Witchcraft In The Church Must Be Rebuked!
April 2, 2022 5:35 PM
Bro. John in Mo.
***NOTE: The article article below is an actual email, that the Lord fearfully laid on my heart to send to an individual who has a ministry, and who was promoting "Vision Boards" and "Laws of Attraction." Her name and ministry I have withheld, and the original letter that I sent, has been slightly edited, to use as an article, and a teaching tool...in order to expose and reprove two horrible errors that are spreading though the churches at this time. Below is the slightly edited letter that I sent.*** Bro. John
Sister, I hope that you are doing well. The Holy Spirit has given me no rest for several months, or so now, because I would not sit down and type this letter. What I speak, I have zero pleasure in saying, and I’m sure there will also be no pleasure in you hearing this word. But it must be given. Several times I have listened to some of your teachings on facebook. A few months back, I was listening to one of your videos, and I heard you mention that you had put up a “vision board” and you were advising others to do the same. As soon as I heard the word vision board, instantly there was a check in my spirit. I have heard you twice now speaking along these lines: “Some say that vision boards are new age…but they are not.” Wow. How can say such things? Not only are they new age, but they are outright demonic witchcraft. Where in the world is your spiritual discernment?
All one has to do is google, ( or go to youtube) and type the term “witchcraft and vision boards” (have you done this?) There is enough to keep you busy in research for hours and hours. Go to youtube and do the same…type in “Christians and Laws of Attraction” You will find that there are former witches, warlocks, satanists, and those in the occult, who are now Christians, that are warning other Christians not to dabble with these things at all This is NOT of God. Don’t EVER think that you cannot be deceived by Satan. (Oh boy…don’t ask me how I know that!) The spiritual discernment and condition of the modern church is simply awful. The apostate church laps up these lying new fads like a dog laps water in July. I can say with 100% assurance, that this vision board idea came to you by one of the following three ways: #1.You either heard it from an individual. #2.You read about it in a book. #3. Or you heard about it from some particular ministry.
I can also tell you with 100% certainty how you DID NOT hear about vision boards. You did not hear about it by sitting alone in silence with a King James Bible in your lap. Now that sister, is the flat out truth. No, you had “help”… the kind of help you DON”T need. The “still small voice” would never lead you to a vision board, but ANOTHER voice would. You have listened to the later of the two. This type of stuff is why I have not attended “church” in nearly 30 years, (There are none worthy of attending in my area, that have not been corrupted by false doctrine) and there are very few Christian books that I read that are not at least a hundred years old or more.
We are now at the very end of the age, and Satan is devouring many, this is why you must “try the spirits whether they are of God.” (1John 4:1) The modern church is in total shambles. I noticed that you were using two scriptures: Hab. 2:2, and Prov.29:18. Hab.2:2 “Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run that readeth it.” And: Prov29:18 “Where there is no vision the people perish.” …as scripture to legitimize the use of vision boards. But to apply these two scriptures is downright laughable to a spiritually mature christian…and it is taking scripture TOTALLY out of context. In both of these scriptures, these two verses are speaking of GOD”S prophetic vision to HIS people, NOT the PEOPLE”S vision (their wants and dreams..new homes, cars, money, etc.) to GOD!
Wow. I knew things were bad in the church, but I didn’t know it was THIS bad. You should have checked Hab.2:2, and Prov.29:18 with some conservative Bible commentaries, BEFORE you began teaching about these two scriptures in conjunction with a vision board, you would have known the truth. These scriptures have nothing to do with MAN’S vision, it is clearly GOD”S vision that this is in reference to. Please check what you teach, BEFORE you preach.. souls are at stake! I have ten different KJV study Bibles, all of them are in agreement, that this is GOD’S vision for his people, and NOT mans vision (his wants) that these two verses are in reference to.
Oh yes, you can “get your stuff” from a vision board, but whatever you get, you are not getting it from God, ultimately you are getting it from Satan. That’s right. Satan is a master flim-flam man, (You need to watch a 1967 movie called “The Flim-Flam Man” starring George C. Scott, it would be great illustration) Satan will let you win for quite a long while to gain your confidence, then SUDDENLY he will move in for the kill, except Satan plays for keeps. Sister, I heard you talking about putting your FOCUS on the things on your vision board. WRONG. as Christians, our FOCUS is to be exclusively on Jesus, and our FAITH is to be in his finished work on the cross. You cannot have your focus on the cross AND on your vision board at same time…one will cancel out the other. EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED IS IN THE CROSS, AND THE CROSS ALONE!! NO EXTRA NEED FOR A VISION BOARD.
I also heard you talk about “The law of attraction” This is legit., but it is evil, and NOT of God, it is not to be dabbled with by Christians. Forget laws of attraction. Norman Vincent Peale brought a lot of this type of new age garbage into the church with his 1952 book: “The Power of Positive Thinking.” I got sucked into this mess in the early 1990’s, have long since repented, and thew away all his “feel good” books. He (Peale) has been replaced by the likes of Joel Osteen, and many others. What a wicked embarrassment Osteen is to Christianity. Thankfully, his Godly father John Osteen, didn’t live to see what has become of his son.
The church of Jesus Christ is supposed to be different from the world. We are commanded to “Come out from among them, and be ye separate.” (2 Cor.6:17) But the past several decades, the TRUE remnant church, has not only had to come out from among the WORLD, but also from among the present day apostate CHURCH. (this is why I cannot attend “churchianity” ) What if one of the precious (name of ministry withheld) children ask you: “Why do we here at (name of ministry withheld) have a vision board, just like those that practice witchcraft and the occult? How would you answer them? Would you say: “Well, you see… ours are “Christian” vision boards.” What next? “Christian” Ouija boards, and “Christian” Dream Catchers? The blood bought church of Jesus Christ should have NOTHING to do with such wickedness as this. If the WORLD wants to in some way imitate the righteous attributes of the CHURCH…..fine. But the CHURCH is never to imitate the WORLD, much less, the occult and witchcraft. 1Thes.5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil” How much appearance of evil are we to abstain from?…ALL appearance of evil! This is the problem. This present day church tries to use the things of THIS WORLD, to bring people into the church, to keep them there, and give them the things that they want. Ichabod! By embracing a vision board, you are doing the equivalent of laying out a welcome mat for every demon in your county at the door of (name of ministry withheld.)
What is unrighteousness? it is anything that is not of God, and the finished work of his son Jesus Christ at the cross. A vision board is absolute unrighteousness, because it is just simply not God’s way…period! It is bad enough that you have fallen for this clap-trap, but the fact that you are teaching it to others, is absolutely horrible! Teachers come under a much stricter judgement. (James 3:1) How much more those that are teaching that which is false? You are in great spiritual danger embracing this lie…may God lead you to repentance, and show you the error of your way.
When the Treasury Department hires new rookie agents to detect counterfeit currency, do you know how they train them? They never, ever…under any circumstances, show them a counterfeit. They spend all of their time studying the REAL currency, until they are totally familiar with it. Then their teachers slips them a counterfeit to test them, and it is generally spotted immediately. In other words, they have become so familiar with the TRUTH, that the LIE stands out like a flashing neon sign. Sister, you have been slipped a counterfeit, and you FAILED the test. You are embracing it as the real thing. You are being deceived by the spirit of antichrist. (one of the def. of antichrist means “instead of ” in other words, a counterfeit) As I said before, the Holy Spirit would never lead you to embrace a vision board…you have had “help”.. as in the kind of “help” you DON”T need…and you received it from a book, a ministry, or an individual. (Think about it…where did you first learn of a vision board? It wasn’t from the Lord, that’s for sure.) Please get shut in with God, and seek him diligently on this issue!
If vision boards were of God, then there would be someone who had spoken of in it in historical Christianity. Do we see or hear of it spoken of in the 1500’s-1800’s, by Luther, Knox, Calvin, Tyndale, Finney, or Spurgeon? No! But since there is nothing new under the sun, the church of old, and the church of this present age has been falling for lies for thousands of years. This “vision board” is just another new work of the flesh, in other words …a NEW CART. In 1Chron.13:7 We find King David bringing the Ark of God out of the house of Abinadab in a NEW CART. It was supposed to be carried on the shoulders of the priests, and not on a cart of any kind.
By not doing things in the proper order that God prescribed, Uzza was instantly killed. Anything that is brought into the church that is of MAN, and is not of GOD, is a new cart. Uzza , no doubt meant well, and his intention was good, but God had to judge, because it was not God’s way…it was sin, and the wages of sin is death. Sister, there is no doubt in my mind that you mean well also, (I truly believe this) but you are promoting a new cart, and if it is not repented of, it will bring death. God has not changed his mind on these kind of things. “For I am the Lord; I change not.” Mal. 3:6
Any legitimate thing that you need in your life comes through the agency and the operation of the Holy Spirit. Whether it is spiritual, physical, domestically, emotional, or mental. But most of the church does not understand how the Holy Spirit operates, they think that once you are spirit filled, the Holy spirit just operates “automatically”….he does not! There is an absolute prescribed ORDER in which he operates. Your FOCUS is to be centered in Jesus Christ, and his finished work at the cross. (Not on things on your vision board…or in God, AND your vision board) You cannot focus on two things at once…one will cancel out the other. The focus is the FINISHED work of Christ at the cross, and that alone.
Then, and only then, will the Holy Spirit go to work bringing about victory, and every need in your life, (when the focus of your faith is FIRST centered on Jesus, and his finished work at the cross) by breaking EVERY… and I mean EVERY bondage of darkness, the so called “family curse’ included. It was broken at the cross, for those that are saved…(no need for you to be constantly “breaking” a so called family curse, when the curse was already broken at the cross.) and bringing about every good thing that you need or desire, as long as it is in God’s will. (Psalm 84:11) “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” There is no need whatsoever to “make” a vision board. (Psalm 37:4) Delight thyself also in the lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (So long as you delight in GOD, more than the desires of your heart.)
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Zech.4:6) What ever is needed in your life, no matter what it is, is done through the power of the Holy Spirit. But if your faith is not correct, (in Christ and his finished work) this will frustrate the grace of God, and the Holy Spirit will back off, and cease to help you. Why will the Holy Spirit not help you? Because the Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth, and he guides us into all truth, but if we are going the wrong way, or our faith is not centered correctly, (in the finished work of the cross) then naturally, he is NOT going to help anyone go in the wrong direction! In other words, the spirit of truth, will always guide us to the truth, (the right way) but NEVER to the lie. (the wrong way)
Most now in the modern church only seek the Lord for what he can give them, and not for who he is. (Read John 6:26-27) How this must break the Lord’s heart to hear: “Lord give me this…Lord give me that”…when he has held back nothing, but has already given us his his VERY BEST, his only begotten son. A vision board is a total work of the flesh, and demonic. God will not bless it, nor give any victory through it, because it is NOT of his Spirit. As I said, whatever you are getting from it will not be of God, it is of the devil. If it is not of God, do you really want it? The fact that you are getting your “miracles” since you started this vision board, does NOT mean that it is from God! Rev13:14, Rev.16:14, and Rev.19:20 speak of the miracles, and end time deception of the spirit of antichrist…we are in this time now!
Heb.13:5 says: “Let your conversation (Lifestyle) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have.” As usual, the church has it backwards. The modern “word of faith” church is satisfied SPIRITUALLY , and dissatisfied MATERIALLY…when they should be DISSATISFIED spiritually (Hungry for more of Christ) and SATISFIED materially. (Content with the things that you have.) The deceived modern church says things such as this: “Lord..here’s where I want to be one year from now.” and then they make out a wish list of “wants.” We all need to forget what WE want, and diligently seek what GOD wants. God wants us all to die to SELF, or we ourselves are going to spiritually DIE.
Anything that has to first physically be “made”… or something that you first have to “make,” and THEN you have to intensely focus on that object, or objects, through visualization, in order to manifest these things in the natural… this is rank idolatry. My question is, what is keeping you from seeing this? (The children of Israel first had to “make” a golden calf, before they could worship it, didn’t they?) Faith is the subject of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT seen. But with a vision board you are focusing on images of things that are SEEN, and then mixing the word of God with visualization, humanistic psychology, and laws of attraction, (all of which is NOT Biblical faith) in order to tap into the spirit world, to bring about your desires. I literally tremble when I think about what you are embracing, and teaching to others.
Look at 1John 5:14-15 which says: “And this is the CONFIDENCE that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” But by making a vision board, it shows that you have absolutely NO CONFIDENCE in him…it shows that faith and prayer is just not quite enough…you also need the “help” of your vision board to received your desired petitions. This is totally unscriptural. God AND a golden calf will not work. One or the other has got to go, you can’t have them both.
You desperately need to get shut in with God, and sit in silence before the Lord for several full days, and ask the Lord the following: “Lord what do YOU really think of my vision board, and “Laws of Attraction” that I am teaching to others?” “Lord could it be that I have been deceived?” “Lord…am I in any way glorifying YOU by promoting visions boards?” I can assure you that the Lord receives no glory by promoting Him, AND anything else! It is Him and Him ALONE that is to receive the glory and praise. God is a JEALOUS God. (Isaiah 48:11) “I will not give my glory unto another.” God did not need Abraham’s “help”…. by Abraham going into Hagar, and He does not need your “help” with vision boards, and “laws of attraction.” to bring you that in which you truly have need of. Ichabod!
It’s probably safe to say, that if you will be totally honest with yourself, that something is seriously wrong spiritually in your life, and you can’t figure out what it is. Please seek the Lord and ask him if the attacks from hell that you face, could be because you are going the WRONG way. It can happen just as well when you go the WRONG way, as when you go the RIGHT way. (The modern church will rarely admit to this though) Satan will chew you up and spit you out when you embrace false doctrine. Satan is after one thing only… and that is your FAITH, because if THAT is lost, then ALL is lost. If he can’t destroy your faith, he will seek to move the object of your faith (the finished work of the cross) unto other things… humanistic psychology, vision boards, laws of attraction, or any other new fad sweeping through the churches. This is what you have done! You can’t have God, AND all of this other garbage also.
Sister, you have stated that God has given us “tools” for faith, and that a vision board is just another tool that God has given us. God has NOT given you any of this stuff, it is Satan who has given it to you, and you think it is of the Lord! God has given us his Son, his word, the Holy Spirit, and a measure of faith to believe, no need for anything else. Satan slipped you the counterfeit and your discernment has failed you. Whatever you need comes by FAITH and faith ALONE, not faith AND a tool of any kind. God’s kingdom operates exclusively on faith and nothing else. (Heb11:6) “And without FAITH it is impossible to please him” Notice that it is faith alone..and nothing else that pleases God? (Rom. 14:23) “For whatsoever is not of faith is sin” What you are teaching is not historical Christianity, it is New Age, and a new path.. you need to seek “The old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jer.6:16)
When one is running a race, one strives to come in FIRST place…that is the goal, not SECOND place. You are all excited about the SECOND most powerful law in the universe, which is where “Laws of Attraction” fits in to. Laws of attraction have to do with “The law of sin and death.” (Rom.8:2) If you had been truly familiar with THE MOST POWERFUL LAW, (the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus) (Rom:8:2) you would have not fallen for the SECOND MOST POWERFUL LAW….a counterfeit, (the law of sin and death.) You are in bondage, and need to be set free! None are more hopelessly enslaved, than those that FALSELY believe that they are free. Your total freedom is found in Rom. 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is the most powerful law in the entire universe! This is God’s way, and it’s the ONLY way to be made free.
I have shown you the problem, now I will show you the solution. You desperately need to the learn the MESSAGE OF THE CROSS, that Bro. Swaggart teaches on Sonlife Network. (www.sonlifetv.com, Sonlife Broadcasting Network live on youtube, www.jsm.org, dishnetwork ch.257, directv ch.344. *** NOTE: (Concerning the message of the cross, I believe Jimmy Swaggart is spot on, but personally, I completely reject the dispensational / pre-trib rapture teaching.)***
Sister, my earnest prayer is that you burn that vision board, before it burns you. It is not of God. I have done what the Lord asked me to do, by delivering this warning. It’s a hard word, and it is nothing personal towards you… but it needed to be given. It’s fortunate for me, that I am not looking for friends, because letters like this do not generally create friendships. My calling is that of a watchman, and a true watchman really has no friends anyway. But if I didn’t care for your soul, (I truly do) I would not have sent this long letter. The Lord spoke to me several years ago and said: “watch over their souls” ( I could point to the spot where I was standing in my house when the Lord spoke this.) This is what I am doing right now, I am watching over your soul. You will never be able to say that you have not been warned that you are in error. I have warned, and by warning, I have delivered my own soul, according to Ezekiel 3:17-21 (1John5:21) “Little children keep yourselves from idols” May you earnestly seek the Lord in private prayer on this very important issue. The answer for which you are seeking is found in the cross of Jesus Christ, and in the cross alone! Nothing… and I mean NOTHING else is needed. Maranatha!
Bro. John in Mo