Louie Giglio to Join Word Faith Lineup at 2012 Hillsong Conference

Louie Giglio to Join Word Faith Lineup at 2012 Hillsong Conference

June 30, 2012

The 2012 Hillsong Conference kicks off on Monday, 2 July in Sydney, Australia. What is the Hillsong Conference and what do they strive to accomplish?

Hillsong Conference is about you and your Church; it’s about seeing nations changed through the power of the local Church. It’s about personal devotion and hearing from God, it’s about administering justice and loving others. It’s about stepping back, being REFRESHED and inspired… and it’s about doing it, together. (Source)

This is the 26th such conference, and most of the scheduled speakers from outside of the Hillsong family are not strangers to the event. Headlining this year are Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, Steven Furtick and Louie Giglio. Three of these names have appeared at past Hillsong Conferences. Only Steven Furtick is new to the event in Sydney, although he has preached at Hillsong in New York City.

These names, especially Meyer and Prince, are synonymous with the Word Faith heresy. Both were speakers at the 2008 Hillsong Conference and both are quite adept at propagating heretical Word Faith doctrines. Below, Joyce Meyer can be heard mishandling Psalm 82 and teaching the common WF doctrine that we are “little gods”.

Here, Meyer is heard teaching positive confession:

Joseph Prince, another talented prosperity preacher, is the pastor of New Creation Church in Singapore. According to his church website, God has informed Prince that 2012 is the “Year of Unceasing Fruitfulness.”

God spoke to Pastor Joseph Prince many years ago that every year, He would give pastor His rhema word for the year for our church. It is not a list of do’s and don’ts, but it is a declaration of what God will do for the church in that year. On the very first Sunday of this year, it was revealed that 2012 will be a year of unceasing fruitfulness. Beloved, God wants you blessed and fruitful every day of this year like a tree planted by the waters! (Jeremiah 17:7–8, Psalm 1:3)


Prince is also the author of such books as Destined to Reign, wherein he expresses his thankfulness for the influence of Word Faith greats in his life and ministry. On page 271 of the book, Prince writes,

I give thanks to God for my roots in the Word of Faith teachings. It is truly on the shoulders of great men of God like Brother Kenneth E. Hagin that we are able to see further into the Word of God today. Growing up, I learned a lot about faith from Brother Hagin, who truly had a special revelation of faith from the Lord. I deeply honor and respect him for all that he has taught me.

(Joseph Prince, Destined to Reign, [Harrison House Publishers: 2007], 217)

For those who are not aware, Kenneth Hagin was one of the earliest and most influential leaders of the Word Faith movement. As John MacArthur demonstrates in his book, Charismatic Chaos, Hagin’s influence can be found behind such blasphemous doctrines as the “little gods” doctrine, as well as the idea that Jesus Christ had to be born again.:angry4: Quoting Hagin, MacArthur writes,

[COLOR=Green]Kenneth Hagin writes, “You can have what you say. You can write your own ticket with God. And the first step in writing your own ticket with God is: Say it. He adds later, “If you talk about your trials, your difficulties, your lack of faith, your lack of money–your faith will shrivel and dry up. But, bless God, if you talk about the Word of God, your lovely Heavenly Father and what He can do–your faith will grow by leaps and bounds.”[/COLOR]

(John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos, [Zondervan: 1992], 342–343)

Over time, Steven Furtick also has demonstrated that he is easily and perhaps eagerly wriggling his way into the WF camp. At Apprising Ministries, Ken Silva has demonstrated in pieces like Steven Furtick and “Prophet” Brian Carn that Furtick is seeking to bring the Word Faith heresy into the mainstream.

We also know that Furtick has toured, and appeared to be quite impressed with, Joyce Meyer’s ministry headquarters:

Steven Furtick has also shown his affinity for Word Faith preachers in his exaltation of T.D. Jakes as his “favorite preacher in the world.”

Additionally, Steven Furtick has declared that Joel Osteen is a “great man of God.”

Interestingly, Joel and Victoria Osteen were special guests at the 2009 Hillsong Conference along with Jentezen Franklin, Craig Groeschel and 2012 returning speaker Louie Giglio.

So we know, then, that Louie Giglio is not unfamiliar with the Osteens. Not only did he appear with them at Hillsong 2009, but as recently as 27 May 2012, Giglio was preaching at Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

When this speaking engagement at Lakewood was reported, we were reminded of a strange thing that happened back in January 2012 at Giglio’s Passion conference. As Giglio stood on stage with leaders such as [COLOR=DarkOrange]John Piper and Beth Moore, we witnessed a type of “Lectio Divina Lite” taking over the stadium.[/COLOR] Perhaps even more curious, though, were the words Giglio shared at the close of this session:

How many of you heard the voice of God speak specifically, clearly, directly, and personally, to you? Can you just put a hand up? I’d like you to share it. Can you put a hand up for a minute?

Just want you to look around; that’s people saying, “God Almighty (pause) the Maker of heaven (pause) the one Who’s sitting on the only throne (pause) that’s not under threat (long pause, audience cheers)—He spoke to me. He spoke to me.”

“God spoke to me.” (long pause) Don’t let the voice of the darkness, tell you that you are not (pause) worth (pause) that God would not speak to you. (pause) Don’t let him tell you, you don’t matter. (pause) God spoke to you.

It is the opinion of this writer that it seems a bit presumptuous to seek for outside revelation when God has graciously, clearly, and perfectly spoken in His Word. We have no need to listen for His voice outside of Scripture. He has not stuttered. He has not stammered. He has not whispered. To hear from God Almighty, all one must do is open the Bible and read.:thumbsup:

Yet Giglio and the others on stage that day appeared to advocate listening for the voice of God in the silence. Of course, according to the description above, the Hillsong Conference does profess to be about “hearing from God,” so perhaps it ought not surprise that Giglio seems to be a frequent speaker at this event.

Among the Christian leaders on the platform with Giglio at Passion 2012 was Bible teacher Beth Moore, who is herself no stranger to contemplative spirituality. As Ken Silva shares in his article, Beth Moore the Mystic, Moore apparently has claimed to receive direct revelation from God:

What God began to say to me about five years ago, and I’m telling you it sent me on such a trek with Him, that my head is still whirling over it.

He began to say to me, ‘I’m gonna tell you something right now, Beth, and boy you write this one down, and you say it as often as I give you utterance to say it:

[I]“My Bride is paralyzed by unbelief. My Bride is paralyzed by unbelief.” And He said, “Startin’ with you.”[/I]



Beyond the “revelation” described above, Apprising Ministries also has documented that Beth Moore claims that God gave her a vision of the church “as Jesus sees it,” and that this divinely revealed church includes the apostate Roman Catholic Church. It seems that popular pastor Louie Giglio is not bothered by such teaching, however, as he apparently has invited Beth Moore to fill his pulpit at Passion City Church on Sunday, 1 July, while he travels to Australia for the 2012 Hillsong Conference.

It sounds as though both Beth Moore and Louie Giglio are looking forward to her being able to teach at his church:


Thus far there has been no indication that Sunday’s services will be for women only. It seems, then, that Giglio has invited a woman into his pulpit to preach and teach a mixed audience, in spite of the admonition of 1 Timothy 2:12.

Perhaps if Louie Giglio were appearing for the first time at the Hillsong Conference, he could be given a pass for being unaware of the environment that he is walking into. As has been demonstrated, however, he is not a stranger to these events. He has also quite recently placed himself in the pulpit of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, one of the largest temples of the Word Faith heresy. Further, he has invited a woman to fill his own pulpit. Yet over the years, Giglio has generally been held in high regard. One wonders how this might be in light of the evidence before us.

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

(Jude 1:3, 4)

Further Reading:

Steven Furtick and the Presence 2012 Conference

Louie Giglio to Preach at Osteen’s Lakewood Church

Steven Furtick is Lookin’ for the Favor

Biblical Silence vs. Mystical Silence and What Really Went on at Passion 2012?

by EBenz Labels: Beth Moore, deception, New Downgrade, Prosperity Gospel, Scripture Twisting, Seeker-Driven, WoF, Women Pastors




By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Jun 29, 2012

As God sends spiritual blindness upon the world, this postmodern time in which we live has headed people deeper and deeper into the shadows of darkness. From where I stand, many can no longer even tell their face from their spiritual elbow and are descending into delusions and silly superstitions.

Sadly, Apprising Ministries believes Christian apologist Chris Rosebrough is dead-on-target with his tweet today:


What they’re falling for is the deception sweeping through Christendom that somehow it’s now become God’s “dream” for all of the various factions calling themselves Christian to unite and begin working together to make the world a better place.

There’s another strain to this virus as well, which is what’s growing into a real spiritual fetish about bringing “America back to God,” as it it ever even was of God. The United States was never a covenant nation to the Lord and it doesn’t replace Israel.

Now you have the background to come with me as we begin with this tweet by heretical Word Faith prosperity preacher Robert Morris just a bit ago as of this writing:


Interesting to see this WF prosperity preacher will be featured at that upcoming event along with the sinfully ecumenical James Robison, evangelical apologist Ravi Zacharias, and Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship megachurch.

You may also find it interesting to note that Evans’ daughter is SBC Bible teacher Beth Moore’s friend Priscilla Shirer. That tweet by Robert Morris takes us to something called Under God Indivisible, an upcoming Leadership Conference:


The title Under God Indivisible (UGI) is kind of a play on words; as in the Pledge of Allegiance, “one nation indivisible.”1 This July 27th UGI is part of a series of these conferences; this first was in Arkansas back on April 26, 2012:

Our time in Arkansas was incredible as hundreds of people from around Arkansas came together to hear James Robison, Jay Richards, Pastor Jim Garlow, Pastor Robert Morris, and Pastor Rick Bezet.


UGI also happens to contain the name of James Robinson’s latest book Indivisible, which he co-wrote with apostate Roman Catholic Dr. Jay Richards.2 Your key to understanding we’re going to jump the track is “spiritual leaders from across the country and from many denominational backgrounds.”

Spiritual leaders reveals to us that this leadership conference will also include non-believers as well. However, under its own Our Mission section this UGI is clearly billed as a Christian leadership conference:


For UGI to be billed as a Christian leadership conference now brings it under here in God’s Word:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)

No way around it. Here’s the promotional poster so you can see some of the speakers at this UGI Christian leadership conference:


Interestingly enough, you’ll find quite of few of the above lavising praise upon Robinson’s and Richards’ book.3. You might recall the name Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest, from James Robison And Rick Warren Working To Reverse The Protestant Reformation.

There I gave you the video and transcript of Morris’ 12/1/11 appearance on James Robison’s Life Today TV program where it’s clear Robison considers the apostate Morris a brother in Christ. The man to the right of Jonathan Morris might seem familiar to you as well.

Actually, in The Emerging Church Is Unaware It’s Dead I told you that Robert Sirico, a Roman Catholic priest who founded a think tank known as the Acton Institute, actually preached at Mars Hill Bible Church for Rob Bell—former icon of the Emerging Church.

Since this UGI is a spiritual sinkhole, I can’t cover everything that needs to be pointed out here. So, until next time, I’ll only focus upon this further reversing of the Reformation. No practicing Roman Catholics can take the platform at a Christian leadership conference without rebelling against Scripture.

We’re told “people of faith” are coming together at UGI; which faith? That of the Roman Catholic Church who left the Body of Christ (cf. 1 John 2:19) to follow her own antichrist dogma and would end up placing her never rescinded anathema upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No light matter.

As I just showed you in Southern Baptist Ed Young, Jr. Advancing Wicked Works Of Word Faith “Pastors”, it is written:

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. (2 John 1:9-11)

Can you see there; those teaching false doctrine are involved in wicked works. This means people who promote and help advance such as these take part in his wicked works. That’s not merely my opinion, and it also isn’t open to debate; this is what God Himself has instructed us in His Word.

In the end, according to the Word of God, each Christian who shares the platform at this Under God Indivisible with Roman Catholic apostates like Jonathan Morris, Robert Sirico, and Jay Richards is giving them credibility in the Christian community and also taking part in their wicked works.

This now becomes a vivid illustration of the foolishness of making your nation an idol and thinking as men think (cf. Matthew 16:23). For you see, to give the impression that the purity of the Gospel really doesn’t matter is exactly the wrong message to set before the world which desperately needs it.

Frankly, as I see it, men like Ravi Zacharias, Tony Evans, and David Jeremiah should be ashamed of themselves.

Further reading:





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[ame=http://www.amazon.com/Indivisible-Restoring-Family-Freedom-Before/dp/1455503126/ref=cm_cr_pr_orig_subj]Amazon.com: Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late (9781455503124): James Robison, Jay W. Richards: Books[/ame], scroll 1/3 way down to Editorial Reviews ↩


June 30, 2012 Bible Reading

June 30

Reading for Today:

1 Chronicles 23:1–25:31

Psalm 78:40-55

Proverbs 20:3

Acts 9:22-43


1 Chronicles 25:1- the captains of the army. David relied on his mighty men for help (11:10). Asaph…Heman…Jeduthun. David’s 3 chief ministers of music (6:31–48). prophesy. This is not necessarily to be taken in a revelatory sense, but rather in the sense of proclamation and exhortation through the lyrics of their music (25:2, 3). Prophesying is not necessarily predicting the future or even speaking direct revelation. It is proclaiming truth (v. 5) to people (1 Cor. 14:3), and music is a vehicle for such proclamation in praise (v. 3). David and the leaders selected those most capable (v. 7) of leading the people to worship God through their music.

