1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Hosea 14:9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (6) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (7) Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It has been a concern I have had for a while now. Many of my lady and male friends on social media such as Facebook, and churches I know in the reformed circles have placed their trust in Kay Arthur as teacher and mentor. I have been in many conversations over the last couple of years, about Kay Arthur and many times , I was assured, by Christian woman and men, that she is the one of the best woman’s and children’s teachers out there and can be and should be fully trusted. We must learn to trust no one , and most important of all test them as Scripture tells us, we cannot place teachers on pedestals as they are all human and bound to fall some or other time. We as mere humans are all fallible. My fears for some time now has been confirmed by the articles below.
Kay Arthur has appeared preaching on the pulpit to men and women. As we all know the place of a woman is not to usurp authority over men in the church. Yet many have chosen to ignore this.
See my article The BIBLICAL Role Of A Woman
The Apostle Paul makes very clear , what our duty as woman are in the church:
1 Timothy 2:10-15 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness–with good works. (11) Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. (12) I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. (13) For Adam was formed first, then Eve; (14) and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. (15) Yet she will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
Kay Arthur from precept ministries , further signed the Manhattan Declaration a couple of years ago , and when I was made aware of this some time ago , it put me on guard. The Manhattan Declaration is a movement of Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians for life, marriage, and religious liberty. This movement is nothing but Ecumenical.
Read why the Evangelicals and Catholics Together (articles) is not Biblical and cannot and should not be trusted.
And also read why people like John MacArthur did not sign this accord here: Here are the main reasons I am not signing the Manhattan Declaration .
John MacArthur was not the only one to speak out against the the Manhattan Declaration. Here is what R C Sproul had to say : The Manhattan Declaration: Why didn’t you sign it, R.C.? . You may also read these articles, before I share the latest concern about Kay Arthur , Antichrist’s Strategy: Manhattan Declaration by R.C. Sproul, John MacArthur,Richard Bennett, James White, Dr. Steven Dilday, Greg Price, & W.J. Mencarow .
Christian Research Network is a sister work of Apprising Ministries. Here CRN Associate Editor Erin Benziger of Do Not Be Surprised… brings to our attention a dubious decision by Arthur’s Precept Ministries to expose their Transform Student Ministries to emerging ecumenical magisterium member and Seeker Driven prophet-leader Steven Furtick.
As I told you in Steven Furtick Bringin’ On Word Faith And The Pastrixes his Furtickism is a very aggressive quasi-Word Faith and Seeker Driven form of evangelicalism that’s actually a co-ed sport as well promoting the unbiblical practice of women in the pastorate.
You need to know that Steven Furtick Calls Joel Osteen A Great Man Of God, Joel Osteen Has Influenced Steven Furtick Longer Than You May Know, Steven Furtick As Televangelist At Lakewood Church Of Joel Osteen and he has even boasted T.D. Jakes Is My Favorite Preacher In The World.
This is certainly not quilt-by-association, it is beyond any reasonable doubt this is quilt-by-endorsement. In fact, it gets even worse for Furtick as his discernment is so far off-track that Prophet-Leader Steven Furtick Descends Down To Word Faith Heretic Rod Parsley.
Now you have the proper vantage point from which to view the battlefield upon which we find apostatizing evangelicalism. Benziger begins:
Kay Arthur’s well-respected Precept Ministries International (PMI) says that it “exists to establish people in God’s Word using Inductive Bible study.” This is an admirable objective, and one that is greatly needed in a time when the visible church is exhibiting a deplorable lack of biblical literacy and knowledge.
Being such a large organization, PMI naturally operates under various arms, one of these being Transform Student Ministries, which is described as,
the generational equipping arm of Precept Ministries International. Precept Ministries and Transform are dedicated to coming alongside teens, college students, and leaders to establish them in God’s Word. Challenging them to know God and walk obediently. Teaching them to study His Word inductively. Training them to lead others in the power of the Holy Spirit. And providing biblical discipleship through Bible study materials, conferences, seminars, and camps. SOURCE
Knowing the nature and reputation of PMI, then, it may surprise some to discover that its student ministry arm, Transform, has in the past utilized the teaching of Steven Furtick and his book, Sun Stand Still, to encourage and teach followers of its blog.
On 31 October 2011, in a blog entry entitled, “Look in the Mirror and Preach,” the writer, identified only as “Stephanie,” gleaned the following from an excerpt of Furtick’s book:
Look in the mirror and preach. Simply put. Sometimes not so simply done. Different from practicing a sermon, this speech is just for you. No one else. Preaching to yourself is speaking the Word to yourself. It is reminding yourself of truth, as Steven Furtick mentioned above. Not the preaching type? Never fear. All you need is one truth from the Word and different ways to go about your personal Bible pep talk. Let’s expound on Steven’s mirror idea first. I will put it in three simple steps….
In conclusion, whether you preach to the page or to the mirror–staring at your face or at your pen–preach truth in a way that reminds you of the riches God reveals to you. You are His (Jn. 17:6-10). You are fully equipped for every good work through His Word (2 Tim. 3:17; Eph. 2:10). And He delights to hear the words that come through your mouth as you engrain His truth into your life.
