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theological pants“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” Jude

If you don’t know or are wondering what the heretic Mark T. Barclay has taught, here’s is a summery:

In a nutshell, here’s what the heretic Mark T. Barclay has heretically taught.

1. The heretic Mark T. Barclay has Gnostically taught that God is made up of parts and is a three–part being.

2. He has taught that the Trinity is not individual persons (hypostasis) for he heretically states that: “We teach them sorta, kinda almost as three different people for the sake of teaching.”

3. Like the Jehovah Witnesses, the heretic has taught that in heaven God was Creator and not the Father. Thus, teaching an Arian concept of the person of the Father.

4. Against the Authority of Scripture which states that God doesn’t change, the heretic has heathanistically taught that God changed for human understanding.

5. The heretic Barclay’s radical false teachings on the Godhead, damages the orthodox and cardinal teaching of Christ’s hypostatic union, being fully and truly God and fully and truly man in one single divine person.

Like all other heretical groups, Mark T. Barclay Ministries, which includes Living Word Church and Invasion Youth Ministries, etc will say that they aren’t  a cult, but in reality they are indeed one and outside Authentic Christianity.

 

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Mark T. Barclay: Hatred for the Trinity and any Defense – False Impersonation by Ken Mattson

“Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”  Is.29:15

Recently, Mark T. Barclay Ministries has set up a fake blogging website called Theology of Mark T. Barclay(Theologyofmarktbarclay). What’s astonishing about this is they rather blatantly copied this site name of The Theology of Mark T.Barclay(Thetheologyofmarktbarclay) and they’ve deliberately copied and stoled all my tags from my written post to use on their own post.

It also further appears that his ministry has unscrupulously gone as far as impersonating someone on their new blog – which is actually against the law. If you don’t know, false impersonation is both Federal and State crimes and should be the furthers activity from any Christian ministry saying they proclaim the gospel of Christ – especially a minister who has served as a Marine in the United States Military.

Their fake blog is about a guy by the name of Brother John and his new journey through the theology of Mark T. Barclay. Upon reading the articles though, it becomes very apparent that the entries weren’t written by someone unfamiliar with Barclay’s teachings – I think any lawyer could see that easily.  Again, we have thee legal proof of this and this is in the actual ownership of the site, because it’s Mark T. Barclay who owns and operates the blog and who is sponsoring and impersonating this Brother John. 

Further, the public revelation that Mark T. Barclay would go this far in being morally unethical in this matter both in his church piety and the business practices of his ministry is truly astounding and is a further example of his falsehood and apostasy. 

Below is the public record and can be found here: http://www.register.com

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 2.38.40 PMWhois Record:Theologyofmarkt.barclay

Domain Name: THEOLOGYOFMARKTBARCLAY.COM

Registrant Name: Pastor Chris McMichael

Registrant Organization: Engrafted Word Church

Registrant Phone: +1.9315281305

Registry Admin ID:

Admin Name: Josh Barclay

Admin Organization: Mark Barclay Ministries

Registry Tech ID:

Tech Name: Pastor Chris McMichael

Tech Organization: Engrafted Word Church

Tech Email: info@myonlinegenius.com

Barclay’s hatred for authentic Christianity: The Hiding of his heresies on the Trinity

As you can see, the legal name(s), which can be found publicly online is that of an ordained minister under Mark T. Barclay by the name of Pastor Chris McMichael and Engrafted Word in Church in Cookeville, Tennessee. 

Further the public information states the registered admin or the person and organization who controls the site is Josh Barclay and Mark T. Barclay Ministries. So clearly the blog is part of Mark T. Barclay Ministries and not Brother John’s site. 

I believe Mark T. Barclay Ministries copied my tags, my site name and that their site was maliciously set up with the intent to confuse people on search engines and this is because of Mark T. Barclay’s deep hatred for the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity and his deep hatred for the Christian churches defense of the truth of the Godhead over against his perverted heresies on the Trinity and the Person of Jesus Christ – which such Biblical defense – Mark T. Barclay has gone as far as falsely labeling defamation and slander.

I believe Mark T. Barclay Ministries copied my tags, my site name and that their site was maliciously set up with the intent to confuse people on search engines and this is because of Mark T. Barclay’s deep hatred for the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity and his deep hatred for the Christian churches defense of the truth of the Godhead over against his perverted heresies on the Trinity and the Person of Jesus Christ – which such Biblical defense – Mark T. Barclay has gone as far as falsely labeling defamation and slander.

Moreover, I think this fake site was also set up to give more credit to Barclay’s heretical teachings through false advertisement to those who are seeking the truth of the Trinity through the impersonation the Brother John. 

There are probably other reasons why his ministry acted unethically, but then again public records don’t lie and it’s Mark T. Barclay Ministries who owns and controls the .com blog site and it’s not a Brother John.

The other reason I think is that Mark T. Barclay is trying his hardest, – even going to the unethical means of copying my site and going as far as using fictitious names and fabricated stories – is to hide the truth of his heresies on the Trinity and hide his false prophecies from his deep pocketed financial donors and the public. Whatever the case is, it isn’t right at all and it’s a very unethical activity for a minister and ministry to be involved in, because it’s criminal. 

False Advertising to sell more Barclay products: The mis-painting of his image

What is the first public reaction when companies willfully engage in the practice of deception in order to mislead the public through false advertising? Well, first there is an public outcry, because people were stolen from through the deceptive greed of the company and parties involved; which usually leads to lawsuits with much damage to the companies, because of their illegal practices. Thus, false advertisement and the fruits of corporate greed have led to a lot of suffering and wrongful deaths in the United States. 

In this case of Mark T. Barclay Ministries with the deliberately copying my site name, tags and impersonating or at best secretly sponsoring Brother John’s blog – giving him books and bibles to do reviews and not letting the public know that he is sponsored and his blog is paid for by Mark T. Barclay is very misleading and deceptive to the public at large and is at best false advertisement.

From the lowest estimate, it’s probably in the thousands of dollars Mark T. Barclay Ministries has paid for the site’s .com, hosting and that’s not including the books and bibles that they gave this ‘John’ and that’s not including the research time and writing that would have been needed to do just one post – companies that do these types of practices are usually caught eventually and taken to court for deceiving the public.

From the lowest estimate, it’s probably in the thousands of dollars Mark T. Barclay Ministries has paid for the site’s .com, hosting and that’s not including the books and bibles that they gave this ‘John’ and that’s not including the research time and writing that would have been needed to do just one post – companies that do these types of practices are usually caught eventually and taken to court for deceiving the public.

Thus, for Mark T. Barclay Ministries to go this far to prop up his name, and to give more credit to his false teachings on the Trinity – just to sell more products through the impersonation of a Brother John is absolutely shameful.

But then again, this is Mark T. Barclay’s track record and legacy as a heretic. Mark T. Barclay’s name is synonymous with major Trinitarian heresy and his legacy is that of a deceiver and a false prophet. So maybe we shouldn’t be that surprised that he would go as far as breaking the Seventh Commandment along with false advertising and false impersonation through the overt sponsoring of a John by his ministry, but indeed it’s very shameful. 

Pervertedness, spiritual adultery and the online threats of physical harm to me

“Our God is a three-part being (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)”. Mark T. Barclay-The Missing Red Letters 2014

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Mark T. Barclay has already gone as far as teaching a least three of the most perverted heresies on the Trinity and the Person of Jesus Christ recorded in history – which heresies are rooted in Gnosticism. In his new book called The Missing Red Letters, he continues this sickness and teaches gnostically that God is a three-part being.

So I guess for his ministry to go about and copy my blog and go about impersonating a Brother John with many dollars of church funds is probably nothing to them ethically or morally – I guess when someone like Mark T. Barclay commits the ultimate form of adultery and that is spiritual adultery, nothing else immorally is off limits to him.  

Moreover, with the stories by former members of his church in the past that have written to this blog of spiritual abuse by himself and his ministers – I really don’t think anything is inconceivable now for Mark Barclay.

His hatred for the truth and his hatred for the truth of the Trinity and hatred of the defense of the Trinity has boiled over is absolutely astounding….… Its boiled over in this type of unethical practices of false impersonation by his ministry and the online threats toward me.

His hatred for the truth and his hatred for the truth of the Trinity and hatred of the defense of the Trinity has boiled over is absolutely astounding….… Its boiled over in this type of unethical practices of false impersonation by his ministry and the online threats toward me.

Just recently again, I was threatened physical harm by one of his followers over the Christian defense of the Trinity over against Barclay’s heresies on the Trinity. And another individual – most likely from Mark T. Barclay’s church – used all kinds of homosexually charged comments here on the blog and I traced the internet address back to Midland, Michigan – near Living Word Church, which is home to Mark T. Barclay Ministries.

Other Churches involved in FALSE IMPERSONATION and false advertising: The pen of Rev. McMichaels and Engrafted Word Church

Do you know your pastor is involved in false impersonation – hiding and the protection of Trinitarian heresies through false advertisement?

If you again look at the legal owners of the site on the public information you will also see that Mark T. Barclay Ministries didn’t act alone, but with another church and pastor.

Ironically, the Pastor Chris McMichael involved in this deceit is no other than an ordained minister under Mark T. Barclay and his church is called Engrafted Word Church.

From what I can see is that it looks like what little bible education he had was through Lester Sumrall’s Bible School, but the bulk of his education is secular and it’s in Geoscience. Further, it appears that he is not the owner of the site, but he works as an admin of the registered site. *Update 2016 below

If you go to this church or connected to this ministry; I would be asking questions why your pastor Chris McMichael and ministry is involved in this unscrupulous activity with the Barclay’s that is either criminal under U.S law or borders on the criminal.

Their site, which deliberately plagiarized my posted tags and my blog is obviously not Brother John’s site, because legally no John owns the blog. Moreover, the site is propped up and sponsored with hundreds if not thousands of dollars in monies given to Mark T. Barclay Ministries.

Again, it’s highly unlikely that there is a real Brother John in the first place and it seems this is a classic example of false Impersonation – if not at best false advertisement to sell more Mark T. Barclay materials or to prop up his name, but legally, pastor McMichael is legally involved in this deception and scandal. 

Hosting aren’t cheap, including BARCLAY’S FAMILY BUSINESS hosted on the ministries servers: KMAS Racing

Just to let you know something if you don’t know – hosting and setting up a .com website. It ranges at the lowest in the hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. Even for a person like myself – who is an occasional blogger; it would cost me a lot of money per year to make my blog site into a .com.

For me that’s a lot of Nespresso bullets that I could be buying for my espresso maker – so it’s not worth it. And to think a ‘Brother Jon’ would want to buy a .com – just to write about his experiences this year at a Living Word Conference and praise Barclay’s heresies – is an unthinkable amount of money for the average person to pay, when regular blogging, twitter and Facebook are free…. 

Further the astonishing thing is that the public records also appears that Mark T. Barclay Ministries has started a profit business called KMAS Racing, which is hosted and owned by Mark T. Barclay Ministries and most likely owned by a Barclay family member.

Further the astonishing thing is that the public records also appears that Mark T. Barclay Ministries has started a profit business called KMAS Racing, which is hosted and owned by Mark T. Barclay Ministries and most likely owned by a Barclay family member(Josh).

The site also has a forum, which is up to date on hobby radio controlled cars and dune buggies. The business called KMAS Racing also sells merchandise unrelated to ministry. 

If I was a giver to Mark T. Barclay Ministries, I’d be asking how much of your none profit money has been spent on the business from the church funds – because this is a legal matter and legally by law they have to be transparent without question.

Again, remember having a webpage and hosting is not cheap and not to included is the expensive cost of webpage, forum design and updates. It takes expertise to design, setup up webpages and host a forum. These specialized services alone are thousands of dollars a year and further, the profit business site is owned by Mark T. Barclay Ministries – not cheap stuff! 

I don’t know the laws in this area, but it does seem like a violation of a churches nonprofit status – having a profit business and using church giving funds to pay for the server use of the hosting of KMAS Racing.

Again, I don’t know, but it sure doesn’t look right and if I was the one giving to Mark T. Barclay Ministries, I would ask how much donations are being used to keep the business hosted and up to date and why donated monies are going toward the business of selling hobby related racing products – legally it really doesn’t look like it sits right with the IRS. 

*Update September 2016: It appears that they have taken the business page down, but still own the site. 

Mark Barclay’s DEEP HATRED FOR THE TRINITY and anyone who defense this most precious Christian doctrine

This is the sad state of Living Word Church cult and Mark T. Barclay himself and his hatred for the most precious doctrine in Scripture – being God himself – the Trinity.

Their actions towards me and this site only paint the picture more vividly of a evil man, a so called patriot(who hates the personal Godhead) and a ministry who will do anything to stop the historical and Scriptural defense of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity – even at the costly expense of false impersonation and false advertisement.

Their actions towards me and this site only paint the picture more vividly of a evil man, a so called patriot(who hates the personal Godhead) and a ministry who will do anything to stop the historical and Scriptural defense of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity – even at the costly expense of false impersonation and false advertisement.

The actions of Mark T. Barclay ministries only reveals a deep seated hatred of the truth of the Trinity – who is God alone in three divine persons(and not parts as Barclay heretically teaches), being simultaneously three in one; and further they will stop at nothing to prevent those as myself who would defend this Rule of Faith.

It’s absolutely mind boggling that they would go this far, but facts are facts and truth is truth and it’s his ministry who has done this unethical thing in setting up a fake blog with donated monies. This is sadly the reality of Mark T. Barclay and his followers – like other cults who hate the Trinity, and hate any defense of the Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity.

The truth is that Mark T. Barclay, his ministry and his associated ministers ordained under him have publicly attacked and persecuted any defense of the Trinity and the proper and Biblical understanding of Jesus Christ being one person with two natures, being truly man and truly God.

If you go to Mark T. Barclay church or a follower or Rev. Chris McMichael’s church you should be asking questions about doctrinal integrity on the Trinity, financial ones and about being involved in false impersonation –  using dot.coms and church monies.

*2016 Update: Mark T. Barclay’s thảm sát Mỹ Lai of souls continues:updated

Mark T. Barclay: Red Letter Gnosticism by Ken Mattson

It’s an irrefutable fact that Mark T. Barclay is a heretic and builds his hermeneutical and exegetical fallacy in his book The Missing Red Letters on a major Trinitarian heresy, which heresy is historically rooted and grounded in the heresy of Gnosticism and has been condemned by the Christian church since the Apostles.

As we will see in this review, the Apostles and the early leadership of the Christian church opposed Mark T. Barclay’s Gnostic teachings on the Trinity, which heresy in short not only gave rise to other major Trinitarian heresies like Modalism and Arianism, but also influenced Islam after Arianism was rejected by the Eastern church. And like Islam, Mark T. Barclay rejects the Biblical and orthodox teaching that there is one God in three co-equal and eternal persons. [1][2]

What we will find out further in this review is that Mark T. Barclay like other heretics doesn’t know Scripture, even the simple words of Jesus Christ as most Sunday school children do and he stumbles over basic Christian doctrine. This not only makes him a false teacher, but his Trinitarian heresies place his church and ministry in a dangerous cult.

A Cult Defined

“A cult, then, is a group of people polarized around someone’s interpretation of the Bible and is characterized by major deviations from orthodox Christianity relative to the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, particularly the fact that God became man in Jesus Christ.” –Walter Martin, The Rise of the Cults

If you don’t know already, Mark T. Barclay has taught at least three of the most destructive Trinitarian and Christological heresies in the history of the Christian church. In the opening chapter of this book, Barclay continues this sickening perversion and teaches that God is a three-part being and in other teachings he has evilly taught that God has changed and that the Godhead is not actual persons and heretically mixes up the roles of the divine persons. This places the message of this book in the deepest biblical error and is an insult to the Holy Spirit.

“Our God is a three-part being (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)”. Mark T. Barclay-The Missing Red Letters

The Importance of the Doctrine of the Trinity

Why is the Trinity important? Well, first of all, the doctrine of the Trinity regulates Christian worship and further it holds the keys to all other doctrines. This means that all other teachings in Scripture are inseparable from the doctrine of the Trinity and this is how basic and foundational the Trinity is to all teaching in Scripture. Or I will say it differently, the centrality of Christian teaching and worship is found in the Trinity and the orthodox teaching of the person of Jesus Christ that he is truly God and truly man. The confession of the Trinity is the throbbing heartbeat of the Christian church, “every error results from, or upon deeper reflection maybe traced to a wrong view of this doctrine”. [3] “The Church is truly Church in so far as it dwells in the Holy Trinity and embodies the truth of the Gospel in its empirical life and worship.” [4]

Barclay’s False Teachings in a Nutshell

In a nutshell, here’s what Mark T. Barclay has heretically taught.

  1. Mark T. Barclay has taught that God is made up of parts and is a three-part being.
  1. He has taught that the Trinity is not individual persons (hypostasis) for he heretically states that: “We teach them sorta, kinda almost as three different people for the sake of teaching.”
  1. Like the Jehovah Witnesses, has taught that in heaven God was Creator and not the Father. Thus, teaching an Arian concept of the person of the Father.
  1. He has wickedly taught that God changed for human understanding.
  1. Barclay’s heretical teachings on the Godhead, damages the orthodox and cardinal teaching of Christ’s hypostatic union, being fully and truly God and fully and truly man in one single divine person.

If Jesus is only a part and isn’t truly a person as with the other members of the Godhead, then he can’t be biblically God. This is how radically destructive Mark T. Barclay’s false teachings are to the orthodox understanding to the nature of the Trinity and to the Gospel, because Barclay like other heretics and cults destroys the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Simply put, salvation depends on a right formulation of Christ’s nature. This is why we can say that the Mormons and the Jehovah Witnesses for example have a different god and their Jesus can’t save. [5]

Christ’s Hypostatic Union.

Furthermore, the correct understanding of Jesus Christ is that he is God in the flesh and is one person with two natures, being truly man and truly God. Thus, we can unequivocally conclude through the objective truth of Scripture that Mark T. Barclay’s god like the Jehovah Witnesses is radically different than the God of Christianity and like other cults can’t save. [6]

The Orthodox and Biblical Understanding of the Trinity: “Tres personae, Una Substantia”

“The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Stated differently, God is one in essence and three in person. These definitions express three crucial truths: (1) The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons, (2) each Person is fully God, (3) there is only one God.” [7]

Barclay’s Error is Historically Rooted in Gnosticism.

What we find out its that Mark T. Barclay’s heresy on the Trinity and his destructive teaching on the Biblical understanding of Jesus Christ were refuted and condemned in the early church, because Barclay’s false teachings are historically pinpointed in time and space as Gnostic.

I have quoted this quote from Irenaeus before in connection with Barclay’s condemnation as a heretic, but this time I will unpack it and since this is a book review I think it’s appropriate.

Attacking the Gnostics, Irenaeus writes:

“But if they had known the Scriptures, and been taught by the truth, they would have known, beyond doubt, that God is not as men are; and that His thoughts are not like the thoughts of men. Far removed is the Father of all from those things, which operate among men, the affections and passions. He is simple, not composed of parts, without structure, altogether like and equal to himself alone. He is all mind, all spirit, all thought, all intelligence, all reason . . . all light, all fountain of every good..” Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2:13:3 (A.D. 189).

Further attacking the Gnostics and defending the one and undivided nature of God, Irenaeus writes:

“For if He produced intelligence, then He who did thus produce intelligence must be understood, in accordance with their views, as a compound and corporeal Being; so that God, who sent forth [the intelligence referred to], is separate from it, and the intelligence which was sent forth separate [from Him]. But if they affirm that intelligence was sent forth from intelligence, they then cut asunder the intelligence of God, and divide it into parts.” Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2:13:5

Church father Irenaeus goes on further and places Gnostic thought and heresy in the ancient doctrines of heathenism, which were taught by the philosophers.

He writes:

“These men (the heretics), adopting this fable as their own, have ranged their opinions round it, as if by a sort of natural process, changing only the names of the things referred to, and setting forth the very same beginning of the generation of all things, and their production.” Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2:14:1

He further writes:

This thought, too, these men have transferred to “the seed” of their Mother, which they maintain to be themselves; thus acknowledging at once, in the judgment of such as are possessed of sense, that they themselves are the offspring of the irreligious Anaxagoras”. Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2:14:2

Who was the philosopher Anaxagoras?  Well, a Greek philosopher. He believed that all matter was infinitely divisible and motionless until animated by mind. Thus, we can conclude a few things here about Mark Barclay’s Heresies:

  1. It’s an irrefutable fact that Mark T. Barclay’s teaching on the Trinity is Gnostic, being rooted and grounded in that heresy.
  2. Even with biblical names as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Barclay’s god being Gnostic is radically different than the biblical God who is triune in three persons.
  3. Barclay’s Gnostic heresy is time dated to just under a hundred years after the death of the Apostle John.
  4. Our information as we will see comes from the number one expert on Gnosticism, Irenaeus.

Who was Saint Irenaeus?

It’s important to note here that what we historically know about Gnosticism in the early Church comes from Church father Irenaeus himself. This is how important his apologetic work is to the Christian church. “He studied twenty of the most influential Gnostic writers and defined and criticized their beliefs. Other early church fathers, such as Tertullian and Origen also provide information regarding Gnostic beliefs.” [8] So who was Irenaeus? Well, he was taught by another Church father by the name of Polycarp who was the disciple of the Apostle of John. It is for certain that Irenaeus knew the teachings of the Apostles on the Trinity and knew the errors of the Gnostics. He spent his whole life attacking their false teachings.

Gnosticism Defined

What is Gnosticism?

“Gnosticism is a heresy which is made up of a diverse set of beliefs. It is the teaching based on the idea of gnosis (a Koine Greek word meaning “secret knowledge”), or knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of internal, intuitive means.” [9]

Further, what we do know by history is that the Gnostics repudiated major Christian doctrines like the Trinity and the person of Jesus Christ.So again, we can see that Mark T. Barclay’s Jesus being a Gnostic and a false Jesus is radically different than the biblical Christ who is one person with two natures, being truly God and truly man.

Moreover, to refute these facts is to refute not only the Scriptural teaching of the Trinity and the person of Jesus Christ, but it’s also a rejection of historical reality itself, which is a dangerous thing that all members of cults do to their own eternal destruction. Thus, a god who is of three-parts can’t save anyone and is a false god, being an idol and breaks the Second Commandment of the Law.

Further, for arguments sake, someone wouldn’t say that America was founded on Communism. I’m sure, if someone came to you and told you that that you would tell them that they were lying and refute them with evidence, because everyone knows that the early settlers were Christians, and America was founded on Democracy and not Communism. So in the same sense we know that Mark T. Barclay’s heresies on the Trinity and the person of Jesus Christ are Gnostic, which factual truths are historical and this is irrefutable.

Barclay Teaches more Gnostic Error on the Trinity

In another message, Mark T. Barclay compounds his heresies with another assault on the Trinity and the person of Jesus Christ by teaching that God changed, which biblically is untrue, because God is holy and unchangeable. Further, Barclay in his ungodliness teaches that the phrase ‘persons in Trinity’ are only taught for teaching sake and the members of the Godhead are really parts.

“In Genesis Chapter 1, it defines the Trinity of God, the three parts of God. You are made by the way after his image, three parts” Mark T. Barclay further states that: “now these aren’t three different people. We teach them sorta, kinda almost as three different people for the sake of teaching.”

In the same message, he furthers his Gnostic blasphemy against the Spirit:

“Those that permit the Holy Spirit to be their Father. Those who will allow the Holy Spirit, remember he’s not a third Person, he is God made up of three parts just like…my son Josh and his soul is not some body else and his spirit is not someone else, and so I got to decipher. Now, there’s not three people, it’s just one Josh three parts. There’s not three Gods, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, he’s just one. He’s just got three parts. So this great Holy Spirit wants to father you.” Jesus, the Command Giver – Mark T. Barclay

Mark T. Barclay is showing his deception and lying here, when he states that we “teach them sorta, kinda almost as three different people for the sake of teaching.” The Christian church has never taught that God is a three-part being, because Scripture doesn’t teach it. The only ‘we’ who teaches that heresy is he, the Gnostics and other heretics. Barclay couldn’t be in more error on the Godhead!

