Influential Christian Pastors, accused of heresy, and called “false teachers”
Beth Moore on hearing God’s voice
Beth Moore is so close to Jesus that he’d tell her to “come out and play” to “build a snowman” or call her “honey” and “babe,” says Texas Pastor Tom Buck. God also dictates words to her for people to know—in not so many words, Moore is a prophet.
The issue with Moore is faulty biblical hermeneutics says her critics. She is also very animated in delivering her message, a character common among most preachers accused of the same.
John MacArthur said, “Women pastors and women preachers are the most obvious evidence of churches rebelling against the Bible…” Moore’s open letter called attention to “misogyny, objectification and astonishing disesteem of women.”
In 2021, Jory Micah who refers to herself as a theologian, tweeted, “Jesus’ words are more important than Paul’s.” According to Reformation Charlotte, Jory referred to Pastor Beth. Moore undermined Paul’s command for women. Both claim Jesus said otherwise, superseding Paul’s words.
Carl Lentz’ fudgy theology
Hillsong’s Carl Lentz is one of many “cool Pastors” who hangs around celebrities like Justin Bieber. He’s proud of his tattoos and trendy fashion. In 2020, Lentz was asked at ‘The View’ if abortion was a sin in your church.
He gave a disturbing and fudgy answer: “That’s the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story… what you believe… God’s the judge… and if I have to tell you (the answer), that’s such a broad question to me…”
Leftists love to hear “humanist preaching,” which is a frequent tone in churches like Hillsong. The audience clapped at Lentz with his ambivalence. They would have not if Lentz quoted the Bible, “Thou Shall Not Kill,” said a pastor.
The problem with Lentz isn’t just a lopsided theology. Like Joel Osteen, they stay away from scriptures and promote MTD, expressed Justin Peters. In November 2020, Lentz was fired from Hillsong and admitted adultery.
Dave Gass renounces faith
Former Pastor Dave Gass was lead Pastor at Grace Family Fellowship and evangelical pastor for over 20. He said in 2019, “After 40 years of being a devout follower, 20 of those being an evangelical pastor, I am walking away from faith,” in his now-deleted tweet.
“When I was in 8th grade, and I was reading Greek mythology… the deity of the bible and mankind sounded like ancient mythology. That seed of doubt never went away,” he said.
There was an outpouring of prayer and support for Gass. However, it doesn’t appear to be a faith crisis but getting rid of God to live a sinful life, typical of atheists. Gass apparently left his family.
Justin Thuttle, a deacon at Grace, branded Gass an unrepentant sinner. “He actually just slept with a married woman in the church and got caught. He never repented, and they still live together,” reports Metrovoice News.
James MacDonald accused of misappropriation
James MacDonald is an evangelical Christian pastor, evangelist, and author who co-founded a megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel. He lived in a mansion and lived an extravagant lifestyle.
He justified it for God’s glory. He’s accused of misappropriation of church funds, sexual harassment, among others. He was excommunicated and fired in 2019.
Jen Hatmaker pushing gay Christian union?
In April 2016 Hatmaker called for the full inclusion of LGBT people into the Christian community.
Joel Osteen, the power of “I am”
Joel Osteen is an inspiration to many people because he does what Apostle Paul said, which is to focus on being positive. However, just like other MTD preachers, he diluted what it really means to be a follower of Jesus.
For example, in his book ‘The Power of I Am,” Osteen quotes 64 “I am…” He dilutes Paul’s point with self-centeredness. Here are a few of them.
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.
Osteen has focused on health and prosperity, seldom quoting scriptures. Instead of pointing people to daily sanctification and repentance, his focus is “all about me and a little of God.”
In contrast to these wonderful words of “positivity,” Jesus teaches us to be selfless.
Joseph Prince on “hypergrace”
Without a doubt, the emphasis on grace by Singapore’s prominent charismatic preacher, Joseph Prince, is healthy, says Paul Barker of Gospel Coalition. For him, the law is enslaving. Yet, the law begins with grace. It is a response, not a means of winning it, according to Barker.
In Prince’s book, Destined to Reign, Paul Barker said he fails to understand the law’s nuances and shrugged it off as not essential because of grace.
Prince (wrongly) claims we must not preach the Commandments because they kill (p121) and lead believers to sickness and depression. He turns 2 Timothy 2:15 into a call to separate (divide) the old and new covenant (p51). This is appalling exegesis, said Barker.
Joseph Prince claims we need not confess our sins (hypergrace), a mixture of truth and error. In contrast, the New Testament encourages us to respond to God’s forgiveness, including repentance, a requirement for salvation.
The rest that the Gospel Coalition author wrote included faulty exegesis on the use of the Bible. Baxter said he evades the core message and goes around it to emphasize grace. His argument directs us to grace and Jesus but wrongly interprets it, concludes Barker.
Paul Turner’s gender transition
Best-selling Christian author and Pastor Paul Stone Turner divorced his wife. Then embraced womanhood and live the life he felt God wanted for him. He said we could be ourselves, and God will still love us no matter what.
Mike Bickle’s iHOP some label cultic
Mike Bickle built the multi-million dollar international house of prayer, iHOP. What he preaches is built upon supernatural visions and prophetic words from two “discredited prophets.”
Others say IHOP is a cult. A former member claims —IHOP brainwash young people about its PH (Prophetic History); that Jesus is returning therefore it’s OK to give up college and serve in the ministry.
Ravi Zacharias double life
Ravi Zacharias’s sins were exposed after he died of cancer in 2020. After a lengthy investigation that took about three years, the RZIM ministry confirmed the allegations true.
He led a very successful ministry that took him around the world. He was dubbed as one of the most important apologists of the century. He mentored celebrities, church leaders, but beneath it was a double life—is Ravi Zacharias in hell?
Warren is also associated with “hypergrace,” when he said during an interview with Larry King in 2004, “… the rule is grace, you see, you have to do the almost impossible to go to hell, you have to reject the love of Jesus Christ, now why would anybody reject that?”
When Billy Graham’s son supported Trump, Warren’s wife Kay and liberal Christians publicly criticized the “heavily flawed” pro-Christian President. Kay is also a Bible teacher criticized for her pastoral position.
The power couple involved in community work is associated with politicians and progressive groups like Christianity Today.
Steven Furtick’s extra-Biblical 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 energy, “A molecular structure that fills all in all.” This thought of God as energy is best seen in pantheism, to which he was criticized.
Furtick also claimed, “God broke the law for love,” hence one of several extra-Biblical claims to which he claims are revelations. [Patheos]
In 2018, the Elevation church Pastor said, “Even Jesus cannot override your unbelief…,” which meant choosing God was our choice.
From his humble beginning, Steven Furtick, in 2020, is allegedly worth 50 million and lives in a swanky mansion.
As it turned out, Hybel’s mentor, Gilbert Bilezikian, also engaged in “inappropriate behavior” for several years. These preachers engaged in duplicity, using “humanity” to justify sin.
Willow Creek attempts to restore its dwindling membership. They’ve hired preachers like Megan Fate Marshman, who would slides in and out of the stage, dragging props impassioned. They’ve amazing worship concerts and young people love it.