They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:5-6)
Of the seven churches mentioned in it, the Book of Revelation commends only two for their faithfulness. The five which remain are condemned for their waywardness. The faithful churches, Smyrna and Philadelphia, were both small, poor and lacked influence. The church which was strongly rebuked was known as Laodicea. This church (or church age) was large, wealthy and extremely influential. It was also tepid and apostate, having watered down the truth in its quest to draw appeal from the communities there about. Sound familiar? It would be timely to point out here that this same church was promptly spewed out of the mouth of the Saviour for its lukewarmness.
We have for some time considered renaming these Influencers Conference exposes to 'Affluencers', 'Effluentcers', 'Flatulencers' or something similar, because of the perpetual focus on self, health, wealth, human potential and so on. But for the time being we shall continue calling them for what they are - an annual ingathering of Infiltrators. This year the 'Conference' appears to have been somewhat scaled down. Perhaps because of the global economic 'crisis', perhaps because the usual gaggle of heretics are otherwise occupied in diverse ear tickling exercises in other 'itchy' gatherings, indulging in their contrived excesses and preening their 'images' - or perhaps because the hosts of this annual fleece-a-thon are a little too left of centre stage to be properly noticed and adored - who knows? But despite the numeracy of the gathered 'talent' on offer, it's on again - Infiltrator's 2010.
We note that spineless FM (107.9 Life FM) are again this year sponsoring this flesh-fest. Their sponsorship appears to be a late addition after having first not appeared in the Influencers list, but now it is there for all to see... capitulating cowards afraid to take a stand for the truth and ever putting revenue before righteousness!
We reference U.S. Watchman Paul Proctor frequently in this report simply because he, being a veteran observer and reporter of what we are now dealing with here in Australia, all thanks to the beliefs and compromising antics of the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) et al, says it better than I could possibly hope to.
So... here we go...
There are only five speakers noted on the Influencer's 2010 website and we will address each of them in this report, but firstly we would like to draw your attention to the typical 'buzz' words used in the promotion of this and other such events.
Dynamic, Awesome, Impact, Powerful, Empower, Transform, Catapult, Challenge, Maximize and so on, are all words designed to give the reader the illusion that the speakers might actually have something spiritually beneficial to offer, or that this event will have attendees leaving better than they walked in. One thing is for sure is that the wallet will be lighter as a result of attending!
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:19)
INFILTRATOR # 1
Meet Tim Ross. The Influencer's bio on Mr. Ross, which is basically a cut-and-paste from his own website, refers to him as being a much sought after speaker. Not surprisingly, this accolade is gifted to all of the speakers at this conference. But despite being so 'sought after' finding information about young Tim is somewhat difficult. So what we are left to do this time around, until he builds up the inevitable reputation for himself, is to quote him from his own website.
Warning light number one, Tim serves under the Bishop of Bling T.D. Jakes. In other articles we have exposed Jakes for being the heretic he is. So anyone sitting under his ministry has problems from the get go.
Ross's bio signed by his own hand states:
"His ministry has been described as creating a spiritual 'sonic boom' which allows the prophetic to flow, and for those who hear his dynamic teaching to 'get it'."
THE INFILTRATOR INSTIGATORS
'Visionary' Ashley Evans is the big cheese of the Paradise Community Church in Adelaide, South Australia - or as we prefer to call it, the Paradox Community Club. He, along with his wife Jane, who claims a pastoral title despite there being no biblical justification for such, are featured speakers at this conference. Ashley is co-founder of the Family First political party which was designed to extend 'Christian' influence into the political realm. Ashley is on record for insisting Christians become more involved in human politics. He and his congregation are clearly unashamed Dominionist / Kingdom Now / Latter Rain / Reconstructionists.
In a nutshell, Evans's teachings are occultic, spurious, ethereal, shallow and often too whimsical to be taken seriously, as we will later demonstrate. His focus is also primarily on maximizing human potential, Word Faith, and prosperity. Ashley and Jane's Influencer's 2010 bio reads:
"Under Ashley's leadership, the congregation has grown both in number and influence in many areas."
INFILTRATORS # 2
Meet John & Lisa Bevere. Handsome couple are they not?! Successful, popular and wealthy to boot. And that matters how? Well, to Ashley and Jane Evans it makes all the difference in the world - no point having a conference on success (or their definition of it at least) without having successful people at the helm right? John, and Lisa appear to be regular speakers at these conferences. The problem is that John's doctrine is dodgy as we will demonstrate.
John does not believe in the rapture of the church or the 'catching away' as it is more appropriately known. He belittles the authority of the Scriptures, and places heavy emphasis on ethereal feelings and 'words from the Lord'. He rotates in the same deluded circles as Ashley's previous guests namely the stinky TBN stable of super-dooper stars.
These people, and those giving them any kind of heed are so terribly deluded that it would be laughable if it weren't so tragic. The Paradise Community Church and other apostate hyper-charismatic fellowships have repackaged their product (another gospel) with brightly coloured ribbons and bows and proclaimed it from the hilltops with snappy slogans and unashamed zeal, in order to appeal to the carnal senses and insatiable lusts of their customers (the seekers) who are ever looking to acquire eternal fire insurance without having to pay the premium. Thinking they have filled their barns with wheat they have stored chaff. Thinking they have filled their pens with sheep they have collected goats, and proclaiming themselves to be wise they have altogether become fools!
Should there be any more additions to Ashley's stable of Super-Dooper Stars, we will append this article accordingly.
In other words there's no Holy Spirit driven conviction but rather Ross's 'Sonic Boom' - whatever that is (actually this is where the idea of 'Flatulencers' 2010 arose). Never having seen him perform and having no desire ever to do so, I cannot conclude in all good conscience that Ross is like his stage strutting, self adulating, pontificating, prancing peacock mentor TD Jakes, though I suspect he is given the fact that he and his wife Juliette are co-founders of Breaking the Silence Ministries, Inc. (or should that be "Breaking the Wind Ministries") Like all of the other spruikers at this conference, and those before them, Ross is all about human potential. According to his website, his vision is to empower people to maximize their potential. Not to find saving faith in the Lord Yahshua, not to be rescued from the clutches of damnation, not to mature in holiness and in Christ but to maximize their potential. Ross also appears to be suffering from delusions of grandeur, referring to his wife as the 'First Lady'. 'President' Timothy Ross? Oh please, one imposter is enough.
On the subject of strength, direction and guidance Ross claims to receive them all from The Potter's House church. Not from the Word of God mind you, but from the Potter's House church. Ross heads up a young adult 'ministry' known as Brick House, where attendees are referred to as 'Bricks'. Ross is insistent that Brick House is NOT church!!! Seeing 'Church' simply means ' the called out ones' we would have to agree with him - This is nothing like the church! This is how the website spiel reads:
The Brick House is changing the game! Bible study and fellowship is the focus of this dynamic ministry. In-depth sessions on divine purpose, sex, finances and service in the community help us grow and represent Christ to the best of our God given abilities. (emphasis added)
Notice the Brick House deals only with purpose, sex, finance and community service. There is no mention of godly purity, sacrifice, humility and other Christian disciplines. After a Brick House session, the Bricks are invited to stick around for The After Party. The spiel reads
'The After Party is announced at the conclusion of Bible study and can lead us anywhere from the movies to bowling to skating to comedy clubs. You will never know when the Bricks will take over a venue.'
Take over a venue? What like conquer? Invade? Infiltrate? Where is that in the Word? Where does it say "Go ye therefore and take over the venues for the Kingdom of God is at hand"?
Ross claims the Bricks are on a journey to build the Kingdom of God.
A Few Questions:
Who was it who said His Kingdom was NOT of this world? (John 18:36)
Who was it that said unless the Lord builds the house they who labour do so in vain? (Psalm 127:1)
Who was it that said I will build my church and the authorities of hell will not prevail against it? (Matthew 16:18)
Notice who is doing the construction and who is not!
Ross appears to be yet another delusional Dominionist whose focus is on the pursuit of human potential rather than surrender to the Savior. His mention of community service is interesting in that it follows both Rick Warren's CFR stratagem and the United Nation's Agenda 21 for the construction of a socialist, one world government and faith. It is unlikely that Ross understands whose 'kingdom' he and his 'bricks' are really helping to construct.
