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The Charismatic DECEPTION

Some years ago, a charismatic believer gave me a copy of a book which was introduced as “A Divine Revelation of the Coming Revival”. The Next Move Of God was written by a well-known lady in charismatic circles, Fuchsia Pickett.

I gratefully accepted the book and read it. It contained a mixture of truth and error, fact and fiction – as is the case throughout the charismatic movement. In the charismatic church there is true and false, and the false contaminates the true.

Mixture is a deadly thing, as we know from the episode in the Garden when Satan contaminated truth with his suggestive questions, half truth and deceit. Where God gives revelation in considerable quantity – as it has been throughout the charismatic church – people complacently and arrogantly tend to think that there could be no or little error with it. But:

...where envy [pride and selfish ambition drive envy] and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there (James 3:16).

Tragically that is the case with the audience to whom Fuchsia Pickett was writing in her book. Excesses and pursuit of ‘revival’ experiences for their own sake, as we have witnessed at Toronto (denounced by Paul Gowdy, an ex-Toronto Vineyard pastor, see Coming Out of the Toronto Deception from MM, and also challenged in our book Testing The Spirits), have played right into Satan’s hands. When you analyse what was taking place, here is the nub of it:

  • The desire to be ‘part of the action’, where God is at work; the desire to be successful. This can be from a wrong motive – the pride of life (1 Jn 2:16).

  • The itch to get ‘a spiritual experience’ – the lust of the flesh (ibid.).

  • And the hunger for something new, exciting, gratifying, that you see others ‘enjoying’ – lust of the eyes (ibid.)

All these are not from Above (ibid.), but are:

...earthly, sensual, demonic (James 3:15).

It’s hard to stomach when you have been IN such a move – believed wholeheartedly to have been of God – to come to realise that it was so misguided:

...having eyes full of an adulteress [margin], and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness (2 Pet 2:14-15).

This is not just my claim. It was revealed in dreams from God (see the following pages). We have published some of these dreams in:

1. Dreams From God About The Charismatic Church;
2. The
Charismatic Church Shrine;
3. A Message To Charismatics, etc.

God gave a pastor’s wife in the USA a vision in which she saw lots of whitish papers – representing God’s revelations in dreams, prophetic words, etc. – coming down from heaven. They looked light as they descended, but when they piled up on the ground (it was a large pile) they became dark.

In other words, while God gave much prophecy it became contaminated by wrong emphasis, pride, self-seeking, self-glorification, ambition and other bad human character traits. God gave it to promote righteousness (pure and white), but it ended up promoting a compromise of good and evil (grey).

Many false ministers ‘adorn’ the charismatic church’s portals. They have controlled and influenced what has come in and gone out. Hence the corruption.

Once again, it’s hard for many to believe these words could apply to ministers they highly respect:

These, like natural brute beasts, made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you... (2 Pet 2:12,13).

They mouth great swelling words (Jude 16) that appeal to pride – they want to impress. But the deceit in this pride is lost on the majority. Under the facade lurks a demonic counterfeit, a lie. (Explained in Apostasy in God’s Church, and Testing The Spirits.)

Fuchsia Pickett was influenced by these men (and women) who deceive with impressive words. As a result, some of the conclusions of what God told her have been contaminated. For example, she says:

I think today I can hear God say, “My people, heaven’s windows are opened. The blessings are being poured forth now. They will continue throughout this year, throughout this decade [nineties] and into the next century. My glory is going to come forth in a continually greater measure.” We won’t have to say God is moving in Canada or Florida or California; in England, Germany or Argentina. We will be able to say it is happening right where we are.

God is visiting His people again. The floodgates are about to open, bringing a heaven-sent, gully-washing, sin- killing revival... There will be such a shout of victory... We won’t have to fight the ungodly leaders of the world [we shouldn’t be doing that, anyway; Jesus’ gospel is apolitical]. God Himself will take care of them. There will be a great toppling. As the walls of Jericho came down with the sound of the trumpet and a shout (Josh 6:20), so the walls of wickedness in our country are coming down.

There will be a clamping down on violence and wickedness in the media and an end to the destruction wrought by those who stood against marriage and for abortion. The army of God – His Church – is going to march through this nation [USA] and bind the powers of darkness, praising the name of our Lord as He releases the spirit of liberty upon our nation. ...I believe the Church will become a mighty river that floods the earth until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers it. (The Next Move Of God, p 175.)

That is a miscomprehension, an illusion, a lie.

She ends with this rallying call:

“Move back, gates of hell! Here comes the Church!”

This sort of triumphalistic emphasis permeates the charismatic mentality. It contains very physical elements: large numbers of people, physical size of the Church, predominance in influence, etc. Analyse it and see that it’s a power-based message! The real truth is the reverse: the true Church is relatively small and persecuted, put down, rejected and despised.[1]

Truth is not palatable. The purer it is, the less acceptable it is. The majority (of the Church) reject it.

They Speak Evil Of...

In Peter’s discourse on the influence of false ministers amongst believers, he says:

...[they] speak evil of the things they do not understand (2 Pet 2:12).

Truths that God is restoring as part of Elijah’s end-time work are alien to them. They grew up with a different theology, with false concepts about some basic biblical truths. So, when we present ‘new’ truth to them, they reject it. I even wrote to Fuchsia Pickett several years before she died in 2004, but, like all the other charismatic leaders to whom we have written, ‘our’ message from God sounded strange to their ears, and they rejected us. Fuchsia – also like most others whom we contacted – didn’t even reply.

She gives a salient warning in her book:

God spoke a startling message to me one night as I was ministering in a church in North Carolina. He declared: “I will not, I will not, I will not allow anyone who touches My plan, My program, My prophets or My prophecy to be a part of, or participate in, the next move of God.” (p 61.)

A threefold repetition is the most emphatic and final which God can give! The present ‘players’ on stage don’t see the “I will nots” applying to them. For this reason, God is departing from men like Reinhard Bonnke, Morris Cerullo, and other mega-evangelists. They – and numerous others like them – have either not recognised, or ignored, or rejected and opposed the work of Elijah that God is doing in restoring truth which the Church needs more than any evangelists!

They have even spoken evil of the next move of God, which centres on the restoration of forgotten biblical truths, and a repentance that accepts ALL God’s Word, not just the parts that are palatable.

They spoke evil of God’s prophets, spoke evil of the restored truths I brought them, and removed me from their mailing lists, because they refused to accept the additional truth God offered them.

It’s ironic that Fuchsia did the very thing she was so vehemently warned by God not to do. But, perhaps because she aspired to be a central player in the anticipated revival, that very aspiration caused her to be blind to the next move of God in its infancy.

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it? (Jer 17:9.)

The subtlety of wrong motives, as mentioned on the previous page, leads many otherwise well- meaning believers into doing Satan’s work, obstructing or opposing the next move which God instigates.

Repentance is an ongoing responsibility for all.

For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged (1 Cor 11:31).

But, the more elevated a person becomes, and the more acclaim they receive, the more unassailable they feel they are. A ‘position’ in human estimation is a precarious thing. It is based on pride. And pride always precedes a fall. So, it’s not wise to be a sage in the eyes of man. Better to have God’s approval alone. God’s wisdom is not accepted.

To those who aspire for human success – as do many charismatic church leaders – God says:

My son, pay attention to My wisdom; lend your ear to My understanding (Prov 5:1).

For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell. Lest you ponder her path of life – her ways are unstable (Prov 5:3-6).

Don’t ponder the path of life of the charismatic church. She is an immoral woman. Her ways are unstable. She promotes deception.

Learn About The End-Time Restoration in: The Last Outpouring of the Spirit (50p). Wielding The Divine Axe (50p). Our Sabbath Rest (£3.00).  God’s Church – Whose Authority? (£3.00.) The Truth About Easter (£1.00). The Faith Once Delivered To The Saints (£1.00). The Ten Virgins (£1.00). Zechariah’s Amazing Prophecy (50p).  GOD TV Is NOT God’s TV! (£1.00) GOD Digital & The False Revival (£1.00). Visit To A Charismatic Church (50p). And the other titles mentioned in this article.

[1]   The true scenario, in which the Church must face the Great Tribulation, is portrayed in Understanding The Book of Revelation (£7.00).

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