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 Hayford Offers Damnation With Sincerity

A recent article from Jack Hayford in Christianity Today is one of the most damnable heresies I’ve ever seen from a respected church leader. The sheep’s clothing is coming off these wolves. Since so few people respect the word of God anymore these apostate leaders no longer need to make any pretense of faithfulness to scriptural truth.

This blasphemy is nothing new from Hayford. In fact the article was taken from his 1990 book Mastering Worship. In it, Hayford teaches how to bring unbelievers into the church worship service.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him John 4:23

The entire premise of bringing unbelievers into a Christ centered worship service is wrong according to scripture. It illustrates the churches rejection of true evangelism. Jesus said go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He did not say bring ye the world into the congregation of the saints.

Today, we no longer believe in the priesthood of all believers. False teachers like Hayford have no interest in raising up saints to do the work of the ministry (Eph 4:12). We want to leave the work of the ministry to the professionals. So this is what we get, a mixed multitude, leaven, and a compromised gospel that is necessary in order not to offend the unregenerate hearts of pagans.

The very first sub-heading of Hayfords article should tell you all you need to know.

Make Them Comfortable

God forbid we should ever make a sinner uncomfortable in our presence. The early church leaders sure could have learned a thing or two from this guy. Stephen speaking before the Jewish Council in Jerusalem explained God’s plan of salvation starting with Abraham. His sermon culminated with these words:

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Acts 7:51-52

This made them so uncomfortable these unbelievers responded like this:

When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth………….Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him…… Acts 7: 54-57-58

In Acts chapter five we find an even more telling passage

And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. And by the hands of the Apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all in one accord in Solomons porch). And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. Acts 5: 11-13

Does that sound like the apostles made unbelievers comfortable? No they were so uncomfortable they were afraid to join them. Are there any churches today that display so much power unbelievers are afraid to enter in with them?    

Instead of preaching the gospel to them, Hayford like to first invite them to relax.  So he puts on his Mr. Rogers act and tells them what a beautiful day it is in the neighborhood;

"Good morning, everyone! Isn't it a great day? Nice to see you. We're going to praise the Lord in just a few minutes, and as we do, I want us to let our hearts be filled with wonder and praise…………..So let's come together as his children and let the joy of the Lord Jesus fill this house today. He's alive! He's risen! And we want to praise him! Do you feel that way?"

Can the heart of an unbeliever be filled with wonder and praise?

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psalm 14:2-3

Are unbelievers children of God?

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44

Do unbelievers really want to praise God?

For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. Psalm 109:2

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh forwardness (perverse things)  Prov 10:32

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. Prov 15:28

After a few worship songs, Hayford likes to tell a joke to relieve the tension. He encourages the unsaved to participate in part even if they’re not comfortable with everything. Then after another joke or two it’s time to encourage them to physically interact.

Interaction begins with the greeting. After the opening songs and invocation, I usually say something light, humorous, or happy………..When the laughter died down, I said, "As we greet each other this morning, turn to two or three people near you and say, "He didn't go back. He's alive and with us today!"

Should we be glad handing and hugging unbelievers?

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure. 1Tim 5:22

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2John 1:9-10

Now that the ice has been broken and the wicked are good and relaxed it’s time for even greater damnation, inviting sinners into prayer circles.

The heart of the interaction in the service comes in what we call our ministry time. In the middle of the service, people form groups of three to five and share their requests, and then one person prays………….Since this act of worship may intimidate newcomers, as we move into that part of the service I'll say, "If you're visiting and this is new to you, please accept the invitation into the circle even if only to observe. It may be novel for you, but you're going to love it."

Well, isn’t that special. Let’s show them that even when praying to a holy God they should not fear or be intimidated. According to scripture though, anyone coming to God without repentance should be afraid.

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. Prov 15:8

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Prov 15:29

After a sermon it’s time to “offer opportunities for commitment” If you think this would include a clear presentation of the gospel you’d be very wrong.  Since Hayford is a false teacher he can only offer a false gospel. That the invitation is given with syrupy sweetness and complete outward sincerity only serves to disguise the utter corruption of the message.

Naturally, an unbeliever cannot fully engage in worship until he or she has made a commitment to Christ. Part of our service, then, is designed to encourage commitment. So, nine times out of ten, I will make an evangelistic appeal following the sermon.

"Every time we gather," I'll say, "there are some who have yet to begin their life with Jesus Christ. If you haven't begun trusting the Lord, you're aware of that. And there's nothing we can say or do that can force you to change. But we also know that when people come to our service, they often say, 'I feel the love of God in this place. I hear the ring of truth.'

"If that's you today, if you sense God's love and want to respond, then I invite you to open your heart to him."

Is this the way to convert sinners? Is this what Jesus preached?

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:14-15

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 4:17

Is this “open your heart to Jesus” invitation found anywhere in scripture?

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two……And they went out, and preached that men should repent Mark 6:7&12
Is this what Paul preached?

Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Acts 17:31

Folks, you can open your heart to Jesus all you want but without repentance there is no salvation. The first thing we are required to do in presenting the gospel to unbelievers is to make it clear that they are sinners before a holy God and except they turn from that sin they will never be accepted by him. Any invitation that lacks these elements is a false gospel and can only gain false converts.

All that Hayford has done marks the very essence of the apostate church of today. Make unbelievers comfortable. Make them think they are God’s children. Allow them to participate in worship to a God they do not know. Include them in prayer to a holy God. Make no mention of sin, righteousness and judgment. Offer them the false hope of knowing God without the sacrifice of self.

Even after all that, Hayford is not done. He has yet one more bit of damnation to offer the unbeliever. He actually encourages them to participate in the Lords Supper.

A less traditional means we use to encourage commitment is the Lord's Supper. We invite all the people to gather around the Lord's Table and partake in small groups. We believe it is the Lord's Table we are invited to, the Lord is doing the inviting, and no one is excluded. To us that means unbelievers are invited, as well.

We explain clearly, of course, what we are doing, and what an unbeliever is doing by partaking: making a commitment to Christ. We stress the gravity of the event to reflect the serious nature of faith in Christ.

Less traditional? I'll say it's less traditional. It's also unscriptural. In fact, Hayford is bringing damnation upon these unsuspecting people. There is no way he clearly explains what it means to partake of the body and blood of Christ. If they really understood the ramifications of this act they would flee in terror.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 1Cor 11:27-29

Paul went on to explain that even among the professing Christians of Corinth, the failure to discern the Lords body and blood was a major reason why many of them were sick and some had even died. If this is true for the Christian, how much more so for the unbeliever?

Jack Hayford is the epitome of a minister of Satan disguised as a minister of light. He is soft spoken and completely un-intimidating. He is sweet and sincere in his desire to draw men unto the false Jesus he professes. He has knowledge of the word of God but he has no respect for it. He devises his own methods of salvation that are in reality a great deception. He has a form of Godliness but denies the power thereof. From such men we are instructed to turn away.

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.  Is 29:13-14

Steve Lumbley 2006  http://www.apostasywatch.com/
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