The Players, Agenda, And Strategies of the Global Dominionist Movement

Rick Warren’s PEACE Plan Millennium Development Goals

  1. Was: Plant churches,  Changed to: Promote Reconciliation: Develop a global partnership for development. (The leadership training for purpose-driven churches parallels the dialectic process, Systems Thinking and team development prescribed by various UN agencies involved in human resource development.)
  2. Equip servant leaders: Develop a global partnership for development. Actually “Lifelong Learning” has been the major UNESCO education goal since the UN agency was founded.
  3. Assist the poor: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
  4. Care for the sick: Reduce child mortality. Improve maternal health. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
  5. Educate the next generation: Achieve universal primary education. The implied aims of UN Millennium Goals and are certain to be included in each of Warren’s five programs – especially in P, E, A and E. Promote gender equality and empower women. Ensure environmental sustainability.

One can say, out of chaos comes order, and with well planned strategies of the elite revolutionaries who drive the UN Agenda, all that is needed is a major crisis for the world to accept the New World Order. Former President George H. W. Bush echoed that assurance. “Out of these troubled times… a new world order can emerge,” he told Congress in a 1990 message aptly titled “Toward a New World Order.” Back then, the opportune crisis was the Gulf War. It helped build public acceptance for the global management system, which had already begun to replace American rights with global rules.[1]

clip_image002Rick Warren, the “America’s Pastor”, or at least, pastor of America’s dialectic church has intended to reinvent the mission strategy in the 21st century by introducing his five pillar PEACE plan by which the church can become the ultimate change agent, or according to Rick Warren, the Global agent: ” If Jesus Christ does not come back in a thousand years from today there will be no organizations or government… there will be a Church.” It is interesting that Rick Warren is partnering with organizations such as the UNESCO (UN Educational, Social and Scientific Organization), and his partnership with the UN is helping merge politics and religion. Bottom line, Rick is using religion to push a world political agenda.

CFR and the Social Gospel (The Council on Foreign Relations)

Rick Warren responded to a radio interview posted at www.familylife.com in the context of “Seeing the AIDS Crisis through God’s Eyes” and how the “Social Gospel” and its excesses might enter into the equation of Rick’s current Global Peace initiative – well, the exchange was telling:

“Bob (the radio interviewer):  Let me ask all three of you – there are some who would look at this emphasis and say, ‘You know, 50, 60 years ago, the church got distracted with what became known as the ‘social gospel,’ and forgot evangelism, forgot the spiritual needs of people.’  Are we in danger of doing that again?”

“Rick:  Well, what happened is the liberals took the social justice issues – racism, injustice, poverty, things like that – and the conservatives, Bible believers, took the personal issues of morality – family, homosexuality, personal morality, and salvation.  Well, who was right?  I actually happen to believe they’re both right – that Jesus cared about both the body and society.  He cared about the spirit.  He wanted people saved, but He also wanted us to act different in society;  and, honestly, I would love to see a new reformation that brings those two back together that says, ‘Jesus cares about the poor, the sick, the lame, the hurting’ – He clearly did – the orphans, the widows, without watering down the fact.  And you know, in my heart, as an evangelist, everything I do has the motivation of sharing the good news . . . Right wing, left wing.  I’m for the whole bird . . . you have to have two wings to fly.”  (Said on the final day of the Dec. 1, 2006 AIDS Conference – Crossroad, December 15, 2006 – The Emergent Social Gospel – CFR and the Social Gospel:  Part 2).

That Warrens “servant leader development” falls under the guidelines of the UNESCO (UN Educational, Social and Scientific Organization), it’s necessary to have a understanding of the UNESCO’s role in international education. The task before the UNESCO is to help the emergence of a single world culture with its own philosophy and background of ideas and with its own broad purpose. Julian Huxley, the first Director-General of the UNESCO and author of “UNESCO: It’s purpose and Its Philosophy” states:

This is opportune, since this the first time in history that the scaffolding and the mechanisms for world unification have become available and also the first time that man has had the means… of laying a world-wide foundation for the minimum physical welfare of the entire human species. And it is necessary, for at the moment, two opposing philosophies of life confront each other from the West and from the East….

“You may categorize the two philosophies as two super-nationalisms, or as individualism versus collectivism; or as the American versus the Russian way of life, or as capitalism versus communism, or as Christianity versus Marxism.  Can these opposites be reconciled, this antithesis be resolved in a higher synthesis? I believe not only that this can happen, but that, through the inexorable dialectic of evolution, it must happen….

In pursuing this aim, we must eschew dogma – whether it be theological dogma or Marxist dogma…. East and West will not agree on a basis of the future if they merely hurl at each other the fixed ideas of the past. For that is what dogma’s are — the crystallizations of some dominant system of thought of a particular epoch. A dogma may of course crystallize tried and valid experience; but if it be dogma, it does so in a way which is rigid, uncompromising and intolerant…. If we are to achieve progress, we must learn to uncrystalize our dogmas.”  p. 61 http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/globalism/julian-huxley.htm

It appears that Julian Huxley’s agenda to reconcile the East and the West, the liberal and the conservative through the inexorable dialectic of evolution fits perfectly with Warren’s view. In His own words he believed both the liberals who took the social justice issues and the conservatives, Bible believers, who took the personal issues of morality, are both right. Whether consciously or simply out of success-oriented pragmatism, the purpose-driven church movement has answered the call. With management guru Peter Drucker as his mentor, Rick Warren’s quest for reformation and transformation serves the UN vision very well. In fact, the two seem to march to the same drumbeat. Like Warren’s vision of transformation,  UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme calls for total transformation to its global system of assessments and control –“a process of individual, collective and institutional transformation.”[2] Sounds a lot like the Social Gospel of the liberal wing who believe the Second Coming of Christ cannot happen until humankind rids itself of social evils by human effort. Social Gospel leaders are predominantly associated with the liberal wing of the Progressive Movement and are mostly theologically liberal, although they are typically conservative when it comes to their views on social issues.

The progressive movement never reaches a final consensus, for “continual change” is an ongoing process: one step today, another tomorrow. To permanently change the way we think and relate to each other, our leaders must set the stage for conflict and compromise week after week, year after year. Dialectical thinking and group consensus must become as normal as eating. Eventually, people learn to discard their old mental anchors and boundaries — all the facts and certainties that built firm convictions. They become like boats adrift, always ready to shift with the changing winds and currents.[3] This is how societies progressively change from decade to decade. Unfortunately, many of our Church leaders are buying into the program and have joined forces to bring about an new Millennial Utopia.

It becomes painfully obvious that Rick Warren, who is embracing New Age Occultic leaders on the platform of his church has become one of the many change agents (See Julian Huxley’s quote above) who deliberately bring opposite views into an arena together where they can conflict.  This is the dialectic process where you bring opposing ideas together to conflict with each other where they will merge together to become a third option.  This dialectic process is evolutionary and is happening not only in the area of Religion, but in economics, in the area of law, and in the area of society.  And there are proponents in all four of these area’s working to achieve one goal, a one world governmental and religious system.  Rick becomes a shining example of a Fabian Socialist who wants Socialism through evolution, not revolution as he embraces the social gospel and social justice which is common for people who are into being Fabian Socialist.  For an excellent video on this subject click here.

