The Spring Gold Rush
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Gold Fever Strikes
A wicked and adulterous
generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto
it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
The cry is out among our Charismatic
extremist brethren "the Lord is filling teeth with gold." Additional
reports are of a woman from Brazil who has gold dust appear on her and
fall from her hair as she ministers.
The words of our Master echo down through
the ages to our very day, "an evil and adulterous generation seeketh
after a sign." The Pharisees sought more from Jesus than He had already
provided for them. These Pharisees of Jesus` day had made the Word of God
of "no effect" due to their man-made traditions (Mark 7:13).
In like manner, todayís Charismatic
extremists wear the garb of the Pharisees when they too require more from
the Lord than what He has already provided, His Word. The Bible is not
sufficient for the extremists, they seek after, and upon finding, flock
to the latest sign & wonder in manifestation.
Like the Pharisees of old, todayís
version causes the Word of God to be of "none effect in their lives," due
to their many man-made doctrines (being slain in the spirit, holy laughter,
spiritual drunkenness, prophetic animal noises, spiritual mapping, restored
apostles and prophets, etc.).
Having cast aside the sure anchor of
their souls (Hebrews 6:19) they are left wide-open for the latest form
of deception to come down the path.
Never forget that error always
produces more error.
Over a million Charismatic extremists have received an impartation of holy
laughter (and its attending manifestations). These people have been
deceived into believing this is the "new wine" of the Holy Spirit. It is
these same folks who have begun to report the alleged accounts of supernatural
dental work and "anointed" vessels covered in gold dust.
The most recent accounts of supernatural
dental work began to be noised abroad from the Toronto Airport Church.
The following is their official statement of this paranormal event from
their web site (http://www.tacf.org):
Intercession Conference March 3-6th
would God fill peopleís teeth with gold? Perhaps because he loves them
and delights in blessing his children.Perhaps a sign and a wonder to expose
the skepticism in so many of us. In any event, over 50 people were on the
platform at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship last night (March 4, 1999)
testifying to gold and silver fillings supernaturally appearing in their
mouths following prayer during Toronto Airport Christian Fellowshipís Intercession
Conference. They received 1, 2, 5 or more gold fillings or gold caps. The
excitement here is electric! To God be all the glory! By Monday, March
8th, we had received over 300 reports from people who had either received
gold, silver or platinum fillings or caps!
The TACF web site also has some rather
disturbing pictures of the inside of some personís mouth (yuck). In another
section of their site they do mention encouraging people to obtain verification
of the dental sign & wonder.
It seems more than a little irresponsible
and premature to state publicly and in press releases that "God" is filling
peoples teeth with gold crowns when TACF has absolutely no verification
that such an event has even transpired.
In their "official statement" TACF
says ó- "In a few cases, dentists were able
to show from their records that the gold was put in their mouths previously
by the dentist and not by God. These people had apparently forgotten that
this work had been done."
To begin with, no dentist merely "fills"
teeth with gold. Dental gold is used mainly for crown work, i.e. teeth
which are severely decayed. Anyone who has had a gold crown placed in their
mouth is very unlikely to forget the experience. Why? Because a mold has
to be made first, then the gold crown is formed (usually out-sourced by
the dentist). The individual has to make at least 2 trips to the dentist
and there is usually a significant cost involved. When all these things
are considered it is hard to imagine someone "forgetting" they had the
What this testimony from TACF reveals
is that certain peopleís minds were so deludedthat
they actually thought "God" had filled their teeth with gold, work which
had previously been done by a dentist. Can you imagine the poor soul running
off to their dentist claiming a "miracle" from God, only to be told, "I
put in this gold crown myself last year," or something to that effect?
Is God glorified in this at all? In no way. The deluded individual feels
foolish, the dentist possibly thinks less of the Church, certainly TACF,
and now possibly considers Christians in general to be loonies (which in
this case would be a hard charge to defend against).
On May 7, 1999 ICCDM received the following
answer to our request for verification from the dentists of people claiming
to have received some "divine dentistry."
Dear Rev. Luchow:
Well, I give TACF an "A" for effort but
the response from Pastor Bolhous leaves much to be desired. He gives me
three reasons why there is no independent verification of these claims
- (1) the people are unwilling to risk verification.
If the Lord placed gold crowns in their mouths what a testimony to share!
(2) the dental records are poor. Since
when are dental X-rays inadequate? All dentists take X-rays BEFORE they
fill teeth, this is done for identification purposes and legal protection.
(3) The dentist would not accept the miracle when
shown it. How do they know this? In light of these three explanations
as to why they have no proof, they shall valiantly pursue
verifying the reports!
have been retained by TACF to attempt to do what you describe in your recent
e-mail. The difficulty that TACF has encountered is that many persons
are either unwilling to risk going to their secular minded dentist,
or the dental records are not sufficiently accurate to verify a change
surprising how general they often are), or a dentist will deny any miraculous
change even if it's right before his eyes, because he/she has no mental
paradigm for the miraculous. However, with the Lord's help we continue
to pursue verification. Your prayers (and further suggestions, if you have
some) are most welcome. Pastor Steve Bolhous
Here is another "report" I received
from Richard Riss, historian of the current revival. These quotes are from
an e-mail I received from Richard less than two weeks ago:
These few mystical
accounts of alleged paranormal dental work are now being called a "sovereign
anointing." Sovereign when thought of theologically refers to an
act of God apart from the work of man. Something cannot be both
a sovereign work of God and and the same time be "wonderfully transferable"
from person-to-person. Like the unbiblical manifestation of holy laughter,
this latest manifestation is also transferable through the laying on of
hands. Some people are claiming to have even received gold teeth over the
seems to be a sovereign anointing where the Lord is giving gold teeth not
only in conferences and churches, but also over the phone, in homes, and
cars! Reports are coming in to us from all over the country and it's
This anointing is wonderfully transferable and it's for
everyone, wherever you live! Take it! Give it away!" (Bold type added
for emphasis) 01-04-99 RRISS@drew.edu
How quickly this error is elevated! First
we are told these dental miracles are: (1) a sovereign anointing, (2) wonderfully
transferable, (3) spreading quickly all over the country, and now being
called a (4) new outpouring. "God" is pouring out His cleansing? He did
that at the cross through the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:2).
We are already clean by the sacrifice of our Lord, we cannot become any
more acceptable to our heavenly Father.
"It is no coincidence
that this new outpouring is beginning just days before our scheduled
Redigging the Wells of Revival Conference. More than gold fillings, God
is pouring out His cleansing and empowerment to give us gold hearts.
I believe at this conference, He will release entire wells of truth
and blessing to His children. It will be a time of both personal and corporate
impartation." (Bold type added for emphasis).
Has anyone considered how frivolous
this "manifestation" is? Many people with terminal illnesses come to revival
services seeking healing from the Lord, and yet all the "Lord" seems to
be doing is filling teeth which have already been filled by a dentist and
letting the terminally ill, or others sick in body remain in their desperate
situations. This frivolity alone, in the face of the manifold problems
Christians have is enough to indicate that the origin is not from our Lord
Meaning Is Being Attached to These Signs & Wonders?
Here are statements made by people directly
involved with this latest "sign," attempting to explain what is taking
John Arnott - Why
would God fill peopleís teeth with gold? Perhaps because He loves
them and delights in blessing His children. Perhaps it is a sign
and a wonder to expose the skepticism still in so many of us. Perhaps
glory and presence are drawing very near. (Official TACF Statement, March
17, 1999, obtained from their web site www.tacf.org on April 6, 1999) -
bold type added for emphasis.
Pastor Arnott gives us three
and zero biblical passages. Which "perhaps" is it?
One obvious perhaps he has not been willing to consider is that perhaps
it is a lying sign and wonder to lead him and his followers into further
Richard Riss - What
do I believe this signifies? Perhaps it is just the lavish abundance
of a wonderful Father blessing His children. Perhaps it is a gold
symbol of the year of Jubilee. Perhaps He is covering our Ďdecayí
with His mercy, while reveal His increasing glory and building our faith.
. .But one thing is for sure, a new wave and a new level of renewal has
hit. . .I do know that gold is representative of the divine nature.
I also know that, according to Scripture, we will be partakers of the divine
nature. So this phenomenon could be a physical manifestation of
the spiritual truth that we are becoming partakers of His divine nature.
(Taken from an e-mail received on May 6, 1999 from Richard Riss RRISS@drew.edu)
- bold type added for emphasis.
Richard also plays the guessing game
in interpreting what is taking place. He hypothesizes that divine dental
work builds faith in the recipient. Really? The Israelites saw miracles
for 40 years and died in UNBELIEF! Signs & wonders do not
produce faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God
(Rom. 10:17). He then makes a giant stretch and says it is a physical manifestation
of our partaking in the divine nature of God. The one verse he cites, he
twists! I have highlighted portions of the following text for emphasis.
and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of
Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge
of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto
us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that
is in the world through lust. (KJV)
How do we become partakers of the divine
nature? Not through any mystical intuition, nor by paranormal signs &
wonders. We partake of the divine nature through our knowledge of God which
is based on His written Word. This knowledge comes through studying Godís
Word. The great and precious promises (contained in the Bible) are the
means by which we become partakers in the divine nature. What is the "sign"
that this is taking place in our lives? Not gold teeth, a but godly life
which shows our separation from the corruption which fills the kosmos,
or world system.
The following statements come from
an e-mail I received from Mr. Riss on May 7, 1999, they are from various
people from around our nation.
Bobby Conner -
I think we must be careful not to attempt to explain everything God does.
Remember He is God! He can do anything He chooses to do. And He does not
need our permission to do so. Yet I do feel there are several lessons to
be learned. 1) God is getting us ready for strong meat. . . 2) God is putting
real wealth in our mouths, we are about to share the glorious gospel of
Godís great redemptive love the cross will be a strong message.
This is what I call the "non-answer"
answer. First we are warned not to attempt to explain everything God does;
then he goes on to explain what he believes "God" is doing. What is the
purpose of the gold teeth? According to Connerís analogy it is to get the
recipients ready for "strong meat." Somehow gold teeth indicates one is
ready for super heavy revelations. Secondly, the "real wealth" in the mouth
indicates one is ready to preach the gospel. I suppose the Lord has been
barely getting His message across for the last two thousand years.
Ken Cosburn - 1)
have personally experienced this, I have a number of very gold colored
fillings, where once dark mercury amalgam. 2) I have seen 28 people
saved in one meeting, largely as a result of this unusual sign. . .
As people see God doing the unexplainable and the miraculous, such as the
gold teeth, intellectual reasoning goes out the window, and like
a mighty rushing wind, faith comes in.
Again, another personal testimony with
no verification, perhaps his dentist is one of the secular ones who would
not believe. More importantly, ICCDM is very concerned when we receive
reports of people claiming salvation apart from the proclamation of the
Gospel message. God does not use signs & wonders to save the lost,
He uses the foolishness of preaching (1 Cor. 1:21).
When something paranormal occurs in
a Church service, people had better
not suspend intellectual reason
and judgment. They should rush to the Bible and delve deeply into Godís
Word to verify or rebuke what has taken place in their midst. This is not
the attitude of Charismatic extremists, when things occur in their midst
they simply embrace them as the latest "sign" of Godís endorsement of their
Fran Astone - The
first thought was that the Lord was filling our mouths with His purity.
. . In my heart I sense the Lord is paving a pathway for His Word to pass
The Lord gives us a new heart at redemption
(Eze. 36:26), He commands us to speak sound doctrine (Titus 2:1), but His
purity in our mouths?
Mike McClung - This
past Friday, after a week of prayer and fasting, we had an extended time
of prayer past midnight, and three young girls ages 12 to 16, had intense
visions and manifestations of this gold "dust" on their hands, arms, and
under their eyes. . . Those who have gold dust appearing on their hands,
their hands are holy hands yielding in surrender and service to the Lord
and His purposes. Those with gold fillings are those with gold mouths surrendered
to the Lordís voice and to the speaking of His word. Those with gold dust
appearing on their faces and eyes, beholding the Lordís glory and seeing
His purposes. As we yield our lives to the Lord in greater yieldedness,
the more areas the gold will cover. (NOTE THE
I am not surprised, I was formerly
a Charismatic extremist. I know all too well that a week of intensive praying
in other tongues, combined with fasting, then several more hours of praying
in tongues will produce an altered state of consciousness.
Nor am I amazed that young children, deprived of food, speaking in tongues
for a week, then finally kept up past their bed time - with more praying
in tongues, will produce intense visions (Iíve been
there, done that). This type of behavior opens
anyone up to the paranormal realm, suspends the rational mind, and leaves
people highly susceptible to possible demonic deception.
Mike continues to explain that the
areas in which the gold is seen is prophetic of the purposes of God for
that individual. Again, pure speculation and not a shred of Scriptural
proof. Those involved with the holy laughter excess, tried to prophetically
interpret the animal sounds people made (read Rev. Liichowís book, The
Two Roots of Todayís Revival).
These attempts to explain what is taking
place are all speculative in nature. No one has any biblical support, because
there is not any to be had! Does this raise any flags of caution? Not at
all, these folks have already embraced so much deception and suspended
rational thinking that they appear to be open to any and all manifestations
in their midst.
Gold Dust Manifestation
As if the reports of "God" filling teeth
with gold was not bad enough we have another variation on the gold theme
taking place in other congregations.
February, 1999 at the Calvary Pentecostal
Campground a "holy" woman from Brazil was the main attraction. Her claim
to fame? Gold dust falls from her hair in large quantity and her skin and
hands exude oil with which she anoints the sign-seeker. Who is this holy
what is her testimony?
aside - Charismatic extremists have lost all ability to honesty examine
and discern what is taking place in their spiritual lives. John Arnott
once said that he has "more faith in Godís ability to bless than in
Satanís ability to deceive." This sounds pious, but it is a deadly
mistake to make! If this were the case than why is the Bible filled with
warning about the real possibility of being deceived? We need to pray for
these brethren because they have drifted so far from the objective truth
of Godís Word they are literally open to any form of demonic deception
Satan desires to unleash upon them.
Machadoís Her Name,
(ICCDM has contacted Calvary
Pentecostal Church in order to get further details but thus far they have
not responded to our request)
Gold Dust, Her Fame
I spent 43 minutes listening to this sisters
on-line testimony (http://www.revivalglory.org) and downloaded the video
clip of this lady having "gold dust" fall out of her hair as she bent over
Silvania had four different
types of cancer and was dying quickly. Green bile was coming from the pores
of her body. (They say this happens after a person has been dead about
4 hours). She was gross to look at and smelled even worse. No one wanted
to be her friend and no one would come around her or want to see her. She
said rejection from people was the worst pain of all. She tried everything
to get better. Doctors, spiritual centers, witchdoctors, everything. Finally,
a man told her her husband to take her to church and so he did. . .On the
third visit to the church, she was healed. . .Later on the oil began to
come and several months after the gold began to come in small amounts,
but now it comes in great abundance.
Her testimony was too incredible for
words, she describes in graphic details of vomiting up pieces of her liver
(a medical impossibility), of green fetid smelling bile oozing from every
pore, and other horrible problems she underwent for over 12 years! She
says she had leukemia and liver cancer (plus 2 other unnamed forms of cancer)
- - - all of which were untreated medically for many years. Ask any oncologist
and they will tell you people generally do not live 12 years with full-blown
Silvania states that she went to many
spiritual centers and witchdoctors. Finally after getting no relief from
the occult realm someone suggests she go to Church.
Silvania finally goes to the unnamed
church as a last resort and the Lord totally heals her of all her problems
within 5 days! It is unclear from her testimony but it seems that at some
point during this time period she also comes to faith in Jesus Christ,
but she does not recount her salvation testimony.
Later on, at a prayer vigil, she asks
the Lord for a sign (remember Jesus` words in Matt. 16:4?). The
sign the "Lord" gives her is that now instead of foul smelling green puss
oozing out of her skin, now fragrant oil pours out of her skin! At another
prayer meeting she asks for additional "sign," this is when the
"Lord" began to cause literal gold dust to both appear on her skin, and
pour out of her hair in copious amounts. Her husband relates that they
scraped the gold dust off her body and were taking it to their unnamed
church in a can so their unnamed Pastor could look at it, by the time they
got to church the dust had turned into a little gold bar (at $300.00+ per
ounce I guess she does not need to receive any offerings).
