A few weeks ago, a man by the name of Justin, who claims on his website to be speaking for God, visited here and made some derogatory statements about my blog and about me personally. He left a link to his site so I decided to check it out. From a general perusal, it became obvious that he was a baby Christian and a highly confused one at that. What we’ll do today is look at a couple of blogs from his site and then expose the root of Justin’s confusion…..
Ever wondered what Jesus smelled like? Well wonder no more as Justin attempts to explain this to us here. Justin added this nugget on the blog that explains it all. “Of course I did some Google searching to see if anyone else had experienced this before, or if they had an answer to this mystery. I didn’t have any luck but I did find this”:
Normally, most mature Christians will examine the Scriptures for evidence that their experiences are actually from God. Not Justin. He prefers the word of Google over the Word of God! You see boys and girls; Justin believes that the study of hermeneutics places God in a box! Justin also believes that the Bible is an idol! His most recent post shows the clear disregard Justin Jordan has for God’s Word…..unless it validates his experiences. Otherwise, he uses either Google or a site like www.reference.com to validate his experiences. There’s plenty of similar blogs on his site but his site, and confusion, has a root. Now I’d like to expose the root that seems to have birthed Justin’s confusion.
Justin has in the past attended and worshipped at Living Waters Christian Center near Orlando Florida. This church believes that they are an “Apostolic Prophetic” ministry. In fact, their senior pastor, Michelle Duarte claims the following on her biography that can be seen here;
“She is an Apostolic Prophetic Leader. Pastor Michelle has spent the last seven years as Senior Pastor of LWCCI. Her passion to bring the body into intimacy with God not only brings the body into extraordinary signs and wonders, but also into face to face encounters with our Heavenly Father….”
Obviously, Michelle isn’t the French name for Michael. Pastor Michelle is not only a female pastor but claims to be a female apostle and prophet. I haven’t had a softball like this thrown to me in a long timeJ!
Now, please forgive me but THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FEMALE APOSTLE’S OR FEMALE PASTOR’S. Maybe there is on Google but certainly NOT in the Word of God! I offer the following articles, grounded in the Word, that validate my beliefs;
The church site is fairly vague as to what this bunch actually believes but they make it clear that signs and wonders will follow their ministry. They also seem to be an experience led church that spends a great deal of time in worship and prayer. Notably absent is the trace of any bible studies or sermons delivered by Mrs. Duarte or her staff, which is mainly comprised of women. The one thing that’s abundantly clear is that God didn’t place Mrs. Duarte in church leadership. God’s Word is crystal clear on this but sadly she has convinced the sheep who worship in her building that her being in leadership is biblical.
And Justin? He needs our prayers. He has an amazing testimony of the power of God to reach out and deliver one of His children out from Satan’s grasp. Sadly, his reluctance to embrace Scripture and proven interpretive techniques to validate his experiences negates this powerful testimony……at least for now.
I pray that this changes. I pray that he finds someone to disciple him and not encourage his current confusion. I pray that he finds a ministry that understands the power of his testimony and teaches him how to use this testimony for the Glory of God. Finally I pray that he finds a church home that sharpens the butter knife he’s currently wielding into a sharp two edge sword that will force him to repent of the error he is currently in…….and keep him away from future errors.