6- The Sowers

                But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not (2 Peter 2:1-3).

 

Jesus taught in Matthew 13, that the Word of God is the good seed (Truth) and the word of Satan is the godless seed (tares). Both are sown in the same field and both grow together in plain view of the world.

 

A distinction between them can only be made by exercising Biblical discernment; that is, judging the seed according to Scriptural criteria. Now I’ve been thinking. With all the lies and false doctrines (tares) floating around the church, how can we as Christians tell the difference between the truth and the tares? Simple! The same Holy Spirit that wrote the Bible as our immutable, inerrant, infallible, and inspired Source of Truth (Psalm 119:89; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17) comes to dwell in us at salvation to bear witness between reality and ruse (Rom. 8:9, 16). Therefore, when communicating His truth, the Lord will always do so in the following manner: the Spirit of God takes the Word of God to bear witness to the children of God (John 14-16; Rom. 8:16; 1 John 4:6). As a result, the truth will manifest itself through righteousness (1 Kings 3:6; Psalm 15:2; Eph. 5:9). Not long ago our oldest grandson Brandon (who was saved August 17, 2000) proved the above principle while giving me another reason to be his proud papa.

 

He said one day when visiting a friend, he was introduced to the Ouija Board. Although he never touched it, and didn’t really know anything about it, he had a strong feeling inside [i] that it was evil. He was right, it is evil. [ii] In fact, all connections to the occult are evil, regardless of how harmless or spiritual they may appear, or who might be involved in them.

 

The Bible warns: There shall not be found among you any one that . . . useth divination, [iii] or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). I have to tell you my friend. Many of the problems we are encountering in the church are a direct result of our inability or unwillingness to stop the flood of pagan occult activities seeping into the church masked as spirituality. Either folks aren’t hearing the Spirit, they are in direct disobedience to Him, or they simply don’t have Him (Rom. 8:9).

 

False Prophets: Old and New

Throughout history, prophets have appeared in the Lord’s Name speaking His Word. In looking back we see hordes of false prophets that surfaced from Satan to sow seeds of deception so men would question Scripture and be free to disobey it. Those refusing to test a message with Scripture are often deceived (1 John 4:1).

 

The reappearance of men and women falsely claiming to be speaking for God is a direct end times sign (Matt. 24:11, 24; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 John 4:1). Sadly, the spiritually seduced can’t spot them and the spiritually selfish don’t want to even though they are about as valid and accurate as Nostradamus and Benny Hinn. Here’s a clue: while self promoting prophets have appeared on the church scene for the past 2000 years, none of them have ever measured up to God’s requirement of 100% accuracy. However, if you know one somewhere with an unblemished record of prophetic fulfillment, send me their name and I’ll investigate them and report back.

 

I believe Jesus’ warning is unmistakably clear. Notice carefully His specific words I’ve underlined for emphasis: 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 (Matthew 24:24). Here’s how they do it:

 

  • They perform signs and wonders (Matt 24:24; Mark 13:22),
  • They are respected and revered (Luke 6:26)
  • They are highly believable (1 Tim. 4:1)
  • They teach hellish heresy (2 Pet. 2:1)
  • They can fool people of faith (Matt. 24:24)

 

Please listen. If these are the last days, [iv] as many of us believe them to be, then according to Jesus, Paul and Peter, these charlatans are right under our noses. While I admit some of the ones listed have spoken elements of truth, the fact that they lied about speaking for God reveals they are false prophets sowing bad seed that must be rejected (Deut. 13:1-5).

 

Defenders of this scurrilous ilk [v] would be well advised to read the following first: Deut. 13:1-5; 18:20-22; Jer. 5:31; 14:14; 23:16, 32; Matt. 7:15-16; 24:11, 24; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 John 4:1.

 

Occult Signs, Wonders, and Antichrist

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Revelation 16:14)

 

The church has been infiltrated by false prophets, diviners, mediums, shamans, and other  occult practitioners cleverly disguising their craft as “new moves of God.” They call themselves the Latter Rain Manifest Sons of God, and in a nutshell, here’s what they’re teaching:

 

  • The church is experiencing an end times signs and wonders revival even though the Bible predicts apostasy.
  • We have spiritually evolved into gods of a new age.
  • The written Word is subordinate to ongoing prophetic revelation even when it contradicts Scripture.
  • Sound doctrine is divisive and should be avoided.
  • The church is the new Israel which is the blasphemous “synagogue of Satan” Replacement Theology.
  • Scripture is twisted to fit LR theology through quirky and arcane applications not known and not taught at any time in church history by any credible sources- ever simply by stating- “God showed me . . . “

 

Getting believers to buy into occult manifestations has been one of the cleverest Trojan Horse maneuvers in church history. As I stated previously I actually uncovered it during research project for my Master’s thesis Unmasking the Antichrist in the early nineties. It appeared to me in a crowing assertion by New Age spokesman Benjamin Crème that the Ascended Master Jesus [vi] took over the throne of St. Peter in 1980 in order to “transform orthodox churches.” My immediate question was probably like yours: “Transform into what?” I received my answer almost a decade later when writing the first edition of The New Age Charismatic Seed of Corruption. That’s when I discovered the disgusting details of a Midwest group of insidious spiritualists called the Kansas City Prophets.

 

The Kansas City Prophets

                There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof (Ezekiel 22:25).

 

No single group of false prophets has been as instrumental in the corruption of the body of Christ as have the scandalous Kansas City Prophets (KCPs). Bear in mind the timing here: Their coup d’état was launched in 1982- just two years after Crème’s foreboding forecast of a mass church takeover by demonic influence.

 

The KCPs was the product of a mystic Missouri pastor named Mike Bickle who returned from a trip to Cairo, Egypt (a type of the world)[vii] claiming a voice told him to start a ministry to touch the world. While Bickle swears it was Almighty God who spoke to him, the fruit that’s been produced through the years gives evidence that it was actually the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) who was behind its inception.

 

At first, little was known about the KCPs aside from testimonies of their emphasis on mystical manifestations. As time went on, and their numbers grew, word began spreading of scandals involving drunkenness, the occult, and sexual exploitation from their leaders which- needless to say- brought reproach on the name of Christ and the KCPs. After hearing about their fall, a sympathetic Charismatic pastor named John Wimber offered his Vineyard Fellowship as an umbrella against the storm. However, the real spirit underlying this new amalgamation was soon to surface. Former occultist turned Vineyard pastor John Goodwin, was the whistle blower that alerted the world to the Wimber-KCP-Vineyard evil.

 

I was a Vineyard pastor, and according to John Wimber, in his words, I ‘could do the stuff . . .  anywhere and any time . . .'” I was tuned in . . . I was in lock-step with what John (Wimber) was teaching . . .  I have literally been to hundreds of Vineyard conferences . . . I’m here to [explain] that this is part of the last days heresy that’s bringing the church into  the New Age and into the New World Order . . .  it’s all part of the Antichrist system of a one world church, a one world government and a one world economy. (Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion-Spiritual Deception of the Word and Church)

 

Worldwide Deception

                But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

 

The KCPs proved to be liars, hypocrites and deceivers that while claiming the fire of the Holy Spirit proved in actuality to be deceitful workers (2 Cor. 11:13-14) carrying the torch for Lucifer. While many are ignoring the fruit of groups like them, the fact remains that one day Satan will fulfill his dreams of being worshiped internationally as God (Isa. 14:12-14; Rev. 13:4), and will use signs and wonders to do it (2 Thess. 2:8-9). All who wisely refuse to be smitten by his power and wonders, deceived by his miracles, or to receive his mark in their right hand or forehead (Rev. 13:12-17) will of necessity be added to a criminal list scheduling them for termination via the “final solution”: And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed (Revelation 13:15).

 

Herein lies my contempt for liars, hypocrites and deceivers. Think how the demons must laugh at the Biblically ignorant being seduced to “Christian” events where signs and wonders are touted as proof of God’s power when they are nothing more than alluring stage props used by spirits of devils, working miracles (Rev. 16:14). Make no mistake dear saint of God, the fix is in. One day in the near future shall that Wicked be revealed . . . Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9).

 

Deceivers and their Deceptions

Deception is the fruit of a seducing spirit teaching heresy as truth. The Bible warns this will be part of a sinister plot in the last days: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2). My friend, these liars, hypocrites, and deceivers were all predicted in Scripture. To ignore them is foolish at best.

 

In his great book, Is the Antichrist Alive and Well? Dr. Ed Hindson writes: “The lure of false doctrine is that it presents itself as the truth. It appears as a corrective measure to established doctrine. It is propagated by those who are certain they have discovered some new revelation or truth or a better interpretation of old, established truth. Either way, they are convinced they are right and everyone else is wrong. This is Satan’s oldest trick. He appeals to our self-conceit and leads us into self-deceit.” After looking around at the church today, I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Hindson’s wise assessment.

 

When you combine all the pieces of the church puzzle given to us from Paul, Peter, Jude, and John, you find the last days church is earmarked by spiritual deception and debilitation, not revival like Latter Rain proponents (LR) have been pretending. If one is honest with Scripture- and willing to rightly divide it by means of a dispensational hermeneutics- they must conclude that it is apostasy, not revival [viii] that is predicted in the last days (Luke 18:8; 2 Thess. 2:3)!

 

In  His final major discourse the Lord Jesus warned: For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible (and the context indicates that it is possible), they shall deceive the very elect (Israel is in view here) (Matthew 24:24). Today’s delusion has been largely fueled by Latter Rain wannabes manufacturing false signs and wonders in an effort to prove an end times revival they have wholly assumed.

 

Coincidence or Collusion

Let’s be honest. Is it possible that the worldwide outpouring of witchcraft is a mere coincidental melding together of time and chance? Paul sure didn’t believe so (Eph. 6:12). Neither will you after you hear the rest of the story.

 

Much of the occult influence of the infamous KCPs can be traced to one of Bickle’s hand picked associates; an unrepentant drunken sodomite [ix] with a dubious honor by the name of Paul Cain. [x] Cain, like all the other leaders in the KCPs claimed to be a miraculously gifted, gibberish jabbering prophet of God. His greatest contribution however, was his influence in the mass transformation of orthodox churches in fulfillment of Crème’s 1980 prediction. In fact, it appears that every maniacal, mystical, and metaphysical manifestation falling under the contrived banner of a signs and wonders revival since 1982 [xi] can be directly linked at some level to the insidious influence of Paul Cain who in the 1950s received his own personal “impartation” [xii] of evil as a ministry protégé of- who else- Mr. Latter Rain himself, William Branham. [xiii]

 

The Latter Rain “Revival”

Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary (Psalms 74:3)

 

Needless to say, much of the mayhem in churches today is due in large part to a prophetic seed of deception: The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart (Jeremiah 14:14). One of those lies was the “latter rain,” nurtured by Kansas City false Prophet Paul Cain (an unrepentant drunken sodomite) who learned it associating with occultist William Branham. Branham [xiv] had pitched the “Latter Rain” ruse in 1948 to the Assemblies of God who wisely rejected it as heresy. There isn’t enough space here to discuss all the implications and artificial assumptions attached to it, but one has to be in severe denial not to spot the correlation between what’s happening today and Zechariah’s warning of an occult-like latter rain (Zech. 10:1-2). Could this be what he saw? The fruit of today’s practitioners seems to indicate that it indeed is. They’ve introduced us to the Manifest Sons of God, [xv] Joel’s Army, [xvi] and Kingdom Now-Dominionism, [xvii] mainly propagated by its preeminent Charismatic carnival barker, Rod Parsley, a full supporter of Branham and his scurrilous irreverent ilk.

 

Several disparaging consequences of the Latter Rain-Kingdom Now theology are quite evident even to the mildly discerning, especially their quirky Gnostic [xviii] interpretations of OT stories. By necessity, they have replaced the rapture with a spiritualized eschatology that pits the church here in the tribulation under the leadership of the Manifest Sons of God  who will force people into submission by using “spiritual warfare” and other assorted means to claim leadership, take over nations, demand the worship of Jesus, and ultimately rule the world. They call this Dominionism or Restorationism, but if you think it sounds a bit like radical Islam or Catholicism [xix] you have a keen perception in deed.

 

The New Age-Charismatic Collusion

As I previously mentioned, I documented a crowing assertion by New Age spokesman Benjamin Crème that “the Ascended Master Jesus took over the throne of St. Peter in 1980 to transform orthodox churches.” Is it a mere coincidence that in 1982- a mere two years from Crème’s prediction that churches would be takeover we witnessed the emergence of Bickle and the infamous Kansas City Prophets? If we look at the way they have been able to “transform orthodox churches” as Crème outlined, I don’t think so!

 

I believe Crème unwittingly foretold a pre-arranged marriage of spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12). While many of the great preachers at the turn of the twentieth century like Morgan, Torrey, Ironside, and Larkin tried to stem the evil and foreboding tide headed for us, too many other things have acted as a catalyst that turned it loose. One of those, of course, was the advent of religious television which is almost completely given over to ecumenical spiritist propaganda. False prophet Pat Robertson’s [xx] Christian Broadcasting Network was founded in 1960, and closet sodomite Paul Crouch’s  [xxi] Trinity Broadcasting formed in 1973. Both have been the main proponents of the Charismatic heresy that is now beamed 24/7 around the world. [xxii]

[i] Brandon was only 12 when this happened. He was saved August 17, 2000 so I explained to him this was the Holy Spirit’s work. Praise our precious Lord for His protection.

 

[ii] If you’re not familiar with the evil associated with these, please write for our tract: The Truth About Ouija Boards.

[iii] Foretelling future events or discovering things secret or obscure. Those who claim to have a “word of knowledge” are practicing divination. (Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of American English)

[iv] Please send for my booklet 9 Signs of the End Times, yours for a gift of any amount to PMI (stamps welcome).

[v] I have named and documented many of these in my booklet: LAST DAYS False Prophets. Any size gift to PMI would be greatly appreciated.

[vi] New Agers teach that throughout the ages wise men have appeared to provide humans with wisdom and guidance on their journey toward becoming gods (aka deification). Major religions hold firm that one day, the ultimate teacher-god-man will appear to usher in a final and eternal euphoria on earth he will rule. Hindus call him Krishna; Shiite Muslims call him the Twelfth Imam or Mahdi; New Agers call him Jesus. Christians call him the Antichrist.

[vii] Egypt in Scripture is a type of the world, which is never a good place to go for spiritual instructions. That of course is another reason for rejecting the Alexandrian manuscripts (Westcott and Hort critical text) that every “bible” version but the King James is based upon, including the New “King James”, NIV, NASB, etc.

[viii] They cite Joel’s prophecy to Israel fulfilled in Acts, which is another example of eisegesis rather than exegesis (Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:17-20).

[ix] While not representative of all Charismatics, sodomy is a common abomination in Charismatic leadership: Charles Parham, father of Pentecostalism; Paul Cain of the KCPs; Isaac Kiwewesi Charismatic leader in Uganda; Paul Crouch of TBN (discussed later); Ted Haggard, and others.

[x] Cain was removed by Joyner, Deere, and Bickle in 2004 due to charges of drunkenness and homosexuality he refused to repent of and depart from when restoration was offered (Matt. 18:15-17; Gal 6:1).

[xi] This includes all the pseudo-revivals like Pensacola, Brownsville, Toronto, and Lakeland.

[xii] This was an EW Kenyon and William Branham practice. When occult shamans impart or transfer evil spirits, they do so by laying on of hands. Latter Rain also use the same means to transfer what they term as the anointing, gift, or blessing onto another. However, if you are paying attention to what is going on, the insanity that results from it is not Spirit led at all.

[xiii] Cain claims Branham was “the greatest prophet who ever lived.”

[xiv] A proven false prophet-mind reader- who claimed to be Elijah reincarnated, who allegedly spoke to angels, proposed the Latter Rain doctrine, predicted 1977 as the beginning of the new millennium, called the trinity- demonic, practiced clairvoyance, hated Israel and taught serpent seed doctrine. http://www.truthwatch.info/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=119

[xv] The claim was that certain elite aka new breed of Christians would obtain the promise of immortality (as promised in Romans 8:19) now rather than at the rapture. These men call themselves little gods- and were exposed by Christ as a sign of the end times (Matt. 24:24).

[xvi] Based on Joel chapter 2, hyper-Charismatics prophesy Joel’s Army is an Armageddon-ready military force comprised of teens and young adults with a divine mandate to physically impose Christian “dominion” upon the world of non-believers. Joyner (who else) helped popularize this nonsense.

[xvii] This forced faith takeover has been at the heart of the Roman Catholic church almost from the beginning.

[xviii] Enlightened elitists who believe they possess secret knowledge and keys to life.

[xix] This originated with Nimrod. His plan was to rule the world from an occult temple located in Babylon, Iraq (Gen. 10:10; 11:1-9).

[xx] Robertson predicted the end of the world in 1982 (NY Times, 12/27/87. The February 2004 issue of Church & State magazine reveals other prognostications Robertson has botched. It reports he “predicted that Russia would invade Israel in 1982 and that there would be a worldwide economic collapse in 1985.” And it says he “predicted that U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller would be elected president in 1996.” There are numerous others easily verifiable from google.

[xxi] A September 18, 2004 edition of the LA Times reported that a representative of Crouch paid out $425,000 in hush money to silence a man he was involved with sexually in 1996.

[xxii] I realize there are good programs on these networks. But that is like trying to equate all the good kool-aid in the deadly mixture Jimmy Jones’s followers drank at Jonestown.

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