Volume Twelve, Issue Eight
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The feature article in this issue is "What Does The Bible Teach About 'Synergy'?" by Sandy Simpson, 9/19/04. This is an article that goes into more detail than what is presented on the NAR video series on the subject of "synergy". This is a concept that Dutch Sheets introduced into the NAR back in 2002, and the transcript noted in the article is from clips shown in the NAR series. These ideas are filtering into many churches. One aspect that is being picked up by most chruches is that if enough people get together to pray or do something then God will have to act, or the combined power of synergy will accomplish the goal. This is a New Age pantheistic concept that has no positive Biblical support. But the Bible does show examples of synergy, all negative. God does not respect persons or numbers of persons. He tells us in James 5:16 that He hears and reponds to the prayers of one righteous man, and there are many examples of this in the Bible. It is good for Christians to come together to worship, fellowship, build one another up in the Faith, and pray. But the reason we get together is not to bring a force of numbers to bear on an issue, to declare and decree what we want, or to take dominon over the world. We come together to obey the will of the Lord as written in His Word.
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Section 1— Introduction
What is it and where is it going?
The International Coalition of Apostles headed by C. Peter Wagner is the most influential purveyor of the New Apostolic Reformation, a term coined by Wagner. This organization is really an extension of the New Order of the Latter Rain whose influences and mentors include William Branham, Franklin Hall, the Hawtin brothers, and more recently Bill Hamon, Paul Cain and the Kansas City Prophets. The doctrines of the Latter Rain have influenced most of the televangelists on TV today, and so have crept deceptively into many denominations. The main heretical teachings of the New Order Of The Latter Rain, as ruled in 1949 at the General Council of the Assemblies of God held in Seattle, were as follows: (1) The restoration of foundational apostles and prophets in the churches. (2) The teaching and promotion of a transferable impartation or anointings that are passed on "by" the laying on of hands "by" the will of man. (3) Confession and deliverance from sin to men. (4) The impartation of spiritual gifts by the laying on of hands such as the gift of languages for missionary service and other "ministry skills". (5) The extreme and unscriptural practice of imparting or imposing personal leadings by the means of the gifts of utterance, "word of knowledge" or prophecy. (6) Distortions of scripture interpretations, which are in opposition to teachings and practices generally accepted among the Church. These doctrines deemed heretical by the Assemblies Of God in 1949, which are now common fare because of the Brownsville 'Revival" and the Third Wave movement, are all being promoted today in the New Apostolic Reformation. This video will expose, by way of video and quotes from written materials by adherents of the ICA, the false apostles, false prophets and false teachers of the New Apostolic Reformation. A number of the individuals mentioned by name in this video claim to be Bible-believing born again evangelicals. But in reality they are teaching and promoting doctrines that are not only dangerous, but tear down many or all of the core doctrines upon which the Christian Faith is built. Many of those we will examine on this video have fairly decent doctrinal statements they endorse, but by what they are teaching and doing they end up denying the basic doctrines of the Church. We want you to know that we do not hate those who teach heresy or those who follow their teachings, but rather admonish you in love if you have been deceived by teachings that deviate from the basic doctrines of the Faith. The reason for this video is the hope it will help many to come back to a complete faith in Christ and come under the authority of the Word.
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Synergy is defined by Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc. this way:
n : the working together of two things (muscles or drugs for example) to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects [syn: synergism]Synergy is also a concept being adapted and taught today as a major tenet of the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. Dutch Sheets was one of the first to introduce this concept to that movement back in the National School of the Prophets - Mobilizing the Prophetic Office Conference at Ted Haggard's New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO on May 12, 2002. Sheets began his message by saying this:
I do not want to sound sensationalistic when I say this but I am going to title it the way that I am because it is a phrase that God gave me very clearly just a week or so ago and I have been meditating on this phrase ever since in this particular form it is the first time I have ever ministered this word I, I believe it's a fresh word from the Lord for us and the phrase that he gave me was the synergy of the ages. ... This is the revelation God has been bringing to me, it is a synergistic joining century defined as the combined action of 2 or more which have a greater total effect than some of their individual efforts.The concept of synergy in the context Dutch Sheets places it, claiming he got this idea directly from the Lord, is simply if we work and pray together in unity as Christians, what we declare with our mouths will take place by virtue of the strength of numbers. This includes national and international prayer efforts as organized by the NAR, and any other of hundreds of programs they are trying to sell to the Christian public at this time. One biblical reality that flies in the face of this "new" concept of synergy, as being sold to the churches by the NAR and its organizations like the National Prayer Committee, is that the Bible says that the prayer of one righteous man is effective.
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.This isn't to say Christians should not be getting together to pray as they did in the first century church. It is to say that force of numbers means nothing to the Lord. What He looks for is faithfulness and righteousness. We may ask, seek and knock (Matt. 7:7) but we must do so according to His will (1 John 5:14) and His Word (John 15:7), which we are not to go beyond (1 Cor. 4:6). Synergistic prayer is simply not a biblical concept.
The idea of Sheet's synergy is that, if we just all hang together with the NAR and its apostolic leadership, we will accomplish more than any other generation has ever accomplished "for the Lord".
In Matthew 13:39,40-49, Hebrews 9:26, Matthews 24:28 & 40 all of those places in the New American Standard translates some words that I am going to get to in a moment. The consummation of the ages, the joining, the marriage, the coming together of the ages which produces a synergistic multiplicated effect in the kingdom of God. I am already starting to get sort of excited. It is a century of the ages which is and we will get to this verse momentarily. It is a summing up of all things in Christ. It is a bringing to its fullness the Christ anointing in the church which is having an exponential effect. It is happening synergisticly exponentially. We don't just add we are just going and it is a snowball effect in the body of Christ that is bringing this fullness of Christ into play and I do believe if we can get this if we can understand it. It is going to answer some of the questions about generational curses, generational blessings, generational anointing’s, identificational generational repentance, etc.Sheets is basically saying that we are to see the greatest, most powerful Christians and revival the earth has ever seen because we are the product of a synergistic effect God put into motion from the beginning of the world. But remember that God put the kibosh on the very fist synergistic union of the human race long ago at Babel because they were not in line with His express commands. Where is this plan then that God put into effect? There is none. Another problem with this idea is that the Bible says there will be a great apostasy at the end of the age, so it teaches just the opposite of what Dutch is claiming will happen.
2 Thes. 2:3 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; (KJV)The end times church of Laodecia is a church that is lukewarm and thinks it is rich in wealth, both materially and spiritually.
Rev. 3:15-17 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (KJV)The church at the end of the ages is not a church that is synergistically more powerful than ever, but one that is almost useless and will be spit out of the Lord's mouth without repentance.
Notice that Dutch Sheets also starts his message with a long list, continued throughout his talk, of all kinds of "anointings" like this "generational anointings" when the Bible says there is only one Anointing of the Anointed One, Jesus Christ.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.Note that John says "the anointing" not "an anointing" or many anointings. There are many gifts, but only one Anointing in which all those who are born again in Christ share.
Eph. 1:12-14 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.He also begins to lay the premise that the NAR teaches that people can identify generational sins of the past and repent for them, thereby bringing salvation to people who would not have been able to be saved before. This is what the Reconciliation Walks done by YWAM and other NAR groups have been all about. But the Bible is clear that men must repent for their own sins.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.Notice that "every one" must repent on his own. We know even from the Old Testament that the father cannot repent for the sins of the son.
Deuteronomy 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.We can already see that Sheets is teaching error 180 degrees out of phase with biblical truth.
Acts chapter 3:19-21. I am going to do these very quickly as soon as I get there I will start reading. Acts 3:19 repent and return that your sins may be wiped away in order that times (kairos) of refreshing (anapsuxis) the blowing of the wind or the breath again is really the word a fresh release of breath or wind a strategic time of the blowing of the wind may come from the presence of the Lord in that he may (apostello) Jesus the Christ appointed for you whom heaven must receive until the (chronos) here is the other word the first one is Kairos this is the Chronos period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient times. He says here we are on a path. We go from a blowing of the wind to a blowing of the wind we go from a awakening to an awakening a restoration to a restoration revival to revival glory to glory if you please faith to faith strength to strength. We are on a journey in the church. He is moving us toward what he says here the restoration of all things, great big, great work, but important work. Really it means restoring something to its proper constitution, a reconstitution if you please. So he says we are on a journey, that which he decreed would happen. We are on a journey now with that unfolding where that which he spoke forth when he created the ions and set them in place. We are on a journey now that where all that has been messed up through the fall all that has happened to try to get things off its path it is on an assured definitely assured path of restoration till we get back to the right constitution of this the way that we were made and intended to be from the start so we are in a process of all things being restored reconstituted to his stated declared order and purpose.Sheets reads the passage, gets the Greek words correct, and then totally misses the point. The only "restitutions" addressed by the passage are (1) the remission of sins available through Jesus Christ alone after His death and resurrection where He establishes His Kingdom in the hearts of men through the Holy Spirit and finally (2) the final restitution of all things in the millennial Kingdom that Christ Himself will establish when He returns bodily to earth to rule and judge. This is not talking about some kind of super church establishing itself and taking over the nations of the earth as well as the heavenly realms. This is not talking about the restoration of apostles and prophets, which was what Dutch referred to often at the conference. It is not talking about end time revivals breaking out all over the world.
We as a church are moving toward the fullness of Christ I believe Ephesians 4 is literal before the coming of the Lord Jesus we will fully express him in the earth all things will be summed up in him they will come back under their proper headship they will come back into order the earth the fullness of the earth.But Sheets does not mention the criteria for the Church to move into the fulness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:The biblical criteria for believers and the Church as a whole to move into maturity in Christ is to come to unity of the Faith. That means unity in biblical core doctrinal beliefs. There is no way anyone can come to fulness in Christ following false teachers and false prophets. In fact doctrine is put down in favor of experience by this entire movement. But if your doctrine is not correct, your experience will surely not be correct. What you believe is the most important thing. What we all believe as Christians will depend on whether or not we grow to maturity, remain babies, or are still born.
The idea that the Church will "fully express" Christ in the earth is a Manifest Sons of God doctrine. This is the same thing Earl Paulk, Benny Hinn and many other false Third Wave teachers have been teaching for decades.
"You represent all that God is and all that God has...Jesus was the visible expression of God. Jesus was the Son of the Living God. Now, who are you? Sons of God…everyone say it. What is working inside of us is the manifestation. When you look at me, you are looking at Jesus…To see Jesus was to see God. To see me is to see Jesus. Jesus knew who He was. Don’t you think it is about time we know who we are?" (Cited in "Joel’s Army," Jewel van der Merwe, Discernment Ministries)Even recognized cults like Christian Science teach the same concept.
"Jesus Christ, as the firstfruit of the Kingdom, began the work of conquering death on an individual basis, but we, as His church will be the ones to complete the task. Jesus said (Matthew 28:18), 'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth,' and the church today has that same power. Death will not be conquered by Jesus returning to the earth. It will be conquered when the church stands up boldly and says, 'We have dominion over the earth!' How else will God be able to show Satan a people for whom death holds no fear, over whom death no longer has any power? When God can do that, Satan's hold on us will be broken forever!" (Earl Paulk, "The Proper Function of the Church" (Atlanta: K Dimension Publishers, undated), p.13.)
"Don't tell me you have Jesus. You ARE everything He was, and everything He is and shall be." (Benny Hinn, TBN)
“All men are spiritually evolving until . . .each will fully express his divinity . . .” (Ernest Holmes What Religious Science Teaches p.21)It is not an accident that what Sheets is teaching the churches is New Age in origin. That is because synergy has been a New Age concept for as long as the occult has been around, all the way back to the Tower of Babel, which we will deal with in a moment. On a New Age site called "The Synergy Dolphin Experience" by Daniel McCulloch, the concept of synergy is defined.
"The ancient Greeks were quite aware of the law of Synergy, the law of increased energy through partnership. They observed the Life Force responds to what they call Agape, brotherly sisterly love. The Greek word Synergos means working together. Buckminster Fuller defines Synergy as Synthesis plus Energy. According to Webster Synergism is and ancient theological doctrine holding that in regeneration there is cooperation of Divine Grace and Human activity. ... When we choose to align with each other with a pure intention for good, whether in meditation or simple in natural love, or whether we a partner or group, there is tremendous Synergy that flows and radiates from within and showers from without, where Syncronicity abounds, energizing us into an optimum state of joy through the spectrum of our Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual being, bring us into a unified field not only amongst ourselves but with all of Life, Radiant Love and Pure Bliss."This sounds exactly like what Sheets was teaching alleged Christians. This is where Sheets got these ideas, not from God.
There is a synergistic joining of cities I don't pretend to understand this but I know that I know ... there is an anointing that comes in that city to do something and then God will begin to say and this city is connected to this city over here and God is going to connect this one and that one and this one and that one until there is a synergistic anointing being released from the land coming here here, here, here and it is a marriage taking place in the spirit ...Where does he find evidence this is the way the Lord has ever worked in history in the Bible? There is no evidence. Here we see another anointing, and this one is released "from the land". If this isn't pantheism, I don't know anything about world religions. But when you look at how the Holy Spirit is treated today in NAR churches you can see that He is no longer treated as the third person of the Godhead, but as a force that can be waved into yourself, can be manipulated, can be forced into people's foreheads, can be concentrated and used to wipe out demonic strongholds, etc. This is pantheism not Christianity.
There is a joining and a marrying of judgment and mercy grace and truth. He is synergistically joining the government of heaven to the government of earth. I will tell ya God is going to move in politics you are going to see kings and leaders I am tell you right now you are going to see them bow the knee you are going to see them prostrate themselves before almighty God you are going to see them lead their nations righteously you are going to see nations come to God in a day you are going to see Holiness and a move of the spirit of God restored to the government of this land I decree it I believe it ...it is soHere we have on display another major false practice of the NAR which is to declare things into the heavenlies assuming God will run like a butler to answer your summons. But all you have to do is look at the political scene today to see that leaders are not leading their nations righteously and politics are as dirty as ever. This is wishful thinking. Only Jesus Christ will restore peace and sound leadership to the earth when He returns bodily. Until then there will be wars, rumors of wars, pestilence, strife, bloodshed, the most awful acts of sinful men ever seen in the history of the world, and then to cap it off, this wishful thinking world church "woman" will ride the beast right into the coming to power of the antichrist. This is why the churches need to get as far away from this movement as possible, because it truly is the woman who rides the beast.
Lord we pray that we leave here with a new understanding of whom you are and what you are all about tear down every wall every barrier Lord... bring the synergy of revelation bring a synergy of boldness and humility bring a synergy of church life and evangelism bring a synergy of the order of the apostle and the consuming fire ... and decreeing of authority and order of. From the prophets would you marry the restorative moves of the past the miracles the evangelism and would you bring it into alignment with the apostolic move of the day and would you cause a synergy to take place in the body of Christ where we see a new level this is not about any of us it is all about you it is the summing up of all things that you prophesied... you decreed the completion and the setting in place of the ages and we say Amen to that end we will decree it we believe it it is all coming together in you...in Jesus name...So I guess if Dutch Sheets and those at his conference decree all these things they will be made so. Do you believe it? Do you want it? Do you want the "order of the apostle" to become the rule of the Church, just as it is today in the Catholic religion? Do you want Nicolaitan "heavy shepherd" rulers in the churches? Do you want the consuming fire anointing? Do you know that consuming fire is a judgment from God? Do you want to be brought into "alignment" with the apostolic move of the day? These are issues every Christian must decide and soon, or they will be swept up in this humanistic pantheistic synergistic tide whether they like it or not.
What The Bible Teaches
Masses Of People ... Obeying The Lord
The difference between many believers coming together to do what the Lord has commanded them to do, and this humanistic New Age joining of people to do everything they propose to do by their collective will is stark by contrast. The Bible has examples of both. Obedience to the will of God by numbers of believers is encouraged in the Bible. Notice that when this happens God gets all the glory because it is His idea and His power accomplishes the goals He has set forth. In the case of synergy the Bible also teaches a number of examples, all of them negative. When people get together and attempt to assert their will, to command God, to accomplish purposes together without Biblical support, the consequences have always been disastrous. God ends up not being glorified, but rather the pride of life is raised up to a higher level.
The Rebuilding Of Jerusalem
Neh. 6:15-16 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.God had foretold through the prophet Jeremiah that Jerusalem would be rebuilt after the Judah had gone into captivity in Babylon and later under the Medo-Persian empire.
Jeremiah 30:18 "This is what the LORD says: "‘I will restore the fortunes of Jacob’s tents and have compassion on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.The rebuilding of Jerusalem was not Nehemiah's idea, it was God's command. Those who rebuilt Jerusalem were simply obeying the Lord's commands, even though they had to suffer persecution and brave possible attack.
Jeremiah 31:4 I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.
Jeremiah 31:38 "The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when this city will be rebuilt for me from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.
Joshua 6:2-21 Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in." So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it." And he ordered the people, "Advance! March around the city, with the armed guard going ahead of the ark of the LORD." When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the LORD went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the LORD’s covenant followed them. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. But Joshua had commanded the people, "Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!" So he had the ark of the LORD carried around the city, circling it once. Then the people returned to camp and spent the night there. Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets kept sounding. So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For the LORD has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury." When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it— men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.The taking of Jericho was the command of God, and the people obeyed. They did not band together in order to produce an effect, a force, a power, but to obey the Lord. In fact, these stories illustrate the LACK of power of the people and the power of the Lord. The Bible does not command us to take over the world, to walk around cities blowing trumpets, but to preach the Gospel, disciple all nations, be faithful to the Lord's commands, and expect Him to come again to establish His Kingdom by His own hand.
Masses Of People ... Decreeing Their Own Will (Synergy)
The Promised Land
Num. 13:30 - 14:5 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." But the men who had gone up with him said, "We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are." And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them." That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt." Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there.This is an example of synergy. The people did not listen to the report of Caleb, but instead rose up ant took matters into their own hands. This was in direct opposition to the word of God commanding them to take the promised land.
Exodus 3:8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey— the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.Instead of possessing the land at the time God intended, the people rose up together and asserted their own will. Because they did this God judged them and only Caleb and Joshua of the original group from Egypt went into the promised land.
Leviticus 20:24 But I said to you, "You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the nations.
Matt. 27:20-25 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the governor. "Barabbas," they answered. "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!" "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!" When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man’s blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!" All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"Here is an example of synergy that was prophesied long before it happened
Isaiah 53:4-7 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.This story illustrates a principle of God. Even synergistic plans of men and demons are turned around to the glory of God. The synergy at the end of the age, that of the short kingdom of the antichrist, will end in Satan being thrown down and Jesus Christ reigning for a thousand years here on earth. But this doesn't justify the synergy that is going on. Those participating in the synergy at the end of the age are heaping judgment on their own heads, yet God's plans will not be thwarted.
Job 42:2 "I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.The Tower Of Babel
Isaiah 8:10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
This is probably the number one example of synergy in the Bible, and one that is being repeated today in this end times synergistic humanism.
Gen. 11:1-9 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, "Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.Again, this synergy was in direct opposition to the will of God. God had commanded Noah, and his descendants, after the flood to populate the earth.
Genesis 9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.But the people, under Nimrod, refused to populate the earth. They wanted to stay together. They believe that they would make a name for themselves, be the greatest nation on earth. God made an interesting observation. He said that "nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them." Apparently when men get together they are capable of accomplishing what they desire. So synergy, according to God, works. But synergy is also in opposition to His will. When people get together outside of obedience to the Lord and His Word, they ALWAYS end up in judgment.
The synergy that Dutch Sheets and the NAR is promoting is in opposition to the clear commands of Scripture. The NAR is full of false teaching, false prophecy and false anointings. But it is not in opposition to the prophecy of Scripture. The end times will see an army of locusts eat up the land.
Joel 2:25 ’I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you.Note that this end times army, "Joel's army" talked about by Paul Cain and other NAR adherents, is a devouring army. It is a synergistic army that eats up everything. But notice Who sent it! God sent it. God allows this evil to come on the land, on the face of Christendom and the world, in order to bring the antichrist reign to fulfillment and ultimately his defeat and the reign of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. The army of locusts thinks they are obeying the Lord, but they are sent from the Lord as a judgment on the world and those who call themselves followers of Christ but are not living in obedience to the will of God.
Many will follow the antichrist and the woman who rides the beast, the false global religion.
Rev. 17:15-18 Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."Notice again that even this prostituted religion, made up of false prophets and false teachers, is allowed by God to accomplish His purpose. This synergy of a global church, which the NAR is currently promoting, will help accomplish this judgment from God.
"Father, I thank you for those who have the office of either a prophet or a prophetess or have a strong flow in the prophetic. And Lord Jesus, we as a group of pastors, many in this room apostolic pastors, we release, we bless, we confirm the calling of the prophet - the calling of the prophetess - the calling of the prophetic, and we welcome it into the global church of the world. ... And Lord God, we all love you so much and we thank you for the restoration of the apostolic and the prophetic in the local church congregation and in the global church so that we can do explosive ministry. In Jesus' name, Amen. (Ted Haggard, National School of the Prophets - Mobilizing the Prophetic, Colorado Springs, CO on May 12, 2002.)Conclusion
Synergy is a concept taught in Scripture, but it is something that always becomes an instrument of God's judgment. Stay away from the false teachers today who tell the churches we need "synergy" because they are luring you into a position where you will end up under God's judgment. Instead, come away from them and come together in obedience to the Word and the Will of God and you will see the blessings of God. By blessings I don't mean bigger churches, bigger budgets, bigger plans. I don't mean purpose driven pragmatic program that are fueled by human zeal instead of godly submission. Don't confuse the blessings of God with the blessings the world deems important. Lay up your treasure in heaven where it will not disappear or be burned up.
Matthew 6:19-20 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.How can we lay up this treasure? By obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ in His Word through the Holy Spirit.
1 Timothy 6:19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.