Overcoming Church Mind Control
Many of us have a lifetime of fond memories of church; friends and loved ones we spent time with there, holidays celebrated together. But problems arise when we look a little too close at the doctrines they have been teaching us. This is not about seeking the 'perfect church' which of course doesn't exist, but discovering that not everyone who goes to church is willing to adjust their lives according to scripture, including the pastoral staff. That too is an unfortunate but normal part of gathering together; after all even the disciples had Judas amongst them.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye
have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the
oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are
of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to
discern both good and evil.
The larger problem we face today is that most Christians are going to church in order to be fed, but Christ never meant for us to be perpetually fed by others. Although as newborn Christians we need others to feed us our milk we are supposed to eventually learn to digest the meat of the Word for ourselves. From there we are to go on and help those who are babes in Christ like we once were.
But the churches don't want self reliant Christians. Why? Because many of their doctrines cannot stand the scrutiny of a Christian with spiritual discernment. If by God's grace we have grown beyond the point where watered down milk satisfies us spiritually it is time to move on.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come
out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye
receive not of her plagues.
Within the psychiatric community there exists a theory referred to as the "five stages of grief and loss". Although this concept is usually applied to losing loved ones to terminal illness and death it is also relevant to the sudden ending of any significant relationships in our lives. Such examples include the breakup of a romantic relationship or the sudden loss of a job. Another example of this is the loss of fellowship with a spiritually dead church.
The path to realization and acceptance begins with denial. It is like growing out of a favorite pair of pants; you like them but they just don't seem to fit the same anymore. We start to make excuses for our pastor's doctrinal errors, cognitive dissonance begins to set in. Surely he is a man of God and knows better than me, after all he went to the seminary and got a degree. But the Holy Spirit keeps whispering to you in that still small voice that something isn't quite right here.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:
When your pastor speaks do you occasionally find anger rising up against him, and don't even understand why? The temptation for many of us would be to attribute it to Satan, but in truth it is probably the Holy Spirit. They have little sayings they like to share to make you think the problem is yours. They will say "Can you feel the presence of the Lord here today?" which locks you in to accepting any problem with the message as being yours. Or perhaps they will say "Don't let the Devil rob you of your blessing!" if they see a crowd is resistant to their message.
Perhaps the best way to describe it is as the exact opposite of the Holy Spirit bearing witness. It is the Holy Spirit within us disagreeing with and coming against the evil Jezebel spirit guiding the words of false doctrine being spoken or even the gestures being made. I have experienced this personally in church and have had multiple people tell me they have as well.
Finally you begin to confront your own feelings. We reason to ourselves that our pastor is just mistaken in this one area, after all nobody is perfect. I will speak to him and show him where he is in error using scripture. He will immediately respond and even commend me for showing him the truth. But it never works out that way.
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him
to the face, because he was to be blamed.
Are we supposed to correct our fellow Christians? Yes we are! Now in the case of a pastor it is best to get other Christians to agree to confront him in private on the matter, preferably associate pastors or elders. But in practice this is not usually possible. If your church is like most the elders are more afraid of losing their positions within the church than standing up for the truth.
Now Paul had to rebuke Peter for a false doctrine he was allowing to spread, specifically telling Gentiles that they must keep the Law. This doesn't mean that Peter was a wolf amongst the flock or a false prophet, he was just in spiritual error. As I wrote in "Ravenous Wolf or Confused Sheep" the way we can tell the difference between the two is that one will submit to scriptural authority and the other won't.
If you feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to speak to your pastor about spiritual error you will quickly discover that what you thought was a brother to brother relationship was actually a subordinate one. Okay, now the pastor is not submitting to scripture but expects you to submit to him; what do you do? The bible is clear that we are to submit to the higher authorities, but not when they are going against scripture.
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little
leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
Once we realize that our church has been infiltrated by bad doctrine and they have no intention of changing to come into line with scripture we have a decision to make. Will you just ignore the situation and focus on the good being done by the ministry? Or will you separate yourselves from the false brethren running the show? Remember Christ told us that just a little leaven spoils the whole lump.
There will be a price to pay emotionally, I experienced this for myself. When I was nineteen I was asked not to return to my church anymore soon after I witnessed the administrator coming out of a peep show in Times Square, New York City. The Jezebel spirit was at work in this church, the youth pastor was a homosexual pedophile. Once this was discovered instead of confronting the matter head on it was covered up. This AOG affiliated church actually had him promoted to lead pastor and transferred to Boston. He subsequently molested young boys at the church picnic and I have the court documents to prove it. Sounds like the way the Catholic church deals with pedophilia, doesn't it? As it turns out there is really little difference between the Great Whore and her daughters the Protestant denominations.
But the anointing which ye have received of him
abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same
anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even
as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
A big part of accepting this matter for me was the Holy Spirit speaking so clearly to my heart at this time. "Nobody can throw you out of My house" He told me. These men do not speak for God, that is why every Christian must learn to hear His voice for themselves and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ of Nazareth. God has no stepchildren; do not accept any other mediator but Christ Himself between you and our Heavenly Father, including Yahweh or Yeshua.
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