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Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1

Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation? Have you been involved in Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, or Lectio Divina ? Have you read books or taken part in “Bible studies” that focused on books written by people who claimed to teach you how to hear God speak to you, instead of focusing on books in the Bible? Well, this new series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS‘ will attempt to peel back the layers of spiritual deception and present you with the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices. Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices. All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video with you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages and read the upcoming posts on this important topic so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you.

Please test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do. (Acts 17:11)

Now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

In the following video you will hear JUSTIN PETERS, a very humble servant of God,  give a very sound, Biblical teaching concerning ‘How to Hear God’s Voice,’ which is through reading His Word, praying for wisdom, and by seeking godly counsel.

You will also hear clips from people such as Beth Moore and Benny Hinn, and information about others who claim to hear God speak to them. Please pray for discernment before you watch, and always remember that God’s Word is sufficient; we need nothing more.




In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:1-18)

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.” (1 John 1:1-4)

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“Do not go beyond what is written.” (1 Corinthians 4:6)

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Revelation 22:17 -21)

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory









Capture James MacDonald Trinity Broadcasting Network

On Sunday, January 5th 2014, James MacDonald enticed his congregation with these words:

“…the biggest miracle that’s ever happened in the history of Harvest Bible Chapel is happening right now.” 

But then he went on to say that ‘he couldn’t tell them for another three months.’ 

Then last week Harvest Bible Chapel sent out an email entitled ‘Big News You Need To Hear!’  This is what it said in the final paragraph of that email:

“Last, there’s some big news you need to hear!  If Harvest Bible Chapel is your church home, we also have a special ministry update for you this weekend.  I wish I could tell you all of it now, and can hardly wait till we share in it together.  Trust me–you’ll want to hear this news first hand.”

Since I left Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows (my church for over 14 1/2 years) at the end of January 2012 right after I heard what took place during the ‘Elephant Room 2 Conference’ with T D Jakes, I was unable to discover what the “big news” was, and they didn’t include that information on their online service.  However, last night I happened to notice  the following tweet on Twitter which had the link that led me to the picture and information you see in the ‘quick capture’ that I posted above:

“Does anyone know if this is true?”

After reading the information at that link I was pretty certain that the information was true — as disturbing as it was — but I hesitated to write about it until I could confirm it with certainty.  So I began my own Internet search and found the following video of a June 5th 2013 TBN program entitled, ‘Behind the Scenes’ in which you can see the ‘quick capture’ below of former president of TBN, Paul Crouch (who sadly died less than 6 months after that program), shaking hands with James.   Upon playing the video I heard Paul Crouch say to James at the 23:13 minute mark:

“We’re gonna have lots to talk about with regards to Chicago Illinois, I have a feeling.  You’re a great church there.”

You can watch the video by clicking on the word ‘SOURCE’ under the ‘quick capture’ below.  The portion where James begins talking starts at the 8 minute mark:


This definitely added to the certainty that James is becoming involved with TBN, and then just a few hours ago I noticed that a person who tweets in defense of James replied to the previously mentioned tweet by saying the following, and thus confirming the news concerning TBN and James to be true:

“yes, they talked about it at length in church this past weekend.”

“the elders are behind it and they seem to have thought it through. seems like a good thing for the word to go out.”

“They talked about it at length,”  and “they seem to have thought it through. seems like a good thing for the word to go out.” But the question is, ‘Did they seriously pray about it and earnestly seek God for His will?  Somehow I don’t think so, because God’s Word clearly warns us about those who preach ‘another gospel’ and ‘another Jesus’ which the prosperity teachings clearly preach.

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“Trinity Broadcasting Network — TBN is the world’s largest religious network, delivering the Christian message of hope around the world.”

So says the information that I found after clicking on the  link I saw posted on Twitter.  Yes, James can reach many people around the world through his program, for sure.  And, yes, there are a few — very few– Biblical programs on TBN such as ‘Way of the Master.’  But associating with many pastors and teachers who are known for teaching ‘Word of Faith’ heresy, and airing his ‘Walk in the Word’ program on a station that is known for promoting heresy does not seem like godly wisdom to say the least!  (I am assuming that’s the program that TBN will be airing). 

**CORRECTION 3-24-14 9:49 A.M.**: It didn’t occur to me when I first wrote this post, but it will probably be their weekend services that are now being live streamed, which will be aired on TBN.

**UPDATE 3-27-14** While listening to their 3-23-14 online service, James confirmed by what he said that it will be ‘Walk In The Word Television.‘  This may, however, include their weekend services, because James had this to say:

“I announced last weekend in church that God has opened a miraculous door for ‘Walk in the Word Television’ to truly touch the world.  Plant more churches in more places maybe than any church in our generation has done.  Maybe.  God knows.  But aren’t you astounded –by His grace?” 

“God is going to use us like that?  You have got to be kidding me!  It’s shockingly, outrageously gracious of God to take this thing that goes on between us every weekend and somehow get that to the ends of the earth.  I feel immensely unworthy.  I’m surprised that you don’t feel the same –if you don’t.” 

Looking down at the pulpit, James also read off some serious questions with a sassy tone in his voice, giving the people at Harvest the impression that he was ‘being bombarded by these kind of questions’ from those who attend Harvest.  Questions such as:

“How  much money are you going to make from this, Pastor James?” 

“Then how much do you make on your books?” 

“What if I don’t agree with everybody on that channel you’re going on?”

But then as if James was trying to make light of the fact that he was going to be on TBN, he had this to say:

“I don’t agree with everyone in this church.   I don’t agree with everyone in my own family.”

Those comments brought laughter from some people in attendance. Shortly after that he read 1 Corinthians 16:9 out loud, which says:

“A wide door for ministry has opened to me and there are many adversaries.”

Then, in part, he went on to say:

“Um good news?  Ready for some good news?   I made up every one of those questions.  Not one single one; I made it all up.  And our church is incredibly excited and positive about what’s happening.  Isn’t that awesome?”

So for those of you who do have serious concerns about your church being involved with TBN, it’s time for you to express those concerns to the leadership at Harvest because your decision to remain silent is implying that you are in agreement.  And if you have the courage to do so, be prepared for the possibility of being called ‘negative’ and ‘divisive’ and possibly labeled as an ‘adversary.’ 

As for me, even though I left Harvest 2 years ago, I will pray even more for James and for all of you who are still attending Harvest. (End of 3-27-14 UPDATE).

What happened to the Biblical discernment James once had? By associating with the many false teachers that TBN promotes, this can only damage his reputation further  than it has already been damaged by the fallout of ER2.  *And because T D Jakes was proclaimed at ER2 as having embraced a Biblical understanding of the Trinity, and since T D Jakes was not confronted about the heretical ‘prosperity message’ that he preaches, is James willing to take partial responsibility for those who may be led astray for his failure to properly confront T D Jakes if they also begin to watch T D Jakes and the many other false teachers that are on TBN?  Besides T D Jakes, here are just a few of the many other pastors and teachers that are on TBN: Jesse Duplantis, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Steven Furtick, Brian Houston, Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, and Marilyn and Sarah Hickey.  All  of those listed, except for Beth Moore and Steven Furtick have teachings that are saturated with ‘Word of Faith’ heresies.  Although Steven Furtick does incorporate some ‘Word of Faith’ principles into his teachings, he is more known to distort Scripture and reads himself into many texts of Scripture as he preaches, which is just as unbiblical as the Word of Faith teachings.  And Beth Moore promotes the unbiblical practice of ‘Contemplative Prayer’ and also teaches people how to ‘hear God speak,’ thus promoting the false teaching that we can ‘receive ‘direct revelation’ from God,‘ which can lead people to no longer believe in the sufficiency of Scripture. (*This paragraph was updated by just adding *this sentence on 3-27-14)

If you are not aware of what the ‘Word of Faith’ teachings are, I strongly encourage you to watch the following excellent series, ‘A Call for Discernment‘ by Justin Peters.  He also has an updated series called, ‘Clouds Without Water.’




Though this is almost but possibly not quite an exact quote, I once heard James say on his ‘Walk in the Word’ program at the end of 2012:

‘The drift to compromise starts out slow and steady.’

And sadly, James is proving this to be completely true. What happened to the man he once was who strongly stood against all the “distortions of the gospel” which includes prosperity teachings?


There was a time when I believe he would have never considered  partnering with TBN.  But obviously his choice to begin to compromise has caused him to drift further than any of us ever thought was possible. 

What kind of reaction did the members and those who attend Harvest Bible Chapel have to the “big news” that was announced concerning TBN?  Were they caught up in the excitement that HBC was attempting to generate through their hyped up emails and hints about the “big news” to come? Or will many begin to leave in droves after coming to the conclusion that this decision to partner with TBN is not something that is honoring to God and to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Time will tell.

“He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” (John 7:18)

“For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” (John 12:43)

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)

Please pray for James more than you have ever prayed for him before. Is James seeking to please God? Or is he seeking the acceptance and approval of men? Only God knows his heart, but this just doesn’t sound like a wise decision for him to make. 

Maybe God will somehow use this partnership with TBN in James’ life to open his eyes so that he will finally realize just how far he has drifted from standing for solid Biblical truth. At least that is my hope and prayer.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory