Is the Westminster Confession’s Doctrine of the Sabbath a Judaizing Doctrine?

Does observing Sunday as the Christian Sabbath lead to a judaizing of the gospel and a denying of Christ?


Indeed, this is a system whose Sabbath doctrine is inextricably intertwined with other central doctrines of our confessional system, such as its doctrine of the law of God. One wonders how ordained officers who embrace the position of the Minority Report could work in clear conscience within the context of a denomination and in cooperation with fellow church officers whose professed doctrine of the Sabbath would, by logical implication, make them in effect Judaizers and Christ-deniers.


In a day when it seems Presbyterians are drifting further and further away from the doctrines of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, The Confessional Presbyterian journal was founded in 2005 to provide a forum for ecumenical discussion amongst conservative Presbyterians of different denominations, wishing to defend closer adherence to these old standards of biblical Christianity. The CPJ is an annual 2 column large format publication containing a range of theological, practical and historical material, which over the last twelve issues has amounted to 3,352 pages or 3,217,348 words (see table of contents here). The 2016 twelfth issue was the first fully thematic issue (contents listed below), and the topic is a doctrine in much decay in our day, The Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath. One of the important pieces run in v12 is Geoff Willour’s “Is the Westminster Confession’s Doctrine of the Sabbath a Judaizing Doctrine? A Critique of the First Minority Report of the OPC’s Committee on Sabbath Matters. Below is a summary.

Mr. Willour introduces his subject, noting the decay of observance of the Christian Sabbath in our day and that most of the professing church seems to view the commandment as merely ceremonial (pp. 195–196). After giving the historical background that gave rise to the Majority and Minority Reports on the Sabbath in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in 1973, pastor Willour summarizes the contents of the second minority report:

The position of the author of the Minority Report is that the Sabbath was exclusively a ceremonial law, binding only upon God’s people living under the old covenant administration. As such, it was a “shadow” that pointed forward to, and was fulfilled in Christ and the salvation-rest He graciously provides to His believing people. Consequently, the fourth commandment is no longer binding upon believers today, who are living under the new covenant administration of fulfillment in Christ and not the old covenant administration of types and shadows. Instead of observing the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, believers today observe the Lord’s Day—Sunday, the day of the Lord’s resurrection—which the author of the Minority Report regards as the new covenant holy day, distinct and separate from the Sabbath, and thus not at all to be identified as the “Christian Sabbath,” as the Westminster Standards mistakenly teach (WCF 21.7; WLC 116 & 117; WSC 59). To require believers today to observe Sunday as if it were the “Christian Sabbath,” and as if such observance were an act of obedience to the fourth commandment, involves no less an act of Judaizing the gospel as the requiring of circumcision on the part of Gentile believers. Indeed, it is even a denial of Christ!

In the body of his argument, the author of this Report relies almost exclusively on the New Testament, especially Colossians 2:16–17 and related texts. In fact, he begins the Scriptural argumentation for his position with these words: “Colossians 2:16, 17 is the key passage for the understanding of the place of the Fourth Commandment in the Christian life” (Minutes, 40th G.A., 106; emphasis added). Conspicuously absent in his biblical argumentation for his position is any interaction with the exegesis of such key passages as offered by the authors of the Majority Report.

After giving examples of the author’s argumentation, the reverend Willour goes on to give a critique of the Minority Report under four points. 1. The Minority Report neglects to interact with either the Majority Report or the historic Westminster-confessing tradition of interpretation with respect to its exegesis of Colossians 2:16, 17 and other allegedly anti-sabbatarian Scriptural texts (197-200). 2. The position of the Minority Report is flawed in that it grounds the Sabbath ordinance in the Mosaic, old-covenant administration, rather than in creation (201). 3. The Minority Report does not give due weight to the inclusion of the Sabbath commandment within the Decalogue, the other commandments of which are clearly moral in nature (201-202). 4. The position taken and assertions employed in the Minority Report, to the effect that the observing of Sunday as the Christian Sabbath involves a judaizing of the gospel and a denying of Christ, is potentially divisive (202). The author then closes with a very brief positive note, but we shall close this summary by citing the brief explanation of the fourth point.

I would not be surprised to read such accusations against the Westminster doctrine of the Sabbath from confessional Lutherans, or dispensationalists, or other anti-sabbatarian brethren whose theological and confessional traditions stand opposed to our Sabbath doctrine. But to read a report written by a church officer in the OPC who has affirmed ordination vows which include the promise to receive and adopt the Scriptural system of doctrine taught in the Westminster Standards is befuddling to me. Indeed, this is a system whose Sabbath doctrine is inextricably intertwined with other central doctrines of our confessional system, such as its doctrine of the law of God. One wonders how ordained officers who embrace the position of the Minority Report could work in clear conscience within the context of a denomination and in cooperation with fellow church officers whose professed doctrine of the Sabbath would, by logical implication, make them in effect Judaizers and Christ-deniers. At the very least it would seem that a consistent adherence to the position of the Minority Report would make it difficult to cultivate a spirit of collegiality, confidence in, and mutual submission to the brethren, for how could one submit to and have confidence in fellow church officers whom one believes to be Judaizers and Christ-deniers? At its worst, the consistent embracing of the position of the Minority Report by those within the Westminster-confessing churches may have the potential effect of promoting schism. Arguably, embracing the position expressed in the Minority Report is a rejection of an important aspect of the Scriptural system of doctrine taught in the Westminster Standards, and thus poses a potential threat to the unity, purity, and peace of Westminster-confessing churches such as the OPC.

The 2016 12th issue of The Confessional Presbyterian journal is currently on sale for $20 postpaid. Sets of v2-12 currently are on sale for $140 postpaid (the 2005 v1 is out of print). The contents of volume 12 are as follows:

God’s Spirit or Human Hysteria? My Time Among the Charismatics

I’ve been a Southern Baptist all my life, and my Pentecostal/charismatic friends in high school good-naturedly referred to my congregation as “the frozen chosen.” I never fully understood what they meant by that phrase until I attended, at the invitation of a friend, a charismatic revival service.

At First Baptist Church, we sang from the hymnal and quietly listened to the preached Word. The closest thing to disorder was an occasional “amen” or “preach it, brother” during the sermon.

It’s a vast understatement, then, to say the charismatic experience was brand new for me.

On the first night, I heard numerous messages in tongues. I witnessed seemingly uncontrollable laughter (“Holy Ghost laughter,” they called it), fainting spells, intense weeping and wailing, prophecies ranging from predictions of deliverance from headaches and cancer to forecasts of God’s wrath on select American cities. I watched a man and woman run laps around the sanctuary. In the corner, a younger man bounced up and down, convulsing as if he’d grabbed hold of a live electrical wire. In a pew behind me, a woman was engaged in what appeared to be jumping jacks, arms windmilling vigorously as she praised the Lord.

