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Rebellion, A Sin Of Witchcraft

Rebellion, A Sin Of Witchcraft

REBELLION, A SIN OF WITCHCRAFT

PLEASE READ THE ADDENDUM AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE

1 Samuel 15:23

(23)  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (or any other position of rank, like a pastor). (Tom Lessing: In other words, stubbornness is just as good as kneeling or falling down before and worshipping a statue of Buddha or any other idol).

What I am about to write here on the topic of rebellion is not at all easy for me and may offend my son, Bernard and his wife, Marilie. However, if they are convinced that they are following Jesus Christ and not another Jesus and that they are not deceived in any which way possible, then they have no need to be offended and should rebuke me for accusing them falsely in public.

Paul wrote:

1 Timothy 5:20 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

20 As for those who are guilty and persist in sin, rebuke and admonish them in the presence of all, so that the rest may be warned and stand in wholesome awe and fear.

Please pay attention to the fact that Paul addresses all those who hold leadership positions in the church such as pastors and elders. They in particular need to guard against false teachers and their false doctrines lest God’s disciplinary measures fall on the entire church congregation.

Others may take me to task for daring to expose my son’s and his wife’s “wandering star” escapades (Jude 1:13). Paul of Tarsus openly rebuked many false teachers by name in public and I intend doing the same because they need to repent of their waywardness and rebellion before it is too late.

I never could understand why false teachers become so exceedingly angry and often want to take you to court when you expose their heresies in the public arena. “How dare you mention my name or post a photo of me on your website” is usually their line of defence. They don’t mind maligning, belittling, attacking, slandering and libelling the God of the Bible in public but as soon as you expose their damnable heresies they are up in arms. Their public image is far more important to them than God and the purity of his doctrines. We are commanded to defend God’s doctrines and not the false, heretical teachers who make a mockery of God, his Son, and their doctrines.

Jude 3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I was compelled to write to you [urgently] appealing that you fight strenuously for [the defense of] the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints [the faith that is the sum of Christian belief that was given verbally to believers].

I refuse to whimper and snivel under the threats of these false teachers (even though they are my own flesh and blood) when they malign, libel, belittle, slander and attack my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and his doctrines in public. Jesus said, “if you love me keep my commandments (doctrines) (2 John verse  9) and curses those who do not love Him in this way.

1 Corinthians 16:22

(22)  If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema (accursed, cast into hell) Maranatha.

Guilt often expresses itself through anger and resentment. Truth on the other hand always remains docile and meek when accusations are proven wrong. Therefore, it is incumbent upon them to prove that I am wrong in my assessments, and if I am wrong I will gladly offer them both a public apology. There is only one condition. They must prove me wrong from the Word of God and not from an emotionally biased position.

I have spoken out against false doctrines and heresies for many years but this will probably be the most difficult post I have ever written in all my life. Nonetheless, I cannot desist because it may be the very last opportunity I have to warn my son, Bernard and his wife, Marilie Lessing, not because I hate them but because I love them with all my heart and I don’t want their blood on my hands when I may die sometime in the near future.

Whether they are going to heed my warning, is doubtful. Nevertheless, this article may be of some assistance to those who are prepared to listen and to do something about it. In fact, the Bible says:

Revelation 2:29stopping-ears

(29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Some have ears but they refuse to listen. They stop their ears.

 “IF YOU ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT THEM, WHY HAVEN’T YOU SPOKEN TO THEM?”

Yes! I and many others have spoken to and warned them many times. I have also written e-mails, especially to my son who is supposed to be the head of their home and not his wife. When they told me they wanted to join the “Full Gospel Church” (“Volle Evangelie Kerk”), I warned them against it because they would be getting involved in many false teachings.

They bluntly refused to heed my cautioning and promptly joined the church. Had my son been the head of his home instead of his wife, he should have decided not to join the church and also hastily warned his wife to stay away.

The right thing for my  son to have done was to pay a visit to the pastor of the “Volle Evangelie Kerk” (“Full Gospel Chruch”) and ask him some questions. For instance: (1) Do you practice slain in the spirit? (2) Do you allow the ordination of female pastors? (3) If so, do you allow the female pastors to exhort authority over the men? (4) Do you allow the inordinate speaking in tongues? (5) Do you condone the teachings of Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Benny  Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Miles Munrow, Creflo Dollar, Joseph Prince, Paula White, Patricia King, Todd Bentley, Beth Moore, Cindy Jacobs,  Jan Crouch, Jesse Duplantis,  Kathryn Kuhlman, John Arnott, Kenneth Hagin, Marilyn Hickey, Kim Clement, Mike Bickle, Morris Cerullo, Oral Roberts, aul Crouch,  Rick Joyner,  Reinhard Bonnke, Rodney Howard-Browne, Angus Buchan,  Bill Hybels, and Lourie Beth Jones?

As I said earlier, many others have warned them as well but to no avail. They have remained adamant, hard-hearted and pig-headed despite the many warnings. They have since left the Full Gospel Church and joined Carina Muller’s church which she launched as the church of “Engedi.”

My son assured me that he has never attended or wishes to attend “Engedi” where his wife “worships.” If so, why did he allow him to be photographed with her when she was ordained a pastor in her church? The truth often comes out in strange ways.

Listen up, Bernard. God is not going to ask your wife why she never listened. He is going to hold you responsible for all the things in which you and your wife have become involved, and especially the stuff she is presently following in Carina Muller’s church where she has since been ordained a pastor.

Paul wrote:

Acts 20:25-26

(25)  And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

(26)  Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

I cannot claim that my hands are free from the blood of all men but at least I want them to be free of the blood of my spouse, my kids, and their spouses. This reminds me of a dear sister in Christ, Anna du Plessis (nee Jansen) with whom I attended Bible studies for many years, who once said to me, “You should never speak to your children about the false teaching they may have fallen prey to because it will cause a rift between you and them.”

I was not only surprised but shocked to the bone. It seemed to me that she was more concerned about the rift false teaching would cause between them and their father and mother than the rift it will cause between them and God. What is more important?

Ask yourself, who brought the sword of division – Jesus Christ or the father’s and mother’s whose children have gone astray into all kinds of dangerous and satanic false doctrines? Then again, what can you expect from someone who herself fell prey to the heretical teachings of Rick Warren in his infamous book, “The Purpose Driven Life?”

Whether she has since repented of her penchant for Rick Warren and his books, I don’t know. I sincerely hope so. When I warned her against Rick Warren, she also just ignored me. When I sent an email proving that Rick Warren is deeply involved in CHRISLAM, she conveniently ignored me and never replied to my email.

Matthew 10:34-39

(34)  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

(35)  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

(36)  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

(37)  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

(38)  And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

(39)  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Speaking about becoming a foe of your own household, allow me to expound a little more on how intense my daughter in law “respects” me. I sent a friend-request on her Facebook page as early as 21st August 2016. She has to this date not accepted my request, even after I had repeatedly sent the same request. She has 251 friends and 3 mutual friends.

When I mentioned this to her on one of her and her husband’s rare corban birthday visits, she told me that she never visits her Facebook page that much. Well, if so, why did she respond to the many birthday wishes she recently received on her Facebook?

Why do I even bother to mention this in public? I do it to show parents who have similar problems with their kids how their peers (especially those who laid hands on them to fall down in slain in the spirit) gain a kind of mind control over them and in some cases even tell them to stay away or to ignore their parents because they are just a bunch of Pharisees.

Why is she refusing to accept me as one of her Facebook friends? Well, obviously she does not want to hear the truth because truth to the NAR crew of false teachers (Prophetic Movement) is as bad as being too negative, and negativity, according to their thinking, is a mortal sin.

You must always be positive, even when your malady is slowly but surely eating away your flesh. It reminds me of the rabble who shut their ears to Stephen’s sermon and his rebuke causing them to stone him to death (Acts 7:1-60).

HOW SERIOUS IS GOD WITH REGARD TO FALSE FIRE, FALSE TEACHERS, AND THEIR FALSE TEACHING?

God never beats about the bush. He never suppresses his caveats just because He’s afraid He might cause a rift between his creatures and Himself (1 Corinthians 11:19). He is forthright, frank, plainspoken and always direct when He warns, because waywardness and false teaching is rebellion, as we’ve seen, and may lead one to hell. Let us now turn to Deuteronomy 13:1-11 and Leviticus 10:1-3.

Deuteronomy 13:1-11

(1)  If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

(2)  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

(3)  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

(4)  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

(5)  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

(6)  If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom [WHOM YOU DEARLY LOVE], or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;

(7)  Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;

(8)  Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:

(9)  But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

(10)  And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

(11)  And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.

Deuteronomy 18:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord and the thing does not happen or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him (stand in awe of him).(Tom Lessing: It proves that you ma y not speak of someone, other than God, as being awesome. It’s a sin).

OK, we no longer stone people when they follow false teachings and other gods but it does show how serious God regards those who lead others astray into idolatry and false teachings.

Idolatry? How on earth can you accuse those who love Jesus and follow Him of idolatry? You must be out of your mind. We are not promulgating other gods; we are telling people about Jesus. Really? Roman Catholics and their Pope Francis are forever proclaiming their undying love for Jesus Christ, and so too do the Mormons, many New Age groups, the Emergent Church and even some witch doctors and sangomas in South Africa. Do they all love and follow the Jesus Christ of the Bible? Hardly! To remind you what God himself says, let’s turn to his Word.

2 John 9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

9 Anyone who runs on ahead and does not remain in the doctrine of Christ [that is, one who is not content with what He taught], does not have God [is not saved]; but the one who continues to remain in the teaching [of Christ does have God], he has both the Father and the Son. (Tom Lessing: Jesus never taught the abominable doctrine of Health, Wealth and Prosperity, never taught that you should never be sick, never taught that the wife should aspire to reach higher prophetic levels.)

Before you may think that what you are taught in your church brings contentment, make sure that you are following the true Jesus of the Bible and not another Jesus. Any pastor or teacher who teaches anything at variance with what the Bible says, is a false prophet and teacher, and not, I repeat, NOT helping you to follow the true Jesus.

Look carefully and hard at the word “remain” in the above passage. Many people adopt the Christian doctrines explicated in the Word of God but do not firmly remain in them. They wander off into all kinds of false doctrines and teachings. Some repent and return to the Jesus Christ and his doctrines. Thank God for that! However, there are those who don’t and doggedly remain in false doctrines until their death which proves they had never been saved in the first place. They do not have God. That’s not what I say; God says it.

Had they been saved, they would have had the Holy Spirit indwelling their spirits to show them what is of God and what not (John 16:13). Most so-called Christians fail to discern between God’s doctrines and false doctrines because they are devoid of the Holy Spirit and inevitably on their way to hell.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21)

The verse is not saying you will hear an audible voice behind you. Barnes comments on it as follows:

Behind thee – That is, says Vitringa, the voice of conscience, as an “invisible” guide, shall admonish you. The idea, however, seems to be that if they were ignorant of the way, or if they were inclined to err, they should be admonished of the true path which they ought to pursue. The idea is taken either from the practice of teachers who are represented as “following” their pupils and admonishing them if they were in danger of going astray (Grotius; or from shepherds, who are represented as following their flocks, and directing them when they wandered. The Jews understand this voice ‘from behind’ to be the כל בת  bath kol – ‘the daughter of the voice;’ a divine admonition which they suppose attends the pious. The essential thought is, that they would not be left without a guide and instructor; that, if they were inclined to go astray, they would be recalled to the path of truth and duty. Perhaps there is the idea, also, that the admonition would come from some “invisible” influence, or from some unexpected quarter, as it is often the case that those who are inquiring on the subject of religion receive light from quarters where they least expected, and from sources to which they were not looking. It is also true that the admonitions of Providence, of conscience, and of the Holy Spirit, seem often to come from “behind” us. that is, they “recall” us from the path in which we were going, and restrain us from a course that would be fraught with danger.

When ye turn to the right hand … – When you shall be in danger of wandering from the direct and straight path. The voice shall recall you, and direct you in the way in which you ought to go.

Again, it follows that those who tenaciously remain on their path of false teaching and destruction, are not saved because they do not have God the Holy Spirit to warn and guide them. They are lost.

Listen carefully how Paul describes other gods.

2 Corinthians 11:1-4

(1)  Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

(2)  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

(3)  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

(4)  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

You can be 100% sure that if you have been slain in the spirit you have ANOTHER SPIRIT, ANOTHER JESUS, and ANOTHER GOSPEL. It is not, I repeat, NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What Paul describes in this passage is nothing less than other gods, and even worse, because the demons who rally behind these false teachings call themselves “JESUS.”

Bernard and Marilie, how sure are you that you are following the Jesus of the Bible and not another Jesus who espouses another gospel in the power of another spirit? I urge you to make 100% sure before it is too late.

STRANGE FIRE

Idolatry is also likened to strange fire in the Bible.

Leviticus 10:1-3

(1)  And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.

(2)  And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

(3)  Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

Modern-day pastors have a similar role to play in the church as the priests in the Old Testament. They serve at the altar of God (pulpit, if you will) to proclaim the will of God to their congregations, and to encourage them to live lives holy and pleasing to God, and if need be to rebuke and censure those who don’t. As such they are the ones by whom God is sanctified in the midst of their congregations and who “come nigh to the Lord.”

Although God no longer strikes down with fire those who offer strange fire, they will have to give an account of how they divided the truth of the Word of God. (2 Timothy 2:15).

James 3:1

(1) My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Most of the Prophetic Movement folk rely very little on the Bible and instead base their teaching on extra-biblical revelations which they call “prophetic levels of revelation”

PROPHETIC LEVELS

Let’s say this from the very outset: There are absolutely no levels or steps Christians need to take to advance from one basic or elementary position to a higher more advanced position. In fact, levels or steps are an indispensible vanity in Freemasonry. msteps1-1

Someone once told me that Marilie wished her husband, Bernard, was on the same level as she. I really don’t think this is the way to honour and love your husband when you think and proclaim that he is a little lower than you.

To illustrate this unbiblical phenomenon in the WOF and Prophetic Movement, I would like to quote a comment (a prophecy) a person by the name of Edward Alfred posted on Marilie du Toit Lessing’s Facebook page. What does the Bible say about the role of a wife (woman) in a marital situation?

Ephesians 5:22-24

(22) Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Wives you cannot say you live in subjection to Jesus Christ when you refuse to live in subjection to your husbands. It’s impossible).

(23) For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the saviour of the body.

(24) But as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their husbands in everything.

In “everything” means “everything” and especially in matters of a spiritual or ecclesiastical nature.

1 Corinthians 14:35

35 If there is anything they (wives) want to learn [that is, if they have questions about anything being said or taught in church], they are to ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to talk (give teaching) in church.

The following conversation appears on her Facebook Page.

‎ to Marilie Du Toit Lessing 13 July

Good morning child of God. You are blessed and the Lord is going to move you to prophetic levels far above your imagination. Stay blessed and humble in Jesus.

(Tom Lessing: This man is a false prophet. Why? Because he prophesizes things that go diametrically against the teaching of God, which is that the wife should not think highly of herself (Romans 12:3). Jesus said that He is “meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:28-29) and that those who follow Him should also be meek and lowly in heart. The very thought that  you are on a higher prophetic level than your husband or anyone else, is NOT following the Jesus of the Bible. They are following another Jesus because they have another spirit, and preach another gospel.).

She responded as follows:

Amein, thanks Prof Ed. May His purposes come to fulfilment & His Name be uplifted & His glory manifest in Jesus Christ Name. Shalom.

(Tom Lessing: No mortal being can lift up the Name of Jesus because God the Father has already given Him a Name above every name [Philippians 2:9]. How do mere mortals intend to lift up the Name of Jesus – with their prophetic level shenanigans? Yes, you can do it with a false Jesus but not the Jesus of the Bible. How do they aim to manifest his glory – through signs and wonders, healing, speaking in tongues, boasting that they are on a higher level than their husbands while God commands the wives to remain in subjection to their husbands? [1 Peter 3:5; 1 Corinthians 14:35]. Note carefully that Peter called these women holy women because only holy women [separated unto God]] are able to remain in subjection to their husbands. Women who have not been separated unto God (holy) cannot subject them to their husbands because they have never learned to obey God and his commandments (John 14:15; 15:10). The exhortation for women to be in subjection to their husbands is a commandment of God.).

First of all, there are no levels in God’s economy. (Colossians 3:25). In fact, the word “level” does not appear even once in Scripture. Paul wrote,

1 Corinthians 3:4-7

(4)  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

(5)  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

(6)  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

(7)  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Paul never thought or bragged that he was on a higher level than anyone else. Indeed, he said that he was the least of the apostles. (1 Corinthians 15:9). God sounds a very serious warning against those who are filled with pride and haughtiness.

Proverbs 16:18-19 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud (haughty, arrogant).

There are no levels or steps in Jesus Christ which his saints need to climb to reach higher levels of importance or rank. Those who are in Him (saved) are on the same level as what He was when He walked the earth.

Philippians 2:5-9

(5)  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

(6)  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

(7)  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

(8)  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

(9)  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Saints are supposed to deny themselves, take up their cross (mortify their own carnal desires, wants and desires) in order to follow Jesus. (Matthew 16:24). Anyone who strives to attain higher levels of importance or rank is not following Jesus Christ, the Son of God. They are following another Jesus.

Satan was the varmint who wanted to climb the steps to higher levels of importance and rank, and not Jesus Christ. It was Satan’s ambition to set himself above the Most High which eventually led to his downfall.

Isaiah 14:12-17

(12)  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!

(13)  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:

(14)  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

(15)  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

(16)  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

(17)  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Saints are not supposed to pursue higher things.

Romans 12:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself. . . (and express the wish that your husband may attain to your level of importance. That’s not humility. It’s pride and haughtiness).

COLOR CODES IN THE PROPHETIC MOVEMENT

It is imperative to emphasize from the outset that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not written in color code; it is written in simple, easy comprehensible words. Jesus never said, “Now ye are clean through the color of the clothes you wear, or the color codes which I have given you.” He said:

John 15:3

(3)  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

My wife and I were given to photos of my son (Bernard) and his wife (Marilie) and a close friend, Magda Pieterse, all dressed in blue. The photos were taken at their inaugural ordination as pastors of their church.

My son who told me that he is not a member of his wife’s church and never attends their services is also clothed in a blue shirt. I suspect that his wife told him to wear blue to show his approval of her being ordained as pastor and not to stand out like a sore thumb in the crowd.

My son loves to hunt with the hounds and run with the hares. When he’s with me he agrees with everything I say and when he’s with his wife and her church he agrees with everything she and her church say and do. It’s called pragmatism in the extreme. No, rather, it is called compromise and he always does it so well with a smile (smirk) on his face. God hates compromise.

1 Kings 18:20-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 So Ahab sent word to all the Israelites and assembled the [pagan] prophets together at Mount Carmel.

21 Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If theLord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people [of Israel] did not answer him [so much as] a word.
lots-wife-pillar-of-salt

Imagine what would have happened if Lot compromised God’s command not the look around whilst He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone . . . He would undoubtedly also have been turned into a pillar of salt like his wife and the picture on the left would have had two instead of one pillar of salt on the side of the hilltop.

The photo marks the alleged spot underneath a jointed block of salt where Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. Remember her? In Genesis, she looked back at the destruction of Sodom and was turned into a pillar of salt. When God’s judgments fall, after many warnings, it is swift and concise.

