However, her most recent solo work, a song entitled A Little Work, takes a look at the 42-year-old’s struggle against her personal demons. “I got to a point where I was seeing devils everywhere. Devil faces. Creatures that would appear to me and say ‘fly, fly, fly.'” Fergie says in the song’s music video. “I would constantly be in the state of just listening to these characters, or these demons, or creatures — what they were going to tell me, what their messages were,” she adds […] That’s when she saw her only sources of hope — a church. “I saw this church and there was nobody in there. I started to go through the different aisles and I started to pray,” Fergie says […] ‘It was just this epiphany I had in this holy war. The war between good and evil, that good will always be more powerful,” she says. (READ MORE)
After authoring a dozen books over the past seven years, I’m a bit jaded. Being an author and publisher, I am apt to read many manuscripts and scan many titles on the areas I research and write about. New titles I come across don’t often impress me much. But The Sheeriyth Imperative is one that does. The full title is The Sheeriyth Imperative: Empowering the Remnant to Overcome the Gates of Hell (Defender Publishing, 2016). This book lays it on heavy, demanding readers don their spiritual thinking cap and absorb new insights with a willingness to rethink the way they live as well as reshuffle their priorities. The author, Dr. Michael Lake, challenges all those that dare to pick up this volume to confront the many snares and traps of our Adversary, the Devil, and jump headlong into the fray. The title, The Sheeriyth Imperative, sounds like a Jason Bourne novel. And like the storyline in a Bourne novel, when you understand what the words in the title mean, you know to expect some serious hand-to-hand combat. (READ MORE)
CRANE, MO – SKYWATCH TV is pleased to announce its new affiliation with Victory Television Network and Cornerstone Network. Skywatch TV is the brain child of bestselling author/publisher Dr. Thomas R. Horn. Prior to founding SkyWatch TV, Inc., Dr. Horn served as a pastor and church executive for over thirty years, in addition to being a well-known conference speaker. SkywatchTV strives to spread the love of Jesus Christ with millions across the globe. Other operations under the SkyWatch TV, Inc. umbrella include Defender Films and Defender Publishing, as well as Whispering Ponies Ranch, a non-profit general retreat facility, as well as a premier training location that specializes in using and gifting therapy animals (horses and dogs).
Victory Television Network was founded in 1988 by pastors Happy and Jeanne Caldwell in Little Rock, Arkansas. VTN is carried on more than 200 cable systems with dedicated channels (see list of channels below), DirecTV, Dish Network, and AT&T U-Verse across most of Arkansas, the Missouri bootheel, and the Memphis metropolitan area. The network features The Happy Caldwell Program, Arkansas Alive, Southern Gospel Notes, Faith Builders, the 700 Club—and now SkywatchTV.
Cornerstone Network is a respected Christian network of affiliates that also partners with ministries and non-profits such as The Salvation Army and His Food Ministries, The Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Shiloh Resort, Omega Home Improvements, Bradley Physical Therapy Clinic, and Son-Rise Publications. Cornerstone was founded thirty-six years ago by Norma Bixler, and the Network promotes shows like Real Life 360, CBN News, The Gather Gospel Hour—and now SkyWatchTV.
SkywatchTV is rapidly expanding its outreach. In addition to the Victory Television Network and Cornerstone Network, we are increasing our presence on the Christian Television Network to include additional weekday and weekend prime-time this month. Viewers can access SkyWatchTV online at its website, via YouTube, or on-demand using a Roku set-top box. The studio’s flagship interview program, SkyWatchTV hosted by Derek Gilbert, airs weekly, and Mr. Gilbert also hosts a daily news update available online and on the SkyWatchTV Channel on Roku.
In addition to our weekly broadcast programs, the popular web-exclusive Sci-Friday science news update, hosted by Derek and Sharon Gilbert, is available every Friday on Roku and the SkyWatchTV YouTube channel. Other exclusive programming coming soon will include “Into the Multiverse with Josh Peck,” “All God’s Creatures with Joe Ardis,” and “Supernatural Worldview with Cris Putnam.”
Updated List of Channels / Affiliate Stations SkyWatchTV Is On
ON CTN DIRECT TV Channel 376 DISH Channel 267 SKY ANGEL Channel 136 GLORYSTAR Channel 117
And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”
Given the content of the previous entries and the inevitability during the study of spiritual warfare that the thorny (if not polarizing) question will arise concerning whether true Christians can become demon possessed, I’d like to state my personal opinion unequivocally that, although daimonizomai (“to be demonized”) and echon daimonion (“having a demon”) are manifested within institutionalized Christianity, those who are truly born again can never actually be possessed—as in inhabited—by demons. There are numerous reasons for this conclusion, not the least of which is that there are no instances of “possession” of believers anywhere in the Bible. Not a single verse in the Scripture even warns of the possibility, and there are zero examples in the life of Jesus Christ and the early church of demons being cast out of Christians.
