In my last article, I presented the ‘cases,’ if you will, of preachers who battled their demons. Some won, some are winning, and some have lost their battles.
This type of thing is not talked about in what is known as the church, and that is a dangerous thing. The very secretiveness surrounding the maladies preachers suffer with in their secret, personal lives leaves open a wide gateway into these people for the enemy to operate, infiltrate and conquer.
Many look at this and say it is disrespectful or gossipy. When we who claim to be ‘in ministry’ or ‘called into the ministry’ need to examine this phenomena…and see what can be done so that the enemy does not take more lives.
It should not be that in the day and time we live in that preachers who we see everyday-whether that be on TV, the Internet or in person-should NOT suffer in silence with mental illness. The shame is NOT in having the mental illness. The shame is in NOT getting help.
First, let’s get the stigma out of the way attached to mental illness.
We tend to think that if someone is diagnosed with a mental illness, then it can only be ‘prayed through.’ Shouted out. Danced out. Prophesied out. Slain in the Spirit…and POOF! Bye bye demons!
This is just what the enemy WANTS you to believe.
Many of the (prayer and Deliverance) practices done in churches today are INEFFECTIVE. This is why preachers can preach…and be totally oppressed maybe even possessed by demons. The devil knows how to preach, too! Religious demons masquerading as angels of lights, performing miracles, speaking in tongues, prophesying, laying hands on folks and causing them to be ‘slain in the spirit’ are fooling MANY in the I.C. today. TRUE deliverance is NOT taking place at these altars, but merely the transferance of evil spirits.
I do believe this is how mental illness is spreading so rapidly-much like HIV is in the black community-in the I.C.
In all the cases that I have presented, the ones that survived are the ones that sought help-and who were HONEST about their struggle. Period. They didn’t hide behind a title or a position or some perceived authority. They recognized that they had some things going on inside of them and had to BE ACCOUNTABLE and SEEK HELP. As uncomfortable as it may have been, these popular, highly sought after preachers had to submit themselves WHOLLY to the therapy and scrutiny of another. They didn’t just ‘pray it away.’ They submitted to EFFECTIVE help and was (or IS) being delivered from their demons. They admitted to having demons. But not only that, they did (and are doing) whatever it takes to walk in deliverance day by day.
The ones who perished in their struggles with demonic oppression were the ones who either attempted to hide behind their religion, their ministry, their public persona and image or who simply gave up the fight and gave in to becoming a walking habitation of demons.
Or they didn’t submit themselves to TRUE, AUTHENTIC deliverance ministry!
I entitled this series, ‘Troubled, Demonized Ministerial Leaders…Past, Present and …’ because the fact of the matter is, as long as there are people who are afraid to admit they have demons they struggle with-or even go as far as to deny that demonic activity going on in their lives…or don’t recognize it as demonic, then YES, in the FUTURE…Past, Present AND FUTURE…we will continue to see leaders who are demonically oppressed or possessed. Some will die, and others will live, solely for the purpose of spreading their demons to unsuspecting congregations and followers who failed to try the spirits and ultimately to LEAVE the I.C.
If you are a leader and you are struggling with your demons (and only YOU and God knows what they are), don’t suffer in silence. Don’t stay disheartened, resigned to live with your demons for another day. DELIVERANCE IS AVAILABLE TO YOU!
There is a dedicated staff at Sheppard’s Counseling Center ready to minister to you in a loving, non-judgmental-yet confidential AND professional manner.
If you are in need of help, help is finally HERE!
Just call (518) 477-5759 today!