Heeeeeere’s Johnny!

After quite a time away, last night marked the return of evangelist Johnny Robertson. 

I really don’t have much to say about the episode, except to say that Johnny was echoing the sentiments of hundreds of Christian blogs who having been coming down on these same men for quite some time.  

You can read some interesting commentary on all of this over at Phil Cooke’s blog – www.philcooke.com, and more info if you Google it.

If you have any comments on Johnny’s show last night, or Thanksgiving night, go on and put it here! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sola Dei Gloria!

Nathan

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One thought on “Heeeeeere’s Johnny!

  1. Just as Norm yanked a verse from it’s context, so did Johnny! Last night Johnny used 1 John 4:1 as a proof text to judge a person. If Johnny had read the verses that follow 1 John 4:1 we all would have known what John was warning people to look for. John was warning people about the “false prophets” the Gnostics. It’s quite sad Johnny and crew use this verse and others to grant them the “ok” to judge everything and everybody, who doesnt believe or understand as they do. Read the verses below in their context and you will see what John was warning Christians about.

    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
    By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

    The Gnostics were an early heretical sect beginning later in the first century. The basis of the Gnostic teaching was the idea of a fundamental antagonism between the world of matter and the world of spirit. Matter was evil, spirit alone was good, the world is bad and the body is bad, being a prison for the soul. These false teachers, similar to the Jehovah Witnesses of our day, allowed that Christ was a unique personage, perhaps even “a” son of God, but that He was “equal” with God, was vigorously and viciously denied. There were certain philosophers that had tried to combine this believe with Christianity and taught that Jesus could not have had a human body (since the body is evil) and therefore could have not been crucified. Paul and John both confronted these false teachings by affirming that God in all His fullness dwelt in the body of Jesus.
    They viewed the visible creation with its imperfection as the work of a lesser power, in many ways prefiguring the Mormon heresies. The Gnostics tended to reduce revelation to a mere philosophy. Christ was not truly God, and that he took only an apparent body.

    Named from the Greek word gnosis (knowledge) they constituted a loose group within the early Christian movement and also outside it. The teaching of the Gnostics is gnosis, one of the gravest threats to the new Christian teaching. They claimed to possess secret knowledge about God and his purposes by which they were confident of gaining eternal life. In its developed form, Gnosticism pictured a redeemer coming from Heaven to earth in human appearance to liberate mankind from enslavement to the world of matter, prefiguring the Christian Scientists.

    The struggle with Gnosticism compelled the church to put its teaching, its worship, and its discipline into fixed forms and ordinances, develop creeds, and to exclude everyone who would not yield them obedience. A form of Gnosticism which was disrupting the churches in John’s day taught that there is in human nature an irreconcilable principle of dualism, that spirit and body are two separate entities, that sin resided in the flesh only, that the spirit could have its raptures, and the body could do as it pleased, that lofty mental mystical piety was entirely consistent with voluptuous sensual life. They denied the Incarnation, that God had in Christ actually become flesh, and maintained that Christ was a phantom, a man in appearance only.

    In Ephesus a man named Cerinthus was a leader of this cult. Starting from the belief that evil is inherent in matter, this type of teaching disparaged man’s bodily life, and as it affected Christian thought, denied the reality of the incarnation of the Lord. Gnostic heresy was endemic in the district around Ephesus by the time the Gospel of John was written and combated by the declaration that “the Word became flesh.

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