Paul Cain - en profets fall
Et uoversatt sitat fra nyhetsbrevet gjengis nedenfor. Sitatet omhandler den tidligere høyt skattede profeten innen den karismatiske bevegelse, Paul Cain. Han medprofeter skriver her om hvordan de nylig har blitt klar over at han er alkoholiker og også involvert i homoseksuell adferd.
Det store spørsmålet om hans ubibelske aktiviteter har foregått parallellt med hans profetgjerning. I følge bedrag.no er den profetiske tjeneste Paul Cain har tjent en del av den bevegelsen bibelen skildrer som "Den falske profet" -
Da ble dyret fanget, og sammen med ham den falske profeten som gjorde tegn framfor ham. Med disse tegnene hadde han forført dem som hadde tatt imot dyrets merke, og dem som tilbad hans bilde. Joh Åpenbaring 19.20
Special Bulletin by Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle, and Jack Deere
October 19, 2004
Paul Cain has been used mightily by the Lord to touch many lives in our times. He is esteemed by many around the world as a major prophetic voice and as a spiritual father. It would be hard to estimate the number who have been healed, delivered, or saved through his ministry. We have especially benefited from his friendship and ministry in too many ways to count. It is therefore with great sorrow that we publish the following.
In February 2004, we were made aware that Paul had become an alcoholic. In April 2004, we confronted Paul with evidence that he had been recently involved in homosexual activity. Paul admitted to these sinful practices and was placed under discipline, agreeing to a process of restoration which the three of us would oversee.
However, Paul has resisted this process and has continued in his sin. Therefore, after having exhausted the first two steps of Matthew 18:15-17, we now have a responsibility to bring this before the church. Our sincere hope remains to see Paul restored. We are deeply committed to Galatians 6:1, which states, “Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.”
We do not believe that Paul has committed anything that places him beyond the grace of God. We are hopeful that there are those who are more spiritual and wiser than we are who can help Paul through a process of restoration in which we failed. We remain desirous of helping in this in any way that we can. If restored, we believe that Paul can once again have an extraordinary ministry and be a significant blessing to the body of Christ.
We apologize to the body of Christ for our lack of discernment in promoting Paul’s ministry while he had these significant strongholds in his life. We failed to see them until this year. It is also a mistake to assume that others who were close to Paul or worked with him shared these same problems. We also do not feel that this should in any way negate or reduce the great benefit that Paul’s ministry has been to so many in the past. We hope that Paul can yet be restored and used again for the glory of God in the wonderful way that so many of us have been blessed to see in the past.
With our deepest regrets and sincerity,
Rick Joyner, Jack Deere, Mike Bickle.