The Latter Rain Manifest Sons of God HERESY

The Manifest Sons of God teaching

The Latter Rain movement of the late 40’s had given birth to numerous other sub-teachings. The Manifest Sons of God was divided into two major sects. The Walk, and the Body of Christ. The Walk came out of the Latter Rain Movement under the “apostleship” of John Robert Stevens, who like Paul Cain and others was a William Branham disciple. His was the Church of the Living Word in Redondo Beach, California.

The Charismatic Dominionism expressed in spiritual warfare and the current signs and wonders movement is largely an extension of the Manifest Sons of God doctrine. Manifest Sons teachings are Kingdom Dominionist: they believe in restoration of the Church, restoration of the 5 fold ministry with the offices of apostles and prophets, having authority through its leaders by strong shepherding and discipleship. A perfection of the saints, immortalization, and the attainment of being Christ as we become just like Christ in nature and ability. The Manifest Sons of God doctrine has an eschatology of Dominionism through the perfecting of the saints under the leadership guidance of the latter-day prophets and apostles. They mostly deny a rapture in the classic sense. Some replace it with individual raptures, a collective transformation to immortality on earth, or none at all. This quote is representative of the teaching  “the doctrine of the Rapture was a great and effective ruse of the enemy to implant in the Church a retreat mentality … already this yoke has been cast off by the majority in the advancing church, and it will soon be cast off by all.” (Rick Joyner, THE HARVEST 1989 /1990 revised booklet on pg.121)

We are talking about the great and blessed hope of his return. In its place is triumphalism by installing a new leadership for the Church. If there is no rapture than there is no resurrection, they are simultaneous events!

Considering what Joyner first said he later changed it in his 1993 printing of the Harvest as it became the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture (p.201) In this he fares no better as he takes the position that the Church will endure through the tribulation. despite the Scriptures teaching that the saints will be overcome in the tribulation, and few will survive. Hardly a scenario that manifest sons of God can agree with. this becomes even more problematic when brought to its conclusion of  the Church found ruling when Christ comes back. Certainly to look forward to the Lords coming as any time is not retreating but hopeful. One does not need to abandon everything to do this and wait on the top of a hill in white robes as some did over century ago.

The modern Spiritual warfare practice that is an attachment to the signs and wonders movement finds its roots in the Latter Rain as well. The revival will come by the Church being led by these leaders in defeating demonic spirits through spiritual warfare prayer, fasting. The spiritual warfare conducted through intense worship and praise, and by spiritual mapping, identifying strongholds, rebuking demonic powers and binding territorial spirits.

“God’s people are going to start to exercise rule, and they’re going to take dominion over the Power of Satan. They’re going to bring diabolical princes down. The dark powers that hover over the Parliament buildings of the nations are going to be paralyzed by the corporate prayer of an authoritative community. As the rod of His strength goes out of Zion, He’ll change legislation. He’ll chase the devil off the face of God’s earth, and God’s people together, doing the will of God, will bring about God’s purposes and Gods reign. “ (Ern Baxter, National Men’s Shepherds Conference, Kansas City, Missouri,  1975)

The apostles will rule the Church through establishing independent churches, unaffiliated with the corrupt denominations (Branham’s teaching). The exception which is currently underway, is that denominational churches would abandon  being separate, join the movement coming under their leadership. It is essential to the Latter Rain movement for the church to be unified as one, under a central leadership.  Otherwise Christ cannot be incarnated (manifested) in the Church and give his power to conquer the world for Christ.

That the world will be conquered through an elite group of overcomers who produce signs and wonders unlike anything ever seen, even in the early church by the apostles. This they believe will lead us to the greatest revival of history. An endtime harvest of billions of souls, where the majority of the world will be won to Christ and the kingdom would be established or ready to be received by Christ. “This harvest will be so great that no one will look back at the early church as a standard; all will be saying that the Lord has certainly saved His best wine for last. The early church was a firstfruits offering, truly this will be a harvest! It was said of the Apostle Paul that he was turning the world upside down; it will be said of the apostles soon to be anointed that they have turned an upside down world right side up. Nations will tremble at the mention of their name.” (Rick Joyner, Restoration, may/June 1988, the Harvest)

What does Joyner mean they will turn the world right side up? Are they going to undo the work of the Apostle Paul, or maybe he means a new thing altogether.

“Angelic appearances will be common to the saints and a visible glory of the Lord will appear upon some for extended periods of time as power flows through them. There will be no plague, disease, or physical condition, including lost limbs, AIDS, poison gas, or radiation, which will resist the healing and miracle gifts working in the saints during this time” (Rick Joyner, The Harvest, 128-129)

The apostles and prophets would give blessings upon those whom bless, and curses upon those whom they curse. The power of their words would bring results. They will complete the conquest of the nations before Christ returns. The conquering will be done as “Joel’s army “ a group of immortal beings that will bring judgment upon the ungodly and all who do not accept the authority of the NEW Apostles and prophets. The tribulation is replaced with manifestations of power executing Gods judgment through Joels army to cleanse the earth of the evil and bring order to establish his kingdom.

Those who go further into the different levels will achieve a certain degree of holiness under the direction of the apostles and prophets. They will overcome death, and will become immortal.

The manifestation of the Sons of God

Rom.8:19 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope 21because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

“The Earth and all of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, the time when they will come into their maturity and immortalization… When the Church receives its full inheritance and redemption then creation will be redeemed from its cursed condition of decay, change and death… the Church has a responsibility and ministry to the rest of creation. Earth and Its natural creation Is anxiously waiting for the Church to reach full maturity and come to full sonship. When the Church realizes its full sonship, its bodily redemption will cause a redemptive chain reaction throughout all of creation.” (Bill Hamon p. 385 THE ETERNAL CHURCH) This is what is called in the new age the paradigm shift, while biblical terms are used it is identical in its process and affect .

“I see the great year of Jubilee, when we shall pass through the veil into the very Presence of the fullness of God, to be filled with this fullness and go forth proclaiming liberty to all of creation. Romans 8 calls this the “Manifestation of the Sons of God”, and Says the whole creation is groaning and crying for this day. …This is the ultimate anointing! This is the fullness of the Spirit! This is the Spirit without measure that Jesus had, spoken of in John 3:34, reserved until the end time for His Brethren!”’ (EAGLE SAINTS ARISE, Bill Britton)

This whole teaching is based on a distortion of Romans 8:19 which speaks of the “Manifestation of the Sons of God.” The belief is that some will obtain immortality by incarnating Christ before he returns. What is it that all creation is waiting for? According to orthodox Christianity, all creation awaits the removal of the “Curse of Futility”, sin placed upon it by God from the Fall of Adam. What they neglect is the context and the other passages that explain this event vs.22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”

The adoption the redeeming of our body, when, how?

Phil. 3:20-21: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

1Thess. 4:16-17: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

1 Cor.15:51-54: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

After the Ascension, the angels told the Apostles who watched, Acts 1:11    “ This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” The Holy Spirit was sent soon after he ascended nearly 2,000 years age, there is no new sending of the spirit for the Church, nor any other way for Christ to come back but the Scriptural way. He comes back in the same body he left in, not in the church as the body. Anyone who says differently is denying what the revelation of the Scriptures say.

Heb.9:28: “so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” It is Christ who appears and changes us, not some event separate from this. We wait for him, we cannot accomplish this on our own. It his coming that is connected to this even, and whether one believes in a pre, mid, or post rapture does not change the connection of his coming for this to occur.

It has always been understood that Jesus Himself is the One Who would do the restoring of the kingdom. When he comes again at the second coming the curse on the earth will be lifted we would be changed and he would reverse the affects of the curse on the earth. But biblically it is not until after the millennium that the new heavens and earth replace the former and death will be no more(Rev.21:4).

But, those who espouse the Manifested Sons of God doctrine have a different take on this. To them, all creation eagerly awaits the time when the “true sons” of God will finally realize “who they are in Christ,” conquerors and overcomers, and will come into their true Glory and Power as the Sons of God. It is they who will be the ones who will remove the curse, overcome all of God’s enemies, even death! The historic church has been waiting for God the son in the 2nd coming. They teach that God is waiting for you and I.

In Jewel Van der Merwe’s book, Joel’s Army, she quotes Earl Paulk a influential “Kingdom Now” pastor, he explains his application of Romans 8:19 “The last enemy to be conquered is death. Who will conquer it? A mature Church will come forth with the kind of authority and power that will be able to stand in the very face of Satan. When the Church reaches that level of maturity, God will be able to say, ‘This generation of the Church does not need to die. She has reached a place of maturity. I will translate her because her maturity pleases Me.’“

“Not only will they not have diseases, they will also not die. They will have the kind of imperishable bodies that are talked about in the 15th chapter of Corinthians … this army is invincible. If you have intimacy with God, they can’t kill you.” ( Paul Cain, “Joel’s Army,”  1990 p. 218) [For more on Paul Cain’s revelation of Joels army> go here]

Jack Deere says, “ they won’t be able to kill this army.” John Wimber as well said, “those in this army will have the ‘kind of anointing …his kind of power … anyone who wants to harm them must die.” This is Joel’s Army.

Bill Hamon writes, “The Church will gain victory over the last enemy, death. Victory speaks of a battle being fought. The last day saints will wage and win a warfare against death. The last generation saints will come to translating faith in preparation for participation in the translation.” (The Eternal Church, P.349)

“Yes, sin, sickness and disease, spiritual death, poverty, and everything else that’s of the devil once ruled us. But now, bless God, we rule them — for this is the Day of Dominion!” (Kenneth Hagin, “Rejoice! This Is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made!” The Word of Faith, Sept. 1996 )

“When the Sons of God are manifested. “The saints will take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever… the Sons of Yahweh, one like the Son of man – not the lonely and blessed Yahshua of Nazareth alone, but the complete body of sons – Yahweh’s masterpiece of the ages, the body of Yahshua, the house not made with hands – My Father’s house of many mansions, each one whether individually or collectively ‘An habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit”…these sons of Yahweh are indeed the ‘One like the Son of man.”'(NEW BEGINNINGS, George Hawtin )

Speaking on the feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles)”…. typify the whole Church Age, beginning with the death of Jesus on the cross, and consummating in “the manifestation of the Sons of God”-the “overcomers” who will become perfected and step into immortality in order to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.” (George Warnock, The Feast of Tabernacles,   1951, pp. 14-20)

Quite a difference from the saints inheriting the kingdom when Christ comes and being servants (co-heirs) in it, adopted as sons (Rev.20:6). This is not a kingdom operated by humility but of power and force. This is why the take it by force teaching , and the pulling down of strongholds. Never mind that neither Jesus or an apostle never taught this to others, because this is what God is doing now. Its new, its fresh!

The Central theme to Manifest Sons of God doctrine is the belief that sonship to God comes through higher revelation via apostles and prophets. The Christian life, has levels to go through, to reach maturity. The first level is that of servant of God, the next is that of friend of God, following this is to become a son of God and the realization of gods ourselves; much like the new age potential in man.

The Scriptures teach that we are servants (Galatians 3:10), friends (John 15:14-15), and sons (I John 3:1). There is no Scriptural support that Paul who was the least of the apostles, or any other apostle ever went beyond servanthood attaining sonship. Many epistles begin with the salutation by an apostle as a servant of God. There is no teaching from Paul or any of the other apostles believed they would go beyond these “levels” to become gods themselves.

This teaching today comes disguised in the word faith sector of the church where they teach we can speak things into existence just as God did ( Rom. 4:17)

Christ comes into the Church before he comes for the Church

Some believe that the second coming of Jesus is to be “in the Church,” before he comes for the Church. That the Church, his body will actually become Christ on earth, glorious and triumphant. They will go Conquer the land and then rule the nations with a rod of iron. Some believe that after the Church has taken dominion over the nations, she will hasten the day that will call Jesus back to earth and hand the nations over to Him.

This is nothing new and Charles Taze Russell actually taught this over 100 years ago. If you don’t recognize his name he founded the Jehovah’s Witnesses cult.

“Our high calling is so great, so much above the comprehension of men, that they feel that we are guilty of blasphemy when we speak of being ‘new creatures’- not any longer human, but ‘partakers of the divine nature.”“ .it is claiming that we are divine beings- hence all such are Gods,. Thus we have a family of God …. Now we appear like men, and all die naturally like men, but in the resurrection we will rise in our true character as Gods … Then the whole family- head and body are addressed as one, as they will be under Christ, their head, saying: Arise 0 God, judge (rule, bless) the earth: for thou shaft inherit all nations. The Mighty God, and Everlasting Father of the nations is Christ whose members in particular we are.” (Watchtower, 10 & 11/1881, p. 10, Reprints, p. 301)

“ under him as our head constitute the whole body of Christ, the ‘Mighty God’ (El-powerful one) to rule and bless the nations- … and therefore be members of that company which as a whole will bethe Everlasting Father to the restored race.” (Watchtower, 10 & 11 / 1881, p. 10, Reprints P. 298)

As we can see this is well over 100 years old from a group that is a cult now, just as they were then. While this teaching may have changed in terms it has remained consistent. The JW’s believe in an anointed 144,000 that the earthly class must relate to for receiving the benefits of the new covenant. Sound familiar?  It should since this is exactly what is being taught by the apostle prophet movement. that we must come under their leadership and become an army to be victorious in the last days. This is just as cultic as the JW’s view.  There are no Apostles today as there were when the Lord hand picked the 12 and others who were apostolic legates under them. The simple reason is that no one has seen the risen Lord to qualify. All the visions and dreams do not to qualify someone for apostleship (see Acts 1)

But inside the Christian Church they taught no different. From Warnock’s manifesto “Christ should visit the saints in the last great Feast, and minister His life ‘In secret ‘before He is openly manifested! Christians think it is a horrible thing that Christ’s second Coming should be spoken of in this manner. When a Christian comes to that place where he really appreciates and understands and enjoys Spiritual things, then he can truly rejoice in the fact that Christ is coming back again to be manifested within. (THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, George Warnock, Bill Britton 1951, p. 108). When he speaks of Christ he is meaning Christ being the anointing, not the person of Jesus.

William Branham “In them days it was God in a man, His Son, Jesus Christ. …It was God In Christ, God, in a man, the fullness of the Godhead bodily In a man. God, in a man; now, it’s God in men. See? The fullness of God in the Godhead bodily in His entire Church, manifesting Himself, fulfilling His Word. (THE MIGHTY GOD UNVEILED BEFORE US p.20) Here we have a  the Manifest Sons of God teaching in embryo. Branham’s misunderstanding of how God was in Christ with no real equivalency he paralleled this to God in the Church. The reason for this is,  “ that God has always had skin on Him.” (ibid.p.21)

“God hid it from the eyes of the wise and prudent and promised to reveal it to the sons of God in the last days, when the sons of God would be made manifest. When God’s sons that rejoiced with Him before the foundation of the world, when the great revelation of the Godhead and things would be brought down in the last days, He would manifest these things to the sons of God. You know the Scripture teaches that. And here we are.

That’s the reason that God is opening these things to us. God is bringing His sons into manifestation. He’s going beyond the limitations of any human knowledge, way into the spiritual revelations and bringing it down. (SERPENT’S SEED)

Earl Paul has been saying for years “We are on earth as extensions of God to finish the work He began. We are the essence of God, His on-going incarnation in the world.” (Earl Paulk, Held In The Heavens, 1985, p.   125).

The Church is not God nor the fullness of God, this denies the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son because it makes the Church on equality with him as many sons with the same nature.

“The completion of the incarnation of God in the world must be in His church…Jesus Christ is the firstfruit, but without the ongoing harvest, the incarnation will never be complete.” (Earl Paulk, The Wounded Body of Christ, p. 43).
“The living Word of God, Jesus Christ, was conceived in the womb of a virgin. The Word became flesh in the God-Man Jesus Christ (John 1:1). Likewise, the Word of God must be made flesh in the Church in order for us to bear witness to the Kingdom which God has called us to demonstrate.” (Earl Paulk, Held In The Heavens, 1985, p.60)

I would think it is apparent that there is a vast difference between the word made flesh by God incarnating in Jesus and becoming man and his residing in his people, the Church.

“The living Word of God, Jesus Christ, was conceived in the womb of a virgin. The Word became flesh in the God-Man Jesus Christ (John 1:1). Likewise, the Word of God must be made flesh in the Church in order for us to bear witness to the Kingdom which God has called us to demonstrate.” (Earl Paulk, Held In The Heavens , 1985, p.60)

Frangipane agrees with Paulk as he says,  “When the Spirit of Christ comes into the physical world, He must enter through a physical body… When Christ first entered our world as a child, it was Mary whom God chose to give Christ birth. Mary’s life symbolized the qualities the Church must possess to walk in the fullness of Christ … [God is preparing us as He did Mary to give birth to the ministry of His Son. Even now, in the spiritual womb of the virgin church, the holy purpose of Christ is growing, awaiting maturity; ready to be born in power in the timing of God … the virgin Church is “in labour and in pain to give birth” (Rev 12:1-2) … even now, he trembles and the heavens watch in awe, for I say to you, once again, the virgin is with child. Before Jesus Himself returns, the last virgin Church shall become pregnant with the promise of God. Out of her travail, the Body of Christ shall come forth, raised to the full statute of its Head, the Lord Jesus. Corporately manifested in holiness, power and love, the Bride of Christ shall arise.” (Francis Frangipane, ‘In the Presence of God” Now Wine Press, 1994.Chapter: “The Virgin Shall Be With Child)

This is manifest Sons of God doctrine, it may not be called this by the speakers some may not even know of its roots but most to believe are well aware of its implications.

Kenneth Hagin believes the same thing with only a slightly different angle “We [the church] are Christ.” (As Christ is — So are we, (Tape #44H06)

“Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.” (Kenneth Hagin, “The Incarnation,” The Word of Faith, p.13, Dec. 1980).

Kenneth Copeland agrees with his mentor, “[Man] was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority…God made us as much like Himself as possible…He made us the same class of being that He is Himself…Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God…[The] believer is called Christ…That’s who we are; we’re Christ” (Zoe: The God-Kind of Life, . pgs. 35-36, 41, 1989)

Copeland  states “Jesus is no longer the only begotten Son of God.” (Now We Are In Christ Jesus,  p.24,1980)

This means Christ was the pattern son, not unique, but only the first of a kind of many, many more.

Rod Parsley states, “In the old covenant we did not have Jesus in the flesh. In the next covenant we had Jesus manifest in the flesh. In the next covenant we had Jesus manifest in the flesh in a person but of many in a different form.” (Breakthrough  9/19/2000) Parsleys three covenants has the Church becoming what Jesus was exclusively.  Yet he teaches now “For in him dwelt the fulness of the Godhead bodily that’s what it said the fullness of the Godhead bodily. .. Now it didn’t say anywhere that you wouldn’t have the same thing. Didn’t say anywhere that you couldn’t obtain unto the same thing.” “In Acts the matter  is you’re an heir a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Jesus said don’t look at what I’m doin, brother what your gonna do is greater than what I’m gonna do. ”  (Ibid.)

Morris Currello leading the unaware in a chant “Who are you? Come on, who are you? Come on, say it: ‘Sons of God!’ Come on, say it! And what does work inside us, brother, is that manifestation of the expression of all that God is and all that God has. And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo; you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus.” (Morris Cerullo, The Endtime Manifestation of the Sons of God World Evangelism tape 1)

Benny Hinn, When you say, ‘I am a Christian,’ you are saying, ‘I am mashiach,’ in the Hebrew. I am a little messiah walking on earth, in other words. That is a shocking revelation. …May I say it like this? You are a little god on earth running around” (Praise-a-Thon, TBN,  November 6,1990)

“Are you ready for some real revelation knowledge….you are god” (Benny Hinn, “Our Position In Christ”, tape  AO31190-1)

This certainly is a revelation, to God.

Hagin, Copeland, Hinn and the much of the Word/Faith Movement all are saying basically the same thing. Why? Because they are coming from the same source, the Latter Rain teachings which are enjoying new growth unlike it ever did before. The new anointing that is being dispersed brings their followers to a “new knowledge” of the Scriptures.

D.R. McConnell ( a critic of this ) writes about the new revelation knowledge “When these truths really gain the ascendancy in us, they will make us spiritual supermen, masters of demons and disease. It will be the end of weakness and failure. In the presence of these tremendous realities, we arise and take our place. We go out and live as supermen indwelt by God.” (A Different Gospel, P. 21, D.R. McConnell, 1988.)

Much of this has been birthed through the Vineyard Church via the signs and wonders movement, Bob Jones, “the Church is in no condition for the Lord to come today … He’s going to come for a church that is mature in righteousness… progressively going in this righteousness until you take on THE VERY DIVINE NATURE OF CHRIST HIMSELF and you begin to see Christ in the Church. Christ won’t come for the church until you see Christ in the Church until the Church looks like Jesus. PAPA (God) planted Jesus, He sowed Him down here in this earth to have a whole nation of brothers and sisters that looked just like Jesus … His Son was a ALPHA SON, your children are the OMEGA sons and daughters.” [Mike Bickle interjects here, “Jesus was the beginning, but our children and us, we’re included in this … we’re the end of this thing.” (quoted in Discernment newsletter)

To put sinners saved by grace on an equality with Christ shows how deficient these so called “anointed ones” are in biblical understanding.

Today this movement comes in many names, the current and most popular cliché’ is “the anointed,” Christ, they say they are “anointed” Christ, exactly what Jesus warned about in Mt.24. That they can do exactly what he did, dispense the anointing and do miracles. Welcome to the Church of the 21st century.

sources used:

  • Discernment Newsletter  Jewel Van der Merwe
  • Vengeance is ours, by Al Dager
  • Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements

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FALSE PROPHETS TODAY: They Claim to Speak for God

They Claim to Speak for God 

 TA McMahon

A very large part of Christendom in the United States is enamored with those who claim to speak for God. If you think that’s an overstatement, simply tune into some of the programing on Trinity Broadcasting Network or some of the other cable religious networks. What you will see are churches filled with thousands of Christians hanging on to every word of a man or a woman who is declaring what God has just revealed to him or her. The content ranges from the mundane to the bizarre. To some observers who are fairly well versed in the Scriptures, what they are hearing and seeing is laughable. But that’s a tragic reaction by some who are forgetting that many of those being led astray by the so-called new prophets and apostles are their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Most North American believers are wonderfully and prayerfully sympathetic to the plight of fellow Christians who are undergoing terrible persecutions for their faith in foreign lands, yet too few have a real concern for fellow believers here in the West who are being spiritually seduced and whose biblical faith is being critically undermined. The tendency is to write off most false preachers and teachers as religious kooks and to think no more about their captive audience. All true believers, whether or not they have been led into false teaching, make up the body of Christ. When one part of the body is seduced and suffers, it affects the entire body (1 Corinthians:12:25-27

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Not only is such a cavalier attitude wrong biblically, but it is extremely shortsighted and therefore blinds a person to the seductions and ultimate deceptions that are involved. In this series of articles we want to present a wider view of what’s involved with those who “claim to speak for God,” demonstrating that it’s far more than a few delusional zealots but rather a host of men and women, ministries, and movements that have an agenda and methodologies, all of which are contrary to the Word of God. In that endeavor, they have captured the hearts and minds of multitudes of Christians, mostly those among the Pentecostals and Charismatics, as well as staggering numbers of young adults, many from conservative evangelical backgrounds.

Dave Hunt and I have addressed this subject in bits and pieces in our books and in many articles in  The Berean Call  newsletters, but we haven’t communicated in a comprehensive way the extent of the spiritually destructive teachings and practices involved in this movement nor the scope of this development and its agenda. Now, however, there is a book available that covers the topic more extensively than anything yet in print.  Wandering Stars: Contending for the Faith with the New Apostles and Prophets , authored by Keith Gibson, not only explains the methods of this movement from beginning to end, but it also exposes its satanically inspired contribution to the progressive development of the kingdom and religion of the Antichrist. Gibson’s observations need to be heeded: “The majority of the church has not taken seriously the claims of the modern apostles and prophets [that they are] introducing a new paradigm into the Body of Christ. These claims are far more than idle boasts. Indeed the paradigm shifts have already begun in many segments of Christianity. To say that the movement has grown rapidly would be a gross understatement” (p. 10).

The root fallacy of the movement is the view of how one receives communication from God. Most if not all of the leaders subscribe to the teaching that the Greek terms  rhema  and  logos  found in the Bible describe different ways of hearing from God. This has been a fundamental teaching among historic religious movements such as The Latter Rain, Manifest Sons of God, and the prosperity-and-healing-promoting Word/Faith teachers. They conclude that  logos  refers to the written word and  rhema  refers to the spoken word. Although the Bible uses the terms interchangeably, making no distinction, in practice this false teaching elevates what (supposedly) God has spoken to them as  equal to  or  above  what is written in the Scriptures. It goes far beyond someone stating that he “believes” that the Lord has impressed something upon his heart. Gibson comments: “It is far different to claim an impression than it is to loudly pronounce, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’ The former is the hesitant expression of a thought, something that may or may not be completely true. The latter is a claim to divine revelation that by definition cannot contain anything but truth and which carries divine authority and must be obeyed.” Whether implied or declared, Gibson adds, “The words ‘Thus saith the Lord’ change everything. A higher level of authority is being claimed. One should be extremely careful before one puts words in the mouth of God” (p. 8).

Many do not realize the dire consequences of being seduced by the “hearing from God” teachings. First of all, they completely undermine the objective nature of the Scriptures. In other words, when the Word of God is mixed with what some  believe  they’ve heard from God, it is difficult to objectively determine what is truly  from  God. That fundamentally destroys the value of the Bible in the lives of those who buy into the so-called new prophets of God. God’s written word is no longer relied upon as a determiner of truth, especially regarding the new doctrines presented, which those who are “hearing from God” promote in abundance. Unfortunately, that’s fine with such false teachers because their “new thing that God is doing” cannot then be challenged by the “old written words” found in Scripture.

Gibson notes with great concern: “No doctrine is under more regular assault from within the prophetic community than the doctrines relating to the Scriptures” (pp. 67-68). He adds, “Today’s prophets, and consequently their followers as well, are consistently sloppy in their approach to Scripture, frequently ignoring context, history, and grammar. They can even be seen redefining words when necessary to force verses to fit their preconceived ideas. The intent of the author of the text is rarely considered. The Bible is left to mean whatever the prophets say it means today” (p. 71).

If conservative evangelicals think that this drift away from God’s Word is a problem unique to Charismatics, they need to consider their own churches. Is  discipleship  a significant part of your fellowship? How about  apologetics ? In your Bible studies, are you actually studying books of the Bible or books by contemporary authors? Is the term  hermeneutics  a foreign word to most members of your fellowship? If that’s the case, you also have something to be very concerned about.

In  Wandering Stars , Keith Gibson underscores the critical necessity of hermeneutics for every believer. “Hermeneutics has been described as the art and science of biblical interpretation. In handling the Bible properly, one should consider such things as context, history, grammar, and the genre of the literature among other things. The goal of hermeneutics is to understand the passage according to the original intent of the author, as inspired by the Holy Spirit.” Simply stated, “The Bible should be studied in its historical and grammatical context and with the normal understanding of the words used. The intent is to discover the meaning intended by the author of the particular passage….It is essentially a belief that God meant the Bible to be understood by the normal believer within the community of faith. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘plain sense’ principle of interpretation” (p. 70).

Simplifying it further, it involves not much more than what happens when two people have a normal conversation. Both are aware of the context of what they are communicating, know enough grammar to converse in sentences, and understand the meaning of the words used. We all do this every day, so it’s mystifying that most misunderstandings of Scripture stem from not following the simple rules of hermeneutics.

Following such “plain sense” rules would eliminate the “prophetic hermeneutic” (i.e., believing what a dynamic preacher says just because he claims to be a prophet) that has caught many believers in the web of blindly following those who claim to be speaking for God. Gibson has seen the damage this has done to many believers’ trust in God’s Word. He writes, “The impact of this ‘prophetic hermeneutic’ is serious indeed. In the first place, as has already been stated, this type of approach to Scripture causes the Bible to lose its ability to provide boundaries for doctrine and practice because the Bible simply has no objective meaning. The Scripture means whatever any particular prophetic teacher declares that the Spirit has told him it means today. This style of teaching also serves to remove any definite understanding of Scripture from the common man who realizes that he simply cannot see all the things in Scripture that these teachers are seeing. This makes the average church person dependent on these ‘inspired teachers’ in order to know what the Lord has said” (p. 78). Once that happens, the individual is vulnerable to whatever such a teacher dishes out and whatever direction the teacher wants to lead him.

Gibson spells out the tragic consequences of which few of us are aware: “Because these prophetic teachers do not approach God’s Word properly, they reach false conclusions. These false conclusions then support aberrant doctrines and unbiblical practices. These unbiblical practices and false doctrines undermine the historic truths of the church and distract Christians from the pure faith and the true work of the ministry” (p. 80).

It isn’t only ignorance of the Scriptures or mishandling them on the part of many of the leaders of the prophetic movement. Some seemingly distort them for their own purposes. Gibson quotes Wendy Alec, from her very popular book  Journal of the Unknown Prophet . This is what she claims she has received from Jesus: “For the Word alone is yesterday’s manna and even they [prophetic teachers] have seen deep in their hearts that it is no longer enough to feed my people” (quoted in  Wandering Stars , p. 86).

So the written Word of God is not only “no longer enough,” but it’s also “yesterday’s manna.” Scripture tells us that leftover manna “bred worms and stank” (Exodus16:20). Who would believe that Jesus, who is the living Word, the same yesterday, today, and forever, the One who said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew:24:35; Mark:13:31; Luke:21:33), would have anything to do with such a blasphemous statement? Yet thousands accept it unquestioningly. We can’t judge Alec’s heart in this, but it is obvious that she has relegated the written Word at least to an inferior position in comparison to what she and others are supposedly hearing from God today. Again, tragically, this is infecting our brothers and sisters who are part of the body of Christ.

The Scriptures give us a sober warning that I believe is most applicable to the day in which we live: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away  their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Again, sound doctrine is simply the teachings of the Word of God, which every believer is to read, heed, and obey. Yet, according to these teachers, since biblical doctrine stands in the way of the “new things God is doing,” it must be downgraded.

Gibson quotes prophetic movement leader Francis Frangipane: “We have instructed the church in nearly everything but becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. We have filled the people with doctrines instead of Deity; we have given them manuals instead of Emmanuel” (p. 122).

Frangipane and his cohorts have in fact done none of that. Gibson notes: “Frangipane seems oblivious to the fact that teaching people to become disciples of Jesus Christ would necessitate doctrinal instruction if for no other reason than because to teach them who Jesus is necessitates a doctrinal discussion. Additionally, how else is the church to follow the words of Christ given in the great commission and ‘teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you’ without instruction in doctrine?” (p. 114). Gibson’s response is stunning in its simplicity, yet what is even more amazing is that so many are not thinking through what they are accepting. He adds, “It is simply neither possible nor profitable to attempt to bypass doctrinal instruction. Discipleship may certainly involve more than merely doctrinal instruction but it cannot involve less” (p. 114).

The leaders of the prophetic movement of necessity must make it “involve less.” Rick Joyner, for example, declares: “We must first understand that our unity is not based on doctrines. Such unity is superficial at best. Our unity can only be found in Jesus. To focus our attention on Him and learn to love and cover one another is far more important than agreeing on all doctrines. Having like doctrines is not a basis for unity…it is a basis for division!” (p. 115). Although “doctrine divides” is the mantra of the new prophets and apostles, they are correct in a way with which they would not agree. Romans:16:17-18

sets the matter straight: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences  contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned ; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” It is false doctrine, i.e., that which is “contrary to the doctrine” taught by the biblical apostles, that “cause[s] divisions.”

Of necessity and hopefully for edification, this first article majored on the fundamental erroneous teachings of the New Apostles and Prophets movement, i.e., its own false doctrines. With that understanding, it should come as no surprise as to how bizarre their beliefs and practices could and have become. In the next part of this series, the Lord willing, we will glean (primarily from  Wandering Stars ) who the leaders are and what is involved in their global dominionist agenda.

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart .  —Jeremiah:14:14

In the first part of this series we addressed a movement within Christendom that is undermining the faith of multitudes of Christians, especially those who consider themselves to be Bible-believing Christians. Whether done intentionally or unintentionally by the leaders of the movement, their teaching and methods seriously deprive their followers of a true basis for biblical discernment. The primary means that they employ involves disparaging the objective nature of the Scriptures. When a believer buys into that teaching, he is being led into the arena of subjectivity, meaning that he cannot objectively determine what is truly from God versus what is nothing more than content from the imagination of man.

In his excellent book Wandering Stars: Contending for the Faith with the New Apostles and Prophets (see TBC 03/13 ), which has been a chief resource in this series, Keith Gibson summarizes the foundational errors of the movement regarding the Bible: “So what can we conclude after this brief survey of the attitudes and words of the modern apostles and prophets concerning the Scripture? One would have to conclude that the Bible alone is an insufficient guide for the end-time church. New doctrines, not found in the Bible, are needed to perfect the church. Scripture is generally inspiring but basically unreliable. It is insufficient to convince the world of God’s truth….It does not provide the parameters to faith and practice and does not give us the norms for the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Canon of Scripture is not closed, and, in fact, many of the words of today’s prophets carry a higher level of revelation, anointing, and authority than some of the words of Scripture. And lastly, the Bible cannot be understood by any normal means. Grammar, history, and context are completely irrelevant. The words of Scripture can be redefined and ripped out of context to discover the ‘deeper’ meaning for today’s church. There is no objective interpretation or understanding of Scripture. The Bible means whatever one wants it to mean” (pp. 105-6).

This flagrant assault on the Scriptures is clearly a reflection of Satan’s grand scheme to undermine the Word of God, which he demonstrated first in turning Eve away from obeying what God had commanded. God declared: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis:2:16-17

). That was God’s word to Adam and Eve.

Satan’s first words to mankind were aimed at undercutting God’s instructions: “And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis:3:1). After leading her to reconsider what God had commanded, God’s adversary follows up with a flat denial of the consequences of her disobedience: “…ye shall not surely die” (Genesis:3:4). This undermining of God’s Word was successful with Eve, and it has been Satan’s main strategy throughout history. As previously noted, the obstruction of the Scriptures is at the heart of the teaching from those who claim to hear from God, and it opens the doors for the acceptance of their outrageous practices and manifestations, including their goal of taking dominion over the world for Christ.

For a true believer in Christ to accept manifestations such as falling and writhing on the floor, uncontrollable shaking, hysterical laughing, and making various animal sounds as though they were the work of the Holy Spirit would seem to indicate that the person has taken leave of his senses. It is more reasonable to conclude, however, that they have taken leave of the Scriptures . Although there may be power from the adversary involved in some of this (“We wrestle not against flesh and blood”), we can be sure that the victim of those manifestations is devoid of the full armor of God, which is available for every believer’s protection (Ephesians:6:10-18

), especially the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” When that is missing in a believer’s life, he or she is terribly vulnerable to the “wiles of the devil” and his minions, who sometimes present themselves as angels of light (2 Corinthians:11:14).

Many Christians are aware of the bizarre manifestations and some of the outlandish personalities involved, such as Todd Bentley, the tattooed preacher given to head butting and kneeing followers in the groin (followers who number in the thousands and came to his meetings from all over the world) in order to supposedly impart the power of the Holy Spirit for their healing. Yet few are aware of the organization, agendas, and networking of those who claim to speak for God. There are countless numbers of ministries, websites, blog sites, and the like, that advance the false doctrines and manifestations of the movement. To name but a few, there is the Elijah List, The International House of Prayer (IHOP), Bethel Church (Redding, CA), Identity Network, Morning Star Ministries, Streams Ministries International, Glory of Zion, City Bible Church (Portland, OR), and the Christian International Apostolic Network. C. Peter Wagner’s International Coalition of Apostles has a membership of hundreds who profess to be apostles manifesting apostolic authority.

Although not all such ministries agree on every fine point, they all believe that God is restoring to the church things that have been lost over the centuries, which they believe have rendered it ineffective. Gibson sums up their goal: “The end-time body of Christ must go on to maturity and restore the apostles and prophets, and these restored ministries must lead the church to a new and final dimension of power and authority not only bringing in the final harvest but establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth” (p. 28).

According to one of their “modern” prophets, “Ever since the dark ages, God has been restoring Truth to the Church in order to get us back to the place of fullness where we can actually rule and reign in the world rather than be dominated by the very things we are to have victory over” (p.29). Another adds, “Jesus, having won back authority on earth, could now mediate and rule in the affairs of earth. However, Jesus did not stay on the earth to rule it. He ascended to the Father and is seated at His right hand. So who now is responsible to rule and reign in the earth? Believe it or not, the church, which is the body of Christ” (p. 160).

More specifically, they mean that it is to be the new apostles and prophets who are to run the show, and since there is little concern for doctrine learned from the objective Word of God, their rule will major in shooting from the lip, i.e., speaking forth whatever these leaders believe they have heard from God. They see themselves leading an end-time army.

Nearly all of the leaders in this movement teach some form of “Joel’s Army” doctrine, which states that the hope of the church in transforming the world rests solely on today’s youth . These young people will be instrumental because they will receive a super-anointing for setting up a theocracy, which they will rule under God. According to John Crowder, author of The New Mystics: How to Become Part of the Supernatural Generation , “Everyone born after abortion’s legalization can consider their birth a personal invitation to take part in this great army.” Gibson gives an example of how this is being implemented: “One young man who spent a significant part of his upbringing in a church steeped in these messages told of a service in which the older members of the congregation gathered to wash the feet of the teens of the church—not to teach them about Christ-like humility and service [John:13:1-15

] but to pay homage to them because they were the anointed generation. His heart was broken as he recounted seeing elderly saints who he knew had spent their lives serving Jesus bowing in servitude before young people who were being told that it was their birthright to be the greatest believers in the history of the church” (p. 274).

How seductive might this be for young Christians today? Consider the popularity of Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer (IHOP), which has drawn tens of thousands of young people to its 24-hour prayer hall and many as well to its university. Lou Engle, an “apostle” in residence at IHOP, draws similar numbers of youth to “The Call,” an annual prayer and fasting event held at major US cities and aimed at bringing about national repentance and revival. Sadly, the zeal exhibited by the young people is misdirected because they lack the discernment necessary to recognize that what they are being taught is either without biblical support or is contrary to Scripture. Much of it seems right to them but as we are told twice in Proverbs, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (14:12; 16:25). Heartbreakingly, this is the experiential environment into which their leaders are directing them.

One emotionally seductive doctrine they are taught is called the Bridal Paradigm, which Gibson notes reflects most of IHOP’s programs: “All of the Scripture is seen as the relentless pursuit of the heavenly lovesick groom for the bride of His heart’s desire, or the search of the Father for a bride for His Son, who will be equally yoked to Him in love. This message truly stands the gospel on its ear. No longer is the emphasis on a God who is working for His own glory and displaying His majesty in redeeming a lost and unworthy humanity. Now the story of redemption is about God seeking a suitable mate for His Son. No longer is the cross seen primarily as the place where Jesus makes propitiation for our sin and satisfies the justice, holiness, and wrath of God, or the place of redemption, where the price is paid for our ransom, which are the pictures the Bible uses. Now the cross is the dowry that is paid for the bride, [p. 193] a statement that the Bible never makes. Dowries (or, more accurately, bride prices) are paid because of the worth of the bride . But according to the Scriptures we had no worth. We had nothing to commend us to God. It was all grace” (pp. 166-67). What young adult who has a heart for Jesus but lacks maturity in the Word can resist these erroneous romantic notions applied to Christ?

The false doctrines that are coming forth from those who claim to hear from God range from the foolish to the fraudulent, from the bogus to the blasphemous. This two-part series could touch upon only a few such teachings, but thankfully Keith Gibson’s Wandering Stars is available to shine a light upon much of this darkness. Too often when an absurd teaching raises its seemingly silly head, it is dismissed as so much nonsense and not to be taken seriously. In most cases, the relationship to a major heresy is missed altogether. For example, the so-called prophecies by the new prophets are nearly always wrong when they can be checked out. Nevertheless, we’re told that a 65-percent accuracy rate is acceptable among the new prophets as determined by the new prophets themselves. The absurdity in this is that the new prophets claim to be working at a higher level of anointing than the prophets of old, yet those supposedly inferior old prophets were to bestoned if their accuracy dropped below 100 percent!

The even more critical issue is the new prophets’ rationale to cover their lack of accuracy: it is the heresy of open theism . This is a doctrine that declares that “God can’t foreknow the good or bad decisions of the people He creates until He creates these people and they, in turn, create their decisions.” So now, prophecy for the modern prophets is little more than a godly guess, and the omniscience of God has been trashed along with some of His other attributes. Gibson underscores the result of these erroneous beliefs: “God does not possess exhaustive foreknowledge of the actions of His creatures because these actions have not been performed; therefore, there is nothing for God to know. Thus God is not omniscient in the sense that the church has historically defined omniscience. God is not immutable because He grows in His knowledge of His creatures as they act out their free choice and as He adapts to these choices. God is more omnicompetentthan  omnipotent . God is not completely beyond time. He learns by watching the actions of His creation” (p. 134). That is not the God of the Bible.

The false teachings of those who claim to hear from God, the so-called new apostles and prophets, have attracted millions into unwittingly contributing to their anti-biblical and therefore antichrist agendas. All of it turns biblical spiritual warfare upside down. Their methods for achieving dominion and rule over the world include Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare (see The New Spiritual Warfare Strategies Parts 1 & 2 TBC5/97 , 6/97 ) using techniques of “taking cities for Christ” through spirit mapping, binding territorial spirits, prayer-walking, prayer journeys, prayer expeditions, national repentance, deliverance from generational sins, mysticism, and contemplative prayer, to name but a few.

The number of those Christians who believe and practice such things is alarming. For the most part they are among the Pentecostals and Charismatics. But in their goals they are certainly not alone. The agenda of turning the world into the Kingdom of Christ before His return—or in order for Him to return and rule—is compatible in many ways with more conservative branches of Christianity that hold to amillennialism, or Christian reconstructionism, or post-millennialism, or national restorationism, or those who subscribe to a form of “good-works salvation” by solving the world’s problems of hunger, disease, poverty, injustice, and environmental problems using ecumenical cooperation (see “Is Your Eschatology Showing?” TBC 10/11 ). The numbers then become staggering. These variations of “kingdom building” prior to the return of Jesus will add to the development of the next kingdom to come, according to the timeline presented clearly in Scripture: the kingdom of the Antichrist.

The bad news in all of this is that many who have been seduced into this deception are our brothers and sisters in Christ; the good news is that their eyes can be opened to the temporal delusion that has taken them captive. Scripture declares that the apostasy will increase in the last days and gives no indication of worldwide revival. Nevertheless, God’s Word does give us our marching orders for a continuing rescue operation : “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy:2:24-26).

The Berean Call

Don’t Be Fooled: Last Days Deception on the Rise

These are days of crass deceivers and deception. The fact is, much of what you see around you including news broadcasts is NOT REAL. It is being used as part of an agenda. Be careful and by all means:

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

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

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil . . .

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

Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (8) 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: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

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

Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;

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

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Prophets Today? The Bible says NO!

PROPHETS TODAY?
Dr. Mike Johnston
 

            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. If we use the Bible as our sole authority- which is incumbent upon those rightly dividing it- there isn’t a man on the face of the earth that fits the Biblical  requirements of a prophet of God! While the Bible has always existed in God’s economy (Psalm 119:89) it has not always been available to us in its present printed format. For some 15 centuries, God dispensed Scripture to His servants the prophets, who were first and foremost stewards of it (Heb. 1:1). [1] Today when we expound from any of the 66 inspired, canonized Books, we are able with confident prophetic authority to say thus saith the Lord because we are reading it, not receiving it; forth-telling vs. foretelling. This is a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19). Sadly, in a show of either blind stupidity or willful ignorance, far too many Christians have formed their idea of the prophetic office based on what they’ve seen portrayed on “Christian” television rather than from Scripture bringing us face to face with the reality of Jesus’ warning: For there shall arise false Christs [claiming special anointing], and false prophets [predicting lies], and shall shew great signs and wonders [get out tract with this title]; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect [try speaking out against these scurrilous skunks and see how their followers treat you] (Matthew 24:24). In this tract I will- with the Word of God- demonstrate why all of these self anointed prophets are not only false, but that they are deceptive, dangerous, and delusional. It is my contention they should be exposed and excoriated as the heretical frauds they have proven themselves to be. 

God’s Prophets

            I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets (Hosea 12:10). God used prophets during a time when there was no completed canon of Scripture. After Revelation (95 AD) He stopped. He told Moses to lead His people to the Promised Land. Once there, Israel was confronted with- and often seduced by- occult religious practices, including child sacrifice [with abortion] and sodomy [homosexuality]. Since there was no completed canon of Scripture aside from the Pentateuch during those years, the Lord raised up a select group of prophets to reveal His will and His Word to His people. However, since Canaan also had prophets, God’s men were to be divinely distinguishable by speaking clear messages that did not contradict other known Scripture (including the Pentateuch), and that included short range and long range prophecies that had to be fulfilled with 100% accuracy. [2] Any violation or deviation of any of these things by any prophet resulted in disqualification and death (Deut. 13:5; 18:20).

False Prophets

            But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them (2 Peter 2:1).       Satan has always been able to raise up false prophets, and a crowd of devotees to follow them. The term is defined by Thayer as “one who, acting the part of a divinely inspired prophet, utters falsehoods under the name of divine prophecies.” Where this is all headed is part of the predicted mystery of iniquity (2 Thess. 2:7) where signs and wonders- that incidentally ceased by mid first century AD- are used as a means of establishing “anointing” credibility which ultimately impugns and subverts trust in the Word of God by adding to it and subtracting from it. [3] Even once fundamental churches are exchanging the immutable Word of God for the emotionally subjective words of knowledge and new revelation, gibberish tongues with interpretations so called, and prophecies that seldom are accurate.

False prophets today have a traceable link to Babylonian mysticism (Rev. 17:5) that goes back to the Garden where the serpent Satan- father of lies- is unveiled as the very first false prophet (Gen. 3:4-5). Pay special attention to this verse because it shows us where these fake- but fiendishly followed- miracle workers are leading everyone: For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Revelation 16:14).

Failed Predictions from False Prophets

            But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die . . . How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).We are living in a day where the unbiblical and untoward are not only accepted, they are applauded- just as long as they sport the “Jesus” name tag. Since space is limited and I have dealt with the flipping, flopping, barking, and bellowing (in the spirit) in previous publications, along with the Copeland, Hinn, Crouch, etc blasphemies [Jesus had to be born again in Hell; we’re gods]; and the Bob Jones-Todd Bentley angelic meetings and heavenly restaurant excursions [Latter Rain Manifest Sons of God Heresy- Dr. Mike’s booklet], I’ll stick to listing some of the failed prophecies and false prophets making them.

Kim Clement: prophesied a cure for AIDS by the year 2002 (12/26/2000 edition of Praise the Lord on TBN).

Kenneth Copeland: [4]claimed America would be fully led by leaders following the Holy Ghost [5] during the Clinton presidency. Enough said. Copeland also predicted in a dedication service on 12/02/01 for the new 2000 seat Word of Life church auditorium in Honolulu, that one billion Muslims would be saved in the next few months.

Kenneth Hagin: (the late) lied that he received his teaching, not from any man, but directly from God. Yet, years later it was discovered to be plagiarized word for word in some places E.W. Kenyon.[6]

Benny Hinn: appears often on TBN claiming wonderful things the Lord is showing him: Fidel Castro would die in 1990s, and that God would destroy the homosexual community of America. [7] On a TBN praise-a-thon April 2, 2000, Hinn brashly stated the Lord told him He would begin appearing physically on the platform of his crusades. [Hinn who was still married to the woman divorcing him was caught emerging from a hotel room with Paula White].

Rod Parsley: Parsley, the hokey Hoosier handkerchief handler claimed in an April 1999 [8] mailing God spoke through him to the distraught mother of a drug addicted, AIDs infested, homosexual son she hadn’t seen in over 12 years- (Parsley’s speaking for God) “Anything you ask Me today, I will grant it.” She asked for her son to be saved, healed, and restored to his family. Parsley claimed in his newsletter that 3 months later the miracle was confirmed when the son called with the exciting news that her prayers were answered. Inner City Christian Discernment Ministry (ICCDM) became suspicious and requested verification NINE YEARS ago. Still nothing! What is Parsley hiding? Why won’t he provide this info, unless of course it is . . . mythical.

Oral Roberts: In 1977 Roberts said he had received a vision from God telling him to build the City of Faith. He later claimed to have seen a 900 foot tall Jesus who told him that the vision would soon be realized and that the hospital would be a success. The City of Faith opened in 1981. He later closed it down for financial reasons. All of this info is in my booklet The New Age Charismatic Seed of Corruption.

Pat Robertson: Last but certainly not least.[9] He and his staff he have consistently practiced divination (word of knowledge) on the 700 Club in the same manner as occultist William Branham [you may order our tract on this deceiver]. In 1982 and again in 1984, Robertson predicted the Tribulation would take place in those years. [10] January 2007 he predicted a terrorist attack on the US causing death and destruction equivalent to that of a nuclear war by the end of the year 2007 (CNN.com).

Dear friend, I’ve provided evidence for everything I’ve written and all the charges I’ve made here. What I find alarming is that the charismatic community has virtually remained silent about these blasphemous lies and liars. It’s time Christians stood up for God’s truth. I’d love to hear from you if you will join us in contending for the faith against the mounting heresy and growing number of heretics (Jude 1:3). Will you?


[1] Today we are stewards of what they brought to us in the 66 inerrant Books. Praise the Lord!

[2] HERE’S MY CHALLENGE: I have never found one of the bogus blowhards on television that can meet these qualifications. However, if you think you have one, send me his name and I’ll research his accuracy and report back to you. Please know that I’ve already researched EVERY well known prophet on the scene today and found everyone to have made false predications in God’s Name!

[3] Another method is by introducing all the new translations removing thousands of words found in the King James Bible.

[4] For further study, you may order our tract: The Damnable Heresies of Kenneth Copeland.

[5] August 18, 1996 at a Word of life Church service.

[7] Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989.

[9] I am appalled by the way he has sold out our Lord on so many occasions. When running for president in 1988 he swore publicly he was not an evangelist. In 2008 election he gave the wholehearted endorsement of known pro-abortion, adulterous Rudy Giuliani for president.

[10] From the following website:  http://www.moriel.org/articles/discernment/ church_issues/ pat_robertson_false_prophet_again.htm

Last Days Liars, Hypocrites, and Deceivers


By Dr. Mike Johnston

Why so many Christians assign virtue to protecting the identity of liars, hypocrites and deceivers is beyond me. My dear friend, isn’t it time we stood to contend for the faith (Jude 1:3) by opposing and naming the scurrilous scallywags wreaking havoc on the Lord’s church? Paul did (Rom. 16:17-18; Phil. 4:2; 1 Tim. 1:20; 2 Tim. 4:14); John did (3 John 1:9-10); Jude did (Jude 1:11); Christ did (Rev. 2:20); and so should we.

Lucifer’s Luminaries

Liars, hypocrites and deceivers claiming the fire of the Holy Spirit are in actuality deceitful workers (2 Cor. 11:13-14) who carry the torch for Lucifer. While many are ignoring the process, the fact remains that one day Satan will fulfill his dreams of being worshiped internationally as God (Isa. 14:12-14; Rev. 13:4). All who wisely refuse to be smitten by his power and wonders, deceived by his miracles, or to receive his mark in their right hand of forehead (Rev. 13:12-17)will of necessity be added to a criminal list scheduling them for termination via the  “final satanic solution”[1]And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed (Revelation 13:15).

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

Deceivers and their Deceptions

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

Christ warned: Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many . . . 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 24:4-5, 24).

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

Peter warned: But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1). 

John warned: And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live (Revelation 13:14).

In spite of these stern warnings today’s socio-political and ecclesiastical climate has been glutted with greedy, unrepentant liars, hypocrites [2] and deceivers whose popularity seems to grow in proportion to their deceptions. The only answer for this wholesale stupidity comes from Martin Luther who often quipped Mundus vult Decipi which is Latin for “the world wants to be deceived.”

This brings us face to face with the woes of our wickedness as given by God’s prophet Isaiah: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23). Can we deny this applies to us both politically and religiously? Look around! If you need irrefutable proof, may I suggest you tune in to “Christian” television [3] where lying men and women claiming first century apostolic gifts practice the occult, promote covetousness, and literally make merchandise (2 Pet. 2:1-3) out of those poor souls willing to accept and support anything with the Jesus name tag attached to it. Seduction at its dead level best!

The Seduction of Christianity

Several years ago prolific author and researcher Dave Hunt issued the following challenge in his electrifying expose The Seduction of Christianity: “We must be able to distinguish the voice of Christ through His Word from the confusing mixture of truth and error that is spoken in His name.” This seems to be at the crux of our  delusion dilemma. Today we find the occult and sorcery being promoted and practiced in the church under the auspices of- believe it or not- “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” [4] These include divination [5], positive confession/mind over matter, [6] covetousness[7], and the deification of man and the denigration of God. [8] It horrifies me to have to admit that we Christians have not only lost our ability to discern between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (1 John 4:1), many now become livid with those of us who point it out in order to foster repentance. What a values paradox this has created.

Please hear me. All that is necessary for Satan’s lies to take root in your life is for you to reject God’s truth when it is presented.  Paul again warns: 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 2:10-12). With this as our backdrop, allow me to introduce the infamous cast this tract was written to expose.

Healers who are Liars, hypocrites, deceivers

Let’s get a working definition for our terms from Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of American English. Liars: (those to tell) a criminal falsehood; hypocrite: one who feigns to be what he is not; deceiver: one who deceives; one who leads into error; an imposter. While we sympathize with the following that were plagued by the maladies mentioned, we must remember they all either claimed to be healers or promoted the gift of healing, often blaming a person’s lack of faith for not being healed.

Healer Kathryn Kuhlman died of heart disease.Healer A.A. Allen died from alcohol abuse

Healer Aimee Semple McPherson died from an overdose of barbiturates.

Healer John Lake died of a stroke

Healer Gordon Lindsey died from a heart condition.

Healer R.W. Shambach who regularly told his gullible followers, “all you need is faith in God,” had a quadruple bypass before he died

Healer Kenneth Hagin’s sister died of cancer, Hagin’s wife who was operated on (Hagin himself wore glasses)
Healer TL Osborn’s wife Daisy died of cancer that she claimed was healed

Healer John Wimber and his son Chris both died of cancerHealer E.W. Kenyon died in a coma with a malignant tumor

Healer John Osteen sought medical help for his wife Dodie’s cancer

Healer Fred Price got chemotherapy for his wife

Healer Charles Capps’ Wife got medical treatment for her cancer, as did

Healing Faith Teachers:

Buddy Harrison Word-Faith publisher, died of cancer

Jamie Buckingham died of cancer

Joyce Meyer sought medical treatment for cancer

Sex Scoundrels who are Liars, hypocrites, deceivers

Sex scoundrel hypocrite Bob Jones of the Kansas City Prophets (KCP) ordered women to undress before receiving “word” from him. He is heralded as a gifted voice in today’s Latter Rain chaos. His KCP comrade Paul Cain along with Paul Crouch, Sr. and Ted Haggard who all thundered against homosexuals have been revealed as secret sodomites. “Healer/Revivalist” Todd Bentley a drunken deceiver, left his wife for his “ministry mistress” he fornicated with during the Lakeland, Florida “revival.” He’s back in “ministry ala Rick Joyner. Then there’s Jimmy Swaggart. For months this hypocrite excoriated Jim Bakker, only later to be caught kowtowing with hookers- not once but twice. While Swaggart made a pretense of crying (which he is good at) he apparently didn’t fool all of his supporters. After he defiantly refused counsel from his denomination who suggested he step down temporarily, he maintained control of his bedraggled “ministry” while losing the respect of his peers and millions in support. Last- but certainly not least- is the infamous Benny Hinn who was recently caught at a hotel with Paula White and was sued by his publisher for his inappropriate relationship.

Doctrines of Devils

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2). 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 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)?

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). [Hinn and Paula White recently caught emerging from hotel]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). [this mini messiah is a sodomite]

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).

Please, please, listen. These “mini messiah’s” appear nightly on “Christian” television bragging about “new moves” of God that are occultic and simply cannot be supported by Scripture. They are provably 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 by them (2 Cor. 11:3). Now you might try apologizing for them by saying: “Well you don’t understand them or what they mean.” Well, let’s cut to the chase with Someone who knows full well, 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).

 

Pernicious Profiteering Prophets

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction . . . These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage (2 Peter 2:1, 17-19).

“God told me” is by implication an intimidating self aggrandizing statement. Pastor Jim Cymbala wrote: “I know that some unscrupulous preachers today claim that ‘the Lord told me’ when no such thing occurred . . .  such behavior is an abomination” (see Jer. 23:31-32, 38-39). Yet this has become a compelling component in Charismatic and Latter Rain circles today- especially when raising funds on their telethons. You can treat this however you want, but remember, Moses labeled it taking the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Ex. 20:7; see Prov. 30:9), and Paul called it speaking lies in hypocrisy (1 Tim. 4:2).

               

Here’s a short list of men who would be appearing in God’s obituary column- not on “Christian” television- if held to OT standards of flawless prophetic fulfillment (Deut. 13; 18): [9]

Kim Clement: prophesied a cure for AIDS by the year 2002 (12/26/2000 edition of Praise the Lord on TBN).

Kenneth Copeland: claimed America would be fully led by leaders following the Holy Ghost [10] during the Clinton presidency. Enough said. Copeland also predicted in a dedication service on 12/02/01 for the new 2000 seat Word of Life church auditorium in Honolulu, that one billion Muslims would be saved in the next few months.

Kenneth Hagin: (the late) lied that he received his teaching, not from any man, but directly from God. Yet, years later it was discovered to be plagiarized word for word in some places E.W. Kenyon.[11]

Benny Hinn: appears often on TBN claiming wonderful things the Lord is showing him: Fidel Castro would die in 1990s, and that God would destroy the homosexual community of America. [12] On a TBN praise-a-thon April 2, 2000, Hinn brashly stated the Lord told him He would begin appearing physically on the platform of his crusades.

Rod Parsley: Parsley, the hokey Hoosier handkerchief handler claimed in an April 1999 [13] mailing God spoke through him to the distraught mother of a drug addicted, AIDs infested, homosexual son she hadn’t seen in over 12 years- (Parsley’s speaking for God) “Anything you ask Me today, I will grant it.” She asked for her son to be saved, healed, and restored to his family. Parsley claimed in his newsletter that 3 months later the miracle was confirmed when the son called with the exciting news that her prayers were answered. Inner City Christian Discernment Ministry (ICCDM) became suspicious and requested verification NINE YEARS ago. Still nothing! What is Parsley hiding? Why won’t he provide this info, unless of course it is . . . mythical.

Oral Roberts: In 1977 Roberts said he had received a vision from God telling him to build the City of Faith. He later claimed to have seen a 900- foot-tall Jesus who told him that the vision would soon be realized and that the hospital would be a success. The City of Faith opened in 1981. He later closed it down for financial reasons. All of this info is in my booklet The New Age Charismatic Seed of Corruption.

Pat Robertson:[14]Consistently practices divination (word of knowledge) on the 700 Club. In 1982 and again in 1984, Robertson predicted the Tribulation would take place in those years. [15]January 2007 he predicted a terrorist attack on the US causing death and destruction equivalent to that of a nuclear war by the end of the year 2007 (CNN.com).The New Mytics

Redefining terms is often the difference between success and failure. [16] Until a few years ago, mystic [17]depicted occult overtures. It’s different now. Those who practice witchcraft are currently hyped to churches as spiritually gifted saints very much in tune with- and filled with- the Spirit of God. 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. This is not a complete list of every deceiver practicing these things.

From Laughter, to Barking, to Drunkenness to emulating Drug Abuse via John Crowder and Benjamin Dunn Shamanism – (see our tract on Shamanism) Channeling Familiar Spirits via Todd Bentley, Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson Transportations, translations, bi-locations (astral projection) via John Crowder, Todd Bentley, Bob Jones
Divination (word of knowledge, prophecies, interpretation of tongues Necromancy via Benny Hinn, John Crowder, John A. Dowie Angelic visitations via Jones, Bentley, Hinn

Final Thought

I have in this tract warned you about things in the body of Christ you may not have been aware of. Now that you know, can you- in good faith- ever listen to or support the teachings of any of these liars, hypocrites and deceivers again- or worse remain silent in the presence of brothers and sisters that do?

Before you answer, please pray as you read this stern warning from the Holy Spirit:

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 1:10-11). See also: Deut. 13:1-5; 18:20-22; Jer. 5:31; 14:14; 23:16, 32; Matt. 7:15-16; 24:11, 24; 2 Pet. 2:1; 1 John 4:1.


[1] Hitler’s anti-Semitic holocaust was called The Final Solution.

[2] Look at the in your face liberal hypocrites in congress who cheated on their tax returns with no penalties like Tom Daschle, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Charlie Rangel (Chairman of Ways and Means Committee), Congresswoman Nancy Killefer, and others while regular Christian citizens have been imprisoned for the same offense (ie, Dr. Kent Hovind).

[3] Anything with the Jesus Name Tag is now accepted without question. The more bizarre, the better- even though unbiblical.

[4] The Baptism of the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with the practice of spiritual gifts. Read 1 Cor. 12:13 and order our tract: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

[5] Divination is strictly forbidden (Deut. 18:10) and yet many churches and “Christian” television all ballyhoo this through prophetic utterances, words of knowledge and interpretation of tongues.

[6] The positive confession (aka word faith) movement made popular by occultists under the term Force or Universal Mind

[7] Prosperity gospel whereby you name it and claim it in “the name of Christ.”

[8] Not just New Agers. Hinn, Copeland, Hagin, Avanzini, Cerullo, and countless others are all claiming WE ARE GODS!

[9]There are hundreds of these failed prophecies I could have quoted. The fact is, they are constantly spewing forth in LR style churches worldwide.

[10] August 18, 1996 at a Word of life Church service.

[11] Copied from http://www.ondoctrine.com/conversa/3word004.htm

[12] Orlando Christian Center, Dec. 31st, 1989.

[13] From: http://www.discernment.org.

[14] I am appalled by the way he has sold out our Lord on so many occasions. When running for president in 1988 he swore publicly he was not an evangelist. In 2008 election he gave the wholehearted endorsement of known pro-abortion, adulterous Rudy Giuliani for president.

[15] From the following website:  http://www.moriel.org/articles/discernment/ church_issues/ pat_robertson_false_prophet_again.htm

[16] 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.

[17] 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 3rdWave.

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