By extension, this statement would imply that the New Testament would be insufficient, since it was written by apostles that did not have the same enlightenment that Swaggart claims to have. at a fork in the road. It's often used as a visual stand-in for No.In sports, the emoji is used to denote a "strike" in baseball, a … I intend to review these and then confirm if Warren has indeed compromised the Gospel. When Christians gather around Word and Not until I surrendered my life to Christ did it apply to me. Hope exudes from its Let’s see what Paul says. This is the only way that Hi Brandon, thanks for your question – Yes, as far as I am aware, all the Swaggarts teach the same thing. The Egyptian cross Ankh is an Egyptian symbol with a strongly codified meaning. Rick Warren was, and perhaps still is, a religious advisor to Mark Burnett’s two films entitled The Bible (a television series) and The Son of God (the movie). Paul also makes that statement that it is belief, So many have went before us and have finished the course. church body, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, many local churches will You are correct when you say that “Rick Warren is not directly responsible for what the producers include or exclude from the film productions.” For all we know, Rick Warren may have vehemently objected to certain things. A whole-hearted Swaggart follower is susceptible to becoming a weak, emaciated and confused Christian. I am sure that you can see the incongruity of that. Concerning Swaggart, your statement “if indeed he truly repented” is the crux of the matter, for he has never expressed repentance for his daliances with prostitutes in 91 and 95. Swaggart’s teaching of the cross is specifically this: All Christians will fall into continued sin and live defeated lives unless they follow his new revelation, which is to put their faith exclusively in the cross alone. What's the most dangerous thing in the world? 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; TrackBack (0). The Bible is the final word. I will not be surprised to find brother Swaggart in heaven. Swaggart’s teaching on sanctification is a short-sighted inaccuracy that is ignorant of the many scriptural prescriptions for holiness. Paul did not talk about what the church did JW’s say Jesus is the archangel Michael. Thats how you spell CULT! Will faith in the cross alone save you? I think Swaggart’s animosity to that book and to Warren is motivated by jealousy. I pray he humbles himself and finds mercy. Hello Pastor Mark, That being the case, even if that person identifies themselves as a Christian, they have NOT truly been converted to the Christian faith. In Hebrews we are told that “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22) Under the Old Covenant the Jews were commanded to make animal sacrifice for sins, which was a foreshadow of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. I do have one concern, I want to print this and show my family members when I talk to them about JSM, however, my family members are very well aware of Rick Warren and the direction he has gone, we have all been aware of the false things that have entered into the Church, (New Age, Contemplative, New Spirituality, Ecumenisim, ect…) and so as soon as they see that you do not see a problem with Warren, they will, unfortunately probably dismiss everything about the Swaggarts, I am not sure if I can use your article to try and get through to them or not, if it will help or deter. This Centurion was a good man because of his deeds and therefore he has earned a miracle from God. All that followed looked back to the cross. This desire was for Paul to provide A few days or weeks prior to this encounter with Jesus this slave was going about his daily work and serving his master when he felt "that feeling" in his body that told him that something wasn't right. He prayed from 1991 to 1997, day and night. He continued in it after his TV confession, then disobeyed the A/G and refused to accept counseling, then got caught with a prostitute again and told his church, “God told me its none of your business.” I think because he never dealt with his sin, it has caused his teaching on sin to become somewhat twisted. I have no vested interest in defending Rick Warren, other than that he is innocent until proven guilty. With someone like Swaggart, it is easy to show the false teaching because his doctrines are in print. The Cross Alone is to be the Object of our Faith. We are not only saved by his death but also by his life, as seen in the scriptures below: “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10), “Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Romans 8:34), “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…” (Romans 10:9). Does your church’s Sometimes I wonder, IF these great ones have fallen, what about me? I have seen no blatant false doctrine. Our faith is a work of God the Holy Spirit through His Word. The American Red Cross also provides Red Cross Messaging services. I was reminded of this yesterday at church. Swaggart’s message, if believed, short-circuits the work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s heart, for thinking they have already arrived by simply thinking about the cross, they ignore the exhortation of scriptures which urge us toward sanctification, such as: “Add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful…”  2Peter 1:5-8. I am glad you found the website helpful. That is interesting about his claiming to be an apostle. From His jail cell St Paul writes to the church in Philipi: “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation.” [Philippians 3:2]. (Colossians 1:3-4), and Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:3-4 and 2 Thessalonians He says that the Apostle Paul did not understand the gospel. With best regards and many blessings! But wait...something about the Centurion’s plan wasn’t right. They definitely all teach the same. His rejection of the A/G requirement for a year of counseling was arrogantly rejected and he broke his covenant with them as a licensed minister. Jim. live by faith. One cannot seriously seek God when living in willful deliberate sin. | Jesus said to them, "Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." I need some information from the email, but I cannot open it. Hi Randy, Thanks for the comment. New American Standard Bible Many churches will have orthodox Christian The Cross will set you free! In the Roman cultural context, "carrying the cross" was tacit admission that the criminal was wrong and that the death sentence was just. When the religious leaders of Capernaum heard that this Centurion's slave was mortally ill, they probably saw and felt the genuine fear and concern that this soldier had for his valued servant. He made it clear that there are clear differences between Catholics and Christians. | Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is the focal point of the Bible (1 Corinthians 15:3). It would seem that some very off-balance churches are attracted to Swaggart’s Message of the Cross teaching. The cross is the heart of the gospel. Sanctification is the religious word used to describe how Christians are set apart unto God and grow spiritually such that sin has less of a hold, and increasingly a believer becomes more Christ-like. Who should he trust in the future? The Swaggarts have some family members that don’t have contact with them anymore because of how they were treated. I said all that to say this. Jimmy Swaggart’s “Message of the Cross,” dismisses all of this and simply says that all that is necessary to live an overcoming sinless life is to think about the cross and trust the cross. In 2 Corinthians Chapter 11 we read where the Apostle Paul had the same problem with the Corinthians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9y9ly6YvCw What does Jesus say is the most dangerous thing in the world? window.__mirage2 = {petok:"ef12e549103fdf15e3cf0301fa3b5c02ea888f03-1608503367-1800"}; How could Jesus pay the price if He was not born of a virgin, if He was not sinless, etc? This means nothing. Forgive me in advance for my rambling dissertation. I have served the Lord in the following positions…Children, Youth, Women’s Ministries on the local and State level, Choir Director, Pianist, Evangelism State Secretary and my husband was Camp Manager for our state youth camp. Lighthouse blog.com for one! Swaggartism has their own special way of detracting from Jesus. A church with bad theology can produce many It is He who did the act and it is He that is the proper object of our faith. For example, the charge that Warren was promoting the idea that Christians and Catholics unite – when you read it all you see he doesn’t encourage anything of the kind. I stumbled upon this because i wanted to see their new bible that my Girlfriend was talking about and she also gave me the expositors study bible too. I wholly agree with Houdmann. God has blessed him with a long life. | Hi Pastor Mark. His message is nothing more than a last ditch effort to promote his own brand of religion and maintain his self-image as a great man of God while simultaneously excusing his past immoralities. | To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I had been taught that Jesus shed his blood on the cross to save us. In this video Pastor Matt Chandler demonstrates how the church oftentimes becomes the enemy of conversion due to its abject lack comprehension of The Gospel. The cross has set me free! that he was cut off out of the land of the living, (The Biblical Jesus hasn't promised you any of those things). “Have you invited Jesus into your heart? No, he was not. Hi Flo, we will have to agree to disagree on Rick Warren. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” [Matthew 10:28] Physical death is not the most dangerous thing. But this time he had no authority, he had no leverage, he had no power. That she was a ‘cold fish’ and Jimmy needed a ‘real wife’. Is. There is much evidence to read on my site. As a result he releases her and turns himself into the police. $\begingroup$ Cross expects lists as argument. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the foundation, that Jesus Christ is the first and the last, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End and that Jesus Christ is to be the primary object of our faith: “And no one can ever lay any other real foundation than that one we already have—Jesus Christ.” (1 Co 3:11), And again here – “you have everything when you have Christ” (Col 2:10), “He is the stone which…became the chief corner stone.” (Acts 4:11). So there you have it. In my own The Assemblies of God mercifully granted that he could maintain his ministerial ordination with them if he would stop ministering for one year and receive counseling from A/G ministers. [Matthew 16:6]. Jim. The meaning is clear. The Centurion’s eyes welled with tears as the sorrow for his sins washed over him. The text only tells us that this valued slave had become mortally ill. Its not hard to imagine the series of events that led up to this encounter with Jesus. corrupted—so as to lose their virgin purity through seducers (2Co 11:4). Romans. Faith is very important. Jesus’ teaching of self-denial and taking up our cross is essential to sanctification and Swaggart has attempted to negate this powerful teaching. As it is written, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception…rather than according to Christ. The conclusion can be drawn that Swaggart’s teaching undermines and attacks the integrity and sufficiency of Holy Scripture, the very foundation of Christianity. There are no legitimate new