Falling From Grace

The internet and “Christian TV” today have become a great marketplace of religious ideas of all stripes, and people often do not know exactly who to trust. Just about every denomination and sect of Christendom is represented, plus, of course, every type of cult and false teacher. Unfortunately, cults and aberrant teachers do not generally identify themselves as such in their YouTube descriptions. You actually have to view the material offered before making this determination … Continue reading

Preventing LIE-Ability

“A text without a context is a pretext.” This is something we learned very early on after becoming Christians. This applies to any literature – a novel, a newspaper, the Constitution and yes, certainly the Bible. A text is whatever it is we are reading. Context includes such questions as when the text was written? To whom was it written? Who wrote it or whose words were recorded in the document? How would the reader … Continue reading

Chasing What God?: Examining The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney

(This originally appeared in the Summer 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) By Pastor Bill Randles Tommy Tenney is a third-generation United Pentecostal1 minister who bills himself (and any member of his growing following) as a “God Chaser.” He is the author of a bestselling book entitled The God Chasers2. He United Pentecostals are anti-Trinitarian, see “United Pentecostal Church International” ↩ Tommy Tenney, The God Chasers (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, … Continue reading

An Oracle Grows in Brooklyn

I like to read the WATCHTOWER* Why? Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment, but I think it’s more because I like to keep up with the latest spin out of Brooklyn. The members of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses are masters of spin—so good, in fact, they could give the White House “spinlessons!” If you ever have wanted to be able to respond to some of the ridiculous excuses, deflection of blame … Continue reading

The Fad Driven Christian Life

From purpose driven lives to unscheduled visits to heaven, Christians and churches too often seem to be racing from fad to fad. Someone sent me a link to the above video last week with the question, “Is it really this bad?” My response? It may be worse. These days, with propaganda on the newest “Christian” fads readily available on “Christian television” and the internet, faithful pastors and church leaders who want to keep their flocks … Continue reading

Harold Camping’s Heretical Hermeneutic

(Originally printed in the Spring 2011 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Harold Camping has predicted the end of the world again. One might have thought that after his failed prediction in 1994, the famed Family Radio pontiff would have learned to restrain his prophetic license. Unfortunately, Camping has grown all the more emboldened in his apocalyptic authority and has kindly given us less than five months to prepare for the rap­ture. Camping’s latest prediction for … Continue reading