The Occult Church Connection


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; (1 Timothy 4:1)

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor



Collateral reading and reporting is part of your required coursework. When summarizing material, refrain from opining or you will have to redo your assignments. I am not interested in your opinion; I want to see how well you can read, analyze, and then communicate the material- as it is presented- in writing.

  • Read and explain (don’t opine) each of the following sections in about 100 words each.
  • Prepare a final 300-500 word report entitled: The Occult Church Connection











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

I’m angry and I’ll tell you why. The church is inundated with occult practices masked as new moves of God while many in the church are either holding their nose or otherwise falling on the sword in defense of it. Mind Science theories including the creation of reality through positive or negative words have made great strides in elevating the occult to a place where it now serves as new criteria for spirituality. All in all, this fits perfectly with warnings in God’s Word concerning seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1) that will invade the church in the last days. This, I’m convinced, is a perfectly succinct description of an occult invasion.

Let’s define occult. Kerby Anderson from Probe Ministries writes: The word occult comes from the Latin occultus, which means “concealed.” In its ordinary usage, it means “beyond the bounds of ordinary knowledge–the mysterious, the concealed, or that which is hidden from view.” The occult involved such practices as magic, divination, incantations, paranormal experiences, and the New Age concept of the expansion of consciousness. Students of the occult frequently divide occult phenomena into three areas: (1) forms of divination, (2) types of mystical experience, and (3) magical manipulation.

While much of what we are witnessing appears to have come out of nowhere, I believe it has been part of the mystery of iniquity which Dave Hunt exposed several years ago in a shocking book I recommend called The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice: “Primitive pagan religious practices that were generally confined to undeveloped Third World countries (and were regarded in the West with suspicion and ridicule only a few years ago) are now being embraced by increasing millions of enthusiasts worldwide” (p.9). Hunt called this a mass flight from reason to mysticism that no longer equates sorcery with evil; which is the premise of this book and reflects what I’ve discovered in my past two decades of study. Those of us who are rightfully concerned about this have been asking the same two questions over and over again: Where is this headed and what can be done?

I propose that we take an honest look around as I did in the early 1990s when composing my master’s thesis on the New Age Movement. This ultimately led me to a prediction in 1980 by New Age guru Benjamin Crème- who predicted churches around the world would be transformed by the “Ascended Master Jesus” into havens of Eastern mysticism. It is not coincidental that the Kansas City Prophets (KCPs) and Vineyard Fellowship both began within 2 years of Crème’s creepy prediction. Every weird manifestations “revival” including Toronto, Brownsville, and Lakeland- can all be traced back to these two organizations where they received a special “spirit impartation.”

Today, under the guise of “spiritual anointing,” many once fundamentally sound churches are now hosting and teaching about yoga, shamanism, kundalini, divination, TM, astral projection, and a Mormon-Hindu favorite- man is a god and your greatest sin is in not knowing it. Read carefully  the founder of the New Apostolic Reformation Dr. C. Peter Wagner’s chilling commentary applauding this shocking occult infiltration: [1]

“Certain people, such as shamans, witch doctors, practitioners of Eastern religions, New Age gurus or professors of the occult on university faculties are examples of the kind of people who may have much more extensive knowledge of the spirit world than most Christians have.” (Confronting the Powers p. 147). [2]

I hope I have your attention now. If so, I want to ask that you carefully consider what you’re about to read because it is beyond shocking; in fact, it’s scandalous! Transformed into an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), Satan has entered the sanctuary carrying a Bible, using Christian terminology, teaching about prayer, and hoodwinking millions that Eastern Mysticism really does have a valid place in the life of a spirit filled child of God.

Dr. Mike Johnston

I’m convinced we’re living in the last days. One reason is the mass mudslide of “miracle revivals” being reported with unusual and often uncontrollable “manifestations of the Spirit.” These include: ecstatic gibberish, [3] divination, [4]  screeching, laughing, barking, falling, [5] flinching, flipping and flopping. [6] When challenged about the Biblical authority for this, proponents link it to a “Latter Rain” [7] (LRs) they claim has anointed a new breed of apostles and prophets (aka “little gods” [8]) who are healing the sick, raising the dead, and “imparting” extra-Biblical [9] experiences the early church fathers [10] and church leaders [11] readily deemed heretical. Sadly, since so much of this has been ballyhooed as “a new move of God”, many Christians don’t dare to challenge it for fear of being branded a troublemaker or worse- a blasphemer. [12]

So what about it? Is this freakish phenomena a sign of an end times revival, or is it something else- perhaps even occult oriented? As Dave Hunt puts it, former Vineyard pastor John Goodwin came to Christ out of the occult and eventually realized that the Vineyard was involved in the very occult practices he had abandoned:

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 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)

Are sign gifts being used today? We believe they are, and this booklet will help explain just what that sign is really announcing to the church. 

The Purpose of Signs and Wonders

How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders (Dan 4:3).
God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will (Heb 2:4).

Confusion results from failing to distinguish between a miracle working God, and men with sign gifts performing miracles on behalf of God. Those of us who study Scripture from a dispensational [13] perspective are often charged with limiting God by putting Him in a box. Let me set the record straight: from Genesis to Revelation the Lord presents Himself as the Sovereign Omnipotent miracle worker Who can do anything, any time He chooses. That being said, when we study how and why He used signs and wonders throughout history, we can’t help but notice a vast difference between His original intention and how they’re used today. We will briefly discuss three ways God used signs. [14]

God used signs and wonders to confirm His message and His messengers

        The Bible is God’s Holy and complete revelation of written Truth to man (Psalm 119; John 17:17). It is inspired from cover to cover and it alone contains all we need for doctrine and duty (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We need nothing else! And while this inspired Master piece has always existed in the Mind of God (Psalm 119:89), it has not always been available to man on paper. It had to be communicated and written over a period of some 15 centuries by 40 penmen located in various parts of the ancient world personally selected by God for this particular task. Peter wrote: Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21). 

Knowing how vital an incorruptible Word is to God’s plan for His people (1 Pet. 1:23) Satan sowed tares through false prophets claiming to speak for God while leading the people away from Him (Deut. 13; 18; 2 Pet. 2:1). Therefore, in order to distinguish between the divine and the demonic message, God’s commissioning included two authenticating signs: one vocal and one visual.

Vocal proof was achieved as God’s prophets predicted long and short range prophecies that had to be fulfilled with 100% accuracy. Miss once and the deceiving prophet forfeited his life (Deut. 13; 18). Let me hasten to say that if this criteria was enforced today, all the so-called “apostles and prophets” spewing their false visions and damnable heresies (2 Pet. 2:1) on “Christian” television would disappear overnight.[15]

Visual proof came as God’s prophets performed miracles. Who can forget the Lord’s instruction to Moses- or what followed: And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt (Exodus 7:3, 5; see also Exodus 3:20; 4:9, 17, 21; etc).

