Many of you will have read the title and thought, well obviously. However, these days it’s unfortunately not obvious, even for bible-literate Christians, that doing the right thing, and acting truthfully and honourably, is part and parcel of being a Christian.
It’s our obligation in obedience to God.
Becoming a Christian in the first place means recognising that behaviour and standards that fall short of God’s law must be repented of, and discarded. But even after that, growth in godliness is commanded.
We are on a path to “becoming like HIM” [Romans 8:29] – not by human effort, but by surrendering to the activity of the indwelling HOLY Spirit.
Indeed, if that progress in right attitudes and behaviour is NOT seen, then something is wrong. As Jesus said, you can tell a tree by its fruit (that which it produces). If there is no fruit, or if there is bad fruit, then you can tell there is something amiss.
- Luke 6:43-45 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.”
- John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit”.
I want to present one recent example, one that shocked me.
I will begin by adding two riders to my comments: One, I KNOW that not everyone is like this and two, this is just an example I happened to see and in no way means I am supporting or endorsing this ministry.
In fact, I hardly know who he is, and a cursory glance at his website leaves me very cautious. So I am saying nothing about the man and his ministry at all, but using him as an example.
Probably I should add another, a third caution: the most important issue in this ‘prophecy’ and repentance, and the subsequent attack, is NOT the subject matter BUT the behaviour. I say this to stave off any knee-jerk reaction from readers.
Repentance and Forgiveness
Early in January I happened to see (in passing, without paying much attention) a post by a Christian Minister who repented of giving a false prophecy.
That is notable, in itself, because today’s “prophets” rarely do that. I was pleased to see a man who thought it right to repent, and to inform his ministry partners of his repentance, asking for forgiveness.
However, not long afterwards I saw another post, this time speaking of the aftermath of his repentance. This is what he said:
“Over the last 72 hours, I have received multiple death threats and thousands upon thousands of emails from Christians saying the nastiest and most vulgar things I have ever heard toward my family and ministry. I have been labelled a coward, sellout, a traitor to the Holy Spirit, and cussed out at least 500 times. We have lost ministry partners every hour and counting.
After publicly repenting on January 7th, (see it here https://cf.jeremiahjohnson.tv/jjm-apology-01-07-eub) I fully expected to be called a false prophet in some circles, but I could have never dreamed in my wildest imagination that so much satanic attack and witchcraft would come from charismatic/prophetic people. I have been flabbergasted at the barrage of continued conspiracy theories being sent every minute our way and the pure hatred being unleashed.
To my great heartache, I’m convinced parts of the prophetic/charismatic movement are far SICKER than I could have ever dreamed of. I truthfully never realized how absolutely triggered and ballistic thousands and thousands of saints get about Donald Trump. It’s terrifying! It’s full of idolatry!
If I helped to prop up this ideology concerning him, I will need to repent again and stir up even more hell.
On a personal level, I am just beyond relieved that President Trump was only an assignment for a season and never a mandate. Revival is never dependent upon who sits in the White House but rather who sits on the Throne in Heaven. I will continue to preach the Cross and the power of the resurrection. I will continue to help prepare the Bride to meet our Bridegroom.
As we head into 2021, expect me to be more committed to the gospel and making disciples than ever before. By God’s grace I will walk in a greater measure of humility and repentance than ever before. I will learn from my mistakes and seek correction from Godly leaders always. I’m going to read the Sermon on the Mount now.” -Jeremiah Johnson
Briefly, his Facebook lists him as:
- Host at The Watchman’s Corner Television Show
- End time messenger at Jeremiah Johnson Ministries
- Founder at Heart of the Father Ministry
- Studied Church Ministries at Southeastern University
- Lives in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Facebook followed by 61,242 people
- His Website
For those who are interested, and haven’t clicked the link leading to JJ’s apology, part of it reads:
“My aim in this public apology is twofold. First, I would like to repent for inaccurately prophesying that Donald Trump would win a second term as the President of the United States. I refuse to blame the saints and say, “It didn’t come to pass because they did not pray enough.” Nor will I proclaim, “Donald Trump actually won, so I was right, but now it has been stolen from him.” I believe the first statement seeks to alleviate the prophetic messenger from the responsibility of what he prophesied, and the second statement is filled with potential pride and an unwillingness to humble himself and admit he was wrong. I want to go on record: “I was wrong, I am deeply sorry, and I ask for your forgiveness.”
As he so rightly says in his second post above, “Revival is never dependent upon who sits in the White House but rather who sits on the Throne in Heaven.” How many Christians believe that in their heart?
I say that as someone who doesn’t believe in the kind of global revival and world-changing alteration that many of the most prominent preachers today are working towards.
The Move to Triumphalism
Since the 80’s and increasingly from the 1990’s, evangelical belief changed in a radical way because of false teachings. The previous biblical belief in increasing darkness and wickedness before the End, as well as christian apostasy, was overthrown, and revivalism replaced it.
Pre-millennial rapturism was replaced by post-millennial triumphalism.
Perhaps that mistaken belief – in the overthrow of all evil and the establishment of a kind of theocracy on earth before the return of the Saviour – has fuelled much of the current desperation to install leaders who will support restorational evangelicalism of this kind and who will join the drive towards global awakening.
Throughout the past four years, preachers with far-reaching influence such as Kenneth Copeland, Rick Wiles, Paula White, Sid Roth, Mario Murilla, Kim Clement, Kris Vallotton, and many others have “prophesied” that we are on the verge of victory. So, when Donald Trump wasn’t reelected they refused to accept it. (What? Can your God not achieve his will without Trump?)
Here are just two reports of those who falsely prophesied Trump would be reelected, including Jeremiah Johnson – who as you have seen subsequently repented, with horrific results.
Trump’s continuing reign was, in their minds, all part of God’s plan to save the world. Thus, God has somehow been foiled by devilish evil powers.
They had consistently preached the same message in every TV program and on every stage for four years and were not about to be contradicted by the mere happenstance of a national election! Never mind Democracy, the Constitution nor the will of the American people, we HAVE to prove we were right! (The truth is, they were not, and thank God for contradicting them.)
Was Trump Elected by God?
You might be shocked when I say, yes he was. But hold your horses. I believe God’s will was accomplished in a different way to that normally believed.
God’s plan was to bring out into the open and to expose what was secretly in the heart of millions: in much of the professing Church, allegiance to this world and its ways has replaced the desire for God.
Democracy itself could not be allowed to stand in the way of theocracy, if they dare to conflict! The desire for, and belief in, a world-changing revival has become paramount, overriding every other concern. (Possibly because they see themselves as being the world rulers of the age to come? The Apostolic New World Order!!)
This powerful universal all-conquering Great Awakening is not like earlier revivals calling for individual repentance and biblical conversion. No, it’s the same kind of self-serving ‘faith’ seen in many charismatic churches today: power, personal advancement and fulfilment without regard to God’s will.
Some call it “The Storm”
Hunger for God is no longer a hunger for obedient and humble righteousness, but a hunger for entertainment, pleasure, promotion and supernatural powers regardless of biblical truth. The end of those things is seen as universal victory over evil, and the establishment of a ‘divine rule’ akin to the old Holy Roman Empire.
The Golden Calf of revival through political domination is now being worshipped in place of a God who calls for holiness, and self-sacrifice, and above all a humble willingness to accept God and his will alone.
The Bible or The Plan?
Thus, to return to the subject in hand, when one of their loyal prophets realises his mistake, thousands of wolves congregate to rip him to pieces regardless of the truth.
What is prized now is not truth, nor biblical standards, nor the will of God – but personal loyalty to “the plan” of world domination by ‘christian’ leaders who have ceased to be the Bride and have become the Harlot of Revelation.