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Preaching and the Altered State

I was a preacher for almost 3 decades. I preached an average of one sermon a week for 20 years, with 8 of those years preaching 3 sermons a week.  On one occasion in the pulpit, I felt a strange power come upon me where it seemed I was “not myself.” I was in a rather strong altered state of consciousness. I thought is was an extra powerful anointing of the Holy Ghost. IT WAS NOT!!!

When I was sent to church for the first  in 1979, I had never heard a sermon and so when I was informed in 1981 that upon entering ministry, I would be required to preach a trial sermon on October 25, 1981, I had no idea what a sermon was. In the summer of ’81, I began to preach in my sleep, in preparation for the October day of trial. I also walked around all day for about 30 days, muttering “sermons.”

I thought that I was under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. It took about 25 years for me to find out that in those early and strange days, I was under the “anointing” of the religious demon assigned to me. I thank God then when   DID enter the pulpit to preach and pastor, it was only ONE time in at least 2 thousand sermons that same power came upon me. I have since discovered that it is a demonic power, in no way, the Holy Ghost.

Oh yes! Demons enjoy preaching. I came out of a denomination where men who were adulterers, fornicators, perverts, closet homosexuals could preach so hard, that they could affect even me, in spite of what I knew about the intimate, sometimes secret details of their lives.At least 10 times a year, 50 ministers gathered at various regional church functions and a hanful would preach at these gatherings.

When they were preaching, I  harneseds down my soul from being overpowered, but there were times when I could not. Their power was too strong.  I often wondered about it over the years. How could these corrupt men overtake my soul with one of their sermons in spite of my resistance to it? Could this be God? Would God use such sinful creatures to preach HIS WORD???!!!

It took two decades or more to find out the answer to that question. The answer is NO!!!! The Holy Ghost does not anoint such preachers but the devil DOES!!!. It is called communal intoxication by the founder of sociology, Max Weber.

Communal intoxication is defined by Weber as the supernormal ability of magicians, wizards, witches and charismatic religious leaders.With the god concept at its center, they induce an altered state of consciousness in their followers as demonstrated by the congregation’s manifestation of convulsions, trembling, and intense effusions of excitement and ecstasy. (Come Out of Her God’s People, pg 190)

Weber points out that that communal intoxication has a contagious effect where it can spread throughout  an audience or congregation of people, infecting those assembled with sensations of enhanced emotionalism and vitality. This definition explains the so called holy dance, holy rollers, holy laughter, running around the church building, perhaps even tongues and slain in the spirit phenomena.

This power was manifested in my presence for 25 years  among denominational African American preachers. Keep in mind that Weber’s studies were predominately tribal communities on other continents, including Africa and Asia. Webers findings suggest that the altered state appeal has a significant connection to today’s charismatic leaders’ ability to cause large numbers of people to believe that they have been released from bondages and that they have “heard from God.”

As a result, what has been happening in church is that demons have been using corrupt ministers to preach. I would say that that is reason enough to “COME OUT OF HER, GOD’S PEOPLE.”

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The Art of Preaching – Truth or Hype?

By Pamela Sheppard

The first sermon that I preached was on 10- 25, 1981. Ironically, the last sermon I preached was also on October 25th, in 2007. I have spoken or uttered since then, but not by taking a text out of its natural context and producing a message from it.

 I estimate that I have preached at least 2000 sermons, perhaps more in 26 years. The title of my last sermon wasWhat Do YOU Have To Burn?” Later that  same week, God revealed to me that what I had to burn was the curious art called “preaching” because He revealed that  “sermons are manmade and demonically produced and  manipulated.

I truly loved to preach. I preached as many as two sermons a week  behind the pulpit for more than 25 years, sometimes more, during revival week and other special occasions. However, once God revealed to me that He no longer empowers the man made art called homiletics, I have not prepared yet  another sermon. Nor is there any desire left in me to preach a sermon, where a text is taken out of its natural context, and a man made or even a demonic message is worked up from that text.  So you might say that “I burned sermonizing  out of my ministerial life.”

