So what do false prophets like LeStrange do with these verses? The completely butcher them. They pretend this is some grand equation God has established regarding a disdain for what is old and an embracing of anything new. So if you point out that all prophets are to be 100% accurate according to the Bible, they dismiss you by saying your are religious. They say you are living in old wineskins and need some new wine. This is a familiar refrain from most false teachers and prophets. A simple Google search reveals a sermon by Rick Warren exclaiming it is time to let go of old wineskins. Hear me very clearly beloved. This is absolute heresy. The Bible teaches no such thing. Jesus is s till the new wine and He said that He is His Word. To casually discard it as old religion is simply unbiblical. LeStrange continues with this point however:
"A new wineskin means: letting go of the old ways of doing things and returning to a radical Book of Acts expression, the sound will change but in the end the structure will be able to handle the rushing rivers of revival." -- Ryan LeStrange
The what? The rushing rivers of revival? I think that Biblical concept is found in Third Ruminations, Chapter 45. But it sounds so pious doesn't it? It sounds so biblical yet it isn't actually in the Bible. LeStrange indeed. So according to Ryan LeStrange, the reference Jesus makes to new wineskins is to letting go of old ways? Bzzt. Thanks for playing Ryan. If Ryan was referring to letting go of the law because only the blood of Jesus Christ can save a man then yes, he would be correct. That is not however what he is advocating for here. He is saying we have to let go of that old restrictive Bible. The Book of Acts church by the way was not a radical expression. They mostly met house to house, were persecuted to the point of death, and they themselves adhered to Scripture! The very thing LeStrange wants to abandon. Beloved, do not let go of the Bible to embrace this new wine of false doctrine. Consider the Bible like guardrails on the highway of this life and without them we would go off a cliff like Ryan LeStrange has done here.
The last component of revival and transformation according to LeStrange is insight, or revelation. What he actually means here is gnostic revelation as only the chosen are in on the secrets. Here is Ryan explaining:
"The Lord uses the prophetic, apostolic, and teaching offices to release fresh manna. He gives a vision of transformation as His word is declared. The preaching and teaching fuel revival and transformation. It is key that revelation is declared!" -- Ryan LeStrange
The first step of the blueprint was to pre-arrange blaming the victims. The second step was to remove the Bible as the arbiter of truth. The last step we see here is to play the direct revelation card to remove any criticism of the false prophet. You see this scheme does not work with the biblically literate or those that ask questions. The biblical principle of "fresh manna" does not exist. It is obviously taken from the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness when God supernaturally provided for them each day with manna. They were not to take more than they needed for each day. This was not to exalt "fresh manna." The idea was that the people had to learn to trust that God would provide. LeStrange is lifting up the manna instead of He who supplied the manna. Therein is the underpinning of his ministry as well. This final component is designed to exalt Ryan LeStrange, not God. He has been commissioned to release fresh manna to you! Realize too when he says that the "vision of transformation" is given as His word is declared refers not to the word found in the Bible but rather the false prophetic word he pretends he gets from God! It is key that the revelation he claims has to be declared! Who is all of this hinging on? God? Nope. Ryan LeStrange. That is the final component in the blueprint for false prophets. To elevate themselves being equal to God. Now they will not come out and say it like that; at least most won't. They will be far more clever like LeStrange is trying to be here. You can expect transformation without the vision of transformation and that comes only through the words of Ryan LeStrange being declared! That's the fuel. He conveniently holds all three offices he claims God uses for these purposes. Prophetic, apostolic, and teaching. How fortuitous. How heretical. No need to go to God. No need for His Word. We have the divine revelation given to the apostolic prophetic teaching dude that is Ryan LeStrange.
At least in trying to deceive, he gave away the real plan. Once we hold on to our Bible tighter we start to discern better. He gave a blueprint all right but not for this false revival he is peddling. No, he gave the standard blueprint for false prophets everywhere. Step one is to set up your victims to take the blame if anyone questions why what you "prophesy" routinely does not come true. Step two is to remove all biblical literacy from the conversation. Turn those seeking a deeper understanding of His Word into religious people who are trying to pour the new wine of Ryan LeStrange into the old wineskin of biblical literacy. The final step in this blueprint is to elevate the false prophet to the level of God. Subtly or not. It matters not. Most self-professing Christians deify their pastors and prophets anyway. Claim direct revelation from God and make the "release" of that revelation more important than the scriptures you just discarded.
LeStrange days indeed beloved. Do not fall for it. Hold onto your Bible with both hands. Let no one take it from you. Test everything. Hold fast to what is good. Rebuke what is not from the Lord. Like false prophet/apostle/teacher Ryan LeStrange. Look to the key verse from today and take solace in the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. Even in the days of Jeremiah there were people like Ryan LeStrange. People who are prophesying lies in the name of God. The Lord did not send Ryan LeStrange, speak to Ryan LeStrange or command him. He is prophesying a lying vision of transformation. His divinations are worthless. They are the result of the deceit in his own mind. Hallelujah to the real new wine. The final revealed Word of God. Our Prophet, Priest and King. Jesus Christ.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- March 29, 2016