Browsing around and reading on different Christian boards and websites can be a real ‘downer’ on many days for me. Today was one such day…
Our common enemy, that of Christ’s and His Body has done a pretty good job during the last 25 years of bringing about doubt and unbelief concerning the working or manifestations of the True Spirit of God. It should come as no surprise to see how the excesses and outlandish behavior within some Christian groups (the ‘gold fillings’ and ‘barking like a dog’ groups) have been used by satan to help bring this about.
But the back-lash from these errors…many of them demonically inspired, has done more damage then just the ridicule it brought upon the Church of Jesus Christ, in front of the lost world:
Its caused many in the Body today to become frightened of ANY manifestation…calling all ‘heresy’ or of satan. I find that very sad.
Today while reading on one website, I came across a post made by what I perceived as a ‘young’ believer. I say young, but who knows…could have been someone saved for 50 years with no discernment.
What this person related was being at their Church recently, when the congregation began to pray in unison, asking God to ‘send His Holy Spirit’ …well it apparently freaked this person out because they said their ‘hands began to tremble’ while joining in this prayer.
What I found sad was not one person who responded to this person’s post, (at the time I saw it) bothered to ask this person about their Church, Pastor, the doctrine taught within it, or anything else. All the reply-ers could tell this poster was to ‘run like the dickens outta there’ To immediately leave that Church, proclaiming it to be evil, and that this ‘trembling’ was brought about by spirits of darkness.
What a ridiculous assumption to make, not knowing anything more then what I relayed here, that being; What..that “someones hands trembled”..??? Perhaps it WAS the Holy Spirit moving upon this person that day…I myself weep many times when in deep prayer. What next…is that going to be considered demonic or evil as well?
The point is, no one bothered to ‘really talk’ to this person. To help them discern WHAT brought about this trembling reaction. Thats what made me sad. Could it have been something supernatural..one way or the other? Could have been, but if it was, and was the Spirit of God, the responders just told this person it was evil.
Paul warned of a day in which the power of God would be denied:
“1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:….”2Timothy 3
Was that what these people were doing, denying the power? I don’t know, for like them, I don’t know enough about the one relaying this experience OR that Church or Pastor to make a qualified assessment or judgment. I wasn’t there!
What these religious shenanigans, perputrated by these groups who went over the edge have done, is causing many believers to fear any and everything today. Instead of being a Berean and trying the Spirit to DISCERN for themselves, if in fact from God or not, they are marking all or any suppose-ed manifestations as evil. But we are living in ‘the day’ when God given discernment is hardly to be found, so I guess it should come as no surprise
I find that very sad…