The Seven Pillars of Error


We know of the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” in Proverbs 9:1 but now it seems the Church is intent on leading its followers, as well as the rest of the world, into an entirely different way of thinking. Here I will try to quickly summarise the main problems, being aware that there is so much more excellent material online for you to access in addition to this.

There is significant overlap amongst all these movements. The overall emphasis is the desire and hope of creating a new world and church that obeys the laws of God and the bible (as they understand it).

1. Restoration (aka the “Signs and Wonders” movement)

Restorationism is often confused with Reconstructionalism but they are different beliefs. See below.

I was witness to the emergence of, first, the Charismatic Revival of the 60’s and 70’s spawning the “Shepherding Movement”, and then UK Restoration Movement in the early 1980’s.

Having attended these churches, my alarm at what they were preaching kicked off my “discernment ministry” along with others here and across the world, a work raised up by God to sound out the first warnings of false teaching.

Little did we know that not only could this tidal wave of error not be stopped, but that it would become so huge as to swamp everything else around it.

* British New Church Movement

Main article: British New Church Movement

During the Charismatic Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which focused on the transformation of the individual, some leaders formed what has become known as the Charismatic Restoration Movement. These leaders, of whom Arthur Wallis, David Lillie and Cecil Cousen were at the forefront, focused on the nature of the church and shared a distinctive view that authentic church order was being restored to the whole church. This authentic church order centred on what is referred to as the “fivefold ministries“, as listed in Ephesians 4:11: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers and Pastors.

Some notable church networks include Newfrontiers led by Terry VirgoSalt and Light Ministries International led by Barney Coombs and Ichthus Christian Fellowship led by Roger Forster.

* Shepherding Movement

Main article: Shepherding Movement

The British leaders of charismatic restorationism mutually recognised a parallel movement in the United States, centered on the Fort Lauderdale FiveDerek PrinceDon Basham, Bob Mumford, Charles Simpson and Ern Baxter. This movement became known as the Shepherding Movement and was the subject of significant controversy in the mid-1970s.

Shephering was the emergence of authoritarian leadership by elders who ruled the flock with an iron will. No dissent was permitted and submitting to the Shepherd was obligatory in most charismatic churches at that time.

The movement left a significant legacy through its influence on contemporary ministries International Churches of ChristMaranatha Campus Ministries and Great Commission International.

* Apostolic-Prophetic Movement

Main article: Apostolic-Prophetic Movement

More recently another form of charismatic restorationism with a similar recognition of the apostolic office has emerged in the form of the Apostolic-Prophetic Movement, inspired by the Kansas City Prophets. Leading proponents of the movement have been C. Peter WagnerRick JoynerMike Bickle and Lou Engle. [See more on this below].


2. Dominion/Kingdom Now

Allied to the reformation of the Church, Christians are now taught to reform the world by “taking dominion” over all areas of the secular realm thus setting up the promised Kingdom of God. This now incorporates the political agenda, especially in America.

Dominion theology states that biblical Christianity will rule all areas of society, personal and corporate. Those who hold these views believe that it is the duty of Christians to create a worldwide kingdom patterned after the Mosaic Law. They believe that Christ will not return to earth until such a kingdom has been established.

Post-Millennial: Some who adhere to Dominion theology are post-millennialist, that is, they believe that Christ will return to earth only after the thousand-year reign of God’s kingdom (headed up and ruled by the apostles and prophets of the Church.)


3. Awakening/Revival aka “Paradigm Shift”

This teaches that a large-scale, widespread revival must occur, and that the supernatural moving of the Spirit of God in powerful and unusual ways will result in thousands come to faith; it is said that whole cities and even nations will turn to God.

The movement looks back to the Great Awakening (revival) of the 18th century which had a major impact on numbers in the churches, and on missionary outreach. However, the pure form of Christian revival and renewal has today merged with other forms of awakening that are not biblical.

  • Personal Awakening

Spiritual renewal and transformation is now being offered by means of rituals, meditation, enlightenment or pseudo Christian versions of the same. Many non-Christian versions of spiritual awakening are rooted in mysticism, New Age thinking, or false religions. (Opening of the chakras, achieving Nirvana etc.)

  • National Awakening the Q-Anon way

There is an overlap happening in some ministries with the new-age false spiritual sense of “awakening” which means developing personal spiritual awareness (either by spiritual rituals or by charismatic gifts).


4. Political Dominance

This tends to be a particularly American right-wing way of thinking. It entails overturning the supposed “elite” [in some cases arresting and even executing those they see as the leadership cabal] and taking over the country (America) as political leaders to bring in God’s laws and commands nationwide as a legal requirement, with a bible-based Constitution. (“It’s our destiny to run the country for God” they say.)

Christian nationalism replaces the universal appeal of American democracy with a particularistic goal that the state exists to defend and promote Christianity. [Source]


5. Apostolic Kingship (NAR)

Modern-day Apostles and Prophets see themselves not only the leaders of the global Church but of humanity itself, as God’s agency of blessing and renewal.

False Apostles: Rather than the original commission of the first century apostles who were above all messengers sent out to spread the gospel (to the nations) the modern day apostles see themselves as specially anointed kings and governors who must rise to political power and lead the nations to a new kingdom agenda.

False Prophets: It is a sad fact of todays “prophets” that many of them are more concerned with influence and wealth than giving the word of God. They have been caught out repeatedly in failed “prophecies” as shown in this video, for example:

The New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR, emphasizes the role and power of spiritual leaders and miracle-workers, the reception of “new” revelations from God, an over-emphasis on spiritual warfare, and a pursuit of cultural and political control in society. They often rely on “prophets” to project their message of renewal, and emotive music and spiritual experiences to attract followers.


6. New Age Spirituality

This teaches that Christians can “redeem” spiritual practises that are valid but have [they say] previously been appropriated and misused by people outside the Church. This includes things like yoga, meditation, card-reading and numerology.

A former new-ager above lists new-age practises in today’s churches, including Yoga, Reiki and Energy healing, Crystals, Essential Oils, Automatic writing, Praying to angels, Astrology and Horoscopes and the Enneagram.


7. Word of Faith aka Prosperity Gospel

“Name it and Claim it”

In the Word of Faith movements it is believed that God promises believers abundant health and wealth as their normal experience. We only need to “speak it” into existence and/or claim it.

Such televangelists as Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Charles Capps, Robert Tilton, Frederick C. Price, Paul Yonggi Cho, and many others teach Word of Faith.  The teaching was heavily influenced by E.W. Kenyon (1867 – 1948).

Positive confession teachers raise themselves to God’s level and then claim that by “divine right” they can manipulate reality. They also teach that believers are “little gods” by right of belonging to God as Father.

Indeed, man can become God, which would be the next logical step if positive confession were legitimate.  Perhaps this is why Benny Hinn, Morris Cerullo, Paul Crouch, Earl Paulk, Kenneth Copeland, and many others believe that they are, in fact, gods.

For Research:


ALSO SEE:

  • Progressive Christianity – A recent movement in Protestantism that focuses strongly on social justice and environmentalism and often includes a revisionist (or non-traditional) view of the Scriptures. Members of this movement do not ascribe to the biblical doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture, nor in some cases do they accept the divinity of Christ, the Second Coming, or eternal damnation and often teach “collective salvation” over the biblical concept of personal salvation.
  • The Emerging Church/Post-Modernism – A movement that claims to be Christian but employs culturally sensitive methods to make the gospel more palatable to a postmodern culture. Jesus’ life is treated more as an allegory or narrative rather than a true event. Of particular concern is the inclusive approach to various belief systems, an emphasis on emotions over absolute truth and the notion that there is no hell, judgment or need for forgiveness. The Emerging Church movement also glorifies honesty and confession, but without repentance.
  • Reconstructionism – Christian reconstructionism developed under the ideas of Rousas Rushdoony, Greg Bahnsen and Gary North and advocates theonomy and the restoration of certain biblical laws said to have continuing applicability. Adherents are usually postmillennialists. A Christian denomination that advocated the view of Christian reconstructionism until its dissolution in 2020 was the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States. Rousas Rushdoony wrote in The Institutes of Biblical Law: “The heresy of democracy has since [the days of colonial New England] worked havoc in church and state” and: “Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies”, and he said elsewhere that “Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic; it is committed to spiritual aristocracy,” ….and advocated instead the gradual reformation of society from the bottom up, beginning with the individual and the family and from there gradually reforming other spheres of authority, including the church and the state.

Download: https://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/pdf/christian_reconstruction.pdf

CONCLUSION

Where is this ALL heading, and what is the ultimate goal?

In fact, as alarming and shocking as it seems, the churches and preachers are (perhaps unknowingly) contributing to the situation we read about in Revelation, where the world is longing for reformation, safety and security after, perhaps, the worst and most earth-shaking events we have ever experienced.

Anyone who could promise renewal and restoration with strong moral leadership at a time like that is bound to attract a following.

However, Revelation shows us that such a new move to world leadership and restoration is in fact the agenda of the devil in taking this earth and its people for himself.

The brilliant, miraculous, and powerful leader who arrives to head this movement will seem to anyone hoping and praying for reconstruction like the best possible option for the world. However, he will be what Revelation calls “The Beast”.

AVOID all these heresies and stay firmly rooted in genuine scriptural teaching, humble prayer, pure godly worship and Church fellowship that adheres to scripture.

Ideally, and biblically, the Church is directed corporately not by one or two powerful men. We, the believers ARE “the church”, each one a stone that contributes to the building as a whole. (1 Peter 2:5) We all have our individual part to play, whether small or great.

In my experience, the fellowships that are taken over and then strongly controlled by one or two ambitious men are the ones where false teaching and errors get in the door unchecked. Each member should be able to share a viewpoint, exercise a genuine spiritual gift, and take part in corporate worship. When all the members are exercising spiritual discernment, as they should, and all are taking responsibility for the work of their church, false teaching can be exposed and eradicated.

3 thoughts on “The Seven Pillars of Error

  1. Thank you Tricia, for this excellent list of false gospels ciculating today, and especially of your own experience of attack by the enemy, I too have been going through similar episodes.

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  2. Dear Tricia, thanks for this article on what is going on in the religious world that counterfeits the real working of the Holy Spirit to complete the work of preparing the bride of Christ to meet her heavenly Bridegroom. May God help us not to be distracted from the work He has for us to be wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ and share His gospel of salvation for each individual person, teaching them to obey all the things He has commanded us to do. Matt. 28:19-20. We have our work cut out for us, to work on our own salvation with fear and trembling so that we can be blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a perverse generation, among whom we shall shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. Phil. 2:12-18. It is blessed to meet and be with those who have this longing in their hearts, and are not satisfied with another Jesus, a different spirit, and a different gospel to the one Jesus and His apostles taught. 2 Cor. 11:3-4. It is these He will call “My church” when He returns again, the wise virgins who have a hidden life with Him, and are gathering oil each day through their training as disciples, quietly building their lives on the rock which is the revelation of Jesus’ life and teaching, and not the sand of human opinions, reasoning and feelings. Thanks again for your labours.

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