Primetime error: on stage with false teachers

BY BRDAVISION

When it comes to those who distort the truth, a certain standard or format must be used to counter them.  Christ warned us several times to be aware of false prophets, even revealing their true nature as “ravenous wolves” (Mt 7:15). The Apostle Peter, using equally sobering words, warned us of the massive damage they are capable of (2 Peter 2:1). The increase of false teachers, preachers, and doctrines require every believer to uphold the Word of God in an effective, balanced way.

You may have noticed that when some Christian leaders “debate” obvious reprobate minds of false teachers, two extremes emerge. One,  they appear friendly—even conciliatory—yet weak. The second is they are appear overly angry and unloving. But what does the Word of God tell us about refuting?

“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (New Living Translation)

The Word of God tells us to be prepared and preach the word of God whether people like it or not. The word also tells us not be afraid to suffer for the Lord. The truth is an offense to this world.  Pilate asked our Lord Jesus as His life hung in the balance, “What is truth?”  But it seems this world still has not found it. Maybe some of our “preachers” haven’t found it either.

Not ready for primetime?

In November 2009, Pastor Jamal Bryant and Bishop George Bloomer proved they were not ready for prime time with one time COGIC member and infamous heretic Carlton Pearson. And maybe they needed a little polishing up in the word, because they clearly were not ready to engage Pearson. Both ended up looking rather foolish. You can see that interview here.

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In a previous article, GCM Watch reported how  the two allowed Pearson to make a full argument on his false doctrine of “Inclusion“, and also let him give “heart touching” back ground stories of how “church folk” dropped him. Bryant and Bloomer appeared unsure on how to rebuke him. But where was all the charisma and glibness of tongue these “men of God” often show when it’s time to raise money?

Bryant is often encouraged to “Preach Black Man!!”. But instead of preaching the Gospel in the face of  a clear challenge, he opted to have the audience pray for Pearson. While there’s nothing wrong with prayer, (and Pearson needs as many prayers as we can send up) there is something wrong when Pearson is allowed to spew un-biblical vomit to millions of viewers at home and not be rebuked.

Bryant instead used theological metaphors that got the crowd real hype (if they could even understand what he was talking about) to diagnose Pearson as being filled with demons. But never called him what He really is, a false prophet! While the Christian panel sat there cool, calm, and collected and joking with Pearson on the side as if they didn’t have a care in their fantasy world. The real world was lied to, as Pearson relentlessly gave the viewers tons of erroneous scripture usage and I think-isms.

Bishop Bloomer (known for his alleged expertise in casting out demons)  admitted that he only came on the show to meet Pearson and to tell him how much he loved him. Did he miss the fact that Pearson’s doctrine is not only false, but it leads people to spiritual death? To me, this was as serious as the 9/11 planes hitting the twin towers. Whoever believed Pearson’s mess(age) is at risk.

None of the panelists demonstrated an ability (or willingness) to shut Pearson up and declare that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 3:16) and He said:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (King James Version)

Just by watching the show on you tube I was outraged and starting preaching the word of God right to my laptop. But to no avail I couldn’t change anything. This brings up a good question. What are we to do if we ever find ourselves onstage with Carlton Pearson,  Yvette Flunder and others who teach false doctrines?

This site has already provided wonderful articles about this subject and you can see those here, here and here. I wish only to point out that even with this information the church seems to still be confused on how to handle false prophets and teachers in the church.

The word of God gives us a biblical way to handle these heretics in Titus:

“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” Titus 3:9-11 (King James Version)

The bible tells us to admonish and correct the false teacher twice. Once they continue to reject the truth we are to reject them. Why did the Lexi show even give an ear to Pearson knowing full well he is a heretic? What were her motives? Was it ratings?

The church has already rejected Pearson and his teachings, but still continues to give him a platform to speak on in violation of Titus 3. In this, we make a serious error and only make things harder for ourselves.

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37 thoughts on “Primetime error: on stage with false teachers

  1. Agreed, Brandon.

    I think the primary reason why the Church for the most part has continued to give Pearson and those like him a platform is because of the most distorted word in Scripture: love.
    “Love” is allowing heretics to expose believers to dangerous teachings and “love” is allowing for false teachers to continue to spit out their venom. Moreover, “love” is allowing for sexual perversion in our churches, “love” is making excuses for sin, “love” is preventing Christians from holding other Christians accountable and “love” is suppressing the truth for fear of man. Add whatever else you want to that list.
    “Love”, in a nutshell, is allowing for the Church to become impure, powerless and discredited. And this distorted definition of love only births the unwillingness of some people to not want to rebuke false teachers; if they do, then they’re not acting in a spirit of love. And if they’re not acting in a spirit of love, then they’re not representing Christ.
    Twisted.

