FALSE TEACHING BY JON COURSON
Because Jon Courson is so knowledgeable of the bible, he can twist scripture to accommodate whatever message he wants to communicate to the church. 2 Peter 2:1-3 “…there will be false teachers… many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By COVETOUSNESS [GREED] they will exploit you with deceptive words…”
How do you recognize false teachers? Study! Last Wednesday night, Jon taught at Harvest Christian Fellowship. His message was about ‘confession’ (ironically so). Now that the Lord has given me eyes to see Jon for who he truly is, it was evident in his teaching last week that he was striving to get through the teaching, he even tried to push out a tear in an attempt to emotionally draw in his audience. Listen for yourself: (http://www.harvest.org/webcast/player.php?event=7§ion=archive&id=1566).
So I started to wonder what message Jon gave to the church after he received my e-mail when I asked to be reimbursed for my lost “peas” (keep reading). To read this e-mail I sent to Jon (on Friday, February 8, 2013), go to www.calvarychapelabuse.com and go to [link] the story about Jon Courson, find the link titled “Letter to Atty Paradis, mailed 03.21.14”. Click on this link and you’ll be able to read the letter I wrote to Jon Courson’s attorney. Scroll down the letter to #7 and there you’ll be able to read a copy of the e-mail I sent to Jon Courson and Chuck Smith on 02.08.13.
Jon Courson was so livid after he read my e-mail on Friday, 02.08.13, guess what the title of his teaching was for the following Sunday Service on 02.10.13? “…Get Your Cotton Pickin Paws Out Of My Pea Patch…” No kidding!! Listen to his teaching for yourself: (http://www.joncourson.com/teaching/teachingsplay.asp?teaching=S7040).
The teaching was on 2 Samuel 23:11-12, and out of this piece of scripture Jon extracted his message titled “…Get Your Cotton Pickin Paws Out Of My Pea Patch…”, and his teaching was solely on spiritual warfare and demons, which has nothing to do with 2 Samuel 23:11-12. Jon deliberately misquoted and twisted scripture to meet his own self-serving purpose to say to you and to me “…Get Your Cotton Pickin Paws Out Of My Pea Patch…”.
Jon is a false teacher. Another example is Jon’s definition of the meaning of the name “Shammah”: “…but today I want us to look at one of the men particularly in light of something which I believe the spirit of the Lord wants to say to many of us at Applegate today…Shammah, his name literally means desolation or depression. He was one of those guys who was in debt and distressed and discontent, and his name significantly, as bible names are significant, his name means desolation literally, or depression…” This is false.
What is the true meaning of “Shammah”? Shammah was one of three of David’s mighty men. There was nothing about him that was “…in debt and distressed and discontent…” In fact, the word “Shammah” is derived from the Hebrew word “sham”, which means “there” or “at that place”. YHWH-Shammah is the last name God revealed through His Old testament prophets. In the historic setting in which it’s given, this name reassured Israel that God had not abandoned them during their 70-year period of Babylonian captivity, and that there would eventually be a restoration of Jerusalem and the Temple. What an excellent name is this YHWH-Shammah! YHWH is there… YHWH is here… YHWH is in me… YHWH is in you…! YHWH is very serious about where and in whom His name abides!
Thank God for men like Shammah who will STAND for what is right. We need more men like Shammah who will fight for the church, for the James 1:27 church. Jon’s false teaching implies that Shammah was fighting against demonic forces, when in fact Shammah was fighting the Philistines to protect food on a mountain, food that was probably used to feed widows and fatherless children (the true church according to James 1:27). Out of 2 Samuel 23:11-12, Jon extracted “…Get Your Cotton Pickin Paws Out Of My Pea Patch…” and his teaching was solely focused on spiritual warfare and demons, all for the sole purpose of sending you and me a clear message: the pea patch, the church, the property, the money, all belongs to Jon Courson, and so “…Get Your Cotton Pickin Paws Out Of My Pea Patch…” (Jude v.12, “…shepherds who feed only themselves…”). And anyone who comes against Jon Courson is seen as the enemy or a demon or oppressed or whatever.
The mountain belongs to God. The pea patch belongs to God, not to Jon Courson and his family empire. The peas belong to the fatherless children and the widows (James 1:27), therefore, Jon Courson must make restitution for the neglect and abuse of the fatherless children and the widows he neglected during his watch.
GIVE US BACK OUR PEAS.