Discernment

The Enneagram

If you are considering commenting or sending me an e-mail objecting to the fact that I warn against certain teachers, please click here and read this article first. Your objection is most likely answered here. I won’t be publishing comments or answering emails that are answered by this article.

 

This article is what I call a “clearinghouse article”. It is a collection of articles written by others on the teacher, ministry, or unbiblical trend named below. Either I have not had the time to write a full blown article on it myself, or I felt that the articles listed did a fine job of explaining the biblical issues and there was no need to reinvent the wheel.

Disclaimer: I did not write most of the articles below, and I am not thoroughly familiar with all of the websites used in my clearinghouse articles. I do not endorse anything on these sites that deviates from Scripture or conflicts with my beliefs as outlined in the “Welcome” or “Statement of Faith” tabs in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.

Here are the  biblical criteria I use when deciding whether or not to recommend a teacher, ministry, etc.:

Generally speaking, in order for me to recommend a teacher, speaker, author, or ministry, he/she/it has to meet three criteria:

a) A female teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly preach to or teach men in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12. A male teacher or pastor cannot allow women to carry out this violation of Scripture in his ministry. The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be living in any other sin (for example, cohabiting with her boyfriend or living as a homosexual).

b) The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be partnering with or frequently appearing with false teachers. This is a violation of Scripture.

c) The pastor, teacher, or ministry cannot currently and unrepentantly be teaching false doctrine.

I recommend against any teacher or ministry who violates one or more of these biblical tenets.

If you’d like to check out some pastors and teachers I heartily recommend, click the Recommended Bible Teachers tab at the top of this page.


The Enneagram
Not Recommended

 

Primary issues with the Enneagram: Occultic/mystical origins, false doctrine, undermines the sufficiency of Scripture by teaching adherents to rely on its analysis of their personality rather than the Bible’s assessment of their character and standing in Christ

Top 7 Reasons the Enneagram is Unbiblical at A Word Fitly Spoken

The Mailbag: Potpourri (Todd Friel on Rick Warren, Enneagram, Should I stay or should I go?…)

Girl, What’s Your Number- The Enneagram Episode at Sheologians

The New Age & Quack Spirituality Origins of the Enneagram at Fighting for the Faith

Enneagram Articles at Berean Research

Why the Enneagram is a dangerous new age tool with Doreen Virtue, Don Veinot, and Marcia Montenegro

Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret by Don & Joy Veinot and Marcia Montenegro

The Origins of the Enneagram by Marcia Montenegro

The Fictions and Facts of the Enneagram at Christian Answers for the New Age

Discernment

The Alpha Course

If you are considering commenting or sending me an e-mail objecting to the fact that I warn against certain teachers, please click here and read this article first. Your objection is most likely answered here. I won’t be publishing comments or answering emails that are answered by this article.

 

This article is what I call a “clearinghouse article”. It is a collection of articles written by others on the teacher, ministry, or unbiblical trend named below. Either I have not had the time to write a full blown article on it myself, or I felt that the articles listed did a fine job of explaining the biblical issues and there was no need to reinvent the wheel.

Disclaimer: I did not write the articles below, and I am not thoroughly familiar with all of the websites used in my clearinghouse articles. I do not endorse anything on these sites that deviates from Scripture or conflicts with my beliefs as outlined in the “Welcome” or “Statement of Faith” tabs in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.

Here are the  biblical criteria I use when deciding whether or not to recommend a teacher, ministry, etc.:

Generally speaking, in order for me to recommend a teacher, speaker, author, or ministry, he/she/it has to meet three criteria:

a) A female teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly preach to or teach men in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12. A male teacher or pastor cannot allow women to carry out this violation of Scripture in his ministry. The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be living in any other sin (for example, cohabiting with her boyfriend or living as a homosexual).

b) The pastor or teacher cannot currently and unrepentantly be partnering with or frequently appearing with false teachers. This is a violation of Scripture.

c) The pastor, teacher, or ministry cannot currently and unrepentantly be teaching false doctrine.

I recommend against any teacher or ministry who violates one or more of these biblical tenets.

If you’d like to check out some pastors and teachers I heartily recommend, click the Recommended Bible Teachers tab at the top of this page.


The Alpha Course
Not Recommended

 

Primary issues with The Alpha Course: False doctrine, undermines the sufficiency of Scripture

A Look at Alpha by Amy Spreeman

What is the ALPHA Course? by Amy Spreeman

Ecumenicism and the Alpha Course by Amy Spreeman

The Alpha Course by Chris Hand

Uncategorized

Spring…er…Summer Cleaning

 

If you’ve been bearing with me through Project Breakdown for a while, you know I’ve been revamping some of the articles that appear on my Popular False Teachers and Unbiblical Trends tab.

I’ve also wanted to reorganize the layout of that entire tab to make it more user friendly, so I got started on it yesterday. I hope you’ll find it easier on the eyes and easier to find particular teachers, ministries, etc.

Eventually the “Other Resources” section at the end will be absorbed into the alphabetical listing and deleted. But in order to do that, I’ve got to give each of those other resources its own separate article.

Why am I explaining this boring blog stuff to you? Because if you subscribe to the blog via e-mail, you’re going to be receiving an e-mail about each and every one of those articles (approximately 15). I apologize for flooding your inbox, but at least it will probably be spread out over a minimum of a few days (I think? Maybe?). And, even if you’re not a subscriber, you’ll be seeing these articles on the blog and on social media at random intervals throughout the coming days.

Anyway, just wanted to let y’all know.