ARCHIVE NUMBER SEVENTEEN
News Flash: Autumn 2003
Too Much and Too Little
the first outbreak of the "revival" came, many people
likened it to a flood wave. It struck the world with great
force and spread out rapidly, swamping everything in its path.
Over the years, ten long years since since 1993,
further massive waves of deception have been expected - and
experienced. They came slowly at first, and then gathered speed
and strength (rather like the successive waves of contractions
during the birth of a baby.)
Many of us spoke of the tide coming in, and recently
these conversations came back to me as I watched the escalating
delusion and spiritual devastation in the churches all around
the world. We are no longer WAITING for the flood tide - THE
TIDE IS IN.
And these waves have come upon us so thick and
fast lately that there's been no time to respond. When the
process began, years ago, there was one obvious wave of deception
and those who knew the bible, and knew the Lord, responded
by examining at length what was being said and done. They wrote
books, pamphlets and articles to warn Christians, and organised
debates and seminars and conferences. There was time to research
and examine the evidence, and to write at length a variety
Now, one fad follows another in such quick succession,
and they are so short-lived and diverse, that by the time they
become known they have fizzled out and people have moved on
to the next titillating bit of excitement.
There are SO MANY "waves" (but not
notable or significant ones) being driven onto the beach that
we find ourselves surrounded by this "water" with
no time and little energy left to respond. To make a full and
reasoned response to every little error would be impossible,
and the deception is now so deep and so well-entrenched everywhere
that it cannot be halted. Nothing is sufficiently earth-shattering
to wake up the sleeping Church, but everything contributes
little by little to the rot and destruction.
People are being taught, little by little, to
expect the unusual and supernatural without checking that it's
biblical or from God; they are being taught to turn away from
God's word to "new revelations" and they are being
schooled in mindless robotic obedience to all that their leaders
say. What a set-up for the Antichrist!
Everywhere we go, everything we hear, everyone
we meet seems in some way to be connected to this flood tide.
Sometimes it seems we can't see anything but this revival water
(even though we know that pockets of faith
exist, with genuine churches and believers. Even so, their
number seems pitifully small at times.)
No doubt the revivalists believe this is the
"work of God" overpowering its opponents. Quite the
reverse! The bible actually predicts that God would ALLOW a
massive deception to arise in order to test the hearts of his
people, and to sift the wheat from the chaff. Any success is
merely the inevitable process of apostasy - as predicted in
many places in God's word - working itself out in real everyday
The work of sounding the warning has been directed
by God, so that Christians are not left without advice, but
now that the tide is almost completely covering the land, what
remains to be done?
In a day when there is almost TOO MUCH to cope
with, and too much to bear, strangely there is TOO LITTLE going
on in genuine spiritual terms to make the waiting worthwhile.
Nothing much happens that is in any way new, unique, rousing,
startling - it's all much of a muchness. Just like watching
waves drive into the beach - one after another, wave upon wave,
wave upon wave... hypnotic and boring and endless.
Just like the servants of the household that
Jesus warned to "stay awake" to await the Master's
return, we are tempted to nod off. There seems no end to the
waiting for the Lord to act decisively - yet he WILL. His promises
hold true, no matter what.
And shall not God avenge his
own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear
long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith
on the earth? Luke 18:7-8
The Lord is not slack concerning
his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering
to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come
as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass
away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent
heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be
burned up. 2 Peter 3:9-10
Longing For Fellowship
One of the most common
enquiries I receive by e-mail is the request to put
people in touch with a good, sound church, or provide
names of people for fellowship. This is something I know is
very needed, but unfortunately it's beyond my abilities to
do it. I wish I could help, but there is no way one person
can know that many churches! Even if I did, that would not
necessarily mean I knew their character - whether they were
truly sound or not. Nor whether their particular type of worship
style would suit the correspondent. So you see, there is little
point asking me this question. I'm sorry to disappoint you.
It's a nice pipe-dream (but totally impractical)
to think of some kind of Remnant Dating Agency that puts isolated
believers together. But just think it through - how could it
possibly work, outside of God's perfect knowledge and direction?
Even if a name was suggested as a local contact, how could
you know you wouldn't end up with a no-hoper, or a nutcase,
or somebody who secretly held to strange doctrines? Nobody
can put you in touch with people or churches. ONLY God knows
your needs and knows how to fulfill those particular needs.
