CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS

THE STATE OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY

KELLY P. GALLAGHER

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FORWARD……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………PAGE 4 CHRISTIANITY: THE AMERICAN WAY............................................................................................................................PAGE 6 WISDOM FROM GOD AND WISDOM OF MEN.................................................................................................................PAGE 6 THE CALL TO HOLINESS; OUR FIRST CALL..................................................................................................................PAGE 8 THE KINGDOM-BUILDING SPIRIT: THE HEAD OF THE BEAST.............................................................................PAGE 10 THE FEARFUL, SLAVE MENTALITY OF THE CHURCH............................................................................................PAGE 15 THE DOCTRINE OF PRIDE...............................................................................................................................................PAGE 18 THE COMING OF ANTI-CHRIST.......................................................................................................................................PAGE 21 "FOR REVIVAL, I WILL SEND THE SWORD"................................................................................................................PAGE 25 THE MEANING OF THIS WORD........................................................................................................................................PAGE 26 THE SECOND REFORMATION: A RETURN TO TRUTH AND HOLINESS...............................................................PAGE 28 THE MINISTRY OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER.............................................................................................................PAGE 29 REFLECTIONS OF A FALSE HOPE...................................................................................................................................PAGE 31 THE SPIRIT OF DAVID AND THE SPIRIT OF SAUL: YESTERDAY AND TODAY..................................................PAGE 37 THE CULT OF LOVE AND SELF-ESTEEM.........................................................................................……………........PAGE 41 SIGNS AND WONDERS: THE OPENING OF PANDORA'S BOX..................................................................................PAGE 43 THE DECEPTION OF SCIENCE AND EVOLUTION.......................................................................................................PAGE 49 TRAPPED IN SPIRITUAL CHILDHOOD - THE CURSE OF THIS GENERATION....................................................PAGE 51 THE GREAT DECEPTION: CHRISTIAN UNITY AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM........................................................PAGE 53 POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND: THE KEY TO WORLD WIDE ADOLOTRY…………………………………..PAGE 54 BENNY HINN: THE LINK TO ROME.....................................................................………………………………….....PAGE 57 RODNEY HOWARD-BROWNE: THE NEW WINE IS THE CUP OF DEVILS…………………………...................PAGE 58

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THE GREAT DECEPTION CONTINUES- ROBERTS LIARDON AND THE BANDS OF HELL…………………..PAGE 61 INNER HEALING AND CARL JUNG: THE HIDDEN DANGER IN HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY.......................PAGE 62 THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH.........................................................................................PAGE 64 THE REVIVAL AMONG THE REMNANT........................................................................................................................PAGE 67 THE HARVEST: WHAT WILL BE REAPED AT THE END OF THE AGE..................................................................PAGE 68 THE REMNANT WILL REVIVE WITH DISCERNMENT AND TRUE DOCTRINE..................................................PAGE 75 BEWARE OF FALSE BRETHREN.......................................................................................................................................PAGE 82 RESTORING THE LAMP OF HOLY FEAR TO THE REMNANT OF THE ELECT..................................................PAGE 86 HOW TO DISCERN THE WHEAT FROM THE TARES..................................................................................................PAGE 90 ANTHONY ROBBINS - AWAKENING THE BEAST WITHIN........................................................................................PAGE 93 MONTE JUDAH AND PRINCE CHARLEs THE DECEPTION OF SOUL POWER………………………..…….….PAGE 94 THE FIVE FOLD DECEPTION OF HELL………………………………………………………………………………PAGE 96

FOREWARD

The Church of Jesus Christ in America is in the midst of probably the last decade of her ministry upon this earth before the glorious return of the Messiah to rule and reign for one thousand years. The purpose of this book is to look at the church in America and discern her spiritual condition. God is speaking through many of his prophets in this hour and this book is written in such a prophetic spirit. America has been blessed by God with prosperity and has been the strongest light for Christianity in the history of mankind. Even today, America sends out more missionaries than any other country and is the main distributor of Bibles to the four corners of the world. America enjoys religious freedom and free access to Bibles, Gospel preaching and teaching like no other nation in the world. In spite of this, the state of America's spiritual health is declining. Crime is increasing ten percent per year. Television, movies and magazines are becoming increasingly pornographic, violent and antiChristian. What is happening to the moral climate in this country? Why does the church seem impotent to restrain this moral slide while a revival of Christianity seems to be going on? These questions and others will be covered in the pages ahead. I believe that the majority of true Christians who have received the Holy Spirit in regeneration will agree with the message within these pages. When God speaks prophetically, He "rebukes and chastens" for our ultimate good. I believe the church in America has already fallen away from the Lord, even in the midst of a so-called "revival". We have become very busy with man-made and inspired programs that seem to be successful. At the same time, we have become blind to the fact that we are lost and are walking in circles in a desert of disobedience and ignorance. The Bible says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge". It is a lack

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of knowledge concerning our spiritually lost state that will destroy and has destroyed our effectiveness for the cause of Jesus Christ. Roger Williams, in the year 1644, said, "The faithful labors of many witnesses of Jesus Christ, abundantly proving that the church of the Jews under the Old Testament in the type, and in the church of the Christians under the New Testament in the antitype, were both separate from the world, and that when they opened a gap in the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world, God has ever removed the candlestick and made his garden a wilderness, as at this day." Roger Williams was discouraged by the proliferation of Christian cults and heresies in the days of American colonization. Williams did not think it was worth trying to win the Indians to Jesus Christ because it was useless to "bring them from one form of false worship to another". The same principle applies today. The American brand of Christianity is an impure and even abominable example of what Jesus Christ wants in His Bride. God forbid that we should corrupt the world with the spread of our example. It would be better to leave the nations of the world alone if we do not radically change the Christianity today in this country. We need a second reformation of holiness and truth before we should attempt to convert the rest of the world. Instead of winning the world, the world is winning the church. God puts a spiritual "hedge" of protection around His children both individually and collectively. When we break the hedge with our sins, a "serpent" shall bite us as the writer of Ecclesiastes states. "He who digs a pit will fall into it, and whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent." (Eccl 10:8) The serpent of sin and false teaching has bitten the church in America and we have become poisoned and near death. The army of the Lord is full of hirelings and mercenaries who are only interested in financial prosperity. We run to and fro in a hurry and get nowhere. We plant many spiritual seeds in much sweat and exertion, but only reap a little. A church that has strayed into the wilderness of worldly compromise has lost its way and cannot find it again without the help of God. Will Durant, the great historian, said this of the early church: "While Christianity converted the world, the world converted Christianity."

CHRISTIANITY: THE AMERICAN WAY
Many large television ministries are proclaiming that we are in the midst of the greatest revival of all times. The church is winning more souls, distributing more Bibles, and offering more prayer than ever before. We have large Christian television networks, international radio and print ministries, missionaries and numerous other methods of global outreach. Bible schools, Christian private schools, home schools and seminaries abound. Great buildings and cathedrals with congregations as large as 50,000 decorate our cities and highways. The Devil seems to

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be on the run and what some have arrogantly called " the feeble gates of hell" are supposedly crashing down. In spite of all the talk of revival, many Christians are living defeated, back -slidden lives. The teaching in many churches is superficial and weak. Many are falling away because there is a lack of true discipleship and fellowship. Does Christianity in America stand up to God's standards? What does God think about the church in this country? We have many voices who claim to be prophetic saying that the church is in great spiritual shape and growing stronger day by day. If the truth were any different than this positive judgment, it would never be widely known due to the stranglehold that large ministries have on Christian media. The few who publish views contrary to the positive self-image of the modern church are branded as "heresy hunters" and are accused of destroying the "bridges" that God is building between denominations and of bringing division and suspicion in the body of Christ.

WISDOM FROM GOD AND WISDOM OF MEN
Solomon, in spite of all his later sins and excesses, had a quality that we need today. Solomon recognized his need for guidance and wisdom from God. Anointed as king of Israel at an early age, Solomon asked God for wisdom and understanding only when he could have had anything he desired. This pleased God so much that He granted Solomon great wisdom and "largeness of heart" such as no man who came before him or after him would have. In addition, God granted Solomon riches and honor above all the kings of the earth. Many people and world leaders traveled far distances to hear the wisdom of Solomon. He wrote many proverbs and riddles. Under Solomon, Israel became the greatest nation on earth. Prosperity ruined Solomon and made his wisdom ineffective. He ignored God's written instructions for kings to live by in Deuteronomy chapter 17, which states, Deuteronomy 17:14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that [are] about me; Deuteronomy 17:15 Thou shalt in any wise set [him] king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: [one] from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which [is] not thy brother. Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Deuteronomy 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. Deuteronomy 17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of [that which is] before the priests the Levites: Deuteronomy 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: Deuteronomy 17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, [to] the right hand, or [to] the left: to the end that he may prolong [his] days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

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All the warnings of this passage of scripture came upon Solomon because of his disobedience to the word of God. It was never God's perfect will to even have a king over his people. God wanted to be their king, knowing the temptations and pride that great wealth and power can bring. The same principle applies today. Men like Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart are not especially wicked men. The cause of their downfall is that it never was God's will for mere man to be "kings" over His people. The great damage that just these two men have caused to the reputation of the church is little compared to the damage being done by other "kings" - leaders of great ministries that are corrupting the church from within by false doctrine and teaching tainted with pride that begets pride and error among those who listen. Solomon's record is in 1 Kings 11:-6; I Kings 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, [and] Hittites; I Kings 11:2 Of the nations [concerning] which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: [for] surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. I Kings 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. I Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, [that] his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as [was] the heart of David his father. I Kings 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. I Kings 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as [did] David his father. Solomon went down to Egypt to marry the Pharoah's daughter in flagrant violation of God's commandments. One sin leads to another, and at the end of his life, after his "global outreach" of seven hundred wives of royal birth from nations around the world joined his harem, Solomon cries out in the book of Ecclesiates, Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart [is] snares and nets, [and] her hands [as] bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

Solomon would be praised by the secular world today for his "tolerance" of other religions and false teachings just as the world approves of "Christian" ministries that embrace every kind of cult and false doctrine and "marries" them in joint-worship and ministry work. Solomon did not require his foreign wives to convert to the true worship of the God of Israel, but indulged his wives by building temples and idols to their false gods and polluting the land with witchcraft and idolatry. The spirit of Solomon is alive and well today in American churches. The "kings" in the church are those who are "ruling" over large ministries and denominations. In following after covetousness as Solomon did, they have been led into witchcraft. This "witchcraft" manifests itself in idolatry, sexual sin, false doctrine, false spiritual gifts and healings, hypocrisy and manipulation to raise money. In rebellion to God, which is "as the sin of witchcraft", they go down to Egypt for help. They have become nothing but "Christian" copies of worldly philosophies, methods and teachings. They use psychology to counsel, medicine and sorcery to heal, and entertainment to evangelize. The Apostle James said that the wisdom of this world is of the devil:

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James 3:13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish. James 3:16 For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work. Because the church is operating under this worldly wisdom, the results of our "ministry" is spiritual death and confusion. We need to humble ourselves and seek God's wisdom if we are ever to become what God requires of us.

THE CALL TO HOLINESS; OUR FIRST CALL
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline" (Prov 1:7). This verse is the key to a real "revival" of Christianity in these last days. The fear of the Lord is a strong reverence and awe in the hearts of those who know Him. It creates a hatred of sin and a love of obedience to this awesome God. The word "fear" also denotes a literal fear of the judgment of God if we do not obey Him. If we can't obey God out of love and reverence, then it is necessary to obey from fear. No true wisdom can exist where there is a lack of this fear and reverence. A true Christian will not lightly esteem the grace that saves him. The closer to God he becomes, the more he will hate and loathe sin; even though he is aware that his sins are forgiven. A man who is close to God will esteem the smallest disobedience to God as equal to murder. It is the smallest sin that played a part in driving the nails into the hands and feet of Christ. We must teach converts to make their "calling and election SURE" as Peter warns, since if we lack these things that accompany salvation, we should worry that we are not among God's elect, but have had a false experience with God (See Hebrews 6:4-6). The "grace" teaching spreading so rapidly today has gone to such a ridiculous extreme that I feel it is dishonoring to God. Bob George, Host of "People to People" radio talk show has taught that a born-again believer never again needs to repent after "salvation." This teaching is in clear violation of scripture and is typical of the "easy believism" that has produced homosexual congregations, sin and compromise that God will judge. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 God warns the seven churches of Asia, born-again Christians, to repent or have their candlestick of light and anointing removed. I fear that we are approaching this in America. The deception that will come when our candlestick is removed has already started to happen. Daniel is an example of how effective a believer in Jesus Christ can be in a pagan society. Daniel was given the opportunity, along with the famous three; Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, to learn the wisdom of the Babylonians. If they proved worthy, they would be given the honor of being personal ministers to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. The Bible tells what happened to these men, Daniel 1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

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Daniel 1:18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 1:19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom [and] understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians [and] astrologers that [were] in all his realm. What was the secret of their wisdom? It is given earlier in the book of Daniel. Daniel and the three Hebrew children risked their opportunity to be rich and honored in this world rather than to offend God. They feared God more than they feared man. All four refused to eat the king's meat and wine. They asked for vegetable pulse and water instead. The reason for this request is not stated in the scripture, but is probably because the meat was sacrificed to idols and because they did not want to fellowship with the king and his sorcerers. Psalm 1 tells us that the godly man does not sit with the scornful and those who scoff at God in unbelief. Today, the church is sitting down with worldly philosophies, drinking the wine of worldly entertainment and pleasures. As individuals, we are friends of this secular world, and as the apostle James says, makes us enemies of God. In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, the apostle John gives a message to the seven churches in Asia. The written instructions for these churches were written more for the millions of believers who would live after these churches were gone. They have special meaning for the church in America today. There are more than two hundred and fifty million people in America and most claim to be Christian. The numbers have multiplied since the days of the apostle John, but the same snares and temptations work against us today. The same powerful demons called Jezebel and Balaam are working among us. Satan has no new tricks after six thousand years of tempting man, but he has honed his skills with practice and is working harder today because his time is short. The same false teachings, sins, and weaknesses manifested in the seven churches of Asia are with us today. The church among the seven most represented today in America is the church of Laodicea. God writes to them, Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:17 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: The church of Laodicea was materially rich and conceited by these riches and the concomitant power. They thought that God approved of them and that they were in need of nothing - they had it all! Likewise, the churches in America have billions of dollars invested in lands, buildings, satellites, television and radio stations, even stocks and bonds. We appear to be blessed and strong, but God does not see as man sees. Men look at the outside and God looks at the heart. The very wealth we possess blinds us to the fact that we are MISERABLE excuses for Christians in God's estimation. As lukewarm drink is useless to a King who likes his drinks either very hot or very cold; we are close to being spit out of His mouth, cast upon the ground and wasted. The lampstand of the church in America that once burned so bright is in danger of being removed permanently. We are a busy people. The Laodicean church was busy also. The feverish pace of our self-effort to serve God by striving for wealth, fame and power has blinded us to the fact that we are doing nothing of true value. We compete with other men and ministries in striving to build bigger churches, bigger programs and bigger organizations. We do not see that God counts all such man-inspired toil as nothing, and LESS THAN NOTHING - A WASTE OF GOD'S RESOURCES PUT WITHIN US!

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Just as the word of God itself cannot be understood by the natural mind, so the state of the church cannot be understood by the natural understanding. We may look prosperous, blessed, and strong; but in God's eyes we are weak, poor and miserable. The church appears to be doing real exploits, but we are really doing great damage to the world. Like the children of Israel in the wilderness, we are running in circles, getting nowhere. We lack true leadership, wisdom and understanding. These things are given by God, and He will not grant them to us until we see our need for them and seek them with all our hearts. A current gospel song says, "the great apostasy is so hard to see." This verse is very true because the blindness exists even while we are falling away from God in the midst of great works and great prosperity. Sin, false teaching, cults - these are all just symptoms of the real disease. They are by-products of the blindness that has overtaken us. The only way to reverse the trend is a total rooting out of the false Christianity that now abounds and a planting of true Christianity. A second reformation is needed; a replanting and rebuilding of God's house from the bottom up, starting with individuals. The spirit of the prophet Jeremiah is upon prophets that God has sent to do this work. "See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant." (Jer. 1:10). Nobody listened to Jeremiah in his day. Are we listening today?

THE KINGDOM-BUILDING SPIRIT: THE HEAD OF THE BEAST
A powerful demon-spirit is destroying the body of Christ, especially in the United States, where this demon prince is largely unknown and undiscerned by Christians. It is a great, powerful demon that masks itself behind a religious facade. It is the same spirit that created the Catholic Church in the days of the Roman Emperor Constantine and has been working effectively to this day. This archangel of darkness has caused the money, time and effort of God's people to be diverted from the true work of the Cross for centuries. Men, and women, working under the influence of this spirit have focused their energy on storing up riches for themselves and building a religious kingdom on earth; not God's kingdom, but man's kingdom. Like Judas, those operating under this demon have controlled and stolen from the Lord's money bag and have enriched themselves. They have despised the offering of the Lord by using it to glorify themselves in building ego-kingdoms. Being self-deceived, these people sincerely believe they are building God's kingdom on earth. Jesus said that the Kingdom of God comes without observation to the natural eye. It is a kingdom of spiritual growth and obedience to His commandments in the hearts of men, not buildings of brick and steel. The Kingdom-building Spirit deceives men with true callings upon their lives; those anointed by God to do His work. Satan does not need to fool around with men that are false Christians, they are already his. By driving previously humble men to "do something BIG for Jesus," this spirit masquerades as a sincere preacher who wants to win the world for God. These preachers are sincere, but deceived into thinking that God needs them to win the world for Christ, and without them the work will not get done. They develop a "Savior complex" as I call it. The question that Satan asked God concerning Job in the Old Testament could be asked of these men; "Does Job serve God for nought?" Another way of putting this question would be, "would these men serve God if there were no glory, success and large ministry?" I fear the answer would be no. Moses was forced by God to do nothing but squash sand between his toes and tend sheep for forty years before his great vision of being the mighty deliverer of Israel came to pass. When the time came for Moses to go to Pharoah, he had spent so much time alone without the "pattern of successes," that he lacked the positive self-esteem that people prize so much today. Moses may have been extremely unsure of himself and broken in spirit, but he did not give up on God as I fear many would today if hard times or even loss of ministry came their way.

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It is better in the sight of God that we do nothing than to do what He has not called us to do. God has called every man to be free of the Kingdom-building Spirit BEFORE they set out to do work for Him. Howard Pittman, author of "Placebo" gave testimony of his vision of going to heaven when his body was temporarily dead after a heart attack. Pittman describes going to heaven, but not being allowed inside the gates. God spoke to Pittman from within the City of Heaven and told him that all the ministry he had done had no reward in heaven because it was all done out of fear, guilt, ambition, pride or in a religious spirit. Pittman was shocked speechless as many "kingdom builders" will be during the judgment of rewards to come for Christians. The fruit gained by ministry under this spirit is bad fruit, for the tree is bad. Instead of winning the lost souls these men rob the poor and hinder the lost from being saved. More souls are turned off to God than come to Him during the crusades and church meetings of such men. The spiritually sick become sicker as they eat the "dainties" of such "kings." They become spiritually fat and lazy because the spiritual diet is nothing but empty calories and with no nutrition for healthy growth. Unholy junk food! The Kingdom-building Spirit is present among all men of selfish ambition, deceiving them through their own pride into believing they are accomplishing much for the Lord. False teaching always follows this ministry. One example is the teaching by Oral Roberts that Jesus was a rich man. This justifies his own excessive life-style and justifies those who embrace these teachings. Men under this spirit ALWAYS end up twisting the scriptures to their own destruction, as Peter says. Such men are confirmed in their delusion by others operating under the same spirit of kingdombuilding. Such men (and women) praise one another for the big things done for God. In doing so they forget the words of Jesus, John 5:44 {How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that [cometh] from God only?} The irony here is that most men operating under this spirit teach a "faith message" while Jesus said that receiving honor from men precludes true faith. Jesus Himself would not accept honor from men (John 5:41). If He did not accept honor from men, it is certain that we should not. Paul writes in Romans, Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: Romans 2:29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God. If your ministry causes you to be praised by man it is because you are not ministering God's way. The Kingdom-building Spirit is perhaps the greatest invention of Satan. When a man is bornagain of the Holy Spirit, a God-given hunger for the Word of God leads him to spend much time feeding upon the truths of God. It is like milk to a baby. Before this man becomes skilled enough in the word of God to have spiritual senses develop to discern good and evil, often he will feel driven to do something for God. Many men are accustomed to success in the secular world before they become born again. The way to achieve success in the world is to compete and strive. Such a spirit of competition and strife carries over into the spiritual work of many sincere men and women. The Kingdom-building Spirit begins to drive the person to work hard for God. Prayer, Bible reading, witnessing and attending church with great zeal follow. These things are all good in their place, but a man under the Kingdom-building Spirit will always feel condemnation that he is never doing enough for God. Soon, the person is organizing evangelistic crusades, workshops, Bible studies and other means of reaching the lost. The next step is to form a church of his own, or an evangelistic organization. He uses advertising, organization and hard work to build a large home base from which he can begin to travel. Next comes expansion to radio, billboards, television,

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books, etc. People love a man of "action"; so they support him financially and begin to create a personality cult around this man. Soon, his church, or ministry is so large that the budget is huge. Several times a year, there is a "crisis" of cash flow which requires fund raising drives. A "crisis" is often created by continually "breaking ground" on ambitious projects, buildings and other undertakings. The man learns that financial support is easier to raise when something visible is being built so people know that their money is invested in something tangible. The continuous pressure of financial need drives a man to overwork and he is exhausted all the time. No method of fund raising is overlooked that works, even secular fund raising organizations advise such ministries for a fee or "cut" of the pie. Continuous ego-stroking by sincere well-wishers and ambitious staff members manifests in a wonderful "self image" for the President or CEO of such a work. Continuously larger salaries and bonuses awarded such a charismatic figure enrich him to the point where his style of living would qualify him for an appearance on the television show "Life-styles of the Rich and Famous" along with movie stars, kings and the super-wealthy. In spite of all these "wonderful" things happening to this man, he is miserable. The Kingdombuilding Spirit will never allow him to feel satisfied or fulfilled. It is like a drug habit that becomes stronger the more it is fed. Depending on the willpower and basic character of such men and women, many will fall into sexual sin or drug/alcohol abuse at this point. Others who don't have weaknesses in this area continue to grow in pride and power and simply work themselves to death. The result of this man's work is a little "kingdom" of buildings, schools, television/radio networks, hospitals, conference centers and even Christian amusement parks. This little kingdom is often named by the man who built it. Some have built entire "cities of faith" for the "glory of God" but named after the founder. Psalms 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain. Psalms 127:2 [It is] vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his beloved sleep. All such ego-kingdoms are not built by God but by men. They become monuments to greed and pride. The good that these ministries seem to do is vastly negated by the shameful testimony that the lives of the kingdom builders who built them ultimately have. The Kingdom-building Spirit rules the collective church in America. The saddest thing of all is that we are spreading these kingdoms to the nations of the world through television and other media. The state of Christianity in these countries as yet unpolluted by these big ministries is far superior to anything we see in this country - even without the benefit of proper Bible teaching and Bible schools. The Kingdom-building Spirit is the main demon behind the Kingdom Now, Dominion, Restoration, Manifest Sons of God, Reconstruction and other like movements that have literally exploded in popularity within the last decades. These movements have especially infiltrated the Christian Media in this country. The men in these movements have the intellectual credibility that has been lacking in the Charismatic Movement and Word-Faith Movement that built up the great Christian media networks from decades of aggressive fund-raising. The "Kingdom-nowers" believe that Jesus will not and, indeed, CANNOT return until we take over the "kingdoms of the earth." These include the "kingdoms" of education, finance, politics, religion, art, communication and every other "kingdom" of this world. They believe we must take dominion over the earth and reconstruct and restore this earth to a new Edenic paradise of Christian values. The Catholic Church has been trying to do that since the fourth century after Christ. During the dark ages, the Catholic Church literally controlled the kings and kingdoms of this world. The power of excommunication and threat of eternal damnation and/or physical torture and death was in their hands. The modern "Kingdom-nowers" forget the lessons of history. The Catholic Church was so corrupt and worldly that the witness of Christianity simply ceased to exist for centuries. Men are trying to ride the same dead horse to victory once again.

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We were given a word from the Lord where He told us that all this type of teaching is called, THE DOCTRINE OF PRIDE. This is how He described the collective teachings and doctrines behind such groups and taught by men and women operating under the Kingdom-building Spirit today. This doctrine of pride is like leaven that we use to leaven dough to make bread. It spreads through the lump of dough quickly until the whole lump is leavened. Jesus said, "A little leaven leavens the whole lump." In other words, just as it takes only a little leaven to leaven a large lump of dough, it only takes a little prideful teaching to corrupt many men. As the writer of Ecclesiastes says, Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: [so doth] a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom [and] honour. The pride is the fly in the flowery ointment of the "great swelling words" of such men. It is a stench in God's nostrils who hates pride and covetous men. It only takes a little leaven of prideful and false teaching to make the entire church false and proud. Pride has a deceiving quality to it, this is why the Kingdom-building Spirit has deceived so many. The scenario you have just read about the person controlled by a Kingdom-building Spirit is bitterly true about many ministers and ministries today. You can read it in the headlines about such men as Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart. These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of other "Jims" as well as Pats, Roberts, Mikes, and so on. Only the most blatantly abusive of money and sex achieve notoriety in the secular media. The ones who are "caught" are ultimately less dangerous to the witness of the church than those who continue to kingdom build. Satan cannot quench the true zeal for the Lord that is in the heart of every truly born-again believer. His mission is to pervert that zeal by replacing it with the Kingdom-building Spirit. A great man of God from Arlington, Texas taught the author and his wife about this spirit. His name is R.A. Brooks and he has since gone to his reward in heaven. When I went to his home for ministry, he challenged my desire to do something for Jesus. I thought that my desires were from God, but I was under the kingdombuilding Spirit. After years of spinning my wheels and doing "exploits" for God that ended in embarrassing failure, I was ready to hear the message. Even so, I was hurt by his rebuke and felt it was unloving and unkind. I went home after he prayed to cast out this spirit and had to struggle to keep it from coming back upon me. I count this revelation as one of the greatest in my Christian experience, and deliverance from this demon has greatly increased the peace and overall discernment in my life and in the life of my wife, Diana. I urge every one who reads this book to pray about this and seek deliverance from this powerful spirit which feeds on the rejection, lust and ambition that is in every person to some degree. The body of Christ desperately needs to gain discernment of the operations of this spirit and become progressively delivered from it. It is a key to whether we will ever be truly effective in cooperation with God as HE BUILDS HIS OWN KINGDOM. This is the primary truth we must learn, GOD BUILDS HIS KINGDOM, NOT US; AND THAT KINGDOM DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION TO THE NATURAL EYE. To begin to be free of this spirit individually and collectively, first we must repent of our arrogance and give God the proper glory of building His own kingdom. Remember, HE CAN DO IT WITHOUT US. God can do all the work He intends to do on earth before the return of Christ with one man, or with none. God has been trying to speak to America with signs of famine, drought, earthquakes, accidents, crime increases, large national debt, banking crises, AIDS proliferation, and numerous other signs for at least the last ten years. He is holding the church responsible, not because of our lack of political action, but because of our sin and pride.

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II Chronicles 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Because of our pride and arrogance and the sin that accompany these, God is judging the church and this country. The Roman empire did not fall until AFTER it had been "Christianized" by the corrupted Catholic Church. It would not surprise me if the church in America was blamed for our problems and persecuted for it by the secular world. Because of our (the church) wickedness, God has declared a sentence of destruction upon this nation. We have not mourned for our sins and the sins of the people, but have been arrogant - have taught prideful doctrine, and have continued in selfish sin. Surveys have shown that those who attend Church in this country commit such sins as abortion, divorce, fornication, alcohol/drug abuse, witchcraft, covetousness, adultery and others as the world does. God says, Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger. There are some who are doing this even now, and I believe it is stalling the harshest wrath of God. God is waiting to INSTANTLY heal or destroy us, depending upon our response to His call for humility and repentance. Jeremiah 18:7 [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. Jeremiah 18:9 And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; Jeremiah 18:10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. God is speaking through the little known and the foolish today; so learn to hear His voice wherever it comes from. God does not look at outward appearances, but at the heart. Those with a heart like David, who are taught by God and have His heart will grow in discernment of good and evil to the point that they are like angels of God in wisdom and discernment. These unknown soldiers will rise up and do powerful exploits in the Holy Spirit because they have obeyed their Lord and learned to wait upon Him. These great works will not be spectacular in the flesh, but in the spirit. These men are unseen now, because the masses are too busy watching the circus of "Christianity" being portrayed through the media. There is a time coming soon when these quiet, humble ones, whom God has sovereignly taught, will witness powerfully of the true power and might of Jesus Christ in the midst of great persecutions and sufferings.

THE FEARFUL, SLAVE MENTALITY OF THE CHURCH
Before the generation of Joshua could enter the promised land, the older generation with the fearful slave mentality of Egypt had to die off. This is why it took forty years for the "congregation in the wilderness" to enter the promised land. The new generation of "believers" were ready to do things God's way. To the natural eye, the walls of Jericho were impenetrable. Chariots could race on top of this wall, it

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was so thick. Jericho was the strategic key to the conquest of Caanan. They obeyed the foolish command of God to march around the city seven times and blow the trumpet. Then the people were told to shout with all their might. Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when [the priests] blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. Joshua 6:24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that [was] therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. Until the people had faith and obedience, they continued to walk in circles in the desert. The generation that had to die off was the generation that saw the miracles of God in parting the Red Sea and the daily miracle of the cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. Today, we have a large movement of Charismatic churches with a slogan, "Love and Unity Through Signs and Wonders." With Oral Roberts as chairman, this group of charismatics believe that all this generation needs to come to God is miracles. They forget the lesson of the church in the wilderness who saw greater miracles than we have ever seen, yet rebelled against God in the desert and disqualified themselves from God's best. Jesus said, "I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." Many people misunderstood this verse, thinking that the church will withstand all attacks of Hell. It is not Hell attacking us, but the church attacking Hell. The gates of Hell, like the walls of Jericho will someday fall. The defensive gates protecting Hell's captive souls will not stand against the church. This is a spiritual victory and it is being delayed because we are not going about it God's way. God is not telling the church to overcome politically, financially or in any other outward, visible realm. He is calling us to overcome spiritually. If a child of God reads the Bible with an honest heart, he cannot help to see the dismal picture prophesied for this world. Instead of the world progressively getting more moral, and Christians progressively increasing their dominion, the church is destined for persecution and tribulation. We will experience the wrath of man in the days immediately preceding the return of Jesus Christ. This wrath will not hurt the church spiritually, but will rather help get Her ready for Her heavenly destiny. Because the church, especially the American church, is worldly minded, we see things as the world sees. We have a collective covetous eye on the power and wealth of this world when it is given to the Wicked One. To the degree that we are successful in usurping this worldly power, to that degree it will corrupt us. If we are as carnal as we are today under the separation of Church and State, how evil and corrupt would the church become if we ruled the world? One needs only to look at the corruption of the Catholic Church from the fourth century until the Reformation to get a glimpse of what would happen if Christianity took over the political and financial kingdoms of this world. Even when Jesus Christ returns, the rebellious heart of unconverted man will make it necessary for Christ to "rule with a rod of iron" even while God in the flesh dwells among men! The Bible prophesies that the saints of God will fall to the evil world government to come, called "the Beast." Under the most evil man who will ever live, the Antichrist, millions of Christians, Jews, Moslems and any man who will not worship this incarnation of evil will be killed. Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily [sacrifice], and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do [exploits]. Daniel 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, [many] days.

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Daniel 11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. Daniel 11:35 And [some] of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make [them] white, [even] to the time of the end: because [it is] yet for a time appointed. Daniel 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. What a glorious promise to the church! The wise will "instruct many" during this time. Though some will suffer persecution or death, the Church will triumph in the spirit by winning many souls to Christ and being perfected in patience and holiness. When you look at the above verses, some would see only gloom and doom. Others will see great opportunity and hope. The segment of the church that believes that we will not go through this period because of a rapture before this tribulation begins, use the argument that those who believe we are going through this period take away the "hope" of the rapture. This is not the truth at all. The rapture that will come after this tribulation to come will take us away from the wrath of God that is coming upon this world. The wrath of man and the devil can be endured, the wrath of God cannot. The wrath of man is for a short season, the wrath of God is eternal. Jesus said, "When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads because your redemption draws near" (Luke 21:28). I have heard this verse used as evidence of a pre-tribulation rapture. On the surface, it seems so it says to look up when certain things BEGIN to happen. If one examines what is beginning to happen, it is clear that the signs accompanying the return of Jesus Christ AFTER much suffering and tribulation are the things that herald His soon coming. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus describes the sufferings and the OPPORTUNITY FOR TESTIMONY that will come from being brought before judges and magistrates. Luke 21:7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign [will there be] when these things shall come to pass? Luke 21:8 And he said, {Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.} Luke 21:9 {But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end [is] not by and by.} Luke 21:10 Then said he unto them, {Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:} Luke 21:11 {And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.} Luke 21:12 {But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.} Luke 21:13 {And it shall turn to you for a testimony.} Luke 21:14 {Settle [it] therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:} Luke 21:15 {For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.} Luke 21:16 {And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death.}

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Luke 21:17 {And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake.} Luke 21:18 {But there shall not an hair of your head perish.} Luke 21:19 {In your patience possess ye your souls.} Jesus wants us to see the glorious opportunities to witness for Him and suffer for Him in a world that hates us. This is contrary to the easy-believism and "health, wealth and prosperity" gospel being preached today. We must get rid of the fear of death, suffering or loss of our earthly possessions. This fear produces a slave mentality similar to the church in the wilderness that could not enter the promised land for fear of the "giants" in the land. God wants us to be courageous, indeed, He hates the fearful and unbelieving. The scriptures teach that those who fear this persecution will suffer most in it. Those who have not compromised with this world and have suffered because of it will not be as harshly affected by this trial to come. The Bible promises that those in the church who were not lazy, lukewarm Christians will escape the harshness of this time as Noah was protected from the flood by the ark. Jesus said to the church of Philadelphia, Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Those who believe in a rapture of the church before the tribulation begins also quote this verse as a proof-text that we will escape all tribulation. The church of Philadelphia did not get raptured, but they were protected from some of the more severe trials of the other churches in Revelation such as prison, torture and death. They were left free to go through the door of ministry that the Lord opened and that no man could shut. The ministry done by those who have courageously persevered under the trials of life that come to those who will live godly in this world will truly be "exploits" in the spirit realm. Many will come to the Lord and be strengthened by these people. Even so, they will not "take over" the political world or become immortal supermen, as some believe. Jesus said, Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. It will be a sure ministry that man or devil cannot stop, but one of humility and not outwardly flashy. Jesus said that the Kingdom of heaven comes without observation to the natural sight. We will not have television, radio or even books to make our work seem spectacular to the world, but it will bring great honor to God. We must change our thinking and desires for "big" ministries and spectacular works and become humble once again. We must become a new generation of true Christians free from the slave mentality that drove the old generation to worship the false gods of prosperity and pleasure. In the spiritual sense of the word, we must boldly enter the promised land, do spiritual warfare and harvest the "fruit" or souls trapped behind the gates of Hell. We must get rid of all prideful thoughts and teaching and rightly divide the word of truth in a spirit of humility if we are to be successful in the days ahead.

THE DOCTRINE OF PRIDE

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In the first centuries of the early church, the Albigensian heresy almost destroyed the entire church. The Albigensians believed that the spirit of man was not negatively influenced by the deeds of the flesh, and the spiritually mature could indulge in fornication and every other known sin without being corrupted. This led to the apostasy of many and a terrible blot on the witness of Christianity in the world. We have the same spirit working today in the church. It manifests itself in the collective heresies and false teachings which I call THE DOCTRINE OF PRIDE. An example of this is the teaching that Christians are all "little gods" and that the Church must take dominion over the political and financial world before the Lord can return. Another example is the "Word of Faith" teaching that we can speak things into existence by our words because we are co-creators of our experiential reality with God. Pride is like leaven that corrupts the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Even truth that is tainted by pride is untruth and falsehood. Because prideful teaching is exciting to the carnal nature of man, it is popular in this carnal age. The Bible says, "Pride goeth before a fall." The doctrine of pride brings a fall from spiritual maturity and leads to deception and sin among those who feed upon this teaching. Jesus said, "Beware of the leaven of the Scribes and Pharisees." The Scribes and Pharisees taught a legalistic, condemnatory religion that created a separation between the laity and the priesthood that fed the prideful nature of unconverted man. It was the Scribes and Pharisees that killed Jesus and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans continued this same spirit in the early church and is still around today. This teaching is behind the separation and control of the laity by a priesthood evident in the Roman Catholic Church today. Celibacy of the Catholic priesthood makes them better than the non-celibate masses that they control by the power to forgive sins that they have taken upon themselves. The present Pope of Roman Catholicism, John Paul II, has stated that no man can be forgiven of his sins unless given absolution by a Roman Catholic, celibate priest. In the Protestant religions, a "priesthood of pride" has been created because of the requirement of pastors and other leaders to attend Seminary. It does not matter if the man is called by God to preach, unless a man attends Seminary, he is denied access to leadership in many denominations. Even among non-denominational churches, the title "Dr." has become almost an idol. Many men and women feel the need to have a doctorate in theology or psychology before they feel qualified to preach or counsel. The result of such prideful thinking is the ineffective church we have today, led by men and women who are TAUGHT BY MAN AND NOT BY GOD. The original twelve apostles and St. Paul would have to go to Seminary to have a voice today if they were somehow resurrected, because they were mostly unlearned fishermen who were taught by God directly through Jesus Christ. We have a modern day Sanhedrin who are quenching the Spirit of Christ today as they killed his body two thousand years ago. The Eastern Orthodox wing of Christendom has always believed that an ecumenical world council of all Christians is equal to the Eucharist as the presence of Christ in the church. There have been seven such councils recognized by Eastern Orthodoxy in history. These councils are deemed to be similar to Pentecost where the Holy Spirit descends and Christians are given one mind. The truth that comes from such councils is deemed to be equivalent to Cannon Law. The Second Vatican Council would not be recognized as such a council because it involved only the Roman Catholics. Perhaps another world council will come in the future when all Christian religions join in a world ecumenical council. What will come out of such a council will be the statements of truth that the world religion will go by. During the Reformation, a million or more men and women chose to suffer death rather than to compromise with the false teachings of the corrupt Catholic Church of Rome. Today, many "Protestant" denominations and television ministries are calling for a return to the Roman Catholic Church as if there was never a reason for leaving in the first place. The blood of a million martyrs to truth cries from the ground against this abomination and deception, yet the deception grows. Paul Crouch, President and founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) has declared that he personally does not "protest" anything about the Roman Catholic Church. Roman Catholic priests teach on his television network. Crouch believes that the only difference between Protestants and Catholics is "semantics" and should not hinder unity. Robert Schuller, a well known televangelist of "self-esteem" has written the Pope wanting to know what Protestants need to do to "come home" to Rome.

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A false revival is taking place along these lines. The secular world rejects this "revival" and sees through much of the falsehood of it. Because this revival of unity has no real power of God to change lives for Jesus Christ, the secular world is indulging in hedonism and carnal pleasures. Hollywood holds more allure for the unsaved masses than does the New Rome. Only by FORCE will the world convert to this false Christianity, and the force will be supplied by the world government of the Anti-Christ to come. The DOCTRINE OF PRIDE will lead many to the "fall" of apostasy that is spreading like wildfire. The apostasy will manifest in millions who will believe that man is Divine, the Virgin Mary is our Savior and that all is truth EXCEPT teaching that hinders the unity of the church. The men who lead this revival are false apostles who are not being tested by the deceived "laity" and are prospering mightily in their goal for "Christian" dominion of the world. They do not realize that they are not building the Kingdom of God, but the kingdom of the Anti-Christ. There are TRUE apostles and prophets today. This is being denied by most of the ministries rightly exposing the folly and falsehood of the so-called revival of the self-proclaimed apostles and prophets going on today. Scripture teaches that there will be TRUE apostles and prophets in the church in the last days, Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. We see by this verse that there will be true apostles and prophets in the tribulation period, but they will be KILLED and PERSECUTED by the false church. They are true apostles and prophets because they are HOLY and set-apart from the corrupt world religion to come. The revival of the apostles and prophets that Bill Hamon (International Prophetic Ministries) has written about is not the true apostles and prophets, but false. It can be seen by the unholiness, greed, pride and false prophecies spewing forth from many "fivefold" ministries such as the Vineyard Movement, Kansas City Fellowship and Charismatic Bible Ministries. The leaders of such "prophetic" ministries are living extravagantly rich life-styles, have false visions and prophecies and moral failure, blaringly false teaching and compromise. We can be sure that these are NOT the TRUE apostles and prophets described in Revelation 18:20. These false apostles are not and will not be killed or even persecuted by the false world religion to come, for they are HELPING TO BUILD IT. The true apostles and prophets alive today are despised and rejected by the "popular" churches and ministries just as Jesus and the original twelve apostles were. Without true leadership, the church is truly lost in a wilderness of sin, error and pride. Just as God judged the children of Israel, the "church in the wilderness" who worshipped the golden calf, committed fornication and tempted Christ with their pride and rebellion; the judgment that has begun at the house of God will continue until we are all sifted like wheat. The money and influence of big ministries will dry up like a river during a drought. The church will be shipwrecked and her vitality will be sapped until she becomes abhorrent in the sight of God and the secular world watching her folly. The teachers and preachers who have followed the spirit of greed and error will be destroyed by God. God will leave in the midst of this devastation a true church made up of meek and humble people who know their God in truth. THEN the church will do spiritual "exploits" during the time of Anti-Christ to come. Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do [exploits]. Paul teaches about the people who will be deceived by this flattering, charismatic "man of sin" to come. They include many who call themselves Christians, but have forsaken the truth of God for a lie. II Thessalonians 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;

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II Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. II Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? II Thessalonians 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. II Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. II Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: II Thessalonians 2:9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, II Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. II Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: II Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. The whole world will be deceived by the great "signs and wonders" that these men perform. The Christian church is being deceived today by ministers who are operating under familiar spirits and spirits of divination, openly doing ministry in many churches, undetected by most. This is a great deception, and it is already upon us. Many of the "prophets" and healers today are working under false, satanic anointings. From years in the deliverance ministry, I can attest to the fact that many have been demonized by these false ministers laying hands on them for healing. The slogan of the Charismatic Bible Ministries (Oral Roberts as Chairman of the Board) is "Unity Through Signs and Wonders". Oral Roberts himself has had many visions and prophecies that have not come true. Roberts prophesied that the medical hospital in his "city of Faith" in Tulsa, Oklahoma would find a cure for cancer. Because of financial troubles, Roberts has leased his hospital to a secular medical organization. His vision of God telling him to raise $8 million before a certain deadline or God would "take him home" (kill him) was an embarrassment and false witness to the world of our merciful God. Roberts received his anointing to heal at the hands of William Branham, who stated that his mighty healings were not done by the Holy Spirit, but by "my angel." If such a man as Oral Roberts leads the Charismatic Bible Ministries, any "healer" will be welcomed as long as he believes in "Jesus" or "Christ", and his healings are spectacular enough. Like William Branham, Oral Roberts has deceived millions of Christians because of his sincerity, apparent humility and the results of his ministry. Few take the time to look into the many false prophecies, false teachings and demonic healings associated with such men. The spirit of Anti-Christ is already working, although largely undetected because it is working its "lying signs and wonders" RIGHT IN THE CHURCH. The "son of hell" that St. Paul warns about in the scripture above will not be some bogeyman with horns, but he will be a "Christian healer!" He will spout off enough Christian clichés to deceive the majority of Christians. With mighty miracles and signs, he will eventually reveal himself as "the Christ" prophesied to return to earth. He will also be the Messiah of the Jews, and the expected Matreiya to the Buddhists and other world religions. He will promise to show man how to realize their own godhood, and will appear to have the wisdom to solve the world's hunger problems, war and environmental destruction. Many Christians will be deceived by this man of sin and will take his Mark. God will give them over to strong delusion because they did not want to know the Truth, but believed the Lie that man is God and Lucifer is a good "angel" that will show us the way to our own individual "God consciousness."

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THE COMING OF ANTI-CHRIST
There have been many excellent books written concerning the "conspiracy theory of history." This is the theory that many of the major historical events of history have not just happened at random but were orchestrated by a small group of powerful international bankers, politicians and world religious leaders known collectively as the "Illuminati". This covert organization was started by Adam Weishaupt in 1776 in Bavaria. No born-again Christian doubts that Satan has been orchestrating events throughout history. He works through evil men who have sold their soul to him either knowingly or simply through giving themselves over to greed, lust and ambition. Such men, who are even today in high positions of power, including our own President, are feverishly working toward the ultimate concentration of power - the World Government. The European Community (EC) was the first major step toward this government. The United Nations Organization, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission (TC) are other examples of organizations and movements of powerful men determined to bring this world government to pass. All desire the power that may be theirs in such a world government. The Anti-Christ, as foretold in the scriptures, will NOT take over the world by military force, but by cunning and deception. After he has gained control of the world government, built by men who are power hungry and greedy, he will use a world police force/world army to keep rebellious people/nations in line (future U.N. Peacekeepers?). Those who refuse to worship him as God and receive his Mark on their bodies, without which no man can buy or sell, will be killed by this world police force. The Anti-Christ will take over peacefully, the "kings of the earth" willing giving him power over them. The entire world will worship him, except Christians, Jews and perhaps Moslems who refuse to worship false gods. These will be forced to live as wanderers in caves and outdoors because they will be hunted down and killed by the Anti-Christ's police forces. The popular teaching concerning end-time events has been that the church will not have to endure such hardships. Many people believe that long before the Anti-Christ appears on earth, the church will be raptured, or caught-up with the Lord right before the last seven years, or "tribulation period" begins. This teaching goes on to say that since The Anti-Christ does not reveal himself as God until the middle of this seven year period, all Christians who are born-again at the time of this "rapture" will be taken to heaven while the rest of the world must endure the hard times under the Anti-Christ for seven years. After the last seven years are over, the church and all the dead saints will return with Christ to destroy the Anti-Christ and judge the world. Hal Lindsey, in his book "The Late Great Planet Earth" was a popular teacher of the "Pre-tribulation rapture,"(although he did not originate this great heresy). His book sold twenty million copies. Most of the other popular teachers have joined Hal Lindsey in teaching this "great escape" scenario to the church. In this decade, we are beginning to see many Christians who seriously doubt the pre-tribulation rapture position. Marvin Rosenthal, in his book "The Pre-Wrath Rapture," has brilliantly shown an alternate scenario of Christians going through the last seven years, including persecution of Anti-Christ, and being delivered by a rapture just before the Wrath of God is poured out on the earth. Mr. Rosenthal, after years of study and painful soul-searching, risked his large ministry and wrote his book. He was teachable enough to change his stand after thirty five years as a pretribulationist. Many others are changing to a similar prospective. In the book of Job, there are wonderful promises of protection for a man who has faith in God. In the days of persecution to come under the world government of Anti-Christ, we can trust in these promises. Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

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Job 5:20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. Job 5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh. Job 5:22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. Job 5:23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. Job 5:24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle [shall be] in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin. God promises protection to those who do not fear calamity. The pre-tribulation rapture teaching has not prepared the body of Christ for the tribulation to come, and many will be overcome by fear and perhaps deny their faith. Understand the truth that the church must face the persecution of the "son of hell" just as our brothers who began the church faced under similar "anti-christs", such as Nero and Caligula. God is no respecter of persons. The first division in the church was over whether those Christians who sacrificed to Caesar, rather than suffer martyrdom, and then wanted to repent and be re-instated in the church, could be forgiven. Many bishops felt that these traitors and cowards should not be forgiven and should be permanently excommunicated. Others preached tolerance and forgiveness. In the days of tribulation to come, no such question will exist. Those who worship the new Caesar of the revived Roman Empire prophesied by Daniel will all go to hell without chance of repentance. Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. This is the glorious destiny of those who refuse to take the Anti-Christs mark and deny Jesus Christ. All the rest will suffer the lake of fire and eternal judgment: Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. As the above verses alone clearly show, we are going to have to choose between faith in Jesus and death. Those who take the mark of the Beast will have NO opportunity for repentance. Some Christians will take this Mark and betray Christ as Judas did. Anything in our lives that means more that our faith will lead us to take this Mark. Loving our physical lives more than Christ Jesus, will seal our damnation.

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Whatever a man loves more than Jesus; including wife, children, parents, job, money or "ministry" will be an idol that brings damnation in the tribulation to come. The book of Revelation describes the future scene of Satan being cast out of heaven. THE NEXT VERSE says that the believers overcome his attacks upon them, some by death. Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. This is a verse that has been quoted so often, I think it has lost its true, intended meaning. The blood of the Lamb is the blood that courses throughout the veins of every true believer. Galations 2:20 tells us that we are "crucified with Christ" and we ourselves no longer live, but Christ lives in us." Leviticus, a book of the Mosaic law, says, "The life is in the BLOOD." Therefore, the blood of Christ is flowing in our veins, keeping us alive. We live because He lives, we will live forever because His eternal life flows in us. "They overcame him by the blood.." is telling us that we must be born-again Christians to overcome Satan. Even if his armies kill us, we overcome. Many who take the name "Christian" are only surface believers who have religion because of their parents or grandparents. Just because a person's parents or grandparents had a real relationship with God, does not mean that their children will. Each man and women must choose the cross for themselves. God has shown that he has no guaranteed salvation for the children of the righteous by the fact that many of the worst criminals, cult members and leaders and other evil men, come from Christian parents. The next part of this verse says, "and by the word of their testimony." This has been interpreted in many ways - one being a religious act of getting up in front of a church and spouting out a "testimony" of how one is thankful for salvation, healing, etc. This is a good thing to do, but not what I think this verse is saying. I believe it is speaking about the testimony of Jesus in them. Many will have Jesus speak through them when they are brought before rulers to deny Christ and worship the Beast, or die. Jesus foreknew this when He warned his disciples not to premeditate or think beforehand what they would say under such a trial, but to rely on the Holy Spirit to speak through them. Jesus will glorify Himself through the faithful testimony of His martyrs in the days to come. I do not doubt that many signs and visitations from God will accompany such testimonies. It is our bravery in the face of death that is such a powerful testimony to those who are in fear of death. Those who love their lives in this world more than Jesus Christ, will not be allowed into heaven. Only overcomers enter his kingdom; Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. This is a harsh message, but one that needs to be heard today in this age of easy Christianity, as if salvation was a drive-through restaurant. The popular ministries today are becoming increasingly less spiritually effective as the days draw near to the end. During the tribulation to come, all the money invested in large ministries, television stations, buildings, etc., will be wasted and will be appropriated by the false world church. That which all these well-financed ministries and ministers cannot do now, namely, preach the gospel to the world, will be done quickly during the tribulation to come. This will be done by no other means than men moved by the Holy Spirit. There will be no "stars" of Christianity as there are today because of television and radio. Jesus said, Matthew 24:9 {Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.} Matthew 24:10 {And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.}

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Matthew 24:11 {And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.} Matthew 24:12 {And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.} Matthew 24:13 {But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.} Matthew 24:14 {And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.} The true prophets and men of God today preach a message of humility and hardship and hope. The false messengers preach an easy-way-out rapture, or a prideful and false "Kingdom Now" or "Dominion" scenario of Christians taking over the world and handing it on a platter to the returning Jesus who must wait in heaven until this is accomplished. In the days to come, God will reveal the cowardice and falsehood of the many who preach such messages. First, their motivation for serving God will be tested when there is no financial reward for preaching, no earthly glory or fame. Many will fall away and not dare to preach because of the danger of being a Christian. Secondly, God will test the truth of even their salvation experience when they must be willing to die for it.

"FOR REVIVAL, I WILL SEND THE SWORD"
This is a word given to us for the body of Christ in 1988. God speaks to His people if they will listen. We believe in prophecy and words from God. Just because prophecies are abused does not mean that all of them should be thrown out. Judge yourself if this word is from God: "There is great joy in being able to hear My voice, but great tribulation must be endured to receive and maintain My circumcision. I have heard the faint cry of My people crying out against the onslaught of wickedness. Many cry for revival and unity, but shall I send revival? No, I will not send revival, for you are not yet circumcised with My circumcision. For revival, I will send the sword; to cut back the ministry of pride and to destroy the false hope of the ambitious. I will send persecution in waves that will come in as a flood. Many will be unprepared for this flood, yet even now I am pouring out a spirit of burning and correction upon those who will allow Me to have My way. I am about to finish the work of My Spirit in My churches. I am restoring wisdom and power through vessels of shame and weakness. Do not despise those whom I have chosen to bring My rebuke learn to hear My voice from even children and weaklings. I call for repentance from those who have used My anointing for earthly profit and glory of men. If you will not repent, I will pour out my anger upon you and cause you to lose the place of your comfort and security. I will remove the candlestick from the churches who do not repent of this harlotry. They will grope in darkness and blindness. I am sending out a call on the brave and the true; let Me operate on you. Do not be discouraged by the suffering and sorrow of this move of My Spirit; it is for your good that I do this. I will reward you if you let me do this - I will take you to a place you have never been before. Step out of the way of this move, and let those I have chosen come forth.

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No longer will I allow man to be the head, I will be the head. No longer will personality be important, but My personality. Seek humility, seek it as gold, for you do not know that your secret pride is a horrible stench in My nostrils. I will empty the temple where My glory has departed and fill it with hypocrites. These temples shall become the sanctuary of Satan, for I have rejected them. Do not be envious of the prosperity of those who serve Satan. As the riches of a prostitute are despised, so despise their deceptive riches. Do not use money for acquisition of earthly things. Return to the old ways; feed the poor, minister to the needs of the saints, send out men into all the world. The technology of man will not build My church. Do you not know that false gods and false Christs have been worshipped, even in My Name? Satan has had his glory in the churches. He is glorified by sin, by false doctrine, by man being worshipped. I have been robbed of my glory, even in My own house. I will burn out these defilements in you so that I will receive honor among you. After you are tried by My fire, you will shine as gold and be given a weight of My light. By My light you shall sail in the darkness, even by the power of My radiant glory. I will continue to comfort you through the days ahead by speaking to you in many ways. Do not despise My messages of hope and comfort. Receive My rebuke as both kindness and excellent oil; I am for you. I will speak through famine, earthquake, disease and signs in the heavens. The deceived and those who deceive are under My control. The deception of the popular churches will lead many to ruin. These will be filled by those who forsake Me. You will never be well known in this world if you truly follow Me. Be steadfast and courageous for My reward is with Me."

THE MEANING OF THIS WORD
I believe that the Lord is angry at the false teaching, the pride and the sin that is everywhere among His people. I am not talking about cults and the Roman Catholic system, but mainline Christianity. We have become so like the world in our greed, pride, ambition and sin that we are not winning any souls except some who think they can be more successful by going to church. Large evangelistic crusades and Christian television and radio are reaching many people with the gospel. Many believe that it is better to get people born-again than to worry about purity of doctrine or even life-style. The "grace" teaching becoming popular today is making preaching against sin or error unpopular and "divisive." A spirit of compromise has come upon the church. Many ministers are concerned with numbers and large budgets. Such men can easily learn from experience what brings the money and people and what drives them away. The result of this kind of attitude is a multitude of churches and ministries copying the most charismatic and popular ministries without regard to truth or godliness. God would have us build upon the destruction He will bring upon the church. Many large churches and ministries are experiencing financial problems, especially old, established denominations. These are the beginnings of the destruction that God will bring. As God told Eli, the priest who grew fat on the offerings of the Lord and did not restrain his sons from wickedness; I Samuel 2:27 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?

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I Samuel 2:28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel [to be] my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel? I Samuel 2:29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded [in my] habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? I Samuel 2:30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed [that] thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. I Samuel 2:31 Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house. I Samuel 2:32 And thou shalt see an enemy [in my] habitation, in all [the wealth] which [God] shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever. I Samuel 2:33 And the man of thine, [whom] I shall not cut off from mine altar, [shall be] to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age. The "Eli ministry" we have seen must give way to the "Samuel ministry" that God will raise up. It will not be the current bogus prophets and their prophetic conferences which do nothing but break up churches and cause confusion and spiritual destruction. It will be a humble people that eschew all compromise and falsehood and live in purity and holiness all the days of their lives. They will not seek the Lord for money or fame, but for love of God and truth. They will not join the "popular" world church and will be persecuted by this harlot church for not being "tolerant" of sin and heresy. God wants us to be circumcised in heart. This is an operation only He can do, but it requires our cooperation and repentance. God is angry all day long at the men who use the anointing of God to enrich and glorify themselves. Such men and women will be like Saul and Eli in the days ahead - the Holy Spirit will depart from them, and a lying spirit will do the miracles and wonders. God is angry at the waste of money and time of God's people in construction of huge churches and ministries of television and radio. He wants us to send men to other countries and feed the poor. These ministries are being neglected because they do not bring glory to man unless he can make a show out of it. Satan is glorified when preachers are worshipped and not Jesus Christ. Listen to the words of the prophet Hosea, these words describe the judgment of God that will come upon His people who commit harlotry with the world. Instead of worshipping wooden idols, we worship the world and use entertainment to evangelize, psychology and psychotherapy to counsel and medicine or sorcery to heal the sick. Hosea said, Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: [therefore] will I change their glory into shame. Hosea 4:8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

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Hosea 4:9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. Hosea 4:10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. Hosea 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused [them] to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God. Hosea 4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof [is] good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery. Hosea 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people [that] doth not understand shall fall. We commit harlotry against the Lord when we compromise truth for profit or large ministries. We commit harlotry when we love this world and follow its ways. We commit harlotry when we allow selfish ambition to rule over us. These are the things that will bring judgment upon the church and upon this country. The new priesthood of pride among the Protestants and television/radio ministries is equivalent to the compromising, greedy, sinful Roman Catholic church of Luther's day. We need another reformation, but this time, we need to cut the cord completely with the priesthood of pride and personality. The reformation failed to do this, in that the Protestants still hung on to many false doctrines that they should have left behind, and formed their own "priesthood" and control. They began to persecute others who wanted to continue with God's truth, just like the Catholics did. I believe that God desires those who truly want to hear His voice and do not want false teaching and false ministries, to come out of those churches who are going that way and start a second reformation in the spirit realm that Satan cannot corrupt, because Jesus alone will be in charge.

