Francis Chan - once the darling of the evangelical world, Chan destroyed all of his credibility by agreeing to speak at the IHOP conference a few years back. At that event, he gushed that he loved Mike Bickle. The leader of IHOP, Bickle is a renowned false prophet. He claims God speaks to him. He blames God for the idea to start the 24 hour a day contemplative prayer shtick he has going on in Kansas City. He openly embraces such heresies as the bridal paradigm which is ruining young Christian women and the Joel's end time army teaching that does the same for young Christian men. There have been multiple stories of people who escape the cult of IHOP with harrowing details. Let us never forget the murder of Bethany Deaton as well. You love Mike Bickle Francis? That means we must mark you as well.
Ravi Zacharias - perhaps no star has fallen so fast as that of Dr. Zacharias. There is a reason why the Bible implores us to finish the race. We cannot rest on what God did through us yesterday. Today, Ravi is a force behind the coming one world religion. He is quoted as saying:
"And so, what brings us together? As has already been said, yes we have our theological differences, but I think it's commendable that we find a common cause in trying to create a good moral soil in this culture and in this time." - Ravi Zacharias
Was this delivered to a rousing group of Pentecostals? Perhaps some Southern Baptists? No beloved. This was in an address to Mormons. In that same address he assured the Mormon crowd that Jesus has gone home to prepare a place for them as well. No He hasn't. the Mormon faith is a Satanic cult. It was created by the reprobate mind of Joseph Smith, just a few hundred years ago. Smith claimed an angel gave him a new gospel. He re-wrote portions of the Bible and added to Scripture the Pearl of Great Price and the Book of Mormon. Before you go thinking I am too harsh here, let us see what God says about that:
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. - Galatians 1: 8-9 (ESV)
Even if this new gospel came from an angel let them be accursed! Can God be any clearer? We are to have no part in this sort of thing beloved! None!
Christine Caine - where do we start with the latest female preaching darling? She herself has embraced absolute heretics such as Mark Batterson and Joyce Meyer and actually proudly displayed a picture of herself laying hands on Meyer's bible to "receive an impartation of the anointing" from it. She not only embraces an unscriptural role for women but encourages young women to do the same.
Beloved, that is just who is confirmed so far. This seems to be a movement that unfortunately will grow. Their aim is to have one million people show up for this event. They claim their mission is "to come together around Jesus in unified prayer, worship, and a call for catalytic change." While this may sound nice and pious it is actually biblically vacuous. It is actually contradictory. One does not come together around Jesus with false doctrine. When you unify with someone who follows a false Christ you are actually not unified at all. Just saying the name of Jesus is not enough. Just ask the Seven Sons of Sceva from our key verses today. They went around unified under the name of Jesus commanding evil spirits to leave those who were possessed. They were seeking catalytic change. Eventually the evil spirits called them on it because the name of Christ is just a name without the relationship with Christ. It is like when the Lord laments why bother calling Him Lord if you are not going to do as He says. Stop playing around. Stop playing saved. Stop playing church. This quote is from the Together 2016 website:
"Our generation needs a reset. A swelling of hope. A unifying moment when we come together and ask Jesus to restore us to our original design. A generation-defining moment. Together 2016 is a chance to link arms, to lift a unified sound, and ask Jesus to reset our generation. He's done it before. He can do it again.
Our generation needs a reset? Restore us to our original design? Jesus has reset a generation before? When? Where is any of this gibberish in the Bible? Answer - it is not. This is just more hipster relevant nonsense trying to entice young people. If you want a reset, confess your sins and pick up your Bible! Jesus is not going to reset your generation because you took a weekend in DC to listen to some jammin beats and relevant rock. Jesus is not going to restore you to some original design because you linked arms with someone who believes Mormons are our brothers and sisters in Christ or that chanting mantras is worship. It doesn't work that way. Remember, He came to bring a sword. There are supposed to be divisions. There are supposed to be those who stand for pure doctrine and those who like the Seven Sons of Sceva before them, think saying the name of Christ makes you a Christian. It does not. Let me close with two quotes from the biggest names involved in this event:
"Our greatest need in America is for the next Great Spiritual Awakening to occur. What if Saturday, July 16, 2016 was the day that God brought Spiritual Awakening to the National Mall in Washington D.C.? Do not miss Together 2016. - Ronnie Floyd, SBC
"A motion prevailed to affirm "Together 2016" to Assemblies of God pastors and youth leaders by praying and giving congregations an opportunity to attend this historic meeting being held July 16, 2016, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. - George O. Wood, AG
Beloved, the Bible does not teach us that there will be a great end times revival. No promise of a great spiritual awakening. It does however promise a great end times falling away. One of the greatest problems right now in the church is that the wolves run the pulpits. False teachers from every angle now lead people away from the one true God. They lead people to worship money. They lead people into sin. They teach heresies such as the notion that Jesus Christ went to hell. That the cross was somehow not enough. What if on July 16, 2016 followers from all of these false beliefs gathered together for a concert and great speeches? Well, the Bible also teaches us that in the end times there will be a one world religious system. This will be a major step toward paving that road. True followers of Jesus Christ should have nothing to do with it. Together 2016 is using the Hashtag - #JESUSCHANGESEVERYTHING. Once again a nice sound bite but He will not change everything just because you hold hands with the devil. Perhaps they need a reset: