Staying in the same theme….

I really was done with the deliverance ministry issue… but something parallel has come up and I thought I would address it.

One of the things that I find unreal this season is that Christians would attach each other over political positions..   I mean seriously;   I don’t care if you are liberal or conservative politically, that has no bearing on your salvation or walk with God at all.

The reason I am tying it in with the Deliverance Industry ™ posting is some of the statements and accusations being hurled about.  Making the same mistakes that DM’s do with their assumptions.  Just because you disagree with someone’s political positions doesn’t mean that they are possessed.  Especially when you are talking to another Christian.   If one’s soul is occupied by the Holy Spirit, it’s not going to contain a horde of demons also.  I’ve seen this in DM circles as well as it came up in political discussions recently.  Kind of silly, actually, when you think about the situation.

If the followers of Jesus  would simply go back to God’s way of Bible reading and Prayer, the world could be turned upside down again. And it won’t matter who’s in the White House.

Deliver us from Deliverance Ministries

Since Deliverance ministries have made their way back onto my radar, I think that I will address them now…. proceed with caution…..

My first experience with Deliverance wasn’t exactly a good one.  I had left the magik paths and been following Jesus for about six years at the time.  During a brief stay in Massachusetts a gentleman who heard my background insisted that I needed to have a demon of witchcraft cast out.  Keep in mind that I hadn’t noticed any critters hanging around and since I am a Christian, being possessed wasn’t something I was concerned with.  Anyway, he started praying in ‘tongues’ over me and the check in my spirit was the second clue that something wasn’t right…. and it wasn’t with me.  I don’t doubt that he was sincere.  I know that he was sincerely wrong.

That was a rather tame episode compared to what some folks go through.  Deliverance runs everywhere between fairly calm and violently abusive.  Just as Deliverance Ministers run from sincere believers to opportunistic predators.  I freely admit that my sampling is comprised of the experiences of former witches, but somehow I find it difficult to believe that there is much difference within the population at large.

Pretty much without exception, The Deliverance Minister will maintain that God has called him/her to this ministry. Okay;  I don’t have an insurmountable problem with that assertion.  However, I do want to see scriptural justification for the things that they are saying and doing.  After all, I can do so for my position on the matter.  Clue- it’s at the end of the book of Mark.  More on that later. There is another issue at play here.  Actually two, but they are fairly interconnected so I will bring them up together.  First there seems to be this need make a complex method to explain and ‘do’ deliverance.  They want the demon’s name and position in the spiritual pecking order for starters.   Some get so caught up that they try to learn all they can about demons and share that ‘knowledge’.    Scriptures please.   Anyway, that has led over the years, to the Deliverance Industries complete with ‘how-to’ books and larger books about demons of all kinds. Real and imagined.  These tend to remind me more of books on magik than anything biblical.  It makes sense though, because if it is complicated it leads to more books to sell, etc.

Now, back to my views on ‘deliverance':

Is it real?   yes.

Is it the business of a small group of Christians?   No.

You see, when it gets back to the Bible, any Christian can rebuke a demon.  Some are harder to get rid of than others, and we are advised to fast and pray for dealing with those. Basically, I don’t see Deliverance or more broadly, Spiritual warfare, to be special ministries at all.  We are here to introduce people to Jesus.  Healings, miracles, deliverance etc, are almost incidental to that as we keep our focus on winning souls to Jesus.

Ye ole ExWitch, just keeping it real.

About the primary process…

There, I’ve waited long enough to post nicely so here it is…

So, you’re upset about the outcome of some primaries..:  Okay.

And you’re upset about how some states have chosen to run their primaries..:  That’s okay too.

Then you are demanding that they ‘fix’ their primary system.      That is NOT okay.  I understand that some people don’t get the concept of State’s rights, so look at it this way:  Colorado doesn’t have to listen to New York.  Pennsylvania doesn’t have to listen to Florida.  New Mexico doesn’t have to listen to Nevada.   And if it is something that is not in line with the Constitution, none of us should listen to D.C.

If you are that disturbed about how a particular state runs it’s primary, then you could move to that state and try to change it.  Alternatively, you could get on with your life, because you have no real standing in how another state takes care of it’s electoral process.

To bake or not to bake…. or half-baked…

Since it’s coming across my facebook feed again, I am finally going to address the issue of the Bakers that are having their lives destroyed by the ‘tolerant’ left.  Why? for chosing not to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding.

