KUNDALINI WARNING — A false “Holy Spirit” is invading the Church.
This is a hot and in fact very sad topic that all Christians should be aware of, especially young people who are not yet firmly rooted in the scriptural context.
Last updated: april 28 2019
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Imported decades ago within a fringe of Pentecostal Christianity by the promoters of eastern meditation techniques, the Kundalini or spirit of the "Serpent of Fire" continues to spread around the world, carried by the apostles and the evangelists of the NAR, the New Apostolic Reformation movement. Combining a kind of spiritual invasion described as a charge of electricity and “liquid love” to the Christian faith, this experience appeals to people of all ages, but mainly to young people who have not known the real thing.
Many would witness that after receiving the Holy Spirit, they experienced great inner freedom and felt subsequently more alive than ever. But when the Spirit of God does a beautiful and pure work, the Babylonian Christ—the governor of this world and the author of all religious counterfeits—is never far behind ! Having attended a newly established local evangelical church, there I was surprised to see some of the young people evolve very strangely, shouting involuntarily, taken with spasms and jolts as if struck, casting their heads back and swaying right and left like snakes during the times of prayer. I say it out of hand, these manifestations which sometimes remind a syndrome of Gilles de la Tourette, are not manifestations of the Holy Spirit. But they emanate from demons propagated by Hinduism and present in disciplines such as New Age Reiki and yoga. They are particularly related to the awakening to the Kundalini, the “Serpent of Fire”. After investigating the origin of this strange phenomenon in the church, I found that these young people had been in direct or indirect contact with the Bethel Church movement in Redding, California. Several Christian organizations warn of what is happening there, explaining that the organisation is infiltrated by the spirits of the New Age. Names well-known in evangelical circles are actively involved, but many other pastors and evangelists may have been contaminated to some extent. The trend is promoted by some Christian television networks and spreads exponentially to many local churches around the world. Supported by a Bible school, by pastors and evangelists and by music labels, this movement feeds mainly on the lifeblood of other churches, and by the magnitude of the phenomenon, this becomes a real concern. A very sad situation really, because many people drawn into this movement are exceptional, both in human terms and in their faith and commitment. Unlike other churches where people drowse while waiting for Jesus to pick them up, they are very active in the areas of healing and in the transmission of spiritual knowledge. They kind of evangelise young people and are keen to promote a culture of honour towards their members and the many visitors who come to Redding for a school or simply for an initiatory trip. These churches are also doing remarkable humanitarian work. The movement inspires confidence. But unfortunately, praise must stop here, because behind this apparent honourability lies a much darker reality which relates to the nature of the spirit that manifests itself in this place. For a person attracted by the manifestations of the revival, it is shocking and confusing to be confronted to Christians who are dominated by those demons whom they believe are the Spirit of God. The rest of the world being quick to amalgamate, this causes considerable harm to the genuine moves of God.
The error: this "very clever" spirit.
The error is a wild grass that grows in the wastelands of knowledge. An incomplete or altered knowledge of the divine plan for humanity leaves the field open to all possible “interpretations”. Fighting the error for what it represents would be like making war to the windmills, as famous Don Quixote of Cervantes. We are not called to criticise other churches or people and to expose their errors. Instead of being productive, this attitude would place us in the midst of a bucket of crabs where those who try to get out are grabbed by others and pulled back. The missed Derek Prince once said, “Do not get caught up in trying to correct other's errors, but expose the whole truth instead (author's note: in the manner of Stephen). The error is voluble as the strange woman of the Book of Proverbs who seeks a lover. You are trying to bring her back to her sense, but a dozen more solicitations may have arisen before you ever succeeded”. So let's not get caught up in a fight of uncertain outcome we would probably not win. But the Bible urges us to beware of false prophets and to ensure that the Gospel we keep is not a denatured gospel. When unconventional manifestations emerge, the occasion is sometimes too good for the sorrowful minds to deny the whole supernatural aspect of the Gospel. This website for instance, provides detailed and sometimes useful information on many sectarian currents. The problem is simply that its initiators do not believe that the supernatural power of the Gospel has survived the Book of Acts. But if you take the supernatural from the Gospel, you have at most a legend: “God visiting his own and his own not recognising him”. Stories entertain but they will not change the world. This other initiative deserves to be welcomed. However, after seeing the list of content, I realise that all those who wanted to leave the evangelical status quo are now watched closely and are no longer entitled to the slightest misstep, regardless of the fruits they carry. There are also the usual hesitations about God's willingness to heal, which too often serve to justify the lack of results of Christians. The Bible is clear: Where there is hesitation, there can be no faith, and as long as we are double minded, we receive nothing. So let's keep from throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but let's not be naïve. The Bible is full of warnings against world influences seeking to creep into the church, and God sees their fostering as marital treason. Some would say : “Take what is good from anywhere, and spit out the pips”. But Jesus knows what we are made of and he is far more radical : “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit”. The best way to contain a forest fire is to light counter-fires. False Gospels must be faced with the full Gospel—a gospel of power that finds its legitimacy in the message of the cross.
The magicians of God.
You've probably seen this reality show that demonstrates how much men can be influenced and are sometimes unaware enough to lend themselves to such spiritual manipulation, in which the wizard and hypnotiser Messmer takes control of a group of individuals, making them all fall to the floor, or transforming them into whatever he wants, even into animals. This already existed in the time of the apostles. In Acts 8:10, we are told of the story of Simon the Magician, “who, thinking of himself as an important person, exercised magic and amazed the people of Samaria. All, from the least to the greatest, listened attentively to him, and said: This is the power of God, which is called the great”. But when Simon saw the miracles performed by the apostles, he was impressed and he wanted to buy that power from them. Simon considered himself a follower of Jesus. He wanted to become like the apostles. But Peter and John reproved him severely: "You have neither part nor right in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. So turn away from the evil that is in you, and ask the Lord to forgive you, if it is possible to have such intentions in your heart. Because, as I see, you are filled with bitterness and malice and you are captive to evil”. A characteristic of this phenomenon is spiritual confusion. Those who are caught by this spirit believe that they are doing good, and are not even aware of the true nature of what lives in them. This is exactly what had happened to John some time before, who wanted to call fire from above on a town where Jesus and the disciples had not been welcomed worthily. This suggests that the key evangelists of the day were influenced or even largely won over to a form of power that had nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus had to rebuke them: “You don’t know what kind of spirit you belong to”. This is why, in Matthew 7, Jesus warns us, and this is a key phrase of the Gospel : “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ The thought that many of those who performed miracles may ultimately be reprobate, is troubling. We often think, and this has been widely taught by religion, that accomplishing miracles is a proof of holiness in itself. In fact, miracles prove nothing. Pharaohs magicians reproduced most of the miracles of Moses. Just as there are physical laws that apply to all, good and evil, there are spiritual laws. The Bible says that God does not repent on his gifts, that is, he will not automatically sanction a man by taking away his spiritual capabilities. The people of Babel, for instance, had found the divine key to fulfilling wishes. But because they acted independently from him and in fact in another spirit, God had to intervene. He undermined their unity to prevent them from completing their megalomaniac projects. And in 2 Thessalonians 2 Paul says : “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” This should answer those who would see in my speech an attack on the unity of Christians. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11: «The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much — this is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. And now I’m afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ. It seems that if someone shows up preaching quite another Jesus than we preached — different spirit, different message — you put up with him quite nicely». Can one be a Christian and be closed to the love of truth? I fear that the answer is a yes without hesitation. All who have substituted for the paternity of the Holy Spirit, a tradition, a movement, a holy father or an apostle, are in great danger of being lost.
The transfer of the blessing.
We must be rooted in a personal relationship with the Lord, and this implies that we are fully and firmly grounded in His Word. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away," said Jesus in the Gospels. Moreover, in Revelation 22, Jesus solemnly warns us of what will be done to those who add or withdraw from his words. The early church was plagued by a heresy called Gnosticism, from the Greek word gnosis, which means knowledge, and implies that there is an experiential knowledge of God that few may possess that intervenes on par with the word of God. However, wanting to legitimize the experience by adapting the word to justify it puts us in great danger, and can be at the source of all imaginable errors. Genesis 3 tells us how the evil one tempted our ancestors to feed on the fruit of the tree of knowledge. By acquiring power and wisdom through this short-cut and by themselves, they would become “like gods”, which means that they would be independent enough not to have to remain in God's closeness and undergo his education any more. That's at least what the serpent made them believe, because he himself had opened that path to independence through his own rebellion. But we know what actually happened. Through their disobedience to God and their obedience to the evil one, they stepped into the other camp and transferred the prerogatives on the world that God had entrusted them with, to the evil one. Therefore, they had to be banished from the presence of God. Resurgences of this pagan Gnosticism came up all throughout the church's history, and led to sectarian movements like the Christian Science, and to some hippie drifts in the sixties. This deviant form of revival has reappeared in 1994 with the “Toronto blessing”, also known as “Lakeland's Revival”, and now as “Bill Johnson's Tunnel of Fire” and the NAR, the New Apostolic Reformation (not to be confused with TLR, the movement called The Last Reformation, a movement whose apparent lack of maturity only confirms the authenticity). This counterfeit of revival is propagated in a subtle manner and sometimes imperceptibly for those who lack this discernment, by some evangelical groups that have seized what they failed to recognise as a New Age ersatz of gospel power and vision, with the ambition to use it to conquer the world “for Jesus” — but perhaps not exactly “with him”.
God: a power, or a Person?
Some contemporary preachers pass on by the laying on of hands, what they call : a impartation of power or a “dunamis”. The practice might seem Biblical since in the book of Acts, we read repeatedly that the apostles laid their hands on people and then the Holy Spirit came upon them, or that they received the Spirit of Jesus after the imposition of the hands of the Apostles. After receiving the Holy Spirit, people were able to do the same things Jesus did — namely, to speak in other languages, to access an unusual wisdom, to see in the invisible, to hear what the Spirit says in order to follow his instructions, to boldly announce the coming Kingdom and see men convinced of their need for repentance, to heal the sick, to drive out demons; sometimes even to move in the space-time in the manner of Jesus or Philip, to work with the angels, to live together in good harmony and in reality a host of very convincing demonstrations, necessary for the propagation of the good news of Jesus, the Saviour of Humanity. Amongst the Jews, there was an ancestral practice that consisted of the laying on of the hands on people. It would take a book to explain all the facets of this act, but for what I could understand, it was two sided. It was used to convey a blessing in a family, for example as when Jacob blessed his sons on his death bed, or to rehabilitate the person who had been excluded, within the group. But it was also used to transfer a curse, for instance to a person who had committed a serious sin, so that the community would be relieved from the consequences of the fault that had been committed within it. In 2 Timothy 4:6, Paul is reminding Timothy to rekindle the “charisma” he has received through the laying on of his hands. We understand from the context that this charisma consisted of a particular boldness that was to help Timothy overcome his shyness when he proclaimed the gospel. Paul specifies that the Spirit that God has given us is not a spirit of timidity—or of fear and cowardice—, but a spirit of strength (dunamis), of love (agape), and wisdom (sophronismos). Paul also tells Timothy that he should not lay hands hastily, for fear of participating in the sins of others. But if, as in Acts 8:17, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit was given to believers after the laying on of the hands of those who had already received it, we never read that the Apostles transmitted the Holy Spirit through the laying on of their hands. So we should understand that when they placed their hands on people, the apostles just made people ready for receiving the Spirit of God. After the new disciples had been baptized, they had their sins forgiven by other believers as Jesus had commended them to do, which was the ancient rite of the atonement. Also important: through faith and the laying on of hands, they were released from diseases and evil spirits that had a grip on them, by being transmitted the redemptive blessing. For it is only to the extent that a glass has been emptied of its contents that it can then be filled with a new wine. This other image may help us understand: The Spirit of God is hovering over the waters, tells the text of Genesis. The word “waters” is an image for the unsaved people of the earth. This means that the Spirit of Jesus is everywhere, just as invisible radio waves. With the difference though that the Spirit of Jesus fills the earth and is not limited by authorisations that would require him not to broadcast outside the churches for instance. It is therefore not up to us, insignificant vessels, to transmit the Spirit to others. But when, like a radio set on the right frequency, we manifest the Spirit of God, then others become aware of His presence and they can set their own tuner to receive it too. The Great Architect has equipped all of us with the necessary circuits to grasp his Spirit, since this was his original intent when he created man amongts the animals. But sin had settled us on the background noise of the Universe, or on the many other radio stations. The church is a family. We can receive some measure of the Holy Spirit, simply by reading the Bible, as it happened to me. But God has chosen to ask us to welcome new members in the family by passing on to them the Life and all the blessings that are over the family. The Holy Spirit of God is a family spirit. He may be alternately maternal or paternal, fraternal, according to the needs of each individual at a given time. You meet Christians from other cultures and you immediately realize that you are from the same family. ... But this whole meaning—and it is infinitely greater than what I have been able to translate here—can be missed by those who do not have the right motives, as was the case for Simon the magician, who imagined that the Holy Spirit was a power possessed by the Apostles that they transmitted by the laying on of their hands, just like the powers of healers and sorcerers. Simon saw in the Holy Spirit a source of energy and authority, a “dunamis” that he could exploit for profit, and he was ready to pay the apostles to be imparted with it, and why not, with an exclusivity. This understanding on which God has made me stumble, is actually what allowed me to discover how to distinguish truth from falsehood. For, due to our imperfections, our education, the warnings and threats sometimes of those who will qualify our questioning of attacks on those who are anointed by God, it can be very difficult for us to make this distinction and to dare to express our feelings. In Matthew 23, Jesus himself encourages us not to yield to the intimidations of religious paternalism: “One is your Father, one is your master, one is your leader.” The Holy Spirit is this all at once, and the church is his family first, and He makes it ours too.
A pebble on the avenue of the prophets.
In 2 Chronicles 18, we read that Micaiah said to the king, “So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours.” To which Zedekiah, who was one of these four hundred erring prophets, answered after having struck Micaiah: “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?”. We understand through this event that the opinion of the greatest number is not necessarily the truth, even though we would be in the presence of a whole assembly of prophets. We also see how pride can blind men of God, and make them arrogant when they have political support. In the first Book of Kings in chapter 19, Elijah the prophet lived at a time when the Baal were revered in Israel. King Ahab and his Queen Jezebel entertained a crowd of prophets who were all at their heels, and the people swallowed the water. So much so that Elijah wondered if he was alone seeing clearly in their game, or if he might have gone mad. God reassured him on this point. He also revealed him that these people were all going to perish, but that he had reserved for himself a remnant among the people: seven thousand men who had not bowed their knee before the Baal. A study of what the Baal represent would no doubt be very instructive. Ahab and Jezebel represent a paradigm that is regularly found in the world, in political circles as well as sometimes in churches: the alliance of a male personality with great responsibilities but impressionable and in some aspects puerile, and of a female personality disturbed but determined to overcome her frustrations by using the status and decision-making power of her husband. Jezebel was the daughter of Ithobaal, king of Tire and Sidon. She represented in Israel, the values of the new age of her time. All this political and religious intelligentsia seemed flourishing and prosperous. But God was going to place a stumbling block in the person of a certain Jehu, to crush the whole building and put an end to this madness. In Matthew 21, Jesus claimed to be himself a rock of scandal : “Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed”. Nowadays, fewer and fewer Christians are established on a personal relationship with Christ through his word. Or, they will tell you that they are established on Christ, and on the theology promoted by this or that movement. Virtually all religious movements preach allegiance to an ideology and their doctrinal views. This transmission of knowledge by leaders to their subordinates represents the essence of Baal worship. Baal is sometimes portrayed as a savage child-eating man. Not at all! Moloch is the child eater. Baal is a status: that of the guardians of the house. The Baal are the guardians of religion and traditions, values, they are patriots and guardians of the land. If the earth is overpopulated, is not it beneficial for the planet that Baal calls on Moloch's services? That is why God said: “You will have no other God before my face”. Is it pride to refuse to submit blindly to men? Paul says that he received from the Lord what he taught. Yet Paul never followed Jesus on the roads of Galilee, as did Peter and others who might have been better placed to put forward this argument. Despite this, Paul was sometimes forced to refute the arguments of these “most excellent” apostles, precisely because they had bowed to the law of Baal. However, if there is one who could have been reproached for having served “the orders”, it is Paul. For the Jesuit, the end justifies the means. Paul was not a Jesuit, but he was probably his most successful counterpart. He devoted himself so well to his purging task that he had become in spite of himself, a personal enemy of the God of his fathers. His conviction, and the repentance that marked the rest of his life, was his strength to refute the ideologies that stormed nascent Christianity. Jesus told the theologians of his time: You are canceling the word of God for the benefit of your tradition.
Accompanied, and not used.
Contrasting with the sterile pompousness of the political and religious class, when Paul and Barnabas healed this man who had never walked, they then had to humble themselves in order not to be elevated to the rank of gods, so much so that they were despised and finally stoned. And when Peter and John healed the paralytic, they had to explain what had happened and said : “Oh, Israelites, why does this take you by such complete surprise, and why stare at us as if our power or piety made him walk?”. “Faith in Jesus’ name put this man, whose condition you know so well, on his feet — yes, faith and nothing but faith put this man healed and whole right before your eyes”. The power available to Christians does not reside in them, but resides in their faith in the name of Jesus. The program does not reside in the computer, but it is in the “Cloud”, so to speak. I like the way Art Thomas who is a leading teacher in healing puts it: “It's a union with Him, it's a partnership. It's a dance where we let Him lead. It's the branches that bear fruit, but the vine bears the branches”. Moreover, Jesus clearly described it this way when we read in Acts 1: 8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. And indeed on the day of Pentecost: “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” We read that they were filled with the Holy Spirit, but that the power rested upon them. We see again that Jesus did not mean this partnership in such a way that we would be equipped to do the job on our own. But if we obey him, he promises to accompany us and to intervene with supernatural acts, to confirm that what we are announcing is the truth. “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14. Again, the primary purpose of miracles is not to relieve the ills of humanity. Nor is it to draw people to church. God does not want to make us superheroes with superpowers who would put them at the disposal of our fellow men. But he wants to make us super-servants of Christ who are super-confident in their Lord, and who have a super-relationship with Him through His Holy Spirit, and that should make people envy. Miracles are meant to glorify–not us–but our Father in us. If we honour Him this way, our Father will glorify himself in us and this will be more than sufficient for us. Who is our Father if not He who gave us his Spirit in a new birth? “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it”. Mark 16:20.
I do not know if you had the opportunity to read the book that the English preacher John Bunyan wrote in 1678, while he was imprisoned for his faith, entitled: “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come”, also available in audio playback. I had the chance to read this book while I was a young convert myself. The wisdom that the story of the adventures of the young Christian on his way to the Celestial City passed to me, continues to serve me many years later. Appearances are deceptive, and even in the Christian life, our friends remain seldom for a long time. “Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” said Jesus. Healing is one of the most indispensable domains and it is inevitably the object of many desires. God wants us to understand where healing comes from. But before we get there, the other one will have put in our minds the theologies of unbelief that prevail in the church, and all kinds of misconceptions that will prevent us from seeing the simplicity of the thing and push us to seek the key to healing in the many counterfeits that are offered by the various wisdoms of this world. The adversary will put on our way these false Christian friends who have yielded to the singing of the mermaids and who will suggest that we accompany them on a path that is more direct and more rewarding.
Man exists only in relation to God and his fellow men. The gospel of Jesus Christ is really about this newfound relationship between men and their heavenly Father. Now, when we are in this relationship, it is enough to have received the Holy Spirit and to have been introduced through him in a new way of considering all things, to be now fully equipped for the tasks Jesus has assigned us. Even though maturity will be acquired with the experience, there is no need to receive an additional anointing or apostolic mantle or whatever, in order to bring healing. These so-called anointings are a concept of the old covenant in which things had not yet reached their completeness. The prophets and kings of the old covenant did not have the Spirit of Jesus with them in the way he is now with us. We may need an activation though, but that's a matter of learning to release our faith through the example of someone, and never a spiritual bonus passed on by that someone. The religious world is filled with people who, through lack of discernment, have received what they have not been able to recognize as demonic power, and who, through the laying on of hands, wish to transmit this power to others to place them under this same influence. But in reality, in order to see the most amazing demonstrations of divine power, it is actually enough to have an entire faith in the fact that Jesus is all mighty and that he accompanies us. And as we trust and obey his words and get committed to bringing the Gospel, his Holy Spirit will stand at our side and bring healing and deliverance.The problem, if there is, is never on God’ side. We might however have to learn what having an entire faith in him means.
Did Jesus fail?
But the temptation has always been to receive the gifts and to leave out the donor, or to receive dominion without accepting submission. Jesus' original idea was never to build churches that would work for themselves. Jesus wants us to be a light in the house, his witnesses in the midst of the world. As soon as a group of Christians moves away or closes to this vision, this group loses the leadership and the renewal of the Spirit. Those who are called to responsibilities then cannibalise the flock, and all becomes pathetic. In Revelation 17, we see that rulers get their power by spending one hour with the beast. That's all they are required: Three years walking with Jesus and then maintaining a permanent relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit, or just an hour spent with the devil, and you are appointed apostle or leader. This tells us that during that interview, rulers are passed on a spirit, and that spirit is then using those rulers as puppets to accomplish the work of the devil. In John's first letter, in chapter 2, we read that the distinctive sign of the spirit of the Antichrist is to be found in the status he gives to Jesus. For example, Pope Francis said that Jesus' death on the cross was a failure. Would God have failed? And as is the case in many cults, the leaders of the NAR believe that Jesus walked in the flesh as a man, and not as God. For them, the experience of faith must go beyond what Jesus has done. We ought to be entrusted with a spiritual power and we must learn to channel it, just like the Reiki healers. Thus, those who have received power in themselves through the Tunnel of Fire experience as part of the School of the Supernatural Ministry set up by the Church of the New Apostolic Reformation, describe this experience as a charge of electricity and “liquid love”, flowing on their head and invading their arms, causing them to lose control of themselves and behave irrationally. Strangely, this formula matches what those who have been activated or awakened to the Kundalini describe. It also matches what some people who resorted to Hindu healers or to magnetisers have felt. If you feel, when you pray earnestly for your own deliverance, that a force is controlling you, clasping your head, present in your arms as if they were crossed by electricity, do not think that it is the Holy Spirit. It is a satanic power and you need to be set free. In Eastern religions, the Shakti allows Gurus to captivate their followers by placing them under powerful controlling spirits. People who, undergoing the oppression of spirits they can locate along their spine, are then forced to consult in psychotherapy, describe themselves as feeling disengaged from their previous sense of self (experiencing a personality change), having irrational compulsory behaviours, strange visions, undergoing involuntary movements usually associated with mental illness, suffering from pain and physical changes. This charismatic anointing, as you will have understood, is a perversion of the spreading of the Holy Spirit attributable to the spirit of the Kundalini. Let's not forget that Satan is an impostor from the beginning. His intention has always been to divert the attention that men bring to God so that they may exalt him instead of his rival: the Christ. The closer he can bring us to the real thing, the more effective his snares and the longer they will last. Whether called Jehovah, Allah, Krishna, Holy Spirit, Mary Queen of Heaven or even Jesus, every mask is good for him as long as it allows him to usurp Christlike identity in order to keep men captive of his spirits who rule on this earth. This is sad to say, but christians are the devil's best missionaries. The adoration and praise that false christianity offers to its gods feeds this world of darkness and raises it far more than Satanism properly speaking could ever do. Their purpose in deceiving the souls is to keep them enslaved. Until the day, of course, when the true Christ appearing in glory from one end of the sky to the other, will bring down all masks.
Signs designed to deceive.
«For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.» Matt 24:24. And in 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15, Paul reminds us that as his or her name suggests, Lucifer has made a specialty of appearing as an angel of light. Centuries of Christianity have allowed him to perfect his acting skills. He can be so sweet, so loving. His ambassadors and ambassadresses are above all suspicion and have mad skills to seduce and corrupt even the most seasoned servants of God, for everything the devil touches gets corrupted. Soon, Christians will have for enemies the people of their own house, as predicted by Christ. True: Lucifer was was originally created with the charge of transmitting divine light to men. But by his rebellion, the light of God that was in him was extinguished, and death and darkness invaded his camp. Life is in the Light and Jesus is the new Light of the world. He who follows him does not walk in darkness. That is why Satan and his angels hang around those who seek God, so that they can take advantage of the light they receive from above. In reality, many things may seem authentic and good in these movements. They produce catchy music that in the Christian world is thought to be inspired, but which has often the “me” at the centre instead of elevating God, and is used sometimes repetitively with a hypnotic effect. Young people are attracted and overflow with enthusiasm. Their preachers are set on fire and they claim to want to bring a hitherto unknown dimension to Christianity, going even beyond the work of Christ—did Jesus not say that those who believe in him may do greater things than he did ? For those who seek an effective Christianity, the offer can be very attractive. I must confess that at some point, after a long period of spiritual drought, I considered subscribing to it. Before returning to biblical good sense and taking a stand. For, if you are sensitive to the truth, you should soon realise that something is wrong.
Love or Truth?
The impression that emanates from this movement is that people are manipulated through their emotions. They are being conditioned through loud verbal and musical declarations supported by charismatic demonstrations and a universalist type of affect that is reminiscent of the spirit of Buddhism, which serve to win their allegiance to their leaders, and are then embarked in the train of “The Jesus' Culture”. So, of course, we need to be jostled by the Holy Spirit, but in order to be led in all humility and full truth to Him who must be lifted up. For if God is love, love dissociated from truth characterises the seduction of false religion. The risk is that the movement becomes God, and a kind of exaltation that must be kept vibrant by all sorts of devices is his Holy Spirit. And why not? People have the right to do more or less what they want in our society. If they want another pseudo-Christian religion —one more—, give it to them. But Christians who want to be authentic must be warned and that is also the reason why I had to delete some links on my page, and others might have to. Christianity is not about surrounding ourselves with cool people who look and think like us. You know : beauty, power, glory, wisdom, joy, well-being, riches, healing miracles — the other knows how to get us those things. But to base one's religion on the innocence of a pure heart, accepting to offer himself as a sacrifice on the altar of the folly of men in order to reconcile us with the Father, this remains very untimely in the devilish world. To kill others or to damn them to feed on their substance, he shall continue to do it without hesitation. But true Christianity exists only in full obedience to the Father. The curse caused by the fall of man must be reversed. And unfortunately, we can not claim to love the Father God and obey Him, and continue to fray with traitors to His authority who hold spiritual power on earth. We have the power to choose between two paternities, and Jesus did not hesitate to tell his fellow believers that their father was the devil.
Is it now the time for the advent of the new Adam?
The Church of Bethel advocates dominationism : Christians must take control of “seven mountains” which are seven spheres of society : religion, family, education, governments, the media, art and entertainment, economics. This intention may seem quite commendable. After all, God said to Moses that if we obeyed His commands, He would put us at the head and not at the tail. Jesus said that we are the salt of the earth. Salt brings taste and it is a preservative. He said also that “no one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead, we place it on a stand so that everyone in the room sees the light”. But in reality, nowhere in the Gospels do we find mention of an order of mission inviting us to conquer the world's domains of influence to make this world a “Christian world”. Are we smarter than Jesus? The servant is no greater than his master, if at least we are still his servants. When Joseph received from Pharaoh, the governance over Egypt, they could eat the wheat of Egypt to satiety but it cost his people four hundred years of captivity and the whole generation that went out was lost during the crossing of the desert. It took another generation that was born in the wilderness for the mentality of Egypt to start fading away. When Constantine promoted Christianity to statehood, Christians were like dogs returning to their vomit. Abandoning their authority in the spiritual realm, they wanted to dominate over men and the material world. Trusted and now integrated into the political systems, they relegated their living faith into a tradition and adopted fascism and later nationalism, and became the worst offenders to the laws of God. If, depending on the meaning given to the word, dominationism should be considered an error and a snare, the Gospel on the other hand represents our call as Christians. To apply the gospel is to reign, not in the present world, but over the spiritual world, over sin and that which flows from sin such as sickness and death. We do not want to take the world for Jesus, let alone for ourselves in the name of Jesus. But we want to announce the coming Kingdom by affirming Christ's sovereignty over the Universe, and to do so through strong signs aimed at chaos and the demonic world. I recommend on this subject, Pastor Curry Blake's excellent teachings entitled “God's Master Plan”, that I put here in link. The sectarian currents make their bed in the disintegration of evangelical values. In the last century, much emphasis was placed on eschatology, that is, on the probable sequence of events of the end times. But we came to an unconvincing theory that disengaged us from our responsibilities towards the world, which had been called: “the rapture of the church”. While God so loved the world that He had given His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life, God now judged the world for ignoring His generosity. Like a thunderclap in a blue sky, the world would wake up one fine morning abandoned by all the Christians who would have surreptitiously left the ship. This had given rise to a war of ideas among theologians concerning pre-tribulationism or post-tribulationism, or why not a mid-tribulationism. The great anguish of wise Christians was no longer to see their brothers perish without knowing Christ, but it was to fall asleep in the waiting hall, to miss the only planned evacuation flight and to remain scattered on an earth deserted by God that would soon turn into a hell. Some films remain that show the way people were portraying things. Although there is some truth in it as always, the angle by which we approached that hope for a miraculous rescue was certainly wrong. There was also a very narrow conception of divine healing called “the sovereignty of God”. Man proposes, but God disposes. Man prays and asks God to heal someone and then God decides whether he wants to heal or not. Basically, it was as to say that even though Jesus asked us to heal the sick and he paid the bill for everyone, God continues to decide on a case by case basis whether that person deserves to be healed or not. We had simply returned to the state that prevailed before Christ and the result was that there were no more healings in the churches. These views have had their day. Sickness and the storms of life should not be considered as divine teaching tools, but they are expressions of the chaos on which Jesus wants us to reign unchallenged by his word of authority. Jesus did not leave us helpless to face adverse circumstances: “Speak to the mountains that rise in your way, cast out demons, heal the sick”. If weeds and brambles invade our garden, are we going to sit idly by and try to understand what God might want to teach us? We will roll up our sleeves and repel the invaders! If at least we have a vision of what our garden should be. The mentality of the Kingdom of God corresponds to a complete conversion in our way of looking at God and the things of life.
Make yourself treasures in Heaven.
People must be urgently won over to this other reign, because it is now high time for all of us to make a decision. “He who does not reap with me, scatters”, said Jesus. Do we belong to this mass of those whom life and circumstances push forward, and will we continue to suffer the tyranny of the wicked without understanding, attributing our successes to luck and our misfortunes to a fatality? Or are we going to join the camp of those whom Christ redeemed from the vain way of life inherited from our fathers? Jesus tells us: “Today is the day when you must make this decision. Pray and ask me to be the Lord of your destiny, and if you do so, soon your life will have a new meaning. A simple prayer like this can lead us to the greatest miracle we will ever experience, which will be our new birth and the Kingdom of God coming to settle in our heart. The Kingdom of God is in you, says Jésus in Luke 17. And not, “in the midst of you” as it has often been translated. For we must not fall from one misconception into another and think that “the Kingdom is now”. People must not adhere to this New Age concept. “My kingdom is not of this world, said Jesus. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” Who are these servants to whom Christ refers? It is certainly not this handful of apostles who accompanied him, who were overcome by fatigue and fear. The advent of the reign of Christ is an epic combat that is taking place above us, in the heavenly realms of the angelic world. But on the other hand, we have a major responsibility in this advent: It is to pray for the Lord's reign to be established on the earth as he already reigns in heaven, that is, in the spiritual absolute, and to prepare to welcome him. For if this reign is not yet established on earth, the obvious reason is that men do not want it. But in the end, this reign will not prevail over men, but it will reunite those who have waited for it.
The test of the fire.
Jesus warned us that before his heavenly kingdom becomes manifested on earth, men will have to face a great adversity, something similar to that which only Noah and his own and those that embarked in the Ark escaped. Jesus is now this new ark in which we can take refuge, for faith alone will not be enough to save us in the end. The Bible announces that men, under the patronage of rebellious angels who we understand have every interest in preserving the existence of a world they have monopolised and of which we are now hostages, will work for world peace. They will achieve this by establishing a strong and centralised political government and by creating a unique syncretic religion, taking into account the various sources of influence. The general idea is that no one holds the whole truth but all contribute to it. It is easy to imagine that a religion designed to reconcile all points of view will lead to this situation portrayed in Isaiah 5:20, and that Jesus describes by saying, “If the light that is in you becomes darkness ...” Therefore, Paul says that when we will have reached that goal, when men will have silenced the true prophets and surrounded themselves with people who will tell them only what they want to hear, and will believe that by achieving this, they reached a safe and secure political climat, “sudden ruin will surprise them”. My friends, the present world is like the Titanic: it has hit an iceberg and it is doomed to sink. Contrary to what many people think, God is not the captain of this ship, but he is the iceberg! Jesus does not ask us to take the helm of a ship in distress to try to bring it back to some safe haven, that is to say, to clear our society by giving it a certificate of good morality or of baptism. But he begs us on the contrary to get on deck and to organise the rescue of the men. Lot's family had to rush out of Sodom without being able to take anything away. But a woman turned and looked at what they had left behind, and we know what happened. Jesus warned us that this will happen just in the same way on the day of his coming. Where does this school of thought come from, according to which Christians will have to win the world to the Lordship of Christ before handing over the keys to him? We would each have some good reasons to love this world and to want to preserve it. All it takes is some mental gymnastics around chapter 16 of Matthew, to justify our vow on a theological level. Others have done it before.
If the grain of wheat does not die ...
But Jesus said, and we find it written black on white in this same chapter 16: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.” Why don't we accept his words with simplicity of heart? These words leave little room for a dominationist vision. Should not history alone have taught us about this aberration that represents an alliance between the church and the secular world? God once said to our ancestors that if we ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, we would die. “Not at all, you shall not die but you will become like gods”, the snake retorted. Today he doesn't say “gods”, but he says “super-Christians imparted with exceptional powers”. And so we believed the lie, and we lost everything. All sorts of theories are circulating around the millennium, saying that the events announced in the Bible are only a view of the mind and that we have already entered this period of peace, smoothly and without even realising it. Let's not be naive. Does not Jesus tell us that for his reign to come, we will have to die one way or another? This is what I read in this chapter 16 of Matthew and I am sorry for the faint hearted. But Jesus does not have the same definition as us of the words live and die. By eating of the tree of knowledge, we know that to die is the worst thing that can happen to anyone and that we should avoid it at all costs. Today's “Third Wave” theology is all about “dunamis and resurrection power”. Is Christianity just about seeking the Tree of life? It is not a wild rush forward that people need, but it's truth. We know that Jesus ript death from it's power over us, but did Jesus promise that we should not die? In a sense, yes. But his exact statement is this: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:23-25. Our victory over death is not that we should not die or that we should get hold of some “dunamis” to resurrect one another, but it is that we no longer have to fear death as failure to live.
Towards an indestructible life.
We know that when Jesus died, the life that was in him was multiplied by millions, and it's something the martyrs knew also. Jesus says elsewhere that those who are really attached to him will never die, and that they will live even they should die. That's how I can imagine a sheltering of the church rather than its rapture. But then, in 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul speaks of the “parousia”. He says that we, the “living” who have remained, we will be "taken up into the air to welcome our Lord". Now, we know that Paul and those he addressed in this letter have all passed into the hereafter. This would mean that in the thinking of these early Christians, those who died in Christ are still alive to God, and that they remain somewhere where they rest (or perhaps not) until the day of the coming of our Lord. This somewhere could be a dimension that is not as far away as we may think. In Hebrews 12, there is this mention of a “cloud of witnesses that surrounds us”. Jesus said that we should not fear the one who kills the body but who then can't do anything more. When we, as faithful christians, will die or when we will be crushed by the henchmen of power and the new religion, the angels will invite us to accompany them in a safe place, out of the reach of the dragon. In this immortal form which is the real us, we will be gathered in a place or a dimension where we will be together, fed, taught, envisioned and empowered, until the dragon is eventually chained by the angels and thrown into the pit of hell. And once this great trial over the earth is over, then will we appear with our Lord and his angels, coming on the clouds as the Scripture says, and we will join those who have already been resurrected. Just as in Noah's days, Jesus said. In his Apocalypse, John tells us that we will all resurrect at the sound of a trumpet and that we will become the artisans of a thousand-year reign of peace on earth. Oh, maybe there will be some who survived these events if not who would we rule on except the breaths of chaos? The Bible gives us many more details about this Passover, this passage of man and his access to the reign of God. One life would hardly be enough to study all the ins and outs. It is very easy to lose the vision of the goal and to stop on the road side when trying to dissect the word of God. But if we have prepared for the very simple scenario that Jesus pictures for us in the Gospels, then we should be optimally integrated into this new creation.
I loved Jacob and hated Esau.
Travel has get us used to access the best of two worlds. Unfortunately, I fear that some gospels have drawn us to the antipodes of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and perhaps me the first. Let us convert while there is still time, because soon there will be no return possible. The men of God of the Bible were prepared to suffer hunger and nakedness, torture and ferocious beasts, rather than compromising with the adver sery by taking from his hand the governance of the world. We would do well to be inspired by them in these days when Satan wishes to “prosper” Christians in all sorts of ways. He wants to entertain us, he wants to enrich us and he wants to heal us through amazing miracles ! But above all, he would like to take possession of the Christians by placing in them the other fire, the spirit of dominion and power that is an abomination to God, and so to mark our conscience with a wilt made with a hot iron, as being his property. Are we like Esau: “No matter the bottle, provided we have drunkenness,” or are we going to suffer a temporary shortage if we must, in order to inherit an eternal destiny on an earth eventually set free from sin? This gospel addressed to a world that is lost is unwelcome in days when man thinks that he has everything under his control, including the course of the events that he can influence by interpreting the scriptures in different ways. Yet this radical message was the essence of the great revivals of the past.
Pray for those that lead you.
Until his last cry, Jesus remained fully submissive to his Father. “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me”. “I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken”. “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me”. “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me”. So many preachers have started well, being the faithful servants of the Spirit of Jesus. But carried away by success or influenced by those around them, they continued their programs in a very different spirit, ambitioning their notoriety and that of their movement, to the prejudice of their Master's advent. It is very important to pray for our leaders whatever their movement or church, because group leaders are targets of choice for the spirits of delusion. Let us remember the temptation of Christ in the desert : “I will give you all this power, and the glory of these kingdoms; for it has been given to me, and I give it to whom I wish.” Aren't we glad that Jesus resisted and that he obeyed till the death on the cross? At the wedding of Caana, or after the multiplication of the loaves and the fish, or during his ascent to Jerusalem, or at the Garden of Gethsemane, and finally at Mount Golgotha—on many occasions, Jesus could have made choices that would have led him to become the Antichrist before the hour. He could have yielded if he had not been devoured by love for his Heavenly Father and his House. Therefore, John exhorts us in 1 John 4 : “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” John must remind us that alas, all that glitters is not gold.
From Babel to Jerusalem.
God has certainly nothing against the hipsters and his creation shows in a thousand ways that he is not a promoter of uniformity. But in Revelation 2:14, Jesus warns us against Balaam's doctrine which consists of importing influences from the world into Christian spirituality and faith. In Numbers 22, we find the story of Balaam. Balaam was a kind of prophet. Imbued with his status as a man of God, he arranged his theology as needed and used his skills on demand. God finally had to bring him to his senses by talking to him through Balaam's own donkey. Tradition exposes the church to want to shape a human substitute to the work of God. Just as the people of Babel did, religion wants by all means to make a name for herself and to rally others to her cause. We see it clearly emerging in Catholicism. The initiatives of Pope Francis who seeks to bring the world religions together are in line with what the book of Revelation announces. Those efforts to bring about world peace are actually intended to prolong Satan's reign on the earth. By contributing to the development of a world religion, the prophet of Catholicism will facilitate the advent of the Antichrist. Soon, all these people could be unpleasantly surprised. And on the other hand, some so-called charismatic anointings are nothing else than a short-cut to the supernatural by inviting demonic forces to take control over a fellowship. In Leviticus chapter 10, we read that the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, had brought to the altar of perfumes the wrong kind of fire, and this act of disrespect irritated the Lord to the utmost. A fire then came out of the altar and consumed them both. Nadab means among other things: “to incite, to force, to bring into an agreement”. The “Ab” root of the name Abihu means “father of an individual”. We find in these two names a notion of submissive constraint and that of pleasing men, pleasing his master, his spiritual fathers or perhaps an apostle. A fire then came out of the altar of the Lord and consumed them both. They were later replaced by Aaron's two other sons: Eleazar and Ithamar. Eleazar means: “The mighty God has saved”, and the roots of the name Ithamar may mean: “who desires to be straightened out” as a disciple, or standing up like a palm tree, or perhaps like a cross. Any fire of the spirit that is not initiated through the sacrificial death of Jesus and his resurrection is comparable to this strange fire. We are forbidden to incorporate such fire to our worship and service. Remember this when you hear a preacher call with a thundering voice “fire” to fall on an individual or on an assembly. True fire does not fall from heaven at our command, but it accompanies those who worship God in Spirit and Truth, and who have a deep reverence for Him. “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” Psalm 92: 12-15.
The Extravagant Bible.
Galatians 5:21 warns us against any form of excess or intoxication, but says in verse 22: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. I recently came across a newer translation of the Bible that I will name here: the Extravagant Bible, so that people who study the Word on this Bible's base will recognise it. The writer said that by using new words and sentences, he hoped to stir the mind of the readers and bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become 'old hat'. It's a nice idea, but special care must be brought not to distort the original concepts. The word extravagance is used thirty four times in this Bible, and it sounds nice in the context. But what worries me is that the word doesn't appear in any other translation of the Bible that I have checked and I have yet to find which original word or concept it translates. The word extravagance comes from the latin roots extra-vagari, and means, to wander beyond. Synonymous of this word include license, unrestraint, expenditure, excess, outrageousness, prodigality, absurdity, luxury. I'm sure that it was not the intention of the writer to bring forwards those meanings, but rather to qualify the expense of love by which God has loved us. Jesus Himself asks us to be in a sense, “extravagant” in our commitment to others when he says, “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles”. However, it is dangerous to instil in the mind of people who are not always as firmly rooted in God as we think we are, concepts that are foreign to the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 10: Paul is enumerating many shortcomings that happened to genuine brothers and sisters in Moses, and he says: “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”. “Flee from idolatry.” Our service to others can easily become idolatry, just as can be indulging ourselves in an extravagant lifestyle. Therefore, it is dangerous to convey in people's mind, concepts that are foreign to the Bible. If the Bible is austere in some regards, this could be for a very good reason. In his first letter, Peter exhorts us by three times to stay sober, because our adversary the devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he shall devour. He says that we have to remain sober and to pray, in order not to become preys. When you are at war, you must discipline yourself and travel light, in order to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to enemy offensives. If the guards wander, or go hunting beyond the protective walls, they put themselves at risk and the enemy may also infiltrate the camp and cause considerable damage. The time will come for us to relax and to be happy, and why not, be a little extravagant. The author of the Book of Hebrews mentions some fundamentals of the Christian doctrine. The first point he cites in chapter 6 is the renunciation to dead works. But what is a dead work? It is any action that is neither motivated and inhabited by the Spirit of Life. Within the framework of the Christian faith, dead works can be activism, legalism, mysticism, traditionalism, liturgy, biblicism, humanitarianism, representations and symbolism, music and iconography, communication with the means of the world — the list is endless. All of these things that we think make our church life more alive and colourful are actually dead works. Now, dead flies in perfume make it stink, and a little foolishness decomposes much wisdom, said a wiseman of the Bible. I had been seduced by the insight that the teachings of an overseas church presented. Although this church makes no secret of the word extravagance, it seemed not to have been reached by the felony that characterizes some trendy churches, especially from California. But during their recent easter celebration, a subliminal image that made the cross appear within a triangle, put a sudden end to my illusions ... I'm not sure that Christians are always aware of the meaning of the symbols they claim. Symbolic is an area that is beyond us. Some people want to see in the triangle, the representation of Mount Zion. But what is Mount Zion? The star of David, or Solomon’s seal, the pentacle, the triangle, are in fact among the symbols whose origin is very ancient and which are the signs of rallying of occult organizations and the spirit of evil that patronize them. Wanting to lock God into a concept is inappropriate, and those who do it want to use their concepts to dominate over others. The cross, by which some of us represent their faith in Christ, could have a parallel meaning that we are missing. Even the name of Jesus is a very imperfect translation of the name of the Messiah of the Jews, since it corresponds in reality to a nickname laden with curses given to him by his opponents. In his wisdom, God has asked us not to make representations of any kind, lest these symbols ultimately bring us closer to those who hate him. Even the name of God remains a secret that orthodox Jews do not dare to pronounce. The only means we have at our disposal to get an idea of who God is, is the weft of the word he has judged fit to reveal to us. The Bible is a personal letter that God sends us. This letter conveys a certain sense of God's identity, and this love letter also pleads against running after another love, which would be idolatry. It is dangerous to want to look like others and to adopt their iconographic language, their expressions and their concepts, by mimicry. I pray that some people's eyes may open to the danger of forbidden alliances. The time will come when we can relax and rejoice, and why not, show a little extravagance. But for the time being, and this should last until the change of governance, we are in the midst of a furnace, as we are warned in this love letter. Jesus promised us his joy, even in the midst of trials. But in order to live the miraculous gospel of Christ Jesus and to no longer be confined to the semblances of the gospel, we should give up comforting ourselves in these dead activities, and be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. When he said to Moses, "I am who I am" (The Sovereign God), God has revealed to Moses and also to future generations, what we should be. This has nothing to do with what some people call: the awakening of consciousness. But if we remain in the Almighty and if his word dwells in us, what more can we ask? In Him we have everything, says the Bible. Our joy, even in the most problematic situations, will glorify our Heavenly Father.
The safeguard of a shared word.
There is in some of the hypster churches, a spirit that manifests itself in a lot of agitation and noise. Have you seen these videos showing funny dogs who tirelessly run after their tail? I can not help but see some contemporary preachers, as agitated. The Bible is hardly quoted before their speeches are fired in all directions, as if their words were to strike faster than we would be able to dodge them. One must constantly motivate the troops and not allow the soufflé to deflete–It looks like business management courses have gone through there. But what's left of their speeches once people have gone home? Our natural reaction to stress is to forget about it and do only what pleases us. Popular wisdom says that the word is of silver and the silence of gold. But the Bible says that “Like golden apples in silver settings, so is a word spoken at the right time”. I thank God for microphones. But Jesus did not take the crowds in dark halls with walls painted in black, haranguing them through megawatts of amps. Can you imagine Jesus, shooting his beatitudes blessings this way? Jesus was taking people to the sun of real life. There he talked to them about birds, lilies of the fields, fig trees, wheat, vines, work and daily worries. He took the children on his knees, he bent over the cripples, he touched the blind and the sick. He challenged the scribes in their bastions, or congratulated a passerby for his repartee. And people who saw this could learn by example. They glorified God by discovering the goodness and wisdom of his son. A man of God whom I greatly respect once said : “The problem we see in many churches is that those who should listen can not stop talking, while those who should speak do not have the opportunity to learn to do it”. There is the fear of the blank page, but there is also this logorrhea which springs like an automatism in order to ward off the fear of silence, when we should perhaps simply let go. To speak is somehow to take power. It is then difficult to give it back... As we all know, the world and the church are governed by pyramidal organizations, operating on the principle of a governing hierarchy and a delegated distribution of authority. Democratic systems operate according to this same principle. Man being what he is, it would probably be impossible to reach a certain cohesion without this form of constraint, whatever the anarchists think. But Jesus, after sharing the bread and the cup, solemnly spoke to his disciples. Listen to what he says: “The kings of the nations rule their peoples, and those who exercise authority over them call themselves their 'benefactors'. It must not be so among you. On the contrary, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and let the ruler be the servant. In your opinion, who is the greatest? He who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Well, I, in your midst, am like the servant”. Luke 22. Jesus recognizes the need for a certain hierarchy, but he reverses the pyramid. The tip of the pyramid is now at the bottom and supports the rest of the building, which raises its base towards the sky. And that's exactly what the Holy Spirit does for the church. That is also what having responsibilities in the church means. Such an organization should allow everyone to fill the place God has assigned for him, and to flourish in the service of others, without feeling contended or used. And when the church is built this way, it is strong by the One who bears it all, and able to reach the goal Jesus has established for it, described in Matthew 16. The Holy Spirit, and the written word of God in the Bible, are inseparable. A strong church is established on this rock which is the revelation of Jesus, the Word of God, within itself.
In rest and confidence shall your strength be!
“The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being”, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus, says the Bible. Jesus appeared to me one day. Not as the votives picture him, but in his glorified form–a unique experience that I am not about to forget. When, like a thousand suns, his gaze landed on me, I was pierced, probed in depths I did not know existed. I was a young convert, I had desired to approach God and I became afraid when I realised my daring. But if I had given myself to his presence instead of putting an end to this vision, my heart and all my resistances would have melted like ice carried in a current of hot water, and this river would probably have become a river of living water flowing through me. When we are in the Holy Spirit, everything stops, and everything starts again but in a different way. What is of man then yields to the divine. “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells… Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” says God in Psalm 46. Let us stop our arguments, our lucubrations, our egocentric praise, and understand that there is a God there, right next to us. This God is waiting for us to be hungry for truth and come to him, that's all. The Samaritan woman came to the well at a time when she was almost certain that she would be alone. Yet at the well, someone was waiting for her and a few words spoken by this person were going to change everything. Her heart having been revealed, the lady who was hiding from sight then rushed to the city to evangelise, and all followed her to see the one about whom she spoke with such conviction. “He told me everything I have done. Would he not be the Christ?” So of course, a generation grew up with a game console in one hand and a smartphone in the other ... We can not stay more than ten seconds in silence without feeling that we are dying for lack of neuronal stimulation. However, we read in Isaiah 30 : “This is what the Almighty Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: You can be saved by returning to me. You can have rest. You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me. But you don’t want that. You’ve said, “No, we’ll flee on horses. ” So you flee. You’ve added, “We’ll ride on fast horses. ” So those who chase you will also be fast.… But the Lord is waiting to be kind to you. He rises to have compassion on you.” Paul says that the Spirit God has given us is a spirit of “sophronismos”. This Greek word usually translated by wisdom means: sound mind, discipline, self-control, temperance and moderation. My friends, let's learn to distinguish the voice of God in the midst of the hubbub of the world. Elijah, after having experienced the wind and the storm, the fire and the earthquake, recognized him in a soft and gentle whisper. Isaiah prophesied about Jesus saying, “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom my soul has enjoyed. I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not dispute, he will not cry, and no one will hear his voice in the streets. He will not break the broken reed, and he will not extinguish the smoking lantern until he has made justice triumph. And the nations will hope in his name”. Jesus told us something that religious people did not like so much: He said that our Father loves us. A father speaks gently and he gives good things to his children. The Spirit of Jesus will never compel us. He will not take hold of us and he will never suggest that we simulate a spiritual anointing or ape the attitudes of a group. He will not humiliate us by throwing us to the floor, unless we come against him in arms. He will not put a scorpion in our hand, or a snake in our spine. But hw will be in all circumstances what his name indicates: Holy, that is: worthy to be loved and imposing respect and honor by His sole Presence. All his initiatives will have a meaning and they will lead to glorify the Father and Lord God Almighty, in and through our life.
Authentic joy, without the drunkenness delusion.
The lesson to be learned is perhaps not to seek a particular anointing with men, but to rather seek Jesus. Not to seek chills and group effect, not to seek an anointing, not to suck an apostolic mantel from dead or living ministers. All these things are idolatry and God considers them hateful. But to seek a deeper, more committed and holier relationship with the Son of God who is also the Word expressed in the Bible. His Holy Spirit with us and in us is a grace that acts with unlimited power other than the restrictions we impose on God by imposing them on ourselves. But there is in the so-called charismatic churches, an enormous problem which, in my opinion, stems from a misinterpretation of the Pentecost narrative. When they were filled with the Holy Spirit, the disciples were in such a state of excitement and jubilation that the people who saw them thought they were intoxicated. Being merry and confident despite the gloom of a world that sees only reasons to whine, may make some believe that these people are on substances. But in reality, no one was drunk on the day of Pentecost, not even drunk in the spirit. People were just joyful and bold ! Peter stood up and told the people: “These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams”. Receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit is walking on earth with our mind in heaven. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 1:6, “You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia”. Paul takes them as models because in their trials, they kept the message, and they also had the joy of the Holy Spirit. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”. The word enthusiasm comes from the roots en-theos, “God in us”. God does not conceive of moroseness. In Nehemiah 8:10, we read: “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”. But some, inspired by whom we know is mocking the character of God, have made us believe, and this has been going on for a long time, that the manifestation of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is an invasive, hilarious and intoxicating experience. So where is that simple and pure dove gone, that came down on Jesus? The preachers of the new apostolic wave insist that we should beg the Holy Spirit to enter us and possess us. To be possessed by the Holy Spirit?? ... Several videos show what is happening within the Bethel movement. We see young people being struck by this spirit, losing all their means and writhing on the floor like drunkards or dying animals, sometimes uttering blasphemous words. And for these people, resisting or challenging this understanding of the baptism in the spirit is equal to despising the Holy Spirit… It's scary. To see how easily people can be deceived is something to worry about, especially when we know that this phenomenon will go crescendo.
The wheat and the narrow gate, the darnel and the broad road.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”. Paul said to Timothy : «The Spirit clearly says that in later times, some will abandon the faith (in Jesus) and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.» 1 Tim 4. The Christian church has always been divided on some issues. But from now on, contradictory spiritual influences mix and mingle not just within the same community, but in the very mind of a Christian. This inextricable situation is an unfortunate illustration of the parable found in the Gospel of Matthew : “Another parable He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while he was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed also darnel (weeds resembling wheat whose consumption causes nausea of drunkenness) among the wheat, and went on his way. So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the darnel appeared also. And the servants of the owner came to him and said, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have darnel shoots in it? He replied to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Then do you want us to go and weed them out? But he said, No, lest in gathering the wild wheat (weeds resembling wheat), you root up the true wheat along with it. Let them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers, Gather the darnel first and bind it in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my granary”. Matthew 13. And Jesus says in Luke 17: “I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left. “Where, Lord?” they asked. He replied, “In every place where a body will be left, there the eagles will gather”.
The Blood of the Lamb: Our only guarantee.
So, how could this enemy of God sow in the church a weed that from far resembles wheat, but whose harvest produces nothing for the granary of God, and which now fills the field, robbing the heart of so many nice folks who claim to be committed to God? — The church was sleeping ... Let's wake up to the real thing ! If an awakening can be so demonstrative, how much more glorious will be the true revival ! Following Jesus is both the simplest and the most demanding thing. I have long stumbled over these words of the book of Revelation in which are mentioned those who will participate in the reign of Christ Jesus. It is written that “They triumphed over the devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death”. In short, they might not have accomplished anything extraordinary, but they will have recognised the one who is the Truth and will have remained faithful to Him in deeds and words, until death. As little as it may seem, holding this position will represent the ultimate war of the end times. This should bring our awareness on the extent of he seduction that will prevail. Let's have an ambition for Jesus, but know how to recognise the times and the values that will make a difference. Who do we want to be? Jesus teaches that in His Kingdom there is a wide variety of positions or functions, and it is up to us right now to choose the position we want to aspire to. There are inevitably dogs, cowards, enemies, opportunists, religious who have taken the vineyard for themselves and those who love and practice lies. They will be thrown out of his kingdom. Then there are the servants who have understood that they have every interest in accepting that Jesus the King of Kings reigns over them. But they do not know what God is doing and in the end, they are not interested in what their master does because they have not grasped the sense of their belonging. And then there are these sons, those who were begotten according to the Spirit of Truth. The apostle Paul says in Romans 18 that the revelation of these sons of God is awaited with great impatience by all creation. In this category of the Sons, there is a group whose status is even more enviable. These are the friends of the bridegroom, the confidants of the King. They accompany the Lamb wherever he goes, they contemplate his glory and their joy is complete. Who said that Christianity must be boring? The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force. The Holy Spirit is a Person and this person is all-mighty, just as the Truth is the Person of God. Then we should understand that the reign of God is not limited to a so-called spiritual awakening accompanied by strange phenomena: cloud, gold dust, angel feathers, collective anointings of unclean and confusing character. All this is smoke and mirrors whose origin should make no doubt. Because the ultimate question that Jesus – the Bridegroom – will ask us, is this: Have you been distracted from the sonship I had for you by charismatic, seductive personalities, whom you have substituted for me, and who misled you? Or were you on the contrary attached to me, the only Truth, because you loved me more than anything? - Jesus reminds us that the rules that prevail in marriage are those that will preserve the security of our relationship with Him. Let us therefore examine everything in the Light of the Bible, and return to Jesus alone.
Other Bible passages lookup include : Leviticus 10, Deuteronomy 13, Mat 7, Mat 10:16, Mat 12:22-35, Acts 20:20-28, Galatians 1:8-9, 2 Timothy 3, 2 Thessalonians 2, 2 Peter 2, Jude 3-4, Revelation 2:18-28.