I write this post in love and concern for my brothers and sisters who are professing Christians. Please if you are involved in any of these practices, read this with an open mind, and watch the videos posted below. We are living in days in which there is much spiritual deception and God has warned us to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”. He says that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.
Holy Spirit or Lying Spirit?
Cindy Jacobs, Todd Bentley, Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, Lou Engel, New Latter Rain, Prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation, Tongues, Slain in the Spirit, Impartations. These are names and terms common to some sectors of Evangelical Christianity today.
I would like to propose to you that Evangelicals who are participating in these manifestations are preaching what the Bible calls “another gospel” and worshipping what the Bible calls a “false Jesus” or an anti-christ, if you will. Jacobs, Bently, Joyner all claim to be prophets who have received direct revelation from God or from angelic beings. However the Scripture plainly tells us that the Holy Bible is the full revelation of God and that anyone who adds to or takes away from that Word shall have his name removed from the book of life. (Revelation 22:18-19)
I Corinthians 10:20b says I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Many people have created an image in their own mind of what Jesus and God are like, and worship that image, and these evil sprit beings are more than happy to personify themselves according to those ” vain imaginations”. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
We are to go on KNOWLEDGE, (found in scripture) as opposed to what we imagine and feel.
Speaking in tongues, this “slaying in the spirit” and the “impartations” bring with them feelings of euphoria, and love and goodness and power. And that feels like what we imagine the presence of God to be, therefore beccause it “feels so amazing” people often do not question it. After all, they say, “it feels so right, it can only be the Spirit of God”. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (2Cor. 11:14). This is precisely why God said to cast down imaginations and any thing that exalteth itself against the KNOWLEDGE of God. One must always, always, always examine these practices in light of scripture.
Jesus Himself said an evil generation seeketh after a sign. (Matthew 12: 39)
I am not saying God does not heal today, but am referring to the “gift of healing”. As for tongues, (which I’m not specifically going to expound upon here, for the sake of space) there are many scriptures which address it as needing to be “in turn” (not chaotic, one at a time) and “in order”, and always interpreted. The tongues of that day were also always known and pre–existing languages”, as evidenced by people hearing the gospel in their own language. Those qualifiers alone would strike down as being unscriptural, most of the practice of tongues which goes on in churches today on those points alone, however, beyond that, please consider the following in regards to healing and tongues:
If you were to read the epistles in order they were written, it shows that beyond the time period when the events of Acts took place, including events in Galations, 1 and 2 Thes., 1 and 2 Cor. and Romans,( written in the same period as the events of Acts), were the only places in scripture that the sign gifts were recorded as taking place. By the time Paul went to prison, he could not longer heal his friend Epaphroditus (although God has mercy on him and heals Epaphroditus Himself). It was during Paul’s epistles that the “mystery of the church” was being revealed. Early on it was revealed only “in part”. (1 Cor. 3:12 “now I know (gnosis) in part). But by the end of the writing of the Epistles it was fully revealed. (As indicated by the use of the word “Epignosis” in the later epistles written in prison, and during the pastoral epistles).“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge (epignosis: full knowledge) of the Mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ. Colossians 2:1-2. In Ephesians (written in prison) 5:17-19 he talks about being filled with the spirit, but no mention of speaking in tongues, but instead, “speak to yourselves in psalms and spiritual songs”. The sign gifts were just that, for a sign to convince the Jews, who required a sign (I Corinthians 1:20-24), of this new thing called the church. Once the Jews understood this new dispensation (of grace) and the church was established including the Gentiles (Acts 10), throughout the “known world” at the time, then these signs were no longer needed. I Corinthians 13:8 says even tells us that tongues shall cease, (in those very words in the KJV).
When I asked a pastor who ascribed to tongues-speaking how it works, he said “you just have to trust in it and just sort of “let go of control” and let your mouth be taken over by the spirit”. But when I asked him “what about Galations 5:22 where it says one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control (temperance), he didn’t have an answer to that. The Bible tells us to be sober, not “drunk in the spirit”. There is no scripture that speaks of drunkenness “in the Spirit”. The Scriptures are the test. If something is being practiced in your church and you can’t find it in scripture, you should be suspicious of it. When the Bible says test the spirits, it is not telling you to test it with your feelings. God expects you to test it according to what He has written about Himself and the Holy Spirit in His word.
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the one UNPARDONABLE sin. There are a couple of ways someone can blaspheme the Holy Spirit. First, the Holy Spirit is the One who convicts you of your sin and need for salvation. If He convicts you, yet you deny your need for a savior, you are calling the Holy Spirit a liar. The Holy Spirit cannot lie. This is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. But when demonic powers are manifesting themselves in church services through “impartation” and what is referred to as “slaying in the spirit” and “drunkenness in the spirit”, this designation of the demonic manifestations as being “of the Holy Spirit” is also blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The consequences of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can be found in Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: and Luke 12:10: And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
This “false Jesus”, “false Holy Spirt” and these false manifestations that are being embraced today are part of God’s judgment leading up to His ultimate judgment(which will come in the tribulation). 2 Thes. 2:9-12 says: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness This is part of the Apostacy. It is a falling away from the truth of the Scriptures. People who seek these things are in danger of being “given up” by God, or “given over” by God to them.
Romans 1:24-28 says
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind
And I Kings 22 Is proof that God gives people over to these lying spirits if those people persist in seeking them: It talks about King Ahab and his 400 false prophets. I suggest reading the whole chapter HERE, but especially note verses 21-22:
21And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. 2And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Notice it was the LORD who sent forth the lying spirit into the mouthes of these prophets to persuade Ahab to his doom at Ramothgiliad. Ahab was one of Israel’s most wicked and ungodly kings.
Please view the videos below, some of which show church services where professing Christians are experiencing things they attribute to the Holy Spirit, and then some of them show the practice of Hindu worship and Kundalini (as in yoga) which springs out of the Hindu religion but has now been embraced by many religions including being practiced in the churches, along with other mystical religious practices such as “centering prayer” or “contemplative prayer” and “prayer labyrinths”. This is a mixing of Eastern mysticism with Christianity and God forbids it “For what fellowship hath light with darkness”