        Authenticated by these vocal and visual signs the OT prophets collectively gave us 39 Books containing the creation of the universe, the rise and fall of man, the Nation Israel and her 613 Laws including an elaborate sacrificial system, and some 300 predictions that were perfectly fulfilled in God’s Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:29). What they didn’t fully reveal was the Lamb’s Bride. That was done by the Lamb Himself in the presence of His all-Jewish entourage, where He foretold of an ekklesia (Matt. 16:18). This mystery (Eph. 5:32) would one day introduce the Jews and the world to a New Dispensation [16] we now refer to as the mystery church age. And when it did, there were many supernatural proofs that accompanied its Jewish origin at Jerusalem.

God used signs and wonders to transition from the Old to the New Covenant

Israel exists from prophecy and the church from mystery. On the day of Pentecost with tens of thousands of sign-seeking Jews (Mark 8:11; 1 Cor. 1:22) present in Jerusalem (Acts 2) the Lord Jesus sent the Holy Spirit He had promised (John 15:26), to build (Matt. 16:18), and baptize (Luke 3:16; Acts 1:5; 1 Cor. 12:13) His people with both visible and vocal signs that Joel’s prediction was being fulfilled (Joel 2:28-32).

Luke carefully detailed what happened: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire (see Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:5), and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues (see Mark 16:17), as the Spirit gave them utterance (Act 2:2-4). He then tied it to Joel’s prophecy to Israel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, [17] saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy (Acts 2:17-18). [18]

As the transition continued into the church age, signs accompanied God’s messengers the apostles who as Christ instructed, sought the Jews first (Matt. 10:5-6; Acts 2:5; 18:6; Rom. 1:16): the lame walked (Acts 3:1-8), the dead were raised (Acts 20:9-10), and every person touched by an apostle’s hands or shadow was instantly healed (Acts 5:15-16). Even those receiving Paul’s garments were delivered from demons as well as their diseases (Acts 19:11-12).

Please notice two things as you study the NT signs: First, they were always provided under apostolic authority: [19] And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles (Acts 2:43). And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people (Acts 5:12). And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul (Act 19:11). Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds (2 Cor. 12:12). God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will (Heb 2:4). Second, while false teachers like Montanus, Charles Parham, William Branham, along with  all their heretic protégés would disagree, the Bible clearly demonstrates that God’s signs were for a season and never permanent. They were used to call attention to the authenticity of God’s messenger with God’s message and as such, required the perfect execution of both prophecies and miracles.[20] Since the Bible[21] hadn’t been canonized during the formation of the Nation of Israel or during the first century church, signs were necessary. Paul wrote that although he received the Word by revelation, today we receive it by reading (Eph. 3:3-6). Now that we have the 66 inerrant, infallible, and inspired Books, we don’t use signs, we don’t look for signs, we don’t need signs. In this dispensation we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7; see Rom. 10:17). Any dependence upon signs (prophecies, words of knowledge, tongues, interpretation of tongues, etc) casts dispersion upon the Authority of God’s holy and precious Word and will lead you to the final and ultimate delusion!

God will use signs and wonders in the last days to deceive the world

        The Bible warns us that the last days will be filled with signs and wonders. Strangely, God doesn’t use them to draw disciples to Himself, but rather to deceive those who reject His Word and chase the miracles (Rev. 13:13-14; 16:14; 19:20). Please read every word in this end times prophecy- carefully:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth . . . (2 Thess. 2:9-12).

When Scripture becomes subservient to outside influences, man’s word gains inordinate authority and opens you up to an entire smorgasbord of “anything goes” deceptions. The unbiblical not only becomes believable, it becomes desirable. I saw this a while ago when a newly “anointed” [22] charismatic Canadian named Todd Bentley appeared on a stage in Florida wowing his audience by screaming, punching, and kicking those who ultimately fell on the floor around him. News of the Lakeland “revival” quickly spread as thousands of proponents desperate to justify their theology raced to embrace him even after he was unmasked as a drunken, lying fornicator who deserted his family, married his “mistress,” and opened up a web-based “ministry” where he solicits students for his signs and wonders school under the “watchful” eye of false prophet Rick Joyner. The question here is obvious: How do well meaning Christian people become so deluded that a holy huckster like Bentley can actually convince them that Jesus sent him? I believe there are two reasons for this:

First, they’ve been wrongly taught end times revival, so they constantly search for them. [23] What their teachers either don’t know or willfully cover up is that falling away (Greek: apostasia2 Thess. 2:3)not revival, is what God’s Holy Word predicts for the last days. Many OT prophets predicted spiritual darkness in the end times (Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc). Paul warned that evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:13). Peter called them false prophets and teachers bringing damnable heresies (2 Pet. 2:1; see also 3:3); Jude labeled them ungodly fornicators and sodomites; filthy dreamers, brute beasts, murmurers, complainers, and mockers. If that’s not enough to convince you, the Lord Jesus wondered if He would find any faith whatsoever upon His return to earth (Luke 18:8). Now in all honesty, does this sound like revival?

Second, they’ve been wrongly taught that miracle workers will lead these end times revivals. Listen please. Scripture nowhere indicates either end times revivals or that miracle working Christians will be leading them. In fact, aside from the two Jewish tribulation prophets (Rev. 11:3-12) just the opposite is true: For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles . . . (Rev. 16:14). These deceivers will use signs and wonders in a well orchestrated campaign to lead the world away from God’s truth: 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 (1 Tim. 4:1) . . . so do these also resist the truth: [24] men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith . . . But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Tim. 3:8-9, 13). Do these sound like teachers you want to follow?

         My friend, I know those endorsing revivals accompanied by unusual, unprecedented, and unbiblical signs and wonders are very popular and extremely successful. But does that alone make them credible? I believe this booklet has proven that while some of them are simply deluded, a frightening number of them may be purposely deceptive. So, how can you and I discern between them when Jesus and Paul both warned they would look and act like Christians yet arise to deceive from within the church (Matt. 24:4,5, 11, 24; Acts 20:28-30; Eph. 4:14; 5:6; 2 Thess. 2:3; 2 Tim. 3:13, etc )? The only foolproof way to distinguish between the real and the phony is Sola Scriptura- the Bible alone. Since the Bible is complete, miracle workers confirming it are unnecessary. In light of that, we are left to draw one final conclusion: those claiming to perform signs and wonders are wittingly or unwittingly taking an active role in the end times deception that basically laid dormant until the turn of the 20th century.       


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5:11). 

Kind produces after kind. Therefore, evil seed never produces good fruit. Keep this in mind as you read this tract. While all neo-Montanists- aka Pentecostals and Charismatics- proudly claim the Azusa Street Revival as the birth of their movement, very few of them know it was born from occult practitioners.

The recognized founder of modern Pentecostalism was a gibberish speaking sodomite  named Charles Parham. Parham had a contemporary named W. J. Seymour to whom he taught a new theology of “spirit baptism, tongues, and accompanying manifestations.” Armed with this strange information, Seymour haphazardly launched the Azusa Street Revival in the spring of 1906 in a former stable in downtown Los Angeles.

Attendance at these events grew and soon rose to 1,000 or more a night as curious men and women sought the ecstatic experiences in Seymour’s meetings. Attendees included spiritualists, hypnotists, and mediums from the L.A. occult community who gladly added séances and trances to the chaotic services. [25] Non partisan historians reveal that the reason Azusa Street attracted the attention of occultists wasn’t that God was present in the movement, but the fact that He was NOT! As word spread of the bizarre meetings, well known fundamentalists began to weigh in. R.A. Torrey declared that the new Pentecostal movement was “emphatically not of God, pointing out that it was founded by a Sodomite.” G. Campbell Morgan called it “the last vomit of Satan.” H. A. Ironside labeled it “disgusting . . . delusions and insanities. Pandemonium’s where exhibitions worthy of a madhouse or a collection of howling dervishes (were causing a) heavy toll of lunacy and infidelity.” Clarence Larkin wrote:        “But the conduct of those possessed, in which they fall to the ground and writhe in contortions, causing disarrangement’s of the clothing and disgraceful scenes, is more a characteristic of demon possession, than a work of the Holy Spirit. From what has been said we see that we are living in ‘Perilous Times,’ and that all about us are ‘Seducing Spirits,’ and that they will become more active as the Dispensation draws to its close, and that we must exert the greatest care lest we be led astray.” At some point, even Seymour himself became a bit troubled, lamenting that the weird manifestations seemed to have provided an open door for witches and spiritualists. [26] In lieu of that, he pleaded with his mentor Parham to come to Azusa to help him distinguish which manifestations were of God and which were not. When Parham [27] arrived, he exposed the meetings as satanic which ultimately caused him to part ways with Seymour.

Nothing lasts forever and by 1913 divisions within the camp were so great splinter groups of Pentecostals were formed that are still infecting us today: The Church of God in Christ  (COGIC) formed in 1907; The Assemblies of God formed in 1914; The United Pentecostal Church (UPCI) formed in 1914; The Pentecostal Church of God formed in 1919 at the Sharon Bible school which later became the area of the Latter Rain in 1948 through William Branham’s [28] “anointing” (another man who denied the pre-existence of the Son of God and the Tri-unity of God).

Pentecostal Leaven

        A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Galatians 5:9). The far reaching impact of Parham and Seymour’s leaven can be seen nightly on “Christian” television. While most of the Pentecostal and Charismatic teachers still maintain the original heresies, their depraved teachings have sunk to new depths of unorthodoxy that Parham and Seymour both would no doubt recoil from.

False prophet Kenneth Copeland [29] claims Jesus never asserted His deity, and that He died spiritually and had to be born again. Add to that the fact that Copeland also completely distorts God’s nature and man’s by assigning deity to Adam: “Adam was just as much the Son of God as Jesus, “God’s reason for creating Adam was his desire to reproduce himself.” Adam was as much like God as you can get, just the same as Jesus when he came to earth;  Adam in the Garden of Eden was God manifested in the flesh.” Sadly, this is only the tip of the iceberg as “new truth” is allegedly being revealed to Charismatics claiming they’ve held personal conversations with the Lord or His angels. As I close this section it’s important to note that all the occult manifestations Seymour was terrified of, have now risen to become desirable manifestations of the spirit expected to be present in the life of God’s most “anointed” servants.

Last Days Deceivers

        For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect  (Mark 13:22). When Shirley Maclaine goes public with “I am God, I am God!” the church rightly proclaims her a sign of the end times.

Yet when well known “Christian” leaders say the same thing, we smile and applaud their heresies as new light. When are we going to wake up and try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1)? 

  • John Avanzini: “[The Spirit of God] … declared in the earth today what the eternal purpose of God has been through the ages … that He is duplicating Himself in the earth” (John Avanzini, “The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God,” Morris Cerullo World Evangelism tape).
  • Morris Cerullo: “You’re not looking at (me); you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus.” (The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God,” Morris Cerullo World Evangelism tape)
  • Kenneth Copeland: “Adam is God manifested in the flesh” (“Following the Faith of Abraham” tape # 01-3001 “You don’t have a god in you, you are one.” (The Force of Love tape).
  • Paul Crouch: “Christians are little gods . . . I am a little god” (TBN-July 7, 1986).
  • Creflo Dollar: We are gods, in this earth, and it’s about time we start operating like gods instead of a bunch of mere powerless humans” (April 17, 2002 Changing your World, LeSea Broadcasting).
  • Kenneth Hagin, Sr: “You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was…the believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth”. (“Word Of Faith” Dec. 1980, p. 14).
  • Benny Hinn: “Are you ready for some revelation knowledge? You are God!” (“Our Position In Christ”, tape # AO31190-1). “You are a little god on earth running around”. (“Praise-a-thon” broadcast on TBN, November, 1990).

Please, please, listen. These “mini messiah’s” appear nightly on “Christian” television bragging about “new moves” of God that simply cannot be supported by Scripture. They are provably Azusa Street false prophets and teachers; deceptive, deadly, and dangerous. If you can’t see them for what they really are, it is because you too have been deceived (2 Cor. 11:3).

Now you might try apologizing for them by saying: “Well you just don’t understand them or what they really meant.” Well, let’s cut to the chase with Someone who knows full well, the Lord Jesus:

        And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ . . . go ye not therefore after them (Luke 21:8). 

It’s time for us to try the spirits (1 John 4:1) and warn the saints: The seed from the Azusa Street Revival has produced a forest of bad trees and rotten fruit- avoid it at all costs.


As demonstrated by native American culture and indigenous people groups worldwide, animal worship has long been a means of contacting and interacting with deceiving spirits. Equally pleased to appear in human or animal form, they often take willing participants on exciting out-of-body experiences or communicate “secret knowledge.” Latter Rain enthusiasts like Bob Jones do this, too.

Modern shamans (who are as apt to wear suits as loin cloths) market seminars where everyday people can “encounter” their personal “power animal.” In public schools, children are encouraged to use their “imagination” and “dreams” for astral travel. Occult relaxation and visualization techniques are reinforced by literature such as the Harry Potter books and Scholastic’s “Animorphs” series, in which hero-children transform into creatures with special powers and abilities.

Fictionalized in popular games and movies, these techniques are based on ancient occult practices that, once widely banned, now flourish virtually unchecked. According to, “a familiar spirit…obeys a witch, conjurer, or other users of the supernatural, and serves and helps that person….If they look like ordinary animals, they can be used to spy….These spirits [also]…inspire artists and writers.”

Many new age writers and occult practitioners have been assisted or encouraged by animals they perceive as “familiars.” As Patrick Ryan, author of The Eagle’s Call: A Journey of Body, Mind, and Spirit recounts,

When I was writing this book…an eagle often circled the building in which I lived, visiting many times….When I was…doubting my direction, a coyote also came to visit….Across the street, it looked toward me as if encouraging me on….So, led by the spirit of coyote, eagle and the many other guides of the universe, I was able to complete this tale. Its primary message is about following the call of my body, mind and spirit.

Romans 1:18-32 gives a clear account of man’s “call of his body and mind”-a rejection of God in favor of nature worship: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (Rom 1:22-23).

Perhaps in part due to the reverence of “animal spirits” by ancient pagan cultures, animals continue to play a significant symbolic role in our world today. School and professional sports teams adopt animal names such as the panthers, tigers, lions, bears, wolves, or eagles-based on popular significance of animal traits. Consumers even purchase “animal” car models and athletic shoes marketed for their perceived attributes of speed and power.

So, what’s the fuss? Is animal symbology inherently evil? No, even Scripture makes generous use of animals as symbols-from love poems in The Song of Songs to comforting analogies of the Lord: “hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Ps 17:8b) et al.

Take the eagle, for example. Revered as a national symbol by various countries, Scripture makes several positive references to the eagle. One of the most popular verses cited for encouragement is “they shall mount up with wings like eagles…” (Is 40:31). Many are comforted by the eagle as a symbol of patriotism and American heritage (which is often equated with Christianity). Fewer though, take note of passages that portray the eagle in a negative light, or realize that the eagle doubles as a Masonic symbol of the phoenix, representing “rebirth through fire” in occult mythology.

In addition to its being an “unclean” animal, Scripture also contains a number of negative references to the eagle (“They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey” (Job 9:26). Obadiah even contains a reference to Edom as an eagle, apparently as a type of Lucifer: “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord” (Ob 1:3-4).

So why do the neo-prophets and apostles of today use the eagle as a symbol of choice? Many “prophetic” ministries associate eagles with tremendous natural vision and observable qualities of “rising above;” but like shamans and seers-ancient and modern-they err in assigning to eagles spiritual qualities. An occult website declares the eagle’s role is that of an “illuminating force” that rises on the east wind, whose gift is that of “seeing hidden spiritual truths” and “whose strength is by its connection to spirit guides.” The website advises: “One who flies with the Eagle has a responsibility…to operate from Higher Intent, to develop the latent abilities of Illumination, and then freely share this Illumination with Others.” In other words, a seer who channels the eagle is to “impart” this knowledge and “gifting” to others.

A number of prominent ministries use the eagle as a corporate symbol, and most of these do so quite innocently. But research into the testimony of a young prophetess associated with C. Peter Wagner’s self-titled New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) raises great concern. (The NAR, a blended resurrection of several modern heresies-kingom-dominionism, manifest sons of God, new breed, et al.-is spreading like wildfire through a growing number of charismatic and evangelical churches.) Here is just one example of cause for alarm:

Sharnael Wolverton…was called to the ministry at an early age….During [an] incredible period of seeking intimacy with [God] she encountered many dreams, visions, visitations and divine appointments leading to the birthing of Swiftfire Ministries….One divine appointment…was with Bob Jones, who introduced her to a golden eagle named “Swift.” “Swift is sent forth to those in order to carry the purposes of God swiftly.” Another encounter was with Patricia King of Extreme Prophetic, who had also been introduced to Swift.

This admission by a professing Christian “minister” is nothing short of astounding! Aside from this startling testimony, most followers of these seers (and even skeptics) would not think twice about the recurring “eagle” motif on the websites of Sharnael Wolverton (, Bob Jones (Kansas City Prophet) (, and Patricia King ( But with the knowledge that Bob Jones (a proven false prophet who was removed from ministry in 1991 for sexual misconduct) “introduced” at least two prominent neo-apostolic women to a demonic entity that manifests as an eagle (whom all three know as Swift) the “birds of a feather” mascots they share take on far greater significance.

Other “apostolic-prophetic” leaders who often teach with or promote Bob Jones also use the symbol of an eagle in their ministry logo: Paul Keith Davis, Rick Joyner (Kansas City Prophets), Bobby Conner, Cindy Jacobs, and others. Does this mean they also have the spirit of Swift to help them “carry out the purposes of God?” Not necessarily-but the connection between “eagle spirits,” shamans, and today’s neo-prophetic seers is unmistakable. This is the New Spirituality.

Though his mystical teaching remains unchanged, none of Jones’ co-ministers or spiritual offspring seem to mind that his misconduct involved giving private “hands-on” readings to young women-disrobed to “stand naked before the Lord”-or that he was rebuked for other occultic practices. Ironically, he is revered as a spiritual grandfather among today’s rising stars of the Third Wave (neo-apostolic) movement, promoted largely by the much-hyped pseudo-prophetic website, “The Elijah List.”

But, Jones is in good company. Many of his disciples, as well as the “apostles” and “prophets” who endorse or teach with him, claim to have met and talked with angels, with the Lord, and with saints of the past (the forbidden practice of necromancy); and, they all take great pride in teaching others how to have angelic encounters and “third heaven visions.”

Undoubtedly believing they are working divine signs and wonders, could they instead be “deceived and deceiving others” (2 Tim 3:13)? As God’s word declares, “There shall not be found among you any one…that useth divination, 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” (Deut 18:10-11). [30]


PMI NOTE: Contemplative or Centering prayer is cloaked in New Age mysticism and should be avoided. Endorsements flow freely from New Age to Emergent Church leaders including Alice Bailey, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Rick Warren and many others.  Sadly, Wheaton College and Dallas Seminary have become entangled in this web of wickedness.

In the 1970’s, three mystic Roman Catholic monks, Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating (head monk) labeled Centering Prayer as a “method of prayer, which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer”.  It is “…the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God… whom we know by faith is within us….  Contemplative Prayer is a prayer of silence, an experience of God’s presence…” This sounds like Eastern meditative mysticism to me. No thank you!

The Contemplative Outreach Ltd. website featuring Thomas Keating’s teachings, provides further insight into the method of Contemplative Prayer and lists the guidelines to practice it.  It states: “’This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.’ ‘The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to Contemplative Prayer, is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.’  ‘It is also inspired by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including John Cassian, the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Thomas Merton.’”  Emphasis Added

Contemplative Prayer Guidelines include (sounds like TM to me):

  1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
  2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
  3. When engaged with your thoughts*, return ever-so gently to the sacred word.
  4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

*Thoughts include body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections.”

Not Prayer But Mystical Meditation

Contemplative Prayer is not Biblical prayer at all, rather it is a type of mystical meditation leading the mind into an altered state of consciousness.  It goes beyond thought, providing an experiential union with so-called God or with nature producing body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections. It is based on “experiences” rather than sound doctrine. “… give attendance… to doctrine.”  1 Timothy 4:13.  Faith is to be based on God’s word rather than experiences.  “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Romans 10:17, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Contemplative Prayer is also known as centering prayer, listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart.  It is just one of many mystical practices taught within a confusing, mixed-up movement called Contemplative Spirituality. Mystical practices are now widely embraced and taught in secular and professed Christian seminaries, colleges, universities, organizations, ministries and seminars, etc. throughout the United States.  Academic promoters have introduced these practices into the fields of medicine, business and law while countless secular and Christian books, magazines, seminars, and retreats are teaching lay people how to incorporate them into their daily lives.  Promoters promise physical, mental and spiritual benefits desiring to bring about positive social change.

One promoter of mystical practices, the “Center for Contemplative Mind in Society”, states: They “can play a part in the positive transformation of governments, businesses, and organizations. We are dedicated to the idea that contemplative awareness, when incorporated into contemporary life, can help produce a more just, compassionate, and reflective society.” The following Contemplative Practices are listed on their website:

– Movement (martial arts, dance, yoga, labyrinth walking, etc.)

– Creation (singing, chanting, art, music, etc.)

– Relational (dialogue, deep listening, storytelling, journaling, etc)

– Ritual/cyclical (shabbat, vision quest, sweatlodge, alter building, ceremonies/rituals etc,)

– Activist (work, pilgrimage, mindfulness, vigals/marches, etc.)

– Generative (prayer, lectio divina, petitionary prayer, etc.)

– Stillness (silence, prayer centering, insight & sitting meditation, quieting & clearing the mind)” Emphasis Added

Are They Experiencing God or Seducing Spirits?

Contemplative Prayer is described as “an experience of God’s presence” and “movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him” resulting in “…body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections”.

So whose “presence” are these people really experiencing?  Interestingly, the Universal Gnostic Church provides some insight through their guidelines for “Working With Your Spirit Guides”:

“If you do not already know your spirit guides, we recommend you start speaking to them. The basic way of doing this is through meditation and listening to your intuitive insights.”

Meditation:  Meditation is a process of moving your consciousness into higher planes while remaining in the physical plane. There are several meditative techniques. The Universal Gnostic Church teaches three excellent techniques for those who want to work with their spirit guides. Essene Healing Breath Meditation, Kriya Power Meditation, and Contemplative Meditation.”

“If you already know who your spirit guides are, we recommend you work with them on a regular basis.  You can do that through channeling, visualization and ritual, divination and prayer.”

Channeling:  Channeling is a process of recording or repeating out loud for others what your spirit guides tell you or show you. You can do this by writing it all down or by recording it with an electronic device. You may also do it by repeating what is said in a private session or to a large group. You may allow your spirit guides to bring other disincarnate people to deliver messages to you. When you channel, you’re working with your spirit guides.”

Visualization and Ritual:  Visualization of your spirit guides is a step toward seeing them in the physical dimension. The easiest way to learn how to visualize your spirit guides and guardian angel is through the teachings of the Magickal Order of the Golden Dawn. They teach both the skills of visualization and ritually working with your spirit guides and guardian angel.”

Prayer.  Praying with your spirit guides is an excellent way to develop a closer relationship with them. The Universal Gnostic Church recommends Intentional Prayer and Contemplative Prayer for that purpose.”  Emphasis Added 12

Regardless of what the “presence” is labeled (Spirit Guides, Guardian Angels, Jesus, God, etc.) these people are actually experiencing seducing spirits also known as demons (1 Timothy 4:1,7). And this is all accomplished through various methods of Spiritism, also known as Necromancy.

“Spiritism or Necromancy is an occult activity grounded in the belief that through certain persons acting as mediums or channels (psychics, necromancers, channelers, etc.) the dead or the spirit world can be contacted and hidden information can be acquired from those contacted. Trances and séances are often used by the medium. The power behind this activity is demonic. This activity is forbidden by the Lord. 1 Chronicles 10:13, So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it. (1 Sam. 28:7 gives the context).” In the case of Contemplative Prayer, the individual is really acting as the channeler or necromancer communicating with demons.  This is strictly forbidden in the Scriptures.

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, 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: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deuteronomy 18:9-12

Thus, those who practice and promote Contemplative Prayer are really an abomination unto the LORD! [31]

Dr. Mike Johnston

 Evidence (objective) or Experience (subjective)?

Merchants know that an experience is an extremely compelling component in commercial advertising. The same is true in Christianity. I’ll never forget hearing Dr. George Gardner, previous pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan make the following claim: “The man with an argument is always at the mercy of the man with an experience.” Never has this been more true than in the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement with one of its most popular doctrines: “slain in the Spirit.”

What is “Slain In The Spirit”?

Supporters allege that this is the work of the Holy Spirit who suddenly overwhelms often unsuspecting persons with His power and glory. This can be so intense that the recipient- said to be under the anointing- is often cast to the floor where he can lay motionless for extended periods, unable to speak, move, or respond to anyone in this condition;  or conversely, he can begin to bob, beller, bark, flinch, flip, flop, or laugh hysterically at nothing and for no reason.

Who is William Branham and how does he fit into slain in the spirit Kundalini-occult connection?

William Branham was a spiritualist “healer” who believed spirits could be “imparted” from one person to another via laying on of hands. [32] While he is often spoken of by word of faith teachers in glowing terms as if he was a church father, [33] he was not. He was- if you will forgive my bluntness- a heretical exclusionist[34] clairvoyant kook who was such a rabid anti-Trinitarian he actually labeled it as a “demonic” teaching. God help those who follow him! [35] Branham was a self sanctioned maverick quoted as saying that everyone involved in a denomination had taken the mark of the beast. [36] He also regularly practiced occult spiritualism including clairaudience,[37] divination (word of knowledge), and psychic mind reading. He maintained all his life that he was Elijah the prophet reincarnated and those who wouldn’t accept him as such he labeled as anti-Christ. He hated Israel, and he taught the serpent seed doctrine that anti-Semitic scoundrels like Arnold Murray [38] pound the pulpit with today. Though not exhaustive, his noteworthy heresies include: the divine equality of the pyramids, and zodiac with Scripture; nurturing the word-faith positive-confession doctrine we find still taught by his past and present admirers and followers today; the ongoing practice of necromancy (Hinn uses this also via documented spiritual encounters with Kathryn Kuhlman); and a lifetime of instructional meetings with an angel he claimed had given him his healing ministry. [39] This is the man that popularized the phenomenon known as slain in the spirit that is practiced and coveted by Charismatics and Pentecostals all around the world today.

Final Word: Test the Spirits by the Word of God

        My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children (Hosea 4:6). 

        Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). 

Charismatics often judge spirituality by the newest outward manifestation even if it is unbiblical or at best extra-Biblical. Needless to say, Scripture is not their friend in such cases. If we adopt their standard of spirituality, then Jesus wasn’t filled with the Spirit. Neither were any of the apostles; only Branham-ized Charismatics are. I hope this helps you see the absurdity of what they teach.

In Galatians 5:22-23 we have the real evidence of being filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance . . .  (Galatians 5:22-23). 

If you hold up a Charismatic manifestation next to the nine-fold fruit just mentioned, the answer to the questions Is this experience from God? should become patently obvious.


Using the pseudonym “slain in the spirit” the Serpent Power of the Awakening Kundalini is a featured manifestation in Latter Rain Charismatic gatherings by well known men revered to be spirit anointed. Our question here is simple: Which spirit have these men been anointed by?

In Hinduism there are several forms of yoga (yoking) which all have the goal of giving the practitioner cosmic consciousness and unity with God. [The origins of Kundalini Yoga (sometimes called Raja or Roya Yoga) come from the form of Hinduism known as Kashmir Shavism. This form of yoga comes from the Kashmir region of India and the god these Hindus worship is Shiva. Shiva was the Hindu god represented in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”

Hindu depiction of a Chakra: Wheel of spinning Energy – Kundalini Yoga “the serpent power.”

Sanskrit kund, “to burn”; kunda, “to coil or to spiral”: a concentrated field of intelligent, cosmic invisible energy absolutely vital to life; beginning in the base of the spine as a man or woman begins to evolve in their first incarnation; fed by the chakras along the spine and by the cosmic energy entering through the feet from the earth; as wisdom is earned in each incarnation, this electromagnetic, ultrapotent energy moves slowly upward through the spine; Kundalini is feminine polarity in nature. Sim. (Donning International Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary, June G. Beltzer, Ph.D., p. 343).

