Sunday, March 15, 2009

SICKNESS, PAIN & TRIALS: God's "Best Life Now" for you?

FOR FANS OF TODD BENTLEY & JOEL OSTEEN and others who believe God only wants health, wealth, and good times for His people.

From Charles H. Spurgeon's writing entitled "On My Back":

"Sickness in the believer is intended for the glory of God, and in part this design is answered during the trial. It is to be feared that the Lord gets but a small revenue of glory from some of us; we defraud the royal exchequer of many dues: much conscience-money might we all send into court on account of our long and heavy arrears of thankfulness. Sickness takes out a warrant against ingratitude, and surcharges us for our defalcations, by bringing our negligences to remembrance.

God gets many a song from his caged birds which might never be heard if they had strength to wanton on the wing. Psalms and hymns, like music on the water, sound sweetly from the deeps of suffering... Until the oyster is sick it yields no pearls... We make most progress in our voyage heavenward when the wind is rough: calms are more pleasant than profitable; better for comfort than for commerce; fairer in the present than in the retrospect. Affliction cuts the facets of the Lord's diamonds, and so they shine with a greater lustre to his honour. What the church owes to the file and the hammer no tongue can tell.

Would the church triumphant have been so glorious as it now is, if its members had been spared the great tribulation out of which they passed to their crowns? Would half the grace which now beautifies the church militant have been discernible at all, if severe trials had not developed it? Would the Lord have had honour among us if the chastening rod had been laid aside? For the world to see how a Christian can endure hardness, is a great glory to God. The great hospital of saintly suffering is a grand exposition in which the choice works of the Holy Spirit are exhibited to all who have eyes to see.

Oh! how foolish are we to fear and dread bodily suffering, when it hath no killing hand, but two hands full of blessings.
We fear our mercies and tremble at our soul-enrichments; we cry out against a friend as though he were an enemy, and chase away an angel as though he were a devil. If we could but see the words, "Not unto death,"(John 11:4)emblazoned upon the escutcheon of our afflictions, we should receive them with more willing mind.

Friday, March 13, 2009

DAVID WILKERSON: Sandwich "prophecy" story debunked as false.

See the editor's note at the top of the article HERE.

WorldNet Daily contributor Janet Porter caused a tidal wave of activity on the "prophecy front" which has ended in disaster. At the end of her March 10th article calling believers to "Heed Wilkerson's Warning" she said "So, when the guy who made the 2,000 sandwiches on Sept. 10 warns us: "AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN," I think we would do well to heed it."

Well Janet,... are you still going to heed Wilkerson's words now that the story of the "true prophecy" has been debunked? If you try hard you can likely find SOMETHING Wilkerson has said that has come true.

Like John Piper said, "Stick with the Bible... and your credibility will never fail".

Thursday, March 12, 2009

DAVID WILKERSON: Do Sandwiches make him a True Prophet?

(NOTE: My title does not declare him to be a true OR false prophet. We must all consult the Biblical standards for a prophet to judge any person as a prophet.)

This is not prophecy, but before I even post this I know that you are likely here because you're trying to seek counsel on whether to heed David Wilkerson's prophecy of impending doom. Hundreds of people (like you, reader) are right now asking Google (rather than God's Word) if, since David Wilkerson made sandwiches before 9-11-01, he's a true prophet of God!~

Amazing.

Folks... Why are you being so lazy when something like a pending "Great Calamity" is at stake? Do you have a Bible? What do you use it for if you don't use it to answer questions like these?

In EVERY situation (that doesn't have to do with an online iPod purchase or finding a great tuna recipe) go to the Bible BEFORE you go to Google!

In fact, RIGHT NOW,...RUN!...before it is too late - to the Bible! I say this prophetically, as a "Word from God" with all sincerity! (See Romans 2:5; 2:16, II Corinthians 6:1-2... then keep reading from there.)

Are you about to have a heart attack?!! WHO KNOWS? Is the roof you are under going to cave in on you? MAYBE, MAYBE NOT! Will the very chair are sitting in today KILL YOU? If any of the above were to happen, 30 days of food wouldn't help you. If any of the above DON'T happen right now, you are still living in imminent danger if you are not in Christ. If you ARE in Christ, you don't have to fear any of the above, including David Wilkerson's "Urgent Warning"!

In the Bible, you may find that there's a bigger issue than any prophesied Judgment of God toward the USA: Namely the Judgment of God toward you personally. If you are not ABSOLUTELY SURE of your relationship with Him, please GO HERE or HERE If you still haven't run away to read His Word, read my prior commentary on this subject... but you HAVE to go to the Bible sometime.

Here's Jon Sharp's Boiled Down Version™ preview of what the Bible says about your TWO POSSIBLE ENDS...

OUT OF CHRIST = Sure judgment, wrath and eternal suffering.
IN CHRIST = Sure, eternal salvation with peace and provision THROUGH your promised earthly trials, tribulations, persecutions and death.

Now go get a sandwich and read your Bible.

JOHN PIPER to DAVID WILKERSON: "Stick with the Bible"

SOME GOOD COUNSEL FROM JOHN PIPER:

From "Desiring God"
Testing David Wilkerson’s Prophecy
March 9, 2009 | By: John Piper

The Bible says, “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).

David Wilkerson will cause a good many hearts to pound faster with his pronouncement that “AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.” New Yorkers especially will swallow hard: “It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut.”

What shall we make of this? The part that depends on the Bible we should take with absolute seriousness. You don’t need to have special revelation to know that the rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord is the norm in America. Therefore, we stand under the judgment of God and it is only a matter of time till the present judgments (Romans 1:18-32) give way to spiritual awakening or punitive calamities (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8).

But the part of the prophecy that goes beyond what the Bible says, we measure by biblical standards. Two things give me pause in Wilkerson’s extra-biblical specifics.

First, it does not resonate with my spirit when he claims that God told him to “lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials” because when disaster comes “grocery stores are emptied in an hour.” God might have said this. But it doesn’t smell authentic to me. Too prudential. Too reminiscent of the embarrassing Y2K excesses.

Second, my confidence level drops when the Scriptures are not handled carefully. Wilkerson says, one way we can respond is: “As David says, ‘He fixed his eyes on the Lord on his throne in heaven—his eyes beholding, his eyelids testing the sons of men’” (Psalm 11:4).

This does not have the feel of authority to me because what Psalm 11:4 really says is: “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.”

So my take on this prophetic word is that the scare will probably do good for a lot of people. The Bible is a scary book. And the future that is coming on unbelievers is scary beyond anything any preacher could conjure up.

But my own effort to be discerning says: Stick with the Bible, David. It is scary enough. And it is absolutely true. And your credibility will never fall.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

TODD BENTLEY IS BACK: Re-Married, Begging for "full restoration"!

We had a few months without Todd Bentley, but now he's trying to weasel himself back into your lives and living rooms by playing with his followers' (and his former followers') emotions. Looks like a case of "here we go again".

False prophet, Steve Schultz, in his Elijah List e-mail newsletter today said that false-prophet Rick Joyner is on the job, being a father-figure to Todd Bentley in a program of "restoration" that is evidently well on its way, since Mr. Schultz is also begging for you to donate your hard-earned cash to Todd's NEW AND DISPROVED ministry "Fresh Fire USA".

Steve continues: "Pray for Todd Bentley and all family and friends who were affected up to this point—and who will be affected in the future. I'm sure that the Todd I know would take back any mistake possible..."

I was going to say it IS possible for Todd to take back the mistake of leaving his wife... but I must admit it is highly unlikely... I'm not sure even my godly wife would take me back If I had an affair, say with the church secretary.

Steve also said, "...in life we don't always have "do-overs". Instead, we must each continue to live in repentance.". But evidently, a "do-over" is exactly what Todd is trying to get! How is Todd "repenting"?? He LEFT tens of thousands of followers in the dark under the rubble of the Lakeland fiasco and has not returned to make restoration with his wife!

People, DO NOT FORGET THIS: Todd Bentley stood on that stage in Lakeland, night after night, and lied to your faces when he spoke about his close walk with God and when he praised his "beautiful wife Shonnah" and his kids. Then when he walked off the stage he walked into the arms of Jessa Hasbrook to commit adultery with her! Supposedly meeting with God in the third heaven realm while AT THE SAME MOMENT having an affair with a member of his ministry team! I guess God didn't give a second thought about Todd's lies and adultery as He entertained him in the spirit realm?

He has also LEFT HIS WIFE AND CHILDEN! Gone! And he MARRIED the one he committed adultery with! The Bible is clear... God does not recognize this marriage and Todd Bentley walks in UNREPENTANCE continually until he leaves her, and returns to God based on His clear instruction and biblical definitions of marriage, unfaithfulness, adultery and repentance. (See Ezra 10:10-12 to see Israel DIVORCING their PAGAN WIVES and repenting.)

Repentance is "doing a 180". Todd has not gone back to his wife. He has not renounced his Latter Rain heresies, OR his Manifest Sons of God false teachings, OR his false prophecies. He also STILL has not produced any of the documents from his claim of "tens of thousands" of "documented healings"

Folks, I've got news for you. This is THE SAME TODD!

No. I take that back. This is Todd 2.0. The SAME UNGODLY, UNBIBLICAL HERESY... only now, he wants you to ALSO accept his continuing adultery, (and his adultress wife) as ministers of some screwy, twisted, heretical version of the Gospel.

In the newsletter there is a personal word from Todd Bentley. It says in part:

"It has been a long while since I have spoken publicly and openly. I am sorry for the hurt and confusion that my decisions have caused the Body of Christ.

"As many of you now know, my previous marriage has endured years of unresolved conflicts. I apologize that it has ended in divorce, and I take full responsibility for my part for the ending of the marriage. I realize that my silence and decisions have caused many of you to feel hurt, confused, and offended. The reason for the silence was for my need of healing, creating a restoration process under a team of qualified leaders (Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, and Bill Johnson), much needed rest after the Lakeland Outpouring, repentance, and the divorce process.

Todd also said that he is "confident that the good men around me will help me be restored first as a man, as a husband, and ultimately to fulfill God's call on my life."


Todd, if you're reading... How can you be "restored a a man" if you don't first give up your sin? You're not desiring to be "restored as a husband"! It is clear because you haven't destroyed and left the idolotry of your adulterous relationship... instead you MARRIED IT!

Todd, months later I'm begging again. Dump the garbage that you are falsely calling "God's call" on your life. Your entire "ministry" is unbiblical at best and heretical at worst. Turn now in true repentance toward God. God IS calling you... but it is the same, old call of the Scriptures... to fall, hopeless on your face before your Judge... begging Him for mercy, grace and forgiveness, doing that "180", dumping your continuing adultery, which in turn lets your new wife be freed from her adultery. Become a disciple rather than the False Teacher and False Prophet you've set yourself up to play for years. What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?

To the rest of my readers, I'm afraid it's "here we go again"...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

DAVID WILKERSON: Is this a true Word from God?

David Wilkerson yesterday posted an "URGENT MESSAGE" to all on his mailing list, "and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world" You can read the entire message at David Wilkerson's Blog

He stated "AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US."

I risk making many people mad, but I must declare this "prophecy" to be unbiblical, failing to follow biblical New Testament prophecy examples. It therefore fails to pass the "testing" that we are commanded to perform. (Deut. 13, Galatians 1:89, Acts 17:10-12, I John 4:1)I do NOT say that it will not happen... only that I do not accept it as a word from God. Remember that false prophets can have prophecies come to pass and do miracles, but this does not mean that the words they speak are from God.

Let's start with a couple of scriptures from Acts. Remember the first story of Agabus in Acts 11:28-30?

"Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul."

Notice: the NT prophet Agabus never gave guidance, suggestions or requirements for action... also notice the response of the disciples to the prophecy... their focus immediately turned to others. Bro. Wilkerson's "prophecy" is very self-focused ("Store up 30 days of food", "We are going to tremble" "We are under God's Wrath", etc.)

Also Remember Acts 21:10-14 - the second account about Agabus...
"As we were staying there for some days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, "This is what the Holy Spirit says: 'In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'"
When we had heard this, we as well as the local residents began begging him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." And since he would not be persuaded, we fell silent, remarking, "The will of the Lord be done!"

Note: Again, the NT prophet gave no guidance, suggestions or requirements for action... otherwise it would be instructional... a Word from God that MUST BE OBEYED. Agabus gave no instruction and although others in the body begged Paul not to go to Jerusalem, he went anyway, ready to die for Jesus regardless of what the prophet foretold.


Bro Wilkerson wrote: "I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world." I ask... shouldn't he get on secular stations, billboards, magazines, etc. to proclaim this prophecy? Or is it the Christians who need to the urgent warning? Later he seems to speak of the hope we have in God, so I'm confused who this is prophecy is for!


He then wrote: "There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath."

IF BY "WE", HE MEANS THE CHURCH, THIS IS UNBIBLICAL, THE CHURCH WILL NEVER BE UNDER GOD'S WRATH - DEFINITELY PERSECUTION, DEFINITELY TRIBULATION, DEFINITELY TRIALS... BUT IF WE ARE IN CHRIST, NEVER GOD'S WRATH!

The prophecy continues... "In Psalm 11:3 it is written, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”."

NOTE: THIS VERSE DOES NOT SAY OR MEAN "IF GOD DESTROYS THE FOUNDATIONS" which is what brother Wilkerson implies later. In the Psalm, David was stating the fact the WE have no abilities, so we take refuge in God. Bro Wilkerson sounds confused... mixing a message of fear of secular doom with his hope of refuge. Either we are covered, protected, provided for and saved, or not. Shouldn't we be proclaiming "WHOM SHALL I FEAR"? as Psalm 27 teaches.

Brother Wilkerson then continues: God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.

NOTE: THIS IS A "STATEMENT OF FACT" THAT MAKES ME WORRY ABOUT BRO WILKERSON AGAIN - HE HAS FAILED TOO MANY "PROPHECIES" (IN FACT, ONE FAIL IS TOO MANY) AND YET HE KEEPS ON TRYING TO FORETELL. IF I FOLLOW DEUTERONOMY, THE BIBLE TELLS ME TO IGNORE HIM! I LOVE HIS MESSAGES OF SIN AND REPENTANCE BUT HIS MESSAGES EVENTUALLY GO TOWARD PROPHECY)

The prophecy goes on... "The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with wicked Israel, “God is fashioning a calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh, turn back each of you from your evil way, and reform your ways and deeds. But they will say, It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:11-12).

So it seems at this point, since he brought up this verse given to "wicked Israel", that he is trying to reach the apostate body of Christ? Why then is he trying to warn "friends", "bishops" and people on his mailing list?

The prophecy continues... "In Psalm 11:6, David warns, “Upon the wicked he will rain snares (coals of fire)…fire…burning wind…will be the portion of their cup.” Why? David answered, “Because the Lord is righteous” (v. 7). This is a righteous judgment—just as in the judgments of Sodom and in Noah’s generation."

Righteous Judgment when?... NOW OR IN THE COMING DAYS?
Righteous Judgment on whom?... ON "THEM" OR ON "US"?

IF "NOW" or "US", he is sadly mistaken and agaisnt the Bible.
IF "COMING" or "THEM", WE ALREADY HAVE THE BIBLE TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT and we don't need the so-called prophecy.

Brother Wilkerson then asks: "WHAT SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS DO? WHAT ABOUT GOD’S PEOPLE?
First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction."


DIRECTION FROM WHO?
IF FROM GOD, WHY WAS THIS FOR "HIS OWN DIRECTION" AND NOT FOR THE ENTIRE BODY?...
IF IT WAS NOT FROM GOD, WHO CARES ABOUT THIS PROPHECY AT ALL?

Brother Wilkerson's "direction" - or "guidance" - or "suggestion"
- or "requirement for action" is this: "If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster." If this is a Word from God for Him alone then he must obey or he is sinning. Yet he gives it as a "word" so if we do not obey God's word, we sin, too!

THIS IS A CALL TO TRUST IN OURSELVES. CALL ME A FOOL IF YOU LIKE, BUT I WOULD RATHER RISK TRUSTING GOD FOR TODAY ONLY, NOT WORRYING ABOUT TOMORROW, AS I'M INSTRUCTED BY JESUS IN MATTHEW 6:34.

He then offers only two options for dealing with this prophecy: "As for our spiritual reaction, we have but two options."

I have two biblical options that are different from Brother Wilkerson's: IGNORE IT OR OBEY IT... IF IT IS A TRUE PROPHECY (WORD OF GOD), WE SIN IF WE IGNORE IT.

IN THE END, WILKERSON IS SIMPLY SAYING "STORE FOOD" AND "TRUST IN GOD". SO WHICH IS IT? Matthew 6:31 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Now don't get me wrong. I sincerely believe America is in some MAJOR TROUBLE. But even so, the ONLY USE this prophecy should have for a Christian (IF TRUE) should be as encouragement to do what Jesus commanded us to do.
(1)TRUST HIM TO PROVIDE,
(2)OBEY IN HIS COMMAND TO PREACH THE GOSPEL, TEACHING AND MAKING DISCIPLES.
(3)CARE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HIS CHURCH.

That's exactly what happened in Acts following Agabus' similar prophecy. Yet, Agabus never tried to give guidance concerning his prophesies, otherwise Paul would have sinned in ignoring his, and the apostles would have sinned had they ignored theirs.

Like Paul, I'm ready to die for Christ's sake.

What use does this "prophecy" really fill but to warn FALSE CONVERTS the 10,000th time that God's wrath is coming. If they've ignored the Gospel of the Bible all their lives, they'll definitely ignore this confused "prophecy" from David Wilkerson. As we are instructed in Deuteronomy, IF ONE PART IS UNBIBLICAL, THE WHOLE THING SHOULD BE TRASHED!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

TIME'S UP! -Do you want Thief One or Thief Two?

When the pastor of an old country church once again stopped a young man to inquire of his spiritual condition, that young man replied "Oh, I'll get right with God sometime; but what's the hurry. I've got too much life to live right now. Don't worry about me... remember the thief on the cross!"

"Which thief?" the pastor asked pointedly.

"Wha-..., Oh, yeah... I almost forgot there were two. I meant the one who was saved at the last minute!"

Remember, there were TWO thieves crucified with Jesus. One of the thieves repented and believed in the Savior and Jesus graciously saved him. That thief is enjoying eternity with Jesus right now. The "other" thief had an equal opportunity to repent... yet he's in torment in hell right now.

Remember also that Jesus didn't save BOTH thieves from hell. How do you know you won't die suddenly and spend eternity in torment in hell, rather than suffocate slowly or die of a long term disease? What guarantee do you have that you will have time for that last minute reprieve? Sure you MIGHT have time to call out to Jesus, say, if you die of cancer, but a great many people now burn in hell due to a combination of procrastination and heart attack, head-on collision, or work-place accident.

Don't ever forget that there were TWO thieves. (Luke 23:39-43) Don't put your hope in that future "last-minute" salvation you've been planning. Forgetting that God is a God of wrath is a fatal mistake. The "other" thief didn't fear God even though he KNEW HE WAS GOING TO DIE THAT DAY! What makes you think you will suddenly begin to fear God (the beginning of wisdom) on the day you lay dying? The bible warns us that TODAY is the day of salvation. (II Corinthians 6:1-2)

How often have you heard the Gospel? How many times have you ignored that sermon?

HERE'S ONE MORE CHANCE. DON'T MISS OUT.

(1)You are NOT a good person, but a wicked, vile sinner... (Romans 3:10)
(2)Because you're guilty of breaking God's Law if you've even just lied ONCE... (James 2:10)
(3)God is a just and wrathful judge who sentences ALL LIARS to hell... (Rev. 21:8
(4)You can do NOTHING to meet His requirement of perfection, because you have already sinned and can never meet God's requirement of perfection. (Isaiah 64:6)
(5)But Jesus Christ, God made flesh, was born into this world... (Matt 1:23)
(6)SO THAT He would have sinless, perfect, human blood- running through a perfect, sinless human body- (Hebrews 9:11-12)
(7)SO THAT He could give His life, as replacement sacrifice for your life, allowing His body to be tortured and crucified, (Hebrews 9:15-16, 28)
(8)SO THAT He could pour out His blood as a final, once-for-all, sacrifice, (hebrews 7:27, 9:12)
(9)SO THAT YOUR fine could be paid, satisfying God's Judgment, (Romans 3:25, I John 4:10)
(10)SO THAT you could be declared "crucified with Christ", dead to sin, and alive forevermore, saved eternally from God's just wrath? (Galatians 2:20)

So there it is, one more time. The Gospel message. Jesus died to pay YOUR fine. You are guilty, He is innocent, yet he took your punishment in your place.

How often has that Gospel message been presented to you? How long do you suppose that God will stay patient with you as you ignore it over and over? In Acts 5:1-11, Ananias and Sapphira took God for granted, too. For just ONE LIE to the Holy Spirit God decided they both should be immediately destroyed. DOES GOD CHANGE? And in II Chronicles 36:15-16 the Bible says of a rebellious Jerusalem, "God... sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people... but they... despised His words,... until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. Don't be like Jerusalem. GOD DOES NOT CHANGE! Heed God's warning while His only Remedy is still available.

Which thief will you be like? The thief who was saved didn't waste any time when he saw the Truth of Who Jesus was. There's an old story of a refined, elegant lady who indignantly asked the preacher; "You don't mean that I have to go to heaven begging like that crucified thief, do you?" The preacher replied, "No ma'am, you don't. You could continue to reject Jesus Christ, and be sent to hell with the other thief."

You have only two choices. You will be with one thief or the other for eternity... the question is, "Which thief?"

If you haven't noticed, you're on a collision course with eternity. Death is just around the corner no matter how young or old you are. I pray that you'll take advantage of what may be your last opportunity and cry out to the Savior to "remember you" in eternity.

Job 36:18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow; For a large ransom would not help you avoid it.

(Based on an old article called "Which Thief?" by an unknown author)