She then recounts going to her dentist,
totally covered in gold dust (which remained on her for 40 days). The dentist
put a temporary "fix" on a few of her molars and told her to go home, she
needed some rest. The next morning the "Lord" had fixed her teeth with
a solid "bar" of gold in her mouth . . .upon seeing this divine dental
work her dentist believed something was indeed happening to Silvania; (so
much for excuse #3 from TACF, refer to page 2).
A great yarn to be sure, and a pretty
good piece of stage magic too (at least from the video clip I saw), but
very weak on facts. All we have is her testimony, nothing more. She was
diagnosed by medical doctors, this is how she knew she had 4 forms of cancer.
she has not produced any medical records which state she had cancer at
all. She also, (at least to date) cannot verify her dental story
either. The only thing which qualifies her to be on an international
speaking tour is her alleged paranormal gold and oil manifestation. Both
manifestations cannot be found in the entire canon of Scripture,
nor in the writings of the Early Church Fathers, not even in the Apocrypha!
Yet Charismatic extremists are hanging on her every word and willingly
being deceived by what we now call "gold fever." In her services
she has the now commonplace manifestations of spiritual drunkenness, being
slain in the spirit, and holy laughter when Silvania lays hands on the
There is simply no way to verify Mrs.
Machadoís story. She comes from Brazil, was formerly involved in the occult,
and gives no specifics concerning her conversion to Christ. We do not know
what the name of her church is, or that of her Pastor, thus we have no
way of contacting anyone in her native land to obtain independent background
information about her.
Ruth Heflin is the Pastor of the church
where Silvania spoke; here Ruth is quoted in the article as saying the
following (bold type added for emphasis):
I agree, we do all need to be "open" to
our Lord, but that does not mean we are to ever suspend rational judgment,
which is what these folks have done. We are to be like the Bereans who
heard Paulís words - they diligently searched the Scriptures daily to see
if what Paul was teaching was true (Acts 17:11).
And, that we have
only begun to see the manifestations; we all need to be open, because He
has just begun to show these things. She also had a vision of Benny
Hinn ministering on TV and gold appearing on His face! Obtained on May
6, 1999 from the web site www.revivalglory.org/camptest.htm
Silvania sounds sincere, but the manifestations
which accompany her revival
meetings fall outside the pale of Holy
Writ. It would seem that she is either an outright fraud, using stage magic
to make "gold" dust seem to appear (Marjoe Gortner did something similar
in his meetings), or is being used by demonic forces in order to deceive
and mislead unwary saints. Time will tell.
Tax Man Cometh
Some time ago I posted an article on our
web site which I took from an issue of Christianity Today regarding
proposed changes in the tax code as they relate to non-profit 501 (c) 3
corporations. I then tried to ascertain the status of the proposed changes
by logging onto the IRS web site but I was unable to get any information.
(And For Once Iím Glad)
A couple of weeks ago I received an
e-mail from a friend who directed me to the specific location on the IRS
site with the updated information. The following is taken directly from
the IRS web site, bold type added for emphasis:
What does this mean? It means for the
first time, some of the cloak of secrecy is being removed from certain
501 (c) (d) or (e) non-profit corporations have to supply three years of
their 990 tax forms when asked for in writing. . . and supply them within
30 days (or else large penalties come into play).
Section 6104ó- Publicity
of Information Required From Certain Exempt Organizations and Certain Trusts
26 CFR 301.6104(d)-3: Public inspection and distribution of applications
for tax exemption and annual information returns of tax-exempt organizations
(other than private foundations).
Section 10702 of the Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA Ď87) added subsection (e) to section
6104. Section 6104 (e) requires each tax-exempt organization, including
one that is a private foundation, to allow public inspection of the organizationís
application for recognition of tax exempt. Section 6104(e) also requires
each tax-exempt organization, other than one that is a private foundation,
to allow public inspection at the organizationís principal office (and
certain regional or district offices) of its three most recent annual information
returns. . . Under section 6104(e), each annual information return
must be made available for a 3-year period beginning on the date the return
is required to be filed or is actually filed. . .Section 6104(e) also
requires each tax-exempt organization, other than one that is a private
foundation, to comply with requests, made either in person or in writing,
for copies of the organizationís three most recent annual information returns.
The organization must fulfill these requests without charge, other than
a reasonable fee for reproduction and postage. . . If the request for
copies is made in writing, the organization must provide the copies within
This means the majority of the
Televangelists will have to reveal how much money they took in, who their
corporate officers are, and other information. This ruling applies to virtually
all non-profit corporations and goes into effect June 8th, 1999. It will
not impact church organizations, but most ministries were not formed as
"churches." People such as Peter Popoff, Marilyn Hickey, Jerry Savelle,
TBN, Jesse Duplantis, and others, will have to reveal their "take" over
the last three years.
Why is this important? First, some
Televangelists will no longer be able to cry "poor" as easily when people
can know what their actual financial standing is. It is hard to tell people
you "need" a million dollars, when you have 5 or 10 million in the bank.
Secondly, it forces a level of accountability which has not been in force
before. ICCDM is already preparing to contact several ministries. We are
gathering their Corporate addresses, and we will be sending certified
letters, with return receipts to them requesting copies of the last
three years of their tax reporting. Upon our receipt of the return receipt
their 30 day clock begins ticking. This information will become part of
the Public Record, and, as such we plan to place it in upcoming Truth
Matters issues as well as on our web site. STAY TUNED!!
Where Do We Find These
We do not have any biblical examples of
these latest signs & wonders, but we do have examples we can
consider. "Maitreya," for those who donít know is the New
who is soon to appear to lead the world to unification
So, an anti-Christ says that those who
search for signs will find them, and that the world is going to be
flooded with such signs as the mind of man cannot comprehend it.
Sounds exactly like what has been taking place in many extremist church
groups! But it is not just Charismatic extremists who are flocking to recent
"signs & wonders." No, Satan is an equal opportunity deceiver. Here
is a short list of some recent wonder-filled events taken from Maitreyaís
In November 1977, Maitreya
said: "Those who search for signs will find." In May 1988, an associate
of Maitreya stated: "Maitreya is going to flood the world with such happenings
that the mind can never comprehend it. . . Because Maitreya hopes, by means
of these Ďmiraclesí, to strengthen the climate of hope and expectancy in
to which he can emerge as the Teacher for all humanity. Obtained on May
4, 1999 from http://www.shareintl.org/background
1) Crosses of light -
appear in peopleís windows in California, New Zealand, Slovenia, Japan,
Germany, and other places.
2) Healing wells - Maitreya
often energizes water sources in the vicinity of spots he is about to appear.
So far, healing waters have been discovered in Mexico, Germany, France,
China, and India. (We have a Charismatic Bishop in Detroit named Wayne
T. Jackson. He is Pastor of Great Faith Church, he regularly lays hands
on jugs of water which he claims have healing powers).
3) Virgin Mary appears
on the glass of a black glass building in Clearwater Florida (major headquarters
of the Church of Scientology), over 450,000 people come to see it and pray
to it. Sitings of "Mary" are now as common as fleas on a dog.
4) Light emanates from
Japanese Bodhisattva image.
5) Hindu statues drink milk in
many locations. Over 10,000 people attest that they have seen various Hindu
gods (demons) drink milk before their eyes. "We believe this miracle and
those happening at other Hindu temples, may be a sign that a great Soul
descended, like Lord Krishna or Jesus Christ."
6) Muslim miracles -
the name of "Allah" has been found inside of fruit, on dry beans, on a
7) Weeping Madonna in Toronto
- since early 1996 an icon of the Virgin Mary has been weeping in a small
Greek Orthodox Church. (Toronto is the launching point for the global deception
of holy laughter and other spurious paranormal experiences).
8) Lebanese statue of Mary sweats
oil - in a cemetery in Tyre hundreds have come to pray to a statue
which exudes oil.
One of the more bizarre signs &
wonders is the pitiful case of Audrey Santos - a comatose
American girl who draws thousands of pilgrims who believe she performs
miracles. Oil runs in great profusion from the statues of the Catholic
saints in her room, and visitors say they can smell roses when they enter
her room. She is also supposed to be a stigmatic, showing the bloody wounds
of Jesus Christ on her body.
Another miracle worker, Sri
Sathya Sai Baba is a Hindu guru worshipped as an incarnation of God by
millions of people. For many years he has been "materializing" gold, jewels,
and other objects. Here is a quote:
Sounds mystical, (and more than a little
reminiscent of Silvaniaís gold dust out of her hair trick too), however
many scientists and stage magicans have proven that this man is
nothing more than a fraud, and slight-of-hand artist, and they have proven
this by catching him on video.
I went to India this
year to see Sai Baba with a group of followers. On 20th January I saw him
materialize a gold and diamond watch for a young devotee. He then took
another devotee's steel ring from his finger and blew on it. We saw it
change into a diamond ring. Baba recently also materialized a small Bible
containing facts about Jesus. Tears of joy flooded my eyes to see such
wonders. The statue of Baba that I saw drinking milk was five feet high
and made of solid marble. There was no hollow for the mouth. As it drank
the milk I could hear it slurp. It drank half a pot every day.
Critique of These Events
Charismatic extremists want us to believe
that what is taking place is supposed to be some sort of blessing from
our Lord. Peopleís dental cavities are being either filled with gold or
the silver in their teeth is being replaced with gold. As Christians, the
first and final court of appeal is the Bible itself. All spiritual experiences
are to be judged in light of the context of scripture.
Does the Bible show God moving in this
manner? No, in fact, all of the healing
miracles in the Bible there were always complete restorations.
When Jesus healed the blind eyes He did not create a pair of glasses. When
He healed the deaf, He did not produce a hearing-aid. The lame man did
not receive a crutch out of thin air, nor a wooden leg to run with.
The whole counsel of
God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, manís salvation,
faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good
and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture; unto which nothing
at any time is to be added whether by new revelation of the Spirit or traditions
of men. Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology vol. 1. p. 152
According to the biblical pattern if
God touched your teeth He would totally restore them, not change silver
into gold! The tooth is still as decayed as ever, only the color
of the filling has (allegedly) been changed. If people were reporting that
suddenly in the midst of a service all of their former cavities disappeared
and new tooth enamel has replaced former silver or gold . . . then maybe
the Lord is at work. Or someone with a bridge or dentures suddenly finds
themselves with a new set of teeth, that then fits the biblical pattern.
These things however are not taking place.
The best the extremists have come up
with is to look up the references to "gold" in the Bible and then try to
make the verses fit their experience by use of allegory.
They have it backwards, we do not make
the Word fit our experience, we see if our experience fits the Word in
its context. When our experience(s) do not fit the context of Scripture,
then we must question them, and not attribute them to God.
The direct context is referring to the
Anti-Christ when he is physically ruling, yet we also know that the spirit
of anti-Christ has been working in the world and against the Church since
its inception (1 John 4:3). Thus we know that there is the danger of signs
and lying wonders being performed by Satan through his vessels. Who is
susceptible to be deceived by these lying wonders? Those who have no love
for Godís truth, His Word.
2 Thes. 2:9-12
Even him, whose coming
is 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.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)
Many within Charismatic extremism are
in danger of loving their subjective experiences more than Godís Word.
When we challenge them to biblically prove their experiences with
the Bible we are routinely told "you are putting God in a box."
Recently a more distressing comment is being made, such as, "everything
God did is not contained in the Bible, so how can you say what is taking
place is unbiblical?" then they cite John 21:25 to prove their
As to putting God in a "box," our answer
is a simple one. God has sovereignly chosen to reveal Himself to us in
the Bible as contained in 66 books. The Bible is totally sufficient
in all matters of faith and practice. He has given us the Bible as the
means by which we are to judge all matters pertaining to our spiritual
life. Thus to take our stand on His Word is in no way putting Him in a
"box," on the contrary it brings glory to His name and safety to His Church
to do so.
Regarding the John 21:25 argument,
when they attempt to use this line of defense I tell them that they are
impugning the wisdom of God. Every cult has added additional revelation
and information that the Bible does not mention, these people are in danger
of slipping further into cultism. At best theirs is an argument from silence,
at worst it is another sign-post of a dangerous lack of fidelity to Godís
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