Praise chapel...a cult?
Date: February 05, 2007 06:57AM
So you want to say that PC isn't a cult. Wow, I don't think you could be any more wrong. My sister and her husband have been involved in this church for two years now. My sister and I have never fought before, but after an altercation I had with her controlling husband, I received this letter from her. Please read it and explain to me where she's getting ANY of this from, and how it's even possible that she's not being controlled by this mockery of an onrganization.
To my Beloved Sister,
Joyce, I'm sorry that Jason hurt you. I'm sorry that I haven't called you, but really I feel that your attitude towards me has changed since your argument with Jason and I really can't deal with it, as I have too many other things to deal with. I know you are hurt by the things that Jason said to you. I'm sorry that you had to see him like that. Jason has many faults. He's far from perfect. He's supposed to be taking medication, but he doesn't. He's supposed to see his therapist more, but he's not doing that either. I'm trying to get him to go at least every other week, but he keeps postponing it. He gets paranoid, and it's not your fault, but you bring something out of him. You see, he's already insecure, andd you make him feel more insecure. The reason for this is because you left Noel, and probably deep down he believes that you had the right to, but externally he disagrees with it. The reason he disagrees with it is because if you have the right to leave Noel, then maybe I have the right to leave him. That's his deepest fear. So, in a way, you represent his deepest fear.
The Bible states in 1 Peter 5:8: "Be sober, be vigilant; Your enemy the devil prowls around like a rnarann lane dnnkinn for soinepi;rm to devnur." You see the devil roams about the earth looking for a slight weakness. When he sees one, he pounces. The devil saw and opportunity and went for it. I'm not trying to make any excuses for Jason's behavior. I'm just trying to help you to understand what really happened, and why.
Jason and I are in a spiritual battle. I know that this doesn't make sense to you, but let me try to explain it a little. Just because someone is a Christian, doesn't mean that they cannot be influenced by demons, especially when they already have such a strong hold on a certain person and/or family. There are such things as Spiritual Warfare, Demons, and Generational Curses. They are specifically mentioned in the Bible. These are things that my Pastor doesn't even hardly talk about, but things that I have read about, and talked to people about. I believe that this is what happened to Joe, and because the people he went to see about his condition didn't have proper education or knowledge of this subject they sent him away. If they had been properly educated regarding how to deal w/this, he may have been saved.
Jason's therapist is a man who knows of these things. He is a Pastor in another Praise Chapel. He trys to work with him to break the curses that are against us in our lives. He trys to help him free himself from the demons that are constantly attacking him. But time and time again, Jason falls for the devils tricks and fails. I'm hoping that he will be freed from his bondage at some point, but I'm not sure if he will ever be truly free. The only way he can do this is by totally surrendering his life to God, and so far he has not done this. God cannot work through him until he does this. The demonic forces within him are strong. They have what is called "a strong hold" on him. They know how to push his buttons and get him going. I can see it happening, but once he starts spinning, it's hard to get him back.
This is what satan does to people. It is all very well organized and calculated on his part. This is why the world is the way it is. Every time you see something horrible on the news, know that Satan was behind it. When you cannot understand how someone can kill someone, or rape someone, or molest a child, know that it is because of the demonic forces that are at work in this world.
Jason and I represent a potential church. A potential church represents souls saved, marriages saved, healing in the land, people getting off drugs, people learning to love instead of hate, etc... Satan does not want to see us succeed. He wants us to fail. Not only does he want us to fail, he would love to see us crash and burn. He doesn't want us around you either, because we
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may draw you into Gods kingdom, and he doesn't want that. So, this was a way for him to kill two or three birds with one stone. 1.) Jason acts like and idiot for all to see and ruins his testimony w/several people. 2.) You are so ticked off that you don't want anything to do w/him and apparently the kids and I are included in this. 3.) I may be so upset by this that it causes problems in our marriage, ministry, etc...
Initially, this was my reaction. However, I'm able to forgive my husband. I love him, and I know that I'm meant to be with him. This is where God wants me. I know what our purpose in this world is, and I'm not going to let Satan try to destroy what God has sent us to do. I know you don't understand a lot of what I'm saying, but I'm praying that one day God will open your eyes, and you will be able to see things with clearer understanding.
I know that you have many hurts in your life. I know that you have been mistreated and abused. I know that you have suffered great losses. I have suffered these things as well. However, there is a huge difference between you and me. You harbor bitterness in your heart, and I have forgiven those that have hurt me. Yes, even our grandfather I have forgiven. I had too. It's the onlv way to true freedom. Mark 11:26 states "if you hold anything against anyone, for~-ine him, so that your Father in heaven maye foigive you your sins. " How can we expect our father in Heaven to forgive us of our sins, if we cannot forgive others? Is our forgiveness greater than Gods?
I'm not saying this to exalt myself over you. I'm trying as best I can to find the words to help you understand these things. I know at times you feel lonely, alone, empty, cold, tired, sad, angry, unloved, unappreciated, etc... I know that at times you feel despair in your heart? I believe you must feel like maybe you are missing something, or a part of you is missing? I have watched you search and search for happiness over the years. I know you must feel some of what I'm speaking to you. Let me tell you sister, I love you. I do. With all my heart I love you and I
want to see you truly happy, for maybe the first time in your entire life. However, number one you have to be ready to go through a battle. It's hard to get rid of those demons who haunt you. You have to be willing to forgive those that seem unforgivable. True forgiveness doesn't benefit them, it benefits you. You are the one who will reap the benefits of it. You are the one who will be set free. Don't you long for peace?
I truly believe with all my heart that Satan has been trying to destroy you and your children from the day you were born. Before we were even born, we had a generational curse on us. This is why our family fell apart. "The children will pay foi• this sins of the parents who hate God to the third and fourth generations, but he will show love to those who love Him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations" (Exodus 20:5-6).
Are you going to let satan win? Are you going to continue to pass on this generational curse that our family was put under? At this point, you're not even putting up a fight. You're just conforming to the ways of the world. Believing all of their lies. It's ok to have sex out of
marriage. It's ok to live with someone too. Drugs are cool, drinking is.fun, having a child out of wedlock is ok, there are no real consequences for these things, it's all about what makes you happy, what you like, what you think is fun and ok. So, maybe that's what Rapists, Murders, and Child Molesters think. Maybe that's their philosophy. Are they wrong? Who's really to judge these things anyway? Of coarse I'm not comparing your sins to those; however the Bible states that God sees all sin equally "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:10). The Bible states that God will righteously judge all who do not believe in his Son, and the only ones who will be saved are those who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.
Tell me, do you know where you will go if you die? If you died today, would you be in paradise with your savior? Or, would you go to Hell. What about Angela and Jessica? Where will they go if they die? I believe that if, God forbid, something happened to Tristan, he would indeed go to Heaven, but what about when he's 10, 15, or 20? Unless he's taught about the Lord, he will
not. "For the wages o f sin is death. " (Romans 6:23)
Maybe you don't care if you go to Hell. Maybe it doesn't scare you, or at least not scare you enough for you to change your beliefs. Maybe you don't believe in Heaven or Hell. Maybe you think like some people that Heaven and Hell are here on earth, or something to that effect. And that's fine. You can have any philosophy you want. It's called free will. God gave it to us and he'll never take it away. However, for me personally, I would rather live my life believing in these things to find out I was wrong, then to live my life the other way and end up in Hell. Hell is Hot and Eternity is a long time, and I cannot see myself ever being there. And let me tell you that Hell isn't the worse punishment you can receive. The worst punishment I can think of is to find your self in Hell with your children, and/or grandchildren telling you that they followed you there.
Maybe you think you are a "Good Person" and why would you follow a God who would send someone like you to Hell. First of all you cannot go to Heaven for being a good person, for who is to judge what is good and what is evil? The Bible says, "For ALL have sinned and fall shni°t of' the glory of God. " (Romans 3:23). What we judge or perceive to be good, is not good, for mans eyes are corrupted by the world, and our separation from God. Only God can judge good and evil. "If we say that we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to God, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us fi^om every wrong. (And it is perfectly proper_ for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.) If we claim we have not sinned, we are lying and calling
God a liar,.for He says we have sinned. "(1 John 1:8-10).
I don't want to see you or my nieces and great-nephew going anywhere but Heaven when they die. It's bad enough that I don't know where our father is. I couldn't live with myself, if something happened to any of you, and I didn't tell you these things.
The bible clearly states that the only way to enter the kingdom of Heaven is through Jesus "I am
the way and the truth and the Zife. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). God loves you. He died for you. He died for Angela, Jessica, & Tristan too. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. " (John 3:16). He wants to wipe the slate clean and have a fresh start with you. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2°a Corinthians 5:17).
Do you want a fresh start? Are you ready to break the curse on your life and those of your children and grandchild? Are you ready to be free, to have peace, to be happy? All you have to do is say Yes. Just say Yes, my beloved sister. Yes, Jesus is Lord, Yes I believe in Him, Yes I know I am a Sinner, and need Jesus to cleans me. When you believe these things with all your heart and soul say the prayer on the following page out loud:
Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer asking for the forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and I ask you right now to come in to my
life and be my personal Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and will Worship you all the day's of my Life! Because your word is truth, I confess with my mouth that I am Born
Again and Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus Name, Amenl.!1
I hope you have now said this prayer, and received Jesus into your heart, and if you did CONGRADULATIONS. The bible states that when one person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, that all of Heaven celebrates. I hope that they are celebrating now. I hope that the next time I see you, you will be a new creature in God. Your salvation alone, cannot save your children, but it's a step in the direction of salvation for them. If they see you do it, then maybe they will as well. I will continually pray for all of you.
I wanted to let you know that I'm leading worship on Saturday (1/20) at Women's Ministry (it's like church, but there are oniy women there). It starts at 9:00am. I know it's short notice, but I hope you can still come anyway. I hope that even if you haven't received the Lord, that over time what I've been trying to tell you will sink in, and you will come to understand it one day. Either way, just know that I Love you and miss you and the kids. You all have presents waiting at my house. I wanted to take them to Angela's, but I just haven't had time. I hope to see and/or hear from you soon.
Love Always, Lorraine
"Enter through the narrow gate. F'or wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to fife, and onCy a few find it. "(,,-Watthew 7:13)