Part of Satan's strategy in the spread of End Times deceptions is to target notable cities and churches. London's Elim Kensington Temple (KT) is one such. I have preached there on two occasions, both when Wynne Lewis, now Superintendent of the Elim Foursquare Church in Great Britain and Ireland, was Senior Pastor. On the occasion of my first visit in the early 80s KT was just getting going so to speak. After preaching at one mid-week night service I more or less received an open invitation to return and did so later in that decade. Wynne is a pragmatist, who takes on board just about anything for growth and though the Church had not then achieved its present notoriety it had grown to a claimed 6,000 or so weekly "adherents". On my second visit I met Colin Dye who had become part of the pastoral team. Again ,Wynne Lewis told me that the platform was open to me for future ministry.
That was before Toronto and my strong stand against the false manifestations and teachings of that abomination. When I went public on the issue, Wynne Lewis contacted me to explain that KT's platform would no longer be open to me if I opposed Toronto. I refused to bow. Since then it has been my sad lot to observe KT descending into all sorts of false teaching as they have increasingly opened their platform to false teachers and false prophets. The Bible is quite clear "a little leaven leavens the whole lump" (Gal 5:9 c/f 1 Cor 5: 6). It doesn't take a lot - just a little. That's why it is imperative that the meal of the Word of God is immediately applied to the poisoned pot (c/f 2 Kings 4:38-41) whether it be a Pentecostal Pot or that of any other denomination. Sadly, neither the resident ministers nor those who visit know how to "pour in the meal" while others are clearly heretical. Hence the tragedy, which this and the subsequent series of articles plan to expose.
Heresy opens the door to immorality, corruption, fraud, self-seeking and the like. A number of these things, on close examination, can be discovered in KT and/or its associates around the world. For example the Pentecostal world "down-under" is still reeling from the widely publicised moral failure of Ian Bilby, former President of NZ Elim and former pastor of the denomination's largest Church in Australasia. What is probably not known generally is that prior to the disclosure about Ian there was a great disturbance caused through the manipulative appointment of Ian Bilby's son to ministerial position in London's Kensington Temple. At the time there was talk about the young man, whom Glen Bilby had replaced, going to court over the issue for wrongful dismissal. Christian friends, who deeply resented the unfair action that had been taken, influenced the young man against court action on the basis of 1 Cor 6:1-8. Isn't it interesting how God's Judgement is not limited to the sitting of the courts of men; and isn't it interesting that the above passage of Scripture is followed by verses 9 to 11. I suggest that you read them.
Philip L. POWELL
Editor, "Contending EARNESTLY for THE Faith"
"Why" asked a friend of mine, "is it necessary to condemn individuals and personalities, rather than just attacking false teaching? Go for the doctrines, not the people."
I admire and am challenged by the generous spirit of my friend. Arguments and hominens have never been effective or just, e.g. do/don't listen to that teaching because it's given by that person. So why not just critique the teachings and let the personalities remain anonymous? Or at least, why not structure the articles on doctrines ( such as 'Word-Faith teaching' or 'Dominion Theology' or 'The Toronto/Pensacola Experience'), rather than on people ?
(Benny Hinn, Nicky Gumbel, Gerald Coates, Mike Reid, Rick Joyner, Roger Ellis, Colin Dye or Marilyn Hickey, Casey Treat, the Houstons et al )
Here are some responses to that:
1. It is Biblical to name names. Paul did it both positively to commend ministries (Stephanas, Fortunatus, Achaicus in 1 Corinthians 16; Epaph-roditus in Philippians 2; Onesimus and Ephaphrus among others in Colossians 4; and so on) and negatively to warn against ministries (Hymenaeus and Alexander in 1 Timothy 1; Alexander the coppersmith in 2 Timothy 4). John also is not afraid to be specific: "Diotrephes, who loves to have the pre-eminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words" (3 John 9,10).
2. It is consistent to name names negatively if we are happy about praising people positively. Nobody objects to biographies detailing the mighty works of men greatly used by God, such as Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Whitefield or Spurgeon; these books are written not that we might admire them, but rather that we might "imitate [them] just as [they] also imitate Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). Is it not equally just, then, that we should speak as clearly and particularly about men who are instrumental against God? And when we write, we write not that you might hate them, but rather that you might "beware of [them], for [they] have greatly resisted our words [the words of Scripture]" (2 Timothy 4:15).
