Sunday, 24 June 2018

'THE ROCK' - A PARABLE OF APOSTASY.

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart 
from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."
(1 Timothy 4:1)


"Pedal to the metal, driver! Let's get this church going!"


THE ROCK

(I took a pencil and I wrote
These lines that you now read,
A small sad ode I hope you'll note
If such might be your need!)

"Let's shift our church!" the leaders said,
"This Rock feels far too rough!
Let's build it on the beach instead - 
We think that's soft enough!"

"Lead on!" the people cried with glee,
"The Rock's not to our taste -
We'll find a nice spot by the sea!
Let's go, and with all haste!"

And so that church was quickly moved
And built upon the sand;
The laws of logic soon were proved:
Its walls fast ceased to stand...

The Rock's the only place to be:
The cost to leave it's great!
The Rock's our sole security,
Too many find too late!

* * * * * * *


"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, 
I  will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock;
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, 
and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."

(The words of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 7:24-27)

Sunday, 27 May 2018

"APOSTOLIC PROPHET TO THE NATIONS" DR. SHARON STONE IN EBBW VALE FOR 'LOVE WALES' CONFERENCE, JUNE 22/23, 2018.

"A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, 
and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: 
and what will ye do in the end thereof?"
(Jeremiah 5:30-31)

"Should've gone to Specsavers!"


SHARON STONE, 'THE ELIJAH LIST' AND THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION

Sharon Stone is coming to Ebbw Vale. No, not the Hollywood "A-Lister" but rather the Counterfeit Kingdom "Elijah-Lister." For anyone unfamiliar with The Elijah List, I should perhaps here explain that it is, in a nutshell, "a non-denominational Christian prophetic website created by Steve Shultz in 1997 with 135,000 subscribers as of August 2012." (Wiki); it has been most aptly described by Sandy Simpson of The Apologetics Co-ordination Team as "the biggest distributor of false prophecies in cyberspace." (See: www.deceptioninthechurch.com/elijahlist.html)

The Elijah List is an extremely influential organ of the hyper-Charismatic "Apostolic-Prophetic" movement, which vigorously promotes the seriously erroneous concept that God is restoring the offices of Apostle and Prophet to the Church, as the highest tiers of Church governance in the Fivefold Ministry, as they interpret Ephesians 4:11-13. It is the underlying essential ethos of the New Apostolic Reformation, which is spearheading a deadly deception which is seducing many thousands into following a path which takes them away from Biblical Truth and into the farthest reaches of apostasy.

Berkshire-based Dr. Sharon Stone, whose utterances are enthusiastically hyped by The Elijah List, is such a "prophet" within the New Apostolic Reformation, which to all intents and purposes is simply the contemporary expression of what has over the years been variously known as Dominionism/Kingdom Now/Joel's Army/Manifested Sons of God/Latter Rain, and is intimately connected to the Charismatic Renewal/Third Wave of the Holy Spirit/Signs and Wonders movement. Doctrine is downplayed, experience is elevated, extra-Biblical revelation is unquestioned, and what seals the deal as far as its unyielding unsoundness is concerned is that Biblical eschatology has been dismissed. These modern-day, self-proclaimed "Apostles and Prophets" have dared to re-write the inerrant Word of God concerning the End-Times in favour of the fleshly fable that is Dominionism. 

Back in 1948, the "Latter Rain Revival" kicked off in Canada, its adherents teaching an entirely different eschatology to that which the Bible presents. Restoring, as they saw it, the Fivefold Ministry offices, the Church under the headship of the Apostles and Prophets would be militant and victorious. Central to this worldview was the belief in "the manifested sons of God," aka "Joel's Army," i.e. believers - in reality DISbelievers - who would come into the full stature of Jesus, being as He was in His Incarnation, and themselves confronting Antichrist and establishing the Kingdom on Earth ahead of Christ's return. It is this 70-year-old delusion, once quite correctly held to be heretical, which has now re-surfaced in the professing Church under the banner of the New Apostolic Reformation. A disease long in remission, this most terrible spiritual cancer has returned with greater malignancy than ever, and is very rapidly spreading unchecked through the entire Body.



The NAR believes that it has a mandate to take over all aspects of human endeavour on the planet, thereby ushering in the Kingdom on Earth PRIOR to the return of Jesus Christ. This is trumpeted as "reclaiming the seven mountains," a process which in their completely unorthodox, Revelation-rejecting worldview, will mean that things will get better and better and lighter and lighter, rather than worse and worse and darker and darker as the Scriptures tell us in no uncertain terms will actually be the case! The NAR sees the world as coming under their complete control, each of "the seven mountains" being successfully scaled. Business, government, family, religion, media, education and entertainment will be taken over and come under the headship of these supposedly restored Apostles and Prophets. 

