The endtime cult of Fear

Some of the most ardent and strident merchants of fear in society these days are not who you would expect. They are the “watchmen” of the internet, those prophetic types who fancy themselves in the Biblical role of the watchman on the wall.  They constantly beat the drums about how God’s judgment is upon the land, and catastrophe is always just around the corner. They fuse their own doctrines with scripture to captivate and hold hostage the attention of undiscerning Christians. They imply that the only way to respond to the unfolding global crises is to stay tuned to their broadcasts because they alone have the ‘revelation’ about what’s next to come. They alone have opened up this channel of communication with the Holy Spirit, through acts of their own righteousness, and that channel is not available to the rest of us mere fleshly mortals. Some seem to have this running conversation going on with the Holy Spirit, who always seems to give the next piece of revelation to them just in time to fit their broadcast schedules, and always it seems to relate to something in the current news. In their world it seems that the Holy Spirit is entirely focused on current affairs.

It is fear of the unknown that some of these endtime preachers capitalize on. They tell you they have the source of information you require for survival. They prey on man’s desire to know the future. Pretty soon you have one man, and his teachings, leading many followers down his particular path of political and survival ethics. These groups are fueled by paranoia, not faith in the Lord.

They use current affairs to project future events. Sensationalism is always added to the mix of today’s headlines, and the result is a potent brew of fear. During last year’s Gulf Oil Spill crisis, there were the following headlines on a prominent watchman’s website:……”Gulf Spill Syndrome – The New Plague!” ……..”Prepare to see the Poisoning of the Water!……Gulf Oil Spill is God’s judgment!……Their broadcasts were trumpeting the danger of the “huge methane gas bubble” that they claimed the Holy Spirit told them had formed under the surface and was liable to explode at any moment and take out much of the Gulf shoreline. I think what we know now indicates that it was probably human error that caused the Gulf spill, but of course they turn everything that happens into an example of God’s judgment on America. They use whatever crisis is in the news at the time to stir up the fear. Of course, when that crisis eases, they simply move on to the next one. They piggyback on the news of the day to show how fearful we should all be. They call it “righteous fear of the Lord“.  The watchman at this website proudly declares he is a fear-monger, and says it is doing God’s work to spread the fear, but is this true?

Many of the events happening around the world clearly point to the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are told about this in Matthew 24. Of course as Christians we need to be aware of these events. It is not a matter of putting our heads in the sand and being blissfully unaware, but it is a matter of responding to crisis in the way the Lord taught us. Looking carefully at the Bible, we see that the Lord is very much against fear-mongering. When the great storm came when Jesus and the apostles were on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus first dealt with the issue of fear:  (Matt. 14:27)  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  Then Peter walked upon the water to meet Jesus on faith, but sank when the fear of the reality of the situation overcame him. Jesus strongly rebuked him for his fear and doubt. The fear of the reality of today’s troubles is what will cause us to sink, when that fear becomes stronger than our faith in Jesus to overcome all danger. 

The fears we have of coming events can only be overcome through placing all of our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing is too great for the Lord to help us through. No amount of listening to watchmen proclaim the doom can give us peace. They put stumbling blocks in our path so that we do not fully trust in who He is. We know from Scripture that worse economic times are on the way, with global wars, earthquakes, etc. All these things increase in intensity as the coming of our Lord nears. This does not mean that the Lord does not care about these things that we have to endure, but it is with grace and faith that we must endure. We will endure with a living hope in Jesus Christ that regardless of what we have to go through He will see us to the shore safely.

Giving ourselves over to the spirit of fear means we do not trust that the Lord is enough to see us through. People who proclaim that fear should be in our hearts are conditioning all of us to doubt God’s sovereignty. Rather than holding our heads and becoming paralyzed in fear and hopeless in despair, we should feel an urgent call to cheerfully fulfill our assignment to go and spread the good news of the gospel everywhere, as we await the glorious return of the Savior of mankind. Why should we bow to fear as our master? Why should we put our time and resources in something that has no reward, here or in heaven, like these doom and gloom ministries?

Revelation 21:8
 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Here we see from the Bible how harmful it is to live our lives in fear. The fearful will be cast into the lake of fire. That’s how serious it is, for us to say “God is not enough. I need to listen to these people, they will tell me what to do.”  God is in control, and He is more than enough, without the fearsome words of men. The type of fear of the Lord that the Bible talks about is a reverent humility before our Maker and Redeemer.  Prov. 1:7 – “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”;……..This is not the same thing as fearing that God is causing an oil spill, or destroying our economy. That is twisting Scripture to meet the needs of the prophet.

Matthew 10:28
 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Hebrews 13:6
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

We must not be afraid to die for our faith. Do not fear the NWO, and the orchestrated world economic crisis, these are the works of men. Do not believe the lie that everything that happens is because God’s hand of judgment is on the land. We reap the crop that we have sowed. Much that is unfolding is the result of not sowing righteously. And how should we respond? Turning away from God’s protection and heeding the words of man is the worst response we can give.  Christ’s teaching about events in the last days in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 2 is about hope, redemption, and victory. Does this sound like the message we are hearing from these internet ministers?

 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Isaiah 12:2

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

 

May God bless and keep you……………………………JD Ellis

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36 Responses to The endtime cult of Fear

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  2. Dave says:

    Good article. We don’t have so much of this fear mongering in England – it seems to be a predominantly American venture. Rick Wiles has a lot to answer for, interpreting his own thoughts (not for the first time) as the voice of the Holy Spirit. Is he in that secret location outside the USA? He had until the end of 2010 to leave the country – after exhorting all believers to prepare (through the first part of last year) for horrific judgement from September onwards.

    I am amazed that he has the cheek to still peddle what he does after that well publicized false prophecy.

    At the other end of the spectrum we have the prosperity bunch and the Dominionist crowd, where judgement is nowhere to be seen. Except, that is, at their own doors.

  3. truth says:

    I have got a big help by God to understand the times by listening for instance to Lindsey Williams – so I do not fully agree to this article.

  4. Lindsey Williams openly says he gets all his “inside” information from a person. His former source died, and now he apparently has a new source. I have listened to many of his broadcasts, and he puts heavy emphasis on sales of his products. He certainly does not put emphasis on the Bible.

    My position is that everything we need to know is contained in God’s guidebook for us, the Bible. We do not need Nathan Leal, Rick Wiles, Lindsey Williams, or any self-appointed Internet “prophet”, or any Lindsey Williams insider, to deliver the truth to us. The truth about our lives, our future, our role in preparing the Kingdom of God in spreading the Good News of the gospel, and our eternal destiny are all freely available in the Bible. Any special instructions God may have for us are delivered to us personally, through prayer, obedience to God, and intercession of the Holy Spirit. They are not delivered through Internet broadcasters, no matter how convinced they are that they are God’s prophets.

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  7. bchaplin88 says:

    I don’t think I’ve been this frustrated since turning to the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Today I have listened to a man talk about his visions and dreams from God. He preaches pre-tribulation rapture and said ‘those who believe this doctrine (once saved always saved) will be left behind…and thrown in hell’.

    I also visited LA Marzulli’s website and was attacked for highlighting an apparent lie.

    He said months ago that he had received a Word from God saying that he should go to a new age convention. He then constantly urged people to donate. Then, last week, after receiving the funds, he said that his daughter had received a dream showing that LA should not go…

    I bring this up and his followers say:

    1. I’m going to have to answer for my deceit.
    2. I’m unloving.
    3. God always changes his plans.

    What is wrong with us? Am I really self-deceived into thinking that I know Christ and thus just following the lusts of my flesh, or are these people so utterly blind that they defend someone that appears to be a liar?

  8. Hi Ben. This is so typical of the experiences of those who get involved with false prophets. I used to follow Nathan Leal’s forum, and it was the same thing: toe the party line, or get attacked. People would post outrageous lies in the name of the Lord, and I would point it out, and the attacks would rain down on me.

