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“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8

 

There is a simple fact that every believer must acknowledge in their walk with Christ, and that is this, you and I are not God. Nor are we little gods. Nor do we have the same power or ability to think and act and create like God. Even more so, neither do our words have the same power as Gods words. The simple fact is, man is a creation of God, made a little above the angels itself, without the ability nor power to imitate God in action or in deeds, or in this case – words. The truth is, our words are not on the same level as God almighty and have virtually no power within themselves. In other words, when we speak nothing happens, but when God speaks everything happens, because he’s God and we’re not.

Yet there is a teaching which has gained prominence within the Charismatic/Pentecostal circles by suggesting that not only are we little gods, not only can we duplicate what God can do, we can equally speak things as a god and see those words literally transform nothing into something. It is called Positive Affirmation, or what is generally referred to by some as the power within the tongue. The belief is very simple, and very dangerous, but it goes something like this; A believer has a special need (money, health, career change, relationship, etc.) and they desire this with great fervor, but they don’t know how to bring it to pass. The answer? Simply speak it into existence. Sounds far fetched right? Yet if the truth be told, there are millions of Christians within the Charismatic/Pentecostal circles who have bought into this lie that says if one desires to change their circumstances in life, all one has to do is simply speak it into being and it will come. The problem is that it never works.

Teachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Jesse Duplantis and a boatload of others, have made millions of dollars in book sales all in trying to convince an unsuspecting Christian that they have the power within themselves to speak something out of nothing and gain whatever they want. The problem is, A) It’s not scriptural, and B) It’s not possible. To be clear, Jesus told us that if we followed him, that we too could (and would) perform miracles – but as the Spirit leads. The fact remains that while the gifts of the Holy Spirit are valid today (1 Corinthians chapter 12), the ability to just speak something is not only foolish, or unscriptural, it was never taught by the early church leaders, or Christ himself.

Believe it or not, the Positive Confession movement has no actual basis within the early church, nor was it rooted at all within modern or even past Christian teachings, it literally came from the occult world and went by another title, The Law of Attraction. This occult method is standard 101 information for anyone involved in the secret world of witchcraft and sorcery. The idea is simple, whatever you are attracted to, or desire, all you have to do is channel the strong desire within your mind to receive it, and by doing so, you can have it. This method has been utilized for hundreds, if not thousands of years by those who perform the dark arts of gaining whatever they desire. The problem with the confession, speaking it into existence, law of attraction is, it’s tapping into the spiritual realm, and certainly not what is of God.

It is amazing that when we examine the teachings and ideas promoted by a select few who claim to receive a revelation from God that is never based on the word of God, we begin to see its true source – Satan. Yet this is exactly the facts as it relates to the Positive Confession movement that has unfortunately polluted the church world today. From its roots from the early druids and pagans, the teaching of the Law of Attraction remains to this day the tool by which some within the modern church world has cleverly utilized which would deceive many by its false teachings. One would think that if they understood that ours is not to simply call forth everything into being that it would become true, nor by simply suggesting that if one merely spoke something by faith that it would happen. The truth is, God desires us to pray his will for whatever we need, not ours. This is the problem of self, it does not desire to submit to God’s perfect plan, but instead, rely on self and self desires (money, material things) to gain something simply by declaring it so. It’s all a clever ruse to blind the believer to a belief that he or she is able to do things on a thought, or word, and not rely on God’s word.

So how did this particular teaching come into the church today?

His name was E.W. Kenyon. Kenyon was born on April 25, 1867. He was introduced to the faith from the Methodist movement of that particular time. It was there he was introduced to the early teachings of the New Thought movement, and subsequently became aware of this new teaching which stated that if one speaks something, one will receive something, all by faith. Kenyon would go on to become affiliated with the growing Pentecostal movement which was happening in that time, the re-birth of the advent of the Pentecost in the book of Acts, and would find himself learning as well as teaching at the Emerson School. From the early writings of E.W. Kenyon, his works would include many gleanings from the occult world, new age spiritualism, and the Law of Attraction that would be taken and used by later generations, namely one Kenneth Hagin, who equally was influenced by Kenyon’s claims of Positive Affirmations.

Yet even though Kenyon was a contributor to what we now call “Positive Talk”, it has literally taken on a life of its own. But not just by the church world, even today, New Age teachers such as Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle, Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret), as well as many more. This Law of Attraction, the ability to think and then say something into reality is not a product of man, far from it. The teaching itself dates back to one individual who said to himself “I shall be like the most high. I will place my throne above his.” – Satan. It was Satan who was the originator of Positive Confession, and it was Satan who went into the garden and said to Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”(Genesis 3:1) For when Eve reminded Satan of what God said not to do, it as Satan who then presented a different way of thinking, “You surely will not die.”“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Satan presented a positive affirmation, which was literally the foundation to Law of Attraction with Eve. Satan simply said, ignore what God says, confess that you shall have great wisdom and great understanding and I will not die. In other words, think it, say it and believe it and it will come to you. The reality is, Eve did receive understanding, but it was the understanding of what God strictly forbid, and thus, because of Adam, sin entered into the world. Thus, the Law of Attraction, power of the tongue to say something into existence is rooted directly from pride. It is sin.

If we could simply say things into reality, then why is there great trouble in the world? If we can simply speak something into being, then why is there hunger? Or war? Or death and disease? If there is power in our tongue, then why did Paul, the great Apostle who faced many a hardship pray three times that God would remove the thorn in his side, but God said “NO!”, but that his grace was sufficient for him? (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

The fact is this, our authority is limited to what Christ has given to us in his word because of the cross, and nothing more. Yes, we have the power (authority) to claim some spiritual matters as it relates to our faith, but it must always be found consistent with the word of God, it can never go beyond God’s word. If we pray his will, then we will find our will and prayers will be aligned perfectly, even if some things we confess or pray for do not come, sometimes God simply says “No” and we must learn to trust him regardless, for he knows better than we.

Jesus only gives us authority to do what he commissioned us to do – preach the gospel, disciple the nations, heal the sick, cast out demons, etc. He does not give us ALL authority. Nor does he give us the power to speak things into being simply because we want it or desire it, that is the lure of the garden and the tree itself that Satan continues to tempt fallen man with, even Christians, that if we think it and say it, we can have it. But God says otherwise. Don’t fall for this trap, but instead trust God, pray with faith with what he has faithfully given to us, the cross, and believe for those things which he desires, that souls be saved. Everything else will come, or not come based on God’s determination and plan, not by our words.

From my office in China,

Christopher

Contact me at christopher152@gmail.com

http://www.chinamissions.org

 

T.D.Jakes

Dear Bishop Jakes,

For days, I have thought how should I approach this subject of which I am about to dive into with you, seeing how we have neither met, nor have we any mutual friends between us, still I find myself in a perplexing situation, and that is, how do I ask you a simple question to which I know would generate a response? I’m pretty sure a phone call won’t work as you have a private number. I thought maybe a phone call to your main office might be a good way of reaching you, but your personal secretary has made it all but impossible to people who are “unknown”. So I thought, how could I get your attention which would garner some type of response from you over a deep, penetrating question which still is lingering in my mind? I decided in the end that the best method would be to use my leverage as a blogger (which has over 700,000 readers) which would (I hope) have enough support that your office might respond to a simple question, and that is; What happened?

Now, I know to open up a letter to such an influential individual as yourself with the question “What happened?” might seem a little off, but it’s a genuinely real question to which I truly believe needs to be asked, what happened? Let me even delve further into the question I’m asking, which is, what happened to you and your position as a pastor as it relates to homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Pastor Jakes, you recently stated something on the issue of homosexuality in an interview with the Huffington Post in which you stated as it regards to your personal position on the subject, and I quote; “evolved and evolving”. Sir, what does that mean when you say ‘evolved and evolving?’. You see the dilemma I and many others are having concerning your recent comments on this matter? I certainly hope so because it’s beginning to sound less like a man who is remaining firm on the word of God, and more like a man who is becoming influenced by the social attitudes of our culture. This, in my opinion, is of grave concern. So I go back to my original question – What happened? Why are you obviously changing your views toward something (homosexuality) and not remaining faithful to the word of God?

Some of your followers would say you didn’t mean that, that it was simply a misquote, others would suggest that I am taking your words out of context, but here’s the truth to the matter, you didn’t say just one thing, you stated several. In the same interview that I quoted you, you stated, regarding to homosexuals and church, “The church should have the right to have its own convictions and values; if you don’t like those convictions and values [and] you totally disagree with it, don’t try to change my house, move into your own … and find somebody who gets what you get about faith,” Further, you stated “Absolutely… I think it is going to be diverse from church to church. Every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person is different,”.  “And I think that to speak that the church—the black church, the White church or any kind of church you wanna call it—are all the same, is totally not true.” (source)

So Bishop, how can you suggest that the church should have the right to its own convictions and values outside the word of God when it comes to homosexuality? Where is that option found in the word of God? Actually, the word tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” this means that there is only one measure by which we judge truth – through the word. For that same word is not only inspired, but it is anointed by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this includes Paul’s admonition for Christian behavior when it comes to a lifestyle of sin – it cannot mix. Yet in the above quotes, you seem to give an indication that not only are your views on homosexuality and same sex marriage changing (evolved and evolving) but you suggest that each church can have a different opinion, even when that opinion runs contrary to the word of God. That sir is heresy!

Let me explain why I would even suggest that what you stated borders on heresy, let alone false. Paul states in Galatians 1:8 “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”  It is another gospel to suggest that the church can formulate another point of view counter to what God has already deemed as false. It is what Paul calls another gospel. Paul further states in Galatians 5:19- “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  This includes the acts of homosexuality.

Sir, you yourself knows that same sex marriage is wrong, you further know that those who live that lifestyle is equally wrong, and you further know that sin, regardless of what it is, separates man from God and the only solution is to repent and come to the cross. Yet you seem to have taken another view altogether on this matter, which begs the question once more – what happened? Has Oprah Winfrey influenced you that much? Has your success allowed you to forsake the call God has given you to stand for the word above all else? Including popular opinion, even at risk of being labeled intolerant? Or worse – a bigot?

Sir, only you can answer these questions I’ve asked. Only you can address this troubling and disturbing issue that has many wondering why you are waffling on this issue, which can only be resolved by defining for the record if you believe homosexuality is sin, but not only sin, but those who partake of it will not inherit the kingdom of God? Can you answer that? Will you answer that? I await your response.

Christopher Gregory

email: christopher152@gmail.com

Carrie-Underwood

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)

The church is changing, not just in doctrines which reflect a more socially accepted or tolerant gospel message, but equally what is changing within the structure of the modern church is a new face of Christianity. Today’s so called “Christian” image is less dogma whose foundation was on a strict adherence to the word, but a more liberal appeal which relies more on making people feel more accepted in their sins and less convicted of their sins. This is the new modern Christianity which is sweeping much of the church today in America – progressive Christianity.

When Carrie Underwood began to promote herself as a Christian, she took upon that role to potentially hundreds of thousands of followers, and do they pay attention to what she says and does. The statements recently by Underwood, where she surprised some of her more conservative Christian followers regarding her real feelings about same sex marriage and homosexuality, ruffled some feathers within the Christian community, but as time progressed, more and more believers have since seemed to have a more accepting view of Carrie’s position, especially among Christians 35 and under. During a 2012 interview, Underwood made the following revelation concerning gay marriage, ““As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.” (source)

Not only does Carrie believe and support gay rights and gay marriage, but she attends an evangelical Church which now openly embraces this new type of Christianity. But it’s deadly.

The reality which is coming into play in these last days is something which many (myself included) have been warning about – a new take on an old act is beginning to resurface, but unlike the past few decades, this particular movement is not only undermining the gospel, but it’s taking the form and shape of a more tolerable message in that it’s built upon personal beliefs, even if those beliefs run contrary to the word, and less when it comes to sound doctrine. This new (old) form is nothing more than Gnosticism. It is antichrist, and many are being led away from its proponents.

What is Gnosticism? In short: GNOSTICISM IS THE TEACHING based on Gnosis, the knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of interior, intuitive means. Although Gnosticism thus rests on personal religious experience, it is a mistake to assume all such experience results in Gnostic recognitions. It is nearer the truth to say that Gnosticism expresses a specific religious experience, an experience that does not lend itself to the language of theology or philosophy, but which is instead closely affinitized to, and expresses itself through, the medium of myth. Indeed, one finds that most Gnostic scriptures take the forms of myths.

In other words, if it feels good to you, and you’re happy with your belief, then God is fine with you as well. It’s a lie from the pit of hell. The word speaks about searching another path – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1) The reality is this, if someone says “this is a better way” or “This idea is better than your version of Christianity” run from such deceit.

Yet it’s not only Underwood whose presenting this new gospel, but others long before Carrie have taken the reigns to preach another gospel, another Jesus, another way. Oprah Winfrey, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren are just a few who are selectively guiding the people into a new version of Christianity, and it is antichrist. This is the result of Satan, knowing that his time is getting shorter as the years progress toward that fateful climax, is producing prophets who are determined to lead an entire generation of people – including Christians, away from the cross. The facts remain the same, if it accepts homosexuality, if it points to another door, if it leads to another way – it is false! It must still be the cross, the cross is the end to the law and the beginning of faith. Unless people turn from sin and corruption, it is another gospel, another message, another Christ. This is part of what I have been warning against, another version of a greater lie, and many are accepting it as fact, but it’s false.

It is important that the believer in this time and hour in which we live, begin to weigh the message of those in whom they are listening to, for if it embraces perversion, wickedness and sin over the words of God found in his word, then to embrace that message is giving it approval, which leads to one thing – apostasy. These are the end times, Satan is preaching more of his twisted self-serving “gospel” message than ever before,and it’s only going to get worse. Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Beyonce’, and so many others who are projecting an angel of light message, are damning millions to this new gospel, but it’s a message of a sinister plot to only deceive. Unless the church stands up and opposes this form of message, I fear many will be lost in the wake of its message, and find themselves castaway in the eternal passages of that placed that was originally reserved for Satan and his minions – Hell.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com