Little by little, and sometimes by huge leaps, evil is creeping into the lives of believers. We would expect to see the evil in the world (although I am shocked by how quickly things are getting worse around the world). But we are seeing more and more within the body and I would like to address it.
First, I was shocked to see on my Facebook feed how many pastors and active church members are posting pictures from their Halloween celebrations. One even had a child dressed up as a witch at a church event! We are becoming callous to evil! We are being light-hearted about it. These are the same people who do not want to celebrate some of the Biblical Holidays, which would teach children about the provision of G-d and His plans, because they say that observing them in some way is “legalistic” and trying to “keep the law!”
We are being bombarded with evil lifestyles which the world is demanding that we embrace, religions which want to kill those who do not adhere to it are given preference, our freedoms to believe what we want are being stripped away because the world does not agree with them. Many of us have been told that we are weak or stupid because we believe in G-d.
We need to be on our knees, praying for the strength to stand up and to withstand the pressures which seek to intimidate or kill us.
In Moldova we were told about the “Run for Hell”. That’s right, in the capital city of Chisinau last Shabbat, there was a city wide running event actually called, “Run for Hell.” Praise G-d that believers in the city sponsored a similar event which was know as “Run to Heaven.” It was used to evangelize. We were so thankful to see fellow followers of Yeshua stand up against such a blasphemous event. Believers have to demonstrate that we are not going to be silent and idle when those things contrary to the Scriptures are manifested.
A few months ago, Baruch was invited to speak at a conference in Tokyo this coming May. We were very thankful for the invitation, as the theme had to do with Israel and missions. When we saw who their special speaker will be, we were shocked. It will be a women by the name of Heidi Baker. We were told of this woman a few months ago, as we had never heard of her. Baruch did some research online and learned that she is most confused spiritually and his words are that “She is a false teacher and behaves in a role that is unScriptural for her to function.” She associates with many other misguided leaders such as Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Here is an example of her type of “ministry”. Please watch this clip first before continuing to read or watch the second link below: When you watch this, you will be shocked that such a person is received as a teacher and a woman of G-d. I know you will understand why I could not be associated with her or any conference that would host her.
Unfortunately, some of the Messianic leaders here in Israel are embracing this manifestation of a false spirit. Baruch spoke to a leader here in Israel today who knew of Mrs. Baker and the movement that she is part of and of a very well thought of Messianic organization which is including her in their meetings. Here is a link to such an example:
We prayed about our participation at the Tokyo conference and felt strongly led to withdraw from it. We notified the committee of why Baruch could not speak at a conference which includes this woman.