For or Against
Men that use God’s Word to establish their own ministries and their own messages, do this to make themselves out to be Some Great One (Acts 8:9). This is what it means to take the Name of God in vain (Ex 20:7). Some of these “men of god” have even made out they are the similitude of Christ and Greater Than Jesus today. This is what John labeled the antichrist spirit that is among us in 1John. The Greek Lexicon shows us that the word John uses does not have to mean, as many have thought, that this Antichrist spirit is against Christ. Rather, he is the similitude of Christ – a replacement, a substitute Christ – in the stead of Christ. Thus making one antichrist because they are taking Christ’s place. This is the very thing Brother Stair says that he is, “I am in the similitude of Christ”, “I stand in Christ stead”. John warned us they would come! [See 1John 2 and 1John 4]
What Brother Stair is doing here is the same as what his message and ministry have always been – alienating you from Christ. Just look at Brother Stair’s catchphrase, “Jesus is coming”. Stair means that Jesus is not here, that Jesus is not in you, that Jesus is not in the Body (of Christ) – He’s on His way, but until then… I’m here. What was John’s test for Antichrist? (1John 4:3)
Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come [not coming] in the flesh [Body of Christ] is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist. (1John 4:3)
When you make claims that Jesus is not in His Body, and you take on His titles:
- THE Voice of the Last Day Prophet of God
- Son of Man [Even Brazilian guru João de Deus only takes on the title John of God]
- The Doorkeeper
- The Body Guard
- The only Way today
- 7th Angel Messenger [steals Angels titles too]
- The Voice of God
- The Perfecter (Php 1:6)
- The highest Spiritual Authority upon the face of the Earth
- The ONE Voice proclaiming God’s righteousness
- Uses John 6:66 which is of disciples leaving Christ to define those who left him [if is in fact Bro Stair who has forsaken Christ and walks no longer with Him]
- If you don’t walk in the light of the Prophet you’re in darkness (1Jn 1:7)
Then say that you’re “standing in His stead (place)”:
Further, Brother Stair says, “I am a Prototype of Christ in your midst”. A Prototype is:
- The first, typical or preliminary model of something.
- That from which other forms are developed or copied.
- The original model on which something is patterned: The Archetype
In this, we have Brother Stair claiming that Christ Jesus is patterned after him. That Bro Stair was before Jesus. That Stair’s attributes are seen in Christ.
How can you not be Antichrist with that?
Above the Master
Even the Apostle Paul (who Wm Branham and Bro Stair say was a Son of Man) did not think of himself so highly as to take the place of Christ. Rather, that he was just an imploring ambassador.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf (2Cor 5:20 NIV)
If Paul didn’t make it clear enough perhaps Jesus Himself can show you how in error these men are:
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. (Mt 10:24)
‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ (Jn 15:20)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. (Jn 13:16)
We’ll look in a moment at how God would keep Ezekiel from thinking more highly of himself then he ought by calling him a son of man.
The Doctrine of Worship
Going above and beyond the word of God is the stock-and-trade of these men. It’s the Doctrine of Lucifer which they practice. In fact, it is the very reason they use the word of God in the first place. Like Lucifer, you don’t do away with God, you use God (His name and His word) to be greater than God. When you’re nothing and you want to be something great you’ve got to exploit the One who is great. Setting yourself above God’s people is a step in that direction. To set above the congregation.
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isa 14:13-14)
Remember when Brother Stair came out of jail in 2002 and told us that God told him (a Command of God now) to remove the pulpit, that the pulpit represents a place above the people? For a few weeks, Bro Stair would preach from the front without going up to the pulpit. But it didn’t last any more than anything else he said God Commanded him to change. Like to stop calling the people peanut brains. Now he demands more than just a physical place above God’s people, he’s looking for their spiritual worship.
“Try to tell you people all along. You know you make statements [speaking of Stair’s own statements] and they just kick [saying the people kick at his statements]. Yeah, there’s a greater than John the Baptist here. Yeah, there’s a greater than Jesus Christ today. Shut up, you devil! [referring to his congregations’ shock] I’m not wrong when I say what I say. I’m not wrong! And how sinful and wicked for you people to think I am. [it’s sinful and wicked to think this Stair is wrong by claiming to be greater than Jesus] God’s not wrong. [associating himself as God]” ~Brother Stair 2006, Greater Than Jesus
Well, after all, Brother Stair has always told us that It’s all about worship.
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (2Thes 2:4)
Him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2Thes 2:9-10)
No, they didn’t receive the love of the truth. Rather they hate the truth and turn the truth of God into a lie, into unrighteousness. They will hate you and turn on you and cast you and your name out as evil when you confront these men with the truth. They live in lies and they don’t want their followers to know the truth of their sins. They will cast out those who do.
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake [“because you are mine” TLB]. (Lk 6:22)
What is Truth
Sure, it’s a fine line, if you want to play with it. This is what cults do. They make something out of something that isn’t intended to be there. Men without the spirit will always do this with God’s Word. The Word of God is powerful, so that’s why they use it. It’s the only truth there is. It’s what the Serpent used on Eve. It’s what Satan used on Jesus. This is why these men use the word of God, it is the only Truth (for therein is the righteousness of God revealed [Rom 1:17]), yet they are using it for their own unrighteous purposes (that ye may consume it upon your lusts [Jam 4:3]).
