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About Pam Sheppard Publishing

Served as an ordained minister and pastor in a well known denomination for 25 years, the Lord called Pam Sheppard out of the entire organized church system in 2004. The author of 9 published books, a licensed therapist in NYS since 1973, Pam provides telephone counseling, mentoring and training on line from RESCUE. For more info, call 518-477-5759 Books available at www.lulu.com/spotlight/pam_s911

Demonic Soulties: An Endtime Trend

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By Carol A. Davis

According to Pastor Pam’s’ blog article, Demons Tie Souls Together in a Not so Tender Trap, a demonic or ungodly soul tie is like an invisible rope between two or more persons that fallen angels and demons can use to their advantage to cross or travel from one person to another. Some of the most common forms are between men and women who are having sex with each other.

From Pastor Pam’s article:

Holy, divine soul ties between married couples draw husbands and wives together like magnets, while soul ties between fornicators can draw a beaten and abused woman to the man who in the natural realm she would hate and run from, but instead she runs to him even though he doesn’t love her, and treats her like dirt.In the demonic world, unholy soul ties can serve as bridges between two people to pass demonic garbage through. Other soul ties can do things such as allow one person to manipulate and control another person, and the other person is unaware of what is going on or knows what is going on, but for no real reason, allows it to continue.

I can definitely relate to this, and I’m sure the majority of people have experienced this in one way or another. I was madly in love with one man for years. We were on and off for 10 years. He was a musician and could write these songs that would just grip your soul. He wasn’t much to look at, but he had local fans who were obsessed with him because of his music. I would listen to his CD’s for hours and hours and was obsessed with him. But he treated me like dirt – always had other women, would disappear and then reappear, etc. I hardly ever got to see him, because he was always “busy” (probably with other women), but he was always on my mind.

Whenever I’d get to actually see him, I’d get there and suddenly be kind of turned off. I’d find myself not being as physically attracted to him as I had imagined, and he was kind of obnoxious. It wouldn’t feel like how I’d pictured it the entire couple weeks I’d been dreaming about seeing him. But I’d disregard those feelings, because I had already made up my mind. Sometimes I’d hear bad things about him that, had it been anyone else, would have sent me running. For instance, he had worked at a coffee shop at one point. He left that job, and I later found out from one of his ex-coworkers that he’d been fired for stealing $2000. But it didn’t match up with the picture I had of him in my mind, so I would just push those types of things out of my mind.

He had me putting up with things and doing things I said I would never do. It was OK for him to sleep with other girls as long as it was understood who was his lady and who the side-pieces were. He wanted to do threesomes, and it wasn’t something I wanted to do, but to keep him happy, I agreed to it (we never got around to it). He let my parents’ house get foreclosed on because of one late payment that wouldn’t have been late if not for them having to pay for my $200 medicine, while meanwhile he was in Vegas throwing $10,000 in the air at a stripclub. I had held him down plenty of times when he was broke. This was the type of situation you cannot tell your girlfriends about, unless you want to get laughed at or cussed out. “Like, seriously, he will spend $10,000 on strippers and let you drown, yet you really think he is your boyfriend?”

So, to sum it up, he treated me bad and I really wasn’t even that attracted to him, but something kept me coming back for more. This is the type of thing a demonic soul tie can do – have you doing things that make no sense.

The thing is, the enemy sets you up to get in these situations. At the time, you are all turned on, and everything looks good to you. The mood might be right, and the man himself may look good to you, but if you could see the vile entities standing by just waiting for you to give it up, because they just need a way in, that state of arousal would be gone quick. You’d probably be so disgusted you would throw up.

There have been a few times even since I’ve been born again that my flesh has been tempted – either to go see one of my old male friends or to look at some porn and take care of myself. But all I have to do is remind myself what is really going on, and that kills that right then and there. I picture a scene not unlike the picture above, because that is truly what is going on.

Can anyone relate?

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Thoughforms: Unknown To Deliverance Ministry

Originally posted on pamsheppardpublishing:

blog_11Back in 1974, on my own and experimenting in ignorance. I did not realize that various practices like hypnotism and other forms of deep meditation and astrology  were an open door to inviting evil spirits into my life so I don’t stand in judgment of anyone. The truth of the matter is  I was blessed to be delivered of occultism the day I was born again, March 29, 1977. Actually,  I really did not learn  very much about occultism “back in the day.” Consequently,  since deliverance is a major part of what I do in this season, particularly with captives who have dabbled or been deeply into some form of spiritism, I have been reading about occultic practices that were unknown to me 40 years ago.  Fully cognizant of copyright protection, much of what I read was without an author’s name.  I quote from the website called Joy of Satan Ministries.

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Book Review of Faces of the Religious Demon

By Sandra Hicks

It’s with certain confidence that I express that the flesh of Pam Sheppard didn’t write this book. The Spirit of the God of truth worked in Pam’s spirit to complete this work that penetrates to the core. Yokes are indeed destroyed with content contained in this vitally helpful book.

Clearly, it’s evident that Pam wrote this with comprehensive awareness through her spiritual and educational journeys. It was enlightening to “travel” through Pam’s varied experiences. The book is compelling and provocative in its telling. Pam weaves and threads with artistic flourish rendering this book a smooth read. Yes, God uses Pam to empower by granting us access to her personal failures and successes. Her spirit is on the pulse of what’s essential for such a time as this.

This review can go on but in the interest of space, in conclusion, I HIGHLY recommend Faces of the Religious Demon. Significant truths pour from its chapters. Much of the content is unprecedented in scope and character. Truly, Faces of the Religious Demon possesses the heartbeat of what is key to know.

Pam mentions being spiritually sensitive. Obviously, she heeded those words as she yielded to the Spirit of the living God as He generously revealed potent substance. And there’s clear proof that the hand of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is indeed resident in what was written by heir of salvation, Pamela Irene Sheppard.

I consider this a priority read indeed!

find the book at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/pam_s911

Sandra Renee Hicks
January 1, 2014

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The people that call me often are looking for me to set them free with one phone call. Their approach to their own freedom is , Look a here. I am in torment. what can YOU do to deliver me and whatever that is, do it right now. They don’t want to face that they gave the enemy ground to attack and torment them and so in order to obtain freedom, THEY have to take that ground back.

The process is this:

1. Is it possible for ME to be deceived by a religious demon assigned to me.

2. I AM deceived by a religious demon.

3. WHY am l deceived?

4. What ground does the enemy possess?

5. What must I do to uncover how I got deceived ?

6. how do I take that ground back from him?

Any questions?

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Why You MUST Examine Your Salvation…

By Pam Sheppard

WAS YOUR CONVERSION REALLY OF YOUR OWN DOING? Was the Holy Ghost involved in leading you to the cross and to repentance?  Did the Holy Ghost plant faith into your spirit to believe that Jesus is alive in His physical body? Did you feel cleansed, forgiven and assured? Or did YOU make the choice, repeat “I accept Jesus into my heart,” and then joined a church?The church age that we live in is  the church at Laodicea. Everyone has been contaminated by false and mixed doctrine and practices for at least 100 years or more. Everyone has been deceived, across the board. That includes me, that includes YOU!

Imagine if you would, the horrific shock of faithful, religious people who after they died, heard the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ somberly say to them, “I never knew YOU!”  Wow.  Consider that more than 75% of their entire lives was spent either on a church pew or even behind a pulpit.  It blows my mind.   I can’t even speak any further on it. Yet, these very words are recorded in the book of Matthew as said to people who have claimed to cast out devils in His name.  How were they able to do that if He never knew them?  Well, they didn’t.  Demons merely used games and tricks to deceive people into believing that demons  were cast out from people, when they were not. Demons are skilled at playing possum.

Bringing this right down home into your own personal backyard, where do YOU stand in the midst of a spiritual conspiracy theory that is mind boggling, to say the least? 

The first thing you must do is to “examine your faith.”  Jesus advised the church at Laodicea to “buy gold from Him that has been tried in the fire. ” In other words, examine the root of the tree and its fruit  and  simply go  back to the day that you believe you got saved and thoroughly  scrutinize it from top to bottom. In other words, shake that tree and see if your salvation can withstand the shaking. 

This is a hard thing that I enter into on the first counseling session with each of my clients.  What I have found is that  there are some developmental stages most go through: :denial, defensiveness, anger at me but mostly at God, and worst of all, fear of going to hell.

A FALSE CONVERSION MUST BE OVERTURNED.

My dilemma is that I can’t spoon feed them.  I try to be as gentle and as supportive as I can be but I can’t hide the truth.  Never sure whether or not a client is going to continue with me, when  it is obvious to me that they are not saved, I am compelled to warn them for their sakes.  If they are among the elect, He will quicken my words to them at the appointed time for them to “be shaken.”

At least if I never hear from them again, I have planted a seed that they can’t throw away very lightly.  Jesus said that you can’t put new wine into old wine skins  or else the  wine skins would break.  I can’t confront demons in a person if that person is defenseless. You see, the weapons of their warfare are carnal and therefore will not work against the enemy because they are not saved. To avoid this most crucial “shaking,”  would be like trying to mend  an old garment with a new piece  of cloth. It will rip and be torn.

So, I waste no time starting that fire that will bring about the shaking.  My ears have become accustomed to  familiar cries of complaint, like—  “I gave up the sin of fornication, packed my bags and stopped living in sin, I went to church regularly, and so on and so forth.”  They come back at me with yet another defense, like  ”Well, I had a distinct change in lifestyle and personality.  All things became new.  So why is it that I am still not a new creature?”

Surely, its complicated because Satan has put his hand on the doctrine of salvation and as would be expected, he has brought about much confusion and religiosity. However, salvation is very simple. It is completely in God’s hands.

The biggest mistake is how people relate to Jesus.  Most  don’t realize that they have by-passed Him and gone  directly to the Father.  Other’s ignore Him yet seek the Holy Ghost.  Both ways open the door wide to religious devils. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Demons know that better than anybody!  

With those who believe that they repented of sin, I find that they really have no understanding of the cross. They simply looked through their portfolio of sins, picked one, convicted themselves of it and said “I’m saved.”  Like  the Galatians, those who created their own born again experience  depended upon their own works. Then like  the Colossians, others have been drawn away from Christ through philosophy and the traditions of men.

To both the Galatians and the Colossians, Paul had the same message—the cross of Calvary. 

Your understanding of the cross  will determine whether or not He says “I never knew You!”

Here is a clue.  If you are not separated from the world not only in your deeds but in your mind, if you still seek the approval and the acceptance of the world and the church world, then you do not understand the cross.You may have simply convicted yourself of sin and brought about your own change and lifestyle, yet  gladly giving the credit to the Holy Ghost when “it was really  ALL your own doing.”

If you are ready to face the truth, call 518-477-5759.

 

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WHEN CHRISTIANS HEAR VOICES

By Pamela Sheppard

Much of the bible was written by people who heard the voice of God.  Thirty-four years born again, I have heard voices, even engaged in conversations on occasion with either the Holy Ghost or the devil.  In fact, I remained quite comfortable with the voices that spoke  messages sent  in visions, mostly dreams. However,  until the Lord revealed to me that 90% of what I either saw or heard in the spirit came from the enemy who imitated the voice of God, I realized that it was time for me to learn how to try the spirits to see if they be of God.

This shocking revelation was quite sobering and so I have become extra vigilant in these times, recognizing that we live in an hour when strong delusion has been released and the enemy has become increasingly skillful over the last 19 centuries at transforming himself into a being of light.

The difference between my experience and that of those who hear voices 24/7 is that I was never tormented. My mental state was  never impaired and I never lost any sleep. Once I discovered that I was hearing much more from the devil than I was hearing from the Holy Ghost, my knowledge of the truth practically nullified the enemy’s conversations with me.

Once I knew the truth, as Jesus said, “the truth MADE me free.”

However, once  I brought my deliverance counseling model called the SEW Program to the web in December 2002, I was surprised to discover that so many professing Christians were “hearing voices.” The demonic nature of voices needs no evidence.  To  captives who are in torment yet they  do not have a medical, physiological condition, it is clearly evident that the voices they are hearing are “NOT THEIR OWN.”

Since the days of Noah, the disembodied spirits of the offspring produced from the forbidden sex between fallen angels and women that died in the flood are called demons, evil spirits, the Nephilim. Since the flood,  they  roam the earth looking for a familar place to “inhabit.” Dreading the dry places like deserts and haunted houses, human flesh provides demons the most conducive habitation to their liking.

Logically, it would seem that demons would settle down in a home of flesh and try to remain quiet and undetectable, and for the most part, this is what most demons do.  However, not the “talkative ones.” In an effort to kill, steal and destroy,  loquacious (or talkative) demons cause their voices to be  loud, accusatory, condemning, vulgar and often urging  their captives to commit an assortment of unseemly acts.  It seems “the voices”  are hell bent on tormenting their victims to either lose their minds, kill somebody, or kill themselves.  Once the demons  have destroyed “their home of flesh,”  tormenting,  auditory demons  simply find themselves yet another human home to reside in and torment in like manner.

