By preaching only happy verses, ignoring “If” clauses, curses and warnings, we have built a religion properly called Occultianity.
By preaching only happy verses, ignoring “If” clauses, curses and warnings, we have built a religion properly called Occultianity. Through offerings, positive thinking and the use of Power Verses, we are told that the Devil will be forced to flee and God can be made to do our will… It is all about wealth and life on earth… The God of this World has become the God in our churches.
Can you lay out that plan, see the past, understand the present, and foretell where we are going?
Everything you see today is part of a long term plan that has been developing since the day God told Satan that the Seed of the Woman would crush his head… Can you lay out that plan, see the past, understand the present, and foretell where we are going?
The fall of Adam.
God tells of the coming Seed.
Genesis 6, Fallen Angels, Nephilim and Gibborum.
Giants in the Land.
Moses fails to destroy the Nephilim.
The Nephilim Elite, Royal families, bankers, and Presidents.
The Human Race, everyone else (useless eaters).
Twin Towers merged into one, symbolizing two races merged into one.
Plagues, inoculations, death, and Human 2.0.
Armageddon, Rapture, Return, Judgment, and Rule.
You could add hundreds of steps to that list… It would remain one story… It is not a collection of isolated stories… it is one single story.
You understand that Satan is still trying to undo Babel and unite the world… This was the dream of Alexander the Great and every Roman Caesar. This was the dream of the Holy Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church. This is the dream of Pope Francis and the prophets and apostles of the New Apostolic Reformation. This is the goal of Seven Mountaineers. This was the goal of Mohammad and remains the goal of Muslims everywhere… This is the goal of the Jesuits and the Master Masons. This was George Washington’s goal and the goal of all of the founding fathers… This is Trump’s goal and Biden’s goal… This is Satan’s goal…
Scripture tells us that Apollyon (Apollo) will escape and bring the world together… For about seven years, the world will be united. Then comes Armageddon, the Return and rule of Jesus and the Millennial Reign…
If you know the back story, can connect today’s headlines with Scripture and you know the end… figuring out what kind of things happen next is a very easy task… just fill in the blanks.
Eisegesis, driven by irrational fear and unmitigated wishful thinking, is a powerful tool of deception and perhaps the greatest weapon of the Devil…
Fear and Wishful Thinking
The greater my commitment to the truth and longer I search for truth, the more convinced I am that no one ever goes to the Scripture with an open heart and mind and comes away believing in a PreTrib Rapture.
Those who believe in a PreTrib Rapture were taught the doctrine of a PreTrib Rapture before they ever went to the Scriptures. Without exception, they go to the Bible already fully convinced of a PreTrib Rapture and determined to prove that which they already believe.
This is called eisegesis. Eisegesis is unilaterally condemned and universally applied. We start with what we believe and search the Scriptures for verses and passages that would seem to support our preconceived notions…
Although PreTrib is not the only example of that, i.e. we might include infant baptism or eternal security, PreTrib is the most egregious example. Driven by an unrealistic fear of the Tribulation and wishful thinking, the list of prooftexts collected by the PreTrib believers is awesome. Hundreds of verses collected in dozens of combinations… Prooftext on top of Prooftext.
But the reality remains, several websites have been offering thousands of dollars to anyone who can come up with any verse or passage that places the Rapture before the Tribulation. They are all still in possession of their funds. The truth is that no such verse or passage exists.
What the PreTribbers give us are lists of verses that say that God is good, combined with verses that say that there will be a rapture. They say that we are not destined for wrath, but the passage they quote juxtaposes that wrath with Heaven. The opposite of Heaven is not the Tribulation but Hell and the everlasting Lake of Fire.
Nowhere do they find anything that remotely indicates that God must rapture us before the Tribulation. In fact, the opposite is true; Scripture clearly indicates that we will go through tribulation, that we will be hated by all nations, that we will be handed over to be killed, and even that it is our own relatives who will betray us…
Revelation tells us that the Antichrist will make war against the Saints and overcome them… Nowhere, outside of the Left Behind books and movies, will you find mention of anything like a “Tribulation Saint”. These Saints are the Church of Jesus Christ…
1 Corinthians 15:52 tells us that we will be gathered “at the last trump.” The last trump sounds when Jesus descends at Armageddon… If you insist on a PreTrib Rapture you must accept that having been raptured, we are somehow returned to earth and grave in order to be raised at the Last Trump!
2 Thessalonians 2 tells us that we cannot be gathered to the Lord until after the Man of Sin is revealed. It even tells us that he will be revealed when he sits in the Temple, as if he were God, proclaiming himself to be God. Until and unless you see that happen, you cannot be gathered to him… That is plain as day.
Mark 13:27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
In the passage from Matthew, the gathering of the Elect is specifically and undisputedly placed “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…”
No, if you go to the Bible with an open heart and an open mind, you will understand that the Rapture cannot happen before the Tribulation… Clear and plain Scripture makes that impossible. If, on the other hand, you are convinced of a PreTrib Rapture, you will go to the Bible to prove it and you will end up with a string of verses that say that there will be a rapture and another string of verses that say that God is good… You will mix up those lists and insist that your list proves that the Rapture has to be before the Tribulation…
Eisegesis, driven by irrational fear and unmitigated wishful thinking, is a powerful tool of deception and perhaps the greatest weapon of the Devil…
After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September.
According to new data, the U.S. currently ranks first in total COVID-19 cases, new cases per day and deaths. Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.”
From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19.
She explained that the significance of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths can be fully understood only through comparison to the number of total deaths in the United States.
After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.
Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.
“The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals,” Briand said.
Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths.
These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.
This comes as a shock to many people. How is it that the data lie so far from our perception?
To answer that question, Briand shifted her focus to the deaths per causes ranging from 2014 to 2020. There is a sudden increase in deaths in 2020 due to COVID-19. This is no surprise because COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. in early 2020, and thus COVID-19-related deaths increased drastically afterward.
Analysis of deaths per cause in 2018 revealed that the pattern of seasonal increase in the total number of deaths is a result of the rise in deaths by all causes, with the top three being heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia.
“This is true every year. Every year in the U.S. when we observe the seasonal ups and downs, we have an increase of deaths due to all causes,” Briand pointed out.
When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph below, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.
COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE BRIAND
Graph depicts the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018.
This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19.
COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE BRIAND
Graph depicts the total decrease in deaths by various causes, including COVID-19.
The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths. This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease.
“All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.
In an interview with The News-Letter, Briand addressed the question of whether COVID-19 deaths can be called misleading since the infection might have exacerbated and even led to deaths by other underlying diseases.
“If [the COVID-19 death toll] was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased COVID-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn’t give us a choice but to point to some misclassification,” Briand replied.
In other words, the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the U.S. is considered problematic only when it increases the total number of deaths or the true death burden by a significant amount in addition to the expected deaths by other causes. Since the crude number of total deaths by all causes before and after COVID-19 has stayed the same, one can hardly say, in Briand’s view, that COVID-19 deaths are concerning.
Briand also mentioned that more research and data are needed to truly decipher the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the United States.
Throughout the talk, Briand constantly emphasized that although COVID-19 is a serious national and global problem, she also stressed that society should never lose focus of the bigger picture — death in general.
The death of a loved one, from COVID-19 or from other causes, is always tragic, Briand explained. Each life is equally important and we should be reminded that even during a global pandemic we should not forget about the tragic loss of lives from other causes.
According to Briand, the over-exaggeration of the COVID-19 death number may be due to the constant emphasis on COVID-19-related deaths and the habitual overlooking of deaths by other natural causes in society.
During an interview with TheNews-Letter after the event, Poorna Dharmasena, a master’s candidate in Applied Economics, expressed his opinion about Briand’s concluding remarks.
“At the end of the day, it’s still a deadly virus. And over-exaggeration or not, to a certain degree, is irrelevant,” Dharmasena said.
When asked whether the public should be informed about this exaggeration in death numbers, Dharmasena stated that people have a right to know the truth. However, COVID-19 should still continuously be treated as a deadly disease to safeguard the vulnerable population.
