This post could be subtitled, "Why Unbelievers Hate Christians, Part 4", and is another that will probably cost me some friends. Don't that just take the rag off the bush, standing up for truth and getting professing Christians into a lather? It happened before, and it'll happen again because I seek to please God, not men, which makes me think of Galatians 1:10.
Did you know that most Americans who call themselves Christians are actually functional heretics? While this kind of news is very sad, it is also not surprising. In my experience, especially online, there are many people who profess to be Christians but have a very low view of Scripture, and very little working knowledge of it. Yet, they claim to believe it. When people fall in to deception, disregard for scriptural authority as well as biblical illiteracy are key factors.
I run across all sorts of people while administering The Question Evolution Project. I'll see some who claim to be Christians because they liked the Son of God miniseries, the Holy Ghost movie, and some other dubious religious things (including Pages run by cultists). If I say that people like Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyere, and others preach a false gospel, they get on the prod. Well, if those folks had some spiritual knowledge and discernment, they wouldn't be following false teachers in the first place, would they? Also, I suspicion that TQEP loses followers because we uphold the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, which doesn't set well with modern churchians. They prefer feelings and experience over the written Word of God, and such things are a distraction from the truth.
Why would unbelievers hate us over the Holy Spirit? Because too many professing Christians are gullible and think that acting in an uncontrolled ecstatic manner is somehow the way God works (1 Cor. 14:33). Very often, hateful atheists will find instance of people being nutty for Jesus, and then overgeneralize that such behavior is typical of Christians.
I have to be direct here. Such people need to repent, get into the Word, and renounce false teachers. More importantly, they need to examine themselves and see if they are really saved. Don't be gambling eternity on the desire to have good feelings.
Which brings me to the purpose of this post. The Holy Ghost movie is something that should cause Christians to weep because of the deceptions involved. Instead, demonic activity is cheered by people who claim to believe the Bible. (It received high marks from the Dove Foundation, which detracts from their credibility in my eyes.) If you're willing to learn the truth about this spiritual thimblerig, I have a something well worth your time.
On the "Fighting for the Faith" podcast, Pastor Chris Rosebrough spent about an hour on the Holy Ghost movie. He also embedded a video on how someone can set up a con that has all the appearances of a modern "move of the Spirit" that have nothing to do with the real Holy Spirit. This video is not from a Christian source and contains a bit of profanity, but is extremely enlightening. For the podcast and link to the video (both are free, and the podcast can be downloaded), click on "Debunking the Holy Ghost Movie". Rosebrough's podcast set up in an audio-only video format is here. I pray that you will listen carefully, and get into the Word. This is not the time for Christians to be dallying and playing at spirituality when faithfulness to God's Word is essential — as is proper discernment.