Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Joel's Army - Civil War in the Church

According to EndTimesPropheticWords.com, in May 1996, Rick Joyner sent out a message entitled ‘Civil War in the Church.’ He makes the following points:

~This is the greatest time of expectation in the history of Christianity- reconciliation and renewal are taking place everywhere and the church is growing at 200,000 people a day.

~There is an advance of ecumenism and the breaking down of denominational barriers (including Catholic/Protestant) thanks to Christian TV.

~Satan is about to test the church’s new unity.

~In 1988, 1993, 1995 and Feb 1996, Joyner was shown that the church is headed for an inevitable spiritual civil war.

~It will be “an opportunity to drive the accuser out of the church, for the church then to come into a unity that would otherwise be impossible.”

~“[It will be] the end of Christianity as we know it. The very definition of Christianity will be changed, for the better.”

~“The church that emerges will be full of unprecedented grace, truth and power.”

~The conflict will be extremely costly and prolonged.

~The primary issue (as with the American Civil War) at stake will be the eradication of “the spiritual slavery and oppression now existing in much of the church.”

~“Nearly half the believers in the world today are held under a spiritual ‘plantation mentality’” with leaders seeking only to build and preserve their own empires.

~“Satan’s ’strand of three cords’ (the control spirit, the political spirit and the religious spirit) by which he is yoking multitudes of believers, must be confronted and removed from our midst.” Then the church may “come into her ultimate glory.”

~Much of the church uses “guilt, pressure, manipulation and control to compel men to do what we think they should do.” We must “remove the cancer from our midst.”

~A major factor in the Christian Civil War will be strife over money.

~Another will be tradition/ a religious spirit/ Pharisaism vs. what God is currently doing. “The more anointed a new movement is, the more these traditionalists will be threatened by it, and the more vehemently they will attack it.”

~Some of those who oppose denominations will nevertheless keep others in fear and bondage to their own self-will.

~There will be a fight between the true unity we have in Christ and the false unity of political expediency, tradition, way of life, etc.

~The conflict will be between Christians who are heavenly-minded/ Spirit-led (Blues) and intellectual/ Mind-led (Grays).

~The only way for true unity to occur is to rout the forces of spiritual slavery and oppression.

~Unity and peace must be based on truth.

~Many will fight simply out of loyalty for their organisation or denomination, not through true conviction.

~There will appear to be a “total meltdown of Christianity [which] will result in one of her greatest victories … This will cause the Lord’s champions to ascend the mountain into higher realms of the Spirit than they have gone before. As they do, Faith, Hope and Charity will be revealed, and seen from even greater distances than would have otherwise been possible.

~“The black church … will be the primary force to bring about the ultimate victory,” despite attacks from Satan and Islam. After the war, there will be no white or black church.

~“There will be an entirely new definition of Christianity, which the Lord Jesus Himself has already written. The world will know us by our love.”

~There will be a New Breed of Spiritual Leaders, who will fight for the Blues. They may not initially be appreciated.

~The Blues will be fighting for the liberation of the Grays, not to destroy them. “We are not fighting against people, but the forces that deceive and bind them.”

~Those who will not comply must be removed from their place of influence. “These can be distinguished by their attempts to spy out our liberty and yoke the church with bondage, or sow the doctrines the Scriptures call leaven.”

~“All the movements that are working to bring about the unity of the church really have been sent by God … .We must do all that we can to strengthen every relationship, and reconcile with all those that we can.”

~We must “strengthen the essential truths of our faith, within ourselves”, without compromise, and not follow organizations for their own sake.

~We need to “judge ourselves, lest we be judged,” casting out any spirit of control in us.

The goal of the Kansas City Prophets, Joel’s Army, TheCall, and other little groups and movements (like the Seven Mountain Mandate) is to take over local churches, denominations, and individuals. Does this not sound familiar to anyone else?