Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
In this article I would like to explain how sorcery is working in the church and why "opening portals," certain "third heaven" experiences, and the "Jumper anointing" all fall under the category or sorcery. Revelation 9/21 and 18/23 both speak of a time when every nation will be under the power of witchcraft and sorcery. During my time in the new age movement, I was involved in many occult practices, including astral projection, in which my spirit would leave my body and I could see myself in two places at once. Through the power of my mind or will, I would then be able to pull my spirit back into my body. Another definition of sorcery is lawlessness and can include unlawful entrance into the spirit realm through doorways other than Jesus Christ who said, "I am the door. I am the way, the truth and the life."
There are many doorways or gateways into the spirit world, including yoga, transcendental or mindless meditation which is emptying the mind (versus meditating on God's Word), shamanic breath control, and drug-induced spiritual experiences, in which the conscious mind is altered through a chemical shift in the nervous system. In fact, the original Greek word for sorcery and witchcraft in the above scriptures and in Galatians 5/20 is pharmakeia, where we get our word pharmacy and drugs from and includes the use of drugs to produce a spiritual experience.
There is a key verse in John 5/19 which says, "The Son can do nothing of himslf." This means that Jesus didn't do anything by His own will, soul force or mind power. He completely operated in the Spirit of God, waiting on God. He only did what He saw the Father do and said what He heard the Father say. He never initiated spiritual experiences through His soulish realm or His mind, but only was led by the Spirit of God at all times.
If the Son could do nothing of Himself, then the servant is not greater than his master. The self is the soul. It is self will versus God's will. This is what is meant by Hebrews 4/12, The Word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, dividing asunder between spirit and soul, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. Jeremiah 17/9 says the heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it? Only God knows our hearts and our intentions. What we may think is a good thing or the right way may not be God's will at all, especially if we place our minds in an altered state of consciousness. We come to know God and His will through His Word and through an ongoing personal, and intelligent, relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Psalm 138/2 says, "I will praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and for Your TRUTH. For You have magnified Your Word above all Your name." This means that all teachings and experiences in the name of God must be measured by the Word of God, the Holy Bible.
We in America live in a fast paced society. We want everything now, including our spirituality. But many are operating out of what one well known author called soul force or latent soul power. Jesse Penn-Lewis saw first hand the dangers of excess during the Welsh Revival. She knew that wherever the Spirit of God was moving, the enemy was surely going to come in and try to bring deception to the children of God by challenging the move of God. She said the last great battle against the Body of Christ in the end times would be spiritual deception based on 1 Timothy 4/1. This scripture is an express warning that in the last days "some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons." These "doctrines of demons" are now flooding into the Church under the guise of spirituality and so called science. Trance ecstasies, contemplative mind-emptying "prayer," opening portals and jumping to other realms are all being taught now in the church and are all sorcery. I believe this is what Jesus meant when He said, "Many will come to me saying, Lord, Lord, we did many miracles, healed the sick and cast out demons in your name." And He will say to them, "Depart from me you who work LAWLESSNESS. I never KNEW you."
Today there is an entire movement in the Church by those who are "worshiping angels" - depending on angels instead of God - and "intruding into those things which they have not seen" and teaching others to do the same (Colossians 2/18). May the Lord Jesus, the only Christ and Son of God, give us the gift of discernment like Paul had in Acts 16 when he dealt with and cast out the spirit of divination that came proclaiming the things of God!
For a more detailed teaching on how shamanism and astral projection through guided visualization and opening portals have entered the Church, go to Fanatic For Jesus by following the link below:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I believe this spiritual transformation or shift in consciousness will involve the Mark of the Beast that the Book of Revelation speaks about, as many will align themselves with the coming world ruler, the Antichrist. No one is quite sure exactly what the Mark will be, but the culture is certainly moving closer to that time with advancements in technology and knowledge through the internet. However, in what appears to be a cultural parodox in a postmodern era, there is a massive movement to return to the primal ways of our ancestors. This return to ancient tribal spiritual practices has resulted in a rapid and worldwide rise in shamanism and sorcery.
Since the earliest times people have used hallucinogenic drugs in an effort to break through the spiritual barriers and return to the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve once knew. From the ancient Sumerians, to the Eleusinian Mysteries, to the self proclaimed "gurus" of the sixties and seventies, man's attempts to reenter Paradaise have neither receded nor succeded. In his book, Be Here Now, Richard Alpert (a former Harvard professor and coleague of Timothy Leary) compared his experiences of coming down from the ecstasies of LSD to being kicked out of the kingdom of God over and over again. This is because mystical experiences - no matter how they are produced, no matter how ecstatic and wondrous - can never fill the void in man that was made only for the Spirit of the Living God and Creator to inhabit. God made man in His own image, so that He could dwell within man's spirit and have daily, intimate communion with him. It is this intimacy, this personal aspect of God that many Christians miss in their faith. They may hear that God loves them. They may believe in their minds that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice on the cross for their sins. Yet they never go on to fully develop their relationship with Him by just spending time with Him, as one would spend time with anyone they love. And so many walk away, looking for spiritual thrills they can feel, searching for mystical knowledge they believe will fulfill them; never understanding that all knowledge and mystery flows naturally out of worship and relationship with the One who created them.
Someone once said that witchcraft is taking by force and manipulation, what God would otherwise give to those who love Him, those He can trust to do His will. But we are a prideful, sinful people who are blinded by the darkness of our own lusts and greed because of the fall. And some of us must come to the end of ourselves, to complete darkness, before we can see the Light of Jesus Christ who is the One all are searching for (Acts 17:27). The following is my own story of how I walked away from the Lord, down a pathway of witchcraft and sorcery, which included drug use. This wide road eventually led me to an experience in the spirit realm where I experienced the loss of my soul and eternal separation from God in "outer darkness." Jesus described outer darkness as a place of "weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30)." This is because there are no other words to describe the hopelessness and despair of being forever lost and separated from the Light and Love of who God is. Acts 17:26 says that it is God who has determined the times and the boundaries for men (and angels) to inhabit. Jude 6 and 2 Peter 2:4 both speak about a portion of the fallen angels who are now being held in chains - thick mists - of darkness, awaiting judgement for their rebellion against God by breaking out of their appointed boundaries. And as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.