The Gnostic Army
The following explains many of the new doctrines that are being promulgated by the false apostles and prophets of the charismatic movement.
This quotation comes from Strange Fire: The Rise of Gnosticism in the Church by Travers and Jewel van der Merwe (Conscience Press, 1995). This book is posted at various sites on the Internet. The book is particularly helpful for believers who have been exposed to the new mystical teachings of the false prophets and apostles and are experiencing difficulty sorting out truth from error.
"No matter how we view Gnosticism, it is always an elitist faith. . . . There are certain groups of Christians that fall into the category of 'elitism' notwithstanding their affiliations. They use the same catch phrases: 'Come out of your man-made systems', 'denominational walls are breaking down', and 'Christians need to be "delivered" from "Spirits of Religion" and "sound doctrine."' The guilty groups are primarily among the Charismatics. . .. the common denominator is the 'elitist' concept. This [heresy] is set out as follows:
"God is forming an overcoming company within the body of Christ called, among other names, 'The Manchild Company,' . . . The Manchild Company is the true church. Those that are the real Christians are the Overcomers. . . and are becoming more and more perfected so that they will be able to drive Satan from the world. This must be done before Jesus can return. They believe that the church is not ready for the coming of the Lord. They are not looking for His imminent coming. They believe that Christ must come TO His Church before He comes FOR His Church."
"All do not necessarily use this terminology, but the premises are the same. The language is becoming increasingly militant as the 'Army of God,' 'Gideon's Army' or 'Joel's Army' takes shape. A common thread is that they are expecting a 'New Order': 'In all revolutions there are noisy and dangerous times as the OLD ORDER is replaced by the new. . . after the dust settles, we can proceed to build the beautiful kingdom that the Lord has purposed from the foundations of the World,' says Vinson Synan, one of the leaders of AD 2000 (Fulness, Jan.-Feb. 1990, p. 24)."
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Unto the church at Ephesus the Apostle John wrote,
"I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou has tried them that say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars." (Revelation 2:2)