3. It is practical to name names. The sad facts are that people as a rule follow preachers rather than preaching. It is not so much `Colin Dye is speaking on HOLINESS' that is said as `COLIN DYE is speaking on holiness'. Principally, people go to hear men like Liardon because he is a big name, not so much because they are interested in the topics or passages of Scripture that are advertised. If people will follow personalities, then we have no choice but to attack these `personas', because they have become- to a greater or lesser extent- idols in the minds of their followers. Have you not heard people say things along the lines of `If Pastor Colin says it, then it must be of God'? Or `touch not the Lord's anointed' if one dares to level a criticism of the preacher?
4. It is historical to name names. Throughout church history, men have not shrunk from clearly stating against whom they are objecting, as well as against what. Look at the titles of works by early church fathers, such as Contra Celsus or Contra Pelagius. Luther wrote Bondage of the Will as a direct criticism of Erasmus' Freedom of the Will, and was extremely up front about his criticisms of that individual. But those were not such politically correct times- men appreciated clarity and the clean cut and thrust of honest debate; now the pre-eminent dictum is `be nice and inoffensive and as vague as possible at all costs'. `Not hurting people's feelings' has become more important than "speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15). And we do. We speak the truth in love, great love for the poor folk who are sold in slavery to these men who lie to them, cheat them of their money and take the minds captive to carnal philosophies and experiences. We cannot climb down from such a calling as long as these dear people remain unwittingly deceived.
Any comments from our readership on this controversial issue of naming names would be welcome.
INTRODUCING REAL GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
Refer also to M Cerullo Court case
OUR first criticism of Colin Dye is his warm and close association with false teachers. Any man who is prepared to wholly endorse the ministries of Benny Hinn, Morris Cerullo and Rodney Howard-Browne must be responsible for the detrimental effect of the teaching and behaviour of these men. Dye shares platforms with these men, brings them to his churches and conferences as keynote speakers and has in fact withdrawn London City Church from the Evangelical Alliance because the latter presumed to inquire into the finances of Morris Cerullo's missionary organisation.
The danger Dye presents to the Christian church today is as much his capacity as a ringleader and promoter of false teachers, as his role as a false teacher himself. Together with his mentor, pragmatist Wynne Lewis, who gave him his start and who initiated the first "growth burst", Colin Dye has virtually single-handedly built up Kensington Temple into the largest church in England, and must be recognised (like Gerald Coates) for this empire-building ability.
The first false teacher who is championed and vaunted by Colin Dye is Roberts Liardon. Most of the information garnered on Liardon is taken from the following video.
`Are you really ready for the Promised Land?', Roberts Liardon with Colin Dye (Kensington Temple/London City Church), Noel Richards and Band at the London Arena, December 12, 1993
[Editor's note the following paragraphs contain extensive quotes and summaries from this video they do not express the opinions of any of the staff or writers at Vanguard/CETF]
This 140 minute, £14.99 video is brightly covered, with two pictures of Roberts Liardon, one of Colin Dye, one of the outside of London Arena and one of the main stage (pastors and band prominent). The words highlighted in bold are classic Dominionist / Restorationist vocabulary, that is, the view that the church in the last days will rise up, be restored in visible purity, and take control of earthly governments by means of a global revival, in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ, in which Christ will come to receive His already self-perfected bride. The end-times church will be led by a `new breed' ( Paul Cain, Earl Paulk, Kenneth Copeland ) of miracle-working super-apostles such as Dye and Liardon (contrast 2 Thessalonians 2 which predicts a great falling away and a mass delusion; see also the article, `Jude and the New Breed' in the June 1999 issue of Evangelicals Now, obtainable from 14 Silverleigh Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 6DU. email:email@example.com)
- "London City Church is a network of churches and ministries flowing from Kensington Temple, enabling new levels of praise, celebration and powerful ministry.
- This series features powerful praise and worship led by some of the most gifted singers and musicians in the world today. Prepare to be uplifted as you are drawn into the presence of the Lord.
- Most Christians think that the promised land is a place of rest. No work, no fightonly sitting on the banks of the river enjoying milk and honey. In `Are you ready for the Promised Land?' Roberts Liardon explodes that myth. Like Canaan of old, the taking of the promised land God has for us today means much work and much fight. There are great battles aheadand great victories!
Roberts Liardon is one of the prophetic and apostolic leaders of a new move of the Holy Spirit in the world today. God is restoring to His Church her governmental role in the nations and men like Roberts are at the forefront of what God is doing. He is the author of many books, leader of God's Generals Confer-ences in the USA and abroad, and the Founder and Principal of Spirit Life Bible College."
