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Muslim Woman Issues Chilling Warning to the West about Dangers of Islam

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Not an ISIS type warning.

Not even a threat of any kind.

A Muslim woman from Egypt has written an open letter to the western world warning us of what Islam is really like… and what it does to a society. And yes, it goes beyond the unflattering nature of the burka.

This brave woman, Magda Borham (whose name was changed for purposes of safety), wrote a scathing exposé of life under Islam. Every American should read it:

Islam is not like any other religion. Islam is a supremacist racist political and social ideology wrapped in a thin peel of religious rituals. It seeks domination and supremacy over all other systems and religions. Islam is worse than Nazism and fascism systems combined without any doubt.

Worse than Nazism. Worse. Than. Nazism. And Fascism. COMBINED. That’s like, two really bad things together. Yet the left repeatedly calls this the religion of peace, and pro-life people terrorists. So much for priorities.

She continues,

Muslims are in your country, but they live not to integrate or to be part of your society or at least to be equal with others, but to dominate and to be the only privileged group. Muslims achieve this  by turning you into a second class citizen in your own country.

They immigrate to your countries holding the same belief system that turned their lives into hell on earth. This same belief, same religion made their lives unsupportable in their original societies. It is the same religion that transformed their countries into war zones of endless conflicts. Muslims now homeless want to apply this system and live and apply the same destruction in your own country.

Muslims are not in your country to help build it or to make it prosper.  Many believe this, including politicians. Muslims are in your country to drain its resources and to suck the blood out of society. For example Muslims represent the majority of all your country’s welfare recipients.

Get that now? Magda is saying Muslim immigrants and refugees flooding the West have no desire to become part of our culture. Instead, they want to fundamentally transform our society (doesn’t that sound strangely familiar?) and make second class citizens of Americans. Infidels, the lot of you! Muslims have been slaughtering infidels since long before global warming scientists even started surveying the polar ice caps. True story.

A real Muslim’s loyalty is not and will never be to your countries but to the global Islamic “Umma” (nation) only.

At this point please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that ALL Muslims are bad; but we have no choice but to take care of them all because they ALL believe totally in this evil ideology, but they do ALL believe in an evil man, a warlord, The Prophet of Islam.

There. That’s the key, folks. Of course not all Muslims are evil. BUT, they all believe in an evil ideology invented by an evil man. In case you were wondering, cultures based on Judeo-Christian principles and cultures based on Islamic principles generally…. not good bed-fellows. Which is why the Muslims want to blow us all up. Because tolerance.

Our fundamental beliefs are opposites – because the men who founded each were polar opposites. Allow me to explain

You can read Magda’s letter in its entirety, here: http://louderwithcrowder.com/muslim-woman-issues-chilling-warning-to-the-west-about-dangers-of-islam/#ixzz3oqQ4Ggz3

JESUS VS. MUHAMMAD!! (Qur’an Challenge II)  by StevenCrowder • 1,362,228 views

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God’s Battle Plan

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My previous article outlined the Islamic Battle Plan for total world domination that was prepared and distributed by the Muslim Brotherhood. QUESTION: is it working? Today, throughout Europe, Africa, the middle and East Asia there is an unprecedented explosion of Islamic Ideology. In these regions it is obvious that they are achieving their goal of domination, through gaining control in governments and with the establishment of Sharia Law together with the regular law in many of these countries.

The most valuable tool that a Commander has with which victory for his battle force can be assured is – Intelligence. A force no larger than a Company or the size of an army can almost be assured of victory if they know the enemies battle plan: the size of the force he will be facing, where they are located, and the weapons that the enemy will be using then the battle is 90% won.

In battle planning this is known as having inside information about the enemies “Order of Battle”. That is just what the Muslim Brotherhood has given us when “Project” was uncovered.  But, unless this valuable piece of intelligence is use against him, their battle plan will be successful. Now that we know the what, where, when, and how of the enemies plans we can effectively counter his plans.

Today in America it is clear that the enemies of Christianity starts at the Office of the President of the United States along with a tidal wave of obstruction flooding from both Houses of Congress along with the legislative bodies in each state. Their attacks on Christianity are openly supported by a radical liberal press, a complacent and compliant populace, and a church that is spiritual DEAD and is enshrouded in grave clothing of religion and traditions of men. We see this same condition existing in Israel at the time when Jesus was ministering, it was so rampant and devastating that he warned the people of the deception and publically exposed those in positions of authority:

  • Mark 7:13
  • Matthew 23:23-28.

Israel was under the oppressive rule of Rome, supported with a compliant religious leadership, yet Jesus with less than 90 men was able lay the foundation for an eternal Kingdom – the Kingdom of God.

The ministry of Jesus then and today is still God’s divine “Order of Battle”, God’s blueprint for the Church that it may be a location for people to come to receive a personal manifestion of God’s grace available for all who call upon the name of the Lord in Heaven while still living here on Earth.  Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of Man walked and ministered in divine authority as the last Adam. He was establishing himself as the future ruler of heaven and Earth, ministering as the mature son of God:

  • Romans 8:19 – Jesus “the first fruit”, was God’s Ambassador sent into Satan’s kingdom to represent the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus was not willing to establish His Kingdom within the kingdom of darkness; his purpose was to reveal to the world an alternative. He also had the responsibility of training the future leadership (mature sons of God) of the Church: the twelve disciples, as well as 70 others who were to carry on the ministry that He had begun.

So that we do not become lost in the theology remember this is about God’s Battle Plan, a plan that WILL NOT fail when properly executed. Jesus knew His enemy and was well versed, trained as God’s Ambassador, in the weapons of His warfare. While it is true that Jesus was the Son of God, it must be remembered that His ministry was as the Son of Man and the weapons he used are still available today, and we have two additional weapons that Jesus had to die in order for us to have available.

Before we look at the additional weapons that have been made available to the believer, we need to review the ministry of Jesus:

His weapons:

  1. trusting God
  2. the Holy Spirit
  3. his spoken word (his proclamation of the love of God for all mankind that was honored with signs and wonders following)

His commission:

  1. destroy the works of the devil
  2. expose false teaching and hirelings
  3. establish the foundational doctrine for the Church
  4. train up the leadership and workers of the new Church (Ambassadorial training)

In the Gospels we see that Jesus choose out twelve men and He lived with them 24/7, He was “fathering” them. Bringing them up, equipping them, just a father brings up his children. Teaching them by example and when they were ready allowing them to do the work on their own. Jesus sent his disciples on ahead to proclaim that the Kingdom of Heaven was a hand, and to perform the same works that He was performing – Matthew 10:5-8.

Jesus knew that the Church would need to understand that they also  were empowered and required to do his work as well. To ensure this He also taught seventy others and sent then out in advance as well – Luke 10:1-17.

During his ministry he also taught what is to be the foundational doctrine of the Church – the Doctrine of Christ.  Today very little if any of His doctrine is taught in the Church today, instead the ministers preach a gospel of appeasement.

  • Hebrews 6:1-2

Earlier I mentioned that believers, “The Church”, have been given two additional weapons so that  we may be the conduit or vessel through which the blessing of the “Kingdom of Heaven” may come to others. The first of these is so critical that the current President of the United States demands that all replicas of it “the cross” must be covered up  or removed before he will speak at that location. He use as an excuse that he does not wish to offend other religions. The only “RELIGION” that is offended by the Cross is Islam, why is that. The following scriptures explain their fear of the Cross of Jesus Chrsit.

THE POWER OF THE CROSS

1st Corinthians 1:17-18, Galatians 5:11, Galatians 6:12, Galatians 6:14, Ephesians 2:16, Philippians 2:8, Philippians 3:18, Colossians 1:20, Colossians 2:14, Hebrews 12:2

The second weapon that has been given to support and aid the Church in this warfare is the shed precious blood of our savior Jesus. There are 82 references to blood in the New Testament here are only a few which apply directly to Jesus.

THE POWER OF THE BLOOD

Matthew, 26:28, Acts 20:28, Romans 3:25, 1st Corinthians 10:16, 11:27, Ephesians 1:7, 6:12, Colossians 1:14, 20, Hebrews 9: 7, 12, 14, 1st Peter 1:19, 1st John 1:7, 5:8, Revelations 7:14, 12:11, 19:13

The Church, the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, has been told to train as a soldier would with the weapons of our warfare so that it may be said of us that we have staid the course, we have fought the good fight of faith having manifested the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven.

2nd Timothy 2:3-4 (training), 2nd Corinthians 10:40, Ephesians 6:13-18 (weapons), Acts 5:39, 1st Timothy 6:12 (fight of faith)

Whenever an individual enlist in any branch of the Armed Forces in any country they must go through a training phase. This usually consists of at least two phases and in some cases more than 3 or 4 phases. Each of these are designed to train the individual in their specialty. In the Church we have this as well, but with a totally different emphasis. Returning to the ministry of Jesus we see a number of things that are NOT present in the Church today.

  1. Schools of Ministry – devoted to making disciples not with just teaching, but with actual hands on training and experience.
  2. Ministry to the multitude: meeting their needs

Why, because we no long recognize or acknowledge those ministry gifts that were given to the body of Christ, by Jesus for that purpose. I am speaking of the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4:11-16. Satan working through the egos of men and the traditions of religion has been able to emasculate todays Church and has left it empty and barren, with a form of godliness but without the true power of God. The real power, the same power and more than Jesus had is available for today’s Church, but only when they have studied, trained, and been commissioned as an “Ambassador for Christ“.  Just as Jesus was God’s Ambassador, the members of the body of Christ must study, be trained and equipped, and then be commissioned as an Ambassador for Christ.

Can you say that your home or Church/Fellowship is a “KINGDOM OF HEAVEN EMBASSY” with all of the blessings and riches therein being available to everyone?  The Book of ACTS was the first training school for the body of Christ, and today there is another school patterned after it and Holy Spirit lead to train and  equip the believers to be Ambassadors for Christ: it is even named after that first school:

Ambassadors for Christ Training School (A.C.T.S.)

Anyone truly desirous of winning your community for Jesus and want more information contact me via e-mail. The school will be offered with classroom training and live via the internet for those in other locations. My E-mail address is: godsgreenberet@cfl.rr.com

LIGHT vs DARKNESS

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Can there be a union or
melding of Christianity (light) and Islam (darkness)?

Chrislam began in Nigeria in the 1980s, and Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Chrislam is not an actual religion, but rather is a blurring of the differences and distinctions between Christianity and Islam in an attempt to conceive what will become the “One World Religion” of Revelations.

Advocates of Chrislam like to point out that Jesus is mentioned 25 times in the Qur’an, and that Christianity and Islam having similar teachings on morals and ethics. They feel that if the two largest monotheistic religions to unite and the unification will bring about world peace.

While the term “Chrislam” is currently a major buzz word in almost all of the various religious and secular media there is little understanding of the doctrine upon which it is based. Right now what people need to understand what concessions “Christian” denominations and Churches are goint to have to make in order for there to be a “unification” of Christianity with Islam (note I did not say a unification of Islam with Christianity). There is grave danger at the end of this road of appeasement.

What this will require of these denominations and Churches is a renouncing of the basic principles of the Christian Faith and a virtual surrendering to Islam. The Islamic community, locally and internationally, are more than open for Christians to open up their facilities to Muslims. But you can be sure that it will not be the other way around. We will not see mosques placing Bibles within their facilities nor opening up their facilities to Christians, until those advocates of Chrislam swears allegiance to Islam and Allah. This is because it falls within the overall strategy of islamification. The Qur’an maintains that Allah is the only God and that He is sovereign over the entire earth. Hence, He is sovereign over churches and their facilities. It therefore only makes sense that the worship of Allah, as taught in the Qur’an, would slowly extend into these facilities. The end-game, of course, is that churches would transform their doctrines and theologies to conform to Islam. The most crucial doctrine of the Christian faith is rejected in Islam. As a result, the two religions are absolutely not compatible.

Christian doctrines that would have to be set aside:

  • The doctrin of the Trinity
  • The doctrine of the hypostatic union of Christ—where Jesus is fully God and fully Man, two natures in one person
  • That Jesus was the Son of God
  • The virgin birth
  • That Jesus died on the cross to redeem all mankind
  • Jesus was not crucified and His blood has no special significance
  • The doctrine of salvation by faith—that entrance into Heaven is based upon grace and not by personal merit.

Islam adamantly rejects the deity of Christ. The Qur’an declares the idea that Jesus is God to be blasphemy (5:17). Belief in the deity of Christ is considered shirk “filth” to Muslims. Further, Islam denies the death of Christ on the cross (4:157-158).

Chrislam corresponds to the strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood. A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, for example, has written: “The ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” Hence, this broadly defined strategy sees multi-culturalism and religious pluralism as merely a means to an end. The end is the triumph of Islam over all other religions.

The Christians that are embracing “Chrislam” have taken the position that all doctrine is negotiable and therefore the opening up their facilities to Muslims makes good sense. This attitude, known as theological liberalism, entered the Church in the eighteenth century during the Age of the Enlightenment. Now in the twentieth century it has incorporated the philosophies of existentialism into its understanding of Christianity, accordingly it’s mantra has become unity through and with diversity.

Within the walls of these “churches’ all that truly matters is lifestyle: love, peace, harmony, non-judgmentalism, and the like. Today they even embraced homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle choice, and they are typically pro-choice—that is, they affirm the practice of abortion for women and wish to keep it legal. It only stands to reason that they would now open their churches to Islam, but that will require a serious adjustment in their liberalistic doctrine:

Precepts of Islam that will slowly be integrated into ‘chrislam’ doctrine:

  • Sharia Law will be the only law that is recognized
  • Islam says that all homosexuals must die
  • A woman who has an affair must be put to death
  • Sharia law gives a Muslim man authority to take any (non-Muslin) woman as a sex slave, and it is not consider to be an affair
  •  All women are considered as second class.
  • Any cross or the emblems of any cross must be removed or taken down
  • Any references to the crucifixion, the blood of Jesus, and salvation by faith must be removed.
  • All Jews, Christians and anyone who will not convert to Islam must be killed, and any who do convert will have the status as a ‘Dhimmitude’
  • For their Mahidi (Messiah) to return there must be Islamic Caliphate (Islamic world wide government and religion)
  • Upon the return of their Mahidi, Jesus will also return, not as the Messiah but as a prophet and He will renounce Christianity, and demand the destruction of all crosses

Yet, many churches maintain that doctrine is important. It is neither negotiable nor inconvenient. It is that which defines the Christian faith. Historically, this has been the posture of the church since its inception. Jesus Christ declared: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter added: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

In the early church, Christians were thrown to the lions because they refused to let go of fundamental Christian dogma, others were crucified, and in medieval Europe, Christians were burned at the stake due to their refusal to recant. It is, as the writer to the Hebrews explained: “All these people were still living by faith when they died…they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:13, 16). Accordingly, for the church the notion of Chrislam is a spiritual atrocity of the first order.

Yes, Christians are called upon to love all people, including their enemies. But they are also called upon to love God. And loving God requires that He be worshipped aright. Opening up churches to Muslims so that they can worship Allah in a way that reflects Islamic teachings are to disgrace Jesus Christ. It must not be done.

Either Chrislam will ultimately fail or Christianity will become an outlaw religion because Christianity and Islam are diametrically opposed on the most important of issues – the identity of Jesus Christ. True Christianity declares Jesus to be God incarnated in human form. For Christians, the deity of Christ is a non-negotiable, for without His deity, Jesus’ death on the cross would not have been sufficient to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the entire world.

Islam teaches that when the prophet “Isa” and the Mahidi return Jesus will also be with them, but he will be a Lieutenant for the Mahidi. Islam teaches that Jesus will openly state that he has been accepted by the Mahidi, that Christianity is a false religion, that he did not die on the cross, and that there is no salvation in his name or thorough his blood. Islam teachs that Jesus will proclaim that he will kill all Jews and Christians who will not convert to Islam. Left unchecked and not challenged with the truth “Chrislam” will be a wedge of destruction that the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist groups in the U.S. will use to bring about the destruction of our way of life.

  • 2nd Corinthians 6:14-17 Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness? Can Christ agree with the devil? Can a believer share life with an unbeliever? Can God’s temple contain false gods? Clearly, we are the temple of the living God. As God said, “I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” The Lord says, “Get away from unbelievers. Separate yourselves from them. Have nothing to do with anything unclean. Then I will welcome you.”

The rule of law that we now enjoy will become a thing of the past and our nation as we know it will cease to exist. “Chrislam” is a cancer that if it is not stopped will drive the true Church of Jesus Christ underground. At the present time 57% of those who say they are Evangelical Christians have either already embraced “chrislam” and say that they are planning on following this recent trend within their denomination..

This nation was founded upon the principles of Christianity and this new doctrine of demons spawned in the very belly of hell itself called “chrislam” will have to directly oppose those principles for any Muslim to accept or agree with it. True Christianity is now in a fight for it’s very survival, and all those who boldly proclaim that Jesus is their savior and Lord must take a stand against this apostate heretical doctrine that will deny that Jesus is the Son of God, the true Messiah, and that He is the one who purchased our salvation by His sacrifice upon the cross.

