The Christian Answer Man

Providing Biblical Answers for Today’s Questions

Welcome to the Christian Answer Man site! This is an on-line ministry whose purpose is to provide information about non-Christian cults and aberrational fringe Christian ministeries. 
Mark Swarbrick, your host, attended the University of Illinois and received his diploma in Ministerial Studies from the Berean School of the Bible, Global University, an accredited college affiliated with the Assemblies of God.
Pastor Mark

Pastor Mark

He was ordained by the Assemblies of God and pastored in Arizona for five years. Swarbrick was an instructor at Arizona Automotive Institute and has written curriculum for Gateway Community College in Phoenix. Pastor Swarbrick has worked as an Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor and as Senior Pastor. He is currently owner and founder of Swarbrick Software Inc where he has developed computer network failover systems. Swarbrick is a published author, both in the area of Information Technology as well as theology. With a heart towards helping those who have been ensnared by the cults he feels impelled to contribute to the voice of the Church in presenting Biblical doctrines as evidenced in orthodox historic Christianity.

The Purpose of This Website

The purpose is to expose the errors of cults and Christian ministries that stray from the truth, to assist others with information to help them minister to those entangled in a cult, and to follow the admonition of Holy Scripture to ever be, “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.” (Titus 1:9)

Incorrect doctrine obstructs and obfuscates the path to God. Thus this site intends to “speak the truth in love” and help all come to know “the way of God more accurately.”

In the words of Reverend D.M. Canright, 1889, “To criticise, expose and condemn others is not a pleasant task; but when religious teachers enthrone error, and mislead honest people, silence would be unkind and censurable.”

How To Use This Site

The menu on the left will take you to pages that deal with particular cults or ministries. The page Featured Questions, will answer theological questions submitted. To submit a question send your email to Pastor-Mark@ChristianAnserMan.com and it will be answered on that page.

 

 

44 Comments

  1. First all …you use an inaccurate Bible. In that version you use go to the story in Gen. about Abraham and Issac going to the mountain to make sacrifice to God.
    The big blunder in THE BIBLE you are using is it says…. he sacrificed FOR himself a lamb…That null and voids the Blood . He sacrificed HIMSELF..we could put a period there. The actual quote is ..He sacrificed HIMSELF A LAMB. Read it!!!

    Reply

    1. Hi Doris – I do not know to what article on this website you are referring to. You mentioned this verse about Abraham and Isaac twice, once on the Summary of JSM page, but I don’t quote such a verse on that page, so if you want a detailed answer you will have to specify the article and passage you are referring to. Again, the KJV Only position is untenable and I’ll get an article up shortly on that. That is another one of the Swaggart aberrations.

      Pastor Mark

      Reply

      1. Mark,
        I am not saying you quoted such a verse. I am simply using that verse as an example of how perverted the version of the Bible you are using is….Look the verse up and see if they have added FOR himself a lamb, Gen. 22:8 I was simply saying I prefer the kjv instead of the watered down versions such as you are using.
        Another example of the version you use being perverted is they leave out the name Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12-14 .
        When the name Lucifer is left out it causes confusion & many that I have spoken with believe that verse is speaking of JESUS, simply because the star of the morning is used in the watered down versions and the name Lucifer is left out completely.

        Reply

        1. HI Doris – The reason modern versions leave out the word Lucifer is because it is not in the original Hebrew, which actually says, “O Day Star.” Lucifer is a human origin nickname for the Devil that was used in the 1600’s. That is one of many examples where the KJV is not as true to the original documents as some modern versions. Another example is John 1:18. In the KJV it reads, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” But the new versions, such as NASB says, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.” This is a much clearer statement of the deity of Christ. It is so rendered in the NASB because the manuscript evidence for this is much stronger. Modern versions are more accurate because they are based upon a greater amount of textual evidence that has been uncovered since 1611 and also our understanding of the original langauges is more advanced now than when the KJV was made. I recommend that you take a look at this website: http://www.bible.ca/b-kjv-only.htm#intro

          Reply

          1. Hi Doris – You have made posts with several different names: “Doris” “Doris Early” “Mark” and “n/a x” This is confusing for everyone. You must only use one name per email address. Doris or Doris Early is fine but using “Mark” and “n/a x” is making it difficult for people to know who they are carrying on a conversation with.