The video begins with 26 minutes of singing led by Noel Richards, including his own `My lips will praise you', `Blessed be the name of the Lord', `Welcome, King of Kings'.
Then Colin Dye gives a homily from Psalm 19 about the importance of tithing and the "great reward" mentioned in verse 11. He also stresses the need not to serve two masters, both God and Mammon. Thanking Roberts Liardon, he invites him ("a great friend of mine") to come to speak. "I believe so much in what God is doing through him...all different streams and traditions are moving into what God has for us in this day of power, and I believe Roberts is one of God's great prophets and apostolic figures that He is raising up in the world today to minister that new spirit, that new anointing from Jesus Christ for the body of Christ at this time."
An African music group, Limit X, then performs, getting the crowd dancing.
Spiritual superwarrior Roberts Liardon comes to the front and opens his address in prayer. His prayer is characterised by strident repetition, `war cries' (his book is aptly titled, God's General) and `tongues' which resemble more the vain repetitions of the heathen (Matt 6:5-7) rather than the true manifestation of the gift of tongues: "Father we thank you for tonight, hallelujah, aha. Wooah, you are Lord of London! There is no other God but Jesus for this city! Woooah! Jesus He is Lord! He is Lord over this city! Wooah there is no other God! No other God, no other God, no other God but Jesus! No other God but Jesus shall London serve, haha! Ohhh, we thank you that your word shall come unto us! Words from heaven, hallelujah. Not words from man, not words from me, but words from heaven. Words from heaven"; (at this point Liardon bursts into senseless gibberish that masquerades as tongues sounding something like) "sopran-talabikamahai. Woooah branstakahayai!" Then continues, "Words from heaven, that change the heart of man, that change the course of a city, that revolutionise and reform a nation. And oh England you shall change, hallelujah! England, YOU SHALL CHANGE, hallelujah! We declare it in the heavens, we declare it in hell,In and we declare it for every man in this city and this nation to know, that England shall change for the better, in Jesus' Name, amen and amen. Give God a big shout! [Crowd shout.] Hallelujah! Amen and amen! Praise the Lord."
Liardon goes on to promise a fun time, and that he will not be intimidated (!) (?) by anything. He liberally intersperses his comments with amens and hallelujahs and swears that he will never compromise or recant what he says. He decries any criticism of Americans, and says that we are "all from heaven". He condemns the "resistance to change" in England, and claims that "it is a devil... which must be knocked out of the midst". He smiles with glee at the thought of "killing the pet devils of the English church".
Exodus 2 is his text. Jokingly, he accuses the audience of sinning by not having read his books, and plugs them strongly. `Are you really ready for the Promised Land?' is the title. According to Liardon most people live in the wilderness, thinking they live in the promised land.
Egypt, the wilderness and the promised land are his three themes. Egypt is identified with the state of unbelieving. To have "the born again experience" is to leave Egypt.
"Being born again makes you normal. If you're not born again, you're not normal. If you don't speak in tongues you're not normal either."
The crowd seems a little uneasy with this, and he commands them to say amen (as he often does throughout, seemingly needing confirmation and support for his ideas).
"Start possessing your atmosphere, start possessing your city. Woooah! It is ours, hallelujah. Amen the heavens till the devil knows he can't control it."
This is classic `strategic level spiritual warfare' (SLSW) and Word-Faith teaching; that is, speaking certain key or magic words like `amen' or `praise the Lord' actuallyin the repetition thereof binds evil territorial spirits that are meant to reside over certain areas (see the works of C. Peter Wagner and Chuck Lowe's critique on them, published by OMF).
The wilderness is not absent of anointing, but there is only a degree, he says. Some think this is the promised land. They live in deception, not knowing there is much more. Deuteronomy 29:5, Moses' high calling was not to lead them for 40 years in the wilderness. Nevertheless, their clothes and shoes never witheredthat's an anointing, that's the supernatural occurring in the wilderness. They had "daily room service from heaven", the manna.
"Numbers 13 is the great spy chapter. We've all heard of the promised land and the milk and honey, but we don't hear much about the other things", he says the hard things.
DESPISER OF DIGNITARIES
Liardon then heads off on a digression to get the crowd going about how marvellous the space in London Arena is, and what a threat it is to the devil. "He's like, `Oh my God! This could happen in England.' Oh, just wait. The first of many dramatic miraculous occurrences for this nation. Hallelujah, amen! (More meaning-less gibberish sounding like) Wooah!
