Calvary Chapel and the Whosoevers–Is The Church Tolerating The Sin of Balaam and Jezebel?

Oh The Sweet, Refreshing Wisdom of Tozer (Please Watch–5 minutes)

If you attend Calvary Chapel, or love someone who does, please pray about what you are about to read. Ask God to show you what to do with this information. Don’t just read this, and then choose apathy. Calvary Chapels are full of sweet God loving people. Please bring this information to the leaders, the pastors, youth pastors, members, and anyone who will listen. Maybe someone will stand up and be heard.

In the book of Revelation, we have the Lord Jesus Christ writing to the churches. Some of His comments are positive, but some are also very harsh. None of us would like to think that He has any correction to bring to our churches, but it is pure stupidity to think that we are above any of what He has to say.

To the church of Pergamos Jesus says, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” (Rev. 2:14) And to the church of Thyatira He says, “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” (Rev. 2:20). 

He had even commended them for previous good works–being willing to be martyred, faith, service, and love. That doesn’t mean that they get a free pass on lust and idolatry (worldliness and false teaching).

My great concern right now is for Calvary Chapel. They are a conservative fellowship of churches that teach the Bible verse by verse. They have a reputation for being a safe place to fellowship. However, they are promoting the Whosoevers, even giving them a weekly platform in their main pulpit. And the Whosoevers, as I will show are promoting the sin of Balaam and the sin of Jezebel.

Calvary Chapel has not been without scandal or controversy, even currently. This is all quite horrible. But there are Calvary Chapel Fellowships that honor God. Teach the Word. Pray. Evangelize. Love. And make a difference for the Kingdom.

So, with all this going on, I understand that Brian Brodersen has been too busy these last few months to take my (repeated) calls and answer my (repeated) emails and inquiries about what I see happening in the Whosoevers.

But you would think that if there was something demonic happening in his ministry, he might want to know??? He might want to take a stand??? I would!!!

It doesn’t look like it.

Whosoevers Founder Ryan Ries

The Whosoevers began as an evangelistic ministry from Calvary Chapel Golden Springs. Pastor Raul Ries’ son Ryan had a spiritual experience with demons and Jesus and he decided to start a ministry reaching out to the most unchurched in our communities. Even though the Bible says to not lay hands on a minister rashly, Calvary Chapel chose new believers to head up a huge ministry, and has not provided much spiritually mature guidance. I have already written about The Whosoevers and Brian Head Welch here, here, and here. But things have gotten much worse, so after much prayer and after trying to help Calvary Chapel and The Whosoevers by talking personally to them about the danger of all this, I have decided to write again.

If you look at their new website you will find no mention of Jesus Christ in how they describe their organization.

“The Whosoevers is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 between Sonny Sandoval, Ryan Ries, and Brian “Head” Welch. Our mission is to bring like-minded individuals from various subcultures together and create a positive shift in today’s world.”

A positive shift? Is that code for something? It sounds rather New Age to me. It sure doesn’t sound like the Great Commission from Christ.

Jesus didn’t come to earth to bring about a positive shift in various subcultures.

The Benefit of the Doubt, and Yet No Excuse

Now let me begin, by saying that this gets confusing. Because they say a lot of good things. They have the whole “Murder Your Flesh” promotion. Which sounds a lot like repentance. I prayed so hard asking God if I just don’t get it. I used to support the Whosoever movement when it first got started. It looked like a huge harvest of people coming to Christ. But it is different now. I was listening to a teaching by Jacob Prasch and he said that you can’t just go by what they say. You have to look at what they do. Bob Coy preached against sexual sin while he was living in it. People can say good things, but do you see that fruit in the organization as a whole. Please ask God to help you see things clearly, in truth. I want to show you some important clues.

Here is Ryan’s “I Am Second” video where he details his conversion and repentance. You can see he likes to highlight his sin, which always makes me feel a bit polluted. But if you get halfway through it, you might cry.

I don’t get it. Is he just a knucklehead that means well, and makes mistakes here and there? Or is he like the seed that fell among the thorns and worldliness and confusion are drowning out the fruit. I do not know.

I do know that some of the things in the Whosoever movement today are just absolutely, unquestionably demonic.

If Ryan is doing the best that he can, and he just doesn’t understand these things. Then those who are mature and full of knowledge and wisdom need to help him, and correct him. Apollos was a preacher in the book of Acts and he had a good heart, but he had some things to learn. So Priscilla and Aquilla took him aside and helped him.  So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. “When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26).

What usually happens is that no one will correct the minister in error, but they will attack the blogger pointing out the error. So we will see how that goes.

If Ryan is truly God’s chosen man to minister to the most unchurched, then correct him so that he can be more fruitful. If he is full of the Holy Spirit, he will appreciate it.

“I am come a light into the world, that WHOSOEVER believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46)

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? WHOSOEVER therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

The Whosoevers and the Doctrine of Balaam

Balaam was hired by King Balaak to curse God’s people. But he couldn’t, because God wanted to bless His people. So he told Balaak how to get God’s people to curse themselves. His idea was to send the pagan women from the neighboring villages into the camp; the men would marry them and be led into idolatry. The plan worked. God’s people married worldliness and cursed themselves.

The enemy is still in the church, trying to get God’s people to marry the world and curse themselves.

This video has since been removed from their page, but here is a screenshot proving that it was there.

This video has since been removed from their page, but here is a screenshot proving that it was there.

Gross Worldliness and Sin Promoted on The Whosoever Website

They will say you need to “Murder Your Flesh,” but if you visit The Whosoevers website, you can click on the “About” menu and select their YouTube page. You can find several videos including this one that is a 20 minute Korn concert. There is NO EVANGELISM in the video. NO CHRIST. It is 20 minutes of people literally screaming out “M*ther F#&K3rs!!!” at the top of their lungs throughout the concert. It is so disgusting that I sat at my computer and wept that they were promoting this on their website. I am so angry about it that I am sick.

WARNING–Explicit images and language (straight from the Whosoevers website)

If you look at their events, you will find information about a baptism as well as an invitation to a secular metal concert without ANY Christian bands. It has a demon in the picture, and Korn will be playing with satanic bands like Cannibal Corpse. I used to listen to them before I got saved. I immediately knew through just the Holy Spirit that I could no longer listen to them! How confusing is it for new believers when they see the church promoting satanic concerts?

KORN

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“grab product” another post said, “Come by and gear up.” Did they just go to make money?

Just last month Slipknot had an event in Southern California called “Knotfest” that brought thousands of people.

“Each festival day on Saturday and Sunday will be “13 HOURS OF THE APOCALYPSE” from 11AM to 12 Midnight featuring tons of different festival attractions including the Slipknot Museum, Massive Fire Hell Zone, Packs of Freakish characters, the scariest ride from the Clown’s childhood at the Iowa State Fair, THE RING OF FIRE, a Fighting Thunderdome, a Festival Zipline, a sideshow freakshow and many more to be announced” (Knotfest.com).

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“you guys are going off today!” Excited? Not horrified and burdened?

Here is a shocking description of the event from Revolver. So despite the fact that “pagan fire performers” and “goat spirit animals” were going to be featured, The Whosoevers thought that this event was “going off.” Unlike the other brave and obedient Christian groups that shared the gospel outside the gates (even facing persecution), the Whosoevers set up a merchandise table inside the festival to sell their t-shirts to Satan worshipers. Yes they were giving out CD’s of their testimonies, but their Facebook posts indicate that they apparently enjoyed the festivities.

In fact, many of their Whosoever Facebook fans, later commented things like, “Oh, I was there! If I had known you guys were there I would have said hi.” No shame. Like it was the mall, or something.

A few weeks ago Pastor Brian Brodersen was on Pastors Perspective (a radio program on KWVE) talking about how he pulled Gungor off KWVE because they have unbiblical beliefs. But he allows the Whosoevers to promote Korn? If you think this is okay, then you didn’t watch the video of the Korn concert above.

A few weeks back, The Whosoever’s Shine Event (located at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa) featured an interview with Fieldy from Korn. A supposed believer, who thinks it is okay to work in a music group that blasphemes Jesus, sing perverted and explicit lyrics and has a satan worshiping lead singer. I listened online and I was actually so surprised to hear how blasphemous Ryan Ries was throughout the interview. Feel free to listen to it here “Interview w/ Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (Korn) and Wife Dena” (9/25/14). In this clip you will hear Ryan Ries imply that God hates sincere set apart Christians–”Jesus hates the religious people,” that Jesus may have whipped people with the chord when He cleaned out the money changers–”The Bible doesn’t say that Jesus hit anyone with the whips, but it doesn’t say that He didn’t!” and that He can help you get off drugs if that is what you want–”He isn’t going to force you.” He threw in the usual raw language that he likes to use, like “screwing.”

It was a trip. So irreverent.

He said that Jesus was the first punk rocker. Which makes no sense, since Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not rebel against it.

He said that Jesus was trying to get the religious people out of His Father’s house. But he was trying to get out the merchants. Those who were trying to make a prophet out of people connecting to God. If anything, The Whosoevers are merchants. They are constantly promoting their merchandise–hoodies, hats, tanks, t’s, stickers, etc. #themovement #thewhosoevers #korn

They teach another gospel and another Jesus. “You can repent if you want to, but don’t get too holy because that is self righteous. And Jesus is just like us. He is an idol made in our image. If we are punk rockers, so is He!”

It is crazy. Because I was just reading the Bible this weekend and I was in Revelation 1, and I saw Jesus described like this:

12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.

John saw Him and fell on his face as if dead! This is the same John that lived with Jesus in close companionship for three years, even seeing Jesus transfigured. And yet when John sees Jesus in this heavenly experience, he can’t handle it.

It is a sin to change Jesus. It is a sin to compromise His glory to make him appealing to people that don’t like Him. It is a lie.

He is not a punk rocker.

He is God.

The Whosoevers are not preaching holiness. They preach the doctrine of Balaam–get the church to marry the world. Bring the two together. This is evil.

photo (1)You can’t have a Christian ministry promoting the “Prepare for Hell Tour” that Korn and Slipknot are going on! And yet we do! And this is happening in Calvary Chapel!

