The Global Revival is here whether we like it or not.
Let's look at the teachings of scripture vs. the teaching in this revival.
2Timothy 4.1-4 says: I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Now instead of heeding this warning, many of these ministers including Bill Johnson of Bethel, Mike Bickle of IHOP, Patricia King of the Extreme Prophetic, Rick Joyner of Morningstar Ministries, are not teaching young believers to learn scripture and learn to rightfully divide the Word of Truth. They teach them that it is more important to experience "God's love" and to listen to what he is "saying today." They are taught to listen for prophetic words spoken to them by trained prophets. To listen to those who have been trained to be "led by the spirit." They teach that people who have been trained in the supernatural are now able to be led by a new spirit. A spirit that is so new and so different that no one has a written guide book for this new thing God is doing. Those who are acting upon this new revelation are the "Radical glory forerunners”.
What spirit is this?
John 4:22-24: "You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
In the following video is Patricia King (of the Extreme Prophetic) and the "prophetess" Stacey Campbell. Stacy teaches about ecstatic possession by the Holy Spirit. She refers to pagan rituals and how we must live in the same frame of mind as they do, wanting and wooing God through his Holy Spirit, asking to be possessed and offering ourselves up to the "Spirit". The bible teaches that the Christian is to put away the practices of such ancient rituals for there is no need for ceremonial ritual in Christ.
In the next video Stacy Campbell gives a prophecy that is so stunning--her head wags back and forth so rapidly, that her voice should be distorted in the microphone. Her voice remains stable, as it is not coming out of her mouth but out of her being. She claims this is a prophecy as she continues to ramble on about bricks and living stones. For this video, click on the link below:
In the next video, Heidi Baker is worshiping for extended periods of time and wooing the Holy Spirit and serenading Christ. After singing to God as if he were a lover, she begins to beg and plead with God not to "leave us like this," crying out with moans and wailing as a forsaken spirit might cry out. Christ said he would never leave us or forsake us. If you are worshiping in the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit would never wail out to God with a pathetic plea of despair.
In this next video from Rick Joyner's ministry, you can see the similarity in this ceremony with the ceremonial practice of Voodoo. The drumming and demonic utterances, the weeping, wailing and moaning; these are not the sounds of the Holy Spirit of God.
2Timothy 4:5 says: But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship,
do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
In Luke 21:34 we are warned not to live out our lives in dissipation.
Most people think dissipation only refers to being drunk from alcohol but the full
definition includes wasting your life with uselessness and amusement. The teaching of Bill Johnson and many other preachers promote being amused by the spirit and being "drunk in the spirit"...
Many of these folks are teaching believers to seek to actually be in God’s presence and to see his Glory. They are teaching that the Christian should seek to travel to the third heaven, thy claim they do this on a regular basis. Here is what the Apostle Paul wrote about how Christians view such an experience with God.
2 Corinthians 12:1-7 -- Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
Watch the next video carefully as Patricia King, Bob Jones (of the Kansas City Prophets), and Todd Bentley explain their beliefs that God has fellowship with believers in a new supernatural way. They boast that they have actually spent time with God himself...
Now ask yourself how does this conversation fare in comparison with the scripture in 2 Corinthians? I believe that they oppose each other!
I believe what these people practice is Shamanism.
Here is one descriptive definition of Shamanism: Shamans interact with deities and spirits not only with prayer, ritual and offerings, but also through direct contact with the spirits themselves. With the aid of rhythmic drumming and chanting, the shaman enters a very deep or "ecstatic" trance. (In discussions of shamanism, the word "ecstasy" is used in its original sense, from the Greek roots ex and histanai meaning "out of place" or "out of the physical”—in other words an out-of-body mystical state.) This trance frees the shaman's consciousness from the body, allowing it to "fly" into the realms the spirits inhabit, and to experience these "other worlds" with all the senses of the ordinary physical realm. Yet, shamanic journeys are more than mystical encounters with spirits; shamans undertake trance-journeys for practical purposes, in service to their community. A shaman may journey in the other worlds to gather information from the spirits, perform healings, guide the spirits of the dead to resting places, gain spiritual favor and power, or any number of other reasons. Like priests in Western society, shamans are not self-appointed, but called to their tasks by the spirits themselves, and then trained and recognized by their Elders and the community.
This Global Alliance revival is growing all around us. Whether you like the revival or not, you must educate yourself and test what you hear against the Scriptures, the Holy Bible. I don’t claim to have a new vision; I claim to have faith, which is a gift from God, that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
I do believe what is written in the Bible by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12: 11-12:
I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.
Are the signs and wonders in this revival a confirmation of the testimony of Christ or are they dissipation, a way of amusing ourselves? Do they create an illusion of godliness, creating conceited pride and self importance in our own minds?
Come let us reason together……………..
Here are three videos of those who are preaching sound doctrine.
Andrew Strom from New Zealand spent 11 years in the same Prophetic movement as Todd Bentley. In this interview he tells us why he left the prophetic movement.
Here is a comparison of how similar this revival is to pagan and tribal practices.
Finally, a video by David Wilkerson; He shares his point of view on "weird manifestations" that take place in the revival.
Editor's Note: Watching these videos left me in tears for the rest of the day. May the true Spirit of Jesus break the hold of delusion on these people.
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