Sneaky Squid Jennifer LeClaire is back interviewing some fake apostle about unlocking cash from the courts of heaven...ugh
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. - 3John 1:2 (ESV)
I woke up today and genuinely hoped that there would be some nonpolitical heresy to sink my teeth into and the Calamari Queen delivered at the above link. In this video discussion, Jennifer LeClaire interviews someone she calls "Apostle Robert Henderson" about "unlocking wealth from the courts of heaven." Thank you Jennifer for getting back to the business of fleecing the flock so we can all have a moment away from the political morass. LeClaire opens up the interview with:
"I have good news for you today. There is no recession in heaven. There is no economic downturn in heaven. There is only prosperity in heaven and God wants you to prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. I'm not a prosperity preacher but thank God I'm not a poverty preacher either!" - Jennifer LeClaire
Yes Jennifer, there is no recession heaven. No economic downturn. Then again there is no money. This opening is typical of prosperity preachers and while Jennifer claims to not be one, she sure knows the shtick. This is designed to lull people into a false foundation. The verse she references is set as the key verse today from 3John. While it is true that some translations use the word prosper, it was not intended the way Jennifer and her faux apostle friend use it. We can see here from the ESV version "prosper" simply means that "all may go well with you." Saying there is no recession in heaven gets a huge "Amen" from the crowd but it simply means nothing Jennifer is inferring for the lives we must live here on earth. Here are some of the opening low lights from the apostle guy:
I discovered there were legal cases that the enemy had against me that were keeping me from prospering on the level God wanted me to prosper. Daniel 7:10 shows us that there is a real court in heaven. When Jesus taught on prayer in Luke 11 and 18 He put prayer in three dimensions - approaching God as Father, as friend, and in Luke 18, as judge. People say, "I don't want to come before the judge, that's scary." Well not if you realize He's actually asking us to come before Him to present evidence in the courts that gives Him the right to judge principalities and powers. That gives Him the right to judge every enemy that is resisting our breakthrough." - Robert Henderson
Uh-huh. Let's start with the usage of "court" in Daniel. Yes it is indeed correct that God gave Daniel this vision of a court but that is where any attribution to this false theology ends. The images given to Daniel have absolutely nothing to do with the enemy holding things against you to prevent your prospering. That is entirely made up Charismatic gobbledygook. I wish he had expounded more on the three dimensions of prayer but that aside, the really egregious part is this notion of God needing permission to do something. So according to this "apostle", God has no right to judge principalities and powers without our help by providing evidence of some sort that exposes the schemes of the enemy? Seriously? Does God need evidence? Is He not omniscient? What is theologically sleazy however is to set up a guilt trap that says if we are not rolling in dough it must be because we have not presented evidence to God that would give Him the right to judge the enemies resisting our breakthrough. Right. Jennifer now asks the "apostle" what kind of legal rights the enemy can have over our finances.
"I like what some people say, that I do not believe in the prosperity Gospel but I believe there is prosperity in the Gospel. 2Corinthians 9:8 is very clear that He came to do was to free us from the poverty mindset. That we might come out from under it and be blessed and increase. The religious spirit and the poverty spirit are closely linked if they're not operating with each other to try and keep us out of the blessing of God. 2Corinthians 9:8 says that He was rich and became poor that we might be rich. I say that does not mean that He lived a life of poverty. It means that as He hung on the cross He allowed everything to be stripped of Him and He took our poverty on Himself so that we could have all of the blessings and riches He has for us. But what happens to many people is that they hear that verse and they want to make it spiritual but 2Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 are dealing is all about natural finances." - Robert Henderson
The prosperity in the Gospel is spiritual prosperity. It is a Gospel that sets you free from sin, reconciles you to the Father, and guarantees you eternal life. What could be more eternally prosperous as that? The blessings of God however rarely matter to hucksters and frauds so they want material prosperity on this mortal coil called earth. 2Corinthinas 9:8 has nothing to do with a poverty mindset or spirit because those are made up terms by the NAR and prosperity preachers. Paul is reinforcing a biblical truism that if you are stingy you tend towards having less and if you give freely, then you will find yourself in more abundance. This is the principle of sowing and reaping. Put all of this aside for a moment and reread that absurd and insulting analysis Henderson does of Christ's work on the cross. Jesus Christ did not die on a cross so that we could be rich. Period. If God wanted to make someone rich, He certainly did not need to sacrifice His only Son. Jesus hung on the cross as an atonement for our sins. It is in fact the very heart of the Gospel message and the heart of God. This bastardization by Robert Henderson while Sneaky Squid LeClaire looks on in full agreement is nothing short of disgusting. Chapters 8 and 9 do deal with a lot of natural financial issues but Henderson misses the point. Imagine Jesus having to leave heaven behind to become one of the created on a mercy mission that will end with a horrific death for a people who openly reject you. THAT is what the writer is speaking about when he says He became poor so that we might become rich. It has nothing to do with money. Henderson ends this segment by claiming "God has said I need my people to be wealthy so they can be a part of my process of bringing reformation to the nations of the earth"; to which Jennifer responded:
"Of course God wants us to have really nice things. A really nice car, really nice clothes. I am reminded of a scripture in Ephesians that says to work hard so that you will have something to give to other people. Our motive cannot be our four and no more. Our motive is to advance the kingdom and that takes money. Ecclesiastes says money answers all things so if we're just getting by, broke, busted and disgusted then we have a poverty mentality. You know I had nothing as well. My husband left, we were doing pretty well. I was making a lot of money at one point and then I was falsely accused of a crime I didn't commit and I was put in jail. I had to hire an attorney to overturn this bogus charge, which he did but it cost me everything I had. I came out on food stamps, I had no money, nothing." - Jennifer LeClaire
Arrrghhh, no Jennifer. The entire verses says let the thief no longer steal but rather do honest work so that he may share with anyone in need. Is the purpose of this verse to exhort us to own nice cars and fancy clothes? Seriously? So the indigent Christians around the world are supposed to really have rich homes and abundance? This is a fundamental underpinning of false prosperity preachers worldwide. To pursue being blessed in order to be a blessing. It is heresy wrapped up in a faux piety bow. The principle here is simply. Do not steal, work and if you work, you'll be in a position to help others. It does not necessarily take money to advance the kingdom. What an insult to missionaries throughout the centuries. Now, let's put that Ecclesiastes verse back into the context Jennifer violently tore it out of:
Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time,
for strength, and not for drunkenness! Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks. Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything. - Ecclesiastes 10:16-19 (ESV)
Woes in the bible are akin to judgment. So it is a really bad thing when your king is immature and your princes feast in the morning. When you king is noble however and princes feast at the appropriate time they do so for strength and not drunkenness. It is through sloth, or laziness, that your very roof sinks in and the house leaks. Now given this context, the next line is most obviously sarcasm. Jennifer takes the one snippet of verse 19 and pretends that we should all pursue money for it answers everything. To make matters more disgusting Jennifer claims that unless you pursue the morning feasts for drunkenness and not strength, you must have a poverty mentality. While it may seem noble to have started over after this alleged false imprisonment, realize that Jennifer has made her new money by robbing the sheep of the Lord.
"I did not understand that the enemy would use legal things against me in my own life and in my bloodline. Poverty spirits, religious spirits, believing wrong things about God. When I began to repent and ask for the blood to speak for me the voices that were speaking against me in the spirit realm were silenced. It was at that point everything started to shift." - Robert Henderson
Why do Charismatics fall for such unbiblical nonsense? The notion of a poverty spirit as already seen is simply the pursuit of nobility when it comes to money. The Robert Henderson's of the world believe in the pursuit of mammon, you know, to advance the kingdom. Wink wink. If you are not pursuing those nice cloths and fancy cars well you just have a poverty spirit. Ugh. The notion of a religious spirit is also made up by the Charismaniacal crowd and this simply means you insist on biblical proof for every position you take. The so-called religious spirit refuses to take half a bible verse out of context to make specious claims God never made. So Henderson is claiming that these two made up spirits allowed the enemy to speak against him in the spirit realm until he asked the blood to speak on his behalf and at that point there was a shift. Not only does it make no logical sense but it is completely unbiblical. Oops, there goes my religious spirit again.
"In Genesis 26 it says Jacob sowed in the famine and in the same year reaped 100 fold. I was teaching on this to a group of 5000 people when the Lord spoke to me and said, "tell them the reason Jacob sowed in the famine was he understood that the covenant had more power than the famine. So when we understand that our covenant with Jesus then we will sow in the time of famine and reap 100 fold. That's the economy of heaven." - Robert Henderson
There is so much wrong with this presentation. For starters, it was Isaac, not Jacob. Secondly, God audibly told him to settle where he did and he would bless him because of the faithfulness of Abraham. Third and most important, this is not a prescriptive text. Just because one time, thousands of years ago God told Isaac to sow in the middle of a famine that does not mean that people unfortunate enough to be listening to Robert Henderson or Jennifer LeClaire should as well. Especially when we know that the "sowing" these hucksters are speaking about is cold hard cash. In response, LeClaire actually says that if we do not understand the economy of heaven then we might come into a "windfall" and not know how to get back. Ah yes, the old "windfall theology" preached by no one in the bible.
"I was speaking to a crowd out of Proverbs 6 where it says your poverty will come on you like a thief. The word "your" jumped out at me. We have to understand that there is poverty assigned to you and if you give it legal right it will determine your future. We inadvertently come into agreement with a poverty spirit assigned to us and it begins to devour us. It begins to determine our future instead of what God says about us. Because it says poverty is like an armed man we know poverty is not a condition but an entity. We think our poverty is a result of our condition. No. It is because we come into agreement with an entity that now has the right to devour you." - Robert Henderson
I guess Bill Gates had only a little poverty assigned to him? Beloved this is just silly. Those loyal Christians in the underground church in China? It seems they must have come into agreement with their assigned poverty. Our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters must have allowed their poverty to devour them. Poverty is not an entity. It is not a spirit. Mercifully, Henderson closes with this doozy:
"Deuteronomy 8:18 says He has given us power to get wealth so that His covenant purposes may be done on the earth. That means God needs a wealthy people to accomplish His will." - Robert Henderson
Uhm, no. God is God alone. He does not need our help one iota in accomplishing His covenant purposes on this earth. It is His creation. Realize what Henderson and LeClaire are advocating for. The not so subtle message is that the creator of the universe cannot achieve His will on earth unless we are rich. Utter blasphemy. I remember year ago if someone asked me if I thought God wants us poor I would reflexively say no! Now I realize that if that is the question on your heart then the answer is yes. Do not follow hucksters like LeClaire and Henderson. Mark them and avoid them. Oops, there goes my religious spirit again"
Reverend Anthony Wade - November 13, 2020
Credentialed Minister of the Gospel for the Assemblies of God. Owner and founder of 828 ministries. Vice President for Goodwill Industries. Always remember that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.