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What to Know About False Prophets

By Pastor Pam Sheppard

In ministry since 1981, I know a thing or two about false prophets. Besides the TV mega preachers that I watched for years, I also came to know at least 200 ministers while I was pastoring in a well-known denomination. So from my observations, I have designated 3 different types of false prophets. The deceived, the detoured and the diabolical.

There are those false prophets who are really saved but they followed the wrong leaders, and “sucked into themselves” mixed and false doctrines and practices. In short, they heeded and harkened unto the voice of seducing spirits and doctrines of the devil. However, they have not yet departed from the faith. These I call, “the Deceived.” Some of them will be set free. Because of pride, sad to say, others won’t be. Some false prophets would prefer to be caught up in a scandal than to admit that they taught error and thereby “led the people in the wrong direction, away from God, and not toward Him.” They are too spiritually proud to admit that they did not rightly divide the word of God.

Then there is the false prophet who was once used of God mightily, but he or she got deceived by the enemy and fell into disrepute. These I call “the Detoured.” This man or woman becomes a pretender—one who is very dangerous to those who are babes in Christ or who remain carnal Christians. Their followers “stand by their man” even when they should jump ship. The bible has a classic example of how the detoured “Old Prophet” deceived the man of God, resulting in the latter’s death. (I Kings 13)

Then of course, there is the out-and-out pretender who knows that he or she is serving the spirit of the Anti-Christ and everything they do is a masquerade. These I call “the Diabolical.” They are imposters, planted in among Christians to willfully bring confusion that will lead to destruction.

Every false prophet type— whether the Deceived, the Detoured, and the Diabolical— is equally dangerous. Why? Because they can leave a huge trail of victims.  I am humbled and thankful that although I was on the road to becoming a false prophet, the Holy Ghost jerked my chain, then cut it and broke it.  When  I was deceived by charismatic teachings,” God blessed me by closing doors and blocking me from spreading error. Even though I once had the heart, the skill and the desire of a mega preacher, God purposefully would not allow me to become a popular celebrity.. When a door opened, the Holy Ghost closed it and blocked my way through it. Moreover, among those that I have pastored, even though I personally believed some mixed doctrines, I didn’t teach them to those who allowed me to lead them. So praise God, after 36 years as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have no victims.

For example, I spoke in tongues, but I didn’t teach my followers to do so. I tithed, but I did not preach a “sow a seed,” prosperity gospel. In fact, I was completely self-sustaining. I gave back my church salary in the form of tithes and offerings to the churches that I pastored. When I practiced healing and the laying on of hands, I never told anyone to stop taking their medicine and “walk by faith.” I primarily preached the cross, sin, repentance, rebirth and the resurrection. But make NO MISTAKE. The false prophets of all 3 varieties:— the deceived, the detoured and the diabolical— are equally dangerous! Your prayers for them to repent may NOT prevail. And why not?

In order to repent, the false prophet has to do more than apologize and ask for forgiveness from those he has abused and deceived. If he has been made rich off of the backs of poor people by preaching the prosperity gospel, then God will require him or her to “give back” all of that money to the poor. Not too many false prophets are willing to give up those jet planes, million dollar homes and those Bentleys. Even the false prophets who are NOT mega, many of them have practiced the lie for so long, that it is practically impossible to receive the truth and act on it. Far too many have made “ministry” their career and not their calling.

Ask the Apostle Paul. He maintained as a tent maker. He would not allow any of the churches that he set up to totally provide his livelihood. That is why he could write, “whether abased or exalted, I can do ALL things 4 through Christ who strengthens me.” In other words, JUST SO YOU KNOW, I am not dependent upon YOU to live and to serve my God. When a false prophet’s livelihood is intricately tied to church dollars and resources, he or she is captive to a self-made trap that cannot be escaped from without God’s help. Actually, some false prophets have to be stripped naked to find God again, if they ever knew Him. So if you really think a particular false prophet is deceived, perhaps detoured but not diabolical, then your prayer should be “Lord, strip him.”

A word of caution. The religious demon assigned to me tried to set me up to become  a false prophet.  In several dreams, he showed me standing before huge audiences, walking up and down across a platform with my bible in my hand, preaching and teaching.  He even showed me pastoring a church of about 10,000 people.  Because I sought after the power to slay in the spirit, after 10 years of seeking, I got it. I could wave my hand, and certain ones would fall out, unconscious.  However, I began to question this power because I noticed that the ones in my congregation who fell out the most, were also those who could not STAND for the Lord, relapsing or backsliding constantly.  So I said to myself, “Pam, there is something wrong with this so-called gift. This cannot be from the Holy Ghost!” Once I prayed to the Lord and asked Him to “show me  the darkness,” I got quite the wake-up call that revealed that  the mega preacher phenomena of today is NOT of the Lord.  It is a combination of human charisma, “anointed” by the enemy’s power. My testimony is in “Come Out of Her God’s People.”

So if you are on that road, you need to get off, and get off with a quickness! If you have been burned by a false prophet, there is help.  Call 1-888-818-1117

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Learning From Your Mistakes

By Pastor Pam Sheppard

Mistakes and Deliverance

 

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 It has been my experience that the doorway UNKNOWINGLY left wide open to demonic torment is a captive’s fear of ever making a mistake. Demons take great pleasure in tormenting people who they can control with criticism, shame and accusation. As a deliverance counselor, I realize that for each captive, there is a different root cause. For the most part, a fear of making a mistake comes from how you were raised. Those who have been under the authority of extremely judgmental, critical parenting are inclined to either become passive or aggressive in their response to this fear.

The passive ones try to “always be correct and proper” because they are afraid of suffering the consequences that judgmental parenting brings. On my web caseload over the last 14 years, those who are constantly hearing critical, accusing voices in their minds have been raised by critical, judgmental parents. Perfectionism in passive people also leads them to be ardent people pleasers–a breeding ground for depression.

The aggressive folks tend to become the rebels of the world who often seem to make mistakes on purpose and by design because they simply enjoy annoying people. In other words, “if you made me the black sheep of the family, I’m going to play that role with style and gusto! If you told me when I was 10 years old that I am going to be no good, just like my father, well, I am going to be “my father” to the 25th power. So watch me, Mom, as I go through the revolving prison door of recidivism. Watch me and suffer Mom, because you have tried to frame me with a fear of being like a Dad that I didn’t even know, because of you and YOUR failures!

Here is another pattern. January 2 of every year  could be renamed “Get Rid of the Fat Day. There are unseen reasons why some of us got fat. Here is the scenario for the rebel:  ” If you have called me “fat” all of my life when I was not fat but voluptuous and my sensuality disturbed you, Mom—-I am REALLY going to become fat just to show you what FAT REALLY IS AND that I don’t care what you think of my body type!!!!”

