Friday, 18 December 2015

Getting Drunk on God: The Drunken Glory Heresy v1.1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared....
-1 Timothy 4:1-2 (RSV)
I'm not even sure how I exactly stumbled across this video. Presumably through the massive amount of time I waste wading through the internet's sewers as I distract myself from doing some real reading. Does it matter though? I found it, and I watched it. The interesting thing is that this unfortunately isn't the first time that I have come across John Crowder.

Way back in 2009, before I was even Orthodox, I first came across and read the name John Crowder on a book in my dad and stepmom's kitchen on the cover of a book my stepbrother was reading for some Evangelical/Non-Denominational summer course he had quit his job to attend. My stepmother encouraged me to read it, saying that I would like it, but even then, my bullshit detector was already internally beeping.

As that day went on all four of us went for lunch, my stepbrother shared more of what he been learning about at that time, and I shared the little I had been gathering about Orthodoxy and the early Church--areas and information of which none of them had ever even heard of, much less thought about.

So we had a good time and upon returning home I eventually Googled John Crowder, found some YouTube videos and was confronted with a (per)version of Christianity in stark contrast to what I was finding in Church history: a repackaging of quasi-Pentecostalism only possible in North America.

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One of the videos I found and subsequently shared (notice the date: Lughnasadh/Lammas Eve. Synchronicity?).
Thomas Sandberg shared a link.

John Crowder, Ben Dunn, and those following; need to repent of this non-sense. 1 Peter 5:8 - Be of SOBER spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ...
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Beyond this point there really isn't much to say. Those that buy into it will continue to do so until they open their eyes in search of true Christian mysticism; the non-Christian reader with a functional brain and any knowledge of Scripture will clearly see Scripture being twisted yet again, and the Orthodox Christian with knowledge of Scripture, the Church Fathers and who is active in the sacramental (i.e. Sacred/Holy Mystery, μυστήριον) life of the Church will clearly see this for what it is: the fruit of the λογίσμοι, and the doctrine of demons. 

 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. 

-2 Timothy 4:3-4 (RSV) 

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