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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Shepherd's Chapel

The Shepherd's Chapel is a church that broadcast a chapter by chapter, verse by verse, bible study by Pastor Arnold Murray in a 1 hour time format.

A quick search on the internet on "Pastor Arnold Murray" will show this church's website as the first result (  Following that are many results for pages that discount this pastor.  Here are a few:
"I recommend that you stay far away from this man and the Shepherd's Chapel."
"Most of Arnold Murray's heretical teaching comes from a subtle misinterpreting of Scripture."
"The message Arnold Murray is spreading is unfortunately a mixture and can be lethal to one's spiritual life"
"First and foremost, this makes Arnold Murray a false prophet"
"Stringini knows he’s not alone among former Shepherd’s Chapel students who left in disgust over Murray’s Serpent Seed theology."

These websites, along with many YouTube videos, critique Murray's bible study broadcasts by claiming he is teaching false and misleading "doctrines" and even suggest that Shepherd's Chapel is a cult.

It is safe to say that the majority of churches and Christians believe Murray's bible study does not align well with them insomuch that there is a considerable amount of critiquing content on the internet.

One must wonder why there is so much content on the internet opposed to this church that is generally unheard of in the mainstream Christian community:

For what purpose does it serve to warn fellow Christians to stay away from a bible study that goes over the bible chapter by chapter verse by verse?

Are there even any other bible study or church broadcasts that do this?

Are there even any churches and pastors that read the bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse to their attendees?

What would happen to these churches if we Christians make reading the bible to us chapter by chapter, verse by verse, a criteria for us to go to that church?

Why don't we make reading the bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse a criteria for being part of a church.

Does this describe Shepherd's Chapel?:
Romans 16:16-18
16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Many are deceived. Are the people who study the bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse, with Murray deceived?
Matthew 24:5
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:23-24
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

I don't know about you, but I find it very difficult to read the bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse, and equally difficult listening to someone else read it to me let alone any provided interpretations.  Thank God it is much easier to listen to a pastor talk about something else or reading a handbook in bible study, phew!