Many people seem to be connecting themselves to various persons who are claiming to be the voice of God for our day. Jesus said that there would be many who would come in his name and even more so as the days draw closer to the time of his return (Matthew 24:24). A person could be quite perplexed as to how they could determine a false teacher in his life. The only way to discover their identity is to do as Jesus said through his beloved disciple, John.
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1Thessalonians 5:21-22 Test everything. Hold onto the good. Avoid every kind of evil.
This article is not to be a tit-for-tat over all the false prophets out there. This article will only single out two for comparison that seem to come up to the surface regularly for dispute. They are Maria Divine Mercy and Anne, a lay apostle. They are being compared because of the differences in message delivery and how they comes across to their readers or followers. Also, points will be made about just a few of their teachings for the purpose of showing how one can TEST the spirits which are to be held against the Word of God. Any teaching that contradicts the Word of God is the arm of flesh or the enemy of God.
Maria Divine Mercy states in a vocal interview that she was an agnostic who had fallen away from her church at the time her visitations began. The visitations amount to what one could call a “deluge” having had over 650 in less than one year. God is a god of relationship. So gives cause for concern of his special secrets being given to his beloved like a ticker-tape machine. Think of God’s desire to speak as one who speaks to a special friend who meets with you in a special place at a given time and only when you are quiet and in that place as if with a beloved friend; willing to listen to only him. Yes, test even these words given in this article against scripture to bear this out. Many “treasures” given to the beloved are also not just picked up and ran with to the nearest newspaper or radio office to be broadcast. Again, refer back to “special relationship” or “intimate relationship”.
Prov 8:17 “I love those who love me, And those who diligently seek me will find me.” NKJV
Maria Divine Mercy made statements and claims about many things in our world now and for the future. For one, she claims that Jesus told her to remain anonymous to protect herself and her family. Also, that Jesus called her the 7th messenger or 7th Angel to reveal the contents of the Seals in the Book of Revelation.
Anonymous? No one throughout all of the history of the Bible and Prophets were ever told to be anonymous in delivering messages or words given to people by God. The Bible was given to give us examples and directions and this claim flies in the face of how God tells His people to go and to do and He will be with us always. All the people of God who have ever done a work for God did so with consequences for their actions.
7th Angel ? No human person is an Angel. Angels were created even before the Earth and Man. Man is the only being that can be indwelled by God. God does this for the sake of relationship with Him. There are countless scriptures about the truth of these things. Statements like this show a lack of knowledge of what the Word says. False statements made and then attributed to Jesus as saying them is the same as calling Jesus a liar. Jesus is in no way going to contradict His own words from the Bible.
The Word of God is our fountain of truth
God’s love is for each person as if they were the only one. One need only peer into the Word to see how he longs to have that relationship with each person. He is truly amazing! God will speak to any heart that truly seeks him. But he is not a genie in a bottle waiting to give anyone answers who treats him in that way. He will not be mocked. He is holy, powerful, the almighty and more..much more and is deserving of all honor and glory in this world and the next. There are many predictions that MDM has made that are taken out of context and timelines added that create a great deal of confusion for even those who are learned in the matters of end-times. The bottom line is that she is is contradiction to the bible and her church which makes her dangerous to all of Christendom and worthy of the prayers of the saints for her salvation and God’s mercy.
Anne, a lay apostle
Anne’s messages could be seen as even more dangerous than Maria’s. MDM’s messages are more glaring like a large barn in your face but Anne’s are much more subtle. Anne also claims to be Catholic and weaves the Catholic beliefs into her messages very well. She speaks to her readers more like a psychologist to a client with words that sound so “nice” and “caring” that if not careful one could march themselves straight to hell. Anne’s messages are full of a lot of verbiage that speak of cleansing the soul of past hurts, marks upon the heart, grief, adjustments of thinking, and lost love from earthly sources.
What’s wrong with this?
No where in her verbiage is the bloody mess of the cross, the power that comes from belief in it, the fact that Jesus Christ died to free man from sin and all the woes of, the soul, body, and spirit. Her words speak more about duty and doing the right thing to get there. The power for getting there is from Christ and Christ alone.The Word of God is Jesus and is the source for all the power needed to transform a life by the renewing of the mind.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The Word has been with us for many thousands of years. It is the Lord and the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. One cannot be transformed nor can one even know who God is without the Word of God.
Hebrews 13:8-9 (NIV) 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.
Anne speaks a great deal about “feelings” or “doubts” and remaining calm under them with a focus on them. The Word says that they are to be cast aside in favor of standing on what the Word says in all situations. Jesus fought against the temptations in the desert with the Word, “It is written” Not “I think or feel”. The enemy came at Jesus with partial truth from the Word: Matthew 4:6″If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”But Jesus knew what the Word said and used the Word to combat his adversary so as to keep himself from sinning by listening to a partial word that would cause him to sin against God. Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Jesus would have lost everything if he had listened to the enemy take the words of God out of context. Christians are under God’s grace for mistakes but can still get off onto a wrong path if he listens to falsehoods. The reader of even these words (mine) being given right now must be willing to test them for themselves. Every man’s walk is his own and must row his own boat to work out his salvation in Christ Jesus.
Anne: “When you doubt, look to your duty and remain calm until I desire to erase your doubts”. This statement is more deeply rooted in the writings of Confucius. One must understand that ALL human ability to do such things is not the role of one who is saved and under the blood of Jesus Christ. This word or statement is capable of damning a soul to Hell. This word is a lie that contradicts the urging of Jesus to his followers to seek HIM for Faith and HIS GRACE and POWER to OVERCOME. Christians need not wait around until God decides to erase doubt. Peter walked on water until he took his eyes off the Lord.
This word is the most infuriating of all in Anne’s messages because it teaches an unsuspecting believer that he has to sit around and wait for someone or something to give them the go-ahead to be an overcomer. Does anyone with children want that child to wait until a parent decides for them to grow and learn and increase their abilities. What a crippling spot to put oneself into. Not only crippling unto a weakness but putting oneself into a position of waiting for God to do what he has told us to do will open the heart to more deception and a wrong direction away fom God. Ever hear of a sitting duck?
The reccurring thread to all confusion concerning false teachings, who to listen to (which includes me), a saving relationship with the one true God, actually knowing who God is and how he actually thinks lies in the Word of God. The Word was given to man to give man all that he needs in all siutations. Even the peace and healing that all men seek can be found there by putting those words within himself. Not a peace absent of trials or pain but the kind that knows that even if one dies in a trial they will be safe with the Lord who loves them beyond measure of his own understanding.
Spend time with the Word for yourself and get to know the God who loves you deeper than the deepest and higher than the highest. It truly is what God desires for every person who would be His. There is no need to run to another for your primary source for your life. Man short-changes himself to read or listen to all the gurus out there. My own hope is that even though I put words out there too that at least one heart could find that deeper love they so desire right there in that bible that is laying on that table somewhere. May all who read these articles be strengthened and or encouraged to go back to the source that God gave us to be loved on, strengthened, taught and directed by his Lord for now and during all the trying days to come. Jesus within you, who is also the Word of God, and by putting his words within you is the life and power of the Trinity to walk through all of your days with real victory and joy.
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