We attended Church of Glad Tidings (GT) for 4 years between 2009-2013. I was personally involved in their worship, audio/video department and the women’s Encountering God studies on Tuesday mornings, long before we became aware of its connections and promulgation of false prophets, aberrant teachings and doctrinal error. No one who deeply examines their bible thoroughly and searches the scriptures daily to know whether a church’s teachings are biblically sound can fall easily into the deception as we both did.
At first glance, looking at a churches statement of faith can lead one to assume they are what they say they are, if they don’t know what to look for. Asking the right questions is difficult when you yourself do not what those questions are nor why you need to ask them. So was our failure and neglect on our part out of ignorance, but the deception and hireling leadership to protect the sheep from the enemy.
I say it would behoove GT to openly state the facts of what they ACTUALLY teach, promote and believe which their statement of faith does not disclose. For the un-discerning Christian who neglects to search the scriptures as we did at the time, Glad Tidings easily sucked us in. For those who take their walk with the biblical Jesus and His teachings seriously all teachings from leaders and guest speakers must be tested in the light of scripture and NOT according to the unbiblical subjectively of one’s feelings, experiences and emotions as Church of Glad Tidings and their partners encourage.
I rarely if ever saw a bible brought to church or opened by any of its congregants especially by the leadership, and scripture texts were regularly taken out of context to form a pretext of what they desired it to promote. Teachings were not expository nor scripturally sound.
From an outline of bullet points by bereanresearch.org, I have copied it below and added several more, specific to Church of Glad Tidings and my personal experience.
Church of Glad Tidings Fast Facts:
*Also known as Dominionism, Third Wave, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, Joel’s Army, Manifest Sons of God, Mature Sons of God, Charismatic Renewal, Charismania.
*New Apostolic Reformation founder was C. Peter Wagner who claims that the Church of the 21st Century will be ruled by Apostles and Prophets. Wagner has anointed himself NAR’s “PresidingApostle.”
*Linked with the Kansas City Prophets “who brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever”; likewise Word Faith and Pentecostal movements.
*Not governed by an official denomination, it is led by alleged apostles and prophets.
*Teaches that the new apostles and prophets are to be the government for the emerging “New Order” church.
*Claims there will be a reformation greater in scale than the Protestant Reformation.
*Claim direct revelation from God and many allege that Jesus and angels visit them in person. Some of them declare that they have visited heaven many times and had conversations with Jesus as well as the Prophets and Apostles.
*NAR’s extensive mission outreach throughout the globe has caused the astonishing church growth that’s happening in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
*Denigration of the Bible and Sola Scriptura.
*Experience oriented theology and based in emotionalism.
*Steeped in mysticism, Tuesday morning Encountering God services leader Cheryl Bryan, granddaughter of tent revivalist A.A.Allen, promotes New Age Occult practices, affirms levitation and states speaking with the dead (necromancy) is biblicaly sound and promotes books and practices of New Age, contemplative prayer, centering prayer and Catholic mystic teachers, ‘desert fathers’ and heresy’s found in authors such as Brother Lawrence and Madame Guyon who are NOT Christian but practice Hindu meditation techniques.
*Glad Tidings encourages laypersons to not research or Google any of their guest speakers teachings as such would reveal their true doctrinal errors and sinful practices both past and current.