Just Announced: SBC Endorses NAR-Charismatic False Teaching

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Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen, who often reports on the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), has some troubling news for Southern Baptists. In this must-read-to-the-end post, he charges the SBC with not caring what its “pew-sitters are being taught so long as what they’re being taught retains them as pew-sitters.”  What most people don’t realize is that the SBC has had a million member loss in the last decade. So SBC’s leadership is desperate to retain its members and bring the sheep who have wandered off back into the fold.  Ahlheim informs us of some of the ways they’re going about accomplishing this task, which includes introducing New Apostolic Reformation teaching to its members. This is a terrible idea for the reason that the NAR movement has its roots in the Latter Rain cult and it is steeped in mysticism.

Ahlheim begins with a quote by Presbyterian theologian J. Gresham Machen:

“In such a time of kaleidoscopic changes, is there anything that remains unchanged?  When so many things have proved to be untrustworthy, is there anything we can trust?

  “One point, at least, is clear – we cannot trust the Church.  The visible Church, the Church as it now exists upon this earth, has fallen too often into error and sin.”   

If the maxim “the devil is in the details” can be granted interpretative equivalency, then “apostasy is in the details” might serve to accurately assess much of the Southern Baptist Convention. To be sure, much of the apostasy embarked upon by the SBC is not merely in the details. It can be seen strewn across the convention, from the stages of every center of seeker-sensitive hoopla wrongly called “churches” to the upper echelon of the shakers and movers of denominational influence.

Apostasy, simply put, is the abandonment of a previous loyalty.  Note that it doesn’t require a full-blown renunciation of previously held beliefs.  All that is necessary to deem apostasy present is the evidence of behavior or commentary that defies that previous loyalty.

For Christians, apostasy is turning away from the Word of God in His Scripture, and its clear teachings, by evident practice and proclamation of contradictory teaching.  That proclamation, again, doesn’t have to be an actual renunciation of what God has clearly taught in the Bible and to which previous allegiance was evident; it can merely be the subtle relegation of doctrinal standards to a condition of disuse, replacing them with errant practices that, while most often done for personal or corporate (i.e., denominational) expediency, remain thoroughly unbiblical.  This is the SBC today.

While not every SBC cooperating church and pastor fall into the category of open apostasy, it’s certain that the denominational powers-that-be are eager to openly engage, employ, and encourage much that is antithetical to the clear teaching of Scripture.  Sadly, the Bible-centered, Gospel-proclaiming, doctrinally-sound, faithful churches that do exist within the convention are the rare exceptions that do not set the rule in a denomination determined to avoid fidelity to Biblical truth in pursuit of its own agenda.  From the top down, the SBC seems more aligned with the apostle’s Words about the malignant godlessness of the end times … “having a form of godliness, but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:5) … than it appears poised to receive Paul’s apostolic words of commendation … “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”  (Philippians 1:3)  Such is the condition of a denomination in downgrade.

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Something like past SBC President Ronnie Floyd’s eager participation with, as Spurgeon called it in his day, “known and vital” error by joining the NAR-heretical IHOP cult to “pray for America” doesn’t require too much in the way of Biblical discernment. When Scripture says “avoid them,” (Romans 16:17-18) it’s not difficult to interpret the Lord’s meaning.   Continue reading

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7 Responses to Just Announced: SBC Endorses NAR-Charismatic False Teaching

  1. Robert Schoenle December 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    What is taking place throughout the organized ‘church’ is simply a further fulfillment of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that was to take place prior to the Rapture on the Feast of Trumpets this 9/20/2017 (Ti. 2:13). Maranatha!

  2. Maggie December 30, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    Robert, didn’t you previously do date setting for 2016 that didn’t come about?!?

  3. Manny1962 January 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Yes he did Maggie October 2016, I told him if someone proclaims a prophecy or a date tied to a prophecy, and it doesn’t come to happen, that person is considered a false prophet.

    • Sola Scriptura January 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

      Good word Manny. It’s Deuteronomy 18. ONE false prophecy means this:
      Deuteronomy 18:

      20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

      21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken?

      22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

  4. Manny1962 January 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    It’s depressing and sad SS………..It really breaks my heart, warning and warning.

  5. Maggie January 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm #

    The NAR totally disregards many clear Scriptures like Deut. 18. I’ve tried to imagine being a believer in the NAR movement–what NAR prophet could I rely on or what “word from God” could I believe when most prophecies are proven false? It defies plain logic.

    • Manny1962 January 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Maggie,

      They must ignore Deut. 18 in order to propagate their heresy. If we were living in old biblical times, the NAR would have ceased to exist very quickly! Only in this climate of utter deception and apostasy can such movements survive and flourish in an undiscerning, fallen and apostate church system. They also ignore Revelation, how else can they usher in the kingdom of God, when it says the opposite will happen, one just needs to look at current world politics, economics and Israel in her place, surrounded by her enemies wanting to annihilate her, as foretold. The blind leading the blind.

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