THE CHURCH MILITANT
Ephesians 5:11-"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them". This Christian News Blog maintains a one stop resource of current news and reports of its own related to church, moral, spiritual, and related political issues, plus articles, and postings from other online discernment ministries, and media which share the aims to obey the biblical commands to shed light on and refute error, heresy, apostasy, cults, and spiritual abuse.
I have never responded to you before, but I do wish for you to know that I have been following your series of articles concerning Ruth Barton speaking at the AoG GC with extreme interest. You see, I am a credentialed AoG minister. I, along with many other ministers and lay people inside the AoG are extremely concerned with what has been taking place within our fellowship over the past few years. In fact, there are several conservative factions inside of the AoG that have actually been able to bond over the common cause of bringing a halt to the contemplative prayer movement that has been lurking around in our fellowship. I just wished to thank you personally for all that you do for the gospel. I would also like you to know that many of your Ruth Barton articles are being used in AoG Theology discussion forums on Facebook. It may amuse you to know that many of the older line AoG ministers, who would not even look at a Lighthouse Trails article before, have come to respect your writers, and how well they research their articles. I would just like to ask that you pray for us as we go through this time of testing in our fellowship. It seems bad now, but I am hoping and praying that it will lead to a Reformation within the AoG. Again, thank you so much for your great articles and your research. It has really been a bigger help than you will ever know.
the Pastor of National Community Church(es) in Washington D.C., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Community_Church, and which meets in movie theaters http://theaterchurch.com/. Mark Batterson is the pastor of National Community Church, a multi-site church in Washington D.C. Mark has been a church planting pastor since 1994. He and his wife Lora have three children—Parker, Summer, and Josiah. Batterson is the author of five books, including his most recent one, the Circle Maker. Batterson went to the University of Chicago on a basketball scholarship, majoring in pre-law. His life was drastically turned around when God called him to full-time ministry. His ministry in D.C. began as an inter-city ministry, and God has prospered it to grow into a six-location church with a thriving network of local and international ministries. They even manage the biggest coffee shop on Capitol Hill. Batterson's ministry is all but conventional. Besides the fact that he doesn't wear suits when he preaches, several of the church sites actually meet in movie theaters.
SO, THE QUESTIONS MUST BE ASKED: 1) WHY DOES PASTOR PINDER CONTINUE TO REFERENCE APOSTATES AND HERETICS AS SERMON MODELS? 2) WHY WON'T PINDER IDENTIFY THESE APOSTATES WHEN HE HAS HAD AMPLE TIME DURING SEVERAL SERMONS IN THIS SERIES AND AT OTHER TIMES TO DO SO? 3) WHY DOES PINDER OMIT TEACHING BIBLICAL SEPARATION? 4) WHY DOES PINDER AVOID DEFINING APOSTASY OR GIVE EXAMPLES? 5) DOES PINDER THINK THAT APOSTATES EXIST EXCLUSIVELY IN ALREADY HERETICAL CHURCHES AND NOT IN THE "EMERGING" CHURCHES? This sort of preaching which dances around the real meaning of Scripture is a disservice to the Word of God and the church and grieves the Holy Spirit. Why? Because whether or not this preaching is purposeful, it nevertheless distorts the true meaning of Jude and misleads the church.