Shoprokabarikishabahai! Wooahaha! Wooah patahai! Hallelujah! Amen! This room makes you want to pray in tongues, hallelujah."
This is disturbing for at least three reasons.
1. He mocks the devil, which is expressly forbidden in Scripture: "likewise these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee" Jude 8,9
2. He takes God's name in vain, which even in `quotation' should make a Christian squirm (he does this again when mimicking the ten doubting spies).
3. He shouts and whoops in `tongues', using similar sets of syllables (often percussive, such as `ka', `ba', `ha', `rik' and `shop'; throughout he repeats the mantra, `Shakabahai') as those used by Rodney Howard-Browne and Kenneth Copeland. None of these publicly spoken `tongues' is given an interpretation (which would then edify all), thus he flouts the scriptural requirement (1 Corinthians 14:28). In addition, it tr sounds simply like humanly manufactured glossalalia, designed to whip the crowd into a frenzy by the sounds and intonation, like a conjuror with `abracadabra' and `hocus pocus'. What is equally disturbing is the bullish and cold-eyed expression on Liardon's face, and the aggressive, hysterical tone in his voice, as he offers these apparent words of praise to God.
"You have to make doubt and devils obey you. Don't ever treat the devil nice. Treat him mean and tell him what to do."
As already pointed out, it is not biblical to parade around abusing the devil. We are to "submit ourselves to God" and thence to "resist the devil, and he will flee from us" James 4:7. Resisting the temptation of the devil is different from shouting at him and ordering him around. Even our Lord did not treat this powerful adversary in this way when tempted in the wilderness. The `stamp the devil down' attitude of the Word-Faith movement is a glorification of the magic of `positive confession' (i.e. the view that the devil has to obey `words of faith'), rather than a respectful petition to God, asking Him to help us overcome the "fiery darts of the wicked" Ephesians 6:16
"This great church and this great nation are now, like Joshua, at a point where it is about to enter into the promised land."
Liardon sets about breaking down what he sees to be misconceptions about the promised land. It is not, he argues, a place of ease without work. "You have to milk the cows." For 40 years, he says, the Israelites had "room service". On entering the Promised Land they had to work. "Most wilderness people think promised land people are nuts."
Most churches never go anywhere because they think they are in the promised land but are stuck, by their laziness, in the wilderness. He stresses the need for active, fighting, working faith. "It is time to possess your governmental role in this city and this nation as God has called and ordained it to be..."
He attacks laziness at length, and how it manifests itself in different forms of false prayers. "Your first revelation of promised land living is that you have to work.... some of you are going to have to learn to work in the laws of prosperity, of giving and receiving."
Liardon is alluding here to the prosperity gospel, the `seed-faith' mentality; that is, give money to God's ministry (i.e. people like Liardon) and you'll get financial blessing back double, tenfold, etc. "The position that God promised the church is to influence the society. We are to govern the attitude and the conduct and the motivation of the human race."
This is classic Dominion/Restorationist theologythe view that the church is destined to become the political master of the world, bringing about a situation where Christ can come and claim his self-purified and prepared Bride. The Bible's view is that the church will always be in a minority and hated by the world at large (Matthew 7:13-14; John 15:18-19) and that times will get worse; "because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12) and that "in the last days perilous times shall come...evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" 2 Timothy 3:1,13
Liardon expands at length on the church's supposed role as a reformer of a society; not, he says, the job of any politician. Getting emotional, he breaks into un-interpreted `tongues' again, which often combine the `shaka' and `bahai' syllables. Any grammatical or syntactical study of his tongues should prove that it is not a genuine language, but mere gibberish, `automatic speaking' as it were. Eventually he starts breaking into extremely mean and sardonic laughter, classic `evil' laughter like a Bond villain! His eyes and body language are excessively hard and intimidating, his voice harsh, grating and brutal. He stoops and leers: "Wooooah, HARHARHARhahaha, wooooah, HARHARHARhaha, hallelujah, woooooah, hallelujah."
This is not dissimilar to Rodney Howard-Browne's `teaching the people to laugh' (as encouraged by Benny Hinn).
He launches into people who seek to discern. "I feel in my spirit," he mocks, "there is something that iso wrong." It's your problem, he says, to the Christian who might question. It's time our nations woke up to the fact that the church is God's voice to them, he persists. He warns, too, of people who may label Dominionists as extremists, calling this `secret socialism' or `false equality', saying that it prevents excellence in the Christian church. "Big is not of the devil, it's of God." Numbers are a sign of blessing; lack of congregation of spiritual stagnation (poor old Jeremiah in that case!). The big thing, he assures, is to not fear men or worry about your reputation.
