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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Witchcraft In the Church? Video Testimony

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Before watching this video, I would like to make a quick introduction as to why I am posting it.
Several years ago, Jesus was truly doing a work in me. I desperately longed to please Him. I went to homeless shelters around town. I went to prison ministries. I started going into nursing homes. I didn't think that I was "special," I just had a desire to do the things that Jesus said to do in His Word.

Everywhere I went, there seemed to be desperate need. Often times, the homeless shelters would tell me how grateful they were because they didn't have many volunteers. One time I went to a homeless shelter, and the women were literally almost out of food. I thought to myself, where are all of the Christians? I began to notice huge churches and cathedrals on almost every street corner, hundreds of them...billions of dollars worth of infrastructure, while there were poor, oppressed people right under our noses. I began to notice that many religious leaders were getting rich, and the people would pour their income into "temples made with human hands" and making religious leaders rich. I began to question everything, and I truly feel as if Jesus began showing me what is wrong with the institution of religion.

Many people think or feel that questioning the religious system is the same as questioning God, but nothing could be further from the truth. I feel as if there are many people, both in and out of churches, that desperately need a relationship with Jesus. Jesus said that there would be many "who would have a form of godliness" but they don't know or understand the power of the Holy Spirit. He said that there would be those who "honor Him with their lips, but not with their hearts." I read the book, Pagan Christianity, which purports that most of what we are doing in our churches isn't even in the Bible. (hint: the biblical model for church can be found in the Book of Acts.) It challenged me, and I believe it to be true.

Posting stuff like this is hard. There were times when I felt completely alone. I even felt as if God were calling me to write some challenging things, but I was too afraid. I was scared that I was going to be rejected because my ways of thinking were different, but Jesus showed me that even He questioned and challenged the religious system of His day and I was called to the same.

I desperately love people. I love people of all religions. I love pastors and priests and those both in out of churches...that is why I have one request. Please respect my beliefs and my thoughts in the same way that I respect yours. My writing is meant to challenge people, to get people to look beyond their "traditions and man" and into the heart of Jesus, Himself.

If anyone disagrees with anything that I have to say, please do so lovingly or simply just don't read the things that I write. My goal is to write what I believe Jesus has shown me and not to be pleaser of man.

NOW ON TO THE VIDEO....

This video could be considered "controversial" but I encourage you to test all things. I read that there are actual witches infiltrating the body of Believers with the sole purpose of creating division. 

 Witchcraft is a form of manipulation and it often does not look obvious. It can be manifested by manipulating spiritual forces to get OUR will done.  It can also be through manipulation in order to get money.".In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed" 2 Peter 2:3This video details a very strange experience that led to this subject, as well as how God defines witchcraft in the Bible. Watch and discuss.
 The Bible says to test all things, so if I am wrong on anything, please let me know. I also encourage you to watch the witchcraft series by tictoc ministries on Youtube. It is Very thorough. I also recommend Youtube's fotm1 video, "Witchcraft in the church, oh yeah, lots! I will posts the videos at the end of this post.

Many people may thing that posts of this nature are "critical" of the "temple," but I want people to understand that Jesus wasn't cloaked in sunshine and rainbows. The Bible says that He didn't come to bring peace, but a sword,(Matthew 10:34) and when He saw the money changers buying and selling things in His Father's House, He drove them out with a whip.(Matthew 21:12)



More food for thought:
Have you ever been told that "If you give x amount of money, Jesus will bless you ten fold or one hundred fold?" It's not true.Who benefits from this kind of language? Many self proclaimed "men of God" have made themselves rich by telling you that if you give to "them" and "their ministry" that Jesus will bless you. However, Jesus tells us to give to those who have need, not out of fear or guilt but out of a generous heart.He tells us that in doing so, we store up treasure in Heaven. Jesus' goal is not to make us rich by "storing up treasure for ourselves on earth", but to make us Holy, carved into the image of His Son,Jesus Christ. 
Jesus tells us that the gifts of God cannot be bought with money. (Acts 8:20)

If anyone disagrees with me, please do so in kindness. I love you. 


Witchcraft in the church, Oh yeah, lots!


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

All is Vanity

"All is Vanity" by Charles Allen Gilbert


A few months ago, I bought a t-shirt,featuring the famous painting "All is Vanity," by Charles Allen Gilbert. I suppose there was a part of me that saw a spiritual truth in it's meaning. When I look at the painting, I am reminded of a verse in Ecclesiastes. "I have seen all the works that have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity, striving after wind. Similarly, I am reminded of a verse in Psalms, "Man is mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow."

According to People.com, Globally we spend 382 Billion dollars per year on the industry of beauty. I read another article that stated that America spent over 8 billion dollars last year on plastic surgery, alone. 
This post is not to judge or belittle anyone. In fact, I have been guilty of pouring more money than I care to admit on the pursuit of beauty. I don't wear makeup often, and yet I have tons of it just sitting in my bathroom, collecting dust. I have had a few micro needling procedures done to my face to minimize wrinkles. Did it work? Hmmm. That is debatable. It certainly wasn't cheap, and, in retrospect, I now wish that I used the money for things for my family or for "storing up treasure" in Heaven. 

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19

How much of our lives are devoted to eternal things and how much is devoted to "vanity," things that have zero eternal consequence and will ultimately pass away?

I keep thinking of the verse in 1 Peter that says,  Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Many women, often those in ministry, like to flaunt their designer clothing, purses, and expensive jewelry. They boast that it is a sign of God's blessing. However, Jesus tells us in 1 Peter, that true beauty is a beauty that goes much deeper  than outward appearance. It is something lasting and eternal, and it comes from the heart. 

He even tells us in His Word, "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with his income. This too is vanity." Ecclesiastes 5:10

Do you notice how many superstars, who seeming have everything, money, fame ,riches, and beauty, often strive to find happiness? Sadly, many end up ending their lives. It's because money and fame and beauty are not a means to joy. It is all vanity, chasing the wind. Joy is something that wells in the heart, and the famous, in their pursuit of it, don't know that it can be found in Christ Jesus.

Anyhow, this message is to remind you that you are beautiful. It is not a judgement. Simply, a reminder. Consider the following verse from Ephesians 2:10, For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.


Sidenote: There is nothing wrong with trying to look beautiful, however, it is important that the pursuit doesn't become idolotry. At one time, I was so obsessed with working out and looking good, that I allowed it to interfere with my walk with Jesus. I was barely praying or seeking because I was consumed with my own self interest. don't make the same mistake. All is vanity.

Signs of Spiritual Abuse in the Church


PLease note: this article was copied from http://libertyforcaptives.com (asked for writer permission) 

Ten Major Symptoms of Spiritual Abuse

Ten Symptoms of Spiritual Abuse
Sheep and Wolves, via Pinterest.
What is spiritual abuse?
I once linked to an excellent article by Mary DeMuth which talks about 10 Signs of Spiritual Abuse. But I have received enough emails and questions to warrant another, separate post covering other symptoms of spiritual abuse.
Jeff VanVonderen, co-author of the classic book The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, defines spiritual abuse like this:
“Spiritual abuse occurs when someone in a position of spiritual authority–the purpose of which is to ‘come underneath’ and serve, build, equip and make God’s people more free–misuses that authority by placing themselves over God’s people to control, coerce or manipulate them for seemingly godly purposes which are really their own.”
VanVonderen adds:
“Nothing about spiritual abuse is simple. Those who have experienced it know it is powerful enough to cause them to question their relationship with God, indeed, the very existence of God. And it is subtle too! The perpetrators of spiritual abuse are rarely ‘Snidely Whiplash’ sorts of characters who announce that they are going to drain your spiritual energy. They may be people who seem like they are seeking to guide you to the deepest levels of spiritual maturity.”
Biblical evidence: While the term “spiritual abuse” does not occur in the Bible (nor does the word “Trinity,” for that matter), the concept is clearly alluded to. Primary biblical citations which discuss spiritual abuse include Ezekiel 34:1-10; Matthew 20:25; 23:1-33; Luke 22:24-27; and 1 Peter 5:3. Each of these passages involves God condemning leaders who mistreat the people under their care in order to promote their own welfare or ideology.
Ten Major Symptoms of Spiritual Abuse:
1.) Salvation Redefined – Spiritually abusive ministries continually redefine salvation. This keeps the bar moving higher and higher so that followers must stay dependent on the Ten Symptoms of Spiritual Abuseintercession, wisdom, and power of the leader. Healthy leaders, on the other hand, communicate a clear biblical gospel of salvation by grace through faith. God’s plan of salvation never changes.
2.) Deification of Leaders – While few spiritually abusive leaders overtly claim divinity, in practice they act as if they are godlike. For example, the leader may say that he or she speaks for God, that God works exclusively through his or her ministry, or that followers can please God by pleasing the leader. Healthy leaders, however, avoid putting themselves in the place of God.
3.) Exhaustion – Spiritually abusive ministries exhaust their followers through high commitment and endless demands on time and service. If you always feel exhausted after church—or if your church life seems one continuous demand on your time with never a chance to rest—you may live in a spiritually abusive system. Healthy churches and leaders understand the need for rest and personal time. After all, even God rested on the seventh day.
4.) “Sacrificial” Giving – Spiritually abusive ministries regularly call for sacrificial giving of time, talents, and treasure. The Bible knows little of this. Instead, the New Testament calls for generous and cheerful giving (2 Cor 8 and 9). While God does sometimes call us to give sacrificially, this is between us and the Holy Spirit. For example, the Philippians gave sacrificially and amazed even the Apostle Paul. But no person can demand such sacrifice, and certainly not on an ongoing basis. Healthy churches teach biblical giving which is based on generosity and freewill, not coercion or guilt.
5.) Transactional Giving – Spiritually abusive ministries correlate the giving of your time and money with physical or spiritual blessing. The more you give—or the more dedicated you are to the ministry—the more blessed you will be. This is a works-based system of salvation and sanctification. Healthy ministries focus on transformational giving which is simply a byproduct of thankfulness and faith.
6.) Abuse of Special Revelation – Spiritually abusive leaders often claim to have special insight into the will of God for you and your family. Rather than sharing such “special” revelation and giving you freedom to decide whether the Spirit spoke it or not, Spiritual Abuse and Special Revelationsuch leaders demand that you obey their pronouncements. Healthy leaders, on the other hand, may also sometimes receive special revelation from the Spirit, but they communicate such “words” from the Lord with humility, qualification, and room for doubt. They allow you to respond—and even disagree—rather than forcing you to obey. And such “words” never benefit the leader financially or in regard to gaining power over you.
7.) Perfectionism – Spiritually abusive ministries may have a mentality which demands full sanctification from members in order to prove that they are saved. This may masquerade as a focus on bearing spiritual fruit, becoming mature in the faith, or living sanctified lives. In reality, such leaders want to control the people underneath them, and the easiest way to do this is to point out their sins (or supposed sins) and show how worthless and hopeless they are. This keeps people dependent on the intercession and teaching of the leader. Healthy leaders, on the other hand, recognize the role of grace in salvation and understand that all believers are sinners in need of mercy, patience, and understanding. We all wear checkered garments on the way to glory.
8.) Shaming – Spiritually abusive ministries often publicly shame their followers. Leaders in such groups misuse confidential information and share it widely in order to humiliate people. Or they bad-mouth people who have left the group. This maintains an atmosphere of fear, degradation, and disempowerment. Healthy leaders, however, maintain confidences, encourage the weak, and empower people under their care toward maturity and joy in Christ.
9.) Exclusivity – Spiritually abusive ministries denigrate other Christian leaders or churches. They claim that they alone have the truth, that they alone practice biblical Christianity, or that they alone have access to God’s will and pleasure. Whether this is Exclusivity of Spiritually Abusive Churchesstated explicitly or remains implicit, followers understand that to leave the group is to fall out of grace or to become a friend of the world. Conversely, healthy leaders rejoice that God is working all over the world. They try to see the best in other groups and Christian leaders, even when they must sometimes speak words of discernment or correction about them. Followers are empowered to understand that the Holy Spirit works variously in other situations and cultures and that he doesn’t make clones.
10.) Punishment – Spiritually abusive groups use church discipline passages as an excuse to punish current members or to shun ex-members. They use church discipline to keep people in line, to quell disagreement (which they call “rebellion”), and as a threat against critical thinking (which they call “pride”). They also overreact to small sins or minor behavioral issues and bring the full weight of church discipline against people who actually just need time to mature. Leaders of these groups misunderstand the purpose of church discipline, which is restorative, not punitive. Spiritually abusive groups also misinterpret the warning passages in the book of Hebrews—they claim that people who leave their select group have left the faith. In contrast, healthy leaders use church discipline only in serious matters of major unrepentant sin. And they understand that the goal of such corrective measures is restoration, not punishment.
Conclusion:
If you read this checklist and discover that it applies to your church or group, you likely live in a spiritually abusive system. God has better things for you. Consider what steps you might take to disengage from the abusive group and plug into a healthy system full of grace and truth.

Friday, August 11, 2017

I want to help you

Hi everyone!

I have an extensive video collection that may help some people. I don't share them all of the blog. Truthfully, I'm not yet bold enough to share a lot of them.. However, if you are struggling in any of the following areas, please message me and I will send you some videos and links that may help you.
Any conversations will be kept 100 percent confidential, and I would never betray anyone's trust.

Topics:
Spiritual Abuse ( a topic that I have studied extensively)
Depression
Demonic Torment ( I have experienced this, but Jesus has shown me many things. He gives us authority to cast them out! Testimony coming soon!)
False doctrines
Money in the Church
Biblical models for church
Getting closer to Jesus
Struggles with sin of any sort
True and counterfeit moves of God, true and false miracles (Yes, Satan can counterfeit) For details, just ask.
There are more, but if you would like me to send you vids on a topic, please let me know.

Love,
Rachelle

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