Archive for August, 2012

31
Aug
12

Many will come in my name

A bit too much time on my hands – but maybe not enough.

31
Aug
12

Andrew Strom and the false prophetic.

This week Andrew Strom posted an article on his blog suggesting that Hurricane Isaac was a prophetic follow up to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Extra significance was given because Isaac was going to hit New Orleans 7 years to the day after Katrina. This claim also pointed out that a major homosexual event was planned for the city at that time.

Several people disagreed with that “judgement of God” view in the comments after the post.
Strom then started his next blog article with the statement:

“I have been very surprised and shocked in the last couple of days at all the Christians who want us to stay “silent” on the issue of Homosexuality…”

With this “prophetic” sleight of hand Andrew deflects attention from the GENUINE opposition to his previous post and misrepresents the views that were expressed regarding homosexuality.

Sorry Andrew, the issue was not one of wanting anyone to stay silent on the issue of homosexuality – but a matter of silencing false prophetic voices that continually bring forth and promote things like that failed “7 years after Katrina judgement”. Comments made regarding homosexuality were objecting to it being singled out above all other sins as being extra-deserving of God’s judgement.

I praise God that you came out of the “prophetic movement” and have helped expose its errors. But it’s time that you allow the “prophetic movement” to leave you so you can be freed from your susceptibility to so many false prophetic claims.

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references:
http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/is-this-hateful-andrew-strom/
http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/seven-years-to-repent-hurricane-isaac/

Also see my previous two posts.

30
Aug
12

exposed – but many still refuse to see.

The alleged judgement of God on New Orleans seems to have fizzled out. The seven year follow-up to Katrina has been reduced to a severe storm rather than a hurricane.
But while the “prophetic voices” cling to their judgement theories related to New Orleans, they have ignored the current typhoons in non-American parts of the world.

Those storms have killed dozens and caused GENUINE destruction – but “prophetic” attention was focused elsewhere… and presenting what kind of message to others? One that turns people to God or one that brings reproach upon the prophetic gifts?

Unfortunately, despite the failure of their New Orleans claims, those  “prophetic” voices will not be silenced.

They will not confess their error.

They will not repent.

They will just move onto something else to add to their list of failed prophetic claims.

They will continue as long as people continue to follow them. So do them a favour. Make them accountable.

Hurricane or not – residents around New Orleans will be going through some hard times with floods etc.
May they not be discouraged by the psuedo-prophetic claims that have been made about their situation.

I pray that they will receive the help and comfort they need from genuinely concerned and loving disciples of Jesus who will LIVE the gospel among them.

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one source of the judgement claims: http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/seven-years-to-repent-hurricane-isaac/

29
Aug
12

Another “Christchurch Prophecy”? Déjà vu all over again, with few lessons learned.

 [A word of explanation about the title of this post. Last year predictions were made of massive destruction through yet another earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand. The prediction had a date attached. The day came and went without the threatened destruction – some recognised their error and repented through publicly apology. Others refused to admit their error. Clearly many do not learn]

A new hurricane is in the news, apparently heading towards New Orleans. Some point out that it will hit exactly 7 years to the day after Katrina almost destroyed the city. Significance is given to the number seven because of its biblical relevance. It is also predicted to hit the city at the time of a major homosexual festival, so this adds to the claims of God’s impending judgement.

While the number 7 may be significant – I find it more significant that no one seemed to make these judgement predictions until AFTER Hurricane Isaac came onto the scene. Therefore it seems more like a “prophetic” joining of existing dots than a genuine revelation given by God.

Two significantly different incidents mentioned in scripture possibly shed light on situations like this.

Luke 13: 1 “There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

And;

 Luke 9  “And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.”

Do you see the difference? Which attitude most closely resembles those who continually declare God’s specific and imminent judgement against other sinners?

It is clear that attitudes to homosexuality play a big part in these regular warnings of judgement. It must seem to these people that God has a greater desire to pour out wrath on the homosexual community than upon those guilty of other sins. But what does scripture say specifically about judgement and homosexuality?  Does it warn that homosexual practice will result in more judgement by natural disaster than any other sin? Or is the link to judgement something totally different?

I see the latter.

