A name I see every time I go to the Christian bookstore, and a name I remember from my days in the charismatic movement. Back then, I didn’t know much about him…but I knew that he was beloved by people that I thought were a little bit out there, so I didn’t read too much of his stuff. As I was researching something completely unrelated tonight, I found a link that placed me on a rabbit trail that led me to some interesting stuff about this fellow:
1. Rick Joyner openly advocates a military takeover of the government. Honestly. He thinks that’s the only way that America can be saved from the heathen. Watch this, if you dare. It’s amazing that he prefaces the video by stating that what he’s about to say is controversial…as in how treason is “controversial”?
Apparently he doesn’t even believe in the power of the gospel to affect the culture with any measure of significance; what’s needed is taking up arms against the state…just like Jesus did, right?
Sadly, that’s not the worst of it.
(source – proof that the Sith always operate in pairs)
So what is the Knights of Malta? Take it from the horses’ mouth:
“The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. Present in Palestine in around 1050, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature. Its 13,500 members include Professed Friars and others who have made the promise of obedience. The other Knights and Dames are lay members, devoted to the exercise of Christian virtue and charity. What distinguishes the Knights of Malta is their commitment to reaching their spiritual perfection within the Church and to expending their energies serving the poor and the sick.”
Wait a minute. If the order was started in 1050, that’s long before the reformation, right? And if they are distinguished by “their commitment to reaching their spiritual perfection withing the Church“, that church would be the Roman Catholic Church?
“The members are to conduct their lives in an exemplary manner in conformity with the teachings and precepts of the Catholic Church and to devote themselves to the humanitarian assistance activities of the Order.”
So what exactly is a supposed Protestant, charismatic, prophet doing in a medieval order devoted to the Catholic Church?
Now on his previously linked FAQ, he claims that the Order of St. John isn’t a masonic organization, so I believe him. That doesn’t make everything all right though. They’re still openly Catholic and are devoted to a false Church.
Would it be any different if he was a card-carrying member of Scientology?
Latter Day Saints?
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society?
What kind of Protestant has membership in a society that exists for the protection of the Catholic Church?
Again, this one gets the coveted Godzilla facepalm.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Mennoknight, not Catholic Knight” Unger
P.S. – Which charismatic was it again that recently defended Joyner as a man of God?
P.P.S. – After spending several month reading and researching the charismatic movement, I’m going take a break for a few months. Spending a bunch of time reading false teachers simply rots the soul, so I’m going to pick up a bunch of other topics that will have me studying the Bible a whole lot more. There may be one exception to this as I’ve got a draft that I may finish and post, depending on how I’m feeling. Thanks to all my faithful readers for enduring how this blog has been taken over by the topic of the charismatic movement over the last while.