According to Bible prophecy, false Messiahs, false prophets and false apostles arise as this age draws to a close, and later work great miracles, signs and wonders to deceive multitudes worldwide. Spiritual deception will dramatically increase, eventually so convincing that even the elect will find it difficult to resist.
Even today, faith healers and spiritual healers draw multitudes with promises of miracle healings and deliverance. We hear more and more about miracles and spiritual gifts, but how can we discern among real miracles of God, miracles, signs and wonders of the occult, and fake miracles via deceptions of men?
Surely we couldn’t be deceived — Or could we? See the article Miracles or Spiritual Deception?.
Below is a story which ran this past Sunday in the Washington Post, concerning Calvary Temple, and it was a long one, so I am posting excepts, and not in any particular order, except maybe for context. Basically, Star declared himself Apostle and started to decided everything – including his second wife (a ‘virgin bride’ 35 years his junior). He has ordered a strict control over the families in his congregation, supporting divorce and child abandonment. He controls the church finances with no regard to for anyone, often using them for his own hobbies. He comes from the Assemblies of God, which to no fault of their own (maybe) has produced this guy along with the Latter Rain movement – hence Joel’s Army and the New Apostolic Reformation. He sounds like he would fit right with Todd B, Patty K, and Johnny C.
I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church. (3 John 1:9-10 NKJV)
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