REFORMED BAPTIST “CHURCHMANSHIP” A/K/A DISCIPLESHIP ABUSE

    Have you ever taken a “spiritual gifts survey” after your pastor or elders recommended it in a sermon about the multitude of gifts we have as members of the body of Christ, only to be told later that you are not mature in the faith yet, have to be discipled, and/or “watched” for an indeterminate length of time before you can use these gifts, or that the gifts “reside” in the eldership alone? Do these attributes look familiar to you about your church and elders?:
1)”A giant tongue that speaks with absolute authority, and a giant ear that listens with unquestioning obedience.” 
2)But some ministers cannot endure the process of maturing in the sheep.” 
3) “Dictatorial measures make lesser men craven and dependent, stunting their true growth.” (See above 3 quotes below in Reisinger article).
    First, as an introduction, Jon Zens of Searching Together http://www.searchingtogether.org, presents the following video, in which he proposes that there should be no distinction between clergy and laity or any sort of contrived hierarchical structure in the church, the “body of Christ”. Perhaps what we are seeing or personally experiencing in abusive “divinely appointed” or “duly authorized” eldership is due to the inordinate and excessive powers assigned to and assumed by the leadership to the detriment of the laity. “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, and priests rule by their own authority, and my people love to have it this way.” Jeremiah 5:30,31″           Whatever happened to the “priesthood of believers” (1Peter2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”, and 1Peter2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”). He does not specifically refer to Reformed Baptist churches or elders.



The following is a link at Wicked Shepherds: http://www.wickedshepherds.com/WhenShouldaChristianLeaveaChurch.html to a reprint of John Reisinger’s article “When Sould a Christian Leave a Church”, which specifically addresses Reformed Baptist abuse. Some quotes from this article are:
“law ministry” where the Elders were the “Lords and Masters 
“pastor had deliberately placed himself between the husband and wife” 
“daring to question God’s “duly authorized” minister
“you are so sick spiritually that you can’t think straight.”
Whose glory is in their shame,” 
 Our preacher did not step on our fingers, he used a sledge hammer.” 
 “The preaching of the law that sends believers home week after week with a despondent and despairing heart”
“The legalist binds your conscience to the law”
 “sheep are led to true peace by whipping them with the law every week”
“no right to feel “secure in Christ” until his daily life can “pass inspection” by the “holy Law of God.”
 “afraid and terrified” even to speak what was in their hearts for fear of the elder’s discipline?”
“personally being treated like a dog”
“beating the sheep into subjection”
“The Confession of Faith is clear. Who are you to dare contradict that venerable document.” 
“Arrogance and an overbearing spirit is never acceptable in elders.”
 “Yet a church may be as much injured by tyranny as by anarchy.”
“Sheep cannot be whipped and driven into conformity with pastoral wishes.”
“you are actually part of a cult and you have totally given up your true liberty in Christ.”
“use the office of elder and deacon as a carrot stick to award the “really loyal devotees.” 
 “domineering spirit in the elders.” 
“the office of elder is almost raised to the level of priest.”
“The people under such a pastor “run to him for decisions” about their whole life.”
“they have a view dangerously close to the autocracy of Rome.”
“he must seek to put your neck under the yoke of law”
“They threw out the church’s authority over your soul but hung on to the church’s authority over your conscience.”


“When a situation gets to the place that men are willing to literally turn children against their parents, and turn wives and husbands against each other, then it is time to speak loudly and clearly.”
“When believers are taught to actually hate another believer simply because he dared to challenge the pastor, the cultic mentality must be exposed”
    In this regard, Albert Martin, former head pastor of Trinity (Reformed) Baptist Church, Montville, NJ quotes from Luke 14:26 to justify their form of discipleship to Christ, stressing the hate aspect more than the discipling:

   

YOGA-ITS OCCULT HINDU ROOTS-NOT FOR CHRISTIANS!

1Corinthians 10:20-21But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
    If you thought that yoga was harmless exercise offered by your local liberal church and/or the YMCA/YWCA in your town, think again, biblical Christians. Similar to the degrees of Freemasonry, yoga is an introduction to a deeper involvement in Hinduism, the emptying of the mind via contemplative (Catholic) mysticism, the worship of other gods and demons, deceptively leading one away from the Word of God and possibly ending in demonic possession. There are various types of yoga including yoga re-packaged for Christians (so-called “Christ-centered alternatives to yoga”). These are supposedly safe for Christians, but is the risk worth it, when there are so many other forms of exercise?
    For example, Brooke Boon’s “Holy Yoga” http://holyyoga.net, offered at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, http://www.saddleback.com/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=52061, or the “Praise Moves” of Laurette Willis, http://www.praisemoves.com, and “Atoning Yoga” of Lauren Terwilliger, http://www.atoningyoga.com.

Holy Yoga: Jesus is the Guru:

Praise Moves video:

Atoning Yoga video:

    The following resources refute this mixture of yoga with Christianity from a biblical point of view. There are many other resources on the internet to prove that yoga in any of its forms or mutations is to be avoided for your spiritual health.

“The Yoga Boom: What are Christians to Do?” video by Elliot Miller, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFRPLzZ7pA8, (1HR/21MIN).
“Yoga Exposed” video by Scott Johnson, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nzxv327fYA,(1HR/36MIN)
Scott Johnson’s 2 part article with audio at Contending for Truth.com on Rick Warren’s “New Health and Wellness Initiative”: http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=2511 and http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=2506
Chris Lawson of Spiritual Research Network (SRN), http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/home.html, has three excellent videos on Vimeo: “Calvary Chapel & Purpose Driven Pastors Doing Yoga?”, http://vimeo.com/53131997 (11MIN), and “New Age Teachings Influencing Your Church, Your Children & You”, http://vimeo.com/53145537 (6MIN)(yoga at 5:45min mark), and “‘A Time of Departing’ (book by Ray Yungen) & New Spirituality Terms”, http://vimeo.com/53127158 (7MIN).
Lighthouse Trails Research has articles on yoga, http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/yoga.htm and a new article, Barbie
and American Girl Dolls Have Gone Yoga
 at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10533
Mike Oppenheimer interview on video, “Labyrinths (1st half) and Yoga (2nd half) Used by Christians” below:

Test everything by the Word of God!


ABUSE, CONTROL, AND/OR RETALIATION IN 3 CHURCHES

 SIMILARITIES EXIST AMONG ALLEGATIONS regarding:
 1) Sovereign Grace Ministries
2) Jack Schaap and Jack Hyles of First Baptist of Hammond, Indiana
3) Beaverton Grace Bible Church

    What do these churches have in common, other than fundamentalism?
    Maybe you are aware of all three of the above church issues, maybe not. All have similar scenarios of alledgedly abusive leadership and alledgedly abused church members. #3 above is addressed below.
    The parties in a lawsuit (since dismissed), filed prior to July, were Beaverton Grace Bible Church http://www.beavertongracebible.org/, an apparent independent fundamental church, pastored by Chuck O’Neal as plaintiff and Julie Anne Smith et al, as defendants. It was for $500,000. The defendants were former congregants at this church who voiced allegations of control, abuse and misuse of pastoral authority, etc. in their blog http://www.bgbcsurvivors.blogspot.com. In return, the above lawsuit was initiated and filed on behalf of the pastor, but in addition, the pastor created his own blog to counter the former congregants’ blog referred to as the so-called “real survivors” blog http://www.bgbcsurvivors.org.
    You can decide for yourself who is right and who is wrong, but it is nevertheless extremely unfortunate and disgraceful and a reproach on the church and name of Jesus Christ that this was dragged into a civil court at all. Aside from the allegations coming from both sides, the right of church members to approach their leadership with concerns, observations, opinions and questions should be absolute without retaliation. The right of church members to also voice these publicly is a constitutionally protected right, unless of course they are known to be false, unfounded or slanderous. The exercise of these God-given rights is not a matter for “church discipline” in the form of punishment, shunning, marginalization, and/or ostrasization, and least of all lawsuits. A PASTOR or ELDER is not a POPE, autocrat, or dictator. Some pastors do however, become “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, where absolute obedience to them is required and commended. Lacking such fealty, the sheep are at risk of being destroyed in an abusive manner whether they remain in such a church or decide to leave. These pastors believe, in their assumed arrogant “anointing” that their control of Christians extends beyond the church property. Such is the case here, since they believe that the civil and criminal authorities have been instituted by God.
    Todd Rhoades of Toddrhoades.com has no opinion and some doubt on this matter, but he would like your comments on “if you were accused (wrongfully) of child abuse…if your church was accused of horrible things?”: http://toddrhoades.com/pastor-starts-website-to-attack-churchs-attackers/. I draw your attention to the word “wrongfully” and the question mark “?” inserted in this quote. No opinion here?
    From Katu.com is the following picture and report upon the dismissal in court: http://www.katu.com/news/local/Judge-dismisses-case-where-pastor-sued-former-parishioner-163953036.html
    Here are some relevant videos:

For Sovereign Grace issues see: http://www.brentdetwiler.com
For First Baptist Hammond/Hyles/Schaap issues see: http://www.wayoflife.org

 
 

ALPHA COURSE-SOME OTHER OPINIONS

AS AN INTRODUCTION:
    Rick Warren endorses the Alpha Course in this video. Below the video are reviews of the Alpha Course from a biblical point of view, followed by two more videos of Cecil Andrews.

BELOW IS COPIOUS EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT ALPHA HAS ROOTS IN THE VINEYARD CHURCH OF JOHN WIMBER, CHARISMATIC, FRIENDSHIP AND COMMON CAUSE WITH ROMAN CATHOLICISM, CONTEMPLATIVE MYSTICAL ASSOCIATION WITH RENOVARE, AN ASSORTMENT OF ECUMENICAL PASTORS LIKE RICK WARREN, AND A BROAD RANGE OF APOSTATE CHURCHES. THIS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO SHOW THAT ALPHA IS TO BE AVOIDED IF YOU ARE OR ARE THINKING OF BECOMING A BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN:
Do Not Be Surprised Blog:
     http://www.donotbesurprised.com/p/the-alpha-course-compromise.html
Personal Freedom Outreach:
     http://www.pfo.org/alpha-cr.htm
Deception in the Church.com:
     http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/alpha.html
Dusty Peterson “The New Age of Alpha” (critique):
     http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/TheNewAgeOfAlpha.pdf
Christiandoctrine.net-“The Gospel According to Alpha” by Cecil Andrews:
   http://www.christiandoctrine.net/doctrine/outlines/outline_00107_the_gospel_according_to_alpha_web.htm
Apprising.org-“The Influence of Christian Mystics Morton Kelsey and John Wimber (Vineyard Church) on the Alpha Course”:
http://apprising.org/2012/12/02/the-influence-of-christian-mystics-morton-kelsey-and-john-wimber-on-the-alpha-course/
Apprising.org-“The Ecumenical Compromise of the Alpha Course”:
http://apprising.org/2012/09/27/the-ecumenical-compromise-of-the-alpha-course/
Apprising.org-“Chris Hand on the Alpha Course”:
http://apprising.org/2012/11/30/chris-hand-on-the-alpha-course/
LighthouseTrails Research.com-“Alpha Assessed” by Cecil Andrews of Take Heed Ministries:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/alphabycecil.pdf#search=”alpha course”
LighthouseTrailsResearch.com-“Dragnet Behind Alpha, Vineyard, ‘Purpose-Driven’, ‘Toronto’ (Blessing)”:
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index32.pdf (SEE COLORED FLOWCHART)
Bayith Ministries (Peterson & McDonald)-“The Character of Alpha’s Jesus” (3 parts):
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index18.htm and
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index19.htm and
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index20.htm
Webtruth.org-“The Gospel According to Gumbel (the Alpha Course)”;
http://www.webtruth.org/articles/what-is-the-gospel-21/the-gospel-according-to-gumbel-(the-alpha-course)-40.html

VIDEO IN TWO PARTS BY CECIL ANDREWS ON: “ALPHA: ATTEND OR AVOID?”:

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER & TAIZE WORSHIP

TAIZE: www.taize.fr Here are some introductory videos about Taize, the French ecumenical mystical monastery which is devoid of scripture and doctrine, but heavy on contemplative mysticism, candles, low lighting, prayer positions, and “religious” feelings, especially attractive to the unchurched of Europe and the U.S. Note that once Protestant denominations are becoming less Protestant and adapting these Catholic/Orthodox practices. It would seem that the Reformation of Luther, etc., is being undone, so that the “lost brethren”, once called heretics, anathematized by the Council of Trent, and subsequently murdered by the Catholic Inquisition, can now be brought back to Rome.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

David Cloud of Way of Life www.wayoflife.org explains reasons for not being a Southern Baptist at: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/whynotsbc.html. In summary the reasons are as follows:

(1) THE DENOMINATIONAL SYSTEM ITSELF IS UNSCRIPTURAL
(2) THE SBC IS ECUMENICAL
(3) THE SBC HAS REFUSED TO DISCIPLINE BILLY GRAHAM. 
(4) SBC CHURCHES ARE NOT GOVERNED SCRIPTURALLY. 
(5) WORLDLINESS IS RAMPANT IN SBC CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS.
(6) SHAMEFUL POLITICS IS PRACTICED BY SBC CONSERVATIVE LEADERS.
(7) WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO HOLD LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE SBC. 
(8) THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT IS GROWING WITHIN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. 
(9) THE SBC IS PERMEATED WITH THEOLOGICAL MODERNISM. (See below)
(10) THE SBC IS FILLED WITH MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE YOKED WITH PAGAN ANTI-CHRIST ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE MASONIC LODGE AND THE EASTERN STAR. 
(11) THE VAST MAJORITY OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONGREGATIONS REFUSE TO EXERCISE CHURCH DISCIPLINE, AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A BIBLICALLY PURE CHURCH WITHOUT DISCIPLINE.
(12) SOUTHERN BAPTISTS ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROMOTING THE CHURCH GROWTH PHILOSOPHIES THAT WEAKEN THE CHURCHES BY TURNING THE CHURCH’S MISSION AWAY FROM THE COMMITMENT TO THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD, WHICH IS THE MISSION AND PURPOSE THAT JESUS CHRIST DELIVERED TO THE CHURCH (MATT. 28:19-20), TO A CAPSULATED, WATERED-DOWN, MAN-MADE “PURPOSE.” THE CHURCH GROWTH MOVEMENT PROMOTES THE USE OF WORLDLY MUSIC AND DRESS TO ATTRACT LARGE CROWDS. (See below)
(13) THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION IS NEW EVANGELICAL AND REJECTS BIBLICAL SEPARATION. 
    In reference to #9 above, the following video is brought to your attention for comparison. Jeff Pinder will be the new senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Wilmington, Delaware, www.fbcwilmington.com (Independent Baptist, non-SBC affiliated to date), effective January 1, 2013. He will be replacing the former pastor George Nichols under whom Pinder worked years ago as a youth pastor at Faith Baptist. Pinder authored “Forged by Conviction” and has ties, if not affiliations with, the Southern Baptists, including the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and the Southern Baptist Convention of Florida. The question is whether Pinder will bring a formerly independent Baptist church into the Southern Baptist Convention, and if not, will he bring in contemporary “Christian” music and all the church growth methods of Warren, Hybels, and Drucker and mix in some neo-reformed Calvinism, mysticism, and ecumenism too? A hint may be found at his present church, Faith Baptist Port St. Joe, Florida www.fbcpsj.org

    

BERLIN DECLARATION-Global Home Education Conference

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BERLIN DECLARATION
We signatories of this declaration presented on November 3, 2012 at the first Global Home Education Conference in Berlin, Germany hereby,
Remind all nations that numerous international treaties and declarations recognize the essential, irreplaceable and fundamental role of parents and the family in the education and upbringing of children as a natural right that must be respected and protected by all governments,
Affirm home education as a practice where parents and children undertake the activity of education themselves to pursue learning that meets the needs of the family and children,
Note that in Article 26 part 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 stating that “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” elevates and indicates the preeminence of the right of parents and the family in relation to the State,
Further note that the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states in Article 13.3 that the “States Parties to the present covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents […] to choose for their children schools, other than those established by public authorities, which conform to such minimum educational standards as may be laid down or approved by the State and to ensure that religious or moral education of their children is in conformity with their own convictions”,
Further note that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides in Article 18, paragraph 4 that “the States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions” and that this convention designates these rights as non-derogable in Article 4 paragraph 2,
Further note that Art. 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child demands that state parties ”respect the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents … to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of the rights recognized in the present Convention” including the right to education,
Further note that the Doha Declaration issued on 30 November 2004 by the Doha International Conference for the Family, welcomed by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/59/111) emphasized that “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children and the liberty to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions” and called to “Strengthen the functioning of the family by involving mothers and fathers in the education of their children” and to “Reaffirm that parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” (Call to Action, nn. 16-18),
Further note that the United Nations Special Rapporteur in Education recognized that home education should be a legitimate educational option specifically in a March 2007 report on an official observation mission to Germany,
Further note that the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950 provides in Article 2 of Protocol 1 that “in the exercise of any functions which it
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assumes in relation to education and teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions”,
Further note that Article 14.3 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union guarantees that “the right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions shall be respected, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of such freedom and right”,
Further note that the European Parliament in its resolution of 23 October 2012 on an Agenda for Change: the future of EU development policy (P7_TA(2012)0386, n. 15) “Emphasizes the importance of solidarity between generations; in this respect, invites the [European] Commission to adopt family mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle for achieving the EU development goals” and that home education should be viewed as an important part of the family mainstreaming in the educational policies,
Further note that Art. 27.1 of the CIS Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms states: “In the exercise of any functions which the Contracting Parties assume in relation to education and to teaching, they shall respect the right of parents to ensure for their children such education and teaching as corresponds with their own convictions and national traditions”,
Further note that credible and scientific research indicate that home education is an effective means of educating children to become literate and productive citizens and members of civil society and that there is no evidence at all of harm to children or an increased risk of harm on the basis of home education,
Wherefore we now,
1. Condemn the policies of those nations that prohibit the practice of home education and permit the persecution of home educating families through excessive or coercive fines, threats to parental custody and application of criminal sanctions;
2. Urge all members of the international community to take concrete steps to affirm in their law, policy, and civil and criminal procedures that parents have a natural and fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children which includes the right to choose the type of education their child shall receive including home education;
3. Encourage states to consider the growing body of research about home education and take steps to review laws, policies and procedures to make it possible for all parents to participate in this activity;
4. Urge the assistance of human rights bodies, governments, NGOs, elected and appointed government officials and individual citizens to seek greater respect for the fundamental right of parents to choose the kind of education their children receive including home education;
5. Request the global home education community take active steps to communicate this resolution to their governments and to take all steps necessary to recognize the right of
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families to home education as a non-derogable and fundamental human right regardless of the motivation or methodology of those who chose it;
6. Commit to support freedom, diversity and pluralism in education through formal and informal coordination with the goal of making home education a legitimate educational option in every nation and the right of every family and child.
Presented this day, the Third of November, 2012 in the City of Berlin at the First Global Home Education Conference.
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List of Organizational Signatories
GHEC2012 Organizing Board
List of individual Signatories

Foreign Spirit of Contemporary Worship Music

Pull up a comfortable chair and spend 1HR/18MIN watching this video by David Cloud of Way of Life http://www.wayoflife.org. He explains how churches are “building bridges” to the world of rock and roll, mysticism, and ecumenism by using contemporary “Christian” music. Most CCM artists have secular music backgrounds, affiliate with Catholic contemplative musicians, or do joint recordings and concerts with these. This is how the world and its corrupt influence gets into bible believing churches.

JUGENDAMT-German Homeschooler Abductions

ALERT: Behind the veneer of a perfectionistic, orderly and efficiently run culture lies a remnant of national socialism reminiscent of the Nazi period. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the USA. Not so in Germany and other countries. In its desire for uniformity of outcome, and to prevent so-called “parallel societies”, Germany enforces compliance with its public school system with the use of the Jugendamt, a quasi social services/militaristic arm of the government to track down, harass, fine, imprison parents and/or relocate children to foster homes, psychiatric facilities, and children’s homes. Home School Legal Defense http://www.hslda.org is helping homeschoolers in the USA and Germany and around the world where it can.

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