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Don’t be an individual says the prophet.

That’s what I heard the so called “prophet” preach.

He was an american preacher that came to our little euro church to preach. And here’s how that went.

I decided to visit just in between periods of not going to church as I heard there was going to be a propheticly gifted preacher. And if you’ve been part of a somewhat charismatic church you’ve noticed this too: whenever a speaker from the outside is coming that has somewhat of a reputation that ties into the charismatic you’ll quickly notice how almost everyone just pumps up the worship part of the service. They give it their all as if to say “God please let this guy do his thing because you usually don’t respond when we ask you by ourselves” and I’m not blaming them btw…waiting for a word or a miracle or whatever can be extremely frustrating, confusing, discouraging and after a while even unhealthy. And with that, sure you’ll sometimes close one eye and kind of throw a bone towards less personal ways to reach God.

Anyway back to prophet boy. So the worship is blasting and everybodies into it except for me… because usually I’m just contemplating the lyrics, noticing all the crazyness going on and whatnot…yeah if I’m ever going to settle down in a church again it’ll be a nice n quet one. That or a full on metal and/or rave church (if you’re gonna be loud, do it right). And I notice the prophet man making his way to the stage.

He grabs the mic, holds a hand up in the air and does the “oh look at me I’m beeing all spiritual here recieving a message from God” kinda thing… And his word was something allong the lines of “God wants me to speak on this particular verse” (insert some verse).

The worship ended, everyone went back to his or her seat (wel yes…like I said that church is kinda charismatic like that) and the preaching began. The man flipped open his tablet and lo and behold he had a whole preaching prepared on that verse that he “recieved” during the worship. Projector slides and everything.

I don’t remember what he spoke on anymore but I remember part beeing about “you have to stick toghether, don’t leave church because you don’t feel at home or can’t find a girlfriend, don’t be so individualistic…you know how like you europeans tend to be”…

Oh don’t worry the story isn’t even over yet.

Then towards the end he wraps up with “I invite everyone to stand up to invite the holy spirit, if you don’t stand up the holy spirit won’t be able to manifest fully. If you don’t want to be part of this please leave”.

I smelled bullshit so I just remained seated. Some tried to encourage me to get up but I refused, yeah I sure I prayed about it I said “God, I don’t trust this guy”. Me and some other guy also remained seated, should ask him soon why he didn’t.

And what I found even more suprising is that nobody caught it. Nobody was paying attention that he announced his own beforehand prepared preaching as beeing commanded by God.

Why am I telling this story? Because first of, there are fakes, and not just guys who are naive and confused. There are vicious fakes, that know they are and insist on beeing the real deal… that or they have their heads reaaaally far up a certain place.

But on the flipside of that there are also real ones.

And for that I’m sticking too one guy I know. He doesn’t go to big crowds, he doesn’t have his own “churchpew” or website…he doesn’t even proclaim himself to be a prophet. Those are the real ones.
They’ll sit one on one with you over dinner and out of the blue start pulling things out of your past. They whisper quitly the voice of God with gentleness. They’ll say things that only you know what they mean and they’ll never tell you how to act or what to do specifally. Because it’s not about you. It’s about God and what He can and will do in your life and they are loving kind things.

I love a good prophecy I honestly do, but I tell you, it’s dangerous business…as much as I like to say “old testament doesn’t count anymore” …I firmly believe and support in the scriptures that command to stone false prophets. Because here’s the thing=> you want to prophesy? Fine, if you are speaking for God…you are also going to be accountable for it. Don’t dare lie because if we find out you have been lying, you’ll die.

We don’t have that anymore because that would be illegal…but speaking for God when you are not, should be just as illegal.

They always say try to descern the spirits and test it by the word of God. I say, if that is too smoke and mirror like for you, use common sense. You’ll find a way to seperate the conman from the real deal.

Don’t be fooled, God loves you more then that
Angryfishguy

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Why I Left IHOPKC and How I was Treated When I Left // MY STORY

A revealing story about ministries surrounding ihop.