What we do find in Scripture regarding the inner space of believers is that our body “is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). In fact, John writes that “he that is begotten of God, keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18). Therefore, “What communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, ‘I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people’” (2 Corinthians 6:14b–16). These and similar Scriptures verify for those who have the Holy Spirit residing within them that they are positively redeemed and sealed from the torment of diabolical possession. As John also certified, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Though in recent years “Christian deliverance ministries” have suggested otherwise, claiming that daimonizomai and echon daimonion infer the Lord’s body can actually be inhabited by demons, it is usually a matter of semantics. Confusion over the meaning of the terms “possession” and “demonization” is somewhat understandable from an exegetical standpoint, especially given how daimonizomai is used in Scripture to refer to a variety of problems and demonic manifestations. But because it is dangerous to promote precise definitions where none exist in Scripture, it should be noted that the actual phrase “demon possession” does not even appear in the Bible (Josephus coined this phrase near the end of the first century), and what some teachers classify as “possession” is actually demonization—a spirit from an external posture gains control or influence over a person. As such, literal possession is different than demonization, and ample evidence exists in the New Testament to conclude that whereas believers may never be “possessed,” they most certainly can be tempted, influenced, oppressed, and even demonized by evil supernaturalism. To this end, the apostle Paul warned the Christians at Ephesus (Ephesians 4:25–31) not to give “place” (Greek: topos) to the devil, meaning a foothold, opportunity, power, occasion for acting, or doorway into one’s personal space through which demonic strongholds can be established. Paul even listed particular behaviors that could lead to this fiendish union—lying, anger, wrath, stealing, bitterness, clamor, evil speaking (Greek blasphēmia: “to blaspheme, gossip, slander others”), and malice, which goes without saying constitutes most Internet trolling. Elsewhere in the Bible, we learn that doorways for agents of Satan to enter a believer’s life can also include encumbrances like fear, such as the fear that led Peter to deny Christ in Luke chapter 22 and that Jesus made clear was an effort by Satan to cause Peter to stumble (v. 31), and greed—as illustrated in the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts chapter 5, where “Satan” (v. 3) filled the couple’s hearts to lie and to hold back a portion of money. Demonization of a Christian through these and similar weaknesses is usually gradual, where small decisions are made over an extended period of time during which the individual gives in to temptation, followed by ongoing and progressive surrender of territory within the mind and finally the flesh. Such steps to demonization may be summarized accordingly:
Temptation: The enemy discovers a weakness and appeals to it.
Influence: The individual entertains the idea and finally gives in to temptation. A foothold is established in the person’s life, making it harder to resist the same or related activity in the future.
Obsession: The activity eventually becomes an unhealthy preoccupation and irresistible impulse leading to critical degrees of control over the individual. The power to resist is practically gone.
Demonization: Control over the individual by external power becomes substantial. What at one time was considered sinful and to be avoided is now an addiction. The person may no longer even recognize the tendency as immoral, and little or no fortitude to cease participating in the activity remains.
Possession: This can occur if the individual turns his or her back on God so as to fully embrace carnality, surrendering the body and mind to Satan’s control. The desire to resist invasion by discarnate supernaturalism is vacated.
What immediately stands out in these steps and doorways to demonization is how central the mind of man is to the functioning battleground where spiritual warfare takes place. Whether it is lying, anger, wrath, stealing, bitterness, clamor, evil speaking, malice, fear, greed, or another human frailty, the battle begins in our thought life where we are tempted to give in to sin. “That’s where Satan can manipulate people toward his ends discreetly and invisibly,” writes Chip Ingram in The Invisible War. “If he can distort our thoughts, our emotions, and our knowledge, then our behaviors and relationships will fall the way he wants them to. And even if he doesn’t manage to turn us to overt evil, a little bit of distorted thinking can neutralize us and render us practically ineffective.”[i] In other words, if Satan cannot possess or demonize an individual, he will settle for what he can get, influencing the mind and spirit to whatever extent he can, keeping people ineffective or causing them to become a problem for their families, their communities, or their churches.
