From Bad to Worse

Creational Monotheism = Polytheism = Henotheism

John Mark Comer, of Solid Rock church in Portland (some 7,000 attendees), is teaching a doctrine that he has labeled “creational monotheism”.  This doctrine declares that there is only one “creator God”, but that there are many gods.  He claims this is the teaching of Scripture.  He claims that there is a distinct class of created beings called “gods”, but that they all derive from the creative power of the creator God.  These gods are distinct from demons, for he made a point in one of his sermons to teach that the demons serve “the gods”.

If you take the words monotheism and polytheism by their plain meaning, as provided by dictionary.com:

       Monotheism = the doctrine or belief that there is only one God

       Polytheism = the doctrine or belief in more than one god or in many gods

then you should quickly realize that the pastor’s attempt to call his doctrine monotheistic is greatly lacking in logic.  For if you teach there is more than one god, you are by definition polytheistic.  It does not matter whether you teach that only one of the gods, out of the many, is worthy of worship.  The recipient of worship has nothing to do with the definition of monotheism or polytheism.

So, in summary, there is a church which, if you were to peruse their website, seems to fall within the class of an evangelical church with social justice leanings.  But they are teaching polytheism. 

Yet, because he is teaching that we ought to worship Yahweh above other gods, his brand of polytheism can be more precisely labeled.  He is a henotheist.  The dictionary tells us that henotheism is

“The worship of a particular god, as by a family or tribe, without disbelieving in the existence of others.”

Henotheism is neither considered apostolic doctrine nor the teaching of Scripture.  The Scripture refers to false gods and idols, but we are never to take such things literally, as if there are actually a distinct class of beings known as “gods”.  The false gods of Scripture are always demonic or derived from the art and thought of man.  Henotheism is not a viable doctrine in orthodox Christianity.  The Scriptures teach monotheism.

To teach that Yahweh rules over the council of gods is to teach something very similar to Greek mythology, where Zeus was the “Father of Gods and men” and ruled the council of the Olympians.  It is a horrible leap in logic to think that if you teach only one god should be worshipped, that you are monotheistic. 

The prophet Isaiah gives us words from the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the only true God.

“You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.  Before Me there was no God was formed, and there will be none after Me.  I, even I, am the LORD, and there is no savior besides Me.”  Isaiah 43: 10 – 11

If this pastor can’t understand the simple definitions of monotheism and polytheism, should we even entertain the idea he understands the Scriptures accurately regarding “the gods”?

The False Gospel of Ray Lewis

Did you watch the Ray Lewis interview that was aired prior to the Super Bowl?  Ray, never one to hesitate speaking about a “god” somewhat related to the Bible, demonstrated his fundamental lack of knowledge about the Biblical gospel.  When asked about his role in a double murder over ten years ago he offered this quote:

“If you really knew how God works, he don’t use people who commit anything like that for his glory.”

Has Ray Lewis never read about the Apostle Paul, and how he once persecuted Christians until being redeemed by Christ?  Ray laid all his cards on the table with that quote.  He has no conception of the Biblical gospel of Jesus Christ dying for sinners, including murderers, but instead is caught up in some false religious form of American Christianity which contains dangerous strands of moralism and a prosperity heresy.

His lack of understanding was further demonstrated during the post-game celebration, where he said something to the effect of “If God is for you, who can be against you,” as if he had firsthand knowledge that it was God Himself who had planned and purposed for the Ravens to win the Super Bowl during Ray Lewis’ last season.

For those who may be inclined to think God was with the Ravens because of the religion of Ray Lewis, I offer the following warning from Moses, for it surely seems applicable to someone who has done great and amazing things on the football field, but who is praising a god that, every time I have heard that god spoken about, has no direct connection to Jesus Christ and His gospel, but only a loose affiliation with hand-picked Bible verses.

If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  Deuteronomy 13: 1 – 3

Walking Before Running

If you are a Christian and want to test whether you can differentiate sound Biblical doctrine from false doctrine, listen to obviously false teachings and see if you know why they are false.  For if you are unable to spot the heresy in those teachers who are obviously antichrist, how will you ever spot the clever wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing?

There are two people you can listen to where you will be guaranteed to encounter antichrist doctrine.  One person is Joel Osteen, the “pastor” of one of the largest “Christian” churches in America.  The other person is Oprah Winfrey, a woman who is antichrist and yet has always tricked Christians into listening to her teachings by referring to “god” and using spiritual terminology.

Joel was on Oprah’s show recently, and he lead the crowd in chants proclaiming how great they are.  They would chant “I am” followed by a word describing who they “are”:  strong, healthy, confident, secure, talented, creative, disciplined, focused, valuable, beautiful, blessed, excited about my future, victorious.

Did someone forget to tell Joel Osteen that God did not come for the righteous and self-sufficient, but for miserable sinners?

For consider your calling brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  1 Corinthians 1: 26 – 29

Joel Osteen is antichrist and yet thought to be a Christian. 

Do the dirty work and study false teaching, for it is a Biblical way to spiritually mature.

Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.  Hebrews 5: 14