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The Truth About Freemasonry: Ancient Paganism

February 22, 2018 Leave a comment

THE TRUTH ABOUT FREEMASONRY

The Masons have been around for many centuries. Masons claim that their organization finds its roots with the builders of King Solomon’s temple, but others trace its origin to the Ancient Pagan Mysteries. According to Pike’s Morals and Dogma, Buddha was a Mason some one thousand years before Christ. The first Grand Lodge was founded in London in 1717.

Masons claim that their “fraternity” is not a religion, but over and over again we find religious elements in their practices. They have temples, alters, Bibles, prayer, lamb skins, and one must believe in a Supreme Being before joining. In Grolier’s Encyclopedia, a Masonic member states: “If a person lives what the lodge teaches he won’t have any trouble getting into Heaven.” (Grolier, Vol. 5, “Freemasonry,” pg. 68) Another Masonic writer, Albert Pike (who was also an occultist), writes: “Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of Religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion.” (Morals and Dogma, pg. 213) On page 68 of the Minnesota Proceedings, 1895, we read these interesting words: “He who approaches our alter in good faith and by the light which we bring him receives our teachings into a heart already prepared and lives a life in conformity with the principles which he here imbues, has come into an invaluable possession and need have no fear when the word shall come calling him into the hereafter but that he will be received as a living stone fit for a temple not made with hands.” (See I Peter 2:4-8)

Regardless of their claims, the Masons are clearly embedded in a mystical religious system of salvation through works. Any “God” will do in this religion, because the Lodge teaches that it isn’t God who saves one’s soul anyhow: it’s one’s good works. In fact, in nations where Christianity isn’t embraced, Masonic alters display the appropriate “Book of the Law” instead of the Bible. Freemasonry is definitely a religion, and a very BAD one at that.

The entry level in Masonry is The Blue Lodge, which consists of three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. One may stop at the level of Master Mason, or he can choose to enter either the Scottish Rite or the York Rite. The Scottish Rite advances by numerical degrees, the highest being the 33rdhonorary degree. The York Rite advances by Chapter, Council, and Commandery degrees, with the highest level being The Order of the Knights Templar Commandery.

The Masons speak much about approaching “the light,” yet their whole organization is shrouded in secretive practices and blood curdling oaths which should deter any true Christian. In clear violation of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mat. 5:33-37), an Entered Apprentice Mason SWEARS BY GOD to: “…always hail, ever conceal, and never reveal, any of the arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Ancient Free masonry…binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea…” Thank God this is an entry level oath, for it has no doubt turned away many God-fearing Christian men!

The deep secrets of Masonry are just as unscriptural. It is falsehood and wickedness that dwell in dark secret corners . Truth is worthy of propagation (Mat. 28:18-19). Jesus Himself said, “…I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.” (John 18:20)

In the initiation of an Entered Apprentice, the “Worshipful Master” (Mat. 23:10) asks: “In your present condition, what do you most desire?” The candidate responds: “Light.” The “Master” later informs the candidate that he is “yet in darkness.” Then for the Second Degree (Fellow Craft) the candidate is required to ask for “more light.” According to God’s word, Jesus Christ is the LIGHT (John 1:9; 8:12) and God’s word is LIGHT (Psa. 119:105, 130). If you are saved, then it is an outright BLASPHEMY for you to agree that you are “yet in darkness” and to ask for “more light.” Please note: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (I John 1:5-7) So all Masons have DENIED Jesus Christ and have asked for another light being offered to them through Masonry. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (II Cor. 11:14) The “God” of Masonry is not the God of the Bible! The Masonic god is the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4), which is BLINDING Masons from the true God of the Bible. Now the member is ready to climb the ladder of the Lodge and encounter some of the most ungodly practices known to man.

For example, let’s consider the Knights Templar initiation. The following is taken from pages 67-68 of the book, Masonry: Beyond The Light, by former Mason, William Schnoebelen:

“The high point of the KT initiation is when the candidate is brought before a large, triangular table covered in black velvet illuminated by candles and containing eleven silver goblets and a human skull enthroned on the Bible. (Skulls figure prominently throughout this initiation.)”

“This is intended to be the Last Supper. It seems but a grim mockery, though. The visual effect is more satanic than Christian, especially to one accustomed to the Table of the Lord in churches. However, the ambiance is the least of the problems.”

“The candidate is asked to partake of five libations, (toasts). The first three libations are given, respectively, to the memory of Masonic heros King Solomon, Hiram, King of Tyre, and Hiram Abif. The fourth libation is to the memory of Simon of Cyrene, and the fifth is the most sinister of all.”

“The candidate is never told to whom the fifth libation is drunk (it is “sealed”), and it is offered to him in a human skull!…”

After the toast in this ritual, the candidate is required to take an oath which makes him the sin-bearer of his own sins and the sins of the person from whom the skull was taken. Friend, does this sound like something that a Christian man should do?!

The Lodge is no place for Christians! One Masonic publication in my file is titled “Is Masonry Worthwhile?” No, it’s an enemy of Christianity, a tool of Satan, and a gross waste of valuable time.

Consider this . . .

Suppose that a group of pagans got together and decided that they wanted to form a men’s club and each man independently decided that he wanted to start every meeting with a prayer to his demon god. They could all agree to this, but they would have a rough time selecting a name which all could embrace. Hindus would want to worship Vishnu, and of course, the men of other pagan religions would want to worship their demon god by the name they commonly use. They could not agree to use the name for the demon god of any one pagan religion without favoring one religion over another. Additionally, if they choose to use an obviously pagan name for the object of worship, they will have a hard time getting even immature Christians to join the club and join in worship with them. (And that is exactly what the demons would want.) If they choose a neutral name, such as the Sovereign Grand Creator of the Universe, and open all of their prayers in his name, all of the pagans can be satisfied. But are they now worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Bible? No, they are still worshipping demons.

Now consider the situation if a Christian were to walk into a Hindu temple and take part in the worship service, assuming that he was worshipping Jesus, by joining in corporate prayer to Vishnu. Would the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be willing to accept worship in this manner? The answer is found in Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth. Paul wrote: the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he ( 1 Corinthians 10:20-22)?

Now consider the situation if the Hindus agree to change the name which they use from Vishnu to Sovereign Grand Creator of the Universe. Even if they are able to agree to change the name that they use to identify their demon, elements of pagan worship rituals, such as circumambulation, remain. With a substitute name for the demon, would it then be acceptable for a Christian to participate in the Hindu ceremony of worship? What if the Hindus decide that when a man who calls himself a Christian officiates at the services, they will allow him to close prayers to Vishnu in Jesus’ name. Would that make it “Christian?”  If over time, the number of men who claimed to be Christians increased and the number of Hindus decreased, until finally there were no more men who professed to be Hindu taking part in the Hindu rituals of worship, would it then be “Christian?”

How is this different from worship in the pagan men’s club? Of course, the men’s club would claim that their club is not a religion. Is the worship of demons through prayer made any less idolatrous by the claim that it is not a religion? These situations accurately model the worship which takes place in Masonic Lodges today.   Freemasonry teaches that there is one God and men of all religions worship that one God using a variety of different names. In a Masonic Lodge, all join in corporate prayer to the Great Architect of the Universe, (GAOTU). Christopher Haffner wrote Workman Unashamed, The Testimony of a Christian Freemason. Haffner correctly espoused Masonic teaching when he wrote:

“Now imagine me standing in lodge with my head bowed in prayer between Brother Mohammed Bokhary and Brother Arjun Melwani. To neither of them is the Great Architect of the Universe perceived as the Holy Trinity. To Brother Bokhary He has been revealed as Allah; to Brother Melwani He is probably perceived as Vishnu. Since I believe that there is only one God, I am confronted with three possibilities:

  • They are praying to the devil whilst I am praying to God;
  • They are praying to nothing, as their gods do not exist;
  • They are praying to the same God as I, yet their understanding of His nature is partly incomplete (as indeed is mine—1 Cor 13:12)

It is without hesitation that I accept the third possibility.” (Workman Unashamed, p39)

It is truly a shame that Haffner did not read and understand chapter 10 of 1st Corinthians. If he had, he would have understood that pagans worship demons, not God. Islam denies that Jesus Christ is the Unique Son of God. Rather, it declares that Jesus was only a prophet. Islamic doctrine declares that Allah, the god of Islam, does not have a son. Since the God of the Bible has a Son and Allah, the God of Islam, does not have a Son, Allah cannot be the God of the Bible. Furthermore, if Haffner had read and understood the book of 2nd John he would have understood that those who reject Jesus Christ and do not follow in His teachings do not have God. John wrote:

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 9-11) 

With an understanding of this passage, it is possible to know that those who organized the paganism known as Freemasonry were not Christians. They were not continuing in the teaching of the Scriptures. Would Christians substitute the name GAOTU for God and do away with the name of Jesus so that pagans could join with them in prayer without being offended? No, Christians would have shared Jesus with the pagans so that they too might have salvation through faith in Him.

It is true that there is one God. However, all men, specifically pagans, do not worship that one God. The worshippers of Baal learned the truth on Mt. Carmel. Baal is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Judgment was swift on Mt. Carmel. (See 1 Kings 18:20-40.) The god of Freemasonry, the GAOTU, is also not the God of the Bible. Will God judge Masons who do not repent and continue to worship the GAOTU any differently than he judged the worshippers of Baal?

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-10).

What will Jesus tell the Mason who claims to be a Christian?

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7:21-23).

By joining in pagan worship ceremonies, WE sinned against God. When we realized that the GAOTU was not the God of the Bible, we claimed the promise found in John’s first letter: This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If you are a Christian who has become ensnared in Freemasonry, we urge you to confess your involvement in Freemasonry as sin and renounce, as we have. Jesus wants to forgive you, but his forgiveness is dependant on your confession and repentance.

Repent and Receive Christ!

Jesus Christ came into this world to lay down His sinless life for YOU–to pay for your sins because you couldn’t. Jesus is your only hope for salvation. Only by receiving Him as your Saviour can you enter the gates of Heaven. There is no other way. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The Lord Jesus Christ has come and PAID for your sins by shedding His own Blood on Calvary. By receiving Him as your Saviour, you can be WASHED from all your sins in His precious Blood (Rev. 1:5; Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 1:18-19). Notice these important words from Romans 5:8-9:”But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Jesus PAID your way to Heaven! Your Lodge cannot save you! Only by receiving Jesus Christ as your Saviour can you escape the damnation of Hell. Are you willing to forsake YOUR righteousness and receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your ONLY HOPE for Salvation? Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:9 says, “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.” Are you willing to forsake your own righteousness, and ask Jesus Christ to save you? Why not pray right now and ask the Lord to come into your heart and cleanse you from all sin. He will save you just as He promised. [1]

[1] Adapted from http://www.emfj.org/mensclub.htm  and http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/Lodge.html

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The Occult Church Connection

October 16, 2016 Leave a comment

 

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

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER (aka CENTERING PRAYER)

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

 

PMI NOTE: Contemplative or Centering prayer is cloaked in New Age mysticism and should be avoided. Endorsements flow freely New Age and Emergent Church leaders to Alice Bailey, Ken Blanchard, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Brian McLaren, Robert Schuller, 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…”

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! [1]

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

THE TRUTH ABOUT OUIJA BOARDS

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

In 2005 a registered sex offender named John Evander Couey slipped through the unlocked door of a Florida home and walked away with 9 year old Jessica Lunsford while her grandparents slept in another room. Although we gasped in horror, vowing it would never happen to us– it is, thousands of times per year, while nothing much is being done to stop it. Admittedly, it isn’t Couey slithering into our homes and grabbing our kids, it is a personage more powerful and sinister; one most folks would just as soon not discuss, or worse—not acknowledge even exists. The Bible calls him Satan, and warns us that he prowls around like a roaring lion seeking victims to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Please listen. When he comes, he won’t announce himself and he won’t appear in a red cape with a tail and hooves—oh no! He will look much different; extremely harmless, like an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). But don’t be deceived, his motive is always to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) any way he can.

THE WORD OF THE OUIJA

The hidden world of the occult is one of deep spiritual darkness and hatred of God’s light. Jesus said: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (John 3:19-20). You won’t be surprised to learn that Ouijas have always fallen into this category of evil.

Ouija Boards are Demonic

The Exorcist was a true story of a 13-year-old Maryland boy that became fascinated with a Ouija Board causing ultimate demon possession. This account is not Ouija’s only link to evil, in fact it is evident from the beginning.

The history of Ouija Boards- pronounced wee-jee or wee-ja (French and German for yes) is varied, but all accounts tie it to the dark world of the occult. In 1854 when spiritism and channeling were in their heyday, reputed inventor Adolphus Theodore Wagner obtained a patent in London, England calling them “psychograph” or “talking boards.” Although advertised as a simple parlor game he claimed that these boards had the distinction of being able to read the minds of people with “nervous energy.” Seven years later, a black arts devotee named Allan Kardac brought them into mainstream occult use for the purpose of communicating with the dead. In 1966, William Fuld who revamped the boards sold the patent to Parker Brothers who have now sold over 20 million.

Today they consist of a rectangular game board covered with a woodcut-style alphabet, the words yes, no, and good-bye, and the numbers 0-9. Generally, two participants sit facing one another at a table with their finger tips lightly touching a heart-shaped plastic pointer called the planchette which mysteriously glides across the board—according to Ouija proponents—under the direction of supernatural forces in response to questions or comments from participants. An eerie phenomenon indeed.

According to paranormal researchers, these boards are prime vehicles for contacting the spirits of the dead. Parker Brothers tells the public these are “games” suitable for ages 8 to adult. God help those who listen to the manufacturer and not the Bible. Scripture warns about evil spirit entities that when toyed with can turn violent quickly (Acts 19:15-16). God clearly condemns this: Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God (Lev. 19:31).

Ouija Boards are Deceptive

All Satanic activity is leading to the ultimate unveiling of a world ruler that he will personally possess and empower called Antichrist (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; Revelation 13). However, to simply thrust him on the unsuspecting and uninitiated without proper preparation would be foolish. Therefore, Satan has patiently and persistently pushed toward this universal domination, using every subtle means he possibly can. You see, while one method will work on one person, it may not work on the next- he therefore has had to be very flexible when establishing diverse doorways through which to lure his prey—aka you and your children.

Make no mistake dear friend. Satan is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). As a master illusionist, one of his grandest tricks is that of making evil appear acceptable. Jesus warned that one day orchestrated deception would fool the world: Take heed that no man deceive you. (Matthew 24:4) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:11) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).

Why does God take such a hard line on things like Ouija Boards – something that many people view as a game? Ouijas add to world delusion by serving as another of Satan’s doorways into eternal damnation. When God declares something off limits, it isn’t to restrict our fun, it is to protect us from it. He forbids us to have contact with mediums (Lev. 20:6, 27); witchcraft, fortune-telling, crystal gazing, necromancy, and palmistry are related to spiritism (Deut. 18:10,11); and all (so called) black magic and its trappings (Deut. 18:12).

Please understand. Placing anything above God is damnable and punishable. In Isaiah 8:19-20, God says this: When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? …If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light.

In a nutshell, God is omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful). He desires that we worship Him and when we are confused about something, come to Him for answers. Asking charlatans and unknown entities for advice can be worse than fruitless; it is idolatry and very dangerous. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Ex. 20:3). By letting your children dabble in the occult practices of the Ouija, you are in effect telling Satan he has your permission to do what he wants with your children, even if that means he lays claim to their precious souls for Hell’s eternal Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).

THE WORD OF THE LORD

God’s Word is final. However, He is such a Gentleman that He won’t force you to believe it. You are free to laugh off everything I have shared with you even though dozens of verses have been cited to back up everything.

Deuteronomy 18:11-12 says that anyone engaged in occult practices (like Ouija Boards) is “detestable to God.” Those involved in (or tolerating their children’s involvement in) ungodly lifestyles of darkness need to be so broken up about it that they fall on their face and repent in front of God right now. The fact is that Christians understand they must have nothing to do with black magic and its related practices, and if they have been temporarily deceived, will destroy (not give away) all items related to it (Acts 19:19). However, I realize not everyone reading this is a Christian.

Stop and listen please. In know from personal experience that when the Spirit is speaking to you, you know it. So may I ask you something no person on earth may have ever asked you? Have you come to a place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that when you die you will go to Heaven to be with God. I don’t mean wish, hope, think, or guess. I mean that without a shadow of a doubt you are convinced of this all important truth!

The Bible tells us we can know for sure: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13). But in order to gain this know-so information, it is important to understand the bad news and the good news.

Bad News/Good News

First the bad news: no one can ever be good enough to please God or get to Heaven. Even if you throw away your Ouija Board (which you need to do regardless) and try living right, you won’t make it. You see, we inherited a sin nature (Romans 5:12) that can’t be fixed by human means. Although God is love and doesn’t want to punish us, He is also just and must punish sin. Since God demands death as payment for our sins (Romans 6:23), all of us are scheduled to die because of them.

Now the good news: God is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance[1] (2 Peter 3:9). While the fact remains that we should have died for our sins, as unbelievable as it sounds while we were sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). He took our place and died for every sin we would ever commit. Now whosoever believes it and receives Him into their heart by faith—shall be saved. God’s absolute GOOD NEWS GUARANTEE is really pretty simple:

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).

Is this making sense to you dear friend? Please don’t let the devil keep you and your family in the dark any longer. Please pray this prayer with me and have your family pray it, too: I did this April 24, 1975 at 7:30 in the morning, and NOW, you can too.

Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner worthy of death. Nothing I do will ever be good enough to save me or keep me saved. I have been living in sin and doing things I shouldn’t. But Father, I believe You sent Jesus to die for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins, Lord Jesus, and come into my heart right now and live Your life through me. Thank you for hearing my prayer and saving me. Now, I know for sure that when I die I will go to Heaven to be with you because the Bible promises that. I am righteous now before you Father because of Jesus, not because of me. I trust Jesus to save me and keep me saved forevermore. Praise You Lord Jesus. In Your Name, Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus lives in your heart. The Bible promises: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13). That whosoever includes you and your precious family. Praise God!

FINAL WORD

Now that you have read this, you have had to make one of two choices. First, do nothing and let the chips fall where they may—even if that means eternal damnation of your entire family at the hands of Satan, the master deceiver.

Or, you took this information to heart and acted upon its warning. Please listen to me. A far more scurrilous scum than John Couey is about to enter your home. And if you lay there asleep and do nothing he will slither through your door and walk out with your precious children. He will then proceed to teach them the ways of his world while they are on the pathway with him and down the dark road leading to Hell. Remember, Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping (1 Peter 5:8).

The decision you make now, you and your children may live with forever. So, which is it going to be?

[1] A term meaning about face- look to God and from sin producing a change in attitude and action.

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE OCCULT

September 13, 2016 Leave a comment

 

Paul S. Taylor

 

What Does the Bible Say About it?

Today, many people dabble in the mystical, occultic arts. Is there anything wrong with being involved in these practices? Yes, the Bible takes a clear position on this subject, strongly denouncing these practices. God created us and therefore owns us. He has a right to set the rules for our lives. God’s Word indicates that these practices are part of Satan’s strategy of evil tricks and deception, designed to lead us astray. Satan and his demons are real beings set on our destruction. Christians are warned to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:11-12).

Concerning occult practices, the Israelites were told: “When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD…”  (Deuteronomy 18:9-12a).

What is the Occult?

 

The word “occult” is generally associated with secret knowledge and practices dealing with the supernatural or “psychic” phenomena often for the purpose of obtaining personal power. Some occult practices rely on demons or “spirits” to achieve their goals. Occultism is rapidly increasing throughout the world. There are now thousands of publishers of occultic books and magazines (not to mention Web sites). Interest in the occult has been promoted by the New Age movement, the rise of neo-paganism, movies and even some heavy-metal rock bands.

Please understand that the terms “occult” and “cult” refer to completely different things—although there can be crossover in some specific instances. That is, some cults have occultic practices.

Astrology (predictions by the planets or moon; horoscopes; sometimes referred to as “observing times” in the Old Testament)

Although the Bible does go into great detail about astrology, it certainly makes its position clear. We should never trust in astrological beliefs or predictions. Astrology is an ancient, heathen practice that leads to disaster. Our lives are not determined by the stars or movement of planets. The Bible warns against the false predictions of astrology (Jeremiah 10:2; 27:9-10; Daniel 2:1-4; 4:7; 5:7-9) and repeatedly condemns the associated practice of worshipping the sun, moon and stars (or “deities or demons associated with them”) (Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:2-5; 2 Kings 21:3, 5; Zephaniah 1:5; Job 31:26-28; Jeremiah 8:1-2).

In Isaiah, God sarcastically rebukes Israel for practicing astrology, “For you have trusted in your wickedness . . .  Therefore evil shall come upon you… trouble shall fall upon you… Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame” (Isaiah 47:10-14a).

 Magic, Spells, Enchantments, Charming, Sorcery, Wizardry, Witchcraft

Research has shown that occult magic is often fraudulent and deceitful illusion – counterfeit miracles. Many books have been written on this subject. In some instances, occult magic or divination are a manifestation of demonic powers or the result of demon possession (Acts 16:16). Of course, the power of Satan and his demons is extremely limited compared to God’s power.

Those who follow the path of the magic arts are on the wrong path – a road that leads away from God, not toward Him. In one way or another, the end will be disaster. The evil Queen Jezebel practiced witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22) bringing catastrophe on herself and all Israel. Over and over, God denounces those who “conjure spells” (NKJV) and those who practice witchcraft and sorcery. The Bible says that anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 2 Kings 21:6; Micah 5:12; Isaiah 47:12; Ezekiel 13:18, 20; Acts 8:11-24; Leviticus 20:27; Exodus 7:11; Revelation 9:21; 22:15).

God warns of the ultimate punishment. Revelation 21:8 says of “…those who practice magic arts …their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur… the second death” (NIV*). Those who practice witchcraft (sorcery) will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:20-21). These practices are anti-God and are in rebellion against Him. Many of the citizens of ancient Ephesus practiced the magic arts. Those who became Christians realized the foolish error of their former lives and burned their expensive books of magic as the trash they were (Acts 19:19).

The Bible tells how the apostle Paul once dealt with one of these deceivers, a sorcerer and false prophet who led people astray. “Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.’ And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand” (Acts 13:9-11).

Divination, Fortune-telling, Mediums, Spiritism, Necromancy, Familiar Spirits, Wizardry, Séances, Channeling, Clairvoyance, Spirit-guides

The Bible strongly warns people not to consult mediums and spiritists for the truth, but to inquire of God (Isaiah 8:19). Clearly, if those who practiced these arts have any power (beyond being great deceivers), it is not a gift from God (as some falsely claim). The Bible condemns and forbids these practices several times (Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Isaiah 44:25; Jeremiah 27:9; 2 Kings 21:6; 23:24). Divination and Spiritism were despised practices of the heathens (Ezekiel 21:21; Isaiah 19:3; 1 Samuel 28). Scripture says that one of the reasons King Saul died was “because he consulted a medium for guidance” rather than God (1 Chronicles 10:13-14).

The Bible provides examples showing the folly and failures of those who claimed the ability to predict the future based on their own powers or those of spirits (Daniel 2:27, etc.). God calls the word of diviners “nonsense,” “lies” and “deception” for foolish people (Ezekiel 13:8; Jeremiah 14:14; Isaiah 44:25). God said, “Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” (Ezekiel 13:3). If an Israelite lived the deceitful practice of being a medium, it was punishable by death (Leviticus 20:27).

The presence of a medium or spiritist among God’s people of Israel was considered a defilement (Leviticus 19:31). All these practices take people further from their Creator, the true and living God.

Following Omens or Signs

We are not to look to omens or “signs” to direct our lives. The Bible reprimands people for doing this. It is an “abomination” and foolishness (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). Look to God and His instructions for life as provided in the Bible. To do otherwise is to foolishly deceive yourself, or allow Satan and others to deceive you.

Recommended Resources

Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, The Occult: The Authority of the Believer Over the Powers of Darkness (San Bernardino, California: Here’s Life Publishers, 1992), 249 pp. Danny Korem and Paul Meier, The Fakers (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1980).

THE DEVIL LIED TO YOU!

While Satan may try to convince you that your soul belongs to him, the Bible calls him a liar (John 8:44) and promises something else: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). If you are ready to renounce the bondage of occult darkness and embrace the freedom we have in Christ- the Light of the world—please pray this prayer with me now: Heavenly Father, I have been involved in occult activities I now know to be wrong. Please forgive me and cleanse me with the precious blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to come into my heart right now and live Your life through me. Thank you for hearing my prayer, forgiving my sins, and saving me today. Now, I am free of occult bondage, and will serve you for the rest of my life. I am trusting only in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

The information in this tract is used by permission from author Paul S. Taylor of Eden Communications. You can find this and more at: http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-occult.html  and http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-occult-defn.html respectively. Copyright © 1998, Eden Communications, All Rights Reserved – except as noted on attached “Usage and Copyright” page that grants ChristianAnswers.Net users generous rights for putting this page to work in their homes, personal witnessing, churches and schools.

*PMI uses KJV but does not edit out other translations.

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