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New teachings in the Christian Church- Where are They Leading Us?


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Compare the spirits

Is the spirit of this movement consistent with the Holy Spirit of the scriptures?

The Holy Spirit of the Bible:

  • gives all attention to Christ (Jn 15:26, 16:3,13);
  • speaks only truth (Jn 6:17, 14:17, 16:13; 1Jn 5:7);
  • speaks through and uses the word of God, never disagreeing with it (Jn 14:26, 2Tim 2:15, Eph 6:17, 2Pet 1:21);
  • commands us to test the spirits, so never shrinks from being tested Himself (Jn 14:1);
  • works from within us to bring about lasting changes of character (Gal 5:22-23, Ro 2:29);
  • is holy and sanctifies us, working holiness into our character from within (Ro 1:4, 1Cor 6:11, Gal 5:17-21, 2Th 2:13, 1Pet 1:2); and
  • is our comforter, consoler, encourager, helper and friend (Jn 14:26, Acts 9:31, Ro 8:26, 15:13 Eph 3:16).

The spirit of this movement, in stark contrast, draws attention to himself, speaks in his own behalf, gives impressions and prophecies that are not true, demands he not be tested, and disagrees with the written Word of God - -

He strangely demands to be received even by those who have already received the Holy Spirit.

He is of a violent character, demanding submission and total freedom to do anything he wants to his victim, causing people to lose control of their actions and forcing them to do self-destructive or ridiculous, foolish things against their will.

He seduces people with impure, sensual, and self-aggrandizing feelings. He is the author of drunkenness and bizarre disorder:

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident... sensuality... drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control Gal 5:16-24

Unlike the Holy Spirit of the Bible, who is a person, this spirit is a ''force'' that can be ''tapped into,'' a ''substance'' that one can receive any number of times in varying doses, a ''river'' that we can ''get in'' or out of:

''As Kilpatrick looked over his shoulder, he said his ankles slipped, his knees bowed out, and a sudden ''river of the glory of God'' moved between his legs. ''It felt like a telephone pole,'' he said. ''An endless telephone pole was coming through my legs and it was coming in the church... 'My God, church, get in! This is it!'''
(Pastor Kilpatrick describing how ''revival'' came to Brownsville- a description hotly contested by others who were present, by the way.)

''Many times Carol and I will be praying for people, we're soakin' 'em, soakin' 'em, soakin' 'em, feel the anointing going in. Next thing you know the guy that's supposed to be catching goes flying back 'cause... If the person doesn't take it, it goes to the catcher, or it rebounds back on the person praying, or something...''
(John Arnott describes how, once summoned, this spirit must 'go' somewhere.)

He can be received by those who are not believers

Reporter Mick Brown, whose non-Christian beliefs were not effected at all by this experience, visited Toronto and received the anointing: ''I found myself beside John Arnott. . . . then 1 was falling backwards, as if my legs had been kicked away from underneath me. I hit the floor-I swear this is the truth-laughing like a drain.''  (22) 

He mocks the Bible and prevents it being read:

[John Scotland, weaving, staggering, and laughing from spiritual drunkenness, while speaking at Toronto Airport Church, 8/1/97] ''Ok before we take off, clapping, lets get the reading done. Luke, LUKE! Chapter TWOOOOOO! I tell you what... Lets look at chapter 1. Settle down please, Ladies and Gentlemen! Luke chapter 1 and verse 5. Lets go back to the reading... Luke- chapter 1- verse- verse- verse- COCKADOODALDOOO! Oh dear, haahah. Luke chapter- - - verse- - - COCKADOODALDOO!''

...and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak the word of God with boldness... Acts 4:31

And take... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God... Eph 6:17

He mocks the idea of spiritual danger and entices believers to discard biblical warnings:

''Now, hands up, those that want to be deceived... Jesus told the story about, you know... that, if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your kids, your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him? ...And so it's like, well, why would we focus, then, on ''Yeah, but I don't like the way he fell and shook and got stuck to the floor and everything!'' Listen! Who cares whether he did or he didn't? Who cares? If he thinks it's God and he likes it, let him enjoy it! Because you can test the fruit later.''  (23) 

''...people are always saying ''Oh, be careful! ...Be careful what you read. Be careful who lays hands on you. Be careful about this. Be careful about that. Be careful about the other.'' That's all fine, but if you play it safe with this thing, the Holy Spirit, you know what? You're never going to get anywhere. ...we need to have more faith in God's ability to bless us than Satan's ability to deceive us.''  (24) 
(John Arnott)

A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless. Pr 14:16

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1Jn 4:1

...examine everything carefully... 1Thes 5:21

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1Pet 5:8

And finally, this spirit is not omnipresent- he resides at certain places, like Toronto and Pensacola, and persons must make pilgrimages to these places, or get those who possess him to come to them, in order to have this spirit imparted to them (or ''catch the fire,'' as they put it).

Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will lead me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me. Ps 139:7-10

He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist... Acts 17:27-28

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