Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Deceitful Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) Examined and Exposed

Victorious Pentecostal Assembly | London Biggest Church| Fastest Growing Church 

www.vpachurch.org

 I often come across religious cults, new religious movements and other groups on Saturday I had an exchange with an representative from this Church upon questioning this person he could not accurately give me the gospel as has been the case from many groups who have come to the UK from Nigeria to set up ministries in the UK many of whom have exploited people this group mentioned is no exception, this individual was handing out leaflets approached me and as he was giving out inviting people for healing and also to commit to decisionism, I did ask pressing questions about the nature of the group he belongs to and as the usual reaction he was evasive to answer any of the questions concerning his leader who this person admitted to me he knew nothing about him.

I asked him questions surrounding united with reguards to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Roman Catholic Church in this he said it is not our place to criticism demonimations, I asked that there whilst incorrect with the figures the actual figure is over 200 demoninmations http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_denominations

It is not surprising when this group is supported by Morris Cerullo
http://www.mcwe.com/mtl2014/alex-omokudu/

I said they cannot be all right in their teachings of the gospel, he they are all his brothers in Christ this really boils down to a persons lack of biblical understanding and education, many people who go to these places are Biblical illiterates, they have not concept or very little understanding.

I asked the question concerning Acts 17:11 who would be by today's standard critical, infact the essence of scripture it self comands us to use our critical faculties, there are many indecators of where scripture is abused to exploit many of the vulnerable in this church I have found time and time again how many actually do reject scripture and place man of utter most importance that what they claim to hold to themselves is extremely suspicious.

I asked him concerning how he sees this current Pope this person said he is "My brother in Christ" again if this person knew scripture he would not have made such comments, insted of giving me an honest aproach he was rather dishonest and when challenging these groups as to what they are doing in the UK he always place the race card, to take the focus of the questions and divert them into other area's.

Groups like Victorious Pentecostal Assembly must be avoided the biggest factor is on the leaflets this is a good indication when they make statements saying that God is using them to bring in healing, healing is not a problem as I do believe God does heal the exception that should be concerned is why are these groups insistent on making merchandise of peoples hopes and when God doesn't heal the blame is always placed on the doubter.

The UK law prohibits the use of language that they would make such claims called Consumer Protection Regulations Act this replaced the Fraudulent Mediums Act the issue is that this church does not apply Romans 13 in this regard but rather but not adhering to UK law they are disobeying God in this regard this advert for healing has no effect on those who wish to preach the gospel.

It is recently this same group have been up to there old tricks and their is nothing new under the sun.

What are the mean factors that is promoted concerning scriptural principles of the gospel?

The answer is they do not, no where in the leaflet the word repentance is used, the law and judgement, the scriptures are more so misrepresented, it does not teach that salvation is by faith alone, it does not teach a cristocentric view of scripture and omits what Hebrews 9 teaches by implying salvation is given through a prayer and then you recieve the blood after you pray for Gods forgiveness, 1st John 4:9-10 is not contextualised they omit vs 14, 15 and 16 from their quotation this then explains vs 9 and 10.

The Whole gospel is not given and conviction, regeneration and contrition is no where to be seen, in the leaflet it does not explain how one is to be saved they put salvation as something you receive that is dependent on you, by saying you need to make a decision today then misquoting Romans 10:9-10 the word pray is not used here and in the context of the pray they have omitted the word repentance from the text.

Besides the prayer is not biblical it is rooted in a formula, please see my study on the subject http://www.firstplumbline.net/html/sinnersprayer.html

They are not only promoting for the tolerance of idolatry, another Christ and false doctrines the scriptures in Matthew 7 teaches us to be on the watch for they have also been exposed as exploiting the sick and vulnerable of society.

The stories that I believe the accounts are accurate that this church has been guilty for finacially exploiting the hopes of the poor, week and vulnerable.

http://eretanseyi.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/miracle-healing-nigerian-pastor-lands.html

LONDON-BASED Nigerian clergy, Pastor Alex Omokudu is on the spotlight for allegedly selling items suspected to be Blackcurrant and olive oil as ‘miracle cure’ for cancer and HIV in his Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA), Manchester, England.

According to reporters who investigated the matter, patrons of the cleric are irked because the substance, packaged in two bottles, were being sold for about N4,000 instead of their combined street value of about N1,500.

The development is coming against the background of a recent N6 million fine reportedly, imposed on the pastor’s television channel, Believe TV by the British industry regulator, Ofcom. The same channel had been reprimanded by Ofcom in 2011 for allegedly making claims regulators deemed capable of exploiting vulnerable viewers.

The church's website describes Omokudu as one that is uniquely called into the Christian ministry who possesses “an uncommon anointing for healing, miracles, extraordinary breakthroughs and deliverance.”

The site states that the clergy had once raised a dead Muslim woman back to life as well as another man who had died from HIV infection. No dates or locations are mentioned for the said miracles.

But the church has been defending its integrity. On its website is a disclaimer warning viewers of its television programmes. According to the site, though the testimonies of healings were made genuinely, viewers should always seek medical counsels on their ailments.

The text reads: “The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) programmes on TV contain testimonies of true stories by people who have received divine healing through the ministry of VPA. They gave these voluntarily without any directive from VPA. We advise you to always seek your medical practitioner’s advice before making any decision based on these testimonies.”

Last month, a report in the Daily Mail stated that the claims of using the said olive oil and blackcurrant to cure terminal diseases is being investigated. According to the paper, under the UK's Cancer Act 1939, it is illegal for anyone to run any advertisement, including verbal claims, promoting products as treatments or cures for cancer. Trading standards officers have been told about the practice and they   have   promised   to investigate the case.

The report reads: “Cancer and HIV patients have been told to buy bottles of ordinary blackcurrant squash and olive oil for £14 by a church claiming the blessed goods are a 'miracle cure' for their illnesses. The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) sells the over-inflated goods with the claim that once blessed by a pastor they can cure a host of serious health conditions.

Undercover reporters found that members of the VPA congregation in Manchester were told that if a terminally-ill person drank a mixture of the specially blessed litre of squash and 500ml bottle of olive oil, which were being sold at double their real value, their ailments would disappear.

A church leader who identified himself as Pastor Mbenga also claimed to have previously cured diabetes and a brain tumour using the concoction. He said the mixture would 'do what no man can do' through divine intervention and guaranteed the cancer would be cured. “God will take over with divine intervention and the cancer will disappear,” Pastor Mbenga told the reporters from Manchester Evening News.

The church’s founder, Pastor Alex Omokudu, who lives in a £1.8million mansion in Hornchurch, Essex, has also regularly appeared in television adverts claiming, “doctors do not have the answer - we have got the answer. We have got the answer to healing.” The products sell in several supermarkets for less than £6.

Now a cancer charity has warned the practice is deliberately targeting the vulnerable and could stop patients from seeking proper medical treatment. Martin Ledwick, head information nurse at Cancer Research UK said people should be wary of 'miracle cures' and consult the advice of professionals.

He said: “It is shocking that anyone could exploit people with cancer in this way. “We would encourage anyone affected by cancer to be cautious of any alternative therapies, especially those that claim to be "miracle cures." If a therapist encourages them to use an alternative treatment instead of conventional medicine prescribed by a qualified doctor, we would also advise caution.”

Dr. Michelle Harvie, research dietician at the Genesis Cancer Prevention South Manchester Trust, urged patients to always seek the advice of medical professionals.

She said: “When people are suffering from cancer they are often desperate and will seek out alternative or a miraculous cure when it is often the more mundane treatments will do them the most good. The problem is none of this is based on any real evidence, but sufferers are often being told what they want to hear rather than what is a medical fact.

“The sad fact is when someone is suffering from cancer, they can often be at their most vulnerable and they control, but it is really important they adhere to treatments planned by their doctors and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

The church opened in Manchester last year and is the first northern base of the VPA. It has three other churches in Hackney, Luton and Barking. The organisation has previously been fined by Ofcom for making similar claims on its television channel. Believe TV, which is available on Sky and via the internet. It has twice been blasted by the regulator for running promotional campaigns with testimonies from people claiming to have been cured of HIV, cancer and infertility.

The church may also be breaking the law, as any advertisement, including verbal claims, promoting products as treatments or cures for cancer is illegal under the Cancer Act 1939.
Pastor Mbenga however said he was not aware the church was breaking the law.

He said: “It is the word of God. It is in the scriptures that God can heal these illnesses and that is the message we are passing on to people.

“I wasn’t aware of that law. But we live in a free society and if this is what people believe then people should be free to believe in it and carry out their faith.

“We have seen divine intervention in the past where people have been healed of terrible diseases, and believe that God has the supernatural power to bring about miracles. This is what we believe and we are just trying to help people, trying to help them live a better life by giving them the power through God to make changes in their lives. We are not hurting anyone.”

VPA leaders have previously landed in trouble over claims of curing serious illnesses. The church, based in Barking, Essex, was founded in 2004 by Pastor Omokudu. his wife Patricia is listed as director of The Light Academy which runs the religious channel of Believe TV from the same address.

In the one of the channel's broadcast which fail foul of U.K's TV regulator in August 2011, it featured Pastor Omokudu sayig that people had been cured of serious illnesses by the church.

One woman said she had collapsed with “a tumour in my head.” A relative added that she had thrown away her cancer medication and purchased "blackcurrant and oil" from the church. And claimed that when she went to hospital for a scan, there was “no longer a problem.”

Another man told the audience he was given two years to live with a brain tumour. The man said he had come to VPA and had been cured with 'olive oil' – to which Pastor Omokudu responded: “We have got the answer to healing.”

The report concluded that “there was a material risk that susceptible members of the audience may be exploited by the material broadcast on Believe TV'. In February this year the channel was fined £25,000 by the regulator for another broadcast featuring Pastor Omokudu.”

The VPA website gives Omokudu’s background thus: “Pastor Alex Omokudu was born in Nigeria where he was also residing when God called him into ministry. He was born dumb, with a childhood that could barely be identified as normal or enjoyable; Pastor Alex struggled through to adulthood.

“He met with God when there seemed to be no way. His relative had suggested he sold
all of his belongings in order to raise some money to go to Germany where he would start a new life. He did so and also gave up his room where he stayed at no cost – an offer given to him by a very kind man. With the funds raised and his room now given up, he went to see his brother who claimed to have the ability to help him with his travel to Germany.

“Upon his arrival at his brother's, his brother immediately asked him about the money (two hundred thousand naira), which he had told Pastor Alex to bring along with him. Pastor Alex then told him that he had less than he had asked for as he could not raise the whole amount. His brother then mockingly took the money from him and sent him away, but Pastor Alex couldn't help but mention that he had no money to fund his return.

“His brother then gave him back a small fraction of the money which he had taken from him, to enable him fund transportation costs for his return to Lagos, Nigeria. Before sending Pastor Alex away, his brother did not cease to comment that the funds he had raised was just enough for the cost of his proposed travel to Germany. He also told him that he would require over four times the amount of money he had in his possession to fund the remaining costs of his travel. At this point, Pastor Alex was devastated, had no home to go back to as he had given away his room where he lived in Lagos.

were lost and got on what he described to be his “longest bus ride" back to Lagos where he had given up the room he lived in. On the bus he told God that it would be better if he died as all his hopes were lost.

“On his arrival in Lagos, he stopped at the gate of the building where his old room was and cried. He had bid farewell to everyone only a short while ago when he believed he was going to be on his way to Germany. He didn't know what he would say to them when he got into the building. As he stood there crying, two men who also lived in the building emerged to help him into the building after they had noticed him outside. He found that his room had been given away to someone else as they believed he had gone to Germany. It dawned on him that he had to start all over again.

“The thought of starting all over again was strenuous for him, the situation was surreal.

As he slept that night, the Holy Spirit was waking him up but he would not wake. Then the Holy Spirit slapped him on the face re-iterating that he woke up to read the book of Isaiah 61:1-3. On the same night he challenged God and that night he experienced an encounter with God and was given a vision. In the vision, God showed Pastor Alex a green plane he would use to go preaching the gospel all over the world, the plane was written "Victorious Pentecostal Assembly". From that day, he had more encounters with God and God showed him more things to come.”

Thus began his early ministry which specialised in, as the website stated: “Healing the Sick and Raising the Dead.”

The biography continues: “God sent Pastor Alex to the hospital; he did not know why but he obeyed God and went. When he arrived at the hospital, they would not allow him into the premises to pray for the sick. He was later allowed in to pray for the children only. He prayed for the sick children there and someone there told him that he was just where he was needed and then he knew why God had sent him there. Then he saw a very ill person who was dying and rose up his hands and said, “God, over to you”, and the person was well again.”

Hence, the minister began his cleric work around the city of Lagos “where he had always lived and was known as a common man who had not always been right with God... He obeyed God and remained in the city even though it bothered him what people might think of him. He believed that God would make a way.” His healing work in Lagos was a maze of eventful work and fortune. The website reports that he continued till one day when he got to a Muslim woman who had died. “He prayed for her and she woke up from the dead,” it tated.

“As the woman woke up, she was grateful to the God of Pastor Alex and gave her life to Christ. On another occasion, He sent Pastor Alex to a man who died of HIV. Pastor Alex prayed for him and God restored his life and he was alive again.”

“In the very beginning, God had caused Pastor Alex to have encounters with a man of God in his dreams on three separate occasions. He had never met or known the man before. In those dreams, the man of God was always sorting him out in the crowd and calling him by his name.

Pastor Alex later attended a crusade and there he saw that the ministering Pastor at the crusade was the man whom God had been showing him in his dreams, his name was Bishop Oyedepo. Bishop Oyedepo approached him and took his hand and spoke a lot about ‘more grace.’ Bishop Oyedepo later turned out to be one of the platforms set by God to support Pastor Alex in his journey to becoming a soldier of Christ.

“Pastor Alex began preaching the Gospel to many, giving them hope and healing the sick and oppressed. He would preach in public buses and people would come to him to pray for them. As God began to open up even more to him, he would see visions on the people he preached to on the bus and he would tell them what God showed him.

 http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-council-launches-probe-into-victorious-692766

Manchester council launches probe into Victorious Pentecostal Assembly church after M.E.N. reveals bogus 'cancer cure' claim

Council chiefs have launched a full probe into a church selling a ‘cancer cure’ made from blackcurrant squash and olive oil following an M.E.N. investigation.






INVESTIGATION: M.E.N. reporter Richard Wheatstone with the olive oil and squash which he was told would cure cancer
INVESTIGATION: M.E.N. reporter Richard Wheatstone with the olive oil and squash which he was told would cure cancer

Council chiefs have launched a full probe into a church selling a ‘cancer cure’ made from blackcurrant squash and olive oil following an M.E.N. investigation.
As reported yesterday, we found that within 15 minutes of entering the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly on Hyde Road, Gorton, we were offered a one litre bottle of the drink and a 500ml bottle of supermarket olive oil for £14. The church claimed that when the products were mixed together and blessed by a pastor it would cure the cancer of a family member.
The products retail in several supermarkets for less than £6.
Any advertisement, including verbal claims, promoting products as treatments or cures for cancer is illegal under the Cancer Act 1939.
Now Trading standards have launched a full investigation into the practice after being handed a dossier of evidence by the M.E.N.
Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester council, said: “We are grateful to the M.E.N. for their investigation. The allegations, which involve preying on vulnerable members of the public, are serious ones.
“Trading Standards officers will now be launching a full investigation of our own which will include examining material provided by the M.E.N. and we will take whatever action is appropriate.”
A church leader who identified himself as Pastor Mbenga also claimed to have previously cured diabetes and a brain tumour using the blackcurrant juice and oil. He said the mixture would ‘do what no man can do’ through divine intervention and guaranteed the cancer would be cured.
Cancer experts criticised the practice as targeting the greatest fears of cancer sufferers and potentially encouraging them to stop proper medical treatment.
The church, on Hyde Road, opened last year and is the first northern base of the VPA, which has three other churches in Hackney, Luton and Barking.
Church leaders have previously been rapped by Ofcom for claiming the treatment has healed cancer, HIV and infertility sufferers on religious television channel Believe TV – which is run by the wife of the church’s founder Alex Omokudu.
The broadcasts feature Pastor Omokudu, who lives in a £1.8m mansion in Hornchurch, Greater London, claiming, ‘doctors do not have the answer – we have got the answer. We have got the answer to healing’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185953/Church-slammed-selling-blackcurrant-cordial-olive-oil-drink-miracle-cure-cancer-HIV.html

Church slammed for selling blackcurrant cordial and olive oil drink as a 'miracle cure' for cancer and HIV

  • Victorious Pentecostal Assembly leaders promise the over-inflated goods, which have been blessed, can cure serious health conditions
  • Blackcurrent squash and olive oil sold for £14, double their real value
  • Church's founder, Pastor Alex Omokudu, lives in £1.8m home in Essex
  • Cancer charity warns vulnerable people are being exploited by practice
  • Church may be breaking the law by promising to 'cure' cancer
  • Pastor claims: 'We have got the answer to healing'


Divine inspiration: Pastor Mbenga, at VPA's Manchester branch, claims mixing olive oil and blackcurrent squash can cure cancer, HIV and diabetes
Divine inspiration: Pastor Mbenga, at VPA's Manchester branch, claims mixing olive oil and blackcurrent squash can cure cancer, HIV and diabetes

Cancer and HIV patients have been told to buy bottles of ordinary blackcurrent squash and olive oil for £14 by a church claiming the blessed goods are a 'miracle cure' for their illnesses.


The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) sells the over-inflated goods with the claim that once blessed by a pastor they can cure a host of serious health conditions.

Undercover reporters found members of the VPA congregation in Manchester were told that if a terminally-ill person drank a mixture of the specially blessed litre of squash and 500ml bottle of olive oil, which were being sold at double their real value, their ailments would disappear.

A church leader who identified himself as Pastor Mbenga also claimed to have previously cured diabetes and a brain tumour using the concoction. 

He said the mixture would 'do what no man can do' through divine intervention and guaranteed the cancer would be cured.

'God will take over with divine intervention and the cancer will disappear,' Pastor Mbenga told the reporters from Manchester Evening News.

The church’s founder, Pastor Alex Omokudu, who lives in a £1.8million mansion in Hornchurch, Essex, has also regularly appeared in television adverts claiming, 'doctors do not have the answer - we have got the answer. We have got the answer to healing'.

The products sell in several supermarkets for less than £6. 

Now a cancer charity has warned the practice is deliberately targeting the vulnerable and could stop patients from seeking proper medical treatment.
Martin Ledwick, head information nurse at Cancer Research UK said people should be wary of 'miracle cures' and consult the advice of professionals.

He said: 'It is shocking that anyone could exploit people with cancer in this way.
'We would encourage anyone affected by cancer to be cautious of any alternative therapies, especially those that claim to be "miracle cures".

'If a therapist encourages them to use an alternative treatment instead of conventional medicine prescribed by a qualified doctor, we would also advise caution.'

Dr Michelle Harvie, research dietician at the Genesis Cancer Prevention Centre at University Hospital South Manchester Trust, urged patients to always seek the advice of medical professionals.

She said: 'When people are suffering from cancer they are often desperate and will seek out alternative or a miraculous cure when it is often the more mundane treatments will do them the most good.

'The problem is none of this is based on any real evidence, but sufferers are often being told what they want to hear rather than what is medical fact.

'The sad fact is when someone is suffering from cancer they can often be at their most vulnerable and they want to do something to take control, but it is really important they adhere to treatments planned by their doctors and lead a healthy lifestyle.'

Drink this: The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly claims the mixture of these ordinary supermarket goods, sold at double their real value, is a 'miracle cure'
Drink this: The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly claims the mixture of these ordinary supermarket goods, sold at double their real value, is a 'miracle cure'
The church opened in Manchester last year and is the first northern base of the VPA, which has three other churches in Hackney, Luton and Barking.
The organisation has previously been fined by Ofcom for making similar claims on its television channel.
Believe TV, which is available on Sky and via the internet, has twice been blasted by the regulator for running promotional campaigns with testimonies from people claiming to have been cured of HIV, cancer and infertility.
The church may also be breaking the law, as any advertisement, including verbal claims, promoting products as treatments or cures for cancer is illegal under the Cancer Act 1939.
Trading standards officers have also been told about the practice and promised to look over the case.


Pastor Mbenga however said he was not aware the church was breaking the law.
He said: 'It is the word of God, it is in the scriptures that God can heal these illnesses and that is the message we are passing on to people.
'I wasn’t aware of that law, but we live in a free society and if this is what people believe then people should be free to believe in it and carry out their faith.
'We have seen divine intervention in the past where people have been healed of terrible diseases and believe that God has the supernatural power to bring about miracles.
'This is what we believe and we are just trying to help people, trying to help them live a better life by giving them the power through God to make changes in their lives. We are not hurting anyone.'
Cure all: Leaders at the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly in Manchester claim the blessed mixture can 'do what no man can do' and guarantees people will be restored to good health

Cure all: Leaders at the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly in Manchester claim the blessed mixture can 'do what no man can do' and guarantees people will be restored to good health
Growing membership: The church opened in Manchester last year and is the first northern base of the VPA, which has three other churches in Hackney, Luton and Barking
Growing membership: The church opened in Manchester last year and is the first northern base of the VPA, which has three other churches in Hackney, Luton and Barking

'HEALING' CHURCH HAS PREVIOUSLY DEFENDED CLAIMS OF EXPLOITATION

Victorious Pentecostal Assembly leaders have previously landed in trouble over claims of curing serious illnesses.
The church, based in Barking, Essex, was founded in 2004 by Pastor Alex Omokudu.
His wife Patricia is a listed director of The Light Academy which runs religious channel Believe TV from the same address.
The channel has twice been blasted by TV regulator Ofcom for making claims which ‘exploited’ vulnerable viewers.
The channel was first rapped in August 2011 after a broadcast featuring Pastor Omokudu in which people claimed they had been cured of serious illnesses by the church.

One woman said she had collapsed with 'a tumour in my head'.
A relative added that she had thrown away her cancer medication and purchased "blackcurrant and oil" from the church.
When she then went to hospital for a scan, she claims there was 'no longer a problem'.
Another man told the audience he was given two years to live with a brain tumour.
The man said he had come to VPA and had been cured with 'olive oil' - to which Pastor Omokudu responded: 'We have got the answer to healing.'
The report concluded 'there was a material risk that susceptible members of the audience may be exploited by the material broadcast on Believe TV'.
In February this year the channel was fined £25,000 by the regulator for another broadcast featuring Pastor Omokudu.

'HEALING' CHURCH HAS PREVIOUSLY DEFENDED CLAIMS OF EXPLOITATION

Victorious Pentecostal Assembly leaders have previously landed in trouble over claims of curing serious illnesses.


The church, based in Barking, Essex, was founded in 2004 by Pastor Alex Omokudu.

His wife Patricia is a listed director of The Light Academy which runs religious channel Believe TV from the same address.

The channel has twice been blasted by TV regulator Ofcom for making claims which ‘exploited’ vulnerable viewers.
The channel was first rapped in August 2011 after a broadcast featuring Pastor Omokudu in which people claimed they had been cured of serious illnesses by the church.

One woman said she had collapsed with 'a tumour in my head'.
A relative added that she had thrown away her cancer medication and purchased "blackcurrant and oil" from the church.
When she then went to hospital for a scan, she claims there was 'no longer a problem'.
Another man told the audience he was given two years to live with a brain tumour.
The man said he had come to VPA and had been cured with 'olive oil' - to which Pastor Omokudu responded: 'We have got the answer to healing.'

The report concluded 'there was a material risk that susceptible members of the audience may be exploited by the material broadcast on Believe TV'.
In February this year the channel was fined £25,000 by the regulator for another broadcast featuring Pastor Omokudu.

http://yeyedesmell.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/miracles-for-sale-nigerian-pastor-in.html

MIRACLES FOR SALE : Nigerian pastor in trouble in UK ... UK Journalists blew lid over fake miracles ... Made money from ‘anointing oil’

LONDON-BASED Nigerian clergy, Pastor Alex Omokudu is on the spotlight for allegedly selling items suspected to be Blackcurrant and olive oil as ‘miracle cure’ for cancer and HIV in his Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA), Manchester, England.
According to reporters who investigated the matter, patrons of the cleric are irked because the substance, packaged in two bottles, were being sold for about N4,000 instead of their combined street value of about N1,500.

