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Decoding Rick Joyner’s “THE FINAL QUEST”
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10) Rick Joyner’s own comments about himself (quotes): - Summarised Version:

In the full version of this chapter I refer to various quotes that Rick Joyner has made about himself in “The Final Quest". This throws a great deal of light on his spiritual experiences and walk with God over the years. I will just put a few examples here. Joyner claims that as “a child” he had “read about... and listened to... recorded messages,” of an “evangelist” whose “teachings had gone seriously awry,” (p. 144). Before he was a Christian Joyner therefore fed on these false teachings. In Chapter 7 we saw that this false teacher was none other than William Branham, one of the most deceived ministers of the modern era. Joyner claims that “I have never been able to trust my own heart... It is subject to so many conflicts. I am too subject to delusions, deceptions, and selfish ambitions. It is hard for me to even hear the Lord speaking to me above its clamor,” (p. 74). We have to then ask why is Joyner promoting himself as a great prophet and why is he sharing his visions with others so confidently in “The Final Quest?” Joyner writes, “I know that my rebellion and pride has kept me from having a real spiritual father,” (p. 93). However, if Joyner has never submitted to another leader’s authority or guidance why is he expecting us to submit to him as a prophet judge over the church in the future? Would God choose such a person to lead the body of Christ anyway? After believing that he had heard deceased former great leaders in heaven admit to far worse sins Joyner then reports that, “I recalled how I had allowed disgruntled former members of a church to spread their poison about that church without stopping them. I knew that by just allowing them to do this without correcting them I had encouraged them to continue... I had even repeated many of their stories, justifying it under the guise of enlisting prayers for them,” and claims that there has been, “a great flood of other such incidents,” (p. 109). Surely, though, this goes far beyond the level of bad behaviour that most leaders would descend into and is a sign of really bad fruit? Despite claiming to be called to be a great “judge” over the church in the future Joyner writes “I have judged so many people and so many situations wrongly,” (p. 64). Since Joyner calls for his followers to fight against other Christians with spiritual warfare in a way that will “wound many of our own brethren”, (p. 129), his following statement has to be a concern, “I had not seen such ruthlessness and cruelty as I was now seeing in my own heart,” (p. 109). Most of us have hidden, un- dealt with sides to our flesh that are potentially unpleasant. However, if someone believes that God is calling them to engage in harmful spiritual warfare against other Christians this provides the ideal opportunity for the flesh within that person to manifest. We know from scripture that in the end times the enemy will persecute those who hold fast to the faith whilst many others will become apostate, abandon the faith, betray those who remain loyal to God, and that some will even join in with those persecutions. Unless Joyner turns away from the many false teachings he has received this has to therefore be a concern.

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