Marsha Burns: Bind and Loose, Open and Shut

Does the Holy Spirit make mistakes? No. Therefore the mistakes would belong to the author, in this case Marsha Burns, wife of Bill Burns who is the Apostle and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle. She writes here on the Elijah List.

Marsha begins with quoting scripture - always a good start: Matthew 18:18 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. and then she continues by saying: Whatever you lock will be locked and whatever you open will be opened; whatever you prohibit will be prohibited and whatever you allow will be allowed. Is Marsha expanding the verse she's just quoted? Yes, but is it in a scriptural fashion? The verse Marsha has just quoted is ripped out of context. This verse is sandwiched between other verses which speak of people who are sinning. Jesus gives this verse as a warning that if we bind ourselves to our sin then it is bound in heaven and we will be answerable for that sin. Conversely, if we repent of our sin then we are loosed from our sin and it is loosed in heaven also, so that we no longer have to answer for it. In other words that sin which is bound, will not be covered by the righteousness of Jesus. But Marsha is a spiritual warfare fanatic and believes that this verse means that we can and must bind demons. This is a task that is nowhere mentioned in scripture. Jesus did not do it, Paul did not do it. John did not do it. Peter did not do it and nor Jude all of whom mention the demonic in some form or other. So it is open to question as to whether Marsha's view of this verse is scriptural.

A second point here is that Marsha's application of this verse is semi-pelagian at best. You lock; you open; you prohibit; you allow, she says. This is simply not scripture. These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the keys of David. What he opens no-one can shut. What he shuts no-one can open. I know you deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no-one can shut. Revelation 2 vv7-8a. Marsha has managed to speak exactly the opposite of what this verse says. There is however, a door that we must open: Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3 v20. It is a verse beloved of evangelists and rightly so since it is a picture of being born-again.

Marsha continues with: I think we might all have the idea that God opens the doors or windows automatically for us to receive good things rather than us opening the doors that exist in Heaven (spirit realm). So Marsha blows holes in the long held view that it is the Lord opening doors because we must open them ourselves. Later in this same Elijah List offering Marsha gives a prophecy from the Lord where she says: I will open doors before you, and you will behold new vistas and prospects for the future that you really never dreamed of. So which is it Marsha, do we open doors or does the Lord do it for us? This is a complete contradiction. What is the spirit realm? This sounds suspiciously occultic.

She continues by quoting lots of scriptures, regarding doors and then Marsha says: The Lord has told us that we are in the season of the "Open Door." I believe this is the time when we will have revelation that will enable us to open and shut more effectively. So here we are back to opening and shutting the doors for ourselves. It is the season of the "Open Door". Marsha is a dominionist and one of their buzz words is "season". In this "season" we are going to be taught how to open and shut doors! Why are we so special that millions of Christians in the past did not get this teaching?

Now she says: Here's what I would like to see us do as a Body of Believers. I have already done this for myself:

  1. Identify the areas where the doors have been open to the devil to bring curses, sickness, poverty, opposition. Break the assignments in Jesus' name (by His power and shed Blood). And, the most important thing is to bind him and shut the door on the attack. We have learned the importance of shutting the door to stop the attack. We do this deliberately and in faith.
  2. Then identify the areas where the doors have been shut against the promises of God for things that you need like healing, prosperity, opportunity, favor, etc. Write those down and keep them. Then, move into the spirit realm by focusing on the Lord and knowing His will for your needs.
So here is Martha in spiritual warfare mode. We identify, we break the assignments we bind him and we shut the door, we do this deliberately, we move into the spirit realm. This is works in order to obtain God's blessing and that is semi-pelagianism. So whose words do you believe: Marsha's or the Holy Spirit's?

When will these people realise that all these spiritual warfare techniques, whether it is generational curses, spiritual mapping, claiming the land, staking the land, prayer walks, binding and loosing and the rest don't work. C. Peter Wagner, Marsha Burns and every other dominionist, listen, they don't work, they never will work, they cannot work. Why? because none of it is in scripture. None of it! You are binding yourselves and your followers to something ungodly and it is being bound in heaven against you!

16th July 2011.

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