On a natural level, the characteristics of “preaching” vary considerably according to style, church affiliation, seminary training, and othervariables. Generally, texts of scripture are taken out of their biblical context and are then mixed with what isgoing on in the preacher’s own heart, mind and personal circumstances. He or she often attempts to adapt the discourse to the wants and needs of thecongregation with the use of illustrations, stories, riddles, etc. As homiletics, the art of preaching—the artistic aspects include the degree of eloquence or earthiness,flamboyance, tone and quality of the voice,showmanship, “keepin it real,” the use of images,persuasiveness, an ability to “set it off” wherein the congregation becomes emotional.

Preachers of today use texts from the bible as props to tell “a different story” other than the cross, the resurrection and the return of the Lord, which is “preaching the gospel.”

Some sermons are boring, outdated, irrelevant while others are highly charged, compelling, and “up to date.”Some of the most outstanding “sermonizers” that I have known personally were “down right characters”to put it mildly. The best performers remain closet homosexuals, and in some instances, drug addicts,adulterers, child molesters and thieves. What keeps them in the pulpit is the fact that the people love their performances. I can think of one man in particular, Rev. Kealon,  who at the end of each sermon, leaped out of the pulpit like a wild lion. In mid air, he appeared to be in suspended animation—5 ft above the ground. Within his depiction of the “art,” he could leap a slam dunk yet he died at the age of 33 of a massive stroke. A likeable guy, this man was quite “the pistol” on a moral level. He was brain dead on a Sunday morning in October,1987.

In fact, I was always around lots of preachers. The best preachers were closet, on the down low, homosexuals.  Several services a year for 25 years, I was one of 10 even 20 ministers sitting in the pulpit area at numerous regional worship services. When I was selected as “the preacher of the hour,”various congregants facing the pulpit would inform me at the close of the service that the ministers who sat behind me either had looks of displeasure on their faces, or that they were cupping their hands around their mouths, whispering to each other while I was delivering the message. This too “made me uncomfortable.”

Yet, I became increasingly “uncomfortable” with the method itself because I could see no fruit of a Christward direction in the people, some of whom had been listening to my sermons for 5, 10, even 20 years. So I changed my style once more. No longer sitting at a distance from the congregation, I sat among the people and put the responsibility for the preparation of the sermon on them. I let them ask ME questions and I prepared my sermon from those questions, right on the spot.

Yet, I was still “uncomfortable.”On a spiritual level, I discovered that something quite sinister has been goin on. I found out personally when it happened to me on June 25, 2007, my last day inside of a church building. I write about it in both “the Fake Jesus”  “Come Out of Her, God’sPeople” and “the New Idolatry.” I suggest you get one of the books because it would take too long to explain at this juncture. I will simply say that “a power came over me and it was not God.” The preacher in question had been an associate for about 10 years  and he didn’t even know that I was in the congregation because I slipped in un-noticed and sat way in the back. However, a religious demon used him to try and make me rejoin a church that the Lord had led me out of.  I felt invisible hands in my back that pushed me forward at the invitation.  So if you want to know more, I suggest you obtain either book by clicking here.

What I can reveal now is this. There is a time in most delivery of sermons when the preacher gets “caught up” in the art of preaching, enters into an altered state of consciousness, and the enemy “walks in” to him or her and uses the preacher to “work the crowd.” On such occasions, Jesus is just an “add on” at the end when the preacher says “the doors of the church are opened “and the choir begins to sing, “Come to Jesus.”

Some people rise from the pew or their seat and walk forward, yet it is not the Holy Ghost who has moved upon them to do so. How could it be He? Little to none of the gospel of Jesus Christ of Nazareth has been preached. We are saved by the word but no “word” was actually preached. So then, what happens to these people? Well, those who themselves have entered an altered state of consciousness while they got “caught up” by a sermon are in real danger of being demonized. I am finding that demons MUST be cast out of them before the Holy Ghost will draw them to the cross to be saved.

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