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As apology for the Charismatic lunacy and prosperity heresy being exported to the world
By Sandy Shaw
AN APOLOGY to THE NATIONS
America is a land that is walking in her own spiritual light, and our darkness is gross. The spiritual heresies and corruption that festers in our land are erupting like boils spreading disease all across the world. While there is a faithful remnant, much of our Christianity is sick and we are willing carriers of this self inflicted plague. Our festering wounds seem incurable.
As a heartsick American believer, I am writing to apologize to the nations for the false gospel of greed we have poisoned you with. Please, weigh what you hear from American Christian media in the light of the Bible. In that light, we are found weighed, and wanting.
Our pricey prophets deliver pleasing words and playful images from their own imaginations. A global prophetic alert recently went out with images of dancers doing the Cancan because, so said the prophet, "God says you Can-Can!" Huh? All things prophetic have been turned into a profitable cash business. They promise money, money, money; prosperity abounding!, but ignore the required self-denial of the Cross. God says, in Jeremiah 23:29, "Is not my word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock?" Does a word that tickles the ear also shatter rock? Can these soothing words really be the words of God?
We are exporting wholesale spiritual manifestations like the primitive Mormons used to experience: visions of pillars of light, orbs of light, strange spiritual manifestations and experiences not rooted or found the Bible, and many beguiled saints are drifting away from the sure word of Scripture as did the apostate Joseph Smith. Now we have Holy Ghost feathers and glittering gold and jewels appearing from the ether.
17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked
with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the
great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Notice how this spiritual whore is dressed, verse 3- So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
The Great Whore of Revelation 17 is clad in colors other than white and is glittering with what? Gold, precious stones and pearls. Wow. It is amazing that these are the exact same manifestations are happening in charismatic circles round the globe.
Worse, those who profiteer from this spiritual prostitution and pollution are daring to call the wheat, tares, and the tares, wheat! Is good now evil? Is up now down? What have we done?
Our apostate apostles, merchandisers of the anointing, stand in gold-threaded Armani suits instead of the prayer wrought armor of God enticing you with promises of blessing if you'll send in your money. Aren't we simply to "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" and then these things, and they are only mere things, will be added to us? Since when are the marks of an apostle wealth, fame, and power? Are not the marks of a true apostle on his back from the blows and stripes of suffering for the cause of Christ?
The original 12 apostles were ambassadors in chains, prisoners of Christ. Our glitzy "super-apostles" have more in common with the miracle working magicians of Pharaoh's court than Moses. All but one of the original apostles was martyred for his testimony of Jesus! When heads start rolling in America, will these self professing men of God stand or will they run for their private jets to escape the persecution? There will be no room on their jets for those who made them rich. By their fruit, you will know them.
We have a charismatic witch, who, like her spiritual mother at Endor, on a recent Christian TV talk show expounded about a visitation from the spirit of her dead father while neutered men of God, hungry for camera face time, fawned over her "beautiful" experience. Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? Necromancy, contacting the dead, is an ABOMINATION to God. This is voodoo, not the faith once delivered unto the saints. Forgive us for not rebuking the witch and for supporting her with our money. She has a familiar spirit and is lying to you; deceiving and being deceived!
Our popular prophets have promoted Satan's greatest lie, his cherished heart's desire, godhood. "Ye are gods," quote the prophets of Babylon not quoting the whole counsel of God in Psalms 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Verse 7 continues, Psalms 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. It was a stinging rebuke to the presumption and arrogance of man, not an invitation to godhood!
Did we learn nothing from the fall in Eden? Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. God says there will be no gods after him. Dogs have puppies, Cats have kittens, but God does not have little gods! Forgive us this heresy!
We've taught you the poison of religion. Remember the second greatest commandment, "Love one another?" Our self-loving inner Pharisee has taught us to ignore this command. To bypass God's call to love, we simply label those whom we disagree with as "religious". If they are just "religious" then we are somehow excused from loving them. If you don't like someone personally in the American church, just label them "religious" and move on. Is this not having a form of godliness but no power? And we have taught this clanging hypocrisy to the nations!
Instead of showing you agape love lived out in community, we have gutted the very fruit of discipleship. John 13:35, "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." Ahh, but love is costly and inconvenient and cannot be lived during a 20 minute sermonette so we now we say, "You just need to have faith." Yes, faith works through love. True faith will work towards love's end.
not God say that if you see your brother or sister in need and you say, as in
James 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace,
be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are
needful to the body; what doth it profit? While we demand you have "faith"
God demands that we lay down our lives and love in the most practical of ways.
What use is "the God kind of faith" if you eat well while your sister is starving?
Don't tell her to "have faith", give her some of your food.
We have taught you to sin!
Brothers and sisters of the global church, the American church is fast becoming apostate. I live here and see it day after day. There is a praying remnant here who fear God, who have renounced charismatic witchcraft and prophetic profiteering, the sad hallmarks of the American church. Many of us have rediscovered the fear of God, the Bible, prayer, and holy living. There are many here who have not soiled their garment or bowed the knee to Baal but all you get to see is the "Greed for God" hucksterism being exported to the nations in the name of discipleship.
Forgive us. Pray for us. Do not seek to be like us. The American prophetic movement and prosperity gospel is a two headed wolf that will beguile you from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ! Look in horror at the carnality, unsound doctrines, and wreckage of the American church. This wolf maims and devours all in its path.
In my spirit, I saw the foreshadowing of a tombstone slowly rising across our land inscribed with Isaiah 50: 10-11.
Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD,
that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
let him trust in the name of the LORD,
and stay upon his God.
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire,
that compass yourselves about with sparks:
walk in the light of your fire,
and in the sparks that ye have kindled.
This shall ye have of mine hand;
ye shall lie down in sorrow.
Come out from us and touch not the unclean thing. Don't let our liars and merchandisers exploit you. Their prosperity promises don't work here and they won't work for you, either. Seek the Lord, and live.
Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
With profound apology, Bryan Hupperts.
The piece above could apply to people in other countries too and not just America!
CREDIT TO THE AUTHOR:
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland. He has travelled extensively over these past years teaching and speaking in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, as well as making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages. Most recently he has travelled to Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, wsho.com and writes a weekly commentary at studylight.org entitled "Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column. His M.A. and B.D. degrees are from The University of Edinburgh. He continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.
Brian Hupperts is hard to find online. I believe he is doctrinally similar to some Charismatics like Andrew Strom, and Brian seems to be backing away from the chaotic aspects of the movement.