911 ; On Learning Little Or Nothing…

Here we are twenty years after the Savage attack on innocent people, by Islamic Terrorists on 9/11, 2001, and the western world seems to be even blinder then before that fateful day.

After all, how is that we spent 2 trillion dollars, 4000 lives, and twenty years avenging the attack on the country which hosted those terror groups which assaulted us, only to turn that entire country back to the Savages who facilitated the terror training camps which attacked us? The Taliban, now runs Afghanistan! Let that sink in… . In fact a vastly better equipped Taliban now rules the nation we invaded after 9-11.

How also could it be that the United States has received millions of Islamic refugees, so that US taxpayers can pay to house them, feed them and to enable the majority of these refugees who hate the USA, to spout their anti Christian, Anti American rhetoric here on our dime? The religion of Islam is the engine which drove the attackers. Now our betters believe we need more Moslems?

Why did we actually elect to national power the same kind of Leftists who made our nation vulnerable on 9-11. The Clintons had power and knew of Osama Bin Laden and even had chances to take him out or into custody, but they were too pre-occupied with polls, and spending the “peace dividend”, so Clinton turned Bin Laden down, erected a legal wall between the FBI and the Secret service (to protect Bill’s affairs) and virtually blinded us to what was coming.

Yet we put the same kind of antiAmerican Leftists in power again. Once again Biden is given a chance to stop suicide bombers from slaughtering hundreds of people including 13 of our service members. But he checked with the Taliban(His new partners) and they forbid us to take these terrorists out.

What about the Democratic leadership who hired Pakistani spies to perform IT for their computers. These spies(Bothers) were paid millions of dollars to go through the computers of congress people on the Intelligence committee and aother sensitive posts,. When investigators learned that they were spies, they fled the country.

When God judges a nation he gives them children and women as rulers,

For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water. The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator. And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. ( Isaiah 3:1-4)

Who was fired for the intelligence failure which led to 9-11? Who paid even the smallest professional price for letting down the nation that they swore to protect. Admiral Kimmel of the US Navy was relieved of his duties after Pearl Harbor, what about our intelligence people? Is anyone in the present ruling elite ever made accountable for their screw ups?

Why did Phil Haney and others, get kicked out of the Department of Homeland security? They were working on homegrown Islamist terror mosques and cells, when the Obama administration listens to complains by CAIR (Council of American and Islamic Relations), who complained that having Government agents investigating Mosques , in order to find terror cells, violated the Civil Rights of Muslims. (You couldn’t make this stuff up).

Philip Haney wrote about his experience in a book called “See Something, Say Nothing”, because He and others working on Domestic Islamist cells were silenced and fired. Haney, (A True Hero and friend of this nation, in my book) would later be found to have been murdered, shot by the side of a highway in California.

A few days after 9-11 occurred, an Israeli Journalist, Moishe Feiglen, happened to be in New York City when He saw President Bush announce a Multi faith prayer meeting –

“Go to church, to the synagogue, to the mosque, and pray,” the President said. Feiglin describes his reaction: “Did I hear right?” I ask the storekeeper. “Did he say mosque?” She nodded. “At this very moment you’ve lost the war,” I say to the astonished storekeeper.Feiglin explains: “They slaughtered you in the name of Allah, and now the President calls on you to pray to him.

America has lost the war. The Americans have made the same mistake as the Israelis and, just as Israel is retreating from one defeat to the next, so the Americans are now lined up on the track to disintegration.When the black boxes of the hijacked airplanes are recovered, we will hear the pilots screaming “Allah Akbar” in the last moments before the crash. They slaughtered you in the name of Allah and now the President calls on you to pray to him.

(Why America Has already Lost the War)

We had the power, and an overwhelming capacity to utterly destroy those who set out to destroy us, but the events of the past weeks have broadcast to the whole world, that we learned nothing from 9-11. We no longer have the civilizational confidence as we once did, when we had to wage World War 2 after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. We were sure of our cause and being Christian in orientation we knew the difference between right and wrong.

It turns out you can’t overpower a religion, without a religion. Even a weak religion such as Islam. If the Ummah had the power that we in the west have , do you think they would hesitate to take us out?

They have the will, and not the power, but we have had the power but out effete leadership class; godless, nihilistic ‘ruling elite’s do not have the will. This is how it is that we learned nothing, since 9-11.

Well not entirely nothing, we did pick up a few Arabic words to add to our language, such as Jihad, Hijrah, Shariah, Kafir, al Naqba, Jizya, Maddrasah, Koran, Hadith, Dhimmi… etc .

My only comfort is that prophecy is being set in motion and we are nearing the events which surround the second coming of Jesus. Get ready everybody, and please, I beg you, repent while you can. Break off of your sins and turn to God, He is a forgiving God, slow to anger and of abundant mercy. Especially your most dangerous sins, your secret sins… turn from them, confess them to Jesus, who died for them! Jesus actually died as a substitute for our sins, that we might be acceptable to God.

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The SHOT: Possible Religious Exemption …

My Son Samuel, is an attorney and for friends, has written the following request for exemption, to use in work situations. I can’t guarantee it will work, but he puts the issues well and succinct. I asked for permission to post this and he granted it…

To whom it may concern: I am writing to notify you of my religious and philosophical objections to the COVID-19 vaccine, and to request a reasonable accommodation and exemption on the basis of those objections. 

As a Christian, I believe that all life is sacred and bears the image of God.  Consequently, I believe that the act of abortion is deeply immoral.

I cannot in good conscience receive any vaccine which uses, benefits from, is derived from, or is in any way connected to fetal cell lines. For me, to receive the vaccine would be to endorse and turn a blind eye to what I believe to be a grave sin.

Additionally, please understand that the principles of bodily autonomy, bodily integrity, and informed consent are central to my worldview. I am deeply opposed to any mandate that would result in the non-consensual penetration of my body as a condition of employment–especially in the absence of any long term, peer reviewed studies relating to potential side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Based on my sincerely held religious and philosophical beliefs, I cannot in good conscience receive any of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines. Furthermore, I understand that the right to live in accordance with my convictions free of discrimination or coercion in this context is protected by a large, well-established body of law, including but not limited to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (and other federal law), as well as Iowa constitutional and statutory law. 

Based on the foregoing, I am hereby requesting a reasonable accommodation and full exemption from any Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

He told me to let people know they can feel free to use this to submit requests for exemption… Hope this helps, Pastor Bill Randles

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Arabs; Mostly Absent from Ezekiel 38… Afghanistan pt 2

 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. (Ezekiel 38:1-7)

In our last article, I pointed out what I believe to be the significance of the recent debacle in Afghanistan. In my view it is aligning the nations in order to fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel 38, of the Beast army which will form and march across the Euphrates river, and which will be the catalyst for the horrors of the book of Revelation to befall the earth.

Iran (Persia), Turkey and the Turkish “stans” of the Caucasus, ( Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and the house of Togarmah), Ethiopia,(Somalia and Sudan), all have this in common, they are in the grip of Islam. Islam is the sworn enemy of Israel, and throughout the Muslim world, the destruction of Israel is part of the Eschatological narrative. In more than one Hadith, Islam insists that “The Last day will not come until the Muslims wipe out the Jews…”.

Notice however that with one exception, there are virtually no Arabs in the coalition. That exception is Libya. The rest of the Arab world is notably absent from the final great Islamic invasion of Israel.

That is counter intuitive, because for the past 70 years the Arab world has vowed to destroy Israel, it has tried to do so five times in major modern wars, since the founding of the nation, and considers Israel to be the “little Satan” which is supported by the USA, “the great Satan”. One would think that the nations which have been the very center and breeding ground of the Islamic faith, would be leading the charge against Israel.

Ezekiel did see the Arabs in his vision, but they were registering a verbal challenge to the invaders, not joining them nor were they supporting them in any way.

 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38:13)

Sheba and Dedan are the ancient names for those who dwell in the Northern part of the Arabian peninsula, which currently comprises Saudi Arabia.They are the descendants of Abraham, from his wife Keturah, who he married after Sarah’s death.

There are several possible reasons for the conspicuous absence of the custodians of Mecca and Medina, from the coming invasion of Israel.

  1. It could be that there is another war which will be waged by the near neighbors of Israel ( Arabs),which will take the Arabs out of the picture. Psalm 83 is a desperate endtimes prayer for deliverance (from the perspective of Israel) from those who would “wipe the name of Israel off of the Earth). Those nations listed are the Muslim Arab nations of today, among them Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the Arabs, etc.
  2. It could also be that Psalm 83 is a reference to wars which have been waged by said nations since 1948, in which those very nations pledged to drive the Jews into the sea and wipe Israel off the earth, but then failed utterly.
  3. Another possible reason for the Arab absence is the fact that the Arabs, who are the custodians of Mecca, and Medina and who have financed world terrorism since the 1940s , against Israel, actually fear the Iranians and the Turks more than they hate Israel.

We thank God for the rift in the Muslim world which pits Muslims against each other, Sunni against Shia, and among the Sunnis, Turkey and the Saudis vie for rule over the Sunni World.The book of Genesis predicted the divisions in the prophecy about Ishmael,

And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.( Genesis 16:11-12)

The Turks would like to regain their former glory as the Ottoman Empire and the seat of the Caliphate, which is the central Juridicial, military and Religious rule over the Worlds 900 million Sunnis. They would also love to oust the Arabs from their custodianship over the pilgrim cities of Mecca and Medina. The Saudis obviously would want to retain their hold over the Sunni world, but greatly fear the Turks.

Since the Obama administration favored the Shiite Iranians, the Saudis have trembled in fear to the point where they literally sought relations with Israel. Obama brokered a 150 billion dollar gift to Iran and helped them modernize and update their Nuclear program. This is why so many Arab states and Emirates have had to lay aside their hatred of Israel and try to negotiate peace with them, through Trump’s Abraham Accord.

Ezekiel saw the Arab’s objecting, along side the “merchants of Tarshish”, (the ancient term for the West. They raise an objection to the Beast army and it’s invasion of Israel, “…have you come to take a spoil”?

The spiritual meaning of the watershed, which is our sudden, humiliating Afghan withdrawal, is the removal of Western restraint of long pent up hatreds in the Middle East. You could say that the proverbial genie is out of the bottle and there will be no putting it back in.

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ISIS-K ? (A Reference to Islamic Prophecy…)

The events of the past two weeks in Afghanistan, have simultaneously cast a dark shadow over the West, while at the same time they have enflamed and rejuvenated the ardent zeal of the Muslim World.

Obviously the Western world is staggering at the spectacle of ineptitude displayed by the Biden administration, which has cost the lives of soldiers, civilians, and has turned billions of dollars of top notch weapons over to the Taliban, virtually ensuring their fanatical and tyrannical rule over the nation we had spent twenty years, and thousands of lives seeking to improve the lives of Afghans.

I will leave it to others to catalogue the complete and deadly farce foisted upon our allies and those who had relied on us for leadership and stability. The Taliban cannot believe their good fortune; we re-equipped their army with the best, we have energized their recruiting, we even left a biometric data base of everyone in country who helped us, so that the Taliban can hunt them down easier, in order to slaughter them.

We have also painted our brave forces into a corner, shutting down the near impregnable fortress that was Bagram airbase,( In the dead of night, and without telling our friends), and setting them and those seeking deliverance from the Taliban’s vengeance, into an indefensible siege position at Hamid Karzai airport.

In this terrible situation our soldiers are working tirelessly and bravely, still trying to help and save as many Afghan people as possible, while fending off the incursions of the various Islamic terror cells who are seizing this opportunity to strike out at us, in this weakened position.

One of the groups which claimed responsibility for the latest terror attack, which killed 12 of our soldiers and hundreds of civilians in a co-ordinated suicide attack, is called ISIS-K.

We all know who ISIS is, and that under Trump they were nearly wiped out. But ISIS-K? Many are asking what the K stands for. K stands for Khorasin.

The name is interesting (or ought to be) because it strikes a chord with much of the Islamic world’s sense of end times Prophecy.

The region of Khorasin straddles parts of Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

The Christian world has an Eschatology (doctrine of how things end) and so does the Muslim World. They too believe in the end of the World and even in the Second coming of Christ, and the return also of the Mahdi. Jesus will come back in their endtimes Worldview and He will defer to the Mahdi, the so called “prince of the Faithful” and the two of them will make war on Christians, Jews and all idolaters.

The hadith about Khorasin , is the prophecy about the sign of an army of “black Banners” coming out of Afghanistan at the time of the Imam Mahdi’s return. When the army with the black flags comes out of Khorasin, then the Muslim faithful are commanded to join it, even if they have to crawl over ice to get to it… .

Obviously this is diabolical but close to 1.7 billion Muslim people are required to believe in it, and expect it to happen. They watch for the signs of the end-times in a way similar to the way Christians do, only theirs is a distortion.

The astonishing collapse and humiliating retreat of Western dominance in the very area, Khorasin, will allow the development of a massive army, probably US equipped with our finest gear and at the cost of US taxpayers, but of fanatical Jihadis, intent on kickstarting their version of Armageddon. Who will stop them? The West has left the area, and China and Russia want to work with them to their own advantage.

I reject the truth of the Islamic prophecy, obviously, the Koran and Hadith are of the Devil, but there is a prophecy in the book of Revelation and other places, which just might be coming together…as a result of these incredible developments;

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 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. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.( Revelation 16:12-16)

The “Kings of the East”, demonically inspired, and with barriers removed, field an army of millions across the Euphrates River, towards the West, to bring upon the World the horrors described in the Revelation. I do believe that prophecy and that God gave it to us all.

As a result of recent catastrophic events, Muslims believe their prophecy is coming near, and Christians can see our prophecy being fulfilled. There will be a clash, sooner or later. Our godless, secular leaders who have led our nation over this abyss are clueless. They hung a gay rights flag over Kabul recently, alongside an American flag! How did they think it was going to turn out?

Get ready everybody, Jesus is coming…

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Spiritual Drunkenness… Blessing or Judgment?… NAR pt 6

Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward  ( Isaiah 29:9-14)

(From a transcript of a Rodney Howard Browne Meeting)

[Rodney Howard Browne] “Welcome to Joel’s Place— have another drink. You can have a double of what he’s having.”[Rodney Howard Browne] “Does your mother know you’re here? Where are you from, sir?” [Rodney Howard Browne] “I command you to laugh.”[Obviously intoxicated young man] “I came here tonight and I was going to get high on both spirits—I’m about half drunk right now—but everybody’s laughing and falling on the floor and I want some of that.”[Rodney Howard Browne] “You do? You have to be willing to come to God.”[Young Man] “If you give me some of that, I want to come back.” [Crowd applauds wildly as young man “accepts Jesus” and is slain “in the Spirit.”]

The NAR as we know it today is the confluence of several ‘streams’ of aberrant Christianity; From the false teaching, prophecies and signs of William Branham, to the anticipation for the great end times revival, mix in a heavy dose of Kenneth Hagin’s (New thought inspired) Word Faith doctrine, and onto the broad spread of Hagin’s teaching through the ministry of Kenneth Copeland and others.

There are other factors we will look into, such as the contribution of John Wimber, the Church growth movement, and C Peter Wagner. Also the Prophetic movement and the Pseudo ‘Spiritual warfare’ movement. Layer by layer, this edifice of error has arisen and come to dominate quite a large bit of Evangelicalism.

As we said in the last article, the anticipation for some kind of new,”endtimes” world shaking revival, began to seem to manifest in the late 1980s and through the 90s, most notably in the Toronto Blessing, and eventually into the Brownsville Assembly of God Church in Pensacola,Florida.

People from around the globe, flowed to those locations to ‘receive’ the new anointing, or to be touched by the Presence of God, and even to experience the various mystical experiences, ranging from slain in the Spirit , to Holy laughter and flat out Spiritual Drunkenness.

If there is anyone who we could regard as a perverse kind of ‘John the Baptist’ to these false revivals, it would be The South African Evangelist, Rodney Howard Browne. He more than anyone I know, was the forerunner and Herald of these mystical movements in the Church.

Here is an excerpt from my 1995 book, “Weighed and Found Wanting; Putting the Toronto blessing in context”, in which I discuss Howard Browne,

Who Is Rodney Howard Browne?

He was born into a Pentecostal home, an atmosphere that was bathed in prayer. By his own testimony, he was saved at the age of five and baptized in the Holy Spirit at age eight. Both at home and in the Pentecostal church he attended, he testifies of “continually [seeing] supernatural manifestations.”

His own “baptism of fire” occurred in 1979, while he was still a teenager. Here is how he tells it.

I knew that there was more, much more…In July of 1979, I cried out to God in sheer desperation. I wanted Him to manifest Himself to me and in me. I was hungry…As I prayed that day, I told the Lord, “Either you come down here and touch me, or I am going to come up there and touch you.”I was desperate. I must have called out to God for about 20 minutes that day. Suddenly, the fire of God fell on me. It started on my head and went right down to my feet. His power burned in my body and stayed like that for three whole days…I was really praying, “Lord, I am too young to die.” In the fourth day, I am not praying, “O Lord send your glory,” I am praying, “Please ift it off me so that I can bear it.” I was plugged into heaven’s electric lightsupply…my desire has been to go and plug other people in. My whole bodywas on fire…Out of my belly began to flow a river of living water. I began to laugh uncontrollably and then I began to weep and then speak with tongues.

I was so intoxicated on the wine of the Holy Ghost that I was beside myself…Because of that encounter with the Lord, my life was radically changed from that day on…We were preaching in a Methodist church. I was back in the vestibule—which is a holy name for a plain old office—preparing for service. One of the young ladies came into the office and asked me to pray for her because she was in terrible pain…I got my hand halfway to her head, almost like a gunslinger would draw a gun outof a holster, and point it at his opponent. Suddenly, unexpectedly,it felt like my finger tips came off. I felt a full volume of anointingflow out of my hand. The only way I can explain it is to liken it to a fireman holding a fire hose with a full volume of water flowing out of it. The anointing went right into her. It looked like someone had hit her in the head with an invisible baseball bat and she fell to the

Notice the sensuality of the testimony, though. The fire of God courses through his body, it shoots out of his fingers, like a gun, she gets hit by an invisible bat! The concept behind the word sensual is not always referring to “sexual.” Sensual refers to the things pertaining to the five physical senses. Rodney Howard Browne has a very sensual ministry. The promise is held out that you are going to be touched by God, you’re going to feel God, you’ll even get drunk on the new wine! You’ll laugh, stagger, get stuck to the floor, and generally have an all out good time! It’s “fun” going to these meetings!

Back to Who is Rodney Howard Browne?

In 1987, Rodney Howard Browne left his native South Africa to come to the United States, on a “word from God.” By that time, he had already pioneered a church, pastored for a time and been on the pastoral staff of Ray McCauley’s Rhema Bible Church in Johannesburg. Upon arriving in America, he commenced an itinerant ministry.

It was at a series of meetings in Albany, New York in 1989 that the unusual manifestations had begun to take place. It began to occur at a time when both he and his wife were hungry for God to move. As he was preaching at a morning meeting, he said a cloud filled the room, visible to others, but not to him. He could feel it, though. People began falling out of their seats as he preached.

Rodney Howard Browne became an internationally prominent revivalist after a Spring, 1993 meeting at an Assembly of God church in Lakeland, Florida, the Carpenter’s Home Church. He was scheduled for one week, but the meeting lasted four! People who heard about it flew in from as far away as Africa, Great Britain and Argentina. What made the difference in this revival meeting? According to Charisma Magazine,

The difference was the laughter. No matter what Howard Browne did or said, hundreds who attended the daily sessions always ended up on the sanctuary floor in helpless laughter. When the services were broadcast on radio, more curious seekers showed up to join the fun… (Weighed and Found Wanting, Bill Randles)

The odd manifestations started out as outbreaks of irrational laughter. I have seen clips of the Revival preachers starting to read scripture and crowds of people bursting out into uproarious laughter. Even if the scripture were about Hell, Judgment, Sin or repentance! So many people who had been conditioned to not judge, and to never be critical , as well as to expect an earth shaking Revival such as was never seen before, just assumed the laughter was part of it.

The Maniacal laughter soon evolved into “Spiritual Drunkeness” in which people literally came under an intoxicating influence in Browne’s services, which he attributed to the Holy Ghost. Brown began calling himself “God’s Bartender” and referring to his services as “Joel’s Place”, Because of the association with the promise of New Wine in the book of Joel.

There were a good many other strange and debasing manifestations occurring in these services, and at Toronto and then Pensacola, besides “spiritual drunkenness”, such as trances, violent fits of shaking, even Christians acting literally like animals, growling, walking on all fours and barking. But they were assured that this was the Holy Spirit and told not to analyze in their heads, but just to receive.

The “Holy Laughter” meetings of Howard Browne led directly to the Spiritual drunkeness of Toronto, Pensacola and Lakeland Florida so called Revivals. Christian people yielded to these unholy Spirits and there has been virtually no talk of Repenting of them in the church, for to this day Toronto, Pensacola and even Lakeland are considered Revivals.

Is Spiritual drunkeness Biblical? Is it of the Holy Spirit?

It was instructive to hear what Howard Browne and his wife Andronica made of those who didn’t want to participate in these revivals out of a sense of discernment or even perhaps propriety.

[Rodney Howard Browne] “Those who don’t believe this probably wouldn’t believe anything, they probably wouldn’t believe the Bible.” Andronica parrots a host of other voices when she proclaims, “Some people have more faith that the devil will show up than the Holy Spirit!” Rodney doesn’t even bat an eye when he accuses the church of taking the supernatural out of the Bible and making it into Readers Digest or an encyclopedia. Does the church need this? [Rodney Howard Browne] “The church needs laughter, Lord have mercy! [They’re] the driest bunch on the planet.” Also, “The religious dead heads have left and some dead preachers, but the unsaved and backsliders are here.”

The truth is Spiritual drunkenness is real and biblical, but as my opening scripture says, it isn’t a blessing, nor is it a revival (in the sense Christians long for), rather it is a Judgment from Almighty God on a faithless and disloyal people. They think they are drawing near to God by their surrender to this spirit which degrades them, intoxicating and debasing them, but their hearts are actually far from God.

The Revivals of the 1990s seem to be long past, but what about their influence? Is the Church different now than it was then? Did they only condition us for other errors to come? Have those who dove into “the river” repented of listening and obeying false prophets and a false Spirit?

more to come

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The Onset of Sensual Revivals… NAR pt 5

Can you imagine somebody walking around with the power that Elisha and Elijah had and the power that Peter and Paul had—all at the same time? It’s about to happen! If you’ll get your act straightened up and get yourselvesmoving in the Spirit of God, it will happen to you!…I asked the Lord one time,“Lord how will you do that? How can you make the sun not shine?” He told me He will block out its light with the cloud of His glory…God said to me,“I’ll make that cloud get so thick on whole cities, that people can’t see the sunshine.” Then, He added, “That’s the reason you need to get ready”…Learn[how to win souls] because when God’s power falls and His glory cloud hits a whole city at one time, men and women will fall under the power of it ,crying out to GodKenneth Copeland. “A Storm of Glory.” Believers Voice of Victory. June, 1994.

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;( I Timothy 4:1-2)

I have contrasted the (false) Prophecy of Kenneth Copeland , which is so typical of the up and coming Prophets of the Word Faith Movement, with the stern warning of what to expect in the last days, given by the Spirit of God to the Apostle Paul.

In one vision, multitudes upon multitudes are swept into the faith, by powerful manifestations, and in the other, deceiving Spirits will be seducing many away from Christ as part of the troubles of the last days.

Copeland was not alone in constantly prophesying the glory that would soon overwhelm the World and the Church in the great end times revival.All of the charismatic prophets and teachers seemed to be caught up in anticipation of this powerful and unprecedented revival to come. Here is a typical Rick Joyner Prophecy;

The magnitude of this harvest will ultimately astonish even the most optimistic believers. Congregations of less than a hundred will be adding a thousand believers a week for periods of time. Meetings which begin spontaneously will stir entire cities, continuing until they fill the largest stadiums night afternight. Previously popular sporting events will be abandoned in many regions for lack of interest. Whole towns with populations of thousands will swarm on neighbouring towns to evangelize them…News teams will follow apostles like national figures…large cities will experience periods of zero crime…pornography, prostitution, illegal drugs, abortion, and drunkenness will cease to exist in many areas without passage of a single law…Whole nations will devote themselves to prayer and fasting…(“The Harvest” by Rick Joyner)

Such an anticipation had been built up by these ‘prophets’ , it was only a matter of time when people were given over to ever stranger manifestations, from “Slain in the Spirit” to being put into trances, to irrational fits of laughter in the midst of services, and ultimately thousands of Churches were inundated with something they called “Spiritual Drunkenness”.

People were either giving themselves over to it, or you could say, they gave themselves over to Spiritual Drunkenness in the thousands and at huge ‘revival ‘ meetings. It seemed as though the “Great Endtimes Revival ” had begun to dawn.

One of the starting places for this spurious revival was the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church, in 1994. The Pastor, John Arnott had been troubled by the fact that unlike His wife Carol, he seemed insensitive to the things of God,

“I finally start to ask Carol, “Honey, what do you feel?” (Carol), “Oh, it’s just wonderful.” (Arnott), ‘Well, help me,” you know, and so she says, “Now, just tune in,” and so I’d be tuned in and I’m there, going like this,…and maybe I’d even start weaving a little bit, and I’m thinking “Lord, do I feel something on my hands or am I just making this up? Is there something here or am I so wanting this?”…And Carol would say, “No, no, I can feel Him going in, I can feel Him going in, Just keep focused!” You know and then…she’d say, “Oops, where did you go?” I’d say, “What do you mean?” She’d say, “I feel it coming back on me, where did you go?” And I would realize my mind had drifted off again someplace. (Arnott on “Receiving the Spirit’s Power”)

Arnott also related that his friend, Benny Hinn, prayed for him more than fifty times, yet he never “went down” (Slain in the Spirit). This bothered Him. His wife Carol was extremely sensitive, but John thought that He was too analytical and self conscious.

Arnott went out on a quest, seeking to experience the presence of God. He went down to Argentina because there had been quite a Pentecostal Revival there, and he also sought ministry from Rodney Howard Browne, a South African Evangelist who virtually played the John the Baptist of the false Revival, and who had introduced the Church to “Holy Laughter” and “Spiritual Drunkenness”.

Here is an excerpt from my book, “Weighed and Found Wanting” in which I talk about Arnott’s search for intimacy with God, through Sensuality,

The Bible speaks much of those who are sensual, who lead people astray, they manipulate people by appealing to their discontent, dry times, or lack of “feeling God.” Sensuality doesn’t always refer to the use of the five senses, in knowing God. The mystics were sensual, striving to base their unity with God on feeling Him, orseeing, hearing, and even smelling Him. This present move is a mystical and sensual revival.

Arnott on What to Expect
People ask us all the time, “What do you feel?” and that’s a valid question. At first, it’s almost imperceptible, but you think your hands are feeling a little heavier, this is my experience, and as you love Him, and stay tuned to that and say, “Oh, Lord, more of your presence,” and it gets heavier and they begin to tingle, kind of, sort of like electricity and it can flow all up and down your arms and all over your face and up and down your legs and when it really increases, it’s like you’re being electrocuted, almost.

Jude 19-20 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.

James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 

Arnott claims to have received an anointing from Rodney Howard Browne and brought “it” back to Toronto with Him. In a few short years more than a hundred thousand visitors from around the world made a pilgrimage to the nightly services at the Toronto Airport Vineyard to experience “God” (sensually) to be slain in the Spirit, and to be prophesied over and to indulge in “Spiritual Drunkenness”.

One of the constant teachings of Arnott, Howard Browne and other ‘revival’ leaders was to not analyze what is going on, rather to get out of your head knowledge and just give way to God’s Spirit, no matter how irrationally it caused you to act, as Arnott tells us here,

The Holy Spirit wants to come and have intimacy with you—This is not the time to analyze…We’ve told hundreds of people, “Look, it’s all about romance, it’s not about analysis at all,’ and so when someone whom you really love, your husband, your wife, your friend, whatever, comes near to you and they’re kissing you, that’s not the time to analyze…“Ooh, why are they putting their mouth to my mouth? Don’t they know there’s more germs in the human mouth than any other part of the human body?” [crowd laughter]…You’d ruin the moment, right? (Arnott,John “Receiving the Spirit’s Power”).

This is not Spiritual teaching it is actually sensual. The Arnott’s, Howard Brownes and those like Todd Bentley go by their feelings and not by faith in the Word of God. They discourage any kind of discernment, mocking it as “head knowledge”. Their “Anointing” is not the Holy Spirit, rather it is an unholy Spirit, the very thing Jude and the other Apostles warned us about,

These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.( Jude 19)

These ‘leaders’ go by feelings, sensations, self perceived instincts and pseudo ‘Words” from God that are not Scriptural. This is their Spirituality and this eventuated in several ‘revivals’ which have led thousands into this sensuality, and away from true faith in God and true Worship. They speak of the Presence of the LORD, and they undertake pilgrimages to wherever they think the ‘anointing’ is being poured out. This is the fruit of all of those decades of Manifested Sons of God, Latter Rain, Word of Faith teaching. Toronto, Pensacola Florida, Lakeland Florida are all places where these spurious revivals broke out, promising ‘signs, wonders, and experiencing the fire of God’s Presence.

It is my sincere belief that the Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic Church has been devastated by these ‘Revivals’, and I will attempt to explain why in the next few articles.

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Word Faith ; the next layer of error…NAR pt 4

 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.( 2 Peter 2:1-2)

The current apostasy that has insinuated itself thoroughly into the Evangelical and Pentecostal church, is the result of a series of false assumptions. the NAR is the fruit of an evolution of those assumption. Branham, the false Prophet, with his signs, wonders and miracles, laid the foundation, teaching that the end would be marked by a Revival of global proportions, rather than near universal apostasy.

Branham taught the Latter Rain heresy, and also the idea that we believers are ‘god men”. He strongly emphasized the “New Prophets for our age” teaching which led directly to restorationism, and the concept that the Church would only be perfected when Apostles and Prophetic ministries are fully restored, and that they would usher in the great revival of “signs and wonders’.

Another lesser known contemporary of Branham came to the forefront around the mid 1960s, named Kenneth E Hagin. Hagin is the Father of the Word-Faith movement. His emphasis was the false notion that we must speak the Word, and that then it will come to pass. He wrote little booklets such as “You Can Have What You Say” and “How To Write Your Own Ticket With God”, in which he taught faith as a concept, which one can learn to master the techniques of.

Another of His books was called “How to have Faith in Your Faith”, in which he literally separates Faith, from the object of Faith, ie God. Hagin taught that we are not merely to have Faith in God, but to have ‘the faith of God’. God used faith, to create the heavens and the earth, He spoke all into existence, thus having the Faith ‘of God’, means that we must realize that we too can speak our own reality into existence.(This is blatant occult gnosticism), but it has deceived millions around the world.

Devotees of Kenneth Hagin and his protege ,Kenneth Copeland redefined prayer, they went from lowly and humble supplication unto God, into Decreeing and proclaiming things into existence.

The so called “message of faith” downplayed the Sovereignty of God, for they taught in essence that the believer is a ‘little god’ and capable of having the same faith as God, if he but knew it by “revelation knowledge”. The emphasis on power, Healing and prosperity of the believer literally altered the faith of millions, and corrupted a good portion of the church around the world.

“Dad Hagin” as he came to be called, derived much of the essence of his teaching through the writings of EW Kenyon, an author, pastor and Evangelist whose faith was a strange mixture of Christianity, New Thought, science of mind and theosophy. Hagin devoured his books and inculcated Kenyon’s teaching into his own books and sermons, to the point where He was successfully sued for plagiarism by Kenyon’s daughter.

The Berean Call relates Kenyon’s powerful influence on the “Father of the Faith Movement”,

E.W. Kenyon wrote mockingly, “We have sung `Nearer the cross’ and we have prayed that we might be `Nearer the cross’ but the cross has no salvation  in it. It is a place of failure and defeat” (Advanced Bible Course, p.279). Does this sound familiar? It should. Kenneth Hagin copies him, (as he did most of his theology) saying, “Do you think that the punishment for our sin was to die on a cross? If that were the case, the two thieves could have paid your price. No the punishment was to go into hell itself and to serve time in hell separated from God…Satan and all the demons of hell thought that they had him bound, and they threw a net over Jesus and they dragged Him down to the very pit of hell itself to serve our sentence. (Death By Faith)

This kind of disparagement of the weakness of the cross, and glorification of power and victory, has saturated the “Faith Movement” to this day. The blasphemous denial of the victory on the cross, and the “Jesus had to die Spiritually ” heresy come from Kenyon, to Hagin to Copeland, Joyce Myers and a host of other Word Faith acolytes in the church today. Thus there current “revival” that is afflicting the Church and turning many into heresy, has come directly from heretics and gnostics such as Branham, Hagin, Kenyon and Copeland.

Oral Roberts ministry owned a Plane, to ferry him from meeting to meeting. His pilot was a man named Kenneth Copeland. Copeland became engrossed with Hagin’s teachings and totally absorbed them, transforming his life with “the Message of Faith”, and eventually compelling him out on the road as an Evangelist and teacher.

Copeland and Hagin became popular in the 1970s and 80’s hosting their Believers Voice of Victory conferences, mass producing cassette teaching tapes, and Hagin began his Rhema Bible college, which has trained thousands of ministers ,promoting the Word Faith heresies, such as “Little gods” theology, “Jesus died spiritually” , gnostic “Revelation knowledge”, and popularizing EW Kenyon’s new age Christian books.

The Word Faith Movement deeply influenced Evangelicalism (Not for the better in my view) with it’s emphasis on victory, prosperity and healing, as well as it’s disparagement of true repentance, Christian humility, and acceptance of suffering as possibly being part of God’s Sovereign plan. Copeland and Hagin have spawned proteges across the globe, such as Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson, Creflo Dollar, Bill Johnson, Fred Price, TD Jakes and Rodney Howard Browne, all of whom have had major influence on the church as it is today.

I suppose it would be inevitable, for there are so many thousands and perhaps millions who want this error, even more than they want the true gospel. If there wasn’t a Kenneth Copeland or Benny Hinn, someone would have to invent one, because there has developed a ready demand for their heretical message and practice.

A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?( Jeremiah 5:30-31)

What will they do in the end? Where will it lead us?

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The Myth Of The Great End Times Revival… NAR pt 3

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.” Earl Paulk- Excerpt from “Joel’s Army “By Jewel Van Der Merwe

Will the Son of Man find Faith when He comes to the Earth? Jesus…(Luke 18)

The NAR movement has been built on a set of assumptions, the one leading to the other. The rise and ministry of William Branham led to the assumption that the true church was going to come into a time when “Signs and Wonders” would increase and bring nations to their knees in repentance, through the Evangelists such as Branham and those who would follow Him.

There would be a revival, believers would learn to tap into the power of God (an occult concept), and the Church would go from being “despised and rejected” to being feared and honored. Around the same time that Branham and the Healing Evangelists were packing tents and wowing crowds of people with healings, miracles, and signs and wonders, a little book came out which added much to these expectations. It was called “Atomic Power Through Prayer and Fasting”.

Here is what I wrote about it in my book,”Weighed and Found Wanting:Putting the Toronto Blessing in Context”;

People like Branham had whetted the appetite of the church for signs, wonders, and New Testament Christianity. A book came out at the same time (1946) that enjoyed widespread popularity among Pentecostals and contributed to the general expectation before.of a “new day.” It was called, Atomic Power with God, Through Fasting and Prayer, by Franklin Hall.This peculiar book taught that those who would learn to control their appetites could come into a supernatural, and miracle lifestyle…To those “who could receive it,” answered prayer, signs, wonders, immortality, and even release from gravity awaited those who would fast and pray. Weighed and Found Wanting; putting the Toronto blessing in Context” By Bill Randles

A tremendous expectation arose among Pentecostals that “a New Thing would spring forth” in the form of a Revival and renewal of God’s people. In 1948 something like what was expected did occur in Northbattleford Canada, as Al Dager describes in His book “Vengeance is Ours”,

On February 11, 1948, a young woman at the Bible school prophesied that a great revival was about to break out. The next day, according to George Hawtin, the Holy Spirit fell with great power. [Quoting Hawtin] “Day after day the glory and power of God came amongus. Great repentance, humbling, fasting, and prayer prevailed in everyone.” News of the events at North Battleford spread and soon people were coming from everywhere in hope of receiving spiritual power.

That Summer the group, called “the Sharon Brethren” put on a camp meeting which attracted several thousand people from the United States, Canada, and all over the world, all wanting to be part of the “New Thing!” In a short time, the Latter Rain Movement was a worldwide phenomena.

What Is meant by “Latter Rain”?

The movement came to be known by that name, which comes from several passages in the Bible, such as Joel 2:23, Hosea 6:3 and James 5:7.In both the Old and the New Testament, there is an allegory used for God’s blessing, based on the cycle of rains in the Holy Land. The “former rain” is crucial for planting, it is a type of the giving of the Law on Sinai, on the day of Pentecost. The “latter rain” is a reference to the outpouring of the Spirit in Acts 2, also on Pentecost. Peter interpreted it so when he said, “This is that spoken of by Joel the prophet.” The former rain, the law, is for softening the ground for planting. In other words, the Law of Moses, and the Ten Commandments can be used to bring conviction to the hard hearted.The Latter rain was considered essential to perfect the crop for the Harvest.

Originally what is now known as the NRA was either called , the Latter Rain Movement, or the Manifested Sons of God. It was an anticipation for that last earth shaking revival, which Branham and the other healing Evangelists seemed to portend.The Revival is just around the corner, we just need to prepare ourselves for it.

The Manifested Sons of God is the same movement, a little further along. It comes from teachings about Romans 8, but with a new (heretical twist),

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. ( Romans 8:18-19)

Orthodox Christianity has always considered “the manifestation of the Sons of God” to be something which occurs at the parousia of our LORD. When He finally comes to establish His Kingdom, then the curse will be lifted off of the earth and the true Sons of God will be revealed.”Then shall the Righteous shine forth as the Sun…”( Matthew 13:43) and the Kingdom shall commence.

But the Manifested Sons of God movement teaches that the manifestation of the sons of God must occur before Jesus comes back. The Sons of God come into their own realization of who they are in Christ, a revival breaks out, and the Sons of the Kingdom overcome the Devil and possess the Kingdom in order to turn it over to Jesus at his coming.

The Orthodox hope is God centered, the Manifested Sons of God hope is man centered. They would say things like, “Why are you waiting on Jesus to come back? He is waiting on you to come into the revelation of “Sonship” and to commence the great end times revival?

In a nutshell, the Manifested Sons of God teaching, which undergirds the current (false) revival movement which has led to the NAR, is this:

Manifested Sons of God teaching, is “since all creation is waiting for the Manifested Sons of God to appear, so it (creation) can be delivered from corruption, what are we waiting for? Let’s hurry up and realize that we, corporately, are the Christ and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can mature into our full stature and be all that God intended us to be. We can crush God’s enemies, even death, and usher in the kingdom of God and take the world for Jesus through the miracle working power that is within us. Boy, have we been dense! We have been waiting for God to save us from this world in that “helicopter escape,” the Rapture, when all of this time, He has been waiting for us to get it together. We must realize who we really are in Christ, and the power within us and rise up and do what the church down through time has either been too carnal or too immature to ever do. The church must now put all of God’s enemies under her feet.( Randles, Weighed and Found Wanting)

Manifested Sons of God Teachers developed another “revelation” that the End times revival which will take over the World for Jesus, cannot occur until there is a full restoration of all of the so called “Five fold Ministry”, from Ephesians 4:11;

 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:( Ephesians 4:11-13)

Supposedly the Church “lost” the ministry gifts of Apostle and Prophet, over the centuries, just as in the Reformation, the church supposedly “lost ” the teaching of Justification by Faith. But the New Apostles and Prophets that God is raising up will get us to the point where we can come into the fulness and restore all things…then and only then ,Jesus can come back.

These are the assumptions undergirding much of the false revival which has raged since the 1940’s and which has radically shaped the Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, for the worse. They have filled the pulpits of our churches with false prophets, ridiculously unbiblical Words, pompous and self seeking “Apostles” and worse of all, false converts.

It could be that these developments will contribute to the final Apostasy and the Delusion Paul warned about in 2 Thessalonians.

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


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The Failed Deuteronomy 13 Test… NAR pt 2

 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.( Deuteronomy 13:1-3)

What I want to do is give a brief expose of the errant theology which has led much of the Evangelical Church to its current Apostasy, as manifested in the NAR. This is going to be a primer, and by no means an exhaustive study of the wrong paths so many have been led idown.

Moses gave two main tests to determine if a person was a true or false prophet, one of those being found in Deuteronomy 18, and warning that anyone who makes predictions in the name of the LORD which fail to come to pass, should be regarded as a false prophet.

The second test is less well known. It is found in Deuteronomy 13. God told Moses that He would actually allow false prophets to arise from time to time, and they would seemingly truly perform signs , wonders or make predictions which would come to pass. In other words, they would have seemed to have passed the Deuteronomy 18 test.

But that didn’t mean they were true prophets, and that people should follow them.

The second test is more concerned with the teaching of the prophet, than with the signs and wonders. If the teaching in effect caused Israel to go after other gods, that would be the proof that they were false, even though they did indeed seemingly perform signs.

Around the aftermath of World War 2, there was a kind of healing movement among Pentecostals, which involved Evangelists literally taking their healing crusades across America, preaching, and praying for the sick, and proclaiming miracles, signs and wonders in the name of Jesus. There were many who became quite famous, such as Oral Roberts, AA Allen, Jack Coe, Lester Sumrall, and Gordon Lindsey.

Another name which would become well known at the time was William Branham. (This is an excerpt from my book WEIGHED AND FOUND WANTING;PUTTING THE TORONTO BLESSING IN CONTEXT, )

William Branham was born 100 years and 10 miles from the time and place that Abe Lincoln was born, deep in the hills of Kentucky. He was born to very simple and poor parents. His mother was only 15 and his father was 18 years old. It has been reported that when visitors and well wishers came to the log shack to see the child, they also saw an otherworldly light resting over the babe.

Branham, who was the first of ten children, reports of his early life that, “There was always a peculiar feeling, like someone wasstanding near me, trying to say something to me, and especially when I was alone.” In fact, when he was seven years old, he had a strange visitation.

I was on my way one afternoon to carry water to the house from the barn, which was about a city block away. About halfway between the house and the barn stood an old poplar tree. I had just gotten home from school and the other boys were going out to a pond to fish. I was crying to go, but Dad said that I had to pack water. I stopped under the tree to rest when all of a sudden I heard a sound as of the wind blowing the leaves. I knew that it wasn’t blowing any other place. It seemed to be a very still afternoon. I stepped back from the tree and noticed that in a certain place, about the size of a barrel, the wind seemed to be blowing through the tree leaves. Then there came a voice saying, “Never drink, smoke, or defile your body in any way for I have a work for you to do when you get older.” 

As you can see, Branham led a very unusual life, which was marked by that ‘presence’, and which would one day lead him into a ‘signs and wonders ministry’ that would take him around the world.

From my book again,

In his early 20s, after being healed of a life threatening condition, Branham gave his life to God. He became a Baptist preacher, held a tent meeting in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and started a church (the Branham Tabernacle.) One day he wandered into a tent meeting of Pentecostals. They asked him to preach, and recognized the call on his life. That tent meeting had a profound impact on Branham. Later he said that they had something he lacked! After excitedly telling his wife, her family and his friends of the experience, people talked him out of mingling with “those folks,” so he backed away. In 1937, while he was both pastoring and working as a game warden, the Ohio River flooded, killing both his wife and young baby. Branham believed that it was a judgement from God for his refusal to join the Pentecostals. Shortly after that, he joined the United Pentecostal Churches, or the “oneness” people (Jesus only). These are people who believe that the doctrine of the trinity is “of the devil.” 

Branham’s life intensified after having an encounter with that ‘presence’ as he prayed in a cabin in the woods. In his own account, a light shone in the cabin in which he was praying and a figure walked out of the light,

He appeared to be a man who…clothed in a white robe, he had a smooth face, no beard, dark hair down to his shoulders, rather dark complexioned, with a very pleasant countenance…Seeing how fearful I was, he began to speak, “Fear not, I am sent from the presence of Almighty God to tell you that your peculiar life and your misunderstood ways have been to indicate that God has sent you to take a gift of divine healing to the peoples of the world. If you will be sincere and can get the people to believe you, nothing shall stand before your prayer, not even cancer.”

This was Branham’s “angel”. Branham would go on the road in ministry fo signs and wonders, but he would never be able to begin a service until the ‘Angel’ came to Him. Branham was once asked, “Do you do your remarkable miracles by the Holy Spirit?”, to which Branham replied, ” No, I do them by my Angel”.

There is no doubt that Branham had a powerful ‘ministry’ of signs and wonders. People would flock to his meetings, to receive prayer and to witness the healings, miracles and deliverances which were happening on a large scale.

Pentecostal churches were thrilled with the ministry of Branham, for it seemed to them to be the ‘great revival’ they had anticipated.

There was just one one problem, His teachings. The Pastors and leaders of the movement, begged him to just focus on praying for the sick and ministering to people’s needs, but please don’t preach!

Branham’s preaching scared people. More from my book, WEIGHED,

What did he teach? For that matter, what does Paul Cain, Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, John Wimber, Bill Hammon, Roger Forster, Gerald Coates, or anyone else who is part of the “prophetic move” teach? For the teaching is much more significant than the manifestation. The teaching is one of the fruits you can “know them by.”

Branham believed that we are in what he called, “God’s seventh church age,” based on the letters to the church in Revelation. According to Branham, “the angels of the churches,” were different men down through church history, who brought the church along, through new revelation. In fact, his tombstone, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, is shaped like a pyramid. On one side are the names of the seven churches. On the other side are the names of the messengers to each church, Paul, Irenaeus, Martin, Columba, Luther, Wesley, and of course, Branham.

The impact of the United Pentecostal Church is evident in his teaching. Branham also believed that the doctrine of the trinity was Babylonian and even “of the devil.” To him, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are three different “attributes” of Jesus.

Stranger yet, Branham taught that the Word of God wasgiven in three forms, the zodiac, the Egyptian pyramids, and the written scripture. Another strange doctrine, was his teaching on the “serpent’s seed,” the idea that Eve had sexual relations with Satan and produced the line of Cain, an evil “seed” which is continually being propagated to this day. The effect of this doctrine has a tendency towards misogyny, making women responsible for keeping the “seed” alive.

Branham died in 1965 in a head on car crash. The impact he had on many was so profound, due to the ‘miracles’ and signs he performed, led his followers to expect that He would be raised from the dead, so his burial was delayed by about six months. Much of modern Charismania is a direct result of his teachings,; Modrn Prophets and Apostles, the concept of having an Angel, the Word of Faith teachings, He was also a staunch advocate of Oneness Pentecostalism.

From my book again,

Though there were no doubt many voices raised against Branham’s heresies, by and large, Branham enjoyed great acceptance by the truly influential leaders of Pentecostalism. (To this day, he is regarded by many as a prophet and pioneer of the signs and wonders movement.) It is true that at the time of his death, his popularity was waning and his teaching became more obvious, but to the Manifested Sons of God Movement, as well as much of Christian media, and even the current “miracle ministries” and Charismatic leaders, there is a profound respect for him and in many cases a desire to emulate him. As Al Dager says, “To date, William Branham’s body is still in the grave. But his occult methodology of healing was picked up by hundreds of pastors and teachers upon whom he had laid his hands and who have traded on it to a greater or lesser degree.”

I believe that Branham, with his signs and wonders and false teachings, represents a classic Deuteronomy 13 test which is one of the streams which has led straight into the current Apostasy.The People chose the POWER over the Word and that is why we have what we have in what used to be our churches.

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Certain Men Crept in Unawares …. NAR pt 1

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. ( Jude 3-4)

The Church has always come under intense attack since her inception. Those attacks come, both from without, in the form of persecution and repression, and from within, in the form of serious attempts to corrupt it through false doctrines, and practices.

By far the greatest danger comes from within. What happens when false Apostles and Prophets arise and bring to unsuspecting congregations a ‘pseudo Word’ from God, thus supplanting the true Word?

I believe we are living in an age where we are beginning to find out , because the true Church is awash in a virtual sea of false Apostles, Prophets and teachers, and even false Churches which have arisen and grown, to misguide, demoralize and discourage those many who are sensing the need for God and for salvation in these distressing times.

I will begin this study with my own personal experience with spurious Christianity, and then move on to clearly delineating the undergirding doctrines which have infected the modern evangelical church to this day, serving to undermine and disrupt countless fellowships, confuse believers and to seriously misrepresent the church and the gospel of Christ to our cynical world.

I was raised Catholic, and came of age in the late 1970s, when I acquired a hunger for God, and for some kind of assurance of salvation. I had read the New Testament, (It was a paraphrase called “The Way”) and realized through the sermon on the mount that I was a sinner and in danger of judgment. The conviction gripped me powerfully and took me through the summer of 1977, and went with me to Iowa State University, troubling me, causing me to cry out to God, but I had no faith.

I even went to a small Assembly of God Church, (I had never visited a non Catholic church before), and could sense the sincerity and power of the worship, as people raised their hands, wept and even prostrated themselves before the LORD. I answered about 30 altar calls as well, rushing to the front of the church to be saved, but having no real faith, only conviction of my sin. I wept and prayed, wanting to shake the guilt, but always came up the same as before, not really knowing the gospel.

One day I was in deep sorrow and despair, because I knew I was still quite a deep sinner, and not saved, but not knowing what to do about it. I thought ‘This was not for me, I am too lost…” and had resolved to quit going to church. Ironically I had been reading the Bible while I was thinking this, But I was so distracted, I had no idea what I was reading.

A very clear thought came to me at that low point, which I am sure was the Holy Spirit. The thought was’ look at what you are reading and understand it…”. I had been reading and rereading 2 Corinthians 5, especially vs 21,

For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the Righteousness of God in Him….

In a flash, I saw the truth, that Jesus was my substitute on the cross, dying in my place as an offering to God. I received faith to be saved…It became so clear for me, how a Holy God could receive an unholy sinner such as I. I entered fully into the life of that wonderful church, and have not looked back since.

A few weeks into my life there in the church, someone handed me a “12 pack” of Kenneth Copeland cassette teaching tapes. I immediately received them and plunged myself fully into a teaching and even a worldview, that I didn’t realize at the time was heretical and injurious to my soul.

Copeland and his many teaching friends introduced me to “Word of Faith”theology. The premise of which is that Faith is a force, a Spiritual Law that even God uses to create things. We must learn how to “use that force” for good, (for the glory of God of course), and to shape our own world. Using faith rightly will cause us to overcome sickness and poverty, so that we can help others. We can do all of the Works of Jesus, because Jesus himself knew the “laws of Faith” and employed them to do miracles while He was on the earth.

These people were powerful communicators at the time, they had confidence, obviously, and they seemed to be all about the Word of God. They seemed to place the Word on a high, exalted level, and seemed to know a ton of scripture.

Copeland and Hagin, the two main preachers of the movement, were folksy, they came from Texas and Oklahoma, and spoke with those Southwestern drawls. Copeland seemed masculine and not as the caricature of a meek preacher, (in fact they were very adept at mocking traditional preachers), they were “unreligious” and seemed real.These were part of what drew me into this teaching.

The Word of Faith was a comprehensive system of theology. They had their own version of the fall of man, and of Faith and righteousness (both of which were impersonal forces in that system).

In retrospect they had what I have come to know as an “over realized Eschatology” which means that they taught that now is the time of glory, that we do not have to suffer or wait for the age of the “Glories that shall be revealed”, rather through ‘revelation knowledge’ we enter now into the glory. There should be no sickness or poverty now, for the true believer.

The fall of man, according to Word Faith preachers, was a loss of Dominion. Adam had all Dominion over the earth but lost it in the fall. Salvation is full Dominion restored, to the true believers who take God at His Word. This is why the Word Faith Churches want to influence the highest levels of all society, they are carrying out their ‘Dominion mandate”.

I also came to realize that the Word Faith movement was gnostic. I wouldn’t have recognized the term, on that day in my beginning when someone gave me the tapes of Copeland. Gnosticism is ancient, and it refers to ‘special knowledge’, which is revealed only to the initiated, but not to the rank and file. Word Faith called it ‘Revelation Knowledge’, and those who operated in it were functioning on a higher level than ‘most Christians’.

Most ominously Copeland and Hagin have taught a heresy about the cross, that Jesus’ death on the cross didn’t atone for our sin, He had to go to hell and suffer there in order to do that. Copeland also taught that any prophet who would have received the ‘revelation knowledge’ that Jesus did, could have died for our sins!

“The Spirit of God spoke to me and He said, “Son, realize this. Now follow me in this and don’t let your tradition trip you up.” He said, “Think this way — a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.” And I threw my Bible down… like that. I said, “What?” He said, “A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him.” He said, “You are the very image, the very copy of that one.” I said, “Goodness, gracious sakes alive!” And I began to see what had gone on in there, and I said, “Well now you don’t mean, you couldn’t dare mean, that I could have done the same thing?” He said, “Oh yeah, if you’d had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could have done the same thing, ’cause you’re a reborn man too.”

Kenneth Copeland (What Happened from the Cross to the Throne, 1990, audiotape #02-0017, side 2)

How far can a person be moved away from the gospel which they once rejoiced in? Can a person be saved if they deny the cross? How about if they deny the Deity of Christ, or the true plan of salvation?

I really didn’t know all of that when I launched into Word Faith, the full truth of it just keeps coming out over the years.

After being in it for a few years, and also after having pioneered the church which I now pastor, my wife and I had a real crisis experience. We went to a Word Faith Pastor’s conference, and a car drove into the parking lot, with a ‘vanity license plate’, which read ,IAMAgOD.

My wife and I were shocked, and wondering what we were involved in. The rest of the conference attendees seemed blessed at the ‘bold witness’ of the license plate. I had another clear thought (which I am sure was the Holy Spirit), for the thought was,”All He is doing is taking your teachers out to their logical conclusion!”.

As a result, my wife and I embarked on a ruthless, painful, long term re-evaluatiuon of everything we had ever believed, to see of any of it lined up with the Scriptures. It took a long time to de-program ourselves, but Truth is the highest priority, We Must Love the Truth.The Truth Will Set Us Free.

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