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Phil Pringle writes:

“Spirit Powered Obedience

Ezekiel 37:7 (NLT) ‘So I spoke these words, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley.’ The Spirit anoints obedience. Ezekiel spoke ‘as he was commanded’. We’ve been told to ‘preach the gospel to every creature’. As the prophet spoke, the Spirit moved. When we do our gift, the power of God will empower us. When we do what is not our gift or calling, we are in our own strength = failure, burnout etc. Say what He tells you to say. Don’t add or subtract. When we ‘preach the gospel’ His Word, His Spirit will accompany us with the supernatural manifestation of what we preach! When God’s Word is spoken & the Holy Spirit starts to move people are rattled! Don’t get nervous. It’s a revival of dead bones. When the bones in the valley start rattling get ready for revival. There are moments when God moves ‘suddenly’. Get ready – Now is one of those times, We speak & it happens, suddenly. There’s always a noise when God starts moving. Shouting, music, signing, clapping, preaching. With every NEW move of God comes a NEW sound – voice, song, music. The culture of a move of God is carried in the sound. – Don’t reject the unfamiliar just because it’s ‘new’- New Wine = New wineskins.” – Phil Pringle, Spirit powered obedience, http://philpringle.com/_blog/Phil_Pringle_Blog/post/Spirit_powered_obedience, 23/03/2012. (Accessed 02/10/2012).

Pringle’s bible garble comes close to breaching the scripture here in Galatians 3 where he says “When we do our gift, the power of God will empower us”:

“I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?” Galatians 3:2-5

Pringle is right when he says “We’ve been told to ‘preach the gospel to every creature’.” But once again, Pringle is attacking the simple gospel message. How?

When he says, “The Spirit anoints obedience,” how does this work in light of 1 John 2:20 saying “you have an anointing from the Holy One?” How did we get the “anointing from the Holy One?” The truth of the New Testament points us that the Holy One (Jesus) gave us His anointing NOT that we earn the anointing in our obedience. Rather it is what Jesus did on the cross on our behalf that made us worthy to be His anointed people through His Holy Spirit.

When we come to know Christ, we are anointed, marked by the Holy Spirit Himself. The anointing is not something we earnt out of our obedience. It was out of Jesus’ obedience that we have been anointed by God to be His people, to continue the work of Christ and represent the truth and love of God here on earth by faithfully preaching the gospel and His Word.

When Pringle says “Say what He tells you to say. Don’t add or subtract,” he is clearly reading into the biblical passage without understanding he is adding works and his own ideas to Gods Word and removing (subtracting), the simple gospel truth of what Christ has done.

What makes this garble worse is that this passage is about Israel. This is not about how we are to make a 21st century revival. We encourage you to read Ezekiel 37 in it’s entirety. This passage is not about “Shouting, music, signing, clapping, preaching.” How did he get, “Don’t reject the unfamiliar just because it’s ‘new'” out of this passage? Why is Pringle plucking things out of the air and reading things into this scripture that are just not there?

How can any C3 member trust what Pringle teaches if he makes stuff up out of the scriptures like this? This is completely out of line and illogical.