Happy Reformation Day – Still Protesting: Top 20 dangerous heretics to be marked & avoided.

For Reformation Day, we want Christians around the world to consider who they think are the most dangerous heretics in the world today undermining Christianity. The Pope will always be the most serious threat to Christianity since at the Council of Trent, the Roman Catholic Church anathematized the gospel.

5 SOLAS Symbol

Credit to PirateChristian.Com for the 5 Sola symbols…

In this article, we list our top 20 most dangerous heretics that Christians world-wide must mark and avoid (Romans 16:17) for the sake of Christ’s people and Christ’s gospel. We have also color-coded the heretics so people can identify what modern-day cult they represent.

They are marked in order from the more dangerous to the less dangerous, addressing the following:

  1. Evidence either gathered on them (which can be accessed in our archives).
  2. Their influence on Christianity globally or people’s perception on what Christianity is because of them’
  3. Who they target and how effective they are.
  4. Their disregard of the Solas.
  5. Their character.

We will assess them on the Solas as so:

Key:
[1. Sola Scripture: 1] [2. Sola Fide: 1] [3. Sola Gratia: 1] [4. Sola Christus: 1] [5. Sola Deo Gloria: 1]
Total: 5/5

[1. SS: 1] [2. SF: 1] [3. SG: 1] [4. SC: 1] [5. SDG: 1]
Total: 5/5


HERETIC 01: CHE AHN

Ministry: Harvest International Ministries (HIM)

After the leading Apostle (C. Peter Wagner) of the New Apostolic Reformation died in 2016, Che Ahn became his successor. Che Ahn is now the leading promoter of the aberrant practices, teachings and new revelations of the NAR today.

It is important to remember that 2001 was the year Wagner believed that ‘end-times’ governing Apostles and Prophets would lead the church to usher in Christ’s return. Essentially whatever Che Ahn claims to be new revelation or claims what God is saying and implementing through NAR prophets, it is Ex Cathedra – infallible truth that cannot be challenged. Just like the majority of other popular Apostles in the NAR, he espouses the NAR kenotic Jesus, the NAR sonship spirit (Spirit of Power), the NAR gospel of the kingdom (Gospel of Power), new Wine Skin church (Apostolic Centers) and the ‘infallible’ 7 Mountain Mandate (Lauren Cunningham, Bill Bright), The Dominion Mandate (Wagner, Johnson) and the Billion Souls mandate (Bob Jones, Mike Bickle).

To be this hardened against Jesus Christ, the actual gospel and the plain reading of scripture while celebrating 500 years of the Reformation, places him first as the most dangerous man in evangelicalism.

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HERETIC 02: MICHAEL BROWN

Ministry: Line of Fire

Never did we think Michael Brown could be considered a serious threat in evangelicalism. We grew up with his ‘biblical’ teachings. With our charismatic leanings we were excited that he, as a Messianic Jew, was doing great work winning Jews to Jesus and being an academic voice of reason on behalf of Christianity to a world growing more and more evil.

And then we saw him acting like an ‘apostle’, defending other NAR ‘apostles’ such as Brian Houston, Bill Johnson, Cindy Jacobs, Lance Wallnau, Lou Engle, Mike Bickle, David Yonggi Cho and Benny Hinn. We started going off the criteria of how an NAR apostle brings ‘order’ and ‘unity’ in the ‘church’. We watched other Apostolic leaders bestow apostolic titles such as ‘spiritual father’, ‘revolutionary’, ‘pioneer’, ‘general’, etc. on Brown. Even more disturbing is how Brown justifies his beliefs and practices by apealling not to the authority biblical authority but to the Brownsville Revival he was apart of (clearly refuted to be the antithesis of Christianity and the Holy Spirit by Chris Rosebrough).

Since calling him out on his Apostleship and in his involvement with the NAR (and although he denies these claims), his actions betray him. To this day Brown is still defending NAR Apostles and capitalizing on people’s ignorance while claiming he holds to Sola Scriptura. Apostolically he continually attempts to bring ‘order’ and ‘unity’ at the expense of the irrefutable evidence against those he defends and against clear biblical instruction. He even deliberately muddies the waters to justify the most wicked and abhorrent ministries, heretics and practices today seen throughout evangelicalism. Time and again, he has been caught defending the false NAR kenotic Jesus, the NAR sonship spirit, the NAR gospel of the kingdom and the NAR eschatology of the New Breed. He even endorses NAR Apostle Brian Simmons and the NAR Bible known as ‘The Passion Translation’ (TPT). He also holds to the NAR ecclesia of governing Apostles and Prophets but has his own spin on this theology.

Furthermore, he hides behind his title of ‘Dr’ (he has a B. A. in Hebrew Language), while giving a pass to false teachers like Sid Roth and Jonathan Cahn who twist the ancient biblical Hebraic language to justify their latest nonsensical paradigms. For him to be considered a doctor in anything with the people he endorses makes a mockery of Christian academia. It’s not just the status he uses, it’s the friendships. Brown will often use his ongoing friendship with Dr Jame White to present the facade that he carries a Reformed or academic face in Apologetics or Polemics.

Brown has become quite the skilled deceiver, yet has the audacity to try to be a voice of Christianity, a voice of conscience for society and a moralist in social settings. To call Michael Brown a ‘doctor’ or biblically sound gives a black mark to academia, apologetics, polemics and is an insult to the scriptural integrity of Christians all around the globe. Evidence clearly demonstrates again and again that Michael Brown gives nothing more than lip service to the Reformation and the Solas, capitalizing on the good will of his gullible audiences.

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HERETIC 03: BRIAN HOUSTON

Ministry: Hillsong

What makes Brian Houston incredibly dangerous to the body of Christ, is his ability to get away with anything. As an NAR Apostle, he has the ability to legally threaten anyone who dares question or investigate him and his movement. He has demonstrated he has the power to escape any legal accountability when it comes to him covering up the crimes of his father in his movement. This is the same man who quite happily allows documentation of the sins of Hillong youth groups in order to manipulate them (called Sin Files), but will condemn anyone who will record his countless deceptions and dangerous teachings.

Houston also claims his church is called apostolically and sees it as a “network committed to the apostolic anointing of leaders.” This means Brian is an NAR Apostle of an NAR Apostolic Center (Hillsong used to be called Christian Life Center).

If that is not enough, he has been proven to ‘preach’ any other gospel rather than the Christian gospel, promote Christian transgenderism and homosexuality, teaches that Christians and Muslims worship the same god, and teaches Christians should travel the ‘wide road’.

Brian and Bobbie Houston Hillsong two-faced

And the reason why people seem to turn a blind eye to Houston’s behaviour and heretical beliefs is their ignorance of scripture and their love for their ears being scratched by the pleasant-sounding music his Hillsong ministry puts out.

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Who cares if he gets people to drink spiritual cyanide, as long as the worship music makes you feel God is ‘near’. Much of his theology shapes the music many people listen to, with Hillsong having no regard for the Reformers, the doctrines of the Reformation or to Christian beliefs or practices. They are happy to change the scriptural methods of ‘doing church’ which has resulted in their abandoning the gospel all together (although you may hear gospel ‘nuggets’ or songs occasionally). They also have no problem worshiping with or praying for the Pope. Sadly, Hillsong is like McDonalds – everyone knows it’s not good for you – but where else do you go for a quick spiritual fix?

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HERETIC 04: BILL JOHNSON

Ministry: Bethel

Bill Johnson literally advertises himself as following a Jesus who emptied himself of His divinity and functions completely as a man empowered by the Holy Spirit. (If Jesus did all His miracles as God, doesn’t that leaves Bill as a spectator – not a participant?) Because he advertises himself and his movement as miracle-workers like Jesus, this has made his church a world-wide phenomena. (Everyone wants to be like a miracle-working revivalist like Bill Johnson!)

The ’emptied himself’ teaching is an heretical teaching known as kenosis theory. What comes with this kenosis teaching is the sonship spirit (aka Spirit of Power), that claims we are born again as ‘little gods’, raised up to perform supernatural signs and wonders in order to awaken an end-times revival (us being manifest as a corporate Christ on earth), ushering Christ’s return. Bill Johnson is the offspring of the New Order of the Latter Rain (established in 1948), his teachings being the bad fruit of their extreme practices and beliefs. So when he claims the Lakeland Revival, Toronto Blessing and the Brownsville Revivals helped shape him and his ministry to what it is today, this demonstrates he puts experiences and ‘supernatural’ events as the foundation of his ministry, not the bible.

It is also not uncommon to hear Johnson claim his church is like Israel camping around the ‘presence’ of God and not around the message. Johnson appears to only use the bible to justify the latest revelations, experiences and direction he thinks his movement should go.

His gospel is the NAR false ‘Gospel of the kingdom’ (aka Power Gospel). That is, the gospel is about signs and wonders to convince people God wants them healthy, wealthy and supernatural. Lastly, Johnson is a deceiver, downplaying his role in the NAR and his Apostolic office.

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Total: 0/5


HERETIC 05: MIKE BICKLE

Ministry: International House of Prayer (IHOP)

Mike Bickle makes it at number 5 mainly for the global recognition of him as a cult leader. If he was not considered a threat or a cult leader by churches or the general public, he would be higher on this list. This is mainly because Bickle has been exposed multiple times for false prophecy and unusual scandals.

He was known in the 1980s as being the leader of the Kansas City Fellowship (otherwise known as the Kansas City Prophets) and recognised leader of the Prophetic Movement within what Apostle Bill Hamon called the ‘Prophetic Apostolic Movement’ (PAM). His entire prophetic movement was exposed by Ernie Gruen, Bickle attempting to downplay his work by spreading lies about him. Yet Bickle’s word games and lies have not gone away. His denial of peddling controversial NAR doctrines such dominionism and the ‘little gods’ should convince the masses that he cannot be trusted since many people have records of him teaching such things. (Bickle also teaches the false NAR Seven Mountain Mandate commission.)

To try and improve the reputation of his ministry (IHOP), Bickle has been inviting popular speakers like Francis Chan to give the impression IHOP is concerned about social issues and the gospel. Do not be deceived by Bickle and his movement. There are many published stories of people being seriously damaged spiritually by IHOP.

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HERETIC 06: DAVID YONGGI CHO

Ministry: Yoido Full Gospel Church

Although an Apostolic giant in the NAR, Cho is often forgotten about. Nevertheless, he has helped raise up Brian Houston, Phil Pringle, Rick Warren and the research and leadership efforts of C. Peter Wagner. Many of the greatest heretics today are part of his apostolic network (called Church Growth International). Our research indicates that he was one for the first heretics who popularized what is known today as the ‘Dream-Destiny-Thingy’. You can research this teaching in his two volume work ‘The Fourth Dimension’.

When we analyse his works and the context of his upbringing, he is peddling the pagan practices of Soga Gokkai (a religion Cho appears to be influenced by). What makes his teachings very dangerous is that he claims to hear the ‘spirit’ speak to him directly about the new revelations of the ‘Fourth Dimension’. Yet he claims this same spirit helped him build the biggest church in the world. Worse still, Cho was is acknowledged for creating the Toronto Blessing and the Brownsville revival. At Brownsville, he prophesied that the revival would not end until Jesus returned. In other words, he operates from a lying spirit and not a born again believer filled with the Spirit of Truth.

His teachings and prophetic delusions of grandeur have nothing to do with the Solas of biblical Christianity. We know he can preach an apparently biblical message but he uses it as ‘bait and switch’ to promote his Fourth dimension teachings. His works were very influential in the early 80s, impacting the biggest churches we see today. His books are still widely read to this day.

In regards to character, his books reveal that the spirit that speaks to him will encourage him to lie to get what he wants. Recently, Cho has been convicted of mishandling church funds. Under his Apostolic authority he removed his own elders who tried to hold him accountable when they made this information public – causing much distress in his church. In other words, Cho cannot be trusted at all as a leader and teacher and should be marked and avoided.

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Total: 0/5


HERETIC 07: RICK WARREN

Ministry: Saddleback Church

Rick Warren is dangerous for his Purpose Driven Life emphasis and causing a new sect within Christianity known as the PDL movement. With his emphasis on God wanting people to have a purpose for their life, the biblical gospel has been replaced with the ‘social gospel’ message. This requires neither faith in Jesus nor an acknowledgement of the gospel of salvation, (as Rick demonstrated when a caller rang in while he was on Oprah, asking for God’s help).

Warren’s teachings on the church and his extreme teachings on visionary leadership are based on the fascist teachings of Peter Drucker, a dangerous mix that helped develop an authoritative arm in NAR churches. Warren’s extreme leadership ideas have also raised concern when he stated he wanted the same zeal of Hitler Youth to be in the practice of Christian Youth.

Warren also believes in modern-day Apostles. The fact that Hillsong invites him to speak at their conferences also reinforces the fact he is considered an Apostle of the NAR. It appears he also has his own spin on the Seven Mountain Mandate with his P.E.A.C.E plan and his own version of the NAR gospel in ‘changing the world’ (Uganda being the first Purpose Driven Nation). Overall, his books and purpose driven teachings are polluting the gospel and turning churches into social centers.

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HERETIC 08: T.D. JAKES

Ministry: The Potters House

T.D Jakes is also known as Bishop Jakes. This title is often lost on many people if they are not familiar with NAR jargon. In NAR circles, a Bishop is an Apostle. However, his apostolic status is not enough to mark him as dangerous, he publicly denies the Trinity and refuses to recant or discuss his stance on this publicly. As a modalist, on this rejection alone, he is not a Christian. Thus he is very dangerous considering many Christian pastors, leaders and teachers invite him to speak at their churches or conference.

A lot of Oneness Pentecostal cults promote Jakes’ books and materials, and sadly his books are found in most Christian bookstores and charismatic churches. His guest appearance on TBN and other TV networks often have him scamming people financially with the false HAW and WOF heresies. A lot of people have been ruined financially as well as spiritually by his teachings. He also is responsible for making heretic Paula White.

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HERETIC 09: JAN-AAGE TORPE

Jan-Aage Torpe is the Che Ahn of Europe, the NARpostle overseeing the growth of the NAR through his ‘European Apostolic Leaders’ (aka European League of Apostles). Similarly to Che Ahn, Torp believes he and his apostolic coalition have received new revelations to govern the end-times church, thus rejecting the bible and Jesus the God-man.

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HERETIC 10: BRIAN SIMMONS

Ministry: Stairway Ministries

Brian Simmons is an Apostle of the NAR and claims God has helped him  write a new bible called ‘The Passion Translation’ (TPT). This NAR bible is nothing more than a propaganda attempt to get people converted to the NAR away from doing the true biblical missions, church and evangelism. You couldn’t get anything more dangerous to lead people away from the Christian faith.

At  this point of time Simmons is still an unknown in the eyes of many Christians with his Passion Translation. He would have made it higher on this list if he started becoming a guest speaker in churches to promote his work. Needless to say, his work barely reflects any resemblance of the Christian faith and as Gervase Nicholas Charmley observed, his work was nothing more than propaganda for spreading NAR teachings.

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* One to keep an eye on in the future.


HERETIC 11: JOEL OSTEEN

Ministry: Lakewood Church

Osteen tries to give the impression with his Lakewood creed that he believes and teaches the bible. But when you actually review his sermons, he rejects the bible, instead preaching WOF heresy and the HAW gospel. While people assume he is a heretic only in the WOF and HAW camps, they fail to realise his father was made popular not by preaching the historic Christian faith but was raised to prominence through the early NAR networks. Aspects of his ministry reflect NAR ideologies and heresies such as the little gods heresy (see his work ‘I AM’) and his view on eschatology reflected in his worship band name called ‘New Breed’.

The most dangerous thing about Osteen is his ‘charm’ – in other words, he can make you feel good and convince you just how really special you are (does not like to convict his listeners of their sin). Armed with these things and his ability to elevate his opinions above the bible to appease culture, only goes to show that he exists to appeal to masses to line his own pockets.

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HERETIC 12: PAULA WHITE

Ministry: Paula White Ministries

Paula White would not have made this list since her reputation as a notorious huckster and financial scammer are clearly seen. However, now that she is the US President’s ‘Spiritual Advisor’, she has had to reinvent herself and her NAR Apostolic office, downplaying her extreme NAR theologies (we are ‘little gods’) and denying Jesus as being the only son of God.

This ‘new’ Paula White has helped further the NAR in politics and her Christian facade is doing more damage than good in spreading what Christianity actually is.

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Total: 0/5


HERETIC 13: STEVEN FURTICK

Ministry: Elevation Church

Although people still question if Furtick is either a Word of Faith or Health and Wealth heretic, he presents himself the way C. Peter Wagner would describe an New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) Apostle. The fact he speaks at Hillsong Conferences, confirms his apostolic prestige as well his desire to be seen with other high profile leaders, as a ‘super apostle’ (his words). What makes him incredibly dangerous is his apparent Messianic complex. Thus he is known around the world for actually running a Cult of Personality (COP).

Famous for his tantrums (Hey Haters!), authoritarian behaviour (Elevation Vision Statement) and cult-like structures and props in his church (kid’s colouring pages), he is probably best known for others identifying his style of preaching with the term,  Narcigesis (reading yourself into any text of the bible and writing God out of it.) His influence in evangelicalism with his innovative language, church ideas and scripture readings (Egg Drop, Sun Stand Still, Audacious faith, etc), has made him into a church ‘rock star’.