Color codes play a major part in the Prophetic Movement ministries. The colors are:

  1. Black
  2. Navy (Dark blue) Sapphire
  3. Blue
  4. Light blue
  5. Maroon (Dark red)
  6. Ruby red
  7. Link (Light red)
  8. Fuchsia (Dark pink)
  9. Dark purple
  10. Lilac (Light purple)
  11. White

It is not my aim to discuss the meaning of all these colors in the Prophetic Movement ministries. I only want to discuss the meaning of the shades of the color blue.

The following explanation of the meaning of the color blue comes from the website “Collection of Prophetic Meanings of Colors” by Carol Nemitz.

NAVY (DARK BLUE) Sapphire

“The Established Word to Stand Upon to Bring God’s Order into the Earth” (Tom Lessing: God’s Word was not written and given to bring his Order into the Earth. It was written and given to read and obey so that lost sinners may be saved – Romans 10:17).

This color embodies all the attributes of Blue but with the black ashes of our enemies under our feet. We are free to say “yes Lord, I will obey You!” (Tom Lessing: Since when does color play a role in the defeat of God’s enemies and their humiliation under the Christian’s feet?) 

And you shall tread down the lawless and wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 4:3 Amplified Version). (Tom Lessing: Show me a single reference to a color, let alone the color blue in this verse).

Sapphire is the color under God’s Feet as He walked and talked with Moses up on the mountain to give him His Laws and Ordinances. To me this speaks of the steadfast WISDOM we must walk in as we covenant with our Creator. Dark Blue speaks of the beauty of God’s Law. This meeting with Moses took place after he read the words of God to the people and they promised to obey. This is when Moses sprinkled blood on the Altar and on the people for the first time. As a result, God called them up higher. He met with them face to face and walked and talked with them. I believe this is the first time words were written in the Hebrew language. Before this time in history there were just hieroglyphics. God gave mankind a way to write words as He walked in that sapphire blue beauty with them. Everywhere God stepped, the ground turned to sapphire stone. (Tom Lessing: The Bible never says a thing about the ground turning into sapphire stone everywhere God stepped when Moses, Aaron and the seventy elders ascended the mountain to confirm and ratify the covenant before God. Because no one has ever seen God face to face, they probably saw the God of Israel in the sense that they had a vision of Him in which they discerned who He is. Apparently the sight was so awesome that their eyes saw only below his feet. The splendor of God  looked like sapphire (cf. the throne of sapphire in E zekiel 1:26).

And they saw the God of Israel [that is, a convincing manifestation of His presence], and under His feet it was like pavement of bright sapphire stone, like the very heavens in clearness.

Exodus 24:10 Amplified Version

In some ancient Jewish writings, the first set of the Ten Commandment Tablets were carved upon Sapphire Stone, not just ordinary rock. It makes sense that the Rock that we stand upon be the same color that it is under God’s Feet. Thus from this I picture sapphire to be the color of God’s Shoes. Two Shoes: Two Tablets. One sapphire Shoe makes footprints that lead us to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength. And the other sapphire Shoe makes footprints to lead us into loving others as we love ourselves. We walk into His Divine Order when we walk in His Sapphire Footsteps. His Footprints lead us to the Father’s Throne which is also depicted in scripture to have the appearance of a sapphire stone. (Tom Lessing: Where in the Bible does it say that it is his footprints that lead us to the throne of God? That’s not true. It is only the shed blood of Christ Jesus that grants us access into the most holy in heaven – Hebrews 19:10).

THEN I looked and behold, in the firmament that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something looking like a sapphire stone, in form resembling a throne. Ezekiel 10:1 Amplified Version

The sapphire stone is the gemstone of the tribe of Dan. This tribe represents the Justice and Judgments of God: God’s Judges. When the Judges of God stand in His Wisdom, their judgments are pure and holy. When God’s Judges are lead by His Holy Spirit, they cause the church to walk in Peace with God’s Laws and Judgments. Dan was the standard bearer for 3 tribes: Dan, Naphtali, and Asher. The standard for these tribe together were on the North side of the Temple and their symbol was an Eagle. Eagles eat snakes. The Tribe of Dan had a flag all their own and it was sapphire in color and had a snake wrapped around the scales of judgment. When we go it alone, the evil one wraps around our judgment and tips the scales in his favor. We must travel with others to keep our judgment in divine order. We must travel with Eagles who eat snakes so our scales are not perverted by the world, the flesh, or the devil. We need Just weights that are true.

Churches who claim to follow Jesus Christ of the Bible are not supposed to use any kind of psychological method or system to manipulate or control their congregants. Indeed, color coding or any other manipulative system of control or DID (Direct Inward Dialing) is unbiblical and very dangerous. It robs people of their free-will and is indiscriminately forced into a mode of thought and conduct that is completely at variance with The Word of God and his will.

Galatians 5:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)

(1) It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed].

Galatians 2:4

(4) Yet because of false brothers (false prophets, apostles and teachers) secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery

2 Corinthians 11:20 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

20 For you endure it if a man assumes control of your souls and makes slaves of you, or devours [your substance, spends your money] and preys upon you, or deceives and takes advantage of you, or is arrogant and puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.

Barnes comments as follows on the above verse:

It is not to be supposed that this [striking the face] occurred literally among the Corinthians; but the idea is, that the false teachers really treated them with as little respect as if they smote them on the face. In what way this was done is unknown; but probably it was by their domineering manners, and the little respect which they showed for the opinions and feelings of the Corinthian Christians.

An Internet site says this about color coding.

Color programming was originally developed for a simple reason: cult trainers . . . are basically lazy. As they learned to create larger systems and subsystems in people with progression [in levels of rank and) of training techniques, they needed a way to quickly organize and access a person’s system. Colors were developed, in the late 1950’s. It was developed, because even the youngest child, normally, can recognize colors, and they wanted the organization to begin early, during preschool years, when system templates or core splits were being formed. A three year-old can recognize colors before they can read. This is an example of how color programming is done: A child is taken into a training room. The room itself maybe be neutral: white or beige, or it may be painted for the color being used. If the room is neutral in color, the trainer will use colored lights to create the impression of the color being used, they will use the lights even in the colored room.

Here we will use blue for an example: Everything is blue, trainers dressed in blue and may even wear blue make-up . . . (Tom Lessing: As one can see from the photo of my daughter in law and son above, she wears blue make-up. She normally does not wear make-up. Her peers in her church must have told her and the other women to wear blue make-up. Apparently, the women had no choice but to obey the hierarchy of apostles and prophets).

FREEMASONRY AND COLOR CODING

Color coding or color manipulation has a direct, more profound and a greater impact on the human brain than, for instance, words and sentences. As a result, it has become the most used method of mind control in cults. Freemasonry and Satanism.

It is a well-documented and proven fact that many of the so-called apostles and prophets in the NAR and Prophetic Movement are active Freemasons. Therefore, it is no coincidence that they have no qualms about the value of color coding. Read here.

WHITE

White, the original color of the masonic apron…This is the origin of the word ‘candidate,’ from candidatus ‘dressed in white.’ Druids were robed in white. White is also connected with the idea of death and resurrection. Shrouds are white; spirits are represented as wearing white veils. White, rather than black, is sometimes the color of mourning.

RED
The color of blood is naturally connected with the idea of sacrifice . . . It has also a darker side, connected with the flames of hell, the appearance of demons, the apoplectic face of rage.
Scarlet was the distinctive color of the Order of the Golden Fleece, established in 1429 by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy (1419-67).[1]

Red is the color of fire, and fire was to the Egyptians the symbol of the regeneration and the purification of souls. Hence, in the Masonic system, red is the symbol of regeneration. Thus red is the color assigned to the Royal Arch Degree since that degree teaches the regeneration of life.[2]

BLACK

The three fundamental colors found in all civilizations, down to the Middle Ages in Europe, are white, red and black. These, too, may be regarded as the principal colors of Freemasonry: the white of the Craft degrees, the red of the Royal Arch and of certain of the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted (Scottish) Rite, and the black of some of its others, and of the Knights of Malta.

Traditionally, black is the color of darkness, death, the underworld although it was not introduced for mourning until about the middle of the fourteenth century, such use becoming habitual only in the sixteenth. The ‘black humour’ of melancholy (atara hilis) the black crow of ill omen, the black mass, black market, ‘black days’: all refer to negative aspects. The Black Stone at Mecca is believed by Muslims to have been at one time white; the sins of man caused the transformation.

In the French and Scottish Rites, the lodge in the third degree is decorated in black and is strewn with white or silver tears, representing the sorrow caused by the death of Hiram Abif.

BLUE 

On page 62 of “Lost Science of the Stone Age” we find the following two quotes:

“We noticed the sheep on Dartmoor always seemed to walk a narrow path across the moor, wiggling along their own little track head to tail like a line of blind soldiers.” “After much experiment the line was established as having Serial 3 with its colors regularly appearing as red, black (blue) and white.

This was an exciting discovery as we remembered that in mystical lore . . . red, black and white are always associated with magic and the moon”

SATANISM AND COLOR CODING

Many victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) who have been set free from their bondage to Satan have provided evidence of the role of color to keep them in line and under the evil influence of their peers. SRA survivors have been programmed so that every time they see the color red a self-mutilating alter will come out and cut the body with sharp objects, knives or pieces of broken glass.

The traditional colors of black and red used in Satanism, date all the way back to Ancient Egypt and are symbolic of spiritual transformation to the occult.

The following info is taken from this site: Major Colors of the Illuminati Cult

Black from the remotest antiquity has been the symbol of grief and such is its significance to the Mason.

COLOR CODING IN VAMPIRE AND SATANIC MOVIES

Color plays a major role in vampire and Satanic movies. In the movie Starry Eyes, a struggling actress, Sarah, undergoes a series of programming sessions or levels of initiation to transform her into a kind of zombie in the service of Satan.

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During her second addition, Sarah is told to wear a white (or pale color) dress symbolizing her purity and innocence. As she progresses deeper into Satanism, she begins to wear red and ultimately black dresses to signify symbolically her good girl to bad girl transformation.

In the occult elite’s color codes, the red dress signifies turmoil, metamorphosis, and sacrifice. The dress indicates that this meeting is another step into her initiation.

SO WHAT! WE CHRISTIANS HAVE SANCTIFIED COLOR CODING

The arguments they present to defend and substantiate their use of colors are usually rather weak and unsupported. Should you remind them that the Bible never once refers to colors as a means to identify levels or steps of progression, they often argue that there are many examples in Scripture of the deeper meaning of colors.

Here’s how the site Collection of Prophetic Meanings of Colors” by Carol Nemitz categorizes the colors white, red and black.

BLACK: the color of Joseph’s, Ephraim’s and Manasseh’s tribal stone and flag: ONYX. The double blessing. Some say the onyx is flesh colored or tan, either way a “burning to black ashes” is necessary. Black is the result of FIRE. God is A Consuming Fire. God’s Kingdom requires that the fleshly nature of man must burn away (be crucified and sacrificed and circumcised) in other words a dying, a burning creation of ashes in order for us to come close. Jesus showed us how this is done when He died on the cross in obedient yieldedness to the Father. His Love for us draws us to and through the “fire” of the cross. He wants us to experience the blackness so we can appreciate His beautiful GARDEN that happens when He is Present. Black is God’s THUNDERING VOICE creating beauty from the Ashes of Repentance. Black is saying “I need You God” and denounces our independence from God.

Notice carefully how a deep spiritual truth (dying to self-centeredness and the carnal nature) is subtly changed into a carnally manipulative ploy if you will, to bind followers to the flesh. Therefore, it is doing the very opposite to what the Bible teaches about the vanities of the flesh. Jesus never said that color played any role in the mortification of the carnal nature (flesh). He simply said:

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23).

Here again, we may see how visual imagery is used to replace faith which is entirely contrary to what the Bible teaches.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

RED Ruby: This powerful color stands for the Blood that Jesus shed for our forgiveness, healing, deliverance, and salvation. It is the Fire of His Holy Spirit that cleanses us and sanctifies us from clay to vessels of honor. The fire of His Red blood makes us vessels that are able to carry whatever He pours into us. It makes us trustworthy. It removes the sin, blemishes, chaff, sickness, unforgiveness, lies, deceptions, shame, and evil powers to name a few and flushes them out them with God’s Peace (see Blue) to replace them with His provisions from heaven instead. Red is the color of His Mercy and forgiveness. His Red Blood fills our cup to drink of His inner most being when we partake of Communion with Him. This Fiery Color lights up our Altar of Sacrifice and leads us to the Cross of Christ. It gives us the power to die to self and come alive for Christ Jesus to be resurrected in and through us to others in this world. This Fire baptizes us into becoming a new creature in Christ.

Indeed, the color of blood is red in all human beings. Therefore, to say that red “stands for the blood that Jesus shed for our forgiveness. healing, deliverance, and salvation” is not the most important fact, or message the Bible wants to convey to its readers. The color red may just as well stand for the blood of the most fiendish criminal who ever lived. It is not the color of Jesus’ blood that made his blood so powerful. It was the fact that his blood was untainted by sin when He, the Almighty God, became flesh. This, in particular, is the Gospel and not the fact that his blood was red, for even the blood of the most fiendish criminals is red.

Moreover, God never intended to use colors to present the Gospel of forgiveness, healing, deliverance and salvation. The preaching of the Word in truth and in spirit is what brings forgiveness, deliverance, and salvation.

Romans 10:17 Amplified Bible

17 So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.

For the preaching of the cross [and not the color of the cross) is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Notice how often the word “fire” is used to convey how the Holy Spirit supposedly burns out or devours the sins of the repentant. It obviously comes from the erroneous interpretation of Matthew 3:11.

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.

The “fire” does not in any which way possible burn away or devour (cleanse) sins. The symbolism here is that of a separation of the wheat and the chaff in Matthew 3:12. Those who reject Jesus Christ (chaff) are going to be judged and cast into the eternal unquenchable fire (Malachi 4:1). It has nothing to do with a spiritual blessing. It is rather a curse.

WHITE: White is the color for God’s Lightning Power creating RESURRECTION. Any color that includes white to lighten it includes the attributes of this Holy Color. White stands for AWAKENING. White is the color of His holiness, purity, righteousness, sanctification, virginity, hosts of heaven, His WINGS, and His Breath of Betrothal and Priesthood.

And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness (WHITE) and justice (BLUE), in steadfast love (PURPLE), and in mercy (RED) [the four colors of the Temple of God]. Hosea 2:19 Amplified Version

First of all, this is a classic example of eisegesis (reading into Bible passages your own interpretation to suit your own agenda), and it is very dangerous. In fact, it is the oldest trick in the book false teachers use to mislead the unsuspected. Let us look at what the Bible really says.

Hosea 2:19 Amplified Bible (AMP)

19 “And I will betroth you (Israel) to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and loyalty, and in compassion.

The absence of colors in this passage is so glaringly obvious that a five-year-old child is able to see it with closed eyes. Moreover, the passage is addressed to Israel and not the church. Israel is God the Father’s betrothed whereas the saints of this dispensation of grace are Jesus Christ’s Bride.

At any rate, Paul very clearly said it is not any kind of credential, outward sign like a color, clothing or any other paraphernalia that identify a true child of God.

2 Corinthians 3:1-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 Are we starting to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some [false teachers], letters of recommendation to you or from you? [No!] 

2 You are our letter [of recommendation], written in our hearts, recognized and read by everyone.

3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

WHERE DOES THE IDEA OF HIGHER PROPHETIC LEVELS OR STEPS OF PROGRESSION COME FROM?

If, as I have indicated in the above paragraphs, the idea of higher prophetic levels did not originate with Jesus. From whence did it come?

Rick Joyner, a Freemason and member of the Knights of Malta, wrote the following. (Levels of importance and rank play an indispensable role in Freemasonry. Read here and here.).

rick-joyner-freemasonryThere are levels of prophetic revelation. These may or may not relate to the importance of the revelation, but have to do with the clarity with which they come, and therefore how much confidence that we can have in their purity. The lowest level of prophetic revelation is an impression. The higher levels would begin with visions, dreams, hearing the audible voice of God, like angelic visitations, being caught up before the throne of God, and so forth, all of which are biblical and are still happening today. (Tom Lessing: Indeed, all these things are happening today in the WOF, Prophetic Movement, NAR and many Charismatic churches, but are they biblical? I say NO! How do we know? Well, the Bible is called a closed canon which means that everything we need to know pertaining to life and godliness is already in the Bible [2 Peter 1:3]. We do not need the ramblings of these false apostles, prophets and teachers who are so gullible to prophesy that they are even prepared to utilize occult and New Age methodologies like the third eye[3] and astral travelling. I was shocked to the core when I heard my daughter in law, Marilie Lessing, has an unhealthy inclination to learn how to use these devilish things to accomplish her unbiblical desire to attain to higher prophetic levels.).

Neither is it enough for a New Covenant prophet to just be in fellowship with other prophets; they must have a committed relationship to the whole team of equipping ministries listed in Ephesians 4, and they must have a real and vital local church life. One reason for this is because a basic purpose of the prophet as seen in Ephesians 4 is to help equip the saints for the ministry, not just to prophesy. It is the basic purpose of the saints, which includes the prophets, to be a functioning part of the body, which we see in this same text. (Tom Lessing: It entails that the one who seeks higher levels of prophecy must attend their churches just about every Saturday, Sunday and certain week nights as well so that the other even higher prophetic level prophets may keep them in line).

The Berean Call reports as follows on the Prophetic Movement.

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.  — Jeremiah 14:14.

In the first part of this series we addressed a movement within Christendom that is undermining the faith of multitudes of Christians, especially those who consider themselves to be Bible-believing Christians. Whether done intentionally or unintentionally by the leaders of the movement, their teaching and methods seriously deprive their followers of a true basis for biblical discernment. The primary means that they employ involves disparaging the objective nature of the Scriptures. When a believer buys into that teaching, he is being led into the arena of subjectivity, meaning that he cannot objectively determine what is truly from God versus what is nothing more than content from the imagination of man.

In his excellent book Wandering Stars: Contending for the Faith with the New Apostles and Prophets (see TBC 03/13 ), which has been a chief resource in this series, Keith Gibson summarizes the foundational errors of the movement regarding the Bible: “So what can we conclude after this brief survey of the attitudes and words of the modern apostles and prophets concerning the Scripture? One would have to conclude that the Bible alone is an insufficient guide for the end-time church. New doctrines, not found in the Bible, are needed to perfect the church. Scripture is generally inspiring but basically unreliable. It is insufficient to convince the world of God’s truth . . . It does not provide the parameters to faith and practice and does not give us the norms for the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Canon of Scripture is not closed, and, in fact, many of the words of today’s prophets carry a higher level of revelation, anointing, and authority than some of the words of Scripture. And lastly, the Bible cannot be understood by any normal means. Grammar, history, and context are completely irrelevant. The words of Scripture can be redefined and ripped out of context to discover the ‘deeper’ meaning for today’s church. There is no objective interpretation or understanding of Scripture. The Bible means whatever one wants it to mean” (pp. 105-6).

Please read a section of the book on the Amazon site here. Please note the stern warning Keith Gibson sounds in his book.

