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New Age Synchronicity vs Christian Confirmation
Is it a Confirmation or a Synchronicity?
This article addresses one of the many poisons that have crept into the Christian community. It is the practice of observing signs and symbols, synchronicities and happenstance to make or enforce decisions.
The basic process goes something like this, a person makes a statement, then notes an event and concludes that the statement must therefore be true.
Billy: "The Mormon religion is the only true religion. All non-Mormons will burn in Hell." (Train whistle blows in background)
Billy: "See! Confirmation!"
A pastor or a group of pastors begin to see the number 555 in many places. It is noted on the clock at 5 minutes to 6. It appears on a license plate in traffic. It's a number on a receipt. The tank tops off at 5.55 gallons at the Shell station. So, the pastors conclude "God is speaking to us." Then, without any kind of prayer, one of the pastors concludes, "It means I should write a book."
This is not a confirmation the way God communicates with His people. Example #1, above, at least the whistle blowing part, is a teaching of the sorcerer Don Juan to his apprentice, the American anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. The example #2 refers to teachings within the New Apostolic Reformation (more accurately called the New Apostolic Rebellion).
Bill Johnson of Redding, California is the one who used some unspecified version of private interpretation to render a series of 555 synchronicities into the reason for him to write Dreaming with God, a book full of errors.
What is a Confirmation in Christianity?
God confirms His people and His words with proof. A miracle and a fulfilled prophecy are confirmations of God.
When Jesus sighed his last breath on the cross, the veil in the Temple of the Lord rent in two. The graves of the prophets opened and the prophets walked around for days afterward. That is a miraculous confirmation. Jesus' bones were not broken when he was on the cross, he rode into town on a donkey, and performed many other acts prophesied in scriptures written thousands of years before Jesus was born. Those fulfilled prophecies also confirm that Jesus is the Son of God.
When challenged, Jesus defended himself saying that the Holy Spirit testified of him when the power of God healed as Jesus commanded sickness to depart. That is also a confirmation of God.
A confirmation in Christianity is nothing like a New Age synchronicity. God's confirmations are solid proof in the form of fulfilled prophecy or miracles. The whimsical associations and heuristical analysis utilized by sorcerers, the NAR, and New Agers are actually most often works of the devil.
A Personal Testimony about the Dangers of Observing Synchronicities
In 2005, I was praying and praying. I had repeated a stupid mistake I thought I would never repeat. Weeping and apologizing to God, I asked, "Why do I keep making these bad decisions?"
Immediately, I received a vision. I saw a series of events in which I made decisions. In each of these situations, I could see several, sometimes a dozen or more, items illuminated in an eery neon green color. As I saw the scenes in succession, and the neon green items, I understood that all of those things had been placed there in advance by the devil to stand as a "confirmation". Any one of them could have served to convince me that something good was transpiring in that place. Instead, it was the devil leading me off course.
A demon just has to present an opportunity, or implant a thought, then draw a person's attention to the "synchronicity" or pagan "confirmation" to lead the person astray.
In those scenes, there were steaming tea pots, clocks set at 3:33 and other repeating numbers... the kinds of things a sign-observer would notice.
After this, I determined to make decisions only with prayer.
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New Age Synchronicity in the Methodist Church
Along with other problems of theology, the Methodists- at least Saint James United Methodist Church in Athens, Georgia (the one at 111 West Lake Drive) also have an observance of synchronicities.
Their teaching, which they act on, is that if three things happen in a short space of time, it means something. However, this pagan practice does not trump the spirit of control there.
Following the system, one day I was asked by three different members of the church, "Have you ever been on 'A walk to Emmaus'?" I went to my "shepherd" (an advisor assigned by the Methodists) and suggested I might go to the next 'A Walk to Emmaus' event. He flatly told me that I was not ready. So, the synchronicities cannot supersede those standing in power (another problem there- if you arrive down, you are never rising up; once a pew-warmer, always a pew-warmer where the spirit of religion reigns.)
The triple occurrence of anything in no way guarantees the Hand of God is moving. It is as worthless as the scream of an eagle (Native American), the whistle of a kettle, 3:33 every time you look at your watch, or 555 on a license plate.
These kinds of confirmations are not God's confirmations. They are synchronicities, sign interpreting, used by New Agers, witches, pagans, and deceived Christians.
How God Confirms
In my own walk with God Almighty, our Father in Heaven, I have learned this: God backs up His Word. When He sends a prophetic dream, it almost always comes with some kind of proof.
When I prayed and asked when I should leave America, he sent me a dream in which I saw several events. The first events involved reporters at the border of Korea and China, and a media event that followed. That part of the dream has already been fulfilled. The sign to leave America given to me in the dream is thereby already confirmed. The dream is vetted because God gave me the proof. God confirmed it with a fulfilled prophecy, not with synchronicity.
God sent many prophets to foretell the Messiah. Ultimately, this was there true purpose: to foretell the Messiah, the Promised One. Each prophet before Jesus foretold of war and calamity that was coming because of the sinful nature of the people of their time. They exposed worship of idols, human sacrifices, and witchcraft and unrepented sin. All these things eventually came to pass. This vets, confirms, and verifies the words of those prophets. That is why Jesus fulfilled all the prophets. Jesus' coming and fulfillment of all their prophecies completed the purpose of the prophets.
That is how God confirmed Jesus. First, He confirmed the prophets with fulfilled prophetic warnings about destruction, invasion, and other things. Second, Jesus came and fulfilled all the predictions about the Redeemer.
Even the dove which lighted upon Jesus was not a synchronicity. God foretold the dove to John the Baptist before it happened. The dove was a confirmation, a fulfillment of a word from the Lord. A synchronicity would have gone like this: John wondered who the Messiah might be. Just then, at exactly the same time John wondered that thought, a man stumbled and fell directly in front of Bob the Baker. Bob also wore an apron with a crown symbol on it. So, John understood by synchronicity that Bob the Baker was the Messiah.
Multi-Prophecy Dream, First Prophecy Already Fulfilled
Confirmation of Stock Market Descent
On my dream blog, I posted a warning that the stock market would crash. In that dream, the Holy Spirit showed me that it would start with a fall of 4.04% and 4% falls in following days. That happened on August 8, 2011. That post is here:
Note that on that day, a day God used to show that He is going to send a punishment on America that the Dow dropped 6.66% and the S&P fell 5.55%. Maybe Bill Johnson started another book that day.
The Difference Between a Synchronicity and a Confirmation
Synchronicity: A work of Satan to confuse and misdirect unwise Christians and others who follow pagan religious systems and philosophies.
Confirmation: A fulfilled prophecy or a miracle.
If the use of synchronicities plagues your church- be the one to teach the correct way to seek and follow God.