Tired of getting no results with old-fashioned, Bible-based Christianity? It's time to go off the map with Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton and all of their New Apostolic Reformation friends! In this first episode of this series we will focus on the fortune-telling aspect of the "Encounter Gospel," so get out your tarot cards, oops... I mean get out your Destiny Cards and let's get started! Here's a quick summary of the new and better Gospel of the Kingdom:
People aren't really that bad, they just need to be convinced of how special they are-they need to understand their "true identity."
Religion is the real source of people's problems, not rebellion against God (sin).
God is desperately trying to get people to "accept" Him, but He's been hindered by the historic Christian Church, with its specific, Biblical teachings about Salvation, Heaven and Hell, The Atonement of Jesus Christ, and all other forms of unnecessary "head knowledge" found in the Bible.
People would believe in God if they could just see some proof for themselves.
Bethel teaches how to give people the proof they need to believe that God is real, He loves them, and He wants all of their dreams to come true so they can fulfill their "Destiny."
How does Bethel teach you to provide proof of God's existence? How can you convert anyone you want?
Give people an "encounter with God." This is the new and better "Gospel of the Kingdom!"
Tell them something about themselves that can only be known supernaturally, exactly like a psychic, only much better!
Always tell them something good about themselves; especially about how they have a great "Destiny" and how God thinks they're amazing.
Do NOT call this fortune-telling, call it prophecy. Examples: "I operate in the prophetic," or "I have a prophetic gifting/anointing/mantle/office," or "Wow! I received a prophecy from Theresa and it was dead-on!" or "These aren't tarot cards-they're prophecy cards!"
It helps if you have some stock phrases memorized ahead of time, like these: "I'm sensing a shift in the atmosphere," or "You've been waiting for a breakthrough, haven't you?" or "God wants you to know that you're very special and He hasn't forgotten about you."
If your prospect appears skeptical or nervous, assure them that you're getting direct downloads from the third heaven realm.
Remember, you want people to feel confirmed, accepted and convinced of their value as unregenerate and unreconciled people ("sinners"); so do NOT mention outdated ideas like the need to repent before a Holy and Sovereign God who is angry at their sin. This means that Jesus dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins can (and should) be ignored.
If you don't have effective fortune-telling skills you can always bring people to a manipulative "church" service (the bigger the better!), where highly emotional music is performed, theatrical stagecraft with dramatic lighting is utilized, and unverifiable stories are repeated by skillful speakers who can sell God's "Presence" and convince audience members to make "decisions" for Jesus.
Our next installment in this series will explain the Hypnotic Worship "Encounter Gospel"
Here are some NAR filmmakers and pastors talking about the Encounter Gospel that they gladly teach and promote:
“John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
— Mark 1:4
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
— Matthew 3:11
“And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
— Luke 3:3
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
— Luke 5:32
“And that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”
— Luke 24:47
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.””
— Acts 2:38
“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.”
— Acts 3:19
“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”
— Romans 2:5
“As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”
— 2 Corinthians 7:9-10
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
— 2 Peter 2:9
“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
— Proverbs 28:13
Steven Kozar started The Messed Up Church; he is an artist, musician, blogger and stuff.