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2012: The Prophetic Year of Exposure

19 Jan

     The Lord declared that the truth shall set us free.  Therefore, spiritual freedom is my overall goal of deliverance.  For until the captive is free from religiosity, he will never experience the liberty that truth brings.  Therefore, Pam Sheppard Ministries and Sheppard Counseling Center  are geared toward helping a captive to take a stand for his own well-being and ultimate survival.  For it makes no sense that  a believer in Jesus Christ  should religiously misapply scripture like  “turning the other cheek” when the attack is actually coming from a demon who is hell-bent on destroying him.  Why should he continue to sacrifice himself for those who abuse him in the church?  Why should a disciple of Jesus have an insatiable desire to manipulate and control others with religiosity, simply because he has an unhealthy striving for recognition, position and power?  Why should a saint live with a constant fear of being submerged by others, so that he is compelled to ascend himself above them, just to survive? Why should a overcomer in Christ Jesus be a mealy-mouthed, passive person, who breaks those in his immediate environment  with his legalistic restrictions and complaints? Why must a prophet think that he must speak words into the lives of the brethren like he was a psychic, just for the sake of power and manipulation?  Therefore, where deliverance is concerned, I go the extra mile for Jesus by creating liberating conditions within a captive’s soul—a spiritual blockade to  the re-infestation by the religious demon.

 

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     It is important to note that the creation of a flawless disciple is not within my domain.  As both a minister and  a counselor, I can only help a captive to become free by providing an opportunity for spiritual insight.  For me, perfection is to be demon free and to face truth every day.  It should be clear from every insight presented in Faces of the Religious Demon” that where religiosity is concerned, we can never exhaust spiritual warfare by a single approach.  This demon must be combated over and over again from various angles and perspectives.  It is so difficult to end this book because I see a new face everyday and I am tempted to sit down and write about it.  Every new face springs from a variety of sources and factors and thereby I have to assume new strategies.  I am committed to each and every captive that comes my way to examine his attitudes, his personality and his issues.

 

          Even though I believe that “the house is burning,”, in spite of the spiritual damage that may have occurred within an organized church, recovery in Christ is inevitable because of the words of the Lord,  No one will be able to pluck the Lord’s sheep out of His hand.  He will ALWAYS prepare a way of escape. If a way of escape cannot be found,  I personally believe that most of those who seem to have suffered irreparable damage are among those whom our Lord never knew. Among the saints, there are  also the lukewarm ones, whom the Lord shall spit out of His mouth. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights.  God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.  The Lord Jesus said that what is covered shall be uncovered and what is hid shall be made known.  He also said that you “shall know them by their fruit.”

 

     My personal testimony stands as a beacon of light in the midst of darkness in the church.  Darkness surrounded me on all sides but the Lord saw to it that darkness did not overcome me by smothering  my light.  Furthermore, I believe that the Father of lights has an appointed time when the false religious demon  that has mixed itself with the children of light shall be exposed in each and every situation. I believe that the appointed time for exposure is at hand today.  In Isaiah 49, the Lord speaks through the prophet and says that in an acceptable time, He has heard us and in the day of salvation, He helps us.  In an acceptable time, He heard me, and in the day of my salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ helped me by empowering me to  set many captives free.

 

     In the day of exposure, the children of darkness are stumbling everywhere, causing them to reveal themselves of their own accord.  Even though the wheat and the tare will continue to grow together until the second coming of our Lord of the Harvest, this does not mean that we will not be able to discern the tares.  There are times when the tares and the wheat are almost identical in appearance.  To break it down further, those who profess to be saved and who are not will be used by demons to hinder you.  However, if you walk in the light as Jesus is the light, you will have the victory.

 

      Yes, this is the time of exposure.  Lately, people who I have believed were truly saved have themselves looked me in the face and declared “I never believed.” From the Internet to my own community and even significant people among my family and friends–people who have professed the faith for years–are now revealing from their own hearts that they are still children of darkness. As I continue to  walk in the light, darkness backs up.   How does such a thing happen? Well, invariably some do have faith in His name, but they anchor their faith in a delusion, an illusion or an obsession, and end up believing that they are saved when they are not. 

 So this is the year of exposure. In 2012, if you have been deceived and you go before God and pray  “Father, expose the darkness,” the Lord will do it. Prepare to stand strong and steady for He will blow truth at you like  a bold wind. So if you  need help to stand  under the weight of truth, give us a call at 518-477-5759 to book a telephone appointment.

The Supernatural and Women in Ministry

19 Jan

     What is it about the female psyche that predisposes women to white magic, whether it be New Age or charismatic manifestations?

To hazard a guess, I believe the female predisposition can be traced back to the days of Noah, when fallen angels broke through the dimensional barriers of the spirit and began to communicate and then copulate with women.  Simply put, fallen angels find it easier to contact us.  In fact, women have tremendously facilitated the enemy’s passing from the 4thdimension into the third one. Consequently, it is not accidental that women have been prominent agents of both white magic and the charismatic movement as Satan has continued his enmity between his demonic army  and the seed of women for several centuries, up to and including the present. The snake is well-known and universally symbolic of  Satan, devils and demons. In the bible, the python snake is specifically associated with divination(Acts 16). No one can deny that the first biblically  recorded human being to converse with a fallen angel—THE SNAKE— was Eve.  In fact, in Genesis Chapter 3, God pronounced and predicted a life-long battle between the female gender and Satan where Eve’s desire to lead is constantly challenged.  Therefore, it should not be surprising that the enemy would target women in a significant way to promote his own agenda. Perhaps the main subject of a future book, I merely  highlight the role that women have played in both the New Age and the charismatic movements for the intents and purposes of this article.

First consider that the new age movement as we know it today was actually founded by two women:  Helen Blavatsky (1891) and Alice Bailey.  (1919-1949).  Having studied in Tibet and trained by various masters in Theosophy, Blavatsky spread Theosophy around the word from 1875 until her death in 1891.   Theosophy is  a mix of Hinduism, Buddhism, Spiritualism, and Gnostic Christianity, with Masonic rituals, and a systematic criticism of Christianity, Judaism and Islam… all based in the visions and revelations that Mme. Blavatsky had by the “Mahatmas” of Tibet, and the Spiritualism she practiced in the USA.[1]The “Mahatmas” are the “Great White Fraternity.” Among them are Buddha, Krishna, and the fake Jesus… The Theosophists try to get in contact with them by  all kinds of occultism, connected to the false assumption that God is mere “energy”; Notwithstanding,  this pseudo-religion acknowledges  a plethora of Hindu gods, to whom  followers worship  at make-shift altars in the  home.  In Theosophy, each man and woman is “God”… though they cannot make stars nor atoms!… but it is believed that  through many reincarnations, they will realize that they are “God.”  Theosophy teaches that Jesus Christ was divine only in the same sense that you and I are divine, and eventually, we will all be divine.[2]

 Under the influence of both Blavatsky, the nineteenth century is characterized by an  increased interest in the occult and the supernatural, particularly in regards to necromancy, the communication with the dead.  Actually, women were its main agents, perhaps due to the barriers for women in leadership roles  within the organized church.  Spiritualism, as this movement was called, carved a place for women in leadership roles.  In 1848, the Fox sisters—Margaret, Leah and Catherine—, reported hearing spirit rappings in their Arcadia NY home.  As a result, these sisters became a driving force in American spiritualism.  They organized “performances” in which they manifested their psychic abilities.[3]These performances included communication with spirits, called channeling.  Channeling occurs by the use of a planchette or a Ouija Board.  Called a talking board, its first use emerged in the 19th century as a product of  spiritualism.  A planchette is a wooden board.  In his book, “Final Events,” the author summarizes “the talking board.”

“Methods of divination that existed at that time utilized a variety of ways to spell out messages, including swinging a pendulum over a plate that had letters carefully positioned around the edge, or by using a table to indicate letters drawn on the floor.”[4] Channeling enables spiritualists to enter into an altered state of consciousness, in which a trance is entered and the spiritualist or medium plays host— or in most cases—,hostess to a specific entity, which may be an angel, a demon, an extraterrestrial or a dead relative who speaks through the medium or channel.  Very often, the voice is extremely distorted or exaggerated, wherein the listeners are provided with words of wisdom, or spiritual comfort, yet it is nothing but vile deceit. [5] In 1915, Alice Bailey was introduced to Theosophy.  Once a Sunday School teacher in a Presbyterian church, Bailey’s studies ultimately led her to become a channel for fallen angels. In fact, Alice Bailey is renowned by New Age occultists, revered as “the Mother of the New Age Movement.”[6]

On the Christian Church side of the supernatural, beginning with Marie Woodworth Etter, faith healing and evangelist: (1844-1924), we find  one of the best known Holiness preachers of the pre-Pentecostal era. From around 1885 onwards she began to use the charismatic gifts in her meetings, and was known for healings, trances and visions. Licensed to preach in 1884, Etter was the mega preacher of her day in tent revivals. Her critics called her “the Voodoo Priestess.” She was known for speaking in tongues, along with strange and sundry manifestations that were attributed to the movement of the Holy Ghost. Etter was was also  known for preaching texts out of context, preached regularly  for the Mormons, and seemed to be the person who started the phenomena known today  as “slain in the spirit.” Most of the manifestations common in present day meetings like the Toronto Blessing  were experienced in the Woodworth-Etter meetings, so much so that some critics of the current movement trace The Toronto blessing  back to Etter.

