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The Charismatic Movement of Today, Was Started Yesterday

AN EXCERPT FROM  THE BOOK,  THE NEW IDOLATRY

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     Unfortunately, the Pentecostals and Charismatics who claim that they are word people rarely ever study history.  A part of rightly dividing the word of God is to interpret its meaning in accordant with the most relevant historical perspective.  Nevertheless, those who submit to charismatic witchcraft preachers are taught to randomly select scriptures out of context.  To discern the signs of the times, we need to understand what went on yesterday, particularly about a century ago.

 It was a century ago that the seeds of charismatic witchcraft as manifested today were originally planted in the early 20th century.  No different in the early 1900’s, the movement emphasized supernatural manifestations, spectacular crowds in the midst of deception, delusion and confusion.  The speaking in tongues came to the forefront through the ministries of two men, considered the fathers of Caucasian and African-American Pentecostalism: Charles Parham of Topeka, Kansas, and Parham’s black student, William Seymore.  Seymore is credited as the leader of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles while Parham is the first to teach that tongues is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Ghost, a dangerous false doctrine that has filtered through the Charismatic/Pentecostal religion for more than a century.[1]

 

    A contemporary of both Parham and Seymore, Jessie Penn Lewis, a prominent leader of the Welsh revival, warned about this false doctrine in her book, “Soul and Spirit”, —a warning that was clearly ignored both yesterday and today:”

“Again, in connection with the seeking of ‘manifestations’ as an evidence of a believer having received the ‘baptism of the Spirit,’ methods have been used to bring these about, that synchronize with methods of mesmerism, and thus counterfeits have broken into the true Church of Christ.  In other cases, believers have had a true influx of the Holy Spirit into their human spirit, and then through ignorance, they have developed the psychic power latent in the human frame, and brought about mixture in their own life and service for God, eg. If a chorus is sung over and over again, they can bring a meeting into a psychic condition, when those present become incapable of intelligent thinking, or any decisive action of will.  Thus, on a flood tide of psychic force in the world today, the demons are carrying out their plans and purposes.[2]

     Other charismatic leaders passed the baton from one decade to another, introducing an ever-increasing plethora of esoteric teachings in what is labeled as “moves of God”.  By the 1970’s, authoritarianism was widespread through the predominant influence of what is referred to as the Shepherding/Discipleship Movement.

     The domination and control of the sheep for the hidden motive of self-aggrandizement of various church leaders paved the way to the suppression of God’s people through the teaching called “spiritual covering” and the rise of what is called the Apostolic Movement. Connected to the “fivefold ministry” teaching which dictates the ultimate power of the apostles, over the other ministry gifts and the church at large,   the apostolic perspective  presumes that apostles and bishops have the power to provide what is referred to as “spiritual covering” to all ministers and all church members.

     Implicit to spiritual covering is the false teaching that God’s people cannot trust their own spiritual discernment or judgment for even the most mundane issues of life, defying the scripture where the Apostle John wrote that we all have an unction from the Holy Ghost, and as such, we need no man to teach us. ( I John 2:27)    )    Consequently, domination, manipulation and control are intrinsically built into charismatic oversight–an open door for the sheep to be spiritually abused in their dependent reliance upon obtaining permission from appointed elders about practically every aspect of their lives.

I created a name for those who have come under the spell of the Charismatic Movement.  I call it “charismania.”  Eventually, you will need someone to cast out  religious demons from you.  Perhaps you are fine right now.  Nevertheless, when your day of torment comes, it will hit you like a ton of bricks.  So jot down this number.  I won’t change it, in anticipation of your call. 518-477-5759


[1] P. Sheppard, The Fake Jesus, pg. 134

[2] Jessie Penn Lewis, “Soul and Spirit, A Glimpse Into Bible Psychology, pg. 72

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Spiiritual Covering Is a Lie From the Devil!

By Ola Cruz

Spiritual covering! Have you heard about it? Do you need it ?  What is spiritual covering? Are you one of those who were sent…or are you one of those who just went, minus a spiritual covering? Whose your spiritual daddy? Whose your spiritual Mama? What about an apostolic covering, do you have one of those? Please don’t answer, because there’s no such thing as a spiritual covering.

Spiritual Covering Fallacy

Charismatic churches, and churches in general, seemed to have latched on to yet another fallacy, yet another  unscriptural doctrine of demons. The laying on of hands is not something to be toyed with. Didn’t the apostle Paul say we are to touch no man suddenly? So why is the organized church, scampering about, in a hurry to lay hands on those they say they are about to launch into ministry? Why would a spiritual Papa or a spiritual Mama need to lauch you out to tell people about Jesus? Jesus said to spread the Gospel to the nations. Jesus never said we were to wait on a spiritual father or mother for permission.

Since when do we need a permission slip to share our testimony, or share the Gospel? The notion that ones needs a spiritual covering, sounds like demonic controls to me. Sounds like manipulations akin to witchcraft to me. What about you? So then the Gospel that calls us by our faith, to share the message of Christ has been twisted yet again.

All of a sudden, you have to wait for approval, for something Christ already said we should do. You better not go, unless you were sent. Sent by who? Sent by someone who wishes you to submit to them, rather than submit to God. The spiritual cove

ring doctrine is responsible for a myriad of criminal behaviors in church. Wasn’t it a spiritual Daddy who was accused of some heineous acts? Do you know the story? Even if you don’t, our father is God.

We don’t want to go the other extreme into lone rangerhood either. We don’t want to be off in a corner by ourselves, refusing authority and teachings which are God sent. Spiritual coverings are unscriptural, but so is being a lone ranger  who refuses correction. Were their any lone disciples in the New Testament? Did God ever say that a time would come when disciples would stand alone to be taught, solely by him?
Some people, are sure that the organized church is the ” Her” spoken of in Revelations 18:4. Some people agree with the Sheppard’s Publishing stance. Sheppard’s Publishing views the organized church as the harlot we must all exodus from. Unfortunately, those who agree, agree only to a point. They  fall into error, by believing that God will now speak directly to them. The lone ranger pastor has lost his way, and is headed for deep deception.
I am in an independent ministry yet t I am guided,supported  and taught by Pam Sheppard ministries.  I submit to this ministry in love because a relationship of trust has been established.  No one tries to “rule” over me, nor am I required to give tithes and offerings to be a disciple. I have the power to question PSM in doctrine and in practice. Yes,  I am free to come and go as the Lord leads ME without anyone’s “permission”, knowing that Pam Sheppard Ministries has  my back. Pam Sheppard, an ordained minister for 30 years— treats her ministerial associates as equals, regardless of age, spiritual maturity or background.  No authoritarian abuse with her. I provide accountability without being asked or required.
 A back-up of love is a precious pearl in the Body of Christ.. An affiliation with Pam Sheppard Ministries has broken my bondage  of trying to serve the Lord under abusive authoritarian leaders. If the Lord has called you to a ministry outside of church walls, you will not be able to find a more understanding yet powerful ministry for this season. Call 518-477-5759 for more info or visit www.pamsheppard.com

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