March 16, 2012

Drunkenness is NOT a Disease

Drunkard or Alcoholic? What is the difference?

Is there a difference between being a drunkard and being an alcoholic?
Are addictions the result of disease or genetics, or is it a matter of the heart?
Can an addiction be overcome without the help of pop psychology?

These are questions that the author of the following article tries to answer. It is his prayer and hope that you will read it and find the insights within challenging and hopeful.

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Back in my drinking days when someone in a bar asked what the difference was between a drunk and an alcoholic, I’d grin and reply, “us drunks don’t have to go to meetings.” That was when I was a practicing and experienced drinker, in my late thirties. However, there truly is a difference and I’ll begin by stating my definition of drunkard: anyone who drinks four or more alcoholic beverages every day and gets drunk three or more times each month. I secretly knew that drinking was a problem for me but I kept right on making jokes and continuing in such foolishness, until I hit bottom. I’m certain that all drunkards have reached that lowest point of all lows and have chosen to deal with the problem in a variety of ways: some continue in the same destructive lifestyle; others try to quit on their own (and thousands have succeeded) and still others try the way of the “recovery movement.”

The path that I eventually chose did not happen instantly but began with the moment that I finally decided to do something positive about my messed-up life. However, within a few short years it would enable me to say that I was a former drunkard! If you are a potential problem drinker, I hope that you’ll read my story and be encouraged to strive for a new and better life. That life-changing day for me began early on a morning not unlike hundreds of others that I had experienced in recent years. It was similar in that I knew that I had been really blitzed the night before: foul taste in my mouth, pounding headache, that tired, achy feeling all over and the shame of not remembering any details of the last hour or so before I passed out. But this particular morning was far worse because of two other things: I was 38 years old and should have been at home with my wife and four kids but instead had been kicked out of that home the day before. That was my major problem as I awoke about 5:30 a.m. Adding to my shame, I was in my car and it was parked in the driveway of a home that I’d never seen before!

Depressed man looking at drinkAfter starting the car, I backed out, drove to the nearest intersection and discovered that I was about eight blocks from my favorite tavern in Moses Lake, Washington. I drove to a restaurant and was thankful that there were only a few customers there as I quickly made my way to the men’s room. As I washed my face and straightened out my hair I saw the lump on my right forehead and the bruises and scratches on my right cheek. Because I also had very sore spots on my right elbow and shoulder, I assumed that I had taken a bad fall the previous night, in the tavern or on the way to my car. I also guessed that I had then been driving around, deciding where to spend the night when I had probably spotted a police car and ducked off the main drag, parking temporarily in that driveway where I’d awakened. With engine and lights off, I had probably stared at the rear view mirror and decided to wait and watch for the patrol car for a few minutes but instead had passed out.

Leaving the men’s room, I ordered a cup of coffee to go and returned to my car. I sat in the car, sipping the coffee and pondering these recent events in my life: my wife informing me that she had started divorce proceedings and that I had to leave the home, according to the legal notice she handed me, signed by the Grant County Sheriff. She had packed all my clothes and personal belongings in a suitcase and smaller bag, which were now in the trunk of the car along with the legal document. I drove to a fast-food place and had more coffee and a breakfast sandwich as I continued this review of the most recent events in my life. How did my life get so messed up? By my third cup of coffee, my mind was in fast reverse to 1949, the summer following my graduation from high school in Grants Pass, Oregon.

I had only drunk beer three or four times during high school but did not care for the taste of it. I joined the Army when I was 17. After basic training and clerk-typist school, I was assigned to Tokyo, Japan, serving in General Headquarters, Far East Command, under the command of General Douglas Macarthur. One week after I arrived in Tokyo, the Korean War began.

During my stateside training periods I had drunk beer several nights a month and gradually developed a taste for it. After a few months in Tokyo I had several friends, mostly from the same office that I worked in. We all enjoyed drinking beer, some a bit more than others, but in a year or so I was up to speed with the “regular” drinkers. I got buzzed frequently and quite drunk several times a month. I was discharged a few months before my 21st birthday and spent less than two years at the University of Oregon before quitting and going to work in the consumer finance business.

I had been one of the “party animals” in college, heading for Robinson’s Tavern or spontaneous parties as often as I could afford it, However, I was now a young married man working for modest wages. My wife and I attended parties about once a month and I did moderate social drinking with business associates a couple of times per month. In retrospect, my drinking habits then were drastically different than when I had been in the army. Now, as a young, married career man, my drinking “hobby” was curtailed primarily by insufficient income.

Depressed man looking at drink with bottleBy age 33, there were major changes in my life. I had been divorced, remarried and found myself living in the small town of Ephrata, Washington. I was a finance man in the construction business. It was there that I eventually got into the sales of farm buildings and began earning more income. I also began drinking more.

It was during this period that I became a “working drunk,” that is to say I got up every weekday, went to work and earned an adequate income. But my hours away from work were heavily involved with drinking and it was beginning to take its toll on my life in several ways. I had been involved in commission sales for about 5 years but now I was bringing less income home for two reasons: I was not working as effectively as I had earlier in my sales career and I was spending more money on booze, sometimes during weekdays. In addition, my marriage was also deteriorating, primarily because of my drunkenness. My wife also enjoyed drinking, but not to the life-dominating extent that I did. At this point in our life, we were arguing fairly often. I frequently abused her verbally, especially on those nights that we had both been drinking. I was having problems in several areas of my life but ignoring them all. I was jolted into a reality check when I was required to move out of the home. And here I was the next morning, finishing a fast-food breakfast, reminiscing over my life history and wishing I could live it all over again.

Over the next week I arranged to move in temporarily with an acquaintance from the tavern. I also decided to greatly reduce the quantities of my daily drinking. Instead of drinking from about 4:00 p.m. until bedtime (euphemism for “passing out”) I would stop at the tavern after work for three beers and then fix something for dinner at my friend’s place. About 8:30, I would stroll back to the tavern for a couple of more beers, winding up in bed sober before 10:00 p.m.

Depressed man with drink hanging headI loved our four children but had lost daily contact with them, being relegated instead to weekly visits for a few hours. I also loved my wife and told her so in a phone conversation a couple of weeks after moving out. I also told her about the drastic cuts in my drinking habits. I begged her to give me another chance, but she wanted no part of me. I hated this domestic mess I was now in but recognized that I had brought it upon myself. Drunk, sober, or somewhere in between, I found myself weeping on many nights. I also finally acknowledged to myself that booze was my major problem and that I could not “cut down” on the amounts consumed but had to quit entirely. I meant it and made that very difficult decision to quit altogether, but knew that such a major transition would be quite difficult.

We had become “slightly religious” during the last few years of our marriage, attending a Lutheran church in Ephrata, Washington, once or twice a month. One Saturday, Diane and I had decided to go to church the next day, but she woke up with the flu and stayed home. The kids really enjoyed Sunday school, so I took them and attended the second service. After making the introduction to his sermon, the pastor read the “love chapter,” I Corinthians 13. I had never heard it before and was quite impressed. I briefly shared my enthusiasm with my wife when we got home and told her I’d like to read it to her. We had a dust-covered Bible in the bedroom and I got it, sitting on the edge of the bed to look for that particular chapter. However, I was having difficulty in remembering the name of the book (in those days, I had poor knowledge about the general location of the books of the Bible). After concentrating for a few minutes, I finally decided it must have been Isaiah! Looking up the page number in the table of contents, I opened to that general area. I looked down and saw that I was in chapter 28. Glancing at the first verse, I read: “Woe be unto the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim!” I was startled, because in that precise moment, I felt as though God Himself was speaking to me! I read it again and returned to the kitchen, explaining to her that I “could not find it.” However, that experience almost haunted me for the next few days. In retrospect, I see it as a gentle warning from God but I ignored it. We’d each been exposed to Christianity as children but had lost any serious interest by junior high school. As married adults, we expressed belief in God but had never seriously investigated Him. There were a few men in that church we occasionally attended that I considered to be “fanatics.” They brought their own Bibles to church. They spoke about the Lord, in restaurants and other public places, as though they actually knew Him! They were never embarrassed about saying “praise the Lord” in public. I didn’t understand such activity and wanted nothing to do with them. However, when it finally began to sink in that I was not going to talk my wife into reconciliation, I recognized that I had “hit bottom” in life and knew that I needed help. I decided that I wanted to know more about God and found myself calling one of those “fanatics.” We talked a lot in his home the next night and almost daily thereafter, frequently with one or two of those other “fanatics.” They were helpful and kind, answering my questions and praying with me. One of them gave me a Bible and I began reading select chapters daily. By this time, I had moved back to Ephrata (about 20 miles from Moses Lake) and rented a small room. Some of what I read in the Bible each day confused me, resulting in my always having questions for them when we met.

They also explained the Gospel of the kingdom of God. Very briefly, it is “bad news and good news.” BAD NEWS: You are a sinner. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23; “The wages of sin is death (eternal separation from God).” – Romans 6:23. GOOD NEWS: Christ died for you. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8. You can be saved through faith. “For by grace you have been saved (delivered from the penalty of sin) through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8, 9. In other words, there is absolutely nothing that we can do which would be righteous enough to cancel out our debt of sin and to reconcile our separation from God How about being kind, honest and loving? Sorry, and neither will membership in a particular church. (More on that subject later) God is Love but He is also Just. For all those who are now in a correct relationship with Him, such status was attained only by the Grace of God, because of their repentant faith in God and their acknowledgment of the atoning work of the sacrificial death of Jesus for their sins.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf…” (II Corinthians 5:21)

As an adult, I had never been agnostic. I held a vague belief in God but had simply been indifferent towards Him, to the extent that I had never learned about Him and what, if any, were my responsibilities towards Him; and I hadn’t learned much more during the one or two sermons we heard each month at that church in Ephrata. I had been meeting with these godly men (the “fanatics”) for breakfast and/or a morning prayer several times a week for about a month when it all began to make sense to me. Late in April of 1971, I made a commitment to Jesus and asked Him to become the Lord of my life and to forgive me of my sins. On the night of my 39th birthday (May 9, 1971), I had been in my room reading the Bible, praying and reviewing the events of my life in recent years. Foremost on my mind were the divorce proceedings, my many talks with these men and my recent commitment to Jesus.

That night was the first time that the Holy Spirit revealed something to me. He showed me (in my heart) that my “commitment” had been half-hearted, with strings attached. Specifically, that I was only interested in getting my family back, although I was serious about giving up drinking. I kneeled at my bedside and acknowledged all this. I also confessed to the heavenly Father that I was a sinner and knew that my major problem in life was not booze but the fact that I was separated from Him by sin and therefore destined to spend eternity in hell. I repented of my sins and asked Him to forgive me in Jesus’ name. I also asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life and to assist me in being obedient to Him and His written Word, both outwardly and in my heart. I was now born again, having been born from above.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13)

It took a couple of days for the results of this act to fully sink in. I then knew what it meant to be “set free” in Jesus.

“and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32)

image of glowing crossHe had paid my debt of sin on the cross of Calvary. He was my Lord, raised from the dead, and His Spirit indwelt me. I was going to spend eternity with God! I had been forgiven by God for all my sins. I was now going to experience new life in Christ Jesus.

I couldn’t wait to tell my wife, thinking that she would not only be delighted for me, but inclined to discuss reconciliation. Boy was I in for a surprise! She believed me but was skeptical, based on her unpleasant life with me in recent years. She was happy for me about my recent personal decisions but not enough to change her mind, and proceeded with the divorce. In retrospect, I cannot fault her decision.

I settled into my new life, starting each day with a time of reading the Bible and praying. The Lord built me into a fellowship of true believers from all walks of life. My closest friendships were with a few people in that Lutheran church; later, I developed other close friendships through a non-denominational men’s group that met each week for breakfast. Several years later, in Orange County, California, I learned that in some very large congregations, there were special group meetings whose focus was dealing with the problems of alcohol abuse. All who attended were either true believers who Jesus had delivered from drunkenness or were serious inquirers into Christianity, who currently were dealing with the sin of drunkenness. These groups were sort of a Christian version of an AA meeting. I attended a few of them but eventually decided that all new converts were far better off by simply getting fully involved in a fellowship that taught and practiced sound doctrine. Before we were redeemed, we all had sins which had “easily entrapped us” [Hebrews 12:1]. Why should new or old believers spend a lot of time dwelling on that past sin in a group setting? I believe that the key to Christian growth is to be built into a fellowship that teaches and practices sound doctrine, based solely on the Bible. We can grow in knowledge there and eventually be able to help others who are struggling with sin.

I was enjoying learning more about the Kingdom of God and looked forward to a regular prayer meeting that I had begun attending each week as well as spontaneous meetings after dinner at some of my new friends’ homes, plus church on Sunday. Sunday was my best day, beginning with picking up my children in the morning. We were always glad to see each other and then off to Sunday school and church. During the summer, we would have picnics in a park after church and other times lunch in my little apartment, followed by other fun activities.

Like most problem drinkers, I had been drinking more each year than in previous years. For example, at age 29 I was drinking 8-10 beers each evening, stopping at dinnertime. Then I started having liquor before dinner and wine with dinner. By the time I was 38, I was drinking beer and/or liquor after work and before dinner, then wine during and after dinner. I once measured my daily consumption by “proof ounces,” and determined that my total daily consumption of all alcohol [age 38] was about the equivalent of one quart of liquor per day. Because of this continual, daily intake, I had been extremely nervous on my first day of abstaining from booze. The temptation to drink was strong but I had been praying a lot and the Lord helped me to resist temptation. Things were a little better the second day; also the third. After two weeks I felt like a new man, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I was drawing much closer to God and the Bible was becoming a little easier to understand. I learned from my mentors that this was due to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

In spite of my enjoyment of this new life, I did have a problem with “backsliding” during my first few years as a True Believer. There had been countless temptations to drink and I resisted most of them with the Lord’s help, but fell off the wagon about one month after my conversion. I got drunk on a Friday night and continued drinking Saturday afternoon and night. I stopped by Sunday but did the same thing a couple of months later. I “fell off” about 5 times during the first year and 4 during the second year. During the third year of my new life in Jesus I noticed that the time elapsing between these incidents got further and further apart. After abstaining for 16 months during a period that began in 1976, there were a couple of incidents in 1977 and I got drunk for the last time on January 2, 1978.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the Kingdom of God.” (I Corinthians 6:9,10)

Now read the incredible freedom expressed in verse eleven:

“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

Thanks be unto you, Most High God. I am not a drunkard, but a former drunkard!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come” (II Corinthians 5:17)

I now believe sincerely that if I had persevered in prayer during those major times of temptation during my first few years as a believer, that the incidents of backsliding would have been far fewer. However, for over thirty years I have been rejoicing , not because I am a former drunkard, but that my name has been written in the Lamb’s book of Life [Luke 10:20].

Man prayingHow about you? After reading all the above scriptures and my testimony, are you ready to acknowledge that you are separated from God by sin? He loves you and His mercies never come to an end! Repent, turn to Him and ask for His forgiveness, in Jesus’ name. However, if you are still not convinced but know that something is wrong between you and the Creator of the universe, then consider this "brave agnostic’s prayer."

“God, if you are real, I want to know you! Please reveal Yourself to me as I read a portion of the Bible”. Then, read the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans.

If you are sincere in that prayer and your search for Him, you will know [in your heart] within a short time that He and His Word are the truth! Then, you must make a decision --- either to accept His loving offer in repentant faith, receive his forgiveness and to spend eternity with Him, or to remain in your present state, destined to experience the wrath of God for eternity.

Some reading this will think that it does not apply to them because they are not sinners but good persons. Well, you probably are, if you compare yourself to other human beings. But God will not judge you by Man’s standards. He holds all of us accountable to His standards of righteousness, declared in writing in the Bible: His Word. According to that, we have ALL sinned and NONE is righteous. While it is impossible for any of us to attain righteousness in our own strength, in His love and mercy He has made a way -- the atonement for all of our sins by the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, on Calvary. That sacrifice was made for all in the world who would believe on Him.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Still others reading this may think that they’re okay with God because they’re members of a major Protestant denomination, or the Roman Catholic Church, or the Mormon Church. If you are thinking that way, think again. In effect, you have examined God’s plan for the eternal redemption of your soul and are saying, “well, that’s nice God, but I’m just as comfortable with the ‘membership route.” What blasphemous audacity! There are NO acceptable substitutions for His way, regardless of the religious rituals and sacraments that you may be practicing. “Church membership,” or church attendance, will not atone for the sins that separate you from God. You must be born again!

"Jesus answered and said to him, 'Truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.' Then Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born can he?' Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.'” (John 3: 3-6)

Still others may think that they’re okay with God because they answered an altar call 20 years ago[for example] and said the “sinner’s prayer.” That’s good, if you’re following Him in a walk of faith and obedience now, but if you’re still living the same old life you did before you said that sinners prayer in the past, that is evidence that you really don’t believe. [See the explanation of the parable of the sower, Matthew 13:20-22].

I object to the terms “alcoholic” or “alcoholism” because they are not truthful! They are manifestations of a belief system that is wrong because it is based on the lie that drunkenness is a disease, yet there is no scientific basis for the “disease model.” To the secularist, drunkenness is probably a poor or immoral behavioral choice but to those of us who look to the Bible for God’s definitions of behavior, drunkenness is a sin.

By coming to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentant faith, I became a “new creature in Christ” according to II Corinthians 5:17. Therefore, I am no longer a drunkard but a former drunkard. However those in the Recovery movement would say that I was born that way and will still have the “disease” until I die, even though I stopped drinking 30 years ago!

