believes that whilst he was in heaven he had a long conversation with
the “Apostle Paul.” This cannot have been the real
St Paul though as this spirit tells him “I fell short of all
that I was called to do”, (p132), “I did not walk in all
that was available to me”, (p. 134), “I fell short of
the highest purposes that I could have walked in”, (p.132).
This buttressed Joyner in his belief that his new revelations are
greater than St Pauls and the other New Testament Apostles. Joyner
believes that he has discovered, and is operating in, a superior form
of spirituality to them. This spirit also tells Joyner that we should
only use “the gospels” for “teachings as a foundation” (p.
134), not the other two thirds of the New Testament. This would mean
the book of Acts, and all the Epistles written by the Apostles right
through to the Book of Revelations cannot be trusted for such teaching.
However these other books make up over two thirds of the New Testament
and are the only parts of the bible that teach on the baptism in the
Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, being led by the Holy Spirit, the
gifts of the Spirit, sanctification, the fivefold ministries, church
leadership and the last days teaching contained in the book of Revelations.
These scriptures therefore contain essential foundational teachings
for the church. If we abandon these the body of Christ will be left
wide open to false teachings and erroneous practices in all of these
areas and open to deceptive New Age counterfeit forms of spirituality.
Joyner even believes his new revelations are superior to the Book
of Revelations which God gave to St John. In a vision Joyner is told
by an angel named Wisdom that he is in the “third heaven,” Joyner
then asks this angel “was John’s revelation part of the
third heaven?” to which this angel replies, “Part of Johns
revelation was from the third heaven, but most of it was from the
second heaven,” (p. 45), implying that only part of the Book
of Revelations comes from a source as high as Joyner’s revelations.
Although Joyner tells his audience that he accepts the bible as the
final authority there is repeated evidence that he does not really
believe this. The spirit that represents itself as St Paul also tells
Joyner that, “We can neither add to
or take away from what we
planted in the earth, but you can,” “You are now our hope,” (p.
135), “you still have much writing to do” (p. 135), “go
higher”, (135). We will see throughout “The Final Quest” though
that as Joyner attempts to “go higher” he inadvertently
moves into false teaching and deceptive occult forms of spirituality.
Joyner calls his followers to also seek after and use unbiblical forms
of spiritual gifting in their spiritual warfare against more bible
based Christians in response to his call for them to focus on fighting
a ”Great Christian Civil War”, (p.22).
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some
will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines
of demons,” ( 1 Tim 4: 1).