My Experiences With Sleep Paralysis Demonic Attacks And The Spiritual War We Are All In: By Jamaal Williams

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” Psalms 4:8

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What is Sleep Paralysis?

tumblr_o7cl5wWSHV1rpxkmvo1_1280.gifMany of you reading this probably have experienced it at least once in your lifetime or know someone who has experienced it. You wake up suddenly from sleep and you try to move but can’t no matter how much you exert yourself. You may manage to slightly move your toes or some other body part but it is a struggle and you still can’t move your entire body. This can go on for a few seconds or minutes but at times it can feel like an eternity. During an episode you may perceive an evil, malicious presence. You may feel utter dread. You may also have actually seen a shadow person or a shadow person wearing a hat or some other evil, demonic looking entity. You may have experienced some entity sitting on your chest or had an episode accompanied by an entity doing sexual things to…

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Seeking Personal Prophecies from Today’s Prophets by Camilla Rosa Eriksen.

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Camilla Rosa Eriksen wrote an article recently in Exposing The Darkness. and kindly gave me permission to share here.

‘It is so very tempting to seek answers from the spirit realm about our personal future life – especially when the past and present is painful and we need comfort and direction.
There is so much comfort in being told that “soon your blessing will come” and the future looks bright and “your waiting is over”. Wow.. you are going to be a pastor’s wife or a CEO of a successful company or have 2 children or own that house by the lake you always dreamed about!?

Wait. I have to warn you. Stop seeking prophetic words in churches for your personal life.
It seems a tempting alternative to mediums, clairvoyants, and “spiritual counseling” which we know are dangerous and wrong. But what is happening in the charismatic movement today is for…

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THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE: BY MARK HUNNEMANN

The Temptation of Jesus and Spiritual Warfare
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Mark tells us that the Holy Spirit ‘drove’ Jesus into the wilderness (same word used when Jesus drove out demons). Perhaps this was to be seen as last of preparatory episodes before public ministry began in earnest. Once He was ordained and anointed for His public ministry, the Spirit leads the Lord Jesus as the Warrior King to march into an all-out assault on enemy occupied territory. This was holy war of the highest and holiest order—against unholiness and utter depravity. It was the devil who trembled and every demon in the world was probably in attendance.
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and
“‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” 11Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. (Matthew 4:1-11)
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I mentioned Jesus being ‘driven’…but is misleading to think of Jesus being dragged along, as if He needed encouragement: no, the idea is that the Spirit and Jesus worked in tandem to relentlessly wreck havoc on the enemy. Indeed the inseparable bond of the two, and the Spirits hovering over Jesus during this event and His entire ministry is important to know. As Basil said ‘they were inseparable companions’. This was holy war against an exceedingly unholy foe. It seems foolish beyond belief that the devil would take Jesus on, but evil is irrational—meaning there is no understanding it.
It is reasonable to assume that Jesus had been the target of Satan from the beginning, and His entire life was spiritual warfare. Indeed, there is no way to adequately understand Jesus’ ministry without realizing that Jesus battled the evil one constantly, and that one of His main foci was to destroy Satan and his works.
It is noteworthy that in the Lukan account, this episode is preceded by a genealogy from Jesus to Adam. This inclusio suggests that the entire human history between Adam and Jesus, and that the temptation and victory of Jesus, are to be interpreted in contrast to Adam’s previous failure in his capacity as representative of human race. This is a re-run of Eden. Jesus is second/last Adam.
We see this in Romans 5. 18Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousnessg leads to justification and life for all men. 19For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19) As CS Lewis said, ‘Jesus danced Adam’s steps backwards’.
Contrast between 2 Adams:
Note contrast of location. Adam was in plush garden. Perfect environment; no lack of anything. But Jesus was in the midst of treeless, furnace-like wilderness, where all there is are vipers and scorpions. The location itself was foreboding and inhospitable for human habitation—epitome of fall.
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Adam was in company of his wife as helpmate vs Jesus as all alone. Loneliness…and remember that man being alone  received first malediction recorded—in garden before Eve created. Think of the torment people go through in solitary confinement, bereft of any human contact. I remember one of the old prisons that is a paranormal investigators hot spot was a place designed to keep people totally isolated—drove many insane. Maybe Transallegany..I can’t remember but I got involved indirectly…man’s phone caught on fire.
Adam lived in a gourmet restaurant with countless fruits to eat from, and his belly was content. But Jesus was on 40 day fast… literally starving. Unlike me, He did not live according to feelings, but set his face like flint in this prolonged battle. And the tense in Greek indicates that Jesus was being tempted continually. The last three are the culmination, and He is probably already worn out in every way.
Similarity—point of attack. Adam and Jesus’ temptation centered on the truthfulness, authority and trustworthiness of God’s Word.
To Eve Satan said: “has God said”? At first Satan was very subtle with Eve. “If God puts any restrictions on you, that means you are not free”. Then Satan outright contradicted God and called Him a liar, and said Adam and Eve would be as god. They trusted their senses, their own subjective intuition—became autonomous in their thinking. Adam was passive in his leadership/protection of the family. They gave the devil a foothold and he took full advantage and overwhelmed them with his superior intellect and insidious tempting. 1 Cor. 10:13 is for ‘front door’ temptations not when he’s already been let into your living room. Need to stop temptation in the bud.
It is obvious that Satan was an observer of Jesus’ baptism because he picks up on the very language the Father used to address Jesus– “IF you are the Son of God, command these stones…” And as we are told in Eph 6, Jesus picks up the Sword of the Spirit and quotes from Deuteronomy-man does not live bread alone…but by every Word… I will starve before I deny My Father’s truthfulness.”
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Frustrated Satan, picks up on the tactic and quotes scripture himself—using same word ‘gegrepetai’. And ironically, he quotes from the very psalm that folks in deliverance use all the time, Psalm 91. I’ve used many times in demon infested homes. But so does Satan, but out of context. And Jesus replies:” You obviously forgot the first rule of hermeneutics—don’t set one text of Word against another—compare scripture with scripture..” do not tempt God.” Tempting God means putting yourself in a situation in which it would take a miracle to extract you from it.
Then Satan has the mind boggling audacity to ask God almighty to bow down and worship him—promising the Creator all the kingdoms of the world. Forgetting they were already Jesus’…though Satan had limited authority given him by God. And this agitates Jesus and He informs the evil one that God alone is to be worshipped, and with that He tells Satan to get lost. It was over. He lost. Battle won! And the devil departs, until an opportune time.
Three times Jesus was tempted and each time He replied ‘gegrepetai’…the sense is that, though written in past, it has abiding authority. The Sword of the Spirit of Truth—the Holy Spirit works in and through His Word. We need to realize that while this was a power encounter, it was first a truth encounter, and then the power was unleashed. We need to have same hunger, same worship, same respect for God’s Word. Unlike Satan, we need to be willing to humble ourselves before God’s Word and embrace beliefs that, may seem to our pea brains to be irreconcilable—at least unable to explain how both can be true. For example, God’s sovereignty and human responsibility.
His whole life Jesus would be tempted off and on by Satan himself. Not a demon, but Satan himself, and I doubt any of us will ever face Satan himself in our lifetimes. His weakest demon is powerful enough to thrash me to shreds if not for God’s protection. I have seen the work of demons in person and I have seen the power of God in abolishing them through His Word and Jesus’ Name.
In applying this, often it is difficult in knowing if temptation emanates from indwelling sin or from outside, demonic source. But quoting scripture outloud can be of immense help in either situation. Sometimes we literally have to run. Last night on FB, I had a friend request and when I turned to it, it was hard core porn. That is something men need to run away from.
The devil hates the truth and so we can expect that he will do all he can to water truth down, and I am trying to expose folks to full counsel of God, rediscovered in the Reformation. It is sad that once what was so common then, and their successors the puritans, the doctrines of grace—are considered by many evangelicals to be aberrations.
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Martin Luther spoke often of how he was attacked by Satan himself—and I believe it because the precious gospel had been eclipsed in darkness in an anti-millennium from 500-1,500 AD. Is there no end to devil’s mimicry? Luther stood as single man against the church and Holy Roman Empire and was valiant for truth of gospel of grace alone.
This episode reminds us that God is passionate about sound theology and sound living…orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
In the end, angels came and ministered to Jesus—angels, who with the Holy Spirit, had been there the entire time. Praise God that Jesus did dance Adam’s steps backwards, and this was a prelude to the cross and the ultimate showdown…slaughter of Satan. And ultimately thrown into hell. Christus Victor—the Warrior King! Jesus Christ!  Amen.
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MORE DETAIL: For a wide range of Mark’s articles on these topics, please see: http://archive.aweber.com/paraworld Mark also writes a weekly article for the shared blog The Eye On The Paranormal: https://eyeontheparanormal.blogspot.c… Rev. Mark A. Hunnemann, Author, Deliverance Minister, Radio Guest and Former Pastor: Email – mhunne@aol.com.

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THE MIRACLE FAMILY: BY IVANA D. GIBBONS AND MICHAEL R. GIBBONS

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“The Miracle Family is a true and inspiring story of profound challenges and adversity confronting one family and how God sustained them throughout. Gabriella, the oldest child, was born fourteen weeks premature weighing one pound and ten ounces. Doctors gave her a fifty percent chance of survival and warned of brain bleeds and serious developmental impairments. Elijah, the youngest child, was diagnosed with a large tumor at 17 weeks gestation. By 22 weeks gestation, two medical specialists had suggested terminating the pregnancy due to rapid tumor growth. After being given a fifty percent chance of survival, Elijah was born at 34 weeks with a football-sized tumor. Eleven months after Elijah’s tumor was successfully removed, Ivana, a 37-year-old healthy mother of three young children, suffered a debilitating stroke. This book recounts the pain and heartache of medical challenges and describes the wondrous triumphs and victories wrought by faith. Ivana and Michael Gibbons have been happily married for nearly 18 years. They have three children who are real blessings in their lives: Gabriella, Rafaella, and Elijah. Ivana is a graduate of Florida Christian University who now is engaged full time as a homemaker. Michael is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami School of Law. Michael is a partner at a large Orlando commercial law firm. Ivana and Michael are raising their three children in the City of Orlando, Florida. The idea for this book originated with Ivana and her desire to share with others near and far the true story of the medical challenges faced by our family and the powerful way God responded to our prayers. The authors pray that you will be as blessed reading this book as they have been writing it.”

