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Is Psychology “Biblical?”

By Pastor Pam

Consider the following quote from the late Dave Hunt, a prolific Christian writer, found  in his book entitled “”Psychology and the Church:”

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Christian psychology is an attempted marriage of the Bible to theories of the atheistic inventors of psychology (who were committed not to righteousness but to unrighteousness). It is worse than trying to mix oil and water; it is the attempt to blend the Word of God with atheism and occultism. This is impossible to do honestly. Even “Christian psychologists” themselves admit they can’t quite find a way to put that mixture together. Yet no one seems to care that the very term “Christian psychology” is a deceit. After trying for decades to mix this devil’s brew, Gary Collins admitted: “It is too early to answer decisively if psychology and Christianity can be integrated.” 14 Then why keep trying? What is the motive? Why is anyone attempting this impossible and incompatible partnership? It has succeeded because those who call themselves Christian psychologists and promote it in the evangelical church want legitimacy and respect both in the world and in the church. But Scripture declares, “whosoever … will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

I have several perspectives on this. Here is one of them.

The bible teaches that we are a 3 part being: spirit, soul and body.

Yet it gives no detailed specifics as to how each part operates.  Scripture reveals  that the heart of man is desperately wicked for example. Where is the heart? what is its functions? why is the heart desperately wicked? The answers to these questions are in the bible, but they are practically hidden, like gold, difficult to unearth.

Then Sigmund  Freud comes along, an atheist.

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Freud describes the three parts of man as ID, EGO, AND SUPEREGO. Freud explains how these three parts function. I find that helpful. He talks about defense mechanisms, an unconscious way that we all protect ourselves from the truth. We make up our own stories to comfort ourselves and this comes from the unconscious side of our inner nature. Interesting and deep stuff, to say the least.

Freud tries to help the person by dealing with these unconscious conflicts, yet the bottom line is that the bible has the answer. WE ARE ALL SINNERS. WE can dress up our sinful hearts in order to manage our lives in socially acceptable ways,  but in essence,  sin uncleansed by the blood of the Lamb will forever be an obstacle.

Simply put, THE DETAILS ARE NOT IN THE BIBLE.

SO FREUD HELPS. YET TO GET ANY POSITIVE FRUIT FROM PSYCHO-ANALYSIS, WE HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT FREUD IS A SINNER ALSO, AND AS CHURCHFOLK HAVE TRAINED THEMSELVES TO COPE WITH  SINNING PREACHERS, WE EAT THE  MEAT BUT SPIT OUT THE BONES.

Personally SPEAKING, the Lord shared with me the reasons why as a professional therapist, He did not want me to attempt to perpetuate a marriage between my secular profession  and my spiritual calling as a minister. He revealed several key reasons.  For the sake of this particular discussion,  the main reason is that psychology is an attempt to resolve the rational and emotional conflicts within the soul of a sinner.  While psychology attempts to help the sinner to control himself and manage his dark nature, Christian counseling is a renewal of the mind of a born again person who has received a  As such, the rehabilitative process is to walk in the spirit, so as not to fulfill the lust of sinful flesh. This is the challenge of Christian growth and renewal.

COUNSELING1Freud’s teachings are premised in how to consciously handle the unconscious. His philosophy is  that which is conscious is conscious.  That which is unconscious is unconscious.  Nevertheless,  the Lord Jesus Christ said “that which is flesh is flesh.  That which is spirit is spirit. You must be born again.” Simply put, psychology is needed to help the sinner to manage and  control his darker nature.  The bible serves as a guide to a born again believer on how to overcome both the flesh, temptation and the devil.

Since I work with both the sinner as well as the saved, I find that both psychology and the bible are invaluable, as long as I don’t seek to mix or synthesize them.

If you are seeking to know and control yourself, whether sinner or saved, RESCUE can help ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE THERE IS TELEPHONE AND INTERNET ACCESS.  Give us a call at 1-888-818-1117 or complete the contact form below.

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Did I REALLY Get Born Again?

Now depending upon where we are in our walk with Christ Jesus, the answer may be different.  As Pamela Sheppard taught in this video, there are a lot of counterfeit births in the ‘Body of Christ.’

Now, for someone who has been newly saved, this is a question they may feel more comfortable asking themselves, than someone who claims to have been saved for 20 years or more.

But it is biblical for us all to examine ourselves and see if we be of the faith.

This admonishment was not just given to someone new in Christ.  But also to someone who’s been saved for 40 years.

I encourage you-as I encourage myself-let’s examine ourselves and see if we be of the faith.

Don’t be clouded in judgment because of how long you claim salvation, or you speak in tongues, or you have a position in the church.  It’s time we lay it all bare before the Lord…

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The Importance of the Resurrection to Salvation

How We Set Captives FREE at SCC

The main objective of Christian counseling is to set captives free.

At Sheppard’ Counseling Center, the most important tool in the process is actually  the captive.  For example, if during the assessment process, the captive reveals that his or her faith is weak, or that there are major issues of doubt and un-belief, then a major objective of the assessment phase would be to build up the client’s faith.  The treatment plan  lists the problems, hindrances in the situation, the goals, objectives and the strategies toward building the captive’s faith.  We also consider whether or not the captive has a strong network system of Christian elders who can support the captive. Therefore, we employ a cadre of mentors or “ministers” for support and encouragement.

The Christian client today is one who has been duped by the organize church into easy believism. They have repeated a sinner’s prayer, acknowledged that they have accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts, and declared to be saved or born again.  What has happened is that the fake Jesus answered their invitation. They have worshipped Him through prayer meetings, bible studies, song and dance, yet they are not saved.  They don’t know it but the enemy DOES. Therefore, the weapons of spiritual warfare do not work for them.

Without the weapons that redemption affords: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the girdles of truth, the feet shod with the gospel of peace and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, the captive has to rely on a Christian counselor or minister who is truly saved—one who can successfully work the spiritual weapons against principalities and powers.

Even so, we have found that the captives’ free will is their best weapon.  So in deliverance counseling and mentoring, we encourage the captive to fight in cold blood.  From a Christian perspective, our role is akin to a trainer who prepares  a prizefighter for a boxing match.  As spiritual trainers, we are in the captive’s corner, giving specific instructions as to how to win the fight. The captive takes our instructions, does all that he or she can do, and when the time is right, we step in and finish the fight by casting out demons and commanding fallen angels to go about somebody elses business.

It has been our experience, that until captives use their own free will to revoke the invitation that they made to the fake Jesus, their psychic doorways or chakras will remain open, and demons will have unhindered access to their souls and spirits.  So we focus on closing those gateways by truth.  If the captive does not fight the process, victory is assured.

Since December 2002, we have discovered an astounding statistic.  At least 95% of the churchgoing captives  of Sheppard’s Counseling Center–about 300 professing Christians— did not understand either sin, repentance or the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. They do not know that they received the fake Jesus.

Consequently, they worship whom they do not know.

This is an extremely appalling, pervasive condition, of epidemic proportions within the worldwide church.  Since we have counseled people in Australia, South Africa, England, Japan, Canada, the Caribbean and from at least 1/3 of the United States, the problem is the same.  An imposter god is being worshipped as if he is the Lord Almighty.  No wonder Jesus warned that in there would be people who would call Him “Lord,” and He will say “I NEVER knew you.”

If you would like to arrange an appointment for deliverance counseling or deliverance mentoring, call 518-477-5759 or send an email to pamsheppard911@yahoo.com

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As you read “Faces of the Religious Demon, you will find that each face or profile offers new insights and challenges.  You the reader will learn how any ground obtained by spirit entities , no matter how small or seemingly insignificant is “GROUND POSSESSED,” even though a captive himself may have no obvious manifestation of total possession.  Your eyes will also be opened to realize that even the slightest of ground claimed by the enemy can be so debilitating and even toxic to spiritual growth and empowerment, what is the point of quibbling over terms and inches?!” For if a demon has only one inch of territory, it will seem like a mile to a tormented captives.

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THE REAL GOSPEL…YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

In this video, Pamela Sheppard breaks down the gospel in such a simplistic manner, I really do believe that a child could understand it!

I encourage you to not be afraid to examine yourself-no matter where you are in your walk with Christ Jesus-and see if you truly be in the faith.

It was the teaching on ‘Counterfeit Births’ that let me know that God was speaking and teaching through Pam.  A few months ago, on Facebook, I wrote an article on ‘Illegitimate Birthings.’  I had never heard of Pamela Sheppard or this ministry.  I had never seen or heard ANYONE teach on this.  This revelation was purely BY WAY OF THE HOLY GHOST!

We all need to take heed to what the Spirit of God is saying about births that are NOT of Him (and trust me, there are PLENTY out there!)

For more info on “Counterfeit Births,” get “Faces of the Religious Demon, or the New Idolatry  by clicking here.

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The Spirit of the AntiChrist, Deception and Sin

CAN A BORN AGAIN PERSON SIN?

According to the Apostle John in I John 3: 9, the answer to that question is “NO!” The scripture reads: “Whosoever is born of God doth not sin; for his seed remaineth in him; and he CANNOT sin, because he is born of God.” Yet, John also wrote in the first chapter of his epistle that “if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness.” (I John 1:7-9)

John certainly seems to be contradicting himself on this subject of whether or not a born again person CAN or is ABLE to sin, BUT HE IS NOT. In the first chapter, I believe that John is saying that if a person sins, but then says he has not sinned,—in other words, deceives himself by rationalizing his behavior—then the truth is not in him because he has grieved the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth. Once the sinning Christian comes to his senses, the thing for him to do is to confess it, and he or she will be both forgiven and cleansed. What Chapter 3 suggests is that since a born again believer CANNOT sin, the only way he CAN, IS TO DECEIVE HIMSELF!!!!

Of one thing I am sure. I am born again. Of another thing I am sure. In 34 years as a Christian, I have sinned. So I know full well that a born again person CAN sin. When I look on those occasions where I sinned, deception was key. The only way that I could sin was “to deceive myself.” In each case, I convinced myself that God was in accord with my behavior. Therefore, I was out of touch with my spirit, where the seed is. That “seed” is the Holy Ghost. I grieved and quenched the Holy Ghost and consequently, I had no conviction because I believed that I was right. It is not built into my personality to receive accusation and to convict myself, so the enemy rarely accuses me of anything because it does not work.

One of the ways to make sure that we overcome sin is to learn how to discern the difference between the rebuke of your own conscience as led by the Holy Ghost from the accusation of the religious demon that is assigned to you.

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I have a religious demon assigned to me. The day I preached my trial sermon, a picture was taken of me in the church, posing beside the piano. Standing to my left, you can see a huge head of a gargoyle, outlined in green. Anyone who desires to see that picture, let me know. So I have seen the religious fallen angel that is assigned to me. However, for years, I convinced myself that the evil looking entity in the photo was the church’s demon and that it was not in the picture because of me. No, it is assigned to me. I suspect that you have one assigned to you also. In the book “Faces of the Religious Demon,” the many facets of this clever entity is exposed, case by case.

Anyway, learning how to differentiate between the reprimand of the Holy Spirit and the accusation of the evil spirit assigned to us is a key factor in overcoming sin. Since there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, if accusation persists once a born again believer has repented, it is NOT the Holy Ghost. He never reproves further, once the sin is cleansed by the precious blood because you have forsaken it.

According to Watchman Nee in “the Spiritual Man,” born again persons commit fatal blunders when we think that because we are saved, our spirits can only be controlled by the Holy Ghost and not ALSO by the enemy. (pg 57) The Holy Ghost is a helper, not a controller. Once He is either quenched or grieved, He will “back off.” When He retreats, the enemy comes in full force with counterfeits of His presence. This is why so many true believers remain in sin for too long. Actually, the practice of the sin of spiritual fornication, aka idolatry—goes un-noticed, with the believer completely unaware of his or her spiritual condition.

In fact, I found it a lot easier to overcome physical fornication than spiritual fornication. I believe that every committed churchgoer is a spiritual fornicator.  My spiritual fornication endured and dominated most of my “born again” life for more than two decades. In this regard, I am certainly not alone. However, I am among the very few who have been un-deceived.

And why IS that?

Well, my self deception began to gradually fade away due to the book, “War on the Saints,” by Jessie Penn Lewis. I read it and “I saw my charismatic, religious self.” But it took time regarding my pet spiritual fallacies. I reasoned, “Jessie can’t be right about this or about that! Then one day, I caught the deceiver in a lie. My eyes started to open. So I prayed, “Lord, if there is any darkness around me, please expose it.” In days, all hell began to periodically break loose. Yet, with each un-veiling, I became increasingly “un-deceived,” as my spiritual house came tumbling down like a row of stacked dominoes.

When the Holy Ghost is unable to rebuke us in our spirits because of our self deception, the demons assigned to us begin to toss us about, to and fro. The enemy takes much pleasure in mocking God’s people. I can remember how I found myself mocked in every sphere, from finances to family, from friends to foe, from fallacy to faith, the demons assigned to me had themselves a good ole time! Yet once I asked the Lord to “show me the darkness,” I ended up putting the demons on the run!

I’ll end this article  with the first statement and the first step to becoming a believer who “cannot sin.”

STATEMENT #1 Born again believers CANNOT sin until we FIRST submit ourselves to self deception.

Step #1 Go to the Father and sincerely ask Him in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth:,

“Lord, if there is any darkness around me, please expose it.”

If you are sincere, get ready for a wake-up call that will knock your spiritual socks off!!!

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