            The purpose of this website is to educate people concerning the dangers of JSM and other cults. Those with honest questions and a desire to learn are encouraged to make comments. The purpose of this site is to assist those who have loved ones caught up in error. It is also for those who themselves have been caught up into error, consequently some disagreement is expected. So long as people are teachable, and have productive dialogue in the spirit of Christian love, their posts will be approved and allowed to post. Posts that are argument for arguments sake will not approved and posted.

            It is also essential that the posts be on topic for the page they are posted on. Your comments on Bible versions are off topic. Soon there will be a page up entitled the “KJV Only Cult,” and when that is up you can post such comments on that page.

            Many of the objections or points you have raised are clearly answered in other articles or videos. I would recommend you spend some more time reading before posting. Of particular help to you may be the articles, Debate With a Swaggarite. You can read that here: http://www.christiananswerman.com/debate-with-a-swaggarite/ Many of the things you bring up are already answered there.

            Pastor Mark

          2. Doris – I am sorry to hear that you have declared yourself unteachable. In that case this site is not for you, for as I said, it not for those who wish to carry on a rant and be divisive, but for those who want to read the truth about the JSM cult. There are other sites where you can argue and spread the lies of JSM. This site is not one of those. I pray that you will see the light someday and come to see the infectious rebellious and divisive influence that Swaggartism has on those who follow him.

            Vaya Con Dios,

            Pastor Mark

  2. Continue…..This is a question I have had since I found both websites, yours and Deceptionbytes.com
    Why do you not go after men like Kenneth Copeland who has linked up with the Catholic church(I consider the Roman Catholic Church as the endtime apostate church) and has actually visited the Pope for the “new reformation” saying the Protest is over…referring to the Protestant reformation and Luther?
    Joel Olsteen is another so called man of God who speaks to his congregants in Smooth sayings as spoken of in the book of Isaiah 30:10. I could name more men who I consider to be false so called “prophets”.

    Reply

    1. Hi Doris – You make a really good point. Kenneth Copeland is another dangerous false teacher and I really should have some information posted on him. My site is fairly new and I’m doing it as fast as I am able. I have information on Mormonism, JWs, Islam, JSM, and I am currently working on a page for Catholocism. As soon as I am able I will get a page up about Copeland and the Word of Faith movement. Joel Olsteen – I need to do more research on him. Anyway, thanks for the heads up! I can’t answer your question about Deceptionbytes. I would assume her site is more orientated towards JSM because she worked at the headquarters as their webmaster and has first hand information about the bizarre going-ons there. God bless,

      Pastor Mark

      Reply

    1. Hi Joel, Thanks for your comment. If you prefer the KJV, then praise God, read it. However be careful of the KJV Only Cult that condemns other Christians in an unbiblical manner. The fact of the matter is that the KJV is less accurate than some more modern versions. I suggest you take a look at these websites: http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/kjvcult.htm http://sites.silaspartners.com/CC/article/0,,PTID34418_CHID629816_CIID416826,00.html and http://www.whatisacult.com/king-james-onlyism.html

      Pastor Mark

      Reply

  3. I think I’ve read everything on your site about Jimmy Swaggart. I’ve been hanging around a Facebook group primarily for Charismatics, though I am not one of them. I couldn’t believe the things they were saying and how they would accept no instruction in the truth at all. Until I found your site I didn’t realize what was going on. Everything you describe, I see in this group.

    My question though is, how do you get people out of a group like that? Every quote you give them from the Bible, they already have a twisted way of understanding it. Even when you show them they have made a factual provable-in-court misstatement, they just ignore it and move on.

    Reply

    1. Hi Stan, I’m glad my site has been a help to you. You raise a good question: How do you get people out of a cult-like group? I have found it is very difficult. Once they are brainwashed they are very hard to reach. Its just like that with Swaggarites. Once they drink the cool-aid they are blinded to all logic and scripture. All you can do is pray for them, show love and paitence to them, and present them with the truth. God bless you.

      …Pastor Mark

      Reply

  4. Hi Mark,
    I like what I’ve read so far on your site. I am a pastor with the Church of God, Cleveland. Jimmy Swaggart’s ministry was partially instrumental in my salvation back in the early 80’s. I’m glad my salvation is based on Christ and not on him, because of the “fall” in ’88. I do watch sbn now occasionally and here are some thoughts. The arrogance is still there. The air of superiority and the implication is that he’s the only one doing anything for Christ is still there. The bad mouthing of other ministries (many times well deserved) is still there, though maybe a bit subdued. I am by no means a Swaggart defender. I will say this, I have listened to “The Message Of The Cross” and really don’t hear the same things you do. Not entirely, anyhow. I don’t think they bad mouth Paul, at least I’ve never heard it like that. Paul was human like the rest of us, and even he said he hadn’t arrived at sinless perfection (Php 3:9-14)The idea of the cross being effective for sanctification as well as justification is really nothing new. The blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin. My problem is they imply that no one else is teaching it. Some of the other stuff (Heaven is a planet, pre adamic race etc.) is a lot of foolishness. As a local pastor it is very disturbing to hear them fish for “media church members.” I wonder if they’ll come and visit them in the hospital. Anyhow, just thought I’d give an opinion. Looking forward to reading more of your site. Blessings.

    Reply

    1. Hi Pastor Carmen, Thanks for the feedback and may God bless you in your ministry. That is a good point you bring up, that he does imply they are the only ones teaching the true gospel. Concerning Swaggart’s Message of the Cross, he certainly does not say the same things on air that he says in print. He keeps it fairly palatable on the airwaves. If you take a look at his Bible commentary you can see him really getting off base. It gives you the distinct impression he wants to say Paul didn’t comprehend the cross and thus sinned, in order to excuse his own sinful past while preaching. If you haven’t read it yet, look at my article here: http://www.christiananswerman.com/the-dangers-of-the-swaggart-bible/ Swaggart writes, “he failed to obey no matter how hard he tried…the Apostle Paul couldn’t live for God…Paul thought, now that he had accepted Christ, by that mere fact alone he could certainly obey the Lord in every respect; but he found he couldn’t…he failed…having just been saved, and not understanding the cross of Christ, he tried to live for God by keeping the commandments through his own strength and power; in his defense, no one else at that time understood the cross…sin in his life…finds himself unable to stop; unfortunately, due to the fact of not understanding the cross…” I submit that this is unbiblical teaching. Swaggart is not arguing that Paul was not perfect. Of course he was not. He is arguing that Paul sinned grievously (perhaps as Swaggart had) because, even though he was an apostle, he did not understand the cross.

      Much of Swaggart’s Message of the Cross is Biblical, yet he claims it is something new, when in fact the Biblical parts of his Message of the Cross are indeed taught by all Christian churches. If his message was really indeed novel and not taught by the other churches, then it would, of course, be heretical, unless one is willing to believe that, counter to our Lord’s promise, Hell has indeed prevailed against His Church. It seems that integral to Swaggart’s Message of the Cross is the idea that all the churches are in error and are of the devil; that he alone has the true Gospel and he has more light than anyone else in Church history.

