Archive | September, 2011

THE MAKING OF AN ENDTIME PROPHET

25 Sep

Our  primary focus at Sheppard’s Counseling Center (SCC)  is to bring recovery and deliverance to sheep who have been damaged within an organized church system and to prevent others from being damaged. Toward this end, our primary goal is to equip you to guard yourself from spiritual abuse inflicted upon you as a direct or an indirect consequence of your regular church attendance. This is a very serious matter. In this blog, my conversation begins with a presentation of my personal perspective on the organized church, so that you can understand where I am coming from.

 I must prepare you –head on– that I am a revolutionary—-a rebel WITH a cause. My cause is truth, even if it hurts me for a brief moment. Through years of trials endured and overcome, I have found that the pain of truth is spiritually valuable. I have learned that if I face the truth, the pain of it is greatly reduced and a real lasting joy and peace is pain’s reward. To be a prophet in these times is akin to the ministry of John the Baptist. John was a loner, a voice, crying in the wilderness. He preached against sin and he was a watchman. The only prophetic word that came from John’s mouth was this. “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

John knew that the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth was alive in his lifetime and so he preached repentance and righteousness. Jesus declared that John the Baptist was the greatest of ALL prophets. I believe that the ministry of the prophet in our times is no different than the ministry of John the Baptist. The only difference is that today’s prophets MUST preach of the Lord’s SECOND COMING. Like John the Baptist, today’s prophets are called to be voices crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord. I have never called myself a prophet: an evangelist, a pastor and a teacher, yes,—- but not a prophet. The Lord is molding me to become an endtime prophet and so, I am still “in the making.”

Nonetheless, if the signs I have received are from God, then He Himself has called me a prophet, more than once. My prophetic ministry is true to form in the spirit of John the Baptist. My primary message is one of repentance and righteousness. I also function primarily as a watchman– one who prepares the way for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As a watchman, I sound the alarm when I suspect that “the wolf is in the patch.”This series of issues is my way of ” blowing the trumpet and sounding the alarm.” Unfortunately, I have found that Christians who disagree tend to avoid confrontation by flight. As they make their “exit” they send forth hypocritical “bless you” kinds of statements. For example, I have received emails like “God bless you, Sister, but would you kindly remove me from your mailing list? May the peace of God and His wisdom bless you now and forever!!! Take care! Yours in Christ!”

 I say to such folk who send me such emails, ” Stop being a hypocrit and stand up for what you believe or simply “spam Pam.”  In the summer of 2007, I had a dream where I was clearly shown that since 1974, I have been “in school.” My first “studies” began 3 years before I got saved. In that first class, I learned about the wiles of the devil through my three year involvement in the occult world as a psychic medium, a hypnotist and an astrologer. In my second class, I learned about “church.” That course has taken more than two decades to complete. The dream revealed in 2007,  that my studies were “incomplete.” Apparently, I am presently in the middle of the third course, having only just begun the 4th course. withome more course yet to complete—in total, 5 schools of study.

 The source of this dream knows me well. It is my nature to try to “figure out” where the Lord is headed. I was told up front in the dream “Pam, don’t even try to imagine. You have no reference in your past or even in your imagination as to subject matter of courses 4 and 5. the third course on spiritual warfare and deliverance has not yet been completed and I have just begun the 4th course. About a month after this dream, I found myself knee deep in a study of the two angels who masquarade as “Jesus”, so much so that it was too much info for a blog. I began begin a fourth book called “The Fake Jesus.” Therefore, the 4th course is a study  that has centered on the methods, teachings and practices of the fallen angels known as “ascended masters.”

The first step in the 4th course is to compare the teachings of fallen angels to what is being taught from the pulpits of megadom and to develop an encyclopedia of religious organizations that follow the fake Jesus.. . One thing is certain. I never would have imagined it. Even though the 3rd and the 4th courses are linked to the first two courses, I could not have imagined its contents in my wildest dreams. So I want each reader to know that “I am still in the school of the Holy Ghost” with the 5th course not yet seen.

 Furthermore, since I am still a student, perhaps you have a more accurate revelation and you can open my eyes to see your point of view..Therefore, If you disagree with any statement within this blog, I am eager to hear what the Holy Ghost has revealed to you on these matters. With that said, you will find that my statements are rather shocking . Just know that they are included for your good—–to warn you that the wolf may be in your patch and to prepare you for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth..

Trying the spirits involves learning how to pray, learning how to watch and learning how to wait.

CHRISTIAN ZOMBIES

25 Sep

Although this  also blog falls under the category of protecting the sheep, it is specific to the problems generated by the sheep upon themselves. In fact, sheep can often be their own worst enemy in their struggle toward truth and freedom. Therefore, this issue is going to center upon the at-risk nature of the sheep rather than upon the wolves who prey on them.

In 1988, Geraldo Rivera televised a program that centered on Christian Cults, with the subtitle “Zombies for Christ.” Interviews were held with people who underwent deprogramming from the influence of charismatic, fundamentalist leaders and churches. The title seems apropos for this issue. In protecting the sheep, I suggest to you that we also need to examine the conditions of personality and circumstance that cause sheep to become “zombies for Christ.”  In this hour, sheep are watching Christian television and reading Christian books, who themselves need to be deprogrammed from gross error that is causing them to be vulnerable to demonic oppression of a very serious nature. In fact, when I have tried to counsel those who have come to me to seek deliverance from the torment of demons, the mixture and error in their spiritual foundation is so deep, that deliverance is severely hindered by the amount of error that these captives have anchored their faith upon as they view Christian television or read the books of various mega preachers.

More than 20 years have passed since the Rivera documentary.I suspect that the problem has intensified to the nth degree. In the last issue, I am  not being facetious when I point out that I myself wonder if I must go through additional cleansing and purification. I had a dream a few years ago  that clearly indicated that the occult leanings have lost all influence and strength in and upon me. At first, I rejoiced at this assurance. Then I remembered that the demons that are assigned to me read every word that I write. They hear my prayers and they know that I desire complete truth in my inward parts. So the message of this dream could very well have been inspired by a religious spirit to derail me and cause me a false assurance.

So I  continue to “watch, wait and pray.” In this regard, I had a true test  in my email interactions with a reader that I will call “Maria.” Maria’s first email contact was relatively positive.  On the surface, it seemed that her intent was to merely apprise me that she and I have much in common in our backgrounds, and that she too believes that the prosperity gospel is coming down. I didn’t notice at first but it seems she wanted me to publish her work on my website. I am a bit obtuse when people are not direct. However, I was truly amazed as well and somewhat concerned that Maria also wrote that she STILL feeds from the spiritual tables of Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar, calling them “brothers that need prayer.”

Not wanting to belittle Maria’s prayer life, I really tried to be as “low key,” as “laid back” as I myself can be, not expecting her extremely argumentative, defensive response. In her last email , Maria finally stated what whe wanted to write in her first email, ie. that I am an “unloving accuser of the brethren.” Yet, in keeping with the passivity of “a Christian Zombie,” her hidden attitude was concealed until she could stand me no longer, and then all hell broke loose!!!!

Finally, like a hissing snake she “cussed me out” Christian style. I was very brief and simple in my few responses so as not to stir up my own flesh, for actually, I was really not offended by her. So I tried to jest, keeping things light, remarking with “You would find a way to defend Judas Iscariot.” She did not catch the humor, nor did she glean the meaning behind the humor.A common trait of those oppressed by a religious demon is that they tend to have no humor. Simply put, as Christian zombies they are so “spiritual” that they are of no earthly good. Captives of this kind also rebel against any chastizement or correction with tongue in cheek counterattacks of “you’re being “unloving” and therefore, you are not a real Christian.

Yet zombies on the offensive usually pay no attention to the fact that the scriptures also declare that God Himself chastizes and corrects those He loves. When He does chastize and correct, He often does so through elders and other saints. I personally believe that the epitomy of love is to tell someone liberating truth without belittling or shaming them. Truth that convicts rather than condemns. Of course, we are out to win the brethren and not to enflame them by provoking them to wrath. Certainly it is true that God so loved the world, yet He did not save Judas from perdition. As for me, I am in accord with Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who, when appropriate, didn’t mind calling “a snake, a snake!” It is not wise to feed from the spiritual table of vipers. Maria’s emails continued to be abrupt, condescending and argumentative. Then there came a point when she realized that the tone of her emails was not “Christ-like”, so she emailed me again, with a rather defensive apology.

The ” Christian zombie” thing for me to do was to passively accept her apology and stop the email war. True, but “I am not a Christian zombie!  It was clear to me that Maria’s apology was based on her fear of facing her own persona—ie. that her “Christ like” image of herself was in jeopardy. To feed into her own self delusion would not be helpful. I have found that Christians who are constantly apologizing for being “who they are” “doing what they want to do” and saying “what they meant to say,” generally are in bondage to obeying the word by the letter of the law rather than by the spirit. Since they are very “image conscious”, they worry that they may be perceived as unloving or unmannerly and therein “not Christ-like”.

I view excessive demonstations of this kind of anxiety as being a victim to the 3 false “p.s” THAT WHEN EXCESSIVE, CAUSES THEM TO BE a 4th “p” known as “PHONY”: They are: PIETY, PRETENSE, AND PRIDE. Walking in the “false p”s of self righteousness is yet another trademark of Christian zombies. I myself have encountered many professing Christians who speak “the love walk” with a forked tongue, whose hearts are deceived concerning what divine love actually is. The world can see through the hollowness of such people and sinners are not attracted to the Lord by a phony, self righteous witness. In my estimation, Maria is a classic example of a “Zombie for Christ.” One reason is because Zombies always try to minimize deliverance and spiritual warfare ministries. In one of her emails, she accused me of being possessed by a demon that I have never heard of, identified as “the spirit of wrong focus.”Maria explained that the “demon of wrong focus” causes watchmen like myself to be an “accuser of the brethren.” She also stated that all she has to do is focus on the cross, pray for the “misguided” false prophets and trust God to deal with the devil for her. People who say “amen” to Maria are in danger of perishing for a lack of knowledge primarily because they underestimate the wiles of the enemy.

Another sign of a Christian zombie is their passive-aggressive hidden desire “to be heard.” I can relate. I can remember that while I was in the denomination, for years I longed “to be heard” to no avail. I was often overlooked. Actually,a particular bishop purposefully and wilfully blocked my ministry, and rightly so. Even though he was operating out of his flesh in his strong dislike of me, I look pass this man’s human nature and I perceive today “that it was the Lord’s doing.” For if I had not been blocked, then the seduction of a receptive audience would have been a major stumblingblock for me, deadly to my particular calling as a prophetic watchman.  If I  had remained in the denomination,I was in bondage to too many levels of authority. The Lord warned me that I would never be more than a candle hidden under a defiled bed if I submitted myself to yet another denominational bishop or regional director.

Continually frustrated, disappointed and aggravated by denominational favoritism, I realize TODAY that I was truly blessed NOT to be have been embraced by the church hierarchy. The irony is that while I believed that my charismatic gifts to minister and my level of spiritual growth and understanding far surpassed that of the other denominational ministers, I myself was deceived. On the contrary, without the restraint of God, my charismatic leanings could have put countless sheep in an unprotected spiritual danger much more than ministries without power could have done. My spiritual error was just “different” from my denominational colleagues— but error, none the less!!

One of the greatest blessings that the Lord has ever given me for over two decades was “not to be heard.” As the Apostle James warned, “Be not many masters because yours is the greatere condemnation. When you read Maria’s original commentary below, I suspect that you will be able to read between the lines and see that by the confessions of her own heart, she is not yet ready to be heard. In retrospect, I deliberately refused to counterattack Maria’s attempt to draw me into an email “scripture contest” just because I no longer pray for preachers to repent. This was a major part of my ministry for 25 years.  I believe that the season for those kinds of prayers is OVER!

Also, contending “scripture for scripture” is not wise, nor is it scriptural. Any false prophet can contend with scripture, lifting up and upholding their own idolatrous practices with a scripture taken out of its context. It didn’t take long for me to recognize the “works of Maria’s flesh:” jealousy, ambition and envy.” Negative emotions of this kind oozed through every line of several emails that flooded my mail box–sometimes as many as 6 emails sent within minutes of each other. Then with her final email, her hidden agenda became self evident. T “Maria” wrote and I quote: “Pam, you are living in a dream world and I fear you have a rude awakening coming if you think you are coming even close to representing Christ to the lost and the ‘sheep’ in your pen. There’s no love there at all in your ministry, just the work of the accuser. Wake up before it’s too late!!

Wow!!! It took a plethora of emails for Maria to finally allow the spirit of the Anti-Christ to use her in a fullness. Since I realize that I do not contend with flesh and blood, I hold no ill will toward Maria. Therefore, if the Lord does cause her to sincerely repent, I will certainly receive her. Yet, why did Jezebel chose Maria as its messenger? Well, because Maria is a very talented woman, an excellent writer who appears to be filled with zeal for Christ. Yet, she is ambitious, walking in the flesh of jealousy and a spirit of competition. With each visit to my website and facebook group, contacts are steadily increasing.

I have seen signs that suggest to me that my impact  is upsetting the invisible realm. Captives are being delivered by the transparency of the kind of love that I DO bring. Believe me. Marlene and I are private people and we do not relish exposing ourselves as we do. Consequently, each failure, each deception, each mistake that we openly share, is our gift of love to those of you who are being set free. I personally do with full knowledge that the smug and self righteous will judge me. Yet, where pleasing man is concerned, I am truly “crucified.” My death in Christ is manifested in my newfound ability to accept both the bitter with the sweet and therefore, I am not moved by either those who support me or by detractors and accusers.

