Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Rod Parsley - Purchasing Discernment

At the end of his May 24th Breakthrough broadcast Rod Parsley asked some of his followers to sow a gift of $50, promising that “I believe God will give you a harvest of protection from deception and an uncommon ability to discern between truth and error in your life....First, God is going to release to you the ability to hear and recognize His voice as never before. Second, protection over your decisions. I'm believing with you for one year of no bad choices in your life. Finally, thirdly, protection from the deception of the adversary.”

If such a technique would actually work I would strongly encourage everyone to send Parsley $50. That would surely spell the end of the Word of Faith movement!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Today's Word to the Wise on Benny Hinn

From a newspaper in Trinidad:

The wife of the man who died soon after he was said to have been healed by American televangelist Benny Hinn seven years ago had this bit of advice for sick people who plan to attend Hinn's crusade this month: Visit a doctor instead.

"Don't believe in any man. Believe that Jesus can help you," Molly Chance said on Monday.

Chance's ailing husband, Marcano Siewkumar, went to Hinn's crusade at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain in 1999.

Struggling to walk, he was chosen as one of the people to be healed that night, and was lifted onto the stage.

Hinn is returning to Trinidad for a three-day crusade from May 19.

Siewkumar, who suffered with heart disease, kidney failure and hypertension, was told he was healed.

The Siewkumar miracle as it was called was broadcast on a Christian television cable channel by Hinn who said he had cast out more demons in Trinidad than anywhere else he had preached.

Chance said her husband was bitter until his death, which came 33 days after the healing.

At her home in Douglas Trace, Barrackpore, Chance recalled: "When he came home, he believed he was healed. He walked off that stage without help. He felt real good. But three days later, he said we should take him to hospital."

She added: "My husband said the man didn't heal him."

Siewkumar, a 61-year-old cane farmer, was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital, then Mt Hope, and died at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

His wife said: "He was Hindu. But he took Jesus when he started getting sick. But he should never have put his faith in Benny Hinn. If I get sick. I would not put my faith in Benny. I would put it in Jesus."

Chance said many people who listened to Hinn might be given false hope.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

T. D. Jakes On Salvation

T. D. Jakes is a Pentecostal preacher who takes a Oneness view of the Godhead, denying the doctrine of the Trinity. He's also a prominent Word of Faith teacher. On May 2, 2006 he was on National Public Radio, and this is what he had to say about salvation:

ANNETTE: I'm a Muslim here in Portland. I'm part of a Shiite community. And we had a wonderful interface dialogue last weekend with a local Unitarian church. And I'd like to ask you please to speak about concrete experiences you've had as far as interfaith dialogue goes. And also would like to ask you, do you feel that only Christians could hope to enter Heaven?

Pastor JAKES: Very great question. When it comes to interfaith experiences, I'm currently serving by the appointment of former President Bush and President Clinton, as co-chair of an interfaith advisory committee to help people get back up on their feet.

And we do have on the board Muslims, Catholics, a Jewish Rabbi, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals across the board. And we're working together very effectively because we all care about common goals. We have our distinct theologies and our own ideologies but there are common grounds that we can work together very effectively in many, many cases.

When it comes to Heaven, I try to leave that up to God. I certainly believe that Christianity is right, but when it comes down to the final test--who goes and who doesn't go--Jesus said, Other sheep have I who are not of this fold. Them also must I bring. I'll let Him identify who those sheep are and I stay out of the conversation.