Hocus Misfocus: How False Teachers Make Errors Appear Respectable, Safe, and True

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Have you ever heard a false teacher talk about how some teachings or manifestations have abuses, extremes, or crazy aspects? After telling you that said teaching or manifestation has abuses, extremes, and crazy aspects, they then pivot and attempt to tell you the correct way to teach or do said thing. If you’ve ever experienced this, you may be the victim of Hocus-Misfocus.

Hocus-Misfocus is when a false teacher tries to make an error look respectable, safe, and true. They do this by framing it as if it’s true, it’s just that some people have been abusive, extreme, or crazy with said teaching\manifestation.

They’re attempting to get you to let your guard down, by convincing you they’re not crazy, extreme, or false like all of the others.

In reality, they may actually be error\false\heretical just like the others.

You’ll hear people talk about abuses of the prosperity gospel. Here’s the thing, the entire prosperity gospel is false. There isn’t a safe, respectable, or true way to proclaim it. The entire thing is broken.

I could give other examples, but I think you get the point. Whenever you hear a teacher framing something as if it has abuses, extremes, or a crazy end, slow down and evaluate if the entire thing is true or false. Don’t become a victim of Hocus-Misfocus.

Resurrection Is a Toy: Church of the Rock’s Resurrection Joy Story

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Church of the Rock did Easter Joy Story for their Easter 2019 service. An adaptation of the movie franchise Toy Story.

Churches do these things because they don’t think the preached word is enough. They think God needs the assistance of manmade tricks and gimmicks. Scripture says the word of God is living and active and sharper than a two edged sword, and it instructs us to preach the word. Scripture doesn’t say God’s word isn’t alive and active, so supplement it with cheap tricks and gimmicks to lend it a hand.

2 Timothy 4:1-3

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with [a]great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

Hebrews 4:11-13

11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Watch the full service here. (They have removed the service. The link is currently broken.)

The Sprawling Venn Diagram That Is NAR: When You’re Not NAR but Are NAR

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Think of the New Apostolic Reformation as a sprawling Venn Diagram with many circles, with significant overlap within the circles, and slight variations outside of the overlap.

Often people will try to figure out if a preacher or ministry is part of NAR. Part of the figuring out process involves looking for an ultra-precise definition of NAR to compare the preacher or ministry to. Usually ultra-precise definitions are helpful. In this situation they aren’t necessarily helpful.

NAR is like a chili recipe with common ingredients. Like chili, each cook can add different ingredients. Chili doesn’t cease to be chili just because a different seasoning or ingredient is added. Substantively, the chili remains chili.

You need to look at the substance of a preacher or ministry when you’re trying to figure out if it’s part of NAR. How much substantive overlap does it have with NAR objectives?

There are many resources that do a much better job of describing NAR’s ingredients. I’ll point you to some of them. Regardless, I’ll repeat, remember to evaluate a preacher or ministry by the substance of their teaching, and not on their wordy denial of being part of NAR. It’s about the substance, not just the label one applies to themself or their ministry. The ingredients tell the true story. Sometimes labels are deceptive. A preacher or ministry may deny the NAR label, but their ingredients tell a different story.

The New Apostolic Reformation Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Dominionism, Charismania and Deception

Does This String of Incredible Coincidences Connect Dr. Michael Brown to the NAR?
(Helpful for looking at substance over labels.)

What is the New Apostolic Reformation?

Satanic Sleight of Word: Decreeing, Declaring, Activating, and Positioning as Repackaging for Witchcraft, Spell Casting, and Incantations

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Decreeing, declaring, activating, and positioning are terms that sound Christian, to some. In reality, it’s witchcraft, incantations and spell casting repackaged with Christian sounding labels.

There is a thin veneer of Christianity on the outside. Within reside the dark arts of witchcraft. Christianity gets transformed into a series of spells and incantations meant to manipulate reality into submitting to the desires of the individual.

It appears Christian because many Christian terms are used, and scripture is referenced often. In reality, it isn’t Christian. The true sovereign God of scripture is replaced by a manipulatable reality, that serves the words, will, spells, and incantations of man.

It’s a satanic angel of light that has transformed itself into something that looks righteous.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

Decreeing, declaring, activating, and positioning are not the only words to be aware of from these satanic angels of light. Be on the lookout for any concept that substantively presents reality as if it’s manipulatable by man, to serve the desires of man.

Scripture Doesn’t Say to Ignore False Teaching and Mind Your Own Business Because Doing Such Is Divisive and Sinful

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There is a myth in the church that false teaching is to be left unaddressed because it’s divisive and sinful. Some people might say to just ignore something if it’s not your cup of tea, and mind your own business because you’re causing division.

The thing about myths is that they are not true. Scripture clearly says addressing false teaching is not divisive, and it’s actually important and essential.

Paul told Timothy to address false doctrines. Paul didn’t say to ignore them because addressing them would cause division. Paul didn’t say ignore it, it’s just not our cup of tea. 1 Timothy 1:3-7

As I urged you [a]upon my departure for Macedonia, [b]remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to [c]pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering[d]the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our [e]instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

It’s important to address false teaching because we’re told deception will come and attempt to lead people from the truth. We’re not told to ignore such because it may not be our cup of tea, or because addressing such will cause division. We’re not told to avoid this out of fear of “touching God’s anointed”.

1 Peter 2:1-3

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

Matthew 24:21-28

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no [j]life would have been saved; but for the sake of the [k]elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the [l]Christ,’ or ‘[m]There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will [n]show great [o]signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the [p]elect.25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the [q]vultures will gather.

Jude

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the [c]saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand [d]marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the [a]coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your [b]composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a [c]message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the [d]apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above [e]every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His [f]coming; that is, the one whose [g]coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and [h]signs and false wonders, 10 and with [i]all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God [j]will send upon them [k]a deluding influence so that they will believe [l]what is false, 12 in order that they all may be [m]judged who did not believe the truth, but [n]took pleasure in wickedness.