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18)
Which makes the truth a lie as they suppress the truth by their wickedness [NIV]
Who changed the truth of God into a lie (Rom 1:25)
The Unspiritual Spiritual
Paul is talking about the unspiritual, yet I think he’s also talking about those who appear to be spiritual.
Because that, when they knew God… became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened… Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,… And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image (the image of themselves as God’s man)… they did not like to retain God in their knowledge… Who knowing the judgment of God (Rom 1:21-23, 28, 32)
As always the fruit is what shows the root [Mt 7:20]. Do we know men whose fruit is described in the following? Men who have put themselves in leadership. Remember that it was the religious leaders who Jesus was wroth with and to whom His words of anger were directed.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God (hating God’s people), despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (Rom 1:24, 28-31)
For the Benefit of Christ
This term on Christ’s behalf or even in Christ’s stead (as the Greek says of the antichrist in 1John 2:18) is what Brother Stair say of himself as a way to ease his audience into accepting him as God’s Messenger standing on the behalf of Christ. But what Bro Stair intends and wants you to receive and believe is that he is standing in the place of Christ, in His stead, that Stair is Christ on the Earth today. While Brother Stair has said I am not the Christ, he continues by saying that he is the one greater than Christ today. This is what the whole Son of Man nonsense is all about. It’s used by men like William Branham and Bro Stair as a title wherewith they can exalt themselves as the highest spiritual authority upon the face of the Earth. Brother Stair has said just that in the past.
God used the term son of man on the prophet Ezekiel to put him in his place, stating that he was just a man of the flesh. Jesus used it the same way. Jesus referred to himself as the son of man because He was establishing that He was in the flesh, a son of Adam. Satan never referred to Jesus as son of man because the antichrist spirit always denies the flesh (Body) of Christ. Contrary to what Brother Stair teaches, that the antichrist denies the deity of Christ. Satan and the demons had no problem saying the Jesus was the Son of God. Just like these Son’s of Man teachers have no problem holding Jesus as spiritual, that He is in Heaven – not that He is presently living in our flesh. Which is also why they cannot cease from sinning (2Pt 2:14) themselves.
The statement Jesus is coming is just such a declaration of denial. It sounds right but it’s antichrist in practice. God’s people don’t say Jesus is coming. That is just stating a matter of fact. It has no personal entanglement to it. Satan can say that, he knows it and is preparing for it. God’s people say come Lord Jesus (Rev 22:20). That is a plea, a desire, a longing. One is an acknowledgment of fact, the other comes from a heart of love for Christ.
So while on the surface it might seem spiritual to trumpet Jesus is coming, it is really just another lure used to reel in God’s people to further destroy their faith (2Timothy 2:18; Gal 1:23) and also used to induce fear in those who are not ready. This fear is used by these men to motivate you to do their bidding to be ready and find a place to be preserved. Fear is not of God (1Jn 4:18). Fear is Satan’s tactic. For whenever and wherever you have stealing, killing, or destroying, there you have the work of Satan.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10 AMP)
For We Preach…
How does this Messenger exaltation measure up against the Apostle Paul’s words in 2Cor 4:5?
For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord. We do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. [NIV]
Who are these men preaching – really? Don’t be deceived by their use of Jesus or God. They use God’s name in vain (Ex 20:7). They use God’s name as the soapbox upon which they can make themselves higher. They use God as their CV (curriculum vitae), their résumé. Using God as their reference to back up whatever claim to fame they wish to name. Like Simon in Acts 8:9-11 they tell you great stories of their past experience of how God used them. Stories that they alone can testify to. Their current ministry has none of the might wonders that their stories bewitch their followers with. And again, in this very thing, they are preaching themselves under the illusion that they are exalting God’s works. All the while they are getting you to focus on what God (supposedly) did THRU THEM. Showing you God’s backing of THEM. Therefore you need to listen to and obey THEM (rather than God [Acts 5:29]).
Some men go farther. They continue to make themselves out to be Some Great One [see Acts 8:9 below] to the extent that they become higher than God in their own estimation of themselves and covet the same adulation in their followers. But what does scripture say?
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. (Jn 13:16)
But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. (Acts 8:9-11)
Taking a look at how Brother Stair treats the Body of Christ is a whole series in itself:
- Accuser of the Brethren (Rev 12:10)
- Disallows the Holy Spirit to guide them (1 John 2:27; Eph 4:30)
- Damn’s them many times in Services (James 3:10)
- Tells them they’re going to Hell if they don’t submit to and obey him
- Calls them names that he said God Commanded him to stop calling them (peanut brains) (Deut 30:14)
- Keeps the Pulpit that God Commanded him to take down, and himself behind it. [Rev 2:6)
- Calls the people of God fools. (Mt 5:22)
- The list is endless…
If in these last days children are to be our oppressors, women will rule over us, and leaders cause us to error (Isa 3:12) – what does that say of these men who oppress us? Men who throw tantrums when they don’t get their way from their congregation. Men with a Jezebel spirit a (woman ruling prophet or sexual perversion) lording it over God’s heritage (1Pt 5:3). Leaders who hold the Truth in unrighteousness to bring followers into error. They cannot even come to the knowledge that they are children making a show and then going into a rage when you don’t pay attention to them and do what they’re doing.
They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. (Luke 7:32)
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. (Isa 3:12)
The iron hand offers far more heat than light
I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.
(Ephesians 4:1-3 AMP)