Trans Sexuality is Gnostic to the Core…Gender 4

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;(Romans 1:25-27)

 

We live in baffling times. The very idea that there should be national debate about whether or not Gender is determined or a mere mental construct seems insane to anyone rooted in the old Judeo/Christian consensus, but to the many in the younger generation, long subjected to intense counter cultural propaganda, interchangeable and optional gender roles makes perfect sense.

The practical outworking of these ideas; i.e. the opening of doors of formerly private places such as gender specific restrooms, has not only been widely accepted by many young, (“Whats the big deal?”), but also by huge corporations such as Target Stores. It is astonishing to me also that many otherwise seemingly conventional pundits and spokesmen also give credence to the bizarre concept,  “Transgenderism”.

Not only does it seem insane, but in view of our hypersexualized , violent and perverse times, isn’t it a manifestly dangerous idea to allow disturbed men access to public restrooms? What ever happened to the wide consciousness of Amber Alerts, sexual abuse, child abuse, and awareness of sexual trafficking?

Do the “rights” of the degenerates to be reprobate, now trump the rights of little children (girls especially) to be safe from exposure to grown men?  Evidently they do to our “progressive elite”.

But the sexual revolution must go on ! (Or I should say counter revolution, because as I noted in the previous article, Moses led the first real sexual revolution, when He revealed a Holy God, and desexualized worship, and as Dennis Prager so aptly told us, He put the sexual genie back into the bottle, insisting on sexuality to be confined to monogamous marriage only!).

This is a deeply spiritual problem and can only be understood, or even countered spiritually.  Fortunately we have the testimony of Scripture and even History to give us a sense of what is really going on in all of this madness.

What we are experiencing is the spiritual assault predicted by Theologian Herman Bavinck in 1901″Unless we are mistaken…the twentieth century…is to witness a gigantic conflict of spirits…more serious and fiercer than ever before, the conflict is between the old and the new worldview”.

Of course the Apostles of Jesus prophesied this warfare centuries earlier through the Holy Spirit-

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)

One of the earliest spiritual rivals to the early church, and even to the Judaism which the church sprang out of , was a movement called “Gnosticism”. A “Gonostic” is a “knowing one”, from the greek word for ‘knowledge’, which is ‘gnosis’. In a nutshell, “Gnostic” spirituality is a comprehensive way of interpreting reality, based on hidden knowledge, revealed only to the super spiritual elites.

Gnosticism predated Christianity, but it had a way of embracing any and all religions and reinterpreting them according to the gnostic paradigm, thus morphing those religions into something entirely different.

What is this secret knowledge? It is the serpent’s lie that we are all ‘gods’ able to define ourselves for ourselves and to decide what is good or evil subjectively.

Much of gnosticism also concerns the nature of physical reality; Gnostics taught that the physical world was and is a harmful illusion. Furthermore in the Judeo/Christianized version of the gnostic heresy, the Creator God is an evil “demi-urge” binding us by the limitations of Creation.

Supposedly through the gnosis, we can reverse the bondage and evil effects of Creation by reversing the distinctions within creation.

In the Genesis account,  immediately after Creation, we are told that God set about making distinctions within Creation, remember?

He separated day from night, darkness from light, Heavens from earth, waters above from waters below, land from sea, male from female, try from false, etc.. But the ultimate distinction is found in Genesis 1:1, the Creator Creation distinction.

One of the ways that gnosticism teaches we can successfully rebel against and overcome the Creator God, is to erase all of the distinctions that He set forth in the beginning.The gnostic wants to put back together what the Creator set asunder, he would reverse and erase all distinctions.

We see gnosticism worked out in the new philosophies, which deny that there is such a thing as truth and error, or in multiculturalism which denies that there is any superior or inferior culture. This heresy is once again spreading like wild fire in our education system,  and seeping into our movies and entertainments.Movies like “The Matrix” are but gnostic tracts, inculcating the gnostic worldview into the souls of millions of unsuspecting moviegoers.

As of fairly recently, the world currently mourns “Prince”, an androgenous entertainer who once told Oprah Winfrey that there was another being living within him who is female. He even dropped his given name and took on an unpronounceable symbol which represented both sexes. This tormented man, who lived on a nightmarish drug regimen, finally succumbed to the drugs and the paranoia, because he refused to take a hospital room in Moline, Illinois when the doctors thought it urgent that he do so.

What the sexual anarchists are seeking to do, is to remove all of the distinctions set by the Creator and author of Life. To them there is no error or truth, no right and wrong, no male or female, light or dark, day or night, and ultimately, they believe there is no distinction between Creator and creation.

I do believe that to the extent that people remove the Creator Creation distinction, they go insane. Our society is insane. Neo Gnosticism has saturated our culture and we are seeing the madness that it inflicts. This problem is spiritual at root.

What should we the church be doing in these lamentable times?

With firm conviction and yet compassion we should ever bear witness to the Truth, particularly those truths being contested and denied by the world system at the moment. Men and Women do indeed bear the Image of God. The sexual roles are assigned by the Creator. Males and Females are equally valuable, but they are not interchangeable. We should re affirm the God assigned roles for male and female, ad celebrate once again the beauty of the original plan for marriage.

The way back to sanity, for any poor miserable individual , or for any body of people is through submitting to, believing and acknowledging the truth! The Truth can set us all free!

 

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The Real Sexual Revolution…Gender 3

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.(Genesis 2:23-25)

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.(Romans 1:26-32)

The ancient world was a very brutal, merciless place. In our day we marvel at  the beautiful Greco/Roman architecture, (for example), the impressive art, roads and public buildings, and the incredible technological accomplishment of our forefathers.  For an example, Aqueducts, which allowed a flow of millions of galloons fresh water into many Romans cities, from hundreds of miles away!

But for most people , life was short, miserable and squalid. One of the things which insured this was sexual anarchy. A man could have a wife for breeding children, He could also have a concubine, ( a wife with a lesser status),  it wouldn’t be uncommon for that same man to be deeply involved in pederasty.

Even religious festivals were often sex saturated frenzies, there were whole classes of women, and even children devoted as “Heiros Gamos“, i.e. temple prostitutes by which the worshippers would come into “oneness” with their god through degrading sexual rituals.

Slavery was common, with all of the debauchery and debasement that that cruel institution involved.

Children were used and abused with little consequence because unless they were the children of the powerful and successful, they truly were of little consequence.  It was common in the ancient world that “unwanted” children were simply abandoned and often newborns were left on hillsides, exposed to the elements or wild animals.

The civilization of Canaan was of the same sordid nature. The frightening (and uncannily modern) story of Sodom and Gommorrah illustrates this. Lot once lived in the desert with his uncle Abraham. But for business reasons he moved towards Sodom. Next thing we see He lived in Sodom. By the time of the story in Genesis, he served in the city leadership of Sodom.

Though Lot was a righteous man, just living in Sodom corrupted him and his family considerably. His sons died in Sodom as did his Sons in law, for they were unable to believe(or unwilling) that God would ever judge Sodom in  righteousness.The Sons in law laughed off the warning of LOT. Lot’s daughters obviously were corrupted by living there, for they did what would be unthinkable, they seduced their own father and had children by him.They weren’t born that way.

Lot himself was so utterly corrupted,(even though he was a believer), he thought little of offering his own daughters to a crazed mob intent on raping his (Angelic) guests.

The worship of the Canaanites was steeped in aberrant sexuality.Baal was the male principle in nature worship, Ashtorath his consort. First born children would routinely be offered to Moloch, burned alive on the brass altar. The priests of Baal would castrate themselves in a religious frenzy,(Transgender?) . The corruption of such worship produced homosexuals, incest, child murderers, rapists, and every other form of abominable and destructive sexuality.

This was the dark side of the ancient world, sexual obsession and anarchy was an almost universal phenomenon.It made for very cruel and exploitive societies. It seems as though the progressive left sees this as the ideal to strive for , but such a world is cruel and twisted.

But when God revealed his LAW to Moses, it set off a “Sexual revolution” which set the world on course for the next three thousand years, leading directly to the Judeo/ Christian  world, and the most benevolent and successful civilization the world has even known.

Dennis Prager, a Jewish Rabbi, ethicist, author  and talk radio host put it brilliantly in his article Judaism’s Sexual Revolution

When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torah’s prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible.Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity.
This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriage), and began the arduous task of elevating the status of women.

It is probably impossible for us, who live thousands of years after Judaism began this process, to perceive the extent to which undisciplined sex can dominate man’s life and the life of society. Throughout the ancient world, and up to the recent past in many parts of the world, sexuality infused virtually all of society.

Of course confining sexuality to  one man and one woman for life, was not novel, it was in fact a call back to the Creator’s original intent for the maximum happiness of man and woman, and the benefit of all of society. Moses took us back to what God wanted for us in the garden, and to what alone is true to the way we were created.

One of the consequences of the strict insistence of the Torah upon sexual fidelity within marital monogamy, and sexual fidelity, was and is the elevation of women and children. The woman is no longer considered chattel, Scripture teaches that woman also is made in the Image of God.  She is the man’s valued “help meet”, and the “joint heir of life” with her husband. He protects her, she honors him, and together they bring children into the world of their mutual love, whom they protect and guide  unto adulthood.

By worshipping Jahweh, according to the Law of Moses the Jewish people would be “Holy”, i.e. separate from the seriously confused, sexually obsessed, morally spent and ruined pagan nations around them. A “Holy Nation” of happily married families raising their own children, preparing them to be productive and healthy adults would be able to shine amidst the squalor of the pagan world.

The Biblical expression, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” is a revelation of God that contrasts with the hyper sexualized pagan religions. The only true God created all things out of nothing, by the Word of His power, when He said, Lux Fiat,”let there be light”.

The pagan gods engaged in various sexual activities in order to bring about rain,fertility, spring, summer and fall, thus the worship of false gods was and is utterly infused with various degrading sexual practices.

The sexual component of paganism proved to be a serious snare to Israel, constantly drawing them into idolatry which brought the judgment of the Holy God upon them, such as the account of Baal Peor, in Numbers 25.

There is a deep spiritual component to the sexual confusion we are seeing today as well, and to abortion, feminism, birth control and the confusing array of new “gender identities” which currently confront us.

The only way to understand the gender issue is to realize the spiritual dimension of it, how we have all to a certain extent been seduced by it, and the need for deep repentance and even deliverance from the evil forces we have courted through it.

 

 

 

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The Sexual Revolution; Cruelty to Women Especially…Gender pt 2

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.(Proverbs 12:10)

For more than 70 years there has been an out of control forest-fire raging in the former Judeo/Christian world, which has wreaked seismic levels of misery and even death to literally millions of people. Ironically the scope of the evil it has inflicted, is little appreciated, in fact there are many who believe this out of control cultural fire represents “progress”.

I speak of the Sexual revolution.

This raging and destructive fire was sparked by a confluence of historical events, such as the demands of World War 2, which brought women out of the home into the workplace in unprecedented numbers, the collapse of the authority of the church in men’s minds (replaced by ‘science’ , Psychology, and notions of modern progress), the dawn of a mass media/entertainment complex, television,  the invention of the birth control pill, and the mass availability to pornography.

In the name of “Liberation” the sexual anarchists have been resolutely breaking down every one of the moral and ethical boundary lines that once maintained the greatest and most successful civilization the world has ever known, the Judeo Christian West.

This attack  on boundaries has been the cause of much misery, and predictably the greatest level of earthly suffering has been borne by women and children.

It turns out that those former boundaries were set there by God for good reasons, most of them having to do with the protection of the rights and dignity of women and children.Who Knew?

The primal human unit, according to the Word of God, is a man and a woman, who will have children together. The family,(not the State) is foundational and essential to human order.

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.(Genesis 2:22-24)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.(Genesis 1:27-28)

It is in the family as defined by God; Father, Mother, children, that the wellbeing of all of society has been vouchsafed, for in the family children can be truly nourished, and Man can channel all of his energies into the betterment of his wife,  and the children they bear together.

Marriage has a civilizing function for young men. In marriage a young man has someone  beyond himself to live for, and to expend his considerable energies on behalf of.  It is in the betterment of that family, that all of society is bettered as well.In losing his own selfish life, he gains life, laying it down for his wife and children.

But the sexual revolution has “liberated ” us from all of that.

You can see the horrifying battlegrounds that once were our cities,  where the policies of the wicked (in the name of compassion and mercy of course) have all but killed marriage. Our cities teem with fifth and sixth generations of utterly miserable welfare dependent, single or abandoned women, subsidized by the Government(the anti-Husband) to bear children.

They also teem with unmarried and idle young men, the biological fathers of those children, but who have no intention of marrying the mother, as their father didn’t and his father didn’t ad nauseum.  Most of these young people from the land where marriage died, do not know their own fathers. The have the government to look out for them.

There is no greater danger to a civil society, than these hordes of idle young men, with no prospects, nothing to work or sacrifice for, and no moral code to live by.

They “get theirs”, “hooking up” with “baby Mamas”, therefore they see no need for marrying. This is utter cruelty to all involved.

The revolution which made divorce easier (no fault divorce), has had a far more disparate effect on women than on men. The de-criminalization of pornography has greatly contributed to the breakdown of the family also.

The societal attempt at the removal of shame from premarital sex, failed marriage and even adultery has had a tremendously corrosive effect on marriages, as well as on singles, many of whom have just given up on marriage altogether.

The only ‘advantage'(dubious advantage at that) to be gained by this situation, goes to the promiscuous man.

But supposedly “Shame” is bad, it is negative and belongs to “the bad old days”, when people were “Hung up ” on sex and ‘inhibited”. The Tender mercies of the wicked have been applied to our generation, and they have proven to be cruel. They have thrown out shame, and liberated people from what once proved to be a psychological barrier to sinful behavior.

Immoral men were liberated to be “Playboys”, but what of the women? Can a woman have it all, (immorally speaking) and be the same as a promiscuous man? Are men and women interchangeable, or is there some terrible price that has to be paid by women who envy “promiscuous” men ?

A whole host of intense modern psychological maladies are caused due to the wreckage caused by our modern promiscuity. As usual, women and children bear the heaviest burden, in single parenthood( the surest way to poverty in America) and fatherlessness.

Many millions would not need the oceans of pills and drugs prescribed to treat their persistent, deep and inexplicable sorrows, if they could  just once plainly see this simple truth; FORNICATION AND ADULTERY ARE SINS, THEY ARE WRONG AND RUN COUNTER TO YOUR VERY HUMANITY. Then if they accept the above they should be presented as well with this truth in order to be truly healed; CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS, ONCE AND FOR ALL, THE JUST FOR THE UNJUST, TO BRING US TO GOD!

But instead usually they cling to their godless and dehumanizing ideologies; such psychology, the sexual revolution, the new morality, the new tolerance and acceptance. These are the cruel,”tender mercies of the wicked”, which sound so right, but cannot cure the soul,  but can only morally maim, and blind those who subscribe to them.

The cruelest aspect of this godless”compassion”, is the program to cause children to question their own gender. The entire homosexual agenda encroachment upon children has come in the name of relief from bullying in schools.

Yet we are told repeatedly by our educators, media, the entertainment industry, and even our political class repeatedly tell us that we are better off, freer and live in a much more compassionate world than ever before!

The Freedom wrought by this evil social revolution, is the freedom of the man in Mark 5, who lived among the tombs.

He was free all right, free of conventions, free of anyone telling him what to do, he was even free of clothes! The Bible tells us

“…no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.(Mark 5:4-5)”

But where do we find him? Living in squalor among the tombs, crying and cutting himself.Into the vacuum came Satan, because the poor man became possessed of evil spirits.

Such is this rebellious, wounded and hurting generation. The damage has been profound, we can only hope that like the demoniac in Mark, this generation will hear the voice of Jesus and allow him to make us whole again, clothed and in our right mind.

 

 

 

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The Left; The Serpent Hates The Woman…Gender

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:17)

We see by these texts that the Serpent of Genesis becomes a Dragon by Revelation. He is the enemy of all mankind, the original murderer and tempter, whose task is to alienate all men from God. But the Dragon/Serpent hates women in particular.

Judeo/Christian civilization has recognized the uniqueness of women. A women is elevated, by God, she is the receptacle of new life, salvation would come through the woman. She is different, uniquely made, she has weakness that make her worthy of protection and dignity, she is to be shrouded in a kind of mystery. There was a day when the Judeo/Christian world recognized this and it made us a superior civilization.

The rebellion of sexual anarchy we are seeing is an out and out rebellion against God. Women are not men. They don’t belong in combat, they bear children and are to be protected and “covered” for that reason among others. It is written, “Male and Female Created He them, in the image of God He created them…”

The devil hates women particularly, because the salvation of man would be born of a woman.

This is why false religion such as Islam is so harsh and unjust to women, using and abusing them like so many chattels.To enshroud women in the Burka in the hot climate of the Middle East is an act of suffocation. In Islamic theology all sexual sins are virtually the fault of women, and Mohammed reported that Hell was full of women and that very few women would be in paradise.

Secularism, also being satanic, is hateful of true womanhood. What is feminism but the hatred of the truly female? It is war on motherhood, nurture, love and support of men, marriage, romance and loyalty. Everything truly womanly is diminished and desecrated by progressive secularists.

The greatest modern expression of the serpent’s hatred of women would have to be abortion and its twisted twin, homosexuality. Abortion is an all out assault on the woman’s privilege to be a mother and to nurture life in the sacredness of the womb.

That this unholy sacrifice to Moloch is untouchable, even when the nation was sickened by films of “Planned Parenthood” personnel casually discussing trafficking in body parts, and the ways to remove kidney’s and livers from babies, is a testament to the deep spiritual defilement of our ruling elites. Who did they go after legally? The Neo-Nazis trafficking in body parts, as American public demanded?

No, our President granted a blasphemous”God Bless you Planned Parenthood” before sending in his Justice Department to prosecute the brave soul who brought these abominations to light.Soon there will be a horrifying day of accountability to all who participated in this or who supported this evil ruler.

Ironically this generation imagines that it has exalted the status of women, when in truth it is ruthlessly destroying it.

Perhaps the latest example of the sad debasement and even de-humanization of women comes in the appalling “transgender restroom debate”. Sexual deviants are now demanding the “right”to define their own gender, and go into the public restrooms of their own choice. Astonishingly our “leaders” are giving this appalling delusion credibility. So also is corporate America. Target stores are just one  of the many public places of merchandise which is announcing open restrooms according to “Gender preference”. Incredibly a good many middle schools are doing the same!

The hatred for women in particular that this reveals is manifold.

For example, it is estimated that there are about .03 percentage of population that identifies itself as “Transgender” , whereas more than fifty percent of the population is female. The dignity and privacy of fifty percent of the people has been given up to please the perverse confusion of  a minute fraction of the population!

Now Grandma, or grand daughter cannot even safely retreat to go to the bathroom without the prospect of either a sexual anarchist or a bona fide predator having full right to enter at will into the restroom with her.I cannot think of a more degrading circumstance for any woman.

I realize it goes both ways, but there is a vast difference between a man and a woman.To have a deranged lesbian walk into a men’s room would of course be uncomfortable to most men, but it would not be near the sense of defilement that would occur should a man walk into a women’s restroom. It just isn’t right, it is indefensible, and an assault on something sacred to men and women alike.

Most people know this, but seem paralyzed, by the Spiritual warfare unleashed upon all mankind at the moment. It is astonishing the number of people who take this change in stride, as “just the next thing we need to get used to”.This is the dismantlement of ourselves as persons. There is nothing as undignified and demeaning as having to go to the bathroom in the presence of the opposite sex!

There is much, much more to this than meets the eye. Perhaps Theodore Dalyrimple’s quote can give us some insight into what is happening here in these new , indefensible “rights” being conferred on the lowest among us at the expense of our dignity and common humanity,

In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
― Theodore Dalrymple

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We (still) Believe In The Holy Spirit…Charismatic Post Mortem pt 10

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.(Acts 1:7-8)

I have taken you, my readers on a very truncated tour of what I believe to be the causes of the death of the Charismatic movement. I have no problem believing that God did indeed send His Holy Spirit into the secularized, spiritually dry Western World in the early 1960’s and awakened millions to the reality of salvation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The problem entered in early, as Peter and the other apostles warned us, “There were false prophets among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you…”( 2 Peter 2:1).

That false teaching led to false prophecy and false experience, mostly done in the name of Jesus, the Father and the Holy Ghost.For more than thirty years, the terms Pentecostal and Charismatic have become synonymous with error, emotionalism, false prophecy, fanaticism, man worship(Touch not my anointed!), Spiritual abuse, superstition and mysticism, and in its final stages, occultism.

We have scriptural precedent in the story of Saul, who was anointed and given a measure of the Holy Spirit in the beginning. But he always insisted on “doing his own thing”(Iniquity), almost every time he was tested.Saul was warned time and again, by Samuel and by circumstances involving his own son,Jonathan, and his servant David.But he cut himself off from all of that input, and was alone in the end.

When God quit speaking to Saul, he went into the occult, (The witch of Endor) . It should be obvious to any spiritual person, that God isn’t speaking to Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson, Todd Bentley, Che Ahn, Joseph Prince, John Arnott, Benny Hinn and the host of other “Charismatic leaders” that have been raised up. Like Saul they ignored Dave Wilkerson, and Dave Hunt and other servants sent to warn them. They were marked as ‘heresy hunters’ and shunned.

I think I have demonstrated that people are being led into the occult by these new leaders. “Grave Soaking”, “Dream interpretation”, “Aura Reading” and fanciful encounters with “Angels” are all occult experiences and not true Pentecost.

The ironic thing is , the church needs the power and reality of the Holy Spirit more now than at any other time! We need to ask God for the Holy Spirit, as Jesus taught us in his teaching on prayer,

If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?(Luke 11:11-13)

The answer to the disappointment of the “Charismatic experience” is not cessationism, rather it is repentance, and a greater commitment to seeking God for the true experience of being filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit. What does scripture say about the fulness of the Spirit? We Christians desperately need the ministry and empowering of the Holy Spirit in order to carry out our task of evangelism and confronting the Spirit of our Age.

We need to undergo a rigorous process of repudiating the false doctrines and erroneous practices many of us had embraced, (such as slain in the Spirit,sins of the fathers doctrine, naming the “strongman” and “Binding and Loosing and a host of others).We must humbly acknowledge that our former lust for power, or for “Words” that go beyond scripture, or our  man-worship, i.e. the lust for “the great man of Faith and Power”to arise, are all examples of our own forms of idolatry and alienation from the only true God.

But it still stands that the church needs to have the Spirit, and to constantly be filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit, as in the book of Acts. There was nothing static about the Apostles and early church’s experience of the Spirit, for we read many times over that even after Pentecost, the apostles and even the church were filled with the Spirit again and again.

We must have the Spirit in our preaching and exhortation, and in out evangelism we must also realize that we are utterly dependent upon God to get the message out with full conviction and much assurance. Otherwise we are in danger of merely being academic or mere critics of that which we once (rightly) saw as false.

I do not advocate any particular practice, rather that we recognize our need,  and seek the LORD with all of our hearts. I do not believe in the much prophesied “Great Last Days Revival” for we are told that the last days are marked by an apostasy.

However, I also believe it always a possibility in localized settings, that wherever God’s people see their own poverty of Spirit and paltry results, if they seek the LORD, they will find Him if they seek for Him with all of our hearts. Whose heart breaks over the apathy and seeming powerlessness of the churches? In this hour where the need is most desperate, and the end is in sight(The judge stands at the door), Can we not cry out to God with all of our being for a Holy Rain of the true Spirit of God, the Spirit who can and does “Convict the World of Sin, Righteousness and Judgment”?

Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,  As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!  When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.  For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.(Isaiah 64:1-4)

 

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Experienced Based Christianity…Charismatic Post Mortem pt 9

What do you get  as a by-product of the previous fifty years of Apostasy as developed in the Charismatic World? You get Bill Johnson, Bethel Church and the Jesus Culture band!

The following is a chapter from my recently revised book, BewareThe New Prophets-a Caution regarding the Prophetic Movement. If anyone wants this book it can be obtained at my website  as well as at Amazon .  

Chapter 8 Experienced Based Christianity

What would you think of a Bible school that sends young people out to literally prostrate themselves on the graves of deceased preachers so that the students can absorb “the anointing” that lingers on the graves? What about a church in which a mist con- taining feathers, gold, and jewel dust descends on the worshippers in the sanctuary? How about a church conference which features prophetic “tattoo readings” as one of the workshops?

What would you expect of a church which is a combination of the Word of Faith error and the prosperity gospel of Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin, the signs and wonders of Oral Rob- erts and Benny Hinn, the false assumptions of the spiritual warfare and hyper-deliverance movement, the “prophetic movement” I have been describing in this book, and the gnostic mysticism of the Toronto Blessing?

You don’t have to wonder any longer for there is such a “min- istry” which is currently the most recognizable and influential face of the prophetic movement. I refer to Bill and Beni Johnson who co-pastor Bethel Assembly of Redding California and its related ministries, including “Jesus Culture” youth band and Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry.

Bill Johnson, a noted conference speaker and leader, is the author of several best-selling books and considered to be an apostle and leader within the Apostles and Prophets movement. Hundreds of thousands have been affected by his ministry and have attended retreats and conferences where they have been “imparted” with “the anointing.”

 

In order to fully understand the prophetic movement in its current state, we must examine the teachings and ministry of Bill Johnson in the light of the Word of God. Didn’t Jesus warn us not to be naïve but that “every tree is known by its fruits”?

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.(Matthew7:15-20)

The primary “fruit” of any professed prophet would be the teaching. (The same would go for any pastor or apostle or anyone who stands in the name of God).

Let’s examine some of Bill Johnson’s teachings.

The Word of Faith Movement

It doesn’t take long to see by reading his books that Johnson is a proponent of the Word of Faith teaching, popularized by Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland. Therefore, it is necessary to give a brief overview of WOF teaching to be able to see where Johnson is coming from.

In a nutshell, the WOF teaching is based on a gnostic inter- pretation of the Fall and of redemption. The following is their explanation:

When God created Adam, He gave him all dominion over the earth, to rule and reign as God’s regent. However when Adam fell, by obeying Satan, he handed that God-given dominion over to Satan, who became the “god of this world.” God, the Father, couldn’t just come in and take the dominion back—Adam had given it away.

God had to find a way for a man to come in, as a man, and undo the folly of Adam, gaining back the authority given to Satan by Adam. Jesus is that man. (The WOF teachers do acknowledge that Jesus is God but believe that He “laid aside His own Divinity” in the Incarnation).

As a man, Jesus came into the world, resisted all of the temp- tation that Adam and Eve and the human race succumbed to, and died on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins.

But there is a twist, for the WOF teachers insist that salvation wasn’t secured for man in Jesus’ death on the Cross as a substitute for our sins. Rather, Jesus first had to descend into hell and suffer the torment of Satan and his minions until God was satisfied that it was enough and could legally raise Him from the dead.

Of course, the Word of God says that Jesus’ death on the Cross was sufficient, and that when He said, “Telestai!” (It is done), it really was done. But Copeland and Hagin teach that it wasn’t fin- ished until Jesus had literally “become sin” and endured demonic torment in hell.

The fall, according to WOF, was as much about the loss of power and authority as it was about sin and alienation from God. Therefore salvation is about restoration of power and authority, as well as forgiveness of sins. We get the power back and can now exercise dominion over this life and take authority over evil.

Because of this skewed view, WOF is a power religion. This is why WOF Christians frequently speak in terms of authority; they “bind and/or loose” angels and demons; they decree, rebuke, and otherwise speak in terms of “releasing” peace, grace, or mercy into this situation or that.

The essence of this theology is the restoration and practical use of the “authority to the believer.”

 

The ideal in WOF circles is that of the born again man of power and authority, the miracle man who has come in to the “revelation knowledge” of “who he is in Christ,” and demonstrates the power of “the anointing” to a lost world. There have developed extensive mythologies around truly historical figures such as Smith Wigglesworth, John Alexander Dowie, John G. Lake, and William Branham. These are the men who really “took authority,” they say, and showed us all what any believer could do, if they have but the faith and “anointing” to do so!

The WOF is an offshoot of an earlier expression of these very ideals, the Manifested Sons of God, once repudiated by the Assem- blies of God in the 1940s but now widely embraced in this new form. MSG is based upon an erroneous interpretation of Romans 8:19, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

Traditional Christianity has held that this verse refers to what happens at the bodily coming of the Lord. When Jesus returns, the curse on Creation will finally be removed, and the true children of God will be manifested.

But the MSG teach that this verse means that the Creation is waiting for the church to attain to the knowledge of the power and authority, in order to “manifest” our Sonship to the world, through signs and wonders. All of this must occur before Jesus can come back!

This is the context in which to understand where Bill Johnson, Jesus Culture, and the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry are coming from, as they seek to bring the church into the power and anointing of their “mystical revival.”

Three of Bill Johnson’s Teachings

Johnson’s teaching goes errant on so many levels that it is hard to decide where to begin. For the sake of brevity, I will address three areas of concern: a) Johnson’s teachings on the Incarnation; b) the anointing (Holy Ghost); and c) and his theology of experience. I urge you to be the judge according to the test in Deuteronomy 13.

In his teaching on the Incarnation, Bill Johnson states, and rightly so, that Jesus Christ is God. But Johnson also emphasizes to an unbiblical extreme that Jesus completely laid aside His deity:

Jesus had no ability to heal the sick. He couldn’t cast out devils, and He had no ability to raise the dead. He said of Himself in John 5:19, “the Son can do nothing of Himself.” He had set aside His divinity. He did miracles as man in right relationship with God because He was setting forth a model for us, something for us to follow. If He did miracles as God, we would all be extremely impressed, but we would have no compulsion to emulate Him. But when we see that God has commissioned us to do what Jesus did- and more- Then we realize that He put self-imposed restrictions on Himself to show us that we could do it, too. Jesus so emptied Himself that He was incapable of doing what was required of Him by The Father-without the Father’s help.1

There are several problems with this teaching of Johnson’s. For example, it is theologically inaccurate to say that “Jesus had no ability . . .” and that Jesus “set aside His Divinity.” It is danger- ously close to being a denial of the Deity of Christ, for divinity by definition cannot be “set aside” nor could God ever be said to lack ability in any sense.

In the Incarnation, the eternal God became a man, though He never ceased being God. He always had all power, but restrained Himself, declining the prerogatives of power and majesty, which are inherent to Him, that He might live and die for us as true man.

Another problem with this is that Johnson asserts that Jesus performed miracles to “set forth a model for us . . . to show us that we could do it (the miracles) too . . .”

 

This is at the very heart of the Word of Faith teaching from which Johnson has emerged. Supposedly, we as individual believers, can and should be doing all of the miracles of Jesus, in the power of the Spirit. To Johnson, Jesus came in the flesh, partly to show us, that we too could do what He did!

This quest for miracle power is misguided and has led many into deception. Jesus didn’t do His miracles to “show us that we can do it.” The miracles of Jesus are manifestations of the merciful God, whether they be the ones in the Gospels, or in the Book of Acts, or those done in His name throughout the world today. “These signs will follow those that believe.” We are not to seek them. It is only a “wicked and adulterous generation (which) seeks after signs.”

Johnson actually posits that any believer has the potential to experience most of what Jesus experienced in the Gospels, even the Transfiguration! He states:

Most all of the experiences of Jesus recorded in Scripture were prophetic examples of the realms in God that are made available to the believer. The Mount of Transfiguration raised the bar significantly on potential human experience…The overwhelming lesson in this story is that Jesus Christ, the Son of man, had the glory of God upon Him. Jesus’s face shone with God’s glory, similar to Moses’s after he came down from the mountain.2

Johnson seems to fail to appreciate that though Jesus became “as one of us” in the Incarnation, His uniqueness cannot be safely diminished. Imagine a spirituality spent seeking to attain a transfig- uration! No wonder Johnson’s students go to such lengths seeking “glory”experiences.

The second aspect of Johnson’s teaching that is dangerous and has led to the reckless mysticism in which so many associated with Bethel are involved is what he teaches about the Holy Spirit, particularly “the anointing.” Johnson states:

 

Christ is not Jesus’ last name. The word Christ means “Anointed One” or “Messiah . . . [Christ] is a title that points to an experience. It was not sufficient that Jesus be sent from heaven to earth with a title. He had to receive the anointing in an experience to accomplish what the Father desired.3

First of all, here is an example of a teacher setting forth an unbiblical separation between the person “Jesus” and the word “Christ.” This is a very dangerous thing to do; it is similar to what the New Age movement claims, and it is being done towards a similar end.

New Agers want to establish the (false) idea that Jesus was merely an enlightened person, one who was anointed (Christed) at thirty years old, very similar to other remarkable human beings such as Ghandi and Zoroaster. This “anointing” is a self-realizing experience.

Johnson seems to be trying to establish that just as the man Jesus had to be anointed with the Holy Ghost in order (as a man) to do the miracles He did, we too can have the same experience to do the same thing, for Jesus is our model.

The Bible doesn’t do this with the word “Christ.” The apostles never relegated Christ as being a title, nor as being an experience. Christ is a designation of Jesus’ deity. Scripture insists that Jesus is the Christ, and it refers to Jesus as Christ, “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself . . .” Christ is an eternal person, chosen of God, thus anointed with the Holy Ghost.

When Jesus came into the world, He already was Christ; he never had to become Christ.

On the same subject—the “anointing”—Johnson continues:

The word anointing means “to smear.” The Holy Spirit is the oil of God that was smeared all over Jesus at His water baptism. The name Jesus Christ implies that Jesus is the One smeared with the Holy Spirit.The outpouring of the Spirit also needed to happen to Jesus for Him to be fully qualified. This was His quest. Receiving this anointing qualified Him to be called the Christ, which means “anointed one.” Without the experience [the anointing] there could be no title.4

 

Do you see the problems Johnson’s teachings on “the anoint- ing” raise?

For example, did Jesus become the Christ at His baptism? If “Christ” is only valid upon an experience, what was Jesus before the Holy Ghost came upon Him in the Jordan? Was He merely an unqualified “man with a title” up until then?

Johnson’s view on the Christ is strikingly reminiscent of an error which emerged early in the history of the church and was repudiated as heresy. It is called adoptionism. It holds that Jesus was a devout man who did not become “Christed” until He was thirty years old when He was anointed of the Holy Ghost. It was by the Holy Ghost that He did His miracles, but the “anointing” left Him when He died on the Cross. If Jesus could do these things (through revelation knowledge and the anointing), so could any other believer.

There is a passage in 1 John 5 that refutes this very error about the Christ:

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.(1 John 5:6)

The heretics were teaching that Jesus was not Christ until He was baptized in water and anointed with the Spirit. He remained Christ until He shed His blood. But the apostle insists that “He came by water and blood;” that is, He was already Christ when He was baptized and remained so on the Cross, and through His resurrection. The designation, “Christ,” was and is more than an experience; it is inherent to Jesus, the Divine God/man.

Finally, Bethel is actually dangerous in its approach to doctrine and experience.

What is it in the teachings that has opened those exposed to it, to such practices as:

  • False Prophecy?
  • Visualization?
  • “Fire Tunnels”?
  • Grave Soaking trips?5
  • Visualization, contemplative prayer and meditation practices?
  • Chanting, Soaking, and Spiritual Drunkenness?
  • “Toking” the Holy Ghost to get High on Jesus?

    In addition to “normal” prophetic words, those who attended Bethel’s “Power and Love Conference” in February 2014 received readings based on their tattoos and piercings. Doug Addison can interpret the hidden messages on your body and even train you to do the same. You don’t even have to fly to where he is; for the reasonable fee of $150, he can tickle your ears over the phone for thirty minutes.6

    Believe me when I say I have just scratched the surface of the irrational, unbiblical, and even anti-biblical practices of Bill John- son’s influential ministry. How do confessing Christians become so open and undiscerning?

    There is one aspect of Bethel that is perhaps the most dan- gerous. Johnson, like so many Pentecostals and evangelicals who have preceded him, has a strong anti-doctrinal emphasis. To the neo-mystics of the New Apostolic Reformation, doctrine has a deadening effect and is valid only to the extent that it induces experience. Doctrine is “the letter which kills,” and leads to “head knowledge,” as opposed to the personal experience of God, based upon individual revelation.

Those who insist on adherence to true doctrine are caricatured as Pharisees.There are familiar clichés in these circles such as “God is offending the mind to reach the heart,” and “a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with a doctrine.” These kinds of preachers often delight in saying, “I am going to upend your theology now . . .” as they unveil the latest nugget of ther own revelation.

Jesus made a frightening statement regarding those who hold to Bible Study vs. experience, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and these are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). If our study of the Bible doesn’t lead us to a deeper relationship (an encounter) with God, then it is simply adding to our tendency towards spiritual pride. We increase our knowledge of the Bible to feel good about our standing with God, and to better equip us to argue with those who disagree with us. Any group wanting to defend a doctrine is prone to this temptation without a God encounter . . . Jesus did not say ‘My sheep will know my Book”, it is his voice that we are to know.7

Johnson is deconstructing those who seek scriptural knowledge as being in danger of “spiritual pride”, increasing in knowledge in order to “feel good about their standing with God,” and to be better able to win arguments with those who disagree with them! What a pastor! It is almost as if he would discourage the desire to grow in scriptural knowledge!

But on the other hand, it is the ones seeking “deeper knowl- edge” (than that which Scripture reveals?) and a deeper encounter with God (experience) whom Johnson considers to be blessed. Imagine a young person sitting under a steady diet of this and you will see why Bethel, Jesus Culture, and the School of Supernatural Ministry are given over to the most sensual mysticism!

 

Chapter 8 footnotes

1 The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, Destiny Image Pub- lishers, first edition, January 1, 2005, pg. 50
2 Bill Johnson, Face to Face with God, 2007, Charisma House, Lake Mary, FL., pg. 200

3 Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, Destiny Image Publish- ers, 2005, pg. 87
4 Ibid.
5 http://beyondgrace.blogspot.com/2011/07/bill-johnson-and- john-crowders-leaven.html; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L- rHPTs8cLls https://www.facebook.com/photo.

6 http://gospelliving.blogspot.com/2013/04/why-jesus-culture- bethel-church-and_15.html
7 Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, pg. 93)

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The Shepherds; Dogs That Can’t Bark…Charismatic Post Mortem pt 8

All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.  His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.  Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.( Isaiah 56:9-12)

Jeremiah 23 is the definitive Old Testament passage in which God pronounced judgment on false prophets.  They  were deceiving his people Israel, making them secure at a time when they should have been repenting and seeking God.They were saying “Peace, Peace…”when there was no real peace!Thus Israel was unprepared when judgment came upon her.

But he opens the chapter with a denunciation of the Pastors.

Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.  Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.  And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.  And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.(Jeremiah 23:1-4)

Why does he begin with the Pastors? Because had they been vigilant, the false prophets would have not been allowed to ravage, fleece and deceive the sheep. There would be no Bob Jones, Paul Cain, Todd Bentley, or Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland without many willing (and self serving) pastors.

This is another major factor which has led to the downfall and death of the Charismatic movement. The pastors allowed the wolves free reign for the most part, they were Shepherds who wouldn’t feed the flock, or warn them of danger.

How else could a deranged, sexually immoral, proven false prophet such as a Bob Jones or Paul Cain be allowed to minister to tens of thousands at a time, even after being exposed for the charlatans that they were? How is it that thousands of God’s people flock to Toronto to be baptized in irrational and degrading spiritual experiences, none of which can be found in the Bible?

The Pastors have had a misguided “loyalty”, a respect of persons that causes them to be more upset at the Dave Hunts who cry out against the wolves, then they are at the wolves who distort God’s word for their own gain. “Kenneth Copeland is one of us…” they reason, “Touch not mine anointed”… they quote. Shouldn’t a pastor be loyal to God’s Word?

Many  Pastors  didn’t want to be “left out” of the excitement, or were flattered by the seducers who lead these false movements into opening their doors and access to their flocks to false prophets and teachers.Thus the Charismatic church was left open to the New Age movement,(christianized of course).

Many Charismatic Pastors subscribed to an unbiblical “Church growth” model as well, leading up to the unbiblical “Signs and wonders” phase of the prophetic movement. John Wimber had been a “Church Growth” consultant, before he became known for his “Power Evangelism”. He had made the growth and development of the church into a science,  and was a highly paid consultant on how to get people into the pews.

This introduced a kind of pragmatism into the churches, but it worked to swell the numbers who attended the churches. Wimber realized that around the globe, the most explosive growth of the Christian church was among Pentecostals. He concluded that praying for the sick, and casting out demons, and the supernatural element were what was fueling that growth.

Wimber also surmised that in America the “baggage” of classical Pentecostalism would be hindrance to church growth. Gifts of the Spirit as practiced by Pentecostals such as speaking in tongues, tongues and interpretation were a “turn off”to the niche that the church growth movement wanted to reach. To Wimber and his followers the idea of “power Evangelism” was good; healing of the body, healing of the inner man, demon deliverance, Prophetic dreams and revelations, angelic visitations and other experiences should be normative and grow the church.

But Wimber also called for a “Paradigm Shift” in the church’s thinking.

Wimber, Kraft, White and Williams, as well as many other Third Wave teachers, have been calling for a “paradigm shift” for some time now. … I am beginning to think that thousands of Western Christians have “made the leap” into a new paradigm. This is the only way to explain the “Laughing Revival.”

What is the shift? It is from a primarily Western, rational, logical, objective point of view to an Eastern, subjective, experiential paradigm. Haven’t we been subtly taught over the years, that the Western mind set is cold, calculated, rational, based on just the observable facts? On the other hand, allegedly, the Eastern is mystical, from the heart, and based on experience?

Wimber teaches, “We must remember always that the Bible was written in the Middle East, not with rational assumption, that we bring to it as we try to understand it, but with an experiential assumption.” I interpret him to be saying that the Bible is not so much an objective book, but a subjective one. Not so much for understanding God mentally, but for experiencing Him intimately.

In another tape, Wimber explains: “You tell someone from the Far or Middle East that cotton only grows in warm semi-arid climates. England is cold and wet. [Ask them] Does cotton grow in England? The answer you’ll get is, ‘I don’t know, I haven’t been to England.’”11 Or, “I can’t say unless I’ve been there, (experience).” This is the new paradigm, a down playing of doctrine or “head knowledge” in favour of mystical experience. Another variation of this is, “God is bigger than His written word,” translated, God wants to bring you into experiences that aren’t in the limits of scripture. Just knowing God “doctrinally” is not sufficient, you now must have self authenticating experiences. All of these attitudes are the end result of the New Paradigm. This is the shift from primarily objective, to subjective thinking in our approach to truth! (From My Book “Weighed and Found Wanting;putting the Toronto Blessing in context”)

This “Paradigm” shift from scripture based teaching, Logic, reason and doctrine, (in other words classical Christianity), to subjective, experienced based teaching, has led directly to the current syncretism of the occult, eastern religious, New Age and also Christian practices we see in “cutting edged” Pentecostal and Charismatic churches such as Bethel in Redding California, parted by Bill Johnson.

When Wimber was part of the Calvary Chapel movement, and yet was introducing these new concepts in the name of Church growth, Chuck Smith proved to be the right kind of Shepherd. He demanded of WImber, “John are you going to go by experience? Or by the Word of God?”, Timber answered, “By experience” so Smith told him he would have to leave Calvary Chapel. The churches that went with him became the nucleus of the Vineyard movement.

 

Biblical Pastors have a very simple responsibility. They are to feed the flock, with Wisdom and understanding, from the Word of God, constantly moving to greener pastures. They are also to guard the flock, over whom the Holy Ghost has made them over-seers.

Jesus said,”If you love me, Feed my sheep”. Once again it comes down to love. Love of Jesus is the basis for the pastoral ministry and loving Jesus will compel pastors to stay current in the Word of the LORD.

Pastors are also supposed to protect the sheep from wolves, and not be mere hirelings, seeking their own glory and profit. We are supposed to cry out against the false prophets, name the names and seek to protect the sheep no matter how unpopular we appear to men.

But because of the fear of men, and market place ethics in the administration of the church of God, many Charismatic pastors have failed to cry out, they are sheep dogs too lazy to bark, and they are self seeking, hoping for growth at any price as they jump on “waves”and winds of the latest faddish doctrine.

This is how they have killed the Charismatic movement, and how so many must share in the blame. They have created the conditions for the famine Amos prophesied of,

 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.  In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.(Amos 8:11-13)

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