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By Pastor Pam
Facebook is a place where everyone wants to teach and be heard and few want their followers to know that they don’t know very much. Rebellion and belligerence is very apparent in their various posts which portrays a rebellious spirit. Since rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, many Facebook teachers are in the hands of the enemy and God has turned some of them over to strong delusion.
There are some teachers on facebook that have actually put people in bondage with their teachings. I won’t call any names but the truth is that their pride keeps them from being teachable. The enemy loves pride because deception is made easy when we think more highly of ourselves then we ought to think. I am not an advocate of the world’s self-esteem teaching that has been adopted by the religious world. Self-esteem as defined by the world is when the world has high regards for you. You are accepted, found to be worthy and considered competent. In other words, worldly self-esteem is rooted in what others think of you. And for this reason, those who seek worldly favor will compromise to obtain and sustain the world’s approval. Christians of this persuasion find that they are always trying to fit in and in so doing, they disobey the Lord’s will to please others.
I have purposed and established in my heart that my self-esteem is found in Jesus Christ. The Lord is the only one I need to please because I love truth. When the motives of the heart are not pure, truth will be hidden. To be pure is to be clear, articulate, unclouded understanding. Not confused, covered up or clandestine. When something is not pure, it is defiled. To defile is to contaminate or to pollute. When the heart is not pure, then Satan’s job is easy because defilement has come from within US, usually because of pride. For pride begins with what we say in our hearts and what we believe in our minds. Jesus linked pride to adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy and foolishness. (Mark 7:20-22) A proud mind is not pure because it thinks, feels and behaves in ways that suggest that we think too highly of ourselves.
Pride, self esteem and vanity deny and conceal the truth. These 3 traits will pull you away from the Lord’s will by quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit and your spirit will become blocked from God’s revelation about what is to come. Pride is also PHONY. Nothing real about it because it puts forth a facade or an act. Pride will cause you to deny your feelings, and pretend so much that you even fool yourself. But the devil is not fooled. He knows when you are “fronted” before him in your effort to appear to be in control, putting forth that lie when you routinely boast that you are blessed by God. As you over compensate, pride will prevent you from admitting that you need help and therefore the enemy can use your pride to block you from crucial resources.
The proud religious person must ALWAYS appear to be knowledgeable and therefore he or she will never admit to not knowing or understanding a verse of scripture, because they are concerned that others will think them stupid and so they will even lie to cover up their ignorance or their weakness as they hide the truth to protect their religious image. Such people are already in the hands of a religious demon. Pride goeth before a fall!
A proud person is not wise either. They make stupid, even costly mistakes. As vanity is excessive pride, a vain person’s conceit will bring sure destruction for self-deception is an open doorway to failure. Proud people :
To the proud I declare that the world did not create you. The world did not redeem you. When you justify yourself before men, you establish them as your lord with authority and you enable the enemy to deceive you. Remember. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
If you are too proud to admit that you have been worshiping the fake Jesus, you are trapped in a pit of religion. There is help available. Come join our Facebook group. Either comment in this post or send a message to www.facebook.com/pamela.sheppard.911
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A common manipulation technique often used in the Institutional Church is called “appeal to fear.” According to Wikipedia, “An appeal to fear (also called argumentum ad metum or argumentum in terrorem) is a fallacy in which a person attempts to create support for an idea by using deception and propaganda in attempts to increase fear and prejudice toward a competitor.”
As I’m sure we all know, the most common use of “appeal to fear” in the Institutional church is in telling people they will go to hell unless they do what they are told. In some of the churches I grew up in, it was a little more subtle and indirect. I suspect the leadership of these churches instinctively knew that this would be too obvious and scare people off. They had to find a smoother way to do it.
One Sunday at my old church, the preacher said the name of the sermon was “How to Deal with Adversity.” The gist of it was this: bad things will come upon a person if they rebel against God. The pastor is in spiritual authority over the members (an example of the “begging the question” fallacy – they couldn’t prove whether God had actually called that pastor to be over an individual). Since the Bible says that to rebel against authority is to rebel against God himself, if you didn’t do what the pastor asked, you were in rebellion and opening yourself up to potential catastrophes or tragedies.
He then brought up the church building fund, talking about how the pastor had asked everyone to pledge. Mind you, the majority of the congregation was struggling financially, and they were being required to pledge on top of tithing. We had already had one building fund, and when we reached that goal, the pastor had decided it wasn’t enough and began another one.
By the end of the sermon, it was clear to me it had never been about how to deal with adversity at all. It had all been carefully constructed to scare people into giving more money – implying that they could get cancer and die, get in a horrible car wreck, lose their house and car, etc., or possibly even go to hell if they didn’t do what they were told.
In what ways has the “appeal to fear” tactic been used on you?
Spiritual covering is yet another doctrine of demons that puts God’s people in bondage by taking one scripture out of its natural context and forming a teaching that brainwashes and hoodwinks those who submit to it.
When people try to control you, you are going to react in one of a few ways. You are either going to give in and acquiesce, give up and pretend that “all is well, ” when deep down, you are really seething inside. This is a dangerous reaction because your inner rage will eat away at your health.
Now if you are like me, you are going to resist. The bible says that rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft. True—-if it is God that you are rebelling against. However, if religious pretenders and hypocrites try to throw what they call a spiritual covering over you, rebellion is good, but running is even better!.
As a minister in an authoritarian bureaucracy ruled globally by just 12 bishops, I watched and experienced how the traditions of men made the word of God of none effect. In certain denominations and even in the charismatic movement, bishops rule the pastors under their authority like holier than thou puppet masters. In the denominations, the power and control of the Bishops lie in their ability to appoint pastors and fill pulpits. Any pastor in full time ministry is totally dependent upon whether or not the Bishop chooses to favor them with an appointment to a church that will be lucrative enough to financially provide for himself and his family. In the non-denominations, What you have is a clique based upon popularity. If the bishop is a mega preacher of 25,000 members or so, then the money must first flow to the bishop—the man or woman of God FIRST, with a slow trickle effect of money rolling down to the most obedient, the most compliant, those who suck up and kiss “royal behinds.”
The denominational “spiritual covering” net entrapped me for 25 years. Since spiritual covering is really about money, those who “cover,” desire to be paid by YOUR hard earned cash for their “blessing” that trickles down to you in slow, tediously slow drops. In my particular situation, I was not well liked by bishops because I had a full time secular career. As such, I could not be placed under any Bishop’s thumb in order to survive financially. So my punishment was that I was appointed to those churches that could not afford to pay a full time pastor’s salary—churches that no pastor without a secular job could survive serving. In most cases in such a system, the pastors’ primary objective is to protect his own power base and therefore, their interactions with the Bishops are usually characterized by subservience, flattery, subtle manipulation and “out and out” lies.
The irony is that in the denominational set up, the Bishops are dependent on the ministers they rule to advise them since the Bishops don’t usually live in the communities that they oversee. So a bishop needs his ministers to tell him the truth. However, a Bishop’s ministerial advisors are so threatened by him financially speaking, that one lie begets yet another lie and the entire leadership system operates on a foundation of lies, cover-ups and pretenses. With Satan being the father of lies, no wonder the devil has a seat in such a religious/political system.
Within a complex bureaucratic hierarchy as I have described, sin spreads like leaven from top leadership in a circular, downward fall, then in an upward spiral. As the root of such a system is rotten, the deception within charismatic, non-denominational systems spreads far beyond just a few pastors or a handful of ministries. Ministers and laypersons within a charismatic system alarmingly and systematically mimic the same key people. Leaders watch and imitate well-known leaders as they pass on the same false teachings.I personally have moved beyond correcting either system by any attempt on my part to fix it.
In my ministry, I work with associates. My associates are my equals. Everyone of my associates is valued because they are valuable. They work with me and help me because the Holy Spirit has revealed to them that I am both a lover of truth and of freedom. If somebody RULES over you in ministry, you need to know tha you are not serving the One who died to set the captives free, but rather you are serving false gods And, if you cannot recognize and admit to yourself that your beloved church or ministry, or pastor is practicing, unbiblical and ungodly doctrines and practices, then you are definitely brainwashed and under the spell of “deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” and these demonic lies are “seared in your own conscience as with a branding iron” (1 Tim. 4:1,2). And, that means you need deliverance to be set free from Satan’s bondage and deception. It also means you are deceived about who you are serving. You are not serving the true Jesus, but the Fake One, who is the master of idols — which is idolatry, which means you are an “idolater,” and idolaters do not inherit eternal life or have an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God (Gal. 5:20,21; Eph. 5:5)!
So RUN from your captors and RUSH out of the arms of the Fake Jesus Sananda Immanuel into the arms of the True Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who died and was raised from the dead to set the captives FREE! “He whom the Son sets FREE is FREE INDEED!
Here is the deal. The bottom line. Anytime you come away from a corporate experience with demons attacking you, you need to “book.” To “book” is to hit the road Jack, and don’t cha come back no mo, no mo and no mo! Sing along with the late Ray Charles and “hit the road, Jack, and don’t cha come back no mo, no mo, no mo, no mo!!. Hit the road Jack, and don’t cha come back no mo!!!!!.” What you say?”Yeh! Now sing it again before you submit yourself to their demons.
Sheppard’s Counseling Center provides training to ministers who have left the organized church, from 3 months, to 6 months, to a year in a unique deliverance mentoring model called Spiritual Empowerment Workshop or the SEW Program. Training is oral and by telephone for those who are in full-time jobs. For others, training modules are written and with video lessons, assignments, on the job training, OJT with pay, done on-line. Some remain with SCC and become affiliates and associates. Others go and do their own thing. We don’t try to control or rule over anybody. If you are interested, call 518-477-5759 or send an email to email@example.com .
Negative church people posing as Christians, is an ever abiding reality. The wheat and the tare grow together so we know for a fact, negative people operate in and out of church. Negative people posing as Christians are not in the minority either. These type of people, spend their waking hours complaining about everything and everybody. If they can’t bring at least one person down a day, they can’t sleep. The word of God teaches us that the mouth of the wicked is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: and that vanity and mischief are under their tongues (Psalm 10:7).