Dr. Robert Klenck summarizes on the “Seeker Sensitive” Church Movement: “…in this movement it is imperative that unbelievers are brought into the Church; other wise, the process of continual change cannot begin.  There must be an antithesis (unbelievers) to oppose the thesis (believers), in order to move towards consensus (compromise), and move the believers away from their moral absolutism (resistance to change).  If all members of the church stand firm on the Word of God, and it’s final authority in all doctrine and tradition, the the church cannot and will not change. This is common faith.  Soon we will see why these “change agents” are pushing so hard for change to occur in the church.“[4]

clip_image004 Fabian Society: “Its purpose is to accomplish a social democracy to transform societies and governments not through revolution but gradually.” [Thus A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing is their logo.] Rick Warren says he was mentored for years by Peter Drucker. We have now discovered that Peter Drucker admitted to be influenced by John Maynard Keynes who was a Fabian Socialist. Fabian Socialists are Statist, they are absolutely authoritarian in their philosophy. Their long-term goal has always been a Socialistic Dictatorship with full-imposition of a very legalistic society where the individual is simply a part of the collective. Through the dialectic process, team development prescribed by various UN agencies, international education, the global transformation and world unification prescribed by Rick Warren is becoming a reality. Society is changing, and the church with it. Rick Warren promotes his three legged stool of Communitarianism that calls for a partnership between the government, business, and non-profits.

Thomas Merton is quoted saying “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.” The partnership between government, business and non-profits with the philosophy of world unification (or oneness) only means mankind has traveled full circle, in essence, the journey forward has returned us to Babel. Babel to this day remains the prime example of man’s pride, self-sufficiency and rebellion against God. Babel was the precursor and type of Babylon, the false world system and religion, which is the domain of the Antichrist (Revelation 17 & 18). The core of Babylonian Philosophy is humanism, an attempt for man to make a name for himself apart from God, and the self exaltation of man in God’s place. In Genesis 11 the tower of Babel was a monument to human effort and quickly became a symbol of Divine judgment on human pride and self-rule. In that day, mankind was one, unified, and today as governments and religious institutions create an alliance, we become witnesses of the rebirth of the Babylonian system. Today through the dialectic process, the religious and political systems are slowly bring the masses into a “one mind” mindset and tolerance is it’s key player.

[1] Kjos Ministries: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/006/migration-2.htm

[2] UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme at http://www.peace.ca/vowunesco.htm

[3] http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm

[4] http://www.worldviewweekend.com/index.php

The Players, Agenda, And Power Ties of the Global Dominionist Movement

This Article is Posted by permission and provided by Dawn Ciminski.

     Intro: This is for everyone, religious or non-religious, Catholic or Protestant, Charismatic or Baptist, this affects YOU. If you don’t go to any church, you need to read this because the Dominionist agenda is ultimately political, and it is affecting you and your future whether you realize it or not. If you are a Christian, you NEED to know that this movement has its tentacles into virtually every known denomination. It is impossible to turn a blind eye and think that it doesn’t affect you or your church, because it now encompasses most of the authors, evangelists and doctrines (non-biblical) associated with Christianity. In the evangelical world it’s being advanced through the Emergent Church (Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Rob Bell, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, among many others). You NEED to be aware of the books and authors your church teaches and affiliates with, and closely examine their doctrines. If your church has put an emphasis on experience over doctrine, new spiritual practices over orthodox biblical doctrine, or if it has redefined or expanded anything that has been traditionally considered Christian, it has most likely turned into a Dominionist church and you need to get out. Make no mistake: it is happening everywhere and the people behind it will not rest until your church is transformed into their image. Once-orthodox churches are falling like dominoes under the “Apostolic Authority” if you don’t believe me just look into it.  They are highly organized with virtually unlimited wealth and influence.

     Below is a very detailed, excellent overview of the Dominionist movement within the church and politics. It was written & put together by very dear friends of mine who are also relatives. As you’ll see their expertise on the subject far outweighs my own. It is long but definitely one of the most important things you’ll ever read. If you have to read it in increments over time, I implore you to read it ALL. Thank you and God bless you as the Spirit leads you into ALL truth. As always, FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS ALONG!

One World Government with a One World Church

     Under the guise of many “words”, messages, and terms, one main message is being pushed: globalism and ecumenism.  This is being accomplished on many fronts but of most concern are the doctrines of:

  1. Unity (through the emergent church and one-world government people)
  2. Dominionism (through the Charismatic wing of the Church)

Unity:

     Unity at the expense of doctrine.  Though this message is being preached ad nauseum from almost every public ministry, the main proponents are Rick Warren and Bill Hybels who have both signed a document by the Yale Center for faith asserting Christians and Muslims worship the same God.” [Brannon Howse, Grave Influence, pg. 260]. They are actively working toward the merging of earth’s religions by a.) watering down the gospel of Christ, saying all paths lead to God; b.) Promoting a social gospel in place of the real one; and, c.) aligning themselves with people like: 

Tony Blair: head of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation (to advocate One World Religion and Social Justice) and outspoken supporter of Gay Rights has stated, “God’s Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. Be wary of people who think theirs is the only way. [Brannon Howse, Grave Influence, pg. 260.] Mr. Blair has been a keynote speaker at multiple Willow Creek Conferences and believes doctrinal distinctions are divisive and the enemy of peace. Members of his board include a Zen Buddhist, a Hindu from Minnesota, an Anglican, Rick Warren, a Rabbi, and others. Their goal of healing the divisiveness in the world feeds into the end-time ecumenical effort predicted in the Bible. Mr. Blair is also a member of the Fabian Socialist Labor Party and has given numerous interviews regarding globalism and the need for the religions of the world to come together.

Note: The message of healing doctrinal division is coming from the Charismatic wing as well.  Their answer however, is focusing on “experiences” with God instead of doctrinal theology.

Bono: My husband was asked to attend the Leadership conference at Kentwood community, a video stream from Willow Creek, featuring Bill Hybels with special guests Tony Blair and Bono, formerly of U2 and blatantly Satanic. Bono, whose well-known chant is “Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, all true,” is also working with Tony Blair to promote a One World Religion and Social Justice causes.  In the video conference he told Hybels how Christians had failed because they weren’t helping the poor. As stated in Brannon Howse’s Grave Influence, many evangelicals are promoting a social gospel which is nothing more than socialism in a pretty package. 

Brian McLaren: Emergent Church pastor and speaker at Willow Creek Conferences (namely April 2008) who has said “the cross and hell are false advertising for God.”

Rick Warren: On the Faith Foundation: “I honestly don’t know of anyone better suited for this challenge. It’s why I agreed to serve on the Advisory Board. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s potential for doing good is staggering.”

     On Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals: Warren’s P.E.A.C.E Plan and partnership with the UN is helping merge politics and religion. They are becoming one as politicians use religion to promote globalism and religious leaders in turn promote the United Nations and One World Governmental Goals with politicians. Rick Warren, in serving on the boards of UN Non-governmental Organizations (NGO’s), is legally obligated to promote all the goals of the United Nation’s Global Management System. Cloaked in Christian language, his P.E.A.C.E. plan is a perfect vehicle for meeting UN goals. See:                                                   http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un.htm

     On Peter Drucker and Fabian Socialism: “Rick Warren says he was mentored for years by Peter Drucker. We have now discovered that Peter Drucker admitted to be influenced by John Maynard Keynes who was a Fabian Socialist. Could this help explain why Rick Warren promotes his three legged stool of Communitarianism that calls for a partnership between the government, business, and non-profits? What do Fabian Socialists believe?” [From the Brannon Howse Radio Show, aired On January 3, 2011]

     On Islam: Rick spoke at the Islamic Society Convention in July 2010 in Washington DC. This is an organization affiliated with Moslem leaders like Dr. Siddiqi who has led flag burnings in Los Angeles, cursed the American flag, affirmed his support for terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, and has publicly affirmed the Qur’an, demanding swift justice against those who oppose Muhammad and Islam. 

On New Age: Rick Warren is now listed as a guru. See http://numii.net/word_press/gurus

     Rick Warren also promotes, endorses, quotes, and writes with various New Age leaders. For example, Dr. Leonard Sweet, a popular Emerging Church leader, also considered to be a New Ager, who suggests “practical ways” to “communicate God’s unchanging truth to our changing world” including using a labyrinth or visiting a meditation center. Sweet says, “Postmodern culture is a change or be changed world. It’s time for a Post Modern Reformation…the wind of spiritual awakening is blowing across the waters… [times are changing and you’d better] reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die.” Sweet also thanks inter-spiritualists/universalists such as Matthew Fox (author of The Coming of the Cosmic Christ), Episcopalian priest/mystic Morton Kelsey, Willis Harman (author of Global Mind Change) and Ken Wilber (major intellectual in the New Age movement) for helping him to find what he calls “New Light.” Sweet adds that the “old teachings” of Christianity must be replaced with new teachings of “the New Light.” Sweet also tells his readers that humanity and creation are united as one, and we must realize it. Once humanity comes to this realization, Sweet says: Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of “world-making” faith have helped to create the world that is to, and may yet, be. Then, and only then, will earthlings have uncovered the meaning … of the last words [Thomas Merton] uttered: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.” “The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, one who has experienced something, or he will be nothing.” [Mysticism] is metaphysics arrived at through mind-body experiences. Mysticism begins in experience; it ends in theology.”

For a list of New Age authors, teachers, and other questionable “Christian” leaders Rick associates with, promotes or endorses see: http://www.inplainsite.org/html/rick_warren_new_age.html#RW-Sweet

Bill Hybels:

Advocates and endorses all the above, hosting conferences with all the above people.

Note: Rick Warren and Bill Hybels are products of Robert Schuler, who says: 

     “I was the first person to introduce real church growth to the American Church. …He [Hybels] became the first guy to take these principles, refine them, maximize them to the ultimate length of their potential… I am so proud of him… I think of him as a son. I think of him as one of the greatest things to happen in Christianity in our time. …Bill Hybels is doing the best job of anybody I know!” [G.A. Pritchard, Willow Creek Seeker Services: Evaluating a New Way of Doing Church, Baker, 1996, p.56, quoting Robert Schuller] 

What does Schuler preach?  In his own words:

     “We can pray, ‘Our Father in Heaven, honorable is OUR name…’” [Self-Esteem: The New Reformation p. 31]  “Classical theology has erred in its insistence that theology be God-centered, not man-centered.” [Ibid p. 64]  “The church’s problem is that: 1. It has had a God-centered theology for centuries when it needs to be a man-centered one; 2. We’re not bad, merely badly informed about how good we are; 3. It would be an insult to the integrity of any human being to call him a sinner; and,  4. Jesus knew His worth; His success fed His self-esteem. He suffered the cross to sanctify His self-esteem and He bore the cross to sanctify YOUR self-esteem. The cross will sanctify the ego trip.” [Ibid p. 115]

Dominionism:

     Dominionism theology is predicated upon three basic beliefs: 1) Satan usurped man’s Dominion over the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve; 2) The Church is God’s instrument to take Dominion back from Satan; 3) Jesus cannot or will not return until the Church has taken Dominion by gaining control of the earth’s governmental and social institutions.* [emphasis added]  Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours: The Church In Dominion (Sword Pub., 1990), p. 87.

See:http://www.arkhaven.org/dominionism_trojan_horse_in_charismatic_movement.htm for a good overview.

     Dominionism is a teaching that essentially advocates taking over the world for “Christ.” TO achieve their “transformation” (big buzz word!), objective truth (i.e. fundamentalism, etc.) must be destroyed and replaced with subjective truth (i.e. feelings).  When the kingdom has been subdued, the Christ or “Messiah” will be able to return and the kingdom will be handed over to him.  Until man has sufficiently reached Christ-consciousness, or earned the “anointing,” the Christ cannot return.

     This teaching has reared its head in the church continually over the past 2000 years under various names but was first easily recognized in our day as preached by Paul Cain during the healing revival of the mid 1940’s, along with fellow ministers William Branham, Jack Coe, T.L. Osborne, and A.A. Allen, etc. The movement was officially decried as heretical until 1987 when Kansas City Fellowship leaders Mike Bickle and Bob Jones embraced Paul and his message, serving as a springboard to spread the message to the church.

     Paul teaches the Latter Rain doctrine of the “Manifest Sons of God” which proclaims a “new breed” of believers will attain immortality and conquer the last enemy of death in the last days. According to proponents of this theology we are not to look for Jesus to come back physically but rather, prior to the Lord’s physical return, Jesus will spiritually and invisibly come again to a corporate body of believers. This end-time new breed of believers will be perfected, glorified, and qualify for immortality here upon the earth prior to Christ’s return. Impregnated with the presence of the “Christ,” this indestructible and immortal company will put all things under their feet. These “Manifested Sons of God” will receive divine gifts, including the ability to change their physical location, speak in any language, and be able to perform miracles such as divine healing and raising the dead.  As the “Man-child” of Revelation 12, they will rule and reign the nations with a rod of iron and as the prophetic fulfillment of “Joel’s Army” in Joel 2 and Revelation 9, this army will put all things under its feet as it rides forth as God’s agent of judgment to rid the world of evil by overseeing drastic judgment on all who remain in the ‘old generation.’

     This man-child company is also commonly referred to as; The Latter Rain; Manifest Sons of God; Man-child Company; Dominion Theology; or Kingdom Now.  Teachings include: Progressive Revelation, Revival/Harvest, Joel’s Army, Replacement Theology, Post-Millennial Eschatology or Preterist/Partial Preterist Eschatology, Victorious Eschatology, Signs and Wonders, Territorial Warfare, Ecumenism, Restoration of Apostles and Prophets, Jubilee/Feast of Tabernacles, and the Post-denominational Church.

     Mormons, Jews, Muslims, New Agers, One-Worlders and Christians all call for some form of Dominionism. The goal is ecumenicalism.

     This IS the core issue of the end time deception!  WHO builds the kingdom?  Answer that question and you know which “side” people are on. The charismatic crew, the likes of Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, C. Peter Wagner, Elijah List people, Bill Johnson, etc., are ALL dominionists/preterists/amillenialist!  They all adhere to this teaching.

     The list of names associated with this teaching basically encompasses every Charismatic teacher/preacher publicly known.  The “King” of the movement is:

C. Peter Wagner:

     Known as the founder of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Peter Wagner promotes Kingdom and Dominion Theology. This belief system proclaims that Christians will take over America and the world politically, socially, and economically and usher in God’s kingdom on earth. His endorsement can be found on most popular books circulating in Charismatic Christian circles.

     According to Dispatch Magazine “Wagner is awaiting a ‘critical mass’ of Christians to arise to takeover the political systems of the world.” A NAR produced conference brochure stated “this conference will cause the Body to understand God’s ‘new’ order for this coming era.” A March 2001 article in the Plumbline reported, “When asked what he (Wagner) thought the main stumbling block would be, that would keep leaders from embracing the Apostolic Reformation, Wagner cites, ‘a commitment to tradition amongst ministers.’ Wagner states: ‘I think that some are bound by religious forms and functions that are ineffective and I think in many cases it is demonic influence.”

Gnosticism:

Please make sure you have a thorough understanding of Gnosticism.  What we are experiencing is, in principle, the resurgence of Gnosticism.

http://www.thepearl.org/What_is_Gnosticism.htm

Here are “The Sayings”:

http://www.thepearl.org/Sayings_of_Jesus.htm

     And if you would like it straight from the enemy, here is a primer in Gnosticism, including things like “Continuous Revelation” or “Saga of Sophia and Christ” or “The Inward Quest” etc., etc., ad nauseum!

http://www.thepearl.org/index.htm

The Seven Mountain Prophecy:

     The latest teaching in the Charismatic world is The Seven Mountain Prophecy.  “God” has told the Christians to “use our influence” and strategically place themselves to take over the “seven mountains” of society in order to “advance the Kingdom of God on earth.” This is the exact same seven major fields of world work New Age “goddess” Alice A. Bailey instructed her disciples to take over (see Brannon Howse, Grave Influence, p.59).  Once they do, the “final battle” will be between “self-professing” believers and true believers.

     Rick Joyner, General Jerry Boykin, and Dr. Lance Wallnau are the main proponents pushing this through conferences, The Oak Initiative, and organizations like Transformation Michigan (transformation =  ushering in the new age of the Christ). If you’re interested, read The Seven Mountain Prophecy by Johnny Enlow and Victorious Eschatology by Harold R. Eberle & Martin Trench. These are now “bibles” for the Dominionist crew, laying out their core beliefs and the plan to “take over” for Christ. 

In a nutshell…

     According to Johnny Enlow’s The Seven Mountain Prophecy: Unveiling the Coming Elijah Revolution, the final “mountain,” and the most difficult to take over, will be the mountain of religion.  Why?  Because the whole world will essentially be “converted” in the upcoming revival so everyone will appear to be “Christian.”  First he defines the “holy people” of Daniel 12:7 as religious, “left-brained” Christians (that’s you and me, in case you were wondering) and describes how their power will be “completely shattered… [meaning] a complete dismantling and pulverizing of the religious spirit’s operations… is coming” [pg.134-135].

     Then it gets really ugly. The following quote is quite long, but Enlow continues, p 135-137:

     “Our last religious enemy will be more difficult to discern: that which has come onto the mountain of religion calling itself Christian. Just as Jesus faced the greatest persecution from the very ones who were supposedly looking for the Messiah, so too will the advancing church face its greatest challenge from those who profess Jesus. These will be the final “holy people” to be completely shattered, which means ‘shatter, break, dash, beat in pieces, pulverize’…they will not be our enemies, but we will be their enemies….”

     “Left-brained Christianity will be the last great religious enemy that the church of Jesus Christ will have to face… The reason this form of Christianity will be such a difficult enemy is that, for a season, it will be mixed in with the advancing true church. A time is coming when it will seem as if the whole world is converting or about to convert. No other major religion will be left to knock off the mountain. At this time, the religious spirit will again reinvent himself and team up with the prince of Greece. All those believers who have not been freed from rationalism will come under its power. They will attempt to use Christianity’s newfound power to advance their version of Christianity with reason and sophistication. This last Anti-Christ will look good, but will be in its ultimate disguise – a true wolf in sheep’s clothing. I believe this is the fourth beast horn from Daniel 7:20 – ‘that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.’ The prince of Greece always comes with pompous words…”

     “This most heavily disguised Antichrist will prevail for a season against the saints who have just experienced a tremendous world harvest [the huge outpouring of the Spirit they are expecting, with miraculous signs and wonders to convince the whole world to follow Christ].”

     “Antichrist can also be translated ‘against the anointing.’ The Greek word Christos means ‘anointing.’ (It’s a translation of the Hebrew word for messiah, which also means ‘anointed one.’) This antichrist can ultimately be discerned by its anti-anointing stance. It will be pompous and subtly oppose all the manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power. Believers who live their lives resisting the anointing will become an unwitting part of the Antichrist’s resistance, a tool of the anti-anointing.” [pg. 136-137]     

     Earlier in the book, Enlow thoroughly explains how one can only truly be saved if one is a right-brained thinker.  Why?  Because he claims one can only have true faith if one has “experiences” with God, which right-brained thinking allows due of its subjectivity and reliance on experience.  He further states that Jesus was a right-brained (subjective) thinker who challenged the left-brained (objective) religious people of his day.  The same thing is meant by the phrase “prince of Greece.”  Left-brained Christians are too rational, bring division due to their emphasis on theology, and squeeze out the Spirit of God.  Also, the “anointing” they refer to is the current “outpouring” of the Spirit in Charismatic circles accompanied by uncontrollable laughter, dog-barking, acting drunk in the spirit, and constant special revelation, signs and wonders, and “experiences” with God that are about to bring about a world-wide revival. The question is, what spirit are they really talking about?  What spirit is behind this?  This is the same teaching that has been preached by the New Agers for over 100 years. 

Redefinition of Terms:

As part of this deception, basic fundamental terms are being redefined with Dominionist and/or Gnostic theology. For example:

Anti-Christ:

A person against the anointing

     Johnny Enlow, The Seven Mountain Prophecy: Unveiling the Coming Elijah Revolution, pg 136-137“Antichrist can also be translated ‘against the anointing.’ The Greek word Christos means ‘anointing.’ (It’s a translation of the Hebrew word for messiah, which also means ‘anointed one.’) This antichrist can ultimately be discerned by its anti-anointing stance. It will be pompous and subtly oppose all the manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power. Believers who live their lives resisting the anointing will become an unwitting part of the Antichrist’s resistance, a tool of the anti-anointing.”

Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, pg 79, 81

“The nature of the antichrist spirit is found in its name: anti, “against”; Christ, “Anointed One”… the spirit of the antichrist is at work today, attempting to influence believers to reject everything that has to do with the Holy Spirit’s anointing.  That sprit has worked to reduce the gospel to a mere intellectual message, rather than a supernatural God encounter.”

Christ:

A person who has been “qualified” by being baptized in the Spirit

Bill Johnson, Face to Face with God, p.109

“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 there could be no title.”

Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles, p.79:

“Christ is not Jesus’ last name. The word Christ means ‘Anointed One’ or ‘Messiah.’ It 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.”

Face to Face with God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence, p.200:

“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… Only Peter, James, and John were privileged to be a part of this event. It was so extreme that Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about what they had seen until after His Resurrection… Certain things have no place in our hearts until we know of the Resurrection through our own conversion experience.  Through the Spirit of the resurrected Christ living in us we are designed to carry the same glory. But first we must go up the mountain – to the place where we meet God face to face.”

