Before starting on this topic I want to clarify a few things; to avoid being misunderstood.
I’m not against spiritual advisement. I think spiritual parents, mentors, leadership are necessary, I’m not talking about a particular person or ministry. Spiritual manipulation doesn’t mean a person or church is horrible it means change is needed. If you see signs of Spiritual manipulation in your church this post isn’t telling you to leave your church rather pushes to bring light and change.
I didn’t plan on writing a series on spiritual manipulation. No way. But as I began pecking at the keyboard God had his own ideas. This isn’t a popular topic but rather risky. Topics like these tend to expose the darkness. Either people are unaware or shy away from addressing it. Spiritual manipulation has become an epidemic; plaguing and targeting believers.
Now and days everyone is a Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist simply by typing the title in their Instagram profile. You can instantly become something God never ordained you to be. Pretty scary right? This may not seem like a big deal but; indeed it is. If you are not ordained by God how can you really be used for the kingdom. Becoming a leader in the faith community once meant much more than a title but about the anointing and mantle, God placed over one’s life.
In my own words, Spiritual Manipulation means using God’s words and promises for one’s own personal gain. A spiritual manipulator surprisingly targets people who have a strong desire to learn about God. Or sometimes people who seem weak or have been through a lot of life struggles.
People who manipulate pretend and claim to have a VIP acess to God that no one else can reach and they are the only ones who can obtain it. This gives them the upper hand or I should say control. Spiritual manipulation comes in so many different forms and that’s why it can be hard to detect. Many times it’s very subtle. Spiritual manipulation is a dishonor to God because of its smooth deception and God is a God of truth and light.
Spiritual manipulation tends to happen when people solely rely on a man. This could look like you having an issue and you are always calling a person for prayer and telling them the situation to the point you don’t go to God anymore. Slowly you begin to give authority over your life to that person. Instead, the person should be a support in bringing you to the feet of Jesus or even praying with you. This happens very subtly. Next thing you know the enemy, has built a soul tie. A soul tie is a whole another blog post. But before you know it you’re deeply dependent on this person instead of God. I 100% agree with mentors, spiritual parents but I don’t agree with them solely being your way to connect with God. If you don’t have a conversation with a person in leadership that shouldn’t pose pone your communication with christ. Or leaving a particular ministry shouldn’t break your relationship with God. It might be said to you if you leave the ministry you will step out of your purpose these types of statements are false.
What I can say is if you heard God tell you to be somewhere and you decided to do whatever you want out of your flesh it will change the course of life. But if you do something believing it was God he will work it out. Even when we fleshly make the wrong decisions our father is with us. A particular ministry doesn’t define us. This doesn’t mean we take advantage but you get what I mean. God is warning us louder than ever to know him for ourselves because there are false teachers on a rise.
In this series, we are going to chat about spiritual manipulation on many different levels.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus in your heart and you would like to, here’s a prayer you can pray and get connected to a local church.
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith, I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen. This prayer is from Dr.Ray Pritchard found