Mat 12:36  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 

The False Church


Bill Johnson

Kenosis Heresy

"Jesus had no ability to heal the sick. He couldn’t cast out devils, and He had no ability to raise the dead. He said of Himself in John 5:19, “the Son can do nothing of Himself.” He had set aside His divinity."

Jesus is not God (Implication)

He performed  miracles ,  wonders ,  and   signs, as a man in right relationship to God…not as God. If He performed miracles because He was God, then they would be unattainable for us."

Brian McLaren 

Christianity is not true in every aspect

"Sit down here next to me in this little restaurant and ask me if Christianity (my version of it, yours, the Pope's, whoever's) is orthodox, meaning true, and here's my honest answer: a little, but not yet.  Assuming by Christianity you mean the Christian understanding of the world and God, Christian opinions on soul, text, and culture... I'd have to say that we probably have a couple of things right, but a lot of things wrong, and even more sprints before is unseen and unimagined."                                                                                                                                                    McLaren, Brian, A Generous Orthodoxy, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004 p.296

Apologizes for using masculine pronouns to describe God

"This is as good a place as any to apologize for my use of masculine pronouns for God in the previous sentence.  You'll notice that wherever I can, I avoid the use of masculine pronouns for God because they can give the false impression to many people today that the Christian God is a male deity."                                                                              McLaren, Brian, A Generous Orthodoxy, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004 p.74

Hell is not literal

"Fourth, we should consider the possibility that many, and perhaps even all of Jesus’ hell-fire or end-of-the-universe statements refer not to postmortem judgment but to the very historic consequences of rejecting his kingdom message of reconciliation and peacemaking. The destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 67-70 seems to many people to fulfill much of what we have traditionally understood as hell." http://blog.christianitytoday.com/outofur/archives/2006/05/brian_mclarens_2.html.

The cross and Hell are false advertisement for God.

"The cross is almost a distraction and false advertisement for God." http://www.enteuxis.org/leifh/bleedingpurple21b.mp3

Rob Bell

Denies Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)

“…it wasn’t until the 300s that what we know as the sixty-six books of the Bible were actually agreed upon as the ‘Bible’. This is part of the problem with continually insisting that one of the absolutes of the Christian faith must be a belief that “Scripture alone” is our guide. It sounds nice, but it is not true. In reaction to abuses by the church, a group of believers during a time called the Reformation claimed that we only need the authority of the Bible. But the problem is that we got the Bible from the church voting on what the Bible even is. So when I affirm the Bible as God’s word, in the same breath I have to affirm that when those people voted, God was somehow present, guiding them to do what they did. When people say that all we need is the Bible, it is simply not true. In affirming the Bible as inspired, I also have to affirm the Spirit who I believe was inspiring those people to choose those books.”
Velvet Elvis, p.68

Bible is a human product

"[The bible is a] "human product...rather than the product of divine fiat."                                                                

Christianity Today, Nov. 2004, p. 38.

Hell is full of forgiven people

“Heaven is full of forgiven people. Hell is full of forgiven people. Heaven is full of people God loves, whom Jesus died for. Hell is full of forgiven people God loves, whom Jesus died for. The difference is how we choose to live, which story we choose to live in, which version of reality we trust. Ours or God’s.”
Velvet Elvis, p.146

Universalism

“So this reality, this forgiveness, this reconciliation, is true for everybody. Paul insisted that when Jesus died on the cross he was reconciling ‘all things, in heaven and on earth, to God. This reality then isn’t something we make true about ourselves by doing something. It is already true. Our choice is to live in this new reality or cling to a reality of our own making.”
Velvet Elvis p. 146

God has faith in us and we must also

“Who does Peter lose faith in? Not Jesus; he is doing fine. Peter loses faith in himself. Peter loses faith that he can do what his rabbi is doing. If the rabbi calls you to be his disciple, then he believes that you can actually be like him. As we read the stories of Jesus’ life with his talmidim, his disciples, what do we find frustrates him to no end? When his disciples lose faith in themselves….. Notice how many places in the accounts of Jesus’ life he gets frustrated with his disciples. Because they are incapable? No, because of how capable they are. He sees what they could be and could do, and when they fall short it provokes him to no end. It isn’t their failure that’s the problem, it’s their greatness. They don’t realize what they are capable of….God has an amazingly high view of people. God believes that people are capable of amazing things. I’ve been told I need to believe in Jesus. Which is a good thing. But what I’m learning is that Jesus believes in me….God has faith in me.”
Velvet Elvis, pp. 133-134

Joel Osteen

Teaching people to follow their heart

"You have to learn to follow your heart. You can’t let other people pressure you into being something that you’re not. If you want God’s favor in your life, you must be the person He made you to be, not the person your boss wants you to be, not even the person your parents or your husband wants you to be. You can’t let outside expectations keep you from following your own heart." Joel Osteen (Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential)

Teaching people to have pride

"You can take pride in yourself without comparing yourself to anybody else. If you run your race and be the best that you can be, then you can feel good about yourself." 
Joel Osteen (Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential)

Happiness is found in you

"The marriage partner is not really the problem. No other person can ultimately make you happy. You must learn how to be happy within yourself." 
Joel Osteen (Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential)

Prosperity Gospel

"God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us."
Joel Osteen

Word of Faith

“the Bible says that we can grow in favor,” said Osteen in his sermon “Increasing in Favor” “I believe one of the main ways that we grow in favor is by declaring it. It’s not enough to just read it it’s not enough to just believe it. You’ve got to speak it out. Your words have creative power. And one of the primary ways we release our faith is through our words. And there is a divine connection between you declaring God’s favor and you seeing God’s favor manifest in your life…You’ve got to give life to your faith by speaking it out.”  Joel Osteen 

You can thwart God's plan

“Why did God take away the voice of Zacharias (Luke 1:11-20)?  Because God knew his [Zacharias] negative words would cancel out His [God] plan.” (Joel Osteen, “Speaking Faith Filled Words,” Tape # 223. Daystar Television, May 2, 2004)

“You can cancel out God's plan by speaking negative words.  God works by laws” (Joel Osteen, “Speaking Faith Filled Words,” Tape # 223. Daystar Television, May 2, 2004)

Rick Warren

Fellowship is the answer for your sin

"God's plan for your growth and freedom includes other Christians. Authentic, honest fellowship is the antidote to your lonely struggle against those sins that won't budge." The Purpose Driven Life, p. 212

Not to fear God

"We don't serve God out of guilt or fear or even duty, but out of joy, and deep gratitude for what he's done for us." The Purpose Driven Life, p.228 

Seeker Sensitive

"Keep your pastoral prayers short in your seeker services...The unchurched can’t handle long prayers; their minds wander or they fall asleep." The Purpose Driven Church, p. 256

God is not Sovereign

"It is my deep conviction that anybody anybody can be won to Christ if you discover the felt needs to his or her heart. That key to each person's heart is unique so it is sometimes difficult to discover. It may take some time to identify it. But the most likely place to start is with the person's felt needs. As I pointed out earlier, this was the approach Jesus used." The Purpose Driven Church, pg. 219

Repentance is not from sin

"Yeah, yeah. Well, you know, everybody's heard the word "repent" and they don't really understand what the word means. For a lot of people, when they think of the word repentance, they think of a guy with a sandwich sign that says, "turn or burn," or, "you're going to die and fry."