The Great Commission:

Extending the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Bill Johnson, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 38

“We, the Church, are called to extend His rule on this earthly sphere, just as Adam was called to do. We see this in each commission shown in the gospel… God gave the same instructions: In essence… demonstrate who I am and what I am like. Extend My Kingdom!” “There is no CO-missioning without SUB-mission to the primary mission. So what is the primary mission? …we are to destroy the works of the devil. ‘For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8b).’ That was Jesus’ assignment; it was Adam and Eve’s assignment; it was the disciples’ assignment. Believers, that is your assignment as well. God’s purpose in saving you was not simply to rescue you… His purpose was much bigger, much more stunning: He commissioned you to demonstrate the will of God, ‘on earth as it is in heaven,’ transforming this planet into a place radiant and saturated with His power and presence. This is the very backbone of the Great Commission and it should define your life and mine.”  .”

Bill Johnson, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 46]

“His purpose… is to raise up a delegated group of people who work with Him to destroy the works of the devil, who demonstrate and prove the will of God here on earth as it is in heaven. That is the core of the Great Commission, and it is your privilege and mine to co-labor with Him in it.”

Repentance:

Returning to the Great Commission

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 44:

“Renewing the mind begins with repentance… Jesus said, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ To many Christians, repent refers to having an altar call where people come forward and weep at the altar and get right with God. That is a legitimate expression of repentance, but it’s not what the word repentance means. ‘Re’ means to go back. ‘Pent’ is like the penthouse, the top floor of a building. Repent, then, means to go back to God’s perspective on reality. And in that perspective there is a renewal, a reformation that affects our intellect, our emotions, and every part of our lives. Without repentance we remain locked into carnal ways of thinking. When the bible speaks of carnality, it doesn’t necessarily mean obvious, disgusting sin. Most Christians have no appetite for sin… but because they live without the demonstrated power of the gospel, many have lost their sense of purpose and gone back to sin.  Having a renewed mind is often not an issue of whether or not someone is going to heaven, but of how much of heaven he or she wants in his or her life right now.”

Face to Face with God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence, p.46:

“But the reason we don’t automatically get it is that we have to receive divine grace [as defined in other places, this means favor that we receive through continuous revelation and then must steward] from God in order to see things from His perspective. This process of perceiving and coming into agreement with God’s perspective is called repentance… we repent when our sorrow over sin leads us to the place where we receive power from God to change the way we think.”

Born Again:

Seeing the kingdom of heaven literally displayed on earth.

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 45:

“Jesus said that ‘unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ (John 3:3). What does that mean? Well, Jesus was not saying that we would have visions of heaven, though I know that happens. He was speaking more practically. He was saying that when our minds are renewed, we will see the kingdom displayed and proven as He did in His earthly ministry. That’s what it means to “see” the Kingdom of heaven.”

Gnostic principle/story of the Garden of Eden:

Face to Face with God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence, p.32-33:

“While Adam and Eve were placed in a garden of perfect peace, the garden itself was placed in the midst of turmoil. It was in this original setting that Adam and Eve were given the assignment to subdue the earth. God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28). As they increased in number they would be able to establish and extend the rule of God over the planet by representing Him as His delegated authorities. The reason that the territory beyond the garden was in turmoil was that Satan, one of the three archangels, had set up his rule there after being cast out of heaven for his rebellion and his desire to be worshiped like God. God in His sovereignty allowed the devil to set up his rule on planet earth because His intention was to bring eternal judgment on the devil though mankind, in particular, through the fruitfulness of intimate, co-laboring between God and man. We must always remember that Satan has never been a threat to God. Instead, God chose to give those who were made in His image the privilege of executing the judgment of God on all the fallen hosts. God determined that it would be fitting for the devil’s defeat to come at the hands of those made in the image of God, who worship Him by choice, because it would mean that the devil would be overcome by those who succeeded where he had failed.”

When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles, p.30:

“Man was created in the image of God and placed into the Father’s ultimate expression of beauty and peace: the Garden of Eden. Outside of that garden was a different story. It was without the order and blessing contained within and was in great need of the touch of God’s delegated one – Adam. Adam and Eve were placed in the garden with a mission. God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.’ It was God’s intention that as they bore more children, who also lived under God’s rule, they would be extending the boundaries of His garden (His government) through the simplicity of their devotion to Him. The greater the number of people in right relationship to God, the greater the impact of their leadership. This process was to continue until the entire earth was covered with the glorious rule of God through man. But in Genesis chapter 1 we discover it’s not a perfect universe. Satan had rebelled and had been cast out of heaven, and with him a portion of the fallen angels took dominion of the earth. It’s obvious why the rest of the planet needed to be subdues – it was under the influence of darkness. God could have destroyed the devil and his host with a word, but instead He chose to defeat darkness through His delegated authority – those made in His image who were lovers of God by choice.”

Further Questionable Teachings in the Church:

From The Elijah List                                                             January 10, 2011

Dennis Cramer:

Eleven “Words” for 2011!

It is Time to Dust Off Your Bible!

Picture in your mind, if you will, the image of an unused, dust-covered Bible. Now picture in your mind that this same dust-covered Bible is your Bible! This is not a good image to be sure, especially for a Bible-believing Christian in 2011. Sadly, many Christians now read more books about the Bible then they do the Bible itself.

Consequently, many in the Church have gradually and somewhat unknowingly, become Biblically ignorant, unaware or stunted. And doctrinally speaking, anything goes. There is now wide-spread acceptance of “marginal to heretical” doctrines. Just 25 years ago individuals would have been thrown out of the Church if caught teaching these heresies. How did this happen?

Simply, we have become Biblically ignorant. We have not been diligent to feed on the unadulterated Word of God. We are at best malnourished, and in some cases, starving to death. Biblical ignorance is on the increase in the Church, even to epidemic levels! Like any form of “lack” created by ignorance which can lead to sickness, only the proper “intake,” or in these cases, only proper Biblical education can remedy it.

Warning: We Live in an Age of “Anything Goes” Theology! The Charismatic Church is in Big Trouble!

So, here is my 2011 prophetic “prescription” for this beautiful but Biblically challenged, even unhealthy, Bride.

1. Orthodoxy! I would like to prescribe a good healthy dose of the written Word of God, the Bible. The Church needs an immediate injection of the truth! We must all pray for the Church to return to the orthodoxy (traditional belief) of Scripture. This means a return to the proper reading, INTERPRETATION, and application of the Bible in our lives. There is a growing trend toward some really bad doctrine out there. And we, the Church, must put a stop to it! If we don’t, no one else will! The Church must begin to police herself against unorthodox (false) teaching and bizarre practices. You must reacquaint yourself with the Scriptures and know your Bible.

In 40 years of serving God, I have not heard so much bad doctrine preached from so-called “Bible-believing” Christians – specifically charismatic Christians.

2. Berea! We must pray for a “Berean Revival” in the Church – a revival which returns us all to our roots – our roots in the Word of God. In the Bible, the original Bereans were Believers who “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things be so.” There is a lot of doctrine currently in circulation in the charismatic Church that is highly questionable – even heretical.

Each Believer must begin to “search the Scriptures” for himself to discover whether what he is believing is Biblical or not (Acts 17:11). Stop unequivocally trusting ministers and their pulpits to always and completely preach the truth – some do, some do not. You need to search and know the Scriptures for yourself. If their teachings sound too good to be true – they very well may be! Know your Bible.

