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Friday, 28 April 2017


You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. (Matthew 16:3).

One man, with little or no Biblical discernment, was almost single handedly responsible for the spread of one of the most dangerous movements in the church today... The Latter Rain. This small movement that began in Canada, eventually became the cornerstone for various offshoots, the most prominent of which are (or were) Joel’s Army, First-Fruits, Identity, Manifest Sons of God, Restoration, Reconstruction, Kingdom Message, Elijah Company, Overcomers, etc.
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New Wine was established in 1989 as a Christian festival run by Anglican clergy David Pytches and Barry Kissell. Pytches had close associations with a number of false prophets/teachers such as John Wimber, the Kansas City (false) Prophets, including Paul Cain and Mike Bickle, Mark Stibbe and "Mr Bam" himself aka Todd Bentley.

New Wine is currently advertising R.T. Kendall as a speaker at their 2017 July event.{1} R.T. Kendall is yet another hireling who has close connections with all of the above, as well as fraudster Morris Cerullo, Trinity denier Tommy Tenney and false prophet Gerald Coates.


On April 20 1995 before 4,000 Christians at Spring Harvest, Gerald Coates, leader of the Pioneer network of charismatic churches, delivered the following prediction to Dr. R.T. Kendall, pastor of Westminster Chapel. Dr. Kendall believed it and circulated a letter containing the text of the prophecy to every member of his home congregation (dated December 16 1995). The full text of the prophecy is as follows:

"I wonder Dr. Kendall if you could come here please.
God has put such a deep concern - the seed in your heart for that place of Westminster. Not just the Chapel but for all of those that live in it - within its shadow. I see that God has narrowed you down and narrowed you down and narrowed you down and the cry has gone up so long as you walk the streets on a Saturday morning, as you've been at home in your apartment - 'How long, how long, how long, how long, how long, how long?' God has continued to narrow you down and narrow you down and narrow you down. He's beginning to take away everything that you thought you could trust in, all the things that were safe, but the Spirit of the Lord is upon you. The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in increasing power, but you need to understand that over these next eighteen months although many attacks will come, that if you are faithful to God, faithful to all that He's taught you, faithful to your brothers and not seek to achieve in human strength what only God can achieve by His Holy Spirit, in eighteen months from this month, in eighteen months from April 1995 your church, Westminster Chapel, will be unrecognisable, completely utterly and totally unrecognisable. And as you walk with your God and allow Him to narrow you down and narrow you down, you will indeed become a man of great laughter and many tears, and as a result of that humility that God will bring about your attempts to bring about the things that you long to see will diminish and the Holy Spirit will increase in power. In eighteen months, in eighteen months, in eighteen months, in eighteen months the Spirit of God - not just upon Westminster Chapel, but upon Westminster itself, upon the high of the land, upon many who live in that area, is going to come on that place and many of your prayers - taxi drivers would get out of their taxis because the Spirit of God is so strong in that place - you're going to see them fulfilled. And it will come from the most unlikely sources, it will not come through the people you would like it to be through, it'll come through the most unlikely sources. And if you keep your heart and your eyes open the Spirit of God is going to surprise us all. The Spirit of God is going to surprise us all. I ask, Lord, for my friend Dr. Kendall, that You will fill him with Your Holy Spirit from the top of his head to the toes of his feet, fill with the presence of God, saturated and learning to carry that presence in his heart and his mind, in Jesus' Name... "

In fact Westminster Chapel actually declined and numbers dwindled in the months and years that followed Coates' prophecy. This particular prophecy was one of a number of false prophecies made by Gerald Coates.

Seeker-Driven Pastor John Mark Comer will be the speaker for the second week of the New Wine event. Comer apparently promotes polytheism into the mainstream. {3}

John Wimber (1934-1997) was a major influence upon Pytches and New Wine. Wimber built what is known as "power evangelism" on the teachings of theologian George Eldon Ladd which led him to the opinion that miracles such as healings, words of knowledge and speaking in tongues play an essential role in bringing people to faith in Christ. Wimber: "I felt that God wanted me to concentrate on the relationship of supernatural signs and wonders to church growth during the decade." I personally do believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and I am not writing this post from a cessationist point of view. I believe the problem with Wimber's theology is that it over emphasises the miraculous at the expense of the Gospel. In other words, Wimber subverted the biblical teaching that faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17) and replaced it with the diametric opposite, pragmatism - if it works I will accept it and believe it. The great commission is very simple: Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation (Mark 16:15). Paul tells us that the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). Wimber ventured into excessive experientialism and a dangerous mixture of truth and error which he later distanced himself from. The Bible tells us that an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign (Matthew 12:39; 16:4; Luke 11:29). Wimber's mantra: "God is bigger than his written Word."  This arrogant statement is an outright denial of the sufficiency of the scriptures which are divinely inspired and give us EVERYTHING needed to live the Christian life. Christians are specifically warned not to go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6).  I have gone into more detail in a previous post. {4}

Paul Harcourt Regional Director for London and East:
Now and Not Yet of the Kingdom.
".....We want to press in to signs and wonders and miracles...  restoring the whole of creation...  Gods kingdom is pressing into this world and restoring the whole of creation. God is becoming once again Lord and King over His world.... As well as pressing in for the miraculous we also want to stand with those who haven't yet experienced their miracle. We want to pray that they would experience God's comfort, His love, His joy, His peace, even in the midst of their suffering....." {5}

This man teaches the diametric opposite of God's Word. There will be no restoration of creation until Jesus Christ returns and begins his millennial reign. (Isaiah 11:6-9). In the meantime we are called to preach the gospel and to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4:23). New Wine offers false hope, lies and ultimate disappointment to its followers.

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. (Matthew 24:3-9).

Jesus goes on to speak about tribulation, apostasy, persecution, betrayal, false christs and false prophets, lawlessness, false signs and wonders, great tribulation culminating in the appearance of the man of sin and the abomination of desolation.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.....For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:9-28).

Jesus warns his followers explicitly about false teachers, false Christs and false signs and wonders three times in Matthew 24! 

An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. (Matthew 16:4).

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

John McGinley, Regional Director for the Midlands and East:
Continuity and Change.
John McGinley quotes Isaiah 43:18-19: Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing, do you not perceive it? "He (God) is teaching them about continuity and change. 'You need to forget what I did in the past because I am going to do it in a new way.' We need to be willing to let go of how we have done it in the past and to seek the new things that God is calling us to. ..hold together these values of continuity and change." {6} 

Notice that change, miracles, experience and new things are at the epicentre of the New Wine Movement. They talk about unity and diversity, continuity and change.... their hopes are centred upon a new thing, but this hope is not what God's Word tells us to rely upon. New Wine offers something apart from the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Proverbs 30:6).

The Meadows Community Church in Wigston Leicester has also jumped onto the New Wine apostate bandwagon which operates under the authority of John McGinley of Holy Trinity Church in Leicester. I cannot say I am surprised. Apparently New Wine now has eight local churches in Leicester participating in its programme.

"The Learning Community is a group of eight local churches who meet every six months for prayer and planning for vision and growth." {7} 

{1} https://www.new-wine.org/
{2} http://op.50megs.com/ditc/coates.htm
{3} http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/01/seeker-driven-pastor-brings-polytheism.html
{4} https://bewareofthewolves.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/new-wine-deception-holy-trinity-church.html
{5} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pzuKcRWMrs&list=PLKUxSrvacjrU4vfQ6FGM5L45nd5rCnUqR&index=7
{6} https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnCiZ5GZc88&index=1&list=PLKUxSrvacjrU4vfQ6FGM5L45nd5rCnUqR
{7} http://meadowscc.org.uk/#

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