Scenarios like these are often played out on a sub-conscious level. Anytime you don’t know who you are and why you are behaving the way that you do, you are a prime target for demonic interference. As a deliverance counselor, this is the reason  why I am less concerned about whether or not you ever experimented with the occult or drugs than I am about how you deal with “making mistakes.” It does not take a great deal of education to become a great learner. Learning involves listening and mimicking. Even if we can’t read or write, life itself is going to teach us something!!!” If you have never made a mistake then you have not learned very much.

For the Christian in particular, God designs the lessons of life disguised in the form of obstacles, mistakes and difficulties through a maze of trials, tribulations, troubles and tests. Why? Because the Christian walk in the spirit by faith in God alone is what earns us our eternal crowns. Without any ashes, there is no beauty. Without failure, there is no glory. Without falling, we really don’t know how to stand. We are sinners who must totally rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading in order to please a perfect God. He is pleased when we can resist the pride of our sinful nature and embrace our ashes.

I was born 73 years ago. I was born again 40 years ago. All I have to give to God is a life of mistakes and failures. These are my infirmities, and like Paul, I actually glory in them. I know that I glory in them because when I speak or write about my mistakes, I have no inner pulling of sorrow, shame or regret in my heart. I know that I glory in them because I give practically no thought or expression to the things that man would consider successful accomplishments. I glory in my mistakes because I have come to know that the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is all over me when I can acknowledge my own weaknesses.

There is a difference between making a mistake and being a mistake. If I am in Christ, then I am not a mistake. On the contrary, if I rely on “self,” then I am functioning as a mistake. What the bible confirms is that God did not believe that I was a mistake or I would not be here. God does not believe that YOU are a mistake or YOU would not be here either. When we begin to see even an iota of how big and all-consuming God is, then we will stop worrying about our mistakes and the demons that are assigned to us will be bound and gagged.

Twenty eight years ago, I committed a serious sin that brought about its consequences and its ramifications. On last Friday, the religious demon assigned to me sent me a dream that showed me committing the exact same sin and “loving it.” Demons rarely accuse me of sin because they know that I don’t receive or respond to their guilt trips. However, THIS time, they “got me good” because the dream disturbed at least half of my day. The dream was a mockery. What I found offensive is that I was shown that I still have the desire to do the exact same thing, a sin that would be extremely hurtful to God as well as to other people whom I would certainly hurt.

Do I have the desire to commit the sin again? Absolutely not. Would I do so if tempted? Absolutely not. However, here is the truth of it. The flesh DOES NOT CHANGE! In my flesh, I am STILL capable of committing the exact same sin TODAY!!! Yet, though I am capable, I WILL not do it. Why not? Because I don’t walk in the flesh. I walk in the spirit. And because of Jesus Christ, the desires of my heart and my spirit HAVE CHANGED. There is NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.

You see, Brethren, Christians who are afraid of making mistakes focus on self-righteousness and not on the righteousness of God in Christ. They are not looking to the cross. They are looking to self. They are trying to please God just as they tried to please their earthly parents. Yet our understanding and practice of perfection is totally different from God’s as it pertains to His people. Take Job, as our classic biblical example. He was as perfect as man can get, pleasing to God, yet prior to Calvary.

That was Job’s problem. He was toooo perfect. He had no mistakes to draw from. Without the mistakes, Job really did not know God very well. Once God allowed the devil to attack Job, Job’s hidden mistakes were revealed. He was focused on “self-righteousness. The true nature of God was also revealed. Once confronted by his religious friends, Job became defensive. Defensiveness is an outgrowth of pride. If you are defensive, then even the very thought of making a mistake becomes a bondage to you. On the real, face it. Mistakes are part of our lives and we will keep making mistakes till our last breath. In my book, “Faces of the Religious Demon” are scores of case summaries of professing Christians who religious demons tormented because their captives were afraid of making mistakes.  For one reason or another, deliverance counseling uncovered   a complicated pride system at the root.

If I am speaking to YOU, then deliverance counseling or mentoring will help you get the victory in 2017. So call and book a telephone session. 1-888-818-1117

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Why Reincarnation?

Pastor Pam Sheppard wrote:

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Reincarnation was once a major component of my belief system when I was a New Age atheist. However once I became born again 40 years ago, it was the easiest false teaching to eliminate. Why? Because it nullifies the Lord’s purpose for His sacrifice for sin in His death on the cross. For why become sin for each human being if we all have additional lives available to correct past life karma. For as the bible says, it is appointed to each man ONCE to die, and then the judgment.

I watched the 1977 movie called Audrey Rose, a movie that strongly supports reincarnation. I missed this one as I was born again that very year. So watching this movie in 2013 was quite revealing. For it is obvious that Satan is in control of Hollywood to send his own subliminal messages.

The setting for the movie is New York City in the 70’s. Janice and Bill Templeton are Park Avenue types, living in a splendid apartment bigger than most houses, with thousands of dollars of art work on the ceilings. They have an 11-year-old daughter named Ivy who is a happy, gregarious child until she starts to have these trance like fits, where it looks like she is trying to escape from a fire.

In the meantime, Elliot Hoover makes contact with the Templeton’s about Ivy, telling them of how his four-year old daughter died in a car crash, where she was seen banging on the car windows screaming, surrounded by flames, shortly before the car her mother was driving, exploded, killing them both. Interestingly enough, this incident occurred just a few hours on the same day that Ivy was born. After the death of Audrey, Elliot reports that famous psychics revealed to him that Ivy is the reincarnation of his daughter Audrey. As confirmation, the psychics accurately described the lush penthouse apartment in great detail, including the fine art on the ceilings.

As the story unfolds, the Templeton’s take Elliot to court, accusing him of kidnapping Ivy. The defense lawyer took the position of defending reincarnation to prove that Elliot was correct about Ivy being the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose. At the trial, a hypnotist was brought in to perform a past-life regression on Ivy. It worked, but it got out of hand. Ivy became Audrey and the trauma of re-experiencing the fire was too great and Ivy died because the hypnotist did not call the girl by the name of Audrey. He kept saying “Ivy.”

I did some googling today and discovered some interesting information about the author of the book. In “the Case For Reincarnation,” by Joe Fisher, the screenplay “Audrey Rose” was inspired by an actual incident in the author’s life. The author heard ragtime piano being played by his six-year-old son who never had a music lesson. The boy told his father that his fingers were touching the keys on their own. This experience was the catalyst that directed the author’s thoughts toward the possibility of reincarnation.

I am sure that many were awed by this movie and some even became believers in reincarnation as a result of watching it. Yet there is a simple explanation. If the case of Audrey Rose had been true and not fiction, here is how I would explain it.

First of all, even bona-fide psychic mediums or channels receive information from demons. So Elliot was deceived by them to believe on reincarnation. The demons know how his daughter died. They saw it and probably arranged and even caused the car accident that killed his family in the first place. They worked on his emotions, causing him to change his belief system and to appear and act “strange.” They set him up to find Ivy by using the psychics.

Somehow, Ivy’s chakras were opened. When the kundalini energy is released and the person enters an altered state through dreaming, very often the person feels like he or she is burning from within. When the hypnotist took Ivy into a much deeper altered state, as the fire sensation intensified, so did the terror and so Ivy died of intense fear. Her heart stopped.

In this end time season, the enemy needs every human being’s chakras to be opened so that the Antichrist can perpetuate the biggest spiritual fraud—–EVER!!!!

If you think your chakras have been opened, have questions or comments about this article you can contact Rescue at 1-888-818-1117. You can also email rescueonfb@icloud.com.

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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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The Dangers of Not Being THANKFUL

When we were all little kids, (hopefully) our parents taught us to say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you.’

It was taught to us as a part of being mannerable.  It’s just good social etiquette to say ‘Thank you’ after someone has done soemething for you or given something to you.

But being thankful doesn’t just stop there…at good manners.  Being thankful is a biblical principle that protects us from spiritual deceit, corruption and error.

Being thankful to God does…

I want you to read Romans 1.  Study it.  Read it again.  As I read it again this morning, the scriptures seemed to jump out from the page at me…

Romans 1:17

The Just shall live by FAITH….

If the just lives by faith, this means that they do NOT worry or fret over how their bills are going to get paid.  They do NOT covet after the riches of another.  They don’t work 8 jobs to keep up with the Joneses.  They may have a job, or they may not…but one thing IS for sure…they live BY FAITH.

If more people understood that biblical principle, then the error of the prosperity doctrine would spread no further.  Replete among the followers and purveyors of the prosperity message are people who simply LACK FAITH IN GOD.  They covet after the riches and possessions of another.  And they are NOT thankful FOR WHAT THEY HAVE!

They are greedy.  Never satisfied…and certainly not thankful.  Not to God…and probably not to their fellow man, either.

There is a danger in not being thankful.  It’s not just it offends God.  But being unthankful is breeding ground for covetousness and seducing spirits to come in and cause one to err ‘from the faith.’

When we begin to trust in the arm of flesh-ours or anyone else’s-to provide for our needs, instead trusting God implicitly, then we start placing debt, lack, poverty and our not having certain things (even if those things are necessities) on a pedestal, of sorts.  The debt, the lack, the poverty…they all become IDOLS in our lives…that replace the POWER and PROVISION OF GOD.  We place pre-eminence on our lack instead of faith in our God to provide EVERY NEED that we have…

Once this happens, a domino effect takes place.  What starts out as idolatry and lack of faith starts to grow into not SEEING GOD as God in our lives.

Romans 1:21-23

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were THANKFUL; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

When we place our lack, debt, poverty and the such above God in our lives, that thing has become an idol in our lives.  God is taken off the throne and our lack, debt, poverty takes its place.  And how do we worship the gods of lack, debt, and poverty?

By trusting in the arm of FLESH to provide.  By making up doctrines and teachings that will help us feel ’empowered’ to prosper.  Admit it: there is a certain helplessness that comes with lack.  Most people HATE it.  And will do ANYTHING to avoid feeling helpless.

The downfall of many a man has been that the enemy KNOWS that it is in the innate nature of a man to provide for his family.  When this ability is hindered or taken away, this emasculates the man…and many men will do just about anything to provide for their families.

Many of the mega preachers that are so heavily-revered sold out to the god of mammon…they began ‘ministry’ in lack, debt, poverty. Listen to their testimonies of being in poverty.  Shaking roaches out of their clothes.  Living in houses with the utilities cut off.  Wearing the same clothes to church over and over again.  Being homeless.

And now they are flying in private jets and living in homes that most would only dream of!

But there was a price that was paid for that fortune, and it wasn’t merely the check they signed over to the realtor when they bought the homes.

The very gospel that they now preach and teach is tainted with error.  It makes gods out of temporary circumstances and gets people to trust in formulas and methods and NOT in God.

Look what happens when we do that:

Romans 1:24-25

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

When we start trusting in the arm of flesh and NOT in God, then we start worshipping just that….FLESH.

When you finish reading the first chapter of Romans, you will see that the rise in sexual (and spiritual) perversion has its roots in not recognizing God as God, and NOT BEING THANKFUL.

This is the chapter that goes into the rampant homosexuality and lesbianism that is promised in these times.

And to imagine—it all began with just not being thankful!

The old song used to go like this:

“Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what the Lord has done!  Count your blessings, name them one by one….Count your many blessings!  See what the Lord has done!”

There IS a danger in NOT being thankful.

The enemy knows in these uncertain (economic) times that many will be vulnerable to fall prey to error, particularly in this area.  Falling for the prosperity message keeps one in a constant state of covetousness, all in the guise of appearing to walk in faith for the things that you don’t have…all the while you are missing the blessing of enjoying what you DO have.

God has been really, really good to America.  We need not forget that….what does the Word say?

Psalm 9:17
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

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What’s In A NAME????

So what exactly IS in a name?  In particularly, a GOOD name.

We often hear of people lauding that it is necessary to protect one’s name, especially in the church and in ministry.  I have heard many a preacher preach and teach Proverbs 22:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:1 totally out of context…

Proverbs 22:1
A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Ecclesiastes 7:1
A GOOD name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

In both passages of scriptures, it speaks to having a good name (or reputation) in light of one’s record of their entire life, not just a few, good things accomplished in seasons of one’s life.

The Hebrew word for name used in both instances is ‘shem,’ meaning ‘name, reputation, fame.’  It can also mean ‘prosperity.’

Shem was also one of Noah’s son.

The erroneous teaching that has gone forth for years is that one is to protect their name, their reputation, what they are known for, at all costs.  In particularly, in ministry.

I have seen preachers literally attempt to kill…all to protect their name, to keep up the image of being a man of woman of God before the people.

I have heard of preachers buying off people to protect their name/reputation.

I have heard of preachers and church folks do all kinds of dastardly, wicked, sneaky, under-the-table tricks…all under the guise of protecting their name.  For making sure that their reputation is kept in tact.

I see it as an image type of thing going on.

And keeping up an image of prosperity, of success, of godliness, of holiness, of power, or whatever…at all costs…even sinning to keep up the good name, is synonymous (or just like) marketing.

Anyone who has ever worked in marketing knows, image is everything!

If your image or reputation is tarnished, then you are ruined!

So now we have preachers and church folks who hire marketers to market themselves, their ministries, their products/services, their churches, their fellowships, etc.

