Video: Matt Chandler’s Concerning Spiritual Teachings, Experiences, and Practices on Sign Gifts

Matt Chandler is teaching and practicing some things that are concerning to many in the Reformed camp who trace their theological roots into the early Reformation.. Below are seven things you’ll see in the first video.

  1. Says that after a random guy blew on his head the effectiveness of his ministry increased.
  2. He affirms and promotes a testimony from a woman who claims she saw a bright white light in her room and perceived it as an appearance of Jesus
  3. Describes an experience where he asked God for direct revelation and was given an impression of a guy at a Whataburger.
  4. God gave him a mental impression of a sunflower.
  5. Says sign gifts aren’t a thus saith the Lord, but are impressions from God that we speak to people for their consideration.
  6. Teaches that Christians should seek and pursue God’s direct revelations through impressions given to the heart.
  7. Says we should give ourselves over and pursue this stuff.

Full sermon here in context.

Many people trace their theological roots back into the early parts of the Reformation. This was a time that didn’t accept personal claims to hearing from God, because all of the revelation needed was in scripture. Continuists like Matt Chandler are possibly opening a backdoor that could partially undo that.

People who have adopted theological stances that aren’t traced way back to the roots of the Reformation may not see a big issue with Chandler, after all, some argue that the definition of Reformed is fluid.

Those of us who do trace back to the initial roots, and hold those things dear, we need to be aware of Chandler’s influence, and guard those things we hold dearly even closer.

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Matt Chandler Appears to Affirm Bright White Light Appearance of Jesus to Woman

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Matt Chandler of The Village Church appears to affirm and promote a testimony of a woman who claims her room lit up with a bright white light as an appearance of Jesus.

On November 13, 2017 The Village Church uploaded a sermon video to their Youtube channel. The sermon includes a testimony from a woman who claims she saw her room light up with a bright white light and she knew Jesus was there.

The mere mention of this experience may raise a disqualifying red flag for some, and others would seek to consider the context and situation before making a conclusion.

I’ve experienced the Holy Spirit in so many powerful ways.

One of the ways is when I was 7-years-old. I was laying in my bed singing hymns to the Lord when my room lit up like a bright white light. Jesus was there and I asked him into my heart. The Lord has gifted me with teaching, encouragement, discernment, spiritual healing, and prophecy, all for his glory.

One of my favorite things to do is to come along side young women to pray with them. Hours later when we say amen we’ve done business with the Lord, our hearts have been changed.

So I thank you God that over the years you’ve given me great meaningful deep experiences with you. I’ve come to know you. Come Holy Spirit come.

Some people may find an automatic red flag at the mention of a bright white light and appearance of Jesus. Others may not find that problematic at all. Many would seek to find context to this story. What doctrines does Chandler believe? What are the motives of this woman?

This story is significant because traditionally people in the Reformed camp wouldn’t affirm or promote experiences like this. For many this type of affirmation is a disqualifying red flag. For others more context is needed before they can draw a firm conclusion.

If her testimony is real, should it be given so much prominence? Should it be leading a sermon, and possibly be perceived as normative Christianity? Given the reliance on spiritual experience over scripture by many, is there a danger in promoting this experience even if it’s real? Can we avoid railroading this woman, while at the same time refraining from putting such an experience out there for mass affirmation and promotion?

We live in a time where the Reformation distinctives are given less and less importance, and personal experience and emotions are given more weight. Let’s treat any bruised reeds claiming such an experience with gentleness and wisdom, but let’s also refrain from making such prominent affirmations of such things.

Shawn Bolz Moves Goal Posts in Word of Knowledge says Close is Accurate Enough

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Shawn Bolz moved the goal posts in a recent word of knowledge video, as he proclaimed that being close is apparently accurate enough.

He starts out clearly calling Terra out by her age of 50. This is clearly about age to him. He finds out that Terra is 51. At that point he declares 50 as close enough, then he moves the goal posts and says the reference to 50 was about a supposed year of jubilee coming Terra’s way.

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The biblical standard for a word from God is 100% accuracy. Regardless, the 100% moving of the goal posts from age to year of jubilee exposes Bolz for being a complete fraud.

Pulpit Leapfrogging: Lance Wallnau’s “Revival” Rewind from Ken Hagin

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Lance Wallnau’s 7m Undergroud page recently shared a video from a Ken Hagin revival meeting showing a lot of odd things attributed to a work of the Holy Ghost. It opens with someone leap frogging over a pulpit as the camera pans to a Jesus is Lord sign up front. I’m wondering which Jesus is Lord of that place.

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There is of course the usual “holy laughter”, slain in the spirit, and drunk in the spirit. Hagin spends most of his time in the video looking for someone to close the service. Each person ends up becoming so drunk in the spirit that they can’t close the service.

1 Corinthians 14:40 But all things should be done decently and in order. (ESV)

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (ESV)

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (ESV)

This “revival” was not done decently and in order, and people claim to be drunk instead of sober. This supposed move of the Holy Spirit does not align with inspired scripture.

This is the type of revival people like Lance Wallnau and the New Apostolic Reformation want to bring to our churches. They’re demonic apostles of disorder and drunkenness. Don’t fall the the schemes of these dark super apostles. Stick with scripture, you can’t go wrong.

Imagine Your Dream Car as Pastor Rides Your Back

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Pastor Musa Nherero Khumalo of Messiah International Church makes ridiculous claims. B-Metro reports that currently he tells a person to open their mouth, and then he sprays Brut Cologne into the mouth as they receive their miracle. B-Metro also reports that in the past he would tell people to get down on all fours as he would ride their back and tell them to imagine the car they wanted to own. He would also claim to kill people, send them to heaven, and then bring them back to report on what heaven is like.

Rabboni Centre Ministries recently posted about Khumalo on their Facebook page.

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Sniffing Jesus: You Can Sniff the Body Odor of Jesus Too

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You can sniff the body odor of Jesus if you have the gift of discerning of spirits says Jennifer Eivaz the Executive Pastor at Harvest Christian Center in Turlock, California. Apparently it can lead to a good laugh too. Jesus smells like laughing gas? She posted the below on Facebook.

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Does this mean if I smell stale German beer and sausage some demon trying to mimic Martin Luther is after me?

This is pure nonsense and really doesn’t need further response. 

Kris Vallotton Inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s Survival by doing a Porn Movie

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Kris Vallotton the Senior Associate Leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California, and cofounder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry said he found inspiration from Sylvester Stallone doing a porn movie to survive financially.

On 11-11-2017 Kris Vallotton shared a video from the Millionaire’s Sayings page on his own Facebook page. The video describes Sylvester Stallone’s struggles to succeed. In the video we’re told Stallone was so poor he did a porn movie to earn money. Kris Vallotton said he found this inspiring.

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This is what happens when we esteem success over Christ. We end up finding inspiration in someone selling their body for sex. It shouldn’t surprise us that someone would esteem success over Jesus. Isaiah told us this would happen.

Isaiah 53:3 3He was despised and rejected[b] by men,
    a man of sorrows[c] and acquainted with[d] grief;[e]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[f]
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

(ESV)