By Marsha West
I have a deep concern for those who are warring against the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m speaking of men and women who are spreading a false gospel around the globe, a gospel that saves no one. In Mat. 23, Jesus rebuked false teachers for being full of “hypocrisy and lawlessness.” He also referred to them as serpents and a brood of vipers. Ouch!
The Lord addressed false teaching in Mat. 7:15-20:
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Yet “ravenous wolves” are frequently given a platform to reach millions with their rotten fruit through “Christian” events. I’m talking about the events that evangelical patriots attend for the purpose of praying for our nation. Moreover, wolves are given a platform on popular “Christian” news and opinion sites. Sad to say that visitors to some esteemed “Christian” blogs really should seek God’s protection before entering. Three such examples are Christianity Today, Christian Post and Christian Today. But by far the worst offenders when it comes to spreading a false gospel are cable stations such as Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and God TV.
During the Republican National Convention, Donald J. Trump allowed a door to be opened for false teachers to impart Word of Faith (WoF) theology to the massive audience in attendance and those watching on TV. WoF, a.k.a. prosperity gospel, name-it-and-claim-it, health and wealth is a theological cult. According to Berean Research:
The world’s fastest-growing false religion tells us that our faith is a “force” and the words we speak have the power to create something new. The Word of Faith proponents promise we can obtain health, wealth, success, and more if we simply have enough faith. Biblical Christianity says no. (Source)
So what are God’s people to do about this? In 1 Timothy 6:3-5 Paul tells Timothy what he thinks of false teachers:
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
Those who teach a false doctrine create huge problems in the Church? Yes! And 2,000 years after Paul wrote to Timothy, modern-day wolves “puffed up with conceit” are still around, creating constant friction.
Two people who propagate “teachings of demons” are Paula White, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Florida and Pastor Mark Burns of Harvest Praise and Worship Center. Both of these individuals were invited to take part in the 2016 Republican National Convention. It’s no secret that The Donald has an affinity for affluent prosperity preachers such as White; Joel Osteen calls the mogul a “friend of his ministry.” Both White and Burns serve on Trump’s “Christian” Advisory Committee that was established to help him win the evangelical vote.
In verse 12 Paul tells Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith.” Before that, in 1 Tim. 1:19, he told his friend to hold on “to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and thereby shipwrecked their faith.”
Could it be any clearer that Bible believing Christians, who are faithful to the teachings of Scripture, are to “out” wolves?
With Donald Trump now in full presidential campaign mode, there is no doubt we’ll be hearing more from the woman who is known as Trump’s “God whisperer.” Thankfully, discernment bloggers have kept us apprised of Paula White’s shenanigans (see links below) and why she is considered a serious threat to the Church. So there are many of us who are not in the dark. One discernment blogger, the late Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries, warned the flock about Ms White back in 2012:
Pastrix Paula White has told us that Jakes is as Paul and she as Timothy; she’s also revealed that she’s Elephant Room 2’s T.D. Jakes’ Spiritual Daughter. Today she shows us that she’s learned well his WF positive confession.
Not long ago White would tweet in succession:
In another blog post, Ken included a video of Pastrix Paula “preaching the classic Word Faith sow a seed of money so God will be obligated to bless you.” Furthermore, says Ken, “she’s doing it for her spiritual father T.D. Jakes at his Potter’s House in December of 2010.” He included a video that can be viewed here. (Scroll down toward the bottom of the page. Directly below White’s video is another video that shows modalist T.D. Jakes selling WoF snake oil to the crowd, if you can stomach watching it.)
Paula White denies that she teaches the prosperity gospel but the videos and her tweets say otherwise. I have combed the web and was unable to come up with anything that indicates White no longer teaches WoF heresy. Moreover, there isn’t any indication that she has admitted her sin, repented, and turned from it.
As if all this isn’t bad enough, Paula White also claims the title of pastor and in so doing she is disobeying the command of God:
A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. (1 Tim 2:11-14)
So you see that Paul plainly taught that women are not to be in a position of authority over men within the Church.
Since space does not allow for the details of Paula White’s heretical teaching, research links will have to suffice. Several links are included below. Now to Mark Burns…
Mark Burns — pastor, Harvest Praise and Worship Center
The man who has been dubbed “Donald Trump’s pastor” made headlines by delivering “the most partisan prayer in convention history.” What did Rev. Burns say that was so controversial? He referred to Democrats as the enemy and called on the Almighty to defeat Hillary Clinton. (Watch Burn’s prayer on YouTube)
Before I move on, I should point out that “imprecatory prayer,” which means “to invoke evil upon or curse one’s enemies” is nothing new. See Psalm 35:6, 55:15, 58:6, 69:28, and 109:8.
In a piece for TIME entitled “Meet the Evangelical Outsiders Who Are Flocking to the Republican’s Campaign” Elizabeth Dias observed:
At a March Trump rally in Illinois, Burns leapt up to the stage, pumping up the crowd in chants of Trump’s name. “Lord, this will be the greatest Tuesday that ever existed, come Super Tuesday Three,” he prophesied in prayer, naming and claiming a Trump victory. He opened his eyes. “There is no black person, there is no white person, there is no yellow person, there is no red person, there’s only green people!” he shouted. “Green is money! Green are jobs!!”
Until Trump plucked Burns out of the tiny town of Easley, S.C., few Christians knew the black pastor’s name. But it is God, Burns says, who has economically transformed his life—before he found Jesus, he relied on food stamps, lived in section 8 housing, went to jail, and faced a charge of simple assault as part of his self-described “baby mama drama” past. Then last year, Burns decided to transition his ministry to a for-profit televangelism business, so he and his followers could achieve economic success.
“Jesus said, above all things, I pray that you prosper, I pray that you have life more abundantly,” Burns, 36, explained to TIME in an interview, quoting a verse not from the Gospels but another New Testament passage. “It was never Jesus’ intention for us to be broke.” All of this is wisdom is now contained in a candidate for President. “I think that is what Donald Trump represents,” Burns says.
Trump is making inroads in the evangelical world by cloaking himself with pastors like Burns, who represent a narrow and often controversial segment of the faith. The preachers who often stand with him are born-again Christians, but most are evangelical outsiders—many are Pentecostal televangelists who often preach a version of what’s often called the “prosperity gospel,” a controversial theological belief that God wants people to be wealthy and healthy.
Dias states in her closing remarks:
Burns meanwhile is praying Trump’s way to victory. He started an #IPrayedForTrump hashtag and leads phone conference calls for followers to pray over Trump when he speaks. He says 10,000 people have joined for a five-minute prayer. Ultimately, Burns hopes Trump will help his hometown. “I fantasize about bringing a company like Microsoft to Easley, to bring car manufactures to Greenville, to create more and more jobs,” he says. “You need people like the Trump family to learn.”
More from 1 Timothy 6:
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.
Grace be with you. (vs 17-21)
Paul appeals to Timothy to guard the deposit which God had entrusted to him “by avoiding the empty speculations of the false teachers, who claimed to have knowledge, but didn’t know what they were talking about. This brings him full circle back to the warnings of chapter one. Paul meant the deposit of the gospel as well as the spiritual gifts Timothy had been given.” (Source)
Setting hopes on the uncertainty of riches:
Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.
Paula White Research:
WF Pastrix Paula White: As Paul is to Timothy T.D. Jakes is to me – Ken Silva
Pastrix Paula White: Your words create your destiny – Ken Silva
False Teacher Paula White – Todd Friel
Debunking Paula White’s teaching regarding generational curses – Chris Rosebrough
Shai Linne Responds To Paula White Ministries’ Open Letter
James Dobson Reveals Who He Believes Led Donald Trump to Christ By Marsha West
Should Christians Hold Prayer Vigils With Apostates? By Marsha West
Copyright by Marsha West, 2016
What should Christians do? So easy, divorce yourself from politics. Politics and Jesus are mutually exclusive. Christians that flock to these events believing the next candidate will be better are in for a disappointment. Seriously, what do you expect from a professional politician whose only worry is to get reelected? They are in it for mammon. Look at the “evangelicals” that come out for these invocations, they’re coming from three camps, New Apostolic Reformation, Seeker/Emergent and the Name It And Claim It camp……….. What does the bride have to do with this? Nothing. The rest of the wolves are hunting for their 15 minutes of fame. This nation and this world are headed for antichrist worship and judgement, we need to evangelize and pray for these lost souls. The dominionist camp believes it will usher in the kingdom of God when it conquers man made institutions for Christ, then and only then can Jesus return, utter hogwash. We should get the off the political merry go round and do what we are commanded to do, the great commission! Politics will not save us, this country nor this world. Pray unceasingly as the day gets closer.
Paula White’s new Husband Jonathan Cain tell’s followers to watch Porn to spice things up in the bedroom.
Both Celebrate Halloween
Mike Murdock send in your $2016 seed gift
Kenny Copeland is always targeting rich PARTNERS$$$
these folks have been taking poor peoples money for yrs–so sad
American citizens who care enough about the policies and programs that will govern the USA must vote for the next POTUSA! The choice is between Hilliary Clinton and Donald Trump.
All Christians are obligated to participate in this electoral process. Anyone who does not vote or participate in this process disrespects the men and women who gave their lives and body parts so they may do so. They also disrespect their Creator God who blessed them with the opportunity to do so.
My personal vote is not based upon whether the candidate I vote for is my kind of Christian or not. It is based upon the candidate I think will be the better leader for the USA. I am beginning to think that there are far too many ‘judgmental,’ professing, Christians who believe they are too spiritual to vote for a candidate that does not meet their personal standards. Shame on all who might have this mind set!
“All Christians are obligated to participate in this electoral process. Anyone who does not vote or participate in this process disrespects the men and women who gave their lives and body parts so they may do so. They also disrespect their Creator God who blessed them with the opportunity to do so.”
Sorry Bob, I’m a bible believing Christian. Nowhere in scripture does it say I must participate in ANY electoral process. The guilt tripping and the equating of God with politics is standard DOMINIONIST rhetoric……..not buying what you’re selling.
Really Bob, God feels disrespected because we didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Let me ask you when are you going to blame Paul for the demise of Rome, why didn’t the apostles urge Roman citizens to run for office to make things easier on Christians in empirial Rome? Or how about Caesar? Surely Paul could’ve sat with him and come to an agreement, bu did he? NO.
Guilting Christians to vote and get “politisized” is the favorite past time of NAR and Dominionist pundits everywhere! Because when we conquer all government institutions then Jesus will return………….. Unbiblical, heretical, false.
Christians, follow your consciences, don’t let anyone belittle your freedom in Christ, if you feel you must vote then do! With a clear conscience…………………….and if you feel you don’t want any thing to do with politics, that’s fine too! Just do it with a clear conscience! Don’t let ANYONE dictate what you can and can’t do in Christ. Shame on those that would lord it over you! Under the false guise of being super religious!
it came down to this -vote for a woman who wanted to keep killing unborn babies or a man who wants to stop it–It was an easy vote for me as a part of the body of Christ–
Trump will not overturn Roe vs Wade, Trump is not what idealist Christians want to paint him to be. Everyone seems to forget that Mr. Trump had no problem with abortion before, had no problem with immorality or divorce. I’m not saying we are all perfect, we are not but, to paint someone based on our hope for this nation is not realistic. Many who are hoping Mr. Trump will rollback the evil in this nation are fooling themselves, this man has never professed to be like many want him to be. It is sad the disappointment that’s coming down the pike. That’s why I always warn never place your hope on man, any man.
Amen Manny1962. Amen
i agree–our only hope is in GOD almighty for sure–
Amen to that. I never felt pressured to vote for Trump. Or the Bush’s either. These men have shown us who they are since serving as pres. And even before for many of us. Even after all the Christians that said they were Christian. And some still do.
Which amazes me because they have admitted belonging to skull and bones. A nazi organization. I truly do not know what it will take for some to see this farce.
But, I stand with my bros and sis’s no matter what. Not with those who have not proven themselves as men and women of God’s family.
We will see what a Trump pres gives us unless the electoral college decides to put Hillary in after all. December is a pivotal month in that regard.
Thank You for this post. It is sad to see Trump surrounding himself with these charlatans. It says a lot about him.
If TD Jakes is a man of GOD – I am from mars
Bwahahaha!! 😀 That’s a good one. And if so then we’re both from Mars.
we will see -Let GOD be the judge
Good morning Larry and Ed,
So many think it’s not patriotic or unamerican to abstain from elections. All I’m trying to say it’s no different if you or you don’t, just do it it with a clear conscience before God. There’s nothing worse than compelling a brother or a sister in Christ to do something against their conscience. Unfortunately too many of us are still tied at the hip to our nation, they forget that God has never called out this nation by name and reading and twisting scripture to fit that narrative has led to all kinds of heresy, Kingdom Now/NAR being one of them. Listen fellas, my heart breaks for my country, I can’t watch mainstream media, apart from it being just propaganda, it clearly shows the moral decays that’s taken hold. The Bible is so so clear………..they will call good evil and evil good.
And for those that believe we have a mandate from God, please go back and read which city and in which country I’d the Apple of His eye located, a bit sobering. America was personified in the spirit of Columbia. When you time Google “Columbia.”
Last note: Larry and and Ed please understand I’m being rhetorical, and my use of “we,” “you” does not mean I’m applying to you brothers!
God bless you both, and may Be give us strength and wisdom for the dark days ahead, maranatha!
Amen Brother right on
Oh, please forgive my typos, getting used to new Tab.