Thursday, April 15, 2010

SORCERY IN THE CHURCH

In this article I would like to explain how sorcery is working in the church and why "opening portals," certain "third heaven" experiences, and the "Jumper anointing" all fall under the category or sorcery. Revelation 9/21 and 18/23 both speak of a time when every nation will be under the power of witchcraft and sorcery. During my time in the new age movement, I was involved in many occult practices, including astral projection, in which my spirit would leave my body and I could see myself in two places at once. Through the power of my mind or will, I would then be able to pull my spirit back into my body. Another definition of sorcery is lawlessness and can include unlawful entrance into the spirit realm through doorways other than Jesus Christ who said, "I am the door. I am the way, the truth and the life."

There are many doorways or gateways into the spirit world, including yoga, transcendental or mindless meditation which is emptying the mind (versus meditating on God's Word), shamanic breath control, and drug-induced spiritual experiences, in which the conscious mind is altered through a chemical shift in the nervous system. In fact, the original Greek word for sorcery and witchcraft in the above scriptures and in Galatians 5/20 is pharmakeia, where we get our word pharmacy and drugs from and includes the use of drugs to produce a spiritual experience.

There is a key verse in John 5/19 which says, "The Son can do nothing of himslf." This means that Jesus didn't do anything by His own will, soul force or mind power. He completely operated in the Spirit of God, waiting on God. He only did what He saw the Father do and said what He heard the Father say. He never initiated spiritual experiences through His soulish realm or His mind, but only was led by the Spirit of God at all times.

If the Son could do nothing of Himself, then the servant is not greater than his master. The self is the soul. It is self will versus God's will. This is what is meant by Hebrews 4/12, The Word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, dividing asunder between spirit and soul, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. Jeremiah 17/9 says the heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it? Only God knows our hearts and our intentions. What we may think is a good thing or the right way may not be God's will at all, especially if we place our minds in an altered state of consciousness. We come to know God and His will through His Word and through an ongoing personal, and intelligent, relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Psalm 138/2 says, "I will praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and for Your TRUTH. For You have magnified Your Word above all Your name." This means that all teachings and experiences in the name of God must be measured by the Word of God, the Holy Bible.

We in America live in a fast paced society. We want everything now, including our spirituality. But many are operating out of what one well known author called soul force or latent soul power. Jesse Penn-Lewis saw first hand the dangers of excess during the Welsh Revival. She knew that wherever the Spirit of God was moving, the enemy was surely going to come in and try to bring deception to the children of God by challenging the move of God. She said the last great battle against the Body of Christ in the end times would be spiritual deception based on 1 Timothy 4/1. This scripture is an express warning that in the last days "some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons." These "doctrines of demons" are now flooding into the Church under the guise of spirituality and so called science. Trance ecstasies, contemplative mind-emptying "prayer," opening portals and jumping to other realms are all being taught now in the church and are all sorcery. I believe this is what Jesus meant when He said, "Many will come to me saying, Lord, Lord, we did many miracles, healed the sick and cast out demons in your name." And He will say to them, "Depart from me you who work LAWLESSNESS. I never KNEW you."

Today there is an entire movement in the Church by those who are "worshiping angels" - depending on angels instead of God - and "intruding into those things which they have not seen" and teaching others to do the same (Colossians 2/18). May the Lord Jesus, the only Christ and Son of God, give us the gift of discernment like Paul had in Acts 16 when he dealt with and cast out the spirit of divination that came proclaiming the things of God!

For a more detailed teaching on how shamanism and astral projection through guided visualization and opening portals have entered the Church, go to Fanatic For Jesus by following the link below:
http://fanaticforjesus.blogspot.com/2013/03/heavenly-portals-or-unholy-deception.html
 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

SORCERY AND PHARMAKEIA IN THE END TIMES
There's a lot of talk and a lot of buzz around the year 2012. Everywhere people are talking about Mayan prophecies and coming cataclysmic events. Will the world end in catastrophe? Will humanity make a quantum leap into a new spiritual age of super consciousness and godhood? Are the Mayan calendar and prophecies of planetary alignment and global-wide transformation correct? God is always one step ahead of the plans of men. While the Bible is silent concerning specific dates, according to scripture there will be a spiritual transformation of consciousness, but what will this entail?

I believe this spiritual transformation or shift in consciousness will involve the Mark of the Beast that the Book of Revelation speaks about, as many will align themselves with the coming world ruler, the Antichrist. No one is quite sure exactly what the Mark will be, but the culture is certainly moving closer to that time with advancements in technology and knowledge through the internet. However, in what appears to be a cultural parodox in a postmodern era, there is a massive movement to return to the primal ways of our ancestors. This return to ancient tribal spiritual practices has resulted in a rapid and worldwide rise in shamanism and sorcery.
Revelation 9/21 and 18/23 both speak of a time when every nation will be under the power and influence of sorcery, a time when all of the mystery and occult streams will come together and culminate in one end-time religious system the Bible calls MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT. The original Greek word in both of these scriptures for "sorcery" is the word pharmakeia, where we get our words pharmacy and drugs from and it means the use of drugs to produce a spiritual experience. Drugs, especially the hallucenogenic plant drugs like "magic" mushrooms and LSD (synthesized from a microscopic fungal blight called Ergot that infects wheat), have been used for thousands of years by shamans of indigenous cultures to communicate with demonic spirits. They are a direct doorway to the spirit world and are the quickest and easiest way for Satan to gain access to and control of a person's will.
The use (and abuse) of prescription and street drugs is at an all-time high worldwide and is at the root of society's lust for power, violence and greed. But there is a "spiritual" side to drugs that many people are not aware of; a stream in the river of Mystery Babylon that has been deceiving humanity since the beginning of creation.

Since the earliest times people have used hallucinogenic drugs in an effort to break through the spiritual barriers and return to the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve once knew. From the ancient Sumerians, to the Eleusinian Mysteries, to the self proclaimed "gurus" of the sixties and seventies, man's attempts to reenter Paradaise have neither receded nor succeded. In his book, Be Here Now, Richard Alpert (a former Harvard professor and coleague of Timothy Leary) compared his experiences of coming down from the ecstasies of LSD to being kicked out of the kingdom of God over and over again. This is because mystical experiences - no matter how they are produced, no matter how ecstatic and wondrous - can never fill the void in man that was made only for the Spirit of the Living God and Creator to inhabit. God made man in His own image, so that He could dwell within man's spirit and have daily, intimate communion with him. It is this intimacy, this personal aspect of God that many Christians miss in their faith. They may hear that God loves them. They may believe in their minds that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice on the cross for their sins. Yet they never go on to fully develop their relationship with Him by just spending time with Him, as one would spend time with anyone they love. And so many walk away, looking for spiritual thrills they can feel, searching for mystical knowledge they believe will fulfill them; never understanding that all knowledge and mystery flows naturally out of worship and relationship with the One who created them.

Someone once said that witchcraft is taking by force and manipulation, what God would otherwise give to those who love Him, those He can trust to do His will. But we are a prideful, sinful people who are blinded by the darkness of our own lusts and greed because of the fall. And some of us must come to the end of ourselves, to complete darkness, before we can see the Light of Jesus Christ who is the One all are searching for (Acts 17:27). The following is my own story of how I walked away from the Lord, down a pathway of witchcraft and sorcery, which included drug use. This wide road eventually led me to an experience in the spirit realm where I experienced the loss of my soul and eternal separation from God in "outer darkness." Jesus described outer darkness as a place of "weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30)." This is because there are no other words to describe the hopelessness and despair of being forever lost and separated from the Light and Love of who God is. Acts 17:26 says that it is God who has determined the times and the boundaries for men (and angels) to inhabit. Jude 6 and 2 Peter 2:4 both speak about a portion of the fallen angels who are now being held in chains - thick mists - of darkness, awaiting judgement for their rebellion against God by breaking out of their appointed boundaries. And as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

