Timothy 4:1 "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons."

New Wine Movement Defined

Advocates of New Wine claim they are involved in a renewal. The goal is to receive "more of God," which will manifest in a supernatural outpouring of prophetic insight, and will refresh those who are spiritually hungry. John Arnott (Toronto Airport Vineyard) describes the New Wine movement this way:

This renewal is primarily a call to the "weak ones" rather than to the "wise." It is a call to the thirsty to come and drink of the waters of life freely, to partake of that which is revealed to babes (Matt. 11:25). Our Father is calling His children who deeply desire more of God and who will come in childlike faith to enter into the kingdom (Matt. 18:4-6) and receive the Father's promised blessing (Acts 1:4). This is the season for "wise virgins" to buy oil from those who sell (Matt. 25). May you be filled with all the fullness of God and powerfully prepared for the harvest. (1)

New Wine advocates claim Scriptural and historical precedent for their "renewal," and claim that good fruit (works) manifested over a long period of time is proof that their movement is of God. It might surprise some readers to learn that elements of New Wine do indeed have links in history and Scripture, and it is to those links that we will now turn. (For a discussion of testing "fruit" see The Fruit of the Spirit, DTF May/June 1995.)

New Wineskin -- Old Wine

"Most people know about the trinity -- the Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- but they are not clear on who the Holy Spirit is and what He does." (2) The aim of New Wine is to introduce people to the Holy Spirit, and to everything He supposedly has to offer. The introduction is facilitated, New Winers claim, by someone who has previously received the "anointing." The introduction will not come as result of knowing God through Scripture or Sacrament, but rather, by physically passing on the "anointing," or by invoking the "Spirit." This is often accomplished at special renewal meetings (such as Catch the Fire Conferences), or via exhaustive hands-on courses sponsored by various churches.

Prophecy has come to play a major role in New Wine theology. Many of the bizarre manifestations (roaring, growling, pawing the floor, yelling, etc.) are said to be outward manifestation of a particular vision the wino (their term) is experiencing. These visions are said to be prophetic, and often are associated with Biblical themes. For instance, roaring and pawing the floor are often said to be associated with the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Personal prophecy, or word of knowledge, is also heavily promoted. In New Wine, prophecy is a spiritual gift that improves with practice (more on this later); it requires training to be used effectively.

Critiques of the New Wine movement often focus on the bizarre manifestations. While weird manifestations are a trademark of the New Wine movement, they are not, however, the only point where New Wine deviates from historic, orthodox Christianity. Many of the essential, foundational doctrines of New Wine theology are not compatible with historic Christianity. It is a theology based in esotericism. In short, what is being imparted by way of the New Wine movement is an esoteric knowledge and power -- only the initiated will appropriate and manifest it. The New Wine movement is new in name only. It's history can be traced back to the times of the Apostles. The Gospel of John, the Epistles, and the Church fathers have much to say about the "original" New Wine movement; a movement that was at odds with historic, orthodox Christianity from the very beginning. That movement is Gnosticism.

Gnosticism was rejected and labeled as heresy by the early Church fathers. Nevertheless, it was a belief-system that continued to exist and operate in various forms within the Church throughout Church history (often under the broader label of "Christian" mysticism). It continued to operate because adherents, for the most part, were able to mask their mystic beliefs by cloaking them in Christian terminology. Such is the case with the latest "Christian" mystic movement -- the New Wine movement.

Not surprisingly, what draws a majority of people to the New Wine movement is in fact what has drawn people to mysticism throughout Church history -- a feeling of despair, and a yearning for experience. A dominant theme heard in New Wine circles is that "I came to Toronto because I wanted something more." Compare the experience-driven New Wine spiritual quest with that of the Gnostics. Kurt Rudolph, in his classic work on Gnosticism, summarizes the early Gnostic quest/method as follows.

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Hela Sveriges "kristenhet" tycks ha fallit i New Wine fällan!

Ytterliggare en falsk kristen är Andy Glover som har för avsikt att starta en församling i Sverige/Malmö!

Detta är vad Gud säger i sitt Ord:

Akta er för de falska profeterna, som kommer till er förklädda till får men i sitt inre är rovlystna vargar. På deras frukt skall ni känna igen dem. Plockar man kanske druvor på törnen eller fikon på tistlar? Så bär varje gott träd bra frukt, men ett uselt träd bär dålig frukt. Ett gott träd kan inte bära dålig frukt, inte heller kan ett uselt träd bära bra frukt. Varje träd som inte bär bra frukt huggs ner och kastas i elden. På deras frukt skall ni alltså känna igen dem. Inte alla som säger 'Herre, herre' till mig skall komma in i himmelriket, utan bara de som gör min himmelske faders vilja. På den dagen skall många säga till mig: 'Herre, herre, har vi inte profeterat i ditt namn och drivit ut demoner i ditt namn och gjort många underverk i ditt namn?' Då skall jag säga dem som det är: 'Jag känner er inte. Försvinn härifrån, ni ondskans hantlangare!' Matteusevangeliet7:15-23

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The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits

"I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus."