Scott on September 25, 2007 at 9:43 am
On occasion I swing by the Benny Hinn “This is Your Day” broadcast to see what one of the 20th Century’s greatest false prophets is up to. A few days ago, when I swung by the Wonderful World of TBN and Brother Benny’s Neighborhood, I realized that Benny was not on the air and had temporarily “loaned” his air time to a guy named Steve Munsey, pastor of Family Christian Center in Indiana, who was broadcasting from Jerusalem.
I’ve got to tell you that this guy is a trip, even for someone of the ilk of Hinn and his gang. One of the things that is most disturbing about Munsey is that he sounds as though he is just making stuff up as he goes along. At least Benny Hinn has the foresight to rehearse his heresy! Steve Munsey, on the other hand, was flying on a wing and a prayer (no pun intended). He repeated himself frequently, filled time with stumbling uses of trite prosperity garbage, and made frequent vague references to how the Bible proves his teaching points (without the annoying bother of actually demonstrating and verifying that proof).
Adding to the already disturbing presentation was the fact that he was busy trying to tie in the Old Testament idea of atonement and the Jewish Day of Atonement with the idea of being blessed and receiving a “double portion” blessing from God by giving offerings (ie: financial gifts) to the Lord by supporting his ministry. God’s specially appointed day in the Jewish calendar in which He allowed the nation of Israel to stand before Him and acknowledge their collective sin becomes, through the wonders of isogesis, a time in which people can seek to be blessed by God. Talk about a perversion!
During the 30 minute program, I watched as Mr. Munsey stumbled through grand prophetic pronouncements amid promises of blessings and double portions to all those who follow his teaching. He used the typical TBN/prosperity/name-it-and-claim-it hot button phrases like the ever-popular powerful “double portion of blessings” and “I feel such a powerful anointing on me right now.” In between these he hemmed and hawed and double spoke as best he could and in the end brought it back around to what we could get from God during this “special season” of atonement.
At the same time, he made some of the most ridiculous pronouncements I have ever heard, right up there with Hinn’s declarations that Adam could fly (even up to the moon), that Eve was supposed to give birth out of her side, and that he has conversations with the Devil and sees Christ on a regular basis.
Here are some of the things I learned while watching Steve Munsey:
1) The Rapture of the Church will take place on the Day of Atonement…well, kind-a-sort-a. Mr. Munsey says:
One day the trumpet of the Lord will sound, then the dead in Christ will rise and then the rapture of the church and then God is going to put judgment on the earth When is that going to happen? That will DEFINITELY take place, as far as the decision making of that of which God is going to do to this world, on the Day of Atonement.
I just feel the holy spirit I’m overjoyed Did you know that if the Lord Jesus comes back, there’s no doubt in my mind that it will be in the season of Atonement.
Notice that he makes the direct implication but then tries to couch it in double speak and verbal gobbledygook. While this sentence might sound important, it actually makes no sense â€“ “That will DEFINITELY take place, as far as the decision making of that of which God is going to do to this world, on the Day of Atonement.” So is he saying that the rapture will take place on the Day of Atonement, or is he saying that on the Day of Atonement God will make the decision as to when the rapture will be taking place (like God is checking his cosmic day planner and picking two weeks from next Wednesday for the Rapture), or is he trying to say that all decisions that God makes regarding the disposition of humanity take place on the Day of Atonement?
He seems to be a master of clearly stating the confusing while demonstrating the total clarity that can come when one focuses on the vagueness of generality and the specificity of direct obfuscation.
I wonder if he’s ever read Orwell’s “1984.”
2) Jesus was born on the Day of Atonement and the earth was created on the Day of Atonement. Says Steven:
You see on that day God created man. Did you know that the birthday of the earth we’re celebrating it this month (the month of Atonement)? September 22, this year in 2007, will be the Day of Atonement. What’s going to happen on that day? Well, that day is definitely going to make decisions about the earth. Jesus Christ, no doubt, was born on the Day of Atonement.
But I can tell you that September 22, there is no doubt in my mind, it is the holiest day to God. The day on which God created man, it will be the celebration of the birthday of the earth this week.
Should I point out to Mr. Munsey that if you are going by a chronological/literal interpretation of creation as spelled out in Genesis, what he is saying is impossible? If God made the earth on days 2 and 3, and then made man on day 6, then how is it possible that “The day on which God created man…will be the celebration of the birthday of the earth ?”
I’m just saying
3) Most wars are started and most natural disasters occur on the Day of Atonement and during the month/season of Atonement. Steve Munsey declares:
Satan hates the Day of Atonement. That’s the reason why most wars are started. That’s the reason why when you study you find out that there are more earthquakes, more inclement weather, more hurricanes, all happens in this season in time (right before the Day of Atonement) because Satan does everything he can because he is afraid of atonement because he knows for a fact that God is about to make a decision one of these years and he knows that he’ll make it on the Day of Atonement and that decision will be Blow the Trumpet, let the Church come up, it’s over with, I’m putting judgment upon the earth
So following his logic, Mr. Munsey is saying that most (if not all) earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters occur as a direct result of Satan’s desire to attack humanity. We should call Al Gore. I think he missed this possibility in “An Inconvenient Truth.”
4) By giving to his ministry (and others like it, but better if it is his ministry) during this “season of atonement,” God promises that we will receive 7 things from God. According to Mr. Munsey, the book of Joel promises:
1. Double Portion
2. Financial Abundance
3. Restoration of things lost or taken way
5. God’s Divine Presence
6. Blessings Upon Your Family
Not that I would mind having any or all of those things, but what a frightening perversion of scripture to move from atonement for sin to what can I get for myself. The last I heard, the life of a Christian isn’t about personal gain, it is about sacrifice. It isn’t about wealth and prosperity, it is about obedience and devotion. It isn’t about “what do I want and how can God help me get it,” it’s about “what does the world need and how can God provide it.”
Maybe it’s just me.
One last thing. If you check out this guy’s website, be prepared to be assaulted by ego. It is always amazing to me to visit a website sponsored by someone in ministry in which they hype themselves. I understand the need to create a visible presence and even the desire to play up strengths, but come on! The opening line of his intro sets the tone:
Pastor, author, director, producer, fund-raiser, church-growth expert–all these titles fit.
GROAN!!!! GAG!!!! PUUULEEEEEASE!!!
Maybe he should try this opening line on for size:
“Charlatan, conman, deceiver, ear-tickler, grifter, false prophet–all these titles fit.”
One last note: If you visit his site, notice that he has a handy link in the upper right hand corner that will take you to a page where one can make their atonement offering using a major credit card. Sacrificing for God is so much easier when it is convenient. I wonder if his site can just store my information for next year’s atonement?
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