By Justin Edwards
Making its rounds across the internet, a 3-part series on deceiving spirits from Andrew Strom, author of Kundalini Warning, gives us a shocking inside look into the world of Charismania™ (hyper-charismatic). This firestorm of "strange annointing" or impartation began with Rodney Howard-Brown, known as the "Holy Ghost Bartender", who gave this annointing to none other than Randy Clark, "father" of the Toronto Blessing that began in 1994. This "annointing" continues to make its way around the world through ministries of apostates such as Rick Joyner and Todd Bentley, and many nondiscerning charismatics have been swept up in the movement thanks to major publications such as Charisma Magazine and CBN (The 700 Club).
As Strom explains in his video, this "annointing" is strikingly similar, if not identical, to the Kundalini Awakening of Hinduism (for more information, please see Comparison Between the Kundalini Practice and the so-called Toronto Blessing). In both spiritual experiences, practitioners experience joy, weeping, shaking, trembling, making animal sounds, chants, laughter, and chaotic movements or dancing. And most disturbing, over the last few years we have seen a movement that has reached blasphemous proportions through the antichrist ministry of "new mystic" John Crowder. Being "drunk in the spirit", "toking the ghost", or "drunken glory" are pop phrases for this blasphemy, and the same "manifestations" of chaos seen at such events as the Lakeland Revival of 2008 are seen in the gatherings like Crowder's "Sloshfest". To give you a peek into what John Crowder offers in his "Mystical Schools", here's this from his website:
Our Mystical School is an intensive, three-day course with in-depth instruction, activation and hands-on impartation with John Crowder. These deeper courses in contemplative, supernatural Christianity are geared for a smaller group environment, with limited registration, to foster an atmosphere of intimacy, personal prophecy and vigorous impartation. There will be ample time for questions and answers, with sessions running 6-8 hours each day and mornings free for prayer, soaking and reflection. In these courses you will:
Operate in Trances, Raptures & Ecstatic Prayer
Experience Physical Phenomena of MysticismGet Activated in Creative Miracles, Signs & WondersUnderstand & Access New Creation RealitiesGain A Historical Grid of Miracle Workers & MysticsBe Activated in the Seer Realm, Prophecy, Spirit TravelReceive Open Heavens & Revelatory UnderstandingAccess and Manifest the Glory Realm (emphasis original)
The deception is widespread among charismatic churches and its main targets are youth and young adults. Just down the road from me in Fort Mill, SC is "prophet" Rick Joyner's Morningstar Ministries, where nothing short of pagan idolatry and witchcraft takes place. Here's a prime example of children chanting and performing tribal dancing:
Perhaps you didn't think there was much wrong with the above video. Maybe they were just "making a joyful noise"? I don't think you'll come to the same conclusion in the following video. This is demonic possession and oppression, my friends:
More demonic possession and oppression:
And that brings us back to false spirits entering the church. Pagan and mystical practices have increasingly infiltrated the visible church in epidemic proportions. While much of this spiritual idolatry is taking place in pentecostalism, similar mystical practices have entered in through Emergence Christianity. While Bill Johnson, Rick Joyner, Todd Bentley, Peter Wagoner, Mike Bickle, Patricia King, Joshua Mills, Randy Clark, Rodney Howard-Brown, Sid Roth, Bob Jones, and William Branham have played significant roles to destroy the church from the charismatic extreme, emergent mystics such as Rob Bell, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, John Ortberg, and Doug Padgitt are seeking to destroy the Bride of Christ through interfaith mysticism, the occult, and relativism. Either way, the deception in the church is evident.
My brothers and sisters, the state of the church gives clear evidence of the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ. During these times, the Aposle Paul warns in 2 Timothy 3:13,
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
We must put on the whole armor of God and submerge ourselves in the Scriptures. We must flee from this idolatry and give Satan no room to take a stronghold. The hour is late and the devil is working overtime. What we are seeing is a merging of religious ideas, mystical practices, and outright blasphemies of the character of God and a perversion of His everlasting truths.
Please take a moment to watch the three videos from Andrew Strom in order to gain understanding of this demonic infiltration into the church:
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy." - 1 Peter 5:13-16