The narrative being passed around facebook goes something like this:  ~Jesus ate with sinners..( of whatever type they choose to name) but you won’t bake them a cake? ~

There are several problems with this… we’ll go over the high points.

First, in most cases that I am aware of, the bakers involved have no problem selling their wares to the people involved. so it’s not about ‘baking a cake’.  Taking a half truth and using it to string along the storyline you want people to believe is a poor substitute for reasoned argument.

When Jesus ‘ate with sinners’ he wasn’t condoning their life choices, He was showing them the way out.  A same-sex wedding isn’t a way out, it is saying you’re going to stay in this lifestyle for the long haul. Something that many Christians have a hard time putting their seal of approval on.  Thusly, they get hammered down.

Is that sinful life choice worse than mine?  hardly. After all, I was a witch.  Something that has been forgiven by our Lord since I turned to Jesus.

To those who say that the bakers in question are being hateful, I must disagree.  To my mind, the most hateful thing that they could do is put their stamp of approval on the wedding, leading the homosexual community to think that it’s okay in God’s view.  Bake for them, sure. Love them as people, absolutely.  Make the centerpiece for that wedding celebration ?  I don’t find that to be very loving at all….

Looking Back

As I’ve followed the path of Christianity, there have been many frustrations along the way with the church as a whole.  Things taught, things not taught… Denominational squabbling, etc..

Until last week’s taping.. (note to self: never do an interview on that little sleep ever again………)  I was even holding the church responsible for the length of time it took me to sort out prayer, the spiritual gifts, and things of that sort.  Realistically though, during this time God has kept people in my life that both understood much and could be examples for me.  This was a point that I know I didn’t get across well during the show. Which makes it a good point to put here in print.  Even when the ‘church’ falls down on the job, there are God’s people out there to help the next crew coming along the trail.  So if I had paid attention sooner, I would have benefitted from their wisdom earlier in my walk.  Which would have been preferable to the path I took.

Some authors from days gone by to help you on your way:

A.W Tozer,  R.A. Torrey, John R. Rice,  and D L Moody.

As far as Brother Rice goes… He was a Fundy Baptist that many more of us should emulate.  One of the greatest works I have read was his:  “The Power of Pentecost”  I would recommend it to any Christian.. and especially to any Ex-Witch.  If you can’t find it anywhere close by, you should be able to order it from ‘The Sword of the Lord’   They have a bookstore as well as other resources available.

Now,   time to make it real.  Don’t just read the books; actually use what God teaches you through them.  Take it to you daily life.  every day.

The Myth of vaccines not being connected with autism.

This happens to be an issue that I have been looking into, off and on, for many years.  That being the case, I will give you a quick distillation of what I have found, remembered, and surmised.

Over the years I have read studies from the US and elsewhere about autism and it’s possible causes.  I have also, for obvious reasons, read many differing treatment protocols.  As far as causes go, it is apparent that there are many different ways to get to the perfect storm that creates autism in an individual.  Partly genetic susceptibility, partly environmental challenges.   The 1000 piece puzzle.

That’s what it seems to be… a 1000 piece puzzle with a number of people looking at a few pieces at a time… usually different pieces, judging from what I have seen written.  Some of the studies point to an imbalance in the microbiome of the intestinal system.  Some studies point to live virus still in the body.. from a vaccine, btw.  Some studies point to extreme nutrient deficiency.  Of course there are some studies that have come out that seem to contradict all of the above.  As to the vaccines.. there is the issue of: Why?  is it the virus?  possibly.  Is it perhaps the toxic preservatives and other interesting additives?  In some cases, that seems to be the case.

The various treatment protocols are grappling with the same 1000 piece puzzle, but are handicapped by a lack of understanding and the sheer complexity of the condition.  You have nutrient protocols,  chelation protocols, anti-allergen protocols, equestrian therapy,  diet and lifestyle.  All of them help some people, some help more people than others, and for some people the help is mild while others are helped more profoundly.

I’m tired so we’re going to start weaving the threads together now, even though I’ve left many unmentioned.

We have a subset of the population that is susceptible to various health problems from environmental challenges. These challenges can be illness, toxins, medicines (including vaccines), allergens, etc… And when a system fractures, sometimes the result is autism.  Of course, sometimes it is something else.  From this portion of the human population comes many, many occurrences of vaccine injury claims.  You’ve probably read some of them yourselves.  ~ the child is fine then after a vaccine they suddenly are not fine any longer.  Typically the medical folks say that it is not related. Now I know you can’t do a double-blind test on this, but that doesn’t void what is happening to real people… real families.

Bottom line:  vaccines are not usually the sole cause, but they are a heavy contributing factor.  And sometimes…. the damage can be reversed.  After all, we are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator.

“Jesus didn’t really rise from the dead” say many neo-pagans..

So okay then… This came up yet again, this time on my daughter’s forum:  http://thebibleclub.boards.net/

A young witch that has since departed the forum stated something to the effect of Jesus couldn’t have risen from the dead thusly they can’t believe the Bible.  This flies in the face of not only history, but their own avowed spiritual path through life.

History… There were Romans guarding the tomb where His body was laid.  You didn’t mess with Roman guards, and no, they didn’t fall asleep.  They were professionals and the penalties for such things tended to be terminal.  Also, Jesus was seen by many people after the resurrection.

1st Corinthians 15

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

 

From the worldview o f the magik paths:   Here we have an interesting thing.  They are following a path that holds spirits, gods, goddesses, and magik.  But disavow God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and miracles because they just can’t exist.   Go figure that one out.    I might expect this from an atheist, but from a witch?  I’m calling all of you out on this one. You cannot be intellectually honest and say that the supernatural exists but that it doesn’t exist within the same argument.  s

Haunted by Memories

Wounded and weary, with what was left of his shield strapped to his back, the grizzled veteran walked through the storm. He didn’t care that the people where looking out from behind their shutter slats at him. Knowing that the hated and despised him was not the cause of either his mission or the darkness of his mood. For years he had been taking the hardest assignments, flinging himself into the hottest part of the battles, charging onwards wherever the odds were against him and his men. It had earned him honors and promotions, as well as choice assignments that he had requested to be excused from. He was a haunted man they said, behind his back of course as no one would dare say it to his face, but he knew anyway.
“They are right you know,” he told his commander one dark night.
“I am a haunted man, haunted by the memories of a post I served long ago.”
“Ah yes, Silas” he said, “ We’ve all had some of those posts. Let me guess, Palestine?”
“Yes sir, that is where it was, nothing has ever been quite like it I suppose.”
Silas stared into the night thoughtfully as he considered how much to tell.
“ It wasn’t so much the stiff-necked and ungovernable people though, as it was…”

As he was trying to put it into words, the sound of swords crashed through the night from the Eastern watch interrupting their conversation. As it turned out, they never got back to that conversation.

Casting a glance out at his surroundings Silas pulled himself from his memories in time to throw a hard glare at a group of young men that were coming down the road towards him. They took the warning and went past in search of someone who would be less trouble. After all, soldiers didn’t usually travel alone without good reason, and without being able to take care of themselves.
“Not much has changed” he thought to himself as he continued on towards the city. “except, perhaps that they are a little bolder than they used to be”.
“Never thought I’d be glad to see this town loom in the distance, what a wearying time to be journeying through this terrible land”.

His thoughts turned inwards again as the path cleared before him.

They had come out of nowhere, in a nicely done ambush closing front and back as he came around a bend in the road. All might have been lost without the split second warning of his mount as it snorted in response to their approach. It wasn’t much time, but it was enough to set his spear into the first one and pull his sword. It was the wildest melee of his long career in the Legion. Wheeling his horse he charged the closest part of the line, bursting through it and catching them by surprise when he turned back upon them instead of fleeing into the country side. The brigands were tough enough, if ill equipped, and managed to unhorse him as he made yet another pass through their ranks. If nothing else, that had been their undoing, for now he was afoot with sword and shield among them, avenging the horse that had carried him through countless battles. Fighting with a skillful savagery, as only a Centurian in his prime can do, Silas dispatched the rest to meet whatever gods they belonged to. Taking a few moments to drag them out of the road and bind his wounds, Silas slung his riven shield across his back barbarian style. Picking up a well made belt dagger from the body of their leader he continued on, gathering what he needed to carry from his saddlebags and marching onwards towards his destination.

A chilling drizzle brought him back to the present as he continued his march towards the city gates.
“Yes, a dreary time to travel indeed.” he muttered as he entered the city.
Finishing his journey at last Silas came to the Governors mansion where he could clean up and have the package delivered by the Watch. Somehow he would find out who it was that got him on courier duty before this was over, although at least with him the delivery was able to be made, unlike some of the recruits that would have been in that ambush otherwise.
“It’s been a long time since I was here last,” he said to the watch captain. “I take it things are still restless here in this province?”
“Aye, sir. Judging from your wounds you’ve already met some of the rabble.”
“Yes indeed, and you will find what is left of them, as well as my horse 3 hours march out of the Eastern gate.”
“I’ll send a detail at once sir”

“Thank you.” said Silas, “now if you will excuse me, I still have some business in the city, which may take me until late tonight. I’ll be back afterwards to rest and see if you have found out who they were.”

Declining the offer of a fresh cloak, he went off slowly towards the garden.
He knew he would have no trouble finding it again, since it had haunted his dreams every night for all these years. The sun was setting when he arrived at his old post, only a three day assignment it had turned out to be. Yet it had made such a mark upon him.

“Yes, this is where it was” he said.
“This is the place where He lay” I’ll never forget that day when They came to get Him.”
“Terrible and mighty they were” “as only the Son of God would command”

“We were so wrong” he cried out to the storm above, “so wrong”
“how could we have been so blind!”

Falling to his knees, the warrior knew he had to ask forgiveness of this God whose followers he had wronged so badly. This God he had insulted by insisting that His body had been stolen, instead of the incredible truth.

“ I’m sorry Lord Jesus… so sorry, I know you are alive…

please…

…forgive me.”

Online forum ministry…..

Forum ministry… not for the faint of heart.

Seriously, from my years at the exwitch forum I will tell you that it can be both rewarding and absolutely maddening.   There are people you will get to meet and talk to that you would never see any other way.

Yes,  the people….  some of them come to talk to you, some of them come to ask questions…. some of them come to scream at you in text form…  and some… some of the people just come to watch the show as it happens.  At Exwitch we got it from all sides.  There were the Neo-pagans who came to fight and distract our efforts. There were the church folks who came to argue with us and those ‘evil’ witches. Then there were people from other faiths and religions that came to fuss at us.

The more heated the arguments the greater the web traffic.  I admit it was easy to get caught in the trap of trying to argue people into Heaven.  After all, I had to have answers for them and had walked the magik paths myself which led many to question me from both the church and the pagan side. But there is a difference between answering questions and getting engaged in roiling arguments.  To the point that I’m fairly convinced these days that there is not much value in full-contact theology.

I have to admit that I had much more patience for the witches than the supposed Christians at times. After all, I could hardly expect someone who didn’t know Jesus to act like they’d been saved for years.  But when church folks got out of line it had to be dealt with in short order.

A word of warning for any who would like to get involved with online ministry, it can burn you out in short order.  Don’t let it take over your life.  Set ‘office hours’ if need be, otherwise you won’t be allowed any time at all to do anything else.

Oh yeah…. I forgot to mention…. I’ve been drafted to help out with my daughter’s forum…  prayers are appreciated.

http://thebibleclub.boards.net/

Mark

The enticement of magik

Okay,   For all of the brethren that don’t understand how someone could choose to walk the magik paths here is a brief rundown.

First off, it can start in any number of ways.. from childhood experiences to a bad run in with church folk… to open recruitment from other witches..   However it starts it tends to go along a few tracks.  Some are looking for something to worship, some are looking for power.  Some are looking for a measure of control over their world.  It is very appealing when you look at it from their perspective.  Let me explain:

As the occultist progresses, they are given the illusion that they are the ones in control of what is going on.  After all, it’s THEIR will and power that is causing changes in the world around them.  The fallen spirits that are enabling them will allow this to play out as long as it suits them to play with the humans.   What tends to happen eventually though is that they don’t need to play any further and either drop the occultist outright or reveal themselves to them.  Prior to getting to this point though, the occultist doesn’t usually want to think of living any other way.  I will admit that it is rather intoxicating to be ‘in control’ and affecting changes in the world around you with magik.  So yes, I get it.  I should, after all, I was one.

The reality of the matter is that while they have a hard time imagining any other way to live, God wants them to come to Him through Jesus.  And He has so much more in mind for them.  That is not easy for a witch to grasp hold of since their world is about them being in control.

Now for the church folk, if you think about it, it’s not any different from any other form of sin that gets between a person and Jesus.  Not any different at all.  So there is really no need to get all worked up into a tizzy over running into a witch.  Tell them about Jesus and how to be saved, pray for them, answer questions if they wish to ask any of you.   Same as we should be doing with everyone all over town.  Just understand that their answer may be to decline Jesus’ offer.  It is the freedom to choose that He has given to all of us.