Seeing False Teachers around every Corner versus Righteous Judgement

Shoving Christianity down throatsJesus stated: “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

What’s one thing happening in the world of evangelical Christianity that is somewhat disturbing? It is a practice by some Christians who are constantly seeing false doctrine in messages given by true ministers of God (on occasion their suspicions are correct). Could a message have errors rather than truly false teaching within it? YES, the only perfect teacher was Jesus Christ himself. There are for example, MANY versions of creationism being taught by sincere ministers. Does this mean that those who proclaim the wrong versions are all going to hell? My belief is that teachings which are “sincerely wrong” and not purposefully false, will not cause these ministers an eternity without God.

There is very definitely a true definition of false teachers, versus men in error and the Christians who are SO anxious to label sincere ministers as false need to see and understand the differences (Paul actually confronted Peter for being in error Galatians 2:11-13). In short, errors are not purposefully corrupting the meaning of the scriptures for dishonest reasons, while false teachers are described as “ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15). They are in other words, out to deceive for purposeful reasons – usually self-gain of some type. As a follow-up regarding Peter, he certainly did accept Paul’s admonition and he continued to evangelize during his lifetime, through to his death. “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105:15).

The “False Teacher” and “False Teaching” accusation is thrown around at people who teach God’s Word – The Holy Bible, like darts that hit both friends in Christ Jesus’ Gospel and enemies to God’s Word as well (Ephesians 6:16). Unfortunately this often comes from trivial things that are not essential to salvation but that people want to hold at least some position on (e.g. there are MANY positions by evangelical Christians on the subject of creationism, for example). Are all of those who are wrong on their positions apart from the truly correct one, all going to hell? I personally do not believe so. Churches also disagree regarding the “Once saved always saved” position. The timing of the Rapture is disagreed on even by people attending same churches (pre, mid or post Great-Tribulation). Are those on the incorrect side of these doctrines all going to hell? Again, in my belief, NO.

In many instances fellow Christians will disagree on a teaching simply because they have never heard it before (of course they say; it can’t be true if they’ve never heard it before {???}). Maybe their own church fails to teach on a specific truth in The Holy Bible or they do teach it but their doctrine IS WRONG (a truly good church can be wrong on certain doctrinal aspects). I again ask, are they all going to hell? In the YouTube audio I made, I explain the differences between error in teaching (sincere mistakes) and true false teaching (purposeful for evil intent).

There’s also the fact that some Christians out there love to point out things they believe are in error, which gives them a warped type of pleasure (e.g. to hurt others and to feel somehow superior). There is usually a correlation with these people, who at the same time are often busybodies and gossipers. When it comes to ministers Jesus said: “And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire.” Yes part of tithes and offerings go to pastors, evangelists, etc… But there are false ministers, whose idol is riches. Jesus said “you shall know them by their fruits”. Listen to the audio link posted below for an example of a highly interesting subject that can cause uninformed Christians and those looking intentionally for false doctrine as an example of a doctrine that can produce this very result (while being absolutely scripturally substantiated).
CLICK HERE: http://jmlchristianpublishing.sermon.net/main/main/20987144

Advertisements

Snap Judgments against Christian Teachers as being False

In this article I use my teachings on the historical Protestant Reformation Movement of the 16th and 17th centuries. Fellow Protestants who have not heard about this highly historical and fully substantiated event, may resort to calling it a false teaching simply based on the fact that they haven’t heard about it before. Judgment of Christian teaching, should be done as the scriptures direct us to do so (cross-referencing scriptures “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 – KJV). Now here is the admonishment I wrote, following below. – – –
.
Superficially judging teachings (snap-judgments) or judging the teacher who gives them actually goes against God’s Word/will. On the other hand some false teaching is immediately apparent but we are to “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” (Jesus: John 7:27 NLT).

I’m amazed at how Christians want to take the easy route (actually no effort at all) of judging something they see posted by a Christian and because they haven’t heard these things before, they immediately judge it as “false”. My posts about my being of French Huguenot linage, is a confirmed historical fact. What some Christians do however, is say “There goes James Mark getting into some strange religion.” Here’s the actual definition of “Huguenot”: “A French Protestant of the 16th–17th centuries. Largely Calvinist, the Huguenots suffered severe persecution at the hands of the Catholic majority, and many thousands emigrated from France.” (World History, Chapter 18- Section 2).
.
The biggest war the Huguenots had with the anti-protestant people was 30 YEARS IN DURATION, with an estimated 8-million people killed. The previous smaller wars (e.g. Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre), killed an estimated 3-million. I DO NOT agree with all aspects of Calvinism nor do I agree with all aspects of Martin Luther’s teachings. They also disagreed with each other on certain aspects (e.g. Calvin taught ‘predestination’, Luther taught ‘free gift salvation by grace’). I can still however, see what their main objection was, which was to stop the forced acceptance of Catholicism that was enforced by persecution and large numbers of executions (the inquisitions).
.
We remember with honor (not worship), the Protestant reformation leaders because they broke 1,500 years of Roman rule over most of Europe, politically (the papacy) and religiously (Roman Catholicism). While even today we honor the rights of Catholics to practice, we as Protestants still preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and the proper precepts and admonitions of the Epistles, the book of Acts and the book of Revelation. While I am anointed by the Holy Spirit to teach God’s Word and to relate views in history and carefully selected stories that are well-confirmed in addition to specific scriptural studies, I am NOT a prophet. Teachers can be false too but I would highly suggest that one actually listen/read those things I share, that seem unusual (from lack of ministers relating them from the pulpit) before you conclude something to be a heresy.
.
Also carefully compare them to God’s Word instead of lazily saying False! False! False! God says in Psalm 105:15 “…Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” Even kings who went against God’s ministers, suffered famine as a result. Using God’s Word against true ministers of God (though imperfect men) is an especially dangerous practice. It is different when a fellow Christian can show false teaching being taught by someone, precept by precept instead of lazily and disrespectfully saying “I think that guy is a false prophet or teacher.” If you do so by superficial judgement, you will be the one who becomes false, in addition to being a busybody and a gossiper. With this I end my words in this article, as a 54 year old man (year-2017), called by God to teach when I was in my teens. While I found necessity in writing this article on fellow-Christians perception of this particular subject as being false, my next article will be more generally on false teaching versus sincere Christians being in error. Destroying or injuring a Christian because you are a little too lax in learning to distinguish between them is irresponsibility. Look for my second article on this subject matter.

 

