By Pastor Pam Sheppard
The “fear” of not being saved/born again is a tactic used by evil entities to capture and keep the individual in bondage.
The methods are numerous. A popular one is preaching or teaching on Hell – then giving the altar call afterwards to scare up a conversion. The evil entities will play on the individuals’ emotions, and fill their minds with such fearful thoughts, that they can not rightly think or reason for themselves. Many misunderstand and are motivated by what seems like a desire for God, but when you look closely at the roots of their experience, it is out of fear of going to Hell that produces a surface “desire” for God which birthed a false conversion that came through the underhanded work of a religious fallen angel.
The doctrines of original sin and eternal damnation are true. Yet the way those doctrines are preached have caused tremendous psychological distress, forcing folk into to a double bind. The duality is that they are judged as guilty and responsible and face eternal punishment, yet they have no ability to do anything about it. In fact, they cannot even stop sinning altogether because they are not really saved. so the captives to this dilemma continue to confess and be forgiven, hoping that they have met the criteria despite a complete lack of feedback about whether they will actually make it into heaven.
Were you led to God because of fear of hell? The psychological damage does not go away overnight. In fact, because this sort of indoctrination in young childhood is so powerful, the fear of hell can last a lifetime despite rational reasoning. Likewise the damage to self-esteem and basic self-trust can be crippling. This is why there are so many thousands of walking wounded – people accused and condemned by a religious demon., aka the spirit of the Anti-Christ.
Deep down, the fear makes it that much harder to actually LOVE, or even LIKE, the God they are supposed to love in order not to go to this horrible place of eternal torture.
It’s like a catch-22.If You DON’T love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, the teaching strongly implies that you are going to this horrible place. Yet just the fact of having to force yourself to conjure up feelings of love under threat of torture, makes it IMPOSSIBLE to do. All such captives to this form of toxic religion can do is bury those feelings & deceive themselves. – So spiritual deception becomes a spiritual defense mechanism to keep them alive, because if they really comprehended the dilemma placed in front of them, how could they NOT end up in a mental hospital? One must have strong, sound mind to withstand the accusation, condemnation, guilt and shame that religious demons act upon such captives on a daily basis.
This is spiritual abuse. Torture, in fact. Toxic theology, at its best.
So what is the answer?
Live your life. Do not listen to such preaching. We are not to preach hell but we are to preach the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. If you have been chosen by God, you belong to God even on your most sinful day. Before you die, He will come for you, even if its at your death bed. The Holy Spirit needs less than 5 seconds to save you and snatch you out of the devil’s hands.
Also know that the true desire for God comes from God. We are ALL sinners and the scriptures reveal that none of us would desire Him on our own for any reason. So if you desire God because you are afraid of hell, then you have not heard from God. God does not hand out spirits of fear and torment to His people. So if you are in fear, you have not heard from God. Also what that tells me is that you believe more in hell than in the God who created the place, not originally for us, but for Satan, fallen angels and demons. Satan and demons are not IN hell—at least not yet.
If you truly desire God, then He put that desire in you. He has given you the desires of His own heart. And once He has given you a desire for Him, He will cause you to be born again. Read how He does it from the prophet Eziekiel:
Ezekiel 36:25-27New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will removethe heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
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