The development is coming against the background of a recent N6 million fine reportedly, imposed on the pastor’s television channel, Believe TV by the British industry regulator, Ofcom. The same channel had been reprimanded by Ofcom in 2011 for allegedly making claims regulators deemed capable of exploiting vulnerable viewers.

The church’s website describes Omokudu as one that is uniquely called into the Christian ministry who possesses “an uncommon anointing for healing, miracles, extraordinary breakthroughs and deliverance.”

The site states that the clergy had once raised a dead Muslim woman back to life as well as another man who had died from HIV infection. No dates or locations are mentioned for the said miracles.
But the church has been defending its integrity. On its website is a disclaimer warning viewers of its television programmes. According to the site, though the testimonies of healings were made genuinely, viewers should always seek medical counsels on their ailments.

The text reads: “The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) programmes on TV contain testimonies of true stories by people who have received divine healing through the ministry of VPA. They gave these voluntarily without any directive from VPA. We advise you to always seek your medical practitioner’s advice before making any decision based on these testimonies.”

Last month, a report in the Daily Mail stated that the claims of using the said olive oil and blackcurrant to cure terminal diseases is being investigated. According to the paper, under the UK’s Cancer Act 1939, it is illegal for anyone to run any advertisement, including verbal claims, promoting products as treatments or cures for cancer. Trading standards officers have been told about the practice and they   have   promised   to investigate the case.

The report reads: “Cancer and HIV patients have been told to buy bottles of ordinary blackcurrant squash and olive oil for £14 by a church claiming the blessed goods are a ‘miracle cure’ for their illnesses. The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly (VPA) sells the over-inflated goods with the claim that once blessed by a pastor they can cure a host of serious health conditions.

Undercover reporters found that members of the VPA congregation in Manchester were told that if a terminally-ill person drank a mixture of the specially blessed litre of squash and 500ml bottle of olive oil, which were being sold at double their real value, their ailments would disappear.

A church leader who identified himself as Pastor Mbenga also claimed to have previously cured diabetes and a brain tumour using the concoction. He said the mixture would ‘do what no man can do’ through divine intervention and guaranteed the cancer would be cured. “God will take over with divine intervention and the cancer will disappear,” Pastor Mbenga told the reporters from Manchester Evening News.

The church’s founder, Pastor Alex Omokudu, who lives in a £1.8million mansion in Hornchurch, Essex, has also regularly appeared in television adverts claiming, “doctors do not have the answer – we have got the answer. We have got the answer to healing.” The products sell in several supermarkets for less than £6.

Now a cancer charity has warned the practice is deliberately targeting the vulnerable and could stop patients from seeking proper medical treatment. Martin Ledwick, head information nurse at Cancer Research UK said people should be wary of ‘miracle cures’ and consult the advice of professionals.

He said: “It is shocking that anyone could exploit people with cancer in this way. “We would encourage anyone affected by cancer to be cautious of any alternative therapies, especially those that claim to be “miracle cures.” If a therapist encourages them to use an alternative treatment instead of conventional medicine prescribed by a qualified doctor, we would also advise caution.”

Dr. Michelle Harvie, research dietician at the Genesis Cancer Prevention South Manchester Trust, urged patients to always seek the advice of medical professionals.

She said: “When people are suffering from cancer they are often desperate and will seek out alternative or a miraculous cure when it is often the more mundane treatments will do them the most good. The problem is none of this is based on any real evidence, but sufferers are often being told what they want to hear rather than what is a medical fact.

“The sad fact is when someone is suffering from cancer, they can often be at their most vulnerable and they control, but it is really important they adhere to treatments planned by their doctors and lead a healthy lifestyle.” 

The church opened in Manchester last year and is the first northern base of the VPA. It has three other churches in Hackney, Luton and Barking. The organisation has previously been fined by Ofcom for making similar claims on its television channel. Believe TV, which is available on Sky and via the internet. It has twice been blasted by the regulator for running promotional campaigns with testimonies from people claiming to have been cured of HIV, cancer and infertility.

The church may also be breaking the law, as any advertisement, including verbal claims, promoting products as treatments or cures for cancer is illegal under the Cancer Act 1939.

Pastor Mbenga however said he was not aware the church was breaking the law.
He said: “It is the word of God. It is in the scriptures that God can heal these illnesses and that is the message we are passing on to people.

“I wasn’t aware of that law. But we live in a free society and if this is what people believe then people should be free to believe in it and carry out their faith.

“We have seen divine intervention in the past where people have been healed of terrible diseases, and believe that God has the supernatural power to bring about miracles. This is what we believe and we are just trying to help people, trying to help them live a better life by giving them the power through God to make changes in their lives. We are not hurting anyone.”

VPA leaders have previously landed in trouble over claims of curing serious illnesses. The church, based in Barking, Essex, was founded in 2004 by Pastor Omokudu. his wife Patricia is listed as director of The Light Academy which runs the religious channel of Believe TV from the same address.

In the one of the channel’s broadcast which fail foul of U.K’s TV regulator in August 2011, it featured Pastor Omokudu sayig that people had been cured of serious illnesses by the church.
One woman said she had collapsed with “a tumour in my head.” A relative added that she had thrown away her cancer medication and purchased “blackcurrant and oil” from the church. And claimed that when she went to hospital for a scan, there was “no longer a problem.”
Another man told the audience he was given two years to live with a brain tumour. The man said he had come to VPA and had been cured with ‘olive oil’ – to which Pastor Omokudu responded: “We have got the answer to healing.”

The report concluded that “there was a material risk that susceptible members of the audience may be exploited by the material broadcast on Believe TV’. In February this year the channel was fined £25,000 by the regulator for another broadcast featuring Pastor Omokudu.”

The VPA website gives Omokudu’s background thus: “Pastor Alex Omokudu was born in Nigeria where he was also residing when God called him into ministry. He was born dumb, with a childhood that could barely be identified as normal or enjoyable; Pastor Alex struggled through to adulthood.
“He met with God when there seemed to be no way. His relative had suggested he sold
all of his belongings in order to raise some money to go to Germany where he would start a new life. He did so and also gave up his room where he stayed at no cost – an offer given to him by a very kind man. With the funds raised and his room now given up, he went to see his brother who claimed to have the ability to help him with his travel to Germany.

“Upon his arrival at his brother’s, his brother immediately asked him about the money (two hundred thousand naira), which he had told Pastor Alex to bring along with him. Pastor Alex then told him that he had less than he had asked for as he could not raise the whole amount. His brother then mockingly took the money from him and sent him away, but Pastor Alex couldn’t help but mention that he had no money to fund his return.

“His brother then gave him back a small fraction of the money which he had taken from him, to enable him fund transportation costs for his return to Lagos, Nigeria. Before sending Pastor Alex away, his brother did not cease to comment that the funds he had raised was just enough for the cost of his proposed travel to Germany. He also told him that he would require over four times the amount of money he had in his possession to fund the remaining costs of his travel. At this point, Pastor Alex was devastated, had no home to go back to as he had given away his room where he lived in Lagos.

were lost and got on what he described to be his “longest bus ride” back to Lagos where he had given up the room he lived in. On the bus he told God that it would be better if he died as all his hopes were lost.

“On his arrival in Lagos, he stopped at the gate of the building where his old room was and cried. He had bid farewell to everyone only a short while ago when he believed he was going to be on his way to Germany. He didn’t know what he would say to them when he got into the building. As he stood there crying, two men who also lived in the building emerged to help him into the building after they had noticed him outside. He found that his room had been given away to someone else as they believed he had gone to Germany. It dawned on him that he had to start all over again.
“The thought of starting all over again was strenuous for him, the situation was surreal.

As he slept that night, the Holy Spirit was waking him up but he would not wake. Then the Holy Spirit slapped him on the face re-iterating that he woke up to read the book of Isaiah 61:1-3. On the same night he challenged God and that night he experienced an encounter with God and was given a vision. In the vision, God showed Pastor Alex a green plane he would use to go preaching the gospel all over the world, the plane was written “Victorious Pentecostal Assembly”. From that day, he had more encounters with God and God showed him more things to come.”

Thus began his early ministry which specialised in, as the website stated: “Healing the Sick and Raising the Dead.”

The biography continues: “God sent Pastor Alex to the hospital; he did not know why but he obeyed God and went. When he arrived at the hospital, they would not allow him into the premises to pray for the sick. He was later allowed in to pray for the children only. He prayed for the sick children there and someone there told him that he was just where he was needed and then he knew why God had sent him there. Then he saw a very ill person who was dying and rose up his hands and said, “God, over to you”, and the person was well again.”

Hence, the minister began his cleric work around the city of Lagos “where he had always lived and was known as a common man who had not always been right with God… He obeyed God and remained in the city even though it bothered him what people might think of him. He believed that God would make a way.” His healing work in Lagos was a maze of eventful work and fortune. The website reports that he continued till one day when he got to a Muslim woman who had died. “He prayed for her and she woke up from the dead,” it tated.

“As the woman woke up, she was grateful to the God of Pastor Alex and gave her life to Christ. On another occasion, He sent Pastor Alex to a man who died of HIV. Pastor Alex prayed for him and God restored his life and he was alive again.”

“In the very beginning, God had caused Pastor Alex to have encounters with a man of God in his dreams on three separate occasions. He had never met or known the man before. In those dreams, the man of God was always sorting him out in the crowd and calling him by his name.
Pastor Alex later attended a crusade and there he saw that the ministering Pastor at the crusade was the man whom God had been showing him in his dreams, his name was Bishop Oyedepo. Bishop Oyedepo approached him and took his hand and spoke a lot about ‘more grace.’ Bishop Oyedepo later turned out to be one of the platforms set by God to support Pastor Alex in his journey to becoming a soldier of Christ.

“Pastor Alex began preaching the Gospel to many, giving them hope and healing the sick and oppressed. He would preach in public buses and people would come to him to pray for them. As God began to open up even more to him, he would see visions on the people he preached to on the bus and he would tell them what God showed him. 

 
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/enforcement/broadcast-bulletins/obb188/obb188.pdf

Ofcom fine Believe TV over nonsense religious healing claims

believe TVOfcom have fined Light Academy Ltd £ 25,000 in respect of claims made by its Believe TV channel.
Ofcom decided that the programmes on Believe TV:
  • Paul Lewis Ministries, December 2010
  • Pastor Alex Omokudu Healing Ministry Testimonies, December 2010 - February 2011
  • Bishop Climate Irungu Ministries, January 2011
Breached rules:
  • Rule 2.1: Generally accepted standards must be applied to the contents of television and radio services so as to provide adequate protection for members of the public from the inclusion in such services of harmful and/or offensive material .
     
  • Rule 4.6: Religious programmes must not improperly exploit any susceptibilities of the audience .
Ofcom considered only the breaches of Rules 2.1 and 4.6 to be so serious as to warrant consideration of a statutory sanction. In addition, Ofcom considered the Code Breaches to be repeated because they happened repeatedly over a period of several months.
Ofcom have previously highlighted a number of examples of broadcast material which had the potential for harm in breach of Rule 2.1, because some viewers with serious illnesses, especially more vulnerable ones, may not seek, or abandon existing, conventional medical treatment on the basis of what they have seen on Believe TV.
For example, Ofcom noted examples:
  • Paul Lewis, in the programmes Paul Lewis Ministries broadcast on 21 December 2010 and 22 December 2010, preaching directly to camera and providing 'healing' direct to individuals through the use of his 'Miracle Olive Oil Soap'; and
     
  • Bishop Climate Irungu, in the programmes Bishop Climate Irungu Ministries, broadcast on 4 January 2011, providing testimony of 'healing' direct to camera; and
     
  • 'testimonies' of congregation members (supported by statements by Pastor Alex Omokudu), which clearly encouraged viewers to believe that the healing or treatment of very serious illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, and heart problems could be achieved exclusively through healing provided by being anointed with a product such as olive oil soap, Ribena or oil.
Ofcom also considered whether to revoke the licence for believe TV but decided that this would not be proportionate.
Above article from:
http://www.religiouswatch.com/rw0212.htm

Accounts  (also check out page 11 under 16 Related Party Disclosures)  Where the church pays his wife's company for TV advertising and Evangelism!

http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends26%5C0001116726_AC_20130331_E_C.PDF

Apparently the accounts for year ending March 2013 are overdue.  Very naughty indeed!

 




Friday, January 23, 2015

Why Pastor Matt Higgins is intently leading many astray.

Matt Higgins Tweeted Jan 17 TROLLING, DISCERNMENT BLOGGING, ATTACK PODCASTS AND OTHER INSANE WITCH HUNTS OF WHICH BELIEVERS SHOULD REPENT

Very recently I had received an message concerning a so called Pastor named Matt Higgins, to avoid in fighting I want to address the basic out line of Matt Higgins false, callous and nonfactual article that was written about myself among others, but apparently I have written that I stated these people who I have examined and spoken out against these practices and teachings are comparing me to a lady in saying heretics apparently are going to hell, this rant against all discernment sites, pod-casts and blogs are false and libelous.

The accusations are nothing more than lies that include name calling and the meanderings of those who have no love for the truth these are people who we call truth resisters that would defend proven neo-evangelicals, ecumenism etc but then says that those of us engaged in these activities should repent of our outspoken and public renouncement of men like Billy Graham etc would even suggest that the people like myself are like the grand inquisitors of 1556 who would burn people at the stake because they stood for biblical orthodoxy.  John the Baptist called the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious leaders of his day) "a generation of Vipers" (snakes) (Matt. 3:7). Today, John would be accused of being a witch hunter, unloving, unkind, and unchristian. There are many examples in the Bible where individuals spoke out against false teachers.

Matt Higgins states that it is down to local pastors to watch over and warn the flock, in one sense this is true and their is no disagreement here, the point is this if many pastors did what they were supposed to people like me would not exist, the scripture teaches us also about the Lord placing watchman in the last days what this Pastor fails to tell you scriptural principles one good example was laid out by Mike Oppenheimer from Let Us Reason Ministries, does describe men like Matt Higgins as intently discouraging anyone from exercising discernment.

Here is the site in question https://transmissionsfromexile.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/trolling-discernment-blogging-attack-podcasts-and-other-witch-hunts-of-which-christians-should-repent/

"Just as 1 Peter 3:15 commands us as Christians to always be ready to give a defense of your faith to those outside (apologetics) the church, Jude 3 to defend it within the Church (polemics). Jude had to have been aware of Peter’s proclamation because his book extends off of Peters second epistle on the false teachers who were beginning to come into the church.
Jesus said: “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged” (Mat. 7:2). If you judge something by the word of God you should be willing to be judged by the same standard. Jesus repeatedly taught men to judge rightly, insisting they “judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24) and He praised a man who “rightly judged” (Luke 7:43). the Apostle Paul wrote, “He who is spiritual judges all things” for “we have the mind of Christ” (1Cor. 2:15-16). We are never to judge the eternal destiny of someone, but we are commanded to judge their teachings.

When a teaching or practice does not line up with God’s Word, we are commanded “by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).

We are told to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (II Tim. 4:2).

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (show them for what they really are) them.” (Eph.5:11).

All these are stated to protect sheep who do not know better and can be influenced by something non-Biblical that can affect their Christian walk adversely. It is also to stop the aberrant teacher so they can be corrected. Keeping the church open to a person’s ministry that is teaching falsehood is not a loving action. A true shepherd’s first concern is to protect the sheep and then direct his attention to the individual who needs the correction.

Today the Church has moved from the challenges from without to addressing those from within. The center of concern is now within the Churches walls itself. As a result, many had to focus inward and use polemics to protect the Church; which is applying apologetics toward those in the assembly. When we find false teaching outside the Church, for instance from Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons, everyone can agree there is a problem. But when false teaching is found inside the Church then the issue becomes delicate, and the act of addressing and exposing it is considered fault-finding! This is a tragic irony, for discernment means bringing into question something that can or already has divided the Church from the doctrine we are to uphold and practice.

For the apostle john says 2 John 10, I1. “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” Back then the house was the church, they were not to give these people a platform to influence the assembly. Today many people watch ministries on TV who bring another doctrine and let them in their house, we are commanded not to.

