Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. - Matthew 23: 15 (ESV)
When God wants to make a point He will often do in spectacular fashion. Such was the case over the past two days in the comments section of the above linked Charisma News Article. The link itself is just a promo spot for the author Darren Wilson. For those who may have forgotten him, he was the director of the unbelievably heretical movie "Holy Ghost." At the time of its release, Wilson promised there would be a sequel because he shot so much footage when he traipsed around the world selling his false gospel and his false jesus. We ought to never forget that it is entirely possible to have believed in vain:
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. - 1Corinthians 15: 1-2 (ESV)
Beloved, the Bible says that the way to heaven is a narrow road and few are those that find it. Not everyone who says Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. The reality we never want to face is that right now there are untold millions of self-professing Christians who have believed in vain. Their God is their belly. They glory in their shame. The particular shame that Darren Wilson glories in is the new age experiential christianity. It is the christianity of Bethel Church and Bill Johnson. It trades in sound biblical truth for our feelings. Goose bumps and liver shivers over sound doctrine and doing the work of a Berean. It revels in such nonsense as glory clouds and magic gold dust. Heavenly gemstones and unexplained angel feathers. It believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be taught even though the Bible says the Spirit gives them out as He wills. It knows just enough Bible to sound pious while promoting utter biblical illiteracy. In fact, anyone who promotes biblical truth over experience is branded as "religious" or even legalistic. With this as the background let's take a walk through this quick exchange I had with one of the adherents of Darren Wilson's false teachings and see the results for ourselves. Unfortunately, the link above shows that the person I was speaking with deleted all of his comments once he realized that the Word of God was exposing him too greatly. What he did not realize is I still have his comments. It all started with a simple general statement by me:
"Back to dupe the gullible once again. Trafficking in the demonic, pure and simple, stay far away." - AW
The people who follow these false signs and lying wonders are easily duped. The original Holy Ghost movie was a travesty. The first segment were some friends of Wilson using the same tricks side show psychics use to try and dupe people on the street that the Holy Spirit was moving to heal them of whatever their complaint was. The second segment dealt with the alleged salvation of two members of the Satanic rock band Korn. I say Satanic because their leader openly admits it. Here, Wilson employs "evangelist" Todd White to crash a Korn concert and pretend that he was leading a bunch of teenagers to salvation by using their rock god icon Brian "Head" Welch to lure them in. He even tried the old carny trick of growing out one leg that was "shorter" than the other on one unsuspecting concertgoer. I do not wish to rehash this movie here. Just do a search on my website and you will find two devotionals about this movie. I am just explaining my comment. Christians ought to stay far away from something so blatantly demonic. This drew a response from someone named Brian and we had this quick exchange:
"You should go to the streets of Brazil and spend a week with Nic Billman (the guy in the trailer, happens to be one of my best friends). See if you change your mind. :)" - Brian
"There is nothing on the streets of Brazil that changes the Word of God. Mind you, I do not doubt the sincerity of Wilson or you, or your friend. But you can be sincere and sincerely wrong. 2Corinthians 11 teaches us that the emissaries of darkness disguise themselves as angels of light. It takes discernment to know the difference. Beware Matthew 7. Many will come on the last day saying they saw great miracles and signs and even performed them in His name but He will not know them." - AW
This is the first glimpse into the problems with following a biblically vacuous false teaching. His defense is based upon the fact that someone in the film is a friend of his. In response, I try two different Scriptures to get him to see the folly of his position. This would be the recurring theme. All of his opinions are based on personal anecdotes or feelings and I continue to try and counter with the only objective truth we have - the Word of God. We could have just left it there but Brian would have none of it:
"I've been thinking about your comment all evening. I don't even know where to start. In one shot, here's what you've done:
#1 Judged a man you don't even know, have
never met nor ever seen in ministry.
#2 Accused him of being so deceived that he is literally ministering in the name of Jesus but actually doing satans work (Is that even possible ?)
#3 attributed everything Nic does to satan, this includes rescuing kids off the streets, ministering to prostitutes, running a rescue home for kids, teaching street children about God, teaching them their true identity in Christ.
#4 Judged a man who spends countless hours in the Word, in prayer, seeking the truth and being open to correction from God.
Nic is one of THE most Godly men I know. He studies the word, seeks God in prayer, ministers and listens to Gods voice as much as possible. He sacrificed everything to take his family to a scary part of town in Brazil and spends his time on the streets reaching the lost and the broken. In one shot, you've taken several verses in the Bible and decided that ANYONE doing something you don't agree with must be spreading their work in the name of Satan instead. You've literally called him an emissary of darkness. I've seen Nic's fruit, I've seen his heart in action. I know personally how much he seeks God. You're saying NONE of that is any good, that he's SO deceived that none of that works and he simply can't hear God? One of you is grossly deceived...and it's not Nic. God must weep when he reads comments like yours. I will pray for you tonight. And again, I challenge you. If you think Nic is wrong, that he's an emissary of darkness...go spend time with him and prove it. It's really easy to sit on your chair in front of a keyboard and judge people. It's another to go find out for yourself if you're wrong or not. Until then, you're just wasting everyone's time." - Brian
Once again beloved, what is missing? The Word of God! Besides misrepresenting what I said in numerous places, this response reads like I kicked his dog. Nic is one of the most godly men I know? Is that supposed to be more valuable than Scripture? Rather than go point for point, here was my response:
"1) The Bible teaches us that we are to judge righteously. The notion that we are not to judge is a complete mishandling of Matthew 7:1. I might add here that I said I do not doubt the sincerity. The only thing I know about Nic is he has chosen to align himself with someone who has already made one absurdly demonic movie and according to you, he is in the sequel.