tisdag 29 september 2009
The Charismatic Strange Fire
One of the most subtle actions of the Antichrist spirit has been the rise of the Charismatic movement. Only a few very discerning saints of God understood the "Charismatic renewal." as they called it at its beginning.
It appeared so harmless, even exciting, that the old line ministers and many Catholics were receiving the infilling of the Holy Ghost and revival was coming to multitudes of people. Being a Pentecostal since 1952, I attended some of their first Full Gospel Businessmen’s meetings. I wanted to be a part of anything God was doing. Never, not one time, did I sense a true move of God, but left every meeting where they claimed God was moving confused and troubled. The Spirit of God in me constantly witnessed that something was wrong, but I certainly did not understand what was wrong at that time.
I was at the Charlotte Rescue Mission for a breakfast with the Full Gospel group of our city the first time I saw the entire crowd invited to sing in tongues together. When they started, I moved out of the room because it was exactly what I had witnessed when pagan gurus were worshipped.
The very idea that someone can sing in tongues at will and in concert with a large crowd breaks every rule of Biblical teaching about the gifts of the Holy Ghost. I had already learned that one of the primary teachings of the Charismatics was that the gifts of the Spirit can be manifest at will.
To see people using the Holy Spirit as they would a radio was utterly over the top. I remember Juanita and me being in a Charismatic church in Washington, D.C., and witnessing the same thing.
On another occasion, I attended a breakfast where the speaker was a jewelry store owner. As he told about his jewelry business and the great blessing of selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry giving all the credit to his baptism in the Holy Ghost, I was sickened beyond description. How we can bring God’s Spirit down into the realm of merchandising something as unnecessary as gold and silver was beyond me. All of this brought the crowd to their feet, while outside the room was a multitude of crippled, broken, and suffering individuals waiting for the God of real miracles. That was my last prayer breakfast.
On another occasion, I met with local ministers just for fellowship and the joy of friends. At this luncheon, again my last, a local Charismatic personality decided to lead everyone in a dance. I’m not sure how it all ended because dancing with a bunch of preachers did not seem very Godly to me, much less enjoyable.
I will never forget the first time I went to hear Pat Robertson of Christian network television fame. He was speaking at a local arena and I was a bit excited about his coming to Charlotte. The fanfare was too much, and his two bodyguards really disturbed me, but his ideas were the real problem.
Not long into his presentation, he began to promote his post-millennium doctrines. He stated that soon all members of our Supreme Court would be Spirit-filled believers. His theology was some kind of mixture of what sounded like replacement theology. He certainly was not a Bible fundamentalist. Later, I read a review of his book named The Millennium that stated, "If you believe in the Rapture, you will not be interested in this book." He has clearly shown his Catholic leaning.
My experiences with the Charismatic world have been enough to prove to me the bankrupt foundations of this movement. The majority of the Pentecostal churches have been destroyed by this Antichrist movement within our midst.
It apparently started with individuals like Kathryn Kuhlman. Our article entitled "Kathryn Kuhlman And Her Spirit Guide" proves beyond measure her foul influence. She was pro-Catholic to the core and started the slide within Pentecostal ranks in the direction of Rome. She was a guiding star to the compromises that later came to full bloom in Charismatic circles.
This strange fire cannot be understood unless you are a strict Bible believer. The Father destroyed two of the precious sons of Aaron because they offered "Strange fire which God had not commanded." (Leviticus 10:1-7) Anything that someone labels as the fire of the Holy Ghost that is contrary to the Bible is false, and God calls it "strange fire."
The Charismatic world is totally dominated by unbiblical concepts.
Let me name a few of them: holy laughter, oils appearing supernaturally, gold dust, angel feathers, fortune telling, prosperity concepts, etc. These are only a few. Ministers claiming the power to impart the anointing, people falling out in the Spirit en mass, all kinds of strange hysteria, the Spirit slamming people against walls, or any kind of emotion that borders on drunkenness, etc., cannot be supported by Holy Scripture. Why would this Divine Spirit of my Father and the Son of God act within or upon people to behave like pagans in a voodoo ceremony?
I watched Kenneth Hagin walk around the great crowds, hissing like a snake, his tongue sticking out and the crowd going insane with emotions, but when he came to the section of crippled people, he turned and walked in another direction.