THE SECOND REFORMATION: A RETURN TO TRUTH AND HOLINESS
Martin Luther, the man God used most to bring the first reformation, did not set out to revolutionize Christianity. He simply sought God with all his heart. Luther spoke out against the error and financial excesses of the practice of selling indulgences (forgiveness of sin and time spent in Purgatory). He went to the authorities in the church privately, and was rejected. Then Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, according to popular history. It was out of the persecution and soul-searching that Luther did in response to the persecution that he saw the revelation of salvation by grace. By faith alone, salvation could be attained, not by paying for indulgences, fastings, alms and other works. Luther went to extremes of self-denial and abasement, but could not feel assured of salvation. This was a man who could hear and be taught by God, and not by man. The salvation of millions since then has been greatly influenced by this one man. Luther did not seek greatness, but greatness came because he sought God. Luther said, "The greatest comfort is to be sure that what you are doing is God's command, because that is what will endure, and take hold. The man who knows that will persist and win out in the

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end against all the devils, the world and its wickedness, just by standing fast" (LUTHER, H.G. Haile, p.65). Luther faced persecution, sickness, discouragement and depression. He was able to endure because he knew that he heard God and stood fast to the truth. Luther could easily have compromised many times and had many honors bestowed upon him by the false, harlot church, but he did not. The second reformation is not needed to break the evil influence of Roman Catholicism. The Roman Catholic Church has remained the same for centuries; growing in power and wealth. The new reformation is against the prideful men and women who have created a priesthood of personality and control large ministries built by ambition, greed, and lust for power. They exercise control and power by reason of their large budgets and popularity, but God's kingdom is not a popularity contest. The leadership of the church, at it's inception, was men who were financially poor, but spiritually rich and powerful. It is the opposite today. Surely God has placed true apostles and prophets in the body of Christ today. Such men and women are not striving to be labeled as such, and do not seek recognition. They have spiritual power to edify the body of Christ, and they use this power to do so. The second reformation will bring the end of personality cults and large ministries. People will begin to seek the Lord and not ministries and buildings. If it takes hardship and persecution to bring this about, persecution and hardship will come. The second reformation will be different from the first reformation and from other movements of God's Holy Spirit. This time, God will not allow men of greed and ambition to be in charge. These false shepherds will either be ruined financially, or join the world wide church called "The Mother of Harlots" in the book of Revelation. Jesus will be the only Star in the last days. If we want to partake of His glory and powerful works, we must begin with a reformation of our own lives - taking spiritual inventory of ourselves and allowing the Holy Spirit to circumcise our hearts of pride, ambition and compromise. This is the focus of the second reformation. It is YOU. It is every member of the body of Christ cleansing themselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, making themselves ready for the return of Christ. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. His glory will fill His temple as individuals and as a group when we have cleansed our temples of the defilements of pride, ambition, sin, greed. The discernment and wisdom that will come to us will bring a true unity based upon truth. God will not sacrifice truth to have a false cohesion, a false unity. There is an abundance of error in the church today because of the lack of discernment and wisdom among the individual members of the church. We are allowing carnal, ambitious, prideful men to teach destructive heresies and the doctrine of pride because we as individuals have not sought truth and holiness, wisdom and discernment. We have placed financial prosperity and pleasure and successful careers in this world above God and the pursuit of wisdom and discernment. God's people perish for lack of knowledge. The "priests" and false prophets who are now in leadership are a reflection of the carnality and spiritual laziness among the individual members of the church. We seek charismatic personalities who entertain us rather than men who hear God and teach the truth. God desires to operate upon us a circumcision of our ears from hearing falsehood, and our heart from loving this world. This operation will take place by intense persecution if need be, but God does not want us to be like horses and mules that must be forced to go His way. Let us sacrifice ourselves and submit to God's cleansing operation.

THE MINISTRY OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
At the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, VA, the memory of "the unknown soldier" is continually honored by changing guards and an eternal flame. There are many soldiers who have fought in the two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and others who have died without anyone knowing who he was. This symbolic mass grave is our attempt to honor these men who bravely fought for this country and died.

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It is from this symbolic cemetery that I found a way to describe something that the Lord has been trying to work in me for many years. It is a calling of obscurity that includes a death of ambition and desire for glory among men. It is a changed desire to seek the Lord with my whole heart for the hidden treasures of wisdom, knowledge and the joy of His presence. God said to Abraham, Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward. This was spoken to Abraham ("Father of a multitude) while he was still called Abram ("high, exalted father"). Name is the same as nature in the Bible. God changed peoples names to indicate that their nature had been changed by God. In Abram's case, it took many years. Abraham was ninety-nine years old before God's work was advanced enough in this man to rename him. Instead of being an "exalted father" - which I believe is a type of the empty honor of the world, Abraham is called the "father of a multitude." When we search for our own glory, it is a false glory and not a true glory at all. But, if we learn from Abraham's example - to make God our "exceedingly great reward" - then God can truly prosper us spiritually by much fruit and usefulness to God. Because God knows all things, there are no "unknown soldiers" to him. But God sees the heart of man, and judges the heart, not the outward appearance. A good example of this is the widow who gave two mites. Jesus observed a poor widow woman give two mites (less than a penny) into the offering after many rich givers made a show out of their large endowments. Jesus told the disciples that in His judgment, the widow gave more than all the rich givers because they gave out of their abundance, while she gave all she had, even the money she would live on. I believe that at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, when rewards and honors are given to those who have served Christ on earth, that there will be many surprises at the way God judges service done to Him. Many Christians who do not have a large, soul-winning church or para-church ministry feel that they are not great in God's eyes as the "heroes of the faith" that are well known. A spirit of condemnation persecutes many Christians for not doing mighty works as others have. Much of this condemnation comes from the successful preachers and evangelists themselves who put down other Christians who have not done great things. This condemnation is not from God, but is a manifestation of the kingdom-building spirit that these men are under. Jesus looks at the heart, and His judgment is not like our judgment. Samuel was told by God to anoint a new king to replace the rebellious king Saul. He was told to go to the house of Jesse from Bethlehem and anoint one of his sons as king. The seven sons of Jesse were lined up in order of age and presented to Samuel. I Samuel 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed [is] before him. I Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. Even Samuel, an anointed priest of God, discerned by outward appearance. The son of Jesse that the Lord chose was just a young boy they left to tend the sheep. David's father Jesse and his brothers all assumed that he was not God's choice because he was so young and unimpressive. Today, we have leaders that are chosen by man for leadership through financial support, large attendance at their churches and meetings, and because of outward images. Good looks, eloquent speaking ability, charismatic personality or an authoritative "presence" have become the criteria for the selection of these men to become "kings" in the body of Christ. The government of today's church is a leadership of popular, charismatic men.

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The Unknown Soldier Ministry is a ministry that I have named to represent the type of servants God is looking for today. Like the servant of Abraham, never named in scripture, who was used greatly by God to find a wife for Abraham's son Isaac, we must be willing to be unknown. Consider the faith of this unknown servant whom Abraham trusted with so great a task. He prayed that the wife that God had selected for Isaac would be the woman who, unasked, would not only offer to water this servant's camel, but the camel of all that were with him. So it happened just as this unknown servant prayed, Rebecca came to be Isaac's wife and was placed in the lineage of Jesus Christ. God took heed to this unknown servant's prayer and God takes heed to the prayers of those who have chosen to be unknown in this day of personality cults and pious pride. Such men are going to be honored by God in the form of God Himself becoming their reward, an exceedingly great reward. Such men and women will be given the honor of seeing God work in their lives powerfully, being placed in truly important ministries, and experiencing the wisdom and knowledge that being in God's presence brings. All the glory that has been amassed by men and women who have created great works and ministries in these last of days, will be a fading glory compared to the glory God will bestow upon the unknown soldiers that He is raising up. As foretold in the Scriptures, the great movement of God's Spirit at the time of Christ's return to earth will be among unknown soldiers who suffer and work for God in chosen obscurity. Like Jesus, our example, such people choose the path of humility and obscurity. Jesus humbled Himself to be a servant, and so will the unknown soldiers. Without the need for money and technology, these men and women will become the force that prepares the bride of Christ for His return, as Abraham's unknown servant found Rebecca for Isaac. Because of the false teaching and false Christianity that has been the by product of many famous ministries, the church is not prepared for Christ's return. It is going to take a true movement of the Holy Spirit among men and women who have chosen to be unknown soldiers, to do the job that billions of dollars spent on buildings, television networks and ministries have not accomplished. Jesus is going to be the only Star among these people; and because the glory will be His, He will bless this movement with great power.

REFLECTIONS OF A FALSE HOPE
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life. There have been scientific experiments where wharf rats were put in water and sprayed with a hose; they all drowned in seventeen minutes. Another group of rats were subjected to the same treatment, but after sixteen minutes they were rescued, dried off, fed and allowed to play. After a day or two, this last group of rats were once again put in water and sprayed with a hose - after thirty-six hours, they were all still alive! It was because they had hope. In Ezekiel, chapter 13, God tells the prophet to prophesy against the prophets of Israel. Ezekiel was the only true prophet amongst an army of false prophets. It is the same situation today; the false prophets far out number the true prophets to the point where these prophets rightly feel alone and discouraged and in need of HOPE. The effect of the ministry of these false prophets in Ezekiel's day was a false protection of the church. They prophesied peace when there was no peace. Ezekiel 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and [there was] no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered [mortar]: Ezekiel 13:11 Say unto them which daub [it] with untempered [mortar], that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend [it].

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The false wall of protection and peace built by the lying prophecies of these false prophets was destroyed by God. Today, we have a FALSE HOPE created by the false prophets that have taken leadership in the body of Christ, especially in the large media ministries. We are constantly updated with reports of successful evangelism, new television stations being built all over the world, souls being saved and the Word of God going forth. Men are prophesying great revival to come, with increasing prosperity; but the truth is, the wall of protection around the church is plastered with untempered mortar because of the leadership of these false prophets. It is the same in America in the economic sense. We are constantly being told that the recent recession is over and good times are ahead. Interest rates are dropping and things look wonderful. The truth is that we are straining under the burden of an incredible debt pyramid of private, corporate and government debt of $13 trillion dollars! The recent plunge in the Japanese stock market was worse than the plunge of the U.S. stock market before the great depression in the 1930s. Yet, we are made to believe by the media, controlled by men of ambition and greed who want to form a world government, that this will have little or no effect on us. The church is a reflection of our government in that we are being told by the Christian media (who happen to also be leaders of the church government) that the church is in revival. But the truth is that we are in the midst of an explosion of witchcraft being performed within the church in the form of false prophecies, demonic healings and false teaching. All these things are rebellion and witchcraft to God who will shortly send driving rain and hailstones upon the church. Judgment begins at the House of God. God's people are in need of hope. Those who have eyes to see and ears to discern the error and witchcraft in the church do not have a false hope to cling to - many feel alone and isolated among the "happy church." The driving rains to come, the hailstones are both a massive pouring out of God's Holy Spirit and a strong spirit of judgment and burning that will fall on the church. The new wine of God's powerful anointing will destroy the old wineskins - those who have deceived themselves by believing the false prophets that they do not need to be holy to stand in the day of the Lord's anger. Those who are proud and arrogant who are deceived by the apparent success of large ministries and works built by selfeffort and worldly methods. They think they are wise, but cannot discern the error and witchcraft rampant in the church. God spoke to the false prophets of Israel, Ezekiel 13:4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ezekiel 13:5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD. Ezekiel 13:6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made [others] to hope that they would confirm the word. Ezekiel 13:7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith [it]; albeit I have not spoken? Ezekiel 13:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I [am] against you, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 13:9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I [am] the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them,

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Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the [women] that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive [that come] unto you? Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear [your] lies? Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, [even] the souls that ye hunt to make [them] fly. Ezekiel 13:21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: Ezekiel 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. In this long passage of scripture, God is prophesying judgment upon the church today for our divination, false teaching and lack of preaching against sin that the wicked might repent and save his life. Notice that both men and women, who call themselves prophets and prophetesses are involved in witchcraft. They ensnare people by lies, because God's people often listen to lies. The Bible tells of a day when men will heap up teachers for themselves having itching ears, and will no longer endure sound doctrine - including preaching against sin and witchcraft. God's judgment upon the church will somehow remove the control of these false prophets and prophetesses over the people in the church. God's people will begin to gain DISCERNMENT and God will create an abhorrence among His people for these false ministries - the veil from their faces will be removed - people will see the falsehood clearly. These false ministries have made the heart of the righteous sad because the righteous have discerned them all along and must look with sadness at the multitudes of souls ensnared by these false ministers. These counterfeit ministries keep alive men who should die - they promote other false ministries - and they kill men who should live, in that they deny true prophets the platform to speak. They speak falsehood and lying divination because the Lord has not sent them. THE LORD HAS NOT SENT THEM. Think about this statement for a minute. This statement sums up all the trouble in the church today. Men are sent by their own ambition and greed into building ego-kingdoms, but the Lord has not sent them. Women prophesy and heal out of divination and witchcraft, using the name of Jesus Christ, because they have been sent out of delusion, self-flattery and desire for glory. We have a few ministries today that are speaking out against the heresies in the church and these ministries are doing a great job of exposing the false teachings of many ministers. But most of these exposing ministries come from the wing of the church that denies the miraculous and does not know much about the power of God. We need men who have not been hardened in unbelief because they deny the miraculous, to forbid prophesying and speaking in tongues. We need men and women who know the power of the Holy Spirit to expose both false teaching and false miracles and prophesies propagated through deception by these men and women in church leadership and media organizations. Only men and women with real spiritual discernment can teach others how to discern spirits. Hardly anybody sees the blatant witchcraft being done in the healing and prophetic ministries today, and few teach others to see it. The only rebuke is coming from the wing of the church that denies the existence

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of modern day apostles and prophets, denies the healing power available to every Christian, and denies the need for deliverance and casting out of demons for both saved and unsaved people. The time has come for the true prophets and apostles to speak out and even prophesy against the witchcraft and divination done in the church that has left us with a false hope, no protection from the battle to come and confusion in the church. The day of the Lord is the day of battle. The church is now in a wilderness of sin and compromise, ensnared by the multitude of sorcery in the church done by born-again Christians who are partially deceived and operating under false anointings and spiritual gifts that transfer demons to other Christians by the laying on of hands. The "foxes in the desert," the false Christian prophets who go in and out the holes in the walls of protection of the church will be destroyed as God increases the discernment among His people. Part of this will be a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers. Part will be accomplished by true prophets and apostles who will teach discernment to God's people outside the large churches, with the television and radio turned off, in small groups that meet in homes. The false prophets and prophetesses wear "veils" of false humility and sincerity, eloquent preaching and good works to hide their true nature from the rest of the church. Even Samuel chose the elder son of Jesse because he lacked discernment. He saw the outside, but God looks at the heart. Part of the judgment of God to come will be the downfall of the false and the exaltation of the true prophets in the land. The true prophets will not allow flattery to corrupt them when given this open door of utterance. They will not compromise the truth, for God has already spent the time to set them free of all demons of ambition, lust and greed. Hannah, the godly mother of Samuel, used these words to describe the judgment of God which I believe describes what God is going to do as He judges the church in the days ahead. I Samuel 2:4 The bows of the mighty men [are] broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. I Samuel 2:5 [They that were] full have hired out themselves for bread; and [they that were] hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. I Samuel 2:6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. I Samuel 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. I Samuel 2:8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them. I Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. FOR BY STRENGTH SHALL NO MAN PREVAIL. Men have prevailed in success and in rise to leadership up to now because of their strength. Strength of talent, strength of organizational, motivational and salesmanship abilities. Strength of charisma, education/degrees, popularity and finances. All these things will not bring success when God judges His Church. Only those who have learned to gain strength by waiting upon the Lord will fly like eagles in the days ahead. Those who have operated upon their own strength and talent will become weary and faint in the days ahead, even young men. We see many big-name ministers with dark circles under their eyes because of overwork inspired by the Kingdombuilding Spirit. In the midst of the judgment of God, even young men will fall. Because the witchcraft of the false ministers ensnares the souls of God's people, an ungodly soultie must be broken in the name of Jesus Christ and the demons that have gained access through these soul-

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ties must be cast out. There are such things as godly soul-ties when two righteous people's hearts are "knitted together in love" such as David and Jonathan. Ungodly soul-ties are created by laying on of hands from demonized men and women who operate under a false anointing to heal or prophesy. Even allowing a false prophet to give you a "word" opens the door for demons and creates an ungodly soul tie. By discerning of spirits, a gift of the Holy Spirit that is rarely seen today, we can know these false prophets, avoid them and pray for deliverance from the demons that have entered us or others who have been under these false ministries. The sanctified experiences of godly men and women combined with the word of God creates spiritual senses to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:13,14). These spiritual senses are developed, like muscles, through exercise. Many of the truly prophetic people God is preparing to get His bride ready for His return have been ensnared by false ministries and have gained discernment by stirring up the gift of the Holy Spirit within them. Experience is a great teacher, but those who can ONLY learn from experience are foolish. By sharing experiences and teaching the Word of God to beginners in the faith, the development of discernment in others can be brought about rapidly and without danger. Ezekiel 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. Ezekiel 14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh [unto him]; Ezekiel 14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD. This passage is a clear warning to those who attend the many "schools of the prophets" to learn how to prophesy. Bill Hamon, founder of International Prophetic Ministries (IPM) has written several books introducing the concept of a "prophetic presbytery" that he feels in the move of the 90s. Churches are springing up all over the country with the exciting ministry of a prophetic presbytery - a group of prophets, usually overseen by the pastor/chief prophet/apostle - who give prophetic messages to whoever inquires. After personally sitting in on such a service at the Early Church in Plano, Texas, I have glimpsed the danger of this movement. Other prophetic movements who have similar "prophetic presbyteries" such as the Kansas City Fellowship/Vineyard movement have created what I would call groups of "prophetic bishops" who not only rule over their own churches but travel around and guide other churches. Much of the phenomenal growth of the Kansas City Fellowship movement before it was placed under the apostleship of John Wimber of the Vineyard Movement was due to a small group of prophets traveling about and commanding other churches to disband and join them. The confusion and spiritual wreckage caused by such practices can be devastating as churches walking in love and unity are destroyed, even families and marriages break up by one spouse joining the KCF and the other remaining in the wreckage of the former church. As Ezekiel 14:9 clearly states, the prophet shall not be granted permission to give an answer to the hypocritical inquirer. God will turn a true prophet into a false prophet if he disregards God's command to "lay hands on no man suddenly, neither be partakers of other men's sins." The meeting I personally witnessed had an OPEN INVITATION to any person who wanted a prophetic word. ALL WHO CAME UP WERE GIVEN A MESSAGE. Most of it was a flattering message of large future "power" ministry such as "power evangelism" (using signs and wonders). No discernment of the spiritual state of the inquirer was sought or manifested among the group of prophets making up the prophetic presbytery. Most Christians today have idols of stubbornness and self-will in their hearts. Many are involved in fornication, adultery, astrology, drugs, homosexuality, greed and other gross sins. If prophets prophesy to hypocrites and do not discern their hypocrisy, they partake of the sins of such hypocritical inquirers. Elijah, Peter, Nathan and all the true prophets of scripture had such discernment and refused to minister to

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wicked kings and other hypocrites - even if it meant death. We need such discernment today. Such discernment comes from godly skill in the word of God and a long experience in holiness. No novice should be a pastor, or elder, yet beginner Christians are prophesying left and right. Balaam started out as a true prophet, but by greed, flattery and lust for worldly honor, he was corrupted by the wicked Moabite king Balak and actually began to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel. A once true prophet now destroys the church, operating under the spirit of Balaam and Jezebel (mentioned in Revelation chapters 2 and 3); teaching the church to commit fornication and commit idolatry. The sins of Christian people, and the hypocrisy among the church members has opened the door for demons to possess a growing group of self proclaimed "prophets". They are corrupting the people who have itching ears, with false and prideful teaching that leads to sin and idolatry. It is a vicious spiritual cycle that must be stopped. It will be stopped by a commitment to holiness, the revival of deliverance and repentance and discernment among the people. Without this, the church is doomed to become part of the Antichrist, one-world religion that will take the Mark of the Beast and so suffer eternally in the lake of fire. Like Balaam and Judas, I believe many Christians were truly born-again at one time, but have refused the correction that God gives to all His sons; and will end up taking the Mark of the Beast. In strong delusion, they will worship Lucifer as the means to their own self-realized godhood. There will be no rapture of the church until after every Christian chooses death rather than the Mark of the Beast. Some will still be alive because Jesus promised to cut those days of tribulation short, or "no flesh would be saved." If the people seek a word from God in the midst of their sins, without repentance, then it is as though they seek divination. Then, instead of rebuking them for their sins, as a prophet should; if a prophet opens his mouth to please their itching ears, it will be as the doctrine of demons. It will be divination. These are the sins for which God killed multitudes in the Old Testament, and this is the state of the church today. If a preacher teaches or preaches, he prophesies to some degree - if he does so without preaching against sin and leading the people to repentance, the message will be spiritually corrupted. This is why there is so much heresy today; the false teaching and the hypocrisy of preachers and teachers is a direct reflection of the body of Christ. Greedy teachers teach covetousness in the form of "prosperity" and "word of faith" teachings today. They forget that covetousness is listed as a sin that will keep those bound by it from inheriting the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6:9,10). The results of such witchcraft lead to four kinds of destruction, according to the prophet Ezekiel. They are: famine, wild beasts (symbolic of demons and widespread demon-possession), the sword (violence, crime, war), and pestilence (diseases, plagues such as AIDS). (Ezekiel 14:13-17). It is the church that brings destruction upon a country, the church is judged much more harshly than the unsaved for its wickedness. The Roman Empire did not fall until Christianity became the corrupted "state" religion. The idolatry and sin of pre-Christian, pagan Rome was not as harshly judged by God because the people were ignorant of Him. In like manner, God was merciful to the city of Ninevah, the city that Jonah reluctantly warned, because the people "did not know their right hand from their left" (Jonah 4:11). Also, because Ninevah REPENTED! The backslidden nation of Israel, to whom this prophecy of destruction in the book of Ezekiel was written, was without excuse. They had the law of God and willfully turned away from obeying it. God said to this people through the prophet Ezekiel, that even if righteous men such as Job, Daniel and Noah lived in their country, they would save themselves ONLY because of their righteousness. When the church becomes corrupt, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to truly win souls because it's testimony is ruined by the many false prophets. The sad thing is, that most Christians believe that we are in a time of great revival while we are really in a great apostasy that will usher in the reign of the Antichrist. It will be like the time of the wicked priest Eli. We will have distress in the house of God (the church) even in the midst of great prosperity. If we are fooled by this false prosperity and large crowds, it will destroy us. Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

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THE SPIRIT OF DAVID AND THE SPIRIT OF SAUL: YESTERDAY AND TODAY
In 2 Samuel 5:8, King David commanded the men under his command to attack the Jebusites' stronghold by climbing up through the water shaft under the city and were commanded to strike the lame and the blind "who are detested by David's soul." Does this mean that David was a cruel Darwinian who believed in the survival of the fittest and despised weaklings? No, for David later showed mercy to the grandson of Saul, Mephibosheth who was lame in his feet. The Jebusites were enemies of God. David was a type of Jesus Christ, and we get a spiritual truth when we look beyond the literal meaning of this scripture. Jesus has his enemies today. The enemies of Christ are not only demons and evil men - it is the "lame" and the "blind" within the church, even bornagain Christians who are spiritually lame. Sinning willfully, they befriend this evil world which makes them enemies of God. They are "blind" because they refuse to become skillful in the word of God and refuse to develop discernment and spiritual senses to discern evil and good. These are the Jebusites in the body of Christ and must be castout and defeated - not by expelling the people, but the demons that bind them and by rebuking their spiritual laziness. The Jebusites in the body of Christ serve no purpose but to beg for money and be parasites. They rob us of our strength and money by continually begging. They are not dressed in beggar's coats, but thousand dollar silk suits. They are not living in the sewers, but are on television and radio. They not only do no spiritual warfare, they undermine the church because they are the blind who lead the blind in the church. As Jesus said, both shall fall into the ditch. The children of Israel in the wilderness had no sick or feeble among them, and we should not tolerate the spiritually lame and blind among us, especially in leadership positions. II Samuel 5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, [that are] hated of David's soul, [he shall be chief and captain]. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. The anointing on David to be King is symbolic of our anointing as "kings and priests" to serve God. When we receive the anointing and power to minister by the Holy Spirit, immediately the Philistines, "the enemies of God," attack us. Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil immediately after being baptized, when the Holy Spirit came upon Him. We do not need to seek warfare. Larry Lea, apostle of Church on the Rock, Rockwall, Texas, has organized giant crusades to do spiritual warfare on entire cities and take them for Christ. The devil laughs at such arrogance and ignorance. Many Christians who lack real power, ridicule Satan constantly and do not realize that Satan is "eating their lunch." Jude 1:8 Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. The archangel Michael, when disputing with Satan, dared not bring a reviling accusation against him, but said, "the Lord rebuke you" We don't need to fear Satan, but we better respect him. He has many

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strongholds over the lives of Christians today, and pretending that he is a little bug that we squash under our feet will not make him go away. John Avanzini, a prosperity and financial management teacher on TBN said, "If Satan wants to give me a message, he can write it on the soles of my feet!" This kind of arrogance (itself a strong demon) is indicative of a man who is bound by many demons; pride, greed, ambition, etc. The more we respect the Devil and are humble in the appraisal of his strength, the less we need to fear him and the more he fears us. Satan is not afraid of the arrogant, boastful ministers anymore than he was afraid of the ministry of Eli and his wicked sons. David represents the spiritual ministry needed today, and Saul represents the carnal ministry. By examining these men, we glean spiritual truths that apply to the state of the church today. If enough Christians are willing to stop the hallelujah chorus of premature and false victory, and choose humility and sincerity in seeking to know our common enemy and truly defeat him, we will have a degree of REAL spiritual success. The success in the church today is as much a fantasy as the Fantasies of Hollywood, whose image she bears in entertainment and falsity. David was not ambitious; he was patient. Saul was driving and impatient and cruel. Saul gave a command for his troops not to eat or drink until his enemies were conquered. His own son, Jonathan, who did not hear this decree and ate some honey which brightened his eyes - Saul was so angry that he was willing to kill his own son for violating his hasty command. The ministry of Saul is a ministry of pride, control,anger and is extremely legalistic. It persecutes those who eat the honey of wisdom and discernment because it operates under human strength and wisdom of the flesh (which is demonic). The ministers of David wait for God to lead them. They will do nothing unless led by the Holy Spirit. They love the word of God and praise God, as David did. They have great discernment to know good from evil, as David, who was "like an angel of God to discern good and evil." II Samuel 14:17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so [is] my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee. David began with victory and ended in victory because he would inquire of the Lord for directions BEFORE engaging in battle. Saul would hastily run ahead of God and eventually was defeated by his enemies because of disobedience, partial obedience, and outright rebellion. God loved David because he was a man after God's own heart, whom God knew would fulfill ALL His will. The ministry of David is flexible, while the ministry of Saul is inflexible and bull-headed in stubbornness. David was told to attack the Philistines head on in his first battle; he did, and enjoyed great success - including the return of the Ark of the Lord to Israel. The next time David was attacked, he was told to do things a little differently - he was instructed to wait behind trees for the sound of the marching feet of the enemy troops as a sign of the Lords deliverance. Often God will have us do things behind the scenes, or in total dependence upon Him, especially after success. It was after great success that David was tempted to sin with Bathsheba which was a terrible spot on a great career of serving God. We must learn to serve the Lord in obscurity and dependence; letting the Lord fight our battles for us. The Lord went before David and became his eyes and ears. We should desperately require the Lord to be our spiritual discernment and ability to see and hear today. Our own vast learning in schools and seminaries has replaced the kind of submission to God that gives us HIS DISCERNMENT and not man-taught wisdom. The Saul ministry alive today refuses to obey God's leading, or only partially obeys. Saul defeated the Philistines, but kept the sheep to sacrifice to the Lord when the Lord expressly commanded him to kill all the people and livestock. The prophet Samuel rebuked Saul, who claimed that the sheep were saved to sacrifice to the Lord, a noble intention. These are the words of Samuel, "Has the Lord as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

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I Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:23 For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king. FOR REBELLION IS AS THE SIN OF WITCHCRAFT, AND STUBBORNNESS IS AS IDOLATRY. This is why there is so much REAL witchcraft in the church today - it is because of the disobedience, rebellion, stubbornness and refusal to seek discernment to hear the voice of the Lord. The ministry of Saul is in control of the "kingdom" of the church today. Soon, I believe God is going to replace the ministry of Saul with the ministry of David as leadership. The ministry of Saul, by repeated rebellion, will be led into divination and necromancy in the form of being deceived into communicating with dead saints and the Virgin Mary for guidance. The visions of Fatima and Yugoslavia are just the beginning of the deception of demons masquerading as "Mary, the Mother of God." Saul ended up his life going to a witch for counsel - the final apostasy that rebellion leads to. Today, the great "show" of Christianity is using entertainment and gimmicks to win the lost and recruit tithing church members. This is rebellion to the Lord's command in scripture (love does not parade itself, 1 Cor 13) and what He is saying to those with ears to hear. The offering of great swelling crowds of "decisions for Christ" is an unacceptable offering because it is accomplished by the sweat of man's work. The High Priest had to wear a linen ephod when he went in year by year to sacrifice to the Lord. The Lord wants no "sweat" of fleshly effort - it is the offering of Cain. Cain offered a great number of vegetables to God grown with toil and the "sweat of his brow" in the hot sun. Cain's offering was rejected. Abel's offering of the firstlings of his flock, in obedience to the word of God, was accepted. Because of jealousy and hatred, Cain murdered his brother Abel. The false church, the ministry of Saul, will persecute and kill the ministry of David because of jealousy and hatred. The Saul ministry will join the Roman Catholic church and help fill the blood-filled cup of the "Mother of Harlots." She has persecuted and killed true Christians for centuries in the Christian era and thousands of years before this in the form of the mystery religions of Babylon and pagan Rome. Instead of recognizing that the Roman Catholic Church is an evil system (a revived Babylonian paganism of goddess worship), we are joining her for the good intention of winning the lost for the Lord. This is the same reasoning that caused Saul to be rejected by the Lord - he had good intentions also. Obedience is better than sacrifice and God commands us to obey Him above all others. Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Revelation 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. If we do not discern or believe that the Catholic Church is this evil Whore, it does not change the fact that she is. By joining her, you partake of her sins (the blood of a million martyrs alone during the Reformation), and you will kill true Christians with her during the Great Tribulation period to come. Isaiah 1:11 To what purpose [is] the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

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Isaiah 1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Isaiah 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear [them]. Isaiah 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. God is angered with large congregations of praise and worship when the people are unholy. He counts as futile and vain, the offerings of service done in vainglory and pomp. This kind of service to him is false, and will not be rewarded by God when we get to heaven. We can serve God out of ambition and greed, and it will be rejected. We can serve God with great works, but if He has not called us to do this, it is nothing. We can serve God , but if we are not cleansed of unrighteousness, it brings no pleasure to His heart. Micah 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, [saying], I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people. Any false prophet is acceptable today if he brings the wine of entertainment and the strong drink of false teaching, which makes the people in the church drunk and without discernment. Micah 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Micah 3:6 Therefore night [shall be] unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Micah 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for [there is] no answer of God. The false prophets will bless anyone who will support their ministries with money that they can bite with their teeth and with praise that they can feed their giant egos. Whoever dares to rebuke these high and mighty false prophets will receive a smack in the face as Micah received from Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah (2 Chronicles 18:23). Whoever exposes their false teaching and unfulfilled prophecies will have a "holy war" called against them. The false prophets will join together in unity to condemn the few true prophets who dare to expose the false and teach a contrary message of repentance and judgment. We have a new priesthood of false prophets running the "electric church" and many denominations are run by an intellectual priesthood of seminary graduates. They control the "laity" by controlling the media and the money. But they can only control people who themselves are bound by greed and vainglory - they have no power over people who have died to ambition and who do not strive to lay up treasures on earth. Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart are just the beginning of the judgment of shame to come upon the false prophets and priests in this land. The Lord will soon rise up in might in the midst of his true prophets. They will go forth in the same spirit as Micah, who said, "But truly I [Micah] am full of power, of the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might to declare to Jacob his transgression." The natural might of the false prophets and priests shall not be able to hinder by slander, ostracism, or persecution. The Spirit of the Lord in them will be extremely persuasive to get the people to repent and turn from sin and to grow in discernment and wisdom.

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Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, [Is] not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed [as] a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest. Destruction and waste shall come upon the church and the land it lives in because of the leaders, priests, and prophets who have turned to money and bribes to rule and teach. In spite of all the "positive confessions" such as "no evil can come upon us," the church will be plowed like a field and become heaps of ruins as well as the country they live in. Judgment begins at the house of God, but it affects the unsaved as well. Even though these men are all bound by greed, they think that the Lord is with them because of APPARENT PROSPERITY. They are deceived in thinking the Lord is with them and blessing them because money and power are their idols. The "mountain of the Lord" is going to become "densely wooded" - the word of the Lord will be scarce in those days. AS trees cover mountain, and hide it's form, THE PLACE WHERE GOD DWELLS WILL BE HARD TO FIND. The house of the Lord, instead of an awesome mountain to be a sign and witness of the glory of the Lord, will become cold and dark in the densely covered mountain of the Lord because IT WILL BE COVERED WITH A FALSE GROWTH. The ministry of Saul has produced an abundant false growth of trees. Trees not planted by the living waters, but planted on a rocky mountain where they have no water. Trees of unrighteousness that block the sunlight, and bring coldness to the land. The ministry of David is going to hew down and pluck up these false trees and the mountain of the Lord will once again shine bright. God told the prophet Jeremiah to first pull down, uproot, then destroy. Only after this destruction, he was told to plant and build. Micah 6:8 teaches the simple principles that make our service to God acceptable. Notice that it does to require great and mighty works; heavy and painful labors which carnal men can boast about.

God wants the church to cease teaching the doctrine of pride, selfishness and greed. We need to teach ourselves to be humble. His desire is for us to listen. To hearken is better than the fat of rams. He wishes for us to walk WITH God, not ahead of Him. We cannot walk in pride and walk with God. We cannot walk with God and disobey His voice. The popularity of those who teach self-esteem and self-love is a judgment of God against a corrupt an prideful body of believers. In the next section we will discuss the growing movement.

THE CULT OF FALSE LOVE AND SELF-ESTEEM
Robert Schuller, the host of the popular religious television show, "The Hour of Power" and pastor of the $14 million "Crystal Cathedral" in California is the main impetus behind what he calls "the second reformation of self-esteem." Schuller believes that Jesus Christ died on the Cross to "sanctify His own self esteem." Schuller, and a vast number of ministers are preaching a "positive Christianity" that will not preach against sin or call for repentance, because it might danger the self-esteem of potential converts. The self-esteem movement does not reform anything, it simply makes people comfortable with their sin. 2 Timothy, chapter 3 says,

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II Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. II Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, II Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, II Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; II Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. The power of the gospel is the power in repentance from sin. When men become lovers of themselves, they become religious hypocrites without true power. The self-esteem gospel is a false gospel that will lead men to damnation because they will not have the power to be righteous with the righteousness of God. Without repentance from sin, there is no true conversion of the soul. The teaching that makes men comfortable and feel dignity with their carnal nature is extremely dangerous because it will leave sinners in the hands of an angry God. He has done all He can or will do to bring men to heaven. The door to heaven is the door of repentance from sin and faith in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the substitution for our rebellion to God. John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, {Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.} John 10:8 {All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.} John 10:9 {I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.} John 10:10 {The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.} John 10:11 {I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.} John 10:12 {But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.} John 10:13 {The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.} John 10:14 {I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.} The door is closed to all who will not repent of their sins. If people are convinced of their selfesteem in the midst of sin and rebellion to God, it will soon become IMPOSSIBLE for these people to repent. Just as the self-esteem movement is a false reformation, the true reformation that is coming will be a revival of repentance from sin and discernment among God's people. We will no longer tolerate and financially support those who preach false gospel. God spoke to the church of Laodicea, Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

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Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:17 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: Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. The door is the door of repentance. The voice of God is the voice of rebuke and chastening against those who are comfortable with sin and who lack discernment to see their wretched state.

SIGNS AND WONDERS: THE OPENING OF PANDORA'S BOX
Benny Hinn, October 8, 1991 guest of Pat Robertson on his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) program, the "700 Club," was asked what he saw in the spirit or heard from God about what God is doing for this decade. Hinn replied that he sees three things for this decade. He sees an increase in evangelism, the increase in the supernatural, and the increase of unity in the church. Hinn asked the live audience if they were "hungry for the supernatural" and they all exuberantly said, "yes"! Hinn said that there is a growing hunger for the supernatural among Christians. No longer will the miracles be only reported from Africa and other nations, he said that God is going to bring them to America in the next few years. Hinn told the CBN audience that about fifty percent of the people who come to his large crusades (which number in the tens of thousands) are mostly Catholics and Baptists. Three thousand Baptists in a recent crusade were "slain in the Spirit", or fell to the floor, when Hinn simply blew into his microphone and spoke with tongues. Hinn also said that many Catholic priests pray for him before his crusades. He said, "We have the same High Priest as the Catholics." Pat Robertson enthusiastically replied that Catholics have always been powerful in prayer and have traditionally been very hungry for the supernatural. Hinn agreed. In Benny Hinn's number one best-seller, "Good Morning, Holy Spirit," he tells of receiving the "Holy Spirit" by the prayers and "laying on of hands" from evangelist Kathryn Kuhlmann, and spending many hours alone in fellowship with this "Holy Spirit" that he received. His father, an Eastern Orthodox church member, was persecuted for years because of this "gift." Hinn stated in a live crusade several years ago that for the first year after his experience, the "Holy Spirit threw him up against a wall" whenever it would come upon him. His mother and brothers could feel this "Holy Spirit" in him, and later became born-again Christians because of the "power" in Hinn's life. In his book, Hinn tells about the famous healer Kathryn Kuhlmann. On one occasion, before a crusade, in order to avoid the large crowd, Kuhlmann entered the meeting hall through the back door. As she went through the kitchen, the entire kitchen staff was knocked to the floor by the "power" of Kuhlmann as she passed by. Another time, as reported by Hinn on his own television show on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Kuhlmann "froze" during her sermon and remained "frozen" for the next twenty four hours in the same position and with the same gesture. A large crowd came back the next night, larger due

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to the curiosity, and found Kuhlmann still in the exact same position she was in the night before. When the hall was full, Kuhlmann continued her sermon and did not realize that twenty four hours had passed until someone told her. Hinn said that he wanted to see more of this kind of supernatural display in the future, as it brings in great crowds to be saved. Kuhlmann, incidentally, received her gift of the Holy Spirit from the transference of laying on of hands by William Branham. Branham, when asked if the Holy Spirit of God did the healings in his crusades, he said, "No, it is my ANGEL." There is the Holy Spirit of the Bible, and there are powerful demon spirits deceiving many in these days with false signs and wonders. The motto for the large Charismatic Bible Ministries (CBM) headed by Oral Roberts, is "Love and Unity through Signs and Wonders." Roberts said that a miracle answers all questions. The many wellknown names on the board of directors of CBM and Roberts believe that the Church needs unity and that unity will come best by a unity formed by common belief in miracles, prophecies and "power" evangelism. The danger with this kind of thinking is that ANY DISPLAY OF SUPERNATURAL POWER IS THOUGHT TO BE FROM GOD. Jesus warned that there would arise false prophets producing false miracles that, if possible would deceive the very elect of God. Matthew 7:15 {Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.} Matthew 7:16 {Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?} Matthew 7:17 {Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.} Matthew 7:18 {A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.} Matthew 7:19 {Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.} Matthew 7:20 {Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.} Matthew 7:21 {Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.} Matthew 7:22 {Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?} Matthew 7:23 {And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.} Jesus also warned that MANY shall come before Him in Judgment Day and say, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, cast out demons in Your name and have done many wonders in Your name?" Jesus tells these people to depart from Him because they had practiced LAWLESSNESS while doing all these miracles. The above story proves that someone can call himself a Christian, do miracles, prophesy or foretell the future and even cast out demons in the name of Jesus but be in gross sin. These men and women are working under a spirit of divination and witchcraft, but in JESUS NAME. When someone touched the hem of Jesus' garment, He perceived that VIRTUE had gone out of Him. The power of virtue and holiness is the power of the Holy Spirit. The men and women described by Jesus were full of sin and rebellion to God. Rebellion is just the same as witchcraft: I Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.

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I Samuel 15:23 For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king. I believe that most of those practicing healing in the name of Jesus today, especially the large television ministries, are operating not out of the power of the Holy Spirit, but out of a spirit of witchcraft and divination. The discernment that comes from being skilled in the word of God, and from sanctified experiences, as well as the spiritual gift of "discerning of spirits" (1 Corinthians 12:10) is imparted to those in the body of Christ whom the Holy Spirit chooses. The OTHER eight gifts of the Holy Spirit are in abundance, but we hardly ever see the gift of discerning of spirits in operation because this gift is needed mainly by the ministry of DELIVERANCE. The deliverance ministry is sadly lacking the body of Christ. Notice above that the false ministers that Jesus will not allow into heaven ALSO CAST OUT DEMONS. How can this be? Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, {Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:} Matthew 12:26 {And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?} Matthew 12:27 {And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast [them] out? therefore they shall be your judges.} Matthew 12:28 {But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.} Matthew 12:29 {Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.} Matthew 12:30 {He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.} These words of Jesus were spoken in response to the accusation by the Pharisees that He (Jesus) was casting out demons by the power of Satan, not God. If false ministers cast out demons IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, then the question is , do they cast them out by the SPIRIT OF GOD, as Jesus did, or how do they cast them out? The only logical answer, and one that my wife and I have proven by experience is, THEY DO NOT CAST OUT DEMONS, THEY PUT MORE DEMONS INTO THE PERSON THEY MINISTER TO. Satan CAN command his demons to leave a body, but as Jesus said above, if Satan cast his own demons out of people, his kingdom will not stand. What these false ministers do is cast out one demon and REPLACE IT WITH STRONGER DEMONS. I have personally ministered to Christians who have demons in them. When commanded to manifest in the name of Jesus Christ, the demons names are the very NAMES OF FAMOUS MEN AND WOMEN EVANGELISTS/HEALERS. This is frightening to contemplate! Picture a massive "power" evangelism meeting - many are "slain in the spirit" by the ministry of a Christian "healer" who lays hands on them. A TRANSFER OF DEMONS from the minister, working under a demonic, false anointing, takes place. If a mighty miracle of healing takes place (i.e., blind eyes open, cancer healed, etc.) and this healing is a work of a demon, the person receiving the "healing" will receive a demon that will soon create a MUCH MORE SERIOUS DISEASE, HANDICAP, OR DEADLY CURSE ON HIMSELF OR HIS FUTURE GENERATIONS. This is exactly how the occult healers and mediums do their healing; and even the unsuspecting will have a price to pay. Satan will not cast out demons, heal disease, and prophesy the future without bringing a worse curse to counteract this demonic "blessing." How do you think the Devil gets so many people to sell their soul to him? It is because he has the power to bestow true blessings of wealth, power, health, etc., on people. The "blessing" of Satan" ALWAYS brings a MUCH WORSE curse after the bestowal of this "blessing." Someone has said, "The Devil only serves up EMPTY DISHES!" This is exactly what he does - even the "blessing" is illusory.

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When Jesus said, "Do not judge," He meant that we are not to judge the MOTIVES OF MEN'S HEARTS. Jesus will judge the motives of men's hearts at the judgment of Christ by His Word, which can "discern the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb 4:12). We must not judge MOTIVES of men; but we can discern their teaching, their lives (their "fruit") and whether they operate under a good or evil spirit (the gift of discerning of spirits and "spiritual senses" developed by SKILL IN GOD'S WORD - Hebrews 5:13,14). WE MUST DISCERN THESE THREE THINGS OR WE RISK BEING DECEIVED IN THE DAYS AHEAD. Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. My heart grieves when I see innocent children and unsuspecting Christians submit to ministries that I know are operating under demonic spiritual gifts, divinations and "Charismatic" witchcraft. Perhaps God protects some because of their ignorance, from the curse involved by submitting to ministers of healing, deliverance or prophecy WITHOUT DISCERNING THE SPIRIT THEY OPERATE UNDER. As mentioned above, the Charismatic Bible Ministries believe that we should unify under "signs and wonders." Many of those who come from denominations that deny the supernatural aspect of Christ's ministry or believe that all miracles died with the original apostles are ALSO BEING DECEIVED, BECAUSE THEY FAILED TO DISCERN THE TRUTH OF THE MIRACULOUS. It is as much lack of discernment to deny the true power of God available to the believer today as it is to not discern the any false powers. PART OF THE REASON FOR THE SPREAD OF WITCHCRAFT AND DIVINATION IN THE CHURCH IS A JUDGMENT OF GOD AGAINST UNBELIEF AND STUBBORNNESS AMONGST THOSE WHO REFUSE TO BELIEVE IN THE TRUE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. I believe this with all my heart. HALF OF DISCERNMENT IS TO DISCERN THE TRUE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. We must discern "GOOD and evil." I have seen God do many true miracles in answer to my prayers, and have seen many demons come out of people that my wife Diana and I have ministered to. I have experienced other gifts of the spirit, including true prophecy. How do I know that I am not deceived? It is because I have sought to become skilled in the word of God and have LEARNED GOOD FROM EVIL FROM THE MANY EXPERIENCES I HAVE BEEN LED INTO BY GOD. The ultimate key is HUMILITY. Love does not parade itself, it seeks not its own (1 Corinthians 13:1-5). God is love, and whatever He does will be in the nature of love as described in this beautiful chapter. ANYTHING THAT IS HAUGHTY OR SHOWY IS NOT FROM GOD. ANYTHING THAT IS GREEDY FOR PRAISE OR FINANCIAL GAIN IS NOT FROM GOD. Whenever Jesus healed a man, He commanded the man to "tell no one." He did not make a show out of healing, He even refused to do miracles in front of the Pharisees as a "sign" that He was the Messiah, the promised Savior of the Old Testament. Jesus said, Matthew 16:4 {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 only "sign" was the word of God for these people. The scriptures say that if a man will not believe the written word of God, he will not believe if a man should rise from the dead right before his eyes, even a member of his family. NO SIGN SHALL BE GIVEN TO THE GENERATION WHO SEEKS AFTER "SIGNS AND WONDERS." This means that ALL THE SIGNS AND WONDERS ARE NOT TRUE SIGNS FROM GOD THAT ARE DONE WITH PUBLICITY. This is a scriptural law that cannot be broken. We do not need "power" to "evangelize." Jesus said that it was acceptable for the people of His day to believe in Him because of His works. He also said, John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, {Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.}

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Jesus said this to the apostle Thomas, who insisted on visible proof of the resurrection. It was granted to Thomas, but it was a sign of unbelief. It is one thing to believe in Jesus because of a true miracle, but if people come to know Jesus because of demonic signs and wonders, it is a mixed blessing. This is what is hard for me to comprehend. Why would Satan operate through a man who is preaching the Word of God concerning salvation to unsaved people if it robs him of souls? This is a mystery to me, but I have a theory. First, most of the men and women who operate under false gifts are UNAWARE THAT THEY ARE FALSE GIFTS. Most are very sincere men and women who truly seek God with all their hearts. Therefore, these men and women would try to preach salvation to the lost anyway, false gift or no false gift. The Devil cannot stop the salvation of the souls that God chooses to save, therefore, THE DEVIL SETTLES FOR STEALING THE GLORY DUE TO GOD FOR TRUE MIRACLES AND PROPHECIES. Remember that Satan is a THIEF AND A LIAR (John 10:10). He constantly uses DECEPTION to STEAL WHAT IS MOST VALUABLE TO HIM. What is most valuable to Satan? It is GLORY DIRECTED TO GOD. Satan was, I believe, sincerely willing to give Jesus Christ all the kingdoms and wealth of this world in return for Christ's worship of Satan. From the scripture, it appears that Satan has control over the wealth of this world (see Matthew, chapter 4). Satan wants to be like God. The scriptures tell of Lucifer's fall from heaven because he said in his heart, "I will be like the Most High." He did not try to be God, but be LIKE GOD. He wanted THE SAME PRAISE THAT GOD RECEIVES IN HEAVEN. Here is another mystery that can be solved through the exercise of godly discernment: the ungodly and false anointing FEEDS OFF THE TRUE ANOINTING OF GOD. Impossible, you say? Not so impossible. The demons that work false miracles in evangelistic crusades are ALMOST ALWAYS WITHIN TRULY BORN-AGAIN BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST. Why would an unsaved person preach salvation through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ? Such a man would have this revelation, or HE WOULD NOT BE A CHRISTIAN, HIMSELF, HOWEVER APOSTATE OR BACKSLIDDEN HE IS. Therefore, like a leech, the demons of false prophecy, demonic healing and divination within a deceived Christian DRAW POWER OFF THE TRUE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN THE MAN. This is hard to understand, but it is true. It is so hard to understand how the Holy Spirit of God and demons can both indwell a born-again Christian, but one would be a blind fool if he did not admit that many Christians have demons of lust, greed, pride, anger, etc. within them. This is the mystery of Godliness, how God can live in sinful man. It is the blood of Jesus that covers us, and like blood-sucking leeches, demons that secretly work in Christians draw life off the blood of Jesus within Christians. Many big-name evangelist/healers and "prophets" today are having their spiritual vitality sapped by the demons who use them in false spiritual gifts. Most of these people would put the average Christian to shame in the amount of time spent in prayer, reading and studying the word of God, fasting etc. These men have great discipline to seek God. The sad thing is , as these men grow in true spiritual power, THEIR DEMONS ALSO GROW AS LEECHES GROW LARGE BY SUCKING BLOOD FROM OUR BODIES. It is not only false spiritual gifts that grow stronger and stronger, but among many ministers who are greedy for financial gain, a SPIRIT OF SEDUCTION grows strong among those who preach a message of "giving and receiving." I know this from personal experience. At one time, I had such a spirit of seduction that I was given thousands of dollars, cars, etc. from other Christians WITHOUT ASKING, simply by the deception of this spirit within me that would convince them to give money to me, expecting a hundredfold return which I sincerely believed in and taught at that time. This spirit works on the lust, flattery, ego and other weaknesses of people to compel them to give money to a man of God who is under deception of this spirit. By humility, and discernment from the Word of God, I was able to break this deception and get deliverance from this demon. Because I was personally under the deception and power of this demon of seduction, I can now see this spirit operating in many "prosperity" preachers and kingdom-builders. I grieve, because it is destroying both the men who are under these powerful demons, and the innocent ones they rob of money that could be used for real spiritual work.

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Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause [them] to err; and [they that are] led of them [are] destroyed. ALWAYS, THESE DEMONS BRING HERESIES, DIVISION, CONFUSION, FALSE TEACHING, SIN AND DESTRUCTION UPON THE CHURCH. If our leaders cannot discern that they operate under these spirits, we must have discernment to protect ourselves and those we can reach from the destruction these false leaders bring. II Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. These false ministers will become worse and worse, deceiving and deceiving themselves more and more. We can see the deception growing everyday. The greatest deceptions today are the false miracles, false prophecies and spirits of seduction working in the church. The reason these are the most dangerous is because they WORK LARGELY UNDETECTED. After fifteen years of experiences that many have never had because of the unique path the Lord has placed me on, I can safely say that the reason for all this deception is that it is a JUDGMENT OF GOD ON THE CHURCH FOR DENYING THE OPERATION OF DEMONS IN CHRISTIANS. I did not seek the many unique experiences of demons, deception, and false teachings - it was the Lord who led me into them. I am not proud of my experiences, but I am very thankful for the discernment that I have been granted by constantly meditating on the Word of God to understand them. If Christians would begin to be TAUGHT BY GOD, and not TAUGHT BY MAN, discernment would come easily to us. The many deceivers abound today as a judgment of God that can be turned into good IF WE WILL LEARN FROM THE EXTREME EXAMPLES OF DECEPTION AVAILABLE TODAY. All we have to do is turn on the television and see the deception. When we have discernment, we need boldness to rebuke and correct those men and women who are deceived WITH A VIEW TO THEIR DELIVERANCE AND RESTORATION. Those who refuse rebuke, we are to shun and not support financially and to deny them our pulpits and airwaves. I pray that this may be so in the days ahead, but reading scripture, I do not see anything but MORE DECEPTION. Job 12:16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his. The deception is ultimately under the control of God, but we must do all we can to teach discernment and rebuke the false teaching and sin among our leaders. We will be rewarded for being wise and courageous in the days ahead.

THE DECEPTION OF SCIENCE AND EVOLUTION
With the incredible explosion of knowledge in the computer age, we are confronted with many theories and experimental proofs that seem to make the idea of creation contra-indicative to observed reality. Darwin's theory of evolution has all but replaced the concept of a creator-God in our classrooms.

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In addition, the explosion of knowledge in the area of physics and astronomy make it difficult to explain the Biblical account of creation in six literal days, about six thousand years ago. Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Paul is saying that the existing universe clearly shows the existence of God and His attributes and power. Why is it that the more we learn about science, the farther away we get from faith in our Creator? Should we not be growing closer to faith in a creator God as our knowledge is growing exponentially in understanding the farthest reaches of the universe to the sub-atomic level? Because of Einstein's theory of relativity, we have proven that light travels about 186,000 miles per second. By experiments in giant superconductors, we have been able to accelerate sub-atomic particles to near the speed of light. In the CERN accelerator near Geneva, Switzerland, scientists have added antimatter coils or loops to an accelerator that has been speeded up in the opposite direction approaching the speed of light. What was only theory in times past, has now become reality. Out of these experiments, are found new sub-atomic particles called "neutral intermediate vector bosons." These heretofore undiscovered particles were proposed by Paul Weinberg as part of his "electro-weak" theory. This theory proposes that the four forces known in the universe today combined into three, two, or even one primordial force at the instant the universe began in the "big bang." Experiments with larger and larger superconductors seem to prove these theories to be true. The universe is flying apart at rates in proportion to distance. The outermost galaxies are flying apart at speeds approaching the speed of light. By measuring the distance of the outer most stars in light-years (years traveling at the speed of light), scientists reason that the universe is at least ten billion years old and is about one third expanded until it begins to collapse on itself. The "electro-weak" theory proposes that, because space curves, at the time of the "big bang" the incredible density and heat of all the matter of the universe caused there to be more than four dimensions. These particles of matter are so small that they are known as "strings" and are about as big to an atom as the earth is to the known universe. Therefore, the families of undiscovered sub-atomic particles could range from enormous to infinite. By going "back in time" and recreating the conditions at the beginning of the universe, science is seeking the mysteries of creation, evolution, etc. The result of this knowledge is leading to a materialistic world-view among the "educated" people of the world. Belief in God is deemed to be fit only for the simple and superstitious masses. The explosion of scientific knowledge was prophesied by Daniel, before Christ was even born. He said that in the last days, "knowledge shall be increased." I believe Daniel was describing the twentieth century, especially the decades we are now experiencing. He also prophesied the coming of a wicked world ruler, which we know as the Anti-Christ. Man's explosion of knowledge has not gained him wisdom. We have more crime and violence and wars than ever before. The materialistic world view and the theory of evolution makes man into simply an educated animal, and we are behaving like animals today. The knowledge gained of the sub-atomic world has led to the quantum theory of mechanics. This theory proposes that there is uncertainly at the lowest levels of atomic activity, and therefore, there could be no God that knows the future because everything is random at the sub-atomic level. These theories may appear true by experimentation, but they do not hold up to the fact of fulfilled Bible prophecy. The Bible prophesied hundreds of years beforehand many things that have since come to pass. With all the variables and randomness of the universe, it seems impossible that God knows the future, but the Bible prophesy proves that He does. God has created the universe in such a way that man will NEVER BE ABLE TO PROVE HIS EXISTENCE BY SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT. Paul continues to say in Romans,

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Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Every person who is born into this world, has an inner revelation of the existence of God. It is only because men have been WILLFULLY IGNORANT of the obviousness of God, that they have created all kinds of theories and experiments to prove that there is no God. With a philosophy and mind-set already against God, man interprets the knowledge he gains to confirm his unbelief. Instead of marveling at the mysteries of the sub-atomic world, he explains away the concept of God and creates an evolutionary process of the universe. There are many scientific proofs for such a world-view, but I believe the universe was created so that no amount of searching in the physical realm will prove the existence of God. He is a God who hides himself, purposefully. Scientists have opened themselves up for every kind of deception because they have rejected God. The New Age movement feeds off these theories and delights when they are "proven" by experimentation. The whole world is swiftly moving to a materialistic view. This view is dangerous because demons, and eventually Satan himself, will come disguising themselves as "evolved Masters" to teach man wisdom. The end result of the concept of evolution leads to the idea of super-evolved beings that only APPEAR TO BE SUPERNATURAL. The scientific knowledge we are gaining is going to "prove" that there are beings, perhaps in the ten dimensions we have not yet proven in our experiments. These "ascended Masters" are not ghosts, but part of NATURE - only on a level that we don't understand; and so this Pantheistic deception is spawned. Today, the influence of the New Age Movement on the scientific community is enormous. Highly intelligent scientists are trance-channeling wisdom from these ascended Masters and are gaining real scientific knowledge. It is hard to tell exactly how much of today's technology explosion is coming directly from these demonic entities, but it is growing.

TRAPPED IN SPIRITUAL CHILDHOOD - THE CURSE OF THIS GENERATION
The key to discernment is SPIRITUAL MATURITY. Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

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By knowing THE DOCTRINE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action - we become mature. Part of this process involves OBEDIENCE. No matter how much we know the Bible, if we do not obey God and the commands that the Bible gives, we are spending our time in vain. We will forget what we hear, if we don't practice and obey the message contained in the Bible. As we practice it, the Devil will come and try to tempt us, deceive us, and destroy us. It is these trials that increase discernment. Many Christians have avoided the study of the multitude of deceptions and false religions because they feel it is dangerous, a waste of time, or that it glorifies the Devil when we study him too much. The error in this kind of thinking is that it will lead to a lack of discernment when the day comes for us to have great discernment to combat error and deception. Do not doubt that deception will come to every Christian sometime. In these days, trusting in a denomination, a pastor, or a teacher to have discernment for you, is a great deception in itself. Two hundred and fifty two Baptists EVERY WEEK are being lost to the Mormon Church (Church of the Latter Day Saints). This is an entire small church lost every week, because the members are not being taught discernment and because of the lack of personal Bible study. Spiritual babies will remain spiritual babies until they can LEARN TO FEED THEMSELVES. This is true in the natural realm as well. If someone has to prod you to read the Bible, or you only learn the scriptures during a weekly (or monthly) sermon you sit under, you will forever remain as a child. The apostle Paul wrote about this same problem to the Hebrews. He noticed that they were spiritually stagnating. Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Paul said that the Hebrews should be teaching others by the time he wrote to them, but they were still in need of someone to teach them the basics again (Heb 5:12). Those of us who do have the discernment that comes with knowledge of God's word and ways can see the error and spiritual immaturity that abounds in the church all over the world. Russia's nascent revival is being corrupted by many seducers, deceivers and false religions. May God have mercy on those new Christians! He will have mercy and will protect them, because these people have been denied access to the Word of God for 70 years!! Those who can see the false teaching, shameless fund-raising, and self-promotion of the kingdombuilders must also see that the fault is not entirely the fault of these men and women. The proliferation of false teachers, healers, and prophets on television is greatly the responsibility of the "laity" of the "electric church". It is the millions of spiritually lazy, nominal Christians, who will not study the Bible prayerfully, seek deliverance from sin and demons in their lives, and study error under the light of God's Word. Instead of promoting serious, sober, and deep men of understanding and knowledge, the Church has promoted charlatans, deceivers, entertainers, and such ilk. Instead of denying funds and support for the false teachers, we "heap up teachers for ourselves, having itching ears," as the Bible says. Is this not the great apostasy foretold thousands of years ago? It is indeed! There are many good churches that teach the word of God, but they teach against the supernatural aspects of the gospel for today. Because of this, many Christians are leaving these "dead" churches and seeking out ministers who operate in spiritual gifts and miracles. These people have never seen a true miracle of God ( because it is taught against and denied) so they believe that ALL miracles are from God. They are ripe for deception. Many other churches encourage spiritual gifts, but deny that a Christian can have a demon operating in them. Therefore, according to those who believe this, anyone who uses the name of Jesus, and appears to be a Christian (using proper catch-phrases) cannot possibly be doing a false miracle or false prophecy. Being so deceived, they believe only Christ can inhabit a Christian. This is a great deception - many false

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prophecies are spoken by sincere (but deceived) Christians. It is not the Holy Spirit speaking these false prophecies, but demons. These are lying spirits that work in many Christians because they have picked up these spirits by ignorance or by sin somewhere along the way. These lying spirits give a man or woman great "charisma," and , sadly, more people follow the false than the true. By denying the obvious fact that a Christian can be inhabited by demons, we have reaped a generation of false prophets and healers working under demonic familiar spirits, who work openly among us. Many are in leadership positions. The false Christianity, the pride, greed, and the folly that the world can clearly see on television is not only a reflection of the spiritual immaturity of the rest of the church, but a JUDGMENT FROM GOD. If we don't repent and learn discernment, if we don't learn to test false apostles, prophets, teachers and healers - THIS JUDGMENT WILL INCREASE UNTIL ALL THE POWER OF THE CHURCH IS TAKEN AWAY. Don't be deceived by the multitude of satellites, Bibles distributed, decisions for Christ, or Church growth. These are not in themselves a sign of true power. In Proverbs 6:16-19, God lists seven things that He hates. A proud look, which is the demon of pride that makes men consider themselves better than others. Also, he who sows discord among his brethren. Many of the big-name preachers are using scriptures like these to rebuke all the "heresy-hunters" that attack other ministers and cause dissension and "discord" among the "brothers" - the church. The truth is, those who expose error are not sowing discord, they are healing the discord and spiritual damage done by the false teachers and false prophets and false healers. No matter how much these false ministers appear to promote "unity" and "love," they are really sowing discord in the body of Christ. The discord is the confusion caused by error, false prophecies that lead men astray, and false healings and "miracles" that deceive many into error and cult-like control. God is not the author of confusion and discord. There may be some that are hyper-legalistic and cruelly judgmental in the way they "expose" others. We must be careful not to rebuke out of jealousy, bitterness or anger. But LACK OF REBUKE, CORRECTION, AND REPROOF IS THE PROBLEM, NOT TOO MUCH. The "apostasy" foretold in scriptures, and why we know it is close to the Second Coming of Christ, involves REBELLION against authority. This rebellion involves political and MORAL authority. The large denominations are experiencing an incredible drain of membership. The community and family are also breaking apart. There is very little ACCOUNTABILITY any more. Some cults and Shepherding movements have filled this gap with demonic control of every area of life among their followers. The restraints of family, community and organized religion are breaking down continually. Many people are confused by the multitudes of churches and doctrines and shy away from commitment to any group from fear of being used or deceived. Until we become spiritually mature AS A BODY, UNITY WILL DO US NO GOOD. Unity brings power, but power in the hands of a spiritually immature church will destroy it. God will not allow unity to replace spiritual maturity and discernment among ALL members of His body. As long as we are collectively spiritually immature, sinful and lazy, God will frustrate our attempts at false unity as He did at the tower of Babel.

THE GREAT DECEPTION: CHRISTIAN UNITY AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM
During the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church literally ruled the world. The same system is operating today, although the Reformation split the Church in two. In spite of all the cries for "unity," there is of yet no world Church as in the days after Constantine before the Reformation. The abuses of the Catholic Church during the "dark ages" were numerous. There were many "bad" Popes; men so evil and given over to wickedness that several were killed BY THEIR OWN CHURCH.

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In the excellent book, BABYLON MYSTERY RELIGION (Ralph Woodrow Evangelistic Association, 1966) the author describes the incredible immorality of many Popes during the years 9041521. Pope Boniface VIII (1294-1303) according to the CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA was one of the most wicked Popes in history, "Scarcely any possible crime was omitted - infidelity, heresy, simony (selling of church offices), gross and unnatural immorality, idolatry, magic...Protestant historians, generally, and even modern Catholic writers...class him among the wicked popes, as an ambitious, haughty, and unrelenting man, deceitful also and treacherous, his whole pontificate one record of evil" (Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.2, pp.668). Boniface VIII said, "to enjoy oneself and to lie carnally with women or with boys is no more a sin that rubbing one's hands together" (HISTORY OF THE CHURCH COUNCILS, Bk.40, art.697). It was THIS SAME POPE, who in 1302 issued the "Unam Sanctum" which officially declared the Roman Catholic Church to be the only true Church, outside of which there is no salvation: "We, therefore, assert, define and pronounce that it is NECESSARY TO SALVATION to believe that every human being is subject to the Pontiff of Rome." Even though documenting the incredible wickedness of this, and many other Popes, the Catholic Church states, "A sinful pope...remains a member of the (visible) church and is to be treated as a sinful, unjust ruler for whom we must pray, BUT FROM WHO WE MAY NOT WITHDRAW OUR OBEDIENCE" (Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.4, p.435). Many consider Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503) to be the most corrupt Pope. He lived in public incest with his two sisters and his own daughter Lucretia, from whom, it is said, he had a child. On October 31, 1501, he conducted a sex orgy in the Vatican, the equal of which for sheer horror has never been duplicated in the annals of human history. The Vatican Council in 1870, made the doctrine of Papal Infallibility official dogma. "The Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra - that is, when in the exercise of his office as pastor and teacher of all Christians he defines..a doctrine of faith or morals to be held by the whole church - is, by reason of the Divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, possessed of that infallibility..and consequently such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are irreformable" (Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.7 p.796). Under Pope Innocent III (1198-1203) an estimated ONE MILLION people were killed in the famous Inquisition. The crimes and immorality of many Popes make the idea of infallibility nonsense, yet millions of Catholics believe that every doctrine spoken by all the Popes is infallible and must be obeyed. A unity with this system among the Protestant denominations is clearly headed to repetition of the same crimes and immoralities as in the dark ages. When Luther went to Rome, still a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, the papal court was served at supper by twelve naked girls. Luther said, "no one can imagine what sins and imfamous actions are committed in Rome, they must be seen and heard to be believed. Thus they are in the habit of saying, `If there is a hell, Rome is built over it.'" Luther's revelation of justification by faith was born with his struggle with the many errors and sins of the Roman Catholic church of his day. Perhaps another million people became martyrs AFTER Luther's reformation. Yet today, we have many famous evangelists seeking to unite with Rome and place themselves under the authority of the Pope, as if nothing happened. One of the greatest deceptions in the church today is Christian activism. Many sincere Christians are taking an active role in politics and others are joining with the Catholics in the "rescue" movement - risking injury, fines and jail sentences to rescue pregnant women from seeking abortions at abortion clinics. While the motives of these people may be sincere, the danger and deception in these endeavors are many. First, MORE SOULS ARE LOST FOR ETERNITY BY FALSE DOCTRINE than by abortion, pornography, bad television and movies and even laws that outlaw prayer in schools. The very false doctrines that damn millions of souls to hell are infiltrating the Protestant churches through joining with the Roman Catholic Church in political activism. False doctrine is also taught among many Charismatics and in the

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denominations. The great deception of so called "Christian" activism is that it occupies our thoughts and time to such a degree that the more biblical fight for sound doctrine and rebuking false teachers is ignored. An example of this was clearly shown on the January 10, 1992 edition of the well-known Christian radio talk show, "Point of View." Host Marlin Maddoux answered a call from an irate Roman Catholic who objected to a previous show of his where it was made known by a source in Poland that the Catholic Church there was in almost total control of religions. Any public ministry by non-Catholic churches had to be approved by the Catholics. Marlin Maddoux was reminded by this irate woman that there were many Catholic listeners (and potential donors) to his talk show. Mr. Maddoux was very apologetic and told the woman of his many Catholic friends and even promised to bring more Catholic priests on the show in the future. As this example shows, large Christian media ministries, as a rule will not speak against the Catholics or expose their false doctrines because they would lose financial support. Such ministries may justify working with the Catholics and with Protestants who teach heresy because the emphasis of their ministries is political activism and to spread Christian morality through education. THIS IS A GREAT DECEPTION. Because many of these ministries are headed by men under the influence of the Kingdombuilding Spirit, they are deceived by their own ambition into compromise with false teachers for the sake of Christian activism.

POPE JOHN PAUL II: THE KEY TO WORLD-WIDE IDOLATRY
In the book, THE KEYS OF THIS BLOOD, ex-Jesuit priest Malachi Martin gives a frightening history of our current Pope, his power, and trends for the future of the Roman Catholic Church and the coming world religion. Pope John Paul II visited Czecholosvakia on April 21, 1990. He said, "Almighty God can make the impossible possible, can change all human hearts, through the QUEENSHIP OF JESUS' MOTHER MARY." This statement sums up the agenda of this Pope - to establish the Queenship of Mary on earth. Much of the astonishing changes in Eastern Europe and Russia since 1980 have been attributed to this extremely charismatic Pope. A quick look at the history of John Paul II given by the author Malachi Martin is worthwhile to see the gigantic conspiracy that has already taken over large sections of the world, and I am afraid, the non-Catholic Christian church. John Paul II is the first Polish Pope in history. Not only that, but this Pope was PROPHESIED 150 YEARS AGO. Julius Slowacki, Poland's greatest poet wrote in 1846, "We need strength/ to lift this world of God's/Thus here comes a SLAVIC POPE/A brother of the people!/And already he pours/balms of the world on our bosoms/and the angel's chorus/sweep his throne with flowers." There was a solar eclipse on May 18, 1920 the day Karol Wojtyla was born. There was an ancient PROPHECY THAT THE 264TH POPE WOULD BE BORN UNDER THE SIGN OF LABOR SOLIS THE CLASSICAL EXPRESSION FOR SOLAR ECLIPSE. This Pope is extremely well educated and brilliant. He holds three doctorates; philosophy, theology and phenomenology (study of miracles an other phenomena). The Pope himself said, "I am in touch with forces that expand the mind." His charismatic presence almost single-handedly caused the nation of Poland to break the fetters of Communism. Two hundred thousand Poles jammed Warsaw's historic Victory Square in 1980 and chanted "We want God!" over and over at the appearance of John Paul. No doubt the Pope has a great supernatural power, but is it the power of God? How can it be when his stated purpose is to unite all Christianity under himself and dedicate it to the worship of Mary - a false

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and idolatrous worship which is simply a revival of the Babylonian goddess worship of Semiramus and her baby child Tammuz (Jesus?). Listen to what John Paul II said as documented by the Catholic author Malachi Martin: "This Pope desires to commit the church in a special way to Mary in whom the stupendous and total victory of good over evil, of love over hate, of grace over sin, is achieved..This Pope commits himself to her [Mary], and to all those whom he serves, and all those who serve him. He commits the Roman Church to her as THE TOKEN AND PRINCIPLE OF ALL THE CHURCHES IN THE WORLD IN THEIR UNIVERSAL UNITY." Doesn't this make you angry? This Pope has taken it upon himself to dedicate the entire church, Protestant and Roman Catholic, to the worship of Mary. Over a million true Protestants chose to suffer horrible torture and death rather than to worship Mary and accept the false doctrines of the Roman Church, but few today say anything while this Pope dedicates the world to idolatry and false teaching. The Pope's solutions to the many world problems such as hunger, crime, war, etc. are summed up in his 24,000 word papal document, "Redemptor Hominis," which states that all these problems can be solved ONLY BY THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST'S REVELATION ANNOUNCED BY THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. We notice that the Antichrist in the book of Revelation also comes promising answers to the world's problems. The book of Revelation speaks of a "Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth." It says of this world religious system, "with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" (Revelation 17:2). The leaders of nations will get in bed with this harlot church and will become drunk with deception. The Book of Revelation also says that this religious system kills true Christians. "And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Rev 17:6). Later in the chapter, it says that this woman sits on SEVEN MOUNTAINS. The city of ROME is one of the few cities on earth built surrounded by seven mountains. This Pope is unique in that he is the first Pope to become a world traveler. Very few Popes in history ever left the city of Rome, but this Pope has traveled the high seas evangelizing for Mary. A recent TIME Magazine article documented the incredible rise of Mariolatry in the world, much of which is directly because of the efforts of John Paul II. Malachi Martin stated in KEYS TO THIS BLOOD that the Roman Catholic Church is the only religious institution in the world that would not have to change its structure if there was a world government tomorrow. He also sites many examples of "mega-churches" that have been working for years to create a world religion. The TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING is just one group. Started in 1948 by Victor Gollancz, who said, "The ultimate aim should be that Judaism, Christianity and ALL OTHER RELIGIONS SHOULD VANISH AND GIVE PLACE TO ONE GREAT ETHICAL WORLD RELIGION, THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN." Cardinal Terrence Cooke, late Archbishop of New York, hosted 5000 Temple of Understanding members in welcoming the Dalai Lama as the fourteenth reincarnation of Bodhisvatta Aolskitesvara - Manifestation of Buddha's Compassion. "We believers seek common ground. We make each other welcome in our houses of worship" said Cardinal Cooke. "ALL MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS ARE THE SAME" said the Dalai Lama, correcting Cooke, and received a standing ovation! Martin also shows that the New Age Movement, 500 Million strong (according to John Randolph Price, New Age Leader), will be part of a conspiracy to create a world religion and government. Martin believes that the Catholic Church will fight this false movement, but I believe it will join it. David Spangler, New Age leader, said, "each of us in some way is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic initiation." This Luciferic initiation will be given to all those who take the Mark of the Beast during the tribulation period to come. Because the Pope, and the Roman Catholic Church have become almost universal in Mary worship, I believe that they will be deceived by this idolatry into worshipping Lucifer and also taking this initiation. Those Protestants who join the Catholic church will also be deceived by this idolatry. Remember that FORNICATION WITH THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS CHURCH IS LIKE

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WINE, IT MAKES ONE DRUNK AND EASILY DECEIVED. Malachi Martin himself documents that during the 1960s, an ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY TO SATAN WAS HELD IN THE VATICAN WHICH INCLUDED RITES OF SATANIC PEDOPHILLIA HELD BY MANY BISHOPS AND PRIESTS. Although Martin believes this is because the church rejected Mary at the time, I believe that the Church will again hold rites to Satan in the form of Luciferic initiations. We are joining the Catholic Church in many ways. One of the most deceptive is political activism as described earlier. John Calvin (1509-1604) taught that it was our obligation to transform evil society. It did not work, because, as Glenn Tinder wrote in 1989, "Politics is a realm of moral darkness, and the darkness cannot be dissipated by human virtue and wisdom." Even Malachi Martin understands that the church cannot change the political system. The Catholic Church, however, will be used by the Antichrist to rise politically. The Roman Catholic Church has fought Communism, except for the Liberation Theology wing. But Communism is not the mortal enemy of man's soul. True Christianity remained alive under Communism for seventy years. It is FALSE DOCTRINE that is the number one enemy to men's souls, leading billions to hell. By joining with the Catholic church and allowing other heresies and false teachings to spread unchecked and UNREBUKED by our pastors and Christian leaders, we are doing much more damage to men than the little good we do by political activism. If we as Christians believe that we can convert the Catholics from Mary worship by joining with them, we are sorely deceived. The Catholics believe that there is no hope of unity without Mary between Protestants and Catholics. The vision of Fatima on October 13, 1917 was seen by 75,000 people. The message of Fatima predicted World War Two and told of a moral slide by society. Mary said in this vision that Russia must be dedicated to her, or Russia would spread evil and error throughout the world. Because Pope John XXIII in 1960 failed to dedicate Russia to Mary, according to a "third secret" revealed in the vision, much catastrophe, man-made or natural, would come upon the world. The coming tribulations could now only be mitigated if the whole world was dedicated to Mary. John Paul II did this on May 13, 1982 in Fatima. If the worship of Mary replaces true biblical Christianity, it is the spirit of the "Antichrist" - which means both against and INSTEAD OF CHRIST. The Catholics are largely worshipping Mary instead of Christ. The bodily assumption to heaven of the Virgin Mary became official Church doctrine in 1950, her immaculate conception and sinless life (declared dogma by Pope Pius IX in 1854), her ever-virgin status (in clear contradiction of scripture - Mary had several sons and daughters with Joseph) all tend to elevate her above Christ or REPLACE CHRIST AS SAVIOR AND LORD. The deception of Christian activism distracts the church from the spread of error in her midst. Christian activism has become the PRIORITY among many large ministries. Pat Robertson's CHRISTIAN COALITION is an example of Christians battling for Christian values in the political realm, but it will never work. During Prohibition, Christians tried to outlaw liquor. While their attention was distracted, modernism took over the Christian seminaries. Other ministries today are battling evil in politics while psychology, false teaching and heresy have swept the church and brought her closer to a false unity that will lead to the Mother of Harlots church prophesied by John. This church will kill true Christians, thinking they are doing God service. Keith A. Founier, author of EVANGELICAL CATHOLICS, claims to be a born-again Christian and fully Catholic. Fournier denies that Mary is worshipped by the Catholics, she is only "honored." He says, "Mary is co-redemptrix with Jesus of the human race..Jesus redeemed us with the blood of his body, Mary with the agonies of her heart..God has ordained that no grace will be granted to us except through Mary..No one will be saved or obtain mercy except through you, O Heaven Lady...No one will enter heaven without passing through Mary as one would pass through a door..O Mary, our salvation is in your hands." This is the theology of Pope John Paul II.

BENNY HINN: THE LINK TO ROME

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Of all the people working for unity with the Roman Catholic Church, including Paul Crouch of TBN, Pat Robertson of CBN, and many others who seek actual re-joining with the Catholic Church, in my estimation Benny Hinn is the strongest force in "Protestant" Christianity today for realignment of Protestants and Catholics. Even though Benny Hinn enjoys huge success, with crowds of up to thirty thousand at his crusades, it is not his popularity that convinces me that he is the most powerful force today. The many experiences with demons that I have had over the last fifteen years, and the discernment the Lord has given me from many first hand experiences with witchcraft both outside and INSIDE THE CHURCH, lead me to this conclusion. Unlike the many proven scam-artists who claim to have supernatural power such as Peter Popoff and W.V. Grant - who use tricks and deception to create and illusion of healing, I believe that Benny Hinn will become the most powerful healer since the days of William Branham. Oral Roberts, one of the largest healing evangelists in Branham's days, testifies that Benny Hinn is "an up-and-coming young prophet." I believe that Hinn has one of the most powerful Satanic anointings that the church has ever witnessed. As I quoted earlier, Hinn has many Catholics praying to Mary for him before his crusades and much of the audience in his large crusades are Catholics. Just as the increase of visions of Mary are reported all over the world, the increase of false miracles by both Catholics and non-Catholics is evident. The Bible foretells of "lying wonders" and great signs done by Satan that would deceive many in the days just prior to the return of Christ. The greatest deception, I believe, is done by those who appear to be bornagain, non-Catholic Christians. They pray in the name of Jesus, appear to lead souls to a saving knowledge of Christ - but there is a HIDDEN AGENDA behind these things which is why Satan grants full power to such men. The HIDDEN AGENDA for full power false miracles is that such men use the miracles to bring unity with the Roman Catholic Church. Like no other healing evangelist before him, Benny Hinn is promoting unity with Rome. Benny Hinn declared, "I have received a new mandate from heaven - bring the message of the miraculous, healing power of God back to America! Invade our nation with the miracle-working power of God in the 90s!" I believe that Hinn is chosen by Satan to be one of the most powerful false prophets before THE FALSE PROPHET is loosed upon the earth. He will bring miracles back to America more than in the 1940s. Millions of denominational members have been taught that the miracles of God died with the original twelve apostles and prophets and who deny the existence of true prophets and apostles today will be deceived by Hinn and others like him in the 1990s. This is a judgment from God upon their unbelief and for the lack of discernment among the Charismatic groups. Those Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians who have denied the role of demons in Christians will also be deceived by the demons of heresy, false prophecy and false miracles among their fellow believers. A remnant of Christians who have sought discernment and sound doctrine will escape the massive delusion and deception that will come in this decade, but they will not be many. It is going to take A FULL COMMITMENT TO SEEK DISCERNMENT, WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING NOT TO FALL IN THE DAYS AHEAD.

RODNEY HOWARD-BROWNE: THE NEW WINE IS THE CUP OF DEVILS
Rodney Howard-Browne is a "revivalist" who has originally come from South Africa. He has come to America to bring "revival." On a recent (August 10, 1993) interview with Paul Crouch and co-host Dwight Thompson, an evangelist, Mr. Browne called America "The Holy Land."

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This writer and wife attended the Sunday night service the week before this show at Calvary Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas. Calvary Cathedral is a huge circular church which preaches the standard Word of Faith. Pastor Bob Nichols says, "The Bible is full of exceeding precious promies with God saying, `what can I do for you?" This teaching falls under the DOCTRINE OF PRIDE discussed earlier and infuses pious pride in the listeners. The Bible foretells of a fall coming after pride. Bob Nichols and his church are fulfilling Bible prophecy this week. They are falling into deception due to the pride in their hearts that has clouded their minds. This writer believes that it is important to really know a person and the spirit he is under which he is operating under before publicly exposing him. It is not always necessary to personally go to a man and rebuke him, especially if the man (or woman) is publicly preaching - he is open to rebuke, not as to the motives of his heart, but to the spirit of his ministry and the teaching. A false anointing ALWAYS brings false teaching. Not all falsehood, however. Rat poison is 98% nutritious, delicious food. It is the 2% that kills. I submit to the part of the body of Christ that has not yet joined the hysterical laughing party of the New Age Belshazzar in our midst. I say by the Holy Spirit that this party is not the party of the Most High God. Neither is this laughter the "holy joy" of the presence of God, as Mr. Browne continually asserts. Instead, this is a celebration of destruction and damnation. It is part of the strong delusion that is foretold of in scripture. Dwight Thompson, a televangelist who appears regularly of TBN, had a vision of football stadiums with people who are being filled with this "wine." God is calling for a prohibition before it is too late. While we attended Mr. Browne`s revival, it seemed that the entire church, except our little group, was totally deceived by the "new move of the Spirit." Those sitting behind us somehow sensed we were not in agreement with this move and prayed for us to have our eyes opened. Eve also had her eyes opened. Speaking of eyes, a young man in our fellowship who has undergone extensive deliverance and counseling for Multiple Personality Disorder (caused by severe Satanic Ritual Abuse or SRA) became physically ill just after sitting down in the meeting. He later told me that he saw an EYE in the hand of Mr. Browne as he laid hands on people and they were "slain" in the spirit. He also saw a death-mask, a skull and crossbones on the face of the woman pastor (no such thing) who testified while laughing hysterically and uncontrollably about the "revival" that has come to her church since she began coming to Browne's meetings. After being "slain and knocked out," she laughed from the ground. The great deception is that joy is indeed a blessing of God and is a fruit of the Spirit, a by-product from being in God's presence. But there is a false joy as well. Paul Crouch, president of TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network - the largest religious TV network in the world) asked himself, "Why am I laughing?" while Mr. Browne sat next to him. Brown has the ability to make entire rooms explode in uncontrollable laughter. This is deceptive because joy is needed in many lives, but God is not a circus to entertain people. If having a good time and laughing brings tithe paying people to church, why not just close down the churches and open more comedy clubs. God is not laughing at this move, I can guarantee it. My discernment was confirmed, THE NEXT WEEK, by a referral from Bob Larson's Compassion Connection, which we were members of. She had hands laid on her by Mr. Browne. The demons that tormented her from he Mother's involvement in a Mariolatry cult of Catholic origin, were stirred up by Mr. Browne's ministry. When I pointed this out to her and her friend, also "blessed" by Mr. Browne's ministry, they both defended him with such arguments as "How can so many sincere people be deceived?"

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We pointed out the fact that, if Mr. Browne's anointing was really from God, why was he linked with Copeland, Hagin, heretical Word of Faith crowd. They deny the divinity of Christ, deny that the cross saves us - that it was Jesus' dying spiritually and being reborn after suffering torture from Satan. (Read "Christianity in Crisis" by Hank Hannegraf for documentation on this). Also, if he was from God, why is she WORSE OFF NOW THAT BEFORE HE LAID HANDS ON HER? Why did he not cast the demons out? The fact is, Mr. Browne's "anointing" is the work of seducing spirits. The lady began to see the light. She remembered that for a moment during one of Browne's meetings, his "anointing" lifted and she saw him for who he really was, an arrogant man on an ego trip. At the time she dismissed this as Satan, but now realized that it was God trying to warn her as He is trying to warn us. THE DECEPTION IS THE JUDGMENT OF GOD. First on the church, then on the world. First the church will become drunk on this new wine, which is the wine of Babylon and the wrath of her fornication. Then the world will be deceived by the antichrist as their judgment for rejecting God. Christians will be largely responsible for many souls being deceived because they allowed THEMSELVES to be deceived. We took this lady through deliverance. Spirits of TORTURE, HATE, SUICIDE came out. Then a spirit of LUST manifested. We interrogated this demon to find out its function and point of origin, how it got in to the body. This demon said, "Rodney...Rodney." I commanded the demon to confirm whether it was Rodney Howard-Browne and it did, with three other witnesses present to hear this in our group. This demon revealed that it entered through the laying on of hands from Mr. Browne. It revealed that Mr. Browne "likes many women" and that it is an assignment to seduce attractive women in to having sex with Mr. Browne during his extended "revivals." I asked how Mr. Browne got so powerful. The demon said, "he prays and prays and prays." I asked, "to God?" and the demon said "I don't know." I personally think Mr. Browne is a born-again man who has fallen into deception. I really believe he feels that this is God and the work of the Holy Spirit. However, like Balaam, he has turned from once a true prophet into a false prophet because he loves the "wages of unrighteousness" and is merchandising the high calling of God on his life, his birthright, for Esau's pottage of sex and money. Demons are helping him do it and it feeds off the deception, lust, ambition and pride of those Christians who are falling away. This lady also had demons of JEALOUSY, GRIEF, FALSE JOY, LEVIATHAN AND OTHERS. She will progress spiritually now as these demonic weights are removed. She is a soul-winner in the public schools as a teacher and Satan has tried to hinder, stop or reverse her spiritual progress through seducing spirits working with doctrines of demons (I Tim 4:1). The Holy Spirit spoke expressly about this one thing in scripture, beware of seducing/deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. Because the church of Christ is still mostly babies, they lack discernment and are prey to emotional/spiritual manipulation, which is witchcraft. The Holy Spirit revealed to this writer in 1991 that a new Catholic religion was coming and that large churches will be built literally overnight and filled with hypocrites who will worship the Beast and receive his mark in a Luciferian initiation. Those who do this have no hope of salvation. This is a danger. Do not take yourself, and ESPECIALLY NOT YOUR CHILDREN to this man for prayer. A false revival of laughter is coming and the writing is already on the wall of the new Belshazzars' party, who drank wine out of God's golden vessels in mockery of God's holiness. There is a time to laugh and a time to cry. Ecclesiastes says, "The heart of the wise is in the house of MOURNING, but the heart of fools is in the house of LAUGHTER." Don't be caught in the wrong house, for the new wine going around is poison and has bitter dregs. It is the cup of devils and will cause you to CEASE being able to drink the cup of the Lord. Scripture says we cannot drink both at the same time. The Lord spoke to this writer several months ago, saying, "My people are having a party, but I was not invited. For My celebration is a celebration of sorrow." Jesus is grieved at the false revival and the growth of deception caused by one man whose heart is fully devoted to the wages of unrighteousness rather than the Lord. The fifteen thousand member Word of Faith church in Johannesburg, South Africa, has spawned this Alfred Hitchcock look-a-like as a judgment on America's church for sending false teachers (Word of Faith) over to the hungry people in Africa earlier in the seventies and eighties. We

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sowed to the wind and now we are reaping the whirlwind. Remember that Eli's house fell in the midst of prosperity and laughter, so will Babylon fall and the voice of singing and laughter will no longer be heard in her. Her true spiritual nakedness will be revealed - that she is the haunt of every evil and hateful bird (demon). My wife and I have been honored to deal with hard-core Satanists and cult-victims (not Wannabes). We have cast out demons that made the body levitate on the ceiling. The Lord spoke to me just a few weeks ago that stronger demons will be put into His people through the false prophets to come; lying, RELIGIOUS SPIRITS AND SPIRITS OF JEZEBEL, WHICH IS THE DEPTHS OF SATAN - than those demons earnestly desired and chosen to enter in by Satanists seeking power BY CHOICE. Religious spirits murdered Jesus Christ, this is the most powerful demon around (and the most deceptive) and will lead many to worship Lucifer as Christ and God in the days ahead, "denying the Lord who bought them and bringing upon themselves swift destruction." I really get angry when I see teenagers and youth deceived by this man, but it is God's judgment on their PARENTS who lack discernment and, like the WICKED GENERATION OF JESUS' DAY, SEEK AFTER A SIGN. THE SIGN THEY SEEK IN RODNEY HOWARD-BROWNE IS SPIRITUAL DESTRUCTION AND DEATH. SPEAK TO THOSE WHO CAN HEAR, WARN THOSE WHO CAN'T. Benny Hinn is leading to Rome, but Rodney Howard-Browne is leading to Babylon and Hell and is, in my opinion, MORE DECEPTIVE THAT BENNY HINN. Browne is in full control, not wavering on doctrine and is more zealous for prayer than even Hinn is. These two are the ones to watch as of August 1993. What will the next generation of false prophets be like. Jesus said that before He returns, the DECEPTION WILL INCREASE UNTIL EVEN THE ELECT WILL BE DECEIVED IF IT IS POSSIBLE. IF WE HAVE AN OPENING, A WILL TO BE DECEIVED, WE WILL BE. GUARD YOUR HEARTS BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER AND SEEK COMPANY WITH THE UNKNOWN SOLDIERS RATHER THAT THOSE WHO BOAST OF BEING "GOD'S GENERALS." God's generals are not standing in front of big crowds, but are unknown soldiers working to heal the wounded ones left by spiritual parasites and prostitutes and wolves in sheep's clothing such as Rodney Howard-Browne. Even if this man were CAUGHT in adultery, his hold on the people is so great that they simply would not care. Get rid of the ambition, the lust and the kingdom-building spirit and seek discernment by being skilled in the Scriptures and you will escape all these things and stand before the Son of Man as an overcomer.

