Sunday, 10 September 2017

THE MOST HEINOUS IDENTITY THEFT EVER PERPETRATED! - IS THE LORD YOU LOVE IN ACTUALITY THE LORD OF THE FRAUD?


"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
(Matthew 7:22-23)

"I NEVER KNEW YOU - DEPART FROM ME!" Those hearing on Judgment Day those awful words will protest that what they did was done in the name of Jesus. But they were not His; they did not know him personally. Oh yes, they most certainly used His name, but they were neither His followers nor His friends. What they did in His name was not righteous but nefarious in the extreme, for they had actually robbed Him. They had freely and purposefully engaged in the most heinous identity theft ever perpetrated. They had stolen His name. And they had used it falsely.


THEY NEVER KNEW THE LAMB;
THEIR FAITH WAS JUST A SHAM;
THEIR MINISTRY? A SCAM!

"In your name we've done this, in your name we've done that. Amazing things. Spiritual things. In your name... in your name... in your name... in your name... in your name... in your name..."

FRIENDS, I IMPLORE YOU TO PAY HEED TO THIS URGENT WARNING. JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS USING THE NAME OF JESUS IS NO GUARANTEE WHATSOEVER THAT HE OR SHE IS A LEGITIMATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL. ALL TOO MANY ARE ACTUALLY THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLES, UNASHAMEDLY USING THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE ALL OTHERS FOR THE CREDIBILITY IT LENDS TO THEIR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY.


"Identity theft is a type of fraud that involves 
using personal details of someone else."
(Source: Simple Wikipedia)

The definition of fraud, as found in the Collins English Dictionary, is:

1 deliberate deception or cheating intended to gain an advantage
2 an act of such deception
3 informal a person who acts in a false or deceitful way

Thieves of the Lord's identity. Fraudsters. Deceivers and cheats. Pulpits and platforms everywhere are now full of such puffed up chaff masquerading as wheat, reprobate men and women referencing a Redeemer they don't know, a Christ of convenience whose stolen name obtains for them a passport to the land of opportunity. Fame... Power... Wealth... They can be so, so convincing, and seem so, so sincere - and never more so than when they've even successfully conned their own selves. Such are worthless wells without water, mirages of oases, dealers in deep delusion, great pretenders "whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." (Philippians 3:19)

"Identity theft is the deliberate use of someone else's identity, usually as a method to gain a financial advantage or obtain credit and other benefits in the other person's name, and perhaps to the other person's disadvantage or loss."
(Source: Wikipedia)

Yes, well, we all know - or should know! - that gaining financial advantage through using the Lord's name is rife in the Church; the Word of Faith "prosperity gospel" hucksters have long got fleecing the flock down to a very fine art. But it's not just those with dollar signs lighting up in their eyes who are suckering the sheep in order to gain a personal advantage. Celebrity status and power and control are also major motivations for the unashamed and the unscrupulous to engage in this most terrible crime of stealing the Lord's identity. When wisdom and discernment are at an all-time low, when so many pastors are not shepherds but hirelings, when experiential and experimental "Christianity" has so very largely superseded Bible-based belief, such Satanic trickery thrives.

The perilous times we were warned would come (Ref. 2 Timothy 3:1) have arrived. Big time. In the name of Jesus, huge numbers of Hell-bound fraudsters are deceiving countless people into trusting in a lie which leads them like lemmings to the cliff, for His name is being cited when He has never sanctioned or has anything whatever to do with their utterances or their actions.

FRIENDS, THERE IS ANOTHER JESUS ABROAD. A BOGUS JESUS. SAY WHAT? THE APOSTLE PAUL WARNED THE CHURCH THAT A DIFFERENT JESUS COULD BE BEING PREACHED, WITH A DIFFERENT GOSPEL AND IN A DIFFERENT SPIRIT (Ref. 2 Corinthians 11:4), AND THEY COULD WELL PUT UP WITH THIS! HOW RIGHT HE WAS! MANY, MANY FOLKS NOW HAVE ACCEPTED AND ARE WORSHIPING THE JESUS OF THESE IDENTITY THIEVES, A FAKE JESUS OF THE IMAGINATION AND NOT OF THE BIBLE. ONLY THE TRUE JESUS HAS POWER TO SAVE. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BE A BEREAN AND CHECK ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING AGAINST THE SCRIPTURES. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BE COMPLETELY CERTAIN THAT THE LORD YOU LOVE IS THE REAL ONE, THE WORD THAT WAS MADE FLESH, AND NOT THE LORD OF THE FRAUD!  IF YOU GET IT WRONG, THERE QUITE LITERALLY WILL BE HELL TO PAY...


"Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely,
neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God:
I am the LORD."
(Leviticus 19:11-12)



"Take heed that no man deceive you."
(Matthew 24:4)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MISSION TO WALES, JULY, 2017 - NEW WINE CYMRU AND 'THE TURNING TEAM' FROM READING - GOOD NEWS, OR BAD NEWS?


"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
(1 John 4:1)



INTRODUCTION

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE PURITY OF THE WATER, FOLLOW THE STREAM BACK TO ITS SOURCE! The Lord impressed this vital truth upon me quite some time ago now, and it's this principle that I'm going to apply here in making my appraisal of New Wine Cymru's forthcoming 'Mission to Wales,' to be conducted in conjunction with 'The Turning Team' from Reading. In doing so I'm going to use primary source material, directly referencing the principal players, both those on centre stage and those positioned behind the curtains whose crucial role cannot be overstated.

