Dear Andrew, I appreciate you sending me the article "Why I Oppose The 'Civil War'". I think that I do understand your position. However, there are some serious misunderstandings in it. Your treatment of the "American prophetic movement" for example is very inaccurate. I think that one of the greatest deceptions that we as human beings are under is the tendency to judge other groups by their most extreme elements, or to lump many diverse groups together into one so as to judge them all the same. There are many "prophetic movements" in America that are very different from each other, though there is generally a mutual respect and honor between them. I have never been part of the Vineyard, though I did minister at Vineyard conferences a few times, and have always appreciated them. I have never been a part of the movement that originated in Kansas City, though I have the highest regard for them. I think that there are many other misunderstandings that you have in your article, most of them the result of such over-generalizations, which I think you were prone to in your reading of my article. Even so, I agree with much of what you said, and always have. However, I think that you should consider, that even though it was important for David to react to Saul the way that he did, "There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David..." (II Sam.3:11) - You might want to read chapter 2 & 3 of II Sam. If you are going to use such analogies). I also think that some of your own statements will be considered as arrows fired against brothers in just such a conflict. Most unfortunately, this war is already upon us. You have already shown that you will take sides, but are you really taking the side that you should be on? We are not warring against flesh and blood, and God forbid that we should see any brother as an enemy, even if they are trapped in deception, but just as I witnessed recently in Central Europe, this has been going on for a long time now, the present reformation of the church will rend many hearts, and organizations, just as the previous ones have, but truth will prevail. The end result, even between the houses of Saul and David, will be a true union of them. Yours In Him, Rick Joyner.
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