Warning Signs On The Road To Spiritual Deception

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Matthew 24:24 for there shall arise false Christ’s, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Jesus was very plain in speaking with His disciples. When they had a question He was quick to explain for their understanding, for clarity and application. Jesus was neither in opposition to Judaism nor temple worship, He and His disciples worshiped according to the commandments given to Moses. He was very outspoken in reference to the traditions that men had brought into the understanding and application of the Word of God. It had become so pervasive that Jesus upbraided the religious leaders when they challenged Him about doctrine:

Mark 7:5-9, 13 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders? Instead, they eat with unclean hands.” He told them, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites. As it is written, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is worthless, because they teach human rules as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” Then he told them, “You have such a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your own tradition!…..You are destroying the word of God through your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many other things like that.”

We need to be ever mindful that Satan is the father of lies, he is the great deceiver, and he is the author of all religious deception. His ministers will come into the homes, Churches, and Fellowships disguised as ministers of righteousness.

THE RED FLAGS OF DECEPTION:

The following is a list of ‘Red Flags’ that are symptoms of deception in a person or group. In developing this list, I was concerned, not so much with addressing specific doctrines, but in identifying characteristics that are symptomatic of deception.

1. Spiritual elitism. This is the root of many delusions. Any kind of elitist belief is a certain indication of deception. Elitism is the belief that God has given a certain group special revelation/power/anointing that other Christian groups or previous generations have not entered into. They are on the spiritual cutting-edge, rising to spiritual levels not attained by other groups. It’s often dressed up as “Joel’s Army”, “Gideon’s Army”, and Elijah Companies of super anointed end-time warriors. Elitism is seen today in the ‘this-is-the-greatest-generation-ever’ kind of preaching we often hear. It can be found in the need to search out so-called ‘deeper’ truths and discover new, hidden mystical insights.

2. A tendency to marginalize the written Word. Watch out for any talk that plays down devotion to Scripture, such as “God is bigger than the Bible” or “God is doing a new thing, so put away your Bibles.” Marginalizing the written Word can take many forms:

a)  Ignoring the Word. Neglecting private Bible study in daily life is a strong symptom of deception.

b)  Disregarding the Word. A careless attitude towards obedience. I’ve seen examples of this in wild revival meetings in which people mockingly quote the verse, “Let all things be done decently and in order”, while they enjoy a good laugh over their disorderly and drunken behavior. Any teaching that plays down our requirement to be doers of the Word is a sure sign of delusion.

c)  Deceived groups that marginalize the Word are often those who have an emphasis on prophecy. Beware of any emphasis on the revelatory, prophetic word, especially where there is a sidelining of the written Word. We are not to despise prophecy, but the real meat of the Word that nourishes the saints and builds them up in the faith is the written Word of God, not the prophetic. Teaching that would make Christians dependent on prophets or apostles for ‘current’ truth effectively marginalizes the Word of God.

d)  “Fools despise knowledge.” Any kind of talk that does not give the Word the high regard it is due, effectively marginalizes the Word and is a sure sign that deception is at work in the group. As the Word says, “Choose my instruction instead of silver.” Love it more than anything else.

3. Prayerlessness in private. Neglect of private prayer time, alone with God, is a strong indication of deception. If it is prevalent across a church or movement, it indicates deception is taking hold of that group. Please note that deceived people will often continue to attend and even enjoy public church functions, especially when there is good sound, light or music – but private quite time loses its appeal.

4. Disdain for Berean spirited searching of the scriptures. Any kind of anti-Berean, anti-discernment teaching that discourages people from questioning what is going on or being taught is a sure sign of deception. If you ever hear the leadership of your church group say anything along the lines of “put away your Bibles”, or “don’t worry about being deceived”, then head for the exit as fast as you can.

5. An inability to separate Godly criticism of their words from personal attack. Equating ‘Berean’ (Acts 17:11) activity with criticism. Such leaders may often talk about the ‘Jezebel spirit’ and the ‘accuser of the brethren’ and warn people about moving in a fault finding or critical spirit. What they are driving at is that if you question what is going on, or challenge what is being taught, you are being critical and run the risk of incurring the Lord’s disfavor.

6. Lack of accountability. One common trait among the new wave of apostles and prophets rising to prominence these days is that they do not like to be held accountable for their teachings and failed prophecies. Any criticism of their teachings and prophetic utterances is taken as an attack against their ministry.

7. Discernment primarily the prerogative of leadership. A tendency to see discernment as a special gift or anointing not available to everyone to the same degree, or that increases with higher spiritual office. The ‘higher’ you are on the prophetic ladder, the more discerning you are. Since leaders supposedly have better discernment as per their higher office, followers tend to trust the opinions of their leaders over their own, since the ‘apostle’ or prophet must have better understanding anyway due to their higher standing in the spiritual ranks. Believers are not encouraged to trust their own discernment, or are encouraged only so long as it agrees with the overall word as set forth by the leaders. Discernment among the ranks becomes little more than a faculty (an inner witness of the spirit) that confirms what the Apostle or Prophet is saying.

8. Any form of Mystery Religion. A mystery religion is a religion that has successive levels of knowledge and ‘deeper’ truths, which are not necessarily available to all, at least not at first. Those in higher levels will know things not revealed, nor available, to lower levels. A new ‘believer’ comes in on the ground floor, and then progresses up through successive levels of spiritual understanding and empowerment as he is introduced to the ‘deeper’ truths.

9. Heightened interest with spiritual levels and rankings. Higher ‘spiritual’ rank is equated with greater closeness to God. Gifts and callings are typically ranked, and those higher in rank are seen as closer to God in some practical way, such as hearing from God more frequently and being more privy to God’s inner secrets. Those on higher spiritual levels have a privileged access to God that is not available to those holding lesser callings. As a result of their higher standing or special calling, God visits them more often and they receive greater mystical experiences than the rest.

10. Heightened interest in dreams, visions, new revelations and novel insights. This may not necessarily be explicitly stated in their Creed, and they may claim to believe the Bible as the Word of God. But in actual practice dreams, visions and revelations are the preferred stock-in-trade over sound Bible teaching and exposition of the basics.

11. An increase in subjectivity looking for subjective impressions, personal ‘prophetic’ words and ‘revelation’ for guidance and direction, seeking the mystical ‘inner voice’ as guide over the written Word. You can be sure that if a person is seeking new personal ‘words’, it is because they are not in the Word, and serious deception cannot be long avoided.

12. Detractors dismissed as having inferior vision. They see themselves as being in tune with God, and anyone who is also in tune with the Divine will agree with them. Detractors are obviously not in tune with God and have inferior vision. This sets up a very neat circular reasoning that is almost impossible to get past. It is a defensiveness which is very difficult to penetrate, because they are convinced that detractors don’t have the same level of anointing or discernment as they have. As they see it, if detractors did have the same level of anointing, they’d be in agreement. They dismiss any criticism of their teaching or conduct as bitterness, jealousy or fault finding, while they themselves feel they have very sharp spiritual perception. People are truly discerning only as long as they support their movement.

13. Dismissive attitude towards detractors, they are given derogatory labels, such as ‘religious’, ‘old order’, ‘old wineskins’, or ‘Pharisees’. Detractors denounced as not being able to ‘handle it’, or they have a ‘Jezebel spirit’, or a ‘spirit of criticism’. They are ‘accusers of the brethren’, that sort of thing. Threats of God’s judgment on detractors and critics are a sure sign of a cultic mindset and delusion.

14. A ‘get-on-board-or-else’ mentality. A fear that you’ll miss God’s new move and be left behind if you don’t join up. God is doing a new thing and if you do not go along with it, regardless of how long you’ve been faithfully serving God over the years, God will pass you by and you’ll get left in the dust.

15. New thingism. God is doing a ‘new thing’ and you’d better get with it. There is now a further requirement if you want to remain a first class Christian and in God’s highest favor, which is to be a part of the new thing represented by the group. If you don’t come along, you run the risk of God passing you by.

16. A special anointing. A certain person or group has been anointed by God to introduce something to the rest of the Body. God has given it to them, and other believers can come to them to ‘get it.’

17. A priesthood. Placing a person or group in an exalted status with God, so that they become special intermediaries, is a sure sign of delusion. False movements and false religions invariable try to interject some kind of priesthood between the believer and God. This is seen whenever a person or group claims to have received something from God that can be received from their hands. They become an intermediary between you and Jesus Christ if you want more of God, and people are encouraged to go to the ‘anointed’ of the Lord to get it.

We see this today in certain revival circles where it is necessary to get more from God at the hands of a specially chosen vessel. Worship leaders have ‘an anointing’ to lead us into the presence of God. Prophets and apostles have a privileged access to receive things from God that the rest of the church needs. False religion always reverts to some form of human priesthood.

18. “Don’t think about it, just jump in” type of teaching that encourages people to throw caution to the wind. Encouraging followers not to worry or think things through, that God won’t allow them to be deceived. Just jump in before it’s too late or you may miss the boat.

19. Glorification of the vessel, an excessive focus on the ‘anointed’ person of God.

20. Old Testament ‘typed’ anointing. (A double anointing, The mantle of Elijah, etc.)

21. An excited interest in peripheral subjects not central to the gospel, with a de-emphasis on the central themes of the gospel. They claim to agree with the gospel, but the bulk of their teaching, writing and prophetic messages show a greater interest in peripheral topics, novel insights and new revelation.

22. May talk unity, but bring division along lines of gender, age, race or nationality.

23. Watch out for leaders who love to surround themselves with minions who affirm their special anointing.

24. More interest in breaking through to new levels and remaking the church along new lines rather than reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ.

25. False spirits love to show off and love center stage. They love to parade their subjective impressions and experiences up front for others to see. Publicly sharing highly subjective impressions and insights that cannot be proved or disproved one way or the other is a real “Red Flag”.

26. Conference chasing, running from place to place to meet God. Any emphasis on experiencing God corporately more than privately is a symptom of delusion. Whenever people need to go to a conference or certain location to receive a ‘fresh’ touch, something is very wrong.  There is a whole generation of believers now who are bored with ‘quiet time’ alone with God, who don’t know how to meet God in the prayer closet, and can only meet with God and experience Him in public settings that provide the right mood and atmosphere, usually involving the right music. The reason so many are chasing God at conferences is because they are not in the Word and prayer at home.

27. The ‘anointed’ leader has a privileged access, a hot relationship, with God that the rest have yet to attain. They get angelic visitations, dramatic visions and prophetic insights, and they publish ‘prophetic bulletins’ to keep others abreast with what God is doing. Because the apostles and prophets are in such a privileged position of receiving the latest hot word from God, the rest are reduced to second hand status, anxiously awaiting the latest prophetic bulletin. Watch for groups that tend to place emphasis on the leaders anointing or relationship with God. This results in Christians running to conferences for a ‘fresh touch’ from those who seem to have ‘it’.

28. The Holy Spirit is seen more as coming to bring an experience rather than a greater understanding of the Scripture.

29. A tendency to distinguish between people who accept their movement as a true move of God and those who don’t.

30. Beware of any dichotomy between the Spirit and the mind. Any anti-intellectual position, such as the belief held in many charismatic circles today that exercising the mind will hinder the Holy Spirit, is a real indication of deception. Deceivers like to parrot phrases like: “God will offend the mind to reveal the heart.” This cute little mantra often repeated in certain revival groups sounds very spiritual, but is very false. A careful reading of the Word tells us the truth: God will inform the mind to convince the heart. Jesus often did offend the Pharisee’s – by telling them the truth! The Holy Spirit leads people to Christ by shining the light of God’s Word into their minds and convicting them of its truth.

Characteristics of a Cult Mindset

The difference between a cult and a legitimate group is relationship, not doctrine. Although it will usually follow that a cultic group will also endorse heretical doctrine that is not what makes it a cult. Other, non-Christian religions will embrace doctrines contrary to Christian faith. That does not necessarily make them cults. A group is defined as cultic by the dependant/controlling relationship that forms between the leader of the group and his followers. The leader acquires an inappropriate level of control over the individuals of a group by fostering personal dependence upon him as the source and definer of truth. A cultic group has a strong, influential leader who knows how to encourage followers to remain personally dependent upon him for truth, purpose and guidance.

In developing this list, I was more interested in showing the characteristics of a cult as opposed to addressing specific heretical teachings; cultic symptoms rather than specific doctrinal aberrations.

My reason for this approach is twofold: First, specific heresies will change from one cult to another, but there are certain characteristics which remain fairly consistent between cults by which a cultic group can be identified. Secondly, and perhaps more ominously, large segments of the charismatic church are becoming very cultic in practice even though they may claim to believe the major tenets of Christian faith. Most of these traits were very characteristic of the Latter Rain Movement, The Walk, and are becoming very common in Vineyard and Charismatic circles.

1.  Loyalty to charismatic leadership over Scripture. The primary characteristic of a cultic mindset is devotion to leadership over an objective standard of truth. Cultic followers have an excessive devotion to popular teachers, and are unwilling or disinclined to question them. They place too much trust in leadership without exercising independent, critical thought that resorts to objective standards of information outside of the group. This mindset is very predominant in Vineyard and Charismatic circles, seen in the almost blind trust placed in prophetic leadership. This is evident in their willingness to believe what they are told, as long as the right person says it. They are disinclined to exercise independent, critical thought and search the scriptures to see if what is being taught is true.

