Just a short Daily Word on the issue of losing the witness. This topic is one that is close to those who follow Brother Stair as it is his words to those who leave and to those who remain to keep them in line and fearful lest they also lose the Witness.
Loosing the Witness, the Red Herrings
What is this Witness? This is the teaching of Brother Stair for those who are questioning what they see and hear when they come across Bro Stair. It is used because these people are seeing many red flags. So this teaching says that God gives us a witness that Brother Stair is His man and that we should obey him in everything. Or at least God tells us whatever Brother Stair says He says to witness to him.
Though, this same kind of witness is not something anyone else tells us to get or that Bro Stair makes much ado about getting on us. Though in passing he does say that God has to okay every one of us, so God gives him a witness that we are to be there (the Farm). This is not brought up again for reasons that we cover below.
Why does Brother Stair teach this? It is first because it’s the only way to get many to think they heard from God on Bro Stair and so whatever red flags they have, or will continue to have, are to be ignored. It is second so that Bro Stair can hold those who end up wavering when what they actually witness in what they see and hear in Bro Stair is contrary to righteousness (Gal 5:17; Pr 2:12-19).
Bro Stair will use their witness to berate them with so that they ignore what they both see and hear (1Jn 1:3; Mt 11:4; Php 4:9) and just stay with a witness that was supposed to be from God (Pr 2:9-11). This is especially true if they have ever testified that God gave them a witness, or worse, they proclaim what they were told. Like Brother Patterson has been used lately to speak “There’s none like him”. That is for sure, but it’s not a witness that God is with him, is it?
In fact, this phrase is just parrotted from Bro Stair. The only witness anyone gets from God just happens to be just exactly what Brother Stair tells you ‘God says’ about him. How convenient. Or should we say, how telling. Telling us that this is a psychological manipulation trick. “One of the narcissist or psychopath’s biggest manipulation tools in the grooming process consists of repeating the same narrative over and over until [he] hears it back from the target.” (Mind Control – Parroting the Narrative)
A false witness will perish
The Perishing Witness
Lastly, this is taught so that he can damn those who leave and (as he calls it) reject the witness of God. Nowhere in his teaching is there the truth that God does not give this kind of a witness. That God has firmly established, with many scriptural witnesses, that we are to get a witness on a man by their fruits (Mt 7:20). It is the works of the man himself that testify to us who he serves (Mal 3:18).
His teaching ignores that there is such a thing as a False Witness. Because this teaching would counter or question the very witness that Brother Stair has sold us. Yet it is for this reason that it fails to witness over time. People lose the witness because “A false witness will perish” (Pr 21:28). It has to end up being lost because it was false from the beginning. It is this loss that testifies that is was false. That is the witness of God’s word.
God told us that a false witness will perish (Pr 21:28). So any witness you have that perished – was false. Because God’s witness stands firm (2Tim 2:19). Its foundation is to depart from iniquity – something we do not witness in Brother Stair (Mt 7:20). God’s solid foundation is still standing with this sign: The Lord knows the people who belong to Him, and Everyone who confesses the Lord’s name must avoid wickedness (2Tim 2:19 CEB).
When it comes to the point of them leaving Brother Stair, he also forgets his witness that he says God gave him on us – that we are God’s people and that God wants us there (on the Farm). Against this witness, Brother Stair casts them out (3Jn 1:9-10) and damns them. Who has lost the witness this time?
Or is it only Brother Stair that can get a change of witness? Bro Stair loudly tells us that God doesn’t change (Heb 13:8), yet he seems to have changed His witness to Bro Stair on us. That’s convenient, isn’t it? So who’s the real false witness here? Who is it that has sold to us a false witness? Falsely telling us how we get a witness…
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Mt 7:15-20 NIV)
This false teaching to get a false witness is disregarding so many contrary witnesses in God’s word. We are not only told by Jesus that our witness on a man comes from what we witness coming out of the man (Mt 7:20). But John further instructs us that we have God’s anointing on us and we don’t need any such man to teach us (1Jn 2:27).
It is God’s anointing that teaches US – not some things, but all things. The full council of God (Acts 20:27). This is no lie (1Jn 2:27). We are to abide in Him – in Christ Jesus – not in the ship (Acts 27:31). We are not capsized with Paul, are we? Or perhaps you are capsized with someone claiming to be Paul – or greater.
To say that the Holy Spirit within us is not able or capable to teach us – as John says He does (1John 2:27) is to deny Christ in us, Who is our hope of Glory (Col 1:27; Titus 2:13). This is an act of antichrist because it also denies that Christ is in our flesh (2Jn 1:7). Some men don’t even learn what Grace teaches us – to deny ungodliness and the flesh (Titus 2:11-12). It should not surprise us that these certain men don’t learn from the Spirit of God within either (Lk 17:21).
But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. (1Jn 2:27)