Wednesday, March 7, 2012

False Spirits at Jesus Culture Conferences

Below is a video from the Jesus Culture Awakening conference, held in Chicago, August 2011:

Paul writes:  
So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? (1 Cor 14:23)  
and later, in verse 29: 
Two or three prophets should speak, and others should weigh carefully what is said. 
The next video features Winnie Banov, from the Miracle Signs and Wonders conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Winnie and her husband Georgii are frequent co-speakers with Johnson at conferences in and outside the US: 

Finally, Stacey Campbell's false prophesy about fellow false prophet Todd Bentley. 

Bethel Church's Bill Johnson appears in the video on stage right, at this "anointing ceremony" for Bentley in 2008, in which Bentley's ministry as an apostle is announced, and he is "released" for service by the group, which calls itself the International Coalition of Apostles. 

“I believe last night was truly historic and a true sign of unity,” Bentley told Charisma today. “Many streams converged and I know last night’s commissioning will truly help bring God’s outpouring to a much larger part of the body.” 

Participating leaders at the ceremony included Wagner; Ché Ahn, pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, Calif.; John Arnott of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship in Canada; Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, Calif.; and Rick Joyner, founder of MorningStar Ministries in Charlotte, N.C.

Wagner said to Bentley on the platform: “This commissioning represents a powerful spiritual transaction taking place in the invisible world. With this in mind, I take the apostolic authority that God has given me and I decree to Todd Bentley, your power will increase, your authority will increase, your favor will increase, your influence will increase, your revelation will increase. 

“I also decree that a new supernatural strength will flow through this ministry. A new life force will penetrate this move of God. Government will be established to set things in their proper order. God will pour out a higher level of discernment to distinguish truth from error. New relationships will surface to open the gates to the future.” 

Not long after, it was revealed that Todd Bentley was living in adultery with a woman he became involved with during the Lakeland movement. He later divorced his wife and married his adulterous lover. The only streams that converged that night above Todd Bentley were the streams of counterfeit spirits that continue to fill the Jesus Culture movement today. These so called “Apostles” proved themselves to be ‘false apostles’ without true discernment.

Their practice of peddling deception continues today, at conferences such as this April 2012 Healing Conference at Rick Joyner's Morningstar Ministries: 
 Healing Conference

What can we say about what we have seen here? Some of my brethren have been caught up in the Jesus Culture "movement" and have been caught unaware because they do not know the truth. Others know the truth but reject it. 

King Ahab had this true prophet, Micaiah, thrown into prison (1 Kng. 22:26,27), because he did not want to hear the truth; he preferred, instead, to listen to the false prophets influenced by the lying spirit.  So Ahab went to battle in Ramoth Gilead in disguise (22:30).  But a random arrow hit the king between the sections of his armor, and later that day he died (22:34a,37).  King Ahab worshiped a God other than the real one, he was a thief, and he listened to a lie by an evil spirit; so he paid with his life.

It is interesting to note that Paul, describing some people in the end times (no doubt, in today’s world), said:
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron (1 Tim. 4:1,2).
John also said: 
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
This precisely describes the situation of the lying false prophets speaking to King Ahab the things they were lured to speak by the lying spirit.  People really have not changed throughout the centuries; they still are voluntarily open to deception and often listen only to what they want to hear.  Almost no one wants to hear the truth when it implies that one should change.
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