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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.

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The Real Islamic (Sharia) Law

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The great challenges facing America in our nasty and brutish post 9 -11 world are how to interact with Muslim states and if it is possible to integrate Muslim citizens into our open, too often self-destructive, hyper-tolerant cultures. The European model of unfettered Muslim immigration to foster further multicultural
deconstructions of the character of the host societies has now been shown to be a misguided and disastrous error.

Let’s properly judge these organizations:

  • Do they believe in universal human rights – including for women and people of other faiths?
  • Do they believe in equality of all before the law?
  • Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government?
  • Do they encourage integration or separatism?

Is this a peace loving tolerant “religion”, or a cruel, brutal, misogynist and intolerant ideology of submission and supremacist that endorse and allows any Muslim man to keep any Non-Muslim woman as “Sex Slaves”. Here, are verses from their “holy book” (the Qur’an) as proof that Islamic (Sharia) Law not only abides, and condones, but provides the Muslim man with the legal authority to have “sex-slaves”. Not one of the verses shown here, from the Qur’an or the Hadith, have been abrogated by any leading Muslim scholar or any of their religious leaders.

Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveler) (o9.13) – According to Sharia Law, when a child or woman is taken captive by Muslims, they become slaves by the fact of their capture. A captured woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.

The Qur’an: Islam’s Holy Book

Qur’an (33:50)“O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee” This is a special command that Muhammad handed down to himself, allowing himself virtually unlimited sex. Others are limited to four wives, but may also have sex with an unlimited number of slaves, as the following verse make clear:

Qur’an (23:5-6)“..who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess…” This verse allows the slave-owner to have sex with his slaves. See (Qur’an 70:29-30)

Qur’an (4:24)“And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.” Even sex with married slaves is permissible.

Qur’an (8:69)“But (now) enjoy what ye took in war, lawful and good” A reference to war booty, of which
slaves were a part. The Muslim slave master may enjoy his “catch” because (according to verse 71) “Allah gave you mastery over them.”

Qur’an (24:32)“And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves…” Breeding slaves based on fitness.

Qur’an (2:178)“O ye who believe! Retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the murdered; the freeman for the freeman, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female.” The message of this verse, which prescribes the rules of retaliation for murder, is that all humans are not created equal. The human value of a slave is less than that of a free person (and a woman’s worth is also distinguished from that of a man’s).

Qur’an (16:75)“Allah sets forth the Parable (of two men: one) a slave under the dominion of another; He has no power of any sort; and (the other) a man on whom We have bestowed goodly favors from Ourselves, and he spends thereof (freely), privately and publicly: are the two equal? (By no means;) praise be to Allah.” Yet another confirmation that the slave is is not equal to the master. In this case it is plain that the slave owes his status to Allah’s will. (According to 16:71, the owner should be careful about insulting Allah by bestowing Allah’s gifts on slaves – those whom the god of Islam has not favored).

The Hadith: The Hadith to be essential supplements to and clarifications of the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, as well as in clarifying issues pertaining to Islamic jurisprudence by an overwhelming majority of Muslims. From the Hadith:

Bukhari (80:753)“The Prophet said, ‘The freed slave belongs to the people who have freed him.'”

Bukhari (52:255) – The slave who accepts Islam and continues serving his Muslim master will receive a double reward in heaven.

Bukhari (41.598) – Slaves are property. They cannot be freed if an owner has outstanding debt, but rather used to pay off the debt.

Bukhari (62:137) – An account of women taken as slaves in battle by Muhammad’s men after their husbands and fathers were killed. The women were raped with Muhammad’s approval.

Bukhari (34:432) – Another account of females taken captive and raped with Muhammad’s approval. In this case it is evident that the Muslims intend on selling the women after raping them because they are concerned about devaluing their price by impregnating them. Muhammad is asked about coitus interruptus.

Bukhari (47.765) – A woman is rebuked by Muhammad for freeing a slave girl. The prophet tells her that she would have gotten a greater heavenly reward by giving her to a relative (as a slave).

Bukhari (34:351) – Muhammad sells a slave for money. He was thus a slave trader.

Bukhari (72:734) – Some contemporary Muslims in the West, where slavery is believed to be a horrible crime, are reluctant to believe that Muhammad owned slaves. This is just one of many places in the Hadith where a reference is made to a human being owned by Muhammad. In this case, the slave is of African descent.

Muslim 3901 – Muhammad trades away two black slaves for one Muslim slave.

