Rodney Howard-Browne wants to scare you into keeping your comments to yourself. According to the self-proclaimed “Holy Ghost Bartender”, if you dare to challenge, or criticize, what is happening in his meetings (or other revivals), you automatically fall into a group of nonspiritual people who completely write off the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and “are in grave danger of blaspheming the Holy Ghost!”
Take this opportunity to roll your eyes … now proceed with the rest of the article.
There is coming a massive attack on the Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement by a group of individuals that don’t believe in the power of the Holy Spirit today – these men do not believe in speaking in tongues or the gifts of the spirit – they think that because of excesses in the church that they have a right to write off the fastest growing sector of Christianity – over 800 million in the earth today – that would be as bad as writing Jesus off because of one of the 12 was Judas Iscariot – if these individuals just adopted Gamaliel’s advice of Acts 5:38-39 that would be fine however they have no fear of God and are in grave danger of blaspheming the Holy Ghost – they think that because the movement has had scandals that have been publicised that this gives them leeway to do what they are doing – however the only reason why it gets the attention is because these individuals are on TV – everywhere I travel I hear of scandals outside of the Pentecostal charismatic realm but these are never publicised because no one knows them – they are calling their exposé strange fire however you better have the alternative if you are going to criticise something as counterfeit you have to produce the real – or else you had better shut up! The only ones who have the right to bring correction are the ones inside the camp not outside!”
This quote was recently taken from Rodney Howard-Browne’s own Facebook page, where the poor “bartender” was lamenting the up-and-coming “Strange Fire” conference (with John MacArthur, RC Sproul, Todd Friel and Joni Erickson Tada).
Now, I don’t know a whole lot about the speakers except Todd Friel (I do have to admit, I like Friel’s videos), but it strikes me as all-too-telling that Mr. Howard-Browne would get so defensive.
A True Prophet would not be intimidated if someone wanted to measure his actions and words against the Word of God.
Perhaps he’s afraid that some of his flock would be drawn to the “other side” once they realize that his “prophetic circus” (and all the other false prophet revivals) doesn’t match up with the Word of God?
Let’s read what the Word of God says about True Prophets:
“Your prophets have predicted for you falsehood and delusion and foolish things; and they have not exposed your iniquity and guilt to avert your captivity [by causing you to repent]. But they have divined and declared to you false and deceptive prophecies, worthless and misleading.”
“I did not send these [false] prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My council, then they would have caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them [My people] from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.“
Now, try watching any of the Rodney Howard-Browne videos on YouTube. Here’s one … I’ll be honest, I couldn’t watch the whole thing, I only skimmed through it. The prospect of sitting through 1/2 hour of this drivel turned my stomach.
Find any similarities between the “Holy Ghost bartender” and the Word of God? Nope … me neither.
In conclusion, don’t be afraid to speak out if you see something wrong… you’re not blaspheming the Holy Ghost, rather you are obeying this verse.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”
It’s a tactic that’s been used before. If they can scare you into silence by pulling the “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” card (after all, who wants to that?), then they can continue deceiving without resistance.