Joshua Generation Church – just another Charis-maniac cult?
Evangelical Christians like to play mind games and enjoy partaking in mental gymnastics most of the time whereby they will always resist science when ever it disagrees with their precious holy texts. The most virulent strain is the Charismatic/Pentecostal sect.
People are of course entitled to believe what ever they want, but soon as they affect the world around them with obsolete, irrelevant ideas sourced from a, pre Newton, pre Copernicus, pre Darwin, pre Space age, superstitious holy book penned by primitive desert tribesman thinking they were under the of influence of God the Holy Ghost, one must draw the line and bring them to task.
Well Joshua Generation, a charismatic fellowship, has done just that and has now entered the firing line after the child/baby abuse expose on Carte Blanche. Before we go any further I would like to add that evangelical Christians always complain bitterly that they are being persecuted by sceptics.
Even Jesus was affected by this persecution complex and could carry out NO miracles in Nazareth – why because no one believed he could perform miracles. Since when does a God need to be "believed in" before he can carry out supernatural acts? He is God he does not need our permission to heal the sick surely.
He said if people do not accept that he was the Son of God they must be ignored with contempt and believers must wipe their feet off on them.
The Apostle Paul had they same problem with sceptics and said anyone who did not adhere to his version of Christianity is cursed and bound for hell.
Sceptics are used to being sent to hell by Christians - it started from the very beginning of the sect of the Nazarene and is the standard default response from Christians when their faith is questioned and put under scrutiny.
What they fail to realise is that if they had a sure and steadfast foundation they would not run from sceptics but engage them and win them over to the hope they have.
But alas when this instinctive flight response is triggered they circle-the-wagons, adopt a us-against-the-world mentality as a tool to rally the faithful and whip up a frenzy of righteous indignation, so it’s not surprising that many sheep have bought into the Josh Generation charismatic gospel.
And of course this mindset is conveniently bolstered by the biblical admonitions of Jesus and Paul that true believers will suffer persecution. Let’s also not forget that confirmation bias also kicks in to prove them right and every one else wrong.
The real mind game consists in the fact that these ‘beleaguered’ believers manage to convince themselves of this, while simultaneously persecuting those who they despise. They complain about people being intolerant of Christian beliefs, all the while, preaching and railing against other religions, gays and lesbians, and of course, those damned atheists and humanists.
They warn about the dangers of Islam, and Sharia law, while attempting to force their particular religion and God into government, the judicial system, and schools, every chance they get.
Essentially, the fuzziness of the fundamentalist Christian mind allows them to simultaneously play the roles of both victim and oppressor. You think I am being melodramatic look at what Joshua Generations Pastor had to say;
“Let everyone know – it is time for us to stand together!
Please note, through our drive to rally Churches we hope to throw the weight of a UNITED CHURCH behind other conflicts the Church is facing (like the Creare case), as well as those we will undoubtedly face in future.
Please spread the word and get your pastors to stand united with the wider Church that is rallying now to defend these freedoms.” (1)
Statement of beliefs taken from their website:
1. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament in their original writings.
2. We regard the Scriptures as being final as to authority and infallible as to truth, regarding all facets of church life and discipline.
3. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, namely Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
5. We believe that God created man in His own image. Thereafter sin entered the first man through disobedience on man’s part resulting in spiritual death for all mankind.
6. We believe that Jesus Christ had to die for the sins of mankind so that man could be reconciled back to God.
7. We believe in the bodily death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
8. We believe in His ascension into heaven and His future return to earth.
9. We believe in the initial reception of the Holy Spirit at conversion (Romans 8:9), His internal sealing work thereafter (Ephesians 1:13), followed by continual infillings of His presence from within us (Ephesians 5:18).
10. We believe in the resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
11. We believe in the regular practice of the breaking of bread and the taking of wine / grape juice to remind us of the new covenant established through Christ’s death on our behalf.
12. We believe in the baptism of believers by immersion in water.
13. We believe in the five-fold ministry gifts of Ephesians 4:11-12.
14. We believe in using these gifts in the life of the church and to affect the communities we minister in.
15. We believe in the equality of all persons irrespective of their race, culture or social background.
16. We believe that marriage is a creational ordinance ordained by God between a man and a woman and that any relationship of a sexual nature outside of marriage, or between people of the same sex is contrary to Scripture and therefore unacceptable to God and His Church. (2)
Here’s news for you, Joshua Generation style Christians :
Your half baked, over the top, weird and dumb on purpose beliefs don’t give you a free pass to evangelise the world . Your delusional conviction that yours is the One True Faith does not give you the right to seek to impose it on everyone else.
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