Rodney Howard-Browne And The Mockery Of The Word Faith Holy Laughter Heresy

“One night I was preaching on hell,” Rodney Howard-Browne said, continuing, “and it just hit the whole place. The more I told people what hell was like, the more they laughed, and when I gave an altar call, they came forward by the hundreds to get saved.”
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Rodney Howard-Browne’s watershed moment arrived in the spring of 1993 when Assemblies of God pastor Karl Strader asked him to preach at Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland, Florida.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatian 5:22,23 (KJV)

One of the more ridiculous and amazingly-creepy manifestations of the demonic spirit in Charismatic churches is what is called ‘holy laughter’. People who fall under the influence of the spirit that produces it are said to be seen as “being drunk”, being tipsy, and uncontrollably laughing like a mental patient. And believe me, after you watch these videos you will see that’s about the most charitable way to describe it.

This is what the Pentecostals call the “mighty anointing”:

If this is what Pentecostals say is the “anointing” then count me out. I wouldn’t take 30 seconds of this Laodicean nightmare for a million dollars. Make it ten million.

This demonic cackling is proudly taught by Kenneth Copeland, the late Kenneth Hagin, Rodney Howard-Browne and in places like the Toronto Blessing. New Age “christian” Philip Chan says it this way:

The point of being drunk is connected with experiencing God. Yes, I am making a point that being drunk on the Spirit should yield great results. But I think the important thing, which I think most people who oppose it don’t quite get is that, encountering God is an ends in itself. When we’re drunk in the Spirit, we are literally filled with God’s presence, for all his joy, his mystery, his power, and it is an amazing feeling and experience. source

Rodney Howard Brown’s “holy laughter” HERESY:

Rodney Howard-Browne’s watershed moment arrived in the spring of 1993 when Assemblies of God pastor Karl Strader asked him to preach at Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland, Florida. Although he was only supposed to preach for one week, Howard-Browne stayed for four, because of the vast crowds that filled the 10,000-seat sanctuary to hear the “laughing evangelist” and maybe get struck dumb with laughter themselves. When the services were broadcast on radio, hundreds more showed up. The attraction of it all lies in what Roberts terms “Holy Ghost joy,” whereby depressed, defeated Christians are transformed into happy people.

Howard-Browne scoffed at criticism that he’s merely using the power of suggestion to get people to roll on the floor. “I tell them never to preach salvation, because they’re suggesting people get saved,” he said. “I’ll guarantee anybody, I’ll give them a congregation of 1,000 people and tell them to get up and suggest all they want and see what will happen.”

One of the other pastors cut in on the interview to say he read the story of Ananias and Sapphira to his church the other night and everyone ended up on the floor laughing.

One night I was preaching on hell,” Howard-Browne said, continuing, “and it just hit the whole place. The more I told people what hell was like, the more they laughed, and when I gave an altar call, they came forward by the hundreds to get saved.”

“Then,” I replied, “as to what you’re preaching on, it’s almost irrelevant what you’re saying.”

He nodded.

Now isn’t that an amazing thing? Rodney Howard-Browne said he was “preaching on Hell” and people just started “laughing uncontrollably”. This is  in stark contrast to when Jesus preached on Hell, saying this:

“And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:47,48 (KJV)

Sure ain’t nothing funny about that.

Speaking of holy laughter, the Bible does show God laughing and it is always in judgement:

“But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.” Psalm 59:8 (KJV)

and we see it again here:

“I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.” Proverbs 1:26,27 (KJV)

Those are the only two places in the entire Bible where God is seen as laughing for any reason. Further, the Bible records no where either Jesus or any of the apostles laughing or even telling a joke. We will leave Rodney Howard Browne and his deluded followers with this closing statement from the Bible:

“…Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.” Luke 6:25 (KJV)

EPILOGUE: The Carpenter’s Home Church where Rodney Howard-Browne held his “laughing revival” lies in ruins today after being abandoned by both man and God. The Carpenter’s Home Church building, which cost $9 million to erect, is being torn down and the property will be converted into a retirement facility.

Coming forward at an altar while in the fits of hysterical laugher is not biblical salvation. If your salvation took place in any other way than the preaching or reading of the gospel, if the conviction you felt came from anywhere other than the Bible, then it is highly likely that while you had an “emotional experience” you did not become born again. Having some phony preacher smacking you in the head and giving you “carpet time” is an end times mockery of New Testament salvation.

Rodney Howard-Browne wants you to have some “carpet time!”

What is “carpet time” you ask? Are you sure you want to know?

Carpet Time: In a practice said to have been introduced by Kathryn Kuhlman, people who receive what they consider to be a “touch of the Holy Spirit” pass out on the floor, where they are said to “rest in the Spirit.” Many people do not pass out completely, but rather “yield” – i.e., they voluntarily fall to the floor.

