Blessings?

Blessings?

I recently watched a pastor from a San Antonio on TV giving his sermon. His message to the congregation was that they were all blessed.

His back-up scripture was from Deuteronomy 28.  I am a fan of the blessings and curses teachings of Deuteronomy 28, and I have used these passages quite a few times to break curses in ministry. In this case, the pastor was talking only about the section on the blessings.

This pastor has a dramatic delivery of sermons which makes him very credible and stirs emotion in the listener. I have heard him several times, and mostly I agree with him. Not this time.

Now, some would think that I am judgmental or critical. I hope some would instead think that I have discernment, or perhaps a good knowledge of the scriptures.

I was once in a big Baptist church, and at the beginning of the service, a minister came to the podium to read scripture, announcing he was about to read from Acts chapter two. I was surprised he chose Acts 2 because this chapter tells about Pentecost and speaking in tongues, which the Baptist church does not practice. I was indeed surprised again when he smoothly omitted certain verses without missing a beat. It was so flawless that I realized he had his reading typed up and inserted into his Bible to appear that he was reading directly out of the scripture. You can guess what he omitted.

At that time I was a naïve churchgoer and could not believe that out of the fear of God, this kind of deception could happen in church. I know better now.

So, what was wrong with the aforementioned “blessings” sermon? As I said, the pastor was telling the congregation that they were blessed in all kinds of ways as described in the scripture, just because they were Christians, or just because they were sitting there. However, this is not necessarily the case. He omitted reading the beginning verses of this passage. These omitted verses make the receiving of God’s blessings conditional. In other words, there are conditions to receiving blessings–if you do not meet the conditions, you don’t receive the blessings.

I disagree with conventional church thinking that the death of Jesus removed the conditions of the original covenant from Christians. I do not find anything in the Bible that says that.

Here is the “blessings for obedience” scripture in Deuteronomy 28:2:

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God…

But wait, there’s more!! A corresponding scripture heads up the receiving of curses in Deuteronomy 28:15:

However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you…

In ministry, before I break these curses that a Christian person has (and cast out the demons that came with the curses), I read the person this scripture. I tell them if they disregard the scripture, the demons will come back.

Luke 16:17 (NIV) 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

Matthew 5:18 (NKJV) 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Spiritual Inertia

Spiritual Inertia

Mandy and I have been ministering deliverance to a very nice young lady who had some problems, among them marriage problems due to Jezebel. We ministered to her two or three times and then lost touch with her. She recently contacted us for more help. Her email was a sad story of sickness and job loss as a result. We’ll call her Nikki for this story.

Mandy interceded for Nikki in her prayer time after reading her email. That night, Mandy had a dream. In the dream she saw twin snake heads coming out of a hole in the bottom of a hanging burlap bag. The snakes had heads that resembled alligator heads, very evil looking. The next scene in the dream was Mandy standing on a ladder trying to get away from one snake, while at a distance in front of her, her (now deceased) husband was being attacked and strangled by the other snake, so much so that the sounds of his strangulation and gasping for air while she screamed in futility woke her up.

Before out next meeting with Nikki, Mandy asked the Lord for a word about her and the meaning of the dream:

“My child, the two snakes represent a double dose of witchcraft coming from two direction. The enemy is intent upon destroying Nikki and her husband. Nikki must learn to fight and stand resolutely on My promises. She must get My Word deep down into her heart. She must think of Me not only as her loving Father, but also as her warrior king, her shield, her strength, her high tower, her rock and her fortress. She must learn to fight spiritually the moment she discerns something is not right. Running to the doctors will not help in a spiritual battle. She must discern the spiritual from the physical. Pray with her that her mind, her eyes and her ears are opened up to discern constantly good vs. evil. In this way she will defeat the enemy. She needs to turn back and deflect the fiery darts of the enemy that are piercing her soul. She must say, “Enough is enough!” and make her face like a flint.

“She must learn to command and not accept. She must train herself for battle because she has many enemies who want to see her destroyed. But My power and My love conquers all. She must lean on Me and turn to Me with all her heart. She must not only pray but understand the power of My Word – it must be concrete in her heart. It’s time to study to show herself approved.

“Nikki, you must light the fire. The fire of God will destroy the works of the enemy, but you must light the fire in your heart, in your mind, in your soul. You must become steadfast and resolute, and don’t let anything get in your way from overcoming the darkness. Call upon My Name and I will help you.”

Nikki came for deliverance, and we almost did not recognize her.  She was very thin, having lost a great deal of weight from her sickness and vertigo, for which the doctors could find no cause.

In ministering to Nikki, we found she really was not doing spiritual warfare as we had advised her. When she felt ill, she ran to the doctors who could not give her a diagnosis, and then became too weak to fight the devil.

We feel that it is okay to go to doctors, but we must also conduct spiritual warfare. “Resist the devil and he will flee” before he does any damage.

We started ministering to her by breaking curses, and we found the names of two women who had sent curses to her, which were represented in Mandy’s dream by the two snakes.

I went to my study to make copies of the word that Mandy had received from the Lord to give to Nikki, at which point the Lord told me, “spiritual inertia”.

Definition of inertia (Webster’s Dictionary):

In physics, the tendency of matter to remain at rest if at rest, or if moving, to keep moving in the same direction, unless affected by some outside force. A tendency to remain in a fixed condition without change; disinclination to move or act.

(If the Apostles had suffered from inertia, the Book of Acts would have not been written. There would have been no action to be reported.)

I came back and commanded the demon of spiritual inertia to leave in the name of Jesus. The demon manifested upset, asking me in an angry tone, “How did you know I was here?”  It was cast out.

Last night, a young lady from Mexico called me, very interested in deliverance and trying to find out more in order to receive it. She mentioned that she belonged to a youth group where there was an interest in deliverance. She asked one of the young men in the group if his pastor ministered deliverance, to which he replied that the pastor talked about it but did not do it.

Could this be spiritual inertia?

Years ago, I read a book by John Wimber in which he explained how he got his start in Christianity. He was a hippie, and a friend had been asking him to go to church with him, which he kept refusing. Then the man invited John to a home meeting, and he went. There John was given a Bible which he started reading, taking note of certain stories in the Gospels….

….When invited again to church, John accepted. After church, his friend asked him how he liked it. John replied, “ It was very nice but, when do you do the stuff?”

The man asked, “What stuff?”  John replied, “Well, you know, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils!”  The friend replied, “Oh, we talk about it, but we don’t do it!“

John decided that instead of going to the church, he would go to the park where his hippie friends congregated and start DOING. He preached the gospel, healed the sick, etc.  People started following him, and soon he had to find a place to have church. And that’s how the Vineyard church movement was founded.

No spiritual inertia there.

On the Subject of Homosexuality

On the Subject of Homosexuality

The gay rights movement has gained a great deal of traction and attention in recent years, particularly gay marriage. Who can forget the image of the White House during the Obama administration lit up in the colors of the rainbow. Because of all the publicity, most Americans way overestimate the number of people who identify as LGBT, which is currently reported as under 4%. Click here to read more.

