May 19, 2007
The Pursuit of Power
There is a new kind of seeker today – not a seeker of truth, but a
seeker of power. Churches are encouraged to be
"seeker-sensitive" to those who are looking for something
supernatural and there is a plethora of false teachers who are quite
willing to give them what their itching ears want to hear and what their
scaly eyes want to see.
Just the other day, a co-worker walked into my office holding an old book in his hand. When I asked him what he was reading he proudly showed off a book on Magik by Aleister Crowley. When I tried to warn him from going in that direction, the young college-aged man responded cynically to me that he has "tried the church thing" and didn’t find what he was looking for. He said he was seeking power and might be able to find it through Crowley’s magik. I warned him about trafficking with deceiving spirits and he said he only listened to the ones that claimed to be of "Christ." My boss walking in interrupted our conversation and he left, taking his evil spirits with him.
Many of today’s so-called prophets see this seeker’s attitude as something healthy that the church needs to rise up to satisfy their longing for the supernatural. Ten years ago, on 7/7/97 (Coincidence? See last week’s Reflection, Kingdom-Now "Prophets" Unite on 07/07/07), TBN regulars Kim Clement and Tommy Tenney were guests on Praise-the-Lord. Clement articulated their attitude – one they shared with their hosts, Matt and Laurie Crouch. Clement said:
"The spirit of the Lord spoke to my heart and said to me, 'Today the millions upon millions that are running to the psychics, to the seers of this day, for triviality, for stupidity, for stuff that is insignificant and unimportant, they will go to them but end up at the prophet. They will end up in the house of the Lord . . . They're going to end up right in the house of the Lord, listening to the prophet of God, to the people of God that will predict to them, and tell them what their destiny is.' You see that's what people are after, after all. They want to know what their destiny is . . . God says they're going to press a little bit further and they're going to ask for the prophets to come and tell them: What do we have to do? Where are we going to go? What is our future?'"
Like my co-worker, today’s generation of magic-seekers are dissatisfied with a God they cannot see, feel, or touch. Some things never change – this same attitude was seen in the children of Israel while Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. As long as God was doing miraculous things such as parting the Red Sea, they were willing to go along with Him. But while He was writing out His Word on tablets of stone, they were building a golden calf and claiming it was the god who led them out of Egypt.
False prophet Clement has a word for those dissatisfied power seekers. In his February 2007 newsletter, he wrote (again in 1st person as if God were speaking):
"Let the wind blow, let the wind blow indeed! For surely this will be a sign. I am speaking of the elements. For it shall be days, and they shall ask, ‘When will this stop?’ But the wind shall be a sign; may I send you a sign?…this will be a sign of the wind that shall com upon the houses, and upon the people that have called upon My name, and have said, ‘Lord we are dissatisfied.’ But I say that your dissatisfaction shall be turned into satisfaction. Your mourning shall be turned into joy and dancing. I will pay off properties in a nine-month period; I will pay them off Myself. I will pay them off because this is the hour to be debt free!…You are going to see the manifestation of miracles, creative miracles, and signs and wonders, as a result of this wind that shall come, things that will astound you even in the political realm. I will fill this house with politicians that they may hear the Word of the Lord, and speak it out, so that this country may be changed by My power.’"
But will these politicians he is referring to be hearing God’s Word, the Bible? Not according to Clement. In his April 2007 newsletter he revealed what the Word of God is today: it is his very own voice and those who listen to the "prophetic" winds. He wrote:
"The word has to become flesh. It has to become through this flesh. When God gives you a word, it becomes your portion for life, and screams out at Him. God responds only to Himself, His own image…When you become the voice of God, you see with a divine perspective. Seeing prophetically is seeing from a divine perspective…what you see, YOU BE (emphasis his). When you become the voice of God, you change the way you see…The word, when it becomes the voice, has the power to stop anything in its way. You have to have the faith and energy to become the word; this is the promise that is already rooted deep within you."
So how are these politicians going to be reached with this voice/word of "god"? It’s going to take a collective boost of energy from an atmosphere these "prophets" are trying to harness by bringing together the energies of masses of young people. Clement's god says "I will raise up a children’s network, a prophetic network." And so the other "prophets" have taken Clement’s word and are trying to bring it into being. TheCall is their political power siege collective effort; while other efforts to harness the energies of young people are being attempted at such conferences as "Collision 2007."
The biggest promoter of the false prophets and their business of making money by satisfying a hunger for power is Elijah List's publisher, Steve Shultz:. His May 18, 2007 E-letter's subject line read: "WHAT is BOB JONES SAYING will HAPPEN JUNE 6th?" To find out, of course, it would cost the power-seeker money to get "the two teaching sets." He wrote this teaser: "This present window of time is absolutely amazing! God is saying much about this season -- specifically June 6th and also July 7th."
It's interesting that besides the July 7th date (7-7-7), Jones is pointing to a 6-6 date. But, as it seems to always be the case, these enticing words come at a price. And when the dates comes and go and nothing happens, they take some time off to regroup until they can lay hold of their next "word" from God. It reminds me of the John Hinkle June 9th prophecy from several years ago, when an audible voice spoke to the pastor of Christ Church in Los Angeles saying that God was going to rip evil out of the world on that date. (The new date in June is close to that date but with the number turned upside-down.) When nothing happened, it was explained away as something taking place invisible in the heavenlies. If nothing great happens on these new dates, the rhetoric is already in place to say the same thing. The promoters say they are looking for a "shift" in the heavens on that date and are anticipating a great latter rain outpouring, but when it does not occur, it will be another invisible sign which is really no sign at all, unless of course, they pull off something in the demonic power realm and get their sought-after manifestations.
Leading up to this date, Bob Jones is having a special conference. Here is a portion of their promo:
"SPECIAL IMPARTATION CONFERENCE with BOB JONES:
SPECIAL IMPARTATION MEETINGS WITH BOB AND BONNIE JONES AND KATHIE WALTERS
Notice the same emphasis on power, signs and money and the lure of having the same power imparted to the participants (aka: the transference of spirits). Just this week on TBN, the "prophets" promoting TheCall showed up on the Praise set. Bob Jones wasn't among them. Even though they pay heed to him, it seems like he is an embarrassment to them. Steve Hill, (the visiting evangelist who brought the laughing/drunkeness revival to Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola), hosted the program. He brought out the "prophets" one by one to give their word on what's coming this summer.
Steve Hill is sponsoring his own effort to harness teen power in an event called: "Collision 2007" on July 16-19th -- his promo reads:
"We are living in the greatest days of church history. There is a hunger for revival and a deep longing for God to do something unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. I’m especially seeing this among today’s youth. The Lord is raising up a generation of young people who are willing to take a stand for Jesus, regardless the cost. I sense within my spirit a deep urgency to do everything possible to fan this flame. Being parents of teenagers, Jeri and I are dedicated to making sure young people have every opportunity to “collide” with the presence and power of God. It is for this reason we will be hosting our first youth conference, appropriately named Collision. We’re inviting youth from across the nation to come join with us this summer as we seek one thing, a “collision” with the King of Kings."
As you can see, one of the speakers of this event is the son of David Wilkerson who initially had taken a stand against the Holy Laughter/Drunkenness craze, only to back down from his stand several years later. Could his son's involvement with the key players of the movement have something to do with David Wilkerson's reversal? (For background, see The Joash Syndrome by J. Jacob Prasch.)
For any discerning believer, certain things are evident from the rhetoric coming out of this camp in the professing church. These prophets do not lift up the Bible; they appeal to those seeking occult experience; everything is shrouded in mystery; they think they have to compete with psychics on the same level; they see themselves as little gods; and they need to involve masses of humanity in order to harness energies for tapping into the Force. And when this collective army arrives, they will be the generals in charge.
As these evil spirits are brought into the church, they cross-pollinate with the rest of the visible church leading up to the final product of what John in the Book of Revelation identified as "The Great Harlot." We know who the one is who is behind all of these deceptions, but God will not allow him to succeed until God's timing is right -- and only then will he have the power over the Harlot and the peoples of the earth and that for a short time. True lovers of the Bridegroom must heed this warning to flee this devilish trap.
"When you come into the land which the Lord
your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations
of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who
makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who
practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a
sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist,
or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an
abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your
God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before
the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess
listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God
has not appointed such for you."
"But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,
to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God."
And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time... And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.
Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.
For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity."
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