With the advent of the ease and pervasiveness of the internet and the proliferation of books, radio programs and magazines preceding it, there is no shortage of material for tickling itchy ears.∝
One of the primary reasons I began working on Bible studies by email in the late 1990’s and then utilizing internet “bulletin boards” and lists and then setting up a website for women was the clear need I was seeing for the proclamation of the Truth — I saw a need for gathering edifying good things for women. And then, just as were previously in the magazines and bookstores, I began to see all sorts of enticing words and trends, all sorts of “near truth.” It is *NEAR TRUTH* that causes women to fall headlong into grave deception. It’s not new. It’s the oldest deception: near truth. Think: Hath God said, Eve?
In the last few years there have been staggering numbers of women who’ve walked away from the Truth (Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone) Solus Christus (Christ Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be Glory) and have begun mixing o adding to a little (convenient) Truth with other religions, other gods, other traditions, practices and beliefs. I’ve come to believe that this –-to me-– is more grievous, more dangerous and more appalling than ignorance of the Truth.
New “spirituality” is so seductive, so chic, so cool, so now!
Get wisdom, Get understanding.
It will trap you and wrap you up before you even know it.
I pray for discernment and courage to speak the Truth in love. If you’re following a particular teacher, you may have inadvertently begun to accept her methods, beliefs, ideology and theology—these all shape your thinking, your decisions, your behavior and what you teach others. Be careful. Be circumspect. Be wise.
And don’t be afraid to admit you were wrong as you
and leave off following, thinking like, talking like,
or acting like this or that erroneous teaching, personality, style or trend.
The grace, mercy, freedom, and Truth in Christ is enough.
My “warnings” will be in the form of links for the most part—unless I have personal, actual conversations. You wanna know why I started this page now and didn’t wait until it was all loaded up with links before publishing? I’ll tell you. Placenta eating; the chic “new” practice of new mamas eating their placentas. Seriously. Recently working with a group of midwives and attending different births, I was seeing (or hearing, rather) the practice and naively went along to get along… it was normal teaching. I got caught up accepting the practice as a healthful thing to do even though inside I had questions. Shoulda listened to that Still Small Voice — I can’t, don’t, won’t continue to go along with/agree/recommend/encourage this practice. I know that when something like this comes up and I respond that there’s no biblical precedent for placentophagia (eating of placenta after birth), then it must be okay—that the absence of reference to it may mean there is nothing wrong with it. But there isn’t an absence of reference to this–in fact, the reference to eating of children/placenta/afterbirth is addressed as a curse within Deuteronomy 28.47-62. Refer to Acts 15.20 I tend to think that there is something wrong when things are not addressed that would be common occurrences in all places for all people for all time–as is childbirth.
Read more here and another very well written, biblically based piece here — and for a medical doctor’s and a nurse’s view, here and here. And one more, neither for nor against the practice, just some points to ponder, here.
For this and all these sorts of statements I make on this page,
I will continually say, point to, and affirm: 2Timothy2.15.
but good doctrine DIVIDES heresy and truth.
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things,
thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ,
nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine,
whereunto thou hast attained.
Names – Trendsetters – Teachers – Teachings
- COLOURING – the coolest new trend since… pictionary? scattergories? the internet? whatever.else.you.coudn’t.get.enough.of? Colouring books, colouring, adult colouring books – the trendiest trend to come along in a long time. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU’RE COLOURING… SERIOUSLY.
- 4 concerns about Jen Hatmaker’s teachings
- [Jesus Calling. I wanted to love this book — I received it as a gift when I was going through the greatest sorrow of my life. I couldn’t continue to read it each day as I continually stumbled on statements I knew were contrary to Scriptural-Biblical *Jesus*] 10 Scriptural Reasons Jesus Calling is a dangerous book
- [Booklets on Jesus Calling] Jesus Calling
- Michelle Lesley has some great links that will help you identify and discern the teachings of very popular women in conference circles (in addition to the few I’ve posted just above).
- Lisa Bevere – beware of scripture twisting. This, from pulpit & pen; much more regarding her husband, John.