LOTZ … Of Nonsense

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I’m going to go out on a limb and state that Anne Graham Lotz is not someone Christian women can trust to teach them the Bible, as she has demonstrated that she does not rightly handle the Word of Truth. (2 Tim. 2:15)  My saying this will surely upset women who believe that Anne’s a solid Bible teacher simply because she’s Billy Graham’s daughter and Franklin’s sister.  Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen offers many reasons for not taking her teaching seriously.

But before I get to that, for those who are unaware of –or doubt–Mrs. Lotz’s decline into “hermeneutical road kill,” I’ve provided several articles at the bottom of the page that make it clear that the path she’s on is decidedly unbiblical.

Now to Bud Ahlheim’s blog post:

Anne Graham Lotz

Modern day prophetess Anne Graham Lotz

While discernment is a mandated chore for every Christian, one that can only be finely honed by the Spirit-illuminated study of Scripture, sometimes it doesn’t take a whole bunch of that skill to recognize the smell of hermeneutical road kill that’s trying to be passed off as spiritual barbecue.

Such is the case with Anne Graham Lotz. That she has parlayed her father’s almost hallowed name within evangelicalism into what some see as a reputable “ministry” is probably no surprise, especially when viewed from a, shall we say, more pragmatic fiscal perspective. That hers is a “reputable” ministry, one “rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) is another matter altogether. Then, of course, there’s the even more fundamental question, “Should SHE even be doing this?” (1 Timothy 2:12)

In any case, Lotz has a nifty name for her endeavor that, no doubt for her, is imbued with significant spiritual meaning – AnGeL Ministries. You’ll note, in what can only be seen, perhaps, as divine providence, that the word “angel” is built around her monogram. Neat-o, huh?

Lotz, though, has a substantial history of “imbuing” things with spiritual meaning that, most often, represent bonafide violence to both the text and tenor of Scripture. She ought to imbue less, methinks, and abide more in the Word.

From Lassoing Baptists With Wiccan Prayer Circles by promoting a Jewish Mystic to now emphasizing a prophetic “word from the Lord” about the woeful spiritual condition of America, Lotz has made herself into a modern day prophetess.

From her own website, Lotz, in April 2015, advised her followers that, as a result of studying the Book of Joel, and because “the messages almost made the hair stand up on the back of my neck,” (always a valid hermeneutic) she was certain Jesus “is soon to return to take all His followers to heaven.” You may ask how she knows this. “Because God was clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America and on our world, and it’s going to be ugly. I knew it then, and I know it now.”  (God was, you understand, talking about America back there in the days of Joel.  Try to keep up, okay?)

Okay, well, hmmm. Yes, we are told, by Jesus, no less, to be ready. “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36)  Well, Lotz didn’t prophesy a date and time, so maybe she’s in the clear on this one.

But, “it’s going to be ugly?” Sadly, for many people, the righteous wrath of God as He judges sin will be ugly. It will be ugly, terminal, and eternal. But not for believers, since we tend to believe that we have been justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Any warnings of ugliness should be to motivate us to “preach the Gospel,” not shudder in fear of a judgment for which Christ has paid our ransom.

Lotz points out the ugliness in her 2015 blog because she wanted to offer “a prayer I have written personally for each of the 9 days,” … “for those who sign up.” The “9 days” are the dates she identifies as May 15 – May 23, the days “between the Day of the Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost.” You see, those have “traditionally been days of prayer and fasting for an outpouring of God’s Spirit.” Oh, yeah, sure.

(Insert sound of annoying discernment tocsin here … again.)

Most believers understand the Pentecost event from Acts 2. What most tend to disregard is that this event was not the only “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” recorded in Acts. Similar events occurred with each of the geographic people groups Christ included in Acts 1:8. An outpouring occurred in Jerusalem and Judea with Jewish believers. (See Acts 2) It also occurred for the Samaritans and “God fearers.” (See Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-48, Acts 11:13). Finally, it came to the Gentiles, notably under the ministry of the Apostle Paul. (See Acts 19:1-7)  Plus, that last outpouring?  Yeah, it was the last outpouring.  Not something happening in our day.  Continue reading

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11 Responses to LOTZ … Of Nonsense

  1. Sheila Beers April 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    If all this is true, this woman has unsound beliefs and should not be accepted in Christian circles. It is a shame that anyone from a Christian home — and especially from the home of a world-famous evangelist, could believe and promote such things.

  2. lyn April 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    Her father, Billy Graham, teaches falsely as well. Google his exchange with Robert Schuller and see his ‘wider mercy’ gospel he upholds, which is no gospel at all.
    Did she come from a Christian home? No, she did not.

  3. Faith April 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    Exactly. The Grahams have been at it for some time already, slowly leading the flock… the wrong way. Google and see for yourself, Billy’s compromise with the pope, vatican, false religions swivel tray, etc. and her as well, Frankie too but no time to get into all that now.