    This is actually a good thing, as Jesus taught we would be attacked and criticized by the world. These types are Christian in name only, and do not follow the Gospel. Do not even consider these so-called “ministers” to be of the Christian faith. They are wolves in sheeps’ clothing. They have their own agenda, and their own teachings. Honestly, any person who says that God told him to attend a New Age conference is a false prophet. How do we know? Because the Bible is the Word of God, and is never contradictory. New Age thought is completely contradictory to the teachings of the Bible. We are assured that God doesn’t contradict himself, and he is not telling anyone to attend New Age conferences.

    In regard to the three points you list:

    (1) That you are going to have to answer for your “deceit.” This is a common phrase used by the false teachers – the same theme, that anyone in disagreement will receive God’s wrath. Scare tactics.

    (2) They will say you are unloving. Does the Bible actually teach that to be “loving” includes toleration of false teaching? The opposite. The Bible is full of warnings about how harmful false teaching is to the body of Christ.

    (3) That God always changes his plans. Here you see the extent of the deceitfulness of the false teachers and their followers. Would God tell him to attend a New Age conference, not knowing that just a short while later, he would tell him the opposite, through a dream from his daughter? This is not the all-knowing God of the Bible they are honoring here.

    No, you are not self-deceived in thinking you know Christ. You are seeking God’s truth. The internet in the past 20 years has been a double-edged sword: while it has spurred the greatest expansion of Gospel preaching we have ever witnessed, it has also spawned the greatest increase in false teachings. I went through this same disillusionment. A few years back, I decided I would have to be much more discerning in what and who I listened to, in regards to the internet. I started listening to more pure Gospel, and less news and opinion related Christian ministries. I now feel no need to be fed the party line of some ministry that is going to attack me if I point out their error. I now only listen to wonderful, uplifting sermons by true preachers of God.

    If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and accept him in your heart, and fully acknowledge that he died so that we may have eternal life, then you are saved. Satan cannot snatch you away. You are chosen from the beginning of time. Feel the full comfort of God’s assurance. This is what we need to show to the non-believers: that we live each day in the full assurance of God’s saving grace in our lives. This is what evangelism is all about. To go out into the world, and let others know what great things God has done for you, and have them desire what you have. Never let anyone convince you that you are anything less than a full and complete child of God. Let your life be your testimony. Then others will want what you have.

    I’m not that familiar with Marzulli, although his name has come up on several occasions in my research on internet prophets. He sounds like someone I should write an article about.

    God bless you,
    JD

  9. bchaplin88 says:

    Thanks JD. I needed that. Sometimes, although I know I’m saved, I worry that maybe I’m being too harsh or unChrist like…but then I remember, these people are lying.

    As for the new age, he was claiming that he was told to go there to preach the Word (I think), but the point is, as you said, God does not tell you one thing, make everyone give you money and then take it back.

    These people do not understand the sovereignty of our God.

  10. I just checked out Marzulli’s website and blog. There is virtually no content on there about the Gospel or Christ. It is all UFO’s, the cosmos, nephilim, the supernatural, and politics. While this site appears to be that of a Christian author, it is another example of the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” mentioned in Matthew 7:15. People with sites like this have the outward appearance of being Christian, while inwardly they are nothing of the kind.

    We need to see this for what it is: a huge distraction to the church today, a collection of stories which has the specific effect of drawing Christians away from the only story that matters for our eternal lives: the story that played out on Calvary 2,000 years ago. Satan loves it when the internet is used to draw people, specifically Christians, away from the story of Redemption and pure gospel teaching. The enemy would much rather have us chasing down bizarre, unprovable, and ultimately inconsequential stories than hearing what God actually has to say to us.

    JD

  11. bchaplin88 says:

    Brother, thanks for another great comment.

    If you ever feel led to send me any of these uplifting sermons, feel free.

    Here’s one I feel led to send to you.

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