You can’t expect me to believe that God will display his glory through Slipknot and Korn! But I guess they do expect me to believe it. They expect all the well fed sheep of Calvary Chapels to believe it to. Or maybe they just hide a lot of this from the masses.

14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
    and I will be their God,
    and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
    and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
    then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
    and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

–2 Corinthians 6:14-18

The Whosoevers Promote the Doctrine of Jezebel

Jezebel was the most wicked woman in the Bible. She was responsible for the persecution of God’s righteous people and the introduction of the worst idolatry in Israel’s history. What do false teachers do? They try to seduce God’s people into lies and sin, and if God’s people resist, they persecute them.

Don’t believe me? Let’s just see how much anger this article stirs up! LOL.

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He laughs at his “haters” and posts a picture of a horned man dripping with blood

You even see this attitude in Brian Welch. When Brian went back to Korn, many of his fans did not understand. They were confused and wanted to ask him why he would be going back to a band with a satanic lead singer, and lyrics that are blasphemous and R-rated. He said God told him to. But then he began to antagonize and mock the Christians that were confused by his actions.

    • February 8 he wrote–”I wish I could kill some Christians, then pray and raise them from the dead, then smack their face. But I can’t, so I won’t. LOLOL  ALL LOVE!” 
    • He wrote a song about judgmental Christians and asked his fans to name it. He deleted comments of the Christians, that were wondering what he was doing coming against the church, but allowed non-Christians to cuss out Christians. Help “Love & Death” NAME OUR NEW SONG! It’s about critical, judgemental people who ain’t got no love in their hearts. Lets hear some ideas?” Then thousands of his fans came up with possible insulting names for judgmental Christians (many of whom attend Calvary Chapels and met him through the Whosoever movement).

New Apostolic Reformation, and Occult False Teaching

False teacher Bill Johnson

So, not only are the Whosoevers promoting the satanic, sinful, blasphemous and worldly music culture–they are also allowing Brian Welch to promote his extreme charismatic false teaching to the fans of the Whosoevers. And attacking anyone who speaks against it.

Brian is not a regular Christian. He is a mystic. He is a drunk in the spirit roll on the floor laughing or barking like a dog, “slain in the spirit” type of Christian. The Holy Ghost movie proves his association with false teachers, like Bill Johnson. He shares on his Facebook page when he is attending Bethel Redding.

He even is seen serving communion with blasphemous teacher John Crowder. Watch and tell me that these people are not behaving under a demonic influence. It is shocking. You will feel sick watching this.

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John Crowder and Brian Head Welch “toking baby Jesus.” Here we have Brian joining in with him. Crowder sometimes uses a little baby figurine, as a joint.

He sometimes calls it “Jehovah-Juana”

Here is a portion of the letter I emailed to Costa Mesa:

“Brian Welch has a separate Facebook page called Love Drunk Headly. I have friends that go to Calvary Chapel churches that follow this page. This page is very mystical. He writes about his mystical experiences with God. These experiences are typical of those associated with Bethel Redding and the International House of Prayer. I think most people think he is being poetic– “high on his love.” But when you realize that he spends time with people photo 2 (1)who literally preach getting high on God’s love in a blasphemous way, it isn’t just poetic.

    • On June 5 he wrote–”Jesus is revealing deep hidden mysteries to me right now after my trials and I am getting so high on his love.”
    • On March 26 he wrote that a friend asked him how he can learn to feel the love drunkenness. He replied, ” In order to open up the heavenly dimension to make you sensitive to the spiritual/angelic realm ruled by Christ, I recommend that you take in God all day, every day, in any way that you can. Make yourself “attractive” to God. The word says if you “draw near to God,” He will “draw near to you.” Drawing near doesn’t mean for 5, 15 or 30 minutes. Drawing near is a lifestyle. It’s eating, drinking, reading, seeing, listening and breathing in God… All day, every day (as much as your schedule permits of course) . . . ” (he goes on)
    • March 18 he wrote–”I mentioned that I don’t go to church a lot, but I don’t dislike going. I do dislike boring, traditional churches but I respect everybody for what they believe and how they want to live their lives. I usually go to gatherings at nighttime rather than early Sunday mornings. Feels more like a party at night! I was at a spot last night and I had a smile glued on my face most of the night. I even found myself belly laughing hard with friends by the end of the night. Was a blast! I could feel God or angels or something. I don’t see them yet, but I can sense or feel “things” a lot. I know when the atmosphere shifts spiritually. There are some people, who are very normal I should add, with the gift of seeing things in the spirit world. A very young girl last night told me she saw some angels of joy twirling around my head. I believe it, because I could feel stuff going on. I know to some of you that this sounds nuts when you read about it, LOL, but I swear, the more you open yourself up, you actually figure out that it is very real. It’s cool because I totally function normal and I mostly hang out with people who don’t believe in this stuff the majority of the time, but I’m always connected to my spiritual life, especially when I find time to get alone and when I have time off from regular life. When Jesus walked the earth, he was attached to two realms – The earth realm and the heavenly realms. My goal is the same. I can be banging my head at KoRn concerts all over the world, and be connected with God in Spirit at the same time. I used to detach from this world all the time and party with drugs, now I just detach myself from this world and I party with God, & all my peeps (no matter what they believe)! Drugs take you into the spiritual world illegally (spiritually speaking). Jesus Christ takes you into the spiritual world legally.”

Don’t you think they would care about this?

But it gets even WORSE.

On September 17, he shared a video that told about his recent graduation from Jonathan Welton’s “Supernatural Bible School.” In this video below, he encouraged all his Facebook friends to join this school, “to find out what Jesus is really like.”

Johnathan Welton is very dangerous.

Spirit of Error  details some very shocking information below:

Welton claims that all Christians should be reclaiming the following practices from the occult as part of their normal Christian walk.
    • Reading auras: The ability to see invisible energy that surrounds a person and learning information about that person based on the color or form of his or her aura
    • Clairvoyance: The ability to perceive extrasensory information about an object or event from the past, present, or future
    • Clairaudience: The ability to hear sounds, music, and voices sent from the spirit realm
    • Clairsentience: The ability to sense smells sent from the spirit realm, along with tastes and touches
    • The use of power objects: Physical objects, such as crystals and amulets, that contain supernatural powers

photo 4Here are a few quotes from Welton, that send shivers down my spine:

“I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more. These actually belong to the church, but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged.”
“We need to begin to use [New Age] counterfeits as signposts. Every time a counterfeit shows up, take it as the Lord presenting you with an opportunity to reclaim . . . the Church’s stolen property.”
(Jonathan Welton)

When is someone going to stand up and say this has to stop!

So I called Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa again, and spoke to Brian Brodersen’s secretary again. I thought he would want to know this stuff. I have still yet to hear a response. And I wasn’t trying to be difficult. I explained that many people I love are involved in this ministry, but I want to warn them and before I did that, I wanted to hear Pastor Brian’s response to all of this. No luck.

This is so demonic. The Bible is clear throughout the Old and New Testaments that we are to have nothing to do with these activities. They have never been a way to commune with God, and they have always been a way of demonic deception. This is literally “doctrines of demons.”

As I was reading Revelation chapter 2 and 3 (Jesus letter to the churches) I noticed that He brings a word of correction to ministries that are even doing some things right. Just because something looks good, doesn’t mean we should ignore serious red flags.

The enemy is always trying to get into and destroy the work of God in the church. He prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The enemy gets us to curse ourselves the same way Balaam brought down Israel, getting them to marry into paganism. He also gets us to destroy ourselves like Jezebel did, by bringing in false doctrine that appeals to our flesh, idolatry.

The Whosoevers are doing both. Getting Christians to compromise with worldliness and even outright satanism and calling that evangelism. They are also presenting false doctrine, and calling it an experience with God.

And if that is not enough, Calvary Chapel has been warned about it and they don’t want to stop it, fix it, or even warn the sheep that there is a wolf in the sheepfold. Which is surprising because they are so conservative. They speak against Joel Osteen, and The Shack, and they don’t even have any of the books from the teachers Brian Welch is promoting in their bookstore. They never would. But they are ignoring this?

So what are you going to do?

If you go to a Calvary Chapel, please talk to your pastor and your youth pastors. Please let them know what is going on, and what is being promoted. I am not the only one upset about this. There are people reaching out to Brian Welch and warning him of his false beliefs. This is all public. You just need to look to his Facebook pages.

Please pray for these people. But don’t expect that God will just fix them, without us standing up and talking to them about it. God hasn’t just fixed other false teachers or other derailing movements. If we don’t stand up against error in our churches then God won’t deliver us from the error; He will give us over to it. Because we have chosen it.  Error in the church is a judgment. That is why Joel Osteen is still the pastor of one of the largest churches in the world. False teaching and unbiblical ministries, are in themselves a judgment to the people who want to sit under them.

Share your concerns. Don’t be intimidated because they are Bible scholars or because they are successful. We have to hold everyone accountable to the Word of God. The Bereans didn’t even listen to the Apostle Paul until they checked what he taught with the Word of God.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” 2 Timothy 4:3

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. (Titus 2:11-15)

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,  he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourselves. (1 Timothy 1:6:3-5)

There used to be a generation of evangelists that didn’t care about being seeker friendly or relevant. They preached the truth. You don’t need to be cool to be used by God. You just need to be simply honest. Here is a video from A.W. Tozer on real evangelism. I hope that we can get rid of these gimmicks and compromises and just get back to the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of the Scriptures.

A.W. Tozer on Evangelism — So Good Please Watch

If you still are not convinced, please listen to this sermon by David Wilkerson. He would be rolling over in his grave right now if he knew his ministry Teen Challenge was partnered up with the Whosoevers. If you disagree, you have never heard this sermon.

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People Leaving Churches

A friend of mine posted an article on Facebook. It is called “The #1 Reason for Decline in Church Attendance” by Thom Rainer. It was posted on ChurchLeaders.com. So I decided to read the article, since this topic interests me.

I was not only disappointed, but angry. Instead of encouraging pastors and leaders to get on their faces and PRAY for the sheep God has entrusted to them, and make sure they preaching a fresh word from the heart of God, this article simply gives coercion techniques.

The #1 Reason for Decline in Church Attendance

Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing.

Most of us have ideas about this development. Many suggest that our nation is shifting away from its Christian roots. Thus, churches are declining as a smaller proportion of our country follows Christ.

I will not argue with that premise. Certainly attendance declines are related to massive cultural shifts in our nation. But I would also suggest that one reason for declines has a greater impact than others.

The frequency issue

Stated simply, the number one reason for the decline in attendance is that members attend with less frequency than they did just a few years ago. This matters—a lot.

If the frequency of attendance changes, then attendance will respond accordingly. For example, if 200 members attend every week, average attendance is 200. But if one-half of those members miss one out of four weeks, the attendance drops to 175.

Did you catch that? No members left the church. Everyone is still relatively active. But attendance declined more than 12 percent because half the members slightly changed their pattern.

This phenomenon can take place rather quickly, leaving leaders scratching their heads because the behavioral change is so slight it is almost imperceptible. We rarely notice when someone who attends four times a month fades to three times. Nor do we typically catch it when the twice-a-month attendee becomes a once-a-month attendee.

Five possible approaches

Of course, the heart of the problem is not declining numbers but waning commitment. As I addressed in my book I Am a Church Member, (http://thomrainer.com/i-am-a-church-member/) membership is becoming less and less meaningful in many churches. When this happens, commitment wanes.

While I don’t want to suggest there is a magic bullet to this problem, I do want to offer some approaches to address it. These five have proven to be the most helpful in hundreds of churches:

1. Raise the expectations of membership. You may be surprised how many church members don’t really think it’s that important to be an active part of the church. No one has ever told them differently.

2. Require an entry class for membership. By doing so, the church makes a statement that membership is meaningful. The class should also be used to state the expectations of what a committed member looks like.

3. Encourage ministry involvement. Many members become less frequent attendees because they have no ministry roles in the church. They do not feel like they are an integral part of the church.

4. Offer more options for worship times. Our culture is now a 24/7 population that works at all hours of the day and all days of the week. Some members have to work during the times of standard worship services. If possible, give them options. One businessman recently told me that he changed churches so he could be part of a congregation that offers a Saturday worship time. Why? Because his job requires him to catch a plane on Sunday morning. We can lament such realities or adapt to them.

5. Monitor the attendance of each member. This approach is often difficult, especially for worship attendance. That is why the traditional Sunday school approach of calling absentees was so effective. Perhaps churches can incorporate that approach through small groups and home groups. Members are less likely to be absent if they know someone misses them.

When membership becomes meaningful

No matter how much you may think people no longer are committed, they still want to be a part of something that makes a difference. They have a desire to be involved in something bigger than themselves.

Unfortunately, in many churches membership has become less meaningful. Until we get our churches back to the committed membership the Apostle Paul mandates in 1 Corinthians 12, we will continue to see declining attendance. However, when membership becomes truly meaningful, our churches will become an unstoppable force for the Kingdom and glory of God.

While these five steps are no guarantee of a turnaround, they are certainly a good place to start for any pastor or church leader concerned about declining attendance.   (Thom S. Rainer)

He didn’t even mention prayer.

These ministers do not deserve churches.

I pray more people leave them.

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The Holy Spirit Makes a Movie? I don’t think so . . .

Well, there is this new movie out.

The trailer opens with Bill Johnson talking.

It premiered at Bethel, Redding.

I am overwhelmed with a burden over this.

I am grieved.

I can hardly write about how horrible this is.

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This movie turns legitimate Christianity into some David Blaine/Chris Angel street magick show.

The director,  Darren Wilson says, “This movie is about risk. I want to take the greatest risk possible, and make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit. No plan. No safety. Just show up wherever He leads me, and make God famous” (music crescendos).

Wow.

Well, the director failed.

God would never lead anyone to interview Bill Johnson.

This movie promotes false teachers and dangerous ministries.

And people who may not have even been associated with false teaching are now lumped together, validating error and demonic manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm86 exposes Bill Johnson’s false “Holy Spirit”

You can find many more videos on the internet of people at Bethel, Redding laying on the floor screaming, laughing, drunk in the “spirit.” It is disgusting.

This video below is amazing. It shows clips of Bill Johnson’s absurd claims and counters it with the truth of Scripture.

Now, I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in the gifts of the Spirit. I am filled with the Holy Spirit. I minister in the gifts of the Spirit. BUT, I do not believe God wants me to get drunk “in the spirit,” or go around the streets giving people some spiritual experience. It isn’t a magic show. That is demonic. I don’t want to touch someone with my hand and make them fall down and shake uncontrollably and walk out of church /unrepentant/. I want to touch people with the Word of God coming out of my mouth /theBible/ and have them fall onto their knees (maybe), sobbing (maybe), broken and repentant (definitely).

The Holy Spirit moves through the Bible. The Holy Spirit leads us TO the Bible. The Bible leads us to Truth. Truth leads us to Repentance. It is all connected. But without TRUTH, there is NOTHING.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” John 16:13

Hit the street and preach the GOSPEL.

People will encounter the Holy Spirit when they by faith receive the Gospel.

They don’t need some fake mystical “prophet/healer” to draw attention to humans.

They need SALVATION first.

The Bible says that the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth.

Why would the Holy Spirit move through people teaching error.

It is a false spirit.

A false gospel.

A false movement.

Brian Head Welch formerly from Korn, current “Whosoever,” Love and Death member, currently again in Korn, spiritual guru is also in this movie.

He compares the Holy Spirit experience to a spiritual high.

He is not saying that God’s love is better than drugs. He is saying that his experience with God, feels like using drugs.

On his alternate Facebook page, Love Drunk Headly, he wrote, “Jesus is revealing deep hidden mysteries to me right now after my trials and I am getting so high on his love.” (Love Drunk Headly, June 5).

He doesn’t mean that metaphorically, either.

As you can see him here “toking baby Jesus” with false teacher John Crowder.

They even served demonic communion together.

Brian is very mystical as well.

“In order to open up the heavenly dimension to make you sensitive to the spiritual/angelic realm ruled by Christ, I recommend that you take in God all day, every day, in any way that you can. Make yourself “attractive” to God. The word says if you “draw near to God,” He will “draw near to you.” Drawing near doesn’t mean for 5, 15 or 30 minutes. Drawing near is a lifestyle. It’s eating, drinking, reading, seeing, listening and breathing in God… All day, every day (as much as your schedule permits of course) . . . ” (Love Drunk Headly, March 26).

Wow.

He goes to Bethel, Redding whenever he gets a chance. He promotes them on his Facebook. So you don’t need to wonder where he comes up with the attitude he shared on his Facebook just a few months ago.

I mentioned that I don’t go to church a lot, but I don’t dislike going. I do dislike boring, traditional churches but I respect everybody for what they believe and how they want to live their lives. I usually go to gatherings at nighttime rather than early Sunday mornings. Feels more like a party at night! I was at a spot last night and I had a smile glued on my face most of the night. I even found myself belly laughing hard with friends by the end of the night. Was a blast! I could feel God or angels or something. I don’t see them yet, but I can sense or feel “things” a lot. I know when the atmosphere shifts spiritually. There are some people, who are very normal I should add, with the gift of seeing things in the spirit world. A very young girl last night told me she saw some angels of joy twirling around my head. I believe it, because I could feel stuff going on. I know to some of you that this sounds nuts when you read about it, LOL, but I swear, the more you open yourself up, you actually figure out that it is very real. It’s cool because I totally function normal and I mostly hang out with people who don’t believe in this stuff the majority of the time, but I’m always connected to my spiritual life, especially when I find time to get alone and when I have time off from regular life. When Jesus walked the earth, he was attached to two realms – The earth realm and the heavenly realms. My goal is the same. I can be banging my head at KoRn concerts all over the world, and be connected with God in Spirit at the same time. I used to detach from this world all the time and party with drugs, now I just detach myself from this world and I party with God, & all my peeps (no matter what they believe)! Drugs take you into the spiritual world illegally (spiritually speaking). Jesus Christ takes you into the spiritual world legally.” (Love Drunk Headly, March 18)

So just PRETEND it IS God . . . Sounds like Peter Pan nonsense to me.

So he dislikes boring churches. I guess by that he means normal churches, where you go and worship and study your Bible and pray.

He prefers to get drunk or high on the “Holy Spirit.”

So he has no hunger for the Word of God, but craves some spiritual fix. Truth doesn’t matter. Just encounter something, and tell yourself it is from God.

No wonder he cannot discern truth from error.

And yet, he is a Whosoever.

He is associated with and promoted by Calvary Chapels.

Why?

They are not into this garbage!

They do not have Bill Johnson books in their Chapel Store.

Why is this okay with them?

The Whosoevers don’t care.

They just hashtag Korn all day long.

#whosoevers #movement #korn

Where is the hashtag for standards?

At what point are we just compromising truth for the sake of fame.

Just like the director of this movie said, “to make God famous.”

Wow. So He needed your help?

God is looking for fans?

#God?

God is looking for disciples, not fame.

Satan offered him fame in the wilderness and he chose the cross instead. He is famous already. He has a kingdom already. Who is trying to get famous here? Him, or you?

New Age Philosophy with a Christian mask.

It is one thing for the New Apostolic Reformation folks to be a part of a movie like this, but when members of conservative groups get on board; it is insanity.

And there are other people in this movie that I am sure are also false teachers, but come on Veggie Tales?! Did you have to disappoint me too??? When are we going to see Larry the Cucumber get “pickled in the spirit?”

We are in the last days.

May we seek the Holy Spirit.

One of His gifts is discernment.

We desperately need it.

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4

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Pornography, Asherah Poles, and High Places

I have something on my heart to share today, but I am so overwhelmed. The topic is too big. There is too much to say. Too much that has already been said, by those more knowledgeable and eloquent than I.

So I am not going to say it all. I am just going to stick to what is on my heart.

I see Satan has crept like a slithering serpent into many houses, through the technological cords and wires. These wires are like snakes that have brought in poison.