Like the other spruikers at Infiltrator's 2010, Ross's view of 'equipping the Saints' is completely different to that of the Scriptures. Believers are to grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and then go into the world, preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and make disciples of all who believe. It mentions nothing of empowering followers to reach their human potential God given or otherwise.
"Impact the world for Jesus" may be a cute, rallying catch cry but is it what believers are called to do? Think about it folks. Does the Great commission instruct us to "Go ye therefore and impact the world making disciples realise their potential?" As U.S. Watchman Paul Proctor notes: "Did Jesus ever try and make the Christian life sound exciting, inviting, fun or adventurous to His followers? When did He ever dangle carrots of self-significance or adventure in front of them for motivation? So why do we repeatedly dangle such carrots today?"
Paul continues... "In my estimation, it is because there is no longer any conviction of sin or sense of foreboding about this fallen kingdom we find ourselves in - or even a longing for another. As far as I can tell, the vast majority of pew warmers today are not passing through to a better place - they're already home."
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever desires to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
After being delivered out of Egypt did Yahweh send Moses and the children of Israel back to 'dialogue' in small groups with Pharaoh or to 'take over his venue', or transform it, or influence it or 'impact it for God"? NO! He called them out to be FOREVER SEPARATE. Was Lot and his family commanded to go back into Sodom to negotiate a truce or broker a compromise with the flaming homosexuals there within? NO! He called them out to be FOREVER SEPARATE. Have we so soon forgotten what happed to Mrs. Lot for casting a fond gaze back?
Paul Proctor notes, "I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jesus Christ did not die on a cross two thousand years ago to change the world, but rather to redeem us from it. By erroneously embracing the former, one foolishly forfeits the latter". 1
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would fight so that I might not be delivered to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here. (John 18:36)
So to sum up, it would appear that young Timothy Ross is yet another ear tickling, back slapping, naive star recruit for yet another perennial Paradise pep rally still after all these years, marching to the beat of a different drum.
And the band played....
Notice what's being said here, by their own admission the congregation's growth is due to Ashley's leadership, not the work of the Holy Spirit. This of course comes as no surprise to the discerning who know that tricks and gimmicks used to lure the lost actually push the Holy Spirit aside, for it is He and He alone who convicts a sinner and draws them to the Messiah, not the clever words of spin doctors such as Mr. Evans.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel; not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. (1 Corinthians 1:17) (Emphasis added)
Notice Paul says that the 'wisdom of words' makes the cross of Christ of no effect. Ashley's 'evangelistic methods' are a far cry from the biblical model where Peter preached the Gospel and the Holy Spirit added to their number.
Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all those afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words he earnestly testified and exhorted, saying, Be saved from this perverse generation. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized. And the same day there were added about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:38-41)
You see, this is what happens when the true Gospel is preached. There are genuine conversions, and the body of Christ grows as a result. Ashley's humanist marketing techniques for church growth may well be putting bums in seats and cash in the coffers, but it is impossible for the true body of Christ to increase in number utilizing this method, save the Holy Spirit convict people in spite of it. As for the 'influence in many areas' component, what influence and in what areas? The truth is that although Evans claims his church's membership is in excess of 10,000 (though that number is highly disputable and varies often and widely), South Australia still has the highest crime rate for the lowest population in the nation. Surely transformed lives lead to transformed communities. In other words, if the Paradise Community Church was having the impact it likes to congratulate itself for, surely it would be reflected in the community, but it is not. So the claim and the reality are not compatible.
The spiel continues,
"Ashley has been successful in helping the church forge a healthy reputation as being relevant, modern and caring."
Healthy reputation, relevant, modern and caring to whom? Where are believers taught to seek the acceptance and favour of the world?To quote Paul Proctor: "Go ye into all the world and be relevant? The word 'relevant' is not even in the Bible neither is the concept when approaching the lost. Believers are not called to blend in, they are called to come out and be separate". As Paul Proctor correctly notes: "...The more relevant one becomes to the enemies of Christ, the more irrelevant they become to God". "Relevancy is not evangelism, it is capitulation". 2Here, here! You see, the underpinning thought of desiring to be relevant to the culture is so that the cowardly Christian, too afraid to face the prospect of being teased or ridiculed or even persecuted for preaching the true Gospel of the Kingdom, might instead say to the lost one, "See, I'm just like you". And how right they are!
While boasting of his church's claimed virtuesEvans fails to mention it's vices... apostate, doctrinally lukewarm, ecumenical and loaded with leaven. But then never let the truth get in the way of a good story right? He has a warped view of what the church should look like and how it will be treated by the world. The true Church - that is the collective of redeemed mankind - according to the Scriptures, though being caring, loving and benevolent will be hated and persecuted by the world. This is partially because (unlike Ashley's version) she refuses to find consensus with it, but moreover because she esteems faithfulness to her Husband over popularity with the world. Ashley's church is actually the antithesis of the biblical church. It is indeed recognized, popular, relevant, modern and apparently caring. Can anyone see what's wrong with this picture? In a television commercial of some vintage aimed at the lost, Evans said of his church "You'll love it!" The truth is, the world and those who belong to it truly will.
And if you were of the world, the world would love what is of it. But you are not of the world, for I have chosen you out of the world; for this cause, the world hate you. (John 15:19)
The spiel goes on:
"Ashley and Jane are recognized for their leadership and wisdom. They are creative leaders who are daring and innovative." (emphasis added)
Well, that all depends who you talk to. You see, where I come from they are also known for their foolishness, worldliness, compromise and outright heresy. And the hierarchy of their church for their idolatry, arrogance, aloofness, haughtiness, resistance to correction and pride.
And just a word on Wisdom....
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool so that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God; for it is written, "He takes the wise in their own craftiness." And again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." Therefore let no one glory in men. For all things are yours, (1 Corinthians 3:18-21)
Frankly, all the bio achieves is to demonstrate that this pair are very clever sales people who know how to spin a good yarn. So, let's have a look at some of their yarns.
From his CD series 'Faith' ($32.00 AUD - ain't nothing free here) Ashley claims that 'atmosphere' determines our ability to believe. What does the Word say about believing? "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). But according to Ashley 'atmosphere' determines our ability to believe. He claims it (atmosphere) determines whether we get a miracle or not, not the Father's will but 'atmosphere'. This CD series teaches deluded listeners how to 'create an atmosphere of faith for miracles'. As if this were not ridiculous enough, Evans pushes the boundary beyond sanity by stating that "Mary's faith pulled Jesus into his miracle ministry."
Ashley, you have completely lost the plot!
Atmosphere is so important to Ashley's 'ministry' that without it he'd be out of a job. The atmosphere to which he refers is actually part of a known psychological brain-washing technique which incorporates the use of carefully selected music, ambient settings, the raised and lowered vocal tone of orators, guided imagery, the group peer dynamic (where like-mindedness (whether in truth or error) perpetuates like-mindedness), focus on sensory environment, the ethereal etc.
Evans pushes the atmosphere theme further in his CD series entitled 'The Certainty of Reaping', ($38.00 AUD) this time referring to it as 'environment' by stating:
"You will learn about the power of your environment and discover that no matter what happens, you can build your future with confidence and certainty."
According to Evans we then are the authors of our own destiny. Does your Bible say that? Are we the authors and perfecter's of our own faith Ashley?
From his series 'Turn Nothing into Something' ($26.00 AUD) (WOW he's good! He JUST did! $26 bucks!) Evans reveals a step-by-step strategy to realizing your dreams. Some of which are:
Learn the power of building a touchable, feelable model. (No, not model, model. See?)
Understand the 'on heat' principle.
Discover why seeing is believing.
Find out how to impregnate your environment with an expectation of change.
On heat principle?? Impregnate your environment??
Is it my imagination or is there something Freudian going on here? Does someone have sex on the brain? As you can see, Ashley's touchy feely, warm and fuzzy teachings would be right at home in any New Age book store! What does the Word of God have to say about the above?
For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves according to their own lusts, tickling the ear. And they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) (emphasis added)
Ashley and Jane have built, all by themselves, their 'ministries' on little more than shrewd, secular business growth strategies. They are not pastors in the true sense of the word, they are business people engaged in networking. Doubt that? consider the following by Greg Stielstra, author of the book PyroMarketing and see if you can't see the similarities, especially on the subject of 'atmosphere'...
"The degree to which people can spread their positive feelings about your product to those around them has more to do with the place than the person (Atmosphere / Environment- Ed). Situations make the salesman, so stop searching for contagious people and look instead for contagious circumstances (Atmosphere / Environment- Ed). Introduce your product into smaller groups of similar people who share a strong emotional attachment to each other and the group can dramatically improve the speed with which it defuses through that community and beyond. Leveraging the conditions that enable social learning and emotional contagion (the medium by which a contagious disease is transmitted - Ed) fans the flames and spreads information, emotion, and your product from one person to the next".
The ability of one person to influence another is powerful and well understood. Just how individual influence expands to affect all populations, though, was a mystery from many years. Why did some trends succeed while others failed? The new science of networks is beginning to unravel the mystery. (Greg Stielstra, PyroMarketing (Harper Business, 2005, pp 163-164.) (emphasis and explanation added)
But the trouble with this kind of method is that it ultimately leads to corruption when one understands how it is being used by those who wish to transform the church into a singular global faith. From their article the Dopamine Driven Church the Discernment Group writes...
"A major reason why the transformational church is being reconstructed into smaller groups is to form a gigantic global network. The purpose is really quite simple: networks expedite the flow of information, easily spread contagious emotion, and best facilitate the marketing of a new product, idea, or theology. When the church is restructured to fit this format, marketing will follow". This is Rick Warren's Frankenstein. This is Bill Hybel's Frankenstein. And this is the Frankenstein Ashley is nurturing. All of them like blind mice running into the beckoning arms of the United Nations and it's coming one world religion.
Secondary to this is the fact that Evans's teachings do not line up with Scripture but in fact mirror the lie in the garden of Eden. Author Dean Gotcher explains...
"Faith does not come by sight but by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God; Eve "saw" the environment (perception: looked to the world, the environment, for the understanding of life, by doing so she made her senses the basis of evaluation for what is good and what is evil in the environment; approach pleasure, pleasure is good, avoid pain, pain is evil, does God's command, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for fear of pain since it was evil becomes a nonsense since perception confirmed to her desires it was pleasurable and therefore the Lord, and varying God's command became irrelevant, since by sight the tree was good and not evil as declared by God), Jesus heard God's written word and spoke it, "but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live". Deuteronomy 8:3 - Emphasis added
Ashley Evans is completely wrong in what he teaches. Discernment must come from the Word of God - not the environment, not the atmosphere, nor by feelings - but by the Word of God alone. When one transcends this truth one enters into irretrievable error as Ashley Evans and the Paradise Community Church have clearly done. Because they have strayed so sharply from Scripture and entered into the realm of the ethereal, Ashley Evan's teachings would best described as secular, Network Marketed , New-Age, Occultic, people pleasing piffle, something to be avoided at all costs!
"The just shall live by faith." Galatians 3:11 (emphasis added)
"We walk by faith not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7
Ashley's wife Jane contributes to the crime with her CD series 'Secrets of An Irresistible Woman'. She quotes the late Audrey Hepburn who apparently said:
"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides."
Is this what the Bible teaches about a woman's beauty?I sometimes wonder whether Ashley and Jane even own a Bible, let alone read it! The Proverbs 31 woman is the essence of femininity according to God. And Paul expounds upon the godly woman in 1 Timothy 2:9-15.
Jane and Audrey have a completely romantic and utterly shallow view of a woman's beauty and worth - one which is inconsistent with both reality and the Scriptures. What this CD series is all about, again, is a wholesale focus on self. Jane says "Every woman has the potential to be irresistible, to be someone who attracts the attention of others. Not attention that comes merely from her physical attributes, but attention that draws others to her heart." What does the Bible have to say about women desiring to be irresistible and drawing attention to themselves? And what does it say about the heart? I can only think of two words to describe this kind of reasoning, simply ridiculous. Jane's CD series 'Your Future Is In Your Mouth' ($32.00 AUD) is more Word Faith hyper-tripe and not worth discussion here. Her series entitled "Social Intelligence" ($26 AUD) apparently borrows heavily from the teachings of occultist Norman Vincent Peale.
In a nutshell Jane's 'ministry' appears to be all about appealing to a woman's vanity and mixing pop psychology with a warped, humanistic version of Christianity. Again, hardly surprising seeing Jane is a trained psychologist. Compare Jane's view of appeal to others with what Isaiah had to say about the Savior. Did He draw our attention to Messiah's beauty or strength or wealth or influence or potential? No! He spoke of the One who had made himself of NO REPUTATION (Phillippians 2:6-7). Isaiah writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit stated that Yahshua, our Savior had no form or comeliness that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and rejected of men. He was a man of sorrows. One acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:2-10) Both Jane and Ashley are driven by appearance. To them what is important is popularity, worldly success and the like. The Scriptures are absolutely opposed to the false, humanistic teachings of the Evans' and explains completely why Ashley, Jane and their contemporaries are so popular with fallen humanity.
At this juncture may we just say that we do not believe Ashley and Jane are deliberately, maliciously or perhaps even knowingly deceiving their followers. It is our observed contention that they, and a throng more like them, are genuinely deceived, believing what they are doing is of God. Compounding this reality and hindering their deliverance is the complete lack of spiritual discernment in the denomination as a whole which we find categorically astounding!
Again U.S. Watchman Paul Proctor comments on the behaviour and consequence of engaging in Seeker Sensitive, Church Growth Movements and their wholesale appeal to the flesh in order to falsely inflate the numbers in the pen as the PCC and many, many others do so shamelessly...
" ...thanks to all of the “expert” help and encouragement from various “Christian” consultants, commentators, psychologists and celebrities, the church has been persuaded by and large that to achieve its “divine” purpose here on Earth it needs to stir a little leaven into the loaf to help it rise to the occasion and achieve it’s full potential."
"Moreover, in the absence of God’s absolutes and our faithful adherence to them, a majority of Christians in and around the church today are learning to dialectically synthesize good and evil so as to find common ground with the enemies of Christ in the interest of evangelism; compromising their convictions for the sake of “unity in diversity” and calling it “love” in order to achieve a universal, be it manufactured peace and oneness with the world through “personal experience,” thereby accommodating everyone’s appetites, including their own; and satisfying as many senses as possible for fun and profit under the grand and glorious guise of “Experiencing God,” whomever yours may happen to be beneath the U.N.’s big tent of tolerance."
This is the "new spirituality" my friends; a humorous hodgepodge of humanism, happenstance, hobby and heresy, laced with just enough paraphrased scripture to give it a Christian taste. After all, who is going to hand over a fist full of cash these days for a book titled “Obeying God?” or show up for a seminar on dying to self?
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” – 1st Corinthians 1:183
"Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear." - 1st Timothy 5:20
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." - Ephesians 5:11
"These scriptures illustrate with crystal clarity the illegitimacy of the church growth movement and its new reformation of sin-tolerant love; a seeker sensitivity that seduces Churchaterians into an effeminate faith that hides behind a positive-only, chit chat, save-my-self-esteem spirituality so as to protect and promote those sacred Results and Relationships that grow apostate fellowships into mega-mausoleums for the living dead by cordially inviting visitors and prospects to "connect" or "plug in" rather than "repent," and "take up thy cross" to follow Jesus as He commands." (Matthew 4:17 & Mark 10:21)4
The Paradise Community Church and others like them fit the above description perfectly. Ashley and Jane head up an organisation which we have dubbed, "the church of the endless gimmick". We use this term because rather than relying on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to draw and convict sinners unto repentance, they, like so many others deluded by the above concept, engage in one circus act after another appealing all the while to the sensory lusts of those they claim are "seeking". Remember the Bible says that God is not mocked, whatever a man sows that also he will reap. When one sows to the flesh one reaps what? DESTRUCTION (Galatians 6:7-8). The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are never satisfied and yet Ashley and his kind believe that it is somehow wise or even clever to appeal to these things and then have the nerve to call that evangelism, and more seriously, those duped by it - converts. Consider this lesson from nature itself...
" The 10 billion or more neurons which make up the vast portion of the brain contain 1 trillion dendrites or more, some neurons containing upwards of 10,000 dendrites each. Dendrites connect neurons to other neurons in the brain via synaptic gaps. It is in these dendrites, or the area of thereof, where the experience of life, of pleasure in this case, is recorded or stored, in many cases all across the brain, like a holograph. Upon first imprinting there is a sense of pleasure experienced, some so strongly imprinted i.e. first love, you may never forget it or get over it. But once this information is experienced, a repeating of the experience, a reinforcing of the imprint within the brain, going over the same pathway, produces less satisfaction or pleasure. Thus an experience which was pleasurable to begin with can become boring (unexciting), the more it is repeated. We thus look for new things in the environment to restore the "rush".
As we have stated on more than one occasion, when one travels this road of sensual appeal in order to attract the 'seeker', one must by consequence, become more and more debase in order to 'relate' to a culture which by attrition must become more and more debase. This is, after all, consistent with the second law of thermo dynamics otherwise known as the problem of entropy - the fact that everything in creation is in a state of perpetual decay, going from order and complexity to disorder and chaos. This is why apostasy NOT revival must precede the return of He who will restore all things. Of course Ashley, Jane and co don't actually acknowledge that theirs is the embodiment of apostasy, they believe it is happening elsewhere around them, you know... in other churches.... hmmm... isn't it is always?
If you check out their Influencer Youth Page you will discover a video speaking of unity among the brethren. Amazingly they use the Babylon analogy of unity in agreement and purpose - whereby nothing was impossible for them because of their common agreement. (See Genesis 11:1-9). Do you remember what God did with these people in Nimrod's day? He visited them with the purpose of confusing their languages and destroying their unity so that they would be scattered abroad, their vain plans thwarted and their human-centric worship crushed. Yahweh was OPPOSED to these people and their vain ambitions, and yet here we have Ashley and company, oblivious to the breathtaking irony in his 'the end always justifies the means' crusade, using the ultimate symbol of unholy defiance to support what they are doing. Talk about delusional! The catch-cry reads... "we have been called to greatness, and greatness through unity!" Where in the Word of God is this call articulated? I can save you the effort of looking - it simply isn't there, it is a doctrine of man. Folks, whether you realise it or not this is blatant ecumenism - the synchronization of faiths under the banner of unity in diversity... and it serves Satan well.
It would not surprise me, once the Infiltrators realise that their ironic stuff up the video will be pulled and they'll act like it was never there in the first place; just like they did with the Beautiful Woman Conference video. These people are seasoned masters of duck and weave. However, anticipating their behaviour we have taken the time to preserve this video for posterity, and in the event it is removed you can download it HERE. (If the link does not take you to the video, right click the link and select 'Save Target As').
Influencers 2010 will therefore be attended by folk with more dollars than sense.
Again Paul Proctor notes:
I would say the greatest failure of the Church today is its unwillingness to say and do the unpopular thing. Too many Christians busy themselves these days trying to come up with new ways of being admired and desired by the world rather than simply being obedient to the Lord they claim to love. With a self-sustaining focus on acquiring evermore results and relationships (i.e., “church growth”) by way of pragmatism and consensus, none of which is biblical, today’s Christians are, by and large, being persuaded and trained week after week to embrace surveys, marketing principles, public relations programs and people skills as their new commandments with dialectically-trained consultants and facilitators posing as prophets and preachers – people pleasers who know how to work the crowd and steer the herd while selectively applying the scriptures as needed to maintain a biblical appearance of righteousness and religiosity. 5
Bevere has a Bachelor's degree in engineering, can host a TV show, spin a good yarn and drive a car; but like US President Barack Obama, is somewhat reticent to produce valid credentials in order to justify his office. It would appear Mr. Bevere is not an ordained Minister at all, which begs the question, "Why on earth does he respond to the title of Reverend, let alone occupy a position of teaching authority in the Church which has on at least one occasion, seen him receive an annual salary in excess of $200,000?"
According to the Influencer's website, Bevere's wife Lisa is described, among other things, as 'edgy'. What's with that? The Oxford Concise Dictionary defines 'edgy' as: nervously irritable; impatient and anxious -hardly fruits of the Spirit, though I am quite confident that what the Evans' mean by 'edgy' is 'cutting edge, daring and innovative'. Nevertheless that is not the common definition of the word and really should have been better thought through. But then if thinking through a matter were Ashley and Jane's forte, Influencers 2010 would not take place at all. However this is superfluous banter, what we need to know is what John and Lisa Bevere believe. We will address one or two issues here and then direct our readers to another site for a more in-depth evaluation on the teachings of John Bevere.
Among many other misunderstandings John Bevere insists there will be no rapture of the church. Typically, Pentecostal teaching concerning the rapture of the church has an unscriptural outcome, I know I was taught it myself. They say that when the Messiah returns the Church, that is the body of believers, is caught up or raptured and then taken to the marriage supper of the lamb while the great tribulation plays out on earth. According to such teaching, after the supper the Lord and his redeemed return to the earth with Him to rule and reign during the millennium. That means however, there must be a third coming, something which is not taught in the Scriptures. Bevere however takes it a radical step to the left by insisting there will be no catching away AT ALL.
Bevere is a Dominionist. Dominionists believe it is their task to Christianise a fallen world forcing it to obey godly principles according to their definition of such, and present it to Christ when He returns. But what do the Scriptures say concerning such a concept? Who presents the church blameless and spotless to whom? Those who have taken the time to study the scriptures know well that it is He Himself who presents the bride to himself not the bride.
"... that He might present it to Himself as the glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that it should be holy and without blemish". (Ephesians 5:27)
Dominionism requires its adherents to engage in some pretty heavy duty theological gymnastics, not to mention the wholesale disregarding of huge amounts of Scripture in order to justify the creed. Bevere has issues with the Rapture or the 'catching away' because of his Dominionist beliefs not because of a lack of Scriptural support. It is my belief that believers will go through at least part of the tribulation but will be preserved by the Lord in the midst of it, in the same way Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego passed through the fiery furnace and were not burned because of He who was in their midst. True believers will go through the trial but will be removed before God's wrath is poured out upon the earth, for we who belong to Him have not been appointed to wrath says the Word of God.
"For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Yahshua the Messiah". (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
He is apparently big on authority - a telling trait of a cult leader. He claims that one should submit to a pastor even if the pastor is wrong. You will not find that in the Word of God because, as with much of what Bevere teaches is vain imagination or worse. Believers are to be obedient to those in authority over them up until the point where that authority violates the commandments of God. If a pastor, an elder or even an Angel from heaven is acting or preaching in a manner contrary to Scripture the believer is not beholden to be obedient to them - got it Bevere?
John Bevere is obviously deeply influenced by the heretical word / faith teachings of Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, John Avanzini, Marilyn Hickey, Paul Crouch, Benny the Hinn and the whole stable of TBN tragics which Ashley seems hellbent on importing here.
Bevere revels in the ethereal and esoteric.
Was a former associate pastor alongside abject loon Benny the Hinn.
Majors on the incessant, incomprehensible babbling known as 'tongues' practiced in many a charismaniac gathering. The Scriptural version of tongues were known languages. (Acts 2:1-8)
Claims that God "told him" that He (God) never intended for His people to get all they needed from His Word. (Under Cover: The Promise of Protection Under His Authority" by John Bevere, pg 147),
Claims that "Yahshua was "restrained from doing any mighty works" (John Bevere, Under Cover Pg 111-112, Leaders Guide) evidently because of the lack of faith of those who followed him - typical word faith trash.
Is a proponent of the latter rain heresy.
Is endorsed by globalist C Peter Wagner.
Preaches regularly at the Family Harvest Church where it is alleged some serious stewardship breaches are occurring among the leadership. Breaches such as expensive jewellery, excessive salaries, boob jobs for pastors wives, daughters and staff, $5000 suits, collections of $30,000 Rolex watches, $100,000-$500,000 cars, three million-dollar houses, private airplanes and the sickening list goes on and on. But you see according to these deceivers, one must live what one is preaching in order to be credible. Unbelievable!
Is big on warning people to not judge their leaders. Sandy Simpson from Deception in the Church.com comments... "Not only is Bevere teaching Christians not to be discerning by calling people who use discernment "critical", he is actually programming them to be like non-believers in the world which highly esteems the virtues of "tolerance". But, most importantly, with heretics like Bevere the underlying purpose for the continual harping on the subject of "don't judge" is to brainwash people into submission to their false teachings and false "moves of the Spirit".
For brevity's sake, rather than restating what many others have observed, please visit the following website for a clear review of John Bevere's misguided teachings... Deception in the Church.com
Suffice it to say John Bevere, like the other Infiltrators gone before him at the Ashley and Jane Show, is someone whose doctrines a discerning Christian should avoid like the plague.