Nevertheless, the whole LGBTQ topic is not going away, and with the new Trump/Pence presidential administration, there is much fear that gay rights will be taken away, or that “deprogramming” will be forced onto gays. An acquaintance who has a gay brother told me, “It’s not a choice. I know, I have a gay brother.” I agree it’s not a choice. It’s a compulsion, a drive or a pressure that is felt by the person to seek physical love and sexual encounters with people of their own gender. Other people will say, “She or he was born that way.” And that may be absolutely true, no argument here.

But the question is, if less than 4% of the population has these feelings, then it’s not normal – normal defined by Webster as, “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern”. So what makes this 4% subset feel the way they feel? Undoubtedly many of them struggle with this – and suicide, which is also not normal, and the LGBT community is at greater risk than average. Click here to read more about this.

Before I go on, let me say this article is written in love, not in hate. People who hate and bully LGBT people are not of God, for God is love. Our heavenly Father says in Jeremiah 29:11:

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity…..

He is saying here He thinks thoughts of peace to gays, not of evil – He wants to give them a future and a hope. He also says if they will pray to Him and seek Him with their whole heart, He will listen to them and bring them back from their captivity – possibly a captivity to this lifestyle, which many of them may truly not want, but feel compelled to live, to be “true” to themselves.

In the Bible God clearly created the male with certain body parts and the female with certain body parts so that they would fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle (sorry for the visual). When two men or two women get together, clearly they have to make adjustments because they don’t have all the right pieces. Do they not wonder, why if I feel this way, do the parts not fit like a man and a woman?

So, if we have agreed that LGBT people were born this way, and have an intrinsic drive to be “different”, what is causing this aberration from the rest of “normal” society? (And I use this loosely, but hopefully you are getting my meaning.) One theory is that early childhood molestation and sexual abuse creates a trauma in the soul of the child so severe that it derails their normal sexual development. Here is one webpage about this – click here. And as we know from other writings on this website, soul wounds and trauma are an open door for demons to enter.

We believe the answer to this conundrum of “why” lies in the spiritual realm. Human beings are composed of body, soul and spirit, and the soul being defined as the mind, will and emotions. When a trauma occurs to us, small or large, our souls are vulnerable to a demonic infestation – thus the compulsions and drivenness that we sometimes cannot control no matter how hard we try. We still “feel” that way. Also, as we know from other articles on this site, unconfessed sins and curses from our ancestors can come down the family line upon us.

In our ministry, we have found that the high ranking spirit of Jezebel and all her goddesses are responsible for the torment of homosexuals, and I am mainly talking to men and women who do not WISH to be gay. (For those who want to be gay and like the lifestyle, this article is not for you anyway.)

One time Mitsi was ministering to a Christian man who had a wife and children but was tormented by gay desires. It just so happened that her new book called “Jezebel and the Goddesses” had just come into print, and she showed him the book. Suddenly, he pointed to the book and said, “All of those are in me.” A demon manifested and revealed the cause of this man’s homosexual feelings. Mitsi ministered to him by casting out all the spirits and goddesses under Jezebel and lastly, Jezebel herself. As far as we know to this day, this man is still free.

One interesting thing to note is that this man was in the armed forces and there was a coven of gay warlocks in his division that were performing witchcraft to strengthen those gay feelings in him to get him to join them. (That’s one thing Jezebel does is to break up marriages.) So somehow, these warlocks knew in the spirit realm that he was gay. We have also found in ministry that women who are raped have a demon in them that attracts the rapist – perhaps there is an inherited demon in children who attracts the sexual abusers and molesters.

Whatever the case may be, the most likely answers to the homosexual issue lie in the spirit realm, and there is deliverance for those who will turn to their Creator with their whole hearts (II Chronicles 16:9). For those who don’t, gay or not, there will be judgment (I Cor. 6:9). But as long as you are still living and breathing, you can turn from your ways and choose God, and He will be there ready to take you in His arms and help you.

Jesus spoke a great deal about “overcoming” or being “victorious” in Revelations 2-3. It is good to review these passages. We have to fight the enemy and be overcomers in order to receive our eternal life and rewards.

How Can God and a Demon “Occupy the Same Space”?

How Can God and a Demon “Occupy the Same Space”?

Dear Mr. B,

I received your letter and read your testimony. What happened to you is very sad, and I am sure you have been told that what you did was caused by a natural survival instinct of a little boy. I hope you are not still blaming yourself and feeling guilty.

I congratulate you for your Theology Doctorate. I think it is wonderful. You followed, “Study, to show yourself approved unto God…” (2 Timothy 2:15)

To answer  your question about God occupying the same space, in my book in Chapter 1, as 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, we are spirit, soul and body. The non- regenerated man does not have a seal of the Holy Spirit in his human spirit. His human spirit has not been cleansed either. This man is in danger of being possessed, because his spirit is not cleansed and sealed. If this man repents of his sins and receives Jesus as Lord and is born again, his spirit is cleansed and sealed.

Then, that leaves the soul and body of the man who is now a Christian unprotected. If this man had a deformity, a disease, bad vision, etc. before he was saved, most likely he was not healed of any of those problems when he was saved. Are you with me on this?

However, there is an inner transformation. Some people have deliverance when born again, and it is the demons that were in the human spirit of that person that left. This is necessary for the Spirit of God to come into the human spirit.

When Jesus told the disciples to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons (Matthew 10:8), He meant first, preach the gospel, then heal and deliver those who obtain salvation.

Example:

Luke 13:10-16 The woman was in the synagogue worshipping God. However she was bowed over, and the scripture says she had a spirit (demon) of infirmity. Jesus said, this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound these 18 years…

Jesus calls her a daughter of Abraham, casts the demon out of her, and explains that Satan had her bound.

John 8:37-41 Jesus makes a distinction between “seed of Abraham” and “children of Abraham”. Read this scripture to interpret the above.

Example:

The Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:25). Both mother and daughter were not Israelites. The woman came to Jesus asking for deliverance for her daughter, and Jesus said that He came only for those who worshipped Yah. He told the woman that deliverance was “the children’s bread”. After the woman expressed her faith in Him, then Jesus did deliver her daughter.

So, deliverance is only for those who worship the true and Living God. Deliverance is as much a command as to preach the gospel and heal the sick. To say that Christians don’t have demons is like saying that Christians don’t have sickness or deformities. The difference with people is that they can see a sickness, so it cannot be denied, but they cannot see a demon, so they say that Christians don’t have any demons.

I ask you this: If Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons, why are there pastors who don’t heal the sick, don’t raise the dead, and don’t cast out demons???

