Gospel Vaccination (The Sin of Syncretism or synkretismos)

Gospel Vaccination
Robert Wurtz II

They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:5–6 NKJV)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(1 John 2:15 NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

Have you ever wondered why so many people seem to rebel against everything that requires them to renounce the world and this present darkness? Have you ever asked yourself why people who profess to be Christians are as good at defending worldliness and sin as your average sinner is? Wonder no more. John gives us the plain answer. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:5–6 NKJV) People who are of the world (the “they” in our passage) hear and agree with others who are in the world. What “they” say and do makes sense to them and the world; but it is foolishness to those who are truly born of God. Why? Because we are in opposing kingdoms. No matter what a person professes to be, if they reject the counsel of God and speak the world’s language — they are of the world. They are moving in the spirit of error.

Believed and Received or simply Deceived?

There is a gospel of error (born of the spirit of error) that allows a person to go on living in sin and rebellion while calling themselves a Christian. Tragically, multitudes have never been told some very basic facts about becoming a Christian:

1. We must renounce and utterly forsake all association with evil and darkness. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead. (Acts 17:30–31 NKJV) This means everything that represents sin, Satan, the occult, witchcraft, darkness, and anything else associated with what God has already cast out of heaven. In fact, He has prepared a place to burn these offending ones for all eternity. Why would a Christian want to identify with a king and his kingdom that God has assigned to eternal damnation?

2. We must repent of all known sin. Anything that you and I are conscious of, as being “sin,” we must turn from it. This means turn from it and don’t turn back to it.  

3. There is an exclusivity to Christianity. Just as God called Abraham out of Ur; Lot and his family out of Sodom; and the Israelites out of Egypt; God calls individuals to come out from among this present evil world and be separated unto God. We remain in the world, but we are not identified with it.  

Moreover, true Christians belong to a kingdom where the people agree with God and obey God. They do not argue about obeying God. What God loves they love, and what God hates they hate. They are not siding with Satan against God and calling themselves a Christian. Sadly, many have never heard these things. They are trying to serve two masters (God and Satan). What they needed from the beginning was the real Gospel and not a gospel vaccination. 

Immune to the Real Gospel 

A vaccine is a substance designed to be injected into the body to stimulate an immune system response. It is generally a pseudo (synthetic) or impotent version of a disease. The idea is to trick the body into building up a defense against the real thing — so that when you come into contact with the real thing the body will be immune to it. In other words, you have been immunized

In modern times we are suffering from a wholesale epidemic of “gospel vaccinations.” For nearly a hundred years, the masses have been administered an impotent, inert, pseudo “gospel” that has left them with a false assurance that they are a Christian, without providing them with the reality of it. The result is a syncretic (not synthetic, but syn-cretic) brand of Christianity that is at war with the real thing. Syncretism is a theological term for the un-critical, un- discerning, un-questioning acceptance of beliefs and practices that are contrary to the Word of God. Syncretism is the mingling of worldly and even pagan beliefs and practices with Biblical Christianity within the church. It is a poison that robs the church of its life and testimony.* The Latin word syncretismus comes from the Greek συγκρητισμός (synkretismos), meaning “Cretan federation.” Plutarch (1st cen. AD) speaks of the Cretans, who compromised and reconciled their differences and came together in alliance when faced with external dangers. And that was their so-called Syncretism. The old timers simply called it moral and spiritual compromise. John was more to the point, Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15 NKJV)

These are hard truths that we must come to terms with. We live in a crisis hour where society is free-falling morally and spiritually. The consequence of not preaching the Gospel as it was once delivered unto the saints, is that we now have millions of people in the West (and everywhere in the world it has been exported to) who have never truly repented of their sins; forsaken all ties with sin and this present evil world; received Christ as savior and Lord; been baptized in water, and received the Holy Spirit. They were deceived when they should have received. They prayed a prayer and was told they are “saved” and as a result are now immune to the true Gospel — if and when they finally hear it. This is tragic beyond words. 

Winning the People

As Christians our objective is not to “win people.” Our objective is to disciple people to Jesus Christ. They must come under his discipline. Again, this process begins when a person renounces all ties to Satan’s kingdom and turns to God’s kingdom. No half-way conversions. This means we cannot use worldliness to get a person to repent of the world. People are supposed to renounce their love for the world. Just as one can’t use drugs to lure a drug addict into a drug rehab center; one cant use worldliness to lure people into the kingdom of God. 

It is a very simple thing to ask, but, how can we use Satan’s ways to get people to God when God kicked Satan out of heaven? It defies common sense. We cannot use this world to win the lost — when the “god” of this world is the one who caused us to be lost in the first place. No crazier thought has ever crossed the human mind than to think that the world has something to contribute to a sinner’s reconciliation to God or can somehow assist us in ushering in His presence. 

