Christian Media Network: A Cult of Gnosticism


Prophecy for Sale by Craig Portwood




There have been throughout the history of Christianity men who have sought to inject new scriptures and new doctrines into the Christian faith. Apocryphal writings such as the The Gospel of Thomas, The Apocryphon of James, Bel and the Dragon and others. These uninspired writings have taken many souls away from the truth of God's word, leading many astray in the spirit of Gnosticism. A gnostic religious-philosophical movement flourished during the first several centuries of the Christian era, and within 100 years of Christ's death and resurrection, Gnosticism gained many zealous Christian converts in the area of Alexandria and across the ancient Mediterranean world. As we move further in history from his first coming, and much closer to his second advent, the apostasy of cults claiming special extra Biblical knowledge has grown in strength. Few who are caught in it's grip will ever recognize the truth until it is too late. 


There are an estimated 3,000 cults in the world today. Many of them are what some would call "traditional cults" which include such organizations as the "Moonies", The Hare Krishna group and the Church of Scientology. There are also what might be termed "traditional Christian cults" such as the Church of the Latter Day Saints" (Or Mormons), The Jehovah Witnesses and the Christian Science movement. These are fairly large organizations which, because of the size of their membership have been accepted by many to be mainstream religions. Some groups such as Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses use Christianity as a platform upon which to build doctrines and teaching radically different from what we are taught in the Bible. Others such as Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox have taken the Bible and infused it with pagan based rituals and traditions, and have made the scripture "of no effect."


The fact that there can be such entities as large "Christian" cults (some having millions of members), is an indication of the extent to which Christianity has degenerated since God sent his only begotten Son with the message of redemption through His shed blood, being the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole of humanity. When man begins to turn to his heart towards seeking God and perseveres, despite Satan's attempts to deceive him into rejecting God; Satan changes his tactic and attempts to subvert God's "church" from within.


We need only look to the example of God's first covenant with his people Israel and consider what became of the priestly class known in the New Testament as the Pharisees, as an example of how the Devil corrupts the worship of the true and living God. Proud self righteous men, zealous in their practice yet bereft of spiritual understanding corrupting the true meaning of God's Holy word for personal gain with pomp and pseudo-piety, oblivious to the hypocrisy of their vain worship.


In these end times, there has arisen another breed of Christian cult, using a new approach, yet following the same old pattern as their predecessors, which feeds upon the disaffection of those who recognize in their spirit the lifelessness of today's organized church, and who, because of their superficial understanding of God's word, are not able to identify, yet have an awareness of the lethality of the doctrines proffered in the contemporary structure of what is called Christianity, and are therefore ripe for plunder. Better than any other, Christian Media represents this type of cult today.There are no doubt many supporters of this cult, and perhaps others who are casually acquainted with Christian Media who would take issue with that assessment. 


Although James Lloyd has attempted to refute this observation by simplistic statements that he doesn't have a large number of people living with him on his ranch in the mountains above Jacksonville, Oregon and owns no Rolls Royce automobiles, this canard holds no water. What after all are the essential elements of a cult, and how closely does Christian Media follow the cultic model? These questions are the central issues which will be examined in this chapter. The examination of the cultic nature of Christian Media must be laborious, as the cultic doctrines James Lloyd has fabricated, have been painstakingly assembled, over a period of many years. Likewise, his dogma cannot be unraveled by a superficial perusal. Although there is no simple criteria, for the sake of brevity we will reduce the indices to a few basic qualities most cultic groups share. In their most basic form they can be enumerated as follows:


1. One strong indication of cultic practice is that a cult is centered around a specific authority figure and his teachings or interpretations. Contrast this with the edit God gives us in Exodus 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me", the first commandment.


We should be very suspicious when anyone suggests that we should have a human leader.
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Any other leader who says in words or by implication, "Follow me" takes a position only Jesus deserves. 


There is not one case in the history of Christianity where the church was ruled by one person. In fact there is a severe rebuke to Diotrephes in 3 John 9 for his attempts to single-handedly control the church. Yet cults ignore this example. The cult of Christian Science for example, revolves around the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, Mormonism revolves around the teachings of Joseph Smith, and so on. Some might say that Christianity revolves around the leadership of Jesus Christ, and that is true. However, there is one significant difference in a cult. Jesus Christ is God and is the center of worship of genuine Christianity. The same can not be said for cultic organizations.


John the Baptist said of Jesus in John 3:30 "He must increase, but I must decrease."


This deviation from the authority of Christ, however subtle, is probably the the most essential qualification of any cult. Cult leaders exercise authority and take control of their followers through intimidation of one kind or another. The form this intimidation takes at Christian Media is the "authority" James Lloyd proclaims has been granted him by God, which he uses to justify his verbally abusive tirades against all who question him. The implication is that if you don't share his vision, you are hopelessly destined for eternal hell. He is "a prophet" by his own estimation, although he toned that rhetoric down after his Grand False Prophecy of 1998, (referred to in chapter 2 ) and now either calls himself a prophecy "teacher", or what is even more absurd a "prophecy figure" (which sounds kind of like what they call those dolls which have been marketed to young boys- "Action Figures"!). His only "evidence" of this "anointing" is his proud attitude (he calls what he does on the radio "Prophecy with an attitude" ) and his voluminous production of written material, much of it purporting to be "bible prophecy".


2. Another indication of cultic practice is that a cult looks to some extra-Biblical source of authority, perhaps a set of writings it regards as equally authoritative and inspired as the Bible, for guidance, even though they may claim they believe in the Holy Bible.


The Mormons for example, will SAY they believe the Bible, but they will be anxious to let you know that they have FURTHER REVELATION in the form of the Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, etc., which they also consider inspired. James Lloyd follows this model, and boldly utters proclamations which he claims are the only "true" interpretation of the Holy Bible. In the personality cult of James Lloyd, his writings form the core of belief which his followers must accept, or they are "following the spirit of error". The doctrines of the cult of James Lloyd are enumerated in the many audio tapes which he sells, and his "Foundational Prophetic Work" "Beyond Babylon".


These doctrines are taught as if they were on par with the Holy Bible, and the "interpretation" he ascribes to the scriptures (colored by his writings) generally supercede the plain teaching of the word of God. Since it is difficult to separate the apocryphal writings of Christian Media from the teachings of James Lloyd contained therein, we will examine one doctrine of the "Prophecy Figure", which is dependant upon the interpretation of scripture contained in "Beyond Babylon". Any organization that incorporates any writing other than the Bible for its authoritative teaching is cultic. Having corrupted the sole authority of Scripture, they will more than likely also corrupt the teachings of Scripture.


One such teaching tendered at Christian Media which is sacrosanct among the "faithful", is that the long awaited "Antichrist" can be none other than the 6th Secretary General of the United Nations. As one might expect, the required extrapolation is found in the extra biblical book "Beyond Babylon", written by James Lloyd. As following the pattern of all of the other "prophecies" contained therein, it depends upon a long spiraling path of "circular logic", and cannot be debunked with a shallow examination. The following presentation, detailed as it is, is made with as much brevity as possible.


On a superficial level, there is a certain "logic" to that supposition, which seems valid as long as there is no critical scrutiny applied to it. Once it is examined objectively using the Bible, the supposition crumbles without scriptural support. We do have scripture which implies that the man Christians have referred to as the Antichrist will rule a world empire of one sort or another, and the U.N. satisfies that requirement. The problem is that to make his case, he must stretch the scriptures to make them fit his prophetic model. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in his opposing doctrines of "Prophetic Parallels" and "Role Reversals". These doctrines though contradictory, are used together to explain why he is certain that the False Prophet and the Antichrist must be the current Pope of Rome and the 6th secretary General of the U.N. Boutros Boutros Ghali. In the book of Revelation the Antichrist is described in chapter 17, verses 10 and 11:


"And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition"


The Antichrist will need a world governmental body under which to operate. James Lloyd argues that, since Boutros Ghali was the 6th Secretary General of the United Nations, (the U.N. being the present form of world government), that he will be the 8th also, fulfilling this scripture. However, as Mr. Lloyd himself will admit, there seems to be three iterations (or manifestations as he likes to call them) of major occurrences in bible prophecy. One cannot then ignore the fact that since there has already been one manifestation of world government which has already passed (the League of Nations), and we see the second manifestation presently (the United Nations), there must be a third manifestation as well.


This James Lloyd has not yet disputed, however if you consider the fact that World Government represents the Beast system, and the fact that there were THREE HEADS of that Beast before the founding of the United Nations (Sir Eric Drummond, who was later named Lord Perth, Joseph Avenol, and Sean Lester who held that post until the organization was disbanded in 1946) the count now stands at TEN HEADS that the Beast has had since it's birth on January 10th 1920. Do the Secretaries General of both the League of Nations and the united Nations now become the TEN HORNS or do they become the TEN KINGS instead?


