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Revelations From Idiocy
May 1, 1990
Dear Friends in the Lord Jesus,
Though I have cut back on letter writing due to the tension it creates and also the lack of response from my readership, revelation arises on occasion that just begs to be heard. I don't jump to respond to this "begging" like I used to, but instead I sit and wait. But then sometimes, someone else in conversation will ask me to write something down. Then it becomes a virtual mandate for me to write.
I have just recently returned from an illuminating trip to the South. Personally, I no longer care to go to the South anymore. The revelation I received on this trip only confirmed my disdain for everything going on down there. Yet the revelation is quite compelling. Moreover, I had some extremely fruitful discussions with many whom I saw on the trip.
Together, these conversations gave birth to the revelations that have come forth over this trip. From my protected and isolated position here in New England--worlds away from all of you and the atmospheres I encountered down South-- I feel free again to start calling things for what they really are. ...
... In the Bible, Jesus didn't hesitate to call people "foxes" or "vipers." He even called some of His own followers fools (Lk 24:25). The word that perpetually arises in my spirit is "idiots." Perpetually, my spirit records what it can only label as spiritual "idiocy" in people. I don't hate people. I love people. But many of them are idiots (I include myself , in that category from time to time. My spirit judges me as much as anyone.)
So if in the course of this letter I say something that implies you or someone else is acting in accord with idiocy, understand that my judgment is not personal. (Jn. 8:15-16), I do not hold it personally against anyone. But it is still truth, and as such it needs to be voiced, for only thereby may someone be saved....
Now that you get the immediate flavor of my impressions from my trip South, I turn to share at random the various revelations that came to me in the course of it. Hopefully, they will all tie together somehow to make some sense for you. The only prerequisite you need to be able to appreciate them is a love for truth.
I. The Dying American Wineskin, & Preparation of the First Kingdom Generation
I feel the homeschooling movement is very significant, I believe God is using it to shelter and prepare His next generation as the first generation that will serve with Christ in His earth-based Kingdom. We're talking manifest Kingdom here.
Three hundred seventy years ago, when things reached their fullness of corruption in Europe, God called out a little group of people to leave Europe and come to the shores of the New World to start over. They had tried to reform the corruption and turn back the tide. But after a while, they wisely saw it was to no avail. So rather than risk any further corruption of themselves, they chose the costly alternative of crossing the ocean to an unknown world.
Thus began one of the most dynamic experiments in church and nation building of all time. Personally, I believe the New World was precisely prepared for this very purpose. Once Europe had outlived itself as a wineskin for the development of the Church, yet the Church was not ready for the Lord's Return, the New World was unveiled to the eyes of man to become the next earthly wineskin for the world center of Church development over the next 400 years.
The thing about all "wineskins" though is that they pass away. A wineskin is "of the earth". It is of "this world". Anything of "this world" will pass away though it be ordained for a time to "house" the hidden work of God in the earth. This is true of a human body. It is also true of a collection of human bodies-- whether a "church" or a "nation." The challenge for us lies in recognizing both the "good" of a wineskin while also recognizing its ultimate subjection to corruption and death.
For instance, though we recognize our bodies will one day die, we don't hate them, damage them, or curse them. We feed and clothe them, taking care of them until their time to pass comes. Oppositely, though we recognize the good usefulness of our bodies to God's purpose, we don't worship them, fawn over them, or deny that they are corrupt and will soon be put off. We rather look forward to putting them off.
What we recognize (or should recognize) about our bodies applies likewise to that collective body called "America." Unfortunately, the founders failed to recognize America was at best only another corruptible wineskin in the making. Today, Christian American "idiots" by the hundreds of thousands still fail to recognize this.
Though they take the name of their "Pilgrim" forefathers, they do not have the wisdom to see about America what their forefathers had the wisdom to see about their native Europe. Namely, "The Wineskin is now passing." As Europe died, so too now America is dying. The wineskin of this earth is now openly decaying. A new wineskin is being prepared, and a new breed of true pilgrim is being raised out of the old wineskin.
But this time is different. Unlike the European pilgrims, American pilgrims are not being prepared for another uninhabited earthly place to start over. There are no more lands to discover and move out to. The whole world is saturated under the control and permeation of human flesh.
What does this mean? It means that the time of wineskins itself as we know them is over, and something truly permanent and abiding is at the door for the true pilgrims. The true imperishable Kingdom of God is at hand, ready to appear in the earth, governed by pilgrims who have made the transition to new incorruptible bodies.
Of course, there will also still be people on the earth with earthly bodies too. Not everybody will be ready to put on new bodies and there will be many who are preserved through the coming world tribulation to enter the New Kingdom as earthlings.
Who are these? Behold, people! Your children! God is now preparing the next generation of kingdom servants in the form of your children. Many of these children will survive the coming holocaust, but they will not have matured to the place of receiving deathless bodies by the time Jesus returns. They will go on to be earth-based leaders of the world in the dawning Kingdom Age at hand.
And how is He preparing them for this? He's taking them out of the schools that prepare them according to the dying American wineskin and is bringing them up instead in the homes of godly pilgrims who can receive the revelation of the dying wineskin. This, people, is what the homeschool movement is all about.
Granted, many homeschoolers are still blinded by the dying wineskin. A lot of those who emphasize patriotism think they're raising their kids to be able to one day turn America around. But I'm not worried about this. You see, the fact that these people have enough sense to take their kids out of the institutional schools tells me that, with a little re-focusing, they have what it will take to receive the revelation that America is now history as far as God is concerned and that God is using them to bring up their kids for an entirely different and better kingdom at hand.
Anybody with kids who reads this needs to meditate on this revelation til you get it straight why God has given you kids and why He has led you into home schooling. Also, if anybody reading this is one of those Christian American "idiots" I referred to, and you still have your heart set on preserving a dying wineskin, you need to wake up and learn what you were born for. If God had wanted to allow you to be involved during the building of the American wineskin, He would have had you born 200 or 300 years ago, not 40 or 50 years ago.
(Notice? I said "allow." God does not directly call us to pursue the building of earthly kingdoms. We are called only to the direct building of His spiritual Kingdom, a call which allows us to be involved with building human society as an incidental, but not as a direct devotion in competition with His coming Kingdom.) Please read on...
II. The "Defensive Mentality"
What is one way you can tell whether you are building God's Kingdom or helping preserve an earthly kingdom that is destined to die? One very sure way of telling is by recognizing what I call the "defensive mentality." The defensive mentality is that mentality whereby Christians are primarily motivated to action by their response to an evil agenda or initiative. Instead of setting the agenda for the world by responding to the inner revelation of God, people with defensive mentality are always rising up in action against an agenda initiated by evil. The prime example of this on the national level is the abortion issue.
Throughout my 20 years of close involvement with Christian American activism, the one trait that I have seen behind all of it is that Christian activism is galvanized by a soulish response to evil initiative. A sin arises. Christians rise up to fend it off. Another sin arises. Christians rise up to beat it off--holding rallies, boycotting products, writing letters to officials, staging protests, etc., etc. And all the while, Christians think they are building God's kingdom because the cause they defend is righteous.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that whoever sets the agenda builds the kingdom. As long as Christians are motivated by their response to evil, they're not building anything! It's the devil who is building.
Look, people. I've watched this thing 20 years. I used to be in the fight "against communism," "against one-world government," "against evil in public schools." But it only took me a few years to learn that I was accomplishing nothing permanent for God! At best, I was only retarding the inevitable.
(I also shortly came to see as well that such activism had nothing in common with the ministry of Jesus. He responded purely to the inner positive revelation of His Father. He never responded once to an evil agenda through advocating social changes.)
So look around you! After years and years of Christian activism, what have Christians accomplished? America is more evil than it ever was. You have built nothing for God. You have merely responded to the devil's agenda! Does the devil care whether you resist him or not? No. As long as he sets the agenda for what you respond to, he doesn't care what you do about it. If you resist, it just takes him a little longer, that's all.
But he would rather have you resist him than set God's agenda. And if he can fool you into thinking that by responding defensively against his agenda you are building God's Kingdom, all the better. He welcomes your puny prayers and opposition. The only Christian who is a threat to satan is a Christian who is locked into awareness of Jesus Christ and the inner revelation of Jesus for his life. It is the Christian who sets the agenda offensively by responding to (and only to) inner revelation that satan fears.
So look around you now. I challenge you to show me an open ministry that is actually setting the agenda for America. No. You won't find it. You see, two things always go together: preservation of dying wineskin and defensive mentality. They go together.
Conversely, these two things go together; bringing in the coming kingdom and offensive mentality. Christians who set the agenda are looking for the next kingdom. Nobody who sets the agenda is trying to preserve America.
Why? Because America is past. But the revelation that sets God's agenda is for tomorrow. You can't set the spiritual agenda and preserve a dying wineskin at the same time. You can't respond to the devil's agenda of evil and build a coming kingdom at the same time.
Yet this is the idiocy of Christian activism in America. Whether it is Pat Robertson fighting political evil, James Dobson fighting social evil, or Kenneth Copeland fighting "spiritual" evil, it's all the same. It is defensive mentality. This therefore is a sure test of which kingdom you build. To what do you respond? Is it the devil's agenda from without, or is it God's revelation through Jesus Christ from within?
III. Putting the Anointing In Perspective
This next is especially for Steve in Greenville, SC who asked me to write out this analogy. One of the deceptions charismatic churches are vulnerable to is inordinate esteem of the anointing of God, as if the anointing is a cure-all with self-sustaining merit of its own, or as if it is an indication of God's approval of those who partake of it.
This too is idiocy. In truth, the anointing is simply one part of God's arsenal for equipping believers. To understand it in perspective with its limitations, we must see the total analogy given in scripture.
In scripture, salvation and spiritual growth are pictured by the total process of raising crops. Each aspect of the farming process corresponds to an aspect of spiritual growth. The basic aspects and their spiritual counterparts are listed below:
the seed = Word of God
the ground = the human heart
(thorns in the ground = cares of the world)
the sun = tribulation / persecution
hoeing, digging = work of the cross / death to self
Lk. 13:8; Jer. 4:3-4
the rainfall = Holy Spirit anointing
Ho. 6:3; Jl. 2:23; Ac. 2:17
The first thing we note is that no one single element can produce fruit. All of these elements have to be present in proper balance for perfect fruit to come forth. The problem in the Church however is that groups major on certain elements to the exclusion of others. They see value in one element, then neglect or even reject others.
Some groups major on the Word of God (the seed), but give no concern for the condition of the heart (the ground), or for the anointing of the Spirit (the rainfall). Others emphasize tribulation and the work of the cross (the sun), but ignore or even deny the need for anointing of the Spirit (the rainfall).
Finally, you have groups like the one in question that glorify the anointing, but minimize the rest, giving little thought for the condition of the heart or the purification process through suffering and the work of the cross.
On top of this, the groups criticize each other over their deficiencies. Charismatic groups criticize fundamentalist groups. Those who advocate the need of rainfall point to the dry ground of fundamentalists who major on seed only. Meanwhile fundamentalists point at rainfall advocates because of the extensive thorns their rainfall produces!
Neither group believes in hoeing or digging through a life of self denial. So both groups have hard ground. One is dry. The other wet, and the rain just runs off of it. Of course, you also have "deeper life" groups that emphasize the hoeing and digging of suffering. But they have little word-seed of vision to grow on, and what seed they have is denied rainfall because they deny the gifts and the anointings.
Given this overview, let's put the anointing in perspective. The anointing is vital. It is the rainfall of the Holy Spirit promised to fall on the ground to bring forth fruit. But if we look closely, we see more. We see that this rain falls on the just and the unjust (Mt 5:45). And we see that this rain doesn't bring up only fruit from the ground, but whatever is in the ground, including thorns and briers (Heb 6:7-8).
What does all this mean? It means that, as vital as rainfall is, the presence of rainfall alone does nothing to guarantee what comes out of the ground or what kind of ground it falls upon (which things are all that finally count). The rain falls on the just and the unjust. Yes-- you read correctly. The Holy Spirit falls on unbelievers!
