And again I say: Beware false prophets

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”.

While reading about the major debacle caused by false prophet Todd Bentley in Florida, I saw this quote by prolific Christian theologian, teacher and author Derek Prince:

“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

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16 thoughts on “And again I say: Beware false prophets

  1. Once again, you have given me one ‘ol bible study session. whooo! I think many of “church folk” still equate a “mand of gawd’s” anointing as the ability to take you back and make you remember how you made it over…..and just when you get all into a frenzy of going down Emotionalism Parkway, he (or she..the co-pastor) pull out the offering buckets while “the spirit is still moving.” Did anyone get anything out of all that? Not anything everlasting, I wouldn’t think. But it ‘sho was a good time and the anointing was high!

    –i hope you hear my sarcasm

    Trust me, I saw it this weekend.

    You know, I’ve gotten to the point where when I want to bring an unbeliever to church, I fear of what they may hear or see nowadays.

  2. Mark 9:1 AND JESUS said to them, Truly {and} solemnly I say to you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste death before they see the kingdom of God come in [its] power.

    Mark 9:7 And a cloud threw a shadow upon them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the [most dearworthy] Beloved One. Be constantly listening to {and} obeying Him!
    Mark 9:8 And looking around, they suddenly no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus only.

    Mark 9:17 And one of the throng replied to Him, Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a dumb spirit.
    Mark 9:18 And wherever it lays hold of him [so as to make him its own], it dashes him down {and} convulses him, and he foams [at the mouth] and grinds his teeth, {and} he [falls into a motionless stupor and] is wasting away. And I asked Your disciples to drive it out, and they were not able [to do it].
    Mark 9:19 And He answered them, O unbelieving generation [without any faith]! How long shall I [have to do] with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me.
    Mark 9:33 And they arrived at Capernaum; and when [they were] in the house, He asked them, What were you discussing {and} arguing about on the road?
    Mark 9:34 But they kept still, for on the road they had discussed {and} disputed with one another as to who was the greatest.
    Mark 9:35 And He sat down and called the Twelve [apostles], and He said to them, If anyone desires to be first, he must be last of all, and servant of all.
    Mark 9:36 And He took a little child and put him in the center of their group; and taking him in [His] arms, He said to them,
    Mark 9:37 Whoever in My name {and} for My sake accepts {and} receives {and} welcomes one such child also accepts {and} receives {and} welcomes Me; and whoever so receives Me receives not only Me but Him Who sent Me.
    Mark 9:38 John said to Him, Teacher, we saw a man who does not follow along with us driving out demons in Your name, and we forbade him to do it, because he is not one of our band [of Your disciples].
    Mark 9:39 But Jesus said, Do not restrain {or} hinder {or} forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in My name will soon afterward be able to speak evil of Me.
    Mark 9:40 For he who is not against us is for us.
    Mark 9:41 For I tell you truly, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to {and} bear the name of Christ will by no means fail to get his reward.
    Mark 9:42 And whoever causes one of these little ones (these believers) who acknowledge {and} cleave to Me to stumble {and} sin, it would be better (more profitable and wholesome) for him if a [huge] millstone were hung about his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.

    Mark 9:49 For everyone shall be salted with fire.

    Mark 9:50 Salt is good (beneficial), but if salt has lost its saltness, how will you restore [the saltness to] it? Have salt within yourselves, and be at peace {and} live in harmony with one another.

    Now recently, this week with Todd Bentley’s divorce announcement, I was reminded when I was a at week long seminar decades ago and the preacher was preaching great and I admit I started to hero worship the preacher but on the last Friday afternoon session the preacher had preached some falsehood.. and I was drastically horrified, dismayed, as to how this could be, could his whole week’s teaching now also be in error. Next I prayed and asked God how could that be? why did it occur? and God replied to me ” you had taken your eyes of me unto the preacher, and I had to show you what he, the preacher was really like.. many look up to man and not God.. we all need to focus solely on Jesus again and always.. .and even to get back to praying and fasting now too

    http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/healing-todd-bentley-florda-lakeland-revival/

  3. Pastor Foster,

    You said,”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”.

    Let us look at 2nd Thessalonians 2: 3

    Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

    What we are witnessing is the great falling away indeed where people are trying to satisfy their itchy ears if you will. this is not only true of people like Todd Bentley and his blind followers but also the GCM agenda. We should not be looking for this latter rain if you will during this time but rather true believers like many of us here on this blog and others coalescing around the truth and preparing for even more persecution. Consider it all joy if you will in regards to the persecution for standing up for the truth. these blogs are merely vehicles by which true believers can unite. Our numbers sadly are in the minority. As 2nd Thessalonians states their has to be great falling away from truth in the end times. Mankind is searching for answers but not the ones we give them. They wish to approve their homosexuality, their desire for prosperity, and their next Holy Ghost fix if you will. They are not looking for the real Son of God who laid down his life for us on the cross. This degenerate generation seeks after physical comforts and what’s in it for me. Reading further in 2nd Thessalonians 2:15 we read ,

    Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

    We are admonished to hold fast in light of the great falling away around us. After the dust settles expect our numbers to be scant, however even in the midst of this we read on in 2 Thessalonians 3: 3

    But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

    So we must keep marching on and contending for the faith even as those around us fall away and like wise come to attack us.

    Kyle

  4. Hello, James:

    You said: You know, I’ve gotten to the point where when I want to bring an unbeliever to church, I fear of what they may hear or see nowadays.

    I will do you one better: I am actually growing weary of trying to find a church to attend myself.

    Peter.

  5. Hold your horses everybody, on the internet there is a lot made of adultery but at this stage there is no evidence of it.

    Please let us hold our horses.

    Todd Bentley has never tolerated sin in his ministry nor excused it, If he is guilty, he is guilty but that has not yet been established.

    We have a board issuing ambiguous statement when Todd Bentley is the number one target.

    Dl Foster you have more class than many of these people who are saying Todd Bentley is a false prophet. You have to tell us which of his prophecies were false.

    I have every book Todd has written and the Prophecies he came published.

    Sure he talked about Gold Dust, Angels, cancer being healed, stadiums being filled, which is not a life of an average Christian in the West.

    But that does it is a reflection of powerlessness of western Christianity, rather than false teaching let alone false prophet.

    The only thing Todd is guilty of at the moment is separating from his wife. But People have to look at the strain they put the family through with their constant criticism.

    The whole premise of this Blog is that people can overcome Homosexuality and you know full well that the world says that is impossible. Now critics of Todd say that it is impossible to heal cancers and open Blind eyes.

    Now this blog cannot join the powerless God camp.

    There are people with way Higher sins who are running around calling Todd names. Look at what The man has done In places like India and Africa at a young age and then look at the fruitlessness of his critics. How can a false prophet bring so many people to Christ and the afficianados lose members?

    We live in a free country, we will not censor anyone but at this stage we are speculating. I do not know if Todd is guilty of what his enemies say he is?

    I still love his ministry and have gained most from him and I am rightly hurt by the Hatred which he has attracted. Everyone knew that people calling themselves Christians will be looking for scalps when revival comes. Todd Was brave enough to put his head on the line and Look for the lost.

    Many people think this will be the end of revival, no it will not be I can assure of that. There are to many revivalists who have sprang up since 1994 to allow that to happen, this is the last chance of a major revival before the Antichrist reveals himself. We will not be defeated.

    Please pray for Todd and his family.

    One thing I liked is that Todd never answered his critics. I am sure they think they are right but there would be followed by signs to prove that they have been preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, but that is lacking.

  6. dw,

    Thanks for your affirmation, but this post was/is not about

    (a) God’s power to deliver
    (b) my “class”
    (c) western Christianity

    Bentley’s fruit is rotten, no matter what his books say. his fruit is rotten no matter what prophecies have come true (and you would need to cite proof of at least 3 for us to even determine that).

    If he is living on “sprirituality” and not abiding by God’s word, he is a false prophet because GOD has not sent him.

    The so called revival is not a revival at all if the “revivalist” himself comes out of 100 days of consistent revival and then makes plans to divorce his wife. That is a mockery!

    DW, if you believe in it, that’s at the risk of your own soul.

  7. People are talking as if Christians are beyond temptations or that they could withstand the plagues of Job.

    From my latest information, Todd wanted to leave ministry, now tell me if that is right?

    Why would he leave ministry when we are seeing more miracles than ever and people are being healed?

    Well he was under unusual pressure, look man Todd is only 32 years old. I do not know anyone who has been more attacked than him except maybe John Wimber or Sandy Miller but these guys were in their fifties.

    Since when has believing in healing been a sign of a false prophet? At the end of the day the dispute boils down to whether the healings are from God?

    But the religious camp says they believe the devil can heal yet God cannot. Their devil is way bigger than their God.

    They have a problem with Todd saying he went to third heaven yet they have no problem with Paul and John saying the same thing.

    I hope the religious camp is happy because I will be writing emails and asking for us to destroy the religious spirit. How will we do that? We will simply have children prophesy and heal the sick. We will set us a situation were grown men are denouncing five year olds as false prophets. The children at IHOP, Bethel Church , TACF and Iris ministries are already doing miracles so let them loose, this will be interesting.

    In this movement which I am part of, we have always believed in corporate rather than individual anointing. Todd
    has opened very important wells and they will not be shut again without a major battle.

    We cannot change the religious camp but it is time to stop them dancing on Todd’s “grave”.

  8. DawkinsWatch,

    The alleged healings were never validated. Also, you have been doing your rounds sticking up for this man not only here but on other blog sites which are linked to this one.

    Sadly Mr. Bentley represents the very reason for the great falling away. He leads people away from the true gospel by false signs and wonders. I pray God opens your heart and mind to the truth about these individuals.

    Kyle

  9. What about Paul, I have challenged you to show me where the cessationist doctrine can be found in scripture?

    It is clear misreading of scripture, they take 1 Cor 13 and twist it to fit their level of faith. Paul said when perfection comes then gifts will cease. But they cannot tell us exactly when the gifts where withdrawn. If this is not a biblical doctrine, it is either a human doctrine or worse , a demonic one. Given that you have failed to show me where in scripture you find this unbelief, It is my guess that at this point you have past caring whether if it is a deception and you are searching and destroying for anyone who says that they have healed the sick.

    Yes I am with Todd Bentley , look before Todd ministry I did not see many people being healed, I only did prophecy in the four walls of church. I saw conversions now and again.

    Bill Johnson has said that the critics will never admit in their lifetimes how much damage they caused with their constant butchering.

    What you are all forgetting is that the Pharisees where only lethal because they claimed to be children of Israel. If another mystic order was after Jesus, let us say a Samaritan one was on his case he would have laughed them off. But because they claimed to be Israel, he had to deal with them.

    Today the leaven Pharisees (religious spirit) and of Herod ( political spirit) have to work inside Christianity. Your criticism carry a sting only because you are called Christians. And do you sting? Todd Might have dealt with criticism if it was the world alone which was hating but Christians lost their heads and became another religious police just like the Taliban. I am appealing to you to look at the hatred and ask do you want to be part of that?

  10. dw,
    please refrain from further defense of Todd Bentley here.
    Let’s suffice to say that we are not convinced in any way that what he did/is doing is “of God.” The evidence or rather the lack of evidence is clear.

    Thanks and God bless you.

  11. Can I correct something to my knowledge Derek Prince was straight up and down Pentecostal. S I do not know if you classify him with a ” false movement”do you mean charismatics?

    You can see why he had snobs appeal liked Derek Prince afterall he was like a John Wimber he ould use convoluted theological term, he was not like other Spirit filled riff-raffs. He was not like the plumber Smith Wigglesworth who used to punch people when he was healing them. He was from Eton afterall and was not embarassing.

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