The Great Divide

from Rodney Howard Browne    –   10th June 2013

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!     
  • for sometime now- it is evident that God himself is removing people out of & away from the excesses of chaotic neo-charismaticism…. &  into or back into    thought through, biblical Christianity..
  • for the record:  I welcome the Holy Spirit-   I’m not against the use of Tongues, prophecy or healings…   but when these things are misused, abused  & done outside of the context of proper Godly authority- when they are utilised to demonstrate man’s (super spiritual) power instead of God’s glory – when it is done apart from & instead of preaching the Gospel of Christ crucified-   when it is done with immaturity & irresponsibility – passed off as something “awesome”  when it is over –  endorsed or even faked…- done with dominion, elitism & control at the forefront  —  I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT..   as it cannot be reproducing the Kingdom of God attributes of righteousness, joy & peace  & if not the Kingdom of God then which kingdom does it come from & give representation to?     — the deception is that whilst the FEELINGS   remain – people feel that this is of God-  once those have dulled- there is the pull to go back for more…  this is why we have all this talk of  a “move of God”  –  the overriding sense is that people tend to only feel that God is “moving”  in the literal time & location zones of where these things are observed…  God of course  – who is outside time & outside space can move anywhere, anyhow & however insignificant  (in our perceptions)  he chooses anytime –   this is all too a “move of God”  –   its just that the way we have been taught,    channels our mindsets into not believing  this is so….  for far too many a long year  this deception has gone on & on

Luke 17 v 20-21 says:   (hscb)

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them,“The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”  

  • the time is coming when we each of us will have to make a choice as to which side of this fence we will be on  –  we need to be sure we are on the side of truth,   the final authority of the written word & not going beyond what is written there…
  • A division is occuring & it  is getting more & more entrenched as more people are drawn in by  amazing experiences, & the sensual of how  they feel-   but this is not true FAITH   it is the X factor…  people (especially the young)   are being misled to believe that this is Christianity..  it is not….  not if the Gospel is not present in their understandings, not if they are being told  to just “turn to God”  for whatever they need…& want…  instead of laying down their lives to follow Jesus- they are being actively taught that they are as royalty into the Kingdom…  some even go through “knighting ceremonies”  this movement has gone off track & we need to be clear about who it is who is causing this division
  • RHB  is a key player in the river movement.. it was he who initiated the Toronto Blessing c1994…  please please…  consider where you are at…  as for me  –   RHB  I left your camp a long time ago…

Arrgh! my church has aligned & partnered with Bethel Redding!

Here in the Uk in the last 4-5 years, the influence of Bethel Church Redding has steadily impacted the charismatic church .   My personal story is that  it was the leadership  who got very “enamoured” with all that was going on, starting just after the bubble of the Lakeland Outpouring burst..  People from my neck of the woods had been to Lakeland, & watched a lot  of it on TV.   They got “Hungry”  for what they felt God was doing…

Slowly through their persistent hype for Spiritual experiences  or what they would term “encounters” they introduced everything to the church that they could. Straight from Bethel…  we had dvd teaching by  Danny Silk on the culture of honour. Impartation & soaking sessions, spiritual drunkenness – wild manifestations of the spirit – reports of Glory clouds & Gold dust & Angelic visitations.  The introduction of healing rooms, exclusively sang only Bethel songs..  &  had a visit from BSSM students.   We went totally overboard on the prophetic & talked about the anointing a lot.  Did some treasure hunting, went through the Fire Tunnels, decided to set up our own supernatural school of ministry. & started talking just like them  about being whacked in the spirit & having breakthroughs

What we didn’t do was stop to weigh all these things against the full counsel of the scriptures… & we stopped talking about Jesus, the cross & resurrection – Sin & repentance. The focus became all about entering into God’s presence- the prophetic, Healings, miracles Signs & wonders….   Does any of this sound familiar?