Perhaps there will be a total of 8 Heads in the next New World Order Organization which will eliminate Boutros Ghali from the running as the Antichrist. Either way you look at it, Ghali was not the 6th head, but the 9th.Reasoning further that according to the Book of Exodus, chapter 7:7, Moses and Aaron were 80 and 83 years old respectively when they stood before the Pharaoh of the Book of Exodus, and he cites his teaching of prophetic parallels as "proof", that since his candidates for the False Prophet and the Antichrist are also 3 years apart in age, and will be 83 and 80 years old (respectively) between May 18th and November 14th of 2003, they fit the model. (Boutros Ghali was born November 14, 1922, "The Pope" was born May 18th, 1920).


This also serves as his basis for predicting (without scriptural evidence) that the great tribulation will begin after the Pope turns 83 years old in May of this year, but before Boutros Ghali reaches 81 years old in November of 2003. This is every bit as "logical" as his prediction that the tribulation would begin at the "destruction of America" on July 4th of 1998, which James Lloyd still maintains was of God. God has once again repudiated James Lloyd's "prophecies" in 2003, when Lloyd "predicted" that the Great Tribulation would begin in (A) June of 2003, (B) by July 4th, 2003, (C) and before November 14, 2003 (Ghali's 82nd birthday). None of the events Lloyd "prophesied" actually occurred.


We can safely assume, since it is impossible for God to lie, if God predicts something to occur, then it must come to pass as it is predicted. Any error, no matter how insignificant it may seem, reveals the prophecy is not of God. Should it fail to come to pass or come to pass in a way inconsistent with the manner of the prophecy, then that prophecy is not of God.Of course, neither Moses nor Aaron were Pharaoh. They were God's servants. This obvious inconvenience is easily sidestepped through the magic of his doctrine of "prophetic role reversals". This interpretative slight of hand is akin to having a shirt that doesn't quite go with the jacket, an obvious faux pas. Through this creative reasoning, one need only turn the jacket inside out and presto, you have a marketable product!


Of course it's more complicated than that. To participate in this Spiritual Egyptian Pyramid scheme, you must also accept the proposition, that the Antichrist is an Egyptian, that the scriptures describe him as Leviathan, and that his failure to be reelected after his term as Secretary General, is "the deadly wound" that "the Beast" (which seems to speak of the Antichrist) receives.


There is also that stubborn fact that must be faced that Boutros Ghali is still alive, but, if you accept his argument that it represents a "diplomatic deadly wound", it only takes a few more small leaps of faith to arrive at the same conclusion that he professes to believe. He recently referred to the rejection by the United States of the diplomatic efforts of the United Nations Security Council, to avoid the second Gulf war as using the same term, "The Diplomatic Deadly Wound."


Lloyd further reasons:


(A) that the name "Boutros" means "Peter", who is believed among Roman Catholics to be the first "Pope", and


(B) that since the Antichrist must contend with Islam, and the Shi'iah Moslems expect a "Messiah figure" as well, in the end times who according to James Lloyd, "...must have some connection to the name Ali...", and


(C) since his last name Ghali contains the name "Ali", (which "Shi'iah" Moslems maintain was the rightful successor of their 1st "prophet" Mohammed), and considering the fact that


(D) Moslems expect their "Messiah" to be a descendant of "Fatima" (which dovetails with (E) the supposed apparition in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 of the Roman Catholic "deity" Mary, who has acquired the title of "Our Lady of Fatima")... it all "adds up" in the mind of the "Prophecy Figure", (and in the minds of those whom he has seduced).


If that made you dizzy trying to follow the reasoning, take a break, take a breath or two of fresh air. Then consider a few FACTS that James Lloyd either doesn't know, or didn't consider.


To begin with:


1. The Shiites represent only 10% of the Moslem population. Certainly any Antichrist worth his salt would be enough of a politician to pander to the other 90% instead.


2. According to Shiite tradition, their "Messiah", whom they call Al Mahdi (the guided one), will be descended from Fatima, and will be called Mohammed and not Ali. He is also known as the "12th Imam".


3. They also believe that the 12th imam, Mohammed ibn al-Hanifiyah disappeared c.875 A.D. and will return.


4. It is accepted that he will be a young man, with medium height, very handsome, with black hair, as opposed to an old man in his 80's such as Ghali.


5. They also teach that the Mahdi will not come in an odd-numbered year, such as would be the case in the James Lloyd 2003 fantasy.


6. There is no scripture which even hints at an Antichrist named after THE APOSTLE PETER!

7. There is NO PRECEDENT in the word of God, which allows for the use of pagan writings to support any interpretation of Bible prophecy!


Of course, as Christians we are to reject pagan superstition, but if James Lloyd is going to use the writings of Islam to support his "prophecy" he should at least play by the rules of the superstition which he uses as his "proof-text".


These "prophecies" can only be accepted by the flock if they accept what is being told them without using their critical thinking skills. James Lloyd depends upon his victims ignorance, and lack of diligence. The uninformed and unknowledgeable, the unstudied and lazy are all ripe for the picking.


There are of course many other core teachings of Christian Media which depend upon the teachings of James Lloyd and which ignore the straight reading of the Bible. Though they focus on differing explanations of bible prophecy, they all share one trick.


The trick to making the unsuspecting sheep swallow all this, is to coat it with emotional phrasing and to keep the story moving so fast that one cannot possibly follow the argument, like the street hustler's game of " 3 card Monte." 


The only way for a "Prophecy Student" to follow it, is to purchase the tape sets, the books, and other "products" and listen to them, read them, and "study" them over and over again until through repetition, the process of brainwashing begins to bear fruit. It also bears a great financial reward for James Lloyd. (If you like card tricks, you don't have to risk your soul. Here is one that will cost you nothing.) 


The technique he uses to fool his followers, is to keep making predictions, regardless of how many prove to be uninspired. This is the Jean Dixon / Edgar Cayce gambit. Make enough predictions with a liberal interpretation as to their fulfillment, and something eventually will "stick", and you can claim the office of "Psychic, Seer, or Prophet".


As someone who also made plenty of money exploiting superstitious Christians, Jean Dixon had her own Egyptian Antichrist prediction, which James Lloyd seems to have stolen (there is after all, no honor among thieves!).


In the book "A Gift of Prophecy" by Ruth Montgomery, published in 1965, we are told that in a "vision", Jean Dixon "saw" a child that was born on February 5, 1962 in the Middle East. She "saw" that this child was descended from Queen Nefertiti and her pharaoh husband Amenhotep IV of Egypt, who was an "enlightened" pharaoh who began a monotheistic sun-worship religion in Egypt which was very different from the polytheistic religion then practiced in Egypt.


Jean Dixon's vision "saw" that this child would bring a universal world religion and world peace around year 2000. Jean Dixon also "saw" a cross growing above this man, until it covered the entire earth.


Just as Lloyd used "logic" to convince his marks that he has a "Gift of Prophecy", so did Dixon. Among her arguments, she maintained that Feb. 5 1962 was a very unusual date Astrologically, since there were 7 planets grouped in the sign of Aquarius, within 17 degrees, on the same day as a solar eclipse. The key to selling this spiritual sleight of hand is to keep the sucker watching the left hand while the right hand is busy sweeping the pieces which don't fit under the rug. By taking the listener through an arduous biblical journey, up over and around all the contextual clues to the contrary, round and round, he eventually hypnotizes the less sophisticated believers using the brainwashing techniques described in the previous chapter.


The skill with which he performs this prophetic parlor trick can indeed be entertaining, but requires the audience to have more faith in the prestidigitation of the side-show magician, than they have in the power of God Himself. It's a pleasant diversion, but is it prophecy? Who does this serve? The Lord of Glory or the pride and avarice of man? A true spiritual leader will always point you away from the ways of man and toward Jesus. We should always compare the teachings of man with those of the scriptures.


There are many other teaching which issue forth from the mouth of this "bible teacher" which border on blasphemy. Take for instance his teaching on the place where demons reside called the abyss, the deep, outer darkness, and the bottomless pit. James Lloyd teaches (through his divine revelation) that this bottomless pit or abyss is outer space. He claims that this area also called outer darkness, is not in the center of the earth but in the vast reaches of what are called in the bible, the heavens. Even the most rudimentary studies of the word pit will tell you that a pit is dug from the earth. His confusion is evident upon its face unless one is mesmerized by his hype that he is a great prophet. This confusion is caused by three assumptions of logic. Number 1: Space is dark, number 2: Space has no bottom (that man can ascertain), and three: that the word "outer" must mean in space (nothing man knows of is deeper that outer space).


If we just take his word for it without examining the bible, one can be easily misled. However, in the light of scripture taken IN CONTEXT, his argument holds no water. Lets examine the meaning of these words, Bottomless Pit. The bottomless pit is mentioned in Revelation, chapter 9 as the place from which the demons and their king, (named in the Hebrew tongue Abaddon) ascends. That one does not ascend from the sky but instead, descends should be obvious, but that is what James Lloyd teaches on the subject. Revelation 11:7 also tells us this is the place from which The Beast which kills the Two Witnesses will come.


Bottomless: Strong's Number 12.


1) bottomless

2) unbounded

3) the abyss

a) the pit

b) the immeasurable depth

c) of Orcus, a very deep gulf or chasm in the lowest parts of the earth used as the common receptacle of the dead and especially as the abode of demons!

