Redeem Those Help Coupons!

A friend of mine was pretty upset the other day.  It seems that she had asked for help with a yard sale.  To say that it was going to a huge undertaking would be polite.  Two households had joined forces and everything was in duplicate or triplicate.  Not only did she need to decide what to keep, but also find places for the keepers.  But most dreaded of all was the negotiation on the items to be sold with her partner.  Her sister had offered graciously to help with the yard sale in anyway needed.

Well, a month went by and I found myself on a lunch date with my close friend and she began to express a lot of frustration over the state of her house.  I totally understood where she was coming from, having been there before.  I asked about the yard sale, as this would solve many of her complaints.  She needed to declutter and declutter FAST.

“Well, you know, my sister was supposed to help with that.” She said with a huge sigh.

“Yeah, what happened?” I asked.

“She NEVER (bit of ‘tude in her tone) called, or came by.  She offered to help, then I never heard back from her.  She never followed thru on her offer.  I don’t even know why she said she would help.”

I paused and gave some thought to what my next words were to be.  I know her sister.  She is a really giving person, genuine in all aspects.  “Are you ready for a yard sale?  Have you like set a date?”  I asked,  already knowing the answer.  She had not began any of the planning that was needed.  See she was holding her sister responsible for not taking charge of a house that was not hers to take charge of, of items that do not belong to her, and to schedule a sale for someone else at someone else’s property.  I knew that all she needed to do was call her.

“Have you called her?” I asked softly.

“Nope.  I shouldn’t have to.  After all she’s the one that offered.  Now I feel like no one will help.  It really is just too much right now for me.”

Our conversation continued.  Suddenly a light went on.  It was so bright I am surprised she could not hear the “Ahhh HA!” that exclaimed from between my ears.

I changed the subject.  I asked about the coupons you get on items at the store.  You know, the ones that are stuck on to the item and are to be redeemed at check out.  Inevitably it seems that I have a 50/50 chance making sure they get rung up.  I could see the confusion written on her face.  She had no idea why I had brought this up.  Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure yet were I was going with this either.

So I asked her.  “What would you say to me that I was going to boycott that laundry detergent that I love all because the coupon did not get used.  After all, I feel ripped off!  They made an offer, yet the offer never came to pass. “

Suddenly a grin appeared on my friends face.  “It’s not their fault you did not redeem the coupon with the cashier.”  She told me.  She got it!  Phew, I got it.

See her sister made the offer.  But my friend never set a date or called her to “redeem” the offer.  If help is needed, and help is offered, there is a final step in actually redeeming that offer.   Needless to say a few days later a phone call got made she got the help she needed.  She also was able to let go of misplaced hurt feelings.  It was a win, win!  Yay!

 

One Sock Days….

My 14 year old boy is really something else. He in his normal fashion was running late. I had caught a hold of him as was ready to dash off to school, and told him – “Nope, I don’t care how late you are, you don’t leave without brushing your teeth!” Of course I get the “Ahh, Mom”…stomp, stomp, stomp. Now, I am on to something, so as he exits the rest room, I notice that he is not wearing his hearing aides. He tells me (as if this will make it okay), “I can’t find the batteries”. To that I reply, “Well, son you know the rules. You aren’t to leave the house without your hearing aides. Go find ’em”.  Now he is furious and the other kids leave without him. “But I am going to be late!” “Then you better hurry!” Needless to say he finds them, and rushes off thru the house……Only to be stopped by my fiance’ at the front door as he came in. “Dude, aren’t you wearing socks?” “YES! See, I have one!”  At this point I could not help but to just bust up in laughter. One sock! Really? How is one sock ever okay?

Well, of course we know that it’s not. But how many times have we not followed thru all the way with something, knowing that it’s not okay, but just hoping that we won’t get caught at the door.

In reflection I could honestly say I saw that boy acting just like his mother.  Granted I don’t leave the house with one sock!  That would be ridiculous.  I know I would be caught.  Right?  But what short cut am I taking thinking that no one knows about?  Or so I think that no one knows about…..

My son came home that day with a whole new attitude.  He informed me that there will be no more “One Sock Days”.  I too shared, Yes hun, no more one sock days fore sure – for the both of us.

We Are Called To Test!

Latter Rain Movement / Third Wave is alive and well.  While participants and leaders in this movement profess to be apart of a great revival, they are in fact fulfilling prophecy  of the great apostasy in the end times, also known as the great falling away.  These false doctrines are permeating into many now “main stream” denominations.

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him:  We ask you brothers not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way.  For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.  He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God’s sanctuary publicizing that he himself is God.  2Thes 2:1-4

There are 5 core Biblical principals to test teachings of any “New” or “Enlightened” View.  “…do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1John4:1  “Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow”  Hebrews 13:8

1. The Trinity: God is one “What” and three “Whos” with each “Who” possessing all the attributes of Deity and personality.
2. The Person of Jesus Christ: Jesus is 100% God and 100% man for all eternity.
3. The Second Coming: Jesus Christ is coming bodily to earth to rule and judge.
4. Salvation: It is by grace through faith alone in Christ alone.
5. The Scripture: It is entirely inerrant and sufficient for all Christian life.

Any group that deviates from these 5 core doctrines is a cult.  “A cult of Christianity is a group of people, which claiming to be Christian, embraces a particular doctrine system taught by an individual leader, group of leaders, or organization, which (system) denies (either explicitly or implicitly) one or more of the central doctrines of the Christian Faith as taught in the sixty-six books of the Bible.” (Alan Gomes, Unmasking The Cults, Zondervan, 1995)

Most apostasy will not directly outright speak against 5 basic doctrines.  However I do believe the Holy Spirit sets alarms with us.  LISTEN! and be true to the Holy Spirit and test.  Does a message just not sound right?  Does a movie make you sick to your stomach.  Does a speaker make your head throb?  Look at their doctrine, who they associate with, and history.  If you find them to be questionable FLEE!  Do not return.  Too many times I have heard…but their music rocks, or well the message was not “all” bad.  All you do digging thru garbage is get dirty.  God tells us to stay away!  Why do that to the Holy Spirit…why desensitize your self?  Why possibly compromise your ability to discern?

Here are some quotes from proven false teachers:

BILL JOHNSON:  “He performed miracles, signs, and wonders as a man in a right relationship with God…not as God.  If he performed miracles because he was God then it would be unattainable for us”  Bill Johnson  page 29 When Heaven Invades Earth.  ~~ This is known as Kenosis heresy, that Jesus laid aside His divine nature.  He has many quotes spewing this heresy.  This is a gross misuse of Phil 2:7.  Christ emptied Himself of his prerogatives, glory, and privilege.  If divinity can be laid aside then it is not divinity to begin with.

RANDY CLARK:  “The theme of this conference is “Equipping Church Leadership With Power”. Each Pastor and Worship Leader will participate in three workshops. The workshops are: 1) 5-step Healing Prayer Model, 2) Worship, 3) Small Groups. The workshops have a three-fold purpose. There will be teaching, impartation and practice. The workshops are designed to be interactive and involve the participation of the attendees. We believe this is the most effective way of impartation.” This was from a letter to set up the “Catch The Fire” conference in Russia for church leaders. Several things are askew in the above scenario. (1) Only God can equip church leadership to do what He wants done, whether in power or in humble persecution. The “with power” statement is egotistic and false advertising. (2) If the desire was to “equip church leadership” then wouldn’t subjects like “authority under Christ”, “leadership through humility”, and “servant hood” serve this purpose much better than supposedly teaching people a model of how to heal (ie. “the emphasis will be on understanding and using the 1 Cor 12 spiritual gifts in praying for the sick and unsaved. Pastors and Worship Leaders will have the opportunity to practice what they learned both in the workshop and the evening session ministry time”), a legalistic plan of worship to get people ready for the “impartation” (ie.“the emphasis will be on understanding the power and presence of God to move on His people during intimate worship”), and how use small groups to get people indoctrinated into techniques of “intercession” and “impartation” (ie.“the emphasis will be on imparting the life and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in home group settings. A secondary emphasis will be on identifying, recruiting, training, mentoring, observing and deploying home group leaders”), etc.? (3) Teaching people how to receive the “impartation” (let’s get to the bottom line here, folks), giving the “impartation” and practicing by passing it on to others is not a Scriptural model of how to be a leader in church or do evangelism. We are not to preach and spread some sort of “impartation”, no matter how holy it makes people feel. We are to preach the gospel and to remain in sound doctrine. (Randy Clark, “Letter Of Invitation” to churches in the former Soviet Union inviting them to the “Catch The Fire” conference in Moscow, 25-27 March 1996, 1/18/96; with commentary by Deception In The Church)

More very dangerous quotes:  “I don’t preach doctrine, I preach faith.” “The basic principle of the Christian life is to know that God put our sin, sickness, disease, sorrow, grief, and poverty on Jesus at Calvary,” “Christ “had no innate supernatural powers. He had no ability to perform miracles until after He was anointed by the Holy Spirit.”

Let me be clear with what I am about to say next.  Many of the deceived are truly seeking, truly wanting to know God.  However, they are either new in the faith (brought to a commitment to Christ under these false teachers), unread, or hurt-broken-having “itchy ears” — “For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves (ie:  Supernatural School of Ministry) because they have an itch to hear something new.  They will turn away from hearing the truth (God’s Word) and will turn aside to myths. ”  2Tim4:3-4

We have a duty to examine all that is taught to us.  If you are not willing to get into God’s Word, if you are not willing to investigate any “new” or “enlightened” or “emergent” theologies, then you are willing to be led astray.

In “light” of the debut of “Father of Lights” in Boise (original post 9/4/2012)

If you are unfamiliar, “Father of Lights” is another Wanderlust Production.  “Father of Lights” is the third installment to “Finger of God”, and “Furious Love”.  Please do not be deceived my the “ooo’s” and “ahhhhs” of these probably not so realistic signs and wonders.

I know the words below will ruffle or get under some peoples skin…but they are very necessary and needed.  I pray you hear the Holy Spirit as you read and investigate on your own. These movies are supported by and produced by: People like Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California, Roland and Heidi Baker, John and Carol Arnott of the Toronto Airport Vineyard, and Georgian Banov.  What might not be apparent to those unfamiliar with these people is that every one of them is connected with the so-called Apostolic Reformation, Third Wave, New Order of Latter Rain, and other spurious and outright heretical groups of radical experimentalists, mystics, and self-promoting apostles, and prophets.

These groups all espouse some form of the Latter Rain heresies.  This movement originated in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, among Pentecostal charismatics in 1948.  The name “Latter Rain” was adopted based on interpretations of several Old Testament passages that adherents believed described God’s outpouring of His Spirit in the last days that was meant to restore the power of the Church through official offices that transcended denominational lines.  According to the Latter Rain/New Apostolic Reformation teachers, these offices had been lost to the Church.

From those alleged outpourings arose many traveling evangelists, faith healers, and Bible teachers.  The work of these individuals collectively came to be referred to as the Latter Rain Revival that lasted from 1948 through 1952.  Men associated with this movement/revival from its inception and very early days include William Branham, Oral Roberts, Franklin Hall, T.L. Osborn, and Paul Cain.

Reception of the Latter Rain Revivalists was limited and within two years the Assemblies of God officially denounced the movement/revival and its abhorrent teachings and doctrines.  Nevertheless many of those teachings and doctrines rejected as heresy have resurfaced and been received in many modern churches.  Among the most prevalent are: (1) The supposed restoration of the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4; (2) Positive Confession (name-it, claim-it); (3) The impartation of spiritual gifts through the laying on of hands; (4) The seed-faith doctrines; (5) Kingdom Now eschatology; and (6) The Manifest Sons of God teachings.  These teachings and doctrines continue to be advanced today by such men as Bill Hamon, Kenneth Copeland, Fred Price, Creflo Dollar, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn, C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Kim Clement, Todd Bentley, and the aforementioned John and Carol Arnott, Georgian Banov, Roland and Heidi Baker, and Bill Johnson.

Bill Johnson was featured prominently in the “Finger of God” videos.  He pastors a church in Redding, California that operates a “school of ministry” that teaches its students to perform miracles of healing and then sends them out into the surrounding communities to practice their “gifts.”  You would be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the zeal his school of ministry students demonstrate for going out into the surrounding cities to heal people.  One must wonder though at the basis for their zeal.  Is it with or without knowledge?  Are they proclaiming Jesus as Lord who calls us to suffer for His name sake or are they proclaiming a Jesus who says all Christians can enjoy health and wealth as a birth-right?

In their promotion of experiences over the Word, these Word-Faith teachers place themselves in direct contradiction to the Bible.

Healing and Miracles are not formulated then imparted by mere men…The Holy Spirit can not and will not be invoked!  There is definitely a spirit in control here but it is anything but Holy. 

Concerning the alleged gold dust and gold teeth, this is a hoax of the grandest proportions.[1]  Beyond this, it can be proven that the sudden and unexplained appearance of gold dust is a demonic manifestation prevalent within pagan religions and is a prominent feature of Satanism.

Within Wicca and Shamanism sects are many splinter groups that embrace something called “fairy magic” . There is Fae Wicca, Fae Shamanism, The Third Road, Celtic Shamanism, etc. each of these sects practice something called “fae magic”, “faery magic” “faerie traditions” etc. This “magic” is often thought of as “white witchcraft” which is allegedly “good” witchcraft. Faeries (also known as sidhe, pixies, elves, sheoques, brownies, pookas, goblins, etc) are actually demonic spirits and I don’t care how “cute” some of them are reported to be, this type of ideology only serves to enhance the satanic deception of being involved with them. (note there are even churches that worship faeries, though not many in number)

The idea of gold apparitions (gold teeth?) or gold dust also known as faerie dust, pixie dust, stardust, and the gift of fae within the occult, is allegedly representative of the highest “spiritual” attainment and is associated with the presence of faery spirits.[2]

This direct connection between Word-Faith practices and the occult/demonic is documented exhaustively in scholarly works too many to list.  Yet, thousands of otherwise seemingly intelligent believers continue to regurgitate ungodly and demonstrably false teachings mouthed by people who should have been judged as false teachers and excommunicated from the confessing Church of Jesus Christ.  

Photo credit:  “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” By ChristianGerth