Psalm 78:41- limited the Holy One. The Israelites did this by doubting God’s power.

Psalm 78:42- did not remember His power. The generations of Israelites which left Egypt and eventually died in the wilderness were characterized by ignoring God’s previous acts of power and faithfulness. The following verses (vv. 42–55) rehearse the plagues and miracles of the Exodus from Egypt, which marvelously demonstrated God’s omnipotence and covenant love.

Acts 9:30- Caesarea. An important port city on the Mediterranean located 30 miles north of Joppa. As the capital of the Roman province of Judea and the home of the Roman procurator, it served as the headquarters of a large Roman garrison. sent him out to Tarsus. Paul disappeared from prominent ministry for several years, although he possibly founded some churches around Syria and Cilicia (15:23; Gal. 1:21).

DAY 30: How were the duties of the temple divided up?

Administrative Duties

Supervisors-1 Chronicles 23:4, 5

Bailiffs-1 Chronicles 23:4, 5

Judges-1 Chronicles 23:4, 5

Public administrators-1 Chronicles 26:29, 30

Ministerial Duties

Priests-1 Chronicles 24:1, 2

Prophets-1 Chronicles 25:1

Assistants for sacrifices-1 Chronicles 23:29–31

Assistants for purification ceremonies-1 Chronicles 23:27, 28

Service Duties

Bakers of the Bread of the Presence-1 Chronicles 23:29

Those who checked the weights and measures-1 Chronicles 23:29

Custodians-1 Chronicles 23:28

Financial Duties

Those who cared for the treasury-1 Chronicles 26:20

Those who cared for dedicated items-1 Chronicles 26:26–28

Artistic Duties

Musicians-1 Chronicles 25:6

Singers-1 Chronicles 25:7

Protective Duties

Temple guards-1 Chronicles 23:5

Guards for the gates and storehouses-1 Chronicles 26:12–18

Individual Assignments

Recording secretary-1 Chronicles 24:6

Chaplain to the king-1 Chronicles 25:4

Private prophet to the king-1 Chronicles 25:2

Captain of the guard 1 Chronicles 26:1

Chief officer of the treasury-1 Chronicles 26:23, 24


Sacrificial Faith on Display

Sacrificial Faith on Display

[COLOR=Red]”In the same way was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works, when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (James 2:25-26).

It’s understandable that James would use Abraham as an illustration of living faith–especially to his predominately Jewish readers. Rahab, however, is a different story. She was a Gentile, a prostitute, a liar, and lived in the pagan city of Jericho. How could such a person illustrate true faith?

Rahab knew very little about the true God but what she knew, she believed, and what she believed, she acted on. She believed that God had led His people out of Egypt and defeated the Amorite kings (Josh. 2:9-10). She openly confessed that the Lord “is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (v. 11). Her faith was vindicated when she aided the Hebrew spies who entered Jericho just prior to Joshua’s invasion.

Both Abraham and Rahab valued their faith in God above all else. Both were willing to sacrifice what mattered most to them: for Abraham it was Isaac; for Rahab it was her own life. Their obedience in the face of such great sacrifice proved the genuineness of their faith.

James calls each of us to examine ourselves to be sure we have a living faith. The acid test is whether your faith produces obedience. No matter what you claim, if righteousness doesn’t characterize your life, your faith is dead, not living. James likened that kind of faith to hypocrites who offer pious words to the needy but refuse to meet their needs; to demons, who believe the truth about God but are eternally lost; and to a lifeless, useless corpse. Those are strong analogies, but God does not want you to be deceived about the quality of your own faith.

I pray that you are rejoicing in the confidence that your faith is genuine. God bless you as you live each day in His wonderful grace.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Ask God for the grace and courage to face any sacrifice necessary as you live out your faith.

For Further Study:

Read Joshua 2:1-24; 6:1-27; and Matthew 1:1-5.

How did Rahab protect the spies?

How did God bless Rahab?[/COLOR]


A UN resolution approved over 60 years ago could have resolved the Isr

A UN resolution approved over 60 years ago could have resolved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but the Palestinians rejected it

June 29, 2012

In February of 1947, Great Britain, which had control of the area of the Middle East that includes modern day Jordan and Israel and the areas claimed today by the Palestinians, decided to turn the issue over to the UN which then decided to establish two states at that time, one for the Palestinians and one for the Jews.

The Palestinian rejection of the UN resolution was not only political, but they launched a large scale terrorist campaign against the Jewish people followed by an invasion of Israel by five Arab armies to destroy Israel when it declared its independence in May of 1948.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

The rejection of a UN resolution to establish the states of Palestine and Israel in the Middle East in 1947 set the stage for the present day conflict as well as the end of times scenario for these two peoples that can be found in Bible prophecy.

The UN Resolution 181 passed on November 29, 1947 by a large majority of the member states of the General Assembly set in place the establishment of two new states in the Middle East, Israel and Palestine. By direct order of the Palestinian leaders, the elderly, women and children of the Palestinian people fled the area as the militant Palestinians moved to annihilate the Jews so there would be only one new state, Palestine.

This report of the beginnings of the present day Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also the evidence that Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. The descendants of Esau, the Palestinians of today, vowed that they would return and rebuild in what they claimed to be their land which is modern day Israel, Malachi 1:4. The ancient prophet Ezekiel wrote in Ezekiel 35 that these Palestinians would kill the Jews, verse 5, and take their land, verse 10. Obadiah, another Jewish prophet, reveals that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only come about when the Messiah, Jesus Christ, returns to earth, Obadiah 15-18.

Palestinian rejection of the UN partition plan did indeed set the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.




Being justified by faith, we have peace with God. Conscience accuses no longer. Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come; for Christ has paid the debt of his people to the last jot and tittle, and received the divine receipt; and unless God can be so unjust as to demand double payment for one debt, no soul for whom Jesus died as a substitute can ever be cast into hell. It seems to be one of the very principles of our enlightened nature to believe that God is just; we feel that it must be so, and this gives us our terror at first; but is it not marvelous that this very same belief that God is just, becomes afterwards the pillar of our confidence and peace! If God be just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished. God must change his nature before one soul, for whom Jesus was a substitute, can ever by any possibility suffer the lash of the law. Therefore, Jesus having taken the place of the believer- having rendered a full equivalent to divine wrath for all that his people ought to have suffered as the result of sin, the believer can shout with glorious triumph, [COLOR=Red]”Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” Not God, for he hath justified; not Christ, for he hath died, “yea rather hath risen again.” My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, he is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what he has done, and in what he is now doing for me. On the lion of justice the fair maid of hope rides like a queen.

–C.H. Spurgeon[/COLOR][/SIZE]

June 29, 2012 Bible Reading

June 29

Reading for Today:

1 Chronicles 21:1–22:19

Psalm 78:34-39

Proverbs 20:1-2

Acts 9:1-21


1 Chronicles 21:1- Satan…moved. Second Samuel 24:1 reports that it was God who moved David. This apparent discrepancy is resolved by understanding that God sovereignly and permissively uses Satan to achieve His purposes. God uses Satan to judge sinners (Mark 4:15; 2 Cor. 4:4), to refine saints (Job 1:8–2:10; Luke 22:31, 32), to discipline those in the church (1 Cor. 5:1–5; 1 Tim. 1:20), and to further purify obedient believers (2 Cor. 12:7–10). Neither God nor Satan forced David to sin (James 1:13–15), but God allowed Satan to tempt David and he chose to sin. The sin surfaced his proud heart and God dealt with him for it. number Israel. David’s census brought tragedy because, unlike the census in Moses’ time (Num. 1; 2) which God had commanded, this census by David was to gratify his pride in the great strength of his army and consequent military power. He was also putting more trust in his forces than in his God. He was taking credit for his victories by the building of his great army. This angered God, who moved Satan to bring the sin to a head.

1 Chronicles 22:5- young. Solomon was born early in David’s reign (ca. 1000–990 B.C.) and was at this time 20 to 30 years of age. The magnificent and complex challenge of building such a monumental edifice with all its elements required an experienced leader for preparation. magnificent. David understood that the temple needed to reflect on earth something of God’s heavenly majesty, so he devoted himself to the collection of the plans and materials, tapping the vast amount of spoils from people he had conquered and cities he had sacked (vv. 14–16).

1 Chronicles 22:11–13- David’s spiritual charge to Solomon resembles the Lord’s exhortation to Joshua (Josh. 1:6–9). Solomon asked God for and received the very wisdom and understanding his father, David, desired for him (2 Chr. 1:7–12; 1 Kin. 3:3–14). He learned the value of such spiritual counsel and passed it on in Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13.

1 Chronicles 22:14- one hundred thousand…gold. Assuming a talent weighed about 75 pounds, this would be approximately 3,750 tons, a staggering amount of gold. one million. This would be approximately 37,500 tons of silver.

Proverbs 20:1- Wine…strong drink. This begins a new theme of temperance (23:20, 21, 29–35; 31:4, 5). Wine was grape juice mixed with water to dilute it, but strong drink was unmixed. While the use of these beverages is not specifically condemned (Deut. 14:26), being intoxicated always is (Is. 28:7). Rulers were not to drink, so their judgment would not be clouded nor their behavior less than exemplary (31:4, 5). mocker…brawler. “Mocker” is the same word as “scoffer” in 19:25, 29; a brawler is violent, loud, and uncontrolled. Both words describe the personality of the drunkard.

DAY 29: How did the apostle Paul come to faith in Jesus Christ?

The apostle Paul was originally named Saul, after the first king of Israel. He was born a Jew, studied in Jerusalem under Gamaliel (Acts 22:3), and became a Pharisee (23:6). He was also a Roman citizen, a right he inherited from his father (22:8). Acts 9:1–19 records the external facts of his conversion (see also 22:1–22; 26:9–20). Philippians 3:1–14 records the internal spiritual conversion.

At the time of his conversion Saul was “still breathing threats and murder” against Christians (Acts 9:1; 1 Tim. 1:12, 13; 1 Cor. 15:9). He was in Damascus, the capital of Syria, which apparently had a large population of Jews, including Hellenist believers who fled Jerusalem to avoid persecution (Acts 9:2). He had letters authorizing him to seek out those “who were of the Way.” This description of Christianity, derived from Jesus’ description of Himself (John 14:6), appears several times in Acts (19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22).

The “light…from heaven” (v. 3) that struck him was the appearance of Jesus Christ in glory (22:6; 26:13) and was visible only to Saul (26:9).The voice that asked him, “Why are you persecuting Me?” was that of Jesus (v. 5). An inseparable union exists between Christ and His followers. Saul’s persecution represented a direct attack on Christ. Saul arose from that encounter, blinded by the light, and went in obedience to await the next step (v. 6).

Meanwhile, Ananias was being given divine instructions concerning Paul and Paul’s ministry. He is told that Saul is a “chosen vessel,” literally “a vessel of election” (v. 15). There was perfect continuity between Paul’s salvation and his service; God chose him to convey His grace to all men (Gal. 1:1; 1 Tim. 2:7; 2 Tim. 1:11). Paul used this same word 4 times (Rom. 9:21, 23; 2 Cor. 4:7; 2 Tim. 2:21). “Before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.” Paul began his ministry preaching to Jews (13:14; 14:1; 17:1, 10; 18:4; 19:8), but his primary calling was to Gentiles (Rom. 11:13; 15:16). God also called him to minister to kings such as Agrippa (25:23–26:32) and likely Caesar (25:10–12; 2 Tim. 4:16, 17).

Ananias went to Paul and “laying his hands on him,” he prayed for Paul’s healing and that he would “be filled with the Holy Spirit” (v. 17). He was then filled with the Spirit and empowered for service (2:4, 14; 4:8, 31; 6:5, 8).


Enjoying Friendship with God

Enjoying Friendship with God

[COLOR=Red]”Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,’ and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone” (James 2:21-24).

Can you imagine life without friends–those precious people who love you despite your failings and who stand by you through joys and sorrows–those to whom you’ve committed yourself and whose companionship you treasure? They are without question one of God’s greatest gifts, yet there is an even greater gift: friendship with God Himself.

Jesus spoke of such a friendship in John 15:13-16, describing it as one of intimacy, mutual love, sacrifice, and commitment. In verse 14 He says, “You are My friends, if you do what I command you.” That’s the kind of friendship Abraham demonstrated when he obeyed God and prepared to offer Isaac as a sacrifice (Gen. 22:3-10). Isaac was the son through whom God’s covenant to Abraham would be fulfilled. Killing him would violate that covenant and call into question the character of God, whose Word forbids human sacrifice (Deut. 18:10). It took unquestioning trust for Abraham to obey God’s command. When he did, his faith was on display for all to see.

The Greek word translated “justified” in James 2:21 has two meanings: “to acquit” (treat as righteous) or “to vindicate” (demonstrate as righteous). James emphasized the second meaning. When Abraham believed God, he was justified by faith and acquitted of sin (Gen. 15:6). When he offered up Isaac, he was justified by works in that his faith was vindicated.

Faith is always the sole condition of salvation, but saving faith never stands alone–it is always accompanied by righteous works. That’s the test of true salvation and of friendship with God.

As a friend of God, treasure that relationship and be careful never to let sin rob you of its fullest joy.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Praise God for the privilege of being His friend.

For Further Study:

Read Genesis 22:1-19, noting the faith and obedience of Abraham.[/COLOR]





By Ken Silva pastor-teacher

on Jun 28, 2012

In Apprising Ministries pieces like Richard Foster Says Bible Reliable Guide Despite “Inconsistencies” and John Piper, Rick Waren & Foster-Willardism has long been warning you about the danger of listening to neo-Gnostics like Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster.

For years now Foster, along with his his spiritual twin Dallas Willard, has been teaching corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) under the guise of so-called Spiritual Formation and horribly corrupted a huge segment of the visible Christian church; particularly the younger sectors.

What the CSM of Foster-Willardism is not, is evangelical Protestant Christianity; and worse, this highly subjective CSM is truly hostile to the proper Christian spirituality of sola Scriptura. It’s a romanticized version of Roman Catholic Counter Reformation spirituality, which is itself essentially a neo-Gnosticism.

Frankly, I don’t care who doesn’t like to hear this; I’m not here for a personality contest. Richard Foster’s sinful ecumenicism is counter to the trustworthy word as taught and to sound doctrine (cf. Titus 1:9). As such we are:

to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. (Romans 16:17)

This means we shouldn’t be referring people to the mythical works of false teachers like Richard Foster. That makes the following all the more disconcerting as yesterday on her Revive Our Hearts Radio Nancy Leigh DeMoss, who is ostensibly a conservative evangelical did do just that.

While she was talking “about some of the potential pitfalls of servanthood” DeMoss points her listeners to Richard Foster:

Transcript here:

Then here’s another caution, another danger or pitfall. I think we all fall into this at times. It has to do with our motives. Why do we serve? So often I have to say in my own life my reason for serving, my reason for doing some act of service is simple. It’s so somebody else will see, so somebody else will notice, so somebody else will appreciate. It’s for recognition. It’s total self.

That is not a servant’s heart. I want to please others. I want to be rewarded. The pure motive is just love for God. Love for others. But there is that tainting of selfish motives I will tell you in almost everything I do. I have to be repenting of my acts of service very often. Only God knows my heart. God’s Spirit shows me my heart and convicts me: “The reason you’re doing this is because you want to be noticed. You want to be appreciated.”

I’ll just say—and you’ve experienced this—if that’s why you’re serving, you’ve got your reward. That’s all the reward you’re getting is other people to see. That’s what Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 6.

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. [That’s the motive—it has to do with why they’re doing it.]Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matt. 6:1-4)

Do you want your reward now or do you want it later? Do you want the reward from your husband and your kids, or do you want the ultimate reward from Christ? This thing of motives.

Richard Foster said in one of his books,


The flesh whines against service, but it screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It [the flesh] will devise subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered. [Ouch. Isn’t that true? He goes on to say,] If we stoutly refuse to give in to this lust of the flesh, we crucify it. Every time we crucify the flesh, we crucify pride and arrogance.

We want to be seen. We want to be known. We want to be noticed. But a true servant is not motivated by the applause of men. (source, bold hers)




What Richard Foster said, well meaning as it may be, is rooted in legalistic pietism; i.e. an abuse of the Law. While there is some truth to what he says, we don’t crucify our flesh, Jesus has already done that for us. The issue is: Can’t we find an orthodox Christian to speak to this? Why a heretic?

The quote is from page 130 of Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline (CoD). Well, that’s if DeMoss was using the 1998 version; the same quote is on page 114 of the original 1978 version of CoD. The one where when discussing Origin Of Contemplative/Centering, meditation in an altered state of consciousness, Foster tells us:

A fourth form of meditation has as its objective to bring you into a deep inner communion with the Father where you look at Him and He looks at you. In your imagination, picture yourself walking along a lovely forest path. Take your time, allowing the blaring noise of our modern megalopolis to be overtaken by the sound of rustling leaves and cool forest streams. After observing yourself for a bit, take the perspective of one walking, rather than the one observed.

Try to feel the breeze upon your face as if it were gently blowing away all anxiety. Stop along the way to ponder the beauty of flowers and birds. When you are able to experience the scene with all your senses, the path breaks onto a lovely grassy knoll. Walk out into the lush large meadow for a time, lie down on your back staring up at blue sky and white clouds. Enjoy the sights and smells. Thank the Lord for the beauty.

After awhile there is a deep yearning within to go into the upper regions beyond the clouds. In your imagination allow your spiritual body, shining with light, to rise out of your physical body. Look back so that you can see yourself lying in the grass and reassure your body that you will return momentarily. Imagine your spiritual self, alive and vibrant, rising up through the clouds and into the stratosphere. Observe your physical body, the knoll, and the forest shrink as you leave the earth.

