The folly of Jennifer Eivaz – New Apostolic Reformation false prophetess

By Rick Becker    10 December 2017

Jennifer Eivaz is an associate minister with Harvest Christian Center in Turlock, CA. Another self proclaimed New Apostolic Reformation false prophetess with thousands of followers, Jennifer leads her biblically illiterate followers into a fog of mysticism, new age, and the occult.

 

Job 22:28 is a proof text for word of faith proponents who believe we have the power to decree things into existence. Typically, false teachers fail to make the distinction between a descriptive and a prescriptive text.  Descriptive texts relate an event or conversation;  in other words a  description of what took place.  Prescriptive texts contain instructions or commands – some applied to Israel under the old covenant, and others apply to new testament believers.  This specific text is a descriptive text, in fact Eliphaz is speaking, and was later rebuked by God:  “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.  Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” Job 42: 7-8

Jennifer is relying on the words of a man whom God rebuked for speaking folly.  If she were correct, we could determine:
who is saved
our bank balance
our health
our circumstances

The apostle Paul must have been a miserable failure according to this teaching. Shipwrecks, illness, beatings, hunger, thirst, cold and ultimately martyrdom would be indicative of a man who failed to know his rights and privileges as a believer; a man who failed in his declarations and brought such terrible hardships upon himself.
What Jennifer is teaching is called the American dream.  It is not the gospel.  The means to attain this dream is by becoming a god.  We can declare something for hours on end, but our declarations are never causitive.  We can declare that God is just, righteous and holy.  This is a fact and we are in agreement with the truth, but our declaration did not cause God to be just, righteous and holy.  NAR churches such as Bethel in Redding CA believe the church will disciple literal nations, yet their decrees and declarations over Redding have had no impact – violent crime is on the increase, hospitals are still in business. (Bill Johnson who underwent surgery last year would know).  Instead of believing we can create our own destiny through our words, we bring our supplications before the Lord and trust him to perform his good will.  Search as you may, you will not find a single prescriptive text instructing us to decree any part of our future into existence.  God is the only one who can decree something into existence.

Because Jennifer does not know what the word of God teaches, she turns to omens for guidance. Here are some examples:

The time on your smart phone screen is not a replacement for God’s word.  The number 711 is a number that is significant…to psychics:
“What your angels are trying to communicate with you can be deciphered by knowing what you are thinking of and what you are feeling the exact moment you see the angel number 711. You may want to write it down on a notebook or on your smartphone’s note pad app so that you don’t forget. For starters, the angel number 711 merges the vibrations of the number 7 and the number 1. Number 7 represents spiritual awakening, inner wisdom, and good fortune, while number 1 represents inspiration, motivation, and happiness. When combined as one, they form a pretty powerful combination that urges you to listen to your instincts and inner voices. This will lead you to the happiness that you have been searching for and bless you with good fortune.” – “trusted psychic mediums”

The wonder of creation is a general revelation that points to a creator: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,  what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4
 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” Romans 1:20-21

Jennifer however resorts to pagan practices and superstition to “hear God speak”

When a bad photograph, photoshop or possibly a demonic manifestation of an angel of light is confused with God’s glory:

 Some religions require that their adherents leave their shoes outside their place of worship.  In the New Apostolic Reformation world of charismania, adherents leave their minds outside.  Reason, logic, common sense, and most importantly scripture itself, have no place in this movement that purports to be on the cutting edge of “what God is doing” but in fact is at the forefront of Satan’s deceptive schemes.
Masquerading as a minister of Christ, this false prophetess is building a thriving “ministry” by fooling those who have itching ears and refuse to hear the truth.  Like most false teachers, any chance of reasonable dialogue with her will be shunned.

Valid questions are ignored:

Debate is not welcome:


Mark and avoid this false prophetess who serves another master.

 ..disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds”
2 Cor 11:13-15

TAKING EVERY “ISM” CAPTIVE

 
By Stephen Colin   23 November 2017

Every kind of false teaching comes in the form of a pre-packaged ideology which is designed to lure people away from the Written Word of God and into error and delusion. Unfortunately large parts of the visible church have fallen prey to these ideologies which explains why there is a famine in the land for the hearing of the Word of God!

Socialism, feminism, capitalism, communism, mormonism… The English language is full of ‘isms’! The suffix ‘ism’ entered the English language in the 1600’s and by the 1900’s was being used specifically to signify a pre-packaged ideology. You might be thinking… Thanks for the English lesson, but what does this have to do with Christianity!? This has a lot to do with Christianity, in fact this has much to do with what we find eroding the foundations of biblical Christianity. Let me narrow it down. This has a lot to do with what we find waging war against the mind of every true Christian. An ideology is a system of ideas and beliefs. Over the course of Church history Satan and his spokesmen have formulated numerous pre-packaged ideologies with the two main purposes: 1. To keep the unregenerate blinded to the Gospel and comfortably on the wide road to hell. 2. To lead believers astray in order to make them ineffective in the proclamation of the true gospel which is the only message that saves. We should be grateful for the ‘isms’ because they help us to identify these ideologies and deal with them accordingly.

They are not always easy to identify, however, once you begin to dig beneath the surface it becomes evident that Satan has only re-packaged old ideologies in new boxes. It’s like a South African walking into the cereal aisle in an American grocery store. There are so many different kinds of cereal that choosing one can become an impossible and painful task. However, once you realize that many are just offshoots of a specific kind then the choice becomes easier. Much false teaching within the Church today is just an offshoot of something the Church has already identified and exposed sometime in in the past, which makes the study of Church history all the more important. Let me simplify it this way: Every kind of false teaching comes in the form of a pre-packaged ideology which is designed to lure people away from the Written Word of God and into error and delusion. Unfortunately large parts of the visible church have fallen prey to these ideologies which explains why there is a famine in the land for the hearing of the Word of God! This series will look at some of the more popular ‘isms’ which are causing the most damage to the Church and also call every true believer to stand up and ‘put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.’ (Ephesians 6:11) This is essentially a call to take every ‘ism’ captive.

The Apostle Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians provides us with invaluable insight into how we are to obey this charge. In Chapter 10 as he begins to defend his apostleship and ministry against false teachers he writes in verse 3 to 5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…”  These arguments and lofty opinions are ideas and speculations, which are ‘isms’ that raise themselves up against the knowledge of God and the Gospel. We don’t play around with these ‘isms’. We don’t entertain these ‘isms’. Paul makes it clear, we destroy these ‘isms’ by taking them captive. We do this by uncovering the christian veneer which makes them so deceptive by using ‘the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…’ making them obedient to Christ. We expose them using Scripture and we replace the error with truth. Let’s remember that when we are dealing with false teaching our only weapon is the Word of God. The more we know our weapon, the better we will be at wielding it for the sake of our own souls and the souls of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our motivation for doing so must always be rooted in a love for Christ, which manifests itself in a desire to obey Him, that we might ‘save others by snatching them out of the fire.’ If we get our motivation wrong we might become like noisy gongs or clanging cymbals.
Coming back to the ‘isms’. The question that needs to be asked is: What are some of the most prominent ‘isms’ which need to be taken captive today?
There are too many to deal with in one series, so I have decided to focus on four which I believe are most dangerous to the church in 2017:
  1. Quietism
  2. Sentimentalism
  3. Antinomianism
  4. Legalism

In the next couple of weeks we will deal with each ‘ism’ individually. Today let’s have a look at the first one, Quietism.

What is Quietism?
Quietism is an offshoot of mysticism. Mysticism is complex. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it this way: the belief that direct knowledge of God, spiritual truth, or ultimate reality can be attained through subjective experience. The ‘christian’ mystic is one who seeks an experience with Christ, to hear Christ speak through means apart from the Written Word of God with one of those means being Quietism. When we think of centering prayer, soaking prayer or a Rhema word from God we are most likely dealing with Quietism. Now immediately the Charismatic/NAR movement comes to mind. Quietism is indeed a major part of the NAR as they seek to hear God speak apart from Scripture, however it’s important we understand that this is not only a part of aberrant movements like the NAR or what I call the silly seeker sensitive movement. This has crept its way into seemingly solid churches which is what makes it so dangerous. Nathan Busenitz provides a helpful description when he writes, “Quietism—also called “higher living”—is an approach to the spiritual life that emphasizes “letting go and letting God.” It often borders on a strange dualism, where the physical world is considered frail and transient, while the spiritual world is the home of truth and joy. In quietism, prayer is stressed as the emptying of the mind to just “rest” in the presence of God. It presents the clear mind as the opposite of worry, and the spiritual mind is the one that is still, almost disconnected from the physical world around it.” That sounds very much like another ‘ism’ which the Church has dealt with, Gnosticism. The ‘presence of God’ is a big emphasis in quietism, however once we peel back the ‘christianize’ we see it for what it is: An unbiblical practice with its roots in Hinduism and Buddhism!  Quietism teaches that sinless perfection and inner peace can be achieved through contemplation and experience with the Divine. Now replace those empty words with some ‘christianese’ and you get this: “I believe you can look at solitude, community, and ministry as three disciplines by which we create space for God. If we create space in which God can act and speak, something surprising will happen. You and I are called to these disciplines if we want to be disciples.” That’s a direct quote from deceased but popular catholic mystic, Henri Nouwen, pictured below.
 Photograph of Henri Nouwen in the 1990s taken by Frank Hamilton.
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You may say, “well he’s a catholic, so no big deal”. Other than the fact that many so-called protestants are promoting unity with the Catholic church (so much for the reformation), the problem is that popular teachers within mainstream evangelicalism embrace and promote Nouwen’s teachings! For example Rick Warren quoted him in a tweet which read, “Hiddenness is the place of purification. In hiddenness we find our true selves.”
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What does that even mean! Might as well have said “shabashabashaba.” Both have the same depth of meaning and substance. Tim Keller also quotes Nouwen in a tweet which reads, “Our brokenness has no other beauty but the beauty that comes from the compassion that surrounds it.”