God bless you, Mitsi Burton

Rebuking the Storms

Rebuking the Storms

Hi Sarai! I hope our God is blessing you tremendously as you are growing up! If you are healthy and happy and have a family, you are already blessed – but I pray that God will bless you even more with intelligence, sensitivity, a desire to hear God’s voice and know Him and follow His ways.

It has been raining and raining and raining in Houston and in Texas with a lot of flooding. The same thing happened last year at the same time. It is very sad to see so many people suffering with water coming into their homes from creeks and rivers overflowing. It has been really bad and I as I write this, there is a storm going on right now. One good thing is that all the rain has helped me grow my tomatoes and cucumbers!

You know, Jesus rebuked the storm (and it calmed down) and it is recorded three times in the Gospels: in Matthew 8:23, in Mark 4:37 and Luke 8:23. If it is recorded three times, then it must be important and something for us to pay attention to. You see in every Gospel, he rebuked the storm and then he reprimanded the disciples for having little faith and not rebuking the storm themselves! So what can we learn from this? That storms are from the devil and that they can be rebuked, and SHOULD be rebuked! Do you want Jesus reprimanding YOU for NOT rebuking a storm? I don’t! So every time a storm is upon me or coming my way, I start rebuking it in the name of Jesus.

Jesus said in the Gospel of John 14:14, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”

So Jesus tells us that we can do the works that He has done and even greater. So rebuking a storm is just a normal thing – not even a “greater” thing. So we should definitely rebuke storms. Period. Start practicing this, and remember, it’s in Jesus’ name that you rebuke the storms.

My great grandmother grew up in Cuba and one day there was a tornado coming toward her house. She ran in the house and grabbed a couple of knives, ran back outside and made the sign of the cross facing the tornado. She said something like, “With this cross I rebuke you, with this cross I defeat you!” to the tornado, and it went back up into the clouds.

So, there you go, that’s a good lesson, right? Just last week, I had a dream. In the dream was a big tornado coming toward me. I stood in front of it as it was coming, and I started rebuking it in the might name of Jesus. I think in the dream, some people around me thought I was crazy. But I didn’t care, and I kept rebuking it. It went back into the clouds and that was the end of the dream.

Well, Sarai, I think I am leaving you with some good advice. I send you a big hug and kisses!

Witchcraft or Occult Involvement: How to be Delivered

Witchcraft or Occult Involvement:  How to be Delivered

A deliverance minister will not guarantee deliverance to anyone. Why? Because only God knows the heart of the person. Everyone has a different perspective, a different intention, a different goal when requesting deliverance. The minister has no way of knowing what the person’s real motivation is, and if asked, the person might answer what he/she thinks the minister wants to hear. If the real goal or intention is not the right one, the result could be no deliverance, no matter how much the minister tries. I will explain.

For people who have actively practiced any kind of witchcraft or occult (and this includes worshipping other gods, other religions) and want deliverance, the situation is critical. Anybody that has this background, whether knowingly or unknowingly, has made a pact with God’s enemy, Lucifer.

On Earth, from the time of the Garden of Eden until now, there has been spiritual warfare between the Kingdom of Heaven and Lucifer and his evil entities. God created the human race to worship Him only, and when a human being, with his/her God-given free will, makes a pact with Lucifer, this human being commits high treason to God, the Creator of everything that exists. Humans have to choose sides, God or the devil. There is no neutral area.

God gave me a vision once, before I was born again. I was straddling a fence. The fence was about 30” high, with wood posts and rails. It extended to the horizon. On the right and left I saw a multitude of troops with old fashioned lances—the troops extended to a distance. I heard a voice say, “You have to choose a side!” I knew the right side was God’s, and I told Him, dismounting to the right, “I choose your side!” End of vision.

In that vision, there was not a third choice. Only two.

People might choose the dark side for different reasons. If things do not go their way and they want to get out, there is trouble. This is treason against Lucifer. The demons will make their life impossible. They will be tormented. Some then will want to get on the side of God, but doing this will not cure the torment. Deliverance will be needed.

Realize this: even people who have never been involved in witchcraft, the occult, or other religions can be tormented by demons–for other reasons. How much more people with occult backgrounds.

I once ministered to an ex-witch who had become a Christian and was going to church. During ministry Lucifer entered her to defend his position in her. Apparently she had not resigned all she had to resign. Lucifer is not what we call a demon; he is an evil entity of a higher rank, and does not live in a human body as a demon does. He just came in to defend the demons in the woman and stop her deliverance.

If an ex-witch becomes a Christian to be free from the torment of demons…guess what? It is the wrong motive. She/he might not receive any deliverance.

If there is no true repentance, you are not entering into covenant with God. The Bible says in Galatians 6:7, Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The point is that God cannot be mocked. He knows the hearts of the people.

In the Bible, when the Jewish people repented, they would dress in sackcloth, not eat or drink, and throw dirt in their heads. They would cry and moan for days until God would heard them.

What kind of repentance have you done? Are you truly repentant, or are you sorry that you are now tormented, and all you want is to get rid of the torment?

If you are really repentant, then you possibly will get delivered. But there is one thing the deliverance minister must do, and that is retrieving the pact with Lucifer. The pact is invisible. When the main witchcraft demon manifests, the minister must command the demon to give him/her the pact. After much insistence, the demon will extend the hand (of the person being ministered) and hand the minister the pact. What I do at that point is to call upon an angel and give him the pact to be destroyed.

After this, all the legal rights of those demons are gone, and the demons will be easier to cast out.

Everything Goes Wrong!

Everything Goes Wrong!

Cannot find a job. Cannot keep a job for long. Your business fails. Everything you do is futile. Nothing flourishes with you. All your appliances break. Your wallet is always empty. The car breaks all the time. No prosperity. Your crops fail. Your investments fail. Your wife/husband leaves you. Etc. No matter how much you pray, nothing changes.

When a string of bad luck constantly plagues you, there are two possible reasons for this:

1-Sins of the Fathers

2-Witchcraft curses and other curses

1-Sins of the Fathers: Back in 1983, Pastor Win Worley had a powerful deliverance ministry, and the demons were afraid of him and hated him. He wrote a booklet about the sins of the fathers (see the Second Commandment, Ex. 20:4-6 and Deut. 5:8-10).

During his ministry, he ran into the case of a man who could not prosper in anything he did: marriage, business, jobs, even finding or being able to stay in a rent home. Win was skilled in finding out the legal rights that demons have to torment people, and this is described in his booklet. If interested, get this booklet, The Sins of the Fathers (booklet #24), by going to hbcdelivers.org or click here. You may find more booklets about other subjects.

The televangelists have since discovered “the sins of the fathers”, but refer to them now as “generational curses”, which is not exactly the sins of the fathers. The way this subject is taught is edited for the ears of those who like to “feel good” in church. I explain:

a)- “Generational Curses” is taught as inherited curses in the family, therefore, what you have to do is break the curse in the name of Jesus. After all, it is not your fault, but some great-grandfather’s fault.

b)- “Sins of the Fathers” is what the Bible calls them. It means inherited punishment of sins committed by an ancestor.

Exodus 20:4-6, the Second Commandment, says

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

A sin gives a demon a legal right to enter the sinner. This verse says that the guilt of the unrepentant ancestor falls on the following generations. The demon that came with the sin passes on with the guilt.

Demons do not leave if you just repent, or if you just break the curse. Doing this is good, but the demon does not leave. Inversely, the demon will not leave if there is no repentance or if the curse is not broken.

Repentance: God knows the hearts of the people. He knows our intentions, our reasons and goals. Fake repentance will not work with Him. The Bible describes how the Jewish people repented. They stopped eating, they dressed in sackcloth (which is a coarse jute weave used for sacks of onions or potatoes. It is very coarse, and close to the skin it is itchy and irritating.) They would throw earth or dust on their heads. They wailed. I prefer to think that inside they were really repenting and not just putting on a show.

There are some prayers of repentance of the sins of the fathers in the Old Testament. One is in the book of Daniel and another in the book of Nehemiah. There are a few more. If you have been reading the Old Testament, you have come across them.

To receive deliverance, you don’t have to know which ancestor did what, and although the sin is related, that is, your particular trouble is related to  the same type of the sin, you don’t have to know what sin it was.

Sometimes families hold conversations recalling with pride what an ancestor did illegally to get some kind of advantage over others: for instance, a grandfather that had a ranch and moved the fences to get some of his neighbor’s land. If you ever heard something like this, you have the opportunity to zero in on the particular sin, but that might not be the only sin of this ancestor…and of course, you have many more ancestors to think about.

After repentance and asking God for forgiveness, the curses can be broken, and the demons that came with the curses should be cast out.

2- Witchcraft curses: These should be broken in the name of Jesus even if you do not suspect that someone has put a hex on you. As with any curse, after it is broken the demon that came with the curse should be cast out.

Spoken curses: these are not only put on you by witchcraft methods, but also by people speaking negative things about you like evil comments from people who are jealous of you or hate you. They are broken in the name of Jesus and the demons then cast out.

When you were growing up, if either of your parents (or someone else) said to you, “You will never amount to anything”, or “You are going to be poor all your life,” or anything similar, those curses must be broken also. Forgive your parents because they did not know that speaking these words would curse you.

Deception in the American Food System

Deception in the American Food System

NOTE: This was a presentation given to a church in January 2016.

Proverbs 4:5-7, 10-13, 20-22
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Geta wisdom.
Though it cost all you have,b get understanding.
Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.

As you know, my mother and I are deliverance ministers, and part of our ministry is to uncover deception and break down paradigms or strongholds as the Bible calls them

Definition of stronghold:  Place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld.

The topic of what we eat is a very powerful stronghold, and there is a lot of deception about food that I am going to talk about – so hang on to your “sacred cows” (ha-ha). There is a lot of deception about the food we eat and American corporate greed. There is also a tie-in with the very powerful pharmaceutical and medical industries.

Years ago, my mother did a teaching called, “Does God mind what we eat?”  In this teaching she taught on what the Torah or the Old Testament says about what God considers to be food for us. We personally believe that the Apostle Paul and also Peter’s vision in the Book of Acts created some confusion about meat:

25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (1 Corinthians 10:25)

Peter’s Vision in Acts 10 was about the clean and unclean animals – but as you remember, the vision required an interpretation – it was not literal:

9 The next day about noon, while they were still on their way and approaching the city, Kefa went up onto the roof of the house to pray. 10 He began to feel hungry and wanted something to eat; but while they were preparing the meal, he fell into a trance 11 in which he saw heaven opened, and something that looked like a large sheet being lowered to the ground by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals, crawling creatures and wild birds. 13 Then a voice came to him, “Get up, Kefa, slaughter and eat!” 14 But Kefa said, “No, sir! Absolutely not! I have never eaten food that was unclean or treif.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time: “Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and then the sheet was immediately taken back up into heaven. 17 Kefa was still puzzling over the meaning of the vision he had seen, when the men Cornelius had sent, having inquired for Shim‘on’s house, stood at the gate 18 and called out to ask if the Shim‘on known as Kefa was staying there. 19 While Kefa’s mind was still on the vision, the Spirit said, “Three men are looking for you. 20 Get up, go downstairs, and have no misgivings about going with them, because I myself have sent them.”

The story goes on… the men were Goyim or non-Jews, or “unclean” in a Jew’s eyes. And they wanted to be baptized and follow Jesus…Peter figured out that the vision meant that God wanted to save and baptize the Gentiles as well as the Jews.  Peter NEVER thought the vision was to be taken literally, you see.

There is an audio teaching on our website called Food and Holiness–my mother talks about what the Torah says about eating the flesh of animals, the blood of animals, the fat of animals and the type of seafood we should and should not eat.  I am not going to talk about this today, but I really encourage you to listen to this teaching because this is part of the food problem in America, and the deception which we are under which is definitely leading to all the sickness we experience. There IS a connection. So please pay attention to this and ask the Lord if this is truth. Jesus said you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free, so ask Him.

But today, I am going to talk about other kinds of food and many things you may or may not know about our food system and how it appears we are all getting increasingly sicker even though we have more food than ever before. How can this be? I am going to tell you.

This past year, I have learned a lot about food because I started visiting a functional medicine or wellness doctor/nutritionist. He has successfully treated people with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gastro-intestinal disorders and thyroid conditions by putting them all on the same diet, not necessarily to lose weight, but just to get healthy. Weight loss just happens naturally on his program, but it’s not really the end goal.

In the process of going through his program, he asked me to read a couple of books and watch a couple of food documentaries. Well, I started learning so much and was so surprised at what I learned, that I started watching a lot of food documentaries and became even more astounded at what is going on in American farming and the meat industry. This is what I am going to share with you today. If you will listen to what I have to say and follow some of my advice, I can save you the money that I paid this doctor to learn this and you might possibly improve your health, and come more into God’s will, as you will see in a minute.

Let’s begin with some statistics over the last several decades:

[Show historical and projected graphs of obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease]

Then there is also cancer which hits close to home here at our church. Why have these statistics all increased and continue to increase? One reason could be the food we are eating or not eating.

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates

Genetically modified food

Definition:  Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination.

19 ‘You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you. (Leviticus 19:19 )

•    Corn and Soy and #1 and 2 – nearly all in US is GMO
•    Wheat is not GMO, but…”Modern wheat has been hybridized (crossing different strains to generate new characteristics; 5% of proteins generated in the offspring, for instance, are not present in either parent), backcrossed (repeated crossing to winnow out a specific trait, e.g., short stature), and hybridized with non-wheat plants (to introduce entirely unique genes). There are also chemical-, gamma-, and x-ray mutagenesis, i.e., the use of obnoxious stimuli to induce mutations that can then be propagated in offpspring. This is how BASF’s Clearfield wheat was created, for example, by exposing the seeds and embryos to the industrial chemical, sodium azide, that is highly toxic to humans.” (Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly)
•    And there are others, like Canola Oil

Google: “top genetically modified crops in the U.S.”

