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The Rebellious world we now live in

October 13, 2018 Leave a comment

An international collusion of corruption

The newsletter is about events that take place in the world that affect us, as a people, and as the church. And there is much to cover, so let me begin with two points that will be the underlying theme of this newsletter.
1. The godless are stirred up
2. Do we recognize evil anymore?
How do we define evil? Evil is void of what is good, but to know what is good one must have some ethical, moral standard to measure it by. That has been erased, now evil can be called good.
There are two influences in the world, and they are clashing. One is truth, one of falsehood, one is moral the other is immoral.
The pervasive attitude is “No one is going to tell me what to do even if it is right, I do what I feel.” That is lawlessness. We have a generation of legalized murderers that want to continually be allowed to do what they want with their bodies, even if it is affecting another body. Once called a baby, something that we all once were to come into this world.
It is openly known how those on the “left” (and some on the right) in our country hate our “current president.” They have has lost power in the government and do not like it. Since the election that have tried every means to regain it and thwart the current administration. What they ignore are the many improvements that have taken place for the citizens of the country.
It’s been said politics is life. Today in America, people’s lives are wrapped up in politics. So we begin with the political drama in this newsletter because it has become front stage for all, even for those disinterested in politics. Bear with me as I run through the events because this has lessons that should be applied to the state of the church.
The godless are stirred, threatened by the restraint of morals, those who have integrity. Consider John James running for a senator in Michigan who speaks of faith and family and that men have responsibilities, who is being viciously attacked from the left. The family meltdown is already at nuclear levels but to speak out on this makes one an enemy.
As an observer I see exaggeration and embellishments everywhere, and let’s not forget lying that has become the majority of speech in our culture. This whole scenario unfolding is like producing a Hollywood movie, but it is real life. It has all the drama and emotion of the big screen. The news makes you think it is impromptu and real. But it’s planned, it’s scripted and you have the actors paid by organizations to be vocal. One of them is by the well – known funder of chaos George Soros. This is not a grass roots rebellion, the majority of people involved are paid to lead it and participate in it.
And the activists that are behind the cameras are more than ready to weaponize the information they are reporting. They don’t report all there is, there is a bias in place by what they eliminate. The result is record ratings covering politics as partisans.
We are watching a revolt taking place from those who don’t just disagree, they exhibit hate and anger. Masked men gather together chanting “no border, no walls, no USA at all.” They want an international government instead of state nations.
Masked men have usually been criminals, unless you are a superhero. They were asked if the president showed up at their protest what they would do, comments like a beat down to a murder came from their lips.
The advances of the globalists are being undone by the current administration but the opposition has not accepted this, they are vigorously fighting.
In life there will probably be more you disagree with than agree. The Bible tells us to love your enemies, it also speaks in the end that the love of many will grow cold.” This is not just being indifferent or not caring, it can mean active hatred. Which is what we are seeing now,
The Bible speaks about hatred as murder in one’s heart.
1 John 3:15-16 “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
The Father said of his son “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.” This is why Jesus said “He who hates Me hates My Father also.” (John 15:23) Lawlessness and righteousness are clashing. Without defining each we should understand to do good pleases God, lawlessness is considered evil.
John 15:18-19 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own.” John 17:14 “the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. “
If we side with Jesus the world will hate us. The only love I see increasing is the love of self, the love that Jesus said we need to not have, but to instead love others.
The reaction in politic arena was instinctive and we should have expected it. They voiced their decision not only before all the facts were known, but at the announcement of his nomination. This is called prejudice. Since they could not convince by words or reason, they took action.
The law is the great equalizer when applied correctly, and not abused. They overruled the law had and decided a man’s fate, pronouncing him guilty with no regard what he devoted his life to, upholding the law. Which becomes a strange irony when understood.
His accuser[s] was made a representative of all woman and Kavanaugh became a representative of all men. There arguments against what has been the right way was abandoned and they then became incoherent.
How many people have been falsely accused put in jail for years only to be found out later by DNA or some other evidence they were innocent. There should never be a rush to judgment or decisions made without examining evidence. And yes there was corroborating evidence for his innocence.
We are witnessing a social/political revolution led by those who represent the people. Threats continue to be said and eventually they will become reality (it’s not over by a long shot). If you think this was like seeing sharks circling seeing blood in the water wait until the piranha’s come out.
But there is something deeper that we should not overlook. The clash is also between relative and absolute truth. Between objectivity based on facts, not feelings. This is being fought publicly on TV and the Internet, through social media where most young people get their news from.
Whoever speaks the most and the loudest wins
We now live in a culture being steered by information and by social networks, but is it accurate information? Does it have a purpose that may not be altruistic?
It’s well known the liberals/socialists, “the left” (80-90%) have control over these platforms. It is those who have an agenda that allow exaggerations, lies to be consistently spoken to succeed in their goals of defaming the other side. They are very pragmatic in their approach. The majority of news should be scrutinized by each of us but that can’t be done without applying logic and critical thinking. And that is in short supply these days.
The Alphabet channel news, social media have been the carriers of the disease of disinformation. They present their experts (both sides can do this), interviewing political science graduates, activists who are fully dedicated to “the cause.” They have no reason to be fair. Their commentators then convince you what they think is right. When they do not appeal to logic or reason and give no room to think it becomes dangerous. It’s hard to accept the news as being unbiased when you hear the exact same phrases, all regurgitated for all there talking points. It becomes obvious there is more than reporting going on. The untrustworthiness of public figures is at an all-time high, and for good reason, there is lawlessness in the land of law. We can’t lock up corrupt politicians and are willing to keep others that support them employed at high levels. Truly many have lost all sensibility.
What exactly is taking place? They are bringing people into the collective, to think a certain way. There is real brainwashing taking place as they have their soldiers of confrontation repeat the leader’s words before they take action. A tactic we see in the cults.
Group think is certainly promoted by the news, the media repeats the same phases over and over as they too brainwash the masses. And those who do not exercise critical thinking skills or do not have any logic (the majority) are led like sheep to the slaughter.
The alphabet media channels biased reporting on America goes into other countries (through the airports and internet) which then influences the world against us as a policy of “destroy Trump” is openly watched. It’s not to say that we should not air our dirty laundry when necessary, but the idea of “fake news” does ring the bell loudly. When caught they do an insignificant correction to preserve their image as a news company, no apologies to the people’s lives they tried to ruin. That is why the respect for certain media outlets is about as low as it is for criminals.
The attention of the nation has watched how the new Supreme Court nominee was treated. We have watched the darkest of humanity at work, ignoring the right way things should be done.
What have watched a display of relative truth, truth by feelings conflicting with truth by the facts. That is, “I believe it, therefore it is true to me.” This may not be true to you, but you do not matter because my opinion is more important than yours. Besides this being a perfect example of being close minded, this is
called authoritarianism when exercise through government, it shows the worst of humanity in our sordid history.
The fight escalates. Conservatives have awaken, they never defended their position like they are now. No doubt this is going to continue.
We now see the left using subterfuge, assigning their actions to another. They accuse one side of doing is what they themselves are doing, some call this a transference of guilt. Whatever they accuse you of doing to them, is actually what they are doing to you which has been termed Psychological projection.

A dark cloud now hangs over our nation – Social upheaval is in play
A cultural shift has come upon many people. Like a brain amoeba it has infiltrated our thinking. People are possessed with hatred and anger that they cannot control, it has taken over every fiber of their life. They can’t see past the myopic route they have forged out for themselves that is self – destruction. They are carried by the spirit of the age. They can’t see any other view because this is what makes sense to them as they go by their feelings and it has blinded them.
They have a visceral hatred, a prejudice against those who think differently than they do. There are those who are content or happy with their lives. Apparently this cannot be allowed. Most people mind their own business and want to have peace and less conflict in their lives, but these activists cannot let things slide.
Our country has some within its government who are shameless people without integrity who have their conscience seared. In unity they quickly descended past the shadows into the dark and then to a darker place until no light was allowed.
They did not want to hear truth so they can continue accepting and promoting their lies. Soon “The Lie” will be upon them from which there will be no escape. This is just a preview.
Some have compared what is taking place to McCarthyism. What we are seeing is worse, not since than the Salem witch trials have we seen such hysteria. Uncorroborated, unsubstantiated testimonies that should not, nor cannot make one guilty. The Bible speaks against giving false witness; which is another example of lawlessness.
We are watching people being pronounced guilty first without a presumption of innocence that has been with western culture and ingrained in civilization of the ancient world. There are watershed moments in US history, and we have just seen one.
This is a facet of authoritarian regimes (it was seen in the Inquisition). This is not just inside the government it is becoming the thinking among the people, by “group think.” And that is where the real danger is.
A segment of our population is offended by truth tellers, by those who go by standards. It does not matter how unemotional or careful they are telling the truth, or how logical or right, the other side will always find fault. Why? Because there is something more important to them. This has been seen in certain politician’s actions, but it also translates to religion and other areas of life. It’s often the pursuit of money or power, sometimes it is both.
There is a difference from liberal and leftist. The left does not like losing power, they want to take down America, so we become part of the global community, this why they are angered. The left has declared
war on the constitution, this is really a spiritual war. They know if they change or diminish the constitution and we can be steered toward a one world government. Some people want to control others, they punish them to make them as miserable as they are. There are those who want to serve the country and there are others that care about nothing except getting elected, and lying is second nature to them,
James 4:1-2 “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.”
Make no mistake this whole political upheaval was about abortion as much as anything else. Clearly if he was pro – choice we would not have seen this unfold as it did.
You can’t change the facts on abortion 66 million children, a generation the size of some a countries population were prevented from being born.
I do think this will yield something really bad, in fact it already has. I do not think this shift we have seen is temporary but is permanent. Moderation or finding oneself in the middle is no longer an option. You are either for what is right or for lawlessness.
Truth can be found in strange places
No matter what one thinks of Julian Assange he does give us something to consider with facts we may not know: Generation Being Born Now Is The Last To Be Free
Is the information we receive being reshaped? Technological socialism … you don’t think that can take place, it already has. Discussing politics on social media is weighed in the favor of the radicals: say something against their agenda and wrath of the opposition is heard.
Senior Google Scientist Resigns In Protest Over China Censorship Project
How this revolution began and continues
Our universities are breeding revolutionaries,
But it is apparent that it starts when they are young. Consider this news story that is not unique. “Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of its morning meeting. (Channel 2 Action News)
Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.” The decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” Zelski said. “Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting.” That pledge, “will focus on students” civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society.” The school tells us exactly what this about by using the term global society (this is something we cover on our new age dvd)
After reaction there were new developments, this story has continued to change since it was originally reported. For the latest AJC version, go to: School reverses Pledge of Allegiance policy after criticism
More than likely our children are being reshaped by the University they attend. The left has already altered the college campuses with their revisioning of history, lies and introduced amoral values.
The youth went to college and once learned “how to think,” not they are taught “what to think.” Academia is defined by its professor’s views, not by facts.

There are those went to further their education in our universities, where agitation and insurrection accompanies their education. The division we see in the country has no end because of those who teach our children and our young adults are made into radicals who hate their own country.
I do not see this getting enough attention. Three concerned liberal academics contend that their fields have been infiltrated by radical theories. They used fabricated authors and credentials in 20 absurd “scholarly” papers — three of which were based on rewrites of “Mein Kampf.”
Each of the papers were peer-reviewed and passed before being published. Which speaks about where our education is at the top.
One rewrote a chapter of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”, as a Feminist Manifesto, replacing the parts of Hitler’s words with terms as “solidarity allyship”, “neo-liberal feminism” and “’multi-variate matrix of domination.”
“We intentionally made the papers absurd and used faulty methods to see if they could pass scrutiny at the highest level of academia. Concerningly, they did.” (please be aware of the ads on these sites.)
https://thewest.com.au/news/world/fake-academic-scandal-adolf-hitlers-mein-kampf-words-used-in-embarrassingjournal-hoax-ng-b88979974z
https://gellerreport.com/2018/10/mein-kamp-feminists.html/
http://brandsauthority.com/fake-academic-scandal-adolf-hitlers-mein-kampf-words-used-in-embarrassing-journalhoax/
Today’s future
The new socialistic revolution
Facts are not putty that can be reshaped. Most think all revolutionaries are anti – government, they are not. These want to use the government to control the people. Socialism is a disbelief in God and believes in the state. Socialism has been called soft communism. So many have been taught a share all equality is the best form of Government. We had already tax the rich more than any other country, but France. A certain party of politicians on the left want up to half your wages, which would keep the middle class destitute. We already have the top 1-2% paying 50% of the taxes.
Socialism relies on capitalism to fund it. As Margaret Thatcher said The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. If everyone were socialists what would it look like– we would look like the prime example today –Venezuela.
Marxism is the hatred of God, all religion is replaced with humanistic communism, the state becomes the provider. Which Marx will we accept? Karl or Groucho. You may bet your life on it.
We know by the Bible that technology will be used as a certain man becomes president of the world (elected or not?) who will issue an emblem to be put on people (the Bible calls it a mark Rev.13) to have control over the finances of the world, what you can earn and eat. Equitable redistribution, no private
property is the function of the mark of the beast. Where no one buys or sells, all is controlled by centralized governing.
This is the high tech socialism/communism that is forming. Spiritual socialism, religious humanism is the end goal of all this. The Bibles explanation of where we are headed is a political figure is coming will at a certain point become religious as he declares himself to the world to be God. And with his successes they will believe him.
What is our government?
America is an example of freedom, it is different than many other existing governments. What you hear is that we are a democracy, a democratic government. That is incorrect, we are a Republic. The power of government is held by the people. The people give power to leaders they elect to represent them and are to serve their interests for the betterment. The representatives are responsible for helping all the people in the country, not just a few people.
In a Republic the powers of sovereignty are vested in the people. America may be a called by some a democratic republic, having the best of both, but more accurately the United States is a constitutional republic.
But what happens when those elected think they know better than the people? You have certain segment of the government taking control over the people.
Here is where we make a sobering transition from politics to the church … what happens when certain people in the church think they know better than the Bible and try to have governmental control? The NAR whom are self- appointed authoritarian shepherds claim to have the highest tier of governmental authority over the individual churches by claiming their own apostolic and prophetic appointments. They want to bring the church under a centralized government, them. On the contrary the Bible speaks of autonomous local churches.
They separate people from the Bible just as authoritarian politicians separate people from the law and the constitution. In Scripture they are called Nicolaiten’s. Another is the example of Diotrephes of whom John the apostle writes “Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words.” (3 John 9-10)
Does this not sound like what is going on inside and outside the church. Diotrepehes was undermining the ways John taught. John comments v.11 “do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.”
There are Identity politics and there is identity Christianity. I am of so and so … Copeland, Hinn, Meyer, Branham etc. Even if the person is a sound teacher (which the many are not), is your relationship with him greater or more important than with Jesus by the Holy Spirit? I see this all the time, so and so says,… but have you checked it with the Bible?
When conflict arises the path of least resistance is used, compromise. The early church grew by the conflicts she was engaged in, openly debating and speaking out.
Today many pastors, even apologists do not tackle the really important doctrinal issues much less conflicts with sheep (some of which they cause). They sweep things under the rug to keep the peace in the church for a pristine image. On the other side pastors tell sheep not judge and have them feel as if they are questioning God if they do “touch not God’s anointed” they quote.
I remember it was not too long ago the church cared about the infiltration of false teaching and teachers, now, too many Pastors speak as a liberal, and say God will take of it, wait, much like Gamaliel’s advice.
The Lord is shaking the earth. The same that we see going on in the secular word is seen in the church and with those calling themselves the church. Things that we never thought we would see are happening. Look at the Roman Catholic Church who has outlived its priesthood organization by the public exposure of what they have been doing for centuries. They will either change or crumble.
America was founded on Judea Christian value system and was always a light to the nations because of a witness of Christ went out. That light is now hidden under a bushel we have become like the nations. Atheism, occultism is stronger than ever and the gospel is not what many of the churches are exporting.
Why do we keep repeating our mistakes in the church? Because of the leaders who do not lead. So many teachers want you to support them in their preaching the gospel when all they do is teach on giving to support them, they only talk ABOUT the gospel, they rarely give it or do not give it at all. Their focus is on money, on gain. They live in mansions, fly private jets and claim they are examples of Jesus. No they are an examples of being of the world.
Ask yourself did any apostle live in a mansion, did Jesus. Where does it say this? Scripture please. They go back to Abraham as proof. A man God made rich as he began a nation to be a theocracy. Why not Job who was rich and lost it all and by God’s grace was replenished again. Ask yourself why they do not speak things into existence as they teach those who hear their words. They never use this power they claim to have, they only talk about it. They are co-dependents on you to support their lying lavish living lifestyle.
It’s almost like a appointing a pastor who does not believe in the Bible to teach the Bible. Imagine the majority of the people in the church living by the word? And not some man’s distorted word. What kind of change that would bring to the people.
The word of the Lord become more precious as the light of truth fades away in our nation and the world. Let us continue in our faith doing good works as we see the days growing darker and the Lords coming as being nearer.
May you know the grace of the Lord.
Mike

