The Manhattan Declaration-the Ecumenical Movement’s Evil Twin


This is not another expose of the Jesuits, per se, in case you may be wondering, (and yawning), because of the title of the video I posted,  OK?   What it is, then, is a warning of the ecumenical movement, so-called, and it’s evil twin, “The Manhattan Declaration”.

Many Christians are aware of the Roman Catholic Churches push for ecumenism; that is, the embracing of all religions, including “evangelical Protestantism”, coming together under one umbrella in the name and cause of brotherhood, love, peace, and most of all “unity”. A weird, unscriptural group hug that flies in the face of the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.

However, how many church going, evangelical Christians are not aware that their denomination may be joining into this other kindred heresy, “The Manhattan Declaration”? I would hazard a guess to say, the majority of them. The connection to the social gospel, and the Catholic Ecumenical push may be a bit fuzzy, but you can be sure they are all woven together in one way or another to take Christians down the broad path to destruction. Umm, “Can’t we all just get along”?, is the theme.

Satan keeps on connecting his dots…..

There is so much going on in the world today; the need for discernment has never been greater. “The Manhattan Declaration” is in it’s very essence, rooted and grounded in the social gospel. It sounds good, like most things Satan promotes, but  at it’s core, there are dangers and deceptions that Christians should be aware ofSo, who authored “The Manhattan Declaration”?

“On November 20, 2009, Charles Colson, Robert George, and Timothy George set forth a document they called The Manhattan Declaration affirming the sanctity of life, marriage, and religious liberty and calling on Christians everywhere to sign it. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people who profess faith in Christ have affixed their signatures to the document.”

In the article, “Heretics-Calling a Spade” on The Biblical Connection blog,, the author has listed some of the “name brands” who’ve signed the Manhattan Declaration. Among them are Albert Mohler, leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. James Dobson, Chuck Swindoll. and many other powerful and influential Christian “leaders”. This is a very well researched and fascinating  article by the way, and I urge you to read it!

As for me, well, maybe I should just stick to giving my personal testimony, and telling folks the good things the Lord Jesus is doing in my life…which are many. But…’s like this; I agree with The Biblical Connection, and I too,  am very concerned about warning my Christian brethren of the snare of the fowler, Satan, who is busier than ever in these perilous times, trying to drag both believers and none believers into the abyss with him and his fallen angelic hordes. 

Referring to the Apostle Paul’s many warnings about heretics and evil workers, 1 Timothy 1:19-20,2 Timothy 2:17-18 and many others. where Apostle Paul himself, calls a spade a spade :

“We must do the same instead of avoiding criticism and loss of constituents and protecting our financial support for the “sake of the ministry” or we are no better than the Jesuits who pragmatically teach that “the end justifies the means”. Instead of forming our beliefs based upon whether or not we can rally enough people to our cause, we must base our theology upon the Word of GOD alone. If we refuse to name false teachers and avoid them, then we are disobeying Jesus Christ the Final Judge and are allowing a false Gospel to go out unchecked.If we abet those who err from the faith by defending them or by attempting to find some way of making excuses for their errant theology, then we have joined hand in hand with those wolves who would destroy the flock of GOD.”

Now, although I’m not in ministry either and only a blogger as well, I agree these deceptions must not be allowed to slip in unopposed.

“The “ministry opportunities” (i.e. fun in the sun) of those who expose false teachers are limited and their lives are plagued by persecution. Who then wants to speak out? The obvious answer is not very many, but that doesn’t change the commands of Scripture. Payday someday and those enjoying comfort in this life will have to “face the music” in the next life. My guess is that this article will not get rousing support by pastors across the country. If anything, these many shills who refuse to speak out to expose Satanic doctrines and false gospels will turn on me instead.  I am but a lowly blogger who follows the Spirit and the Word of our LORD.  They are the ones who should be saying these things and shepherding the flock. Why aren’t most of them speaking out? Many “wolves” were exposed at the signing of the Manhattan Declaration which is further discussed in one of the articles linked toward the end of this article. Even errant Dr. MacArthur, who has embraced “means of grace sanctification” and who believes that one can take the mark of the beast and still be saved“, sees the dangers of the Manhattan Declaration. MacArthur defines the dangers of this “declaration” in the article at this link. Why are so many of these “popular pastors” so errant? Why are they the only ones given the opportunity to speak for Protestant believers by CNN, Fox News, and other mainstream media?”


