With real concern for The Third Wave,
Word-of-Faith, Signs and Wonders,Laughing CHARISMATICS!
What's going on in there?
Satan's goal is for deception, the leaven of apostasy, and the destruction of God's work!
Is this laughter movement of God, or are the devils laughing the hardest of all?
Jesus is the TRUTH personified (John 14:6); the Devil is the LIE personified. (John 8:44).
Are you following the TRUTH or the LIE?
"Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven...the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees" (Mat. 16:6,12). "Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?" (1 Cor. 5:6). Should we identify with the Charismatic and Ecumenical movements? Are the great changes sweeping through churches in the twentieth century in keeping with God's Word?
The honest Charismatic Christians believe the sign-gifts are valid for today and have true motives and efforts to follow Scripture. These ones are trying to be faithful to God in prayer, bringing God praise, evangelism, a stand for justification by grace through faith, and some have an expository pulpit message. Charismatic pastors include those who are very concerned about apostasy and the bizarre phenomenas appearing in the churches.
Other Charismatics openly follow experiences that oppose Scripture. Once this standard is adopted in preference to the Word of God, the depraved imaginations of man or devil arise to the occasion. LYING leaders are deplorable anywhere! They include the cheap politicians and the corrupt preachers.
WHAT KIND OF LEADERS?
The television audience, flicking past the Soaps and the Muppets, often pause at the Trinity Broadcasting Network to wonder at the incredible display of shallowness, extravagance, and New Age brand of Christianity. Long-haired male role-models adorn the "glory" of the woman, ignorant about the worldwide standard of manliness, "nature," or their "shame" (1 Cor. 11:1-19). Jan Crouch replaced Tammy Faye as the Queen-of-the-painted-ladies and the fairy-god-mother of religious fantasy. What in the world did TBN supporters learn out of the whole PTL mess? What Christian trying to witness has not been mocked in the wake of the Bakker and Swaggart scandals! The founder of TBN, Paul Crouch boasts, "I am a little god! Critics be gone!"1
The Apostle Peter warned about religious leaders who are lustful and are experts in greed. They capture converts and exploit the weak (2 Pet. 2:14-19). In contrast to TBN’s foolishness, the cults on television deceptively look like true wholesome New Testament Christianity! It is easy to see how people get confused.
Kenneth Hagin, is known as the father of the Word-Faith movement. He actually plagiarized E.W. Kenyon "whose life and ministry were enormously impacted by such cults as Science of the Mind, the Unity School of Christianity, Christian Science, and New Thought metaphysics."2 Kenyon was an occultist!3
Avanzini, Capps, Cerullo, Cho, Copeland, Crouch, Hickey, Howard-Browne, Price, Savelle, and Tilton all follow these same doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1). Now Kenneth Copeland whines, "I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is...The biggest one in the whole Bible is God."4
Rodney Howard-Browne believes Jesus left His deity in Heaven. What a serious error! Jesus charged the Jews, "if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:24,58).5
Marilyn Hickey tells others to just create what you need, speaking it into being, "Speak to your billfold. Say, 'You big, thick billfold full of money...You're just jammed full of money"6 The wealthiest Word-Faith preachers have the biggest mailing lists. Confession works in one direction, from the suckers in the audience to the Faith preacher.
WHAT KIND OF
SIGNS AND WONDERS?
John Wimber of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, holds "Signs and Wonders Seminars" throughout the world, claiming healing is promised in the atonement. A sign of the movement's confusion is evident. Wimber is sick with cancer!
Miracles do not prove God's favor. In Deuteronomy 13:1-5, God "proveth" or tests the love of His people by seeing if they will go after a "prophet" who has "a sign or a wonder" (vs. 3,1). God wants His own to "fear" Him enough to "put the evil away from the midst of thee" (vs. 4-5). The "prophet or a dreamer of dreams" will lead people to the a “little g" god (vs. 1-2)! Kenneth Copeland's blasphemes, "You don't have a god in you, you are one!"7 Under the Law, God commanded the ultimate censuring of such heretics for the sake of purity – death! (vs. 5). God's counsel, to either choose between false teachers who approach His people or else obedience to His Word, is still strong today. God measures the love that people claim. The barometer is if you really love Him, then you will obey Him (John 14:21)!
In the "last days...evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived" (2 Tim. 3:1,13). The Lord Jesus warned that "many" prophets doing these wonders in His name will be damned to hell (Mat. 7:21-23)! You wouldn't want to be identified with evil, would you? "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas" (Mat. 12:39). The point is that the resurrection of the Son of God ought to be sufficient to bring joy into your life! Rodney Howard-Browne admits to elevating an experience with the devil above the TRUTH, "But I'd rather be in a church where the devil and the flesh are manifesting than in a church where nothing is happening because people are too afraid to manifest anything."8
Charismatics prophesy a worldwide revival for the end times. They are wrong! Wide-spread turning to Christ is not predicted until the tribulation preaching of the 144,000! Scripture predicts for this period a great number of false teachers, false prophets, LYING signs and wonders, and a great falling away from the TRUTH to follow seducing spirits! Prophecy points to an ever-increasing worldwide apostasy with many false prophets deceiving many, not a revival (Mat. 24:3-5, 11)! "False prophets...shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" (Mat. 24:24)! "Satan" is working toward "all power and signs and lying wonders" (2 Thes. 2:7-9)! He is the master of "great wonders," and "miracles" (Rev. 13:13-14)! Christian, be wary of the demonic deception of the "Signs and Wonders" movement of the last days.
The New Age Religion also received the signs and wonders by the laying on of hands! Humanity is headed for a one-world religion that is open to deception in the name of Jesus. It’s as if the cults use the name “Jesus” as their password for authenticity! The New Age produces unity with diversity and it lacks judgment.9 Some Charismatics are even guilty of presenting the Holy Spirit as a spirit guide.10 Incredible! Satan cleverly turns multitudes to the false teachers while making a mockery of Christianity! Many who follow a feel-good religion are not ready to hear the hard sayings of Christ (John 6:60). The only disciples that the Lord Jesus commends will "continue" in the Word of TRUTH (John 8:31-32)! Test all experiences by Scripture and follow the Lord!
WHAT KIND OF PROPHESY?
We know Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White, and the Watchtower are false prophets. How about the Charismatics who declare, "Thus saith the Lord..." and "God's message for you is..."? Jesus gave a powerful warning. Do not ignore it! "Beware of false prophets ... Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Mat. 7:15,16). The "fruit" of a false prophet is a false prophecy!
By definition, a false prophet is described in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. Explanations in parenthesis are mine. "But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word (just one) in my name (words like "The Lord told me..." or “I just sense in my spirit”), which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. (Censuring false prophets protects people from deep hurt and loss of confidence in God's Word. Do we read: "Let that prophet readjust his figures"? "Forget the past"? "Give him a second chance"? "We all make mistakes"? "He may be just 'kind-of-a-prophet'"? "Wait and see what harm was done first"? No!) And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? (That is a good question!) When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, (False charismatic prophesy is common! God spoke through the prophets when? In times PAST! That’s history! Hebrews 1:1), but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: (Stick with the “more sure Word of prophecy” which is Scripture! 2 Peter 1:19) thou shalt not be afraid of him." (Don't let the scare tactics rattle you. Mature Christians look for Jesus to come, but do not set dates or follow those who do!)
Anyone who goes after false prophets after all the warnings from God is very, very foolish! The Charismatic prophets miserably fail the test of a true prophet. They claim to be 10 to 65% accurate! C. Peter Wagner said in
Rodney Howard-Browne predicted an outpouring of the Spirit in which, "Eyeballs will form, legs and arms will grow out..." He said God will very soon begin to miraculously transport people from place to place. He has the same source of information as Benny Hinn who said, Adam, "with one thought he would be on the moon."13 Astral projection is of the occult, connected with voodoo and the black arts.14
Charismatic leaders LIED about Bob Jones's (not the godly Bob Jones of
WHAT KIND OF REVELATION?
John Hinkle heard a voice saying that on June 9, 1994, "I will rip all evil from the earth" etc. Lacking common sense and a respect for biblical TRUTH, the Trinity Broadcasting Network was sucked in and became the vehicle for the LYING spirit!16 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1)!
Gullible crowds embraced Peter Popoff as he claimed God spoke directly to him while he really had his wife speaking to him by an electronic ear device. Like Lea and Popoff, Robert Tilton had to be exposed by the secular world before this religious movement would censure him. Where is this "spirit of discernment"?
Under “revelation knowledge,” Benny Hinn claimed each Person of the Trinity is triune so "there's nine of them" and "Jesus was born again!"17 Study the Bible and sit under the preaching of a faithful man of God so you won't get sucked into these extra-biblical teachings!
James Ryle, a Wimber associate, said, "The Lord spoke to me and said, 'What you saw in the Beatles--the gifting and sound that they had--was from Me.'"18 Hold the applause; the Beatles were completely antichrist! (Send for a Beatles paper). Ryle's vision from a god was nothing more than a Satanic delusion.
Oral Robert's god held him hostage until people gave him more money! He also made a mistake on the cost of this faith-healer's hospital. Clearly, his god does not know the future! Rodney Howard-Browne does, so he says! He reports occurrences of knowing "what's going to happen one year, two years, three years in the future."19 Folks, God does not give us omniscience. The fortune-teller techniques open up all kinds of delusion. John Wimber said Christ could come at any time; but soon afterwards said little unborn children would live to see the coming of the Lord.20 – That’s like, just blab whatever sounds good at the time!
WHAT KIND OF EVANGELISM?
Dr. Jack Deere, is one of the top theological leaders of the Vineyard Power Evangelism movement along with C. Peter Wagner. He says that the gospel is not about Jesus Christ who died for our sins and was buried and raised on the third day. When probed at length for an answer to explain the gospel, he was asked, "Could you perhaps tell me informally what you believe to be the gospel?" All Deere could say was, "I'm not sure."21
The word "power" tickles the ears of this crowd; so they claim to have "power evangelism!" Larry Lea, "The Apostle of Prayer" for this century, took authority over
These pip-squeaks think they bind the devil while Michael, God's POWERFUL angel had to say, "The Lord rebuke thee." John Wimber personally comes against the devil as he commands the Holy Spirit to help and Satan to leave!22
WHAT KIND OF HEALING?
Frederick Price does not allow sickness in his home so he says; but his wife was treated for cancer!23 Charles and Francis Hunter while holding a healing crusade, sent Francis to the doctor because of pink eye.24
Jamie Buckingham, editor-at-large for the Charismatic Movement's most prominent magazine, Charisma, was pronounced healed of cancer by his wife, Oral Roberts and other false prophets. Buckingham claimed, the still small voice of God told him he would live to be a hundred. He died of cancer in 1992. Religious people need to think! This editor with such great responsibility for the reports and articles to the Charismatic world listened to a voice but it was not God's!25
William Branham, of the Oneness-Pentecostal cult, is one of the great fathers of the modern healing movement. He pronounced great numbers healed who died of the same problems shortly following their “healing” experience.26 Branham denounced the trinity as coming directly from the devil; yet Hagin, Copeland, and Hinn speak highly of the cult leader!27
Various cults testify of healings and blessings flowing from their ministries. Even when healings are real, that is still no proof that they came from God (Deut. 13:1-5; Mat. 7:21-23).To Be Continued ....
Article Submitted by Charlie Carlie.