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Local Sermon Review - The Anatomy of NAR Influenced False Teaching

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And we come to heresy number three - the prosperity gospel along with seed faith theology. This is the preaching of such scoundrels as Mike Murdock and Paula White. That God is just dying to bless your socks off but you gotta pay up first. This is basically a pyramid scheme where the false teacher sits at the top but pretends it is God sitting up these just waiting to throw open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing so great you will not be able to contain it. This creates a quid pro quo where God is pimped out by the false teacher to provide you with blessing for your money. Look at what this guy says! If you had to go through more for your seed, your money, then it carries more weight with God and thus He will give you even more. How disgusting.

Beloved, God may not want you to have a flourishing business. Not if it takes you away from Him. People used to ask me if I thought God wanted us poor and I always reflexively answered of course not. The more versed I became the more I realized that if that is the question on your heart than the answer is actually yes. That was the problem with the rich young ruler. It was not that he had money but that the money had him. God does not want anything placed ahead of Him. Not money, fame, power, family, politics or any other potential idol. The allusions to being victorious and more than a conqueror are verses about spiritual matters not carnal desires. We are victorious in Christ to defeat sin in our lives. We are more than conquerors not to conquer cultural mountains but to conquer our own flesh.

"Jesus never said to seek salvation. He never said to seek the cross. He never said to seek heaven. He said to seek first the kingdom of God. So what is the kingdom of God? It is a territory that ought to expand."

This is a variation of the prayer of Jabez heresy that is the part of dominionism that says we need to be expanding our territories, for the Lord of course. Wink wink nod nod. The entire ministry of Jesus and the message of the Gospel is to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. That is what salvation is all about so to pretend Jesus never said to seek salvation is a new heresy all unto itself. As for the verses regarding seeking the kingdom first, this was in relation to being worried about the things we need in this life. We are instructed to not worry about such carnal things and seek first His kingdom knowing He will take care of all things. The kingdom in this referent is in fact the gospel and the desire of God to have none fall short of salvation. So if we seek the Gospel for this world and His righteousness for our lives, we will never need to worry about the earthly needs of this life. This isn't like the game of Risk where we try to conquer territories but rather to see individual souls saved from out of those territories through the only thing with the power to do so - the Gospel.

"When God says He won't share His glory He means with an idol. He will share it with His creation."

This is treading on dangerous territory beloved. The only sharing of the glory of God we have is through the indwelt Holy Spirit. That does not mean however that we SHARE His glory. It is all still His! It means we can be a vehicle for His glory. The idea is that someone sees us or the church as a shining city on a hill. The light that makes us stand out from the darkness of this world belongs to Christ, not us. So when someone sees Christ in us they give HIM glory, not us. For this speaker and the NAR as a whole the notion is that we are somehow partners with God and we share in His power and glory and that is simply rank heresy that does not understand who we are in relation to the creator of the universe.

"We are not supposed to protect ourselves from the world - we are supposed to bring with us the presence of God and put darkness on notice that the light of God's glory is in us and we shine like stars in the heavens and sake sure we do not become more concerned about how to protect ourselves from darkness when we ought to say to the darkness lookout you are no match for the light. That's the kingdom of God."

Let us not confuse the notion of glory being the light of Christ with the definition of glory in terms of credit for responsibility. This paragraph is all about us and nothing about Him. That is what happens when you try to usurp His glory. We shine like starts in heaven? Well, aren't we special! The bible tells us we are to resist the devil and flee from temptation. The devil loves this kind of braggadocios nonsense. It is like when the seven sons of Sceva tried to cast demons out and were beaten bloody and naked because of it. This is also why we see so many pastors falling today from grace. So busy taking the fight to an enemy they underestimate and clearly do not understand. The light is His. The glory is His. Moses was denied entry into the Promised Land for striking the rock to make himself look better and these NAR preachers think nothing of stealing God's power and glory.

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