At Whose Feet, Are YOU Lying Down?


Tonight, looking across the scene of the world’s largest ministries, the question arose in my heart –  Why is there not a single ministry who has someone more Anointed than the person who has been leading the ministry for the past 30 years?

How come the founder remains the most “powerful” man around for 20 and 30 years?

Is there none more Anointed than they are?

Is there none carrying an equal, or even a greater degree of Glory than them, that could have been groomed to come to the foreground after all those many years?

Having been offered the ‘golden” opportunity to become a part of one of these world famous American ministries, some years ago, with the promise of great international open doors,  I can tell you why.

In order to qualify you are expected to attend “their” Bible school in order to be brought into line with their thinking and beliefs.

In other words, you are being set up to be brainwashed and controlled, so that whatever may be ‘more’ that you have received from the LORD, will be brought under control.

The plain truth is, that none of these “great ministries” and their ministers will touch anyone who carries a pure and uncontrolled Anointing from God……

That prospect scares them – because what they cannot control, may turn out to overshadow them – which is a big no-no!

They will gladly have you, so long as they may control your reach and keep you at bay, making sure you will never pass them by!

They will keep you around as a “son” making sure that you remain under the control of your “father”.

Unless your pastor or ministry leader, mentor, or whatever you want to call him or her, does not have a vision to see God use you in an exceedingly greater way than themselves, and unless they do not want you to reach further and to become more, investing in you for that purpose – you will never go any further than the leach that they control you with!

Secondly – you will never enter any of these ministries or ministry schools without having the purity of God’s calling and Anointing upon your life being compromised or manipulated, in one way or another.

I will never forget the words of this “famous” preacher, glaring in my direction after it became apparent to him that I was not going to join his “gang” …  “Some people have really good hearts, but they unfortunately don’t understand how things work…..”

Ironically I understood exactly “how things worked” and that what was expected of me was to come and lay down at the master of the house’s feet, to get my head rubbed!

God spared me from becoming a part of the circus circuit.

Has it been difficult to do it outside of the “system“?  It has been “brutally” difficult!

I can truly say that I have come to experience some of what the apostles did, in having to climb vertically on many occasions!

But I come out un-compromised, pure, truthful, and I believe, faithful to the LORD and to His Kingdom.

I have made up my mind a long time ago, that I would choose God’s purity in ministry and in my life a million times over, than having to compromise for the sake of any promise of position or fame.

I sincerely hope, that as a young minister – you will do the same!


~ Johann van der Hoven

Johann van der HovenJohann van der Hoven is in South Africa.  He has been serving the LORD in ministry since 1991 and has hosted numerous apostolic revival meetings in South Africa and in South America.  He also currently pioneers a organic church planting movement across South Africa.  For more information about him and his ministry visit Fellowship of Believers or Revival.

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At Whose Feet, Are YOU Lying Down? — 1 Comment

  1. Halleluyah!Thanks Pastor Johann for being faithful, loving Yahuyah,honest and transparent.A great role model.Yah bless.