- False Worship and Mysticism in the Church

July 12, 2008

“Creating an atmosphere of worship”, “entering in”, “breakthrough”, “experiencing the glory cloud”, “feel His presence”, “feel His love pouring over you”???

For about two years now these terms have been bothering me. I know where the concept comes from – mostly the Old Testament, but now that Christ is in me and daily I am in His presence (fellowship and keeping myself in the love of God) why do I need to seek an “experience” outside of what the Word teaches?

For years I have been frustrated with my walk in God because I was seeking a sign from Him. God revealed my error this morning as I woke up praying. My seeking God which led me to acts of crying, falling out on the floor, screaming and “manifesting” were all signs of my faith being in crisis. This morning as I was praying this scripture came to mind:

” a wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed” Matt. 16:4

I believe in miracles. God is a God of miraculous acts, which He has performed at sundry times according to His plan and purpose. I thank God for this and I have no sympathy for religious teaching that denies the miraculous. I believe in signs. God has given us many of them at His appointed times and according to His purpose and he has revealed in His Word the meaning and purpose of them. To believe in signs is a simple matter of faith in the Word of God, and to doubt them is to question the integrity of God and the validity of the Bible.

On the other hand, sign hunting does not come from a spirit of a faith – which is deeply satisfied with the mighty acts of God already performed, but from a spirit of unbelief which demands a perpetual continuation of those signs, wonders and miracles. This is the attitude of the skeptic who says, “Except I see, I will not believe.”  In Matt. 16:4, the Pharisees and Sadducees were not convinced by the signs “on earth” Jesus had done – they were blind to the signs regarding Jesus’ Messianic credentials right before their eyes.

 This morning God showed me that all those years of “manifesting” which may include, but is not limited to:

  • speaking in tongues unbiblically
  • shaking
  • dancing uncontrollably
  • disruptive outbursts both words and various noises
  • uncontrollable physical gyrations

in an effort to “touch Him” in some way, to “feel His presence” or to “enter in the glory cloud” was how I was seeking a sign. I am not giving these examples to say that God does not touch us allowing us to feel His presence because He does. What I am saying is that my motive was wrong. I was doing all of the above to prove to people and myself that I was saved and whole.

Signs alone convert no one. In the body of Christ today we place far too much confidence in signs as events to bring people to faith in Jesus. As it relates to worship, the sign that I was seeking as I worshiped in the worship service and in my home was “God’s presence” or a feeling to come over me to give me some type of assurance that He is in me or with me. Often times I had to conjure up emotions and tears just so that I can feel like I was “pressing in” or going “deeper,” but all the while I was having a mystical experience.

What I was doing is what some call today “false fire” which is the counterfeit of the ministry of the Holy Ghost. It signifies the need within man to experience the presence of God in a sensual, emotional way and thereby exercise both his senses and emotions to “manufacture” sensationalism. I have been doing this for years (I can count on my fingers how many times it was actually real). Thinking back on my experiences… it’s funny because during the time that I “manifested” the most – it was when I was always on a rollercoaster in my walk with the Lord. I was up one day and down the next. I fornicated on Friday and shouted on Sunday in efforts to be free from my addiction to tall light skinned brothers and to hide the fact that I was “creepin” while in ministry. Instead of being taught by the church how to KNOW the Lord, I was seduced and the tools of the seduction included uplifting, often energetic, even tribal, rhythmic  type  music with lots of percussion instruments, dynamic personalities who prance, shout and strut themselves across the platform—in other words,  a charged up  atmosphere “by any means necessary”.

The problem with this sort of worship is that it tends to provoke an emotional, demonstrative  response and outburst (so to speak) that is based on factors other than the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who was crucified, buried, raised, living in us and coming back.

What I am trying to get at and warn the body of is this: dynamic preachers of all denominations and persuasions can be extremely skilled at manipulating a crowd by stirring up the emotions of people. That is a given. But the danger with the “stir up” and no biblical teaching to accompany it to put it into proper perspective is when the emotions of a congregation are stirred, the shouts, screams and similar outcries can light a false fire throughout the congregation. The results of this are erroneously attributed to an outpouring of the Holy Ghost. It may very well be an outpouring, but not of the Holy Ghost. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, the greatest imitator of all times is there too. “Holy” laughter, “holy” dancing, shouting, falling out slain, rolling on the floor, running up and down the aisles, throwing money at the feet of prominent evangelists  and other forms of  emotional frenzy keep the false flame alive (again not all is fake).  At these euphoric times, not only are the offering pans fleeced (we are so happy we just want to give everything we have in our pockets for the cause), but people “get high” and think to themselves “now is the time I can give myself to Jesus.” They then start marching down the aisles in small churches and in big convention halls and stadiums to accept the salvation invitation. The deception is that they expect their new found life in God to be that kind of a “party” when in reality it is not, and it won’t. We have now been trained to become spiritual crack feens going to church only to experience another high.

Not to be misunderstood, I certainly do not suggest that reverent music and praise has no place in church or worship. It does. However emotional tactics do not need to be employed to psychologically condition sinners to come forward to the altar and “confess Christ.” If the elect are assembled within the assembly, the Holy Ghost knows how to reach them once they have heard the simplicity of the gospel. We don’t even have to employ these methods to get the saints to prove that they love the Lord.  We even go as far as making people feel bad by telling them:  “if you love God then you would praise Him.” And then try to make the saints shout until someone has to come with an oxygen mask because they danced until they were on the verge of falling out. The problem is that the messages or sermons that accompany the antics are often not grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The popular messages are now geared to what I call the gospel of the flesh. It is the preaching of the hand of God and not His heart. It is now all about “your blessing” – which is a house, a car, a job, a husband or wife, success in this world and living a lavish lifestyle because the mentality of this teaching is anchored in the claim that “we deserve it since we are children of the king.”

God showed me that my worship was all wrong! For two years now (2006 and 2007) God has been showing me this about myself and cleansing me with His word from this false sense of worship and need for an “experience” with Him. The truth of the matter is that as I continue in fellowship with Him and obey His commandments I am “experiencing” Him daily in the transformation of my soul into His image. God has been teaching me that my faith in Him is in a knowing and not a feeling. Although I have heard this many times spoken by my leaders, I never grasped it. Perhaps it was mainly because they ignorantly continued to have the congregation seek God emotionally in the worship service by using words such as “press in”, go “deeper”, “push”, and praise until it hurts or until something happens. I say this because during the worship service I noticed that the worship leader would not stop pleading and charging us to “praise Him” and clap until our hands fall off unless someone broke out into a country shout or good old foot fashion foot stomp. Not only that, but it had to be more than one person or else the charge to “praise Him” would continue. This could go on in the storefront church for another hour. Sometimes I would join in just so that the worship leader could stop begging and move on with the service so I can go home.

As believers, most of us have gotten the Biblical idea of personal and corporate praise and worship twisted. When we praise God we praise Him for:

  • His mighty acts and according to his excellent greatness (Ps. 150)
  • Because He made or created us and to be joyful of our king (Ps. 149)
  • Because He is our refuge, burden-bearer, deliverer, shield and I can go on and on.

When we worship God we worship Him because we know who He is. Jesus made it clear in John chapter 4 that one cannot worship who they don’t know. He also said that they that worship the Father must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

What does that mean?

Well, because God is a spirit we must conclude that our worship must be spiritual. We are a three part being – body, soul and spirit. It is our spirit that communicates with His Spirit and is illuminated by it (Rom. 8:12-17; 1 Cor. 2:10). Our mind, will and emotions are also used to worship Him (our soul) as His Spirit puts all that we know of Him and about how we are to please Him in proper perspective. This is the litmus test of whether we are in the flesh or not. Are we praising God to be seen as righteous by others, to lie to ourselves, or because we are simply being joyful of our King?

 As believers we can worship Him with our whole being, but it is our spirit that worships being led by His Holy Spirit.

I understand now that my worship experience and the worship service that I was a part of has been (and is being) manipulated towards mysticism (Gnosticism) and sensuality or a feeling of the soul or flesh (not sexual in nature) by a concept that has been introduced into the churches subtly over many years. In fact these concepts have become a catch phrase in our church language. We have been led to believe that we must “create an atmosphere” that is conducive to God the Father coming down to meet us, to enable us to experience His manifested presence, otherwise He will not abide with us and the anointing will not be there for healing and deliverance.

As I study His Word, the more I see that there is something truly wrong with this concept. As a praise dancer (a person who praises God in the dance) I must be very careful now that my eyes have been opened to the truth of God’s word not to partake or compromise my walk with the lord by co-signing on this type of false worship (even if my church is plagued by it). As I minister I have to be very careful not to lead others to the same thing God is delivering me from - entering into that false mystical experience of what is interpreted as “God’s manifest presence”. If I do so or compromise myself to this false type of worship, I will be disobeying what I know to be true according to His Word.

Now…I believe in the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit working in and through a believer’s life to bring glory to the Father in Jesus Christ. I also believe that I must walk in His presence daily by faith and not by feelings. The practice of “setting the atmosphere” or creating one to provide just the right ambiance for God to be present amongst His people is a slap in the face to God according to what the Word teaches us. By doing so I believe that we are in unbelief or at least I was. I say this because if it is an experience that we desire, aren’t we opening ourselves up to another spirit or seducing spirits that will feed our sensuality? If so, why is it so hard to believe the words of Jesus when He said he will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5)? Jesus said simply, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matt. 18:20) He is there, whether we feel anything at all. We do not have to have a spiritually charged atmosphere to know that He is present. If we don’t already know that His presence in within us and not in a physical structure then we are in trouble. I know understand that I bring Christ to church with me, because He lives in me. I also bring Him to Walmart because He lives in me and He never departs from me. I don’t meet Him at church. I bring Him with me. Now that I understand this I can freely worship and praise God without trying to conjure Him up inside me like a witch. Yes I did say that!

I can now freely praise and worship God without succumbing to the pressures of the praise and worship leader because I know who God is to me and I know that my life is worship and a praise to Him. I worship and praise Him in all that I do. I don’t have to clap until my hands turn red or shout until I become so dizzy that I have to hold on to the bench in the sanctuary so that I won’t fall and twist my ankle or bust my head wide open. If that does happen, then have to try to figure out a way where I can fake it and act like I’m not hurt because the Spirit of God cushioned me somehow which enables me to continue to shout when I know I need to be on my way to the emergency room to get my injuries taken care of. Y’all know I’m telling the truth!

In some of our churches we like to reference the Old Testament for ideas or prescriptions about worship and how to do it. By doing so it is easy to be caught up in false spirituality, believing that we can go on to “higher levels in God” in praise and worship. It is impossible to go on to higher levels in God in praise and worship if we don’t have the Word. Scripture does not teach us that we are to seek to go higher in the “presence of God”, but to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) AKA the Word. The power of this pattern of worship is almost too hard to resist in this day of famine for the Word. Yes famine! God showed me that I was seeking Him and partaking in false worship because I did not know His Word. That is why; when I came off that “mountain top experience” I went back to sin because I did not know His Word. If I don’t know His Word I can’t keep it. Scripture teaches we do does not keep His Word and if we say that we know God we are liars and the truth is not in us (1 John 2:4).

In many cases what is interpreted as the “presence of God” is nothing more than fleshliness or even to the more extreme sense – it is other spirits in guise of the Holy Spirit. Sadly we have been taught that God is in some other spiritual realm and that we have to coax Him to come down to us. This is totally not true. The veil was torn from the top to the bottom to show us that God has made himself accessible by the blood of the Lamb and we can now come boldly to the throne of grace to receive help in the time of need.

God is not in some other realm where we have to “press”, “push” and “enter in” in order to be in His presence. The presence of the Lord is not beyond us in another state of mind. In the worship service we don’t have to dance and give all we have physically to the act of worship. We don’t have to express with our emotions and bodies such over-wrought desire of hoping to enter into the presence of the Lord. We must not be like the prophets of Baal who tried to call down the presence of their gods, beating, whipping and cutting themselves hoping that this would bring about their desired effects. 

Scripture teaches us that we must move in faith with the belief that God is who He said He is. He is faithful to His Word and no matter what. Even when we try to flee from Him, He is always there. (Psalm 139:7) How many of you did something that you know did not please the Lord and you were minding your own business while trying to ignore God and you felt His hand mighty upon you and you had to be still for a moment and soak it all in and just reflect upon who He is. After reflecting, raise your hand (the one you are not scrolling down with) if you repented that very moment and made up in your mind that God is just too good for you to disrespect Him like that.

How many times have you done contrary to the Word, and you wanted so bad not to be bothered by the things of God because you felt unworthy? However, you had an overwhelming desire to say thank you Jesus, or to pick up the bible and start reading it anyhow. What is all of that? Where does that come from? It is God! It is His Word being manifest because it cannot return to Him without it doing what He told it to do. He said “I will never leave you.” That is God proving to you that He is always there.

As believers we are to trust our God who has made the way for us to forever and always be in His presence through what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross. By His death the veil was torn and we have access to the Father in one Spirit through Him. (Matthew 27:51) (Ephesians 2:18)  According to the scriptures in Psalm 95:1-7, we are bid to come according to His terms, to give glory to our God, to worship Him, to kneel before our Maker, for He is our God and we are the sheep of His pasture.

His terms are the only ones acceptable. John 4:24 teaches us that God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Again what does that mean? It means that to worship God it involves us using our rational mind to know the truth of His Word and because God is spirit, we must worship Him not by our senses or emotions, but we must be filled with the Spirit of God to worship Him in spirit, by believing in faith that His presence is always with us and in us. We don’t need to “seek” any further.

 God Bless,

Sonia Kong, PDCM

18 comments on “- False Worship and Mysticism in the Church

  1. Good thoughts.

    I’ve been searching for some scriptures that relate to “the presence of God,” as its promoted these days. I don’t see Biblical support for seeking a manifestation of His presence, as something to be felt in our lives. Thanks for providing some relevant scriptures.

  2. God bless you! You are absolutely right (“I don’t see Biblical support for seeking a manifestation of His presence, as something to be felt in our lives”) there is no scripture to support that and sadly this is what we are taught to seek. Scripture simply teaches us to believe, trust, and know. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  3. I agree with your interpretation that having people become all excited and emotional in order to experience God is not going to be lead to a long held positive life-change.
    I have tried Catholicism, nondenominational Christian churches, evangelical churches, and even some fringe cult churches but still I have never had regular experiences with God that were life-changing.
    However, what I believe you have said about Mysticism does not seem to align with what I have experienced as a Christian Mystic or what I understand Mysticism to be. While there are over 22,000 versions of Christianity and it is really sad that we cannot figure out how to be more inclusive, mysticism is not a doctrine of false teaching.
    “A mystical experience is different than having a belief because a mystical experience involves coming into a direct relationship with God. Feeling God, seeing God, and knowing God cannot be accomplished by belief alone.” (ref: http://www.centersoflight.org/what_is_christian_mysticism.html.
    It seems to me that you already have a ‘mystical’ relationship with God. A big problem I see in the church today is that few Priests have reached a level of consciousness that allows them to be truly effective teachers. Consciousness is not taught in most schools but can be taught. A second issue I see is that most people do not want to do the work to change.
    About 13 months ago I was introduced to Christian mysticism through the Centers of light (http://centersoflight.org) and at last I have found something that has been profoundly positively life-changing in my walk with God. I realize that what I have found is unique and many of the founding principles are foreign to most religious circles:
    * A real student teacher relationship where I feel safe to reveal my stuff and work on it with specific directed activity and progress monitoring.
    * Teachings in how to quiet the mind, how to focus and how to hear from God internally through daily meditation practice and exercises.
    * Teachings in how to apply the inner meaning of what Jesus taught to my own life.
    * I have a spiritual family where I feel safe to share things that I am working through and can let other members lovingly assist with the guidance of priests when needed.
    * The priests are unpaid by the organization and any sexual immorality would result in immediate expulsion from the order.
    If you have any interest in learning about Christian mysticism here are a few web links:
    Website on Christian Mysticism: http://www.centersoflight.org/what_is_christian_mysticism.html
    Podcast on Christian Mysticism: http://www.askfatherpeter.com/podcast/06_Mysticism_and_the_Mystical_Path_AskFatherPeter.Com.mp3
    Podcast on how to quiet the mind: http://www.askfatherpeter.com/podcast/02_Quieting_the_Mind_AskFatherPeter.Com.mp3
    Thank you for your work to help bless others in dance and spirtual development.
    Blessings,
    Jonathan

  4. In your comments above, you quote Mt.18, “where 2 or 3 are gathered together…” Look at it in context and see if you don’t conclude that the statement is made in light of church discipline!! Let me know what you think! Also, can you please give me some insight on the expression “anointed”? It bothers me when someone gives a “powerful” word or message, and the hearers comment later that the person was really anointed by God!!! WHAT is that suppose to mean? A true Christian has the Spirit in them, what more is needed??

    • Hi Lisa! In context Mat. 18:20 does relate to church discipline, but it is also a general truth. If God is in me and in another person and we come together in agreement to worship Him…He is already there because He lives inside of both of us. Therefore we don’t have to conjure Him up, ask Him to come and etc. I totally understand where you are coming from with the expression “anointed”. This is a word that has been overused and misused. Some of us have been taught that “God’s touch” or when we feel His “presence” or the goose bumps is the “anointing”,but the Bible never taught us that the anointing is a feeling. Some of us was taught that the anointing is the power of God. The Bible teaches no such thing. The anointing is not the power of God, but the act of being consecrated or set aside. As Christians we are AlL anointed equally by the anointer who is Jesus Christ. We all are anointed by is Spirit. We may not all have the same gift, but we are anointed the same way…by Jesus Christ. 2Co 1:21; 1John 2:20; 1John 2:27. You said it! Nothing more is needed. I think when our foundation is not sure, it leads some to these false teaching and promises of “more” when Jesus has already given us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness.

      • Hello, thank you for the explanation about “anointing.” It has been very helpful, clear and concise.

  5. “Creating an atmosphere of worship”, “entering in”, “breakthrough”, “experiencing the glory cloud”, “feel His presence”, “feel His love pouring over you”. “I know where the concept comes from – mostly the Old Testament, but now that Christ is in me and daily I am in His presence, fellowship and keeping myself in the love of God, why do I need to seek an “experience” out side of what the Word teaches?”
    So many christians believe that since Jesus has come & died for our sins, that he is the new way. Jesus said he did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfull it. He followed the Old Testament teachings, but christians do not. In the Old Testamnet God says he will give His glory to know man, yet many christians give that glory to Jesus who was a man. I believe a lot of what you believe but would like to add that perhaps you should also read the books that were left out of the New Testament when they put together the canon scriptures.

    • Hello! Thank you for your comment.

      “So many christians believe that since Jesus has come & died for our sins, that he is the new way.”

      I kinda think I understand what you are saying, but Jesus is the new way. I say that because through Him a new covenant was established. Jeremiah 31:31-34 prophesies about a new covenant and Hebrews 12:24 identifies Jesus Christ as the mediator of the new covenant. Hebrews 8:6 tells us the new covenant is better than the old because it contains better promises. Promises which were never before offered and thus unique to the new covenant.Israel didn’t have the heart or nature to obey God (Deuteronomy 5:29). The old covenant contained no provision for internal motivation to obey God (Hebrews 8:7-8, Romans 8:3). In the new covenant God promises to put His laws into the mind and write them on the heart (Hebrews 8:10). The fundamental basis of the new covenant is simply the conversion process. “Writing” God’s laws in the mind and on the heart poetically describes how God, through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, helps us “internalize” His laws. So we are in fact following the OT teachings or his laws because we walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh. The OT was only a tutor until Christ came to fulfill it (Gal. 3:24-25) and since we are in Christ we understand that He already fulfilled it…we just have to walk in Him and obey His word.

      “In the Old Testamnet God says he will give His glory to know man, yet many christians give that glory to Jesus who was a man.”

      Scripture teaches us and the Holy Ghost bears witness that Jesus was not just a man. He was and is God. Jesus was God in the flesh. John Chapter 1 teaches us that in the beginning was the word (Jesus the Christ), and the word was with God (Jesus) and the word was God(who is Jesus). He loved us enough to robe himself in flesh and rescue us from eternal damnation.

      “I believe a lot of what you believe but would like to add that perhaps you should also read the books that were left out of the New Testament when they put together the canon scriptures.”

      Thank you again so much for your comment. I really do understand where you are coming from and I hope these scriptures has helped your understanding of who Jesus is and the new covenant because it helped mine. Also, thank you for your suggestion, but I don’t believe that there are “lost books” of the Bible or books that were taken out of the Bible. God is intelligent and every book that God intended and inspired to be in the Bible is in the Bible. There are literally hundreds of religious books that were written in the same time period as the books of the Bible. Some of these books contain true accounts of things that actually occurred and some contain good spiritual teaching. However, these books are not inspired by God. If we read any of these books we have to treat them as fallible historical books, not as the inspired, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).There is one God. The Bible has one Creator and everything God wanted us to know is in that one book (no matter what history tells us about the corruption of King James, the Roman Catholic Church or anyone else for that matter because God was always in control). It has one plan of grace, recorded from initiation, through execution, to consummation. From predestination to glorification, the Bible is the story of God redeeming His chosen people for the praise of His glory. As God’s redemptive purposes and plan unfold in Scripture, the recurring themes constantly emphasized are the character of God, the judgment for sin and disobedience, the blessing for faith and obedience, the Lord Savior and sacrifice for sin, and the coming kingdom and glory. It is God’s intention that we know and understand these five themes because our lives and eternal destinies depend upon them. It is therefore unthinkable that God would allow some of this vital information to be “lost” in any way. The Bible is complete, in order that we who read and understand it might also be “complete, and equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him” (2 Peter 1:3), and our knowledge of Him is complete through the revealed Word. Whatever these “lost books” contained is irrelevant, because we have the Word of God exactly as He wanted us to have it—nothing more, and certainly nothing less. It is my prayer that God gives all of us wisdom and understanding of His word so that grow in Him and be ready when He comes.

      Blessings and Glory to the only wise God. Jesus Christ our savior.

      You my dear be blessed and continue to seek the Lord. You will not be disappointed. Blessings and love.

      PDCM

  6. thıs ıs very good. these are some of the thıngs ı’ve also been thınkıng about recently and you have put ıt ınto words.

  7. I am relieved at reading your excellent article about false worship! I believe that this worship of a counterfeit H.S borders on blasphemy. I have been in several of these gatherings with huge amounts of people attending. The worship music is indeed the conjuring force behind soulish/psychic manifestations that begin to happen as people are worked up into a frenzy of begging, pleading, roaring etc. The false apostles, prophets, pastors and worship leaders that are deceived and being deceived are in big trouble with the Holy God unless they repent and turn! The Jezebel spirit, i believe, is the biggest promoter and supporter of these false leaders. The Jezebel spirit does not study the word and relies totally on “new revelation”. This is a sign of the judgement of God beginning at His sanctuary. Ezek 9: 4-6, 12:24,25, 14:9,10. Also, God,s reaction to this apostasy: Ezek 34:7. Also Gal 1:7, 2Pet 2:1-6, 13,17. Phil 3:2(mutilaters of Gods Word), 2Cor 11:3, 14, 15, Jude 12, 13, 18, 1Jn 2:26. Mk 13: 21,22. And fornication, metaphorically, for idolatry mixed with Christianity Rev 14:8, 17:2, 4, 18:3, 19:2, 2:21, and in Isa 56:11 false prophets are called dumb dogs! Ironically the OT Jezebel is eaten by dogs 2Kings 9: 10, 36. The instances of idol worship and apostasy lace Scripture from Genesis to Revelation! The church will experience the biggest clash between the soulish and spiritual realm ever in its history! I can’t imagine the apostate church making the rapture but that is another conversation!

  8. I am relieved at reading your excellent article about false worship! I believe that this worship of a counterfeit H.S borders on blasphemy. I have been in several of these gatherings with huge amounts of people attending. The worship music is indeed the conjuring force behind soulish/psychic manifestations that begin to happen as people are worked up into a frenzy of begging, pleading, roaring etc. The false apostles, prophets, pastors and worship leaders that are deceiving and being deceived are in big trouble with the Holy God unless they repent and turn! The Jezebel spirit, i believe, is the biggest promoter and supporter of these false leaders. The Jezebel spirit does not study the word and relies totally on “new revelation”. This is a sign of the judgement of God beginning at His sanctuary. Ezek 9: 4-6, 12:24,25, 14:9,10. Also, God,s reaction to this apostasy: Ezek 34:7. Also Gal 1:7, 2Pet 2:1-6, 13,17. Phil 3:2(mutilaters of Gods Word), 2Cor 11:3, 14, 15, Jude 12, 13, 18, 1Jn 2:26. Mk 13: 21,22. And fornication, metaphorically, for idolatry mixed with Christianity Rev 14:8, 17:2, 4, 18:3, 19:2, 2:21, and in Isa 56:11 false prophets are called dumb dogs! Ironically the OT Jezebel is eaten by dogs 2Kings 9: 10, 36. The instances of idol worship and apostasy lace Scripture from Genesis to Revelation! The church will experience the biggest clash between the soulish and spiritual realm ever in its history! I can’t imagine the apostate church making the rapture but that is another conversation!

  9. This is a well said statement. It is comforting to know that some are starting to see the apostacy of the church, the dishonor to Christ those who practice these things have brought, and its deception, promising one thing while being deluded and unable to promise anything from God other than more deception. The blind leading the blind and both falling into a pit, and the pit is I believe, allowed by God to trap those who are not seeking Him, but rather these so called powers of the Holy spirit. It is a lie.

  10. I just linked up to follow your excellent Blog. When you get right down to it, the New Testament doesn’t say much about “Christian worship” at all (assuming that Jesus is in fact an “Inter-Testamental” person). Look at Acts 17:24 “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;” True worship for a Christian would be a quiet, humble, and profoundly felt giving of thanks, I think.

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