Monday, August 15, 2016

A Warning to Miracle-mongers

I abhor miracle-mongers. These are the people who clamor to see or experience a miracle but do not know the first thing about the other attributes of God. These are the people who come to church only in hopes to see a sign. The pray for glory dust to fall down so they can say Jesus showed up. They pray for healed legs so they can run toward sin. People like that existed in Jesus' day and in our day too. (John 6:2, John 12:18).

Be warned, miracle-mongers, though some of the miracles in the OT, like protecting the men in the kiln, or closing the lions' mouths were to the good for those who loved Him, "most of the miraculous events in the Old Testament killed people." Most of the miracles in the OT (and some in the NT- Ananias, Sapphira) simply, flatly, killed people, as a demonstration of God's justice and holiness.

John MacArthur preached,
His justice is demonstrated at the cross. It is God who said the soul that sends it must die. It is God who says the wages of sin is death, and death there will be. Death there must be. And justice prevails at the cross. God is so just, so just, that He will even take the life of His own beloved Son. If the sins of the world are to be laid on His Son, then His Son must take the death that they deserve. You will never see a greater illustration of the justice of God. You can look in the past. You can look in the Old Testament. You can see most of the miracles in the Old Testament killed people. If you’re looking for miracles in the Old Testament, most of the miraculous events in the Old Testament killed people, drowned entire armies, drowned the entire world, burned up people, holes opened in the ground and swallowed them up. People were literally killed by angelic beings. Most of the Old Testament miracles were miracles of divine judgment.
So Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." (John 4:48)

Do you love Jesus for who He is? Or for what He can do for you? A warning to those who seek and cling to and desire miracle after miracle, be careful what you wish for--

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. (Matthew 24:24)


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  1. "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah." And He left them and went away. (Matthew 16:4)

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  2. Today, it seems people talk much of miracles of healing. They expect that since they're "believers," they will operate with the same power as Jesus' REAL apostles. But they can't produce authentic results, only unprovable claims.

    Take, for example, when "prophet" Kim Clement got brain cancer. Why didn't he just call his good buddy, the "faith healer" Benny Hinn to come and heal him so he wouldn't have to go through surgery and treatments? It would have been so easy. Was Benny out of the country and unavailable at the time? How awful of Benny to deny Kim the benefit of his gift and allow him to suffer miserably. That could ruin a friendship. If anyone ever had any doubt about Hinn, this circumstance should confirm that he's a fraud.

    And then there's Perry Stone who was recently directing people to some video of a guy who was raised from the dead. Forgive me, but I'm skeptical. Is ANYBODY paying attention to this guy? He's leading LOTS of young people..."Joel's Army," he claims...and families are relocating to be a part of his ministry. He's into signs, miracles, dreams, visions, end-time revival, prophecies, a "word from the Lord," etc.

    I don't doubt God can heal and raise the dead whenever He chooses, but there are so many false teachers and frauds today that we need to be wary of. What they're producing is rotten "fruit."

    Please forgive my tangent, but such teachers disgust me for they bring a reproach upon the name of Christ.

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    1. I agree Sheryl, they are a reproach. I can't wait until they stand before Jesus and try to explain themselves.

      What gets me is in this age of cell phone videography where every little sneeze is on video of some kind, NO ONE has ever captured a limb growing back or a dead person walking or any othermiracle...they are always second hand. HARRUMPH

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