Its been said by some that the truth can defend itself, there is no need to address falsehood. This statement is not only non-Biblical it can be disastrous. Jesus, Peter, Paul, John, and Jude all addressed error and falsehood.

The famous preacher J. Gresham Machen said it this way: “Again, men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. But if we follow that advice we shall have to close our Bible and desert its teachings. The New Testament is a polemic book almost from beginning to end ... It is when men have felt compelled to take a stand against error that they have risen to the really great heights in the celebration of the truth” (What Is Christianity, as cited in Biblical Separation, by Ernest Pickering, p. 97).


If we acted like the Berean’s that Paul commended, much of the teachings we hear today by the Word of God and not according to someone’s popularity, we would have to reject many popular ministers. The fact is--some big ministries should be questioned by the church. Not promoting them is not enough-the people need to warned about them. By discerning what is being said, testing it, we find what is challenging the truth we defend the faith by the Word of God. whatever can anyone find wrong with this?

Some people’s solution is “Test nothing”“ do not expose the unfruitful works of darkness”, they want you to “love the wolves like you do the sheep.” Both Jesus and Paul state that in the last days many are going to be drawn away by false teachers and prophets both in and outside the church, speaking in the name of Jesus. As Walter Martin said prophetically, “The reason is because the people will not test them. The Church will become fragmented and divided because we won’t put them to the test.” But there is a purpose in testing as Paul writes, “For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions (heresies) exist among you; and in part, I believe it. For there must also be heresies among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you” (1 Corinthians 11:18-19).

To test what is said then gives approval to those who correct in doctrine and helps us identify whom we are to separate from who are wrong in doctrine (Romans 16:17). The Church has always chosen to separated from error and falsehood in the past, today it has not come as easily. The main purpose in discerning is to give Christians information equip them to protect themselves and their own congregations. In the times we live in we are to encourage preachers to stand true to the Word of God. Those who follow the truth listen to the Word--those who follow false prophets listen to these men and women even when they contradict the teachings of Scripture. Sounds simple enough to identify, but not when one is in the thick of things.

Discernment is a necessary spiritual practice for ones survival in the jungle of todays non - biblical teaching. Being clever or intelligent does not necessarily mean you are exercising discernment. It is listening to the revealed voice of the shepherd in the Scriptures so that we can know a false shepherd/teacher/prophet in disguise. The Bereans were exercising discernment. A Berean is someone who goes to the Word; he esteems God’s Word over any mans word,  personality or the prestige of men. One does not become a Berean overnight; it takes training and time. When Paul came to the Bereans and they looked into the Word to see if what Paul was saying was in fact correct, this was not a new concept but an Old Testament one. When the Pharisees disputed Jesus over His claims, He pointed them to the Word. When Paul reasoned with the Bereans they received what he said with readiness. But they did not just take his word, they went to the Scripture as their source to see if what he was saying was true.

Acts 17:11 Now the Bereans “were of more fair minded (noble character) than those  in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness(great eagerness) and searched (examined) the Scriptures daily (every day) to find out whether these things were so (if what Paul said was true).” They had a right spirit and attitude as they questioned the apostle, not by their opinions but from the Scripture. The greater portion of the New Testament is written by the Apostle Paul, yet he allowed for them to question Him. He called them of better blood than their brethren they were noble,  because they tested his statements. To honestly investigate truth actually shows that someone has integrity and is willing to believe God and not man.

And they are willing to follow it wherever it may lead. If we detect a flaw that arrests our attention it just may be the Holy Spirit giving us some insight. There is nothing wrong with doubting experiences; what we cannot do is doubt His Word. Not all doubt is from the enemy; God can give us doubt so we can test to see if something else might be in operation. 1 Corinthians 2:15 tells us to discern or appraise ALL things (The Greek word is anakrino); there are places the Bible commands us to judge, and there are places we are not to. In this Scripture it tells us he who is spiritual is to judge all things. Just as Hebrews 5:13 explains, it is the spiritual person who will test things, the unspiritual will not. Those who do not test we are told are still immature and on milk. We are able to prove we know spiritual truth by our resistance to the falsehood.

In Isaiah 21:6 it says “Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.” The watchman was the first line of defense of a fortified city. They stood on the watchtower and were trained to spot the enemies of Israel and would warn of an approaching enemy. Watchman in Hebrew is opeh, meaning “one who looks out, spies, watches.”(In this particular Scripture the destruction of Babylon is determined.)

They are under conviction and will become guilty if they do not say something. Just as Ezekiel was the watchman for Israel God has his watchmen for the church. Ezekiel 33: 6,11 “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand” ..... “ As I live' says the Lord God, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.”’ “(2 Sam 18:25; 2 Kings 9:17-18. 3. Sword. Cf, Ezek 21:1-19. Trumpet. See Hos 8:1; Jer 6:1; Neh 4:19-20”(from Wycliffe Bible Commentary).

God raises up men with ministries to “dig in the walls” and watch for apostasy and warn them when it is taking place. Like Ezekiel was instructed to do for Israel (Ezek. 8:7-10). Ezekiel was then instructed to preach about what he had witnessed (Ezek. 11:4,25). If the Lord has called someone to do this and they do not, the blood is on their hands, as Paul said like Ezekiel woe is me if I do not do it! (Acts 20:27) “woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!”( 1 Cor.9:16). The prophet is duty bound, and has the responsibility to warn as a watchman concerning any perceived danger, just as the prophet is to sound out God's warning against sin. Paul warned the Ephesian church night and day with tears against the savage wolves that would come from among them. The Ephesians were later commended by Jesus for testing those who claimed to be apostles in Revelation 2:2. This is the Church that Paul warned in Acts 20:29 about savage wolves and they were obedient to his warning.

To Ezekiel God said “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against the Me... neither fear them or fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house. But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not...” (Ezek. 2:3,6,7).

Paul also told Timothy the very same thing; “Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (Timothy 4:2). Some people are appointed and must speak out as it was with Jeremiah, a fire burns within their bones, it is oftentimes a thankless job rewarding only to the one who has obeyed what the Lord required of him. They were not concerned about the numbers but about the truth. Every battle in our spiritual warfare has a mission of falsehood to the body of Christ; it targets the truth.

Instead the watchmen who are warning the church, standing for the truth become the target for all kinds of attacks.

Those who exercise discernment make themselves more of a target to be attacked more than any other ministry because they are contending with the truth against the falsehood that is so prevalent today. Sometimes people don’t know a good thing until they really need it. I often get letters from people I went back and forth on certain issues months before. They write letters of apology because after they have calmed down they investigated what I said and found it to be true and left the church or cult they were involved with. Sometimes things take time but praying in faith I believe god is working on some of these peoples hearts that are at first so argumentative.

Today to obey the negative biblical commands of Christ are unloving-To carefully test things by the Bible is unloving-To warn of false gospels is unloving-To mark and avoid false teachers is mean-spirited and unloving. What ever happened to “IF ANYONE LOVES ME, HE WILL KEEP MY WORD: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our home with him” (John 14:23) “If you love you Me you will continue in MY word.” Keeping His words means to also watch, to discern, to test, to judge. To walk in love means you watch out for others, not just yourself. Speak up when it is necessary.

The Liberals in the church have stripped the people of any inclination to pursue the truth. Everything has become reversed. Pointing out the problem becomes the problem, and the one who sees the error is called divisive.

It now matters more what you say about someone than the truth. A lesson in how not to judge--Don’t judge until someone says something about your teacher then you can judge them and call them every negative name possible to show they are judgmental. This is a sad reversal of what the Bible actually says.

The disputes in the church have become like the politics of the Republicans and Democrats. But this is not about running the country but something much more serious, handling the Word of God correctly. The spiritually correct are no different then the politically correct, they have no opinion except to say no one should have an opinion other than agree with theirs. They tenaciously fight for their opinion then demonize others who stand on the biblical commands. Liberalism has invaded pulpits to the extent that the Bible means only what one think it means. The bottom line is and always will be what does the Bible actually say not twist the words to conform to ones own predilection.

A. W. Tozer wrote before he went to be with the Lord in 1963 in his book The Dwelling Place of God “intentionally or innocently by someone's personal testimony, or by a colorful story told by a fervent preacher who may speak with prophetic finality, but has not checked his story with the facts, nor tested the soundness of his conclusions by God's Word.

However high the emotional content, no experience can be proved to be genuine unless we can find chapter and verse authority for it in the Scriptures. Whatever is new or singular should also be viewed with a lot of caution until it can furnish scriptural proof of its validity. Over the last half-century, quite a number of unscriptural notions have gained acceptance among Christians by claiming that they were among the truth that was to be revealed in the last days. To be sure, say the advocates of this latter-day-light theory:

“Augustine. did not know, Luther did not, John Knox, Wesley, Finney and Spurgeon did not understand this; but greater light has now shined upon God's people and we of these last days have the advantage of fuller revelation. We should not question the new doctrine or draw back from this advanced experience. The Lord is getting His Bride ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb. We should all yield to ' this new movement of the Spirit.” So they tell us.

The truth is that the Bible does NOT teach that there will tie new light and advanced spiritual experiences in the latter days. It teaches the exact opposite. Nothing in Daniel or the New Testament epistles can be tortured into advocating the idea that we of the end of the Christian era shall enjoy light that was not known at its beginning.

Beware of any man who claims to be wiser than the apostles or “ holier than the martyrs of the Early Church. The best way to deal with him is to rise and leave his presence. You cannot help him and he surely cannot help you. (A.W. Tozer, The Dwelling Place of God)

A pastor is responsible for teaching the truth in his own church, and he needs to know the condition of his flock. Like shepherding a literal sheep flock requires vigilance and a sharp eye for danger (not to mention correcting guidance for grazing), some pastors haven’t taken seriously the call to be watchmen. More watchmen are needed today not less.

Today if someone doesn’t get their prophecy right they adjust it. If someone challenges them on what they have said as unbiblical they just ignore it. Only a few people see things the way they actually are. When they speak up others look at them as the enemy of the church, as if they are coming against Christ has said. It was the same for Israel with their watchmen and their prophets. They refused to hear what they had to say; instead they listened to the false prophets. Israel’s attitude of tolerance for the false prophets is what got Jeremiah at the bottom of a well.

When occult or cultic beliefs become integrated into the church’s practice under the cover of Christian terminology, they pass under the radar screen of many who cannot recognize it for what they are. And it requires an astute person who is trained to discern them and point them out. People should be thankful that someone has the gifting the ability, the willingness and boldness to “tell it like it is. Instead, people in the church scream out, “don’t judge” “don’t touch my anointed.” Don’t judge doesn’t help you one bit if you are in error, but strips you of your discernment and protects those who are teaching falsely. God is into protecting His people from harm, He does not want us to protect false teachers, but be protected from them.

Jude writes to the Church “Contend earnestly for the faith” Attacks were being made on the sacred deposit of Christian truth, doctrines which were to keep everyone on course were being wittled away. So there was need to strengthen them. Contend is a strong word, it means to strive (like an athlete in public games) this word epogomzomai is a unique word, meaning to be combatant, contending, it is not passive. The word earnestly gives an even more serious and forceful meaning to this phrase. 1 Tim 6:12 Paul writes “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” What we believe we are to defend. Christ is to permeate every aspect of our social and personal life. We were not chosen to be frozen to our rear, the time is to do something, and it is up to each one of us not to only a few. How weighty is your Christianity, or is it light. How bright is your light or how dim is it. Its been said if you don’t speak up for anything you will sit down with everything.

This faith Jude says is once delivered unto the saints, means “once for all,” completed. He is referencing the apostles teaching, that we now all share as believers. This confirms the finality of the revelation of God in Christ. If we are in the faith we are implored to use it. But this is not to be done in a contentious way. 2 Tim 2:23-26 “But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

We are to strive lawfully, so that we do not disqualify ourselves or give the unbeliever or believer something to point to; we are to testify without ruining our testimony. That no one would have anything to say about our character, but only about the truth that we presented about Jesus. We are not to revile nor seek vengeance, but use the judgment from the word of God not judge by our feelings or own opinions.

Vernon McGee on his commentary of Jude writes: “For ten long and weary years, the Greeks laid siege to the city of Troy, but they did not make a dent in the fortifications. It seemed impregnable, and they could not get an entrance into the city. Then there came forth a suggestion. The suggestion was to build a wooden horse with soldiers concealed inside, to leave it outside the gate, and then to pretend to sail away. So they made the wooden horse, the soldiers were put inside, and it was put by the gate of the city of Troy. Well, curiosity got the best of the Trojans. When they saw the Greeks sailing away, they thought the war was over. They went out, saw the horse, and decided to pull it inside the city. It certainly was a novelty, something to have. That night, the soldiers who were on the inside climbed out, and they were able to unlock the gates of the city from the inside. In the meantime, under cover of darkness, the fleet of Greek ships returned. They had only pretended to sail away. What an entire army of mighty men could not do from the outside in ten years, a few soldiers did from the inside. In the same way, the church has been harmed today and has been taken over by liberalism: Actually, the church has never been harmed from the outside. Persecution caused it to grow by leaps and bounds. Today we are witnessing the destruction of the church from the inside-it's an inside job. Christ was betrayed from the inside, not from the outside. One of His own betrayed Him over to His nation,. His nation betrayed Him over to the Romans, and the Romans: brought Him to the cross. The church is being betrayed today by the ones who, have gotten: in by the side door.”

They snuck in as Peter states and we allow them the best seats in the house, how rude we have been to the Holy Spirit, ignoring the one who is the author of truth by not testing these false ones with His Word.

Today’s ecumenical unity is based on finding and maintaining our lowest common denominator, not interested in pursuit of our highest calling and purpose. When we sacrifice  truth for unity no disagreement is found because there is no Biblical standard upheld to agree on.

Grechen Machen stated, “We are told that our theological differences will disappear if we just get down on our knees together in prayer. Well, I can only say about that kind of prayer, which is indifferent to the question whether the gospel is true or false, that it is not Christian prayer; it is bowing down in the house of Rimmon. God save us from it!” (Education, Christianity & The State, p. 28)

2 John 9 writes to us about deceivers and tells us that the only way to know is by doctrine: “Whoever transgresses (goes beyond the boundaries set forth and already established) and does not abide (live in, trust, stay in remain in) the doctrine of Christ does not have God.” Doctrine is must to uphold. Not all things are to be considered serious but some are, some battles are worth fighting over.
I think I can speak on behalf of the many who are discerning, that we all desire to see the body of Christ to have the willingness to address the issues at hand biblically, honestly and with integrity so they can be resolved. But they need to be addressed, they cannot be ignored. 1 Cor. 1:10: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

We do not have too much judgment, but little judgment and this is why the church is in the state it is in. The author in Hebrew tells us  “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil ”(Heb. 5:13-14).

It is the mature believers who judges, those who are of “maturity,” are those who have trained themselves by exercising their senses to discern between good and evil through the Word.  Those who do not judge are babes in the word. Maybe this is the answer, many have not become mature so they are unable to tell the truth from error.

Today there has been a slow weakening of the overall church, but individuals are being strengthened to serve the Lord. I believe the Lord is telling us to strengthen what remains. Strengthen it in our personal lives and strengthen it in the church because we are heading toward some very unusual and unsteady times in the world and the church, everything will most certainly be affected. We are to maintain a constant watchfulness, as though we are in warfare; because we are in spiritual warfare.

Solomon’s guidance: “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge” (Proverbs 19:27). Solomon says to walk away from those who teach error. Paul does, John does and so does Jesus. God’s Word tells us to judge and put away, separate ourselves from false teachers and false teaching when they first appear in our midst.It is for our spiritual survival.

Let me end with some words of wisdom from Charles Spurgeon who writes “Complicity with error will take from the best of men the power to enter any successful protest against it ... Fellowship with known and vital error is participation in sin ... As soon as I saw, or thought I saw, that error had become firmly established, I did not deliberate, but quitted the body at once. Since then my counsel has been 'Come out from among them.' I have felt that no protest could be equal to that of distinct separation from known evil ... That I might not stultify my testimony I have cut myself clear of those who err from the faith, and even from those who associate with them”  ( C.H.S., The Sword and the Trowel.)2

http://www.letusreason.org/Pent48.htm

Matt Higgins is showing he is biblically ignorant on what apologetics and polemics actually mean, in his blog states that we are simply people hiding behind our computer screens trolling around Google and then contradicts him self by going on a witch hunt for what he calls "discernment sites" in this Matt Higgins is "trolling Google" as he puts it, this means that Matt Higgins is guilty for doing what he accuses others of doing, it is to be expected when entering any form of work in this area, it is a very common reaction, as is often the case we see from the example of many people out there who defend there cult leaders, ecumenical leaders or groups and public speakers that are popular, this issue of what is promoted in the name of Christ often goes global beyond the local church and their defenders, these people would go to great lengths to defame and smear against those who are simply concerned by error to write about it by addressing matters of theology such as Roman Catholicism to false teachers.


It is ironic that Matt Higgins posts very little about himself this is not very transparent, but does write in his biography that Matt Higgins is a " Pastor, preacher, musician, worship leader. For 15 years, Matt Higgins has been ----->mixing his unique blend of driving and melodic hard rock with theological musings<------ and="" br="" christ="" life="" on="" suffering.="" the="" worship="">
For me is a clear indication as to the type of person he is simply put it this way God hates mixture,  I would recommend that we keep away from Pastors or anyone who simply would want to cover over for those who would lead us into doctrinal error by telling us to refrain from investigating and researching etc, it is for this reason that FPA believes that everything we do must be based on biblical principles and that we make sure that what we put on the website, YouTube, podcast, twitter feed and blogs is factual information, we have have never posted anything nonfactual about Francis Chan or others listed, as Director of First Plumbline Apologetics, I have never hid behind a computer screen and I have used my real name the blog, this proves that was written by Matt Higgins is unfounded and false, these accusations are not founded on facts but is conspiratorial, to prove my point we currently run two bloggs, one website, a youtube account etc even YouTube has videos of myself giving talks and challenging various catholic and interfaith groups, here is one example in 2012 my interview with someone claiming to be a roman catholic missionary nun, the title of the video is Street Preaching in London whilst the Olympics are in London Day 13 this is one of many Videos and I have also been a host speaker for Rapture Ready Radio's First Plumbline Hour it is my belief id rather people be drawn to the Truth as Jesus then be popular and depend on any reputation it is rather Jesus wants us to worship him not only in spirit but in truth also.

For that the article in question Trolling, Discernment Blogging and Other Internet Witch Hunts Christians Should Repent Of is blatantly false when Francis Chan came to my area of Manchester UK he has been working along side ecumenical and interfaith groups and other organizations, Francis Chan has spoken  and engaged with those who are working in corporation with Islamic groups, such as scripture unions push for Chrislam, Francis Chan has repeatedly promoted roman catholic mystics etc that has mixed eastern religious practices in contemplative prayer methods some of who he quotes were students of Thomas Merton and Thomas Keating this is why I believe and have good reason to make the statement that Francis Chan is a sell out to Rome.

What I do is not a witch hunt, a few years ago I was e-mailed by some one asking me if I knew or could find information about Francis Chan, what this pastor is doing is called slander and this is not in accordance with Ephesians 5 if I am in error he should have come to me, this man is guilty of what he himself is accusing me of doing.

Pastor David Cloud wrote a brilliant article on this subject and I would suggest he also speak out against way of life ministries, let us reason ministry's, bryth ministries (Dusty Peterson), James Sundquist on Rick Warren etc.

As I had apparently made the statement that Francis Chan, rick warren, et el are all going to hell and that I stated Francis Chan was a heretic rather then what I actually stated was that Neo-Calvinist, New Age gnostic and a sell out. So far Matt Higgins has failed to show any of his readers any evidence of his accusations, it leaves me good reason to believe that it is People like Matt Higgins who are pushing for all and any tolerance of error's, I really do not have time for neo-evangelicals it is many ecumenical defenders and recognized cults have all said the same things, as what this guy has said what he is not telling you is that here in the UK we have a very serious problem of many evangelicals attending catholic masses or believing that Roman Catholics are truly saved, even the Catholic Priests, they would go to great lengths in having Roman Catholic Dioceses part organize pentecostal and protestant evangelical events this is what we call a bonding marriage in the spiritual sense we known this to be true through our own correspondence with the Roman Catholic Arch dioceses of Liverpool England, I have personally known people personally to convert to Roman Catholicism and evangelicals even within my own family who claim to be evangelical Pentecostals have also attended Eucharistic services and Matt Higgins is refusing publicly to speak out.

What Matt Higgins has done is nothing short of baring false witness, what Matt Higgins does not understand is that I have no axe to grind and we do not get into the habit of giving slanderous accusations, allot of them are quotations from Public Speakers, Francis Chan and others listed are engaging with the global christian community influencing millions around the world this goes beyond the Local Church, it is the problem most Pastors in the UK are are to compromised into working in pulling unsuspecting evangelicals into a marriage with Rome here in the UK or are ill equip to be dealing with the new emerging errors, I have shown examples in this response were the Bible talks about watchmen, this is not an issue of pride as we take what we do very seriously, if these influences come into my local gathering we will examine it and I have contacts and connections around the UK with other Christians, I have been in contact with some of these UK national leaders even had debates with ecumenical and national neo-evangelical pastors, this American pastor does not personally know me or what I do in the UK, he has not bothered to take the time to ask me about any concerns he had had it is in this I find his approach very unloving, I have personally approached leaders with in Britain for example in 2012 19 Pastors formed a committee in London as was called ultimate gold part of a wider group in conjunction with Jesuits setting up a joint task force called More Than Gold led by the Roman Catholic Council of Catholic Bishops in Westminster London, the smaller group of pastors in this agreed to promote the catholic mass it was evangelicals that invited me to come along and take part in taking the Catholic Eucharist, I personally have had conversations working with a group of people who are from the greater London area, it has been a busy 6 years as we have proactively been fighting to maintain separation from the Roman Catholic Church here in the UK what we did was also backed by two local churches we also had notify the police of our activities, as on two accounts myself and a colleague were assaulted psychically for our opposition to what they were doing we have even been psychically thrown out of meetings for not participating in ecumenical activities.

The reason apart from being asked for information on Francis Chan and others was because he plays a pivotal role here in the UK in bringing in the Unification of new ecumenical ventures this is what we called "Missional Ecumenism" the groups that Chan has been part of in the UK are tied to the world council of churches through groups that are part of Churches Together (AKA CTE), we simply have had no choice but have been placed in the position to write what was written and for very good reason, this is the reason why I had taken time out to write a response and to explain why we do a much larger scale of the work that we are doing, for example their has been a massive operation from the Jesuit Orders working within evangelical churches secretly and now they have openly admitted this to me when I was in London.

It is for this reason why I appreciate the contacts of people who inform First Plumbline of any opposition or move against FPA regardless of what they do to blacken our name or damage the work that is done we will always show love in telling the truth exposing the corruption, deceit and lies what they fail to reason two things, First Plumbline Apologetics does not rely on reputation or nor do we seek to be popular and that our war is not with these people, we it for this we do expose these people we list for there doctrines and influences over masses of people who are led astray such as, priests, Franciscan monks, Dominicans, bishops etc, it is with Roman Catholicism itself and any promotion of false unity that is leading many away from Christ and the central gospel.

I will still continue to reach out to Roman Catholics as I do love them, but not at the cost of seeking to have spiritual unity with them as Matt Higgins advocates those people who are pushing hard to achieve this goal.

It is this that as Believers we all have a responsibility to what God has called us to do firstly to look after our families, to preach the gospel as I do every Saturday, including one to one, and handing tracts and then after focusing on the word of God daily the work that myself and others do in FPA, for Matt Higgins who has criticised FPA, I would say to him I do welcome it as it proves that we are having an effect to gain such a reaction from him but it only achieve the opposite to what he has stated, in my own experience the lord has used this work to open eyes from the responses we have received, we thank the Lord for all he has done he is reaching over 700 people a week on the weekly radio show and drawing in more then 900,000 readers per year and growing.

I do expect to receive more criticism what this person wrote I found very mild others have been very abusive but the lord is keeping us as he has done for over 9 years, I would like to encourage the readers to stand strong and firm in the Lords strength and keep fighting the good fight of faith as the Bereans did in the Book of Acts time is short and the Lords return is near.

God Bless You

Miguel Hayworth