I hear the pain in your enquiries and sense the
desperation for good fellowship. I sympathise with you. We
are ALL feeling isolated, weary and in need of support. Most
of those who have come out of their churches have not found
anywhere else to go. Most "organised" Christianity
has been organised around the revival, or globalist activities,
or various man-made empires .I don't have any inside knowledge,
or access to any church data that the rest of you do not have.
I don't visit or hear from sound churches either.
Like you I just have my circle of trusted friends and colleagues
with whom I fellowship. Almost everyone I know is asking WHERE
do we go? If they DO go to a church somewhere it often turns
out to be a disappointment, or dead, or just as much in error
as the previous one.
It's disheartening, I know. But have you ever
considered what God is doing? GOD is the one who is allowing
this testing time, for us to drive our roots deeply into the
genuine ROCK; so that we are no longer "building on sand";
so that our "anchor holds in the storms of life"
and so that we are not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.
This is in fact an act of love, whereby God is
drawing close to us as individuals, taking time with each one
for healing, uplifting, restoration, spiritual growth, maturity
- all the things that were taking so long to happen in conventional
churches (or, would never happen at ALL.)
"Outside the Camp" we have the chance
to spend quality time both with God and our families, and with
people who truly love and honour God. We have been cut free
of time-wasters, scoundrels, scroungers, abusers, and those
who used up our energy and goodwill for nothing. See this as
a time of opportunity therefore, and make good use of the time
- even if you are on your own - to develop a rich, freely-flowing,
Spirit-led and God-inspired style of worship that is not hindered
by man's restrictions or fears.
See it as a time of ministry outside the normal
"evangelistic" models, where you can simply chat
and share your faith with others, without the need for complicated
video sessions, books, studies and all the paraphernalia that
Jesus and the Apostles never needed. Now, you can develop the
ability to hear God and know his guidance, and be directed
by HIS SPIRIT instead of church programmes and the Pastor's
Now you have the chance to get before God, one
to one, looking into His word and hearing from His Spirit so
that you can grow, and not be dependent on others.
So - in a way - I think ending the isolation
by going back to the same old meetings we had in the past would
be a retrograde step. I believe God wants more for us than
that. BUT - at this point I have to issue a warning against
the various ministries and individuals who have been preaching
a "restorationist" or "sonship" style of
renewal. Or, just an organised "getting-together"
but outside of God's timing and will. All this can seem VERY
seductive to anyone who is pining for fellowship. But the dangers
are terribly real - imagine the penalties for getting it wrong
and stepping out of God's plan!
Is There Going to be a Restoration?
Some people are pushing
for a purification of the saints and a renewal of the Church
that sounds very attractive, but in fact they are drawing on
the old-time sonship fallacies of the Holiness groups and Deeper
Life groups of the 19th century. They may not even know the
source of their inspiration, and may be sincere and godly,
but they are missing the mark none the less.
Some men, such as Andrew
Strom or David Wilkerson for example, (in their different
ways) sometimes have useful things to say. There are a few
gleanings of thought-provoking and even inspired messages,
but in the end it's still unbiblical - because they have a
grand vision for a New Church, reorganised and restored, that
is not according to scripture. Often this also means following
the New Apostles and Prophets of the day - Andrew Strom cheerfully
hosts the material of Rick Joyner, Paul Cain and other "prophets"
and in a recent message to his mailing list commended the notorious
Kansas City Prophets as being
the launch-pad for "God's restoration of the prophetic
into today's church"
"God was restoring the 'Prophetic' ministry
to the church. In fact, I regard this as the founding of
the modern Prophetic movement as we know it today. ... it
is very clear to me that the "foundations" of today's
Prophetic movement, and the great explosion that we have
seen in the Prophetic ministry over the last 20 years, stem
directly back to Kansas City. This was the founding movement,
the watershed-event that God used to kick-start the whole
thing in modern times."
So it is worthy of note that the path Strom took
to his present position entailed abandoning the "wilderness
experience" outside the church system, and turning back
to organised religion. Strom underwent a change of
heart in 1993 (when the so-called revival began at Toronto
Airport) that changed his attitude to "out-of-church"
wilderness Christians. He now calls for Christians to get back
under authority, and into organised church bodies.
This distrust of isolation and command to come
under leadership is also evidenced in David Wilkerson's material
albeit in a more subtle fashion. Because he has denounced the
Brownsville and Toronto Blessing deceptions, he has made many
friends amongst the "Remnant". He often writes in
a supportive and encouraging way for them, recognising the
pains and sufferings of today's isolated believers. At the
same time he proposes a restoration of the Church that could
be taken from a Latter Rain text book.
"GOD IS ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING NEW"
David Wilkerson (1 Sept 2003).
"Recently, I have been preaching that God is about
to do something new and glorious. This new thing is beyond
revival, beyond an awakening. It is a work of God that He
alone initiates when He can no longer endure the polluting
of His holy name. ... God is going to do two mighty works.
First, He is going to purge the nations and His church with
awesome redemptive judgments. He is going to stop the invasion
into His house by homosexuals and charlatans - and He is
going to purify and cleanse the ministry and raise up shepherds
after His own heart.
Second, God is going to glorify His holy name with a great
intervention of mercy. In the throes of judgments being fulfilled,
God is going to save the day by a supernatural "turning"
of a remnant back to Himself. What He did for Israel when
they were judged, He will do again in the days ahead. You
can read it all in Ezekiel 36:21-38. (Also see Ezekiel 20:22,44.)
For God's people, glorious days are ahead. Do not fret.
God's holy name, and His pure Word, will be vindicated. Something
greater than revival is coming. God says, "I will do
a new thing." It has to do with restoring the glory
of His Name - the glory that is in Christ, the Lord."
Taken on a certain level, this could be an accurate (and welcome)
depiction of endtimes events, but I believe the emphasis is
on the "new thing" of the Latter Rain restoration/revival
rather than the Lord's Coming. (See the "New
Thing" teaching examined on this website.)
Once again, there is a desire to set up a New Church - purified,
restored, cleansed, revived - a Church we all long for, but
a Church that is at odds with the apostate situation the bible
The bible tells us that MANY supposed believers will fall
away under testing (Matt 24:11-13/ 2 Peter 2:2); that the Church
will be decimated and broken down almost to nothing. Apostasy
will increase, and climax in the wholesale worship of the Antichrist
by a Church that has become a Harlot (instead of the Lord's
Bride.) At what point, therefore, can there be a "glorious
days ahead" and a "great intervention"?
Too many years ago, in the bygone days when I also held to
an endtimes glorious revival, I was praying about this very
thing and after listening to my passionate prayers for some
time the Lord spoke clearly to my heart: "It is
not REvival but SURvival that you need to be concerned about."
I have never forgotten that quiet authoritative voice of the
Lord into my spirit. At the time I doubt I understood a quarter
of what it might mean in the years to come - but surviving
as a Christian today with all the pressures and temptations
and manipulations and deceptions is no easy matter. And it's
not over yet.
The days in the wilderness were not days of rejoicing and
plenty - they were not days of "glory" but of deprivation,
testing and hardship. Only when God's people passed the test
of faith and came into the Promised Land did they experience
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people
of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath
ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour
therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after
the same example of unbelief. (Heb 4:9-11)
Like the Israelites in the wilderness we tend to look for
short-cuts and easier options, and something to ease the load.
God forbid that we should - like them - become so desperate
for a recognised form of organised worship that we turn to
the worship of various golden idols that represent security
and familiarity. People love to see and feel
something, to focus on some tangible reward, rather than hanging
on for God in faith. People love to be organised! It's more
comfortable, less stressful, and it takes the pressure off,
if somebody else is responsible for worship and teaching.
We have to beware of attempts to "organise" God
into re-forming his church, a task he wants to do Himself I
believe. If there is to be a miraculous re-gathering, then
only God can achieve it, because only he knows HOW to do it,
WHEN to do it and with WHOM. In particular it won't be man-led!
Forget the idea of self-appointed "specially anointed"
super-leaders breathing down your neck.
The only way for God to re-establish genuine
truth and worship, is for each INDIVIDUAL believer to come
into a new appreciation of God, and to make a recommitment
to Him. Yes, God needs to deal with us. Yes, like many I long
to see God honoured amongst believers, and to see true worship,
genuine scriptural teaching, powerful evangelism - but I'm
not prepared to accept a substitute, nor to stop short of GOD'S
"And Elisha said to him, "Take a
bow and some arrows." So he took himself a bow and some
arrows. Then he said to the king of Israel, "Put your
hand on the bow." So he put his hand on it, and Elisha
put his hands on the king's hands. And he said, "Open
the east window"; and he opened it. Then Elisha said,
"Shoot"; and he shot. And he said, "The arrow
of the LORD's deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from
Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you
have destroyed them." Then he said, "Take the arrows";
so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, "Strike
the ground"; so he struck three times, and stopped.
And the man of God was angry with him, and said, "You
should have struck five or six times; then you would have
struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will
strike Syria only three times." (2 Kings 13:15-19 NKJV)
How determined are YOU to see God's full work
Archbishop of Canterbury Kneels to Pope:
of Canterbury knelt and kissed the Pope's ring in a mark of
homage during his visit this week (5th October 2003) as they
met to discuss Church Unity. Onlookers who gathered to witness
the event were shocked to see the deterioration in the Pope's
health and it is now rumoured that he might be dying.
The Archbishop, newly-elected Dr.Rowan Williams, has always
been attracted to Catholic doctrine and worship and almost
himself became a Catholic Priest. Dr Williams, although grey-haired,
looked almost young beside the Pope with his hunched back and
shaking hands. The Pope's voice, despite the use of a microphone,
was barely audible. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the 6ft
3in Archbishop of Westminster (Roman Catholic), who had accompanied
Rowan Williams on the visit to Rome, is seen here in in black
and red robes smiling approvingly at the scene.
The meeting lasted 25 minutes, during which the Pope mentioned
the divisions between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic
Church over the ordination of homosexual clergy: "As we
give thanks for the progress that has already been made,"
he said, "we must also recognise that new and serious
difficulties have arisen on the path to unity. These difficulties
are not all of a merely disciplinary nature; some extend to
essential matters of faith and morals."
With the prospect of a new Pope on the horizon, however, how
much longer will the obstacles to "Church Unity"
persist, for a new and more liberal Pope could pave the way
for Anglican-Catholic union despite the issues of gay clergy
and women priests.
McCARTNEY TO RESIGN PROMISE KEEPERS:
Former U. of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney is to
resign as head of Promise Keepers, effective October 1, to
spend more time with his family. He has been on board-approved
leave since March caring for his wife who suffers from a severe
respiratory illness. McCartney informed the PK board of his
decision last week, telling members that during his leave he
had sensed his leadership of the organization was coming to
an end and that God had assigned him to the role of husband
Tilton Back to his old Scam:
Remember TV preacher Robert Tilton who was discredited by
scandal in 1991 by ABC-TV's "Prime Time Live" which
accused him of discarding thousands of viewer prayer requests
that he claimed to pray over? Well, since then a jury found
him guilty of fraud. And now the thrice-married Tilton is back
to babbling in "tongues" and badgering viewers for
$1,000 vows just like the old days (8/17 Dallas Morn. News).
Amid reports by his second ex-wife of drunken rages, he has
now paid $1.4 million for an ocean-front lot and is building
a new home on it. He uses reruns from a 1999 video and an automated
phone menu, and visualizes viewers who "need to give to
Former Rodney Howard Browne Associate fails to laugh off
South African Rodney Howard-Browne who became a naturalized
American and taught that "sheep needed to be fleeced
or they would have too much hair and could not see where they
are going.. It was the pastor’s job to fleece the sheep
" is going to be at Carpenter’s Home Church, Lakeland,
Florida for a ten year revival reunion on October 31, 2003.
Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne had been credited with bringing the
laughter revival to America. But what really happened in Carpenter's
Home Church in 1993 and 1994 was not much of a revival.
One elderly couple, Roy and Patricia Aldrich of Lakeland,
who were members of the Assembly of God and Carpenter's Home
Church, Lakeland, Florida claimed that they had been defrauded
out of their life's savings of $ 100,000.00 by lies and deceit,
and said the thefts "have forced us to sell our house
and most of our personal possessions and move into a trailer."
The leadership of the Assembly of God denomination both in
Lakeland and Missouri would not accept their testimony. But
the State of Florida who cared about justice, righteousness
and truth accepted the words and testimony of Roy Aldrich.
The Florida State prosecutors proved their case and convinced
the jurors that Dan Strader, the son of the senior pastor Karl
Strader, devised an elaborate scheme to attract cash in the
real-estate and mortgage investments.
Daniel Strader, 37, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in
August 1995. He was convicted of 238 felony counts
for bilking 57 mostly elderly investors, some members of the
church, out of $2.3 million by selling investments in properties
that didn't exist or already had liens against them.
Karl Strader, 72, has been pastor of Carpenters Home for
35 years and has ministered at various churches nationwide.
A Pentecostal church under the Assemblies of God denomination,
Carpenters Home has owned radio stations, hosted concerts and
conferences featuring big names in Christianity, such as evangelist
Rodney Howard-Browne, gospel singer CeCe Winans and Christian
music artists Jars of Clay and Michael W. Smith. At one time
membership rolls swelled to about 5,000. Strader and a jubilant
congregation had the 10,000-seat auditorium built, believing
that in time it would be filled to capacity. Instead, attendance
dwindled. (St. Petersburg Times August 12, 2002)
But over the past 15 years the church has been no stranger
to controversy. Some Assemblies of God leaders, including televangelist
Jimmy Swaggart, have publicly questioned Strader's theological
teachings, according to the Lakeland Ledger.
Dr Rodney Howard Browne used his influence and powers to raise
money at Carpenter's Home Church to buy the senior pastor Karl
Strader his 'much needed' second Lincoln Town Car. But
when Rodney was requested to use his influence and power to
raise money for the unfortunate elderly victims of Dan's Strader,
During the trial of Daniel Strader, his family wrote a letter
begging for funds to support him. The letter didn't talk about
the real victims of Dan's crimes but stated:
"Dan is facing bankruptcy and life imprisonment because
of mistakes he made in his business. Because of these mistakes
and the economy, some of Dan's business clients have suffered
losses. While many of these good people have been willing
to give Dan the opportunity to recovery financially, others
have been unwilling or unable to give Dan more time to make
things right. ...Being human, Danny has made mistakes, but
he is sincere in his desire to make things right. He wants
all of his investors and business associates to be made whole...Our
reasons for contacting you is to let you know about this
trouble, because we know that you will want to show your
love and support to our parents. We also want you to know
how critical this situation is. Dan has no money, and cannot
afford to pay a qualified lawyer to defend himself. Our parents
cannot afford to handle the expenses of Danny's defense by
Dan's parents, the Straders, lived in a debt free $400,000
home on a lake next to a golf course, drove two luxury towncars
and made a salary in the six figure bracket not including special
While other parents, who sold their homes and possessions
to help one of their daughters or sons in their time of trouble,
the Straders in their usual style asked others to contribute
and made only small token contributions themselves. For their
other children protested that dad was not to spend their inheritance
in defending Dan.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to
you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Matt 7:15-16 NKJV
Tampa church imperiled by pastors' bitter divorce
Rodney Howard Browne was also a friend of Ronald Clark and
his wife Belinda, and ministered at their church, Living Water
Church of Tampa, Florida. They seem to have fared little better
than Pastor Karl Strader and family, now being embroiled in
an acrimonious divorce. Ronald Clark's sister Linda Gestrin
said he revealed his plan to her in a phone call in February,
saying [Belinda Clark] was "crazy" and "out
of control," and adding that his plan would cut Belinda
out of alimony, leaving her "half of nothing."
The bitter divorce battle has chased away church members,
undermined church finances and left its future in doubt. The
Clarks' conflict has spawned a domestic violence petition,
a criminal complaint about missing church donations, a slander
suit, a lien on the church to prevent its sale and a lawsuit
aimed at dissolving that lien.
At the centre of the dispute is the valuable church property.
Belinda Clark has taken the unusual action of asking a judge
to declare the property a marital asset, so that she can share
in the distribution of funds earned from the property. Her
success would likely end the Living Water Church in its current
location, and might trigger landmark tax consequences. The
church property is owned by a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation
and run by a board of trustees. If the property is determined
to be an asset of the Clarks, church leaders worry, then its
tax exemption might be void, and the exemption for all donations
to the church over the years might be void, too.
Ron Clark, who received a doctorate from Oral Roberts University,
is the author of "Sailing Through the Storms of Life"
and "Can a Christian Love a Muslim?" Belinda Clark,
41, served as an associate pastor at the Living Water Church
for 10 years, but was fired from her $70,000-a-year job by
the board of trustees in March. Ronald Clark last year received
a salary of $68,000 and a housing allowance of $70,000. That
allowed the couple to own an estate on Fort King Road in Dade
City valued at $500,000, according to Mrs. Clark's financial
affidavit. Records show the couple took out $450,000 in mortgages
on the 3,618-square-foot home and horse farm a year ago. The
couple also own a second home in Celebration worth $275,000.
In her counter-petition in the divorce case, Belinda Clark
seeks custody of the couple's two children, the proceeds from
the Living Water Church and title to the marital home in Dade
City, an estate on Fort King Road that includes an 8-acre horse
farm. She says her husband slandered her during services at
the Living Water Church by telling others she was mentally
ill, guilty of adultery and morally unfit to be an associate
pastor. In seeking a temporary restraining order against her
husband, Belinda Clark told a Pasco County sheriff's deputy
that her husband had threatened her and said, "I hope
you enjoy living in hell."
On May 23, the couple appeared in a court hearing in Dade
City to offer testimony in a petition for a permanent domestic
violence injunction sought by Mrs. Clark. Psychologist Timothy
Foster, a $250-an-hour counselor paid by the church to see
the Clarks, said he saw so much anger "that it became
obvious to me this was going to resolve not in the counseling
room but in divorce court." Ronald Clark gritted his teeth
as he was asked to recount what his wife had said to him in
a March phone call. "She said she would crush my head,
she said she would cut off my b----, she said she would f------
destroy me," Ronald Clark testified. (St. Petersburg Times;
St. Petersburg, Fla.; Jun 3, 2003)
Extracts from "Corruption
in Televangelism and Paganism in the American Church",
A speech presented Sept. 23, 1994, at the Philadelphia
Conference on Cults, the Occult and the Word Faith Movement"
By Ole Anthony; President, Trinity Foundation, Inc.
The Dominican monk Johann Tetzel was only one of many sent
out by the Pope to sell indulgences in an attempt to raise
money to rebuild St. Peter's Cathedral and pay off some debts.
His message was simple: give money and your sins will be forgiven.
Like the televangelists, Tetzel went overboard. His appeals
were so vulgar and mercenary that everyone was appalled, not
just the monk Martin Luther. There was also a sleazy bank connection,
as there is with some of the televangelists we have investigated.
The Fugger firm of bankers in Augsburg had its representative
who accompanied Tetzel and took charge of the receipts.
Is the same thing happening with the televangelists? Many of
the current word-faith televangelists are certainly Tetzel-like
outrages, as were Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker before them.
The church should be shocked by the televangelists' blatant
parade of pagan ideas and their "gimme gospel of greed."
The church should be ashamed for allowing a $2.5 billion business
to prey on the elderly, the poor and the desperate and do it
in the name of God. I'm calling this paganism, because if you
take the cross out of Christianity, nothing is left but paganism--even
if it looks like a church. And the cross is nowhere to be found
in these broadcasts.
Sadly, the only picture many people have
of God is through these televangelists' TV shows.
Trinity Foundation has been monitoring the activities of these
"men of God" since 1973. ... Our estimate of the
total number of television and radio evangelists in the United
States is 2,500. We found these TV and radio evangelists are
vying for a donor pool of about five million people. Fifty-five
percent of these people are elderly women. Another 35 percent
is made up of what we call the desperation pool. These are
the poorest and neediest members of society.-- those whose
child has AIDS, whose spouse has cancer, those about to be
homeless, those who are experiencing the worst kinds of suffering.
Some are so needy that they often send in their food stamps
or their wedding rings.
In 1988 we began The Dallas Project, a program to challenge
churches to meet the needs of the homeless by members taking
needy people into their homes. The attendant publicity resulted
in our being swamped with homeless people. We discovered that
many of them had given their last dollars to one of the "word-faith"
televangelists, betting on a spiritual roll of the dice to
get them one last break.
We also received calls from many other ministries that had
become the dumping ground for the discarded fruit of the televangelists.
One woman, we learned, had received an inheritance of $53,000.
Over time she had sent one of the word-faith televangelists
$49,000. When she fell on hard times, she came to his church
and asked for help. He told her to go to a social service
agency. We couldn't understand that kind of callousness
from someone naming the name of God. But also, we wondered
how any scripturally grounded believer could give money to
these empty purveyors of cotton candy theology.
This tendency toward paganism that lies just beneath the
surface in the Church in America is glaringly apparent in the
activities of the televangelists. One reason is that there
is no accountability for televangelists. They are insulated
from their audiences, and many times surrounded by body guards.
No one is able to compare their private lives with their preaching,
to see if it matches. Sometimes their boards of directors consist
only of themselves, their wife and the secretary.
Another of their hallmarks is that they lie a lot. They
falsify testimonials on their broadcasts. They conceal their
health problems, while preaching that to be sick reveals a
lack of faith. I often wonder what Jesus or Paul would say
to these men.
The brazenness of these prophets of profit knows no end.
One of their lawyers boasted that the U.S. Constitution gives
them the "right to defraud" the public in the name
of freedom of religion. When [the promised blessings] are not
realized in the lives of their followers, when they don't get
what is promised, whether it's healing or prosperity, the televangelists
claim that those people just didn't have enough faith. Next,
if you still complain, they tell you there is hidden sin in
your life. If there's still no success, you must have a demon
The lives and messages of the televangelists reveal a progressively
straying path toward paganism. But God has allowed them to
come to prominence so the church can see the reflection of
itself in them, and repent.
A book titled "If Grace Is True; Why God Will Save
Every Person", by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland
is reviewed in the August 2003 issue of "Christianity
Today". New Ager Madeleine L'Engle is quoted: "All
will be redeemed in God's fullness of time, all, not just the
small portion of the population who have been given the grace
to know and accept Christ." "There's a significant
distinction between universalism-the view that all people will
be saved, indeed, in some versions, that Satan himself will
one day be redeemed-and the position often called 'inclusivism,'according
to which people who have not knowingly accepted Christ may
nevertheless be saved by his sacrifice on the cross, for God
can read their hearts." But Jesus spoke of souls
condemned to "outer darkness." In the authors' desire
to emphasize the power of God's grace and His "infinite
patience," they end up trivializing human freedom. The
Pentecostal theologian Bishop Carlton Pearson of Tulsa, Okla.,
also preaches a gospel of inclusion. His preaching and television
appearances have made fellow clergymen decry him as a heretic,
and have led to reduced attendance, staff and funding for his
congregation. Like Mssrs. Gulley and Mulholland, Dr. Pearson
believes God will save everyone including Jews, Muslims and
DANGERS OF NEW EVANGELICALISM
Reports on the National Religious Broadcasters and the National
Association of Evangelicals conferences are now ready for mailing.
Leaders of these ecumenical organizations have long been at
the forefront of the New Evangelical movement. The NAE has
invited Dr. Robert Schuller, a blatant apostate
and universalist, to speak at its 2004 convention. NAE's new
president, Dr. Ted Haggard, said its next convention deals
with the megachurch and Schuller's Crystal Cathedral is such
a church. (See articles on New Evangelicalism and Shuller,
Derek Prince Dies
Derek Prince died in his sleep September 24 2003, in Jerusalem,
of heart failure following a prolonged period of declining
health. Prince wrote over 45 books, including 'Shaping History
Through Prayer and Fasting' and 'The Spirit-filled Believer's
Handbook' and taught on such controversial themes as generational
curses, and demonology. Derek Prince is perhaps best remembered
for his part in the Shepherding/Covering Movement of the 1970's
when he became one of the "Fort Lauderdale Five".
In 1968 he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and worked closely
with Don Basham, Ern Baxter, Bob Mumford and Charles Simpson
to promote covering authority over every believer. Towards
the end of his life, Derek Prince affirmed that he still believed
the shepherding principle was biblical, even though it had
led to many abuses.
Hagin Senior Dies
The Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin, who started preaching at age seventeen
and grew his congregation into an international ministry, died
Friday morning (19th September 2003) at a Tulsa hospital at
age 86. Hagin had been hospitalized in a cardiac intensive
care unit since Sunday, when he collapsed at home. An exact
cause of death was not immediately known. Hagin's ministry
included Rhema Bible Training Centers in 14 nations and Rhema
churches in more than 110 nations. The Rhema Bible Church in
Broken Arrow, where his ministry was based, has 8,000 members.
Hagin was part of an evangelist healing revival that swept
the country in the 1950s and '60s. He moved from Texas to the
Tulsa area in 1966. His ministry began in his teens when he
said God miraculously healed him of a deformed heart and incurable
blood disease. The ministry sponsors the annual Campmeeting,
one of Tulsa's largest conventions, and distributes millions
of books and tapes of Hagin's teachings. Hagin's son, the Rev.
Kenneth Hagin Jr., is the Broken Arrow church's pastor.
European super-region plan
Proposals are being put forward for the creation of a European
super-region which could radically reshape the face of the
Union. In what is being billed as a reworking of the
Austro-Hungarian empire, regions spanning four countries
- Austria, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia - want to create a region
of closer integration. If it were to go ahead, the
plan would pose significant problems for those countries in
Europe who have traditionally sought to limit the powers of
the regions, such as France and the UK. It may also serve as
a catalyst for further integration projects. Jörg Haider,
a far-right regional politician in Austria, is said to have
agreed to the plan in principle, as have some Croatian authorities,
while it is said to be under discussion by the Slovenian government.
