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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 23:26:43 +1300
-by J. Lee Grady.

"Do you want the real power of the Holy Spirit? Then don’t pretend
by pushing people to the floor when you pray."

I love it when the Holy Spirit shows up in church gatherings.
Whenever sinners are converted, backsliders repent, bodies are
healed or self-centered believers are broken by God, we see
evidence of the Spirit’s work. But I don’t appreciate it when people
fabricate spiritual manifestations to prove God is using them.

A few years ago a popular charismatic preacher spoke at a
meeting I attended at a church in Orlando, Fla. After his message
he asked all ordained ministers to run to the platform so he could
lay hands on them. Immediately this man’s team of beefy
bodyguards began grabbing people, dragging them onto the stage
and holding them in place until the evangelist could pray for everyone.

“We seem to have become masters of mixing the anointing with
other ingredients. The charismatic movement has become an
embarrassing mixture of flesh and spirit.”

I felt queasy about this spectacle. It resembled a charismatic
version of World Wrestling Entertainment: lots of smacking noises,
falling bodies and cheers from the excited crowd. We Christians
seem to love a good show, even if it is staged!

I cringed as I watched the bizarre theatrics. But before I could
move to the side of the auditorium, one of the evangelist’s
220-pound goons strong-armed me onto the platform. When I
looked up, the wild-eyed preacher was heading toward me with his
arms flailing. I tried to duck, but when he got close enough he
shouted “in the name of Jesus” and slapped me across the face. I
tumbled to the floor.

My face and neck were stinging with pain. I had not been slain in
the spirit, as some observers assumed. I had been assaulted. This
man used his own strength to make people think he had imparted
a special anointing to me. All he did was give me a headache.

Because of this embarrassing smackdown, I decided I would never
push people during prayer, not even gently, or do anything to
manipulate the Holy Spirit’s power. I want the real thing. I don’t
want to grieve the Holy Spirit by pretending.

Why do some Christians insist on pushing people during prayer?
Some do it out of ignorance or because they have seen famous
evangelists doing it. Others push to force spiritual results. They
think if enough bodies end up on the floor, people will assume God
showed up.

I know there are times when people can be so overcome by the
Holy Spirit’s presence that they become weak in the knees. King
David trembled in God’s presence, and the priests in Solomon’s
day could not stand in the temple because of the heaviness of
God’s glory (see 1 Kings 8:10-11). But there is absolutely no
biblical precedent for forcing people to fall.

In Exodus 30:22-29, God gave Moses the recipe for the holy
anointing oil that was to be used in the tabernacle. Each ingredient—
cinnamon, myrrh, fragrant cane and cassia—had to be crushed
first and then blended in olive oil. All five components represent
Jesus, who was crushed for us. Moses was warned that the oil
was never to be misused, nor were any ingredients to be left out
or substituted.

God commands us never to cheapen the oil of the anointing, mix
foreign substances into it, dilute it or create our own version of it.
The Holy Spirit is holy! People in the Bible who tampered with the
holy recipe (such as Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, who offered
strange fire on God’s altar in Lev. 10:1-2) suffered serious consequences.

Today I fear we have blended the anointing with other ingredients.
The charismatic movement has become an embarrassing mixture.
Some preachers dangle God’s promises over people’s heads and
offer elusive promises of prosperity "if people will call this number
now and give a donation." Others fake certain body movements to
make people think they are super-charged by God. Others mix
exotic anointing oils (on sale now for only $12.99!) or they create
anointed candles, suggesting that certain scents can trigger the
Spirit’s power. This borders on witchcraft.

Please search your heart. Do you push people to the floor when
you pray for them, rather than trusting the Lord to do His work?
Are you trusting in Him, or in the arm of the flesh?

Have you lied to the Holy Ghost by faking the anointing? Have you
mixed your own version of the anointing oil, adding exotic
substances that are not of Christ? Have you become addicted to
sensational experiences, always craving a sign yet never satisfied
with Jesus alone?

How sad that a movement that began in the Spirit has wandered
so far from the holiness of God. He sees through our charade.
Let’s repent of our childishness, throw out the fake oils, stop
making false claims, and quit abusing and manipulating people to
make ourselves look spiritual.

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