What to do with bad fruit trees? Here’s one thought to the obvious obfuscation – take God’s axe to it!
Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
This is not my usual area for writing but looking at some rather bad fruit over the past year and looking at the trees that are dropping them. There are some easy to see connections, what do you think?
- Is New Destiny Christian Center (NDCC) spending too much to cover-up some sort of Illicit drug use by former Rev Zachery Tims?
- Since the death of pastor Zachery Tims there is a somewhat unprecedented legal battle to keep the toxicology report sealed. Questions continue to swirl around since a report from at least one law enforcement official that “…police found a glassine envelope with a white powdery substance inside the right pocket of his shorts.” More here: Florida Megachurch Pastor Zachery Tims Found Dead
- What I find fascinating with all of the big celebrity deaths (no need to mention names) the cause of death and toxicology reports are plastered all over the Internet. However, in a nearly unprecedented fashion Tims report has been sealed at the request of the family and NDCC(?). A large legal battle that I have no doubt has cost both NDCC and the taxpayers of New York hundreds of thousands is still ongoing to keep the results sealed.
- If Tims died from a dose of illegal drugs why such a huge effort to cover the sin? The legal battle has drawn more questions and media coverage as a result rather than getting it out in the open, dealing with it and moving on. Not to say NDCC is the sort of “Christian Center” I would have any association. Later you will see the connection, but here is one of the latest things in the apparent effort to cover-up Tims’ toxicology report. The results may not be public until early 2013 but sounds like they will lose the appeal to keep it sealed! Up to New York Supreme Court now. – So what are they hiding!?
- The new Pastrix of NDCC is Paula White who claims to have mentored Rev. Tims, the next of this rather odd tree I am pointing too. White who is known for her “success” messages (just call them Word of Faith & Prosperity teachings), an alleged affair with scandal ridden Trinity Broadcasting Network associate Televangelist Benny Hinn, a scandal of being crowned as queen with Torah scroll wrapping Rabbi Ralph Messer all the while denying it until proven with video and a number of other wild associations. The links in here will show I am only scratching the surface of the ridiculous nonsense in addition to the sinful behavior of these men and women taking advantage of their flocks.
- Next, Paula White is connected with the Bishop T.D. Jakes even referred to as his spiritual daughter. Jakes over the past year has been groomed to be mainstreamed in spite of these bizarre connections, in spite of being shown to still be a Modalist in doctrine Elephant Room 2′s T.D. Jakes’ Spiritual Daughter Paula White In The News. As Pastor Ken Silva so aptly points out this is not guilt by association, “…there is no doubt that Pastrix Paula White is basically a female version of T.D. Jakes.” T.D. Jakes in the article linked here also shows his many associations with other Word Faith preachers of some fame such as Joel Osteen for starters.
- Connections in the works today to mainstream T.D. Jakes with more “conservative” groups such as the Gospel Coalition (TGC), responsible for the Elephant Room meetings are well documented on Pastor Ken Silva’s, Apprising Ministries shows a dangerous effort to graft in this wild tree above. “One part of this growing apostasy is something known as The Elephant Room, which was begun by James MacDonald of Founding & Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel and head of a church planting ministry called Harvest Bible Fellowship” (quote from Apprising Ministries). I have heard there are a number of good men that are a part of TGC and the Elephant Room, I admit I speak as an outsider but it is plain to see – how can any of these that are part of this Elephant Room doing this be trusted more than those revealed above? Any that did not resist Jakes coming OR worse agreed to have Jakes brought in as a brother in Christ showed a number of problems:
- No discernment
- Closed eyes to the truth
- Poor leadership that will take innocent into:
- the darkness of Word Faith & Prosperity teachings,
- acceptance of false doctrines for the sake of some sort of unity.
Now of more recent months we have founding TGC Member James MacDonald step down and recent days TGC Member Mark Driscoll both who supported the mainstreaming of Jakes! No mention I am aware that this was due to Jakes and the others pushing them out. If the TGC and Elephant Room and those leaders who remain on their roles are to remain relevant to God they must abandon Jakes, repudiate and separate from all of the nonsense or face being swallowed up. Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Some tough decisions need to be made to abandon TGC or reform it.
It is still rather funny McDonald and Driscoll are two that have been stirring much of this controversy while pointing the fingers at those attempting to say they need to have a sanity check!
What next? Where is all of this going? What other connections are here? This was just something that was self-evident to me while reading this morning. Make of it what you will but I hope to your edification that you be as a Berean checking people out before you join the race with them. Acts 17:11