Something even more grievous has come to light regarding the series “The Chosen,” and I thought it important to address this newest development. I will be brief. It is regarding season 3 that will be in theaters starting November 18th.
It has come to light via various sources below, including Protestia and Spencer Smith and even the official third season trailer, that the Jesus of “The Chosen” has now officially quoted the Book of Mormon in season 3 by saying, “I am the Law of Moses.” This was viewed in the official new season’s trailer. Though some may argue that this is minor, and that the Book of Mormon, Nephi 15:9, actually says, “I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live,” the fact that what “the Chosen” Jesus says is more akin to the Mormon Jesus than the Biblical Jesus is incriminating at best and blasphemous at worst.
If you have not heard any of this about ‘the Chosen’ before, please view the article below entitled “Do Not Be Deceived: the Chosen” for more information. In short, the series ‘the Chosen’ is according to Dallas Jenkins is 95% fiction. It is said to be written by three authors of which the lead author and spokesperson is Dallas Jenkins. Dallas Jenkins himself a Christian but refers to Mormons as his brothers and sisters, works easily alongside Catholics and Mormons and even musicians who defend homosexuality, looks to both a Catholic priest for Biblical guidance as well as a Jewish/Buddhist/Messianic mystic, and now has had an audience with the Pope.
Interestingly enough, the Pope, astutely with wit and sarcasm, asked Jenkins if he plays Judas in the series. This barbed humor of the Pope says it all. After all, Jenkins who claims to be an Evangelical Christian has and is indeed betraying the true Christ for a false one.
We must remember that the real Jesus of the Bible’s Holy-Spirit inspired Gospels said that in the last of the last days just before His return there will be many false christs that shall arise to deceive many (Mark 13:21-23; Matthew 24:23-25). The Chosen’s christ appears to be one of those deceptions. It is a christ that has more in common with Catholicism and Mormonism and even other faith traditions than Christianity. It is a christ that makes people in other religions comfortable as they are and does not in any way call them to repentance. It is an ecumenical Jesus of the new world order beast system.
Furthermore and in agreement with Spencer Smith I conclude with this statement, “…If 95% of what’s in this deal is not in the Bible, I would be worried that it would taint my mind against Bible truth.” As Christians our minds are the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2), and those minds are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) through the washing of the water of God’s word (Ephesians 5:26), and “4…the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10, emphasis mine)
Note: There are more sources regarding ‘the Chosen’ at the end of this article
Quote: “Dallas Jenkins considers himself an evangelical Christian, when in fact he is ecumenical to his core. He is ecumenical for he sees Mormons as brothers and sisters, and as lovers of the same Jesus as Christians, and I heard him say that he will sink or swim on that statement. He not only views them in this light, but works right alongside them as producers, marketers, financiers, and in other capacities. And he has not merely worked with them on the Chosen in this manner, but also on a short film called “The Shift” which was written and directed by a Mormon and presents Mormon beliefs about various Bible topics including Satan. Dallas Jenkins also easily works alongside ecumenical Biblical advisers. One of them David Guffey is a strong proponent of the praying the Rosery, praying to Mary, and loved the blasphemous book the Shack. Another of the Biblical advisers is a Jewish rabbi, Jason Sobel, who while attending rabbinic school also practices yoga and Buddhism. It was while actively practicing Buddhist meditation he left his body and came before “a king” on “a throne” in heaven, and that king said he was to follow him. Sobel was never called to repent, nor ever says that he repented, but merely that he came to believe in “Jesus”, and assumed Jesus was the one on the throne. However, this experience is more akin to what Johanna Michaelson tells about in her book, The Beautiful Side of Evil…And then there are the lead composers of the music, one of which is the former frontman for Jars of Clay, Dan Haseltine who openly spoke up for homosexual marriage on a social media platform and stated that the Bible is not clear regarding the issue. This is one of the two men behind the music of the Chosen…
It is fiction mixed with a small amount of Biblical fact, 95% fiction to be exact according to an interview of the frontman and writer Dallas Jenkins. And what is he doing working closely, intimately with those who do not know the true Jesus of the Bible? And for that matter, why would we as Christians want to be taught by such a presentation? Why would we want to be entertained with lies about Jesus?”
Quote: Spenser Smith reading from a Light House Trails publication entitled Ten Critical Concerns about the Chosen, says, “Let me read this quote by Dallas Jenkins here. ‘…this is a big deal because for me it represents two things that are important. One is the branching out of the show to the world. Another is the branching out of the show to people and traditions that I wasn’t apart of. So it shows that the walls are coming down…I’ve never seen a project that united more faith traditions.’ This is talking about ‘the Chosen’, guys.”
“…If 95% of what’s in this deal is not in the Bible, I would be worried that it would taint my mind against Bible truth.”
Quote: “Though disappointing to Christian fans of The Chosen, this development in the series should not surprise viewers, as director Dallas Jenkins previously defended his Mormon friends, saying, “LDS are Christians” in a series of videos that defended Mormonism. The first video in the series began with the claim that God answered the prayers of director Dallas Jenkins, through the LDS church, allowing Jenkins to film season two of The Chosen in its Jerusalem set in Goshen, Utah. Apparently, Jenkins’ use of LDS resources and his friendship with Mormons have opened the door to heresy and compromise in the production of the series. As the series has gained popularity, its producers and actors have embraced ecumenism, with Jonathan Roumie and Dallas Jenkins visiting the Vatican to promote the series by meeting Pope Francis. The Pontiff asked Jenkins if he played Judas, which isn’t a stretch, considering his recent betrayal of the words of Christ.”
Note: How astute of the Pope to ask such a question!
Note: Though I disagree with this author regarding God ONLY speaking to us through His word (for God does speak to us with His still small voice, and does speak to us through other believers through words of wisdom, words of knowledge, prophecy, etc. That being said, what He says always aligns with Scripture. Always), I find the rest of the article excellent.
Quote: “My chief concern is that most people don’t realize that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a.k.a Mormonism, is involved in producing the series. And that should give Christians pause.There are a whole host of pseudo-Christian cults around the globe. One of the most well-known cults is Mormonism. No doubt some will find my assertion that they are caught up in a cult humorous, while others may find it disturbing that I would even suggest such a thing. However, as a Christian I’m not called to be nice; I’m called to speak the truth in love; likewise, I’m called to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).”
“On a recent podcast, Pastor Gabriel Hughes of When We Understand The Text (WWUTT), mentioned that a few years ago he wrote a review of a film directed by Dallas Jenkins, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. (See the podcast link below) Jenkins was upset by Hughes’ negative review and contacted him to let him know he was deeply offended. Hughes discussed what happened during their email exchange and went on to say that in his view, Jenkins “didn’t understand the Church let alone the gospel…he clearly didn’t understand the gospel at all.””
“Hughes plays another clip where we hear Jenkins say, “It’s a beautiful thing to see that we can agree on the stories of Christ. You’ve got Catholics and Jews and Mormons and Evangelicals – we’re all loving the same show and this show is about Jesus. Maybe, just maybe we love the same Jesus.”
Hughes stops the interview and laments “I don’t know if he’s ever known the gospel.””
Note: I have not completely read this article. I have added it as yet another source regarding issues with the Chosen. Feel free to read it if you want to do so.
Quote: “This critique of The Chosen TV series is a guest post by Ingrid McCullough. The Chosen is a popular series, with many claiming that the series has enabled them to relate to Jesus, and that it’s made the scriptures “come alive.” Where scripture is silent regarding certain events, or the characters of Jesus and his disciples, Jenkins has used his imagination to fill the gaps. Some find the mixture of facts and fiction in the series heartwarming and entertaining, but we don’t need warm and fuzzy feelings or speculation to know the Christ of the scriptures. We need the scriptures. If you’re a fan of the series, put your emotions aside and consider the facts presented in this article.”
It has been said time and again by Church leadership, specifically under the umbrella of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation, also called Third Wave) that modern prophets are learning, and that even if their prophecies are incorrect this does not make them false prophets. And on top of this, these same leaders predict better days are coming for America. However, what does God say?
In Jeremiah 28 an interesting story unfolds. Before a group of people and priests, a prophet named Hananiah dramatically prophesied that God was going to break the Babylonian yoke of slavery off of the Jews. To make this more vivid, he placed a wooden yoke on Jeremiah, then took it off him and broke it. The prophet Jeremiah agreed, saying, “Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied,” (Jeremiah 28:6). However, he also added, “Nevertheless, hear thou now this word…the prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him,” (Jeremiah 28:7a, 9). Jeremiah agreed with him, but gave the disclaimer that everyone would know if the prophecy was true if it came to pass. Thus, he referred them back to Deuteronomy 18:20-22 which states, “And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?” (Deuteronomy 18:21). And God answers that if the prophecy does not come to pass, then the prophet has “spoken presumptuously” and the people are not to respect that person as a prophet. First John 4:1 agrees with this when it says that we are “not to believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Many false prophets. Many.
The story in Jeremiah then takes a twist. God speaks to Jeremiah at home, telling him to go back to Hananiah to tell him the yoke is made of unbreakable iron. “Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now Hananiah, the LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust a lie…this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. And Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month” (Jeremiah 28:15,16b-17).
So, let’s get this straight. Hananiah had thought he was right. “I am sure this prophetic word was well received by the people. It brought edification and comfort. It promised blessings and restoration. It spoke kindly to those who had suffered loss and assured the fulfillment of God’s promises. Most likely the people were praising God and some even weeping for joy” (John Bevere, “Thus Saith The Lord?” pg. 100). It did not seem even slightly false…………but…….. it was NOT a word from the Lord!
Not only was it NOT a word from the Lord, it taught the people to rebel against what God had said. For in Jeremiah 27, Jeremiah prophesied that the Jews were to serve Babylon and not resist. But they did not want to hear that! That certainly could not be a word from the Lord! After all, why would God say that they were to submit to a tyrant? Why would God want His people enslaved to Babylon? But, when Hananiah spoke, certainly that was the word of the Lord for it promised good and not evil, liberty and not captivity! The Jews were God’s chosen people, not slaves. The Messiah was to come through them, specifically through the line of Judah. God surely must be sending this deliverance and not chains. Thus, Hananiah’s arrogant words led the people to believe a lie and to rebel against what God really had said.
But then, perhaps, Hananiah had not been prophesying long. Couldn’t he have just gotten it wrong and yet not be a false prophet? He meant well, right? Perhaps he and all those dreamers just needed to be a part of a “school of the prophets.”
Here then is the real question. Is prophecy of the Holy Spirit or of man? If it is of man, then error is quite possible. But, if it is truly of the Spirit, then error is out of the question. God does not make mistakes.
It says in 1 Corinthians 12 that prophecy is amanifestation of the Holy Spirit. This means, that it is the Holy Spirit speaking through the person that is prophesying. Can the Holy Spirit get it wrong????? “The Holy Spirit is not in training, and He only speaks the true and the pure. The error comes when we speak when He has not or we are silent when He is speaking…Samuel, when he was only a boy, gave a pure and fully accurate prophecy his first time (1 Samuel 3:11-19). He did not have to “grow in the gift”.” (John Bevere, Thus Saith The Lord? pg 98).
The Holy Spirit DOES NOT EVER GET IT WRONG!
“In the latter days you will understand it clearly. I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied” (Jeremiah 23:20b-21). God goes on to say that He is “against those who prophesy lying dreams…and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them” (Jeremiah 23:32). Truly, “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word,” Ezekiel 13:6. Wrong prophecy is divination, plain and simple. “Simply put, these prophets speak their own oracles as though they were God’s. Yet the words are not God’s but their own. This is another way of describing the imitation or counterfeit of the true prophetic word of the Lord” (John Bevere, Thus Saith The Lord? pg 90).
The Hananiahs, false prophets of a false hope, are not gone, but are living and well today. And there are many of them. There are modern day Hananiahs who prophesy with great fervor and emotion, and more often than not they are wrong. Dead wrong. Yet they have no fear of death, for they say that God does not judge them based on the O.T. any longer.
But….. God does not change, and He honors His word above His name (Psalm 138:2). Thus, “Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones shake…because of the LORD and because of His holy words. For the land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up…both prophet and priest are ungodly; even in my house I have found their evil, declares the LORD. Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery paths in the darkness, into which they shall be driven and fall, for I will bring disaster upon them in the year of their punishment, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:9a,c 10a, 11-12).
And indeed, the nations of the world have rejected God, and His judgment is descending like a tidal wave, even upon America. The rot goes deep. The filth is rampant. The degradation horrific. For it is not merely among the unsaved, but also the saved. But few see it. According to the film “Before the Wrath” only 18% of western Christians believe that Jesus will come back in their lifetime, and only 15% believe in core Christian tenants. The Laodicean church of the west thinks they have need of nothing, that they are safe — but they are not safe and must repent. “17Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” (Revelation 3)
For over 40 years all together the prophet Jeremiah prophesied, warning the people that Babylon would invade, kill, and take them captive, and then continued to prophesy after the invasion, calling the people to live peaceably under Babylonian captivity. But, ever step of the way the Jews rejected God’s word to them — first to repent and then to live blessed lives while in captivity. They firmly believed those who prophesied good things, that Judah would be made great again, that better times were coming, and that God would preserve them because of the Temple (Jeremiah 7:4). They were after all, God’s people. He would not abandon them. But God told them point blank, “…I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh,” (Jeremiah 7:14).
So, what happened to Shiloh? Psalm 78 tells us. “56Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies,57But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.58For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.59When God heard this, He was furious, And greatly abhorred Israel,60So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,The tent He had placed among men,61And delivered His strength into captivity,And His glory into the enemy’s hand.62He also gave His people over to the sword,And was furious with His inheritance.63The fire consumed their young men, And their maidens were not given in marriage.64Their priests fell by the sword, And their widows made no lamentation.” And 1 Samuel 4 adds that 30,000 (vs 10) plus 4,000 (vs 2) died that day, including Eli’s sons, and the ark of the covenant was taken by the Philistines (vs 11).