But actually, repent is the Greek word, metanoia (ph), which means literally "to change your mind." And it means that when I repent, I change my mind. First, I change my mind about God, I change my mind about myself, I change my mind about others, I change my mind about life. And a lot of people look at repentance as a negative thing, like I'm going to have to give up this, this, and this, and this, and like it's something terrible. You know, when I repented, Larry, years ago, I basically turned from hopelessness to hope, from darkness to light, from guilt to forgiveness, from loneliness to a family of God, from purposelessness to purpose, from having no meaning in my life to having meaning. It was the most positive change in my life. " "Larry King Live," CNN, March 22, 2005

Robert Schuller

Self-Esteem

According to Schuller those in the kingdom of God are "Everyone who does some act that builds self-esteem and self-respect in other persons." Robert H. Schuller, Self Esteem, the New Reformation (Waco, Texas, Word Books, 1982) p. 73

Muslim honoring Christ

Schuller has called a Muslim Grand Mufti "truly one of the great Christ-honoring leaders of faith." Robert H. Schuller, My Journey, ( San Francisco: Harper, 2001) p. 502.  

Theology should be man-centered

We must have a "new reformation" according to Schuller: "It is precisely at this point that classical theology has erred in its insistence that theology be 'God-centered,' not 'man-centered." Robert H. Schuller, Self Esteem, the New Reformation (Waco, Texas, Word Books, 1982) p. 64 

Being born again

To be born again "means that we must be changed from a negative to a positive self-image - from inferiority to self-esteem, from fear to love, from doubt to trust." Robert H. Schuller, Self Esteem, the New Reformation (Waco, Texas, Word Books, 1982) p. 68 

What is sin?

"Sin is any act or thought that robs myself or another human being of his or her self-esteem." Robert H. Schuller, Self Esteem, the New Reformation (Waco, Texas, Word Books, 1982) p. 14 

Hell?

"A person is in hell when he has lost his self-esteem." Robert H. Schuller, Self Esteem, the New Reformation (Waco, Texas, Word Books, 1982) p. 14-15 

Salvation is to self-esteem

"As we focus on Jesus Christ, we shall discover a new theology, one that offers salvation from shame to self-esteem." Robert H. Schuller, Self Esteem, the New Reformation (Waco, Texas, Word Books, 1982) p. 39 

The Gospel?

"Tell people everywhere that God wants all of us to feel good about ourselves!" Robert H. Schuller, Self Esteem, the New Reformation (Waco, Texas, Word Books, 1982) p. 58

Joyce Meyer

Sinless Perfection

“I’m going to tell you something folks, I didn’t stop sinning until I finally got it through my thick head I wasn’t a sinner anymore. And the religious world thinks that’s heresy and they want to hang you for it. But the Bible says that I’m righteous and I can’t be righteous and be a sinner at the same time.”

“Now whether you like it or not, whether you want to admit it or not, whether you want to operate on it or not, you are made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.  Most people who go to denominational churches never ever hear that!  They never hear it!  Never!  All I was ever taught to say was, ‘I’m a poor, miserable sinner.’ I am not poor, I am not miserable and I am not a sinner. That is a lie from the pit of hell. That is what I was and if I still am then Jesus died in vain. Amen?”  (Joyce Meyer, “What Happened from the Cross to The Throne?” audio)


Jesus was the first "born-again" man

 "God rose up from His throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless Son of God, 'Let Him go.' Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus. He was resurrected from the dead -- the first born-again man"

Joyce Meyer ("The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make", 1991 pg. 36)

Jesus paid for sin in Hell

"He was pronounced guilty on the cross but He paid the price in hell."

Joyce Meyer (What Happened from the Cross to The Throne? audio)

"And you've got to really glean some things out of the Word of God to really get hold of what He [Jesus] did for you during those three days. Jesus said, 'It is finished.' And He meant the Old Covenant. The job He had to do was just getting started. He really did the job the three days and nights that He was in hell. That's where the job was done."

Joyce Meyer (What Happened from the Cross to The Throne? audio)

Jesse Duplantis

Prosperity Gospel

“The very first thing on Jesus` agenda was to get rid of poverty! Would you like to know why some people, including ministries, never get out of poverty? Its not because they aren’t smart. Its not because they don’t have windows of opportunity. Its because they’re not anointed. If you’re not anointed, poverty will follow you all the days of your life. His first objective was to get rid of poverty.”

(The Nov. 1997 Voice of the Covenant magazine, p.5) 

John Hagee

Prosperity Gospel

"When you give to God, He controls your income. There's no such thing as a fixed income in the Kingdom of God. Your income is controlled by your giving."

John Hagee, Praise-A-Thon broadcast, TBN, 4 November 1992

"God created a universe where it is impossible to receive without giving. Everything that God controls, gives. . . . Givers gain. You do not qualify for God's abundance until you give."

John Hagee, Praise-A-Thon broadcast, TBN, 16 April 1993

Kenneth Copeland

Satan conquered Jesus

"Satan conquered Jesus on the Cross and took His spirit to the dark regions of hell" 

(Kenneth Copeland, Holy Bible: Kenneth Copeland Reference Edition Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1991), 129.)

God is the biggest failure in the bible

“I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is. ... The biggest one is God. ... I mean, He lost His top-ranking, most anointed angel; the first man He ever created; the first woman He ever created; the whole earth and all the Fullness therein; a third of the angels, at least—that’s a big loss, man ... Now, the reason you don’t think of God as a failure is He never said He’s a failure. And you’re not a failure till you say you’re one.” 

(Praise-a-Thon program on TBN [April 1988] )

Ye shall be as gods

"You don't have a God in you; you are one," 

(The Force of Love (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1987, audiotape #02-0028), side 1.)

When I read in the Bible where He says I AM, I just smile and say, 'Yes, I AM too.'" 

(Believer's Voice of Victory Broadcast, 7/9/1987)

"You are not a spiritual schizophrenic -- half-God and half-Satan -- you are all-God" 

(Now We Are in Christ Jesus 1980, 16-17)

God wasn't His Father anymore?

How did Jesus then on the cross say, ‘My God.’ Because God was not His Father any more. He took upon Himself the nature of Satan. And I’m telling you Jesus is in the middle of that pit. He’s suffering all that there is to suffer, there is no suffering left . . . apart from Him. His emaciated, little wormy spirit is down in the bottom of that thing and the devil thinks He’s got Him destroyed. But, all of a sudden God started talking." 

(Kenneth Copeland, Believer's Voice of Victory (television program), TBN, 21 April 1991.)

Benny Hinn

Prosperity gospel

"I'm sick and tired of hearing about streets of gold. I don't need gold in heaven. I got to have it now. I mean, when I get to glory, all my bills will be paid, brother. I won't have bills in glory. I won't need to worry about bills in glory. I got to have it here. You say, well, Benny Hinn, isn't that wonderful to have gold streets in glory? Well, of course, but if I hear the thing one more time of how it will be, and how it was, I'm going to kick somebody." 

Christ became the nature of Satan

(Praise the Lord, November 1990)

"He [Jesus] who is righteous by choice said, 'The only way I can stop sin is by Me becoming it. I can't just stop it by letting it touch Me; I and it must become one.' Hear this! He who is the nature of God became the nature of Satan where He became sin!" 

(TBN, 12/1/90).

Kenneth Hagin

Christ's death isn't sufficient

"Christ's physical death on the cross was not enough to save us." 

(How Jesus obtained His Name, cassette #44-H01)

Ye shall be as gods

"The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth."

(Kenneth E. Hagin, "The Incarnation," The Word of Faith page 13, December 12, 1980

Mormonism

Joseph Smith

His Boast

"God is in the still small voice. In all these affidavits, indictments, it is all of the devil--all corruption. Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! for I will come out on the top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet . . . " (History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 408-409)

Book of Mormon more correct than the Bible

"I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book," (Book of Mormon, Introduction, paragraph 6)

Brigham Young

We must atone for our own sins

"There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it . . . " (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 247; see also, vol. 4, p. 53-54, 219-220)

Must accept Joseph Smith

"...and he that confesseth not that Jesus has come in the flesh and sent Joseph Smith with the fullness of the Gospel to this generation, is not of God, but is Antichrist," (Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, p. 312)

Boasting about how he gave perfect counsel

"I am here to answer.  I shall be on hand to answer when I am called upon, for all the counsel and for all the instruction that I have given to this people.  If there is an Elder here, or any member of this Church, called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who can bring up the first idea, the first sentence that I have delivered to the people as counsel that is wrong, I really wish they would do it; but they cannot do it, for the simple reason that I have never given counsel that is wrong; this is the reason." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 16, p. 161)

Polygamy is necessary (if you deny that you will be damned)

"The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy,"                             (Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269)

"Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned,"           (Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, p. 266)

Brigham's racist comments

"You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 290)

"Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." (Journal of Discourses, vol. 10, p. 110)

Various Mormon leaders

Jesus paid for our sins in Gethsemane

"Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind, even as many as will, shall be redeemed. The Savior began shedding His blood for all mankind, not on the cross but in the Garden of Gethsemane. There He took upon Himself the weight of the sins of all who would ever live. Under that [page 6] heavy load, He bled at every pore," (Russell M. Nelson, "His Mission and Ministry," New Era, Dec. 1999, p. 4, 6, emphasis mine)

Must keep the commandments for salvation

"We accept Christ's atonement by repenting of our sins, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and obeying all of the commandments," (Gospel Principles, Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1979, p. 68, emphasis mine)

Catholicism

Peter called the Chief Shepherd

"Since to great Peter Christ our Lord gave the office of Chief Shepherd after entrusting him with the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, to Peter or his successor must of necessity every novelty in the Catholic Church be referred. [Therefore], save us, oh most divine Head of Heads, Chief Shepherd of the Church of Heaven."
Saint Theodore the Studite of Constantinople (759-826), writting to Pope Leo III (Theodore, Bk. I. Ep. 23)

Mary is necessary for salvation

“All the Elect obtain eternal salvation through the means of Mary.”
Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop, d. 667 AD

”There is no one, O Most Holy Mary, who can know God except through thee; no one who can be saved or redeemed but through thee, O Mother of God; no one who can be delivered from dangers but through thee, O Virgin Mother; no one who obtains mercy but through thee, O Filled-With-All-Grace!”
Saint Germanus of Constantinople, Patriarch of Constantinople, d. 733 AD

”A man is no true Christian if he has no devotion to the Mother of Jesus Christ.”
Saint John Eudes, 1601-1680 AD

”Let not that man presumes to look for mercy from God who offends His Holy Mother!
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, 1673-1716 AD

Man can become God

460 The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature":"For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God." "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God." "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods."
(This isn't necessarily a quote but I didn't want to put it in the Catholic section) Catholic Catechism Paragraph 460

Mary, the subject of preaching and worship


65. But while in the most Blessed Virgin the church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle (cf. Eph. 5:27), the faithful still strive to conquer sin and increase in holiness. And so they turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues. Devoutly meditating on her and contemplating her in the light of the Word made man, the Church reverently penetrates more deeply into the great mystery of the Incarnation and becomes more and more like her spouse. Having entered deeply into the history of salvation, Mary, in a way, unites in her person and re-echeos the most important doctrines of the Faith: and when she is the SUBJECT OF PREACHING AND WORSHIP she prompts the faithful to come to her son, to his sacrifice and to the love of the Father. Seeking after the glory of Christ, the Church becomes more like her lofty type, and continually progresses in faith, hope and charity, seeking and doing the will of God in all things. The Church, therefore, in her apostolic work too, rightly looks to her who gave birth to Christ, who was thus conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that through the church he could be born and increase in the hearts of the faithful. In her life the Virgin has been a model of that motherly love with which all who joined in the church's apostolic mission for the regeneration of 
mankind should be animated.

Vatican Collection Volume 1, Vatican Council II, The Conciliar and Post Conciliar documents. General Editor Austin Flannery, O.P. New revised edition 1992; Costello publishing company, Northport, New York. 1992 pages 420-421 (par. 65)