We would like to introduce a new writer and contributor to our Church Watch team, our brother in Christ Stephen Sapaugh from the United States. Below is his first contribution:
On the April 6, 2017 episode of Fighting For The Faith, Pastor Chris Rosebrough covered C3 San Diego’s pastor Jurgen Matthesius in a blistering rebuke of both his heretical and ad hominem attacks on the church. This twisting from Matthesius is a tactic often used as a setup before an attack on a critic that’s about to take place. Here is an excerpt from the show:
00:06:20 Prophetic Round Up of April “Prophecies”
00:41:24 Jurgen Matthesius Ad Hominem Attack Against His Critics
01:01:14 Brian Houston Look It In the Eye and Step Into It
01:21:57 Sermon Review: Be Assured There is a Purpose and an End by Chris Hodges
Jurgen Matthesius: “…So we find in the scripture Luke 19:17 there is a guy with five talents, and we know that he trades and produces five more. So Jesus says to this man, well done good and faithful servant. You were faithful over a few things I will make you a ruler, or literally in the N.I.V, I will give you authority over ten cities, because you were a good steward. Because you were responsible, I’m going to release to you authority.’ You’ll find that Jesus, before he gives authority, always tests with responsibility. Before you give someone a title, test them with the responsibility of carrying the weight of that title.
Pastor Rosebrough responds in a very biblical way, “This is an eschatological parable, it really is.”
The next move comes in the form of an attack against Churchwatch Central by twisting an eschatological text tightly around a text that is addressed to the whole church.
Jurgen Matthesius: “In fact, there is nothing more wicked than seeing somebody who has no responsibility but wants to exercise authority. There is this group coming out of Australia called ‘Church Watch’ and they are self promoted theologians. They attack Hillsong, C3 – in fact they attack any church that is winning people to Christ, cause if they are winning people to Christ they have to be doing something evil. Because (sic) how many people know if people are coming to Christ it has got to be the work of the devil. It has got to be the work of the dark lord. It smells like Lucifer people are coming to Christ.
Addictions are being broken, their marriages are being healed, people are being saved for all eternity, joy, they are speaking another language it has got to be the devil. We ain’t getting nobody saved but our doctrine is pure. Who told you your doctrine is pure? We did. We got together, we self appointed ourselves. We appointed ourselves the watchmen. Ah that’s interesting uhhhhhhhh, the Bible says that a man is valued by what others say of him. The Bible says that to have authority you have to be under authority, who’s authority? Oh you’re not under anyone’s authority! I know somebody else like that.”
Go on and you will see that Jurgen Matthesius, this is a fellow who we have covered for quite awhile on Fighting For The Faith and (he) is a habitual and chronic twister of God’s word. And he is literally one of the false teachers that Jude is warning us about, and in verse three it literally says to each and every Christian believer that they are to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. And since Jude is part of the body of work known as the New Testament, it is written scripture it is “theopneustos”, it is God breathed.
Therefore, when somebody like Church Watch is contending for the faith and warning the body of Christ of false teachers and false prophets like Jurgen Matthesius they have a commission and authority to do this given by God Himself through the written word and specifically through the epistle of Jude.
Your servant in Christ, Stephen Sapaugh.