THE ANOINTING It would be difficult to find a charismatic/evangelical service/program/tract/book that is not liberally sprinkled with the word 'Anointed, which has become, arguably, the most overused, misunderstood, misinterpreted term in the Pentecostal and Charismatic arenas. Virtually all the references to the ‘anointing’ place it in the category of a commodity... something that not all Christians possess and that the minister in question can bestow on others. However, there is no precise definition as to what this "anointing" is, and no uniformity of belief as to how it can be acquired or imparted. According to many evangelicals anything can be 'anointed', including services, speakers, preachers, music, television programs, prayer cloths, swords, web sites, oil, cornmeal, red thread etc. etc.
Since the only true test of the spiritual is to check what the Scriptures have to say on the subject, the smartest thing we can do is to take an in-depth look at what, according to the Scriptures, the words “anointing” or “anointed” mean, how they are used in both Old and New Testaments, and who the anointed ones in the Bible were. Only after we are armed with this knowledge, can we possibly be in a position to decide whether the teachings/beliefs of so modern day Charismatics have a Biblical basis, or not.
FALSE PROPHETS The Bible tells us that if a prophet presumes to speak a word in God’s name, which God has not commanded him to speak, that prophet shall die... That false prophets are ferocious wolves in sheep’s clothing. (Matthew 7:15) Yet false prophets abound and thrive in the Christian world.
THE GIFT OF PROPHECY HANDLED CAREFULLY When someone "senses" something is God's will, or has words come into their minds, they may sincerely think that they have a prophetic gift, or that they are hearing a prophetic word, but they may come up with something which either violates Scripture or, even if it doesn't, is simply NOT a word from God. They can sincerely love God while bringing up nearly any thoughts that come to their mind. So if you use the words "Thus saith the Lord", you should be willing to be put to death if it doesn’t come to pass.
THE DEIFICATION OF MAN Although the New Age itself is primarily influenced by Eastern religions, paganism, and spiritism. And many, if not most, of their beliefs come from so called 'spirit guides', most Christians are still unaware of the nature, power, and danger posed by the New Age ideas in the world around us, and in our churches. Like frogs being slowly brought up to the boil, Christians have gradually been acclimatized into accepting ideas and practices that any self respecting Berean, unimpressed by 'new revelation', would have run a mile from. Although both Old and New Testaments explicitly, and repeatedly, affirm that there is only one God and that there never has been, nor ever will be another god, many so called, "Christian" leaders teach that men are "little gods"... yet another example of how New Age beliefs have crept into the church.
SELF ESTEEM The apostle Paul warned us that one of the characteristics of the last days would be that "men shall be lovers of their own selves" (2 Tim. 3:2).
HEAVEN CAN’T WAIT Visionaries throughout the centuries have claimed to have been caught up to the other side, however visions of heaven throughout the centuries have been significantly conditioned by whichever view of the afterlife prevailed at the time. Besides which contradictory versions about trips to heaven shoot wide of Scripture in significant areas.
JESUS DESCENDED INTO HELL According to this doctrine Jesus was ushered into hell where He was tortured for three days and nights by Satan and his demons, then was reborn or “born again” in hell....