As the wolf investigation continues…
Prairie Bible Institute – “We may have a real situation”
It is good to see media picking up the stories of abuse at Prairie Bible Institute.
The Prairie Bible Institute, the oldest Bible school in the country, is under investigation by the RCMP after a former student came forward claiming she and dozens of other children were abused by staff as far back as the 1950s and as recently as five years ago.
I blogged about PBI abuse survivors coming forward on Facebook a few weeks ago, their petition to PBI, the flack they have gotten from some former students and staff, and the silence of the administration. Now that one or more of the survivors has filed with police, the administration is paying attention….
Read more HERE at Benediction Blogs On.
It’s All About Eschatology!
Cindy Jacobs false prophetess and false apostle Lou Engle, tasked by Peter Wagner to lead the apostles and prophets in the USA, are joining the volunteer choir to “take America back” from the forces of evil and returning America to its Christian roots. The latest Engle The Call rally 11-11-11 (note the occult numerology — many other NAR events are also scheduled this same day) is scheduled in Detroit at Ford Field. Their advertisement reads “thousands will gather at Ford Field daring to believe American could turn back to God.” Speakers for a “Mobilization Gathering” to get things off the ground, according to the Transformation Michigan website (pulled, but e-mailed 7/28/11) included Rick Joyner, Barbarba Yoder, Francis Frangipane, Rick Pino and other leaders. Controversy is already swirling around this upcoming 11-11-11 Lou Engle event….
Field of Dreams
Ron Luce’s Teen Mania subject of documentary: Mind over Mania
Teen Mania is a multi-million dollar independent religious organization run out of Texas, it’s known for it’s intense stadium events called BattleCry/Aquire the Fire and for it’s in house training program called the Honor Academy and it’s short term mission trips called Global Expedition.
In recent years the organization has come under media and theological scrutiny, and there are plenty of YouTube clips as well as a series of three reports by KLTV TV.
Because Teen Mania is so aggressive in their pitch to churches and individuals, young people and their parents who pay for The Honor Academy are likely unaware of former interns speaking out on the effects of their time in Texas, or about anything the organization doesn’t want you to know about their programs. Even a quick glance at some of the literature or a quick listen to clips reveals the militant dominionist philosophy.
Prairie Bible Institute now known as Prairie Bible College is the oldest Canadian Bible school and renowned around the world for its missionary training program. In its eighty-nine years, Prairie has sent missionaries to over 114 different countries. This ultra-conservative school was founded by L.E. Maxwell and operated under the motto of “training disciplined soldiers for Jesus Christ”. Sadly there were many who were deeply wounded in the process of making these soldiers.
Over eighty sexual abuse victims from Prairie Bible Institute have come forward. Many of them were staff kids who have horrific stories of abuse to tell: stories of extreme physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual abuse…
Read more here:
Prairie Bible Institute abuse survivors speak out
In honor of Reformation Day, Lee Grady offered his own list of needed reforms in the charismatic movement, and said, ‘feel free to nail them everywhere’. In sheep language, this is an excellent ‘how to stop the wolves’ list. Here it is:
1. Let’s reform our theology. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is God and He is holy. He is not an “it.” He is not a blob, a force, or an innate power. We must stop manipulating Him, commanding Him and throwing Him around.
2. Let’s return to the Bible. The Word of God is the foundation for the Christian experience. Any dramatic experience, no matter how spiritual it seems, must be tested by the Word and the Holy Spirit’s discernment. Visions, dreams, prophecies and encounters with angels must be in line with Scripture. If we don’t test them we could end up spreading deception.
3. It’s time for personal responsibility. We charismatics must stop blaming everything on demons. People are usually the problem.
4. Stop playing games. Spiritual warfare is a reality, but we are not going to win the world to Jesus just by shouting at demonic principalities. We must pray, preach and persevere to see ultimate victory.
5. Stop the foolishness. People who hit, slap or push others during prayer should be asked to sit down until they learn gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
6. End all spiritual extortion now. Christian television ministries must cease and desist from all manipulative fundraising tactics. We must stop giving platforms to ministers who make outlandish claims of supernatural financial returns, especially when Scripture is twisted, deadlines are imposed and the poor are exploited.
7. No more Lone Rangers. Those who claim to be ministers of God—whether they are traveling evangelists, local pastors or heads of ministries—must be accountable to other leaders. Any who refuse to submit their lives to godly discipline should be corrected.
8. Expose the creeps. Churches should start doing background checks on traveling ministers. Preachers who have been hiding criminal records, lying about their past marriages, preying on women or refusing to pay child support should be exposed as charlatans and shunned if they do not repent.
9. Stop faking the anointing. God is God, and He does not need our “help” to manifest Himself. That means we don’t sprinkle glitter on ourselves to suggest God’s glory is with us, hide fake jewels on the floor to prove we are anointed or pull chicken feathers out of our sleeves to pretend angels are in the room. This is lying to the Holy Spirit.
10. Let’s return to purity. We’ve had enough scandals. The charismatic church must develop a system for the restoration of fallen ministers. Those who fall morally can be restored, but they must be willing to submit to a process of healing rather than rushing immediately back into the pulpit.
11. We need humility. Ministers who demand celebrity treatment, require lavish salaries, insist on titles or exhibit aloofness from others are guilty of spiritual pride.
12. No more big shots. Apostles are the bondslaves of Christ, and should be the most impeccable models of humility. True apostles do not wield top-down, hierarchical authority over the church. They serve the church from the bottom up as true servants.
13. Never promote gifts at the expense of character. Those who operate in prophecy, healing and miracles must also exhibit the fruit of the Spirit. And while we continue to encourage the gift of tongues, let’s make sure we don’t treat it like some kind of badge of superiority. The world needs to see our love, not our glossolalia.
14. Hold the prophets accountable. Those who refuse to take responsibility for inaccurate statements should not be given platforms. And “prophets” who live immoral lives don’t deserve a public voice.
15. Let’s make the main thing the main thing. The purpose of the Holy Spirit’s anointing is to empower us to reach others. We are at a crossroads today: Either we continue off-course, entertained by our charismatic sideshows, or we throw ourselves into evangelism, church planting, missions, discipleship, and compassionate ministry that helps the poor and fights injustice. Churches that embrace this New Reformation will focus on God’s priorities.
Read more here:
It’s (Past) Time for a Charismatic Reformation
An Angel Named Swift
In the following video, Patricia King discusses Isaiah 40:31. As she’s explaining what this verse means, she shares a tale about an angel named ”Swift” who visited her years ago. This angel didn’t appear as normal angels would, this angel supposedly presented itself in the form of a brown and gold eagle…
See video here:
Chrystal Whitt over at Slaughter of the Sheep informs us that on October 21, 2011, Todd Bentley posted a “how to,” or “do it yourself,” article on how to open Heaven. Find the link to his article, and her abbreviated (satirical) version, here:
Todd Bentley: Seven Steps to Open Heaven
One of the actual steps in Bentley’s article is called the Word meditation principle:
Get the Word into your heart, mind, and soul daily. Become a modern-day Brother Lawrence. You will find powerful insights into living a life of daily intimacy with God in a nineteen-page compilation known as, “The Practice of the Presence of God: Conversations and Letters of Brother Lawrence.” For years Lawrence’s heart and spirit anguished and suffered. When this seventeenth-century monk discovered how to wait on the Lord in quietness and stillness, suddenly he found his life had changed. He experienced an open heaven and became intensely aware of the presence of God all of the time. His experience was similar to mine; I came to know a profound peace and God felt so close. Brother Lawrence practiced what is sometimes known today as the “silent prayer of the heart” or “meditation and contemplation.”
This confirms the initial findings of Wolf Tracks when it was first discovered that Todd Bentley was practicing and teaching contemplative spirituality, and leading his followers in the footsteps of mystics. See the previous posts on this subject as we backtrack through the contemplative mud to the year 2008…
Though he talks about repentance, the newly ‘restored’ Bentley does not appear to have given up the same old contemplative mysticism.
Mike Bickle of IHOP-KC instructs followers on contemplative prayer
In Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit: 5 Practical Phrases, International House of Prayer leader Mike Bickle gives instructions on how to experience contemplative prayer–which he calls “communing prayer.” Like all Christian contemplatives, Bickle works hard at presenting this as biblically acceptable. He states there is “…a lot of counterfeit mysticism…” Before teaching his Christianese mantra method, he again emphasizes he is not talking about Eastern or Oprah religion.
According to Bickle, “I use sentences, better yet phrases. Eventually on these five phrases I’m gonna give you in a minute, I reduce those to one word…” (42:13 of video, give or take)
There is much throughout this entire video to cause concern…