Unfortunately in Christendom, it is within this same mind-domain battleground where vulnerable people can be controlled by satanic forces to cripple the effectiveness of the ministry. God only knows how many resources of time, energy, and money have been exhausted over the centuries as a result of “Christians” like those Jesus warned of when He said, “Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22–23). In the parable of the tares and wheat, Jesus compared these types to weeds that germinate among devout believers (the wheat), choking their outgrowth until the day that He returns to judge them, while in the metaphor of the sheep and the goats, He described how, during this judgment, these “cursed” ones will be separated from the true believers and “shall go away into everlasting punishment.” Matthew records this future event, saying:
AT HIS COMING, JESUS WILL SEPARATE REAL CHRISTIANS (THE SHEEP) FROM THOSE WHO FALSELY CLAIMED TO BE (THE GOATS)
When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?” And the King shall answer and say unto them, “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” Then shall they also answer him, saying, “Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?” Then shall He answer them, saying, “Verily I say unto you, ‘Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.’ And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:31–46)
Charisma News recently posted a clip from the Jim Bakker Show in which Lori Bakker, Jim’s wife, was reading this selection from Galatians 5, verses 22–26:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
The important point the Bakker’s made from this text involved how God hates it when discord is sewn among the brethren. The timely comments by the Bakkers reminded me of something I’ve intended to write about for a while—narcissistic, Machiavellian, psychopathic, and sadistic individuals we call “Internet trolls” who actually enjoy sewing discord and polarizing people, especially among Christians.
And when I say enjoy, I mean that in the crudest, most sexual way possible; that these sick-minded individuals get “turned on” in demonic and twisted ways while trolling.
But don’t take my word for it.
Not long ago, Psychology Today highlighted a study that actually confirmed what many of us have sensed for a while: Internet trolls are not just horrible misanthropes; they’re mentally deranged in the vilest ways.
“Let’s start by getting our definitions straight,” professor Jennifer Golbeck wrote. “An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.”[i]
The research Golbeck quotes from was conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and his colleagues. Titled “Personality and Individual Differences—The Dark Triad of Personality,” it was published in the journal ScienceDirect.[ii] The material investigates whether there is a direct link between so-called Internet trolling and personality traits defined by a Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to employ cunning and duplicity to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and excessive or erotic interest in oneself over others), psychopathy (enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited behavior), and sadism (the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on others).
Of the wickedest findings made by the researchers is how sadism turns out to be the strongest admitted characteristic of Internet trolls and that such persons do indeed find regular sexual fulfillment in tormenting others.
Keep that in mind the next time you sacrifice energy trying to pacify a troll. It’s very possible you’ll be having unintended, one-way sex chat with a creep!
Of course, it’s not just laypeople whose social media is regularly infested with rampant incivility and ad hominem attacks by trolls. Businesses and ministries have likewise wasted enormous time and resources swatting at Baalzebub’s flies as they hatch their vitriolic eggs. To deal with the growing problem, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Beast, Popular Science, Vice Media’s Motherboard, The Verge and others have gone so far recently as to shut off their online comment sections altogether.
Good for them.
In fact, it may be time for all of us to return to the old fashioned “letters to the editor” method for interacting with public commentary. This is where staff members screen submissions, keep and publish the good, and “round file” (verb: “to throw in the garbage”) time-wasting materials before anybody of importance ever has a chance to see them.
For the last few years, that’s exactly what we’ve done at Defender Publishing and SkyWatch TV. Ask anybody that works in this ministry and they’ll tell you how my method for dealing with trolls is lovingly referred to as “BLOCK, FILTER, DELETE!” This system accomplishes the following:
First, we block the individual from making additional comments in the future;
Second, we place their email (if that is how the message was sent) in the Spam Filter so that we will never know if they continue sending comments;
Third, we delete whatever drool they’ve attempted to leave on our message boards and social media sites. If they’re on our email list, we delete them from that as well.
We never read or respond to anything once it’s obvious we are dealing with a troll.
I’ve recommended the same process to other large ministries, which followed suit and later thanked me. Basically, my advice to all who will listen is simple: DON’T FEED THE TROLLS! Never reply to or try to explain yourself to a troll. Never give them an ounce of your energy. They’re not interested in truth, fellowship, or council. They feed off anguish, and hope to gain access to your audience (most trolls only have tiny followings—if any at all—on their own webpages and social sites) in order to legitimize or make a name for themselves while increasing overall misery. They don’t just love doing this; we now know such parasites actually have a lust for it.
This is where something even more sinister than mental instability comes into play.
It’s something I want to discuss over the next couple weeks in several entries to this short series.
It involves ancient entities, the battle for minds, and the spirits who puppet those willing, fleshy gloves we refer to as Internet trolls.