By Pam Sheppard
I find that the easiest people for me to work with in regards to rational, commonsense conversations concerning the evils within the institutional church and the fact that their own local church is not immune from Satanic deception, is when someone contacts me who is in torment, and who also is suffering from the delusion that they are born again. Does not the bible declare that “God did not give us a spirit of fear and of torment, but He gave us a sound mind.” So if your mind is not sound and you are in torment, it becomes clear and logical to ask the question, “How could I possibly be born again?
Furthermore, if you’ve been in a local church for several years , and the leadership still has not recognized your problems, nor have they helped you with them, it becomes a lot easier to ask yourself “how could God be in there?” When a churchgoer starts to think outside his or her religious box, the result is that he or she is free to also to take note of how many people in his local church are patients in the mental health system or the substance abuse system with all kinds of strange health and medical problems, yet healing and deliverance is consistently preached. Finally, when you are free in your mind to consider that the pastor’s family is not delivered, aren’t these apparent contradictions signs that God is not there?
I find it best to reason with the deceived, rather than use the bible as a weapon to “bang, bang, bang, bang” folk over their heads. People need to be encouraged to operate with a sound mind so as to come to their own conclusions. When a sound mind is delivered from the bondage of passivity, churchgoers will pose their own questions like ” how is this happening , and why is that not happening?”Church folk quickly pick up the lingo, and will go about declaring “I’m blessed! I’m blessed, I’ve got this, I’ve got that, so I’m blessed!” And most of the time, they either really don’t believe that; or they are in serious bondage to a delusion. And so, when I hear such a declaration, I enquire “what does it mean to be blessed? ” I will do a church folk thing and ask “how does the bible define the nature of being blessed?” For example, in Psalm 1. “Blessed is the man (or woman) that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.” And then, I share with them that what their church is preaching is ungodly counsel. As the most important example of ungodly counsel, you have been taught that you can accept God. The truth is that if you are to be born again, God has already chosen YOU and not the other way around.
Then Psalm 1 continues with not walking in the counsel of the ungodly, or standeth in the way of sinners. Then I would ask the question, “Can you tell the difference between the folk in your local church and sinners by the way they look, the way they operate, the way they talk, the places that they go? this is a subject for yet another post.
“Or sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” One of the things I get the churchgoer to notice is that the devil loves to mock the church and people who present themselves as the pillars of the church. For example, with Benny Hinn, they haven’t been able to find anybody of all those people that he has waved his hands at, or prayed for, or declared healed. Among all those thousands upon thousands of people. the last I heard is that there is no proven record that even ONE really got healed.
So I think its important to ask church folk who come our way this important question. “What is the I. C. really doing for you? Why do you say you’re blessed? Are you really? Is there any fear and torment operating in you or in your family? Are you in captivity to the devil? How can you be in captivity to the devil and you go to church every time the doors are open? Why are you suffering with this or that and you’re a faithful and committed churchgoer?” These are some of the kinds of questions that people will be offended by but they will ponder when the dust clears. . “Do you hear from God? Are your prayers being answered? Tell me some of the prophecies that have been said over you. Have they come to pass?”
When I was in the IC as a pastor, the devil was talking to me constantly. I thought I was hearing from God. He would make me promises in dreams that he KNEW would never come to pass. His motive was to cause me to weaken in faith and to distrust God. Once my eyes were opened to the truth, I rarely hear from the enemy in this manner. Once his tricks were exposed, he did exactly what the Apostle Paul wrote that he would do. I resisted him and he fled from me.
So if you are constantly hearing things or receiving visions and you believe it’s the Lord, you need to check yourself by trying the spirits. The devil was talking to me just about every day, and every day I thought it was God. His pattern was to reveal 3 things about my future. When two things came to pass, I was duped into thinking the third and most important thing would transpire, BUT IT did not.
So what kind of blessing is that? To be mocked is NOT A BLESSING.
So be bold and sincere enough to ask a deceived churchgoer this question. “Are you being mocked as you sit there on that pew? ? Is the devil using sickness, disease, depression, substance abuse, pornography, to mock you?”
Well if he can mock you this way, without you figuring out the deception, and if you’ve been over to that church all this time, and you STILL don’t see it, then perhaps you ain’t saved either, and God is not there.”
What stirred your own intellect that caused YOU to receive the truth and become undeceived?
If the game is still being played, then why are you STILL stuck on stupid?
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