Which River Do You Drink From?

John 7:38-39 NASB
The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He said in reference to the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

1 Timothy 4:1 NASB
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,”

Every once in a while it seems that God directs me into a particular theme or vein of thought that brings a number of Scriptures together for me. All of you know that I am just an ordinary Christian layperson. I’m thinking that I’m pretty average when it comes to grey cells and natural abilities. And although some might think that I give the impression that I know all that there is to know about God and the Bible, such is clearly not the case. Actually, not even close. But I am a student of God’s Holy Word and sometimes God does bring things together for me. Am I infallible? No, I am not, not by a long shot. 

Sometimes I use this blog as a means of sharing what God is revealing to me. Sometimes some of you may agree with what I share and sometimes not. That is fine, I understand that. All of us have different life experiences and different perceptions that have been built up over time. I know from my own life experiences, that many of the concepts that I adhered to, especially in my younger days, have changed over time, as I have compared my way of thinking with what God’s Word reveals to God’s way of thinking. 

Most of you know that I have spent an inordinate amount of time researching and studying the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. I am of the opinion that the subtleties of deviation, from orthodox Christian doctrines, that the NAR movement adheres to, are many and of great concern. The other day, a clarification came to me that exactly incapsulated the difference between orthodox Christian doctrines and NAR doctrines, and this is the clarification:

Orthodox Christian doctrines define our Christian experience. In other words, that which we experience is to be in accordance with the whole counsel of God, as contained within God’s Holy Word. The difference with the doctrines what come out of the NAR movement, is that from their perspective, our experiences determine the framework of the doctrines they adhere to, and they are not one and the same. In fact, they are the exact opposite.

One is driven by man’s experience and the other is driven by adherence to the framework of the completeness of what God has revealed of Himself, and His will, in His Holy Word.

The shift is subtle but most effective, in fact it is catching on like wild fire, expanding its tentacles in all directions simultaneously, in all of its seven Dominionism related objectives.

False apostles abound.
False prophets abound.
False prophecies abound.
False doctrines abound.
False signs and wonders abound.

Jesus told us that this would happen near the end of the latter days and so did the Apostle Paul, so this should not come as a complete shock.

So, where are they? Who else is so well organized and structured to propagate false apostles, prophets, prophecies, doctrines and signs and wonders?

There is a river that we can drink of that is not from our heavenly Father, nor of the Son, nor of God’s Holy Spirit. Be careful, very careful, from which river you drink from.

This is the word of my understanding that I share with you. You may consider it or reject it, the choice is yours. But what I share is from my heart.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. Bruce, I encourage you to keep up the good fight of the faith. I like something our youth pastor said last week, “We have to proclaim the Gospel. It’s not our job to sell it.” That encourages me to keep speaking the truth regardless of how much push-back I receive. I, for one, am very thankful for your research and valuable resources. We must obey the Word of God and then trust the Lord with the rest. It always comes back to that, doesn’t it? Trust and obey, for there’s no other way. Many blessings to you and yours this beautiful Sunday morning!

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    • Thanks Cindy. You have no idea of how many times that same little hymn has come to my mind! I don’t need to understand all the moving parts, I only need to be faithful to His leading. And, all things considered, I am grateful for that grace. You are a blessing, Cindy, keep shining!

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  2. 100% agree. I would like to think that simply adhering to the written Word of God would be sufficient, but for those who have been subtly indoctrinated to some of these false teachings, their basic concept of how to interpret and understand scripture has been corrupted such that reading the same passage results in a different understanding (i.e. they have been trained to hold different presuppositions). You touch on this with your main point that doctrine should be derived from scripture and not from experience. This is difficult because to some extent we all read scripture through the lens of our experience (which you also touch upon).

    You see the same sort of thing with the Russelites (JWs), with the 7th Day Adventists, and virtually every Christian cult. They carefully train their adherents in how to read and understand the scriptures “properly.” Even the Roman Catholic church forbade reading scripture translations in the vernacular well into the modern era, claiming that people would not interpret it properly.

    Praise the Lord that He is the Good Shepherd who loses none that the Father gives Him. The Holy Spirit (the true River of Living Water) is faithful and effective to lead all the Father has chosen out of error and into truth, for His glory. Ours is to contend for the faith once given, and earnestly seek the salvation of those who are deceiving and being deceived. God bless you for your role in contending for the truth and sufficiency and authority of scripture. May the Lord bless and use your efforts mightily.

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    • Thank you Craig, that means a lot. I was just saying to Cindy that I don’t need to understand all the moving parts, just be faithful to what God directs me to do and leave the rest to Him. Sometimes, actually a lot of times, I marvel at His grace. Have a blessed day brother and thank you again!

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  3. The “which water bottle” is a really good thing to bring forward Bruce. We all drink from some kind of container. It’s too bad many want a lot of sugar and other things not good for them rather than the pure water of the genuine non-deluded Word of God.

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    • I’m pretty sure that was a “river”, but no problem, I know what you mean. The genuine non-diluted (as opposed to non-deluded) Word of God, was the clincher! Sorry Gary, I couldn’t help myself. 🙂 Blessings brother!

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      • Good catch Bruce. “which river” is a better description than a water bottle. God’s river will never run dry no matter how much you drink…no need to sip and save for later.


  4. This makes me think of one of my favorite scriptures. My sister gave it to me when I was having a hard time at work. “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
    God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day. Psalm 46:4,5
    Thanks Bruce.

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