Perry Stone is well known around the world for being an Evangelist and teacher of the Word of God. He was born on June 23, 1959 in West Virginia to a family of preachers. One of his passions in life has been studying the Word of God, of which he has dedicated thousands of hours to meticulous research. His first sermon was preached in 1976, when he was sixteen years old. Before long he became a traveling preacher at the age of eighteen. In 1985 he established Voice of Evangelism Outreach Ministries as a non-profit organization. Over the years he has preached at many churches and conferences like the International Prophesy Conference. He has also distributed VOE Newsletters and has written more than eighty books. By 2000, he began to broadcast the weekly Manna Fest television broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Mr. Stone is known for being an excellent expositor of Scripture, and he takes great joy in sharing golden nuggets of truth from the Word of God. His notoriety around the world has gained him a huge following of people that simply enjoy his ministry and travel great distances to hear him preach. What began as a simple and modest ministry soon grew into what is regarded as a ministry empire. In 2013, the three thousand seat auditorium of Omega Center International, Inc. opened, having a price tag of $22,000,000 (Bradbury, 2011. Million-dollar ministry: how Cleveland evangelist Perry Stone built a ministry empire. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2013/oct/27/visions-of-grandeur-how-one-cleveland-evangelist/122458/).
For me, Mr. Stone has been a blessing over the years. In a time of which I was struggling in my walk with the Lord, I began to watch Manna Fest and purchased and read many of Mr. Stone’s books. At one point, I was even a monthly contributor to his ministry. That all changed for me after Mr. Stone began to develop his own Bible. Not long after that, news broke out that OCI was in development and funds were being sought to complete the project, of which some of the funds came from a discovery of gold on the property which dates back to the Civil War. Soon after OCI began as a ministry, I began to see troubling signs that something was terribly wrong, the first of which is that the ministry was playing Jesus Culture songs. I began to see advertisements for Warrior Fest and the Winter Reformation, all of which reminded me of the influence of William Branham’s New Breed/Manifest Sons of God lingo. Before long Mr. Stone was announcing his meeting with Reinhard Bonnke, who is a known affiliate of the New Apostolic Reformation and associate of Bill Johnson. I began to see further signs of decline in Mr. Stone’s ministry as he began to adopt the teachings and practices of the NAR. Most recently he has been having “impartation” services which are nothing more than “fire tunnels” that have been popularized by Johnson’s Bethel Church in Redding, Ca. Now Mark Casto is promoting the International House of Prayer (IHOP), and he is teaching the NAR’s propaganda on the redistribution of wealth. Here’s a quote from Casto:
“There is a major transfer of wealth coming to the body of Christ in order to finance the end-time outpouring! Are you ready to participate? Is your heart able to handle the transfer? God will bless those who will be a blessing!”
A close look at the OCI symbolism reveals the connection of the ministry with the NAR and the 7 Mountains Mandate. Even more startling is Casto’s symbol of the ouroboros on his ministry page. Recently Perry Stone was leading young people in a dance around a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, the dance of which resembled the Israel’s worship of the golden calf at the time when Moses was on the Mount receiving the Commandments of God. More and more signs of trouble continue to show themselves as days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months and months turn into years. It is my earnest prayer that God would reveal the truth of His Word to Mr. Stone and that Mr. Stone would repent and get back to preaching the rock solid truth of God’s Word without compromise. If the apostasy continues to grow at OCI, the ministry may one day be destroyed completely. Please pray for Perry Stone, Mark Casto, VOE Ministries, and OCI. If Mr. Stone would come to the realization that he is being victimized by the invasion of locusts into his ministry, he may be able to in turn expose the NAR for what they truly are, the enemies of the Cross of Jesus Christ. To be cont.
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