In compiling this account, my first of three great concerns is that a lot of well-intentioned Christians are going to get caught in what is a seductively baited trap, snared through failing to distinguish between the genuine and the counterfeit. We need to know, and know in advance, the why's and the wherefore's of it all. We need to know exactly where this is coming from, and equally importantly we need to ascertain its ultimate destination.
IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE REALIZE WHAT THE END-GAME IS!

Trying the spirits. Are they truly of God? Or are they great pretenders? The Lord's primary warning in Matthew 24 about the Last Days prior to His return was that we be not deceived. He does not want His precious flock to have the wool pulled over its eyes; He wants His sheep to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves; He wants us to exercise all possible caution, that we don't stumble and fall in the ever increasing darkness as the end of the age so rapidly approaches. With this firmly in mind, let us firstly look as we must at the events of May-June 2016, frequently referred to as "The Reading Outpouring" but labelled and promoted by its two main protagonists as 'The Turning.'



'THE TURNING'

May-June, 2016. 'The Gate' church in Reading, Berkshire, pastored by Yinka Oyekan who also heads up the 'Barnabas Fellowship Of Churches' (of which 'The Gate' is naturally a part), conducts a street outreach programme. The results are allegedly so incredibly successful that the campaign is quickly nationally hyped as "The Reading Outpouring."

A year on, and 'The Turning' as this much trumpeted "outpouring" was to become officially titled, is steadily making notable inroads into churches and church movements across the UK. Here in Wales, New Wine Cymru under the leadership of Julian Richards (who is also on the Board of the Evangelical Alliance, as well as heading up Cornerstone Church in Swansea) has enthusiastically partnered with 'The Turning Team' under Yinka Oyekan. 'Mission to Wales,' as it is billed, will be using the Reading model for a large-scale street evangelism campaign to be rolled out right across Wales from Thursday 6 July through to Saturday 15 July. A big evangelistic effort has to be good news, right? Let's just remember, as the old saying goes, that all that glitters is not gold. It might be, well... just glitter! So let's proceed to trace the stream back to its source, and then we can determine what might be in the water... and whether it's safe to drink it or we should leave it well alone!




THE GATE'S 'COMPANY OF PROPHETS' AND THE BILL JOHNSON CONNECTION

In investigating the back-story to events in Reading, the first thing we need to take note of is that for a whole year previous to the mission itself, 'The Gate' had already been sending out a team of young "prophets" aged only 11-18 once a month to "prophesy" over the unsaved. This they had reportedly been trained to do in the 'Company of Prophets' run by 'The Gate,' and this is our first real red flag. Prophets cannot learn how to prophesy! Apart from the fact that all gifts of the Spirit are given individually, and not everyone gets given the same gift(s) - be it prophecy or any of the others - prophecy is by its nature a spontaneous utterance of the Spirit; it is not some methodology which any amount of tutoring can effect. It is enabled directly by God, not by any man. He gives, or He does not give, according to His sovereign will. Any contradiction or contravention of such sovereignty will inevitably result in false prophecies which spring only from the flesh. It is today as it was in Jeremiah's day, when he recorded:


"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, 
and not out of the mouth of the LORD."
(Jeremiah 23:16)

A 'Company of Prophets' supposedly training people how to prophesy is, of course, hyper-Charismatic to the core. Yinka Oyekan's predilection for such things becomes even more apparent when we look at the 'Barnabas Fellowship Of Churches,' which as we've already noted also has Yinka Oyekan at the helm. The BFOC runs a 'School of Supernatural Ministry!' Sound at all familiar? Where do you suppose this concept may have come from? Any connection perhaps between Yinka Oyekan and Bill Johnson, Lead Pastor of 'Bethel' in Redding, California, with its infamous 'Bethel School of the Supernatural?' There sure is!

For a number of years now, Oyekan has been mentored by Bill Johnson, recording his gratitude to him and his wife Beni "for investing in me the last few years, it kept me going through very difficult times and kept me spiritually alive. Thanks Bill and Benny (sic) Johnson." (Source: http://theturning.eu/index.php/learning-review/). The warning I gave about the Johnsons and their "church" in a recent article certainly bears repeating here:

This has to be one of the unsafest "Christian" couples on the planet, their "Christianity" having all the authenticity of a paste diamond, with Bethel having far more in common with sorcery and New Age mystical spirituality than with Biblical Christianity. From gold dust to glory clouds, from falling feathers to fire tunnels, from floating orbs to a born-again "Jesus," from waking up sleeping angels to grave-sucking necromancy, absolutely anything goes at Bethel under the Johnsons' (mis)leadership.


Students from 'Bethel School of the Supernatural' engage in 
sucking Evan Roberts' anointing from his grave in Loughor.

This close relationship seems to have stemmed from (or at least been cemented by) Oyekan's very significant attendance at a Bill Johnson Apostolic Conference in 2011, an event at which Oyekan met one Dr. Michael Maiden, who is the Lead Pastor of 'Church For The Nations' in Phoenix, Arizona. As Maiden enters the story, not only will we be able to see how incredibly heavily polluted with spiritual toxins the stream actually is, but also exactly where it's flowing to! But before we examine the Michael Maiden connection in some detail, let's go back to last year's events in Reading to check out another very important ingredient that got stirred into the stew... a man who filed for bankruptcy in 2010 with up to one million dollars in liabilities, but is now riding high again as Lead Pastor of 'Light Fort Myers,' a church in Fort Myers, Florida, which also serves as World HQ of revivalist organization 'The American Awakening' which he founded: Tommie J. Zito, the man who Oyekan brought in to spearhead the Reading mission.


TOMMIE J. ZITO AND "THE HOLY GHOST BARTENDER"

"It has been my privilege to be able to speak into Tommie's life for the last eight years and there is no doubt in my mind that God will use Tommie in the future to shake whole regions of the world. Get ready - because we stand on the brink of the next great Spiritual Awakening!"
- Dr. Rodney M. Howard-Browne, Tampa, Florida, October 2004

This quote is taken from the foreword to Tommie Zito's book, 'A Spiritual Awakening,' showing that Zito has long been closely involved with and endorsed by "The Holy Ghost Bartender" himself, a fact emphasized by Oyekan in his personal review of 'The Turning' in which he references Zito as being a disciple of Rodney Howard-Browne. (See: http://theturning.eu/index.php/learning-review/

A South African now resident in the USA, Howard-Browne was a key figure in the "holy laughter" movement; from a Word of Faith background in his homeland, he rose to prominence when invited to preach at an AOG church in Lakeland, Florida in the Spring of 1993. It was there that the "holy laughter" phenomenon broke out big-time. Notorious charlatan Oral Roberts, inventor of the "seed-faith" scam, and his son Richard went to Lakeland to check this out, and were so impressed by what was being served at "Joel's Bar" that they invited him to hold meetings at the Oral Roberts University, where the same uncontrollable laughter was experienced. 

Even more significantly, while "ministering" at that hot-bed of Word of Faith theology, Kenneth "Dad" Hagin's 'Rhema Bible Training Center' near Tulsa, Oklahoma, a Vineyard pastor named Randy Clark received "the anointing" from Howard-Browne. Hearing of Clark's being tremendously touched, fellow Vineyard pastor John Arnott of the Toronto Airport church invited him to bring the drunken partying to Canada in January, 1994. He did just that, and the rest is history. Dark, dark history. 'The Toronto Blessing' as it became known went global practically overnight, and thousands of discernment-devoid people were soon rolling in the aisles and barking like dogs, laughing hysterically when they should have been weeping with grief for the huge Satanic delusion that had so incredibly infiltrated and overtaken the professing Church of Jesus Christ.

This necessarily brief overview of the origins of 'The Toronto Blessing' is given to emphasize the key role taken by Rodney Howard-Browne in this deeply demonic deception, and that this being so, any disciple of this self-proclaimed "Holy Ghost Bartender" is not a faithful follower of The Way but someone who has embraced "another Jesus... another spirit... another gospel." (2 Corinthians 11:4).

We should well note that both Tommie (who was allegedly born again at the age of 3!) and wife Kimberly graduated in the '90s from the aforementioned 'Rhema Bible Training Center,' then travelling the world as personal assistants to Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne. Theirs is a long and deep relationship indeed. 

Recommended reading on 'The Toronto Blessing' from The Christian Research Institute: http://www.equip.org/article/the-counterfeit-revival/



THE SCRIPT

In the introduction, I referred to my first great concern about 'Mission to Wales.' We will now move on to what is my second: "easy-believism."

Most significantly, participants in the Reading mission were not encouraged to witness to people as prompted by the Spirit when approaching them on the street, but rather to work instead to a set script. Perhaps, in view of the connection we've just been examining, it will come as no surprise to learn that "the Script used in Reading is virtually identical to the one formulated by Dr. Rodney Howard Brown (sic) in his book "The Great Awakening, Power Evangelism Manual." (Source: http://theturning.eu/index.php/learning-review/)



"I've just got to tell you 2 things REAL QUICK... I've got to ask you a REAL QUICK question... Let me tell you 3 things the Bible says REAL QUICK... I'm gonna say a QUICK prayer for you..." (my capitalization for emphasis)


FRIENDS, THIS IS "DRIVE-THRU" CHRISTIANITY SERVED UP IN A FAST-FOOD CONTAINER, FAITH WITH FRIES AND A PLASTIC FORK! IT'S RACE-TRACK RELIGION; SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT SPEED CAMERAS, FOOT TO THE FLOOR; BLINK AND YOU'LL MISS IT; "SALVATION" WITH SMOKING TYRES!


"If you would like to receive this free gift, Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, JUST SAY THIS with me..." (my capitalization for emphasis)

FRIENDS, SAYING IN ITSELF MEANS NOTHING! IT'S MEANING WHAT YOU SAY THAT MATTERS! THE PARROT-FASHION REPETITION OF WORDS IS NOT CONVERSION: IT'S JUST MIMICRY. HELL'S GATES HAVE LONG OPENED WIDE TO WELCOME THE MISLED MANY WHO SAID THE WORDS BUT NEVER ACTUALLY MEANT THEM, NEVER TRULY REPENTED, NEVER DIED TO SELF, NEVER TOOK UP THEIR CROSS TO REALLY FOLLOW THE MASTER... BUT HAVE GONE TO THEIR GRAVES WITH THE EMPTY HOPE THAT WORDS WERE IN THEMSELVES SUFFICIENT!

Of this woefully inadequate, surface-skimming, "easy-believism" script, Oyekan admits that "one pastor was in tears as he felt it was deficient in its gospel proclamation," then shamefully dismisses this man's passionate and very correct concern with the words, "Emotionally the script touches on everyone's PRIDE particularly when the simplicity of the tool is presented." (My capitalization of the word PRIDE). How the sides of the prideful father of lies must be aching from laughing so heartily at such blind folly!


