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The Unpardonable Sin and the Passive Personality By Pam Sheppard

26 Feb

By Pastor Pam Sheppard

In both the Pentecostal and the Charismatic segments of the institutional church, it is  taught that anytime you question any supernatural manifestation as not being from God, but of being from demons, that you were blaspheming the Spirit, which was unpardonable. This is often  used as a fear tactic. Members were made to be afraid to question any supernatural manifestations, because if you doubted one and  you turned out to be wrong, you had just signed your own one-way death warrant.

To be on the safe side, you had to accept any and every manifestation and assume it was from God, in order to err on the side of caution.  Are members barking like dogs? Thrashing about, bumping into each other? Stumbling around, too drunk to walk? Speaking in a foreign tongue that sounds suspiciously similar to the tongues devil-worshipers speak in? “Well, you can’t put God in a box, surely demons could not be present here in a place so full of the anointing, where there is such a feeling of peace, holiness and love, so who am I to say it’s not God? The real deal is I have my doubts but  I don’t want to risk blaspheming the Holy Spirit.” What if some manifestation that happened turned out to really be from the enemy, and you mistakenly thought it was the Holy Spirit? Would that not be just as blasphemous?

Turns out that scripture isn’t even talking about that. Here is my  video that explains the truth about that verse.

Guilt Ridden, Passive  Personalities are At Risk

It appears that religious demons that specialize in accusing and condemning their prey, tend to target a certain personality type to get their point across. Since I am rarely   attacked in this way, my personality type is usually overlooked with this strategy. However, I have discovered in my work with people of various personality types  that accusation, condemnation and legalism seem to be the most effective demonic strategy of choice for those  who thrive off of self punishment and passivity.

The religious demon is an anti-Christ spirit whose nature is totally opposite that of the Almighty God. The religious demon usually works through a voice; the voice of condemnation. The voice constantly tells you how much of a failure you are. It tells you how your heart is not right with God and you are never going to be saved. It tells you that if you don’t read your Bible every day, and do all kinds of religious works, that you are going to hell. It also tells you that you have blasphemed God and also that you have committed the unpardonable sin.

To sum it up,  the voice or the thought  basically tells you that you’re never good enough. EVER. and the passive personality type believes it.

This is the exact opposite nature of God.  The religious demon’s strategy is to tear down rather than build up. With condemnation and accusation, religious evil spirits  uses the letter of the law to lay heavy burdens on its prey  so as to crush you.

Here is an example of an email that was sent to me recently:

I was reading through your website and I have looked over your books and I just wanted to say that I think you are a stupid Anti-Christ bitch. That is MY take on you.  If what you are telling people is God, there is no point existing here.  You are a servant of evil.

The demon using this person does not realize that this kind of thing does not affect me.

Just a  week before, I had declined to accept a particular man’s case.  Immediately,  I received  threats along with being called  “an absolutely hideous fucking bitch.” Actually, the man’s reaction to my refusal to accept his case served as justification that I made the right decision.   That is all it did.

A few days later, I receive another email, , supposedly from a friend of the man  I refused. “She”  informing me that the man had  committed suicide late that night.  “She” wrote  “give yourself a big pat on the back for the despicably wicked part you played in his death. You treated him like shit and now he is gone!”

Really???? I did not know the man.  All I know of him was what he wrote about himself  in a few emails.  I  never laid eyes on him and we live in different countries, yet I am suppose to accept  full responsibility for his life and his death? Paleese.  No way do  I accept that kind of  responsibility and guilt.  Seems  the evil spirits involved with this man  ought to know me better than THAT!!!!

My point is this.

I don’t receive accusation or guilt from  the devils and demons.  As a born again person for 38 years, one of my favorite scriptures is “there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)  My spirit led me to know that this man is trouble that I needed to avoid. I have no malice toward him because I recognize that religious evil spirits   have spoken  to me through his mind and have used his  hand to write  those emails.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers.  Yes ,I could be wrong that he played the role of himself and two fictitious others,  but because of the  timing and the similarity  of the  religious style and subject of  each email,   I suspect that ONE person sent all 3 emails from 3 different email accounts.  Also, I have been online since 2002.  No one has sent me emails as despicable as this in 13 years, and in one week I get 3 of them???? So since a  likeminded email was sent  less than a week AFTER the alleged suicide, I suspect that this man  is very much alive.  However, if he killed himself for real, then he knows today that what I speak is truth.

So  whether or not  the man actually  killed himself, neither  his life or his death have ever been in MY hands!  I do not personally  take responsibility for the actions of others, nor do I consider myself the Savior of the world. I am not egotistical enough to think that just because I politely  refused to take on   a case,  that a man killed himself. In fact,  I make it very clear to all clients early on  that if you tell me you are suicidal, I will immediately refer you to the local mental health facility in your community and  close your case or not open it in the first place. I have a right and a professional responsibility to refuse the case of anyone who I suspect is not going to be cooperative or responsive to deliverance counseling. In fact,  it  is beyond my professional scope  to work with delusional or suicidal people. One good reason why I don’t receive accusation and the subsequent guilt that follows is that  I rarely  override my own personal and professional  boundaries. In other words, I don’t bite  off more than I can chew.

Since God divinely blessed us all  with a  free will and a sound mind,  I am responsible for my actions and   you are responsible for yours.   What is it about some people that predisposes them to  condemnation from a religious demon yet it has rarely happened to me in all these years? Nevertheless, this recent attack was needful as it  has been enlightening on several levels. Foremost, it has shown me that  the only vehicle for communication the enemy has with me these days is  by email. My dreams are shut down, they cannot speak to me in the spirit nor give me a vision. Also,  I am careful who I allow into my personal space.

Apparently an unfamiliar  evil spirit has come on the scene who is ignorant of the fact that I am not susceptible to being manipulated and controlled by  demonic accusation, guilt and condemnation .Furthermore,  I won’t dignify any accusations with  defensive, guilt-ridden excuses covered by  of “I am so sorry” or please forgive me,  when I have done no wrong.

You must learn to do the same.

If you need help along these lines, contact me at rescueonfb@icloud.com and we can get started on your freedom from guilt.

RELEVANT READINGS

The Day of Pentecost vs. Azusa Street

25 Mar

Every one of us who has ever labeled ourselves pentecostal or charismatic at one time knows about these two key, pivotal moments in history.  The Day of Pentecost occurred around 50-60 A.D.  It is described in Acts 2 in detail.  ‘This is THAT!’ is frequently quoted when someone asks about speaking in tongues.  Acts 2:4 is often used to propagate the doctrine of the infilling of the Holy Ghost.

I remember the very first time I heard of the phrase ‘being filled with the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in other tongues.’ I had already gotten saved, yet I ‘hungered’ for more of God, so I sought out bible school.  On the bible school application is where I first read that phrase:  I was 20 years old, and yet I had never heard of that before.  The bible school wanted to know if I ‘got it;’ since I didn’t know what ‘it’ was, I answered no.

Many of us on our spiritual journeys came across this question.  And many felt the pentecostal peer pressure to endeavor to speak in tongues or you were not saved.

Recently, I just was sitting and thinking about the FRUIT of both events: the fruit of the Day of Pentecost and the fruit of Azusa Street.

I thought about the fate of the ‘founders,’ if you will, of each movement and what happened to them.

I thought about a lot of this and God began to show me some things.

The Day Of Pentecost

On the day of Pentecost-on the days leading up to the Day of Pentecost-people were unified, in one accord, one mind seeking God.  They were following the instructions from Jesus Christ to go to the Upper Room, until they be endued with power from on high.

On the day of Pentecost, they did speak with new tongues (different languages that were understood by their native tongue speaking people).

The fruit of that move of God was people were saved.  Many were brought TOGETHER, UNIFIED in the faith.  Every race and creed was represented at the Day of Pentecost.  All together worshipping God in spirit and in truth.  The real gospel was spread.  Some were martyred for THE faith.  Royalty and politicians of their day were witnessed to.  Some even were converted.  A group of scared, wet- behind-the-ears men (and women) were converted to movers and shakers that turned the earth upside down with the truth of the gospel.  MANY were delivered.  There was NO greed in what was known as the church after the Day of Pentecost.

Acts 2:43-47

And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Signs and wonders-while they were performed as the Spirit of God saw fit to do them-were NOT emphasized and stressed.  That would be in direct contradiction to the word when Jesus said ‘a wicked and evil generation seeks after a sign.’

I underlined key points that I believe are grossly lacking and missing in today’s so called church.  There is no healthy fear of God anymore.  There is no unity.  And NO ONE shares anything anymore.  The prosperity gospel has made people greedy and selfish, only looking out for themselves.  The early church had favor.  They were NOT mocked.  Kings and priests called upon the apostles to give them counsel, prayer and advice on issues pertinent to that day.  The early church was a thankful church-‘eating their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.’

Read the book of Acts.  You will be utterly AMAZED at the fruit of the Day of Pentecost!

The only way the early church could be ‘stopped,’ not that it was….really-was to try and kill off the founding fathers & their followers AND try to infiltrate and corrupt the early church with religious doctrine.

Azusa Street ‘Revival’

At Azusa Street, yes, folks spoke in some kind of ‘tongue.’  Most of the ‘tongues’ spoken were not interpreted, unintelligible to most. Many signs and wonders took place.  And all pentecostal, charismatic and even non-denominational AND catholic churches (that believe in charismania, or call themselves ‘charismatic catholics’) have been borne out of the Azusa Street experience.

But since we have no bible to tell us what was going on before or after Azusa, we have to do our homework…and research.  Not only should we research the events of Azusa, but we need to research WHO were the people who we call the founders of Azusa of the pentecostal movement.  The two that come to hand are William Seymour and Charles Parham.  Before I get into what happened at Azusa, allow me to present a brief history of who these two men were.

Charles Parham is known as the father of the pentecostal movement.  He started out teaching bible studies on speaking in tongues and infilling of the Holy Ghost in the church. William Seymour, a black man, actually heard his first lesson on this while sitting OUTSIDE of the church because whites and blacks could not fellowship in the same church at that time.

Right away, I have to say…if people of all nations and ethnicities were ‘allowed’ in the upper room prior to the Day of Pentecost with no problem or confrontation, then how is it that a black man could not sit in on a bible study on ‘the Holy Ghost’ prior to Azusa Street?

Anyway, since it was not ‘allowed’  for blacks and whites to congregate together, Seymour started his own thing.  In a little house on Bonnie Brae Street during a prayer meeting, Seymour and others began to speak in other tongues.  They soon moved to Azusa Street to the Apostolic Mission above in the picture….and the movement grew from there.

Now…

If you do your research, you will find that every church that speaks in tongues today traces its roots back to Azusa Street, either directly or indirectly.  But I can tell you what happened immediately afterwards.

Division.

The coming together of the races never took place after Azusa Street.  There were reports of factions of believers breaking off from the Mission because they didn’t believe in one point or the other.  There was NO unity, but constant bickering of who started the movement, Seymour or Parham?  (Reminds me of the scripture where the Corinthians were boasting, ‘I am of Paul, I am of Apollos..’)

No one could agree on anything.  Not on baptism.  Not on race relations.  Not on anything.  So people started their own churches.  Their own denominations.  According to the World Christian Database, today there are hundreds of millions of pentecostals and charismatics combined, dispersed among thousands of different denominations.

That does not sound like unity to me.

The early church was ONE church.  They were unified.  They had ALL things in common.  They were together.

The modern church is anything but unified.  No one shares what they have, and if you are taught to do so, you are accused of being a socialist (I have actually heard a mega preacher say this in one of his sermons).  In DIRECT contradiction to the word of God.  It’s this selfishness that is breeding like puppies in the so-called church that causes so many in the modern day church to eat up this prosperity message.  Which leads me to my next observance.

Greed

In the modern day ‘church’ as we know it, greed is celebrated.  It is encouraged.  People flock to cathedrals week after week and are taught to not care about their fellow man; its each man for himself.  The prosperity message is widely accepted because no one cares about the poor anymore.  As a matter of fact, church folks treat the poor like they have the leprosy….’don’t come near me, I might catch being broke…’ And they will not lift a finger to help out their brother or sister man.

Perversion

Ok.  We all know that perversion has hit an all time high in the modern church world.  In the early church, there were no homosexual preachers or priests.  There were no pedophile pastors.  The apostles were not laying up with anything and everything….everywhere.  I can honestly tell you I never knew what perversion was until I entered into the ministry while in the I.C.  I got to see up close and personal the vilest of the vile.  Truth be told, I STILL see it.  And it troubles me… I wonder if Peter and Paul had to deal with perversion in the pulpit???

Public Mockery

Ok.  The Word of God says that the early church had favor WITH ALL MEN.  Yet today, the modern day church is mocked.  Turn on SNL or any comedy act, and you will find a comedian mocking church folks, preachers especially.  People do not take the I.C. seriously.  It has lost its relevance.  Even with all her attempts to become impactful and relevant, people still don’t trust the I.C.  Politicians only come to the church when they are trying to buy votes to win the next election.  The schools won’t allow the church in. And the government?  The government controls MOST of the churches today, when it should be the other way around…the CHURCH is supposed to impact the world!  But instead, the I.C. is mocked.  And truthfully speaking, it should be.  The I.C. is a caricature of what GOD intended for it to be.  Man came in and mixed it up and messed it up…so now the world has little or no respect for the I.C.

We have to look at what we call the founders of pentecost to see some things.

Charles Parham was not a clean cut preacher who was looking for holiness.  Neither was William Seymour blameless in the division that took place.  And the entire movement was sent FROM THE DEVIL.

What?

‘How can you say that?’

Read part 2 and you will find out why I say that…