Please read this in light of all the other concerns we have written about. While there are always going to be differing views on the continuation of the miraculous spiritual gifts that is not the intent of this post. Adventures in Missions admits to being charismatic. However, the fact that there is not a clear Gospel message (see our post Missing the Gospel) as the focus of this organization, this leads us to believe that the professed miracles, healings, and prophecies cannot be works of God.
There are many published stories and testimonies from Racers who attend Project Searchlight (PSL), a debrief AIM hosts for them one month after they finish the World Race. The majority of these testimonies are self-centered accounts that lack a focus on our Savior. Often, the Racers write of the romantic Jesus.
The preoccupation on signs and wonders is exactly the warning we are given by Christ and His appointed apostles. No matter what you believe about the miraculous gifts, this warning is a reality.
Matt 7:22 ‘On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Matt 24:24 “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
2 Thess 2:9 “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
The following quotes are taken from the blog posts of Racers after attending Project Searchlight. It is eyeopening and curiously missing from any description you will find on the website. An innocuous, “we will help you debrief” does not accurately describe what transpires at this conference.
“Desiring knowledge and revelation is the driving factor for many racers to attend PSL. Project Searchlight offers prophetic rooms, amazing speakers and many avenues that the Lord works in and through. I am no different when it comes to this. I prayed for The Lord to reveal a calling or a passion that He has yet to reveal to me. But The Lord didn’t do that. He did better. God revealed more of himself to me. During my 10 minute prophetic session, I got the words “romance” and “pursuit” in three visions straight. All visions about Jesus wanting to romanticize me and show me the depths of his relentless pursuit and love for me. This came as a shock to me…When coming to PSL, I suspected to be spiritually refilled, but not spiritually swept off my feet. I knew I was married to The Lord but I have never felt romanticized and desired.” Racer
“Now fast forward to Project Searchlight, where, sitting in the exact same seat I frequented at Training Camp, I had another facet of God to get to know: Jesus as the bridegroom…I read Song of Songs with one eye… “Come away” we say he says. We sing, we dance, some guy named Phil called it a “divine romance,” Racer
“That night, we saw the deaf hear, the blind see, and many people with back pains, headaches, stomach pains, and all sorts of afflictions healed right in front of us! That sort of thing because regular, or as regular as miracles can become. Racer
“Project Searchlight, a re-entry conference of sorts for returning World Racers...Clint (Bokelman), the guy running the session, invited anyone who needed -you guessed it – physical healing to raise their hand. The rest of us in the room were to then go and pray over those people… “I’m done being cynical. Let’s roll.”…I will admit, I was a little disappointed to have not received complete and total healing in that moment. After all, for the first time in my life, I had believed that God not only could, but would heal.” Racer
“I spent the last five days at Project Searchlight, a re-entry conference type of thing for Racers who recently returned from the field. A hundred or so of us showed up to see just what God had planned for us through worship, sessions, conversations, prophecy and very silly talents…Guitars began strumming and I turned my attention to the stage. Logan began sharing a testimony of healing as the smell of incense filled the room…Ten minutes into it, Clint called up anyone who had just been healed. Two shared about the healing they received in their backs, one shared about being set free of shame, another shared about healing of her past wounds…If you’re not planning to go to Project Searchlight, change your mind. Stop making up excuses, go and see what Papa wants to show you.” Racer
“Project Searchlight offered everything from practical re-entry advice, to deep life-altering words straight from the Throneroom” Racer
“Our second night (of PSL) was the most powerful many people. It was a night of healing and worship. People were getting prayed over and being physically healed!! Arms mended, back and foot injuries with no more pain. The Holy spirit was moving. As the night progressed, it moved from physical into deep soul.” Racer
“I showed up the first day feeling a little weird but excited to see my squad mates. I started listening to the speakers with my guard up, thinking they were just going to shove a bunch of AIM propaganda in my face and try to create an atmosphere of emotions without any long term effect. First slowly, and then all at once, my walls began to crumble. All I have experienced this week are encounters with the Lord, encouragement about following His will for my life, prophecies about my future, physical healing in my lower back, freedom in worship.” Racer
“(At PSL) One of the guys in the room prophesied that I was hearing lies of the enemy. (I hadn’t said a word about what I had been struggling through today.) And he said The Lord was wanting me to close my ears to all the lies the enemy was trying to speak over me to tear me down. So I needed to close my ears but then I also needed to open my ears to His Voice. I needed to listen closely for His Voice to keep speaking trust deep down into my heart about WHO I AM.” Racer
“I didn’t want to come to PSL and go to prophetic rooms and do all of this other weird stuff around 300 people that literally don’t care anything at all about me. I sat in the back with my arms folded, quite typical for me. But then I felt a familiar prod at my heavily burdened heart, and I panicked. God, whatever you’re doing, stop it right now, I don’t want it. I don’t want you right now. I know you always want me, but right now I am angry at you for taking me back home into a space I didn’t want to step back into and now what? I’m surrounded by a bunch of hollering, spiritual psychos….I met SANTA, heard Gods voice in a new way, went to a prophetic room, laughed my face off at a comedy show, and has wisdom poured over me from start to finish.” Racer
“I anticipate that I’ll only have incredible, supernatural things to write home about over the next few months, as I move to Gainesville and partner with AIM to develop me spiritually and professionally. Y’all, I can tell you right now that outside of the context of PSL, I probably would not have seen my way clear to arrive at the conclusion I did. I believe that God would have blessed my decision either way, but I also believe that He is more glorified by this one—something He’s confirmed through my Prophetic Room session, through my own quiet moments with Him.” Racer
“(At PSL) We’ve had worship twice a day. And that has entailed sweating, jumping, screaming, and praying… As well as people getting healed! Prophecy being spoken! And lives being changed! And of course… CHAINS BEING BROKEN!” Racer
“It started with a prophetic room. Two wonderful women prophesied over me about EVERYTHING I have been praying about since the World Race. They confirmed things that were prophesied over me by others months before. That’s when it started. The Holy Spirit started showing up everywhere…And then Clint and Logan start telling us healings were gonna break out in the room…Sarah needs healing for TMJ. Great. God used me to heal a back, why not a jaw. God sent me over here so he’s gonna move. And He did. Another girl Susan and I prayed for Sarah for probably an hour and a half. Each moment seemed to bring a small amount of improvement. God’s kept saying, “I’m not done yet. Don’t you dare give up. And why do you doubt me.” All that was scattered between visions, and words, and prayers. God was moving.” Racer
The general theme in these blogs seems to be the big let down after the World Race. Real life of faithful walking with the Lord this side of heaven is often more ordinary than extraordinary. The Racers head to Project Searchlight and get whipped up into a frenzy of undocumented healings, as well as random prophecies and visions that feed their emotions and egos. The focus of signs, wonders, false prophecies, etc. is clearly a ploy of the enemy to leave these young people discontented with seeking God through His Word and longing for “more”. We have yet to see a Racer’s blog that pointed to a love of Scripture, fear or reverence for God, or awe and amazement that Christ would suffer and die for us. How very sad.