Did your search for the solution to your drinking problem result in your conversion to Christianity? If so, I encourage you to avoid AA or other such programs. There is absolutely no need for a born-again Christian to be involved in such worldly programs. That includes “Christianized” 12-step programs such as Rick Warren’s “Celebrate Recovery.”

Gerwin McFarland
(May 9, 1932 - April 7, 2008)

Gerwin McFarland was a retired insurance agent. After the 1972 divorce he began praying for a new wife who shared his faith. He met and married Hilda in 1981. They lived near Tacoma, Washington.

If you have just committed your life and heart to the Lord Jesus Christ contact the Webmaster and include your mailing address, as he wants to send you a helpful booklet and suggestions for finding a local fellowship that teaches and practices sound doctrine, based solely on the Bible. Until the Lord directs you to that place (a local church or home church/assembly) you need communication with the Lord: reading in His Word every day and praying as often as you want to, but at least once daily. Until you have a local mentor to guide you, here is a simple daily reading plan: spend about 15 minutes in the Old Testament and another 15 in the New Testament. Work your way through Genesis, Exodus and the entire New Testament. After you finish Exodus, read all of the Psalms and Proverbs. Personally, Gerwin prayed for a few minutes before reading the Scriptures every day and then additional prayers, as led by the Holy Spirit.

He also highly recommends the book 12 Steps to Destruction, by Martin and Deidre Bobgan, Eastgate Publishers, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Their book goes into greater detail about the ungodly origins of the “12 Step” programs including the so-called “disease” of Codependency.

More information about their books is available at

Click Here to Listen to Gerwin's audio Testimony Dated: January 20, 2008

March 08, 2012

Complete in Christ - Colossians 2:10

"More Lord!" is what we used to squeal out at Brownsville & Fire. And I carried it on to the mission field in Germany too... that is, until the Lord brought it/me to a screeching halt. The whole 'more Lord' bothered me at first when I first heard it at Bible School because like you say, we are complete in Him, we don't need more, we are content/complete in Christ and it was finished on the cross at Calvary. He did all and we can rest in that. Period. However, over a short time, I gave in to the nonsense and traveled down that dangerously wide path... shudder!!! Praise Jesus He rescued my from my foolishness and folly!

NOW read this...


MORE Manifestations, LESS Bible!
1 Timothy 3:16-17
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
"That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

The 'Quakers' preferred immediate revelation over Biblical authority, which opened them to acceptance of all manner of influences, from fundamentalism to pantheism and the occult. While there are some who suggest that this doesn't matter, ‘it was in the past’, it is clear the occult influence is the foundation of their beliefs originally and continues today.

From The Dictionary of Bible and Religion:

" The Quakers even rejected the Bible as the basis for church authority; for although they studied it, they did not accept it as the only rule of faith and practice. The Quakers preferred a divine, immediate revelation within to the authority of church, creed or Bible. Because of their lack of a creed, the Quakers permitted a wide variety of beliefs to develop and this condition exists to this day." 55

As with George Fox and other Quakers, Evan Roberts also took experience over Scripture.

“…Roberts was no expositor of the Word, and this was a weakness that was passed on to the new converts, who relied heavily on emotion and not upon Scripture “.56

William Seymour of Azusa Street was no different, Ted Olsen writes:

“…Elder" Seymour rarely preached, but when he did, he would often take out a tiny Bible and read only one or two words at a time. Then he would walk the room, challenging unbelievers face to face, shouting to those kneeling at altars to "let the tongues come forth!" or "Be empathetic!” 57

Sarah Parham relates that when Seymour started, witnesses stated that he spoke Charles Parham’s teachings, “word for word.” 58. Seymour was only in the hallway of Parham’s school for three weeks before his ‘call’ to Los Angeles.

No man of God would tell you to disobey or set aside God’s word. This mentality of setting aside the Scriptures for emotion and experience is no different than such like John Wimber or Rodney Howard-Browne who has said such things as:

'Don't let the Bible get in the way of the blessing.'
'Some of you Bible-lovers need to put-it down and let God work on you.'
‘The Bible has let us down. It has not delivered the numbers we need.'
'You must not let your mind hinder the receiving of the blessing.' 59.

We are reminded in Psalm 119:11 -

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.”

John Goodman, who had been a pastor in the Vineyard for eight years and traveled extensively with John Wimber, wrote of the loss of focus from the Bible and the consequences of involvement in the New Age.

"Deviation from the Word of God, and the use of extra-biblical sources of teaching have led John Wimber and the Vineyard into many New Age/occultic, shamanistic beliefs and activities, such as inner healing, aura reading, and manipulation, astral projection (i.e., out of body experiences) and contact with familiar spirits..." 60

According to his testimony tape, Wimber left the Quaker church because he "didn't like what he was doing" and recounts that he:

"... began working at Fuller Seminary in the founding organization under Charles E. 1974, I began working for Fuller Evangelistic Association and developing a new department called the Department of Church Growth...during the next three and one half years we worked with churches all over America and Canada, primarily the US. We ministered to about 40,000 pastors during that period of time in seminars... Over that period of time we worked with 27 different denominations and 9 para-church organizations..." 61

During the time, 1974-1977, Wimber declared he was, "almost spiritually bankrupt." After promptings from his friend, C. Peter Wagner and others, he resigned his position from Fuller. At one point during the relating of this decision on his audio tape, he declares, "I'm a Quaker." Nowhere does he ever denounce Quakerism or their varied mystic beliefs. On the contrary he held a deep respect for them.

Prof. Donald E. Miller's book Reinventing American Protestantism discusses the New Paradigm Churches. According to Miller, the three churches responsible for the ‘shift’ are Calvary Chapel, Vineyard Chapel, and Hope Chapel. John Wimber played a very clear role in moving the “paradigm shift” forward. He, like Charles Parham and his followers, believed that the Holy Spirit hadn’t fully come and there was still some ‘left’ for people today and the needed "restoration of the original church".

"…. John Wimber was what I call the "restoration implementor".. a restoration theologian who believed and taught that the gifts and offices of the Holy Spirit had been stolen from the church, and that they were going to be restored. He was also a Latter Rain theologian in that he taught that the Holy Spirit would come "incrementally", perhaps by "visiting your city", or in an "outpouring" "awakening" or "revivalry" and that the "Holy Spirit" should "COME!"…that is why they are always screaming for "MORE!" at the meetings.. they believe the Holy Spirit is being poured out and hasn't yet "fully come" as the Bible clearly says he did. Because of this belief in receiving "more" of the spirit, they have opened themselves up to receiving another spirit entirely…and it is a powerful one… they solicit an "outpouring and visitation" of the spirit that has lead to what they call "restoration" of what was taken from the church…”
“What's more, John taught that the "gifts" would be "imparted" through the laying on of hands, and the "offices" of prophet, evangelists, apostle, teacher and healer were going to be "restored" as well… “62

Lonnie Frisbee also ministered in the same way as evidenced in his audio Testimony distributed by Anaheim Vineyard and also through many other reports. His methods were the same as Wimber, and also from his words and eyewitness reports, evidence of the same manifestations and chaos taking place as described in Azusa, Toronto and Brownsville/Pensacola and so on.

Their behavior, words and “power” over the Spirit called upon in their meetings is no different than Rodney Howard Browne, who launched his career from an Assemblies of God Church. Browne also thinks Charles Parham and William Branham are great men of God. His words for directing the ‘spirit” echo Frisbee and many others:

"Come!!! Now!!! There it is right now. There it is right now. The Power of God is beginning to fall. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth be filled. Be filled...There it is all over this building. Right now the power of God is beginning to fall. I loose the very touch of heaven now, in Jesus' name... The fire of God is beginning to fall all over this place, all over this place...Just receive it...Like a river [8 times] Let it flow like a river." 63


The Way International began with Victor Paul Wierwille. Wierwille developed many of his theological ideas by plagiarizing from such writers as E. W. Bullinger, George Lamsa, Kenyon and several others. The Way International teachings include: Jesus Christ is not God, denial of the three persons of the Godhead, i.e. no Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 4 Mary was not the mother of God come in the flesh, but the mother of a man, the Old and New Testaments were originally written in Aramaic, pro-abortion, bad seed theology, mass weddings, stockpiling of weapons, American holocaust and invasion, them or us mentality and much more. 5

Victor Paul Wierwille was eventually part of the Jesus People movement, and is remembered by the Jesus Movement website.

