Today a vast and extraordinarily complex religious system of so-called evangelical churches and ministries has emerged in the United States - a keiretsu-like network of conservative churches and ministries with interlocking boards of directors, similar sources of funding and 'cross-over' memberships that aims at subsuming the church and transforming it into a political instrument to "take back the country for Christ and the church." [Please see our article, "The Invasion of Europe by America's Apostate Church" for a detailed examination of C. Peter Wagner's New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), one of the most influential groups in this network.]
The actual number of organizations which are a part of this system is mind-boggling; so intered have these organizations become that it is difficult any longer to separate them from one another (as you will shortly see), though often the theologies (and eschatologies) of each independent organization are in fact (at least on paper) mutually exclusive - which indicates the lack of importance all these groups attach to "sound doctrine." It is into this murky and menacing network of Nacht und Nebel that are seeking to drag the unaware Christian by connecting them via this network of Nacht und Nebel to individuals and belief systems that do nothing but obscure the Prophetic Scriptures; it explains, for example, why many of my fellow bretheren - who are inextricably bound up in this network can at the same time refer to the "Miracle of the Sharon Orphanage" (see below) while at the same time calling themselves as a "true-believer" insofar as the doctrine of Premillennialism is concerned.
It's a world that is permeated with HATE (hate for Muslims, hate for gays and lesbians, hate for radical feminists, hate for "secular-humanists," ad nauseum, ad infinitum), and it's a world that posits DOMINIONIST belief systems that cannot help but involve Christians in a BLOODY and RUTHLESS effort to establish God's Kingdom on Earth. It's an extraordinary "mish-mash" of "good" and "bad;" of heresy and orthodoxy.
AND WHAT A MISH-MASH OF MINISTRIES
NewsTracts is "headed up" by Pastor Richard Paradise, a very close associate of my brother.
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF THOSE MINISTRIES RECOMMENDED BY NEWSTRACTS, PLEASE GO HERE.
While overall, there are a number of sound ministries recommended by Paradise, there are also a number that are involved in heresies of the worst sort, and even one that is involved in DEATH SQUAD activity (Verbo).
Nonetheless, they are all recommended by Paradise to his readers as equally worthy of their consideration. [For information on Verbo, please see our articles, "The Death Squads: Closer than We Think" and "The Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death."]
NOTE: Please take note of the fact that among the churches and ministries listed above by Paradise (which, again, constitute only seven of the ninety-five ministries recommended by him), all but two of them openly avow Dominionist theology.
But what's one to think of my brother's disavowal of Dominionism when he allows his church to be linked to these ministries? At the very least, one cannot blame my brother's followers at New Hope in thinking that he is not serious in his disavowals of Dominionism. Of course, in all of this, he is only following the lead of his close colleagues. [Please see our article, "Dominionism: The Theology of Today's Anti-Government Movement."]
Our network of associations with one another - whether civic, religious, social, or personal - forms an integrated system of arteries down through which notions of all sort journey.
It's through this kind of "network" that heresies become infectious; indeed, it's here that we can speak of the CONTAGION of heresy; if left unchecked within a community, heresy, like a vicious cancer, has a treacherous way of using the network of our social, political and religious relationships to spread it's venom throughout the entire body; of using the bands which connect us together as channels of corruption.
By such means heresy can demolish not only the individual Christian, but the entire Christian community. The Bible says,
"A little leaven leavens the whole lump." (Gal. 5:9)
In studying the groups that Paradise has recommended, one discovers an "overlap of theologies and clientele" between and among the various ministries and churches. The same names appear again and again from group to group and organization to organization; the "overlap in theology and clientele" is stunning.
It's like looking at smoke rising from a fire on a hot, windless day and trying to make sense of its direction and predict the patterns which will emerge.