If the church does not respond to these issues, the Christian faith that we pass on to our children and grandchildren will bear little resemblance doctrinally to the historic faith.

And this is what the Bible says about false doctrine.

2 John 1:9-11

(9)  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. (is not truly saved and lost). He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

(10)  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

(11)  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Galatians 1:8-9

(8)  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (separated from God for all eternity).

(9)  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (separated from God for all eternity).

BOB JONES

To learn more about Bob Jones, please read this excellent article, “Bob Jones – a Tail of a Prophet” and “The Wicked Roots of the Prophetic Movement can be Seen in the Fathers” by Kevin Kleint.

 

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PAUL CAIN

To learn more about Paul Cain, please read, “Prophet Paul Cain.”

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TOD BENTLEY

Please read this article learn more about Tod Bentleys shenanigans.

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TARGETING WOMEN

Have you ever thought why Satan approached Eve in the Garden of Eden and not Adam to stage-manage his vicious lies? The main reason is because women are easier to manipulate and impact emotionally, and therefore more susceptible to false teaching. Hence the stern statement in 2 Timothy 3:1-7.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good,

4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5 holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them.

6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate morally weak and spiritually-dwarfed women weighed down by [the burden of their] sins, easily swayed by various impulses, 

7 always learning and listening to anybody who will teach them, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

This alone proves why women should not be allowed to have authority over the men as pastors in their churches, and why Paul forbade women to give instruction (to preach) in their church. I firmly believe that one of the main causes for the present falling away from the faith is because women are allowed to act as pastors in their churches and lord it over their husbands.

Paul wrote:

1 Timothy 3:1-7

(1)  This is a true saying, If a man [not a woman] desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

(2)  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

(3)  Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

(4)  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

(5)  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

(6)  Not a novice [a young or recently saved believer], lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

(7)  Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Joyce Meyer has done more damage to the church than anyone else and is leading thousands upon thousands of women astray. Her rallies look more like an Oprah Winfrey sideshow with women shouting and screaming at the top of their voices.  The are not worshipping God; they are worshipping Joyce Meyer.

1 Timothy 2:11-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 A woman must quietly receive instruction with all submissiveness.

12 I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet [in the congregation].

13 For Adam was formed first [by God from the earth], then Eve;

14 and it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman who was led astray and fell into sin.

One of Satan’s most effective tools in binding husband and wife to himself is this thing called “female pastoring,” It is not biblical and comes from the pit of hell. Why?  . . . because Satan is bent on turning God’s order of things around and to make a mockery of it.

One of his major targets is the marriage between one man and one woman. If he cannot succeed in getting two men or two women to tie the knot, he will inspire the wife to play the leading role in a marriage or in the church. The marriage is supposed to be a microcosm, if you will, of the relationship between Christ Jesus (the Head) and the church (the woman) who is supposed to live in submission to the Head, her Husband (Ephesians 5:22-23).

It follows that the wives who take on themselves the role of pastor or who play a  leadership role in their marriages (with their husbands on a lower level than they) are mockingly saying to Jesus Christ, “You are not the Head of the church. The church is the Head and You should live in submission to the church.” of course they would deny this but their actions speak louder than words.

Well, when taking into account how the Prophetic Movement and the Charismatic churches are trying to manipulate Jesus in their demands for health, wealth, and prosperity, it is no surprise that they want to be the Head while Jesus is downgraded to a position of submission and a puppet who is obligated to do everything they ask in his Name, regardless of what his will is.

So-called women pastors are never at home to do their domestic duties with the result that the husband must do just about everything while lovey-dovey-wifey is in church Saturdays, Sundays and just about every other night during the week doing her little thing.

In some cases, the husband works as some kind of migrant worker away from home during the week, and when he comes home over the weekends, his wife is not there for him while she practices her so-called “Prophetic Level’ shenanigans. Is this the will of God? I really don’t think so. They are obviously doing what Rick Joyner says they must do: and they must have a real and vital local church life.”

A woman who once visited my wife and I, told me that she hardly ever was at home because it was this women’s meeting and that women’s meeting, this women’s camp and that women’s camp, or this women’s convention and that women’s convention she attended that completely ruled and nearly ruined her life and her marriage. “Ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth” seems to be common place in these churches. (2 Timothy 3:7).

Fortunately, the Lord opened her eyes to her false spirit of duty to her church and prevented a possible divorce. I don’t think my son and wife would go so far as to contemplate a divorce because he is very placid and seems to accept everything with a self-styled smile (smirk) on his face. I wouldn’t be smiling while my wife is being torn apart by a church who is leading her up the garden path. That’s not true love.

Ephesians 5:25-28

(25)  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

(26)  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

(27)  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

(28)  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Like Jesus Christ, the Head of the Chruch, whose purpose it is to present his Bride without spot, wrinkle or any such thing to his Father, so too the husband should do everything in his power to prevent his wife from being polluted by false teachers, prophets, apostles, and their damnable false teachings. Slain in the spirit is one of these damnable false teachings which the following verse from the Bible describes as a way that seems right but ultimately leads to hell.

Proverbs 14:12

(12)  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Another thing that seems to be rampant among the Prophetic Movement folk, is their Pharisaic treatment of their parents and in-laws.

Mark 7:9-13

(9)  And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

(10)  For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

(11)  But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

(12)  And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

(13)  Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

A Genuine interest in their parents and in-laws coupled with a genuine empathy for them in times of their hospitalization and convalescence seemed to have escaped their minds.  I assume this kind of behaviour may be labelled as a modern-day corban. Special days such as birthdays and Mother’s Day are set aside as corban whilst the rest of the year just goes by unattended.

I am writing about this in the public arena to warn Christian parents to look out for signs in their children’s behaviour that may resemble cultic and heretical tendencies. One of the main tendencies among these children is to avoid family and friends who are concerned about the path they have taken and make a genuine effort to warn them.  They regard them — parents and friends — as being too negative and fault-finding enemies who just want to erode and destroy their faith (positive confessions).

I have phoned my son on occasion warning him that they can visit their church as much as they like, fall down when being slain in the spirit as much as they like, speak in tongues as much as they like, prophesy as much as they like, throw their hands in the air and shout “Hallelujah, praise the Lord” as much as they like, tell the Lord they love Him as much as they like, attend meetings as much as they like; these things mean absolutely nothing to God if they do not honor their parents — all these things mean nothing, zilch, nada.

The reason why I am going into so much detail is to show readers how these false teachers, pastors, and apostles are wrecking homes, causing rifts in families and leading our children up the garden path, and in many cases even to hell.

THE FALSE TEACHERS THEY BLINDLY FOLLOW

Joyce MeyerJoyce Meyer little God with Big Christ consciousness

Joyce Meyer is arguably the most influential and dangerous false teachers “gracing” and “beautifying” the minds and hearts of countless “silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:6-7).

 

Barnes comments as follows on this passage:

Ever learning – That is, these “silly women;” for so the Greek demands. The idea is, that they seem to be disciples. They put themselves wholly under the care of these professedly religious teachers, but they never acquire the true knowledge of the way of salvation. (Tom Lessing: They never learn the most basic doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The only things they do learn about are slain in the spirit, healing, speaking in tongues, prophetic levels, visions and dreams, soaking, alleged supernatural visitations, the five-fold ministry, etc. etc. etc.)

And never able to come to the knowledge of the truth – They may learn many things (Tom Lessing: And even become pastors in their churches), but the true nature of religion they do not learn. There are many such persons in the world, who, whatever attention they may pay to religion, never understand its nature. Many obtain much speculative acquaintance with the “doctrines” of Christianity, but never become savingly acquainted with the system; many study the constitution and government of the church, but remain strangers to practical piety; many become familiar with the various philosophical theories of religion, but never become truly acquainted with what religion is; and many embrace visionary theories (Tom Lessing: and prophetic levels of maturity) , who never show that they are influenced by the spirit of the gospel. Nothing is more common than for persons to be very busy and active in religion, [Tom Lessing: Like attending church services, women’s meetings, women’s camps, awesome ladies’ tea parties, slain-in the spirit bashes, prophesy and glossolalia meetings and what not else meetings, ad infinitum) and even to “learn” many things about it, who still remain strangers to the saving power of the gospel.

Thus says the Lord God:

1 John 4:1-6

(1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

(2) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

(3) And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

(4) Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

(5) They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

(6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Those who follow false teachers or have inadvertently been beguiled by false teachers often refer to the above passage in Scripture to validate the truthfulness and correctness of their teachers. Let’s use Joyce Meyer – who has a vast and world-wide following among women – as an example. The argument in favour of Joyce Meyer usually goes like this:-

  1. Does she believe and confess that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin (came in the flesh)? The answer is YES, she does and therefore she must be of God and NOT a false teacher.
  1. Does she believe and confess that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire world? YES, she does, and therefore she must be of God and NOT a false teacher.
  1. Does she believe and confess that Jesus Christ was raised from among the dead by the power of the Holy Ghost. YES, she does, and therefore she must be of God and NOT a false teacher.
  1. Does she believe and confess that Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God to intercede for the saints? YES, she does , and therefore she must be of God and NOT a false teacher.
  1. Does she believe that Jesus Christ is going to return to the earth sometime in the future to judge the world? YES, she does, and therefore she must be from God and NOT a false teacher.

Can you believe all these things and still be unsaved and eternally lost? The short answer is, YES. Why? Even the devil and his demons believe all these truths. Surely, you ought to remember the episode in Jesus’ life when He passed through the country of the Gergesenes and was confronted by a legion of demons in a possessed man.

Matthew 8:28-29

(28) And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

(29) And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Here we see Jesus appearing IN THE FLESH before demons. What do they do? They address Him as the Son of the living God, acknowledging that He had come in the flesh. Does that make them prophets who came from God?Perish the thought!

So, how must we interpret 1 John 4:1-21? This passage in Scripture does not stand on on leg alone, that is, the confession that Jesus came in the flesh, There is another equally important leg on which the entire passage stands. Look at verse 6 again

(6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth (listens to and obeys) us (the apostles of Jesus Christ and not the false so-called apostles and prophets of today); he that is not of God heareth not (does NOT listen to and obey) us (the apostles of God). Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Our faith is not just a faith that was randomly plucked out of the air. Our faith is an Apostolic Faith which means that it is based on the foundation the apostles of Jesus Christ laid for us in their teaching. I am not talking about the self-proclaimed prophets and apostles of today. There are no longer apostles in our time.

An apostle is someone who experienced the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ first-hand. They were eyewitnesses to these awesome miracles. They walked with Him, touched Him, spoke face to face with Him, etc.

Don’t let the charlatans who tell you they are the new apostles of God beguile you because they are NOT. They are false apostles. Period.

OK, that brings us to the next important question: Do Joyce Meyer and the other Word of Faith teachers listen to and obey the apostles and their teaching – especially with regard their teaching on salvation? To determine whether they do, we need to look at Joyce Meyer’s soteriology once again.

Joyce Meyer like all other Word of Faith teachers believe that Jesus did not accomplish a full ransom for our sins on the cross. His death on the cross was, therefore, deficient and insufficient. They say He descended into hell, became a demonic entity, and was tortured for three days and three nights by Satan and his demons in the very bowels of hell. After three days, God the Father spoke a word of faith into hell and said: “Enough! and He became the first born-again man.”

She also declares that everyone who does not believe her teaching that Jesus took our place in hell (not the cross) is lost and on their way to hell. Listen to the audio “Cross Heresies.”

JOYCE MEYER IS A LIAR AND WHAT’S MORE, SHE IS MAKING GOD A LIAR.

1 John 1:8-10

(8) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.[Tom Lessing: In other words, you are not saved when you say you no longer sin]

(9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us[Tom Lessing: In other words, you are not saved when you say you no longer sin]

Is she listening and obeying the teaching of the apostles in regard to the cross of Jesus? Absolutely NOT! None of the apostles ever taught these heresies.

Colossians 2:14

(14) Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Colossians 1:20

(20) And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Philippians 2:8

(8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Ephesians 2:15-16

(15) Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

(16) And that he migh t reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Galatians 6:14

(14) But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world iscrucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Joyce Meyer and the Word of Faith teachers do not glory in the cross of Jesus Christ but in hell, and the devil and his  angels who allegedly were all instrumental in the salvation of lost souls.

Colossians 1:18

(18) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. .

May we assume that the cross of Jesus Christ is foolishness to Joyce Meyer? Maybe not in so many words but if she insists that you must believe that Jesus Christ did not pay in full for our sins on the cross but had to go to hell to be tortured by Satan and his demons for three days and three nights, then we may safely assume that to her the cross is foolishness.

To those who are truly saved, the cross is the wisdom and power of God and NOT hell, Satan and his demons plus the cross. Anything or anyone who teaches you that the cross plus something else saves, is NOT of God and breathes the spirit of Antichrist.

SUMMARY: Joyce Meyer cannot be from God because the spirit she represents is not from God. Had she been from God, she would have listened to and obeyed the apostles. It is hereby – obedience or disobedience to the apostles – that proves whether someone is a true teacher from God or a false one. We are commanded to “ . . .contend for the faith which was once [for all] delivered unto the saints.

Hence the serious warnings in 2 John verse 9 and Isaiah 8:20

2 John 9

(9) Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God (is not saved and therefore lost). He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 1:9)

Isaiah 8:20

(20) To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)

SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT

A tool almost every single false teacher uses to manipulate their followers and to professedly save and bring those who “fall under the power” into higher prophetic levels, is SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT. Does Joyce Meyer endorse slain in the spirit? This is what she says:

“ . . . you gotta come on out in the deep….Oh, I think that word’s anointed right now. Deeeep!!! Mmmmmm! One lady was in a conference recently in St. Louis, and she said “I am telling you, every time you said the word “deep” the fire of God hit me in the pit of my guts.” The lady, she kept falling out of her chair and being on the floor, you know? And she said later, “every time you said ‘deeeeep’ it was like I just couldn’t stay in my chair!” (Meyer, Go To The Upper Room and Wait, Audiotape 6).

What or who is at work here – God and his Holy Spirit? It is more a form of hypnosis than anything else. What happens is this. The Word of Faith teachers use certain key words (in this case “deep” which hypnotists also use in their therapy sessions when they repeat the word “deep sleep”) as a point of contact. A point of contact or “contact and transmission” as it is also known can either be a solid object like a wall, a handkerchief or even some body part of the teacher him or herself, or a word. Remember, the Word of Faith teachers believe there is power in what you say.

Sangomas, witch doctors and shamans in South Africa use their muti (the claw of an animal, beads, etc. as points of contact) to gain and keep control over their patients. There is no difference between slain-in the spirit and witchcraft.

There is also no difference between slain in the spirit and the Hindu “Shaktipat.”

Wikipedia defines the Hindu Shaktipat as follows:

slain-in-the-spirit-benny-hinnShaktipat or Śaktipāta (Sanskrit, from shakti – “(psychic) energy” – and pāta, “to fall”) refers in Hinduism to the conferring of spiritual “energy” upon one person by Shaktipatanother. Shaktipat can be transmitted with a sacred word or mantra, or by a look, thought or touch – the last usually to the ajna chakra or third eye of the recipient. (Tom Lessing: Now it is clear why my daughter in law, Marilie, was so keen to develop her so-called third eye. The only reason why she wants to do this, is to prophesy so much the better. May God have mercy on her pitiful soul).

Saktipat is considered an act of grace (anugraha) on the part of the guru or the divine. It cannot be imposed by force, nor can a receiver make it happen.[2] The very consciousness of the god or guru is held to enter into the Self of the disciple, constituting an initiation into the school or the spiritual family (kula) of the guru.[3] It is held that Shaktipat can be transmitted in person or at a distance, through an object such as a flower or fruit or else by telephone or letter.

GOD’S MERCIFUL INTERVENTION

Please bear in mind what I had written under the heading “Targeting Women” because what I am about to write here is a classic example of how Satan hones in on women to mislead and bring them under his spell of deception so that they may influence their husbands who have very little or no discernment.

First I want to highlight how often the WOF, Prophetic ministries, and other charismatic churches use the word “awesome.” Let me say this from the very outset — God alone is awesome. The word means, “exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.” How does the Bible describe God?

Hebrews 10:31

(31)  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

God alone is to be feared, revered and worshiped. However, in the prophetic ministries just about everything is awesome. And that’s precisely how my daughter in law invited my wife to one of her church’s slain in the spirit binges, “Mom, you must come with me to our meeting on Saturday. It’s going to be awesome.” So, off they went to attend their awesome women’s meeting. Well, not exclusively a women’s meeting because Pastor Carina Muller’s husband was also there to make a video of the awesome display of power.

Whilst attending to some work at home, I suddenly felt an urge to pray for my wife. At first, I couldn’t understand why but the urge remained with me until I prayed. It was a short prayer and went more or less like this, “Lord Jesus, I don’t exactly know why I have to pray for Suzette right this very moment. However, you know and I pray that you would protect her and all the others who are at the meeting to which my daughter in law invited her. Keep them safe from any wiles, strategies and evil doings of Satan and his demons.” I continued to finish my work.

Later, when my wife arrived home, she said she had wonderful news to tell me and started crying. I thought to myself. “Some wonderful news—with tears?” At any rate, she began to tell me what happened at the meeting. When Pastor Carina Muller began calling the women and their children to the front, and the first person, Magda Malan (now Pastor Magda Pieterse) was felled to the floor, my wife became intensely  sad and immediately began to pray, “Lord Jesus, if this is of you, let it continue to the glory of your Name. However, if it is not of you, I pray that you would protect everyone, especially the little children so that they may not be harmed.”

Ray McCauley

Ray McCauley of the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, South Africa

Oh! God is so awesome! No one else, except Magda fell backward onto the floor in a trance-like-slain-in-the-spirit-stupor. We both thanked the Lord for his protection. It reminded me of an incident many years ago when I worked for the SABC. We had a little Christian group who came together regularly for prayer, Bible reading, and short sermons, usually given by a person we invited to our meetings. It wasn’t long when the WOF cronies infiltrated the group and began to introduce their teachings, among other things “slain in the spirit.” They invited Ray McCauley of the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg to give a message one particular day.

Two of us decided to get together and pray against the spirits behind the slain in the spirit phenomenon. Again nothing happened. Not a single person fell to the floor. Ray McCauly was visibly perplexed and said that someone in the audience was to blame for his failure and were hindering the Spirit of God to bless those who wanted to be slain in the spirit — as if mortals have the power to hinder the Holy Spirit from doing as He pleases. It proves that it is not the Holy Spirit who slays dupes but another spirit who calls himself “Jesus.”

PLUCKED OUT OF THE FIRE

An enigma that boggles the mind is the stubborn unwillingness to be plucked out of the fire of most of those who had experienced the false fire revivals and who had been slain in the spirit. They have closed their ears to any reasonable and sensible persuasions and admonitions so that nothing can penetrate their minds and hearts in order to bring them to their senses. It is as if their minds have been seared with a hot iron, forming a callous which is impenetrable (1 Timothy 4:1-2).

And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude 1:23)

Even more mind boggling is that the word for “pulling” in the above verse is the very same word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to describe the Rapture. That word is “harpazo” which means the following:

  1. to seize, carry off by force.
  2. to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly.
  3. to snatch out or away.

How do you pluck those who had been duped into believing the false “fire” revivals and the false teachers out with force? One way, I believe, is to use a little shock treatment, as I have been doing all along in this article by naming my own flesh and blood and his wife, Bernard and Marilie, outrightly and without reserve. Someone once told me, “Don’t confront them head-on, only pray for them.” Indeed, pray we must, as I have been doing for several years. However, Jude 1:23 is not included in the Bible just for the fun of it. When action needs to be taken, it should be taken with fortitude.

COME OUT!

Thank God for those — although but a few —who have come to their senses and escaped the den of vipers known as the Prophetic Movement.

One of the most profound and earnest warnings in the Bible is the one in Revelation 18:4

Revelation 18:1-4

(1)  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

(2)  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

(3)  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

(4)  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Although the above passage pertains to the Jews (God’s people) in the seven-year tribulation, urging them to come out of the Roman Catholic Church (the whore of Babylon), it assuredly has a very strong message of warning for today’s Charismaniac churches, especially the Prophetic Movement, the Tongues Movement, the Holy Laughter Movement and all those who pander to false teachers like Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland, Isak Burger, and Joyce Meyer. Listen to Isak Burger’s definition of salvation.

Isak-Burger.jpgIsak Burger’s Christ believes it is no longer necessary for sinners to repent (change their minds for the better with an abhorrence of their past sins) and turn to Jesus Christ for their salvation. What we do need is to speak in tongues as the evidence that we’ve been filled with the Holy Spirit. That’s it! This is what Isak Burger, President of the Apostolic faith Mission of South Africa, said in an interview Jan de Wet had with him on Kruiskyk, an Afrikaans Christian TV channel.

 

Another very important thing is the emergence of the Pentecostal Charismatic movement. There is today, according to Peter Barrett, one of the most important statisticians, 630 million people worldwide who can testify that they are filled with the Holy Spirit and also speak in tongues, of which 120 million – and this I heard from the head of an Order in the Roman Catholic Church – affirm that they are filled with the Spirit. (Tom Lessing: So, you can believe all kinds of lies, for instance that you cannot be saved unless you are a member of the Roman Catholic Church, that the body and blood of Christ are miraculously transubstantiated during the Mass in the hands of a priest, that whoever wears a Mother Mary scapular will not have to remain in Purgatory for any length of time, and be pardoned to enter heaven’s gates much quicker, and many other heresies, — and still claim you are saved because you speak in tongues. Really?).

So, this is the two main accents, the fruitful soil for the Gospel in the Third World and the emergence of, let us say, the Spirit driven or Spirit led churches. Of course, today it is no longer limited to the traditional Pentecostal Church. To me it is so wonderful to see, when I travel throughout South Africa, and you (Jan de Wet) have experienced it many times. You know, in one of our traditional churches where I preached, some of the elders who sat in the back of the consistory who prayed for me, I heard some of them pray in tongues. Now, where would you have come across something like this in the earlier days in a Calvinistic church? So the Holy Spirit is busy filling the earth in a most wonderful way. (Tom Lessing: So, everyone who speaks in a tongue is saved? Really? What happened to the blood of Christ? The speaking in tongues as the evidence that you are saved is another gospel. It is a bloodless gospel and an offshoot of the way of Cain – Jude 1:11).

False teachers and their followers have been working for more than 400 years to erode the objective emphasis of the Reformation—the doctrine of justification by faith alone. It has been a drift back to Romanism. Listen carefully how Tony Palmer, who died on 20 July 2014 after injuries sustained in a motorbike accident, sets aside sound doctrine to assert that the glory of Christ in all of us is the only necessary element for unity.

A few years ago, noted Roman Catholic author, Louis Bouyer, made these stunning observations:

The Protestant Revival  . . .  recalls the best and most authentic elements of the Catholic tradition . . . We see in every Protestant country, Christians who owed their religion to the movement we have called, in general, Revivalism, attain a more or less complete discovery of Catholicism . . . The contemporary revivals most valuable and lasting in their results all present a striking analogy with this process of rediscovery of Catholicism . . . the instinctive orientation of the revivals toward the Catholic…would bring in that way a reconciliation between the Protestant Movement and the Church… [4]

Bouyer wrote this more than half a century ago (1964). His observations have since been proven correct by Protestants who are now openly declaring the need for a reunification with Rome. (Read here for more info on this abomination). and here.

There is not a single leader within the WOF, Prophetic Movement, and Charismatic churches, including Joyce Meyer, who is not leading their followers back to Rome.

Bernard Lessing, this is where you and your wife, Marilie, are going to end up if you do not repent of your rebellion against God and come out of the crowd who call themselves “The Prophetic Movement. This is not an idle warning.

Proverbs 14:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, But its end is the way of death.

One of the most devastating lies offered to defend today’s “Back to Rome” apostasy is that the majority cannot be wrong. Really???

Exodus 23:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

2You shall not follow a crowd to do [something] evil, nor shall you testify at a trial or in a dispute so as to side with a crowd in order to pervert justice;

ETIQUETTE AND MANNERS

cellphonesAnother thing that bothers me is that today’s kids seem to wilfully lack the proper politeness and manners when they visit their parents and in-laws. My daughter has already gently rebuked them for it but they seem to prefer to rub it off as something that is part and parcel of their “corban,” and in case they don’t know what “corban” means let them read Mark  7:11.

Both of them have expensive cell phones which they carry with them wherever the go which, I guess, is OK. There’s nothing wrong with that. I too have a cell phone which I have to carry with me at all times, especially during the week when my peers at work need to contact me and I need to go on errands.

However, when you visit your parents and in-laws, which happens once in a blue moon, especially on “corban”-like birthdays, you are supposed to honor them and not take calls when their friends like Eugene and their pastors like Carina Muller or anyone else phone them. What I usually do when someone phones me is to politely say to the caller, “Hi, do you mind phoning later? My wife and I have visitors.” without leaving the room. It’s just a matter of good manners, I suppose.

It happened recently again when Eugene phoned my son. He seemed to have been unsure what to do and looked at his wife for guidance. She sternly told him to tell Eugene to phone him later but left the room anyhow and continued the conversation in another room without excusing himself. When at last he returned his wife’s phone rang. She probably forgot what she advised her husband to do and promptly answered it and left the room with no hint of an “Excuse me for a moment.” I guess it must have been one of their church’s female pastors.  When they phone, you must respond immediately because they are your peers on a prophetic level much higher than you and it would be a mortal sin if you asked them to phone later.

“What on earth has this got to do with your religion or spirituality?” you may ask. EVERYTHING, I suppose, because if you’d been genuinely saved you will honor your father and mother as the Bible teaches. (Ephesians 6:2). Notice that this is a command with a promise concerning longevity.

I am not putting this in the public domain to bash or humiliate my children. I am doing it to show them they need to repent which means to change their minds for the better and to stop their shenanigans before it is too late. As I said earlier, I and others, have already spoken to them about the things I mentioned above, but to no avail. I have now put it in the public domain hoping that this will serve as a wake-up call.

One thing more: If this article angers them and causes the rift between them and their parents and in-laws to widen, then I have struck a chord and perfectly correct in my assessments. If I am wrong, they would serenely, peacefully and calmly rebuke me from Scripture as I have done above.

May God have mercy on their pitiful souls and may they promptly repent of their evil ways, especially their clinging to false teachers and their false teachings.

2 John 9  Amplified Bible (AMP)

9 Anyone who runs on ahead and does not remain in the doctrine of Christ [that is, one who is not content with what He taught], does not have God; but the one who continues to remain in the teaching [of Christ does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:6

(6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth (listens to and obeys) us (the apostles of Jesus Christ); he that is not of God heareth not (does NOT listen to and obey) us (the apostles of God). Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Acts 20:25-26

(25)  And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

(26)  Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

This is how God describes false teachers who mislead others.

Jude 1:11-13

(11)  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
(12)  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
(13)  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

2 Peter 2:1-3 

(1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

(2) And many shall follow their pernicious [harmful, damaging, destructive, injurious, hurtful, detrimental, deleterious, dangerous, adverse, inimical, unhealthy, unfavourable, bad, evil, baleful, wicked, malign, malevolent,malignant, noxious, poisonous, cancerous, corrupting, ruinous, deadly, lethal, fatal, literary malefic, maleficent; archaic pestilent, pestilential, baneful, pestiferous “a pernicious influence on society”]

(3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you [steal your money and worst of all your souls]: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

COMPROMISE IS A SIN

Matthew 10:36-37

(36) And a man’s foes shall be of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:

(37) and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:36-37).

Please note, the above passage includes husband and wife.

Many gullible people are taken in, fooled and swindled by the friendly smiles, warm and compassionate hugs and kisses, and compliments the false teachers heap on their congregants. God is not impressed with this kind of manipulative psychology.

Proverbs 27:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend [who corrects out of love and concern],
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful [because they serve his hidden agenda].

And indeed, the false teachers, prophets and apostles have a hidden agenda which is to rob the people of their money.

I would like to conclude with what brother Jude wrote about false teachers, prophets and apostles to prove his love for Jesus Christ and his brethren.

Jude 11-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 Woe to them! For they have gone the [defiant] way of Cain, and for profit they have run headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of [mutinous; rebellious] Korah.

12 These men are hidden reefs [elements of great danger to others] in your love feasts (holy Communion) when they feast together with you without fear, looking after [only] themselves; [they are like] clouds without water, swept along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted and lifeless;

13 wild waves of the sea, flinging up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of deep darkness has been reserved forever.

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ADDENDUM

I recently came across a YouTube video made by David Wood in which he blasts Craig Conisdine, an avid defender of Islam and Muhammad, for his refusal to debate him and Robert Spenser. After posting a reply to Dr. Craig Considine’s absurd claim that Muhammad protected religious minorities “with all his might,” viewers began calling on Dr. Considine to debate. Unfortunately, he refuses to defend his views in public debate.

More or less 3 minutes and 25 seconds into the video, David Wood says the following.

Why is one side of this discussion always willing to debate while the other side is constantly avoiding debate? Why does one side want people to hear an open honest discussion while the other side only wants people to hear their view.

Robert Spenser understands that when he debates people they are going to hear his opponents but he wants that to happen, he wants them to hear both sides. When I debate I understand that people are going to hear my opponents. I want them to hear my opponents so that they understand the reasons for and against the position. But Islamophiles like Craig Considine . . . only want people to hear their side and they are terrified of people hearing both sides at once.

Why is that? Let me put it this way. If two groups disagree with one another on an extremely important issue that affects the entire world and one of the groups is so confident that they always want people to hear both sides of the story while the other group will do anything to keep people from hearing both sides of the story.

Which group, do you think, probably has better evidence? And when a group just can’t allow people to hear both sides presented, doesn’t it seem that deep down they know their position can’t stand up to scrutiny, and that they are therefore being deceptive when they pretend that the evidence is on their side?

Although David Wood discusses Islam, what he says here is also typical of the advocates of the Word of Faith, Prophetic Level, and NAR movements. They deliberately shy away from any open and honest discussion and rather go to their peers for advice. The reason why they do this is because their peers have gained control over their minds and lives through the laying on of hands and slaying them in the spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:22).

The advice their peers give them is usually completely out of context and not in harmony with the Word of God. This is an old trick of the devil which he perfected the day when he quoted Scripture out of context to try and deceive Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:6). Their peers would say something like the following to them:

“Bless those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:11). This is a deceitfully wicked perception of persecution. Whenever they are taken to task for their false teaching they interpret it as persecution and happily remain in their false doctrines regardless of any effort to bring them to their senses. They will for instance never quote verses like “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20).

One of their most common ways to brush you off is to shower you with their hypocritical “shalom” (“peace be unto you”) greetings. The Bible clearly warns against this kind of greeting whenever someone does not promulgate the pure Gospel but another gospel (2 John 9-11).

“Do not argue with your opponents.” This is yet another ploy of the devil to keep them blind to their deception. Indeed, there are many verses in Scripture that advise us not to argue or to quarrel. However, there is a vast difference between arguing and contending for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints by the apostles (James 1:3).

The purpose of contending for the faith is to rescue those who had been entangled in false doctrines from God’s wrath and righteous judgments. (Galatians 1:8-9; James 5:20). The saddest thing is that the majority of those who had been webbed in like a fly in Satan’s web of deceit don’t want to be set free.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing;

4 among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

“Modern-day Phariseism.”  One of the false teachers most common tactics to discredit those whose desire it is to see all who had been led astray set free from deception is to brand them as Pharisees. This is the easiest way to label anyone who earnestly wants to contend for the faith as enemies. The result is that most of the deceived ones are never set free because they persistently shun the truth.

1 John 4:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

6 We [who teach God’s word] are from God [energized by the Holy Spirit], and whoever knows God [through personal experience] listens to us [and has a deeper understanding of Him]. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know [without any doubt] the spirit of truth [motivated by God] and the spirit of error [motivated by Satan].

Should they persist in their disobedience to heed any warning, God eventually gives them over to their hardheartedness and pigheadedness, to the degree that when they do seek the truth it will be too late.

Hebrews 12:17

(17)  For ye know how that afterward, desiring to inherit the blessing, he (Esau) was rejected; for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.


[1] http://www.masonicworld.com/education/files/apr02/include/colour_symbolism_in_freemasonry.htm

[2] http://www.masonicdictionary.com/colors.html

[3] Caryl Matrisciana: Well, it’s believed that within all of us—I mean, I think we’ve got something like 80,000 psychic spots and energies, and central networking systems in us. Psychic chakras—and these are wheels, or psychic wheels, that go from the bottom of the spine up to what the Hindu would believe is the third eye of wisdom between one’s eyebrows in the middle of one’s forehead, and then there’s a chakra even above that which is when you attain enlightenment.

But the idea is that there is a snake, or a cobra, a kundalini, coiled at the bottom of one’s spine, asleep and waiting to be woken up through yoga disciplines of your mind going way down to the bottom chakra and waking this snake up so that the snake will come up the spine to ultimately—and the snake is seen as a male, as Shiva—it will ultimately come up to the third eye and have union with the goddess…the feminine idea in the third eye to eventually bring this cosmic revelation which becomes very sexual in a yoga called tantra kundalini yoga, tantra yoga. But the idea is fusion with male and female psychically in the third eye, which brings across this incredible cosmic realization that we are one with the cosmic universe.

[4] Louis Bouyer, The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism [World Publishing Co., 1964], 186, 188, 189, 197.

 

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8 comments to Rebellion, A Sin Of Witchcraft

  • Anne Kraemer

    Well, This woman has escaped all these things and has had her eyes open to deception. I thank her for exposing all of these false teachers if not just by name but by heresies and scripture to substantiate it. I would pray that her daughter-in-law and son would come out and be saved from all twth
    I could add quite a few more names to the deceptive teachings of those who claim to be Prophets, Evangelists,teachers and preachers But woe to those who follow fables with itching ears and lleave the precious word of God behind. Judgment is at the House of the Lord and those that belong to Babylon will Fall. Do I hope for their destruction in the lake of fire. No, Satan is going to steal their ministries and God will have mercy when they come crashing down, if they repent. That is unless their conscience had already been seared with a hot iron. May this mother receive her reward for standing faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • Anne Kraemer

    Thank you for your comment. I am elated to hear that God has rescued you form the clutches of false teachers and their heresies. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus Christ and may you grow in wisdom for his sake.

  • Marthina

    Sjoe, Tom, Dit moes baie moeilik gewees het om hierdie artikel uiteindelik te skryf…. wou net vir jou sê dat jou reguit eerlike geloof en kennis van die Bybel vir my soveel insig gee…

  • Hallo Marthina,

    Ek is bly om te verneem dat die artikel vir jou iets beteken het.

  • Koko

    Hi there, I’m new on this site. Just want to check my understanding of something. In your article above, you show the importance of adhering to sound doctrine which is very true. And so in the instance of salvation persevering in our faith (ie Salvation by Grace alone through faith in Christ alone) is what saves. Persevering in doing good works does not save but is always a by-product of the former. Now if this is the case then wouldn’t the Calvinist belief i.e. that your faith and hence salvation or lack thereof, is evidenced by your fruit be accurate? I’m asking because I noticed this Calvinist view was refuted under the article ‘Assurance of Salvation’. But the Bible says, by their fruit you shall know them? Also been listening to Justin Peters. He seems sound. However, my antenna went up given that he endorces John McArthur. Kindly confirm if his teachings and that of Tim Martin’s are sound. All sorts of deceptions out there and I’m having to investigate, research pastors, their teachings and ministries so will appreciate your feedback. God bless

  • Koko

    You seem to be having problems with the “P” in “Perseverance of the Faith” in the Calvinistic acronym “TULIP.” Indeed, the fruit of the Holy Spirit as we find it in Galatians 5 must follow genuine repentance and salvation. Please note, the Holy Spirit’s “fruit” is in the singular as opposed to the “works” (plural) of the flesh in verses 20 and 21. The reason for this is because all the attributes of God the Holy Spirit (joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, gentleness, goodness, faith) are all packaged in “love.” You cannot have a godly joy without godly love; genuine peace without godly love; longsuffering without godly love, gentleness without godly love, and so forth. They are all one single fruit.

    Having said this, we must draw a distinction between godly love (as in Galatians 5) and a humanistic, fleshly love. To do this we need to look at 1 Corinthians 13.

    Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (1 Co 13:1-3).

    One of today’s most often heard clarions of how to express love is, “Jesus served the poor, the destitute and the marginalized and to emulate Him we should do the same.” Of course we should emulate Jesus and help the poor. However, when helping the poor is divorced from the truth (as it is done in the Emergent Church, Calvinism and Catholicism) it is no longer part of the fruit of the Spirit. It becomes a work of the flesh.

    [Love] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; (1 Co 13:6)

    The worst form of iniquity is heresy.

    Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; . . . hatred . . . heresy . . . (Galatians 5:20).

    You may have heard Calvinists (John MacArthur, Paul Washer, David Platt, Robert Morey and John Piper) teach that God hates sinners. Now, ask yourself the question: Is this heresy? If not, then we ought to conclude that love equals hate. Why? Well, if God is the essence of love and He expresses it in terms of hatred, then we must see hatred as a fruit of the Spirit, On the other hand, if their teaching that God hates sinners is heresy, which indeed it is because it openly contradicts God’s Word, then we must see it as a work of the flesh and therefore of no value whatsoever.

    The followers of Joyce Meyer have a mantra they love to throw at you whenever you evaluate her teaching in the light of Scripture. They say to you “Look at her fruit.” OK, let’s look at her fruit.

    That’s enough for now. If you are interested in the meaning of Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:13 “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved,” we can discuss it later

  • Koko

    Hi Tom, thanks for the prompt response and for shedding more light on this area. I have other questions though but I wouldn’t want to post anything that is not relevant to the subject at hand. Do you have an email where an individual can send their questions to and/or check their understanding of scripture just to make sure one isn’t going ‘off’? Also thank you for putting up a site dedicated to searching out the truth of God’s word. The heresy in the church today is scary so scary to the point where I don’t even know which church to attend anymore. Many preachers/ teachers are falling away but I pray and I’m confident that God will keep you till the very end. Does this site have an online group or forum that one can join? God bless.

  • Koko, You are welcome to post your questions anywhere on our site and we will move them to the relevant posts. However, if you prefer to send them by e-mail, here is my address

    lessingtom@gmail.com

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