My Elijah List Experience
- Elijah List Intro: Prelude to My Story
- Elijah List 1: In the Beginning
- Elijah List 2: First Impressions Crumble
- Elijah List 3: My Experience with Todd Bentley
- Elijah List 4: Dismantling the Wall
- Elijah List 5: Mortar in the Wall
- Elijah List 6: Wicked Roots
- Elijah List 7: Lack of Discernment Has a Price
- Elijah List 8: The Next Generation
- Elijah List 9: My Way Home
- Elijah List 10: Post-Prophetic Rehab – How to Get Back On Track
Seven years after I started working for the Elijah List, God mercifully let me have another job with another company. I know I tried to leave in good standing with the ministry, but I’m not sure I succeeded, because I was very bitter at the time. It’s taken me 3 years to get to this point, where my foundation is mostly rebuilt and I have been able to forgive, from the heart.
I know, to some of you, it may seem counterproductive to expose the error in people and ministries, but to me and others who regard the Word, it needs to be done for a few reasons:
- so that we can recognize error when it arises (and it will continue to arise)
- to check our own lives to make sure that we are not giving place to the same error
- to not support those who are in error, but to pray that they may repent
I used to buy into the cleverly disguised deception that we all have our own path with God, and that we need to just love each other through everything and not judge. But, you see, now I’ve found the true definition of love!
Love’s True Definition
The true prophets in the Old and New Testament had it right! They LOVED their nation to the point where they would say what God told them to say, even if it meant becoming the object of ridicule and disdain in the eyes of those whom they loved. Their Love begged people to repent and turn back to God, not to continue in their ways and hope to get the next “third heaven experience”. They had no concern for the number of followers they had, what conferences they were invited to, or the bottom line $$. They didn’t say ear-tickling messages that would coddle people into a deceptive slumber; they left that to the false prophets, who ALWAYS had a “positive and encouraging” thing to say.
It’s because of this Love, that I absolutely must write this. Do you think that I did this to gain the favor of man? I know personally at least a hundred people in my own home town who will NOT accept this message and feel the need to “rebuke” me (according to their wisdom) … this is not an exaggeration! It would have been much easier to just walk away and forget about it. But there is a generation at risk … I cannot and will not walk away. I love them too much.
What Really Matters
The day I came home from my last day at the Elijah List, I took my bible in my hands, looked at my wife, and said “All I need is this … and you.” … then we just held each other for awhile.That’s pretty much where the story ends, or begins, if you look at it another way. The very day that I walked away from the Elijah List and the prophetic movement, the Blessing of God came back to my house. Although there were battles, there was hope and victory instead of fear and the confusion of not having a foundation. I began to find myself in His Word, to hear His Voice speak to me and to see His Faithfulness in every day.
I know there are good people still in this movement, and there are good prophetic people who still associate with the Elijah List, but unfortunately they are few and far between. Some are just naïve, thinking that the “New Thing” God is doing takes the form of the new prophetic scene, others are simply wicked people.
I would hope that those prophetic people who have a heart for God would follow hard after Him and that their walk with God would not be superseded by their relationships with others within the prophetic community. I pray that they would embrace all of His Truth, not just the parts that are easy to swallow.
As for me and my family, we have found a few friends of like mind and common vision, and we treasure them because they are rare. It is so freeing to be able to tell each other our problems, and receive encouragement AND rebuke, knowing that we love each other too much to see each other perish.
Ironically, I do have to thank the Elijah List for a couple things. Whether it intended to teach me or not, I learned over the past few years that:
- The love and discernment of a good woman (my wife) is absolutely priceless
- Celebrity and public approval mean absolutely nothing in the eyes of God
- Increased income is not a sign of God’s favor
Lastly, I learned that people who name the name of Christ, and ignore Wisdom’s Rebuke are really just “dead men walking”.
As for me? …. I’m alive again.
Last Thoughts: I know many who read this may think that I’m holding a grudge or trying to exact some sort of revenge … I guess that’s your business. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’ve forgiven Steve Shultz, the Elijah List, its associated ministries and any people who are currently playing a deceptive role in what is known as “the Prophetic Movement” – God will be my witness. I do not wish harm on anyone physically, financially or otherwise.
What I do wish, if anything, is that the Truth would be revealed. I would hope that the Holy Spirit would convict those who need it, that they would repent and get right with God and, either step down, or start being True Prophets. But most of all, I would hope that all who read this would have their eyes opened and that they would be made free from this growing deception.
For the Love of the Search,