Do not accuse my God of promoting insane emotions as His fire, but turning away from the worshippers that needed a physical miracle. The fire of God saves, heals, renews the spirits and souls of the worshippers, and makes all things new. In fact, He commands us, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:15b-18)
This false emotionalism is "strange fire," but the real fire is still changing lives, healing the sick, transforming the oppressed, and exalting Jesus Christ as Lord of all.
Do not misunderstand me. I believe in everything that happened in the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Everything recorded in the four Gospels and the Epistles is commanded of God to us. But the Charismatic world is full of strange fire that God has not commanded. It passes from one to another like some kind of poison while the wonderful miracles of God are utterly absent. The Word of God is the final discernment of the false and the true.
Now the final truth is out.
The Charismatic world almost as a whole is in the process of returning to the Catholic fold of Rome. From Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson, the Pentecostal denominations are all moving swiftly toward Rome and fellowship with the Beast. "Strange fire" was judged quickly in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the action is awaiting the fulfillment of all things, and then it will be complete judgment; not as swiftly, but completely. The Charismatic world is American style Voodoo.
Joseph R. Chambers
Inlagt av Leif Berg
Luther on ecumenism and papacy
History of the Papacy by J.A. Wylie: "...the Church (so-called) of Rome has no right to rank amongst Christian Churches. She is not a Church, neither is her religion the Christian religion. We are accustomed to speak of Popery as a corrupt form of Christianity. We concede too much. The Church of Rome bears the same relation to the Church of Christ which the hierarchy of Baal bore to the institute of Moses; and Popery stands related to Christianity only in the same way in which Paganism stood related to primeval Revelation. Popery is not a corruption simply, but a transformation. It may be difficult to fix the time when it passed from the one into the other; but the change is incontestible. Popery is the gospel transubstantiated into the flesh and blood of Paganism, under a few of the accidents of Christianity."
Just as in the days of the Apostles, so at this day we are forced to hear from certain denominations that we (by our obstinacy to adhere to the truth) do offend against love and unity in the churches, because we reject their doctrine. It would be better (they say) that we should let it pass, especially since the doctrine in dispute is what they call non-essential, and, therefore (they say) to stir up so great a discord and contention in the church over one or two doctrines (and those not the most important ones) is unfruitful and unnecessary.
To this I reply: Cursed be that love and unity which cannot be preserved except at the peril of the word of God.
The negotiation about doctrinal agreement displeases me altogether, for this is utterly impossible unless the pope has his papacy abolished. Therefore avoid and flee those who seek the middle of the road. Think of me after I am dead and such middle-of-the-road men arise, for nothing good will come of it. There can be no compromise. (What Luther Says, II: 1019)
Ah, my dear brother in Christ, bear with me if here or elsewhere I use such coarse language when speaking of the wretched, confronted, atrocious monster at Rome! He who knows my thoughts must say that I am much, much, much too lenient and have neither words nor thought adequately to describe the shameful, abominable blasphemy to which he subjects the Word and name of Christ, our dear Lord and Savior. There are some Christians, wicked Christians indeed, who now would gloss things over to make the pope appear against in a good light and who, after he does so and has been dragged out of the mud, would like to reinstate him on the altar. But they are wicked people, whoever they may be, who defend the pope and want me to be quiet about the means whereby he has done harm. Truly, I cannot do this. All true, pious Christians, who love Christ and His Word, should, as said, be sincerely hostile to the pope. They should persecute him and injure him…. All should do this in their several calling, to the best of their ability, with all faithfulness and diligence. (What Luther Says, II: 1072)
What kind of a church is the pope’s church? It is an uncertain, vacillating and tottering church. Indeed, it is a deceitful, lying church, doubting and unbelieving, without God’s Word. For the pope with his wrong keys teaches his church to doubt and to be uncertain. If it is a vacillating church, then it is not the church of faith, for the latter is founded upon a rock, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matt.16:18). If it is not the church of faith, then it is not the Christian church, but it must be an unchristian, anti-Christian, and faithless church which destroys and ruins the real, holy, Christian church. (Luther’s Works, vol. 40, Church and Ministry II, The Keys, p.348)
All this is to be noted carefully, so that we can treat with contempt the filthy, foolish twaddle that the popes present in their decrees about their Roman church, that is, about their devil’s synagogue (Rev.2:9), which separates itself from common Christendom and the spiritual edifice built up on this stone, and instead invents for itself a fleshly worldly, worthless, lying, blasphemous, idolatrous authority over all of Christendom. One of these two things must be true: if the Roman church is not built on this rock along with the other churches, then it is the devil’s church; but if it is built, along with all the other churches, on this rock, then it cannot be lord or head over the other churches. For Christ the cornerstone knows nothing of two unequal churches, but only of one church alone, just as the Children’s Faith, that is, the faith of all of Christendom, says, ”I believe in one holy, Christian church,” and does not say, ”I believe in one holy Roman church.” The Roman church is and should be one portion or member of the holy Christian church, not the head, which befits solely Christ the cornerstone. If not, it is not a Christian but an UN-Christian and anti-Christian church, that is, a papal school of scoundrels. (Luther’s Works, Volume 41, Church and Ministry III, Against The Roman Papacy, An Institution Of The Devil, p.311)
I believe the pope is the masked and incarnate devil because he is the Antichrist. As Christ is God incarnate, so the Antichrist is the devil incarnate. The words are really spoken of the pope when its said that hes a mixed god, an earthly god, that is , a god of the earth. Here god is understood as god of this world. Why does he call himself an earthly god, as if the one, almighty God werent also on the earth? The kingdom of the pope really signifies the terrible wrath of God, namely, the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place. (Luthers Works, vol.54, Table Talks, No.4487, p.346)
C. H. Spurgeon on Popery
"It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the Popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name. It wounds Christ, robs Christ of His glory, puts sacramental efficacy in the place of His atonement, and lifts a piece of bread in the place of the Saviour....If we pray against it, because it is against Him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors; we shall love their souls, though we loathe and detest their dogmas...."
-- C. H. Spurgeon
Heb 12:2 Och må vi därvid se på Jesus, trons hövding och fullkomnare, på honom, som i stället för att taga den glädje som låg framför honom, utstod korsets lidande och aktade smäleken för intet, och som nu sitter på högra sidan om Guds tron.
Heb 12:3 Ja, på honom, som har utstått så mycken gensägelse av syndare, på honom mån I tänka, så att I icke tröttnen och uppgivens i edra själar.
Heb 12:15 Och sen till, att ingen går miste om Guds nåd, och att ingen giftig rot skjuter skott och bliver till fördärv, så att menigheten därigenom bliver besmittad;
Heb 12:16 sen till, att ingen är en otuktig människa eller ohelig såsom Esau, han som för en enda maträtt sålde sin förstfödslorätt.
Heb 12:17 I veten ju att han ock sedermera blev avvisad, när han på grund av arvsrätt ville få välsignelsen; han kunde nämligen icke vinna någon ändring, fastän han med tårar sökte därefter.
Heb 10:36 I behöven nämligen ståndaktighet för att kunna göra Guds vilja och få vad utlovat är.
Heb 10:37 Ty "ännu en helt liten tid, så kommer den som skall komma, och han skall icke dröja;
Heb 10:38 och min rättfärdige skall leva av tro. Men om någon drager sig undan, så finner min själ icke behag i honom".
Heb 10:39 Dock, vi höra icke till dem som draga sig undan, sig själva till fördärv; vi höra till dem som tro och så vinna sina själar.
Ord 25:26 Såsom en grumlad källa och en fördärvad brunn, så är en rättfärdig som vacklar inför den ogudaktige.
Upp 3:16 Men nu, då du är ljum och varken varm eller kall, skall jag utspy dig ur min mun.
Se Ljum, sammanblandad, mixad, förväxlad, utbytt, utväxlad, ersatt, avlöst, efterträdd, liknöjd, likgiltig!
2Ti 4:7 Jag har kämpat den goda kampen, jag har fullbordat mitt lopp, jag har bevarat tron.
2Ti 4:8 Nu ligger rättfärdighetens segerkrans tillreds åt mig, och Herren, den rättfärdige domaren, skall giva den åt mig på "den dagen", och icke åt mig allenast, utan åt alla som hava älskat hans tillkommelse.