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The “punch the devil out” services/sermons of the Charisma Revival age can be thrilling, and they do at times inspire Christians to wake up, stand against evil, and work for the Lord. But when the effort turns into a holiness competition among believers, the motivating sermon becomes a doggedly wet thing that dies under the weight of the exhausting, rote obligation of once again spending an entire Sunday afternoon swaying at the altar (on an empty stomach). And that’s not to mention all the totally weird “theologies” and “Holy Spirit manifestations” that swept through the Pentecostal Church (and then clung on for some time) as a result of the Charisma Revival. Every other Sunday, it seemed, we would hear yet another story about feathers falling from rafters and gold dust producing itself miraculously on people’s scalps. Once, a man we knew even joyfully testified that his silver tooth fillings had all turned to gold at the altar. The pastor at that church was usually a very sensible man, so we were surprised when, instead of finding a gentle way of redirecting the focus of the service, he led the congregation into several minutes of praising the Lord for the aesthetic work He had done in our brother’s now-blingy mouth. (These authors are convinced that Rumpelstiltskin had more to do with that manifestation than God.)

When the world hears this kind of crazy talk, they wonder why Jesus’ miracles went from mercy to nonsense—from raising the dead and making the blind see to transforming a gentleman’s dental work into another color. To the lost, Church becomes a godless cabaret, and even the small-town shows are able to invest in their glitter cannons because God is their declared producer. It turns into a “Spirit-led” extravaganza. A contract with the high-kicking Rockettes is the only missing element from the pageant called “church.” A whole world of the lost is dying out here, and the Church is a college of the performing arts, training its people to sing, dance, and act.

The greatest offense of excitable movements like these within the Body is when the purpose of the Church (the Great Commission) is corporately set aside in trade for experience, because that leads to emotionalism…which leads to religious ecstasy and counterfeit revival.

What does counterfeit revival produce?

Men giving birth in bathrooms, pole-dance worship, and other such occult nonsense that defiles the temple of God as much or more than any Svetovid light display. As a further assault to God’s kingdom, the victims are both believers and nonbelievers.

Regardless of the level of heartfelt sincerity anyone may have about the Lord, if a “movement of God” isn’t truly in line with Scripture, it introduces confusion, associates that chaos with the name of Christ, collapses into the history books as an embarrassing and short-lived behavioral phenomenon, and ends up leaving a bitter “religious” taste in everyone’s mouths for decades.

Meanwhile, mock revival truly does lead to spiritual death.

To illustrate this point, consider the opinion of Frederick William Robertson, the famous Brighton, England, Holy Trinity Church preacher who graduated from Oxford and went on to memorize the entire New Testament in both English and Greek while producing some of the most celebrated evangelical Anglican Bible commentaries on the planet. While relating the early-1800s “camp meetings” revivals of his own time to the religious ecstasy habits the Apostle Paul repudiated in 1 Corinthians 14:24–25, Robertson writes of not only the unfruitful ministry of those caught up in the show church, but also of the spiritual death that imperceptibly creeps into their routine. (Note that Robertson isn’t attacking the gift of speaking in tongues, but specifically the religious ecstasy that was a problem first in Corinth, and again in the 1990s.)

Robertson says:

Respecting [the act of speaking in] tongues, note the following directions. 1. Repression of feeling in public. This state of ecstasy was so pleasurable [to the Corinthians], and the admiration awarded to it so easy to be procured, that numbers, instead of steady well-doing, spent life in “showing off.” The American camp meetings, &c., show how uncontrolled religious feeling may overpower reason—mere animal feeling mingling with the movements of Divine life. There is great danger in this, and just in proportion as feelings are strong do they require discipline. When religious life degenerates into mere indulgence of feeling, life wastes away, and the man or woman becomes weak, instead of strong. [Sounds similar to what Machen said about Liberalism…] What a lesson! These Divine high feelings in Corinth—to what had they degenerated! A stranger coming in would pronounce the speakers mad![i]

When the Syncretized Saints Go Marching In?

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.[ii] 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[iii]

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.”[iv] 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!

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!

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[i] As quoted in: Exell, Joseph S. (n.d.), The Biblical Illustrator: I. Corinthians Vol. 2 (New York, NY: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company, 1887), 365.

[ii] 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.

[iii] 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.

[iv] “American Worldview…Release #11: Churches and Worldview.”

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