Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

June 25, 2009

Enough of this Hair-esy!

Filed under: Biblical/spiritual — Tags: , , , , — tkweber @ 2:44 pm

It seems clear now that leaders of the UPCI, and therefore the organization itself, is taking a stand in favor of the damnable heresy known by its opponents as Magic Hair Doctrine, which has flourished in our ranks for many years. In spite of apparently increasing numbers of opponents and the rising din of voices against it, the doctrine continues to advance unchecked by those in leadership.

My ire was raised when reading the first article (after the predictably alarmist editorial) in the July 2009 issue of the Pentecostal Herald titled “Memorials,” authored by none other than the foremost contemporary champion of MH doctrine, Ruth (formerly Rieder) Harvey (p.7). Following four paragraphs describing some of our nation’s hallowed war memorials and the value of remembering the costly sacrifices of our forebears, she stated the importance of “revisiting the landmarks erected by our spiritual forefathers” which “stand in mute testimony to their consecrated lives.” She noted that there has been a “changing of the guard. Our elders are passing the torch to this generation and entrusting us with their memorials.” She then quoted Proverbs 22:28 and 23:10 which warn against removing “the ancient landmark.”

Given the fact that Harvey is known far and wide for tireless and fervent advocacy of MH doctrine, including authorship of numerous books and speaking at countless conferences on the subject, only the most naïve observer would deny that such prominent placement of this article within the official organ of the UPCI amounts to tacit approval of MH doctrine at the highest levels.

Having personally opposed this heresy to the General Superintendent some years ago with a plea for corrective action, I am deeply disappointed that no repudiation has come forth. Meanwhile, this devilish teaching continues to flourish unabated, ensnaring many sincere believers and turning their faith and hope away from the only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Furthermore, embarrassing and repugnant cultish expressions and behaviors continue to abound across the fellowship bringing reproach upon Christ and the gospel before the world, with many adherents going so far as to quote the writings of witches and pagans to justify their biblically insupportable dogma.

It is long past time for the UPCI to take a clear and unequivocal official stand against MH doctrine, regardless of who may be embarrassed or offended. Frankly, as a member of the generation receiving the aforementioned torch, I refuse to honor and champion any doctrine built on so tenuous a foundation and producing such bizarre and questionable acts as have been witnessed and documented among its adherents. If there is no more serious regard for truth and biblical accuracy among the leaders of the UPCI, then I don’t think I can take their torch without being burned.

To read my review of Ruth (Rieder) Harvey’s teaching, see my post of March 2008.

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June 12, 2009

Obama’s Cairo Speach Shameful

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — tkweber @ 8:38 am

President Obama’s recent speach in Cairo, Egypt, was a shameful embarrassment on the United States, and bodes ill for U.S.-Israeli and Israeli-Arab relations. Our President put political expedience, his fondness for Muslims and Arabs, and his own megalomania ahead of long-standing U.S.-Israeli relations and historical facts, distorting the truth for who-knows-what ultimate ends he may have in mind.

To begin to comprehend this fiasco, I recommend this article in the Jewish World Review: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0609/bayefsky060909.php3

 May the blessings and peace of God abound toward Israel.

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