  1. Kundalini in English means “the serpent power.” It is the common Hindu belief that within each person resides a “serpent” coiled tightly up at the base of the spine. Through practicing Kundalini yoga, along with chanting, mediation, and an impartation from the guru one can have their Kundalini Awakened. Kundalini Yoga is the “power yoga” of Hinduism. It is the pathway to supernatural power and godhood. Kundalini Yoga can also lead to mental collapse, psychosis, and demon possession or oppression.
  1. “Asian cultures have used these teachings of the Chakra System for about 4,000 years and it’s only the last approx. 10 years that this information has filtered into the west. Chakra literally translated from the Hindi means ‘Wheel of spinning Energy’. Within our bodies are contained seven major energy centres. They are located within the body in front of the spinal column and are aligned vertically up and down the spine. Each wheel has a colour of the rainbow and vibrates to a musical note… .” (Inner Star Magazine)
  1. Kundalini is at least 1000 years old occult practice. It involves bodily manifestations as a consequence for the “awakening of an individual’s Kundalini” and is related to, for example, Qigong (a Chinese occultic tradition).
  1. Kundalini energy is typically described as a powerful energy source lying dormant in the form of a coiled serpent at the base of the human spine. When freed it reputedly has the capacity to effect great physical healings. Christina and Stanislov Grof, New Age authors of the book “The Stormy Search for the Self,” describe how the awakening of Kundalini energy can be triggered by an advanced spiritual teacher or guru. And how the awakening can bring up memories of past psychological traumas. The Grofs state that “individuals involved in this process might find it difficult to control their behavior; during power rushes of Kundalini energy, they often emit various involuntary sounds, and their bodies move in strange and unexpected patterns. Among the most common manifestations … are unmotivated and unnatural laughter or crying, talking tongues … and imitating a variety of animal sounds and movements” (p. 78-79). The Grofs state that “careful study of the manifestations of Kundalini awakening confirm that this process, although sometimes very intense and shattering, is essentially healing” (citing Warren Smith by permission in an article for Spiritual Counterfeits Project entitled “HOLY LAUGHTER or Strong Delusion” (Fall, 1994, Vol. 19.2), p. 14). 

Slain in the Spirit Akin to Kundalini

  1. Involuntarily falls down unconscious and enters a rapturous state of super-conscious bliss – same as Toronto Blessing, Brownsville, Lakeland “revivals”
  1. Beautiful visions and often involving astral projection – same as “revivals” above.
  1. Accompanied by uncontrollable laughter or weeping and animal sounds – same as “revivals” above.
  1. He could send others into this state with a single touch to the head or chest” – same as “revivals” above..

Christians that have flocked in their thousands to Toronto, Brownsville and Lakeland, do not seem to realize that the manifestations at these places are not a “New Move of God,” but in fact, as highlighted in the ‘Kundalini Spirit’ article, have existed for hundreds of years.

  • For hundreds years gurus have operated with gifts of healing, miracles, gifts of knowledge and intense displays of spiritual consciousness.
  • For hundreds of years they have connected with a cosmic power which, though demonic in origin, is very real.
  • For hundreds of years devotees have gone forward to receive spiritual experience (Darshan) from impartation by a touch of the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch.
  • For hundreds of years, as a result of the Shakti Pat, these devotees have had a raising of the spiritual experience also called raising Kundalini……
  • For hundreds of years the manifestations of an awakened kundalini among people of other religions has been exactly the same as the results of being ‘Slain in The Spirit’ in these so called (Holy Laughter) “Revival” meetings. [40]


                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 (1 Timothy 4:1). Redefining terms is often the difference between success and failure and the occult wing of the church is becoming skilled at it.[41] Until a few years ago, mystic [42] depicted occult overtures. It’s different now. Those who practice all manner of witchcraft are currently hyped to churches as spiritually gifted saints very much in tune with- and filled with- the Spirit of God (remember Dr. Wagner’s chilling paragraph we opened this book with). In my humble opinion, this has proven to be an absolutely brilliant Satanic strategy.

The following activities- while unbelievable- are actual antics performed by neo-LRs in hundreds of churches for tens of thousands of fans. As you read about them, please bear in mind these are not minority elements, they are quite mainstream; most of them being “heavy hitters” in worldwide Charismatic carnivals. Notice if you will their bold assertions of deity by being omniscient (they can read minds, diagnose diseases, and prescribe cures); omnipotent (they heal the sick, raise the dead, and impart spirits); and omnipresent (they freely travel throughout the universe and can be in more than one place at a time). Surely, Satan has, for all intents and purposes, fully denigrated God and deified man in these last days. Hold your nose my friend; some of these things really stink!

From Laughter, to Barking, to Drunkenness and Drug Abuse: And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury. . . (Isaiah 63:6). If we are to be honest with the facts, we’ll be forced to admit that every “new move of God” cited by LRs and Charismatics at large has fundamentally opened a ghastly gateway to something more insidious. Let us recall Rodney Howard-Browne’s somewhat innocent looking laughing revival which without question became the catalyst for kundalini like barking, clucking and other animal madness that’s mocked the church for twenty-five years. As of late- and with roaring success I must add- self titled New Mystic John Crowder- who was “saved” while on an acid trip- and his psychic sidekick Benjamin Dunn are now using the crass colloquialisms of “drunken glory,” [43] “toking the ghost”, “smoking the baby,” and “mainlining Jesus” to describe the Christian experience. Crowder’s “School of the Scandal” students paying the three-thousand dollar tuition fee, travel with him on his “Ecstatic Meetings” tour in churches, and watch as he and his staff of duped dervishes stagger, stammer, swagger, and sway around the stage like bemused buffoons, [44] dressed in Catholic robes, smoking imaginary joints, and sipping glasses of Holy Ghost hooch supposedly served to them by a traveling band of invisible fat Friar Tuck bartender angels Crowder swears accompany him.

These kinds of clown-like capers have totally convinced me the scoffers and mockers Peter and Jude warned about (2 Pet. 3:3; Jude 1:18) aren’t all agnostics and atheists as once thought and taught. Many of them are in apostate churches deluded by deceivers speaking lies in hypocrisy (1 Tim. 4:2), just like those under the spell of Crowder and his cronies. 

Shamanism – Channeling Familiar Spirits: Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God (Leviticus 19:31). Giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4:1) is no longer confined to weirdoes in darkly lit back rooms with squeaky doors and Ouija boards. It has now become the popular pastime for quasi-Christian church folk who follow after the weird while abandoning the Word. One method of channeling today is through angelic teachings which many of them claim. Another is by impartations- transferring spirits through laying on of hands- popularized by Branham, Cain, the KCPs, and one of their devotees, a disgraced, drunken tattooed Canadian con-man named Todd Bentley. Bentley who brags about seeing King David, having conversations with the Apostle Paul, and about raising 30 people from the dead (none substantiated), was the featured evangelist in the summer Lakeland “revival” of 2008.

