And just this past Memorial Day, I was thinking how wonderful it is that I live in a nation where Christians are not facing very much oppression. Then today I read the following. Be sure to follow the link to read the full story.
|Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies
Now they may have to endure the hassle of a federal lawsuit, to try and continue having church meetings without being hassled by local officials. It seems California is too often the area where Christians face hassles in everything from home schools, Christian private schools and now in San Diego even house churches are being hassled. Pray for the Lord’s swift return.
Related post: Legal Persecution of Christians in the West Has Begun.
You never hear what the false prophets don’t say when they deliver their prophecies. However, I have stumbled upon a technology which can fill in the subliminal parts of their messages. Here are some of the results. The missing parts that I was able to fill in are in parentheses.
From Rick Joyner, Jan/Feb 1990:
“There will also be some new wonders coming to the church. (People will wonder how we false prophets get away with our deception so easily.)Â We had some of these just recently where (the super false prophet) Bob Jones and I (a major false prophet) (never) heard angels singing twice in a meeting. This didn’t even take any faith, it was so loud and so clear (and so non-existent), it was like a choir (not) singing. Another time, we had the odor of incense fill a meeting for about 15 minutes (then we blew out the scented candles).Â It was so intense that you couldn’t help but smell it (was cinnamon) …He (never) gave it as a witness that He was receiving the intercession from these people, the prayers and their intercession. He had said He would (not) come with a sign that we would smell the (phony) incense. It came so powerfully faith was hardly needed (However, group hypnosis was essential.). And we saw the wind of the Spirit blow so hard at a meeting you could see people’s hair blowing! (Then we turned off the fans.)Â So He is (not) coming (to any meetings) a whole lot more dramatically (because His Word says it will be as the lightning flashes from the east to the west). As one brother said, ‘This hardly takes any faith (just extreme suggestibility), it is so (not) obvious.’ But when He comes in ways like that, it is always to give a message (that this manifestation is false). He is not just trying to tickle our curiosity or our interest in (false) supernatural things, He is (not) trying to say something to us (because He has finally spoken to us by His Son through the original apostles).
Benny Hinn on TBN May, 2000:
“(Dear, duped) ladies and gentleman, Jesus is shaking the world! Now something else is happening that is to me (not) awesome! Absolutely (not) awesome (at all)! The Lord is (not) physically appearing in the Muslim world. I’m telling you, Paul, I am (not) hearing it now more and more and more. Since we preachers cannot go there, Jesus is (not), just going there Himself (because Paul says, “How shallÂ they hear without a preacher?” And, the answer is, “They can’t.”). Since we preachers are not permitted to go in, He is (not) just showing up Himself. You know the Scriptures says clearly that the Lord did appear, did He not? Ah for forty days, isn’t that right (to the original apostles only)? And the Scriptures says He, He, He even, He even appeared to Paul (last of all). He’s ( in no way) doing the same thing today in the Muslim world. He’s (not) appearing, hear this, He is (NOT) appearing to Muslims, saying I am Jesus of Nazareth! And (of course) they’re (not) coming to know the Lord (by this false method)!”
“I know deep in my soul something supernatural is (not) going to happen in Nairobi Kenya. Paul and Jan are coming to Nairobi with me (to help spread error, a different spirit and another Jesus with their vast network), but Paul, we may very well (not) come back with footage of Jesus appearing on the platform. You know that the Lord (never) appeared in Romania recently and there’s a (fake) video of it, where (something other than) the Lord appeared in there back of a church and youÂ see Him on video walking down the aisle, Yea. Paul do you remember when I came on TBN years ago I showed you a (phony) clip of the Lord appearing in our church in Orlando on the balcony on the wall? Yea you remember that.
“Yea (no), (not) very well. I (don’t like to admit I ever) saw it.”
A Message from Ruth Heflin to Benny Hinn TBN, April 2000:
“(False prophetess) Ruth Heflin said, the Lord (never really) spoke to her recently, and she called my wife and told her to tell me, that Jesus (never, ever) said to her, that He will appear physically on the platform in one of our crusades. She said, ‘Tell Benny, that the Lord (has not) told me that He is going to appear physically on the platform, and the crowds will (not be able to) see Him, on the platform.’ Dear God my hair is (not) standing up!” It may very well (never) happen in Nashville! She said, thousands (of deeply hypnotized people) will see (someone other than) the Lord, on the platform!”