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A Resource for Parents Confronting an SCT Diagnosis

By Michael R. Gibbons

“For You, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.”
Psalm 116: 8-9

The day an expectant parent receives a diagnosis of SCT (sacrococcygeal teratoma) for their unborn or newly born child is a dark and painful moment in time. Frequently, as in our case, the occasion of the diagnosis is a much anticipated regularly scheduled ultrasound test to determine, among other things, the gender of the baby in utero. In other cases, the mother or baby in utero is showing some sign of distress or abnormality and an ultrasound is ordered to identify the cause of the distress or abnormality. In still other cases, the diagnosis is not made until the baby is actually delivered. In any event, parents are ill prepared to learn that the baby they already love and cherish is suffering from a rare (1 in 40,000) fetal tumor called a sacrococcygeal teratoma.

In our case (and I have subsequently learned in other cases), the critical moment of the initial diagnosis and announcement of the adverse news to the expectant parents is poorly handled by the attending physician (even high-risk specialists such as perinatologists). The occurrence of SCTs is sufficiently rare that even specialists are not always well informed and knowledgeable about the latest advances in the treatment of SCTs and the critical prognostic indicators (e.g. relative vascularity, composition and degree of internal component of the tumor). Perhaps as a result, the initial diagnosis is frequently (in the fetal SCT context) accompanied by a very pessimistic prognosis and a suggestion of termination of the pregnancy. In our case, the initial perinatologist painted a very bleak picture and failed to communicate the importance of the favorable prognostic signs evident with Elijah: the tumor was primarily external, not overly vascular and (at that time) had a significant cystic component.

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There is no disputing that SCTs diagnosed in utero are frequently fatal. Reliable statistics for such a rare condition are difficult to come by; the figure of 50% survival rate (for SCTs diagnosed in utero) is, however, seen frequently in the medical journals. What we found missing in our physician’s initial handling of the diagnosis was any sense of the possibility that the condition did NOT necessarily condemn our unborn child to a premature death or a life with significant impairments.

It is my sincere hope that this website will serve as a beacon of knowledge and support for parents struggling to cope with an SCT diagnosis. Personally, I found the experience very isolating and found myself struggling to find fellow travellers over this lonely, stressful and frightening road. About halfway through our 17 week journey, I did discover a wonderful oasis of knowledgeable support on the internet. There is an SCT support group on Yahoo that has approximately 45 members from all over the world. Most of the members are parents or grandparents of SCT babies. Some of the babies survived and others did not. Each of these members, however, has dealt with the many challenges and issues surrounding an SCT baby and each member is very supportive and helpful to parents struggling to cope with an SCT diagnosis. If you are the parent or grandparent (or other relative) of a baby diagnosed with SCT and would like to join the Yahoo Support Group, please email me at dad2elijah@yahoo.com.

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BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CATHOLICISM: By Jim Duke

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CATHOLICISM

By Jim Duke

The Christian faith had flourished through the Middle East and Europe by the 3rd Century. Many Roman Emperors, such as Diocletian, were offended by the faith that regarded its head Jesus and not the Emperor, and charged against the believers of Jesus Christ with persecution of prison, torture, and death as martyrs. Despite, the faith still spread.

In 325 AD Roman Emperor Constantine the Great restored the Empire, and upon winning it after adopting the vision of the cross, converted to Christianity. He lifted the ban of Christianity, did away with human sacrifices, and allowed the faith to continue. However, as head of the Empire, he also regarded himself as close to being God on earth as one could be. He turned the pagan temples into shrines for Jesus, changing the names of gods to Christian saints of martyrdom. This mixed Christianity with paganism.

Theodosius I, the last emperor to rule over both East and West, died in 395 AD, was the one who made Christianity the official religion of the empire and demanded all believe Christianity under the Roman Church or would be persecuted. This was the universal Catholic Church under the authority of the Roman Empire.

By the 5th Century Mary became a significant figure under the Cult of Mary, and worship was attributed to her as the woman deity of the trinity to accommodate paganism and mythology. The Roman Church incorporated this into their doctrine.

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By the 6th Century the Roman Church desired Jerusalem and wanted to ward off pure Christians from their claim of the faith. They raised up a militant arm through indoctrinating a boy named Mohammad they trained from youth to become the leader of an army. Many Arabs would accept Catholicism, but those that didn’t were coaxed into the Muslim army through a religion developed for them called Islam. Mary became equated with Fatima.

Mohammad conquered much for the Roman Church, but when Mohammad had a vision that his reign was great and he would become a leader of the army for Allah, he became dominant in his own strength, and realized how strong his army became, and that it could rival Rome.

Rome raised up an army of knights and led a Crusade in 1099 that recovered its strength, and suppressed the Muslim army to regain claim over it. In that Crusade, not only Muslims were fought against, but also Christians who rebelled against the Roman Church. The Knights Templar were dubbed as the official militant army of Rome in 1118 and used the influence of the Roman Church for uncovering esoteric texts under the site of the Temple of Solomon in the facade it was guarding the Temple and protecting Catholic missionaries in their travel. The Templars set up usuries for the journeymen to temporarily put their possessions under their guard and receive a seal to recover at another depository. This became the model for the modern banking system. The Templars used their influence to gain monetary wealth by loaning from the usury, with no one accountable to audit what was actually held. This became the founding of the fiat banking practices.

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However, it was reported that the Templars secretly wanted to gain control of the European countries through the Churches as its offices. Dignitaries became suspicious that they were losing the power of their own countries and that the Templars were a Secret Society acquiring to control the world. While the king called for their ban owing them money, others also joined the petition to ban the devious plans of the Templars. They were charged by exposing their Satanic rituals and perverted practices. The Pope announced the decree to eradicate them on October 13, 1307.

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The Roman Church became strong in its influence, and devised doctrines of its own that kept the citizens of countries enslaved to its power. They required people attend Mass to partake in the ceremony of the death of Christ and its supernatural power to resurrect Jesus into the Church under its authority each meeting. The people were told they would not be partakers of heaven unless they participate. Also they were given a way to attend to offer prayers to their loved ones who may have died without surrendering under the Mother Church. This idea of Purgatory was that loved ones were put into a spiritual prison, a holding place, to give a second grace through petition of prayer. The living relatives would give payment, called indulgences, to the Papacy for privilege of earning way to have their prayers risen to heaven. Of course, this violates several scriptures, as Hebrews 9:27, man is appointed once to die, then judgement, as well as Jesus’ example of overturning the tables of the money-changers in his anger over exploiting the believers for money.

A monk named Martin Luther discovered this was not a scriptural concept. Something stirred within him. After wearing out his confessions trying to be righteous, he came to the revelation that the just shall live by faith. After having come to his senses, he petitioned against the Roman Church.

This caused the Roman Church conflict as many were leaving the Authority under the Church and became believers under this reformed belief. It led to the protesting of the Church. The Protestants were a blow to the authority of the Roman Church, and the Church needed to raise up another army against the reformation.

The pure belief in Christ gained popularity. Roman Church was threatened of losing coverts and their power to these dissenters. So the Papacy accepted the offer of an Illuminate named Ignatius of Loyola to lead an army of militants to reign in the dissenters. Ignatius already had been having visions of Mary and leading a militant army for Vatican by 1534. It was suggested that instead of focusing on Mary, he call his army the Society of Jesus and was accepted in 1540 as the Roman Church’s militant arm. The Society became known as the Jesuits. The Jesuits led the counter-reformation and used its crafty devious influence to subvert countries to Roman Catholicism through its Churches. They basically continued where the Knights Templar left off. They mastered espionage, subversion, and assassination. Anyone not accepting Roman Catholic Church rule would be demised in its wake.

The Jesuits, like the Knights Templar, were found to also have ulterior motives of overtaking monarchies and their countries. Pressure by the kings gave enough for Pope Clement to sign a decree to end the Jesuit reign. He banned the Jesuits in 1773, but realized he may have signed his death warrant as the Jesuits were an Intel force not to be reckoned with. In 9 months the Pope was found dead rotting from the inside out, a mark of Jesuit assassination.

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True believers in Jesus Christ continued to be persecuted, and needed to be reined into the ecumenicism of the Roman Church. But instead of abolishing the faith, an ex-Jesuit Adam Weishaupt raised up a group of intellects during the Enlightenment age to subdue it from within. In 1776 he founded the Bavarian Illuminati. The Illuminati took the same traits of the Jesuits. Some say it was an intermittent facade of the Jesuits until re-instated in 1814 under Pope Pius the VII, after their reputation had been erased.

The Illuminati hid within Freemasonry when they were found out in 1785. But they still flourished under the cover of the Freemasons. The Jesuits interwove within the Masonic Lodges to continue in secret. And rather than abolish Christianity, it subdued it from within denominations. And eventually became leaders of prestigious universities hosting seminaries. To this day Vatican and the Roman Church influences mainstream Christianity under banners of facade that the Jesuits have controlled.

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All along throughout history, we see a remnant of believers of Jesus who differentiated themselves from the Roman Church version of Christianity. There has been the misunderstanding that Christianity is Roman Catholicism. But the pure belief of the faith is quite different and separate. Rome continues to host the Babylonian beliefs and contains the aspects of Mystery Babylon and ecumenical unity. And the true church of Jesus Christ, the body in its organic form, still exists as the remnant of believers desperately trying to make the distinction between the Roman Church and the pure belief of Jesus Christ.