During his relatively short stay, he unapologetically taught about meetings with- and the channeled teachings of- an angel named Emma; [45] probably the same spirit that instructed KCP leader Bob Jones and William Branham. Producer, author, and occult expert Caryl Matrisciana [46] attended a special meeting in LA where 500 pastors lined up in front of Bentley who- in the spirit of kundalini- “imparted” a spirit by touching them in the middle of their foreheads (the occult third eye) thereby sending them crashing to the floor where they frothed, flipped, flopped, convulsed, howled and/or laughed hysterically “in the spirit.” Again, I challenge you to find any of this mayhem in Scripture (1 John 4:1).

Transportations, translations, bi-locations: Crowder contemporary, Jason Westerfield, is at the forefront of these occult heresies. By transportations they mean physical relocation from one place to another. Translations are spiritual (OBEs). This is simply New Age astral projection, and bi-locations are being in two places at one time. Believe it or not, LRs who boast of these practices are revered as- gods today.

Translations are becoming more common on Charismatic TV. Testimonials now often include trips to Heaven or elsewhere where new revelation is received from the lips of a teaching angel or spirit. [47] Todd Bentley and KCP Bob Jones appearing on Patricia King’s [48] ultra grisly television program talked about being in a restaurant, holding hands, closing eyes and traveling to the 3rd heaven where they saw a white light, [49] smelled vanilla, felt a wind, and talked with an angel (sounds like familiar spirits- Lev. 20:27; 1 Sam. 28:7) Jones claims he takes children there quite often. Knowing the immoral  proclivities of Mr. Jones, [50] I’m convinced I don’t want my family- especially my grandchildren- going anywhere near this unrestrained letch.

Bi-locations are simultaneous appearances of one person in more than one place at a time. While this is strictly an occult phenomenon reported by Aleister Crowley and a few spiritist monks, assorted cadre from the new mystics are testifying of this power, too.

Doctrine of Divination-[51] aka Word of Knowledge, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues: There shall not be found among you any one that . . . useth divination, 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; see also Ezekiel 13:6-7). Let me challenge you dear friend. Using Scripture only, prepare a Bible based report entitled: “The Word of Knowledge as Found in Scripture.” I am convinced not one report will bear any resemblance to the psychic hocus pocus you see over the air waves today which is nothing less than the rewards of divination (Num. 22:7) that was lifted from Branham, re-packaged under a nebulous term word of knowledge and delivered to a willing group of people who don’t know any better. Again ignorance propels cults.

Necromancy-Speaking to the Dead: And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead (Isaiah 8:19)? Many of today’s prophets and evangelists claim to receive instruction and blessing from the dead. The spiritually perverse John Crowder hosts a short video clip releasing impartations from the grave site of heretic healer John Alexander Dowie. Benny Hinn, another necromancer claims:

“I’ve walked in the supernatural world. I’ve seen things you would never be able to understand…I’ve had individuals appear to me in my room. Not only angels” (HONOLULU CRUSADE Feb. 28, 1997). Hinn relates another vision he had “I saw myself walk into a room and there stood Kathryn Kuhlman. And I’ve not seen Kathryn in a dream or a vision [in] years. I knew she had died and it was on the news that same morning. … And there she was standing in this room… And she said, ‘Follow me.’ … And I followed her to a second room. In that second room stood the lord. When the lord, uh-when-when I saw the lord, Kathryn disappeared. She was just gone … And now the lord looked at me and said, ‘Follow me.’ And I followed him to a third room.”[52]

Angelic visitations: Latter Rain proponents like their New Age brethren, boast of making contact with angels: Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind (Col 2:18). Occultist Branham used them as a mainstay in his “ministry.” Today testimonies of alleged angel meetings can be found everywhere. Bob Jones claims it was an angel named Emma [53] that revealed the plan for the KCPs. Bentley alleges conversing with the same angel before launching the Lakeland “revival.”

Soaking: sitting in the presence of an esteemed teacher or Charismatic leader and drinking in his glory. Todd Bentley used this term frequently when speaking of his relationship to Bob Jones. Perhaps he soaked up too much since he soon followed his mentor headlong into unrepentant fornication.

Gold teeth, gold dust and oozing oil: Heresy often finds it’s greatest expression in greed. Joshua Mills reportedly receives a regular sprinkling of gold dust and occasional gold teeth along with oil oozing from his hands when the spirit comes upon him. The only gold dust reference is the powder Israel was made to drink after their bout with the idolatry and the golden calf.

Impartations: 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.

Spirit manifestations: If you know the Jesus of the Bible, you will understand the absurdity of what Charismatics are involved with today. Being “slain in the spirit” (which I once considered and now have rejected) may have been revitalized by the heresies of Kathryn Kuhlman. [54] It requires “catchers and coverers,”[55] and is often accompanied by uncontrollable laughter and staggering served up by Holy Ghost bartenders, [56] and accompanied by writhing, flinching, barking, clucking, and other screaming noises that remind us of some pathetic soul fed through a door; all revered and coveted by Pentecostals as evidences of the Spirit. But what spirit are they receiving? I believe the spirit of disobedience (Eph. 2:2) sent by Satan to seduce them. In my opinion, and I’m not alone here, “stupidity” and “nonsense” aren’t strong enough words to describe this mayhem.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

The Leaven of Deception

The Laodicean Church (Rev. 3:14-21) is not in revival! It is a Christless, covetous, confident, and self deluded seductress. As if sitting on top of the world, she is pictured as the drunken Babylonian harlot in Revelation 17 who has no concern for souls, her own apostate condition, or the fact she is about to be destroyed by Antichrist (Rev. 17:16).

Still, some well meaning brethren want to know why we expose these manifestations and practices rather than merely looking the other way. Our answer is from Scripture and becomes evident as you study the disgusting progress of the Charismatic Latter Rain movements: 1 Corinthians 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? What began with noble sounding spiritual goals has over time become overtly occultic. As I have pointed out in this booklet, Later Rain Charismatics are not only employing Eastern mysticism into “ministry” they are at long last convincing the naïve we are actually gods equal in every way to Christ (anointed). Please read Matt. 24:4-5, 11, 24 carefully regarding deceivers claiming to be equal to Christ. These are not times of revival; they are times of rebellion aka apostasy. Please consider this passage carefully and if you need more help, please write:

                And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12).

[1] Please bear in mind that Dr. Wagner isn’t merely some disenfranchised devotee of the devil. He is head of the Latter Rain group New Apostolic Reformation and a well respected professor from Fuller Seminary specializing in Charismatic centered church growth with dozens of books currently circulating the globe infecting the church with this occult laden seed.


[3] We have an expose booklet entitled: Speaking in Tongues- The Core of Corinthian Christianity

[4] Packaged as words of knowledge, interpretation of tongues, and prophecies so called, these manifestations are actually nothing more than the pagan Canaanite witchcraft, forbidden by God (Deut. 18:10; 2 Kings 17:17; etc).

[5] They call this unbiblical nonsense being “slain in the Spirit.” Since you only fall at the feet of someone you worship- Christ, I believe this to be a coy ploy of Satan in an effort to give worship to men.

[6] All the major “revivals” like Kansas City, Toronto, Brownsville, Lakeland and others reported this.

[7] For further discussion, please write for our booklet: The Latter Rain and the Manifest Sons of God Heresy.

[8] Write for our flyer entitled Doctrines of Devils where we expose them.

[9] Open your Bible and study for yourself. What passes itself off as a heightened spiritual experience can’t be found anywhere in Scripture.

[10] A known heretic named Montanus was employing some of these same gimmicks and was sternly rebuked and rejected.

[11] G. Campbell Morgan described the Azusa Street activities as                 “the last vomit of Satan.” R.A. Torrey declared that this new Pentecostal movement was “emphatically not of God, and founded by a Sodomite.”   H. A. Ironside said in 1912 AD both the holiness and Pentecostal movements were           “disgusting . . . delusions and insanities. Pandemonium’s where exhibitions worthy of a madhouse or a collection of howling dervishes (were causing a) heavy toll of lunacy and infidelity.” Clarence Larkin wrote: “But the conduct of those possessed, in which they fall to the ground and writhe in contortions, causing disarrangement’s of the clothing and disgraceful scenes, is more a characteristic of demon possession, than a work of the Holy Spirit. From what has been said we see that we are living in “Perilous Times,” and that all about us are “Seducing Spirits,” and that they will become more active as the Dispensation draws to its close, and that we must exert the greatest care lest we be led astray.”  From Dr. Mike’s expose: The New Age Charismatic Seed of Corruption.

[12] When several of Benny Hinn’s false prophecies were proven to be lies, TBN founder Paul Crouch angrily charged the TV cameras with a clenched fist cursing all who dared to expose Hinn while assigning them to the fiery pits of eternal Hell.

[13] In its simplest form, if you attended worship service the past Lord’s Day without taking a sacrificial Lamb with you, you are a dispensationalist.

[14] We have not considered every miracle including those performed as signs by Elijah and Elisha who called Israel out of Baal worship during Ahab’s infamous reign.

[15] A full expose including names is available in Dr. Mike’s booklet: LAST DAYS False Prophets.

[16] The Old Scofield Study Bible discusses 7 separate dispensations.

[17] We believe the last days began in the time of Christ and will continue through the Millennium.

[18] If signs and wonders were valid for today, this event including fire, wind, and the ability to speak in a foreign language would be repeated every time a new soul was saved, or received “spirit baptism” wrongly so called.

[19] This is one reason the signs and wonders crowd has been so eager to re-invent apostles and prophets today. Please send for our booklet: Apostles Today?

[20] There are no modern day prophets or apostles so called that possess these gifts. Most all of the “Christian” channels featuring these deceivers (all with a success rate of less than 30%) seem more devoted to unity than truth. Healing hucksters like Hagin and Roberts both died after failing to heal themselves. One can only imagine the fate awaiting Benny Hinn whose clown like capers boast of thousands of healings annually with little or no substantive proof being offered for any of them.

[21] Now that the Word is complete, why would sign gifts be necessary? The gift of healing– not God’s ability to heal- doesn’t exist and neither do prophets who predict the future with 100% accuracy. Paul, who previously could heal, was ultimately rendered incapable of healing: himself (2 Cor. 12:8); Trophimus (1 Tim. 5:23); and Timothy (2 Tim. 4:2).  Today God’s real prophets don’t fore-tell the future. They forth-tell what Scripture predicts about the future.

[22] Bentley received his “impartation” from a well known sexual deviate and former Kansas City Prophet named Bob Jones. Both of these misfits claim to take regular excursions to heaven and share the company of a “teaching spirit” named Emma. You think demonism isn’t in the church?

[23] Anything with Jesus’ name on it today is passed off as Christian. Read Matt. 7 and 24 again!

[24] There is the spirit of truth and the spirit of error and we must be able to discern between them (1 John 4:1-6). While truth sets us free (John 8:32), rejecting it invites deception and ultimate bondage to Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:10-11).

[25] The Holiness Pentecostal Movement in the United States’ by Vinson Synan. Grand Rapids. 1971.

[26] Dictionary of P & C Movements.

[27] Pentecostal’s father Charles Parham lost all credibility when arrested in Texas in 1907 and charged with sodomy.

[28] Write for info on Occultist William Branham.

[29] For more info, write for our tract on the Heresies of Kenneth Copeland.

[30] By Mark Dinsmore, copied from

[31] Adapted and or copied from Christine A. Narloch-

[32] Todd Bentley from the Lakeland “revival” gave rebirth to this heresy which caused hundreds of pastors to fall under the power of his errors. Bob Jones who fell to sexual sin imparted to Todd Bentley who later fell under the same sin. Impartation works for evil.

[33] Some of his greatest admirers include Paul Cain, Paul Crouch, Marilyn Hickey, Earl Paulk, Oral Roberts, the late Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Rodney Howard Brown, Benny Hinn etc. More info on all these people free by googling them.

[34] He taught virtually every denomination was anti-Christ and unless you accepted his teachings you could not be a member of the Body of Christ.

[35] TD Jakes, and Tommy Tenney both deny the trinity.

[36] William Branham, Footprints on the Sands of Time: The autobiography of William Branham, Part Two (Jeffersonville, IN: Spoken Word Publications, 1975), pp. 627, 629, 643, 648

[37] The practice of supernaturally hearing audible voices

[38] You may write PMI for The Truth About Arnold Murray.

[39] Prophetic imposter Bob Jones (KCP) and his protégé Todd Bentley have similar experiences with an angel named Emma that sounds like this demon.

[40] Kundalini info copied-adapted from

[41] Pro-death abortionists used this trickery by labeling the act of killing the unborn as a woman’s right to choose, and those who stood for life as anti-choice.

[42] According to The Free Dictionary, mystic means: relating to religious mysteries or occult rites and practices and yet this is how Charismatics like Patricia King are describing the new breed now leading the church in the 3rd Wave.

[43] Part of their ostentatious misuse of Acts 2:13 and Eph. 5:18. Doesn’t God’s Word command that we be sober (2 Corinthians 5:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:6,8; Titus 2:2,4,6; 1 Peter 1:13; 5:8)?

[44] Scripture teaches us it is the disobedient that stagger like drunkards, not the Spirit filled (Job 12:25). We are to remain alert and sober unto the coming of the Lord (1 Thess. 5:6, 8; 1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Pet. 1:13).

[45] Some have compared this occult odyssey with both Branham and Jones.

[46] She reported this on a Southwest Radio Church broadcast Sept. 22, 2008.

[47] This is called Shamanism. The shaman makes use of spirit helpers, with whom he or she communicates, all the while retaining control over his or her own consciousness. (Dean Edwards, Shamanism-General Overview-Preface, 1997, originally available at

[48] King, an admitted ex-witch hosts a television program that seeks to make occult practices acceptable and desirable to Christians.

[49] Satan disguises himself as an angel of  light (2 Cor. 11:14).

[50] He suggested women get naked before him in order to receive a word from the Lord through him. He was later called out for this, then reinstated by the John Wimber of Vineyard fame.

[51] Webster and Smith’s Dictionary both declare divination “the act of  . . . foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure, by the aid of superior beings, or by other than human means.”


[53] Equated to Imma, the far eastern mythical goddess, perhaps the Sumerian sex goddess angel. No wonder Jones and Bentley fell under her direction, eh?

[54] Benny Hinn’s admitted mentor.

[55] Nowhere in Scripture do we see anyone acting like these people do. Nowhere.

[56] A name attributed to “evangelist” Rodney-Howard-Browne.

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