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Sunday, 22 April 2012



LAST DAYS APOSTACY IN THE CHURCH "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and
a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah." And
He left them and went away. --Jesus Christ, Matthew 16:4

To the Reader: The Prophetic Movement is a dark, evil wasteland teeming with false apostles, false prophets, hyper-heretics, false healers, and greedy, money-hungry con men and women, all of whom are overshadowed by Satan and his demonic forces.
 
From the Prophetic Movement came doctrines of demons such as: man is a "god" or "God;" Jesus took on Satan's nature, sinned, and had to be born again in hell; God is subject to man's desires and wishes; visits to heaven and hell; fabricated and lying signs and wonders; extra-Biblical dreams, visions, and revelations; man-infested manifestations; prosperity poverty; and one-on-one encounters with angels, Old Testament prophets, New Testament apostles, and "Jesus Christ". 
 
Many within the Prophetic Movement claim to live pain free, disease free, and even sin free (despite 1 John 1:8-10. Notice the word "we" in all three passages). But one thing they won't live free from is old age and death.
 
Now as the many movements within the hyper-Charismatic camp merge into one, they bring their own counterfeit gospel, counterfeit spirit, and counterfeit "Jesus Christ," who disguises himself as an angel of light, and is backed by false apostles, deceitful workers--men and women who appear as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians chapter 11).
 
In 2 Timothy 3:12-13, the Apostle Paul lovingly warned Timothy of what to expect from the world and wolves in sheep's clothing: 
 
Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
 
As with every belief system that is not of God, the Prophetic Movement is falling deeper into deception and delusion. Its buildings are crumbling; its fruit is foul and rancid; its water is stagnant, and its air is contaminated and toxic to breathe. 
 
The Prophetic Movement presents a clear and present danger to the mental, physical, and spiritual welfare of the believer, as well as those searching for the real Jesus Christ. The sadness and damage caused by its leaders and followers to people and the cause of Christ is beyond words.   
 
Therefore, do not be surprised at what slithers in and spews from the mouth of the Prophetic Movement. The worst is yet to come.  
  
This page contains selected articles, information, and videos on the Prophetic Movement, and will be updated as new information is made available. Your comments and questions are welcomed. Feel free to contact Bud Press at admin@christianresearchservice.com .
 
Articles:
 





The Prophet, the 'God' and the Heretic (Manasseh Jordan, E. Bernard Jordan, and Benny Hinn) 

Familiar Spirits at Work (Manasseh Jordan and Benny Hinn) 





POINTS to PONDER (Patricia King, Melissa Fisher, Todd Bentley, IHOP, Caleb Brundidge) 
False Prophets and False Teachers: Pictorial on Modern-Day Wolves in
Sheep's Clothing


 
 
Articles on the Brownsville and Toronto Revivals:
 
 
Audio Clips and Videos:
 
TBN's False Gospels (Trinity Broadcasting Network)
Todd Bentley is not of God, folks (features Stacey Campbell shaking her head violently while delivering a "prophecy" over Todd Bentley. It is amazing that her eyeballs didn't fly out of her head and into the audience)
What About Their Eye-Glasses, Todd? (Count the number of people on stage wearing eye-glasses (at least 11). Todd Bentley's "god" supposedly heals their hernia, cancer, diabetes, etc., but forgot to heal their vision. For related reading, refer to Benny Hinn: A Simple Over-Sight, Perhaps? )
Todd Bentley Violence Collection Video (this video demonstrates a new level of deception that has BAMed its way into the body of Christ. Todd Bentley's dedicated followers are so conditioned and deceived they laugh and giggle at Bentley's ungodly antics) 
An Analysis of John Crowder and The New Mystics Part 2 (at 50 seconds into this video, John Crowder states that, "We are gonna be a people that are so whacked-out--actually, there's coming a corporate trance on the body of Christ, coming to brainwash us. And many of us are literally gonna be caught into ecstasies, caught into trances where we will be taken out! I mean, people, some of your friends will think you're comatose." Later, John Crowder states, "God is dumping out the glory shoobie-boobie juice on a generation like never before.") 
Rick Joyner Manipulation (is it about God or Todd?)












