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The Deceit and Cunning
Just one of many 'ministers' whose
hollow promises are fleecing God's sheep!
By Malcolm B Heap, Midnight Ministries
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False ministers come well disguised. They appear good and well-meaning. They come as "angels of light" (2 Cor 11:14). But their real motive or agenda is hidden – even from themselves!
They are deceived! The devil has them on a leash. It takes the Spirit of discernment to reveal.
God prophesied of their constant presence through Ezekiel:
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel [i.e. of God's people], prophesy and say to them: "Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves!
"Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.
"The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost..." (Ezek 34:2-4).
A 'shepherd' is a metaphor for one who is in a position to give spiritual truth to others. So, while it includes false ministers, it is not solely them who are the subject. It includes ANYONE who has God's truth!
The Almighty God, whose eyes blaze with fire against evil, reveals here the evil selfish motive of false ministers and how much He holds these charlatans accountable.
"As I live," says the Lord God, "surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no [true] shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock... behold I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand..." (Ezek 34:8,10).
"I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed them- selves no more, for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them" (Ezek 34:10).
This is an ongoing prophecy. God fulfils it in our time as He has done in times past. His judgment falls on the wicked at times to suit His purposes. We are now very much in a time of His judgment, and His sentence against evil increases and intensifies daily.
Falsity and false ministers will not go unpunished. (Explained in the publication Judgement To Fall On All Falsity and False Ministers.)
The biblical command to those who know the truth is to:
...have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [reprove] them (Eph 5:11).
I don't know Don Stewart from Adam. But his letters to Christians in Britain have come to my attention, so I expose his cunning schemes here. He is only one of MANY false ministers fleecing the sheep. The 'Charismatic Church' is full of them!
Fleecing The Sheep
Following is one of the letters Don Stewart sent out to his mailing list, subtly trying to extract funds from them. Each letter has the person's individual name and address on it, is addressed to them personally, and uses the person's name at various places in the letter. (Computerisation makes this possible.) He also uses a handwritten script in places. To the uninitiated, it looks like he has taken the trouble to write individually. If you are fooled by that, you could be flattered by his 'individual care' for you.
His letter is headed with the title "OFFICIAL CHURCH DOCUMENT", to gain your maximum attention and response.
[In the missive which follows, I have added my comments in square brackets.]
Dear Brother Xxxxx,
I have gathered the Church elders (leaders) of this anointed ministry [first plug for himself] together, according to Joel 1:14 of God's Holy Word, for a time of Fasting and Prayer. [Makes his appeal sound laudable.]
Before you read on, I must pray for you to be in the Spirit. "Dear Lord, You see Xxxxx Xxxx. You know that there is something on Xxxxx Xxxx's heart – a special need... even a hidden desire. Let Your Spirit anoint Your special child's eyes and bring GREAT BLESSING through this anointed Official Church Document."
Are you facing a battle right now? [Most people will admit that they are. The intent is to make you think that he's a man of God, a prophet.] I feel either you are right now, or in a very short time, just ahead, you will be facing a battle and you need special prayer for this. [The unavoidable truth of the first statement leads into an acceptance of the second. Thus, he is establishing your reliance upon him. You DON'T need him or any other man to pray for you. You can go direct to Jesus, who will intercede on your behalf. Heb 10:19-22; Heb 4:14-16.]
The spiritual battle that Satan is launching is against God's people. In intercession, I feel you, Bother Xxxxx. [That's a lie.] That is why I have called my leaders into a time of fasting and prayer. [Intent is to impress you and to elevate leaders – which are both wrong.]
I feel a special link between me, Don Stewart, God's servant here [subtle 'plug' to get you to listen and respond to him], and you, Brother Xxxxx there in [address].
I feel the wind of the Holy Spirit [oh yeah?] is going to be a very strong connection between me and you during the next 7 days. [The recipient will NOT be feeling it. So it induces him or her to think that they are not receiving from God as they should be, so they will tend to put their trust in Don Stewart. He is cleverly setting himself up as their go- between or mediator and to gain their trust and loyalty.] Because the kind of miracle you need will come only by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). [Actually, that verse is not in the NU text, so it is disputable whether Jesus ever said that! You don't always need to fast to get results!]
I do not fully understand the urgency of all this [making out that it's urgent, so you don't delay to respond to his request later for money], but I feel this deep in my spirit. Do you remember when Jesus gave the woman at the well a miracle (John 4)? Before the miracle came, Jesus asked her some questions. This brought the special connection. [This is to justify his manipulation that follows. The purpose of his manipulation, as you will see, is to get money from you.]
Well, I must continue to tell you what I feel... I must ask you some spiritual questions. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you answer them so that the Wind of the Spirit may blow between us. [That's not scriptural. The wind of the Spirit does not blow between people, but from heaven. It's there you need to direct your attention, your trust and your loyalty, not to him. He's elevating himself and asserting divine prerogatives! It is actually subtle blasphemy!]
Through faith, this is what I see with the eye of the spirit [yes, but WHICH spirit?]: Jesus is holding, in His nail- scarred hands, a heart that has been hurt and bruised from a relations [not expressed properly; there's some mistake here].
Is this you? ( ) Yes. ( ) No.
Someone is in battle. I see fear. A feeling of being forgotten, unloved, forsaken, and not cared about. Is this you or someone close to you? ( ) Yes. ( ) No.
[Almost everyone will agree with this, because everyone has been hurt at some time, or is subject to some fear or lack of love, etc. But, by making out that he's receiving from God's Spirit, he's getting you to lift him up in your estimation as a prophet of God. He's winning you over.]
I see a wresting match going on. Someone is wrestling with an ongoing problem. [Who isn't?!] Could be sickness or financial pressure. Is this you? ( ) Yes.
Or is it a loved one? ( ) Yes.
WAIT A MINUTE: I have this Faith Vision. [Oh yeah?]
I will have it hand-written out for you. [That's a lie. The computer does it. It's not hand-written. It's just in a font that looks handwritten.]
In this faith Vision, I see someone standing in a big deep hole. They are struggling, trying to crawl out of it. But the sides are just too steep. Every time they try, they slide back in the hole even deeper. It's as if an unseen force is keeping them there. It may be some kind of habit or problems, could even be a sickness or money problem. I feel someone close to you or maybe even you.
Is this you? ( ) Yes. ( ) No.
There is one more thing I am reluctant to say [oh yeah? haven't seen any reluctance up to now] because I don't know who may read this letter, [trying to make you feel special; his technique opens you up to his influence, to trust him and respond with loyalty, which will cause you to open your wallet to him], but I feel there is someone who keeps getting on your nerves, trying your patience as they do things. Please explain this to me. I really need these answers [so he can use them with greater effect in his next episode of psychological manipulation over you] during this Time of Fasting and Prayer [capital letters for effect, to impress upon you its supposed importance] during the next 7 days.
Explains that here:___________________________
This is awesome, but we are serving an awesome God! [Well, some of us are. It would be nice if he was, but he's not. He's busy deceiving people and himself!]
I MUST HAVE THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS IN THE NEXT 7 DAYS, so send this letter back to me with your answers. I'm going to lay it on my Altar.
I see through the eye of faith, 2 new doors opening for you. [He has two pictures of a door, one on each side of the paper.]
Door # 1: This door is to the desire of your heart. It has something to do with helping others.
Door # 2: I see a door of joy, happiness, peace, spiritual understanding and praise to God, opening up for you. It's as if I can hear you say this is what I've been looking for.
I tell you, the anointing is so strong as I write this letter. [Don't believe that! But if it is, he's sensing something demonic! It's certainly not of God!] I know that my ministry is different, but like the Apostle Paul [comparing himself with Paul so you will lift him up and listen to him equally], who wrote anointed letters to the Church in the New Testament. The only difference is that God uses me to write in a personal way to individuals and gives them in the spirit what the Lord wants them to have. [Not a bit. He's not giving people what they need spiritually, to feed them. He's giving them tid bits with a large dose of manipulative cunning to extract their money!]
Do you realise what is about to happen? YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. [Yeah. You're about to become poorer for listening to him!] You are about to find greater happiness! [Not because of him.] The beautiful bouquet of answered prayers is about to be placed in your hands. Please obey. [No. Never obey a man, unless you can verify that the man's words are the outflow of the Spirit of God. Test it against the Word of God; use spiritual discernment, asking God for insight by His Spirit to see the motive or fruits of the man.] Act on what I have felt led to tell you.
Now listen carefully and do exactly as I tell you. [True ministers of God do not expect others to obey them. They expect brethren to obey God. Any man who expects obedience from his 'followers' is putting himself in place of God!] The anointing is so strong! [More pressure put on his audience to get them to comply.] I've enclosed a sealed envelope. DO NOT OPEN! Inside is a Cross. [It was a little cheap white plastic cross about 2 inches long, tied with a string to be a pendant icon.] I must have this sealed envelope back with the Cross in it, [why? so he can use it again to send out yet again?], along with your answers to this letter.
[Notice that he is coercing you to reply. By asking for the envelope back with the cross in it, and demanding your reply, he is pressuring you to respond. If you respond you will feel obliged to include some money, as you will see later.]
This Cross represents a Special Prayer Covenant, so DO NOT... I repeat, DO NOT OPEN THIS SEALED ENVELOPE! Simply take a pen or pencil and write your name on the outside and send it to me unopened. [A gimmick to get you involved, to respond. These instructions have the effect of instilling fear in you. It also enshrouds it in mystery.]
The Bible says, "Take fast hold of instructions: let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life" (Proverbs 4:13). [But it's talking about holding on to GOD'S instructions, not man's!]
You and I must follow God's instructions EXACTLY. [He is claiming here that God is telling you to do these things through him. That's blasphemous! God would not get anyone to do this sort of thing.] You send it back to me, UNOPENED... we'll have it placed in our Prayer room. We will send it back to you after our Fasting and Prayer Time with the work I feel God has for you, with special instructions on what to do as we move into a new realm of Power and Miracles. [He's giving people promises of wonderful things to occur. That induces the gullible ones, who need answers from God, to respond, hopeful of a miracle for them. The emphasis is all wrong. It is true that God performs miracles, but not because of him - the 'minister' - because of God and His faithfulness to help those who truly put their trust and hope in Him. God will do miracles for anyone who sincerely seeks him, even when those people are duped by false ministers. Tragically, the false minister runs off with the cash proceeds from all this!]
I hesitantly speak to you about money [oh yeah? no; this is what he's been building up to all along!]... but I know you understand you can't buy miracles or my prayers [cleverly covers himself from such accusations, even though he IS after your money!] but giving does move God. In Luke 6:38, Jesus says "Give and it shall be given unto you." [He uses scripture for his own devious selfish ends.]
If you received this Special Church Document Letter, as a word from God through His servant [touch of exclusivism here, so that you don't give equal credit to others because he wants all the proceeds for himself, not to share with others doing the Work of God] then I want to challenge your faith and speak to your heart to plant a seed faith gift according to your heart's desire.
I don't want you to miss God in your giving... so many miss God here. You see, this is not a matter of finances [oh yes it is, to him!]... IT'S A MATTER OF FAITH! Faith in God... faith in what God says, and faith that He will give you your harvest when you plant your seed. [Notice that to get, you must give! The motive in you which he is appealing to is the get motive, and he's persuading you to give to him under very subtle duress. You want your miracle from God, but he's implying that you won't get it unless you give to him first.]
If you have been touched by God through this anointed letter, prove God according to Malachi 3:10-11, and through your giving, open the Windows of Heaven and God will rebuke the devourer for your sake.
Now listen carefully [here we go again!]: the choice is yours, [subtle pressure] but here is what I feel led to challenge you. For a 30-fold, 60-fold, 100-fold return, choose one of these according to your faith:
1. Plant a seed and give God £17.16, according to 1 Kings 17:16. A woman scraped together her last handful of meal and God gave her an ABUNDANT supply. Believe God for a 30-fold return. [You're not believing God; you're believing the man who's making all this up!]
2. Plant a seed and give God £38.06, according to Luke 6:38 - "Give and it shall be given unto you." [Hang on, shouldn't it be £6.38?!] Believe God for a 60-fold return.
3. Plant a seed and give God £105.37, according to Psalm 105:37 - "He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes." Believe God for a 100-fold return.
[The implication of all this is that the more you give (to him! not to God necessarily) the more you get in return. That is a vile premise, a demonic teaching! YOU DON'T GIVE TO GET! THAT IS UNBIBLICAL, PAGAN, AND CORRUPT! IT IS A SATANIC SUGGESTION!]
I believe you will see the Great Hand of God's Blessing as you sow a seed into this ministry that is reaching out to this hurting world with the Gospel in crusades, TV, literature, and feeding God's hungry children. [Rubbish! He's not feeding people. He's fleecing them! He's going to cause a lot more hurt than many of them have already!]
Use your faith now, and choose in the Spirit what He impresses you to give so that you may receive the 30-fold, 60-fold, or 100-fold blessing. Check ( ) your seed on the Open Door Prayer Page. Don't forget to answer the questions on page 2. I must have this entire letter back [so you don't think too deeply about it and allow the Holy Spirit to help you see through the demonic manipulation it contains] and the sealed envelope back in the next 7 days. Just sign this letter at the bottom. Put this in the envelope I sent you.
PS HURRY! I must have, in the next 7 days, these 3 things:
1. The sealed envelope with the Cross in it. Do not open it. Write your name on the envelope.
2. This letter with your answers on it and the Open Door Prayer Page.
3. A seed faith gift of £17.16, or £38.06, or £100.37, or your very best.
At the foot of the letter is the tear off slip headed "Open Door Prayer Page". Each letter is individually numbered with the addressee's name, so he can then know who to drop from his list, and who to send future subtle pleas for assistance.
This is how these money merchants fleece God's unsuspecting sheep. They think they are preaching the Gospel to take Jesus to others, but they are not pointing people to Jesus so much as pointing the sheep to them for monetary gain. They are making a nice living out of it while the true servants of God are being short-changed!
Giving and Receiving (GR) provides the truth on this subject.
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