Friday, October 24, 2014

Perilous Times Shall Come: The Latter-Day Spiritualist Movement

Looking around our Modern World there can be no doubt—THESE ARE PERILOUS TIMES! We have “prophets” who do not prophesy but instead teach for doctrine the commandments of men mingled with scripture.  They appease the masses with emotionally captivating speeches while remaining silent on declaring the commandments of God in the face of public opinion. Their hearts are set on monetary gain and popularity rather than upholding the justice and mercy of God.  Truly we can say that there is a famine in the land—a famine for the word of God.

In light of this void a titillating and enticing movement of spiritualism is developing among  many in the church.  Rather than hold to the “iron rod” of the word of God some are seeking the much needed revelation but instead of returning to the source they are engaging in witchcraft, sorcery (seeking drugs or other hallucinogenic substances to have “spiritual experiences”), and spiritual mediums (people who channel or consult the dead), etc.  Hungering and thirsting for apparitions and spiritual manifestations they throw the word of God and caution to the wind while embracing teachers ready and willing to give them what their itching ears so desperately seek.

Let me be clear. I am not opposed to the gifts of the Spirit, the Ministration of Angels, Speaking with the Lord through the veil, and coming into the physical presence of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).  What I am opposed to is counterfeits who advertise that they can teach you how to play at the veil and obtain manifestations while ignoring God and his laws.

In exploring the different movements of spiritualism I have come across people offering classes to turn you into Luke Skywalker (or perhaps more accurately Darth Vader). I have read posts from little girls who “live without the veil” and little boys who meet 12 foot tall Angels.  While I do believe some of them have legitimate near death experiences, spiritual manifestations, and revelations what is disturbing is the dangerous idolatry their students (or fans) appear to engage in.  I suppose in a revelatory famine it would only make sense for the starving masses to rally around these new spiritual celebrities (however innocent they may actually be) but as with all celebrities the glitter wears off and there are those who have to re-invent themselves and obtain “new” revelations to maintain the attention and stave off their waning celebrity status.

Whatever “Good Intentions” people might have the truth is IDOLATRY IS STILL IDOLATRY!  While there will always be those spiritually co-dependent people who run from one spiritual celebrity to another seeking to fill the void that only God himself can fill, it is important to inspect the “revelations” and teachings these people claim lest we find ourselves letting go of the Iron Rod and becoming lost in mists of Darkness.

I came across one post from a person who had a near death experience a number of years ago.  I actually believe she did have an experience and I found the account of her experience very interesting.  It has now been years since her original experience and now claims that Jesus comes to her on a regular basis to teach her things that she shares with others.  One such message was when she was watching a particular television medium who consults the dead.  She then stated that Jesus told her that he was doing a good work and that she also needed to learn how to do that to help others. 

There is only one problem.  The “revelation” she obtained from “Jesus” contradicts the law of God.  Now there are those who would adamantly protest that she had a spiritual experience and we have no right to question it.  There would be those who maintain that she is a prophetess and we just can’t understand because we are living on a lesser plane or vibrational frequency.  Maybe. But there is still one major problem-“Does God give commandments that require people to break his covenant laws?”

Case in point, ““I will also turn against those who commit spiritual prostitution by putting their trust in mediums or in those who consult the spirits of the dead. I will cut them off from the community.” (Leviticus 20:6) 

In addition we  also have the witness of the Prophet Isaiah about such matters, “Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead? Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.” (Isaiah 8:19-20)

From the law and the prophets we see that we emphatically have a law against consulting the spirits of the dead, but we have someone who may have had a legitimate experience who contradicts God’s law (the testimony- Torah) and states that the Messiah himself told her to do it.
Discernment in these latter days can become difficult, but the Apostle Paul gives us timely instruction on how to walk through these contradictions while holding to the iron rod:

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim 3:1-4).

He tells us there will be trouble in and out of the church:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

Trouble is brewing—trouble in the world, and trouble in the church. Paul then gives Timothy the  solution:

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them...All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:14-4:2).

The word of God is the Iron Rod that leads along the strait and narrow path that leads to the Tree of Life.  God does not contradict his word—though an angel of light declare it unto you, a prophet, seer, or revelator, a professional medium, or the President of the United States.  It is easy to get caught up in spiritual signs and wonders, but in truth it is only the Bread of Life that can truly fill the hunger in our spiritual stomachs.  We should actively seek the gifts of God, but we should remember they are given not to tickle our excitement, satisfy our carnal desires, or spiritual fancies.

 “Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given.  For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts. (D&C 46:8-9)