I can’t stand the term ‘love offering’. Let me be clear. I don’t mind giving money and supporting ministries or appeals that seem to me to be worthy of support. But the term ‘love offering’, apart from seeming twee, seems to obligate people to give. The term ‘love offering’ is emotive, and conveys an expectation … More Why Love Offerings Irritate Me
As the teachers of the Law threw the woman before Jesus’ feet to see what He’d do, I always imagined Jesus going back to the ground and drawing a line in front of himself, separating the pharisees from himself and the woman. I’d then picture Him saying the classic line: “He who is without sin, … More The Line in the Sand
Some ex-Brisbane Christian Fellowship members have put up their own blog to assist others in the cult experiencing or recovering from spiritual abuse. The following is an extract from a very clear post on their blog which captures one of the factors leading to spiritual abuse: The premise of absolute submission is predicated on the … More The Pastor as Surrogate Conscience
Since we’ve just been discussing ‘covering’ and related authority, I thought it was relevant to point out this article in the Brisbane Times regarding the Brisbane Christian Fellowship: Ex Cult Members Speak Out In this church, apparently elders made all the decisions right down to personal decisions affecting families. Husbands ruled their wives and children, … More Another Abusive Cult Exposed
I suppose I’m writing this quick article in a bit of a dreary state. I’m writing this because I’ve been experiencing really weird inward movements in me. The supernatural is being stirred up in my life and I’ve witnessed some petty intense and amazing things this year. I feel priveleged and honoured, yet terrified with … More Being Supernatural Naturally
Now this is a scam of such obvious greed and deception that not even FaceLift would attempt to defend it. In fact this is a scam of the type that A Current Affair would be interested in exposing. If they chose to do so, they would have plenty of evidence because this video is screening … More Special offer for all readers of signposts02
Eugene Peterson’s ‘The Message’ Bible is a favourite translation of many people I know in Pentecostal and other churches. Its accessible text is great for seeker sensitive services, and it is a popular devotional translation. Many of the megachurches seem to regard most denominational churches as ‘dead’, or at least look down on them for … More Life in the Institution
While I don’t agree with all the things said in this youtube video, it’s underlying message is very important. I think my major addiction in being distracted in Christendom is my thirst for doctrinal knowledge. This is reading blogs, forums, threads, articles, etc, online and getting caught up with all my reading materal next to … More BUSY! I’m so busy my head is spinning… Like a whirlpool it never ends…
Many Pentecostal and charismatic churches today promote the need for ‘Apostolic Covering’, as part of the restoration of the “five-fold ministry”. If you do not attend a church with recognised apostolic covering, you are not ‘covered’, and therefore considered to lack credibility and be out of God’s will for our lives. If you left a … More Does ‘Covering’ Matter?
This is the second half of the parable of the prodigal son. I believe it illustrates one of the ways prosperity doctrine misleads people. Luke 15:25-31 25″Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26″And he summoned one of the servants and … More How can we earn what we already have?