I’m a little worried about all the people I know who are misled into thinking that Jesus appears as a “cloud of smoke”, or that Jesus’ joy consists of “laughing for hours” because his joy is so strong and other “manifestations” that people report about being special to God, being of God and having that “anointing” that is so strong and powerful that they become spokesmen for a certain church or belief.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:31)
I wonder at how long the Lord will contain Himself, watching these ministers who spout miraculous healings, or Words of God that they receive, speaking in tongues all over the place, even teaching their flocks to “speak in tongues”? My grief is that so many people will follow these preachers, not reading their bibles, and walking with Christ, but walking after these “signs and wonders preachers”, instead?
Won’t people be grieved to find they are not “known by God”, they have been too naive and trusting, to be led by preachers that have to have “signs and wonders” at their churches in order to prove that the Lord Jesus Christ is there? Who do we follow, man or God?
My experiences in various false Divinity Schools has shown me that these “signs and wonders” teachers turn into leaders into the “miraculous”, that they are not followers of Christ, but of man. Every “miracle” is not necessarily of God. We are going down a slippery slope to believe that every “impartation, vision or sign” is automatically that of God. Satan is a deceiver, who will lead people away from believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Who needs signs and wonders to believe? Why is it that they must preach in signs and wonders in order to prove faith?
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. (John 4:48)
Who today supplants their faith with the need to see, or experience, signs and wonders? Faith is believing, sight unseen.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
I recall someone saying, the Jews needed signs and the Greeks needed logic. How about blind faith? You hear the word of God, and you believe?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
People are too young in the Lord to really believe Him, without resorting to “proofs”. Keep with your faith, do not be side-tracked into thinking that Jesus will perform special magic tricks to prove you believe.
We cannot be turned from the truth about God, we must hold true to the bible and our faith. God doesn’t need to show Himself in weird phenomena, He gave us his Word and that is enough. We cannot let false teaching invade the church. I offer a link to a message about seducing spirits by John MacArthur.
The problem is, these false preachers lead people away from Jesus, to follow them. They amass quite a following.
I must say it is a mental phenomena, to me, that so many would want a following so badly that they would look for signs and wonders to invade their churches, just so they can excite or impress people, grow their “flock” and maybe become famous.
Look how many preachers seem to enjoy getting that special Word from God, thinking they are more special than others, so that they get that special message from God, and decree that you will have this or that. I am tired of the showmanship where it is no longer about God, but about them. These men and women of God who practice “little god” doctrines, who want all eyes to be on them, but not on the Lord Jesus Christ. They play at being a “god”, because they want all the adulation, are self-seeking, ego-seeking and not of God.
I ask, who played at being a god, but was thrown out of heaven?
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. (Matthew 24:24)
I’m watching a disturbing video about how people are led to believe that Jesus is, and what he does with people. It is very disturbing, talking about the Jesus Culture, in this particular video. People shake, laugh for hours, see smoke in the air, and they call this a manifestation of Jesus. They are looking for “an experience with God”, and sadly they are being misled. They are not discerning the true Spirit of God.
I was once part of this popular culture of spirits, of demons, really, which are the seducing spirits God talks about. Spirits that led me to believe that I was being “slain in the spirit” for some strange reason. Talking in tongues of gibberish, meaning nothing, not knowing I did not have to “hide” my prayers in “my prayer language”, so that Satan wold not understand what I was saying. My prayers are heard and understood by God. I do not need a special “prayer language” so that God knows secretly, what I am praying, so maybe this will protect my prayers from being understood by Satan. Is Satan a threat to the Lord Jesus Christ?
All I can say is, wow. I didn’t know we had such an unmighty, unvictorious Savior, like Christ who was raised from the dead, came back to walk the earth, and then ascend up into Heaven where he sits at the right hand of the Father. Do I need to hide my prayers for God to be safe enough to understand them so that Satan will not hear? When did Jesus overcome Satan, then? Was it not the truth that Jesus has already been victorious over death, and that after a time, Satan will be no more on earth?
But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:9b-10)
Looking back, I see with great sadness how people want “the experience”, and, like a drug seeker who wants that “high”, and an altered state of experience, they are still seeking the seducer who calls them back, to relive that “special encounter” they are having with (a) god. It is not Jesus. It has become the broad highway, going in the opposite direction of the straight and narrow path that few will follow. Who are you following?
I have more to say about my studying, and becoming an “ordained minister” in a few of these places, which I do not aspire to use ever in my life. I reject the counter-culture I see in various churches I have attended, schools I have graduated from as well as churches I have attended. I reject this “touchy-feely”, “unity spiritual” and “encounter groups” I have been a witness to, unfortunately. I have seen the truth through the eyes of Christ by reading my bible every day, and leaning on Him to teach me through the Holy Spirit’s opening my eyes while I read and study His Word. I am hoping you do, too.