SO THE PLAGUE WAS STAYED… (Num 25:8) SO THE LORD WAS ENTREATED… AND THE PLAGUE WAS STAYED … (2 Sam 24:25).3 June 2008 – 3:47 am
That a spiritual plague has broken out in the Church there can be little doubt. It is everywhere. The True Church is being decimated while the false Church multiplies through Church Growth, sensational appeal to the so called supernatural and by other means. The most recent demonic expression of The Plague is manifest through Todd Bentley and his so called Florida Healing Revival, the latest disclosures about which reveal it as a conception from hell to take the “ministry” into expressions of violence.
Every PLAGUE among God’s ancient people was caused by five things which Paul alludes to in 1st Corinthians 10:5-14 - LUST, IDOLATRY, IMMORALITY, TEMPTING GOD, and RESENTFUL MURMURING. There Paul tells us that the record of these things are “for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” In other words they relate to OUR time—the END TIMES.
The prophetic Psalm 106 summarises the judgments of God relating to the departures of His people. Verses 28 to 31 are particularly pertinent to our time and the situation we face:
Psalm 106: 28-31: They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. (29) Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. (30) Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. (31) And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
BAALPEOR and PHINEAS
Baal-peor was an idol of the Moabites, in whose worship females prostituted themselves. 1
The people of God joined in their devotions with the Moabites and shared in the rites of idolatrous worship (Numbers 25). The Psalmist passes over many other instances of a similar kind selecting this because of its special significance and prophetic application to the end time. What Phinehas did summarises the way every plague among God’s ancient people was terminated and it symbolizes the way we should now deal with this latest demonic attack that is spreading like wild fire among the churches throughout the world—in Wales (UK) and in Victoria (Australia) and in many other places. It is a demonic plague with a particularly virulent and violent “theology” as the many news items on the internet, e.g. compare here and here and here testify.
Just as the cause for the outbreak of the plague among God’s people is always the same – LUST, IDOLATRY, IMMORALITY, TEMPTING GOD, and RESENTFUL MURMURING - so the remedy and removal is also always the same — ISOLATION, DEDICATION, IMPARTIAL JUDGMENT, TOTAL OBEDIENCE without fear or favour. What Phinehas did is remembered as an act of righteousness to “all generations for evermore.”
Today’s situation is so serious it calls for a whole “generation” of “Phinehas-like” people to stand up and say to those who introduced this thing, and/or who supported and promoted it, beginning with the equally virulent deception known as Toronto and Pensacola:
We will not be a part of your organisation or what you are now doing until and unless you isolate yourself from it, openly admit that you are responsible and publicly REPENT of what you did in opening the Church to this demonic deception.
My new article, THE UK ASSEMBLIES OF GOD - A Different Movement with the same Name seeks to discuss some of the history and to attribute blame where it is due. Below is the first paragraph … we hope you read on.
Having grown up as the son and nephew of British Assemblies of God pastors, [born 1939] and having entered the Assemblies of God ministry as a student-pastor [circa 1959 in Brisbane, Australia] and a credentialed AoG-UK minister [circa 1961], becoming General Secretary of The Australian Assemblies of God [1989-1992] after pastoring in Britain (16 years) and Australia (10 years), I and others found ourselves in a quagmire. The original Assemblies of God had never been a denomination with a hierarchy. It was designed as a movement of autonomous local congregations held together by common doctrine and biblical practice with “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). However things had changed and with the election of carnal ambitious men as part of the hierarchy, over the years, the emphasis had moved away from Bible based doctrine and holy living to pragmatism and a plethora of false teaching with inevitable consequences.
I witnessed one deception and counterfeit “revival” after another bearing no resemblance to the biblical Pentecostalism I knew from my childhood. Doctrines alien to the Word of God, that traditional Pentecostals would have dismissed as heretical, were being embraced and promoted. For me it started with the 2nd visit of Mr Paul (later changed to “David” in typical cultic fashion) Yongii Cho to Australia [Adelaide circa 1979]3 . He taught “incubating” as part of his Fourth Dimension heresy.
1 From Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible cf. Numbers 25:1-3
2 Phinehas was the grandson of Aaron and head of a Levite clan cf. Exodus 6: 24.
3 Philip and Kathleen Powell and family arrived in Australia November 1978 after Yongii Cho’s first visit (Sydney).