I must admit that in the first 5 decades of my life, I did not particularly like women because in my world space, there were just too many meely mouthed, back stabbin female crabs in a barrel. And even though I had my issues with men as well, I liked them better and preferred their company and friendship to that of my own gender. In fact, when I was in my twenties and thirties, my best friends were gay. We could shop and do the hair, nails and dress up thing, but when I was pulled into a cat fight, their masculine strength would rescue me in a New York minute.
Now that I have been saved 34 years, about to celebrate my 3oth year in ministry in a few weeks, I have really grown to love my sistahs and my sisters. Don’t know what I would do with out my crew. Yet, online, I have run into a wild, unruly bunch of professing Christian women who are like bulls or heifers in a China shop. I call them, “Holy Phony Silly Women!” lol
Silly women are those who think they can step out on the Internet—on facebook, in chat rooms, by email, Skype, youtube, you name it, they are out there from all over the world, buttin heads with Christian folk like wild heifers. The freedom of the world wide web has mesmerized them to forget Pauls words–-not to use liberty as a license to rebellion. Paul said it like this. “All things are expedient to me but all things are not lawful or helpful.”
Much too much that women are “teaching” and “preaching” on the web is not only NOT helpful, but it is harmful.
The bible also tells us to avoid silly women and unfortunately, in spite of my affection and concern for them, I have to turn away. It is not necessary to know a lot to teach. The issue is that what you know—you KNOW!— and what you teach should be without error.
One who teaches needs to be able to discern fact from truth, an hypothesis from a finding, a supposition from a conclusion. Yet women are on video clips and writing facebook notes and tweeting about spiritual growth and endtime matters. when they have not a clue. Then, when they are confronted, they angrily justify and defend themselves with,
“Oh, I am just a housewife. I am not teaching. I am just “spending quality time with my online friends. I am not as bold as YOU Pam, to say that I am a teacher. Oh no. I am not a teacher. I am just “having conversation.” For after all, I am too humble to appoint myself, as YOU have done. I have the fear of the Lord because I know that a woman is not suppose to teach. And I know that teachers receive the greater judgment and condemnation for teaching error!”
This is that same ole slippery way that women deal with their husbands. You’ve played your manipulative games with him for so long,—letting him believe that he is running your home when you KNOW the truth is that YOU are!!! Consequently, you rationalize that you can also manipulate God and pretend that “you are not teaching YOUR interpretation of the word of God.
Let’s get real, Sisters. This is Holy Phoniness to the max. It stinks in my spiritual nostrils. You not only quote scripture, but you declare to people how they ought to worship and “get in the presence of the Lord,” whether or not to fast, how to fast and pray, —and even deeper—that there is no rapture, that Jesus is not literally coming back but that it is a “spiritual” return, that people should not prepare themselves for endtimes, that those who speak in tongues are going to hell, that pentecostals are all unsaved heathens. That various folk are false prophets—I’ve heard a woman call them lunatics. And on and on it goes, day after day.
But this is not “teaching” you see! It is that great ole euphemism called “sweet fellowship with the saints and harmless, idle conversation” Oh, no. YOU not a teacher. Yeh!
To that, I say this. Consider the “technical virgins” of today. They believe themselves to be righteous because they have never experienced coitus by vaginal penetration, yet they masturbate 4 times a day to online porn or they are having anal and oral sex on a regular basis. “Look yall, I’m still a virgin. Yeh!
So I say to Holy Phony Silly Women. Stop accusing Me of flaunting my “education.” Stop being a crab in a barrel. Stop sneering about me behind my back and then cooing at me with an “I LUV U Pam! Ugh!
After 30 years in ministry, if I don’t know my calling BY NOW and if I am not bold enough to stand in it, then I am as Holy Phony and as Silly as YOU are. (In the first place, you are not correct. I have a masters degree but I have no Christian education, never went to seminary. I simply have 25 years experience in the organized church as a preacher AND a pastor and 38 years as a licensed counselor.) And I don’t teach what I DO NOT KNOW!!!!
So I say to others of you clearly. You know who you are. Since you will not allow me to teach you, then stop plagerizing my books and come out of the closet. If you are going to steal my words, at least give me a shout out!!! If you like what I write THAT much , I am willing to teach YOU and YOU know it.
So “either teach, as WOMEN OF GOD, OR GET OFF THE POT!
If you decide to teach, I can train you in 3-6 months. You don’t have to affiliate with me and no one has to know that I am the one who “undeceived you” and you can go about your merry way. It won’t matter to me. My concern is for those who are following you that you are feeding error every day.
Humble yourself right now, Gurl, to the fact that you just ain’t ready! Time is too short to be narrowminded and petty. You need to get your act together, like yesterday! ASAP!
Anybody who wants to come out of the silliness, rise up and get wise, call me at 518-477-5759. I’ll hook you up!!!