      Etter was certainly faithful to her calling and it appears that  she was  honest and sincere.  But as I  WROTE  in “Faces of the Religious Demon”,   “we are now living in an era when the Lord will turn over those with a religious demon to a reprobate mind.  At that moment,the captive’s thoughts will be permanently darkened to the degree that he becomes incapable of receiving the truth.  Within charismatic circles, several women were as equally prominent as Blavatsky, Bailey, and the Fox Sisters.  Case in point, just prior to the Azusa Street phenomena, there was a woman who studied under Charles Parham, the father of Pentecostalism, named Agnes Ozman.(1870-1937)  She is considered to be the first person in our times to speak in tongues on 1/1/1901. According to her fellow students, it was reported that a halo surrounded Agnes Ozman’s face and head while she spoke in a language that sounded like Chinese, but the language was not verified. In fact, it is reported that she could not speak in English for 3 full days and she could only write what appeared to be Chinese characters. A student of Charles Parham, considered the founder/father of Pentecostalism, Ozman eventually changed her views on tongues as being the absolute and only evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost—a view still held by present day Charismatics and Pentecostals.[7]

     Four years after Agnes Ozman’s supernatural manifestation of speaking in tongues,  the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement began on Azusa Street in 1905. Yet even before Azusa, other women were historically prominent, including but not limited to: Elizabeth Mix, Carrie Judd, Elizabeth and Lotti Sisson and Marie Woodworth-Etter.  Born in Buffalo NY in 1858, Carrie Judd received a healing through the ministry of Elizabeth Mix, an African American evangelist.  Eventually, Judd herself became a worldwide evangelist, where “Mother” Emma Whittemore claimed that she received healing of a long standing spinal injury through Judd’s ministry.  Judd also worked with well known Marie Woodworth Etter.  In 1885, Etter began conducting healing meetings that were known for physical “manifestations,” where she spoke  to crowds as large as 25,000.  Many of Etter’s followers joined the Pentecostal denomination known as the Assemblies of God.[8]

     The effects of the 1905 Azusa Street manifestations unleashed a chain of reaction where several women either initiated or figured prominently within the charismatic movement at the turn of the 20th century.  Most noteworthy are Marie Woodworth Etter, Aimee Semple McPherson and Kathryn Kuhlman.  Every mega preacher, not only female but the men as well, have been influenced by the key women mentioned briefly in this article.  What does it all mean for us today? Well any woman who has had a supernatural experience that drew her into the ministry, she  needs to learn how to try the spirits to see if it be of God.  Women are also welcome to enroll in our ministerial training program called SEW. For more information, call 518-477-5759.

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[1] /http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/New%20Age/theosophy.htm 10/2/10

[2] Ibid

[4] Nick Redfern, Final Events, Anomalist Books, 2010, pg 61

[5] Ibid pg. 50

[6] P. Sheppard, The Fake Jesus, pg. 59-62

Meeting a Soul Mate

19 Jan

By Wenona Russ

Yes. Its true: God ordains marriage. And marriage is honorable. But God HAS called some people to be SINGLE. It’s in the Word. Some people act like getting married is the 11th Amendment to the Bill of Rights or the 11th Commandment…

‎’Thou shall have the unalienable right to be married…’

“Thou shalt be married, even if its to a criminal, a lesbian, a gay man, a psychopath or a sociopath.”

I have had people prophesy to me a husband as of late..lol. No harm intended, but that is one prophecy I have to P.A.S.S. on! I am enjoying this time to myself. When you’re coming out of something that was bad, it’s just not a good idea to jump head long into something else, no matter how lonely or how much the flesh tries to holler. And some ppl in church are just so…WOW! They get in church and lose ALL of their common sense!

I believe that this infection started in the Body when well-known preachers like Juanita Bynum started teaching folks how to love one another.  Then sadly, the world watched in horror as her marriage to Thomas Weeks fell miserably apart.

People in the church-as a result of misleading advice and counsel from leaders-go and get these crazies and marry them, and then they are at the altar crying, praying and asking God to heal their marriages. When God ain’t called them to be married to one another in the first place! I can talk about it as raw as I do b/c I DID IT! And I paid for it! God had to break that thing UP and deliver me from my own mistake.

I keep saying it…and Im GONNA keep saying it…the DEVIL sends mates, too! To get u to renounce God, and live for him. To steal, kill and destroy from you. It is better to be unmarried and in the will of God, then married, trying to ‘reconcile’ to a DEVIL, under this religious guise to appear like you are holy and love God when you aint’ nothing but prideful! Too proud to ADMIT you married outside of the will of God…which is just as bad and comparable to falling into fornication or adultery…..YES, I SAID IT!

They are ALL acts of DISOBEDIENCE unto God.

The problem with a SOUL mate is they are nothing more than just that:  SOUL MATES.  Your soul is the seat of your emotions, your will and your mind.  All that that other person will ever be able to do is satisfy YOUR SOUL.  While your SPIRIT man is dying, or dead.

Only GOD quickens the spirit and gives us LIFE.

You reap what you sow….now I know. God is merciful. He sure has been to me. But how many times God gotta keep delivering some of us from these DEMON mates????? God makes a way of escape and you go back into the foolishness. Or you go and get the SAME DEVIL with a different name and face! It’s time to get DELIVERED!!!! And the first step to deliverance is to OPEN YOUR EYES and see and KNOW the truth…

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Leave the Church To Be Safe!

19 Jan

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An autobiographical non-fiction book, in “Come Out of Her, God’s People,”  I interpret my 3 decades of churchgoing primarily within the title’s context. The facts of what happened to me within a mainline denominational African-American church remain constant. However, my interpretation has changed over time.  For the first 25 years, I believed that God sent me  to the Denomination to be an integral part of bringing repentance to that particular bureaucracy.  In this hour, I  believe that a counterfeit religious entity  sent me to church in 1979, in hopes that through much trial and testing, I would lose my salvation and curse God for allowing me to both rejected, spiritually abused and   deceived.  The devil  failed miserably.

My own ministerial life is merely presented in the book  as a tiny iota of a huge puzzle—a microcosmic illustration of  a much broader, worldwide, endemic problem that really began in the 4th century, once Christianity became “organized”.  This book is less about me and much more  about the words of Jesus, as recorded in Revelation the 18th Chapter, verse 4:  “Come out of Her, My People, that you be not partakers of Her sins,  lest ye receive of Her plagues.” In the final analysis, the truth of this book is based upon whether or not I have rightly interpreted who the Lord is referring to as “Her.”

Some Christians have interpreted the metaphorical pronoun of  Revelation Chapter 18  as a nation, with America as the prime candidate.  In fact, I know of American eschatologists who are now ex-patriots, having re-located to Canada.  On September 11, 2001, I too made a wrong assumption, as I watched on TV the destruction of the World Trade Center. With the fall of both towers in an hour, my bible was opened to Rev.18,  verses 8 to  10, specifically “for in ONE HOUR is thy judgment come.” So I  first interpreted the feminine pronoun as symbolizing New York City.  I told quite a few of my friends to “come out of Her,” and move to either upstate NY or another state.

So I know firsthand that it is a lot easier to make a wrong interpretation of a symbol than it is to make a correct one.  In my case, as time unfolded over the  next  9 years, especially  with the publication of  my 4th book, “the Fake Jesus: Fallen Angels Among Us,” I began to have some serious doubts about my original interpretation that “Her” was a geographic location like a city or a nation.

My spiritual awakening was both  gradual and sudden simultaneously. Gradual, in that for 25 years, I knew there was a reason why “church was not working,” but I rationalized that “anything that humans are involved in will be imperfect, and that includes the church.” Yet suddenly,  the truth hit me like a bright light in the face of a deer. I was in shock.  Then I shook. With the final tremble,  I quickly regained my  spiritual equilibrium. I have put decades of delusion and deception behind me, and I continue to press on to deeper levels of truth which I share herein.

The interpretation of biblical metaphors and other symbols is certainly not an exact science.  It is so easy to wrongfully assume that the literal is meant to be  symbolic and in reverse, that the allegorical should be  taken literally.  Quite frankly, it hit me  real hard that the “Her” could be  the entire organized church—not Catholicism alone—but the entire thing.  Protestants are quick to point their fingers at the  religious idolatry of Catholics, presenting ALL of  itself as the one true church. Yet, let’s face it.    Catholicism is the tree and  its fruit is Protestantism including  all of its  various branches and sects. The bible confirms that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  For as Jesus Himself taught, if the tree is corrupt or evil, so is its fruit. (Matthew 7:18,19)

 With each chapter of “Come Out of Her God’s People”,  I am  metaphorically  standing outside of a burning church building shouting, Come out! It is on fire!”  Therefore, those with an open, rational mind will at least perceive  how I arrived at  the conclusion that attending church in the endtimes is a dangerous thing to do.  Certainly, if we are not living in the last days, perhaps today’s churchgoers are safe.  Nevertheless, when you finish this book, I will be satisfied if at the least you have asked yourself do I really want to take that chance?!!!!!”