Good question and much food for thought,  for your discernment…

In Jesus Christ,










Apostasy: Domestic Abuse Against Women in “Church” and Home

Should not these “forbidden” issues be talked about in Christian circles? I think they must be, especially when these “forbidden” issues continue to go on in supposedly Christian homes and “churches” all over the United States. A “Christian” country?

Yes, of course, I do have to tend to my own walk with Christ, and have plenty of my own spiritual needs and issues to look at,  and mend. But nevertheless, since I have seen Christian women who I know and love being abused verbally and even physically….and….because the very name of my blog is “Spiritual Abuse Sanctuary”, there are times when I feel compelled to speak out. If that offends anyone, I must ask the question “why”? Is our spiritual walk so high and lofty that we can’t see the very serious down to earth problems in the church and take them seriously, and speak out in behalf of our abused sisters? I would hope not. The Lord Jesus Christ was very down to earth as the Son of Man as He walked this earth, even though He was on a very high spiritual plane. He was concerned with both the spiritual needs of those He ministered to, as well as their real life, day to day problems, which in reality, are spiritual issues as well.  How different than most “churches” of today.


Note from Scarlett: Color coding not available on this quote. See original:

Colour coding: John Piper / my translations / my comments

The full text’s of Piper’s “Clarification” may be found here.

Begin translation:

Clarifying Words on Wife Abuse.

Just the title makes this a women’s issue. “Wife abuse.” Why not use the terminology “men who abuse their wives?” Omitting the noun for the abuser — and his gender — makes the abuser less visible and less culpable.

John Piper: “Several years ago, I was asked in an online Q&A, “What should a wife’s submission to her husband look like if he’s an abuser?”
It was so long ago that I wish people would stop bugging me about it already. I mean we took it off of the DG website and everything. But darn the Internet for never forgetting things. Oh well, I guess, I’d better try to save face.”
Cry for Justice: “I continue to assert that Piper’s career should have ended in 2009 when he said “simply hurting her.” That it didn’t, that he still has an audience and over half a million followers on Twitter, is an indictment on the Church and a huge warning signal declaring that Christians still don’t comprehend what abuse is or what to do about it.”


The Truth About Yoga and It’s Dangers to Christians, (or anyone)

First of all, the term “Christian Yoga” is an oxymoron; a contradiction in terms. There is no such thing as Christian yoga. Those who buy into this are flat being sold a bill of goods! Unfortunately, I’m aware that many unsuspecting Christians are now practicing this false and dangerous spiritual practice in churches, yoga studios,  and at home. They’ve been lead to believe yoga is merely a form of physical exercise designed to improve their health and bodies. Or, on the concept of mind, body, spirit, there has been so much made of in modern literature. This is where the problem begins.

I don’t pretend to be an expert on yoga, (and I don’t want to be),  but I do know quite a bit about the bible and it’s founder, the  MOST HIGH GOD, THE CREATOR, and His Son, the LORD JESUS CHRIST. And I find that Yoga is not compatible with the biblical scriptures or the teachings of the LORD JESUS.

Wikipedia is not the end all-be all on any given subject perhaps, but there is an pretty good outline on this link of what Yoga is all about, confusing as that may be. Take a look. With a sensitively attuned spiritual eye, (not the third eye they claim), one can clearly discern there are some disturbing roots attached to the very essence of yoga. Read here:

The name Yoga appears to be defined as a “Yoking together”. Yoked to what I wonder? Practitioners claim it’s a “yoking together of mind, body and spirit”. Sounds harmless and good, but is it? I don’t think so.

If you continue reading, you will begin to realize that yoga is very definitely a spiritual practice with some very dangerous spiritual aspects. The idea of meditation, of emptying the mind for example, as opposed to focusing in prayer directed toward God, the Father and the Lord Jesus.

We might well mention in this post, the recent resurgence of the “Comtemplative Prayer” or Christian mysticism movement within the Christian community, which is also closely and  dangerously connected to Meditation.

There  other many other “yokings”, all closely aligned or linked confusingly together of supposed “beneficial”  spiritual practices such as the New Age teachings and modalities under the banner of Christianity. Reiki, for example, claims to be inspired by God, or even Christ in some cases, and by some practitioners.

Then in the mix of all this confusion are the so-called “massage therapies”, the “Medical “Intuitives”, (in other words, psychics), “light workers”, Tarot Card Readers, even Scientologists…… and the list goes on.

Even when one goes to what are apparently “orthodox” medical sources such as Mayo Clinic or WebMD, there is advice to “meditate” for healing and relaxation. All these are claiming to be ways to healing and some claim to be divinely inspired. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

What do the scriptures say about these things?

First of all, Yoga is yoked or linked to the Hindu religion. It is a heathen religion. Poles apart from the teachings of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.” Jeremiah 10:2-4


“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ” KJV 2nd Cor 10:5
Finally, we might as well include this entire chapter for guidance and wisdom by the teaching of our great teacher the Holy Spirit:

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

I sincerely hope those Christians reading this post will take it to heart and stick close to the scriptures, and obedience to the Lord Jesus and His teachings.  And to those who may be involved in practicing, teaching or promoting Yoga; or the other things I mentioned, I hope and pray you will not take offense but reconsider what you are doing. You may have gotten into this innocently enough not knowing the truth about how dangerous it is spiritually and physically. But, please, reach out to Jesus Christ in prayer and repentance. He will not only forgive but will bring y0u to a knowledge of the truth.

In Christ,




Woman, Neither Do I Condemn You


There are many heresies, false doctrines and evils that have been perpetrated in churches which are totally un-scriptural, and have given rise to the abuses described by Ms. Theill in her articles, as well as in her book Bonshea.!

One of the churches “best kept secrets” until the advent of the Internet and the power of the printed word has been the shameful spiritual, physical and financial abuse against women. One such false doctrine is the notion of men being the “priest of the home”. All Christians, if they have grown up in even a modicum of maturity in what they claim to believe, should know the “priesthood” was abandoned under the New Covenant. And in any case, the “priesthood” of the believer was NEVER A LICENSE” to beat, rape and abuse your wife in any way, shape or form, and teach your children to kick, disrespect and abuse their own mother.

Why do these men, who claim to be God fearing Christian men, do such things, clearly against the teachings of Christ? Simply because of the evil in their own hearts and lives…there can be no other reason. And then in order to attempt to validate their abuse, they cowardly hide behind the scriptures they’ve twisted beyond recognition.

Please read Cheryl McGraths article here that clearly dismantles the lies behind such aberrant unsound and distorted doctrines:

Ms. Theill and many others have rightly rejected such malicious doctrines and the abuses that go along with them. And have been persecuted because of it. I have been as well, including such spiritual abuse in the so-called organized church. I know it happens, and more often than most of you reading this may realize!


Ask yourselves, is it any wonder that a woman would want to flee, to escape from such abuse “in the name of God” at all costs, when staying in it would have cost her very life?

Even in the secular courts, people are serving jail time for less abuse of cats and dogs. But those playing the religious card due to the laws on the books about so called “freedom of religion”- wicked men get a free pass to abuse their own wife worse than a helpless animal. And their supporters run to their defense.

The litmus test is love. As Jesus taught, the two great commandments upon which hang all the law and the prophets was loving God, and next, your neighbor as yourself. To you, Coral’s abuser, as well as your supporters…you fail on all counts.

And to  Coral’s brainwashed children, please read Cheryl McGraths article.

How do the scriptural truths in this line up with what you’ve been taught by your father? You can’t have it both ways. Somebodie’s been lying to you. Be honest with yourselves. You will be just as accountable as any of us for rejecting the great law of love. No excuses, no excep tions. Have you any empathy, understanding or compassion for what your own mother has endured? If not, then it’s time for some serious self examination of what’s in your own hearts. I say these things not to condemn you, but to cause you to “think and reflect” upon your actions and beliefs, whether they line up with the love of Christ and His example.

It is true, that Coral has turned her back on Christianity, and if you read her story and book, you wouldn’t be able to blame her under the circumstances she endured almost to her death, had she not escaped. She and I do not agree on scriptural issues, except for what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. We both realize that what was perpertrated against her was not only wrong, it was pure evil. However, I have chosen to love her and continue to champion her cause for the very reason Christ said, “Woman, neither do I condemn you”. Coral was never an unfaithful wife, but a devoted mother. I understand what Coral has gone through because I have seen similar abuses coming out of so-called Christian homes, (and churches), perpertrated by visious, sadistic men “acting in the name of Christ” betraying his Holy Name and purpose.

Mind you, I am not accusing loving Christian men here that treat their wives and children as they should, according to Christ’s commandments, rightly studied and applied to their livesand taught to their children.

If you have an argument with me, or Cheryl McGrath for her article, please take it to prayer.

I will post Coral’s Web address, so that you may read her story for yourself, and then decide before taking issue with me.!


Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss


“We Won’t be Fooled Again”.

(or will we?)

 Some things never change. Jesus for example, never changes; thank The Lord God for that!  But it seems there are other forces that war against our spirits; that is the spirit of antichrist, of whom we have been warned from the beginning, the deception of Satan himself, (the old Boss), that wars against our very souls for control and preeminence. Stop and think just how many new movements, (or even old ones) have arisen since the inception of the Body of Christ in the early primitive church. Jesus Christ warned of false prophets, and false Christs. The Apostle Paul in many places warned of new strange doctrines and deceiving, seducing spirits.

” For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[c] which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.” Acts 20:27-30

Indeed, Satan has not changed…only his tactics have changed, in ways that may seem right.  He has managed to send his messengers and workers right into the Body of Christ with subtle deceptions mixed in with a grain of truth, just as  The Old Boss did in the garden when he pulled the wool over Eve’s eyes, and then Adam succumbed as well. Making something good and righteous seem wrong, when in reality it would mean the very fall of man in the end.

And so now, many thousands of years later, at the very end of the age, Satan is still in the business of fooling the very Body of Christ, the LORD’S people. The mainstream- follow -the-herd-along -church, is already in deep apostasy, the Great Falling Away. backslidden church. Well. some may be outraged by my saying this, but go figure…..if the “church” as we know it has already succumbed to buying into the “Doctrines and deeds of the Nicolaitans”, the thing that Jesus said He hated, in Revelations Ch. 2,you can be sure the “church” is capable of being deceived into other damnable doctrines that seduce Christians hearts and spirits away from the plain truth of the Word of God in the Bible.

Here in the following passage the LORD JESUS confirms first the “good things” in the compromising Pergamos church, but then warns of the evil they have allowed right into their midst! And….He says He will FIGHT THEM, if they don’t repent. Wouldn’t you think that is something serious to take heed to? Like I said, somethings never change, and deception is one of those things, even perhaps more prevalent in this hour than it was in that day!

 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:  “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.[a] 16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’Rev 2: 12-17


So, Satan has something for everyone in this day and age. That’s why we have seen so many different “church” denominations, as the Apostle Paul warned, “Is Christ divided?”1Cor 1:12-14 . These “church” denominations are Nicolaitan at their very roots in any case:

And…..also why we have had so many “movements” down through the years. For example, consider the plethora of new “teachings” that have come on the scene supposedly to bring us to new revelations of “truths” of the Gospel of Christ, (The LORD”S true gospel is unchangeable).  These new movements and teachings that depart from the Gospel in sometimes subtle ways, are adding to the Word of God and are geared to lead even sincere Christians away from JESUS and into darkness. They are heresies and doctrines of devils, and seducing spirits which promise a “deeper walk” or “new way to JESUS”, they LIE!

My position is that if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it”. The teachings of JESUS CHRIST in His Goepel and as taught by His Holy Apostles and Prophets are Truths you can rely on to take you all the way through to the Grand Finale. We simply don’t need to be drawn away by anything else; we can overcome by obeying the Commandments of JESUS and by being taught by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit…PERIOD! How simple can that be? It’s all we need, with nothing added to or taken away!

All that said, here is a very serious warning to take heed to coming from Lighthouse Trails Reaserch Blog:

Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation? (Important Reasons Why They Shouldn’t)

I’ve read it, and see that this “new/old” deception comes on the heels of the “contemplative prayer movement” and is in fact yet another take on it. Studying the roots of it, it is pagan to the core. Unfortunately, much of the “church” is buying into it, as yet another “way to go deeper into God”, and it’s a total heresy. Don’t fall for it! I thank God that the Holy Spirit warns those who are grounded in the Word of God and prayer to recognize deception. None of us can take credit for the work of the Spirit; the truth is we can’t do without the Holy Spirit, and to try, would doom us to failure, and that is just what Satan is trying to do with his bucket list of “new improved deceptions”. 


Illegitimate Authority: “Control, Intimidate & Dominate”



I happen to like Derek Prince very much. I’ve learned a lot from listening to his godly teaching borne out of many years of loving and serving the LORD, and imparting this godly wisdom to the LORD’S people. However, when I looked at the title of this video I was rather taken aback and thought, “Oh no, is he going to be one of these that is teaching that witches have infiltrated the church houses.’  But as I began listening to what he was saying, I realized that I had jumped to a very wrong conclusion. That is not at all what Derek Prince was talking about, but rather witchcraft that orginates from within the illegitmate use of authority in the church, and I might add, not just through the leadership, but perhaps in many cases through the members of the church. Or, possibly, since we are supposed to be THE CHURCH/EKKLESIA, we may possilby be affected by illegitimate authority in our own personal lifes in our relationships, in the home, or families, and friends.

What is he talking about, this “illegitimate authority”? And how does he define it? It is any self-appointed artificial authority that doesn’t originate with God, but is working according through a person or institution, (even in church settings) that is not of God’s authority or divine will. To simplify, illegitimate authority is witchcraft. This is an eye opener when one thinks about it in terms of how this can possibly effect or has affected most of us at one time or another. When those of us who have been members of churches, we have encountered this illegitimate authority operating over us in the form of legalism seeking to control us through sets of rules established by a man made authority.

So, looking closer, and put more simply, witchcraft is defined this way;

Witchcraft :

the nature of witchcraft which is closer than you might think..basically it is an attempt by people to control you.
1 manipulate

2 intimidate
3 dominiate … the goal is the same… to control you.

God never seeks to manipulate, intimidate, or dominate you, so these things are not of God, but signposts and red flags that you are dealing with a spirit of witchcraft. We must learn to recognize this spirit and behavior and not allow this to have an effect upon us in our spiritual or personal lives.

If you doubt this can happen in church settings; that is to say in the organized church, you should look more  deeply into the rebellion that exists, and was in fact established in the very origins of what we have come to know as the organized or institutional churches. These types of churches have their origins in what Jesus said he hated, “The doctrines and deeds of the Nicolaitans”. in Rev, Ch 2. Why does Jesus Christ hate this so vehemently? Because it is a controling, manipulating, form of witchcraft attemptiing to control and dominate the LORD’S Ekklesia, and His legitimate authority. It is a rogue illegitimate authority, not operating under God’s authority but setting up it’s own form, of rule,  and in the process usurping God’s lawful purpose for His Body, which is liberty and freedom in the Holy Ghost, not the bondage and chains of Nicolaitism.

 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2nd Cor 3:17


I personally have experienced this bondage back during the days when I was a dedicated churchaholic, and even then, it never did  quite set right with me. I felt I was obligated to be there every time there was a “church service” or else I felt guilty. And then there were the members who if I missed a time, would invariably say, “We missed you at “church” last week”, and then expected a reply or reason to be given why you weren’t there. There was a war going on inside of me. Oh, such a heavy weight to be under. And so, even as a new Christian,  the Precious Holy Spirit was trying to deal with me and show me there was liberty in the Spirit, not the bondage of the legalism, I was torn between the two and didn’t understand because the “institute” of the organized church is so ingrained in the mindset of the public they equate Christianity with a “church building” and this set of man made rules, that if anyone is a Christian, then he or she by neccessity, must then be connected to one of these gilded bird cages. It is such a lie! This is the essence of witchcraft, right in the church setting, looking for all it’s worth to be pure and holy…..but it’s not, because it is in rebellion to the will of God!

The LORD GOD hates rebellion, because it turns people away from Him and the Truth;

1 Samuel 15:23 (KJV) “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft…” 

“For they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.” Psalm 107:11

Deuteronomy 18:14 (NAS) “For those nations, which you will dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.”

Jeremiah 5:23-25King James Version (KJV)

23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.

24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.


So you see, many of us have been guilty of being ignorant of these truths, and then placing ourselves under the bondage of witchcraft,  to our own hurt. This we have suffered out of ignorance, which is not God’s will, but we can also suffer, not from being in bondage by others but by our own wilful stubborn Frank Sinatra musical mindset of “I did it my way”.   See the following article to explain more what the Nicolaitan Witchcraft doctrines and deeds consists of:






Worship as Warfare: Why I’m Done Hiding

Originally posted on messytheology:

This time of year always fills me with dread. The chill in the air and the dates on the calendar elicit layers of unpleasant memories: life-threatening illnesses and terrorizing nightmares, mental torment and emotional turmoil, relational conflict and violent spiritual attacks.

For those who are unfamiliar with the experience of living in close proximity to overt idol worship or spirit-invoking rituals, I recognize that this may sound odd or overly dramatic. But for those of us to whom that experience is sickeningly familiar, grappling with the unexpected fallout of a cosmic spiritual struggle becomes an unavoidable part of life.

This harrowing spiritual struggle became a part of our lives at this time fifteen years ago, when we first made the decision to live and serve in a Hindu holy city in South Asia. Each fall, the ten days of Navratri (a festival of worship for the Hindu goddess Kali, also…

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