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The Osteens and Another Gospel

Sep 4, 2014

I have penned many pieces on megachurch pastor Joel Osteen. But people say, “Oh, leave them alone” or “Don’t be so judgmental” or “We should not criticise other Christians” or “Do not touch the Lord’s anointed” etc, etc. Are they

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Warnings About Riches: Old Testament

Jun 10, 2014

Let me say at the outset, in order to avoid any misunderstandings, that I am a firm believer in wealth creation and the free market. Time and time again it has lifted the masses out of poverty like no other

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Warnings About Riches: New Testament

Jun 10, 2014

The Bible says so very much about the deceptive nature of riches. As we have seen, the Old Testament speaks to this constantly. The New Testament is equally concerned about the dangers of wealth. Only some representative examples can be

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Bell and Oprah Lovefest: No Surprises Here

Apr 7, 2014

The biggest promoter of New Age moonbattery in the world today is of course Oprah Winfrey. Many years ago she abandoned any claim to being a Christian, and she now shamelessly promotes every bit of loony spirituality around. New Age

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Whatever Happened to the Gospel?

Feb 5, 2014

One thing you can always bank on is this: if we preach a wishy-washy gospel, we will end up with wishy-washy Christians. If we proclaim an anaemic message from the pulpits, we will end up with anaemic believers in the

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Away With Your False Gospels

Jan 1, 2014

OK, it is the New Year, so no sense in beating around the bush. I have resolved to keep promoting truth in 2014, regardless of how many people take offense and/or break fellowship with me. Time is short, truth matters,

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On Strange Fire, Part One

Oct 18, 2013

Some of you would be aware that American pastor John MacArthur has been holding a three-day “Strange Fire” conference which is a criticism of the charismatic movement. Next month a book by the same title will be released. For those

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On Strange Fire, Part Two

Oct 18, 2013

In Part One of this article I began discussing John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference being held in southern California. I offered there some background to the various debates, including the cessationist/continuationist debate. I also laid out where I stand –

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What Is the Gospel?

Oct 16, 2013

There are all kinds of Christians proclaiming all kinds of gospels. But there is a very easy test as to whether or not that which is being proclaimed is the true biblical gospel or just a pale imitation, if not

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On Dealing with Truth and Error

Aug 18, 2013

Any careful student of church history knows how easy it is for truth to give way to error, for orthodoxy to collapse into heterodoxy. They would also know that every cult and heresy which has arisen contains a tantalising mix

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On “Seed-Faith Giving”

Aug 15, 2013

The prosperity gospel is notorious for bad theology, shocking exegesis (or lack thereof), loopy logic, and dodgy hermeneutics. This is certainly the case with their teaching about “seed-faith giving”. And this is often tied in with positive confession teaching.

For

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Christian Celebrities Trashing the Gospel

Jun 21, 2013

The timing was impeccable really. I had just finished watching a television segment about the lavish demands of the super rich celebs and entertainers on a current affairs show. It focused on the bizarre and ridiculous demands celebrities make for

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Loving Ourselves to Death

Jun 7, 2013

“Learn how to love yourself” says a current television ad for yet another “Mind, Body, Spirit” festival. This is of course a New Age get-together in which spirituality-lite is paraded and indulged in. You see, the New Age Movement (NAM)

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How Not To ‘Become A Better You’

Jun 6, 2013

The gospel of Jesus Christ is about acknowledging that we are selfish sinners, heading for a lost eternity, in need of redemption by the work of Christ on the cross. And Christian discipleship is about denying yourself, taking up your

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