Hogwarts School of the Holy Spirit

On Monday, the Elijah List sent out an advertisement for something called “Online Prophetic Activation Training,” offered by the organization Warriors International. See the advertisement here.

“Prophetic Activation Training” is made up of courses that promise “proven results” in teaching people to prophesy. Think of the Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter films, but with a Holy Spirit twist.

Warriors International, run by apostolic prophet Reeni Mederos, is one of a growing number of “Christian” organizations that teach hands-on exercises designed to stretch your spiritual muscles so  you can learn to prophesy more accurately and with greater precision.

If that all sounds rather New-Agey, that’s because it is. The claim that you can “sharpen” your prophetic powers through classroom-type exercises is not supported by Scripture.

Bogus Licensing

In the advertisement, Reeni Mederos is referred to as a “licensed” apostolic prophet. Licensed? Licensed by whom, I wonder? Is there some type of official body that grants licenses to apostles and prophets today?

I can’t imagine the Old Testament prophets, such as Isaiah or Jeremiah, carrying an official card granting them authority to prophesy. It’s a sketchy claim to be a “licensed” apostolic prophet.

But if you can’t tell true prophets by whether they have licenses or not, how can you identify them? According to the Bible, true prophets will be known by at least three characteristics:

  • True prophets’ predictions will come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).
  • True prophets’ words will line up with the revelation already given in Scripture (Deuteronomy 13:1-5). In other words, they won’t give prophecies that contradict or undermine the Bible.
  • True prophets’ lives will show the good fruit of righteousness (Matthew 7:15-20).

New Age and Occult Practices

In addition to her bogus licensing, Reeni Mederos’ “Prophetic Activitation Training” should raise another red flag. The concept of using exercises to develop prophetic powers has more in common with New Age philosophy and the occult than Christianity. If you don’t believe me, just check out the New Age section of your local Barnes and Noble or other bookstore. Their shelves are lined with books that promise to help people develop their prophetic (or psychic) powers.

Just because some people who promote these exercises claim to be Christian–or because some of their books have recently begun sneaking into Christian bookstores–does not mean that the exercises are truly Christian. This point is important.

While miraculous gifts, such as prophesying, can be found in the Bible, the use of exercises to acquire and develop those gifts cannot. The idea that people can learn to heal or prophesy is questioned even by leaders within the Pentecostal and charismatic camps. As Vinson Synan, the premier historian of the Pentecostal-charismatic movement, has said, “The practice of learning to prophesy in a classroom setting seems to take a gift of the Spirit, which is given and controlled by the Holy Spirit, and place it in human hands apart from a worshiping community” (see the book Understanding the Fivefold Ministry, Charisma House, 2005).

In defense of the practice of training people to prophesy, many apostles and prophets claim that their schools of supernatural ministry have biblical precedent in the “schools” of the prophets that existed in ancient Israel. Indeed, a number of their organizations call themselves “School of Prophets,” including the one run by Reeni Mederos. This defense does not hold, however, since there is nothing in the Old Testament that suggests that Israel’s prophetic companies were schools that taught people how to develop supernatural gifts. Rather, these companies appear to be communities that were made up of people who were already prophets.

So, think carefully before you fork over tuition for Hogwarts–er, I mean Reeni Mederos–School of the Prophets.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses to “Hogwarts School of the Holy Spirit”

  1. Mark Says:

    Witchcraft pure and simple.

    We are lucky we are living in this dispensation, (perhaps) as the the true Elijah would make quick work of all this nonsense.Then we would find out what and who a true prophet is…

  2. julia Says:

    I signed up for the school, about two years ago.

    I never got it to work (technical difficulties) would not work with my computer. So, it was a waste of money.

  3. Paul Says:

      The Body of Christ is being infiltrated by mysticism, on-line prophets, tattoo interpretations. I am very blessed today by finding other believers calling these thieves out. Christians, very sound advice, “Accurately handle the word of Truth”. As followers of God thru Christ Jesus, We are to be careful not to be pulled from the Narrow Path.

  4. K Says:

    What is the scripture that says “touch not my anointed“?  and is there  a scripture that says “judge not lest you be judged“? I really do not believe that man has the  authority to judge who  God has Positioned where in the Body of Christ. Is there also not scripture in the  Bible where the pharisee’s were going to stone a woman to death because of her adulterous behavior and Jesus intervened and said (my paraphrase) Let the one (man) among you who is WITHOUT SIN throw the first stone. It appears that Reeni Mederos”s teaching is not for you – Please write on the HOW TO”s of increasing the gifting/talent/……….. that God has placed inside of each one of us. I believe there is also a scripture that says (paraphrase again) that says “if you don’t use it you will loose it”  The supernatural parallels the natural – If you don’t practice the talent God has given you, you will never be any good at it  eg :Olympic Gold Medalist in down hill skiing. Its the same with the prophetic – you need to practice it in groups of people just as the skiier has to to become good at what he does.           Food for thought.

  5. AriseMyLove Says:

    Dear “K”: 

    LOL.  Holly needs to add “touch not my anointed” to her list of top “NAR fake warnings against true believers”

    Now, let’s get down to reality: Paul teaches that “of those on the outside (of the church) God is the judge.  But “of those on the inside (believers) YOU are the judges”.  

    We are to judge other believers. It is the right thing for us to put the NAR and their false leaders to the test.

  6. Nick Says:

    K,

    I haven’t heard the teaching “if you don’t use it, you lose it” or “loose” it. Is it like exercising that prophetic muscle?

    The Word of God goes out like seed on our soil and if you don’t heed the Word, I guess you lost that seed. So maybe you’re onto something.

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