John Crowder is a tragedy of sorts. He appears to understand the work Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. At various times he explains it well. Yet this is all tainted by a high level of creepiness. I’m convinced it’s from influences in the Land of Charismania.
In this video called “Jesus the Suckling”, he asks the viewer, “If you had a set of milky-paps would you let little baby Jesus drink from your breasts?” (Around 12:55.)
That’s just creepy and strange to suggest. But it doesn’t end there. In a video about heresy hunters he set the Youtube video thumbnail to a photo of himself topless.
It’s not just his videos, some of his books are creepy too. He has a book titled, “The Ecstasy of Loving God: Trances, Raptures, and the Supernatural Pleasures of Jesus Christ”.
The book description on Amazon makes it sound like pleasurable out of body experiences are normal for all Christians.
It is time to return the joy of the Lord to everyday Christian life. The Greek term for ecstasy is linked with the pleasurable, God-given state of out-of-body experience recorded throughout the New Testament and the church age.
Reading the book description further, we can glimpse into the mystical charismania that lead to the tragedy that is John Crowder.
Author John Crowder shows you how God’s active interaction with men and women throughout the ages has always been marked by supernatural experiences. More than a state of mind, you will see how the nature of God’s ecstasy is found in the joy, bliss, and inner raptures of His presence.
You will also:
* Learn the history of trances in revival ministries.
* Gain a biblical understanding of Christian mysticism.
* Explore the ecstatic states of prayer and spiritual trances.
* Learn how to walk in continual joy and pleasure before the Father.
* Examine miraculous phenomena.
* Be refreshed by the new wine of God’s Spirit!
* Be encouraged to drink from the river of His pleasure! (Psalm 36:8)
There is no doubt that you can experience the joy and ecstasy of His presence every day of your life.
It’s a distraction from the core message of the Gospel, and a distracting spiritual pivot taking his spiritual roots from the firm soil that is Jesus. There is nothing new under the sun. People have been trying to distract from Jesus since the first days of the church.
Colossians 2 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,d]”>[d]puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
The tragedies can be avoided by simply remaining rooted in Jesus and his word.