Ronnie “Ezekiel” Floyd Stands In For An Absent

Benny Hinn in SBC Prayer Festival

If you web wander over to the "Baptist Press" for June 15, 2016,  the day after Ronnie Floyd’s 2016 National Call to Prayer for Spiritual Leadership, Revived Churches Nationwide, and Global Awakening – you will find numerous stories about the Southern Baptist Convention’s second day of business.  (Ronnie Floyd is the outgoing President of the Southern Baptist Convention who had served 2 years.)


There was, of course, the vote for a new president which, according to the "Christian Post,"  could be a turning point for the convention as it determines “whether Millennial Reformed Theology Represents The Future” for the denomination. The vote, if you don’t know, lacked the necessary majority.   It has gone to a runoff with consideration of the issue carried over to today’s business.


Then there is the bold, self-aggrandizing move as the messengers collectively voted to repudiate the display of the Confederate flag. Evidently our politically correct response to the symbols of a world out of which we are called to be separate took precedence over the actual substance of the Gospel, which, by the way, was not proclaimed during the charismania-lite emotionalism of the evening.


Oh, by the way, while the SBC officially judged the Confederate Flag to potentially be a “stumbling block,” no resolutions were considered about Russell Moore’s behavior, effectively aligning the convention with the flag of Islam. I guess that’s not as much a stumbling block because, how can we contextualize the Gospel if we don’t sing kum-bay-yah with the very face of evil on the planet?


Two articles, as a matter of fact, on Baptist Press highlight that very spirit of kum-bah-yah-ism.   The SBC Pastor’s Conference focused on effective evangelism, which, according to convention-exiting, ecumenical Ed Stetzer means churches “should develop new strategies for evangelism to reach an unbelieving world.” Apparently unaware of the obvious contradiction, Stetzer later mentioned that “We have a nation with open hearts and a church with closed mouths.”   Hmm. If they have open hearts, why the need for a new strategy, one wonders.  Never mind that “no one seeks after God.”   (Romans 3:11)


In another moment of Biblical disregard, false teacher, and circle-prayer-caster Anne Graham Lotz urged pastor’s wives to “lean into culture” because, as any SBC pew sitter will realize, we just don’t have enough world in the church already.


What isn’t yet reported in the Baptist Press is a review of last night’s prayer extravaganza. So let me give you a few one-liner zingers whizzed out by speakers and pray-ers on the dais, a dais, by the way, visually devoid of actual copies of Scripture. (It did have the American flag, which is evidently an acceptable flag of allegiance since it – rather than Scripture – most closely defines the flavor of “Christianity” for Ronnie Floyd’s SBC.)


There was “rejecting the devil in Jesus’ name.” Because, although Satan is a single created being who lacks such attributes of God as omnipresence, he apparently is all places at all times and is targeting every single Southern Baptist pastor and pew sitter. Forget the depravity of our own fallen nature; let’s rebuke the devil instead.   One wonders why Floyd and others did not, instead, remind believers that, according to Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17, we are assured of being kept by Him. (Biblical truth doesn’t sizzle or sell that well in the SBC, one must presume.)


There was lots of Holy Spirit chatter, prayers, and emotionalism. I caught this line from the frenzy, an appeal for God to make us “blaze with holy fire.” (Umm, yeah.   Just an FYI. The Holy Spirit NEVER points a believer to Himself; He always points us to Christ. And He always does that by illuminating the Word.)


“Show me a person obsessed with the Holy Spirit and I’ll show you a person not filled by the Holy Spirit.”  John MacArthur


The “holy fire” theme was introduced by what was a Hollywood-worthy, wide-screen video (We just can’t do anything in church these days without a big screen, huh?), complete with a mood-setting (manipulating?) musical score, in which various SBC’ers spoke in various tongues (no, not those kinds, though they would have fit right in with the intentional emotionalism of the event) from the words of Ezekiel.


“Entertainment is the devil’s substitute for joy. The more joy you have in the Lord, the less entertainment you need.” Leonard Ravenhill

Momentarily adopting, it seemed, yet another moniker, Ronnie “Ezekiel” Floyd “named” the promise of “raising dry bones to life”, and then later “claimed” it in the name of Jesus. (Yeah.  No.  I’m not kidding.  No Gospel proclamation needed, just a name it and claim it procedure.)


Not only did “Ezekiel” Floyd, and others, “name it and claim it” on a multitude of wrongly-interpreted “promises” of Scripture, he led the assembled to “pray down racism” – however one does that – and prayed for  “hedges of protection” to be divinely strewn all around – again, disregarding the assurance we have from Christ’s high priestly prayer.  (SEE information below about "Hedges of Protection.")


In all, the event resembled nothing that one might remotely view as “Southern Baptist” but could, much more accurately, consider appropriate to the doctrine-less, false fodder promoted by a Benny Hinn-type, coat-swinging, miracle-inducing charlatan show on TBN.  (Well, the event was broadcast on DayStar, sandwiched between “Breakthrough With Rod Parsley” and “Discover the Champion Within” Joel Osteen.) The whole event oozed with Scripturally-illicit commentary, Christianized appeals to the Divine, and a Holy Spirit seeking emotionalism that was decidedly either the result of a poor interpretation of Scripture, or just an outright denial of Scripture.

Floyd’s group-led gala entreating the Lord for a revival in the church and awakening across America noticeably lacked two necessary elements – Scripture and repentance. While the presence of a visible copy of the Holy Writ was absent from the platform of platitudinous pleaders, none of those supplicants, including Floyd, first bothered to call the SBC, the church, to repentance, particularly repentance from sinful unbelief in the sufficiency of His Word.


The problem with the SBC isn’t that God is withholding revival. The problem with America isn’t His withholding of awakening. The problem is that the SBC – and so much of the evangelical church itself – has set aside the sound teaching of Biblical truth, instead seeking the touchy-feely warm fuzzies that seem to soothe the unrepentant soul. Rather than edifying the believer, the SBC pursues ecstatic entertainment to appeal to goats.


If you’re a Southern Baptist, you should be grieved that our convention has walked away from Scripture and is embracing feelings as faith, all the while ignoring the facts of the Gospel as the only force that will truly, authentically, save.


Indeed, though Floyd bemoaned “a loss of spiritual passion in our membership,” the real problem is the loss of Scriptural obedience in our pulpits, pews, and, perhaps especially, among our leadership.

Though these days in America we’d hardly doubt Calvin’s words, “When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers,” you’ve just gotta wonder … how does He do it with a denomination? Perhaps that’s exactly what we’re seeing within the SBC.

(Source:"Pulpit and Pen contributor,  Bud Ahlheim)

Ronnie Floyd: Prays for Protection from Satan with Shrubbery

Justin Peters & Jim Osman On Spiritual Warfare: Protection From Satan With Shrubbery

By Bud Ahlheim, November 2, 2016

“All studies done on the subject confirm that people have but a cursory knowledge of the Bible – at best. Rare are those who are willing to follow the Apostle Paul’s directive to “study to show themselves approved unto God.” (2 Timothy 2:15). Most are content with getting their theology from sound bites and sermonettes which have little, if any, grounding in Scripture.” Justin Peters


If you’ve spent any amount of time in an evangelical Sunday School, listening to prayer requests, and then, either being led in prayer or sharing a rotating prayer baton within the group, you’ve heard this supplication to the Lord.

“We ask for traveling mercies for …”


And then whoever is traveling gets a mention before the Lord.  Now, don’t read what I am NOT saying.  There is absolutely nothing wrong, unbiblical, or errant in praying for the safety, traveling or not, of our loved ones and friends.  Doing so is an expression of Christian love.

But “traveling mercies” prayers tend to slightly irk me on two fronts.  First, they seem to exude a subtle undertone, the slightest hint, about God’s insufficiency for His children, as though somehow He might not have noticed the long-distance conveyance of His own children and that, not knowing, He might forget to watch over them.  I mean, nowhere in the New Testament do we see an apostle asking for “traveling mercy” prayers. Paul, who it seems accrued the most first-century apostolic frequent-flier (well, frequent-evangelist) miles, never implored his epistle recipients to pray for him in this manner, and never do we see him – or any other New Testament writer – doing so for anyone else.


“If you are only born once, you will die twice.  But if you are born twice, you will only die once.”  Steven J. Lawson

While it is laudable to pray for the safety of others, let’s face it.  We have a greater assurance from Jesus’ prayer to the Father (John 17) of our eternal security in Him than any prayer we could offer.  The sad, though potential, loss of loved ones and friends aside, it’s a much surer thing to pray as the Lord did, that they be “kept” in the will of the Father.  Certainly, there is no safer place to be.  A plane crash or a long-distance traffic accident isn’t such a big deal, then, when believers are focused on things above, not below. (Colossians 3:2). Seemingly bad temporal things do happen to “good” people, but they never do so outside the will, or watchful eye, of God.  For the believer, like Paul said of himself, “to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).

 

The other thing about the traveling mercies prayers is that … well, frankly … they just defy common sense.  While praying for the safety of those engaged in long distance portage is commendable, the fact is, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, nearly 70% of all accidents occur within 10 miles of home.

Hmmm.


Perhaps, instead of praying for long-distance business, personal, and vacation “traveling mercies,” we ought instead be praying for geographically-targeted, home-centered “commuting mercies.” “Dear Lord, Keep my wife safe backing out of the driveway and going to the grocery store” would technically be a more appropriate and conditionally-astute petition perhaps.  Still, as contrary to worldly reality and temporal logic as praying for “traveling mercies” might be, doing so represents a genuine plea recognizing that God alone can ultimately ensure safety.

 

But there’s another phrase that is rampant in the vernacular of evangelical intercessions, and it exudes a bolder sense of exhorting God to act, not in granting providential, temporal safety from the perils of the world, but beseeching Him for protection within the realm of the supernatural. That, of course, is … (insert drum roll here) … invoking the hedge of protection prayer.

 

(You should now be hearing throbbing, bass-rich echoes emphatically fading in the ears of your mind following the crescendo of power such a prayer implies.  LOL.)

It is the issue of praying “hedges of protection” or “hedges of thorns” to which Justin Peters and Jim Osman next focus in their spiritual warfare series.  Originally broadcast on the Justin Peters Program by “Worldview Weekend,” the series provides a Scripture-centered teaching on the very popular topic.



Justin Peters & Jim Osman: "On Spiritual Warfare: Protection From Satan With Shrubbery"  Audio:

Opening ‘Pandora’s Box’

By “The Courier” S.C. state SBC Paper

Published on May 11, 2007..........Appropriate now as it was back in 2007.....as the SBC moves further afield into to the Pentecostal/Charismatic/Signs & Wonders/"God told me..." movement:

The Southern Baptist Convention is in decline because it’s elevating cultural engagement, coupled with Pentecostalism, and political activism over biblical truth. The lead ethicist, Russell Moore, who works for the SBC, is partnering with Muslims (in contradiction to 2 Cor. 6:14, Eph. 5:11, etc.) to advocate for mosque building. I believe in religious freedom too, but it’s not an idol, and we shouldn’t be disobeying Scripture in order to do it. Further, if Moore would think through his ideology to its logical conclusion, he would see that he’s not simply promoting religious freedom, he’s advocating for a religiopolitical system that seeks to completely overthrow our government, and institute Sharia.

 

Then we have Ronnie “Ezekiel” Floyd, president of the SBC, regularly partnering with apostates like Mike Bickle (IHOP/International House of Prayer), and the pope to promote his prophecy of a “great awakening” that, supposedly, “God told him” we needed.

 

And this week (June 2016), we have a denomination that overwhelmingly voted to ban a flag (Confederate) because it’s offensive to the lost world, but they can’t elect a new president.

 

The freak show last night at the convention with Floyd leading this “prayer rally” was beyond astonishing. It was psychotic. People practicing “name it and claim it,” “praying down racism in the church,” praying “hedges of protection,” screaming out randomly, etc. It looked like the Brownsville revival-lite. The whole scene was scary. I hesitate to use the word, “demonic,” because I simply want to believe that people just don’t know any better. But I’m really in a state of complete anguish over the trajectory of my denomination.