A key signature in dealing with false teachers, false prophets, frauds and wolves is something that they default to in their unregenerate, unbelieving nature – their native language.
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
And Jesus was not engaging in an ad hominem attack (as we will see Brown do).
Jesus was making a true statement in regards to sinful man’s unregenerate hearts and minds, unregenerate men who are from their father, the devil. Those who don’t think twice about engaging in spiritual deception to further their own ‘vain imaginations’.
When ChurchWatch Central calls someone a false teacher or heretic, we are calling that person out as a ‘servant of Satan’ (just as Paul did in his letters to the Corinthians).
And God’s Word gives a very serious warning to Doctor Michael Brown.
Time and again, Dr Michael Brown deliberately ignores many biblically sound Christian leaders when they ask (or challenge) him as to why he endorses (or remains friends with) false teachers and false prophets. If his ongoing friendships were to bring them to repentance, he would have our full support and endorsement – however that’s not the case as you will see in this article.
If he’s not engaging in ad hominem attacks, he engages in other deceitful forms of dialogue to avoid either answering questions or to shut people up. And as we have pointed out, when you expose his own false WOF theology, or for misleading others, he doesn’t apologize or repent. He attacks that person’s character.
Discernment sites such as ChurchWatch often bear the brunt of his attacks.
Jesus Christ is explicitly clear in His word that we can judge people like Brown in accordance with their teachings. To the point that we are given instructions to either discipline them, expel them – or mark and avoid them. The good shepherds are to expel the false teachers in order to protect the men, women and children given into their care – especially those who may be susceptible to their false teaching.
So our message to Dr Brown is the same message John the Baptist gave to Christ’s adversaries, the Pharisees:
“You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” John 3:7-9
No more clear example of Brown’s ‘duplicitous’ behaviour was that exhibited in his dialogue with Christians on his Facebook wall over the last few days.
DIALOGUE WITH KEVIN A. MUCH.
Kevin A. Much’s comments caused Michael Brown to accuse him of slander. What did Kevin say?
Kevin Much called Michael Brown to repent of endorsing false teachers:
“It’s not slander to tell you that you are being deceived by allowing false teachers on your show. That is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed like a house that is on fire, repentance is needed. Take it to the church to see if you’re right or wrong about defending Jennifer LeClaire and having her on your show. I believe we both know who Mike LeMay is and you may respect the discernment ministry he is in Stand Up For The Truth. I would take it to a sound teacher if I were you to take a serious look at this. Mike is sound, I think you know him. If you won’t do that, then for sure there is no humility there for you to honestly take it before him and ask about this. I’m thoroughly convinced he would tell you the truth about this subject.”
Source: Kevin A. Much, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1941873475838245?comment_id=1942394352452824&reply_comment_id=1942421015783491&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D, Published 10/05/2017. (Accessed 10/05/2017.)
Kevin wanted Brown to repent. Instead, Brown responded to his comment:
“Kevin, it IS slander when you accuse the people on your list of getting rich off the church. I know how some of them live personally, and you’re 100% wrong. As for Mike LeMay, sorry, but I’ve never heard of him. He’s certainly welcome to discuss his views on my show, just as I welcomed Justin Peters to do so (he’s one of the strongest critics of Benny Hinn). So, you have the choice of stepping higher and retracting some of the slander, or else having your comment removed. I have no problem with you differing with me or feeling I’m deceived. You’re welcome to do that, especially in this thread which is relevant. But my FB page is not a platform for slander, so the ball is back in your court. You can edit the relevant post(s) or remove them. Thanks!
Source: AskDrBrown, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1941873475838245?comment_id=1942394352452824&reply_comment_id=1942458305779762&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D, Published 10/05/2017. (Accessed 10/05/2017.) (Emphasis added.)
A few Christians reminded Dr Michael Brown that Mike LeMay had Dr Brown on his shown twice. With this correction out of the way, Kevin Much called Michael Brown to repentance AGAIN:
“Yes I thought I remembered hearing Dr.Brown on the Stand Up For The Truth program as a guest in the past. Although I don’t know if Mike knew or not about the false teachers that Dr.Brown has been defending. Regardless I know I respect both Mike and Amy and would ask that you Dr.Brown would still take heed to what these people have been telling you on this forum. Although many comments were already deleted from last nights discussion. We just desire that you Dr.Brown would repent. Still praying for you Dr.Brown.” (Emphasis added.)
Source: Kevin A. Much, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1941873475838245?comment_id=1943341809024745&reply_comment_id=1943355469023379&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D, Published 11/05/2017. (Accessed 11/05/2017.)
Did Michael Brown repent or even acknowledge his mistake by apologizing?
Typical of false teachers, Dr Brown justified his mistake and ignored the plea of a Christian to repent of his endorsing dangerous false teachers:
” I do lots of interviews and didn’t remember Mike’s name. Glad to hear I’ve been on his show.”
Source: AskDrBrown, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1941873475838245?comment_id=1943341809024745&reply_comment_id=1943967018962224&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D, Published 11/05/2017. (Accessed 11/05/2017.) (Emphasis added.)
No apology for getting information wrong.
No repentance of endorsing false teachers.
No sign of the Holy Spirit at work in Dr Michael Brown.
DIALOGUE WITH CHRIS RICE.
“If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-2
Chris Rice is clearly a true disciple of Jesus, considering he elevated God’s Word in the discussion to refute the ‘sneaky squid spirit’. Rice pointed out how Brown was criticizing anyone who had an issue with LeClaire’s ‘sneaky squid spirit’ doctrine:
“Your default reaction to the sneaky squid spirit should be a firm, WRONG.
But instead you give a firm WRONG to the critics of it.” [Source]
Please give serious consideration to Michael Brown’s response:
“Chris, if your question is sincere and not sarcastic, the answer is simple. I study God’s Word in Hebrew carefully and all the time; I don’t study every teaching from every Christian leader a fraction as much. I was on Benny Hinn’s show one time and have had zero contact with him before or after. Why would I be expected to know all of his doctrinal positions? As for a “sneaky squid spirit,” first, I haven’t heard Jennifer’s actual words; I only heard what Chris represented. Second, on the face of it, I can’t say if it’s false or true. What if you told me about a vision you had about a seven-headed dragon that was seducing God’s people in a sneaky way? Do I automatically dismiss it? What if Jennifer saw a symbolic picture of a many-tentacled demonic spirit that was trying to destroy God’s people in a stealthy way? Please give me the chapter and verse that tells me to say there is no such thing.” [Source] (Emphasis added.)
(SIDE ISSUE: Brown claims he knows nothing about Benny Hinn except that he “was on Benny Hinn’s show one time and have had zero contact with him before or after.” That’s interesting, given he claimed to read John MacArthur’s book “Strange Fire” and countered that work with his own book “Authentic Fire”. John MacArthur wrote quite a bit about Benny Hinn in his book. So which Michael Brown should we believe?)
There’s much to discern about the above comment by Brown.
In Genesis, God said to Adam and Eve that if they eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they will die. Who cares if God mentioned Satan or not – they were told not to. However, Satan attempted to make Adam and Eve doubt God’s Word and to believe in things God did not say.
Chris Rice plainly stated to Brown that:
“Dr. Brown, the burden isn’t on me to prove that a sneaky squid spirit doesn’t exist, the burden is for someone to prove it does exist, especially when they’re claiming to speak for God. There is nothing in scripture to support this. If one is going believe something, then it should be in the Bible. As soon as our foot becomes planted in someone’s supposed “prophecy” and not in scripture, we begin to stand on sinking sand.”
“Do we believe a sneaky squid spirit exists because Jennifer says so? Do we believe it because the Bible says so? Do we believe it because Jennifer says it, but the Bible doesn’t say anything against it? If yes, then people can make up any amount of things to believe, because there is plenty the Bible may not speak against.
What’s to stop me from saying there is a big purple demon named Larry who wants to give me invisible atomic wedgies? Under your standard I may be right, since the Bible doesn’t speak against purple demons named Larry who want to give atomic wedgies.”
And what’s there to stop Michael Brown into being deceived by Satan like Adam and Eve with this offer?
“You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened,
and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4
How would Michael Brown respond to Satan’s offer in light of God’s Word?
“I can’t say if it’s false or true.” [Source]
If he can’t discern the veracity of what Jennifer LeClaire proclaimed, how does he interpret what Satan said to Adam and Eve is true or false – when all they had was God’s Word?
Michael Brown’s obfuscation indicates he is very gullible to say the least! Why is Brown’s standard of uncertainty to be accepted when we have God’s Word plainly written for us to discern truth from error?
Sadly, we see again and again that Brown attacks any Christian who has issues with him endorsing so-called Christian leaders who are either criminals, frauds, false teachers or false prophets.
Brown decided to attack Chris Rice and put the proof on him to argue why there is no “sneaky squid spirit” in the bible:
“Chris, actually, the burden of proof is on you. You raise serious charges here, without scriptural merit.”
At this point, can we assume Dr Michael Brown may actually believe the report of a big purple demon named Larry who wants to give people invisible atomic wedgies, if a fellow charismatic speaks of seeing one?
Brown also said this to Chris Rice:
“Chris, thanks for your gracious words in the midst of our differences, and be assured that I’ve given these issues much thought, study, and prayer. And notice that I gave Chris R. a platform to critique Jennifer as well as asked him to give out his website. I’m all for people hearing both sides of an issue. I’d also encourage you to get to know some of the people better whom you attack. You might be quite surprised — and blessed.”
Source: AskDrBrown, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1941873475838245?comment_id=1942141195811473&reply_comment_id=1942542639104662&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D, Published 10/05/2017. (Accessed 10/05/2017.)
How can we be believe Brown has given these issues “much thought, study, and prayer” when in the same comment he states, “I’d also encourage you to get to know some of the people better whom you attack?” He is talking about the false teachers Rice had issue with.
If that is not an example of someone doing the job of the enemy before God and man, we don’t know what is.
DIALOGUE WITH OTHERS.
Through out his entire discourse, Michael Brown has been committing these common fallacies:
- Ad Hominem Circumstantial – “Arguments that try to discredit an opponent because of his background, affiliations, or self-interest in the matter at hand.”
- Appeal to Illegitimate Authority (ad erecundiam) – “Arguments that distract by attempting to shame the listener into agreement by citing an illegitimate authority.”
- Appeal to ignorance – “Arguments that claim that since a proposition cannot be disproven, it must therefore be true or likely.”
- Deflection tactic (Appeal to relationship) – “Built on the assumption that an individual’s personal charisma and charm are more important than an evaluation of their teachings and actions, this fallacy deflects the criticism by deflecting the issues raised and asking if the arguer personally knows the individual in question.”
Martin Kantola rightly observed Dr Brown committing the fourth fallacy:
“You are saying the exact same thing as many local charismatic pastors; don’t criticize the false teacher, get to know him or her instead. But that’s not what the Word of God says, quite the opposite!”
Source: Martin Kantola, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1941873475838245?comment_id=1942141195811473&reply_comment_id=1944023642289895&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D, Published 11/05/2017. (Accessed 11/05/2017.)
Michael Brown simply repeated the fallacy and put Kantola in his place.
“Martin Kantola, false, sir. I’m saying get to know the people you attack because some of them are fine Christians and not false teachers. As for the false teachers, of course, expose them.”
Source: AskDrBrown, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AskDrBrown/posts/1941873475838245?comment_id=1942141195811473&reply_comment_id=1944049238954002&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D, Published 11/05/2017. (Accessed 11/05/2017.)
Michael Brown also stated to Amy Spreeman that:
“Some of these folks are personal friends of mine who love the Lord and love His Word, and the greater error I see is in what some folks are posting here, sad to say.” (Emphasis added)
Are you starting to see how shallow Michael Brown’s discernment level really is? Michael Brown wrote to Ferguson MacRay stating:
“… Had my guest brought up the “squid spirit” issue I would have probed her on it, but I certainly do not try to find out everything every guest I have on the air believes or teaches. In that case, I’d have on one guest per decade. I also allowed a critic to have free air time and promote his website, despite my known differences with him.”
Ferguson highlighted the issue of that statement from Brown fairly well:
“Am I hearing you right? I said to you that my family and friends are suffering because of the people they listen too. But you just said you are deliberately not trying to find out what your guests believe or teach before coming onto your program.
All because you might have “one guest per decade?”
Forgive me if I am coming to wrong conclusions here, but how can you then say in the same post that you are, “preaching the Word, living holy, winning the lost, exalting Jesus,” when these people you have on are causing hurt and division among my Christian family, friends and my church?
Where’s the love, chap?
And why are you deliberately refusing to discern your guest speakers and assume they are legitimate when they are hurting people’s families, friends and churches? In the world of radio and television, neglecting to research your guests can get you into a LOT of trouble. May I suggest you research them before you get into further possible trouble or controversy?”
Michael Brown then revealed this startling piece of information:
“I do not research everything that every guest says or believes before I interview them otherwise, yes, I’d have one guest per decade. But I’m quite familiar with the beliefs of many of my guests, and just because some folks don’t like them doesn’t mean that I agree with their assessment.”
So there you have it.
If you want to know why Michael Brown conveniently knows nothing about the dangerous teachings of Benny Hinn, Lance Wallnau, C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, Brian Houston, Yonggi Cho, Bill Johnson or Jennifer LeClaire (All prominenent NAR Apostles and Prophets), he’s explained it for all the world to see:
“[…] I do not research everything that every guest says or believes before I interview them otherwise, yes, I’d have one guest per decade.”
In other words, Brown chooses not to know too much about his audience for the sake of his radio program.
What Brown is peddling is a form of the “Touch Not God’s Anointed” heresy.
It is no different to Benny Hinn threatening to blast people’s heads off with his Holy Ghost machine gun if they dared question he and his friends.
Only Michael Brown has the audacity to state that any Christian who questions his divine “knowing” about his NARpostle friends – are in “greater error” for having questioned Brown. Particularly if he really knows what God’s Word says about false teachers peddling false doctrine and false prophecy.
This is a serious spiritual error Michael Brown is committing.
This subjective spiritual standard is what he is governed by.
Not the authority of God’s Word.
And by this standard he has shown his true colours.
In closing, it’s interesting to see that the majority of controversial figures he continues to endorse, are also his NAR Apostolic and NAR Prophetic friends.
If Dr Michael Brown doesn’t repent of these ongoing endorsements, he is in grave danger of standing with these same false Apostles and Prophets who, on the day of judgment, will be saying:
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ Matthew 7:22
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