Question: Does today’s “Signs and Wonders” movement relate to the signs and lying wonders of 2 Thessalonians 2?
Response: Yes. Jesus warned specifically that in the last days false prophets and false Christs would appear, performing lying signs and wonders in His name: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Mat:7:22,23).
This is a solemn warning. These are not New Agers or other occultists or Satanists. They must be professing Christians accepted as leaders. Yet these “miracle workers” never were true Christians. Christ says, “I...know my sheep” (Jn:10:14), but to these He says, “I never knew you.”
Paul must be speaking of the same false prophets: “Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith” (2 Tim:3:8). Jannes and Jambres were the magicians in Pharaoh’s court who withstood Moses by duplicating, either through trickery or by the power of Satan, the miracles God did through Moses: “The wise men and the sorcerers [and] magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments” (Ex 7:11,22; 8:7). They were not able, however, to duplicate the miracle of the lice and told Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God...” (8:19).
The major emphasis of TBN and many of its stars is on “signs and wonders.” Most are obvious frauds, yet enough apparent miracles occur at their meetings to deceive multitudes. One of the first responses to The Seduction of Christianity was Chairman Oral Roberts’s* 1986 organization of positive confession preachers called “International Charismatic Bible Ministries [CBM].” Paul [David] Yonggi Cho was International Honorary Chairman; Jack Hayford* was Vice Chairman; others included Kenneth Copeland* (Secretary), Marilyn Hickey,* Tommy Barnett,* Jamie Buckingham,* Charles Capps, Morris Cerullo, Paul Crouch, Mike Evans, Kenneth Hagin, Sr.,* Benny Hinn, Larry Lea, Francis McNutt, Mike Murdock,* John Osteen,* Earl Paulk,* Fred Price, Richard Roberts,* Jerry Savelle,* Stephen Strang,* Hilton Sutton,* Robert Tilton,* Casey Treat, Bob Weiner, and Ralph Wilkerson. (*Founding Trustee)
Their home page describes them as “a group of men and women in leadership positions for charismatic people of God...who believe in and preach the importance of SIGNS and WONDERS in the life of the church today...sharing methods, revelations, prophecies and teachings in the fullness of the Holy Spirit; and personal encouragement from one minister to another.”
In their charter, they promised not to correct one another. The banner behind the speaker at their conferences proclaims, “Love and Unity Through Signs and Wonders.” In these pages, we have documented some of Oral Roberts’ lies, outright fraud, and false prophecies. If those who are members of CBM are not of the same breed, why have they not risen up to reprove Roberts, and why do they continue to support and praise him? [See The Signs & Wonders’ Movement: Exposed DVD.]