He embarks, then, on an extended prophecy spoken in the first person as it were the voice of God: a `thus sayeth the Lord' prophecy. His prophecy is notable in that it is punctuated by `OHHHs', much finger and hand waving and the same kind of syllables/tongues as before (e.g. `sopranda', `bahai' and `hahaha'). The people of God in England are compared with a spear to pierce into this nation, with "governmental respons-ibility" (a phrase repeated seven times at least in a row). Then: "Governments, governments, govern-ments, governments, governments, governments, governments, governments, governments shall you come in contact with..." (sic ad nauseum).
Evidently `governments' is a key word! This is no surprise when one considers that the chief agenda of Dominionists is the political take-over of the world by the church of Christ in preparation for His Second Coming.
`Pollution' is the next word he utters with seemingly meaningless repetition (Matthew 6:7), but goes on to explain that this overcoming will not take place without the purity of the church.
Liardon works himself and his audience into an incredible lather with this largely meaningless, extremely repetitious shouting, gesturing and prowling. It is classic demagogic hype and mesmeric crowd manipulation- watch any video of Hitler and the similarities will strike you: the inculcation of the people through a relentless onslaught of the same idea expressed over and over again. The un-interpreted tongues are sufficiently forceful, uttered to sound like the magical incantations of an ancient druidic priest or sorcerer of the courts of Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar. It's impressive but deeply, deeply sinister. To confirm what I am sayingthat it is the puffed up outbursts of a thoroughly cynical manipulator, rather than the utterances of an inspired man of God see what Liardon does next. After an extended session of un-interpreted tongues and laughter, his voice (suddenly changed in tone) commands- "I need a piano player please... [more tongues] ...play in low minor, minor keys, softly".
It is very well attested that music is an extremely powerful weapon when one is seeking to soften the wills of one's audience. All the false teachers of today's lying revival use it (Hinn, Cerullo, Copeland, Howard-Browne, Arnott, et al). Liardon has orchestrated this show to the finest detaildown to the key, pitch and volume of the piano which is to accompany his `magic' tongues, his percussive syllables (which show us what a powerful prophet he must be).
I know that people will take exception to what I am saying but please see if you can watch this video yourself or hear Liardon speak, and you will see that my impressions are just. The defiant and contorted features of Liardon's face and the almost enraged tone of his voice as he says, pointing and grimacing, "THE HEAVENS BOW!!" make me think that he is man possessed, flaunting his enmity against God before the very supposed church of God.
It is sickening and after a while the incomprehensibility and repetition, along with the contrived and stirring muzak (background music with no melody designed to soften the sensesused by supermarkets to induce purchases), make it almost impossible to watch. The groans of Liardon and the deceived crowd make me think of the prophets of Baal trying to call down fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). Mercifully, the video cuts at this point; evidently the editor felt that it became simply unwatchable.
It returns with those long-awaited words"conclude the service". Liardon "loves this atmosphere...it's a good one...it's in conflict with what's here" (make of that what you maypersonally as I watch I am more and more convinced that this is the voice of the Enemyhe is enjoying the destruction of true Biblical preaching and its replacement: contentless psycho-religious emotional manipulation; it's like a drug `high' experience).
In the mould of Rodney Howard-Browne, he "feels led" to pray for preachers of the Gospel. Rodney does this in order to strike the preachers dumb (exactly what the devil wantsno more gospel preaching) and I have seen him render people speechless. What is Liardon after? Think about these quotes. "Come quickly, we don't have a lot of time" (keeps up the urgency and tension). "Hallelujah, amen, amen, amen, hallelujah... [un-interpreted tongues all interspersed with the following practical instructions to ushers]" (what are these except vain mantras and meaningless repetitions prohibited by our Lord in Matthew 6:7 ).
"Now ushers, ever done a prayer line when you lay hands on peoplesay yes! ... Just a single file line, not double, not double, I need my ushers, now we can pray for people [with delight], OOOHHH no longer, single file please, where's my ushers where I can see them, I need at least two or three strong guys, single file, because they'll go down... ushers, make them scoot back because once I start praying I can give no instructions, amen, then once we pray for them, we'll go with the next group, hallelujah [tongues]" (clearly, Liardon has the `gameplan' all worked out in his head; the level of autosuggestion cannot really be increasedthe people are in single file because they WILL fall down, it's inevitable; Liardon's masterly calculations and commanding control are very impressive, and in sharp con-trast with the apparently `out of control' ecstasies of his slayings, prophecies and tongues. Why is it so good to pray for the people? Now it's direct contact manipulationand it's not prayer anyway, it's just shouting gibberish and pushing people over. God is not once addressed in supplication).