Romans 1 tells us that increased homosexual practice and acceptance of homosexual practice within a society IS the judgement of God upon that society. It is the result of God giving people over to the things they have chosen above Him and His ways. It results in the “storing up of wrath … for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed” When God “will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”

Salvation is no less available for those individuals involved in homosexual acts than it is for those involved in any other sin. But there is strong significance when things of this type take on a broader presence – when they move on from being an individual matter to being embraced by the wider community.

Rather than being a sign of rebellion that will attract imminent demonstration of judgement from God, the increase in these things ARE a sign OF God’s judgement, that He is giving those whole societies over to their most depraved desires.

What greater reason could we have not to identify with those societies through over-patriotic devotion?

What greater reason to make sure we are part of GOD’s Kingdom and to devote ourselves to HIM?

29
Aug
12

Risen

No longer on the cross.
No longer in the tomb.
Grave clothes discarded.

28
Aug
12

The Jezebel Lie

At the heart of all false doctrine is an idea (or ideas) that have no basis at all in scripture. Those ideas are far too common and are far too quickly adopted without question. There are far too many cases to list – but one that I find arising time and again is the idea of a “Jezebel Spirit”.

This Jezebel (never identified as a spirit in scripture) has been given its own detailed mythology, not a word of which is found in the bible.

Yes, Jezebel existed. Yes, Jezebel was evil. Yes, Jezebel was an enemy of God and everything Godly. But Jezebel is only spoken of as being a WOMAN. There is an Old Testament queen who played a significant part in Israel’s history at the time of the prophet Elijah. Then there is a New Testament reference to a false prophetess leading people astray in the church at Thyatira.

There is NO mention of a “Jezebel Spirit” and there is definitely no detailed listing the characteristics of this alleged “spirit”.

The whole thing is a man-made tradition spun into a convoluted mythology associated with a non-biblical view of “spiritual warfare”.

Just today on another blog a commenter expressed surprise at the fact that “such an infamous, wicked, and prevalent spirit/problem as Jezebel isn’t given much mention in the NT”. Maybe that absence should give a clear clue that man has added a lot of his own imagination to the idea of “Jezebel” to create teachings not supported by scripture.

If it’s not there (in scripture) why add it?
And why make man’s additions more authoritative than scripture?

28
Aug
12

Space, the Final Frontier? Or another Babel?

Growing up during the Apollo era of the “space race” I was caught up in the adventure of men leaving this planet and heading for the moon. Even the black and white limits of TV and newspapers didn’t diminish the wonder of it all in my pre-teen eyes.

Like many boys of my era, “astronaut” was added to the desirable things to do when I grew up. But media disinterest when moon landings became almost “common place” not only led to the cancelling of later planned moon missions, it also diminished the appeal of space exploration in my own eyes. Skylab missions (even if I’d heard of them at the time) didn’t have the same excitement as visits to the moon.

But the interest didn’t disappear altogether. I remember my thoughts after the Challenger shuttle disaster: thinking I’d be more than willing to join a shuttle crew to go immediately into space despite what had just happened.

But while the fascination still remains today, I have to ask myself why. What IS the appeal?

It’s definitely not related to the hardware. I’d barely know one end of a rocket from another if one end wasn’t slightly pointy and the other didn’t spew fire. And it’s certainly nothing to do with any adrenaline rush associated with the danger – or the idea of speed and “g” forces stressing my body.

But is there anyone who could NOT be attracted by the opportunity to see the beauty of the earth from “out there” – or by the thought of stepping onto another world, whether moon or planet and being the ultimate tourist? Getting a new perspective of the wonders of creation…

And then I wonder – what does space exploration mean in the IMPORTANT scheme of things? Is there a legitimate goal to be achieved apart from possibly answering a few scientific questions while raising countless more? Is the financial cost worth it or could it be better spent here on earth? Does the exploration beyond earth contribute to a need in mankind?

Or is it an overstepping of boundaries, taking mankind into areas we do not belong? Is it exceeding God’s biblical command to “…be fruitful and multiply; fill the EARTH and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the EARTH…”

Would ambitions in space be exceeding that God given mandate? Or isn’t that even an issue to be considered?

And could entry into space even be the ultimate Tower of Babel reaching into the heavens to make a name for ourselves?

Whatever the answer, the thing I personally take from discoveries made through space exploration, is an even greater appreciation of an incredible creation and more importantly appreciation of the Creator who made it all.




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