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A Connection to the Divine
As human beings, it is in our nature to desire a connection to the divine. Even the most primitive, bull-headed redneck (of which I is one) has something inside of him that is not satisfied with the “present reality.”
But we have a flaw that accompanies this desire.
Forerunners of the charismatic and prophetic movements recognized humanity’s desire and its accompanying flaw in our nature and they exploited it.
What is this flaw? Here it is.
If we can’t find that “God”-connection on our own, we will pay for someone to tell us how to get it. What’s more, because we are an impatient, have-it-your-way generation, we will pay big money for someone to show us a shortcut to the divine experience.
We love the idea of bypassing the journey in order to get to the prize and we will typically admire, adore and “worship” those who claim to have “been there.”
The deceivers knew this and through crafty words and promises of supernatural encounters, they generated a following among the scripturally illiterate, creating a “culture” around a completely aberrant understanding of “prophets,” “prophecy” and other supernatural terminology.
And so the charismatic and prophetic kingdoms were birthed.
Not satisfied with gaining fame and fortune in this life, the “fathers” in these movements sought to retain favor and honor in the eyes of the multitudes that would follow them long after they died.
They wanted a legacy.
So in order to have this legacy, they knew that they had to lay the groundwork for this empire to become self-sustaining.
Keeping the Momentum Going
In order to ensure that the next generation would pick up the torch and continue the momentum when they passed on, the “fathers” in the prophetic movement sought out those among their disciples with charisma and leadership skills, and mentored them in the ways of Charismania.
The Psalmist once wrote:
Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
In any society or people group, it’s just a “given” that, if a mindset or behavior is to continue, it must be passed down to the next generation. The harder this mindset or behavior is drilled into the psyche of the young recipient, the more of the original message is retained.
But the concept of passing things down to the next generation is a sword that cuts both ways . . . a “double-edged sword,” if you will. (Proverbs 5:3-4, Hebrews 4:12)
Passing on truth from one generation to the next is one edge of the blade.
Passing on a falsehood or perversion of the truth from one generation to the next is the other.
And both edges of the sword cut deep.
If the falsehood or perversion is passed off as “truth” to the next generation, within 2 or 3 generations that perverted “truth” is usually considered “indisputable,” in the understanding of the pupil.
And if that pupil has an “experience” based upon an “indisputable truth,” it is only a matter of time until they “know that they know that they know,” and they are convinced in their hearts that they have connected to the divine and have the key to absolute truth.
And nothing will convince them otherwise, not even the Word of God.
When I was working for the Elijah List, one of the main tenets that they attempted to grind into my head was: “A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.”
Steve Shultz stated numerous times: “Always trust your impressions.”
These man-made proverbs sound so convincing when you’re “in the thick of it,” but they are subtle manipulations aimed at getting you to drop your guard and let them mold your thinking.
Genuinely Deceived and Deceiving
The crazy thing about this whole dynamic is that it is usually not deliberate or malicious. It’s a learned behavior.
These leaders with prophetic and charismatic ministries genuinely feel that they are doing “the Lord’s work,” and will be angry or “emotionally devastated” if you challenge their lifelong passion and “ministry.”
They’ve inherited a perverted message from their “spiritual fathers” and have a deep conviction that they must – by any means necessary – pass this (already perverted) message to the next generation.
And they must pass it to the next . . . and so on.
So while they do “the Lord’s work,” they are keeping a constant eye out for the next disciple.
If a leader in this movement notices a (usually younger) person with leadership skills or a “gift” of some sort, the leader is quick to take him/her under a wing and mentor them, intending to “pass the mantle” to them like Elijah did to Elishah.
Unfortunately, the fact that someone has leadership skills or a “gift” does not mean that they are not gullible or impressionable. In fact, independence, reason and free-thinking are perceived as rebellion and insubordination to the generation of prophets who are on their way out.
So in order have the opportunity to become the next “prophet/prophetess,” the acolyte must allow himself/herself to become a clone.
Instead of “passing the mantle” (another phrase the prophets completely take out of context), the senior prophet just teaches the prophetic hopeful how to believe, perform and express their doctrine and philosophy to the next generation.
The result is, instead of creating true prophets of God, you have a bunch of gullible people convinced that they are hearing from “the spirit of God,” when in fact, they are listening to the desires of their own hearts.
How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart . . .
Once this kind of thinking is implanted like a seed and watered with a little Dispensational doctrine and pride, it takes very little time for the acolyte to become completely deluded into believing in the cause and feeling the motivation to spread the information, perpetuating the cycle.
They were told that it’s “the spirit of God” that is showing them all these things, but in reality, they are just miming what’s already been done.
This can be evidenced in the repetitive and unoriginal nature of the prophecies that are churned out year after year by these self-proclaimed “mouthpieces of God.”
- False Prophets Won’t Have an Original Thought – (July 14, 2016)
- Same Prophecy, Different Year – (January 02, 2018)
Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before
Another way the charismatic and prophetic movements ensure their legacy remains intact is by making sure that “those who come after” will hold “those who have paved the way” in the highest regard.
This is the exact same thing that the Mother Church (and her Protestant daughters) did with the church fathers. They “sainted” them, placing them in a position just-that-short of “godhood” and made sure YOU viewed them in that light.
And you are no different if you are a Protestant. Most of the cemetery (seminary) curriculum is based upon the church fathers’ teachings, and that is what you are being taught from the pulpit.
Your “spiritual fathers” in the prophetic movement – and those who fawn over them – want to make sure that you view them in the same way that the church views the “church fathers.”
By all means, they must maintain their position as God’s chosen representatives and spokesmen in the minds of their followers.
So when one of their progenitors dies, they make sure that they go out with a “bang,” and do all they can to place them in a position just-that-short of “godhood,” making sure you view them as such.
This is exactly what they are doing with Paul Cain.
Few people will dare to mention his past sins.
“Though Paul stepped down from ministry in 2005 for a period, he was restored and genuinely finished well.” 
So, God.TV, why did Paul Cain “step down”?
They certainly won’t tell you. It would damage the paradigm and the empires built upon that paradigm.
If a speaker or publication does have the guts to say anything about past sins, they do so in “delicate,” “softened,” or “sympathetic” verbiage.
Charisma magazine, uncharacteristically, actually had the guts to say something about Paul’s homosexuality, including a quote from Paul’s apology that stated:
“I have struggled with homosexuality for an extended period of time,” Cain said in his written apology. “I have struggled with alcoholism for an extended period of time.” 
But they coupled the confession with verbiage that would ensure a sympathetic view.
Cain has enlisted Korean pastor Daniel Kim of Destiny Training International in El Monte, California, to help him. Kim, who describes Cain as a “fallen general,” says he will serve on a committee of leaders who will oversee Cain’s restoration process.
“When a man of [Cain’s] stature falls, there is often no support,” Kim told Charisma. “How we restore this man in mercy could end up being a lesson for the body of Christ.”
Kim said he believes Cain is also a “victim” in this tragedy because Christians sometimes idolize ministers and expect them to be super-human. “He had inner struggles and no one to confide in,” Kim said. 
If one looks, one can already see the groundwork being laid to safeguard Paul Cain’s “prophet” status in the eyes of the prophetic faithful.
He “struggled” with sin instead of brazenly committing abomination, preying upon young men.
He’s a “victim” instead of a “sodomite” and, indirectly, you’re to blame.
The average Christian reads this manipulation and walks away thinking, “Man, I wish that there was something I could have done to prevent this. Maybe if I would have prayed harder for Paul Cain, then he wouldn’t have ‘struggled’ so hard.”
But the truth is, the propagators of the prophetic culture have just victimized you by subtly shifting the blame and responsibility to you.
Silence Allows Sin
Before this series, when initially I learned of Paul Cain’s demise, I posted something on Facebook, honestly out of frustration because I knew what was soon to follow.
When I posted this, one of my readers asked me “So what’s your point?” later inferring that I was being judgmental and condemning.
I don’t blame her, as this is the typical response I get from those who are just “going with the flow” in their effort to “walk in love” and not find fault with anyone. And I’m sure many of you who have been reading this series may lean towards this understanding of relating to others as well.
Side Note: If you are a person involved in the prophetic movement or mainstream christianity and have stayed with this series up until this point, CONGRATULATIONS! I’m proud of you! You’ve lasted longer than most! That takes some internal fortitude!
As well-intended as this reader’s response may be, it’s an uninformed, knee-jerk response.
“Judge Not . . .” is deeply ingrained in our psyches.
We have been well-trained, as believers, to stay silent in the presence of sinful leaders. No one has the backbone to stand up say “b-a-a-a-a-a-a-d,” for fear of repercussions from our peers, not to mention God Himself!
Tyrannical clergy have wielded the “Judge Not . . .” mantra all-to-well and the people in the pew gladly took up the chant.
Link: Judge Not? – Nonsense! Yeshua Told Us to Judge! – (November 08, 2015)
When you think about it, there’s a certain serendipity that occurs when a church group adopts the “Judge Not . . .” ideology.
Just pause and consider this.
If nobody is judging sin in the church, then the individual within that church does not have to worry about people calling out their sin.
That’s the exact definition of no accountability and when leadership members wield that sword effectively, they are untouchable . . . by man, anyway.
This is precisely what has happened over the last few decades, and it is the very reason that sin runs rampant in the church. People are fearful and brainwashed into thinking that if they say anything at all, then they are not “walking in love,” and are in danger regarding their standing with YHWH.
Of course, nobody wants to go to hell, so they take the safe road and, like good little sheep, go back to eating grass in the pasture their shepherd led them to.
Now, don’t think I condone the reckless philosophy of just speaking everything that is on your mind and telling everybody every little thing that you think is wrong with them.
In the same way that people use “Judge Not . . .” as a tool for silencing those who disagree with them, people use “the Spirit of God told me . . .” to work their own agendas and speak their own words.
So obviously, there is a balance to be struck here.
But who should we trust to teach us this balance? The people who have already abused their position of authority and proven to us that they are in it for themselves? I’ll leave that decision to you.
But be warned that you will be held accountable for your words and the effect that they have on people.
Paul, the same guy who said:
Love suffers long and is kind . . . thinks no evil . . . bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
. . . is the same guy who said:
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Those who publicize for and draw their livelihood from the prophetic movement (as well as mainstream Christianity in general) will not allow you to consider Ephesians 5:11 as an option. You are indirectly threatened with hellfire and damnation if you even think for yourself, let alone speak.
Of course, like I mentioned in the last post, they acknowledge this verse and say that it applies today in all circumstances where exposing sin is “permitted,” but there is always the subtle caveat “just as long as it’s not YOU who is doing the exposing.”
And so the flock is manipulated into submission, unwilling to speak up for fear of being ousted from the herd.
Submit . . . Obey . . . Comply. By all means, don’t rock the boat . . . just go with it!
Another very successful way that false prophets ensure the “survival of the species” is to distract you with arguments and debates over irrelevant issues.
For example, they have redefined the terms “prophets” and “prophecy” to benefit their culture (and bank accounts) by taking snippets of certain scripture to the exclusion of others that would actually detract from their position.
1 Corinthians 14 is their “go-to” Scripture, when it comes to defining “prophets” and “prophecy.” And, if one were to do that, I can see where possible confusion could take place, but we have to ask ourselves a hard question.
Should the rest of Scripture be read through the lens of 1 Corinthians 14, or should 1 Corinthians 14 be read in the light of Scripture?
Did Paul’s letter supercede what God said for 4000+ years?
Though they would never admit it, the vast majority of Christianity believes that Paul’s words supersede God’s words.
Link: New Testament Prophecy – Understanding 1 Corinthians 14 – (August 08, 2016)
It is through this error that the prophetic movement can establish a grey area – a red herring – where the debate over whether or not a prophet is allowed to make mistakes takes precedence over the true definition of the term “prophet” or the consequence of sin.
If they can get you arguing over whether or not your own humanity can confirm or discount your “prophetic gifting,” then they will continue to pull the wool over your eyes while you chase your tail.
Trust me, if you are enticed into debating whether or not a prophet is allowed to make mistakes, you will not come to a solid conclusion, and you will miss the point of prophecy entirely.
Link: Where are the Real Prophets? – (March 28, 2017)
Way before Paul was even a sparkle in the eye of his father, the true prophet, Jeremiah said,
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.
Before 1 Corinthians 14 was even an idea, the true prophet Micah said,
But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.
Being a prophet of YHWH has never been about “seeing heavenly visions” or “foretelling future events” or “reading people’s mail.”
If you want to do those things, visit your local witch, soothsayer or IHOP church. They will be more than happy to teach you how.
The primary job of a prophet is, was, and ever shall be to steer people away from sin and towards the commandments of YHWH. If the other stuff occurs as a BYPRODUCT of being faithful to your primary job – well, that’s just window dressing.
Thank you all for sticking with me through this series. We have one more to go.
-  Prophet Paul Cain, One Of God’s Generals Dies At 89. (2019). Retrieved from https://godtv.com/prophet-paul-cain-one-of-gods-generals-dies-at-89/
-  Prophetic Minister Paul Cain Issues Public Apology for Immoral Lifestyle – Charisma Magazine. (2005). Retrieved from https://www.charismamag.com/site-archives/154-peopleevents/people-and-events/1514-prophetic-minister-paul-cain-issues-public-apology-for-immoral-lifestyle-