CONTINUATION — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· The Real Elijah Spirit of the Bible
· THEY CHRISTIANIZED THE OCCULT POWER OF POSITIVE CONFESSION
· Personal surrender to God IS His power
· They say, “To pray Let Your will be done,” nullifies your prayers!
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THE REAL ELIJAH SPIRIT OF THE BIBLE
The so-called “mighty men” of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement allege they are, like John the Baptist was, true “Elijah prophets.” They supposedly carry the ‘spirit [or super anointing] of Elijah.’ Thus, they are not only ‘manifest gods or god in the flesh’ and ‘christs,’ but also “mediating prophets who stand between humanity and God.”
Every one of these allegations is a presumptuous lie.
¶¶¶ Jesus Himself is the Only Eternal Prophet, Mediator, and High Priest Who stands between man and God, (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-3.)
Ţ Jesus said that John the Baptist manifested the restoring ministry of Old Elijah. Thus, “John was [past tense] Elijah who was to come,” (Mt. 11:13-15.) This work of preparing Jesus’ ministry and restoring Israel to Jesus, was completed through John the Baptists.
¶¶¶ So, when the “Priests and Levites asked John the Baptist, “Who are you?” John answered, “I am not the Christ.. I am not Elijah… And I am not a prophet.. but the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the Way of the Lord…” (Jn. 1:19-29.)
¶¶¶ The purpose of the “Elijah” ministry that manifested through John the Baptist, was clearly explained as follows. Jn. 1:22-29, “...Make straight the Way of the Lord…” [I am preparing the Way for the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.] Then they asked him, ‘Why then do you baptize [with water] if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor a Prophet?” John answered, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you the One [Who will baptize truly believing, blood-cleansed believers with the Holy Spirit at their rebirth, Mt. 3:11-12; Jn. 1:12-13; Acts Chapter 2.] It is He, coming after me, Who is preferred before me, Whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose… Behold! There is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the [whole believing] world!”
Where can anyone who reads the Scriptures find their ‘restoring, prophetic Elijah ministry in this passage?
To develop this great fallacy of ‘super-anointed, mediating Elijah prophets,” these wolves in sheep’s clothing eliminated vital, contextual statements in the New Testament while deliberately confusing the two different Old and New Testament Covenants with each other, (Heb. 8:13.) Old Testament/Covenant prophets such as Moses and Elijah stood for prophetic mediation between God and the Old Israeli nation, as the Old Hebrews could not speak to, or hear from God directly because this was before the cross and Pentecost. Elijah’s ministry is forever in the past. The entire Old Testament is now merely an “example” to New Covenant believers of how God deals with believers according to His Ne Covenant Gospel and New Testament Moral Law, (1 Cor. 10:11; Jn. 13:34.)
This is why God’s New Testament Word declares in Heb. 1:1-4; 3:1, and in 1 Tim. 2:5, “God, Who spoke in time past, [during the Old Testament Covenant] by the prophets, has in these last [New Testament Covenant] days spoken to us by His Son… [Therefore,] consider the [Last and Final] Apostle, [Prophet,] and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus…. For there is One God and One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”
The so-called ‘Restoration of God’s Kingdom on earth,’ or ‘Latter Rain, Worldwide Revival through the Elijah spirit,’ is a mockery of John the Baptist’s calling and especially of the New Testament Gospel and commission of Jesus Christ! Jesus commanded in Mt. 28:19-20, “Go [in My authority, preach My Real Gospel to] make disciples of all the nations, [water] baptize [these believing disciples…] and teach them everything I have commanded you.”
¶¶¶ However, Charismatics now changed Jesus’ water-baptism commandment in Mt. 28:19-20 and Lu. 16:16 to say Jesus commanded “spirit-baptism” by their laying on of hands or their self-saving ‘river of anointing,’ to manifest the speaking in tongues. The ‘river of anointing flows though them’ and allegedly ‘saves’ everyone it touches. This is their new, worldwide ‘revival.’ That’s why Benny Hinn, for instance, can simply wave his coat over hundreds of people and they will all fall down, fly backwards, and start screaming, wailing, howling, jumping, shaking, and speaking in some kind of strange babble-tongue. Can any born again child of God really believe such blatant manipulation of Jesus’ Word to justify such incredible fallacies and occult manifestations?
Ţ What’s more, John the Baptist did not come to restore God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus Himself said His Kingdom “is not from here.” John’s New Testament ministry, (the counterpart of Elijah’s Old Testament ministry,) turned hearts from the falsehoods of Judaism to accept the New Covenant Christ Jesus and His Gospel of grace! – (Jn. 11:13-14; 17:11-12; Mark 9:13; Lu. 1:17.)
Ţ That’s why Jesus said, “All the [Old Testament] prophets prophesied until John” [as mediators between God and man.] Since John the Baptist, Jesus Himself is the final or last Mediating Prophet this earth will ever see — (Mt. 11:13-15; Heb. Chapters 1-3.)
Charismaticism’s New-Covenant-annulling “Elijah” spirit can never be the True Guide, the Holy Spirit of the Bible, working through them, (Jn. 16:13.)
From Jesus’ final breath on the cross until now and forever more, He Himself is the only Mediator and intercessory High Priest between humanity and God the Father! Thus, there can never be ‘a new breed’ of christs and gods, or super ‘Elijahs,’ who must ’prepare the world for the River of Anointing, which will save them all.’
Ţ Jesus said in Lu. 1:14-17, “[John the Baptist] will… [like Old Elijah,] go before [Me] to return the children of Israel to the Lord their God [by preaching repentance from Judaism to Jesus. Repentance from the Old Testament Covenant to the New Testament Covenant, written in the blood of Jesus.]” And Jesus unmistakably declared in Mt. 17:10-13, “Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished… Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.”
The unscriptural, so-called “Restored Reformation” through the Elijah-spirit, is merely the “new” Roman-Catholic/Protestant Reformation speaking through these sincerely deceived people. These Pentecostal Charismatics are the instruments of Rome to bring personally born-again believers back to the original, spiritually dead Protestant Reformation under the pope’s control.
Ţ This time, the “new reformation works through ‘signs and miracles,’ not through physical ‘crusades’ or centuries of bloodthirsty war and inhumane inquisitions like John Calvin and Company committed. It is, therefore, no coincidence that certain ‘Mary-anointed’ Catholics also ‘speak in tongues,’ heal the sick, etcetera. Benny Hinn actually says, “Catholics manifest more miracles through the Eucharist, than Pentecostals do [through Jesus.]” (The Eucharist turns the Lords Supper into the cannibalistic, pagan/Catholic rite of eating the god.) Thus, some Charismatics also manifest Catholic stigmata, the ‘bleeding wounds’ of the Roman Catholic, cosmic christ that still hangs on the cross, and so forth.
The Original Protestant Reformation was never about repentance form the pagan-Christianized church forms and doctrines of Catholicism. That is why Protestant Reformers such as Calvinists still “nullify” the Scriptural work and Gospel of Christ with their inherited Roman doctrines, norms, and forms; secretly dragging millions of deceived Pentecostal Charismatics behind them. In the process, these Reformers of all sorts still minimize the work of the constantly indwelling Holy Spirit and reject His Scriptural gifts; blasphemously calling the Spirit’s real gift of tongues “glossolalia,” while their Pentecostal children turn the Scriptural works and gifts of the Holy Spirit into unashamed pagan witchcraft.
THEY CHRISTIANZED THE OCCULT POWER OF POSITIVE CONFESSION
The reason why I wrote so much about paganism, pederasty, patriarchy and misogyny, is to show how all this pagan dirt smeared their filth all over Christianity — and especially how it shaped the thoughts of modern clergy and their occult practices in church.
Never believe that “everything [important] God did is not written in the Bible,” ‘therefore we are manifesting these strange miracles.’ In Mt. 4:4, when Satan tried to add to, and manipulate the truth of God’s Word, Jesus answered calmly, “Man shall not live by bread, [physical necessities or visible signs and miracles] alone, but from every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God!” Everything we need for our spiritual, emotional, and physical lives were explained in the entire context of Biblical truth! The truth of God’s entire Word is all we need! Jesus will hold us accountable for every word we speak, because He saved His believers to show their love for Him through their obedience to His Moral Law, and to build His Kingdom in righteousness, Godly love, and His absolute truth. Thus, lies, half-truths, twisted truths, and other manipulative, malicious words against ‘our neighbors’ are tongue, or character-murder, which clearly characterize us as spiritual murderers and children of the devil, for “he was a murderer from the beginning,” (Jn. 8:44; Mt. 5:21-22.)
All those who prophesy falsely and teach false doctrines are tongue-murderers, who speak spiritual death over their followers. Still, Charismatics believe the verse, “life and death is in the power of the tongue,” means they can ‘create’ their own world and destiny ‘by the power of their words.’ Because of such alleged ‘creative power,’ they also teach that one should never confess any ‘negativity,’ thereby ‘cursing yourself and others’ “with the power of the tongue.” To them, this means, even though you know about great mismanagement of funds, soul and life destroying abuse and false doctrine; if you are on the brink of death with pain and fever, or sinking in poverty, you should never confess “negativity:” sickness, problems, or weakness of any kind. You should smilingly praise God while “withstanding the devil” by confessing you are healed, blessed, etc., until the miracle manifests itself.
In Scriptural contexts this really means, (Prov. 18:2,) to speak life is to speak “the truth in love.” This relates to every kind of truth, but especially to the eternal truth of God’s Word. To speak death is to sow discord and spiritual and emotional corruption through lies, manipulation, and the twisting of contextual truth of all kinds. Jesus commissioned and anointed all His disciples to “go into all the world…” to declare the truth of His Gospel [which is Eternal Life] to everyone as the Holy Spirit leads us, and He promised that the “gates of Hades shall not prevail against [us.]” Hades is not “eternal hell,” as commonly taught. Sheol [Hebrew] or Hades [Greek] is the grave or physical death, which, translated into spiritual language, means those who are in spiritual death without the Life of Christ. False teaching and twisted doctrine bring people to Hades, or spiritual death, while teaching God’s truth brings people to Life in the here and now, and Life eternal in the presence of God, (Mt. 16:18; 28:19-20; Rom. 8:9 &14.)
The power of life and death is really on the tongue — but not in the way ‘miracle-creating’ teachers believe! As for “resisting the devil,” James 4:7-8 makes it clear that it has nothing to do with positive confession. He commanded, “Submit yourself to [the truth] of God. [Then you can] resist the devil [with God’s Word as Jesus did in the wilderness,] and he will flee from you. Draw near to God [in prayer, Scriptural obedience, praise and worship,] and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you [who sin,] and purity your hearts, you double-minded… Let you laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom [as you] humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up!”
It is obvious that Jesus did not go into the wilderness, Gethsemane, or to the cross smiling or practicing positive confession — although He never complained without reason and in a lack of faith. He understood the cause of His torment and His destiny here on earth. This illustrates that Jesus’ humanity was just as real as His suffering. Likewise, our fight to grow in the truth of God and to progress in obedience to His will, (which brings real spiritual and emotional freedom from this world) must be very real, because Satan does not shoot paper darts.
Personal surrender to God IS His power, because we must die to really live spiritually in Him
The Holy Spirit taught us one fundamental, unwavering truth: by ourselves, we are nothing, and we can do nothing without Him. Contrary to the prosperity doctrine of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, Jesus did not call us to be filthy stinking rich rulers in this world, although He will always make a way for us as strangers and sojourners in this dimension, (Heb. 11.) Jesus called us to continually die the inglorious death of the cross, symbolically and even physically if necessary, for His True Cause. Spiritual and emotional death to sin and self comes before Eternal Life in Christ, because His death and life transcends this world in totality. Jesus called Himself The Resurrection and the Life and said we must die emotionally to everything and everyone that can keep us away from Him so that nothing, not even physical death itself, can touch our eternal lives in heaven, (1 Jn. 5:18-20.)
However, neither suffering nor spiritual and emotional victory make us special in any way. It is simply our lifestyle in Christ, which we accept under His will and guidance as ‘chastisement,’ which will benefit our characters and service to Him now, and bring us safely to heaven, (Heb. 5:8; 12:3-11.) While we should take care not to fall into Satan’s trap to be pessimistic and complain, the ungodly doctrine of positive confession is nothing but the old occult technique of Visualization and Positive Confession disguised as ‘Rhema;’ the power of God’s spoken Word.
Of course God still does miracles! And He really gave us His Spirit and His gifts to do His miracles, (Mark 16:16-18.) Yet, submitted to God, we must always focus on our all-powerful God and the truth of His Word, and bring everything to Him in prayer first, instead of relying on so-called ‘tongue-superpower,’ which allegedly creates miracles. If we are in pain, hungry and cold while we say we are not, we are lying. We are not condemning or cursing ourselves or others by telling the truth, or by merely relating the facts of the situation. If we have prayed over illness and other afflictions and it persists, it is right and Biblical to continue praying and believing while we confess that God is able to heal and supply all your needs – according to His will, in His own time, and for His own glory. God often tests our faith by not answering immediately; building Godly character in us. His answer might not always be positive either. Point is, we must always hear from God personally; knowing that He always hears and answers us, (Col. 4:2-5; Eph. 6:18.) Saying that we are suffering while we believe in, and wait on God is not a lack of faith.
When Jesus wrestled against the life-and-death needs of His complete humanity in Gethsemane, He confessed, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death…” The Man Jesus was not complaining. He was being true to Himself while facing that ultimate trial with unmoving faith in the all-powerful ability and absolute sovereignty of the omniscient, omnipresent God. Jesus’ example of perfect faith also reflects in His private human petition, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Mt. 26:38-39.) In Jesus’ complete humanity, it cost incredible faith to surrender completely to the will of the Father, no matter the outcome of that atrocious trial! God calls all His sincere children to this kind of unadulterated faith in the face of death and adversity. Faith, which goes beyond all personal comfort and contentment in this world. Faith, which supersedes all the needs and desires of this temporal world, to flow over into eternal life, reaching straight to God’s righteous throne in heaven.
They say, “To pray, ‘Let Your will be done,’ nullifies your prayers;” you can incubate your own miracles!
These ‘Faith’ Teachers ‘overturned’ Jesus’ example of true faith by ‘changing’ the very essence of faith into the power of positive confession; used for personal and temporal wealth and ease in the here and now. So, they even allege one ‘nullifies’ your prayers by saying, “Not my will, but Your will be done.”
They believe God gave all His ‘authority’ to them to act as independent gods, creating miracles or “their own reality” as they please. As ‘god himself in the flesh,’ their prayers consist of telling the True God of the Bible how to fulfill their will! They also say they have the power to incubate their own miracles! So, who needs God, then?
What a scary scenario! Mere men, supposedly cleansed by the blood of Jesus, believing they are gods or supermen, who have the superpower to do everything as and how they please! [Read what Paul commanded concerning the continual transformation of the mind, to know and obey the perfect will of God! – Rom. 12:1-2.]
The Charismatic/Pentecostal Movement modeled this witchcraft on the teachings of the Christian Buddhist, ‘David’ Yonggi Cho, father of the worldwide ‘cell-church’ system and his techniques of Visualization and Positive Confession. His formula to create your own miracles goes like this, 1) Name it – “become pregnant with the desire by naming it aloud.” 2) Frame it – “incubate it by visualizing it, or see it as a reality before your spiritual eye.” 3) Then Claim it – “confess it until it materializes, despite all reality and feeling.”
These occult techniques to “make God perform” are witchcraft and idolatry straight from hell, (1 Sam. 15:23.)