Let’s talk about corn, the #1 most GMO crop in the U.S.

I hate to bring the bad news, especially because I love corn – corn chips, corn tortillas, cornbread, etc.—but US GMO corn is very bad. If you’re interested in more details, watch a documentary called King Corn. You’re going to be surprised. I will give you the highlights:

Most of the corn grown in the US goes toward two things:  (1) feeding cattle and (2) making HFCS (high fructose corn syrup).

First of all, the corn is GMO to resist insects and herbicides.  All this is in Wikipedia, but it is also in some of the food documentaries we watched. In other words, certain insects that bite into growing corn ingest something that has been genetically altered in the corn that kills them. Also, if a farmer sprays weed killer in a corn crop, the weeds die but the corn doesn’t, because it’s been GMO’d to resist weed killer. And that’s what we’re eating.

Remember this company’s name: Monsanto. They are the ones who are creating GMO seeds that our farmers are planting.

Now, let’s take this a step further.  Now that same corn is being fed to cattle. This touches on the meat industry which will get into next. But when you go to the grocery store, you can buy either grain-fed beef or grass-fed beef. I will tell you right now, grass-fed beef is more expensive. Why?

Because someone discovered a long time ago that if you keep a cow from moving around too much and just feed them corn, they get big and fat real fast, which means they can be slaughtered faster, and the cycle can start again. Which means more money. So there are what they call “feed lots” where they cram cows for the duration of their lives. They can’t move, and all they eat is corn. The main problem is cows were not designed by our Creator to eat corn. They were designed to eat grass.  Guess what happens when a cow eats nothing but corn? Its gut starts to deteriorate, it gets ulcers. Then it needs antibiotics to fix the ulcers. But they are slaughtered just before it gets real bad or else they would die.  That’s why the meat has antibiotics.  Not only that, but being fed so much corn and not moving causes the beef to full of fat–it’s not lean–the kind of fat that clogs up your arteries. And also you’re eating cows that have been fed GMO corn.  All so that someone can get rich selling you this beef.

Grass-fed beef is more expensive, but it’s leaner, and it’s the way God designed it to be.

Now let’s talk about HFCS.  HFCS started being mass-produced in the 1980s. It has become a cheap sweetening alternative to sugar.  This sweetener is in EVERYTHING that is processed or packaged or at a fast food restaurant. This sweetener is made with GMO corn. Read the labels, and beware – it goes by a variety of names.  Very rarely will you see actual cane sugar in anything.

The documentary King Corn is about two guys who did an investigation into corn. They found out their ancestors were from Iowa, one of the corn-growing centers of the U.S. First they had their hair analyzed to see what it was made of, and they were told it was made of mostly corn. So, they went to Iowa to analyze the corn-farming industry.

One of the most surprising things I found in the movie is that one of the farmers they interviewed said he was growing “c–p” and he himself wouldn’t eat it. But he like all these farmers in the USA are in the government subsidy program so they just keep growing GMO corn.

So, now think of all the millions of fast-food restaurants in the U.S. serving corn-fed beef, and HFCS sodas and shakes, and frying French fries and onion rings in GMO canola oil.

And lastly, in this video, a scientist fed lab rats nothing but corn, and the females developed tumors all over. The males developed some other ailments. But I started wondering if this is why there is all this breast cancer nowadays – because we are large consumers of GMO corn – again, it is everywhere: in our beef, in our packaged products in our desserts and in our chips.

The meat industry

Two of the documentaries we watched were so very sad. They made me cry, they made me nauseated, and they would have made me become vegetarian, except that I personally believe we need animal protein to be healthy. It’s definitely in the Bible.

The way animals are treated in our country in the food industry is absolutely stomach-turning and abhorrent. I am sure that our God does not approve. God even ordained a Sabbath not only for man but also for the animals

…but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. (Exodus 20:10)

10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. (Proverbs 12:10)

As I mentioned, the cattle are treated cruelly.  Not only are they cooped up and fed food that wasn’t made for them, but also the undercover videos showed sheer cruelty as the animals are rounded up for slaughter. You can tell they are in terror. Surely that rush of adrenalin all over their bodies cannot be good for us to eat.

The birds have it even worse. What we saw were how the chickens were treated. Again, the tip here is you want to eat free-range chickens–chickens that are allowed to roam around outside and eat from the ground like chickens are supposed to.

In these video baby chicks and chickens are thrown around like balls, kept in overcrowded cages their entire lives, fed hormones to the point where the breasts get so large they can’t even walk anymore. The undercover videos were absolutely horrible. And that’s what these poultry companies are selling to you which cute little marketing packages and TV commercials. Oh, and notice the words “undercover videos” – the meat industry does not want you to know what they are doing because it’s nauseating.

Here is how the Lord told the Hebrews to slaughter animals – this is an explanation of biblical Kosher slaughtering of animals, from Wikipedia:

The Torah (Deut. 12:21) states that sheep and cattle should be slaughtered “as I have instructed you” but nowhere in the Five books of Moses are any of the practices of shechita described. Instead, they have been handed down in Judaism’s traditional Oral Torah.

The procedure…involves severing the trachea, esophagus, carotid arteries, jugular veins and vagus nerve in a swift action using a special knife with an extremely sharp blade. In practice, this causes a rapid drop in blood pressure in the brain and loss of consciousness, rendering the animal insensitive to pain and to exsanguinate in a prompt and precise action.

Soy

Soy is the second most GMO crop in the US. There is a lot of controversy about soy.  It is very cheap to produce. It is not native to the U.S.  There is a lot of info on the Internet about soy, so I am not going to go into a long discussion here. But I am not eating soy because it is GMO. And men shouldn’t eat soy because it has estrogen.

Hidden sugars

I tell my friends that just because something does not taste sweet doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have sugar. Although your tastebuds taste the difference, your body does not know the difference. One of the books they asked us to read was Wheat Belly. In this book written by a cardiologist, he advocates a banishment of wheat from our diet because he says the wheat being produced in the U.S. now is so different than the way God created it. It’s not technically GMO, but it might as well be. It has been hybridized to grow shorter, and therefore mature faster so that the crop can be planted and harvested in a short time. On the surface this sounds really good, i.e. you can feed more people, but now what has happened is you have people developing all kinds of gluten sensitivities, like Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and Hashimoto’s disease.

The doctor claims that the glycemic index of a slice of bread, whether white or whole wheat, has a higher glycemic index than a teaspoon of sugar.

Glycemic index: An indicator of the ability of different types of foods that contain carbohydrate to raise the blood glucose levels within 2 hours. Foods containing carbohydrates that break down most quickly during digestion have the highest glycemic index.

