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Hebrew Roots, The Four Waves & Their Roots

 The ‘god' IN EVERY MAN  

James 1:13-16

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when the lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren."

From the articles Ye Shall Be As 'gods' and Lying Signs & Wonders it was noted that for Latter Rain doctrine,  the perfection of Christians and the maturing of Christ, is "the Kingdom of God within you," ON THIS EARTH:" 

Those teachers have proven to have united using the Four waves of : pentecostalism, faith-healing, charismatic and Hebrew Roots, spoken of by Dean Cozzens,  to dispense and promote the acceptance of their doctrines into every denomination. Each builds upon the other. Dean Cozzens prophecy is really about what God has allowed to fulfill Biblical prophecy, not what necessarily is of God. One doesn't have to accept all that each of these movements has to offer. One part of the whole is all that is needed. 

1 Corinthians 5:6

"Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?"

Galatians 5:9 

"A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump."

Evaluating the various sources for the beliefs of Charismatic or Pentecostal movements brings us to the Society of Friends or Quakers. Charles F. Parham, believed by many to be the father of pentecostalism, developed some of his theology under the tutelage of David Baker, his wife Sarah's grandfather. Sarah wrote,  ‘David Baker, who was a great Bible student. They spent many hours together studying the Scriptures, searching through a number of translations. My grandfather was a birthright member of the Friends church in England before coming to America.” 1 David Baker was the source of Parham’s theology of denying eternal punishment. Sarah and her family were birthright members of Quakerism.

While in Cleveland visiting the Quaker Church and Bible School in 1907, Charles Fox Parham stated: "...These people have reached an elevated plane in Christian experience. I was warmly welcomed, and was greeted at night by a large truth-searching audience...”2  

George Fox is considered the founder of Quakerism. Fox's wife, Margaret Fell, an English peeress, was an itinerant preacher of Quakerism, who dispensed words of wisdom and advice even to George before they married. 3

According to Encarta, Quakers or the Society of Friends are: 

"...(in full Religious Society of Friends), designation of a body of Christians more commonly known as Quakers. Their fundamental belief is that divine revelation is immediate and individual; all persons may perceive the word of God in their soul, and Friends endeavor to heed it. Terming such revelation the "inward light," the "Christ within," or the "inner light," the first Friends identified this spirit with the Christ of history. They rejected a formal creed, worshiped on the basis of silence, and regarded every participant as a potential vessel for the word of God, instead of relying upon a special, paid clergy set apart from the rest.... The society, however, unlike many of its predecessors, did not begin as a formal religious organization. Originally, the Friends were the followers of George Fox, an English lay preacher who, about 1647, began to preach the doctrine of "Christ within" this concept later developed as the idea of the "inner light."...." 4  

Historically, we read of George Fox.

"...[Fox] travelled throughout Britain, North America, and Europe, calling hearers to experience directly the Spirit of God, met as "the Light of Christ" or "Truth" within each person." 5

"Quakerism is the product of the spiritual experience known as the Inward Light. The "opening" came to Fox, 'that Every Man was enlightened by the Divine Light of Christ, and I saw it shine through all...' " 6.

The Encyclopedia Britannica article, Inner Light, expands on the teaching of the “inward light,” and confirms that "inner light” is believed to be 'God found in every man.'

 "...also called INWARD LIGHT, the distinctive theme of the Society of Friends (Quakers), the direct awareness of God that allows a person to know God's will for him. It was expressed in the 17th century in the teachings of George Fox, founder of the Friends, who had failed to find spiritual truth in the English churches and who finally experienced a voice saying, "There is one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition." A phrase used by Fox, "that of God in every man," has often been used to describe the Inner Light. Robert Barclay, Scottish author of the influential systematic statement of the doctrines of the Friends, An Apology for the True Christian Divinity (1678), stated that "the Inner Light is never separated from God nor Christ; but wherever it is, God and Christ are as wrapped up therein." Most Friends believe, however, that the Inner Light should not simply be a mystical experience but should result in a person's working for the good of others." 8 

The Encyclopedia of Religion states the Quakers were influenced by a wide range of beliefs, from fundamentalists to pantheism and the occult.

