Friendly Fire

It didn’t take long for the speakers at the recently completed Prophecy Summit at Branson to draw friendly fire. A discernment ministry that I respect has been publishing a series of articles over the last year or so that paint friends like Tom Horn and L.A. Marzulli as teachers of heretical “Nephilim Eschatology.” Articles denouncing Chuck Missler’s series on angels and the nature of the universe only served to demonstrate that the author apparently doesn’t understand what Chuck’s talking about. (Which is nothing to be ashamed of. Missler talks over the heads of most of us.) He’s not promoting New Age doctrine, just showing how science confirms the Bible.

It’s fine to disagree with the theory that the Nephilim will literally return. The Bible doesn’t literally say that’s going to happen, and on that point I respectfully disagree with a number of men that I genuinely like and count as friends. Matthew 24 and Luke 17 — “As it was in the days of Noah” — may refer to the Nephilim, but it may also mean that the disasters of the Flood and the sulfuric destruction rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah simply caught the people of those times unaware.

But to describe Horn, Missler, Marzulli, and Stearman et al as heretics — and especially to accuse them of spreading the “serpent seed” doctrine of the Latter Rain movement’s William Branham, which really is heresy, grossly and perhaps deliberately misrepresents their positions. The article I’m referring to, published today, goes so far as to link these men to British Israelism, the Christian Identity movement, Joel’s Army, the Manifest Sons of God, Gnosticism, the New Apostolic Reformation, and Dominionism.

Am I blind to what these men teach? No, I don’t think so. I’ve read many of their books, interviewed them (some multiple times), engaged them in social settings and talked with them in private. At the risk of displaying a certain amount of intellectual arrogance, I’ll add this: I am of above-average intelligence and function at a fairly high level in a challenging business career in the secular world. My job depends on an ability to interact with people and make accurate judgments about their wants, needs, and trustworthiness. That doesn’t mean I’m right, necessarily, but it does suggest an ability to determine, especially after knowing some of these accused heretics for six or seven years, what they are about and whether they are sincere.

I do not agree with everything I heard in Branson last weekend, but I know this: None of the speakers there teaches that a select “new breed” of Christian has been chosen by God to physically rid the world of eternally cursed Nephilim hybrids to ready the Earth for Christ’s return. And to the best of my knowledge, none of them believe that salvation comes in any way, shape, or form except by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

If I thought otherwise, I’d say so.

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