The stark reality of the matter is that the Church has no such mandate. Our brief is simply to be salt and light and rescue brands from the burning through the solid sharing of the Gospel. It is the King Himself who establishes the Kingdom on Earth; He is no mere passive spectator taking a back seat while human effort wins the day. Such a notion is as preposterous as it is perverse, and plays straight into the hands of the Antichrist and his agenda for domination of the Earth. The NAR is a powerful part of the great Falling Away which precedes the emergence of the Man of Sin, hailing its apostasy as anointing and its revolt against End-Times Truth as revival. The Lord Himself is most certainly not expecting to return to a Gospel-loving world that has enthusiastically embraced Him. Quite the reverse in fact! As He very ominously stated:


"When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"
(Luke 18:8)



SHARON STONE AND ACPE: A FALSE PROPHET AMONG FALSE PROPHETS

One notable manifestation of the NAR is ACPE, the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders. The late C. Peter Wagner, regarded and revered as the Presiding Apostle of the New Apostolic Reformation was unsurprisingly a key member. We need to note well that "Apostolic Prophet to the nations" Dr. Sharon Stone and her husband Greg Black are members of this elite group, alongside a whole host of Dominionist deceivers such as Bill Hamon, Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets, Tommy Tenney, Lou Engle, James Goll, the aforementioned Steve Shultz, and Cindy Jacobs who chairs its annual get-together. Something I have previously written about ACPE I feel is really important to repeat here. Friends, please consider very carefully what Cindy Jacobs revealed on one of her 'God Knows' TV programmes about the ACPE summit:


"Yes, in fact, you know... as I chair the Prophetic Round Table, every year I go back and I will pull out the prophecy from the year before, because if we're prophets, then we need to look and see IF WE GOT IT RIGHT; IF WE DID NOT GET IT RIGHT, WE NEED TO GO BACK AND CORRECT IT."

SAY WHAT???!!! "IF WE DID NOT GET IT RIGHT, WE NEED TO GO BACK AND CORRECT IT???!!!" THE BIBLICAL TEST OF A TRUE PROPHET OF GOD IS TO GET IT RIGHT. EVERY TIME. 100% RIGHT.

"When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
(Deuteronomy 18:22)


OUT OF HER OWN MOUTH, CINDY JACOBS INADVERTENTLY HAS CONFESSED THAT SHE AND THE WHOLE APOSTOLIC COUNCIL ARE FALSE PROPHETS! A TRUE PROPHET COULD NOT HAVE GOT IT WRONG IN THE FIRST PLACE, NEVER MIND LOOK TO "CORRECT" A PROPHECY WHICH WAS LATER SHOWN TO BE FALSE!


"Oops! Slipped up a bit there. Hope no-one noticed!"



SHARON STONE AND 5-STAR "JOEL'S ARMY" GENERAL, BILL HAMON

ACPE associate Bishop Bill Hamon is the founder of the Dominionist organization called Christian International Ministries, the UK/Europe wing of which was established and is led by - well, what d'ya know! - Sharon Stone. Given this very close and comfortable collusion, it should come as no surprise that she cites Bill Hamon as being her father in the Lord, as well as a 5-star general and the father of modern-day prophets. (Ref. Facebook entry for Sept. 30 2017, and https://youtu.be/giYSozoswHA). The Joel's Army/Manifested Sons of God beliefs of Bill Hamon are all too evident in the following quotes, in which the letters R-T are an abbreviation for Resurrection/Translation:


"The positive purpose of the R-T is to enable the army of the Lord to finalize the war against all evil. The army of the Lord will progress on in the war until they have accomplished all they can in their limited mortal bodies. The R-T is for the purpose of immortalizing their bodies. This will remove all the earthly limitations, thereby enabling the saints unlimited abilities. They will be able to travel in all space realms of the heavenlies the same as Jesus and the angels do now. They can move in and out of all dimensions of the natural and spiritual realms as Jesus did in His resurrected flesh-and-bone body."

"God's great end-time army is being prepared to execute God's written Judgments with Christ's victory and divine judgment decrees that have already been established in heaven. The time is set when they will be administered and executed on earth through God's saintly army. All that is destined and needed will be activated during God's restorational Army of the Lord movement..."
('Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God' - Bill Hamon)

It will be clearly seen here that in Hamon's worldview, the Church's purpose is not so much to lovingly preach the Gospel, as to militantly wage war against evil, in which she will be ultimately successful consequent to this Restorationist army becoming translated into immortal bodies with all the unlimited abilities of the Lord Himself. It is this Army of the Lord Movement, aka the New Apostolic Reformation, which having itself defeated evil will have the authority to judge and to punish perceived evil-doers, presumably meaning anyone who will not bow to the assumed lordship of the NAR's Apostles and Prophets. (This will of course include born-again believers who question their control, who will be branded as evil, Spirit-resisting rebels, to be similarly warred against and overcome).

Here are a couple more quotes from Hamon's books to underline this vital point about the delusional, Scripture-ditching "Manifested Sons of God" heresy that he teaches, with Christ's incredible impotency to effect His Second Coming until the Apostles and Prophets (like Hamon and Stone) have first "matured" the Church and won the Kingdom for Him:


"At that time the sons of God will be fully manifested on the earth. Widespread spiritual warfare will result with the Sons of God doing battle with Satan and company, the non-Christian nations of this world will also be defeated. Once the earth has been subdued, Jesus will come back to earth and be given the Kingdom that has been won for Him by this "manchild company." The Manifested Sons of God doctrine teaches that these sons will be equal to Jesus Christ: immortal, sinless, perfected sons who have partaken of the divine nature. They will have every right to be called gods and will be called gods."
('Prophets and the Prophetic Movement' - Bill Hamon)

"Christ CANNOT return until His ascension gift ministries 
have brought the church into full manhood." 
('Prophets and Personal Prophecy' - Bill Hamon; my capitalization for emphasis)

GIVEN THE CLOSENESS OF THEIR LONG FRIENDSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP, IT WILL SURELY BE QUITE OBVIOUS THAT BILL HAMON'S WORLDVIEW IS ALSO SHARON STONE'S. AS THE WORD SAYS, "CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER, EXCEPT THEY BE AGREED?" (Amos 3:3)


CONCLUSION

It was five years ago this month, back in May 2013, that the very first article appeared on this site. Five years of careful observation, research and analysis have served to convince me beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is both an unswerving ambition and a very active agenda for revival in Wales. But I regret that I have to say that this determined push for "revival" is not birthed of the Holy Spirit, but rather is of a deeply Satanic nature. Capitalizing on Welsh (and many other) Christians' desire to see a new 1904/1905-style move of God, the Enemy has an ongoing subtle (and sometimes not so subtle!) strategy to engineer a counterfeit revival here, a move which will be hailed as Heaven-sent but in fact comes courtesy of Hell. Wales would be the epicentre of a major spiritual seismic disturbance, the tremors of which would be felt globally.

This coming Conference at Love Wales' new Mission Centre at the Festival Church in Ebbw Vale is seriously bad news for Wales, in progressing the Dominionist agenda here. I'd like to think that this group was just being ignorantly undiscerning in their choice of keynote speaker; however, when the following blurb about their guest openly appears on their website, it would seem that they are wilfully NAR complicit:


"As a passionate apostolic, prophetic minister she is being used to gather, equip and mobilize many to develop new Kingdom Paradigms and a Supernatural Lifestyle."

In any event, Marilyn Harry and her 'Love Wales' mission team have bought heavily into the bogus, cwtched up to the counterfeit, allied themselves with apostasy, and in doing so are answerable before God. May their eyes be opened to such a lamentable betrayal of the Faith once and for all time delivered; Wales is in desperate need of undiluted Truth, not Dominionist "new Kingdom Paradigms" delusion! The self-proclaimed Apostles and Prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation are in the business of relentlessly re-defining what it means to be a Christian, and denying and shamelessly re-writing what the Bible expressly teaches concerning the End-Times.

IN THEIR BRAZEN TEACHING AGAINST BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGICAL PROPHECY, THESE NAR "PROPHETS" DETERMINEDLY CONTRADICT THE WORD OF GOD, SOMETHING WHICH NO TRUE PROPHET WOULD - OR INDEED COULD - EVER DO!

Finally, friends, on this most serious note let us diligently and most urgently remember what the Book of Revelation warns concerning those who would erase its Spirit-breathed words:


"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, 
God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, 
and from the things which are written in this book."
(Revelation 22:19)




Sunday, 4 March 2018

RICHARD TAYLOR AND JONATHAN MILLER, NEW BEGINNINGS - FALSE TEACHER AND FRIEND AND PROMOTER OF BENNY HINN!

"And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you."
(2 Peter 2:2-3)

Jonathan Miller with Benny Hinn on his "This Is Your Day" in 2016.


INTRODUCTION

Following on from 'Revive 2018' with Bishop Ceirion Dewar, the subject of my last article (http://watchman4wales.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/richard-taylor-and-bishop-ceirion-dewar.html), Richard Taylor's next trumpeted event at his New Beginnings Church in Merthyr Tydfil is the arrival of Jonathan and Cristina Miller for "a special weekend of services," March 17-18. These are the founders and Lead Pastors of New Beginnings Healing Center in Orlando, Florida, who Mr. Taylor has jubilantly joined forces with. 

Who a man's best mates and mentors are, those who he is well-pleased to partner with and share a platform with, sheds much light on where that man is at. The very first article that appeared on this site back in May 2013 highlighted concerns that  Richard Taylor's mentor at the time of the so-called "Welsh Outpouring" was the heretical Tommy Tenney, who teaches that God has moved on from the Bible and we have to chase after where He is now! (Obviously Cwmbran at that moment in time!) But let's fast forward to the present, and cast a careful eye on who the counterfeit revivalist Richard Taylor's best buddy is now. It is very relevant and revealing, as we shall see, to check out the ambitious guy who somehow saw fit to appoint a man disqualified from the pulpit as the European Director of "the NBC family" - a burgeoning network to which we should most carefully note that Mr. Miller "gives apostolic oversight," in more than a hint of a New Apostolic Reformation structure of governance.



JONATHAN MILLER, BENNY HINN AND THE "SEED-FAITH" DECEPTION

"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump."
(Galatians 5:9)

Sadly, Jonathan Miller has been weighed and found wanting. Like all false teachers, Mr. Miller says much that is true. But like all false teachers, he laces that which is true with that which is not. Which makes him a dangerous deceiver, a shaker and server of a deadly spiritual cocktail. It only takes a drop of cyanide to poison the whole glass, just a pinch of leaven to work its way right through the batch. Once introduced, the whole is unavoidably and irrevocably affected. God hates the mixing of truth with untruth, which is what we are confronted with absolutely everywhere in the Church today, and the "Word of Faith" (or simply "Word-Faith") movement - with which Jonathan Miller is aligned and whose aberrant theology he regurgitates - is a classic case of such a fleshly fusion.

We will here examine some of Miller's deeply erroneous teachings, starting our investigation with perhaps the most glaring pointer to his "Word of Faith/Prosperity gospel" proclivities and dearth of discernment: his long and deep friendship with and endorsement and promotion of Benny Hinn, one of the worst of the worst of the host of charlatans masquerading as ministers of the Lord in the world today. I do not propose to go into detail here about Benny Hinn's utter falseness, for this has been extremely well documented in a multitude of places on the internet, and the overwhelming evidence is easily accessed at the click of a mouse. (You can find a catalogue of well over a hundred such articles here: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/bhinn.html) 
Rather, I want to highlight Miller's significant accord with Hinn, which it would be a massive mistake to turn a blind eye to. As Holy Writ with all the unanswerable divine wisdom of its Author asks:

 "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"
(Amos 3:3)

Miller walks with Hinn, who is welcomed at his church. His awe of and entanglement with Hinn goes back a good many years. They are agreed, and this harmony in itself decisively demonstrates that he is an equally renegade representative of the Faith. Miller, guesting in 2016 on Hinn's 'This Is Your Day' TV programme, revealed conclusively his belief not only in Hinn's "ministry" but in the grotesque "seed-faith" give-to-get scam dreamed up by that notorious money-raker and fake, Oral Roberts, urging gullible viewers to pour their dollars into Hinn's already very considerable coffers. I will transcribe here some of that very enlightening broadcast entitled 'Miracles of Multiplication!' (which in itself gives a good idea of what is afoot!); anyone who so wishes can watch the whole unseemly half-hour episode here:


This is the sycophantic and deluded Miller, urging the viewers to follow his example and "plant a seed" (i.e. deposit a significant sum of money) into Hinn's "fertile soil" for a guaranteed tenfold increase:

"Many people will be watching today that are facing a specific need of fifty thousand dollars... My challenge to you is do you have the tithe, ten per cent of that amount? Will you step out in faith today... and give God [actually Benny Hinn] a tithe of five thousand dollars seed?... The anointing is here... and I declare to you in not many days from now it's going to come back to you, the full amount... but... you've got to give Him [actually Hinn] something to work with and you've got to give Him [Hinn] something to move on. I know there's many of you watching today facing a ten thousand dollar need, some of you are facing a five thousand dollar need. And I want to take a moment to tell you that I have tested and proven the soil of this ministry. This is fertile soil. Good ground. Good soil. There are some grounds that yield a little bit of increase and there are some that yield multiplied increase, and this field of this ministry is a field that I've proven time and time again. I have never sown a seed into this ministry and not seen God return it back to me, even more than what I could expect... There's something about this ministry, and it is because of what you [addressing Hinn] preach."

We only need to apply some basic common sense to determine the utter fallacy of this premise. If it was for real, let's say someone did exactly as Miller urges and indeed got a $50,000 return for his $5,000 stake. He could then invest that $50,000 in Hinn's "fertile soil" and get a whopping half a million dollars back, as God doesn't fail to deliver, does He? Then, with only a third seeding, he'd reap no less than five million. Five million then yields fifty million, fifty million spawns five hundred million, and just one more investment in the bank (sorry, ministry) of Benny Hinn, and you're a billionaire five times over!!!

Truth of the matter? This "seeding" is effectively spinning a spiritual roulette wheel, and infinitely more likely to get you much further into monetary trouble rather than out of it. The only guys it ever works for, the only high-fliers with the fancy mansions and the flashy cars parked up front are those who teach this lie of how to use God for gain; everyone who heeds their call to greed will almost certainly continue to park their average car outside the church, and drive it back home to their average house containing average possessions. And what is wrong with average things? Aren't we supposed to build up our treasures in Heaven, not here on Earth?

WE ARE PROMISED PROSPERITY ONLY IN HIS GRACE, NOT IN OUR PURSE!

God is no man's debtor, and sowing a Biblical seed has nothing whatsoever to do with money; it is the sharing of the blessed hope of salvation unto eternal life through belief in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God forbid that we re-define it as anything else. If we, like Miller, dare to do so, it has to be asked, "What master are we serving?" As the Word avers: 

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; 
or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. 
Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
(Matthew 6:24)

GIVING AS TAUGHT BY THE BIBLE EXPECTS NOTHING IN RETURN. GIVING AS TAUGHT BY JONATHAN MILLER AND HIS MERCENARY ILK ON THE OTHER HAND EXPECTS A MULTIPLICATION OF ONE'S MONEY IN RETURN, AND IS AN UTTER ABOMINATION. HAVE THESE PEOPLE NEVER READ, "THOU SHALT NOT TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD?" (Matthew 4:7 and Luke 4:12)

Hinn's 'This Is Your Day' broadcasts every weekday on TBN, the biggest mouthpiece for "Word of Faith/Prosperity gospel" heresy on the planet. Unsurprisingly, we find that his bosom buddy Miller also airs on TBN, not only guesting on the main USA channel's programmes but also having his very own 'New Beginnings' slot on TBN Salsa, their English language Hispanic network launched in 2015. Miller's increasing exposure on the Total Blasphemy Network demonstrates that he is a man well trusted by them to deliver their false gospel of "name-it-and-claim-it" health and wealth.

With this firmly in mind, let's now look at a couple of recent (2017) articles written by Mr. Miller, containing teachings that clearly underscore his alignment with the heretical, even blasphemous "Word of Faith" brand of alternative "Christianity."



JONATHAN MILLER AND "POSITIVE/NEGATIVE CONFESSION"

Here is Miller teaching the doctrine of demons commonly known as Positive/Negative Confession:

"Have you ever considered your words to be a powerful force? When I think of a powerful force, I envision that nothing is able to stand in its way. Did you know that God has given us that kind of a powerful force and He's put it in our mouths in the form of words? We can either use those words to release God's will and purpose upon this earth; or, we can use them to bring destruction upon our own lives."
('Your Words Are A Powerful Force' - Jonathan Miller, October 3, 2017)

Friends, this is heresy. Rank heresy. The idea that words in themselves are a force having the power to alter reality has nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity, and everything to do with an occultic mindset. Jonathan Miller is here teaching witchcraft! Period. And in making his apostate argument, he breathtakingly twists a Scripture to attribute a power to mere mortals that the Almighty alone possesses:

"Isaiah 55:11 says, "So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." The word of the Lord comes to earth and is established ONLY when the redeemed of the Lord "say so!" 
In other words, we need to say a thing."

So that there's no misunderstanding of this divine ability that he attributes to us, Miller goes on to assert:

"Life and death are in the power of our tongues. It is up to us to speak "life" in every situation. When we do, Isaiah 55:11 reminds us that the word which goes forth out of our mouths will not return void. It will accomplish what He pleases. It will prosper where it is sent." 

No, Mr. Miller, it's not WE who speak to accomplish what the Lord pleases. It's not WE who send words which will not return void. It's God Himself! You re-write His holy Word to teach a lie! He has no need whatsoever of any mere man to "release" His will and purpose. How dare you to declare that the word of the Lord is only established when we humans say so? He is Sovereign Lord of all creation! The word comes out of HIS mouth, not ours! You attempt to make us equal to the Most High, and isn't that the selfsame desire that led to Satan's fall? (Ref. Isaiah 14:12-14). Can you not see, Mr. Miller, the most terrible seriousness of your crass, indeed blasphemous claim?


JONATHAN MILLER AND "SPEAKING HEALING"

"You may be sick, but don't stop speaking you are healed!"
(Jonathan Miller, 'Never Stop Speaking' - 29/5/17)

This is the extremely foolish, indeed downright dangerous kind of "denial" teaching from the pulpit that causes diabetics to stop taking their insulin, asthmatics to throw away their inhalers, cancer sufferers to cease their radio- and chemo-therapy and people not to phone for an ambulance when they've had a stroke or are having a coronary. This is the kind of "Positive Confession" folly that results not in healing but in continued and worsening health problems that can even lead to the death of individuals who fall victim to this dreadful deception.

As we noted above, to Mr. Miller words are a force. "Remember," he says, "nothing can stand in the way of a powerful force. Just speak the Word!" "Stop worrying about all the obstacles that seemingly stand in the way of God's promises!" he declares. (Ref. 'Your Words Are A Powerful Force.') Thing is, He never promised us physical healing this side of eternity; He promised us only spiritual healing upon our acceptance of His Son as Lord and Saviour. In this life the believer is subject to exactly the same health issues as everybody else. Our spirit may be redeemed, but it still inhabits a body of fallen flesh and blood and no amount of speaking that we are healed when we are sick is going to change things one iota. 

"Word of Faith" adherents preach that physical healing is our right. It is not. Did the Lord remove Paul's thorn? Nope. It actually had a purpose in His plan for the Apostle's life and ministry. Did Paul tell Trophimus to speak his healing and accompany him? Nope. He left him at Miletum, still sick and unable to travel. (2 Timothy 4:20). In Timothy's frequent infirmities, did Paul advise him to use words to effect healing? Nope. He told him to take a little wine for his stomach's sake. (1 Timothy 5:23). Our words cannot change the reality of any given situation, for we do not have the ability that only the Lord God of creation possesses. We cannot by-pass God, making ourselves "little gods" with god-like powers. To attempt to do so is rebellion to His Sovereignty over all things. And rebellion is as witchcraft, wherein, as we have noted, lies this Bible-defying belief in words as a force.

Jonathan Miller is set on putting the word spoken out of our own mouths on a par with the Word of God Himself. Consider this quote by one Nuno Pedro, the "Prosperity Gospel" pastor of Charisma, a megachurch in Paris, France:

"He [God] instructs us to put His Word in our heart and in our mouth, so that by proclaiming it with faith, we can produce the same results as He! 
Same results as God, nothing less!"
('31 Days To Create Your World' - Nuno Pedro, 2005)

These guys are all on the same warped wavelength. No surprise then to find that Jonathan Miller has guested at Charisma, as indeed have many others of his ilk like Tommy Tenney (what a coincidence!), Creflo Dollar, T.D.Jakes, Casey Treat, Morris Cerullo, Kim Clement, Juanita Bynum, Mike Murdoch, Jesse Duplantis, Myles Munroe, Steve Munsey... even Wales' own WoF frontman - Ray Bevan! If you can stomach it, here is a video of Jonathan Miller performing (I use that word very deliberately) at Charisma, whipping the crowd up into a frenzy with a totally manic, screaming exhibition of unashamed circus showmanship:




CONCLUSION

All these folks speak (or scream!) about Jesus and the Gospel. Question is, What Jesus? What Gospel? Jonathan Miller avers that, "The only thing we really have to worry about is our mouths speaking the wrong things." (Ref. 'Never Stop Speaking.') Wrong, Mr Miller. The thing we should be absolutely concerning ourselves about is not "speaking the wrong things," but whether we and those teachers we might be heeding have the bona fide Jesus and the bona fide Gospel! Is the faith that we and they are proclaiming the unerring, uncompromising Faith that was once and for all time delivered? (Jude v.3). Or is it a faith subtly re-defined and re-delivered to itching ears?

FRIENDS, TAKE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AT FACE VALUE. TEST EVERYTHING THAT ANY PREACHER UTTERS AGAINST THE WATERTIGHT WORD OF GOD. REMEMBER ALWAYS:

"There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies."
(2 Peter 2:1)


See also:

Friday, 9 February 2018

RICHARD TAYLOR AND BISHOP CEIRION DEWAR - 'REVIVE 2018' AT 'NEW BEGINNINGS CHURCH' IN MERTHYR TYDFIL, 23-25 FEB.

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, 
but try the spirits whether they are of God."
(1 John 4:1)

?

Richard Taylor happens to have a good friend (his description) by the name of Ceirion Dewar. Bishop Ceirion Dewar that is, who Mr. Taylor is "thrilled" to have on board for 'REVIVE 2018,' which is purporting to be "3 nights set apart to encounter the power and presence of the Holy Spirit" at 'New Beginnings Church' in Merthyr Tydfil, February 23-25, 2018.

So who exactly is this "good friend" of the wayward counterfeit revivalist and two-timing pastor? A little research on the Bishop turns up some very interesting information about him, deserving of some careful consideration. We'll start with a couple of alarming news reports concerning his past activities, the first from 4 years after his ordination as a minister, and the second from 7 years into his episcopal position.


THE BISHOP AND THE RAPE CHARGE

On 30 April 2003, 'Wales Online' reported the following:


"Churchgoer denies rape charge

A woman yesterday told how she was raped by a man she met in church, despite telling him sex before marriage was against her religious beliefs. Churchgoer Ceirion Dewar, 27, is accused of pinning the woman down and having sex with her after their kissing session "went too far." The woman admitted "intimate touching" with Dewar after she invited him into her home, but said he knew she did not want sex. She told Cardiff Crown Court, "We were not allowed sexual intercourse. It was an understanding we both had because of our faith. We were just kissing, and it was getting more passionate. But he started getting more forceful and lay on top of me. I was getting scared. I asked him what he was doing, he was lying on top of me, pressing his body against me. My hands were above my head - he was using one hand to hold them there. With the other hand he took my clothes off. He was pinning me down. Then he had sex with me." The pair attended the same Christian church - which allowed "heavy petting" but banned sex before marriage. Prosecutor Charles Cook said, "It was acceptable for them to indulge in heavy petting, and very intimate touching - on all parts of the body. That touching was mutual. But among their beliefs was that actual sexual intercourse should not take place without marriage. When Dewar came round they were kissing and cuddling, ending up with very intimate touching. But at the height of this touching Dewar became so carried away he went too far." Dewar, of Llandevaud, near Newport, denies rape. The trial continues."

I have not been able to ascertain the verdict reached in the trial, whether the
intercourse was deemed to be consensual or not, or inconclusive; I do not record this episode for sordid sensationalism, but simply to highlight that just like Mr. Taylor, Ceirion Dewar clearly overstepped sexual boundaries with a woman who was not his wife, putting a real question mark on his self-control, Christian morality and respect for the opposite sex.

Let's fast forward to 2012...


THE BISHOP AND THE PEMBROKESHIRE PENSIONER

On 17 March 2012, the 'Western Telegraph' reported the following:

"Solva Pensioner "vindicated" by county court win

An 89-year-old woman says she feels vindicated after she won a county court case revolving around a £1,000 loan made to a neighbour. Retired Peggy Evans of Solva had always maintained that she had loaned Ceirion Dewar £1,000 in January 2009 to help pay a court fine after he was involved in a car accident. Mrs Evans underwent surgery in early 2010 and later that year, while recovering at Hillside residential home, Mrs Evans met a local solicitor, who twice wrote to Mr Dewar to ask for the money to be repaid. 
Mr Dewar, who broadcasts videos via YouTube under the name Bishop Ceirion Dewar, claimed she had given him the money as a gift, but the court ordered that he must pay her £1,000, along with additional costs of £318. In his defence statement Mr Dewar said: "At no point did Mrs Evans assert this was a loan, nor were there any arrangements made in relation to repayments."
Following the case, Mrs Evans said she had made the 'loan' out of good will. She added that everyone in Solva had been told that she had given him £1,000 as a gift and they thought she was a liar. "People have been saying the most terrible things about me," she said. Although the money will barely cover her legal costs, Mrs Evans said it would be worth it to clear her name. "I want the people in Solva to know that I didn't lie and I didn't give the money as a gift," she added. Although the drama and stress of court may be daunting for some people, Mrs Evans said she hadn't worried about the proceedings, despite it being her first experience of court in her 89 years. "If you're going there to tell the truth then you have nothing to be nervous about," she said. When contacted by the Western Telegraph, Mr Dewar declined to comment."

Surely, even if Dewar genuinely thought it was not a loan but a gift, the decent Christian thing to do was to return the money when asked, with an apology for misunderstanding her intent, rather than hang on to it until a court of law ordered him to give it back? Once again, a sad question mark must be put on the man's true Christian and moral standing.



A BISHOP IN A BISHOPS' WORLD

Having now considered a couple of disturbing testimonies concerning Dewar's character, what might the man testify of himself? 

"Bishop, Ecumenist, General Secretary of @ 7000 Churches, 
Half-Tidy Singer and Not a Bad Writer...!!"

Bishop and Ecumenist we'll come to shortly. The "General Secretary of @ 7000 churches" is a reference to his July 2014 appointment within 'Elijah's Bread Ministries International,' an organization which according to their Facebook page apparently provides oversight to "nearly 7000 covenant pastors and churches in 4 continents and 9 countries," and whose Chairman and CEO is Bishop J. Alan Neal (who is also the Senior Pastor of 'Agape Christian Faith Center' in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany).  

Most enlightening about EBMI's allegiances are the two videos embedded in their website, as these both reveal Bishop Neal's alignment with yet another Bishop, namely Harry J. Jackson Junior, who pastors 'Hope Christian Church' in Beltsville, Maryland, USA, and who is also the Presiding Bishop of the 'International Communion of Evangelical Churches.' What is critically important for us to note here is that Harry J Jackson Junior is a "Prophet" of the New Apostolic Reformation, a member of the 'Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders' which is a key annual huddle of NAR false prophets. One video further reveals Neal's tie-up with the notorious "Prosperity gospel" huckster, TD Jakes, who is another Bishop, of course! It is clear that Elijah's Bread Ministries International's sympathies lie well outside the parameters of the Faith that was once delivered.



"THE PRODUCTIVITY PREACHER"

Dewar labels himself "The Productivity Preacher" both on Twitter and on his website, 'Ceirion H. Dewar Ministries - The Heart of Elisha.' (Source: http://www.bishopdewar.tv/). Please go to this site to see what else he has to say of himself on the 'about' page. He sure seems to be extremely gifted, going by this glowing CV! 'The Heart of Elisha' by the way is a private limited company (No. 11178594) which was only registered on 30 January 2018 and has only one Director: Rev. Ceirion Dewar.

The Productivity Preacher. Hmmm... Looking just a little deeper, what do we find? Well, only a few days after 'Revive 2018' he will be found in Accra, Ghana, where he is to be a keynote speaker at the businessmen's 'Wealth Masters Summit' on 2-3 March! He Tweets: "I'm coming to Accra, Ghana...!! Are you ready to prosper beyond your imagination...??" Part of the Summit's blurb reads, "The event will also showcase world-class peer groups focused on raising billionaires..."



Are we getting something of a feel for Dewar's make-up? OK, that was him wearing his secular hat. What of when he wears his "Christian" hat? (Or should that be Bishop's mitre?) As he says of himself, as quoted above, he is an ecumenist - further emphasized by his being a Fellow in the completely ecumenical 'Apostolic Order of St. Hadrian of Canterbury' - which in itself shows that he preaches from a position of false unity and doctrinal dilution. Might "The Productivity Preacher" also perhaps have a predilection for the "Prosperity gospel?" In a word - Yes. You'll find him photographed with the likes of Benny Hinn, Paula White, Mark Chironna, and Mike Murdock - the "seed-faith" supremo who is very obviously a great hero of his. Yes, Bishop Dewar is drawn to the "Health and Wealth" set as a horsefly is drawn to a steaming dunghill.


THE BISHOP AND THE CALIFORNIAN CONNECTION

At this point, perhaps it would be pertinent to ask, Whence cometh his ecclesiastic credentials? How and when and where and with what Church did he become ordained as a minister of religion in the first place? Well, he tells us that he was ordained by the Modesto, California-based 'Association of Independent Christian Churches' in August 1999, which in 2005 consecrated him to the Episcopacy. (Source: http://www.bishopdewar.tv/about)

I've searched completely in vain for even the slightest mention of this Association anywhere; it seems to show up only in Dewar's own bio and nowhere else at all. Odd, that. But funnily enough, by a remarkable "coincidence" I did indeed find a Modesto, California-based setup which indeed offers clerical qualifications. Worthless "Mickey Mouse" qualifications that is! Becoming an ordained minister can be only a mouse-click away:

"Become ordained quickly and easily, and begin your own ministry! As a legally ordained minister, you will be able to perform weddings, funerals, baptisms and other functions of the clergy... ULC ministers come from all walks of life and spiritual traditions. Our common thread is our adherence to the universal doctrine of religious freedom: "Do only that which is right."
... The Universal Life Church wants you to pursue your spiritual beliefs without interference from any outside agency, including government or church authority. You may become a legally ordained minister for life, without cost, 
and without question of faith."
(Source: http://www.ulc.net/

When they say "without question of faith" they mean exactly that. Not only will they ordain anyone of absolutely any persuasion whatsoever, they can provide ANYBODY with a wide range of products from their online store. Fancy a 'Certificate of Sainthood?' Hanker after having your very own portable emergency communion set? How about a pagan clergy badge? A vial of holy water from the Jordan River perhaps? Or just a silk clergy stole? How about an email course to become a Master of Shamanism? Or maybe Astral Projection? Or Wiccan Studies? Maybe a Bachelor of Sufism? A Doctor of Universal Order? Just a sample selection of the delectable wares on offer. Yes, there's something for absolutely EVERYONE who wants to be SOMEONE in society! Even a "Christian" minister...

Of course, this may not be where and how MR. Ceirion Dewar became the REV. Ceirion Dewar. Just a shame, really, that if the Association of Independent Christian Churches really does exist, it's so incredibly shy of anybody actually discovering it!

And his elevation to the Episcopacy? Well, it seems to have happened not just once but twice to this remarkable individual! Sadly, no joy to be had in checking out the first occurrence, but what of the second instance? Ah, it seems that after his linking up with 'Elijah's Bread Ministries International' in 2011, Bishop Neal and his EBMI outfit re-affirmed him to the Episcopacy in September, 2013. Name-it-and-claim-it, as the saying goes in certain circles...



CONCLUSION

"God has empowered me to succeed... I'm my own secret weapon...!!" the Bishop concluded of himself just a few days ago on his social media pages. Readers may draw their own conclusions about Richard Taylor's good friend, Ceirion Dewar. Mine? I rather think that they are a quite remarkably appropriate pairing!

"Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together."
('The Rescuing of the Romish Fox' by William Turner, 1599)




Thursday, 23 November 2017

CITY CHURCH, CARDIFF, AND THE SINCERE FACE OF DECEPTION!

