When psychology meets psychic - what do you get? p.1
God is doing a new thing according to Doug Addison and it is through him. Addsion claims that he is “one of the forerunners for Prophetic Evangelism. “I went all around the world training people to use dream interpretation and prophecy as a means of sharing God’s love.”
Bio - DOUG ADDISON is the founder of InLight Connection in Santa Maria, California and is the author of the book Prophecy, Dreams, and Evangelism. He travels worldwide helping people transform their lives and discover their purpose. Doug is a stand-up comedian and his training seminars include hearing God, understanding dreams and visions, and experiencing the supernatural. Doug also trains and leads dream teams and prophetic/power evangelism outreaches.
He is called a life coach, a dream interpreter and travels speaking and does Webinars. He says of himself “he is an expert in hearing God,” (in fact he hears an audible voice). He claims to have interpreted 25,000 dreams and now claims to interpret tattoos (thousands), and trains others to do it.
He says there are billion people on earth that have tattoos and that God is speaking to people all the time, these are hidden messages on a persons personality traits.That tattoos have symbolism like in the parables Jesus taught. He says “Quite often there are hidden prophetic messages behind tattoos and piercings!” Addison has been, ‘prophesying over tattoos since 2004.” He has become known as the tattoo prophet (for now).
He also claims to use the Holy Spirit to guide people to understand the prophetic in a tattoo (he would have to spend years on Todd Bentley). By“explaining the prophetic symbolism and location of people’s tattoos and piercings. When someone tells you the story behind a tattoo they are opening up their life to you and it often reveals revelation about their destiny that they did not know was there.”
And he states "women are drawn to the prophetic and dream interpretation" more than men.
To validate this he states “even Jesus comes back with a tat in Revelation 19:16 (King of Kings and Lord of Lords is written His thigh).”
He teaches there is significance in the placement of the tattoo on the body. So he will train you to do this as well, (he says once you do it you will get hooked). The complete online training is $79.00 http://vimeo.com/44835586
“I am releasing my new Prophetic Tattoo and Piercing Interpretation online training this month. Go towww.propheticevangelism.com and offers a free jump-start course. Offering his Prophetic Evangelism at a discounted price until 3/31/12, which is still there.
How anyone can say this with a straight face is beyond me, but even more disturbing is that the recipients of this teaching actually believe this is from God as a gift.
Maybe he can interpret people’s clothes or types of glasses they wear, or what car or house they rent or buy, or if they eat meat or are vegetarian (hopefully I have not given him ideas for a new enterprise). The possibilities are endless for these spiritual entrepreneurs. This appears to have more to do with psychology than anything else.
Whenever someone touts themselves as an expert in something of this caliber we must take pause. The Bible says every believer is able to have God speak to them by His word and His Holy Spirit, but if what one hears does not coincide with the word written, than it cannot be God speaking. There are other spiritual beings that speak in much the same manner that Addison describes. One thing you can be assured not to get from Addison, sound expository teaching from the Bible. Addison says he never went to bible college (but states he is not against it), yet his books are being used in some colleges.
“One of the major ways that God speaks to me is through things that happen in my life. These events are often like a prophetic act or they are symbolic of what God is saying and doing on a larger scale.” He speaks on what he notices in his life and uses it for his prophetic explanations, admitting the major way is not by His word. He says, we can hear the voice of God more accurately and consistently -- by his inside tips; after all he is a prophet.
Addison claims our evangelism went flat in the 70’s and 80’s, that he is the example of new ways of evangelism today. Addison claims what he is doing is new but not really, it’s what Jesus did. He sends people out (sets up a booth) to practice encouragement, giving prophetic words (to unbelievers) rather than the gospel. Is that what we are to do, encourage unbelievers! Tells people to trust the still small voice (where is that stated in the New Testament). Can all can hear from God without taking care of the sin factor through Jesus first?
I propose that he is the example of new ways evangelism does not work today. He tells people it’s so easy to do ministry (the Bible calls it labor). He has innumerable stories about his successes. One may be impressed by his stories but anyone who is reaching out to a rebellious confused generation knows it is NOT easy and is filled with disappointments along with its victories.
In one speaking engagement he speaks of the first wave of revival in 1906, the second in 1950, then of Randy Clark getting the anointing and bring it back (i.e. Toronto). So it’s questionable whether he understands what the true anointing is. If one refers 1994 revival of laughter and Toronto they need serious questioning. This was one of the worst spiritual attacks on the church.
A prophecy by Carol Arnott at the Toronto Airport Vineyard “… the methods that you have been using in the past, you are to throw them away because I am giving you My sword now and the old ways of doing things will not do. The old methods will not be acceptable to Me anymore because I am doing a new thing” (January 20, 1997). Apparently Addison is on board with this.
Addison then refers to 1983, the 3rd wave and about John Wimber and his MC5 class at Fuller college. He also speaks favorably of the Healing rooms as he speaks there.
After 2005 and his disappointment of there being an expected revival AND NONE CAME, he describes a dream with an Arial view of the new move of God. He teaches that God said, he made it a wilderness because the people were not ready for the last move of God.
The concept of a wilderness is for individuals God calls, such as Moses, not for a worldwide church. It is to PREPARE them for a mission. Speaking of the wilderness, he says Paul ran away after being confronted by the light.Not exactly what happened according to Paul’s own word’s “nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus” (Gal. 1:17-18)
He states that Oprah has a gift from God. Explains that she wanted to be a preacher and was wounded by the church (actually she was turned off by Jesus being the only way). How does one who denies Jesus have a gift from God? According to the“Elijah List” whom he is featured on, even psychics gifts are from God.
Addison is quite the comedian: He makes jokes on baptism such as unusual ways to baptize, bungi jumping or throwing balls and dunkin' people. While this may get a laugh, there is a coarseness. Truth becomes what he wants it to be as he offers his new way that he believes God specifically gave him. He claims when God does something new those closest don’t recognize it (like Mary and the Disciples not recognizing Jesus in his resurrected body; a very different thing)
It is your destiny
He teaches that Christians do not know their own destiny; mixes destiny with calling. "change your belief, change your destiny." See Eph.2:10
He gives words of destiny to the unsaved (citing the Burning man festival) speaks of people laid out in God’s presence (presumably both saved an unsaved). He believes God has given him in his destiny (he discovered later in life) the things he was created to do. But his examples given contradict the scripture.
Ps 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
He uses Jer. 29:11 as a promise for our collective destiny when it is really about the nation Israel V.11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
The Lord is speaking to the nation Israel and their captivity in Babylon that will last 70 years, stating “I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place." And prior before this the Lord Ironically speaks V.8-9 “For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the LORD."
Certainly if he wants to find application it is here.
Some of things you will learn is How negative designs can have positive meanings; How to develop metaphoric thinking. He has activation exercises (sounds like Bill Hamon and the NAR). He refers to the 7 Mountains of Society, as in the NAR (7 Mountains of Culture) Lance Wallnau – 7 world kingdoms [conversation of Loren Cunningham of YWAM and Bill Bright of Campus crusade for Christ] “and he who can take those kingdoms can take the harvest of nations.”
Problem is that we don’t take anything, we give, the gospel: then people are changed.
Addison is capable to use the Bible to form what he wants it to say, especially when it is squeezed into his own world of visions and prophecies. Steve Shultz of the Elijah list says of Addison ‘There is most definitely a shift happening in both the spiritual and natural realms. God is shifting people into new positions and aligning relationships together to make a much bigger impact for the Kingdom. As usual, Doug Addison shares some key revelation in his latest word for October.” Addison says “God is moving in surprisingly powerful new ways right now and we need to have spiritual eyesight to recognize that He may come differently than we expect.”
No doubt this would be a self endorsement for his tattoo interpretation business (it’s not a Bible ministry). Yes we need spiritual eyesight as spoken to the Laodicean church. This where the church is at; one false prophet promotes another and they get speaking engagements at the churches that they have in their pockets.
Real prophetic evangelism is using the bibles prophecy to show that God does keep His word and that it is accurate and true, drawing from world events that line up with the word. It has nothing to do with the worldly concept of tattoos and piercings., readings for individuals personality preferences.
The Latter Rain teaching is mostly found among the false prophets in some portion or fullness.
Addsion often refers to and quotes other Latter Rain “false prophets.” Who is endorsing Doug Addison…false teachers Patricia King, Bill Johnson and Marc Chironna. TBN and the Wagner Institute in Hawaii (and elsewhere) also.
We Are Sitting on an Evangelistic Gold Mine: A Call to Prophetic Evangelism: Doug Addison
Have you noticed nowadays that people everywhere are saying that they are spiritual but not religious? ….you will find that the majority of them want a touch from God, but they have not been able to identify with traditional Christian churches.
Acts 2:17-18 says that in the last days God will pour out His Spirit in a greater measure, and prophecy, dreams and visions will become more prevalent. With the sudden increase of interest in spirituality one can not help noticing that these verses are now being fulfilled. As God pours out His Spirit on people, they often become aware of their emptiness and they are motivated to search for deeper spiritual meaning in life.
One of the ways God is drawing people today is through dreams. Although not all dreams are from God, quite often God will give a person a dream that will cause them to search for the meaning. Unfortunately, many Christians have stopped valuing dreams and their relevancy to daily life. As a result, people who have dreams from God are often forced to get them interpreted through the New Age or psychoanalytic methods that cannot accurately interpret a dream from the Holy Spirit.” (underline and bold mine)
Consider what we have heard from Addison, would this not be good advice for himself?
What he is describing are people searching for contact, to have an experience. The fact that Acts 2:17-18 is to take place in the Tribulation period does not matter to Latter rain adherents. Israel experienced the signs and wonders in the wilderness. And we all know how well that worked out for them … only two from the first generation entered into the Promised Land, they had faith.That is what God wants from us to have a relevant life.
Heb. 4:2 “but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Num. 26:65 “For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.” Deut 1:35 God called them “this evil generation.” Num 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it.”
The spirit was God’s spirit, He believed what God said and did not need miracles or signs to believe. Dreams are not given to draw unbelievers. why would unbelievers not seek out an interpretation from the New Age or psychoanalytic methods. Its not because we stopped interpreting dreams, this is a false argument, an excuse to promote his new methods.
Why did Jeremiah state Jer. 29:8: “Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.”
Dream interpretation made easy
Addison says: In Genesis 40:6-8 Joseph encounters two men who appear to be depressed. They tell him (verse 8), “We both had dreams, but there is no one to interpret them.” People who have destiny dreams from God can often feel empty and adrift until they find the meaning of the night visions that seem to haunt them. Joseph recognized that interpretations to dreams come from God and that God’s people can give true interpretations to their dreams.
An exciting revelation for the Church today is that no one can interpret a dream from God except a Spirit-filled Christian. The Apostle Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 2:14. “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
So if God is giving people dreams and the only ones who can accurately interpret those dreams are Spirit-filled Christians, it appears that the Church is sitting on an evangelistic gold mine. Prophecy and biblically based dream interpretation may currently be the most culturally relevant means of sharing God’s love to those people outside the church.”
Again if we go to the Bible and listen to God's teaching we have a different teaching than Addison. Daniel said I can’t interpret dreams - God can, so how can a man teach another man to do this? The practice of using a method or a book to identify and analyze symbols and events in our dream for guidance in our life is either Jungian psychology or liken to divination. There is nothing taught in Scripture about a method for interpretation.
Genesis 40:8 says that interpretations of dreams belong to God, the one who gave it. Dan. 1:17 “…and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” This was not a common ability for everyone as Addison states. Daniel attributed this ability to God (vv.21-23), it was not something he possessed that could be used indiscriminately - he could not turn it on. The people in Scripture that interpret dreams are Joseph and Daniel, and made it plain that God revealed the interpretation.
Joseph and Daniel did not go around and interpret everyone’s else’s dream’s. God gave them the specifics when it involved the people of Israel or those God were to use. This frivolous activity of dream interpretation comes from none other than John Paul Jackson who was part of the Kansas City prophets (Mike Bickel, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner etc.)
In fact Addison states: “In 1992 I was at a conference in which the presence of God came and the speaker, John Paul Jackson, instructed us to write down three visions we were about to have. He told us that these visions will surely come to pass in our lives. I was amazed at the clarity of the visions that came to me about my own life. In the years following, all three have come to pass. One of them was about introducing new technology into the Church that will help bring revival. Within a year of having the first vision, I launched a new career in the area of high technology. Ten years later I joined the staff of John Paul’s ministry and began development of a dream interpretation training website, which was later developed by someone else into a very effective internet training website.” (The Internet: The Next Generation’s Revival Doug Addison)
Everyone had 3 visions! We have been sitting on an evangelistic gold mine- Yes, its called the gospel message and it is the only thing that works.
Where is this new technology that brought revival when he said it revival did not come? He joined with John Paul who has popularized dream interpretation. Addison is active in numerological interpretation as well.
Numerology aka Chuck Pierce.
Addison says, At 5:55 A.M. on August 1st an angel of grace woke me up by its very presence, standing in my room. The angel spoke these words: "It's time to cross over." I knew that this messenger from God was talking about crossing over to a new spiritual time where things that God has promised are going to begin to take place at an accelerated pace with a greater amount of God's provision.
But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valley that drinks rain from Heaven. Deuteronomy 11:11 NIV
The very things that God has promised are now starting to be revealed. I believe the angel's timing is instructive: 5:55 A.M., because the number five represents grace. http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=11320
So he is visited by angels with new revelation. I agree that certain numbers have significance but where does the Bible teach the number 5 is grace?
Acceleration is a constant theme we hear from these so called prophets, yes the end times is accelerating and the Bible says there will be a group of false prophets that will congregate together to deceive the elect (Mt.24:24). are you one of them?
The new age movement in the church is also accelerating and the uncanny thing about all this is that the promoters of this unbiblical spirituality do not know how they are being used or whom is using them; and the hearers do not as well. From someone who has been there, I can tell you that this has a false spirit written all over it, from beginning to end.
This is the new crop of prophets. They force the bible into the new mold of a mystic Kabbalistic interpretation. Another example:
Super Bowl Sign Seen by the World Doug Addison February 11, 2013 http://blog.dougaddison.com/category/prophetic-insight/
Feb. 3 2013, Addison had his Daily Prophetic Word, “A Prophetic Sign from God will be seen around the world.” During the third quarter of the Super Bowl game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, half the lights went out for thirty-four minutes in the New Orleans Superdome. This was the sign from God seen around the world.
He uses the numbers involved in this manner: when the lights went out, the score of the game was 28-6. Twenty-eight plus six equals 34. The lights were out for 34 minutes. The power outage sign happened in the third quarter (3/4). The winning team’s score was 34.
However, At 5:32 the power went out for exactly 33:55, which is rounded off to 34:00 minutes, just a little detail that does not matter since being exact does not matter.
Addison goes on “God spoke to me in more detail about the prophetic significance of the repeated number 34 and the fact that only half the lights went out. First of all, God’s heart right now is for people to encounter His love, power, and acceptance.” He then speaks that our problem we are having with reaching people is that Christians have been judging these people harshly for their behavior (I recall John the baptizer doing the same.)
The significance of the sign at the Super Bowl
God spoke to me that pride and prejudice have blinded many Christians. At least half as only half the lights went out.
The significance of 34: “During a time of prayer last week, I had an encounter with bright flashes of angelic light and the Holy Spirit spoke to me about the details of the number 34. Ezekiel 34 makes a prophetic comparison: people who need God and sheep. It goes on to say that shepherds who do not have God’s heart of love are allowing the enemy to ravish the sheep. God spoke to me that this prophetic application of Ezekiel 34 is about Christians who have not had God’s heart for people in need and have driven them away. This chapter in Ezekiel is widely used against leaders, but God isn’t talking about Christian pastors or leaders in this context, just regular, everyday Christians.”
How does Ezekiel 34 start off V.2-3 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
Could Ezek 34 be applied to Doug? I’m just saying…
Let’s be accurate… Led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers scored 17 points in the span of 4 minutes, 10 seconds in the third quarter. There was 13:22 left in the third quarter when the lights went out and 15:00 minutes in the 4th quarter which equals 28:22. Can we find a meaning for this, maybe we can cross reference a scripture for this and other football games. Ravens edged out a 34-31 victory of 3 points if we add them together which equals 65, that’s the age of retirement … just saying.
This is supposed to be a sign from God seen around the world? Really, is this how God gave signs to have people believe? Did any Christian pick up on this without prophet Addison explaining it all? You might as well read the stars and find biblical stories in them, but we already do that. Maybe these prophets can do some leap frog numbering with the meteor that hit Russia and the asteroid that passed by 17,000 miles from Earth. There’s always shapes clouds make and we can read our alphabet soup in the morning for our daily devotional if we don’t get a message from the TV!
James Ryle, of the Toronto Vineyard in 1990 had a "prophecy" as a series of dreams that a new type music would rival that of the Beatles. He explained his dream: The Lord spoke to me and said, 'What you saw In the Beatles - the gifting and that sound they had - was from me ... it was my purpose to bring forth through music a world-wide revival that would usher In the move of my spirit in bringing men and women to Christ.' And I want to tell you those four lads aborted something. They took what did not belong to them and used it in a way that was not intended by God to be used. It did bring a revival of music - but it brought it on the other side of the fence ... And the Lord spoke to me and He said, 'in 1970 1 lifted that anointing off of them. And it has been held in my hand ever since.” This is the type of nonsense that was found in the Toronto revival.
A sign is something people see or hear to understand a message, it is for those who have spiritual understanding and it is not cryptic that we need a kabbalistic prophet to present it. Even the Pharisees understood some of the parables were about them.
For more of Addison's new ways we turn to some of the many prophetic messages given.