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Being led by the Spirit: What does it mean exactly? Should I expect to hear directly from Him? part 1

By Elizabeth Prata

On Facebook recently I’d posted a mini-discernment lesson regarding a tweet a well-known self-described Bible teacher had written advocating a process for distilling whether a prompt from the Holy Spirit is legitimate or if it’s your own imagination. Continue reading “Being led by the Spirit: What does it mean exactly? Should I expect to hear directly from Him? part 1”

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My friend listens to false teachers and goes to events where there are false teachers

By Elizabeth Prata

The false teachers and events draw many thousands of people. I was astounded in 2011, when attending a Beth Moore Living Proof Weekend event, 20,000 women filled the stadium. The pillars shook with thunderous applause when she walked out on stage. Yet the teaching was completely ‘Me-centered’. We didn’t learn about God when Moore ‘taught’ from Deuteronomy, we learned about Beth Moore.

Charismatic healing or prosperity events often fill huge amphitheaters, for example, the South Africa Mighty Men events Angus Buchan hosts or the Benny Hinn ‘healing’ events seen around the world Continue reading “My friend listens to false teachers and goes to events where there are false teachers”

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Passion Conference: Parents barred from attending, errant teachings introduced, false teachers lauded, and more. Linkapalooza inside

By Elizabeth Prata

The Atlanta Passion Conference is a Christian conference aimed at older teens and college-aged students. I live not too far from Atlanta, and I live near a University town. Lots of young folks around here flock to the annual Passion Conference in Atlanta at this time of year. This year’s conference just closed. I have received several questions about the conference from friends in real life and online. Here is some information about this conference I’ve written in the past. Hopefully it will bring to light the major concerns with this conference. I do not recommend it for several reasons, which are explored in the links below. Continue reading “Passion Conference: Parents barred from attending, errant teachings introduced, false teachers lauded, and more. Linkapalooza inside”

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What to listen for in a (false) teacher

By Elizabeth Prata

False Teachers (as are politicians) are selling something. Will you buy?

It was a startling moment when at the October 2019 Truth Matters Conference, in reply to interviewer Todd Friel’s query to answer in one or two words to the name Beth Moore, John MacArthur forthrightly said “go home”.  Even more startling is when he likened her and her ilk to hucksters selling jewelry on TV. (video here). It was true and thus it was a relief to hear.

False teachers are selling something. They have to. The holy Spirit isn’t in or behind their words propelling them into hearts and minds, so in order to get their message across, false teachers have to resort to sales language. Sales language appeals to the flesh. Continue reading “What to listen for in a (false) teacher”

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“If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 3

By Elizabeth Prata

Annotation2019-12-21110301This 3-part series looks at Jen Wilkin’s “Redefining Rahab” lessons from 2014 and 2018. We have a background & intro part 1, a look at her gender emphasis in the Rahab lesson part 2, and finally this essay, part 3, a look at her academic ethics & her situational ethics from that Rahab lesson. Continue reading ““If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 3″

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“If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 2

By Elizabeth Prata

I wrote a 3-part series on Mrs Wilkin, looking at her overall ministry here, herehere. It got long, so I promised to follow up with some specifics from her Rahab teaching lesson. This is that series.

Part 1 here

Part 3 here

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The Rahab lesson

Mrs Wilkin teaches expositionally through books. This is good. She has taught through Joshua recently and also in 2014. In the section concerning Rahab, Wilkin preached a gender message. I am sad to report this. I was fairly shocked with Wilkin’s attitude Continue reading ““If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 2″

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“If I ever meet him I’ll probably sock him in the face” said Jen Wilkin, Redefining Rahab, part 1

By Elizabeth Prata

Introduction

  • Some people come into the church with mal-intent from the start (Galatians 2:4; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4).
  • Some people who’ve come to faith unknowingly accept false doctrine. (Galatians 1:7).
  • Some believers, due to fear, or apathy, or not knowing what to do, put up with false apostles. (2 Corinthians 11:20 and as a result start to be swayed. (Galatians 2:13)

Falsity spreads its tentacles no matter how it comes, secretly, openly, or when it is known but not opposed. It upsets the faith of some, destroys whole families, and pollutes the church, drawing away its disciples into darkness.

Though it is a heavy responsibility and a constant challenge, incorrect or false teaching must be identified and rejected. It does get wearisome for people to constantly see this one or that one called out as drifting, false, or a heretic. It’s disappointing too. But we must persist. Keep Christ’s name spotless and His faith pure.

Incorrect or false teaching sometimes doesn’t start out as false. It sometimes starts off as good. But without course corrections, satan can take something good and twist it. (2 Peter 3:16). That may be happening with Jen Wilkin.

She admitted in an interview that her foremost motivation is not to teach the Bible to women, it is that she wants women to see what’s possible when a woman teaches them the Bible. It’s gender, not Christ. She said, “One of the most important things that I do when I travel around the country and teach the Bible is actually not that I teach the Bible. It’s that I show up looking like a woman and teach the Bible. Because a lot of women see only men do that.” Underline mine. There is nothing more important than teaching the Bible, for a man or a woman. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

This 3-part series looks at Jen Wilkin’s “Redefining Rahab” lessons from 2014 and 2018. Part 1 is background & intro, part 2 is a look at her emphasis in the Rahab lesson, and part 3  is a look at her academic ethics & her situational ethics.
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Jen Wilkin bio

Jen Wilkin hit the public scene with her freshman 2014 book, Women of the Word. She is a member of Matt Chandler’s Village Church, and is an Executive Director of Bible Studies at The Village Church Institute, a discipling/teaching arm of the church. Jen writes Bible studies and teaches. She is a nationally known author, and is a sought-after speaker for conferences, podcasts, and other settings. Jen is a wife and mother of 4 adult children.

Jen has stated often that she is a complementarian, and wishes to teach women only, strengthening them in their theological understanding. She decries books “that look like their covers were painted with estrogen”, lol, and pushes for a strong foundation for women in their beliefs. To that end, Jen has made her career and ministry focus by writing books and touring the conference circuit with that message.

However in the past series I wrote, I demonstrated that Wilkin’s complementarianism is in word only. Functionally, she teaches the Bible to men, she trains male pastoral staff, male missionaries and male church planters, (frequently on gender issues), and she speaks before mixed audiences even on a Sunday pulpit.

As we see with ministries with a singular focus, such as end time ministries, ‘deliverance’ ministries, or discernment ministries, the more singular and narrow focus the ministry’s theme is, the more easily it can be twisted away from its center and into something that over time goes far afield from orthodoxy. With Wilkin’s ever more narrowing focus on women and gender, I believe that is what might be happening with Wilkin.

I wrote a 3-part series on Mrs Wilkin, looking at her overall ministry here, here, here. It got long, so I promised to follow up with some specifics from her Rahab teaching lesson. This is that series.

Next, Part 2

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Boundary Stones and Slippery Slopes: A discerning look at Jen Wilkin, part 2

By Elizabeth Prata

In Part 1 I introduced this three-part series with some of the things I enjoy about Jen Wilkin, and also discussed how I go about reviewing a nationally known teacher’s doctrine, teaching, and lifestyle. In this part I’ll take a look at Mrs Wilkin’s now-infamous menstruation eisegesis lesson, and in part 3 whether she actually lives out her insistence that she is a complementarian woman, and conclude part 3 with a look at what the Lord means when He says do not move the boundary stones. Continue reading “Boundary Stones and Slippery Slopes: A discerning look at Jen Wilkin, part 2”

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Boundary Stones and Slippery Slopes: A discerning look at Jen Wilkin, part 1

By Elizabeth Prata

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Part 3

Introduction

Hosea 5:10 speaks of moving the property boundary stones.

The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary; On them I will pour out My wrath like water. (Hosea 5:10)

So does Deuteronomy.

In the inheritance which you will hold in the land that the Lord your God gives you to possess, you shall not move your neighbor’s boundary marker which men of old have set (Deuteronomy 19:14). Continue reading “Boundary Stones and Slippery Slopes: A discerning look at Jen Wilkin, part 1”