"Alright who's going to go with me shall I get you three? In the name of Jesus, hallelujah, [takes jacket off whilst speaking more tongues]. APOstolic changes" (as he stresses `APO' he rams his hands violently down on the heads of the first two men in the line and they fall. He moves along the line uttering very rapid tongues, stressing syllables or words as he strikes people on the head. These syllables are sometimes English, such as "SPEAK", "CHANGE" (particularly this), "I BREAK the control, GIVE me free", "CorRECtion", "OPerations, REarrangements", "FREEdom", "COME off of him" (casting out `demons'). Dramatic muzak is playing all the while.
Liardon places his other hand on people's chest if the one on the head is not sufficient to make them fall. In Kundalini yoga, two of the main energy loci are the crown of the head and the belly. Rodney Howard-Browne has started to exploit these locations seemingly deliberately, as well as the base of the spinethe root of the Kundalini serpent of energy. This is classic, line-em-up and knock-em-down Toronto/Pensacola crowd control as seen frequently in London at `Mission to London' [Earl's Court] and Emmanuel Christian Centre [`Sowing the Seeds of Revival' meetings, a la Gerald Coates]. What is Liardon hoping will change? What rearrangements are necessary? That people will abandon the gospel of Christ and Him Crucified, it seems to me).
THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN
What should happen now? Liardon finds someone in the crowd to whom he appears to take a dislike, a bespectacled, earnest-looking young man.
RL: [pointing right in his face, voice with accusation] What do you do?
Young man: I work for Lufthansa.
RL: Are you called to preach, yes or no?
RL: Then what are you doing at Lufthansa?!
Ym: Trying to preach to these people.
RL: AHH! That's not the right place, you're in the wrong place. CHANGE, change. Either get in school, get training, get launched, CHANGE, you're in the wrong place, CHANGE.action:
I suspect what Liardon means is- "You're in the wrong place for me. I don't want you in my line of preachers, because I want to control the controllers to maximise my impact on the deceived churches of Great Britain." After pushing a few more people over he returns to strike the young man on the chest six times.
RL: Don't take long! Don't think either, says the Spirit of the Lord (contrast Romans 12:1-2). Don't think (cf. Rodney Howard-Browne; it's necessary that critical faculties are suspended to take in such outrageous showmanship). Move, move, move. Move away from those friends who talk too much. You got philosophy friends? Friends that talk [waving his hands in the man's face], have all their opinions, you listen to, and discuss things. STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT! [waving arms in air].
Brothers and sisters, let's not beat about the bush. If Roberts Liardon is not possessed by devils, he is surely deceived by Satan and bringing others with him (2 Timothy 3:13). If he is not deceived, he is a cynical manipulator of gullible church-goers (2 Timothy 3:6). If he is none of these things, he is a vicious, brutal, aggressive bully who evidently takes pleasure in forcing his bulky frame into people's personal spaces, humiliating them and pushing them over ("presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities...as natural brute beasts...sporting themselves with their own deceivings...beguiling unstable souls...they speak great words of vanity...while they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruptions"2 Peter 2:10-19 ).
I have not one flicker of doubt that he is a savage wolf in the merest of sheep's clothing (Acts 20:29-30). He is not sparing the flock, he is humiliating them, confusing them and striking them down, physically and spiritually. And WHY will the deluded church not see this in him? Are we so desperate for spiritual reality that we will accept such bastardised behaviour and teaching from such a man as this? Are we so blind because we will not see the truth of these things?
Please, if you are unconvinced, if you think (somehow, God deliver you) that Liardon is a real man of God, PLEASE entertain the possibility that you just might be deceived. The Lord would not have you blindwill you show yourself willing to see?
The next target is a young woman who does not look preacherly enough for Liardon. He knocks her over after barely listening to her response, commanding demons to leave her. THIS IS NOT PRAYING FOR PEOPLE.
He advances through the crowd, pushing a young black man back and back and back, hitting him on the chest, because he doesn't fall over. Towering over an older black lady who is weeping and flinching with fear of this `great man of God' (I'd be afraid!), he tells her that "the spirit needs to give her a realign-ment" (new age vocabulary).
