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Archive for March, 2012

The Kundalini Serpent Spirit and the Church

Caryl Matrisciana

Steve WittmannWhile researching the practice of Yoga in contemporary Christian churches, I came across several books, documentaries, and teachings by Caryl Matrisciana.

Caryl is a well-known expert on ancient and modern world religions, contemporary cults, paganism and the occult
including Hinduism, Eastern Mysticism, Yoga, and the New Age Movement. She currently teaches on topics such as The Emergent Church Movement, the Emerging New Christianity, and even exposing the occult roots of Halloween and the Harry Potter phenomenon.

About a month ago, on Feb 19th, 2012, Caryl was a guest speaker on Firefall Talk Radio where she spoke on the Kundalini serpent spirit and its false teachings in the church.

For those not already familiar with the name, Kundalini literally means “coiled” and it is the serpent spirit at the heart of yoga.

In the months ahead, this Armor All blog will take a closer look at Caryl’s book Out of India and her DVD documentary, Yoga Uncoiled, but for now, click the play button in the player below, then sit back and listen to Caryl Matrisciana talk about the Kundalini serpent spirit and the emergent church movement in this streamed re-broadcast from Firefall Talk Radio.


Reflections In The Dark – the Emergent Church Movement

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Manifesting the Gifts in Fort Myers!

We are really excited about the response and participation in the current weekly Wednesday night ICM classes at our Fort Myers/City Church ICM Campus entitled: “The Gifts and Callings of God”.

Last week we learned about the Manifestation Gifts.  We learned that the manifestation gifts as listed in 1 Corintian 12 are distributed to the entire body of Christ ‘severally as the Spirit wills’. 

Toward the end class students were challenged to practice the gifts.  A prophetic word was received for one student that she would teach thousands and receive her doctorate.  The individual giving that word had no way of knowing that she was already a teacher and had just signed up for her doctorate degree that evening! 

Next – we will be studying the Motivational Gifts as listed in Romans.  On March 28th Pastor Joe Warner will be at Fort Myers along with Dr. Ray teaching on how to raise up and release fivefold ministers.

This is an open class.  Some are taking it for college credit.  Some are simply receiving personal enrichment from the teaching.  We receive a love offering each week.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Pastor Rick and Susie Bopp

ICM Campus Directors / City Church, Ft. Myers

Identity Theft / Giving Away Our Identity by James Drake

Identity theft is something we often hear about these days

Credit cards, phone, and internet scams.  People’s lives are devastated by another who comes to deceive and steal – usually taking money, by getting vital identity information.  We may think it’s a new phenomenon with all the electronic technology but really it’s one of the oldest tricks in the book (literally).  It started in the Garden of Eden when the serpent tempted (deceived) Eve into eating of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  And as we know, Adam was right there to follow suit.  The result … the first man and the first woman had their identity stolen from them with consequences reaching in to our lives today.  Sadly they got pulled into the devils trickery and were accomplices to the crime perpetrated against them – they were scammed into unknowingly handing over what they had.  A common formula we still regularly see today.  Satan knows what works and he sticks with it.

Another early record of identity theft through deception is found in Genesis 25:29-34.  The familiar story of Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau.  This time a family member does it to another.  One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry.  Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”)  “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”  “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”  But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.”  So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob.  Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew.  Esau ate the meal, then got up and left.  He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.

In society back then, in Isaac’s day, it was well known in the culture what the position, rights and inheritance of the eldest son were.  For Esau to take so lightly what he was giving up to Jacob for a bowl of stew really was unthinkable.  The firstborn son was entitled to the majority of the estate of the father because at that time they didn’t want the property divided into smaller and smaller parts.  There was value in keeping it in one big piece.  Furthermore, land ownership was a big deal in the day because it was a position of power and authority.  So the birth right was, in effect, Esau’s identity – as the first son.  Esau gave away his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew because he was hungry NOW and did not take the time to weigh the importance of what was doing.  In fact, it says he showed contempt (disregard, indifference) for his rights as the firstborn.  How often do we make rash decisions because we want what we want NOW.  Did Esau get taken advantage of?  Absolutely!  Did Jacob hit Esau at a moment of weakness?  No doubt!  Remember, the enemy doesn’t fight fair, not then not now.  He won’t attack when you are well rested and prepared for a fight.  No, he looks for an opportunity when you are down, when you are distracted, to land a sucker punch like Jacob did to Esau.  Are we any different than Esau?

So what about our birthright?

What does this have to do with us today?  We have such different customs now.  Well the truth is things haven’t changed, not where it counts.  We do still have a birthright, it’s an inheritance in the LORD.  Problem is people don’t know what that is, even long time believers.  If fact, many don’t even realize they’re a child of God so how can they know they have an inheritance?  We don’t know who we are much less what we are entitled so we have no idea of its value.  How easy it is for the enemy to deceive us into giving it up.  Satan knows what our inheritance is worth and it’s worth plenty in his plan of destruction.  And he’ll pull any dirty trick he can to get us to turn it over to him.  Notice a key point here, as with Esau, the birth right has to be surrendered, it can’t be taken.

What do we need to do to avoid unwittingly giving up what God has for us?

Scripture gives us all we need, it’s the only source required and it’s 100% guaranteed true.  Scripture tells us who we are in Christ.  And they tell us our inheritance God has promised.  You start by learning the truth about who you are, your true identity as God’s children (see references at the end of the article).  Believe what God has to say about you and tune out the lies of the enemy and the world.  We need to declare, as in literally speak out of your mouth these identity scriptures.  Walking and talking the truth will transfer to your lifestyle, it will manifest (give evidence i.e. fruit) for you to see when you look in the mirror.  Then as you come to know who you are, pursue what God promises for you, your inheritance.  It’s the wonderful advantage of being a child of the King of the Kings.

There are over 200 identity scriptures in the New Testament

Below are some to get you started.   Be looking for more as you study your bible.  Read them out loud daily to receive your full benefit.  It also ruins the enemy’s day because his lies are exposed!  Hallelujah!

I am God’s child!  John 1:12  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

I am a friend of Jesus Christ!  John 15:15  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

I am justified!  Romans 5:1  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

I am God’s temple!  1 Corinthians 3:16  Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

I am a member of Christ’s body!  1 Corinthians 12:27  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

I am a new creation in Christ!  2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

­­I am God’s workmanship!  Ephesians 2:10  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

I am righteous and holy!  Ephesians 4:24  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

I am a citizen of heaven!  Philippians 3:20  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ

I am complete in Christ!  Colossians 2:9-10  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved!  Colossians 3:12  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience

I am a chosen generation, a royal priest hood, a holy nation! 1 Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priest hood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

God’s Amazing, Limitless Character by James Drake

The character of God is such a broad subject because of His infinite being.  There is the fundamental point that all the other characteristics flow through – God is love (1 John 4:16), however, it is valuable to look at some of his more specific attributes to know God more fully.  I have written some of my thoughts that came out of a study of Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia.

What an amazing plan God had for Paul!  A completely different approach from anything just seen with Jesus and his disciples.  Was it wise to change gears so soon?  Here’s Paul a man clearly aligned with the strongest of Jesus’ foes, who was actively persecuting anyone who confessed Jesus.  Then on his way to persecute more Christians, Paul has a personal experience with Jesus and he does a 180 degree turn.  What a powerful testimony it made, a witness no one could argue.  You have to know that any of the believers that met Paul early after his conversion had to be very nervous.  Imagine inviting a former radical christian killing Muslim who claims to have had an encounter with Jesus into your church to preach the Gospel!  What resistance we would have today.  The fear is not unfounded it’s just that faith is greater.  God in his wisdom and His perfect plan uses radical people to accomplish his purposes with radical methods when necessary.  We certainly can now see what God was doing with Paul and how it was so “right on” for then.  What about today?  Are we able to discern God’s radical plan for us and not pass it off as “not from God, he wouldn’t do anything like that”?  Do we have the faith to step out like Paul?  God is wise, he knows best how things need to be done in our lives.  What an amazing plan God has for us!

The LORD is a jealous God.  A characteristic that seems out of place for someone known for mercy and grace but scripture says: “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,  Exodus 20:4-5  What it means is that God constantly seeks to protect His honor against those who try to share or supplant His position.  Those people that pervert what He says, by adding to or taking away are trying to make themselves God.  Paul is God’s mouthpiece regarding this and he is appropriately “fired up” to bring the full emphasis of God’s jealousy for His people.  Paul doesn’t mince words here – You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?  Galatians 3:1  He’s “in their face” with the truth and making it clear that they should know better.  We must see that the underlining motivation for the LORD’s jealousy is His love for His children and He won’t let anyone compromise what He has done for them.  While at first glance jealousy seems to be out of place, aren’t we glad that our God is jealous for us?

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger (I.E. PATIENT my addition), and plenteous in mercy.  Psalm 103:8  How we must grasp the significance of God’s patient character!  It’s perhaps one of the least appreciated of His attributes because we never experience what he could have done in response to our stupidity and rebellion.  Paul’s a prime example of God’s patience, something he unquestionably did not deserve.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  1 Timothy 1:16  So he was the right messenger for this message.  Paul has to “knock heads” at God’s direction, to let those believers in Galatia know they were testing the limits of God’s patience.   It’s funny yet disturbing the great ability humans have to take a gift and find so many ways to screw it up.  We certainly should blame the devil for helping.  It’s seen in Genesis 3:1, putting question into our minds “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”  In the same way, are we REALLY saved simply by faith in Jesus?  Don’t we have to do something more?  No!  There used to be rules, the law.  We’re still bound by them.  Aren’t we?  No!  Paul is stern to the Galatians but he also exhibits the depth of God’s patience to them … and us.  Hallelujah!

The revelation of God’s character can be subtle.  I examined the passage about restoring a believer caught in a trespass – Galatians 6:1-5  Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.   For each one will bear his own load.   It would appear at first glance that we are simply talking about how our loving, merciful, and gracious God wants us to help someone that has strayed to be restored … but look at what follows.  It’s a strong warning to beware of pitfalls.  Obviously look out that you don’t get caught up in the sin that you are there to address.  However, the greater emphasis is on our pride.  Christian folks called to do counseling/correcting must be careful that their own flesh doesn’t rise up and exclude God from the process.  God’s direction/wisdom is integral to restoration.  We must take the position of humility and rely on God who is loving, merciful and gracious to see us through.  Because honestly we can’t do it on our own.

How awesome and amazing is God’s love for his children.  It can seem violent and harsh but when we see that it is out of His love, so strong that it can even make us afraid because no one else has ever loved us like that.  I am glad He loves me that much and we see that in his character traits.  Oh that we love Him and our neighbor the same way.  That would be radical!

Memphis Hosts First ICM Scholarship Banquet

The Memphis Campus will be hosting ICM’s first Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Brown Baptist Church, 742 Stateline Road, Southaven, MS, 6:00 p.m.  The speaker for this event is Dr. Fred Bennett, former pastor and founder of Christ the Rock Church.  All proceeds from the banquet will benefit ICM’s scholarship fund to give deserving students financial assistance.

Your $35 or more contribution to the scholarship fund will grant you the title of Covenant Partner.  All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

We hope to see you at the Banquet on April 7.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Terrie S Reed at (901) 232-4294 or via email at treed@icmcollege.org.