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This Week in Crazy -- Medical Proof for Tongues, Selective Healing, Dirty Mantles & Pastor's Becoming Irrelevant

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Strader is referring to the late Richard Vineyard's anointing to pray for healing over those whose spines were out of alignment. Strader's father, Pastor Karl D. Strader, invited Vineyard to minister at his church. Although Vineyard never became widely known, he would conduct revival meetings for two to six weeks at a time, something few other ministries were doing at the time. "I got the baptism of the Holy Spirit when I was 12 years old in [Vineyard's] meetings," Strader says. "I spoke in tongues for 45 minutes. And he was really famous for the leg thing, where they would grow out a leg, which we know now was just adjusting the spine. But back then we didn't know that--we just thought he was growing legs out! And he would invite all the boys and girls to come up around and watch." -- Stephen Strang

Let's start with the growing leg scam, which has been thoroughly debunked and can be easily found on YouTube. It was not adjusting the spine -- it was duping the suckers into believing you were growing their leg (under the premise that one was shorter than the other). That aside, let's address the unbelievable stupidity in this claim. So, given the increase in cancers, immune system disorders, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease, God decided to start with spinal alignment? The entire premise is simply ridiculous. That God would decide to heal 99% of people this man touches but only for something as benign and virtually untestable as spinal alignment? This is a large part of the reason why people do not believe in anything coming out from the church these days. Not only for the scammers but for the rest of the church to support them, endorse them, and protect them. If someone has that great a healing gift why aren't they in the hospital healing everyone? The same reason psychics do not win the lottery. Please, stop the nonsense.

Speaking of nonsense, let us finish today with the fourth link to Jennifer Leclaire's website. This video teaching from the Master of the Sneaky Squid Spirit is about three ways you can damage your mantle. I didn't know I had one either! Apparently, God shows Jennifer in the spirit realm when people are wearing dirty or torn mantles. Now we should always check before we leave the house that we have indeed washed and darned our mantles but sometimes the anointing is so slick you just slide right out of the house! Thank goodness for Jennifer Leclaire that when she is not busy releasing the angels of abundant harvest she takes time for some good old fashioned deep theological teachings. So the three ways we can damage or soil our mantles are when rebellious people try to control us, when we tear the mantle ourselves and finally when your enemy tears your mantle. To appear pious and biblical, Jennifer went as far as to google the word "mantle" in the bible and spewed out some verses that do not come close to the point she is making.

Because there are no secret magical mantles beloved. Just like there are no unicorns and sneaky squid spirits. The scarier point of poking this fun at Leclaire is that she is taken seriously by many. She has a platform as a former editor of Charisma News and now has founded her own school of the spirit, a school for prophets and a school for seers. Sure, she runs them out of the same PO Box and room at the Fort Lauderdale Airport Holiday Inn, but still. Whether it is Leclaire giving a bad name to Christ and prophecy, Lightworks making Christianity look foolish or Strader ruining the witness for God with his fake healing scams -- the point is the same. Trust and respect for the church and its leaders is in rapid decline. Until we correct the sins of the purpose driven nightmare and the NAR this decline will continue as the great apostasy is well under way. Be vigilant beloved. These four stories are out there every single week. Crazy just refuses to take a week off and so neither should we beloved. Neither should we.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- July 19, 2019

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