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Sunday, 01 August 2004 00:12

"Fur Flying"

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by Jackie Alnor

Today I was watching Joyce Meyer's program and listened in disbelief to her story of how she overcame greed. She said that she had wanted a fur coat years ago and was praying and believing for one. Then her best friend came over and showed her a fur coat that she had just been given. It was the exact fur coat that Joyce wanted but it was given to her friend, not her. She related how she later complained to the Lord saying "Why Lord? That coat should have been mine! That was the coat I wanted!" And God told her that He gave it to her friend to teach her not to set her mind upon the things of this world.

The reason I was so dumbfounded over this story is that I heard this exact "true story" told years ago by Marilyn Hickey. And I mean it was exactly the same even to the words God supposedly spoke to her. Marilyn too had a best friend receive her ideal fur coat instead of her and God gave her the same lesson.

It's amazing that these TV women can't be original, isn't it? I'm sure both of them lied about this supposed true story in order to try to demonstrate that they have their covetedness under control. Yet both of them live in multi-million dollar homes and wear jewelry that even movie stars would covet.

This isn't really new. Back in the late 1980s I went to the Anaheim Vineyard to see guest speaker James Robison. He gave his testimony there in the late John Wimber's church. A few months later, I attended a charismatic renewal conference that was a gathering of charismatics from the mainline denominations, including Lutheran, Episcopalian, and Presbyterians.

Their key-note speaker was none other than John Wimber. I was flabbergasted when he gave his own personal testimony of coming into Pentecost. It was almost word-for-word the same testimony as Robison had given at his church a few months earlier.

Robison had related how God had visited him in a hotel room while he was preaching away from home and told him, "I've seen your ministry, now how would you like to see Mine?" And after that Robison had a transformed ministry. Wimber got the exact same audible words supposedly from God in another hotel room while away from home. After that, according to Wimber, his ministry entered into signs and wonders.

Plagiarism is one thing. But this is plagiarizing supposed audible voices from God. I think that is stooping rather low. It reminds me of God's rebuke to the false prophets via Jeremiah the true prophet.

"In the latter days you will understand it perfectly. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied 'Therefore behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who steal My words every one from his neighbor'" (Jer. 23:20-21,30)

In its context, God had not spoken to them and they were stealing God's supposed words from one another.

I have a word from the Lord for such people today:

"Behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who use their tongues and say, "He says"" (Jer. 23:31)

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