WHAT ARE THE IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
OF THE FALSE PROPHETS
OF THE CHARIS-MANIACS
OF THEIR SCAMS???
Emphasis on money and giving
You can easily identify a fake miracle and miracle worker by their emphasis on money and giving. In very many cases, you pay to procure your miracle. You are asked to make a pledge or sow a substantial amount to the 'work of God' so , to quicken your miracles. Some goes to the extent of collecting money on crusade grounds. How close you are to the altar is how much you'll pay for special touch of the 'man of God'. Sometimes, you have to pay or buy something to gain access to the presence of the 'man of God'! All these are spooky ways of shortchanging people and deceiving them Many have gone through all these, yet their miracles never came.
Fake miracles lead people into bondage unwittingly. Some fake miracle workers have led women to sexual bondage through deceptive prophecies and practices. Some women have been asked to strip and pray naked if they want their miracles. Some so-called prophets, pastors and self appointed but false apostles have sex with women with the promise their so called anointing will be given to their victims. This is a nauseating way to take advantage of gullible victims. These sins lead to a bondage to sin and evil, all the while claiming that the miracles are truly happening that validate their sinful behavior.
The 'man of God' is worshipped and venerated to the extent that nobody dare question him on anything. Every service is miracle time and nothing is being said about the sinful and ungodly lives being lived by the leader and his people.
Relapsing & Disappearing Miracles
Another means to identify charis-maniac fake so called miracle workers, is the high rate of relapsing of the purported healings and wonders. Fake miracles, sponsored by devils, only result in temporary relief before the condition worsens to much graver than ever before.
One charis-maniac claimed that two Nigerian soccer players were healed. Actually, the sicknesses never had gone away. One later received an operation, the other retired due to the injury that the charis-maniac claimed to have healed. Many who have thought to have been healed by these charis-maniacs have later died of the same disease or injury.
Fake and phony miracles do not last long. The evil spirits who have power to put disease on a person, will temporarily remove it to bring deception, to lead people from true worship, and to then later disappoint when the supposed healed disease reappears, and often kills the victim of the charis-maniac. It comes back more forcefully than before, because of the demonic evil involved. The desperation and ignorance of their victims is due to the willingness of those who recognize the heretical and falseness of charis-maniacs. The true gift of discernment is needed, and needs to have the faith to be operated under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
When the person is glorified far above God..
Charis-maniacs feel great importance, have a superiority complex. Their boastful words, their claiming of ownership of the miracles that supposedly happened through them, are indicators of their fakeness and phoniness.
Whenever demands for unquestionable obedience and submission to their supposed ‘words of prophecy’, without indication that one should test every word by Scripture and confirmed if true by personal word from God to the person, then they are false and errant prophets.
When charis-maniacs feel offended by probing questions and hides from prying eyes their secretiveness is indicative that they are not really God’s prophets. Those that dominate, subjugate, rule, and lord over all that come to their ministry, are often the charis-maniacs. The ones that use prophetic words, and claims of being led by Jesus to do certain things, often then abuse their victims with false hopes. All these behaviors bring them glory, not God. They are signs that they are being motivated by devils, not by our Lord Who wants us to be humble vessels.
When these tell-tale signs in the ministry of others, we must know that the devil is at work. The Holy Spirit’s work not to ‘glorify’ us, but to glorify Jesus. When the name of charis-maniac is ten times larger on the wall than the name of Jesus (if His is even there at all), it is a sign a deceptive spirit is glorifying the man, not Jesus.
If charis-maniacs fail to repent, God will sooner or later expose them to open shame. It has always worked that way. Some will defend them to the end, we find some who are still defending the exposed Simon magus after millennia. The Book of Revelation warns against not only liars, but also of ‘lovers of lies’.
PRIMING THE PUMP excuses
When exposed in such scams, some would defend their practice with the explanation that they were 'priming to pump'. Priming the pump was how the old hand pumps on wells would get the water flowing, a bit of water was poured down the pump, and then pumped real hard till water began to flow from the depth of the well.
These exposed scam artists said that the fake miracle was done to generate the flow of faith from the people, so some real miracles would occur from that flow of real faith.
Were some truly healed there ??? Yes, there were some real healings after the 'priming of the pump' fake miracle. Those miracles were due to the faith of the person healed or the faith of other innocent victims of the scam. Those miracles were real, and I do not question that some truly get healed in some services of the scam artists of today, but it is due to the loving mercy of God on the innocent victims there.
Some of the 'gold dust' miracles have been proven to be gold cellophane, I still have not heard any proof of a real gold dust one. If there is such proof, now would be a good time to relate that evidence. At least, the ones proven to be cellophane are fake, not of God, but perpetrated by con artists calling themselves to be of God like the old 'crutches' scam.
Perhaps, the scam artists feel justified to get faith to rise. However, Jesus did not 'prime the pump', He did not do a fake resurrection of someone, so people would have more faith so He could raise Lazarus from the dead. If we could find such scams in Jesus' ministry, we could no longer say He is the TRUTH, the Way, and the Life.
If my grandmother had been healed in a service of some scam artist, I would have thanked God for honoring her faith, but I would still have been ashamed of the con artist that faked a 'priming the pump' miracle.
In my lifetime, observed by myself, I have seen some who were false and evil in their work. Most did it to make the crowd bigger and the offerings bigger. I know some may have started out sincere, but the love of money and the desire for fame seductively led them astray.
We need to, as Christians, take a stand against the scam artists, for to wish them even a 'God bless you', we are told in II John means we are partakers of their sins.
2 John 1:10-11 (KJV)
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
TESTING THE MIRACLES IS NOT SINFUL
If someone were having many people slain in the Spirit in their services and it was proven that he was using some scent of a drug to make them momentarily pass out, and then I myself went to the service and was slain in the Spirit, I would question whether mine was real. It would be very difficult to come to the conclusion that it was real, for the preponderance of evidence would lean in the other direction.
No one is un-Christian for testing the spirits. It is Scriptural to expect that all words, all miracles, all signs and wonders be tested. We are commanded to do so. So, if someone questioned my salvation for being skeptical when many false ones in certain camps are proven scams, I would wonder if they had read what the Bible teaches on this subject.
There have been many scams. If I were in the location of such scams, I would question everything, for the leadership, or someone in control, is playing the congregation for fools.
We do not test an event by the emotion of the service. There is emotion in Mormon meetings, there was emotion dancing around the golden calf in the wilderness. Emotion in the crowd being deceived does not make something genuine.
Sincerity does not prove something real and truthful. Some can be sincerely deceived. One time many in this nation were convinced by a radio show that the martians had landed and were invading the world. The victims of that hoax, who believed that radio show, were sincere. Some of those putting on that program, were unaware of the show's negative effect. Yet, it was still false, still a hoax, even though it seems so sincerely true, as presented.
MUCH HARM IS DONE BY HOAXES
Fake miracles do so much harm. The young saints who come to some meetings, get promised all their relatives will get saved if they give $38 seed. Yet, they don't get saved, and then are told that their faith was not strong enough, or their offering needed to be more. Damage is done to young saints by that kind of falsely promised miracles.
The gold dust that proves to be cellophane can really dishearten a person who was there, and deceived, when they learn the truth. Scammers, hoaxers, and charis-maniac fake gift purveyors make the church look like a used car salesmen who say a car with 100,000 miles on it was only driven on Sundays by a little old lady who drove around the block to church.
A person must have ‘faith’ before he can depart from it. Many take advantage of trusting, and hopeful people of new faith. Many have chosen Jesus, and yet, like Judas, can choose later to depart. Jesus did not do fake miracles to make Judas depart, but he still departed. How dare any do fake miracles that will harm the young saints, the babes in Christ.
People come to church, sometimes the unsaved, due to their needs. They need Jesus, the Healer, and they need Jesus, the Deliverer from financial, family, and social problems of life. Some of these fake miracle workers then dishearten and discourage them, when instead of healing and deliverance they get gold cellophane just before the offering is taken.
As the Bible says 'woe' to those who hurt the Lord's little ones.
Mark 9:41-42 (KJV)
41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
It is so easy to step from light to darkness. It is so easy for mankind, who once has known truth and salvation in Jesus, to turn from it, and have darkness, lose the faith, and believe doctrines of devils, being seduced by their wiles. We must not have any part in sinful works, and not condone or even ignore the pretend miracles of unscrupulous con men calling themselves prophets and apostles. These magician show hoaxes prove to some in the world and to even some of the babes in Christ, that the preacher is a con artist, not a man of God.
The deceivers that pretend to be spiritual men of God, who do fake miracles, and then are discovered (as will happen) do great harm to young Christians.
Those of us who have been around awhile know that their cunning deceiving do not need to hurt our relationship with the Lord. I have seen too many deceive and play the con artist, and I can just walk away, undisturbed in my own faith, but what of the newly saved, the naive saints, the novices in the ministry who become victims of their shams?
This world needs to see the miraculous miracles of God, we are to have 'signs and wonders' following our ministry. These signs are to be real, not fake.
We can see make believe in the comic books, people come to church to find the real. The television can give love stories, family stories, but they are fiction, and people need the real, the actual, the truthful answers to their problems.
Gold cellophane is not real gold. Those that do those scams will someday answer to God. I am glad not to be in their boots. God wants to do real miracles that answer the real needs of people.
We need not name any minister who is a false prophet and performing this kind of false miracle. We can look at what the Bible calls the false prophets, and if someone fits the Bible description, then they are one. If they don't fit it, but Biblically preach and teach, then they aren't a false prophet.
Look at what the Bible says of last days false prophets.
II Timothy 2:1-9
"This know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be:
lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof; from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further;
for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was."
The "perilous times" are here. The verses in II Timothy are speaking of the false prophets we are told to watch out for. Since there have been many 'gold dust' proven to be fraud hoaxes, con artist attempts to deceive and fleece congregations, then whoever is putting the gold cellophane in the ventilation system, be it the minister, or some of the spectators, is sinfully errant.
There has been, to my knowledge, none that were proven to be truly gold dust. But there are tests proving some are intentionally using cellophane to deceive. So, God is not creating gold cellophane, and therefore we see that the con artists are too poor to use real gold dust in the scam.
This "form of godliness" fools many and some sincerely believe that the cellophane is real gold, and in mercy God may heal some of these ones that are fooled, but the scoundrels who perpetrate hoaxes are accountable to God, and are to be 'turned away from.'
If we tolerate such scammers, we are partakers of their sins. So, "from such turn away" and do not tolerate, nor stay in their "congregations", to not become enablers to their sins. They are "never able to come to the knowledge of the truth", so why should real saints stay in such congregations?
This has puzzled me, and I suppose the Lord is likewise puzzled. To remain with the ones with "corrupt minds", to remain in sham worship with those who are "reprobate concerning the faith" is a definite act of disobedience, and many will have to answer to God for such sin! God has commanded that we "turn away" from them.
Even though many do not obey the Lord's commandment to "turn away" from such ones, we do know that God will fulfil His promises and soon "allow them to proceed no further." Their "folly shall be manifest" when God brings the "judgment" that begins at the "house of God." These are the ones that God will soon judge.
Peter warns us in that same passage that the "righteous will scarcely be saved." My heart aches for many who I have seen that remain in close fellowship with "reprobate", "corrupt", servers fake miracles. I can only warn them, but I cannot force them to leave such evil ones. I would like to drag them from the camp of modern day "Jim Jones", and I would like to pull them out of the congregations of "Jannes and Jambres" but even Moses did not do such.
There are multitudes of real miracles, signs and wonders that are real and God authored. Magician tricks in the church are as false as the 'sawing a lady in half' tricks of entertainers. The church is to have such a higher standard, our miracles, our words of knowledge, our prophetic words are to truly be authored by God alone. God needs no actors to throw away crutches that they did not ever need, to build faith in a congregation. God does not need cellophane to inspire some to feel braver to give in the offering.
Even though many have been scammed, and in services where it is proven that it is only cellophane, we still see emotional frenzy, which is indicative of their being fooled by the fake. God wants true worship, and wants it inspired by a love for Him. To be told that the gold cellophane is proof that God is going to bless you greatly, therefore feel free to give all you have at the moment in the offering, is what I call the sin 'greed' aided by the fake miraculous.
God wants the Holy Spirit to fall on congregations. Some will repent when He does. Some will be healed, blessed, anointed; but the devil offers a counterfeit to those kind of services, the devil offers gold cellophane. The emotional frenzy of those deceived by it, is sad. They could have had the Holy Spirit falling upon them, instead.
The fact that there is a forest burning with ‘strange fire’ does not mean that the whole of the Pentecostal movement is involved in that infernal. There are still some that have truly been filled with the Holy Spirit. There are true gifts of the Spirit being given by the Holy Spirit to empower the ministry of Jesus on this earth.
WHY THE SILENCE OF PENTECOSTALS
ON THE FALSE PROPHETS?
John MacArthur varied a bit on this from statement to statement, but in his conference, one of his statements was:
"Nothing coming from the charismatic movement has provided recovery or strengthening of the Biblical gospel. Nothing has preserved truth and sound doctrine. It has only produced distortion,, confusion, and error. Yes, there are people in the movement who know and love the truth, have an orthodox gospel, but are heterodox on the Holy Spirit. Not all of them are heretics. But I say again, the contribution of truth from the people in the movement doesn’t come from the movement, but in spite of it."
Unfortunately, there is some truth in that statement. We have for too long hid our heads in the sand, pretended evil scams are not taking place. Newspapers and magazines of the world have had to uncover sins, expose scams, instead of the true Pentecostals that ‘test all things.’ If we have the gift of the word of knowledge, the gift of word of wisdom, the discernment of spirits, then we have no, none, not any, excuse for our silence in the face of these charis-maniacs.