Outcome Based Religion
The Rise of Charismaticism
This section of the report has not been an easy task for me having, since my new birth, been raised in Charismatic circles. I have literally been brought back to the very foundations of my faith to discard much of what was taught to me there. It has truly been a soul shaking exercise, one for which I praise the Lord. Firstly, the sobering reality is that much of what is taught in charismatic ‘churches’ is patently false and highly unscriptural as we will demonstrate herein. Cherry picking Scriptures and outright verse twisting in order to make the infallible Word of the Living God conform to the fallible doctrines of man is the order of the day. It is excused, ignored and in too many instances actually encouraged, and herein lies the problem. Mikael Knighton of “Christians Standing with Israel” so aptly explains:
‘While it may well be convenient and indeed ‘liberating’ to be free to conform the Word of God to what we like to believe and to what sounds and feels appealing, it is at the very least inviting apostasy to allow Scripture to be led by our beliefs rather than our beliefs being led by Scripture. When people seek to ‘mould’ and ‘conform’ the Word of God into what they, in their puerile, little minds define as ‘truth’, one fully customizable to their agendas, they then neither require nor revere the one and only truth, and in so doing proclaim that the Father’s ways are in sync with their own – such is the delusion of many within this movement’.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
“The ‘word of man’, as it were, unlike the Word of God, is spiritually impotent. It is incapable of reaching a lost world”.1
Church Growth exponents would do well to bear that in mind – sadly they wont.
Secondly, one only need examine the behaviour and indeed ‘fruit’ of these end time prophets to
adjudicate the validity of the movement to which they belong. The likes of
Brian Houston of Hillsong fame, who insists that
rather than a contrite, repentant heart what believers need more of is money.
Research for the following is credited to Mac Dominick and direct quotations are taken from his book, “Outcome Based Religion, Purpose, Apostasy and the New Paradigm Church”.
The Charismatic Movement
The 1970s began what has come to be known as the “Age of Deception.” This deception was characterized by the influx of pantheistic principles in the 1960s that by the mid-70s became infused with Christian terms, and will eventually culminate in the One World Religion of Antichrist. A major contributing factor to this deception was the “Second Wave” of the Charismatic Movement that both rolled over and began to permeate Evangelical and Fundamentalist circles. The roots of the Charismatic Movement are anything but Bible-based, and the dangers reach far deeper than most Christians realize.
In John 8:44, Y’shua very clearly warned that Satan is a liar. He not only spreads lies into the general population of mankind, his false teachers disseminate these lies among the believers in the church. As the 20th Century dawned, Satan began to reiterate the same old lies that worked so well for his cause in the past. However, with the realization that his time was growing short, he took his strategy just one step further. These lies have become very transparent as time has progressed, but the gullible masses of humanity still seem to be falling for the same old lines:
· Men are gods
· Men may become gods
· Men may become like God
· Faith is a “law’ or “force” that may be activated by anyone - believer or not
· The ability to perform miracles, signs, and wonders is latent within all; we need but learn the techniques that activate the spiritual laws upon which faith is based
· God is bound by these spiritual laws, and must respond to anyone – even His worst enemies – who exercises knowledge of them
· As “gods” (“divine beings”) we have the “divine right” to health and prosperity
· Y’shua is our “Elder Brother” who mastered the spiritual laws of nature, and is therefore our example to do the same
· Men may become perfected spiritually and physically by mastering these spiritual laws
Not one of these statements is true, yet these are the very foundation of modern Charismatic and Dominion theologies. Notable Charismatic figures Benny HInn, Kenneth Copeland, and Kenneth Hagin (deceased) espouse philosophies and doctrines more akin to pantheism, eastern mysticism, and occultism than Christianity. For example, Benny Hinn has reportedly been to the graves of noted First Wave Charismatics Aimee Semple McPherson and Kathryn Kuhlman to receive an anointing from their bones. 2
This macabre, paranormal practice is nothing new. While this may sound as if this practice originated with Mary Shelley in Frankenstein, Adolf Hitler actually sent his SS troops to the cemetery with their wives in order to conceive children on the graves of famous Aryans. He believed that the spirit of the child conceived would receive a special anointing from the bones of those who lay in the graves. This paranormal occult practice is now parroted by leading Charismatic preacher and author, Benny Hinn. Even with such unthinkable acts of Luciferic lunacy such as this, the Charismatic Movement rose in three waves that rolled as tidal waves over the entire span of the 20th Century.
Among the more notable of those who exercised the methods of modern Charismatics were Joseph Smith and others in the hierarchy of early Mormonism. Joseph Smith himself related:
“’…At one of our interviews Brother Brigham Young and
John P. Greene spoke in tongues, …and
I received the gift myself’ (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, volume 1, pp.
295-97). Two of Smith’s four dozen or so wives wrote of their experiences of speaking in tongues. These were Mary Lightner and Zina Huntington…Zina ‘received the gift of tongues.’ Later, at the Mormon
Firstly, Mormon doctrine is not Christian. Mormons teach that all human beings were born as
spirit children of God and His wives. The oldest child became known as Y’shua,
the second oldest Satan. As the spirit children achieved certain goals in the
spirit world, they were given a body and birthed into our physical world. Those
who follow the teachings of the Mormon Church and are married in a
The history of the Charismatic Movement can be succinctly presented as follows: 4
Wave 1---Old or Classic Pentecostalism
Wave 2---Charismatic Renewal
1960—The modern Charismatic Movement began in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Van Nuys, California
1962 – The glossolalia phenomenon broke out at
1967---Spring Vacation--- 30 zealous Catholics in the Notre Dame area received the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit.”
1974---30,000Catholic Charismatics held a conference at Notre Dame
1977---Kansas City Charismatic Conference, 50,000 participants---almost half were Roman Catholic
1977---The AP reported 10,000,000 Charismatics in the U.S.
1983—Jan. 18 Christianity Today reported Assemblies of God as the fastest growing US denomination. At that time there were 1,700,000 members, and growing fast
Wave 3—Signs and Wonders Movement—stresses more the gift of prophesy and healing than tongues
1983—“Third Wave” Coined by Peter Wagner
“…we are now in the third wave. I see the third wave of the eighties as an opening of the straight-line evangelicals and other Christians to the Supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that the Pentecostals and Charismatics have experienced, but without becoming either Charismatic or Pentecostal.” 5
In 1914, Charles Shumway diligently sought evidence to prove that early Pentecostal tongues were real languages. He failed to produce even one person to corroborate the claims…” 6
One of the most interesting aspects of the events at
To speak foreign languages was regarded then, as it is now, as a rare and valuable endowment. Yet in Paul’s day some were glowing with pride at the accolades they were receiving from other believers for this talent. Paul sets out in this verse to correct this troubling trend.
With regards to the language of angels… Paul says if I were endowed with the faculty of eloquence and persuasion which we attribute to them; and the power of speaking to any of the human family with the power which they have. The language of angels here seems to be used to denote the highest power of using language, or of the most elevated faculty of eloquence and speech. It is evidently derived from the idea that the angels are “superior” in all respects to human beings; that they must have endowments in advance of all which man can have. It may possibly have reference to the idea that they must have some mode of communicating their ideas one to another, and that this dialect or mode must be far superior to that which is employed by man.
Man is imperfect. All his modes of communication are defective. We attribute to the angels the idea of perfection; and the idea here is, that even though a man had a far higher faculty of speaking languages than would be included in the endowment of speaking all the languages of human beings as people speak them, and even had the higher and more perfect mode of utterance which the angels have, and yet were destitute of love, all would be nothing.
Paul’s clear intention and focus in this passage is not on the ‘tongues of angels’ at all, but rather the motivation of the heart of the recipient of various gifts and talents (vs. 2-3). He says even if he possessed all these things (including the divine clarity of speech such as angels surely possess) but had not love (agape – sacrificial love) he would be nothing more than a resounding gong - a worthless and annoying noise. Acts 2:6 clearly shows that the cloven tongues of fire that rested on those in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended and that which gave them ‘strange utterances’ were earthly languages unknown to the speaker but clearly recognisable to the hearer. Note:
Verse 4: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other [‘heteros’ - different] tongues [‘glossa’ – languages], as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Definitions mine). The languages in which they spoke were all known human languages and are clearly defined in Acts 2:9-11.
Verse 6 verifies this: Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. In their own language – not some divine dialect as Pentecostals falsely claim. The word translated ‘language’ here is the Greek word ‘dialektos’ as we have already seen is likewise translated ‘tongue’.
The First Wave
The First Wave of the Charismatic Movement began with
the 1906 revival services of the
“Parham described Azusa ‘tongues’ as ‘chattering, jabbering, and sputtering, speaking no language at all’…According to Parham, 2/3rds of the people professing Pentecostalism of his day were ‘either hypnotized or spook driven’…thus the ‘Father of Pentecostalism’ roundly rejected the Azusa Street meetings as phony, manipulated, and demonic, even though practically all Pentecostal denominations trace their heritage to these meetings.” 7
The First Wave continued with those who claimed to raise the dead (none ever proved this, it was just claimed), prayed over handkerchiefs, healed the sick, were slain in the spirit, offered wealth to those who supported their ministry, and even developed Pentecostal-Roman Catholic dialogue. However, the members of the First Wave never received the respect of mainline Protestants or the general population.
While it is acknowledged that all men are sinners, there appears to be a disproportional incidence of moral failure amongst Pentecostal ministers. William Parham, the Father of Pentecostalism, was forced from the ministry after he was arrested on charges of sodomy, William Branham falsely prophesied that the Rapture would occur in 1977, Aimee Semple McPhearson faked her own kidnapping in order to carry on an adulterous affair in 1926 and died of a barbiturate overdose in 1944, and Kathryn Kuhlman became romantically involved with a married man whom she married after his divorce. (She later divorced him.) 8 Benny Hinn, one of the current leaders of the Second Wave, claims that as Aimee McPherson’s mantle fell on Kathryn Kuhlman, and it then passed to him from “Sister Kathryn.” 9 According to Hinn:
“…the day is coming, I tell you this, I know it like I know my name, the day is coming when there will not be one sick saint in the body of Christ. Nobody’s gonna be, no one will be raptured out of a wheelchair. No one will be raptured out of a hospital bed. You’re all gonna be healed before the rapture.” 10
The nerve centre of Hinn’s
worldwide organization is tucked away in a group of cheap white nondescript
buildings that look like the kind of domiciles favoured by Mafia fronts on the
· Claims to have cured three people of AIDS, even though the Centres for Disease Control in the U.S. have never seen the HIV virus leave a body once it's infected.
· Claims to have healed a case of brain cancer on stage, even though Inside Edition followed up with tests that showed the tumour was still present.
· Pronounced a woman cured of heart disease, and she was so convinced that she threw away her heart medicine. Questioned about it, Hinn said, "It's not my job to call their doctor."
· Claims of the "cure" of a deaf woman turned out to be a woman who, according to her doctor, was not deaf in the first place.
· Claims that the cure of three deaf boys turned out to be bogus.
The heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield, banned from boxing because of a heart condition,
went to a Benny Hinn crusade in
· Claimed that God ripped the pacemaker out of a woman's body because she didn't need it anymore.
· Claimed that a man in Ghana was raised from the dead on the platform. "We have it on video!" he says – although he's never produced the video.
December 2003, NBC's Dateline
tried to duplicate the HBO study. At a crusade in
· Once said: "I don't need gold in heaven, I gotta have it now."
· During 1993, his one year of "reform," he talked about being stung by being portrayed as a millionaire and how he wanted to be "more Christ-like." His solution: "The Lord said sell the Benz and the watch." He got rid of his Rolex and his Mercedes. He didn't give them away - He sold them – and then replaced the Mercedes with a $65,000 BMW. This is what ‘God told him to do’.
· Claims to be only the third person in the history of the universe to have actually seen God and lived to tell about it. “God”, he says, “is 6-2 or 6-3, with long hair of a light brown color, and eyes that can look right through you”.
· Typical of charismatic hyper-faith doctrine Hinn says, “If you're not healed – or, worse yet, if your sick child is not healed – it's YOUR fault, for not having enough faith”.
It is at this point that Hinn's ‘ministry’ passes over into the realm of primitive magic – i.e., if you want it bad enough, and you say the right things and feel the right things, it will come true.
The Australian Pentecostal movement was and is not without moral questionability on the part of its leaders. Founder of the Hills Christian Life Centre (Hillsong) Frank Houston (-deceased- and father of current senior pastor and head of the AOG in Australia, Brian) was eventually removed from leadership after his paedophile activities with young boys was exposed. One time evangelist now turned motivational speaker Pat Mesiti also fell sexually and had to be removed from ministry. Mesiti’s goals are very clear. His website, from which comes the following quote, promotes all things self…
Success breeds success. It’s only natural, if you hang around with successful people a little piece of their magic rubs off.
Well, if you lay down with dogs you’ll get up with fleas too but I wouldn’t recommend it! Other Pat-isms include:
· With 18-years experience in sales Pat knows the art of persuasion... he knows what works in the real world and how to get results quickly and easily without any fuss.
· … grab Pat Mesiti and let him WOW your audience.
Seems ‘Christian’ ministry taught Pat precious little other than to teach fellow ‘pastors’ how to successfully grow churches.
And yet with all the leaders’ indiscretions the number of attendees to Pentecostal churches saw a steady increase. However the following contributing factors would augment the numbers:
· The failure of the Ecumenical Movement
· The decline of the Independent Baptist Movement
· Discord within the Southern Baptist Convention
The question remains would these factors alone lead to such a groundswell of support for theological positions that had long been generally viewed as belonging to a lunatic fringe of “holy rollers?” What would make a Roman Catholic who had been raised in a tradition of stiff liturgical formalism resort to the antics of the Pentecostals? How could Baptists and other Evangelicals be drawn to positions that were traditionally taught to them as blatantly unscriptural? There must have been something else at work here—something almost like (heaven forbid) a conspiracy – GASP!. But who would gain by such, and what would the outcome of such a conspiracy be?
Historically, the first organization that comes to mind with the word “conspiracy” is the Order of the Illuminati. For the purposes of this discussion, a history of Illuminism will not be discussed in detail except to say that while in the Order of the Illuminati (organized in 1776) reportedly no longer formally exists, there definitely do exist individuals in a number of secret societies and organizations that can be designated as “Illuminist” due to their rituals, beliefs, and values that coincide with those of the Order of the Illuminati. In addition, these very organizations are comprised of those who literally rule the world. These individuals also have a distinct plan to institute a One World Government and a One World Religion. In fact, these organizations hold the key to not only this issue, but the key to the understanding of Outcome-Based Religion.
One unconfirmed eyewitness account reveals that Illuminists intentionally infiltrated the Pentecostal pastorate in 1946. Why would the “Globalist Elite” bother to infiltrate such a fringe element of Christianity? To find the answer, one must carefully consider this scenario:
1. 1906-----------Pentecostalism is officially founded
2. 1906-1960---Pentecostals are generally viewed as a lunatic fringe of “holy rollers”
3. 1946-----------Pentecostals intentionally infiltrated by Illuminst agents
4. 1960-----------The sudden birth of the Second Wave of Charismatic Movement
5. 1962-----------The Glossolalia Movement breaks out at
6. 1960-1963---Vatican II is led by Popes who suddenly embrace the concepts of a One-World Government and a One-World Religion. Traditional Catholics assert the Papacy to have been infiltrated by Illuminst agents. As a result of Vatican II, the Catholic Ecumenical Movement is launched.
7. 1963-1967—Fundamentalism continues its rapid growth, and the Catholic Ecumenical Movement fails.
8. 1967-----------30 zealous Catholics at Notre Dame break with tradition and receive the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit.”
9. 1973-----------30,000 Charismatic Catholics meet at Notre Dame
10. 1977-----------Kansas City Charismatic Conference draws 50,000---one-half are Catholic
11. 1983-----------Fundamentalism declines, Charismatic Assemblies of God become the world’s fastest growing churches with over 10,000,000 Charismatics in the US.