      To quote Swaggart: “In this Revelation, the Lord explained to me, even in graphic detail…He gave me more light than the Church has ever known.” To claim more light than all the theologians and ministers of the Church of all time, including the apostles, is the epitome of arrogance. And then there is his oft repeated statement, “the cross must ever be the object of our faith,” This statement, not found in Scripture, is the core of his teaching. Although it may seem innocuous to some, it is actually unbalanced, for the core of our faith is to be in a person, not an action. Our faith should focus on Jesus, believing in him, and then by extension, you believe all that he taught about what he was going to do on the cross. When you have Jesus you have the cross. When you focus only on the cross, you may or may not understand that the key is a vital living relationship with a person who went to the cross for you. I fear some Christians will get the idea that Swaggart’s doctrine is salvation, rather than in following Jesus, for I have met many Swaggarites that think nothing of hurting and offending family members as they beat them over the head with Swaggart’s doctrines, rather than preach Christ and show His love. The cross can do nothing for you, if you do not first have Christ. I realize you know all this and I am preaching to the choir, so to speak.

      Good point about their media church. I’ve had lots of feedback from people on this site that have had family members quit their local church to join his media church because Swaggart told them all churches are evil and his is the best.

      God Bless you pastor and thanks for the insightful comments!

      …Pastor Mark

      Reply

  5. One more thing. There are many who say that when the mention “the cross” they are talking about the piece of wood he hung on. I have heard them say over and over again that when they say “the cross” they are referring to Christ and what he did on the cross to atone for our sins. Christ and him crucified. Again, I am not a Swaggartite, but I try to balance everything out. Be blessed bro.

    Reply

    1. Hi Pastor Carmen, Yes, I agree with you. They are not talking about a piece of wood. They are talking about an action; the action of Christ dieing on the cross for us. Swaggart tries to claim nearly all churches are NOT teaching the cross, which is just silly. As I am sure you agree, all Christan churches preach that Christ’s death and shed blood on the cross purchased our redemption. Balanced Christian churches applaud all churches that preach Christ and Him crucified. Swaggart’s church has an unbalanced twist on it, something like, “Swaggart alone has the truth, he has more light than anyone ever, and almost all churches are false, The cross comes first, and oh yea, Jesus too.
      …Pastor Mark”

      Reply

  6. Just discovered your web-site. I’m enjoying it very much. If you are still in the Phoenix area, could you recommend a good church in Gold Canyon?

    Reply

    1. Thanks Connie. I am sorry, I am not familiar with any churches in Gold Canyon. You might check and see if there is an Assembly of God church there. Calvary Chapel is another good one, but I don’t know if they have one in Gold Canyon

      Pastor Mark

      Reply

  7. I am enjoying your website very much but would like to make one suggestion.

    I notice in several articles that you use Wikipedia as a reference source. Most serious scholars will immediately discount anything that is sourced from Wikipedia as there are no restrictions regarding what information can be added and who can add to it, making it suspect at best.

    Again, I have enjoyed your website and find it very informative and, apart from the Wikipedia sourcing, will be using it as a future reference.

    Reply

  8. I have a question regarding Geniuses. Does evolution contradict with The Bible? Can you believe in evolution but still fully believe in The Bilble? Thanks!

    Reply

    1. Hi Henry, You ask a great question, one I struggled with for quite some time after becoming a Christian. The answer is, Yes, evolution does contradict the Bible. You can be saved and believe in evolution but your faith will be weak because you cannot fully believe all of the Bible and evolution at the same time. Just one example: In Luke Chapter 3 the genealogy of Jesus is traced back to Adam, about 6 thousand years prior. If you believe in Jesus you have to believe in Adam. The New Testament clear states (1 Co 15:45) that Adam was the first man. So the Bible says the first man was created six thousand years ago. That contradicts what evolution says. So you have to reject one and accept the other. As a point of fact, evolution also disagrees with many established laws of science. I have written a book that shows the contradictions between evolution and the Bible and evolution and science. You can get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Theistic-Evolution-Did-Create-Through/dp/0741424142/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1466033458&sr=8-14&keywords=theistic+evolution

      Reply

  9. JSM has come up “short” two months in a row, to the tune of $2Million! It appears TRUE Christians are catching on, Praise God! They can EASILY make it up from their $500M coffers; or sell a couple of jets, their Mercedes, or $5M estate if they Truly care about forwarding God’s word to the world. Instead, (you will notice) JSM is suddenly recruiting numerous black singers and younger blacks; talking about, “Generation after generation, we need to spread the Word of God to the young people”. Donnie was obviously pissed they did not make their artificial goal; (which includes HUGE profits for the Swaggarts). Read 2 Cor. 2:17 ! “We do NOT peddle the Word of God for profits”. And Jimmy blames all their criticism of their opulent, tax-free lifestyles on gossip and the Devil. They are NOT teaching the TRUTH from God’s Word or any repritable Bible. Instead, JSM has distorted God’s Word with Jimmy’s own “expositor bible” in an effort to Pollute minds and gain more stature, (pride) and profit. 1 Tim: 6:3-10. These people are seriously twisted; out for money !
    We pray you pass on God’s TRUTH to NOT support Jimmy Swaggart or family.

    Reply

  10. I was abused by a Catholic Priest at the age of 12 and left the church in disgust at the age of 18. I was empty without God until 1997, when I was converted and saved by a Bible believing, (KJV) Christian. He put me on the path to salvation,
    according to God’s Word in the Bible. I was Baptize in 1998 at the age of 45 in accordance with the Bible, with him at my side. I truly love that man, but he NEVER told me that I had to, “speak with evidence of tongues” as JSM claims we “MUST do in order to be truly Baptized in Christ”. Just like Catholicism I was very confused! So, I studied with scholars, versus Jimmy Swaggart; who it turns out; is a high school DROP OUT! NO WHERE in ANY Bible, but his “expositor BS bible” does it say you are Truly “Saved” when you speak in tongues – NO WHERE!!! This man and his family are NOTHING more than show people, (like Jimmy’s cousins) exploiting the Word of God for HUGE PROFIT!
    They claim a FALSE monopoly on God and the Cross for money. 2 Cor. 2:17. PLEASE Wake UP! Find a local, Honest, God’s True Word, Bible believing Church, and get involved and support them. DO NOT waste, or piss away
    your money like my mother did. They did NOTHING for her in return, in her
    time of need; and after giving over $200K. JSM just asked for more money.
    PLEASE PAY ATTENTION!!! These people are a CIRCUS act in God’s name!
    Why would you put up with heresy and blasphamy of OUR God and Church?

    Reply

      1. God bless you, Pastor Mark. I personally know ex-employees who first brought this fake, for profit family to my attention. I did not ask for this, but am appalled at what I have learned from honest people, who spent years working, (and suffering) under the Swaggart Ministry, especially under Francis. Can you enlighten us further? What about other web-sites we can visit and investigate for more facts?
        Thank you in advance.

        Reply

  11. 7/21/16 at 8:45 pm. WOW!!! Jimmy has now got a new black preacher
    on stage screaming at us, creating FEAR if we are not saved in the way
    he claims; just like the foolishness of Jimmy Swaggart and his family.
    Folks, PLEASE read your Bibles, instead of believing in their heresy!

    Reply

  12. It has been stated here that you support Ted Cruz and not Donald Trump. Now that the RNC and DNC conventions are over with, then we are left with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. You do not support Trump so that only leaves Hillary. So, the only option is to vote third party or not at all. As such, a vote for a third party will only hand one of the other candidates the election. I think that Hillary is a shoo-in and that her victory will be a measurable milestone in the trajectory of our country.

    Reply

    1. Hi James, Yes, my support was for Cruz, however now that the primary is over I am backing the Republican candidate – Trump. He is not as good as Cruz would have been but nevertheless, Trump is far better than Hillary. I have predicted that Trump will lose to Hillary. I pray that I am mistaken.

      Reply

  13. Brother Mark, it’s just after 5:00 am 8-22-16 I flipped the channel and there was SBN with Swaggart preaching. The message he was preaching was in Nashville Tennessee on September 13th the year 1985.

    At one point he was preaching what it means to be saved, justified or Justification and it’s meaning to a believer and Sanctification and what it means to a Christian. This is important because he claims now that God gave him a new revelation about the cross and these three doctrines in 1991. He preached on these three doctrines many times before, his moral failure in 1988. He has said (now) that “maybe he had read these thing before but just didn’t see what God has showed him (The new revelation)now. I submit that there is one thing to say “I read something before in the bible but that’s all I did was read it, I didn’t really know what it meant. But it’s another thing to read it and either teach it or preach on it, as he has done several times in the past before his failure. He knew it and it’s meaning before he got caught with a prostitute. This is why I don’t believe him, that God has now gave him a new revelation on what he’s preached on and knew the meaning of, the cross and the teachings that comes with it, (saved, sanctification and justification). He’s created a excuse to justify his not repenting and admitting that he was lost. The truth, God did use him, but God also used a donkey, because God uses a man or woman doesn’t mean they are in right standing with God, God’s word will not return to Him void no matter who says it. This is Swaggarts issue, he can’t stand the ideal that God used him while he was seeing a prostitute, in his mind he believes he must have been in right standing with God or else God wouldn’t have used him. That is just not true. The ideal God uses us should be an incentive for us to maintain a purity in Christ, but it doesn’t mean God can’t use a person who is in sin. God can and has (been known to do so), to use whom or what ever He chooses. He used Pharaoh, Judas and others that He knew that they weren’t right with him.Just because God uses us doesn’t mean we are right with Him, God will not share his glory.

    Reply

    1. Hi James and thanks for your insightful comment. That is very interesting – he was teaching his “new revelation” before he says he received it. This confirms what I have suspected all along – that his concocted new revelation is just a way to excuse his past failures. God bless.

      …Pastor Mark

      Reply

  14. I watched you video on Jimmy Swaggart and was not surprised at what was said. What surprised me and hurt me the most was the liquor bottles to the right of the viewing screen. I am a Child of God and if you drink, that is between you and God. However, there are a lot of Christians who believe drinking is a sin and you have hurt your witness for God. I would suggest if you do anymore work for the Lord, you be very careful in offending the “babies” that are still on milk…. Being a drunk is also a sin.

    Reply

    1. Hi Libby, Your comment about liquor bottles has me puzzled. I do not drink and there are no liquor bottles than I can find in any of my videos. Which video are you talking about? The Swaggart Seduction? My videos are shot in a green room, so the background is actually a picture. I use a picture of an office library off the Internet. I have looked closely and I see no liquor bottles in the picture. No one else has made a comment about any bottles, so I guess no one else sees them either. If there were liquor bottles in the picture, I would agree with you completely. God Bless,
      …Pastor Mark

      Reply

  15. Do you know why people believe in JS’s messages? I have a grandson who is dating a girl who attends a church that preaches the cross. He was told he was no good because he doesn’t speak in tongues and more. So much of what they state doesn’t even make sense. This girl’s father (from what she has said is very perverted) and he tells my grandson that if he turns to God (as if he hasn’t), he will support him even over his family. ??????? She uses the expository bible and they argue when he disagrees. I don’t get it.

    Reply

    1. Hi Moira, Thanks for your input. What you experienced is typical of what you run into when dealing with people caught up in a cult. They can be very argumentative and narrow-minded. Hopefully your grandson can get find a bible-based church to take his girlfriend to.

      …Pastor Mark

      Reply

  16. Have you recently seen the commericals on sbn? One of them has a man saying his ears are tickled!!!! and that’s suppose to be good?

    Reply

    1. Hi Lee, Wow! Really? Thats amazing. They are actually bragging that they are the fulfillment of the prophecy: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires…” (2 Timothy 4:3). I am guessing that since they are King James fanatics they don’t realize several modern translations have it as “ears tickled” instead of as in the KJV, “itching ears.

      …Pastor Mark

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge