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Infiltrators Conference 2009
Where "Incredible" Happens

November 7, 2008

Infiltrators Conference 2009


’Mene mene tekel upharsin’

    "And when they say to you, Seek to the mediums, and to spirit-knowers who peep and mutter; should not a people seek to its God, than for the living to seek the ones who died? To the Law and to the Testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there is no dawn to them!"  

    Isaiah 8:19-20

     

"So says Yahweh, Do not let the wise glory in his wisdom, nor let the mighty glory in his might; do not let the rich glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am Yahweh, doing kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth; for in these I delight, says Jehovah.

Jeremiah 9: 23-24

Interesting title don't you think? “Where Incredible Happens”. I wonder if anyone at the Paradi$e ommunity hurch bothered looking up the word “incredible” in the old Oxford before making it their slogan…

Incredible: adjective – Without credibility, impossible to believe.

We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt because when one looks at the event’s speakers the term ‘incredible’ (given the definition), makes perfect sense.

Yes it’s on again, the Paradi$e ommunity hurch’s annual fleece-athon Affluence... err sorry... Influencers Conference 2009, and this year punters will get more bang for their buck (yes it always comes at a cost, forget Matthew 10:8, this is 2009 after all). Three conferences in one is the catch cry and yet another sorry bunch of Scripturally bereft TBN1 tragics make up the star studded cast. So let’s check out these so called 'phenomenal communicators' shall we…

Incredible Infiltrator # 1 - Myles Munroe

Myles Monroe

Munroe ‘The Rock’ is an unashamed dominionist leadership trainer who embraces some pretty bizarre beliefs among which is…

And all the people of the earth are counted as nothing; and He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the people of the earth. And none can strike His hand, or say to Him, What are You doing?” Daniel 4:35

“For I am Yahweh your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for you”. Isaiah 43:3

“But our God is in Heaven; He has done whatever He has pleased”. Psalm 115:3

“Every thing Yahweh pleased, He did in the heavens and in earth, and in the seas and all deep places. He causes the vapours to rise from the end of the earth; He makes lightnings for the rain; He brings wind out of His storehouses. He who struck the first-born of Egypt, both of man and animal; who sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, on Pharaoh and on all his servants; who struck great nations and killed mighty kings, Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan, and gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to Israel His people. Your name, O Yahweh, endures forever, and Your memorial, O Yahweh, throughout all generations”. Psalm 135: 6-13

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Myles Monroe…

And it’s all downhill from here folks. Check out these Myles Munroe gems…

There are many more but I’m feeling nauseous and I’m sure you get the point. Influencer’s tag: “Where Incredible Happens” makes more sense now does it not? - God needs our permission to work on earth? What arrogant, self serving garbage! Monroe’s god is clearly emasculated, weak and undeserving of the title 'Sovereign'. Of course the real Creator is nothing like Monroe imagines. What Monroe (and all the spruikers at Influencers 2009 for that matter) is / are really about, is the godhood of man. Good one Ashley!

Incredible Infiltrator # 2 - Chris Hill

Chris Hill

Bedecked in obligatory bling, Hill, a TD Jakes lookalike is likewise a motivational spruiker whose doctrines are also ‘incredible’. While Hill’s website statement of beliefs are brief and appear superficially credible, it is only when one digs deeper that the worms surface. We also found Hill’s Technical Ryder some what curious…

  1. Chris Hill Ministries request that no “home-made” video or audio recording of Pastor Chris Hill be permitted during the session(s) except by the host church. This should be announced, by the host, prior to Pastor Hill speaking.

  2. In the event of press or media coverage, Chris Hill Ministries request that interviews with Pastor Hill be scheduled on the day of the session, prior to Pastor Hill speaking.

  3. When there is an elaborate or extensive set design, Chris Hill Ministries request that Pastor Hill or one of our ministry associates be given a brief opportunity to do a "walk through", at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the session, to evaluate any sound, lighting or blocking challenges that an elaborate stage design might present to Pastor Hill as he is speaking.

  4. Chris Hill Ministries request that copies of the audio or video taped session(s) be either given to Pastor Hill upon the completion of the event or mailed to our Ministry Offices as soon as possible.

It sounds to us as though Hill is covering his proverbial. Like his contemporaries Hill’s sermons are like fairy floss (cotton candy), promising much yet delivering precious little as this video clip clearly demonstrates. Notice the complete lack of Scripture reference. Hill’s ‘message’ is carried by hype, anecdotes and cheap comedy. Notice also the hand waving gullibites who so easily submit to it. Really quite pathetic…

According to Hill, no matter what situation a person finds themselves in it is never their fault – EVER. It is God who has apparently orchestrated their story for His glory. So in Hill’s assessment there is no accountability for personal sin. The doctrine of sowing and reaping is thrown out the window. If a child were brutally raped, bashed and left for dead in the gutter it would have been (according to Hill) orchestrated by God to bring Himself glory through the vessel of the ‘innocent’ perpetrator of the crime. How could anyone in their right mind believe that God Almighty is glorified in such? Hill has taken Romans 8:28 and twisted it to fit the 'incredible'.

Incredible Infiltrator # 3 - John Bevere

John Bevere

We have dealt with this individual and his unbiblical meanderings before. You may read our review of this 'incredible' infiltrator here

Incredible Infiltrator # 4 - Michael Rowan

Michael Rowan

The dude with the 'tude. Rowan 'ministers' at the 'mega' Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas. Ashley Evans is only interested in the biggest after all. In his economy such affords greater credibility - go figure! From Rowan's online blurb...

Firstly, "the gap between the world of the lost and the world of the church has never been greater". What on earth is that supposed to mean? How did the gap between the lost and the saved get bigger? Has it not always been the same? Of course this is church growth double talk. What Rowan is about is bridging that unbridgeable gap2 with classic charismatic compromise. Secondly, the Bible speaks NO-WHERE of believers being raised up to become 'world changers for Christ'. Nevertheless Rowan's vision is to raise up an imperial army of little facist dominionists - whatever it takes . Rowan needs to get a desperate clue: True believer's are not called to build empires, they are not called to rally 'holy' armies, they are not called to amass riches nor seek after success, they are not called to be accepted or popular by those around about, they are called to glorify God no matter the personal cost. And that is not achieved by moralising fallen man, nor by soft selling the Gospel to make it more palatable to the unredeemed.

Thirdly, "Whatever it takes" including compromising the truth to satiate the demands of the 'sensitive' seeker, is an unbiblical distortion of Paul's proclamation of 1 Corinthians 9:22. Paul was referring to things that were not already regarded as biblically illegal such as idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:6-7) which church growth gurus have wholeheartedly embraced in the worship of themselves. Rowan's 'mission' is other wise known as 'end justifies the means-ism' and is patently unscriptural.

Incredible Infiltrators # 5 - Marcus & Joni Lamb

Marcus & Joni Lamb

Say Cheezzze... Like TBN1 heretics Paul and Jan Crouch, Daystar Television 'evangelists' Marcus & Joni Lamb are terminal hypocrites and master manipulators. Twisting the Word of God in order to perform cashectomies on the desperately gullible is common place on Daystar TV. One heretic after another is trotted out to fleece the flock in the very same manner as TBN and... dare I say Influencers 2009?

This pair of Armani Amelekites entertain and endorse the likes of Benny Hinn, Paula White, Chris Hill, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, TD Jakes, Marilyn Hickey, Joyce Meyer  and all manner of other hyper faith, false teachers.

They are all about generating money after offering trite religious platitudes designed to appeal to the flesh in the here and now. And the gullibites eat it up with relish. Which comes as no surprise as to why Ashley invited them in the first place.

Some Daystar gems...

"There are three of you--Three special people that the Lord is speaking to about a $1,000,000 gift. One of you is a professional athlete. One of you is a successful businessman and one of you is a woman that God has greatly blessed and if you're one of those people that God is speaking to call and let us know. When He speaks to you about a significant gift like a $1,000,000 He's got a significant miracle on His mind." (Marcus Lamb, "Daystar Fall Share-A-Thon," September,2005)

"There's three people at $7700 one time and three people at $77,000 one time. You need to obey the Lord. And it may be a business--I don't know. But, you need to obey the Lord. There's three of you each and it's very, very, special that the Lord out of all these thousands of people watching all over the world that He would stop me and He would say, 'Speak to those six people--Three at $7700 and three to give $77,000 one time.' So He stopped me out of all that's going on and said, 'Speak to those people.'"
(Marcus Lamb, "Daystar Fall Share-A-Thon," September,2005)

"And God is saying, 'Move today.' It could be that you need a new house! It could be that you need a better car! It could be that you need a promotion on the job...It could be that you've been praying for that son to get saved...You've been praying that God would restore your marriage...I say to you today, 'Don't just throw your seed. Sow your seed!' There is a difference. You can call up today and make a pledge and that's great! And I say, 'God bless you.' But if you don't have an intended purpose for that seed then all you did is throw that seed instead of sow that seed." (Marcus Lamb, "Daystar Spring Share-A-Thon," March,2005)

"Women are more sensitive to the Holy Spirit without question!" (Marcus Lamb, "Daystar Spring Share-A-Thon," March 7, 2005)

There is nothing like appealing to the vanity and gullibility of women in order to get them to give more now is there? How utterly reprehensible that Lamb would portray God's Holy Spirit as being in any way preferential. The assertion that women are somehow more spiritually attuned to the Holy Spirit is categorically absurd. Contrary to Lamb's assertion, the Word of God insists that women are more prone to spiritual deception than are men which is why the Apostle Paul commanded women to submit to their husband's spiritual authority in the home and the church. (1 Timothy 2:12-15)

The Marcus and Joni Lamb's Daystar Network and their celebrated deceivers and false teachers, (the stagnant pool from which Ashley Evans draws for his annual decept-a-thons) brings to mind 2 Timothy 3:6. It's all about the power, the influence and the cash!

Incredible Infiltrators # 6 - Jane & Ashley Evans

Ashley & Jane Evans

"But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money" Acts 8:20

Pastor John MacArthur once insightfully wrote of false teachers...

1. False teachers are proud. They are concerned for their own popularity. They are concerned for their own fame. They are concerned for their own notoriety. They are concerned for their own prestige. They’re concerned to see themselves and hear themselves in the public eye. They want large crowds, as it were, to bow down in great homage to them. They’re characterized by pride and they will do anything to gain the ground they need to gain for the welfare of their own personal ego, including any amount of compromise necessary.


2. Secondly, false teachers are characterized by selfishness.
They tend to be self-centered. They are concerned for their own comfort. They are concerned for their own popularity. They are concerned for their own prosperity. In the end, it’s all about money, fame, and prestige and notoriety equals an increased bank account. They are in it for the money and the personal material benefits that they can gain as they endeavour to feed their selfish desires.


3. Thirdly, They are characterized by deception.
They usually can weave a very sophisticated web of deception in their teaching because they tend to be articulate, if they’re going to be successful, and they endeavour to engage other people to aid them in their deceitful enterprise which gives it the, sort of, façade of credibility.


4. They’re not only proud and selfish and deceptive, but [fourthly] they’re irreverent.
If there’s anything that sort of dominates in my thinking about false teachers, it is their irreverence. They have absolutely no regard for God. The fact that they would go against God, that they would elevate themselves the way they do, that they would pervert the truth indicates their utter irreverence. They have little, if any, regard for God, His Word, His truth, His glory, His honour…


5. Finally, they are spiritually destructive.
They seek to use people; they seek to abuse people. They seek to lead people into error, which destroys them—into sin, which pollutes them. So, as you look at false teachers with regard to the world, they are proud and they seek fame and popularity. With regard to themselves, they are self-centered, selfish, self-aggrandizing, self-gratifying. With regard to the nature of their ministry, they are dishonest and deceptive and lack integrity. With regard to God, they are utterly irreverent; in fact, they are blasphemous. And, with regard to the people that they influence, they are spiritually destructive. So, their relationship to the world, their relationship to the ministry, their relationship to themselves, their relationship to God, their relationship to their people all reflects the deviation of their hearts. (John F. MacArthur Jr.,
Concerns of a True Pastor: Humility and Selflessness, 1998)

Even to unchurched Harry and Sally, it is patently obvious that Ashley Evans of the Paradi$e ommunity hurch in Adelaide, South Australia (along with like minded delusionaries) believe that using 'influential', 'powerful', 'gifted', 'prominent', 'famous', flamboyant' 'loud' and 'wealthy' people will better facilitate the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. How absolutely deluded he is. According to Scripture this is the kind of people God uses for such...

For you see your calling, brothers, that there are not many wise according to flesh, nor many powerful, not many wellborn. But God chose the foolish things of the world that the wise might be put to shame, and God chose the weak things of the world so that He might put to shame the strong things. And God chose the low-born of the world, and the despised, and the things that are not, so that He might bring to nothing the things that are, so that no flesh might glory in His presence.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

What appears to have been glibly overlooked by church growth guru's such as Ashley Evans et al, is that true revival (which they falsely proclaim is in progress) is not the ingathering of lost souls into the Kingdom by fair means or foul, but the sincere repentance of those redeemed ones, those called by HIS Name, who would dare humble themselves and pray, repent in deeds of their sins not just with words, and seek His face in humility and contrition for the healing this world so desperately needs (2 Chronicles 7:14-15). As Pastor Paul Washer so aptly puts it...

"We need revival, we need an awakening. But we cannot simply expect the Holy Spirit to come down and clean up the mess we've made. We have clear direction from the Word of God with regard to what He has done through Christ, how He expects us to live, how He expects us to order His Church. And it does little good for men to cry out for extra biblical manifestations when biblical principal is violated all around us."

True revival begins in the Church - the called out ones... not in the world. It begins with the Spirit of Almighty God, not man conceived, ego centric marketing techniques. It begins with the saint not the sinner. It begins with the recognition of and the surrender to the sovereignty of God Almighty and His will done on earth as it is in Heaven. It does NOT begin with discovering God's 'awesome plan for your life' and inviting Jeeeezuss to partner with you in your sins so that your will be done. You will not find true revival in conferences and seminars such as Influencers 2009 and other such back slapping, happy fests, but on the contrite, individual knees of those who truly belong to Him. In short, you will not find revival in the Church without reformation in the heart of the saint.

 

It's His way or the highway Ash... you know that wide, heavily travelled one that leads from ...your 'incredible' conferences!

In His Everlasting Embrace

Tony Dean

Moriah Ministries Australia

© 2008

End Notes

1. TBN - Trinity Broadcasting Network

2. The gap in question can only be bridged by the Cross of Calvary and the shed blood of Y'shua the Saviour, not by any form of human ingenuity or marketing technique.

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