 "...they were influenced by uncompromising Baptists, quietists seekers, antinomian Ranters, and theocratic militants; and these were in turn influenced by English lollards, by European Anabaptist mennonites...and by mystics like Jakob Boehme and the familists..."9

Understanding the various influences we see the same teachings. For example, Anabaptist Hans Denck taught of the 'Teacher within'. 

"Hans Denck one of the earliest Anabaptists taught that each man had a Teacher within himself who if rightly followed would lead him in the path of duty and whose prompting must be obeyed at any cost." 10. 

2 John 7

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

The Anabaptist statement [*has been removed] of faith found on one website, includes among other errors: Jesus is the human Son of God, that He began His existence as all other men do, with His conception and birth, and the Holy Spirit is not a separate person, but “the divine energy.” Their beliefs on the deity of Christ is not unlike the Unitarians whose theology also aligns with Arianism, the sixteenth century Socinianism and Modernism, each of which denied the divinity of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Saying that Jesus is the human Son of God, is not saying that Jesus is God come in the flesh, and that He is the Son of God. Philippians 2:6-8

"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Quietism, as defined by Encarta, equates the mysticism of Quakerism with Sufism: 

"Quietism, type of mysticism that regards the most perfect communion with God as coming only when the soul is in a state of quiet. In this state it ceases to reason or to reflect either upon itself or upon God, ceases to exercise any of its faculties, its sole function being passively to accept the fellowship that God is ever ready to bestow. This approach to mystic experience is not confined to Christianity but pervades all mysticism, being especially seen in Hindu philosophy and Sufism... "11

Miguel de Molinos' (1628-96) was the Spanish Roman Catholic priest and mystic who founded Quietism. Encarta Encyclopedia states:

 "... A radical form of mysticism, quietism is based on the belief that perfection lies in the utter passivity of the soul before God, allowing it to be absorbed by the divine spirit. Because such passivity requires annihilation of the will, all actions, both good and bad are hindrances. His views, expressed in his Guida Spirituale (Spiritual Guide, 1675), were well received by both the clergy and the laity, and Molinos gained favor with Pope Innocent XI . Opponents of the pope accused Molinos of heresy as well as personal immorality charges that led to his arrest in 1685. In 1687 Molinos admitted wrongdoing and was sentenced to life imprisonment." 12. 

Comparing various articles on the 'Friends' we see the same practices as Quietist seekers, both groups often spending hours in passive silence. 

[Regarding Quakers] "...from Edward Burrough...And while waiting upon the Lord in silence, as we often did for many hours together... we received often the pouring down of the spirit upon us..."  13 

George Coe, Professor at the Union Theological Seminary in 1916, writing on mysticism, relates that “ Oriental mysticism as a whole is a mind-emptying experience,” whereas Christianity, “…in a large measure is, a mind-filling process.” 14 The mind-emptying or passivity desired and practiced by Quietists and Quakers is clearly “oriental mysticism.”

"Antinomian Ranters," another of the listed influences to the Quakers, were a combination of two things: 

“Antinomianism (Greek anti,"against", nomos, "law"), doctrine that faith in Christ frees the Christian from obligation to observe the moral law as set forth in the Old Testament... The term was first used during the Reformation by Martin Luther to describe the opinions of the German preacher Johann Agricola. The Antinomian Controversy of this time, in which Luther took a very active part, terminated in 1540 in a retraction by Agricola. Views more extreme than his were afterward advocated by some of the English nonconformists and by the Anabaptists." 15  

The 'ranters' were a sect which,"...exhibited strong tendencies toward antinomianism and pantheism. They were charged with immoral practices and speedily suppressed." 16  Theocratic militants are simply those pushing for the concept of 'government by a god.' Encarta's article on Theocracy states that it is a:

"...constitution, or polity, of a country in which God is regarded as the sole sovereign and the laws of the realm are seen as divine commands. By extension a theocracy is a country in which control is in the hands of the clergy. The typical example of a theocracy is that established by the Hebrew lawgiver Moses. Later attempts to found theocratic societies were made by the French theologian John Calvin and the English soldier-statesman Oliver Cromwell..." 17    

Theocracy of course falls in with the entire Dominionist, Restorationist, social gospel theology adhered to by many in 'christendom' today. From Joel’s army to the Christian Coalition to the likes of the Millstat Forum, all believe in a 'Christian theocracy.’ Another influence on Quaker doctrine was a group called the Familists or "the Family of Love".  These were: 

"...followers of the Dutch merchant Hendrik Niclaes (circa 1502-c. - 1580), who were communitarians in life-style and mystics in theology... Members followed the pantheistic, antinomian teachings of Niclaes and were under his leadership. They professed Christian perfectionism influenced by Anabaptist teachings, but they renounced specific creeds, dogmas, and liturgies, calling for a mystical unity of believers inspired by divine love... Queen Elizabeth I condemned their books in 1580 and sought to jail the believers. They persisted, however, and King James I claimed they were responsible for the rise of Puritanism. It has been thought that John Bunyan received inspiration for his Pilgrim's Progress 1678- 84 from Niclaes's writings..." 18   

Authors Reeves and Gould, state that the ‘familists’ taught the deification of man.  

"...Ephraim Pagitt, in his heresiography (1645) similarly accuses the familists of teaching the deification of man as the Everlasting Gospel." 19

In the corresponding Footnote further connections and influences are revealed:

 "C.J. Hill: "Anti-Trinitarianism ruled in the English radical underground from Lollards to familists to socinians. One form or another of the heresy was accepted by many Baptists and probably by John Goodwin, William Ebery, Clement Wrighter, as well as by Milton, Locke, and Newton."20. 

 It should be noted that the Puritans mentioned above, believed like the Mormons that by going to North America they would be establishing the "New Jerusalem" or "heaven on earth", which is actually Dominionist theology. Also, because of who they believed they were, it was British Israel doctrine. This New Jerusalem mentality was found in Europe and other centers throughout the years. Paul Boyer writes: 

"...As millenial expectations in England receded after 1660, American Puritans increasingly found prophetic meaning in their own history..." 21

 "Increase Mather in 1676, speculated about America's prophetic destiny as a forerunner or "type" of the New Jerusalem. Boston political leader Samuel Sewell, writing in 1697, shared Mathers convictions that America might be the 'seat of the Divine Metropolis,' in the Millenium."  22  

 

Christ in You

The emphasis of "Christ in you" was a great part of the teaching of those who came to be known as "Keswick" teachers.  Among its adherents are A.B. Simpson, Andrew Murray, F. B. Meyer, Jessie Penn-Lewis, Watchman Nee, DeVern Fromke, etc. 

This teaching, “Christ within" or “god within” each person has been disseminated by occultists Carl Jung, Jay Gary, Tony Campolo, Agnes Sandford, etc. and also George Fox. It is different than the concept and truth of the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ, or Holy Spirit, given to all that accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. [Romans 8:9-11]

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

TBN's Paul Crouch has taught of the “god within” in the 3/93 Praise the Lord newsletter as does his pastor, Jack Hayford who taught it as early as 1979 and 1986. 

"If miracles really did cease at 90 A.D. ... If we are not 'little Gods,' we will apologize to you in front of ten thousand times ten thousand before the Crystal Sea!" [Hayford has taught the "little Gods" heresy himself, specifically in a message first recorded in 1979 (titled "Marching Against Mammon") and rebroadcast on a on a 10/2/86 Living Way radio program.] 7.

The following are some of the many Guests advertised as appearing on the TBN, Praise The Lord Show. Many are names discussed in this or other Seek God research articles. Some of the names are found on the TBN advertising section, Links To Ministries Appearing Nationally on TBN which states, "...we have chosen to link to those we feel would be of the most interest to TBN viewers through their participation in our national telecasts": >http://www.tbn.org/links.htm

Chuck Smith, Bill McCartney, James Ryle, Bill Bright [CNP], Chuck Missler [CNP], Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Hank Hanegraaff, Charles Colson,  Dr. James Dobson [CNP], Hal Lindsey, Yonggi David Cho, Steve Strang, Jesse Duplantis, William Dannemeyer [CNP],  Greg Laurie, Tim & Beverly Le Haye [CNP], Zola Levitt, Grant Jeffrey, Chuck Swindoll, Dr. James Kennedy [CNP], Paul Cain, Brother Andrew (Open Doors); Jews For Jesus, Dr. Ted Baehr [CNP], Dr. Roy Blizzard, Reinhard Bonnke, Pat  Boone [CNP] & Shirley;  Harold BredesenBob Mumford, Dr. David Breese [CNP], Ray Brubaker (God's News),  Larry Burkett [CNP], Morris Cerullo,  Rabbi David Chernoff [MJAA],  Kenneth Copeland,  Raymond Cohen (AM Messianic Mission, Beth Yeshua, Inc.), Rev. Jerry Falwell [CNP], Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, (The International Fellowship of Christian & Jews),  Dr. Leighton Ford, (Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc.), Francis  Frangipane, Bill Gaither, John Hagee, Ted Haggard, Kenneth Hagin,  Jack Hayford,  Dr. E. V. Hill [CNP], Benny Hinn, Dr. David Hocking, Rodney Howard-Browne, Paul & Peter Lalonde, Freda Lindsay, Bishop Eddie Long, Marlin Maddoux [CNP]Peter Marshall [CNP], Josh McDowell, George Otis, Senator H. L. Richardson [CNP], Oral & Evelyn Roberts, Pat Robertson [CNP], William (Bill) Schnoebelen,  Dr. Robert Schuller, Jay Sekulow [CNP] , Richard Shakarian, Gary Smalley, R. C. Sproul, Vinson Synan,  Jack & Rexella Van Impe, Father Manning-a Catholic priest [Source: PTL Broadcast April 7 & TBN's Address Book >http://www.tbn.org/MINISTRY/ministry.htm & Links To Ministries Appearing Nationally on TBN >http://www.tbn.org/links.htm ]

For Chuck Colson See: Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Most  listed are considered experts on the New Age or occult, viewed as Discernment ministries or THE Christian Leaders of today. As we've shown throughout this website articles, most are ecumenical in some way, and involved in  promotion of any one of the Four Waves into their particular sphere of influence. 

A query to John Hagee's ministry provided the information that to be advertised on TBN network, each must pay 2.5 Million dollars, which was increased another 35% January 1st, 2000.[$3,375,000.00] According to the Hagee Ministry representative spoken to, if John Hagee doesn't appear on the show, he can't be advertised on the Network. [Telephone conversation April 7, 2000]

1 Timothy 6:9-11

"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."

 

Next Section: And They Shall Be as gods 

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Footnotes:

1. THE LIFE OF CHARLES F PARHAM: Founder of the Apostolic Faith Movement; p. 14, Sarah E. Parham; Garland Publishing, Inc.; New York & London, 1985; original in 1930

2. Ibid. p. 191

3. 3. A brief History of Some Women in Ministry, by Richard M. Riss

4. "Friends, Society of," Microsoft\'ae Encarta\'ae 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation

5. Mircea Eliade, Editor; The Encyclopedia of Religion; p. 404; New York, Macmillan Publishing Company; 1987

6. James Hastings, Editor; Hastings Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics; New York, Charles Scribners Sons; 1951; Article:Friends, Society of; p. 142

7. BDM  http://www.rapidnest.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/hayford/

8. "Inner Light" Encyclopædia Britannica Online. February 4 2000

9.  op.cit. Mircea Eliade; Article: Quakers; p. 130

10. John C. Carlile. The Story of the English Baptist's; p. 14, London, James Clarke Co. 1905

11. "Quietism," Microsoft\'ae Encarta\'ae 98 Encyclopedia. 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation

12. Ibid. "Molinos, Miguel de," Encarta

13. James Hastings, Editor; Hastings Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics; New York, Charles Scribners Sons; 1951; Article:Friends, Society of; p. 143

14. The Psychology of Religion, p. 271; George A. Coe; The University of Chicago Press; 1916

15. op. cit., "Antinomianism," Encarta

16. Ibid. "Ranters," Encarta

17. Ibid. "Ranters," Encarta

18. Ibid. "Familists,"

19. Joachim of Fiore and the myth of the Eternal Evangel in the nineteenth century." p. 20; Marjorie Reeves & Warwick Gould; Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1987

20. Ibid. "John Reeve," Prophecy and Millenarianism. p.317"

21. When Time Shall Be No More: "Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture." p. 68; Paul Boyer,  Bell Knapp Press, Harvard University Press, 1995; orig. 1992

22. Ibid. p.69

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