An Excerpt from THE NEW IDOLATRY
Charismatic Churches: Taken from Chapter 3 of the New Idolatry:Charismatic Witchcraft, Deliverance and Other Counterfeits
Uplifting, often energetic, rhythmic music with lots of percussion instruments, led by dynamic, “charismatic” personalities who prance, shout, run, strut, slide and even dance across stages and platforms are elements of a “worship in the flesh.” Charismatic, Pentecostal worship provokes an emotional, sometimes demonstrative response, an outburst of some kind. Extremely skilled at manipulating a crowd by stirring up the emotions, once sufficiently stirred, the characteristic outbursts are shouts, screams and similar outcries that will ignite an entire congregation. Demons use these kinds of outbursts to counterfeit the Holy Ghost with nonsensical laughter, shouting, falling slain, rolling on the floor,running up and down aisles, and even throwing money at the feet of a prominent evangelist, and other forms of emotional frenzy.
Most of the demonically tormented people who I have counseled in the last ten years were active members charismatic and Pentecostalchurches. Some of them were set free but others remain tormented. So it no longer comes as a surprise to me that some of them will never find relief from demonic torment. In pastoral counseling, it is an empirical fact that white magic practitioners who attend Christian churches are soshackled to the sin of idolatry, that release from demonic captivity is unobtainable without a thorough confession and renunciation of charismatic witchcraft. As a consequence, the spiritual pride deeply rooted in the charismatic movement remains the stumbling block as “God resists the proud.”
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost
Charismatic witchcraft practitioners have identified the speaking in tongues as the evidence that someone is born again. Yet I have found that those who are demonically tormented spoke in tongues, but under further examination, it as discovered that they were not saved because they never repented and they did not understand the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One hundred years ago, Jessie Penn Lewis warned the believers of her day not to seek after signs:
“Again, in connection with the seeking of ‘manifestations’ as an evidence of a believer having received the baptism of the Spirit, methods have been used to bring these about, that synchronize with the methods of mesmerism, and thus counterfeits have broken into the true church of Christ. In other cases, believers have had a true influx of the Holy Spirit into their human spirit, and through ignorance they have developed the psychic power latent in the human frame, and brought about mixture in their own life and service for God, eg. If a chorus is sung over and over again, they can bring a meeting into a psychic condition, when those present become incapable of intelligent thinking, or any decisive action of will. Thus on a flood tide of psychic force in the world today the demons are carrying out their plans and purposes.”
In a lecture concerning demonism and psychotherapy, German psychiatrist Alfred Lechler shed a somber light on demonic captivity: “What then must we regard as the cause of demonic enslavement or possession? If we enquire closely from such people as bear the marks we have just mentioned, we very often find in their background the use of magic means such as are employed in black magic—acts of charming or being charmed, the sin of fortune-telling or visits to fortune tellers and card layers, and participation in spiritist sessions. Black magic is much more prevalent than is ordinarily assumed…When we look into the Bible, we note that it too is well acquainted with enchantment. It is in Acts 19 described as a ‘prying art.’ (here we also find mention of magic books.”“together with spiritist activities, magic stands in a class of its own in relation to other sins, when it includes an appeal to Satan’s services or even a formal pact with Satan. The Bible speaks of this too (Isaiah 28:15-18). For by invoking Satan, man yields himselfunequivocally to powers of darkness, in that he attempts by magic and the help of Satanic power to gain something that God has forbidden or withheld.”
I must concur with the late Dr. Lechler, a German who practiced psychiatry before I was born. Five or more decades later, what I have found astounding is that in practically every case of demonic torment among my own Christian clients, a common factor is that 95 percent of them were not demon oppressed BEFORE they went to a charismatic, “word of faith, non-denominational church.
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