The following 700 Club post appeared in my news feed, “God Is About To Do Something New.” I do not follow 700 Club or watch any of their programming. Usually I ignore posts by people and groups that I don’t follow. However, I responded to their claim with, “God is not about to do anything new. Anyone who believes that He is has their spirits wide open for diabolical deception.”
It’s not the first time I have heard that false prophesy. It is a prophesy of Isaiah who wrote as God spoke through him to apostate Israel. Anyone who utters those words today, and to the entirety of Christianity, has prophesied a major prophesy. However, it is a major false prophesy because the prophetic structure of the New Testament does not sustain it.
Here is truth. Everything new that occurs during the final great deception and apostasy is of Satan. The nature of the apostasy is people departing from the faith and everything it encompasses. Thus, they no longer walk in the path that God has set forth and have forsaken all of the ancient elements of His truth. Why would God do a “something new” when the great majority of professing Christians haven’t even experienced every thing old to the maximum?
However, Satan is doing plenty of new things. I have spoken and written that professing Christians should avoid everything new during this period. Why do they even want anything new? They remind me of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Acts 17.
“For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.” – Acts 17:21
The custodian of 700 Club page might protest by saying the prophecy was meant for certain people individually. The same principle applies. Do they need healing? Comfort? Shelter, clothing, or food? Godly direction in their lives? What could they possibly need that God has not provided innumerable times for other people?
People want something new either when they tire of something old, or they determine that something old does not perform well. What has God revealed and given to the church that is insufficient? Did He leave anything out when He endowed the early church that He now wishes to give us today?
The fact is heretics, and professing Christians who unwittingly parrot heretics, frequently offer this false prophecy. It is most commonly used to cover a new heresy. Prophesying that it is “God’s new thang” is for the purpose of easing the concerns of people in who remains some modicum of sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s warning. The false prophecy has been used to sanctify “God’s new way of doing church,” or “God is sending a new wave of glory,” or “God desires a New Christianity.” Practically every new heresy has been offered as God’s “new revelation.” Further, the heretics warn that if we question it we will miss the “new thing” God is doing.
People had better walk in the old paths. They had better bind themselves to the time-honored ways of God, especially His biblically sustained truth. This is not the time to “discover” a new way to pray (Contemplative Prayer), and new way to receive the words of Christ (Jesus Calling by Sarah Young), a new Christianity (Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren), a new way of God working through us (The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson), or a new depiction of God and salvation (The Shack by W.P. Young).
That is not even the tip of the iceberg. Jimmy Swaggart has a “new” message of the cross. James Robinson and associates has a “new” ecumenical approach to the Roman Catholic Church. Many Christian colleges and universities offer a “new” spirituality based on heretic Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Disciplines. Kenneth Hagan borrowed from E. W. Kenyon a “new” way of acquiring the power of God for people to use autonomously. Robert Schuller borrowed from Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich) a “new” way of acquiring power and wealth via imagination. Bill Hybels and Brian McLaren have decided on a “new” way of “doing church.” Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes are supporting Oprah Winfrey’s “new” religious path. Numerous ones have accepted that God now has a “new” view of homosexuality (God repents for torching Sodom?).
The list goes on with numerous doctrines and practices all of which have arrived with the insistence that they are God’s “new” revelation. 700 Club has been responsible for some of the deluge. Charisma Magazine, God’s TV, PTL and TBN networks, Daystar, Lifeway, Zondervan, et al, are also vehicles for spreading the heresies.
However, there is one way to avoid all of these “new” things, which in effect epitomizes the great and final deception and apostasy. That way is to pray and to trust in an ancient book of truth, the Bible.
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 1:13
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; – 2 Timothy 4:3
Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. – 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. – James 1:16