It is taught that the Holy Spirit is ”wine,” and worshippers are to imbibe Him to become ”drunk in the spirit.” Participants are “urged to let go of self-control” and give themselves over to emotional experience, without questioning or trying to understand it with the mind. The church becomes a chaos of revelers without inhibition, carousing in their spiritual drunkenness- reeling, falling, and slurring their words just exactly as if they were drunk with alcohol. Worshippers jump and dance themselves into a frenzy to their worship music, just like pagans do.

This is what Laodicean mental conditioning and mind control looks like:

“The Holy Ghost Hokie Pokie” Brian & Ramie Whalen – MorningStar MinistriesYou put your right hand in, you take your right hand out, you put your whole self in and see astounding and miraculous healings all about. Hmm……I don’t see this in the Bible anywhere.

Losing their ability to control their behavior, they fall to the floor (”slain in the spirit”), and roll around or become paralyzed and unable to get up (”carpet time”), laugh uncontrollably (”holy laughter”), impersonate barnyard animals, roar like lions, shriek, shake, twitch violently, go through lewd motions of having sex or giving birth (symbolic of ”having a love affair with God” or ”birthing a new ministry”). Some are overcome by desperate agony, shaking and sobbing uncontrollably. This is the ”Toronto blessing” which has since spread from the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church, which made it famous, to countless other churches, across the world. Some churches try to practice it within limits, others allow complete abandon – and a frightening ”violent edge” is described by witnesses.

Sadly, this is what Pentecostals and Charismatics call the “latter rain”, or the “promised outpouring of God”. What do you call it?

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 (KJV)


 

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.

  • twr

    Good follow-up Geoffrey. I was just reading about that. Does anyone but me find it strange that from the days of Paul, speaking in tongues was never mentioned until 1901?

    THE PENTECOSTAL EXPLOSION

    The Azuza Street revival of 1906-13 was the launching pad for a worldwide Pentecostal renewal. The main feature of this Pentecostal outpouring was the “baptism with the Holy Spirit,” an experience subsequent to salvation, which is evidenced by speaking in other tongues. This was the crown jewel restored by what many called the “second Pentecost.” There were, however, spiritual flashes that preceded Azuza, which prepared the way for its inauguration. On January 1, 1901, in Topeka, Kansas, Agnes Ozman, a student at Charles Parham’s Bethel Bible School, spoke in tongues. Sometime later, Parham himself had the same experience and from then on preached that all believers who sought the tongues experience diligently would be recipients of the blessing. Most recognize Parham as the founder of the Pentecostal movement.

    I guess there wasn’t a need before then. The current charismatic movement didn’t gain real traction until the 80s and 90s. Just another scam in the competition for membership. Utilization is the key to authenticity.

    • Jon H

      Hi Geoffrey, I am from Hampshire,England. I really enjoy reading the articles on your website. Well done exposing some of this nonsense particulary the Toronto blessing and some of these prosperity teachers. This has nothing to do with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. I will say though that there are genuine manifestations of the Holy Spirit in operation today. I got saved in Bristol prison in England on a visit to see my Uncle who was a former anglican prison chaplain. I had heard of his work in the prison system and I had gone off the rails at the time in my own life so he invited me down there for a tour of the prison. During the prison service in the chapel Many prisoners came forward at an alter call and some went down under the power of the Holy Spirit as my uncle prayed for them. I had never seen this before. Baring in mind my uncle was an Anglican minister which should challenge a few peoples theology about putting God in a box. Many of the prisoners were full of joy afterwards. It was powerful but it was still ordered. There was no silliness but the Holy Spirit was clearly at work in power. Afterwards he took me into a side room and I prayed the sinners prayer and gave my life to Christ. David spoke in tongues over me and I received the Holy Spirit. It wasnt some gobbledegook gobbledeegook made up words but sounded like a real language. This experience changed my life. So dont be too hasty to put God in a box but at the same time keep exposing the counterfeit. May God bless you Geoffrey. Jon H

      • What you just described is exactly how the Bible says the real Holy Spirit operates. Powerfully, spiritually but with a decency and order about Him.

        “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40 (KJV)

        That’s a great testimony you gave, thanks so much for sharing it with us. I have family who live in Devon, England. Beautiful country you all have there!

        • Jon H

          Hi Geoffrey, Thank you for taking the time to reply to me. Thats a true Christian speaking there brother about decency and order. I know Devon well, yes England is beautiful we are very blessed. One amusing quip that I meant to include in my last post was that despite our Christian heritage in this country and me growing up in an Anglican family, I had to go to prison as a visitor to hear the true Gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time 🙂 haha. May God continue to bless your ministry. Yours in Jesus, Jon H

  • Jkittyc

    NUTS!
    Satanic cult casting as Godly.
    Satan is usually God’s copycat, but he never copied this from God!

  • ROSSANO WAGNER

    LUCIFER’S CHURCH OPENS UP IN COLOMBIA FILLED WITH SATANIC PENTAGRAMS AND ILLUMINATI SYMBOLS!

    “And I stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
    And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
    And I saw that one of his heads was, as it were, wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world wondered after the beast.
    And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
    And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
    And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven.
    And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
    And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.
    If any man have an ear, let him hear.”

    Revelation 13:1-9

  • Yes i remember back in the early 90’s this started hitting the churches and the church i was going to had embraced this so called holy laughter. I had left the church before i had actually seen people do this. I wanted nothing to do with this. It is not of God. Thank you for a good article

    • Leonard

      Makes your skin crawl to watch it…

  • Me

    Good grief Grider give it a rest! We all get it miracles r fake tongues r fake it’s all fake we’re all liars and all preacher except you r cult leaders. Whatever!!!

    • twr

      Christ and His apostles spoke of false prophets, false apostles and false brethren. They revealed that two opposing religions would emerge, both claiming to be Christian. One—the actual Church Jesus founded—would be led by God’s Spirit and remain faithful to His teachings. The other—guided and influenced by a different spirit—would accept the name of Christ but twist His teachings to create a convincing counterfeit of the true Church of God.

      Both would use Christ’s name and claim His authority. Both would perform works that would outwardly appear good and right. Both would claim to be following Christ’s true teachings. But only one would faithfully represent its founder, Jesus Christ. The other would capture the minds and hearts of humanity by attaching the name of Christ to biblically insupportable religious customs and doctrines that Jesus and His apostles neither practiced nor approved.

      As a minister, Geoffrey is answerable to God. He is providing a warning like he is supposed to. Don’t take it personal. If you feel your church is the real deal, why even comment? The counterfeit church is alive today. There are more members in that church than the true church. This is what is meant by separating the wheat from the tares. Does your church follow Christ? Christ kept the Sabbath and the feasts. Tithes are not part of the New Testament. Do you feel you need church to be saved. These are all doctrines of the counterfeit church.

      • Me

        Save it I know better!

      • Richard r.

        God bless you Geoffrey for exposing these demonic cults in these endtimes. Keep up the great work you are doing for the Lord.

    • JImmy

      @Me

      Instead of getting upset how about getting right and lining up with the Bible doctrine on tongues and healing? Is it hard kicking against the pricks?

      • Me

        How about get saved then get back with me. I don’t need the lost giving me sermons about things you don’t have a clue about. I’ve seen the work of God that you deny because you’re too smart for it. The bible does not support these lies.

      • Jonathan

        Jimmy do you believe “wich is perfect” is the holy bible you are wrong, because its says: we will see him face to face, but then shall I know even as also I am known. Its talking about glorified bodies at resurrection.!!!!!!

        Silly guys !!

        8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

    • I know I’ve said this before but my man, aka “Me” above…read your Bible! We were warned of false prophets and teachers time and time again by Paul (and Jesus), and since we are to walk as they walked, we must warn too. That is our job as followers of Jesus Christ. I may have posted this link once or twice before 🙂 but we must all know what the scriptures say about the wicked and greedy liars who will come from inside the church to scatter the flock:
      http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2014/09/18/false-prophets-and-teachers/

      • Me

        God does miracles he sends tongues and whether there r fakes or not does not give any of you the right to deny the work of the Holy Spirit and it’s my place to expose your unbiblical lies.

      • Me

        Yep I know Grider is one he warned of.

  • Carol

    Geoffrey, when will you also begin to expose the Denomination of the Southern Baptist Convention. Pastors like Rick Warren,Bill Hybel, David Jeremiah and many others. Billy Graham is a 33rd Degree Freemason. When are you going to expose them. It seems you are only interested in exposing the Charismatics. All of them are bowing to Rome as they have all gone to Pope Francis to meet with him.
    I saw the leaders of the SBC Denomination go to Rome to kiss the hand of Pope Francis.
    All of these Mega church leaders are Freemasons.
    I wonder if you on’t expose them because you are a Baptist.

    What is good for on is good for the other.

    • Corey

      Show me where Billy is a 33rd degree freemason.

      • Iwonder

        Actually I would agree on this statement as well.
        We should not accuse brothers and sisters for serious errors unless clear evidence is presented otherwise we will be guilty of slander which in itself will get harshly reproved.

    • We have done dozens of articles on Rick Warren and others. And yes, the SBC is bowing down to Rome as you say. We were one of the first outlets to expose the connection between Tony Palmer and Kenneth Copeland. And Billy Graham is absolutely and end times deceiver we have written about as well.

      • diane

        I would like to know where you got the information that Billy Graham is the end times deceiver?

      • Welli’m sorry but one thing, I am Pentecostal.And so far i haven’t seen no one roll on the floor, or act crazy. I don’t know whre this comes from, And Billy Graham i like him. I find nothing wrong with him, have all of his books an d yes i’ve read them cover to cover.

        • Good, then you shouldn’t have any problem when we do an article on Billy Graham that shows him to be a Communist sympathizer who told converts at this crusades to attend a Catholic church, said that unsaved Muslims go to Heaven, and that Hell was not a real place.

        • Cheryl

          Thats right Susan not all Pentecostals act crazy and roll down the aisels. And Billy Graham is a true christian man.

        • Guy

          https://youtu.be/lCgpUPHkgc8

          What about the narrow gate? What about no one comes to the father except through Jesus. If you open your bible and compare it with most of what is being preached
          Now you will see it is in opposition to what Jesus said in the Bible. There is a falling away from the truth like the bible describes and we are seeing it. If you can understand and believe what is going on warn others.

          • Grace

            Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Jesus is the only way. He reveals Himself to whom He wills and those that Christ reveals the Truth to are very conscience of who they accept. When I became a born again believer, it was by a conscience choice I bowed my knee, repented of my sins and accepted Christ into my heart and when I got up off my knees in my home I was a new creation, all the old desires were gone, changed from night to day. When my heart heard Jesus knocking and my eyes were opened, I knew I had to make a choice. You must be born again through the repentance of sins and accepting forgiveness from Christ and putting your trust in Jesus. Choose ye this day whom you will serve, will it be Christ or will you reject Him and continue down the wide road of destruction which leads to hell?
            I am shocked that Billy Graham made such a statement.

  • Tom R

    You’ve just lost all credibility by printing this trash bud.
    Amazing how the greatest critics of the men and women winning millions to The Lord have no ministry to speak of themselves.

    • twr

      It’s amazing how men and women that pocket millions, live in 10 million dollar mansions and fly around in private jets while their people can’t pay their bills call themselves shepherds. They build mega churches full of gays and everything immoral. All the sheep in these counterfeit churches are not part of God’s flock. They are building there own legacy and they will be least in heaven.

  • twr

    God said the names were written in the Lamb’s scroll before the foundation of the earth How do you win something that is already won?

    • -Well, the prophet Isaiah, prophesied of Jesus horrible crucifixion, yet we see him in the garden of Gethsemane asking God to take the cup the from Him. As so before this, was Satan tempting him, this happen also with a predestined I supposed Disciple/Apostle Peter, all meaning, even the will of the predestined are still in full force or none of them could be tempted at all. Truly, what the outreach of the word, Christ and righteousness of God is for and frightfully, a Glorified Jesus forewarning, to possibly strike out names from the book of life. Be ye steadfast in faith and faithfulness, the first resurrection is amazingly upon us,(the Bride), though don’t count this arrival until you’re readied and waiting in the clouds,(divine wings),just above all things of men. Awake! Apb, The RAM http://www.2016theauthenticparable.blogspot.com http://www.2015jesuscomeknocking.blogspot.com

  • Heather

    Luke 12:45-48King James Version (KJV)

    45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

    46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

    47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

    48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

  • David Flynn

    you cant convince the charasmatics to abandon ship , they are waiting for that 1000 fold seed, good luck with that one.been there.done that!!!

    • Me

      And good luck with your powerless religion.

      • Power isn’t flailing on the ground like a fool, cackling like a hyena or babbling like an idiot. It is preaching the pure gospel message in the power, love and conviction of the Holy Spirit, convincing sinners to repent and be saved.

        http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2014/09/18/confronting-sin/

        • Me

          True speaking in tongues is not babbling like an idiot. Who r u to think u r some authority? Is be careful who and what I call names.

        • David Kaus

          Right on target Sola Scriptura.

          All the occult pagan religions have the same manifestations as the Charismatics/Pentecostals because it comes from the same spirit.

          These are the days of the great falling away spoken of in Scripture. Charismatics/Pentecostals try to validate their experience by twisting Scripture or taking verses out of context. They see Scripture through the lens of their experience. And if something in Scripture doesn’t match their experience they simply brush it aside.

          • Cheryl

            This is not true about all Pentecostals, maybe this is what new age Charismatics/Pentecostals are believe.

        • David Kaus

          Amen brother Sola Scriptura, and heretical false doctrines, and manifestations of any kind will not do that.

          God bless

  • Sharon

    This is crucial,seen so much being a Penticostal believer for many years..always thought I wasn’t touched by God because I’ve never been slain or fallen over and shaken around!So what is right?only God has the answer and we need to know! Sharon.

    • Richard r.

      Sharon, you don’t need to be a Pentocostal demonic clown to be saved. All you need is a personal one to one relationship with Jesus! Save the ridiculous and silly behavior of these demonic cults to Satan. You are a child of God!

  • MIKE WATCHINSKI

    The proof of a truly saved person is the inner witness of the Holy Spirit. There are 7,000,000,000 +/- people on this planet today. Of that number, the only person that knows if you are truly saved is “YOU”.

    All the experiences, religious acts, and extra biblical routines you do will never bring assurance of salvation. This is why most of the professing ‘christians” you talk to will not be able to give a definitive “yes,I know I know I am saved”. Their salvation experience is attached to something other than the gospel of the grace of God. If you cannot accept that, I would suggest that you simply ask a few people, “why do you think you are saved”.

    You will be surprised at the answers they give. True salvation is the most unique and personal gift any human being can be given. Wrought by God, given by God, and kept by God. All the praise of his glory.

    “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (Romans 5:16)

    Looking…

  • Me

    Granted there r surely some fakes don’t believe these unbiblical lies and opinions that have no scriptural backing. where’s your bible passages to back these lies that claim no move of the spirit in healing tongues etc. you say we were not the audience and if that’s true then none of the bible is for you cause you sure weren’t around for it to be written to you personally. ludicrous lies and assumptions and u know what they say about assuming. I guess knowledge has ceased too huh Grider?

  • Iwonder

    This is a good article and clear proof is presented which should make us call out and mark the preachers of this heresy to be avoided.

    But how does one know how good fruit tastes like if only bad ones are presented to you?

    What I mean is when I read the web I get the overall sense that there exist only bad food.
    It would be great to have a balanced diet so we grow and better spread the light of Christ all around us.

    I think that Geoffrey is doing good in this respect by publishing his bible studies, which actually will make me grow, so it’s just me expressing concerns about a general trend in the christian community.

    Blessings

  • Gerardo Rivera

    This is just another evidence that the world is being prepared for something.

    Eventually, a man will arise on the scene, doing many miraculous things, almost always able to say the right things at the right time. Most likely, he will even be Jewish, claiming to be from one of the tribes (possibly not born in Israel, but could be from there) with enough Arabic ancestry to be accepted both by Judaism and Islam (perhaps claiming to be a descendant of Joseph, who seems to have had an Arabic wife; Genesis 41:45). And those who stand against him, he will be able to call fire down from the sky and utterly destroy opponents. Apparently, he will also appear as dead and resurrect himself, though with a deadened eye and arm, possibly from an assassination attempt where he will suddenly come back to life after appearing dead, maybe even stating something about where he got those scars from and being wounded in the house of his friends. This man will most likely be endorsed by the Pope as well. To perform miracles, have the Jews accept him as Messiah, the Muslims accept him as the 12th Mahdi, and the Catholic faithful trusting in the Pope’s endorsement. This brings me to my next point:

    Many of those who state that they are teachers and pastors who are heavily given into signs and wonders without being grounded in the Word of God will tell their followers that this must be the return of Jesus. Heck, they may even cite the following scriptures:

    1st Kings 18:38
    Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

    2nd Kings 1:10
    And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.

    Some might even use the verse when fire rained down on Sodom, but may avoid publicly saying this to avoid offending the LGBT community.

    Sounds like everyone who trusts in signs, wonders, and miracles will also endorse this Messiah who is on earth, always able to say the right things, and begins working on a peace deal that will bring about that prophesied new world with no more suffering and pain. After all, he is endorsed by Judaism, Islam, Catholics (whoever can unite all this must be a miracle worker) plus he can call fire down from the sky, like Elijah was able to! He must be of God. Heck, he might even be able to broker in a rebuilt temple as part of the peace deal and people might even anticipate that he may walk into the new temple to usher in a new world, like the Messiah is supposed to do!

    Sounds great…only thing is, this will be the AntiChrist.

    While God and God’s enabled servants were able to call down fire from the sky, Satan possesses this supernatural ability as well, according to the Book of Job:

    Job 1:16
    16While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Wow, even Job’s servant was duped into believing this was fire from God, when the verses prior indicate it was Satan manifesting the miracle).

    Revelation 13:11-15
    11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

    There is coming a man who will be able to convince the world that he is the messiah. The Jews, Muslims, Catholics, and many groups look for a man able to do what is listed above. He will be so convincing that Jesus had to teach about it. I certainly can’t say it better than the Lord Jesus can:

    Matthew 24:15-31
    When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25Behold, I have told you before.

    26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

    29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

    In conclusion, this is another evidence at how people will welcome the Antichrist with open arms. I am a pre-tribber and if what I hold is true, after the Rapture, almost no one will be left to call the AntiChrist out, save the two prophets and the 144,000 who will work hard to turn people from him as the plagues come down from the hand of God. Even so, if I am wrong about a pre-tribulation rapture, I will most likely be one of those people telling others that the Antichrist is not the messiah and possibly losing my head for it. Whatever vehicle the Lord uses, may we be faithful to say this:

    Jesus died for our sins, rose on the third day to prove His sacrifice was acceptable to the Father, and those who believe upon this and call upon God to forgive their sins will be saved and have everlasting life!