".... Believing that much of the Christian was in error, in 1955 Wierwille founded The Way to educate young men and women in the "correct way of biblical education." ... The Way International raised the ire of other Christian groups, labelled a "cult" because of their antitrinitarian views. One of the largest of all the extremist groups of the Jesus People movement, by the mid-1970s the organization boasted over 20,000 active members..." 1

It is noteworthy that it was Victor Wierwille who went to the House of Acts in 1968 and gave Ted Wise, the Heefners, Doops and Lonnie and Connie Frisbee, and several others their understanding of the Holy Spirit. Wierwille worked miracles, cast out demons--which he did while teaching them about the Holy Spirit, as well as teaching them how to speak tongues, all in one night. The Heefners and Doops joined Wierwille and helped set up his national organization. 2

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

When first challenged by Ted Wise, who was one of the founding 'fathers' of the Jesus people movement, about his belief in Christ and even though he rejected the divinity of Jesus Christ, Wierwille passed with flying colors.

"The first person Wierwille met was Ted Wise, who put him through a test he couldn’t possibly fail. Wise said, "You know, it says in I John you test the spirits. We usually ask everybody here to confess the Lord Jesus Christ, or they freak out and they can’t. So where do you stand on this?"
"And that pleased Wierwille," said Heefner, "he liked that up-frontness. And he gave his witness. So by the time he was through with two or three minutes of talking, we said, ‘Okay, fella, we believe you.’ " 3

Lonnie and Connie Frisbee and the Wises began taking Wierwille's PFAL classes and then discontinued. Lonnie then went to join Chuck Smith in Costa Mesa's Calvary Chapel, which caused an explosion on growth. Frisbee eventually joined with John Wimber, who had also been with Chuck Smith. Wimber later split and helped start the Vineyard movement with Frisbee joining him and also others. For More on Lonnie Frisbee and John Wimber, See: What Happened in Africa?; Part 2: Taking the Mark; Quaking Like Quakers; Wheat and Tares; More Manifestations LESS Bible, etc..

For More on The Way International beliefs please see: Michael John Rood Continuing The WAY

Update Footnotes
1. click Leaders
2. The Cult That Snapped: A Journey Into the Way International, Karl Kahler, 1999, p. 60-61
3. Ibid, p. 60
4. JESUS CHRIST IS NOT...A Closer Look at The Way's Efforts to "Divide" The Word About Jesus Christ;

The laying on of hands practiced by many of these same people and various resulting manifestations that take place with physical contact, especially touching the forehead or head, is something used by the occult. In the book, Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion, a man named John Starr Cooke is discussed. His history and abilities became well-known in Haight-Ashbury of the 1960's.

"...Cooke journeyed around the world befriending an assortment of mystics and spiritual teachers. In the early 1950s he became a close confidant of L. Ron Hubbard, the ex-navy officer who founded the Scientology organization. Cooke rose high in the ranks of the newly formed religious cult. (He was the first "clear" in America, meaning he had attained the level of an advanced Scientology initiate.) Before long, however, he grew disillusioned with Hubbard and they parted ways. A few years later, while living in Algiers, Cooke was stricken with polio, which left him crippled and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Despite his physical disability he was revered by a Sufi sect in northern Africa as a great healer and a saint. Some of his admirers claim he could activate shakti, or kundalini energy, and induce a blissful spinal seizure merely by touching people on the forehead.
By the early 1960s Cooke had moved back to California, he immersed himself in an intensive study of the tarot. Word quickly spread through the West Coast occult circuit about an extraordinary psychic who possessed a tarot deck with the handwritten annotations of its previous owner, the infamous Aleister Crowley." 64B

There are many who claim to be healers who are merely utilizing this occult activity of touching to activate the kundalini.

2 Peter 2:1-3
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."

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55. William H. Gentz; General Editor; The Dictionary of Bible and Religion; Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1986, Article:Friends, Society of (Quakers);p. 375

56. Bending The Church to Save the World: The Welsh Revival of 1904

57. American Pentecost by Ted Olsen; Christianity Online

58. THE LIFE OF CHARLES F PARHAM: Founder of the Apostolic Faith Movement; p. 161; Sarah E. Parham; Garland Publishing, Inc.; New York & London, 1985; original in 1930

59. Pg. 51 Blessing the Church? Clifford Hill and Peter Fenwick, David Forbes, David Noakes; Eagle; 1995

60. p. 24 Media Spotlight; Special Report: The Vineyard: History, Teachings & Practices, p.7; Albert James Dager; 1996

61. Audio, Personal Pilgrimage, Ananheim Vineyard, 714.777.4777

62. The Vineyard Without Wimber; ;

63. "The Coming Revival" videotape from Lakeland, Florida.) Rodney Howard Browne¹s Quotes

64. p.111, Trojan Horse: How the New Age Infiltrates the Church; Brenda Scott & Samantha Smith; Huntington House Publishers; 1993

64B. p. 157-158 Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain; Grove Press, 1985

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March 05, 2012

Are you the Victim of Mind Control?