Scripture Teaches Christ is the Exact Duplicate of the Father’s Person (Greek: Hypostasis)

Hebrews 1:3 states:  “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:” Authorized King James Version

If you notice, the writer of Hebrews describes Jesus Christ as the expressed image of the Father’s person (Greek: hypostasis). The Greek word ‘hypostasis’ is never translated as ‘part’. Unpacking it more, we can see that, “Christ is the “exact representation” (vs. 3, Gk. Charakter, “exact duplicate”) of the nature or being (Gk. hypostasis) of God—meaning that God the Son exactly duplicates the being or nature of God the Father in every way: whatever attributes or power God the Father has, God the Son has them as well.” [10]

Gill says:

“that the Father and the Son are of the same nature, as the sun and its ray; and that the one is not before the other, and yet distinct from each other, and cannot be divided or separated one from another……this intends much the same as the other phrase; namely, equality and sameness of nature, and distinction of persons; for if the Father is God, Christ must be so too; and if he is a person, his Son must be so likewise, or he cannot be the express image and character of him;” [11] So, summarizing what Scripture teaches on the Trinity:

  1. God is three persons.
  2. Each person is fully God.
  3. There is only one God

The Truth About Defamation and Slander

For those who have accused my apologetic work against Mark T. Barclay’s heresies as slander and defamation, you couldn’t be more wrong here, because the defense of the Trinity is the highest mark of Christian leadership in the Church. So in regards to defamation and slander, the truth is an absolute defense against slander and defamation. What does that mean? Well it means that true statements can’t be defamatory or slander and the truth is that Mark T. Barclay is a heretic and his Trinitarian and Christological heresies are historically rooted in Gnosticism. To deny that is to deny reality itself. If Barclay’s teachings on the Trinity weren’t heresies, then the Church leader Irenaeus who was the expert on Gnosticism wouldn’t have attacked it as such or even placed it in Gnosticism. But what we see is that Mark T. Barclay’s heresies on the nature of God and the nature of Christ were indeed Gnostic and condemned word for word by the Christian church.

Barclay’s Heresy Refuted by the Father of Orthodoxy

Further, we can see that Barclay’s heresies were refuted and condemned in the Church’s struggle with another heresy called Arianism, which chiefly rejected the deity of Jesus Christ. Saint Athanasius writes:

“God, however, being without parts, is Father of the Son without division and without being acted upon. For neither is there an effluence from that which is incorporeal, nor is there anything flowering into him from without, as in the case of men. Being simple in nature, he is Father of one only Son.” Saint Athanasius (Letter on the Council of Nicaea A.D. 350)

In his Discourses against the Arians he further writes:

“As we said above, so now we repeat, that the divine generation must not be compared to the nature of men nor the Son considered to be part of God nor the generation to imply any passion whatever; God is not as man; for men beget passibly, having a transitive nature, which waits for periods by reason of its weakness. But with God this cannot be; for He is not composed of parts, but being impassible and simple, He is impassibly and indivisibly Father of the Son.” Discourse 1:28 Against the Arians by Saint Athanasius

Athanasius Contra Mundum

In the Assembly of God Enrichment Journal, William P. Farley writes this about Athanasius’s leadership:

“Athanasius was born between A.D. 295 and 300. He was short and stocky, but what he lacked in physical appearance he made up for in fervent piety, holiness of life, penetrating intellect, and unusual gifts of leadership. In A.D. 321, on behalf of Bishop Alexander, Athanasius wrote the excommunication statement that banished Arius.” Herman Bavinck has this also to say: “Athanasius understood better than any of his contemporaries that Christianity stands or falls with the confession of the deity of Christ and of the Trinity.”  

Final Thoughts

So you see, Mark T. Barclay couldn’t be more eternally wrong on the Trinity and the nature of the person of Jesus Christ in the heretical teachings in this book and other places. This not only places his ministry in a cult, and him as a heretic, but it also acknowledges him as an apostate. As we will see in part two of this review, Barclay’s heresies on the Trinity and the Person of Jesus Christ, which are rooted in Gnosticism have detrimental ramifications on the message of the rest of this book.

One think comes to my mind when I reflect on the Apostles and the leadership of the Church fathers is that it becomes very evident that men like Chuck Seeley, Richard Jolliff and others like Al Leonhardt of the Assemblies of God are looking for leadership outside of Christianity and they found it in leadership that is rooted historically in the heresy of Gnosticism and this is irrefutable.

Why can I say that? Well, because true biblical leadership is found in the teaching of sound doctrine and the defense of the Trinity and the defense of the Person of Jesus Christ, which Mark T. Barclay hasn’t attained too, but has shown himself to be a Gnostic and a Trinitarian heretic.

Conclusion

So to conclude part one of this review we can affirmably say along which Scripture and the historical witness of the Trinitarian leadership of the Christian church that:

  1. Again, because of Barclay’s heresies on the Trinity and the Person of Jesus Christ his ministry and church is a cult.
  2. Barclay’s heretical teachings are a result of the rejection of the authority of Scripture, which heresies have been condemned by the Christian Church.
  3. Mark T. Barclay’s leadership is Gnostic and his heresies on the Trinity and the Person of Christ are rooted in that same heresy of Gnosticism and this is both historically and biblically irrefutable.

References:

  1. “When the Quran is placed in the context of Syrian Christianity and the debates over Arian, Nestorian, and Monophysite Christology that wracked eastern Christianity in these centuries, its debt to Christianity becomes plausible. The Quran includes passages, for example, that reflect Syrian attacks on Monophysite Christology.” http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2012/12/the-christian-origins-of-islam
  2. “There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist. They are descended from Ishmael, [who] was born to Abraham of Agar, and for this reason they are called both Agarenes and Ishmaelites… From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.”http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/stjohn_islam.aspx
  3. Bavinck, The Doctrine of God, p. 285
  4. Thomas F. Torrance, The Trinitarian Faith
  5. William P. Farley, Athanasius and Nicea http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/200703/200703_138_athanasius.cfm
  6. Hypostatic Union Defined: https://carm.org/dictionary-hypostatic-union
  7. What is the Doctrine of the Trinity? http://www.desiringgod.org/resource/what-is-the-doctrine-of-the-trinity
  8. Gnosticism: http://www.theopedia.com/Gnosticism
  9. Ibid
  10. Grudem, Systematic Theology, God in three persons: The Trinity p. 236
  11. Hebrews 1:3 Commentary- John Gill http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/hebrews-1-3.html

Islam: The name Islam comes from an Arabic term meaning submission, a reference to the central belief that the goal of religion, or of a true believer, is submission to God’s will. Arabic root “Salema”: peace, purity, submission and obedience.

Mark T. Barclay: “All things in God’s Kingdom come to us as we submit to Him and to His Word. Submission is a great key to the Kingdom.”

“This was another divine appointment from God and they quickly realized that God placed them together with Dr. Mark T. Barclay. Soon after, the Pastor of Addison Bible Church released them to Dr. Barclay where they have remained submitted for over 20 years.” Pastor Ed Weiss

“Pastor McMichael is ordained through Mark Barclay Ministries. He and Manda are proud to call Dr. Mark T. Barclay their pastor. They enjoy all the blessings and protection submission to a pastor provides.”

Michael Reeves: “On top of that is my fear that many Christians are too often functionally Muslim in that the God they believe in looks like a single-person God. Now belief drives behaviour, and so if a Christian believes like a Muslim, their Christian experience and life must look Islamic. At root that will mean that instead of a heartfelt love for the Lord their God they can only know that external ‘submission’. Such a Christianity must be joyless – and must be unattractive for the watching world. I’d love to see some readers liberated from all that, for them to have their minds relieved and their hearts won by the truth of a God who, being Trinity, is unutterably beautiful and good.” Michael Reeves-Delighting in the Trinity

Quite interesting similarities between Mark T. Barclay’s theology and Islam and it’s backed up by one of the best Trinitarian theologians of our time. The problem with Rev. McMichaels is that it’s impossible for Barclay to be a pastor to him in any kind of biblical sense if Barclay isn’t present in his church administering Word and Sacrament. It’s cultic!

You can click here for the new Mark T. Barclay Ministries Cult video.

Mark T. Barclay Ministries Cult

 

 

 

 

 

About the new video:

Mark T. Barclay has taught at least three of the most destructive Trinitarian heresies known to the Christian church and this is well documented and not only that, but has spread his heresy to other ministries associated under him. Barclay has taught that the Trinity is not actual persons, but that the Godhead is a three-part being and he has taught that the members were not eternally Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but changed. This is not only one of the most destructive Trinitarian heresies in the history of the Christian church, but it also an unholy attack on the Orthodox teaching on the Person of Christ, being fully God and fully man(hypostatic union). Thus, making his ministry and church a dangerous cult.

Ken Mattson

Mark T. Barclay: Mental illness, Reality and the Trinity by Ken Mattson

“The largest subgroup to experience this problem is the combat veteran. In the United States, the Vietnam War has produced the largest percentage of PTSD cases. In fact, it was after studies of Vietnam veterans were added to studies of civilian post-trauma sufferers that the American Psychiatric Association created, in 1980, the diagnostic category: post-traumatic stress disorder (acute, chronic, and/or delayed).” Anxieties.com

“The incidence of OCD in service personnel is uncertain. Most of the information comes from US studies which have typically looked at Vietnam veterans. Lifetime prevalence rates among Vietnam veterans range from 0.5% – 5.5% depending on severity of “war zone stress”. Veterans info

So does Mark T. Barclay as a Vietnam vet have some sort of mental illness? After years of writing on this theological blog, I recently started wondering if that might be the case.

If you listened to Barclay’s preaching and the testimonies of his associate ministers. They will begin to talk about how clean his vehicles are and preach of their strange but rather spiritual experiences when going into Mark T. Barclay’s bedroom and seeing his neat sock drawer. One of them went even as far as preaching after this bazaar event that his sock drawer experience that day was bible college.

To me and those who are reading this bazaar testimony. To even classify seeing someone’s tidy sock drawer and relating it to education in bible college is absolutely weirdo stuff! For certain, I can say that wasn’t bible college, the same as I can say that Mormon underwear aren’t holy. It’s just weirded out stuff! Almost relatable to seeing others in Mark Barclay’s congregation with identically oiled back hair like him.

So is this excessive cleaning behavior of Mark T. Barclay’s normal or a characteristic of holiness?

