Recently Charisma Magazine published an article in its "Prophetic Insight" column which addressed the numerous bad doctrines creeping into the church as a result of bible illiteracy amongst Christians. I know nothing of the author, Dennis Cramer, but in this article he is spot on.
In this essay he addresses the current teachings, such as those encountered in Patricia King's so-called "Glory School," where people are taught to have "supernatural, sovereign experiences at will." This includes (at will) third-heaven visitations, which is the gist of the "Glory School" teaching. Back to Cramer:
When a believer unwisely exercises his (soulish) human will, outside of or in conflict with the sovereign will of God (anything contrary to the written Word of God, the Bible), he is producing a seemingly supernatural (source unclear) experience from his own will, or “at will.” This is the meaning of “at will.” It is self-will, and self-will can be sinful and lead to all kinds of spiritual deception and questionable practices.
These deceptions can take place ONLY because Christians are NOT opening their bibles and reading it for themselves.
One of these deceptions involves the teaching that we can go to the "third heaven" (mentioned once in the scriptures) on our own instigation - "at will." Yes, scriptures tell us of a few noteworthy events that suggest that a person could be caught up into the heavenlies for a specific sovereign purpose. Nowhere it is implied that this is an everyday event that we can conjure up at will.
For instance, here (at 00:46), Patricia King rips Psalm 24 totally out of both context and plain meaning. By no stretch of the imagination is Psalm 24 promoting visits to heaven by saints now alive on the earth. In its plainest meaning it refers to Zion or Jerusalem. Yet King uses this scripture to promote her "Glory School" agenda.
"Who is allowed to ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may go up to his holy dwelling place?" Psalm 24:3
Notably absent from her scripture references is this appropriate one from Isaiah 14:
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
Friends, this is dangerous stuff. Things did not work out too well for the being quoted above in Isaiah 14. Be careful of the company you keep. Dennis Cramer says "There is now widespread acceptance of 'marginal to heretical' doctrines. Just 25 years ago individuals would have been thrown out of the church if caught teaching these heresies." Rest assured, God will bring correction, for He is coming for a Bride without "spot or wrinkle."
As with any deviant teaching, the Glory School lessons contain much truth. But also much error.
Read Cramer's article.
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