2.  Believing what’s said based on WHO says it. Truth is determined by what the leaders say. The cultic-mindset determines the acceptability of what is said more by who says it rather than how well it conforms to the Word of God. Today, anyone can say almost anything in a Charismatic/ Vineyard crowd and get away with it, as long as they have the right type of ‘loving’, charismatic personality and appear to move in spiritual gifts. In other words, as long as the ministry package looks good, they tend to accept the contents of the teaching with little question.

3.  An unwillingness to question leaders. Idolizing leaders and placing them on a pedestal, being quick to excuse and overlook their faults. Leaders will often take doubts and questions as a personal attack. Questioning the leader is viewed as rebellion, stubbornness, or spiritualized as a demonic ploy to undermine ‘God’s anointed’.

4.  Fear of disapproval by the group. A fearfulness of saying something that the leaders and/or others in the group may not approve of.

5.  Elitist and exclusive. They think of themselves as the spiritual cutting-edge. An excessive need for acceptance and belonging to an ‘inner circle’. A fear of being left out of Gods new thing is one expression of this.

6.  Dismissive attitude towards those outside the group. A disregard for what others say and think who are not in the group.

7.  A polarized “In or Out”, “Us” versus “Them” attitude towards those outside the ‘movement’. Those outside the ‘move’ are given derogatory labels. It is considered that those outside don’t have what it takes to be apart of the superior goals of the group. This is often seen in the ‘get-on-board-with-this-move-or-you’ll-miss-it’ style of preaching often seen in charismatic circles.

8.  Those outside the group just don’t understand.

9.  Lack of tolerance for dissent. Dissenters threatened with divine punishment. Dissent, doubt and questioning are not tolerated and perceived as a personal attack on the leadership. They have difficulty separating the message from the messenger.

10. Rational thought is discouraged. Group experience over loyalty to truth, don’t think about it, just jump in. Don’t stop to analyze, just be open to what the ‘spirit’ is doing.

11. The superior ends of the group justify the means. Revival leaders are well known for their pragmatic approach to the ‘truth’. If it works, it’s OK.

12. Group leaders determine how followers should think and what is ‘true’. Truth and reality (paradigm) are determined within the context of the group. People with a cultic-mindset tend to submerge their own thoughts under the thoughts of the leader and group. They have greater confidence in the opinions of others than of their own.

13. A lack of discretion and independent thought. Pro.2:11 states that “discretion will protect you”. Discretion is the ability to think for yourself; to exercise independent thought or action according to one’s own judgment. Cultic followers are noticeably lacking in this ability, so they are easily persuaded by a dynamic and charismatic leader. They find it difficult to stand back with a measure of detachment and evaluate things with a cool head in the light of God’s Word.

14. Cultic persons gravitate towards dependence upon a ‘priesthood’ for their contact with God. This ‘priesthood’ can take the form of an ‘anointed’ person, a prophet, an apostle, or anyone who receives from God for the follower. Cultic persons place excessive trust in the leader and the leader’s so-called contact with God.

15. Accusative self-doubt in relation to leadership. It can take the form of self-doubting questions such as: Who do I think I am, anyway? Who am I to question what the leaders are saying? What makes me think I was right and so many big name ministries are wrong?

16. Lack of recourse and accountability outside the group. Little if any accountability outside the group, members of the group take little recourse outside the group for information or help as far as the defining ‘truths’ and purpose of the group are concerned.

So where does this leave the believer today? Today each believer is solely responsible for what they choose to accept and believe. They do not have a Priesthood that has been appointed as their religious “overseers”. Every person who has been born again has been born again of the incorruptible seed, the Word of God. They have also received the perfect teacher – the Holy Spirit who has come to reside within them – we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

1st Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish—by the living and everlasting word of God.

1st John 2:26-27 I am writing to warn you about those people who are misleading you.

But Christ has blessed you with the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit stays in you, and you don’t need any teachers. The Spirit is truthful and teaches you everything. So stay one in your heart with Christ, just as the Spirit has taught you to do.

So, should we shun any reliance upon men to be our teachers or that can bring spiritual insight into what we are hearing, seeing, or may have received through impartation? It would be wrong to completely avoid all the people in the Church under the pretext of seeking pure spiritual maturity.

Act 17:10-11 that night the brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the Jewish synagogue. These people were more receptive than those in Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive the message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if those things were so.

I would prayerfully ask that you seek the Holy Spirit and decide for yourself if what I have written is the truth. Today with the Christian’s access to the Internet and 24 hours a day television there needs to be great concern about the truth that we are reading, listening and seeing.  The eyes are the window of the soul.

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