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:

http://setfreefromtheic.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/the-doctrines-and-practices-of-the-nicolaitans/

 

 

 

 

 

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Judgment Must Begin First at the Household of God

 Have we in the church not seen the changes in our country, in our culture, in the economy, in the signs of the times- escalating exponentially…even in the last several years? And have we not seen the changes in the churches as well? And that, not for the better?

Or did we think things would go on as they always have, with peace and prosperity? This is the time of great change in the world. If we doubt that God would ever touch America, or even the church, let us remember to look at the history of how the LORD dealt with his people Israel down through the ages.

History repeats itself, over and over, and it is a fact that nations and people who rebel against the LORD are set for judgment and overthrown. America is on the slippery slope. Christians who will heed the Word of God and serve their God in spirit and in truth will have to go through some hard times in the very near future, but they will be spared the harsh judgment of God, for He will protect and make provision for them.

Psalm 91.


http://www.telusplanet.net/public/tsgibson/book1web.htm

1997 05 21.2

“The words of the Lord have not often been followed by those of the church. The ways of God are not the ways of the world. But My people, those who call themselves by My Name have turn their hearts to the ways of the world.

Look at what is said of My so called people. They align themselves with the world, and look like the world. They talk like the world. They act like the world. They work at the things of the flesh. Always seeking a new house, a new car, a new this, or a new that.

I have spoken: we are sojourning through a strange land that you are not citizen to. You are a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Look and know that the way of the Lord has to be spoken by the people of the Lord. They have spoken the ways of the earth. Sin is at the door of My House, the church. I have looked upon it and I have grieved in My heart for the strong ways they have had toward the worldly system of seeking the things of the earth. They have made it their sole occupation to search out, and find the most comfortable life within this earth.

Therefore they shall be judged by the wrath, says the Lord. They have sought the things of the earth. When I bring My wrath down, lets see if they can survive without Me. They have survived without Me in this earth, so lets see when the going gets rough, whether they can walk without Me or not!

Now this may seem to be somewhat fierce from Me, saith the Lord, but it is not. I have brought judgments in the past, and I will bring judgments in the future. But those who will walk with Me, shall be blessed by a protection from the wrath of Me. Those who will not seek Me will fall by that judgment. Those who will repent can then find that wrath protection from that time of repentance onward!

Know that this is a warning of the seriousness of being caught up in the earthly, worldly, system that you are in. Remember, be in the world, BUT NOT OF IT!!”