It is no accident that the most famous preacher in the U.S. (maybe even the world), is a megapreacher who is considered to be a brilliant marketer of his businesses.

And many preachers emulate and try to be just like him.

But I ask…WHAT’S IN A NAME?????

We have been lied to and told our name is all we got, its everything.  So we must protect it at all costs.

I say NOOO!!!!

It is NOT up to us to create (or maintain) a good name.

God promises if we do what is right IN HIS EYES, that HE will MAKE OUR NAMES GREAT.

Now the problem with this is that most people want fame, notoriety, a fantabulous reputation and what has been sold off as prosperity…IN THIS LIFE.

I want you to look at a biblical example of God making somebody’s name GREAT…yet it did not happen until after he left here!

Abraham is often called the father of many nations.  God had great plans for Abraham.  He had a covenant with Abraham.

God promised Abraham to make his name great, yet Abraham had some things going on with him….I want you to notice some things about Abraham.

Abraham didnt have a marketing team to control and manipulate his image.  Abraham didn’t have consultants that advised him to do A or B.   Abraham didn’t have to buy off anyone, neither did he have to sin to perform the will of God.

Abraham didn’t have a squeaky clean record.  Yet God still kept the promises that He did to him.

Abraham lied to not one but TWO kings (Pharaoh and Abimelech) about the identity of Sara, his wife.  He told them she was his sister instead of his wife. (Genesis 12  and 20)

Abraham had mad family strife.  In Genesis 13, Abraham and Lot had to part ways because they just couldn’t see eye to eye on things.  It got so bad that Abraham had to take one section of land and settle there and Lot had to take the exact opposite section of land…they HAD to separate in order to keep the peace. (Genesis 13) 

Abraham had MANY concubines (Papa was a rolling stone!)  And MANY children by these concubines.  Hagar and Ishmael are the most popular ones we know about because they were the first.  But the Word states that Abraham had MANY concubines and subsequent children in Genesis 25 (he was a deadbeat dad!)  And he sent them ALL off-just like he did Hagar and Ishmael-when he was ‘done’ with them!

Abraham committed adultery…over and over and over again.  With Hagar (Genesis 16 & 21) and many concubines.  

Abraham had incest in the family.  Lot’s daughters slept with Lot and both were impregnated by their own father. (Genesis 19)

As we can see, Abraham had a really BAD reputation.  Yet God promised him to make his name GREAT!

What??????

How can that be?  Aren’t we supposed make our own name good, since the Word says a good name is preferred over many riches?

Why would God promise an adulterer, a deadbeat dad, a whoremonger, a liar, I would say a borderline sex addict (he had to be to have that many concubines!)…why would God make ANY promises to him?  Let alone, the promise to become the father of many nations and to make his name great??????

I thought WE had control over our reputations?  I thought our marketing teams, our clever marketing and image consultants, our assortment of makeover experts, our keen and saavy know-how of how to successfully project a (religious and spiritual) image to a group of people and influence them to do whatever you desire was what made our name great????  And saved souls???

Can you see how prideful and presumptious that sounds??????

The awesome thing is that in spite of Abraham’s lapses in character, in spite of his family issues, in spite of his lack of faith and fear, God STILL made his name GREAT!

It is NOT up to US to make our names GREAT.  It is totally up to GOD!

When we do what God has told us to do, then GOD will do the rest.

STOP trying to work something up to protect your ‘image.’

When you look in the mirror, you shouldn’t see YOU anymore anyways.

You should see CHRIST IN YOU, the HOPE of GLORY!

When people see you, they should see CHRIST JESUS!!!!

What’s in a name??????

Acts 4:12
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

The ONLY name worth ANYTHING in this life or the next-for ALL ETERNITY- is the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!!!!!

There is no need for ‘reputation management’ when it comes to Jesus Christ!

Philippians 2:7
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men…

Even though Jesus Christ of Nazareth was God in the flesh, and was therefore equal to God (according to vs. 6), He humbled Himself and MADE HIMSELF OF NO REPUTATION!  

He could have gotten the best rep EVER!  But instead, He chose to become nothing…to become a servant.  And gave His life as a ransom for many.

So where is this coming from, this trend towards have a marketing team, image consultants and the such within the so-called church????

We are to be in the image of God, not man.

Whenever we try to form an image outside of God, we are dabbling into pride, vanity and idolatry.  ALL of which is against GOD.

Let’s stop falling into the hands of the enemy by falling for the trap of trying to make a name for ourselves.

In the end times that we currently live in, there are many false christs that are risen up, and many of them have marketing teams, image consultants, makeup and makeover specialists, hairstylists, etc. on their ‘staff.’

Who in the WORLD do they think they are?????

Did you die on the cross for humanity?

Were you tortured, humiliated and persecuted before throngs of men who were supposed to worship you?

Are you sinless, guiltless and without reproach?

If not, then fire your ‘staff.’

LET GOD MAKE UR NAME GREAT!

Letting God make your name great may mean you don’t see the actual greatness of your name in your own lifetime, as Abraham did not live to see how his name would be made great.

But if you trust God and love God MORE than your image, MORE than you ambitious nature to want to ‘make it’ in THIS life, MORE than you trying to impress your ministerial fellowship, comrades and associates, MORE than trying to make the Joneses believe you got it going on, MORE THAN ANYTHING, then GOD CAN AND WILL MAKE YOUR NAME GREAT!!!!!  FOR ETERNITY…where it matters!

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Discerning How Religious Demons Manifest in Relationships

There is not greater area of vulnerability in all of our lives than in the area of relationships.

Relationships, fellowship, camaraderie, companionship, sense of belonging are things that all of us desire, at times in our lives more than others.

God created relationships so that we wouldn’t be alone.  So relationships in and of themselves are not bad things.

It is when we become obsessed with being in a relationship, or when we value or even idolize relationships in our lives ABOVE our walk with God.

The enemy knows how much some people desire fellowship and relationships.  So we have to understand that THE ENEMY WILL send people into our lives who will eventually cause us harm, and attempt to thwart the plan of God for our lives.

Samson paid for his desire for relationship with his life.  Why?  Because he was not able to discern who he had around him!

Had Samson simply obeyed God from the jump, then he probably would have lived to a ripe old age, still breaking lions necks and what not, in the perfect will of God for his life.

But instead, he had to die with the enemy….for something I feel was quite stupid.  He tore down the building that those evil people were residing in, but what did that accomplish?  Did that stop idolatry in the land?  Did the Israelites turn to God after Samson took his life?

The only lasting legacy of Samson NOW is to read his story and learn what NOT to do so we won’t end up like he did!

We read the story of Samson and shake our heads.  As we should.  What a waste of a life.

And just like Samson, many believers allow relationships, alliances, associations and the such into our lives without properly discerning that they are sent from the enemy.  We marry them.  We have kids with them.  We start ministries with them.  Or businesses.

Here are some signs that the person you are in a relationship with is a religious demon in disguise, waiting for the opportunity to pounce!

1)  They just won’t leave you alone!

We all have had church people in our lives who simply WON’T leave us alone.  When you come out of church, they are always snooping, calling, texting, dropping by, asking you when will you be back.  Even after you have calmly explained to them you won’t be back, they persist.  It’s almost as bad as stalking!  If you cannot get rid of this person, they are a religious demon.

2)  They hurt you time and time again, unrepentedly.

We all have these people in our lives (and I’m talking about church folks) who consistently backstab us.  But we, out of some pious sense of duty, keep these harmful, toxic people in our lives, thinking we are showing them the love of God and being forgiving by allowing them continued access into our lives.  When all we are really doing is allowing them to harm or abuse us…again!  Forgiveness does NOT mean that an unrepentant, undelivered person with a religious demon should be allowed unlimited access into our lives.  Those are harmful people who we need to RUN from!

3)  I want to expound on the UNREPENTED part…

Listen, everyone will let us down.  No one is perfect.  True.  A friend or loved one will hurt us.  Then say they are sorry.  Repent.  But then they do it AGAIN!  If they do it AGAIN, then that means they REALLY didn’t repent to begin with.  Time to cut them loose….

4)  They are always needing YOU to save them…

Some religious people will plant themselves into your life.  How?  They will always be in crisis, and they will seek you out to rescue them.  They will use flattery to win back your affections after the initial separation;  they will attest to your beauty, your talent, your power, your ‘anointing and how you are so needed back in their lives, their ministry, how much they miss you.

Couple that with lies the enemy will plant in your spirit, and false guilt about any trials/judgments/plagues they may be going through…the enemy will lie to you and make it seem like you need to reconcile with this person or group of people to ‘minister’ to them.  And then you eventually have a recipe for disaster!   The lure to ‘reconcile’ with people God has formerly separated you from is disobedience and partaking of another’s sins.

When you start meddling in the affairs of God, assuming that you are ‘called’ to help a person or group of people escape the judgment of God, or if you get in God’s way trying to ‘save a people God has judged or who are suffering from plagues, then YOU will suffer right along with the very people the enemy has deceived you into thinking you are called to save!

It’s best if God separates you from someone(s), to STAY away from them and do not allow them access back into your life (of course, unless God says its ok)

5) Understand….

If God has pronounced judgment on someone, or a group of people, or they were disobedient and are suffering from plagues-God-sent-then there is nothing you can do to stop that.  But pray.

I have been in situations where a person, or a group of people, God called me to separate from (I would hear) would invariably be going through a hard time, suffering, etc. He knows if we ever had any feelings of affection or love for these people, that when we hear word of their suffering, we would not rejoice over it, but would be actually quite grieved.  And we may even try to alleviate any suffering.

We cannot go gettin in God’s business!

If God has allotted suffering, judgment or a plague, and God tells us to GO so we are not partakers of any of it, then no matter how attached we are, we have to cut them off!

6)  They demand unquestioned loyalty to their relationship.

If someone demands loyalty to them at all costs, or refuses to be confronted about questionable behavior, then they have a religious demon….and you need to RUN!  Church leaders, in particular, are guilty of doing this, which enables them to do all kinds of things and never be confronted about said things.  God will always send someone in our lives to check us….a Nathan to David, a Samuel to Saul, a Paul to Peter….if they can’t be ‘checked,’ like I said….RUNNNN!!!!

We need to understand that the religious demon can and will manifest in the people, most of the time, who are closest to you.  And a lot of people do not understand the danger of fellowshipping with religious demons!

The people God tells us to cut off, He tells us cut off for a reason.   We may not know the reason, but we have to trust God enough to obey Him.  He can see the danger ahead of us if we stay with a person.  He sees the end from the beginning.

If you are experiencing difficulty breaking away from something (or someone) GOD said to cut off, please call 518-477-5759.

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FINDING A CHURCH IN THESE TIMES

By Pamela Sheppard

” Many readers and visitors to  pamsheppard.com will be shocked to hear a minister of 30 years write that for most of you, it is best that you not attend church in your local community. I served as a pastor for about 15 of the 27 years both denominational and nondenominational service. Today, I personally believe that a person can grow spiritually without regularly attending an organized church. Most definitely, you should assemble with the saints, but the word of God does not lay out a detailed order of service, nor does it suggest the day you should assemble, the time or even the nature of the place or building where gathering together should take place. We live in a computerized world, where we can “assemble” 24/7.

Simply put, I truly believe that the organized church as it now stands will be completely revamped by the Lord. Why? Because quite frankly, the traditional structures are not working. When I wrote 3 of my 6 books, I was hopeful that repentance would bring about reformation and renewal to the organized church. However, the love of money, which is the root of ALL evil, has permeated most of the church and I seriously doubt if the Lord is going to allow it to continue to exist in its present state. Judgement is HERE (for the organized church) and I shudder at what is happening to church and to churchgoers. In the meantime, for those of you who feel that you need to assemble in an organized church, the following comments are provided for you to assist you in your pursuit to find a church.

The following excerpt is taken from one of the chapters in “Faces of the Religious Demon.” If after you read this you would like to obtain either the ebook or the softcover, click here. In truth, I do not believe that Jesus intended for any one who follows Him to lower their spiritual guard by relying on others to watch on his behalf. Just as we don’t need a weather man to tell us that spring is coming, we also don’t need people to complicate the obvious. Case in point. If the Anti-Christ is actually a human being, then it is clear to me that he shall come forth out of Christianity for a very simple reason. Satan has had a seat in the organized church for centuries. There is no better place for the devil to conceal, prepare and empower his son of evil and destruction than within a worldly Christian system.

The word of God clearly testifies not only to the fact that demons were operating during the Lord’s earthly ministry, but that renewed demonic activity will manifest in the latter days. (I Timothy Ch:4:1-4) Paul’s warning to Timothy does not merely relate to new manifestations of evil in the world but to an ever-increasing apostasy in the professing church, a cult promoted by seducing spirits of a highly sensitive spirituality. In spite of this infiltration by demons into the organized church, I still believe there is a remnant of believers within the system that GOD HIMSELF is calling out.  However, the organized church is an institution created by man, not even described or promoted by the Word of God:

“…Realize that being part of a group that calls itself a “church” does not make you saved, holy, righteous, or godly any more than being in Yankee Stadium makes you a professional baseball player. Participating in church-based activities does not necessarily draw you closer to God or prepare you for a life that satisfies Him or enhances your existence….Sadly, many people will label this view ‘blasphemy.’. However, you should realize that the Bible neither describes nor promotes the local church as we know it today. Many centuries ago, religious leaders created the prevalent form of ‘church’ that is so widespread in our society to help people be better followers of Christ. But the local church many have come to cherish—the services, offices, programs, buildings, ceremonies—is neither biblical nor unbiblical. It is a-biblical— that is, such an organization is not addressed in the Bible.” (Revolution, pg. 37) 5

Therefore, since the church model of modern times is neither promoted nor discredited in the Word of God, I believe that it’s viability should be determined by some very wise and practical applications:

1. In terms of its structure, is it an episcopal denomination or an independent body? Quite frankly, if it is a connected church, then even though it may be uncorrupted at the local level, linked to an ungodly authority or “Mother Church” (headquarters, diocese, fellowships, and the such) will eventually spoil or damage the spiritual fruits throughout the entire system. By nature of its organization, a religious demon will have a seat in high places. The complicated, political form of an episcopal church with a connected governing body should be avoided primarily due to its structure. Consequently, its bishops and leaders will be prone to cover-ups, particularly where improprieties and outright sin may be involved among its various charges. In my second book, I describe this dilemma:

“A Bishop’s power lies in his ability to appoint a pastor and fill a pulpit. Since pastors in full-time ministry are totally dependent each year upon whether or not the Bishop chooses to favor them with an appointment to a church that will be lucrative enough to continue to provide for themselves and their families, a conflict of interest automatically inherent within the Episcopal form of church government will ultimately manifest.” (The Making of A Prophet, pg. 84) 6

Dealing with sin in such a structure is like trying to eliminate roaches from a city block where all of the buildings are erected side by side and are therefore “connected”. If you bomb one apartment with a pesticide, or even exterminate an entire building, the roaches will simply run upstairs, downstairs or to the building next door. Regardless of how clean you keep your apartment, you will not be able to contain the roaches, especially after dark. Just go in the kitchen and turn on your lights and hundreds of them will be flying around as if they had wings!!! Every connected building has to be bombed from one corner to the other on the entire street, or the roaches will soon return.

So is the fate of the connected churches. The leaven of the Pharisees is impossible to contain without a complete annihilation.

2.  Where an independent church is concerned, the issue is not so much its structure but whether or not it has a system in place to avoid spiritual neglect or abuse. Within a small assembly or a mega church, every sheep in that church should have someone who personally knows him and who ministers to his personal needs. If members are compelled to go outside of their local church to receive competent counseling, deliverance, healing and recovery, then I suspect that the primary benefit experienced in church is merely a soothing of their flesh as a byproduct of the worship experience of song and praise. Moreover, congregations of this kind provide a social environment for family members. In my opinion, social contacts with Christians can be obtained at a Christian concert and family activities are available at the local YMCA. If your spiritual needs are not being met at your local church, then you are just involved in a social club and your local church has no real spiritual value. Recently I learned that state of the art children’s ministry programs can become traps due to the fact that the parents won’t leave a church even when they realize that the basic core of the church is corrupt. The pressures for dissatisfied parents to remain are exerted by the social and entertainment needs of their children.

3.  The independent churches that can be very dangerous include those that call themselves “deliverance churches.” In some of these assemblies, the religious demon and the witchcraft spirit are running rampant with counterfeits in worship, doctrine, prayer and other strange practices including a heavy emphasis on being slain in the spirit.

“A demonstration of real power is not falling slain. We see a lot of this phenomena in the ministries of TV evangelists, particularly in the Pentecostal and non-denominational churches. Demonstration of God’s power would be after you have fallen out in the spirit, what condition were you in when you got to your feet?!!! Where you healed? Were you delivered? Did God speak to you a word in due season concerning a special problem you have been challenged with? Or did you just pass out because everybody else was passing out!? ( The Making of a Prophet, pg. 199) 7

4. I agree with Dr. Rebecca Brown’s warning concerning various counterfeits manifested through the speaking in other tongues, primarily among word of faith, pentecostal and Charismatic Catholic churches:

“Christians have made the terrible mistake of assuming that ALL tongues are from God. How wrong they are!…It is well-known that many occultic rituals are done in tongues….The fact that Catholics speak in tongues is not proof that they are filled with the Holy Spirit. Too many of these precious Catholic souls assume that because they are speaking in tongues, they are saved. How can the Holy Spirit be operative and manifesting in a system of idolatry? Those involved in the Catholic Charismatic movement who really start reading and studying the Bible soon realize they must separate themselves from the idolatrous Roman Catholic Church if they are going to serve the true Jesus of the Bible.” (Prepare for War, pgs. 182,183) 8

5.  However, the crucial factors of your assessment of a local church actually relate to the security of your eternal life, which is truly where the rubber meets the road. Why go to church if, in the final analysis, you do not escape damnation by traveling the narrow way to eternal life? Assuredly, you should examine how and with what regularity the doctrines of repentance, resurrection and rebirth are being preached and taught? A church with a Jezebel influence will minimize or overlook the importance of these “3 R’s” through excessive tradition, polity and other less important priorities of doctrine.

6.  If a local church minimizes the need to learn the devices of the devil or does not even recognize the existence and the workings of demonic forces in these times, then it is in a low condition of spiritual life and power. I believe that such a church should be avoided like the plague. In fact, such ignorance on the part of a congregation’s leadership is an indication to demons of the leaders’ accommodation to them through fear, an open door to demonic influence. According to Jessie Penn-Lewis:

“A perspective view of the ages covered by the history in Bible records, shows that the rise and fall in spiritual power of the people of God, was marked by the recognition of the existence of the demoniacal host of evil. When the Church of God in the old and new dispensations was at the highest point of spiritual power, the leaders recognized, and drastically dealt with, the invisible forces of Satan and when at the lowest, they were ignored, or allowed to have free course, among the people.” (War on the Saints, 9th edition, pg.27)

Consequently, if there is no emphasis in the local church on spiritual warfare and deliverance, that church is without spiritual power.

7.  The emphasis upon the Word of God in a church should and could be a good sign; Nevertheless, it is misleading and immaterial to base your assessment of a church solely upon evidence that all its members carry bibles, yellow markers and recite scriptures. For when leadership does not rightly divide the word, then heresies posing as revelation truths give place to the doctrines of devils that Paul warned Timothy about (I Timothy 4:1): the prosperity gospel, dominion teaching, “name it and claim it”, pre-tribulation rapture, submission to authority, eternal security, no ordination for women, and other doctrines too numerous to mention even in one book.

False doctrines of this kind are skillfully birthed by teaching demons to deceive and exploit the people. If the devil had nerve enough to get “religious” by reciting scripture out of its context to tempt the Lord Jesus Himself, then he has trained his demonic army to do likewise to us. (Matthew 4:1-11)

“Out of context” preaching tends to draw those who have not truly repented nor been converted, but who are enticed to come to church by the excitement that scriptural hype can produce. Such preaching and teaching draws people, places and things to the building—those who seek blessings to get their needs met or to fulfill their dreams—but they have not really been drawn to Christ.

8.  A church after the Lord’s heart is the church of Philadelphia: those who do not deny His name and who have kept His word.(Revelation 3:7-13) This is a church that will not compromise the truth, either for the favor of the world or for unity with other churches. Since we all see through a glass darkly, a good pastor is one who continually examines if he is rightly dividing the word. When errors and contradictions are uncovered, then a good pastor openly and publicly admits to his or her mistakes, correcting any inaccurate teachings without hesitation. The Lord declared that the church of Philadelphia was of little strength, so it is clear that His assessment was not based upon numbers of members, wealth or resources. I believe that a major part of keeping His word is to go forth and cast out demons. A good church is about building people so that they can confront the demonic influences to expel the darkness in their own environment, equipping the sheep to be living stones, holy vessels for the Spirit of the Lord to dwell in.

UPDATE:  (9/22/11) I’ve come a long way since I wrote this article. In this hour, I believe that all churches have become dwelling places of demons for one primary reason. They all teach that man chooses God by a decision of his or her own free will, by saying:  “I accept Jesus” and by asking Him to “come into my heart.” Jesus is at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Ghost comes into the human spirit and not the heart. The heart is a function of the fallen soul of man and it is desperately wicked, and as such, has no capability of choosing God without the ministry of the Holy Ghost.

But even so, there is a refuge for you if you, too, have recognized and seen the organized church system is stock full of demons.

If you have seen it, too.  And if you are looking for mentoring, for counseling, for deliverance and healing, please call  518-477-5759.

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Your Next Preaching ‘Gig’ May Be a Set Up from the enemy…

This sounded innocent enough:  church folks were on an annual missionary trip to the Holy Land on Friday.

Since filming the above video, the hostages have since been released.

To read more on the story, read here:  http://www.theroot.com/views/pastor-abducted-egypt-stand-out?page=0,0&wpisrc=root_more_news

As you remember, in 2011, Egypt was the home of riots, bedlam, and chaos.


I titled this ‘Your Next Preaching ‘Gig’ May Be a Set Up from the enemy…’ because back in 2010, I was given an invitation to come out to Egypt to preach and fellowship with a group of ‘believers.’  They were going to let me stay in their home (the pastor and wife) and it was supposed to be more of a revival than a one or two night thing.

I never felt easy in my spirit, neither did I believe God wanted me to go to Egypt.  (Anyone who knows me knows I am not a fearful person and love to opportunity to travel and go to other countries.)

I can openly say that the pastor who invited me there was almost pressuring me, insisting that my coming to Egypt was ‘the will of God’ and ‘my destiny.’

I never got that witness in MY spirit.

So I told them NO.

I mean when you really think about it, its quite amazing.

A pastor and congregants go on your run-of-the-mill Holy Land Tour and are kidnapped.  It has been learned that in Egypt, there has been a rise of kidnappings of tourists and visitors there since the riots.

And then there were the riots themselves…

Its all water under the bridge now.  And I now know that had I been driven by ambition and a lust to be behind a pulpit, or to have a preaching revival in Egypt on my ministerial ‘resume,’ that I may not be here today.

I recognize that that whole trip was a set up from the enemy!

What would have happened had I went to Egypt????

The religious demon had a trap set up for me, for sure!

Now, somebody is saying, ‘Oh, no!  You shouldn’t look at it like that.  God may have wanted to use you over there. ‘

That is a lie.

I share this with you all to try and help someone.

You have been seeking ‘promotion,’ ‘acceptance,’ and looking for opportunity forever.  And many so called ‘opportunities’ have presented themselves to you.

You don’t know if its God or the enemy.

I am here to tell you…the enemy WILL send you opportunities…YES, EVEN PREACHING, SINGING, and MINISTERIAL opportunities!

IT IS A SET UP!!!!!!

DON’T ACCEPT IT!!!!!!!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED….

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Black Christians Need to Beware of Cult…Part 2

 

 

Continued from Part 1; Chacteristics of the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement

5) Stresses Judaism and Hebrew culture and beliefs, even if they go against proper context of the scripture

Here is one of the slickest tricks of this movement.  Judaism and their correlating practices are very strict, adherent to the law.  They not only practice the law but push others to celebrate the celebrating of holy days and feasts.  They use the excuse that what are known as holidays in this country were set in place by the Roman Catholic order to replace the ‘holy days,’ including the Feast of Tabernacles, the Passover, the Feast of Trumpets and Unleavened Bread.

They also cite the inconsistencies, the corruption, the deception and the gross error of the institutional ‘christian’ church as yet another reason why one should celebrate holy days and feasts…and not the holidays of modern-day.

And even though they are very adherent to the feast schedule of their Hebrew calendar (they don’t recognize the modern-day Gregorian calendar year with 12 months and so on), one can still see the corruption, the deception, the hatred and the error in the BHI movement.

I have known some BHI believers that have gone as far as to say it is sinful not to celebrate or recognize holy days, which goes in direct contradiction of the scripture that says:

Romans 14:5-6

One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

He that regards the day, regards it unto the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks.

Which leads me to the next characteristic of BHIers…

6)  BHIers tend to have strict dietary laws, and pushes their strict dietary laws onto others.

It is funny that BHIers push celebrating feasts, which is modernly known as a buffet-style type of event where one can eat to their heart’s content, but will simultaneously push a doctrine that strictly prohibits one dietary intake, based upon the strict dietary laws of Judiasm.  They don’t believe in eating pork, or any shellfish or fish that feeds on fish that feed off of the groundfloor of any body of water, including shrimps, crabs and lobsters.  They view these and other things as ‘unclean.’

Many BHIers are strict vegans, while others are at best moderate vegans, who splurge every now and then to some form of meat or protein.

When you are around a BHIer, and you are eating pork, or any other thing they deem as unclean, they will rebuke you.  Or they will try to teach you, sometimes while sitting right at the table while you are trying to enjoy a meal!  They will try to teach you how what you are eating is wrong, its unclean and how you should change your eating habits.

Now, on the surface, this sounds innocent enough, even health-conscious.

But let’s go to the scripture, and not rely on what modern-day culture has to say about this.

Above Paul said if a mans eats, its unto the Lord.  And if he doesn’t eat a thing, that is unto the Lord as well.

The Judaizers (much like the BHIers) would like to relegate that the Kingdom of God boils down to what one eats or drinks, and this simply is NOT true.

In verse 17, it states:

 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

BHIers would make one think that partaking of certain foods is sin…when the Word says:

For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offence.

BHIers are stuck in the levitical order, and in Judaism, that entraps people in a whole bunch of rules and regulations and still judge after the flesh.  They judge after human flesh, animal flesh, fish ‘flesh,’ etc., and therefore cannot accept or receive the fact that the levitical order is DEAD, OUT OF ORDER, done away with.  Everything that was instituted within that levitical order is no longer necessary in the KINGDOM OF GOD.

As a matter of fact, according to scripture, it is a doctrine of devils to push dietary laws and lifestyles on people with claims that by somehow restricting your diet will somehow bring you closer to God.

1 Timothy 4:1-5

 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and KNOW the truth.

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Now am I saying all who are practicing vegetarians are practicing a doctrine of devils?  Of course not.

What I am saying is that if you PUSH this as a doctrine, if you make claims that by restricting one’s diet that that somehow gives you a closer connection to God, or power with God, then you may be embracing/teaching a doctrine of devils!

If you choose to live that way, I say do YOU.  Just don’t push it on others.   All that God made IS good..not WAS good.  The Word says to refuse NOTHING, as long you it is received with THANKSGIVING.  That’s SCRIPTURE!

Whatever perceived ‘uncleanness’ in the food -according to the WORD-is set apart, taken away, by PRAYER and THANKSGIVING.

Our grandparents and great grandparents didn’t have access to the healthiest of foods, organic foods, or lived a vegetarian lifestyle.  Yet they outlived us.  Many cite it was because the lifestyle was not as stressful, but I vehemently disagree with that!

You wont convince me that living in slavery days and even post slavery, in an America that was violently racist, was NOT stressful!

A little history lesson, then I am moving on:

Blacks didn’t have access to the healthy stuff.  We were given scraps, the leftovers from whatever the slaveowners and their families did not want on their tables.  The chitterlings, the hammocks, the pigs feet.

This was during and post slavery.

Yet I still maintain blacks outlived us.

It wasnt because of their diets. It was because whatever they had to eat on their tables, they received it WITH THANKSGIVING!

They sanctified those ‘unclean’ meals with prayer.

THAT’S how I believe our ancestors outlived us.  THATS how I believe our ancestors could live with 1000 times more stress than any of us today has ever had to deal with, yet they lived for many, many years.

But that’s another blog, for another day…

7)  BHIers believe that the Black Hebrew is going to literally return to Israel before Jesus Christ of Nazareth returns.  

BHIers believe that black people are the chosen ones,  that blacks are direct descendents of the tribe of Judah, the Israelities.

The most popular celebrities to embrace this movement (much to their demise) was the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

Back in 2003, on their own spiritual journey, Bobby and Whitney made the trek back to Israel.  The media was not allowed to cover much of what went on there, but it is reported that Whitney was ‘re-baptized’ in the Jordan River by Black Hebrew Israelites.  Houston reportedly made claims that going back to Israel-which she called her ‘home’-healed her then troubled marriage to Brown and restored her waiving faith in God, as well as helped her overcome her drug addiction (which she died of earlier this year).

With all due respects to Houston and her family, one can’t help but honestly look at all of this and conclude that that trek back to what was perceived as Houston’s ‘Hebraic roots’ did nothing to help her with her struggles.

Upon her death earlier this year, many BHIers in Israel mourned her death, viewing Houston as some sort of icon. They stated Houston believed her time in Israel was some sort of spiritual retreat.

As a matter of fact, it may have served to only hurt her…

This is what error does.   It misleads and gives false hope.

When one does not know their GODLY heritage, they are forced to replace it with a lie.  Which is a satanic heritage!

Many BHIers erroneously believe they are supposed to make a trek back to Israel….

8)  BHIers replace names God with ‘Yahweh’ and Jesus Christ with ‘Yeshua’ in the Bible.  

There is actually a bible that replaces every instance of God and Jesus with the Hebrew terms available to anyone who decides to follow the doctrine of the BHI.  There has been much debate over this issue.  And all I will say is this:  it seems innocent enough that BHIers would want to use the terminology that is modernly translated as God and Jesus Christ.  The problem lies in the fact that in doing so, they have unbeknownst to themselves replaced God for another god.  A god that they can accept as their God and not one that they believe was forced upon them by ‘the white man’s religion.’

While on the surface, this seems like just an over-appreciation for one’s roots and heritage, underneath is something much more sinister and deceptive taking place.

The enemy knows that there is salvation in NO OTHER NAME, so he has forever been trying to blurry the name of our saviour in the ears of believers.  He has made many to believe that the integrity and authenticity of the scriptures have been tainted so much so by what they call ‘the white man’s religion’ that now GOD needs man to keep up the integrity of HIS WORD.

God knows how to make sure that HIS WORD will NEVER PASS AWAY.  GOD WILL MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF HIS NAME!

When man attempts to do this of his own strength and volition, it no longer is of faith that we are saved, but then of works.

I would beware of anyone who has hopped on the Yahweh/Yeshua train in the guise of being on a spiritual journey.  Most are on this train really not knowing of its destination, or its origins.

They just recognize it as trendy.  They see others embracing things, teachings, using certain cliches and terminologies, and never bother to question or research to find out why it is they believe what they believe or practice what they practice.

Some key points before I close:

***THE BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE MOVEMENT TARGETS MINORITY BELIEVERS (MOSTLY AFRICAN AMERICANS) WHO ARE DISGRUNTLED AND FED UP WITH THEIR LOCAL CHURCHES AND HAVE SERIOUS DOUBTS ABOUT CHRISTIANITY ITSELF.******

***THE BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE MOVEMENT WILL ATTEMPT TO ISOLATE YOU FROM THE INTEGRITY OF THE SCRIPTURES AND EVEN OF FOLLOWING THE LAWS OF THE LAND***

***THE BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE MOVEMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS OF THE PAST 100 YEARS. THOSE WITHIN IT ARE MASTERS OF DISGUISE, OFTEN APPEARING TO BE PROPHETS***

References:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/bhi.htm/

http://www.assemblyofyahweh.com/

http://www.assemblyofyah.com/

http://www.blackapologetics.com/bhifaq.html

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/3836/israel-grants-black-hebrews-permanent-residency

http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-03-30/news/black-hebrew-israelites-new-york-s-most-obnoxious-prophets/5/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/informant-polygamist-cult-leader-peter-moses-shot-killed/story?id=13078692

http://www.hebrewisraelites.org/Lost.htm

http://www.shmayisrael.com/Truth/TheTrueHouseofIsrael.html

http://blogs.forward.com/the-shmooze/152151/whitney-houston-had-israel-trip-planned/

http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/64277/israeli-black-hebrews-mourn-whitney-houston/

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