Jesus Culture – Living a Life That Transforms the World- was written by Banning Liebscher and published in 2009. That book is certainly an adventure in reading about the life, ambition, vision, and purpose of an individual who aims to fulfill what he perceives to be his divine destiny in leading a generation of New Breed enthusiasts in a quest to take over the world for Jesus.
Throughout the book, there are numerous passages of scripture that are used to justify his position, though many of them are contorted in such a way that if one were not well versed in the Scriptures, they would be run over like a freight train. Liebscher repeatedly uses words and phrases such as “I believe” and “you are called” in such a way as to present a position that is based on facts, when in reality his position is based largely on his own opinion, numerous dreams and premonitions, and the goals and objectives of the New Apostolic Reformation.
As a motivator, he opens his comments by stating that “this is inarguably the greatest hour in history, and you are invited to participate in the most monumental move of God the world has ever seen!” He goes on to state, “I dream of entire cities and nations being saturated and transformed by the Presence of God—and I am devoted to seeing an army of healing revivalist raised up who demonstrate the Kingdom of God by releasing signs, wonders, and miracles. The Lord is restoring the supernatural to His Church through regular believers—just like you and me (p. 25).”
Just on this opening page, huge alarms bells begin to sound that indicate that something is terribly wrong with what he is attempting to accomplish. For instance, who is the New Breed, and what do they represent? He goes on to describe his vision of the New Breed throughout the book. What is ever so obvious is his lack of a scriptural basis for the New Breed. Did Jesus Christ, or his appointed and commissioned Apostles, ever teach of the New Breed? He also refers to the New Breed as an army. That army is Joel’s Army. But does he mention that army of locusts represented in the Book of Joel 2 is actually a destructive force that consumes everything in their path?
Christians were first called Christians at Antioch, and that reference can be found in the Book of Acts. Here is what the scripture says:
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
What I really appreciate about the disciples being called Christians is that it denotes what they represent. They are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. What a privilege it is to be called a Christian for those who truly follow Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ proclaims in His Word:
Matthew 16:24-27 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Being a Christian is not about picking up our lives and fulfilling our divine destiny. In fact, being a Christian is about denying ourselves and following the Lord Jesus Christ, allowing God to have the reins of our lives. John the Baptist proclaimed, “He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30).” Anyone that knows anything about reins knows that the one who holds the reins has the power and authority to steer the reins in whatsoever direction he so desires. Reins have to do with who has control of our heart and passion. The scripture has something to say about reins. Here are four examples:
*Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
*Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.
*Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. *Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
In light of what it represents to be called a Christian, and in considering what it means for God to have the reins of our lives, where do the doctrines of the New Breed stand? By whose authority are we supposed to adopt, support, and promote doctrines that clearly are not based on the infallible and awe-inspiring Word of God? The Word of God proclaims in Matthew 4:4 the words of Jesus, as He responded to the temptation of Satan. Jesus Christ proclaimed:
“…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Christians do not follow man. Christians follow God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, by power of the Holy Spirit.
Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
There is much more to be said about the New Breed’s quest as modern day Crusaders who aim to raise their swords in battle to take over the world for Jesus. And I’m astonished that such a doctrine of man, and even that of devils, could be propagated against the rock solid truth of God’s Word that clearly teaches that the battle is the Lords. Yet Liebscher is leading the band Jesus Culture on a mission to capture the hearts of a young generation of children, indoctrinating them into a world of false doctrine, extra-biblical revelation, witchcraft, and the worship of another Jesus, which is called the Presence. Anyone versed in the scripture knows full well what God’s position is on those who offend children.
Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
To be Cont.
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