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Article by Tricia Tillin: “Nailing My Rapture Colours To The Mast”

The majority of the long article at the link below addresses the subject of “the rapture” but I think it has value beyond that single topic. It also looks into the wider issue of how easily we allow ourselves to accept teachings that lack a biblical foundation.

As I read it, I found a lot of my own experience being described, including the way my understanding of “the rapture” and the Tribulation period changed completely when I put aside what I’d been taught at church (and through popular books) and spent time learning what scripture actually said about the matter.

No doctrine can be established by applying different principles to similar texts, nor by overlaying scripture with an interpretation derived from another, dissimilar, part of the bible. We must not “read between the lines” when the lines themselves state the obvious. Nor do we have the freedom to extrapolate from the given text something that it does not teach, even when that doctrine appears elsewhere in the bible.

The scripture means what it says. We can’t turn it around, play with words, and mould it into something else. I have personally experienced this very thing. I even participated in it, to my shame.

In the day when I was deluded by the Word-of-Faith groups, I used to wink at their mishandling and twisting of scripture, because it confirmed my/their beliefs. I refused to listen to reason, or to anyone who said otherwise. I got defensive, angry even, at those who tried to open my eyes.

I remember sitting in conferences, and listening to audio tapes, and as somebody who knew the bible well my mind gave a little jolt when I heard these WoF teachers interpret the bible texts to mean something fanciful and wild. But I overlooked it! I winked at it! I excused them.

I told myself, “well they must be right because they know more than I do, and anyway, this teaching is very positive and uplifting and it makes me feel good.”

I didn’t WANT to be dissuaded.

I had the same sense of angry indignation when any of my friends tried to argue me out of WoF. I got hot, defensive, loud in the defense of my preferred interpretation (while inside having a few niggling doubts.)

Indeed, the more my doubts grew, the more defensive and aggressive I became. I was, in effect, putting my fingers in my ears and singing LaLaLaLa! I didn’t WANT to be persuaded!

Eventually, God shook me awake.

read complete article here:


Left the Prophetic Movement?

Recently I posted details of an article on Andrew Strom’s Revival School blog. He made some very important points regarding the “ministry” of Bill Johnson and his Bethel church.

How disappointing it was to come across the latest addition to Andrew’s blog. He’s back to posting “prophecy” from proven false prophets.

Today he posted another “prophecy”, this one from a man who more than a decade ago, prior to the 2nd Bush family invasion of Iraq, “prophesied” that weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq.

He was a false prophet then.
He remains a false prophet now.

For an interesting view of false prophets I recommend that Andrew Strom refers to the article here:

I’ll end this post with a little secret that is relevant to so much “prophecy” within the western church.
The gospel and God’s purposes are not centred on the USA or its President.
To see the false prophecy I refer to, this is the link to the article on Andrew’s blog:


Cessationism: Evidence or Not?

aNot long ago I posted something under the title “The Complete and Exhaustive Biblical Evidence of the Cessationist Viewpoint”.
The evidence provided was a blank page. Some people didn’t initially get the point and clicked on the page, assuming it provided a link to the “evidence”. However they soon discovered that the white page WAS the extent of the evidence that could be provided. I was making the point that there is no biblical evidence to support the cessationist view.

So what is cessationism? Basically it is the belief that the gifts of the Spirit and the apostolic gifts are no longer valid, that they were withdrawn very early in church history, either with the last of the biblical apostles or with the establishment of the canon of scripture.

For two or three weeks now I’ve been commenting on a blog where the owner has been promoting cessationism. During that time I have continually asked him for biblical evidence that the gifts are no available.

bHe had written several articles promoting his views – so it could be assumed that, having written so much in those articles, he would have given at least the appearance of solid evidence to support his stance. But that has not been the case. His evidence in the main has been to mock the excesses of extreme “charismatics” and inferring that their errors PROVE that all supposed spiritual gifts are false.