The facts in this scenario scream a warning to all who are willing to think this through to their logical conclusions:
· Illuminists saw the potential to manipulate Pentecostals, and infiltrated Pentecostal groups immediately after World War II.
· The Papacy was infiltrated by Illuminists in the 1950s, and not only did the resulting Vatican II directives run contrary to traditional Catholicism, but overtly embraced the Illuminist goal of an all-encompassing One World Religion.
· When the Ecumenical Movement failed, the fertile Illuminist ground of Yale University became a spawning ground of both Catholic and Protestant Charismatics.
The plan is to build a
Those church members who are the products of Outcome-Based Religion are furthermore deceived by the fact that high profile Charismatics cannot be criticized because they have such large churches.
Biblically speaking, there is no such thing as “Kingdom Power” in this age and no matter how often this or similar phrases such as “Kingdom Authority” appear in John Wimber’s writings or modern praise choruses (see the chorus, majesty, by Jack Hayford), this is not a biblical concept.
One common thread that permeates Charismatic theology
Alexander Dowie (who just happened to be Charles Parham’s mentor) proclaimed himself to be “Elijah the Restorer” and the “first apostle of the end-times church.” 11 While the technical term for one who proclaims such would be a “paranoid schizophrenic with delusions of grandeur,” “in the last days the Lord was restoring the five-fold ministry of apostles, prophets, pastors, great end-time revival. 12
The question then must be asked: Where would such a great revival lead? When taken to the logical conclusions, the answer is very simple. If there were to be such a great revival that affects all of mankind, would not the condition of the world change drastically? Would not secular law become God’s law? Would not ministers become the ruling class to interpret and enforce God’s law? Would this not give the Church dominion over all of mankind? Would this not then restore the system of the Old Testament Law as the governing catalyst to initiate a new age of peace and righteousness? Would this not prepare the earth for its presentation to Y’shua for His physical return and reign?
The answer to all of these questions is YES. However, this train of thought is inconsistent with what the Bible teaches:
1. The origin of an earthly “
2. Other Protestants followed the teachings of Knox and Calvin, and allegorized the prophetic Scriptures into a postmillennial figment of their imaginations. This Postmillennial view conjectured that the Millennial Kingdom of God was the Church, and the 1000 years were not literal years, but symbolic years.
3. A syncretism
of these two errant positions led to the concept that the
· Represented by the true Church
· The true Church was corrupted after the first century and went into a semi-dormant state.
· The true Church would be reconstructed in the end-times, led by a new group of prophets and apostles who would be characterized by their use of restored signs and wonders.
· This reconstructed end-times church would then prepare the earth for the King (Y’shua ) who would rule the world.
· This scenario would require the end times Church to gain control over all of mankind by seizing control of the legal system. This would require a World Government controlled by the church and functioning as the legislative entity for all of mankind.
This, in a nutshell, is Dominion or Reconstructionist Theology. It teaches that the church or Christians will gain control of the planet prior to the Second Coming to make the world a fit place for Y’shua to reign. The so-called end times revival would create unity across denominational lines, and the signs and wonders performed by the end time prophets and apostles would create a force so strong that all on earth would surrender to the control of the Church. When Dominionist Pat Robertson proclaimed that the Promise Keepers organization was a “direct fulfillment of Bible Prophecy” he was making reference to the fact that he felt Promise Keepers was one of the first steps toward Christian dominion of the planet.
Dominion theology was the driving force behind the creation of the Family First political party in Australia and the primary reason why Moriah Ministries Australia neither supports nor endorses it. Like it or not Dominion theology is a ‘work of darkness’ on the basis it has no Scriptural support, therefore according to the Word of God believers are to…
… have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11
To list just a few of the issues associated with Dominion Theology:
1. It is grossly unscriptural. GOD IS NOT DOING A “NEW THING.” Those who are looking for this “new thing” need to go back to the “Old Story” of the Gospel of Y’shua .
2. Dominion Theology is a set-up to bridge today’s “Evangelicals” and “Charismatics” to the construction of the One World Religion of Antichrist.
3. The false concepts of Dominion Theology are creeping into conservative and Fundamental churches through the “Christian” bookstore, “Christian” television networks, and “Christian” music and radio – hence my constant warnings of charismatic doctrinal infiltration into 107.9 Life FM. (A cynic would be amused, when entering this particular site and clicking on the ‘About Us’ link, to find it leads nowhere. In fact the only link that does work is the one that enables people to donate cash - speaks volumes, don’t you think? - ed)
4. The proponents of Outcome-Based Religion heavily utilize all of the above media.
THE FINAL ANALYSIS
A close analysis of the Charismatic Movement in all three waves will lead to some very significant conclusions:
1. From the very inception of modern Pentecostalism, the movement was steeped in occult practices, and the tongues phenomenon was never aligned with the Word of God.
The concept that the Church is the
3. The theory that those who led the movements of Charismatic and Pentecostal theology were the prophets and apostles that would lead to this elusive great end time revival which would give the Church political dominion over all the world and usher in the Millennium is biblically flawed.
Due to the fact that the
Pentecostals believed in this Dominion Theology and “Reconstructionist
Theology,” they were easy marks for the pure occultists whose goal is to build
5. As a result of the infiltration of those who are pure occultists into the Charismatic Movement, the numbers have grown exponentially across the entire spectrum of professing Christendom from the Catholics, to the Baptists, and to the Assemblies of God.
6. With this pan-denominational influence, a new spirit of ecumenism has permeated all Christian groups. This is augmented by the Charismatic elements within all denominations who will now seek unity based wholly on “tongues” or “signs and wonders” while at the same time dismissing or trivializing doctrinal differences.
7. Due to the mainstreaming of Charismatic thought, the so-called “Christian Bookstore” is now a plethora of charismatic teaching. In addition, Contemporary Christian Music is subtly permeating hearts and minds with Charismatic and Dominion Theologies.
8. Some “Christian Broadcasting Networks” such as TBN funnel the Charismatic and Dominion line into homes around the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While there are innumerable unscriptural aspects of the Charismatic and Dominion philosophies that could be explored, this discussion must be limited to the effects and contributions to Outcome-Based Religion.
Those that have been caught up in the “Church Growth Movement’ are perfectly willing to make their bed with the likes of Jim Cymballa, John Maxwell, Peter Wagner, or even Fuller Seminary in order to achieve the outcome - exponential church growth. Remember, Peter Wagner, the progenitor of the Third Wave, is a “church growth expert.”
Outcome-Based Religion was the exact strategy of Wimber and Wagner. They used signs and wonders to reach the desired outcome. Those Conservative, Evangelical, or Fundamental congregations who would ostensibly stand against the Charismatic movement are daily becoming more tolerant of its methods, music, and theology in order to reach the “unchurched.” This is the intrinsic danger of the Charismatic and Dominion philosophies. Some congregations have become so blinded by focusing only on the outcome (church growth) that they see no problem with seemingly small compromises, which lead them very quickly to an unscriptural point of no return, and in which they openly embrace error to obtain the stated outcome.
In Part Four of our report we will see how this whole clever deception folds seamlessly into the Luciferic One World Government / Religion plan much to the chagrin of those who thought they were ‘building the Kingdom’ for the Heavenly Father.
1. Knighton, Mikael. Christians Standing With Israel.
2. Dager, James. “Kingdom Now,” Media Spotlight, Volume 8, #1.
3. Hanegraaff, Hank. “Counterfeit Revival, Word Publishing,
4. As quoted by David Cloud. www.whidbey.net/˜dcloud/fbns/strange1.htm
5. Zeller, George. “A Brief History of Pentecostalism,” www.rapidnet.com/˜jbeard/bdm/Psychology/char/abrief.htm
6. Wagner, Peter. “The Third Wave?” Pastoral Renewal, July-August 1983, pg.5.
7. Goff, James, Jr. Fields White unto Harvest,
9. Cloud, David. From Azuza to
10. Ibid. p.171.
11. Cloud. P.57.
12. Hanegraaff. P.X.
· Outcome Based Religion, Purpose, Apostasy and the New Paradigm Church – by Mac Dominick