W I L D F I R E

The following passages will be very familiar to any who gives thought to the time of the end, along with the accompanying deception.

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

II Thessalonians 2:8-10 “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs, and lying wonders,
And in all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Both of these passages offer us some critical insights concerning the time of the end. In Matthew 24:24, we learn that the deceptions will be accompanied by supernatural manifestation that mimics the authentic. If a person does not walk close to Jesus; if they lack discernment and are not grounded in the scriptures, they “will” be led astray. II Thessalonians 2:10 identifies a primary reason that folks are led astray. They don’t possess “the love of the truth.” If a person doesn’t have enough love for the truth to diligently seek out a matter, they will believe a lie which requires no footwork (sincere, prayerful, investivating) to embrace. Such a one will be easily influenced by emotional ploys, the direction of a crowd, promises for material abundance, and what have you. Subsequently, they make themselves easy prey for the agents of falsehood, who skillfully employ the three lusts (flesh, eyes, pride of life) to lure the lukewarm and undiscerning away from the Lord Jesus and into the domain of what Jesus referred to as “false Christs and false prophets.” Once they step into the camp of another, they are quickly indoctrinated and they become fierce defenders of the lie.

II Peter 2:19 “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.”

This post is a consideration of some controversies associated with the third wave movement. Manifestations which, on the surface, may appear to resemble the authentic. And yet, if employs scriptural guidelines, compares the manifestations with the true workings of the Holy Spirit, and observes the fruit being produced, they will see that the false has nothing in common with the authentic. (Acts 2:14, Acts 2:39, Acts 4:8, Acts 4:31, Acts 10:46, I Corinthians 14:18-19 – speaking in tongues, speaking Gods word boldly, and magnifying the Lord Jesus. “No drunkenness.”) Before proceeding further, however, a piece of my own story must be shared. It was October of 1983 and I had been saved for about three weeks. The family was gathered one evening and, in a moment of goofing off, I made joking comment that, upon later reflection, I feared may have been the unpardonable sin. A single untimely remark resulted in a depression like I had never known. For years afterewards, even after receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost in August of 1984, the incident fostered a fear that I had “gone too far” only three weeks into my new relationship with Jesus. This incident is as fresh in my mind today as though it happened last week. (Interestingly; if I had made the same comment prior to being saved, it wouldn’t have bothered me at all. It was actually more evidence that my conversion was authentic)

That unforgettable incident taught me two  critical things. To diligently watch what I say and to search out a matter diligently before offering a report. In other words, if I’m not certain about something, it’s better to say “I don’t know” as opposed to making a potentially treacherous guess. I literally “cringe” when I hear folks begin to enter careless territory while discussing the deep things of God; especially when a spirit of sarchasm is present. This is also why I tend to be so gun shy when it comes to identifying controversial issues which others have no hesitation in reporting their conclusions. We  must stay within the confines of “what saith the scriptures; especially in light of Matthew 24:24. How will the enemy seek to deceive the “very elect?” With a counterfeit which mimics the real close enough that the undiscerning will buy into it. Over the weekend of July 30 and 31, I watched a lot of footage featuring various manifestations of this third wave movement. This topic is relatively new to me as I strive to steer clear of anything that casues a check in my spirit.  in fact, I had not really considered any of this until hearing Pat Holiday discuss the Kundalini deception with Shannon Davis back in January and how some goings on today are almost identical to the manifestations in that practice. 

Scripture offers a lot of insight whereby we can discern whether something is of God or is not. But when folks pursue an emotional experience to the point that they ditch the scriptural guidelines, discernment, and love for truth in order to obtain it, they set themselves on a path topward treachery….and possibly even blasphemy. (This is not an attempt to be dramatic; I’m simply striving to amplify the seriousness of this) Emotions can be easily manipulated. Following them is like placing a collar around your neck and giving Satan the leash. In fact, I saw people doing that in some of the video clips. One person would be wearing a dog collar and crawling around while another person held the leash. HOW DID THIS EVER GET INTO THE CHURCH?) Last January, Pat Holiday made a statement to the effect of “I never imagined that the great falling away would be on this kind of a scale.” Hebrews 5:14 tells of those who “by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” Never has the need for discernment been greater than it is in these final moments of the age. The following list is far from exhaustive, but it offers some guidelines to watch for as the enemy continues to muddy the waters with confusion.

( 1 ) DOES IT LOUDLY PROCLAIM THE NAME OF JESUS? Is Jesus at the forefront of consideration? In a  lot of false ways, it seems as though there’s “the movement” and Jesus is attached to the side in order to give it a christian-esque facade. In one of the presentations that I watched, a prominent leader in the third wave movement stated words to the effect of “don’t just focus on Jesus. We want the supernatural; we want to see angels, we want to get whacked and stay whacked.” I’m serious. This guy looked at the notion of “let’s just focus on Jesus” with disdain. That statement alone revealed volumes about his spiritual state and it leads into the second point.

( 2 )  IS THERE REVERANCE FOR THE HOLY? Some of the things that I witnessed were so blasphemous that I cannot repeat them. In short, however, there is a rampant disregard for holiness, coupled with a lack of reverance for God. They call themselves the servants of God, but show no sincere love for him. The focus is on experiences and they seem to consitantly use carnal descriptives in referring to him. If one calls attention to this, they are instantly placed into the “stuffy religious crowd” catagory. (That’s another trait: rebellion at reproof as opposed to prayerfully considering whether or not the reproof has any merit.) A persons conversation; the mannerism by which they discuss the Lord Jesus will always offer insight as to the state of their relationship with him. Most will be subtle; some will be blatant. In the third You Tube presentation at the bottom of this post, there is one that’s “blatant.” Hebrews 10:28-29 came to mind as I was writing this.

( 3 ) WHAT KIND OF FRUIT IS BEING PRODUCED?  An apple tree simply cannot produce grapefruit. Regardless of what a person proclaims, the fruit in their life will always reveal the true nature that’s dominating. We all have a residual sinful nature abiding in the flesh, (that’s not a license to sin…I John 2:3-5, I john 3:3 and I John 5:3) but Jesus came to destroy the works of satan and to give us victory over sin. The Holy spirit will always convict us when we are straying into dangerous territory.

( 4 ) IS THERE A LOVE FOR THE TRUTH? When one listens to another, they quickly pick up on what drives them. In much of what I listened to this weekend, the focus was on experience; even when the experience had no scriptural basis. The precious name of Jesus is “attached” as it were, to the outside so that the package will pass inspection, but the content is noticably suspect. We cannot claim to love Jesus and not love his truth. Earlier this week, I read a statement that floored me. A person was defending some of these practices and answering the suggestion that some of it was kundalini induced. The persons words were “if this is kundalini, give me more kundalini.” It showed, not only a lack of concern for truth, but also an element of sarchasm; the same form of sarchasm that I’ve witnessed in other teachings.  (third you tube…but brace yourself; it’s ugly) There’s something profound about this “spirit of sarchasm. The kundalini spirit is at odds with its Creator. (It kept not its first estate.) By nature, it hates God and seems unable to contain itself whenever it has an opportunity to take verbal shots. It doesn’t care whether or not its host acknowleges its presence. It’s target is the Lord Jesus; to bring dishonor and cause confusion amongst those in the ambience.

( 5 ) STRANGE MUSIC: WHAT DOES IT CATER TO? Some of it will seem to be little more than the old (and erroneous) “be like the world to reach the world” mindset. Other offerings will have a profound paganesque character.  A few months ago, I saw a presentation from a church wherein Native American music had been brought in to “enhance the experience.” These seek to manipulate people through music, as opposed to yielding oneself to God and allowing the music to reflect accordingly. About two years ago, I went through something profound. It was at our old church. The worship was causing a “check” and I couldn’t figure out why. For three days afterward, it bothered me. “Why was I being bothered by something that seemed to have nothing amiss?” On Thursday evening, at around 10:30 I received an answer. I was at work when suddenly, a number of old hymns began flooding through my mind. “Songs like “There’s Power in the Blood,” “Victory in Jesus,” and ‘There’s Room at the Cross for You.” I had my answer. These songs focused on Jesus. No fleshly pandering and no emotional manipulation; just sincere lifting up of the name that is above all names.

This is not to suggest that only the old songs are authentic, or to criticize any particular form of music. Every generation has songs that are inspired by God. We can identify them by whether or not they bring us closer to Jesus. Anyone familiar with my facebook page will know that I like a lot of the songs performed by the group “Selah.”

( 6 ) DOES IT CLAIM EXTRA BIBLICAL REVELATION?  This is a primary indicator of a cult. The Mormons claim to have extra-biblical revelation. They view the bible to be only partially accurate and place more confidence in a man (Joseph Smith) than the inerrant word of God. It almost carries a sense of superiority. This attitude can easlily make its way into main stream churches as well and the third wave seems to thrive on such a mindset.They will loudly claim that it’s 100% scriptural.  Yet in what I have observed, the third wave seems to give little or no regard to the guidelines laid out in scripture as they seek to “get whacked and stay whacked.”  Where in scripture are we called to get into a drunken stupor and stay there? I cannot imagine sharing the gospel in the most dangerous parts of a city while in a stupor.

( 7 ) DOES IT EMPLOY TACTICS TO PLACE ANOTHER ON DEFENCE?. This may, or may not have any conection to the third wave, but I’ve seen it play out in my own life. In  early 1985 I was involved with a church that had suspect issues for a very short period of time. When I would discuss doctrinal issues with others, I would intentionally go to topics or scriptures that I knew they were unfamiliar with and channel (interesting word to use here) the discussion along these lines. (Strangely, I didn’t even realize that I was doing it at the time.) It carries a person into territory where they could not really dispute or respond. Every christian-esque cult does this. JWs will frame a conversation within certain confines and “force” another to stay wiothin that framework. As a result, they run circles around the average saint who doesn’t diligently study to show themselves approved. (But they still don’t have an answer for John 1:1, other than the addition of the letter “a” in their new world translation. “This bible is brought to you by the letter “a”)

There are many more, but this has become far longer than expected. I may go into more later, however, there are more pressing issues on my heart; namely being ready for the return of Jesus and being in a place spiritually to endure whatever we may face in the days ahead. In other words, be sober and watching; NOT “get whacked and stay whacked.” The first three links below, are to a documentary produced by Andrew Stromm. The fourth features David Wilkerson in the year 2000 wherein he addresses the issue of this third wave movement. Near the conclusion of David Wilkersons presentation, one will see the clear-cut distinction between the feigned and the real.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

KUNDALINI WARNING (part 1)

KUNDALINI WARNING (part 2)

KUNDALINI WARNING (part 3)

DAVID WILKERSON on WEIRD MANIFESTATIONS

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