3. Preach the Word! (2 Timothy 4:2). It is time for the Church to return to her basic Bible beliefs (fundamental doctrines) and the core values these fundamental doctrines produce. Peripheral doctrines or beliefs are peripheral for a reason, and can lead to dangerous theologically positions and questionable practices. We must stop extracting obscure, vague, single, solitary verses out of context, and stop trying to make major “sound” doctrines out of them.

This “stretching of the truth” must stop. Some of our so-called “proof texts” do not prove what’s being preached at all. We are “twisting the Scriptures to our own destruction.” We must again major in major doctrine and minor in the minor ones. My prophetic word to all Pastors/Teachers for 2011 is simple: “Preach the Word!” Know your Bible.

Some examples of current doctrine circulating in the Church: You must believe me that I am NOT making this stuff up!

• Open Theism: Teaches God is not sovereign

• Ultimate Reconciliation/Restitution of all things

• The “nefilin” children alive on earth

• Open Heaven/Spiritual portals

• Third Heaven experiences at will

• Going to Heaven at will to get your gifts

• Cloud of witnesses/dead saints

• Traveling in time at will

• Transporting physically at will

• Over-emphasis on angels and specifically arc-angels

• Going into trances at will

• Trance dancing

• Going to Hell to discern evil spirits

• Hyper-Grace: Christians do not need to repent of sin

• Meditation/Altered State through soaking music & contemplative prayer

See http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=9490 for the 2011 “Word from God” regarding discerning the false teaching in the church right now.  It’s a good “word” but beware…basically everything on the Elijah List promotes the above practices.  It’s surprising they would make such a “word” public.

Bottom line, it looks more and more like what Paul warned us about!

1 Timothy 4:1

“The Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

2 Timothy 4:3-4

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

2 Thessalonians 2:3

“Let no one deceive you by any means for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first. :10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. :11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.”

When asked what would be the sign of His coming, Jesus first response was “take heed that no man deceive you.”  He continued, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.”

  Deception is always subtle; it creeps in and cloaks itself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  It would behoove us then to understand the enemy’s plans in order not to fall prey to his lies in these perilous days.

Two Kingdoms by Pastor Anton Bosch

Many Christians have been deceived into believing that they can somehow “convert” the kingdoms of this world to become the Kingdom of God. In the process they have put their energy and hopes into bringing about the Kingdom of God by working towards getting more influence with government in order to transform government. Some even believe that Jesus will return once we have transformed the world and created the millennial Kingdom.

This presupposes that the Kingdom of God is a better version of or improved earthly kingdom. But what does the Bible have to say about this?

The first mention of a subject in the Bible is often very significant for an understanding of that topic. The first mention of the word “kingdom” is in Genesis 10:10 when it says of Nimrod that “the beginning of his kingdom was Babel.” It was at Babel that the tower was built that was intended to reach to Heaven and that to this day remains the prime example of man’s pride, self-sufficiency and rebellion against God. Babel was the precursor and type of Babylon, the false world system and religion, which is the domain of the Antichrist (Revelation 17 & 18). It was at Babel that God brought division between the nations and broke their rebellious unity.

Furthermore it is remarkable and significant that the last time the word “kingdom” is mentioned is in Revelation 17:17 where it says that the world rulers will “be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast.” This will bring the world full-circle where they once again are united against God and once again establish Babel/Babylon.

The fact that the first and last mention of the word “kingdom” both relate to the false world system which is united in its rejection of God and that both speak of that which is man-made with an emphasis on man rather than God is not coincidental. By definition any kingdom built by man is anti-god and anti-Christ. The kingdoms of this world have never been, are not and never will be God’s Kingdom. They have different kings, different citizens, function by different principles and have different goals.

When Satan tempted Jesus he “showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” (Luke 4:5-6). Jesus did not deny that this was in the Devil’s power to do and thus He acknowledges that the kingdoms of the world do indeed belong to the Devil. There are many theories as to how and when the Devil acquired them, but the fact remains that they are his to give. Several
times Jesus refers to the Devil as “the ruler of this world” John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11), confirming Satan’s dominion here on earth.

Many Christians feel that things changed after the Cross and that the Kingdoms of the world are now under God’s control. But Paul (after the Cross) still refers to Satan as “the god of this world (age)” (2Corinthinas 4:4). John (also after the Cross) states emphatically that “the whole world lies under the sway (NIV – “control”) of the wicked one” (1John 5:19). Thus the Devil is clearly the one who is in control of the world, its systems and its governments. Romans 13 says that authorities are appointed by God and that they are God’s servants or ministers. This does not mean that they are godly, they clearly are not. Nevertheless God uses them to accomplish His purposes (Revelation 17:17).

At no stage do the kingdoms of the world morph into the Kingdom of God. There is not a single Scripture to support this popular misconception. The kingdoms of this world are so evil that they are completely destroyed (Daniel 2 and Revelation 18) and they will be replaced by God’s Kingdom. This will be a work of God and not of man or the church. “The God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44). (See also Revelation 18 and 19).

Just like many Christians today, Jesus’ disciples also did not understand the difference between God’s Kingdom and political kingdoms. They too thought that Jesus would merge His followers with the world’s kingdoms and thus bring about His Kingdom. But in response to these ideas Jesus clearly said to them: “indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). In other words His Kingdom is spiritual and in the hearts of His people while the world’s kingdoms are political and have physical boundaries. (His Kingdom will ultimately become a physical kingdom, known as the Millennial Kingdom, but as said above, that will come about in a single cataclysmic event when He sets up His Kingdom.)

When Pilate questioned Jesus about His Kingdom, Jesus explicitly stated “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). It cannot be clearer than that.  Jesus is indeed a King and He has a Kingdom, but it is not of this world. The god and ruler of this world and its kingdoms is Satan. These two kingdoms do not overlap, they do not merge and the one does not become the other. They are totally different in substance and have different kings.

These two kingdoms have different destinies. The kingdom of Satan will be destroyed. This means that its ruler, all its systems as well as its citizens will be destroyed. It has no future. No matter what man does to build his towers, hierarchies and empires into the heavens, they will be destroyed and brought to nothing, just like Nimrod’s Babel.

God’s Kingdom, on the other hand, is an eternal kingdom. “Of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:33) and “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever” (Hebrews 1:8). It will never be destroyed and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

When Moses was growing up in the courts of Egypt, Egypt seemed to be an indestructible world empire. There was no end to its power, wealth and influence. Egypt, and later Babylon, Greece and Rome, were true world kingdoms, more than any modern empire. Egypt’s knowledge, art, engineering and political power were dazzling in their brilliance to the extent that we, thousands of year later, still marvel at their glories.

When God began to speak to Moses about a greater Kingdom which could only be seen afar off, it is to be expected that Moses could have thought of God’s promises only in terms of an improved Egypt. God had, after all, used Egypt once before to save the world! Maybe we could excuse Moses if he thought of the Kingdom in terms of Canaan, but he looked beyond that to a “heavenly country” (Hebrews 11:16).

When Moses finally had to make a choice he esteemed “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:26-27).

If Moses could see the invisible King beyond the glory of Pharaoh, and if he placed his vote with the Eternal, how is it then, that so many Christians keep placing their hope in the wrong kingdom?

To read Anton Bosch’s Article Click here

The Elijah List Bio of Todd Bentley

clip_image001Healing evangelist, revivalist, and author Todd Bentley is the founder of Fresh Fire USA. As a teenager, Todd, an alcoholic and drug addict, had a dramatic life-changing encounter with the saving, delivering power of God. Today, Todd and his Fresh Fire team travel the world to lead the lost into the miraculous, delivered and set free—launched into the reality of intimate relationship with Jesus. The passion of Todd’s life and ministry to the nations is souls and to see others experience the transferable, tangible anointing of the Holy Spirit.

God releases His presence and power through Todd’s life in a mighty way, confirming that Jesus still heals every sickness and disease. God has drawn Todd into deep and intimate places of prayer. These extended times in God’s presence have released a fresh prophetic and miracle-healing anointing. Todd believes the Body of Christ needs to be strengthened and encouraged. He ministers prophetically, corporately and personally as well as brings forth the Word of God with the power and demonstration of the Spirit-God confirming His word with signs and wonders following. God has released an increase of the healing anointing into Todd’s life—the blind see, the deaf hear and growths dissolve as Jesus heals every sickness and disease. More here.

The manifestation of the Spirit through the gifts are on an individual bases by the Spirit according to the Will of God for the purpose of edifying the body of Christ and to give glory to God in all things. I contend that though every believer is sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption Eph. 1:13, though every believer is baptized into the Body of Christ by the Spirit 1 Cor. 12:13, not all believers are given gifts as outlined in 1 Cor. 12 & 14 as a personal possession. “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually, as He wills.” 1 Cor. 12:11 is not necessarily saying that every believer has a gift but that the Spirit works through individuals according to His will so as any one individual can manifest any one of the gifts at any given time according to the Will of the Spirit. I don’t see the gifts blanketing the Body of Christ as we are seeing today. Nor can I say that the “gifts” portrayed today are an abuse of spiritual gifts as the phenomena occurring in this present hour are not the biblical gifting’s of the Spirit. If you study biblical history, God has always moved in the remnant, never the masses.

God gives to those who are responsible with what is given them. People act today as though the Gifts of the Spirit are a smorgasbord thrown on a table where people can just serve themselves. Peter taught “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” 1 Peter 4:10-11. The one gifted is to be a steward of such gifting entrusted to them by the Lord for the strengthening of fellow believers, and that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. The gifts are not a free for all to be used at the will and whim of people. Nor are they used to draw disciples after our selves, or to build your own ministry, nor to become popular as though you have the corner market on the gifts or a special anointing.

I believe a parallel can be seen with the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was given to individuals for a specific purpose and then withdrawn. As I said above, every believer is sealed and possesses the Holy Spirit, He indwells every believer. However, the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit are given and then withdrawn according to the “Will of the Spirit” to accomplish a specific purpose. The problem is we claim them as if the gifts are ours, they are not, they are the “gifts of the Spirit” and Scripture is conclusive, He distributes to each one individually as He wills. This is where a lot of confusion exist today, the gifts of the Spirit have never operated on a large scale and the majority of what is seen today is an artificial replication of the biblical gifting’s. If they were not a imitation but truly do originate from the Holy Spirit there would be valid miracles performed drawing people to the Saving Grace of Christ. Instead we see wild claims from our charismatic counterparts that Jesus heals every sickness and disease through men like Todd Bentley. The blind see, the deaf hear and growths dissolve as Jesus heals every sickness and disease? Every sickness? Not even Jesus healed every sickness and disease! In John 5 Jesus went to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews, there he was seen at the pool of Bethesda. On the five porches there was a “great multitude” of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, all waiting for an angel to stir the water that one might enter the pool and be healed. Jesus saw one man there who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years. It was this one individual who received healing, Jesus then withdrew from the pool and went to the temple. Why didn’t Jesus heal all who were sick at the pool? Scripture doesn’t say, but the point is, Jesus didn’t heal every sickness and disease. Only one out of a great multitude of people was healed that day. But one thing is certain, when Jesus did heal, people where completely healed and it was visible and verifiable.

So how can we determine the real from the false today? The lines seem to be blurred, but the answers are easy. First; You compare the message with the manifestation! Second; You judge according to their fruit, you look at their track record. The emphasis has never been on the miracle in Scripture, but on the message. Before Jesus ever did one miracle, he preached “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has drawn near” Matt 4:17. He then went about all of Galilee teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, healing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people, not all sickness and disease vs. 23.

Todd Bentley is nothing more than a recycling of previous movements that stretch back decades. Whether it was meetings held by people like William Branham, Kathryn Kuhlman, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard-Browne, Steve Hill, or any of the so-called Kansas City Prophets, the spirit and basic doctrine are the same.  There’s a common thread of specific heresies that go back a long way.[1] We’ll get to that in a moment, first I think it best to address an issue which has troubled me for some time now.

What of Cessationism?

I have endeavored to justify the cessationist view with Scripture and have come up empty. Most cessationist arguments are from a historical perspective rather than a Biblical exegesis. However, the few verses some do implement become a violation of the hermeneutics they claim to adhere to. Whether we like it or not, we must except and believe all that Scripture reveals of God, His activities and workings in the earth with mankind. 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 fall within the love chapter of the Bible and we see the gifts in contrast to love. The Gifts are partial, temporal, and are not eternal. Everything in this age compared to the perfection of the new creation is at a child like stage including the gifts. But rather than suggesting the termination of the gifts during this age or at an early point in church history, this passage proves just the opposite. “That which is perfect” refers to the completion of God’s purposes after the Second coming of Jesus Christ. There is no other reason other than human opinion to presume to attribute these verses to the conclusion of the canon of the Scripture.

While the inspired Word of God was completed at the end of the first century, its completion did not signal an end to the continuing operation of the very powers it describes.[2] It is possible, though not from a biblical point of view, that the gifts were dormant for a period of ages, still there is evidence that God will pour out of His Spirit at the end of the age that His people will do great exploits. I am not saying that what we see today is that out pouring, on the contrary, what we are witnessing is a counterfeit to that which God does.

Prophecy carries a literal meaning, what some may not be aware of is that there is a significance in prophecy beyond a prophets present day, often their are hidden layers of meaning. Prophecy has a way of repeating itself, cycling through time according to the perfect order laid down by God. For instance, some prophecies have a near and far application. In the prophecy of the seventy weeks in Daniel chapter nine we are told that the physical attack on the Temple and City of Jerusalem happens in the middle of the week. This literally happened twice in Israel’s history since the giving of this prophecy. Once with Antiochus Epiphanes in 168 B.C., and again when the Romans attacked Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Yet Jesus speaks of a future fulfillment of that same prophecy in Matthew 24. Ok, so what is my point and how does is it related to the Gifts of the Spirit? Acts 2:14-21 is my point!

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:’ And it shall come to pass in the last days says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughter shall prophecy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood; Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

It is here we can see both the near and far application of Joel 2:28-32. As peter stated, what was happening on the day of Pentecost was a fulfillment of what Jesus predicted in Acts 1:8, and a direct fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy when God would pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh. Yet we also see a far application here, a dividing line can be seen between verse 18 and 19. The last days (vs. 17) refers to the era of the church from Pentecost to the return of Christ. Joel’s prophecy will end in the midst of monumental signs and in divine judgment during Daniels 70th week. The text itself argues that the outpouring of the Spirit continues from Pentecost until the consummation of the age.

Historically, no argument can be authoritatively conclusive. Recorded history can never provide irrefutable proof and supply an definite finality on an argument. Only Scripture is authoritatively final. And as I pointed out above there is more evidence in Scripture to the continuance of the Gifts of the Spirit than there is on the side of the cessation of the Gifts. However, the lack of proof in history in behalf of the operation of Spiritual Gifts does give a strong argument that the Gifts ceased only to reemerge during the Great Tribulation Period within Daniels 70th week. This is the moderate cessation view and I find myself leaning in that direction.

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia defines Moderate Cessationism by saying: “A moderate Cessationist would also deny the possibility of gifts on a priori grounds. He would deny the existence of manifestations of genuine charismatic gifts in the Church no matter what, even in the event of seeing apparent miracles or healing. However, a moderate Cessationist allows for the possibility of a new charismatic period in the future, when God would powerfully guide His people. This openness to the possibility of a new charismatic period is motivated by premillennialist eschatological expectations, where it is assumed that Christ’s Second Coming will occur before the establishment of Christ’s millennial kingdom on Earth. Within this premillennialist conceptual framework, the Great Tribulation is seen as a future period immediately preceding Christ’s Coming. A moderate Cessationist would insist that the new charismatic period is possible only during the Great Tribulation for otherwise the genuine gifts would be in operation before the Tribulation, and, thus, charismatic gifts could not be rejected on grounds of principle. Moderate Cessationism is compatible with all premillennialist positions (pre-trib, post-trib, mid-trib and pre-wrath).

The moderate Cessationist understanding of the principle of Sola Scriptura is almost identical to the strong one. A moderate Cessationist would agree with all three propositions of Strong Cessationism, but with an important qualification: all three propositions are valid only in the post-Apostolic Age of the Church before the Great Tribulation, i.e. in the period after the 1st century until the days of the Great Tribulation. Thus, in practical terms, both strong and moderate Cessationism are the same. They differ only in eschatological terms, whether the gifts will reemerge in the last days immediately preceding the time of Christ’s Second Coming. The strong Cessationist eschatological view is not a premillennialist, and, thus, does not share the premillennialist conceptual framework, such as the premillennialist view of the Great Tribulation as something belonging to the future.

Biblical grounds for moderate Cessationism is the reference to two powerful prophets of God, Rev 11:3-11. According to a moderate Cessationist, events described in Rev 11 are in the future, during the Great Tribulation. For this reason, a moderate Cessationist has a ready answer to the question why the Bible is so vague about the cessation of the charismatic gifts: the Bible is obscure on this point precisely because the gifts will reemerge during the Great Tribulation. A moderate Cessationist concludes that they will absolutely end at the Second Coming of our Lord, at the end of the Great Tribulation.”

As I said, I lean in that direction though I’m not a staunch moderate cessationist I do view myself as a light moderate cessationist. I do see a gap, sort of speak, between Acts 2:18 and 19. The event described in Acts 2:19-20 is Eschatological and must be viewed alongside of what Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 24:29-30 and Revelation 6:12-17.

The Super Apostles

Although I view the Gifts as being latent what has emerged in the last century with the “latter rain,” “Word of Faith,” and “New Apostolic Reformation” and now the “Emergent Church” is an all out assault on the Body of Christ. Deception from these movements materialize quickly when compared to Scripture. Todd Bentley, Rick Joyner, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton are all joined at the hip and if you’ve read one of their books you’ve read them all as they are simply swapping spit. Pedestal’s are being built by these men acclaiming the raise of the super apostles who have insights into the supernatural which transcends human understanding. Super-apostles look really hip and chic because they claim to be in touch with popular philosophical and cultural trends, and they bring these trends right into the church, doubtless in the name of “being relevant.” Some of the traits of these super apostles can be seen in that they change the parameters of Scripture, re-inventing it to suit the changing times. Their messages go beyond what is written in the Word of God and in the name of Christ they through subtle logic, twist Scripture to appeal to contemporary practices to petition people. What is important to them is not the message of the Gospel, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, but their own standing and status in the Church. They have a new and improved version of the Gospel, and it is costly to their followers who have to pay for everything from special services to prayer and deliverance.

The term “super apostle” is not a newly invented title in the modern age. Paul contended with a group who in their own esteem were surpasser’s of the foundational apostles. These were self appointed apostles who compared themselves to Paul. “Yet I consider myself as in no way inferior to these [precious] extra-super [false] apostles” 2 Cor. 11:5 AMP. It is clear by the context that these super apostles had Satan’s agenda at heart. Because of them, Paul feared the Corinthians minds would be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted devotion to Christ 2 Cor. 11:3. These super serpent apostles brought another Jesus, a different Spirit, and a different gospel from the one they had received and welcomed by Paul. Paul chided them for their tolerance of such lies and deception 2 Cor. 11:4.

Rhetoric is the art or study of proper forms and methods of public speaking, highly emphasized in antiquity. Although only the well-to-do had much training in it, the rhetorical forms and ideas they used filtered down to the rest of urban society through public speeches, in a manner similar to that in which television permeates modern Western society.[3]

Rhetoric was important in Greco-Roman society, including Corinth. Paul’s statement that he is unskilled in speech (1 Cor. 11:6) did not mean he was a terrible speaker. It seems he had been accused of inadequate rhetorical skill by others, however; his writings attest a higher level of rhetorical sophistication than possessed by most people of his day. The text indicates that these super apostles were gaining a large audience because of their rhetorical abilities, with the intent of subverting the Church. Paul says: “For such men are false apostles [counterfeits], deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles (special messengers) of Christ. And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light; so it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. But their end will correspond with their deeds” (2 Cor. 11:13-15).

Does any of this sound familiar to you? If you finish the chapter, Paul could not be a true apostle according to the super apostles otherwise he would accept money for his services. In verse 20 Paul polishes this chapter off showing that these super apostles lives and ministries manifested nothing of the Spirit of Christ. And again he chides the Corinthians for “enduring it if a man assumes control of your souls, and makes slaves of you, or devours your substance, spends your money and preys upon you, or deceives and takes advantage of you, or is arrogant and puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. To my discredit, I must say, we have shown ourselves too weak for you to show such tolerance of us and for us to do strong, courageous things like that to you! 2 Cor 11:20-21 AMP. Verse 20 is a description of just how carnal these super apostles ministry was: it brings people into bondage, not liberty, it devours them selfishly, it’s leaders exalt themselves and not Christ. Why is it that the flesh enjoys bondage and human schemes instead of the simple love and grace of Christ? And nothing has changed today! Men such as Todd Bentley, Rick Joyner, and Bill Johnson degrade God’s people, devour God’s people, defraud God’s people, deride God’s people, and defame God’s people and people seem content to endure and tolerate it. Not to mention their butchery of God’s Word, their false manifestations, and their undermining of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

[1] Lakeland’s Recycled Revival  By Gary Osborne.
http://www.biblical-pentecostals.org/Recycled%20Revival.htm

[2]Spirit Filled Bible; Jack W. Hayford, 1991 Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 1739

[3] Keener, C. S., & InterVarsity Press. 1993. The IVP Bible background commentary : New Testament. InterVarsity Press: Downers Grove, Ill.