Wow, its been awhile since I have posted anything. A lot has changed since I started this blog and I want to post a personal update about me, mainly I go to a different church since starting this blog.
For those who don’t know most of my Christian upbringing I was part of the charismatic and word of faith movement. In high school I even went to the Brownsville Revival in Florida. Shortly after moving to the Twin Cities I started attending Living Word Christian Center. I became a member and went there for about nine years. The Lord opened my eyes to much of the false teaching in the Word of Faith by the ministry of Justin Peter’s and my husband and I left that church. I won’t go into what’s wrong and even heretical but here is a link to some videos of Justin Peter’s. Youtube video. Also check out What is Word of Faith?
When Joel, my husband, and I left we started attending and becoming members at Bethany Missions Church. It was such a relief to not have to hear a twenty-minute offering message every week. For some that might not be a big deal but for me tithing was such a burden and to hear week in and week out that you must tithe in order for God to bless me was heavy burden on me.
Joel and I enjoyed going there but there was a few things we were unaware of. The leadership at Bethany was involved with International House of Prayer and fully supported their teaching. We knew very little of what they teach. At first we didn’t see anything wrong with IHOP but when there was an awaking (revival) there it became much more apparent how involved Bethany was involved with IHOP. Shortly after the awaking most of the leadership went to Kansas City to participate. I asked Pastor Matt many questions regarding to IHOP. He posted a blog as his response but it seems his blog is down so I can’t link to it.
But here is my response – ( One of my questions is how can you equate “holding to a form of godliness, although they denied its power” (2Tim3:5) to those who deny prophecy, tongues ect… Isn’t that making Scripture say something it doesn’t? Wasn’t Paul speaking to those who played lip service but still walked in the flesh.? And what is the “test” for feathers from heaven and gold teeth? What’s the purpose? But I can see where you are coming from on “if it’s not all of God then none of it can be of God” silliness. Those who say that need to read 1 Corinthians. Church was messy and Paul was writing to bring order. Thanks for the blog post with all the “controversy” over it all ) I never got a response. I also thought it was strange how a pastor would respond with a blog and not face to face.
Here are a few links concerning IHOP and its strange theology. The \”Harp and Bowl\” 24-Hour Prayer Initiative, video of a prophecy from IHOP concerning media, and CBN clip. After watching the CBN news clip Joel and I decided it was best that we find a new church. Bethany is Arminian and Joel and I were becoming more and more Calvinist in our theology so we would have left anyway but the controversy over IHOP made it sooner than later.
Joel and I went to Sovereign Grace Fellowship for two weeks but felt that it wasn’t home. I liked it but Joel didn’t.
Joel heard from a friend of ours of a church plant in St. Paul that he wanted to check out. I didn’t want to since it is about thirty minutes away. But obviously the Lord was leading us through Joel and we checked out Beacon of Hope church. I was surprised when Joel told me he liked it. It’s obviously not a charismatic church but it felt home. Pastor Steve was a missionary for about seventeen years and worked with John MacArthur for about seven years.
Thats about it for now. We are not members at Beacon of Hope but do feel that this is the place we want to stay. Also I didn’t go into depth on why we left the churches we did but I might in other posts. The links do help with understanding why we left so I just might leave it at that. If you have questions or concerns feel free commenting your questions.