Can the thing that destoyed it all now fix it? If there were ever an illustration of the dog returning to his own vomit — this generation is living it. The very thing that made the dog sick in the first place he returns to — sniffs it — and eats it again. Amazing! This is what it is to utlilize what destroyed our relationship with God to try and fix it again. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may discern what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

Satan is the “god” of this present evil world, and he has blinded the people of this world with darkness. (2 Cor. 4:4) If we are “conforming” to this world in our worship — we are “conforming” to what issues forth from Satan himself. Keep in mind that this is the same Satan that was cast out of Heaven; out of the presence of God along with one-third of the angels. (Revelation 12:4-12) In fact, he cause Adam (mankind) to be banished from the presence of God in the Garden of Eden. That’s what he does. It’s what it longs to do. How deceived could this generation be to think that they could take pointers from this evil world, led by Satan himself, to “set up” Christian worship and come into the presence of God — while the one who made this pattern was cast out of the presence of God? Think about that and learn wisdom.

We can’t use measures developed by the one who was cast out of God’s presence to usher in God’s presence. Nor can we implement worldly measures to help a sinner get reconciled to God. Have we somehow forgotten that Satan is the one who caused our separation from God in the first place? Do we not know that he works day and night to keep people from reconciling to God? How could anything that this evil world has to offer do anything to fix the problem that it’s “god” and “king” (Satan) caused? He is the agent of separation from God not reconciliation. He caused the fall of man and is not about to help fix it. 

Why would a church conform it’s so-called “worship experience” to this present evil, Satan-led world — in order to come into the presence of God — when Satan and his angels were rejected and cast out of God’s presence? That is pure madness. Sure the Devil would like to design our worship experience… so the churches can get what he and his angels got; cast out of God’s presence and utterly rejected! At the very least he wants to put his “stamp” on the meeting — if nothing else to snub God and the rest of the angels.   

I say away with the gospel vaccine. Lets preach a Gospel that is good, acceptable, and perfect. Lets keep Satan’s influence out of our worship services! Lets discern the difference between a impotent worldly “gospel” that leaves people immune to the true Gospel and one that will bring a person into the Kingdom of God as a new creature in Christ.   



Survival of the Revival (Revisited)

Survival of the Revival (Revisited)
Robert Wurtz II

O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)

In 2004 I preached a series of messages to our Adult Bible Class concerning the subject of repentance and revival. Our church had been visited of God in a marvelous way giving rise to numerous rededications to the Lord and over 30 water baptisms. There was an urgency among many that danger was on the horizon. Not just danger of judgment, but the very real danger that the churches would backslide into a deeper hardness and worldliness than they already had. Although I never heard God say it, it was almost as if we were facing the same fate of the church at Ephesus, “Repent and do your first works, lest I remove thy lamp stand out of its place.” Snow storms had forced church closings in an unprecedented way that winter. Each cancellation caused the urgency to grow stronger. Many were getting the message loud and clear. The prophet said it this way, “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid…” One translator put it, “I have heard Thy report.” The prophet is alarmed. There is a great urgency. His prayer? O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

As God was moving…

 One of the great challenges of that time was that so many people had their own definition of revival. At that time we were still in the shadow of the so-called ‘holy laughter’ of Tortonto, the ‘Holy Ghost Bartender’ blasphemy and a host of other weird manifestation infestations among works that very well may have started off well. Eventually men like Todd Bentley would be kicking people in the face with their biker boot and calling it ‘Holy Ghost direction.’ A few people claim to be healed and delivered and suddenly everything that happened in these meetings was validated. The people cast discernment to the wind and the Church received another hefty black-eye for the nonsense. It happened as Derek Prince, one of the most respected figures in the Charismatic Movement, warned some years before when he wrote:

“Now, the Bible speaks about signs and wonders. It says some things about them that are good, and some that are very frightening. I want to turn to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 and read a few verses there, beginning at verse 9. The coming of the lawless one [that is the title of the Antichrist] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

So, Paul says here there are such things as lying signs and wonders. There are true signs and there are lying signs. True signs attest the truth. Lying signs attest lies. Satan is fully capable of supernatural signs and wonders. Unfortunately, many in the Charismatic movement have the attitude that if something is supernatural, it must be from God. There is no scriptural basis for that assumption. Satan is perfectly capable of producing powerful signs and wonders to attest his lies, and the reason such people are deceived is because they did not receive the love of the truth. On such people God will send strong delusion. That is one of the most frightening statements in the Bible. If God sends you strong delusion, you will be deluded. I think that is one of the most severe judgments of God recorded in Scripture, sending these people strong delusion. They will be condemned, these people, because they did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”(D.P. Protection from Deception 1996)

Notice how he stated that the Charismatic movement is particularly vulnerable to deception because they think that everything that happens supernatural is of God. It is not. It was not until Todd Bentley was caught in adultery that many people left off believing he was legit. Even then some wanted a ‘quick restoration’ so he could get back in his ‘ministry’. It is madness. How do things like this happen? It happens when the supernatural becomes front and center in the churches. When people start following signs and wonders instead of signs and wonders following them, they are ripe for deception. 

The Danger of ‘Spiritual Experiences’      

Things have changed a lot in the last 8 years. A whole generation of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians have entered Christendom that express their faith primarily with music. Notice I did not say praise and worship, but music. Many believe that the presence of the Lord is the strange feeling they feel when the electric piano is set to strings or when the tempo carries the people off into a frenzy. They think that the presence of the Lord comes and goes as they worship and praise. This is simply false. When the cloud and fire sat over the Tabernacle it was there day and night. The only thing that ever caused the presence of the Lord to depart was sin and compromise. This is played out in Ezekiel chapter 8 and following. Emotions come and go- but the presence of the Lord will remain so long as He is made welcome. (Isaiah 66:1ff, Acts 7:1ff, Ephesians 5:18, etc.). Paul told the Corinthians:

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

The Corinthians apparently did not know that the Holy Spirit ‘dwelled’ in them. ‘Dwelleth’ is a present reality. We spend a lot of time asking God to come to a place where He already is. What many are really saying is that they want a deeper spiritual experience. But when we say that we have to ask what we mean by that. Are we saying we want a close consciousness of God? Are we asking for a double-portion of Holy Spirit conviction? Because when the Spirit is come He will convince the world of sin, righteousness and judgment to come. When the Holy Spirit is near the fear of the Lord is upon the people. When John saw Jesus He fell at His feet as dead. Paul was knocked clean off his mule and was blinded when he saw Jesus. Is this what we are asking for? Do we want an Isaiah 6 experience where we cry out woe is me for I am undone? This is an important question to ask. Once our desire turns towards a quest for an inward experience of some kind of Spirit manifestation we are moving in dangerous territory. Emotional people desire emotional experiences. The Holy Spirit must not be confused with an emotion that accompanies His presence; otherwise anything that can create a similar feeling may be confused with the Holy Spirit. Derek Prince continues his warning:

“I do not want to appear critical, but I have to say, to my understanding, most of what is called worship in the Charismatic movement is not worship at all. Often it is very self-centered: “God heal me. God bless me. God, make me feel good. God do this and God do that.” It is ego-centric; it is soulish. Only the spirit can focus directly on God. Much of the music that we have in church today appeals to the soul, stimulates the soul, It is very much the same kind of music as is used in the world to stimulate the soul. I am no expert in music, absolutely not at all. I cannot sing a note in tune. But I have a certain sensitivity to the impact of music. Having lived five years in Africa, I am aware that certain repetitive themes and rhythms can deaden your sensitivity. If you sit under that long enough, especially when it is very loud, you lose the capacity to discern. And in Africa those rhythms are used to call up demons.” (D.P. Protection from Deception 1996)

Hanging around too long…

During the Revival in 2004 I published and preached these words, “This is where many revivals blow up. People start seeking a “deeper experience” in the Lord in some mystical way and end up ready for the funny farm. Instead of allowing the Spirit of God to empower them for service they keep seeking more and more and more “spiritual blessing” until they just flat lose it all together! The pressure and drive to minister becomes so volatile that they nearly explode like an atomic reaction from the pressure. Anyone seeking an experience with Christ apart from knowing Him in the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings- being made conformable until His death- is headed for flakesville”. Why? Because the anointing of God is for service. It is not for our entertainment. An experience with God that is genuine causes us to want to share the faith with others and conform to pure religion. A lot of things have been blamed on the Holy Ghost that were not God at all! People don’t bark in the Holy Ghost. They don’t contort their bodies like epileptics or any other demonic thing. When people don’t use their anointing to minister and they keep seeking more and more and more power and blessing—they open themselves up to devils.” (Survival of the Revival, courtesy sermonindex.net 2004) As Andrew Strom said preaching in Kansas City during this same time of revival, “revival is not the top blowing off of the church- it is the bottom falling out.”

Protecting the Ground God has Given Us

So what does it mean to be revived? Simply means we come into a place where we are full of the Holy Spirit. What does that look like? A good example is found in the life of Stephen in Acts 6 and 7. I have a few thoughts along this line:

1) It is impossible to be full of the Holy Ghost and not desire greatly to minister to the lost (Acts 4:31).

2) It is impossible to be full of the Holy Ghost and continually struggle with sin (John 16; Mark 16, Romans 6:2, etc.). 

3) It is impossible to be full of the Holy Ghost and not love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself (1 John 4:8). 

4) It is impossible to be full of the Holy Ghost and be speaking by the Holy Ghost and speak of Christ irreverently. Jesus said in John 16:14 that when the Spirit is come “He will glorify Me.” (see also 1 Cor. 12:3) The Holy Ghost exalts Christ to the highest place of all. 

5) It is impossible to be full of the Holy Spirit of grace and not deny ungodliness and worldly desires. The Spirit of grace teaches us to be sober, righteous and godly in this present world (Titus 2:11- 12)     

When God sends revival into our lives and into our church serious changes take place in our priorities. People begin to feel the heart of God. God’s concerns become their concerns. The fear of the Lord comes over the churches so as to sanctify the Lord in the eyes of the people. Christ must be exalted, not in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 

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