At one point, an older woman asked if I’d like to have hands laid on me to have my needs met. Despite significant neediness, I nervously declined.

After a couple of these meetings, my friend—a continuationist—sought my impressions. I expressed deep discomfort with what I’d seen, but admitted I wasn’t certain whether such manifestations represented a genuine work of the Spirit. I was skeptical but didn’t want to dismiss all I’d seen as purely carnal for fear of opposing a work of God.

He posed another excellent question: “If we aren’t really speaking in tongues, and if the Holy Spirit isn’t causing people to faint and act that way, what are we doing, then?” I told him I wasn’t sure, and today, though I remain a fairly convinced cessationist, I still wonder what’s behind such profound agitations of the body and emotions.

This was the mid-1990s, when similar things were seen among Pentecostal/charismatic groups in places like Toronto and Pensacola. Many behaviors were being credited to the Holy Spirit, from miraculous healing to “holy laughter” to “surfing in the Spirit”—even to claims of gold dust and angel feathers falling from the sky.

Such controversial manifestations are occurring today in venues like Bethel Church in Redding, California, and in various other charismatic churches and organizations across the globe.

Test the Spirits

While some of these manifestations clearly seem beyond the pale of Scripture, their persistence among evangelicals continues to raise the questions my friend posed more than two decades ago: What’s behind these behaviors? Are they products of a genuine outpouring of God’s Spirit, or do they simply arise from unbridled emotion or the power of suggestion? Are they Satanic counterfeits, as some have suggested?

Scripture demands we test the spirits to discern if they originate with God (1 John 4:1). The Israelites’ greatest threat wasn’t from the pagan culture outside their camp, but from false prophets within—many of whom drew larger crowds and were better known than genuine prophets.

On the surface, the golden calf incident had all the trappings of genuine revival with its large, noisy, even celebratory crowd (Exod. 32). But it was the opposite of a life-giving, Spirit-led worship service.

Edwards’s ‘Distinguishing Marks’

We are by no means the first to wrestle with these questions. Every revival since Pentecost seems to have been a mix of gold and dross, wheat and chaff—sometimes requiring deep biblical and theological reflection to tell the difference.

Such was the case in the 1730s and 40s during the famous revivals in America and England known as the First Great Awakening. The preaching of Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), George Whitefield (1714–1770), and many others resulted in a profound outpouring of the Spirit, with thousands converted on both sides of the Atlantic.

While many were clearly under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Edwards and others admitted there were distortions and problems during the revivals. This included radical emotional and physical manifestations similar to those described above. Some church leaders criticized the revivals for such excesses, dismissing them as “extraordinary enthusiasms.” Others rejected it outright as a work of Satan.

Edwards responded with his pen, writing and publishing The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God (1741), an assessment of the revival in light of 1 John 4. He surveyed what he called “neutral signs”—things that neither affirm nor deny a genuine work of the Spirit.

Edwards’s Distinguishing Marks offers sage wisdom in helping us sort wheat from chaff in questions like those posed by my friend and many others throughout history.

Neutral Signs

In Section I of Distinguishing Marks, Edwards riffs on things that are not necessarily marks of a work of God’s Spirit. Such things include:

  • Bodily effects. Emotional or physical responses such as fainting or shouting aren’t necessarily validating signs that the Spirit is moving. Convulsing, jerking, laughing and many other things were present in the First Great Awakening; Edwards warned, however, that these can be attributed to residual factors such as personality type or a tendency toward radical behavior under emotional duress, but not necessarily the Spirit. The Bible doesn’t offer a precise formula for how the body or emotions act under the influence of the Spirit.
  • Wrought-up emotions. A “soul-ravishing view” of the beauty and love of Christ might overwhelm a person, Edwards said, and work up their emotions. He warned against canonizing emotional responses, though, since persons of a different emotional makeup might not respond so radically and yet might truly be under the Spirit’s influence.
  • Immediate personal revelation. Among contemporary charismatics this is often phrased, “Brother, God gave me a word for you.” Sometimes that word will be Scripture. But Edwards pointed out that Satan knows the Bible and can readily quote and twist it, just as he did in tempting Jesus. Therefore, mental promptings—even those involving Scripture—cannot always be trusted.

Revivals have always been plagued by errors in judgment from leaders and participants alike, Edwards warned, and have suffered from the delusions of Satan. Great care and discernment are always the order of the day.

Positive Signs

So what does constitute a work of the Spirit? Edwards identified five lines of evidence that accompany a genuine outpouring.

1. A deep and aiding love for the person and work of Christ.

When the Spirit of God operates profoundly in a human being, he or she emerges with great affections for the gospel of Jesus. Christ is the chief object of a believer’s delight. Moreover, the Spirit does not shine a light on himself, but on Christ.

2. A desire to kill sin and break the bonds of worldliness.

The Holy Spirit creates in regenerate Christians a hatred for sin and accompanying desire for holiness. Their esteem of worldly pleasures—even good things—decreases by comparison.

3. A deep love for and desire to feast on God’s Word.

Since Scripture is the Word of God given to lead sinners to Christ and along the path of holiness, Edwards pointed out that Satan would never beget such a desire in people. “The Devil has ever shown a mortal spite and hatred towards that holy book the Bible,” Edwards wrote. “He knows it to be that light by which the kingdom of darkness is overthrown.”

4. An unshakable conviction of sound doctrine.

The Spirit will never lead a believer to embrace a doctrine not taught in Scripture. Where he is truly at work, the Spirit convinces men of the holiness of God, the reality of eternity, and the certainty of a day of reckoning. These convictions become a bedrock foundation for those whose blind spiritual eyes have been opened.

5. An increased love for God and man.

A genuine work of the Spirit will instill in Christians a humility leading them to renounce expressions of self-love. Love for God will necessarily lead to love for neighbor. As Edwards wrote, “It is love that arises from apprehension of the wonderful riches of the free grace and sovereignty of God’s love to us in Jesus Christ; being attended with a sense of our own unworthiness, as in ourselves the enemies and haters of God and Christ, and with the renunciation of all our own excellency and righteousness.”

Wisdom for Today

Some charismatics have claimed Edwards as the theologian who supports a bombastic expression of continuationism. Yet in his sermons on 1 Corinthians 13, published posthumously as Charity and Its Fruits, Edwards argues in favor of the cessation of sign gifts. Still, I think there’s much wisdom from his insights on revival for cessationists and continuationists alike.

How might Edwards advise us to approach today’s claims of revival? We can’t know, but given the thrust of his revival writings, I can imagine him offering four lines of counsel.

First, we must beware of accepting everything as from the Lord. Weigh spiritual experiences carefully on the scales of God’s Word. If it doesn’t balance, dismiss it as spurious.

Second, not all spirits are holy. As R. C. Sproul writes, the Spirit of holiness is also the Spirit of truth, whose operation is validated by the truth of Scripture he inspired and illumines. If it doesn’t push you toward a deeper love of Scripture and more passionate love for Jesus, then it’s probably counterfeit.

Third, we should be skeptical of any movement that draws attention away from the local church and its preaching ministry. Modern-day revival movements tend to focus on the individuals who lead them and the parachurch venues in which they occur. Wittingly or unwittingly, such experiences de-emphasize the ordinary means of grace—especially biblical preaching—found within the local church.

Finally, such movements often foster what I call a “lightning-bolt spirituality.” Adherents are encouraged to seek sanctification through intense emotional encounters at certain venues as dispensed by certain teachers—you’re struck by a spiritual lightning bolt and become instantly more sanctified. This response runs contrary to the Bible’s portrait of progressive sanctification through God’s ordinary means of grace, which develops slowly over a lifetime. As to cults of personality, Edwards pointed converts away from himself toward Jesus, away from the revival meetings toward the local church. A genuine work of the Spirit today will do the same. As Jesus said of prophets, whether false or true, you will know them by their fruits (Matt. 7:16).

So how might I answer my friend’s question today? I remain skeptical about those things I saw two decades ago, and I agree with Edwards that a close encounter with the Spirit of God ought to result in a radically changed life—both in the frozen chosen and in the on-fire charismatic.

Jeff Robinson

Jeff Robinson (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. He also pastors a church plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as senior research and teaching associate for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and adjunct professor of church history at Southern Seminary. Prior to entering ministry, he spent nearly 20 years as a newspaper journalist in Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky, covering various beats from politics to Major League Baseball and SEC football. He is co-author with Michael Haykin of the book To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Mission Vision and Legacy. Jeff and his wife, Lisa, have four children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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October 7: Here We Stand, On the Word of God.

by archivist

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand forever.”—Isaiah 40:8. 

The following brief editorial served as an introduction to the first issue of 
THE PRESBYTERIAN GUARDIAN, a periodical which began on October 7, 1935 and ran up until its merger with THE PRESBYTERIAN JOURNAL in October of 1979. So much of Dr. Machen’s writing remains prescient and timely even for our day and age. Not much in the world has changed over the last eighty-one years. Humanity is still born in sin and still desperately needs a Savior. And the Word of God has not changed either. It remains the very Word of God, infallible and inerrant, our only rule of faith and life.

machen02The Changing Scene and the Unchanging Word
by the Rev. J. Gresham Machen
The Presbyterian Guardian, Vol. 1, No. 1 (7 October 1935)

We certainly have before us today a changing scene, and very ominous are the figures that stalk across it. Twenty years after a war which was supposed to have been fought to make the world safe for democracy. Russia stands under the most soul-killing despotism, perhaps, that the world has ever seen; and despots rule also in Italy and in Germany. One of these despots, after the approved tradition of despotic rulers, is now engaged in plunging the world, so far as his actions can accomplish it, into another world war.

These have been kaleidoscopic changes indeed. Who would have thought a few years ago that all freedom of speech and of the press would have been destroyed in great sections of Europe and thus that the achievements of centuries would suddenly have been wiped out? Who would have thought that after a century-long struggle upwards to light and liberty, Europe would suddenly return to a worse than medieval darkness?

In our own country, a man has to be blind indeed not to see that the same forces are mightily at work. Religious liberty has not yet been destroyed among us, as in Mexico; religious edifices and schools have not yet all been taken over by government. But when teachers even in private schools and Church schools and other institutions of learning are, as in New York and elsewhere, required to take an oath of office, as though they were state officials, we have in principle the totalitarian state; and liberty, just at the most important point, I in principle being destroyed. Everywhere we find centralization of power under an arbitrary bureaucracy; the area of liberty is slowly but very surely being reduced. Solemn contracts public and private are being treated as scraps of paper; the solid foundations of liberty and honesty are crumbling beneath our feet.

Yes, it is certainly true that we have before us today a changing scene.

In the midst of that changing scene, is there anything that is constant? Is there anything solid at all in the midst of the shifting sands? Can we find a safe refuge anywhere from the destructive forces that are so mightily at work? Is there anything at all that we can trust?

Certainly we cannot trust the Church. The same destructive forces that are at work in the State are also at work in the Church. It seems almost unbelievable, but still it is a fact that at this present moment, in the largest of the Presbyterian bodies in this country, the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., a secret trial is actually being held in the city of Philadelphia. Two members of The Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, against their earnest protest, are being deprived of that right to an open hearing which is accorded even to the most degraded criminal under our civil laws. The Church, bearing the sacred name of Christ, is standing on a lower ethical plane than that which prevails in the world outside—than that which prevails among people who make no profession of religion at all.

Unfortunately, the tendency manifested in this secret trial is not isolated in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Everywhere open discussion is discouraged. If anything is wrong, we are told, we should present the matter to committees of the General Assembly; but the pulpit and the press should not be used to present it to the rank and file.

The truth is that the bureaucracy in the Church has not a bit more regard for the Constitution of the Church, than the bureaucracy in the State has for the Constitution of the State in so many countries of the world. We are today in the midst of a time when the landmarks are being destroyed. Solemn constitutional guarantees of liberty are treated as though they meant nothing; and when people make solemn subscription to a system of doctrine that solemn pledge is treated as though it were a mere empty form of words.

No, we cannot find a haven of refuge from the confusion in the world by any mere appeal to the Church. In many places the visible Church has been swept away into the full current of the world’s madness.

Well, then, if we cannot appeal to the Church, is there anything to which we can appeal? Is there anything that is constant amid the shifting scene? The answer to that question is given by the text that stands at the top of this page, the text that gives us the program for all the corresponding pages in future issues of THE PRESBYTERIAN GUARDIAN.

Where shall we today find the Word of God?

Our answer is very simple. We find it in the whole Bible. We do not say, in Modernist fashion, that the Bible contains the Word of God. No, we say, in Christian fashion, that the Bible is the Word of God.

There, at last, we find something that we can trust. We cannot trust the world; we cannot trust that elusive something known as “civilization.” We cannot, alas, trust the visible Church. But when God speaks we can trust Him. He has spoken in the Bible. We can find our way through all the mists if we will make that blessed Book our guide.

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10 Spurgeon Quotes for Dealing with Betrayal

On April 23, 1888, Charles Spurgeon was betrayed by his brother, James.

It all came to a head when Spurgeon withdrew his membership from the Baptist Union. Spurgeon lamented the absence of a confession of faith keeping Baptists from drifting away from evangelical doctrines. He feared the downgrading of theology would produce an “emptying of chapels, and the multiplication of spiders” (Autobiography 4:254).

Spurgeon’s withdrawal from the Baptist Union sparked the greatest controversy of his life – the “Downgrade Controversy.” He was opposed by many of his closest friends and students, including eighty alumni from his Pastors’ College.

“I cannot tell you by letter what I have endured in the desertion of my own men” (Letter to a friend, February 21, 1888).

“My heart has been ready to sink within me. . . . Friends have forsaken me” (Letter, An Exposition of Matthew, p. 274).

Yet Spurgeon felt a deeper dagger twist on April 23 when his own brother seconded the vote to censure him.

“I feel heart-broken. Certainly he has done the very opposite of what I should have done. Yet he is not to be blamed, for he followed his best judgment” (Fullerton, C. H. Spurgeon, p. 313-14).

“Reproaches from those who have been intimate with us, and trusted by us, cut us to the quick; and they are usually so well acquainted with our peculiar weaknesses that they know how to touch us where we are most sensitive, and to speak so as to do us most damage” (Treasury of David 3:19).

spurgeon-and-james“An unkind word from a stranger may have a very slight effect upon us; but if such a word should come from the lips of one whom we love, it would cut us to the quick. We could put up with a thousand things from those who are mere acquaintances; but from a beloved child, or from the wife of our bosom, such a thing would be very hard to bear” (MTP 52:86).

The Downgrade Controversy not only damaged the relationship between brothers, but it also compounded Charles’s failing health and resulted in his premature death at the age of 57.

“You will never see me again, this fight is killing me” (Letter to a friend, Autobiography 3:152).

For nearly 40 years, Spurgeon had preached the gospel in London – a gospel that centered on Jesus’s own betrayal by Judas and the other disciples.

Here are ten quotes from a man who had to preach that gospel to himself when he, too, felt the backstabbing ache of betrayal.

1.“I can bear anything for Jesus while His everlasting arms are underneath me.”

“When we are in a battle, we must expect calamities. . . . I can bear anything for Jesus while His everlasting arms are underneath me” (Autobiography 4:256).

2. “Every reputation that has been obscured by the clouds of reproach, for Christ’s sake, shall be rendered glorious.”

“There will be a resurrection of characters as well as of persons. Every reputation that has been obscured by the clouds of reproach, for Christ’s sake, shall be rendered glorious when the righteous shall ‘shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father’” (Autobiography 4:253).

3. “Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my master, with a kiss.”

“Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it” (Morning and Evening, March 25, Morning).

4. “If you will trust yourselves with the Saviour, he cannot betray or deceive your trust.” 

“If you will trust yourselves with the Saviour, he cannot betray or deceive your trust. . . . If we can trust him with our souls we have a hold upon him which he will not shake off, but he will bless us – yea, he will bless us eternally” (MTP 24:204).

5. “[Jesus] is a confidant who never can betray us, a friend who never will refuse us.”

“In all trouble send a message to Jesus, and do not keep your misery to yourself. In his case there is no need of reserve, there is no fear of his treating you with cold pride, or heartless indifference, or cruel treachery. He is a confidant who never can betray us, a friend who never will refuse us” (MTP 26:74).

6. “Oh, the joy of having Christ to go to!”

“Oh, the joy of having Christ to go to! All other friends will sometimes be unfriendly, and the best of them must part with you at your decease, or you with them when they depart out of this world unto the Father; but your Lord will never, never leave you, he will abide with you, and death shall only draw him nearer, for then you shall see his face, and his name shall be in your forehead, and you shall be with him where he is to behold his glory for ever and ever” (MTP 16:281).

7. “Confidence in man will betray your hopes, but faith in God will enrich you beyond your expectations.”

“It is frightfully easy for the heart to rely upon man, as we know right well! . . . [C]onfidence in man will betray your hopes, but faith in God will enrich you beyond your expectations. May our heart always keep to that – trusting God; trusting in God alone” (MTP 24:392).

8. “Be prepared for anything so long as you can stand fast by him who bought you with his precious blood.”

“Be ready for a bad name; be willing to be called a bigot; be prepared for loss of friendships; be prepared for anything so long as you can stand fast by him who bought you with his precious blood. . . . God give you courage, more and more of it, through faith in himself! May you be willing to put your religion to every proper test, the test of life, and the test of death, too!” (MTP 39:31)

9. “Let us not marvel when we are called to tread the road which is marked by his pierced feet.”

“Our blessed Lord had to endure at its worst the deceit and faithlessness of a favoured disciple; let us not marvel when we are called to tread the road which is marked by his pierced feet” (Treasury of David 3:19).

10. “Let us admire the superlative love of Jesus.”

“Now, then, what shall I say in conclusion, but just this: let us admire the superlative love of Jesus. O love, love, what hast thou done! What hast thou done! Thou art omnipotent in suffering. Few of us can bear pain, perhaps, fewer still of us can bear misrepresentation, slander, and ingratitude. These are horrible hornets which sting as with fire: men have been driven to madness by cruel scandals which have been distilled from venomous tongues. Christ throughout life, bore these and other sufferings. Let us love him, as we think of how much he must have loved us” (MTP 19:131).


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For the Bible Tells Me So: Biblical Authority Denied … Again

by churchwatcher


“Jesus loves me — this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” This is a childish error?

Evangelical Christianity has a big problem, says Andy Stanley, and that problem is a reliance on the Bible that is both unwarranted and unhelpful. In a recent message delivered at North Point Community Church and posted online, Stanley identifies the evangelical impulse to turn to the Bible in our defense and presentation of Christianity as a huge blunder that must be corrected.

Some years ago, in light of another message Stanley preached at North Point, I argued that his apologetic ambition was, as we saw with Protestant liberalism a century ago, a road that will lead to disaster. No doubt, many Christians might be surprised to see an apologetic ambition identified as an entry point for theological liberalism, but this has held constant since Friedrich Schleiermacher, the father of modern theological liberalism, issued his book, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers in 1799.

In the wake of the Enlightenment, Schleiermacher understood that the intellectual elites in Germany were already turning a skeptical eye to Christianity, if not dismissing it altogether. The Enlightenment worldview was hostile to supernatural claims, suspicious of any claims to absolute truth beyond empirical science, and dismissive of any verbal form of divine revelation.

No problem, Schleiermacher responded — we can still salvage spiritual and moral value out of Christianity while jettisoning its troublesome doctrinal claims, supernatural structure, and dependence upon the Bible. He was certain that his strategy would “save” Christianity from irrelevance.

His ambition, in other words, was apologetic at its core — to defend Christianity against claims of its eclipse. The formula offered by theological liberals is the same now. Save what you can of Christianity by surrendering truth claims. Acknowledge the inevitable hostility that these doctrines face in the modern age and adjust the faith accordingly. No theological liberal declares himself the enemy of Christianity. To the contrary, he offers liberalism as the only means of avoiding Christianity’s demise in a secular age.

Of course, the “Christianity” that remains after this doctrinal surgery bears little resemblance to biblical Christianity and, as Scripture makes abundantly clear, it cannot save.

Let’s be clear — Andy Stanley does not mean to deny the central truth claims of Christianity. In his message, “Who Needs God? The Bible Told Me So,” he affirms the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. But he does so while undercutting our only means of knowing of Christ and his resurrection from the dead — the Bible.

And he does so directly and without risk of misunderstanding. In his message he stated: “So I need you to listen really carefully and the reason is this — perhaps you were taught, as I was taught, ‘Jesus love me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ That is where our trouble began.”

That is where our trouble began? What trouble?

Stanley’s apologetic concern is clear from the beginning of this message. He identifies the crisis of “de-conversion” as adults leave the church because they have outgrown their child-like faith and no longer believe. He traces their de-conversion to the fact that their adult, “fact-based” questions were met with only childish, “faith-based” answers.

He goes on to say that the “the Bible told me so” is “one of the threads we hear in de-conversion stories all the time, and I have a feeling for many, many, many of you who are losing faith or have lost faith, especially in the Christian faith, this is a bit of the part of your story.”

Later, he follows by dismissing a “the Bible says it, that settles it” approach to Christianity. “The problem with that is this: if the Bible goes, so goes our faith.”

At this point, Stanley goes on to amplify his concern with a Bible-based Christianity. “If the Bible is the foundation of your faith, here’s the problem: it is all or nothing. Christianity becomes a fragile, house of cards religion.”

And, as he states boldly, “it is next to impossible to defend the entire Bible.”

In short order, Stanley argues that claiming infallibility for the entire Bible is a losing project. Furthermore, he argues that Christianity “made its greatest strides during the 282 years before the Bible even existed.”

There is more in that statement than can be unpacked in his message or in this essay, but the central problem with his argument is that he seems to believe that the church did not have the Bible until the early fourth century. This claim can only refer to the official listing of the canon of the New Testament, but it is clear that the early church recognized the Old Testament as Scripture and that the early church quickly had both the gospels and, even earlier, the letters of the Apostle Paul (see 1 Tim 5:18; 2 Pet 3:15-16).

Indeed, the early church provides abundant evidence of the “for the Bible tells me so” dependence upon Scripture, even if the earliest Christians did not yet have the collected New Testament. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul grounds both the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ as “according to the Scriptures.”

Perhaps the oddest part of Andy Stanley’s approach to defending the resurrection is his insistence that we have some access to historically verifiable accounts of the resurrection outside of the New Testament. He rests his confidence in recent historiographical work by apologists who defend the historicity of the resurrection by affirming historical sources that are prior to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

But where do these historians claim to find those sources? In the four gospels.

Stanley seems to base the defense of the resurrection in historical traditions he claims are prior to the gospels, but the Holy Spirit gave the church the four gospels, and the entire New Testament, as verbally inspired, authoritative, and infallible revelation. All of Scripture — the Old Testament and the New Testament — was given to the church so that we would know the rule of faith and everything revealed therein. This is the evangelical Scripture principle, and it is precisely what the Reformers defended as sola Scriptura.

And what is our alternative? Are we to believe that those who are “de-converting” from Christianity can be weaned off of the Bible and on to some other sufficient authority?

In the strangest turn, noted in Stanley’s presentations before this message, he argues that if we can somehow believe in the fact of Christ’s resurrection on the authority of prior historical sources, and then we find that Jesus (presumably as revealed in the four gospels) respects the inspiration of the Old Testament, we should conclude that if one who rose from the dead affirmed the inspiration of the Old Testament, then we should as well.

But Jesus actually pointed to the Old Testament and demonstrated the very approach to the truthfulness and authority of the Bible that Stanley identifies as the problem. When Jesus pointed to the Old Testament and said “these are they that testify of me” (John 5:39), he was effectively saying, “for the Bible tells me so.”

Add to this the problem that Stanley effectively refutes his own argument, undercutting the authority and inerrancy of the very Scripture that he would have us to understand that Jesus would want us to trust.

This is an apologetic disaster and would leave Christians with no authoritative Scripture. Instead, we would be dependent upon historians (among others) to tell us what parts of both testaments we can still believe.

Those parts will inevitably grow fewer and fewer. This is what must happen when the total trustworthiness, sufficiency, and authority of the Bible is subverted.

We are back with Friedrich Schleiermacher, trying to convince the “de-converted” of his day that Christianity can be retained as an intellectually defensible morality and spirituality without its central truth claims and doctrines.

Andy Stanley is no Friedrich Schleiermacher, but the path he charts for the church is a road to abject disaster.

In the end, we simply have no place to go other than the Bible as God’s authoritative revelation. Christ, not the Bible, is the foundation of our faith — but our only authoritative and infallible source of knowledge about Christ is the Bible.

A true defense of the Christian faith has never been more needed than now, but an attempt to rescue Christianity from its dependence upon Scripture is doomed to disaster.

We are left in the same predicament as Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms. If Scripture cannot be trusted, then we are doomed.

“Jesus loves me — this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” A mature Christian faith will say more than that, not less than that. “For the Bible tells me so” does not mean that we do not have reasoned answers to difficult questions, but it does mean that we admit our dependence upon Scripture — and that we confess that God intended for us to be dependent on Scripture.

“For the Bible tells me so” is not “where our trouble began.” To the contrary, it is right where God wants us.

Andy Stanley’s sermon, “Who Needs God? The Bible Told Me So,” can be found here.

Source: Albert Mohler,

Published: 26/09/2016 Accessed: 28/09/2016


Subtitle: Satan’s final deception for mankind could not have been possible were it not for his successful invasion of the Charismatic Church with actual White Magic Witchcraft, dressed up to look like Christianity, of course.

“Looking like a Christian Without Christian Theology”

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The world is about to see the ultimate lie from Satan and his cohorts of world deception. An unholy trinity, with the devil posing as God, along with his false christ and false spiritual anointing, will produce a master lie, a lie so captivating and breathtaking that the very elect will reel with astonishment. This final lie must be the grandest thing that Satan has ever created. It will be his masterpiece of all time and eternity.

Apostle Paul spoke of this lie as he warned us about the coming “mystery of iniquity”. Along with describing this ultimate evil, he spoke of the “Restrainer” and His being “set aside” before this lie could materialize to its coming height. Read Paul’s words carefully.

“And now you know what is restraining him from being revealed at this time; it is so that he may be manifested (revealed) in his own appointed time. For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, but it is restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by His appearing at His coming.

The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels–[all of them] lying wonders– And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-11).

The Master Of This Lie

It’s very important that we understand the master of this lie. Antichrist is called the “mystery of iniquity“, but it is clearly stated that his “coming is after the working of Satan.”; he is a design of Satan in the similar sense that the Messiah or Christ was the “begotten of God.” In other words, Satan is about to produce a “false Christ” (Matthew 24:24) by using his “false anointing” resulting in the “greatest lie in human history.” Satan is an imitator and this will be his final imitation. A masquerading god, with a masquerading Christ accompanied by a masquerading False Prophet, will mesmerize the world.

Satan’s masquerading of this final lie will be accompanied with incredible miracles. The apostle stated that his coming will be “with all power and signs and lying wonders”. Satan is a powerful creature, second only to God Himself and he can produce paranormal happenings that will totally convince the unsuspecting. Notice that Paul called his activities, “lying wonders”. This clearly describes all the so-called miracles of Satan; they are not supernatural, but paranormal. God alone is supernatural (above or beyond nature. . . miraculous, spiritual – Chambers English Dictionary, W&R Chambers, Ltd, Edinburgh, 1990, p. 1474.), but Satan can only produce a paranormal (abnormal psychologically, not susceptible to normal explanation – Chambers English Dictionary, W & ft Chambers, LTD, Edinburgh, 1990, p. 1047.). Satan’s activities are nothing but clever tricks and masquerading lies that deceive. They appear to be supernatural, but under close scrutiny they are nothing but hidden lies. Yes, they will have the look of being supernatural, but they are distortions of reality.

Let us examine the incredible Satanic “lying wonders” planned to immediately precede the appearance of Antichrist.

“The Spirit of Peace is hovering close to humanity, seeking opportunity to make His Presence felt. The Spirit of Peace is not an abstract concept but a potent Individual, wielding forces hitherto unfamiliar to our planet. Great Forces are awaiting the hour when They can function as the Liberators and the Deliverers of mankind. But the door to Their entrance must be opened by humanity itself and it will be opened by a united act of the will, expressed through some formula of words and expressed in sound.” [“The Externalisation of the Hierarchy”, p. 173; Emphasis added]

Minutes before Antichrist arises, some seemingly supernatural sound will be heard, and spiritually felt, by everyone on the planet, simultaneously. At no other moment in world history will so many people be so devastatingly impacted at the same moment! This powerful sound is designed to get people looking outward and upward — even running out of office buildings to look skyward — to see what caused that heart-felt, soul-jarring sound. Images of Antichrist will appear all over the world simultaneously, speaking to each ethnic group in their own language. The true “Signs and Wonders” will have begun, and will be terribly impactful, leading many precious souls directly into Hell.

When this physical – spiritual “sound” hits, people’s souls will literally shake like a bowl of jelly. The Bible says that God is going to shake everything that can be shaken, so that those things which cannot be shaken will remain [Haggai 2:6, 21; Joel 3:16; Isaiah 13:13]. Too many Christians today are taking for granted that they will stand before the onslaught of the time of judgment when Antichrist shall finally arise. Too many Christians are so nonchalant about the appearance of Antichrist, that they may not be spiritually ready for the unbelievable, unprecedented soul-jarring experience. If you are not truly Biblically saved, if you are not righteous in Jesus’ Righteousness, and if you are not keeping a “short list” of daily sins committed, you may not be as protected against this unbelievable soul-jarring experience as you might believe. This is not the moment in world history to be a lukewarm, or “carnal” Christian!

Make no mistake about this fact: the very arising of Antichrist is God’s Judgment, the beginning of His most fearsome and furious judgments.


“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”. (2 Thessalonians 2:11). This lie” is a definite article or “THE Lie” by which he deceives the world. It is the ultimate lie. While Satan is the ‘Father of Lies” and every untruth originates with him, this lie is more. Satan is masterminding an unprecedented master lie that will continue to grow and escalate until it replaces the God of the Bible. It will also replace all dependency on absolute Biblical truth as we now know it with a new occult theology. Jesus Christ will be preached and presented as the same historical Jesus of church history, but with a “new paradigm” of understanding. The working of the Holy Spirit will undergo such a radical reinterpretation that there will be only vague similarity.

White Magic In The Church

I believe the false spiritual anointing now being manifested all around the world is the first step in producing this “final lie.” When you look closely at this false spiritual anointing permeating Charismatic Churches, it becomes abundantly clear that it is nothing but White Magic dressed up in a “christian” garb. All throughout Scripture, Satan is seen using white magic, i.e., using his power for the “benefit” of mankind. This has been a clever trick or deceptive tactic of the enemy of righteousness. Satan hides behind the difference between black magic and white magic. In producing both expressions of his dark nature, much of the world never sees his presence in the many expressions of White Magic. As has been often said, “White magic is the beautiful side of evil” A witch will argue you to the end that her white magic has nothing to do with Satan — she serves Lucifer, she insists! The truth is that White Magic is only beautiful to those who are deceived; unfortunately, these deceived will never realize this side of the White Throne Judgment Seat that they were serving Satan all along.

Look at the effort of Satan to deceive Jesus Christ during His forty days of fasting.

“Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cost thyself down. For it is written. He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy fool against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him’ (Matthew 4:5-11).

The Scripture then affirms that He was in the wilderness all forty days (Mark 1:12-13), that the devil left him in the wilderness when the temptation was finished (Matthew 4:11), and that Jesus returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:14). Yes, Satan had tempted Jesus from the pinnacle of the temple and from an exceeding high mountain during those same forty days. There can be little argument that the devil used his only paranormal powers (White Magic) to endeavor in this defeated effort to deceive the Son of God; how else could he show Jesus the kingdoms of the world to promise them to Him if He would only worship Satan?

Philip, the evangelist, faced off with White Magic in the eighth chapter of the Book of Acts, Simon the sorcerer was apparently experiencing a revival of religion in this city of Samaria, The writer Luke tells us all about Simon.

“But there was a man named Simon, who had formerly practiced magic arts in the city to the utter amazement of the Samaritan nation, claiming that he himself was an extraordinary and distinguished person. They all paid earnest attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that exhibition of the power of God which is called great (intense). And they were attentive and made much of him, because for a long time he had amazed and bewildered and dazzled them with his skill in magic arts.” (Acts 8:9-11; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)

His reputation in the city was, “This man is the great power of God.” Does that not sound strikingly familiar to our present host of new Charismatics?

White Magic In The First Testament

The Old Testament has many examples of different expressions of White Magic. Moses met these powers head-on as he dealt with Pharaoh of Egypt. The sorcerers of Pharaoh’s court could produce serpents with their enchantments.

“Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” (Exodus 7:11-12).

In every case, the truth of God’s supernatural power was quick to judge and consume the devil’s substitute. All God needed was His man full of His Omnipotent Holy Spirit power to carry out the deed of judgment upon the White Magic practitioner.

The two sons of Aaron tried their skill in using White Magic in the tabernacle of Israel almost as soon as God had established the priesthood.

“And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, and put incense on it, and offered strange and unholy fire before the Lord, as He had not commanded them. And there came forth fire from before the Lord and killed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, This is what the Lord meant when He said, I [and My will, not their own] will be acknowledged as hallowed by those who come near Me, and before all the people I will be honored. And Aaron said nothing.

Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Uzziel uncle of Aaron, and said to them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp. So they drew near and carried them in their undertunics [stripped of their priestly vestments] out of the camp, as Moses had said. And Moses said to Aaron and Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons [the father and brothers of the two priests whom God had slain for offering false fire], Do not uncover your heads or let your hair go loose or tear your clothes, lest you die also and lest God’s wrath should come upon all the congregation; but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled. And you shall not go out from the door of the Tent of Meeting, lest you die, for the Lord’s anointing oil is upon you. And they did according to Moses’ word. (Leviticus 10:1-7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).

The very idea that Aaron’s sons — two of God’s anointed priests — would use Satan’s substitute before the altar of God Jehovah was grievous blasphemy and was met with God’s immediate deadly judgment. Fire from the Lord devoured them. Moses would not allow their father, Aaron, or their brothers to grieve over their death. They could not even leave the Tabernacle of God to attend the burial. My friends, it is a serious thing to call White Magic the work of the Holy Spirit! When you see Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and Benny Hinn performing with occult power and teaching occult doctrine, in the guise of Christianity, you can see the ultimate danger in which they are placing their very souls!

White Magic Transforms Satan’s Ministers

It’s overwhelmingly grievous to realize that Satan can transform himself and his ministers into powerful persons of remarkable charisma. We are not dealing with a back room filled with smoke, a witch’s brew, or some slight of hand magician. Black magic has always been an ugly thing that Satan used to paint a picture of how he wanted himself conceived. Then, he masquerades with his ‘beautiful” side so he can deceive and then damn the multitudes. White Magic has many forms, but false religion has always been its main expression. From Cain, the son of Adam and Eve, and Nimrod, the grandson of Noah, you can trace a line of White Magic straight to the New Age of our modern world.

We must now realize that paganism has gone mainstream in our Western Society. Satan’s “final lie” must take the “beautiful side of evil”, combine it with all the depths of its magical powers and then transform them into the theology of Apostate Protestant churches. Catholicism did this very thing during the early days of the third and fourth century. They are still teaching these doctrines of mixture. That’s why they can claim “miracles” by the thousands, apparitions of dead “saints”, holy water that supposedly chases away evil spirits, wafers “bleeding” with the very blood of Jesus, crying statues, etc. This same pagan spirit has invaded the Charismatic and Apostate Evangelical world.

Satan also set in place the worship of pagan goddesses that are equal in scope and powers to the Catholic Virgin Mary. The Dalai Lama bluntly told New Age author, China Galland, that the same spirit of “rangyung” who was producing the Madonna apparitions and miracles in America and Europe with the Virgin Mary was also producing the Madonna goddess miracles in China, Tibet, and India with the Hindu and Buddhist goddesses.

Here is Galland’s exact quote: “When I tell him [Dalai Lama] about the reports of the Blessed Mother appearing in the bark of trees in Poland, he concurs [with my initial impression that they are the same as with the Madonnas in China, Tibet, and India.] ‘Yes, that would be rangyung , the same thing as we have been talking about, of course, the same thing.’ ” [“Longing For Darkness”, China Galland, p. 93]

Doubt it not! The same demonic spirit that regularly produces these occult “miracles” in India and China is producing these “miracles” in the lands dominated by Roman Catholicism. White Magic is the power behind all these manifestations, and is setting up the peoples of the world for the final deception, the appearance of Antichrist.

Apostle Paul warned of this invasion of magic.

“For such men are false apostles [spurious, counterfeits], deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles (special messengers) of Christ (the Messiah). And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light; So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. But, their end will correspond with their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)

Notice clearly what the apostle warned us about. He said that Satan could transform himself to an angel of light. That word “transform” is a derivative of a powerful word, metarnorphoo. These two Greek words mean basically the same, except that metamorphoo is positive, while this same word in the Greek, metasehematizo, is negative. In the first word, as Apostle Paul used to describe being “born again and sanctified’ by the blood (Romans 12:1-2) it is a beautiful transformation. In this second word it is a transformation also, but for the purpose of disguising to deceive and change. Satan transforms himself by his magical powers to deceive and change mankind.

He likewise transforms his ministers. Read 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 again, meditatively. This fresh revelation to my heart changed the way I now understand “the final lie.” These ministers are actually transformed by magical powers and a confusion of reality into counterfeit “ministers of righteousness.” Steve Hill at Brownsville Assembly preaches almost every night on a counterfeit repentance of some description. Magical powers would be soundly rejected by most Pentecostals and Evangelicals unless they were clothed over with an apparent facade of “righteousness.” There were very few churches that followed alter the manifestations at Toronto until Toronto was sanitized by this “transformation” of Pensacola. Now, Pensacola has legitimized the white magic of Toronto by giving it an appearance of righteousness.

White Magic Will flatter Men Into Submission

As Daniel wrote his revelations of the future, he concluded them in chapters eleven and twelve to describe the very day in which we are living. He specifically spoke of the religious world and how Satan would deceive the people in the Latter Day church. He stated:

“And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits for God.” (Daniel 11:32; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary).

The first step in spiritual deception is the light and careless treatment of God’s true covenant, the Holy Scripture. No one can be deceived until they take the Word of God lightly and handles it carelessly; this generation has fallen headlong into the new versions of a corrupted covenant. Now, Satan can do his intended work. He flatters them with his and his servant’s smooth words. This word “flattery” is a feminine form of smooth talk. It is actually a sensuous deception. In the Book of Revelation, John spoke of this very same spirit as the spirit of Jezebel.

In NEWS1841, we quote Paul and Jan Crouch, Kenneth Copeland and others as they speak the most blasphemous things imaginable about Jesus and His Holy Word; why, anyone who had even a minor amount of Scriptural knowledge would immediately get up out of their chair and walk out of the auditorium, or, if they are viewing this charade at home, would immediately turn the TV set off. But, no, these blasphemous people are applauded, admired as men of God, and are given money galore so they can build their palatial estates, their “Heaven on Earth”.

These blasphemies are clearly the work of Satan’s End of the Age deceptions.

Sensuousness Is At The Root Of The “Final Lie”

We are not fighting White Magic alone, but a sensuous form of White Magic. Sensuality in religious worship is how Nimrod made pagan religions so very captivating. Nimrod included in the temple worship: singers, dancers, and art forms to titillate the crowd with cross and/or sensuous dressing participants. The singing in most churches today has become the highest form of entertainment. Men and women alike dress to the fine points of showbiz excellence. The entire church world is being trivialized with singing that is appeals more to the eye, the body and the flesh than to God.

Religious rock music has also taken on a form of flesh and sensuousness that has absolutely no kin to Biblical worship.

Religion With A Sexy Dress

When you mix paranormal powers with slick entertainment, sensuous music that has a love song flavor and ministers that have been transformed into counterfeit “ministers of righteousness,” you have the making of a powerful movement We are still in the early stages of this development. White Magic has always been the favorite means of Satan’s deception and he is preparing a lie so incredible and so convincing that multitudes will be destroyed in their faith. Our modern technologies of communication have trained our current generation to respond to surface perceptions, clichés and glitzy presentation. It is the perfect vehicle for evil powers to use to present the false spiritual anointing and its white magic fanfare. When you add paranormal (Satan’s supernatural) activities to a fleshly display, watered down, twisted theology, and promotion by the biggest names in religious circles, you’ve got the power to convince a multitude!

Paranormal Activities Attributed To God

Many White Magic events being practiced in Charismatic Churches are now falsely being called “Signs and Wonders” from the Heavenly Father. We have documented some of the most insane behavior that is being called Holy Ghost impartations, manifestations. Already millions are accepting these activities. We Baptists just cannot believe that a person obviously under the control of the demonic host is being cheered by Charismatic pastors, their wives, and other church members, with everyone in attendance believing they were witnessing a manifestation of the Holy Spirit! What blasphemy! What unbelievable spiritual deception! Yet, this is the very same type of deception inherent in Antichrist; this type of deceptive spirit is the reason the people of the world will “rush in amazement and admiration” after Antichrist [Revelation 13:3]

We fear that such deluded Charismatics will be the ones who will be given the “strong delusion” that they cannot believe Biblical truth anymore. Listen:

“The coming of the lawless one, the antichrist, is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of pretended miracles and signs and delusive marvels–all of them lying wonders– And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness..” [2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]

Listen again to the pertinent warning: “God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false, in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness..”

As these poor, deluded souls shown on these various “Signs and Wonders” videos “take pleasure” in participating in the unrighteousness inherent in the White Magic they are practicing, if they continue such practice, God will send them a “strong delusion” to believe the lie of Antichrist so completely they can never see the truth to be saved!

Therefore, “… exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin … While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” [Heb 3:13-15]

Resist the temptation to get mad at us for simply telling the truth; instead, open your spiritual eyes and hearts to this truth, so you may turn to be eternally saved.

Jesus Christ In A Burrito

Francis Frangipane publishes his acceptance of a number of White Magic manifestations and expresses his clear support of them. Here are his words from an edition of his River of Life Ministries,

“I feel that the Lord is accommodating these things, or at least some of them some of the time, but they are bewildering, to say the least. In fact, I’ve witnessed services where respected charismatic leaders stood silent and immobile like statues for hours. I thought, Isn’t this amazing? People who are usually so animated are acting like statues, while in Catholic church statues are acting like people.”

“Then there is the Ohio water tower that bore on its side the likeness of a portrait of Christ. Throughout the nation, news stations reported that sign-seekers by the hundreds of thousands caused massive traffic jams. And, let us not forget the burrito in Texas that, as it was fried, took on the supposed appearance of the face of Christ. It is now enshrined and producing ‘good fruit’ in many’ (River of Life Ministries, Vol 9. No 2. August, 1995, p2.)”

What can I say, except that we have now entered the prophesied time of deception unparalleled in church history.

The Final Lie Of Satan

We will certainly continue to report to you this exploding revival of white magic in the church. We believe it is the outpouring of Satan’s “Final Lie”. We will only see the first stages until the Rapture of the Bride and the removal of the “Restrainer.” Our text for this article made it clear that the ultimate expression of the “mystery of iniquity cannot be revealed until the “Restrainer is taken out of the way.” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7). We must not allow this great Truth to blind us to deception that may well proceed the Rapture. We must prepare ourselves and every soul that will listen as we await His supernatural return. It will grow worse and worse and darker and darker.

The infallible Word of God, unspoiled by false human interpretations — obeyed and loved — is our anchor of the soul. Be careful that your “anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock” (Jesus Christ).

This great deception truly is a firm sign that we are in the End of the Age.

Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones? This is the reason for this ministry, to enable you to first understand the peril facing you, and then help you develop strategies to warn and protect your loved ones. Once you have been thoroughly trained, you can also use your knowledge as a means to open the door of discussion with an unsaved person. I have been able to use it many times, and have seen people come to Jesus Christ as a result. These perilous times are also a time when we can reach many souls for Jesus Christ, making an eternal difference.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, but have been very lukewarm in your spiritual walk with Him, you need to immediately ask Him for forgiveness and for renewal. He will instantly forgive you, and fill your heart with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Then, you need to begin a daily walk of prayer and personal Bible Study.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but have come to realize His reality and the approaching End of the Age, and want to accept His FREE Gift of Eternal Life, you can also do so now, in the privacy of your home. Once you accept Him as Savior, you are spiritually Born Again, and are as assured of Heaven as if you were already there. Then, you can rest assured that the Kingdom of Antichrist will not touch you spiritually.

If you would like to become Born Again, turn to our Salvation Page now.

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