Elijah List speaker helps folks “understand their dreams, tattoos and piercings”…?

So Samuel did what the LORD said, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, “Do you come in peace?” (1 Samuel 16:4)

Unlike the elders who stood before Samuel the prophet, there will be no trembling when Doug Addison speaks at the upcoming Canadian Elijah List Conference–unless, that is, it comes from those trembling with laughter.

According to the Elijah List promo, Doug Addison “brings laughter, fun, and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand their dreams, tattoos and piercings.” [1]

Addison is a “prophetic dream interpreter, speaker, writer, Life Coach, and stand-up comedian. His high energy prophetic messages have been shared on television, radio and the internet for over a decade.” [2]

In addition to Addison, the May 2015 Conference will feature Elijah List founder Steve Shultz, Patricia Bootsma, Darren Canning, and Joe and Bella Garcia.

The stated purpose of these regional Elijah List conferences is to bring “some of the best prophetic voices out there to encourage you in what God is saying for this year for your region and for the Body of Christ.” [3] (italics mine)

The God of the Bible is not saying anything through the dreams/piercings/tattoo interpretation of Doug Addison. Neither is he speaking through Steve Shultz, Chuck Pierce, Bill Johnson, Jonathan Welton, or many, many others.

True prophets like Samuel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah would probably be kicked out of places like Bethel Redding and the Elijah List conferences. No comedy from these Old Testament giants. Some biting satire, perhaps, but no amusing anecdotes.

I can’t see Bethel Redding leadership tolerating hard Truth. Not from men of God. Not from the Word of God. This video is an example of Bethel’s understanding of the prophetic–these are pleasing and pleasant popcorn “prophecies” popping up all over the place.

We are at the point where missionaries are needed for entire segments of the visible church. We have many who treat the House of God as if it were a circus.

Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words,
Prophesy illusions.
“Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,
Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 30:10-11)

“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit,
and who trembles at My word. (Isaiah 66:2b)

Source Notes:
1. http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=14428
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid.

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Jonathan Welton’s gift of discernment of…human spirits?

Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)

Jonathan Welton is one of the contributors (along with Bill and Beni Johnson) to The Physics of Heaven, a book which seemingly serves as a roadmap to Christian entanglement with the New Age and Quantum mysticism.

While writing a booklet concerning The Physics of Heaven, I was fascinated to learn Jonathan Welton states, “I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more. These actually belong to the church, but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged.” [1]

Incredibly, Welton believes, “We need to begin to use [New Age] counterfeits as signposts. Every time a counterfeit shows up, take it as the Lord presenting you with an opportunity to reclaim . . . the Church’s stolen property.” [2]

This is an astounding lack of spiritual discernment.

And so, several days ago, I stumbled across this video, in which Welton has cast himself in the role of teaching discernment of spirits to others. Here are a few choice excerpts from the video:

Jonathan Welton has been described as a Seer, which Welton himself defines as “a high level prophetic individual who operates at a high level of discerning of spirits.” (4:50 in video)

Welton claims he can discern angelic, demonic, and even human spirits. “I can discern your spirit,” he tells host Sid Roth, and “peoples’ spirits in stores and in the streets.” (4:00 in video)

It’s Supernatural with Sid Roth has featured many biblically questionable individuals over the years. Roth seems particularly excited to have Welton on the show. Looking into the camera, Roth exudes, “After spending thirty days in the spirit realm, I want you to meet a man who can now switch on the ability to see into the invisible world.” (Beginning of video)

Then, Roth adds, “Learn how he uses this gift for emotional and physical healing and how he teaches others to turn on this gift.”

Teaches others to see into the spirit world?

Welton recounts how when he received his…gift…he saw fully into the spirit world for 30 days. He could see serpents “wrapped around certain buildings” and “demonic beings on top of certain buildings.” (5:00 in video)

Welton states he could spiritually discern, “If I went into a store I’d see objects stuck in people at times–swords, spears, arrows–and I didn’t understand what I was seeing.” (5:45)

In a worship service he could “see angels crying.” (5:57)

He can even tell which people walking down the street are Christians or unsaved! (6:33)

Then, after thirty days, this intense, constant experience stopped. Welton says the Lord told him, “In those thirty days I turned the gift on full blast so you would experience the full potential of this gift.” (start at 7:40)

This was because the Lord “wanted to teach me how to stir it up, how to activate it, how to turn it on and turn it off. (7:53)

Sid Roth looks into the camera: “The fact that he knows how to turn it on and turn the gift off–and he can mentor you…” (8:43)

Welton also reveals that he sees words over people, and sometimes written words in an object that is stuck in a person… (11:13)

He gives the example of a sword stuck in a woman’s back.

The Lord taught him “these objects had to do with physical healings.” Welton quotes Proverbs 12:18, and describes a lady who “looked like a pincushion, she had spears in the spirit that were sticking out in every direction about 8 to 10 feet and on each spear it had a word. It had fear, it had rejection, unforgiveness, bitterness…” (11:48)

Roth says the Welton seems to have seen in the spiritual what was happening in the physical. Welton readily agrees.

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I don’t know Welton, who comes across as likeable and sincere. But this is not good. Not good at all. This is not the biblical gift of discernment of spirits.

Source Notes:
1. Jonathan Welton, Kindle location: 808
2. Ibid.

False Prophets and Teachers

mywordlikefire:

If you read the entire article, not just the beginning portion you see on MWLF, you will discover a blog where Christ is lifted up, and His people are reminded of the importance of the Word.

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                                     FALSE PROPHETS AND TEACHERS

“God is light. In him there is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5b)

“See to it, then, that the light within you isn’t darkness.”(Luke 11:35)

“A wicked and adulterous generation seeks a sign. “ (Matthew 12:39)

“…I hate every false way.” (Psalm 119:128b)

 “…Do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)     

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

“We demolish…every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God….” (2 Cor. 10:5a)

In Acts 20:29-35, Paul warns believers that, after he departs, ravenous wolves will come among them, not sparing the flock. Even from amongst the brethren,  evil men will…

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Brian Head Welch and Todd Bentley–Calvary Chapel says, “He’s Not Backing Those Dudes”–Really?

mywordlikefire:

The Last Hiker gives much credit to S. Walker (Psalm86 channel on YouTube) for her investigation in all this. You can see her videos in this article. Great work by The Last Hiker and S. Walker. Walker also has a blog, http://www.reflectionsfromthewall.net/.

I would like to add that there are still some great Calvary Chapel pastors out there–CC Costa Mesa Pastor Brian Brodersen’s wrong does does not mean that all CC pastors share in this wrong. No, I am not saying CC does not have some big time problems.

Originally posted on The Last Hiker:

Todd Bentley posted this on his Instagram on January 14, 2015

This blog is just an update on something I wrote back in November called, “Calvary Chapel–Is The Church Tolerating the Sin of Balaam and Jezebel.” It was about the ungodliness within the Whosoever movement, and how no one at Calvary Chapel would  answer my question–why are the Whosoevers being allowed to promote wickedness in their evangelistic efforts? During this time there was also a video called “The Whosoevers Exposed” that was being widely circulated. Many people were looking for answers. I was not alone.

Well, on November 14, 2014, Brian Brodersen (senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa) had Ryan Ries on a daily radio show on KWVE, called “Pastor’s Perspective,” to discuss the Whosoever movement, and respond to some of the objections people have to the ministry. You can listen to that program here

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More A.A. Fun Facts: A.A.’s pagan symbol

Where did the A.A. symbol come from? Why did A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson choose the triangle within the circle?

In Alcoholics Anonymous Comes Of Age, he writes, “That we have chosen this symbol is perhaps no mere accident. The priests and seers of antiquity regarded the circle enclosing the triangle as a means of warding off spirits of evil, and AA’s circle of Recovery, Unity, and Service has certainly meant all that to us and much more.” (Alcoholics Anonymous Comes Of Age, pg.139, Bold mine)

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How it ends

To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. (Isaiah 8:20)

Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law,
They are regarded as a strange thing. (Hosea 8:12)

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. (Amos 8:11)

So, here is the thing, driven home to me by a preacher named Kyle. Yes, it is bad out there. We are in a sense in Babylon now, surrounded by a culture that does not really want to tolerate us. And it is going to get worse. The preacher pointed out that many of us just stay in a Christian bubble, maybe even not evangelizing at all.

The preacher said America is now a mission field.

Unfortunately, it is undeniable that much of the visible church is a mission field as well.

It has been my privilege to spend a few hours each day with 12 Step folks, people who battle hard to stay sober. They do not know the Lord. I have far more respect for them than I do for the Christians (?) who defend AA and the Big Book and whose loyalty is to the 12 Step religion rather than Christ.

How can they disobey the Bible like that? How can they ignore Christ’s warning about the Broad Way?

Perhaps Amos 8:11 has truly come upon many in these days. Many seem unable to understand the Word of God. The Big Book, The Message “Bible” and other atrocities are treated like holy books.

So much is happening. The saints are tired, and even apprehensive.

Yet we know how it ends. We know where we are going. And may He give us the courage to bring the gospel into an increasingly pagan culture.

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A.A. co-founder demonstrates Swedenborgian influence?

“In January of 1918 Bill and Lois were married in the Swedenborgian church in Brooklyn, New York.”[1]

“Bill learned that [Lois’ family] were all Swedenborgians, and the mystic aspect of the faith so fascinated them they vowed to explore it more deeply one day.”[2]

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson married into a Swedenborgian family, and Swedenborgian spirituality left a lasting imprint upon him. Significant Swedenborgian and New Thought influence render absurd any notion about Bill Wilson having been a born again Christian.

So, first, just to get a sense of how far removed Swedenborgianism is from biblical Christianity, here are some of this religion’s teachings:

“God has many names, depending on the beliefs/religion of the individual; the Holy Spirit is not God; the Trinity does not exist; Jesus Christ’s death did not atone for our sin; salvation comes by practicing what you believe, whatever religion it might be; the afterlife is spiritual, but dependent on how well you lived in your physical body.” Source

As noted in the article, Lois Wilson’s grandpa’s Swedenborgian book:

“This is not to say that Bill Wilson became a Swedenborgian per se, yet his obsession with spiritualism and view of Christ and the Bible must be at least partially attributed to exposure to Swedenborgian teachings. Wilson’s understanding of the Bible was further twisted by his acceptance of the Scripture-quoting but Christ-rejecting teachings of New Thought purveyor Emmet Fox.” (Source)

It can be said that Swedenborg is not only the father of modern day spiritualism, but perhaps the father of the New Thought movement as well.

Swedenborg’s influence upon Bill Wilson can be observed during the 1950s when Wilson was experimenting with LSD as a means of helping alcoholics. One of the basic Swedenborgian terms is “influx.” Swedenborg wrote about both physical and spiritual influx.

Here are four of Swedenborg’s statements about “influx,” which I have numbered below:

1. What is meant by spiritual influx cannot be better seen than by means of the natural influxes which take place and appear in this world-as by the influx of heat from the sun into all things of the earth. H.S. 6190

2. There is a continual influx of virtue from Jesus Christ Himself, as from the head into the members, and from a vine into the branches; (Posthumous theological Works of Emanuel Swedenborg Volume One Sess. vi.18) pg. 540)

3. “These he has from the faculty of receiving influx from the Lord through the angelic heaven…” (The Teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Volume 2)

4. What meaning would there be in all this if man were to stand with his hands hanging down, like a sculptured statue with movable joints, and wait for influx? the joints meanwhile being inwardly excited to something that is not of faith, without being able to apply themselves to the reception of the influx. (Swedenborg’s Works: True Christian Religion, pg. 484) (emphasis mine)

Now, let’s see how Bill Wilson described the hoped for effect of LSD on alcoholics. Note also Wilson’s complete lack of comprehension concerning the grace of Jesus Christ.

Wilson surmised, “It is a generally acknowledged fact in spiritual development that ego reduction makes the influx of God’s grace possible. If, therefore, under LSD we can have a temporary reduction, so that we can better see what we are and where we are going–well, that might be of some help.”[3] (emphasis mine)

It is doubtful the use of the word “influx” is simply coincidental.

Was Wilson a Swedenborgian? No. Neither was he a biblical Christian.

Want to know more? Read The pre-A.A. 12 Steps of occultist Emanuel Swedenborg — Here

Source Notes:
1. DOCTRINAL RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, THE OXFORD GROUP, AND THE NEW CHURCH, Robert D. Merrill

2. Robert Thomsen, Bill W., pg.85

3. PASS IT ON, pg. 370

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Channeled book, “God Calling,” spiritually influenced Alcoholics Anonymous

Warren B. Smith notes that God Calling is “the channeled book that inspired Sarah Young to try and receive her own personal messages from Jesus.” [1] Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is an immensely popular book, through which the contemplative “christ” continues to spread.

God Calling can be seen as the spiritual parent of Jesus Calling, but God Calling also greatly influenced Alcoholics Anonymous. This began with the Oxford Group, an ecumenical movement of the 1930s. Both A.A.’s co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, attended O.G. meetings, and Alcoholics Anonymous itself came out of the Oxford Group.

The great preacher H.A. Ironside was very concerned about the Oxford’s Group’s ecumenism–but also about the unholy meditative practices its attendees participated in. According to Ironside:

“Each [Oxford Group member] is urged in the morning to sit down quietly with the mind emptied of every thought, generally with a pencil in hand, waiting for God to say something to them. They wait and wait and wait. Sometimes they tell me nothing happens, at other times the most amazing things come. Tested by the Word of God many of these things are unscriptural. They lay themselves open for demons to communicate their blasphemous thoughts to them.” [2] (italics mine)

God Calling was channeled by two women who identified themselves simply as “Two Listeners.”[3] Receiving Quiet Time “guidance” in the manner taught by the Oxford Group, they believed they recorded the words that Jesus Christ gave them daily.

The false “christ” of God Calling that was channeled through these women advised, among other things, “Cultivate silence. ‘God speaks in silences.’ A silence, a soft wind. Each can be a message to convey MY meaning to the heart, though by no voice, or even word.” (January 7)

And, “Seek sometimes not even to hear me. Seek a silence of spirit-understanding.” (Feb. 27)

An ex-Oxford Group member named Richmond Walker, years later as an A.A. member, compiled prayers and meditations into one little book. Much of it was based on the demonic writings found in God Calling. [4]

Walker, however, eliminated every reference to the Two Listeners’ “jesus” in favor of universal spirituality. The book, Twenty-Four Hours a Day, begins with an ancient Sanskrit proverb. Twenty-Four Hours a Day has been read by millions of AA members.

According to an A.A. history website,
“[The book] explained how to practice meditation by quieting the mind and entering the Divine Silence in order to enter the divine peace and calm and restore our souls.”[5]

This meditation book also resonates with the New Age teaching that God is within: “There is a spark of the Divine in every one of us. Each has some of God’s spirit that can be developed by spiritual exercise.” (April 30)[6]

Christians are rightfully concerned over A.A.’s “higher power” definition of “god,” where “god” can be anything or everything. This, of course, is A.A.’s 3rd Step. Equal concern should be given to A.A.’s 11th Step–the meditation step.

Step 11 reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Considering A.A.’s wide open understanding of meditation, and that the most popular A.A. meditation book is based in part on God Calling, it is not surprising that many have entered the deceptive silence.

Endnotes:

1. Warren B. Smith, “Another Jesus” Calling, p.

2. H.A. Ironside, The Oxford Group: Is It Scriptural? (New York: Loizeauz Brothers, Publishers,1943)

3. Two Listeners, God Calling, Barbour Publishing, Inc.

4. Part 3 of “Richmond Walker and the Twenty-Four Hour Book” (Glenn C. talk) http://hindsfoot.org/RWfla3.html

5. http://www.barefootsworld.net/aa24hoursbook.html

6. Richmond Walker, Twenty-Four Hours a Day, Hazelden Foundation, Meditation for the Day, April 30

A.A. co-founders violating Bible, seeking contact with dead, from the beginning

“[It] might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.” –Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, pg. 159

“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)

“It is not clear when [Bill Wilson] first became interested in extrasensory phenomena; the field was something that Dr. Bob and Anne Smith were also deeply involved with. Whether or not Bill initially became interested through them, there are references to seances and other psychic events in the letters Bill wrote to Lois [his wife] during that first Akron summer with the Smiths, in 1935.” –PASS IT ON, pg.275 (emphasis mine)

Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them; (Ephesians 5:11)

“Bill and Dr. Bob believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it was not just a hobby.” — Early A.A. member Tom Powers, quoted in PASS IT ON, pg. 280

New Thought from Oprah to A.A.

Oprah Winfrey, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Secret, and Word of Faith movement all have an underlying influence: The New Thought religion.

“While New Thought organizations never became very large, their ideas have had wide acceptance in general society and have influenced A.A.” — Mel B., New Wine, pg. 105

New Thought teacher Emmet Fox has been called a “godfather” of A.A. by author Igor Sikorsky.

“In the Bible the term ‘Christ’ is not identical with Jesus, the individual. It is a technical term that may be briefly defined as the Absolute Spiritual Truth about anything.” — Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount, pg. 124

Unfortunately, the man most responsible for spreading the “A.A.’s Christian roots mythology,” wrote for many years without ever understanding the impact New Thought has had upon the 12 Step program. Pro A.A. author Dick B. acknowledges that a scholar scolded him for “overlooking the New Thought ideas in A.A.’s early years. He even bought me the Portable Emerson. He told me I needed to learn about this father of New Thought and Transcendentalism. He also suggested I read the Big Book with a greater focus on Emersonian ideas.” [1]

So Dick B. began to study up–something that he should have done years earlier when he first realized the early A.A. members read New Thought authors click here to continue reading

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