Showing posts with label Drunkenness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drunkenness. Show all posts

Monday, April 29, 2013

New Bethel Sozo Research post: The Holy Spirit wants us to be sober-minded not drunk: What does drunkenness have to do with the Spirit of God and Christians?

1 Thessalonians 5

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Day of the Lord

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

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Hello friends.  Hope you're having a good day.  In my Bible reading this morning, the Lord showed me something. I believe He (the Spirit of Truth) wanted me to share.

God wants His children to be alert and sober-minded.  He does not want us to be intoxicated or out of control.  He does not want us to act like crazy animals or drunken men or women.  The fruit of the Spirit is "self-control" (see Galatians 6:22 for all the fruits).  It is the real Spirit of the Lord that gives "self-control" as opposed to drunkenness.  Remember in Acts 2 -- the apostle said they were "not" drunk. The apostle did not say they "were" drunk.  Rather, it was the scoffers/mockers who were falsely slandering/ridiculing these holy men that they were drunk.  Now, some modern pastors will tell you that in Acts 2 (at Pentecost) the apostles acted drunk/out of control and were speaking gibberish that only God could understand.  This is not what happened at all at Pentecost. Rather, the opposite.  See here in the Bible: 

The Gift to Speak Languages (Acts 2)
4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6Now when this was sounded abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language.
7And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans?
8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, in which we were born?
9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11Cretans and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What means this?
13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
Peter's Sermon
14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel...
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The tongues the multitudes from the different regions (like the Egyptians, Arabians, etc.) heard were (quote) "in their own language". Peter the apostle told the mockers that these holy men (quote) "were not drunk". Peter then proceeded to deliver an eloquent sermon that people understood. He started by quoting the prophet Joel.

When pastors today say that the apostles were acting drunk and crazy, they are not acting like the holy apostles, but rather, they are acting like the mockers/scoffers that Peter corrected.  These men were mockers.  The NIV says these mockers were making fun of the apostles.  The NLV says these mockers were ridiculing them.  The Greek word for mocking is chleuazo which means to jest, mock or jeer.

This is rotten doctrinal fruit and a twisting in scripture.  Jesus said, "by their fruit you will know them" (Matthew 7).  

Throughout the Bible, the Lord exhorts Christians to be of a sober mind and to be wise.  Not... to be out of control or drunk (in body or spirit). I truly hope this post edifies and encourages you in sound doctrine. 

Have a truly wonderful day in the Lord filled with His goodness, mercy and truth! 


Friday, April 26, 2013

The real roots and history of sozo: Randy Clark of Toronto Blessing, jungle and barnyard animal behaviors, Bethel Church, Argentina and more


In 1997 Randy Clark, a healing evangelist, held meetings at Bethel Church. At that time, Pastor Clark would send a team to train a congregation how to be prayer servants. A small portion of that training was a model of 'deliverance' from Argentina. This model became our first tool 'The Four Doors'.
The above is a direct quote from in the history section.  Elsewhere in this section, it states that the "Lord introduced" these tools for this healing ministry.  Interestingly, these terms are not found in the Word of God - anywhere.  
So here are the six tools introduced by "the Lord".  Why didn't the Lord introduce these tools in the Bible so that others could have been using these tools for the past twenty centuries or more?  Why did the Lord wait so long to introduce these methods if this is what "sozoes" (saves; heals; delivers) a person?  What did the early Christians of the previous centuries do for their sozoing (saving; healing; deliverance)?  Did they rely on the tools of humans for a price, or did they rely and have trust/faith in the shed blood of Jesus and the Lord's direct intervention done in His way?  Why would the Lord wait 2000 years to introduce tools used to save, heal and deliver?  Here are the tools:
  • Father Ladder
  • Four Doors
  • Presenting Jesus
  • The Wall
  • Trigger Mechanisms (Advanced Tool)
  • Divine Editing (Advanced Tool)
According to the official source of sozo, Randy Clark of the Toronto Blessing is part of the roots of this movement (as well as an Argentinian healing ministry). 

Who is Randy Clark and what is the Toronto Blessing?

This ministry has provided a helpful summary from an informational source on the Toronto Blessing movement.  Please note that this ministry has researched the direct quotes about animal and barnyard sounds which can be found on an official ministry website.  Many people say "you can't believe everything you see on the internet," but direct quotes from official sources are true and undeniable.  The official sources really do tell others that the Lord sends barnyard and jungle animal manifestations and even drunkenness and uncontrollable laughter:

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Dear friends, the answer is Jesus.  He alone can save, heal and deliver a person.  And, He has been doing it (for free) for centuries.  

"Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar." Proverbs 30:6; NIV

"And such WERE some of you: but ye ARE washed, but ye ARE sanctified, but ye ARE justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor. 6:11; KJV

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36; NIV
Peace and joy!  

Question: "What is the Toronto Blessing?"

The Toronto Blessing refers to the supposed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people attending the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Church, which at the time was the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church. On January 20, 1994, a Pentecostal pastor named Randy Clark spoke at the church and gave his testimony of how he would get drunk in the Spirit and laugh uncontrollably. In response to this testimony, the congregation erupted in pandemonium with people laughing, growling, dancing, shaking, barking like dogs, and even some even being stuck in positions of paralysis. These experiences were attributed to the Holy Spirit entering people's bodies. The pastor of the church, John Arnott, referred to it as a big Holy Spirit party. The moniker "Toronto Blessing" was given, and the church was soon in the international spotlight.

When this "blessing" is held to the light of Scripture, however, it can scarcely be called a blessing; abomination, maybe, but not blessing. Absolutely nowhere in Scripture can one find any precedent for what was happening at the Toronto Airport church, except, perhaps, the physical conditions demon-possessed people suffered. In fact, the Toronto Airport church became so embroiled in emotional outbursts and psychological displays that Pastor Arnott ceased preaching salvation, and instead preached about the party of the Holy Spirit. Experiences were being held in higher authority than Scripture. This was even too much for the already extremely charismatic Vineyard movement, which severed ties with the Toronto Airport church in 1995, prompting the name change to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship.

A believer's focus needs to be Jesus Christ, the "author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2), not on oneself, one’s experiences, or even the Holy Spirit. The Toronto Blessing focuses on the last, to the detriment of biblical faith. Believers can have fun, dance, sing, even shout to the Lord. However, when a worship service resembles the dream of a demented schizophrenic and attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit, only one word comes to mind: heresy.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Alert! Jesus Culture Video, Part 2: A Call for Discernment! Are you Sure It's Your Jesus?

The Jesus Culture Band has a massive following, and just like sozo, has originated out of Bethel Church in Redding, California.  These are the roots of this band/movement that is sweeping across the world at an alarming rate.

Oddly, BSRG cannot find a "belief" page or "statement of faith" page anywhere on Jesus Culture's website.

We have asked and asked to no avail.  We asked the page owners at the Jesus Culture/Kim Walker Band event promotional pages.  No belief statement.  The best answer we received was a direction to the Bethel Church website.  This is mysterious and concerning, and BSRG is on a quest to find out why there is no belief page on this professed Christian movement.  Wouldn't a Christian movement have a belief page?  Red flag?

Another answer we got from a follower of Jesus Culture was to just listen to the lyrics of their songs and we will know they are of God.  Even more alarming is the massive numbers of youth who are following this band (blindly) without "testing the spirits" as Jesus Christ commanded.

Stay tuned...

Friday, September 28, 2012


September 27, 2012

I am really hoping to make this the last of this type of article for 
awhile. Some people think I "love" putting out this stuff. But I 
honestly wish it would all go away, so we could get on with the 
'real' work of building the kingdom. 
However, Bill Johnson is doing such damage to the Body of Christ 
around the world that I simply cannot stay silent. In New Zealand 
(where I am currently) he holds a huge Conference once a year 
called "Manifest Presence". This is amost certainly the biggest 
and most influential Christian conference in the whole country. 
And likewise in other nations, such as UK, Australia, Singapore, 
and many others. His influence is enormous. 
Bill Johnson is a very charming man. He also emphasizes a 
number of things that I heartily agree with - such as street 
evangelism using the gifts of the Spirit, prophecy and healing 
on the streets, etc. But the problem is that he endorses and 
promotes an "anointing" exactly identical to the one that Todd 
Bentley promotes. The "drunken glory", fire-tunnel, laughing, 
jerking, gold-dust, "Angel-mania"-type anointing that has done 
such damage to the Charismatic movement around the world - 
and in many cases reduced it to a shocking travesty of what it 
once was. What would Derek Prince or Keith Green think of the 
things these men are into - spiritual drunkenness, "portals", 
'visualization', spirit-travel, fire-tunnels, angel-orbs and the like? 
(Found all the way through the New Age movement, but not in 
the Bible). 
Bill Johnson was one of the biggest supporters of the Lakeland 
revival led by Todd Bentley. And even after the fiasco that it 
became, he publicly endorsed Todd Bentley's ministry again in 
2011. But Bill does it all with such "down-to-earth" charm and 
wise-sounding words - "how could this be deception?" That is 
what makes him so dangerous. 
His wife Beni is co-pastor with Bill of Bethel church in Redding, 
California. And interestingly she is even more open about the 
bizarre things that they are into. She even puts it in writing on 
the Internet, for all the world to see. 
For example, in her "Life and Wellness" blog on July 6 this year, 
here is what she wrote in an entry called 'Love Shack Time': 
"I was talking with Ray Hughes the other day and was telling him 
about using a 528 HZ tuning fork as a prophetic act. Someone 
told me that this tuning fork is called the tuning fork of LOVE..." 
(Please note that crystals and tuning forks are used in NEW AGE 
therapy - and have nothing to do with Christianity in any way). 
Beni continued: "Recently I got up to speak at a meeting and 
walked up to the song "Love Shack" by the B52's. I was calling 
people to more love. It was so fun." 
I guess we are now beginning to get a sense of the strange 
spiritual world that these people inhabit. Another blog post that 
Beni wrote about 'WAKING UP ANGELS' in March 2009 was 
also very revealing: 
"In the last couple of months, I personally have become more 
aware of the angelic activity in this realm. One of those times 
was when we were on a prayer trip to Arizona... One morning as 
we were driving up over Tehachapi Pass and coming down into 
the Mojave Desert, I began to feel angels. The closer we got, 
the stronger the impression felt. I could see them everywhere!.. 
I announced this to the group and said, "We have got to stop! 
We have to stop somewhere..." As we drove around a corner I 
said, "I think that we are going to wake up some angels here..." 
"We knew we were to turn around, get out of the RV and wake 
up the angels. I wish I could convey to you the energy and the 
quickness of how God was working. We jumped out of the RV, 
I blew the shofar and rang the bell, and we yelled "WAKEY 
WAKEY." We got back into the RV and drove off. As we drove 
off, hilarious laughter broke out! We were stunned at the speed 
at which this all took place and were spinning from the adventure 
and the angelic activity. What in the world had just happened?! 
Heaven collided with earth. Woo hoo!! 
"Since that time, there has been a stirring in me to awaken the 
angels for use in this Kingdom reign that is upon us here on earth. 
I have shared these two stories in other places and have done a 
prophetic act of waking up the angels: having everybody cry out, 
"WAKEY WAKEY!" I know it is strange but it is very effective... 
One of our gals who enjoys God's angels... gets pretty wacked 
when they are around..." 
The reference that Beni makes here to "Heaven colliding with 
earth" is of course directly tied to Bill Johnson's most famous 
teaching on "When Heaven Invades Earth". Clearly, this is the 
kind of thing they mean when they use that phrase. So if we 
get with their program so-to-speak, we too can go around 
"waking up angels" and getting "pretty wacked" when these 
'angels' are around. 
I guess the obvious question is whether they are "serious" about 
all this. Sadly, the answer is "Yes." When you get so completely 
deceived that you think "drunken glory" and 'tuning forks' and 
getting "wacked" are normal Christian behaviour, you are open 
to anything. Tragically, if we look at all that these people have 
said and done now for years and years, we have to conclude that 
one of Christendom's biggest leaders (Bill Johnson) inhabits the 
most bizarre quasi-spiritual universe that you can imagine. And 
he is spreading this deceived foolishness in the Body of Christ 
on a mass scale. It might seem almost "funny" if it wasn't so 
'New Age' serious. 
One young lady named Johanna who had been a student for many 
months at Bill Johnson's 'Bethel' school wrote to me the following: 
"In August 2008 I moved to Redding, California to attend Bethel 
School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). I graduated in May 
2009... Almost right away I began to question the bizarre behavior 
that is so normal there. 
"At Bethel, there are many sayings that are tossed around daily... 
"God only has nice things to say," "There´s no high like the Most 
High." There would be all kinds of distracting behavior (random 
shouting, laughing, etc.) during school sessions and church 
services. When any guest speaker came to school, students 
would flock to the front to get as close to the speaker as possible. 
We were taught that any anointing we wanted could be received 
by simply "claiming it" for ourselves. Students would rush the 
stage and the front of the sanctuary so the speakers could lay 
hands on them. 
"Among the guest speakers were Bob Jones, Heidi Baker, 
Georgian and Winnie Banov, Randy Clark, John and Carol Arnott... 
We also had regular sessions with Bill Johnson, Beni Johnson... 
and other Bethel pastors. The drunken behavior and questionable 
teachings from some, if not all, of these speakers was shocking 
at times. I can safely say that I never heard the word "repentance" 
once in any teaching. 
"I remember when the Banovs came, the whole place was complete 
chaos. When they touched someone, that person would jerk 
violently or stumble around as if they were drunk. The Banovs 
minister to people in trash dumps around the world... What I 
remember them talking about was love, joy, bliss, and the new wine. 
"Angels were often talked about. I remember Beni Johnson actually 
took an RV across Arizona and New Mexico to wake up angels 
that were supposedly sleeping. (Another one of the common 
phrases, "Wakey wakey"). I would always hear people talking 
about their encounters with angels and how they visited heaven. 
One young woman I knew said she could see angels everywhere, 
she talked to them all the time, and she would help her friends to 
do the same... God becomes like Santa Claus. Without the 
preaching of the true gospel, the fear of the Lord is lost." 
ANDREW AGAIN:  As you can see from all these reports, the 
ministry of Bill Johnson is highly suspect. Sadly, because the 
deception is not as "obvious" as Todd Bentley, people are 
charmed into thinking he's "fine". Charismatic leaders around 
the world flock to his meetings and openly endorse his teachings. 
For this reason I believe he is far more dangerous than Todd 
Bentley ever was. The Bible says that in the last days will come 
false teachers and "lying signs and wonders" to deceive if 
possible the "very elect." And what do we see today? New Age 
practices and spirits are flooding the church. And it is men like 
Bill Johnson that have become the "acceptable face" of this 
invasion. Please, friends, steer well clear. 
Please forward this email to anyone you feel may be in danger 
from this deception. And please comment at our website below- 
God bless you all. 
Andrew Strom. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Strange Manifestations in 'Christian' Circles - from God or not? Feathers in Church? Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, Redding Anne Heers (Christian Post Blog)

"...for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness"? (2 Corinthians 6:14)  
In chapter 12 of When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles, Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California writes:
I have seen the small gems that suddenly appeared in the people's hands as they worshipped God. Since early in 1998, we have had feathers fall in our meetings. At first I thought birds were getting into our air conditioning ducts, but then they started falling in other rooms of the church not connected with the same ductwork. They now fall most anywhere we go - airports, homes, restaurants, offices and the like...He [God] wants to take us farther, and we can only get there by following signs. Our present understanding of scripture can only take us so far. (Page 204,205)
Johnson convinces people that these signs are from God and the Holy Spirit and our present understanding of scripture cannot take us far enough. On the same pages, he says that laughter, gold dust, oil and a cloud (appearing in the church building) are also signs of God's presence. He further explains in the same chapter that these signs and manifestations "are simple indicators of God's presence and purpose". He calls these signs God's "personal notes" to us. He clearly links these signs to our holy God and the Holy Spirit.
But are they? In scripture, believers are commanded to be scrutinizing (not blindly accepting) by putting what they see and hear to the test instead of accepting a teaching, sign or wonder right away, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
Are all signs from God? Clearly scripture teaches that the apostles did signs and wonders. God is still powerful just like He was back then: "And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders done among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch" (Acts 5:12).
However, scripture also contains warnings about following signs and wonders: "The coming of the lawless one 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, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him" (Deuteronomy 13:1-4).
Johnson preaches this about Jesus: "He laid his divinity aside" (When Heaven Invades Earth; chapter 7; page 110). Johnson also preaches that Jesus did His miracles as a man and not as God. Remember in John 10:30 when Jesus said, "I and the Father are one"? What about the immaculate conception and the virgin birth? That was divine, so Jesus had to be divine since conception, even before that - and forever for that matter! In an article from Charisma Magazine dated February 23, 2012, Johnson writes: "While Jesus is eternally God, He emptied Himself of His divinity and became a’s vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God. If He did them as God, I would still be impressed. But because He did them as a man yielded to God, I am now unsatisfied with my life, being compelled to follow the example He has given us. Jesus is the only model for us to follow". The proof text he gives is Philippians 2:7 (which does not state that Christ's divine nature ceased, but basically that Jesus humbly became a servant despite His divinity).
In the same paragraph from When Heaven Invades Earth, Johnson explains that Jesus was "powerless" as well (in addition to being a non-divine man): "The sacrifice that could atone for sin had to be a lamb (powerless)".
Is this the Jesus you know, saint?
Jesus walked on water. Was that powerless and done as a mere man with an anointing? Was He non-divine during His incarnation? Or both divine and human in nature? Wasn't the real Jesus divine and human at the same time?
Is this the same Jesus of the Bible that is preached here - a Jesus who was a non-divine man? I personally believe that Jesus was and is always divine in nature and never ceased to be divine in nature and one with God (because God is divine) for a split second. If someone is divine, it is in their nature and cannot be changed. Divinity cannot be laid aside or stopped. I am human in nature, and I cannot lay that aside. Jesus was and always will be divine in nature, so how could He lay His divine nature aside as He has always been divine, Godhead and deity forever?
Interestingly, there are no records of feathers falling on the apostles in the Bible, though this is an occurrence happening in occult religions and practices. According to a new age ministry called Krysalis Training Academy, which supports the Dalai Lama, psychic practices, reiki, new age spiritual healing, hypnotherapy, eastern meditation, shamanism, Wicca, mysticism and more - feathers are indeed a sign.
Angels often send us little reminders of their presence as angel feathers, which are small white feathers. These seem to appear from nowhere when we are down and in need of comfort. I remember sitting in a café, watching the rain falling on the pavement outside and feeling blue. Suddenly, a small white feather floated down in front of me and landed on my table. I smiled, knowing the angels were around me, with their comforting presence.
Feathers falling - from God or not? As we see here, feathers do appear as signs from other spirits of the occult.
The Apostle Paul spoke in 2 Corinthians 11:4 on "another Jesus" and "another spirit". Could this be?
Another peculiar manifestation in professed Christian circles these days are uncontrolled animal behaviors/sounds, hysterical uncontrolled laughing and drunkenness. Bill Johnson endorses John and Carol Arnott (Catch the Fire Ministries and Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship) on his own website's friend list (see this list and all the ministries he has not turned away from; Romans 16:17). In fact, Johnson and the Arnott's are together having an upcoming conference in the UK in August 2012 called the Revival Alliance Conference. The Arnott's promote jungle and barnyard animal sounds as a manifestation from the Holy Spirit on their official website. Interestingly, we do not see any apostles being "overcome" by a lack of self-control with animals behaviors/sounds in the entire history of Christianity nor from our plumbline, the Word of God (remember, self-control is the fruit of the Spirit, not a loss of self-control; see Galatians 5:22).
According to the same occult ministry mentioned above, animal sounds are characteristic of spirits of shamanism.
The Arnott's, friends of Johnson, explain:
The Toronto Blessing is a transferable anointing. In its most visible form itovercomes worshippers with outbreaks of laughter, weeping, groaning, shaking, falling, 'drunkenness,' and even behaviours that have been described as a 'cross between a jungle and a farmyard.' Of greater significance, however, are the changed lives.
Bill Johnson attributes these manifestations to the Holy Spirit when he states:
Our new list includes falling, shaking, laughing, etc...we must learn to recognize his move by recognizing his presence. (When Heaven Invades Earth; chapter 12; page 205)
The Apostle Paul said that if all spoke in tongues and an unbeliever walked in, they would think everyone was crazy (and turn around and walk right out!). "So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?" (1 Corinthians 14:23; NIV). Are these manifestations from God? If you walked into a church and one or more people were barking uncontrollably like a dog, hissing like a snake, moo-ing like a cow, or jumping around like a monkey, would you stay to hear the message? What would God say about this? What about the Apostle Paul? Some things to ponder.
The Apostle Paul said, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:12-17).
Have you ever looked up the Greek meaning for seducers ('imposters')? This word is translated from the Greek word "góēs". Here is how the HELPS Word-studies defines the word 'imposter':
Originally, a sorcerer (in ancient Greek literature); in New Testament times, 1114 (góēs) is a swindler – a shameless cheat pretending to use supernatural power; an actor (cheap imposter), looking for self-gain, i.e. posing to be someone he isn't. "A charlatan", used only in 2 Tim 3:13, refers to a seducer (properly, a wailer) – a fraud who "sounds off" like a whining enchanter. This person uses their verbal spells and incantations to give the (false) impression they can do miracles.
Are these signs and wonders from the real Jesus and the real Holy Spirit? Or is this another Jesus and another spirit bringing "lying signs and wonders" as prophesied? What do you think? I know what I think, and that is based upon the scriptures.
The Intellect
It is important to note that Johnson uses interesting statements about the intellect (that is, using the God-given intellect/brain), from a section of his book entitled Following Your Leader Off the Map: "Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of the scriptures enjoy a false sense of security" (When Heaven Invades Earth, chapter 6, page 105). He also says, "to follow Him [the spirit], we must be willing to follow off the map - to go beyond what we know". In the very next sentence, Johnson again speaks negatively of the intellect: "The Church has all too often lived according to an intellectual approach to the Scriptures, void of the Holy Spirit's influence".
Christians, we know that the Holy Spirit wrote the scriptures. He is the very author! "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). Furthermore, scripture encourages the importance of being smart and discerning: "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding" (Proverbs 23:23). Proverbs is a great book to read about the importance of getting Godly wisdom into your mind (from the scriptures). "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Tim. 3:16).
Also, the Holy Spirit does work with our minds (Romans 12:2), for the scriptures even say that He "re-minds" us of things: "But the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26). To remember is to use the mind. Friends, don't think for a minute that God does not want you to use your brain, mind or God-given intellect and discernment (1 John 4:1).
