Modern Day Holy Spirit Gifts
Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:31 AM
But are these phenomena really the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Are the churches that make these claims simply deluding themselves?
Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:37 AM
Acts 8 said:
We read here that Simon the Sorcerer "bewitched" the people with his trickery. No Christian would claim that Simon's power was of God. Rather it was human deception that enabled him to wow the crowds.
The same Greek word for "bewitched" is used a couple of verses later:
Acts 8 said:
Philip performed the true miracles of Holy Spirit possession. We see here therefore a distinction between what is genuine and what is false. Both may cause amazement but we need to learn to discern the spirits. We cannot fall into the trap of following a religion for supposed possession of Holy Spirit gifts or we may be "bewitched"!
Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:42 AM
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Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:49 AM
The photo below is a still from his TV show. Notice the way he stares at the camera, the position of his hands, and the words on the screen which were his words as he used the power of suggestion over his audience. This is nothing more than trickery.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:54 AM
Benny Hinn is a self-confessed worshipped of another charismatic, Kathryn Kulhman. She used a phenomenon dubbed "Going under the power" to delude her followers into thinking they had received the Holy Spirit. But this "going under the power" was nothing more than the power of suggestion and the art of mesmerism.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 04:59 AM
None of John Arnott, Benny Hinn nor Kathryn Kulhman have ever possessed the Holy Spirit. Neither have they imparted it to others. They are simply using mesmerism, hypnosis and the power of suggestion to win over the minds of their followers and delude them. They use the same techniques taught in secualr society to "mesmerize" the audience.
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Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:05 AM
Notice what he says - "independent of and religious philosophy". Shamanism is purely pagan yet the state of ectasy that its adherents enter is no different to that experienced by those in the churches of today when they supposedly receive the Holy Spirit.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:08 AM
The ectasy of Shamanism is "what religion is for". What a thing to say, yet for many in today's charismatic and pentecostal churches that is exactly right. It is the religious experience, the possession of the Holy Spirit, that is the be-all and end-all of their religion.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:11 AM
These are the same feelings brought on by receiving the Holy Spirit in today's churches, a feeling of esctasy, a feeling of rapture and visionary state. But just as is true for Shamanite ectasy so for present day claims of Holy Spirit possession - it is artificially induced. The magicians of the churches use breath control, fasting, meditation, drumming and other practices to produce a feeling of ectasy in their followers, and the power of suggestion takes over.
Posted 01 September 2004 - 05:14 AM
- The physiological response, in which the mind becomes absorbed in and focused on a dominant idea, the attention is withdrawn and the nervous system itself is in part cut off from physical sensory input. The body exhibits reflex inertia, involuntary nervous responses, frenzy.
- Emotional perception of ecstasy refers to overwhelming feelings of awe, anxiety, joy, sadness, fear, astonishment, passion, etc.
- Intuitive perception communicates a direct experience and understanding of the transpersonal experience of expanded states of awareness or consciousness.
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