There is further `clairvoyance' as he tells people about their lives and what `God wants to do in them'. Then (I found this darkly amusing) when a lady doesn't fall at his touch, he persists. She is resolute. "You don't have to fallthat's not the point," he finally concedes!! Well, he's right it's not the point at all, but it's certainly his point.
Another case of downright bullying:
RL: [hand on balding man's head, virtually covering it] Where you from? South Africa?
Balding man: No, from heaven and I'm going back to heaven.
RL: [enraged] No, that's not the kind of answer I'm looking for...where you from on the earth? [Hits him sharply on the chest.] Stop that religious talk and tell me. Answer me!
Bm: Well, lots of places.
RL: Where did you come from tonight?
Bm: From London.
RL: Alright, that's the answer. THINK STRAIGHT...
The name `Satan' means accuser. Roberts Liardon is an accuser. He threatens a young man that if he fornicates his life "will be cut short". "I know it gets tense sometimes, but welcome to the future." The future's looking bleak if he's right. And, indeed, we are told by the TRUE word of prophecy that "in the last days perilous times shall come" ( 2 Timothy 3:1 ) and that "many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:11-12).
With more yelling and bellowing, he commands more people to come and get the gift of tongues or be born again (a process which comes by being pushed over by a self-inflated man; not, as we thought, by repenting and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ).
He attacks `religion', as wanting to "cut down the power of the unknown tongue" saying that "tongues are a sign to the unbeliever". This is the most blatant distortion of scripture. Tongues are a sign to the unbeliever, yes (1 Cor 14:21-22), but they MUST be translated, Scripture says, so that all may be edified (vv.27-28) and that the unbelievers who come in will not think that "ye are mad" (v23). Indeed, the security guards upon whom Liardon next turns his fire must think this very thing: these people are mad. And they are. There is a madness of the dog which "is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire" (2 Peter 2:22).
Liardon is sorry that some people, now they are saved, are under bondage, where once they were `free' as unbelievers. He sets about making sure that his audience are as free as they were as unbelievers again (contrast Romans 6).
"That's called part one of the prayer. I've cleared you out. I've given you the faith command." Who is this man and what is this power he ascribes to himself? Whatever it is, he feels that it gives him the authority to teach people how to speak in tongues like him (God deliver us). "No one leave until you're speaking in tongues...on your way home, pray in tongues...I want you to get used to the gift of the Holy Spirit..."
The crowds dispersed to be `ministered to' further, but a lone woman comes up to Roberts. She begins to speak, but he can't be bothered to listen. On her head goes his hand: "I BLESS you in Jesus' name" and off he goes.
Colin Dye takes over and commands the people to give a thanks offering (i.e. a round of applause) to Jesus.
"By the blood of the lamb we shall overcome," sings Noel Richards, "see the accuser thrown down." That is my prayer for Roberts Liardon, a man who must be humbled and brought low if he is ever to be used by God and not the Devil.
Whilst our prayers must be for the salvation and deliverance of such a slave and slave-grinder, it is not inconsistent to pray against his ministry and for its destruction. Why? Because it is a direct assault against the true gospel and the true church of God, Christ Crucified and Risen being replaced as the focus of worship by the self-indulgent, psycho-religious group experience.
The video finishes with clips of false teachers (Cerullo, Hinn, etc.) showing off their clairvoyance, psychosomatic healing, group manipulation, auto-suggestion and pushing people over. I am not jokingI wish I was. I speak the truth.
If you are still not convinced of the falseness of Liardon, here are nine more good reasons why you should be:
1. He claims that he has had a personal tour of heaven given by Jesus who, according to him, is 5'11" with sandy brown hair (contrast the Apostle Paul who says that when "he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words" they were "not lawful for a man to utter" [ 2 Cor 12:4 ] ).
2. In heaven, according to Liardon, there is a building full of spare body parts unclaimed by people who do not have the faith for their healing. (God is sovereign and heals whom He pleases: He is not thwarted by people's lack of faith, though at times He may choose to withdraw His blessingonly one of the ten lepers returned to thank Jesus, but all were healed.)
3. There is also a medicine cabinet in heaven with bottles labelled "PEACE" and "OVERDOSE OF THE HOLY GHOST".
"I thought, My land, overdoses will kill people. But then I thought, well, the Holy Ghost won't kill you. He'll just translate you!... When Jesus saw me look at that bottle, He laughed. And when He laughs, it's the most hilarious thing you'll ever see and hear. He leans back and roars with laughter. You'd think He was going to collapse from laughing, He gets into it so much! That's one reason He's so strong: He laughs so hard. You see, the joy of the Lord is His strength." (This verse, from Nehemiah, has nothing to do with laughter. It is never recorded in the Gospel that Jesus got His strength from laughing like a drain. True joy transcends the kind of manic laughter in which Liardon indulges, which looks more like pain, rage or frustration.)
4. Jesus dunked Liardon in the River of Life and they had a water fight, he says.
5. Jesus and Liardon tell each other jokes.
6. Jesus told Liardon that He was "calling you to a great work. You will have to run like no one else, preach like no one else, be different from everyone else... Go, go, go like no one else has gone. Go and do as I have done". (Delusions of grandeur are the mark of every cult leaderthey believe they have a unique mission from God (Charles Taze Russell, Joseph Smith)/are God (Reverend Moon)/are a son of God (David Koresh)/female principle of God (Mary Baker Eddy), etc. They are "lovers of their own selves... boasters, proud..." [2 Timothy 3:2]; they exalt themselves at Christ's expense.)
7. In a vision, Jesus commanded Liardon to mug up on the lives of great army generals whilst he was watching TV. Afterwards, Liardon went back to watching the rest of the TV show. ("It is inconceivable," writes MacArthur, "that someone who saw Jesus face to face could go back to watching an episode of Laverne and Shirley.")
Roberts Liardon takes his name from the great Word-Faith heretic and huckster, Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts, that is, who claimed that God had told him He would kill him if his supporters could not raise $8 million for his ministry (see Mac-Arthur's Charismatic Chaos, p54 and Hangraaff's Christianity in Crisis, p196).
Liardon's website (www.robertsliar don.org) reveals that he actively supports the ministries of some of the biggest heretics this century has seen
A.A. Allen (scammed his followers, saying he could command God to turn dollar bills into $20s; jumped bail after being arrested for drunk driving; numerous false healing claims and finally died of acute alcoholism).
William Branham (God's Word consists of the zodiac, Egyptian pyramids and scripture; doctrine of trinity is considered demonic; the claim that he was Elijah the prophet; Millen-nium to begin in 1977; that he was the seventh angelic messenger to the Laodicean Church Age; that anyone belonging to any denomination had taken "the mark of the beast"; that he received divinely inspired revelations; the fall of man happened when Eve had sexual relations with Satan, that this sexual union produced CainBranham said that "every sin that ever was on the Earth was caused by a woman....the very lowest creature on the Earth"; Branham denied the biblical triune Godheadhe pronounced it a "gross error" and as a prophet with the authority of a "Thus saith the Lord," revealed that "trinitarian-ism is of the devil"; unsaved descended from the serpent)
Jack Coe (on occasion would actually "pick people up out of the wheelchairs. If they fell, he'd say you didn't have faith"; conventional medicine the mark of the beast; ejected from the Assemblies of God in 1953)
John Alexander Dowie (set up his own city of `Zion' outside Chicago)
Kathryn Kuhlman (fell in love with a married man who divorced his wife to marry hershe then divorced him; met and felt `oneness' with the Pope;
Benny Hinn gets anointing from Kuhlman's grave; felt to be a fraud by several doctors; widespread false claims of healings; extravagant lifestyle- jewels, clothes and cars; felt he was a superstar)
Aimee Semple McPherson (died of a drug overdose; faked her own kidnapping to carry out an adulterous affair; into the same `electricity'/Holy Spirit as high voltage theology and experiences as Hinn and Kuhlman)
Charles Parham (arrested and ostracised for sodomy; racist)
Maria Woodworth-Etter (latter rain teacher; went into trances and allegedly passed on gifts of the spirit through her hands; built a church named after herself).
It is certain that Colin Dye is a great fan of Roberts Liardon, who is in turn a tremendous devotee of his namesake Oral Roberts and numerous other heretics. What is also apparent is that with these men come their false teaching and bizarre behaviours, and that Dye has deliberately chosen to associate himself with, and indeed build upon, these ideas and experiences, as will be shown in future articles on the subject.
My usual plea remains: that we call to mind our responsibility to make "first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks...for all men" (1 Timothy 2:1). But then, secondly, that we should "give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine" (4:13) whilst "withdrawing ourselves" from men who "teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the doctrine which is according to godliness" (6:3), men who are "proud, knowing nothing...destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself" (6:5). "Godliness," finally, we are reminded, "with content-ment is great gain."
Amen. God's blessing rest with you.
Soli deo gloria
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Appeared in Issue 6 -- June 1999
"...contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" -- Jude v3