Now let's see what the bible says about the deep.


When Christ was about to cast out demons we are told in Luke 8:31: "And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep."


Of the place where the dead are, we are told in Romans10:7:" Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)"


Now we will see what the Word of God says about the phrase outer darkness:


Matthew 8:12 "But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Will they be cast into Heaven? 


Matthew 22:13 "Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 

25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


But will there be weeping in Heaven? Revelation 21:4: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."


All these places seem to describe the place where DEMONS reside. If this refers to OUTER SPACE, from whence shall CHRIST come upon his return?


Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Are we certain though that heaven speaks of outer space. Well, where are the stars but outer space?


1st Chronicles 27:23 But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the LORD had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens.


God mentioned the stars in his promise to Abraham. Genesis 5:15: And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.


So the stars are in the heavens. But where does Christ come from again?


Matthew 26:64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.


Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.


Does Christ then come from the bottomless pit? Does God make his habitation with the Demons? Do we pray, Our Father, which art in the bottomless pit?


This idea that the heavens are the bottomless pit of Hell, and that the outer darkness of the deep from whence the unclean spirits come is pure blasphemous garbage. The entire idea that God lives with the evil spirits dwell shows the depth of James Lloyd's cavalier attitude toward biblical interpretation, and should make his keen lack of spiritual perception obvious to any sincere believer who is willing to trust the bible over the capricious utterances of a man who has demonstrated nothing so completely as his desire to sell a product using the Holy Bible as a commercial platform.


But the bottomless pit couldn't be in the Earth could it? Well, ask yourself this question: how far would one need to dig into the Earth to reach its bottom? Answer: there is no bottom, because you will only end up at it's surface should you be able to dig that far. Folks, if there is anything you should know about the Earth at all, it would have to be the fact that THE EARTH IS ROUND!


The Earth no more has a bottom than a round room has a corner. Yet there are many Christians who are willing to accept this kind of specious reasoning because of the novelty. The saddest thing is that they are led astray because they do not critically compare such "prophecies" to what God has told us in the bible.


We are told in the book of Acts of a group of believers who were not afraid to confront possible heresy, and we are told that they were commended for their measuring the reports of men with the testimony of God.


Acts 17:11 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so".


Unfortunately, there are some people who have for one reason or another, a deep seated need to be led. In the world today, many people are conned into trusting mere men to show them the way to a deeper, more profound understanding of the mysteries of God. There are many "ministries" having charismatic leaders who seem to be willing to tell their hapless followers whatever they want to hear, all for the wealth and glory it affords them. The amount of money involved is staggering, all of it tax free, and the temptation to abuse the "authority" which the well meaning but naive believers ascribe to the "Religious Leaders" is overwhelming to most who are themselves seduced by the intoxicating twin spirits of the desire for lucre and a yearning, usually unacknowledged, to be raised up in the sight of the sheep.


The most dangerous of these soothsayers of the spirit of this world, haughtily proclaim themselves to be "prophets", mistake the pride of life and arrogance of the flesh for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Succumbing to the illusion that they themselves have created, and in their self deception justify their attempts to pervert the word of God, in a lucrative yet damning drive, to accumulate worldly wealth at the peril of their eternal souls. Adding sin to sin, they construct prophetic doctrines using fables and fiction to augment the lack of biblical support their dogmas enjoy, claiming spiritual authority to add and remove portions of scripture by proxy. Few apocryphal writings have attempted to wed pagan mythology to scripture to the extent that "Beyond Babylon" has, and few false prophets can make a bigger claim in this dubious distinction than James Lloyd. We should always be on our guard against those who would dilute the Bible.


Anytime we encounter someone who adds to God's Word (whether in writing or in doctrine), subtracts from it (whether in writing or in doctrine), insists another book or teacher is needed in order to understand it, red flags should be raised in our minds.


2 Tim 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."


The Bible warns against being seduced by such doctrines and also issues a strong warning to those who would allow their pride and avarice to deceive them into embracing this deadly practice of adding to God's Holy Writ.


Revelation 22:18-20:


For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, YASHUA.


We are all free to choose whom we will believe, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna or God. But with freedom comes a consequence for all who reject the Biblical truth for another of our own choosing. God gives all of us free will, but for that greater part of humanity which rejects sound knowledge given by God in favor of the teachings of man, it comes with a price, and few see it coming until it's too late to correct course. You can accept the price YASHUA paid as a ransom for your soul, or you can take it lightly and pay it yourself.


The choice and the consequence are yours.


Choose well.





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