Pentecostal and Charismatic Church Services Imitate Ancient Baal Worship - It's Spiritualism! - Posted: April 24, 2016
The religion of Ancient Baal worship was nature worship and deification of the dead [Psalm 106:28]. Baal was the fertility god of nature. Baal worship emphasized the natural world and access to the deified spirits of the departed rather than communion with the Creator through personal prayer and devotion. It was spiritualism through nature veneration and mysticism. Spiritualism places emotions and supernatural experiences above the plain teachings of the Bible. Spiritualism directs the mind away from God and His commandments, especially the fourth commandment that says to worship and honor our Creator on the 7th day Sabbath. It knowingly or unknowingly invites the power and presence of devils. Nature focus diverts the mind from Christ through sensualism. Pentecostal and Charismatic church services divert the mind from Christ through emotionalism. Minds are diverted away from God and the dignity of His character. During these intensely emotional church services, people unconsciously interact and communicate with demons. The discriminating power of the intellect is silent. Emotion rules. The law of God is not elevated. Conviction of sin becomes intense feeling. Practical godliness based on the Word of God is not advanced. Instruction from the Bible to live a changed life of holiness is not emphasized. The sublime dignified presence of God is not experienced. But instead there is the metaphysical display of crying aloud, leaping and prophesying in confused babble (wrongly called speaking in tongues). These exhibitions are reminiscent of Ancient Baal worship from which Christians now observe Sun-day as a day to worship God. The nature god Baal was worshipped as the Sun god [2 Kings 23:5], among others.
1 Kings 18:26-28 KJV
v.26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
v.27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
v.28 And they cried aloud...
Before every true revival of God, there is the false revival of Satan. Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are examples of sensational revivals not inspired by God. Satan mingles the false with the true to give credibility and to deceive. This false worship style centers on the emotions to deceive people into thinking that they are Christians because of strong feeling. But God does not communicate in this way. God always speaks to the intellect to reach the heart. In this way, the Holy Spirit convicts the mind of sin and creates a strong desire for holiness of life. However, Satan takes a different approach. Satan works through the senses and emphasizes emotion rather than the need for solemn contemplation and reflection based on the teachings of the Bible. Satan sends a supernatural current through the body to deceive the senses. The Christian experience becomes nothing more than emotion void of practical godliness.
See for yourself.
The year is 1906. The deadliest earthquake to ever strike the United States occurred on April 18, 1906 - the Great San Francisco earthquake. And prophecy predicts that an earthquake will again strike the West Coast of America. This time the magnitude will be unprecedented and reach the scale of the Great Lisbon earthquake on November 1, 1755. Millions will die.
However, it was also in the year 1906 that Pentecostalism started at 312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, from which the Charismatic movement originated some time later. The two are quite similar and share the same worship style.
Presently, Pentecostal and Charismatic worship is on the rise. It is spiritualism and this false worship will continue to rise and precede a mega-quake to strike California. This false revival will conclude with spiritualistic supernatural manifestations the likes of which has never before been witnessed. This spiritualistic worship style will combine with a great back to God movement in America when a earthquake strikes the San Francisco, Los Angeles area. It will unite with a Sunday observance law in the United States to combat climate change and natural disasters. Protestants in America and the Catholic Church will promote Sunday observance. Protestant America, Roman Catholicism and Spiritualism combine. Compliance with a National Sunday Law leads to the wrath of God, the seven last plagues.
Today, Latin America contains the largest combined segment of spiritualistic Pentecostals and Charismatics. They are now sweeping across the gulf to embrace the United States.
As reported by PewResearch.org, Andrew Chesnut, professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University states the following:
[Question:] Is there a deep connection today between American Pentecostal churches and those in Latin America?
Chesnut: There is a connection, but today, things are reversed. Pentecostalism is now overwhelmingly anchored in Latin America, rather than the United States. In Brazil, for example, the Assemblies of God has 10 million to 12 million members, while the American Assemblies of God church has 2 million to 3 million. So now, the Brazilian church is the big brother and the United States is seen as mission territory.1 (emphasis supplied)
The Great Controversy 1888, page 588.
"Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul, and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of Spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf [Gulf of Mexico to Latin America] to grasp the hand of Spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss [Atlantic Ocean to Rome] to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience."
"As Spiritualism more closely imitates the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things. He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of Spiritualism, miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power."
"The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Church-members love what the world loves, and are ready to join with them; and Satan determines to unite them in one body, and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of Spiritualism. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth [The Bible], will also be deluded. Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world, and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium."2