Connecting False Teaching to False Worship

I was the lead intercessor for the Vancouver Vineyard Prayer and Healing Rooms, which was located in Vancouver, WA. They were under the “umbrella” of the International Association of Healing Rooms, in Spokane, WA, headed by Cal Pierce, whose doctrine and beliefs mirror that of Bill Johnson, Bethel.

Like many others I loved to worship God to sing to Him. I began to collect an assortment of worship CD’s to use while we “soaked” to prepare for the “prayer ministry”. My favorite was Misty Edwards of International House of Prayer, Mike Bickel. I wasn’t crazy about Bickel’s teaching, but I loved IHOP’s music. And so I used it as often as I could, along with a mix of other popular artists at that time.

Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:4-5 to see to it that no one deceives us. It is a statement that is of utmost importance, yet one that is easily overlooked. However, I had often prayed that prayer, and though I was allowed to be involved in some very bad teaching and crazy supernatural experiences, God eventually opened my eyes to the truth and by His grace and love led me out.

The bible gives us a great number of warnings about false teachers and false prophets. We are told to test these things, to flee and to warn others to do the same. See 2 John, 2 Peter 2, Romans 16:17-18. Paul called them out by name, 2 Timothy 2:16-18, and warned others day and night for years in tears so they would not be taken in Acts 20:28-31.

Music is an extremely powerful force and is one that will be used to worship the Beast when the time comes. See Daniel 3, Revelation 13. I believe we are seeing pre-cursors to that and have been for some time. It is so important we leave behind what sounds good to us, or what feels good and right to us and test these things according to the word of God – Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 2:15.

I am fully convinced that the demonic uses “worship” music as a type of conjuring, to bring up the demonic forces that are part of these organizations’ false teachings. Where false teaching exists, false worship follows along side, and the bible calls such teacher accursed – Galatians 1:8-9. It is a widely known fact that the most beautiful music comes from organizations who teach of another gospel.

Just as with false teaching there is a bit of a lie, the same holds for the music. Oftentimes the false teaching is accepted because it sounds good. The same applies to their music – it sounds good. It appeals to our flesh, to our senses and we are pulled in and trapped. It does not matter that the words they sing are true because the foundation is false. There will always be a mixture of truth and the lie. This is why I understand that when we sing these songs we are worshiping the false jesus, the one Paul warned about. He also stated if we allowed it, we would put up with it- 2 Corinthians 11:4. If you are drawn to this music and feel you need it for worship, this is what he spoke of, to be taken in and controlled by it.

Worship is about God. It should never be about how it makes us feel, but how it lifts up the truth of the Lord in telling Him how great He is for all He has done for us! There is such a huge difference. And there is more to worship than music, it is how we live our lives in submission to God and not to ourselves.

I often hear Christians defend the music of Bethel, Jesus Culture, Morningstar, IHOP, Hillsong, and all the rest because it’s so beautiful and uplifting to the hearer. But my friends, we are told that Satan comes as an angel of light with a great power to deceive, 2 Corinthians 11:14, he is beautiful, and he once held the place of worship leader in heaven- Isaiah 14:11-14.

This should give us great pause to question who we are truly singing about and where it comes from. If the doctrine is false the worship is false, and the two cannot be separated. Please don’t be deceived. We are called to be pure. Bust up your CD’s and delete your links! Sing your own songs! Be blessed in your freedom from all the works of darkness while there is still time. God is a jealous God and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth!

 

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21 thoughts on “Connecting False Teaching to False Worship

  1. I agree with what you are saying . I’ve wondered if I was just being too critical , I but I compare it to how I would feel if the songs were put up by The Mormon Tabernacle or JW “s . It’s sad .

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    • When we take a look at scripture and see how often we have been given warnings against all that is false, whether it be teaching, prophecy, even doing as the pagans, it begins to take on a very strong tone. Christianity has become so watered down that anything is accepted. This is not scriptural, but the opposite is true.

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      • Hey Ms. Kelly, I am currently listening to your YouTube interview about escaping from Bethhell. I think we may haver much to discuss! I’ve been watching the wolves for a very long time now, and I really appreciate your honesty and courage. I’ll hit you up soon, on fb I am Pat Riot from Detroit, my picture is my cat if you wanna find me. Much love to you!

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  2. They who worship God MUST worship him in Spirit and Truth. Sound doctrine is NOT an option. Either this is absolute truth or the Lord Jesus Christ is a liar.

    The extra-biblical fables (angel/human hybrids, pre-trib rapture, OSAS, etc.) being preached to this end-time generation are so entrenched in American Christianity that it is nearly impossible to be a part of a large movement or denomination without constantly subjecting yourself to unsound teaching. We need the LORD to show us what are the true teachings of the Bible and what are merely the doctrines or traditions of man. When we are full of man’s doctrines and traditions we are blinded to the truth, and totally convinced the errors we have embraced are in fact the truth.

    This is why it is so crucial to seek to be filled with the Spirit of Truth that Jesus promised would guide us into ALL truth. Although many claim this experience is not for today (another fable!) the Bible clearly states it is for as many as the LORD shall call (Act 2:39). With the Holy Ghost quickening us to the truth of God’s Word the lies and distractions of the enemy are powerless to hold us.

    Blessings to you;
    Paul Benson
    pbenson.me

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  3. I have a friend who is caught up in it and I can’t seem to get through to her. I show her information about these things and she says someone pays people to bad mouth these people. I don’t think I’ll ever get through. Should I remain friends with someone like that? If she comes into my house, am I not also letting in this false Jesus(satan)?

