Dear Brothers and Sisters,
From time to time I get emails asking me for the article I wrote on Santa. Given that that time of the year is upon us (It seems like we just had Christmas a few weeks ago, but I digress) once again, I thought I would post my article. This article was written 6 years ago and though I would add a bit to it today were I to write it again, I would not change anything already written.
Interestingly, one individual recently made some rather snarky and ill-informed comments on social media regarding this article and me personally saying that I assert that “Santa can spell Satan.” Well, rearrange the letters and, yes, that is factually true but it is also absolutely meaningless and never appears in my article. I think I am above such sophomoric argumentation and reasoning though the one accusing me apparently is not. Oh well.
The article discusses the history of Santa (which is darker than most imagine) and the theological reasons Santa deserves a critical eye. The concerns are not primarily about how Santa affects children, but how Santa affects, so to speak, God. What does God think about Santa? So, I invite you to read this article with Bible open and we will see there to be ample reason we should give pause to Mr. Claus.
Merry Christmas to all,
The Board of Directors for Justin Peters Ministries consists of Michael Miller and Jim Osman. Both of us are elders in our respective churches and work to oversee the ministry of Justin Peters.
We have watched as Brannon Howse has publicly and repeatedly misrepresented and lied about Justin’s position regarding the White-Quadi Dialogue. Justin has intentionally remained silent concerning his own view of the dialogue and has not mentioned Brannon on social media since Justin has no desire to speak ill of Brannon Howse or his ministry. The concerns that Justin has raised to Brannon regard the tone with which those on both sides of this issue have criticized the other. It seems that any critique of Brannon’s tone is regarded by him as a full-throated defense of ALL interfaith dialogues (IFD), a complete compromise of the gospel, and a demonically inspired capitulation to Islam. Brannon will countenance no dissent regarding what he has said or even how he has said it.
Both Mike Miller and Jim Osman read the letters that Justin sent to Brannon Howse and offered critiques and input – which was humbly received by Justin – before those letters were sent. There is much correspondence, texts and emails, which have been exchanged in recent months that is not public. The nature and content of those letters from Justin have been grossly misrepresented. We have seen all of the correspondence between Brannon and Justin. If Brannon continues to lie against, slander, and defame Justin’s character, we can release all of the correspondence to the public so that the record may be set straight and the truth fully known.
Many who have emailed this ministry to express their disappointment in Justin’s position regarding the White-Quadi Dialogue do not know how Justin feels about this issue. He has made no public statement regarding support or opposition until this last weekend during a session at the Judge Not Conference. Those who have expressed anger at Justin’s “compromise” and “cowardice” have done so based only on what they have heard from Brannon Howse.
Brannon Howse has claimed that Justin is a “James White defender,” a compromiser, and a “Good Old Boys Club Groupie.” He has publicly called Justin a goat, a hypocrite, and a respecter of persons. Though these comments may have also been in reference to others such as Mike Abendroth whom Brannon also released from his network, they certainly include Justin. We know this given the timing of these tweets from Brannon and the timing of the letters Justin sent to him. Brannon has even publicly told people to withhold financial support from Justin’s ministry. This is especially grievous given that Justin travels to many Third World countries to preach, teach, and equip pastors at his own expense.
Justin has been called a coward because he has expressed his concerns with how the criticisms of James White have been handled. In truth, Justin Peters publicly stood face to face with Todd Bentley and called him out as a false teacher, a false prophet, and a charlatan. This while surrounded by Bentley supporters. Justin was physically escorted out of the building by two men. He has confronted false teachers to their face, preached the gospel in hostile countries around the world, and shared the gospel with Muslims both in the United States and abroad. Justin is the same man today as he was then. A compromiser? No! A coward? Certainly not!
