“Here is where we are: Olive hasn’t been raised. The breakthrough we have sought hasn’t come,” conceded Bethel Church, which led the prayers seeking a miracle, in a Facebook post Friday. “And so, we are moving towards a memorial service and celebration of her life.”
Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.
Hence, the saying if it looks like a demon, acts like a demon, and smells like a demon, then it’s probably a demon. Yoga is demonism; the poses and chants are designed to pay homage and worship to over 330 million Hindu gods! Not only are these gods false, they are ancient idols, and more importantly, they are demons! Wake up, church!
In more recent years, I began hearing about mystical Christianity. I learned that many churches, and most of them evangelical churches, were promoting labyrinths, icons, chanting, candles, centering prayer, and contemplative prayer. The latter is a distant relative of Buddhism, so I wondered how much stranger things could get. Protestants began taking on Catholic traditions. They were heralding ancient Catholic mystics. I guess we didn’t need the Reformation.
This movement gained steam thanks to C. Peter Wagner out of Fuller Seminary some 40 years ago. He introduced what is now called the “New Apostolic Reformation,” or NAR for short. Thousands of churches and millions of Christians adhere to unsound teachings presented by Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, the late Kim Clement, and many more.
New ways of doing church were going to stoke the fires inside the evangelical church. These new ways would go by various terms, such as “seeker-sensitive,” “purpose-driven,” “gospel-lite,” “church-growth movement,” and many more. None of these movements were very healthy, and they would weaken the Church—and strengthen the apostasy—even more.