Chasing Experiences, Signs, & Wonders

magic lady & hoop

The first time I saw this movie, I was young.  Even then, I did not think I could bring myself to play with God the way this man does in this film – acting or not.

  • Leap of Faith movie clip

 

Sadly, the writers for the movie got the idea from swindlers in the church.  It wasn’t until later that I got a chance to witness first-hand so-called ministers of the Gospel and false prophets parade around stage as if they are actually doing the work of God.

I’ve discussed false prophets and teachers in another note, but I’ve noticed that one of the reasons these folks are in business is because people are chasing signs, wonders, miracles and experiences.  Young (in the faith) Christians and church-goers are discarding the truth of the Bible for something they can see, feel, touch and makes them believe God has made a personal visitation as scheduled.  Just because a person has a “ministry”, is on television or talks about God does not mean they were called by God to preach.

I’m not saying God does not do miracles because we see new life born daily.  At this point in time, we have a completed, God-breathed Bible to tell us what we need to know.  We are not supposed to be running all over town trying to see miracles as if God is supposed to perform for us.  Jesus said His sheep hear His voice and follow Him (His words) – not His sheep sit in the stands and wait for Him to impress them.

I see three big problems with running to the nearest miracle crusades:

1)      It opens people up to receiving, believing and following false doctrines.
2)      People start basing their relationships with God based on how they “feel”.  When God doesn’t respond the way they anticipate, give them goose bumps or some other fleshly response, their faith is damaged.
3)      People are more vulnerable to being scammed and robbed of their money.

 

In a day and age where technology can produce all sorts of illusions, people are shady, and we have warnings that deceptive signs and wonders would increase, you’d think we’d be more discerning about what we believe.

Is any of this Scriptural? Jewels, feathers & dust from Heaven?

  • Peddlers of deception

I think a combination of touch and suggestion is the reason so many people fall backward.  No one wants to believe they didn’t experience “the power”.

    • Ex faith-healer explains

  • Exposing Benny Hinn & other false healers -
  • Part -two
  • An example of suggestion Cindy Trimm praying – She spoke for at least 45 minutes with no message.  She took up an offering and lined people up by amounts given.  Everyone was told to stand shoulder-to-shoulder so they could see this “wave”.  If one person didn’t receive the “anointing”, it would skip that person, and the neighbor would receive hers and the one from the skipped neighbor (so nobody wanted to miss this).  Even if you hadn’t planned on falling over, after 30 people to your left fell, it’s hard to NOT be knocked over.  (Should the women at 3:00, 3:27 marks be shaking so violently?) -

While watching these links and thinking about what you see, keep a few verses in mind:

–          Matt 12:38-40 “38Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.  39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:  40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

–          Matt 24:23-27 “23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  25Behold, I have told you before.  26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

–          John 20:29 “29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

–          1 Cor 14:22, 27-28, 40 “22Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. 27If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.  28But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  40Let all things be done decently and in order.”

–          1 Peter 5:8 “8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

–          Gal 1:6-9 “6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  8But 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. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

(I realize many people have differing beliefs about speaking in tongues and utterances from the Holy Spirit.  Tongue and tongues are given the same number in Strong’s concordance.  Here is the link for more study.)

Repeatedly, we are told to be on guard for deception and wolves in sheep’s clothing.  We are warned that people will creep in (talk the talk and act the part) and try to destroy us, make merchandise of us, and lead us to believe another gospel.  It is for this reason we are told to mark those men and stay away.

Romans 16:17-18 “17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

    • This is a voluntary documentary of a false teacher who exposed himself.  Note that he says the right words to get people happy, talks in tongues, tells one of the “miraculous signs” used to get people to believe him and keeps the music going so people stay in the mood.

Marjoe Documentary – *Warning*  – contains graphic language

This video has more televangelists that we would recognize.  Note the things being taught once people are in the congregations.  Not all of these ministries claim to heal people, but most support other false teachers and false doctrine.

TV preachers exposed

Twice in Matthew, the “religious” people of the time demanded Jesus prove Himself before they would believe and follow (after He’d just fed thousands, healed the multitude and raised the dead).  By the 2nd time, they demanded a sign “from Heaven” since He’d been accused of performing miracles through demons.  Signs & wonders aren’t what convicts people of their sin to turn and repent (think about King Ahab & Jezebel not worshiping the LORD after He sent down fire from Heaven).  The preaching of the Word is what is needed to bring people to salvation.


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