Brannon has also claimed that Justin is a respecter of persons in that he will confront a false teacher but not a man regarded to be doctrinally sound who is in error. We know Justin and know this to be factually untrue. The fact that Justin is being slandered by Brannon Howse is evidence that he is NOT a respecter of persons. That is what got Justin into this controversy to begin with. Justin had to bring a godly correction to Brannon, even knowing that he might not take it well, and that his response, if negative, could harm Justin’s ministry, work, and reputation. Justin knew that even the mildest correction offered to Brannon could cost him dearly, given Brannon’s large public platform and his prolific use of social media to disparage those with whom he disagrees. If Justin were a respecter of persons, Brannon would be the LAST person he would have dared confront. In fact, Brannon’s correspondence to Justin shows that he expected Justin to treat him differently because Justin’s ministry has been helped by Worldview Weekend (WVW). Brannon Howse has decided that he will tolerate no reservations regarding his conduct in this issue. He has pulled both Justin Peters and Mike Abendroth from the WVW network.
If anyone doubts how one-sided this public dispute has been, we invite people to compare Justin’s Twitter page to that of Brannon Howse’s since the controversy erupted in June. You will not find one reference to Brannon or WVW by name. The contrast is a stark one.
Do you really believe that Justin Peters is a coward, a compromiser, and an undiscerning supporter of Islam? If you believe what Brannon Howse has said regarding Justin, you do not know Justin.
The Board of Directors for Justin Peters Ministries steadfastly stand behind Justin. He has conducted himself as a man under the authority of a Board of Directors and the eldership of his home church. He has graciously, lovingly, and gently sought to promote peace in the body of Christ, love in the pursuit of truth, and grace in confronting error. For this, he has been maliciously slandered by men who are careless with the truth.
Pastor, Grace Family Bible Church
Sand Springs, OK
Pastor, Kootenai Community Church
What follows is a comparison/contrast and analysis of several well–known passages as found in major translations such as the KJV, NASB, and NIV as well as these same passages as found in The Message authored by Eugene Peterson.
Any intellectually honest assessment of the following notes leads to the inescapable conclusion that The Message compromises some of the fundamental doctrines of historical Christianity. Read more…
Greetings from one of the most inconsistent bloggers on the planet. My wife informed me tonight that my article on Santa Claus that I posted a few years ago is not working for some reason. So, I thought that I would repost it here tonight. I actually receive emails from time to time from people asking to have a copy. So, given that Christmas is upon us, I thought that I would post it here tonight.
I know that my article goes against the grain of prevailing views, but I ask that you read with a mind open to the theological points made.
At any rate, may you and yours have a Merry Christmas.
Remember me? I’m probably the worst blogger on the planet. I’m just not very active in blogging or social media (I still do not know what a hashtag is. Every time I see one I just want to challenge someone to a game of Tic-Tac-Toe). I will try to do a better job.
One of the reasons I am not posting anything on my blog is that my weekly radio show has pretty much taken its place. If you have not been listening, now would be a great time to jump in as we are about 3 weeks into a study on the Attributes of God.
At any rate, my wife and I went to see the movie, War Room. Several have asked me about what I thought and so I just decided to write a review:
I’ve been delinquent on my posts again but truly will try to be more regular. I am currently working on revamping my website and have also begun a weekly radio program. I did my most recent program on the shooting in Connecticut and thought I would post a link to it. I tried to attach the mp3 but it exceeded the size limit for my blog. There are ways around this but they are beyond my technological know-how. At any rate, click on the link and it should take you to Brannon Howse’s Worldview Weekend website where you can listen.
I will post again within a week to update you on the ministry, where I’ve been and, Lord willing, what lies ahead in this next year – as best as I know, of course, because the Lord is sovereign and doesn’t mind changing our plans as He sees fit.
Here is the link: http://worldviewradio.com
Merry Christmas to you,
Well, so much for my promise to be better about updates. I sincerely apologize. I could offer a number of excuses including being super busy, traveling, preaching, studying, enjoying the blessings of marriage, plain ‘ol procrastination, and misplacing my username to actually get into my blog in the first place (organization is not, I freely admit, my area of strength). All of these are true in and of thesmelves, but not none in and of itself is sufficient. Nor are they, for that matter, sufficient even in their totality. So, I do offer my sincere apologies.
With the unpleasantries now dispacthed, I would like to update you on the last five months or so. Continue reading
I’m so sorry I’ve been so delinquent on my posts. I will try to be more regular about them.
Things have been going well. It has been a good year of refreshing with the Lord in His Word and with my wife. God has been very gracious to us. I’ve done some traveling and preaching/teaching. The trip to Ecuador in August was certainly a highlight as was getting to know Brannon Howse as a friend. I have spoken for him at a couple of Worldview Weekend conferences and have greatly enjoyed those opportunities.
I recently wrote an article on Santa Clause. Honestly, for far too long my “discernment” had been focused too much on one issue – the Word of Faith / Prosperity gospel. Discernment, however, should encompass far more than that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very much committed to this area and am just as passionate, if not more so, than ever before. It’s just that I’m also trying to exercise discernment in other areas as well. One of these, believe it or not, is Santa Claus. In short, Santa is a problem for the discerning Christian – or at least should be in my estimation. As you will read in the article, it was not until this past year that I really thought through Santa from a biblical perspective. I submit to you the following article for your consideration. Just click on “Santa Pause” below:
Blessings to you and yours,
Victorian clip art courtesy of Averyl’s Attic: http://www.averyl.com/attic
Grace and Peace in Christ,
Well, this is my first tepid attempt to post a blog entry. I know I’m behind the times but I’ve been accused of that before. I will try to post an entry every couple of weeks or so to keep you updated on the ministry and to offer comments on various issues as they arise or are brought to my attention (usually the latter).
At any rate, as some may know I have been on a much needed sabbatical this year. I have been travelling non-stop for six years now and was in desperate need of a rest both physically and spiritually. I was married to a wonderful lady just over a year ago and having time with her at home without the constant travel has been a really good thing. God has blessed me and has pruned me in ways that just one year ago I truly could not have imagined. There was much pruning to do. The down time has also given me a chance for more study both in Word-Faith issues and others as well which has been most welcome.
Though on sabbatical, I have still done a little bit of teaching here and there. The most notable trip was one I took to Ecuador the first week of August. I was contacted by a missionary who said that the native Quichua (pronounced kee-chu-wa) pastors needed help in biblically refuting the Prosperity gospel. It is ravaging churches in Ecuador just as it is here in the States. There were about 75 or so pastors and seminary students from all over Ecuador who attended the seminar. I, along with pastor Jerry Starnes from Arkansas, taught. Though we had to teach through a translator, the men received the teaching eagerly and all seemed to take copious notes. They seemed so very grateful for the material and were truly hungry for truth. Poverty there was rampant but their love for Christ was so obvious. It was a very humbling trip for me on many levels. The trip was just as much for me as it was for them.
We had our first real cold front come through about 10 days or so ago. The 100-110 degree heat was finally broken and brought welcome relief. It is still bone dry, however, and many farmers are suffering. This has truly been a summer for the books – the hottest , driest one of my lifetime for sure. If Gloria Copeland can really control the weather as she claims, I sure wish she would talk up some rain.
Speaking of Gloria Copeland, my wife and I attended part of a large Word-Faith convention recently in Fort Worth. Words can never describe just how troubling it was. The Gospel was twisted and misrepresented. Jerry Savelle and Jesse Duplantis bragged about their wealth and private jets – can’t get by with just one ya know. Gloria Copeland taught her “Healing School” but to be able to read her favorite out-of-context verses on healing she first had to don her eyeglasses. I never cease to be amazed how the thousands in attendance don’t seem to notice the obvious disconnects between Word-Faith theology and its everyday application – or lack thereof. Every person who entered the convention in a wheelchair, with a sick child, blind, etc. left in the same wheelchair, with the same sick child, with the same blindness. I may write more on this experience in my next post.
In the meantime, I continue to study, research, and am doing some writing. Your prayers are very much appreciated. If I can be of service in any way, please do let me know. I will post again soon.
Blessing to all,