…before I start, please remember to put Pastor Rick Warren, his wife Kay and their entire family in your prayers. They need our support and prayers…
I think Mountain of Fire is the worst thing that ever happened to my mother.
Since she started attending that church, her anxiety has increased and she’s become more paranoid.
I’ve never seen a church that is so judgemental.
And let’s not even talk about the fear! (that’s what I’m talking about today)
They put so much fear in people’s hearts and minds its crazy! Every sunday (and other days) its, witches, wizards, evil forces etc.
Here’s what I think, like most churches they use psychology & mind games on the congregation and their tool is fear.
Fear of witches. Fear of evil men. Fear of ancestral curses. Fear of the unknown.
If people are not afraid, they will not buy your prayer books, attend your programmes to seek ‘deliverance’.
So you see? Its a circle…
(they say ‘sex sells’ but fear really sells too…)
The people who fall for this are like most Nigerian Christians ignorant of what the Bible says and mostly, who they are in Christ.
If you are truly born-again as you claim or pronounce loudly at every given time, then why are you so afraid?
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2nd Tim 1:17 (KJV)
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1st John 4:18 (KJV)
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1st John 4:18 (NIV)
Since man isn’t perfect and capable of loving perfectly (unconditionally) this is obviously referring to God’s love for us.
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1st John 4:16 (KJV)
“GOD IS LOVE”
So why then should a pastor spend hours giving so much attention to the devil and putting fear in people when the bible is clear that there is no fear in God. Can you see my point?
A true christian will never use fear for whatever reason, because fear is not of God. Fear is a tool of the devil.
I don’t know how I will make my mother stop attending that church, but I know i have to start with prayer. Plenty of it.
…nothing holds a man back like fear. Its even worse than poverty and illiteracy. Because even if you are educated, if you are bound by fear, how can you take charge of your life, take risks, pursue opportunities, live your dreams or even do God’s work?…
Anyway, I have to stop here for now. I’ll keep you updated…
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV).