"Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of Scriptures enjoy a false sense of security. None of us have a full grasp of Scripture, but we all have the Holy Spirit. He is our common denominator who will always lead us into truth. But to follow Him, we must be willing to follow off the map -- to go beyond what we know." -- Bill Johnson
This is the problem with snake oil salesmen like Johnson. So much sounds right but you have to be careful and pinpoint when he dives off the theological cliff. I agree a mere intellectual grasp of Scriptures is not enough. It could provide a false sense of security and I think it does for a great many deceived people who sit under various false teachings. I agree that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. It is when Johnson offers up the tidbit about going off the map, which by the way is how one gets lost, that he dives squarely off the cliff. You see the map is the Bible. That is the truth that God is referring to when He says that Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. Nowhere in the Bible does God even remotely suggest that you need to drive off the map. Without the map -- where are you going? Please do not hand me that the Holy Spirit will be your guide because we have already seen that He is the guide into all truth. This is not seeking that the will of God be done but rather the will of Bill. We conclude from the key verses:
on earth as it is in heaven.
The true NAR folks twist this verse fragment to mean that we are supposed to desire on earth now what it is like in heaven but that ignores not only the context of the Lord's Prayer but the actual context of the full verse. Remember we are praying for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth like it is in heaven. This is what it will be like when His kingdom comes. It is simply the logical conclusion of the thought, not a separate prayer. When Jesus comes and all of creation is under His rule and the nations will be judged and the current age will end the result will be His will being done on this new earth as it is now in heaven. It is a singular thought beloved. It is a singular prayer. That the faithful desire to live where they are citizens. To no longer be the pilgrim and sojourner. That the dominion of Satan will end. Once again, the opposite of what the NAR teaches. They teach that THIS earth must be transformed by the church in order to bring about the second coming. That is found nowhere in Scripture, let alone this verse which is a prayer for the opposite.
Think about it logically beloved. Why are they trying to take over the seven mountains of satanic culture if the Bible already says this world is passing away? Why does the Bible implore people to come out from among them? Why are we compelled to have no fellowship with this present darkness? The NAR thinks if the right people get elected and the right laws are passed and the right movies are made and the right TV shows are offered that we will have essentially created things here on earth as they are in heaven. Think about how utterly foolish that thinking is! What about the sin nature? The bottom line is the NAR is a racket. It is a multimillion dollar brand that makes a lot of people very wealthy by merchandising the Gospel. They are good at showing you a shiny object and calling it supernatural but you never see the real Gospel. They are good at sounding serious and pious, even occasionally semi-scriptural but you never actually hear the real Gospel. Remember the Bible says we can believe in vain only to get to the last day and say "Lord Lord, did we not try to conquer the seven mountains and take dominion, through the latter rain, as Joel's Army establishing the kingdom now?" And He will say -- away from me for I never knew you. John MacArthur once quipped that the NAR is like Grape Nuts. It isn't grape and it isn't nuts. That it's like Christian Science in that it is not Christian and it is not scientific. Well the NAR is not new, it is not apostolic, and it is not a reformation. It is the great apostasy the Bible warned us about; no matter how they try to twist the Lord's Prayer to say otherwise.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- February 13, 2017