March 16, 2017 by missionsandmysticism
What is the objective test to determine if a teacher or organization actually has the true Spirit? Do they love the Word? Do they handle Scripture accurately? Do they exalt Christ? Those in the NAR fail those tests and so does AIM. We have written about connections with the NAR here.
The practice of “fire tunnels” is a relatively new phenomenon. The basic idea is that people form 2 lines (i.e. a “tunnel”) through which others walk to receive laying on of hands, prayer, prophecy, and “impartation of the spirit”. There are often physical manifestations noted in the participants going through the tunnels. Manifestations include appearing drunk, hysterical laughing, falling down, and twitching. It is important to note that NO Scriptural support or precedent can be found for this practice.
Adventures in Missions connections are as follows:
A former Racer writes to us,
“We did a fire tunnel as an entire squad at our final debrief. I recall most of the squad members forming the tunnel and speaking out “prophecies” over each person as they walked through the tunnel. Others stood in the background speaking in tongues and praying over the squad. You can’t help but feel good about yourself after walking through the fire tunnel because everyone is praising all of your positive qualities and “declaring” God’s blessing over your life. I know that participating in this fire tunnel led me into the sins of pride and self-worship. Ritualistic practices like the fire tunnel accomplish one thing; they turn our affections away from Christ by drawing attention to our supposed greatness.”
Fire Tunnel “There are several new things I experienced at the Awakening… So there’s this thing called a “fire tunnel” – it’s like when you were five years old and your soccer team won and your parents formed a tunnel for you to run through and there were juice boxes at the end. Only this time there are no juice boxes, but words and gifts from the Lord!…It was absolutely as crazy as it sounds. :)…Declarations in worship. One night as Jonathan and Melissa Helser (Bethel artists) led worship we declared our victory and CUT THE HEAD OFF THE DEVIL!!!!!!!!…I feel as though something was absolutely “awoken” in me over these four days.”
Pay attention to this word “awoken”, it has unsettling possibilities we will discuss. There is nothing Biblical about this. Christ defeated the devil at the cross. We have no part in his defeat. (John 19:30, 1 Pet 3:18-19) Our victory over the devil is assured at the moment we place our faith in Christ for the covering our our due penalty for sin through His sacrifice.
Fire Tunnel “We had what was called a fire tunnel. After going through I had another woman on my squad pull me aside and ask if she could pray over me in tongues and I said yes. After praying she told me that God told her that he wants to give me the gifts of prophecy and discernment and that I should pray to receive these gifts. After this I had one of the squad leaders call me over to pray over people that are going through the fire tunnel.”
She also says in this post, “Eventually I went and sat back down and afterwards she came and talked to me and I explained how I had been feeling like no matter how much I try I don’t always hear from God.” It is so disheartening that this sweet girl is not being led to the “once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3)” precious Word of God. God has spoken to her and given her EVERYTHING that she needs for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) in His Word and yet she has been taught to look elsewhere.
Fire tunnels “The 3am hour was a designated time to do a fire tunnel (which is basically a time for each person to walk down the center of two rows of people as they lay hands on you, read scripture,encourage, pray, and prophecy over you.)”
This Racer was dispelling myths and stating facts about the World Race.
Fire Tunnels “Fact: “Kingdom”, “inheritance”, “healing”, “getting a word from the Lord”, “prophecy” and even “fire tunnel” all come out of my mouth without a second thought. All the time. And I’m ok with it.”
The question becomes… have we lost the seriousness of what our faith calls for and replaced it with this?
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul.” Matt 16:24-26
Can you imagine the apostles, Timothy, Titus, the faithful and highly regarded men of character in church history, etc. doing this? What about the men who died rather than renouncing their faith, burned at the stake, tortured? Is this the “faith” they died to to proclaim?
Titus says of young men and women (2:4-8), “train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
The reason they are to exhibit these qualities, vs 10, “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.”
This is the opposite of self-control, dignity and sound speech. The physical manifestations that often occur during this practice appear demonic and closely mimic the effects of pagan Hindu practices. Be assured where Christ is not magnified the Holy Spirit is not at work . This cannot to be attributed to Him. There is a level of arrogance of men who believe the Spirit of God is at their beck and call to manifest Himself through these tunnels.
These supposed manifestations of the “spirit” seen in the Bethel videos are more similar to the Hindu Kundalini spirit and testimony of Racers we have shared.
This is written by one who came out of a “Bethelized” church…
“Kundalini is a term you may or may not be familiar with- It is a demonic spirit which is known as a counterfeit Holy Spirit from the Hindus & incorporated into new age philopsophy & practice… under the influence of this demonic spirit people will testify to having “deep spiritual sensations” such as “knowing” other peoples thoughts- full body & outer body feelings of bliss & ecstasy. Uncontrollable physical sensations such as crying laughing & jerking – vivid dreams, visions & trances.”
I will testify that I have seen many people manifesting in similar ways after being through a fire tunnel & just generally under the supposition that these manifestations & experiences are genuinely from God – given by the Holy Spirit…
Here is what I have observed: Persons deliberately praying for others to recieve “more’ or ‘Fire” or “new wine” or “drink” or “fresh revalation” by placing their hand on the persons forehead until “something” a manifestation occurs. This could be shouting or wailing…. shaking or falling flat out ( slain in the spirit) most people I saw would be laughing their heads off during this type of ministry..”
An interesting survey again reiterates our concerns about Emotional Manipulation.
“the purpose of this survey was to test the hypothesis that the effects of psychedelic drugs…are similar to the effects of a phenomena known in esoteric literature as the awakening of the kundalini…what strikes me is the overwhelming similarity between reports by people who have undergone kundalini awakening and what occurs to people who have taken hallucinogenic drugs.”
They go on to list the effects that sound similar to what happens in a fire tunnel. We are not supporting or endorsing this organization, but it does make a frightening connection as to what we see and hear regarding fire tunnels.
This is from a proponent of Kundalini awakenings,
“Don’t Try This at Home. Awakening the Kundalini is not for amateurs, and while it can occur spontaneously through contact with the right mystic or a near-death experience, it is not likely to happen in a yoga class. However, serious yogis caution in all seriousness that incompetent efforts to awaken the kundalini can lead to grave mental and physical injury. The danger of improperly channeled Kundalini is likened to a power surge that burns out the circuitry…Too much Kundalini awakening too fast is not without peril…this phenomenon is sometimes called a “spiritual emergency.” Along with feelings of ecstasy and bliss, the yogi may experience a number of unpleasantly intense signs that include burning or even searing sensations, intense spasms, vibrating and jerking.”
The testimony above speaks of “something being awoken”…we cannot say for certain it is the same, but we have to wonder.
Fire tunnels are nothing to take lightly. Racers may go into them innocently but they will find themselves exposed to a realm that is not of God.
We pray for those deceived under the influence of the men who are leading at AIM. We pray that the true Holy Spirit may lift the veil from their eyes as God’s Word is set before them.
This series on Leaving the NAR may be of interest.