Four Ways Christians Are Being Deceived

 

This is Part 3 of a series on modern churchianity – aka, the Evangelical Industrial Complex [EIC]; And is a repost of the procinwarn.com article @ https://procinwarn.com/four-ways-christians-are-being-deceived/

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Revelation 12:9 speaks of, “… that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.”

The Lord put that and similar verses in his Word to warn us of a reality of world history: Global deception. And even those who profess to be Evangelical Christians are susceptible to the Serpent’s lie.

“In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” – 1 Timothy 4:1.

Four ways that Christians are being deceived in our day are:

The Repackaged Lie
Blurred Distinctions
Unequal Yoking
Following Gurus

The Repackaged Lie

Satan is brilliantly clever at taking age-old lies, disguising them in subtlety, and gradually introducing them to even those who insist that they believe in the infallible authority of the Bible. Examples of lies the Enemy has deceived us with are all the various ways we are obsessed with “Self”; the numerous techniques of “Christianized” sorcery and divination within the Church; and the many issues and fads designed to give us a “Tower of Babel” vision for global unity.

Blurred Distinctions

Not only is Satan the “Father of lies”, but he is also the “Author of confusion”. It is getting harder and harder to tell the difference between neo-paganism and the liberal church; or between the liberal church and Evangelical Christianity. The message and the priorities of the Church are becoming indistinguishable from the World. Books by M. Scott Peck, for example, are found in both Christian bookstores and New Age/Occult bookstores. These books teach that humans are evolving to godhood; that we must become “mystics” and use Eastern meditation; and they advocate a one-world government.

Unequal Yoking

Christian leaders and Christian organizations are more and more yoking themselves with unbiblical, pagan groups and movements which set the followers up for synthesis, syncretism and compromise of doctrine and priorities. What fellowship does light have with darkness? These unholy alliances are often taking place in the name of “traditional family values” and involve relationships between Evangelicals, Roman Catholicism, Mormons, and Moonies; or, the alliances involve solving the problems of “Mother Earth” in association with various utopian movements.

Following Gurus

The final way in which Christians are being deceived is very much related to the first three. We are much more likely, these days, to not refer to our Bible for our convictions and world- view, but instead to follow the opinions of leaders we look up to. In these days of “Christian Mass Media”, Celebrity Ministers are likely to draw our attention and our allegiance. It is a dangerous thing to set up Gurus within the Body of Christ who are beyond criticism. “Touch not the Lord’s anointed!” we are told when the Guru’s doctrine or behavior is questioned, which is a reference to 1 Samuel 24 and 26. In those references, David was referring to not KILLING Saul. He was not forbidding CRITICISM of Saul. In fact, David himself rebukes Saul publicly. In these last days we cannot afford to follow human leaders as if they were Gurus; whether they be Rick Warren, Dr. Dobson, Bill Gothard, Pat Robertson, or Billy Graham, or leaders who jump on a media bandwagon, or musicians, or Emergent Church leaders, or politicians. We are to be disciples of Jesus, and him alone.

Our only hope to not be deceived in these last days is to “abide in the vine”; to surrender our hearts moment by moment to the Holy Spirit; to be Acts 17 “Bereans” and filter everything through the written Word of God; and to be lovers of the Truth.

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivable-ness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Also See Part 1: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/01/02/churchianity-the-evangelical-subculture/ 

And See Part 2: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/01/03/counterfeit-christs-is-your-pastor-a-one-man-show/

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Churchianity: The Evangelical Subculture

This is Part 1 of a series on modern churchianity – aka, the Evangelical Industrial Complex [EIC]; And is a repost of the procinwarn.com article  @ https://procinwarn.com/the-evangelical-subculture/

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Two Different Conversions

When I became a follower of Jesus Christ I underwent two different conversions, although I didn’t realize it at the time. First, I was converted from my old life into the Body of Christ by reconciliation with God through Jesus. Hallelujah! At about the same time I bought into the Evangelical Subculture under the false impression that it WAS the Body of Christ. It took me years to realize the difference between the two.

I had been aware of “Christendom”: that worldly religious structure consisting of political and economic empires and bureaucracies, both Protestant and Catholic, that had fought religious wars and undertaken crusades to retake the “Holy Land”, that had burned people at the stake, that continued to preach false Christs and false gospels of works, and that continues to talk about the counterfeit unity called Ecumenicalism.

But I had not understood the nature of the Evangelical Subculture, that is a part of the worldly structure of “Christendom”. This subculture has its own organizations and institutions, denominations, parachurch organizations; its own magazines and radio stations and TV networks; its own schools and colleges and universities; its own celebrities; its own music industry and book stores; its own marketing and advertising worlds.

Like Joining a Club

The tragedy of the Evangelical Subculture is that people who have a sincere desire to follow Jesus get side tracked into a zeal for being a part of this worldly system. It is like joining a club. The club member begins to wear the clothes and trinkets bought at the “Christian” book stores; watch “Christian” TV and listen to “Christian” radio; buy the latest fad books that sweep the “Christian media”; subscribe to the “Christian” magazines; worship the “Christian” celebrities; use all the latest jargon promoted in the latest books by the celebrity authors.

A cult-like mentality develops among people who see this Evangelical system as identical to the Body of Christ. Their zeal is for the trappings of the subculture. It is its own religion. If someone tries to point out the unbiblical nature of some aspect of this subculture people will take offense because you are criticizing their religion. The subculture becomes the message. The “gospel” that people preach is for conversion to the system, not really to Jesus Christ.

The Subculture, Institutionalism, & Deception

The pop culture of Evangelicalism feeds on institutionalism, denominationalism, “non-denominational” institutional church organizations, and the professional clergy system. The professional clergy and their church organizations, in turn, find an indoctrinated constituency to fill their pews and programs. Both the subculture and the institutional churches turn a relationship with Jesus and his people into a participation in a religion and a lifestyle.

This Evangelical subculture has played a major role in setting professing Christians up for deception. It seduces people to think and act like the subculture instead of reading the Bible for themselves and deriving their understanding from the Bible. It has been this subculture that has infected the Evangelicals with psychology, self-esteem, political action and social activism, unity at the expense of sound doctrine, mysticism, and cult attachments to gurus, movements, and organizations. Ultimately, the end of this deception is a merging of the Evangelical Subculture with the global counterfeit religious vision.

We ought to be content with the simplicity of following Jesus and being the Body of Christ together with those the Lord provides for fellowship, according to the teachings of the Apostles in the New Testament.

Please consider asking those you care about, “Shall we be disciples of Jesus together? Or would you rather just participate in a Religious System?”

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Lectio Divina – The Prophetic Pandora’s Box

My recent research led me to some social media posts by a group of “charismatic” Catholics. On their page, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Capuchin contemplative monk and speaker at IHOP’s ‘One Thing’ Catholic Track conference states:

“The inebriation that comes from the Holy Spirit purifies of sin, renews the heart in fervor and enlightens the mind by a *SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE of God – NOT a RATIONAL but an intuitive, *EXPERIENTIAL knowledge, accompanied by inner joy.” – [Fr. Cantalamessa]

The obtaining of special knowledge of God is what Gnostics and assorted mystics have sought from the beginning – thus, to become gods themselves.

A second posts proclaiming a “Nativity Fast” gives detailed directions for the practice of contemplative Lectio Divina. The devil is in the details, as this reveals some of the major problems with LD and contemplative practices in general.

This is a dangerous practice,  and can open one to direct demonic deception. To begin with, “Invoking” the Holy Spirit has no scriptural foundation. Jesus taught us: “In *THIS manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven…”

Note that proper bible study – exegesis, is relegated to an “introductory exercise”. We are told to “Create a space” in our hearts “for a new experience”…Then passages are “isolated” – taken out of context, and repeated like a mantra. As the passage in repeated we are instructed to be “expecting NEW illumination, New highlight, NEW understanding…”

Lastly we are told to be “receptive and open… Opening up our inner man for a download from heaven”. What we are not told is that this entire process factually amounts to a Christianized form of divination – all forms of which are strictly forbidden in God’s Word [Lev. 19:2] precisely because they bring one in contact with demonic entities.