Even so, I have heard from readers, particularly women, who are being touched by my transparency and openness. In a nutshell, every descriptive comment I have received has used one main word. The keyword seems to be “AWESOME!” Satan is really a chompin at the bits! Yet, with all due respect, I must also commensurate with Maria’s frustration. Those who have a call also have a strong desire to have a platform. Waiting on the Lord’s timing can seem endless. However, as we wait, the Lord requires a very deep allegiance to the truth. He invariably will set up circumstances that will cause us to bow down to correction which cuts and humbles, as readily as we accept that which is agreeable.

The Lord has cut me down so often in 30 years, that I myself am not used to being well received. So quite the opposite, I have been humbled by those of you who have so graciously embraced each issue with such eagerness, affection and appreciation. Some of you have written and even spoken to me personally, expressing how much my publications have meant to you and for that, I rejoice.

Nevertheless, it is very important for us all to realize that other than for witchcraft, works of the flesh are not “cast out.” Even those demons that specialize in witchcraft have different names. So for the most part, works of the flesh are “put off” or “pulled down” but not “cast out.” The truth is that an ambitious, jealous person needs his or her flesh crucified through the brokenness of repentance and the fires of refinement. This is the work of “deliverance counseling.” As a therapist, one of my strategies is to cause both the saved and the unsaved to examine and understand the nature of their particular ” flesh style”. Why? Well, because demons take advantage of the flesh to mobilize their own agenda.

Consequently, knowing ourselves better than the demons know us is a primary step to “trying the spirits.” We must try our own spirits to understand the nature of our own particular needs of the flesh. The truth received will crush that need or in other words, “crucify our flesh.!” One of the greatest revelations that I have discovered out of years of the 5 “T”S of testing, temptation, trial, tribulation and trouble is that “we are never as advanced as we believe ourselves to be.”

Merely having spiritual experiences does not make us “spiritual.” What makes us “spiritual” is abiding in Christ. To abide means to live, move and have our being in Him, consistently and steadfastly. In other words, to abide is ” STANDING STRONG, PRESSING FORWARD AND NOT LOOKING BACK UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN YOKED TO JESUS AS A VINE IS TO A BRANCH!!!” I admit that in the first two decades, I had more spiritual experiences than I can now count or even remember. However, one gets “spiritual” when one can face the truth without flinching.

Moreover, what I have learned is that when truth explodes upon the mind, it is not an agreeable experience, nor is it easy to disbelieve absolutely, what we have consistently believed so thoroughly. Once I committed myself to truth, I find that I no longer depend on signs or supernatural experiences. The knowledge and wisdom received in the last 3 years, and even more so, the last 3 months have been astounding. If you have been a zombie for Christ in your church,when your eyes have finally been opened, look out!!! Being deceived can be taken as a personal insult. To perceive that we have been duped: bamboozled, run a muck, gone astray, hoodwinked, made a fool of. Don’t even go there in your thoughts about all of that hard earned money we put into the hands of religious demons. Lord, Help!!!!

Surprisingly,religious zombies are often created out of their own zeal to please God with their flesh. As a Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus was a good example prior to his Damascus Road experience, persecuting and killing Christians, even consenting to the stoning to death of Stephen. The essential pattern is that Christian zombies want to die so that Christ can live in them, therefore fulfilling Paul’s words of “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, not I, but Christ who lives in me.” They concentrate very heavily on the “not I.” Even when referring to themselves in writing, some of them use “i” in the small case to signify to all who commune with them that Christ has rulership in their lives and in everything they say and do, it is “Christ doing the speaking and the doing” and not them.On the contrary, the Holy Ghost is a Helper. He does not take over the human vessel like a puppet master. He helps us do the work by using all of our human faculties, including our personalities.

In short, the nature of zombies for Christ is that the spiritual concept of dying in and for Him has been mininterpreted and grossly misunderstood. Some have gotten confused through wrong preaching or by reading a book on the subject that they were not spiritually mature enough to understand. For example, some have read Watchman Nee’s several books on the flesh, but they really did not understand that Nee was not an advocate of killing the human personality.

Simply put, the zombies seek to be dead while they are alive, with deadness manifesting as passivity, including the tacit accepting of suffering and a relishing in weakness. In other words, for Christ to live in them, they must be frail and insignificant—taking their own crucifixion to the extreme of passivity and a restraint of personality by submitting their entire life space to the conviction that “everything happens to them by the order of God.” Mis-interpreting the scripture concerning Paul’s “thorn in the side” and his statements to the Galatians and the Corinthians about being crucified with Christ, Christian zombies relish in human weakness, not realizing that Paul was not suggesting that “he chose to be weak.” On the contrary, Paul never denied the need for human strength. No, he simply learned that at those unplanned times when weakness DID come upon him, the Lord’s grace was there to rescue him.

Consequently as a zombie for Christ begins to relish in weakness as a condition of being filled with the Holy Ghost, evil spirits revel in seducing and deceiving them. In fact, it is actually demons who have orchestrated the circumstances in the first place, so as to create snares by which to entrap them,taking advantage of a faithful believer’s desire to please and serve God. This is why false prophets have been successful at duping the sheep. With a lack of knowledge, the sheep have prepared themselves for the slaughter of wolves, to be victimized by a misguided understanding of what it really takes to please God.

Here is a very simple example from my own experience. It is humorous but in all seriousness,it was the doorway that opened me to further deception down the road. In my publications, I use myself as an example because I believe it is better to laugh at myself than to lift up someone else’s mistakes. I realize that there are those few who will misunderstand and wrongfully judge me but to be perfectly honest, for truth’s sake and the liberation my testimony has already brought to some, I really don’t care. So here goes.

To be quite honest, the last thing that anyone would ever call me in the flesh is “passive.” In the flesh, even men have perceived me as a “woman not to mess with.” In fact, when I was in the world more than 30 years ago, dangerous street men, abusers, ex-offenders who carried pistols, and even batterers of women and children thought twice before “steppin to me.” Yet, early in my Christian walk, I became “a zombie for Christ,” for the sake of “finding my Christian spouse.”

I was a true zealot from the word go. As a bonafide zombie, I was willing to “suffer for Christ” in ways that the cosmopolitan, “I am woman,” unsaved heathen would not have even dreamed of tolerating. When I was streetwise and without Christ, I was no fool. As such, I was perceptive enough to recognize the obvious signs when a man was not romantically interested in me and it was the nature of my flesh to react in kind. In other words, I was only interested in a man who manifested a strong attraction toward me. If he proved to be indifferent, than my attitude was “you are not ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS and I kept it movin.”

Well, as soon as I got saved, I got “passive,” and weak, particularly if I thought that “this could be THEEEEEE man sent by God as my future husband.” So before my eventual husbands sent from hell one at a time arrived in my world view, there was a formidable predecessor. Living well across the state, though pleasant and respectful, Rick showed absolutely no interest from the day we briefly met. He did not visit in three years,his telephone calls were very rare. Once a month I received a letter with two lines in it, more a note than an actual letter. Each letter was signed “love ya.”

Now the ole creation Pam would have dropped Rick like a hot potato. Yet I held on for dear life for three looooong years, sitting by a phone that never rung, (no cell phones or call waiting in 1985.) I resisted even leaving the house in anticipation of Rick’s rare phone call. You see, even though Rick clearly never gave me even a second thought, “I walked by faith and not by sight.” Yeh. Was I in love with Rick? Absolutely not. I was not even attracted to him. I’d only seen the man briefly just one time. He was the guest speaker at a church that I visited one eventful Sunday afternoon. But since I had received several dreams and prophetic words spoken over me by other Christian zombies that sent the message “Rick is your future husband,” I held on to this false word and suffered through a dry, lackluster relationship, believing that I was suffering “for the Lord’s sake.”

At the end of three long years, I had one more dream about Rick which was very clear, even prophetic: In the dream I heard “Pam, Rick is not interested in you. He is dating a white school teacher.” I retorted, “I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus.” A week later Rick showed up in my town with his fiancee, a white school teacher. Now, I suspect that all of you “church goin” women understand what I mean when I tell you that “I have suffered loooooooooooooooong!!!!!”

Humor aside, having fully surrendered to God, I sat by that telephone for so long, that I ended up hyperventilating, convinced that I was having a heart attack. I rushed to the emergency room, only to find out that I had created my own anxiety attack. In truth, it is only natural that we agree to be obedient to the cross and be willing to suffer for the sake of our Lord and Savior. In this regard, we make the mistake of accepting passivity and weakness in a faulty anticipation that we will be strengthened by the power of God. Then when things don’t turn out to our benefit, we want to blame somebody.

So who do I blame for my anxiety attack: God? The devil? Rick? Me? Well, I don’t blame ANYBODY!!! I simply take responsibility for myself and my own mistakes and I rise up and I “keep it movin”. Although the Christian Zombie’s path may seem commendable, if we are not careful, the enemy will use our faithfulness to the cross according to our misunderstanding of what Paul actually means concerning being crucified with Christ. The danger is that our misunderstanding will cause us to wrongfully accept all suffering and therein become a zombie— battered about by the world, our loved ones, the flesh and the devil.

We must do all that we can to stand, and having done all to stand, WE STAND! As we stand, we must give no place to the devil by our passivity. We MUST aggressively resist him at every turn. For example, choosing weakness and choosing suffering both fulfill the requirements for the operation of demons since by so doing, our free will is placed on the enemy’s side. God wants us to cooperate with Him but He does NOT desire to control us like puppets or like zombies. Nor does He desire to destroy our personalities. Neither does He demand our minds. We need to understand that anger is an important human emotion, God given in fact. Yet, as the word of God warns, we can BE ANGRY but we must not allow our anger to cause us to sin. Jesus Christ of Nazareth knows that our thoughts are not His thoughts and our ways are not His ways, yet He does not command us to change ourselves. I repeat that in John 15, lasting change comes from “abiding in Him.” Once we are no longer conformed or habituated to this world system, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:1,2)

Over time, we begin to think as He thinks, and progressively and eventually our thoughts die without any real effort of our own.Renewal comes from delighting in Him. (Psalm 37:4) As we continue to delight in Him, without our even noticing, He gives us the desires of our hearts. In other words, the more we get to know Him, the more of Christ gets planted in our hearts, a result of the cooperation of our own free wills. As we are “crucified daily,” the Lord’s desires become planted in our hearts very imperceptively and low and behold, His desires are now our desire. In fact, we don’t even know or recognize the moment that the transformation occurred when we were able to declare, “it is not I who live but Christ who lives in me.”

It just “happens.” As the wind blows where it wills, one day we simply notice that we have begun to think and to act differently—more like Christ. Yet like the buds appear on a tree in spring time, we never able to see our transformation coming, nor can we describe it with any accuracy. Satan is just the opposite. To make his work easier, demons demand that his zombies become passive in their will. Counterfeiting God,demons deceive zombies to deny the use of either part or all of their human abilities. Clearly, the religious demon is the unseen creator of the Christian zombie. If undetected, the Jezebel spirit will proceed to destroy a Christian’s personality. Religious demons  will take pleasure in reducing him (usually her) to a zombie state, subdue his or her soul and body.

Finally, the zombie is left unprotected, ravaged by the spiritual abuse of wolves in sheeps’ clothing, spiritually oppressed and imprisoned by demonic soul ties to the oppressors. This religious demon puts the un-suspecting Christian under the oppression of a force that appears to represent God’s will and compels the Christian zombie to act like a machine, devoid of reason, thought or decision. To cap things off with a quote from “Faces of the Religious Demon”, there is hope through taking personal responsibility and never allowing ourselves to accept the role of “victim.”: It is my belief that captives will become free of the mental and emotional damage incurred by the spiritual abuse afflicted upon them by others when they can accept full responsibility for allowing themselves to be spiritually victimized.

A captive who has faced himself can only see or feel in the flesh because he has been blinded from true self perception in the spirit. Therefore, he may find it difficult to recognize how much of his own sensitivities, his hidden hostilities, as well as his own exacting demands for attention may have interfered with his relationships and actually drew him to controlling people. Without facing his true self, when he actually does find a genuinely assertive leader, the captive may unconsciously set up situations to try to compel the new leader to attempt to control his life.” (Faces, pg. 228) Works of the flesh such as jealousy and ambition (Galatians 5) are debilitating character defects that cause frustrated ministers and “wannabees” to have “a strong lust to be heard.”

As previously indicated, since jealousy and ambition are not demons as some deliverance ministers believe, it is useless to try to cast them out. The reason why the casting out of demons is not always successful,is primarily because the ground that gave the demons their occupation cannot be cast out. This is why counseling is crucial to deal with flesh issues. For example, jealousy and ambition are components of the ground of human flesh that will give the Jezebel spirit its doorway. Unless the ground of the human soul is dealt with, no full relief from demons can be obtained in the majority of cases where the flesh has not been crucified through repentance and brokenness. Often we are duped to believe that demons have been cast out because of the power of the human will.

However, human will power DOES HAVE the capacity to surpress behavior and cause a captive to appear to be delivered. However, since the ground has not effectively been dealt with, the same manifestation can return and repeat itself in a different disguise ie. like a former alcoholic becoming an addicted gambler. . I define the flesh as character traits of human nature without Christ, defects that cannot be CAST OUT. (Galatians 5:) Human nature can never please God. I could be wrong, but I do not believe that demons will respond by calling them “the spirit of jealousy” or “the spirit of ambition.”

