I actually had this little piece in another of my articles but felt very strongly I needed to put this into a separate article and expand on it a little, because this is something that no one ever talks about.
The idea that the Fire of the Holy Spirit or Slain in the Spirit; calling down fire (from Heaven), reigning fire (reign of fire), winds of fire, waves of fire, let the fire burn, fire of burning coals in your heart, fire wall, fire tunnels, consuming fire of God, setting the world ablaze, being a fire bride and the list goes on is actually a Christian thing to do.
Here is a quote that sums up just how demonic this ‘slain in the spirit / calling fire’ thing is from Nancy Flint who worked for John Wimber, Vinyard Movement / Toronto Blessing had this to say about their devious practises;
”… run the gamut from introducing heretical doctrine, to manipulation of spiritual forces through the bringing down of “fire” from heaven, virtually all pockets of resistance to this global movement have been overcome… Literally thousands of church leaders have been trained and “deployed” into “power” positions from this seminary.” [Emphasis added] http://www.seekgod.ca/fuller2.htm
If this above highlighted in red does not scare you, then…I don’t know what will. Actually that entire quote above is frightening because it also tells us that these false preachers have infiltrated the very core of the church. That practically every church (if not all) is infected and any resistance to this poisonous takeover has been overcome.
Let’s have a look at this verse:
Matthew 3:11 v 12
“Indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
So what we have here is a verse to supposedly back up the anointing by fire that so many pastors (Binny Hinn, Todd Bentley, even Hillsong bands) like to throw out to their audience as they gleefully catch the fire anointing.
But let me show you something; this fire is seen in a bad way in the above verse. John says that Jesus will baptise you with the Holy Spirit (for believers) and fire (for non believers) NOT the Holy Spirit AND fire or the Holy Spirit IS fire. John carries on saying that Jesus will gather His wheat into the barn BUT burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Fire is judgement people, Jesus saves those who accept Him (the real Jesus that is) and judges those who DON’T.
You need to make sure which Jesus you are following! The only way is to SEARCH the Word of God for answers and believe me EVERY ANSWER you need is in there. If you seek you will find, if you want to know the truth you WILL find it.
A warning about people preaching another Jesus, and come to you with another spirit and a different gospel and how we don’t seem bothered and accept it.
2 Corinthians 11:3-4
3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.
If you don’t hold fast to the truth you WILL be led astray. How do you hold fast to the truth? You make sure everything you hear and see can be found in scripture (obviously in the correct context as well).
The new ideas (actually they are not so new), never the less the new ideas being taught is that the bible’s message changes depending on who you are, where you are and what century you live in.
For example, just because the Bible mentions fire and the Holy Spirit in the same sentence then by golly it’s in the bible. Um, no. Or, if you live in India and there is a Sadhu (holy man) walking around preaching a Christian message, yet holds onto Sadhu traditions – then you need to find out what EXACTLY he is preaching and compare it to the Bible. Or the 21st century youth just can’t grasp the bible message of ‘old’, so they need to do things differently. They need to give you a ‘new’ message; so they tell you that meditation, clearing your mind, breathing, etc., is the same as biblical praying.
So now you all hold your hands in the air at those biblical conferences or gospel concerts and catch that FIRE!
They know you will not check the bible you carry around with you, and relying on the verses they supply to back up their ’news’ gospel is just foolish.
Fire of the Holy Spirit or Baptism of the Holy Spirit is:
Word of Faith / Latter Rain / Manifest Sons of God teaching