This past weekend I was shocked to see one of the latest heresies that has come out of the church. It is called token the ghost. I watched a video on YouTube where a preacher who acted drunk told people to pass around an invisible joint and toke from it. He also told them to find a partner and pretend they were injecting the Jesus drug into the main artery on their arm. He called their partners “drinking buddies”. He said it was the best high you could ever experience. I felt grieved in my spirit as I watched this. The people who belong to this doctrine walk around in a continually drunken state of mind and are not afraid to be irreverent or use foul language.
The scripture speaks to these people in 1 Corinthians 15:34 (AMP) Awake [from your drunken stupor and return] to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more. For some of you have not the knowledge of God [you are utterly and wilfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God’s presence and all true knowledge of Him]. I say this to your shame.
It seems these days in the West a lot of the church has thrown out sound doctrine and discernment for thrills. They are selfish and run after the moves that tickle the flesh and capture itching ears. They crave to have their carnal desires fulfilled and seek out teachers who are very willing to tell them what they want to hear. It is very easy to build a church that way. Play to the things the flesh wants the most and the sensational. They want an easy high. They claim these moves to be revival, but have no fruit to show for it. Holiness, sin and repentance are hardly taught anymore because those things make it harder to attract people into the meetings.
Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery]. [As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins]. Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]. James 4:8-10 (AMP)
The true high comes from bending down low in repentance. There is no revival without repentance. Without repentance I believe that many of these so called revivals become a stench to a holy God. Want true revival? Do as the bible tells you. He says in 2 Chronicles 7:14; If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom: Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favourable or unfavourable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. 2 Timothy 4:1-4 (AMP)
The West has been saturated with the Word and yet it is among the most biblically illiterate on earth which is the reason why many of these strange doctrines pop up and many run to them. Being a follower of Christ takes hard work. It is not a quick fix. A true believer knows they need to continuously study the scriptures and examine them carefully to see if doctrine is sound. They don’t take it for granted what others say but seek the truth in the word for themselves.
But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves. 2 Timothy 3:13 (AMP)
Paul warned Timothy that there would be those that led others into false doctrine even in his day. And then he told him how important it was to study and equip himself with God’s word.
But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them], And how from your childhood you have had a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]. Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (AMP)
Do what the Word says and you and you’ll be surprised how easy it for you to spot and avoid false doctrine.
The true high that a Christian experiences comes from joy which is a fruit of the Spirit that He produces in you after repentance and as you grow. You don’t have to toke a pretend joint and walk around drunk to receive that. For a believer that joy comes naturally.