SIGNS OF SPIRITUAL ABUSE (Part one)

POWER POSITIONING

ab5A blessed good morning to all ministers in the Lord and to my many brothers and sisters peace be unto you and your house. This is truly a wonderful day in the Lord and in the power of His might. We praise the Lord for all His goodness to us and the benefits that derive at His hands.

 

There is certainly a place for biblical teaching on spiritual authority. But if a minister preaches on this subject every day, constantly reminding everyone that he is in charge, you can be sure that trouble is around the corner.

The question of qualification will come into play and there will be lots of stammering answers. In an unhealthy church, the minister actually begins to take the place of Jesus in people’s lives. Commonly, people are told they cannot leave the church with God’s blessing unless the minister approves the decision.
Some will go at length to invoke spirits to cover their tracks and even bury names to keep members in their church.

The implication is that unless they receive pastoral permission, not only will God not bless them, but they will also be cursed in some way, resulting in sure failure. Controlling spiritual leaders and ministers use this kind of reasoning to manipulate people.

We must understand the process a church goes through to reach this point of deception. Because many ministers measure their success through church attendance, they may become disappointed if people leave their church.

I am happy when people leave because they were not intended to be there in the first place. Trying to block them from leaving can cause undue problems. If they are insecure, they may actually develop a doctrine in order to stop people from leaving. They may preach sermons about unconditional loyalty, using the biblical stories of David and Jonathan, or Elisha and Elijah.

By using examples like these, the leader can actually gain “biblical” grounds to control even the personal areas of his members. A controlling minister may also attempt to instil a sense of obligation by reminding his members of everything he has done for them.

But are those things biblical and will cause spiritual growth? I am not sure because I am not walking that road. I believe that the Mystical Order is a ministry for training. When you are qualified you will be able to go out and witness that Jesus is Lord of all.

This kind of preaching causes church members to seek a position of favour with the minister rather than a proper desire to “please God and not man.” Jesus also condemned such man-pleasing when He told the Pharisees, “I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not receive Me. How can you believe, who receive honour from one another, and do not seek the honour that comes from the only God?” (John 5:43-44). When we pursue the honour of men, we do so at the expense of our relationship with God.

As I often minister that when you leave the premise of God you are drifting to something else which is not of God.

If we continue to do so, gradually men will take the place of God in our lives. An unhealthy soul tie is created, and our sense of confidence is determined by our standing with those in leadership. This kind of control will destroy people spiritually!

I have seen it first hand. I have seen it in many churches. The members are blinded to what is taking place, they are only interested in position and power. Therefore, the Word tells us to come out from among them and be separated. Are you willing to obey the word of God in these last days?

A healthy church will not allow genuine ministerial concern to cross the line into manipulation or control. A true shepherd/minister will use his influence to draw church members into a close relationship with Jesus, who is the only “head of the church” (Ephesians 5:23). A true shepherd/minister realizes that the people in his congregation don’t belong to him — they are God’s flock.

As we continue this message in the week open your understanding to receive of the Spirit of Almighty God.

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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