Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard
On Watch at the Door. No 212, March 1, 2016
TWISTING SCRIPTURE – THE LORD’S PRAYER – Matthew 6:9-13
“This, then, is how you should pray:” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
Many do not realise that it is a prayer asking for the return of Jesus to reign on this earth during the millennium. It will be the fulfilment of Gabriel’s promise to Mary, “The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:32-33)
Satan does not like this prayer and loves to distort it! He wants to place his Antichrist on an earthly throne in Jerusalem.
One of the leading lights in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is Cindy Jacobs. Here is a reminder of what NAR is about: R. Douglas Geivett says NAR “is a new religious movement led by men and women who claim to be prophets and apostles. They claim they have authority and functions akin to those of the Old Testament prophets and Christ’s apostles. All Christians are expected to submit to their leadership and receive their new revelations. In this way they plan to form the church into a miracle-working army. This army will transform society and prepare the way for God’s kingdom to be established on earth.”
Cindy Jacobs says that God has shown her that the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) is really about transforming nations and sin came into the world because we didn’t understand Dominionism. She says God showed her that every part of the prayer is an element on how to reform and transform a nation. It is a prayer of intercession that will help bring into manifestation the original Genesis Mandate to fill, subdue, multiply and have dominion in the earth. She says, “So we have authority to reverse the Genesis curse of poverty and death. Not only do we have the power to do so, we have the mandate. You have to understand this.” She says Matthew 24:19-20, “go and make disciples of all men,” gives us the mandate. According to Jacobs, Jesus wants us, that’s you and me, to disciple nations, not individuals, and reverse the Genesis curse and He will give us the power to do that.
The influence of Jacobs cannot be downplayed. She was a speaker at the 2015 ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles gathering in Jerusalem which was attended by thousands. The Assemblies of God has also been exposed to NAR teachings through Empowered21. People in the church are placing more emphasis on Spirit-empowered unity than on doctrine. E21 is ecumenical and gives a “welcome aboard” to allegedly charismatic Catholics, which is in direct opposition to the Bible. ICEJ is also ecumenical. David Parsons, the Media and Public Relations Director with ICEJ, says, “The ICEJ is a mainstream Christian ministry with a worldwide constituency that includes Evangelical, Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox believers from over 125 countries.”
The founder of NAR is C. Peter Wagner and it was him who first declared that the age of denominations was over and the Second Apostolic Reformation had finally arrived, when apostles and prophets could once again govern the Body of Christ. Their technique is to indulge in high-level unbiblical spiritual warfare, a procedure designed by Jacobs. Lecturing her audience at the E21 gathering in Jerusalem, NAR prophetess Cindy Jacobs urged, “We need to live to torment the powers of darkness.” It is Satan who is using Jacobs and NAR to torment the body of Christ.
The goal of E21 is to see a second Pentecost. The organisers look to Jerusalem where the first Pentecost took place. Their goal is that every person on earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033. E21s influence is spreading. According to Global Council co-chair Billy Wilson, “We are serving the entire Spirit-empowered movement from charismatic Catholics to non-denominational Christians to historic Pentecostals, uniting them together for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit in our generation.” Another heavyweight in E21 is Bill Johnson of Bethel Church.
Discerning Christians should flatly reject the teachings of Cindy Jacobs, NAR and E21 and those who choose to be associated with them. The whole idea of obeying Jesus and taking a gospel of individual repentance and belief in Jesus Christ to the nations is foreign to Cindy Jacobs and to NAR.
Jesus will return and reign on earth when the Father decides the time is right. It is not up to Christians to try and undo the curse and take dominion. Only Jesus can do that.
UNDOING THE REFORMATION
Pope Francis has come out with some amazing howlers that bear no resemblance to biblical truth or even to the traditions and teaching authority of the Catholic Church. Here are some:
- Francis says that if Martians were to land on the earth tomorrow, he would be happy to baptise them.
- Atheists who do good are redeemed, not just Catholics. (The Bible says they are fools)
- The big bang theory does not contradict the role of God as divine Creator. (In the Genesis account, God spoke everything into existence in 6 days)
- If someone is gay and searching for the Lord and has good will then who am I to judge them? (God has already judged them by His Word – Luke 12:48)
- God is not a divine being or a magician. (God is divine and does miracles)
Many leaders in the Catholic Church have criticised the pope for the things that he has said, and thousands of other Catholics believe he is a false pope. One can only pray and hope that many would be like the Bereans and study the Bible themselves and discover that the whole Catholic Church is based on false teachings that come from man and not from God.
This makes you really wonder why so many Protestants and evangelicals are rushing to Rome to pay homage to the pope and saying that Pope Francis is their brother in Christ. In a recent study by LifeWay Research, 1,000 senior pastors were interviewed in a phone survey. Almost two-thirds view the pope as a genuine Christian and “brother in Christ.” More than one-third said they value the pope’s view on theology. Nearly four in 10 say the pope, known for his humility and concern for the poor, has had a positive impact on their opinions of the Catholic Church.
Next year it will be 500 years since the Reformation led by Martin Luther took place. It resulted in a complete breakaway from the Catholic Church as people turned to Scripture as the sole source of truth. Salvation was no longer through sacraments or whatever the Vatican chose, but through faith alone and through Christ alone.
The Catholic Church recognizes the pope as the Vicar of Christ, God’s representative here on earth, and he has always done what it can to bring all people under his control. (Scripturally the Holy Spirit is the Vicar of Christ, His representative here on earth.) The Reformation rapidly led to a Counter Reformation largely headed by Ignatius Loyola who founded the Jesuit Order. He launched an all-out attack on anyone who stood against the papacy. Many thousands in many countries were savagely martyred because they stood for the truth of the Bible.
The Reformation has been largely forgotten about for some time as warfare and burning at the stake were abandoned. But with the 500-year celebrations coming up and with a Jesuit pope for the first time we are seeing a new and more humble approach by the papacy to bring both the “separated brethren” and everyone else into the Catholic fold. And thousands are falling for it.
Jesus says: “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Luke 13:24) More than 2 billion of the 7 billion people on planet earth claim to be Christian and on their way to heaven. It takes effort to get through that narrow gate, and stay on the narrow path once you are on it. The sad truth is that many false teachers in both the Protestant and Catholic churches are leading what could be well over a billion professing Christians to hell. Not only that, Pope Francis is also assuring billions of others, including atheists, Muslims and people of other faiths, that they are redeemed too. We are seeing a great falling away as prophesied for the last days.
In Manchester, UK, a play was performed on a Sunday in a Church of England portraying Jesus as a transgender woman. It has outraged critics who say the performance was a sacrilegious effort to promote homosexuality. The play called “The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven,” is a one-woman show performed by Jo Clifford. Clifford is an acclaimed Scottish playwright and professor who himself changed his gender from male to female.
Pope Francis has sent out over 1,000 Missionaries of Mercy, ‘super-confessor’ priests, around the world to ‘forgive sin.’ These priests have been given a special license for the Vatican’s Jubilee year. The Bible says that only Jesus by His shed blood can forgive the sin of those who repent and follow Him.
I’d be surprised if you have missed out on the interchange between One World promoter Pope Francis and presidential candidate Donald Trump. Trump recognises only too well the danger of allowing masses of illegal immigrants into the US via its southern border and plans to build a wall to keep Mexicans out should he become President. The pope said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.” The Rev. Franklin Graham joined in the discussion and suggested that Pope Francis “build a bridge” to Republican front-runner Donald Trump because “who knows where he may be this time next year.” Then some conservatives joined in to defend Trumps’ faith. As usual, the Vatican has had to step in and attempt to explain what the pope really meant. Others have suggested that the Vatican remove its walls.
When governments are more righteous than many churches: The British government wants to ban boycotts on Israeli goods by public institutions such as local town halls and public universities. In the US, a trade bill is expected to be signed into law by Obama which includes a clause intended to curb politically-motivated trade moves, such as limiting or prohibiting economic relations with Israel. The bill would discourage corporate or state-affiliated entities from participating in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. On the other hand, we have churches going the other direction and supporting BDS.
The power of God is not limited to working within a certain cultural or political setting, nor were the heroes and heroines of the faith in the Old and New Testaments limited by circumstances. Paul would let nothing stand in the way of obeying his God – so you may be certain that the lack of example of political or social activism in the Bible was not due to circumstances, setting, or anything other than the fact that it was not God’s will. – TBC
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