Thursday, February 02, 2012

P.O.W.

This message is for the pastors and leaders that are prisoners of tyrannical coverings. When studying war tactics, one will discover a very interesting situation. Prisoners of war or (POW's) are usually kept in dark places, with very little or no light exposure. This depravity of light does a lot of things to a person mentally, physically, and emotionally. Without light, your body's circadian rhythm will get off, hurting it's ability to go through certain night time processes of cleansing and repair. This will cause your body to build new cells upon old cells that should have been destroyed forming tumors which leads to cancer and other illnesses. (cell apoptosis). Without light, your body doesn't get certain vitamins it needs to build strong defenses against diseases and viruses. And without proper light, your mind loses memory retention and alertness. This makes the P.O.W. defenseless against the enemy and will usually get them in the place of surrender or make them so delirious that they will talk without even knowing they are talking. Night torture does strange things to these prisoners.

The sad part is that many of our soldiers in the army of God have been captured by selfish, godless pastors and false teachers in today's carnal church movement. These POW's are being held in the darkness, deprived of the light of God's word, and are being weakened and stripped of their true identity. The problem is that the catholic church hierarchy has been adopted by the protestant church. The very authority that was given to the Pope is now given to Bishops of these movements. The rank system has created a funnel affect that works wonders for Satan's agenda to sabotage God's true apostolic authority and replace it with men selected by men to rule over men. This is not what God prescribes for his church, yet this is what is being modeled by a new wave of men that desire to have what men before them had. And this will continue until people begin to revolt against this demonic hierarchal structure.

I'm not saying that men should not be accountable one to another. I'm all for accountability and mentorship. And there should always be a leader among God's people in the form of a pastor (overseer, bishop, shepherd, elder, all have the same biblical meaning). But the spiritual covering or mediator of these leaders should be God alone according to the Word! When men are covered by natural men, it creates an abominable structure that protects the interest of the man at the top of the hierarchy. In other words, if you are pastor and you put a man over you, and he becomes corrupt, how can you divorce yourself from his authority without looking like you are being insubordinate? This traps the pastors that desire to move according to God. After all, God would not have you submit to corruption, but if this man is given power over you, then you are trapped and cannot escape from being his POW. If he has authority over you, you must submit or look as if you can't honor or respect authority. Then he will shun you and make a bad name for you among others he has authority over. And if he gave you your church, gave you money/opportunity, or you consider him your "father", then you can NEVER really break free from his authority without causing serious damage to your own following, his following, and your own heart. This is a trap. Pastors and leaders of Gods people should be covered by God. Sure we have mentors and examples, but the bottom line is, only Christ can be a spiritual covering for men.

Because of the lack of fathers in the homes of many of our pastors and leaders while they were growing up, some are constantly seeking men to get "under" or they are replacing natural fathers with pastors and bishops. This is dangerous because it's giving the power to "make him or break him" to men in leadership and causing the men under them to submit in ways that are not godly. And because they owe so much to these men that they have adopted as fathers, they can never really sever ties with these men, even when they become corrupt. You have heard of the phrase, "Birds of a feather flock together." Well, in these cases, good men's manners and stances are corrupted because the men over them are corrupt. But because they have deemed these men "fathers" they cannot escape the perverted authority.

God specifically stated that a man that is doing God's work cannot have a mediator other than Christ. Men are to be accountable one to another and should NEVER have male coverings or men that oversee their lives like a natural father would. Learning from and honoring a pastor or leader because they feed you is one thing, but giving a man authority over your ministry, home, and your life like a natural father is something altogether different. That is not God's desire for pastors and shepherds! Yet this perversion will continue because it creates prestige, finances, and a false sense of authority for men that would not otherwise have it. The POWs are the ones that are true soldiers but kept hostage in these systems and cannot really move into the true call that God has for them because they are being deprived of light.

The light of the glorious Gospel is being held back by the draw of titles, positions, and false governments in our churches and denominations. Corrupt leaders that seek opportunity and platforms have duplicated themselves by pulling men under them and ruling over them in a perverted way. Now, people are making a grand exodus away from these types of ministries and our churches are dying because people just don't want to be deprived any longer. You can't lock up a member, deprive them of light, and continue to preach prosperity to them. With the access to knowledge, the internet, and social networking, people will seek out light for themselves and eventually divorce themselves from these hierarchies all together. This births people that will eventually have no tolerance for any kind of religion. As a result, a generation of selfish people are being birthed, that are not concerned about the well being of others, only themselves, because our leaders are operating in a structure that was not ordained by God.

I know plenty of good men that have a true call of God, but are in bondage to leaders that want fame and money at any cost. Many of these good men want to break free and be independent of their hierarchy but are reminded constantly of who they are under and who they must submit to. This is absurd but because they lacked natural fathers or strong male authority in their homes growing up, their desire for male authority is being exploited and they operate with a perverted ceiling over them. Their church attendance is dwindling, their spiritual authority is weakened and their very purpose is being challenged because they have accepted and remained loyal to a perverted structure. They model their own ministries after the perverted structure before them, and God's true plan for them is never able to be implemented! Sadly, they are deprived of light because they have submitted to and are being held captive by a dark leader. They are being tortured and don't even know it. They are trying to grow new cells on top of dead cells and thus creating tumors. Their ministries have malignant growths that are cancerous and slowly dying, all because they cannot see the light while being covered by darkness.

Because of this, it's no longer about souls but it's about members. It's no longer about changing lives, but it's about counting lives. It's not about door to door witnessing, but it's about door to door recruiting. The church is trying to grow financially before it can grow spiritually all because the true men of God are being held captive and are POW's under the authority of opportunistic leadership. It's time to divorce ourselves from these lascivious leaders that only want to make a name for themselves. If you do not move, you will be caught in the cross hairs of God's judgment. 2012 will be the year that God's hand will move upon this catholic structure and if you are tied to it, you will be judged with it. Break free man of God. Take a stand for what is right no matter what it costs you. Loyalty is only true when it's Godly, so get some fortitude and remove yourself from that authority that is not ordained of God. The god of this world has truly blinded them with the darkness of fame, prestige, and carnal greatness. It's time to break free my friends. It's time to revolt.

1Cor. 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

1Tim. 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

1Tim. 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Matt. 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Psa. 79:11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

In His Authority,
G. Craige Lewis

33 comments:

Kofi said...

Well said Brother.. i just find it hard to believe if these people in these churches are truely saved.. for if they were, the Lord will lead them out. False teachers mostly are a judgement on wicked people who hate God, love sin and covet what these people have so they go to these churches with the hope of becoming like them in their riches and prosperity.. theres nothing wrong with wealth lest some1 misinterprets what i am saying but if a man comes to Christ for these reasons then it wont be well with their soul. They will not search the scriptures and will not look at verses like Matthew 7:18 downwards.. they will not tremble when they see romans 12 or 1 john 12:15. if these people were of God and they love Christ,they will leave these wicked men and seek the lord and go where the word of God is preached and Christ is exalted. The Lord is truely a rewarder of those who deligently seek him

nsama said...

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Tracy D. Freeman said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Kofi I was just telling my husband almost word for word what you said... God orders the steps of a good man and if any good man was sent into a congregation like that it would most likely be to reveal light not join darkness, I admire preachers like G. Craig Lewis but I was a member of a church like this and God himself didn't allow me to stay there Jude 1:24 says now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory blameless with great joy

Anonymous said...

Wow Kofi I was just telling my husband almost word for word what you said... God orders the steps of a good man and if any good man was sent into a congregation like that it would most likely be to reveal light not join darkness, I admire preachers like G. Craig Lewis but I was a member of a church like this and God himself didn't allow me to stay there Jude 1:24 says now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory blameless with great joy

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I was telling someone T.D. Jakes is doing. Infect he insult me saying am judging him and I should stop my foolishness am making things up so I left him to his faith. But I told him one thing that if he is really T. D. Jakes as he says it he should do research on him and also ask God if T. D. Jakes is right man of God. Pastor G. Craige everything you said is true and is happening right here in Ghana. If you dare say to a pastor what you doing is not Biblical, or wrong he will blackmail you saying he will curse you. I know a pastor who has said he has curse a girl child, her hair cannot grow nor can she walk because of what her mother has done to he, the pastor. The mother said that the pastor was once her boyfriend and he is the father of that child so he has to curse that child for speaking against the pastor. Pastor G. Craige God blesses you for sharing His message of truth that set us free from every bondage. May His Name Be Praised. Amen.
Markdonna7 from Ghana

Anonymous said...

This was good.I was following this story of Zachery Tims that pastor of that New Destiny church that was found dead in his hotel room with drugs on him.Apparently Tim's ex-wife and Paula White were battling between eachother on who should inherit the leadership of the Church! Paula White was considered Tim's SPIRITUAL MOTHER smh. Well she won and now the church is turned over to Paula White who coincidently lost two other churches due to bankruptcy that same month Zachery died. Imagine what those church members have to go through during this transition. Bad enough they are already in bondage under the late Zachery's teachings now this. Pray for these people.And I hope some of those members read your blog! God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Ive been there, God delivered me and my family with HIS mighty hand.

Anonymous said...

When I left, I felt the fresh anointing Gos started showing me never things,delivered me from many things I dont know how to say it. God led me to make a research about hell, then about nephilims> h Many things you preach about are now totaly new because God had shed a light on them. This is why I believe what you say because God had already spoken about these. I knew somehow that the spirit in my old church was the like as that of Pharaoh. Somehow I knew the nephilims were running things, fasion media politics sports education but dint locate them diretly on ppl we see every day eg pop "idols". God has been good he is preparing our hearts. This is why im convinced by what you say God had told me before but not completely as revealed through you.

MoWhite213 said...

With the Spirit of God dwelling in believers, God the Father has given us discernment through Jesus Christ, to watch out for those deceitful workmen, false prophets and teachers. At first, we tend to get caught up in the hype and doctrines of these teachers because of the twisting of the Word of God w/ the carnal wisdom of men thinking its genuine until the messages become void of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
I have been through that being in bondage to dark leaders for a few years until the Lord Jesus delivered me and allowed me to really get into studying the Word intently and recognizing Truth from error in many of these churches. The sad part about where I live, is that alot of the ministries are connected to one another, and they all practice and do the same things, just create their own version of their apostacy. I cant find a decent church because many of these leaders have their own agendas, and you cant find Jesus in none of them......

Peter Rock said...

Sir continue to search the scriptures and above all stay in HIS presence, only HE can keep you away from falling into the same trap. The bible says satan himself does transform into an angel of light, then again the SPIRIT says we must PROVE ALL THINGS - a feat most of are afraid to do because of the fear of mere mortals rather than fearing THE ONE who can destroy both SOUL AND BODY. Yet HE has declared that HE has not given us the spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE and A SOUND MIND. God will always remain God in spite of all the doctrines that men have formulated for their own greed and pride! Praise be to the living God.

Social Awareness said...

God Bless You. Thank you for allowing God to continually use you. Thank you for being a voice in the wilderness. I pray that God will continue to strengthen you as you continue HIS work. I pray the your ministry continues to bless the nations.

Kary Hooper said...

P.O.W. Wow, I have a friend who is in this exact situation right now. The rescue rope has been lowered into his POW cage. All he has to do is grab a hold of the rope in order to obtain freedom from the captivity of religion. Freedom to live God's will and not man's will. Yet, he is still unable to make the step towards the rope. He is being manipulated and controled by a Pastor who tells him that God will tell his Pastor when it is time to go. My friend has prayed and fasted, felt called to move out of state. Went to tel his Pastor, and his Pastor told him, If God wants you to leave, God will tell me first. My friend needs affirmation from a father figure due to he never had it growing up. This Pastor knows it and is manipulating him in order to control him. This message could not have been any clearer. Thanks for not only standing for The Truth, but willing to run with it. Praise God. Heavenly Father, continue to Bless this ministry. Find favor upon them and give them more exposure. Give them a BIGGER platform to expose the lies and reveal your truth Jesus. Allow the church to start being The Church. Thank You Bro. Lewis for your willingness to do what few are doing. God is going to honor your ministry and enlarge your platform. In Christ, Kary Hooper Seminole, FL

Felicia said...

Excellent word Minister Lewis. I have seen this countless times in the area I live in. Sadly it is true that many choose to follw ungody men instead of listening to what God says. When they get under these corrupt leaders they no longer hear God for themselves. I finally joined a church last year and while the Pastor is filled with the Holy Ghost, his spouse likes to stir up strife, and wrath in the members. She hides behind her title but whenever the Holy Spirit releases me to speak to this person I will be speaking to her as a sister in Christ and not to her man made title.
People need to truly wake up and stop mis-using 1 Chron 26:22 "Touch not my annointed and do my prophets no harm." I have been folowing your work for over 5 years and I have passed on the knowledge you have shared to others. May God continue to bless and protect you and your family as you contiune to tell the truth in spite of the lies the world spews.

Anonymous said...

Praise GOD! I'm in agreement with what the HOLY SPIRIT has revealed to you! HIS people are on one accord and one minded! HALLELUJAH!

Ms. Frazier said...

This is such a great posting. My church is currently going through this same situation. Our Pastor is always trying to be convinced to come under "a covering" of another church. But when we had the meeting I made the point known that God is our covering and what's going to happen is that money will start to be demanded for "dues."

killingidols said...

this is awesome. one of the things God showed me is that 1 Cor. 11:2 The Head of EVERY man is Christ...

Jesus said he hates the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, "conquering the people"

He also said His leaders would not Lord over one another.
I teach a lot about this and the other doctrines that Jesus hates in my book and my blog as well. Keep up the good work! God needs more true voices that will break the oppressors to pieces (Psalms 72)

Anonymous said...

Loved this word! What is resonating in my spirit, lately, is that His yoke is easy and His burden is light...AND, that He came to set the captives free---ONE TIME!! Though it's tough to break away from bondage, the Word washes you to see the truth,,,& the truth shall MAKE you free! Hallelujah!!! Staying prayed up & covered in Jesus' blood! Liberated!

Anonymous said...

I hear the pain in your words Pastor Lewis. It really hits my soul, that our Body is being handicapped by these nonsense "leaders". I understand the Truth behind your words and will surely pass this wisdom on to my brothers and sisters. I, myself did not grow up in church, but instead was raised as a baby in Christ at the age of 18. I thank Him for keeping me under the Power of the Holy Ghost and a sound mind.

Sonya said...

Amen! This message should be on a billboard in Georgia.

Tj Freezn said...

Revelation 18:4
(thanks for the truthful article)

Djeranie said...

Great word! God Bless you!

Verbs2012 said...

What is happening in these churches is actually the Most High's doing. What most people are failing to realise is that the modern day black churches were birthed out of the "services" our forefathers attended during their days of slavery and thus the entire format and the foundation of the black church has been corrupt from it's conception.

The institutional black churches have served their purpose well in holding back and hindering the so called Negro from truly connecting to the Most High, this was one of the intent and purposes for the set up of the black churches to begin with.

Why are folks so surprised at the collapse of the church? As far as I am concerned, this collapse is great, God is relegating these so called pastors to the substitute benches and raising up his own people instead to preach the real gospel, not this mutant GMO incomplete wreckage that is being peddled out of the institutional church propaganda mill, but the real gospel that Christ referred to before the end would come.

Now the Most High can deal with people on an individual level without suffering continual resistance from tricksters in expensive suits purporting to be gifted, anointed and "claiming" to be bringing the people the word of God.

These so called pastors have been living high on the hog now for a very long time and they are having a very hard time accepting that their "services" are no longer required.

The Most High is taking the black churches down in succession in order to draw out a true remnant who will serve him in spirit and in truth. This is a purge that is long overdue, now we will see what people have the pastor as their foundation vs those who's salvation is actually founded on the rock of Christ. Prepare yourselves, you haven't seen anything yet in terms of corruption and the collapse of the church.

killingidols said...

Did you see the latest manifestation of this Nicolaitan doctrine attempting to conquer and lord over God's people? Eddie Long got crowned "King." First of all, in the Kingdom we are ALL Kings and Priests, so there is no need to elevate yourself over others. Second Biblical Kings ate supposed to read, write, meditate and DO the Torah, not wrap themselves in it. And they couldnt multiply gold unto themselves. Third, he either needs to a. Deny or b. Repent from molesting those boys. Not crown himself king.
Http://killingidols.com

Anonymous said...

thank god for u pastor lewis its a lot of foolishness in fort worth

Anonymous said...

Pastor...do you have any revelation on the following issues regarding "the black awakening" and "mk-ultra". I thank you for your continued diligence and proclamation of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ who IS come in the flesh. There is a great shaking coming and the double portion will be necessary to stand in these last times. Again, thank you.

SimpleChurchMinistry.org said...

Elder Lewis. I agree with what you have written in this post. I have studied this subject since 2003. I wrote three chapters on this in my latest book "Clever Lies and Assumptions" Google it.

I ask the church this question, Is the Lord you Shepherd of is your shepherd your lord?

One of the biggest errors of heretical doctrines in the contemporary institutional church is the matter of "spiritual covering". The practice of so-called "spiritual covering" is prevalent and used as a means of intimidation and control amongst churches that teach prosperity. In many so-called Holiness or Charismatic denominations, it has become the centerpiece of spiritual abuse by church leaders.

"Spiritual covering", as it is practiced and used today, is an absolute myth. There is no resemblance of the current form "spiritual covering" anywhere in the bible, especially under our current New Testament covenant of Grace.

"Spiritual covering", in the vein it is presented and used by certain denominational leaders, is an outright deception! It is a complete lie invented by its originators, the Discipleship/Shepherd-ship doctrine of the 70’s and 80’s. This non-biblical doctrine teaches "delegated authority", "covering", "unquestioned submission to the shepherd & his teaching", "covenant commitment to the group", and more subtly control through disapproval, manipulation and peer pressure. In the late 70’s, many Charismatic or Holiness Churches began to repent and denounce this doctrine of “Lording” and forcing Gods people but unfortunately many still exist and clones are spun and hatched every year.

I am glad to see that God put this issue on you heart and mind to write about.

Keep Girding up thy loins and arise and speak!

evelyn blacksher said...

POWERFUL.THANK YOU FOR THIS POST.
WE ARE HAVING war summit 2012 -"ORDER OUT OF CHAOS" AUGUST9-11 ONE OF THE TOPICS: "COVERING VS.COVENANT" WOULD LIKE TO USE SOME OF THIS ARTICLE OR INVITE YOU TO OFFER INSIGHT VIA SKYPE.

MORE THAN CONQUERING IN HIS NAME

EVELYN BLACKSHER- womanovwar1@yahoo.com

charlo said...

pastor G craig lewis is messenger of truth.i was in bondage with secular music,and when i listend to his message on the truth about hiphop.i woke up to the truth,all the music and artists that i dearly loved were demonic,and the evidence was allover their lyrics.only the truth can really set the people free.and many people are lost and in bondage why?because "THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF LIES" John 8:42 Pastor lewis keep the truth coming.it will set us free!God bless you!AMEN!

YaHWeH-Nissi said...

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15. We got to stay focused on the word. Teach the youth Hosea 4:6 There will be no excuse! Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. Heb.12:14. Christ Bless u all

eddie.johnson912 said...

My wife and I left our church about two years ago. My pastor had recently become a Bishop and we started doing things like black pentacostal catholics. We pastors wore collars. It was crazy. I researched Martin Luther and I was feeling the same way he felt when he nailed the theses to the door. We were told that we would be cursed and all of the rest of the stuff you hear when leaving a controling pastor. Today we are members of a predominantly white church that has good outreach, solid teaching, and NO COLLARS!! (LOL). We hope to start a church targeting 30 something African-Americans who just want Jesus...nothing more nothing less. And who want to share the true love of Jesus with others. Everything you are saying about tithing, the church embracing Catholicism God has been showing me and confirming through your ministry.

Danita Davis said...

This is the truth if I have ever heard it. God has shared this with me, and I know that you are telling the truth. Thank you for telling the truth. This is confirmation that I am not crazy and that God has spoken to me. I have lived this and tried to warn my pastor from a word that God had given men about everything that you have just spoken on regarding the leaders in the church, receiving false titles, and being in communion with the catholic church and the authority of the pope. I had to leave my church because I refused to sit under not my pastor but the man that is over him. I will not sit under that false anointing where no light shines. Thank you for telling the truth and setting me free. Now I know that I have heard from God and I can go on in peace. May the Lord continue to give you revelation and the opportunity to expose the kingdom of darkness. Blessings upon you and your ministry Danita L. Davis Fort Wayne, Indiana

Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS U N MAY HE CONTINUE TO BE UR STRENGTH N DEFENDER.