Blaise Foret

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My name is Blaise Foret. I am 32 years old and live in Asheville, NC with my beautiful new bride, Christina. I am a full-time speaker and author, traveling the U.S. preaching the gospel of God’s love for the entire world. I have held this story in my heart for almost 3 years now, but I feel compelled to share it with the world. This story is for you out there who may be having a similar experience. My desire is to bring them hope and clarity. It’s also for those out there who have no idea that these kinds of things exist. I am writing this blog to bring awareness to problematic religious systems and structures in hopes that those who read it will avoid such ministries, and in, avoid the results of confusion. I pray that this would bring healing, comfort, and enlightenment to those who read.

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Jesus has just left the building

Ok so that’s a verry lame and obvious one as far as tongue in cheeck jabs at institutionalised Christianity go. In fact keep reading this one might not be what you think it is.

I’m reading a lot of conflicting information from diffirent camps within the church lately, and I bring that up as if it’s been any diffirent throughout history, anyway that aside.

One side is showing a red flag. The older streams of church are pulling the allarm that the churchpews are collecting dust, tithes are not beeing paid, Jesus is beeing removed from the gospel and ofcourse every topic from tattoos to gay people is on the table because all of a sudden and out of nowhere pops up a generation of people who have no real connection to church and don’t really see the point to have it either. (can you blame them?)

On the other side we have the younger generation of optimists. “God is going to do something new, Jesus will be proclaimed in the Streets hallellujah I saw it in a dream. Revival is coming!!!”. They refuse to stand still with the idea that there is a huge culture shift and stubornly hold fast in the belief that God is going to pull some kind of kosjer rabbit out of his crown.

I stand somewhat between these two but also a bit on the sideline of the field with a slurpee in my hand.

To the conservatives, look the world got a lot bigger for us. There are a lot of issues today that you guys don’t really have a clearcut answer for. Or you do have answers and solutions but they tend to be quite christianese and in some cases not so healthy from a humanist point of view.

To the optimistic free gracers and whathave you. If you are one to hold that God is going to heal his church and it’ll be glorious….have a seat.

If we look at our Catholic neighbours they’ve been going through quite a rhough patch. As we all know the pedophilia scandals came floating up and it wasn’t pretty. And I too for a while found it easy to say “see? that’s why I’m a Christian now”. God have mercy I was a naive and uneducated fool back then, not long aggo even.

Then I heard this from friends, they somehow visited a prayer meeting of some sort where some catholic bishops (or some rank I don’t know exactly which one) were involved. And one of the prayers was one of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for hearing the pleas they had made for God to clean and purge his church.

Makes you silent for a moment doesn’t it? Because as much as we’d like to turn our eyes away from this painfull subject…it had to come to light in order to have change.

So I want to suggest for the evangelical/charismatic/…or any other part of christianity that finds itself praying for revival or similar things.
It might be the right and sincere prayer, but when God does come around…it might hurt for you guys as wel.

The fact that people are leaving the Sunday morning culture in droves might seem conerning. But at the same time…I catch myself beeing an optimist here.
I don’t go to Sunday morning services anymore…sometimes I’ll pop my head in to say hi to some people but that’s about it. And you’d think I’d lose faith because of it. That’s what the pastors and brothers in the congregation used to say…you gotta stick toghether or the devil will get ya!!!

And while on a superficial level I have become less “christian” in that I’ll go out for a drink or two, consider having a tattoo at some point and heck I’ll sometimes even try asking a non christian girl out. Doesn’t seem to make any diffirence anyway. Just as uninterested like the christian ones…

But beneath that,…it’s given me tromendous space to think a lot of things over, to study church history with a more critical eye. To ponder about existentialism in light of a creator beeing.
And I have to say that it has made my faith more grounded and solid versus beeing the young christian that nearly pisses his pants when you bring something up like atheism.

So just maybe God is leading people out to learn how to stand strong without the institutionalised church format in preperation of reconstructionworks.
God wouldn’t demolish a building with half of his children still inside right?

…and NO…this is not a prophecy.
But I will encourage you to consider it.

May God bless you and yours
Angryfishguy