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
(1 John 4:1)


On Sunday 19 November, Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong was the guest speaker at City Church, Cardiff. This gentleman is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Singapore, which owns and administers the Bible College of Wales in Swansea (which I've had occasion to previously write about - see Topics list). I record here my thoughts on this event, not only to again urge caution about City Church, but because they carry what I feel is a much more widely applicable warning concerning very real perils inherent in the complacency of the contemporary Church, viz:

1) Sincerity as a vehicle for the successful delivery of deception.

2) Our pressing need for perceiving not just what is presenting up front, but what is coming along on the back of it.

* * * * * * *

I have, of course, long had concerns about City Church and its disturbing "anything goes" approach to the Faith, with a great lack of wisdom and discernment being shown on the part of the leadership. They demonstrate on a local level what the Elim denomination from the top down has become, i.e. showing no distinction between the genuine and the counterfeit, and having a great willingness to play with hyper-Charismatic "strange fire" and an experiential "feel-good" Christianity which goes unchecked against Biblical standards. There's often very little difference now between attending a church or going to a rock concert. "Atmosphere" is created, emotions are whipped up, often to a frenzy, with the music in combination with the auditorium lighting conspiring to cause people to enter - usually unknowingly - into an altered state of consciousness, whereby no attempt is made to analyze the healthiness of what they are hearing and feeling. There is no room for questioning, only blindly receiving, and if they WANT it to be the Holy Spirit, then as far as they're concerned it IS the Holy Spirit! In such an unguarded environment, false spirits can easily enter and be freely accepted.

One of the big problems is that when leaders like Yang Tuck Yoong present as being sincere, this is usually taken as being sufficient in itself for ready acceptance by those they are leading, especially when they are saying exactly what the congregation really wants to hear. (As happens here in this service, re revival in Wales). But those leaders may unfortunately be sincerely deceived themselves, and that very sincerity is a weighty vehicle for passing on deception to others. Shallowness doesn't carry anything like the same weight! If perhaps we think of sincerity as an articulated lorry, a (literally!) weighty vehicle, that long lorry has two distinct components, the first being the cab unit which has the engine, gearbox, steering column and of course the driver, which pulls the whole thing along. This is what we see coming towards us first, and it could be very well driven and seem absolutely nothing to worry about. But behind it is its trailer, firmly attached, which carries the all-important payload. 

If we apply that analogy to the City Church meeting, what is most visible is the cab unit of the artic. But what matters, and matters very much indeed, is the payload in the trailer behind it. And what that payload consists of is, as is so often the case, very far from obvious, and no-one seems to consider that the load being hauled might perhaps not be nutricious foodstuffs, but deadly toxic waste. And even the driver might be blissfully unaware of what he is actually hauling, what exactly it is that he is carefully distributing. Which would ironically make him the most dangerous kind of driver on the road - not because of any lack of driving skills on his part, but because of what he is an essential party to delivering. It's vital that we perceive not just what is up front, but what lies behind.

So what is Yang Tuck Yoong's cargo? We have to look very closely, but just a key few minutes' worth of his message tells us all we need to know, provided we know what to look for. It's toxic waste. The absolute giveaway is the mention that he has just come to Wales after spending some 10 days with Bill Johnson at Bethel, Redding. They are great friends. They walk together. They are agreed: as the Word says, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" And this is immensely significant, for Bill Johnson is one of the most dangerous false teachers, and his Bethel "church" one of the most significant promoters of a different Jesus, a different gospel and a different spirit, on the planet today. His reference to Randy Clark of Toronto Blessing "strange fire" infamy, Roy Godwin of Ffald-y-Brenin who I've had cause to write about for promoting mysticism, and Dutch Sheets who is an "apostle" of the New Apostolic Reformation, underlines that he has enthusiastically embraced not that which is right and true, but that which is wrong and untrue. The NAR is intent on militantly pushing an entirely heretical Dominionist eschatology, where all areas of human endeavour are to be taken over by the Church (or rather what is imagined to be the Church) and ruled by (self-acclaimed) Apostles and Prophets in a "Kingdom" established on Earth PRIOR to the return of and quite independently of the King Himself. It's the exact opposite of Biblical eschatology; it is the doctrine of demons and in the spirit of Antichrist. Period. These are the people who Yang Tuck Yoong admires and aligns himself with, deluded men who are not faithful ambassadors of Christ but apostate corrupters of the Faith. Every year at Cornerstone Church in Singapore, NAR leaders like Bill Johnson are the headline speakers on the platform. 

A significant tie-up has occurred between the Swansea Bible College and Elim, with the College having appointed David Holdaway, an Elim minister, as Principal. (From 7/16 to 5/17). Elim has long been corrupted by its gratuitous involvement in the Toronto Blessing's blind drunkenness; City Church has had both Bill Johnson, and Steve Long of Catch the Fire (epicentre of the TB) as guest speakers; it's sadly no surprise to find them hosting Yang Tuck Yoong and his wife Daphne, who are joined at the hip to the hyper-Charismatic movement and the NAR. Noteworthy too is that Luis Palau is due to speak there (on 26/11/17); Palau is a personal friend and endorser of the Pope, which should speak volumes as to his unsoundness! Wales is indeed being targeted for a "revival" but it is not an Awakening brought about by the Holy Spirit, but a Satanically-inspired counterfeit revival engineered by the flesh, marked by a Dominionist worldview, the false unity of ecumenism, mysticism, and the seeking of signs and wonders which is the hallmark of an evil and adulterous generation. (Matthew 12:39). It would seem that City Church is to be in the vanguard of this move of a deeply unholy spirit to cunningly take the Welsh Church completely off the narrow Way and onto the broad road that leads to destruction. The Enemy is nothing if not subtle...

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, 
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed 
as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works."
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)