”I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive”- .Romans 16:17-18
It is not really about God…. It is about him !
He talks about God, but is not in love with Him. God is an academic topic, not someone he has a personal relationship with.
Many claims of exaggerated nature, regarding personal accomplishments, based on self –efforts, not undeserved mercy of God.
He has special “anointing” that makes him someone you need to look up to.
You need to depend on him for prayer and blessings, since you do not have the gifts and favor he does.
He needs to lay hands on you, since he is your intercessor, not Jesus. (He does not tell you this, but he never tells you to go directly to Jesus when in need. He tells you to come up for prayer, and HE intercedes).
* This is different than just praying for someone to show support. We all can intercede for each other as well, but we must recognize the true intercessor, who is Jesus.
Sin of pride. Grandiose self image. Not humble.
Demands attention. Struts around the stage, storms around, or paces around to keep your eyes on him. Very theatrical.
May have a dreamy, far away look in his eyes – this makes him look “spiritual.”
Undaunted by resentment of him, seeks envy as proof that he is something superior that others are not.
Benefits whether – reputation is good or bad- he can use the bad reputation to his advantage, saying the devil is after him.
Overreacts to situations
Boastfully displays God’s blessings as favor from God, and to inspire adulation, imitation, and envy
* Much of his money blessings he got from taking the money you gave to God.
Seeks attention, and special recognition for being so special.
“Be like me” messages.
Manipulates others to obtain status, control, compliance, money, attention.
Effective brainwashing tactics. You believe everything he says, without checking out the content for truth.
Religious cult atmosphere. Too much uniformity in behavior. Putting church as top priority, instead of family. People will let their families go hungry in order to pay tithes to the church, or they will spend more time at church than with their families. Will sacrifice self and family for church, and this puts stress on everyone. Families may break up.
He targets the naive, vulnerable, uneducated or mentally weak. They believe whatever he says.
Great emphasis on money, personal empowerment, prosperity to keep you hooked.
False “power of God” movement – counterfeit – demonic origin. Clue- do you feel no better, or worse afterward, if you are “slain in the spirit?” Think about it. If the real God touches you, He does not do it without it affecting you in a constructive way.
Little or no emphasis on holiness, purity, or humility.
Entertains, or allows, false prophecy to enhance self image or image of his “chosen ones” who help him. God does not choose you, he does.
False prophecy : over generalized, vague, no impact on your spirit, something anyone can say about anyone, or anything. (God loves you, seek my face, come to me, Worship with us. I know your problem, and I will help you, God is calling you to serve Him, this country has problems, etc) Any specific things said were picked up from knowing you anyhow, or they were already predicted in the Bible, and they are plagiarizing it. Or they guess and get it wrong. Future events do not come true.
True prophecy: specific details given, impacts your spirit, unique to you. Say things that only God knows about you, or the situation. No way of knowing these things unless God is involved. What seems like unlikely predicted events actually come true.
He falsely portrays himself to be virtuous, the perfect father, husband, spiritual leader, advisor, mentor, friend.
Controls you by enrapturing you with his spirituality, and you submit.
Can control you by twisting scripture to make you feel guilty if you do not obey him, or do not believe the same way.
Distorts scripture. Puts new meanings on existing passages, or uses them out of context for the purpose of gain. (Jeremiah 6:13…Then the LORD told me, “These are the lies that the prophets are telling in my name: They claim that I sent them, commanded them, and spoke to them. They dreamed up the visions they tell you. Their predictions are worthless. They are the products of their own imagination) Deuteronomy 4:2 ”Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you”.
Feels “gain is godliness” in some way. Poverty is a curse, and you must strive for worldly gain. Jesus “died” so you could be “rich.”
ADVISE TO VICTIMS:
- Avoid him. Leave. (1 Timothy 6: 9…..People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10….For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11….But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness”)
- Know his payoff is attention, money or abusing you. (1 Timothy 6:3….If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4….he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5….and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain). 1 TIMOTHY 6:17 ….Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
- Be suspicious of excessive charisma.
- Ask for fair recognition of anything legitimate you have to offer. If he rejects you as unimportant, take that as a clue as to what he is.
- Pray for the church that blind eyes be opened.
- If you are brave enough, document wrong doings so they can be exposed later.
- Remember that you serve God, not man. “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)
- Be ready to minister to any victims he has, and counsel them to leave. Be careful, since he will condemn you to others if he finds out. But do not worry, you do not need his approval anyhow. You only need God’s approval. ”No One Comes To the Father, But Through Me”: (John 14:6)
Culled from: The Jezebel Pastor/Minister