My brother, just a few months ago, said that he seen a vision of his old friends praying over him in tongues—– (he has no idea they are in the River church now, I didn’t tell him). But this is what they do, rather than truly witnessing truth to people. To them it’s all about the supernatural and their strange spiritual abilities to do “astral travel.”
There was a time at the pregnancy counseling center, during our fundraising chili cook off —that I was in the conference room, being SOZOed—–they wanted to pray that my oldest son would have a “Jesus encounter.”
Because he was involved w/ drugs at the time, they said he had a thing for the supernatural, just like the hippies in the 70’s — “Jesus Movement.” They wanted to pray that he would have an “encounter” while smoking pot!! Rather than praying God would deliver him from drugs! Unbelievable. I’m thankful I didn’t go for that—not even then.
Not that I don’t believe Jesus can do anything—–but does He reveal Himself to us within these unbiblical practices? No. I can’t find anywhere in Scripture that would indicate that He has chosen to reveal Himself to us during a mentally passive, mind-altering state. My brother claimed to have a “Jesus encounter” a few years ago during a pot smoking session where “Jesus” supposedly told him “Love was the answer.” Typical huh? Love, love, love—no repentance.
But God’s Word tells us that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father now and has even told us in Matt. 24: 23, “Then if anyone says to you, Look, ‘here is the Christ!’ Or ‘There,’ do not believe it—-and vs. 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms; do not believe it”—-vs. —27– “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be”—-and Luke 17: 23 He warns “Do not go after them or follow them.”