No, the demon who has those traits is the religious demon, aka, the charismtic witchcraft spirit or the spirit of the anti-Christ. Demons of this kind are attracted to people who manifest narcissism in the form of self love, conceit, jealousy and ambition. Jessie Penn Lewis in “War on the Saints” provides a salient warning to those who would minimize or underestimate the need to be vigiliant and prepared for both deliverance and spiritual warfare. Her words remind me of the scripture,”be not many masters because yours is the greater condemnation:

 “If we liken the war by prayer, systematically carried out against the forces of darkness, to a war in the natural sphere, those who would lead must be willing to to be trained, and to take the same learner’s attitude as a recruit in the natural sphere. Such believers need to obtain knowledge of the organized hosts of darkness, and how to exercise their spiritual vision so that ‘by reason of use’, it becomes acute in discerning the operations of the enemy in the spiritual sphere. The believer must learn to observe, and learn by observation their methods in the war against the people of God.” (War on the Saints, pg. 265-266)

As I continue to practice deliverance counseling, I have observed that once clients have been armed with self knowledge, with an awareness of who they are in Christ and they accept the fact that they themselves have played a major role in their own captivity, virtually all demons will leave on their own accord without even a need to perform a deliverance. However, there are two demons that will put up a formidable fight: the witchcraft spirit  and the spirit of the antichrist. Because of these two demons, the deliverance counseling model was designed. Therefore, Christian Zombies will have to humble themselves to the fact that their spiritual experience may be filled with deception. For to really be crucified with Christ does not mean that the life of your personality has to be annihilated. To bare our cross is to learn how to endure hardship as good soldiers. To bare our cross is to surrender our desire for acceptance as we become increasingly separated from the seductions of the world.

Notwithstanding, the real and present danger is that the organized church has become “the church world,” filled with seductions that appeal to the flesh NOT being crucified. In truth, much of what we need to be crucified from emanates from our connection to the organized church. In this regard, I am reminded of a dream I had about a former ministerial colleague whom I upheld as my best friend for 20 years. In the dream, he revealed the true nature of his heart and declared, “I did not come to your aid, nor did I support you even with a phone call, because I couldn’t risk incurring the bishop’s wrath upon myself for being in fellowship with you. I wanted the bishop to appoint me to the church that I now pastor. Even though I knew what was being done to you was unfair, I had to look out for myself.”

This is the nature of much of the organized church: filled with competition, striving, self-interest and jealousy, one minister striving to outshine another. Unless pride is broken in ALL of us, the religious demon will remain in control and our service for Christ will be at risk for and subject to contamination. Nevertheless, as Christian zombies gain victories over the deception of the enemy by recognizing, resisting, and triumphing over them in our varied workings, our strength of spirit to conquer demons will grow stronger and stronger. In fact, we will be transformed from wimps to warriors.

Actually, we will discover that even though we have been crucified with Christ, WE STILL LIVE, not by our own power but by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is truly being Christlike— Zombies, NO MORE!!!

If you need mentoring or guidance because you realize that you have become a Christian zombie, there is help for you.

Passivity and Deliverance

25 Sep

To answer the question, “why God permit’s Satan’s attacks,” I look to the book of the century, “War on the Saints.”

Sister Penn-Lewis writes:

“Only through the fire of sifting will the people of God be urged forward to the battle and victory which will drive the forces of Satan from their place in the heavenlies……Wrong conceptions of divine things can only be destroyed by experience. Many of the children ofGod are deceived whilst they think they are protected by God. They comply with the conditions for God to work, apart from intelligent understanding ofwhy He does so,and they do not realize that it is just as possible IGNORANTLY TO COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS FOR EVIL SPIRITS TO WORK, through ignorance of the laws governing both divine and satanic workings. (pg. 299)

While I was a minister within the organized church for 25 years, I thought that I knew a lot about deliverance. As I look back, I realize now that I only knew a very “little bit.” Actually, my “little bit” seemed like a lot in comparision to my peers and ministerial colleagues who barely even mentioned that the devil actually exists. I had even cast out a few demons, but never inside of conventional church walls.

Churchfolk in bondage in the community sought me out by either telephone or they knocked at my door. I was primarily sought after “on the down low” by both denominational and word of faith churchgoers, not because I was an ordained minister but in truth, it was known that I had experience in the occult. I describe my first deliverance session with a word of faith Christian woman who was addicted to alcohol in “To Curse The Root:” “I had never conducted a deliverance before but I believed God’s word so I began by rebuking the spirit and commanding it with a loud voice to come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. My daughter, fourteen years old at the time, began to join me in the command.

From the moment I began, Laura started to cough and vomit up a greenish fluid, which I thought was bile. We got her a pail, as she continued to heave and retch.Then, like the wisping sound ofwind, an unearthly,guttural,rasping sound issued forth from deep in Laura’s throat.”(pg. 110.”) Laura was delivered that day and she has remained drug free since 1983. In fact, she is now an evangelist and a certified addiction counselor. This was a great victory for my daughter and I since we moved out in faith without any knowledge. However, with only a smattering of spiritual warfare experience, I believe that one of the reasons why I had to be driven out of the organized church was so that I would not be hindered from “going deeper.”

Unfortunately, the organized church continues to be unwilling to face the truth and churchfolk are content to remain ignorant. I prefer to pay the price of nonacceptance as I press forward to gain the knowledge necessary for discernment. Discernment is not only spiritual but it also involves natural reasoning, wisdom and commonsense. The more battles I experience, the more knowledge I acquire. With each captive, I learn more each day how to resist the wiles, schemes, accusations, tricks, weights and obstacles of the devil. Giving up the support and acceptance of people is a price worth paying.

The subtlety of the deception is that many professing Christians and churchgoers may have already been turned over to a deluding spirit. Sometimes I have to shake the dust from my feet as I sadly move on to someone who is desperate enough to listen. Perhaps the spirit of delusion is the reason why only 10 percent of those who receive this newsletter actually read it. Unfortunately, my email list is predominately filled with content churchgoers. I need a list of people “who are not so comfortable.”

Furthermore,  500 people a day or more visit the website but only 10 percent actually stay, read, listen, watch and “go deeper.”

So I am here for “The Ten Percent.

” Pam COMMENTARIES: TOM FROM VIRGINIA From my experience with survivors of extreme abuse, I have described walk-ins much as you describe it. In my experience, higher level beings— principalities, which I am now calling Cosmic Beings (just to distinguish them from demons) may also be involved in such situations. In any case, your description of trauma and passivity is very consistent with what I have discovered. A walk in can be either demonic or Cosmic but in either case they can only do so by the human spirit vacating its rightful place in the body. Fortunately, as you discovered, it is not necessarily permanent as the Grace of God can redeem such people, but it often requires an intense work of healing. I also agree that the good angels of God can legitimately manifest in the flesh as indicated in Genesis 18 during the time of Abraham and Lot, when granted this permission by God Himself.

(Tom R. Hawkins, Ph.D. www.rcm-usa.org) Comment from Pam : There are those who suggest that the higher fallen angels, referred to by Tom as “cosmic beings” are not demons and therefore,there is a belief that we don’t have the power to cast them out. At one time, I entertained this thought. I no longer agree with this differentiation. Why? Because all angels are a higher creation than we are and Jesus never suggested that we do not have the authority to cast out cosmic beings as well. Whether or not the cosmic beings consider themselves in the same class as other demons, the higher level beings can be cast out just like the lower ones. In fact, I have recently cast out Jesus Sananda Immanuel, Ashtar and Maitreya as well as some of the Hindu gods. ALL MUST BOW TO THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH. Amen!!!!

KEVIN FROM MARYLAND Greetings My Sister! I’m not slamming the true Church of Christ, the seducers need to be prayed for. Many of us have come out of abusive churches, and if one does not study God’s word, pray and fast, one can easily be consumed by the wiles ofthe devil. Our goal is to share Jesus Christ, and love one another,andlove God. We must go after the lost. Shuck’s —I feel like I am a refugee from the church’s I attended. Many people are still being held in captivity! The enemy joined the church a long time ago! But,Praise God that the gates of hell will never prevail, preach Christ…and liveChrist…true gain is a soul for Christ! God bless you, and keep being a “Watchman!” Don’be swayed, it is Jehovah that you serve. Keep saying what God tells you to say, and keep praying, and fasting. We are at war…many of us have been to various churches are are disgusted with what is called ‘worship’, but it is only a haven for seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons. My sister, what if Jesus Christ was the sum of all things, and we preached Christ and him crucified, and if we let love be without dissimulation? What would happen?

The warfare would become all the more intense. The prosperity preachers would never take that damnable doctrine to Asia and other dark regions where ‘true ‘ native Christian missionaries are beaten,battered, and bruised daily and count it all joy to suffer with Christ,for righteousness sake. Those Christians are happy to get a bowl of rice as a meal, and it is often the only meal they eat per day. I could go on, but keep praying for the native Christian missionaries that have come out of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and such like devilish doctrines…the native missionaries are more effective in the countries in which they live because the western church is polluted with the gospel of selfish gain, and deceit…the ways and doctrine of Balaam…much love to you my Sister…in the matchless name of our Savior, King, and High Priest, Jesus Christ, the Lord…keep fighting and interceding! SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT ——————————————————————————-

Unable to rejoice in his apparent victory that detached man from the presence of God, Satan learned early on right there in the garden of Eden that One was coming Who would bruise his head. Therefore much of Satan’s activity in the old testament resulted from his attempt to detach the people from God and to attach them to himself. To try and stop his head from being bruised, Satan continued to try to block the first coming of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day was a real blow to him. The Redeemer had come. As indicated in the editorial, detachment from God is strongly connected to his next strategy— to attempt to sneakily attach God’s people to himself. The detachment-attachment strategy worked when Satan led the Israelites “a whoring” after other gods and idols—gods that were high level fallen angels in Satan’s own army. In spite of all of his effort, Satan’s head was ultimately bruised at the cross when the sins of the “lower creature” were forgiven and forgotten in the sacrifice of the Son. The Father chose to “lord it over Satan “by sending His Son in the body of a mere man. So God Himself restored His own creation by redeeming the chosen ones by the sacrifice of His own precious blood. Today, Satan is re-working the same strategy upon churchfolk and professing Christians: DETACHMENT FROM GOD AND ATTACHMENT TO HIMSELF in countless ways on numerous levels. Take yoga as an example. Some of the clients that I have worked with over the years practiced yoga BEFORE they became a Christian. They are now being tormented. The torment that they are not enduring is unimaginable. The obscenities, cursings, blasphemies and ravings that come forth out of the mouths and throats of those whom Hindu demons control is “unearthly”,especially when they also speak in tongues. It is progressive, but we are experiencing some success. Yoga is rooted in Eastern mysticism, incompatible with Christianity. Yet, there are Christians who believe that it is possible to extract physical benefits from yoga, in spite of its demonic roots. In fact, there is now an acceptable practice, spreading like wild fire primarily in the denominational churches called “Christian Yoga.” Operating in some of the United Methodist Churches and the Parkwood Baptist Church, it is believed that “getting quiet to hear God” by “tuning out the world’s frequency to tune into God’s frequency” is obtainable through Christianized yoga. Church leaders ignorantly believe that applying scripture to yoga provides an opportunity for its participants to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. What the deceived do not know is that conversion to Jesus Christ of Nazereth through the practice of yoga is akin to expecting “Satan to cast out Satan.” It just won’t happen. Why? Because through passivity, yoga stretches open up the seven psychic centers in the body known in the occult world as chakras.

Chakras are actually demonic doorways for Hindu deities who themselves are principalities and powers. Each of these demons rules a particular sphere of life, which I am presently researching. Once these doorways are opened through passivity, the deities stand guard over each portal: Over the crown is Shiva; the third eye is Hakini; the throat is Savashiva, the heart is Isha, the navel is Vahni, the sexual organs are Vishnu and Rakeeni and the anus is Brahma.

The main problem is that the passivity of the yoga practitioner has weakened his will. This kind of passitivity empowers any one or all 8 demons or deities. While each deity stands guard over the doorways that it rules, countless other lower demons pass in and out of each ofthe 7 portals. To unseat a demonic deity is not impossible but it is very challenging, to say the least. What I am presently learning is that once the captive is strong enough in his or her will, each demon must be cast out one at a time by the name of the deity. Then the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth must be applied to the doorposts of the 7 psychic centers in order to permanently close these doorways, opened by the apparently harmless practice of yoga. Almost one hundred years ago, woman of God Jessie Penn Lewis in collaboration with Evangelist Evan Roberts of the revival in Wales wrote a life saving and life changing book entitled “War on the Saints.” This book has no competition or comparison. Simply put, the pain of “waking me up” to how the religious demon had deceived me palled to the astounding joy that the revelations of truth continue to bring me, almost on a daily basis.”War on the Saints” literally set me free, equipped me to serve and inspired the contents of “Faces of the Religious Demon: Freedom Through Deliverance Counseling.”

So no one has defined passivity better than Jessie Penn Lewis: The primary cause of deception and possession in surrendered believers may be condensed into one word, PASSIVITY; that is, a cessation ofthe active exercise of the WILL in control over the spirit, soul and body or either, as may be the case. It is, practically, a counterfeit of “surrender to God.” The believer who surrenders his members or faculties to God, AND CEASES TO USE THEM HIMSELF, thereby falls into “passivity” which enable evil spirits to deceive, and possess any part of his being which has become passive.” This deception over passive surrender may be exampled thus: A believer surrenders his “arm” to God. He permits it to hang passive, waiting for ‘God to use it.’ He is asked, ‘why do you not use your arm?’ He replies, ‘I have surrendered it to God. I must not use it now. God must use it.’But will God lift the arm for the man? Nay,the man himself must lift it, and use it, seeking to understand intelligently God’s mind in doing so.(War on the Saints, pg. 71.)

Sister Lewis amplifies this general definition of passivity as a state of being out of control because of a loss of free will, a condition of inactivity or idleness. In order to know what is going on in the spiritual realm, I believe that every serious Christian should have access to “War on the Saints.” I recommend that you purchase either a soft or hard cover and keep it real close by. Make sure that it is unabridged as the abridged version has been seriously “butchered by Christians who disagreed with her.” On those few occasions that I myself have had reservations about one of Jessie’s teachings, I f have been disproved more than once.