Go deeper and deeper into outer space until there is nothing except the warm presence of the eternal Creator. Rest in His presence. Listen quietly, anticipating the unanticipated. Note carefully any instruction given. With time and experience you will be able to distin-(27)guish readily between mere human thought that may bubble up to the conscious mind and the True Spirit which inwardly moves upon the heart. Do not be surprised if the instruction is terribly practical and not in the least what you thought of as “spiritual.”

Do not be disappointed if no words come: Like good friends, you are silently enjoying the company of each other. When it is time for you to leave, audibly thank the Lord for His goodness and return to the meadow. Walk joyfully back along the path until you return home full of new life and energy.


As Christian apologist Bob DeWaay has correctly pointed out, this going down inside oneself in transcendental meditation is actually satanic because:

The Bible nowhere describes an inward journey to explore the realm of the spirit. God chose to reveal the truth about spiritual reality through His ordained, Spirit-inspired, biblical writers. What is spiritual and not revealed by God is of the occult and, therefore, forbidden. We have discussed this in many articles and have produced DVD seminars on the topic. But the concept of sola scriptura is totally lost on mystics such as [COLOR=Green]Richard Foster.

They, like the enthusiasts that Calvin and Luther warned against, believe they can gain valid and useful knowledge of spiritual things through direct, personal inspiration…what Foster wishes us to fill our minds with are personal revelations from the spirit realm that we naively are to think are the voice of God. This sort of meditation is not meditating on what God has said, but uses a technique to explore the spirit world. In other words, it is divination.


I would certainly hope that Nancy DeMoss isn’t advocating any of that; however, this is all part of the corrupt package that is Richard Foster. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only apostate referred to on DeMoss’ program yesterday. We also heard praise for so-called “Brother” Lawrence.

During a pitch for funding we’re told “Nancy’s friends have been listening to this series along with us and…[we’ll] hear from Holly Elliff, and here’s Kim Wagner.” Following is some of what we heard:

Holly Elliff: It was a moment when you had lost perspective as Nancy mentioned earlier.

Kim: Lost perspective big time. I am so thankful that at some point through young motherhood—I don’t even know who passed it on to me. I don’t know where I picked it up. I just believe it was the sovereign gift of God that He gave me that little book by Brother Lawrence, Practicing the Presence of Christ. Brother Lawrence talked about the drudgery of working in the kitchen and how he turned that drudgery into times of worship.

Holly: While he was peeling potatoes.

Kim: Peeling potatoes, washing pots and pans. He turned it into just a sanctuary of worship.


Let’s not go chasing a rabbit down a hole here. Of course we can worship God in the most simple of tasks. The issue is: Why would we want to turn to an apostate Roman Catholic monk in order to learn about Christian spirituality? This is to introduce leaven into DeMoss’ audience, pure and simple.

As I told you e.g. in Beth Moore Praises Brother Lawrence And Obscures The Reformation ”Brother” Lawrence was a Carmelite Roman Catholic monk by the name of Nicholas Herman (1614-1691). After contemplating a particular tree at 18 he received “a revelation” from God and would become a Roman Catholic monk.:dizzy:

It’s important to this discussion that you remember the Reformation had happened and that the very spiritual practices of Herman’s monastic order were developed by Teresa of Avila. If you wish to know more about this emotionally troubled Roman Catholic nun and mystic I’ll refer you to Who Is Teresa of Avila?

Here I’m only going to point out that Dr. Ursula King, a proponent of mysticism herself, who us that Teresa’s:

mysticism was influenced by the spirituality and methods of the Jesuits and Franciscans, but given her partly Jewish background, her thinking was also affected by Jewish Kabbalistic mysticism, elements of which can be detected in her writings.


Sadly, today these Roman Catholic mystics are being romanticized and undergoing a revisionist history within the visible church. For Lawrence, his supposedly being so in tune with God’s’ presence would lead him to remain in spiritual slavery to the apostate religious system of the Roman Catholic Church.

An organization that has anathematized the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and which Dr. John MacArthur rightly referred to as “Satan’s best front for the Kingdom of God.” So, why would we even want to follow this kind of stupid spirituality; rooted, as it is, in the Counter Reformation of the Church of Rome?

Nancy Leigh DeMoss should repent for pointing Christians to the bankrupt spirituality of these apostates.

Further reading:





Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, (New York: Harper & Row, 1978), 28. ↩

Ursula King, Christian Mystics [Mahwah: HiddenSpring, 2001], 149, 150. ↩