THE GREAT DECEPTION CONTINUES - ROBERTS LIARDON AND THE BANDS OF HELL
I met a wonderful, Holy Spirit filled Christian brother in 1993. He showed my wife and I a video entitled, "God's Generals," hosted by evangelist Roberts Liardon. Liardon is a young man who seems extremely sincere. In his video, God's Generals included such luminaries as Kathryn Kuhlman, Jack Coe, A.A. Allen and Smith Wigglesworth. Also, many other women preachers were on the list of God's commanders. In his zeal to get some deliverance, this man flew to California to attend one of Liardon's meetings. He sought and found Liardon, but sensed absolutely no anointing on this man. However, he gave him the benefit of the doubt and went for ministry. Liardon prayed to cancel all satanic assignments on him and declared him delivered. At a book signing table later on in the meetings, Liardon told my friend that everything was fine and wished him godspeed. After traveling back to New York, my friend felt his entire body bound by a band. When he tried to pray or read the Bible, the band turned into three bands, one on his neck, one on his stomach and one on his legs. He felt that he had lost his salvation and that he would be forever under the control of Liardon's

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INNER HEALING AND CARL JUNG: THE HIDDEN DANGER IN HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY
Carl Jung, the Swiss psychologist was a unabashed new ager. He believed that the Trinity included a fourth member, Satan, or Lucifer. Christ and Satan were neither totally good or evil. To achieve full potential, we must embrace the dark side of the four member Godhead. Jung also had a personal spirit guide, Philemon. He believed that humans were equally male and female, and to be fully self-actualized, we must embrace both parts of the dyad of our human nature. The New Age movement has grown explosively in the last several decades. The danger to the church is that this movement has infiltrated into mainstream Christianity through embracing humansitic and Jungian psychology. As mature Christians, we should be able to "prove all things, accept what is good" as Saint Paul tells us in the epistle to the Thessalonians. I Thessalonians 5:21 "Prove all things, hold fast what is good." King James Version.

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As stated earlier, the goal of the New Age movement is to lead to a Luciferian initiation. Don't be surprised if the church of Jesus Christ falls into this deception also. Like the story of the frog being boiled slowly in water, we won't jump out of the deception if it comes little by little. Many good insights into human nature, the healing of the soul, the inner child, developing good boundaries, etc. have come out of the self help psychological community. Like the four wise Hebrew children, we should be able to study secular methods and take the good from the bad. We must beware of the New Age influence in psychology and warn others of it. At the same time, deliverance alone does not heal the wounds of the soul. We have a bruised heel because of the fall. In the end, through Jesus Christ, we will bruise (fatally) the head of the Serpent, Satan. Many Christians have come from severely dysfunctional families. Many are victims of incest, child abuse, shaming, controlling and even ritual and satanic abuse. Our souls are fragmented, our inner child of the past is hurt and unable to grieve. We have developed walls in our hearts, our emotions are split off and we are unable to grieve. Many people in church are deeply scarred inside due to the abuse and toxic shame of our childhood's. Being raised in a Christian family is not a guarantee against these wounds. Wisdom would teach us that we need to overcome in the area of the soul. Otherwise, we will not be able to have healthy relationships. False doctrine and the false prophets who use flattering words to seduce people, prey on the wounded inner child of many in the church. The tendency of such wounded children is to hero-worship. Our boundaries are not appropriate, because they are either too rigid or too loose. Although we cry out for true friendship, many of us are susceptible to wrong soul-ties and wrong friendships. The best chance of having good boundaries would be if we were reared in a truly loving and trustworthy environment. Because of the breakdown of the family and generation patterns of abuse, we are finding it difficult to grow in the area of the soul. Because of the arrested development of the soul, we are hindered in spiritual growth as well. God wants us to love Him with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength. If any part of our being is hindered, our spiritual growth is too. This is why many are led astray into soulish entertaining, and soulish worship and teaching. Rodney Howard Browne, discussed earlier, is an example. Due to the lack of true joy in the lives of many believers, his false joy is hungrily sought for by many. Our emotions are so split off and arrested, that we cannot trust our emotions. Joy in the sensual and carnal realm deceives many, just as false miracles deceive because we cannot trust our emotions. The doctrine of pride is deceiving because our hungry souls and low self-esteem crave such teaching. It feeds the narcissistic, false selves we have created to defend our wounded inner child. I have shown the danger of the self-esteem movement. Our self-esteem should be sprititualized in union with Christ, but a wounded inner child will also stunt spiritual growth. Jesus is our pattern. He was able to feel compassion for others without denying his own needs: He had the perfect balance. In the books that are available today for self-help, there is a danger of becoming "well" without a personal salvation through Christ. The idea that some pastor or preacher calls you a sinner does not harm your spiritual well-being or invade your spiritual boundaries. It is healthy for your soul to admit your sins to a faithful and forgiving Creator and to receive the cleansing of guilt and shame that only the blood of Christ can bring. I think that it is also unrealistic to deny our inner wounds and create a spiritual fantasy that all we need is prayer or even deliverance alone. God has made us communal beings. The institution of marriage is designed by God to allow us to experience true intimacy. Marriage can also be the crucible for growth, or for further wounding. Many Christians are frustrated and unhappy in their marriages because they subconsciously carry issues of shame and control from childhood. Most adults still carry emotions that were not allowed to be expressed in their childhood's. Into the marriage come these volatile emotions and wounding of the soul. Many well meaning Christians have tried to bring the wisdom in secular psychology to the church, however, in their zeal, they have been deceived. The key to spiritual growth of the soul (mind, will and emotions) is to develop a spiritual sense of DISCERNMENT through the word of God. Then, slowly seek out the proven counsel available to help you become healed in your soul. It would be nice if we could be healed of these bruises to our heel (our

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personalities) by spiritual means alone; however, the early parental love and mirroring that most people lack cannot be replaced by our mothers and fathers. The time has past. We must grieve the loss of love, express anger at the injustices done to us in appropriate ways and re-parent ourselves. If we seek the truth, we will eventually find it. God is with us in our search for truth as he has been in my life. Many things that I once believed could be healed by deliverance alone, I have come to find out need more. Our souls are indeed wonderfully made. Multiple Personality Disorder caused by severe trauma in early childhood is an example. In every MPD case, you will find demons. On the other hand, casting out the demons does not bring total fusion and healing. The pain of the abuse must be healed so that the inner system can come together. Our natural psychological defenses will not allow our fragmented parts to fuse until this healing takes place. Satan is indeed a cruel being. He has perfected his skills of torture and uses people willingly or unwillingly to shatter the souls of innocent ones all over the earth. By a combination of deliverance from demons through the name of Christ and learning to express the grief and pain from our wounded childhood's, we can overcome in all areas. Our focus must always be the holy scriptures, which tell us that ALL things that pertain to life and holiness are found there. It is a balance that few in the church seem to have found. With a strong foundation of scripture reading and memorization, we can discern the truth in self-help books, many written by sincere Christians, and seek to love ourselves enough to heal the binding shame from our past, to establish healthy boundaries and healthy spiritual relationships with our spouses and friends. I know that God will bless this search.

THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH
The purpose of this book is to educate the body of Christ concerning the things that are hindering its purity, its strength and its true growth. These keep us from becoming the spotless, pure Bride of Christ that He will return for. You may not agree with all the doctrinal views this writer has explained in this book. This book is also not the only such book being written today. A movement to expose the more bizarre teachings in the church has already produced such books as "Christianity in Crisis" by Hank Hanegraaff of Christian Research Institute. Other books and newsletters abound, written by men who truly and sincerely expose falsehood and teach truth to the best of their ability. One pastor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area recently stated in a sermon that the church is getting better worldwide. He states that in the first part of this century, almost no one had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and that today we have 500 million who have this gift. This pastor fails to realize that numbers are often deceptive. The truth is that there are many more born-again Christians in this world than at any other time in history. Bigger does not necessarily mean better. God looks at quality not quantity. Many people calling themselves Christians today, are "An evil and adulterous generation who seeks after a sign," (Matthew 12:39). Church growth seminars are taught by the standards of Paul Yonggi Cho, pastor of the worlds largest church in Korea. Cho teaches acquiring of physical desires through visualization (mind control). This is nothing more than old fashioned witchcraft using the name of Christianity. He learned these techniques through the Buddist cult of Soka Gakkai. Getting bigger does not always mean getting better, and 500 million people may have a spirit or spirits, but with teaching like this sweeping the church, it is quite probable that few have THE HOLY SPIRIT. Cho talks about incubating (well, what on earth are they all hatching! God forbid!) No wonder God says in Revelation that there will be many demons loosed on the earth in the last days. These people are calling them, inviting them to inhabit their bodies and calling it the most wonderful outpouring of the spirit of god in history. Oh! Our Lord Jesus is angry.

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They have not begun to kill us yet for exposing their heresy, but the time is not far away. The demons in these men who spread the doctrine of the antichrist would like to kill us for exposing them. Benny Hinn is quoted as saying "I wish I could find where it says in the Bible I could kill you, but I can't find it...wish I had a Holy Ghost machine gun, I'd blow your head off." God will use ministries that are in error to publish the gospel to the nations and those who sincerely seek the truth through discernment will gradually come out of the deception taught by these men. God will open the eyes of those who seek the truth with all their heart. They will break free of the deception of false doctrine and the shackles of their spiritual bondage will be removed. Our eyes can be opened only through the application of God's eye salve. As you withdraw from these false ministries the fire will come to try your faith in God's direction; because when you present them with the truth they will persecute you. But keep a repentant heart and attune your ear to the Lord. (Revelation 3:18-22). When one begins to see the deception that is out there, it is easy to lose sight of the "big picture." God is glorified in "bringing many sons to glory." The scriptures speak of a latter day rain of the Holy Spirit. In the book of Joel, it says, "It shall come to pass that I shall pour out my Spirit upon all flesh." While I believe that this will come mostly after Christ returns, we will taste of this outpouring as the day of His return comes. As Satan and his hosts increase in power and deception (even in the church) in the days ahead, it is a principle of God's word to raise up a standard against this onslaught. One thing is for sure, God will not let his children stand still. The coming deception will be so strong, that even the very elect of God will be sore tested by it. Don't assume that you have reached a level of discernment that you can "rest on your laurels" and just coast. The search for truth and understanding is a never-ending mission to which God calls us. In the days when the Antichrist is revealed we will see a massive apostasy, or falling away from God and the laws of morality. People are being deceived today in many ways. It is becoming accepted "conventional wisdom" that people are born homosexual or heterosexual. This deception which is even accepted by the scientific community, says that it is not their choice to be that way. Our home town area of Dallas boasts the largest "gay" church in America, the Metropolitan Community church. The pastors of these churches preach that homosexuality is not a choice, that it is not a sin. The pastors themselves live with their "lovers" or "partners" and help the congregation to feel good about themselves. Part of the deception to come, I believe, is similar to the deception in these churches. People base their beliefs upon their "feelings". Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that "the heart is deceitful above all, and desperately wicked." We cannot rely on our feelings. Our own hearts and feelings are easily manipulated by the enemy. For example, in the previous chapters, we discussed the deception in Rodney Howard Browne's ministry where laughter and false joy have deceived people by the thousands. They are drinking the cup of devils even sitting in the meetings. My wife and I attended one of Browne's huge crusade meetings so that we could see first hand the contagious deception of this disease as it spreads through the body of Christ in the Name of Jesus. In spite of powerful prayers for protection that we prayed before entering, we were attacked just being in the presence of this "new wine" (false anointing). I grieve for the many people who have fallen for, and accepted this deception as truth. Our only inoculation against this dreaded cancer in the body is that by the true Spirit of Jesus, our eyes be opened so that we can warn others and help minister deliverance to the repentant and wounded soldiers that God leads out. There will be some who do escape but not unscathed. We recently prayed for a four week old baby who was having a hard time breathing and staying conscious. God kept bringing the name Rodney to our mind as we prayed, but the husband said that the wife had not had hands laid on her when they went to see Browne. Then she said that when she was pregnant she had gone back to see Browne and had hands laid on her causing her to go down on the floor "in the spirit." When we began rebuking spirits of Rodney Howard Browne softly as we prayed life for this precious little saint, the demons would cause the baby to writhe in pain each time Browne's name was

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mentioned. The curses and demon activity people will suffer even unknowingly from this move of Satan is very sad. If even the elect could be deceived! This false anointing has spread to many pastors. The power of the poison to harm does not dissipate as it is transferred to other ministers. They gladly welcome this as God and proclaim a day of Jubilation as they invite their flocks to come partake of their new anointing. Oral Robert's son, Richard Roberts, now has this anointing on him. Soon, Benny Hinn will operate more fully in this "anointing." Tulsa, Oklahoma is a hot spot for this new anointing. In June of 1994, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard Browne, Richard and Oral Roberts and others will have a conference for the Charismatic Bible Ministries. The New Age Movement has 500 million members loosely organized in an "Aquarian Conspiracy" taken from a bestseller book by the same name. The message received by the many trance channellors is always the same. It is the same earth and nature based spirituality of the American Indians, Vice President (soon to be President?) Al Gore and others. The message is that the ascended masters are trying to tell us that we have polluted the earth. She is a living being named Gaia and will take revenge upon those who have polluted her. In the book I AM AMERICA, a New Age, channeled book, the ascended masters say that the earth will shift on it's axis. This will cause the land masses of the earth to shift and among the major changes will be that California will fall into the ocean and new islands will be created. The top ascended masters in this book are: Apollo (the creator of the universe - but not the Most High), Count St. Germain (assigned over America) and Santanyana (a demon posing as Christ incarnate). A group of people in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area have come out of a powerful cult and are now true believers of Jesus. They have told us they served Satan from within the church. They have told us that Apollo is the demon behind the Word-Faith movement and that Oral Roberts is the high priest of this cult. Of course, this cannot be proven, but I think it merits consideration. Apollo was a Greek god of light, prophecy and music. The god of divination. Apollo was also called Apollo by the Romans and is the handsome god of the sun; lawgiver, archer, and patron of fine arts; a son of Zeus and Leto; twin brother of Artemis, goddess of the moon. The demons worshipped in the days of Greece and Rome were worshipped by these names. I think that the New Age Movement and the Charismatic movement, as well as the Catholic Church are directly or indirectly worshipping the same demons. Most of this worship is to Apollo. In the book I AM AMERICA, it is evident that Apollo is the strongest of the "ascended Masters." Satan is glorified when men are deceived into false teaching and flowing in false anointings. Birds of a feather do flock together. This is why the Charismatic movement is such a deception when people like Oral Roberts, Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard Browne and Paul Crouch are treated as apostles. The demon Apollo can transform himself into an angel of light, as bright as the sun itself. Psychology can easily lead one into the worship of the Greek Pantheon of gods. I believe we will see temples to Zeus, Apollo and other gods in the days just before and during the reign of antichrist. Included in this worship will be temple prostitution (male/homosexual and female) just as in the days when the first apostles of the church walked. The spirit of pornography and prostitution is paving the way for this. As society becomes more and more corrupt, a large segment of the church will fall into the spirit of the age, just as the time of the Roman Catholic church. Satan knows that in countries, such as China, where Christianity is outlawed, the underground church is strong and growing. The blood of the martyrs is seed. In Russia, where the laws of religious freedom have recently been enacted, a proliferation of cults, false apostles and the new age movement have helped to pollute the pureness of the underground church there. A time of falling away is coming, and is already upon us. Imagine, going to heaven but realizing that you were involved in a movement that worshipped a demon and that many of the spiritual gifts operating through your ministry were demonic. This takes away from the glory of God and Jesus Christ. It is our responsibility to look into these things and consider them. Do not rely upon feelings, signs and wonders or deep sounding and entertaining preaching or teaching. These all can easily deceive the human heart. On

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the other hand, do not harden your heart or become discouraged if you begin to see some of these things. God's true sheep will hear His voice and follow Him. We may be lost in a wilderness for a season, but we will come out of it. We must not partake of the wine of Babylon because this wine is deceptive and will make you unable to drink the true cup of the Lord. Remember that the cup of Jesus Christ was suffering and hardship. Persecution will come upon the true Christians who hear and discern the false movement in the church and endeavor to flee from it. Persecution will come from within the church; they will call us the Antichrist. One of the good things about the persecution to come will that it will restore the home church and body ministry. A great part of the lack of discernment in the church is because of the "one man show" format of church services. It is also a big reason why so few real men want anything to do with church. Church was meant to be a body ministry where many leaders are needed. God put the leadership in the hearts of men. A large, passive church is more conducive to women. Emotions, feelings, the bright lights, the glitter and entertainment in the church is a breeding ground for Jezebellic women and effeminate men. Dallas/Fort Worth and Tulsa, Oklahoma are two of the worst places in the world for the religious spirits to flock. It will only get worse. The best place to be is a place where a small group of truly committed Christians can minister to each other and men can feel a vital part of the leadership and use the gifts that God has given to men. Women have a great place in the body of Christ, but their gifts are ineffective and polluting if not submitted in spirit to the leadership of men. We can't blame women for the state of the church. If men would arise in a body ministry format, the church would naturally come into order. In a true spiritual battle, women know that they are not built to withstand the spiritual attacks that men can. We will continue to tolerate the demon of Jezebel as long as we lack true body ministry, which includes deliverance from demons as a main ministry done openly in the church. The churches that do this kind of direct warfare as a body ministry are as rare as gold, but this is what is needed in this hour so desperately. The price of not compromising is high. Initially, the price is loneliness, ostracism and persecution from the church that is still having a party at Belshazzar's table. When the time for persecution from the antichrist comes, we will be kept from the worst. Judgment begins at the house of God. Be patient when trials from within the church come. Remember that most of the people caught up in the deceptions are sincerely deceived. By enduring loneliness, misunderstanding, exclusion from fellowship for your stand, you are helping to cleanse the church. Even if you have only one person to fellowship with, use that time to grow in discernment together and stick to the meat of the word of God. Eschew all the so-called "revelation knowledge" that is offered by the false ministries. At times it may seem as though you are all alone in the wilderness, but take courage...when God speaks to you, He will be speaking the same message to other believers somewhere in the world. Know that the same afflictions are being accomplished by your brethren that are in the world. (1 Peter 5:9) When the time for real warfare comes to the church as a whole, those who have been faithful as watchmen will be blessed with great opportunities and will enjoy special protection from the wrath of man and antichrist.

THE REVIVAL AMONG THE REMNANT
In the midst of the great apostasy of the last days, God is raising up an army of truly dedicated, discerning Christians to be a powerful witness of His. This book, is written as an encouragement to the faithful few who are seeking to be among those who are the "overcomers" found in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Many who call themselves prophets are seeing a mighty revival going on in America and the world. While many denominations are dying, thousands and even millions of people are joining fellowships that appear to be blessed by God. Contrary to what appears to be a true revival in the last half of the 1990s,

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there will be a true spiritual growth among the elect of God. It will not be visible to the naked eye. It will be a revival of discernment and true spiritual growth in preparation for the coming days of persecution and hardship. Much of this persecution will come from those who call themselves Christians and who are being seduced by a false revival that will coincide alongside the true revival. The Bible shows us how to tell the difference between a true revival and a false one. This will be examined in this book. The Bible tells us to examine ourselves to see whether we are in the true faith. Jesus Himself said that when He returns to earth, it will be a question whether there will be any true faith at all on the earth. One of the many prophetic movements spreading like wildfire today is the prophetic and apostolic movement. This will be an exiting and exceptionally deceiving growth, but a false growth. Jesus warned us that Satan, the enemy of our souls, would plant tares among the wheat. In the natural realm, tares are IDENTICAL TO WHEAT IN THE BEGINNING STAGES OF MATURITY. One reason why FALSE BRETHREN are difficult to tell apart from true brothers in Jesus Christ is due to a lack of maturity in the true wheat. When wheat is fully grown, it is easy to tell apart from tares. A growth among the true wheat is needed in this hour. Those who are not growing in maturity in the Word of God, will lack the discernment necessary to keep from being deceived. The elect of God will overcome this deception and this book is written for the sake of the elect.

THE HARVEST: WHAT WILL BE REAPED AT THE END OF THE AGE
In the book, "The Harvest" by Rick Joyner (MorningStar Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 369, Pineville, North Carolina 28134, 1989) the author gives a "prophetic" account of the great harvest to come in the days ahead. This book was written as a result of a vision the author had in three parts: September 1987, May 1988 and September 1988. It tells of the upheavals to come in the church and in the world i the decade of the 1990s. When reading this book, the writer sounds very spiritual, very sincere. Many of the things written in this book are true. Many things are deceptive and have spawned a false revival. I would like to examine this book in the pages ahead and show some of the subtlety of deception in it. In the first chapter of his book, Joyner says, "The knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea and many whole cities and some entire nations will be converted to Him..More than a tithe of all the people who have ever lived, more than one billion souls, will call upon His name in true commitment resulting in true conversion." This is an exciting statement! More than one billion souls! The sad truth, one backed up by the scriptures, is that few are truly saved. In fact, if the words of Jesus Christ Himself are true, MOST OF THOSE IN THE FALSE LAST DAY REVIVAL ARE TARES, NOT TRUE PLANTINGS OF THE LORD. Look at these verses: Matthew 7:14 {Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.} Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Luke 13:24 {Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.}

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Luke 13:25 {When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:} Luke 13:26 {Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.} Luke 13:27 {But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.} Luke 13:28 {There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out.} Luke 13:29 {And they shall come from the east, and [from] the west, and from the north, and [from] the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.} Luke 13:30 {And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.}

We see that FEW is the operative word. Jesus said that MANY are called, but FEW are chosen. The triumphalism evident in the writings of Mr. Joyner helps to make his work popular. His messages have gotten into the hands of millions. This writer has personally visited many large congregations that are the offspring of Mr. Joyner's writings and others like him. The Kansas City Fellowship is one example. This movement caused a great controversy in the body of Christ a few years ago. This church grew exponentially due mainly by stealing members from other churches, commanding them to disband and join them. Many blatantly false prophesies, ADMITTED BY ITS OWN LEADERSHIP, came out of these movements. The idea that the prophecies of God's prophets today are progressively getting more accurate is a deception that is behind this movement. The Bible teaches that a true prophet's words MUST BE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ACCURATE: Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, Deuteronomy 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Deuteronomy 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. Deuteronomy 13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn [you] away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

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Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. Isaiah 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he [is] the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he [is] the tail. Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble [in] judgment. Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one [is] given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What [is] the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Jeremiah 28:9 The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, [then] shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him. Ezekiel 14:7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: Ezekiel 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. Ezekiel 14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh [unto him]; It is a dangerous thing to presume to be a prophet. Mr. Joyner, throughout his entire book, gives the impression that a large company of prophets and apostles are coming to restore the church to power and glory in our day. Look at the FRUIT of the prophetic conferences, prophetic churches and the ministries of so-called prophets. The destruction caused by these churches, the false teaching and pride manifest all over show that much of this movement is not from God. Unlike the section of the church which denies all prophets and prophecies, the Bible tells clearly that these are spiritual gifts. At least two true prophets will appear before the return of Christ, Moses and Elijah. Elijah was outnumbered by the false prophets of Baal and Jezebel in his day. It will be no different today. The false prophets of his day were angry at the few true prophets that exposed them: I Kings 22:2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. I Kings 22:3 And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead [is] ours, and we [be] still, [and] take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria? I Kings 22:4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I [am] as thou [art], my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.

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I Kings 22:5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day. I Kings 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver [it] into the hand of the king. I Kings 22:7 And Jehoshaphat said, [Is there] not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might inquire of him? I Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, [There is] yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. I Kings 22:9 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten [hither] Micaiah the son of Imlah. I Kings 22:10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them. I Kings 22:11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them. I Kings 22:12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver [it] into the king's hand. I Kings 22:13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets [declare] good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak [that which is] good. I Kings 22:14 And Micaiah said, [As] the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak. I Kings 22:15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver [it] into the hand of the king. I Kings 22:16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but [that which is] true in the name of the LORD? I Kings 22:17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace. I Kings 22:18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil? I Kings 22:19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. I Kings 22:20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. I Kings 22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.

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I Kings 22:22 And 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. I Kings 22:23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee. I Kings 22:24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? I Kings 22:25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. I Kings 22:26 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son; I Kings 22:27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this [fellow] in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace. I Kings 22:28 And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you. The story above clearly shows that in Elijah's day there were many more false prophets than true. The true prophet, Micaiah, was put in prison for exposing the false prophets. He was not a compromiser, he would tell the Word of the Lord no matter how unpopular it was. Notice that the false prophets had the ear of the king. I would not be surprised if the President and Congress of the U.S. began to listen to the coming "prophets" and so gain political influence and power. Many of the modern day prophets are in the Kingdom Now movement as well who believe that Christians are going to overtake politics. We discussed this movement and the dangers of political activism in the "Church in the Wilderness." Notice that God allowed the lying spirit to deceive the false prophets. Many prophets today are under the influence of this demon. They tell lies in that their prophecies do not come true. Being a true prophet is a lonely and painful calling. In a sense, all true believers are prophets, we speak the words of Jesus, we testify of Him, which is the spirit of prophecy. Let us not become Balaams and turn ourselves into false prophets by listening to lying spirits and being seduced by doctrines of demons. Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Jeremiah 9:2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they [be] all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. Jeremiah 9:3 And they bend their tongues [like] their bow [for] lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbor, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders. Jeremiah 9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, [and] weary themselves to commit iniquity. Jeremiah 9:6 Thine habitation [is] in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.

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Jeremiah 9:7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people? Jeremiah 9:8 Their tongue [is as] an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: [one] speaketh peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait. Jeremiah 9:9 Shall I not visit them for these [things]? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Jeremiah 9:13 And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; Jeremiah 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them: Jeremiah 9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, [even] this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. Jeremiah 9:16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them. Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches: Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 29:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that [be] in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. Jeremiah 29:9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD. Zechariah 13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, {Take heed that no man deceive you.} Matthew 24:5 {For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.} Matthew 24:11 {And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.} Matthew 24:24 {For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.} Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

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Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body 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: Ephesians 4:14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ: Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. II Thessalonians 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; II Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. II Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? II Thessalonians 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. II Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. II Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: II Thessalonians 2:9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, II Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. II Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: II Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. II Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: II Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. II Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

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Job 12:16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his. Malachi 1:14 But cursed [be] the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I [am] a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name [is] dreadful among the heathen. II John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Ezekiel 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and [there was] no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered [mortar]: Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

THE REMNANT WILL REVIVE WITH DISCERNMENT AND TRUE DOCTRINE
In the book, "Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant: A Doctrinal Comparison of Three Christian Confessions" the author, Gregory L. Jackson discusses the similarities between the three branches of Christianity in doctrine and worship. This is an interesting book in that the divisions in the church that happened since the days of Martin Luther are a key to understanding the revivals to come in the few years left before the return of Christ. Two revivals are coming. One is a false revival, an apostasy. The other is a true revival. By examining the differences in doctrine between these three main groups, we can see the trends of false unity and the balanced truth of the remnant to come. A truth that is based solely on the Bible and has not yet been totally grasped by but a very few even of the remnant. The pivotal doctrine that will divide the two revivals is the doctrine of JUSTIFICATION. Few of any group today are willing to "labour in doctrine" as the Bible says. This is not to be the work ONLY of the professional pastor or teacher, it is a vital work of all believers to keep from deception. It is true that a person can have all doctrines in line and not really know Jesus. This really is a rarity, however. The great apostasy will be a falling away from the true faith, the one faith once delivered to the saints. Justification divides the church into many factions, it is the key to a true unity among the remnant. The following verses describe the relationship between the elect, the chosen, the remnant (which are all the same) and the doctrine of justification:

Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, [and] we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

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Matthew 20:16 {So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.} Matthew 22:14 {For many are called, but few [are] chosen.} Mark 13:20 {And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.} John 15:16 {Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.} John 15:19 {If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.} Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: II Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: I Peter 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful. Matthew 24:24 {For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.} Matthew 24:31 {And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.} Mark 13:22 {For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.} Mark 13:27 {And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.} Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? [It is] God that justifieth. Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; I Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Romans 9:11 (For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

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I Thessalonians 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. II Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: The last scripture is a key to the true balance in understanding justification. We are saved by grace, not works. The Roman Catholic Church is a works religion. In addition to faith, we must suffer for our sins in purgatory. We must believe ALL the hundred or so statements of the council of Trent or will are officially anathematized (damned to hell). Few Catholics know of all these doctrines, or believe them, so the majority of Catholics are damned by their own church. Lutherans believe in salvation by grace, but because of emphasis on infant baptism and communion as vehicles to forgive sins and save, inevitably will have a large percentage of nominal believers. The Lutherans place water baptism as equal to Holy Spirit baptism and deny or neglect the need for adult conversion. Here is a quote from the author: "Jesus' admonition, "You must be born again," does not teach the necessity of an adult conversion experience, but the importance of baptism as a Sacrament, the work of the Holy Spirit. The Word is the divine element in conversion, so we should not allow the proper emphasis upon faith to detract from the significance of baptism, since lack of faith, not lack of baptism condemns." (p.61 Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant, Gregory Jackson) From the quote above, which is what most Lutherans believe, the deception of a works religion, the very thing Luther taught against, is strong. Many Lutherans are joining the Catholic church. Unless a true spiritual conversion takes place, the church member is open to deception. He is still a natural man. Being baptized in water does not change the nature. Taking communion does not forgive sin. These are tokens of our faith which is inward. Understanding the doctrine of ELECTION is vital to understanding the doctrine of JUSTIFICATION. The verses above clearly show that the group of chosen ones, known as the ELECT and the REMNANT OF GRACE, are chosen by God before the foundation of the world. Paul describes two twins, Esau and Jacob, as an example. Before they were born, before either baby could do good or bad, one was chosen for heaven, the other for hell. This is the doctrine of PREDESTINATION. You may not understand this doctrine, but it is a biblical teaching. If you read all the verses above, you will see that the war is between Satan and the ELECT. In every verse, THE ELECT OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, ARE SANCTIFIED AND ARE WITHOUT BLAME AND HOLY WHEN JESUS RETURNS. If this is not the condition you are in at the moment, then take the advise of Peter in the last verse, MAKE YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE. How do you do this? If you have faith in Jesus and know that you have his Holy Spirit in you, then let the Holy Spirit overcome the areas in your life that would make you have any doubt about your calling and election. Notice that this is not a work of human effort. From start to finish, it is the work of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, to complete this work. All we must do is to walk in the Spirit: Look at these scriptures Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

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Matthew 26:41 {Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.} John 3:6 {That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.} John 6:63 {It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.} Romans 8:1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. I Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. We who are the chosen, of the true circumcision, overcome the deeds of the flesh by the Holy Spirit within us. We must not resist this work, or we are in danger of being deceived. We are justified by faith, not the works of the flesh. It is our job, however, to cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. The easy believism taught today is contrary to the scriptures. In the book, "Ashamed of the Gospel" by John Macarthur, the author tells of the revivals of Charles Finney. Finney's doctrine was not scriptural. He taught that man was able to come to Christ by an act of will, we are not totally depraved, we are able to choose Christ. This is contrary to what the Bible teaches. Finney himself said that many of his converts fell away. The same kind of false revival is going on today. Multitudes have made decisions for Christ, but how much real fruit is there when all one has to do is say a prayer to be saved? Very few seem to have the scriptural balance on the doctrines of salvation, justification, election and other foundational teachings found in the Bible. Is it any wonder that the church is full of hypocrites and false converts?

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Only a foundation of true doctrines and true faith can create an assembly of true Christians. I believe the revival of the remnant is going to bring a true unity among the chosen of God in these areas. It will be a revival of holiness, but a holiness that is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, not a series of rules and regulations. Most of the false revival, the apostasy, will be among the Catholic, Lutherans and some Protestants who turn to a works religion and a theology of progressive Christianity. A theology that works to gain power in the political and social areas of this present world. The prophetic and apostolic movements will join this as well. Another large group will be those who are evangelistic and teach an easy believism gospel. Sin will grow rampant in this group due to the presumption of grace and the spread of grace teaching. Many will fall away into the deception of immorality and ultimately deny the faith. In contrast to these, the elect, the chosen remnant will have a revival of spiritual growth coupled with discernment. Because they understand the doctrines of election and justification, they will seek to make their own election sure by striving to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. They will overcome sin and deception and will not preach an easy gospel. Because of this, the converts that join this movement will be true converts. God will add to their numbers daily those who are appointed to eternal life. Some of those now involved in the apostate church will come out and supernaturally find the fellowship of the true remnant and will grow with them. A balance of teaching the entire Bible will help them grow in discernment and holiness. They will be the church of Philedelphia with much brotherly love based upon a love for the truth, not a false love that will sweep the apostate church. This is a love that rebukes and chastens one another and is received with gladness from those who are corrected. Many of the remnant will live in areas with few others to fellowship. They will feel as Elijah did during the days of the wicked King Ahab and his evil Queen Jezebel. In fact, Ahab and Jezebel will be two strong religious spirits that will manifest in the false church. Men will be effeminate and weak, the women and children strong. Emotionalism will rule the day. They will be stirred up by these spirits to persecute and kill the true remnant. Most who fall away will take the mark of the beast out of deception and rebellion. This is how God will divide the elect from the false church. A great error taught in the church today is the teaching of unconditional eternal security. This doctrine is correct is the sense that we cannot earn our salvation. It is correct in the doctrine of justification by faith, without works. However, this doctrine does not understand the doctrine of election. Many believe in Christ and remain for a while but fall away during persecution or temptation. These are the seeds that fall on rocky ground or by the wayside as taught in the Parable of the Sower. These seeds are not saved, they produce no fruit. These seeds will deny Jesus when times get tough. Since only God knows who these false seeds are, we do a disservice to teach them that they can do anything and go to heaven if they simply believe the gospel. God is very merciful, He will forgive any sin for it is not sin which can make us fall away. It is the deceptiveness of sin that leads us to the one thing that can make us go to hell: to deny the Lord. Many times in scripture, we are warned of this possibility: Proverbs 30:7 Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not before I die: Proverbs 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain]. Matthew 10:33 {But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.} II Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us: II Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

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Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. II Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:8 Likewise also these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

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Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, Hebrews 6:4 For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame. Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Why is it that the church has failed to teach all the Bible. The divisions in the church have created a confusing mixture of truth and error especially in the foundational doctrines of salvation, justification and election. Until we teach the balanced truth on these things, we will not see true spiritual growth. The true elect of God will attain to the wisdom of the mature in Christ and will find each other and form a true spiritual unity. The rest of the church will either move toward this truth or stay locked into extremes and errors that will eventually lead them to apostasy or denial of the faith and Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift. The fact that a person can choose to betray Him and deny Him does not take away from the fact that it is a free gift. All the promises in the Bible are conditional upon obedience. The obedience required to keep the gift of eternal life is simply the obedience of faith: to follow Jesus and to continue to seek Him with all the heart. Anything less is a dangerous path to take that will lead many to fall into deception and even damnation in the days ahead. God knows those who are His but let every man who names the name

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BEWARE OF FALSE BRETHREN
In this chapter, we will continue to review Mr. Joyner and others who are leading the new prophetic movements. As we stated earlier, Oral Roberts is the chairman of Charismatic Bible Ministries with the motto of "Love and unity through signs and wonders." Mr. Roberts has built quite a kingdom for himself. The University, the Television show, etc. These things in themselves are not wrong, if the Lord calls. It is not our place to judge Mr. Roberts calling. In many ways we all offend and stumble, as the apostle James tells us. However, we can judge Mr. Roberts in the area of teaching and fruits. For instance, the motto of CBM is unscriptural. We are not to be unified by signs and wonders. Perhaps love can unify us, but only in truth. "Speaking the truth in love" is the scriptural law. We can't have one without the other. The Mormons have "love," but it is a false, flattering, soulish love. The love in the churches we have attended similar to CBM, which are members of CBM, have the same kind of soulish love. Soulish love is almost always more intense than the love of the Holy Spirit, which is gentle and spiritual, not soulish. The carnal nature of man seeks carnal, soulish love. The spiritual man seeks God's love and they worship Him in spirit and truth. As we discussed earlier, false brethren are like the tares. Jesus said that "an enemy" which is Satan, has sowed them among the true wheat, the true plantings of the Lord. One of the main tasks of the true satanic brotherhood is to infiltrate churches and destroy them from within through deception. We have been able to minister to one such ex-Satanist who had this job. Sadly, only one time in the entire time of his service to Satan in breaking up churches was this man discerned. How can we tell the wheat from the tares? It is a lesson we will have to learn as the persecution intensifies even in America. When the time comes that private gatherings of Christians are illegal, it will be necessary to tell the true from the false. Even now, false brethren, false Christians are destroying the church. Many lead churches, large ministries and other organizations that are preaching the gospel. Some are deceived, some know what they are doing. One statement that Mr. Joyner makes over an over again is this, "many have more faith in Satan to deceive them than they have in the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth." That sounds good, doesn't it? The reality is, very few are really afraid of being deceived. Most are totally unconcerned about it. In fact, short of being afraid, we should BEWARE of false prophets and false Christs who are coming and will deceive, if it were possible, the very elect of God. How arrogant to take any other attitude than a sober, healthy cautious attitude against the deceptions out there. Instead of being afraid, we should run to the battle - to seek out deceptions and to learn where they are so that we can identify them and warn others of them. One of the lessons I have learned is that God will not allow a man to stay in deception who is seeking to learn about deception. He is in control of both deceived and deceiver (Job 12:16). "Seek and ye shall find" says Jesus. He will not allow those who seek the truth to continue in deception. In fact, it is the spiritual lazy and cowardly that are led into deception. Those who rely on a pastor or other Christians to have discernment for them will be in more danger of falling for error than those who seek out and "prove all things, accept what is good" rather than hiding in some denomination that seems safe. We know that 250 Baptists are lost every week to the Mormons. This happens because of a lack of PERSONAL DISCERNMENT AND BIBLE STUDY AMONG THE MEMBERS. Jesus said that if we CONTINUE IN HIS WORD, we are His disciples indeed, and we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. If we expect the Holy Spirit to violate the Word of God, we are deceived already. Only if we continue to study the Word of God (More than a weekly sermon) will we know the truth and the liberating nature of the truth working in our lives.

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Psalms 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Psalms 45:4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness [and] righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Psalms 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Psalms 57:10 For thy mercy [is] great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Psalms 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other]. Psalms 86:15 But thou, O Lord, [art] a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalms 89:14 Justice and judgment [are] the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Psalms 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler. Psalms 100:5 For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations. Psalms 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD [endureth] for ever. Praise ye the LORD. Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth. Psalms 119:151 Thou [art] near, O LORD; and all thy commandments [are] truth. Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 4:23 {But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.} John 4:24 {God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.} John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, {If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;} John 8:32 {And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.} We can clearly see from the above verses that truth and mercy, or love must go together. Cults and groups that teach heresy often have a more intense love that those who teach the truth. It is because it is a

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soulish love. To the many people today who grow up with little or no real love, the false love of the cults and false teachers is more appealing than the true love. True love rebukes and chastens and is spiritual rather than emotional. The false family love that cults purposely develop attracts many who are emotionally hungry and therefore gullible. We must love truth more than we love love. When we find those who are teaching truth, we can be assured that this is true love. Love does not set you free, truth does. The Charismatic Bible Ministries has a motto - "Love and unity through signs and wonders." This is an unscriptural and dangerous way to unite. Signs and wonders can be satanic or simply false. Love can be natural, or a demonic false love of control and bondage. In spite of this, a large portion of the prophetic and apostolic movements are uniting under this tell-tale slogan and are headed for disaster. The Lord loves unity among the brethren. It is a unity that has escaped the church since the days of the first century church and the false church of Rome in the Middle Ages. God allowed division because the Babylonian false Christianity was becoming as the tower of Babel and God divided the church for the same reason he divided the languages; to stop a false unity. God is the enemy of Charismatic Bible Ministries in this sense. He will fight a false unity so that truth can win, not deception. If, however, man is determined to be deceived, God will let him be deceived. "He who is ignorant, let him be ignorant," says the apostle Paul. What is even a greater and more subtle deception is that often the very ones who are deceived will point out a truth in books they write and yet be the opposite in effect of their actions. This is really hypocrisy and deception. For example, Mr. Joyner says that the children of Israel lost their inheritance due to the fact that they saw the works of God, but did not know His ways. Yet these groups have the same unity as the Charismatic Bible Ministries. In the book, "Occult ABCs" by Kurt Koch, the author describes getting a different person in Kathryn Kuhlman from her books than in person. The devil often comes into a church exposing the very error he is bringing in himself. It is what the communists have done for years, and the Catholic church. The process is called a smoke screen - hiding your true intentions by doing something that appears good, yet behind the scenes doing the opposite. Royal Cronquist, an apostle of The Walk, a sixties Jesus cult, said this, "The greatest decision that the church is going to have to make in these days ahead (and especially the ministries in the body of Christ) is to have to face that there are apostles of God, and that they must submit to that authority and to that office, they must submit to that foundation as though it was Jesus Christ, and whoever will not submit to that authority shall be destroyed from among the people." (Spokane WA: Love Ministries - p.4 of YOUR DAILY CROSS..) The same cults and shepherding movements that abounded in the sixties are going to get both stronger and more subtle in the nineties. Whoever will have the greatest signs and wonders will be the chief apostles and will use this authority to control the undiscerning. Many pastors are very controlling of their people today. This is caused by an insecurity and an immaturity in these pastors. God is going to judge these men harshly because of the damage that such control does and the stunting of spiritual growth among those controlled. Men like Royal Cronquist, Paul Cain, Oral Roberts and others who were leaders in the sixties prophetic and charismatic movements are still around today. They are giving way to a new generation of false prophets and controlling pastors who are leading many astray. God is angry at such men, who instead of feeding the sheep and protecting them, are actually helping to lead them astray. They are hirelings. This means that they are in the work of God for the pay, the prestige, the glory. Judgment is coming on the church because of these men. Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe [be] to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

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Ezekiel 34:3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: [but] ye feed not the flock. Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up [that which was] broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because [there is] no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. Ezekiel 34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek [after them]. Ezekiel 34:7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Ezekiel 34:8 [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because [there was] no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Ezekiel 34:9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Ezekiel 34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. Ezekiel 34:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, [even] I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. Ezekiel 34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep [that are] scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. Ezekiel 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. Ezekiel 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and [in] a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up [that which was] broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. Psalms 23:1 {A Psalm of David.} The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise [are] as goads, and as nails fastened [by] the masters of assemblies, [which] are given from one shepherd. Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young. Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because [there is] no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

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Zechariah 10:2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because [there was] no shepherd. Zechariah 11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, [which] shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword [shall be] upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. John 10:2 {But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.} John 10:11 {I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.} John 10:12 {But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.} John 10:14 {I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.} Jesus is the example of a true Shepherd. He cares for the sheep with a true, sacrificial love. Not thinking about the wool, or the milk or the money that the sheep can bring him. He sacrifices his own life for the sheep. Anyone who abuses the sheep that are under his care is going to be fed with judgment, as the verses above say. Greed is rampant today among the shepherds and not just greed for money. It can be greed for control over people. In Revelation, the Mystery Babylon false world religion actually trades in "the souls of men." They will make merchandise of you (your soul). Part of the judgment against false pastors and shepherds is the deception and false teaching that abound. Both sheep and shepherd are led astray by this judgment. The Good Shepherd, Jesus, will rescue His true sheep from deception. His true sheep have a quality that makes them overcomers, because they hear His voice and they follow Him. They love truth more than they love love.

RESTORING THE LAMP OF HOLY FEAR TO THE REMNANT OF THE ELECT
When we as believers and followers of Christ read the Bible, especially the book of Revelation, in particular the churches of Asia in Chapters 2 and 3 - we often experience a feeling of condemnation or spiritual inadequacy. God's message to these churches is the same message the Holy Spirit is trying to speak to us today. He is not rebuking us for the purpose of making us miserable. He does it for one purpose - to unlock the treasures of darkness in our hearts. In Revelation 3:20, God speaks to the churches. This verse has often been used to win people to the Lord, but it is written to people already saved. It was the first verse I ever memorized. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man opens the door, I will come in to him and sup with him and he with me." The revival of the remnant is coming and is here already in the year 1995. It is nothing less or more than the Lord Jesus asking us to open the door to our hearts, we are the temple of the Lord. He is asking

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for our permission to cleanse His temple. Just as Jesus in the Bible once became an angry man with a whip of cords in his hand, overturning tables and casting out the money-changers. The money changers represent all that defiles our hearts, which is the temple of the Lord. For out of the heart, Jesus said, all things that defile us, our temple, come from. He wants to cleanse the temple of our hearts, but He will not come in unless we ask Him to. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and cleanse it of everything that defiles, including demons of greed, lust, pride. Only those who are pure in heart will see God in the coming kingdom. Only those who are continually pure in heart, not by some mental exercise, but by the power of the Holy Spirit's cleansing fire, will fellowship with God in the days ahead. What does remnant mean? It means a survivor of a great slaughter. Our country of America is going to be destroyed in judgment. The judgments that are already here are a warning from God to Christians to wake up. God is putting his people through trials, strains and a feeling of being uncomfortable. We may even be going through the motions of our former zeal, but the heart is not the same. We have somehow gotten far from God, even though we are trying to maintain outward things of God. Jesus spoke of a people who draw near to God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. One of the greatest deceptions that can come upon the church is that God is not concerned with our hearts, only our outward actions. God despises this type of thinking. Very spiritual people in the Bible were deceived in this way. The prophet Samuel was sent to the house of Jesse to anoint a king to replace Saul. Perhaps because Saul was a tall, handsome man - no doubt one who appeared to be a choice specimen for a king - he assumed that of the sevens sons of Jesse lined up for him, the oldest would be God's chosen. He was probably the most handsome, the tallest, the most successful in battle, the most intelligent of the brothers. It was not only Samuel who was thus deceived, but the father of these boys, Jesse, and perhaps the elders in the city of Bethlehem, where Jesse lived. No one even thought to call the youngest son. Little David, they no doubt assumed was too young, too inexperienced to lead a country as king. One of the main things that God wants to do in the revival of the remnant to come is to change this thinking in the church. We have Phds and doctors of theology and psychology such as Dr. James Dobson, Dr. D. James Kennedy (who has several degrees and doctorates) and many others with the credentials of education or success in Hollywood or business. Just like the people of Israel were deceived by appearances, we are deceived in the church today. So few judge their fellow Christian by the Holy Spirit and not the flesh. Just as the prophet Samuel said to Eli, God will destroy us right in the midst of prosperity. Right in the midst of converts, the building of big churches, television stations, mighty miracles and works. The remnant will survive this deception. They may feel discouraged at times because they too look at outward things. They compare themselves to the ministries on television and radio. They see churches being built and large crusades being held and they appear to be standing still, even retreating. It is a struggle just to maintain the weak spirituality. We are "undone" as Isaiah said in chapter 61 when he realized that he dwelt among a people of unclean lips. The word "undone" is the strongest Hebrew word for destruction that Isaiah could have used. We feel undone because time is passing and we are not accomplishing anything for God. If we dwell on this type of thinking, and the devil will bombard us with thoughts of despair, discouragement and feelings of failure. Much of these attacks would have nothing to hit, the flaming darts of Satan would not pierce us if our hearts were pure. Ask and keep on asking for Jesus to come into your hearts and cleanse you of every defilement of flesh and spirit. The defilements of spirit are the demons that enter our hearts, or have been their from our conception. Once in a while, we hear a minister on the radio, or perhaps television, or in person who seems to have the lamp of holy fear and zeal burning brightly in him. We admire this, we want it. All the possessions we have we would gladly exchange for this fire in us. We try all kinds of spiritual exercises,

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we pray, we read the Bible, we listen to tapes. We grunt and strain trying to produce the original fire of zeal and a feeling of holiness that we had at our conversion. We want to restore our first love. I know what you are going through. Only the heart knows its secret joy and its secret sorrow. I have battled for the last several years trying to just maintain a level of spirituality that I am convinced is the minimum of acceptability. However, that minimum keeps getting lower and lower and I feel like I am struggling in quicksand. No, I am not indulging in any outward sins, I am even having victory over some sins I have had before, including impure thoughts. Yet, the ground in my heart is fallow and barren, hard and without moisture increasingly. Anything that draws us away from a heart pure and holy and with concomitant affections for God's purposes is a deception. A judgment is coming on the church that is both a judgment of deception and a secondary judgment of wasting and destruction to break us free of that deception. The remnant will remain. This was one of the names of the children of Isaiah, who were for signs and messages to God's people. Shear-jashub was the name of Isaiah's child and it means "a remnant will remain." Zechariah chapters 9 through 12 describe the remnant and the purifying judgment of the church. These chapters are literally speaking of the nation of Israel, which God will deal with directly at the time of His return. The church of Jesus will experience a separate judgment before this time. We will suffer a spiritual judgment and then a judgment of persecution by man and antichrist during the tribulation to come. We will be spared the wrath of God, but not the wrath of man and devils. The fire of this cleansing fire of man's wrath will not hurt those who have overcome the spiritual judgment of God that is happening to the church even now. Since this is 1995, there is only five years before the year 2000. The time is short for the time of the great tribulation to start. It cannot be much longer before we will see signs of His immanent return that are clear to the Daniel's of this age that are watching. We need to examine these chapters to hear the message that the Lord is trying to give to the remnant. The dominion of Jesus shall be from sea to sea. It is not our dominion, but His. A big part of the deception of the church is Dominion Theology. That we must take over this world before He can return. This type of thinking is a great deception and a snare to the church. For it is His dominion. The pride of the church is going to be destroyed in the judgment coming on her. Remember that judgment begins at the house of God, it is a spiritual principle. What does this mean? It means that before God judges a nation physically, He judges the church spiritually. I believe that we are experiencing this judgment already. A big part of this judgment is the proliferation of false prophets, false teaching and false shepherds who care not for the sheep, but for their own financial gain. These three chapters of Zechariah are very prophetic and are littered with Messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. The mathematical odds of just a few of these prophecies being fulfilled several hundred years later by one man is beyond chance. Any reasonable person will see this, but Satan has blinded the rational minds of unbelievers. He has made them fools who say their is no God. However, God will deal with the heathen after the church. Even after he destroys the heathen, some will be invited to come to Jerusalem year by year to keep the feasts of Tabernacles. If they do not attend, they will die of famine, for their will be no reign. Some people in the church have tried to make the Feast of Tabernacles represent a coming revival for the church. They reason that the feast of Passover and the feast of Pentecost were types and shadows of the born-again experience (Passover) and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) that Christians experience. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is supposed to be a deeper dimension of spirituality and the feast of Tabernacles is a further dimension of power and glory coming on the church. This type of teaching, known as the Manifest Sons of God or Latter Rain, is a dangerous teaching that leads to an attitude of spiritual pride and elitism in the church. The remnant's revival may be spiritually linked to the feast of tabernacles, but it will be a revival of judgment that makes us less and less in ourselves and more and more dependent upon the Lord. It will be a purifying fire that humbles us, not exalts us. The "Thlipsis" or tribulation to come will be a great pressure on the church that will cause many to fall away, deny Christ, become a spiritual turncoat. During the days of the early church, the Donatists allowed those who had betrayed Christ by compromising with Caesar-

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worship to return to fellowship. This will not be possible in the days ahead. Those who deny Christ, whether regenerated or not will not be allowed to return. A strong delusion will be poured out upon the whole world at that time and there will be no way back to fellowship with God, not ever. Zechariah 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. Zechariah 10:2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because [there was] no shepherd. Zechariah 10:3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle. God is going to pour out his anger on the shepherds who are really no shepherds. The diviners who tell lies are the false prophets who make merchandise of the church. They tell false dreams and visions and comfort in vain. They will say that judgment is not coming. The judgment of God against the church will cause many to fall away and will purify the remnant. First, God allows the false shepherds and false prophets to deceive his people, for they have a will to be deceived. This is because His people lack knowledge and discernment. It is because they are lazy and sinful and disobedient. They crave excitement and the great swelling words of vanity. The Bible clearly prophesies that in the last days people will not endure sound teaching, but will heap to themselves teachers who will tickle their ears. They will be turned from the truth to empty fables. It is interesting to me that the fables of Greece and ancient Rome are being revived. The pagan Gods are being worshipped in the new age movement and this worship is entering the church in idolatry and false teaching. These verses tell of the goodness of God. After judging the church, He will make us like strong horses ready to do battle. The remnant shall remain and be strengthened by His might and forged into instruments useful to Him, purified in heart and made holy and wise. Then, and only then will the latter rain of revival come.

HOW TO DISCERN THE WHEAT FROM THE TARES
On the April 12, 1995 edition of "Jack Van Impe Presents," the television show of Dr. Jack Van Impe and his wife, Rexella, Dr. Van Impe praised the Pope of Rome. He said that the Pope is a humble man, in that, he has apologized to the Protestant church, in spite of protests from other Cardinals, for any harm done to them by the Catholic church in the past.

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Mr. Van Impe also praises the Pope for his strong stand on moral issues and for excommunicating the heretic Matthew Fox and others who deny the resurrection of Christ, or other fundamental Christian doctrines. Rexella, his wife, in her super-sweet voice, reads a quote by John Paul II which says that Jesus is the only way to heaven and the only name under heaven whereby we must be saved. This is based upon the verse in Acts 4 and is very biblical. The Pope, according to the Van Impes, has also replaced several cardinals who would vote for a false pope, if John Paul were to die. John Paul II even feared the false prophet of Revelation could be the next pope if he did not get rid of the liberal cardinals who may vote in a deceiver after his death. Just as the deception of Mr. Joyner and Mr. Frangipane, the deception of the Van Impes is very subtle. It is true that the Pope has done all these things. However, we must remember to judge, not by appearance, but spiritually and with righteous judgment. Mr. Van Impe exhausts us with many verses of scripture that he has memorized. He has memorized about 10,000 verses and spends several hours a day reviewing them. I believe strongly in the power of memorizing scriptures. Mr. Van Impe, however, is living proof that scripture memory does not guarantee discernment. Their show is a Bible prophecy show. Much of it is true, however sensational it comes across. I am not a septic or scoffer. The prayers and faithfulness of God's people could delay the antichrist some, but not indefinitely. The deception continues to grow, not decrease, since the writing of "Church in the Wilderness" in 1988-1993. Not everybody is falling for the deceptions of Rodney Howard-Browne. Phil Arms, of Houston Church, has a video exposing Browne and others like him. He is seen on the Inspiration Network, a competing religious television station to Trinity Broadcasting Network. Phil Arms also marvels that a typical Christian cannot see the false prophet in Browne and others like him. Media Spotlight, the newsletter of Albert Dagar, has exposed Rodney Browne in a recent edition. Mr. Dagar does not believe in the ministry of deliverance for Christians, but he can see the deception in Mr. Browne simply by his teachings and the similarity of the manifestations in Browne's meetings to the phenomenon found in Eastern Religions and cults such as Shree Rajneesh in Oregon a few years back and the laughter found in mass hypnotism. Reports of orgasms in Browne's meetings have come to our attention. This is not surprise to us, as we cast out demons of lust from a woman who picked them up by Browne's anointing and laying on of hands. A greater deception that this, if possible, is the alignment of ministries with the Catholic church. Some organizations dedicated to exposing cults and errors, and who do a good job, will deny that the Catholic church is a non-Christian cult. They will expose the deceptions of Mary visions and such, but what good does that do if one does not expose the system as the Babylonian cult that it is? Unless we warn people to "come out from her and partake not of her plagues," we have their blood on our hands. Since up to 60% of ministry funds come from Catholics, it takes a very committed Christian to attack the Catholic church head on. Since this writer has a ministry that needs no funds, we are not given this temptation to "look the other way" when the Catholics are listening. We know first hand that Catholic religious demons infest the entire system and are in fact among the most powerful we have ever encountered. We have seen people forced back to the Catholic church by these spirits even after some were cast out. This week, the Pope is again on the cover of Time magazine. This Pope is determined to say and do anything to convince gullible Christians that he is truly born-again. He says that Jesus is the only way, but he really believes that Mary is the Way.

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The Time article states that the Pope has recovered astonishingly well after a bad fall last year. "Speculation about successors has quieted. The second millennium has only a few years to go, he plans to reside at the dawn of the third." (Time, April 10, 1995 p.58). While Billy Graham is praising the Pope as a great Christian leader, the popular pontiff barely has anyone say anything negative said about him. Jesus warned of popular "prophets" who are praised by men. He said, "that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination to God." He also said that this is how the people treat false prophets. The Time article says that the Pope will address the United Nations next fall. Just another step toward the synthesis of World Religion and World Government. The Woman rides the Beast. The Beast is the world government, the woman is the Whore of Babylon. Isn't it interesting that, while the mainstream Protestants are de-emphasizing doctrine, and super "Community churches" as those exposed by Peter Jennings of ABC as "Christianity lite" - are growing with plays and musicals and pep talks ( no mention of sin or hell) - the Catholic church has 2.3 million copies of the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church" on the market with a new edition this week, because of popularity. The Pope's book, "Crossing the Threshold of Hope" is an international bestseller with 1.6 million sold in the U.S. alone. No doubt either of these two books are shy on CATHOLIC doctrine. The Pope does take a strong stand on abortion, euthanasia, even the death penalty (and all contraception). This man is pro-life! However, the devil appears as an angel of light and minister of righteousness. This makes the SEDUCTION of gullible Christians who are more concerned with politics than preaching and true doctrine, easier. The Time article ends, "In the last phase of his papacy, he's acting like a prophet signaling revolution, ROARING LIKE A LION in winter" (emphases mine). Satan also walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The more righteous a religious group, the greater the evil of the spirit of anti-Christ. Remember the Pharisees. They sought to set up a system of works-righteousness. The Reformation was begun by Luther to fight the system of works-righteousness, yet we are promoting it today by compromising with Romanism. Time has a second article that goes over the history of this Pope. If not for the financial scandals of Rome, a foreign born Pope would not have been considered. Cardinal Luciani died after 32 days in office (murdered?) and John Paul II was in. When John Paul II visited Poland, 10 million people (out of thirty five million) came to see him. He worked with Gorbachev to drastically change the Soviet Union. Whether or not these men actively conspire with others to create a world government or religion is not provable. However, the princes of the spirit world manipulate these people because both systems are demonic strongholds (Catholicism and Communism) and the voice they listen to is the spirit of this world. In the book, "There Were Two Trees in the Garden" by Rick Joyner (Morningstar Publications, Charlotte, N.C. p. 111,112) the Shepherding movement of the 1960s and 70s is shown to have been partially a deception. The need for submission was needed (according to Joyner) but those who were unsubmitted to Christ and rebellious were released upon the church because of right doctrine and those who were sumitted to God, but did not have the doctrines of submission, were rejected for ministry. This caused devastation. The next emphasis will be "humility" says Joyner. We must not judge after the flesh, says Joyner, because Saul appeared humble and David appeared arrogant, while the opposite was true. "We must rise above the tendency to follow the first one who appears to be head and shoulders above the rest, according to our own understanding" he writes.

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Then, he uses this type of reasoning to say this, "Those who have not entered through the Door are obvious. Judging beyond that is difficult and dangerous and can lead to grievous errors." Therefore, we are not to judge anyone who has entered the Door of Jesus. If this is true, then any attempt to expose error among those who appear to be "saved" is wrong. This is a great deception and is similar to the familiar warning of the religious, "touch not God's anointed!" when one dares to question the false prophecies, teachings or strange and lying wonders of some of these "anointed" ones. Joyner ends his book with the truth that we are not to seek material blessings. He shows that the "faith chapter" of the Bible describes men who lived in caves and did not accept deliverance from martyrdom in order to obtain a better resurrection. Joyner says that the seed of Cain will always seek earthly gain. As you read Joyner's books, his spiritual insight is real, his motives seem much purer than the Word of Faith crowd. His hunger for the deeper things of God is commendable. The deception is this: don't judge, just let God do the work of perfecting His body. All who are in the body of Christ are beyond scrutiny. No doubt the Pope would be included in this group within the Door. The Pope will tell you that Jesus is the only Way. Wolves will purposely dress in sheep's clothing, said Jesus, in order to be more effective deceivers. To seduce through deception. Look at the doctrines that these people teach. A new generation of deception is coming on the church. It is a backlash against the prosperity deception, it is the deception of the false unity, the false spirituality, the sincere seeker of truth and a false love without rebuke or correction. The closer something is to the truth, the more deceptive it is.

ANTHONY ROBBINS - AWAKENING THE BEAST WITHIN
Even though this is a book about the church, and Anthony Robbins is a "secular" motivational speaker, the religious tones of this man, who claims to be a Christian and the revival-like atmosphere of the speach this author heard live in San Diego at the Toastmaster's International Convention August 1995 make this man and his movement of self-mastery a dangerous pseudo-religion. I have long wanted to check this guy out. I just didn't want to spend the money on his tapes. He has sold more tapes than anyone in history - 25 million of them. He gets million dollar retaining fees for turning around the finances of millionaires in slumps even though he has little or no financial training or degrees in finance. He won the prestigious Golden Gavel award at Toastmaster's and his speech was very emotional and enery-packed. He completely sweated through his blue shirt and took off his jacket I suppose to make sure everybody saw that he gave "1000 percent" in his words, of effort.

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In spite of his apparent sincerity, Anthony Robbins sounds much like an EST seminar with the similar New Age agenda and doctrine that we can create our reality by our attitudes, thoughts, deeds, etc. The typical power-hungry, no discernment Christian American is ripe for this type of teaching. The NonChristians are also open for this due to greed and power hunger. Robbins is a success, he's lost weight, looks good. He travels, he does a lot of fun things. Who wouldn't want to be like Anthony Robbins. We need to look beyond the hype and examine what this man is really saying. Will it hurt you to hear this man? Not if that is all you do. The danger is in listening to his tapes, going to his university and walking through the flames with this guy. People actually walk through hot coals to prove mind over matter or positive attitude. Is this just a pagan ritual dressed up to be human potential? Look at these verses: Isaiah 50:11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass [yourselves] about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks [that] ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. Deuteronomy 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which [are] in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through [the fire] unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. Whether Mr. Robbins knows it or not, this is no exercise for a true Christian, no matter what the reason. It is witchcraft. However, it is also witchcraft to attempt to manipulate others. There is a difference between making a sale, impressing people - trying to put forth a good impression by wearing a good suit, etc. and the type of manipulation that Mr. Robbins speaks about. For example, he said, "Put yourself in state (Peak State) by loving your audience." This is a Biblical principle, loving people, but it is witchcraft if it is used to manipulate people. It is insincere love if your motive is to gain financial or personal power through "love" others. The Mormons and cults use "love bombing" to gain and control disciples. The Word of Faith movement uses biblical methods and twists them to the place that they believe that they are little gods who can create their own reality through speaking "faith-filled words." All is witchcraft that is comdemned by God. Many people practice witchcraft on a daily basis by condemnation, control, intimidation, flattery and other ways to control and influence people. All this is also an abomination to God. The more a person understands about witchcraft, the more his judgment from God for practicing them. Any truly born-again Christian who uses Anthony Robbins techniques is opening himself for curses and demon influence in his life. I had to pray quickly under by breath before Mr. Robbins spoke and I believe I was protected from some of the demonic operations I could sense in that room. It is more than a charismatic personality giving a good speech. It was an atmosphere of group hypnosis, emotional manipulation, boundary violation (by getting everyone to do exercises together and promoting excessive emotionalism and hugging). "You can change your state by doing physical things, using "body markers" or focus on good things. Put yourself in a peek state and whatever gestures coume out will change the state of your audience. They can sense if your gestures are fake. Manipulate your body gestures to create a peak state." This is the type of teaching that the audience received. The Human Potential Movement is simply the worship of idols, the idol is self. Everything was feelings in this meeting. He said, "All people want is to change the way they feel. Transfer of feelings only takes place in a peek state." Hitler used sensory and emotional overload to control his audience. I can see that as many are disillusioned with the church, that people like Anthony Robbins will help them into a new age religion throught the back door.

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Even if we try to manipulate people through "love" and "service" which are biblical things to do, it is still witchcraft. We need sincere love that does not seek its own and is not puffed up with pride and self-importance. Mr. Robbins has made himself a rich man by really re-hashing the New Age principles you would learn from EST and the writings of Shirley McClaine. I believe that a very strong demon of seduction and false charisma has taken over Mr. Robbins. He needs to be delivered and give up the illgotten gain of vanity. Of course, this will never happen. The danger is there for any Christian who would follow in his footsteps.

MONTE JUDAH AND PRINCE CHARLES…THE DECEPTION OF SOUL POWER
This writer and his wife try to stay on top of current trends and happenings in the church. We are called to be “spies” and watchmen on the wall. Many do not have the time or the discernment to go into the “enemy camp” and check out the false and, if applicable, the good. Unfortunately, very few good churches remain in America. God is paring down the true churches until a remnant of faithful people are left who will follow the Lord with the whole heart. If they take a blow from the enemy, they will give back as good as they received. The year 1997 is upon us. This writer and wife visited a church in Lewisville, Texas that had a guest speaker named Monte Judah. He is a true Jew, from the tribe of Judah. We visited him in his Messianic Jewish congregation in Norman, Oklahoma. He seems to be a nice man, very learned in the scriptures, espeically the Torah, or five books of Moses. Perhaps that is his problem, too much time in the Old Testament. Now, as Peter says, we have a more sure word of prophecy, the Word of God. I doubt that the Old Testament type of prophet that predicts events and guides the people is needed today: The Epistle to the Hebrews Chapter 1 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; We see that the normal way that God spoke to the people of God in the Old Testament is through prophets, as they did not have the Holy Spirit within them. Today, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us, and we do not need any man to teach us. The current apostolic and prophetic movement believes that we will see a day when apostles will rise in the church and whoever will not obey them will be destroyed among the people. This was stated by Royal Cronquist, an apostle of the Walk, a sixties Jesus cult, who is making a comeback today. The Kansas City Prophets and the Kingdom Now prophets, such as Paul Cain and Ern Baxter (Who Monte Judah thinks is right on) all believe that a Joel’s company of prophets and apostles will take over in Jesus name. Many are linked the the Manifest Sons of God heresy. Monte Judah is perhaps the most deceptive false prophet I have seen. He doesn’t seem greedy for money. He gives a message of repentance and fear of the Lord. He seems to live his message. It is really sad, however, that the “spirit” that gave him his revelations that Prince Charles of Wales is the antichrist and that the altar will be set up, the daily sacrifice of animals and the stopping of that sacrifice will all take place before March 1997. As of this writing, it is three months away. We have examined all his tapes and videos, which they generously gave to us and would not accept money (it was the Sabbath) - we later sent them a check to cover the cost of these items. He is convinced that the Lord told him that the last seven years of history began with the Israeli peace treaty signed in Washington, D.C. in September 1993 with Rabin and Arafat. Daniel 9:27 says that the antichrist will make a covenant with “the many” - the Hebrew is “la rabin” - a coincidence? The three and a half year mark will be March 1997. Prince Charles and the

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Pope are scheduled to go to Jerusalem at that time. It is rumored that the temple mount will be give to the Vatican to control to stop a war when the altar goes up. All of this sounds possible, however, several things disturb us about Monte Judah. First, he is linked with Ern Baxter, a Kingdom Now prophet. He also has several strange ideas such as the fact that all men will be destroyed when Christ returns and it is us, in our resurrected bodies that will procreate and have children. Jesus’ new body was a body of flesh and bone and is fit for heaven, where they do not marry and have children. It is clear from scripture that not all men will be destroyed and that remnants from many nations will survive to go into the millenial kingdom with their natural bodies. The 144,000 Jewish witnesses, who are sealed, will probably repopulate the earth with the survivers in Israel, who flee to the wilderness. Monte Judah obviously is being misled by a spirit that works through is personality and soul-power. This can be very deceptive as we did not sense a demon when we talked with him. The bible talks of some false prophets who simply speak “presumptuously” and end up prophesying events that do not come true. They are deluded by the visions and dreams of their own mind. Monte Judah teaches a needed message to the church: we are going through the tribulation - there will be no easy out rapture before the tribulation begins. We need to prepare physically and especially spiritually. I am concerned that he will do more damage than good to the message after his predictions do not come true. Anyone who sets a date for the coming of Christ or the revelation of the antichrist, will be deceived and shamed. Jesus said that no man will know the hour of His return. The secret pride of being a “prophet” - especially with a unique message and predictions is very heady and deceptive. As Paul says, pride can cloud your mind - don’t let a novice be a leader in the church because pride can lead him to the condemnation of the devil. We have a more sure word of prophecy - the Word of God. We have a more sure spiritual guide - the Holy Spirit within us. He will reveal to us what we need to know. I believe that He wants to guide us day by day and that He is working to make us holy rather that to inform us what is the number of the beast.

THE FIVE-FOLD DECPETION OF HELL
In this chapter, we will look at some of the deceptions coming from the apostolic/prophetic movements of the 1990s. Bill Hamon, President of International Prophetic Ministries, says that the Word/Faith movement was a legitimate movement of God that restored the knowledge of prosperity and faith to the people of God, no doubt to be able to take over the world financially, politically, etc. Then the Sheperding/Discipleship movements of the seventies, the prophetic movement of the eighties and finally the apostolic restoration of the nineties. Listen to this quote by Mike Bickle, pastor of Metro Vineyard church ( formerly Kansas City Fellowship). “There’s Apostles, there’s Imminent Apostles and there’s MOST IMMINENT APOSTLES…There’s various levels of Apostles and the Lord was showing that…out of This Movement there would be 35 apostles..that will be of the highest level of apostolic ministry…the whole government of this movement in its highest level in all places it goes…the government rests on Apostles and Prophets…Though I believe there will be hundreds of apostles in this movement and every movement will have its apostles and prophets, I believe God, He’s merging Apostles in a number of movements now and He’s going to add prophets to the prophets that are already there and He’s going to bring us to higher statures.” (Visions and Revelations, Kansas City Fellowship.)

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A book written by Richard Kelly Hoskins entitled, “Vigilantes Of Christendom,” describes a coming warrior class Christian: “As the Kamikaze is to the Japanese, As the Shiite is to Islam, As the Zionists is to the Jew, So the Phineas priest is to Christendom.” It seems perfectly clear that these militant “Christians” are preparing to kill whoever resists their authority. Jesus prophesied, “They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service” (John 16:2) We should not marvel at this because it has happened with the Catholic church. If America is not destroyed by Russia and Communist countries, we may be destroyed by an extreme right-wing takeover ala the Christian Coalition with “prophets and apostles” in full authority with the President and others and even become the judges who replace the supreme court while breaking down the separation of Church and State. Pat Robertson said this; “We have enough votes to run the country. And when the people say, ‘We’ve had enough,’ we are going to take over.” David Cantor, “The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism in America, 2d ed. (New York: Anti-Defamation League 1994). While this writer was under the influence of the Word Faith spirit, there were visions of “prophetic judges” that would arrest people and try them without a jury and then put them to death for crimes. I doesn’t seem possible to really happen, but it could happen if the prophetic/apostolic people ever took over politics in America. The same heretical teaching that was in the sixties cult “The Walk” or the Church of the Living Word, under John Robert Stevens is circulating today among the prophetic/apostolic movement. This heresy fits right in to the new age and the coming of Lord Matreiya, whom this writer believes in the false prophet to come. Lord Matreiya teaches that he is the Christ spirit that descended upon Jesus at the baptism and left when he died. In fact, Matreiya says through his John the Baptist (Benjamin Creme) that he is the final and full revelation of the Christ principle that was on Jesus, Buddha, Muhammed, etc. Matreiya appeared before 6000 people in Nirobi, Kenya in 1988. He popped out of thin air and left the same way. Many were healed miraculously. Creme says that Matreiya is appearing all over the world in different forms and that he is even received by Fundamentalist Christian churches. Interestingly, one week before the appearance of Matreiya, Rhinheart Bonnke, a “protestant” Christian evangelist said that “Jesus is coming to Nirobi”. Bonnke received his anointing to heal is a similar direct spiritual line from William Branham, which this writer believes was the beginning of the false anointings and the laughing revival. Branham laid hands on many healers and false prophets - some of which are first generation and are around today, such as Paul Cain. Bonnke received his anointing is a strange way. Benny Hinn said that one of the James Brothers, promenant healers in Europe, laid hands on Bonnke, a complete stranger who came to his door by “revelation” and then went upstairs and died. We believe that Satan knows who can be trusted with this false anointing and even has a counterfeit “call” to Gods election and calling. Matrieya is said to have a Mayavirupa, or a body that was not humanly born, but created by energy of a past master teacher, like Jesus, who went into spirit form, but can manifest at will. Since Benjamin Creme has always been deep into the UFO phenomenon, we believe that the appearance of UFOs and even a mass landing may be part of the deception to come. John Robert Stevens of “The Walk” taught the classic Manifest Sons of God teaching that a select group of elite Christians will experience “sonship” by being given immortal bodies similar to Jesus after His resurrection and we will be able to travel around by thought and pop in and out of time/space. This is similar to Lord Matreiya. Stevens had his entire church praying 24 hours a day for him to break through to “sonship”. He died naturally, however the same teaching is being revived by a historically ignorant and doctrinally simple church that is more feeling oriented that reason oriented. No doubt the public school system and the MTV generation have helped this.

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Rev. Ernest Ramsey, an associate at Kansas City’s Founders Unity Church is an avid follower of new agers like Alice Bailey and Benjamin Creme. He sees the similarity in the “new church” and the teachings of Benjamin Creme and Lord Matreiya. In his book, “An Evolutionary Basis for the Reappearance of the Christ and His Executives, the Masters of Wisdom”, Ramsey points out that another source of similar New Age teachings is the Neo-pentecostal or Manifest Sons’ seminaries. Contance Cumbey summarized Ramsey: “Like those seeking the “Age of Aquarius” these people too were seeking a “New Age”. Like the other New Agers, these people taught that “The Christ” was an annointing - not necessarily one man. They taught that Jesus was the pattern son who was to be the sign of something greater to come the “Manifestation of the Sons of God.l” THEY TOO BELIEVED THAT THE EARTH WAS TO BE CLEANSED OF EVIL. AND CHILLINGLY, LIKE THE OTHER NEW AGERS, THEY BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TO BE “GOD’S” INSTRUMENTS TO DO SUCH CLEANSING. Kenneth Copeland, who lives just minutes from us, is, we believe the currently living authority behind the laughing revival. In the video “The False Anointing” by Joseph Chambers we see Copeland and Rodney Howard Browne speaking in tongues and laughing in a service that was the start of Browne’s laughing revival ministry and the current “revival” that started in 1993 and is still going strong. The focal points are Dallas/Fort Worth, Toronto Canada and Pensecola, Florida. Men and women roar like lions, dogs, wolves, etc. Even Rick Joyner says that this is of God, whose highest teachings are in nature. He says that most murderers never learned how to play and this is perhaps God’s way of keeping us from all becoming mass murderers. Kenneth Copeland does not believe the Bible says that Jesus is God, He also believes in “Identity” which is the teaching that Jesus died spiritually and that he (Copeland) was told by God that Copeland could have done the same thing Jesus did if he had enough faith. Jesus died spiritually is a heresy, however, TBN President Paul Crouch, Hal Lindsey and others had a show where this heresy is whitewashed and called just another viewpoint on the mystery of Jesus descension into hell after his death and before his resurrection. The call those who are against this teaching “heresy hunters”. In fact, these men warn of consequences to anyone who doesn’t believe this teaching that originated in New Age Christian, E.W. Kenyon. Copeland subtly warns of death to those who speak out against it. Benny Hinn said, “those who attack Kenneth Copeland are attacking the very presence of God.” If Matreiya is indeed The False Prophet, he will worship, as does the antichrist, the “god of forces.” Listen to Kenneth Copeland; “Faith is a power force. It is a tangible force. It is a conductive force…it is the force of faith that makes the laws of the spirit work.” (The Force of Faith/The Laws of Prosperity-Kenneth Copeland Publications, page 10, page 19 respectively) The Jesus of Benny Hinn is a false Jesus a “born-again” Jesus, “Do you want another shocker? Have you been begotten? So was He. Don’t let anyone deceive you. Jesus was reborn. You say, “What are you talking about?” He was reborn. He had to be reborn…If He was not reborn, I could not be reborn. Jesus was born again…If He was not reborn, I would never be reborn. How can I face Jesus and say, “Jesus, you went through everything I’ve gon through, except the new birth?” (Our position in Christ, Benny Hinn, Orlando Christian center videotape #TV-254, 1991.) This is the same Jesus of Lord Matreiya. The “Master Jesus” is said to also be coming back when Matreiya is realized. He is just under Matrieya in “power”. This is the Jesus of Satan and this Jesus is the Jesus that many will say, “Did we not prophesy in Thy Name?” The true Jesus will truthfully say, “I never knew you.” They were deluded by a false Jesus. Jesus prophesied that MANY false Christs will arise and deceive many. A false Christ can be a doctrinally wrong Christ, such as the Mormons Christ, it doesn’t have to be a person saying he is Christ.

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It is interesting that the Jesus of Kenneth Copeland is strikingly similar to the Jesus of the Mormons. Copeland believes that God is about 6’2” and that he lives on a planet similar to earth. The God of the Mormons was once a man, according to Brigham Young and lives on the planet Kolob. Bob Jones, a Kansas City Fellowship prophet, who has been recently disfellowshipped because he would not change his strange behavior spoke of the coming unity with the RLDS and Christianity. The RLDS is the reformed Latter Day Saints - a branch of the Mormons. It should not surprise us that the same spirit behind Mormons, Word/Faith and the prophetic/apostolic movements are so similar as to be easily interchangeable. They are also interchangeable with the spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, whose Jesus is a circular piece of bread, the Eucharist and whose real mediator between God and Man is Mary, the Mother of God. Jan Crouch recently told in one of their monthly newsletters that the Virgin Mary appeared to her and gave her a rose as thanks for their good work in unity between Catholics and Protestants. Benjamin Creme told a pastor in England who made the video “Another Gospel” that the laughing revival is “softening up the churches for the coming of Matrieya”. All these streams are flowing together and are leading to one place - Mystery Babylon, the Woman who rides the Beast, Roman Catholicism. Benny Hinn teaches a classic Mormon doctrine called “preexistence” where humans are eternal spirits waiting to be born into a body. Listen to this quote by Benny Hinn. “Ephesians 1 declares that God literally chose us before the foundation of the world and there it talks about our spirit man..Your spirit, ladies and gentlemen, is God-like; he’s God-like in every way..The second this spirit-man comes into our being-pops into our bodies-we’re born again. He’s spirit; whats born of spirit is spirit. Say after me, within me is a God-man. Say it agin, within me is a God-man. Now let’s say even better than than, let’s say, I am a God-man.” Paul Crouch, on air at TBN with Benny Hinn, said, “So, those that would put that teaching (we are little god’s) down, want us to have a BEGINNING and an end. That’s Satan, isn’t it?” Of course, we have a beginning. We were chosen before the foundation of the world because of God’s foreknowledge, not because we were there. The same teachings as the Mormons are evident in the WordFaith and prophetic movement because it is the same false Jesus. Another similar error and a very dangerous one is the teaching that the antichrist is not a man, but a spirit. The New Age versions such as the New International Version, based upon the same greek texts as the Roman Catholic translations change the verse that says that the number 666 is the “number of a man” to “number of MAN”. The Latin Vulgate version of the Bible says that “Lucifer is rising” where Peter says that the “Daystar is rising in your hearts.” Lucifer is taken from Isaiah 14:12. Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 2 Thes 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, We can see that Lucifer in the Old Testament is clearly the same as Satan in the New. This is the same spirit that will do great wonders and signs in the days of antichrist. Don Paulk (Earl Paulk’s son) wrote in their church newsletter, “What Christ expects of the Church is unity..not of doctrine, but of faith…. Don’t be mislead by those who scream that we are preparing the way for the antichrist. The antichrist is a spirit, not a person. Those who teach differently do not know their Bible.” Perhaps because he is using one of the New Age Bible Versions.

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Forty years ago, Paul Cain dropped out of the healing ministry. He was a contemporary of William Branham and Oral Roberts among others. He taught the Manifest Sons of God heresy then, and he is teaching it now. He has waited for almost 40 years to reintroduce this damnable heresy because the church is historically ignorant. Here are his own words, “You know this message is 35 years old and I’M PREACHING IT AGAIN. THANK GOD I HAVE SOMEBODY TO PREACH IT TO….I MEAN THIS HAS BEEN HOT WITH ME ALL THESE YEARS, BUT EVERYWHERE I TRIED TO PREACH IT, THEY COOKED MY GOOSE. DON’T YOU BOO ME. THIS KIND OF FIERY PREACHING IS A LOST ART TODAY EXCEPT IN A MILD DEGREE.” (Joels Army, a cassette from Kansas City Prophets). Kurt Koch, who wrote many books including “Occult ABC” tells of his going to a William Branham meeting and praying that his powers would be nullified if he was not of God. That night, Branham said that he could do nothing because of negative forces present. This writer and wife went to see Paul Cain at Christ For the Nations in Dallas, Texas. We bound the demons we knew were operating in Paul Cain and he said, “Come back tommorrow, my powers are not working well tonight”. Sadly, if just one true Christian would do the same in every meeting, these men would be rendered ineffective. Rodney Howard Browne tells a woman who prays, “Jesus help me!” to shut up and RECEIVE. He doesn’t want the people to pray if by chance they might hinder his anointing. Unlike today’s prophets who are less than 100% accurate, William Branham was never caught in a mistake in his “words of knowledge”. However, a person can be totally accurate in what he prophesies, but if he teaches heresy or leads people to idolatry he is still a false prophet. Branham taught “kingdom astrology, the serpent seed heresy (Satan and Eve had sex and Cain was the offspring), “kingdom zodiac” and pyramidology. The Fifth Book of Moses, Called Deuteronomy Chapter 13 1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians Chapter 1

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6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. A prophet is a false prophet even if everything he says comes true. Teaching heresy or a false gospel is one way of sure damnation even to the elect of God, if it is possible for them to teach it. Kingdom Theology teaches that Jesus is coming back first in the flesh of believers then personally to take the kingdoms of earth which have been taken over by those believers. Those under that delusion are really helping to build the kingdom of Satan and will be deluded into worshipping Lucifer as God. While William Branham is the focal point of the false anointing which has spread all over the world, a man named Franklin Hall started the movement of “Latter Rain”. He established a fasting a prayer center in San Diego, California in 1946. One woman fasted for 88 days. He wrote a book called, “Atomic Power with God Through Fasting and Prayer” that was to have a significant influence on Pentecostalism. Hall was into UFOs, astrology and immortality. William Branham was deeply influenced by the teachings of Franklin Hall as were many of the modern healers, including Oral Roberts. No “prophet” has been as astounding in power as William Branham, however, Paul Cain is revered among the Vineyard prophets as a rival in power and accuracy. Paul Cain predicts earthquakes accurately and has an amazing ability to tell strangers intimate knowledge about themselves. In our trip to see Paul Cain, he talked of telling a stranger his name by “revelation” as a way to witness to him. If many of the leaders of Pentecostalism had followed the Bible about rejecting a prophet who is accurate, but teaches heresy, William Branham would not have passed his false anointing to millions through those who allowed him to lay hands on them. 1 Tim 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure. Because they did not have discernment, or if they did, they willing were ignorant because of the “signs and wonders” of this false prophet, demonized man, the church might not be in spiritual shipwreck this day. The Sharon Brethren in 1948 were controlling churches, much like the Kansas City Prophets did, through a “prophetic presbytery” that travelled around and gave “directive prophecy.” The teaching that there are latter day prophets and apostles is linked with this movement. This writer believes also that there are latter day apostles and prophets as well, however, these are not to be a form of control over the church. Beware of all directive prophecy. The Lord does not speak through prophets for direction, but as encouragement and exhortation. All control is witchcraft. The true prophets and apostles don’t allow themselves to be called such. They simply are closer to Jesus than others and serve in those positions without glory or financial reward. The demons and teachings of the modern heresies that comprise the counterfeit revival all go back to Babylon. “Mystery Babylon” will be the reunification of the Christian heresies and the New Age movement, under, I believe Lord Matreiya, who may infuse the Pope of Rome, since he is not a human being. Royal Cronquist, an apostle of “The Walk” says this, “The greatest decision that the church is going to have to make in these days ahead (and especially the ministries in the body of Christ) is to have the that

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there are apostles of God, and that they must submit to that authority, and to that office, they must submit to that foundation as though it was Jesus Christ, and whoever will not submit to that authority SHALL BE DESTROYED FROM AMONG THE PEOPLE. The first fruits people will be counted worthy to escape the things that are to come to pass upon the earth. They will have absolute immunity to destruction and death in any form. Even vengeance and wrath which is about to come, will not touch them, but they themselves will be the execution of this vengeance and wrath.” (Royal Cronquist, “Why the Feast of Tabernacles?” (Spokane, WA: Love Ministries Newsletter, August 1984) Manifest Sons of God teach that Lucifer is not Satan. They believe that the Lucifer described in Ezekiel 28 was really Adam in the garden. Satan may have been created just as he is, to be utilized for the tempting and perfecting of God’s sons. The Mormons believe that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers, so it is really easy to see that the false Jesus and Satan are the same thing. Earl Paulk, World Harvester Church in Atlanta, GA believes that the angels who gather out the offenders in the kingdom of God in Matthew 13:40-43 are ministers, not God’s angels. The apostles and prophets set themselves up as God’s instruments of vengeance. They will join the New Age leaders, such as Alice Bailey who says that all who cannot accept the New Age will be dispatched from this world, as they hinder the spiritual evolution of mankind. Even as much as 1/3 of mankind may be such “defective seed”. The Restoration movement teaches that the modern day apostles will be restored to full authority and only this will make the church clean and pure and powerful. This writer believes in apostles and prophets for today, however, never will the apostles and prophets be recognized because of the danger of control. Never will there be a ruling number of apostles as the original twelve. Because the Bible foretells the increase of wickedness in the last days, this writer believes that God will frustrate that type of unity in the church because of the danger of deception and control.

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