The friend to spiritual perversion is a state of passivity brought upon the unsuspecting by other altered states of consciousness. Why choose such a subject? Well, because as a Christian therapist, I have been exposed to too many professing Christians who have been seriously and severely demonized and tormented due to engaging in Indian and Buddhist practices.

We may be the lower creation in the devil’s eyes but Satan knows that it is God’s will that the kingdom of darkness be ruled and dominated by those who belong to Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Since Satan’s days are short, in view of the closing days of the age of the organized church, demonic onslaughts shall increase. To be defeated by an inferior creation is the greatest humiliation that Satan’s kingdom must endure. Yet God Himself has raised us, an inferior creation– to a status once occupied by Satan when he was the great archangel of God. We are lifted up by our Triumphant Lord, to the place of judgment where “we shall judge angels.” It is a very humblling experience to “cast out a demon” and have it obey you, simply because you belong to the kingdom of the Christ.

THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT AND MENTAL HEALTH

25 Sep

MENTAL DISORDER AND JEZEBEL

An excerpt from “Faces of the Religious Demon. To obtain the softcover or the ebook, go to www.lulu.com/content/357089

Located in a pdf file on the Internet is an article that I first referenced in Chapter 5 that defines the spirit of Jezebel as the mental health disorder known as narcissism, authored by a Catholic nun, Sister Nadine. It seems irreconcilable in this instance that the religious demon would work against itself by revealing truth through someone who is herself deceived by the Jezebel spirit within the Catholic church’s adoration and deification of Mary, the mother of Jesus. So proceeding with caution in referencing this article, I have found very often that a religious demon will release a particular truth through a prophet or messenger because Satan is seeking to draw his prey into a deeper trap.

Yet in this case, so as not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, I find that Sister Nadine’s comparison of the Jezebelian personality to the secular diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder is both accurate and informative. “The ‘Jezebel spirit’ is named after King Ahab’s wife in ancient Israel, Jezebel—the first woman in the bible, with much written about her, that clearly displayed the symptoms of a ‘ malignant Narcissist.’ This spirit is born out of witchcraft and rebellion and is one of the most common spirits in operation today. It is a powerful enemy of the ‘body of Christ’—the church, just as it’s namesake was. It operates freely on even sincere believers whose hearts are for God individually and has also attained positions of power within the churches.

In the secular world, these people are often thought to suffer from ‘narcissistic personality disorder’, ‘Paranoia’ and are often labeled as ‘Psychopaths’ or just ‘plain evil.’ Yet, the most accurate and complete description of the characteristics of these people is to be found with and against ‘evil’—not psychiatry, which has just recently started trying to come to terms with the term ‘evil’. Religion is where ‘evil’ has most often been described and discussed, and its books mention it often as the end-result of un-repented sins. 1 Sister Nadine describes the mission and purpose of this personality disorder as fivefold: to masquerade as a protector In order to gain access to it’s captive, the spirit of Jezebel will enter through negative emotional doorways that have already been opened by other demons, including fear, rejection, jealousy and anger.

As a protector, the spirit of Jezebel promises its captive ultimate elevation through recognition and domination of the lives of those around him or her—befriended targets that will eventually be spiritually back stabbed. Though not adverse to sexual seduction, spiritual seduction is Jezebel’s religious goal. Religious demons will seek those with Jezebelian traits among those who are ambitious to make a name for themselves in Christ—particularly leadership— that the captive is spiritually mature, trustworthy, loyal and reliable—persons who by virtue of their works are prematurely granted privileges and opportunities to minister and to hold positions of authority. In most cases, persons with the Jezebelian personality can be found at the right hand of those in spiritual authority. To kill the prophets.

As was the case in the life of Ahab’s wife, demons will seek those who by nature have a jealous, envious spirit, hostile to all spiritual authority. Like a shark or a snake, these captives can be most cleverly vicious and dangerous, particularly to those who are called to the fivefold ministry. For example, these captives will circle the lives of others within a congregation, looking for teachable, fleeceable, controllable disciples of his or her own. For these captives like to birth spiritual babes unto itself, disciples that will eat false doctrine from their own tables. Toward this end, some of these captives will seek out others who are in rebellion, yet who are weak, wounded, or those who are in conflict with their pastoral leadership. 3. To emasculate all men. Although biblical, Jezebel is a woman, and not a demon. However, demons themselves make take on either a masculine or a feminine name and “persona,” but demons themselves are neither male nor female because they are not human–of a different creation.

Therefore, the Jezebel nature can be found in both sexes. These captives tend to be strength snatchers, extremely jealous when others receive recognition and acceptance. Whether male or female, these captives may appear to be mild mannered and somewhat passive, serving at the feet of some prominent male figure, whom the spirit of the anti-Christ will use these captives to destroy. 4. To curse others. A master of criticism, murmuring and complaining, captives will believe that their stand is righteous. With callous disregard for the well-being and independence of others, these captives have been convinced by eductive demons that others who disagree with the captive deserve to be cursed.

The Jezebel personality type will send demons of fear and discouragement against any perceived enemies. It will put a spiritual contract out against anyone who goes to war with it, not taking defeat ‘lying down—very often using prayer to attempt to bring about curses. 5. To appear to desire to destroy evil. Through projection, these captives are generally bent on destroying evil in others, completely blind to the evil within their own souls. When life threatens their blameless self image of perfection, various demons use these captives to be actively engaged in hating and destroying those who resist them, usually in the name of righteousness. Generally people of deep convictions, these captives may have a zeal for God and a desire to serve Him, and they will be convinced that they are serving the one true God. Even so, their true hidden agenda is selfworship.

Yet another facet of the hidden motives behind the Jezebelian form of religiosity is to seek self exaltation as well as to blind the eyes of the last generation to prepare for the return of the Lord in His Second coming. Rick Joyner adds additional light to the motives of this demon, particularly as it relates to Sister Nadine’s viewpoint concerning “killing the prophets”: “Jezebel demands recognition for herself while serving as the enemy of the true prophetic ministry. Jezebel was the greatest enemy of one of the Old Covenant’s most powerful prophets, Elijah, whose ministry especially represents preparing of the way for the Lord. The Jezebel spirit is one of the most potent forms of the religious spirit which seeks to keep the church and the world from being prepared for the return of the Lord. This spirit especially attacks the prophetic ministry because that ministry has an important place in preparing the way of the Lord.

That is why John the Baptist was persecuted by a personification of Jezebel in the wife of Herod. The prophetic ministry is the primary vehicle through which the Lord gives timely, strategic direction to His people. Jezebel knows that removing the true prophets will make the people vulnerable to her false prophets, which always leads to idolatry and spiritual adultery.” 2 (Epic Battles of the Last Days, pg.137) Prophets are certainly important in the last days, but I believe that the prophetic ministry of the second coming is the same as it was for the first coming in the ministry of John the Baptist. John did not go about with “a prophetic word” for individuals but rather preached repentance and the return of the Lord. There are many who move in what is called today “the prophetic ministry” who themselves have the traits of a Jezebelian personality—people who are deceiving countless people who are weak in spiritual knowledge.

Prophetic, Jezebelian types actually pave the way for demonic bondage to those they prophesy to. The Narcissistic Personality and Spiritual Strangeness When bordering on mental illness, a phrase that I have coined called “spiritual strangeness” can manifest in deep depression, the hearing of voices, visual appearances that are invisible to others and manifestations of narcissistic personality disorders of different varieties. ( See The Making of a Prophet, pp. 165-178) Where Jezebelian personality is concerned, at the core of the mental illness is a pride system that reinforces false or counterfeit religious beliefs and practices.

Psychic phenomena like telekinesis and astral travel emanate from the witchcraft side of the face of Jezebel. As such, when supernatural manifestations are present, the religious demon is generally in control . The Jezebelian personality is also at the root of self absorption, where legalism, perfectionism and self righteousness will progressively debilitate the soul. Though people with predispositions to narcissistic personality disorder or the biblical counterpart of the Jezebelian trait are usually under the influence of demons, I have found that there is no demon that will respond to the name “Jezebel” for there is no such demon. Ironically, there is a demon called “Mother Mary,” and “Mary Magdelene” but there is no demon that will respond to “Jezebel.”

The main demons involved with Jezebelian types are generally connected to witchcraft, religion, or both–known in the bible as “the spirit of the antiChrist. Yet there are several other lesser demons : to name but a few, there is a lying spirit, a jealous spirit, a mean spirit, all connected to pride and vanity—those traits of the flesh that keep hinder people with the Jezebelian influence from repenting.  Religiosity profiles of professsing   Christians are located here http://www.pamsheppard.com/religiosity_profiles

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THE FAKE JESUS: An Excerpt

25 Sep

THE FAKE JESUS FALLEN AAshtar is the god of the slain in the spirit phenomena.NGELS AMONG US

 

 

 

 

A Sheppard’s  Counseling Center Publication Pamela Sheppard, Founder and CEO Copyright 2008  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I now see why the Lord waited 3 decades before assigning me to this particular “occult investigation.” Our God is an awesome God. First, I was a student and a practitioner of the occult, then an ordained minister and an observer within the organized church, followed by a study on setting people free from demons through a unique counseling model called simply “deliverance counseling.” These three spiritual paths within experiential learning definitely were required “courses” that took all of 34 years to complete in order to enter into this, the fourth course. I realize today that the first 3 courses were MANDATORY and not a drop of my time has been wasted. The Holy Ghost is never off track. The ole folk spoke true. “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always ‘right on time!!!” There is a fifth and final course for me to take. Believe me—I haven’t a clue. Pamela Sheppard Founder and Director of Sheppards CounselingCenter SCC)  www.pamsheppard.com

What Has Been Goin On?

In order to understand the nature of spiritual warfare, we need to have a general insight on “what has been goin on.” there are a plethora of endtime books written by well meaning sisters and brothers that are too complicated for the average Christian. We have some very intelligent people in the remnant church—real deep, scholarly thinkers. The problem is that as they major on each individual tree, our minds are overrun with too many thoughts, too many ideas.

The intent of each chapter in “the Fake Jesus” is to “un-complicate” things by centering on the big pieces of the puzzle in order to make the spiritual picture more understandable to the average Christian. To get a picture of “what’s goin on” , it is important that we consider the intense significance of the fact that man was made a little lower than the angels. As are , we too are created beings. The highest created being was Lucifer, as there was no creature superior to him. Beneath Lucifer were the rest of the angelic creation: cherubim and seraphim, the arch, principalities and powers, the lower and demons.

The bible also suggests that there were other living creatures on earth who themselves fell at the time of Lucifer’s rebellion. It is believed that their disembodied spirits make up the lower class of demons. Of this, no one is sure. All we know is that no matter the class of demon, in the Name of Jesus, we can “cast them out!!!!” So the bible tells us through David that we are created lower than the . Clearly, we were not given the power, the intelligence or even the beauty of Lucifer. We were not given either the might or the strength of principalities and powers. Nor were we given the speed and freedom of movement through the airways that and demons possess.

Consequently, our creation is a little lower than the because we are bound by gravity in a 3 dimensional world, limited by space and time. Yet in spite of our limitations, the Almighty’s divine plan is to use a lower creation to rule all other creations. This is the thorn in Satan’s own side, the reason why he hates all humanity with a passion. One day, the elect shall rule Satan’s kingdom as Jesus already does. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, we have already been raised up together with Christ, seated in heavenly places. (Ephesians Ch.2) Those beings that were created before us marvel at the grace of God in terms of how He has manifested His love for us by the sacrifice of the Son of God.Once saved, even though we are a lower creation, we are yet associated with God in the heavens to rule forever in the government of the universe under the leadership of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

In truth, in eternity the first shall be last, and the last, or lower creation is first. Even more outrageous to the devil is that God Himself took upon our human nature when He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary. At the cross and at His resurrection, Jesus Christ of Nazareth defeated Satan clothed in a body of the lower creation and sits on the right hand of His Father in a body likened unto ours. The Lord’s glorified body is immortal as our bodies shall be when He returns to raise us out of our graves and to change the bodies of the elect who are alive when He comes back. So what does all of this mean? Lucifer, in his fallen condition –now called Satan,— is highly outraged that God would choose a lower creation to rule him. Man is the weapon by which Satan is defeated, as Jesus Christ defeated him as “the Son of Man.” The fury of Satan’s resentment toward God is seen throughout biblical history, for each time he attacks one of us, Satan’s real goal is to attack God Himself for placing the power to defeat him into the hands of a creation that is inferior to him.

Satan is literally OUTRAGED!!!! In order to write this book, The Sheppard’s Counseling Center entered into the enemy’s camp to spy out the land. In other words, we reviewed the teachings about what is referred to as “the Christ” or “the Christ Consciousness on occult websites in order to be able to recognize teachings that emanate from a fallen angel that we call “the Fake Jesus”. What we discovered is that not only have fallen developed a huge occult following over the last 3 decades or more, but their hidden influence is extremely powerful within the present day organized church, particularly the charismatic, word of faith movement.

Our goal with this book is to both warn and arm the elect of God and to undeceive those who unknowingly are worshiping the fake Jesus. The information we have gleaned from the ascended master teachings suggest to us that we are living in the last days, where some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Those who are lukewarm, shall be spit out of the Lord’s mouth, for they are poor, blind and naked. In Pastor Pam’s third book“Faces of the Religious Demon,” various case studies are presented to reflect “faces” or “facets” of how the Fake Jesus operates. A year after the book’s publication, actual names of these demons were uncovered, for in our times, fallen have made themselves known to their occult disciples and followers under the guise and title of “an ascended master.” Our first point to make is this. THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

! Idolatry is not new. For an old testament Israelite, idolatry was the most heinous of crimes. In both the old and the new testament, the covenant relationship between God and His people has been represented as a marriage. Therefore, the worship of false gods was regarded as spiritual fornication or adultery—in other words—harlotry. The penalty for harlotry was death. Even though the same demons of old testament times have continued to operate over the centuries, only the style of idolatry has changed in our times. In fact, today’s “ascended masters” are most likely the same demons that operated throughout biblical history in both the old and new testament times. Only their names have been changed.

Old testament harlotry occurred in two forms: the worship of false gods or the worship of the true God by the use of images and statues. All of the nations surrounding ancient Israel practiced idolatry in one form or another. For example, some worshiped mountains, springs, trees and blocks of stone in which the so called diety was believed to be “incarnate” in them. The Egyptians worshiped the sun,the Nile River,and animals they believed to be sacred: the bull,cow,cat, baboon, crocodile, the snake. Today, when the Holy Spirit reveals to tormented captives that a demon is manifesting in their lives, they often have had dreams of demons who confronted them in the form of these very same animals that were once worshiped as gods in the old testament.

With this in mind, interpretation of these kinds of dreams is very easily. Other animals dreamed about are insects and rodents. Among the Canaanites, worship was barbaric, degrading and often violent,including various demoralizing practices like child sacrifices, prostitution,sodomy and other degrading sexual acts. This is why there is often a strong sexual connection to idolatrous religion, and those who are tormented by a religious demon are often attacked in their sexuality. When the Israelites inhabited the lands where idolatry of this sort was practiced, God often mandated them to cleanse the area by destroying the idols which often included the livestock. Destruction was necessary due to the shameful character of the worship that was practiced, wherein sodomy was a prevalent practice.

The first cited case of idolatry among God’s people is the account of Rachel’s stealing of her father’s teraphim. Teraphim were household gods that were small enough to be held in the hand or to sit on a stand in the house. (Genesis31:19) Moreover, the whole book of Judges is an account of periodic apostasies, judgments and repentances where idolatry was often mixed in with the outward worship of Jehovah. NOTHING HAS CHANGED ALONG THESE LINES EITHER.

The occultists and the nonChristian religions of today have their relics and practices while those who profess Jesus Christ of Nazareth may be unknowingly worshiping the Fake Jesus as they lift up idolatrous practices within the organized church system. In one of our publications entitled “Faces of the Religious Demon,” several issues on demonic religious practices within new age as well as within Christian cults and churches are addressed. Likewise, the mediums of the old testament are referred to as “channels” in modern times. The term “medium” denotes the ability to operate as a conduit between the natural and the spiritual worlds: either the spirits of the dead which the bible refers to as “necromancy”, or the spirits of non-corporeal entities, , and/or nature spirits. In practically every case, the spirit that is communicating is either a demon masquerading as the spirit of the deceased or as an angel sent from God.

The most outstanding biblical account of mediumship occurred when Saul sought the services of a medium, shortly before his death in an attempt to raise up his former deceased prophet, Samuel. A spirit came forth who claimed to actually be “the ghost of Samuel.” Was that “really” Samuel? The bible does not say. we suspect NOT—that it was a demon masquerading as Samuel. Present day mediumship is at the core of the New Age belief system, and a routine practice among occultists. In this context, and under the name channeling, 21st century mediums are called “channels”. Channels are demoniacally “gifted” to receive messages from a “teaching-spirit” of advanced wisdom known as “ascended masters.”

The usual process is telepathic, mind to mind. The ascended masters are fallen angels , cosmic beings or demons of the highest Satanic order. In some instances, mediums (or the spirits working with them) can produce physical, paranormal phenomena such as materializations of spirits, the movement of objects, or levitation. This was the school of mediumship that our founder was being trained for in the early 70’s. She saw a few materializations but experienced no levitations—other than her spirit left her body when demons “spoke” through her. However, objects moved about her several times and continued to do so on rare occasions for at least 10 years or more, AFTER she was saved. Only once did she actually feel like she “caused” a lost object to “appear” and this occurred BEFORE she was saved.

Every other time that an object moved, she had no conscious awareness that it was by a power that emanated from within or upon her. Religious demons are not human, nor are they divine. They are simply fallen who began calling themselves ascended masters around the mid 20th century. In open communication with their occult disciples, we Christians have been sleepwalking in the spirit. Tenaciously focused on the contents of our own personal lives, the so called “ascended masters” have been secretly planting their seeds and working diligently toward the fulfillment of their sinister agenda. The ascended masters are in the service of their master, Sanat Kamura, —Lucifer, the highest fallen angel that we all know as Satan or “the devil.” While the higher ranking demonic have been setting the stage for “their final act” of the endtimes, rank and file foot soldiers in Satan’s army were busy distracting all of us from the real issues.

Though these same demons were diligently working to stop the birth of Christ 2000 years ago, as they failed then, they will fail again. In spit of the fact that nothing or no one could stop the Lord’s first coming, there are those who believe that various conditions must be met before the Lord returns to earth, this time not as a babe but as a Lion with a symbolic rod of iron in His hand and a flaming sword bursting through His mouth. What a day, what a day! The bible calls it “the Day of the Lord.” In the first coming of the Lord, the of God played a significant role in preparing those involved for the Lord’s birth with special visitations to Mary, Joseph, and the father of John the Baptist, Zechariah.

The book of Revelation shows us angelic involvement prior to the second coming as well. Demons were also involved in the first coming, as they inspired Herod and his soothsayers to predict the signs of the time, and to conduct a relentless search for the baby Jesus by killing all male newborns from among the Israelites. Prior to the Lord’s second coming, the word of God suggests that both and demons will once again be extremely “active.” We will need the grace and the wisdom of God to be able to discern God’s from the demons who work on Satan’s behalf.

These are some serious days. From a personal perspective, in 1985, I had a visitation in a dream from a 7 foot, ballheaded, muscle bound “Mr. Clean”looking being who declared himself to be “an angel sent from God.” Without a doubt, I am one of the elect, chosen before the beginning of recorded time to be saved along with you and countless others. However, I was fooled for almost 20 years by this being. I thank God every day that while I was deceived, I was protected. I also am grateful to the Holy Ghost for exposing the deception in due season. Since countless professing Christians are awaiting the Lord Jesus Christ to return, set up and rule His own kingdom of peace and justice on the earth, they could very well be fooled by Satan—“The Man of Sin,” “the Son of Perdition,” he that opposeth and exalteth himself,” “the Wicked One whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth,” “he whose coming is after the working of Satan”. As Jesus warned us, many false christs shall manifest in the flesh. In this regard,

Fallen angels are diligently preparing to transform themselves into beings of light by manifesting in the flesh, counterfeiting the incarnation of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem 2007 years ago. Jesus also compared the time of His return to “the days of Noah.” What astounding thing happened in the days of Noah.? Fallen took on flesh, consummated the sex act with women and reproduced an offspring of giants. Noted in Genesis 6, these acts were such an offense to God that He brought about the flood to wipe away the contamination and to cleanse the earth. Since the floods of the days of Noah, fallen can no longer “take on flesh.” As Peter reveals, those are chained up in hell. However, there are other fallen who are not yet chained. Could it be that these thieves and robbers are among those who will once again attempt to enter the sheepfold by “climbing up another way?” (John 10:1)

These principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this earth once made their abode in the heavenlies but they have apparently already “fallen to earth.” In a nutshell, this particular group of fallen specialize in false religion. One particular demon masquerades as Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of God. Very often that demon comes into persons who have experienced being slain in the spirit. The demon that is received often calls itself “Jesus.” These circumstances add understanding to what the real Jesus Christ stated as recorded in Matthew Chapter 7: Some shall prophecy, cast out demons, etc. in His name— and He is going to say “I never knew you.” Perhaps the reason that Jesus never knew these professing Christians is because they were worshiping, giving praise, sending up prayers, making proclamations, making declarations in the name of a being who called himself “Jesus”, yet this being is a fake. An impostor. A demon. This is certainly a plausible reason why the real Jesus does not know those who perform various exploits in His name. They were worshiping a counterfeit. The Fake Jesus.

To obtain this most important book, the Fake Jesus: Fallen Angels Among Us,” visit www.pamsheppard.com/bookstore

25 Sep

THE FAKE JESUS FALLEN ANGELS AMONG US An excerpt

I now see why the Lord waited 3 decades before assigning me to this particular “occult investigation.” Our God is an awesome God. First, I was a student and a practitioner of the occult, then an ordained minister and an observer within the organized church, followed by a study on setting people free from demons through a unique counseling model called simply “deliverance counseling.” These three spiritual paths within experiential learning definitely were required “courses” that took all of 34 years to complete in order to enter into this, the fourth course. I realize today that the first 3 courses were MANDATORY and not a drop of my time has been wasted. The Holy Ghost is never off track.

What Has Been Goin On?

In order to understand the nature of spiritual warfare, we need to have a general insight on “what has been goin on.” there are a plethora of endtime books written by well meaning sisters and brothers that are too complicated for the average Christian. We have some very intelligent people in the remnant church—real deep, scholarly thinkers. The problem is that as they major on each individual tree, our minds are overrun with too many thoughts, too many ideas.

The intent of each chapter in “the Fake Jesus” is to “un-complicate” things by centering on the big pieces of the puzzle in order to make the spiritual picture more understandable to the average Christian. To get a picture of “what’s goin on” , it is important that we consider the intense significance of the fact that man was made a little lower than the angels. As are , we too are created beings. The highest created being was Lucifer, as there was no creature superior to him. Beneath Lucifer were the rest of the angelic creation: cherubim and seraphim, the arch, principalities and powers, the lower and demons.

The bible also suggests that there were other living creatures on earth who themselves fell at the time of Lucifer’s rebellion. It is believed that their disembodied spirits make up the lower class of demons. Of this, no one is sure. All we know is that no matter the class of demon, in the Name of Jesus, we can “cast them out!!!!” So the bible tells us through David that we are created lower than the . Clearly, we were not given the power, the intelligence or even the beauty of Lucifer. We were not given either the might or the strength of principalities and powers. Nor were we given the speed and freedom of movement through the airways that and demons possess. Consequently, our creation is a little lower than the because we are bound by gravity in a 3 dimensional world, limited by space and time. Yet in spite of our limitations, the Almighty’s divine plan is to use a lower creation to rule all other creations.

This is the thorn in Satan’s own side, the reason why he hates all humanity with a passion. One day, the elect shall rule Satan’s kingdom as Jesus already does. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, we have already been raised up together with Christ, seated in heavenly places. (Ephesians Ch.2) Those beings that were created before us marvel at the grace of God in terms of how He has manifested His love for us by the sacrifice of the Son of God.Once saved, even though we are a lower creation, we are yet associated with God in the heavens to rule forever in the government of the universe under the leadership of Jesus Christ of Nazareth

In truth, in eternity the first shall be last, and the last, or lower creation is first. Even more outrageous to the devil is that God Himself took upon our human nature when He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary. At the cross and at His resurrection, Jesus Christ of Nazareth defeated Satan clothed in a body of the lower creation and sits on the right hand of His Father in a body likened unto ours. The Lord’s glorified body is immortal as our bodies shall be when He returns to raise us out of our graves and to change the bodies of the elect who are alive when He comes back. So what does all of this mean? Lucifer, in his fallen condition –now called Satan,— is highly outraged that God would choose a lower creation to rule him. Man is the weapon by which Satan is defeated, as Jesus Christ defeated him as “the Son of Man.”

The fury of Satan’s resentment toward God is seen throughout biblical history, for each time he attacks one of us, Satan’s real goal is to attack God Himself for placing the power to defeat him into the hands of a creation that is inferior to him. Satan is literally OUTRAGED!!!! In order to write this book, The Deliverance Counseling Center entered into the enemy’s camp to spy out the land. In other words, we reviewed the teachings about what is referred to as “the Christ” or “the Christ Consciousness on occult websites in order to be able to recognize teachings that emanate from a fallen angel that we call “the Fake Jesus”. What we discovered is that not only have fallen developed a huge occult following over the last 3 decades or more, but their hidden influence is extremely powerful within the present day organized church, particularly the charismatic, word of faith movement.

Mygoal with this book is to both warn and arm the elect of God and to undeceive those who unknowingly are worshiping the fake Jesus. The information we have gleaned from the ascended master teachings suggest to us that we are living in the last days, where some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Those who are lukewarm, shall be spit out of the Lord’s mouth, for they are poor, blind and naked. In my third book“Faces of the Religious Demon,” various case studies are presented to reflect “faces” or “facets” of how the Fake Jesus operates. A year after the book’s publication, actual names of these demons were uncovered, for in our times, fallen have made themselves known to their occult disciples and followers under the guise and title of “an ascended master.”

My first point to make is this. THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN! Idolatry is not new. For an old testament Israelite, idolatry was the most heinous of crimes. In both the old and the new testament, the covenant relationship between God and His people has been represented as a marriage. Therefore, the worship of false gods was regarded as spiritual fornication or adultery—in other words—harlotry. The penalty for harlotry was death. Even though the same demons of old testament times have continued to operate over the centuries, only the style of idolatry has changed in our times. In fact, today’s “ascended masters” are most likely the same demons that operated throughout biblical history in both the old and new testament times. Only their names have been changed.Old testament harlotry occurred in two forms: the worship of false gods or the worship of the true God by the use of images and statues. All of the nations surrounding ancient Israel practiced idolatry in one form or another. For example, some worshiped mountains, springs, trees and blocks of stone in which the so called diety was believed to be “incarnate” in them. The Egyptians worshiped the sun,the Nile River,and animals they believed to be sacred: the bull,cow,cat, baboon, crocodile, the snake

. Today, when the Holy Spirit reveals to tormented captives that a demon is manifesting in their lives, they often have had dreams of demons who confronted them in the form of these very same animals that were once worshiped as gods in the old testament. With this in mind, interpretation of these kinds of dreams is very easily. Other animals dreamed about are insects and rodents. Among the Canaanites, worship was barbaric, degrading and often violent,including various demoralizing practices like child sacrifices, prostitution,sodomy and other degrading sexual acts. This is why there is often a strong sexual connection to idolatrous religion, and those who are tormented by a religious demon are often attacked in their sexuality. When the Israelites inhabited the lands where idolatry of this sort was practiced, God often mandated them to cleanse the area by destroying the idols which often included the livestock. Destruction was necessary due to the shameful character of the worship that was practiced, wherein sodomy was a prevalent practice.

The first cited case of idolatry among God’s people is the account of Rachel’s stealing of her father’s teraphim. Teraphim were household gods that were small enough to be held in the hand or to sit on a stand in the house. (Genesis31:19) Moreover, the whole book of Judges is an account of periodic apostasies, judgments and repentances where idolatry was often mixed in with the outward worship of Jehovah. NOTHING HAS CHANGED ALONG THESE LINES EITHER. The occultists and the nonChristian religions of today have their relics and practices while those who profess Jesus Christ of Nazareth may be unknowingly worshiping the Fake Jesus as they lift up idolatrous practices within the organized church system. In one of our publications entitled “Faces of the Religious Demon,” several issues on demonic religious practices within new age as well as within Christian cults and churches are addressed.

Likewise, the mediums of the old testament are referred to as “channels” in modern times. The term “medium” denotes the ability to operate as a conduit between the natural and the spiritual worlds: either the spirits of the dead which the bible refers to as “necromancy”, or the spirits of non-corporeal entities, , and/or nature spirits. In practically every case, the spirit that is communicating is either a demon masquerading as the spirit of the deceased or as an angel sent from God. The most outstanding biblical account of mediumship occurred when Saul sought the services of a medium, shortly before his death in an attempt to raise up his former deceased prophet, Samuel. A spirit came forth who claimed to actually be “the ghost of Samuel.” Was that “really” Samuel? The bible does not say. we suspect NOT—that it was a demon masquerading as Samuel.

Present day mediumship is at the core of the New Age belief system, and a routine practice among occultists. In this context, and under the name channeling, 21st century mediums are called “channels”. Channels are demoniacally “gifted” to receive messages from a “teaching-spirit” of advanced wisdom known as “ascended masters.” The usual process is telepathic, mind to mind. The ascended masters are fallen , cosmic beings or demons of the highest Satanic order. In some instances, mediums (or the spirits working with them) can produce physical, paranormal phenomena such as materializations of spirits, the movement of objects, or levitation. This was the school of mediumship that I was being trained for in the early 70’s. I saw a few materializations but experienced no levitations—other than my spirit left my body when demons “spoke

” through me. However, objects moved about me several times and continued to do so on rare occasions for at least 10 years or more, AFTER she was saved. Only once did I actually felt  like I “caused” a lost object to “appear” and this occurred BEFORE I was saved.

Every other time that an object moved, I had no conscious awareness that it was by a power that emanated from within or upon ne. Religious demons are not human, nor are they divine. They are simply fallen who began calling themselves ascended masters around the mid 20th century. In open communication with their occult disciples, we Christians have been sleepwalking in the spirit. Tenaciously focused on the contents of our own personal lives, the so called “ascended masters” have been secretly planting their seeds and working diligently toward the fulfillment of their sinister agenda.

The ascended masters are in the service of their master, Sanat Kamura, —Lucifer, the highest fallen angel that we all know as Satan or “the devil.” While the higher ranking demonic have been setting the stage for “their final act” of the endtimes, rank and file foot soldiers in Satan’s army were busy distracting all of us from the real issues. Though these same demons were diligently working to stop the birth of Christ 2000 years ago, as they failed then, they will fail again. In spit of the fact that nothing or no one could stop the Lord’s first coming, there are those who believe that various conditions must be met before the Lord returns to earth, this time not as a babe but as a Lion with a symbolic rod of iron in His hand and a flaming sword bursting through His mouth. What a day, what a day! The bible calls it “the Day of the Lord.”

In the first coming of the Lord, the of God played a significant role in preparing those involved for the Lord’s birth with special visitations to Mary, Joseph, and the father of John the Baptist, Zechariah. The book of Revelation shows us angelic involvement prior to the second coming as well. Demons were also involved in the first coming, as they inspired Herod and his soothsayers to predict the signs of the time, and to conduct a relentless search for the baby Jesus by killing all male newborns from among the Israelites.

Prior to the Lord’s second coming, the word of God suggests that both and demons will once again be extremely “active.” We will need the grace and the wisdom of God to be able to discern God’s from the demons who work on Satan’s behalf. These are some serious days. From a personal perspective, in 1985, I had a visitation in a dream from a 7 foot, ballheaded, muscle bound “Mr. Clean”looking being who declared himself to be “an angel sent from God.”

Without a doubt, I am one of the elect, chosen before the beginning of recorded time to be saved along with you and countless others. However, I was fooled for almost 20 years by this being. I thank God every day that while I was deceived, I was protected. I also am grateful to the Holy Ghost for exposing the deception in due season. Since countless professing Christians are awaiting the Lord Jesus Christ to return, set up and rule His own kingdom of peace and justice on the earth, they could very well be fooled by Satan—“The Man of Sin,” “the Son of Perdition,” he that opposeth and exalteth himself,” “the Wicked One whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth,” “he whose coming is after the working of Satan”. As Jesus warned us, many false christs shall manifest in the flesh. In this regard, Fallen angels are diligently preparing to transform themselves into beings of light by manifesting in the flesh, counterfeiting the incarnation of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem 2007 years ago.

Jesus also compared the time of His return to “the days of Noah.” What astounding thing happened in the days of Noah.? Fallen took on flesh, consummated the sex act with women and reproduced an offspring of giants. Noted in Genesis 6, these acts were such an offense to God that He brought about the flood to wipe away the contamination and to cleanse the earth. Since the floods of the days of Noah, fallen can no longer “take on flesh.” As Peter reveals, those are chained up in hell. However, there are other fallen who are not yet chained. Could it be that these thieves and robbers are among those who will once again attempt to enter the sheepfold by “climbing up another way?” (John 10:1) These principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this earth once made their abode in the heavenlies but they have apparently already “fallen to earth.” In a nutshell, this particular group of fallen specialize in false religion. One particular demon masquerades as Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of God.

Very often that demon comes into persons who have experienced being slain in the spirit. The demon that is received often calls itself “Jesus.” These circumstances add understanding to what the real Jesus Christ stated as recorded in Matthew Chapter 7: Some shall prophecy, cast out demons, etc. in His name— and He is going to say “I never knew you.” Perhaps the reason that Jesus never knew these professing Christians is because they were worshiping, giving praise, sending up prayers, making proclamations, making declarations in the name of a being who called himself “Jesus”, yet this being is a fake. An impostor. A demon. This is certainly a plausible reason why the real Jesus does not know those who perform various exploits in His name. They were worshiping a counterfeit. The Fake Jesus.

To obtain a copy of “the Fake Jesus,”

visit www.pamsheppard.com/bookstore

 

IS THE CHURCH AN EVIL TREE?

25 Sep

In my work as a deliverance counselor, I am being put into contact with too many longterm, faithful churchgoers who are practically demon possessed. Now this phenomena just does not make sense to me. Simply put, Jesus said that to look at the fruit, one must examine the tree. If the tree is good, then the fruit is good. If the fruit is evil, then the tree must be evil. So based on this simple premise of “you shall know them by their fruit”, why then are faithful churchgoers in so much demonic torment? Good question!!!! One thing I have learned through the practice of deliverance, the casting out of devils, is that I really don’t help anyone. I have never helped anyone!!!! It is always the Lord who does the work.Whether I lay hands or not, I am never actually DOING the work.

For example, Moses was told to raise his rod over the waters and the RED SEA opened. Do you think that Moses actually opened the Red Sea with a rod? So the rod that the church is definitely not using is to “speak to the demons.” The Lord revealed to me recentlythat if I did not speak to the demons in a particular individual, they would not come out. However, I am really not the one casting them out. It is the Holy Spirit. I just use the Name of Jesus and stand in faith with His name. I do nothing else. I am like Moses with a rod in my hand and that rod is the power and authority of the Name of Jesus against demons.

Furthermore, I am finding from my own personal experience as a good, sincere pastor, that those who have been faithful members, followers of my ministry bare significantly less fruit than those that I counsel as a professional, Christian therapist on a weekly basis. So I had to ask myself yet another simple question. Why IS that? Someone can come into telephone counseling with me for 6 months to a year and bare ten times more spiritual fruit than some who have faithfully attended my “church” for 5 years, 10 years and 15 years.

It should also be pointed out there are people in my camp that have heard countless sermons and teachings. I have known them personally and been an active figure in their lives, yet spiritual fruit in Christ is barely visible. I believe the Holy Spirit has recently given me my answer. Don’t hold on too tightly to your pew or to your pulpit. Here is the simple, yet profound answer. The passive model of church, where the pastor gets up on a platform, gives “a word” after the choir sings, DOES NOT BARE FRUIT.

To bare real fruit for Christ, each sheep must be individually fed through counsel, guidance, up front and in your face ministry at least one hour a week, one on one. As the babe grows, the contact can be reduced after a year or so. Once the babe is a mature Christian, then he or she can “feed his or her self and then become a worker in the church to feed new babes.One shepherd can feed about 4 sheep a day, 7 days a week, for about 6 months to a year or about 27 people at a time. If the sheep learn quickly, then this would be about 54 babes a year. As a writer and a trainer, I cannot do a full time job of counseling sheep. Full time pastoring would consists of 6- 8 sheep a a day for six months or a year.

 

CURSED CHRISTIANS

25 Sep

There are many who practice a professing Christian religion who live under a curse because they have either added to or taken away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have found from our own experience that demons are having a field day with professing Catholics, Mormons,(Latter Day Saints) Jehovah Witnesses, Coptics, Christian Scientists and others. When you profess to be a Christian yet Jesus is not Lord and the Holy Spirit is not God in your so called Christian faith, demons will use this fact against you as an occasion to rule in your life. The demons will be successful because you are practicing a religion that has “added to the gospel.” Others who claim to believe in Jesus Christ associate themselves with cultish groups such as freemasonry or participate in occult practices that are directly or even indirectly linked to the religious rights of non-Christian religions, ie. yoga, transcendental meditation, chanting, reincarnation and the like. In fact, some mainline denominational churches are rapidly embracing what is now called “Christian Yoga.”

To the Galatians, Paul declared it this way, “if any man preach any other gospel, other than what I have preached, let him be cursed.” (Galatians Ch.1:9) Two thousand years have passed since Paul’s rather serious proclamation. I am not an historian, but I would imagine that any religion professing to be Christian that either subtracts or adds to the gospel of Jesus Christ has reaped the fruit of this curse, from one generation to another. Today, there are countless people who are being oppressed and tormented by demons because they are preaching “another gospel.” In counseling, we will lead you to repentance once you have been enlightened. Demons will bow at the name of Jesus Christ of Nazereth even among the heathen,–those who have never believed on Him.

Why? Because David declared it this way in Psalm 2. When Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, the Father turned to Him and said “Ask of me anything. and I will give to You, My Son, the heathen for your inheritance.” I believe that Jesus asked the Father to give Him the heathen. So if you are lost and do not have the Lord in your life, Jesus Christ is still your God, whether you believe in Him or not. The problem for you, though, is that even though He has you, you cannot receive Him until the Holy Ghost draws you to the cross and you repent as an unclean sinner. And since “you do not have Jesus”, demons will wipe up the dirty streets of the world with you and those assigned to you will destroy you, despite of the fact that Jesus owns you.

Since Jesus is the one with the keys to hell and death, He will be the one who will incarcerate you in hell for eternity in spite of the fact that He died for you. In fact, I can cast demons from you today and they WILL come out in fear of His name. Even so, Jesus said that they will come back with a fury seven fold stronger than your original state if you do not receive Him as your Lord. (Matthew 12:45) The good news of the gospel is that we can set you free in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth also. In fact, it is easier to set the heathen free from a non-religious demon than those who are worshipping a false “so called Christian” god. Those who have experienced His power in setting them free will most often bow to His Lordship and become truly saved.

A word of warning. Just because you have not yet felt the ramifications of the curse, does NOT mean that you have escaped it. It may manifest at the end of your life or even in the lives of your children and grandchildren. For example, freemasonry in the church is a major example of how the Fake Jesus has established a seat in countless organized churches. In fact, many of mainline denominations were even founded by practicing freemasons, with freemasons in the pulpits yet today. I suggest that you read a rather understandable and concise teaching from an internet article found at www.saintsalive.com/freemasonry/fmwitchcraft.htm Here is an excerpt.

“The Masonic temple is a temple of witchcraft! There is no doubt about that. Veiled within its symbols are the deities and even the working tools of witchcraft! The blazing star at the center of the lodge is the witch’s pentagram, symbol of the god of Satanism, Set. The letter “G” stands for genrerativity, sexual potency.” Religious and witchcraft demons are almost impossible to cast out because they require the captive to disavow the actions of not only their church families but also their own personal family. Most captives refuse to do so and as a consequence, they shall remain bound. Even so, what is impossible with man is possible with God. What you need to know is that God will give you grace, but as James points out, God resists the proud.

As you draw near to God through the humility of repentance, you can cleanse your own hands if you will disavow both your Christian church and those family members who have transgressed through the practice of freemasonry and other forms of witchcraft that have either added to or taken away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Such an admonition is made to those who enter every church who has added to or taken away from the gospel. For example, those in the word of faith movement have been adding to and taking away from the gospel for the last 3 decades with the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it, and countless other doctrines and teachings. Denominational churches are known for accepting freemasonry, yoga, and forms of worship that counterfeit the Holy Ghost. If you have “been there and done that,” I warn you that the curse is near you. So draw near to God by humbling yourself and admitting your error, and God will give you grace and lift you up out of your bondage. ( James Chapter 4)

I plead the words of the Lord in Rev. Ch 18:4: “Come out of HerMy People, lest you be partakers of her sins and receive of Her plagues. What if Jesus is referring to the organized church? Sheppard’s Counseling Center will provide you with an online minister to mentor you in the comfort of your home. Visit me at www.pamsheppard.com/online_ministers_available for more information.

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PUT OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE

25 Sep

I am here to blow the trumpet in Zion. To sound an alarm that only the elect shall here and heed. The Lord sounds the alarm in the endtimes saying, “Come out of her (Mystery Babylon) my people, lest ye receive of her plagues.” To some, Mystery Babylon is a nation. This is partially true, yet I believe that Mystery Babylon consists not only of a nation but also of the organized church in its apostate, blasphemous condition. I also suspect that there are only two ways “to come out of her.” To be PUT OUT or to be called out by God. In my case, both options applied. Jesus Himself forwarned the elect of God that they would be “put out of their synagogues.” (John 16:2) Most assuredly Jesus prepared His disciples to endure persecution while they established His church after His Ascencion. History confirms the fulfillment of the Lord’s prediction, for free thinkers have been “put out of the church” in every century.

However, could the Lord’s words be a prophetic sign, not only to the beginning of the church age but also at the end of it?If the church age is about to ebb, could it also be that dedicated churchgoers of our time will also be called out and perhaps even “put out” of their local assemblies and denominations? In pursuit of a reflexion upon endtime signs, the purpose of this article is twofold: first-to prepare and to calm the hearts of those who may be driven out oftheir local churches and assemblies and second–to begin to explore the Lord’s “the new thing” which I believe the bible refers to as “the latter rain.”

It is my contention that the latter rain is a final outpouring of the Holy Ghost on all flesh, a move of God that I suspect will occur,for the most part, outside of the organized church as we know it today, using as its foundation those who have been “put out” of our present day “synagogue”, the organized church. IN the mid 80’s , I was watching television and I saw a news clip of a huge line that stretched around the corner from a NYC theater where Madonna was appearing. I paid particular attention to this news flash, primarily because people had brought folding cots to sleep on for days, so that they could be first in line. I remember thinking, “they should be lining up like that for Jesus Christ.” That same night, I dreamed about a similar line. The line began at a theatre in my own community, stretched down the highway to the NYS Thruway to the Selkirk exit which is a 12 mile long line.

Flying over the line and looking down at it, the Holy Ghost and I had the following conversation. He said “Pam,do you see that line down below? You are going to minister to every person you see standing on that line.” In my mind, this was inconceivable. I asked Him “where and how.” Then He flew me in an eastward direction, pointing down to a little complex, declaring “from there.” I asked, “how am I going to fit all of those people in that little house?” He didn’t answer and I woke up. Several years later,I was sitting at my computer, and the Holy Ghost reminded me of that dream. I was stunned. He interpreted the dream Himself.

“Remember that line of 12 miles in length? Remember you asked me how you were going to fit all of those people in your house? Remember that when you dreamed this, you were living west of the highway and not east of it? Well Pam, today you are living east of the highway, and today you are ministering to hundreds each day from your website while you”chat” and send emails from your computer, eat your dinner and even while you are sleeping in your bed. As in that dream, those you minister to 24 and 7 are ‘on line.'”

Even though computers had been around for years, I was unaware of them when I had that dream in the 80’s. They were not even using computers at my secular job in those days. Even after I had my own personal PC both at work and at home, it took a minute for me to get into the computer lingo,ie. “going on line”, “download” or “surfing the world wide web.” So as I sat at my computer screen about 5 years ago, the Holy Ghost interpreted my dream for me, letting me know that with a computer, (with 12 being the number of fulfillment and completion), a 12 mile long highway of people is a drop in the bucket when you are tallking about “the world!!!”. So when I was confidentially apprised that the reginal director was planning to come against my website , I knew that the time had come for my departure. In short, the religious demon used the first woman ever to gain power within the denomination in our region in 150 years to sabotage my website. Rose( not her real name) covertly warned the Bishop, suggesting that my website should be investigated.

Due to the dream of the 12 mile line and the very recent interpretation of it, I realized just how crucial the website was to my ministry, a thing not to be tampered with by anyone. Wow!. It was really time to go.Once a close friend, prayer partner and confidante, Rose instigated this “move to put me out of the synagogue”, assuming that she could hide her involvement under anonymity, ie. that some unknown person on the world wide web had complained to the Bishop. As such, Rose continued to grin in my face, pretending that she had nothing at all to do with actually initiating the investigation herself.

As is the case with women new to organized church politics, another woman minister that Rose confided in did not keep her secret. The second woman revealed the secret plans to a male minister who behaved “like a friend to me”. The long and the short of it is that “I found out.” Consequently, one whole year before I left the church, I knew well in advance most of the details concerning the denomination’s “so called” investigation. So about a month after a colleague “pulled my coat” to what was about to transpire, the Bishop formed an investigative committee and conveniently appointed Rose as the chairperson. A few secret meetings were held where Rose handed the committee her investigation report a year later. Those on the committee were also supposed to be “my friendly associates.”

However, they passively accepted Rose’s report and kept her secret. Committee members did not really understand what was going on and they also did not care. Even though they did not relish being a part of a secret plan to destroy another colleague’s ministry, “they went along with it all” to protect themselves. Religious politics can be as cut-throat as its secular counterpart. The “investigation” did not target deliverance counseling, the prayer line or other links. The denomination’s major anxiety was my role as a watchman on the web. The leadership knew that they could not handle yet another lawsuit.

What if one of the “mega preachers” took the denomination to court over something I might published about him or her on the website? The “megas” have loads of dollars to employ teams of lawyers for years on end. As is often the case in religious proceedings, the committee did not do its homework. Due to the fame and fortune of public figures, tv evangelists are legally subject to public scrutiny, with practically no holes barred on the internet. In fact, people without integrity are making some of the most foul, outrageous, slanderous comments about mega preachers on the web, with absolutely no fear of legal reprisals. In truth, the website investigation was merely a smokescreen for the Bishop to finally “PUT OUT” a minister that he considered to be one of the denomination’s bad pennies. Outside of the bishop,everyone else involved had their own motives that evolved around fear, envy, competitiveness and ambition.

In spite of evil motives of the flesh, this entire fiasco was a good experience for my own spiritual development. It was an experience that the Lord used to refine me within the fire. So if you are either “put out” or “driven out,” just know that the Lord will not leave you or forsake you. In fact, He is really behind the whole thing, as He warns in Rev. Ch: 18, “Come out of her, My people.” I don’t usually share about this incident because it provides ammunition for detractors. Those who seek to “skirt the truth” through excuses and denial, invariably accuse me of being “bitter” and vindictive. Professing Christians who refuse to even consider a view that may challenge their own, are always looking for any rationalization that can assist them to remain blind.

Even so, I share this testimony today because I believe that it will help those of you who will eventually be “put out of your church.” When you are, my hope is that when you are accused, you will not feel abused and react emotionally. Simply “watch, wait and pray.” Wait I say on the Lord, and He will direct your path.” Controversial, public ministry has its challenges. I have simply come to terms with the inevitablity that people are going to believe what they choose to believe as they minimize the truth and desensitized themselves to “what’s goin on”.

Just know this. My entire ministerial life, I was only a member and a minister in one denomination. I have no need to reveal it because “who they are” is not important. Only a microcosm, they remain bit players in the unfolding drama of the entire organized church. Forgiveness was not difficult for me in this instance and without any effort I was able to sincerely declare,”Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” Forgiveness also necessitates that we “own up” and take responsibility for our own mistakes. In my particular case, I understand why the Bishop desired for a long time to “put me out of the synagogue!”

In his mind, I was bringing charismatic practices into the denomination that he loves—- whose traditions he is dedicated to protect. Yet, he neither protested nor did he take a stand when his own wife began to recommend a book to the entire denomination,— a book authored by a well known charismatic whose character has recently been publicly exposed. Email commentaries that I receive from you the reader frequently mention “my transparency.”

Here’s the deal. I can share as I do primarily because I have no one to fear except God Himself. In other words, no one can hurt me by my self disclosure. I will never run for political office. I seek nothing from you. I do not seek your tithes and offerings. Nor am I seeking a following to join me in ministry. If you buy a book that sells for $25, the ministry gains $2. With little to gain and nothing to lose, I can be an open book without the anticipation of reprisals from anyone. Therefore, I lose no sleep over being “transparent.” My primary goal is that each reader gleans and benefits from the rough road that I have travelled as a born again believer in Christ Jesus for 31 years.

Hopefully, my self disclosure will alert you to avoid some of the pitfalls. I consider my job to be easy primarily because I don’t take more upon myself then I am called to do. In fact, I sleep 10 hours a day. All that is required of me is to remain on the web and the Holy Ghost does the rest.The Lord’s yoke is truly easy and His burden is certainly light in my life today. I don’t even have to wrestle with demons face to face, as people are being delivered over the telephone, all around the world. day and night. In truth, the Holy Ghost is my only covering. I don’t have to worry about regional directors, bishops, or secular bosses and administrators or a husband to stand in my way. Not that I am against marriage. I simply no longer have the commodity of time to learn the ways of yet another man so as to be his helper.

Even though I am transparent, I make it a practice NOT to share the experiences of family, the local sheepfold and other personal associates without their permission. If I share my professional experiences with a client in counseling, the background of the client is camouflaged with no identifying information disclosed. Most important, no human being controls my income or my livelihood. Therefore, I am free to be an open book. It took years to get here and I relished it. As a state government worker, I once had to be closed and cautious but those days are over. The way I determine “what to share” is by the perceived needs of you, the reader. If I believe that exposing myself could possibly help you, then I share. If I don’t, then I keep my sins and my personal business between me and God. Only with Him am I completely transparent. Another reason why no person can pull my strings, is that I have never been “fearful.”

A fighter by nature, the overcoming of hostile emotions is truly a major part of my victory for believe me, I have never been a victim, not even as an African American. In all of my years, no white person has ever called me the “N” word. Of course, racism has been a part of every black person’s life and none of us can say that we have never been exposed to it or affected by it but Jesus Christ healed me long ago of all hatred, vengence and reverse racism. In fact, I do not know people after the flesh but after the spirit. So clearly and in all good conscience, by “putting me out,” no one in the denomination had the power to cause me to feel victimized or even mildly resentful. For 25 years, church leaders were basically pleasant, as they tried to mask their feigned acceptance and politely hidden distaste for me behind hypocritical pleasantries that were not difficult for me to discern.

Because I preached against a tolerance of sin, I certainly did not expect to be “enthusiastically embraced,” for the word of God prepared me to expect persecution for standing for righteousness. Even so, if I did not allow it, no one would have been able to “put me out”of the denomination if I chose to stay,not even the bishop himself. They all knew this about me so everything was implemented under a veil of secrecy through channels of “proper protocol”. Those involved were completely unaware that I too was secretly watching them as I “peaked through their veil of lies and cover-ups.”This is quite an accomplishment for a person like me.

By nature, I am a bold, fearless confronter. In fact, I had a knick name among my secular peers who were all male but one. Spoken with affection and respect, the men I worked with for 17 years referred to me as “the woman with gonads.” Consequently, it is truly not in the nature of my flesh to just sit back and watch weak,tongue in cheek, half steppin so called ministers and church leaders “schemin” behind my back without my own initiation of a vociferous counterattack. In my flesh, I am the kind of person who actually loves a verbal fight and it is built into my personality to confront people face to face. The pride nature of my flesh is relentless upon a perceived enemy. In fact, my father used to say, “Pam, you should have been a lawyer.” I disagree.

Unlike a lawyer, I only contend with what I perceive to be “the truth.” Yet as I quietly observed the mendacity of “church folk” , I learned how to be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove. My ability to trust God literally soared. He opened my spiritual eyes to every scheme that the enemy was planning against me and I simply “stood still”, pretended I was blind, as I quietly watched, waited and prayed. Successful at leaning on Him completely, I learned how to “give up a fight” as well as how to put a battle into His Hands. Over the years, I have observed that the enemy usually defeats me by drawing me into meaningless, unwinnable batles. He will use this tactic with assertive people, so “BEWARE!” His strategy is to pick a fight with the strong, —–a fight that he knows is not worth the victory or for circumstances hidden from you, you have no means of winning. Then when he challenges you, he knows your style.

The usual pattern of the strong is “not to back down.” His tactic is to attack intensely and repeatedly, in order to fool you into thinking, “wow, the devil is fighting me so hard on this matter, this battle must be real important to the Lord, so I won’t let up either.” This is what he wants you to think so that you will hold on to what is actually of no value and waste time and energy that could have been reserved for the real battles. I learned the intricacies of this particular “wile of the devil” because this strategy has been used against me numerous times. In my case, demons bank on the fact that I do not naturally throw in the towel. Well, this time, they out foxed themselves. I didn’t have to throw in the towel because I simply “refused to fight” in the first place. As a result, I was flooded with the peace of God throughout the entire year my website was “secretly under investigation.”

I agree with Paul. When I restrained my own human might, then the Lord stepped in with His. How was I able to restrain myself? Simple. It was the signs THAT I DID NOT SEEK, YET THE LORD SENT THEM. Besides the sign of the “12 mile line,” I had so many signs over the years that as soon as my so-called friend set the plan in motion, I immediately understood that the time had come for me to leave. “I HAD to go.” Actually, a week before these events transpired, I had a dream where I was informed that if I did not come out, the Lord would not be able to use me—I would be like a candlestick hidden under a mattress. This is what I discerned in the spirit— I saw a snuffed out light. The snuffed out light was ME if I put up a fight to stay. I also understood that the Lord did not want me to leave by a personal resignation.

As a fulfillment of prophecy, the Holy Ghost desired that the denomination ” PUT ME OUT.” In the final dream on these matters, I was compared to John the Baptist—shown how Rose had become “a head hunter.” With fifteen years seniority in ministry over Rose, I myself played a significant role in both befriending and supporting Rose in her new and unprecedented appointment to church leadership, never expecting that she would be the person who would eventually be the one who would drive me out of the denomination. As I watched Rose in the spirit, she metaphorically put my ministerial head on the chopping block.

With signs like these, I said to myself, “Pam, you are about to get your head chopped off with “a Judas kiss”. Just sit back and watch what the Lord does.” I didn’t have long to wait. The very next day,I got the phone call. On June 17,2004, the Bishop led the assembled church body of about 150 of my ministerial peers to unanimously vote to remove me from the denomination’s rolls. Surely, I always had a choice. I could have prevented being “put out” by simply showing up to the required meeting. None of them would have had the guts to put me out face to face.

In addition, I could have obeyed them and simply deleted the watchman pages of “TV Trouble” and “Beware Christian” from my website. As much as some people wanted me “gone,” no one could have legally put me out with cause if “I myself didn’t provide the cause.” Actually, I was not removed from the rolls because of the website. I was officially “put out” because I did not send in my annual dues of $660, nor did I attend a required annual meeting. I had spoken to the Bishop and asked to be excused, but when he arrived at the floor of the gathering, he “implied” that “I did not contact him and therefore he had not excused me from the meeting,” when “he did.” Without anything in writing, it was his word against mine.

I could have brought him up on charges as well, but such an action would have hindered the Lord’s plan for my departure. Other than for the website incident, I was not bothered by anyone in the denomination. As such, I was relatively free to function in my ministry with minimal hindrances for several years. Without a doubt, I truly loved the denominational flock and I still do. The problem was that I had received too many signs over two decades of time. It is my heart’s desire to be obedient to God and to man, if and only if man’s way is not in rebellion to God’s will . My decision to allow the denomination to “put me out” was based upon one question that I had to ask myself.”Pam, do you want to be a part of the latter rain or do you want to remain in a dry, barren place?” I chose the rain.

FINDING A CHURCH IN THESE TIMES

25 Sep

” Many readers and visitors to  pamsheppard.com will be shocked to hear a minister of 30 years write that for most of you, it is best that you not attend church in your local community. I served as a pastor for about 15 of the 27 years both denominational and nondenominational service. Today, I personally believe that a person can grow spiritually without regularly attending an organized church. Most definitely, you should assemble with the saints, but the word of God does not lay out a detailed order of service, nor does it suggest the day you should assemble, the time or even the nature of the place or building where gathering together should take place. We live in a computerized world, where we can “assemble” 24 and 7.

Simply put, I truly believe that the organized church as it now stands will be completely revamped by the Lord. Why? Because quite frankly, the traditional structures are not working. I myself have no replacements to offer, as my ministry is in the process of being completely revamped and reformed. When I wrote 3 of my 6 books, I was hopeful that repentance would bring about reformation and renewal to the organized church. However, the love of money, which is the root of ALL evil, has permeated most of the church and I seriously doubt if the Lord is going to allow it to continue to exist in its present state. Judgement is swiftly coming and I shunder at what is going to happen to church and to churchgoers. In the meantime, for those of you who feel that you need to assemble in an organized church, the following comments are provided for you to assist you in your pursuit to find a church.

The following excerpt is taken from one of the chapters in “Faces of the Religious Demon.” If after you read this you would like to obtain either the ebook or the softcover, click here. In truth, I do not believe that Jesus intended for any one who follows Him to lower their spiritual guard by relying on others to watch on his behalf. Just as we don’t need a weather man to tell us that spring is coming, we also don’t need people to complicate the obvious. Case in point. If the Anti-Christ is actually a human being, then it is clear to me that he shall come forth out of Christianity for a very simple reason. Satan has had a seat in the organized church for centuries. There is no better place for the devil to conceal, prepare and empower his son of evil and destruction than within a worldly Christian system.

The word of God clearly testifies not only to the fact that demons were operating during the Lord’s earthly ministry, but that renewed demonic activity will manifest in the latter days. (I Timothy Ch:4:1-4) Paul’s warning to Timothy does not merely relate to new manifestations of evil in the world but to an ever increasing apostasy in the professing church, a cult promoted by seducing spirits of a highly sensitive spirituality. In spite of this infiltration by demons into the organized church, it is not my personal intent to disparage the local church or to suggest that all local churches need to be closed down. I myself pastor a local assembly as well as an international Internet body of believers. However, the organized church is an institution created by man, not even described or promoted by the Word of God:

“There is nothing inherently wrong with being involved in a local church. But realize that being part of a group that calls itself a “church” does not make you saved, holy, righteous, or godly any more than being in Yankee Stadium makes you a professional baseball player. Participating in church-based activities does not necessarily draw you closer to God or prepare you for a life that satisfies Him or enhances your existence….Sadly, many people will label this view ‘blasphemy.’. However, you should realize that the Bible neither describes nor promotes the local church as we know it today. Many centuries ago religious leaders created the prevalent form of ‘church’ that is so widespread in our society to help people be better followers of Christ. But the local church many have come to cherish—the services, offices, programs, buildings, ceremonies—is neither biblical nor unbiblical. It is a-biblical— that is, such an organization is not addressed in the Bible.” (Revolution, pg. 37) 5

Therefore, since the church model of modern times is neither promoted nor discredited in the Word of God, I believe that it’s viability should be determined by some very wise and practical applications:

1. In terms of its structure, is it an episcopal denomination or an independent body? Quite frankly, if it is a connected church, then even though it may be uncorrupted at the local level, linked to an ungodly authority or “Mother Church”will eventually spoil or damage the spiritual fruits throughout the entire system. By nature of its organization, a religious demon will have a seat in high places. The complicated, political form of an episcopal church with a connected governing body should be avoided primarily due to its structure. Consequently, its bishops and leaders will be prone to cover-ups, particularly where improprieties and outright sin may be involved among its various charges. In my second book, I describe this dilemma:

“A Bishop’s power lies in his ability to appoint a pastor and fill a pulpit. Since pastors in full time ministry are totally dependent each year upon whether or not the Bishop chooses to favor them with an appointment to a church that will be lucrative enough to continue to provide for themselves and their families, a conflict of interest automatically inherent within the Episcopal form of church government will ultimately manifest.” (The Making of A Prophet, pg. 84) 6 Dealing with sin in such a structure is like trying to eliminate roaches from a city block where all of the buildings are erected side by side and are therefore “connected”. If you bomb one apartment with a pesticide, or even exterminate an entire building, the roaches will simply run upstairs, downstairs or to the building next door. Regardless of how clean you keep your apartment, you will not be able to contain the roaches, especially after dark. Just go in the kitchen and turn on your lights and hundreds of them will be flying around as if they had wings!!! Every connected building has to be bombed from one corner to the other on the entire street, or the roaches will soon return. So is the fate of the connected churches. The leaven of the Pharisees is impossible to contain without a complete annihilation.

2.Where an independent church is concerned, the issue is not so much its structure but whether or not it has a system in place to avoid spiritual neglect or abuse. Within a small assembly or a mega church, every sheep in that church should have someone who personally knows him and who ministers to his personal needs. If members are compelled to go outside of their local church to receive competent counseling, deliverance, healing and recovery, then I suspect that the primary benefit experienced in church is merely a soothing of their flesh as as a byproduct of the worship experience of song and praise. Moreover, congregations of this kind provide a social environment for family members. In my opinion, social contacts with Christians can be obtained at a Christian concert and family activities are available at the local YMCA. If your spiritual needs are not being met at your local church, then you are just involved in a social club and your local church has no real spiritual value. Recently I learned that state of the art children’s ministry programs can become traps due to the fact that the parents won’t leave a church even when they realize that the basic core of the church is corrupt. The pressures for disatisfied parents to remain are exerted by the social and entertainment needs of their children.

3.The independent churches that can be very dangerous include those that call themselves “deliverance churches.” In some of these assemblies, the religious demon and the witchcraft spirit are running rampant with counterfeits in worship, doctrine, prayer and other strange practices including a heavy emphasis on being slain in the spirit.

“A demonstration of real power is not falling slain. We see a lot of this phenomena in the ministries of TV evangelists, particularly in the Pentecostal and non-denominational churches. Demonstration of God’s power would be after you have fallen out in the spirit, what condition were you in when you got to your feet?!!! Where you healed? Were you delivered? Did God speak to you a word in due season concerning a special problem you have been challenged with? Or did you just pass out because everybody else was passing out!? ( The Making of a Prophet, pg. 199) 7

4. I agree with Dr. Rebecca Brown’s warning concerning various counterfeits manifested through the speaking in other tongues, primarily among word of faith, pentecostal and Charismatic Catholic churches:

“Christians have made the terrible mistake of assuming that ALL tongues are from God. How wrong they are!…It is well known that many occultic rituals are done in tongues….The fact that Catholics speak in tongues is not proof that they are filled with the Holy Spirit. Too many of these precious Catholic souls assume that because they are speaking in tongues, they are saved. How can the Holy Spirit be operative and manifesting in a system of idolatry? Those involved in the Catholic Charismatic movement who really start reading and studying the Bible soon realize they must separate themselves from the idolatrous Roman Catholic Church if they are going to serve the true Jesus of the Bible.” (Prepare for War, pgs. 182,183) 8

5.However, the crucial factors of your assessment of a local church actually relate to the security of your eternal life,which is truly where the rubber meets the road. Why go to church if, in the final analysis, you do not escape damnation by traveling the narrow way to eternal life? Assuredly, you should examine how and with what regularity the doctrines of repentance, resurrection and rebirth are being preached and taught? A church with a Jezebel influence will minimize or overlook the importance of these “3 R’s” through excessive tradition, polity and other less important priorities of doctrine.

6.If a local church minimizes the need to learn the devices of the devil or does not even recognize the existence and the workings of demonic forces in these times, then it is in a low condition of spiritual life and power. I believe that such a church should be avoided like the plague. In fact, such ignorance on the part of a congregation’s leadership is an indication to demons of the leaders’ accommodation to them through fear, an open door to demonic influence. According to Jessie Penn-Lewis:

“A perspective view of the ages covered by the history in Bible records, shows that the rise and fall in spiritual power of the people of God, was marked by the recognition of the existence of the demoniacal host of evil. When the Church of God in the old and new dispensations was at the highest point of spiritual power, the leaders recognized, and drastically dealt with, the invisible forces of Satan and when at the lowest, they were ignored, or allowed to have free course, among the people.” (War on the Saints, 9th edition, pg.27)

Consequently, if there is no emphasis in the local church on spiritual warfare and deliverance, that church is without spiritual power.

7.The emphasis upon the Word of God in a church should and could be a good sign; Nevertheless, it is misleading and immaterial to base your assessment of a church solely upon evidence that all its members carry bibles, yellow markers and recite scriptures. For when leadership doe not rightly divide the word, then heresies posing as revelation truths give place to the doctrines of devils that Paul warned Timothy about (I Timothy 4:1): the prosperity gospel, dominion teaching, “name it and claim it”, pre-tribulation rapture, submission to authority, eternal security, no ordination for women, and other doctrines too numerous to mention even in one book.

False doctrines of this kind are skillfully birthed by teaching demons to deceive and exploit the people. If the devil had nerve enough to get “religious” by reciting scripture out of its context to tempt the Lord Jesus Himself, then he has trained his demonic army to do likewise to us. (Matthew 4:1-11) “Out of context” preaching tends to draw those who have not truly repented nor been converted, but who are enticed to come to church by the excitement that scriptural hype can produce. Such preaching and teaching draws people, places and things to the building.—those who seek blessings to get their needs met or to fulfill their dreams—but they have not really been drawn to Christ.

8.A church after the Lord’s heart is the church of Philadelphia: those who do not deny His name and who have kept His word.(Revelation 3:7-13) This is a church that will not compromise the truth, either for the favor of the world or for unity with other churches. Since we all see through a glass darkly, a good pastor is one who continually examines if he is rightly dividing the word. When errors and contradictions are uncovered, then a good pastor openly and publicly admits to his or her mistakes, correcting any inaccurate teachings without hesitation. The Lord declared that the church of Philadelphia was of little strength, so it is clear that His assessment was not based upon numbers of members, wealth or resources. I believe that a major part of keeping His word is to go forth and cast out demons. A good church is about building people so that they can confront the demonic influences to expel the darkness in their own environment, equipping the sheep to be living stones, holy vessels for the Spirit of the Lord to dwell in.

9/22/11 I’ve come a long way since I wrote this artcle. In this hour, I believe that all churches have become dwelling places of demons for one primary reason. They all teach that man chooses God by a decision of his or her own free will, by saying :I accept Jesus” and by asking Him to “come into my heart.” Jesus is at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Ghost comes into the human spirit and not the heart. The heart is a function of the fallen soul of man and it is desperately wicken, and as such, has no capability of choosing God without the ministry of thr Holy Ghost.