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Revival or Apostasy?
by: Dave Hunt
 turn to the signs which Christ said would herald the nearness of His return. The signs which are most widely cited include "wars and rumours of wars...[when] nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom...and ...famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes...these are the beginning of sorrows" (Mt 24:6-8).
Unquestionably, these specific "sorrows" have been both prominent and accelerating since Israel again became a nation in 1948. Since that time, the intensity and frequency of these signs have increased like the birthpangs of a woman approaching her time of delivery, exactly as Christ foretold. However, the first sign Christ gave has been largely overlooked and His solemn warning neglected:
     And Jesus answered and said...Take heed that no man deceive you.
     For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many....(Mt 24:4,5)
     And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many....(v11)
     For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (v 24) [Emphasis added.]
Concern for this prophesied deception has marked this ministry. Let us take a closer look at the religious deception Christ foretold. He issued a warning: "take heed [beware] that no man deceive you." Its seriousness is emphasized by being thrice stated. Its nature is specified: false Christs, false prophets, and false signs and wonders. His repetition four times of the word "many" indicates a worldwide deception of multitudes.
Paul issued a similar warning: "Let no man deceive you by any means...." He explains that the spiritual deception to which Christ referred will infect the professing church. That is evident from his words "falling away," or apostasy:
     ...for that day [of the Lord] shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin [Antichrist] be revealed, the son of perdition" (2Thes2:3).
While a true Christian cannot fall away, a false Christian can. Fall away from what? From the faith in Christ which he or she has outwardly professed without inward reality. Those few apostates who announce themselves as atheists or convert to Buddhism or Hinduism are not the concern of Christ and Paul. They are warning of a turning from the truth within the professing church. Other scriptures confirm this, as we shall see.
Paul warns us not to be deceived into thinking that the apostasy won't come. It must. Such a warning can only mean that in the last days many will reject the biblical teaching that apostasy is inevitable. The false prophets to whom Christ refers will use their signs and wonders to support their false teaching that revival, not apostasy, is underway. Paul therefore warns not to be deceived with talk about revival: the apostasy must come or Christ will not return!
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           *   "Then the LORD said to me, The prophets         *
           *    prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not,     *
           *    neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto    *
           *    you a false vision and divination, and a thing *
           *    of nought, and the deceit of their heart."     *
           *                       (Jeremiah 14:14)            *
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That fact is clarified by other scriptures. False signs and wonders will be an integral part of the apostasy. The departure from the truth will be spearheaded by apparent miracle workers, and the delusion will be made possible by a prevailing emphasis upon experience over doctrine: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine" (2Tm4:3). Christ declares,
     Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
     And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (Mt 7:22-23).
These apostates of whom Christ speaks do not lose their salvation; they were never saved ("I never knew you"). Yet they are high-profile Christian leaders apparently performing signs and wonders in the name of Christ. Tragically, they seem to think that their ability to prophesy and to perform wonders proves that they belong to Him. The signs and wonders are so impressive that doctrine no longer matters -exactly what we see today!
Surely these of whom Christ speaks in Matthew 7 must be the same "false Christs and false prophets" to whom He refers in Matthew 24. Moreover, the signs and wonders they are able to perform are apparently so impressive that without discernment by the Holy Spirit even the very elect would be deceived by them. Obviously, something more than mere trickery is involved. These miracle workers are backed by the power of Satan, whom they unwittingly serve in the name of the Lord.
Clearly, the Bible predicts a last-days signs and wonders movement-but it will be of Satan, thus a delusion that will deceive many. After a solemn warning that in the last days "perilous times [not revival!] shall come," Paul makes this remarkable statement:
     Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these [apostates] also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith (2Tm3:8).
Jannes and Jambres were the magicians in Pharaoh's court who, through the power of Satan, duplicated (up to a point) the miracles God did through Moses and Aaron. Paul thus declares that the last days opposition to the truth will not come so much from outside the church but from those within who are reprobate conceming the faith, depraved men who corrupt the truth. And they do so by performing apparent miracles in Christ's name but which (when more than mere trickery) are actually of Satan. In that way, they deceive and lead many astray-not out of the church, but into false doctrine and thus a false hope within the church. Satan has no more effective tactic to damn souls!
Consider the example we gave two years ago of Benny Hinn on TBN (with Paul and Jan Crouch giving full support) telling with much merriment of a man's wig flying off when he fell "under the power" after Hinn touched his forehead. The man pulled the wig back on, a bit askew, got up and Hinn touched him again just to see himfall and the wigfly off. This occurred five times, boasted Hinn with a laugh. Was this God's power on display, the Holy Spirit at work? Surely not! Then what was it-this power that Hinn claims to pick up at the graves of Kathryn Kuhlman and Aimee Semple McPherson?
Such questions involving the whole gamut of today's revival scene, from Toronto to Pensacola, must be seriously faced! Videos of the services show people crawling on the floor, howling like wolves, barking like dogs, roaring like lions, going through bodily contortions impossible without the aid of some spiritual power, unable to speak or even remember their names when they try to give a testimony -and worse. Many of those being baptized at Pensacola seem to lose consciousness or shake so violently that they must be carried out of the baptismal tank or they would drown. Others flail about so wildly as to require several men to handle them. Such manifestations were also found in past "revivals" among the Shakers, the Mormons and many other cults. That such things could now be accepted widely as evidence of the Holy Spirit can only testify to the depths of the delusion!
Jude exhorts us to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). Contend against whom? Surely not primarily against godless enemies outside the church. The warning concerns those within: "For there are certain men crept in unawares" (v4). Crept in can only mean inside the church.
Paul confirms Jude in addressing the Ephesian elders: "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them" (Acts 20:29-30). The spiritual deception of which Christ warned would be rampant within the church.
In further confirmation, Christ warned His disciples that "the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" (Jn 16:2)-a most remarkable prophecy. He can't be referring to the slaughter of Christians by the Caesars or by Mao or Stalin or Hitler, for they did not believe they were thereby serving God. Yes, when the Jews killed the early Christians they thought they were serving God; so did the Roman Catholics when they slaughtered the true Christians before and after the Reformation; and so it was when Muslims killed Christians. But none of this was the complete fulfillment of Christ's prophecy.
"Whosoever" is the key. Neither the Pharisees, the popes nor the Muslims were alone in killing Christians. Others pursued them to the death at the same time. But Christ is saying that a time is coming when whosoever (in other words, everyone) who kills Christians will think he is serving God thereby. That can only mean that a world religion to which everyone must belong is coming, a religion that will seek to exterminate true Christians in the name of God. John saw the same scene in the future:
     And it was given unto him [Antichrist] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them....
     And I beheld another beast...he exerciseth all the power of the first beast...and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast....
     And he had power to...cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed (Rv13:7-15).
To summarize, the scriptural warnings foretell the very delusion we find in our day: 1 ) a false signs and wonders movement led by many false prophets; 2) many being deceived through these seeming miracles; 3) the rejection of the biblical teaching concerning apostasy and the insistence that we are in the midst of, or at least are building up to, the "greatest revival in the history of the church." Such is the prevailing teaching today among charismatics and increasingly among evangelicals. The promise of revival will be part of the last-days deception, Paul warns, so beware. Instead, in the days preceding the Rapture there will be a great apostasy, a falling away from the faith. Don't be part of it!
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         *  Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs  *
         *  and wonders, ye will not believe." (John 4:48) *
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That we must earnestly contend for the faith against those who have crept into the church implies that the battle is not so much one of faith against unbelief, but rather of true faith against false faith. And that, too, is precisely what we see today. Articles in leading medical journals cite studies showing that those who have any "religious faith" are more likely to recover from illness. Christianity Today recently ran a major article naively promoting these studies as though they were supportive of the truth.1 Instead, God has been reduced to a placebo that can come in any shape, size or color.
Multitudes of Christians imagine that faith is believing that what they are praying for will happen and that if they truly believe, they will have whatever they ask. Obviously, if things happen because one believes they will, then one does not need God. This is mind power, not the "faith in God" Christ taught (Mk 11:22). It is faith in faith, which Kenneth Hagin and his followers such as Copeland and Price teach, calling it "the law of faith," which even non-Christians can use to get alleged miracles.2
The great tragedy is that evangelical leaders who ought to expose error commend false prophets instead. A prime example was Norman Vincent Peale. In 1984, on the Phil Donahue program, Peale said, "It's not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine ...I've been to Shinto shrines, and God is everywhere." Shocked, Phil Donahue responded, "But you're a Christian minister; you're supposed to tell me that Christ is the way and the truth and the life, aren't you?" Peale replied, "Christ is one of the ways. God is everywhere."3 Yet Peale, whose many heresies and occult practices were flaunted before the world and church, has been praised by evangelical leaders, from Billy Graham on down, and his books and magazines are read by millions of evangelical Christians!
The topic on everyone's lips and mind today is revival. Christian TV and radio and bestselling books persuasively argue that we are in the midst of the greatest revival of Christianity in the history of the world. Enthusiasts point to the signs and wonders occurring in such places as the former Toronto Vineyard, the Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida, Benny Hinn's church in Orlando, Florida, his huge televised crusades, etc.
It comes as a shock to many to learn that the word "revival" does not appear even once in the entire King James Bible. The hope of revival which excites so many today is not even a biblical concept. Ask yourself a few questions: Is Christ not indwelling us? Is He not in our midst each time we meet? Are we not to be filled with the Holy Spint at all times? Is not the Word of God sufficient? Why, then, run after signs and wonders as though unusual manifestations prove that God is at work, while neglecting what God has already given us? We will return to this topic in the future.

