Are You Being Deceived by the ‘False Gospel of Nice’?

Over and over again, I’m reading about how youth are leaving the church as soon as they turn 18. I see study after study highlighting how Christian conservative values are turning off millennials who prefer social justice to culture wars.

I guess I’m not the only one who’s noticed it. I came across an op-ed in CNN by Daniel Darling, vice president of communications for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, that demanded my attention. The headline? "Millennials and the False ‘Gospel of Nice.’"

In it, Darling points out the same trends I’ve been seeing during my duties as news editor for Charisma magazine. It seems some in the younger generation are willing to water down the truth in God’s Word even as they stay busy fulfilling His command to feed the hungry. It seems some in the younger generation would rather allow a gay worship leader to take his place on the platform than stand for traditional marriage in the public square. Oh, and when more mature believers point back to what the Bible says about morality, they are labeled religious.

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LISTEN: When People Think They Are Saved But They Are Not

Just because you are in a garage doesn't mean you're saved. Likewise, just because you go to church doesn't mean you are born again? I'm concerned that a seeker-friendly gospel is sending people to hell. I reasoned this out on my latest radio broadcast with Pastor Greg Young on Chosen Generation radio this week. Click the headline to get to the podcast of the broadcast.

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Supernatural Encounters: Smelling the Fragrance of God

As I pen a prophetic devotional that will be released early next year, I’ve been spending hours upon hours in worship and prayer. The Holy Spirit has been speaking life-changing words to me that I believe will also be life-changing for those who read them in the years to come. The Holy Spirit’s words bring life, renew our minds to His way of thinking, and reveal His loving heart to us.

Deep worship, abandonment and surrender—a willingness to yield to His every movement as you listen for the sound of His heart—ushers you into the Holy Spirit’s presence in a magnificent way. Sometimes you can even smell His fragrance.

I’ve experienced the fragrance of God a few times, but never as strongly as this morning. I want to share with you what Scripture says about these supernatural experiences.

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Starbucks Satanist Barista Reveals Demonic Double Standard Against Christians

Satanists may not be getting a monument on Oklahoma state Capitol grounds, but the devil worshippers are tasting some success at Starbucks.

For years, Christians have complained about Starbucks’ so-called Jezebelic logo. But an artistic, devil-inspired barista took demonic to a whole new level with one lady’s latte.

Megan K. Pinion, a practicing Catholic, was shocked and dismayed when she saw satanic symbols carefully crafted with caramel drizzle atop her foamy caffeinated beverage. She logged on to Facebook to describe the horrifying experience of being served coffee with a pentagram and the numbers “666” confronting her faith.

“I just purchased two coffees at your Mall of Louisiana location,” she wrote on Facebook on Sunday. “This is how my coffee was served to me. ... I am a teacher in the public school system and if I were to present a child of atheist or pagan believers with a Christian art project I could be sued in a heartbeat. I am of Catholic faith and would love to share in my beliefs daily. Fortunately I have enough common sense to present myself with professionalism and follow an ethics code. Perhaps that could be suggested to that particular location.”

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WATCH: What the Names of the Holy Spirit Reveal About His Character

The Holy Spirit is described in many ways in the Bible—from Breath of the Almighty (Job 33:4) to Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14) to Spirit of Grace (Zechariah 12:10; Hebrews 10:29). Although there are many characterizations of the Holy Spirit in Scripture, there are four names that are most often used—and that describe certain operations and attributes of the Holy Spirit. These are: The Holy Spirit; The Spirit of God; The Spirit of Christ; and Comforter. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already.

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LISTEN: Getting Deliverance From Jezebel, Witchcraft and Other Demons

Demons are real—and sometimes Christians need deliverance from spirits of seduction, rebellion, fear, rejection and more. In this week’s Chosen Generation segment, Jennifer LeClaire and Pastor Greg Young discuss witchcraft, Jezebel and deliverance from demon spirits. The enemy tried to derail this broadcast more than once, but we press through with a spiritual warfare prayer in the middle. Click the headline of this article to find the link to the radio broadcast.

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Jon Stewart’s Hobby Lobby Lies Reveal Antichrist Spirit

Comedians mocking Jesus are nothing new. Earlier this month, we learned that Bill Maher told his HBO Real Time audience that God is a “psychotic mass murderer.” Now Jon Stewart is telling his Daily Show audience a pack of lies about Hobby Lobby and Christians in general.

Believe it or not, the Daily Show is a key source of news for millions of Americans. Stewart puts a comic bent on headlines and generally mocks anything and everything—including religion. The irreverent Stewart often crosses the line, but with an important case in the U.S. Supreme Court, he took the opportunity to completely blur the truth and take Christian-bashing to a new level.

During a six-minute segment on Wednesday night, Stewart called Hobby Lobby—a Christian-owned arts-and-crafts store that argued its case against Obamacare’s HHS contraception mandate in the U.S. Supreme Court this week—a “Jesus Christ Superstore.” Clever play on words, I suppose, but its still an antichrist view that is leading people astray.

And, of course, mockery is one thing, and downright lies are quite another.

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When Jezebel’s Witchcraft Keeps You Up at Night

Every year about this time there’s an onslaught of witchcraft attacks against me—and many people I know. This year the enemy used a different tactic. Since the spiritual forces of darkness could not slow me down by day, the attacks are coming at night.

First, let me explain what I mean by witchcraft. During Lent, some people have a tendency to exalt Mary, the mother of Jesus. But we know that's not God's will. God has "highly exalted Jesus and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee must bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that He is Lord, to the glory of the Father" (Phil 2:9-11). Let me be clear: I am not Catholic-bashing here. This is not about a religion or a denomination. It's about spiritual practices in which some are engaging.

Where Mary is exalted, I believe it empowers the spirit of Jezebel and her witchcrafts. Some people in some religions refer to Mary as the queen of heaven. But Ashtoreth, the chief pagan goddess of war and sex mentioned in the Old Testament, is also known as the queen of heaven. And it’s the Ashtoreth spirit that’s behind Jezebel. The Lord speaks of the queen of heaven in Jeremiah 7, noting that the people of Judah were giving offerings to other gods and provoking Him to anger. The Old Testament Jezebel’s father, Ethbal, was the high priest of the goddess.

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Why Sex Sells—Even Among Spirit-Filled Christians

They say sex sells—and it’s not just hearsay. Remember Calvin Klein’s controversial—and sex-charged—advertising campaign from a decade ago? It doubled the designer’s revenue. And that’s just one example.

Although studies show that some are offended by sex in advertising—I am one of those people—it seems the topic nevertheless drives viewers in droves.

With that theory in mind, I set out to review some of the most popular articles of all time on Charisma News. You probably don’t have to guess what I found. Yes, it seems sex sells—even among tongue-talking, Spirit-filled Pentecostal and charismatic Christians who frequent this site.

Let’s review a few of the headlines on Charisma News that prove the point.

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