Weekend Reading #1 – 5/9/14

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed over the past few days. Maybe you’ll enjoy them as well.

1. Tim Challies – The False Teachers: T.D. Jakes

Take a look at the other articles Challies has written in his “False Teachers” series here.

T.D. Jakes is associated with several troublesome teachings including the prosperity gospel and positive thinking. For our purposes, though, we will look at his teaching on the Trinity. Jakes has long been associated with Oneness Pentecostalism which holds to an unorthodox position on the Trinity. This position is known as Modalism or, historically, as Sabellianism.

You taught me from the word go that I’m not the center of your world, because I’m not the center of the world. And you told me who does have that position—the Lord Jesus. I was never allowed to rule our house, and you always made it clear that my opinions and preferences, though important, are not authoritative. Thank you for the times you were not able to spend time with me because you were ministering to someone else.

3. Hank Hanegraaff – Osteenification and What It Portends

Because Joel Osteen is the prime provocateur of a seductive brand of American Christianity that reduces God to a means to our ends. A message that beckons multitudes to the table of the Master, not for the love of the Master but for what is on the table. He is the de facto high priest of a new brand of Christianity perfectly suited for a feel-good generation. And while a host of pretenders (including Prince) follow in his train, Osteen is clearly the biggest of the bunch—according to People magazine, “twice as big as the nearest competitor.”

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4. John Zmirak – Why Young Christians Really Need to See the Film “Persecuted”

That gripping film depicts a time in the near American future when the state finally tires of having to accommodate the eccentric moral and doctrinal teachings that Christians hold dear. Those teachings prove “divisive,” and because they make claims of absolute truth they are hostile to “diversity.” So secular elites decide to bring the Christians into line—not with an iron fist, but a velvet glove. A glove full of money, a glove that pats believers gently on the head and shoos them into the background.

5. Raymond Bechard – Why Do Some Girls Matter More Than Others?

The girls woke suddenly to sharp sounds of the windows being broken, men shouting, and then…fire. Just as their confusion turned to panic the masked men burst into their dormitory, forced them from their beds and herded them into trucks. The trucks drove unopposed into the nearby forest holding 243 girls between 16 and 18 years old.

6. Chelsea Vicari – To My Fellow Millennials: Christian Persecution is a Social Issue

Among Millennials, the term “persecution” is a dirty word when applied to Christians. Society continues to paint Christians as “clamoring and crying” over nothing when we decry discrimination targeted our way.

7. This is a video my daughter had to watch and write an essay on for homework. It’s good. I appreciate her teacher assigning something like this.

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