Some comments I received on Facebook inspired me to voice my gripes about how false teaching misleads new believers in Christ, and I didn’t know at the time how it was wrong. I didn’t know the damage it could cause a person and I believe I suffered for a longer time because of false teaching.
I sought God in a sincere way and just assumed that people teaching the classes I joined online, or through a website, knew more than me, and so I gave them the authority to teach me in ways that I know are wrong now. How many more people are being misled by people who teach falsely, and start schools, making money online from the new students they lure into those “magical healing” or demonic warfare courses where they claim to cast out all demons? My fear is that these will weaken a new Christian and open doors to their accepting the teachings that will call upon and give permission to the demons that would love nothing better than to pray upon, and destroy, a new Christian? A new Christian who doesn’t know the way to Christ, who does not know who He is, has not had enough time to begin a relationship, knowing who Christ is?
We need to know Christ who died for us on the cross, in place of our sins being used to destroy us after we die; leaving us in a place for eternity that will decide whether we live for eternity on the dark side and suffer, or with Christ on the bright side, the side of eternal loving life, to worship Him and live in peace?
Which side do you want to be on? Life for eternity with Christ our Savior, or with the devil and his demons, because those are the two choices we have, the two places a person will reside for eternity.
Make the choice now!
Hear me discuss my gripe about false teaching and how I was raised as an atheist.
I really am angry at preachers who are falsely teaching the schools of thought leading to the “seeker sensitive, new-apostolic reformation, prosperity gospel, divine healing” and even the “fourth wave” Christianity. I was caught in one of those being new to the faith, seeking the Lord Jesus Christ, and not knowing what to do to “find” him. I tried speaking in tongues until one night I actually did at home in my apartment there in Vacaville, California. What I didn’t know is that I was being taught the false doctrine of the devil, who might have begun to target me years before, for accepting people’s reciting The Lord’s Prayer, at the end of some 12-step recovery meetings I attended.
Rewind back to about year 1986, I can remember, I had given birth to my daughter but had attended many a meeting for being married to an alcoholic. I was raised to be an atheist, my father had been an alcoholic, and I married and alcoholic. Seems the norm for many of us who were raised in that kind of family.
Then when I had attended Al-Anon meetings, branched out into several other recovery meetings and groups where they said that we could “have a god of our own understanding”, I became open to the possibility of God being Jesus Christ. I guess you could say I became very tolerant of those people, saying The Lord’s Prayer myself at the end of those meetings.
Going to church in that false-doctrine, “full gospel” church that was so misleading, I think that Satan got his way when I fell down on my face, in a manner of speaking, learning the wrong doctrine and thinking I was “speaking in tongues”. But it was all gibberish with no understanding on my part – or God’s. He must have been truly upset to see a lady seeking Him speaking gibberish, then for years after that, being tormented by demons of the devil. I am so mad at the false doctrines of mega-church pastors, not letting people really come to know God, but getting in the way of the people God reached out to in order that they respond and want to know him, so that they can lead lives with God’s strength, kindness and courage he gives that we are not capable of, of ourselves.
He is real and true, and I was mislead, but Jesus has called out to me in a way I can answer. He never let go of my life but kept me in his hands. I have found God today and talk to Him regularly, knowing my strength comes from him; my bravery to stand up to the tyranny of people who try to stand in my way and stop me from whatever I am doing.
The annoyances of creeps who want to hurt me at work is one way I know satan uses people to come at me, but I win in this due to God’s helping me to understand; He is real, and is the One True God.
My home is my van. People like me are known as “van dwellers”, and I park at night in a parking lot near the greater Seattle area. People are allowed to park in a parking lot of a church on what is known as the “East Side”, near Seattle. It is on the east side of Washington Lake, the big lake to the east of Seattle. The church is located in the city of Kirkland, near Redmond, close to the 405 freeway. If you look at the map below you can see the city called “Kingsgate” where I hide out a lot in the library, because it’s the best one between Kingsgate and the built-up city of Bellevue, where Bill Gates’ major MicroSoft campus is.
There are three or four more “safe car parking camps” that I am aware of in the state of Washington. The Mayor of Seattle, the one who is being accused of being a former pedophile, made an issue of the homeless crisis a few years back, when he tried to open safe car camps for the homeless, but I don’t know what happened to the ones he was opening. They are not available, but he did go on and try and open emergency crisis shelters, to help get the homeless off the streets. I think the temporary beds were added during some winter months but I’m not sure if they still are, now.
I’m not one for talking much when I’m not sure I want to know someone. I’m not sure I would want to meet the people who camp at the car camp like me. They are a rag-tag looking bunch who seem to not move their cars, who stay there all day and never move on. A few have plastic lawn chairs they put out and sit on while they smoke in the smoking area. People must be on disability or receive some sort of assistance, so they stay and stay and stay. The car camp I stay at has no limit to the time you are allowed to live there, in the parking lot. You just can’t pitch a tent, and no RV’s are allowed. They need us to move out on Sunday so they can have their regular church-goers park, in time for church at 9:00 am, I believe. They like us out early and I never stay around to see if everyone actually moves their cars or not. We are told to park them on the street until 1:00 pm Sunday after church activities are over.
I thought about why I’m here. Born and raised in California, I migrated to the midwest, after a child was born that I really didn’t know. Her father battered me and I got away from him, and spent many long years alone, fighting to protect my only daughter who doesn’t know me today. Was it worth it? I guess when you’re trying to mother a child that wants her mother but the father keeps interfering in a custody battle he must win, in order to retaliate to the mother for wanting to leave him because he was violent, among other things, it was an attempt to get my child to safety; my safety.
I went to court several times without a lawyer, and that was key at the time. They didn’t recognize us parents who went to court without an attorney. I joined groups to help me write the legal documents I would need because I had no money to pay for an attorney, and attorney’s aren’t good at protecting children in the first place. They don’t get the concept and they don’t do the work to help a parent trying to escape domestic violence. I went to a shelter with my child but it didn’t last long and she was lost to the father who had been friends with the attorney who frauded the documents making it look like I signed away full and sole custody of my daughter. Of course that wasn’t the truth; he just made it all seem that way. Without getting into all the details, it was a horrid life.
The long and the short of it was that as I came to realize I was alone in life, the family who I’d grown up with did not support me, really, I did know I had a god of my understanding from my 12-Step program I was part of for many years. It was not the real God of Jesus Christ. It was where I began saying the Lord’s prayer without feeling angry. It was a starting point for me to begin to accept there may be a true god, but I was not at a point of knowing God. As an atheist then, I was respectful of the Christians and I did not fight against what they had to say if they mentioned anything Christian. That’s more than what a lot of people get as far as respect today if they are Christians. It seems there is so much hate and blame directed at believers, but that’s for another blog post.
I went through two or three churches trying to gain strength over many years, and winding up in the midwest was a hard step for me. I had gone through churches where I had no understanding about what they teach: some were speaking in tongues churches where I fell to the ground quite a few times not knowing what was happening to me. Some might say I had been “slain in the spirit” and it was all quite crazy to me. Hence my gripe about the churches that teach those things. I can hear the preachers now; “Glory hallelujiah, let’s all fall to the ground and begin to crawl like dogs and bite each other on the necks!”, laughing like hyenas and saying the spirit really is really heavy on poeple tonight, or something like that. I didn’t go to that extent, but I did fall a few times, more than a few, and I didn’t know what it was all about. Nor do I want to know. That’s just an example of what I went through in churches in years past, before I really knew God.
The way to God is not through magical experiences where you may be afraid, but through the continual, consistent, reading of the Word. Get some understanding about what you’re reading before believing anything you hear in church. Church’s vary widely in what they teach and believe. You might as well get some really good understanding by comparing what highly recommended pastors might say online. Follow good examples by pastors who have learned; they study the word taking seriously what they teach. They have you new converts who don’t know what to follow and don’t know who to reach out to in mind; they are carrying the Word of God with them in their hearts.
John MacArthur and Justin Peters are two good ones I can rely on to hear the truth from. They are not Word of Faith, nor Faith healers, Prosperity or Law of Attraction people. Those are not really teaching the Word of God. They might be little gods in their doctrine, trying to impress, become more popular and want to guide you. You must beware: there are many who want a following of the “sheeple people” who won’t study and do what it takes to learn the true gospel, and they might want to carry the flesh too far, gathering you in to the worst places, wanting your money, your recommendations, your adulation, your worship of them. Look the Jesus Christ, the One True God; not man for guidance. He is good and the light may shine for you through the reading of the bible. I read the KJV; only the King James Version, for those of you who want to know.
I’m especially watchful now that I know I went through years of spiritual darkness, that had deleterious effects on my life for far too long. I want to pursuade you to know the truth. Stick to the truth teachers who are not far from God in their walks; they really know Him and are not teaching the wrong thing. Otherwise, you might come under the effects of a wrong doctrine and wrong way of life.
You might never escape the clutches of Satan’s demons, who, when you want to know God, will come tear you apart. I’m just warning you. A sister in Christ would do no less, truthfully.
With new information over time, I have come to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior who has saved me from death. I have come through many sad times, scary times and stressful times. After learning who the Lord Jesus Christ was, I knew I had been on the wrong path for many years before I finally Came to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Many mistakes have been made from the Word of God being changed. He has gone through a metamorphesis many times from the strange ways people have described him throughout the years that I have heard: he “has a sense of humor” was a favorite of the 12-Step Recovery Program I spent time in, from about 1974 or 1975 through about 1993 or 1994. I studied a lot of the literature and spoke at many meetings. At one point I held meetings in my home, in Fairfield, California. But this wasn’t satisfactory to me, no, not really. I still had a deep place in my heart that had not been healed.
Before that I had gone to a spirit-filled church, or so they called themselves, where I learned what “speaking in tongues” was. Now, I don’t believe that any more, but as a baby Christian then, if you could call it that, I needed to know more about who the Lord God was, and not the showmanship of those who yelled out strange words during a service that I didn’t understand. It scared me back then, making me afraid. I had no idea what that meant and I dread that this is still going on in churches today and that these strange words come out of people’s mouths to add to the confusion of what’s already out there when it comes to knowing God. Not many are telling the truth; they are grandstanding, instead.
As a child I was taken to church maybe two times, by my grandmother on my mother’s side. She was a Methodist. I visited her when I was very young; I must have been four or five at the time. Looking back, it seems I was that young, because whenever I did visit her, she didn’t say much to me and then she would take me to church where I sat quietly next to her. Nobody explained a thing to me; a small child at such a young age who wouldn’t have understood who Jesus was or the point of the sermons. I didn’t understand a word they said.
That is why I think it is more important than ever, that we rightly divide the Word and share it with others. They may not be ready but we should not allow those who are wrongly saying what Jesus is or did, what He meant, or any wrong teaching publicaly especially. I know how it is to not understand what is going on during a sermon and how you can be afraid and confused, letting Satan punish you all the more for wanting to come to Jesus.
It is a big mistake to learn those fantastical tricks of the trade, thinking you’re appearing to be special and of God, when you’re only confusing the people, teaching them wrong things, especially concerning signs and wonders, only to appear great.
Filling the pews isn’t the point. God had a message and reason, and still has, for sending Jesus to earth who preached the gospel to the poeple. He was not focused on seeming to appear “magical”, to do tricks for the people, but only to get them to hear the Word. That was the point of His coming. To hear the Word is the point.
Hearing, then believing.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17
That is the orderly way He taught. He is a God of peace and order; not confusion.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:33
I didn’t want to hear that God was a peculiar man up in the sky speaking in tongues, to add to my confusion. I wanted to seek Him.