...and why we are concerned.
Most of our articles speak to Christians around the world. This time we're speaking directly to our local listeners about an event hitting close to home in Northeast Wisconsin’s Fox Valley. A two-day “Glory School” conference is coming to a Neenah church, along with Christian celebrity Patricia King. (This is the same church that hosted Todd Bentley for a “Midwest Outpouring” conference last summer.)
Patricia is a New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) pastor who has been here before to teach at the church. For $50 per person (plus a $25 fee for the workbook), King's website promises Glory School will teach people how to experience:
"...the presence of God, the supernatural, the glory, angels, and third heaven. The teaching is vibrant, cutting edge, practical and accompanied by moves of the Holy Spirit. Those who attend the schools often say, 'This school has been life transforming for me!'
As we have said many times on our program, we question neither the faith nor the salvation of any teacher. Certainly we can see Patricia King’s obvious passion for the Lord. However, there are a number of things that concern us about this summer’s Glory School event. There have long been some extremely troubling New Age elements in Patricia King’s teachings, which are seen worldwide by millions of people.
First, King promotes the Seer Dimension, an anointing that she supernaturally imparts to followers:
King teaches Christians how to unlock and activate their spiritual gift of prophecy. A gift that according to the Bible was given to some by God alone. http://youtu.be/Vn5TK_3e7vk
Patricia King also promotes manifestations such as Angel Orbs:
“Two members of our team and I had just finished a prayer session to prepare for our evening meeting at Tim and Cindy McGill’s Four Square Church. As we were praising the Father for the downloads we had received, we heard that there was still more for us. That’s when we noticed the presence of angelic orbs over our heads. How glorious! God is so good!”
“We began to praise and worship Him for this Heavenly Presence. All of a sudden, one of our team (Shirley Ross), heard from the Lord that we were to clap our hands together over our heads where the orbs were. When we did, it was as if the orbs burst open and showered us in Heavenly Glory! Different colored orbs appeared and filled the room over our heads. We clapped and clapped and clapped. Some of the orbs rained down a thick, sweet oil. Others left us feeling tingly and effervescent. The Joy of the Lord was everywhere as we were refreshed, renewed and empowered. These “exploding” orbs covered us in an anointing of His Presence and also helped to deeply seat the inspiration and revelation we had received from Him throughout that day. Thank you Father! ”
You won't find Angel Orbs in the Bible, but you will find it in occult books and New Age practices. Authors like Warren Smith, who spent two decades as a New Age practitioner, experienced these and believes there is demonic power and danger behind these manifestations.
King also encourages Christians to trust in extra-biblical signs and wonders such as gold dust, gemstones, diamond glitter, oil, feathers, manna and many other things. She also tells of her "Blue Flame" experience:
I had a spiritual encounter regarding the Blue Flame of the Lord. In this encounter, I could feel myself soaring like an eagle, looking upward into the sun while in flight. My eyes were fixed on the sun. Eagles (often a Biblical symbol of the prophetic) in the natural have an extra membrane over their eyes that other birds do not have. This allows them to look directly into the sun without damage to their vision. As I gazed into the sun, I could feel myself being drawn towards its center, and that is when I saw it--the Blue Flame. It was so beautiful. I could feel its strength that is to be feared and respected, and also I felt its passion.
Then there are the teachings about Astral Projections, a practice that allows you to deliberately separate your soul from your body and travel to other realms: This video is a must-see: http://youtu.be/kGCTMEoifqQ?t=3m14s
Back to the concerns about the Glory School seminar coming to our area this summer. With all that Patricia King believes and has shared, and with her Glory School promotion showing participants how to experience the Third Heaven, angels and other allegedly true moves of the Holy Spirit—as if God Himself allows His people to use sorcery and witchcraft to transport themselves into heaven or conjure up angels at our beck and call— some warnings are in order.
We know that those who have already made up their minds to attend will probably not heed our warning, but out of deep concern and love we must share this anyway. And we must ask that you at least consider the spiritual danger into which you wade. Participants who open themselves up to these Glory School experiences are opening spiritual doors to the demonic. We will pray for you, but there is only so far that will go if you hear these warnings and smugly disregard the danger.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.
Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.
- Patricia King: Special Visitations for Women (slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com)
- Patricia King's Glory School Exposed (Forgotten Word. org)
- An Angel Named Swift (sheepyweepy.wordpress.com)
- Todd Bentley: Seven Steps to Open Heaven (slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com)
- NAR is another name for Dominionism (standupforthetruth.com)
- Dancing with Wolves of the Human Kind (preacherfrank.wordpress.com)
- Gold Dust-Manna-Angel Feathers-Gems-Rainbows-Gold Glory cloud (Video)
- Manifestations of the Spirit: Real or Fake? Mike Bickle's Perspective (Video)
- The true glory of the Lord: A case for trembling(standupforthetruth.com)