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Date Posted:05/08/2011 4:40 AMCopy HTML

All,

I love Western Australia, and Perth in particular.

Today I received from Koorong some propaganda, which included a piece of advertising for the Perth based 'Victory Life Centre' conference: VICTORY 2011 MAKE WAY FOR THE KING.

Margaret Court (former Australian womens tennis player, current senior pastor of 'Victory Life Centre') wrote the following blurb: 'I believe this conference is very pivotal in GOD'S TIMING AND SEASON for our Nation and the NATIONS. This governmental anointing on our MOVEMENT IS BECOMING STRONGER AND STRONGER. It is time to lift the banner of love, prayer and the WORD and walk in the Anointing of what has already been given to us through the POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.' (emphases hers)

Interesting. Well, not really I suppose. But it made for enlightening reading, nonetheless. First, I seriously have to question the bold claim that "Victory Life Centre's" conference would be in any way 'very pivotal' for God's 'timing and season' for Australia and/or the rest of the world! Bah, humbug! Grandiose self-promotion and nothing more. Second, what the heck is a 'governmental anointing'?! Third, clearly these Pente's conceive of 'anointing' as divinity personified, given that they capitalised the word 'Anointing' as one would a pronoun used to describe God (a bit like how Revivalists commonly capitalise 'Tongues'). Fourth and finally I noted their obsession with the concept of 'power', which they clearly believe they possess through God's Spirit. Now these four theologically naive and altogether banal points of interest aside, there was one thing that truly scared me. I read their promotional literature front-and-back; I checked and re-checked, but I simply couldn't find the name 'Jesus' printed anywhere! There was asolutely NO mention of the Saviour, NO mention of the Christ. From my perspective this remarkable omission speaks volumes about what's important to 'Victory Life Centre' (even their choice of name tells us a great deal about where they stand).

Finally, one of the two keynote speakers for this event is the 'Rev' Cindy Jacobs. I've watched this woman's 'ministry' for the better part of two decades, often with considerable alarm. Anyway, in the blurb against her name I read: 'Cindy Jacobs is a respected prophet who travels the world ministering not only to crowds of people, but to world influences who seek her prophetic advice.' To begin with I don't think 'respected' is the most appropriate adjective one could use to describe Ms Jacobs' standing. Second, and more importantly, biblical prophets didn't impart 'personal advice', they spoke the Word of the LORD!

And some people still marvel that I have little time for charismaniacs.

Blessings,

Ian
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Re:Victory Conference 2011

Date Posted:05/08/2011 6:13 AMCopy HTML

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Interesting. Well, not really I suppose. But it made for enlightening reading, nonetheless. First, I seriously have to question the bold claim that "Victory Life Centre's" conference would be in any way 'very pivotal' for God's 'timing and season' for Australia and/or the rest of the world! Bah, humbug! Grandiose self-promotion and nothing more. Second, what the heck is a 'governmental anointing'?! Third, clearly these Pente's conceive of 'anointing' as divinity personified, given that they capitalised the word 'Anointing' as one would a pronoun used to describe God (a bit like how Revivalists commonly capitalise 'Tongues'). Fourth and finally I noted their obsession with the concept of 'power', which they clearly believe they possess through God's Spirit. Now these four theologically naive and altogether banal points of interest aside, there was one thing that truly scared me. I read their promotional literature front-and-back; I checked and re-checked, but I simply couldn't find the name 'Jesus' printed anywhere! There was asolutely NO mention of the Saviour, NO mention of the Christ. From my perspective this remarkable omission speaks volumes about what's important to 'Victory Life Centre' (even their choice of name tells us a great deal about where they stand).


Blessings,

Ian

Fair comment Ian,

However it is of interest to note that the word "anointing" only occurs in the Johannine epistles, namely 1 John 2:27. The word used is χρισμα and then it is only used as a singular neuter noun and further it is a rhetorical address to a church gathering which in this case was most likely a Johannine community. The context of the use of χρισμα here is as a safeguard against deceivers. But you see Ian, this is the sort of junk conferences I was referring to you before in my last post and it is I suppose a gimmick in one sense but really I put it down to hype and without the centrality of the person of Christ, it becomes one endless charade of living from one conference to the next and people leaving these conferences all the more poorer spiritually after having spent weekends of hard saved dollars into so called sowing into this ministry and that ministry and buying all the 'products' as in books and dvds,cds and what not. Yep if you like Ian, be my guest and call it works of the flesh..

But do tell me Ian, whatever happened to the word "Grace"?? whatever happened to the word "consecration"?? whatever happened to the word "repentance" ??.. for these are the things that fueled the Great Awakenings and The Reformations and the great reformers of John Calvin, John Knox and so on...

Yes Ian, I share your disappointment.

Blessings

Eric  
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Since this thread seems to focus on off color theology, I'd like to invite all to view this youtube from John Piper on the prosperity gospel:


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Re:Victory Conference 2011

Date Posted:13/08/2011 7:46 AMCopy HTML

Eric,

Dr Piper summed things up rather well, I thought.

Blessings,

Ian
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