Lengthy but Unnecessary Dissertations by Fearful Atheists

Often you find Atheists posting articles online about how misinformed believers in God were in Old Testament times and how misinformed New Testament Christians are. They point out things such as Christians or Old Testament believers in God, mistakenly believing that the world was flat. As a Christian believer in God I will even add to this argument by saying that believers from both time periods believed in many things that were not correct. However, the Holy Bible says in many scriptures that God did not always give explanations but His Word is rather “revelation knowledge”. Why did God allow his people to lack understanding in so many things? Could it be that He desired for man to seek answers; not only the extremely important spiritual ones but also those that he could learn increasingly through scientific and common sense methods?
.
The Holy Scriptures are an account of God’s ongoing dealings with man’s sin-nature; a term that is of course ridiculed by Atheists, even in the face of a horrible increase of bad attitudes across the board in the world. You can add adulteries that lead to murders, theft of other’s properties that in many cases sends men to prison. You additionally have the even farther-reaching results of sin, to include war, child molestation, rape of young women – on up to the elderly. However, Atheists often result in saying the pointing-out of these things is a “stick man argument”; a phrase they use to ad nauseam.
.
This pointing out of how ignorant mankind was/is, includes fields of science that it was literally impossible for man to understand in the earliest and earlier years of mankind’s domain/dispensation (yes Biblical terms Christians believe in). Can you imagine people 5,000 years ago saying to one another “Let’s build a very large telescope, so we can really know what’s going on in the universe.”? Daniel stated in his Old Testament book: “But you, Daniel, keep these words secret, and seal the book until the end times. Many will travel everywhere, and knowledge will grow.” (Daniel 12:4 GWT). Would this not reveal that God had a timing for scientific knowledge to grow increasingly with passing generations? Christians have a very difficult time seeing all things working in unison because a force of evolution is moving it forward. This implies reasoning and planning behind evolution, by those who don’t even realize they are saying this with every argument they attack belief in God with. You can do it in a calm voice and a convincing tone but this still does not make any of these arguments true against belief in God.
.
What is the “fearful” aspect I added in my title of this article, toward Atheists? What it is meant to point out is that they have a gnawing, a deep down fear that tells them it is wrong to try converting others to Atheism (very much a religion) because they don’t want to be alone if they find that God really will be judging them. Here’s another spot where Atheists will use the “stick man argument” term and say; “This is the technique of Christianity, to scare and frighten people, including little precious children, into becoming Christians.” Let me just add this statement, to that counter-argument: How real is child rape and war that kills many 1,000s of innocent people in their homelands or how about bombs that can wipe out millions of people with the simple entry of codes and button pushing? “Well”, an Atheist might say, this is simply “unacceptable social behavior – a flaw in evolutionary progression”. Why then is it all tied-into what can logically be called “evil” (yes, a term evolutionists say is philosophical and improvable in a scientific testing or lab setting).
.
How can evil possibly be denied or how can good be possibly denied (e.g. supporting the poor, helping orphans, handicapped/disabled and widowed people)? As far as age of earth and universe findings go that Atheists believe prove ‘theories of evolution’ (stated in plural because evolution is not one theory but a variety of them and many are in conflict), many Christians believe God has used the earth for other purposes that may go back eons of ages. The belief goes back to Targums (early Old Testament concordances/paraphrases). Do Christians even now know a great deal past “Jesus Christ and Him crucified to redeem men from the sin-nature John 3:16)? No. I’ll end with a verse from the Holy Bible that sums up this point: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 – KJV).

Being Refused Doctor Treatment for Illegitimate Illegal Reasons

Readers of this article will need to read my immediately preceding one titled: “My Horrific Experiences with Certain Medicare Doctors”. The reason being that this one is directly related to the other. Each will give better understanding to the other.
.
This one is a response I made to a doctor who, on the same day of only my second appointment with him, dismissed me as a patient by written letter. According to HIPAA and possibly COBRA laws, doctors are never supposed to refuse an established patient unless for highly legitimate reasons. This doctor’s reason was due to my refuting his suggestion that there was nothing wrong with my lungs, when 5 years of consecutive testing shows very clearly that there is something to worry about, including symptoms. Hypochondria is attempting to be implied as the problem but when you read what my Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) are saying in the main body of this article below, this is a slough-off diagnosis (he supposedly reviewed all of these tests). It is one that spares a doctor in question, further investigation for “cause”. Please read-on to understand what I mean by this. {Note: I have had doctors diagnose COPD and sometimes Restrictive Lung Disease – the latter being the correct one but finding “cause” can mean the difference between me living longer or dying younger.}
.
My Reply After Dismissal by the Doctor:

Dear Doctor,
.
You were anxious to send out the dismissal letter dated April 12th, 2017 (very same day as my 2nd office visit with you), with my next ‘appointment’ not being until December 2017. Your very first sentence (my wife being present) was “I don’t think you have anything to worry about.” The letter you sent to dismiss me, reveals to me that you are offended at patient feedback, especially if it is stated passionately. Yes I did get somewhat forward with you after your remark saying “there’s nothing really wrong” but you have to understand I have been given this same runaround regarding my lung illness for 5 years. Let a legally appointed doctor see my tests and see what answer you get from them. No one, but no one among Medicare MDs knows what it is. However, upon my calling The National Jewish Hospital and speaking to an NP on the phone twice, she said it was a rapid decline according to my ongoing PFT testing.
.
Her other advice to me was that a pulmonologist needed to find out what “the cause” was, instead of my being told “you have very minimal obstruction” (with 20 points drop in FEV1 and FVC separately and worsening symptoms). I’ve been told this minimal obstruction brush-off at each and every visit with doctors like you; board certified as pulmonologists. I’ve had at least 6 points drop in my FEV1 and FVC at every 6 month office visit and little to no response for it with bronchodilator use in an office test setting.
.
While I realize you don’t like patients seeking knowledge online, my sources are always the top in the world – The National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus, Mayo Clinic, National Jewish Hospital, Medscape, Medicine.net, Merk Manual and WebMD. These sites have articles stating that restrictive lung disease presents exactly as mine does. The FVC/FEV1 ratio will be normal or even above normal but separately they’re low. I have gone to 3 different Doctors (I have statements showing this), who I actually asked if I could get bronchoscopy but all three backed out, not having the time. My regular Dr. knows about these. He also knows that I went to a cardiologist who would not perform echocardiogram (a follow up one after 3 years – the previous showing several problems), and, even with my appointment being set up for it which was confirmed a second time before the appointment. The reason? Again it was due to time constraints in my strongly-held opinion. He didn’t even listen to my heart with a stethoscope, just as you didn’t listen to my lungs with yours on my 2nd visit (several months apart from the 1st visit with you) – my wife was with me for both.

The true problem? Dr.s want smooth visits with patients and even though the NIH has a radio spot stating “Talk to the Dr. you’re seeing or they will clam up” (exact words). The AARP magazine I receive says “Do not accept ‘it’s just aging’ or other sluff-off snap diagnoses, when you know you have something that needs further attention”. This leads me to my final point. The NIH and other reputable sources state that the “Doctor Burnout” problem is severely bad. If you do a search on the subject, you’ll see there are endless pages on this. One problem is that some doctors entered their profession with true intentions of abiding by their oath and because they literally do have compassion (like my Primary Care Physician). Others entered the profession simply as a career move. …Which of these are you? Have you come to resent patients? Last of all, I have too many ailments/diseases (tests confirm this), that cause me daily suffering, to let the scariest one be sluffed-off – “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters” (American Lung Association).
.
My wife and I (married 34 years as of 2017), have family like everyone else, including 2 grown kids – the oldest, age 32, my son who has given me a granddaughter (now age 11) and my age-27 daughter who is a coordinator at an office in OKC for people with substance abuse and domestic abuse problems. She has a Masters but plans to get her Doctorate and PhD. This type information of a human life should wake up any doctor but if burnout is severe enough they will even detest this. Your very first words to us at the 2nd and last visit (again, my wife was there) were “I don’t think you have anything to worry about”. This is why I knew that very moment that you would not be my legitimate 2nd opinion pulmonologist. There is no need to transfer any records; your office never generated any and I have copies of all my past pulmonary records.

Cordially James Lowrance

My Horrific Experiences with Certain Medicare Doctors

This article, covers spiritual aspects regarding doctors who lose their compassion for patients, which I believe to be brought about at least to some degree by the enemy of mankind, Satan’s kingdom of hindering spirits.

Due to my having a lung disease problem, that has been called “asthma” by some Medicare doctors, “COPD” by others, possible “Pulmonary Hypertension” by some and “Restrictive Lung Disease” by yet others, it left me for years, wanting to know the true source of the problem. Everything has a ’cause and effect’ but these doctors who all had my very clear ‘Pulmonary Functions Tests’ to look at, showing 20 points drop in my most important lung functions, within a 4 to 5 year period. Example: FEV1 – a major test, went from being in the mid 80 points in year 2012 to a 20 point drop in the mid 60 points by year 2016. Symptoms-only are what took me to a pulmonologist in 2012 but my test ranges were normal back then. The same is true of the FVC – a 20 point drop in four years. The ratio of these two of course is normal (something doctors also highly consider) because they are both at the same low number, causing a normal ratio. {NOTE: All doctors are not bad; many are excellent, so if you’re a medical professional please remember my stating this as you read the remainder of this article.}
.
It’s like saying how do I get to 65% using two numbers? Well, you take 65 plus 65 which equals 130. You then divide that number by 2 and it equals 65 – that’s 100% of the number you wanted to arrive at. I had a doctor who only a few days ago, tell me that even with my main lung function numbers being mid 60% on FEV1 and FVC (varies from 65 to 67 depending on the PFT lab used), that because the ratio of the 2 together is normal, all is well. This is absolutely not true because a normal ratio between the two does not take away from the fact that the FEV1 and FVC, each separately, have dropped to a level that normally would represent “COPD stage 2”. With the ratio between the two being normal, this does in fact rule out COPD but at the same time is highly indicative of restrictive lung disease (some forms are deadly within 5 years of diagnosis). One PFT I had done at a doctors office had a computer-generated report/analysis, which stated “Restrictive Disease – Lung age 85”, which of course concerned me but my doctor at this office (different city we lived in when my daughter was in college) was great. I liked him very much and he said “Those analysis-readouts are not set in stone, so don’t lose any sleep over it.” However, like any normal person, I have suffered anxiety and depression ever since but I cope with it quite well with God’s help.
.
In fact there is a computer generated graph of my flow volume loop that shows an abnormal flattening also indicating a restrictive lungs pattern. I have an upper right lobe nodule with stable scarring around it but my lungs (plural) have either Atelectasis in them (areas of collapsed lung) or Scarring. I do have what I was told were minor heart problems, that could contribute to my breathing problem but has this possible connection been investigated? No, it has not…not even with my going to a pulmonologists, who sloughed me off and would not perform the test that I literally set the appointment for and confirmed with them by phone, before the office visit that I needed that specific test. I was supposed to get the test and there was no misunderstanding regarding my need for it but it still was not performed.
.
Because of these type battles with doctors, which should never occur, I have become a bit testy with some of them. Never with my PCP (regular Doctor) because he embodies what a true doctor should be and he is, I will guess, about 60 years of age. In my opinion, if a doctor has not burned out by his 40s, he is not a ‘career man only’ but one who actually cares about people and the oath taken by him is also ‘his calling’. The dilemma we also have in our USA nation, is a doctor shortage. This doubles-down on the difficulty in getting proper medical care because overbooked, continually-rushed doctors are more apt to become one of the burnout statistics. The WebMD online site states “Half (50%) of family doctors across all age categories said they had burnout in the 2015 report, up from 43% in 2013”.  If one looks at 2017 statistics, they are almost certainly higher than these numbers.
.
I have decided simply to live the best I can and let doctors slough me off whenever they like. When something gets bad enough, they’ll simply put me in ICU and I will die at a time of God’s choosing. I have opted out of artificial life support and even resuscitation if it is obvious that being brought back to life means more suffering for me. This may sound morbid to some readers, however, the battles with doctors over the years has done as much damage to my health as anything else. I’m a burn out statistic from the other side of the coin; as a patient. When you have constant pain and other symptoms, including not being able to breath properly, you simply don’t have the strength to battle doctor burn out. I will of course keep doing what my regular PCP asks me to do for the sake of my health. However, I will not battle specialists any longer, in attempt to get them to do the right thing. I ask God that he take them into his hands for the good or bad they do and I’ll just continue to live on. That’s really the best thing I can do after all that has transpired in the past. There’s nothing better than God fighting my battles; He’s far better at it than I am.
.
I will be posting a letter following this article, as a separate entry, that will be self-explanatory (I hope). It is in regard to my most recent but last battle with a specialist and/or a regular MD (I’ve also had to change PCPs for same reasons in the past). So, look for that posting that will likely appear above this article, since it will be a newer one. It is basically my response to this particular doctor writing a letter to me saying he no longer wanted me as a patient. Did I do something outrageous to make him slough me off completely? No, my wife was with me at both of my visits with him, she said I was straightforward at times but never raised my voice and certainly never threatened him. It was because I, as a patient suggested that certain things should be looked into.
.
He felt that by my doing this, I was disrespecting him as a doctor. I did also relate to him a negative experience I had with a cardiologist, so that he would suggest a different one. He said he already had planned to refer me to a colleague of his who is a cardiologist but this will now never happen. As I said before it is in God’s hands now, so I will simply let Him handle it from here. I will only do those more simple things, that I know are my duty to do (e.g. take meds my PCP prescribes and live as healthy as possible). Again, look for my next article – my letter of reply to a doctor who sloughed me off in writing. It contains some interesting information that most patients are unaware of but that they should be aware of!