Clouds without water seminar

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My seminar, Clouds Without Water, is taken from a reference in the book of Jude 12 to false teachers. Specifically, Clouds Without Water is a biblical critique of the Word-Faith/New Apostolic Reformation/Prosperity gospel. The prosperity gospel essentially holds that it is always God’s will for a Christian to be wealthy and always God’s will for a Christian to be physically healed. If we struggle financially or get sick, then prosperity and physical healing are guaranteed provided that we have enough faith or sow a seed (give money) to a preacher in order to reap a harvest.

Prosperity theology dominates what we see on “Christian” television such as TBN, Daystar, The Word Network and others. Word-Faith/NAR theology, however, is not just an emphasis on health and wealth. It is actually rooted in the metaphysical cults and has a very heretical view of God, Christ, the Atonement, and it deifies man. Clouds Without Water incorporates dozens of video clips of prominent prosperity preachers such as Benny Hinn, Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Bill Johnson, Andrew Wommack, Joyce Meyer, Todd White and Joel Osteen, and so you will see for yourself what they actually teach. The error is then corrected point by point from scripture.

This movement, tragically, is the face of Christianity around the world and it is leading untold millions of people into a different gospel – and a different gospel does not save. It is not only my desire to expose the error but also to equip the saints to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) with the aim of rescuing people out of this dangerous deception.

Seminar Outline

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The Ruinous Ruse of Rome Seminar

A Biblical Critique of Roman Catholicism

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tomas robertson VSm7GcoPMEA unsplashAccording to recent statistics, there are nearly 1.3 billion Roman Catholics in the world. It, along with the Word-Faith/Charismatic movement, is the face of Christianity around much of the world. There are actually a great deal of similarities between the two. Most evangelicals think of Roman Catholicism as being just another denomination that is essentially Christian only with a lot of statues and rituals. This is not the case, however.

In The Ruinous Ruse of Rome: A Biblical Critique of Roman Catholicism we will look at the origins and doctrines of Roman Catholicism. We will see that though the Church of Rome has begun to adopt some of the evangelical lingo, its doctrine is anything but biblical. The Roman Catholic Church may speak of grace and forgiveness, but it has completely redefined these terms. We will see that the Roman Catholic Mass is a blasphemous re-sacrificing of Jesus. We will see that Rome’s doctrine of infused righteousness (as opposed to the biblical teaching of imputed righteousness) is a soul-destroying doctrine that keeps people in spiritual bondage.

The Ruinous Ruse of Rome is in no way intended to disparage Roman Catholics. This three-session seminar is intended to equip believers to speak the truth in love to our Roman Catholic friends and family members. We must love them enough to tell them the truth.

Hermeneutics Seminar

Cutting It Straight with God’s Word

Have you ever wondered how it is that so many different denominations with such varying beliefs can all claim to believe the same book, the Bible? Have you ever wondered if passages like Jeremiah 29:11 really do apply to you? Does Isaiah 53:5 promise physical healing? When Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:39, “Do not forbid to speak in tongues” does that prove that the gift of tongues is for believers today? When Jesus says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice” is that a promise that we can hear God speak to us today outside of the Bible?

Hermeneutics (derived from the Greek word hermeneuo which means to explain or interpret) is the discipline of interpreting scripture. Scripture itself commands us to “accurately handle the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

The Greek word employed in this verse (ὀρθοτομοῦντα – orthotomoonta) literally means to “cut it straight.” Our task as Bible interpreters is to cut it straight with God’s word.

Justin’s seminar on hermeneutics is comprised of three 1-hour sessions. It will discuss the fundamental principles of the historical-grammatical approach to biblical hermeneutics. It will deal with the common mistakes people make in interpreting scripture. It is only when the Bible is rightly interpreted that God can be rightly known. This seminar will equip your church members or conference attendees with the knowledge and tools they need to reap the life-long and eternity impacting benefits of cutting it straight with God’s word.

Do Not Hinder Them

A Biblical Examination of Childhood Conversion

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leadthemAt what age is it appropriate to consider baptism for a child?

This is one of the most difficult questions both parents and pastors face. Various studies have shown that the significant majority of children who make professions of faith in Christ at early ages and are baptized grow up and walk away from the faith they once professed. Sadly, all of us have seen this. A task force commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2014 to study the alarming decline in baptism rates reported that the only age group that actually showed an increase in the number of baptisms was age five and under. A Baptist pastor friend of mine once said, “As Baptists we don’t believe in infant baptism, we just practice it.”

But what is true amongst Southern Baptists is true across the evangelical spectrum. Most children who are baptized at young ages show little if any evidence of conversion having ever taken place in their lives once they grow up and leave the home.

Based off of Justin’s book by the same title, Do Not Hinder Them: A Biblical Examination of Childhood Conversion, is designed to help parents and pastors know when it is appropriate to baptize a child. How can we tell if a child has been truly converted or if he has just made intellectual assent to the basics of the Gospel? Do Not Hinder Them will provide sound, biblical answers in a compassionate manner to this important and tender issue.