A dear brother shared a link with me today which led to an article that describes the latest alleged “outpouring” of a spirit – I do not dare to call this spirit the Holy Spirit of God since I really cringe in my heart and soul about this blend of truth and lies we are offered there. Alas, I found a very uncritical entry by a Christian magazine as I followed the link. 😦 If you want to read the whole thing, below is the link. It could serve as a training to sharpen the ability of discerning the spirits in us.
Well, I believe that these supposed occurrences in the Ukraine represent another fake revival where the focus was on people and what miracles they experienced instead of on repentance and drawing sinners to Christ. The fact that people utter words and tell others that they believe in Jesus does not change them into real believers. Even demons know that God exists and Satan as an angel of light often appears as “Jesus” to those who think that could be our Lord. I know some believers who truly think that they believe in Him, yet are being terribly deceived by their own imagination and reasonings. Mind you, if it is really Christ who appears us, then the fear of God immediately grips the human heart and leads man and woman to repentance. That does not mean that miracles cannot happen. Yet those who in their old and uncrucified soul really long for revival and healings, will easily fall prey to these temptations of the end time. I do understand the desire to be healed if you are chronically ill, no doubt about that. However, dear brothers and sisters, please, be cautious and ask the Lord about everything regarding a possible revival. Ask for His wisdom and He will share it with you as James promised (cf. Js 1:5).
Now I only want to share a short quote from this article with you on here. The two paragraphs beneath refer to Sid Roth, the host of ‘It’s Supernatural!’.
This fascination with the supernatural is a key to Roth’s outreaches. At the events, Roth prays for nonbelieving Jews to “walk in the same power I operate in, which is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” After teaching them about meditating on the promises of the Bible, Roth explains how to be filled with the Spirit and the value of speaking in tongues.
“Right from the start, they got to witness ‘normal’ Christianity—normal as defined by the Bible,” Roth wrote in his newsletter. “They saw 50 percent of the people at the first meeting instantly healed. They saw over 99 percent of 1,000 unsaved Jews make professions of faith. By the way, there was a high percentage of amazing miracles in the second meeting also, including a deaf boy getting healed.”
Let us keep the following Scripture in mind.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thes 2:7-12 ESV)
I want to express my concerns about people who think they have been baptized with the Holy Spirit although it was only a mix of satanic forces to which they had to submit after having been “baptized” publicly by “chosen people” who did that by laying their sinful hands on them (cf. 1 Tim 5:22). To be completely honest here, there are not only a few I know here in Germany and on the net who had such experiences and have been kept in delusion, even for decades. My heart is very grieved about that right now… 😦 May God help them to escape! Amen.