"There are those, Peter says, who distort the scriptures to their own destruction" (Pastor Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012): "We believe salvation from sin, death, and hell is by God's grace. It must be received by faith apart from any human performance". (Pastor Mark Martin, What We Believe, http://calvaryphx.com/about/what-we-believe/)
Pastor Mark's theology is directly contrary to the Bible: “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations". (Luke 24:46,47 NIV, Holy Bible)
THE PHARISEE OF PHOENIX
"Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye" (Mark 7:13, Holy Bible):
"Not everything in the Bible is correct."
"Its not right because its in the Bible."
(J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012)
For example, the Bible teaches that lying is wrong. Pastor Mark teaches his congregation to lie:
"Would the rest of you just lie and raise your hands because it makes me feel better" (J. Mark Martin, Homosexuality and the Bible Sermon, Romans Series, Calvary Community Church Phoenix, 2 Dec 2012, minute 15), since "all liars, shall have
their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone" (Revelation 21:8, Holy Bible)
BUT DON'T HIS WORDS COUNT FOR ANYTHING
But what about the Calvary Community Church Israel Tour 23 Feb - 5 Mar 2012? Doesn't it count for anything that Pastor Mark at least talks about Christian things?
The mission of Jesus has a specific impact:
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed." (Luke 2:34 NIV, Holy Bible)
When Pastor Mark shows up in the Holy Land, his inner thoughts will be revealed.
"In keeping with our commitment to communicate practical, biblical truth, we invite you to travel with us to Israel. Time and again we’ll find ourselves saying, “Now I understand what He meant when He said . . .". (Pastor Mark Martin, Join this Unforgettable Christian Tour to Israel with Pastor Mark Martin and Calvary Community Church, http://www.inspirationcruises.com/ccp)(see quote from Jesus at left)
REAL PROPHETS - NOTHING TO DO WITH LUXURY
"Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.
OR "IN MINISTRY" AT CALVARY CHAPEL PHOENIX
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet." (Luke 7:24-26 NIV, Holy Bible)
Well, how does Pastor Mark travel?
"We will be staying in some of Israel’s finest hotels and traveling throughout the land on luxury coaches." (Pastor Mark Martin, Join this Unforgettable Christian Tour to Israel with Pastor Mark Martin and Calvary Community Church, http://www.inspirationcruises.com/ccp)
And how did Jesus make his arrangements when touring the same area?
"57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”" (Luke 9 NIV, Holy Bible)
Ok, Pastor Mark has a totally different M.O. than Jesus and John the Baptist. Can't he still be a disciple?
"Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23 NIV, Holy Bible)
living it up in the "finest hotels".
Well, he's not a disciple of Christ, but maybe he can at least call himself a Christian?
"He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”" (Luke 8:21 NIV, Holy Bible)
Ok, he's not a disciple or even a Christian, but maybe he can be neutral?
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." (Luke 11:23 NIV, Holy Bible)
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