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Chrislam Cult

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3

In these Last Days, the Devil is very openly active in the affairs of men. We read in 2 Thessalonians that one of the signs that will immediately the chrislamprecede the Rapture of the Church will be the great “falling away” from the faith once delivered to the saints of God. One sign of this end time  prophecy is the demonic activity of Chrislam, the evil mutant hybrid of Christianity and Islam that is being pushed so hard here in America by false teachers like Rick Warren. 

Warren, pastor of  one of America’s most influential Religious leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The effort, informally dubbed King’s Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed 8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C.

Christianity and Islam are the world’s two largest religions. With  2.8 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims the world-round, it’s not surprising  that these two faith systems impact, to a profound extent, social and political events occurring in the world. But what about “Chrislam,” the controversial belief system that combines both traditions to form its own fascinating religious brand?

On the surface, the notion that the two faiths would be able to mesh successfully seems next-to-impossible. After all, Christianity relies upon the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way one can attain eternal salvation. To the contrary, Muslims don’t believe that Christ was God’s son, nor do they accept the notion that he died on a cross to save humanity’s sins.

Understanding Chrislam hinges upon examining its leader’s motivations for creating and sustaining the merging the two faiths.  Shamsuddin Saka, a religious leader in Nigeria, is seeking to bridge the religious divide and to bring together Muslims and Christians like never before.  Saka, who was born a Muslim but is now a Christian at heart, claims that he felt called by God to launch his Chrislam ministry following a pilgrimage to Mecca, a commanded voyage that is one of Islam’s Five Pillar. The faith leader takes the unique approach of preaching about the common roots that peoples of both faiths share (i.e. that they are both children of Abraham, both promote peace, etc.).

He believes that God told him to “make peace between Christian and Muslim,” thus he has sought to embark on that very mission. While Saka experienced this revelation, the seeds for his journey were likely set at an early age, as he was reportedly influenced by both faith systems when he was a young boy. His father, a herbalist, saw Christians and Muslims, alike, for healing, so both traditions were common fixtures in his early existence. While Saka now sees himself as a believer in Jesus Christ, he told The Christian Science Monitor that it doesn’t “mean Islam is bad.  Saka ia referred to by his followers as “His Royal Holiness”; “The Messenger”; and “Ifeoluwa” – the Will of God.

While the concept of a merged faith system is appealing to some, like Saka, who seek peace, there are a those, particularly in the evangelical realm, who reject Chrislam, likening it to the Spirit of AntiChrist.  There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope; Islam is a religion of hopelessness.”  

Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.  He is the one true God and there is no other. The Holy Scriptures, not the Quran, are the inspired and inerrant Words of God.  Jesus  saith unto him “I AM the Way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.  No man cometh unto the Father but by me”



End -time Antichrists

NOVEMBER 26, 2013

So who exactly IS the mainstream of the charismatic movement?

The fall out from the StrangeFire conference shows a general truth about critiquing the craziness of the charismatic movement. It seems that whenever a pastor points out the flagrant error and false worship associated with the charismatic movement,  charismatics respond by saying that we always grab the “low hanging fruit” on the fringe of the movement and try to pass it off as some sort of accurate representation of the movement as a whole. We’re told that the level-headed, reformed charismatic folks are the obvious mainstream representatives of charismatics, and the entranced glossolalaholics and Fletch-clone healers are the outlandish fringe. Thus, since most charismatics are even-keeled, level headed, and have books in our book store, we should leave the charismatic craziness alone–after all, it is so isolated.


This argument has always made me puzzled since it’s so horribly obvious to me that the theologically absurd charismatic church of 20,000 obviously has far more influence in the movement and “on the street” than the theologically cautious charismatic church of 2,000 (and that’s being generous since the theologically absurd churches aren’t just bigger, but far more numerous).

So, I thought to myself, how can I give some sort of objective measure of influence? How can I suggest, in any objective way, who is mainstream and who is fringe? Then I had an idea. It’s not a great idea, but an idea none the less. I’m going to look at online influence in  the form of Twitter reach (as measured by followers) as a very rough indicator of the amount of influence and reach certain people have on the web.

Before I get to the raw numbers, I’d like to offer a few disclaimers:

1.  This does not a measure, in any way, of the truth claims of any person/organization or the biblical conformity of their doctrine.  When it comes to biblical conformity, I think that both sides fall short of a sufficiently biblical position.  The fact that there’s more folks listening to the people on one list or the other doesn’t have anything to do with who’s closer to the truth.

2. This is only an attempt to show the scope of various people’s influence.  I know I’ve already said this, but it’s so important that I thought it was worth mentioning twice.

3.  I know that this research is flawed, but not fatally flawed.  Measuring Twitter followers is not a comprehensive measure of reach or influence at all, and that’s the flaw here.  Numbers regarding book sales, radio listeners, website traffic, sermon downloads, Facebook likes & traffic, church attendance, etc. would all have to be incorporated into a proper and reliable study of the reach and influence of anyone.  I mean, Billy Graham only has around 34,000 followers on Twitter and The Gaithers have only has around 22,000 followers, but I know that there’s a whole lot more people than that who follow both and yet have never heard of Joel Osteen or Hillsong United.  Still, this is a down & dirty way of showing, via a globalform of social media, just how many people (who still pay full price at Denny’s) are paying attention to the folks on either list.

4.  The lists are composed of only the people I know of or could find out about in a few dozen hours of research, so the lists are far from comprehensive.  People are missed in both categories, though the second category is missing far more than the first.  It’s far from perfect.

5.  I originally posted this on my personal blog and have edited it since then.  I have moved a few names, have added new ones, and have removed some others.  The changes come after doing further research on my part, as well as some helpful comments I’ve received from my readers.  Again, it’s far from perfect.

6.  I have purposefully stacked the deck wildly in favor of the “theologically cautious” crowd.

– In the first list, I’ve included some people who are not know as charismatics at all, but have a trace of charismatic leaning (i.e. Ed Stetzer & Craig Groeschel).  In doing so, I’ve granted the “theologically cautious” crowd list some ringers (i.e. Chris Tomlin) in an effort to toss an olive branch to the brothers in the Lord who make up the first category. I want to preempt any complaints of unfairness from the “open but cautious” crowd if I can, but  I still predict they will come by the busload.

– In the second list, I’ve purposefully only included people whose errors I could document where I thought it was necessary.  There were many international names that came up but were not added to the list simply because I lacked the ability to research in their language (and most of their stuff isn’t in English).  I did my best to make no assumptions, and tried to document the reasons for my choices.

7.  I have even included music pastors, but not general “worship” artists.  The reason I included music pastors was because of reasons two and six, and also because the larger music pastors are often far more popular than the pastors of their churches.  The popular music pastors are frequently a massive drawing card to their churches and though they are not necessarily the ones peddling the bad teaching, they’re the sirens that lure the people into the rocky coast of bad teaching.  Excellent musicians playing skillfully isn’t bad in and of itself, but a “theologically absurd” charismatic church without a cool worship band (i.e. a band composed of hair models or hipsters or cast extras from Duck Dynasty,with lighting akin to a Britney Spears show, and lyrics by Ann Voskamp) is like the movie Avatar without the special effects: remove the packaging and it’s not quitethe same.

So, with all that being said, let’s look at the theologically cautious vs. theologically absurd crowd and see who the folks on the streets are following, shall we? (be warned: this is a totallink fest that will have you reading for a long time…)

A. The Theologically Cautious Crowd:

I’m going to list (as best I can) all the “remotely respectable” charismatics with over 100k followers (using that number to keep the list reflective of those with widespread influence), and the numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand (and accurate as of November 13, 2013):

1. Rick Warren – 1.223 million followers (He’s certainly not known for charismatic leanings, but he’s well know for his S.H.A.P.E. paradigm, which allows for the existence and activity ofall spiritual gifts, including the miraculous and apostleship.  In other words, he’s no cessationist.)

2. Chris Tomlin – 574k followers (Chris is a worship pastor as Lou Giglio’s Passion City Church)

3. John Piper – 558k (Check out this or this or this.)

4. Mark Driscoll – 435k (Check out this or this, and definitely this and this – those last two is new to me and has Mark Driscoll saying a bunch of interesting stuff…)

5. Beth Moore – 415k  (If you haven’t seen this listening prayer debacle, you need to.  Cessationists don’t read the Bible and then ask God to “speak” to them outside of scripture.)

6. Louie Giglio – 407k (Charismatic issues aren’t a main course in his ministry at all, but he has said some interesting things related to charismatic issues like this.  Also, he has spoken at the 2012 Hillsong conference where he shared a pulpit with Joyce Meyer and  Joseph Prince, both of whom are definitely not on “theologically cautious” list, though sharing a stage does not mean sharing theology.  Finally, it’s worth listening closely to his message at Passion 2013where he claims to hear the voice of God, among other things… He’s no Benny Hinn, but he’s definitely not a cessationist.)

7. Matt Chandler – 245k (Pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas.  This andthis should be enough to let you know he’s not a cessationist.)

8. David Platt – 226k (I wish all Charismatics were as level-headed and honest as Platt.  I disagree with him, but if you read his 63 page take on the Holy Spirit and his gifts, I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s in a way different league than people in the theologically absurd list below.)

9.  Marcos Vidal – 220k – (Pastor of Iglesia Evangelica Salem in Madrid, Spain, but this is not what he’s known for.  He’s known for being a Spanish Christian music star.  Still, he appears to be the only fairly level-headed charismatic with over 100k followers that I could find outside of North America.)

10. Desiring God – 213k

11. Craig Groeschel -182k (He’s admittedly really tame, but he’s a continuationist who invites some rather questionable charismatics to share his pulpit.  Here’s a transcript of a sermon he preached on the Holy Spirit.  All that to say that he’s no cessationist.)

12. Bill Hybels – 174k  (He’s not an aggressive charismatic by any stripe, but has handed out a handbook for understanding the issue in depth, with is basically a point/counterpoint written by Grant Osborne and Scott McKnight, with Willow Creek clearly leaning toward the position of McKnight.  Willow Creek also has some stuff on prophecy here (pages 6-9) and also instructions on lectio divina and contemplative prayer [pages 18 onward]).

13. Scott Williams – 147k (Craig Groeschel’s worship pastor)

14.  Passion Conference – 120k  (See the video linked on #5 – Beth Moore.)

15. Priscilla Shirer – 117k  (As far as I know, she’s a relatively tame continuationist.  She’s written a book on hearing the voice of God, and the F.A.Q. on her website talks about listening/contemplative prayer as well as divine communication using signs and wonders; she’s no cessationist.)

16. Ed Stetzer – 106k (Ed Stetzer has told me personally that he’s not a cessationist nor a charismatic, which basically leaves some form of light weight continuationism.  He’s also told me that he’ll write something about his position on charismatic issues in the future, so I’ll wait for that to discover his exact position.)


18. Perry Noble – 103k (Noble isn’t exactly known for having a tongues speaking church, but they definitely believe in it.)

If I’ve missed any  theological cautious charismatics with over 100k followers, please drop the names in the comment feed.

Notice how that list does not include some of the people with any modicum of continuationist sympathies that many think would be more influential: James McDonald(86k), Tim Keller (81k), Ann Voskamp (78k), Josh Harris (78k), Greg Laurie (75k), Christy Nockels (66k), Mars Hill Church (60k), JD Grear (38k), CJ Mahaney (38k), Steve Mays(37k), Jud Wilhite (33k), the Acts 29 network (31k), Leonard Sweet (30k), Justin Taylor(27k), Miles McPherson (26k), Scot McKnight (23k), N.T. Wright (21k), Frank Viola (20k),Adrian Warnock (16k), J.I. Packer (14k), James Robison (13k), Bob Coy (12k), Jim Cymbala(12k), Miroslav Volf (11k), Michael Youssef (10k),  D.A. Carson (9k), Francis Chan (8k),Bruxy Cavey (8k), Brian Brodersen (5k), Tope Koleoso (5k), Skip Heitzig (5k), Kevin Meyers(5k), Sam Storms (3k).

One thing worth noticing:

The whole “theologically cautious” crowd is essentially made up of white pastors from North America, with few exceptions.

Another thing worth noticing:

Craig Keener, Vern Poythress, Gordon Fee and Wayne Grudem aren’t on Twitter at all.  Good thing they’re the academic defenders of the movement; I’m sure everyone in Africa or South America is familiar with their theological defenses.

So, if we total all the “theologically cautious” charismatics with 100k+ followers we get5.438 million followers.

For the record, that number is 2.092 million followers when it’s composed of only the people I’ve ever heard to be cited as charismatic defenders (John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Beth Moore, Matt Chandler, David Platt, Desiring God, Priscilla Shirer.)

Let’s be honest. Rick Warren has 1.2 million followers but he really doesn’t have time to talk about Charismatic issues. He’s too busy “keeping it real”…

Finally, as a point of methodological honesty, it’s worth noting that plenty of John Piper’s followers, as well as those of Mark Driscoll, Matt Chandler and David Platt, don’t necessarily hold to their positions on Spiritual gifts.  There are plenty of people who find plenty of great stuff coming from them and simply overlook some of their failings.  They all preach rightly about Christ and the gospel, and they’re all brothers in the Lord from whom we can learn.

B. The Theologically Absurd Crowd:

I’m going to list (as best I can) all the “out to lunch” charismatics (namely prosperity hacks, false prophets and pastors for whom the term “theology” seems to mean “the study of definite articles”) with the same numerical standards as before:

1.  The Pope – 3.243 million followers (Considering that 100+ million of all Charismatics are Catholic, the Pope is an unquestionable false prophet/false teacher, both Benedict XVI andJohn Paul II have officially endorsed the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, the current pope hasofficially endorsed the Catholic Charismatic Revival and he is already seen as a defender of it, I include him.  To learn more about the Catholic Charismatic movement, check out this [best official resource], and this, and this, and this and this).

2. Joyce Meyer – 2.465 M  (If you’re wondering why she’s on this list, I’m more interested in how you found this blog!)

3.  Joel Osteen – 2.198 M (Do I really need to justify his placement here?)

4.  Chris Oyakhilome – 1.308 M (“Pastor” of Christ Embassy International in Lagos, Nigeria and otherwise known as “the Benny Hinn of Africa”…his healing events sometimes end in death and look just like what Jesus did!  The ministry of Christ Oyakhilome has even had censorship trouble and faced media censorship due to it’s fraudulent claims regarding healing…)

5.  TD Jakes – 1.274 M (He’s a prosperity preacher who preaches total nonsense.  Is it any surprise that his major defenders were reformed charismatics?  Don’t some of those guys claim to have the gift of discernment, let alone earned doctorates?  That whole gong show calls for a meme.)

6.  Marcos Witt – 714k (previous Spanish ministries pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, moved on in 2012).

7.  Hillsong United – 687k  (The worship network based out of Hillsong Church in Australia)

8.  Silas Malafaia – 675k (Brazil’s version of Pat Robertson…except around 1,000x as popular… He makes jaw-dropping political statements that make Pat Robertson look like an example of self control.  He’s the founder of the denomination Assemblies of God: Victory in Christ and notorious prosperity preacher).

9.  Carlos “Cash” Luna – 441k (Guatemala’s version of Creflo Dollar; here’s a little video that shows just how insanely large this church is.  He’s a prosperity preacher in poverty-stricken Guatemala and has a private jet (Sabreliner 60) that is old but not cheap. Remember, that’s in a nation where 50% of the people who are employed only live off around $700 a year.)

10.  Hillsong Church – 423k (pastored by Brian Houston, a noted prosperity preacher.  Sadly, the church was started by Brian’s father Frank Houston, who late in life admitted to being a pedophile before he founded Hillsong church.  There’s a troubling blog, written by someone who worked at the church under the reign of Frank Houston, here.)

11.  Kari Jobe – 412K (music pastor at Gateway Church, which I discuss here.  She’s attendedOral Roberts University, which was started by Oral Roberts; the father of the prosperity gospel, as well as CFNI, which is an apostolic school teaching the 5-fold ministry that was started by a Pentecostal faith healer who was associated with the worst of the movement.  I don’t know a ton about Kari Jobe, but I know that she didn’t exactly get taught biblical theology at either ORU or CFNI, and Robert Morris is a prosperity preacher.  I’ll cross my fingers and hope for the best.)

12.  Darlene Zschech – 383k (Worship leader at Hillsong)

13. Marco Barrientos – 382k (prosperity pastor of Centro Internacional Aliento.  This articleshould give you an understanding of what kind of doctrine gets peddled there, and how badly Barrientos mishandles the scripture.)

14.  Danilo Montero – 367k (Current Spanish ministries pastor at Lakewood)

15.  Jesus Culture – 328k (Worship band at Bethel church in Redding, California.)

16.  Brian Houston – 308k (Pastor of Hillsong Church)

17.  Creflo Dollar – 298k (Quite honestly, his name actually does say it all…but this and thisand this and this give you a shaving off the tip of the iceberg.)

18.  Enlace TV – 297k (The Spanish Chanel of the Trinity Broadcasting Network.  It’s slightly more popular than TBN North America…by over 1,000%…)

19. Judah Smith – 271k (I include Smith because of the explicit doctrine of the church he pastors, and because of the ministry relationships he publicly pursues.  Judah Smith hosts a conference at his own church called “Prosperity with a Purpose” that  had Oral Roberts as a speaker in 2009, and in 2010 had Brian Houston, the pastor of Hillsong church who wrote “You Need More Money“.  Beyond that, Judah Smith has been a speaker at Hillsongs conferences since 2008, Jentezen Franklin’s “Forward” youth conference since 2009,  C3 church which is a prosperity-gospel church in Australia pastored by Phil and Chris Pringle [I think that video contains almost everything that is wrong with the “theologically absurd” crowd], and  Ray McAuley’s prosperity gospel church in South Africa.

20. Matthew Barnett – 269k  (pastor of the Dream Center in Los Angeles.  Their doctrinal statement is pretty telling…)

21. Benny Hinn – 256k  (I believe everyone knows that Benny Hinn is doctrinally at the level of Papa Smurf, but did you know that these comments were directed at John MacArthur?  Who’s being divisive again?  Oh, and in case you missed it, he used to be “friends” with Paula White…with the kind of friendship that Benny called “dating” and involved sneaking off to a hotel in Rome together and results in Benny Hinn’s wife divorcing him…but Benny said it was because he was busy and she was on drugs.  Oh wait.  Benny never repented for anything, and now his wife and him are back together…with the ceremony performed by Jack Hayford and Reinhard Bonnke?!?  It’s all good!  Nothing to see here folks!  In unrelated news, as a Canadian I take no responsibility for Benny Hinn, my fellow Canadian.)

22. Victoria Osteen – 247k  (Wife of Joel Osteen.)

23. Paula White – 243k  (Prosperity preacherpastor of New Destiny Christian Center, and “ex-friend” of Benny Hinn…Just watch this or this or this and try to not smash something.)

24. Hillsong Live – 200k

25.  Edir Macedo – 196k (Brazilian prosperity preacher worth $1.1 Billion dollars who is no stranger to controversy)

26. Steven Furtick – 185k (Steven Furtick is SBC, but he speaks with prosperity preacher as much as Judah Smith…which is all the time.  This one video is shows Steven Furtick absolutely fawning over a prosperity preacher.  Beyond that, he has invited Hillsong’s word faith/prosperity gospel prophetess Christine Caine to that same conference.  He has also spoken regularly at Hillsong and C3 church.  He might not be a prosperity preacher, sure…but he appears to lack such basic biblical discernment that one must wonder if he’s theologically lost his marbles.)

27.  Deitrick Haddon – 183k (From the prosperity-gospel gong-show: the “Real” Pastors of LA)

28.  Joseph Prince – 182k (Check this out, and this, and this, and this.  Any questions?)

29.  Israel Houghton – 179k (He’s a worship leader at Lakewood in Houston.)

30. Hillsongs Spanish – 178k

31. Brooke Fraser – 176k (She’s a worship leader at Hillsong)

32.  Bishop Noel Jones – 169k (Also from the prosperity-gospel gong-show: the “Real” Pastors of LA)

33. Christine Caine – 153k  (See comments under Steven Furtick…)

34.  Joel Timothy Houston – 153k (Son of Hillsong pastor Brian Houston, and co-pastor of Hillsong NYC).

35.  Estevam Hernandes – 152k (Brazilian prosperity preacher who started the “March for Jesus” craze and pastors the Igreja Apostólica Renascer em Cristo, which apparently has a network of 500 churches with around 2 million members. He got arrested in 2007 when he tried to illegally sneak $56,467 into the U.S., partly by shoving $9,000 in his Bible…and he served 5 months in a U.S. prison)

36.  Claudio Freidzon – 151k (Faith healer and pastor of Church King of Kings, a church of 20,000+ in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Here’s a short bio from when he’s spoken at Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  That also gives you a hint for who his ministry friends are…)

37.  Kim Walker-Smith – 149k (From Jesus Culture, the worship band at Bethel Church in Redding.)

38.  Mike Murdock – 149k (Mike Murdock was a con man for Jim Baker, but has now moved on to Benny Hinn and Creflo Dollar.  He’s such a prosperity-gospel snake that even Fred Phelps is embarrassed of his conduct.  I haven’t documented anything about him because the web is full of stuff on this clown and I cannot stomach reading about him.  Okay, here’s one link, and here’s one more.)

39.  Sidney Mohede – 149k (worship pastor at Jakarta Praise Community Church)

40. Jentezen Franklin – 142k (His church has a school of discipleship that teaches classes on generational curses, offensive prayer and positive confession [pg. 10-11 of the pdf], Jentzen Franklin has written a new book called “The Spirit of Python”, which is based on a sermon of the same namehere is the first chapter of the book.  He speaks at conferences alongside rather notorious prosperity preachers and I’ve written about a rather damning associationhere.)

41. John Bevere – 138k  (Here is Chris Rosborough from Fighting for the Faith taking apart a prosperity gospel message John Bevere preached.  He’s known for other nutty stuff like his book/sermon “Bait of Satan” and here’s him teaching on prophesy.)

42.  John P. Kee – 136k (Gospel singer who pastors New Life City of Praise in Charlotte, NC.  Their church has something like a statement of core beliefs, except that it only talks about money.  You do the math.  Not only that, but John P. Kee has such a lack of discernment that Mick Bickle has publicly called him out…you read that right.  Mike Bickle.  Read this to find out just how undiscerning you need to be to have your discernment publicly challenged by someone in the New Apostolic Reformation…)

43.  Jaeson Ma – 133k (Asian New Apostolic Reformation star who was mentored under no less a shining example than M.C. Hammer…seriously)

44.  Redeemed Christian Church of God – 129k – (Church of Enoch Adeboye)

45. Steve Munsey – 114k  (Watch this. ‘Nuff said.)

46. Hillsong London – 112k

47.  John Hagee – 112k  (Watch this and this and this.  ‘Nuff said.)

48. Reinhard Bonnke – 106k (He used to run CFaN, but now he’s retired.  He’s still around a lot, and when he was in active ministry, he apparently was the world’s most successful faith healer and evangelist…based on counting decision cards?  He claims there that he averages 2 million converts a month?  Yup.  I’ll believe that.  He peddles miracle promises to the poor and the ill, he travels almost exclusively in prosperity gospel circles [though he apparently only preaches the “health” part of “health and wealth”], and although he claims to have raised hundreds from the dead, when sixteen people actually died at one his his crusades, he was powerless to do anything [like Paul in Acts 20:7-10…no wait…].  He’s not exactly respectedby the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany.  More than that, he was one of the “pastors” who officiated Benny Hinn’s remarriage to his wife; you know the one who divorced him for his affair with Paula White?  His message there is rather interesting, given the context.)

49.  Enoch Adeboye – 104k (“pastor” of Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos, Nigeria)

50.  Marcelo Rossi – 103k (Brazilian Catholic Charismatic)

51.  Bill Johnson – 103k (Bill Johnson says, without any confusion, that God never brings sickness and it’s always his will to physically heal believers, as well as Jesus died for the physical healing of all believers and to “save” believers from poverty.  He’s a prosperity preacher who speaks about it here and here and here.)

52.  Kenneth Copeland – 100k (This one should need no explanation, but it’s possible that one person somewhere is unaware of just how nutty he is.  Check out this, or this, or this, orthis, or this, or listen to this famous clip that his wife has said.  Also, here’s Copeland exporting theological cancer in Africa via the church of “Bishop” David o. Oyedepo. Any Christian who claims to have the “gift of discernment” and doesn’t see Kenneth Copeland as a clear and obvious false teacher reveals that have a knowledge of biblical theology around what one would learn in a pop-up bible.)


I may be mistaken, but I don’t believe that’s exactly what Noah’s ark looked like…

53.  Lisa Bevere – 100k  (Wife and ministry partner of John Bevere.)

You’ll also see that the previous list is very restrained regarding who’s included among the “theologically absurd” charismatics: I’ve only basically included the ones that I’m aware of, and a few in South America that I’ve learned about while writing this.  If I had around 600 hours to do research, that list would be a lot larger.

Notice how the list doesn’t include some of the lesser lights (who still have over 50k followers) like Sam Adeyemi (99k), Otoniel Font (96k), Bishop Charles Blake (94k), Bishop Paul Morton (92k), Kong Hee (92k), Bishop IV Hilliard (92k), Carlos Ortiz (91k), Bobbi Houston (89k), Lakewood Church (84k),  Taffi Dollar (84k), Carl Lentz (82k), PlanetShakers(80k),  R.R. Soares (75k), Jesse Duplantis (73k), Rudy Garcia (68k), Tim Hughes (67k), Rod Parsley (66k), Chris Quilala (64k), Misty Edwards (55k), Cindy Jacobs (54k), Kimberly Jones(54k), Bishop Eddie Long (54k), Robert Morris (53k), Tommy Tenney (53k), Benny Perez(53k),or Bishop Dale Bronner (51k).

Of honorable mention here are a few people whose influence is clearly not indicated by their twitter presence:

1.  César Castellanos – 49k and pastor of one of the largest churches in South America: Misión Carismática Internacional, which is a church in Bogota, Columbia.  It has over a quarter million members…you read that right…

2.  Valdemiro Santiago – 30k and pastor of what is likely the largest church in South America: The World Church of the Power of God, which is a church in Sao Paulo, Brazil that has well over a million members that runs a network of 4,000+ churches and has recently completed a building that seats 150,000.

There are a whole lot more people who deserve honorable mention, but I am cutting things short because I want to actually put this post online sometime today…

I also didn’t even include “small fries” with less than 50k followers like IHOP (47k) or Mike Bickle (39k) or Lou Engle (34k) or  Banning Liebscher (33k) or even relative “nobodies” likeSteve Murrell (19k followers and pastors the largest church in the Philippines with over 60,000+ attenders) or TL Osborne (17k followers and is a globally-traveled faith healer who, well, really looks like a vampire) or At Boshoff (15k followers and pastors a multi-site church of 48,000 in South Africa) or Todd Bentley (12k followers, even after he basically yelled “I am a false teacher!” for several years straight).

I also didn’t include the “even smaller fries” that you’ve never heard of like Chuck Pierce(10k) Chuck is a professional false teacher (explore this) and was recently making sheep stewin my old stomping grounds:

Nor did I include other “even smaller fries” that you’ve never heard of like Sunday Adelaja(10k)…even though he’s more widely followed than D.A. Carson and pastors one of the largest charismatic churches in Europe, let alone the Ukraine; The Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations.  If you’re wondering exactly where he’s at theologically, watch this video and explore the rest of their church website.  That skoubalon is being peddled in the Ukraine under the guise of “Christianity”.  Here’s a picture of a typical church service there:

Sunday Adelaja Church

These guys would have no influence in the Ukraine, being a church of only 25,000+ and having planted 700+ churches, right?

If I included all the “small fries” like Phil Pringle (38k followers and he’s behind the global C3 church movement, started by the gigantic C3 Church in Australia and branching out into over 300 churches worldwide), or “relatively unheard of crowd” (at least according to Twitter) like Dr Michael Brown (6k followers and an outspoken critic of the Strange Fire conference) or Francis Frangipane (5k followers and referred to by some as a great intellectual defender of the charismatic movement), the list would be thousands long.

So, if we total all the “theologically absurd” charismatics with 100k+ followers we get 21.825 million followers.

For the record, that number is 15.816 million followers when it’s minus the musicians and the two Catholics (and I do that because all the pastors on the list are known for their charismatic activities and doctrine; it’s a main part of who they are and what they’re known for.)

Being irrationally generous, there are 4.013x more people influenced by absurd charismatics than cautious ( 21.825 /5.438= 4.013).

At ridiculously generous, there are 7.560x more people influenced by absurd charismatics than cautious (15.816 / 2.092 = 7.560).

– Again, as a point of methodologically honest, not everyone who follows those in the “theologically absurd” crowd share their beliefs on spiritual gifts…but I’d dare suggest that far less of the people who follow Piper follow Joyce Meyer.  Also, there’s a number of people who follow online personalities like Joyce Meyer because they stalk or troll her Twitter account, but that number hardly makes up a significant percentage of his followers (if everyone who follows John Piper also stalks or trolls Joyce Meyer, that would only make up about 23% of her followers…).

On the basis of the numbers, I’d suggest, that the “level headed” continuationists are theobvious fringe.  They are quite outnumbered by the mainstream theological circus acts where church services end with the church looking like there was a chemical weapon attack:


Before I close off, I have 2 more things I’d like to point out:

1. I didn’t include several “Christian” celebrities who are openly associated with the charismatic movement and give wide recognition and credibility to the questionable, if not horrible, pastors that they follow.

But, if I would have included a few celebrities from just one church, it would have sent the second list way over the top.  If I had included some of the people that attended HillsongNYC, I would have had to include their pastor Carl Lentz(82k), the rapper JaRule (116k – recently made a profession of faith at Hillsong NYC and is already starring in a “Christian” film), NY Knicks center Tyson Chandler (608k), High School Musical start Vanessa Hudgens (2.839M), wardrobe stylist June Ambrose (562k),  and some kid named Justin Bieber (47.283 M) who apparently goes there too (poor old Judah Smith is now replaced). Remember, HillsongNYC is a plant from an overt prosperity gospel church, and with only 6 people that one church has a Twitter influence of 51.49 million people.  If I would have included them it would have stacked the deck a little, right?  Well, I didn’t include them since nobody ever listens to  celebrities nor is influenced by them in any way, right?

And for those who complain, it can get a whole lot worse.  I could easily include a few celebrities who are openly charismatic and let the numbers rise more and moreand more and more and more and more and more and more…but I’m a nice guy and didn’t do that.

Oh, and here’s something to consider:

Being wildly generous and including HillsongNYC (see below) and the Catholics (51.49 + .103 + 3.243 + 15.816 = 70.652) there are 33.772x more people influenced by absurd charismatics than cautious (70.652/2.092 = 33.772).

Now if 30, 60, or 100x the people are influenced by the absurd side of the charismatic spectrum, what does the general populace see as the mainstream representation of the charismatic movement, or even Christianity in general?

2.  I didn’t include a third list with cessationists on it since…well…there aren’t any cessationists with more than 100k twitter followers.

John MacArthur has 83k, and the rest fall below him: Albert Mohler (71k), Grace To You (54k), Ligonier Ministries (45k), Kevin DeYoung (36k), Ligon Duncan(24k),  Burk Parsons (20K),  RC Sproul (16k), Thabiti Anyabwile (16k), Phil Johnson (14k), James White (10k), Steve Lawson (8k), Rick Holland (5k), Frank Turk and Dan Phillips (3k), and Conrad Mbewe (2k).

Even if we comically inflate the numbers by including those who are “technically cessationists” due to atheism, like Bill Maher (2.392 M) or Richard Dawkins (857k) or Stephen Hawking (207k), the cessationists aren’t exactly taking over.

So when people cry “foul” when people like Creflo Dollar or Benny Hinn are used as an example of something reflective of the charismatic norm, simply respond and say “Well, they’re the norm because they’re what a majority of the world sees when the world looks at Christianity.  Your little church has no influence and your open-but-cautious books aren’t being sold at Costco.  Last time I went to Costco, I saw them selling books by Joyce Meyer, Todd Burpo and Joel Osteen, but nothing by John Piper or Mark Driscoll or D.A. Carson.”  (Change the relevant names as needs be…)

I think the real problem lies in the fact that the level-headed continuationists know that they’re on the outer fringe and hate it, but they can’t really critique their movement because of one of two reasons:

a. The last time they tried to reason from the scripture with an absurd charismatic, the person simply didn’t really care what the Bible said and responded with something along the lines of “The unloving tone of your voice displeases me…”

b.  When they pull out the sword of scripture and start hacking away at the frauds in their movement, there’s no way to trump the “God told me so” card without an consistent hermeneutic applied to scripture, but an ounce of consistency will result in the sword of scripture being turned against them. In the end there will be no survivors.

 Neither side has theology that is able or willing to stand up to serious biblical evaluation, so there’s a general ceasefire until a major leader has a public moral failure, and even then the ceasefire is lifted to talk about sin in the most general terms possible…at least until the person is (almost inevitably) restored to ministry.

This one has been eye-opening enough for me regarding  just how insane the charismatic mainstream gets in South America.

I hope this work has helped you understand the sheer scope of this issue as much as it has helped me.

Lyndon Unger

Preachers for Profit

Millions of folk around the world satisfy their need for spiritual enlightenment by tuning in to their favorite television preacher.  Although there are a few men of God who fervently seek to proclaim the undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ over the airways, more than likely, one will have their ears tickled by a self serving entertainer with a watered down social gospel of “I feel good and you should too! ” In reading a recent posting by Darrell Creswell, (http://darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)  I was astonished at the amount of wealth that some of these purveyors of spirituality have accumulated over the years from their unsuspecting viewers.  Perhaps the most disturbing fact for me is that many, many many of these blinded followers are Senior Saints who are oblivious to the underlying purpose of these  so-called Gospel ministries.  A couple of dollars from the millions of geriatric viewers soon mounts up to some might fancy steaks on the dinner plate.  All the while these pension-pinchin Senior Saints are indulging in soup, cereal and sandwiches.  Well, the old proverb that a picture sends a thousand words is most certainly true; so lets take a look at the lifestyle of some of the more prominent ‘Gospel” entertainers.copeland-hinn-home (1)joyce-meyer-jesse-duplantis

Now let us take a look at where Jesus laid down his hear to rest:   Quite a contrast to the multi-million dollar homes of these charlatans of the social gospel

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And if this does not mess with your mind then lets take a look at the method of transportation

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It is needful that Christians adhere to the scriptural principle of providing for their Pastor, giving him a double portion even.   So many Godly men depend upon the Lord to provide and rightly so, however, God uses his people through tithes and offerings to support the man who has given his life to preaching the Gospel.  Scripture  admonishes us not to store up for ourselves treasures on earth, but to instead store up for ourselves treasures in heaven.  The preaching of the Gospel to fill ones own pockets is a sin; an abomination and a disgrace to everything that Jesus died for on Calvary.  Ministers of the Word should not be greedy of money nor use the gospel shamelessly to make money

These viscous wolves in the sheep’s clothing of a fundamental gospel preacher are twisting scripture so as to seduce people into supporting their ‘ministries’;  into following them and not Jesus. Their charismatic presentation seduces unsuspecting viewers to open their thin wallets and send a ‘dollar or two’ to ‘further the “gospel”.    O foolish generation, how carelessly are we taken away into captivity by these entrepeneurs of wealth through the exploiting of the Truth.

Barack – From Whence he Came!

The old saying that we can trace our ancestry back to Adam is so true.  What is also evident is that we can determine from The Bible the origin of our nationality.  For instance, my family roots are in Germany, which evolved from Gomer, who was a son of Japheth, who was a son of Noah.  This is most interesting in the context of end time prophecy since Gomers’ brothers were Magog, Tubal and Meshech who all settled in Russia.   The nation of  Germany will join forces with Russia in an attempt to destroy Israel during the tribulation period.    An understanding of Old Testament scripture will allow anyone to become aware of the Biblical roots of any nationality, even the President of the United  States.  Let’s take a good look from where his ancestry evolved.

In the book of Genesis God shares with us the story of Abraham and Sarah.  This unusual couple is noted for the fact that in her old age, 90’s to be exact, Sarah  miraculously gave birth to a son.  Unfortunately because Sarah was barren for so long, she  had given her servant girl, Hagar to Abraham to bear a child for her.  During the pregnancy and subsequent birth of the child, there developed much envy and hostility between Sarah and Hagar.  When Sarah’s son Isaac was born this animosity culminated in Sarah demanding that Hagar and her son, Ishmael be driven into the desert.  Had God not intervened, this act would have resulted in the death of the mother and child from starvation and dehydration.  Although Hagar seemingly embraced the Jewish faith of Abraham, she failed to rear her son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Twice it is recorded in the Bible that God visited Hagar in the desert, nonetheless, she did not honor the Lord when she took Ishmael a wife from Egypt, and not of the Israelites.

We know from Scripture that God did visit Hagar in the wilderness and provided sustenance for their survival.  Ishmael grew in stature and became a skilled archer and  fathered many children, one of whom was Kedar.  This particular son settled in the region of Syria and dwelt in black tents.  These folk were known to the Hebrews as the Qedar, and to the Assyrians as the Qidri; they became the great tribe of the Arabs.   One can easily note the similarity to name AlQaida in the monikers of Qedar ar Qidri.  It is not difficult to understand that there must have been tremendous animosity and anger in the heart of Ishmael for being rejected by Abraham.  Perhaps that is how the bitterness evolved in the Arab people toward the Jewish people.  Today, more than ever the Arab people are quite antagonistic toward Israel.

Many historians  and genealogist confirm that Mohammed descended from the tribe of  Ishmael;  from Kedar.  He has become the god of the Arabs.  Interestingly, their ritual pilgrimage to Mecca is to commemorate Hagar’s search for water in the wilderness.   From the book of Koran, we learn some most disturbing facts relating to Israel and also to Christians.  In Sura 9:29-31, it is written that Jews and Christians are to be attacked using ruthless methods until they are subdued.  In the quest of Holy Warfare – jihad these folk believe that their mission is to convert or conquer for the cause of Allah.  The Arabs control 99.9% of the Middle East; the other .01% is Israel, and had it not been for the protection of the Living God, the Muslims would occupy that percentage also.

Much more disturbing knowledge can be gleaned by perusing through excerpts of the Koran, but that is not the focus of this article.  It is imperative to understand that Barack Hussein Obama embraces this religious cult.   As a confessed Muslim he is programmed to hate the Israelites and Born-again Christians.    His penchant for violent actions can be seen in his blatant indifference to the slaughter of one of our own Ambassadors.  His foreknowledge of the incident was ignored which indicated to the Muslim Terrorist that he had given them his blessing.   On a recent trip to the Middle East, Obama visited all of the Arab Nations around Israel, but did not step foot on actual Jewish soil!  The Muslims love him, support him and kill for him.  It is imperative that we pray for Mr. Romney’s safety.  The ‘sword verses’ of the Koran command his death as an enemy of Allah!

As American’s and especially American Jews and Christians, we must not allow this man to remain at the helm of our blessed Country.  It must become our duty to expose him as an enemy of God, Israel, and the United States of America.  God does not condone hating the sinner, but most assuredly the sin.  We are to allow God to deal with Mr Obama through our vote on November 6.  In the interim let us make time to pray for our country, confess our sins as a Nation so that God would honor 2 Chronicles 7:14

The Dark Sinister Portrait of the President

top-banner-obama-antichrist-four-horsemen-apocolypse-daniel-11-revelation-13With the newly formed Fema Militia at his command, Obama has made his intentions quite clear that he is forming his own Gestapo.  Those who pledge allegiance to Obama’s evil plot to further his wicked agenda will be so indoctrinated  that they will be zealous in persecuting those who are Christians, Constitutionalists and Conservatives.   This band of vigilantes will not be a part of the United States Military and will definitely not adhere to the philosophy of  independent Militia’s, which are Patriots who are willing to die for their beloved America.   Their sole purpose will be to further the dictatorial power of Barak Hussein Obama.

The stage is definitely set for the persecution of God’s people.  The Lord will be separating the wheat from the tares, and we shall know them by their fruit.   May we draw so close to the Lord that when that day comes He will give us the grace to endure the harshness and cruelty which will be forced upon us by these workers of iniquity.  The Rapture of the Church is drawing nigh;  Are you ready?

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The Autumn season blesses us with a myriad of warm colors as we watch God’s green vegetation slipped slumberly into hibernation for the cold winter months ahead.   The rays of the sun add a snuggly warmth as one takes a stroll along the pathways of the Creator’s world, enjoying the gentle breeze as it gingerly feathers the hair.  This is the season for hot mulled cider, toasted marshmallows over an outdoor wood burning fire, and of course for many true blooded Americans, the arrival of Football season.  We are indeed so spoiled!  As is true to form in this sin-cursed world, the beauty and  of autumn also has its blemish.

christian-halloween Each year, millions of children are allowed to engage in a ritual which is a reproach to God.  Included among those are the offspring of Born-again Christians who are  uninformed or choose to dance with the  world in participating in this event.  One only needs to meander through the candy aisle of a retail store to be reminded of the event of which this article addresses.

The last days of October have become a traditional time of dressing up in costumes, trick or treating, bobbing for apples and of course carving pumpkins.  It is an event in which people visit haunted houses and cornfields, and attend  masquerade parties.  Among the revelers are God’s people who are totally unaware of the Satanic  influence immersed in these traditions.

It is believed that the origin of Halloween began with the Celtic people.  Their festival of Samhein, the Lord of the Dead, was celebrated at the end of summer and the beginning of darker days of the year. These folk believed that as the days became darker  that this was a time when the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth causing havoc and damaging crops.  These people would dress in costumes to scare away the evil spirits.  They also carved vegetables, such as gourds or pumpkins to further their belief that if they and their pumpkin reassembled evil spirits that the spirits of their dead would leave them alone.

The practice of ‘bobbing for apples’ originated with the Romans.  Their god, Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees.  was celebrated in the festival of Parenthalia , to honor the dead. She was worshipped in the practice of bobbing for apples.  Other games which have become a tradition in our lifetime include the ouija board which advocates necromancy, an attempt to communicate with the dead.

The carving of pumpkins originated with the Legend of Stingy Jack.  Stingy Jack supposedly invited the devil to have a drink with him, and in true character, Jack conned the devil into paying for his drink.  This is the beginning of the story which concluded with Jack not being allowed into either heaven or hell.  He wanders around the world looking  for a place to ‘call home’, on Halloween.  Folk would place a lighted gourd, or pumpkin on their door step to frighten his evil spirit away.

In Ireland, they believe that their dead return to their former homes on Halloween.  Alters decorated with candy, flowers and samples of the deceased’s favorite food were erected in the home.  During the middle ages, the Egyptians considered cats sacred and thereby honored the Goddess Bast.  The Greeks worshipped  her sister goddess  Artemis, while the Roman counterpart was Diana, who is also known as the Queen of witches.  Thus the cat, especially the ‘black’ cat became associated with the worshipping of their dead.

Costumes were worn by Druids, a priestly class in Britain, Ireland and Gaul during the Iron Age, while they were offering live sacrifices in a bonfire; a fire of burning bones. ( bone – fire).   Their masks were to impersonate their gods, and in so doing supposedly manifested their pagan god in their flesh.

In recent years the god of this world has successfully lured the historical spiritual origin of this yearly celebration into a secular celebration.  It has become another one of those ‘let’s party and have fun’ events which has prospered in the world of commercialism.  As Christians we need to be aware that participating in this occult occasion cannot be glorifying to the Lord

During the Reformation period in England when Marin Luther shook up the church with the posting of his thesis, the celebration of Halloween ceased.  It is ironic that Luther posted his 95 Thesis of Contention on the Wittenburg church on Halloween of 1517.  In doing so he changed the course of history which led to the common people having access to God’s Word.  Therein they would find that the celebration of Halloween began with the Baal worship after the  fall of man.

God commands us that we are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.  We are to abstain from all appearances of evil  We may wish to believe that celebrating Halloween is not a serious matter, but God does and so does SATAN!.   I plead with parents in the Name of Jesus, that they research the origin of this Holy Day of the Occult and learn for themselves that it is a reproach to God for his people to participate in this event in any way, shape or form.

Worshiping the ‘Creature’ or the “CREATOR”?

Young children often engage in a verbal sparring of “my Dad’s better than your Dad”  We can gingerly nod our heads, smile and remember the days of our youth when we succumbed to this sort of childish ribbing.  The sad fact is that many seemingly mature Christians and unsaved people willingly resort to the same tactics when it comes to their individual  preference in religious preachers.   This ought not to be.  Whether the person who stands behind a pulpit or is viewed over the air waves, it is our responsibility to discern their motive, which  should be that the message given forth should exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, many of these religious messages are not scriptural in content.  The undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ is not being presented.  There is one well-known tele-vangelist who seldom, if ever opens the Bible.  He has it in his hand and raises it up in the air as he chants his familiar recitation, but the message that follows is geared to the emotional self-esteem of the individual and not the admonition of sin, repentance, and salvation through the shed blood of the Savior, God’s only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ.   Yet many folk are enamored by his charisma and accept his diluted humanistic message as ‘gospel’  These folk, unfortunately are worshipping the  ‘creature,’ and not the Creator, God Almighty!

Another one of these ‘tube’ toters of religion whose followers boggle my mind is a woman.  The Bible clearly states that a woman is NOT to teach or usurp authority over a man.  Hello, this should be a huge red- flag that perhaps God is not being honored by the sermonettes being broadcasted.  She has apparently made millions of dollars from her blinded following.   In addition, the Lord has commanded his female saints not to dress in ‘costly array’, but that which portrays Godliness.  (1 Timothy 2:9)   One can easily observe that her garments often do not adhere to this teaching in the Word.  The folks who are smitten by her diluted presentation of God’s Word are worshipping the ‘creature’ and not the Creator, God, Almighty.

Let’s take this from the realm of the air waves and into the pulpits of this Blessed Nation.  We often hear when engaged in conversations concerning spiritual knowledge that, “Well, My Pastor says.”  Friends, if what your Pastor or any man proclaims from the pulpit does not line up with the Bible, then guess what,  IT IS NOT TRUTH!.  Before the scriptures were translated into a language that  people could understand, the religious leaders could and did promote their own perverted version of the scriptures.  Once the people had access to the truth, the reformation took place.  Sadly today,  many of those who own a Bible do not read what is contained therein.  Humanistic preachers monopolize on this fact and are free to preach whatever they like.  Should a member of their following challenge the message,  they are often  treated in a condescending manner.  Thankfully some of these folk ‘come out from among them’ and find a church which does preach the whole counsel of God.  Many of their flock do not, believing that their spiritual leader knows best.   Again, these blinded folk are worshipping the ‘creature’  not the  Creator, God, Almighty.

With the advent of the written Word of God being presented in audio and even braille form, people have access to the truth as God has set forth in his infallible Word.  We actually have an obligation to search the scriptures and learn for ourselves what is truth.  Satan, the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ should shine onto them.  Those who do know the truth of the Gospel, should not be carried away by every whim of doctrine but should educate themselves to thwart  the Devils attempt to lead them astray. (Ephesians 4: 14,15)

Our Blessed Creator has given us the ability to learn and discern His infallible Word.  If we lack wisdoom in understanding the Bible, God has promised to impart wisdom unto all who ask and He will give it liberally.  Discern what is the way, the truth and the life, in Christ Jesus.