    But what may be worse is the possibility that these same people won’t refute nor rebuke these imposters simply because they can’t. For sometimes I think underneath all the church cliches lies an extremely thin layer of sound doctrine, because who can counter a false teaching with, “You’re next in line for a miracle!”, or, “Get ready for a double-portion of an anointing”?

    God’s people perish for a lack of knowledge in these days.

  2. Wow Sister Angela that is so true. The church has forgotten the true meaning of the word love. We think sitting back and watching folks believe a lie is the “loving thing to do”. I don’t know where in scripture that it ever painted Jesus as a pacifist. Jesus made a whip and beat the brakes off of those who were in His Father’s House selling stuff. Then he also called out the Pharisees everytime He got a chance. We have lost that “separation from the world” zeal that the older saints use to always be filled with. When something was wrong they called it what it was !!Wrong!!. They didn’t hold back!!! And they were not scared to call out those who were in the wrong!!!!

  3. Fueling this kind of passivity of the contemporary church is the infusion of a several streams of philosophical thought which are detrimental to true biblical perception.

    1. Relativism
    2. Diaprax
    3. Moralistic theraputic deism
    4. Existentialism
    5. Postmodernism

    Many do not realize how deeply influenced the church has become by worldly thinking and consequently superimposed it over the Word of God. That’s why we have the skewered definition of love which basically bankrupts it of its power.

    brdvision, very good article. I especially like how you brought in Titus. Man that was so specific. I do want to ask you what if a person is under a leader who is spouting false teachings. After the second time, should they put feet to it and leave? A lot of people are trapped because they say “God hasnt released me” or “I dont feel led to leave”.

  4. So true, Brandon – Jesus pacified no one. He did confront religious hypocrisy, yes, as some “peace and love saints” like to point out endlessly, but He also confronted the corruption in the synogogues.
    Jesus is indeed a lamb, but He’s also a lion.

    I think #5, Pastor, is the killer, more so than all of them, though all 5 has snuck their way into the Church. I suppose though that it’s a matter of opinion to which philosophy holds the most influence. Fact is, they’re all detrimental to the health of the Church, as we can plainly see.

  5. @gmcwatch-Thanks for the compliments. Very good question. I always tell folks its dangerous to put how they “feel” above what the word of God tells us is right. When we do that, we step right into the shoes of those who spread false teaching.

    Pearson, in the interview, constantly told us how he “felt” about certain passages of scripture while also denying the authenticity of the bible. He said “the bible is a book of myth, magic and…..” something else I can’t recall it now…but he of course
    is in serious error. The “I feel” syndrome is a common attribute in false teachers.

    Should we leave a church where the leader continues to not speak the truth? DEFINITELY!!!!! The bible tells us to beware and once you’ve been made aware you should get away!!! (Yes I love exclamation points lol)

    I have a question. Well then why don’t most people in the churches of these false leaders leave?

    WE have been taught in our churches for so long that you do not “Touch the anointed…” so either many either believe this and are scared to leave, or they really just want to continue to have their ears tickled. They never get their word and open it up for themselves.

    In 2 Peter 2:2 peter writes: “Any many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

    I looked up the word pernicious which means “working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way”. Maybe those who claim to be “saved” and say that they will not leave a false teacher Because they don’t feel led to, are actually working in secret to help spread the deception. They have believed a lie for so long that they can’t even find their way to the truth anymore….which is heartbreaking….

    The bible says “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16-17

    If they don’t feel “led” to leave false teaching, then who is leading them….are they really being led of God?

  6. You said it with the touch not mine anointed. Hit the nail on the head. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that from preacher both false and otherwise. We all know what happened to the boys who made fun of the prophet Elisha not realizing that he had an anointing and more importantly not realizing how insecure he was about his bald head. It can really tough to know how to behave.

    Angela you are so right. Couldn’t have said it better.

  7. @Sister Lydia-You’re right many teachers, preachers, use that scripture and many more to create a division between the clergy and the laity. But allow me to submit this scripture to you:

    “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

    God is the one who anointed Elisha in his time. In the old testament the Holy Spirit was not given to all but to those whom God had called for various works. Because of the death of Christ on the cross we now ALL have access to God. And when we believe in God’s Son Jesus we are saved from the penalty of sin and declared righteous before God.

    And as a guarantee that we belong to God, He gives us His Holy Spirit! We are God’s Anointed!! Your anointing does not enhance your gifts but lets you know that you belong to God.

