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Hidden In Plain Sight

2011-02-26

In an episode of Sherlock Holmes (adapted from a Poe story), a letter containing sensitive information was stolen but in spite of having a good idea of who did it, no one had been able to find it. They searched the suspect’s room, had him roughed up by policemen disguised as thugs who searched his pockets, and even tore up floor boards, to no avail. Eventually Holmes figures out that the best hiding place is in plain sight: the letter was on the suspect’s desk, in a stack of other letters... a place no one dreamed anybody would try to hide something so valuable.

Jesus warned of wolves in sheep’s clothing (Mt. 7:15), and Paul of fierce wolves arising from among believers (Acts 20:29). Paul also told us that there would be “false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:13-15), and that we must “turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Tim. 6:20). In addition, John told us to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1).

So why is it, then, that most believers today still refuse to exercise discernment and blindly swallow every demonic “light” that appears? This isn’t a game or a training exercise but spiritual life and death. For years I’ve been passing on warnings from the research of others about specific ways in which these wolves, these “death lights”, have been spreading among those professing Christ, as well as reporting on the hostility with which such warnings are met. But the prophetic clock has nearly come to its end, and there is no more time for warning. I hope that the following from this article (the whole “Forbidden Gates” series can be found here) will perhaps shock some into finally seeing the wolf in the wool overcoat.

As described in the last entry by Dr. Michael Bennett, opening supernatural gateways that exist inside the earth, the heavens, and the mind using altered mental states induced by psychoactive drugs is but one of several “spirit-gate” mechanisms.

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Despite such terrifying accounts, a growing number of individuals around the world are being drawn by curiosity to push open spiritual gates in order to make contact with this other side. This includes a generation of “Christians” and other religious persons who have systematically challenged and then abandoned fundamental precepts of New Testament theology, giving birth to new forms of secularized spirituality fueled by human potential and an amorphous mixture of Buddhism, pantheistic Christianity, and occult traditions. Many of the most popular doctrines celebrated in churches today cleverly conceal this ancient carnival of pagan mystical occultism by wrapping it in prosperity theology, self-help messages, goddess-centered environmental theology, and dominionism and the elevation of man.

Instead of living by faith, as defined in Scriptures centered in the person of Jesus Christ and expressed through personal sacrifice and transformation, emergent church leaders allure congregants with seductive messages of thrilling material benefits that historically were shown to be keys to opening gateways to, and forming pacts with, Faustian forces. Nowhere is evidence of these activities more puzzling than when manifested in what at one time was considered mainstream evangelical churches. A decade ago, as new necromantic channelers calling themselves pastors and priests began rising to prominence inside major denominations, Samantha Smith was so shocked by how quickly orthodox theology was being surrendered to paganism inside weekly church services that she spent an entire year investigating the phenomenon before reporting to the Eagle Forum:

I became strongly concerned... after observing a “service” at a south Denver Vineyard church... [a woman] stood in the middle of a group of people who ran their hands over her body (within an inch or so of the clothing), then kept swooshing some invisible thing toward her heart area. Saddened, I walked toward the door, where a church member said, “You should come back on Sunday night. That’s when they levitate.”... [Another group] in Seattle... sit[s] in circles, clucking, flapping their tucked arms, and visualizing themselves hatching the “Man Child Company,” a heretical Manifested Sons of God concept. In Kansas City, men and women lay on the floor with their knees up and legs spread apart, trying to birth the same thing. I tape-recorded a group of Episcopalians howling at the moon, like wolves—giving a “Howl-le-lu-ia Chorus” for Earth Day. It gets worse. There are reports of “holy vomiting” (séance ectoplasm?) and of Christians becoming demonized by being “slain in the spirit.” How can this be?

Similar to Samantha, we were taken off-guard a few years ago when speaking at a large Assemblies of God church whose pastor later became a district official. Following the morning service, the pastor asked if we would meet with the director of his intercessory prayer group to answer a question that as pastor he had been unable to determine. The staff member, who was told by the pastor that we were experts in demonology, wanted to know what we thought about him and other members of the “intercessory prayer group” experiencing temporary possession by evil spirits. Because we were taken aback by his question and thought we had misunderstood, we ask him to clarify, and he repeated that evil spirits were “hanging on the walls in the auditorium” and “coming out of people” before going into the prayer room to possess the prayer warriors in order to speak through their vocal chords during Sunday morning church services. The staff member seemed proud that this was happening, as if he and those under him were somehow “special” because of the hidden evil spirits’ activity.

At once confused by why the senior pastor had not already corrected this group, we explained to the director how Jews and Christians are forbidden to communicate with evil spirits, let alone allow them to speak through their vocal chords. We showed him several places where Scripture says to cease the activity, including how Michael the archangel did not discourse with the devil, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke thee” (Jude 9). Instead of receiving our instruction, the young man’s countenance suddenly changed, his eyes glazed over, and a religious sneer covered his face, as if he (or something in him) considered us pathetic and unenlightened souls who could not appreciate the exceptional relationship he and his church had with supernatural entities.

Later that week, we emailed the pastor to share our surprise that a man in his position would be confused over how wrong this activity was and how the environment was conducive to ancient paganism, spirit channeling, and at least a dozen other heretical activities. Some years afterward, while having dinner in the home of that district’s state superintendent, we told our host what was going on in one of his churches. He demanded to know where and by whom, stating that in no uncertain terms, “That pastor’s credentials will be taken away immediately!” We chose not to disclose that he had already invited the man to take executive leadership inside the state office.

I and others encounter this same “religious sneer”, this same condescension, in various blogs and message boards when we criticize “contemplative prayer” and other aberrant practices. We are virtually patted on the head like ignorant children who have not yet been “enlightened”, or sometimes, mocked as backward and even harmful to the “spiritual evolution” of the church. But they forget that “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things— and the things that are not— to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. ” (1 Cor. 1:27-29).

Satan sneers at the true children of Light, believing still that he will somehow outwit God and win possession of His children in the end. And if the direct sneer doesn’t work, a more subtle tactic is to “lovingly” belittle those who don’t buy this falsehood through well-meaning friends who will pray for us to “stop doubting” or “stop worshiping the Bible”. The shame is meant to silence us when we can’t be fooled, so we at least can’t influence others to open their eyes. Even statements like that are twisted into “arrogance” on our part because we allegedly claim higher spiritual ground, but they ignore the fact that we are only quoting scripture, not advancing our own opinions, as well as the fact that they themselves claim that very high ground in their alleged enlightenment.

“Come out, my people, flee from Babylon. Save yourselves! Run from the LORD’s fierce anger!” (Jer. 51:45). Do it now.

6 Comments

Truthseeker

There is so much out there that is the dark side of truth in churches and books.

SaberTruth

Jesus did wonder whether he’d "find faith on the earth" when he returns.

SaberTruth

Rev. 3:7-22 seems like a good passage related to this post as well.

SaberTruth

Yep. I think what we’re seeing now is the "tares" ripening, making it obvious that they are not "wheat". And because we now openly see what in past years was hidden (the meaning of "occult"), the reaper is ready to harvest it all. Or as the Emperor in StarWars put it, "Only now, at the end, do you understand". Satan’s MO is to only reveal himself after it’s too late to escape, but we who are covered by the blood of the Lamb are immune from his poison and will be "harvested" up to heaven very soon.

SaberTruth

Some "balancing" thoughts this morning:

Always be happy in the Master; I repeat: be happy! Make your impartiality obvious to everyone; the Master is near. Don’t be obsessed with anything, but in everything— with prayers and appeals with gratitude— make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God, which is superior to every other state of mind, will fortify your hearts and thoughts in Anointed Jesus. Finally, sisters and brothers: whatever is true, whatever is dignified, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is agreeable, whatever is well-spoken of— if there is any valor or something praiseworthy— consider these things. Whatever you learned from me and accepted, whatever you heard and saw in me, that’s what you should do. And the God of Peace will be with you. Phil. 4:4-7
‎"The peace of God... the God of Peace" is found in controlling what we think about and what we focus on. It includes guarding our very thoughts from evil or harmful entertainment or always looking on the dark side of things. If evil must be examined, keep it in a very tiny box and for a limited time. If you fill your mind (instead of emptying it as is popular in anti-Christian meditation techniques) with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), there will be no emptiness begging to be filled with what is harmful.

Lydia

If you had warned me 20 years ago that I would become suspicious of most pastors, Christian leaders and churches, I would have deemed you barking mad. But here I am....wary and testing everything that comes from the mouth of those with titles and the institutions. The reason is this: I have spent a ton of time studying, praying and beseeching the Holy Spirit to teach me. Otherwise, there is no telling what I would be caught up in. Discernment and the pure wisdom from above can be a heavy load to bear without constant abiding in Him. We cannot simply turn a blind eye to the aberrations out there in Christendom. I sometimes beg Him to show His true Bride for all to see....NOW.