Christians would never pick up pentagrams and skulls, or drink blood, would we? No, we recognize those activities as demonic and occultic. We would not be inclined nor comfortable to perform such bold and idolatrous activities.

And that is good. The Lord warned Israel to not practice the occult activities of the people in the land.

“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).

The Lord says to His people to not learn their detestable ways, to not practice the things that are idolatrous, demonic, or occult in nature. And most Christians I know, that go to church would refuse to go to a psychic or have a seance in their home. Most people in the church are not “struggling” with their desire to cast spells. Right?

The Lord tells us not to “learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there” but we forget about some other more tempting practices of the occult. That we have de-spiritualized and accepted as “Every Man’s Battle.”

How about the “Asherah poles” we have erected in our homes? The “high places” we have gone to in our own minds?

Did you know that sexual immorality is a war against your soul?

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

We have not been taught that pornography and sexual sin are also practices of the occult.

From the orgies under the oak trees on the hills surrounding Jerusalem, in days of old. To the sex magick promoted by modern day occultists like Aleister Crowley and later Anton LaVey. This idea of sexual activity coupling with the occult has permeated every culture since the Tower of Babel. In the East you have “tantric” practices. In Europe, you have pagan sex rituals. The Bible talks about the temple prostitutes that permeated the land throughout history–through Babylon, Rome, and Greece. Pagan idolatry always involves this seduction.

Sexual immorality is a KEY ASPECT to the pagan worship of antiquity, as well as modern satanism and witchcraft.

We can see the obvious danger of a Ouija board. But we do not see the demonic roots of a website devoted to pornography.

Satan has disguised this sin as if it was not connected to the occult. We don’t see it as demonic. We have called it an “addiction” and looked at it through the eyes of the psychologist or marriage counselor, instead of the eyes of the prophet.

It has been normalized. Our churches have small group studies devoted to this struggle that “all men” have. It is looked at as a carnal and fleshly weakness. The books and flyers for this struggle usually picture a tormented man, in chains.

We counsel them. We tell them to keep trying. To keep repenting. To keep reading books. Keep accountable to others. Keep repenting. We have tried to minimize the shame. And be open about the pain and the struggle. We have support groups for wives of sexual addicts. We have done everything possible to try to help men held captive by various lusts. It is done with a good heart.

But I wonder if titles like “Every Man’s Battle” might make people think, “Hey, it’s not just me. It is everyone. I will do my best, but come on . . . it’s not like we will ever be free of this. I just need to be better.” When we look around and fail to see men stand up and say they DON’T give into porn, how can we have any hope?

This is a HUGE problem.

What do you estimate is the percentage of people (men AND women) in your church that dabbles off and on with pornography?

I think it is at least 50 percent of the people at my church.

It is rampant.

It is secret.

It is a deadly snare.

The youth can hardly escape it.

Even Christian children are finding it on the computers, iPads, and iPhones that we carelessly hand them. They didn’t know better, and now it is too late. They can’t un-see that.

We know it is a problem, but no one sees the pentagram on it.

No one sees the demons behind the scenes.

This has been a concerted effort on the part of the wicked one, and his followers to sneak in and seduce our sheep to practice the abominations of the pagans. We may not drink blood or cast spells, but we are still practicing and celebrating these detestable images. The idols of antiquity were pornographic. I can’t even post a picture of one in the margin.

Pornography is idolatry.

Modern Christianity has taken on certain characteristics. We have become patriotic. We mostly vote republican. We stand against abortion. We are against gay marriage. We try to legislate prayer in schools, etc. But like Josiah–we cannot pull down the high places in our hearts. You cannot legislate a love for God.

We look nice on Sunday morning, with our nice clothes and our after church brunches. Our little girls in dresses, braided hair, and ribbons. Innocence. But what has passed lately before our eyes and electrified our minds?

We have a form of godliness, but we are denying it’s power (to deliver us).

God sees what is in our hearts.

He sees our idolatry.

He sees what we have divided our hearts over.

What we have worshiped, delighted in, and chosen instead of Him.

Detestable images.

Abominations.

His grace is not a gift that was given for our weekly repentance and continued disobedience.

His grace is to set us free, to break the chains.

But if we are honest, these chains are chosen.

Many of us pick them up every week, again and again.

And secretly delight in them, like jewelry.

wanting to continue in these chains.

“I will repent later.”

But this is not what grace is for.

Grace sets us free and makes us NEW.

Grace erases our sins, and helps us hate them.

God doesn’t want to fail us like this.

He will set us free.

But the matter is in the heart.

What do you love more?

How much do you love God?

“Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Hebrews 12:4

Many of us do not hate our sin enough.

We don’t see it like God sees it–and despise it.

And the moment we do . . . the moment we hate it . . . and it disgusts us entirely . . .

we will cry out to God and be done with it.

Repentance is seeing it, the way God sees it.

Don’t have compassion on the flesh, when it wants to damn you to hell.

Be not deceived– the sexually immoral will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”(Ephesians 5:5)

Be delivered.

Exchange your heart of stone for a heart of flesh.

Beg God to change your heart.

Because Satan is laughing at us. He has us worshiping just the way the heathen do, and he laughs at us. You are not alone in your sin. If you are involved with pornography, do not think this is not a spiritual activity. You are sitting in a room with demons, and you are aligning yourself with them.

You are opening a door into your home and your life, where all the forces of evil have a right to come into your home and not just harass you, but destroy your entire family. You must make a choice. You must repent. You must come back into the sheepfold, and under the blood of Christ.

Fight. It is time to fight with everything you’ve got.

What was the curse of Balaam?

It is getting us to curse ourselves.

By choosing pornography you are choosing a curse.

Just as the nation of Judah chose the consequences of her idolatry. Knowing what the Lord said to Moses– we still see great abominations in the temple, in the hearts of the priests even. Was that a lack of faith in the word? “Nothing will happen. God does not see. I will just ask forgiveness.” But we reap what we sow. The Lord sent judgment against them. The Lord exposed the hidden idolatry. How much more will He judge and reveal it when He finds it in our churches, in our leadership, and pastors?

 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.

11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord‘s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord‘s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east.

17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

Ezekiel 8

You have hope. Jesus came to rescue us from the grip of the devil, and to destroy the works of the evil one. We can walk in holiness. He who called us to holiness, will equip us for holiness. He will forgive our past, AND give us a clean future. Praise God!

If you are wondering why I am writing this, this issue is very dear to my heart. I have seen too many strong men of God fall. I have seen too many choose the temporary and condemning sins of the flesh and not only be destroyed–but destroy others. How many people are going to loose everything before we stop minimizing and dismissing this as just something that all guys will always struggle with forever?

Josiah loved God, but he never destroyed the high places. He never went up there and took them down. Therefore, idolatry and immorality came back to ruin the lives of those after him. If we want to save those we love, we need to cut this off at the knees and make sure the enemy has NO INLET into our homes. There is no opportunity for him to place his detestable images before our eyes, or the eyes of our children.

Hezekiah tried, he wasn’t perfect, but this had to please God.

“[Hezekiah] removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it.” (2 Kings 18:4).

We don’t have to be perfect, but let us do what we can. Even if someone like Ahaz was our father, let us try to break the cycle. Even if our children choose to go astray, like Manasseh, let us make a choice to obey God–with our whole heart.

I also want to say that if you go to a church that minimizes this sin, or you have an accountability partner that doesn’t seem to take it seriously. You are in danger. You need to find a group that will tell you the truth, seasoned with grace. The Lord Jesus said that there would be churches that fail to deal with sexual sin. That they will minimize and dismiss it–even to the extent of saying that it is okay. He is not happy with them.

To the church of Pergamum He says,

There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.” (Revelation 2:14)

To the church of Thyatira He says,

“You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.” (Revelation 2:20)

Paul says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

Let us choose this day whom we will serve. 

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Now after all this, there is much that I wasn’t able to say–I wasn’t able to speak to those who have been abused and become victims of the industry. I haven’t been able to speak to those whose marriages have been destroyed by this industry. I want you to know that I know that you are there, and hurting, and you are important. God sees you. And He loves  you.

For Further (Better) Reading on This Subject, Please Read:

“Porn — the supposedly “harmless” anaconda being allowed to slither silently into homes”

and

“I Hate Porn Because I Hate Child Abuse And Sex Slavery”

You might also find this video interesting. It shows a connection between the demon referred to by pagans as “Lilith” and sometimes “Asherah” and sexual immorality (among other things).

 Lilith–Know Your Enemy

 

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The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson, John Lanagan

The Last Hiker:

This article is so important. Even churches that are conservative are singing songs written at Bethel Redding. This leaven will spread, be on guard and be ready to protect your church from this error.
God bless you!

Originally posted on m'kayla's korner:

bkt-jl-bth-lgMy friends, John from My Word Like Fire has published the following tract on the relationship between Bethel teachings and the New Age. I was exposed to, and was taught similar ideas from John Paul Jackson. And in and my dealing in the false prophetic I too, was considered a “seer”.

It is widely believed and taught therein, that the works of the occult, the supernatural and psychic power are truly from the Lord. Those who practice these things outside a relationship with the Lord, only have yet to know Him, and that and the church itself has forgotten its true ways. Nothing can be further from the truth. If you have ever heard of Christian prophetic booths set up at fairs and conventions, this is where it comes from.

Thank you John, for a work well done.

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The Church and Abuse: What do We Expect?

The Last Hiker:

This was so good! It is so easy to look around and get discouraged. But according to the book of Revelation, God is not surprised with what we see. Grieved, yes. Surprised, no. So what do we do? Let us not lose heart. Press on. Fix our eyes on Christ. God bless.

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And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: “The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life. ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.’ “ (Rev 2:8-10)

We do a lot of complaining and criticizing of the church on this blog — and rightly so. The Christian church’s track record in dealing with the evil of abuse is not a shining example of what it should be. You know the drill. Victims…

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The Mantle of Elijah

Wow. This week I was directing my focus to the Lord. He was speaking to me so much. And it was such a sweet blessing. This sermon was part of all that goodness that God showed me. I want to share it here. Please take the time to sit with Jesus and receive this word. God bless you.

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