By all accounts it’s not normal and no, and it’s not even close to being biblical holiness nor righteousness. Any righteousness the believer has is always a direct result by Jesus Christ’s wonderful and saving work by grace and through faith alone by his imputed righteousness to the believing sinner. Being united with Christ’s vicarious death and resurrection, the sinners old nature is forever severed. Thus, the new believer desires righteousness and holiness and not excessive cleaning of outward material things like Mark T. Barclay and the pharisees.

From what I remember of the testimonies of Barclay’s bedroom in that sermon. There were no study books laying around or research papers for messages. But what was clearly evident from the testimony was that Mark T. Barclay spent hours and many hours on tidying his socks and meticulously coordinating them and placing them in his drawer.

To be frank, this type of behavior is clearly not normal, because normal people don’t behave strangely like this and certainly not ministers. It’s certainly not a characteristic of a man of God. But this compulsion sounds like a ‘mark’ of a mental disorder like OCD and one that might be caused from the Vietnam War.

“Compulsions are repetitive acts which an individual may perform incessantly in a rigid and stereotypical manner. They are often related to a particular obsession. For example, an individual with an obsessional fear of contamination may clean compulsively. Classically, compulsive rituals are performed to reduce anxiety or tension associated with the obsession.” Veterans info

The U.K Military, based on U.S medical research report goes on further and describes common compulsions as OCD.

“Common compulsions include: Cleaning. This may involve excessive hand washing or cleaning of surfaces, cutlery, crockery, etc. Counting. The person frequently counts to specific numbers, often in order to prevent some unspecified catastrophe.” Veterans info

Recently, one of the elders at Amazing Grace Church gave a testimony how Mark Barclay helped their churdog tagch after a leadership change, and from her own words, he sat them down as a marine. This was her actual wording of the event, a MARINE! That’s quite frightening, because Barclay wasn’t a soldier at the time. The war had been over for a few decades then and he was still functioning from their testimony like that of a jarhead.

So what do you think about this? Do you think it’s strange that Mark Barclay still acts like a soldier and calls himself a General? From Barclay’s bazaar sock drawer testimonies one can see that something isn’t healthy. Further, if you follow Barclay and are under him as a minister, do you think he is right in being obsessed with counting your tithe?

As you can see from the military reports and from Mark T. Barclay’s associated ministers testimonies that something isn’t right. The list goes on further like making sure the truck gas tank is always full and making sure it’s meticulously cleaned. And running his elder meeting like a cult with 2am meetings, which cause sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a well documented tool of cults, because it’s an effective way of indoctrination.

Part two coming soon.

Next time, I want to write on reality and what is real. Reality is that the Christian church has condemned Mark T. Barclay as a heretic for teaching at least three of the most destructive Trinitarian heresies known to the Christian church. Barclay like other heretics and cults says this is not reality, but in Barclay’s words any defense of the Orthodox teaching on the Trinity is slander against him.

So, has Mark T. Barclay lost touch with reality? American democracy is a historical reality. Its development is well documented and so is the doctrine of the Trinity. The Christian church has the authority of Scripture against Barclay and other heretics like the Gnostics. That same authority of holy Scripture never once teaches that God is a three-part being as Barclay heretically teaches. It’s the history of the very words of the Church father’s who condemn Mark Barclay word for word through the Orthodox statements on the Trinity and the Person of Christ….this is not only reality, but it’s a well documented historical reality.

Updated: Aug, 12, 2014

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This is just a side note, but I’ve been through the whole country of Vietnam and I’ve seen for myself the country and the ongoing affects of the war and it’s still not a pretty sight. I’ve recently talk to a guy in his 20’s from the country and he told me that it was his generation that suffered the most. After hearing more of what he said, I had to hold back my tears after hearing that, because I was in a public place.

Mark T. Barclay Ministries cultI am working on another new video. I posted the trailer on Barclay’s public Facebook page, but he took it off for some reason. I guess, he didn’t like it, but Barclay’s son liked it on Youtube.

Barclay’s TV productions aren’t that professional anyways, with all of Barclay’s followers investments, they are only a single step up from Amazing Grace church productions, and that’s not saying much!  I’ve seen the best in churches at Hillsong in Australia, been taught by better and have a better foundation in both editing and photography. With that said, Amazing Grace Church could do much better with recording with a single iPhone without an external mic and using iMovie to edit, than the rubbish they are using to record sound and video now. The stuff they used in 2000 was even absolute junk then!

I know this personally, because I worked with Amazing Grace Church’s production team for sometime early 2000 to 2005. I finally had to leave, because they blatantly refused to listen to any professional suggestions that really worked. I was sad, because I thought that I could have helped them a lot. But within a few years I was traveling around the globe and was accepted in an art school, acting in commercials and got my degree in film from a university in the U.K.

One of my editing instructor in film school who taught me, one of his students went on and edited all LOTR and Hobbits and my other teacher is in Hollywood now and I could name countless films edited by her. On top of that, I’ve worked with other professionals, like stunt coordinators from the Hong kong, China and Hollywood movie industry. This is just who I am and my background and if I really want to turn up the heat on these productions I can. For now it’s just using my iMac.  Ken