2. Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
Narcissism is a concentration self-love that is very easily recognizable, and most false prophets clearly evolve into this narcissistic model. If you wish to stay away from the bad influence of a wrong, bad, unfit church leader, you need go no further than compare him with the elements of Narcissism to see how he stacks up. Maybe not every single false prophet will be recognizable by his narcissism, by much more than the majority will.
The Narcissist is a person who is totally focused on himself/herself which puts their own person, benefit, pleasure, and glory above everybody else.
Col 3:5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
If we understand the true man of God’s mental attitude towards covetousness, then discerning false prophets becomes greatly easier. Most false prophets have an agenda, and this agenda is by far and widely seen in his covetousness, the obtaining of riches for himself. There are other agendas like sexual control over others, or even fame and glory, or control over the brethren, but this one element of covetousness is very strong in most false prophets.
The Fruit of a False Prophet other gods part 5
By David Cox
Summary: This study will investigate what the fruit (life and ministry) of a false prophet. Part 5 of this series is simply an introduction, and begins by contrasting a man of God’s fruit (piety and holiness) with the false prophet’s fruit (sin, not doing God’s will).
The importance of this work is that Warren defines his overall ministry philosophy and outlook in this work, and it is from here that we understand what Warren is. Note that supposedly, this drastic change in his ministry outlook came about from a kind of epiphany where he came to the conclusion that “church” as it is traditionally “done” has failed, and he is remaking “doing church.” Warren takes the approach that he wants to find out what unsaved men and women are looking for in “church”, and make his church that thing. The question is, why would the unsaved have anything important on “how to do church” in the first place?
Detecting Emergent Churches
Detecting if your church is an Emergent Church
By David Cox
Detecting Emergent Churches. First of all, you need to be very clear that the Emergent Church is an attack on Christianity, but they are within Christianity. They identify themselves as “men of God” when they make their attacks. So because your pastor or ministers in your church claim to be what you expect them to be (men of God), this is nothing new. But if their drift and movement is towards this God denying movement, it can be identified before you are dragged into completely. Always remember, stand true for God, and refuse heresy and error, and run from it. Do not play with it. Detecting Emergent Churches pt1
The main idea of the Emergent church is that Christianity has “gotten stale”, and it no longer works. Actually this concept attacks very God, that what He has created no longer works, and God needs to set aside that old thing, and He needs to let man create or reinvent church, salvation, authority, etc. So the Emergent Church is about reinventing Christianity as man (these men) think or deem best. We need to Detecting Emergent Churches. This is a common preaching theme in these churches. The old and traditional is broke, and we need a new church, a new Christianity entirely for our day and age. They promote that we need to break with this “old model” of Christianity, and change it into something more contextually correct for our day and age. This throws into the face of the genuis of God, because the church and its form is attributed to the genius of God, and nobody nor anything can be better than what God has created.
“a dumbing down of Christianity that paves the way for an apostasy that will only intensify in the future. This trend away from the authority of God’s Word to the reinvented form of Christianity has overcome all evangelical denominations like an avalance. Few Bible teachers saw this avalanche coming. Now that it is underway, few realize it has even happened.” —Roger Oakland
In this post I want to give my views of Methodism, and John Wesley. Let me say that I am kind of unique in some of my views, and I have read a lot in some of these different denominations and groups. But I have also studied cults and religious sects, and I am keenly interested in separating biblical Christianity from man’s creations.
I know Methodists, and let me state my position from the beginning. I am not a Methodist by choice. I have studied it enough to know that I do not agree with some of the foundational tenets. Over the course of my ministry, I have seen where Methodism and the foundation laid in Methodism by Wesley, and I do not agree with where that takes you.
But on the other hand, I do not agree with Calvinism either, and their foundations are just as equally opposed to Scripture that I know. Of the two, each has certain beneficial aspects of their movement. Calvinists study Scripture intensely, maybe too intensely because they are trying to justify their unbiblical position. But the good thing about Calvinists is that they do exposit Scripture (as a habit), and they rely heavily on Scripture to make their arguments. Their downside (besides jumping to unbiblical conclusions in election and other things) is that they are a bunch of “cold fish”. Calvinists have a hard time getting any passion raised about prayer, preaching, or soul-winning. I see that passion in Jesus, the apostles, Paul, etc. That tradition or primitive church element is just lost on modern Calvinists.
The good thing about Methodists is that they are a passionate bunch of people that will move your soul if you will allow yourself to be carried along in their stream for a while. Works like those by Andrew Murray, E.M. Bounds, and others of similar vein that were born and worked in the Methodist structure are great works to get your soul fired up. The downside of Methodists though (besides their unbiblical position on a second work of grace) is that they rely way too heavily on experiences and emotions, and the modern Tongues and Charismatic movements are greatly off-base scripturally because of this foundation from their background. I would also say that Methodists in general have a great desire to love Jesus (emotionally), and they put a lot of emphasis on holiness and piety. As I meet Calvinists that are conceited in their own personal “election” and live like devils, I greatly appreciate the Methodists as a contrast.
It would be great if we could take the best of each, and avoid their disadvantages.