Once there was a cad named Haman.
Folks said he was quite the shaman.
What a spiritual counterfeit!
The real thing? Well, he wasn't it!
This man was always full of blame,
And loved his enemies to shame.
To him it was a vicious game.
For violence was his middle name.
Whenever someone made him mad,
He'd set him up. Then he'd be glad.
Through phony miracles he'd elate
The crowds. They said, "He's someone great."
Through witchcraft he'd manipulate
The various sundry heads of state.
For with the rulers he would dine,
Offering smooth talk as his wine.
King Ahaseurus, like the church,
Was one of those left in the lurch.
He thought this Haman very great,
Gave him the title 'Heavy Weight,'
And never questioned what he said.
Like candy, Haman filled his head
With doubts about the king's true friends.
"Those friends will never make amends,"
Said Haman. "They just want your money.
Look at them! It isn't funny.
Those 'faith healers' are to blame
For all your ills. It's quite a shame."
Just listen to them 'name and claim.'
Oh, how they have abused God's name!
You cannot trust a single one.
Let's shoot them all, and have it done."
So, like the church, the king did cry,
"Those phonies simply have to die!
This witch hunt will begin right now!
Before you, Haman, men must bow.
There will be no more miracles
Until we're rid of all these ills.
To help me carry out this thing,
I'll give to you my signet ring."
And so the plot went on as planned,
And every miracle was banned.
Instead they sought out wizardry
Through 'harmless' forms of sorcery,
Such as dark movies sporting Harry.
(Harmless dude? He's pretty scary).
Excusing it, they said, "The Lord
would never want us to be bored.
To miracles we've been turned off.
They make too many men to scoff.
If miracles are of the devil,
Then in him we'll choose to revel."
But Mordecai was God's true man.
And he sent Esther with a plan
To go and speak unto the king.
He told her, "Tell him everything."
So this is what I've come to say.
The Lord I know I must obey.
He says, "Fear me. Do not fear man.
Go, warn the church of Haman's plan."
So here's the message:
Men operating in false spiritual gifts open the door for a critical spirit (Haman) to enter into the church. When this happens, the natural knee-jerk reaction of leaders (Ahaseurus) is to agree with Haman and kill the flow of spiritual gifts (such as prophecy, tongues and healing) in the church.
Spiritual gifts can't flow in an atmosphere of distrust and disillusionment, for God wants His people unified - in truth, not error. For some, error comes through not knowing the scriptures. For others it comes through not knowing the power of God.
Unfortunately, by failing to deal with the Hamans of this world, the church has left its first love, which is Christ. We need to take time to get to know Him and do the works the church did at first, which were the miracles: healing the sick, raising the dead, and casting out devils. The devil does not like miracles, because they lead people to Christ, as the healing of the cripple in Acts chapter 3 caused many to be saved all at one time.
Because the church as a whole has suppressed rather than sought after the greater spiritual gifts, it is in danger of losing its relevance for today. That's why many Christians seek books on wizards and witchcraft for "entertainment." They want a powerful God, the God who does miracles, but they are looking for Him in the wrong places. This tragedy has been going on before our very eyes.
But what can the church do about it? Well, we must do as Esther did. Rather than closing our eyes and pretending that the counterfeits don't exist, we need to pray, fast, and confront them head on. Rather than hold people back from operating in gifts of healing, miracles, or deliverance, we need to teach them how to discern between what's genuine and what's not. Because if we don't, deliverance will come from another place, but we will pay the price.