In the summer of 1987 I found myself caught up in the hope and promises of a coming New Age of enlightenment and spiritual evolution for humanity. I was living in Miami Beach when news of the The Harmonic Convergence made front-page headlines in the Miami Herald. A spiritual awakening for the entire planet on the front page of a major newspaper...this was BIG! The date (August 16th and 17th) and the event, according to the Mayan calendar and prophecies, were based on the alignment of the planets with the sun and the moon and were to usher in a new age of peace and harmony as "light workers" gathered in sacred places to meditate and visualize world peace. This was to be the first of many such events over the next 25 years that would culminate in the year 2012, when the earth and all of humanity would enter a Golden Age that would mark the apex of man's spiritual evolution. We were gods after all, fallen from our original perfection, and only needed a transformation of consciousness - a new way of thinking and believing - to remember who we really were. But at the end of the day I did not feel like God, and wondered how long it would take us to reach Nirvana.
In 1 Timothy 4:1 the Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul, expressly warns that in the last days many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. Also in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 we read that before Antichrist is revealed there will be a great falling away from the faith. I was raised in a Christian home. My parents were true believers but, due to the absence of teaching on the reality of spiritual warfare in those days (Ephesians 6:12), they lacked knowledge in areas of the Bible where God forbids occult practices and contact with "ghosts", which are really familiar spirits or demons. As a young girl growing up, my parents told my sister and me stories of spirits that "haunted" our first home. We also had a Ouija board that we consulted with several times until it frightened my sister so badly one night that she put it away for good. This is a form of divination, a practice that always leads to contact with demonic spirits and which is forbidden by the Lord as a means of our own protection. I believe these were doorways for the enemy to wreak havoc upon our family.
When I was twelve years old my parents suddenly divorced. The separation came without warning and was devastaing to our family. My mother took my sister and me away to another city, we stopped going to church, and I did not see my father again for six years, until I turned eighteen. In the next year we moved three times and I attended three different schools. All of this caused me to become bitter and full of rage. I hated everything and everyone. By the age of thirteen I had pushed every memory of the past out of my mind, as I turned to drugs for an escape; a lifestyle that would last for the next eleven years.
Through the "doorway" of drug use I developed a deep interest in the supernatural and the occult. I began experimenting with tarot cards, another form of divination, in an effort to know my future. I practiced eastern meditation and incorporated yoga into my exercise times. I began to have out-of-body experiences - astral projection - in which I could see myself in two places at once and could pull my spirit back into my body at will with my mind, believing this was a sure sign that my spiritual powers were increasing. I began to "sense" spirits around me, but believed they were harmless spirit guides who were there to assist me on my quest for knowledge. All of these practices promised spiritual enlightenment and inner fulfillment, yet each one left me feeling increasingly isolated and empty inside. This is because the "Mysteries" of Satan are always kept out of reach so that the seeker delves deeper and deeper into the web of deception.
At the time I experimented with psilocybin or "magic" mushrooms, I was deeply into Hinduism and reincarnation beliefs. I believed I had lived many previous lives and that at death I would live again. I had completely walked away from faith in Jesus Christ and was studying a book on Hinduism. This book contained illustrations of the soul transmigrating or being reincarnated into a different body, animal or human, at death. There was something eerie about these pictures, an evil presence. Yet I couldn't put the book down and carried it with me everywhere. One day when a friend suggested that I try mushrooms with him, I eagerly accepted his invitation, desperate to reach a level that would finally satisfy my deepest desire for knowledge. I went to his house and watched as he prepared the mushroom tea. Just as I took the drug he received a phone call and said he had to go, leaving me alone at his house.
I was standing on the front porch when the drug took effect. Suddenly, it was as if my soul was thrust or propelled a million miles out of my body and back in a split second. At the same time I saw a flash of light pierce into my mind like a sword. At that moment the spirit realm opened up to me and I had all knowledge of spiritual deception. I immediately spun around and pointed to the book on Hinduism that I'd brought with me that day and said out loud, "That book is a lie! I have to burn it! It's a lie from hell!" I had never heard or read in Acts 19:18-19 how the new believers in Christ all came together to burn their occult books and arts, though I knew this is what I needed to do, as I now understood this book was from a purely evil source. I knew that everything I had put my trust in up to that point was a lie, but was still blinded from calling on Jesus Christ.
Just then there was an old rock song from the 60s playing on the radio with the words, "It's all too beautiful," and I could hear a demonic voice telling me to kill myself and come to the other side where it was "beautiful." At that point I was overcome with a strong urge to take my own life with a loaded gun my friend kept in his home for protection. It was as if my will was completely taken over, possessed, and the driving thought of suicide became overpowering. However, I knew that if I took my own life, I would not be reincarnated, but would go straight to hell, something I did not believe just moments before. Terrified, I ran from the porch into the woods to escape. As I ran, I could still hear this evil spirit laughing at me, mocking my fear.
I ran as far from the house as I could. I had never felt so lost and out of control. Suddenly, without warning, I felt my soul leave my body again. In a split second I was surrounded by darkness, a mist of darkness so deep and dark that there are no words to describe it, for there is nothing like it on this Earth. Yet I knew I was there, in a literal place of eternal darkness, completely conscious of where I was. I instinctively knew right away that I was cut off from the presence of God. I knew that my soul was eternally lost and that I would never see my family or friends or the light of the sun on the Earth again. I was completely alone. The isolation was indescribable. The hopelessness and despair was maddening, because it is the soul, the conscious mind, which goes on forever.
Eternity was stretched out before me and I knew that if I didn't get back to my body I would be in this darkness forever. From the depths of my heart I cried out to God for mercy and I was instantly back in my body, shocked and dismayed by what had just happened. I began to walk toward the main road and another friend, whom I'd called earlier for a ride, pulled up and I got into the car. He could see that I was shaken, but I said nothing of what had just happened. As we made our way down the long dirt driveway my body felt as if it was trying to shut down. I could feel myself moving between the two worlds, the physical and the spiritual. I then looked down and saw the arms of a demon wrapped around me. This demon held me from behind and his arms were long and thin and green with scales and long black claws. I knew this demon was real and I knew that he had the power and authority to take my soul to hell if I died right then. It took a while but as my mind "came down" from the drug, the veil to the spirit world was closed so that I could no longer see this evil spirit, though I continued to sense its presence for some time. This experience left me with the profound knowledge that each person's soul is a precious gift, that it can be lost forever, and that no price can be placed upon a human life.
It was just a couple of weeks later that I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. One day I came home from work to find a small book with a letter attached to it on my front door. The book told of the end times and the soon return of Jesus Christ, but it was the letter that really touched my heart. It was written by a woman who had gone door to door, pleading with people to come to Christ. Her passion for God and love for people could be felt in each word. As I read the letter it was as if a light came on inside of me and grew brighter and brighter, pushing out the darkness and confusion that had been there for so long. I knew the words she spoke were true and that Jesus was the One I'd been searching for all along. I then called this dear lady and she led me in prayer to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
As I began to read the Bible the words literally became alive to me. I found the answer to every question I'd ever had concerning life, including a scriptural basis for my recent spiritual experience through the doorways of witchcraft and sorcery. In His mercy, God had lifted the veil and allowed me to see my true spiritual condition and the eternal destiny of my soul apart from Jesus Christ. I truly understood the Lord's words in Mark 8:36 & 37, "For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul, or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
Shamans and those involved in "New Age" spirituality who travel through the spirit world tell us that the things they see in their journeys are more real than anything they experience in this world, and indeed the spirit world is real. However, when it comes to things like darkness, evil and demons, we are told that these things are only an illusion, a part of the psyche of man's soul which he must face to overcome his fears, and that they cannot harm us. This is the great deception of Satan, for he allows his followers to see only what he wants them to see. We do have a very real enemy, but through the cross and the shedding of His own blood, Jesus Christ defeated sin and death and triumphed over principalities and powers once and for all openly.
And without controversy, great is the Mystery of Godliness, that God came in the flesh, laid down His own life for us on the cross, and was raised from the dead to give life to all who will believe in Him.