Friday, February 03, 2006

The NEW BREED defined

The term "new breed" has particular significance in the Latter Rain cult and it may be slithering into the neoevangelical mainstream via the New Apostolic Reformation. This is one of the most offensive and heretical doctrines to ever be set forth. It teaches that there is a coming generation that has special super spiritual powers to exercise dominion over the Earth. (See yesterday's post for an overview.)

The following quotations come from a transcript of tapes called "Visions and Revelations," from the Fall of 1989, Kansas City Fellowship (so-called at the time), with Mike Bickle and Bob Jones. The following is a discussion about some prophetic visions that pertain to this "new breed."

WARNING: If you are a young believer, or a believer who struggles with the teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation, this "prophecy" may be difficult for you to read. Herescope suggests that you glance at the highlighted words and skip to Professor Anton Bosch's critique of this false prophesy at the end of this post.

A MESSAGE to seasoned believers or non-believers: As alarming and/or ludicrous as this false prophecy may seem, there are many who have been seduced and greatly deceived by it, taking these words very seriously.

"NEW BREED" Transcript

Bob Jones, relating a vision that he had: . . . “And as I was looking at that, he said, “Come, I want to show you something else.” And so I went and I seen the Lord and it was like He was lookin’ at little yellow things – little round yellow things like a spirit of God itself. And there were billions of them. And it was like Him and all the angels were looking through these and every once in awhile they’d say, ‘Hey, here’s an end-time one; get it down here on the end. This is a perfect one. Here’s another good one.’

"I said, ‘What are you doing?’

"He said, ‘Oh, we’re collecting those who are foreknown and predestinated for the end-times, for you see they’ll be the best of all the seed that’s ever been. And we’re looking through the seeds and this’ll be your grandkids. This will be the end generation that is foreknown and predestined to inherit all things. And these will be like grandchildren to you – even those that you minister to won’t be this generation. Their children will be. You are to write into their minds – as they write into the children’s minds. You’re to bring them to a place to allow my Spirit to rule in their life where they can begin to set the church on the proper foundations – as they will. They’ll birth the church, but their children will attain levels of the Holy Spirit that they will not. Although their parents will reign over them and be the leaders of the last day church – their children will possess the Spirit without measure – for they are the best of all the generations that have ever been upon the face of the earth. And the best of all generations are those elected seeds that will glorify Christ in the last days. That’s the purpose so that Jesus in the last days has the seeds that will glorify Him above any generation that has ever been upon the face of the earth. They will move into things of the supernatural that no one has ever moved in before. Every miracle, sign and wonder that has ever been in the Bible – they’ll move in it consistently, they’ll move in the power that Christ did. Every sign and wonder that’s ever been will be many times in the last days. They themselves will be that generation that’s raised up to put death itself underneath their feet and to glorify Christ in every way. And the church that is raising up in the government will be the head and the covering for them. So that that glorious church might be revealed in the last days, because the Lord Jesus is worthy to be lifted up by a church that has reached the full maturity of the God-Man!”

Mike Bickle: “I’m going to sum that up real well. And you add to it or subtract from it, if it is not just what you shared it with me or how you remember it. What the Lord did, I’m just gonna put that in real tight there, the Lord took him to this beach before an ocean and this beach spoke of the sands of time and the ocean spoke of the nations of the world in all of history. And he saw these men and they put their hand in the sand and pulled out this box and they were empty. And then a little bit later, another guy did and it was empty. And then a little bit later, another guy did and it was empty – another did and it was empty. The Lord came to Bob and said, ‘You do it right here.” Bob said, ‘Lord, they’ve all put their hands in and got empty boxes. They came up empty-handed – without a box. Why should I do it?’ The Lord said, ‘Put your hand in here.’ He pulls it out and he sees this box full of draft notices for the end-time army. And he said the Lord told Him there was 300,000 enlistment notices that he was going to send out across the nations in this next generation. It wasn’t all going to be sent out then. 300,000 that would be the main leadership over one billion converts in the earth.

Bob Jones: “Amen”

Mike Bickle: “He said, ‘I’ll cause 300,000 to bear a distinct anointing of leadership over the one billion.’ 300,000 sounds like a lot of leaders, but a billion is a thousand million. I calculated that out and that is 3 anointed vessels in that distinct way for 10,000 people. That is nothing.

"He said, ‘I’m going to cause 300,000 like Gideon’s 300 [Army] in Israel. I’m going to have 300,000. That will be a small number for the nations of the earth. But they will have like that apostolic anointing and the signs and wonders of the early church will be on 300,000. The Earth will have it. The rest will move in the miraculous, but I will have 300,000 that will have a special measure of the Spirit like the leaders of the New Testament.’

"Like they had even more than the people did. And so then he pulled out this box, he sees the 300,000 names, he actually reads a number of them and he says, ‘Lord, who are these guys?’

"He looked back, ‘Those were the leaders of past generations like John Wesley, Charltes Finney, Martin Luther, who thought their generation was the chosen generation.’ And every time they pulled their hand up they came up empty-handed because the chosen generation – because there is one generation that will enter into that which is beyond all the others in power. They thought it was theirs. It is not.

"‘Put your hand here.’ So he sees the 300,000 and the Lord looks at Bob and says, ‘From out of the sands of time I have called the best of every blood line in the earth unto this generation.’

"He said, ‘Even the blood line of Paul. Even the blood line of David, the blood line of Peter, James and John, the best of their seed is unto this generation. They will be superior to them in heart, stature and love for me.’

"He says, ‘For out of the sands of time, I have elected to bring them forth in this hour.’ And he said, ‘This generation of the young people that are coming’ – their children is the elect generation.'

"And he said, ‘As the thing grows,’ he says, ‘this generation will see the inception of this move. It will begin in their time. They will be as children in the Spirit.’ . . .

Bob Jones (much later) . . . “Not only will they have the word of God in them, that’s the foundation – apostles and prophets – but they will have the word of God in them and they will have the power with the word – the Spirit. And the barrenness of the church will be over and the foundations of the church will be raised up. The walls will be raised up. You will see the glorious church begin to come in and you will begin to birth it. It will take probably another 15-20 years to get some of you into some level of maturity. There will be neither male or female in this. There will be maturity – what God is seeking. And He will be raising the saints up – to that level. First He will bring the five-fold [ministry], but there is a ministry after the five-fold called the Ministry of Perfection – the Melchisedek Priesthood.

"You that are here now, you’ll be moving into the five-fold ministries, but your children will be moving into the ministries of perfection. Coming to that characteristics – coming into that divine nature of Jesus Christ. Not having to come out of the wilderness, but being birthed natural into the Spirit. All their days movin’ with the Spirit. Movin’ in the ways of – that the Holy Spirit does. There is a purpose. It takes awhile – you’ve gotta get out of religion, or Egypt or death and then it takes awhile of dying out in the wilderness and getting the next generation into the warfare – that’s where you are now – you’re in the warfare, start to take the promised land and then you raise up the generation to possess it. Well the children that are coming forth are to possess the promises of God. It is the last day generation. . . .

Mike Bickle: “I want to say one things about this. The Lord said to Bob we were like the David generation that had many wars because there is going to be great transition in the body. Many misunderstandings, gossip, slanders, persecution – even within the house of God. He said that’s why we won’t enter into the fullness ourselves, but like Solomon who built the temple – because the Lord gave him permission to build the temple because he was not a man of blood – or a man of war. But He said this generation in the next 10 or 15 years is a time of war and transitioning of whole new orders in the body – but our children will be kings and priests of peace and not of wars and that’s why they will go beyond where a lot of us are. . . .”

The Truth:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:15)

The following paper was prepared by Professor Anton Bosch in order to effectually refute the heresies presented above.

New Breed

It has become very fashionable for modern-day “prophets” to make all sorts of wild predictions concerning the future. The Scripture is clear however, that when prophets speak, their words are to be judged by the rest of the church (1Corinthians 14:29). The judging of such statements cannot be based on subjective things such as whether the statements “feel” right or an inner witness. The Bible has to be the final Plumbline against which any statement, prophecy or teaching is measured since the Word of God is immutable and unchanging (1Peter 1:25, Matthew 24:35 etc). If the words of men do not accord with the Word of God, they have to be rejected with contempt.

For example, prophecies of Bob Jones, Mike Bickle et al predict a new breed of Christian leaders who will lead a world-wide revival which will gain one billion new converts across the earth. Let’s examine some of these statements in the light of the Word.

According to these predictions, the 300,000 latter-day leaders who will usher in the Kingdom, will be the third generation from now. In other words, Jesus will not come in this generation or the next. Yet the Bible says: “the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44).

Jones says that the next generation “will birth the church” yet the Bible is clear that God fathered the church on the day of Pentecost, 2000 years ago!

According to Jones, that generation will be “the best of all generations that have ever been on the face of the earth… (they) will glorify Him above any generation that has been on the face of the earth.” But the Bible paints a bleak picture of Christians in the last days: “…in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2Timothy 3:1-5). “Having a form of godliness” tells us this is not a description of the world but of the church!

This generation “is predestined to inherit all things,” says Jones but the Bible says "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1Corinthinas 15:50). The inheritance belongs to all who are “in Christ” (Ephesians 1:11); to those who are the descendants of Abraham (Acts 7:5); to the meek (Matthew 5:5) and to the overcomers (Revelation 21:7). The idea that the inheritance belongs to one fleshly generation goes against all of the teaching of both Old and New Testaments.

Jones says that the penultimate generation “will set the church on the proper foundations.” By this he suggests that the church has not had “proper foundations” for the past 2,000 years. What an indictment against Jesus who has been building the church all this time! (Matthew 16:18). If this generation will be laying a “proper foundation” then, it has to be assumed that the foundation that was laid by the Apostles (Jesus Christ) was somehow deficient. Alternatively, this is a clear confession that what these men are building is not the church of Jesus Christ (1Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20).

About the only Biblical statement Jones made during this discussion is: “Every sign and wonder that’s ever been will be many times in the last days.” (sic). This is confirmed in 2Thessalonians 2:9: “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders.”

Jones continues: “They themselves will be that generation that’s raised up to put death itself underneath their feet.” Yet the Bible says that it is Christ who will put death under His feet. (1Corinthians 15:25-27).

Jones predicts that this new generation of 300,000 leaders will gain a “billion converts.” This represents 17 percent of the world population which indicates a major revival. Perhaps influenced by this Latter Rain false prophecy, Great Commission leaders are working to plant five million new churches and train five million pastors for a one-billion soul harvest. God’s perspective is not of a major harvest of souls but “that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first” (2Thessalonians 2:3) and “that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1Timothy 4:1).

As if all the above is not ridiculous enough, Jones suggests that Paul had children since this New Breed are “the best of every blood line in the earth… Even the blood line of Paul.” This new generation “will be superior to them (Paul, David, Peter, James and John)." This statement can only come from someone who has no idea as to stature of these unique men who were chosen by the Lord to not only be mentioned in the Bible, but who were chosen to write various parts of it. If this generation is so superior to the fathers of the faith, then how come they did not make it into the Bible – anywhere?

According to Jones “there is a ministry after the five-fold called the Ministry of Perfection, the Melchizedek Priesthood” and this new generation “will be moving into the ministries of perfection.” Yet the word says that “Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:20). So these people are going to replace Jesus who alone, and forever is the Priest after the order of Melchizedek?

The Bible says that “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints…” (Ephesians 4:11,12). So now God has changed His mind and shifted the responsibility for the perfection of the saints from all the ministries to this generation? This seems to confirm the rest of Jones’ false statements that all the other generations, ministries and people have failed, and that even Jesus Christ has failed to build the church, and that this New Breed will do what Christ Himself has failed to do! (May the Lord have mercy on us!)

Jones continues that they will: “Not having to come out of the wilderness, but being birthed natural into the Spirit… All their days movin’ with the Spirit” (sic). He thus claims that these individuals will not be born sinners but will be born saved and be led by the Spirit all their lifetime. So what happened to the Scriptures that say: “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10) and “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and “the scripture hath concluded all under sin” (Galatians 3:22)?

The question we have to ask is simply this: Has God overthrown His entire Word and denounced everything He ever said, or is this a false prophecy by a false prophet? It seems what is being suggested is a replacement for the work and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is exactly what the spirit of Antichrist is about – to provide a replacement and substitute for Him who is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End and the All in All to the Church.