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Responding to Criticism Following the Joyce Meyer/Relationship-Religion Heresy Devotional

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Moving past the email etiquette of caps meaning you are shouting and the spelling errors, let us reason together through the main accusations being leveled here. Before you think they are just dismissible realize that this is the prevailing opinion against anyone involved in discernment ministries. I know this person. We went to church together for many years. This is not outside the norm -- it is the norm.

Charge Number One -- judging God's anointed. One of the first salvos from Charismaniacs is to claim the person you are exposing is somehow beyond the light of scrutiny because God has anointed them. This shows a breathtakingly poor understanding of the term anointed, which biblically had to do with when a king was chosen. This is primarily abused through Psalm 105:15, which says to not touch God's anointed or do His prophets any harm. This is of course regarding doing physical harm to God's anointed and is referencing when David refused to kill Saul because he was still considered God's anointed. This status as "anointed" however did not absolve Saul from being held to account for his deeds and actions. Your pastor is not "God's anointed" and even if you insist he is, he still is accountable for what he teaches and in fact he will be held to a higher standard of judgment. Secondly on this point however -- Joyce Meyer? Really? You think that Joyce Meyer is anointed of God? As I stated in the original devotional:

"She blends a folksy mix of prosperity gospel, word faith heresy and NAR theologies to create a hodgepodge mess that could lead most people far astray from the biblical God and Christ. She has openly taught and believed that Jesus Christ was born again, which would mean that He sinned. She openly teaches that Jesus stopped being the Son of God on the cross. She openly teaches that Jesus went to hell to pay for our sins where He was tormented and if you do not believe that then you are going to hell yourself. Meyer has taught that we are "little gods" a common word faith heresy practiced by the likes of Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland. Not only is she a little god but she claims that she is not a sinner. A great deal of the teachings she provides she claims direct revelation from God to explain their extra-biblical nature. Her wealth is estimated in excess of 15 million dollars as she preaches about God wanting you rich beyond your dreams of greed. She owns a 10 million dollar private airplane." -- Anthony Wade

Yet this is who you think is "God's anointed." Wow. The second charge laid against me here is that "God even used a donkey." Yes that is true but just because He used a donkey once that does not mean we have to accept what every other jackass says as Gospel truth (forgive the joke, it wrote itself). The Bible is explicit about our need to be wary of wolves, to test every spirit, and that the work of a Berean is noble.

The third charge here is that I need a deeper spiritual revelation. This is even more common than the first two. Charismaniacs always insist that their critics need a deeper revelation of the Spirit of God. Therein lies the beauty of the system they have created. It is entirely subjective and reliant upon our experience. When you are forced to stick to the Bible you can be called for your heretical teachings by using chapter and verse. When the revelation you are relying on is experiential, it is only personal to you. Critics can be dismissed because after all -- they are not you! Kim Walker believes she was in the throne room and my telling her it is not possible would only have her conclude that I need a deeper revelation of the power of the Spirit. The truth however that the Spirit is supposed to lead us into is found in Scripture not our deceitful hearts.

The fourth charge here is that I have a religious anti-Christ spirit speaking through me. My devotional was replete with Scripture that was rightly handled and showed in detail how Meyer was twisting the Bible to prove her pre-biased points. Even this short email diatribe contains zero scriptural support for the charges. In the mind of the deluded Charismaniac however, the anti-Christ spirit is busy in discernment ministries trying to stop the spread of false teachings. The fifth and final charge here however is my favorite. I hear this all the time. Take God out of my religious box. This charge was leveled during the heretical Holy Ghost movies and is often heard from all of the aforementioned false teachers of the day.

Beloved, the box that they are complaining about is the Bible. God placed Himself in that box to prevent us from defaulting to our wickedly deceitful hearts. In the 1990s there was a movement throughout Charismania from Toronto that had Christians rolling around on the ground, laughing like idiots and barking like dogs. They called it the Holy Laughter anointing. Around the same time in Brownsville Florida there was another faux revival where people blamed the Holy Spirit for uncontrolled muscle spasms and staggered speech usually found in Kundalini religions. In 2008 the Lakeland revival in Florida saw the meteoric rise of huckster Todd Bentley who claimed the Holy Spirit wanted to heal people through his physical assaults upon them. I saw him once punch a man with stage four pancreatic cancer in the stomach claiming the spirit led him to do it. The New Apostolic Reformation, including Bill Johnson came to Lakeland to anoint Bentley a prophet only to watch him fall the next day as having an affair with his secretary. Johnson would personally oversee his "restoration" right after he divorced his wife and married his mistress. These are examples of what happens when people take God out of the box of the Bible and create their own doctrine based on their experience. Today at Bethel, Johnson runs a church that claims gold dust, angel feathers, gem stones and glory cloud manifestations. The director of the Holy Ghost movies, Darren Wilson, insists that God once gave his parents gold fillings in their teeth at a service. This is what happens when you take God out of the box of Scripture. If you dare question any of it you are greeted with the answer that God once used a donkey so why don't you take God out of your little religious box!

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