> Reepicheep Wrote:
> > Puddington mentioned the "Rebellion is as
> > witchcraft" mantra. It reminded me of a
> > in about 1970. I don't know the names or
> > specifics, but I was told by a ministry high in
> > the Walk leadership that a Blix girl ran away
> > her boyfriend. This ministry said that very
> > afterwards, the two died in a car crash. The
> > of the story was all about judgment on
> > Way to scare the teenagers into absolute
> > compliance.
> One possible response to this scare tactic now is
> to point out that the Man of God, who many of us
> spent so many years praying to enter into
> resurrection life, died in his early 60's of
> cancer. Meanwhile, his nephilim wife, who was the
> target of innumerable death prayers, lived a
> fairly long life...possibly enjoying her hobby of
> ballroom dancing until osteoarthritis put a stop
> to it. Or maybe she remained active until the end,
> in spite of the effects of old age.
> The following is an inspirational link...I've
> already checked to make sure it is not
> clip from an SCTV sketch. It appears legitimate:
Poor Martha. JRS speculated that the disembodied spirits of Nephilim roamed the earth and desired to possess and control his wife. I said speculate because there seems no clear evidence in Scripture for the spirits of Nephilim continuing on earth. When the death prayers began, Martha must have thought, "I'm dancing as fast as I can."
Some of you may have read Walter Martin's book "Kingdom of the Cults." In 2008, his "Kingdom of the Occult" was published. Martin like some Christians believed there is an entity called Satan or Lucifer as mentioned in the gospel accounts and that there are Bible based criteria to detect demons. The following in from pages 423-425:
Viruses are invisible to the naked eye, but we know they exist because we developed the equipment that enabled us to see them. We may not be able to place a demon under a microscope, but God gave us the means to see them:
1.Demons speak in multiple voices and in multiple languages unknown to the person they possess.
2.Demons exhibit superhuman strength.
3.Demons have access to private information that a possessed person could never know.
4.Demons respond to and obey authority in the name of Jesus Christ.
Did Martha speak in multiple voices, languages, exhibit superhuman strength etc. If Martha had a demon, why didn't JRS exorcise it?
I recall once at Southgate, JRS commented about some spooky phenomenon going on at his home. He yelled out to Marilyn who was at the back of the room, "Isn't that right." He seemed to have caught Marilyn off guard, but she replied something like, "Oh, yes."
I don't judge JRS for wanting out of his marriage. Couples can grow apart. But I do call out JRS for manipulating the congregation to pray and prophesy death to a Nephilim spirit that he said possessed Martha. When in fact there probably isn't such an entity and he never proved to the congregation there was such an entity. The fact they we fell for it, didn't question it, participated in the intercession with such conviction says to me that all JRS had to do was (as Corboy and Cloudwatcher just posted) make the suggestion, the nuance and we performed like robots because it was a well run cult.