Well, you can see that this technology is really just old-fashioned satire. It is effective in exposing the sandy foundation of error. It is open source and freely available to any discerning believer who can rightly divide the word of God. These people above and all their comrades-in-arms are dangerous wolves who have no godly principles. They do not honor the Word except to appropriate it to give their deceiving words the illusion of credibility. It works with the unlearned, the unsuspecting and the false brethren. Beware them and their ilk. Do not support them in any way.Â Â Do not receive their messages. Especially, dear saints of God, do not inquire of them, for read what God says to us about doing that, “the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired” (Ezekiel 14:10b) Repent of all entanglements with them lest you be swept away with them in their error.
(This post was written by Stan, with Independent Conservative providing editorial support.)
Some of you who have been reading this blog a very long time may recall when some of us spoke about YouTubber Ephesians511 being kicked off YouTube. They were exposing the Bynum/Weeks mess before many realized it was a mess. Their findings caused some of us to say “whoa, that woman and her (former) husband are worse than I thought they were”… And this was way before all the parking lot beat down stuff.
Well I got a plesant surprise when the YouTuber known as Ephesians511 contacted me and mentioned they now run the blog Pure Truth. From there, they are now keeping with the passage of scripture they held to on YouTube.
|Ephesians 5:11-12 (New American Standard Bible)
Rather than be disgraceful by only speaking of the problem in secret, they are now exposing bad fruit in the open via a blog.
Lord willing, yes .
I know some of you have been asking about the slowdown in posts here on this blog. Thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts. Me and my house are well and have been fine. (Oh darn, the prosperity heretics and others of false doctrines can’t say I somehow fell into despair for warning saints to avoid them.) Nothing more than various schedule changes, that resulted in less time to do blog posts the way I find it best to do them. So rather than make quickie posts to fill space, I wait till the Lord wills time to do new posts right. I do have one in particular in the works and Lord willing look forward to other future posts as well.
Always keep in mind. Jesus is your only hope. You can’t please a perfect God of yourself and Jesus is your only means to the Father and eternal life. The finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross, giving His life for the sins of God’s children and His having been raised from the dead, are the only hope anyone has. Trust and beleive in Jesus, the Only Son of God. The Father sent His Son and those who beleive are sealed by the Holy Spirit. All the work God, not man’s hands, because God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You can’t save yourself, only God can save because you are His creation.
It started with Jacob when he fled for his life from his brother Esau. When he reached Bethel, he received a dream about a ladder to Heaven. In it, God promised to be with him and keep him on his journey. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God. (Genesis 28:20-21)
What we just read was the first instance in the Bible of a saint asking for material blessing from God. Jacob limited his request to food and clothing. In effect, he asked, “Please don’t let me starve to death or freeze to death.”
That prayer was uttered in the Old Testament, but its teaching resounds throughout all Scripture. It’s these same basic things that Jesus refers to in the Sermon on the Mount: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. (Matthew 6:25). Continuing, He says, So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31-33). The expression “all these things” refer to food, drink and clothing. The “Our Father” also limits temporal requests to “daily bread.” Paul tells us the same thing: But if we have food and covering, let us be content with that. (I Tim 6:8).
Food and clothing are the perishables and the consumables of life. We’ve enjoyed an uninterrupted stream of these things in America. Well-stocked supermarkets and stores abound. Such widespread prosperity is not often the case, though. Famines, droughts, economic upheaval, war and other disasters are common curses on earth that can reduce these things to a trickle. As Paul says, riches are uncertain. Yet, God tells us we may pray for these basics, every day if need be; for He promises to supply them. “I was young, now I am old, and I have never seen the righteous forsaken, or his children begging bread.” (Ps. 37:25) We are to be content if we have these things; not only content, but also thankful; not only thankful, but also generous to those without these things, especially believers.
Jacob recognized God’s prerogative concerning “the extra” when he finished his prayer with, “and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” (Genesis: 28:31b). Notice that Jacob did not ask for any specific amount of wealth. He left the amount up to God. Jacob is teaching us that we are not to ask God to make us rich, or even to hope He will; but, we may certainly ask Him to supply our basic needs. Whatever above those necessary things we receive in this life is God’s will.