“Stephanie” is identified as someone who “has been serving the past couple of years with Transform Student Ministries as a Boot Camp and Conference Staffer. Stephanie was also a part of the Intern Program in 2010.” Interestingly, a search for additional articles by this individual on Transform’s website yields no results.
What is of concern here is the fact that a reputable, ostensibly biblically sound and solid ministry would turn to the work of Steven Furtick, who pastors Elevation Church in North Carolina, for guidance. At the time of Sun Stand Still’s release, Christian apologist Chris Rosebrough offered a skillful critique of the book and of Furtick’s allegorical interpretation of Joshua 10:9–14.
On his radio show, Fighting for the Faith, Rosebrough also has demonstrated on multiple occasions that Steven Furtick tends to preach not only in an eisegetical manner, reading his own ideas into the biblical text, but also in a narcissistic eisegetical manner, reading himself into the text. Rosebrough also recently addressed Steven Furtick’s newest book, Greater, finding that it, too, “utterly fails at rightly teaching God’s Word.”
Additional concerns about Steven Furtick have been raised by CRN General Editor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries. Silva has provided evidence that Steven Furtick actually has been influenced by Word Faith prosperity preacher Joel Osteen for longer than many may think. Further, Steven Furtick himself has noted his admiration for Word Faith heretic Rod Parsley, whom Furtick has called a “preaching machine.”
Facts like this ought to cause the discerning Christian to approach Steven Furtick’s teachings with caution. Though he is a popular preacher in evangelicalism today, this does not preclude Steven Furtick and his work from being held up to the light and truth of Scripture, which is the Christian’s only authority.
While it is encouraging to note that Transform Student Ministries appears to not have appealed to Steven Furtick’s teachings since this particular blog post, nevertheless this ought to serve as a means of awareness. Teachings which scratch itching ears (2 Tim. 4:3) and the men who perpetuate them are rapidly infiltrating even the more conservative and biblically faithful ministries.
No longer can something be blindly accepted simply because it originates from a particular source. Rather, in these days of compromise, all things must be examined in the light of God’s Word. Let it be our plumb line and our only source of Truth.
I’ve pointed out many times now that as a general rule, and a courtesy, we do not publish email without the permission of the sender.
I received the following in response to Transform Student Ministries Of Kay Arthur’s Precept Ministries Turns To Steven Furtick For Inspiration by Erin Benziger, which ran originally at CRN.
With permission in this case I will now offer you the following testimony from my friend Gaylene Goodroad who has been “a Precept leader for five years at a megachurch” in Indianapolis, IN.
Gaylene is currently a member of the Discernment Research Team of Herescope:
I was distressed (but not surprised) to read about Precept Ministries International and their use of Steven Furtick materials to teach teens and college students. I was a Precept leader for five years at a mega church in Indy a number of years ago. I’ve met Kay in person three or four times.
There were several things that began to gnaw at me while leading her bible studies. I attended the Precept national convention in Chattanooga about ten or twelve years ago (I can’t remember the exact year).
There were over 8,000 women in attendance from all across the nation. It was like being at a rock concert. One of the key note speakers at the time was Beth Moore, who had a clear mystical bent way back then.
Ladies were standing in line for upwards of 3 hours to get her autograph, as well a Kay’s. Neither one of these bible teachers put a stop to this, but rather encouraged the “idol worship.”
Through the years, Kay has stepped on teaching platforms with many false teachers–to include Joyce Meyer:
And Tony Campolo [in 2007 along with Jack Hayford], stating that she will go anywhere she’s asked:
She’s even appeared at teaching conferences with Len Sweet (2008-09):
In 2001, (the day after the 911 attack), my husband and I drove to Texas (Sagemont Church) where she held a bible conference. We were aghast that the church leadership allowed her to preach on a Sunday to the mixed mega congregation (men and women). This is a typical practice for her.
The last straw for me was when she flew to California to schmooze with Mel Gibson in order to help him promote his Roman Catholic movie, The Passion of the Christ. She made an appeal to all leaders to sell this abominable movie to their classes:
I wrote two exhaustive letters to Kay documenting the serious problems with Gibson’s false gospel and even called her executive assistant at the time to see if Kay would speak to me by phone.
Instead, I got a letter rebuking me for “attacking” another brother in Christ (sounds like Franklin Graham’s objection to calling Mormonism a cult). I returned a letter of resignation.
I haven’t heard Kay or any other evangelical leader who jumped on Gibson’s bandwagon admit that they were wrong, let alone publically repent for leading so many people astray. The bad fruit here is legion.
Mel used some of his profits from Passion ($650 million) to build a Tridentine Roman Catholic compound in Malibu…even hiring his own priest to say the Mass in latin!!! I’m sure that you know the rest from news reports.
I’ve often wondered (and asked Kay in my last letter to her) if any of them had shared the true Gospel with Mel. They accepted gifts from him and were up-close-and-person to him, but never offered him the gift of everlasting life.
Kay is also very close to the Grahams (Billy and Franklin), and has taught (preached???) at The Cove (BGM) many times. Ecumenism is embraced. This is all so very sad. As usual, Erin did a great job.
I expect that she will get some heat for reporting on this as Kay has many followers (both male and female).
Thank you Ken Silva for permission to place the articles !!!!