Why false prophecies no longer seem to matter

Ever wondered why Mike Bickle of IHOP-KC, Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding, and so many others do not believe prophecy must always be accurate? This contradicts the Bible. (Deut 18:20-22, Eze 13:9) Let’s face it, if Bethel Redding and IHOP-KC were held accountable for false prophecies and visions, these organizations would look far different today.

So, how did this happen? Why are false prophecies of little concern these days?

I believe Orrell Steinkamp has the answer. He writes:

“Wayne Grudem, a renowned professor of theology and Vineyard church member, has come to the rescue of those who prophesy falsely. In his book, THE GIFT OF PROPHESY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AND TODAY, he has offered a theory about NT prophecy that seems to get those “missing it” in prophecy off the hook.” [1] (Click here to continue reading…)

Source Notes

1. Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2001 https://4truthministry.com/navigation/orrel_steinkamp_truth_consequences.php

Phony Spiritual Warfare

According to Pentecostal Pastor Bill Randles:
While Christians are waging phony war against Jezebel, lust and other “strongmen,” the humanism, psychology, selfism and so on are going unchallenged, and are even being promoted in our churches!  When Paul waged war in Athens, his spiritual warfare consisted of the ideas of men being confronted by the Gospel of God! (Making War in the Heavenlies, p. 26)

While they are saying, “Peace and safety!”

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.

For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief, for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;

so let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6)

What A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s use of LSD tells us about A.A., and about himself

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s first dose of LSD was in 1956. Keep in mind that in the 1950s little was known about this mind-altering substance.

 Bill Wilson’s involvement with LSD tells us two things. According to A.A. historian Ernest Kurtz, “Here, then, is one clear reason why Bill Wilson experimented with LSD: he was seeking still further ways of helping alcoholics who could not seem to attain sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous because, apparently, they could not ‘get the spiritual.’” [1]

Wilson fully understood there were motivated alcoholics for whom A.A. was simply ineffective. Referring to the LSD experiments on alcoholics, Wilson’s secretary Nell Wing stated, “There were alcoholics in the hospitals, of whom A.A. could touch and help only about five percent.” [2]

A.A.’s limitations are never acknowledged in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. For years we have simply assumed those unable to get sober via A.A. are not really serious about quitting drinking. This can certainly be true for some. But it is also true that A.A.’s “all-gods talk therapy” is ineffective and harmful to many–in this life and the next.

Anyone who has attended A.A. knows that two key passages from the A.A. Big Book (the A.A. “bible”) are taken literally. This is what is read to alcoholics from the How It Works chapter at the beginning of every single meeting:

“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way.” [2](bold mine)

How It Works goes on to note, “We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.” [3]

As noted elsewhere, despite the elasticity of the higher power, these two fundamentalist passages lock many into the A.A. system, while also teaching contempt or distrust for alternative ways of gaining sobriety. People are pointed away from Christ and His church (and also from secular alternatives). This will be vehemently denied by Christian A.A. defenders, but it is my experience, and the experience of many others.

Irving Peter Gellman observes, “A member who suggests that A.A. is not as effective as maintained, and who implies that some improvement might be made, will be censured when broaching these ideas. The A.A. program is deemed infallible, whereas other methods are considered less than perfect.” [4]

Bill Wilson’s LSD sessions show us something else. His willingness to seek such a spiritual solution to alcoholism reveals, yet again, Wilson’s lack of understanding. He was not trying to lead people to the biblical Christ, but to some form of mystical breakthrough. Wilson hoped LSD might cause ego reduction, thus facilitating the “influx of God’s grace.” [5]

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

In a letter to Sam Shoemaker, Wilson states, “[There is] the probability that prayer, fasting, meditation, despair, and other conditions that predispose one to classic mystical experiences do have their chemical components. These chemical conditions aid in shutting out the normal ego drives, and to [that] extent, they do open doors to a wider perception. If one assumes this is so–and there is already some biochemical evidence of it–then one cannot be too concerned whether these mystic results are encouraged by fasting or whether they are brought on by [other means].” [6]

Where did Bill Wilson ever preach the undiluted gospel of Jesus Christ? His way was always that of spiritualism, Swedenborgian influence, mysticism, and rebellion.

Wilson himself said, “In some ways I feel very close to conservative Christianity. In other respects–important ones to Christians–no particular convictions seem to come. Maybe down deep I don’t want to be convinced. I just don’t know.” [7]

Biographer Francis Hartigan, who served as Lois Wilson’s (Bill’s wife’s) secretary for thirteen years, had many interesting conversations with the Widow Wilson. He writes, “[A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s] belief in God might have become unshakeable, but he could never embrace any theology or even the divinity of Jesus, and he went to his grave unable to give his own personal idea of God much definition. In this sense, he was never very far removed from the unbelievers.” [8] (Bold mine)

There is something worse than alcohol addiction, and there is one way, and one way only, to escape it. LSD cannot accomplish this. Neither can Eastern/new age meditation, and neither can any version of a higher power a person invents or adapts.

We are sinners by nature and by our actions.  You and I might think we are doing okay, that we are basically good people, but we are judged by God’s standard, not our own. Our sin has separated us from our very Maker.

For God did not send His son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17-18)  

Christians continue to willingly join A.A. where all gods are seen as equal, and where our theology mixes and merges with twelve step spirituality. This is against His will. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17, Galatians 1:8-9, Isiah 42:8) I grieve too, for you who have believed the A.A. theology that it doesn’t matter who or what you believe your higher power to be.

It matters.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) 

Source Notes:

1. Ernest Kurtz, NOT-GOD: A History of Acoholics Anonymous, pg. 137

[AArggh! Reader, just noticed most Source Notes  are missing. Check back by tomorrow. Will have put them back ]

What about mysticism?

Mysticism is the exaltation of subjective experience over objective truth….  How many times have you heard the plea for us to get rid of our “silly doctrine,” and come together in unity?… [Doctrine] is the body of objective truth, the teaching of God’s Word.  Doctrine is the only basis for evaluating spiritual experience.  This is why Satan wants to move us away from it.  Without doctrine, all you have to judge by are your own fickle feelings.
Bill Randles, Making War in the Heavenlies, p. 15

Coronavirus can spread via talking, breathing, White House is told

For  for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)

Everything is very fragile.

Except for God.

Below is the latest bad news on the virus. Don’t worry, tomorrow it will be something else.

The country, the world, society, the economy, everything is very fragile. Except  for God.

Hear my prayer, O LORD! And let my cry for help come to You. (Psalm 102:1)

According to Spencer Neal of the Washington Examiner:

Coughing and sneezing may not be the only way to spread the coronavirus through the air, according to a scientific panel.

New research presented to the White House on Wednesday suggests the novel coronavirus can spread through the act of one person speaking to another in close quarters or even breathing. The findings continue to article…

Zeal

Some want to live within the sound
Of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop
Within a yard of hell.
–C.T. Studd

…who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:24)

His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” (John 2:17)

For zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. (Psalm 69:9)

Building blocks of America’s dominant spirituality

“…[T]he development of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) probably did as much as other, more celebrated events to undermine our concept of religion. Emerging in the late 1930s, A.A. made it acceptable to talk about a generic God, a ‘higher power,’” state Burke and Taylor, authors of A Heretic’s Guide To Eternity. (pg. 34-35)

Christians remain oblivious to the fact that the 12 Step spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous* has replaced biblical Christianity as the dominant belief system in the culture. How did this happen? Where did this Christ-denying juggernaut come from?

Scholars Mendelson and Mello note, “The building blocks that [A.A. co-founder] Bill Wilson synthesized into his concept of a fellowship that could help alcoholics were derived from disparate sources: the psychology of Carl Jung, transcendental and existential mysticism, Christian fundamentalism, and early notions from American medicine about the role of allergy as a cause of alcoholism.” [1]

Mendelson and Mello are incorrect in one assertion: Christian fundamentalism was not a factor in the development of A.A. The main “Christian” influence was that of the liberal Protestants. For these people, biblical doctrine was not considered all that important.

According to A.A. historian Glenn Chestnut, “The fundamental idea that one did not have to be a Christian in order to be a good and spiritual person was a classical Protestant liberal belief that had a deeply formative effect on early A.A.” [2] (emphasis mine)

In reality, many anti-biblical ingredients coalesced in the simmering, sulphurous creation of Alcoholics Anonymous. These include the New Thought heresies of Emmet Fox, the swiss-cheese theology of the Oxford Group, and the dangerous meditative practices of Oxford Group/early Alcoholics Anonymous.

For those who care to dig a little deeper, the 12 Steps were communicated to A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson by a familiar spirit. Here is the link to Seances, Spirits, and 12 Steps.

It should encourage alcoholics to learn that people have been getting sober without A.A. for centuries. (1 Cor 6:11) There are other options, but hurting people at A.A. meetings will never hear about them.

A.A. was created for a spiritual purpose, and that purpose is to point unsaved people away from Christ, and to water down the biblical beliefs of Christians who do enter the system. Christians should not view A.A. in terms of addiction or sobriety, but as darkness in opposition to the light.

As Martin and Deidre Bobgan note, “Twelve-Step programs are in essence New Age religions and archetypical precursors of a one-world religion. They do not hold a common doctrine of God and His creation.” [3]

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

Source Notes:

1. Jack H. Mendelson, and Nancy K. Mello,  Alcohol: Use and Abuse in America, Boston: Little Brown, 1985), 338–found on pg. 3 of My Search for Bill W. by Mel B.

2. Glenn Chestnut, http://hindsfoot.org/protlib.html

3. Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Twelve Steps To Destruction, pg. 116

*This includes not just A.A. but all the other spin off groups such as Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous etc.

Kenneth Copeland DEMANDS coronavirus vaccination into existence immediately, declares America healed

Kenneth Copeland declared, “Standing in the Office of the Prophet of God, I execute judgement on you, COVID 19.” Three times he demanded “a vaccination to come immediately.”

Copeland prophesied, “It is finished. It is over. And the United States of America is healed and well again, sayeth the mighty Spirit of peace…”

“Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD has not spoken. (Ezekiel 22:28)