Are you the Victim
of Mind Control?

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Although cults differ in their belief systems they all use the same mind control tactics. The purpose of this article is to give you the chance to test yourself to see if you are the victim of well known manipulative mind control techniques. No one single religious group has been singled out in the following questions. Rather, the information below has been gathered with many groups in mind, all of which are known to use mind control on its members. It should also be noted that these questions are not merely limited to religious groups only. There are also many non-religious secular, business, and political groups in existence today which also use mind control on its members. So what have you got to lose, are you willing to take the test?

Are You The Victim of a Mind Control Cult? Test Yourself.
(Please answer the following questions honestly)

  • Do you feel that no matter how hard you try, the ‘good deeds’ you perform for your group are never quite enough? As a result of this do you often feel plagued with feelings of guilt?
  • What are you motivated by? Is it genuine love for God and the group etc., or is it fear of not meeting the desired standards.
  • Is questioning the group, or the group leaders, discouraged or frowned upon?
  • Does the group you belong to believe that it is an elite and exclusive organisation which alone has ‘the truth’ and answers to life’s questions?
  • Does the group pour scorn upon, attack, and mock other Christian churches and their interpretation of the Bible?
  • Is reading any literature critical of the group discouraged? Many cults will warn members not to read anything critical of the group, especially if written by an ex-member (who are called names by the cult such as “apostate”, “hardened”, or “of the devil” etc.). This is a well known information control technique to stop the member from discovering the clear and documented errors of the cult. Members abilities to think for themselves is effectively disarmed in this way. Instead, they will think more and more as the rest of the group thinks.
  • Take a look at the way the group looks and acts. Does everyone dress more or less the same, act the same, and talk the same? One observer, speaking of his particular involvement with a cult, said that the group encouraged its members “to do everything in exactly the same way - to pray the same, to look the same, to talk the same. This in psychology is a classic example of group conformity. Its purpose is to ensure that no-one tries to act differently or become dissident, thus nobody questions the status quo.” (Andrew Hart, Jan. 1999).
  • Does the group discourage association with non-members (except, maybe, for the possibility of converting them to the group)?
  • Does the group give you ‘black and white answers’? What the group agrees with is right and what the group disagrees with is wrong.
  • Does everyone in the group believe exactly the same things (i.e. what the group leaders tell them to believe)? Is there no room for individual belief, or opinion even in minor areas?
  • Does the group wear ‘two faces’? On the one hand, does it attempt to present itself, to potential converts and the public at large, as a group of people who are like one large family, who have love among themselves, where everyone is equal? But on the other hand, the reality is, that many members inwardly feel unfulfilled and emotionally exhausted?
  • Have you attempted to disable your own God-given critical thinking abilities by ‘shelving’ various doubts about the group or group’s teachings etc.
  • Are others in the group, who do not conform to the requirements of the movement’s teaching, treated with suspicion, and treated like second class members?
  • Does the group tend to withhold certain information from the potential convert? Are the more unusual doctrines of the group not discussed until an individual is more deeply involved in the movement?
  • Do you feel fearful of leaving the group? Many cults use subtle fear tactics to stop members from leaving. For example, the group may imply that those who leave will be attacked by the Devil, have a nasty accident, or at least not prosper because they have left ‘the truth’.
If you answered “yes” to most of the questions above, the group that you are involved with is certainly using manipulative mind control techniques. Now that you know this, what will you do?

Firstly, you need to realise that whatever group you are part of, it does not have the monopoly on God. For many people in mind control cults, leaving the movement is usually considered the equivalent of leaving God Himself and forfeiting one’s salvation. However, the truth is, that there are Christians in all denominations who have found salvation in Christ alone, and not a Church. Many people who are trapped in a spiritually abusive religious system often feel as though they would have nowhere else to go even if they did manage to make the break from the group.

The answer is found in what Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew Ch. 11 and verse 28: “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

Secondly, you need to leave the group. This may be difficult, but by staying you will only continue to be spiritually and mentally abused. You will also be contributing to a system which, in your heart, you know to be wrong. Also, don’t let pride keep you from leaving the group.

Thirdly, don’t feel as though you will be alone in your decision to leave. There are many individual’s who have been in the same situation as yourself. These people come from many different religious groups, but have all been victims of the same dominating mind control techniques. Today, many are living new lives of liberty, security, and hope.

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March 02, 2012

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