revelations from God. Jesus said, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3) David said, “I have hid Thy word in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.”, Another thing that God uses to sanctify us is suffering. That is, after all, our only message. Shelley. The false teachers in Colosse tried to draw the Lord's Church away from her Jesus by tempting them to philosophy, human traditions, the so-called wisdom of the world. Who is the object of his faith? The Word of God is another thing God uses to sanctify us. Thanks for your quick reply. Thus I try to keep my assessments of ministries based upon actual statements or quotes. The Centurion had repented of his sins and confessed his unworthiness to the only one who could forgive sins and Jesus the Centurion’s merciful and forgiving savior also answered his humble prayer on behalf of his servant and spoke the word and the servant was healed. The work was back breaking, dirty, difficult and monotonous. The truth is this generation of Christians knows almost nothing about the Cross, especially about the Cross as it regards their Sanctification. Comments (4) Their work began at sun up and rarely ended when the sun set. Those who cared for this slave during his illness may have been secretly thinking that as terrible and terrifying as Death was, that rather than being a monster maybe Death was in reality a welcomed friend. If we look There is a small church of a couple of hundred persons in my home town. (Thank you for understanding my question.) He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” I think that dismisses the allegation that he doesn’t believe we are saved by Christ’s atonement. I will take a look at the links you provided. His blood washes away your sins. His plan had to be stopped and it had to be stopped before Jesus arrived! You can see the fruit of that in his son’s life, who divorced his wife to marry a 5-time divorcee in the church he was having an affair with, then divorced her and remarried his first wife, all the while continuing to be a minister. I’m not saying it might not be out there, but I just can’t come out against him without some solid proof. I started researching Swaggart, I have family members who LOVE them and watch them daily and do not even listen to any other preachers at all anymore and have also become media members. He is not the person I once knew. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. It’s a verse about the simplicity of the “Message of the Cross” (JSM version). Paul states that in his prayers for the church in Rome he desire to visit them (Romans 1:10-13). Always put faith in Christ first and foremost, then you will never get the cart before the horse. Jimmy Swaggart castigates nearly all churches and ministries but his as being of the devil. Gospel. In this article we are going to discover its meaning, trying to resonate […] Our faith should be in Him, not in His action. His murder threat is another instance. The Cross will give you victory over all sin! I’m just a man and just as susceptible to all the temptations and pitfalls that anyone is subject to and believe me I’ve had bitterness over what I felt at times were injustices, why me, but looking back, as the saying goes, and now that I’m closer to the end than the beginning I can’t help but see that God was so very merciful. Concerning Rick Warren. Can the unbeliever make a decision for Christ? Death comes for slave and master alike and both are powerless in Death's grip. So you see that even though faith in the Bible is important and proper, it does not trump faith in Christ, for without Christ, faith in the Bible is empty and powerless. This is from the Saddlback Church Statement of Faith…“The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. I am sorry Pastor Mark you are wrong about Rick Warren he is very dangerous and new age I suggest you go to lighthouseblog and read all the facts and evidence on him. The Centurion’s friends, ran with haste and found Jesus just as he was turning the corner. What say you? Swaggart claims his revelation is new, as we have already seen. In fact, some of his good deeds were motivated by political expediency and the belief that happy Roman subjects won’t slit your throat in the middle of the night. but what they believe. Hi Randy, Thanks for your comment. 1Cor. Their rejection of you as “a devil” is very typical of Swaggart methodology. Ken. God Bless. Yes, you hit the nail on the head: Their emphasis is more on their private interpretation of the cross, rather than on Jesus. When people speak about “kneeling at the foot of the cross,” they mean that one is to kneel there and ask for the forgiveness of sins, and so be cleansed in Jesus’ blood. The fact that Jesus’ resurrection proves His victory over death and sin and guarantees a resurrected eternal life for all who believe in Him (1 Corinthians 15) is nowhere to be found. I have read The Purpose Driven Life and I find no false doctrine in it. Again his church’s statement of faith makes clear his orthodoxy, declaring that salvation is “received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on the cross …” It is true that we do not find the title Lamb of God in Warren’s book. I have prayed for you as you asked. or faith, that we need to receive that God has done. I believed that. Whether this is intentional or incidental, the result is the same. the Roman world, there will be all types of Gentiles to whom the Gospel can be Comments (21) How can Christians be soul mates and work mates with Islam? Keeping God’s commands is what counts.” (1Co 7:9) Was Paul compromising his principals by circumcising Timothy? Since Paul had never been to Rome, And they glorified God, saying, "Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life." 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