Statement #1 There will be a great awakening and worldwide revival in the last days.
The Bible is full of references to a falling away, a great apostacy, and false doctrines being taught in the end times, not a great awakening. All Christians yearn for revival and spiritual awakening and there will be times of revival and salvation for non-believers, but the Bible clearly teaches that the end times will be a time of deception. When Jesus was asked what the sign of His coming and the end of the age would be, it is not an accident that the first words out of His mouth were: "Watch out that no-one deceives you." (Matt. 24:4) Read the rest of that chapter to get a clear picture of the end times. False doctrines and false teachers abound today telling people that there is a golden age ahead starting in the year 2000, a time when the whole world will be Christianized and revival will turn the world upside down, preparing the way for Christ to return. But the Bible is clear that deception will be the norm rather than great revival. (Mark 13, 2 Th. 2:3, 2 Pet. 2:1) You may reply that Matt. 24:14 tells us that the gospel will be preached to the ends of the earth before Christ returns. This is being done now in missions, television, and evangelistic outreaches (much more effectively, by the way, than the "power evangelism" being offered by these groups). The reason for this is that the gospel of the cross is rarely being preached at the churches in the Third Wave movement. The message of the redemption of Jesus Christ on the cross for us and the new life He creates in us is being superceded by a gospel of signs and wonders in the Third Wave churches. The Bible does not say that angels rejoice over signs and wonders. (Lu. 15:10) Perhaps we shouldn't either. Lu 10:20 "However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
Read these articles in: Jubilee 2000,
Statement #2 The Toronto "Blessing" and Brownsville "Revival" are different moves of God and are not connected.
The Toronto "Blessing" began with meetings including "anointed" mentors such as Kathryn Kuhlman, Rodney Howard-Browne, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and others. John Arnott, pastor of the Toronot Airport Christian Fellowship, had hands laid on him by most of these people, most notably by Benny Hinn and Randy Clark. This movement was taken to other places in the world. It was very sucessful in Great Britain where over 3000 churches have been affected. One of the first churches there to receive the "anointing" was the Holy Trinity Brompton church. Subsequently, evangelist Steve Hill of Brownsville AOG visited the Holy Trinity Brompton church in England and received the "anointing" from Sandy Millar. He then carried it back to his church, where the main pastor, John Kilpatrick was already into the movement and his wife had been "slain in the spirit" from a visit to the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship church directly. The deception involved here is that Brownsville AOG, Pensacola continues to deny any connection to the Toronto "Blessing" and holy laughter movement in major media and in thier attempts to bring the "anointing" to unsuspecting churches. This despite a statement made to the contrary by thier pastor, John Kilpatrick, about the manifestations at Brownsville: "Falling on the floor - (being slain in the Spirit) - Resting in the presence of God ... Laughter ... Shaking ( head, hands, feet, and body ) - Sign of a much deeper happening. Not just the body is shaking, but there is a Prophetic shaking. This is often a type of intercessory prayer. People who shake are often used Prophetically ... Deep bowing." There is obviously equivocation here if not outright deception. The Bible is clear about lies and deception: Isa 32:7 The scoundrel's methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just. Pr 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free. Ps 144:11 Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. 2Co 4:2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
Read the articles in: Pensacola "Outpouring"
and Toronto "Blessing"
Statement #3 Modern-day prophets need not be 100% accurate in their prophesies.
The Bible is clear on this: De 18:20-22 "But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death." You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him." This precept is not countermanded in the New Testament. I believe that this is for our own protection. I have seen, especially of late, "words of knowledge" and "prophetic" messages to the church getting way out of hand. Some Christians mistake human intuition and even demonic voices, whether actually correct or incorrect, for the "still small voice" of the Spirit. Sometimes people are "proclaiming", "declaring" and "speaking things into being" so loudly it becomes almost impossible for them to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit anymore. It is a dangerous thing to promote what you are saying as a direct word from God. The problem is this: if you are teaching false doctrine, you still have the possibility of seeing the error of your ways and repenting. But once you say, "Thus saith the Lord" and what you have prophesied about the future does not come true, then you are a liar and false prophet and church discipline must be applied. In my opinion, a person who prophesies falsely should never again be allowed to prophesy the future in the church. He may be allowed to preach as long as he remains in sound doctrine. If not, church discipline also applies. Only God can truly forgive false prophesy when a person choses to speak directly for Him. The church should ignore false prophets. People who continue to sit under their teaching are opening themselves up to deception.
Read this article: A
Different Gospel? and articles in: False Prophets
Statement #4 The Bible is God's revelation but God is still giving revelation today through apostles and prophets that may be new revelation not found in Scripture.
Heb 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." God does not change His revealed way of doing things, His "modus operandi" and divine character continue to be the same and are consistent throughout Scripture. "To the word and to the testimony". The Bible is the picture that God has painted for us. If the types of manifestations that are being attributed to God in this movement are a "new" picture He is painting for His church, then the picture is one of chaos, wild "whirling dervish" experiential highs, ugly manifestations like demonic-type howling and grotesque body twisting and shaking, little or no deep Scriptural teaching, and the preaching of a gospel that is overshadowed by signs and wonders. All post-Scriptural revelation must square with Scripture or it is not to be accepted. Otherwise, we are left with only subjective statements and existentialistic proclamations. Get rid of the absolute authority of Scripture, and you are left with people who claim to speak for God like Joseph Smith, Mohammed, Jim Jones and the Bahgwan Sri Rahjneesh (now dead, thank the Lord!).
Read this article: A
Different Gospel? and articles in: Third Wave
Doctrines and General Apologetics: Third
Statement #5 All Christians should join together in ecumenical/interfaith unity to promote world peace and evangelism.
If you feel that you have a lot in common with the Roman Catholic Church, whose pope invited leaders of many different religions to the a Roman Catholic church in 1985, including tree worshipers with a prayer by a Buhdist monk to a Buhda set up on the altar there -- then you might also have felt right at home attending Jubilee 2000. The Roman Catholic Church was a major player in preparations for Jubilee 2000. The following organizations joined together in unity wiht many Christian groups for Jubilee 2000: Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions (CPWR), American Interfaith University Association of Interfaith Ministers, Berkeley Area Interfaith Council Church of Divine Man, Foundation for Conscious Evolution, Global Family, Grace Cathedral (Bishop William Swing), House of Life, Interfaith Center for a Global Ethic, International Association of Sufism, Nine Weeks for the Earth, North American Coalition for Religion & Ecology, North American Interfaith Network, One World - One People, Pathways to Peace, San Francisco Bay Area Interfaith Coalition, San Francisco Interfaith Council, Self-Realization Fellowship, UN50 Committee, World Interfaith Education Association. Many joined in happy frivolity and false hope with other Christian organizations that supported Jubilee 2000 such as the CBN Network, Third Wave counterfeit revival churches, and the International Charismatic Bible Ministries whose board of directors and trustees included: Oral Roberts, Ken Copeland, Jack Hayford, Billy Joe Daugherty, Paul Yonggi Cho, Charles Green, Marilyn Hickey, Karl Strader, Jim Ammerman, Freda Lindsay, Tommy Barnett, Francis MacNutt, Charles Blair, Ralph Mahoney, Jamie Buckingham, John Meares, James Buskirk, Mike Murdock, Happy Caldwell, Charles Nieman, Charles Capps, John Osteen, Morris Cerullo, Paul E. Paino, Ed Cole, Earl Paulk, Paul Crouch, Carlton Pearson, Gerald Derstine, Fred Price, Richard Dortch, Tommy Reid, Ed Dufresne, Evelyn Roberts, Quentin Edwards, Richard Roberts, Mike Evans, Roy Sapp, Kenny Foreman, Jerry Savelle, Gerald Fry, Charles Simpson, John Gimenez, Carlton Spencer, Kenneth Hagin, Sr., Stephen Strang, Ronald Halvorson, Lester Sumrall, Buddy Harrison, Hilton Sutton, James N. Haynes, Vinson Synan, Wallace Hickey, Robert Tilton, Roy Hicks, Larry Tomczak, Benny Hinn, Casey Treat, Charles Hunter, Ron Tucker, Frances Hunter, Tommy Tyson, Dick Iverson, Jeff Walker, Vicki Jamison-Peterson, Paul Walker, G.L. Johnson, Bob Weiner, James E.'Johnny' Johnson, Austin Wilkerson, Larry Lea, Ralph Wilkerson. What a fun-loving bunch! As these types of ecumenical/interfaith events increase you can expect to have one other person show up eventually -- Lord Maitreya, better known as the false prophet. He has promised a "declaration day" at some future event. These guys and gals ain't seen nothing yet. This guy is gonna put on a show the likes of which many will not recover from. He will have the biggest dose of the "anointing" these people have ever seen. You can find out more about this guy by reading Revelation 19 and 20. Party on, dudes!
Read these articles: Timelines
Of The World Church, Lord
Maitreya: Lord Of The Apostasy? and articles in: New
Statement #6 A Christian cannot be demonized in any way.
"In the New Testament, the Greek word 'daimonizomai' is used to express the presence of demonic spirits within a person. What this word means is: 'to be demonized; to be under the power or influence of a demon in certain areas; to have a demon.' The word 'possessed," however (in the KJV, for example), is a misleading translation for this Greek word. To English speaking people the term 'possessed' implies total ownership of something. This concept, as pertaining to the relationship between a demonic entity and a person, has no support in the scripture or in the original intent of the Greek word. There is no suggestion in the scripture that a demon has totally taken over a person as the word 'possessed' implies." But Christians can be demonized, especially with regards to any unconfessed sins in their lives which give the devil a foothold. Here are some examples from the Bible of believers who were demonized: Matthew 15:22-28 - Deliverance is the "children's bread;" and is therefore particularly reserved for believers; Matthew 16:22-23 - Jesus rebuked the spirit of Satan speaking through Peter; Mark 1:23 - A man with an unclean spirit "in the synagogue"; Mark 1:39 - Jesus cast out demons "in the synagogues"; Luke 9:52-56 - Jesus told James and John, "...you know not what spirit you are of"; Luke 13:11-16 - A "daughter of Abraham" was bound by a "spirit of infirmity"; Acts 5:3 - Satan "filled the hearts" of two believers to lie to the Holy Spirit; Acts 8:13, 20-24 - Simon, a believer, needed deliverance from the occult; 1 Cor 5:1-5 - Speaks of a believer filled with a spirit of lust and as a result, delivered over to Satan; 2 Cor 2:10-11 - Satan can "get advantage" over a believer; 2 Corinthians 11:4 - Paul rebukes believers for receiving "another spirit"; 2 Corinthians 12:7 - Paul was tormented by a "messenger from Satan"; Galatians 3:1 - Paul rebukes believers for being "bewitched"; 1 Timothy 1:19-20 - Speaks of two believers who were delivered over to Satan for blasphemy; 2 Timothy 2:24-26 - Believers can be snared and taken captive by the devil; 1 Timothy 4:1-2 - In latter days believers will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; Ephesians 4:25-27 - Lying and anger can "give place" to the devil in a believer's life.
Read the articles in: Demonization
Statement #7 The Toronto "Blessing" and Brownsville "Revival" and other churches associated with this movement have some weird manifestations but basically they are a good thing.
When churches teach false doctrine and are experiencing extra-Biblical manifestations, then it is better to advise people not to sit under the teaching of those teachers and not go to experience manifestations that are not Scriptural. Here are some of the main points of departure from sound doctrine that are a part of these movments (not an exhaustive list): deceptive and lying testimonies when the Bible says "Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God" 2Co 4:2; signs and wonders eclypsing the preaching of the gospel and the salvation of souls when we are told in Ro 1:16 "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile"; manifestations that cannot be found or substatiated in the Bible; people being told to "stop analysing" and "leave your mind at the door" when Scripture tells us: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is his good, pleasing and perfect will." Ro 12:2; people are told that God is "painting a new picture" that this is a "new revelation" from God when the Bible says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Heb 13:8; and that the "anointing is transferable" from person to person. The Scriptures tell us that we receive the Holy Spirit when we believe in Christ. Eph. 1:13 "And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit." 1 Cor. 12:13 "For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." The Holy Spirit is also sovereign and cannot be summoned up by neo-Christian sorcery of ANY kind.
Read these articles: A
Different Gospel?, Eyewitnesses Warnings Of Brownsville,
Pensacola, A Memoir
Of "The Vineyard" and other articles in: Pensacola
"Outpouring" and Toronto "Blessing"
Statement #8 All diseases and disabilities are demonically caused.
This is one of the teachings in this movement that is particularly disgusting. This presupposes that everyone who has a disablity is that way because they are demonized. The list of Christians who have disabilities and yet are a great blessing in the church is too long to list here. What a terrible judgment from those who know nothing of lifelong suffering. Contrary to this false teaching, God often allows people to live with disability and disease for His own sovereign reasons. I suspect that someday Christians who have these problems will be thankful when they see how gracious God was to save their eternal souls for the price of a short earthly pain. Yes, there are people who are suffering disease and disability because of demonic involvment, oppression or demonization. But not ALL diseases are caused by Satan. For Christians our weaknesses are where God can shine through our lives even more brightly. 2Co 12:10 "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 1Co 1:27 "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."
Read the articles in: Third Wave Docrtines and Demonization