“According to sources close to Hagee, the pastor also made several phone calls to make sure his estate was in order, ‘just in case this is it.'”
One of the greatest curses of the modern church is the personality cult that seems to descend upon some preachers.
“In both practice and purpose, contemplative prayer stands in contrast with what Scripture teaches about prayer. Practitioners believe that one must clear the mind of outside concerns so that God’s voice may more easily be heard and that one may be united with the ‘divine spark’ within.”
“I have endeavored to read the Scriptures as though no one had read them before me, and I am as much on my guard against reading them to-day, through the medium of my own views yesterday, or a week ago, as I am against being influenced by any foreign name, authority, or system whatever.” ~ Alexander Campbell (1788-1866), leader of Campbellite cult
Where did they get “contemporary” worship music and practices? From the celebrity and entertainment world.
In diametrical opposition to the Bible, Osteen’s preposterous and blasphemous book is totally all about you and I and how we are to speak into existence our own self-esteem and success.
Music is viewed as a means to facilitate an encounter with God; it will move us closer to God. In this schema, music becomes a means of mediation between God and man. But this idea is closer to ecstatic pagan practices than to Christian worship.
Have you heard this sort of prayer in your Bible studies, church service, before..