What had God’s people done to warrant this? According to Jeremiah 7, they had oppressed the orphan, stranger, and widow, been unjust to one another, shed innocent blood, burned incense to Baal and followed after other gods, were a den of robbers, murders and adulterers, and felt they were justified in doing so because God’s Temple was in their midst.
Do you think that the Church is any different today? Do you think that idolatry is not rampant simply because we do not have idols made out of wood and covered with gold or silver? Are we not the most litigious society in the history of the world, dragging one another to court constantly? Are not the defenseless and poor oppressed? And what shall we say about the greed of both the poor and the rich, for no one is ever satisfied? Indeed, was not Baal the god of prosperity? And what of adultery? How many have divorced and remarried not taking into account what both Jesus and the Apostle Paul stated regarding this matter? What about sexual immorality, from couples having sex before marriage, to those living together before marriage, pornography, watching movies with sex scenes and/or nudity while excusing it by calling it art or it’s just what Hollywood produces, and the list goes on and on? And are not the blood of the innocent shed daily in our cities and towns, even in the name of scientific research and vaccines — and most of us have had one vaccine or another that has aborted fetal tissue in it? And still others have voted for and elected politicians who defended killing babies without even blinking an eye.
And while the Titanic of America sinks into the frigid, icy ocean, Christians continue planning their vacations and job promotions or retirement, and hopes for tomorrow. Like Judah, they are in denial, and fully persuaded by an indomitable hopefulness that America will be spared God’s judgment, that somehow our grave evil will be overlooked because of the goodness of our past. But Shiloh was not spared. Judah was not spared.
As the darkness deepens, the false prophets of the NAR prophesy a false hope to the cancer ridden, dying nation of America are trusting “…in lying words, that cannot profit,” (Jeremiah 7:8). Just as Jeremiah spoke boldly to a his own dying nation of believers who did not want to hear such hard truth, even so American Christians do not want to hear that this nation once “under God” is falling under His judgment in their lifetime. The Constitution has already fallen, and everything else is about to fall: the economy, the American dream, the glory of America . . . And judgment starts first at the Lord’s sanctuary (Ezekiel 9:6).
Jesus is coming soon. It is time to wake up. It is time to repent. it is time to pray. It is time to be ready.
In the video below, Billy Hallowell of Faithwire.com interviews Pastor Mike Signorelli senior pastor of V1 Church that is based in New York City (https://mikesignorelli.com/). Though at this point I have not found out much about Pastor Mike, it is clear to me from this interview that number one he cares for his family because he is actively protecting them — which cannot be said for most fathers (or mothers for that matter) today. And number two, he cares about obeying God’s word. And number three, he cares enough for the body of Christ to warn them.
What is this about? A new Disney coming of age movie about a 13 year old girl who is experiencing her monthly cycle for the first time. Not only is that part inappropriate for young people, but the Occult overtones and undertones are present throughout. It makes me think of Marina Abramovic and “spirit-cooking” and the bodily fluids (sorry to be so graphic — such as semen, menses, urine, feces, breast milk and the like) that are used to paint as well as to ingest during the ceremony (it is too disturbing to even post a link to explain it further). According to Pastor Mike, the young lady in this is tormented in her dreams by demons, and everything culminates in the end in a scene with an encircled pentagram (used in witchcraft to conjure demons — the demons rise through the middle) and demons being released as the youth dances about inappropriately.
Evil is becoming more and more blatant, and we as Christians must be vigilant on behalf of our families, other Christians, and ourselves. Jesus is coming back soon for a pure, spotless Bride, not one who has been sullied because she was careless. This movie is in your face with Occultism and Witchcraft, but there are others like the so-called Christian program “the Chosen” that is not so overt (https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2022/03/17/do-not-be-deceived-the-chosen/). Thus, it is imperative to be discerning at all times. Christians have NO EXCUSE to not be discerning! The days are evil (Ephesians 5), and Jesus warned us of deception just before His return (Matthew 24). I know it takes a lot of energy, a lot of time, a lot of selflessness, a lot of backbone, a lot of love to be discerning, but it is absolutely imperative (1 John 4; Hebrews 5:14).
Please, take a listen to this interview and be blessed by Pastor Mike’s boldness and discernment and love as a father who cares for his family, as a pastor who cares for the body of Christ, and as a Christian who loves God and His word more than anything else in this world. Feel free to share it with every parent that you know!
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13
Before I get to the reason for this article, I want to make sure we are all on the same page. Succinctly, Mormonism is not Christian, but is a cult that serves another Jesus (who is the brother of Lucifer), holds the Book of Mormon equally with the Bible, and teaches that Jesus was conceived when God had sex with Mary. Mormonism also teaches that Jesus is a created being, and as such he became God, and we can do the same. Buddhism is also not Christian, and any enlightenment (bright lights or visions) achieved during a meditative trance and/or spirits that appear during such is demonic and demonically inspired. Along with this, former New Ager Caryl Matrisciana has so adeptly explained that yoga is not Christian nor can it be redeemed nor should it be practiced in any form by Christians, for it is Hinduism at its core, and its many poses are that of the many Hindu gods. And Catholicism is not Christian either, for it teaches a works-based salvation as well as the concept of praying to saints and to Mary who they are taught is a co-redemptrix with Jesus. All of this is imperative to know as we go forward in uncovering a particular deception unfolding in the Church today. (I do have sources listed below regarding this information).
Many have already written about what I am broaching in this article, so I will be brief and list sources below.
Since Jesus warned us that the major sign of the end of the age just before His return would be deception, why do we think that we will not be deceived? Jesus said that to believers, not unbelievers. So, think about that a minute. That’s you and me. But, Jesus said, deception would be everywhere, and would be aimed at believers with lying signs and wonders accompanying. “24For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matthew 24:24-25)
One of these deceptions today is an enormously popular program about the life of Jesus and the lives of those who surrounded Him. One of the three writers has become the spokesperson and frontman for the series, and calls himself an evangelical, which stirs up trust in many Christian viewers. But with whom is this evangelical “yoked”? To name a few, he is working with
* a Jewish Buddhist calling himself a Messianic,
* a supporter of homosexual marriage,
* and a Catholic who believes strongly in the Rosary and praying to Mary and who supports a work of fiction that powerfully depicts a New Age/Hindu gospel.
* And to add insult to injury, the evangelical writer calls Mormons his brothers and sisters and states that Christians and Mormons believe in the same Jesus.
To what am I referring: The Chosen.
Dallas Jenkins considers himself an evangelical Christian, when in fact he is ecumenical to his core. He is ecumenical for he sees Mormons as brother and sisters, and as lovers of the same Jesus as Christians, and I heard him say that he will sink or swim on that statement. He not only views them in this light, but works right alongside them as producers, marketers, financiers, and in other capacities. And he has not merely worked with them on the Chosen in this manner, but also on a short film called “The Shift” which was written and directed by a Mormon and presents Mormon beliefs about various Bible topics including Satan.
Dallas Jenkins also easily works alongside ecumenical Biblical advisers. One of them David Guffey is a strong proponent of the praying the Rosery, praying to Mary, and loved the blasphemous book the Shack. Another of the Biblical advisers is a Jewish rabbi, Jason Sobel, who while attending rabbinic school also practices yoga and Buddhism. It was while actively practicing Buddhist meditation he left his body and came before “a king” on “a throne” in heaven, and that king said he was to follow him. Sobel was never called to repent, nor ever says that he repented, but merely that he came to believe in “Jesus”, and assumed Jesus was the one on the throne. However, this experience is more akin to what Johanna Michaelson tells about in her book, The Beautiful Side of Evil. Johanna had come to faith in Jesus as a freshmen in college, and considered herself a Christian, but was captivated by the supernatural. Because of this, she actively pursued Occultism, and while in training to be a medium, she also learned the art of going into a deep meditative state. While in that state she came into contact with her spirit guides, one of which was Jesus. She explained that there was such a feeling of holiness about him and a great deal of light. But, this spirit guide was not the real Jesus, and later this was revealed to Johanna in a startling scene where the demonic creature parading as Jesus was unmasked. She was dumbfounded to find that Satan really does appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
And then there are the lead composers of the music, one of which is the former frontman for Jars of Clay, Dan Haseltine who openly spoke up for homosexual marriage on a social media platform and stated that the Bible is not clear regarding the issue. This is one of the two men behind the music of the Chosen.
Now it has been said that there are those who have come to faith in Christ through the series. After all, even the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1, “15Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. 18What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” Thus, in this I also rejoice if people are indeed coming to Christ.
I am writing this warning to Christians. I am not telling anyone to discontinue viewing the Chosen. But, I am compelled to reveal the truth behind it, the spirit of ecumenism behind it (ecumenism is the view that all religions are equal, have the same Jesus and can work together), but it is up to you what you do with it.
As Christians I adamantly appeal to you, beware of what is being presented in this series. Notice that most of the story is not even found in the Bible, but is creatively written by the three writers of the Chosen. It is fiction mixed with a small amount of Biblical fact, 95% fiction to be exact according to an interview of the frontman and writer Dallas Jenkins. And what is he doing working closely, intimately with those who do not know the true Jesus of the Bible? And for that matter, why would we as Christians want to be taught by such a presentation? Why would we want to be entertained with lies about Jesus?
“14Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:“I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”17Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 18“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
As those who have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2) let’s be vigilant about what goes into our minds, what we allow to color our view of Jesus, especially when deception is rampant and deceivers are waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Now is not the time to let our guard down, not that there was ever a time for that, but especially now when the days are evil and the time must be redeemed (Ephesians 5). We are children of light, and as such must not let our lights grow dim with untrimmed wicks that cause our lights to be smokey and unclear. Let’s be in the Bible, not watching a movie with only 5% of the word in it. As the return of Christ is drawing nearer by the second, let’s allow the true, unadulterated word of God to cleanse us, to wash us, to transform us, to make us without spot or wrinkle, to prepare us for our coming holy King.
I want to end with the remainder of 2 Timothy 3. Please, heed what it says.“13But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,15and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
For more information, please refer to the sources below.
Deception is rampant. Have you noticed? If you haven’t, then it is time to step back, take a moment, take a deep breath, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the discernment you need. The days are growing increasingly more dark and evil, and deception’s web is thicker and stronger now than ever before. The Bible warns us of this in 2 Timothy 3:13 where it says, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” This means that maliciously wicked and miserable (4190) people and sorcerers who pretend to use the supernatural to attain money, prestige and power (1114) will in the future cut a path, advance, progress forward (4298) with more severity, leading astray (4105) and being led astray (4105).
Thus, in Matthew 24, the disciples asked Jesus “what is the sign of the end of the age?” Now you think He might respond with something like “earthquakes” or “war”, but Jesus did not respond with signs such as social injustice, political unrest or world hunger. Jesus’ response may have actually shocked His disciples, and the wording in the Greek definitely reflects the fact that He did intend to shake them up. Jesus’ immediate response was, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4). And just as a reminder to us, Jesus was warning believers not unbelievers. That is chilling. Believers are to “take heed”, pay attention, stop and listen, for great deception is the biggest sign of the end of the age, and it is out to get Christians – It is out to get you!
It goes on to say in Matthew 24, “5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.25 Behold, I have told you before.26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”
In Matthew 7, Jesus had already touched on the topic of false prophets, saying, “21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The Great Deluge of False Prophets
It may seem odd to discuss false prophets. After all, what have they to do with us? What have we to do with them? Are there really prophets still today? Is the gift still in operation? The long and the short of it is, Jesus warned us that at the end of the age – and we are there in the last of the Last Days – there would be false prophetic activity. Now there are some churches that believe that prophecy has ceased. But, according to Jesus in this passage, prophecy would not have ceased but would still be active at the very tail end of the age just before His return.
Prophecy Then & Now
And so, Matthew 24 states clearly, “11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” And many means just that. There will be a great number of false prophets just before Jesus comes back. Now, that is beyond alarming if you ask me! That’s downright scary!
Before we get into what false prophecy is unfolding today and how to handle it, let’s take a look at the Old Testament to see what God has to say about both godly prophets and false prophets. God never leaves His people in the dark. He always lets us know what He’s thinking and what’s on His heart. As Jesus said even in Matthew 24:25, “Behold I have told you before.” With God we don’t ever have to guess. All we have to do is read the Bible for what it says and take it seriously.
Numbers 11 gives us God’s heart about prophets and prophecy, “24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!”
And this very desire of God took place on the Day of Pentecost in the Upper Room as related to us in the New Testament book of Acts 2. “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy…”
The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 14 explains the important role of the prophetic in church services. We don’t often see this gift in operation in our western churches today, but this does not mean it is unimportant nor that it is not happening in churches elsewhere throughout the world. Actually, according to Paul, ““1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy…” God’s heart is that true, godly prophecy would be normative in the Church body, for according to I Corinthians 14:3, it builds the Church into a holy temple wherein a holy God might dwell, for God only dwells and is worshiped in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2; 96:9); it aligns us with God and His word, and it comforts our hearts with the open revelation of the mystery of the gospel.
In other words, in the Last Days, there will be a plethora of false prophets, but God will also be pouring out His Spirit in prophecy upon His people.
The Most Misunderstood
Though God’s heart is prophecy, for indeed, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). And He has promised that prophecy will be prolific in the last days, it is also the most misunderstood manifestation/gift of the Holy Spirit.
So, let’s take a look at this gift according to Scripture. To begin with, in the Greek it is composed of two words pro (4253) meaning “before, forth,” and phemi (5346) “to tell.” It’s definition is “to tell beforehand” and includes “the foretelling [of] future events or the exhorting, reproving and threatening of individuals or nations as the ambassador of God…hence the prophet spoke not his own thoughts but what he received from God…” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament, pg 1244). Though there are some who view this gift as lacking in empathy, it is anything but that. Prophecy is God lovingly correcting His people through the voice of a prophet or prophecy, in order to steer His people away from their sin and back into covenant relationship with Him. First Corinthians 14:3 it states, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.” It is edifying (3619) because it calls one back to God’s word and thus builds up and strengthens us in His truth; it is exhorting (3874) because it helps us grow up in the faith even through rebuking, correcting and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Hebrews 12:5-11), and it is comforting (3889) for it is God speaking tenderly to us as a Father, and thus is done in love for our good and His glory.
Prophecy is a “direct message” of God to believers and sometimes unbelievers that is spoken “in God’s name.” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament, pg 1244). The one prophesying is not speaking their own mind or heart, but rather, God’s words (Deuteronomy 18:18; Isaiah 1; Jeremiah 1; Ezekiel 2). And as can be seen over and over again in the Old Testament, it is often a message of repentance.
Prophecy is not merely dutifully loving and studying the Bible, nor is it teaching the Bible, as some have attempted to define it, for God clearly calls that gift “teaching”. It is not merely exhortation, although it is exhortational, for God calls that specific gift exhortation. It is not pastoring nor the shepherding of the sheep, for God calls that specific gift pastoring. Rather prophecy is a Holy Spirit inspired utterance that often foretells an event and pierces the heart with conviction, as it says in Jeremiah 20:9, “9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” The inspired utterance of prophecy also calls the hearer of that word to holiness as it says in Isaiah 1:18, “16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And furthermore, true, godly prophecy turns one back to perfect alignment with God’s word and gospel, for the “testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). It calls one into account. It never contradicts Scripture. And though it is not always about future prognostication, when the prophecy actually does predict something, it always comes to pass, for the Holy Spirit is never wrong.
False vs. True: How Can We Tell?
So, how then can we tell if a prophet or prophecy is false or true? Sometimes it is quite obvious, but at other times, it is not so obvious.
First of all, there are always a host of false prophets up against a handful of true prophets. In I Kings 18 we see the prophet Elijah up against 450 prophets of the god Baal and 400 prophets of the goddess Asherah. First Kings 22 also relates a story associated with this this same dynamic.
Godly prophets though well-known will also nearly always be looked down upon as judgmental, narrow-minded, and negative, while false prophets will be popular and praised for their optimistic message of “peace, peace” though there is no peace and flattering things (Isaiah 30:10; 1 Thessalonians 5).
Deuteronomy 18 prophecies first of Jesus as “the Prophet” who will speak God’s words, and then ends with a message of warning about false prophets who “presume” to speak God’s word thus disrespectfully overstepping boundaries with insolent boldness and defiance. “18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”
A Stern Warning
Deuteronomy 13 covers a more complex issue regarding false prophets, that of stealthy deception. “1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.” In other words, the false prophet gets their prognostication right but that same false prophet then teaches a doctrine contrary to God’s word. So, you have this dynamic of people in awe of a prediction proven true, and they more readily believe that person who made the prediction. Thus, their guard comes down, and they are more receptive to whatever that person may do or teach. However, God states that in this circumstance, He is actually testing His people to see if they know His word, if they believe His word, if they respect His word above any sign or wonder. God allows for that prophecy of the false prophet to come to pass in order to see whose heart is right before Him. This is powerful. This is challenging. This is a warning for those called by His name to be awake, alert, prayerful, sober, and vigilant. This message was important back then, but now in this day of mesmerizing deception, it is all the more prevalent. Deception was bad back then and caused the downfall of God’s nation, God’s people of Israel, but deception is on steroids now and has surpassed all generations before, and how much more it is causing the downfall of God’s people today.
In Matthew 7 Jesus says, “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them…21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Modern Day Prophets and False Prophets
I must admit, I cannot name many genuine prophets. Although there are prophetic utterances mildly active in some churches such as Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart’s church Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, there are few actual prophets to list by name here. The one true prophet that I can think of right off the top of my head is David Wilkerson of Times Square Church and Teen Challenge.
However, the list of false prophets is growing so long it would prove difficult to list them all here. And by false, I mean according to the definition of Scripture as I related above. So, in short, it means that either their prognostications are not 100% accurate, and/or they are leading people astray into unbiblical doctrine and teaching.
According to the article on this website entitled “Thus Saith the Lord?”, “Kim Clement (now deceased), Mark Taylor, Pat Robertson, Lance Wallnau, Kat Kerr, Jeremiah Johnson, Andrew Wommack, Hank Kunneman, Pastors Paul and Denise Goulet, Kenneth Copeland, Curt Landry and Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj — and there are likely a host of others — all prophesied Trump’s win,” of him having “a second term. And many social media sites are rife with numerous people in shock over what is happening when they banked on what these prophets had said.” All of these, Kerr, Wallnau, Johnson, Wommack, Kunneman, Goulet, Landry, Selvaraj, Taylor, and Robertson were all wrong!!! (for more on this topic, please refer to this link: https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/01/22/thus-saith-the-lord/ ) And this is just one of the things that they have prophesied boldly, proudly, loudly, and very incorrectly.
And then there is Rick Joyner of Morning Star Ministries who declares himself to be a prophet and apostle. He in one breath sounds doctrinally sound and patriotically astute in the next breath says that he spoke with the Apostle Paul in heaven and in so doing advocates the unbiblical, Occult practice of necromancy (speaking with the dead). And if there were not enough, he appears to be more of a shaman with lying signs and wonders flourishing in his church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T8W7rbzLAo
And then there is Bill Johnson of Bethel Church Redding, California who believes that Jesus had to be born again while advocating Ouija Boards renamed Angel Boards, Tarot Cards renamed Destiny Cards, Fire Tunnels and other demonic manifestations in his widely popular church. And then there is the book that both Bill and his wife contributed chapters to entitled Physics of Heaven which is beyond boldly New Age. “A clear warning against the book was posted in a recent Amazon review:“This book was so obviously New Age syncretism with Christianity it is hard to know where to start. Are there vibrations in the supernatural that we need to tap into? No! Does God play games with people? No! does he hide himself in sound and light? No! Does God speak to people through “hints” of other things like sound? No! Does God speak through sound, light, energy, frequencies, vibrations, and quantum physics? No! Unfortunately this book espouses all of these ideas, and takes all of the scriptures out of context and applies meanings to them that the original scriptural authors did not intend. If you want a smorgasbord of New Apostolic Reformation teaching and leaders this is your book. The forward is by Kris Vallatton and chapters by the late Bob Jones (admitted sexual abuser), Bill Johnson Apostle and leader of Bethel church, Redding, CA, and Bill’s wife Beni.”” (https://churchwatchcentral.com/2019/08/06/physics-of-heaven-incorporating-new-age-mysticism-spirit-guides-auras-angels-revival-healing-energy/).
Most recently in mid-September there was an “Open Heavens” conference in Iowa hosted by Hank Kunneman’s ministry in which General Mike Flynn led those present in an unbiblical prayer. Thousands of Christians repeated the prayer after him. To begin with, anyone hearing or attempting to repeat the prayer ought to have wondered at its wording, especially when the word “legions” as well as the opening line that states that the one repeating the prayer is an instrument of the “seven fold rays and all of your archangels”. But no one seemed to flinch as the repeated prayer resounded loudly around the packed building. Here is the prayer in full:
“We are your instrument of those sevenfold rays and all your archangels, all of them. We will not retreat, we will not retreat. We will stand our ground. We will not fear to speak. We will be the instrument of your will, whatever it is. In your name and the name of your legions. We are freeborn, and we shall remain freeborn. And we shall not be enslaved by any foe within and without, so help me God.”
It was later found out that this was actually a prayer to Archangel Michael which was written and prayed by an Occult leader named Elizabeth Claire Prophet, Theosophist and I Am movement leader of the 1980s.
And there are still so many more false prophets who could be listed here, most of whom are associated with the New Apostolic Reformation which has spread its bombastic and blasphemous tentacles far and wide, being led astray and leading other Christians astray, but this article is already too long.
The point is this, Jesus guaranteed that deception would be the pervading sign of the end of the age just before His coming and He warned His Church. He did not warn the world. He did not speak to unbelievers. He spoke to believers, admonishing them to not be deceived. This is serious business, and something that needs to be taken seriously by the Body of Christ.
Second Thessalonians 2 gives a strong warning when it says, “9The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, 10and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. 11For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, 12in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.”
Not every sign or wonder is from God. I want to repeat that. Not every sign or wonder, no matter who amazing or awesome, is from God. Just because there is a miracle, does not mean that God has performed it. Yes, miracles still happen. Yes, there are signs and wonders today. Yes, there is prophecy. Yes, there are manifestations of the Holy Spirit. But, Satan and the demonic world are brilliant counterfeiters who like to mimic God. Thus, it is imperative to be discerning and to be in God’s word regularly. As 1 John 4 states clearly and unequivocally, “1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and which is already in the world at this time.”
Importantly, Hebrews 5:12-14 says, “12Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s word.c You need milk, not solid food! 13For everyone who lives on milk is still an infant, inexperienced in the message of righteousness. 14But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their senses to distinguish good from evil.” This means that we must be in the Word in order to be able to discern good and evil. Without the Word, there is no discernment. And without the Spirit of God there is not understanding of Scripture, for even the Word is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Be on your toes, Body of Christ! Satan is busy. Evil is more bold now than ever before. Deception is everywhere. This is not the time to get back to playing church.
Jesus is coming SOON. Let’s be ready!
The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, by Spiros Zodhiates
The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament, by Warren Baker and Eugene Carpenter
Quote: “Johnson teaches about a different Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible. He and many other word-of-faith charismatic preachers believe that when the Bible says Jesus left His throne in heaven and “emptied Himself” (Philippians 2:7), He actually gave up being divine. The incarnate Christ was fully man but not at all God. When Jesus lived a life of sinless perfection, it wasn’t as our substitute but as a model. Any one of us are capable of the same perfection. Jesus didn’t do miracles because He was God. He did miracles to show us that we can do them, too, if we just believe that we can.”
Quote: “In Pastor Bob DeWaay’s analysis, you will discover that Bill Johnson first rejects the study of the Bible in order to then be able to teach his non-biblical theology. He believes in a great end-time awakening with over a billion of new converts. An elite consisting of Christians gifted with superior anointing will lead this movement.These Christians will perform greater things that Jesus, because Jesus, when he was on earth, was only a man who had a relationship with God (that is, he wasn’t both God and man); thus, Christians are on the same level as Jesus and can do the same things he did and more (erroneous interpretation of John 14:12).”
Quote: “I do not believe that you must be born again to obtain salvation…….you cannot and will not make a disciple out of a sinner who has been introduced to Jesus Christ on the basis of their sinful inheritance only…Clement also said “When you’re born again the Bible doesn’t say that you are saved. The Bible says that when you are born again you see the kingdom it doesn’t say that you are saved even though salvation takes place and rebirth causes you to see the kingdom of God.” (The prophetic ministry of Kim Clement, Aug. 13, 2002 TBN)…
Quote: “There is so much false prophecy in the NAR that it I could do an entire web site devoted to that issue alone. If you want to see the daily parade of false prophecies emanating from the NAR, subscribe to the Elijah List. It means nothing to these false apostles and false prophets to say things in the name of the Lord that not only do not come to pass, but would never come to pass because they are unbiblical and ridiculous. False prophesy can be judged either on the basis that it is a prediction made, claiming to be from the Lord, that does not come true, or that it is unbiblical to begin with, or both. The Bible is clear that we must admonish heretics, those who lay error alongside truth and falsely prophesy, and if they are unrepentant we are to reject them (Titus 3:10). We must never forget that lies do not come from the Holy Spirit, but from the sinful minds of men, from the spirit of this age, the spirit of the air, the evil one. Those who lie and say “Thus saith the Lord” are just as much false prophets today as their kind has been through history. False prophecies are not mistakes, they are lies. Let’s look at some of these lies from the National School of the Prophets conference in 2002.”
Quote: “Last-days Christians must submit to modern-day prophets to have victory in the final battle (pages 58-59). They should be dependent on the prophets like children are dependent on their parents, according to Joyner (page 60).Yet, the Bible doesn’t teach that Christians must submit to modern-day apostles and prophets. In fact, the apostle Paul warns the Galatian Christians about false teachers who want other Christians to seek after them (Galatians 4:17).”
Quote: “The conversation should raise several red flags, which I will point out below.But, first, I need to point out that Christians should view conversations with dead people with suspicion since the Bible forbids “necromancy” (the practice of communicating with dead people). Deuteronomy 18:10-11 and Isaiah 8:19-20 So, the very premise of Joyner’s book — which records his conversations with several dead Christians — should raise a legitimate question of whether he is guilty of practicing necromancy or not.”
Below is an appalling video put out by CBN (the Christian Broadcasting Network of Pat Robertson and Gordon Robertson), trying to lull people by explaining away what RNA does in the body and by dismissing the use of aborted fetal cell lines. I am beyond disgusted. This is both despicable and diabolical. Indeed, it is downright evil! Judas Goats! I am calling them out. I am standing against their deceptive words, in the name of Jesus. May every word fall to the ground, and may they fall into their own net, into the trap they have set for the unsuspecting and trusting sheep. How dare they deceive God’s people! How dare they speak such lies in the name of truth, calling good evil and evil good!!!! False prophets and liars, foul and from the pit of hell! Talk about betrayal.
And it gets worse, for many other Christian leaders and pastors have done the same. More are listed below. Their sin against the flock and against the Great Shepherd is great.
Here is a link with a long list of medical experts and important sources for your benefit, including many links from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s website Children’s Health Defense. “A Founder’s Warning,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/a-founders-warning/ One such medical expert is Sherri Tenpenny who recently appeared on Daystar Television in an interview with Joni Lamb. In the interview, Dr. Tenpenny explains the Moderna, Pfizer and J&J vaccines, what they are and how they ultimately and irrevocably and irreversibly destroy the human body. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iaKAWWGyWI
CBN, you are Judas Goats. Repent before it’s too late!
However, there are more so-called Christian organizations luring people to take the “shot” and thus, ultimately leading people to their own doom. This ever growing list includes Christianity Today, the Christian Post, Baptist churches around the country, Florida and New Jersey churches, and New Jersey ministers who have themselves taken the vaccine. Indeed the very churches who closed their doors on their sheep so willingly for a virus that 99% of people recover from, are now just as willing to open their doors to countless strangers for the sake of the government and the “greater good.” Really? Who are you serving pastors? You are an affront to God! You are wolves in sheep’s clothing. You are not worthy of the title shepherd nor pastor. Ezekiel 34 and Zechariah 10 be on your heads, for indeed, God is against you, shepherds. For instead of protecting the flock you have led them to destruction!
And it gets worse! Now Franklin Graham has come out as a Judas Goat too, even going so far as to say that Jesus would have been for this vaccine, the vaccine that is killing people, the vaccine that has aborted fetal cells in it, the vaccine that is destroying humanity’s immune system, this gene-altering vaccine!!!!!!!!!!! I am beyond appalled. I am beyond angry. I am beyond grieved. How dare this man do such a thing as this! How dare he pull the wool over the eyes of God’s chosen people. How dare he! May God indeed deal with him be it ever so severely!!!!!!!!!!!
The last two Bible studies we’ve been talking about the fact that there are signs that Jesus is coming back soon. Because these signs are so important, Jesus encourages His followers to know those signs. Jesus encourages us in Luke 21 to not be intoxicated by pleasures of this world, to not be dulled in our thinking by moral confusion, nor to be overwhelmed by worry about our needs and those of our family, because when we are focused on those things, we cannot see clearly. Instead, Jesus wants our full attention, not just part of it. He wants our focus to be on Him, to be vigilantly watching, to be alertly in tune with His Holy Spirit so that we do not miss a thing.
Furthermore, Jesus wants us to love each other with His word. He wants us, like good stewards of a household, to feed our fellow servants the meat of the word, to eagerly and zealously seek that the Holy Spirit might manifest through each of us that we might edify each other, and that we might be found faithfully doing so when He returns.
Why is this so important? Why is being in the Word of God so important? Why is loving each other with the Word so important? Why is allowing the Spirit to manifest through us to edify each other with God’s word so important?
Let’s look at a few passages of Scripture that will shed some light on this.
The First Sign: Jesus’ Warning
Matthew 24:3-5, 23-28 “3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many… 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.25 Behold, I have told you before.26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.28 For wheresoever the carcase is[present subjunctive active = it is ongoing action by the dead body – for in whatever place, if the carcass/dead body continues to exit (and he does), there the eagles will be brought together], there will [future indicative passive = a statement of fact for the future that will be done to this group] the eagles be gathered together…” So, the disciples of Jesus asked Him, ‘what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ And to this Jesus responded with a large number of signs, not just one. But, the first sign and the predominant sign that riddles Matthew 24 as well as Paul (2 Timothy 3-4 etc.), Peter (2 Peter 2), Jude and John (1 John 4), is that of deception.
“It’s easier to fool people, than to convince them that they have been fooled” – Mark Twain
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 “1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ [the Lord] is at hand [right now].3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [a defection, revolt and/or great divorce] first…”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
— 2 Timothy 4:3,4 What is Deception?
In Matthew 24, Jesus tells His followers to “take heed” that they be not deceived. According to Greek scholar Rick Renner, “In the original Greek, the words “take heed” were intended to jar and jolt the disciples to get their attention. As they perked up to really listen to what Jesus was telling them, they heard Him warn that as the present age came to a conclusion, an unprecedented deception would…” unfold.
“In Matthew 24:4, the word “deceive” is used to depict this period when it will look as if delusion is taking over the world.” The Greek word for deceive “means to lead astray or to wander off course. This word “deceive” could depict a single individual who has wandered far off course, or it could describe a whole nation or nations that have morally veered from the position once held to be true…[and] depicts a person (or nation) who, although once established on solid ground, is now morally drifting and teetering on the edge of a crooked, dangerous path. This individual has lost his bearings and has drifted off-track. He had already departed, or was in the process of departing, from what he once morally believed.”
In other words, Jesus is not addressing the world who was already in darkness and deceived. Rather, Jesus is addressing believers who turn from truth to truth laced with a lie. Let’s remember, deception is subtle not overt and is often slipped in with a question. The serpent in the garden did not tell Adam and Eve that you will die spiritually as soon as you eat the fruit and all hell will break loose on creation and evil will sweep in like an unstoppable flood. No. Instead, the serpent crept in stealthily with a simple little question that made them wonder if God was withholding something from them, and then presented a misleading statement that they would be like the gods if they partook. The inquiry intrigued Eve and the offer of godhood seduced both Adam and Eve. The truth was, they did not have knowledge of evil and through the eating of the fruit they did come to see evil. The truth also was that they were already created in God’s image and were like God. But, the serpent wrapped a lie in truth, and until they unwrapped it they did not know. Adam and Eve were believers, but subtle deception caught their shield of faith in God’s word on fire, and seduced them into disobedience via promises that stroked their ego.
The Great Deception
The passage of 2 Timothy 4 adds that an unprecedented deception will take place in a particular season in time, and that season is the “last part of the last days.” (Renner, “Last Days Deception” article). This deception will permeate the entire world, and will penetrating the Church.
Two Bible Studies ago it was established that we are in the Last Days. But are we in the last of the Last Days? To answer that we have to ask the question: Are we seeing this deception now?
We know already that the world is living in deception, and that deception is growing thicker and darker. All we have to do is view the nightly news.
But something that most may not see, is what is happening in the modern, western Church. It seems that every few months I hear of yet another deception that has infiltrated the Church. The list is still growing. I could tell you story after story about Christian churches promoting things like necromancy called “grave sucking” wherein people think they can obtain the anointing of a dead saint off of their grave, Ouija boards that they have aptly renamed “Angel Boards,” Tarot card reading that they have renamed “Destiny cards”, demonic manifestations being called manifestations of the Holy Spirit, the ecumenical movement luring well-known Christians into an unholy alliance with world religions, New Age/Hindu philosophy flooding Christian books, devotionals and pulpits, many false teachers teaching another Jesus (one who needed to be saved, was just a man, that Jesus’ darkest day was the day he was born, etc.) and that we are little gods, even little Christs and that Jesus showed us the way to be gods), while still other false teachers encourage their followers to pay for healing and other answers to prayer, as well as false prophets and witches moving into positions of influence within churches. And on top of this, we now have prophets of the vaccine, saying that it is our Christian duty to partake in this godless, abominable vaccine — that is not really a vaccine. (https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/09/28/vaxxianity-we-will-not-bow/; https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/08/15/an-abomination-in-the-temple-of-the-holy-spirit/; https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/the-mark/; https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/watchman-on-the-wall/).
I never thought that I would see this day. I never thought that this is what Jesus meant. I never ever would have guessed that such deception would inundate the Body of Christ. But it is. Jesus and the Holy Spirit through Peter, Paul, Jude and John warned us of this mind numbing delusion that would sweep the Church and the world with madness in the last of the last days just before Christ’s return.
“The Holy Spirit doesn’t indicate how many will be pulled in this wrong direction, but the word “they” in the Greek language [of 2 Timothy 4:3] implies large numbers of people. According to Paul’s prophetic utterance, a portion of the last-days Christian community will simply no longer endure the sound teaching of Scripture. In fact, the word “endure” is the Greek word anecho, which denotes no ability to put up with or to have no tolerance for.” (Rick Renner, “Last Days Deception”)
The Big Question
You might ask, I know I do, why would God allow for this? 2 Peter 3 addresses this quite well if we will accept the answer. “9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Even so, in Hebrews 12 we read, “25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:29 For our God is a consuming fire.” Our God who is love in His sovereign purpose knows, and in this knowledge and great love is allowing a shaking in the Church and the world to test its quality and is still unwilling that any should perish.
We are in the last of the Last Days, and a great deception is spreading like an insidious cancer throughout the world and the Body of Christ. God is shaking the world and those called by His name, and is testing their quality right now. The antidote, the remedy, the medicine to heal us is this…
“This is why it is so important that we keep our minds soaked with the Word of God, which renews us to right thinking… It is imperative that we put the Word into our hearts — keeping it before our eyes and hearing it with our ears. It’s equally important to verbalize the truth of God’s Word to ourselves and to other believers, thus strengthening the truth in us and between us in a day when truth is slipping away.
Today I sense it’s my responsibility to ask you — what is your level of commitment to your Bible? Is it a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path (Psalm 119:105)? Is it the joy and rejoicing of your heart (Jeremiah 15:16)?
Rather than become victims of the age and spiritual casualties in the Body of Christ, we can hold our Bibles dearer and closer to our hearts and minds than ever before. We can reinforce ourselves against the days in which we live and the days that are forecast as yet to come. So let’s grab hold of the unalterable truths of God’s Word, dig our heels deep into it, and decide that we will stand firm on the truth that never changes, regardless of how society [and the Church] around us changes in the days to come!” (Renner, “Hoodwinked in the Last Days”). Second Timothy 3:13-17, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Here are Important Links documenting all that is happening in the sky and in the earth that will give you perspective regarding the lateness of the hour in which we are living:
“Subjunctive (Ancient Greek),” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subjunctive_(Ancient_Greek)
“(c) The potential subjunctive, usually without ἄν (án), is also used in subordinate clauses such as the following:
• Purpose clauses (“so that it can happen”)
• After verbs of fearing or doubt (“I fear it may happen”, “I doubt if it can happen”)
In a past time context either the subjunctive or the optative mood may be used in such sentences.
(d) Without an introductory verb, but preceded by μή (mḗ) “not”, the potential subjunctive can also be used for:
• Doubtful or emphatic assertions about the future (“it may be that..” or “it is certain that…”)”
“Greek Verbs (Shorter Definitions),” http://ntgreek.org/learn_nt_greek/verbs1.htm#SUBJUNCTIVE
(focus on the Subjunctive mood…
“The subjunctive mood indicates probability or objective possibility. The action of the verb will possibly happen, depending on certain objective factors or circumstances. It is oftentimes used in conditional statements (i.e. ‘If…then…’ clauses) or in purpose clauses. However if the subjunctive mood is used in a purpose or result clause, then the action should not be thought of as a possible result, but should be viewed as a definite outcome that will happen as a result of another stated action.”
“3361. Me,” https://biblehub.com/greek/3361.htm
(b. with the subjunctive aorist, of things which may occur immediately or very soon: preceded by an aorist…)
(Definition: not, that…not, lest (used for qualified negation)
Usage: not, lest.)
“646. Apostasia,” https://biblehub.com/greek/646.htm
(Definition: defection, revolt
Usage: defection, apostasy, revolt.)
(646 apostasía (from 868 /aphístēmi, “leave, depart,” which is derived from 575 /apó, “away from” and 2476 /histémi, “stand”) – properly, departure (implying desertion); apostasy – literally, “a leaving, from a previous standing.”)
From 868 aphistemi and related to 647 apostasion
“868. Aphistemi,” https://biblehub.com/greek/868.htm
(Definition: to lead away, to depart from
Usage: I make to stand away, draw away, repel, take up a position away from, withdraw from, leave, abstain from.)
Thank you for visiting my blog, and for taking the time to get to know me a bit better by reading “Why I write.”
I’ve been writing since I could write. As soon as I could shape letters on a page and form sentences (whether fragments, run-ons or otherwise), I wrote. Over time I’ve honed this skill, from the creative writing class in high school, to my English classes in college, from essay after essay, to my Master’s thesis in seminary, and finally a published short story. It has been a constructive and interesting journey.
I have a B.A. in Bible and History, an M.A. in Biblical Literature, have a published story, have worked for years in ministry and am at present a chaplain.
My heart is that of ministering to the Body of Christ. As a chaplain I do this as a profession. As a volunteer I do this with my spare time. As a writer I do this with my knowledge and heart wrapped into one. My writing is all about edifying the Church, and though the edifying is sometimes like pruning, it is always constructive. After all, pruning to a plant is important or else it will get all tangled, have smaller fruit/flowers, and be generally unsightly. Even so, the Body of Christ needs the edification of pruning in order to produce better fruit.
Thus, I write because I love it. I write also because the knowledge within me demands to be let out! I write to inform, to edify by reproving (showing where we might be wrong in our beliefs/conduct), correcting (showing forth the Biblical way of belief/conduct), and by instructing in righteousness (analyzing how we ought to live Scripture in every day life). (2 Timothy 3:16)
Furthermore, I write to expose some deceptions sweeping over the Church. Indeed, over the years I have come to a shocking realization that some of those I’ve grown up highly respecting have been teaching heresy. One such person I grew up wanting to be like. At age 13 and up, I idolized this person. I went to his meetings, bought his books, wanted to talk like, look like, and act like him. I even wanted to gray early because he did! He was anointed, a man of God being used mightily, and I longed to be anointed and be used mightily by God too! I wanted to see the sick healed, the dead raised, the demons cast out, and have the powerful manifestations that he did in his miracle crusades.
However, what I did not realize, is that the minister I idolized was openly teaching unbiblical things not as a theory but as a fact, while at the same time telling everyone that the Bible was the standard to be followed in all doctrine and practice. My heart is grieved now by this powerful truth, and I pray for the minister that I esteemed and looked up to in every way. He is in grave error.
You see, when I write what I write on this website, I will not write simply to expose for the sake of exposing. Though I may get passionate about repentance and the truth, my heart is broken over what is happening to the Church. I am grieved for the Body of Christ that is falling prey to this horrific deception. People, who love Jesus, who are hungry for God, who long for the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, are being led astray to the subtle beat of another gospel and they don’t even know it! This is not about naming names. Rather, it is about false teaching and false prophecy and lying signs and wonders. There will be names mentioned at times, however, because people are being led astray by leaders who are deceived, and by leaders who are deceivers. It is hard to tell the difference between these two types of leaders. But whether deceived or deceivers, they are still propagating deception and that deception must be exposed….that we might better know how to pray….that the Church and its leaders might come to repentance.
After all, “many will say… ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness,’” (Matthew 7:22-23).
Indeed we are living in the Last Days. We must be vigilant. We must be sober. We must watch and pray (1 Thessalonians 5, Luke 21:34-36).
These are some of the reasons why I write. Thank you for your time and consideration and prayers. Blessings to you all!