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    • Donna, this is a so very hard, I am sure. The people who I warned did not come out of it either. One has suffered stoke and memory problems, and another has died. The possibility that they never came out of the deception breaks my heart because the simple truth was right there for them to see. Your friend is one of those who have been tricked into believing those of us who warn are out to cause problems and have other motives. I saw this early on, and even stated by some well known preachers who refused to warn their flocks!

      What to do in your situation is to pray for direction. We are told to warn once and a second time and then leave them alone (pearls to pigs). Breaking friendship with someone is very hard but it is true that you have nothing in common, for what has light to do with darkness? Is there a risk that she would otherwise convince you? That is the danger. I would study scriptures that provide direction in this area and let the Lord guide you, and continue to pray for her.

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  4. “Worship is about God. It should never be about how it makes us feel, but how it lifts up the truth of the Lord in telling Him how great He is for all He has done for us! There is such a huge difference. And there is more to worship than music, it is how we live our lives in submission to God and not to ourselves.”

    You should expand on this a bit more because if someone is absorbed into the experience of music this statement will not make any sense or they can easily say they do this when they work within the context of emotional music. i.e. in your quote would you say that singing would be more of a confessional thing and not a romance feel toward God? That is part of how I view worship as far as singing. Also singing songs that reflect the meaning of the Gospel vs singing a song where you are seeking to be ‘held’ by God. Just expand on it because deception runs very deep and those who come out of it cannot always discern quickly when something is true or not. I am still learning myself.

    These kinds of posts help me sort through the nonsense myself because once I understand where the deception lies and why then I teach it to others, with passion.

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    • John, there is so much that can be said in this area. Worship can and does evoke emotions in us but we need to be careful of what they are. We are not in a romantic relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a popular teaching out of IHOP that has taken hold in other organizations, invading churches and the hearts and minds of believers. This also stems from the book of Ester and Song of Solomon where scripture is taken out of context and to the extreme – romantic, even sexual, as sick as that sounds, but it is true.

      One of the first things I did was to stop listening to their music completely and eventually I got rid of it all, being absolutely repulsed by it, by what I had done and had been a part of. Someone who is coming out of false teaching and still has a need or desire for the music will need to check their reasons – 2 Corinthians 11:4.

      Yes, there are times that worship will be to uplift Him, there are times we cry out our need for Him, other times we declare our love and devotion, etc. We see this in the Psalms!!! A stark contrast in the true worship and the false is when we develop a need to worship, like an addiction, that goes on for long periods of time, often bringing physical manifestations, visions, etc. It is hard to draw a line but the absolute truth is in the main focus of my topic. Anyone who believes in the false teachings of Jesus Christ will worship the false jesus. The organizations who peddle their music contaminate what should be be pure between the Lord and the believer, and there should be no room for false doctrine of any kind as its foundation.

      Please let me know if I can be of help.

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    • Totally agree. The true meaning of the gospel message of our forgiveness through Jesus love of standing in for us at the cross! This is the amazing grace of the gospel! It cannot be stated enough!

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  6. I found your blog via a radio stint you did in 2013 posted to youtube. I am so grateful I did. I appreciate your journey so much and how vocal and sincere you are about how God freed you from deception. During our courtship my now husband was steeped in a dangerous and destructive penacostal church akin to a cult. Now, a year later, we visited a local church that loves the Bethel and Hillsong movement and even though the sermons were recycled I told him I wanted to go to atleast stay connected. But recently I found myself worshipping in my home and God showed me my relatuonship with Him had consistently been fueled by Christian guides, Christian self help books and methodical worship music not a relationship based on accountability,consistancy and holiness. So at that point I told my husband I understood why he disliked the church and the focus on salvation numbers, fancy lighting and fog machines, club type music,incorporation of wordly movies into sermon points, focus on financial funding and pedastooling the pastor and ministries. I went to grad school for research so I began researching every viable source I could find. I had spent my life questioning the behavior of people of my faith while my devout family just told me to trust God and go to church. But thankfully I had read about the Bereans growing up and I knew what I was doing with smart, wise, and absolutey necessary considering my years of being fed Jesus laced with the world. So now more than ever I want to read my Bible. Although I am concerned about the accuracy of the NIV and NASB its what I have for now. Honestly, my husband and I want to be missionaries, we want to be biblically grounded but it is an uphill battle considering our entire lives we have been methodically taught how to read scripture because fear had been placed in us-the fear that we would misinterpret scripture. We would appreciate your prayer for us as we begin to read the Word of God without other books, twisted worship and quite frankly fellowship with people likeminded to our questions. Its the beginning of a possibly long and painful journey of finding a fellowship for us and our children and getting to know Jesus and Abba Father for who they really are. Exciting and daunting! Thanks again for sharing your journey!

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    • Hi! Thanks for writing! I would suggest you read John 14, 15 & 16 to understand how the Holy Spirit works, as I believe the words of Jesus will bring you comfort and direction. The Holy Spirit will teach you as you read, so rest assured, under His guidance you aren’t going to misinterpret. I will also suggest Strong Concordance when you are ready to do a bit of in-depth. I love the word studies and have found it is a great way to learn meaning.

      As for the accuracy of different texts, many people are concerned about the NIV, some are KVJ only. I personally use NKJV tho I have heard things about that one too. As long as you aren’t reading a paraphrase, or The Message, you should be ok, just keep in mind the NIV may have some word changes that could interfere with truth and your understanding. This is another topic to bring before the Lord during your journey, but don’t get too hung up on it right now. Biblos.com is a great way to compare texts and will alleviate the wondering

      I would love to hear from you to see how you are getting along.

      Blessings in Christ Jesus!

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