Sadly, we could go on and on, giving more true “occult inside the Christian Church” news stories that have swept the Christian West of late, because the list just grows and grows. Within just the last couple of years, Steven Bancarz, Josh Peck, Dr. Thomas Horn, and countless other well-known and celebrated Christian authors just from within our own circle have released several titles raising awareness in this area.[i] Each has shown how today’s pop-culture, contemporary Church is beginning to incorporate such evil, occult practices as cartomancy (fortune-telling with cards), under the guise of Holy Spirit-directed “destiny cards” or “prophecy cards” (other names for tarot cards); “angel boards,” identical in every way to the Ouija board; yoga, which, if you didn’t know, incorporates physical stretch-poses that are, in and of themselves, postures of worship to specific pagan gods of old (note that there are many other alarming details the average Christian has never heard of regarding yoga); teachings about karma, which is strictly a New Age philosophy; Mother Earth-style training programs on the “God is all, and all is God” philosophy of pantheism; “walking prayer labyrinths,” which participants largely don’t know draws its origins from sexually deviant Greek mythologies resulting in the birth of the half-man, half-beast Minotaur; “contemplative prayer” and/or “soaking sessions,” which involve some variation of “Christ consciousness” or prayer-to-angels (or spirit guides) meditation originating straight from the New Age or Wicca; new and false “Jesus” gospels, based on pop-culture scriptural interpretations that paint Jesus to be anything but what and who He was described as in the New Testament; and other disturbing, anti-Christian, religious beliefs and practices, such as the following list taken from Bancarz’ and Peck’s The Second Coming of the New Age:
- Opening up portals with your minds for angels and energies of Heaven to come through
- “Spirit-traveling” out of body [called “astral projection” or “astral travel” in pagan circles today]
- Practicing “spiritual smell,” “spiritual taste,” and such
- Engaging in guided meditations
- Going through guided visualizations into one of the “Heavens”
- Using tuning forks and “sacred sounds” for energetic alignment
- Manifesting one’s own destiny through visualization
- Believing that thoughts emit metaphysical vibrations and frequencies that create reality
- Practicing telepathic communication to put thoughts and images into another’s mind[ii]
These authors can bet many readers just went through this list and thought to themselves, Yes, this is a shame, but it’s not surprising. That, in itself, is a shame. We’re “used to” Western Christianity ebbing more and more toward this misdirected reality every day, so much so that we’re desensitized by the level at which the Precious Yeshua’s house has been tarnished.
We Dare You!
A lot of terms and euphemisms are being tossed around in today’s political and social climate that sound intimidating to Christ’s followers, “post-Christian” certainly being one of them. Particularly throughout the West, we’re hearing it said so often that our culture is “becoming post-Christian.” Even Barna, in one of the studies referenced earlier regarding the secularization of our faith, maintains that the West is engaged in a “post-Christian Reformation.”[iii] Some may feel that it’s no longer a future reality, but that we’re already there…and these authors agree.
Apostate vs. Remnant: A Battle for Domination
But before we all bid Christianity adieu, drive in the final nail of the coffin, and whisper a melancholy “rest in peace” over faith’s grave, it’s crucial to understand and accept which Christianity we’re saying goodbye to. Until recently, the tares (fake Christians) and the wheat (true believers) have been occupying the same space in the Church, but they cannot remain in the same soil forever. We believe one of these is about to be gathered in bundles where they wait to be burned, while the other is taken into the protection of the barn (see Matthew 13:24–41).
Technically, the term “post-Christian” is a misnomer anyway, even an oxymoron, because a) the currently forming Apostate Superchurch is already spiritually dead, but will only increase on Western soil as it syncretizes with paganism, and b) the Remnant Church of true believers cannot die—it’s a literal, theological impossibility. Therefore, neither the genuine nor the counterfeit Church is going away anytime soon.
The Remnant, on the other hand, is currently feeling the separation pains that are a side effect of watching authentic Christian doctrine be replaced with the flimflam theology of the Church as an institution. So, when we hear or say “post-Christian,” the reality that it actually represents is a cultural departure from pure doctrine, not the death of a religion.
First of all, Christ is and always will be the King, seated on the throne over the whole world and all its nations and inhabitants at all times, regardless of shifting religious trends and survey cards and without threat from mankind’s constant inclination to champion human reasoning above reliance on God’s provision or being held accountable to His authority. Nothing happens on our earthly soil that God doesn’t see coming from His nonlinear, eternal, immutable, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent perspective that existed before even the formation of our planet. And, as any real Christian would agree, He is always in control!
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The Church that Christ built, the True Church or “Remnant Church,” as we’ve been referring to it, isn’t going anywhere. It never will. It can’t “go anywhere.” The Power behind it is impenetrable. The Man who assembled it with His blood is a Force that no entity in the universe can come against. The Word of God is clear on our Church’s victory. Even in every fathomable eschatological scenario, where the world is meeting its apocalyptic end and the enemy holds global power, the Church that Christ built wins. For all the fears churchgoers have today that the Western world is becoming less and less a “Christian” territory, the promises of Scripture show that even if that happens on a political and social scale, it’s impossible for the secularization of our culture to be victorious in the dissolution of Jesus’ true followers. And that power, that heartbeat of God, as realized through the dramatic actions of His people, beats throughout all time—regardless of what “local churches” as buildings (or human institutions) do.
As so many preachers quipped throughout the ’80s and ’90s: Read the back of the Book and take it to the bank. We win. End of story. This “Satan wins” scenario everyone is panicking about when they drop terms like “post-Christian” is a theological incongruity, and it only serves as an enemy-pleasing distraction that says everyone should drop their Great Commission duties in a demoralized surrender because “fake news” says Christianity is dead.
But this “social club” we’ve built—the organized institution we call “Christianity”—wherein we gather every Sunday to hobnob with the “pretty people” who “have their lives together” but who are too busy working out their politics, their opinions on social affairs, and their favorite Starbucks coffee drink…this “Occultianity” that will be key to Antichrist’s system? This pop-culture, lazy Bride of Spot and Wrinkle, who currently only gets out of bed long enough to give the Beast a jaunt around the riding trail? The lethargic, apathetic Woman whose contaminated robes are about to be traded for the scarlet draperies of the Harlot, whose true name is False Religion?
Yeah, she can go anytime. If “post-Christian” means the split between the Remnant and the Superchurch, these authors are at peace with that reformation, allowing the Remnant to become “post-whatever-that-is.” We shouldn’t fear the split! We should embrace the idea that we will no longer be joined with that Woman, but that we will be severed from her, purified of her contamination, even if it means she takes over the buildings.
Bring on the cleansing of the temple!
At this point, it appears certain that the war between the tares and the wheat—that battle for dominance between the forming Apostate Superchurch and the Remnant—will end with the Remnant going underground very soon. Antichrist will not allow real Christians to be out and about in public once he rises to power, and a great many signs are pointing to the idea that his rise is just around the corner.
On the other hand, if these authors are wrong and the Church as an institution does have some breath of true life left in her—if there is any remaining life in the Western Church that was built upon the backs of those men and women whose blood, sweat, and tears stood for an unadulterated message of the cross—then we might just buy ourselves another season of grace before the inevitable concealment of the saints underground.
If this were to occur, it would likely result in another Great Awakening—what could be the final harvest of souls before the end of days. A Holy-Spirit-directed “house-cleaning.” It could even bring in a Church reformation bigger than the one of Luther’s day, whereupon those tares who treat Christianity as a sort of “GolfClubanity” will be weeded out and exposed. A time when that Western religion, that cold, dead, useless thing that is surprisingly devoid of scriptural truth, moves out of the way so the New Testament Church can take ground in a resurgence. And a third of churchgoers who are still on the fence about which group they belong to will receive a strong message delivered in no uncertain terms: “God is in control of His own house. It’s time to get serious or get out of the way for the next generation of on-fire believers to blast their way onto the Great Commission scene.”
Readers, we beseech you… If this is the scenario you crave to come to pass, take heed and understand that it requires a return to some ancient roots.
And we mean this both theologically and methodologically.
Delaying the Wrath of God
While we’re on the thread of personal responsibility within the Body of Christ, we need to address one crucial aspect of theology. So often, Christians “date-set,” see signs where there aren’t any, or get a little too trigger-happy in recognizing the Mark at every turn. This tends to make us all look silly, for certain, and it makes the Word appear less reliable. On the other hand, identifying the signs of the times, calling for worldwide prayer from Christ’s disciples, and watching as a crisis is diverted is a biblically sound reality.
These authors have lately received phone calls, emails, texts, and other interactions from concerned believers regarding how much the year 2020 feels like the beginning of the end. Some have tossed around the idea that a certain politician might be Antichrist, and that a COVID-19 vaccine might be the Mark of the Beast (or a practice round for it), and so on. Whether all or none of this is true, we are called to pray for the grace and provision of God. Doing so in all sincerity can cause an alteration in God’s plan of an otherwise certain, catastrophic scenario.
It is an oft-misunderstood biblical subject: Though God is immutable and His will, character, and holiness standards never change (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17; Hebrews 6:17; 13:8; Job 23:13; 1 Samuel 15:29), it’s not theologically accurate to say that “His wrath will come at a fixed hour regardless of what we do.” Under this belief, the terrifying episodes of Revelation already have an immovable future date as divined by God, and nothing the True Church does can delay it; therefore, repentance is futile since “there isn’t anything we can do about it anyway.” Such spiritual lethargy, when corporately applied, is ironically part of what ushers in the End-Times scenario in the first place.
On the other hand, it would also be inaccurate to say that we mere humans can do anything to change the Lord’s divine and perfect will for His earth and its inhabitants.
So where is the answer between defeatism (“we can’t do anything; we should just give up”) and hubris (“we can change God’s mind if we just do [fill in the blank]”)?
Using the story of Jonah as an example, we find that when humans repent, turn to God, and align with His ways, the Lord’s wrath can be postponed. This is not because God is unstable and goes back on His word. It’s because the reason for His wrath is removed when people bring themselves into harmony and accord with His will. Jonah was sent to Nineveh with a specific message: Everything was going to be destroyed in forty days. This was because the Ninevites had been living in a way that blasphemed and opposed God. Their evil presence was a scourge upon the earth. But when the Ninevites repented and petitioned for God’s mercy, He spared them (Jonah 3:3–10). (This isn’t the only story with this outcome in the Word. Another example is when the prophet Isaiah delivered the message of God to King Hezekiah that his death was imminent and he needed to get his house in order, because he would not recover. Hezekiah prayed and cried out to God, and the Lord responded by sending Isaiah back to the king with the message that he would live another fifteen years, and the city was delivered from the hands of King Ahab [2 Kings 20:1–7]. We could give even more examples, but you get the idea.)
Some English translations unfortunately bungle the concept of the “delay of the wrath of God” when they state (like they sometimes do regarding verse 10) that God “repented” or “changed His mind.” It isn’t that these translations are wrong, it’s that they are incomplete. When we hear those terms/phrases, we imagine He is feeling guilty for something He’s done wrong. Because some of these translations are mainstream, but dated (such as the KJV), we continue to trip up on the idea that God would a) announce an upcoming event through a prophet like Jonah or John at Patmos (Revelation), and then b) switch gears and either flippantly move on with His linear, forward-moving rule over the world like some capricious king of impulse, or cry over His own shame in having set out to announce the event in the first place.
We won’t go into the deep-trench “nerd avenues” of this complex word-study topic because of time and space restraints. The bottom line on this language conundrum is that these “repent”/“changed His mind” moments are ultimately anthropomorphic (descriptions of God in human terms; giving God human attributes). We have a hard time relating how God—who is completely outside of time, eternal in nature, and never restrained to a linear (forward-moving), four-dimensional, three-spatial-coordinates-and-one-temporal-coordinate, space-time continuum reality—could promise to destroy Nineveh and restore it in the same story without thinking of it as an inconsistency. This is because mere humans cannot “step out of” the space-time continuum, so for us, it would represent an inconsistency. Therefore, Hebraic concepts of unlimited cosmos control and will by the Creator of the universe find their place in English as “God flip-flopped His stance” or “then He was sorry.”
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Think of it like this:
- When God’s eternal, unlimited-by-time holiness standards are immutable and unchanging, then He is only No matter what happens, God’s judgment will start to “kick in” on Nineveh whenever Nineveh becomes the evil thing that God’s standards of holiness cannot allow to exist.
- However, because God is eternal, immutable, and unchanging, then His “mercy that endures forever” (Psalm 107:1) as another part of His nature and character is also only If a nation or a people strive to meet His expectations and be what He asks, then mercy will “kick in” when Nineveh becomes repentant and they will be spared, in uniformity with God’s nature.
- Therefore, the inconsistency is with us finite, linear, ever-changing, and inconsistent humans. We are blessed when we seek God’s heart, and we are punished when we turn away from Him.
Again, to drive it home: It’s not about God changing and conforming His immutable will to accommodate imperfect humanity, it’s about us changing and conforming our human will into alignment with God’s expectations to the best of our ability.
- Then, when it is sincere, there has been an invisible, spiritual, supernatural, transcendent, “unseen realm” exchange that breaks the barriers of our natural laws and understanding (not His), and our redemption is no longer bound to the reality that it had been before.
With language problems out of the way, it’s easier to see what the Bible directly states about a delay. Prophetic declarations of future judgments of God are conditional, not absolute. They challenge us with action. From the Lord, Himself, on the subject, we read:
If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. (Jeremiah 18:7–10; ESV)
It’s like when your mother saw you break a rule repeatedly and said something like, “I am going to take that toy away from you.” She didn’t have to state the condition (“if you don’t stop disobeying my rule”) in order for you to understand that the condition was there. You knew that if you immediately stopped breaking the rule and apologized for your disrespect (conforming to her expectations of you), she would let you keep the toy. That is the logic here.
But please understand that the “delay of wrath theology” we’ve looked at here is not a “cancellation theology”! What God says He will do, He will do (Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 7:9; Joshua 21:45; 1 Corinthians 1:9)! The events of Revelation will happen in the end. Therefore, there is coming a separation of the true Christians (who refuse to worship the Man of Sin) from the false Christians (who are deceived into embracing Antichrist), and God’s judgment will be upon the Apostate Superchurch that “looks like” the Christian Church (and other world religions). When God said Nineveh would be destroyed, then “relented” and spared them, it wasn’t a permanent arrangement or “once spared, always spared” pact. As history tells, when the Ninevites’ sin grew out of alignment with God’s holiness standards again, about a 150 years later, after the warnings of Habakkuk (and others) were ignored, they were destroyed in 612 BC, just as God said (cf. Nahum 1).
From this, we learn: Though Revelation will eventually play out just as it describes, the “delay” of God’s wrath is our responsibility. If we don’t want the End Days to be soon, or even within our lifetimes, then we Christians, the ambassadors of God’s only Son, have no choice but to align with His holiness standards.
This means refusing to participate in perpetuating the heresy that has contributed to building the Cult of Western Christianity. We demonstrate this refusal, in addition to repenting, by getting into our Bibles like never before, praying to God with an earnestness we’ve not yet shown, aggressively applying true Christian spiritual disciplines to our daily lives, inwardly and outwardly upholding the essential tenets of the Christian faith, and striving by every effort humanly possible to be the Bride Without Spot or Wrinkle.
Do these things, and you will be a part of the True Remnant Church: the one out of two End-Time Churches that holds the greater power.
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[i] This is a small list, compiled from only two books: Steven Bancarz and Josh Peck, The Second Coming of the New Age: The Hidden Dangers of Alternative Spirituality in Contemporary America and Its Churches (Crane, MO: Defender Publishing, 2018); Dr. Thomas Horn, Shadowland: From Jeffrey Epstein to the Clintons, from Obama and Biden to the Occult Elite: Exposing the Deep-State Actors at War with Christianity, Donald Trump, and America’s Destiny (Crane, MO: Defender Publishing, 2019). However, readers are encouraged to look beyond just these titles.
[ii] Steven Bancarz and Josh Peck, The Second Coming of the New Age: The Hidden Dangers of Alternative Spirituality in Contemporary America and Its Churches (Crane, MO: Defender Publishing, 2018), 324.
[iii] “American Worldview…Release #11: Churches and Worldview.”