Satan loves, absolutely adores, Bible verses ripped from context and half-truths…
2 Corinthians 11: 12 And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
Thirty something years ago, I was an English Teacher in a school in Queretaro, deep in the heart of Mexico. A few blocks from my school was a large Catholic Seminary. A couple of young priests, teachers in that Seminary, who had dreams of becoming priests in a church in the United States, became my best students. One of them explained, “A vow of poverty in the United States is not the same thing as a vow of poverty in Mexico!”
Being invited to lunch at the Seminary, on multiple occasions, led to discussions on theology, doctrine, and Christianity. Sometimes we had friendly debates that went on for hours. Eventually, we decided to talk about football and not theology. We concluded that having a different authority made those conversations impossible.
Let me explain. When I would say, “The Bible says…” they would answer “But Pope Schmidt said…” Or “But the Church Council at the Beach said…” When they said “Pope Jones said…” I would answer “But the Bible says…” For me, the Bible was the final authority in all things. If the Pope said something that contradicted plain Scripture, the Pope was wrong. For them, if what the Pope said contradicted plain Scripture, the Bible was wrong. At that level, there is no meaningful communication.
For many Evangelicals, the final authority is their preacher, their denomination, or a certain Televangelist. For others, it is a voice in their head that they have identified as God. Still others have concocted an absolute doctrine based on a handful of Scripture verses, isolated and devoid of context. Whatever their authority, any Scripture that challenges that authority is wrong and the one who preaches it is their enemy.
As Bible believing Christians, we may argue over interpretations of Scripture. Our arguments are different… We compare Scripture with Scripture. Often, we pull in alternate translations and understandings of Hebrew or Greek words. Sometimes we go back to the old commentaries and see what the old Bible scholars had to say about a passage. In the end, we may still disagree, but the Bible remains our final authority. Most often, our arguments are on peripheral issues and not in matters dealing with Salvation. A Baptist and a Methodist may argue over sprinkling or emersion, but in the end, that is not a salvation issue.
Sometimes, or perhaps often, our arguments are over semantics. We are simply using different words to express the same thought. Sometimes it is language. As an outside example, one man can argue that the word “ya” means yes. His friend may insist that “ya” means already. They are both right, but one is translating German and the other Spanish. “Ya” means already in Spanish, but yes in German. So many of our debates are based on different understandings of words. I think that I understand the word “all”. When I begin to talk with a Calvinist, I quickly come to understand that to the Calvinist, the word “all” means “all who have been predestined to be saved.” We are both quoting Scripture, but to me, the language of Scripture is to be taken in its most common understanding. To the Calvinist, words mean what John Calvin said that they mean. Such things can lead to some very silly sounding conversations.
Whatever you believe, you must understand that for me, Scripture is the ultimate authority. Even the voice in my head that identifies itself as “God” is subject to Scripture. Even Scripture must be taken in context and Scripture must always be compared to other Scriptures…
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light and many have mistaken the Light of Lucifer for the Glory of God. Satan loves, absolutely adores, Bible verses ripped from context and half-truths… Satan will call himself “God” or “Jesus” or the “Holy Spirit” and he will quote a verse, misinterpret it, and question it… The biblically ignorant Christian, like Adam and Eve in the Garden, is fair game, and Satan has stolen many souls with his questions and his blatant eisegesis… For me, everything must pass the Scriptural test and Scripture must be taken in context and compared with other Scripture.
If every time I quote Scripture, you answer “But I think…” or “But I believe…”, our conversation will end abruptly. If I make the voice in my own heart pass the test of Scripture, please understand that I cannot accept the voice in your head as an authority and that I am convinced that even if you identify that voice as God Almighty, if what you say contradicts plain Scripture, I will reject it and call you deceived…
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
One who understands the flow of history and Scripture has a good shot at predicting what will happen in the near future.
If you would understand what is happening today and predict what will happen tomorrow, you must know and understand the past… All that will happen tomorrow will build out of what is happening today and what has happened in the past… Tomorrow does not and cannot stand alone.
One who understands the flow of history and Scripture has a good shot at predicting what will happen in the near future; it is the same story continued. One who understands neither history nor Scripture cannot possibly predict the events of tomorrow.
If you understand today as a continuation of a story that started the very day that Satan rebelled against the Most High God, you have gained wisdom. If you are able to place the events of today in the context of:
The Garden of Eden,
The fall of man,
The Days of Noah,
The Plain of Shinar,
The Tower of Babel,
The separation of Mankind by tribe, tongue, and nation,
The rise of Egypt,
The succession of empires: Greece, Rome, The Roman Church, The Ottoman Empire, England, The United States, The Nazis, and The Soviet Union, among others.
The desperate and endless attempts of Satan to undo the chaos of Babel,
The rise of the New World Order, One Government, One Religion, One Currency, One Leader…
If you can see the events of today as a continuation of that story, predicting the events of tomorrow with a high degree of accuracy is fairly simple. If you were writing the story, (not your story, this story) what would happen next? What can be done in the next days, weeks and months that will lead the world into the Kingdom of the Beast or the New World Order. Whatever happens next will be calculated to move mankind in that direction… You can count on it… AND it will not be all that different from the story as it has unfolded up to this point…
As for me, I am convinced by Scripture and the Spirit of God that if I do not watch I am living in disobedience, sin, and rebellion…
Recently, I was told that I do not have a “need to know”. This is my response to that statement…
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;because you have rejected knowledge,I reject you from being a priest to me…
I desire knowledge because the lack of knowledge can prove fatal to me and to those I love. I love knowledge because my calling requires and demands it.
Luke 12:54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
Jesus could look out at the congregations of our church and ten thousand more across America, make the same statement, make the same accusation, and ask the same question, for the same reason… I do not wish to be a part of that crowd…
In Matthew 24, and other places, Jesus tells us the signs that will precede his return. The Prophets in the Old Testament, and John in the New, write hundreds and thousands of words describing the last days in detail. If I do not know the signs, I am ignorant, and my ignorance can cost both my life and the lives of those around me.
Mark 13:35 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know when the master of the house will return—whether in the evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or in the morning.
Many times, and in many places Jesus and the Scriptures command us to watch. As for me, I am convinced by Scripture and the Spirit of God that if I do not watch I am living in disobedience, sin, and rebellion; a place in which I would not like to be found.
Ezekiel 33:1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, 3 and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
God has given sheep into my hands and I am responsible for their safety and their lives… If I warn them and they hear me and respond, I have saved their soul and mine. If they hear me and reject the warning, they are damned and they will die in their sins, but I have delivered my soul… If God warns me in Scripture, by his Spirit, or through the alignment of current events with Scripture, and I do not sound the warning, I am damned.
There is no excuse for ignorance…
Yes, we are saved by grace through faithin the Son of God, but that Son of God told us that it is he who endures to the end who shall be saved.
Jeremiah 44:16 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, we will not listen to you.”
The hardest thing for a Watchman to bear is the rejection by the people, not of himself, but of Jehovah God. Often, when the Watchman sounds the trumpet in alarm, he looks down from the wall and observes the people running into the church, shutting the windows, barring the door and turning up the music to a deafening volume in order to drown out the sound of the trumpet…
I will study, think, pray, and learn. I will share all that God shows me. I will sound the alarm but yes, I do understand that I cannot make you or anyone else listen.
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
“Lord, whatever it takes to get me from what I am and where I am, do it!” It was the summer of 1984 and I was in desperate trouble. I remember lying in bed, weeping. I cried out that prayer from some place deep in the bottom of my soul. God had broken me and there was nothing left. I was a nobody. I was nowhere. I was nothing.
Ten years later, I was a missionary in the backwoods of Venezuela, married with a small son. Today, I am retired, ministering on Facebook, teaching in my church but at odds with many people there. God’s answer to that prayer has left me at odds with the world. Being where and what God wants you to be is not an easy place to find yourself… God just does not think like most of the people you know.
This could become a book, maybe it will, but the question is, what do I believe that sets me at odds with the church? My statement of faith would offend no believer in Jesus Christ. I believe the Bible is the Word of God, it is my final authority and the answer to my every question. I have rejected the interpretations of the Bible made by many men. The Bible, to me is straightforward and plain. The Holy Spirit explains it and interprets it for me.
I believe the creation story.
I believe the story of the fall.
I believe that Satan is the god of this world.
I believe in giants, Nephilim, Gibborum, sin, and Noah’s flood.
I believe the story of the Tower of Babel and that it was God himself who, for his own purposes divided mankind into tribes, and tongues, and nations…
I believe the call of Abraham.
I believe that God set Israel apart as a nation unto himself.
I believe the stories of Egypt, captivity, and the call of Moses.
I believe that the people occupying the promised land were descended from the Nephilim.
I believe that there were giants in the land.
I believe that God gave the Law and authored the Old Covenant.
I believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered, died, was buried, rose again, ascended to the Father and is coming again.
I believe that I am saved by grace through faith in the Son of God.
I believe that I am under grace and free from the law.
I believe that I am to deny myself, die to myself, take up my cross, fix my eyes on Jesus and follow him. Doing so leaves me with no need of the law.
I believe that we are in the end days, that the Tribulation is upon us and that Jesus will come for us.
I believe that it is he who endures to the end who will be saved.
Where I seem to get into trouble is with Americanism, Denominational Distinctives, and commonly held fairy tales…
I believe that the American Dream and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are opposites. They are directly opposed, one to the other, and they emanate from different gods…
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
The Declaration of Independence says:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
This is the whole theme of Plato’s Republic in a nutshell… This is rebellion from God. This promises life and Jesus says that he who finds his life shall lose it… This says government gets its authority from the people. God says that Government gets its authority from God… This sounds so good that Christians just must believe it… Forgetting that one third of the Angels in Heaven thought Satan’s lie was too good to reject.
Anyway, these words were penned by Thomas Jefferson, a man who had the nerve to rewrite the Bible, leaving out the supernatural and any reference to the divinity of Jesus…
But most of my Christian friends are more American than Christian…
Somewhere around 1986, God moved me from the Southern Baptist Church to the Church of God. This put me in a unique position to examen Denominational Distinctives from a quite different perspective. Both groups believed the same Bible but distinctly different interpretations of that Scripture, made by the founding fathers of those denominations had placed them at odds… What I discovered is that most of those distinctives, belonging to both denominations, were squabbles about insignificant matters and that they seemed to be motivated by a sincere desire to be better than the other denomination… If you can tell your parishioners that we believe this and they do not believe this, we are right and they are wrong, it is easier to keep them in the pew at your church… But, over time, these distinctives become more important than the Scriptures themselves.
Truth, taken to an extreme and believed at the exclusion of all other truth, becomes heresy. Grace that excludes all law is heresy. Law that rejects grace is heresy. With too much emphasis, Eternal Security becomes a cult. Too much emphasis on tongues and the gifts of the Spirit can build a cult. My rejection of denominational distinctives has made me the enemy of churchmen everywhere.
Fairy Tale Religion:
Few churches have escaped the curse of fairy tale religion unscathed. This religion is sold to the biblically ignorant in every church of every denomination, but some are hit harder than others…
This religion is built on a handful of incredibly good sounding promises, isolated, removed from context and ripped out of the Scripture. If you arrange those verses properly, you can sell this religion to almost anyone ignorant of the Scripture.
Precepts of Fairy Tale Religion:
God is Good, He would never hurt anybody.
God never judges men or nations.
Do as thou wilt is the full extent of the law.
Jesus will save everybody.
God already forgave all your sin. Live life as you like.
All things are possible with God.
God can be made to do whatever you want him to do.
You can manipulate God in three easy steps:
Give me a large seed offering to prove your faith.
Quote these verses at least a thousand times.
Really believe that God is going to do what you tell him to do.
If you do all those things and it does not work, it is your fault, you did not have enough faith.
God can be bought if the offering is big enough.
There are a million different mixes, but this is the foundation. Some groups only believe one or two of those things. Other groups believe this and add ten more to this list. Almost every Christian I know has believed at least some of these things…
I get in a lot of trouble when I speak of the judgment of God, sin, Hell, death, and repentance.
One last and new conflict is this new Dominion Revival, based on new prophecies from new prophets… We saw this on full display at THE RETURN in Washington DC. This idea that God, apart from repentance, is going to save America and the world and that the Church, united with pagans of every religion, is going to take control of the earth, kill off all the bad guys and prepare the way for the Messiah…
I have not listened to it all, but most of it seemed to be baseless and unbiblical prophecy of a New Christian World Order. Promises that an unrepentant America, killing 3,000 babies every day, is going to be marvelous and unprecedented salvation of America… Everything I know of God and Scripture is calling for judgment. The idea that the church must redeem the world, install the Noahide Laws, and kill all the bad guys before Jesus can return is simply unscriptural… It is a fairy tale.
No, there never was a certain man who went down to Jericho and no, there was never a Good Samaritan…
“It will rain in Florida next July. I am not a prophet and I am not speaking for God, but based on solid meteorological data and several decades of personal experience, I can confidently predict that rain will fall in Florida next July.”
David A. Rice
If I were to post that on Facebook today, someone would reply: “You are a false prophet. I was in Orlando yesterday and it never rained!”
Let’s look at that.
I said that I am not a prophet and that I am not speaking for God. How can I be a “False Prophet”?
I said in Florida. No, it did not rain in Orlando yesterday, but it did rain in Tallahassee, Tampa, Fort Myers, Key West, and Miami.
I said, “next July”. Yesterday was September 18th of this year.
Perhaps this is why I feel so strongly driven to defend Jonathon Cahn… I suffer the same kind of judgment and receive the same kind of comments that he does… It hurts me, and I would assume that he is not without feeling.
If you are interested, we need to speak of Literary Devices, specifically:
No, there never was a certain man who went down to Jericho and no, there was never a Good Samaritan. I hate to burst your bubble, but that was a parable and parables are, by definition, “a fictional story with a moral”. In Cahn’s books, the fellow called “I” is a fictional character; he does not exist in real life. The man called “The Prophet” is a fictional character; he does not exist in real life. The story is fiction, it is a parable. Yet uneducated and uninformed Christians, never reading the introduction, assume that “I” is Jonathon Cahn and “The Prophet” is his “spirit guide” Yes, more than one person has so commented. A Parable is, again, by definition, a fictional story.
Prognostication is using known facts, history, current events, and in the case of the Christian, the Scriptures to produce a reasonable prediction of future events. It is not prophecy. The doctor looks at the tumor in a man’s lung and gives the prognosis, “You have between six months and a year to live.” Is this a prophecy? No, it is prognostication. Having studied much and having had hundreds of cases just like this, the doctor knows that, overall, men with that kind and size of cancer, generally speaking, with few exceptions, die between six months and a year after a similar diagnosis. The probability is that that man will die in that period of time. Could he die in three months? Yes. Could he live eighteen months? Of course, that is the nature of a prognosis. In his books, Cahn gives facts. You can fact check those facts… I have. Then, based on those facts, Cahn, using words like “I think” and “I believe” prognosticates… He gives a “prognosis”. As a matter of fact, he repeatedly states that these are not prophecies, and nothing has to happen. Despite repeated statements that he is not a prophet, Christians still line up to call him a “False Prophet”. I have suffered similar abuse.
A Prophet speaks for God. Prophecies begin with phrases like: “Thus saith the Lord…” or “God says that…” or “God told me…” Are there false prophets? Absolutely. One who comes to mind has, in five years, given more than 100 different dates for the Rapture… He has said things like, “God told me that the Rapture will be next Thursday at 3 PM Jerusalem time.” Every time he is wrong, he comes up with a new date. That is a false prophet. If someone, not only does not say that what he is speaking is the Word of the Lord, but repeatedly, and loudly, and clearly states that his prediction is not prophecy and that it is not the Word of the Lord, that person cannot be a false prophet and only the most ignorant and hateful of make believe, pretend, wannabe “Christians” would accuse him of such. Yet both Jonathon Cahn and I have been repeatedly labeled as “false prophets”, this in spite of the fact that both of us have loudly proclaimed that our prognostications are NOT prophecy and that we are NOT prophets and that it does NOT have to happen the way we are predicting. If one is not a prophet, he cannot be a false prophet… Duh!
Literary devices abound… You need to be aware of them and able to identify them. This requires study and, shudder, careful thought.
Think about it…
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