For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.Matthew 24:24
Most Charismatic Christians have often attended healing sessions organized by churches, where preachers and prophets apparently conduct healing by the “spirit”, people would come forward to them, being prayed for, touched and subsequently they dramatically descent into a state of unexplained unconsciousness.
The preachers and prophets will then declare it is done by the power of the Holy Spirit, and they continue with their acts as though they have been anointed by God to bodily impart the Holy Ghost on to others. Is this even real?
Well, there’s a scientific explanation to this, and it is known as hypnosis. Allow me to share a short video by professional hypnotist, Albert Nerenberg. He went on stage at TedX to explain how this is done. And you will notice that he does the same things that false prophets do on stage, inside our churches. But of course, unlike false prophets in churches, after demonstrating the effects of hypnotism, Nerenberg never claimed anything about the Holy Spirit being involved.
What is Hypnosis
On Wikipedia, hypnosis is described as a human condition involving focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration and an increased response to suggestions. It usually begins with a hypnotic induction involving a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions.
In the United States, there is an educational, non-profit corporation known as the National Guild of Hypnotists located in the State of New Hampshire. Initially founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950, the Guild is a professional organization composed of dedicated individuals committed to advancing the field of hypnotism. They provide an open forum for the free exchange of ideas concerning hypnotism. They have an official website found at the URL https://ngh.net .
And in the National Guild of Hypnotists’ training manual, the history of hypnosis is regarded as originating in Ancient Egypt and Greece, and it is now known that the use of altered states of consciousness goes considerably further back in time and culture, being used by ancient tribal shamans.
Hypnotism is also tightly associated with the practices known as Kundalini awakening. Kundalini awakenings are exploited versions of hypnotism and they are said to occur by a variety of methods. Many systems of yoga focus on awakening Kuṇḍalinī through meditation, pranayama breathing and the practice of asana and chanting of mantras.
Kundalini Awakening Is Popular In Countries Like India
In countries like India, the practices of Kundalini awakening is commonly explored through the parable of Shiva and Shakti Kundalini. They are described and widely believed to be dormant serpent energy coiled up at the base of the spine, imagined as a resting snake, coiled eight times, waiting to unleash its magnificent power at the base of a great mountain.
Within these occult practices, Shakti Kundalini is said to have, in her, infinite energy potentiating. She is believed to be the force of creation, resting, longing to rise up to be in union with consciousness at the heights of spiritual bliss. Occult practitioners also believed that the serpent is Shakti herself, a goddess that is claimed to be legendary for purportedly having created all that is. And in one of two protagonists in a sort of “big bang” origin story, inspired by her longing to be one with Lord Shiva, the other protagonist.
An unnamed individual once said, “A Kundalini awakening can be so hazardous to every one of your four bodies. I went through that when I was 18, and I can say it took me four years to find my balance again after that. I was young and stupid and thought a Kundalini awakening would give me some kind of power or special ability, but instead it just destroyed my entire reality, and it took me four years to create a new one. Unfortunately , who you were before this is entirely gone now. You cannot go back to being who you were before.”
To me, what had happened to this guy, appears to be nothing more than he went and dabbled with ancient practices involving hypnotism and eventually he became demon-possessed along the way.
Shamanic Kundalini Awakening In Modern Churches Disguised As Healing & Deliverance
In churches in Malaysia, especially those under the Charismatic umbrella, spiritual healing and deliverance is often an item on many major programs menu, where believers suffering from pain or illnesses, who require healing, are encouraged to go forward during particular intervals of an ongoing sermon, and the preacher or prophet would conduct prayers and healing to “cast out demons” that are associated with such illnesses.
Anyone been to one of these sessions, should be able to attest that the healing and deliverance sessions conducted inside these churches are no different from what the professional hypnotist, Albert Nerenberg, demonstrated to us on TedX in the YouTube video above. And in Malaysia, because of close cultural inheritance, it is also not shocking to find that these hypnotic showdowns, disguised as fake spiritual deliverance and healing, are commonly found among Christian congregations attended mostly by people of ethnic Indian origin.
Pastor Saw Lip Mun from FGA Kuala Lumpur once said, “They (false prophets) will come to you with the veneer of religiosity, knowing jolly well that Christians are so gullible, that we will just accept without thinking carefully. Or even when they claim miracles, oh, you’ve been healed, you’ve been healed, and so in front of the stage and in the podium, we are so enamored by everybody saying how special we are, therefore we say we have been healed. But actually it was just your adrenalin pumping, and when the adrenalin in the body pumps, you don’t feel the sickness at that moment in time. And you say, oh, God has healed me. And then later on it turns out that He hasn’t, and you do not know where to hide your face, so you purposely pretend to keep quiet, or you pretend to maintain the front and (kept on) say(ing) oh, God has healed me, and then you maintain that lie until you die.”
Stage Hypnosis Banned In Certain Countries
Stage hypnosis has been banned in several countries in the world including Denmark and some states in the United States. In Israel, it remains illegal to perform any kind of hypnosis without a license given to doctors, dentists and psychologists. In Belgium, stage hypnosis has been forbidden since 1892.
Hence, in these parts of the world, you will unlikely find altar calls being conducted in churches, or witness hypnosis being carried out in the name of healing or deliverance, and anyone caught doing such things could actually be reprimanded legally.
True Healing & Deliverance In The Bible
In the Bible, it is true that there have been significant events of healing conducted by Jesus and His apostles. In Matthew 8:16-17, we read that many were brought to Jesus, they were healed as prophesied by Isaiah, “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
And in Matthew 10:5-9, Jesus sent out His twelve apostles and commanded them to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, to heal the sick, clean the lepers, raise the dead and to cast out demons. They were also told to give freely and to not hold any gold or silver in their money belts.
But somehow, these verses from the Bible became the basis used by many false prophets to claim they have Biblical authority from God to carry out such activities of healing and deliverance. And they often interlock these Bible verses with other verses like Mark 11:24, Matthew 10:1, Matthew 4:23 and many more, to convince Christian believers that they have been given the power to heal and deliver in the Name of God.
In the way these healing and deliverance sessions are conducted, you will find among many things such as frivolous shouting by the prophets, excessive chanting blended into Christian music playback or even gross speaking in the tongue, that from the outward, appears like nothing more than garbles and nonsensically uttered prayers.
Now, as ordinary human beings, this is where it is wise to use our God-given ability to critical thinking; to reason and find out whether what these prophets claim they are, is true or false. We have also been instructed in the Scripture to test the spirits whether they are from God because the Bible said many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
As in the scenario described by Pastor Saw Lip Mun, it is not wise to be caught in the illusion of being healed and only later, to be embarrassingly hiding the falsehood for the rest of our lives. If we allow this to happen to ourselves, it is in fact, a stupid thing to be doing. Fair enough, there are genuine people with real healing powers and some of them are indeed born again believers possessing real authority from God to heal. The catch is, how do we identify the real shepherds from the wolves and not fall into the traps set by unscrupulous people using fake powers of divinity to entice the crowd into following them and worse, to give money away to them in exchange for their scam healing and false deliverance.
Do Not Be Deceived
Having said this, among these modern day shamans disguised as prophets in our churches, you will find the inconvenient truth that they would only dare to conduct their healing sessions within territorial compounds inside churches. You will never find any one of them, from any parts of the world, walking into hospitals with COVID-19 patients for instance, and healing those in real need of greater health and those with genuine sicknesses. The big question we should asking; why is this so.
Many of these false prophets have once claimed that the pandemic is a devil-driven disease, therefore if these false prophets are really from God, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that they should have inherent powers over the devil and his demons, during the course of this on-going pandemic, if not having full heavenly authority to call for a complete end to what I would term as; manufactured medical lunacy.
Clearly, the easiest method to find out whether a prophet is truly from God or gifted by God to heal others, is to keep track of those with sicknesses, who claim they have been healed, by inspecting at a later date, whether are these people actually healed as claimed. If they are not, then no one needs superior brain power to conclude that the prophet concerned is indeed a false one.
Just as shamans would exploit these hypnotic induction techniques and passing them off to their followers as real sorcery or mind control, false prophets nonetheless indulge in nothing less than these magicians; they too exploit believers’ marvel at these bogus signs and wonders, and passing them off as imparting of the Holy Spirit, done or executed at their command. These are no men anointed by God, but mere charlatans and wolves disguising themselves when they are among the sheep.