    With all fairness, the early church did practice the gifts of the Spirit, and a prophetic word from the Lord was healthy. (See: Acts.) The argument then takes the fork in the road turn of if one believes or not that the gifts are still active today… which I do… since I have a few and had the baptism of the Spirit as well. (End of that argument for me. Also bible supports my view… long story, no time for detour. Of course those who have not had this will use that as proof to the contrary… along with their favorite pet teachers’ false teaching to support their view.) Either way, that is another debate for another day.

    The big problem with Lotz’s view is the incessant temptation to use these calendar dates. I get SOOO tired of hearing people come up with their little calendar time table agendas based on something in the bible. Yes, there are things, like the 7 biblical feasts that Jesus fulfills (another detour for now). But they pull these timeframe scrolls out of their sleeves and do some crazy calendar math and do date setting based on that, like the ‘four blood moons’ which amounted to a total of…..
    oh yeah! NOTHING. So they think they can tell you when judgment will fall and when the rapture will occur, etc. First of all, if one of these would happen to be right, my first guess is that they had inside information from sources who pull the strings (of a conspiracy theory nature, another detour we will skip for today).

    The bottom line is that even if it were the case, what could we do about it? We should be reading the bible and doing what it says. That is our calling. God will handle the rest. So if some dude comes on TBN selling bunker supplies and telling you this is your ‘last chance while supplies last and time allows,’ then you know the scam plan this time too.

    • Brenda April 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Faith,
      All believers experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It occurs the moment we hear & believe the Gospel message (Eph 1:13). It is this Baptism of the Holy Spirit that seals us in Christ.

      The Gospel message we must hear & believe is that Christ died for our sins according to Scripture, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor 15:3,4). The moment we put our trust in Christ’s death for the forgivessness of our sins & we believe that God raised Him from the dead, we are saved & sealed into Christ & the Holy Spirit is given as a promise of our eternal inheritance (Eph 1:13).

      All Praise & Glory to God the Father, through Jesus Christ His Son. God Bless & lead you into all Truth through His Word (John 17:17). ~Brenda

  4. Marsha West April 19, 2016 at 12:34 am #

    Faith,

    I don’t wish to get off topic, but Sheila should know that a whole host of mainline Bible scholars have also studied the book of Acts and take the position that the supernatural gifts ceased with the last written word of Scripture and the death of the Apostles. Both sides have valid arguments. This is an issue we can vigorously debate (and many do) but not one we should divide over.

    The bottom line with Anne is that much of her theology is provably unbiblical. Thus, she must step out of the spotlight. Yet she speaks at conferences, is the author of many books, she blogs, sends a news letter to probably tens of thousands of subscribers, and she’s always available for interviews. Women are being terribly misled by Mrs. Lotz.

    Grace & peace,
    Marsha

    • Trav April 19, 2016 at 8:00 am #

      Mainline bible scholars like all the calvinists you and all these other so called discernement ministries support? Like slick false teacher John MacArthur? Who quoted more from so called history at his Strange Fire conference than he did the bible? And this is just but one segway into MacArthur’s errors, but The Watchmen Wakes has done a thorough job exposing his errors. If this ministry really loves the truth like you claim Ms. West, you will further look into this. You ministriy exposes obvious false teachers but yet turn a blind eye to your calvinst groups. Talk about bowing down to a sacred cow. So much double mindedness in these ministries its unbelievable!

      • Marsha West April 19, 2016 at 11:44 am #

        Well, Trav, we will have to agree to disagree. Again, this post addresses Anne Graham Lotz’s unbiblical teaching. Therefore John MacArthur and Calvinism are off topic.

        I did visit The Watchman Wakes per your suggestion. Good grief. Conspiracy theories abound on that site. In one post Bob Johnson writes:

        I have a few questions for those who believe that John Macarthur is a born again Christian pastor. Why was he at the Martin Luther King assassination crime scene? Why and how was he allowed to view Martin Luther King’s shed blood first-hand? How did he know to enter the rooming house bathroom across the street from the Lorraine Motel (from which the establishment media claims the fatal shots were fired) just after the assassination and before knowledge of this “crime scene” became public? And why was he arrested days later?

        Here’s John MacArthur’s response — and this is all I’ll say on the subject:
        http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-371/a-retrospective-on-40-years-john-macarthur-with-rick-holland

  5. Trav April 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    Anything that involves ANY exposure of John Macarthur is always glossed over as “conspiracy theory”. Even his documented funding from the corrupt Rockefeller Foundation. The sacred golded cow of John Macarthur is a hard one to let of for you huh, Marsha. And so many others. Sad.

  6. Su April 21, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Without thinking, I jumped to my feet, interrupted him, and said that was not what the Bible said. In an extremely condescending voice modulated to intimidate me, he inquired, “And just what do you think the Bible says?” Quickly, to my mind, God brought these words, “The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

    JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

  7. Gary W. Martin April 24, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    I don’t hear you warning America to repent so, “Shut up” about criticizing someone who is courageous enough to do so. Jesus said you are either for me or against me. Thank you Anne Graham Lotz!

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