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Devotionals    H3'ed 9/20/16

When False Prophets Try to Silence Discernment -- Jennifer Leclaire Edition

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But Lord, didn't we go to Pastor Osteen's church every week? Didn't we tithe as he commanded us? Didn't we speak better about ourselves and give back to our community? Away from me, I never knew thee. As for walking in pride, Jennifer is right but this is something we all must fight as Christians. Our flesh is inherently prideful. A true discernment minister is not comparing himself to what is false. He is comparing what is false to the Bible. I have no position here. There is no angle for me. I am amazed if God uses me for anything. Jennifer now goes full carnal on us:

"Discernment is 'The quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure,' also 'An act of perceiving or discerning something,' according to Merriam-Webster. Discerning means 'Able to see and understand people, things or situations clearly and intelligently.'" -- Jennifer Leclaire

Beloved, I use dictionary definitions all the time in writing but that is never for concepts as biblical as discernment. There are clear scriptural definitions, including the key verse today. But Jennifer wants to throw up as much smoke as possible to make things hazy. Let us not lose sight however of what God has made very clear. Discernment is distinguishing between what is good and what is evil. What is from the Spirit of the Lord and what is from the spirits of this world. It is not understanding people, things or situations intelligently but rather biblically. Now it is true that Jennifer then recites a bible dictionary definition but by the time she gets to an actual Bible verses she has laid a carnal groundwork and then tries this:

"Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. We need to let the Lord deal with the hearts of people. He will bring people into your life, at times, so you can discern the spirits and help them break free -- not so you can judge their hearts and avoid them like the plague because you have convinced yourself they can't be helped." -- Jennifer Leclaire

Oh Jennifer, you came so close to the truth here. Yes, the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. That is why someone involved in true discernment will only use the Bible as their plumb line. Hebrews 4:12 does not even remotely suggest that therefore we leave it all to God when it comes to dealing with what is true and what is false. Then Jennifer launches into more of the metaphysical gibberish she makes her living from. Discernment becomes a demonic deliverance issue instead of an issue of determining false teaching. Once again however we see how she fundamentally does not understand discernment or the Bible. Judging the hearts of people is not what discernment ministries do. I do not know Jennifer Leclaire's heart apart from the aforementioned Jeremiah verse. Her setting up an online school to charge people hundreds of dollars to teach them gifts of the Holy Spirit sure looks fishy to me but there is the possibility she is so deceived herself she cannot see the difference between good and evil anymore. More importantly, I do not have to get bogged down in her intents because her teaching is the only issue here. What she believes and teaches is demonstrably false when compared to the Bible. Jennifer continues:

"Presuming someone has a bad spirit based on a checklist and not direct revelation from God grieves the Lord." -- Jennifer Leclaire

This one sentence is so egregiously bad it deserved separate attention. The first half of the argument is what is known as a strawman. It is a fake situation Leclaire is pretending is real so she can then knock her own strawman down. I do not know anyone who presumes anyone has a bad spirit. Once again, it is a monumentally poor understanding of discernment. The checklist Leclaire is so against here is what is known as the Bible. It is the checklist God has provided to test every spirit. Perhaps the most egregious part though is the direct revelation card. When the Jennifer Leclaire's of the world speak about direct revelation they are speaking about audible words directly from God. As indicated earlier, she often speaks about God speaking to her like you or I would speak with our mailman. This is the new norm amongst the false signs and lying wonders crowd. They all claim direct revelation from God, practically on a daily basis. God speaks to them about absurdities too. Day to day minutia. They recount full and coherent conversations with Him and trips to the throne room to shoot the breeze. I picture a red phone in all of their offices like Commissioner Gordon used to have on the old Batman TV program. It is quite simply absurd. Did God audibly speak to people throughout the Bible? Yes, He did. Primarily this was in the Old Testament, before we had the written and final revealed will of God in the Bible of course. Still, we lose sight that the Bible encompasses over 6000 years of history beloved. The amount of times He audibly spoke to people is actually quite small. One could watch a full day of programming on TBN and hear more claims to direct revelation than the previous 6000 years combined. What Jennifer is doing here is setting up an impossible threshold for discernment. Unless God comes into your room at night, you should shut up. The reality is the Bible is direct revelation Jennifer. So when it tells me you are false, that is God telling me you are false. For the record, He just confirmed it; you are false.

"And even if they have a bad spirit, we need to separate the principality from the personality, as it were. We need to love the people and hate the demons that hold them in bondage." -- Jennifer Leclaire

Uh huh. Now Leclaire shows why she is so dangerous. She is playing the same game the seven sons of Sceva played in Acts 19. She is playing with demons as if she knows what she is doing but her own words indicate she does not. A false teacher may very well be demonically influenced. Our concern however lies with the sheep -- not the wolf.

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. -- 2Peter 2: 1-3 (ESV)

Beloved, it is a noble notion to think we ought to pray for the wolves but it is folly. Can you think of one false teacher who came to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ? There is a reason why Jesus says that those who think their darkness is light are in the deepest of darkness. These verses would indicate as well that their judgment is swift. Their condemnation is from long ago. Their destruction sleeps not. I do not love the wolves that devour the sheep of the Lord. I do not love those who make a profit by making merchandise of the Gospel or the sheep. I love God's Word and as such, I must rebuke those who do not. Those who would teach what they ought not for shameful gain. Those who would entice people down the broad path with their sensual theologies designed to tickle the ear and eternally condemn the soul. Those who would traffic in destructive heresies and then have the temerity to chastise those who would point them out as being critical or unloving. People like Jennifer Leclaire. She said one true thing here however. Avoid her like the plague because that is what she is upon the body of Christ.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- September 20, 2016

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