    The primary mission of the Holy Spirit is to empower you to become an effective witness for Christ!!

    There are no anointed Preachers, Musicians, or Prophets. People who operate in those things are just talented and gifted. You can’t pass your anointing to someone else. Because it doesn’t belong to you. If they are saved the anointing is the Holy Spirit of God living inside of them.

  8. Have you noticed the trend of these so called “debates” The host of the show always has someone on to defend the Faith that trully are in question of their own faithfulness to the Word of God themselves. Why dont you ever see Pearson or Flunder debate with Dr. David Jeremiah or Dr. John Macarthur or Pastor Foster. I bet you already know the answer. They would get their butt handed to them by the Almighty, Inerrant, Elverlasting Word of God through true men of God thas why.

  9. @Paul-that’s right! The true heavy weights of the Gospel are never asked to go on the show and “debate”! I’m sure it wouldn’t be much of a debate at all anyways! lol I really do think that these so called “Christian shows” on TBN are only in the television business for the same reason why secular shows are in it. THE RATINGS AND THE MONEY!

    What kind of show would allow Pearson to even speak knowing full well he is a heretic?

    I wish I could go on the show, They might have to carry me off the stage! I would lay hands on him in the most biblical way I know!

  10. Pearson always was a smooth-talking snake and he still is. He is well trained in the art of deception and these two boys didn’t stand a chance against him. In order to defeat Satan’s people, you have to be armed powerfully with the word of God. You have to be prayed up and the best thing is to fast before you confront something like this, and there can’t be any kind of secret sin going on in your life, because if you have a secret sin then the powers of darkness are going to know it and whip your behind and make you look stupid. Remember the devil is cunning, but God is Great

  11. Great stuff!!

    Isnt is sad how many people give him (Pearson) an avenue to spread his filth. We see no record of that in scripture but we want to understand where people are coming from and all this rubbish.

    I think the panelists on the Lexi show were star struck. Weak men!

  12. You know what you dont even have to be a heavy weight to deal with Pearson. Just as you stated John 3:16 Brandon, thats the only scripture you need to put this nonsense to bed.

    This guy is cunning and sly, Christ used the plain Word of God against the devil.

  13. @Paul-That’s it Sir!!! Just speak the word of God that’s where the power is. Because you can’t argue with the truth. You can only accept or reject it.

    I think we forget that the power of God is God’s power and not our own. We don’t own it and we can’t control it. But God is His infinite knowledge uses us as instruments and we, through the Spirit of God, can beat down that ol stinky devil anytime. Because the devil is already defeated!! That’s a message right there lol

  14. You are so right Paul. We should all study to show ourselves approved unto God. Pearson’s logic is full of holes and quite frankly is a shell game of disjointed ideology. One of the big problems is we think that respect for a person means we shouldnt dig in and break up the fallow ground lol

  15. @brdavison: You said

    “I think we forget that the power of God is God’s power and not our own. We don’t own it and we can’t control it. But God is His infinite knowledge uses us as instruments and we, through the Spirit of God, can beat down that ol stinky devil anytime. Because the devil is already defeated!! That’s a message right there lol”

    Spoken like a true Soldier in the Lord’s army!!

    Blessings and GREAT, WELL-TIMED POST!

  16. @Nan-very true, maybe they were up all night watching tv, instead of preparing themselves for spiritual warfare.

    When I was in college on scholarship for excellence in the field of trombone playing. I would practice a piece so long and so hard that I could actually play it by heart.

    I had a lil problem with nervousness that would sometimes hold me back from playing up to my full potential. I would practice till I was at 110%! Because I knew when the performance came I would drop a few percent points but at least I would still be above 100%

    Bryant and Bloomer were really stiff and quiet, which tells me they were not prepared. What a shame…..

  17. @Godlysoldier-Thank you so much! I truly am on the Lord’s side! My Prayer is to continue to be on fire for God!

  18. Bryant and Bloomer were ill equipped to handle the situation. Your right both were probably “star struck” by Pearson. We have to remember Pearson use to have his big Azusa Street Conferences, where most of these preachers all wanted to flock too for the attention and get on the platform. Before TD Jakes came on the seen, the only major Black Television ministries that were around was Pearson, Fred Price Sr, and maybe Myles Munroe at that time. On Pearson he just not a inclusionist, he is part of the new age movement.

    I heard Bloomer speak at a conference here in California back in 2008, he try prophesy to couple of people in the service which was way off. The article in Jet magazine clinch it for me on Bloomer, he attempts to be politically correct with homosexuals and eternity.

