Deception In End-times: God Is In Control!

By Pastor Pam Sheppard

In order for truth to set us free, we are going to be challenged in all ways, spirit, soul, body, and mind. Challenges emerge from  people, places, and things, attitudes, and beliefs. The  main challenge  is linked to our assumptions.” Many of us don’t realize it but we assume God is not in control, and that we need to help Him out with everything. Part of walking in the spirit is to walk by faith knowing that God is ordering our steps. If you’ve had a false conversion and you know it, that was God. God has ordered your steps to know it. The word of God says that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Now you have some knowledge that you can work with.

Don’t panic and try to figure out  “what must I do now?” What you must do now is wait. We need to learn how to wait. If things are going along the way God wants them to go along, then you may not hear from Him. Think about walking a dog. The dog is on a chain, and he’s walking along, and then he moves over into an area or a location where the one who’s walking him doesn’t want him to go, and a tug is placed on that chain. That’s kind of how walking in the spirit is. You’re walking by faith. God has got the path laid out, and He’s even got the trouble spots there for a reason. Don’t just think that because you ran into trouble or it looks like you failed in a particular situation that God was not guiding your journey. With decades to look back on and review, I  see God  in my failures because in His divine wisdom, He knew  that I would learn and retain  more wisdom from my  failures than from my apparent successes, particularly where my  productivity was not a struggle.

Bearing fruit is cultivated and refined by trouble and tribulation. So, when you have a piece of information that doesn’t sit well with you, and you say “Well why didn’t God tell me before? Why is it that I spent so many years in the Institutional Church and I was blind? Why didn’t He come to me before?” when I was finally undeceived, I never asked God such questions.  Why not? Well, because I have been blessed with  too much respect and fear of the Lord.  Not fear derived from panic, but sheer homage and respect.  So I am careful not  to question Him about His timing.  Even though I came into the church without any religious background, God took  28 years before my  blinders started coming off.  The issue I had to come to terms with is an assumption that the three dreams I had that compelled me to go to a particular  local denominational church DID NOT COME FROM GOD. As the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil,  the Holy Spirit led me into a a local church to be deceived. As such,  He allowed the enemy to send me those three dreams. Why would God do such a thing? Well,  He had His reasons. I  could not do the work that I  am chosen to do if I  had no background in the IC.  I would not be able to understand what those of you who He is calling out  of Her now have been through if I  had not been through it myself.

So yes, the enemy is put into the plan by God Himself.

Consequently, I have  never asked  God, “why did You wait so long?” Nor did I  go running around to other people or to other ministries to desperately confirm what God was saying and doing with me. Actually,  I  never looked for anybody’s approval or disapproval.  I  just kept moving forward. I simply  shook  all  religious dust from my feet. If people reject what I teach and practice, I leave them alone.  I don’t sulk.  I am too busy  preparing myself for those who WILL hear my voice. . As far as those who don’t hear, I say to myself  “Maybe they’ll come back around again, perhaps  they won’t.” that is it.  My thoughts on those who reject my teachings are brief and impersonal. The problem is too broad, too severe to get stuck on any individual.  When I am about the business of moving forward, I don’t challenge my equilibrium by turning around to look back.  I keep in mind that God is in control. He is in control of what He will allow the enemy to do to one of His own. He is in control. Period.

Think about Job. The enemy could do this, this, and this, but couldn’t do that. He couldn’t take Job’s life. There was something that God wanted Job to learn from that experience and he learned it. What Job learned was to stop being so religious because his religion was based in fear. After all, the very thing Job feared came upon him.  So Job learned to trust God, because He,— God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit— is in control, and He’s guiding our steps.

So be warned that the Lord will resist the proud. Spiritual pride can be our strongest enemy. .

So when you feel and even say things  like “how could I have been deceived, how could I have been so stupid,” you should understand this.  Present day deception is not new.  In fact, it  has been going on for centuries. So just be happy when God wakes you up. Don’t get all offended. God resists the proud. So receive your grace  by your humility.

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The Late Eddie Long: His Face of Pride

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In order for truth to set us free, we are going to be challenged in all ways, spirit, soul, body, and mind. Challenges emerge from  people, places, and things, attitudes, and beliefs. The  main challenge  is linked to our assumptions.” Many of us don’t realize it but we assume God is not in control, and that we need to help Him out with everything. Part of walking in the spirit is to walk by faith knowing that God is ordering our steps. If you’ve had a false conversion and you know it, that was God. God has ordered your steps to know it. The word of God says that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Yet God resists  the proud. So receive your grace  by your humility.

Pride manifested in Eddie Long’s assumptions in the following ways:

  1.  He did not try the spirits to see if they be of God.  He simply assumed that if God had blessed him to be a mega preacher, that God was granting him mercy and grace where HIS SINS WERE CONCERNED BECAUSE HE WAS “SPECIAL.”
  2. Long assumed   that his special status granted him the right to keep his personal life a secret from his congregation, which goes well beyond the borders of New Life, since he was a TV preacher for years, affecting and influencing untold millions within the larger public domain.
  3. Long assumed that he could be healed by simply declaring it without manifesting sincere repentance through humility.It is important to recognize your particular own  face or style of pride because not only does pride go before a fall, but Also because God resists the proud.  What this means is that when pride causes you to fall, God won’t lend a hand to pick you up.As many faces as the religious demon has, pride has even more faces. For every human being there is a different style of pride. In fact, pride has a quality about it where it feels like it’s rising. You can actually feel it in your body, almost like temperature rising. It rises. Just as anger will rise and you can feel it mounting up in you, pride can do the same thing.

    Here are some styles and faces of pride. 

     1. pride is outraged when other people think that they are superior to you. black people experience a lot of this. You know, when another race has for centuries felt that it was superior to you and your race. We even had a movement which we called Black Pride. Yes, pride will rise, even on a religious angle. When another religious group thinks that they got all the answers, and that they are superior to you, pride will rise.

    2.  pride also causes the proud person to defend and justify himself. In other words, a proud person can never be wrong. And a proud person may not even be wrong, but if anybody may think that that person is wrong, then the pride rises. And you get people that just beat a dead horse, they just can’t stop defending themselves. “Well I really thought I should do this, but I really planned to do this, and I said I was gonna do this but I did that,” and they just keep going on and on, defending something that is ­ turning something into a mountain that really is nothing but a molehill.

    3. Religious pride will keep people in the institutional church even though God may be suggesting to them it’s time to go. “No, I can’t leave here, because then what will all of my history with this group look like?” Pride is often about appearances, what do other people think about me and what I’ve done and what I’m doing. So pride has this need to justify itself.

    4.  Pride will also cause us to tear down others.  we’ve got to tear down somebody else in order to build ourselves up. Oh my, my And those who are people pleasers, pride is a key element in that particular situation. Because it causes a people pleaser to hunger after the prestige and praise and approval of others, and you see a lot of that in the institutional church. Oh, that stuff used to get Pam so sick. Different ones would get praise over and over and over again. And then there were those, you know the bishops and whatnot, when they entered into the assembly everybody had to stand for them, and could not sit down until they took their hand and said, you know, “Sit down, sit down now.”

     5. pride is also very deceptive. Because what it does, it misrepresents our thoughts and feelings in order to put forth a facade. A facade is a face of phoniness, an act, and like we black folk say, a front. You be frontin.  Pride will cause you to front. Pride is also easily hurt and injured, because it’s so insecure.

    6.Pride will block us from experiencing genuine feelings of love and commitment. In fact, pride will cause us to deny our feelings. This used to be my  level of pride. Since I was rejected so much in my life, and especially in the institutional church and in the world, then my front was this: “I don’t care nothing about what y’all say or what y’all think. I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do and I’ll be ready to throw up my middle finger in your face in a NY minute! LOL pride is a cover up.

    You know you’re hurting, you know your feelings are hurt, but rather than let somebody know that your feelings are hurt, you front, and you pretend. You know, like we used to do, like black folk used to do when you played the dozens. Some of y’all may be too young for that, but we used to play the dozens, and that’s where we’d all get around in a circle and start putting each other down, and putting their families down, “Your momma is so fat, and this one is so this, and you’re so ugly, and so on,” and go on like that. And what you had to do was show that you weren’t gonna let somebody who was putting you and your family and everything about you down, that they bothered you so you had to front.

    And if you ever broke loose and showed how upset you were, how upset you really was, then you lost the dozens, you wasn’t cool, you wasn’t hip, you allowed your emotions to take you over.
    To fight pride these days, I will do exactly what Jesus said. I go to the person and say, “Look. Did you mean this, this, that, or that, because quite frankly, you hurt my feelings. And I need to understand what you were doing and why you were doing it. Because, that bothered me.”

    7. Pride can also bring you into danger. It will definitely bring you into danger when you allow your pride to build up your anger, or you allow your anger to build up your pride, and the next thing you know, you’re jumping up in somebody’s face wanting to fight. You can’t take an insult, you can’t take a slight, you’re always offended, and the next thing you know, somebody’s gonna shoot you down because they’re afraid of you. You know, your pride has caused you to bring fear in them, and your pride can get you killed y’all. God hates pride. And He resists the proud. So if you want the grace, you’ve gotta learn how to resist the pride, honey.

     8. We have  got to be honest about our  feelings if we are going to fight pride.
    Yes. Pride will also cause us to overcompensate and to be over­confident
    . And I can hear them “I’m blessed” folk with that. “Oh I’m so blessed, I’m blessed, I’m with God, I’m so blessed.” And you know you are lying! You kno your marriage is going down the tubes, your kids are cutting up bad, sinning like God knows what, but IC folk are out there boasting  “I’m blessed, and I’m prospering, and I’m this, and I’m tithing, and I’m doing that, blah, blah, blah,” and it’s all a sham.

    9.  And pride will prevent you from admitting the truth, which is that you need help. So that when people come and extend a helping hand to you, your pride will cause you to turn them down.

    What does YOUR face of pride look like?

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Where did pulpits come from?

A pulpit is another word for a podium, a platform, a stage (Mirraim Webster Dictionary).

What do people do from a podium or stage?

They give speeches and performances.

Speeches and performances-putting on a facade-comes naturally (and supernaturally) with the use of the pulpit in the organized church.

Pulpits can be dated back to the 14th century in medieval churches.  They were created by priests in the temples who were trying to compete for the attention of followers of migrant preachers who preached outside-much like John the Baptist and Jesus Christ of Nazareth Himself-did…OUTSIDE of the temples.

The migrant preachers only had a small piece of wood that they stood on outside to preach the Kingdom of God.  They often could be heard by temple-goers while they were in service.  So the priests and heads of the church created the pulpit so that their voices could carry ‘over’ the preaching and teaching going on outside.  To keep the attention of the people.

It was a competitive thing between the insitutionalized  priests and the preachers and teachers of the Kingdom of God who proclaimed God’s word OUTSIDE of the four walls of the church.

Over time, the pulpits became more elaborate in design, seemingly as to draw attention to the speaker of the hour-and to divert attention AWAY from THE WORD, who is JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH.

Charles Tracy, author of ‘Medieval English Pulpits,’ calls pulpits ‘objects of parochial pride and authority.’

What a fitting definition!

Pulpits as we know them today have morphed into ‘objects of parochial pride and authority‘ indeed, in stark contrast to what they started out as.  There is mention of the word ‘pulpit’ in the Word of God only once, and that is in Nehemiah 8:4, when Ezra the scribe read the Torah to the people, he taught the people.  Afterwards, they repented…

The Hebrew word used for pulpit here is ‘migdal,’ which means ‘an elevated stage or pulpit.

And the pulpit Nehemiah used was NOT inside of a temple; it was OUTSIDE.  Just read the entire 8th chapter and you will see this is so.

This would explain why the migrant preachers of the 14th century were preaching on ‘slabs of wood’ OUTSIDE of the synagogues and temples.

Hmmmm, isn’t that odd?

It seems to me the pulpit originated OUTSIDE of the four walls of the church!

The practice of having elaborate pulpit/podiums/platforms did not start until the 14th century, and that was only to compete with the preachers outside of the church preaching the Kingdom of God!

Why were they competing?

They were competing for the numbers.  The priests inside of the temples have always been into the numbers’ game.  They will do whatever they need to to keep people coming to their churches.  More people inside of the temples meant easier control of the masses.  It would be easier to try and hinder THE church-THE Ekklesia- that Jesus Christ of Nazareth died for by gathering them all in one place, then indoctrinating and infiltrating error into the masses.

And more people meant MORE money for the temples!

Is it any wonder the stuff we see going on ‘in the pulpit’ is so crazy today?

We like to call preachers in pulpits ‘hypocrites,’ but what else do we expect when we place someone on a platform or a stage?

A hypocrite is someone who puts on a show, behind a mask.

Isn’t the WHOLE purpose behind putting someone on a platform or a stage is to see them….PERFORM? Or be SOMEONE ELSE?

When you spend $500 to go see a Tyler Perry play, you don’t go to the Convention Center, find your seat, sit down, only to watch the stage, do  you?

When you go to your child’s school because lil Johnny is going to be the bumblebee in the spring play, you would be angry if you just sat there for 2 hours in the school auditorium-camcorder on standby-only to see an empty stage?

When you travel to a hair show in Hotlanta, sponsored by Dudley’s Products, wouldn’t you be tee’d off if you just sat there, never seeing any models come down the ramp?

Well, whenever we put someone on a pedestal, on a stage, behind a podium…and YES, even a pulpit, we must expect that they WILL perform!  And a performance is NEVER REAL!

STOP getting mad at finding out that preachers are actors, puppets on a string.  You placed them on the stage to perform, not to minister TRUTH to you.

A minister of truth is going to step DOWN from the pulpit and minister to you, RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!  They are NOT going to hide behind clergy collars, cassocks, long flowing robes and fancy pulpits that cost more than what you make in one year.

A minister of truth is going to TELL YOU THE TRUTH.  And they will do it wherever you happen to be.  You don’t have to dress up and go to a building to be set free.

Do YOU need that type of minister?  Do church buildings and all its rhetoric and hype intimidate you?  Do you tire of the hypocrisy of churchgoers and preachers, in particular?  Yet you see the need for ministry?

The team at RESCUE  are prepared to meet you right where you are, no matter where that may be.

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