The Great Apostasy

by Jackie Alnor
www.apostasyalert.org

[This is continuation of Part 1: The End Times at TBN]

Bible Prophecy — Subject to Change

In the early days of TBN, the idea of an immanent Rapture set the tone of TBN eschatology (the study of last things). In fact, Paul and Jan Crouch would get excited any time world events signaled a warning that trouble was escalating in the Holy Land. They would bring on their regular end-times experts. Besides Hal Lindsey, there was Doug Clark, Charles Taylor, Dr. Steuart McBirnie, Chuck Smith and a host of other experts who would analyze current events to see where we were on the Armageddon clock. It was always about one minute to midnight, according to their estimates.
One particularly interesting Praise the Lord program featured Lindsey, Clark, and McBirnie hashing it out over whether the rapture would take place ‘pre,’ ‘mid,’ or ‘post’ Tribulation. It was a friendly discussion, yet Crouch always took the pre-trib position with his friend, Lindsey.
Up until around 1988, just about every Praise-a-Thon focused on the immanent rapture of the Church as an incentive for people to call and get in on the final gathering of souls before it was too late.
“I have asked you this question a hundred times or more,” Crouch wrote to his supporters in his January, 1987 newsletter. “WILL YOU GO WITH JAN AND ME another mile? Will you hold our hands up another year? This could be the final one you know. This could be our ‘ Battle of the Bulge!’” :”(TBN Newsletter Vol. XIV No 1 – January 1987 pg. 2, emphasis in original.)”:
In fact, the following year, 1988, Crouch was so confident that Jesus would return during the coming Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah, that TBN altered their regular programming during that Jewish feast on September 11-13, 1988, and played re-runs of prerecorded shows that focused on the rapture.
“But to Christians curious about Bible prophecy, ” wrote William Alnor in his book, Soothsayers of the Second Advent, “It was also the target date on which Edgar C. Whisenant, a former NASA engineer, told the world that Christ would rapture the church into heaven.”
Whisenant’s book, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988,” had made an impression on the Crouches, which could also have contributed to Jan Crouch’s subsequent disenchantment with the pre-trib rapture position.
Although Paul Crouch always held onto his belief in the soon return of Jesus, his wife, Jan, appeared to be going in a post-millennial direction. In the early 1990s she began what looked like a boycott of programs that focused on the traditional end times views. Yet, when scandalized Pastor Earl Paulk2 and other anti-rapture guests would show up, Jan would be there and share their enthusiasm.
Any time the subject of “Kingdom Now” doctrine would arise Jan would show her excitement about that view that Jesus would not return until the church has ruled over the earth for a thousand years.
On the other hand, Paul Crouch began expressing what is known as the “latter rain” or “manifest sons of God” doctrine that says that before Jesus returns, there would be a second Pentecost that would result in a final great revival that would herald the Lord’s soon return. The Crouch home seemed divided oh the subject of Bible prophecy.
But the possibility of an any day rapture made for good fundraising. In the January, 1990 TBN newsletter, Paul Crouch wrote, “Beloved Partners, our world is changing dramatically. . . When you add all the natural disasters, the shaking of the Church to its very foundation, PLUS the great outpourings of the Spirit at home and abroad — WE WHO KNOW THE LORD realize that this is IT! The 1990′s will be the last GREAT HARVEST of souls. And YOU and YOUR TBN are a vital part of this HARVEST. . . Jan and I depend on YOU to help keep this MIGHTY LIGHTHOUSE ON THE AIR!” :”(TBN Newsletter Vol. XVII, No. 1 – January 1990, pg. 2, emphasis in original.)”:
Later that year, during the Fall, 1990 Praise-a-Thon, old time tent revivalist R. W. Schambach confirmed TBN’s position that the 1990s was the final decade. “Get ready for the greatest move of God you have ever seen,” Schambach thundered in his typical style. “This is the final decade! This is the countdown hour!” :”(Schambach, R. W. – Fall 1990 TBN Praise-a-Thon)”:
Benny Hinn also verified Paul Crouch’s assertion that the rapture would occur in the 1990s. “Paul, I can say this,” said Hinn during the Fall, 1990 Praise-a-Thon, “Are you ready for this? We may have two years before the rapture . . . I’m going to show you scriptures tonight that are going to send goose bumps up and down your spine, up and down your legs and maybe in your brain . . . Can I be blunt with you? I don’t know if we have two years left.” :”(11/9/90 Fall 1990 Praise-a-Thon)”:
Crouch was quick to grasp onto the revelation. “Benny’s got me all excited,” shouted Crouch. “He’s going to open the scripture. Could it be that we only have two years left before the rapture of the church of Jesus Christ? I don’t know, but I’m gonna be looking.”
By the mid-1990s crying wolf over the immanent rapture was losing its effect on TBN supporters, so they turned to other methods to get the phones to ring. Crouch’s exasperation really began to show in 1992 when Hinn’s prediction failed. “I told Hal Lindsey the other day,” Crouch lamented, “that if Jesus hasn’t come by the year 2000, I’m holding he and Dr. McBirnie, all of them, personally responsible for this. It has to happen within the next few years or we misread the whole thing! I mean we gotta go back and reinterpret the whole thing.” :”(Spring 1992 Praise-a-Thon)”:  (Could this be why Paul Crouch finally cancelled Hal Lindsey’s program under the pretense that Hal was getting too anti-Muslim?)
The disappointments of the delay in the Lord’s return have resulted in a new attitude in other TBN regulars as well. Pastor Phil Munsey, a TBN regular host and Praise-a-Thon speaker, expressed this exasperation. “Now some of you are saying, ‘Brother Munsey, you’re saying that Jesus Christ is not going to come for another generation?’ Yes! That’s what I’m saying. Somebody say, ‘well my God, what if you’re wrong?’ Well, everybody else has been wrong for a long time. I’m gonna go on the other side.” :”(Munsey, Phil on Cornerstone Network Telethon, 10/1/99)”:
The apostle Peter prophesied about this change of attitude in the church in the last days. “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:3-4).
After the disappointment of 1988, the idea of Jesus coming to establish his Kingdom gave way to TBN establishing the Kingdom for Him, a concept that started out as incentive to make converts but developed into a cry to take over the wealth and power and rulership of the planet. Quoting a verse that prophesied a future time of the millennial rule of Christ after His return, the headline of the March, 1990 TBN Newsletter read: “THE SAINTS SHALL TAKE THE KINGDOM. ‘But the saints of the most high shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.’ Daniel 7:18 KJV.”
Crouch continued, “Sounds like FIGHTING words to me! Praise God, we are finally understanding that IF THIS KINGDOM IS GOING TO BE TAKEN we are going to have to DO IT in Jesus’ name.” :”(TBN newsletter Vol. XVII, No. 3, March 1990 p. 1, emphasis in original.)”:
To this day Paul Crouch seems to drift between the two views. He speaks of taking over the kingdoms of this world even while he’s waiting for the King of kings to come back and take over where TBN leaves off. TBN bankrolled a movie about the battle of Armageddon called ” Megiddo” produced by the Crouches’ second son Matthew Crouch and his company Gener8Xion Entertainment. The younger Crouch seems to enjoy the prestige of producing Christian ‘fiction,’ since it seems that is all it is to him.
TBN’s first end-times movie, “The Omega Code,” launched Matthew Crouch into star status in Hollywood. And though both movies presented a contemporary timing of the Great Tribulation, the younger Crouch does not share his father’s any day expectancy.
On one Praise-the Lord program hosted by Matthew and his beautiful wife, Laurie, he told guest Kim Clement that he hopes Jesus doesn’t come back soon because he has too much to do. Clement, who is Matt’s personal prophet, told him that “we have a hundred years left to become that spotless bride.”
Matthew also made a similar statement to a reporter for Charisma Magazine. In the August, 1999 issue of Charisma, we read: “Does Matt Crouch believe Jesus’ return will happen soon, perhaps at the onset of the next millennium? ‘No, I don’t, and we are not trying to say that in the movie,’ he said. ‘I still have too much to do.’” :”(Charisma Magazine, August 1999, “The Omega Code Set for Fall Release,” pp. 16-17.)”:
Also on another Praise-the-Lord program Matthew took aim at prophecy teacher Jack Van Impe for using a fear of prophetic speculation to get people to buy their books and videos. He called this tactic despicable, overlooking the obvious fact that TBN invented the tactic and set an example for others.
Benny Hinn gave Paul Crouch an order supposedly from God not to allow the TBN empire to pass to anyone but one of his sons. Paul Crouch has confirmed over and over again that his sons are his heirs for the network. TBN’s Vice President Paul Crouch Jr. might be the only hope for reforming the network should the baton be passed to him. He is more of a behind-the-scenes guy who is the least flamboyant in his family and by many accounts is closer to promoting sound doctrine. But Matthew, the younger of the Crouches’ two sons, is more visible in front of the camera at TBN and once Paul Crouch retires, TBN’s eschatology would be in for a major makeover. Matthew is unapologetic about his differences of opinion with his father on this subject.
“I thought of the scripture about the wheat and the tares,” Matthew said to Clement. “It’s almost like the church, even on TBN, even on Christian television, we’re all on the same team trying to win — It’s like there’s just a tearing right down the middle of mindsets that you either think it’s doom and gloom and we’re gonna be raptured out of this stinkin place or we’re gonna take it back for the kingdom of God.”
“That’s where I stand,” Clement responded. “Me too,” said Matthew. :”(Praise the Lord program on TBN, 6/1/99.)”:
The parable of the wheat and the tares in the Bible refers to the separation of the saved from the lost.
Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field. “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.” (Matt. 13:36b-40)
For Matthew to compare the two sides as “wheat and tares” puts his own father in with the tares that are to be gathered and cast into hell. If Matthew is so bold to make such statements today, think how it’s going to be when he’s the one at the helm. If Matthew and his prophet Clement ridicule the idea of the rapture and call it negative and “escapism” today, how will they treat the believers in the rapture camp tomorrow?

Whose Side Are You On?

Since Paul Crouch claims that TBN fulfills Bible prophecy and is God’s end times tool to finish His Great Commission, it becomes imperative to examine his claims in obedience to Scripture.
And that is the main objective of this book — examine TBN’s fruit, doctrine, and claims to see if they line up with the sure foundation of the historic Christian faith as revealed in God’s Word, the Bible. The Word of God is our only anchor and sure foundation in a time when spiritual fads blow in and out at such a rapid clip as we see today.
Bible teacher John MacArthur put it well:
First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: ‘But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.’ The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says, ‘Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world’ (1 John 4:1). According to the New Testament, discernment is not optional for the believer — it is required.” :”(http://www.gty.org/IssuesandAnswers/archive/discern.htm — Issues & Answers web page)”:
For the sake of discussion, we are going to limit ourselves to the two most popular views of what the church should look like just before the return of Christ. Is she a scattered remnant of true believers or a united army of victorious warriors?
The letters to the churches addressed by Jesus in the book of Revelation best describes the visible church at the end of the age. Theologians have long pointed out that the seven churches not only reveal the churches that existed at the end of the first century when the apostle John wrote the book, but that they are a prophetic glimpse of church history from beginning to end.
Listed there are two faithful churches, the persecuted church at Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia that will be kept from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. :”(Revelation 3:10)”:
Jesus has a rebuke for four of the other churches that have a few faithful ones within, but as a whole these four churches hold false doctrines. Yet Jesus still counts them as the visible church as they name the name of Christ. The last of the seven is the one that has no redeemable value and is a peek at the last church age that names the name of Christ. For this “church” Jesus has nothing good to say. That is the church of Laodicea.
Bible scholars have noted that with each church age represented by these seven churches, there is an overlap during the time one age fades away and the new one arises, though there are pockets of each of the seven throughout history. So during the time that the Laodicean church comes on the scene, the true church of Philadelphia is losing influence.
The church of Philadelphia is not presented as some great ruling class of powerfully anointed Christians. Rather Jesus says she has “a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Rev. 3:8).
It would seem that the body of believers who escape the Great Tribulation is not a powerful force but one left with a “little strength.” They have remained faithful to the Lord by accurately handling the Word of truth. They are not embarrassed to share in Christ’s humiliation and suffering and walk humbly with their Lord.
Throughout the gospels Jesus tells his followers that they are “the salt of the earth.” Salt is something that gets sprinkled all over, not piled up in a lump. He also compares His followers to lights in the darkness. In this analogy, again the lights must be spread out. And after the Lord ascended into heaven after His resurrection, the book of Acts tells us that His disciples were scattered around.
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the Word” (Acts 8:4).
The Bible is consistent in showing that though true believers are one in Spirit, they are scattered geographically until that great day when He gathers them together.
And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt 24:31).
The apostle Paul reiterates this view:
that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth — in Him” (Eph. 1:10).
The church in the last days is clearly seen in the parable of the ten virgins in the 25th chapter of Matthew’s gospel. All ten virgins have lamps but only five of them have oil in their lamps, while the others do not. They needed the oil in order to light their lamps so they could see the arrival of the Bridegroom. The five with the lit lamps were watchful and living in anticipation of the coming of the Bridegroom. The others were careless and obviously not anticipating that the Bridegroom’s coming was near.
In biblical symbolism the oil represents the indwelling Holy Spirit. The wise virgins were filled with the Spirit, although they too were given to sleep, much like the apostles when Jesus was about to be betrayed. The ministry of the Holy Spirit would be evident in the lives of the true remnant. He will direct the true church in sound doctrine and truth.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13)
The virgins without oil in their lamps look like the others outwardly, but are not of the same Spirit. They are foolish and are not watchful and miss out on the wedding feast. Jesus must have had them in mind when He said, “the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness” (Matt. 8:12).
If the five virgins with the oil are the ones that are kept from the hour of testing, as is promised to the church of Philadelphia, then the unwise or foolish virgins that are left behind are summed up in the very last of the seven churches — the professing Christians who weren’t watching and get left behind. They are professors — not possessors.
This is what Jesus thinks of them: “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ — and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked . . .” (Rev. 3:17)
So this final church is outwardly very wealthy in this world’s riches but bankrupt when it comes to inner quality. A closer look at these foolish virgins is seen in the book of the Bible just before the book of Revelation — Jude.
Jude, the Lord’s earthly brother, identified these professing Christians as those we would encounter from within the church. “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation” (Jude 4).
So these people that name the name of Christ would introduce false doctrine, turn grace into an excuse for lewdness, and indulge in sexual immorality. They would be noted for going on feelings, or what Jude compared to animal instincts (vs.10) and revile devils by their own authority. They would be greedy and prophesy falsely for profit like Balaam, serving their own selfish needs.
They also flatter each other to gain advantage and are very boastful of themselves. They walk after their own lusts and are complainers and grumblers. Jude says they defile the flesh, which is a difficult statement to understand, but it could refer to those who abuse their bodies with substance abuse or put other harmful things into their bodies, perhaps even things like silicone and animal collagen. They are also very sensual — going by the senses — and they cause division in the body of Christ.
During the time of the Great Tribulation, this church becomes what is referred to in the book of Revelation as the Great Whore. Her characteristics include the power to perform lying signs and wonders; she is drunk with the wine of her fornication, which means spiritual unfaithfulness. She is in bed with the world and conspires with kings and world leaders, who eventually turn on her. Her influence is worldwide and she exports her goods globally. Just before God lowers the boom on her judgment, He commands true believers to come out of her. “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins and lest you receive of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4).
Another name for her is Mystery Babylon, which is a revival of the old mythology that always opposed God’s purposes, as she deceived the people with her sorceries. Not only does she have many craftsmen, but she also produces music of all kinds (see Rev. 18:22).
The church in Philadelphia bears the fruit of the Spirit and “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires,” according to the book of Galatians. The fruit in their lives is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23).
Compare that to the list of the works of the flesh, which characterize the church of Laodicea. “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like” (Gal. 5:19-21).

The Great Apostasy

The change from the church of Philadelphia to the Church of Laodicea is what the Bible refers to as the “great falling away” or the great apostasy.
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12).
Historically, there has always been apostasy in Christendom. Therefore this great and final sign before the beginning of the Great Tribulation has to stand out from all the other heresies and cults of the last 2,000 years. As with the other signs of the times that Jesus gave, like birth pangs, the ultimate fulfillment will be an extreme case compared to the similar signs leading up to it. Jesus said that in this world we will have tribulation and indeed we have, but the Great Tribulation will be a global condition that makes all other crises in history pale by comparison.
Conditions in the world are gearing up for the time that God will pour out His wrath on a Christ-rejecting world. And the apostate church, in bed with the world, is also rising in power and global unity. God will allow them both to prosper and take root until the cup of His indignation is full and ready to be poured out. :”(Revelation 14:10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angelsand in the presence of the Lamb)”:
It is not my intention to paint the Crouches and all of TBN programming as apostate, but to sound a warning of the direction I see the network taking away from the faith once and for all delivered to the saints. If they heed the warning, not only sounded by me but by many voices of concerned watchmen in the church, they still have time to repent and make a course correction before they are totally given over to believe a lie and be damned. If they have no love for the truth, the Bible says that is their fate.
They did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thes. 2:10-12).

By David Wilkerson
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In a letter to the Christians at Thessalonica, Paul speaks of a future event he calls "the day of the Lord." He writes:
"We beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).
Some theologians believe the "day of the Lord" Paul refers to here is the final judgment. However, I believe with most scholars that Paul is speaking of Christs second coming. And Paul states that Jesus return will not take place until two things happen:
1. A great apostasy will occur. Many who once knew God will fall away from the truth of the gospel theyve known.
2. The Antichrist, or man of sin, will be "revealed."
It should be obvious to every lover of Jesus that a "falling away" is already taking place. Many believers today, as well as Christians throughout the past few decades, have grown cold in their love for God. With that in mind, Id like to focus on Pauls second point - that the day of the Lord wont come until the "man of sin is revealed."
What, exactly, does Paul mean by this phrase? Is he saying Jesus wont come back until the Antichrist has been enthroned as a world ruler, and we all know his identity? I dont think so. Paul knew that Christ could return at any moment. Jesus himself says hell come when least expected, in the twinkling of an eye.
I believe we find a key to Pauls meaning in his use of the word "revealed." The Greek meaning here is "uncovered." I believe Paul is saying, "Jesus wont come until the Antichrists full plan and agenda are exposed, and the church is made aware of it."
Of course, the Antichrists plan has already been exposed in scripture. Paul declares, "The mystery of iniquity doth already work..." (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Hes saying that a mysterious form of sin, even now at work, will usher in the Antichrist. Apparently, a spirit of iniquity will fall upon lost humanity, gripping peoples hearts so powerfully that the man of sin will ascend to power quickly.
Yet there is another meaning to this phrase, "mystery of iniquity." It comes from a Greek root meaning "silent initiation." Paul is talking about a secret initiation into the cult of the Antichrist - a subtle, demonic influence he saw taking place in his own day.
Right now, this same mysterious spirit is at full seductive power, preparing masses of people to receive the man of sin. Thousands daily are being brainwashed, silently and in secret, to be initiated into his fold. And this satanic work is happening so fast and so efficiently, the man of sin could ascend to power in the not-too-distant future.
We dont need to see some physical revelation of the Antichrist before Jesus will come back. His satanic spirit is already being manifested in thousands of brainwashed believers!


Paul Fully Explains the
"Mystery of Iniquity."


Paul says the mystery is simply this: Satan is going to seduce masses into depths of lawlessness! The Greek word Paul uses for iniquity in this passage means, literally, lawlessness. Therefore, the mystery is one of lawlessness - meaning, multitudes are going to act without law or restraint.
Yet, this lawlessness is not simply a rebellion against the rule of man. Its not about rebelling against civil authority, or about committing robbery, rape or murder. These things do provoke Gods wrath. But the mystery of lawlessness goes much deeper. It is an outright rejection of the truth that is in Christ - a casting aside of Gods holy word and commands. It is rebellion against the restraints of holy scripture!
This spirit of lawlessness is rampant in our nation today. Its the very force behind the legislation that seeks to banish God from our society. This is the same spirit that Satan used to deceive Eve. He told her, in so many words, "God is easy - he wont punish you for disobeying. You can eat the fruit and indulge your lust. You wont have to pay for it!"
That was a deadly lie from hell. And Satan is using the same lie on Christians today to advance his mystery of lawlessness. Day after day, hes convincing masses of believers they can indulge their sins without paying any penalty. Its a demonic scheme to pervert Christs gospel of grace, turning it into a message of licentiousness!
Tragically, many lukewarm Christians are succumbing to this spirit of lawlessness. Some have already been initiated into the cult of the Antichrist. Theyre ripe to accept the man of sin when he comes on the scene, working miracles and solving problems.
You may think, "I would never be fooled into following the Antichrist." But Paul says the Antichrist will rise to power because people will be blinded and deceived by their own sin: "...after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).
Satan will deceive masses of people by convincing them of a subtle but powerful lie. What will his lie be? Hell convince the world as he convinced Eve: "God doesnt punish for sin!"
Paul says this deception will come "...with all deceivableness... because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved" (verse 10). He then adds, "For this cause [reason], God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (verse 11).
The apostle is saying, "Those who refuse to obey or respect Gods word will fall under a powerful delusion. At first theyll wink at their sin. Theyll justify it. But soon theyll actively seek out a message of easy grace. Theyll invent a grace that is far beyond what God intended. His grace never leads to license. It always leads to repentance!"


Our Nation Is Right Now
Under a Strong Delusion!


America today is under the seductive power of a satanic lie. Yet, before I say anything more, please know I speak here not as a Democrat or a Republican. What I have to say has nothing to do with politics - but everything to do with spiritual truth. The fact is, our nations leaders have cast aside Gods word completely, showing no respect for biblical truth. And now the Lord had allowed a deception to fall upon us!
The demonic lie blanketing America today is a false peace. Its the idea that we can do whatever we please with no fear of consequences. Weve already crossed a line in this deception - and now judgment is inevitable.
Paul lays out this divine judgment in Romans 1. He speaks of those who once held to biblical truth but later tried to retain the truth in unrighteousness. In short, they wanted Gods word and their lust at the same time. So the Lord turned them over to reprobate minds. They wanted to believe a lie - so he sent a strong delusion upon them!
This is the very state our nation is in right now. The President told the entire country, "I didnt commit this sin," but later he was exposed for committing the very act he named. Today, eighty percent of Americans have turned a blind eye to both his sin and his lie, saying none of it matters. As prophesied, truth is fallen in the streets.
Americans are also gambling on the stock market like drunken sailors - and theyre prospering. In addition, a survey says sixty-five percent of college students cheat and think theres nothing wrong with it. People of all ages are treating Gods laws casually, thinking, "What Im doing must be okay, because Im getting away with it."
Now this very attitude has crept into the church. Multitudes of Christians today watch R-rated videos or surf the Internet indulging in pornography. At one time their consciences would have tormented them. But now they reason, "All of our leaders are getting away with it. Everybodys doing it. Why cant I?" Theyve fallen under a demonic delusion!
Its true - we constantly hear lies, cover-ups and manipulations from our nations capital. But the strong delusion our nation is under isnt simply about the sordid mess in Washington, D.C. No, Satans deceiving power goes far beyond those treacheries and depravity. His big lie is an outpouring from hell against Gods people!
Paul warns, "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 [lies]" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
Who are these deceived masses Paul is talking about? Theyre deceived Christians! He wrote this letter to the Thessalonian church - to born-again believers! He was addressing people who had sat under biblical teaching and known Gods truth. Yet they had held onto their lusts - and now they sought out heresies that would comfort them in their sins!


I Believe Deceived Christians
Will Be Among Those Who
Pledge the Greatest Allegiance to the Antichrist!


The wicked have always been "destitute" of the truth - despising it, trampling it, mocking it with disdain. I saw an example of this recently in the New York Post, as one writer confidently declared, "Science has now replaced faith."
But Pauls greater concern was always for those whod known the way of truth, confessing their faith in Christ, yet who flirted with sin. Paul wrote of those who attempt to hold the truth in unrighteousness - an act that enrages God. "Who changed the truth of God into a lie...for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections..." (Romans 1:25-26).
Others, held in bondage by their lustful pleasures, turned to false teachers to try to find peace. They ended up accepting "... damnable heresies...and many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of" (2 Peter 2:1-2).
All of Pauls messages on apostasy and the Antichrist were aimed at such carnal Christians. They werent meant for the idolaters of Rome, the heathen of Greece, the pagan tribes in unknown places. Pauls message was one of great importance to the church - and he wrote it to be read in churches, directly to believers!
You see, Paul was calling Gods people everywhere to love the truth - to search it out, study it and obey it. He wrote, in essence, "Let the truth be your guide! Dont turn aside from it. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see it, ears to hear it, and a heart to love it. Otherwise, youll open yourself to deception - and youll end up believing a lie. Satan will be able to initiate you into the cult of Antichrist!"
I witnessed this kind of deception recently as I viewed a videotape of a prosperity-gospel convention. I could hardly believe what I saw. An evangelist told the audience, "Youre all going to get drunk tonight!" - meaning, I supposed, drunk on the Spirit. But soon many in the congregation were staggering around like literal drunks!
The evangelist himself was held up by two assistants, who paraded him in front of the congregation. At times this man hissed like a snake. Others in the audience crawled on the floor, howled like wild animals or doubled up with "holy" laughter.
At one point, a musician began singing, "Run for the money!" The songs lyrics said, in essence, "If you run hard and fast enough, youll get rich, rich, rich!" Suddenly, people began racing wildly around the building, singing, "Run to get rich!"
Please understand - these people were not ignoramuses. They were all well-dressed and seemed intelligent. As I watched them I thought, "Who has bewitched these people? How could they accept such a foolish, unscriptural gospel?"
I concluded that at one time most of them had sat under a true gospel and heard convicting messages. But apparently they didnt want to hear that plain, simple gospel anymore - and now they had bought a lie. They had a lust for money - a spirit of covetousness - and so they ended up seeking out this prosperity teacher. He would teach them how to serve both God and mammon!
Im convinced those people could listen to a powerful sermon exposing their whole false system of faith - and yet they would never hear a word of it. Theyd been given over to a strong delusion - and they believed the devils lie! Paul called such deluded Christians "...men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Timothy 3:8). They knew the truth, but they resented it!
I believe the Antichrist is going to arrive as the greatest prosperity preacher of all time. Hell surely be a religious personality, someone who promises health and wealth. And those who are being brainwashed right now by false teachers will end up being his strongest supporters. Theyll accept him as a true man of God.
If you dont believe this, simply recall the scriptures. The Bible says that in the days just prior to Jesus return, Satan will bring such an overwhelming flood of seduction, hell attempt to deceive even the elect, if that were possible. It wont matter how long a Christian has walked with Jesus; hell face temptations hes never had in his life. Even the strongest believer will be tempted to doubt Gods faithfulness and mistrust his holy word.


The Believer in the Greatest Danger of Being Deceived
Is the One Who Gladly Hears Gods Word -
But Wont Obey It!


Paul writes to the Galatians, "Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" (Galatians 5:7). "...who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth?" (3:1). The apostle was asking his flock, "What happened to you? You were doing so well. But now youve been brainwashed!"
Throughout scripture, God gives us a clear picture of how important it is for us to obey his word. We see one such example in the life of King Saul. God gave Saul clear, specific commands through the prophet Samuel. He instructed Saul, "Go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass" (1 Samuel 15:3).
Did Saul obey this command from the Lord? Scripture tells us, "Saul smote the Amalekites...and he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive...Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them..." (verses 7-9).
God had given his word to Saul in crystal-clear terms. Yet after Saul went into battle, he obeyed the Lord only in part. Rather than destroying everyone and everything, he spared king Agag - and he even kept some of the spoils of battle.
Samuel was grief-stricken at this. He told Saul, "The Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?" (verses 18-19).
At this point, scripture gives us a grievous, chilling word: "Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments...." (verses 10-11).
Does this describe your life? Has God told you in no uncertain terms to deal with a certain lustful habit in your life - yet you keep clinging to it, refusing to cut it off?
Right now, his Spirit may be speaking to you in a kind, wooing voice, saying, "Your lust stands between us, interrupting our communion. I can no longer bless you while you persist in it. Trust my Spirit to help you. Lay it down now, my child." But soon God may speak to you in anger, saying, "If you wont lay down your lust, Ill expose it - and it will destroy your life!"
God rejected Saul for his disobedience. Samuel told Saul, "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king" (verse 23).
Thats when Gods Spirit left Saul. The kings halfhearted obedience had opened him up to Satans influence. Soon an evil spirit troubled Saul - and he ended up seeking counsel from a witch!
Perhaps as you read the account of Sauls life, you wonder, "But Saul tried his best. And he didnt do that badly. Why was God so severe on him? Why didnt he forgive Saul?"
God is telling us through this passage that he means what he says! Hes saying, "Im showing you how I feel about your obedience to me. I want all your heart, all your love - not just a halfhearted obedience!"
Now, if the Lords message to Saul had been foggy or unclear, wed be justified in saying he should have made an allowance for Saul. But his direction to Saul was so clear; there was no doubting what he commanded. Likewise today, we have no doubt about what God has spoken to us. We know what his commandments are, because he has revealed them to us by his word and by his Spirit within our hearts.
You may answer, "But what God did to Saul happened under the Old Covenant, under the law. We live in a day of grace now. Surely the Lord wont be as severe on us when we disobey as he was on Saul."
Here is Gods word on the matter under the New Covenant, a covenant of grace:
"(God) will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
"But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: for there is no respect of persons with God" (Romans 2:6-11).
Let me spell out the difference for you between Saul in the Old Testament and all believers under the New Covenant: whenever a person truly has a desire to obey Gods commands - when that person loves and respects Gods word - the Holy Ghost supplies him with all power and ability to fulfill those commands. That is the blessed provision of the New Covenant.
Saul didnt have that kind of holy desire. But any believer who truly loves the Lord and his word is able to mortify all lust, bringing down sins dominion by the power of the Holy Spirit within him.
Paul gives this strong word of warning to the believer: "Thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?" (Romans 2:3). Hes saying, "Are you testifying that youre a Christian, telling everyone to obey Gods laws - yet youre in adultery yourself?"
"Despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" (verse 4). Paul adds, "God has been merciful to you all this time, dealing with you kindly and lovingly. Dont you realize all his goodness, mercy and grace are meant to lead you to repentance?"


What Is the Point
of This Message?


I want to say this to you above all else: the Antichrist is going to come on the scene as the greatest prosperity preacher in all of history. And the devil is already picking halfhearted believers to be initiated into his cult. Soon there will be no more restraints on our society, and Christians will be more vulnerable than ever to demonic seductions.
This is just what happened to many German Christians in Hitlers day. When Hitler came to power, with a charismatic personality and promises of the good life, even lukewarm Lutherans and Pentecostals accepted him. And later, as he began to work his evil on society, they looked the other way, rejecting the truth of Gods word.
Of course, some powerful voices for the gospel rose up in those churches. But a shocking number of believers ended up following Hitler and even praising him, crying, "Heil (or, "Hail!") Hitler!" They bought the lie - and God put them under a strong delusion!
I ask you: Do you sit under strong preaching that lovingly exposes your sin? If so, do you allow that word to convict you? Or, do you go right back to your lust without grieving at all?
If youre rejecting the warnings of the restraining Holy Ghost - if youre disobeying God time after time, without any heart-grief - then youre being recruited for the cult of Antichrist. The devil is silently initiating you into his mystery of iniquity. And when the promising, miracle-working Antichrist comes along, youll be swept up in his lies and given over to a delusion!
Listen to what Paul says about compromising believers who refuse to love and obey Gods holy word: "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:12). Woe to those who know the truth about their lusts, but who dont believe God will judge them!
Here are the ominous results of not believing and acting on Gods truth:
1. The heart becomes hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
2. Satan works on the hardened heart to justify itself, so that its relieved from all fear of penalty.
3. When God sees there is no possibility that this heart will receive and obey truth, he turns the person over to satanic delusion.
4. The believer becomes blinded by the lie that says there are no wages for sin and no judgment day, and that he can get away with his lustful pleasure.
5. The believer falls prey to doctrines of demons, thinking evil is good and good is evil.
6. He eventually drifts so far from Christ and the truth, he becomes blinded to who the Antichrist is - and he ends up worshiping and serving him as a god.
7. On judgment day, God will say to such a person, "Depart from me, you worker of iniquity!"
Beloved, it doesnt have to be this way for any of us. God has made a covenant promise to remove all delusion from us and give us victory over sin, through the power of Christs cross. All he asks is that we declare war on our sin, saying, "I wont make peace with this habit. I refuse to abide it. Deliver me, father, by your Spirit!" When he hears this prayer, hell send such Holy Ghost power and glory from heaven, the devil wont stand a chance!
Pray right now that God implants in you a great reverence for his word. Ask him to help you be disciplined in your reading of the scriptures. And ask the Spirit to help you take to heart what you read - to believe that God means what he says!
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