This is a summary of the kind of reasoning I’ve seen:
– charismatic prophecies have been proven false, therefore all claimed prophecies are false.
– claimed charismatic healings are questionable, therefore all claimed gifts of healings are false.
He also makes claims about the gift of tongues that I hope to deal with separately another time.


What I want to do here regarding the matter of cessationism is to make a few points about what is NOT valid evidence.

1) Pointing out the foolishness of extreme charismatics is NOT evidence of the validity of cessationism
2) Having an absence of gifts in one’s own life, or never having witnessed or experienced the gifts of the Spirit is not evidence of the validity of cessationism
3) When the claimed gifts practiced by others doesn’t match your own perception of what the gifts of the Spirit should be like, it is not evidence for the validity of cessationism
4) Using non-biblical terms to mock gifts (such as referring to tongues as “gibberish” is not legitimate evidence supporting cessationsim.

Note that ALL of the above relate in some way to personal experience instead of reference to scripture. Ironically one of the biggest criticisms levelled against charismatics is that they are too experience driven, and yet all of the objections above are no less relying on experience (or lack of it).


Coincidence? – NO!

In Matthew 24 there are recorded warnings from Jesus predicting the rise of false prophets and false Christs in the days preceding His return.

Surely it is no coincidence that two of the most common terms used by some of the most questionable elements of  “the church” are “prophetic” and “anointing”. I have written elsewhere* of the relationship between the words anointing and Christ (the latter meaning “anointed one”).

So I advise, whenever those words are in frequent use, be extra cautious.





What Do You Do?

What do you do with a man who prophesies over himself in the comments box of his blog? – as if God Himself is visiting to add His comments?

What do you do when he rejects the concerns of several other Christians when concerns about his spiritual welfare are raised?

What do you do when he labels those concerns: “attacks from the spirit of witchcraft”, vilifying those who have shown concern?

What do you do when this man is also a regular and prolific commenter on the well-frequented Revival School blog (not his own) where he has developed a following of admirers through flattery, through the offering of “prophetic words” through a public show of piety?

What do you do when this man has an (unrepentant) history of involvement with false prophecy, such as the failed Christchurch earthquake prediction a couple of years ago?

Not much you can do except pray:

1) For his deliverance from delusion

2) For the eyes of his “followers” to be opened.


Exhibition Opening

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Tomorrow evening (Wednesday Australian time) is the official opening of the exhibition in which five of my paintings are included.

It is being held in the local town hall, a bigger and more central venue than the gallery where the exhibitions are usually held. Hopefully that will help bring in more visitors and also allow for better hanging space.

At the last exhibition two of my paintings were hung over an access door where they weren’t easily seen. Most of my paintings have detail that needs to be seen from close up: mainly excerpts of scripture that aren’t immediately noticeable.

The painting “Prophet” has the names of almost every biblical prophet spiraling into the centre from the outside. These are all in gold paint, then in the centre of the painting is the name JESUS in silver to make it stand out from the others. A painting like that doesn’t make much sense if its in a position where the words can’t be seen.

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Rise Up Australia?

Just what Australia needs?

An Americanesque hybrid of nationalism and religion.

This party was established by the false prophet Danny Nalliah, predictor of Australian election results with almost 100% strike right (100% WRONG that is). It seems like he’s trying a different tactic to exert political influence.

In the past he predicted the results of several state and Federal elections. I don’t think he got any of them right. The most infamous being the one where John Howard was supposed to win and hand over Prime Ministership to deputy Peter Costello – who Nalliah had recently visited to prophetically “anoint” as the next Prime Minster.

Not only did Howard lose the election. He lost his seat in what had been a safe electorate. Costello then resigned from politics – undermining every part of Nalliah’s prophecy.

But it wasn’t Nalliah’s fault. He didn’t prophesy falsely. It was the church’s fault for not voting in accordance with God’s revealed will: revealed through Nalliah’s prophecy of course.

The worst part of all of this false prophetic lunacy is that Nalliah maintained his faithful following.

What part of Jesus’s words are hardest to understand and heed?

“…and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people…”

How wrong does a “prophet” have to be before he’s recognised as false?

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