Charismatic Corruption

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The Charismatic movement has been the perhaps the most ungodly response to an outpouring of The Holy Ghost since the days of Pentecost. Never in the history of the Spirit filled church has there been such deviance from the Will of God.

I wonder how many great men and women of God have turned from serving the Lord because of the evil and excess of this modern day “Spirit of Ahaz?” How many Christians have turned from the Spirit filled life to a life a religion, how many people have suffered in the Church through false doctrine, to what extent has the worldview of Christianity been damaged and how much of the World and its heathen doctrines have been absorbed into Church culture by this compromised movement.

I still listen to messages by those in this movement, primarily because it is still the current work of God. I still attend a Charismatic church from time to time because we are advised to continue our fellowship. But the deception and distortion of the faith is so prevailing and so damaging through this denomination, that one has to be continually alert to discern and reject the deviations.

I list here a few of the truly damaging doctrines that have so greatly compromised the Body of Christ:

1. Baptism. Baptism into Christ is not a show of your faith to the world. If so why would the jailer and his family do so in the middle of the night? Act 16:33. Baptism achieves 3 things:
a. Removal of sin of the flesh. If we are moving to living a life in Spirit as opposed to our previous life by the flesh, we need to wash away all the sin we have lived in previously which has the power to impact our future life.
b. Baptism into Christ removes the authority of the sinful nature. Colossians equates it to circumcision, the removal of the ‘body of the sins of the flesh” Colossians 2:11-14.
c. We die to the old law of judgment. Man is under the law until death. When we are baptised into Christ, we ‘die’ with him and effectively come out of the water under a new law – the law of Grace. Romans 6. Thereafter we permitted to enter into the presence of God because our new standing.
Unless we are born of water and of Spirit we cannot enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-6) and He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16) Ignore the heathen commentary that attempts to discredit or subvert these verses. They are confirmed as accurate and true by this one fact: Unless a man was circumcised under the Old Covenant he could not be part of the nation of Israel. Under the New Covenant Baptism is the manifestation of this edict and no man or woman can enter into the presence of God unless he has ‘put off sin and put on Christ.’

A fake teaching exists to say that if you believe only you are saved. Belief in the book of Acts was always accompanied by the response of receiving and been baptism into Christ. That is how the covenant is put into effect. Throughout the book of Acts, people who accepted the message of Christ were immediately baptised to become part of the covenant they had accepted. Faith without works is dead and so too is the confession of faith.

And baptism is a decision only you can make. Your parents or priest cannot bring you under the new covenant. Christening as a child is neither sound doctrine nor is it effective. If you have accepted Christ into your life and have not been baptised, do so today. Find a Spirit filled believer to baptize you, confessing your sin and asking God to cleanse. Let others lay hands on you asking God to fill you with His Holy Ghost.

2. Submitting to the ways of this world. Perhaps one of the most damaging doctrines of this corrupted movement. In this regard it is not too hard to recognize the following worldly doctrines;

a. Music – the devil has almost totally subverted this act of glorifying God. Praise and worship is to God and about God. It is not to each other, it is not for our benefit. We may be blessed in glorifying God, but that is a by-product, not the purpose of praise and worship.
There are so many people ‘anointed’ to be praise and worship leaders. Anointed in their own minds perhaps. Those that may be called by God for this are few and far between if there are any at all. If they truly were called they certainly would not follow the music pattern of this world, they wouldn’t be making merchandise out of their calling and they would make themselves the focus of the ministry.
This is a fake ministry filled with those that seek pre-eminence, glory and are filled with pride. In the absence of true God centred praise and worship we have settled for the works of the flesh and this is an offence before the Lord.

b. Building natural kingdoms as opposed to spiritual – When you see a Church with large buildings and multiple sites know this; they have neglected their spiritual gifting and ministry and exchanged it for a natural empire. Leaders are meant to empower other to go out and do the work of the Lord, not enslave them under their own ministries to serve them and build up their status and power.

c. Professions of this world – The church has opened the door to every false doctrine this world has to offer through a wide range of professions that seek to replace the ministries of the faith. From teachers who promote false and damaging theories, psychiatrists whose doctrines were founded by demon possessed people, doctors who peddle pharmaceuticals to lawyers who subvert true justice, the church has opened arms to them all. No wonder so many children are turned from the faith of their parents. For every manifestation of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) there is a counterfeit working to usurp the truth.

d. Government – Democracy and ‘equality’ have found their way into the faith to the detriment of the Church. Jesus did not take a vote and not everyone has the equal calling, gifts or ministries. And last I checked the order was still God, Christ, man and then woman. Somehow women have been told they need to compete with men, when in reality they have so many gifts men don’t have. They are being denied their own callings, strengths and gifts because the world is calling them to assert leadership and headship over men .This will never be a blessing to anyone and women will lose their femininity and joy in the process.

e. Respecter of persons. Just the like the world, the church has increasingly aligned itself to those that are successful by this world’s standards. Wealth, power and fame are highly esteemed whereas as those that were great in the eyes of Christ; the poor, the humble, the meek are considered failures and ‘out of God’s will.’ There’s hardly a Church that does not aspire to fill its leadership positions with those that have accumulated natural wealth and power. The very things they seek in ‘leaders’ are the cause of their spiritual weakness and no one can perceive it.

3. Mammon – suffice to say God is not interested in money, nor the things of this world. “Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God.” Any church leaders asking for money is an offence before God. If God moves you to give money, then give, because there is need. Just know the tithe is not about money and any preacher stating such is a fake or does not understand sound doctrine.
The worst impact of this love of money doctrine has been the condemnation of the Church in the eyes of the world. Many people have been cut off from the Church because of this apparent greed and excess.

4. Judgement of Others. One of the greatest sins of the Church has been the partial judgement of those that are in particular sin. And the worst of these is the judgement of homosexuals.

How is it that the church is tolerant of divorce, sex before marriage, adultery and other sexual sin, yet will vehemently oppose homosexuality? You hypocrites! In desperation God is moving the leaders of the nations to change the laws so that Christians have to minister to homosexual people. Yet they will dig their heels in harder and resist even the Lord.

Get over your hypocrisy. If you are compelled to marry homosexuals, obey the law and offer them a 10 week marriage course. It may be the only opportunity they get to hear the gospel their whole lives.

A study into Sodom and Gomorrah will reveal the chief sin was pride and yet how easily we embrace those filled with pride and arrogance. The vast majority of those drawn into the homosexual community faced parental rejection or unbalanced roles of parents from an early age, were sexually abused as children or did not fit the prescribed box society placed upon them.(often being very sensitive, imaginative or creative) Many are a product of their upbringing and suffered terribly along the way. It’s time to address and minister to this community with love and compassion and without judgement.

Spirit of Mammon

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As a Christian have you ever questioned the teaching of giving 10% of your income or tithing your money to the church? You might be surprised to know that there is no such instruction in the Bible to give 10% of your money to anyone. In fact this teaching could rightly be classified under “doctrines of devils.”

Under the covenant of the Old Testament God gave the Hebrews the natural land of Palestine and the land produced crops and other means to generate and live a particular way of life. The first increase of that land, the ‘tithe’, was always for the priesthood and the work of the temple. The Jews however could not keep the Old Covenant and when Christ came to replace the old with a new covenant, the natural land of Palestine and the natural temple were also superseded.

They are not totally irrelevant in that they do still have a spiritual revelation and application for the Spirit led believer, but they are irrelevant in the sense that they no longer have a literal application for Christians under the new covenant.

Under this new covenant our inheritance is not the land of Palestine but it is a heavenly land; the soil is our hearts in which the seeds of the Holy Spirit are sown and which, through obedience and faithfulness, bring forth spiritual gifts, the fruit of the Spirit and a ministries. To offer our tithe is to offer the first and best of that spiritual increase God has sown and established in our lives, for the work of the Lord. If we have received the gift of prophecy, or if we bear the fruit of love, we should put our first and best efforts to use these for increase of the Kingdom of God. This and this alone is the tithe.

The only thing of value we can give to the Kingdom of God is that which God has given us first; our spiritual increase. Matthew 22:21 Then saith he (Jesus) unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

In this dispensation there is longer a select group for the priesthood, but as believers we are all part of the priesthood.1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Each one of us is giving an increase to serve God and increase the kingdom in some way. If we do not exercise this gift and give back to increase the Kingdom of God, we have effectively withheld our tithe.

John 15:5-6 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

God however often convicts us to give money to others in need and this is a freewill offering and can be anything from a few cents to all that we have depending on what God convicts us to give. There is no prescribed 10% and God will certainly not expect us to go into debt to make such an offering. And we should never give money out of a desire or expectation that God will respond by giving more back to us. In doing this we effectively make mammon the motivation for giving and we therefore come under the spirit of mammon. This is directly contrary to giving according to the conviction of the Spirit of God.

This is the way we give: A need is revealed to us and we give according to what God convicts us to give. Unfortunately many wealthy people are not close enough to God to receive conviction to give or they are under bondage to the spirit of mammon and are blinded in this area.

Our giving should not be in a deceitful manner (for any gain or authority) nor for a show unto others. We should also understand that the value God sees in our giving is directly proportional to how much we have in relationship to how much we give. So the poor woman who offered the least was in God’s eyes the biggest giver. Mark 12:41-43 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.

If our giving is to those that we are receiving spiritual food from this is also good in the eyes of God; natural for spiritual.1 Corinthians 9:11-14. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

The deviation in doctrine comes in when we are encouraged to give 10% of our income as a tithe which ultimately leads to the building a natural empire. This has been a great problem in the Church from the earliest of days and many Spirit filled Christians have been tempted to build a natural empire at the expense of the true work of the Lord. It is not possible to build in the natural and the spiritual at the same time and it is not possible to focus on the spiritual and the natural kingdoms at the same time. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other. The natural kingdom may bring an increase in numbers, but it will never bring spiritual depth.

Not only is this offensive to God, but it has caused much condemnation from those from outside of the Church. In reality this doctrine is simply the non-sanctified desires of the carnal man at work; seeking greater eminence and position, bigger ministries and greater personal wealth. Out of this deceitful doctrine comes another great distortion within the Body of Christ; churches putting themselves in authority over other churches through their increased wealth, position and natural power. Invariably other churches begin seeking a spiritual covering from these more powerful and ‘successful’ than themselves, which is effectively a covering other than that of Christ. They submit themselves and their fellowships to other men.

Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin.