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JOSEPH STALIN’S POWER IN AMERICAN POLITICS
By Charles Carrin

Joseph Stalin, Soviet Union Dictator for 2+ Decades

Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), Soviet Union Fascist Dictator for more than two decades.

Let me say this boldly: I am a “conspiracy theorist.” By that I mean, as an 83 year-old American-patriot whose great-great-great-great-grandfather fought in the 1776 Revolution, I believe our national security is being deliberately undermined by an enemy entrenched in Congress and other branches of the Administration. I am not saying all politicians are bad. But I am saying that the Nation is being destroyed by well-financed “plants” who are hostile to democracy and our way of life. America’s libertarian-decline is not by accident; it is by deliberate, calculated intent. I am not alone in this belief. Also know, I am not an anarchist and do not own a gun. My only weapon is the Word–which Scripture and the Constitution encourages me to speak. Continue reading “From the Grave: Joseph Stalin’s Continuing Influence In American Government” »

By Charles Carrin

The False Theory of Cessationism

To absolve itself of power failure, the contemporary Church has invented an escape hatch called cessation theology. This pleasant-sounding expression declares that God has withdrawn the Holy Spirit’s miraculous power from the Church. It says the Church’s power is in a book—the Bible—and nowhere else. This doctrine also says if we have no power it is because God has removed it, that the fault is not ours. (Yet, astonishingly, the Lord did not cause Satan’s power to be removed at the same time ours supposedly was.)

Modern Christianity has convinced itself that Jesus provided two distinct Gospels and two distinct faiths—one for the First Century Church and one for the Church that followed after. Cessationists say the first Church was miraculously empowered while the second was not; the first had the baptismal gift of the Holy Spirit, while the second was merely given a book telling what the Holy Spirit had achieved in the past. Continue reading “Are You An Apollos Or A Paul?” »

IS IT “STRANGE FIRE” -OR- “HOLY FIRE”?
Charles Carrin

You will soon be hearing about two books: Strange Fire by Dr. John MacArthur and Holy Fire by Dr. R.T. Kendall. Dr. Kendall has written only in the emergency to defend Scripture and Charismatic Christians from Dr. MacArthur’s attack.

John MacArthur is a man of significant Christian stature. He is the author of more than 150 books, a study Bible, other best-selling material, and a college president. R.T. Kendall is equally a man of great achievement. He holds a PhD from Oxford University, authored more than 60 books, for twenty-five years was pastor of London’s Westminster Chapel near Buckingham Palace, and a leading voice in Reformed theological circles around the world. More recently he has become an outspoken defender of the plenary inspiration of the New Testament, including spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12,13,14). Unlike Dr. MacArthur, Dr. Kendall does not believe that portions of the New Testament or miraculous gifts of the Spirit have passed away. Continue reading “STRANGE Fire or HOLY Fire?” »

Charles Carrin Preaching at Westminster Cathedral in LondonIn His first sermon Jesus told the people in Nazareth, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me because He has ANOINTED Me to preach the gospel…” (Lk. 4:18) As with Jesus, so with us: There can be no authentic preaching of the gospel without the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

My 60+ years of ministry can be divided into two equal parts. For the first 27 years of pastoral work I was a hardline nonbeliever in the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit. My denomination insisted that miraculous works of the Spirit vanished when the Apostle John died and I wrongly carried that error to my congregation. During that period I never saw an alcoholic, drug addict, suicidal person, or someone with similar problems, be miraculously delivered by the power of God. It did not happen nor did I expect it. My ignorance of Scripture was very costly to me and my flock. Continue reading “Power For Preaching Through the Spirit’s Anointing” »

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, (Heb. 6:4-5)

Stephen, ‘Being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, ‘Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!'” Acts 7:55-56

Dr. Eben Alexander1, neurosurgeon, faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a graduate of that University, contracted a vicious E-coli bacteria that plunged him into a seven-day coma. During that time the neocortex of his brain was shut-down. Mentally, he was dead. The medical team had no hope for his recovery. While in that state Dr. Alexander experienced a journey into the afterlife. There, he saw realities he never thought possible. Other doctors have since ridiculed his claim but Dr. Alexander held fast to the truth of his Heavenly encounter. In Newsweek Magazine, he wrote1:

“As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.” Continue reading “Powers of the Age to Come” »

My good friend, Charles Carrin, as a Baptist pastor for more than twenty-five years, was much like Apollos before Priscilla and Aquila “took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Ac. 18:24-26). Like Apollos, he was “an eloquent man…and he was mighty in the Scriptures,” he “had been instructed in the way of the Lord” in Baptist schools, was “fervent in spirit,” and “was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus,” meaning the Gospel of Christ’s sacrifice. However, Charles, like Apollos and myriad other sincere and fervent traditional denominational ministers today, was “acquainted only with the baptism of John,” the original Baptist. Continue reading “Cessationism Refuted” »

By Charles Carrin
All church failure is directly related to congregations detaching themselves theologically and experientially from the Kingdom of God. Apart from the Kingdom and the Holy Spirit’s empowering, churches, pastors, ministries, have no power. None. They may have great organizational skill, great advertising programs, and possess the best technological aid, but in New Testament terms these are not power. They are deceptive counterfeits.

