I appeal to you, brothers, 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 (ESV)
We have written recently about the obvious attempts by Charisma News to rehabilitate the corrupted image of Greg Locke. Mr. Locke was once considered just another bat-bleep crazy deliverance NAR dominionist. He ranked up there with the likes of Mario Murillo when it came to utter political lunacy. He called anyone voting Democratic witches and demanded they leave his church. He held book burnings in the backyard of his church. He was rude, crude and obnoxious and reveled in this image he had created for himself. Oh, and he was sleeping with the church secretary behind his wife's back. Don't worry though because he divorced his wife to marry the church secretary so, ya know, Jesus. Someone in the purpose driven, NAR industrial machine has recently decided to start promoting Locke, as soon as he paid his penance to Benny Hinn for writing that nasty book about him. Once he bowed the knee though he has been on the Charisma News Hype Machine. He has apparently entered the next stage of image rehabilitation which requires cutting ties with some of the more extreme elements he has been famous for. The above linked article is about that so let us reason once more together.
In the world of Christianity, it's common to encounter disagreements and divisions. While the Bible emphasizes the importance of unity among believers, it's also true that people sometimes interpret things differently and have varying approaches to their faith. How Christians handle these moments of division within the church says a lot about their commitment to the core values of love and unity. In a world where conflicts often make headlines, it's essential for Christians to remember a simple but powerful message from Scripture: If it's possible, do your best to live in peace with everyone (see Rom. 12:18).
There is a huge difference between disagreement and division. I can disagree about a pre-trib rapture, but division is the leaven of false doctrine that divides the church against itself. Read the key verse carefully beloved. People like Greg Locke, who teaches contrary doctrine, IS the division spoken of here. It is true that the bible speaks about unity, but it is hardly a "core value." In fact, it is a far greater value for God that we discern what we should not be unified with. We are either unified in Christ and by Christ or it is superficial and carnal. The only way to be truly unified in Christ is through His word - or doctrine! Yes, live at peace but we do not deny the truth. Light has no fellowship with darkness. This sloppy agape love and unity is straight up from the apostate church.
Recently, we've seen a division emerge between two large Christian ministries, but this age-old wisdom reminds us of the crucial role unity plays when differences arise. It's a reminder that we should prioritize peace and harmony, even when disagreements arise. Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church and Evangelist Daniel Adams, whose organizations were closely linked and in ministry with one another, have reached an impasse. Speaking at his service last week, Locke implored Adams to disassociate with one E.J. Newton, and for Lovy Elias to cut off all contact with Passion Java.
It is always amusing when false teachers call out other false teachers. Greg Locke is as false as they come. He is a rabid dominionist who believes politics is more important than the bible. Now to be honest I had not heard of these guys. I thought I ordered a Passion Java at Starbucks the other day, but I must have been mistaken. The truly sad thing however was just searching for these guys on YouTube. I watched a video from Mr. Java where he actually teaches that Adam and Eve were blind and only saw through the "third eye" which is made famous in occult practices. I watched a video of Mr. Elias where he pretended to have an entire conversation with "the angel of the Lord" as he spewed fake words of knowledge a la Shawn Bolz. In a different Elias video, he claimed he could shut his eyes for a minute and "know everything about everyone in the church" because he is a prophet. EJ Newton seems to be a smaller fish that is supported by these fake demon slayers. Daniel Adams video however was an absolute train wreck of absurdity where he put on an act of conversing with a demon inside of a woman for almost ten minutes. Only THEN did he "cast it out." This is the schtick however and Greg Locke built his fame upon. Before you go thinking this is fringe, Passion Java's wealth is estimated between 50-100 million dollars, and he loves to show off his multiple Lamborghinis. Both Elias and Adams are estimated to be worth around five million dollars. That being said, they are clearly not within the acceptable apostate church mainstream because of their level of crazy. It is because of this that Locke's new masters have apparently given him orders to separate from them. All we need to know is Locke is apparently still cool with Adams and Elias, just that they need to distance themselves from Newton and Java. Huh? This whole gaggle is ridiculously false. Daniel Adams is perhaps the most egregious of the lot, mostly because Java appears to do most of his fleecing in Africa.