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BreakPoint This Week: Prosperity or Heresy?

One of the most destructive heresies of our time will be represented at this month's presidential inauguration. We need to understand why the "prosperity gospel" is another faith.

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  • Prosperity Preaching at the Inauguration: Well-known “health and wealth” preacher Paula White is on the lineup to speak at Donald Trump’s inauguration later this month. Writing in the Washington Post, theologian Michael Horton says Christians should be deeply troubled by this, and explains why prosperity preaching represents a heresy outside the Christian family. Paula White’s ministry responded by posting her doctrinal statement, which you can read here.
  • Liberal Church Dying, Conservative Churches Thriving: New research adds to a growing body of evidence showing that doctrine really matters when it comes to church growth. Churches that take the Bible and the supernatural claims of Christianity seriously, especially the claim of evangelism and the need for personal salvation, tend to grow. Meanwhile, liberal churches and denominations that emphasize social justice over salvation doctrinal fidelity continue to shrink.
  • Congressional Panel Recommends Defunding Planned Parenthood: The Select Panel on Infant Lives has just released its 471-page report following an extended investigation into the Planned Parenthood fetal body parts scandal. Alliance Defending Freedom has the details.
  • Join 21 Days of Prayer for Life: Become equipped to pray and engage in the ongoing fight for the protection of unborn life, as we prepare for the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C. You can download a PDF guide for check out our new app at BreakPoint.

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Good to know, but ...
It's good to know I'm not the only one who recognizes the word of faith (WOF) doctrine as heretical. For years it has seemed that just about everyone else in my church, even the whole denomination (Assemblies of God) was into it, and almost all my efforts to convince people that it is wrong have failed. I play my audio recordings of Hank Hanegraaff and the late Dr. Walter Martin on the subject for those few willing to listen, and they just say they're wrong. One friend of mine, when I listed the names of all the WOF advocates I could think of, because she had said she didn't know what I meant by WOF, said, "You've just named all the good Christian teachers I know."!

I was somewhat distressed, however, when you classified Rick Warren along with Billy and Franklin Graham as a good Christian teacher, for several reasons, chief among which is that he supports Chrislam (at least according to Jack Van Impe). This is the idea that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, the Bible and the Koran are consistent on all major points, etc. On the other hand, I recently saw on a YouTube page ( starting around 26:00) the statement that Billy Graham is now known to be the greatest Christian deceiver in human history. What??? I don't know what he has said or done to give people that idea.

I could go on and on but I won't.

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