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The Fall From Grace of Mega Preachers: The People vs Joel Osteen

Written by Gloria

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Right on the heels of the Charlottesville riots, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas bringing with it death and the loss of property. One of the major headlines concerning this natural disaster had to do with Joel Osteen,  a prominent, mega-preacher in Texas who sent a tweet stating that he and his wife will pray for the those affected. The backlash started almost immediately on alot of social media platforms. Many tweets, memes, videos were posted where people were berating Joel and demanding more than “prayers” from him.

Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church are experiencing a PR nightmare, we have seen corporations that have bounced back from corporate gaffes and others destroyed from it. We are yet to see how this incident will affect Joel in the long-term. The Institutional Church herein referred to as the (I.C.) is part of the world system so it uses the tactics of the world to get by, the Spirit of God is not in any of their dealings.

There are those who have shown unwavering support for Joel  but what caught my interest is that there is a substantial amount of people as seen on social media who feel one thing for mega-preachers – ANGER. Gone are the days when people would shy away from speaking against a “man of God.” After Joel’s tweet, the comments came fast & furious making it seem like people were waiting for an incident to happen so they can let loose and tell Joel what they really feel.

There are people who are mad, fuming not just at Joel but at the I.C. and at mega-preachers. In some way it felt like there was nothing Joel could do to appease the critics, the arguments started with why didn’t he open the church early to he opened the church because of the social media pressure. Any interview Joel gave was dissected to show how his efforts weren’t genuine, even his body language was being analyzed to strengthen the claims that he didn’t want to be there helping people. Every thing he did was an offense.

Clearly, there are people who still love & support mega preachers but there is also another group that have become weary of mega-preachers and refuse to see any good in them. This group sees mega-preachers as scammers, Period! even acts of kindness are looked at suspiciously as many wait for the money grab to be revealed sooner or later.

I have belonged to both groups of people at different times in my life. I have blindly loved and supported mega-preachers and even defended them to critics, then as the years went by I became a critic as I noticed their teachings were pseudo-deep, they embraced the world and repeatedly taught the prosperity gospel. I left the church and would watch a lot of videos exposing ministries and false preachers we have today, which are plenty. The Irony is, in both states I thought I was walking in truth but the reality was I was still deceived. I had some partial truth in that I could see some of these leaders were false teachers but I still engaged in I.C. practices & believed I was born again because I had asked Jesus into my heart, I believed in a false gospel.

The major spiritual problem today is not the mega preacher phenomenon or false teachers – that is just a symptom of a bigger issue. If we spent time analyzing who is a false prophet and who isn’t we would be here for days as the list is endless. Time is really of the essence so what you need to see is that the entire I.C. is condemned and the Spirit of God is not there. For those who have left the I.C., if they still engaged in religious practices or hold on to church teachings, they could still be deceived.

Pastor Pam Sheppard addresses the Spiritual problem in our time in The Church of The End Time Zombies, an excerpt reads:-

Statistics show that floods of people are leaving the I.C. daily. The question is, where are they going? It could be that many of these folk are just joining up with yet another branch of the I.C. or doing the I.C. thing at home. Opening a church in your home by teaching the same false doctrines and practices, causes your home to be just as dangerous.”

The I.C. has been taken over by fallen angels and demons, nothing good can come out of it. The Lord Jesus already prophesied the future of the I.C. in the parable of the mustard seed.

As people who are preparing for the return of the Lord Jesus, we need to understand that holding on to partial truths is just as dangerous as believing a lie. It is good to know who is a false teacher, so you can avoid their traps, but spending time studying and exposing one preacher to the next is a tedious task as there are many.

The I.C isn’t under attack by being infiltrated by false teachers, it’s actually the I.C. that creates an environment for these preachers to grow and thrive. A word from Pastor Pam concerning mega-pastors in her own personal experience.

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 wakeup 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.”

Understand the times that we live in so you won’t be deceived with the spiritual blindness that’s all over, if you don’t know where to start, read “The Church of the End Time Zombies”, you can get a copy at:-

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To Die In Christ: What Does It Mean?

My first date. I was 18 and a freshman at SUNYA. this was my first boyfriend! lol

In Christ since 1977, I have learned “a thing or two” concerning  what it means to be crucified in Him, yet still be  alive. Keeping it simple, I have learned that  to die in Christ is to look for or expect nothing  for self.

I expect to be misunderstood by some  with this post. I ignore the swine  and cast  my pearls to  those who hunger to press on to perfection in Him.

So this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long!

June 198o. Landed my best job in state govt in the field of corrections. Worked it for 17 years while I was also in ministry in an AA denomination. I was on lunch break! lol

I knew early on in life  that I was supposed to be “special,” perhaps famous. Intellectually, I aspired to be a college professor at the master’s degree  level. I was blocked.  Then there was  my beauty.  It caused people to think me the next  Lena Horne or the Halle Berry of my generation.  Instead, I entered into state government. Once there, I strived to be the top dog–a Commissioner or a Director but God did not allow it, blocking me at every turn.Consequently,  I remained in middle management, writing reports and  letters for the Governor’s signature. I learned how to serve others.

