II. When God’s Character is at Stake

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When God's Character is at Stake

Series: Have We Not Prophesied in Your Name?

Last week, I alluded to the fact that the soft core false prophets misrepresent the character of Yahweh and twist His words, but I didn’t provide any proof. In this post, I am going to do so. If you haven’t read the prior post (part 1), I highly recommended that you read that first, otherwise you won’t have the full picture.

To recap a little, some of the more distinguished false prophets are not so obvious in their workings of deception. Their smooth words and calm demeanors make them appear more trustworthy and deserving of respect than the usual voices and, oftentimes, they are considered “prophetic fathers,” among their adherents.

This perceived credibility makes their deception even more devious than that of their crazy counterparts because it is hidden under layers of self-deception, partial truth and experience-driven doctrine.

This may (or may not) be intentional, but it really doesn’t matter. Yeshua clearly stated that a false prophet’s intent is irrelevant. But because they claim “We see,” they and their followers will suffer the same judgment as those who willingly reject Him. (Matthew 7:22-23, John 9:39-41)

They will suffer this judgment because they twisted His words and misrepresented His character.

The Enemy has always wanted you to question God’s Word.

Maligning the Word and character of God has always been the goal of the serpent, and his strategy hasn’t changed.

Mimicking his encounter with Eve in the Garden of Eden, Satan causes the weak to question the commandment of God (Genesis 3:1) and then uses that “foot in the door” to introduce a greater misconception about His character and intent.

Genesis 3:4-5
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

This ultimately results in disobedience to the commandments (sin – 1 John 3:4) leading to an expulsion from His presence. (Genesis 3:23-24, Matthew 7:22-23)

Not much has changed in 6,000+ years, only now we have generations of scriptural error to correct, cultural differences to consider and translation issues to account for. So the enemy has had little trouble promoting a distorted image of Yahweh and most of his deception is kept well-concealed.

I’m going to show just one of these errors, but there are many, many more promoted by these false prophets. It’s a pretty deep rabbit hole (remember, the best deception is not obvious), so I ask that you would please bear with me. It will take a little digging to peel back the layers and get to the crusty corrupted center.

How does Graham Cooke distort the Word of God?

Recently, I looked at Graham Cooke’s Facebook page and saw the following meme:

Graham Cooke quote

On the surface, this may sound harmless and encouraging enough, but it is actually a classic combination of clever marketing and (perhaps unintentional) deception.

An Aside – “Getting more bang for your buck”

First, modern day false prophets with high-traffic websites quickly learn how their viewers navigate through their sites. Through much study, trial and error, product ads are strategically placed to get you to buy.

Trust me on this. I was up to my eyeballs in marketing strategy when I worked for the Elijah List and was told to spend many hours studying the behavior of those who visited the site so that we could structure things to “get more bang for our buck.”

False prophets also know that people have short attention spans, so they take advantage of the Facebook meme by condensing a distorted doctrine and putting it on an attractive graphic (or in Graham’s case, a green block). They then use these “tasty morsels” to help guide unsuspecting people toward their products in the hopes that they might fork over their hard earned money.

But that’s just good marketing; I won’t fault Graham for that… heck, the guy’s gotta make a living.

Here’s where the real deception lies…

It starts with establishing false authority.

false authority
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In this meme, Graham is taking a reference to “the comforter” in John 14 and wrapping it up in a quote extracted out of “a letter from God,” which you can conveniently read in all its glory when you purchase the book from his website.

Graham’s claim that this message is “from God” is the same as saying “I see” or “I speak for God,” much like the Pharisees did when the Messiah walked the earth. Unless you specifically state that your writing is a work of fiction, any claim that a message is “from God” must be taken at face value.

This “thus saith the Lord” message is sure to enhance Graham’s prophetic prowess and bolster product sales, but the enemy also uses it as the foundation to get people to trust in a false portrayal of God’s character.

The misuse of the word “comforter” will reinforce the trendy yet incorrect idea that the Holy Spirit is an entity that we all have within us, whose main purpose is to give us a great big, squishy hug when we feel low.

Readers of this meme – likely already part of the prophetic movement – will have their emotions stroked and their “Jesus-is-my-buddy” ethos strengthened. The error will bode well with their impression that the Son of God went around hugging people all day and left us to send the Holy Spirit, who wants to make you spiritually drunk and cause you to roll around on the floor.

Or maybe, if you’re not one who is given over to prophetic tomfoolery, it will at least strengthen the emotionalism behind the idea of having God’s Holy Spirit for a source of “comfort.”

A Study of “the Comforter” – Paracletos

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Prophetic error aside, I can see how easily this mistake can be made. After all, the Greek word “paracletos” [G3875] is translated into our English word “comforter,” so the association is there if one does not dig deeper… but is it a true translation?

No, it’s not.

Strong’s says that the definition of “paracletos” is “an intercessor, consoler: – advocate, comforter.”[1]

From reading the Strong’s definition above, we can go two different ways with this:

  • either the “consoler/comforter” route ~ or ~
  • the “intercessor/advocate” route.

One way will lead you down the path of momma’s hugs and kisses for your boo-boos and the other will lead you down a “legal” path where there are rules, and a price for disobedience and judgment.

And, no you can’t have it both ways, as you’ll soon see. Let’s study a little deeper.

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon’s entry has this to say about the word “parakletos”:

Thayers_Greek_Lexicon-parakletos

As you can see from Thayer’s Lexicon, the definition leans more toward the intercessor/advocate angle instead of the consoler/comforter angle, and rightfully so. But, in all of of this analysis, we’re leaving out the strongest witness of all… the Scriptures.

So, let’s read our key passage in John 14 with the following question on our minds:

In what way is the Holy Spirit supposed to aid/advocate for/comfort us?

In order to find out the answer to this question, we need to take each use of the word “paracletos” and study it in its Scriptural context.

Let’s start with the well-known, yet much misunderstood Scripture in the gospel of John (the Scripture Graham Cooke is more than likely alluding to):

John 14:15-26
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

You should be able to see that, contextually, the word “Comforter” is a very bad translation of the Greek word “paracletos,” in these verses. John 14:15-26 stresses obedience to the Father’s commands throughout the entire passage, and the “paracletos'” role to teach us and remind us of the Savior’s word. But, because we have only been taught about the consoler/comforter angle, our Western eyes are drawn to the word “Comforter,” and we automatically think of our mommas giving us a great big hug when we’ve scraped our knees on the driveway pavement.

But this is NOT what “paracletos” is supposed to mean here. Let’s look at another usage of the same word (“paracletos”) by the same author (John).

1 John 1:8-2:2
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (“paracletos”) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Again, we see the use of the word “paracletos” in 1 John to signify the role of the Messiah, standing and interceding on our behalf before the Father when we disobey His Words (1 John 3:4 – sin).

So, it is a “comforting” thought to know that we have Yeshua, our Messiah, standing before the Father as our “advocate” (“paracletos”) and the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) here on earth as Yahweh’s representative (“paracletos”), reminding us of and comforting us with His Words. But this isn’t the emotional, poetic, come-rest-your-head-on-fluffy-pillows “comfort” that Graham is trying to push on his followers.

Why is this a big deal?

Aren’t you grasping at straws, Kevin? You, yourself said that it’s “comforting” that we have an advocate before the Father. Couldn’t you be in error on this one? Maybe you should give Graham Cooke and the rest of the “prophetic fathers” a break.

Stay tuned for the next post. In it, I will discuss why seemingly “small errors” ARE such a big deal in the eyes of the Father.

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14 Comments

  1. I think you are swatting at nats and swallowing camels. You’ve also judged Graham’s motives. I’m unaubscribing. We’re in a sp war right now in our nation and world. Stop nit picking the what the Spirit can or can’t do!

      1. If people will edit his videos frame by frame maybe they will see what is being hidden spiritually!

        Kevin you are so right on and others are speaking for Jesus and warning the church. Scripture is clear. The very elect will be deceived

        Your words are like apples of gold in pictures of silver!

        If everyone checks scripture against any teaching they will be shocked the error coming from Gods holy altars. We will be wise to test the spirits of anyone that trys to bring Jehovah down to our level.
        If we “ask for the truth” our Father will show us truth.

        I am thankful you love the Lord and stand with His truth!

        God Bless!

  2. Hi Kevin

    I always am checking your website for your blog posts, and I am always encouraged when I read your teachings. I believe what you are writing is from the Father, and too often Christianity has become too ‘cuddly and soft’. Jesus suffered on the cross for our sins so that we could live a holy life worthy of Him, not for us to be ‘cuddled’ by soft words. It was not ‘cool’ or ‘fun’ for Jesus to hang on the cross. It was extremely painful. He suffered for us in our place. I believe that what you say about the Holy Spirit being an advocate is correct, so keep up the very good work brother. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Also Ananias and Saphira were believers who lied to the Holy Spirit, Who then acted like an advocate and judged them worthy of physical death, so Scripture backs up your teaching. In fact, you are teaching from the Word anyway. I pray that God will continue to lead you and guide you as you follow Him.

    Peter Gilmour

    1. Speaking of Annias and Safina do you think their death was to keep out the leven so to speak or a turning over of the flesh so that their souls may be saved in the day of the LORD?

  3. Hi Kevin,
    The problem I’m having with the current messages in Christendom is the focus on self. Doesn’t the Holy Spirit glorify God? I can’t digest this man-centered gospel anymore. Everything seems to be about our own personal value rather than the magnitude of God’s grace and mercy.

    1. I believe your right, it is a focus on “self.” They are listening to the messages put forth from false prophets and teachers whose only concern is for “self”… and you know what the Word says… “Out of the heart the mouth speaks!” This is a trend that is going to continue until the end of the age. I will definitely be commenting on this in the next couple posts. Thanks!

  4. I’m not defending Graham Cooke or any other false prophet but I still think that calling the Holy Spirit the Comforter while reserving the term ‘advocate’ for Jesus Christ is appropriate. I believe the translators did this on purpose to distinguish the two. (It also supports the concept of taking the Scriptures ‘line upon line, precept upon precept’ instead of taking one or two verses out of context and establishing a doctrine on them.) I also believe our conception of the word ‘comforter’ may have changed some over the years. The first definition given by Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is as follows:

    1. One who administers comfort or consolation; one who strengthens and supports the mind in distress or danger.

    The second part of that definition certainly applies to the Holy Spirit as well as the first part, especially in times of persecution.

    1. To follow the “line upon line, precept upon precept” idea, you have to consider the context of what is being referred to. It’s certainly a “comfort” to know we have an advocate, but this reference in John really has nothing to do with “comforting” in the sense of comforting someone who is hurting. This passage talks about obeying His Words and being reminded of His Words.

      1. Weren’t the disciples hurting because they knew Jesus was leaving them? They didn’t yet realise that He was going to be crucified, but they were fearful at the thought of Him leaving, anyway. So in the broader context, I still believe Comforter to be appropriate.

        1. That’s fine, and the idea of the Holy Spirit being a comforter is not without merit. 2 Corinthians 1 speaks of a “comfort” that comes in the midst of our tribulation… but keep in mind, this is “tribulation” that we are talking about here. I’m sure that we would agree that those who experience tribulation (especially the severe kind) are in need of (and deserve) this kind of comfort! This isn’t the type of “comfort” that the mainstream church promotes.

          1. Now THAT I most certainly agree with you on. Too many ‘Christians’ also equate the term ‘tribulation’ with the Great Tribulation, too, not remembering the persecution all through the ages from the Roman Empire (e.g. Nero) and the Catholic Church down to the current tribulation Christians are going through in Muslim countries.

            There are other types of ‘tribulation’, too. After all, that is simply another term for trouble, and we all get that in everyday life. So, in that sense, the Holy Spirit is a Comforter for the mind in our daily frustrations, keeping our focus on God and His Word rather than the cares of the world.

            But my point is that even though many people might misconstrue the meaning, I don’t believe using the word ‘Comforter’ is an error in translation here.

            How many times in the New Testament does Jesus say ‘He that hath ears to hear, let him hear’? I take this to mean that a superficial reading of the Scriptures will not necessarily reveal their truth.

            Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

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