Fake vs. Real Christianity

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:17-18, NKJV

This Bible verse is Jesus explaining how you can tell a believer from a non-believer. It’s simple. It’s straightforward.

It was possibly the last thing Jesus said to his disciples, because the next verses are the last two in the book of Mark:

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

People ask me “Fred, are you a Christian?”

I say “Yes I am!”, but 99% of Christians would say “No, you aren’t”.

If you define “being a Christian” as doing the works Jesus taught then yes, I am a Christian. My books attest to that. I have authored the books You can heal anyone (they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover), Clearing Entities (they will cast out demons), What do you know about human harvesting? (they shall take up serpents) and many other books that represent the biblical definition of being a Christian.

But if you define “being a Christian” in the modern sense of going to church in a specific denomination that rejects learning anything new outside of that denomination, then the answer is “no”. My Creator created me with creativity and curiosity, not to be locked up in a denominational box.

Modern Churches have little to do with the Gospels. Anyone who has actually read the Bible (and I’ve read it two times in full, and hundreds of times in part), knows that Jesus and his disciples were healers. They opposed the religious authorities of their day. Jesus mocked folks who showed outward signs of virtue and rigidly followed religious rules and regulations but had no heart.

Jesus and his disciples went from town to town and healed the sick, blind and poor. They drove out demons and performed miracles. Back then there was no Church, so there were no rigid rules to healing. Nor did they have to dress up in strange garb, cover themselves in gold or wear crowns. Healing wasn’t limited to certain days. Their agenda was to heal as many as possible with supernatural skill.

And so they effortlessly and rapidly attracted large crowds everywhere they went.

These people were radical. They had little resemblance to the safe and pampered folks we see today.

For their courageous, outrageous, anti-conformist behavior the apostles were crucified, stabbed, stoned, filled with arrows and beheaded.

 

How many Christians do you know that are so daring and authentic that they’re in danger of being killed? Any at all?

99% of Churches adhered to “Covid regulations”. They are conformists.

There is a specific reason they adhere to the system that the Bible so strongly opposes: Tax exempt status 501 c3.

If they were to practice what they preach, they’d lose their tax exemption. According to the IRS website, in order to achieve tax exemption, your Church “may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates”. 

Anyone who has read the Bible, knows that Jesus was political. Modernists portray him as an ever-gentle and loving beam of light, as “Christ Consciousness”, but the biblical Jesus smashed up the tables of the money-dealers, considered tax collectors a lower class of people and mocked and riled up the powers that be. Jesus was political, but if you’re going to have a Church, you “can’t be an action organization” according to the gubbermint. That’s to say, you can’t have any influence in real life, in society, in reality. That cuts off any transformative influence right then and there. Tax exemption comes with a steep price – the very soul of Christianity.

Do you know any Christian who lives and breathes verses such as that in Mark 16? Let’s read it again:

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

When I cite this verse (and many others like it), some people are offended, because it reveals who they are vs. who they could be. No person likes to be reminded of the gap. When a proclaimed belief has little to do with the experiential reality of a person, they become hypocrites. And while we all fall short of the ideal in some way or another and I’m not suggesting that everyone can or should always perform miracles, if you are a Christian, you’d at least try.

The most common Protestant Church in the U.S. are Baptists. In the late 1800s a baptist Church was set up in almost every town around the country.

Baptists are “cessationists” meaning that they teach that divine healing and miracles have “ceased in the modern era”.

You won’t find anything in the Bible that says that miracles “will cease in the future”. Not a shred of evidence. The Baptists managed to chop off the essence of Christianity with just one false teaching.

So why do so many accept this nonsense? Are they too lazy to read their own scriptures? Does it give them comfort? Does it help people deny personal responsibility for the well-being of their fellow humans?

When I ask Baptists about this, I often get this response: “Well there’s a lot of Charlatans out there – fake healers”. Yeah. So?

Most Protestant denominations are “cessationists”. The only “denominations” that believe in miracles are the Pentecostals or Charismatic Churches. That’s great. But even these are not what they used to be just fifty years ago. In their beginning days, they healed people in droves – to the point of getting in trouble with “the authorities”. Today many of them are more like mega-church pop concerts. Their “healing” sessions are more showmanship than actual spiritual transformation. Fakery abounds. There are exceptions, but they are rare. If there are exceptions, they only last for some time, before certain forces and influences infiltrate the positive movement. Would it surprise you to learn that the greatest hidden enemy of healing-Christianity is Big Pharma?

Thus, there are not many Christians who really live and breathe verses such as:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

John 14:12

Amazingly, some Christians consider you a “blasphemer” or “devil worshipper” if you tell them you can do works as great as Jesus. Just for teaching that people can influence their own reality and determine their own success in life, I have been called an “occultist”. I’ve been told that my teachings of self-determination are “satanic” because one should “surrender one’s will to God”. But, as I’ve written in my books on “reality creation”, there is a divine will and a personal will. Both serve a good purpose. Without personal will, there is no free will. And without free will, we couldn’t choose to align our will with divine will.

While the U.S. has its problems with “Protestant Churches”, Europe and South America are dominated by the “Catholic Church” and Russia and Greece have the “Orthodox Church” which aren’t any better.

I’ve always been curious about something: At what point did the Catholics say “OK, let’s take the two colors that represent Satan in the last days and make those our primary outfits”?

The Bible verse is:

3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.

Why do Catholics make purple and scarlet their primary color? Why are they decked with gold and precious stones and use golden cups?

Don’t they think their followers might read that book and wonder? Do Catholics actually read it?

Why do Catholics erect statues of Mary, Jesus and the saints, in front of which people bow and pray, even though the Bible is full of warnings about idol worship and image-making?

I don’t get it.

In the Bible, Jesus speaks out against “vain repetition”. Catholics ritualistically reanact “the last dinner” every Sunday. Instead of performing healing sessions, working miracles or empowering their flock. What’s the benefit of reanacting a single scene from the Bible, over and over, for eternity?

They’ll say “It’s to remember Jesus. Jesus said “do this to remember me”. OK, fair enough. But every Sunday? How about once a year? The Bible has a fantastic wealth of practices, but Catholics choose to focus on one tiny aspect and repeat it over and over. What a way to dilute true inspiration.

They’ve also turned Christian practices into rituals. For example, a Catholic adheres to “The Roman Ritual” when “performing an exorcism” (not that many Catholics do excorcism anymore). There is nothing in the Bible that says you have to perform a certain ritual on a certain day, using certain utensils, certain holy water, etc. Jesus and the apostles commanded a spirit to leave and it left. Simple as that.

The reason Jesus speaks out against vain repetition is because it subdues creativity and spontaneity – two signs of true spirituality. “Orthodox Christians” spend their Sunday service listening to a priest chanting and waving incense. The chanting is beautiful, but what’s it going to do to further the spiritual development of their people?

Many go to Church on Christmas to sing Hymns. That can touch hearts. But who is going to step up their game and actually attend to the sick and desperate through the laying of hands and the speaking of commands?

I’ve successfully done this in my seminars of the last 30+ years. I’ve also had my students do it. These students often have no experience in laying hands or healing. Many of them don’t even know prayer as they are non-religious. If I was able to get tangible healing-results with a bunch of non-believers, how much more could a believer get?

I personally know an Anglican priest who was beloved by his community. As an avid reader of the Bible, he began conducting healing sessions in his Sunday Church service, even though his superiors were dissuading him.

The healings were successful – miraculously so. A person in a wheelchair was able to walk. Arthritis had been healed. A man blind on one eye could see again. Word got around. The Church attracted more crowds than it could hold. The high only lasted 8 months. The Church authorities stripped him of his position and kicked him out of the Church. They were concerned that their Church was “turning into a Circus”. The priest they had kicked out was a humorous, light-hearted fellow. He sometimes spontaneously went into singing while giving sermons. He played the guitar. This healer was replaced by someone dull who did not sing, did not play the guitar and did not heal.

Churches complain about dwindling numbers and blame “society”. Most European countries, considered 90% Christian just fifty years ago, are today for the most part, atheist. This is no surprise to me. Any random self-improvement seminar has more to offer in spiritual development than many Churches. If you run a Church and you want to attract people, then start performing healing and improving peoples lives.

The image below shows a Mormon Church lined with inverted pentragrams:

Many don’t consider them Christians, but Mormon’s self-identify as Christian.

Inverted Pentagrams are historically and culturally associated with evil. Why are they so fond of these symbols they use them for their Temples?

 

 

I could fill an entire book of satanic symbolism found across Christian denominations. Why? It puzzles me. Are Mormons struggling with their branding? Do they need me – a business coach – to help them find more meaningful messaging? Who is in charge of the costume and props department at the Catholic Church?

So what is real Christianity then? The ancient Christians gathered in private houses for prayer and healing sessions. Then they disbanded and went about their day. Some were sent out to other cities and countries to teach and heal. And that – in it’s beautiful simplicity – is genuine Christianity.

You could argue that this is exactly what Churches are doing – sending out missionaries. But I’m skeptical of how evangelizing and missionary work is being done in modern times. Consider this verse:

11 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. 4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  

Acts 1:1-5, NKJV

The context of this verse is that Jesus physical body had left them. He was now talking to them from another realm, “in the spirit”. They were about to go out and start teaching and healing, but Jesus told them to wait, to not go teaching and healing until they had received the holy spirit.

This is remarkable because the Apostles had been baptized, had spent years in the presence of Jesus, had learned all of his teachings and methods. They had already been healing people in Jesus presence. But they still weren’t ready to go out and teach until they had received the holy spirit.

Jesus wanted them at a higher energy-level before they went out to teach and heal. Why? Because otherwise the healing-work isn’t as effective. Otherwise they have no armour against attacks. Otherwise the teaching may become “preachy” and judgemental instead of transformative.

Thus, today we see many “missionaries” that don’t even know what it means to “receive the holy spirit”. Many are well-intended. Many do a lot of good. But we’ve also seen a lot of not-so-very-good. I’ve personally witnessed the “convert to my religion in exchange for food” mentality. Impoverished people are bribed with money and food by missionaires if they pretend to adhere to the particular beliefs of whatever “denomination” is doing the missionary work. And we’ve also seen worse than that, but this is not the place to go into it.

If only a missionary, preacher, teacher were to first “receive the holy spirit” or, as I say, to rise to a higher level of consciousness.

The reason all of these denominations are accusing each other of not being “real christianity” is because none of them are. There are positive exceptions. But these exceptions, interestingly, are never initiated by the organizations, committees and authorities of the Church, they always come from individual enlightened pastors or priests who chose to live their life like Jesus.

We can find the same issues in other “religions”, but I chose to focus on Christianity because that’s what I grew up with.

I had a student whose mother was a Christian. She disowned her daughter because she was doing Yoga. No, not the kind of yoga where you summon demons. That kind of yoga does exist. She was doing the kind of yoga that you do at the gym – stretching exercises, basically. When I heard about this, I sent her the following verse:

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:7-10

This is the apostle Paul talking about skills that Christians have. One of them is the discerning of spirits.

The mother who disowned her daugher over yoga, was neither forgiving (the #1 Christian virtue) nor discerning. She couldn’t tell the difference between summoning demons and doing stretching exercises. And she didn’t trust that her daugher could tell the difference. Why hadn’t she instructed her daugher in the difference? Why was she so extreme that she allowed for no course-correction? I see lack of discernment as a major problem of our times.

The list that Paul shares is interesting:

  1. Having the word of wisdom
  2. Having the word of knowledge
  3. Faith
  4. Gifts of Healing
  5. Working of Miracles
  6. Prophecy
  7. Discerning of Spirits
  8. Speaking in Tongues

In modern Churches we see 1, 2 and 3 – but what about the rest? Again, I’ve heard Christians say that “speaking in tongues is demonic”. This view not only contradicts the Bible (once again), but it also lacks spiritual discernment. Just because some people talking gibberish may be under negative influence, doesn’t mean that all are. I know of a heavy alcoholic who one day started bellowing in a strange language and foreign voice. He had no control of the matter. He claimed he was “speaking in tongues”. Isn’t it obvious that he wasn’t? That’s what discernment is for.

“Having the word of wisdom” means you are wise and have strong intuition, paired with common sense. Having the word of knowledge means you are well-read and educated. Having faith means you can generate trust and belief and know that your Creator works all things for the good of those who love him.

I believe we can and will reclaim, recover and re-experience the assertive and courageous ways of healing, commanding and praying of the ancient Christians.

Amen.

 

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