Superstar Pastors, Leaders Accused of Heresy

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Christian influencers, superstar pastors, and women preachers are accused of heresy, false Gospel, and called “false teachers”

Robert Oral can be considered the father of charismatic evangelism. His concept of “Seed Faith” (Blessing Pact) puts heavy emphasis on “gifts.” God wills his children to prosper in all areas of their lives. However, that was not the message of the Gospel.

Today, a new kind of Gospel is purported by “superstar preachers” on social media. Their message center on good health and prosperity. Others are absorbed in political and social justice that endangers the Gospel they preach.

1. Women pastors

John MacArthur said, “Women pastors and women preachers are the most obvious evidence of churches rebelling against the Bible…” They are endangering the Gospel.

For example, female preacher Jen Hatmaker is criticized for pushing “gay unions,” Joyce Meyer’s prosperity gospel, and Beth Moore’s casual relationship with Jesus.

Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer

Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer are the most popular women pastor in the USA, but Moore is the most criticized. Justin Peters calls her troublesome with her faulty Biblical hermeneutics. She was mentioned a couple of times by John MacArthur as a prime example of heresy in the church.

Moore talks to Jesus. He calls her “babe,” said Texas Pastor Tom Buck and a dear friend of Wheaton College Ed Stetzer, who publicly criticized Trump. In her book ‘Praying God’s Word,’ she said:

God tells me a secret, He knows upfront I’m going to tell it!, By and large, that’s our deal.”

In short, Beth Moore has a deal with God. In her book ‘When Godly People Do Ungodly Things,’ she claims to hear God’s voice in her heart.

Come and play… I also love how I could tell by the sweet tone of His silent voice that He was smiling…” “I built a snowman… I laugh with God He laughed with me I am so in love with Him.”

Moore wants to believe she has an intimate and deep relationship far deeper than we have. Justin Peters calls her experience the modern version of the ancient heresy of Gnosticism. Other female preachers like Priscilla Shrier use John 10:27 as the go to verse for it and trivialize it.

Recently, Lindy-Ann Hopley, also a female pastor, apparently called for a “Christian revival” and claimed Jesus walked into her room and proposed to her with a ring in His hand.

Women claiming Jesus talks to them casually is a growing trend among them. Aside from this kind of gnostic intimacy, they preached on speaking in tongues and the prosperity gospel of “claiming and receiving.”

A young girl from River church in Florida preaches on “umbrella funnel blessings,” claiming and receiving, and speaking in tongues—all part of the prosperity gospel movement. Her manners are typical of female preachers like Joyce Meyer.

WOMEN PASTORS ENDANGER THE GOSPEL.

2. Moralistic Theistic Deist

Joseph Prince on “hypergrace”

Prince has been accused of ignoring the need for confession and repentance. But it could all be semantics. For example, Prince wrote, “We don’t have to confess our sins in order to be forgiven. We confess our sins because we are already forgiven.” [Destined to Reign, page 53]

In short, forgiveness is not dependent on what I do, but on what Jesus has done. However, his excessive emphasis on grace can polarize a believer and assume sinning is OK. Hence, it becomes “cheap grace.”

Undoubtedly, the emphasis on grace by Singapore’s prominent charismatic preacher, Joseph Prince, is healthy, says Paul Barker of Gospel Coalition.

Steven Furtick’s claims

Steven Furtick is extremely popular. However, critics brand him as a “motivational speaker” that makes people feel good and tickle their ears.

In 2020, Furtick described God as a “Molecular structure that fills all,” which is pantheistic. He also claimed “God broke the law for love,” another extra-Biblical revelation he claims. [Patheos]

Joel Osteen: Poster child of MTD

Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, and Steven Furtick are said to rarely incorporate scriptures in their preaching. What they teach is summarized as moralistic theistic deism.

Osteen has at least 25 million followers worldwide. Many love him because he often talks about positivity and how to be blessed. However, just like other preachers of pop-Christianity, he apparently dilutes what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus.

For example, in his book ‘The Power of I Am,” Osteen quotes 64, “I am…” In other words, to be a follower of Jesus points to what we get from Him rather than His glory.

I am blessed.
I am prosperous.
I am successful
I am talented.
I am wise.
I am healthy.
I am happy.
I am confident.
I am attractive.
I am anointed.

Mike Winger: Joel Osteen misuses the Bible 14 out of 15 times in one sermon.

3. Woke pastors

Wokeism is most evident among Evangelical Lutherans (ECLA). Episcopals and Methodist churches admit trans pastors, lesbian priests, and same-sex marriage ceremonies, including “transgender baptism” among Unitarian or Universalist churches.

There are two main issues of wokeism: Support for Black Lives Matter, approval of same-sex marriage, and various forms of LGBTQ activism.

Brandan Robertson’s “Queer holiness”

Millennial “gay” pastor Brandan Robertson is a progressive TikTok and YouTube preacher. He tells his followers that Jesus is effeminate, there is no hell, and homosexuality (Queer holiness) is not a sin.

Robertson cherry-picks scriptures and translates Jesus’ words to mean something else. For example, polyamory is fornication and an adulterous relationship. He said the following:

As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus, your relationship (polyamory and open relationships) is holy. They’re beautiful, and they are welcomed and celebrated in this space. We call all of us together to the same standards that we seek to follow Jesus.

And all of our relationships seek to be honest, respectful, self-sacrificial, consensual, and loving with your partner. When any of us live into this standard, we can be sure we’re on the path to wholeness and holiness.”

DID GOD CHOOSE ME OR I CHOSE HIM?

Catholic priest renounces faith.

4. Embroiled in financial and sexual misconduct

Sex scandals among pastors are a growing trend in the United States. Perhaps one reason why church attendance has rapidly declined.

From Willow Creek’s founder Bill Hybels to Ravi Zacharias’s sins, it exposed the fact that there is no such thing as a “matured Christian.”

Zacharias led a very successful ministry that took him around the world. He was dubbed as one of the most critical apologists of the century. He mentored celebrities and church leaders, but a double life beneath it—is Ravi Zacharias in hell?

Disensytized generation

In 2022, an Indiana pastor confessed to adultery with a woman who was just 16 years old. Incidents like these have become so familiar that it’s also becoming an acceptable sin.

After the pastor finished his speech, the congregation gave him a standing ovation for his “humble confession.” In short, they applauded his efforts instead of absolute remorse.

SATANIC ROOTS OF SEX ADDICTION.

Hillsong scandals

For many years, Hillsong has been embroiled in various scandals. Recently, Carl Lentz, criticized for a lopsided theology, was fired in November 2020. Lentz committed adultery that Hollywood calls “entanglement.”

CHRISTIAN SONGS TO AVOID.

5. Christian musicians and singers

Hillsong Australia has been spreading the Gospel of Jesus through songwriting and inspiring music since the early 1990s. Decades after, the “music institution” has been embroiled in a number of scandals.

Other than Hillsongs, singers like Jobi Kari allegedly supported LGBTQ theologians. She is associated with preachers Joyce Meter and Jack Hayford whose Biblical interpretation has been questioned.

Talented Christian artist Lauren Daigle view on homosexuality has been criticized, as well as lyrics of some of her songs.

6. Wealthy “modern apostles”

Pastor Guillermo Maldonado is co-founder and senior pastor of El Rey Jesús, the largest and fastest-growing Hispanic church in the USA. He is criticized for claiming to be an apostle of Jesus. Although his theology, for the most part, is empowering, he is associated with the prosperity gospel.

In 2021, his wife, who refers to herself as prophetess Ana Maldonado, filed for divorce. According to court papers, their estate could be worth as much as $120 million.

PASTORS WHO GAVE UP BEING A CHRISTIAN.

Christians who became wealthy after becoming a preacher

In recent years, many pastors in the United States have been called out for living extravagant lifestyles when they became pastors.

For example, celebrity pastor James MacDonald co-founded a megachurch, Harvest, and lived in a mansion. He was later accused of misappropriating church funds.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of pastors worldwide living wealthy lives that they have acquired from church funds, incongruent with what Jesus taught.

Pastors who are listed as multi-millionaires and billionaires

Benny Hinn
Chris Oyakhilome
Creflo Dollar
David Oyedepo
Eddie Long
Ed Young
Joyce Meyer
Joel Osteen
Steven Furtick
TD Jakes
Robert Tilton
Paul & Jan Crouch
Peter Popoff
Paula & Randy White
Edir Macedo (B)
Kenneth Copeland (B)

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