Members of the Right had it right during the McCarthy era, the protestations of leftists notwithstanding, when they used to describe those who associated themselves - sometimes wittingly, sometimes unwittingly - with Communists as "fellow travelers" - people who traveled in the same circles as Communists and Communist sympathizers. Their contention was a simple one - association, more often than most people care to admit, implies endorsement, or at the very least, passive acceptance. But if it was true insofar as the Communists were concerned, it's also true for Christians today. Conservative Christians must begin to realize that it's wrong for them to associate with institutions and personalities who have been tainted with the kind of heresies and DOMINIONIST thinking that characterize many of the ministries recommended by Paradise.
All three of these ministries (i.e., the ICEJ, Derek Prince Ministries and Morningstar Ministries) have been heavily influenced by the thinking of George Warnock who postulated the belief in SINLESS PERFECTION a belief which stems from the blasphemous concept that man can become God or, as Kenneth Hagin, a slavish devotee of Warnock's thinking, puts it,
"... every born again man is an incarnation; the believer is as much an incarnation [of God] as Jesus of Nazareth."
And lest the reader think that Hagin is only speaking metaphorically, one has only to consider the following additional quotation:
"That's who we are; we're Jesus."
In other words, we are as much "God" as Christ is, and to the same degree that Christ possesses DIVINITY, we possess DIVINITY as well!
Lucifer: How thou art fallen; Brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
This kind of Christianity is LUCIFERIC! - and one would do well to consider the words of the prophet Isaiah before imbibing the waters of this putrid well along with many of the most prominent leaders of today's American church:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH." (Is. 14:12-14)
This is LUCIFERIC sin, and it will NOT be forgiven! Those who partake in this sin shall someday -
"... be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Is. 14:15)
The Bible says:
"... All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
"And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, IT SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN HIM, NEITHER IN THIS WORLD, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME." (Matt. 12:31-32)
When a man claims to be "like God" in the sense that Warnock, Hagin et. al. have done, he has committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit! He has denied the work of the Holy Spirit; he has made the Holy Spirit out to be nothing more than a "common thing" that can be intrinsically united to a "created being." NEVER! There is the CREATOR, and then there is the creation - the creature. Man is a creature, a "created being." Christ is from "eternity past" to "eternity future." The Bible says:
"In the beginning was the Word [i.e., Christ], and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD.
"The same was in the beginning with God.
"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1)
Pastor James Robison
Pastor James Robison - THE SAME PERSON WHO DID SO MUCH TO LAUNCH RONALD REAGAN'S 1980 CAMPAIGN FOR THE PRESIDENCY comments on what Warnock teaches:
"As I consider the implications of what God is telling us [i.e., that we as Christ's 'brothers and sisters' are as much 'God' as Christ is] ... my mind almost explodes. I do not believe the Church until this time has ever noticed more than a fleeting glimpse of THIS OVERWHELMING TRUTH [i.e., that we are as much 'God' as Christ is God]."
This kind of thinking is called the "Continuation of the Incarnation," and it is widely held as a belief under different names and different guises in today's church; according to this teaching, the church is the essence of God; His "... on-going incarnation in the world today." The idea here is that, yes, Jesus as the Christ is God, BUT SO IS THE CHURCH AS THE "BODY OF CHRIST." And if the "Body of Christ" is "God," then we too are "God."
NOTE: And make no mistake about it, this demonic eschatology is very widespread today in the evangelical community: It is the eschatology embraced by both the ICEJ and such super-churches as John Hagee's giant Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and Rod Parsley's mega World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio. Others who to one degree or another embrace this concept are Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Ken Metz, Charles Stanley, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Chuck Colson, David Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARE CONNECTED TO THE MINISTRIES THAT PARADISE RECOMMENDS TO THE CHURCH. [Again, we URGE you to inform yourself of the kind of twisted theology these organizations and personalities are purveying to the world: "The God-Men of America's New World Order System" and "Luciferic Christianity."]
Naturally enough, this BLASPHEMOUS belief system has a huge impact on how one interprets the Prophetic Scriptures; for example, Warnock writes in his book, THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES:
"It was in the spring of 1948 that God came forth in answer to the prayer and fasting of his children, poured out the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and REVEALED THE FACT THAT NOW AT THIS TIME HE WOULD BRING HIS BODY TOGETHER, AND MAKE OF HIS CHURCH ONE GLORIOUS CHURCH, WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE. It was a day long treasured up in the counsels of God. On February 12 and 13, 1948, the Revival started ..."
The Sharon School at North Battlesford, Saskatchewan where the "new theology" was "birthed." Present at the "birthing" were George Warnock, George Hawtin, Ernest Hawtin, and Percy Hunt. My brother and Richard Paradise believe this was a seminal moment in the life of the church, rather than what it really was, a blasphemous moment in the church's history.
Now it's extremely important to understand what Warnock means by "being made perfect" - i.e., "without spot or wrinkle:" He means attaining a state of SINLESS PERFECTION IN THIS LIFE. Warnock explains:
"This victory of which we speak is the very victory of Christ Himself. When we attain to this victory, there will be no need to formulate weak excuses why the victorious Christian can again fall into sin and suffer defeat - for this place in Christ knows no defeat. We will not have to explain how Satan gained an advantage over us and planted a new seed of sin in the heart, and the victory we once had was lost: for this victory is the very victory of Christ."
Warnock continues with his twisted understanding of "sinless perfection:"
"Hath He spoken and shall He not do it? Hath He promised and shall He not bring it to pass? Did He not mean what He said concerning the Holy Spirit, that He was given to search out the 'depths of God', even the things that have not entered into the heart of man? And were His words falsely spoken when He declared, 'The glory which thou gavest me I have given them'? Shall the first Adam who brought desolation and chaos into the world be permitted to live almost a thousand years, and the sons of the Last Adam (i.e., Christ) be accounted blasphemers and fanatics FOR PREACHING DIVINE HEALTH AND DIVINE LIFE (by which Warnock means sinless perfection in this life - even to the point where one takes on IMMORTALITY) ... Shall the great Husbandman admit defeat, and thrust in the sickle before the grain is ripe and fully formed in the ear? Shall He prove the impatience of His Spirit to His people and set the ministers of Christ in the Church for the perfecting of the saints, and then rapture them all before they attain to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ ...?"
It's extremely important to understand what Warnock means by "being made perfect" - i.e., "without spot or wrinkle" which he fallaciously calls the "Manifestation of the Sons of God;" he means attaining a state of SINLESS PERFECTION IN THIS LIFE. Warnock explains:
But the Scriptures make no such promise; to be sure, when we were "born again," we "were sealed with the holy Spirit of Promise" (Ephesians 1:13), but we did not attain unto a state of sinless perfection; we are still encumbered about with our present bodies (which are in a constant state of "growing old" and "wearing out"), and we are still subject to the "fiery darts of the evil one" in our souls (Ephesians 6:16).
This is not to say that someday our souls will NOT be wiped clean of the stain of sin but that will not happen until AFTER the resurrection and rapture, which is to say AFTER Christ returns, NOT before. This is what the Scriptures call the "DISPENSATION OF THE FULNESS OF TIME:"
Until then, we are to take comfort in the fact that our spirit is "alive unto Christ" (Romans 6:11) AND THIS IS THE "EARNEST" OF OUR INHERITANCE.
The word "Earnest" is taken from the Greek word Arrabon - this is Gk. word No 728 in Strong's Concordance system. The meaning is "pledge" or "part of the full purchase money or property given in advance as security that the full amount will indeed be paid." Today we would say "deposit" or "down-payment." When you pay a deposit on a house or a car you are offering a small security of your commitment to paying the full purchase price within either days, months or years (depending on the terms of the agreement). What God is saying to Christians is that we should look upon the Holy Spirit as a divine guarantee that we are indeed saved and will finally inherit ALL that pertains to eternal life.
