Video: Matt Chandler’s Concerning Spiritual Teachings, Experiences, and Practices on Sign Gifts

Matt Chandler is teaching and practicing some things that are concerning to many in the Reformed camp who trace their theological roots into the early Reformation.. Below are seven things you’ll see in the first video.

  1. Says that after a random guy blew on his head the effectiveness of his ministry increased.
  2. He affirms and promotes a testimony from a woman who claims she saw a bright white light in her room and perceived it as an appearance of Jesus
  3. Describes an experience where he asked God for direct revelation and was given an impression of a guy at a Whataburger.
  4. God gave him a mental impression of a sunflower.
  5. Says sign gifts aren’t a thus saith the Lord, but are impressions from God that we speak to people for their consideration.
  6. Teaches that Christians should seek and pursue God’s direct revelations through impressions given to the heart.
  7. Says we should give ourselves over and pursue this stuff.

Full sermon here in context.

Many people trace their theological roots back into the early parts of the Reformation. This was a time that didn’t accept personal claims to hearing from God, because all of the revelation needed was in scripture. Continuists like Matt Chandler are possibly opening a backdoor that could partially undo that.

People who have adopted theological stances that aren’t traced way back to the roots of the Reformation may not see a big issue with Chandler, after all, some argue that the definition of Reformed is fluid.

Those of us who do trace back to the initial roots, and hold those things dear, we need to be aware of Chandler’s influence, and guard those things we hold dearly even closer.

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Matt Chandler Appears to Affirm Bright White Light Appearance of Jesus to Woman

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Matt Chandler of The Village Church appears to affirm and promote a testimony of a woman who claims her room lit up with a bright white light as an appearance of Jesus.

On November 13, 2017 The Village Church uploaded a sermon video to their Youtube channel. The sermon includes a testimony from a woman who claims she saw her room light up with a bright white light and she knew Jesus was there.

The mere mention of this experience may raise a disqualifying red flag for some, and others would seek to consider the context and situation before making a conclusion.

I’ve experienced the Holy Spirit in so many powerful ways.

One of the ways is when I was 7-years-old. I was laying in my bed singing hymns to the Lord when my room lit up like a bright white light. Jesus was there and I asked him into my heart. The Lord has gifted me with teaching, encouragement, discernment, spiritual healing, and prophecy, all for his glory.

One of my favorite things to do is to come along side young women to pray with them. Hours later when we say amen we’ve done business with the Lord, our hearts have been changed.

So I thank you God that over the years you’ve given me great meaningful deep experiences with you. I’ve come to know you. Come Holy Spirit come.

Some people may find an automatic red flag at the mention of a bright white light and appearance of Jesus. Others may not find that problematic at all. Many would seek to find context to this story. What doctrines does Chandler believe? What are the motives of this woman?

This story is significant because traditionally people in the Reformed camp wouldn’t affirm or promote experiences like this. For many this type of affirmation is a disqualifying red flag. For others more context is needed before they can draw a firm conclusion.

If her testimony is real, should it be given so much prominence? Should it be leading a sermon, and possibly be perceived as normative Christianity? Given the reliance on spiritual experience over scripture by many, is there a danger in promoting this experience even if it’s real? Can we avoid railroading this woman, while at the same time refraining from putting such an experience out there for mass affirmation and promotion?

We live in a time where the Reformation distinctives are given less and less importance, and personal experience and emotions are given more weight. Let’s treat any bruised reeds claiming such an experience with gentleness and wisdom, but let’s also refrain from making such prominent affirmations of such things.

Christians Can’t Control Hurricanes – Dr. Michael Brown Corrects False Teaching

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Dr. Michael Brown corrected the false teaching from the likes of Kat Kerr, Lance Wallnau, Robert Hotchkin and others that Christians can take authority over the weather, and command hurricanes, during his Line of Fire broadcast on 09-14-2017. Dr. Michael Brown said, “I do not see in the word that we have authority over weather.”

Lance Wallnau has been seen commanding millibars in Hurricane Irma to rise, and commanding it into the ocean.

Kat Kerr was seen telling Christians they are above the weather, demonstrating how to take authority over a hurricane and cast it out into the sea. She even made a ruling that Hurricane Irma couldn’t hit the coast of Florida.

Robert Hotchkin of Patricia King‘s XP Ministries said the Holy Spirit told him to do something about the weather once and take authority over it.

Those who teach, preach, and believe Christians have authority over the weather should listen to Dr. Michael Brown on this matter.

 

Can Christians command the weather, hurricanes, storms, etc.?

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Do Christians have the authority to command the weather? Can they command storms, tornados, hurricanes and the like?

I like to get straight to the point. My answer is no. Please read my reasoning below. It’s the least courtesy you could show to someone who doesn’t want to waste your time with endless rhetorical meandering before stating one’s point. Thanks!

Many sincere people identifying as Christians believe Christians can take authority over the weather. They even have apparent bible verses to back it up. I believe these sincere people have been misinformed and lead astray.

This teaching is upheld by a complex doctrinal support structure (Known as the sonship doctrine.). Addressing the structure could be long and tedious, and could cause many to lose interest. I’m going to address this teaching without attempting to address the complex system upholding it.

The belief that Christians can command the weather seems to be based on this line of reasoning.

1.Jesus commanded the weather. Mark 4:39
2. Jesus said those who believe in him will do the works he’s doing and even greater. John 14:12
– Because Jesus commanded the weather, and because he said we’d do works like him, and greater works, Christians can also command the weather.

I think we have to understand the scope of what Jesus meant in John 14:12. Do those works involve even commanding the weather?

Acts 17 tells us about a prophecy concerning a famine throughout the entire world during the time of the early church.

27 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). 29 So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers[d] living in Judea. 30 And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Notice there is nothing mentioned about the need for Christians to take control over the weather to stop the famine? Notice no mention of the apostles doing such? What did they do instead? They made provision for food and sent relief. Surely if the scope of John 14:12 is that we’d command the weather, one of the apostles would have encouraged this.

In Acts 27 the apostle Paul was in a boat and came across bad weather. He didn’t attempt to command the weather. Surely if commanding weather was a foundational teaching of Jesus this apostle would have commanded the weather. He did not.

There are some things Jesus did as examples for us, so we can do the same. Some things he did as examples to show us that he is God and in total control, and those things are not to be done by us.

Jesus commanded the weather to show us he is God. If it were to show us an example of something we can do, then we would have seen apostles and believers doing it in Acts 17 and 27.

There are many things Jesus did that we know not to do. No one, and I mean no one, even those who believe in modern day major miracles teach that we can feed the hungry by taking a loaf of bread and a bottle of water to starving parts of the world, and multiply it like Jesus did. If you disagree, then please, by all means, go to the store, buy the bread and water, get an airplane ticket, and fly to the starving people. Put hustle to your muscle.

So what can Christians do concerning the weather? We can pray and petition God. Why? Because God controls the weather.

That’s all folks.
That’s all.

Dr. Michael Brown Guest Hosting Sid Roth’s Crazy Train It’s Supernatural

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Dr. Michael Brown is once again giving the fringe of the charismatic movement the gravitas of his credibility. He announced on Facebook that he’ll be guest hosting on Sid Roth’s crazy train show It’s Supernatural, and will be interviewing his good friend Jonathan Cahn.

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Sid Roth’s show is a crazy train steaming full speed ahead to Crazyville. The show’s introduction sounds like  something you’d hear on a paranormal research show. Listen to the introduction below.

The strange world of the supernatural? Is this a psychic research show, or maybe a ghost hunting show? The introduction doesn’t even sound distinctly Christian. Yet you see the camera panning right to Dr. Michael Brown as the voice over talks of the strange world of the supernatural. Why is Dr. Michael Brown giving any credibility to Sid Roth’s show?

Remember when Jeff Jansen was a guest and told about the angel who gave him a 50 carat ruby from heaven?

This isn’t a simple matter of a silly thing to laugh at. Roth and those like him direct our attention away from the simplicity of the gospel. Instead they focus on soul destroying things like 50 carat rubies given to people by angels.

Dr. Michael Brown has a bad habit of giving his credibility to the craziness. Remember when Jennifer LeClaire came out with her Sneaky Squid Spirit, and Brown went out of his way to attempt fitting it into the realm of acceptable orthodoxy?

Michael Brown Can’t Defend “Sneaky Squid Spirit”-Repeatedly Changes the Subject

Dr. Michael Brown Ruins His Credibility on His Own Facebook Wall, Then Deletes All the Evidence

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Once again he hands his credibility to the crazy by hosing the show and interviewing failed shmita and blood moon “specialist” Jonathan Cahn. Dr. Brown at this point is  addicted to injecting his perceived credibility into the crazy wing of the charismatic movement.

Dr. Brown needs an intervention ASAP.

Training Creative Goat Herders – C3 Conference 2017

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It’s that time of year for C3 (Creative Church Conference), or maybe better described as “Training for Creative Goat Herders”. Their promotional videos gives us a sense of the unsavory flavor they’re about to release.

Some quotes from the video.

“Church should be the most creative entity in the universe.”

“Hearing from God, allowing God to use your uniqueness in your context, to communicate His glorious Gospel.”

What does the emphasis on creativity and uniqueness confess?

Relying on creativity and uniqueness is an outright confession that the word and sacraments that God gave his church are not enough.

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Jesus instructed Peter to feed his sheep in John 21:17. Matthew 25:32-33 tells us Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats.

These Christian leaders are being taught how to entertain goats, not feed the sheep.

Perhaps There Is No God Suggests Andy Stanley

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“If there is no God, and perhaps there’s not,” said Andy Stanley during an official Sunday worship service.

Before I get going, I want to be fair to the entire context of what Andy Stanley is attempting to do. He’s in a series of messages called Who Needs God. He’s approaching it as an informal discussion between him and unbelievers, but it is being done during official Sunday worship services. His end goal is to convince them of their need for God.

On August 14, 2016 he preached a message titled Atheist 2.0. During the message he suggested that perhaps there may not be a God. “If there is no God, and perhaps there’s not.”

***Update 08-23-2016****
Some may object and suggest he simply misspoke. He did not misspeak. What he said there is congruent with the rest of what he said. He left a lot of things open for possibility that a Christian pastor should not leave open. Here are further examples to prove he did not misspeak.

1. There may be no you, rather just biology.
2. The sense of no ought, and no value may be true.
3. Left open the possibility that something came from nothing, Complex life came from simple life, through the invisible force of natural selection. He said that may be true.

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Yes his end goal is to convince them of God, but why is a Christian pastor even leaving that possibility open in a sermon? If you listen to the entire sermon, I can guarantee you’ll hear more quotes from atheists than from scripture, and really, I’m pretty sure he didn’t quote any scripture, but maybe I missed one.

Why during an official Sunday worship service is a Christian pastor quoting atheists more than scripture? (Probably no scripture at all.) Why is this Christian pastor even suggesting that perhaps there may not be a God?

The job of a Christian pastor is to encourage belief and preach the word during a Sunday worship service, not leave room in the minds of the listeners for the potential of atheism being true.

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