I have just returned from a psyche ward of a hospital, visiting and praying with someone who believes he is the anti-Christ and Christ. He is talking about demons, the devil, the beast, judgment, performance, fear, anxiety, shame, guilt, condemnation, sin, Revelation, 144000, hell…and being beyond grace.
It is very sad to see a wonderful person–kind, loving and generous– in such a state. Please pray for our friend.
When I have talked with people struggling with mental/spiritual issues in mental hospitals, on the streets, in churches and homes; they are often talking about these very religious and end-times topics–in a constant loop, which can seem almost unstoppable. These people are usually full of fear–thinking that they have committed the unpardonable sin–along with guilt and shame. They are obsessed with religious darkness.
Many sufferers have been feed by a system of religion by professors, teachers, pastors, youtubers, facebookers, tweeters, bloggers, who will never admit that their teachings are causing the problem. Many of these pundits will blame the devil and the victim for the situation, or conveniently ignore it. The teachers may have escaped the madness and torment themselves, but they are culpable for tormenting and destroying countless numbers of people’s view of God and themselves.
I believe Jesus saw what the religious teachers of His generation were doing with these types of teachings and says about them, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin” (Luke 17:1-2).
Jesus is warning the Pharisees and teachers of the law (and their modern Christian followers) that the effect of their teaching far from leading people away from sin through fear and judgment, were leading them into sin and despair. And if anyone will be held accountable in a judgment, it is not the ‘sinner’ but their teachers and judges.
If there are any in need of repentance, those in greatest need of it are these teachers. Jesus is calling them to share the good news to Abba’s children and stop the dark teachings about the devil and hell, which are in fact from the darkness. Darkness glorifies itself not the Light.
If you are listening to these teachers. I ask you to ask the Holy Spirit to teach you about who Abba Father and Jesus are and who you are.
If you is focusing teachings on the eschatology of judgment and wrath, please for God’s sake, ask the Holy Spirit whether what you are sharing is presenting Father God as Jesus did.
Eschatology (teaching about the end-times) is not separated from the gospel (good news).
Let the suffering children come to Jesus and Abba and do not prevent them from coming with fear, guilt and condemnation.
Let them see that God is love. Let Abba’s children know this and that they are unconditionally loved–this will change their lives and bring it into agreement with what Jesus has already done for them.