Muslim 4112 – A man freed six slaves on the event of his death, but Muhammad reversed the emancipation and kept four in slavery to himself. He cast lots to determine which two to free.

Bukhari (47:743) – Muhammad’s own pulpit – from which he preached Islam – was built with slave labor on his command.

Bukhari (59:637)“The Prophet sent Ali to Khalid to bring the Khumus (of the booty) and I hated Ali, and Ali had taken a bath (after a sexual act with a slave-girl from the Khumus). I said to Khalid, ‘Don’t you see this (i.e. Ali)?’ When we reached the Prophet I mentioned that to him. He said, ‘O Buraida! Do you hate Ali?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Do you hate him, for he deserves more than that from the Khumlus.'” Muhammad approved of his men having sex with slaves, as this episode involving his son-in-law, Ali, clearly proves. This Hadith refutes the modern apologists who pretend that slaves were really “wives,” since Muhammad had forbidden Ali from marrying another woman as long as Fatima (his favorite daughter) was living.

Abu Dawud (2150) – “The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: (Qur’an 4:24) ‘And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.'” This is the background for verse 4:24 of the Qur’an. Not only does Allah grant permission for women to be captured and raped, but allows it to even be done in front of their husbands.

Ibn Ishaq (734) – A slave girl is given a “violent beating” by Ali in the presence of Muhammad, who does nothing about it.

Ibn Ishaq (693) – “Then the apostle sent Sa-d b. Zayd al-Ansari, brother of Abdu’l-Ashal with some of the captive women of Banu Qurayza to Najd and he sold them for horses and weapons.” Muhammad trades away women captured from the Banu Qurayza tribe to non-Muslim slave traders for property. (Their men had been executed after surrendering peacefully without a fight).

The adherents of “Chrislam” and other who advocate the need for ‘political correctness” without considering the consequences will refer to their Muslim friends who are kind and gentle and forswear violence and, most importantly, would “never do jihad” as illustrations and even proof of the “true Islam.” Such inevitably unhappy and frustrated folk reference the now failed assertion that Islam has been hijacke  (by terrorists and killers) and that “true Islam” is “the religion of peace.” How much easier things would be if only they were right. But, they’re not.

The kind Muslim friend, a friend of kafirs/non-Muslims, may well be a “good person” and forswear jihad, but this is not what being a “good Muslim” is about. Allah and Mohammed both command that all adherents of Islam (slaves of Allah); all those who have “submitted” must participate in jihad and/or support those who do. To abjure this obligation for jihad is considered a grave sin with serious consequences.

Consider what Jihad is. It is war, with open violence, or through deception and fraud, against non-Muslims everywhere forever until the entire world is under Islamic rule and Allah’s religion is the only religion on the planet.

Mohammed’s mission was to convert the earth to Islam. It would also be considered to have been a successful Jihad when a people, or nation surrendering without violence their sovereignty to be subjugate under Islamic rule and Sharia Law. This then gives any Muslim man the legal authority to take ANY WOMAN he wants and make her his “Sex Slave”. Unless we stop this insaneness that is being perpetrated upon this nation by the media, our government, the academic elitist, and Chrislam proponents, we will become subject to Islamic Totalitarian Rule and Ideology as a “Dhimmitude” or a     sub-human, one with no more rights than cattle.

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.

False Practices in the Church Exposed

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Much of what is written and exposed here I have worked against for years.  Today more than any other time in the history of the Church we need pure doctrine – not the occult.  The souls of countless thousand stand to be lost if we stand idely by and do not sound the alarm and stand ready to teach sound doctrine – the Doctrine of Christ.

Ezekiel 33:9  Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

PROPHETIC MOVEMENT in AN UPROAR – Please Forward -Andrew Strom, moderator and founder of:

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Earlier this week we published big chunks of Dennis Cramer’s “Word for 2011” in which he basically tears into a lot of the flakey and dangerous “New Age”-type practices found in today’s Prophetic movement. Well, to my great amazement, I found that the Elijah List had actually published Cramer’s piece as well! And it caused such a storm that they had to remove it after just one day – for “clarification”! But then they re-published it – only slightly changed!

For those who don’t know, the Elijah List is the main email List for the Prophetic movement – publishing the likes of Todd Bentley, Patricia King, Rick Joyner, Bob Jones, etc. It also sells mounds of their books and CD’s. For the Elijah List to publish something that basically refutes all the “Spirit Travel” and “Third Heaven Visitation” stuff is simply unbelievable. It would almost be like the Pope refuting the veneration of Mary!

I don’t know what the Elijah List was thinking, but I’m sure glad they did it. Now maybe there’s a chance that some of their readers will get out from under those dangerous deceptions.

But I am left a bit dazed by it all – because the very ones who have been advocating “spirit travel AT WILL” and “Trance dancing”and ‘Third Heaven visits AT WILL’ are the very ministries that the Elijah List has been promoting all these years!

Here is what the Elijah List founder Steve Schultz wrote after they pulled the first article when it caused such a storm- “Dear Elijah List Readers,  There was a huge number of people who were unclear on a few issues with Dennis Cramer’s word…

The most controversial aspect was the “AT WILL” issue. Apparently, there are some out and about who are teaching that you can transport or go to Heaven “AT WILL” – i.e. whenever you want. This is truly not taught in Scripture. The word “Doctrine” is another word for “teaching.” It’s an untrue teaching that anytime you want, you can go to Heaven or be transported… As soon as Dennis Cramer sends us a more in-depth explanation of the items he listed, we plan to repost my friend’s word.”

ANDREW AGAIN:  Steve – I’m so glad you wrote this, but do you truly realize what you are saying? Don’t you know that Bob Jones and Todd Bentley and Patricia King, etc, are the VERY BIGGEST promoters of all this “AT WILL” deception that you are talking about?

Patricia King even has a whole movement of “Ekstasis” Trance dancing! These guys have entire reams of teaching on how to “visualize” your way into the Third Heaven ‘AT WILL’. They have been promoting it for years. Surely you know this? That’s why your readers are so upset. Dennis Cramer is finally exposing and rebuking this stuff as the ‘New Age’ heresy that it really is.

On January 15, Elijah List reposted the “re-clarified” word from Dennis Cramer on their website. It was a little softer in places, but still it said the following very clearly:

“One cannot go to Heaven like Paul or be transported physically like Phillip simply because they want to or because they feel like it (at will). Teachings like this often crossover into dangerous methods and techniques that resemble New Age, Mysticism, Spiritism or other occult manipulative practices. A Believer cannot and must not force, manipulate, or otherwise attempt to reproduce a sovereign supernatural Bible experience by merely following a method, a series of steps, or worst of all “willing it” to happen.”

In the same re-posted word, Dennis Cramer went on to say-

“• Open Heaven/Spiritual Portals = BAD DOCTRINE • Third Heaven Experiences At Will = BAD DOCTRINE • Going to Heaven At Will to Get Your Gifts = BAD DOCTRINE • Transporting Physically At Will = BAD DOCTRINE • Over-Emphasis on Angels and Specifically Arc-Angels = BAD DOCTRINE • Going into Trances At Will = BAD DOCTRINE • Trance Dancing = BAD DOCTRINE • Hyper-Grace: Christians Do Not Need to Repent of Sin = BAD DOCTRINE”

Well – there goes the Prophetic movement!

Make no mistake about it – Reiki, meditation, tantric sex – these are very powerful mystical experiences that have the capability to delude and deceive those who are involved with it. While many of the health ideas these three doctors share in their books and DVDs are legitimate (exercise, vitamins, and good diet, etc.), these doctors firmly believe in meditation and want to make it widely accepted and embraced and have interwoven this belief into their programs. As Dr. Amen admitted himself, he wants to tell everyone he knows about meditation. Rick Warren and Saddleback are in danger as could be the millions who Rick Warren influences.

We urge all discerning believers to contact their own pastors  and any other pastors or leaders they know to warn them about what is taking place in the name of wellness and fitness in the church. We urge you also to contact ministries who have, in one way or another, either through consent or silence, supported the “new” spirituality that is trying to enter the church and tell them where it leads.  The wellness and fitness aspect of this is just another face of this whole movement that is impacting our entire culture.

In this plea, consider what Roger Oakland stated at the end of Faith Undone:

There are still pastors and churches dedicated to proclaiming the truth. Find out where they are and support them. If you are in a location where this does not seem to be possible, seek out materials that are available from solid Bible-based Christian ministries and hold Bible studies in your homes.

When Jesus returns, He will not find a utopian world filled with peace but one in shambles, unrest, violence, and war for having forsaken the Word of God, the true Gospel, and the One true God. Rather than being a time when He will praise the world for discovering its christ-consciousness, He will come as a Judge and powerful King (p. 230).

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