Rock-Solid Orthodox Christianity

In the last of the last days, we live in the time of the outpouring of His glory. The manifest Presence of God. Widespread healings and miracles. The manifest power of God. However, Jesus also warns us of deception in this last hour. He mentioned it many times in Matthew 24 to emphasise the importance of it to the people of God. Lying signs and wonders.

Healing, creative miracles. People falling under the power of God. A revival? Is looks like it is of God, but is it? If we look at it from afar,it appears as if it is all of God. Many follow the move. This is of God they all say. The works of God are being done. People are being healed. Deliverance is taking place. Many are being saved.

However, some things are just not right. There is no true inward abiding in Jesus. The rock-solid classical Christian foundation is missing. As a result, the characteristic gentleness of the Holy Spirit is not there. The flesh predominates. Being alive in God is measured by how loud you praise God. Being free in Jesus is measured by how enthuisiastically you clap and how high you dance before God. To my astonishment, there are even songs with lines such as:

I am free to run....
I am free to dance....
I am free to live for You....
I will shout louder ....
I will jump higher....
I am free...
I am free.

Being desperate for God. Getting excited for God. Hype. A false unity. Often there is the fleecing of the flock of their money. Making giving a principle. A law of the kingdom. Promises of reaping a earthly return. If Kenneth Copeland is esteemed highly, beware! Always in sheeps clothing. Using the Word of God. However, if we look closer the things that they are saying are not in the Word of God. There is a mixture.

Sometimes, as in the Lakeland and Toronto movements, we see and hear even more strange things which contradict or stretch the truth of the Bible. Many gloss over these things. After all, the works of God are being done. The power of God is being manifest. Surely this must be of God. Not necessarily. Is it then all of satan? No. There is a mixture. Some of the miracles are genuine. Sometimes it begins in God and then changes. God is so sovereign. However, God allows this mixture to sift His people in these last days.

The foundation is what is important. More important than miracles and the power of God. If the foundation is not there, flee from it. Deception will take you on the highway to hell. There are many on that broad highway. Beware. There is nothing more dangerous than deception in this last hour. Beware.

21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

The New King James Version. 1982 (Mt 7:21–23). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Unfortunately, almost all the revival movements coming from the Charismatic movement of late have had this character. They have taken the short-cut. Remember the second temptation that Jesus overcame in the wilderness. Instead of taking the long, hard road of the wilderness, they have taken the easy short-cut. What you see is the fruit of such a short-cut. It is bad fruit. Is it not amazing that not one of the revival moves or waves coming from the Charismatic movement of late have been sound. Not one. This speaks to me that there is something seriously wrong with the foundation of the entire movement. That is why I emphasise the importance of the classical Christian foundation.