 When I entered into ministry, I did not know what to expect.  Confronted in my dreams  by a religious demon, the Lord allowed him to  put me  to the test.  I received several dreams  that showed me that  I was to pastor a mega church of thousands. I saw myself, strutting across a platform bible in hand, teaching countless people, on a par with Juanita Bynum, Paula White or even Joyce Meyer. On the real,  when opportunities DID present themselves, doors were immediately shut tight. Since   I was well deceived, believing these messages of ministerial fame were from the Lord, it was the enemy’s intention that I would first be frustrated, and ultimately be so disappointed that I would  “curse God and die..”

When your aspirations and expectations for self glory  are high, and  they are not achieved, many wallow about feeling like failures.  However, if you are crucified in Christ, none of it matters because for you, only Christ is gain.  The world and its attainments become as dung.  Garbage.  Waste.

Not once did I feel like a failure when my enemy given aspirations came to naught.  For in the ongoing process of the “test”, I lost all desire for self acclaim.  I came to see that one can chase a thousand but two can chase 10,000.  By revelation knowledge, I came to be satisfied in my place in His body, desiring nothing for myself.  I accept that while I live, my job  is to prepare others to swing the mighty blow against the foe. The fruit of my life-long test is that WHO does the Lord’s work does not matter. How the work is done is no longer any consequence to me. My personality has buried personal ambition and so I am crucified in Christ, nevertheless I live.  Yet not I.  It is Christ who lives in me.

How does He live in me? I have lost personal ambition.  My lack of ambition is neither passivity or laziness, for I am always ready to take action. Yet my soul is so united to the Lord, that I rest from the complexities of making this or that decision as I simply accept the choice of the Holy Ghost. Since I am bold and unafraid, the ambitious in ministry are often “intimidated” so they often make fruitless and useless attacks when I touch upon one of their pet religious peeves. Yet a crucified person is never offended by critics. Why?  Because we want for nothing. Therefore. I receive the petty  blows with a quiet spirit as I shake the dust and move on.

In fact, people believe that I am very busy but I work without feeling like I am working. For when I write a book, a blog, counsel, mentor or teach and train, I am doing what I

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Here I am at 75!

love to do. Whenever, God decides to  sit me down, I will accept His decision and simply enjoy the rest of the life that He allows me to have.

Then again, when you are crucified with Christ, you become an eternal person.  You live your  life as though it  does not stop with your last breath on earth.  This is how I live today.  I don’t sweat the fact that more than half my life is over.. Why? Because with every word I write in a book or a blog, with every audio or video message that I produce, I am planting seed for generations to come. It does not matter if I achieve glory while I live.  I don’t live for self glory.What matters is “the fruit.”  As a book written by the dead was used by God to un-deceive me, then when I am gone, my books will remain for the living when I have passed over. In her book, “War on the Saints,” Jessie Penn- Lewis became my deliverer in 2003 though she died in 1915. So I rest in peace while I yet  live out my remaining years, because I too have planted seed into the earth.

In the meantime, the Lord may desire to use me to help YOU.  Don’t be embarrassed or proud about that.  Pride goes before a fall.Some of you want to remain independent.  I understand that.  I too am independent  and I will never again submit to any religious authority.  Even so, I realize that the work we all do independently must come together  like a well-knitted tapestry, as none of us is an island unto ourselves.  We are the Body Of Christ.  He is the Head. The part I play is crucial.  I am like a drill sergeant who prepares the troops for war.

 So just give me a call.  I will not judge you.  In fact, whatever you are going through, I have probably been tested or tempted in that area over the last 35 years in Him.  So give me a call at 888-818-1117 or email me at rescueonfb@icloud.com

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No Pain, No Gain With God!

For the last three months, I have been suffering with excruciating pain in my right thigh.  At one point, I could not walk without the assistance of a hand-held walker.  After 3 days of physical therapy, I was able to  walk but it seems the thigh pain grew worst. Imagine 5 Charley horses, rolling up and down the thigh for several minutes, especially upon getting up from a chair.  A chair became my worst enemy.   With pain such as I experienced, you begin to consider whether or not you want to continue living.  I sought God on this.  I prayed:  “I know there is much work that I have left to do in this earth, and after 30 years in ministry, I am JUST getting started to really do the work.  I realize that as  long as my mind is clear, I can  work, even if I have to do it lying on my back.  I can write and speak from my bed, as I continue to do.  All I am going to say Lord is that I trust you and I know that you have my back.  So let YOUR will be done.”

Shortly after that prayer, perhaps a few days,  I was given a dream.  I was in the waiting room of a hospital, where people were having surgery for my condition— central stenosis of the back with a herniated disc.  Everyone of them had surgery and walked out the door right after it, without even an overnight stay in the hospital.   I was so puzzled in the dream , so I went to the head  nurse and inquired.  I asked “who is the surgeon on this?   She gave me a name that I forgot when I woke.  I said “Is he the hospital’s best surgeon? ”  She replied, “No.”sSuggesting he was merely  an intern.”  When I woke, I understood completely.  I was being shown that in spite of all the pain I was going through, my actual physical condition was not really very serious.  I thought to myself, “this could be the enemy trying to give me false hope or setting me up to have an operation that could cripple me.”  Yet, I felt good.  I thought  to myself “Somebody is watching, you Pam.  Somebody knows what you are going through and has come to give you a word of peace and comfort.”

 I felt it was God yet I remained “neutral.”  I said. “if this is the devil, God has a plan.  I won’t worry about this.” I had already heard a few horror stories about spinal surgery.

Once I saw the surgeon, it became clear WHO sent the message.  It was God.  The surgeon  took me to the x-ray of my spine.  He explained in layman’s terms:   “you see this puffiness here on your right disc?  It is touching on a nerve that is causing you the pain.  I am a surgeon, and surgeon’s operate.  However, I only do so when I have to.  In 95% of cases of this kind , the swelling goes down and an operation is not necessary.  However, if yours does not go down, if I operate on this, it will be done at the hospital BUT YOU WILL WALK OUT THAT VERY DAY.  IT IS THAT SIMPLE A PROCEDURE!

Wow!  I actually considered dying because of this pain.

 As I reflect on the fruit of the pain, I see that I have gained much from the pain these last 3 months.

First of all,  I have been able to see my own faith as a substance.  The evidence of my faith  is simply that “I trust God.”

 I am 68 years old.—a very healthy woman who has rarely ever been sick or “out of commission.” When one who is un-familiar with sickness  faces a challenge of physical breakdown, he or she begins to appreciate the small things–like standing at the sink to do dishes, cook a meal, walk to the store, stand for 15 minutes without pain, sit in a chair. The main thing that I perceive is  that the gain of my pain is faith and trust in God.  For  I have come to know that my affliction is working in me and for me to produce a far more exceeding weight of glory.  I  also realize that I have been tested to purify me.  Not once did I complain or murmur against God.  I have also  learned compassion for those who are permanently infirmed as well as  to appreciate the value of having at least one human being who loves you and who will do anything for you. Besides Jesus, my daughter is my rock and I had no problem leaning on her. Last but not least,   I have learned to value the few things.

 In looking back over these last 3 months, not one time did the enemy accuse or confront me with “you have pain because you are out of the will of God, or one of your enemy’s has put a spell on you, or God has forsaken you.  Not one accusation.  Not a word of condemnation.  A few known  enemies were even at peace with me.  No weapon formed against me prospered while I was so weak from pain, that I could not stand on my feet for longer than 10 minutes.

Many times the Lord will allow a painful situation, be it physical or emotional.  In times like these, we need to search for the fruit by asking  “Is the enemy trying to destroy me or is this God seeking to purify me?”  We may not get the answer immediately.  When pain comes, we assume it is the devil attacking us.  Well, in this case, the devil had nothing to do with any of it.  Nor did God cause this pain. Simply put, a little piece of “puff” less than the size of the tip of a baby’s  finger, touched a nerve.  The touched nerve causes the pain.  It will either shrink or a skilled surgeon will cut it out.  The pain caused by “a little thing” has borne the fruit of patience, faith and trust in the Almighty God! I learned that when I am weak, go forth as if I am strong, and no one will be the wiser!

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The Jezebel Spirit and Women in Ministry

 

What Is a Jezebel Spirit?

I don’t particularly like the name.  From a psychological perspective, the Jezebel spirit is a personality type.  It is called narcissistic personality disorder.  You cannot “cast out”  someone’s personality. Personality transformation is a renewal of the mind over time, a part of the deliverance counseling process.  However, from a spiritual perspective, the Jezebel “spirit” is simply a religious demon or a religious spirit. I called my third book “Faces of the Religious Demon,” because there practically countless ways that this demon manifests itself.  In the book, I present cases or profiles that were like “faces” or various facets of this demon.
There are people with religious demons who are tormented either with hearing voices, fears of having committed the unpardonable sin or of going to hell  as well constantly are bombarded by blasphemous thoughts. Some can’t even read their bibles out loud or silently. I recall a case where a captive could only read a pocket bible for fear that a demon would use her arm to pound her in the head with a hardcover, and possibly sustain  a concussion.
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So it is easy to embrace  a quick-fix  simply to relieve or stop the torment. Most workers  simply attempt to cast out demons  as a means to remove ALL  of a person’s bondages.It never really works. I have found that setting captives free who have a spirit of religiosity  in any form,  involves more than simply driving out the demons.
There are usually various strongholds to be torn down. Since strongholds are incorrect thinking patterns, this is done through the renewing of the captive’s  mind according to the Word of God. As the Lord said “you can’t put new wine into old wineskins or it will break. You can’t put a new patch of cloth on an old garment or it will tear, and you certainly cannot serve 2 masters, or you will hate the deliverance worker and love the preachers and teachers who are a significant yet hidden cause of your captivity.

The purpose of deliverance is to gain freedom from any hindrances in your life that would keep you from walking in the fullness of God’s plan for your life and your relationship with Him. Remarkably to some, it is often habitual religiosity that is the most difficult stronghold to overcome, even stronger than an addiction to alcohol or drugs because religion and “going to church” is culturally engrained and is therefore considered “the right thing to do.” It takes much time and patience to free captives from religion or a deceptive form of spirituality–a form of godliness that denies the power thereof.

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The bottomline is that I cannot work with a “religious captive” who continues to go to church, feed from the tables of either deceived or false prophets, and who is praying to a fake god. Therefore I mandate that while involved in deliverance counseling or mentoring with Sheppard’s Counseling Center, the captive must cease and desist from all religious activity including reading the bible and praying. Old things must pass away so that all things can become new.
“When considering the demon referred to by the field of deliverance ministry as ‘Jezebel,’ we generally think of a female seductress and therefore sexual images are foremost in our minds.  It is true that where idolatrous religions are concerned, sex, lust and worship are intricately intertwined.  But make no mistake.  The distinguishing characteristic of Jezebel, is that she is religious. Jezebel is the religious face of the spirit of the Anti-Christ, an overwhelming narcissistic prides that has an arrogant self-image of perfection. Mainly caused by a refusal to accept their own imperfections, the pride of this particular face or facet of the religious demon is the denial of a sinful nature.  For built into the soul of such a one is a strength of will that hinders a captive so afflicted, to be able to submit to the will of God. Consequently, such captive find it extremely difficult to repent.”

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The Nephilim’s Attraction to Women Is Alive and Well!

Excerpts from “the New Idolatry” by Pam Sheppard.

See Chapter 6: DEMONIC COPULATION

In the year 2000, an African American charismatic believer sought my help to be delivered from out of control sex with an invisible being. I only met with her for two sessions, as she left New York State permanently. A striking element in this case is that a spirit entity engaged in sex with the client on a continual basis. In fact, this “spirit” was so bold, that it seized her for sex at the same time that her husband was attempting to do so. As she shared, suddenly her legs forcefully spread open in the chair, right before my eyes , I watched her thighs violently shake and tremble. I have never seen anything like it before, or since.Yet, over the years, more and more cases of spiritual rape have been reported to me. The next set of cases was equally strange. In point of fact, I have counseled far too many churchgoing women who have acknowledged that spirit entities have manifested physically and raped them. These cases have not only baffled me, but they have led to a plethora of questions and concerns about “what does all of this mean.?

For example, Sarah, a Caucasian Presbyterian minister had no occult background. Unlike Eloise, witchcraft was not a factor. Yet she too is raped while her husband sleeps beside her. While Sarah was being attacked, her husband lay immobile, as in an altered state of consciousness far deeper than normal sleep.Since the very first incident, Sarah’s husband has been impotent, unable to achieve an erection. In fear that her husband will find out, Sarah stated that her husband has begun to smell the offensive odor. A pastor of a church, Sarah is about “to lose it.” Her main concern is that the spirit being is attempting to impregnate her, as she is raped at least four times a week.

In less graphic cases than either Eloise or Sarah, faithful, churchgoing Christian women are reporting that they have sexual contact while asleep or in a dream. Most often, the spirit entities manifest as men known to these women. With one exception, the women do not enjoy the sex. For example, Cher is a Haitian born, 35 year old woman who had been dedicated to voodoo gods at birth. An ordained 7th Day Adventist minister of Song, Cher’s manifestations began when she spoke in tongues. Unlike most victims, Cher enjoys the sex. However, she is out of control. While in church ministering, the tongues changes to cursing and foul language. When she is released from the attack, she has no remembrance of what had transpired.

Cases like these have caused me to devote an entire chapter in my next book, “the New Idolatry,” to this strange happening. The chapter is called “demonic copulation.” In reviewing the literature on alien encounters, I learned something rather interesting. Strange encounters humans have experienced with UFO’s have included very few Christians over the last 5 decades. Spirit rape seems to be the enemy’s alternative targeted towards Christian women.When I consider the underlying intent–how spirit rape fits into Satan’s endtime agenda,— I believe it has less to do with sex from a lustful perspective and more to do with sex as an altered state of consciousness.

Through Paul’s warning to the Corinthians about women covering their heads “because of the angels,” I believe that Paul was referring to the fact that fallen angels during the days of Noah, were so attracted to women that they cohabited with them, and produced offspring which the book of Enoch reports are roaming the earth as humans.  –  today are not wearing veils.  With the way sensual way that they  worship, they are actually inviting fallen angels to come to them, especially those who call Jesus “their only lover.”  They think they are reaching out to the Son of God when in reality, they are calling for the fake Jesus.

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False Doctrine: the Dung of Demons

LET THE GOOD SPEAK EVIL

People are faithfully going to church,  watching Christian television and reading Christian books, who  need to be deprogrammed from error that is causing them to be vulnerable to demonic oppression of a very serious nature. In fact, when I have tried to counsel those who have come to me to seek deliverance from the torment of demons, the mixture and error in their spiritual foundation is extremely deep.  Therefore,  deliverance is severely hindered by the amount of error that these captives have anchored their faith to by listening to pastors in pulpits,  watching Christian television or reading the books of various mega preachers.

  Evil spirits know it is fruitless to urge the righteous toward sins of the flesh, so demons use another tactic called DECEPTION. The Satanic strategy is planned in the form of teachings and doctrines that appear “good”. The biggest deception is to receive counsel solely based upon the godly life and character of the counselor or teacher. Most false prophets are clean living, righteous, upstanding folk.  So to receive their teachings based on their “good character” is what the enemy is after.

Therefore, it is important for you to know that every thing that the enemy does is not always evil as he works under the cover of light. So the strategy of deception is to get the righteous or good person to accept a wrong idea and then to pass it off to others “as truth.”

Certainly, the bible   should be the foundation of every Christian. However, it is important to point out that scripture is also  used as the basis of false teaching.  The enemy  has  very skillfully woven into a web certain scriptures  that will ultimately entrap a child of God like the prosperity gospel, praying in the spirit, tongues, slain in the spirit—I could go on and on!. With each false doctrine and practice, the method is to pull single texts out of their original context. In my work with  professing Christians in torment or bondage, the following scripture from the book of James rings true:

WE ARE DECEIVED BY SEEMING TO BE RELIGIOUS, WHEN AN UNBRIDLED TONGUE REVEALS OUR TRUE CONDITION.(James1:26)

I train ministers in our deliverance mentoring program to   listen to the unbridled tongue so as to expose the nature of the deception. Also, Paul wrote to Christians that we are deceived when we think ourselves to be wise with the wisdom of this world.(I Corinthians 3:15) Deliverance Mentoring  is certaining a humbling process, for very often, Christians in torment must resist the devil by admitting that they have been deceived not only by well meaning Christian teachers, family and friends, but also by their own heart. (Jer 17:9, Isaiah 64:20)

Trained ministers serve as mentors to those who have left the organized church.

At Pam Sheppard Ministries, we de-program the deceived through our deliverance mentoring program. Trained online ministers are available.  For more info, call 518-477-5759

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Addiction, Passivity and Religiosity

By Wenona Russ

We all have been here, at that pivotal moment in our lives where we literally NEEDED a word FROM THE LORD.  Those who are truly hungry for God have been at a place where we have been starving for a Word from God.  And rightfully so….God said those who hunger and thirst after righteousness SHALL be filled.

Yet, we all have been at that place where we have NOT been able to hear from God…or we felt that we needed ‘confirmation’ from the Lord regarding ‘a word’ either we ourselves have heard, or a word given to us from others.

This is the reason many are (I can say) literally addicted to church, to sermons, to conferences, to conference calls, to convocations…

Addiction is NEVER a good thing.  I know BeBe and CeCe came out with a ‘gospel’ song years ago called ‘Addictive Love’ and it’s supposed to be talking about how we as believers are addicted to the love of Jesus Christ.

I know we have been saying this cliché for years in the church that they are ‘addicted’ to ‘the word,’ when really they are addicted to CHURCH.  Because the only time they get any ‘word’ is when they are inside of a building being fed ‘a word’ from a man or a woman.

But addiction can be a dangerous thing, even in a spiritual connotation.

If we are not careful, we will become ‘addicted’ to miracles, signs, wonders, and FALSE words said to be from God.  We can be addicted to the supernatural, never questioning THE SOURCE.

Where did this need for ‘confirmation’ of a word that proceeds out of the mouth of God come from?

Do you remember Gideon in the Bible?

Read up on the story of Gideon in Numbers 6.  To make a long story short, Gideon heard from the Lord…yet in verse 17, he turns around RIGHT AFTER hearing from God and asks for a SIGN!

You know…in the Old Testament, God had to deal with people with signs and wonders because MOST of the Israelites simply could NOT hear from God for themselves.  So the Israelites depended a LOT upon others to bring them the Word of the Lord.  This was because Israel stayed in rebellion and disobedience TO GOD almost more than they walked in obedience to God.

Disobedience will MUTE your ability to hear from GOD!

And walking in continued disobedience gives people over to strong delusion! Passivity will also mute your ability to hear from God.  In “the New Idolatry,” Pam Sheppard lays it on the line.  Here is an excerpt:

Some passive Christians are like helpless zombies, unable to take corrective action where necessary.  On the charismatic side, good people have been deceived into accepting all things supernatural as “of the Lord” and consequently, they have made ‘a voice from God’ as the deciding factor in every matter, both trivial and important. Passive believers have also suppressed their personalities to such an extent that they can’t distinguish their own persona from the demonic influences that bind them.”

To read a free 30 page preview of the New Idolatry, click here. Scroll down the page to the book’s title and click the “free preview link.”

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The Abomination and the Falling Away In Our Times

Charles Finney and the Fake Jesus

From the days when Lucifer fell from heaven because of his rebellion against God, what compels this number one fallen angel is that he desires to be worshipped like God.  As such, he will go to ANY lengths to obtain it, even deceive people who think they are worshipping the Son of God when in actuality, they are worshipping one of Satan’s cohorts, the fake Jesus.  The eastern religions are assigned a fallen being who calls himself Maitreya, and deceived Christians and new agers are in league with the fallen angel who called Jesus Sananda Immanuel.  Together, they are an unholy trinity of Satan, the Anti-Christ and the false prophet of the book of Revelation.

Sananda’s plot took shape  under the ministry of a preacher called Charles Finney.

Charles Finney

Finney was quite a wicked looking man, as you can see the devil all up in his face. The man lived a long time when you consider that in his lifetime, the average live span was  from the late forties to about 65.  Finney lived to be 83, from 1792-1875. A fiery New York preacher, Finney’s impact on church traditions and practices has been  so profound, that his influence is still spreading globally almost two centuries later.  Finney’s notoriety is that he is the one who brought the entire church the “make a decision for Christ” through repeating the sinners prayer and the altar call.  A practicing freemason for 8 years, Finney eventually disavowed if.  Yet what I have learned about freemasonry is that it is witchcraft. And you just  don’t walk away from witchcraft without a struggle.

Anyway, in a nutshell,  Finney believed that human beings were capable of choosing whether they would be corrupt by nature or redeemed, referring to original sin as an “anti-scriptural and nonsensical dogma”  In clear terms, Finney denied the notion that human beings possess a sinful nature. Therefore, if Adam leads us into sin,  he does so not by our inheriting his guilt and corruption, but by our  following his poor example, this leads logically to the view of Christ as not having died for sins but for some lofty, moralistic reason.

Well, this was the man who started the altar call, invitation to Christian discipleship, “I accept Jesus,” practice that has led to the greatest falling away—the one that Paul himself predicted would transpire.  Consequently, due to Charles Finney, souls have probably not been saved within the organized church system for at least 150 years!!!! This doctrine has  primarily affected the Protestants much  more than the Catholics. Another fallen angel, Mother Mary had a different strategy for THEM. The “make a decision, I accept Jesus gospel has so permeated all Protestant Church tradition, a problem that Baptist preacher Paul Washer is diligently trying to correct, to no avail.  Washer is correct on this score but there  are errors in his teaching as well, which is yet “another story.”  Another practice that Finney started was to use the preacher’s invitation at the end of a sermon to evoke an emotional response, in other words to create a charged up atmosphere to manipulate a false conversion.

Anyway, the organized church is incapable of fixing a problem that has been built so deep into its foundation for almost two centuries. What makes it “incorrectible” ,  is that the church is not even aware of this essential problem, so Sananda has had his seat in it for quite some time.  His next step was to inspire artists to paint images of a white, blondish hair, blue eyed image of Jesus to put on the walls of the churches, thereby cementing his claim to them.  For when a demon or fallen angel  successfully plants  an object of themselves into any place, they establish squatters rights for the practice of their idolatry.

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Finding The Peace of God in Troubled Times

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Let the God of peace fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13 )To the Colossians,Paul wrote “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” (Col 3:15)  Yet there is such a thing as a false peace. I just watched Oprah’s interview of Joel Osteen, and what manifested clearly is a false peace  by a self-proclaimed blessing. Although he took a stronger stand on the Lord as the only way to the Father than he has in the past,  Osteen hesitated with tongue in cheek as he made it clear that homosexuality is a sin.Yet he equated sodomy on a  par  with “telling a lie or being proud.”

  When  Osteen struggled to not offend anyone and   he told  a huge  tv audience that homosexuals shall go to heaven,  he detracted from the word of God.  Paul wrote and warned the Corinthian believers that effeminates shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Does inheriting  the kingdom equate to “going to heaven?” Not completely, but it certainly is a part of the overall package. To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD “IN HEAVEN” while He remains there. Consequently, Osteen has sent out a platitude  of a” false peace.”Commonsense ought to tell Osteen that  since  God destroyed Sodom primarily because of homosexual activity, it’s a sin far more damning than a lie or pride.. To not be truthful with the gay community is in itself, a lie. Along these same lines, when preachers expound on the escape of a lukewarm, deluded Laodicean age through a pre-tribulation rapture or messages that uphold financial prosperity for all, a  false peace prevails.

Yet when the evil day comes, we will need the peace of God to rule. In this country, we have the expectation that happiness is ours by our American birthright, so we are in constant pursuit of it, particularly on the weekend.  I should spell it “weak end.” Many are speeding in  cars, fighting  in parking lots and pushing forward in various malls and supermarkets, with dentist appointments, diets,  vacations, manicures, gyms, and restaurants on our minds.  The irony is that as a nation in pursuit of happiness, “our weak end” is that we find no peace.

Moreover,  there is coming a day when all of our material comforts shall fail us and the fundamentals of food, water and shelter shall ascend in priority.  I know because I have seen it in the spirit.What usually causes us to lose peace is a lack of understanding that leads to confusion. In other words, what we don’t know brings stress. Therefore, in 2012, I offer a few points that will help you to let the peace of God reign.

  1. Learn how to thank God for “the answer.” The answer might be that “you will not get an answer in the way that you expected.”We must wait for the Lord’s answer in peace. Very often, the Lord has already given us the answer but we did not hear Him because we were too preoccupied and consequently, too stressed. We cry “speak to me, Lord” and He has already spoken.
  2. Learn how to stop trying to figure Him out. Most believers have a misunderstanding of prayer because they have been led by false doctrine and habitual expressions like “prayer changes things.” God does not need our prayers for Him to act.  We do not control God with our prayers.  Prayer changes us, not things.  Prayer is what brings the peace of God that confounds human understanding.  Prayer does not change God.  Most of the time, we do not know God’s will.  When we don’t, then we need to pray and ask Him to reveal His will.  Once His will is revealed in a particular situation, then peace will automatically rule in our spirits.
  3. Learn how to walk in the light as He is in the light.  I have an expression that brings me peace.  It goes “TO KNOW, BOW LOW.” When the brightness of the gospel falls upon us, we should immediately prostrate ourselves under His light and declare “Lord, I accept your sentence. I agree with your judgment. I seek mercy in this matter.” Meekness before God will prepare you to receive light, revelation or in other word, “enlightenment.” Enlightenment leads to deliverance and deliverance brings forth discernment, wisdom and freedom.  A humble gay or lesbian will receive light by resisting pride in all its forms, particularly gay pride.  if he or she “bows low, they will KNOW!”

In the New Year, many google for prophecies because they have no peace in uneasy times. A wet blanket of worry, fear and stress has fallen on multitudes of professing Christians who search the web for a prophetic messages. Since they are reading the signs of the times, believers are looking for confirmation and assurances that we will make it beyond December 21, 2o12. In the New Idolatry you will find these words:”Doubt can be a good thing, particularly when those fictitious, religious foundations upon which a captive has built his pride system become shaky.”

Yet in the final analysis, the message that should give you peace is both spiritually historic, prophetic and biblical. Simply put, if you be in Christ, He has already spoken peace to your troubled spirit  when He he prophesied that “if you endure to the end, you shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)

This ministry is about preparing the elect of God to “endure to the end,” through publications, deliverance counseling, deliverance mentoring, and deliverance training. Ours is a Christ centered, a spiritual warfare and a spiritual empowerment strategy.  So our help is available to you. Send an email to pamsheppard911@yahoo.com or call 518-477-5759.

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What Is a Born Again Christian? Salvation 101

WHAT IS A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN? An Excerpt from RECOVERY IN CHRIST

There is much confusion in the body of Christ about this question primarily because most believers do not distinguish between the soul and the spirit. They are certainly NOT the same, nor are they interchangeable. Hebrews 4:12 points out the distinction, clearly suggesting that if we are to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh—if we are to walk by faith and not by sight—if we are to crucify the flesh–then the soul and the flesh must be divided by the two-edged sword of the word of God.

In order to answer this question, we also need to have a sense of the differences and similarities between our  soul and our spirits. There are quite a few similarities. Though the body is mortal, the spirit and the soul are both eternal. As the body is finite and material, both the soul and the spirit are invisible and without natural substance. As the body has five senses, the spirit and the soul have senses also.

The spirit is heaven bound. If it were not for the soul, the spirit would “fly away.” The body is earth-bound. The two meet and correspond with each other through the activity of the soul. So a basic definition of the soul is that the soul is the mediator between the spirit and the body—an interpreter. A control center, if you will, with the brain of the body as its command center.

A person who is alive yet brain-dead, is one whose spirit is still in his body but his soul has left. A body without a soul is dead so they turn off the plug and the spirit flies away. However, when the spirit leaves and the soul remains in the body, as long as the spirit does not travel too far into “outer space,” the soul keeps the body intact and alive. Out of body experiences are called astral travel by occultists. However, every day, the spirit often takes “little trips” through day dreaming and deeper forms of altered states of consciousness.

When the body is asleep, the soul is busy keeping things in order.

For example, when you are sleeping and your body gets the urge to urinate, the spirit will create a toilet in a very imaginary way. Because I take a water pill at night, this happens to me frequently. The soul tries to “help out” and I see the toilet in the spirit, but something always goes wrong. In a dream, I see myself making the effort, but the sensation in my body continues to increase and my soul continues to try to work things out in my mind, but a mental picture of urinating does not help the situation. So my soul simply wakes up my body and says, “hey Pam, you’d better get your body up before we have an accident in this bed.”

This little example shows how when you are sleeping, the body is at rest and therefore is at its weakest. The spirit and the soul often fight for control, at times manifested as a strange dream. Demons also try to send their messages to the soul and God will also communicate in dreams, but only to your spirit. While the spirit operates in the unconscious realm of intuition, the body in the conscious realm of the natural world, the soul functions in both realms. For this reason, the soul and the spirit of a born again, saved person must be divided, for God will only speak to your spirit.

Here is the thing. When the Holy Ghost draws us to Jesus, our spirits immediately become “born again.” That which is flesh is flesh. Flesh is a mixture of soul with the body. Flesh is also a mixture of soul with the spirit. So when God “saves us,” He

"I'm a new creature because I have a new spirit. Old things are passed away and all things have become NEW!!!

gives us a NEW SPIRIT. All of the darkness that was in our spirits BEFORE the Holy Ghost translates us out of darkness into God’s marvelous light, our spirits were depraved and contaminated with evil. That is why when we slept, we had so many nightmares. The evil that we saw was merely a reflection of our own dark spirits, contending with demons.

When our spirits are born again, all things pass away, all things become NEW. We become a “new creation.” God’s light comes into our spirits and our spirits become the temple of God. Our spirits are ALWAYS eternal, both before salvation and after it. Before the new birth, our spirits are in captivity to Satan. As soon as we say “yes” to the invitation of Jesus, our spirits are immediately changed, justified, sanctified, seated in heavenly places. We are “translated” or brought out of Satan’s dark jail into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. To be sanctified is to be set apart for God’s use—a vessel of God. To be justified is to be treated as though we never sinned. We are washed and cleansed. We are seated in heavenly places immediately, with our prayers having immediate access to the throne of God.

I know that rebirth is immediate because the Lord allowed me to actually SEE the process at the moment of the rebirth of my  own spirit. I was laying on my back on my couch in a birthing position, legs wide open as in labor. Contractions began to occur but they were not in my womb. They were in the chest/belly area, the seat of my spirit. As I lay there, I saw a light, like the hand of God, go into that area, as if it was gently massaging me there. I had about 4 deep “birth pains” and then “voila!”

"I'm a new creature because I have a new spirit!' Cool Christian Cat! lol

Hard to explain. All I know is that the old gospel song which asks “how did you feel when you come out the wilderness? Did your hands look new and your feet too?” Yes, Lord! lol. I actually felt like I had just been born for the FIRST time. It was like I had no existence before that day on 3/29/1977 at 4pm on a Monday! I was crying and laughing at the same time! What joy unspeakable. I have felt the joy of the Lord many times, but never like the day that my spirit was made new and I was born again.

However, the soul said, “Hey, Pam. You are 33 years old. Life goes on. Let’s get real, here, okay?”

Yep. My un-renewed soul showed up the next day, March 30. It was my favorite aunt’s birthday. I’d never missed sending her a card or buying her a gift. So I wanted to call her. The Holy Spirit said “No, Pam. Today is God’s day.” I struggled real hard that day. The Lord told me to sit and think on nothing but Him for the entire day. Try as I might, it was real rough. I wanted to go see about my aunt. As I sat there, my mind thought of all the things I could be doing. I remember thinking, “the toilet needs to be cleaned.” I wanted to get up from being before the Lord to clean my toilet. It was the strangest thing because my flesh is not fond of house cleaning. By sundown, I was a sobbing mess!!!

That is how the Lord showed me that even though my spirit was born again, the salvation of my soul had to be “worked out.” How? By the renewing of my mind.

I’m just going by memory here but this is how the salvation of our souls is worked out. We present our bodies—-all 3 parts–as a sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God as a reasonable service. Where our soul and our bodies are concerned, we are not to be conformed to this world. Instead, we are to allow ourselves to be “transformed” by THE RENEWING OF OUR MINDS.

With a renewed mind, the salvation of our souls is worked out. Why? Because the soul consists of the mind, the intellect, the emotions, the feelings, ie. the individual, human personality that makes each of us different—one from the other. There are no souls that are the same. So the renewal will affect each of us differently.

Each soul is an “I AM.” However, God is the I AM THAT I AM.” So the working out of the soul’s salvation often involves wrestling not only with principalities and powers but with God Himself. The Holy Ghost, though the Comforter, He is also the taskmaster. He helps us to put to death the deeds of the flesh for we can not work out the salvation of our soul’s without the Holy Ghost. He will put us in situations in order to break the “self” aspect of our soul because the soul is “all about self.”

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