The most dangerous thing about Furtick is his appeal to young people and reinforcing narcissistic tendencies in youth around the world. Sadly, there is no cure for narcissism apart from Christ. Although ironically he calls his critics ‘toddlers’, his own childish behaviour is displayed when he does not get his own way. This was demonstrated when Matt Chandler actually preached a biblical sermon on David and Goliath at his Code Orange Conference a few years ago, concluding with “the bible is not about you”. Furtick was clearly angry with the message and initially prevented it from being uploaded. (He later claimed there were technical difficulties.)

Nevertheless, his youthfulness, his fast rise to prominence and innovative style have inspired many immature believers to walk down his road of insecurity and self-obsessiveness to embrace their own ‘messianic’ ministries.

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Total: 0/5


HERETIC 14: EUGENE PETERSON

Author: The Message

Peterson is the author of the Message Bible. His bad bible translation has been regarded as ‘the most dreadful and dangerous mainstream version of the Bible’. (That was until the TPT came along.) His arrogance and flippant attitude in producing a complicated work needs to be noted:

I just kind of let go and became playful. And that was when the Sermon on the Mount started. I remember I was down in my basement study, and I did the Beatitudes in about 10 minutes. And all of a sudden I realised this could work.”

Eugene’s tampering of the text, adding and taking away important information and embedding New Age language and ideas makes him incredibly dangerous. To read more on the dangers of Eugene’s work, read here. Encouraging Christians to embrace New Age language and concepts gives a clear indicator that the Christian faith and gospel message is a foreign concept to this ‘guru’. Many major heretical movements and cults in Christianity love to quote from his Message paraphrase.

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HERETIC 15: WILLIAM PAUL YOUNG

If God the Father was a big black woman, Young is a creepy potato…

William Paul Young is famous for his book ‘The Shack’. While some read it as a story, the ‘Trinity’ that speaks to him undermines a lot of Christian truths. When his work first came out, many solid Christians were pointing out that Young appeared to be subtly undermining the essential teachings of the Christian faith and promoting Post-Modern and New Age ideas to impressionable readers. Young ignored these criticisms and gullible Christian audiences praised his story-telling and were spreading his books to Christian friends, families and churches.

Just before the launch of his movie ‘The Shack’ in cinemas around the world, Young promoted his latest book that brazenly attacked essential truths about God and the Christian faith. His malicious attack on core Christian doctrines revealed that his critics were right and that he had no regard for God or the bible at all. To this day, many churches and leaders promote ‘The Shack’ without fully realising how dangerous his subversive message is.

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HERETIC 16: NICKY GUMBEL

Ministry: Alpha Course

Nicky Gumbel is the man who created the ‘Alpha Course’, a basic introduction to Christianity being promoted in 1000’s of churches across the globe. The Alpha Course acts like a Trojan Horse, tailor-made to change at a whim to suit any sect, cult or movement to win followers to a different gospel. Thus it’s not about knowing Jesus, the gospel or the bible – it’s about indoctrinating or brainwashing people into a certain sect. The information is watered down to the extent that many of those who complete the course are much more ecumenical in their beliefs and too shallow to contend for the faith at all. You couldn’t have a more dangerous course in your church (Hillsong, C3 and many others use it to indoctrinate their members).

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HERETIC 17: SARAH YOUNG

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Sarah Young has been openly rebuked for her poor regard of scripture in favour of personal encounters and conversations with Jesus in her book ‘Jesus Calling’. In our modern New Age saturated culture, Young’s work is incredibly popular among women. Due to her popularity, Young is now targeting children with an illustrated version of ‘Jesus Calling’. Pastor Bob DeWaay rightly describes her work as a toxic devotion, stating the book “promotes mystical devotion to God and is based on words from Jesus beyond Scripture” and that, “Young puts New Age, panentheistic ideas into the mouth of Jesus Christ Himself.”

Like DeWaay, many pastors and apologists, polemicists and concerned Christians have reached a similar conclusion that Young is promoting the New Age religion through a New Age Jesus. Tim Challies claims that Young speaks for God but ‘mimics occult practices‘ such as ‘automatic writing’ (Young calls this ‘listening prayer’). This occult technique runs rampant in NAR circles, (we think originally this came from NARpostle Mark Virkler). By penning this book and presenting herself in a way where she speaks for God, she is portraying herself as a type of prophet for others to imitate. In other words, Christians around the world need to realize in reading her book, she is indeed penning unbiblical ‘revelations’ from God.

Challies further states that “Her book has been corrected’ where she has revised ‘the words she claims to have received from Jesus.” Carm.org provides an example where Young has corrected the words of ‘God’ in her book, concluding that ‘The Jesus of the Jesus calling seems to be nothing more than the musings of a woman who “feels” her way through devotional material and in the process makes numerous mistakes’. Her false Jesus, her disregard of the bible and her promotion of her New Age influences against the backdrop of the historic Christian faith leaves her books not even close to resembling the core tenants or Solas of the Christian faith. Sadly, her work is promoted around the world at women’s conferences, bible studies and as a valid form of daily devotional.

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HERETIC 18: BETH MOORE

Although Beth Moore presents herself as a bible teacher, she clearly has an agenda to usurp the pulpit in the light of plain scripture about women in leadership. She first came on to the scene speaking only to women and then proceeded to speak at Christian conferences where she is now considered by many as a legitimate preacher or pastor by many. Her usurpation of the teaching office does not stop there.

Although she claims to be Baptist, she operates as a prophet of the New Apostolic Reformation, claiming God speaks directly to her. While her critics highlight the dangers of Beth Moore, she has no problem demonizing them or bullying Christians to leave her alone. We regard her as one of the leading women of the Mysti-Chicks Uprising.

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HERETIC 19: BRIAN McLAREN

Leader and face of the Emergent Church (LIB)

Brian McLaren still appears to be the face of the Emergent/Liberal church movement.

McLaren has a liberal worldview impacted by a social Jesus providing nothing more than semantics. His ideals override the biblical narrative and his verbal gymnastics play fast and loose with the Word of God. This man was incredibly dangerous – he, and those in the Emergent/Liberal church movement (like Rob Bell, Doug Pagitt, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Peter Rollins and Tony Jones), have demonstrated that their rejection of the bible and the Jesus plainly presented in scripture has shipwrecked not just their own faith but that of their entire movement.

However, their presence and teachings are still impacting churches all around the world, winning the hearts of men with their lofty sounding speeches and vain imaginings but leaving their souls without a Saviour and the assurance of God’s absolute truth and unchanging love. They are still making significant inroads in Anglican, Uniting and Presbyterian churches around the world. McLaren is a lot like Wagner, endorsing any liberal figure who agrees with his set theology. Many Christians hurt by authoritarian churches (usually NAR), will find the works of McLaren and co refreshing, mind-freeing, seemingly more honest and down to earth in community and church settings.

That is until they start believing what the bible says above their lofty ideas. The complete absence of God’s teachings on His laws, church structure, protocol and teachings on the church being an institution, leaves many Christians open for psychological and spiritual abuse. With McLaren operating from a worldly post-modern worldview, his hypocrisy remains obvious: he will happily deconstruct faith, the church and you – but he won’t deconstruct his positions of authority and his postmodern world-view.

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HERETIC 20: JOYCE MEYER

Joyce Meyer was famous many years ago for teaching Christians that Jesus ‘became possessed on the cross, was born again in hell’ and ‘raised so that we can be ‘little gods”. While people associate this with the Prosperity gospel (she taught this), this is the New Apostolic Reformation ‘Gospel of the Kingdom’. While she claims to reject a lot of her old teachings, her theology says likewise. She still peddles Word of Faith and Health and Wealth heresy alongside her NAR sonship heresy.

The Sonship heresy is another form of the little gods heresy, (also known as ‘kings kids theology’). The fact that Hillsong invite her to speak at their conferences also reinforces the fact she is considered a female Apostle in the NAR. To this day, she is still deceiving millions of Christians around the world with her false teaching and new revelations.

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SPECIAL MENTION: TIM KELLER

Keller was close to getting on this list. It is likely it would be controversial for him to be considered one of the top 20 considering he comes across to many as Reformed. However, his liberal tendencies reveal he acts more like a ‘termite’, eating away the foundations of the Reformation. We have seen much of his liberal leanings, actions and his teachings encourage people to question Sola Scriptura.

He appears to have a strong idea of the gospel of grace, however considering how popular he is among young Christians and ‘New Calvinists’, his skeptical evaluations of scripture are dangerous and are leading many young, reformed and restless youth away from the faith. (We have personally seen this.)

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Total: 1/5


Those were our top 20 for 2017/2018. Do you agree with our assessment and the order in which they were rated? Who do you think should have been on the list for Reformation Day? Keep the conversation going. We encourage people to compile their own warning list and explain who they think is doing the most damage to the Reformation.

Email all comments and questions to c3churchwatch@hotmail.com



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