Kim Clement’s “Pope Francis” prophecy was a big hit!
Towards the end of April, I posted an article commenting on Kim Clement’s latest prophecy regarding Pope Francis. This post was read and shared on Facebook more than any other article that I’ve ever written!
This is not because of any writing skill that I may or may not have . . . trust me.
Rather, believers all over the globe are waking up and realizing that the “strong delusion” talked about in Scripture is taking place right under their noses.
If you haven’t read it already, you really should check it out . . .
Surprise . . . The Elijah List Supports Kim Clement
Imagine my disappointment, yet total lack of surprise when, only a few days later, Steve Shultz and the Elijah List gave its unconditional and unabashed support of Kim Clement’s prophecy in a post titled “Kim Clement: Pope Francis – Appointed to Join the Hearts of Protestant Faith – Catholic – Those Who Are Spirit-filled.”
Kim Clement, who has had guest appearances on TBN and possesses a HUGE online (and offline) following, is the Elijah List’s star performer (with Todd Bentley being a close runner-up), so it is in their best interest to promote him every chance they get.
Count on it . . . wrong or right, if Kim comes out with a “word from God,” the Elijah List will promote it.
It’s just a given.
The Elijah List – which in no way exhibits the ministry of Elijah, or any real prophet, for that matter – has displayed its propensity to bow the knee at the altar of error, people-pleasing and money too many times for me to count. So whenever they claim to have a great Word from God, forgive me if I’m less than receptive.
At the same time, please don’t get the impression that I don’t believe in prophetic messages or Words from God, either. I only react in this unenthusiastic manner when they come from this group of self-appointed prophets.
OK, I really don’t want to spend any more time elaborating on this point, and I don’t want to focus on Kim Clement’s prophecy in this post (you can read Kim’s prophecy here, if you want), as it could detract from the main thrust of this article.
What I want to do is bring your attention to Steve’s preface to Kim’s false prophecy.
I want to show you a tactic used by modern-day prophetic ministries to draw you into deception.
Believe it or not, there is a process that takes place that gets you from point A (casual reader) to point B (deceived lemming), and this recent post from the Elijah List, supporting Kim Clement’s prophecy of the pope, is the perfect example.
Preparing You to Believe the Lie
The purpose of writing an introduction to any readable material (a book . . . a post . . . an article) is to introduce the reader to the content that you want them to process or absorb.
If you want your reader to begin reading the main content in a certain frame-of-mind, you have to subtly introduce “leading ideas” within the intro, guiding them down a desired path so that they will arrive at a destination of YOUR choosing.
Online marketers do this to us all the time. They want us to SEE the product, then CHOOSE to click the necessary buttons to PURCHASE their product.
All you have to do is spend 5 seconds on the Elijah List website (or any other prophetic website for that matter), and you will see that marketing plays a major role in your browsing experience.
Marketing also plays a major role in Elijah List’s (and other prophetic ministries’) propagation of false prophecy.
- Plant the leading idea;
- Guide the user down the path;
- User “digests” and agrees with the material;
- Credibility is attributed;
- User comes back to “receive” more “Words from God.”
This is exactly what is happening in Steve Shultz’s introduction, which I’ve included here in its entirety.
From the desk of Steve Shultz:
It will, no doubt, be fascinating to most Protestants (and probably Catholics too) who read this, what God is saying through Kim Clement.
It’s important to remember that whether in the earth or even in the Church Body itself, it’s God who has ultimate say as to who will or will not be in leadership at any moment. The Bible is clear that God both raises up or tears down leaders throughout the earth . . .
. . . So when God is saying He has chosen Pope Francis for this hour or this season, it is both understandable and Biblical that God would and could – do such a thing. But beyond that, it brings encouragement to many Catholics and non-Catholics alike that God has a plan and He’s working that plan with this new Pope, just as He’s working a plan with every Protestant leader also.
Only Jesus Himself sits as Head of the Church, and not any man. But within the Church, Jesus certainly appoints leaders of denominations and movements because as just stated, Jesus IS the head of the Church and He doesn’t leave the Church’s leadership to chance!
Enjoy and be encouraged! Steve (Source)
Victims of Their Own Deception
Now, I want to say right from the start that I believe Steve thinks he’s doing the right thing. In fact, Steve and most of the mainstream false prophets do not appear to be purposely deceiving anyone.
They are, however, willingly deceived and victims of their own training and experience.
“Willingly deceived,” I say, because they would rather believe their own man-made doctrine instead of what Scripture says. They know the Word . . . they just choose to rationalize or ignore a lot of it.
Evidence shows that any time you combine Scripture taken out of context with “marketing-savvy,” you will have a deadly combination.
You see, whether it is intended by the writer or not, this introduction is leading you on . . . whetting your appetite with tasty little morsels of false teaching so that you will swallow a Great Lie.
Unfortunately, this little promotion of false prophet Kim Clement’s latest word is crossing a HUGE line that – barring a miracle of God – the Elijah List will not be able to turn back from.
Once you throw in your hat for someone who could very well be “THE False Prophet” of Revelation (and by this, I mean the pope, not Kim Clement), you don’t have a leg to stand on, come Judgement Day.
And it’s for this reason that I pray for Steve Shultz and the Elijah List.
If the pope is NOT “The False Prophet” of Revelation, he is still a man putting himself in the place of Jesus Christ, leading a great – and growing – multitude of people down the slippery pathway of a false and heretical religion.
Roman Catholicism is NOT True Christianity
As with all Christian cults, Roman Catholics are all told that they are the true church. Many are told by their leaders that they worship and follow Jesus Christ. Apparently, the pope doesn’t believe that.
Pope Francis formally entrusted the world to Mary before a congregation of more than 100,000 in St Peter’s Square on Sunday.
“We are confident that each of us is precious in your sight,” the Pope said, facing the statue of Mary that normally stands in the shrine at Fatima, Portugal. “Guard our lives in your arms, bless and strengthen every desire for goodness.”
“Let us invoke Mary’s intercession,” he said. “May she help us to be open to God’s surprises, to be faithful to him each and every day, and to praise and thank him, for he is our strength.” (Date: 10.14.2013 – CatholicHerald.co.uk)
If you’re a Roman Catholic who claims to follow Jesus Christ and you are reading this post, PLEASE take a step back and use your logic.
Why would you follow a mere mortal who prays to Mary? Do you really want to follow suit?
It only took me 5 minutes to find this quote from a legitimate Catholic source, but the web is full of reliable sources that show that all popes (past and present) pray to and vow their allegiance to Mary . . . and they encourage their followers to do the same. The information to support this blatant apostasy is that abundant.
BUT THIS IS NOT THE WORSHIP OF YESHUA THE MESSIAH!!!
And yet, according to Kim Clement and the Elijah list, THIS is the man who is chosen by God to “join the hearts” of Protestants and Catholics.
Anyone who knows their Bibles can see where this is going . . . of course, anyone who knows their Bibles will take any words from Kim Clement and the Elijah List with a grain of salt.
Manipulating Your Mind to Accept Deception
Let’s analyze this introductory blurb from Steve Shultz (founder of the Elijah List), because he is preparing all of us, the readers, to absorb the main content, spoken by a big name false prophet.
At the risk of sounding repetitive, this is Marketing 101.
Sellers of a product want you to fork out your hard-earned money to BUY their product. In order to manipulate you into choosing to perform the desired action (buying), the seller plants enticing ideas in your head hoping that you will “take the bait.”
In this case, the leading ideas are planted into the Elijah List reader’s head, priming his/her mental and spiritual receptors to receive and acknowledge Kim Clement’s message as being an actual “Word from God.”
Let me show you what I mean.
Does God Speak through Kim Clement?
“It will, no doubt, be fascinating to most Protestants (and probably Catholics too) who read this, what God is saying through Kim Clement.”
The introduction starts with the assumption that God is speaking through Kim Clement, and the writer expects you, the reader, to believe the same thing he does.
Don’t use your logic. Don’t look at his abysmal track record. And above all, don’t think for yourself. Just accept this as a forgone conclusion . . . God speaks through Kim Clement!
Why should we believe that God speaks through Kim Clement?
I don’t know about you, but if God chose Kim as a “prophet,” you would think that He would pick someone a little more accurate. The only way Kim can claim any level of “accuracy” is if he spiritualizes everything He says.
See my article “Scriptural Witness #3 – False Prophets Speak Presumptuously” for more details on this.
Look, I’ll admit, it IS a forgone conclusion that Kim sounds pretty good on the piano and he DEFINITELY knows how to work up an audience, but neither of those qualities are a requirement for a prophet of the Most High.
Despite this sound reasoning, most readers will accept this tasty morsel and read the rest of the intro with the seed planted in their minds . . . God speaks through Kim Clement! . . . Why? Because the Elijah List says so!
Has God Chosen Pope Francis?
“It’s important to remember that whether in the earth or even in the Church Body itself, it’s God who has ultimate say as to who will or will not be in leadership at any moment. The Bible is clear that God both raises up or tears down leaders throughout the earth . . .”
What is being suggested here is that the Catholic church is part of the legitimate “Church Body.” This is a fallacy that has been passed down for centuries.
History books even promote this idea! (Big surprise!)
Whenever anyone reads a book on church history, the terms “the church” and “the Catholic church” are used quite interchangeably. There is no delineation between those who worship Yeshua and follow His commands and the Catholic church.
As a result, any time a reader sees the term “the church,” they automatically assume that it means a Bible-believing, Christ-loving, non-Catholic group of people.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
For more information on the true nature of “the church”:
- The Irony of the Church Fathers – So You Wanna Be the Church?
Because of this deception, our view of church history (if we’ve even studied it) – what they believed, and the parties involved – is so skewed . . . at times, we don’t know WHO believed WHAT!
So if someone suggests that the pope could be a viable leader in His Church, we have very little knowledge to refute it.
It is true that God determines who is in leadership. But the implication that the pope is put into the leadership of the Body of Christ for good purposes is a total fabrication.
Yet in the context of this entire blurb, this is the idea that is being promoted.
The Protestant and Catholic Mixture
” . . .So when God is saying He has chosen Pope Francis for this hour or this season, it is both understandable and Biblical that God would and could – do such a thing. But beyond that, it brings encouragement to many Catholics and non-Catholics alike that God has a plan and He’s working that plan with this new Pope, just as He’s working a plan with every Protestant leader also.“
This is a blatant attempt to lump in Protestant believers with the Pope and the Catholic church.
But we are NOT all the same.
It should be a forgone conclusion that Christ’s church does not consist of those who worship Mary or any other “god.” If it does, then we might as well include Buddhists, Muslims and all other religions!
But that’s the whole goal of the One-World Religion, isn’t it?
Leadership in the Catholic church may speak of Jesus and call themselves “Christian,” but they deify and pray to Mary (as shown above) and the “saints.” Their ritualistic practices are an indulgence in paganism, and their lust for power is unmatched.
Mary worship, relic worship and other forms of idolatry do not mix with the worship of the Most High . . . EVER. So don’t include me in this mixture that is being promoted . . . I don’t care what those in church leadership have to say. Those turncoats are showing their true colors right now.
But Steve and Kim would have you believe that Catholics and Protestants have common ground to stand on.
They do not.
Is the Pope Part of God’s Plan?
Steve Shultz and Kim Clement are probably right on one point though . . . although I’m sure they did not intend for it to be interpreted in this way.
The pope IS a part of God’s plan . . . he is a central figure, if not a forerunner, to the end-time deception!
This “renewal” that Kim Clement is prophesying . . . this “change in the entire system” is nothing less than the culmination of the great falling away.
Yeshua the Messiah will get no glory from this “renewal” . . . because it will be the unifying of all religions under the god of this world.
Scratch that . . .
He WILL get the glory after He defeats His enemies (which includes the apostate church), but until then, satan and his followers (which includes the apostate church) receive a temporary victory over the true saints of God.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
No doubt, the deceived will see this as a “Great Outpouring” of some sorts, but Paul called it a “Strong Delusion” sent by God Himself.
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
So, yes . . . the pope and all who follow him are part of God’s plan, but they’re NOT the “good guys.”
Jesus is the Head of What Church?
“Only Jesus Himself sits as Head of the Church, and not any man. But within the Church, Jesus certainly appoints leaders of denominations and movements because as just stated, Jesus IS the head of the Church and He doesn’t leave the Church’s leadership to chance!”
There is an attempt here to assure the reader that “everything is OK,” while at the same time giving affirmation and authority to Kim’s prophecy . . . “Hey, don’t worry! Jesus is the Head of His church!” But . . .
- The “End Time church” does not consist of people who worship a man (the pope).
- The “End Time church” does not consist of those who worship Mary.
- The “End Time church” does not consist of those who practice idolatry of any kind (Revelation 21:8).
- The “End Time church” does not consist of those who molest little altar boys.
- The “End Time church” does not consist of false prophets.
I understand that the Catholic church may be the “church” according to history, but it is not His Church as defined by the Word of the Living God.
So, Who Belongs to Christ’s “End Time Church?”
The book of Revelation is very explicit about this. Read the following verses check yourself . . . where do YOU stand?
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Don’t fool yourself! There is no “wiggle room” here.
Can a Catholic be Saved?
Am I saying that, if you’re Catholic, that you’re not saved?
No . . . what I’m saying is that you need to make a choice . . . and the outcome of that choice is your Eternal Destination.
Do you really want to be a part of a belief system that is on the wrong side of Eternity?
Do you love His Word and His Ways, or are you comfortable with the way it’s always been done?
Come to think of it . . . this choice belongs to you too, Protestants.
- Now is not the time to mess around with “easy believe-ism.”
- Now is not the time to compromise with the “Mother Church.”
- Now is not the time to trust in the “words” of those who are under the influence of demonic spirits and would easily sacrifice your soul in order to keep their ministries afloat.
- Now is not the time to trust in your “experiences.”
- Now is the time to trust in the written Words of the Living God, giving validation to your “experience” when it lines up with what is written.
All else is futility and vanity.
If you belong to any “church” that is climbing into bed with the One World Church . . . RUN! Don’t mess around . . . just get out. They’re blind leaders of the blind.
The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
We need to obey His Word, not man-made traditions and spiritual flights of fancy.Kevin Kleint
Originally written May 22, 2014