No comment on that one. If you figure out what it means please let me know.
So is Quietism biblical? Is the version of prayer which suggests we need to quiet and empty our minds in order to hear from and experience God biblical? The answer is an emphatic NO! You will not find this taught anywhere in the Bible. Someone may quote Psalm 46:10, which reads “Be still and know that I am God” and claim that they have Biblical support, however that verse has nothing to do with Quietism. If you study that verse in context you’ll find out very quickly that Psalm 46:10 is not a verse you should be applying to yourself unless you would like to experience the wrath of God. That verse is a warning to all the nations that oppose God and his people. God is saying “Be still”. In other words, ’Shut up!”, “Stop your fighting!” and KNOW THAT I AM GOD! The call for stillness before the Lord is not a preparation for worship or prayer, but for impending judgment.
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Quietism is an imposter in the church which must be quieted (pun intended). Quietism erodes the mind of the Christian because it draws the Christian away from the Written Word of God and causes the Christian to trust his/her subjective feelings rather that the objective truth of Scripture. Quietism erodes the Gospel because it causes people to believe that there is truth within them, rather than recognizing that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick…” Instead of drawing us closer to Christ, Quietism only draws us away from Christ who paid the price upon the cross by bleeding, suffering, satisfying the wrath of God in our place, dying and raising from the dead so that a Holy and just God could forgive and justify wicked, hell-bound sinners like us. Quietism provides a false peace and draws us away from the true peace we so desperately need with God, which only comes through union with our Lord Jesus Christ. Quietism practically denies the sufficiency and authority of scripture, even if those who practice it claim that scripture is sufficient. Don’t be fooled. Rather take this ‘ism’ captive and make it obedient to Christ.

THE GRIP OF THE CULT-LIKE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION & CO

By Rick Becker  26 October 2017

You probably have friends and family caught up in New Apostolic Reformation churches (Bethel, Hillsong etc) and you have found it extremely difficult to persuade them they are being deceived.  You may have been accused of having a critical spirit, of being divisive, judgemental, or of being a heresy hunter when warning them of the false doctrines in this movement.  Why is it so difficult for those caught up in the New Apostolic Reformation, word of faith and prosperity gospel movements (NAR & CO) to break free?

These movements have characteristics similar to cults, making it almost equally difficult to come out from their grip and deception. There are reasons why it is so difficult for people to escape from these movements and churches that teach false doctrine. Firstly, we will look at some secondary reasons, and then note the two primary reasons why people struggle to break free from this deception.

A new priesthood has been established within the NAR & CO.  When the likes of Patricia King, Kris Vallotton or Bill Johnson claim to have a revelation for the body of Christ, a new strategy etc, who are you to question when God does not speak to you on such an intimate basis?  Like any cult leader, they claim to have special knowledge, immediately placing them on a level that is admired by their followers.  Leaders claim to have taken trips to heaven, talked with angels, received new downloads and impartations from an open heaven.  Their so called ability to receive new revelation has elevated them above their followers, in clear contradiction of 1 John 2:27: “But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.”  There is no difference between the manipulative priests and Popes of the Roman Catholic Church and this new breed of apostles, prophets and pastors.  They interpret scripture on our behalf, and through eisegesis twist the scriptures to promote their false doctrines.  They are rarely challenged by their own followers, and point two reveals why.

Submission induced through an unhealthy fear keeps followers in their place.  Questioning a particular teaching or any form of critical reasoning is frowned upon by the leaders and treated as a mutiny of sorts. Those who obey and submit are duly rewarded with positions in the ministry, mentions by name, and are allowed in the inner circle.  Those who ask legitimate questions concerning doctrine or practices are immediately dealt with.  Usually they will be accused of a number of things: having a rebellious spirit, acting out of personal hurts that they have not dealt with or not being in tune with the Holy Spirit and in doing so grieving him.  Some unfortunate souls will even receive threats in the form of  “prophetic words.”  Finally they will probably be threatened with the go to verse for all manipulative false teachers: “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!” Psalm 105:15. This verse does not mean it’s wrong to question a leader regarding their teachings. This verse meant that it would have been wrong for David to kill king Saul.  David had the opportunity but spared Saul ( 2 Sam 24:10-11) and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe.

Contrary to scripture, the leaders have ulterior motives and rule from their position at the top of their hierarchical structure.  Instead, leaders should: “shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;  not for shameful gain, but eagerly;  not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock” 1 Peter 5:2-3

Pride prevents many from admitting their whole house has been built on the wrong foundation. Its embarrassing to admit much of what you have believed, practiced, and  taught has been based on a lie.  The longer a person has been in these movements the harder it is to break free.

4  People have invested heavily in their churches. Time and money have been spent,  and if they leave, all those spent resources would have been a waste.  What if they are about to receive that long awaited breakthrough?  After tithing faithfully for 15 years, God may be about to catapult their business to the level of success they have always dreamed of. Their leader has been given a prophetic word that this is “a season of suddenlies”  and “major shifts” – they don’t want to lose out!  Perhaps they are on the verge of being offered a leadership position, finally giving them the recognition they deserve.

Friendships are in jeopardy, despite a questionable leader and unsound doctrine, friendships are formed that can be as close as or even supersede family ties and provide a means of emotional support.  Perhaps the thing that they stand to lose the most are the friendships, and that is what makes breaking away so painful.  The thought of losing these friendships and the support they offer is often too much to bear for many, and so they remain, convincing themselves not to throw out the baby out with the bathwater.  But there is no baby in the waters of the NAR & CO –  a little leaven leavens the whole lump.

6  Many are simply too lazy to study the word for themselves, preferring to accept the flawed interpretations of their favorite celebrity teacher.  A Beth Moore or John Bevere bible study is far less work than digging into the word for yourself.  In this digital age there are literally thousands of free resources from commentaries and lexicons that enable us to understand the word in context.  Unfortunately many followers come to the point where they trust their leaders to such an extent that they never question what they are taught.  Those who do concede that there are some questionable teachings, simply shrug off any concerns and assure you that they “eat the meat and spit out the bones.”  This not a biblical text;  instead we are commanded to mark and avoid those who pervert the gospel.

7  It’s all they know.  Many are graciously saved by God despite being in these churches. However, expository preaching and working through actual chapters in context is foreign to them. Topical preaching, motivational messages and story telling are the order of the day.  Followers cannot discern the twisting of scripture through the narcigesis and eisegesis employed by their leaders.  Years of indoctrination have taken their toll.  Attempting to reason or discuss scripture with those caught up in these movements is often futile. Those who are believers, remain in a state of spiritual infancy: “About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,  for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.  But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:11-14. 
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There are two main reasons why people stay in the NAR & CO even after being confronted with truth.:

1  Many are false converts, so don’t expect them to see the light when they are firmly entrenched in the kingdom of darkness and loving it. When Jesus said my sheep hear my voice he did not mean he will give you a new revelation during your quiet time; He meant true believers will hear and obey his voice.  His voice is clear, his voice has spoken, it’s called scripture. These false converts need the true gospel in order to repent and believe, before they can be able to discern the errors of the NAR & CO: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 2:14
Don’t think for a second that many caught up in these movements are not passionate or sincere, but they are sincerely wrong.  Passion, crowds, testimonies, and even signs and wonders do not guarantee that God is involved.  Ultimately, God knows who are his, and what may fool men, never fools God: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’   And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Matthew 7: 21-23

2  Many are simply feeding their own passions and are getting exactly what they desire – ear tickling messages.  It’s not so much a question of them being deceived by a teacher, but rather them finding a teacher who is as deceived as they are. Its hard to believe the message of the cross over a message that avoids the cross and elevates self – read more on that  here   We are quick to blame false teachers who are leading many astray, but these verses gives us the reason many are deceived:: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  2 Timothy 4:3-4
Note the following:
The people will not want sound doctrine
The people already have itching ears
The people are the ones accumulating false teachers
The people are merely catering for their own carnal passions
The people are not interested in the truth

The prophets of the old testament also had to contend with false prophets, and a people who preferred satisfying their passions rather than obeying God:
An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it sobut what will you do when the end comes?” Jeremiah 5: 30-31

For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear
 the instruction of the Lord who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
 and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;  speak to us smooth things,
 prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”  Isaiah 30: 9-11

Don’t be fooled by those in these movements, who by outward appearances seem to be devoted to God and his kingdom.  They seem so passionate and determined to make a difference in this world; they are bold, unashamed, and eager to spread their message.  Dig a little deeper however, and you will find that ultimately they are the ones who are exalted.  It’s a man centered gospel.  You will leave a legacy, you will usher in God’s kingdom, you will do greater things, you will be a world changer…God needs YOU.

Pray for those you know who are caught up in these movements.  God has graciously saved people in these churches, and that same grace will lead them out.  If you have an opportunity, speak the truth in love, keeping in mind that you were probably deceived by these movements to some degree in the past. The journey of those who have left these movements would have been painful.  The scars remain, but ultimately we have to be faithful to God and his word.

 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” Jude 1: 22-23