Some relevant bible verses include:

1Cor. 4:6 – “… that you may learn in us not to think *BEYOND WHAT IS WRITTEN, that none of you may be puffed up…”

“You must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of… that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2Tim. 3:14-17

And, consider this:

“Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life. Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” ‘ ” – Ezekiel 13:22-23

Voice of The Apostles: Deceiving Spirits and Demonic Transference

The Voice of The Apostles conference 2017 was held Oct. 17-20 in Lancaster, PA. This event is where top false prophets of the NAR ordain and “anoint” their disciples. The EmergentWatch documentary video is a composite of over 8 hours of video taken during the 3 day event. In this video one can witness the demonic transference from these false “apostles”, and the demonic spiritual effect this has on their followers. These effects have been compared to those seen in occultic Kundalini awakening and the uncontrollable movements known as “Kriyas”.

There are absolutely no verses in the bible that show the Holy Spirit manifesting these physical symptoms. On the contrary, there are multiple verses in the Gospels showing demons manifesting similar symptoms – being seized by evil spirits, falling to the ground and convulsing (twitching and jerking, etc.) – See Matt. 17:15+; Luke 9:42. etc.

Applicable bible verses include:

John 16:13-14 – “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority… He will glorify Me (Jesus)…”

1Jn. 1:5 – This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

1Jn. 4:1 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

1Cor. 14:32-33 – “The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…

Lam. 2:14 – “Your prophets have seen for you False and deceptive visions; They have not uncovered your iniquity, To bring back your captives, But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.”

Ezk. 22:25-28 – The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things… like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD had not spoken.”

2Pet. 2:18-19 – “They speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.”

1Tim. 4:1 – “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

2Thes. 2:3-11 – “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (of The Lord) will not come unless the falling away (“Apostasia“) comes first… For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work… The coming of the lawless one (Antichrist) is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie…”

Apparently not content with adult followers, these wolves want children also.

Luke 17:2 – “Better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”

 

 

Kairos 2017 – Offspring of The Mother of Harlots

Just in time for Halloween – The mother of all ecumenical conferences is about to take place in Kansas City, on Oct. 24-26th – in “celebration” of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the Kairos 2017 event.

Organized by Vatican envoy Matteo Calisi (“United in Christ“), in collusion with Mike Bickle’s IHOP and by John Arnott’s “Catch the Fire“. Their promo states: “Unity & Revival: Come & Experience this Pivotal Event in History where Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Leaders set aside differences to reconcile 500 years of Forgiveness.”

Watch the EW media video expose’:

Speakers include: https://www.kairos2017.com/speakers/

NARpostles Lou Engle and Che Ahn

Toronto Blessing’s John Arnott

IHOP’s Mike Bickle

Word-Faith heretic Kenneth Copeland

NARprophets Wes & Stacy Campbell

Cardinal Daniel DeNardo

COE’s Archbishop Sean Larkin

Catholic Bishop Sam Jacobs

Catholic Archbishop Joseph Naumann

United in Christ’s Matteo Calisis

CBN’s Gordon Robertson

NARpostle Dutch Sheets

Oral Roberts Univ. Pres. Billy Wilson

“Worship” music will be provided by IHOP’s Misty Edwards and Arnott’s Catch the Fire music collective.

The ecumenical event will be a major milestone on the road back to Rome. This apostasy is uniting many aberrant streams of Christianity into the one-world religion predicted in the book of Revelation.

NAR apologist Dr. Michael Brown to speak at Calvary Chapel affiliate

Steve Berger , pastor of the CC affiliated Grace Chapel (Franklin, TN) is at it again – Even after recently promoting the heretical NAR event “Awaken The Dawn“. [See https://emergentwatch.com/2017/08/24/calvary-chapel-affiliate-hosts-major-ecumenical-nar-event/.

Since the event at his church, Berger has continued to post promotions of the coming ATD event, as well as promotions of it’s leader – NAR man Lou Engle – on his social media pages.

Berger also recently 9/12/17) hosted a “Concert of Prayer” event, wherein his CC affiliated church partnered with the Mike Bicke’s IHOPKC affiliate NHOP – the Nashville House of Prayer.

In this clip Steve Berger does another promo for Lou Engle’s NAR “Awaken The Dawn’ event: https://www.facebook.com/mark.jefferies.3720/videos/vb.100007157913339/1939838079598104/?type=2&theater&notif_t=video_processed&notif_id=1506029400219274

Now, Berger & his church are hosting the NAR apologist, Dr. Michael Brown on Sept. 24th. Yes, the same Dr. Brown who was one of the pioneers of the demonic Brownsville “revival” movement – Who has praised NAR apostates Mike Bickle and Lou Engle as “Great men of God”. [See http://apprising.org/2014/01/14/dr-michael-brown-says-friends-mike-bickle-and-lou-engle-true-men-of-god/

Michael Brown has feigned ignorance as to what the New Apostolic Reformation is. So why does he constantly defend and endorse its major heretical leaders, many of whom he calls friends and brothers in Christ? See: https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/01/20/michael-brown-admits-his-nar-ties-to-rick-joyner/

Yes, Michael Brown even denies the existence of the NAR, even though he is inexplicably tied with Destiny Image Publishing, which is one of the biggest New Apostolic Reformation publishing houses in the world. See: https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/01/10/further-evidence-of-michael-browns-ties-with-the-nar/

Also see: http://www.piratechristian.com/messedupchurch/2017/5/convincing-proof-that-dr-michael-brown-requires-gullibility-in-his-audience

And: https://churchwatchcentral.com/2017/03/01/bill-johnson-affirms-michael-brown-is-part-of-the-new-apostolic-reformation/

And: http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/03/02/charismatic-gullibility-dr-michael-brown-and-discernment/

And see Dr. Brown attack his critics… again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=cYXVXBqWCb4

Calvary Chapel Affiliate Hosts Major Ecumenical NAR Event

In researching the upcoming NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) event – “Awakening The Dawn” (ATD) – [the latest in a series of major ecumenical NAR events, such as Together 2016 and Azusa Now etc.] – I came across a regional event being hosted by Calvary Chapel affiliate Grace Chapel, in Franklin, Tennessee, on September 2nd, 2017.

Grace Chapel is the domain of pastor Steve Berger – author of the controversial book “Have Heart” – wherein he proposes that Christian Parents can be in open communication with their dead children – which factually amounts to the spiritualistic (occult) practice of clairaudience. For back-ground on this see: http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/have_heart_bridging_the_gulf_steve_berger.html

This new video expose’ gives the background of this ATD event:

Berger has never retracted the concepts he advocated, but has gone into hosting ecumenical events at his CC affiliated church. Why Berger was never dis-affiliated or even corrected by the overseers at Calvary Chapel [CCOF/ CCA] is an open question. Now Berger has joined hands with some of the worst apostates, in his hosting of this NAR event.

The promotional page on the Grace Chapel website tells us: “We will gather together to worship & join in the story and vision for Awaken The Dawn, with David Bradshaw (Leader of Awaken The Dawn), Lou Engle (Leader of The Call), and Pastor Steve Berger.

See https://www.gracechapel.net/events-detail/awaken-the-dawn-gathering-w-lou-engle

Awakening The Dawn – Features NAR false teachers:

Heidi Baker – Iris Global

Mike Bickle – IHOP[KC]

Robbie Dawkins – Take The City

Lou Engle – Rise Up (The Call)

Sean Feucht (Bethel affil.) – Burn 24/7

Nick Hall – Pulse (Together 2016)

Luke18 Project – IHOP affiliate

Rick Pino – Heart of David

Todd White – Lifestyle Christianity

and others…

The ATD homepage link is HERE: http://www.awakenthedawn.org/

See Also: Calvary Chapel affiliate Hosts NAR event – Part II @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkt7e9mjYAI

And also see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhIE87wKk0E