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Call To Discernment

Calling Christians to Biblical Christianity. Christians must have discernment in all areas of life in this end time of deception, realizing also that American leadership of both political parties are leading us into the New World Order of the coming antichrist. Do not be conformed to this world. Rom. 12:2. Expose the deeds of darkness. Eph. 5:11. "He that is not zealous against error, is not likely to be zealous for truth." J.C. Ryle ----- [NEW AND IMPROVED BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION] 

April 02, 2014

6:16 PM - False Prophets and Demons in the Church

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Matthew 7:22-23

False prophets, supposedly speaking for God, abound all over the internet but they are nothing new. This and other satanic infiltrations may be more prevalent today but not new. Consider the account below from Wesley's Journal. The author of this article does not state if it's John or Charles.

Wesley recorded on January 28, 1739 that several of his friends went with him to a house where they met a woman who was connected with a movement of French Prophets. She went into convulsive motions and spoke a prophetic message. Wesley wrote that "Two or three of our company were much affected and believed she spoke by the Spirit of God. But this was in no wise clear to me. The motion might be either hysterical or artificial. And the same words any person of a good understanding and well versed in the Scriptures might have spoken. But I let the matter alone, knowing this, that 'if it be not of God, it will come to nought.'"

However, Mr. Wesley did not have to wait long to observe the fruit of this movement. On June 22, 1739 he called on one who "did run well," until he was hindered by "some of those called French Prophets." Wesley concluded that these prophets were not sent by God and "earnestly exhorted all that followed after holiness to avoid as fire all who do not speak according 'to the law and the testimony.'" That same day Mr. Wesley came to the Methodist society with the text from 1 John 4:1, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God." He told them not to judge the Spirit on the basis on appearances, common report, or by their own inward feelings. "No, nor by any dreams, visions, or revelations supposed to be made to their souls, anymore than by their tears or any involuntary effects wrought upon their bodies." Wesley declared the only certain test was "the law and the testimony," a reference to Isaiah 8:20, which is a description of God's Word.

Also demonic activity in the Church who some regard as holy is nothing new. Satan keeps recycling the same old garbage for each generation. This too is recorded in Wesley's journal. Interesting also is the present day contemporary church activity of singing repetitive lyrics, i.e. vain repetitions. That too is nothing new.

On May 9, 1740 Mr. Wesley wrote, "I was a little surprised at some who were buffeted of Satan in an unusual manner, by such a spirit of laughter as they could in no wise resist, though it was pain and grief unto them." In fact, John Wesley remembered an earlier incident when he and Charles could not stop laughing. But he did not attribute this phenomenon to the Holy Spirit.

In his Journal for May 21, 1740 Wesley recorded

In the evening such a spirit of laughter was among us that many were much offended.... One so violently and variously torn of the evil one did I never see before. Sometimes she laughed till almost strangled; then broke out into cursing and blaspheming; then stamped and struggled with incredible strength, so that four or five could scarce hold her.... At last she faintly called on Christ to help her. And the violence of her pangs ceased.

    Most within the Methodist society believed "those under this strange temptation could not help it." Two women, however, felt it could be controlled until they themselves were seized with this same spirit and laughed for two days. Again, Wesley did not promote this phenomenon as revival, but recorded that prayer was made for them and that they were "delivered in a moment."

Wesley received a report of some congregations in Wales.

    It is common in the congregations attended by Mr. William Williams and one or two other clergymen, after the preaching is over, for anyone that has a mind to give out a verse of an hymn. This they sing over and over with all their might, perhaps above thirty, yea, forty times. Meanwhile the bodies of two or three, sometimes ten or twelve, are violently agitated, and they leap up and down, in all manner of postures, frequently for hours together.

Mr. Wesley commented, "I think there needs no great penetration to understand this. They are honest, upright men, who really fell the love of God in their hearts. But they have little experience, either of the ways of God or the devices of Satan. So he serves himself of their simplicity, in order to wear them out and to bring a discredit on the work of God" (Journal, August 27, 1763).

Finally, Wesley recorded his dislike of fanaticism he had witnessed in his Journal on April 3, 1786.

    Satan strive to push many of them to extravagance. This appears in several instances. (1) Frequently three of four, yea, ten or twelve, pray aloud all together. (2) Some of them, perhaps many, scream all together as loud as they possibly can. (3) some of them use improper, yea, indecent expressions in prayer. (4) Several drop down as dead and are as stiff as a corpse, but in awhile they start up and cry, Glory! Glory! perhaps twenty times together. Just so did the French Prophets, and very lately the Jumpers in Wales, bring the real work into contempt. Yet whenever we reprove them, it should be in the most mild and gentle manner possible.

The above excerpts taken from FAITH, FEELING, and FANATICISM by Dr. Vic Reasoner

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