Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you over evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.
(Words & Music by Lewis E. Jones, 1899)
The writer of this wonderful old hymn obviously understood the power released by the events at Calvary. He understood the work the Lord Jesus did was awesome and complete. Why is it some among us no longer understand this? I wonder when it was that some lost that faith and knowledge? I believe the Gospel is being watered down by those who preach a Christ defeated theology. There are those in this world, possibly even in your church, who teach and believe that generational curses, demon oppression, and demon possession are the cause of many problems for Christians today. Many emotional, psychological, financial and physical problems are blamed on curses and evil spirits. But, what does God’s word say to the believer about all of this? What God says is most important; if what we are taught has no foundation in God’s word, then that teaching is harmful and must not be believed. Paul wrote, “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Therefore, if we hear the truth of the Gospel, our faith will be increased. In the same way, if we hear and believe a lie our faith will be diminished. We must be certain we are teaching our brothers and sisters the truth so that their faith is built up and not destroyed.
The Christian should know that our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” and that, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6) However, the fully devoted follower of Christ needs to also know the victory of Jesus over sin was absolute and that He alone is Almighty. His word says we’ve been purchased with the Blood of Christ for God, that he has died as a ransom to free us from all sin, we have been forgiven all sin and that we are totally sanctified in Christ.
All false teachings diminish the faith of those who fall for them. On the surface, false teachings appear to be godly concepts, however, they fail to acknowledge the power of the Blood of Christ to wash all sin away completely and finally in the Believer. In fact false teachings insinuate that Jesus had less than a total victory on the cross. Belief in these or any other false teachings will weaken your armor, they will dim the Glory that abides in you till it’s light is too dim to drive out the darkness. When you read your New Testament you’ll notice that generational curses, legal claims of Satan and demon possessed believers are never mentioned. However, by a quick count, seven or eight times we are warned against false teachers or prophets. It’s obvious that the writers of the books in the New Testament and Jesus himself considered false teachers and prophets to be the more dangerous to the body of Christ.
I believe one problem in the church is that egotistical and false spirituality is actively taught and sought after. For example, during prayer I heard one of our young people stop praying and she said, “I’m not getting anything, nothings happening.” Shame on us, for this is evidence that we’ve falsely led our young ones to believe that we should feel this or experience that in order to know the Holy Spirit is moving. I’ve heard men and children in the church make fun of other churches (denominations) and judge them as not having the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard men and women in the church judge others as not being saved or not possessing the Holy Spirit. Why is this arrogance tolerated in the body of Christ? True and Holy Spirituality does not build itself up by looking down it’s nose at others. True and Holy Spirituality, has to do with a relationship with the Almighty. True and Holy Spirituality knows that the Holy Spirit is working no matter what we are experiencing or feeling. At times it seems that outlandish and controversial doctrines are sought, believed and taught just to get a spiritual high or to make us look more spiritual. We should not worship or teach, to excite others or ourselves. We teach and worship to exalt the Most High God and to build the faith of others and ourselves. I believe that if we compare ourselves to the Son of God we will find that none of us are very Spiritual.
Who has bewitched our Savior’s church? Who is it that is destroying our faith with superstitions, wives tales, myths and voodoo? We allow it by giving more credibility to inaccurate teachers and prophets who are half right, than we do the perfect Word of God. Some have fallen in love with false teachings given by those who call themselves prophets, who themselves admit they are not perfectly accurate? Many in the church appear to believe that books by Half Prophets (prophets who are half right) about the Bible, carry more weight than the Bible. For example, Jesus taught the apostles to pray using less than fifty words; yet, Half Prophets of today would have us send our children to school and spend big money to learn the same thing. Half Prophets tell us we need to travel great distances and pay large sums of money to be taught to use our gifts. We’re to buy their books to read, so we may develop our gifts. (Paying for your free gifts to work?) When God’s Holy Spirit anoints a person that anointing is complete and perfect. This modern notion that the gifts of the Holy Spirit must be learned has no basis in the Word of God. When the gifts of the Spirit of God are given to a person, that person will immediately heal the sick, speak in foreign languages or edify the brothers with prophecy (to name only a few gifts). God’s gifts are perfect, complete and pure, as He is.
I don’t know if Half Prophets are evil or bad people, I only know they are wrong. They seem to say and do awesome things that exalt the Lord, however, their doctrine is destructive. At times some of them behave more like fortunetellers than Godly Prophets. They teach us that Old Testament things such as curses, spirits, hidden family sin and legal claims of the devil bind us. They fail to remind us that the Old Testament also says prophets of God are always correct. (Duet 18 ) They do not affirm that Jesus had total victory on the cross, thereby, implying He was defeated. We need to ask ourselves why the Holy God of Israel needs an inaccurate modern day Half Prophet to validate His Ancient, Holy, Complete and Perfect Word. Are we to believe that He who is Perfect, who sacrificed His only begotten Son, would trust us to prophets who are not absolutely correct, leaving us to figure out for ourselves that which is correct and which is not? I say, “..He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake..” I say wake up and strengthen what remains of your faith. I have been told that the teachings of these Half Prophets are like chicken, I’m to eat the meat and throw away the bone! I tell you that the meat the Spirit of God feeds us is pure and “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”(2 Timothy 3:15-17) He who serves tainted meat, which cannot be eaten, does not feed us meat from God. I like how “The Message” Bible states what Peter said in 2 Peter 1, “The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.” To me the Word of God says that true Prophets who the Holy Spirit is speaking through are always correct, and will never doubt that their own prophecy is exactly what God wants to say.
Do you want to successfully teach others to be fully devoted followers of the Lord Jesus? If so you must seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Do not allow false teaching in your church. Remove all the sources of the false prophet’s teachings from your church. (Videos, Cd’s, books, etc) Silence the false teachers and prophets in your midst. Be extremely careful who you allow to teach or even speak to the young. The Gospel means the Good News. The Good News is, “He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Build your church on a solid foundation of Word based faith. Have sound bible studies using the whole word of God, taught by humble men of God. Use teaching material that is time proven and which teaches sound doctrine. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” To love God’s Word is to love God. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Our God is unchanging, all prophets, prophesies, fads and new revelations should be eyed with suspicion. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”(1 Thessalonians 5:21) Solomon was the wisest man ever on earth, until Jesus. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
( Be a shepherd Proverbs 27:23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds)
I like another old song that speaks the truth so simply. Those old songwriters sure knew then what we don’t know now.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Be noble. Be holy. Be useful. Be relevant, Steve
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 1)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 2)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 3)