Dear Members of MPBC,
This email was sent to me and as requested, I’m publishing it (with minor changes) on the blog along with all the previously published posts, as there seems to be no change in Greg’s callous attitude towards the church and God’s Word.
- Warning– This email contains serious matters about the church and false theology being preached. Stop reading if you do not care for the truth.
Silence is Permission, Silence is Consent, and Silence is Acceptance!
Those present will remember that Greg’s Sunday sermon on the 6th of November, was on ‘Joy’ from his “Character Check” Series – Greg spoke about pretty much everything around the topic of joy, except what is biblical! – Nothing new there. He looked up the dictionary and concluded that ‘Joy’ (including Christian Joy) and Happiness are similar. To his credit, he mentioned early on in his sermon that a person can experience joy, even when they are not happy and that ‘joy’, is not emotional, but he then went on to contradict himself later, when he stated that anyone can experience joy and it is mainly a disposition of a “personality type” – in that, some people can always be joyous while not others, regardless of their position with God. While this may be true from worldly perspective, it is wrong from a biblical perspective.
What Greg could not explain, from lack of knowledge or lack of preparation, is that, when the bible talks about joy, it is NOT describing an emotional state nor it is describing a “personality type” but rather a ‘state of being’; a ‘state of being’ that is grounded ONLY in the hope of salvation, from having shed the burden of sin (once a person has repented and has turned away from his or her sins.) This ‘state of being’ is not dependent on one’s emotions or situation in life. So, true Joy is exclusive to Christians – a point that Greg failed to understand, and therefore, failed to teach the church.
Happiness on the other hand, is a feeling that anyone can experience, regardless of their religious convictions or relationship with God. The permanent smile that you see on the Dalai Lama’s face is not the outcome of the same joy that a true Christian experiences. The fact that Greg is unable to differentiate between Christian Joy and ‘worldly bliss’ may be because he has not experience true Christian joy himself and so has no internal reference to speak from.
Christian Joy persists even in the absence of happiness and even in the most trying of circumstances. To understand this state, let us examine James 1:2, a verse that almost every evangelical preacher would have expounded on, when preaching on joy, but not Greg (quite revealing, isn’t it?). Prosperity Gospel preachers hate this verse, and you’ll see why.
James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds
It is humanly impossible to be happy when we are facing trials, but we can still be filled with godly joy, because true joy is not dependent on our earthly circumstances, but rather on the promise of eternity in Heaven with Christ.
Greg used ancient irrelevant myth based Egyptian and Greek medicine coupled with debunked psychology to explain “personality types”; according to Greg, we are apparently born with one of four “Personality Types” and we must just accept it and NEVER to try to change ourselves or others. (What if the need to change others, was part of someone’s personality?)
Greg’s false theology of “I was born this way, I am who I am, and don’t you dare tell me otherwise” is at the heart of the left wing liberal agenda. This worldview has crept into (liberal) churches and has given rise to the growing number of comprised church leaders who will no longer speak up against homosexuality, same sex marriages, divorces, adultery, De Facto relationships, or abortion. These compromised preachers will however frequently speak about “not judging” and “accepting” everyone. They accept every lewd human sinfulness but reject the truths of God’s Word. These worldviews and sinfulness of the world that we live in, is contradictory to what the bible teaches us about godly living. We are meant to oppose these sinful behaviours and teach our children why God hates such lifestyles.
This (Greg’s sermon) is a ‘Leftie Speech’ disguised as a “sermon” – but what can we expect from a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Christians (if you are a real one) were never meant to be united with the world – and all these socials (sinful) issues (homosexuality, same sex marriages, divorces, adultery, De Facto relationships, and abortion) are the ways of the world. Consider the following verse:
James 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
But Greg loves the world, and the world loves him; what does the bible say about people like him:
John 15:19 If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
To make his point Greg preached that every person broadly falls into one of the four personality types or temperaments.
Sanguine – (associated with air) lively, sociable, carefree, talkative, and pleasure-seeking.
Phlegmatic – (associated with water) – inward and private, thoughtful, reasonable, calm, patient, caring, and tolerant.
Choleric – (associated with fire) – excitable, impulsive, and restless, with reserves of aggression, egocentric and extroverted
Melancholic – (associated with the element of earth) – appear serious, introverted, cautious or even suspicious
“The Greek physician Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) incorporated the four temperaments into his medical theories as part of the ancient medical concept of humorism, that four bodily fluids affect human personality traits and behaviors.” – Wiki
“At the heart of this typology is ancient medical concept — humorism. Humors here refer to bodily fluids that are present within one’s body. Different people have different proportions of these fluids; the predominance of one fluid defines one’s temperament and psychological type. Here are the four temperaments and their predominant humors (bodily fluids):”
- Sanguine: blood
- Phlegmatic: phlegm
- Choleric: yellow bile
- Melancholic: black bile
“Modern medicine rejects this typology” – there is absolutely no basis for personalities types being dependent on dominant bodily fluids! Maybe Greg’s but definitely not for the rest of us.
If you want to read more about the basis of this typology and how unscientific it is, look up the following link:
I wonder what may have been going on in the minds of the doctors present in church that morning. A preacher talking about bodily fluids affecting personality traits? What Greg preached is similar to saying that we should wear garlic cloves around our neck and that will ward the vampires off.
What’s he going to tell us next? Snake oil is good for hair regrowth? Or that we need to give 26% of our earning as tithe to the church? Justify adultery? Tell us that Mary was 13 years old when she gave birth to Christ? Or that, one should watch porn, so as to “not objectify women” – and actually show porn in the church? Wait a minute, he did preach all that, except for the snake oil bit, I mean, once your hair is gone, it’s gone and even Greg knows that!
The other major points of his sermon were.
Be Yourself, Yosef!
Greg has preached this theme ‘Be Yourself’ several times before. There is absolutely nothing in the bible that teaches this false doctrine – so in desperation, Greg does what any false teacher with a hidden agenda would do – he takes a verse (Psalm 139:13) completely out of context and misapplies it and makes it say what he desperately wants it to say.
Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb.
According to Greg, this verse is telling us, “Be yourself and don’t let anyone change you because God made us a certain way and He does not want us to change.” Greg went on to say that we must never imitate anyone because everyone is unique and must be themselves.
For you information Greg, Psalm 139:13 is not talking about personality traits or that “we must not change”, if anything, it tells us that life begins in the mother’s womb and that is why each unborn baby is precious in God’s eyes – because God formed each human being and even “unwanted” babies are precious in His eyes and they are not accident to be aborted.
The bible also teaches the opposite of what Greg preached – we are to imitate Christian leaders, while they imitate Christ! Paul teaches this to the Corinthian and the Thessalonians churches.
1 Corinthians 11:1 You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.
1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord when you welcomed the message with the joy of the Holy Spirit, in spite of your great suffering.
2 Thessalonians 3:9 Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.
In 1 Peter, it teaches that Pastors are to be godly examples for the church – “not out of greed, but out of eagerness.”
1 Peter 5:3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
How would it be if we imitated Greg? Go on long holidays and bore the church with talks about the holiday and show pictures that not many want to see; instead of using the 30 minutes of the week that he is paid for to preach God’s Word, he uses it up to show his holiday pictures?
Does the bible tell us not to change? Does it teach us to “be ourselves?” Below are the words of Christ.
Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
We are to deny ourselves daily and follow (imitate) Christ! What Greg preached is completely the opposite of what the Word of God teaches. When we are Saved, we are to shed all of our old sinful ways, (Change completely) and become a new creature. The homosexual can no longer remain in a homosexual relationship or lifestyle, the thief no longer steal, the liar must stop lying, the one who swears – must stop swearing, the adulterer can no longer commit adultery, the one living in an unmarried relationship can no longer continue in it and the pastor preaching false theology – must no longer do so, the list goes on – we are to stop every sinful ways and the Holy Spirit enables this change in us – i.e. if our conversion is real. It is meant to be a complete transformation that is visible to the whole world. It does not mean that a person no longer sins, but it means that he or she will no longer willingly live in sin. The Christian walk is not meant to be easy and that’s why the bible teaches that it is the narrow path which leads to salvation, but the path to hell and destruction is broad and easy to take. One would never get that impression from (just) listening to Greg.
Matthew 10:38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Too Busy! Greg says, Relax!
Grey said that we should not be busy, as it is a “Joy Killer.” He used the following part of Psalm 46:10 to make his case. “Be still and know that I am God” – Greg interpreted this part of the verse to say, “don’t be busy, because God does not like it and it’s a joy killer.”
In making a mockery busyness, Greg was portraying his low opinion of people who hard work; at least we know now why his sermons are so ill-prepared and why he frequently goes on holidays.
But here’s the whole verse:
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The verse in not talking about “not being busy!” The context of the word “still” in the verse does not mean “staying idle” or “relaxing.” The verse is telling us not to be anxious – or in other words, “do not fret” for God is in control.
The bible teaches that we must work hard. Of course, there is a time for rest, but God honours those who work hard!
Proverbs 14:23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
2 Timothy 2:6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
Romans 12:11-12 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
There are several other verse where the bible commends hard word and staying busy; what does the bible say about laziness!
Proverbs 6:10-12 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,
Greg concluded by equivocating on the word “joy” to mean happiness and commended a cheerful demeanour. If you wanted to know, which emotional state the bible praises, you’ll be shocked that it’s the opposite of what Greg preaches.
3 Sorrow is better than laughter, because the heart is made better through trouble.
4 For the wise person thinks carefully when in mourning, but fools focus their thoughts on pleasure.
Our so called “church leaders” will never speak up against Greg’s false teaching – either because of their ignorance of the bible or lack of conviction or lack of courage; some of them may feel justified that they question Greg “behind closed doors” and so have done their bit – but that’s just easy escapism so they don’t have to deal with the difficulty of confronting an ungodly preacher. Greg’s last sermon shows us that the church leaders are not doing enough to stop Greg from preaching false theology. Whatever be their reasons, they are condemned along with Greg.
All that Greg preached last Sunday is hollow deceptive philosophy and it is the opposite of what God’s Word teaches.
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
Silence is Permission, Silence is Consent, and Silence is Acceptance!
Greg, you do not have the permission of the church to preach your psychobabble which is based on ungodly nonsense, we do not consent, we do not accept, we will not remain silent!
If you think this article (from the email) is not based on truth, discuss it in your cell-groups or send it to someone who knows the bible well and see what they have to say, or better still, study God’s Word and see for yourselves if it teaches what Greg preaches.
If you approach a church leader to talk about this article and they brush it aside by telling you “we don’t know who wrote it and so won’t entertain it,” ask them do they care more about the identity of the person who wrote the email than the correcting a false teacher who is sending people to hell? What kind of church leaders does that make them?
If you ask your cell group leader and she is unwilling to even consider it, then you know, who is a disciple of Greg, rather than of Christ.
I hope the Holy Spirit wakes you up and give you the courage to stop Greg from leading many down the path of destruction.
Ephesians 5:11 “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead expose them”
– A Friend