You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ's authority, knowing that God is watching us. -- 2Corinthians 2: 17 (NLT)
He's back beloved. With a new book in hand; hoping you forgot his last missive, The Harbinger. Yes the con-man himself Jonathan Cahn returns to sell you another book made up from his imagination and his obvious idolatry of this country. As usual, his underpinnings are wrong, his understanding of history is inaccurate and his theology is flawed. The above link is a recent article/advertisement by Charisma News who is the online authority on worshiping this country as an idol. As we review this latest promotional piece we must realize where this idolatry stems from. There has long been a false teaching permeating the church known as dominionism, some say that can be traced back to Calvin himself. Dominionism believes that Christians should not only influence culture but should take over the world with a Christian rule based upon Biblical principles. This is a core belief of the New Apostolic Reformation, IHOP, Bethel, Charisma, the Kansas City Prophets and many many more. It is a cancer eating away at the body of Christ. The truth behind it is that these people love this world. They love the sins and excess they get to enjoy while playing church and have no intention of giving it up to some carpenter from Galilee. Sound familiar? They are enamored with a revival that according to the Bible is not coming. Let us reason together again as we go through this article with an open Bible:
"In his latest New York Times best-seller The Paradigm, Jonathan Cahn unveils how today's politicians demonstrate alarmingly similar behaviors as leaders from the Bible." - Charisma
This is the staple of the Cahn writings. To scour the Bible and find coincidences he can sell as connections. There was no mystery of the Shemitah and the harbinger portended absolutely nothing. At every turn Cahn has been exposed as a snake oil salesman who doesn't even have any snake oil. The bottle is empty. So today's leaders share traits with leaders from the Bible? The heck you say! Is that perhaps because leaders often have the same traits and there remains nothing new under the sun as Ecclesiastes teaches us? Is this really some great revelation beloved?
"Cahn writes on King Ahab, whom the Bible presents as a man divided. He was at the forefront of deepening apostasy in ancient Israel, leading a spiritual, cultural and political war against the nation's biblical faith and traditional values. Cahn identifies the characteristics of such a leader and reveals how these traits set the precedent for political figures in modern, Western culture. The king will be a divided man. On one hand, he will come from a culture founded on faith in God. On the other, he will embrace and champion a culture and an ethos that wars against the God of his heritage.... He will be a man in conflict, compromised, complicated and divided," Cahn says." - Charisma
It is true that Ahab married a woman who worshipped Baal and as such, he did as well. It is also true that he established this idolatrous worship in the nation of Israel. Surrounding these truths are clever little inserts that have nothing to do with this story but only serve to lay his absurd foundational comparison of the nation of Israel to the United States of America. This faulty foundation was also part of the Harbinger and Shemitah nonsense before. For instance, Ahab did not lead a cultural and political war against the nation's biblical and traditional values. First of all there was no Bible yet. Secondly, there were no politics. Israel was a theocracy led by an autocratic king. Why does Cahn exaggerate here? Because he trying to sell the direct comparison to the United States. He will come from a culture founded on faith in God but will champion a culture that wars against the God of his heritage? Seriously? Can you be any more transparent? Apparently so:
"He emphasizes the impact that leaders have on a nation and how their actions carry great weight for good and evil. Cahn extrapolates on Ahab as a leader, detailing how he oversaw the rise of a new pagan morality and presided over its enshrinement. By embracing Baal worship, Ahab allowed his people to transfer sexuality from the private realm of marriage to the public realm of the temple cult. Furthermore, Baal worship involved child sacrifices. Thus, under Ahab's reign, the government endorsed the killing of innocent children. Cahn then reveals how the Bible uses this paradigm of the king to foretell a modern-day leader who would also allow the murder of children, along with other acts of ungodly morality." - Charisma