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Disturbing Trends within WoF: Scripture-Twisting and 'Jedi Mind Tricks'

For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears (Acts 20:27-31).

As one who has spent a considerable amount of time researching and exposing a truckload of heretics and false prophets, I am extremely disturbed over two new trends being established by those who blindly follow these savage wolves of our day.

Trend #1: Justification without Proof

One of the trends is claiming that just because some of the Old Testament prophets uttered "false prophecies," it justifies and excuses the modern-day prophets when they utter false prophecies.

It goes without saying that Old Testament prophets were human and made mistakes. But I want to make one thing crystal clear: while the Old Testament prophets were sinners, they never made a mistake while speaking prophetically in the name of God.

And there is no amount of scripture-twisting or "Jedi mind tricks" that will justify a God-fearing Old Testament prophet uttering a false prophecy.

Anyone who is familiar with non-Christian cults, such as the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society (Jehovah's Witnesses) and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), will tell you that once the subject of false prophecy is brought up, they use the exact same excuses.

I have spent a great deal of time witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. Once it is pointed out and proven that their founders and leaders are both false teachers and false prophets, this is their response:

"Well, nobody's perfect. The prophets in your Bible made mistakes too."

"Yes, the Old Testament prophets made mistakes," I replied, "but they never made a mistake while foretelling prophecies."

Odd that the cultist could never point out a false prophecy from a true Biblical prophet.

The new trend of defending the modern-day false prophets by claiming the Biblical prophets uttered false prophecies is beyond surreal and reaks of theology straight from the Twilight Zone.

Trend #2: Racing towards a Non-Christian Cult

Equally disturbing is the next trend: people who claim to be Christians, but in reality, these people are racing at break-neck speed towards being labled non-Christian cultists.

Because of their false teachings, false prophecies and blindingly loyal followers, it is no secret that people like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland are considered cult leaders by some within the apologetic/cult evangelistic ministries.

The very same deception running rampant throughout the world of non-Christian cults is now running rampant throughout the Word-Faith/Charismatic movement.

And innocent, impressionable people--many of whom are Christians--are falling prey to the savage wolves that Paul warned against in Acts chapter 20.

Believe me when I say that "The handwriting is on the wall." Most importantly, the handwriting is in the Bible--inspired of the Holy Spirit.

The Lines have been Drawn in the Sand

On one side of the line there are those who refuse to recognize the Bible as their final authority by falling head-over-heels for new, improved gimmicks, spiritual techniques, extra-Biblical "revelation knowledge" and the very words uttered by their "anointed" leaders. They will defend their leaders--by using the same scripture-twisting tactics as the cults--regardless of what their leaders say or do.

On the other side of the line are the well grounded Christians, who love the Lord with all their heart; who stand ready to defend the faith--with Bibles in their hands--against the masters of deception; the savage wolves who proclaim Jesus Christ in one breath, but deny Him in another (Jude 3; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

Which side of the line will you stand on?

Christian Research Service
Bud Press, Director
 

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