    Bryant his lifestyle speaks for itself. He is a lover of mammon and the world.

    Bottomline the mainline Christian needs to stop being so lazy on the lack of studying the Holy Scriptures for themselves, and take it upon themselves to study and get an understanding. Most mainline Christians put more trust in there favorite preacher sermons/teaching versus The Word of God.

    Great article brdavision keep them coming.

  19. @Shofarsound-Thank you sir! I’m amazed at the high level of biblical illiteracy in the church today. Too many people have like you said been lazy. And have no bible knowledge for themselves. Jesus told the pharisees so many times “You don’t know the scriptures.” And the church today is falling into the same category the Jewish religious leaders were in……Spiritual death…Jesus help us!

  20. As I continue to struggle with the problem of being attracted to women, Jesus is my only rock and salvation to which I hold onto because my salvation depends only upon Him and Him alone, and not upon what is said in ‘mainstream or affirming/inclusionist’ churches.

    Me following behind tbn and others will only land me in disfavor with Christ. I’ve long since given up on today’s form of church be it affirming/inclucionist/new age or mainstream. Jesus alone is my best FRIEND and SAVIOR and not man.

    Thank you in advance for reading.

    Solphivyae Rose Thunderword-Cohen

  21. @Solphivyae R. Thunderword-Cohen-Find a bible believing church where they hold all of the truths of the bible above what man says. Jesus is the word of God (John 1) so when the truths of the word of God are preached Jesus is preached. Don’t turn your back on all church because of some experiences you may have had at other churches. The bible says:

    Hebrews 10:24-25 (New Living Translation)

    24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

    We go to church for encouragement and help in the areas that we are weak in. And to fellowship with other believers. There are no lone rangers in Christianity. We all need each other. We are the body of Christ. One body and One head…..Jesus Christ!

  22. I’ve been in the company of false teachers and those of the pure truth, but tonight after a a few drinks (being frank and honest) God has brought me to my knees and unto my face, and I’ve prayed through for the first time in many years (in tongues you all).

    God is Awesome and Merciful I feel so free and renewed. He has brought me to a sobering reality where I was praying for everyone including you. I’ve started out praying for a neighbor who and daughter are heading to the state of Washington come mourning and ended up praying through for all and myself, for no woman is an island unto herself, we are all in this battle together.

    God bless you all. And remember God WILL separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Rose

  23. @ shofarsound % brdavision,

    You hit the nail on the head. There is indeed a lack of biblical knowledge in the church. I think the reason for that is 2-fold: (a) people may pick up their Bibles and read, but they don’t memorize and internalize the Scriptures; and (b) the number of preachers who reference the Bible in their sermons is steadily diminishing. Most sermons today are nothing more than motivational speeches, quoting from everywhere else but the Word of God, and designed to make us feel good and think that we’re all on the yellow brick road to God’s unending favor. One guy I absolutely stopped listening to is “Dr.” Mike Murdock, a self-made King Solomon. He visits my church from time to time. If I know in advance he’s coming, I attend church somewhere else. If I’m taken by surprise and he’s there, I walk out and go home. His “Bible” is the books in his Wisdom Keys series. Never have I seen him pull out the Bible and reference it in any of his messages from the pulpit. Since when does worldy “wisdom” replace the Word of God?

    brdavision, thank you for your wonderful article. It’s refreshing to know that the “contenders for the faith” aren’t a dying breed. Keep up the good fight of faith!

  24. Now How is Jamal Bryant going to rebuke any fellow pastor if he is just as guilty as they are.

    He has more baby mammas then Puffy. His sex scandals are notorious.

    Anytime you see him, or Bloomer, talking anything religious you know it is gonna be full of stupid, drug induced, interpretation of the Bible. And definately lacking common sense

  25. Trinigirl I agree. Most of them are just motivational speakers and we ALL just have to study our bibles and pray for discernment to differentiate what is of God and what is of man.

    I listened to many Prosperity preachers including Long whom I tolerated until about five years ago. I went back to Youtube for some of the sermons and can see now that they were all simply motivational speeches or simply emotionally charged speeches that get people revved up.

    I like Joel Osteen (he is a likeable guy) and I can listen to him every now and then but even from the beginning I knew he was simply a motivational speaker mainly because he never opened a bible so I couldn’t take him seriously to provide spiritual food.

    It is only about being eloquent nowadays in order to get attention and attract crowds. We live in dangerous times.

