27 Jan 2007

Christians with super powers?

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Justin wrote me about a man who he regards as having "psychic powers" or "super powers" and as one who performs many miracles in the name of Jesus

Sometimes he even knows what I'm thinking. Justin

I've had people tell me they thought I must be reading their minds when I was only speaking about my own thoughts and reactions. It only seemed that way because our thinking patterns were so similar. On top of that, people often wear their thoughts like clothes. It comes out in everything they say so that anyone who takes the time to observe it will know what the person is thinking. I know, because I have learned to observe quite a bit. It always drove my daughters up a wall! They usually tried to convince me they weren't thinking what I thought they were, but would later tell me that I always seemed to know their thoughts. Most of the time I was just repeating back exactly what they had already told me earlier but apparently didn't realize they had told me. Of course, I always tell them they were the ones who told me and that I was just repeating. You probably talk to this guy a lot, don't you? I'll bet he listens well and has learned to read you like a book.

And there was one time that he was speaking in tongues and he spoke Hebrew perfectly! Justin

How in the world would you know if he was speaking Hebrew, especially perfect Hebrew? I have always been curious about such claims.

Let's say that the Holy Spirit is using him in these ways and he does have this supernatural connection with him that seems so common, at least on the surface, in mainstream Christianity...then where does that leave you and I who really don't have these psychic, if u will, powers? Justin

I'll answer you with this quote from Paul:

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: 'Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.' 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

He read some writings of your site (since I'm so obsessed with it) and then later insinuated that it was a cult, but he didnt come out and say that. Justin

I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he considers me a heretic. That's okay with me. :)

he says "get out" as if I'm choosing to be confused. Justin

Yeah, I see that. The irony here is that the confusion is part and parcel with the very teaching this man uses in an attempt to control you. There is no real hope in what he wrote, for he puts your salvation in your own hands as if you could do that which is impossible for man.

I love my friends a lot Jim but it seems as though they don't get it...they think I'm choosing to be a backslider. And they don't see that they're religious...maybe cuz God has confirmed so many miracles with these people, cuz theyre all [from a certain place] and they believe in Anointing and they have super powers and I just don't know...what do you think? Justin

Perhaps all these supposed miracles are in the eyes of the beholders. Read the latter half of 2 Corinthians and you'll discover that Paul was being contradicted and put down by the same kind of people, so-called Super-apostles. Paul was pleased to be considered weak and foolish in comparison to those who had seemed so spiritual in the eyes of the Corinthians. Join me in my weakness, he would write to them. That's the same I'd say to you. Don't let their appearance of spirituality confuse you.

Jim

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