1 Thessalonians 5:21 " But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; "


Introduction

According to exministries.com (website owned by G Craige Lewis), - "G. Craige Lewis has been ministering for over 25 years. He is Pastor of Adamant Believers Council in Grand Prairie, TX and also travels the world spreading the message of deliverance through EX Ministries. He promotes the message of Jesus Christ and fights against the secularization of God’s church. "

His official website is exministries.com. He is known for his "Truth Behind Hip Hop" series.

BIBLICAL ISSUES WITH THE TEACHINGS OF G CRAIGE LEWIS AND EX-MINISTRIES

1. Ex-ministries has no clear and proper biblically sound doctrinal statement available to the masses on Ex-ministries.com, the Facebook page for Ex ministries , his personal blog - http://gcraige.blogspot.com/ or the Adamant Believer's mission statement found here - http://www.true-church.org/abc2012.pdf

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 3:15 "but [a]in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how [b]one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. "

2 Timothy 3:16 says "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,"

Titus 1:9 "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 2:1 "But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine."

John 4:24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."



Why is this a serious issue? It s a serious issue in light of scripture because nobody really knows by looking at Ex ministries public profiles where G Craige Lewis stands doctrinally on the essentials of the Christian faith. Essential beliefs are beliefs that one cannot deny in order to be a true Christian based on God's Holy word- The Bible.  On his website, it claims he shares the gospel but what is the gospel? Ex-ministries would claim it preaches the message of Christ, but one has to ask what is the message of Christ and who is Christ according to Ex-ministries?



The Church is the pillar of truth, all scripture is God breathed useful for teaching, rebuking, etc, an Elder must hold faithful to the word of God, teach sound doctrine, and Christians are called to worship in Spirit and in truth.
G Craige Lewis has no clear doctrinal statement out to the public on what he believes in light of scripture that one can test to see if he is truly of Christ in light of 1 John 4:1. Just because someone says I teach "Jesus" does not mean they do. G. Craige is clear about opposing hip hop, but why is he not clear about Christ and the foundational beliefs that surround Christ?
The Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons claim they teach and worship Jesus, but the Jesus they worship is not the Jesus of the Bible. Jesus was clear in John 8:24 " "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." It matters who you believe Jesus is. Your faith is only as good as who you put it in.


G Craige Lewis and Ex-ministries do not have a clear, concise statements on the deity of Christ (being God & man at the same time), there being one God who is triune, salvation by grace through faith alone NOT works e.g baptism, etc, the bodily death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and especially the gospel. These are essential beliefs that one cannot deny in order to be a Christian.

For more on essential beliefs (beliefs that a Christian cannot deny) read this - https://carm.org/essential-doctrines-of-christianity

Why are people following this ministry when it is hard to discern what he believes on the core and essential beliefs of Christ? He is forthright with condemning Hip Hop but what about the foundation of Christ and his gospel? The gospel is of first importance- 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. It seems he is dedicated to condemning the ills of Hip Hop over the gospel and this is a huge problem. The gospel comes first and everything we do should be in response to Christ and his finished work on the cross. Christ is not to be put on the back-burner. Any movement or philosophy that downplays Christ at the forefront is to be rejected - 2 Corinthians 10:5. When you have people putting social justice over the gospel it is to be rejected. When you have people putting preferences over the gospel it is to be rejected. Christ is preeminent .




2. G. Craige Lewis lacks discernment and partners up with false Churches that preach false gospels that lead people to hell apart from God and/or compromise the word of God on important teachings.
2 John 1:10- 11 "If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds."

1 Timothy 4:16 "Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers."

Galatians 1:6-9 "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!"


Romans 16:17-18 "Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and [a]hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. 18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own [b]appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting."

Amos 3:3 "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"

Why should anyone be surprised that Ex-ministries partners up with false ministries that spread false gospels that ultimately condemn people to hell apart from God? Why would anyone be surprised that he partners up with false churches that ordains female pastors even though G Craige claims he does not believe in women being pastors?

This should be of no surprise because Ex-ministries has no clear doctrinal statement on what they believe and Ex-ministries is most focused on condemning the ills of Hip Hop over the gospel. When you have a Pastor and movement like this, it is easy to compromise just to get your message out because Christ and his gospel is secondary. With an unclear or absent doctrinal statement, one such as G Craige Lewis can speak at any place that calls itself a  "church". Clear doctrinal statements are avoided in the name of unbiblical unity.

A good example is false teacher Beth Moore- vague doctrinal statement on the essentials and numerous partnerships with false teachers.

Ex-Ministries and G Craige Lewis do not care about the purity of the gospel. Scripture is clear in 1 Timothy 4:16, Galatians 1:6-9, Romans 16:17-18, Amos 3:3, etc.

Here are some of the "churches" G Craige Lewis has spoken at and visited irrespective of their hell damning heresy and apostasy-
This information is found on Ex-Ministries "Engagements Page" (as well as the Internet of places) he has visited and partnered up with:
  • The Bread House – Bethlehem Temple Church on July 16, 2016



























The Bread House is an Apostolic/Pentecostal "church". It is not Christian because it denies essential and core beliefs of a Christian and promotes a false gospel. This is a church that leads people to hell apart from God yet Ex-ministries has no problem in attending to promote their anti-hip hop doctrine at the expense of the gospel.

This church teaches-
  • Denies the doctrine of the Trinity.
    Denies justification by faith alone by stating that baptism is also required for salvation.
    Wrongly teaches Jesus is God the Father.
    Wrongly teaches Jesus is the Holy Spirit.
    Wrongly teaches The name of God is "Jesus."
    Wrongly teaches Baptism is necessary for salvation.
    Denies pre-existence of the Word as the Son. Teaches that He existed as the Father.
    Wrongly teaches being born again means repentance, baptism, and speaking in tongues.
    Wrongly Baptism must be administered by an ordained Oneness minister to be valid.
    Wrongly teaches Baptism must be administered with the phrase, "In the name of Jesus," instead of the phrase, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," (Matt. 28:19).
    Wrongly teaches Speaking in tongues is a necessary requirement to demonstrate that a person has been baptized in the Holy Spirit and is, therefore, saved. It is claimed to be the initial sign of the infilling of the Holy Ghost. etc
Look up the website www.breadhouse.org to find out more about it's apostolic/Oneness roots.
For more on the Apostolics/Oneness read here - https://carm.org/oneness-pentecostal

Bread House leads people to Hell and Ex-ministries is okay with that by virtue of their affiliation.


  • Heritage International Christian Church on September 14, 2016





Ex-ministries will be partnering up with this unbiblical church soon. Prayerfully and hopefully he is led to repentance before then.

Heritage International Christian Church has no clear doctrinal statement on its website on whether it is Christian or not. One does not know what they believe. You would have to attend the church  physically but that is not recommended because you do not even know what they are preaching and what the church really believes. John 4:24 comes to mind.

The best way to find out is compare their online sermons to the Bible and also ask them what they believe with regards to the essential beliefs. Their website is heritageky.org.

I would not encourage anybody to attend this church because it ordains female pastors in direct violation of scripture. Not only is this church not clear on it's beliefs, it also compromises on how God's church is to be run in direct violation of 1 Timothy 3. Jannie Jackson is in sin for occupying the office of pastor and Aubrey Jackson as well for allowing it. This church compromises and promotes apostasy.



"1 Tim. 2:12-14 is where Paul explicitly states that he does not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man but to remain quiet ("quiet" is hesuchia, not complete silence but respectful quiet)--because Adam was created first. In 1 Tim. 3:15 we are told this is how we are to conduct ourselves in the household of God. When a woman is a pastor and/or elder, she is in a place of authority over men. Paul clearly tells us this authority in the church structure is not the place for a woman because Adam was made first. This is not a cultural issue. Remember, Eve sinned first; but sin entered the world through Adam and not Eve (Rom. 5:12) because Adam was in the position of authority. This is why husbands are the head of the wife even as Christ is head of the church (Eph. 5:23). The place of authority in the church and family is not the place of the woman.

In Titus 1:5-6 it says that the elder must be “the husband of one wife.” The Greek is literally “man of one woman." This same phrase is used of the Bishop in 1 Tim. 3:2 and the Deacon in 1 Tim. 3:12. Remember, Paul is speaking of church officers - not servants (diakonos) in homes (Rom. 16:1, 27). So, the pastor/elder is to be a man of one woman.1 Tim. 5:17 tells us that the elders are to receive honor - especially those who preach and teach. Therefore, the pastor is an elder by definition, and the elder is to be a “man of one woman.” The word “elders” here is masculine in the Greek. So, Paul is telling us how the church is to operate (1 Tim. 3:15), and that the place of ecclesiastical authority is based on male eldership because Adam was created first (1 Tim. 2:12-13). This is doctrine - not culture.


Women pastors is not an essential issue but we should still worry about it. If you do think we should not worry about it then why did God tell us women are not to teach or exercise authority over men (1 Tim. 2:12-13) in the church (1 Tim. 3:15)? Why did he tell us that an elder is to be a “man of one woman,” (Titus 1:5-6) if we are not to worry about it?
Galatians 3:28 is not about women pastors and elders. It is about salvation - in Christ, not church eldership, so it doesn’t apply. Deborah (Judges 4, 5) was an Old Testament Judge - not a New Testament elder. Prophesying women (Acts 21:8, 9) are not elders/pastors. Priscilla (Rom. 16:3, 4), a fellow worker in Christ, is not said to be an elder/pastor. Phoebe (Rom. 16:1) is a servant (diakonos) of the church - not an elder/pastor. Note that Jesus came not to be served but to serve (diakonos) (Mark 10:45). The government is called a minister (diakonos) of God (Rom. 13:4). Junia (Rom. 16:7) may have been a female apostle (not one of the 12) though this is debated. Still, even if she were, apostles are not for today; and an apostle is not a pastor/elder. The Chosen Lady of 2 John 1 is an honored woman - not a pastor/elder. Basically, the standard verses cited by people to support women being pastors and elders do no such thing."


Ex-ministries is okay with partnering up with this apostate group because it is not committed to the gospel of Christ. Mr. Lewis claims he believes the truth of women not being called to pastor, yet he is okay with partnering up with churches that do so and are not clear on their beliefs.


The picture above is a screenshot of a post found here - http://www.exministries.com/mother-of-all-gods-female-pastor-teaches-single-christians-to-sin/ where Ex-ministries condemns the unbiblical practice of women pastors tied into their crusade against Hip Hop at the expense of the cross of Christ. Ex-ministries hypocritically says one thing and then partners up with groups that go against the clear teachings of the Bible in the area of female pastors. This is not good.



There are many other churches that Ex-ministries has partnered up with to spread it's anti-Hip Hop agenda at the expense of the gospel of Christ and clear, solid, sound biblical instructions. You can google all the false churches Ex-ministries has partnered up with.

A very disturbing example is Ex-ministries partnership with Full Gospel Holy Temple in Dallas Texas in the year 2005. This church is a false church that preaches a false gospel that leads many to hell apart from God and promotes the false teachings of modern day Apostles. The Bible is not the standard of authority at that church and Ex-ministries had no problem partnering up with them. For more, read this - http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/hip-hops-public-enemy-6420085


Only Christ knows how many people Ex-ministries has flattered to hell by diluting the gospel to condemn Hip-Hop. One has to wonder what Ex-ministries really believes since they are okay with partnering up with false teachers just to get a platform to condemn hip hop. Is this ministry dedicated to Christ and the gospel or selling DVDs exposing hip hop? Can two walk together unless they be agreed?(Amos 3:3)



3. Ex-ministries promotes legalism and promotes extra-biblical revelations from God

Hip Hop as a religion is simple false and will lead you to hell apart from God. Jesus Christ is the only way to God John 14:6. This is very clear.

Should Ex-ministries expose the truth and origins of Hip-Hop and those calling it a religion? Absolutely. Should people who hold to it as a religion be called to repentance and faith in Christ? Yes. God is calling for everyone to repent and believe the gospel- Acts 17:30, 2 Corinthians 10:5

The problem, however, is Ex-ministries is diluting the gospel to do this and promoting preferences over the word of God in the form of legalism as well as extra-biblical revelations from God.

 "The word “legalism” does not occur in the Bible. It is a term Christians use to describe a doctrinal position emphasizing a system of rules and regulations for achieving both salvation and spiritual growth. Legalists believe in and demand a strict literal adherence to rules and regulations. Doctrinally, it is a position essentially opposed to grace. Those who hold a legalistic position often fail to see the real purpose for law, especially the purpose of the Old Testament law of Moses, which is to be our “schoolmaster” or “tutor” to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24).

Even true believers can be legalistic. We are instructed, rather, to be gracious to one another: “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters” (Romans 14:1). Sadly, there are those who feel so strongly about non-essential doctrines that they will run others out of their fellowship, not even allowing the expression of another viewpoint. That, too, is legalism. Many legalistic believers today make the error of demanding unqualified adherence to their own biblical interpretations and even to their own traditions. For example, there are those who feel that to be spiritual one must simply avoid tobacco, alcoholic beverages, dancing, movies, etc. The truth is that avoiding these things is no guarantee of spirituality.

The apostle Paul warns us of legalism in Colossians 2:20-23: “Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: ‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.” Legalists may appear to be righteous and spiritual, but legalism ultimately fails to accomplish God’s purposes because it is an outward performance instead of an inward change.

To avoid falling into the trap of legalism, we can start by holding fast to the words of the apostle John, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17) and remembering to be gracious, especially to our brothers and sisters in Christ. “Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4). “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat” (Romans 14:10).

A word of caution is necessary here. While we need to be gracious to one another and tolerant of disagreement over disputable matters, we cannot accept heresy. We are exhorted to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3). If we remember these guidelines and apply them in love and mercy, we will be safe from both legalism and heresy. “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1)." http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-Christian-legalism.html


The origins of Hip Hop are ungodly and do not glorify Christ based on the evidence I have seen. Most of Hip Hop culture promoted today is truly devoid of Christ. Hip Hop as a religion is false. It is simply not biblical and is pragmatic to teach and believe that in order to reach people engulfed in the Hip Hop culture, the church must become like Hip Hop in it's sin against God. God's word shows us to how engage the lost. God's word is sufficient in all areas of life - 2 Timothy 3:16.


Ex-ministries is promoting legalism because it is not attacking the heart issue and elevating its opinion on Hip Hop above scripture based on subjective, popular thought. What is sad is it does this at the expense of the gospel. They pinpoint individuals who the majority believe are the founders of Hip Hop and use them to make their argument against Hip Hop. This is classic Argumentum ad populum.

What does Ex-ministries say to individuals who deny KRS-ONE's claims or deny the majority's view on the history of Hip Hop? Hip Hop is not inspired by God so how do we know the history on it is perfectly true?

People like KRS-ONE and Afrikan Bambaata are people who promote Hip Hop as a religion and need to repent, but by what perfect objective standard can Ex-ministries make the claim that all Hip Hop culture is dedicated to the denial of Christ? Rap historically stems from the culture of Hip Hop, so if Ex-ministries wants to condemn Hip Hop Culture as a whole then logically it must condemn rap.
Saying you do "Christian Rap" does not excuse you because rap is of pagan origin and Ex-ministries preaches that everything of pagan origin is to be avoided while putting the gospel to the back-burner.

If a Christian can take rap and use it to glorify Christ, what is wrong biblically with condemning the evil of all of Hip Hop and pointing it to Christ and then using areas of Hip Hop to glorify Christ within the confines of scripture?


Ex-ministries has no concrete biblical answer for this. They are more focused on selling DVDs at the expense of the message of the gospel and sound doctrine. 

The problem with this legalistic standard is that almost all things in the world are of pagan origin. What does Ex-ministries say to the fact that all days of the week are named after false gods yet true Christians say them? The names of the days of the week are of pagan origin, based on Ex-ministries twisted legalistic standard, the church must stop using these names! Where is the line drawn?

We can draw the line by looking to Christ and his example and the word not overt legalism- 2 Timothy 3:16. Lewis is okay with condemning Hip Hop but does not care about the purity and essentials of Christ.

With legalism, the line is constantly blurred on truth revealed in God's word. 

Lewis promotes his legalism at the expense of the gospel with extra-biblical "visions". He claims God gave him a vision to give the church, yet he is diluting the gospel to condemn hip hop and does not preach Christ crucified and risen above all. God is not the author of confusion - 1 Corinthians 14:33 and God does not need to give anyone extra-biblical visions because he has given us scripture and scripture is complete.
What is God telling Lewis that HE has not revealed in his word? God's word is the standard by which we can judge what is going around us. We do not need any new philosophies or movements. We need Christ as revealed in the Bible.

Here is his "vision"(please use scripture to judge it) - http://www.exministries.com/the-ministry/vision-2/



Conclusion
Ex-Ministries is not a biblically sound ministry. G Craige Lewis is not a biblically sound teacher and is not to be trusted to handle and divide the word of God with integrity. He compromises the gospel, promotes legalism and extra-biblical revelations.

One has to wonder, is he truly dedicated to promoting the true Christ or more focused on making merchandise of people while compromising the gospel?

2 Peter 2:3 "and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep."


Written by Cash Willis