel, spoke about the Calvary Chapel movement leader's commitment to Israel, that included 60 visits to the country. more >>
It has been said that heaven, at one and the same time, will be a great eye-opener and a great mouth-closer. You will be surprised to see many people there, and many people will be surprised to see you there. How true this is!
In the last week, I have been criticized for failing to condemn Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar to hell while on the other hand, I have been criticized for daring to take issue with their messages at all.
Someone claimed that Bill Johnson was the "biggest wolf ever" while, on the other side of the spectrum, someone claimed that John MacArthur was guilty of blaspheming the Spirit. more >>
Jefferson Bethke, author of the book, Jesus>Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More and Being Good Enough, that's ranked at No. 3 on The New York Times best-sellers list, shared his message with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski on Friday.
Bethke, whose spoken word YouTube video called "Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus," has been viewed 26 million times since January 2012, said he wrote the book because he believes modern-day evangelism is not reflective of scriptures in the New Testament.
"What I said no to as a child, or at least what I was rebelling against in high school, really wasn't what I see in the New Testament and wasn't what I see in the scriptures. It's kind-of just this modern evangelicalism that looks nothing like the scriptures," he said. more >>
Nearly five centuries ago in Central Europe, an unknown Augustinian monk decided to nail 95 theses to a church door, sparking a religious revolution felt to the present day.
Reformation Day, the anniversary of when Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, is an observance remembered by hundreds of American churches in the modern day. While the exact date of Luther's call to theological debate was Oct. 31, or the Eve of All Saints' Day, many Protestant congregations choose to observe the occasion on the last Sunday in the month. This year, Reformation Sunday will fall on Oct. 27, with Protestant denominations such as Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Baptists drawing attention to the past.
For Pastor Skip Athey of Grace & Truth Family Baptist Church, a Floridian congregation with an average attendance of over 100, Reformation Day is "a way to connect with Protestant Church history." more >>
A Christian outreach director took an unusual approach in discussing Harvard University's "Sex Week," a semi-annual celebration and information week. He said it makes sex boring.
"They try to be titillating. Sex weeks actually make sex boring – it focuses on the mechanics, sex toys and how to lose your virginity," Greg Jao, national field director for the Christian campus outreach group Intervarsity, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
"Sex is something God-given, beautiful, transcendent, and intimacy-creating," Jao explained. Rather than attack the wrongful use of sex outside of marriage, he pointed to the great value of sex in a Christian context. He also told CP that the Harvard chapter of Intervarsity has started a Bible study series focused on "true intimacy" and the Song of Songs. more >>