What all this plainly indicates is that Warnock devised a belief system that postulated that the church would reach a state of SINLESS PERFECTION before Christ returns to earth. A corollary to this belief was Warnock's insistence that as the church reached such a state, it would cleanse the earth of ALL unrighteousness. Once the earth had been so cleansed, Christ would return.
AND SO NOW WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND HOW SO MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY RAGE AGAINST THE SINS OF THIS WORLD, AS IF THE SIN OF THE WORLD WAS AMENIABLE TO LEGISLATIVE FIAT; and how, for instance, my brother can RAGE against the "sin of homosexuality," and call the attempt by the court to overturn Proposition 8 A DEFEAT FOR THE CHURCH AND ALL THE WHILE CALLING HIMSELF A PREMILLENNIALIST. [Please see our article, "Teaching American Christians To Hate: Beginning A Crusade Against The Gay And Lesbian Community."]
It's not that my brother's rage against the defeat of Proposition 8 which, again, he calls a "DEFEAT FOR THE CHURCH" - stems from "CLEAR THINKING" as it does from the fact that he has been TAINTED by the belief systems of those churches and ministries with which he is linked in the matrix that Paradise has constructed for him over the years, though he seems hardly aware of it. The rage of groups such as MorningStar Ministries (one of the groups that Paradise recommends to his readers along with New Hope and the Tribulation Network) against the homosexual community has become his rage as well largely through a process of osmosis rather than clear thinking.
No doubt, somewhere along the line somewhere in the deeper recesses of my brother's mind he realizes there is a paradox here, and he is attempting to cover up this paradox in his thinking by claiming he is defending the purity of the Gospel of Salvation by emphasizing the HORROR of personal sin, " including sins the church today avoids condemning" (meaning homosexuality).
Pastor Glen Cole
"A simple truth too many of us have forgotten: the gospel is good news only when the church doesn't back away from preaching the bad news - which is exactly what we've been doing [and, again, he is no doubt talking about homosexuality]."
All this gives my brother the necessary cover to RAGE against the homosexual community along with those pastors he has been "built up with over the years," such as Glen Cole, Pastor Emeritus of Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, and Pastor Roy Labeck of Trinity Life Center, also in Sacramento while at the same time publishing a tome against Dominionism entitled, Calvin on the Ropes, a book that is so professorial that it seems to exist in the air rather than on the ground where it could do some good.
NOTE: Both Cole and Labeck are Assembly of God Pastors; by now this denomination has been all but subsumed by Dominionist-type thinking.
But the FACT that my brother has reference to something more than just "personal sin" in his rage against homosexuals lies in the fact that he calls the court's decision striking down Proposition 8 (i.e., California's ban against homosexual marriage) A DEFEAT FOR THE CHURCH. [Again, please see our article, "Teaching American Christians To Hate: Beginning A Crusade Against The Gay And Lesbian Community"]
The main reason that makes the gay and lesbian community such a target of RAGE for the so-called American Christian community is the fact that it OPENLY and very MILITANTLY threatens to destroy the country's Christian heritage. It is precisely this AND NOT THE "PERSONAL" ASPECT OF THIS SIN that enrages my brother and people like him, and not the fact that the purity of the Gospel of Salvation is threatened by "our failure to recognize sin as sin;" after all, the PERSONAL sin of adultery and divorce does not elicit the kind of rage from so-called Christians that homosexuality does. Where's the RAGE, for example, against the adultery and divorce of Pastor John Hagee of the giant Cornerstone church in San Antonio, Texas? OR the rage against the defense mounted by Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries of Todd Bentley's divorce and remarriage one of the ministries that Richard Paradise recommends on his webpage.
THE RAGE HERE STEMS FROM DOMINIONISM (the effort to save America from the "clutches of the homosexual community") plain and simple! And once one imbibes this kind of thinking even if only on a willy-nilly basis it is but a short jump from there to joining FOX NEWS and the neo-cons of America's New World Order System in "smiting down" the homosexual community and "raising the standard of decency." My brother, of course, would deny all this, but almost all of his friends have by now made this jump, including most in his immediate family.
The people with whom my brother has allied himself are all people who believe that it is the duty of Christians in this country to "take back the nation for Christ and the church" and "minister the wrath of God" against the licentious life-style of those responsible for America's moral rot, meaning most particularly those in the gay and lesbian community; and it is doubtful how my brother could ever extricate himself from the willy-nilly alliance he has made with them once the killing begins AND IT WILL. [Please see our article, "The Coming Bubba Revolution."]
One has only to consider the words of Christian psychologist Dr. Paul Cameron who has said:
"Unless we get medically lucky [i.e., unless AIDS does the job for us], in three or four years, one of the options discussed [in dealing with the scourge of homosexuality and AIDS] WILL BE THE EXTERMINATION OF HOMOSEXUALS."
NOTE: And unless one gets the idea that Cameron is "somewhere out on the fringe" of the American evangelical community, it should be noted that he is supported by just about every "mainline" Christian evangelical organization in the country, including the Claremont Institute, American Family Association, NARTH (National Association for Research and Treatment of Homosexuality), the "700 Club," Focus on the Family, and many, many other similar "Christian" groups.
Now, in all of this, one must bear in mind that the RAGE against the homosexual community that my brother and others of his ilk such as Richard Paradise exhibit does not stem from any well-reasoned approach to the problem of homosexuality, as it does from the RAW EMOTIONALISM that has seeped into their consciousness from their contact with ministries such as MorningStar, the ICEJ, etc. and the many other DOMINIONIST ministries and churches that appear on Richard Paradise's website all ministries and organizations from which these four individuals refuse to break. And because my brother is a pastor, there will surely be a reckoning for him on THAT DAY because he allowed his church New Hope Christian Fellowship to be tainted as well:
"Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
"As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
"Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
"Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them." (Ezekiel 34:7-10)
And so I repeat my warning to all the rest of you; You MUST break-off COMPLETELY from the organized church in America lest you become contaminated willy-nilly by the HATE that is being generated in today's keiretsu-like network of conservative churches and ministries. And you MUST begin to take seriously the Lord's command to COME OUT of this wicked and perverse nation wicked and perverse not so much because of the homosexual community, but wicked and perverse because America tramples under foot the peoples and nations of this world ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, our Lord, thereby causing Christ's name to be blasphemed among the unbelievers. (Romans 2:24)
I say again, our network of associations with one another - whether civic, religious, social, or personal - forms an integrated system of arteries down through which notions of all sort journey - sometimes to our benefit, and sometimes to our detriment AND THAT IS ESPECIALLY TRUE OF THE NETWORK OF MINISTRIES AND CHURCHES RECOMMENDED BY PARADISE.
THE AMERICAN CHURCH
Bread that has been leavened through and through.
I repeat, heresies are infectious; indeed, it's here that we can speak of the CONTAGION of heresy; if left unchecked within a community, heresy, like a vicious cancer, has a treacherous way of using the network of our social, political and religious relationships to spread it's venom throughout the entire body; of using the bands which connect us together as channels of corruption.
By such means heresy can demolish not only the individual Christian, but the entire Christian community. The Bible says,
"A little leaven leavens the whole lump." (Gal. 5:9)
Trying to fight the misdirection and even heresy in today's evangelical church while remaining a part of it - as so many want to do - will most likely prove an impossible task for anyone who tries. It isn't that there are not countless numbers of godly men and women who are part of this church and who fervently love the Lord and who are honestly seeking to do His will; it's just that they are a part of an institution that is, unfortunately, going in the wrong direction, and there is nothing they can do - other than tampering with odds and ends on the periphery - to change that. It's like someone who is walking west towards New York on a ship that is sailing east towards London and who thinks that by doing so he can with much effort at last reach New York. It's impossible!
Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):
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