Historically, pastors exercised a special responsibility in the care of people's souls. In the past century, though, these leaders have increasingly trusted "trained" practitioners to deal with difficult issues within the Christian community such as depression and broken marriages. Yet, any spiritual person wielding the Word of God can pierce through these troubles and get to the heart of the matter.
Carey Hardy gave a helpful session at the 2013 Shepherds' Conference in this regard. Listen as he explains the core of biblical counseling: MP3 Download.
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The first two posts of this series form an important foundation: we
must rely on the truth the Holy Spirit revealed to us through His Word,
lest we grow arrogant and embrace bold deception in the name of God. If
we lean on our own understanding of how God operates, we will fall. If
we grow unsatisfied with the Bible and seek words and visions, we
invite spiritual destruction.
Indeed, the light of Proverbs 30:6 dispels our confusion: Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
In total, we said we must avoid Bethel because it is spiritually dangerous, and we said there are two reasons for that.
The first reason we examined in length last week, that it promotes false doctrine, and we looked at the heretical teachings streaming from
the pulpit to computers and MP3 players near you. If you have not read at least that post, please do so now, because we now turn to the
second of these reasons.
Did Isaac marry a three-year-old? If you've never pondered this question, it's because nothing in the straightforward reading of the text would suggest that Rebekah was a toddler or that their marriage was arranged.
Even so, a couple of verses out of context could be used by skeptics to prove anything. While perusing the web for a related topic, however, I found a thread stating that the Bible isn't against the raping of children. The cited evidence was this issue, the claim being that Isaac engaged in pedophilia.
The question comes from the fact that Genesis 22:23 announces the birth of Rebekah after the binding of Isaac. Tradition states that Isaac was then thirty-seven, and Scripture says that the two wed when Isaac was forty (Gn 25:20). Hence, Isaac robbed the cradle.
The whole theory is fraught with assumptions, the primary being that Scripture never records a age marker for Rebekah. Further complicating the matter, however, is Jewish tradition, which speculates…
It enough to make your heart ache. "Pastor" Dayna Muldoon has been pitching her tent in Florida, and like Todd Bentley before, false claims to miracles, healing, and prophecies litter her campsites.
This video of a Calvary Chapel pastor exposing her as a false prophet has been appearing in various places, and its been uploaded to YouTube multiple times. Even Todd Friel got animated about this, and nothing gets him hyper.
Here's the deal: Muldoon set up her tent-meetings right down the road from Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg, peeking the interests of many attending the church. When they listened to the message she presented, however, they found it not to be the Gospel, but instead the typical narcissistic message of health and blessings from God.
This is coming from a Calvary Chapel crew, folks that are typically non-cessationists themselves. Many churches, including this particular Calvary Chapel, host after-glow services where one expects similar claims to miracles…