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(This dissertation is merely a quick summary, not citing any sources, but basically gone by memory and inspiration to write down. PLEASE do your own research to confirm or substantiate that the facts are in order. Sources included, recalled from books on Western History, Testimony of Alberto Rivera and “Proofs of a Conspiracy” by John Robison).

Please visit Jim Duke’s website at: Jim Duke Perspective-Exposing the NWO Conspiracy

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FROM CHRIST TO THE OCCULT: SCREWTAPE EXPLAINS

There is an alarming trend occurring in Christian circles today. Many people who have publicly forsaken the occult and testified their deliverance and salvation in Jesus Christ, are returning to their former pagan practices. And many are publicly renouncing and attacking Christianity on social media.

The brilliant book by C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters, gives the reader a unique perspective on the devil’s wiles regarding this topic.

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Synopsis: “The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.” 

The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel first published in 1942. Although it is fiction, it powerfully illustrates theological concepts regarding demonic oppression and control of human behavior, ultimately proclaiming Jesus Christ’s deliverance, salvation, and triumph in the lives of those who believe and trust in Him alone.

The story is written as a series of letters from Screwtape, the primary mentoring demon, to his demon-in-training and nephew Wormwood.

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Here is a quote from the book’s Preface by Lewis:

“I HAVE no intention of explaining how the correspondence which I now offer to
the public fell into my hands.

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the
devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to
feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally
pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same
delight. The sort of script which is used in this book can be very easily
obtained by anyone who has once learned the knack; but disposed or excitable
people who might make a bad use of it shall not learn it from me.

Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar. Not everything that
Screwtape says should be assumed to be true even from his own angle. I have made
no attempt to identify any of the human beings mentioned in the letters; but I
think it very unlikely that the portraits, say, of Fr. Spike or the patient’s
mother, are wholly just.

There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth.”

The main purpose of this post is not to review The Screwtape Letters, but instead to focus on one specific chapter: How Screwtape instructs Wormwood to make the best of the situation when his “patient” becomes a Christian.

On Chapter II of The Screwtape Letters, Screwtape instructs Wormwood how to manipulate his newly converted “patient” away from God’s Truth:

“MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
I note with grave displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. Do not
indulge the hope that you will escape the usual penalties; indeed, in your
better moments, I trust you would hardly even wish to do so. In the meantime we
must make the best of the situation. There is no need to despair; hundreds of
these adult converts have been reclaimed after a I brief sojourn in the Enemy’s
camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily,
are still in our favour.

One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand
me. I do riot mean the Church as we see her spread but through all time and
space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess,
is a spectacle which makes I our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is
quite invisible to these humans. All your patient sees is the half-finished,
sham Gothic erection on the new building estate. When he goes inside, he sees
the local grocer with rather in oily expression on his face bustling up to offer
him one shiny little book containing a liturgy which neither of them
understands, and one shabby little book containing corrupt texts of a number of
religious lyrics, mostly bad, and in very small print. When he gets to his pew
and looks round him he sees just that selection of his neighbours whom he has
hitherto avoided.

You want to lean pretty heavily on those neighbours. Make his mind flit to and fro between an expression like “the body of Christ” and the actual faces in the next pew. It matters very little, of course, what kind of people that next pew really contains. You may know one of them to be a great warrior on the Enemy’s side. No matter. Your patient, thanks to Our Father below, is a fool. Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune, or
have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite
easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous. At his
present stage, you see, he has an idea of “Christians” in his mind which he
supposes to be spiritual but which, in fact, is largely pictorial. His mind is
full of togas and sandals and armour and bare legs and the mere fact that the
other people in church wear modern clothes is a real—though of course an unconscious—difficulty to him. Never let it come to the surface; never let him
ask what he expected them to look like. Keep everything hazy in his mind now,
and you will have all eternity wherein to amuse yourself by producing in him the
peculiar kind of clarity which Hell affords.

Work hard, then, on the disappointment or anticlimax which is certainly coming
to the patient during his first few weeks as a churchman. The Enemy allows this
disappointment to occur on the threshold of every human endeavour. It occurs
when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories from the Odyssey
buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when lovers have got married
and begin the real task of learning to live together. In every department of
life it marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing. The
Enemy takes this risk because He has a curious fantasy of making all these
disgusting little human vermin into what He calls His “free” lovers and
servants—”sons” is the word He uses, with His inveterate love of degrading the
whole spiritual world by unnatural liaisons with the two-legged animals.
Desiring their freedom, He therefore refuses to carry them, by their mere
affections and habits, to any of the goals which He sets before them: He leaves
them to “do it on their own”. And there lies our opportunity. But also,
remember, there lies our danger. If once they get through this initial dryness
successfully, they become much less dependent on emotion and therefore much
harder to tempt.

I have been writing hitherto on the assumption that the people in the next pew
afford no rational ground for disappointment. Of course if they do—if the
patient knows that the woman with the absurd hat is a fanatical bridge-player or
the man with squeaky boots a miser and an extortioner—then your task is so much
the easier. All you then have to do is to keep out of his mind the question “If
I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should
the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is
mere hypocrisy and convention?” You may ask whether it is possible to keep such
an obvious thought from occurring even to a human mind. It is, Wormwood, it is!
Handle him properly and it simply won’t come into his head. He has not been
anything like long enough with the Enemy to have any real humility yet. What he
says, even on his knees, about his own sinfulness is all parrot talk. At bottom,
he still believes he has run up a very favourable credit-balance in the Enemy’s
ledger by allowing himself to be converted, and thinks that he is showing great
humility and condescension in going to church with these “smug”, commonplace
neighbours at all. Keep him in that state of mind as long as you can.
Your affectionate uncle,
SCREWTAPE”

quote c.s.

Concerned Christians are posting on social media about the increasing phenomenon regarding former occultists who claimed to have given their lives to Christ, only to return to serving Satan.

Bill Posey and Joe Miroddi of Answers for the Paranormal Podcast, recently did an interview with Jerry Blase, a former Satanist regarding this topic titled: As a Dog Returns to its VomitListen to this eye opening interview here

2 Timothy 3:1-9, well describes these “difficult times for Christian service”.

Perilous Times and Perilous Men

3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

My prayer is for those who once proclaimed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have turned away, to “rend their hearts”. In Joel 2:12-13, God declares, “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:7

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark word and against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12.

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THE SENTIMENTAL IRONY OF THE SONG HALLELUJAH: SPIRITUAL OR SECULAR? HOLY OR PROFANE?

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It’s praised in secular and religious circles alike. Sung at weddings and funerals. It’s a song on the movie Shrek’s soundtrack.

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Catholic Cardinals tweet out lines from this song. Protestants sing it in sanctuaries.

It was even used as an emotional tribute on Saturday Night Live to Hilary Clinton after her presidential candidacy loss.

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The original song was written and performed by Leonard Cohen on the album “Various Positions” over thirty years ago. Since its inception, there are multiple versions and recordings of Hallelujah available today. Some Christian artists even swap the lyrics for “worship” purposes.

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WHO WAS LEONARD COHEN?
Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. He was ordained as a Buddhist Zen monk, but continued to consider himself Jewish. An article in the Vancouver Sun describes Cohen as a “mischievous spiritual pragmatist, drawn to whatever enlivened him.” Cohen once said, “Anything, Roman Catholicism, Buddhism, LSD, I’m for anything that works.” Cohen died at the age of 82 in 2016.

HALLELUJAH
Hallelujah was first released in 1984 with limited success. It gained popularity in the 1990’s cover by John Cale, and later Jeff Buckley. Hallelujah has been performed by almost 200 artists in various languages. It is the subject of the book “The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of ‘Hallelujah’, written by Alan Light.

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Cohen wrote 80 draft verses for this song where at one writing session “he was reduced to sitting on the floor in his underwear, banging his head on the floor.” The song was praised in a New York Times review by critic Janet Maslin: “Cohen spent years struggling with his song Hallelujah which became one of the most oft-performed songs in American musical history.”

Like so many, I was wooed by this beautiful musical composition. Captivated by the Hallelujah chorus, I barely paid any attention to the lyrics. Sure, I picked up a word here or there: “David, pleased the Lord, faith was strong, God above”. But what fascinated me most was the popularity of a song praising God in secular culture. After all, doesn’t Hallelujah mean “God be praised”?

The question of why this song appealed to such contrasting demographics made me pay attention to the lyrics.

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen:

“Now, I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth

The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah”

A Rolling Stone article titled “How Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Brilliantly Mingled Sex, Religion” explains how Cohen’s career had reached a low point when he wrote this song. After Bob Dylan, John Cale, and Jeff Buckley’s renditions, “created a huge cult around this song, it’s since been covered by everybody from Bono to Bon Jovi.”

Cohen is quoted in this article regarding the religious element of the song: “It had references to the Bible in it, although these references became more and more remote as the song went from the beginning to the end. Finally, I understood that it was not necessary to refer to the Bible anymore. And I rewrote this song; this is the ‘secular’ Hallelujah.”

Rolling Stone’s description of the song’s “signature prayer-like incantation,” explains its alluring spell on most listeners.

The Biblical imagery is powerful, first referring to David’s musical gifts and spiritual power in 1 Samuel 16:23 (KJV): “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: So Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”

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But on the next line, Cohen, reminds his listener that “you don’t really care for music, do you?”

“Your faith was strong but you needed proof.” David’s lust for Bathsheba found in 2 Samuel 11:2 comes up next, “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: And from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.”

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Sexual imagery climaxes when Cohen changes to the story of Samson and Delilah: “She tied you to a kitchen chair; she broke your throne, she cut your hair; and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah!”

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“You say I took the Name in vain; I don’t even know the name. But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?” This line gave me pause. Is Cohen talking to God here? “I did my best; it wasn’t much; I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you.”

During Cohen’s acceptance speech into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he said, “I wanted to push the Hallelujah deep into the secular world, into the ordinary world. The Hallelujah, the David’s Hallelujah, was still a religious song. So, I wanted to indicate that Hallelujah can come out of things that have nothing to do with religion.”

Cohen once said, “But there are moments when we can transcend the dualistic system and reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by Hallelujah. The only moment that you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in the moment when you embrace it all and you say, ‘Look, I don’t understand a [expletive] thing at all—Hallelujah!’ That’s the only moment that we live here fully as human beings.”

In a “Think Christian” article, “The Generic Genius of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah”, John J. Thompson discusses Alan Light’s book “The Holy or the Broken”.

Alan Light, describes in his book this “most influential and misunderstood secular hymn”. Light explains that Cohen, “Explores the juxtaposition of Biblical images (David, Saul, Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah) with shockingly crude sexual references sliding between those universally sing-able choruses.”

Thompson excellently summarizes Hallelujah’s conflicting message in his article: “We sure seem to love songs and stories that can tickle our spiritual longings without demanding anything of us. Hallelujah doesn’t ask us to believe anything or to respond in any particular way. We can sing the tune, feel something emotional and then move along our own path as if there is no God and no instructions for living and loving in His world. That may not be what Cohen intended, but if Bon Jovi is singing a song about sex and loneliness at a memorial service, that’s what’s happening. On one hand, I’m encouraged that maybe the popularity and universality of a song like Hallelujah points to humanity’s continued hunger for God. However, that that hunger seems to be placated by a song so disconnected from the Gospel is frustrating. No doubt the universality of the song is part of its genius, but I’m not sure that it’s actually praising the Lord if by “praise” we simply mean “sing” and by “Lord” we really mean “something comforting that may or may not really be there.”

 

Cohen is right, “there’s a blaze of light in every word”. Does it matter than which we hear, “the holy or the broken hallelujah”? It doesn’t as far as Cohen is concerned.

broken holyBut as Christians, we must ask for God’s discernment in our walk even when listening to beautiful sounding songs.

 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 (ESV)

REFERENCES:

Douglas Todd: Leonard Cohen: Jewish, Buddhist and Christian, too

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Cohen

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-book-excerpt-leonard-cohen-writes-Hallelujah-in-the-holy-or-the-broken-20121203

https://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/the-generic-genius-of-leonard-cohens-Hallelujah

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POTENTIALLY HARMFUL & DANGEROUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: Compiled by Chris Lawson

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Laura Maxwell’s article on Wicca in Premier: UK’s Top Christian Magazine.

There’s been an explosion of interest in Witchcraft. But here’s what the media aren’t telling you. Wicca is the fastest growing religion in the world today.

Former spiritualist, now Christian, Laura Maxwell responds to recent media stories about occult practices.

 

About Laura Maxwell, BA (Hons). laura
Speaker-Author-Radio Host (Ex New Age Spiritualist). Laura educates people on the dangers of the New Age, Occult, New World Order, etc. She graduated from Strathclyde University with a BA Honours degree. She is the founder of ministry A Spiritual Quest, based in Scotland. See her TV and radio shows, blog, publications, etc, on http://OurSpiritualQuest.com

Read Laura’s Article on Wicca in Premier Here

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WHAT DO BEYONCE, A FORMER SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR’S WIFE, AND A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER HAVE IN COMMON?

ANSWER: THEY ALL CHANNEL ORIXÁS.

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When I shared my testimony on social media about being an ex-Umbanda medium who channeled an Orixá (Orisha) goddess, many had never heard of this occult religion before.

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Below is the definition of Umbanda and its beliefs from ReligionFacts.com:

“What is Umbanda?
Umbanda is a religion of Brazil that combines influences of indigenous Brazilian religion, African religions, Catholicism, and Spiritism. Umbanda is related to the Brazilian religion Candomblé, but it is not identical.

Umbanda Beliefs:
There isn’t uniformity of belief among all followers of the Umbanda religion, yet there are certain beliefs that are widely held. These beliefs include faith in a supreme deity called Olorum (or Zambi), who has various representations.

Many followers of Umbanda also believe that various Catholic saints emit divine energies and forces called Orixás. It is also common for adherents to seek interaction with the spirits of the deceased. The ideas of karma and reincarnation are also centrals tenets of the religion.

Historians and sociologists believe that the Umbanda religion got its beliefs about a supreme deity and the reverence of saints from Catholicism; from Spiritism, the Umbanda religion got beliefs in communicating with the dead in its various forms, including psychics and mediums; from indigenous Brazilian religions, Umbanda adopted the deification of Orixás.

Subdivisions of the Orixás:
1. Oxalá is the chief intermediary. His celestial body is the sun. His ritual day is Sunday. His sacred color is white.
2. Yemanjá represents femininity in the Umbanda religion. Her celestial body is the ocean. Her ritual day is Saturday. Her sacred color is bright blue.
3. Xangô is the intermediary of justice. His ritual day is Wednesday. His sacred color is red.
4. Oxum is the goddess of love, money, and waterways. Her ritual day is Saturday. Her sacred color is yellow.
5. Ogun is a defender of soldiers. His ritual day is Tuesday. His sacred color is green.
6. Oxossi is a hunter and protector. His ritual day is Thursday. His sacred color is green.
7. Ibeji are associated with the spirits of children. Their ritual day is Sunday. Their sacred colors are blue and pink.
8. Omolu is intermediary of death, disease, health, and healing. His ritual day is Monday. His colors are black and white or red and black.

(I would like to add to this list: Iansã goddess of winds and lightning, Nanã ruler of rivers, marshes and lagoons, Oxumaré serpent god of the Rainbow, and Exu divine messenger/ door opener/ divine trickster or the devil.)

The Religious Practices of Umbanda:
Umbanda temples are led by psychics who interact with various spirits on behalf of the living. Leaders of Umbanda temples are often referred to as priests or priestesses. The temples are called Terreiro (meaning “backyard” because they once used to be located in people’s homes) or Tenda (meaning “tent” because they once used to be located in tents.

Today Terreiros can be built likes homes or Catholic churches. Gatherings in temples occur often and depending on the particular Terreiro or branch of Umbanda, ceremonies may include chanting, offering food and other items to spirits, dancing, as well as eating and drinking. If visitors manifest a spirit during the gathering they may be asked to become members of the group.”

Like Umbanda, the Candomblé and Quimbanda sects that are also practiced in Brazil, worship the same deities. The difference between the three however, is that animal sacrifices are not used in Umbanda.

Throughout the slave trade history, many other countries came to practice very similar religions worshiping the same Yoruba (Congo/ Angola) deities in Santeria or Voodoo (i.e. Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, and other South and Latin American countries).

All this sounds so foreign and far removed from American culture doesn’t it?

But would it be surprising to know that many celebrities and Hollywood elite are not only familiar with these particular occult beliefs, but actually practice it?

Would it be alarming to learn that during the 2017 Grammy Awards, Beyonce who was raised in the Christian faith paid homage to the goddess Oxum (Oshum)?

Pregnant with twins, wearing a golden gown, Oshum’s sacred color, Beyonce channeled the goddess of “love, money, and waterways” or goddess of water and fertility as some headlines claimed.

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In an interview with Daily Mail , Dr. Jacob Olupona, a Nigerian professor of African Religious Traditions at the Harvard Divinity School stated, “She is speaking to the world, she is speaking to America. Beyonce is educating the masses on Oshun. She is seeing how indigenous spirituality can be a powerful tool for changing the world.”

Apparently, according to a BuzzFeed community post, Beyonce’s latest album “Lemonade” references not only Oshun, but six African deities.

A quick internet search will show multiple “how to’s” on channeling your inner Oshun goddess like Beyonce.

Blanche Brown, wife of former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, began her dance career studies in New York with a Haitian teacher. She also participated in Haitian ceremonies in “the middle of Manhattan”.

“It really showed me how culturally African dance began, what it was for,” she explains. “In that community, they were dancing for spirits. It could have been a celebration of a spirit, it could have been for somebody who needed to have that spirit come down and talk to them. But it was for something.”

This experience led Brown to the Yoruba tradition and she was initiated as a priestess of Oshun.

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“I do feel that spirits help me do what I’m supposed to do,” she continues, “and definitely at my age, the fact that I can still dance means that it has to be something more than just physical. When you see me walk, you’d never think that I’d be able to get out on the dance floor, but it’s just something that takes over. It’s so cleansing.”

In other words, Blanche Brown like Beyonce, channeled the Yoruba spirits through her performing arts.

Iyanla Vanzant a lawyer, talk show host, and best-selling author is a Yoruba Ifa priestess initiated at Ola Olu by the Ifa Foundation of North America, Inc.  She was a regular featured speaker on the Oprah Winfrey show and hosted a talk show on ABC.

Vanzant was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans, Vibe magazine called her one of “100 Leaders of the New Millennium” and Newsweek featured her as one of the “Women of the New Century.”

She is Founder and Director of Inner Visions Institute of Spiritual Development where she shares her knowledge of Universal Principle and Law, Eastern and Western spiritual teachings and religions.

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Her mission is to educate others to create a better life by discovering the “kingdom of God within”.

Umbanda, Candomblé, Santeria, or Voodoo—the worship of the African deities called Orixás (Orishas)—is fast becoming part of the American mainstream culture.

It is glamorized by celebrities as a powerful and seductive spiritual movement.

Sadly, soon enough the channeling of Orixás will not sound so foreign and far removed from American culture after all.

REFERENCES:

“Umbanda.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Oct. 2016. Web. Accessed 9 May. 2018. <www.religionfacts.com/umbanda>

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4221100/Was-Oshun-Beyonce-s-Grammy-Award-inspiration.html

http://dancersgroup.org/2015/05/teacher-priestess-dancer-blanche-brown/

https://innervisionsworldwide.com/

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