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Decoding Rick Joyner’s “THE FINAL QUEST”
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6) Evidence of an occult infiltration and New Age counterfeits:: - Summarised Version:

Joyner calls us to “open our own hearts and minds to realms we do not now even know exist” and tells us that “This is what Satan is attempting to counterfeit through the New Age Movement,” (p.127). However, if we do not presently know that these realms exist via Bible revelation, then we are courting danger by seeking what God has chosen not to reveal, either for His own good reasons or more likely because it is occult and not of Him. The spirituality depicted in scripture is nothing like what’s described in his book. The reason that Joyner’s experiences appear, even to him, similar to the New Age is because they are New Age. Joyner has opened to deceptions from an occult anointing. We have already seen in Chapter 5 how Joyner’s side engage in a manipulative form of spiritual warfare against other Christians that is identical to witchcraft. His side also receive prophetic messages, healing and empowerment from the spirits of dead/deceased saints, (the great white eagles), which is spiritualism. The full version of Chapter 6 looks at other signs of occult spirituality that Joyner has become embroiled in. There is no mention anywhere in “The Final Quest,” for example, of Joyner ever being led by the Holy Spirit. Instead his side rely on making their own decisions throughout most of the battle. They even decide which new spiritual weapons to acquire, how to use them and what or who to target with them. The whole ascent up the spiritual mountain of revelation reflects the occult view of acquiring spiritual knowledge. As in Freemasonry greater revelations and power are found as they ascend up to the higher levels. According to the bible, however, God determines which spiritual gifts and revelations are released to which people. This is done according to God’s grace alone not on the basis of mans desire, efforts or will, (see 1 Cor 12: 7 - 23). However Joyner states that, “I was stunned that we had made another decision of such importance just by thinking and briefly discussing it,” (p.32), “We passed levels of truth very fast. On most of them we did not even bother to look around if there was not a weapon apparent that would work,” (p. 34). Similarly the new spiritual weapons and gifts that Joyner’s side discover are nothing like what is described in the bible. Furthermore Joyner’s spiritual experiences are all self centred, with Joyner himself being exalted within every one of them. When he believes he is in heaven, for example, Joyner states, “This really is heaven I blurted out… Immediately the entire host of heaven seemed to stand at attention, and I knew that I was the centre of their attention,” (p.110), “I had become so familiar with the spiritual realms that I hardly noticed angels anymore,” (p. 72). Joyner even believes that these “angels all bowed in salute,” (p.68), to him instead of to God alone. There is very little glory given to God anywhere in “The Final Quest,” instead everything revolves around Joyner. This is all evidence of the self centred, delusional, sinful nature based form of spirituality that typifies the occult.

“Test all things, hold fast what is good,” (1 Thess 5; 21,22).

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