Johnson also explains in the same chapter that Christ is not part of Jesus's name (his last name): "Christ is not Jesus' last name. The word Christ means 'Anointed One' or 'Messiah'. It is a title that points to an experience. It was not sufficient that Jesus be sent from Heaven to earth with a title. He had to receive the anointing in an experience to accomplish what the Father desired".
The problem with this teaching is that even an angel of the Lord called Jesus "Christ" approximately thirty whole years before His water baptism (clearly, making it a part of His title). Because Christ means Messiah, and Jesus was and is always the Messiah, He had that title before age thirty. Remember Luke 2:10,11 says, "Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord'". Keep in mind, Jesus was only a baby at this point, long before His water baptism experience ('the smearing', as Johnson describes), yet the mighty angel of the Lord calls Him..."Christ the Lord"!
"Therefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit" (1 Cor. 12:3).
Johnson explains, "the word anointing means 'to smear'. The Holy Spirit is the oil of God that was smeared all over Jesus at His water baptism. The name Jesus Christ implies that Jesus is the One smeared with the Holy Spirit".
1 John 4:1-3 says, "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. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world."
Christ came in the flesh, even before his anointing at age thirty. Jesus is the Messiah (Christ), and was the Messiah even as a kid. Remember when Jesus Christ, the twelve year old, was teaching the teachers in the temple in Luke 2? While Johnson says Christ is "a title that points to an experience", we see in scripture that Christ was his title even before that experience at age thirty (Luke 2:11).
Johnson here clearly links the term "Christ" (the smearing) to His water baptism (approximately age thirty).
To further prove this point, a simple Bible search of the word 'Christ' will reveal to you the numerous scriptures where Jesus was indeed called...'the Christ'...even long before age thirty. Jesus is called Christ as His title because He alone is the Messiah. Galatians 3:27 says, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ".
Furthermore, Luke 1:35 makes it clear that the Holy Spirit was upon Jesus' conception in Mary's womb, with power (not without power): "And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God".
What is this teaching? Jesus was and is a part of the holy trinity! That means He was and is always divine. But Johnson explains in chapter seven, "The anointing is what linked Jesus, the man, to the divine". Remember, the anointing here that Johnson is referring to in his chapter is the water baptism (at approximately age thirty).
What about before this "smearing" - was Jesus divine then? Or, just a powerless, non-divine man who had yet to get his link (smearing) to the divine?
Jesus did not need a "link" to the divine to become divine at age thirty, for He was already deity and Godhead (part of the trinity with the Father and the Holy Spirit). Jesus said that He and the Father are one (John 10:30). If they were one, then they were (and are) both divine. Nowhere in scripture does it say that Jesus Christ was non-divine before age thirty or that He gave up His divinity ("laid His divinity aside" as Johnson explains) before age thirty. God cannot cease being God; deity cannot cease being deity. True divinity cannot be stopped. The Bible says that Christ does not change: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17). This is what happened at His water baptism at age thirty: "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up immediately out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him" (Matthew 3:16).
The Spirit of God descended on a divine Messiah (Christ) who was already "one with God" (John 10:30).
Encouraging you to study the Greek meaning of divinity (divine nature) and how it cannot be removed from somebody who is truly Godhead and deity.
Johnson claims that Jesus was eternally God but teaches these other doctrines contrary to that statement. To call someone God is not enough (Mark 5:7; James 2:19). If we are a teacher, we must teach accurately about Jesus Christ and who He is because this is the command from the Spirit and from the Lord: "speak thou the things which become sound doctrine" (Titus 2:1; 2 Timothy 4:3; Revelation 22:19) and we are commanded to turn away from those teachers who do not teach sound doctrine (please read Romans 16:17). We must not mess with Christ's two natures, the very person and identity of the real Jesus Christ.
"For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth" (Ephesians 5:9).
"Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them" (Matthew 7:20).
Thank you for reading, may the Spirit give you ears to hear, and God bless you.
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