  • dean

    Galatians 5:22-23 says that one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self control. Is breaking out into laughter or shaking uncontrollably evidence of that? Is staggering around with glassy eyes and trying to take your clothes off while the staff tries to restrain you? Did any of the apostles ever zap anyone the way Benny Hinn does and knock them to the floor? I have personally witnessed one woman clucking like a chicken in a Pentecostal Church and experienced something demonic push me down on the floor. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says that the gift of speaking in tongues will cease. If you want to convince me it still exists then speak in Arabic, ancient Egyptian or Greek. Don’t run around spouting off things that sound like “taca taca Shaka Zulu.”

  • Jay

    Iam from Pentecostal church, when we filled with the holy spirit, we are not laugh, but we spoke in many language and tongue, we feel the presence of GOD, its very different… in my country in Indonesia…

    • DEAN

      And what languages did you speak? Farsi, German, Chinese or was it an unknown language? What troubles me about being around people like that is you don’t know what they are saying. They could be cursing God or praising satan for all I know.

  • Laura L

    “I tell them never to preach salvation, because they’re suggesting people get saved.” Mr. Howard-Browne says it all in that one quote. He’s not preaching salvation. If he’s not preaching salvation, then he is not of Jesus Christ. He is preaching a different message and that makes him a false teacher.

    • None of these PHONIES ever preach biblical salvation…they want your WALLET.

  • Chris

    To Me.. Whether you are right or wrong your attitude is hostile.. The mans name is geoffrey Grider.. What sort of Christian are you that you cannot show the man respect by calling him by his given name…If indeed you are a Christian why the hostility and disrespect.. They certainly are not the fruits of the spirit and therefor disqualifies you to speak in defence of Penticostal doctrine.

    • Geoffrey is doing what few do. He is calling out the wolves and is presenting clear evidence…video evidence of their wickedness. This is good and right but it stings the deceivers and their followers who love darkness rather than light because their deeds feel sooooo good, yet are evil. Preach Christ crucified for sin so that some might be saved and glorify our great God. All this man centered insanity is demonic.

      http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2014/09/18/confronting-sin/

      • Me

        According to him he’s the only good one.

    • Me

      Have you followed his comments very long? No need to ask me then. You want respect try giving it to others. When he respects us and God and stops calling people hate filled names maybe I can respect him somewhat.

    • Me

      Grider is shorter.

    • Me

      Chris you sound a little hostile there buddy remove the log from your own eye.

  • jknbt

    see acts 5:38b…if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; 39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” Good advice, you should consider it.

    my God is sovereign enough to ordain that his kids can laugh…if your really believe in a sovereign King, why can’t you conceive that in this old world of deep heaviness and unhappiness, that he might just give the gift of laughter to his kids? The apostles acted like a bunch of drunks on pentecost when they got the Holy Spirit (acts 2:15)…but Peter answered the objections of the crowd by saying that this was what the prophet Joel had prophesied. The crowd did not blame to behaviour of the apostles on the devil.

    pentecost, for all its faults and excesses, is the means God has chosen to bring the prophesied end times revival to the world. See Joel 2 and many other places. Blame the faults and excesses on carnality. That’s what Paul did when he straightened out the corinthians in his letters. Too bad you righteous people have self-excluded yourself from the end times work of the Holy Spirit. You are really missing the party and the victories.

    Take care lest you blaspheme by saying this is all the work of Satan…see Matt 12: 25-32…God takes a dim view of that.

  • Cheryl

    I am Pentecostal and do believe in being slain in the spirit,but that is when you are filled with the holyghost but i don’t believe in the rest of the stuff. You can’t say all the Pentecostals believe in that stuff

    • Can you show me being “slain in the spirit” from the Bible? Because if you can’t then you shouldn’t be doing it. I look forward to your response!

      • jknbt

        There are many examples of people falling out in the presence of God in the Bible. They seem to come in two manners: one type is when the person falls out and is unconscious or semi-conscious…the other seems to be where they are still aware, but end up on their faces anyway…

        So be fair in your interpretation of the scriptures, okay? The experience of people ending up on their faces is common in the scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Just because you haven't experienced this, and just because it is not common in the churches you serve in does not mean it is scriptural or possible.

        If you really believe in the sovereignty of God, then you must acknowledge that the King can do this with people if he chooses. The common denominator is the DIVINE PRESENCE. Either God himself is present, or the presence comes with the ministry of angels.

        Falling out with unconsciousness:
        1) Gen 2:21 Jehovah puts Adam into a deep sleep when creating Eve
        2) Gen 15:12 Abraham in the presence of Jehovah
        3) Dan 8:18 the prophet falls out in the presence and into a deep sleep
        4) Dan 8:27 Daniel faints due to the glory of the vision
        5) Dan 10: 8-9 the prophet falls out in the presence and into a deep sleep
        6) Matt 28: 2-4 Roman guards fall out with unconsciousness during the Lord’s resurrection
        7) Acts 10: 10-17 Peter goes into a trance during the heavenly vision
        8) Rev 1:17 John falls out in the presence

        Falling out while still conscious:
        1) Num 24: 4 & 16 Baalam falls out in the presence
        2) 2 Chron 5:14 the priests could not stand when the presence of the Holy Spirit came on the Temple
        3) Ezek 1:28 the prophet falls out in the presence
        4) Ezek 3:23 the prophet falls out in the presence
        5) Dan 8: 17 the prophet falls out in the presence
        6) Matt 17:6 apostles fall out during the transfiguration
        7) John 18:6 enemies fall to the ground
        8) Acts 9:4 Paul falls out in the divine presence see also Acts 26: 13-14

        • jknbt

          oops, finger dyslexia again…

          I meant to say “not scriptural” and “not possible” in line 7 above…

          “So be fair in your interpretation of the scriptures, okay? The experience of people ending up on their faces is common in the scripture from genesis to revelation. Just because you haven’t experienced this, and just because it is not common in the churches you serve in does not mean it is not scriptural or not possible.”

          or to state the same idea without all the double-negatives:

          “So be fair in your interpretation of the scriptures, okay? The experience of people ending up on their faces is common in the scripture from genesis to revelation. The experience is scriptural and possible in the vast sovereignty of God, whether you have experienced this or not. It is the result of the divine presence, whether it is common or not common in the churches you serve.”

          • jknbt

            double oops…I left out a couple of examples of people ending up on their faces in the presence of God:

            Rev. 7:11 angels, elders, and beasts fall on their faces worshipping God

            Rev. 11:16 elders fall on their faces worshipping God….

  • Bo

    The Scriptures teach that “tongues will cease” (1 Corinthians 13:8) but that is not the same thing as saying that tongues have ceased. In context, it appears to me that Paul is saying that both tongues and knowledge will cease when our Lord returns (not just when the canon of Scripture is complete). Further, we dare not ignore or deny Paul’s instruction, “. . . do forbid anyone from speaking in tongues” (1 Corinthi

  • TZ

    I believe in the power the anointing and the gifts of the Holy Spirit…its bible but is it all this goofy stuff not in the least…but it seems the problem with these gifts they come with an eye opening revelation only the Holy Spirit brings…He the HS will and does teach all things….but instead of following the leading in humility of these gifts…these folks become proud of their light (not in the least bit good) some remain humble and are used authenticity of the Lord…seems the proud are looking for the next WHOW moment, wanting those goose bumps…and here comes the copelands the hinns, the bakers, and bethal out of redding Cali headed by bill the ill johnson to fill the next new emotional high….Matt 24 says not to follow miracles but if we do grow in faith thru grace…faith still will move mountains…but there is genuine humility that comes from the authentic true gifts of the HS

  • Chris

    Just want to say I got SAVED reading the gospels in my dining room. The holy spirit hit me and I was laughing & crying uncontrollably. It was like I was being emotionally healed (crying) & set free ( laughing ). I have been following Jesus ever since & baptized not too long ago. I love Jesus now and I thank him for the cross and his kindness. I sometimes wonder what Mr. Griders’s motives are for posting some of the things he does. Does he post sit back with his arms folded with a big grin and watch everyone argue and backbite? People we need to be united in Christ! The unsaved world goes on sights like this too. Let’s be united & keep our focus on Jesus so the world will believe!!

  • twr

    Doctrine of the counterfeit church is dominant in the last days. We look for the overt, but the counterfeit is subtle. That is what is meant by separating wheat from the tares. You can hardly tell them apart. Indicators of false doctrine are seed and word faith. Tithes. Tongues and slain in the spirit. Christianity is about following Christ. These doctrines contradict the gospel. Lawlessness is a staple of false doctrine. People don’t even understand what it means to not be under the law.

    God’s commandments existed from the beginning. Paul (Romans 5:12-14) said there was no law from Adam to Moses. With the exception of original sin, sin was not imputed on God’s commandments until they became law under the covenant. The commandments were voluntarily kept by righteous men. Christ’s sacrifice did not abolish the law; he fulfilled the ordinances of the law which cause them to become sin. He became sin. We just reverted back to the original system of voluntary compliance with God’s commandments. You are not judged for non-compliance, but rewarded for obedience. Through your obedience, you are filling up your storehouse with blessings in the coming kingdom. Paul says let no one judge you in meat. There is no judgment against you for eating the unclean foods, but you are rewarded for your obedience to God’s word. There is no judgment against you for not keeping the Sabbath, but God will reward you for keeping it (Isaiah 58:13–14). The counterfeit church has Christians thinking the Ten Commandments are the only laws we have to follow.

    People who are under the counterfeit church don’t even know they are. The look for the overt examples, but it is very subtle.

  • Cobus

    Geoffrey,

    I will Not Call You Brother, rather What The Bible Calls people Like You In Matt.7:1-7 “Judge Not, that Ye Be Not Judged”
    Please Read Vs 2-4 and Pay attention To Vs 5 ” Thou Hypocrite….”
    You Often Quote 2 Tim.2:15 But Instead You Are Diplaying Your Total Lack Of Understanding Of Spiritual Insight. You Are Misleading People.
    Stop It And Repent lest You hear God Saying To You “Go away, I Never Knew You”

    Cobus..South Africaú

  • DC

    I’ve read several of your articles on these “churches,” and thought you might find the following article interesting. Beyond apostasy. I guess in a state where atheists payed money for and “up close and personal” Baphomet experience (Detroit), it’s not surprising, but Grand Rapids was always known for having “a church on every corner.”

    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/02/godless_church_forms_in_michig.html#incart_river_home_pop

  • Mario

    These are not the churches of Christ, these are the churches of the counterfeit gospel. The Lord warned us about it.

  • Lee

    I clicked on the “Kenneth Hagin Mighty Anointing Part 1” that laughing is demonic.
    At 6:57 in the video you can hear laughing and one guy starts hissing like a serpent.

    Pentecostalism is evil, lying signs and wonders.

  • jknbt

    there are no persistently wicked, unrepentent people in heaven. sorry, but they just don’t get in…see
    Rev 21:8 & 22:15. Blasphemers do not get in.

    Only the people who are ready will get to go out in the rapture. This is the main teaching of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matt. 25.

    You people who cannot and will not repent of your blasphemy of the Holy Ghost are not going to go up in the Rapture. You will not be allowed into heaven.

    Repent while you still can.

  • David Kaus

    Listen carefully, the Holy Spirit comes to testify of Jesus Christ. The real gift of tongues, which has ceased as Scripture tells us, spoke of the wonderful works of God. The shed blood of Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrected life are of eternal importance. The exhortation in Scripture is to a sober mind, to prove all things, to try the spirits, to not get another spirit, or believe in another Christ, etc. There is nothing in the New Testament that tells you that laughing like some crazed fool is a gift of the Holy Spirit, but it is a pagan Kundalini, occult manifestation. For any one who wants to pull themselves out of this delusion pray that God will have mercy on you and show you the truth before you are completely over come by a delusion to believe a lie.

  • Chrodules

    It’s not the first time I visited your site. I love many of your articles but this makes me really angry:
    I see also almost all the time sexual content on your site. The headline is “News From A Lost And Dying World:” Then right now I see a half-naked woman with the subject: “Fix your erectile dysfunction” and the rest is all glorifying Hollywood. If this is the only way you can keep this site financially up, then my advise is: CLOSE IT! Don’t rely on that evil money coming right out of the pit of hell! I am really sad about this. And the above article is from the same source I guess, thats not the way Jesus told us to write about our brothers and sisters or bring somebody to shame. Sorry, this time a very critical reply. God bless you.

  • Ironically, discerning of spirits is another gift of the Spirit that you folks practice but do it without love and use it to slander the bride of Christ. Seems a bit demonic to me.

  • Acts 2:17 KJV And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: The Holy Ghost fell on Azuza Street revival of 1906-13. This was the beginning of the Pentecostal Movement. This movement is in line with the Bible. The Bible told us it would happen in the last days and it did, however, Satan is the author of delusion and confusion loves to mock God and destroy Christianity. This is a Demonic Spirit and is called the KUNDALINI Spirit. Satan is well known for his counterfeit of God’s Spirit by coming up with something similar to God’s work to confuse and tear down the works of God. But remember it is counterfeit so it is slightly the same but different. Attached is a video to explain this demonic spirit that is in some Charismatic Churches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA9lQCnmZ2A

  • Bud

    Matthew 12:22-32Amplified Bible (AMP)
    The Pharisees Rebuked

    22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man both spoke and saw. 23 All the people wondered in amazement, and said, “Could this be the Son of David (the Messiah)?” 24 But the Pharisees heard it and said, “This man [a]casts out demons only by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan) the prince of the demons.”

    25 Knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will [continue to] stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan [that is, his demons], he has become divided against himself and disunited; how then will his kingdom stand? 27 If I cast out the demons by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan), by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it]. 29 Or how can anyone go into a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first overpowers and ties up the strong man? Then he will ransack and rob his house.
    The Unpardonable Sin

    30 He who is not with Me [once and for all on My side] is against Me; and he who does not [unequivocally] gather with Me scatters.

    31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy [every evil, abusive, injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things] will be forgiven people, but [b]blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

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