SEEKING AFTER SIGNS AND WONDERS - A SIGN OF THE END TIMES
We grow close to God when studying and claiming the truth within His holy word. There are many church affiliations that are placing the importance of signs and wonders, manifestations of other worldly influence, above the word of God. To do so is an abomination before God, as the late David Wilkerson warned. When we seek enlightenment, and extra-biblical prophecies, that go contrary to the word of God, we are following down the path of deception.
Many false signs and wonders were noted in the "Toronto, Canada, occult - manifestation movement" (often referred to as the Toronto Blessing), whereby people gave way to "feelings, excitement, shock and awe". Held under the power of demonic trance, seduced into the realm of the occult, not God. They barked like dogs, quacked like chickens, some crawling on the ground like snakes, twisting, licking their tongues. Still others participated in seeking out prophetic claims that soothed, calmed, and enticed their carnal desires. Many shook in their entire bodies, and laughed uncontrollably as if they were taken over by a foreign demonic spirit. These same occult manifestations can be seen in the Hindu religion, whereby a "kundalini" spirit possession takes place. The true Holy Spirit of God, is gentle, not controlling (Galatians 5:22-23).
Sad is the day when Children of God seek after such anti-christ, new age, and occult signs and wonders. While many claim the "Brownsville Revival" to have been a move of God. There are those of us, including myself, that claim, the same spirit that entered into Toronto Canada, invaded this movement in part, as well. If the Assemblies of God places claim and marketing of signs and wonders above the word of God, this denomination will suffer. The late David Wilkerson warned that a false signs and wonders movement was entering some of our churches, and gave plea for all to listen. Likewise, I do the same.
Coming from a forth generation of believers in the 2nd Chapter of Acts, speaking in tongues, and holding claim to God's healing power. And as the grand-daughter of Assembly of God missionaries, I have seen a vast departure from the word of God in many Assembly of God congregations. When one seeks after signs and wonders, in place of God. When one places signs and wonders, ahead of His word. We are on a path of wicked self delusion and destruction. Such diabolical agendas are sent by Satan himself, the deceiver (Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Timothy 3:13; Matthew 7:15; 2 Peter 2:1-3).
Let us therefore proclaim Jesus Christ in Season and Out. Let us stand firm on the promises of God, not false signs and wonders. To do otherwise, is to fall and fail to adhere to God's holy, biblical instruction, which is truth (John 17:17). "In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" - 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Retrieved from Charisma magazine, 2/10/2016.
This article was originally published in the October 1999 issue of Charisma.
In a sermon preached six months ago and circulated widely on cassette tapes, New York pastor David Wilkerson blasts prosperity doctrines, “holy laughter” and the flamboyance of evangelist Benny Hinn.
In Wilkerson’s April 11 sermon, titled “Reproach of the Solemn Assembly,” Wilkerson warned his 7,000-member Times Square Church to burn books written by any propagators of these doctrines.
He also told his parishioners to stay away from evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne’s Good News New York (GNNY) crusade that ran from July 7 to Aug. 14. The GNNY campaign reported more than 48,000 decisions for Christ, the majority of them first-time salvations.
In his sermon, Wilkerson leveled blasphemy charges at the prosperity doctrines of Bible teacher Kenneth Copeland, with one mention of Word-Faith preacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. “It’s an American gospel invented and spread by rich American evangelists and pastors,” Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson described how one of the speakers at a Copeland conference bragged about owning a $15,000 dog, a $32,000 ring and was selling his 8,000 square-foot house to buy a larger home. Wilkerson says he takes issue with the notion that “the Holy Spirit cannot be poured out until you first are in the money flow.”
Wilkerson also attacked manifestations common to modern revivals. “I weep when I see these videos that are sent to me from all over the country. Whole groups of bodies jerking out of control, falling on the floor, laughing hysterically, staggering around like drunkards,” Wilkerson said. “Anything that cannot be found in Scripture has to be rejected outright—totally rejected.”
He listed Hinn and Howard-Browne as examples of those who have perpetrated misrepresentations of the Holy Spirit’s manifestations.
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