Recently it has become apparent that many movements towards a spirit of working together (ecumenical-ism) good works (social gospel) hyper-faith, Mormonism and a host of evangelical and whatever together all share a common thread. Dominion Now, Kingdom Now, and other labels of variant levels of well meaning to outright heretics are working toward building heaven on earth mans way. It must be said the fundamental flaw is that it has many focused on Man Centered Theology of what man can get done for God. And my heart’s desire is for my friends who are vulnerable to this deceptive emotional type of teaching. So I give this in love for the truth and those who are affected.
Kingdom Now, Prophetic Implications: Deception Ahead
Kingdom Now Explained
In a nutshell, Kingdom Now is when Christians have made things good enough Christ can return to earth and not before. It places man at the center and God is no longer sovereign, God must wait till man gets it done. The Bible teaches quite the opposite. Signs of the times are a world out of control and men waxing worse and worse with mentions of the Days of Noah and Lot. Many get sucked into this type of hype. It is many times accompanied by men some call themselves apostles and prophets for today. Christianity is not what we can do for God, but what He has done for us. Religion says do, and Jesus said, “it is finished”.
Emotions rule the day at many of these meetings, I have seen some of them first-hand. Experience is elevated over Scripture and lies are sown in the hearts of unsuspecting people who seek for an encounter with God instead of spending time reading and studying His word. God is seeking for those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. If we do not read and study His Bible which is His revelation for the Church, not these self-proclaimed men who seek to draw away many after themselves for their own advantage. Scripture is full of warnings of such false apostles, prophets, and teachers. Some video has been attached to this series. A historical look at what has become a serious issue in the Church. We are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Ephesians 4:7-16 and keep watching for His coming as the first century Church was under Roman pagan occupation.
This article, by Albert James Dager, first appeared in his Media Spotlight newsletter – in 1986. However, the information is highly relevant for today:
Man-Centered Prophets & Movements
Movements like the Toronto Blessing and Pensacola Outpouring have resurrected, repackaged and reintroduced the heretical doctrines described. The Word-Faith movement is permeated with these teachings. While talking about renewal and revival, so-called “apostles” and “prophets” like Paul Cain, Bob Jones, and Rick Joyner actually lead unsuspecting Christians back into these old heresies. Theonomists and re constructionists are actively promoting the ideas exposed here. Some are working hard at trying to make North-America the testing ground for a militant form of “Christianity” the foundation of which is discussed in this three-part presentation.
Introduction to The New Prophets
In every Christian’s life there comes a genuine challenge to their intellectual honesty and, more importantly, to their commitment to God’s truth. Such a challenge is all the greater when prompted by the realization that men and women whom we’ve held in high regard are inadvertently or even knowingly leading us astray.
It isn’t too difficult to accept the truth about the aberrant teachings and dangerous practices of non-Christian cults; Christian bookstores are replete with publications on cult belief systems and activities. But the same bookstores sell materials containing false doctrines under the guise of “deep truths” and “new revelations.” Many of these teachings are gaining acceptance among a growing number of evangelical Christians, and are increasingly finding expression in the Christian Media.
Because this report strikes at the false teachings (often undiscerning) within the heart of the Christian Church, it has been a great deal of pain and personal soul-searching that it was written. Certainly, this report will have an impact upon those propagating these false teachings, as well as upon those who learn from the teachers. Certainly, it will cause loyalties to be broken.
On the other hand, I’m well aware that it may cause loyalties to this ministry to be broken. So be it; if any loyalty to this or any other ministry takes precedence over loyalty to God and His truth as revealed in Scripture, then that loyalty should be broken.
Jesus taught this very thing when He said,
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me Matthew 10:37
In Luke 14:26 He goes even further, saying that if we love even our own lives more than we love Him we are not worthy of Him.
If we are expected to hold allegiance to Jesus whom we have not seen, even above allegiance to our own families and our very lives, how much more should we be loyal to Him above others, no matter how they impress us with their knowledge and eloquent oratory.
Are those who teach us humble? Jesus is more humble. Are they wise? Jesus is wiser. Do they love us? Jesus loves us more. Whatever virtues they possess, the greatest teachers in the Church are in poverty compared to Jesus.
When He trod this earth as a man, having relinquished all privileges of His eternal Godhood, Jesus was approached by one who addressed Him as “Good Master.” His response should humble all who hold themselves or others in high regard:
Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Matthew 9:16-17
Though the words I bring you may be hard to bear, I implore all who read them to pray that God will illuminate their minds, and also for His protection from the enemy who would distort the truth of these matters as well as my motive for bringing them to light.
This is written with full awareness of my own vulnerability. For I admit that the things I have witnessed from those whose teachings I question herein have caused me to wonder whether they might not be from God. It is a fearful thing to contemplate the thought that I might in all sincerity cast aspersion upon true men of God whose work I may not understand. But I am convinced that what I present to you is the truth, given with a heavy heart for those who, by necessity, must be named for their errors.
I urge you, therefore, to lay aside prejudices and personal preferences for teachers and teachings. Receive this message in the spirit in which it is written, not as an attempt to sow discord among the brethren (of this I am sure to be accused), but as a humble attempt to shed the light of God’s truth upon the darkness caused by teachings contrary to His Word.
I encourage you to put this writing to the test. But no less do I encourage you to put to the test those teachings with which it deals.
Let God judge men’s hearts; that is not my intention. But each of us is responsible to judge what we are asked to believe.
The Vulnerability of Pentecostalism
There are inherent problems in every system of theological expression.
Fundamentalism is often fraught with a legalism unintended by God and unsupported by Scripture. The Reformed churches have given us, among other things, “Liberation Theology” – a “social gospel” that bears little resemblance to the dynamic of true Christianity. These have sprung up to a large extent because orthodox Christianity has been content for centuries to cling to a formalism that denies the power of godliness. In short, every discipline within the Church has allowed deception to enter in.
What makes Pentecostalism vulnerable to deception is the emotionalism that has become attendant to it. Not that Pentecostals don’t love Jesus and desire to keep their doctrine true. But unless they test all teachings by the Word of God and recognize that experience must be secondary to a truth, deception has an open door. I remind the reader of Paul’s warning to the Corinthian Church in speaking of false apostles and deceitful workers transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ: “…for Satan Himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:15-15).
Satan’s ministers will preach righteousness, morality, and family life. They will preach against pornography, crime, homosexuality, abortion, and the corruption of the world system.
While these are legitimate issues of vital importance, they are irrelevant in determining whether the voice is from God or from Satan. Many cults stress righteousness and morality. The only means we have to test the spirits is rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
The Dangers of New Revelations & Doctrines of Demons
Even the preaching of Christ crucified and resurrected is no longer a means of determining if the spirit speaking is of God or Satan. Many cults call Jesus “Lord and Savior,” and “the only Way to the Father.” Mormons believe in the Lord’s bodily Resurrection. They and Jehovah’s Witnesses testify that they are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But these declarations are nullified by deeper teachings to which adherents are gradually indoctrinated. Satan uses this same tactic through various “new revelations” within the Church itself. The Tares are truly among the wheat. For this reason, today more than ever, Christians must learn to distinguish between the words of a teacher and the spirit behind those words. Often the purity and simplicity of the Gospel will be encroached upon by other teachings that, in aggregate, nullify the Gospel and lead the hearer astray into doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).
True humility on the part of any person should prompt recognition of his vulnerability and raising of safeguards. This should be especially true of Pentecostals and others who believe in God’s continual working through supernatural means. Because we are more receptive to supernatural input we should recognize our vulnerability to the spirit realm – both God’s working and Satan’s.
God’s Word tells us that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” (1 Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 5:9). All the wonderful preaching and spiritual insight a man brings are nullified if he has the leaven of false doctrine sprinkled among ninety-nine percent truth.
That’s not to say that every man is unsaved who have succumbed to deception and, overcome by its “spirituality,” spreads it to others. No man has all truth, and all are tempted to make Scripture fit their personal biases and pet theories. However, greater is the condemnation upon those who teach if they lead others astray, even in the name of righteousness (James 3:1). Many desire to be teachers, “but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm: (I Timothy 1:7 NIV). This is why Jesus commended the Ephesian Church for trying the words of those who call themselves apostles (Revelation 2:2). These truths must be kept in mind as we study this phenomenon called “Kingdom Theology” and its impact upon the Church.
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