Charisma magazine and other mainstream publications are using a false notion of a “religious spirit” to silence opposition and cause you to despise true prophecy.
I want to take this opportunity to expose a tactic used by false prophets to suppress opposition and reinforce a bogus prophetic framework.
Now, contrary to what most of you may think, I do not believe the majority of these people in the prophetic movement have malicious intent. As I’ve written before, false prophets think that they are sheep.
Like the prophets who prophesied before King Ahab, not one of them wants to see the downfall of the people they are speaking to. They are convinced that they are doing the right thing.
It is when their paradigm is challenged that things start to go south. This is evidenced by the exchange between Zedekiah and Micaiah after Micaiah pointed out that there was a “lying spirit” at work.
Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the LORD go from me to speak to you?”
When the consequences of truth are too costly…
When false prophets are faced with a challenge to their prophetic paradigm, it is simply too much for them to handle.
They have been following their path, investing so much time and effort into making connections, developing a rapport, and living their lives fully consumed with a particular way of thinking and acting, that their brains shut down at the prospect of being wrong.
They know that (loss of prestige and money aside) if they were to give space to the idea that they have been wrong this whole time, and start to question their prophetic philosophy, they would also have to face the prospect that their entire ministries might have been for nothing.
They would have to face the truth that THEY were the deceivers of multitudes.
It’s at this point that the wolf sheds his/her sheep coat and the motive of “self preservation” kicks in.
In order to avoid facing the truth, they do everything they can to preserve what they have built and keep the facade going.
For their own sanity’s sake, they resort to manipulating (in their minds, it is justified manipulation) those who hang on their every word.
Using an Extreme Example to Twist Your Theology
One way that false prophets and teachers reinforce the prophetic status quo is to:
- Provide extreme examples of what they want their hearers/readers to oppose;
- Call out the characteristics of this “terrible thing”;
- Give it a label (people love labels);
- Get their hearers/readers to associate these symptoms with the label;
- Push a blanket policy so that the hearers/readers will flee anything resembling what has been labelled;
- Show them their own philosophy and convince their readers to promote it.
This tactic doesn’t always get implemented in this exact sequence, but when you take a step back and look, you can see when these manipulations come into play.
By all means – no “doom and gloom” prophets!!
In her article “When Religious Spirits Masquerade as Prophets,” Charisma Magazine’s senior editor Jennifer LeClaire employs this very tactic.
Using screenshots of an email she received from one “Robert of McKinney, TX,” the reader is shown an example of an obvious false prophecy from a guy who doesn’t have his head on straight. The email says that judgment is coming to America and that Jennifer needs to move to the Dallas area to stay safe… and possibly take part in a television ministry.
Using this almost comical prophecy as a springboard to promote her own views, she writes:
Let me pause on the prophecy right there. This is your textbook doom-and-gloom judgment prophet. Most doom-and-gloom judgement prophets have a religious spirit.”
So here we have a label (“doom-and-gloom prophet”) and an association (“Most doom-and-gloom prophets have a religious spirit.”). Now the author may feel justified in qualifying that statement by saying “most,” but the association is still there in the reader’s mind.
This religious doomsayer was sent by the devil in a feeble attempt to get me off the wall, just as false prophets were sent to Nehemiah to get him off the wall (Neh. 6:12-14).”
Here’s another association, with Scripture to back it up!
The irony of the whole thing is that the purpose of the “watchman on the wall” was to warn the people of impending danger, and yet Charisma’s senior editor (who considers herself a watchman) is against those who warn of coming judgment!
You’re not entitled to an opinion, unless it’s mine.
A couple of sentences later, she says:
We don’t need to have opinions about prophetic words. We need to have God’s mind on what God is saying.”
This too is ironic, because she has just offered her opinion on the so-called prophecy “Robert from McKinney, TX” gave her.
What is not being said (but is being heavily implied) is that having “God’s mind” on a matter is only possible if you agree with the author and those “prophets” that Charisma magazine endorses. Most Charisma readers implicitly trust in the prophetic paradigm that the magazine promotes, so slipping this in “under the radar” is easy.
Paint a Crazy Picture
Then the author goes for the coup de gras, revealing the extreme views this guy has on women and makeup. He “prophesies” that Yah is bringing true holiness back to the church, and equates that with women not wearing makeup, doing their hair up, etc.
I’m sure that you’ve been exposed to at least one person like this.
Here, yet another association is made between a “doom-n-gloomer,” a “religious spirit,” and “someone who wants to keep you women oppressed”!!
If the prior associations fail to bait you, this one definitely will, as the subjects of women’s rights and the oppression/abuse of women are very hot and controversial in the church.
All of these associations serve to paint a picture of some old guy with a sign strapped over his shoulders that says “THE END IS NEAR!!” who points his finger at all the women passing by, calling them all “the Whore of Babylon.”
And Jennifer isn’t the only one who does this. Many false prophets paint this same image and, with brute force, cram it down your throat (in a “nice” way, of course).
Once you swallow this pill:
- You will ignore the Bible truth that the “end time revival” the false prophets prophesy is a lie. (See “Why Revival Really Tarries.”)
- You will ignore the obvious truth that He is coming to judge the inhabitants of the world because of their sin. (“transgression of the Torah” 1 John 3:4).
- You will become absolutely repulsed by correction. (Proverbs 1:22-30)
- You will be oblivious to the fact that the “religious spirit” DOES NOT EXIST in the Word. (See “The Difference Between Filthy Rags and Righteous Robes” and “How to Understand the Difference Between Legalism and Obedience.”)
Holiness is never based on your intentions.
Then after displaying the nut job’s extreme opinion on women and makeup, she quips:
I believe in holiness, but holiness is a matter of the heart, not the hairstyle…”
This sounds so appealing on the surface because it falls into lockstep with the erroneous mega-Church “God knows my heart…” philosophy.
But you need to understand this… you will never make it into the Kingdom on your good intentions or how holy you may think you are.
The Word says:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, YHWH, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.
What did Jeremiah call the heart? “Crooked above ALL, and desperately sick…”
That means that our heart is twisted and perverted above everything out there! EVERYONE who is not submitted to ALL of the Word of YHWH (not just select verses from Paul) has this heart, by default.
YHWH gives to whom “according to his ways”? EVERY MAN!
We will all be rewarded or penalized based upon our ways! Not our heart… not our intentions… not our feelings.
And this is not just a Old Testament concept. Paul spoke of this to the Church in Rome.
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God who “will render to each one according to his deeds”
And Yeshua mentioned it three times in the book of Revelation!
I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
I think it’s time that we all come to the realization that our Father is a little more “performance-oriented” than what we have been taught to believe!
Swallowing the Pretty Poison
The very concept of “holiness is a matter of the heart” is easily digestible, but completely unfounded, unless you put your faith in the words of Charisma magazine and it’s superstars.
You see, there is a game going on, and you may be participating in it and not know it.
The vast majority of church goers in the Western church do not want to have anything to do with the commandments of YHWH. “His ways are not our ways” because our ways do not make room for His ways. They are simply incompatible unless we repent – then our ways will become His ways.
Anyone who preaches this message is counted as angry, rude, judgmental or (my favorite) having a “religious spirit.”
So, with itching ears, the masses run into the open arms of Charisma magazine, the Elijah List and similar organizations. They know that, if they can just reach the warm grasp of deception, they will be told what they want to hear, the way they want to hear it. It’s a HUGE and profitable niche.
This twisted phenomena is nothing new.
Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll, that it may be for time to come, forever and ever: that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the YHWH; who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”
People may say that this passage can only apply to Israel, but did you notice that it said “that it may be for time to come, forever and ever?”
Don’t insult your own intelligence. If you are a “rebellious people” “who will not hear the law of the YHWH,” you too will suffer this fate as the Creator is “no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34)
Oh, and did I fail to mention… a “religious spirit” cannot be found ANYWHERE in the Bible? It’s not there! Rebellion, stiff-neckedness and hard-heartedness can be found though..
The prophetic masquerade is not to be found in preaching obedience.
Yes, there’s an agenda with the false prophets and publications like the Elijah List and Charisma magazine, and that is to keep up appearances and reinforce their paradigm. And they are succeeding for one reason only:
An astounding and horrible matter has come to be in the land: the prophets have prophesied falsely, and the priests rule by their own hand, and My people have loved it so. And what are you going to do at the end of it?
It’s in our carnal nature to the love the masquerade – it keeps us from having to deal with our own depravity… and it’s very, very familiar.
But in the end, what does it matter?
The Show Must Go On
So, in order to keep the prophetic masquerade going, false prophets will take a freakshow prophecy and use it to convince you that ANYONE who preaches holiness as a matter of obedience (which it is) has a “religious spirit.”
And believe me friends, most of them do not have malicious intent when they do this. They may want you to be blessed… but self-preservation will trump their good intentions every time.
LeClaire’s article is concluded with this… “But I don’t agree that this prophetic word came from the Lord because neither the message nor the messenger is lining up with the character of God,” and the author’s right to call it this way – I mean, it’s so painfully obvious.
But a friend on my Facebook page made a very astute observation after reading the article. He said, “It’s kinda like the wolf saying ‘look out for that bear he’ll eat you up.’ You’re safe with me!”
When your judgment of YHWH’s character is so convoluted by the delusional doctrines of the prophetic movement, you cannot claim to know the mind of YHWH… not within that corrupted framework.
Let’s be wise, friends… in order to see the serpent’s actions, you need to recognize how a serpent thinks. (Matthew 10:16)