Subj: Delusion Apostasy Watch News 12-20-99
Date: 12/20/1999 9:00:52 AM Pacific Standard Time
QUOTE WITHOUT COMMENT
"I can only express the hope, and indeed the confidence, that those that regard me as the heretic will hardly blame me for expressing my own conviction." (G.K. Chesterton)
TRAFFICKING WITH DEMONS
by David Liben
Recent questions on two e-mail discussion forums requested information on the teachings of Neil Anderson. Respondents referred to part one of a multipart series available for reading on Neil Anderson at the Christian Research Institute website (http://www.equip.org), an article on Dr. Anderson at Personal Freedom Outreach (http://www.pfo.org/wdemons.htm), and a "polemic paper" by the late Miles Stanford (http://www.ezlink.com/~trbranch/neil_anderson.htm). Some of Dr. Anderson's teachings can be found on his own website (http://www.freedominchrist.com).
In addition to the CRI, PFO, and Miles J. Stanford material on Dr. Neil T. Anderson available online, Stanford also wrote another polemic paper on what he called "Charismatic demonism" (last revised April 1995), which I've reproduced below (it's not available online). Miles and I did not see eye-to-eye on Pentecostal-Charismatics, all of whom he tended to put in one very leaky boat. But he is no longer here to defend his position, which I believe he came to with a sincere heart, so let's lay that particular point aside. In fact, Pentecostals are clearly divided on this issue. The best material I've seen so far on understanding scriptural spiritual warfare (as opposed to that taught by Anderson and others) is an excerpt from Dr. Opal Reddin of the Assemblies of God, included in her book, "Power Encounter: A Pentecostal Perspective" (Opal L. Reddin, editor, revised edition, © 1999), available online at Jewel van der Merwe's website (http://www.discernment-ministries.com).
Spiritual Warfare issues are important to consider, because they serve as the basis for much of the activity that has been "successfully" transforming most of the visible Church. They will also be the topic of a "consultation" scheduled by the Lausanne Theology Strategy Working Group and Intercessory Working Group for August 16-22, 2000, in Nairobi, Kenya, entitled "Deliver us from Evil." The Consultation Introduction states, in part:
"There has been a greatly heightened interest in this subject [spiritual warfare] in Evangelical circles in the last decade or so. This, however, was preceded by trends that built up this interest... The West has been invaded by occult ideas and practices from the East since the 1960's. This is seen in the high interest in New Age ideas... Pentecostal and Charismatic churches have grown greatly with their openness to new spiritual experiences and the practice of exorcism... There are fuzzy borders and a variety of interpretations and practices on issues like prayer in spiritual warfare, possession, demonization, territorial spirits etc. What is the Biblical, extra Biblical and non Biblical/Christian?... We will endeavor to have represented in the Consultation a broad spread of the different views currently held on the subject in the hope that any new understandings gained may be communicated to people of different strands of spirituality through their own networks. The speakers will include both academics and practitioners" (http://www.lausanne.org/dufe/introduc.htm).
Miles J. Stanford
840 Vindicator Drive, #111
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Doctrinally sound, non-Charismatic churches have been greatly harmed during the past quarter century by the Charismatic tongues and healing movement. And, sad to say, the devastation continues to accelerate. The inevitable and most dangerous aspect of Charismatic influence, _demonism_, is now asserting itself throughout the non-charismatic realm. Dr. Neil T. Anderson and Dr. C. Peter Wagner are presently the most conspicuous and vocal leaders in this demon orientation. Infiltration and subversion are the primary tactics by which individuals and churches are brought under this Charismatic control. Today the flash-in-the-pan Promise Keepers extravaganza is luring many non-charismatic individuals and churches into its vortex, and thereby causing disruption and division in churches across the country.
This paper concerns Charismatic demonism and its present relationship to evangelical schools -- the primary source of leadership in the churches. The astounding thing is that this situation is not a matter of subversive infiltration, but of official academic _acceptance_! The following _partial_ listing of evangelical schools shows Charismatic demon-oriented faculty members in good standing, teaching fully accredited classes on full-fledged Charismatic "demonism."
_All_ of these "deliverance" professors teach that while the Christian cannot be "possessed" (owned) by demons, they can be "demonized" (indwelt) by demons. _All_ of these Charismatic leaders teach the _same_ demonism line, cooperate and are in full sympathy with such Charismatic ministries as The Third Wave; Signs, Wonders and Church Growth; Power Encounter; Power Evangelism; The Manifest Sons of God; Shepherding-Discipling; The Kansas City Connection; and Grace Ministries. _All_ of these men teach the same concerning demonism as do Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, James Robison, Robert Tilton, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and others. It was Kenneth Hagin who spoke for all of these men when he wrote: "Doctrine doesn't unify. It divides. It doesn't matter what your doctrine is. We'll be unified by the Spirit of God, when we drop our silly list of doctrinal demands and come together in the unity of faith ("Believer's Voice of Victory," Dec. 1988).
 Biola University/Talbot School of Theology
Several phases of Power Encounter are taught at Biola/Talbot by Dr. Lloyd E. Kwast, Dr. John Louwerers (adjunct), and until recently, Dr. Neil T. Anderson. Dr. Anderson is now Director of Freedom in Christ Ministries, through which he holds extensive seminars and conferences on Spiritual Conflicts and Counseling, which are mainly designed to free Christians from demonization. Two of the many books he has written are "The Bondage Breaker" (Harvest House, 1990) and "Victor Over the Darkness" (Regal Books, 1990). Concerning the Christian life, these books are practically identical to David Needham's "Birthright," Charles Solomon's "Handbook to Happiness," Bill Gillham's "Lifetime Guarantee," and Bob George's "Classic Christianity."
For Dr. Anderson's more recent book, "Setting Your Church Free" (Gospel Light, 1994), Dr. Charles "Chuck" Swindoll, president of Dallas Theological Seminary, wrote his recommendation on the dust-jacket as follows: "Neil Anderson is one of the most experienced and dependable authorities in America today when it comes to knowing what the Bible says about: the methods, goals and destiny of our adversary, the devil; what our super defense system is; how to make the correct diagnosis in order to find deliverance from demons; and how to implement a calm, practical, workable plan from Scripture that results in freedom and victory for the child of God."
Dr. Anderson's ministry is disqualified not only because of his "demonism" and one-naturism, but by the fact that he has substituted Satan and demons for the scriptural source of all sins -- the fleshly, Adamic old man; self himself! He has bypassed the heart of the Christian's freedom from the reign of sin, self, the law, Satan, and the world by omitting the _Cross_ of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 2:20)! In his "Victory Over the Darkness," Dr. Anderson teaches, similarly to those above, that the Adamic "old man" is gone (eradicated) (pp. 76-81, 84, 199). The residuary is the "flesh": "During the years you spent separated from God, your worldly experiences thoroughly programmed your brain with thought patterns, memory traces, responses and habits which are alien to God. So even though your old skipper is gone, your flesh remains in opposition to God as a preprogrammed propensity to sin (p. 80).
 Seattle Pacific University
Seattle Pacific is Charismatic Arminian, similar to Taylor University, Asbury Bible College, and Houghton Bible College. We include it here because of the director of the school's Intercultural Institute of Missions, Dr. F. Douglas Pennoyer. He also conducts seminars far and wide on Spiritual Warfare, and is co-editor, with Dr. C. Peter Wagner, of "Wrestling With Dark Angels" (regal Books, 1990).
 Moody Bible Institute
We have stated elsewhere the involvement of MBI and Moody Press in the teaching and promotion of Charismatic "demonism." [See, for example, "C. Fred Dickason: Demon Possession the Christian" by Miles J. Stanford, April 1988.]
 Multnomah School of the Bible
Dr. Joseph C. Aldrich, president of Multnomah, is a leader in the Greater Portland Summit prayer groups, consisting mainly of Charismatic pastors, who carry on Spiritual Warfare in an attempt to dislodge the supposed territorial spirits, the hierarchy of dark angels stationed above Portland to hold the city in bondage to Satan. Dr. Aldrich has at least one professor on his Multnomah faculty who teaches Spiritual Warfare to the students and instructs them in casting demons out of Christians. Dr. John W. Lawrence stated his methods to the Multnomah faculty in a "Spiritual Warfare" paper. Prepare yourself:
"The cardinal doctrine of this deliverance work is that you only work with _believers_. What good would it do to a cast a demon from an unbeliever? If we did, seven more would come who would be more wicked than the first one and inhabit this person. Therefore you would not be doing him a favor. I ask the Lord [actually, he instructs Him] to build a box [Dr. Ed Murphy utilizes the stomach] so that the demons I am dealing with must be in the box and isolated from all other demons. Moreover, he must be a naked demon so that he cannot bring anything into the box -- no robes, armor, weapons, etc. If someone would ask, "Where in Scripture do you find a box?" my answer is, nowhere. But the Lord also said if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And it is not the Lord's will that these demons continue to harass the child of God. We are to fight against them and clear the ground."
 Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Trinity has two faculty members, Dr. Wayne Grudem and Dr. Timothy Warner, who teach Power Encounter, including the belief that Christians can be indwelt by demons. Dr. Warner's course, "Power Encounter in Missionary Ministry," is the most popular elective course at Trinity. In 1988, Dr. Warner delivered the annual Church Growth Lectures, sponsored by the School of World Missions of Fuller Seminary. At one point in his theme, "the Power Encounter and World Evangelization," he stated, "I have come to believe that Satan does indeed assign a demon or corps of demons to every geopolitical unit in the world." This has to do with the latest Power Encounter fad, that of Satan delegating high-ranking members of his hierarchy of demons to control nations, regions, cities, tribes, people groups, neighborhoods, and other significant social networks of human beings throughout the world. Shades of Frank Peretti. Since these Charismatic "Encounter" and "deliverance" people do not have doctrine to work with, they must resort to testimonies and stories. Think of Dr. Timothy Warner sharing this lying wonder:
"A Christian man was experiencing a deep spiritual depression from which he could not find relief. A counselor asked him if anything else significant happened in his life about the time of the onset of his depression. The man replied that, in fact, it was about the time someone prayed for him, and his congenitally shortened leg was made whole for the first time in his life. The counselor then suggested that it was possible that the healing was by demonic power and that the price of the healing was depression. The man immediately said that if the healing was not from God he renounced it. Whereupon his leg shriveled up again, but he lost his spiritual depression ("Wrestling With Dark Angels," p. 111).
 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Robert Cooley, president of the seminary, is Pentecostal (Assembly of God). Dr. Jeffrey J. Neuhaus, of the faculty, teaches power Encounter to Gordon-Conwell students, and others.
 San Jose Bible College
Dr. Ed Murphy teaches an annual course at San Jose on Spiritual Warfare. This course is an outgrowth of his personal _experience_ with "demons" who affected his family, and a series of encounters with "demonized" students while he was teaching at Biola University. These "deliverers" may not see "demons" in every bush or doorknob, but when it comes to people... Dr. Murphy is also vice president and director of the International Ministry Team of Overseas Crusades. He travels throughout the world, teaching Power Encounter spiritual warfare.
 Columbia International University
Until recently, the school was named Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions. Dr. Robertson McQuilkin has been president for many years, and now Dr. Johnny Miller heads the school. Dr. Ralph W. Neighbor, Jr., president of Touch Outreach Ministries, is Director of Church Planting at the University. He teaches the Charismatic cell church concept, patterned after Yonggi Cho's gargantuan cell church in Korea. Dr. Neighbor's primary textbook is his "Where Do We Go From Here? -- A Guidebook for the Cell Group Church" (Touch Publications, Inc., Houston, 1990, 462 pages). The contents are typical Charismatic:
"When your original cell group experiences the power of God in their midst, healing of bodies and minds will take place, along with the discernment of demonic strongholds" (p. 420).
"Reports from the foreign cell churches include stories of many miracles which are taking place, including a well-documented statement about the raising of a cell group member from death while the members circled the coffin, earnestly praying for his recovery. The small village was so stunned by the miracle that nearly every person made a commitment to follow Christ" (p. 30).
 Fuller Seminary School of Missions
Fuller literally swarms with Charismatic students and faculty members. Dr. David Hubbard, until recently president, has a Pentecostal background. Dr. Russell Spittler, dean of the Seminary, is Pentecostal. Some of the faculty members of the Fuller School of Missions who advocate Power Encounter are Drs. Edgar J. Elliston, Paul E. Pierson, R. Daniel Shaw, Eddie Gibbs, Dean S. Gililand, Charles Van Engen, J. Dudley Woodberry, and Charles H. Kraft. [See addendum below.]
Think of the spiritual condition of evangelical school leadership that would subject students, future pastors and missionaries, to this unbiblical Charismatic demonization. Consider the condition of a theological college or seminary that would offer courses on a dangerous subject that has no doctrinal (or even sane) ground whatsoever.
There is not a word in the Word that so much as indicates that a member of the Body of the glorified Lord Jesus Christ can be indwelt by demons. Nor is there a single word of instruction as to casting demons out of Christians. Instruction is clearly given, however, for dealing with _sin and its source_ -- the indwelling Adamic life and nature, the _positionally_ crucified "old man." These instructions are given to the believer, without demons so much as being mentioned. Dear friend, avoid these people like the plague that they carry. "Mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them" (Rom. 16:17).
[Note: Miles wrote at least three other polemic papers on the subject of Charismatic demonism/spiritual warfare. One of them, "The Day of the Demon" (March 1994), "concerns the present-day craze of so-called spiritual warfare in the Church in general, and Foreign Missions in particular." In this paper, Miles had more to say about Fuller Seminary, which I've reproduced below. In addition, I would point out that Dr. Ralph D. Winter was on the faculty of their School of World Mission, under the headship of its founder, C. Peter Wagner, before starting the parachurch agency that became the multi-billion dollar U.S. Center for World Mission, the organization which created the AD2000 Beyond Movement, which created Mission America, which created the Lighthouse Movement. This is also where the late John Wimber taught his infamous "Signs and Wonders" course, MC510, from 1982 to 1986.]
Fuller Seminary School of World Mission is probably the most insidious influence of all upon missions, with its "group salvation," and its overriding demon warfare teaching. The school held an Academic Symposium on Power Evangelism, with some 40 representatives of Christian schools in attendance. These "were desirous of seeing substantially expanded offerings related to power ministries in future curriculum designs in their schools -- both for local church ministries, and for world evangelism" (Wagner and Pennoyer, "Wrestling With Dark Angels," p. 7). Principal speakers were: Wagner, Wimber, Anderson, Warner, and Murphy.
Dr. C. Peter Wagner is Professor of Church growth at Fuller. One of his present specialties is teaching (not only at Fuller) concerning "Territorial Strongholds." Gary Kinnaman explains: "These strongholds represent the hierarchy of dark beings who are strategically arranged by Satan himself to influence and control nations, communities, and even families. Certain demonic forces mass to different regions to fortify particular kinds of evil. Certain cities will be strongholds of idolatry, sensual sins or certain types of religious spirits ("Overcoming the Dominion of Darkness," p. 54).
It would seem that Colorado Springs is fast becoming a "Charismatic Stronghold!" [Well, in any case it has become a gathering place for New Apostolic Reformation and World Christian Movement parachurch agencies. Despite (or because of?) the presence of so many "spiritual warriors" the location remains (they say) a hotspot of demonic activity.] The late Jamie Buckingham told Dr. Wagner that "former Secretary of the Interior, (charismatic) James Watt, through sensitives acquired in his past association with the occult, perceives dark spirits over Washington, D.C., assigned to the White House" ("Wrestling With Dark Angels," p. 80). Dr. Wagner is well-known for his account of the twelve-foot demon (did he have 12 feet?) with the glowing green eyes that invaded his wife's bedroom; also of the "smelly" (sulphuric, of course) demons that occupied his garage. [End of Stanford material.]
Now, Dr. Wagner is openly referring to himself as an Apostle, serving, in fact, as the head Apostle over a global "network of networks" of apostles -- and prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, and servants of all stripes. This network more and more comes to resemble, with each passing day, the Roman Catholic hierarchy, which it cannot long remain separated from. Please see the Wagner memo on the "Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders" (at http://www.wpccs.org/update001.cfm).
Even now, many Christian we correspond with are merely amused by Dr. Wagner, and although this a natural reaction, he is nonetheless a very powerful, very dangerous man, who, by his own admission, was indwelt by a demon for ten years, during which time he developed his church growth strategies. A man to be taken very seriously. One researcher, who has been on his trail for years, recently wrote in response to the ACPE memo:
"The 'Apostle' Peter has spoken -- not from prophetic insight but from the advantageous viewpoint of one who has helped to spearhead a global social movement that has been successfully implemented using sophisticated mind control techniques, the dialectic process, and general systems theory coupled with ELF technology. This movement is a military action the likes of which the world has never seen. The strategies are diabolical, the tactics as subtle as the serpent used to beguile Eve. The end result will be tyranny."
Dr. Wagner began his descent into demonism with his close association with the late John Wimber. I believe that the most significant influence John Wimber had on Dr. Wagner was in this area. It was Wimber who convinced Wagner that the good doctor was himself demon-possessed. Wagner describes his headache-demon on page 59 of "Confronting the Powers" (Regal Books, 1996), as quoted in "The Worst of Dr. C. Peter Wagner & Company," another polemic paper by the late Miles J. Stanford (available without cost from http://www.ezlink.com/~trbranch/milesj.htm):
"Beginning in the early 70s I suffered severe headaches for 10 consecutive years. It was so bad that at one point I had no relief from pain at all for 70 days and 70 nights. No available pain killer could stop the headaches. Then in 1983, John Wimber received a rhema word from God that the root cause of my headaches had been a demon and that I was to drive it out myself rather than ask someone else to do it for me. I obeyed. I cast out the demon in the name of Jesus, and I have not suffered any such headaches since that day."
Those interested in Wimber and his trafficking with demons (I don't know a better way to describe it) really need to read Nancy Flint's eyewitness narrative of her time under the pastorship of John Wimber (March 1977 to December 1978), available online (at http://www.geocities.com/~contenders/flint.htm).
David and Linda Liben
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