Discerning the Fruits of the Laughter Movement
By Teacher Maria vonAnderseck
As God is smashing the idols of the false religious system in this season of correction, we’re seeing a renewed zeal from ministers in the current Christian culture to glue them back together again.
I’m talking about the remaking of the failed Laughter Movement of the late 1990’s. The recent surge to give it divine status was again another opportuny for believers to step in and take ownership of their faith. They are refusing to allow themselves to be led back into the briars to be snared of the devil who would have them try to find God through their natural senses.
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Examining the Claims of a Failed Movement
This article is the lastest in our Straight Talk Series. As God zooms in tighter and tighter to expose the sins of the false religious system to free believers to the true covenant of Jesus Christ, the bride of Christ is learning for the first time to discern the true love of God from the lovesickness that grew out of the Laughter Movement and the False Prophetic Movement.
You might hear the Laughter Movement defended by these claims:
-- I learned the joy of God for the first time
-- I learned how to truly love God
-- I experienced a powerful presence of God
Are these moments of bliss created from the fabric of the flesh or is this the true love of God being expressed? Created moments of bliss leave you lovesick for Jesus while true charity is the mark of Christ in a living relationship with God where the love of God is manifested through the due process of the regeneration of the soul.
Why Lovesickness is not True Charity
Recently a prophet of their own, Jeremiah Johnson, wrote publically saying that he was experiencing “lovesickness” for Jesus. He promoted lovesickness to be a true fruit that was born of the movement he is a part of. He believes that lovesickness is a sign that God is visiting His church.
Johnson stated, “We were created with a longing to be wholehearted and abandoned to Jesus, and thus to know the joy of lovesickness… We soar in the joy of holy lovesickness. We long to possess the power to be abandoned to Him instead of being stuck in boredom, passivity, disloyalty, and compromise which leaves us broken and discontent. The anointing to receive the love of Jesus and then return it back to Him is the greatest gift that the Spirit imparts to our hearts!” [end quote]
What is Lovesickness?
Apostle Eric is going to address what the true anointing is in a separate teaching and I’m going to address the lovesick side of things. What is lovesickness and is it a true sign of a believer’s love and zeal for God? First of all, lovesickness is identified as an affliction, not a healthy love state. Wikipedia defines it well for us: “Lovesickness describes the informal syndrome of rejected or unrequited love or the absence of a loved one and covers physical as well as mental symptoms.”
One of the common symptoms of lovesickness is “longing” or “yearning” brought on by love that is unrequited. Meaning, love that is not reciprocated, which is exactly how Johnson describes his experience with the love of God saying, “We long to possess the power to be abandoned to Him”.
When in covenant with God the anointing is a normal part of your every day experience and a believer would not use the word “longing” to describe an experience that is currently a part of their every day living. Just like you wouldn’t say that you long to be outside when you are outside.
Here are a few helpful definitions for longing: “strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home; A strong persistent yearning or desire, especially one that cannot be fulfilled.” (dictionaryreference.com; freedictionary.com)
So when Johnson talks about longing for the anointing, he isn’t speaking from that place of experience. So when he states that “the anointing receives the love of Jesus and returns it back to Him”, the experience part is missing and this is why he describes his love for Jesus as “lovesickness”.
Believers who are in covenant with God are not afflicted with lovesickness or longing created by unrequited love. That is the experience of a believer trapped in the false religious system and is the reason why God has sent true apostles to restore to the church the original foundation of truth the Holy Spirit works with.
There’s been a habit of late seen in the camps of the uncircumcised to borrow language from the covenant that God has restored to the church to try to make that stick to the false doctrines they want to hang onto. The attempt there is to marry the false with the true in order to embellish doctrine that is sadly lacking substance.
When language is adopted to try to fit a particular profile to pretend to have truth, this interloping is an intential deception and is judged by God.
What is an Interloper?
God spoke to me in 1999 saying, “I will judge the interlopers”. What is an interloper?
I found this definition helpful: “One that trespasses on a trade monopoly, as by conducting unauthorized trade in an area designated to a chartered company.” (freedictionary.com)
Taken to covenant, an interloper is one who trespasses against the covenant of Jesus Christ and His government to conduct unauthorized and therefore unsanctified activity in the body of Christ. God established a type of monopoly when assigning salvation only through Jesus Christ. God determined that truth only comes through sanctified government. He thus addressed the habit of man to find his own way, to go around the covenant knowledge and stewardship to establish independent ministries and voices.
We also find that Christian authors and ministers invariably throw into their writing many words like “joy” and “holy” and “anointing” and “love” to try to hook believers and to paint themselves as carrying God’s authority.
