The Maze That I Sometimes See

This is the word that I use to describe some of the things that have taken place within the visible Christian Church within the last four or five decades. There is definitely history involved, in teachings, manifestations and what has transpired during this time. has a  quick overview on some of the aspects which you can view here.  To be candid with you, I still haven’t figured all of it out, but I have backed away from some of it, actually a lot of it, because of excesses, false teachings, false prophecies and what I would deem as false manifestations of God’s Holy Spirit, such as “Holy Laughter” and being “slayed in the spirit”, to name but a couple. 

That’s not to say that I don’t believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not still in operation.  I definitely do, but there is a distinct difference between what I believe is God’s power manifested in us through His Holy Spirit, and the power that can be manifested in others that is not of God. I’ve seen both and experienced the former a few times. One is in accordance with God’s Holy Word and the other is clearly not. The former is totally of God and not planned or anticipated, while the other is orchestrated within and through man, according to their own purposes, as a means of authenticating their so called works in the spirit. I believe that Satan is having a field day distorting spiritual truth and spiritual reality.

I’m not here to argue about any of the various judgements that are available to justify the pros or the cons. It’s not even remotely possible to briefly cover just some of what has transpired throughout these last few decades in a singular post. What I do see however, is Satan trying to warp what is real, so that the reality of what is real is moved away from and most of all, discouraged or offset by Satan producing delusionary signs and wonders, that draw many to seek the signs and wonders, rather than trust and have faith in God Himself and His Holy Word. The work and power of God’s Holy Spirit is entirely of God. The minute you start dispensing (commercializing) what is solely God’s sovereignty, you’re running into serious trouble.

There will be some who write me off because of my differing views about the reality of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I can accept that and I am not offended if you do. In my mind, there are no more Apostles as per the Apostles of the New Testament that Jesus personally gathered together and I personally have never met any modern day Prophets like the Prophets of old. Teachers, for sure, but few and far between. The other gifts as per 1 Corinthians 12:27-29, some yes, some no.

What I do see is Satan taking what is meant for good and distorting it almost beyond recognition. And for the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone can realistically take a good hard look at what is put forward as vibrant Christianity within the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement and even remotely correlate it with God’s Holy Word. 

False teachings, false prophecies and false manifestations of God’s Holy Spirit abound and yet there are those who are drawn to it like a moth is drawn to a light on a dark night. The sovereignty and purposes of God are continually violated and it matters not.  One of the flagships of the NAR movement is the website called “The Elijah List” where prophetic words, news and prophecies are propagated 24/7 with hardly a crumb of Biblical discernment being exercised or tested. It’s almost like there is a need within some, to be within the movement that fosters all, to be as God, versus subject to God. The subtly and association with Satan’s words in the Garden of Eden are noteworthy (Genesis 3:5). 

Matthew 7:22-23 NASB
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Lawlessness, that is where God’s ways and thoughts are supplanted or replaced with our own. Satan, as you recall, had/has the same problem (Isaiah 14:12-14).

There is a distinct difference between the thoughts and ways of man (lawlessness), as opposed to the thoughts and ways of God. And God’s thoughts and ways are declared in the whole counsel of His Holy Word, and in the person of His Son, and if we ignore His thoughts and ways, and the warning of His Son, we his sheep, do so at our own peril.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. Good morning, Bruce. I appreciate your good thoughts here. We have differing views on what I would call the apostolic sign gifts, but we agree that a segment of the church has elevated subjective experiences and emotions (religious euphoria) over God’s Word and Scriptural doctrine.


  2. You absolutely nailed it, Bruce. What comes to mind is 2 Thessalonians 2:11: “For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false.” This delusion is spreading and growing by the day.


  3. As I have shared before, I was led astray by Word of Faith/ NAR back in the 80s and 90s. I was seeking God with all my heart, yet God allowed this to happen to me. This tells me that many of the people who are deceived by these false teachings are victims. And that sheds new light on the danger of allowing false teaching to continue unhindered. There will be victims!
    So thank you for exposing the false teaching of Word of Faith and NAR. Not all pastors are willing to stand against it. But they should. God bless you, Bruce!


  4. Bruce, I know I should not be amazed when I see kind, intelligent people succumb to strong delusions, for the Lord told us it would be so. Nevertheless I find myself perplexed and scratching my head in wonder every time. It is a heartbreak to see. Blessings to you and Peggy today.


    • Hi Kim! You’re not alone with regard to being perplexed or scratching your head. And you’re also right about it being sad. I keep thinking that a switch has been turned off that I am not aware of, because it just doesn’t make sense and appears so obvious at times. God’s continued blessings to you and yours, Kim!

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  5. There are two extremes on this issue, as I believe you pointed out. One, I believe, is to deny that we can be led by the Spirit at all, so as to deny the gifts of the Spirit, or just the miracle ones. And the other is to go wild and crazy with all sorts of stuff that is clearly in direct opposition to the teachings of Scripture and which does not fit with the fruit of the Spirit, including self-control. So, this is why we are instructed to test the spirits against the teachings of Scripture (in context), but we should do so also as is relevant under the New Covenant. For the gifts are not dead and neither is the teaching that says we are to be led by the Spirit. But we cannot follow our emotions and claim that is the Holy Spirit leading us. But this requires much spiritual discernment. For there is a Scripture which warns us against putting out the Spirit’s fire, and I think that is the same one that says we should test the spirits.


    • Hi Sue, I agree with all of your statements. In particular, the aspect of self-control, plus decency and order. The gifts of the Holy Spirit glorify God, they do not mock Him, nor do they mock His true sheep. And God is sovereign in giving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His will, we don’t get to pick and choose according to our will. Asking for is one thing, expecting for all is another. And testing all things is absolutely necessary. This is a heavy topic and deception abounds because these gifts operate in God’s power, according to His glory, and not our own. Satan loves to defy and mock God’s glory and His power. But when he does so, he violates God’s Word. Problem being, many flock to experience the self glorification in the alleged manifestation, without verifying and acknowledging the source. As you indicated, much spiritual discernment is needed. Thank you for your thoughts, Sue. Much appreciated. God’s continued blessings on you and yours! ❤️

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      • Bruce, I totally agree. You articulated this subject very well. My concerns exactly. There is so much abuse of the gifts. And thank you for the blessings. I am still praying for you and Peg. Hope you are both doing well.


      • Thanks, Sue. Peg’s hip replacement is coming along very well. No pain there anymore, whatsoever. Peg’s dementia is still an issue but God’s grace is humbling. Thank you for your prayers, you and Rick are in my daily prayers also!

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