What is also important in Jacob’s vow is that he did not assume that he could “tithe first to get later.” Yet today, this man-made doctrine is expressly taught in churches. What Jacob actually said was that he would “tithe of what God would give him.” Whatever that amount turned out to be, it would be over 20 years before Jacob gave that tithe (Genesis 31:38). Jacob was following the pattern of his grandfather, Abraham, who tithed from the spoils of war. Abraham had recognized the power of God in that heavily lopsided victory he won over the four invading kings who had taken his nephew, Lot. (Genesis 14). Just as God had been with Abraham to grant him a victory; so too, God granted Jacob a victory over Laban who kept cheating him out of his pay. (Genesis 31:7-13). Therefore, they both tithed afterward in appreciation of the God Who delivered them from their enemies.
Christians are warned against the deliberate pursuit of riches. The desire to be rich is in direct opposition to God’s Word and causes us to err from the faith. “they that desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:9-10)
James gives us his blunt denunciation of those who seek God to acquire personal gain. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:3-4) To seek wealth from the hand of God makes us His enemies. It makes us adulterers and adulteresses; idolators and coveters. It is one thing to pursue riches on our own. That’s evil enough. It is quite another to ask God to grant our lusts. That is deliberately provoking Him to His face. Let us obey what James commands those who seek worldly gain from God: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (verse 7-10).
James has more to say about pursuing money: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. It is not wrong to work hard in businessÂ or to make smart investments, if you have such means. That is not what is evil. What is evil is discontentment; seeking to become rich and boasting about what the grand results of your investments will be. Whether our efforts yield little or much, we are to say, “Let the Lord’s will be done;” and be done with it. Such a trusting attitude removes evil intent as well as takes the stress and worry away from us. It also honors God “who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” ( 1 Timothy 6:17b)
Laodicean believers found all the wealth they desired, for they boasted, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ (Revelation 3:17a), but God sent leanness into their souls. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. (Psalm 106:15).
What was the “leanness” of the Laodiceans? you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. (Revelation 3:17b) These terrible conditions are the many sorrows that we pierce ourselves through with when we lust for money. It is what we are buying.
The only cure is Godliness with contentment: To be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, whether we abound or are abased. Let us have a loose hold on this life and its blessings. They’ll be gone all too soon, it will seem. It is what Paul admonishes: But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess. . .(1 Corinthians 7:29-30)
The Doctrine of Gain being taught by so many churches has attracted multitudes who want God to make them rich. Yet, typically, they already own much more than their basic needs. They are blessed enough not to have to ask for their daily bread. Yet, many more believers than they have lived throughout the millennia with little. Those who currently live in the third world or who are under persecution need daily provision from the hand of God. They have been forced to leave their houses and their goods, with nothing but God, Who said He will supply their needs, even on the run. He has told all of us that He would never leave us or forsake us.
But, American Christians want even more than they have. The multitudes of mammon-worshipers have heaped to themselves many teachers to convince them that gain is godliness. So, they teach them to tithe or give in order to receive back up to a hundred-fold. Or, they are told to speak incantations over their bank accounts or wallets. Marilyn Hickey and Kenneth Copeland, to name a couple of examples, have openly taught this witchcraft.Â Â Teachers such as Benny Hinn and Dutch Sheets tell them that God wants to transfer the wealth of the wicked to them. They believe that If they give a Passover Offering, or rush to their phones to give impulsively to a LeSea, Inspiration Network or TBN telethon, that heretofore ungranted temporal blessings will be delivered to them by angels.
These teachers, no matter how ungodly their teachings, no matter how antagonistic they are toward God, have been made excessively wealthy by their devotees. They greedily purchase their books and DVDs; they pay conference and seminar fees and happily give their tithes and offerings to them, all so they can be told that God wants them rich. I know. I believed that tithing to my church would result in divine provision; that the windows of Heaven would open if I put my 10% or more into the so-called “local storehouse.” [However though, I never saw private giving in such a light. I enjoy that too much to be mercenary about it. I don't want anything back from that in this life.] After leaving the church that taught this doctrine, and being freed from it, I quickly repented of my enmity toward God in the attempt to bribe Him with tithes. My prayer is that if you have such motives, that you will realize you have become an enemy of God and a friend to the world; and that you may go to God in repentance.
Our only protection from this insidious lust for wealth is to repent of it, to cast aside as unclean the destructive teachings of the Gospel of Getting. Let us seek the grace of contentment with whatever God gives us. If God grants us much, that is His business. May we not be guilty of pursuing riches so as to lay up for ourselves treasures on earth. If we have abundance, let us not trust in it, but let us do good with it by being “ready to give and willing to share.” Let us use our goods to help needy brethren and worthy ministries. By doing so, we will lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven where no thief, moth or rust will ever take them away.
(This post was written by Stan with [very minor] editing by Independent Conservative.)
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