Generational Curses Part 1: An Introduction

From the very beginning of time, the wicked have been been attempting to deceive those to whom God has revealed his truth.  Those deceptions have sometimes been blatant, but more often than not they’ve been subtle; somewhat-credible sounding ideas that generally fly under the radar of most folks.  In the last few decades, one of the most widespread errors I’ve encountered is the error of generational curses.

There is no single version of the error of generational curses, but it’s an error that has found acceptance with a lot of people.  For introductory purposes, let’s answer two questions:

1. Who teaches this?  Continue reading

Quick Thoughts: What is the “Seven Mountains Mandate”?

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park /Lac Moraine, parc national Banff, Alberta

If you’ve heard of the New Apostolic Reformation, you’ve heard of many strange ideas.  One of those may be the “Seven Mountains Mandate.”  What is that exactly?  Well, the Seven Mountains Mandate is an idea that originates in a vision that Loren Cunningham (founder of YWAM) and Bill Bright (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, or Cru, and author of The Four Spiritual Laws) both had in 1975 (read about it here and here and here and here). The idea was that there are seven spheres (circles of cultural influence) that were the key to world evangelism; if a person could “reclaim” each sphere, they would establish Christianity across the globe and finish the great commission (and as a side benefit, usher in the second coming). Cunningham was told (by God, no less), that he had to infiltrate each sphere to successfully evangelize the world.

What were those seven spheres? Continue reading

Bible Bite: Faith to Move Mountains…

There are a bunch of passages in scripture that I used to ignore, mostly because I didn’t know what to do with them.  I’m guessing that you’re possibly like me; you know that certain passages are there but you’ve never really tackled them satisfactorily.  In a discussion I had with a noted prosperity preacher (who shall remain anonymous), one specific passage came up and I got thinking about how he twisted it.  He seemed to be making a fairly simple observation, but it was a text that I knew I had never sorted through and now I was forced to deal with it.

The text was Matthew 17:20.

What does a person do with Jesus teaching on faith in Matthew 17:20?

“…if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

It seems to be suggesting something rather extreme.

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Quick Thoughts: The Church of the Highlands and Chris Hodges

**April 13th Update – I’m going to be gone due to my job until next week so I won’t have time to interact with the numerous comments on this post, but I hope to do so when I return.**

Boy oh boy.

I am asked about stuff all the time and don’t have time to do the amount of research or study necessary to give to properly deal with some of the stuff that comes across my plate, but I wanted to toss something online on an upcoming church that appears to be very dangerous.  One of the fastest growing churches in North America is the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama.

Highlands - Main campus

It’s not necessarily in the limelight yet, but Church of the Highlands is a 15 year old church that has grown to be a multi-site church of 14 locations with over 32,000 people.  In fact, it’s grown so fast that it wasn’t even on the Outreach top 50 back in 2013 when I went through the top 50 churches on there.

They’ve been doing the growth thing with bells on, and they’re a good example of tight packaging and excellence in presentation.  There’s a whole lot of design, architecture and presentation genius in Highlands that many churches could benefit from.  Their buildings look great and their presentation is amazing…but beautiful architecture, great media, slickly-produced programs and fantastic music don’t make a good church. But what about Highlands as a church?  What about their doctrine and practice? Continue reading

Movie Review: God’s Not Dead 2

Gods Not Dead 2

It’s been just over two years since the movie God’s Not Dead came out.  When it came out on DVD, I saw it and wrote a review.  I wasn’t a fan because God’s Not Dead wasn’t a movie about Christianity; it was a movie about cultural Christianity.  It was a movie about the sort of shallow religiosity that I was taught when I was a teenager.

It was a movie where “theism” is the same as “Christianity”.

It was a movie where people become Christians without repenting of their sin or even mentioning Jesus at all.

It was a movie where the best part of the Christian life was attending a Christian Rock concert.

It was a movie where a freshman took on a PhD philosophy professor/atheist with a few pithy quotes and a couple of hours spent in a library.

It’s no shock that I really disliked the first movie; it showed the state of evangelicalism and pretty much explained why “I went to Heaven” books are always on the best seller list.

So, was God’s Not Dead 2 any better? Continue reading