So could this be why we have such a rise in diabetes?  Think of all the wheat products we eat:

•    Bread, rolls, hamburger and hot dog buns
•    Crackers
•    Muffins
•    Pastries
•    Cakes
•    Pies
•    Pizzas
•    And it goes on and on.

All these foods that you think are good for you because they are grains are actually full of sugar. Your body thinks its sugar, even if your tongue does not. Not only that but if you start reading labels, you will see how much sugar is in processed and packaged foods. You would be surprised. Did you know spaghetti sauce in a jar is loaded with sugar?

Did you know something else? On food labels that show the RDA – recommended daily allowance – for vitamins, minerals, etc., you will not find the RDA for sugar. Somehow the sugar lobby was able to persuade our government to omit that very important fact. Watch That Sugar Film for more info.

Organic produce vs. non-organic produce

So, if you’ve noticed at the grocery story, the organic section is starting to grow, I think because of these documentaries, and the fact that people are getting wise to the ways of big business America, out for the money only and not caring about people’s health.

So, yes, organic food is more expensive. What makes it organic? It is not sprayed with pesticides. The farmers are using other methods to keep the food pest-free.  Why is this important? Because you don’t want to eat pesticides, right? Even if you wash the produce, it’s inside it.  And we don’t know if those things are causing cancer. If it’s killing insects, then can you conclude it might be causing cancer? I can. I personally sleep better at night knowing that I am eating organic food and not pesticide-laden food.

The rule of thumb is if it has a thick skin like a watermelon, you probably don’t have to buy organic. Like grapes, you’d better buy organic, they are full of pesticides. Coffee too.

The US Food Pyramid fallacy

So our government says this is how you should eat.  But I say this is a bad idea, since all the wheat products are at the bottom. The pyramid really should look a little more like this:

The SAD diet – Standard American Diet
[Show graph of food pyramid, from bottom up:  Bread, cereal, rice, pasta/ Vegetables, fruit/ Dairy/ Meat, poultry, eggs, nuts / fats, oils and sweets]

Optimal Health Diet
[Show graph of food pyramid, from bottom up: Vegetables/ Healthy fats, nuts and seeds/ Lean protein/ Fruits/ Soup, broth/ Treat]

The interesting thing is that God not only created us from the ground–He said “dust you are, and to dust you shall return” – but he also created man to “till the garden”. Interesting….what’s in a garden besides flowers? Lots of vegetables!!  So since we are made of that same substance, it would seem logical to me that we need to eat mostly of that same substance.

Also, here’s another Bible scripture to ponder, from Daniel chapter 1:

8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. 10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” 11 So Daniel said to the steward[a] whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” 14 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. 16 Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

So, enough said! We need to eat a plant-based diet to be optimally healthy. We do need healthy fats, like nuts and seeds and oils (and the recommended oils are olive, coconut, flaxseed, avocado). I would stay away from canola and vegetable oils, etc.  We need lean meats, mostly chicken, fish 3x week because of mercury, and red meat once a week.  We need to drink lots and lots of purified water. And as we get older, we thirst less, but our need for water does not diminish, so we need to drink, drink, drink, even when we are not thirsty. (Organic herbal teas are good too.)

Conclusion


So to summarize, in the U.S., it’s all about the money – powerful lobbyists in the food industry and our government who do not have our best interests at heart…who have hidden the truth from the American public. I have learned that other countries, like European countries and even Haiti, for example, do not allow GMO food to be grown and sold. So why does the US? If you watch these documentaries, you will just be shocked like we were. I have only touched the subject. Please learn for yourself. God says get wisdom and get understanding because if you do, you just might live longer and healthier.  I am going to end by reading Proverbs again:

Proverbs 4:5-7, 10-13, 20-22
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Geta wisdom.
Though it cost all you have,b get understanding.
Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.

Resources

Killer Seeds – the GMO story and the Torah

Did God Change the Law of Clean and Unclean Meats?

Root Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Eating Pork Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Does God Mind What We Eat?

Food and Holiness

Books
Wheat Belly, Dr William Davis

Video Documentaries
•    Food Inc.
•    Foodmatters
•    Fed Up
•    Vegucated
•    King Corn
•    That Sugar Film
•    GMO OMG
•    Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
•    Supersize Me
•   Farmageddon

Traditions of the Ancestors, i.e. Folk Dancing

Traditions of the Ancestors, i.e. Folk Dancing

Many countries keep traditions of the early inhabitants of the land, such as in Europe and Latin America. This is usually referred to as “culture”, and if you know about or practice these traditions, you are esteemed as “cultured” or thought of as educated.

Even if the “cultured” and “educated” people of the land study the historic origins of their traditions to find out what the purpose of a particular practice is, their lack of education on spiritual matters and the laws of God blind them to the reality of the spiritual world where their ancestors’ practices or traditions are concerned. Considering themselves educated and sophisticated, they laugh about what they think are superstitions and “old wives’ tales” of “lesser educated people”.

Many years ago a young woman from a Latin American country came to me for deliverance. She was tormented by certain evil spirits. As she related to me what was going on, the Holy Spirit brought to my mind “folk dancing”.

I asked her if she had done folk dancing, and she said that her mother had enrolled in a folk dancing school and had performed in several functions and festivals in her native country. She informed me that the dances were to honor a goddess of that country. During the process of deliverance, I called the goddess by name to manifest. She was delivered of that demon and other related demons.

This is similar to a ritual of Santeria practiced in Cuba. Santeria is a mixture of Catholicism with the Yorube African religion.  When the African slaves came to Cuba, the Spaniard Catholic priests tried to convert them. When the slaves saw the statues of the saints in the walls of the church, they integrated them with their gods (this is called synchretism) and created their Santeria practices.

In Havana, I visited a childhood friend who was educated in a Catholic private school. When she was about 17 years old, she and a friend out of curiosity went to a Bembe, which is a Santeria initiation ceremony. She told me that there was a long table in the center of a large room with statues of the “saints” placed all around. In front of each saint, there was a platter of food. She and the friend were told to dance around the table at the rhythm of the bongo drum beat, to select a saint and to eat of the food when passing by that saint.

She did as told and did not remember most of the ceremony, but the friend told her that “she got the saint”, that is, the demon entered her and she fell to the floor, and the demon started talking through her mouth. The people who were there surrounded her and asked questions for the demon to answer.

When she told me the story she was very amused. Her parents did not know what she did. I did not know about deliverance then, so I just went home and pondered about it.

This is another case of an educated, Christian person with no knowledge of the spiritual world. She fell into a trap.

This is the way our God feels about lack of knowledge:

Therefore my people have gone into captivity, 
Because they have no knowledge;
Their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself
And opened its mouth beyond measure;
Their glory and their multitude and their pomp,
And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it. People shall be brought down,
Each man shall be humbled,
And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled. (Isaiah 5:13-15)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)

The Danger of Being Deceived

The Danger Of Being Deceived

A friend of mine went to hear an evangelist and heard him say something that made her uncomfortable. She asked Jesus about it, and the Lord told her ,“He has believed a lie.

This was the first time I heard the term, “believing a lie.” What I had always heard was,  “he lied to her” or  “he was lied to,” but I never heard it the other way. It sounded as if the responsibility was not upon the liar, but upon the one who believed the lie.

My experience with a lie that I heard but did not quite believe.

I was a baby Christian at this time, just a few months old in the Lord. A lady at church asked me if I would go see a visiting evangelist at a church and give her my opinion of him. I thought that was strange, but I did go to see him after work the next day, dressed in my business suit. The church was located in a very old part of town that was not very affluent. Their building had been a theater and was perfect for a church. I was there early and sat in the second row and observed that those coming in were all seniors and humbly dressed.

The evangelist preached that God had three kinds of people: the called, the chosen and the elect. I did not agree with that, so I started paying more attention to what he was saying.  He walked on the stage from side to side while preaching dramatically. All of a sudden he stopped, looked up, put his hand on his forehead and said, “Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes Lord,” in a crescendo.

Then he turned back to the congregation and said, “The Lord has told me that there are 10 ‘elect’ here, and He has tremendous blessings for you, but you need to come up front with $100 if you want to receive those blessings!!”

No one walked up to the front, so he said, “You know who you are, you know you are an elect of God!” He spent time enumerating what they were going to miss if they did not come to the front. He repeated this over and over.

Since I was younger and better dressed than the rest, he figured I had money, and he kept glancing at me once in a while. Finally a few persons came up front. When he realized no one else was going to walk up front, he proclaimed that there were 20 “chosen” and they needed to come up front with $50. Same scenario repeated. When several came to the front, he then proclaimed that there were 40 “called” and they needed to bring $25.

I was perplexed and did not feel good about what was going on. The guy kept looking at me as if I were not “obeying”. When he decided that there were not any more “called, he gave the podium to the pastor, who announced it was time for the regular offering. The pastor stood on the stage by the stairs on the right, the evangelist by the stairs on the left. The pastor had the offering basket at his feet, and we were supposed to go up, put the offering in the basket and walk to the other side of the stage to come down. As I passed by the evangelist, he looked at me and asked how I was “feeling”, as if I was to be feeling badly for not “obeying”.

The next morning when praying I asked the Lord, “What was that last night?” He replied, “Simon the Sorcerer.”

I remembered having read this name in the Bible somewhere, but I was at a loss as to where. I needed to find it urgently, so I called a friend who told me where the scripture was:

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. (Acts 8:18-22)

What was the thought in Simon’s heart? That the gift of God could be purchased with money.

Simon was deceived, and Peter cursed him with a curse of death. Simon, being a sorcerer, knew that what Peter said was a curse:

Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.” (Acts 18:24)

Conclusion: The ones who came up front to give money were deceived by the evangelist. In other words, they believed the lie of the evangelist, because the gift of God is not purchased with money. They might have been right with God, but then were deceived and became sinners, just as Simon.

Is it a sin to be deceived?

In the Old Testament, I find that the Lord, in establishing His covenant with his chosen people, instructed them to beware of being deceived:

“It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.  He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. (Deuteronomy 11:13-16)

God said if the Israelites let themselves be deceived by the enemy into following other gods, they would be punished, as indeed they were punished for this reason and were scattered all over the Earth. They sinned because they were deceived by idolaters and thought that it was okay to worship other gods, so they were punished.

New Testament

Jesus also commanded us not to be deceived.

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. (Luke 21:8)

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. (Matthew 24:5)

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. (Mark 13:5-6)

Do you sin if you are deceived?

Who is the sinner, the one who lies or the one who believes the lie? And what if you sin because you did not know you were sinning? The following explains that God considers sinning either by error or by ignorance a punishable sin, requiring atonement.

To a congregation:

‘Now if the whole congregation of Israel sins unintentionally, and the thing is hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which should not be done, and are guilty; when the sin which they have committed becomes known, then the assembly shall offer a young bull for the sin, and bring it before the tabernacle of meeting. And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord. Then the bull shall be killed before the Lord. The anointed priest shall bring some of the bull’s blood to the tabernacle of meeting. Then the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, in front of the veil. And he shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar which is before the Lord, which is in the tabernacle of meeting; and he shall pour the remaining blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering, which is at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. He shall take all the fat from it and burn it on the altar. And he shall do with the bull as he did with the bull as a sin offering; thus he shall do with it. So the priest shall make atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them. Then he shall carry the bull outside the camp, and burn it as he burned the first bull. It is a sin offering for the assembly. (Leviticus 4:13-21)

To an individual, unintentional sin:

When any of you commit a trespass and sin unintentionally in any of the holy things of the Lord, you shall bring, as your guilt offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish from the flock, convertible into silver by the sanctuary shekel; it is a guilt offering. And you shall make restitution for the holy thing in which you were remiss, and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest. The priest shall make atonement on your behalf with the ram of the guilt offering, and you shall be forgiven. (Leviticus 5:15-16)

To an individual, sin in ignorance:

If any of you sin without knowing it, doing any of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, you have incurred guilt, and are subject to punishment. You shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish from the flock, or the equivalent, as a guilt offering; and the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the error that you committed unintentionally, and you shall be forgiven. It is a guilt offering; you have incurred guilt before the Lord. (Leviticus 5:17-19)

To a congregation:

But if you unintentionally fail to observe all these commandments that the Lord has spoken to Moses— everything that the Lord has commanded you by Moses, from the day the Lord gave commandment and thereafter, throughout your generations— then if it was done unintentionally without the knowledge of the congregation, the whole congregation shall offer one young bull for a burnt offering, a pleasing odor to the Lord, together with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the ordinance, and one male goat for a sin offering. The priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the Israelites, and they shall be forgiven; it was unintentional, and they have brought their offering, an offering by fire to the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord, for their

error. All the congregation of the Israelites shall be forgiven, as well as the aliens residing among them, because the whole people was involved in the error. (Numbers 15:22-26)

To an individual:

An individual who sins unintentionally shall present a female goat a year old for a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement before the Lord for the one who commits an error, when it is unintentional, to make atonement for the person, who then shall be forgiven. For both the native among the Israelites and the alien residing among them—you shall have the same law for anyone who acts in error. (Numbers 15:27-29)

To an individually knowingly sinning:

But whoever acts high-handedly, whether a native or an alien, affronts the Lord, and shall be cut off from among the people. Because of having despised the word of the Lord and broken his commandment, such a person shall be utterly cut off and bear the guilt. (Numbers 15:30-31)

Conclusion: If you don’t know you are sinning, you are still sinning in the eyes of God.  Even today in the in courts of this country, ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law.  How do we know if we are sinning or not? By studying the word of God by ourselves, not relying upon what we hear at church or what parents, relatives or friends tell us.

All the sins you committed intentionally or unintentionally were forgiven when you were saved. After that, if you sin intentionally, beware. But if unintentionally, at the time you become informed, confess and repent and your sin will be forgiven. I am saying this because all along in the deliverance ministry, I have found Christians who don’t think they have to confess and repent because they “did not know it was a sin”.

The first person to be deceived

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9)

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” (Genesis 2:16 -18)

Then God created Eve.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” (Genesis 3:1-3)

The tree in the middle of the garden was the Tree of Life, of which both Adam and Eve could eat, not the Tree of Knowledge. The serpent played along with Eve’s ignorance and induced her to eat from the wrong tree.

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13)

Who do you think that was punished: the liar, the sinner or the deceived? The serpent was cursed, and both Adam the sinner (because he knew better, and ate anyway) and Eve the deceived were cursed and evicted from the Garden of Eden.

The punishment:

To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you;
 through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. (Genesis 3:16-17)

And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. (I Timothy 2:14)

God did not exempt Eve from punishment because she was deceived. Even when she explained that she had been deceived  by the serpent, she was punished.

To this day we have lived under those curses, because Eve was deceived. And if you and I become deceived, we may become sinners just like Eve. Watch out! The serpent works through ordinary human beings!

Beware when watching Christian TV: There are plenty of TV ministries that tell you that God will prosper you and give you all kinds of gifts and blessings if you send them your money. Think about this: If you send them money, are you deceived into thinking that you can buy the gifts of God?  Will you be cursed as Simon was?

Denominations and Churches: The danger of being deceived

Many denominations and independent churches believe lies. The danger is that the leaders teach those lies because they are deceived themselves.

1- One Pentecostal denomination has a long article on their website stating that Christians do not have demons.  It is backed up with plenty of scriptures and it is very persuasive, so much so that when I read it, I was almost convinced of it. But the Lord had called me to minister deliverance to Christians. In the gospel He called deliverance “the Children’s Bread”.

2- There are denominations where teachers do a lot of research into the original languages, and into history, and the teaching of the scriptures is very well put together, but they don’t believe that miracles are for today. They believe in the Holy Spirit but not in the infilling of the Holy Spirit with tongues and nine gifts. This is a deception.

3- Most denominations teach certain passages of the Bible in a traditional way. The interpretation of the passage has been handed down for generations from a certain viewpoint, and it has become “written in stone.”  If anybody dares question it because they get another understanding of the passage, they are called heretics.

Example: One day I was driving to the women’s meeting at church. Although I wondered about a certain passage in Genesis, I had not asked the Lord about it and I was not even thinking about it at the time. So, I was surprised when He told me something relating to that passage.

He did not explain it to me. He just gave me a hint. When I arrived at the church I read that passage and then everything fell into place. It was there all the time, very clear. But it was not the traditional teaching of this passage.

I was so excited about the light shed onto this passage that I went to see the associate pastor and told him about it. He reacted in anger. He told me some nonsense, and pulled out his Dake Bible and told me, “See, Dake says such and such.”

Dake’s bible is full of Dake’ opinions. I got the impression the pastor thought that whatever Dake wrote in this Bible was also the word of God. And since I told him that I had heard the real story from God, I guess he was putting Dake above God. Or maybe he thought I was lying. Anyway, he was believing a lie and rejecting a truth. (If you want to know what the Lord told me, email me.)

In our deliverance ministry, we have learned some things that are hard to believe for those who slumber and don’t want to be awakened. Truth is stranger than fiction to them, so they prefer to believe a lie and not the truth.

When I was a child, I had a supernatural experience. I was afraid of the dark and a very bright cloud of white light appeared over my head and delivered me of fear.

I was wondering if that light was the Shekinah glory of God, so when I started attending a Messianic Synagogue, I told the story to a rabbi and asked if that light was the Shekinah. I could see in his eyes he was not believing my testimony at all and told me, “I  don’t know.”

Weeks later, a friend wanted to open up her house for him to teach, and she wanted me to both help financially and to call my friends and invite them. So, I put him to the test. I told him what happened when I came back from my first deliverance and tried to burn a poster. (This is my testimony in the booklet Idols and Images, published by Hegewisch Baptist Church, and also on this website.) He thought I was lying and behaved borderline rude with me.

Believing a lie is a stronghold

He feeds on ashes;
A deceived heart has turned him aside ;
And he cannot deliver his soul,
 Nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:20)

Believing a lie causes deliverance to stop or not happen at all.  I will share some cases.

1- The stubbor

A woman came for deliverance; she was studying to be a minister. She started having plenty of deliverance, then a stubborn demon manifested. It would not come out. When I asked her to pray and renounce being stubborn, she started telling me, “Oh, but my family was so stubborn! Uncle Joe was very stubborn, and Auntie Mary was so stubborn, and we were stubborn…” And it looked like they were proud to be stubborn. Her facial expression changed. She did not get any more deliverance.

2- The shy

A woman came for a deliverance session and had plenty of deliverance, particularly of Catholic demons, which she requested. The next day she called and said she had wanted deliverance of shyness and she did not get it.

We met again, and I started commanding the demon to manifest. It would not manifest and nothing was happening. Then she started telling me the story of her life and how shy she was. “I was so shy that in elementary school thus and thus. Then in high school I was so shy that thus and thus, and when this happened, I was so shy that….”

I got tired of hearing her say that she was shy, and then the Lord told me, “Tell her she is not shy. I did not make her shy! The demon has convinced her that he is her personality.”

I told her what the Lord told me. I could see in her eyes that she understood! She realized she had been believing a lie. I commanded the demon to manifest, and he did and said, “I am not a demon! I am her personality!!”

The demon was cast out.

3- The self sufficient

A business woman flew in from out of state for a deliverance session. After all the prayers were said and all the curses broken and demons commanded to manifest and all that a minister does, nothing was happening. I asked some questions but nothing was coming up, and then the Lord told me she had made a covenant with herself to be self-sufficient.

And yes, she had made that covenant. She believed strongly in being self-sufficient and she did not get deliverance. One thing is to work to provide for our living and solve some problems ourselves, but we need God. We have to trust in Him and lean on Him for everything.

She believed the lie that she did not need God.

4- The “I don’t have any demons”

People who say that are deceived. Some come for deliverance just to prove that they don’t have any demons and of course don’t receive deliverance. The result is that they jump for joy and say, “I knew I did not have demons!!”

They get more convinced that the lie they have believed is the truth.

Are we believing lies? We all have paradigms and shifting a favorite paradigm is very hard. How do we know that something we believe is not true? Impossible! We believe it because we have qualified it as truth. So how do we get out of this if we don’t even think about getting out of it in the first place?

The answer is in God! He knows all truth and He will tell you the truth if you ask Him for it. I hope you don’t think you don’t need to do such a thing. We all need to check things with the Lord.