Consequently in deliverance counseling, it is important to be able to differentiate what is purely spiritual or supernatural in nature from what is physiological or medical. Deliverance counseling is a brief therapy that takes authority in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth over what is spiritual or supernatural.  On a natural level, our stand is that medication that is actually working is an asset to what we do in SEW because the medication allows us to renew the minds of those who are reasonably rational.

Some of the more common medications prescribed are Effexor, Risperdal, Wellbutrin, Largactil,  and Clopixol.   Even though these  medications may have different side effects on different people, for the most part, the captive whose demons are under control by medication is a big help to me. My task is to  equip the captive to walk in the spirit and to put on the whole armor of God.

As such, medication can induce  a  reasonably sound, rational mind, quieting down the voices of the demons so that my own voice can be heard and understood. Along these same lines,  since substance abuse of all kinds can induce anxiety disorders, panic attacks and other physiological conditions that incite and  draw demons, all  captives in deliverance counseling  must be clean and sober.

In the mental health field, any discourse or conversation between two or more voices, schizophrenia is the diagnosis of choice. When a running commentary occurs in a person’s thoughts, this alone is enough for a mental health worker to look  to schizophrenia opposed to other diagnoses where hearing voices is also  a factor.  I  have worked with both the spiritual and the schizophrenic side of hearing voices. I believe that although schizophrenia is a disease, there is definitely a demonic influence involved, more or less.

 My rule of thumb is this. Disorganized thinking is the primary way to distinguish a mental disorder from demonic torment.  Those who express unusual or odd beliefs of delusional proportions are too mentally ill for me to prepare them to actively participate in their own deliverance. Those who are possessed by conspiracy theories, believe they are being gang stalked, spied on, watched, who read certain gestures, signs, comments, passages from books, etc. in a personal, irrational way, are not good candidates for deliverance counseling.

For example, I am reminded of a  charismatic word of faith churchgoing, tongue speaking client who was on a high dosage of medication, yet she still  heard voices 24/7.  Joyce could not go to church because when she heard the voices, she would ask those sitting beside her, “Did you just say thus and so?.”  Church folk were getting annoyed. It happened so often that her husband went to church and left Joyce sitting outside in the car.

Joyce also  insisted that when she was at home, the voices came from  her neighbors speaking to her through the walls. Once she thought she heard the name “Joyce” on the radio and she called the station wanting to know why were they talking about her on the air.  Once I provided clear, irrefutable evidence that the voices were not her neighbors or anyone standing by her and Joyce still held on to her delusions, I could not proceed with her case.

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Are you a christian and hearing voices?

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Spiritual Covering Is A TRAP!

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By Pamela Sheppard

Spiritual covering is yet another doctrine of demons that puts God’s people in bondage by taking one scripture out of its natural context and forming a teaching that brainwashes and hoodwinks those who submit to it.

When people try to control you, you are going to react in one of a few ways. You are either going to give in and acquiesce, give up and pretend that “all is well, ” when deep down, you are really seething inside.  This is a dangerous reaction because your inner rage will eat away at your health.

Now if you are like me, you are going to resist. The bible says that rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft. True—-if it is God that you are rebelling against. However, if religious pretenders and hypocrites try to throw what they call a spiritual covering over you, rebellion is good, but running is even better!.

As a minister in an authoritarian bureaucracy ruled globally by just 12 bishops, I watched and experienced how the traditions of men made the word of God of none effect. In certain denominations and even in the charismatic movement, bishops rule the pastors under their authority like holier than thou puppet masters. In the denominations, the power and control of the Bishops lie in their ability to appoint pastors and fill pulpits. Any pastor in full time ministry is totally dependent upon whether or not the Bishop chooses to favor them with an appointment to a church  that will be lucrative enough to financially provide for himself and his family. In the non-denominations, What you have is a clique based upon popularity.  If the bishop is a mega preacher of 25,000 members or so, then the money must first flow to the bishop—the man or woman of God FIRST, with a slow trickle effect of money rolling down to the most obedient, the most compliant, those who suck up and kiss “royal behinds.”

The denominational  “spiritual covering” net entrapped me for 25 years. Since spiritual covering is really about money,  those who “cover,” desire to be paid by YOUR hard earned cash for their “blessing” that trickles down to you in slow, tediously slow  drops.  In my particular situation, I was not well liked by bishops because I had a full time secular career. As such, I could not be placed under any Bishop’s thumb in order to survive financially. So my punishment was that I was appointed to those churches  that could not afford to pay a full time pastor’s salary—churches that no pastor without a secular job could survive serving. In most cases in such a system, the pastors’ primary objective is to protect his own power base and therefore, their interactions with the Bishops are usually characterized by subservience, flattery, subtle manipulation and “out and out” lies.

The irony is that in the denominational set up,  the Bishops are dependent on the ministers they rule to advise them since the Bishops don’t usually live in the communities that they oversee. So a bishop  needs his ministers to tell him the truth. However, a Bishop’s ministerial advisors are so threatened by him financially speaking,  that one lie begets yet another lie and the entire leadership system operates on a foundation of lies, cover-ups and pretenses. With Satan being the father of lies, no wonder the devil has a seat in such a religious/political system.

Within a complex bureaucratic hierarchy as I have described, sin spreads like leaven from top leadership in a circular, downward fall, then in an upward spiral. As the root of such a system is rotten, the deception within charismatic, non-denominational systems spreads far beyond just a few pastors or a handful of ministries. Ministers and laypersons within a charismatic system alarmingly and systematically mimic the same key people. Leaders watch and imitate well-known leaders as they pass on the same false teachings.I personally have moved beyond correcting either system by any attempt on my part to fix it.

In my ministry, I work with associates.  My associates are my equals. Everyone of my associates is valued because  they are valuable.   They work with me and help me because the Holy Spirit has revealed to them that I am both a lover of truth and of freedom.  If somebody RULES over you in ministry, you need to know tha you are not serving the One who died to set the captives free, but rather you are serving false gods And, if you cannot recognize and admit to yourself that your beloved church or ministry, or pastor  is practicing, unbiblical and ungodly doctrines and practices, then you are definitely brainwashed and under the spell of “deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” and these demonic lies are “seared in your own conscience as with a branding iron” (1 Tim. 4:1,2). And, that means you need deliverance to be set free from Satan’s bondage and deception. It also means you are deceived about who you are serving. You are not serving the true Jesus, but the Fake One, who is the master of idols — which is idolatry, which means you are an “idolater,” and idolaters do not inherit eternal life or have an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God (Gal. 5:20,21; Eph. 5:5)!

So RUN from your captors and RUSH out of the arms of the Fake Jesus Sananda Immanuel into the arms of the True Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who died and was raised from the dead to set the captives FREE! “He whom the Son sets FREE is FREE INDEED!

Here is the deal. The bottom line. Anytime you come away from a corporate experience with demons attacking you, you need to “book.” To “book” is to hit the road Jack, and don’t cha come back no mo, no mo and no mo!  Sing along with the late Ray Charles and “hit the road, Jack, and don’t cha come back no mo, no mo, no mo, no mo!!. Hit the road Jack, and don’t cha come back no mo!!!!!”

What you say?”Yeh! Now sing it again before you submit yourself to their demons.

Sheppard’s Counseling Center provides training to ministers who have left the organized church, from 3 months, to 6 months, to a year in a unique deliverance mentoring model called Spiritual Empowerment Workshop or the SEW Program. Training is oral and by telephone  for those who are in full-time jobs. For others, training modules are written and  with video lessons, assignments, on the job training, OJT with pay, done on-line. Some remain with SCC and become affiliates and associates. Others go and do their own thing.

We don’t try to control or rule over anybody.  If you are interested, call 518-477-5759

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TELL MR. POTENTIAL TO "MAN UP" OR "STEP OFF!" (from an Online Deliverance Ministry)

Mr. Potential looks good but the devil sent him to drain YOU!It seems that I had more sense when I was in my early 20’s —an  unsaved worldly young woman, than I did when I was saved and in my early 30’s.  Some might have called me “a 20 year old  un-virtuous woman” because  I demanded  back then that no man  could sleep with me unless he paid  me. Certainly a sinful, worldly perspective,  STILL—no man  took me down.   Nor would I spend a dime on a man, not even a birthday card.  Men made it plain to me that all they wanted from me was my body.  So I said to myself, “if THAT is how it is, then to have this body, Mr. Man, you have to pay to play. I will NOT let you break my heart and so my heart is cold toward you.” Whenever I hear my man  Maxwell sing,“How Can  You Be So Cold, Good God the Gurl’s Gone Cold.  You just can’t leave this. You can’t quit this. The gurl means business, I shake my head in remembrance of that girl who died when Jesus came a callin! lol