Report from "Prophezine:The Bible Prophecy Website"
Collapse at the Temple Site in Jerusalem (1)
In a news report posted September 24, 2003 (© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com)
we learn that an interior wall has collapsed near the Islamic
Museum. The Islamic Waqf, which administers the Al-Aqsa Mosque
and Dome of the Rock shrines atop the Temple Mount, accused
Israeli authorities of instigating the failure of the wall
by preventing engineers from maintaining it.
Adnan al-Husseini of the Waqf said the failure was the result
of "the Israeli intervention in our work and preventing
us from maintaining it after we stated it was in urgent need
for a rapid action to prevent its collapse," according
to multiple news reports from Israel. Eliat Mazar, an Israeli
archaeologist and Temple Mount expert and a leader of the committee
for preventing the destruction of antiquities at the site said
it looks terrible and "this collapse might cause a terrific
series of collapses." She charged the Waqf with directing
"unsupervised" work in and around the Temple Mount
resulting in the loss of archaeological treasures.
Last December, WorldNetDaily reported a huge bulge had developed
in an outer southern wall on the 37-acre Temple Mount, the
holiest site in Judaism. Israel waited for Jordanian engineers
to repair it. Despite the fact the Temple Mount is the only
real estate in the world revered by Jews, Israel has turned
over day-to-day administration of the area to the Waqf, an
Islamic trust with close ties to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian
Authority. A year-long dispute between Israel and the Waqf
over who will fix the bulge was solved in October with a decision
to involve the Jordanian engineers, who inspected and took
a sampling of the protruding wall.
A report the engineers subsequently issued recommended replacing
some of the eroding stones in the 2,000-year-old wall to prevent
it from future collapse. Israeli archeologists believe the
bulge and the new wall collapse are due to unauthorized Waqf
construction at an underground area known as Solomon's Stables,
located on the other side of the wall. Reports say Muslim authorities
are constructing yet another mosque at the Jewish holy site.
"Newsweek" has called the southern wall "The
Armageddon wall," because the old rocks help support an
enormous stone platform that holds the Al Aqsa Mosque and the
Dome of the Rock, among Islam's most sacred shrines. Should
it collapse, some archeologists fear a doomsday effect –
dead worshippers, perhaps in the thousands, riots throughout
the Middle East and charges that Israel is responsible.
Temple Mount Wall Collapses (Report Sep 25, 2003) (2)
side of a wall in the Temple Mount compound - completely visible
to worshippers at the Western Wall - collapsed on Tuesday,
uncovering an area of some 40 square meters of dirt and fill.
The wall belongs to the Islamic Museum on the Temple Mount,
a building to the right and above the worshipers at the Western
Wall, identified by a small gray dome.
Archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, a member of the Committee to
Prevent the Destruction of Temple Mount Antiquities, said that
the collapse is connected with the illegal construction works
being carried out on the Temple Mount by the Moslem Waqf. Speaking
with Yisrael Medad on Arutz-7's "Freedom of Broadcast"
program, Dr. Mazar said that these works have been ongoing
for many years without supervision by either the Planning and
Construction authorities or the Antiquities Authority.
"No one is concerned about preserving the ancient compound,"
she said, "nor has anyone mapped, surveyed or buttressed
the hollow areas under the Temple Mount and under the mosques...
It is frightening to think of this collapse, and of what
could happen in the future when many tens of thousands of
people visit the Temple Mount, and tractors and trucks -
and all of this atop hollow areas that have never been professionally
checked. This collapse should be a warning bell. If a catastrophe
occurs, the whole world will blame Israel."
She said that opening the compound to Jewish
visitors is "just the beginning; pressure must be exerted
in order that the supervisory authorities do what they are
supposed to. The press must get involved in this cause."
photos, see starting HERE.
Five photos by Yisrael Lowenstein show the wall before it collapsed
(1m), after it collapsed (2.), from a different angle (3.),
with a zoom (4.), and with a closer zoom (5.).]
"Therefore thus says the Holy one of Israel: "Because
you despise this [MY] word, and trust in oppression and perversity,
and rely on them, therefore this iniquity shall be to you like
a breach ready to fall, a bulge in a high wall, whose breaking
comes suddenly, in an instant. And He shall break it like the
breaking of the potter's vessel, which is broken in pieces;
He shall not spare. So there shall not be found among its fragments
a shard to take fire from the hearth, or to take water from
the cistern." [Isa 30:12-14]
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