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The Way of Cain - Page 35

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


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''Civil War in the Church''

The prophets teach that this conflict is finally going to culminate in physical violence- yes, a ''bloody civil war'' which is supposed to take place within the church, with the abhorrent idea of killing the people who will not accept their new prophecies in the place of God's word!

They predict the violence will be so widespread, there will scarcely be a family in the church that will not experience bloodshed. Those who hold to the Bible will apparently be given a choice: either change -convert to the movement's theology and the rule of their revelations - or hold fast to the Bible - and die.

Vicious slander, stereotyping, and militaristic imagery in war-oriented 'prophecies' and messages are dehumanizing those who trust the Bible, inflaming those who like the new revelations, and setting the stage for a new religious war.

The movement's prophets and leaders claim to 'prophesy' about this terrible conflict in the church, but their own teachings are the only thing agitating it. I have not encountered anyone on the other side who is demanding obedience only due to Christ, or calling for them to be ''purged'' or deprived of their lives. Demanding the entire church recognize their words as God's, they are forcing an ugly conflict upon us all. They demand we accept their rule, and cry ''persecution!'' when we say, 'no thank you, I will stick with the Bible.'

James Ryle of Promise Keepers, Wes & Stacey Campbell of the Kelowna B.C. Vineyard, John Arnott of Toronto, Rick Joyner, and Bob Jones have all writen / prophesied / contributed to this doctrinal atrocity.

They model this war after the Civil War fought in our country. They call those who accept the new revelations the ''Blues.'' Those who hold onto the Bible are called ''the Grays.'' Wes Campbell says the Lord ''showed him how the blue coats stand for the revelatory- the revelation, and the gray for gray matter- man's wisdom.''  (34)  (Notice how they relabel the Bible ''man's wisdom'' - this is done often.) Rick Joyner says,

''In dreams and visions blue often represents heavenly-mindedness -the sky is blue- and gray speaks of those who live by the power of their own minds -the brain is often called gray matter- This will be a conflict between those who may be genuine Christians, but who live mostly according to their natural minds and human wisdom, and those who follow the Holy Spirit.''  (35) 

They ''may be geniune Christians'' but they have to die because they use their minds? And those ''who follow the Holy Spirit'' commit murder ? ?

Campbell explains that, like our nation's civil war, this civil war is over slavery- supposedly those of us who trust the Bible want to keep people ''enslaved'' while those with new revelation want to ''free'' them.

...promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption... 2 Peter 2:19

''What is coming will be dark*... The church that emerges from what is coming will be full of unprecedented grace, truth, and unprecedented power. [Note: there is that all-important and revealing word ''power'' again, folks.] Again, the main point in the impending spiritual civil war will be over the institution of slavery--or the institutions of spiritual slavery...It seems to be a contradiction, but after a point the only way that the Union could be preserved was for a leadership to arise which would be willing to fight a civil war in order to preserve it. The church is likewise coming to that point. The only way she can attain a true unity is for her leaders to be willing to fight the forces of spiritual slavery and oppression.''
(Rick Joyner, ''Civil War in the Church, ''Morning Star Prophetic Bulletin 5/96)

* And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth... 1Jn 1:5-6

Thine eyes are too pure to approve evil, and Thou canst not look on wickedness with favor. Hab 1:12

Rick Joyner again:

''I do not believe that this [prophecy] can now be stopped, or that the Lord wants it stopped. This battle must be fought. It is an opportunity to drive the accuser out of the church, and for the church then to come into a unity that would otherwise be impossible. ''

Fellow believer, do you believe this message is from God? God, who promised that the Gates of Hell could never prevail against His church, who holds the church in the palm of His omnipotent hand? The God who says ''and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him'' (1Jn 3:15), has now decided to use any expedient way to bring ''a unity'' and ''unprecedented power'' to His church ?

By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked... The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.... Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen... For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother... (1Jn)

How is it that a movement with teachings of murder is being accepted at face value as loving, accepting, and deeply spiritual by so many sincere Christians? And those of us who question these things are supposedly harsh, unloving, ''Pharisees''? (And these are just the ''restored prophets'' - be prepared for the new ''apostles'' to be unveiled soon, and invested with the power and authority to carry these things out.)

Where is the discernment in the body of Christ? These people have had bestselling books that many Christians think are wonderful. Does it sound ''spiritual'' because they say the message came through mystical dreams and visions instead of just coming out and saying, ''I'd like the church a whole lot better if we killed off everyone who disagrees with us'' ? Isn't it convenient that since ''God'' is supposedly the author, they don't have to stand accountable for the words they speak?

Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain... Jude 1:11

This message of Christian murdering Christian cannot possibly be from the God who said that ''we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren'' (1Jn 3:16). No one can speak self-righteously of the murder of his Christian brother by the Holy Spirit, and no Christian in his right mind should be overlooking such a thing.

It follows, then, that those proclaiming this message, according to Dt 18:20-22, are false prophets, and we must turn away.

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