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Author Topic: An AHAA Moment for our Questioning Souls: What WAS that I was under?  (Read 815 times)
Janet Easson Martin
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« on: March 14, 2016, 01:44:07 pm »

An AHAA Moment for Our Questioning Souls

What WAS that I was under?

Why WAS it so hard to get away?

"The idols...made by hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
     eyes, but cannot see;
They have ears, but cannot hear...
Those who make them will be like them,
     and so will all who trust in them."

(Psalm 135:15-18)

Sometimes we must hear a truth several times before it sinks in.  Perhaps because we had been trained in error (either by ignorance or deliberate manipulation) so long, the truth does not easily settle in our minds.

It seems God understands this about us, and so gently and lovingly removes the error just one layer at a time.  Perhaps because being confronted with the weightlessness of long held ideas would rock us too much.  I feel this is the case for the pull and consequences of idolatry in believers' lives.  For instance, it seems obvious to us when we view (from outside it) an unhealthy codependent relationship of a loved one, but not so obvious to us when we are the one inside the soul tie.  We probably have all known someone in such an unhealthy place.  We don't understand why they can't easily walk away.  Our words often sadly seem to lack the power to free them.  It appears sometimes that nothing less than a divine intervention will deliver them.

"Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those set up traps to catch men.  Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek."   (Jeremiah 5:26-27)

Looking at a similar problem the Israelites (in the Old Testament) had with some very aggressive soul ties, we can examine more closely the scene and the detrimental effects they had.  It seems God instructs Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, His Prophets, to give an urgent message to His People to warn them of danger in their midst.  These prophets faithfully deliver God's message as he has told them, saying that some of the spiritual leaders of the Israelite people were actually NOT sent by God; and he certainly did NOT give them their message.  These harmfully aggressive leaders, acting outside of God's authority, were disheartening his people and tearing them down in order to build themselves up.  They were using His People for their own exultation and glory. God appointed and sent His Prophets to speak his divine message to them because he knew the people were blind to it.

"Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are mute dogs, they cannot bark..."      (Isaiah 56:10)

"You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured.  You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally".        (Ezekiel 34:4)

"Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?"          (Ezekiel 34:19)

The rebellious leaders disguised themselves as God's shepherds, sent by him, and carrying his message. Thus, the Israelites could easily be fooled into following them. They could get way off His intended path and fall into idolatry.  Following men who are not or no longer led by The Spirit, but by the flesh.  Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel warn God's people of falling into this pit of idolatry with these wayward men, he calls False Prophets.  

I believe God, The Good Shepherd, is calling us by The Holy Spirit to see through His eyes and hear through His ears that the leaders we were under in GCX churches were trapped by an evil false prophet/ false teacher, Jim McCotter, and had fallen prey to follow and teach his idolatrous ways. I think some of the temptation was that mere men were glorified and given a false sense of approval, importance, and purpose. They were actually given a counterfeit calling. Their devotion to love GCX with all their heart, soul, mind and strength was definitely not divine, but fashioned by men.

Many of us like myself were snared into this trap. (I am not talking about genuine faith in Christ's shed blood for our sins for eternal salvation.) I am speaking of the possession and control of us and our day to day living by this man and those under his spell. Healthy Christians tried to warn me, but I had already begun to forfeit the grace to see and hear by the Spirit. I became "robot" like in my submission to these men.  Like the scripture above says, a sort of hollow shell.

"Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs".   (Jonah)

I would not have understood this biblical principle of idolatry had God not revealed it to me with much patience, compassion, and care. Though I have been gone from GCX 25 years now, I didn't start getting a clear grasp on the actual reality of False Teachers among God's people and over my own life (through my 10 years in GCX) until recent years when I started asking him 'WHAT WAS THAT?' For him to 'Show me in his word what was specifically perverted there'. I believe God is continuing to educate us through our own conversations with Him, answering us in his revelational word; and on this forum through His Spirit about what we were really caught up in. I believe He is calling his people who were false shepherds under this wolf in sheeps clothing to come into the light and admit the truth. I believe many of these leaders were not happy, but actually miserable there. Codependent, especially unhealthy "spiritually" codependent ties as we see in the verses above are extremely difficult to walk away from. But, they are much more dangerous and debilitating to remain in. I am also strongly convinced it is God's divine intention to crush completely this harmful system of GCx; to bring it to nothing and nowhere.

Here is an encouraging word from our God on his current and coming judgement:

'The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.
The Lord enters into judgement against the elders and leaders of his people:
      "It is you who have ruined my vineyard;
      The plunder from the poor is in your houses.
      What do you mean by crushing my people
           And grinding the faces of the poor?"
                                        declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

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