But underneath this carefully-crafted, sanitized language, hides all the signs of a relationship with God gone wrong – a relationship that is based on bliss, not grace or truth or covenant or anything remotely associated with Jesus Christ.
The revival of revival meetings and awakening headlines is geared towards manipulating emotions to fabricate the presence of God. In the absence of grace and truth, a relationship with God is founded upon human passion and teaching is turned towards ways to enter into a blissful state that is then attributed to the anointing.
Being lovesick is when a person is caught up in this fantasy of a love of Jesus that exists only in the imagination. This imagination is not being reciprocated by the Holy Spirit – hence the longing.
They want their love for God to be ignited and remain ignited. They don’t want their love to soar and then plummet, so strategies are formed and meetings scheduled to generate sparks and fireworks so one can say they’ve entered into the “anointing”.
Just as the hands of a clock measures our lives in telling moments, so also do words speak clearly of our experience with God – or lack thereof and our discernment of truth – or lack thereof.
You Can Tell When a Person is Not in Covenant With God
Language is a very exact thing. In fact you can tell where a person comes from by listening to their accent. An example of that is seen in Judges 12:5-6 when the Spirit of the Lord moved upon a judge named Jephthah to quell the unjust anger of the Ephraimites.
5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
Their distinctive pronunciation revealed their true origin. And so it is with ministers of the false religious system. Their usage of words like “lovesick”, “longing”, and “anointing” reveals the place of lack from which they are speaking.
Let’s hit this point home a little harder. A man examines a hammer he just purchased and says, “This is a striking hammer!” A tradesman would look at him and wonder if he ever used a hammer before. He isn’t talking the trade.
The language of the Spirit is taught by apostles who are the tradesmen of Christ. Stewardship is the key to unlock the mystery of Christ. This is why apostles are master craftsmen. (1 Corinthians 3:10)
True Charity is Reciprocated in Kind
As God corrects the church through Apostle Eric vonAnderseck’s ministry and calling believers are learning again how to reciprocate the love of God “in kind” and learning how God sustains this love by the anointing.
Reciprocation in kind means that we return the love of God in the same manner in which it was received…
– unmixed with human emotions or passions that draw from the well of the human heart, which is deceitful and in need of healing.
- unmixed by the moral code, which scale reflects the heart of man and not the righteousness of Christ.
- unmixed by the God-Code, which drive and appetite of the soul speaks of self and not Christ.
Don’t worry, separating your love for God from your emotions, moral code, and God-Code is easy to do once the original foundation of truth is set within your heart. Be assured as well, that God is not getting rid of your emotions. Your emotions are still there. God just doesn’t need them for you to express the love of God through Jesus Christ.
You’re learning to distinguish the power of grace and how it is vastly different than passion motivated by the moral code or God-Code of the soul. It’s grace that generates faith and grace is found in the spiritual tools of the new covenant. The power of grace is experienced as a steady flow when the tools of the covenant are understood and used. Trying to create desire or generation longing for God is inflated grace – it is sensual and devilish (James 3:15; Jude 1:19)
You’re also learning to the language of the Spirit, speaking of the love of God from the voice of grace rather than emotion and dropping the accent of the flesh as it is not heard amongst the children of God.
Jesus Placed His Love on the Grounds of Covenant Truth
As truth becomes the defining point for discernment believers are again able to separate themselves to the covenant, stewardship, knowledge, and priesthood that God sanctified in Jesus’ blood.
Always remember: While the sanctified stewardship of God’s government directs faith to reciprocate the love of God on the grounds of truth, the unsanctified government places an excise tax on love by directing it to the flesh where faith is found to be in debt to the flesh — not liberated to Christ.
Jesus joined faith to His love by directing love to His truth. He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
A commandment is an ordered activity. God set order to our faith by giving us the tools and priesthood for the activity of faith to reflect Christ perfectly. God wants to focus your faith on truth because that is what the Holy Spirit uses to confirm Jesus Christ and His work within your heart.
There is a divine connection between LOVE and TRUTH. If you love me, observe My commandments and reciprocate according to My covenant. By this the servants of God are proved, whether our love is born of the flesh or born of God.
Is truth motivating your love for God or is the moral code motivating your love? When motives are weighed upon the scale of the moral code the heart confirms itself, calling this the anointing, which light of the flesh Jesus called darkness by saying, “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23)
The Laughter Movement promised to bring in a new era, but all it produced was fruitless trees in whom God does not take delight. To be truly anointed of God to bring correction to His body and bride, one must have the calling and foundation of truth laid within the heart to have the mind and heart of Christ.
Last Revised: 2015-06-21