My dear friends, whilst flipping through channels this morning I came across something that I just have to share with you. In the weird world of Charismatic Protestantism (which is always a source of humor) I have just seen Don Stewart's infomercial where he is pushing his, "Green prosperity prayer handkerchief." Yes, that's right! a "Green prosperity prayer handkerchief"
He actually dares to use Holy Scripture as a justification for this empty piece of fabric:
“So that even there were brought from his body to the sick, handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the wicked spirits went out of them." ACTS 19:12
Now of course, the context is completely missing. Let's look at the whole of this episode in ACTS and see what we find there: ACTS 11-16
11 And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common miracles.
12 So that even there were brought from his body to the sick, handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the wicked spirits went out of them.
13 Now some also of the Jewish exorcists who went about, attempted to invoke over them that had evil spirits, the name of the Lord Jesus, saying: I conjure you by Jesus, whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were certain men, seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, a chief priest, that did this.
15 But the wicked spirit, answering, said to them: Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?
16 And the man in whom the wicked spirit was, leaping upon them, and mastering them both, prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Ok, so right there in Scripture, St. Paul was given the gift of healing by God so that even a handkerchief that touched him could heal and drive out evil spirits. Now notice that when the Jewish exorcists tried to remove the evil spirits invoking the name of Jesus and St. Paul the evil spirits were NOT driven out, rather the Jewish Exorcists were possessed.
Apparently either Mr. Stewart thinks that he is like St. Paul or, he identifies himself with the Jewish exorcist. In either case he is preaching blasphemy and taking advantage of poor misguided Protestants. This is just yet another example of what can happen when we just try and interpret the Holy Scripture ourselves, another example of the heretical teaching of Sola Scriptura.
Please pray for Mr. Stewart's soul and the souls of all of those who believe that they will obtain their requests by using a green piece of cloth "blessed" by Mr. Stewart.
After doing some more digging, here is what I found. When you request this "Free" piece of cloth you receive a letter a few days later requesting a "seed" (i.e. money) of $50.oo
The letter goes on to say that: (the emphasis is not mine)
"Don't break the flowing of God's spirit from my secret place of prayer to your home! Do exactly as I say!"
1. Write your name & the amount of money you need on the hanky.
2. Touch your forehead with the hanky
.3. Place the green handkerchief on your billfold or checkbook, something that represents your finances.
4. TOMORROW MORNING mail the handkerchief with your name and money amount on it, to me!
DO NOT FAIL TO DO THIS! We will anoint it with oil and place a prophecy that god has given me for you on it. Then we will send this handkerchief back to you with special instructions on how to use it as a point of contact for your miracle."
WOW!! WHAT A WHACK-JOB!