Sound like a broken record? Are you tired of hearing and reading about the rampant corruption in the church? Would you rather only want to know how you can “tap into” the blessings of God and be prosperous instead? Live your best life now? Don’t like hearing “negativity”? Do you get angry when someone exposes the unbiblical practices of your “man of God”?
If this is you, you are a foolish person. Maybe a foolish virgin, but nonetheless a fool. All around us —within and without— the church is under unprecedented attack from false prophets of every stripe. Instead of contending for the faith, most are groveling after false teachers who throw them shards of rotten food. So I speak to those who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. Beware false teachers, evildoers and workers of iniquity planted in the church by their master, satan. Most can’t remain hidden long because their very nature will soon expose them. Hint: there is a reason Jesus called them “ravenous wolves”.
“The Bible gives us no liberty to tolerate the incursion of evil into the church.”
How true and apropros. While misguided Christians are buying into the “dont judge” and “only God can judge”, evil is barreling into the church virtually unopposed. But God never told us to stand by silently while evil we can see mounts our pulpits and perverts the word of the Lord. Why are we comfortable with the house of prayer being a den of thieves?
As astute as Prince was in the faith, even he had a serious bout with involvement in a false movement.
In 1968, Prince joined the Holy Spirit Teaching Mission (HSTM), which linked him to three other Charismatic Christian pastors living in Ft. Lauderdale: Don Basham, Bob Mumford, and Charles Simpson. The HSTM had been founded by businessman Eldon Purvis; but after the discovery of Purvis’s homosexuality, Prince and the others formed Christian Growth Ministries (CGM). In 1974, CGM sought to counter what were seen as excesses within the Charismatic movement by emphasising the authority of a few shepherds over their “sheep”. The group was joined by Ern Baxter, and the five men became known as the Fort Lauderdale Five Their ministry became known as the Shepherding Movement.
CGM’s strong emphasis on submission was controversial. Lydia Prince herself disapproved, and as stories of abuses came out the movement was condemned by Pat Robertson>, Kathryn Kuhlman, and the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International. Lydia died in 1975, and when Prince later wanted to marry Ruth Baker, his fellow shepherds forbade him. However, they later gave permission, and Prince was remarried in1978. Derek later repented in public over being a member of this group.
Many people mislabel what is going on as “wheat and tare” situation (Matt 13:24-30). But its not so. The context of the wheat and tare is that they are indistinguishable spiritually to such a degree that only Jesus himself can accomplish the separation of the two without damaging the wheat. This is not the case with the well documented cases of false prophecy, immorality, and evil out in the open view of the church today. We are commanded to “try the spirits whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1). We test and try them not by our emotions, science, other spirits, traditions and creeds or church polity, but by sound biblical doctrine.
As Derek Prince stated, it is in this context we must oppose all people, spirits and practices in the church which are condemned by the scripture. Did I just say “people”? Yes, people. People who are controlled by anti-Christ spirits. Reference Revelation 2:18-23. By oppose I mean to restrict their influence and voices by any biblical allowances at our disposal.
Like the example set by Noah, this message must be preached without fail until the end comes. The hope of redemption is not in horizontal love, but in repentance and relationship with the living God through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The church is being set up to fall without challenge to the antichrist. Todd Bentley and the numerous false prophets we have noted here are more than enough evidence to this fact
God is not calling for us to establish rapture cults, nor are we to going into hiding to “save” ourselves. But like true salt and light, we should engage the culture and evil subcultures in the church with God’s Word, our sword. Until he returns let us not be weary in well doing, for we reap if we faint not. Even if it takes our very lives, I encourage you to cross the line of indecision and decide that you will not compromise the gospel and give sanctuary to demons and their destructive doctrines.
Related: The adultery of Todd Bentley