Crazy is back as we review another week of biblical butchering from Jennifer Leclaire...
Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved." -- Matthew 9:17 (ESV)
Chris Rosebrough at Fighting for the Faith has a clever catch line called, "Blue sleeps faster than Tuesday." It is a perfectly constructed sentence. It is grammatically correct. It just doesn't mean anything. When I read a "prophecy" from the Queen of Calamari, Jennifer Leclaire, all I see is blue sleeps faster than Tuesday. You see, Jennifer wants to sound super-spiritual; all the time. She has mastered the art of throwing as many cliche'd Christianese trite sayings against the wall to see what will stick. There is always something shifting in the atmosphere and watch out! Mantles are falling! Seriously, let us reason again together through the above lunacy released by Jennifer this week. Of particular note is the constant reference to bible verses to make this seem biblical but when we do the work of a Berean she is clearly relying on her readers not bothering to actually check what those Scriptures say.
"5779 is a new year when the new wine will flow freely--but we must also embrace, and in some instances actually become, new wineskins. In Matthew 9:17, Jesus said: "Neither do men put new wine into old wineskins. Or else the wineskins burst, the wine runs out, and the wineskins perish. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. A wineskin is essentially a container or a vessel that stores liquid. Jesus said rivers of living water would flow from our belly (John 7:37-39). New wine will flow from our vessel if we embrace--and in some instances become--new wineskins. This means a change in the way we move, live and have our being (see Acts 17:28). With the new wine will come new creativity and new methods. We must not expect to do business as usual or church as usual. Those who embrace the spirit of innovation will see an accelerated growth as the Holy Spirit breaths the wind of momentum over your work." - Jennifer Leclaire
Nothing like starting out a good Charismatic prophecy with a reference to the Jewish year that has no relevance to anything. The larger point of course is the misunderstanding of Scripture, in this case the key verse above. Jesus is teaching through this parable a very simple concept. The Scribes and Pharisees represent the old wineskins; the way things have always been done according to the law. Jesus came to change things. He is the new wine and we are already the new wineskins if we are found in Him. So it is not in "some instances" that we must become the new wineskins. Rather it is integral for salvation!
Notice the clever associations she makes without biblical backup. A wineskin holds liquid and Jesus said water would flow from our belly. Therefore new wine will flow from our vessel if we embrace becoming new wineskins. Huh? What does that even mean? Now maybe you could have made a case that she was being allegorical. That when we become saved and are indwelt with the Holy Spirit we can expect the gifts of the spirit to flow from within us except that is not what she is saying. Her claim is that choosing to become this new wineskin must result in changes to how we live, move, and have our being and she offers up Acts 17 as her proof text.
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for "'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, "'For we are indeed his offspring.' -- Acts 17: 26-29 (ESV)
The context, a concept foreign to Jennifer Leclaire, is Paul speaking to the unsaved men of Athens. This is the end of the contrast he makes regarding an "unknown God" they worshipped and the one true living God. Paul points out that God made all mankind and every nation. He teaches that despite how we might feel, God is not actually that far from us because in Him we live, move and have our being. Paul is speaking about all of creation, not merely those saved. To bring it home for them he quotes a philosopher /writer they would know who posited that we are all His offspring. He goes on to teach that therefore we should not think of God in idolatrous terms such as silver and gold. Beloved, the point here is that this entire exchange is about Paul preaching the Gospel to the unsaved men of Athens. It has absolutely nothing to do with the parable of the wineskins, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, or any of the hyper-charismatic gobbledygook Jennifer Leclaire is going to claim. So despite the musings of her wickedly deceitful heart, the "new wine" does not mean new creativity, methods or a redesign of church. You see this a lot in these circles because they are in such rebellion to God they are constantly trying to overthrow what He has designed. They will slap a snazzy super spiritual tagline on it such as, "spirit of innovation or accelerated growth" but at the end of the day it is just Lucifer wanting to ascend to throne of the Almighty. Sorry to disappoint you but the Holy Spirit is not breathing a wind of momentum into your work. If you allow Him, He can lead you into all truth found within Scripture to set you free from charlatans like Jennifer Leclaire.
"Those who don't embrace the new wineskin will not be able to hold the new wine God is pouring out in this season. Their wineskins will be like bags with holes (see Hag. 1:6). Times of refreshing will come to those willing to change the way they think and embrace the new wineskin (see Acts 3:20). But the enemy will bring weariness to those who won't embrace the Holy Spirit's leading to follow Him." -- Jennifer Leclaire
So those that do not accept this absurdly unbiblical teaching will not be able to hold the new wine? Right; to that I say blue sleeps faster than Tuesday. She claims that our wineskins will be like bag with holes in them and then vaguely references Haggai 1:6; desperately hoping you do not actually go read this passage:
In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: "Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord." Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, "Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. -- Haggai 1: 1-6 (ESV)
Let's do the work of a Berean beloved. What is happening here in Haggai 1? Is this a descriptive text, telling us an historical story; or is it prescriptive -- instructing us how to behave today? The context reveals that this is a historical narrative explaining to us that God was not pleased with his people returning to Jerusalem after their captivity in Babylon. Despite their constant idolatry and worshipping other gods, the one true God relented of the exile in Babylon and allowed them to return home. There they set themselves up in paneled houses, rebuilding their own lives but not the temple. God then prophesies through the mouth of Haggai that they will never have enough until they rebuild the house of the Lord. They will eat and still be hungry. They will drink and still thirst. They will clothe themselves yet remain cold. They will lose money as if there were holes in the bag they keep it in.
So Jennifer Leclaire took this verse from Haggai, which had nothing to do with the matter she was speaking on, and pretended that she was providing biblical support for her nonsense. You can't hold the new wine! It will be like there were holes in your bag -- just see Haggai 1:6! To those who do not do the work of a Berean they may go to Haggai 1:6 and see that indeed it speaks about holes in a bag. And examination of the context however reveals that Jennifer Leclaire is either willfully false or should not be dividing the Word of God.
"Noteworthy is the fact that wineskins in biblical times were made of either sheep or goat skin. Prophetically speaking, I believe the outpouring of new wine will begin to separate the sheep from the goats--the true from the false. You will know them by their fruit (see Matt. 7:15-20). New wine manifests with not just the gifts of the Spirit but the fruit of the Spirit." -- Jennifer Leclaire
When the bible is your playground and you have no fear of the Lord this is the end result. Prophecy is NOT mangling the Word of God. God clearly has stated that the separating of the goats and sheep refers to the end judgment of all. You do not get to take that and pretend you are speaking for God while contradicting Him! Oh the delicious irony that Jennifer can refer to these verses from Matthew and not see they are warning us about her!
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. -- Matthew 7: 15-20 (ESV)
These verses have nothing to do with the sheep and the goats bible verses. They have nothing to do with the gifts of the spirit. What they are about is a warning regarding false prophets such as Jennifer Leclaire. While we are on the subject, just because the Matthew verses uses the word fruit and the description of the Holy Spirit also uses the word fruit -- that does not mean they are comparable at all! What is this; a Dr. Seuss exegesis?
'Although the ultimate separation won't come until the judgment of the nations, Jesus describes in Matthew 25:31-46, we will see exposure this year of those who are abusing the new wine or who are not holding it in vessels of honor. In 2 Timothy 2:20-23, Paul told his spiritual son: "In a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some are for honor, and some for dishonor. One who cleanses himself from these things will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, fit for the Master's use, and prepared for every good work. So flee youthful desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and unlearned debates, knowing that they create strife."' -- Jennifer Leclaire
No, no. a thousand times no! You do not do exegesis like this! The verses in Matthew 25 are very explicit and offer no wiggle room to pretend that we will see some of it this year, especially in your silly paradigm of new wine and vessels of honor, which you made up on your own. The verses about goats and sheep are there for a reason Jennifer. They are there to show the judgment we will face and not for you to coopt to sell your next book on false prophecy. We are the vessels of honor Paul speaks about. We are the ones who must flee unrighteousness. We must discern that Jennifer Leclaire is to be marked and avoided at all cost to our souls and the souls of any who may fall for her teaching. Mercifully, she concludes:
"Only those who pursue righteousness will be able to hold the new wine. Those who abuse spiritual gifts, merchandise the saints, exert false charisma and the like will be exposed in the eyes of those who have clean hands and a pure heart." -- Jennifer Leclaire
Wow. If you asked me to define Jennifer Leclaire the top three definitions would be abusing spiritual gifts, merchandising the saints and false charisma. Let us start with her rampant abuse of spiritual gifts. Jennifer actually operates a "school" out of a motel room at the Fort Lauderdale Airport where she claims to be able to teach the gift of prophecy. Even though the bible makes it clear that only the Holy Spirit decides who gets what gift and at what time to meet what specific need. This is the textbook definition of abusing the gifts. Perhaps more laughable is her reference to merchandising the saints! The aforementioned school of the prophets will run you over 400 bucks. Then she has a school of the seer for another 300. For another $500 you can join her network of seers. She can sell you a video teaching on how to drown water spirits such as mermen, I kid you not. For $431 you can be mentored in prayer with her, although the second year the rate jumps to $2400. For $700 you can learn the secrets of best-selling authors. Just a heads up that she is one of the authors. I think you get the point. Jennifer Leclaire's entire existence is sustained by fleecing the flock, you know, making merchandise of the sheep. As for false charisma, that is her staple. She has claimed that there are sneaky squid spirits stalking her. She has claimed the ability to release and command angels. She is the embodiment of false charisma. Beloved, there are no spirits of innovation accelerated into new wineskins. There is just another false prophet trying to make merchandise of you by utterly eviscerating any bible verse she can get her hands on. I didn't even need to be in a company of seers to see that.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- September 17, 2018
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.