 WOW!  I got glorious saved on March 29, 1977. I was 33 years old.    I walked in the power of love, forgiveness, understanding for all people.  My cynicism was replaced with an “I’m going to save the world” mentality and I’m going to keep myself chaste and become someone’s virtuous wife and I reach down to pull up the weak and needy.  Yet, without proper understanding, I allowed myself to become more than one man’s  doormat. So when the enemy sent losers into my life, I welcomed them ALL.

Here is a bit of wisdom from a senior citizen who has been there and  done that.  The worst thing you can do is to fall for a man who has “potential.” 

You make more money than he does.  You are more educated than he is. You have a job but he is “finding himself” because society has so emasculated him.  You pay your bills, have your own place to live, and you are paying to drive your own car.  You may even be a single mom who is taking responsible care of your children by yourself.

 Look out, Gurl!  If he hasn’t already, Satan plans to  send  Mr. Potential to  try to discover if you are a potential sucker. Mr. Potential is the kind of guy that will start out draining you slowly.  The next thing you know, you are loaning him your car so that he can find a job.  Then you find some earrings in the glove compartment that are not YOURS!  You have already been suckered.

If you are still playing the dating game, here is a rule of thumb.  Never date a man who is merely “upwardly mobile” but needs a helping hand to arrive at your social standing and way of life. No, Baby Gurl!   He has got to have exactly what YOU have, better yet—he should have a better ride, a better crib, and more money in the bank than you have.  Why?  Because built into a man is a competitive spirit.  While he may use YOUR goods and services, deep down, he will harbor envy and jealousy over the fact that you have more to offer than he does and he will be hell bent to one day, get even, and drag your nose through the mud because your success irritated him.

So you need a man who is slightly superior to YOU! Otherwise, Mr. Potential will drag you to the poor house and the soup kitchen.

Take it from someone who married not one but three  Mr. Potentials  each  of whom turned out to be losers. Two of them are now dead and one of them pretends to be dead because he knows that to mess with me in this hour  is to bring the wrath of God upon himself. The fear of the Lord is upon my third and last husband. That is a good thing. Richard  learned a thing or two trying to bring me down during the 9 years I was married to HIM! Sister, if you are married to a loser, then you will find yourself risking  what God blessed you to accumulate for yourself.

Here is a memorable example for you to consider. 

 I went into prison and married my second husband, Billy.  We were married for 8 years.  I spent about 8000 a year as a prison wife, travelling hundreds of miles on dangerous roads every week, for 7 of those years.  Buying him everything from sneakers to food to expensive typewriters.  Add it up.  That would be about $64,000 spent on a man who put a witchcraft spell upon me in an attempt to kill me by causing me to have a car accident!!!!   (that’s yet another post! lol)

 I even  risked my job marrying  Billy because I worked in the field of corrections and my peers felt that I disrespected them by marrying a convict.  So beside the pressures of being a prison wife, I had to constantly look over my shoulder to see which of my peers was trying to frame me to lose a job I ended up keeping  for 17 years, until I walked out myself in 1997.  While my second ex  was incarcerated, I paid $1500 a correspondence course  for Billy  to become a paralegal.  Mr. Potential  was an A student.  So  Billy contested the divorce and tried to take half of my resources–my house, my car and my pension that I live quite well off of right now. The judge asked him, “How much did you contribute to your wife’s resources.”  He responded “Nothing.”  The judge answered:  “And NOTHING is what you shall receive!.”

You may not be so lucky. It was very obvious to the judge that a man who is incarcerated the entire marriage has not even bought salt for the shaker.   So if you marry “Mr. Potential,” and he co-habitates with you for a while, you may one day find yourself paying HIM alimony.

 Let a word to the wise be sufficient.

Our ministers provide a kind of commitment to you that you will find nowhere in the organized church. 

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Is It Preaching? Or Sermonizing? (An Online Deliverance Ministry)

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I couldn’t agree with Pam more…

Approximately over a year ago, I wrote the following blog on preaching.

This is a question each preacher needs to ask themselves:

Am I PREACHING or Am I SERMONIZING???????

My updated corrections are in parenthesis:

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1 Corinthians 1:18-21

 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

 Preaching…

 We as ministers of the gospel know all about it.  Even those we label as laity know about preaching.  We know all types of preaching.  We know the hoop. The holler.  The in between, asthma-like huffs and puffs in between phrases or sentences.  We get excited over it.  We dance over it.  We shout and rejoice.  The desired result of preaching, according to the Word of the Lord, is to save souls.  I could be wrong, but I don’t see anywhere in scripture that tells us to preach to saved folks, but to instruct, to edify, or grow the saints up in the things of God.

 If we want to encourage the saints, the Word tells us to speak to each other ‘in spiritual songs and psalms:

 Ephesians 5:19

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord...

If we want to edify one another, grow the saints up, the Word tells us to teach and admonish one another-again with ‘psalms, hymns, & spiritual songs…’

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 The Word does not say to preach to saved folks.  Preach to unsaved folks; teach, admonish, speak to, rebuke, reprove the saints!

 Ministers, fellow laborers…

Just think about it.  This may be why the souls are not growing.  You’ve been preaching to them for 20 years.  Preaching (sermonizing, using Pam’s term) them happy.  Preaching (sermonizing) them sad.  Preaching (sermonizing) them prosperity.  Preaching (sermonizing) them strange doctrines.  Preaching (sermonizing) everything…why are you preaching salvation to saved folks?

I was listening to this very popular woman preacher (heck, I will post her name:  it was Cindy Trimm).  She was preaching, but it was in a religious setting.  So I hit play.  I will admit:  I was somewhat annoyed at her preaching in cadence and all…

“And the Lord say…HA!

“Repent for the Kingdom of God…HA!

“..is at hand….HA!”

 As she continued, on her rant for about 40 minutes, I grew very aggravated.  Not because what she was saying wasn’t true, but because of the preaching in cadence, and the organist playing behind her.  But I hung in there..I hung in there until, while preaching in cadence, she bust out…

“…that’s not my key!…”

‘No she didn’t!  No she didn’t preach to the organist to take the key up one notch!’

The organist complied and took the key up one notch!

immediately turned the message off, in utter shock at what I just heard!

Now, I don’t know about anyone else.  But I found all the theatrics behind the message quite distracting.  What Trimm was saying could have been very relevant, very powerful (but I doubt it).  And very true…but the organist playing behind her, and her “HA!” she exclaimed every 5 words was-quite frankly-getting on my nerves!

I have preached sermons, and I had to tell the organist to stop playing behind me because he was distracting from the message, and was NOT playing under the anointing!  (And what’s more shocking is that the organist was my OWN father! He didn’t speak to me for a minute after that message!)

Now I write what I write not just because of an annoyance or a preference of mine.  It is an admonition for preachers to take a good hard look at the fruit of what they’ve been doing for years.  We have to ask ourselves-at some point-why do we do the things we do…in the church?  Is it relevant?  Effective?  What are the results?  

We have preached all these sermons, in all kinds of styles.  With the best musicians playing behind us.  But what good has it done?  Really!

Let’s be real about it.

No one’s getting saved at (church) altars; the ones at the altars are the same ones who been going to the altar for years.  I can talk about it cuz I was a professional altar seeker!   I used to snot and cry all over the place.  I laid out all over the floor.  Shouted.  Danced.  Screamed to the top of my lungs…out of sincerity.  Really believing I was delivered, when the preaching had done nothing more than emotionally move me, excite me.

 Preachers…the saints don’t need to hear another sermon from us.  They need to be taught!

And, as you can see with Pam and I citing our examples of sermonizing by Trimm and Jakes, preachers need NOT imitate the styles of their favorite preacher of the month either!  Because most of them are sermonizing and spreading doctrines of devils!

 What do they need to be taught?  SALVATION.  DELIVERANCE.  THE KINGDOM OF GOD!!!

It is only when the TRUE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IS PREACHED that we will rid the altars of professional altar seekers and the  unsaved, unregenerated souls WILL GET SAVED AND DELIVERED!

Let’s know when to preach, when to teach.

The only time we see the word ‘preached’ used in the Bible is when the audience was UNSAVED.  When the apostles spoke to those who were saved, the Word says they taught them, they instructed, they expounded, they rebuked, they reproved…

 Do ur homework…

 Let’s get back to using the foolishness of preaching…the Bible’s way.

 I encourage you to study that whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 1.  It will change your whole perspective on preaching.

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