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Magic Charms Enchant Apostolic-Prophetic Movement


When reading these ridiculous claims, I’m torn between laughter or tears. (HT)

Magic Charms Enchant Apostolic-Prophetic Movement
By Holly Pivec

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Kits to remove curses, cards to interpret dreams, and music to heal people have become popular products in the apostolic‐prophetic movement, also called the “New Apostolic Reformation.” The movement, which is fast growing in charismatic churches, has long been criticized for its promotion of modern “apostles” and “prophets” who claim to have great authority and to speak for God. It is now being criticized for selling products that—many Christians believe—have more in common with the magic charms used in occult practices than with Christianity.

Property Dedication Kit. One organization that sells these products is the Elijah List, based in Albany, Oregon, which is founded and run by “prophet” Steve Shultz. The Elijah List e‐mails daily newsletters that feature prophecies—and advertisements for products like these—to more than 130,000 subscribers, according to its Web site(www.elijahlist.com).

One of the Elijah List’s top‐selling products is the “Portals to Cleansing Property Dedication Kit”—sold for $12—which is supposed to remove curses from houses and properties. Created by Henry Malone, a professional “house cleanser” and founder of Vision Life Ministries in Irving, Texas, the kit contains anointing oil and wood stakes, with Scripture verses on them, to drive into the borders of a property.

“Use it and make the enemy flee!” Shultz promised his Elijah List readers in an advertisement for the kit, sent on October 16, 2006. Shultz personally vouched for the kit, saying he’s cleansed his own 20 acres of land three or four times and, each time, has seen “a noticeable change in the atmosphere and circumstances.” He said curses are the only explanation for “certain sicknesses, diseases, and even death that comes upon very anointed and pure‐hearted people.”

Third Heaven Vision Anointing Oil. Another top‐selling product for the Elijah List is “Third Heaven Vision Anointing Oil,” which is supposed to give visions of the heavenly realm. Sold by Tom Panich of Vancouver, Washington, it’s made with a base of virgin olive oil and six fragrances that are mentioned in the Bible: calamus, cassia, frankincense, myrrh, Rose of Sharon, and spikenard. A half‐ounce sells for $12.

Anointing oil often has been used by Christians on sick people—along with prayer—in accordance with a Scripture passage, James 5:14–15. Christians historically did not view the oil as having any special power, however; they saw its use simply as an act of faith in God. They also did not use the oil to induce visions or cleanse homes from evil, as it is used in the apostolic‐prophetic movement.

In this movement, different brands of oil are depicted as “anointed” and, therefore, as more powerful than other “non‐anointed” oils. For example, in the Elijah List’s first advertisement for Third Heaven Vision Anointing Oil, sent on March 22, 2004, Shultz said, “We’ve carried different anointing oils in the past. But I always try to carry anointing oil with true anointing on it. This oil fulfills that anointing ‘standard.’”

Panich—a graduate of Norvel Haye’s New Life Bible College in Cleveland, Tennessee—claims that, in 2003, God told him to make the oil. Panich said, later, he was in the shower one day when he was hit with “a lightning bolt of God’s Glory,” and the Holy Spirit gave him the name, “Third Heaven Vision.” Panich said, “Every time I mix up a batch [of the oil], a strong anointing hits me and I shake vigorously…Also, on the occasions that I have put a full box (144 bottles) of the anointing oil in the hands of two separate strong intercessors, they have been hit by the power and anointing of the Lord, almost to the point of falling to the ground.”

Panich also recommends that the anointing oil be poured over the wood stakes from Malone’s property dedication kit, something Panich said he has tried.

“After I drove the first stake into the ground, I felt the Presence of the Lord come across the yard, hit me, and then I almost fell over,” he wrote on the Elijah List (Oct. 16, 2006).

Dream Cards. The Elijah List also sells “Dream Cards,” created by Barbie Breathitt of “Breath of the Spirit Ministries,” based in North Richland Hills, Texas. The laminated cards contain common dream symbols—such as numbers, colors, and animals—and their interpretations. They are sold for $10 each or in sets of 6 and 12—for $50 and $96, respectively.

Breathitt’s Dream Cards are endorsed by Patricia King, the founder of Extreme Prophetic Television with Patricia King—a half‐hour program featuring well‐known “prophets” that airs on Canada’s Miracle Channel.

“So many believers are having significant dreams but do not always understand the significance of the symbols within them,” King said. “Barbie Breathitt has done a marvelous job of preparing dream cards as a tremendous tool to help this process.”

Besides dream interpretations, one of the cards lists colors and musical keys that are supposed to bring healing to specific body parts. The use of music and colors for healing is also promoted in occult circles, as on New York psychic Ellie Crystal’s Web site (http://www.crystalinks.com/colors.html).

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12 comments on “Magic Charms Enchant Apostolic-Prophetic Movement

  1. While reading about the “anointing oil made with a base of virgin olive oil and six fragrances that are mentioned in the Bible: calamus, cassia, frankincense, myrrh, Rose of Sharon, and spikenard” the biblical warning came to my mind:

    “And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be a holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations. Upon the flesh of man shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any like it, according to the composition thereof: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you. Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, he shall be cut off from his people.”

    Exodus 30: 31 – 33

    If somebody makes an anointing oil “like the one in the bible”, he shows clearly that he has never read and/or understood his Bible, because what he does is an direct violation of the Word of God.

    Furthermore, if this person claims, that God has spoken to him to do so, he shows clearly, that he is a liar and/or has lent his ears to a deceiving spirit. Because God would never announce something totaly different to His written Word.

  2. A little bit of Bible and a little bit of witchcraft thoroughly mixed.

  3. Supra-spiritual shenanigans people. Think of Jesus cleansing the Court of the Gentiles in the Temple. The marketing element abused so a shekel or two could be made off gullible people wanting to participate in the worship practices at that time Today we have syncretic elements of spiritual superstition passed off as godly when they are distorted abuses of Old Testament symbolism. It is foolishness in its simplest practice, but scary in the more serious arena of dealing with supernatural phenomena not at all divinely sourced. Lord have mercy…

  4. hope this reaches the “Desk of Steve Shultz”

  5. Good example of when people think they need experience plus the Bible. He had an experience with the oil, so it must be of God. Whats the difference between their dream cards and tarot cards, absolutely none. Pure witchcraft. This movement has been given over because they did not have a love for the truth

    • Yes and because he had an experience, everybody else has to have it … Where in the Bible Peter or Paul tell us, that because they had this or that experience, now everybody else has to have it or he/she is not a “normal” christian ?!

  6. PJ, you said you didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I just want to scream. I’m so sick of these connivers.
    Okay, first of all, Schultz “cleansed” his property three or four times. Really? Why? Didn’t it work the first time? Or, is it possible that his personal property demons ran away during each cleansing only to return with more demons to find a nice clean place to roost. Hey, if someone wants seriously to be relieved of $12.00, please send your money to an organization working in the Gulf to clean up the oil spill and it’s consequences.
    I agree that the oil itself is without special powers. Is it not a metaphor for the work of the Holy Spirit, to live for God and do His will? The oil never had an anointing on it.
    Dream cards–colors–music. Oy! It would be a continuous- prayer answered if people everywhere would keep their hearts turned to God and live for His glory, to read His word every day. That’s the best way to discern these wolves.
    God bless you all.

  7. Counterfeit Pleasures. That is what comes to mind. People have exchanged the truth of God for a lie. All this boils down to manipulation. People are manipulating the “formula” to get God to move. Just because it is “supernatural” does NOT mean it is God. We must not be ignorant of the devil’s schemes. People are perishing for lack of knowledge. They simply are not submitted to the Word of God, and are therefore, in rebellion…and we know from scripture that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. On Saturday I heard the Lord say call forth a Clarion Call to Position. We are being called into account and a clarion call to position has gone forth. This is not the time to be entertaining this darkness…it is time to be sober and diligent, occupying until He comes. Preach the Word and making disciples of all nations.

    These ministries are bilking the people and robbing God. They are selling the Word of God for profit and not even preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no repentance and no holiness. All that is spoken is sheer, of no value or substance, and the people like it that way.

    Jesus wept.

  8. So what’s the answer for these folks? I’ve been lurking around this site and others like it for some time now, and quoting Scripture doesn’t seem to wake these “Supra-Spiritual Shenanigans People” (great label!) up to the really dangerous sin they’re committing with these antics (Matthew 12:31-32).

    In other words: is it now time for open satire of these mockeries?

    • I think human nature being what it is, there is a desire to sincerely experience spiritual dynamics in the physical world we inhabit day-to-day. However, there are concerns that some people simply wish to gain a shortcut to spiritual development by introducing specific actions or items into their own personal faith journey. It could be argued some practices or items can be a focus of faith same as noted in New Testament references. Anointing the sick with oil or Paul’s use of prayer cloths come to mind. However, these things never were peddled by some marketing types or even standardized. Today there are cheap (not simply in quality or price) imitations devoid of any special ‘spiritual’ umph claimed by those selling them. Once you start selling items that are claimed to inherently have some special spiritual power it becomes the same error as Simon the (former) Sorcerer wanting to buy the power of the Holy Spirit. This was after he was saved+baptized & was amazed at the real power displayed by the Apostles. He wanted it & was willing to buy it. Same with folks today. They are willing to pay for spiritual powers they were never meant to have since they do not have it to begin with, nor do those peddling their unique brand of snake oil. It is foolishness. Christian superstition. Vain imaginings. The results from such things come from the power of suggestion & advertisement, not faith or genuine Holy Spirit power. Christian marketing is big business. And it is not limited to phantasmagorical do-dads proffered by some prophetic-rhetoric types. It comes at us in all shapes, sizes, colors, flavors & options. Just look at the number of bibles offered for sale & how they are marketed. Each comes with its own claims of accuracy, authenticity, relevance, applicability, readability etc. with different price levels & options & everything you can imagine in between. These will claim to improve one’s spirituality, or devotion, or maturity, or even the ability to discern truth from deception. There is no shortcut to spiritual maturity. It cannot be bought. And if your focus is on an elaborate demonology then yes, you will need just as elaborate counter measures to keep you & your loved ones safe. Lord, have mercy…

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