p.s. The Branham book is going to be available very soon. It is titled “A man and his angel” A Biblical examination of William Branham’s Practices and Teachings: A Compendium of the Prophets legacy. It will be available in only pdf as it will be near 1,000 pages.

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Calvinism revealed and refuted line upon line

One of the clearest, and most concise refutations of the heresy of Calvinism I’ve ever found.

By Jim Gordon.

It opens …

Where is the love of God in Calvinism?

Let’s look at the words John Calvin himself:

God – arranges all things – He has decreed that they are so to happen – All events take place by His sovereign appointment. Would this include sin? Does God “will” man to sin? Calvin answers “yes!

Scripture clearly proves that God by His eternal and immutable counsel determined once for all those whom it was His pleasure one day to admit to salvation, and those whom, on the other hand, it was His pleasure to doom to destruction. [Does this contradict the clear statement of Scripture, “The Lord…is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9)?]

Calvinism-Logo

Those, therefore, whom God passes by He reprobates, and that for no other cause but because He is pleased to exclude them from the inheritance which He predestines to His children. [Are sinners really excluded from heaven and damned in hell merely because such pleases God? What about where the Bible says, “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezek. 33:11)?]

 

Now since the arrangement of all things is in the hand of God – He arranges – that individuals are born, are doomed from the womb to certain death, and are to glorify Him by their destruction. [Where is the love of God in this? Doesn’t this sound contrary to God’s Word?]

Dave MacPherson’s FAKE NEWS about the history of the PreTrib rapture EXPOSED!

January 19, 2018 2 comments

INVENTOR OF FALSE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE HISTORY

Dave MacPherson is an individual who loves to hate pretribulationism. In fact, he has thought up new ways to express his distain for pretribulationism by fabricating a false history of the pre-trib rapture. For the last thirty-plus years, MacPherson has dedicated his life to full time rapture hating in an attempt to participate in anything that he believes will obstruct its spread.

A GREAT CONSPIRACY THEORY?

MacPherson believes that the key elements of the doctrine of the pretribulational rapture originated with a young Scottish girl named Margaret Macdonald in Spring of 1830. This is the thesis put forth in a number of books and publications for over thirty years by MacPherson, a newsman turned rapture researcher. MacPherson’s major book The Rapture Plot(Millennium III Publishers, 1994), is only one of the latest in a series of revisions of his original discourse The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin (Heart of America Bible Society, 1973). His books include the following: The Three Rs: Rapture, Revisionism, Robbery (P.O.S.T., 1998), The Great Rapture Hoax (New Puritan Library, 1983), Rapture?(New Puritan Library, 1987), The Incredible Cover-Up (Omega Publications, 1975), The Late Great Pre-Trib Rapture (Heart of America Bible Society, 1974).

Dave MacPherson is convinced that the popular Pre-Trib Rapture teaching of today was really instigated by a teenager in Scotland who lived in the early 1800’s. (Hoax, p. 7.) If Christians had known all along, bemoans MacPherson concerning the historical beginnings of the pretrib rapture, the state of Christianity could have been vastly different today. (Hoax, p. 180). He does not think that this research has been mere historical oversight, but rather a well-orchestrated “cover-up” which has been carefully managed by clever pretrib leaders each step of the way, even alleging that Dallas Seminary was grooming and commissioning Hal Lindsey for the purpose of popularizing the pretrib rapture for the Jesus Movement in the early 70’s. (Incredible Cover-Up, pp, 131-32). Jim McKeever, in the forward of the book, compares this pretrib cover-up to the Watergate cover-up. Before we get into the background of the pretrib rapture lets run a background check on MacPherson.

MACPHERSON’S BACKGROUND
MacPherson has dedicated his life to the cause of disrupting belief in the pretrib rapture, since, according to his interpretation, it has been the cause for great disruption in his own life. Back in 1953 I had a jolting encounter with the Rapture, is the opening sentence in MacPherson’s Rapture Hoax (p. 3). This is a reference to his expulsion from a Christian College in California (BIOLA) for propagating views that conflicted with pretribulationism. He suggests that this experience was so devastating that it accounts for a setback in his Christian life. Because of his discouragement, MacPherson and a friend went out and got drunk in Mexico and passed out. MacPherson says this was a brush with death because of the many dangers that could befall someone in such a condition in Mexico. Later, he was involved in a wreck with a car while riding his motorcycle and almost lost his left arm. But these were not the beginning of his nor his familys troubles because of the pretrib rapture.

Robert L. Sumner has noted that MacPherson has a bad habit of attributing all kinds of personal tragedies to the pre-trib teaching: his mother’s death, his sister’s inability to have more children, his own failure to follow through on his calling as an evangelist, and other matters. (Looking For The Blessed Horrible Holocaust! A book review of The Late Great Pre-Trib Rapture in The Biblical Evangelist (May, 1975), p. 8.) Sumner cites another illustration of how paranoid he has become concerns his conclusion that his lovable dog, Wolf apparently became demon possessed just about the time MacPherson was about to write his first anti-pretribulation book, savagely biting his writing hand several times. (Hope? Or Hoax? The Biblical Evangelist (Feb., 1984), p. 7.)

Trials and tribulation due to the pretrib rapture seems to run in the MacPherson family. Dave’s father, Norman, had planted a church in Long Beach, California and was doing quite well until a group of new people in the church caused a commotion over the timing of the rapture. Norman MacPherson was forced out of this prospering church because he had shifted from the pretrib to the posttrib view of the rapture. Norman S. MacPherson had authored posttrib books, Tell It Like It Will Be (privately printed, 1970), and Triumph Through Tribulation (by the author, 1944). He then started another, less successful church in Long Beach. Dave MacPherson displays a habit of blaming many of the personal tragedies in his life on the pretrib rapture teaching.

In 1983 MacPherson declared, Fifteen years ago I knew nothing about Pre-Trib beginnings. (Hoax, p. 47) He began his quest by writing to his father and received back an answer which indicated a lack of consensus among scholars, so I decided to do some research on my own. (Hoax, p. 47) MacPherson’s investigation gathered steam when he found a rare book in 1971 by Robert Norton, The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets; In the Catholic Apostolic Church(1861). The important part in Norton’s book, claimed MacPherson, is a personal revelation that Margaret Macdonald had in the spring of 1830. (Hoax, p. 47) MacPherson uses this finding to project the notion that the source of the pretrib rapture is of demonic origin through a 15-year-old Scottish lassie.

For MacPherson, his calling in life is a crusade to develop and sharpen his theory and to propagate it around the world. Operating as would any covert agent in hostile, enemy territory, MacPherson has made many trips onto the enemy turf of pretrib colleges and seminaries in order to dispense his material. His campaigns have led him to travel around the country with his message of the hidden story of the genesis of the pretrib rapture, which he believes if people knew, the doctrine would virtually become extinct. This mission has taken him to such places as Dallas Seminary, the great stronghold of the pretribs, where he speaks of distributing literature informing naive pretribers concerning their heritage. (I have retrieved two of his clandestine flyers from library books at the seminary.) As another typical example, he once blitzed a bus of students from Jerry Falwell’s college. John Walvoord has noted:

MacPherson made these charges against pretribulationism and then afterward went to great lengths to find historic verification. . . . Readers will be impressed that as a newsman MacPherson builds a strong case for his position, but will be less impressed when they begin to analyze what he has actually proved. (John F. Walvoord, The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation (Zondervan, 1979), pp. 42-43.)

MacPherson’s Claims

Irvingite Robert Norton included a handwritten account of Margaret Macdonald’s prophecy, which is said by MacPherson to be the fountainhead for J. N. Darby’s development into the pretrib rapture doctrine. MacPherson does not say that Macdonald’s utterance included a clear statement of the pretrib rapture, but that she separated the Rapture from the Second Coming before anyone else did. . (Hoax, p. 121) According to MacPherson, Darby pilfered this two-stage teaching from Macdonald, according to MacPherson, and then developed it systematically, skillfully passing it off as the fruit of his personal Bible study.

Macdonald’s so-called revelation that MacPherson cites to make his case revolves around two key phrases. Margaret dramatically separated the sign of the Son of man from the coming of the Son of man, (Hoax, p. 125) declares MacPherson based upon the phrase now look out for the sign of the Son of man. (Hoax, p. 128) MacPherson argues that she equated the sign with the Rapturea Rapture that would occur before the revealing of Antichrist. (Hoax, p. 129) He bases this on her statement, I saw it was just the Lord himself descending from Heaven with a shout, just the glorified man, even Jesus. (Hoax, p. 126)

MacPherson’s Errors

MacPherson makes at least three major errors in his attempt to argue that Margaret Macdonald originated the basis for the pretrib rapture. First, it is highly doubtful that the Macdonald “prophecy” contains the two-stage coming of Christ, as MacPherson advocates. Therefore, it would be impossible for this source to be the basis for a new idea if it did not contain those elements. MacPherson has misinterpreted Macdonald’s words by equating her use of “sign” with a rapture. Rather, she is saying that only those who are spiritual will see the secret sign of the Son of Man which will precede the single, posttrib second coming of Christ. In other words only those who have the light of the Holy Spirit within them will know when the second coming will take place because this spiritual enlightenment will enable them to have the spiritual perception to see the secret sign (not secret rapture). These are her own words:

. . . all must, as Stephen was, be filled with the Holy Ghost, that they might look up, and see the brightness of the Father’s glory. I saw the error to be, that men think that it will be something seen by the natural eye; but tis spiritual discernment that is needed, the eye of God in his people. . . . Only those who have the light of God within them will see the sign of his appearance. No need to follow them who say, see here, or see there, for his day shall be as the lightning to those in whom the living Christ is. Tis Christ in us that will lift us up–he is the light–tis only those that are alive in him that will be caught up to meet him in the air. I saw that we must be in the Spirit, that we might see spiritual things. John was in the Spirit, when he saw a throne set in Heaven. . . . it is not knowledge about God that it contains, but it is an entering into God . . . I felt that those who were filled with the Spirit could see spiritual things, and feel walking in the midst of them, those who had not the Spirit could see nothing. . . (Hoax, pp. 126-27)

Macdonald is clearly concerned with spiritual insights for the following reasons: 1) Stephen saw into heaven; he was not raptured or taken to heaven. 2) She clearly says that the sign will be seen only by the spiritually enlightened and that it would not be a natural or physical sign, but one perceived by spiritual discernment. 3) She is talking about the sign of his appearance, not an actual appearance. 4) Once a person has been so enlightened, they will have no need for direction from others, they will be guided directly by the living Christ. 5) The whole emphasis is upon seeing: John was in the Spirit, when he saw, those who were filled with the Spirit could see. Posttrib advocate D. H. Kromminga observes that Macdonald’s prophecies made it plain that the return of the Lord depended upon the proper spiritual preparation of His Church. (D. H. Kromminga, The Millennium in the Church: Studies in the History of Christian Chiliasm, (Eerdmans, 1945), p. 250.)

Anti-pretrib rapture advocate, John Bray, agrees that she was only teaching a single coming and not a two-staged event. The only thing new in her revelation itself seems to be that of just Spirit-filled Christian being caught up at the second coming of Christ following heavy trials and tribulation by the Antichrist, notes Bray. (John L. Bray, The Origin of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Teaching (John L. Bray Ministry, n.d.), pp. 21-22) In other words Macdonald appears to be teaching a posttrib, partial rapture. Bray further explains:

It seems to me that Margaret MacDonald was saying that Christians WILL face the temptation of the false Christ (antichrist) and be in “an awfully dangerous situation”, and that only the Spirit IN US will enable us to be kept from being deceived; and that as the Spirit works, so will the antichrist; but the pouring out of the Spirit will “fit us to enter into the marriage supper of the Lamb”, and those filled with the Spirit would be taken while the others would be left. . . . Margaret MacDonald did teach a partial rapture, of course, but this did not necessarily mean that the teaching included a tribulation period FOLLOWING THAT for the other Christians. . . . It would not be right to take for granted that Margaret MacDonald believed in a tribulation period following the appearing of Christ unless she had definitely said so. Rather, it would be more logical to think that her view would have been the same as prevalent among the futurists at that time, that is, tribulation then the second coming. (Bray, Origin, pp. 20-21).

Another point MacPherson makes to support his opinion is that Margaret Macdonald was the first person to teach a coming of Christ that would precede the days of Antichrist. (Cover-Up, pp. 155-56.) This would mean, according to MacPherson, that Macdonald had to be teaching a two-stage coming. However, it is highly questionable, as noted above, that Macdonald was referring to the rapture as MacPherson insists. Also Macdonald was still a historicist; she believed the Church was already in the tribulation and had been for hundreds of years. Therefore, the Antichrist was to be soon revealed, but before the second coming. She said believers needed the spiritual sight, so that they would not be deceived. Otherwise, why would believers, including herself, need to be filled with the Spirit in order to escape the deception which will accompany the fiery trial which is to try us associated with the Antichrist’s arrival? Further, she certainly includes herself as one who needs this special ministry of the Holy Spirit as can be seen from this passage from her “revelation.”

. . . now shall the awful sight of a false Christ be seen on this earth, and nothing but the living Christ in us can detect this awful attempt of the enemy to deceive . . . The Spirit must and will be purged out on the church, that she may be purified and filled with God . . . There will be outward trial too, but ’tis principally temptation. It is brought on by the outpouring of the Spirit, and will just increase in proportion as the Spirit is poured out. The trial of the Church is from the Antichrist. It is by being filled with the Spirit that we shall be kept. I frequently said, Oh be filled with the Spirit–have the light of God in you, that you may detect satan–be full of eyes within–be clay in the hands of the potter–submit to be filled, filled with God. . . . This is what we are at present made to pray much for, that speedily we may all be made ready to meet our Lord in the air–and it will be. Jesus wants his bride. His desire is toward us. (Hoax, pp. 127-28)

Ryrie also notes a further misunderstanding of Macdonald’s “prophecy”: She saw the church (us) being purged by Antichrist. MacPherson reads this as meaning the church will be raptured before Antichrist, ignoring the “us” (pp. 154-55). In reality, she saw the church enduring Antichrist’s persecution of the Tribulation days. (Charles Ryrie, What You Should Know About the Rapture (Moody, 1981), p. 71.)

Further, there is no historical evidence that Macdonald, Edward Irving, or the Irvingites ever held to pretribulationism. So how could non-pretribulationists be the source of pretribulationism? Recently, one of the most extensive critical analysis ever produced on Irvingite doctrine declared that they were still historicist, while Darby and the Brethren had become futurist. Columba G. Flegg notes that the Brethren teaching on the rapture and the present invisible and spiritual nature of the church,

were in sharp contrast to Catholic Apostolic teaching, . . . There were thus very significant differences between the two eschatologies, and attempts to see any direct influence of one upon the other seem unlikely to succeedthey had a number of common roots, but are much more notable for their points of disagreement. Several writers [referring specifically to MacPherson] have attempted to trace Darbys secret rapture theory to a prophetic statement associated with Irving, but their arguments do not stand up to serious criticism. (Columba Graham Flegg, Gathered Under Apostles A Study of the Catholic Apostolic Church (Clarendon Press, 1992), p. 436.)

Second, in spite of MacPherson’s great amount of research and writing he has yet to produce any hard evidence that Darby was influenced by Macdonald’s utterance, regardless of what they meant. MacPherson only assumes the connection. If MacPherson’s suppositional approach were applied to the study of history, then we can make all kinds of connections between people and events. It would mean that you could prove that since Hubert Humphrey had a slick lawyer’s mind, was in Washington D.C. during the early 70’s, and was well-informed, he must have known about the Watergate break-in before it became public. Walvoord observes that,

Readers of MacPherson’s Incredible Cover-Up will undoubtedly be impressed by the many long quotations, most of which are only window dressing for what he is trying to prove. When it gets down to the point of proving that either MacDonald or Irving was pretribulationist, the evidence gets very muddy. The quotations MacPherson cites do not support his conclusion. (Walvoord, The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation, p. 44.)

Throughout MacPherson’s writings, he keeps dumping information about issues, developments, and beliefs from Great Briton during the early 1800’s apparently thinking that he is adding proof for his thesis, that the popular Pre-Trib Rapture teaching of today was really instigated by a teenager in Scotland who lived in the early 1800’s. (Hoax, p. 7.) Much of the information is helpful and interesting, but does not prove his thesis. If his research were represented as a river, it would be a mile wide (amount of information) but only an inch deep (actual proof). Even if Darby developed the pretrib rapture after Macdonald’s utterance, specific proof would be needed to make a link between Macdonald and Darby. Instead MacPherson only offers speculative guesses about how Darby used his training for the law profession to manipulate Christians by hiding the supposed true origins of the pretrib rapture. Perhaps MacPherson is using his investigative, journalism training and experience to publicly smear Darby. This leads to my final point.

Third, Brethren writer, Roy A. Huebner claims and documentshis belief that J. N. Darby first began to believe in the pre-trib rapture and develop his dispensational thinking while convalescing from a riding accident during December 1826 and January 1827. (R. A. Huebner, Precious Truths Revived and Defended Through J. N. Darby, Vol. 1 [Present Truth Publishers, 1991].) If this is true, and there is every reason to believe that it is, then all of the origin-of-the-rapture-conspiracy-theories fall to the ground in a heap of speculative rubble. Darby would have at least a three-year jump on any who would have supposedly influenced his thought, making it impossible for all the influence theories to have any credibility.

Huebner provides clarification and evidence that Darby was not influenced by Margaret Macdonald, Lacunza, Edward Irving, or any of the Irvingites. These are all said by the detractors of Darby and the pre-trib rapture to be bridges that led to Darbys thought. Instead, Huebner demonstrates that Darbys understanding of the pre-trib rapture was the product of the development of his personal interactive thought with the text of Scripture as he, his friends, and dispensationalists have long contended.

Darbys pre-trib and dispensational thoughts, says Huebner, were developed from the following factors: 1) he saw from Isaiah 32 that there was a different dispensation coming . . . that Israel and the Church were distinct (Precious Truths, p. 17). 2) During his convalescence JND learned that he ought daily to expect his Lords return. (Precious Truths, p. 19). 3) In 1827 JND understood the fall of the church. . . the ruin of the Church (Precious Truths, p. 18). 4) Darby also was beginning to see a gap of time between the rapture and the second coming by 1827 (Precious Truths, p. 23). 5) Darby, himself, said in 1857 that he first started understanding things relating to the pre-trib Rapture thirty years ago. With that fixed point of reference, Jan. 31, 1827, declares Huebner, we can see that Darby had already understood those truths upon which the pre-tribulation rapture hinges (Precious Truths, p. 24).

German author Max S. Weremchuk has produced a major new biography on Darby entitled John Nelson Darby: A Biography(Loizeaux Brothers, 1992). He agrees with Huebners conclusions concerning the matter. Having read MacPhersons book . . . says Weremchuk, I find it impossible to make a just comparison between what Miss MacDonald prophesied and what Darby taught. It appears that the wish was the father of the idea (Weremchuk, Darby, p. 242).

When reading Darbys earliest published essay on biblical prophecy (1829), it is clear that while it still has elements of historicism, it also reflects the fact that for Darby, the rapture was to be the churchs focus and hope. Even in this earliest of essays, Darby expounds upon the rapture as the churchs hope.

PRE-DARBY RAPTURES
In addition to the above points, there have been at least three pre-Darby rapture discoveries in the last decade. Evidence of pretribulationism surfaces during the early medieval period in a sermon some attribute to Ephraem the Syrian entitled Sermon on The Last Times, The Antichrist, and The End of the World. The sermon was written some time between the fourth and sixth century. The rapture statement reads as follows:

Why therefore do we not reject every care of earthly actions and prepare ourselves for the meeting of the Lord Christ, so that he may draw us from the confusion, which overwhelms all the world? . . . For all the saints and elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins.

This statement evidences a clear belief that all Christians will escape the tribulation through a gathering to the Lord. How else can this be understood other than as pretribulational? The later second coming of Christ to the earth with the saints is mentioned at the end of the sermon.

Francis Gumerlock, an anti-pretribulationist, claims that someone named Brother Dolcino taught a form of the pre-trib rapture in 1304. The reason that Gumerlock believes that Brother Dolcino and the Apostolic Brethren taught pretribulationism is found the following statement:

Again, [Dolcino believed and preached and taught] that within those three years Dolcino himself and his followers will preach the coming of the Antichrist. And that the Antichrist was coming into this world within the bounds of the said three and a half years; and after he had come, then he [Dolcino] and his followers would be transferred into Paradise, in which are Enoch and Elijah. And in this way they will be preserved unharmed from the persecution of Antichrist. And that then Enoch and Elijah themselves would descend on the earth for the purpose of preaching [against] Antichrist. Then they would be killed by him or by his servants, and thus Antichrist would reign for a long time. But when the Antichrist is dead, Dolcino himself, who then would be the holy pope, and his perserved followers, will descend on the earth, and will preach the right faith of Christ to all, and will convert those who will be living then to the true faith of Jesus Christ. (Gumerlocks translation of the Latin text in Francis Gumerlock, A Rapture Citation in the Fourteenth Century, Bibliotheca Sacra (July-Sept. 2002), pp. 354-55.)

Gumerlock clearly believes that this is a pretrib rapture statement as he concludes:

Two things are fairly certain from The History of Brother Dolcino. First, Dolcino and the Apostolic Brethren believed that the purpose of the rapture was related to the escape of the saints from the end-time tribulation and persecution of the Antichrist. Second, Dolcino and the Apostolic Brethren believed that there would be a significant gap of time between the rapture of the saints to paradise and their subsequent descent to earth. Because of this The History of Brother Dolcino stands as yet another literary witness for the existence of pretribulationism before the nineteenth century. As such, it challenges evangelicals to reevaluate their thinking about the history of the pretribulational rapture, especially those views that place the origin of the teaching or its initial recovery within the last two hundred years. For this fourteenth-century text demonstrates that there were some in the Middle Ages who held a theology of the rapture that includes basic elements in pretribulationalism. (A Rapture Citation, p. 362)

Frank Marotta believes that Thomas Collier in 1674 makes reference to a pretribulational rapture, but rejects the view, (Frank Marotta, Morgan Edwards: An Eighteenth Century Pretribulationist (Present Truth Publishers, 1995), pp. 10-12.) thus showing his awareness that such a view was being taught. One could not have objected to something that did not exist.

Perhaps the clearest reference to a pretrib rapture before Darby comes from Baptist Morgan Edwards (founder of Brown University) in 1742-44 who saw a distinct rapture three and a half years before the start of the millennium. During his student days at Bristol Baptist Seminary in England (1742-44), Morgan Edwards wrote an essay for eschatology class on his views of Bible prophecy. This essay was later published in Philadelphia (1788) under the following title: Two Academical Exercises on Subjects Bearing the following Titles; Millennium, Last-Novelties. The term in the title “Last-Novelties” refers to what we would call today the eternal state; “novelties” refers to the new conditions of the future new heavens and new earth, not that he had a novel view of the Bible. Upon reading the 56-page work, it is evident that Edwards published it with only minor changes from his student days. Thus, it represents a view that he had developed by the early 1740s. Thus, we can date Edwards pretribulationism as originating in the early 1740s. The pretribulationism of Morgan Edwards can be see in the following statement from his book:

II. The distance between the first and second resurrection will be somewhat more than a thousand years.

I say, somewhat more, because the dead saints will be raised, and the living changed at Christ’s “appearing in the air” (I Thes. iv. 17); and this will be about three years and a half before the millennium, as we shall see hereafter: but will he and they abide in the air all that time? No: they will ascend to paradise, or to some one of those many “mansions in the father’s house” (John xiv. 2), and so disappear during the foresaid period of time. The design of this retreat and disappearing will be to judge the risen and changed saints; for “now the time is come that judgment must begin,” and that will be “at the house of God” (I Pet. iv. 17) . . . (p. 7; emphasis added; the spelling of all Edwards quotes have been modernized)

What has Edwards said? Note the following:

He believes that at least 1,003.5 years will transpire between resurrections.

He associates the first resurrection with the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, occurring at least 3.5 years before the start of the millennium (i.e., at least 3.5 years before the second coming of Christ at the start of the millennium).

He associates the meeting of believers with Christ in the air and returning to the Father’s house with John 14:2, as do modern pretribulationists.

He sees believers disappearing during the time of the tribulation, which he goes on to describe in the rest of the section from which the rapture statement is taken.

He, like modern pretribulationists, links the time in heaven, during the tribulation, with the “bema judgment of believers.

It is clear that Edwards believed in a two-staged return of Christ at least 85 years before Darby. Edwards pre-Darby statement is something that MacPherson cannot answer. I am not claiming that Darby was influenced by Morgan Edwards.

Conclusion

F.F. Bruce’s conclusion as to where Darby got the doctrine of the pretrib rapture appears to be correct. It was in the air in the 1820s and 1830s among eager students of unfulfilled prophecy, . . . direct dependence by Darby on Margaret Macdonald is unlikely. (F. F. Bruce, Review of The Unbelievable Pre-Trib Origin in The Evangelical Quarterly, (Jan-Mar, 1975), p. 58.) Dave MacPherson has failed to demonstrate that Macdonald’s prophecy contains latent rapture ideas, nor has he linked Darby to her influence with clear, historical evidence. This is why the doctrine of the pretribulational rapture did not begin with Margaret Macdonald. Perhaps Darby’s training at Dublin accounts for many of his views, especially his views of the nature of the church.

Walvoord concludes, any careful student of Darby soon discovers that he did not get his eschatological views from men, but rather from his doctrine of the church as the body of Christ, a concept no one claims was revealed supernaturally to Irving or Macdonald. Darby’s views undoubtedly were gradually formed, but they were theologically and biblically based rather than derived from Irving’s pre-Pentecostal group. (Walvoord, The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation, p. 47.)

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Fundamentalists STAND against the avalanche of APOSTASY

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Latter Times News: Avalanche of Apostasy

Dr. Mike Johnston

I am appealing to Fundamentalists to renew our commitment to Christ and the Word of God given us in the King James Bible. Let me explain my challenge here.

It is painfully obvious the world is in a woeful tailspin of wickedness. Notwithstanding, those of us immersed in the Word of God have much to rejoice over because we have seen this coming for many years. The mystery of iniquity predicted by Paul (2 Thess. 2:7) has now ensnared a new breed of post-Christian modernists who have grown up in a culture where rights outweigh righteousness. You find this crassly evident on the three major arenas confronting all of us: the social front where wickedness is represented as a right; the political front that perpetrates godlessness through vile legislative acts; and the religious front that is so self absorbed it ignores either of the other two fronts. 1

From the Garden of Eden we find the first clear teaching that departing from the Word of God has had devastating results- yea, hath God said (Gen. 3:1)? Those who don’t know the Word of God often find themselves ensnared by pernicious preachers espousing devilish doctrines (2 Pet. 2:2). The Lord Jesus Christ can return any moment to snatch out His church from the earth (John 14:2-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18) thereafter ushering in the 7 year tribulation (aka the time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble- Jer. 30:7) which Daniel referred to as a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time (Dan. 12:1) because it is arguably the worst period in the history of the world. God the Spirit has precisely documented all these end times events in the King James Bible- which unlike the modern translations- is not missing vital passages of Scripture we desperately need in these final hours.

Let’s examine the verses predicting the avalanche of apostasy that can be seen blowing through the church like a foul wind.

DECEPTION: Tolerating deception fostered a disdain for truth

Matthew 24:4-5  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  (5)  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Matthew 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11  (10)  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  (11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

1 Timothy 4:1  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;

 

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

 

2 John 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.


FALSE SPIRITUALITY

The liberal, lethargic Laodicean Church is a pathetic representation of the vibrant body of believers willing to die defending the great doctrines of the faith for eighteen centuries. So what happened? If you love the Book of Revelation as much as I do, you know chapter 17 pictures a woman riding the beast that Dave Hunt proved without equivocation was the whore of Romanism. But what we don’t find in Scripture is the precise path the church took to get to that frightful place.

 

Satan is subtle and everything he does is to denigrate Christ and deify himself. Since most Christians don’t read the Bible and yet want to appear spiritual, few are willing to oppose what’s passing itself off in the church today as a new move of God. In light of this, the devil is using false signs and wonders as an opportunity to marry the unholy to the holy. It is through the tenets of the charismatic movement Satan has promoted unity above purity. Flowing from Montanus to Azusa to Branham, and on to the neo-Charismatic renewal of today Satan has successfully merged Christians with catholics, cultists (Mormons, Tommy Tenney-TD Jakes style anti-trinitarians), Copelandites, Latter Rainists, and many others who claim a commonality in charismania. And believe me, if you watch “Christian” television, you’ll see the devil’s plan in action.  Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland- ad nauseum- all predict events that never come to pass and those who challenge their false prophecies are often excoriated for causing disharmony in the body. Here’s the warnings:

 

False christs (anointed ones), prophets,  and prosperity preachers

Matthew 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, [1]and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

 

2 Peter 2:1-3  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.  (2)  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  (3)  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.

 

False signs and wonders

 

2 Thessalonians 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.

[1] This is a common occurrence in scores of “ministries” as well as on most “Christian” television channels today where charlatan prosperity prophets fill the airwaves claiming special anointing from the Lord Jesus and God’s blessing upon all who will honor them by making them rich. Read 2 John 1:10-11 BEFORE you support them.

 

The Occult Church Connection

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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 ASSIGNMENT FOR PMI STUDENTS

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

 

THE NEW ANOINTING   4

SIGNS AND WONDERS MOVEMENT Dr. Mike Johnston   6

AZUSA STREET and MODERN  PENTECOSTALISM    13

SHAMANISM IN THE CHURCH   16

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER (aka CENTERING PRAYER)  19

SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT- KUNDALINI CONNECTION Dr. Mike Johnston   22

THE KUNDALINI CONNECTION   24

OCCULT MANIFESTATIONS  27

THE NEW ANOINTING

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.

SIGNS AND WONDERS MOVEMENT
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.       

AZUSA STREET and MODERN
PENTECOSTALISM

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.

SHAMANISM IN THE CHURCH

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 answers.com, “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 (swiftfire.org), Bob Jones (Kansas City Prophet) (bobjones.org/itinerary), and Patricia King (extremeprophetic.com). 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]

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
(aka CENTERING PRAYER)

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]

SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT-KUNDALINI CONNECTION
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.

THE KUNDALINI CONNECTION

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]

OCCULT MANIFESTATIONS

                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.

[2] http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/vine/vineyard.htm

[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 http://www.thebereancall.org/node/2682

[31] Adapted and or copied from Christine A. Narloch- http://earnestlycontend.com/CP.htm

[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 http://twistedcrownofthorns.com/2010/06/24/has-a-kundalini-spirit-infiltrated-christianity/

[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 http://www.webcom.com/gspirit/Shaman/so.shamanism.html)

[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.”

[52] http://www.letusreason.org/Pent.28.htm

[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.

Wicca

October 16, 2016 Leave a comment

This information isn’t for everyone. It is only for those with ears to hear. In all honesty, as I prepared this tract, I also prayed that you will be among those that will listen. I really hope you will.

While there are some today claiming Wiccans can be Christians—and vice versa—a brief study proves the absurdity of such a statement. In case you aren’t familiar with this group, Wicca is a nature-based religion—recognized by the IRS—that is synonymous with witchcraft, sorcery, and black or white magic. Interestingly, while witchcraft in any form is Satanic, Wiccans do not see themselves as Satan worshipers. In fact, many do not believe in the devil, demons, hell, evil or sin for that matter. Nevertheless, their background and beliefs reveal the rottenness of their roots.

Occult Roots

The history of witchcraft is vague since much of it must be gleaned from oral accounts. However, Wicca was popularized by a British archaeologist by the name of Gerald Gardner (1884-1964) who learned the secrets of the occult during a trip to Asia in the late 1930’s. After returning to England he joined the Rosicrucians where he met a practicing witch named Dorothy Clutterbuck who initiated him into witchcraft. From there, Gardner who by this time had become entrenched in the teachings of Satanist Aleister Crowley, went on to write a Wiccan handbook (Witchcraft Today) extolling the virtues of the witchcraft practices he feared were vanishing. Gardner maintained that the craft itself was a modern offshoot of the ancient religion which had existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian paganism of Europe. Ripley’s Believe it or Not later published some of his papers proving that his amalgamation of Asian mysticism with Western magic (centering on the Mother-Goddess) together formed the foundation for the occult system we know today as Wicca.

Witchcraft in the Bible

God’s Word describes the vile practices associated with witchcraft interwoven into cultures as far back as the Canaanites. History tells us they were idolaters that worshipped nature as the Queen of Heaven (Jer. 7:18; 44:17-25), and practiced abortion, infanticide, astrology, séances, and held a peculiar fascination with the dead. God warned His people: 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 18:10-12).

Centuries later these occult practices continued to cast their sinister spell upon God’s people by way of the Greek goddess Artemis, and Diana of the Romans. A look at the Wiccan doctrines all trace their origin to these putrid practices.

Wiccan Doctrines

Wiccan teachings follow Biblical witchcraft in the purest sense. They are comprised of mystic, magic, Celtic or Norse paganism, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman goddess worship—including sexual ritualism—Eastern Shamanism, and Hinduism. All of these groups worship nature and covet universal peace through Mother Earth (also known as Gaia, the name of a pagan goddess given to Earth).

These practices also parallel the various New Age Religions supported by the United Nations and many of it’s members, NGO’s and leaders. Part and parcel to Wiccan worship are occult divination techniques such as tarot cards, astrology, runes, the I Ching (from Chinese Taoism), clairvoyant or psychic readings, candle magic (spelled magick by occultists) and other dark practices strongly encouraged by most of their groups.

Here’s a partial list of their beliefs.

Truth: The truth driving Wiccan belief is that there is no absolute truth. All paths are right if they meet individual needs. What’s true for you may not be true or right for me, so take your pick from the list of choices. This is another circular response without validity. The statement that there is no truth is a truth! Furthermore, in order for pagans to believe that Christians are wrong, they must have some foundation of empirical authority whereby they measure error.

Sexuality and women’s issues: Wiccans are staunch supporters of female supremacy, including sexual “freedom” with homosexuality, polyamory, non-monogamy, sexual activity by teens), abortion, and the abolition of Christianity from public life. In recent years they’ve used their legal attack dogs (ACLU, etc) to file lawsuits demanding the removal of “In God We Trust”, student-initiated prayer, the Ten Commandments, and all Christian symbols found in city and county seals including manger scenes and crosses. They would also like to expel these from our nation’s capitol except that the wise Founders had them carved in stone. Still, Wiccan holidays like Halloween, Winter Solstice, Earth Day, and other observances have turned our public classrooms into centers of occult indoctrination.

Personal deity: Wiccans believe that everyone possesses an inner goddess divinity with a spiritual path to follow. The great sin is not knowing this (essential to Hinduism and New Ageism). All are encouraged to discover and develop their natural gifts for divination or occult magic. Divine forces or nature spirits are invoked in occult rituals. The goddess, as either a symbol or a real entity, is revered as the ultimate focus of worship.

Earth worship: Nature and the earth are sacred manifestations of the goddess. Peace cannot exist while man is out of sync with Mother Earth. Rituals and celebrations are linked to the seasons and moon phases intended to bring about cosmic a consciousness. This requires the use of meditation, visualization, spirit invocation, chanting, burning candles and special sex rituals in order to tap into the mystical and usher in cosmic harmony not achievable in any other way.

Serpentism: Similar to Hinduism, the serpent is believed by Wiccans to be a symbol of eternal life and female spiritual awakening or power.

Yoga: In Hinduism, yoga and meditation results in enlightenment from awakening the kundalini, or power known as the serpent power believed to be coiled at the base of the spine.

Symbols used in witchcraft are:

Pentagrams and pentacles: A 5-pointed star used for protection, spells, conjuring, etc.

The Ankh: Egyptian cross-like symbol with a loop at the top associated with the worship of Isis.

The Crescent Moon: A symbol of the Goddess also used in Islam.

Crystals: Also used by many other new age cults, crystals are believed to contain healing and spiritual properties.

Bible Answers to Wicca

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made . . . He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not (John 1:1-3, 10).

Pride alone causes man to reject God. The pattern is given us in the 5 great I wills of Lucifer (Isa. 14:12-14). Whenever truth is rejected, error assumes its place. By refusing to accept God’s right to control us, men and women scramble for another answer (read Romans 1:18-32) and since Creation is visible, it makes a perfect deity to worship.

Witnessing to Wiccans

Wiccan witches often defend their position with 3 claims. First, that their religion is harmless. Second, that the term “witchcraft” should actually be sorcery, or divination and only those who practice these two are condemned by Scripture. Third, that sorcery is black magic used for evil, and that Wiccans only practice white magic, or magic for good.

My friend, the Bible speaks plainly that their religion is not harmless, is indeed condemned, and in doing so makes no distinction between good or bad magic. All sorcery comes from the same diabolical source and is abhorred by God:

(Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:26,31, 20:6,27; 1 Sam. 15:23a; 2 Kings 23:24; I Chron. 10:13; Is. 2:6, 8:19-20, 47:13-14; Ezek. 13:20-23; Dan. 2:27-28, 5:15-17; Acts 13:7-10a, 16:16-18; Gal. 5:19-20; Rev. 22:15).

Salvation and Forgiveness

                 A favorite verse among Christians is one many of us memorized as children: For God so loved the (Wiccans) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This precious verse means little to Wiccans since they claim not to recognize personal sinfulness or a universal need of forgiveness. They argue that man achieves his own salvation through knowledge (enlightenment) and a series of re-incarnations, and in time will save himself.

The Word of God tells us something quite different. It reveals that: None are righteous, no not one. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes (excerpted from Romans 3:10-18).

The Bible doesn’t play favorites. It tells us we are all plagued by sin and have all fallen short of God’s expectations (Rom. 3:23). Our sins have separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2), and death passed upon all men, for all have sinned (Rom. 5:12). Unless (we) repent (we) shall all like perish (Luke 13:3, 5) in the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Rev. 20:15; Matt. 25:41).

A Deep Longing for Truth

In the midst of our innate depravity, the Bible tells us God loves us beyond our comprehension and created us—Wiccans included—with a desire deep within our hearts to connect with His truth (Ecc. 3:11). Until we do, we search like ravenous rogues, wandering from  place to place, religion to religion, looking for peace while churning like a raging sea Isa. 57:20).

Dear one, the search for ultimate truth ends in Christ. The Lord Jesus said: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 8:32; 14:6).

Only Jesus can provide the peace we all long for, search for, yet never find apart from Him. You see, He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). The Lord Jesus calls to those with ears to hear: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

This is Your Moment

It is no mistake that you picked up this tract and read it. But my question is: do you have the ears to hear? It doesn’t matter what you have done, or who you have worshipped. God the Father sent Jesus Christ, His Only begotten Son, to shed His blood, suffer, and die for your sins. He was buried and rose from the dead proving He alone is the Way to God. In light of that, the Bible promises: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). 

Please listen. The Lord loves you and He is calling your name at this very moment. Would you pray with me right now?

Lord Jesus, I now know that You are not only the Son of God, but You are God the Son. I am a sinner Lord, and I hate the way I’ve been living and where I am going when I die. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me Lord Jesus and please come into my heart and live Your life through me. I receive You now as my Savior and Lord and I believe that when I die I will go to Heaven to be with You. In Your precious Name, Lord Jesus, amen!

 

Shamanism in the Church

October 16, 2016 Leave a comment

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.”

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 answers.com, “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 (swiftfire.org), Bob Jones (bobjones.org/itinerary), and Patricia King (extremeprophetic.com). 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, 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 occultish 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). [1]

[1] By Mark Dinsmore, copied from http://www.thebereancall.org/node/2682

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