Unbelievers prophesy. They do miracles. All by the Spirit. Read about them in Mt 7:21-23. In Hebrews 6, we see where the Spirit causes the thorns and briers to sprout! Jesus calls these the cares of the world. Is it any wonder that in charismatic circles, there are so many people so evidently dominated by the cares of this life? (Not that fundamentalists don't have thorns in their dry ground. They have just as many. But without the rain to sprout them as easily, they hide their sins more easily!)
So here is what you have. In the South, you have people and churches all over the place who are drunk on the anointing, yet their ranks are riddled with flakes and weirdos whom they do nothing about because they think as long as they've got rainfall, it doesn't matter what kind of ground you have or what comes out of it! To them, the anointing is the end-all of everything.
This kind of "rain forest" atmosphere dominates the South and Southwest. It explains why that entire region is nothing but a spiritual jungle in which snakes, scorpions, apes and baboons all fare so well. Indeed, the whole South has been given over to this delusion and idiocy. You couldn't pay me to live there now. I much prefer the secular "desert" of New England with its occasional oasis of relief, where people are honest enough to hate God and admit it.
IV. The Great Delusion, Hatred of Truth, and Confusion of Divine Identity
We just mentioned the word delusion. "Delusion" is what Paul forecast would fall on man in the last days (II Th. 2:10-12). He says the reason for the delusion is that people do not love the truth. Elaborating on a discussion with Vern ____, I want to pinpoint the nature of this delusion with its cause.
Amos says that in the last days, there is to be a "famine for hearing the words of the Lord" (Am 8:11). Please note. He did not say a "famine of the word of God" but a "famine for hearing the words of God." That is precisely what you have today in America.
There is no famine of the word itself. There has never been more word of God expressed in all history than there is today. The word of God abounds as never before. But yet there is a famine for hearing the word.
In other words, people are hearing the words of God, but the words do not enter them to take root or bring nourishment. Instead, the words pass right through them. It is like a man whose digestive system has failed such that, though he eats and eats, the food just remains undigested, decomposes inside his bowels, then passes out of him as good as if he hadn't eaten! This is the famine God spoke of concerning the last days, and we are there now. (Compare also with Lk 8:18.)
But how is this possible? How is it possible for a man to eat and yet be malnourished? How is it possible for people to eat up God's words and yet perish?
Answer: when people encounter an area of Truth which they are unwilling to deal with, they often turn to cover it by embracing other truth they are already willing to accept. Truth itself then becomes a cover for self-deception.
When this happens, the truth people cloak themselves with cannot nourish them. It can only pass through them undigested while they resist secretly this other truth. The most deceptive cover for hatred of truth is truth itself.
This is the nature of the end-time delusion Paul prophesied would come. This is the delusion at the core of all religion— in particular, American religion today. See how America abounds with access to revelation and understanding of the word of God. Yet this revelation profits nothing but to harden people in their blind insensitivity to genuine moral response and insight. For all their seeing, they see nothing-- the curse of the Pharisees (Jn 9:40-41).
With each Christian broadcast, with each sermon, with each magazine that comes out, the heart of American Christianity grows harder by the hour. Why? Because the truth most people champion is truth they use to cloak their secret flight from other superpersonal Truth they are unwilling to hear from God.
What Truth is it people are unwilling to hear? This varies from man to man. God deals with people individually. But overall, one particular area of truth I find Christians generally unwilling to hear is the truth that man is basically evil, and that God (not man) is sovereign. Most American Christianity today is based on an unspoken premise of humanism which denies the need of repentance, fails to confront sin directly in others, turns a blind eye to recognized evil in others and imputes godly motives to such hearts.
Instead a "quasi-Christian humanism" prevails, one that values safe, non-threatening relationship above inwardly-perceived truth. (We are not speaking here of "judgmental" truth, but of "revelational" truth. Judgmental truth with its divisions is an entirely different thing altogether.)
Personally, I have done battle with such humanism this year at school, and I encountered it again through reports I heard in South Carolina. I hate to say this, but almost all public ministry you hear over public airwaves is delusion-ministry.
"But is it not truth?"
Of course it's truth! But it is truth covering self-deceived consciences of people who have something to hide from. It is truth therefore that does not nourish, nor therefore has any lasting redeeming impact on US society. Rather, it contributes to the rapid decay.
The ultimate symptom of this delusion is the confusion of Divine Identity. What is this? Confusion of divine identity is the inability to distinguish satan from God because satan is clothed in the likeness of God (II Cor. 11:14). The end result of a people who clothe themselves with truth as a means of hiding from heart-truth is confusion of divine identity, specifically, the embracing of a Liar as Jesus because he is clothed with the likeness of Jesus (II Th 2:2-12).
This will be the final "anti-christ", the man of sin, the man of delusion. This confusion of identity is the key to satanic strategy. Satan does not want to be worshipped as "satan", the one who opposed God. That would still admit of another god beside himself. No. He does not want to be worshipped as a "Competitive Identity." Rather, he wants to be worshipped as God, the only God, through a confusion of identity. You must get this straight.
This is what the conflict of the Old Testament prophets was all about. In ancient Israel, the name "baal" meant "lord." When Israel worshipped Baal, it was not as a competitive identity to Jehovah. Through self-deception, it was confused identity with Jehovah. To Israel, Baal and Jehovah were the same God. Under the name Baal, they worshipped Jehovah through images like golden calves, believing they were worshipping the God of Moses. To them, the prophets were crying over nothing!
This is why the prophets could never win and why Baal-worship could never be rooted out in Israel's history. Had it been a matter of clear competitive identity where you could tell the difference between the "evil Baal" and the "good Jehovah," Baal would have easily been undone. But no. To Israel, Baal and Jehovah were the same, and the prophets were madmen trying to make a distinction that didn't exist.
But the distinction did exist. But it was in the heart, and it was this: Jehovah was worshipped in spirit and in truth. Baal worship however was the worship of Jehovah to cover secret sin, manifested by worshipping Jehovah through idols. (See I Ki. 12:26-33). So they called Jehovah "Baal" (Hos. 2:16).
But what was it? In reality, it was the worship of satan under the guise of worship of Jehovah. Confusion of divine identity. People worshipping satan who thought they were just worshipping Moses' God in a "creative" way. The great delusion -- and the forerunner of final worship of anti-christ in the last days. (You see, "anti"-christ is not "anti" in the competetive sense, but in the confused sense.)
Go read Elijah at Carmel again (I Ki. 18). Elijah s task wasn't to prove that Baal was "bad" and Jehovah "good." His task was to show there was a difference at all. His task was to unscramble divine identity.
And that is the task today. I hate to be blunt about this, people, but most American Christianity is nothing but baal worship.
“Don't people worship Jesus?”
Of course they do. But they do so through the veil of their secret idols. They worship the truth as a means to hide from secret truth. Thus the Jesus they worship is the "anti-"Jesus. The "Lord" they proclaim is "Baal" (which means "lord.") American Christianity is nothing but one total confusion of divine identity.
This is the delusion Paul spoke of to come. Its manifestation will be crowned when the "in person" anti-Jesus actually appears, showing himself to be -- not satan -- but God, seated in the temple of world Christendom, centred in American Christendom. (Because America is the manifest centre of baal-christianity and confusion of divine identity I contend the personal "antichrist" will arise from America,)
Not everyone who cries "Baal, Baal" will enter the kingdom of God (Mt 7:21). Only those who do the will of the Father in spirit and in truth. Only those who respond to the inward revelation of the Father and execute it through the power of the Spirit. This is the truth and the Word of God. This living revelation is the foundation of one's witness and testimony by which he overcomes baal worship. (Rev 12:11).
The question is, do you have such a testimony? Do you love all truth? Or do you only love the truth that is useful in hiding you from truth you need to hear in your deepest conscience? Your answer to this determines whether you are a worshipper of Jehovah or a baal worshipper.
God calls us to love mankind, But your love for mankind must be based on your love for truth. The moment your love for any man supersedes your love for truth, at that moment you become a baal worshipper. At some point in your life, in many points in your life, you will be forced to make this choice. And in every case, it is the hardest choice you will ever have to make.
But my ultimate prayer and desire for every one of you is that at every such crossroad, you will overcome to choose truth over man. I pray your love for truth will overshadow, govern, mediate, test, and be the spring from which flows your love for any other man. If it is, and remains so, you will never be deceived, never worship baal, and never serve an antichrist. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (III Jn. 4)
V. The Coming Super-Revelation of the Gospel
My final essay tonight is this: What happens when creation itself no longer serves as a viable means for conveying the gospel to mankind because it is so corrupted? (Rom 1)
This revelation came to me as I watched a rock video at my brother's in Connecticut. I compared it to the days when I grew up and found something good in music on TV, in people, and society at large-- things God used to reach me. But now I look at today's music--the rock artists, the worthless amoral TV programs, the vanity of society at large-- so polluted. What is there anymore to remotely point youth to God? Everyone's surrounded by freaks and junkies? Where can one find a human hero worth emulating anywhere anymore?
God says that creation is given to testify to His glory. But what happens when that creation becomes irreparably polluted through idolatry as happens in Romans 1? And what happens when the ministry itself of the gospel becomes so polluted and permeated through the flesh that the “Romans Road” prepares seekers to worship antichrist?
True, there are isolated communities, families, and individuals that have striven to keep themselves pure from the pollutions, pulling back from the society and from association with publicly acclaimed ministry. But as these expand and the true worshippers become fewer and fewer, farther and farther in between, headed for oblivion, what then is left to point to Him?
People, I believe that as creation finally dies through human pollution, and human beings lose the same tenability for conveying truth that the Law lost through spiritual pollution, -- I believe that something new is about to take place never seen before in the earth. It will be the same as what happened when Jesus first came.
At that time, Israel with its Law had come to its end as a wineskin. Israel- the light of God in the earth for conveying the gospel-- had reached its totality of empty corruption. When it did, then God produced a super revelation of the gospel through the incarnation of Jesus Christ---A super revelation that totally transcended the corrupted body and light of Israel.
Now, it is the same! Only instead of Israel and the Law, it is now the entire Gentile world led by America--yes, mankind itself--with its scriptures and revelation that has come to its end as a wineskin. All creation itself has come to its totally corrupted end of viability for declaring the gospel and the glory of God to man. The human vessel is polluted. Creation is dying. The only gospel reaching the world is the cancerous baal-gospel shackled to American technology and economy.
People, as this entire wineskin of earth and humanity winds down, and there becomes less and less natural avenue for beholding the glory of God, I believe that God is going to do it again. I believe we are in store for a super-revelation of the gospel of God-- one that transcends every avenue of creation hitherto known to man, one that rivals the unprecedented first incarnation of Jesus, and one that coincides with His return.
What will this super-revelation be? I don't know (really). If I knew, then it wouldn't be a super revelation. When it comes, no one will have been able to anticipate it. Yet when it comes, the world will once again have a viable testimony of the true gospel in its midst, one that transcends its thoroughly polluted creation, one that will safely carry mankind into the dawning new Kingdom Age at hand. (For a glimpse, see Rev 14:6-7. Notice that it is not man who finally fulfils the Great Commission!)
Because of this hope, I no more despair over the loss of the beauties of this life I once knew, nor lament over worthlessness of man as a vessel of the Gospel. The beauties of the earth I once knew, and the ideals I once held of man fulfilling the Great Commission, are gone forever. The earth I once knew will never be again. The things that once brought me close to God are now quickly fading from view-- a clean earth, a stable family, a secure society, an earthly future with promise.
But in their place, I await with hope that Super Revelation to come, that revelation that will save not only us, but our children and youth who know not the beauties and simplicities we once knew, but who are now born with "crack" and AIDS in their bloodstreams-- raised amidst the occult influences-- such as rock videos....
And now I am through. I have finished my circle….dying wineskin, defensive mentality, spiritual "raindancing", confusion of divine identity, death of the earth ... unto a new super revelation. May the insights I have candidly shared resulting from my latest trip find their mark in your fertile heart.
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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