  26. @ Lydia,

    I like Joel Osteen too because he is a likeable guy. But I stopped listening to him after his appearance on the Larry King show last year. After Larry asked him the question several times, Joel still refused to declare on national TV that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father and no one can come to the Father except through Him. He refused to take a stand, yet he commands one of the largest congregations in the country. How in the world can that be? It’s funny, people say to me, I like Jakes, or I like Paula White or whomever. My response has always been, I admire the Apostle Paul. He wrote more than half of the NT, and he was the apostle to the Gentile world which we’re a part of. Paul was practical, yet he wasn’t afraid to contend for the faith. Heck, he even stood up to Nero. Now that’s a “mand of Gawd” to admire!! 🙂

  27. @Trinigirl-Thank you for reading! And yes we are in an age of “I don’t know what the bible says, but I can quote my pastor all day!” And I’m afraid some of our “Pastors” are simply not doing the job God called them to do. But its up to us who really do care for the people of God to continue to preach, teach, and reach those who are lost!

  28. @veman96054-while its true Pastor Bryant has numerous sex scandles I’m more concerned about his lack of sound bible teaching. We must equip ourselves with a strong grasp of the Word of God that we may be able to teach others. Thanks for reading!

  29. @Lydia-you’re right. More and more pastors are teaching less and less from the word of God. When this happens we only have ourselves to blame for the falling away from sound doctrine. Joel Osteen is a likeable guy, I remember he had me feeling good one night (a long time ago) when I ran across him talking on tv one night. But feeling good is not enough! We must live holy! We must know what the word of God is telling us. And sadly I see more and more compromise in these mega church pastors. More compromise and less sound bible teaching. Lord help us!

  30. @Sdjam-thank you!! Ephesians 6:10 (King James Version)

    10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

  31. Let’s face it. It’s a sad day for the Church anytime Jamal Bryant is called upon to represent and defend the “Faith”. In order to stand firmly on the truth of God’s word, you must first be convinced and convicted of the truth yourself, and committed to doing it. When so called Christian leaders blatantly commit unspeakable sins and “gloat” openly instead of weeping openly, this is what you get! I know for a fact that true conviction, repentance, and God’s gracious forgiveness leaves one “humbled”, not proud! That man seems so proud and arrogant I can’t even stand to watch him. Defending the faith is more than an intellectual exercise, and it can only be accomplished effectively through the Spirit of God working in Spirit-filled Believers. You don’t have to be a “celebrity” to be used of God. The Holy Spirit alone can convict and convince the world (Pearson, Flunder, and all others who don’t know the true and living God) of righteousness and of judgement. (I saw part of the “debate”, and it was pitiful!)

    1 Cor. 2:4: And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

  32. @Concerned Saint-very true…..

    “1 Cor. 2:4: And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

    that’s a powerful scripture….When the Holy Spirit is in control, He will will always point people to Jesus. Not to the man. For its Jesus who saves. Man has been only called to preach the Gospel. Not Lord over the people.
    This world has the game mixed up. No mere man died for us. Jesus did. Why are we worshiping the created instead of the creator???

    thanks for reading!

  33. Did anyone bother to even listen to the this paneled meeting? You just might be surprised at what was actually said by Bryant and Bloomer. Just don’t go by heresay because of what an article says but get the facts. Neither Bryant nor Bloomer sat by and let Pearson just rant. They both said that Pearson was wrong, including Lexi who hosted it! Quit listening to just sound bites and listen for yourselves. God Bless!

  34. Yes, Torrance quite a few of us listened to every word spoken.
    Here is full write upon the video segment.

    And why would Bloomer tell Pearson, he was “wrong” and then turn around and play silly shell games when he was asked about homosexuality?

    Lexi is no better. She was in seduction mode with Pearson. She may have called Pearson “wrong” but she hired a homosexual “Christian” man to screen her calls and represent her.

    So to sum, what’s the big difference in Bloomer, Lexi and Pearson? Nothing except they are all hypocrites of different colors.

    Torrance you need to go and educate yourself beyond your own comment here.

  35. @gcmwatch Though I viewed the entire show and came back with some of the same conclusions, I think it is important to mention that Bishop Van Gayton DEFINITELY handle pearson in the most appropriate manner. To me he should have been the only one on the platform with pearson to effectively dismantle his foolishness.

  36. @Ap316-Bishop Van Gayton was the only one to refute Pearson, but he still didn’t do the obvious and call Pearson what he was A FALSE PROPHET.

    He did however joke with him and go back and forth on issues which were not even that serious.

    Go read Acts 20 and see what Paul told the leaders to do when it came to protecting the flock!

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