Extraordinary Claims Demand Infallible Proofs
I have been looking at the Christian Mystic Movement. Particularly, I have been looking at videos of people who teach about translation. Translation basically means that God supernaturally moves you from one place, spiritually or physically, to another. It is written,
“And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.”
I believe that translation (rapture) is a biblical doctrine and that it is God’s way of moving people around… whether back and forth to heaven or around on Earth. I believe it happens in special circumstances today and probably will be more common place in the future. Translation is likely the mode of transportation that all angels use too. This doctrine represents a restoration of an exciting aspect of our understanding of God’s word.
However, while the teaching I am hearing is mostly sound I want to say this:
“extraordinary claims demand infallible poofs.”
People teach, correctly, that translation exists and that it is a biblical doctrine. However, when it comes to testimonies about actually being translated, whether in spirit or bodily, they provide little proof, other than their say-so, that such a monumental event has occurred. Personal testimonies are good to relate personal experiences but when you claim to have moved a mountain the mountain had better not be in its original place.
Jesus, on the other hand, demonstrated who He was by the things He actually did. They were not done in secret nor were they done just among his disciples. It is written,
“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:”
Being raised from the dead is an extraordinary claim and infallible proofs were both needed and provided.
What I see, many times in Christendom, is that when God starts to reveal a restored truth many rush in to stake their claim on this rediscovered ground. Having no real right to it, other than being there first, some claim this or that and act like they own it. These pretenders muddy the stream and cause people to become confused about what God is doing because they claim ownership of something that is indeed real but they have no right to claim as their own. I asked God about the current teaching on translation and this is what He said,
“It is a correct teaching but not many people are actually doing it.”
This teaching and other extraordinary insights to God’s word will come faster and faster as we near the end of the gentile age. Prove all things (by His Spirit) and hold fast that which is true. Remember, there are still many pretenders who desire to be seen as something because they claim the miraculous without real experience. The only way most of us can tell the difference is to ask the Holy Spirit if these things be true and believe Him when He says yea or nay.
When people claim to have done extraordinary things in God it is not wrong to ask them to provide proof because what God does is not sketchy or tenuous. Do not be intimidated by those who say you lack faith because you ask that they back up what they claim to do. Not every miracle people claim to have experienced has to be public but if every miracle they claim to have experienced is non-verifiable then all they have is a story. If the Holly Spirit tells you to believe them then that is good. However, don’t feel you have to believe what they say simply because they say it.