'Word-Faith' versus the "Churches of Christ"?!
From: Lee Jarrett
Subject: article on name it claim it
Date: 4th January 2014; 06:10am
I just read your article on the faith message. In the early 80's, I briefly was influenced by this message. I went and saw Jerry Sevell, read books by Kenneth Hagins and Kenneth Copeland, etc. It never made sense to me in spite of my efforts to "believe" or have "faith." I think the Lord kept me from any measure of involvement because He knew I would probably buy into this belief system. Anyway, I have experienced so much more of knowing Him and these people seem to even care about. They really seem hung up on money and getting stuff they want, etc. I enjoyed your article and often still remember this faith message, but it is somewhat surprising to me that it is still so popular.
Date: 4th January 2014; 06:19am
I am always amazed that the "Churches of Christ" (with Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, etc.) is NEVER included in the cult list. This cult or sect is extremely crippling to many good people, but gets very little exposure. I know you can google it and find some stuff, but it seems like the Churches of Christ have simply gotten away with their false teachings, beliefs, etc. Why is that? Their universities like Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas only perpetuates their place in our society. I think the Duck Dynasty guys are Church of Christ. If you've got something bad to say about them, please let me know. Talking about something hard to get free of...their beliefs are way harder than this Faith Message stuff.
TCE replies: 10th January 2014
many thanks for taking the time to share with us.
Regarding the 'Word-Faith' cult, we praise God that you had no more than a passing involvement with them.
Briefly, we would say that Satan has at least one deception that will appeal to each person on earth. For some it is religious - even if he merely convinces them that 'there is no god' (Psalm 14:1). For others, it is the pleasures of the flesh in whatever form that comes in - obsessions abound in this life! The 'Word-Faith' cult certainly looks foolish to those who know His Word - but that is the point: about 80% of all cult members are taken from our church pews because so many in our churches are Biblically ignorant.
Jesus said (Matthew 10:37): 'He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me'.
Many clearly love their own lives and possessions more than 'father or mother' - let alone the Lord Jesus Christ!
Regarding 'the Duck Dynasty guys [and] Church of Christ', we note that the language of Phil Robertson and his family on air is a breath of fresh air, as far as most television fare is concerned today. But, sadly, the manner in which Phil expressed a Biblical view could have been expressed in a more palatable way and the false baptismal regeneration gospel of the Church of Christ has been aired in various interviews (e.g. 'Jase Robertson Baptizes 'Duck Dynasty' Fan,' The Christian Chronicle, March 2013; Harding University student body interview, Nov. 28, 2012).
Other issues exist with the Robertson's life-style (re. 'long hair' - ref. 1 Corinthians 11:14) and their 'unequal yoking' (2 Corinthians 6:14) with godless companies (Disney and Hearst Corporation) who are responsible for considerable harm, morally and spiritually. Hearst owns, for example, 29 television stations, Cosmopolitan magazine, Seventeen, O (Oprah Winfreys magazine), and some of the most liberal newspapers in America, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and publishes the best-selling Cosmo's Kama Sutra which promises "steamy illustrations" and "a sex position of the day"!!!
Compared with the more radical cults these might be considered minor issues but, if we want to be faithful to God in all matters, we cannot just ignore such matters when we are made aware of them.
When you write 'it seems like the Churches of Christ have simply gotten away with their false teachings, beliefs, etc.' this is certainly true. But, compared with the teachings of severely heretical cults, such as the Roman Catholic cult, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the Mormons, that have been largely ignored by orthodox Christians (certainly in the UK, maybe less so in the USA); they are really small fry and it is highly unlikely that >99% of all 'evangelical Christians' we know would even cross the street to talk to the Robertson's! Most of them, we know from experience, would not even speak meaningfully to the cults when they call at our homes!
Sadly, that is the reality of Christianity in the UK and we can only hope and pray that the Lord Jesus Christ returns soon because 'The Great Apostasy' is well underway in the West.
We will be praying for you as we pray for all who truly love the Lord.
In His Name
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