L. A. Marzulli
Speaking of the supernatural, some stuff is happening in Litchfield, IL, that may warrant some comments from our spiritual watchmen. John Owens.
Rebuke first and ask questions later!
I believe in the gift of healing. I believe in the gift of speaking in tongues. I believe in the gift of discerning of spirits. In fact, I believe that the gifts that are mentioned in Corinthians are for believers today. However, there are a lot of used-car-like sales people out there peddling a “supernatural” scam. This latest so-called manifestation happening in Illinois, has the same type of scam tactics that I have heard and seen before. So lets’ strip it down and expose what may be going on.
The appearance of gemstones, gold dust, feathers and gold teeth appeal to our flesh. It’s the same idea as “seeding” into someones ministry with $1000. He gets rich and you get broke. Both scams appeal to our flesh and is summed up in one word, money. There is not one mention of holiness in the article. No one is on their face before the Lord. There’s not one mention of repentance, being sorry for all the junk that we’ve done in our lives.
I once sat in a church for 6 months and watched the same type of ballyhoo go on. At one point the pastor, told everyone that we could demand from God. He had everyone stand and say, “Lord, we demand that you…. (fill in the blank) Everyone chimed in eagerly! Wow, this is great, I get whatever I want! A new car, a new home, a new wife! Whatever! It was a dividing point for me as the guy was preaching what I would consider blatant heresy. A few months later I was let go because the pastor who was doing this was the senior pastors son and I was speaking against him. So much for objectivity. The “kid” then became senior pastor and lasted about two months. He declared his belief in polygamy and the church folded within 24 hours. False teacher was he!
There is a report in the article that talks about “glory dust,” falling on everyone. Once again this appeals to the flesh. Like Tod Bentley and his female angel Emma, this is more hocus-pocus. In my opinion there is a false spirit behind this whole thing. Like Bentley at some point we will see it manifest in infidelity, financial impropriety, or blatant control of the group by one man.
I have seen the Lord touch someone and I have witnessed healing. I have had a word of knowledge for someone I was praying for and I have had visions. As I stated earlier, I believe in the gifts of the spirit. This kind of cheap theatrics, with gemstones coming out of the mouth of the pastor is, in my opinion a false sign and wonder. It is similar to the so-called Marian apparitions that Catholics believe in.
In closing today’s post. We should learn to test the spirits and not just accept everything that comes to us. Someone should rebuke the spirit that is in control of the church. Command it in the name of Yashua to be silent and cast the deceptive thing out. If the pastor is engaging in stage magic, he should be run out-of-town on a rail!
One of the hallmarks of the last days is deception. In my opinion this is yet another deception to draw people into false signs and wonders. At some point it will collapse of its own weight and the truth will be evident…. L. A.
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