The next failure most churches make is to re-organize themselves into competitive, denominational groups that treat each other with suspicion and fear. Personal ministries frequently do the same thing. Jesus loved the church and gave Himself for it. So must we! But Jesus spoke of the church (ekklesia, Gr.) only three times in the gospels. In contrast, He spoke of His Kingdom some 130 times. Unlike modern Christianity, His focus was on the Kingdom. If we are to be like Him, ours must be also! Continue reading “Why Do Pastors, Churches, Ministries, Fail When The Holy Spirit Has All-Power?” »

Charles Carrin is my dear friend. I know him personally, albeit far too briefly, having met him initially in the first part of the ’90s. Charles Carrin is the real deal, a genuine, Spirit-infused, Spirit/Fire-baptized, yet thoroughly humble “man of God!” Now an octogenarian for two years, he is a Spirit-ignited prophetic patriarch and elder-statesman to the Church Jesus is building, hailing from a by-gone and vastly under-appreciated era and personal wilderness experience but bringing forth with him a quality and quantity of wisdom manufactured and tempered in the crucible of trial, trouble, and tribulation that is not only rare, but genuinely rarefied. Words fail in attempting to describe the value and worth of “old soldiers,” in the words of General Douglas MacArthur, such as Charles Carrin, but perhaps the most fitting words are that he exemplifies the Scriptural phrase, “treasure in earthen vessels.” I regard him as one on the same plane as the likes of Tozer and Ravenhill to their generation. In this open-letter, Charles trumpets a profound, poignant, piercing, and powerful prophetic message to former fellows of a denomination he still cherishes that gave him the “left foot of fellowship” when he finally eschewed its warnings and teachings, accepted and obeyed God’s Word, and received the Father’s Promise of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, after nearly 30 years of dedication to and ministry in that denomination. But, we publish this heartfelt cry because of its applicability not only to the constituency of that particular rapidly declining denomination, but also to many other denominations and sects of believers, as well as whole “movements,” who claim the name of “Christian” and a “name” of being alive, but are really spiritually dead (Rev. 3:1). I highly commend this letter to you for your reading and meditation—and then your weeping, mourning, repentance, and praying—as it pierces your heart. “If anyone has an ear, let him hear” (Rev 13:9). [Steven Lambert, Publisher] Continue reading “An “Open-Heart-Letter” to Primitive Baptists (and others)” »

What Is The “Gospel of the Kingdom?”
By Charles Carrin

The day that Jesus, as a young Jewish Rabbi, climbed the hill above Galilee, the world little knew it faced a moment of historic change. In that brief period, the congregation seated on rocks and grass was the first to hear His “Gospel Of The Kingdom”—the message by which He single-handily challenged world religion and philosophical thinking. Within a few decades that gospel had “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Beginning with the nation of Israel, which was thrown into immediate panic, to Rome, whose world-domination ended and its’ slavery system abolished, Jesus’ “Gospel of the Kingdom” brought cataclysmic change. Two thousand years later that gospel is challenging the very church which it established in the beginning.

Jesus’ gospel is specific, exactly identified in New Testament doctrine, is not vague, and has the same character, nature, and disposition, as the Kingdom from which it proceeds. It is a commissioned, ambassadorial representation of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. As such, the “Gospel of the Kingdom” is permanent, secure, and unchanging. In the purpose of God, it is this same gospel, unabridged and exact from the first century, which we must preach today. We dare not—through excuse-making to justify our failures or theological maneuvering to hide our ignorance—suppose we can alter that gospel or separate it from the Kingdom. To do so isolates us from Kingdom-power and produces an imitation, inefficient gospel. Continue reading “The Gospel Of The Kingdom” »

“PSYCHIC PREMONITIONS” IMITATE THE HOLY SPIRIT’S “WORDS OF KNOWLEDGE”
By Charles Carrin

Soon after my Baptism in the Spirit I began teaching congregations how to recognize differences between the Holy Spirit miraculous gifts and the occult world’s counterfeits. Almost immediately a young man came to my hotel room seeking advice about a troublesome “spiritual message” he had received. It was this: On a specific, named day of the week, he was told that his wife and baby would be killed in a car wreck. He was even told the city where it would occur. The message, which claimed to be from God, further warned him not to tell anyone—not even his wife. When he reluctantly shared this frightening information with me, I immediately explained that he had received a psychic-prophecy. Continue reading “Psychic Premonitions & Predictions” »

This Sunday, May 27, 2012, is Pentecost Sunday. It will be acknowledged and in various ways “observed” by many Christian denominations/groups, Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal. Though its real significance is largely lost on most denominations today, it is a day of commemoration of the original Day of Pentecost that occurred fifty days after the resurrection of Christ when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon 120 disciples who secreted themselves away in a small alcove that became known as, “The Upper Room,” awaiting the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy, “…you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:5). Continue reading “A Different Gospel Without Power” »

By Charles Carrin

“For unclean spirits crying with a loud voice came out of many who were possessed and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished (bewitched) the people of Samaria…” (Acts 8:7-9).

Years ago, I received an urgent call from a young Church of Christ pastor in Tennessee who wanted time with me. He was in great distress. We met at the Nashville airport and went to his home where he shared his crisis: “The only power in my ministry was argument and debate,” he explained, “There was no manifestation of God’s presence like the early church experienced. I became so despaired with my spiritual deadness that I turned to other sources. And I made wrong choices — I went into Eastern Mysticism.” I listened as he continued. “I found real power — but power that soon became dark and frightening. The problem was that having invited it into my life, I could not make it leave. It began to dominate, control, and in a merciless way, forced its will upon me.” His story was familiar. The “spirit-guide” that had invaded his life, harassed his sleep, affected his family relationships, and succeeded in separating him from those he loved. In time, it destroyed his ministry. As we talked, depression clung to him in a merciless way.

When he finished, I explained that he had “touched the unclean thing” (Isaiah 52:11), which God forbad. The good news was that his repentance and the power of Christ could free him. I reminded him that there is no power of darkness that can successfully stand against the authority of Jesus (Philippians 2:9). Continue reading “So You Think Psychic Power Is Fun and Games?” »

The Gifts of the Spirit, aka, the charismata, or “the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good,” are much more precious to God than humans have ever understood. The following artcle by Charles Carrin shows just how precious.

The Preciousness of the Gifts of the Spirit
By Charles Carrin

Years ago on a flight out of West Palm Beach, Florida, we had just become airborne over the ocean when a boy sitting next to the window grabbed my arm. “Look out there!,” he spoke, “Look!” What I saw was one of the most magnificent sights of my life. Reaching down to the surface of the ocean and rising overhead as far as I could see was the full, unbroken circle of a rainbow. The color was indescribably brilliant with the lower part of the ring seeming to float on the surface of the water. There was not a gap in it—just the breathtaking color of God’s beautiful sign of Covenant (see, Gen. 9:13). Continue reading “The Preciousness of the Gifts of the Spirit” »

Publisher’s Note:
Sunday, May 22, 2011, a vicious EF-5 tornado, packing winds in excess of 200 mph, cut a three-quarter mile wide and six-mile long swath through the city of Joplin, Mo., leaving 136 confirmed dead, an estimated 750 others injured, and some 150 unaccounted for in its wake (at time of publication).1 It was the deadliest since the beginning of modern recordkeeping in 1950 and is ranked 8th among the deadliest tornadoes in all of U.S. history.

The deadliest of all tornadoes on record in the U.S., also an F5, referred to as, “The Tri-State Tornado” (MO, IL, IN), occurred March 18, 1925, is believed to have had an on-ground path 291-miles long, and produced 695 fatalities.

Two days after the Joplin tornado, on May 24, 2011, multiple deadly tornadoes claimed another 18 lives in Oklahoma (10), Kansas (2), and Arkansas (6).

The National Weather Service’s preliminary estimate is that more than 180 tornadoes have occurred so far during the month of May 2011. Historically, May is the most active month for tornadoes in the U.S., averaging 298 for the month over the previous decade, for which the overall yearly average was 1,274 tornadoes. Before 2011, most tornadoes in a single year in the U.S. was 1,817 in 2004. The NWS’s preliminary estimate is that 1,228 tornadoes have occurred to date this year, which claimed an estimated 508 lives in total, 365 prior to the Joplin catastrophe.

The exponential increase in tornadoes we are seeing in these times parallel the exponential increase in global earthquake frequency, and combined with the upsurge in tsunamis and other weather related phenomena occurring with unprecedented recurrence correspond precisely with Jesus’ predictions of world events that would manifest in the end-times and serve as signs of the times.

The day after the Joplin tornado, we received the following article from frequent contributor, Charles Carrin, concerning the increase in earthquake frequency and how it is a sign of the times. Continue reading “Earthquakes–A Sign Of The Times” »

By Charles Carrin

In the first part of this article series, I explained how the battering-ram the Roman Army brought against the walls of Jerusalem was a prototype of the spiritual weapons we have been provided for Christian battle. I continue on that theme in this article with some particular application.

Make no mistake about it, we are at war! At this time in our nation, several states are preparing for discussions with proponents of “Sharia Law.” As I write, Christian churches in Iraq and other Islamic nations are being bombed and their congregations murdered. Not all of this is reported by America’s media; a black-out order exists. Efforts are being made to convince the American public that Islam is a peace-loving and kind religion. History, however, emphatically denies that. In spite of the propaganda put forth by its proponents and participants, Islam is judged by its own history.

An example of this history occurred in Indonesia several years ago when three Christian high-school girls were beheaded by Islamic militants as a Ramadan “trophy” for Allah. The girls’ bloody heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village with a handwritten note threatening more such murders. The note read: “Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head.” The girls’ bodies, dressed in school uniform, were left by the roadside near the execution site.

Hear me carefully: Brutality and murder has been the identifying mark of Islam since its inception and the same plans are in store for the U.S. Get ready! Continue reading “Ancient Warfare’s Message to the Modern Church (Part 2)” »

By Charles Carrin

When the Roman General Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, laid siege to Jerusalem in 70 AD, and brought Jewish nationalism to crushing defeat, one of the principle weapons he used against the city was a gigantic battering-ram named, “Nico.” The title, Nico, was prophetic, and in a very real sense speaks to the church today. The word means “conqueror.” “Nico” is the same word used in the Greek text of Revelation 2:15, where Jesus speaks to the church in Pergamum of His hatred for the “doctrine of the Nicolaitans.” The word Nicolaitan is a combination of the words, “nico,” i.e., “conqueror,” and “laos,” meaning “laity,” or people of the congregation. The message of this combination of words is obvious. In the only instance in Scripture where Jesus is described as hating something (though God stated, Esau He hated; publisher), it is used here. He hates the doctrines and deeds that enslave the saints. He wants the saints to be free, and has fully purchased that freedom for them. Continue reading “Ancient Warfare’s Message To The Modern Church (Part 1)” »

This is the third part in a series on the subject of deliverance written by my good friend, Charles Carrin. As best as I can recall, I believe it was in the mid-90s when I first had the great honor and privilege of meeting Charles Carrin. The first night I met him at the church he was pastoring at the time, he graciously invited me and my wife to join he and his wife for dinner following the service. I immediately recognized the special anointing upon his life and that God had “set me up” for one of those divine connections. Over the past few years, I felt led to reach out to renew fellowship with Charles. Each time I’ve called, he graciously invited me to join him and his precious wife, Laurie, for lunch at one of the South Florida restaurants he dines at for lunch most every day of the week, usually sharing it with one of the many younger ministers who look to him for fatherly and sometimes grandfatherly mentoring. I’ve always hated when anyone refers to a man as being “sweet,” and still refuse to do so myself, but no one I’ve ever known manifests the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit like Charles Carrin. One of the best tributes I can give him is I always feel disappointed when the visit’s over and it’s time to leave — a rarity for me.

One of the things Charles and I share in common, though it has actually never been the subject of any of our conversations, is our experiences with the deliverance ministry. As I’ve shared numerous times in live preaching, conversations with other ministers, as well as a few of my articles, my personal introduction to deliverance ministry occurred totally unexpectedly and without my permission in one of the evangelistic meetings I was ministering at early in my ministry in 1977. In this article, Charles shares that that was the year he personally received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and was introduced to the “charismata,” or manifestation gifts of the Spirit, as well as deliverance ministry. Continue reading “Demonized People Need More Than “Religious Bandages”” »

By Charles Carrin
[Mar 18, 2010]

I spoke at a Conference in Tennessee recently and afterward, [didacted; Ed.], a brother long-acknowledged for his prophetic gift, asked that I minister deliverance to those in the congregation suffering from depression. When I gave the opportunity more than 100 people came forward. The Holy Spirit moved in power and some of the same demonic manifestations recorded in the New Testament took place. This large number who experienced new freedom in Christ re-enforced a fact I have strongly suspected:

Many Christians suffer from long-term crises which pass unhindered from one generation to the next. These include such problems as depression, disease, explosive anger, alcoholism, lying, domination, manipulation, and numerous other destructive habits. Few realize these are not unavoidable ancestral “traits” or that they can be stopped.

Since demons and curses are spiritual in nature they can only be corrected by spiritual means. Medical, psychiatric, or other forms of therapy, excellent as they are, may relieve symptom but not touch sources of spiritually-based problems. Such depths can be penetrated solely by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Years ago, a Christian psycho-therapist who understood only the psychological nature of such problems sat in my office and said, “I have often wished I could reach inside my patients and pull out the offender.” I looked him straight in the eye and said, “You can.” Continue reading “Deliverance Ministry May Be Your Answer” »