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Moriel received the following question:
Has Moriel heard of the allegedly "prophetic" ministry of Graham Cooke from Manchester, England who presently is in leadership in a church called "Mission" in California?
Manchester, England, where Moriel has an affiliated church in neighbouring Reddish and where I once lived doing evangelistic ministry in the Jewish community (and where my grandfather was born), is a spiritually destitute city that does not need to export preachers, it needs to import them.Ã‚Â But the climate and affluence are much nicer in California (where Moriel also has an affiliated church). Graham Cooke apparently left from a church in South Hampton (where I sometimes speak at the local Calvary Chapel). Graham Cooke was not a well-known figure in British evangelical circles before he left for America at the apparent expense of his marriage and, because Ã‚Â of that, his witness to the lost.
by Sandy Simpson
Recently Peter Wagner who heads up the new apostolic prophet movement with Chuck Pierce had sent out:
AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM PETER August 19, 2011
THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION an Update (the complete letter is posted on http://www.globalspheres.org/)
Prof. Johan Malan
Mossel Bay, South Africa
(The original version of this article may be read on Sandy Simpson's website: www.deceptioninthechurch/page2.html)
I address this Open Letter to you in response to your article, The New Apostolic Reformation: an Update (Aug. 19, 2011).
Evangelical Christians everywhere, but particularly also here in South Africa, have to take issue with you for deceptively presenting the NAR as a movement which subscribes to "all the standard classic statements of Christian doctrine", for creating false expectations of introducing God's kingdom on earth by, among others, using an unbiblical form of strategic spiritual warfare, for completely negating biblical prophecies on the end-time, and also for associating a Christian reformation with the African Independent Church Movement.
Date setters keep trying and they also keep failing
by Todd Strandberg
Please click here to read a list of some past failed attempts at date settings and some dates yet to come.
Doomsday Prophet Harold Camping Proven Wrong Again
Have you heard of the pseudo-Christian doomsday prophet Harold Camping?Ã‚Â Today he has once again proven himself to be a false prophet.
Harold Camping, who years ago predicted Judgment Day to be in September Ã‚Â of 1994, has once again predicted the end of the world.Ã‚Â According to Harold Ã‚Â Camping, the return of Christ and the rapture were supposed to happen today, and Judgment Day is/was supposed to begin today, May 21, 2011.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2 Pe. 2:1)
Moriel recently received links to an author's website for one of his books which, among other things, purports to have deciphered the true meaning of "666". Because Jacob's latest book on the Antichrist (Shadows of the Beast) is about to come out, it was suggested that he provide a biblical response to this specific assertion. But when we looked at the rest of the website and the other books authored, we quickly realized this was not simply the case of a brother in the Lord who was making a mistake in earnest about the mark of the Beast. His other writings were so contra-scriptural to the basic truths of biblical Christianity that we can consider him nothing less than an outright heretic regardless of what he posits about End Times issues. No one should be surprised that his notions of the meaning of "666" are bizarre when his ideas of God's salvific plan are nothing short of heresy. Why bother responding to an error in the handling of prophecy when there is no hope until they correct the most egregious errors in their faith?
by Paul Wilkinson
Christian Palestinianism and the anti-Israel Crusade
Please click here to read the article "Prophets Who Prophesy in My Name" in a pdf file
by Jackie Alnor
All these voices have a common appeal: worldliness... [To continue reading go to this link.]
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How to I tell my brother that there are no more apostles after Paul? He attends a church that invites various apostles and female pastors to come and speak. Most of the pastors are married to female pastors. They buy $30 Hebrew prayer shawls to cover up the women when they fall back into a trance and seem to pass out. The pastor shouts, pauses and waits for a drummer to slam a drum whenever he shouts something like "Stomp on him!" (meaning the devil) and many other catchy commands. How did they ever come up with more apostles?
While I will be happy to answer your question about apostles, the problems at your brother's church extend well beyond that or any other single issue. Quite frankly, from what you describe, the whole joint is nuts.
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (2 Thessalonians 2:1"“2)
These verses provide an opening to a larger teaching about the final person of the Antichrist to come, but if we rush past too quickly we might not appreciate the valuable gem of insight Paul provides. The overwhelming, repeated characteristic about the Antichrist and those who operate in the character and likeness of Satan is deception. It started with Satan as the serpent in the Garden with Eve and it continues throughout the whole of Scripture until the anticipated Last Days when deception multiplies to a level never before experienced. But notice that Paul provides us with the contents of the basic deception toolkit: "a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us". All deception embraces one or more of these approaches.