A QUESTION OF QUALITY


"The messiness of the kind of conversions seen in a normal mission remains but in the outpouring this messiness is multiplied hundreds of times... I am sure the quality of the conversion will improve... "

The quality of the conversion will improve? Either conversion is genuine re-birth in Christ or it is not. There are no degrees of authenticity. Oyekan is effectively admitting that the reality behind the hype is that his "outpouring" statistics - an average of 65 salvation decisions/re-dedications a day - are just so much tosh, and not worth the paper they're printed on. These figures are chalked up as actual conversions or returns to Christ despite Oyekan's own observation that many will not be genuine, remarking that "there will also be a number who on the streets have stopped to pray out of politeness and still others who have prayed just to move the Christians on, and still others who are open to any kind of spiritual experience."
(Source: http://theturning.eu/index.php/learning-review/)

Very sadly, "messiness" is indeed the operative word. And if you should take a look at Tommie Zito's website, you'll immediately see that he is someone who's also very fond of publishing eye-catching but equally meaningless statistics that you can read absolutely anything you wish into. (See: http://tommiezito.com/crusades/)

There is another serious question to be raised here. If any of these street "converts" are subsequently recruited into the participating churches, then what is it exactly that they will be brought into? The Faith that was once and for all time delivered? (Jude v3). Or an experiential, experimental, fleshly faith that is not built on the immovable Rock, but on the soulish sand of "philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ?" (Colossians 2:8). Will they get uncompromisingTruth... or ear-tickling titillation?
WILL THEY BE TAUGHT THE WORD AS GIVEN... OR THE WORD AS RE-WRITTEN?



OYEKAN, THE BARNABAS FELLOWSHIP OF CHURCHES, AND MICHAEL MAIDEN


"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
(2 Timothy 4:4)

At this point it will be appropriate to return to and very carefully consider the Michael Maiden connection, for this has enormous relevance in understanding how 'The Turning' was - and is - a cleverly camouflaged exercise not in turning TO but rather in turning AWAY from Truth in favour of fabrications. Let's look at the importance of the following statement:

"BFOC has been journeying with Pastor Michael Maiden since Pastor Yinka met him at Bill Johnson's Apostolic conference 2 years ago."
(Source: http://barnabasengland.org/bfoc-in-partnership-with-cotri-cftn/ - article of 25/11/13)

Exploring the "divine partnership" as it is described, between the Barnabas Fellowship Of Churches (BFOC) and Michael Maiden's own 'Church For The Nations' (CFTN) in Phoenix, Arizona and 'Church on the Rock International' (COTRI) - a network of affiliated churches of which Maiden is President and CEO - reveals the depth of the Dominionist delusion that Yinka Oyekan has so enthusiastically allied himself with. We need to look at the theology of CFTN and COTRI, noting that Oyekan has accepted the position of European Director of the latter, whose Chairman is Lawrence Kennedy, a known member of the 'New Apostolic Roundtable' whose Convening Apostle was the late C. Peter Wagner, the "founding father" of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). (See: http://europeanapostolicleaders.eu/welcome/history)

MAIDEN'S 'CHURCH FOR THE NATIONS' AND 'CHURCH ON THE ROCK INTERNATIONAL' ARE ORGANS OF THE UTTERLY HERETICAL NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION. ABSOLUTELY CENTRAL TO THE NAR'S MILITANT STRATEGY AND UNBIBLICAL BELIEF SYSTEM IS "THE 7 MOUNTAINS MANDATE," WHEREBY IT IS ENVISIONED THAT ALL AREAS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOUR ON THE PLANET WILL BE TAKEN OVER BY "BELIEVERS" UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF RE-ESTABLISHED APOSTLES AND PROPHETS, IN A GREAT GLOBAL "REVIVAL" THAT WILL USHER IN THE KINGDOM ON EARTH PRIOR TO THE KING'S RETURN.

Does the Bible make any reference to seven mountains? Yes, indeed it does! We will look at this extremely important Scripture in the Conclusion.




"Our mission is to REACH out to all people and nations with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God,
To TRAIN, equip and empower believers by God's word, to grow in Christ-likeness and find and fulfill their kingdom destiny.
To SEND an army of ambassadors into the 7 mountains of culture as agents of kingdom transformation."

To this end, Maiden has written books like 'The Missing Piece: the 7 Mountain Strategy' and 'Turn The World Upside Down: Discipling the Nations with the Seven-Mountain Strategy' which conclusively confirm Maiden's "Latter Rain" Dominionism, with its rejection of Biblical eschatological truth and its replacement with "cunningly devised fables." (2 Peter 1:16). The Bible nowhere speaks of any kind of strategy for believers to transform culture. Rather, it tells us plainly that things will only get worse and worse and darker and darker, not better and better and lighter and lighter as the NAR would have it. It tells us that there will be great apostasy, not great revival as the NAR loudly proclaims. The prophets of the NAR are like the 400 prophets of Ahab with lying spirits in their mouths, who falsely prophesied victory at Ramothgilead while the contrary words of Micaiah the true prophet were spurned. (See 2 Chronicles 18). It says much that Maiden's 'Church For The Nations' is the church of the notorious Elijah List's beloved false prophetess, Patricia King, who is listed as a member of their "Extended Pastoral Staff!" (See: http://cftn.com/our-leaders/)

At this juncture, it will be pertinent to highlight a couple of big names that Maiden's church links to. (See: http://cftn.com/our-links/). Unsurprisingly the first we'll note is Bill Johnson, recognized as an Apostle in the NAR; the second is Bishop Joseph Garlington, a member of the 'Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders' which is a key huddle of NAR "A-listers."

Very revealingly, CFTN's 'Vision' page lists their Top Ten goals, NONE of which are to see sinners saved; the focus is on bigger and better, and enlarging their sphere of influence globally, with "an army of Kingdom ambassadors" sent out to take the 7 mountains of culture. To provide covering for (i.e. NAR Apostolic control over) no less than 10,000 churches worldwide is their Number One goal. On the 'Vision' page is also to be found their self-proclaimed raison d'etre. Is this perhaps to proclaim the Gospel, and feed the sheep that they may grow in grace? Well, actually, no. "CFTN exists to help every person discover the divine destiny God has prepared for their life... we are committed as a church to help people discover God's dream for their life." CFTN is not just Dominionist, but also "Purpose-Driven!" Rick Warren will surely be very proud of his proteges.
(See: http://cftn.com/the-vision/)

It should also be mentioned that CFTN boasts that "must-have" hyper-Charismatic phenomenon of "Healing Rooms," affiliated to Cal Pierce's 'International Association of Healing Rooms' based in Spokane, Washington, a re-birth of the ministry of false teacher John G. Lake. "Apostle" Cal Pierce is another NAR "A-lister," a member of its exclusive 'International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders.' (ICAL's 2017 Annual Congress in Dallas this November is apparently going to be launching "The 3rd. Reformation!")

Tracing the ever more disturbingly toxic flow further upstream, we find that in the '90s Michael "Mike" Maiden was Lead Pastor of 'Eagle's Nest Christian Embassy' in Scottsdale, Arizona, the scene of a major financial scandal. In July, 1996, the 'Tucson Citizen' reported:


"SCOTTSDALE - Two pastors bilked investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars using claims about words from God, the investors allege in a lawsuit. According to the suit, Rev. Mike Maiden of the Eagle's Nest Christian Embassy repeatedly claimed he had divine guidance on important financial decisions. He then used the claims to help the "financial pastor," Frank Luca, defraud investors out of their money. Luca, 52, was indicted earlier this year by a federal grand jury on charges of selling millions of dollars in fraudulent real-estate partnerships in Sedona and in Nevada. Nearly four dozen investors from Arizona and other states filed the suit July 19. The suit seeks unspecified damages and a court order freezing the $3 million the church expects to earn from the sale of its Scottsdale property, said attorney Russell Piccolli. He said he wants the funds preserved to pay any judgment that may result from the suit."

More details of the shocking fraud were supplied by The Arizona Securities Division:


"A pamphlet written by the church pastor describing Luca's "Vision Plan" for funding a new $2 million church building stated:
'For the past year I have prayerfully sought the Lord for the plan and direction he would have us take in regards to the financing costs of the construction and improvements of the new building... The plan and direction God has given us is strategic, sound and safe!... In the love of Jesus, Pastor Mike Maiden."

This purportedly God-given plan which Maiden pronounced to be sound and safe, was in reality a cynical scam. But with such pastoral assurance, many church members were to be devastatingly swindled out of their money, one losing her late husband's $300,000 life insurance pay-out. Luca pleaded guilty, agreeing to pay restitution of $11.4 million, while Maiden managed to successfully put the lurid ashes of 'Eagle's Nest' behind him, and rise to lofty heights in Phoenix and beyond.

If his deviant Dominionist worldview, and his hyper-Charismatic and Purpose-Driven proclivities were not in themselves spelling it out in very large letters, what the 'Eagle's Nest' episode tells us in no uncertain terms is that Michael Maiden is not a man to be in any way trusted. But if all this were not enough, there is more. We've looked at where this stream is coming from, and the point it has currently reached, which brings me now to document my third great concern, which is where this stream is inexorably heading: the kingdom and the global religion of Antichrist.


MICHAEL MAIDEN, BETRAYER OF THE FAITH

What other toxins might be in the water? Ecumenism perhaps? 

Ecumenism is in the spiritual what the mercury compound, dimethylmercury is in the natural: the most deadly of poisons. It has one inevitable final outcome, and one alone: the reversal of the Reformation and unification with Rome. Spiritual death. Anyone who has just a modicum of knowledge of Church history and awareness of the doctrines and practices of Catholicism, will know full well the utter incompatibility of the Roman religion and Biblical Faith. But lauded evangelical leaders with large followings, in reality Truth-rejecting renegades, have been falling over themselves the last 2 or 3 years in their haste to visit the Vatican and get pally with the Pope! Kenneth Copeland, the Arnotts, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, the UK's own David Carr, Michael Maiden... STOP. REWIND. Michael Maiden?

The Twitter account of Michael Maiden shows conclusively what the end-game is; his Tweets and photos for June, 2016 say it all:

Item 1)
Michael Maiden @drmichaelmaiden 6 Jun 2016
We're on our way to Rome for a time of prayer and sharing with the Pope. Thank you for your love, support and prayers



Shouldn't the alarm bells now be ringing so loudly that blood is running from your ears? Or are you stone deaf to what The Word declares about the whore drunken with the blood of the saints and the martyrs? "What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?" asks the Word, "What communion hath light with darkness?" And again, "What concord hath Christ with Belial?" "Hey - no problem! I'll have fellowship with unrighteousness, I'll have communion with darkness, and I'll have concord with Belial!" is Michael Maiden's obvious reply!  

Item 2)
Michael Maiden @drmichaelmaiden 10 Jun 2016
Great leaders meeting in Rome in the morning and a private tour of the Sistine Chapel in afternoon



Ah - the sensational ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo. And paid for by Pope Julius II by the selling of indulgences - the most lucrative financial scam ever perpetrated in "Christianity," matched only in modern times by Oral Roberts and his dollar-delivering "seed-faith" swindle. Something to smile about, Mr. and Mrs. Maiden?

Item 3)
Michael Maiden @drmichaelmaiden 11 Jun 2016
Incredible time with Pope Francis. He humbly shared his heart with us and I humbly shared a prophetic word for him



A picture that paints a thousand words: Michael Maiden literally standing shoulder to shoulder with the Pope, who "shared his heart." His Jesuit heart to bring back the "lost brethren?" i.e. to get all that calls itself "Christian" melded into the "Mother Church" and under Papal authority? And what "prophetic word" for Francis was "humbly shared" with him by a peacock-proud Maiden? He omits to tell us, but somehow I don't think it was along the lines of Revelation 13:11: "I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Just a thought...

Items 4) and 5)
Michael Maiden @drmichaelmaiden 26 Jun 2016
The prayer of the church is for REVIVAL. The prayer of Jesus is for UNITY.

Michael Maiden @drmichaelmaiden 26 Jun 2016
When we give God what He wants, UNITY, He'll give us what we want, REVIVAL.

UNITY. One of THE buzz-words of what passes for Christianity these days. Meaning the bogus "unity" of ecumenism that Maiden speaks of here: "churches together" in fellowship with unrighteousness, in communion with darkness, in concord with Belial. (That's Satan, by the way, just in case anyone was wondering!) We can only have true unity in Truth. Period. Any other type of perceived and promoted "unity" is a sham. A mockery. Apostasy, impure and simple. 

IF WE DARE TO GIVE GOD A FALSE UNITY FORGED IN HELL, HE WILL ASSUREDLY GRANT US A "STRONG DELUSION" - A BELIEF IN THE VALIDITY OF A COMPLETELY COUNTERFEIT REVIVAL!  (Ref. 2 Thessalonians 2:11)

As it is written:


"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, 
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the 
ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)




CONCLUSION 

The 7 mountains as referenced by the Word of God? As opposed to the 7 mountains as defined by Michael Maiden and his NAR cohorts?


"And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are SEVEN MOUNTAINS, on which the woman sitteth."
(Revelation 17:9 - my capitalization)

And who is the woman who straddles the seven mountains? None other than:


"MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH... drunken with the blood of the saints, 
and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus."
(Revelation 17:5-6 - the Bible's capitalization)

Small wonder then that the New Apostolic Reformation tramples upon the teachings of the Book of Revelation, with its very clear association of "seven mountains" not with the Kingdom of God but with the false religious system holding sway over the Earth at the time of Antichrist's governance. Friends, it can be no mere coincidence that the Bible's one and only reference to "seven mountains" is given in this context. Revelation 17:18 further identifies the woman as being a "great city," and there is no question that this great city is Rome; the original old walled city itself famously sits on 7 hills. Just across the Tiber from the old city is Vatican Hill, HQ of the largest, wealthiest and most powerful pseudo-Christian cult on the planet, the Roman Catholic Church with its fantasy Eucharistic Christ.

I've stressed the very real concerns about Michael Maiden, especially because Yinka Oyekan is Maiden's appointed man in the UK and Europe. 'The Turning' I could maybe best describe as a vehicle for the transport and delivery of toxic waste... extremely hazardous material like Dominionism, Charismania, Purpose-Driven Warrenism, Toronto's still burning "strange fire," and the contemporary counter-Reformation that is the evil essence of ecumenism. And behind it all? THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST!


"Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: 
for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth."
(John 12:35)

"Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness."
(Luke 11:35)


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There is so much more that could be said; I've endeavoured to encompass what was perceived to be perhaps the more salient points as things stand, and would encourage anyone to do their own research. To this end a string of relevant links is provided below, and information in this article can be verified via these primary sources.

Yinka Oyekan and The Turning:

http://theturning.eu/index.php/learning-review/
https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Unprecedented-openness-to-the-gospel-reported-in-Reading-as-1-200-make-commitments-to-Christ
http://barnabasengland.org/the-turning/
http://barnabasengland.org/what-to-do-when-god-blesses-you-but-you-werent-expecting-it-the-turning/

Tommie J. Zito:

http://tommiezito.com/
https://www.yatedo.com/p/Tommie+Zito/normal/54d0012528ae42ba39e3ec56f2753814
http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Kimberly-Sue/74152763
http://theturning.eu/index.php/learning-review/
http://injesus.com/messages/content/13958 
http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/giving_guide/2010/04/south_florida_evangelist_files_for_bankruptcy.html

Michael Maiden:

http://cftn.com/our-leaders/
http://cftn.com/about-us/ 
http://cftn.com/the-vision/
http://cftn.com/our-links/
https://twitter.com/drmichaelmaiden?lang=en
http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue2/1996/07/26/190123-suit-claims-church-defrauded-investors/ 
http://www.in.gov/sos/securities/2543.htm

Barnabas School of Prophetic Ministry:
http://barnabasengland.org/training/barnabas-school-of-supernatural-ministry/
http://barnabasengland.org/bssm-the-journey-so-far/

Friday, 12 May 2017

A WELL-CONSIDERED REFORMED RESPONSE TO MY PLEA OF 5 MAY 2017 FOR HEALING BETWEEN ARMINIANS AND CALVINISTS.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
(Galatians 5:22-23)


I received this response to my article of 5 May 2017 from my very dear brother Andrew who is of a Reformed/Calvinist persuasion, and whilst submitted via the comments section on that article I felt it relevant to publish it instead as an article in its own right, giving a more rounded airing to this most contentious of topics. He has graciously agreed for me to do this.

Original article:

http://watchman4wales.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/grace-is-much-greater-than-resistible.html

Hi Rob
Thank you for bringing this issue to the table, and I have no doubt that the cause for you to do so is firmly grounded in love. Like yourself, I wish to state from the outset that I have very dear Christian brothers and sisters in both camps. Confronted with the conviction to ‘come out of her my people’ in regard to leaving their Arminian or (NEW) Calvinist church alike, saints today due to the apostasy are faced with the dilemma of…what to do next.
As you know Rob I come from/hold to a Reformed perspective on the doctrines of salvation and sanctification. I say this for the benefit for those reading this who don’t know me. I was brought up Arminian and like a good ol Pastors son I played the piano/drums in the Pentecostal church. The comments I make are made from conclusions only, and in no way are intended to cultivate debate over the issue, as I believe there is a God given time and opportunity for such. I would like to point out at this early stage that I agree with your premise that we as the family of God can unite as house/underground groups at this point in church eschatologyFirst, I wish to state that, now that the church faces unprecedented times, it is possible that the debate now shifts away from Calvinism V Arminianism to those of the narrow way v those of the broad way. The former still stands, but it is perhaps now a case of priority. Just like the political landscape has changed from Labour v Conservative to Nationalism v socialism ‘ ‘Third Way’ (or better put Globalism).
So in agreement with you, I believe the source of these doctrinal rifts in churches are simply down to mans pride and self-will. Pride in needing to prove that he/she is right, and self-will providing the fuel to the pride. I have seen both Calvinist and Arminian guilty of this evil, and this ugly behaviour in my eyes immediately removes the strength of their argument, forgetting that ‘The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.’ Proverbs 11:30. With my own eyes I have several times witnessed sincere, though sincerely wrong Calvinists bring schism within an Arminian church, and likewise witnessed (though arguably seen more) Arminians spew venomous words against the leader of a Reformed church. Right now I know of a church located in England which is theologically Arminian, and has a Calvinist attendee pridefully showing off his knowledge of doctrine, while also forming a schism. Likewise, my dad (Reformed) has experienced the butt end of the same venomous spirit from an Arminian fox sent into the church to cause strife. He displayed the same prideful and aggressive character traits as the Calvinist in the first example.
Now, in agreement with you, I believe that applying the relevant scriptures, we as both Calvinists and Arminians can (and perhaps will have to) unite together in worship and prayer in the house/underground group context mentioned. I believe that the persecution coming with be so great that our pride and self-will won’t get the chance to become a priority for discussion. After all we must differentiate between errors in doctrine v heresy. There won’t be enough time to call it ‘The Arminian/Calvinist Underground Church…sorry I left out the ‘Community’ in that title.
However, while I agree with you that we can unit in the house/underground context, I don’t believe we can establish a church outside of the said context. While I agree that both Calvinist and Arminian are all saved, I don’t agree that they share the same fundamentals. It is for this reason that church tenets are established in a church. Perhaps we could learn from Wesley and Whitfield who had to agree to disagree. Wesley went on to establish Arminian Methodist churches while Whitfield established Calvinistic churches. However, at Whitfield’s funeral he would have nobody else to preach at his service except John Wesley. 
To quote you self, after mentioning the total depravity of man you state ‘Then in the essentials we are indeed perfectly joined together in the same mind.’ I am not convinced of this, but I feel that I need to bring the acronym of TULIP into the text. For those who don’t know TULIP was developed in the Reformed/Calvinistic tradition to cement they’re doctrine in the fight against the Counter Reformation. The acronym TULIP stands for (I know your fully aware of this Rob)
T = Total depravity of man’s spiritual condition before God.
U = Unconditional Election of certain individuals to salvation, while passing over others.
L = Limited Atonement i.e. Christ died for the elect only.
I = Irresistible grace (as afore mentioned by Rob in the original article) i.e. that the gift of faith in Christ to the elect the power of God unto salvation as irresistible.
P = Perseverance of the saints i.e. the elect must persevere.
While both Calvinists and most Arminians will agree on T and P, the points in between would be denounced by most Arminians. Points U, L, and I are both serious and precious truths to the saints walk in the Christian life, and could therefore not possibly be expected not to preach/teach these special truths to other struggling saints. Id have to disagree with you Rob with the assertion that ‘in the essentials we are indeed perfectly joined together in the same mind.’ For example it would not be possible for a Calvinist to tell someone on the street who needed evangelism that Christ had died for them. We can tell them that Christ died for sinners, but that wouldn’t necessarily be for them.
In summery the point I’m making Rob is that I am with you all the way that both Calvinist and Arminian can and should unite in home/underground groups in these last days of apostasy, and I’m looking forward to worshipping together with you. As you said in the article there will needs be humility for the different views and convictions of other saints. However, the idea of setting up a church beforehand drawing on the idea that we can’t infringe on these issues discussed is not only impossible, but I don’t think the Lord expects us to do away with the denomination system which has proved successful for the last 500 years since the reformation. The way I see it, there are much brighter and godlier men than myself in history who settled for the denomination system. However, there is a day coming, and is oh so near, that those who follow the narrow way (both Calvinist and Arminian) will I believe be glad to merely enjoy the company and fellowship of praise and prayer with those of the other camp of doctrine. Some of the Godliest men I know are Arminian. On that day of persecution, I shall be proud to share that bitter cup of persecution experience with my Arminian bother/sister.
Every blessing bro

Andrew


I am grateful for Andrew's honest appraisal, and his integrity in pointing out the areas where we would agree and would differ in our respective convictions. My hope and prayer is that in not shrinking from but confronting this divisive issue head-on on this blog - but at the same time being vitally mindful of exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit - then at least one small but positive step will have been taken towards replacing soulish stand-off and sniping with graceful accord in Christ.

I'll close with my words to Andrew, when asking if it would be OK with him to have his response appear in a new article:

I think it could shine a ray of hope into this dark divide, that there is indeed potential for a way forward together - a way forward that is ever more pressing with every passing day, as the writing is on the wall for anyone with understanding enough to read it! (And the willingness!) When the persecution comes, as it inevitably will, the question on the persecutor's lips will not be, "Are you a Calvinist or are you an Arminian?" The question will only be, "Are you one who says that Jesus Christ is Lord?" And our answer to that question will not be, "Yes, I say that Jesus Christ is Lord because I'm an Arminian!" or "Yes, I say that Jesus Christ is Lord because I'm a Calvinist!" Our answer will only be, "Yes, I say that Jesus Christ is Lord because I'm a Christian!"

Friday, 5 May 2017

GRACE IS MUCH GREATER THAN RESISTIBLE OR IRRESISTIBLE! - A PLEA FOR HEALING BETWEEN ARMINIANS AND CALVINISTS.

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye 
all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that 
ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
(1 Corinthians 1:10)


OK. I'm going to grasp the nettle, and if it stings, so be it. Writing this, I feel a certain empathy with Jude, who when intending to write about one thing found himself having to change horses in mid-stream so to speak, and to write instead on a quite different topic. I am prompted to make a plea, based on what I firmly believe to be the vital premise that grace is much greater than "resistible" or "irresistible" - and so much so that the hand of true friendship and fellowship can yet be extended across the great historical divide of Arminianism and Calvinism. My pressing plea is for those on either side, in a spirit of Godly reconciliation, to unconditionally extend their hands across that unnecessary divide.

Unnecessary? Yes, absolutely! Call me naive if you will in insisting that this division is unnecessary, but I will resolutely maintain that the grace of God is infinitely greater than putting it into "resistible" or "irresistible" boxes will even remotely begin to allow for its complete human understanding. Let us all humbly remember that in this life we only ever see through a glass darkly; we can only ever attain partial knowledge. (1 Corinthians 13:12). Complete comprehension is firmly future tense. Right now the image in our lens is blurred, and it is only "when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:54) that everything will at last come firmly into focus.

Me? For what it's worth, if you really want to know, I lean towards the Arminian position... but so what? Is my lens any less fuzzy than anyone else's? Is yours? At the risk of being dismissed as taking a far too simplistic approach to a very complex subject, I'm going to boil this centuries-old controversy down to one basic way of looking at it all. I'm going to concentrate on the central issue of how we perceive what I might term the "spiritual mechanics" of salvation.

The Calvinist will aver that salvation is by grace alone. And the Arminian will nod vigorously in total agreement. But whereas the Calvinist will say that his or her salvation has come about due to irresistible grace, the Arminian will declare that their salvation has come about via resistible grace. But both are saved, and saved by grace alone; ergo grace is greater than our inevitably limited perceptions of the underlying "spiritual mechanics!" The understanding may be different, but the reality is the same! And surely the reality is of infinitely greater importance than our attempted rationalization and categorization of it?



DIGGING OURSELVES INTO DEEP TRENCHES, WITH A BARBED-WIRED AND BOOBY-TRAPPED NO-MAN'S-LAND BETWEEN THE RANKS OF SHARP-BLADED BAYONETS, IS SIMPLY NOT AT ALL HOW IT SHOULD BE! HONESTLY HELD OPINIONS THAT DO NOT CONTRADICT OR CONTRAVENE THE ESSENTIALS OF THE FAITH SHOULD BE TREATED WITH RESPECT, NOT CONTEMPT. SUCH THINGS ARE FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DEBATE, NOT DESTRUCTIVE DIVISION. PERIOD.

Why have I personally adopted an Arminian view? Sorry, but I'm not telling you! Why so tight-lipped? Yes, of course I have my reasons for my own line of thinking, just as a Calvinist has his own reasons for seeing things as he does, but this article is emphatically NOT about standing on a soapbox with a loudhailer to out-shout the other side. As far as I'm concerned, it's NOT another side. We are one in Christ; we just happen to have a different angle on how we got to where we are. And we are where we all absolutely undeservedly are because of the awesome mystery of God's grace.

I will, however, make one proviso here, if you'll forgive what might seem a contradiction to the foregoing. I believe the HYPER-Calvinist position on the preaching of the Gospel to be completely wrong, and unacceptable. A hyper-Calvinist holds that "evidence of election" is to be the precursor to giving the Gospel to that individual. Other than for this distinctive extreme grouping, those of a Calvinistic persuasion will completely agree with an Arminian that the Gospel must be proclaimed to all men indiscriminately. 

AS (NON HYPER-) CALVINISTS AND ARMINIANS ARE EQUALLY AGREED THAT THE GOSPEL IS TO BE PREACHED UNIVERSALLY AND NOT SELECTIVELY, AND THAT THE GOSPEL MUST BE ACCEPTED WITH THE ADMISSION OF AND THE SINCERE REPENTANCE OF SIN FOR A PERSON TO BE BORN AGAIN (WITH BOTH CAMPS TEACHING THE DOCTRINE OF TOTAL DEPRAVITY), THEN IN THE ESSENTIALS WE ARE INDEED "PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER IN THE SAME MIND AND IN THE SAME JUDGMENT" AS WE ARE URGED TO BE IN THE SCRIPTURE WHICH HEADS THIS ARTICLE!

And so, my friends, I rest my concise case. Too simplistic? Maybe. But is there not a most regrettable soulish tendency for us to complicate, even corrupt "the simplicity that is in Christ?" (2 Corinthians 11:3). I count it my immense privilege to have friends who are Arminian, and friends who are Calvinist. They are my siblings in the Lord, and I can't say how much I cherish them and how indebted I am to them for all the support and encouragement they have so freely given me. Recognizing that the hour is late, and the Falling Away is biting ever deeper into both schools of thought alike, we cleave together in a common cause. And surely this is how it should be?


"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
(John 13:35)


Up-date: For a well-considered Reformed response to this article, please see: