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Surprise — Free Booklet Coming Soon!

Over the years, I’ve lost track of the number of people who have either requested or suggested that I compile my writings and video commentaries into a book.

So why haven’t I written a book yet? What’s the hold up?

I haven’t had the time, space, energy, nor the resources to tackle a writing project–until NOW   🙂

The support, the demand, and the passion to write for God’s glory has always been there, but I wanted to make sure that it was God’s will for me to write a book and that the timing was right. I wanted to make sure that I could focus on a writing project and finish the task before I “put my hand to the plow.”

Well, this past year, things have fallen into place and I finally have all of the right ingredients to write a book.

I’m super excited to announce to you that I have embarked on my first writing project, a FREE booklet titled, “Touch Not God’s Anointed: Debunking Lies that Religious Leaders Teach to Silence Believers and Evade Accountability” 

There are quite a few articles and videos online that do an excellent job of untwisting the misuse and abuse of “Touch not Mine anointed and do My prophets no harm.” But what makes this free booklet different is that not only will it cover that passage of Scripture–it will also expose the most common excuses, arguments, and out-of-context Scriptures used by false prophets and false teachers in the church.

In this short easy-to-understand booklet–“Touch Not God’s Anointed: Debunking Lies that Religious Leaders Teach to Silence Believers and Evade Accountability,” I will compile and debunk some of the most popular errors that false teachers and false prophets use to censor God’s people and avoid answering to anyone.

Please note: This booklet was not birthed out of hatred, contempt, or disrespect for spiritual leaders. It was birthed out of a great respect for spiritual leaders and a desire to see the ministry of spiritual leaders handled with integrity, seriousness, and reverence for God and the Holy Scriptures.

It was birthed out of a commitment to uphold the truth of Scripture in a religious climate where deception is widespread and false teachings often go unchecked.

It was birthed out of a godly jealousy for God’s people and a strong sense of duty to protect them from, and warn them of, false teachers and false prophets who seek to hold them captive and suppress the truth through false teachings.

My desire is to see those who have been led astray and harmed by false shepherds, delivered from religious bondage so that they might follow the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ and enjoy their blood-bought freedom and abundant life.

Above all, this booklet was birthed from a passionate love for Jesus Christ, His Holy Word, and a desire to see Him glorified.

As of now (unless something changes), this booklet will be available in three formats: PDF, EPUB, and print (a small booklet).

The only costs will be the shipping for the print format, the cost of the paper, and the cost of the printing services. If I can cover these expenses out of pocket, I will do so. But if there are times when I am not able to cover these expenses alone, I may set up a crowdfunding site online for others to contribute.

Any potential donations raised on a crowdfunding site will not go in my pocket. I have no desire to make a financial profit from this booklet (making a living off of God’s word goes against my spiritual convictions).

Any potential donations will go towards the costs of shipping for the print format, the cost of the paper, and the cost of printing services. I want as many people as possible to receive this booklet and that may require financial help from time to time.

Any potential donations will be handled with financial transparency and accountability. All costs/expenses and receipts will be posted here for everyone to see.

Did I mention that I already finished the cover design? What do you think? I love it.

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I’m currently writing the manuscript and trying to finish this project as soon as possible. If you follow this blog, you will be the first to know when the booklet is available for order.

After the manuscript is finished, it will be sent off for professional editing. Then after it’s edited, the booklet format will be sent off for printing!

Thank you for stopping by, and please share this link with your friends and family. Don’t forget to click “like” on the Exit Churchianity Facebook page. I’ll keep you guys posted. Talk to you soon   🙂

Creflo Dollar Is A Tyrant [Watch Night Service 2016]

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Let’s take a look at the qualifications for an elder. . .

1st Timothy 3 says that an elder must be gentle, self-controlled, and must not be violent.

Titus 1 says that an elder must not be arrogant, quick-tempered, or violent.

1 Peter 5 tells elders “Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.”

To say that Creflo Dollar “falls short” of these qualifications would be an understatement.

Not only does Dollar fall short of the qualifications for an elder, but he demonstrates the complete and total opposite of what an elder should be.

Scripture says that an elder must be gentle, but Dollar is harsh, abrasive, rough, derisive, and vitriolic.

Scripture says that an elder must be self-controlled, but Dollar is uncontrolled, undisciplined, disorderly, self-indulgent, wild, and unruly.

Scripture says that an elder must not be violent, but Dollar is brutal, savage, vicious, fierce, abusive, and ferocious.

Scripture says that an elder must not be arrogant, but Dollar is full of pride, conceited, elitist, narcissistic, haughty, pompous, and pretentious.

Scripture says that an elder must not be quick-tempered, but Dollar is easily angered, hot-headed, touchy, hyper-sensitive, thin-skinned, high-strung, volatile, wrathful, and full of rage.

Dollar’s behavior is extreme and it cannot be downplayed by saying “he’s only human” “no one’s perfect” “we all make mistakes” and “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” He is unrepentant, without remorse, and in brazen rebellion against God.

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Dollar isn’t simply a brother in the Lord with faults and flaws. He is an abusive violent tyrant and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Consider what Jesus said about religious leaders like Creflo Dollar:

Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”

The Lord said that false prophets try to disguise themselves as harmless sheep, but their behavior reveals that they are really vicious wolves. We can identify them by their fruit, which is their actions.

Although Dollar claims to be a born-again Believer, his behavior reveals that he is a vicious wolf. Over the years, he has said and done many things that indicate that he is an abusive violent tyrannical person, and that he has a deep-seated hatred and contempt for born-again Believers.

Exhibit A.

In a message years ago, Dollar said that if it weren’t for the blood of Jesus, and if we were still under the Old Covenant, many of us would be stoned for not tithing and go to hell. This shows that he is grossly ignorant of what the Scriptures teach.

The Scriptures do not teach that people were stoned for not tithing. The Scriptures teach that people were cursed for not tithing.

Although people were stoned under the Old Covenant for breaking various laws, tithing was not one of those laws. Nor do the Scriptures teach that God sent anyone to hell for not tithing.

Dollar thinks that failure to tithe is worthy of being stoned and going to hell, but God does not. God did not command such a thing in the Old Covenant.

In this same message, Dollar went on to say:

“I mean, I thought about when we first built “The Dome,” I wanted to put some of those little moving bars and give everybody a little card. They’d stick it in a little computer slot. If they were tithing, beautiful music would go off and, you know, [Creflo sings] “Welcome, welcome, welcome to the World Dome.” [Congregation laughs.]

But…if they were non-tithers, the bar would lock up, the red and blue lights would start going, the siren would go off, and a voice would go out throughout the entire dome, “Crook, crook, crook, crook!” [Congregation laughs.] Security would go and apprehend them, and once we got them all together, we’d line them up in the front and pass out Uzis by the ushers and point our Uzis right at all those non-tithing members ’cause we want God to come to church, and at the count of three “Jesus”-es we’d shoot them all dead. And then we’d take them out the side door there, have a big hole, bury them, and then go ahead and have church and have the anointing. [Mostly silence in the congregation, but one or two still actually laugh.]

Aren’t you glad we’re under the Blood of Jesus? [“Yeah, yeah,” from the congregation.] Because if we were not under the Blood of Jesus, I would certainly try it.

Some of you might be wondering, why am I bringing this up now??

I’m bringing this up because it’s relevant additional evidence that Dollar is an abusive violent tyrant.

If you consider his words above to be a “joke” you are being naive and minimizing the severity of his murderous rhetoric. Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. In other words, people speak according to whatever dwells in their heart. This means that we need to pay close attention to what leaders say, because their words reveal and flow from what is in their hearts.

When a religious leader stands in the pulpit and says that if he had his way, he would only allow “tithers” into his building and line up all of the “non-tithers” execution style like prisoners in a concentration camp and murder them with Uzis — you better believe that his heart is full of evil, hatred, darkness, violence, murder, and a demonic desire to persecute people.

What spirit would inspire such words? The same spirit that inspired the Nazis to round up the “genetically inferior,” pack them in concentration camps, execute them and bury their bodies in mass graves. The same spirit that inspired Jim Jones to murder men, women, and children in Jamestown, Guyana. The same spirit that inspired Mao Tse-Tung, Pol Pot, and Joseph Stalin. The same spirit that inspires ISIS to execute non-Muslims. The spirit of Satan (who is a murderer), not the Holy Spirit.

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We must take this seriously.

Are you aware that down through history, there have been many religious and political leaders who lined people up, executed them, and buried them in mass graves? This is a horrifying reality that many innocent people had to endure at the hands of psychopaths and sociopaths. This is not something to make light of or brush off as trivial.

The Lord hates the shedding of innocent blood. He considers it an abomination. Do you think He found it funny when Dollar said that he wished he could murder “non-tithers”? Do you think it glorified God to say such a thing? If Creflo Dollar truly believes that life and death are in the power of the tongue, then why did he say such a thing? Was he trying to speak death into existence?

I have said before that the only thing stopping false prophets from murdering Believers is the law of the land. At present, the United States law is the only thing restraining them from unleashing physical persecution upon Believers. But if the law of the land permitted them, like Shariah Law, they would put Believers to death. If your favorite “Bible teacher” wishes that he or she could murder or physically harm Believers, they are Satanic and you should run for your life.

“Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.” (1 John 3:15)

For further analysis of Dollar’s murderous statement, click here.

Exhibit B.

On June 8th, 2012, Creflo Dollar was arrested for assaulting his 15-year old daughter.

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According to reports, his 15-year old daughter was allegedly choked, punched, slapped, slammed on the floor, and beat with his shoe.

In an audio recording of the 911 call, Dollar’s then 15-year old daughter stated that this was not the first time he viciously assaulted her and that she was afraid, shaken, and felt threatened.

This violent abusive behavior goes far outside of the scope of Biblical discipline and flies in the face of raising children in the instruction of the Lord.

It’s totally unacceptable for a grown man, especially a father, to beat the brakes off of his teenage daughter. What is he teaching his daughters about how a man should treat them? How does his behavior square up with the qualifications for an elder?

Not only did Dollar assault his daughter, but he also denied the severity of the assault and accused his 15-year old daughter and her sister (who gave a corroborating witness account) of lying about what happened.

Keeping in mind what Dollar said about lining up “non-tithers” and shooting them execution style, we should not find it surprising that he is violent at home. A person who wants to murder people is certainly capable of domestic violence.

Exhibit C.

In the video below, Dollar publicly lambasted a man for simply saying “Happy New Year.”

This was not a sound Biblical rebuke, it was spiritual abuse.

That man had to sit there like a child while Dollar barked at him in the microphone, humiliated him, and totally cut him down in front of everyone. And worst of all, everyone clapped! They are feeding Dollar’s pride and enabling his bullying behavior. They are taking pleasure in his verbal bashing and lashing of a fellow member.

Saying “Happy New Year” during a Watch Night service isn’t a sin, and it certainly isn’t worthy of being yelled at and talked to like a dog.

Many Believers including myself, have been on the receiving end of public religious bullying under the guise of “rebuke.”

This abusive behavior alienates the person who is being verbally berated and made an example of in front of everyone.

It pumps fear into the rest of the congregation and leads some of them to shun (isolate, disfellowship, distance themselves from) the person who was being scolded from the pulpit, because people do not want to affiliate with someone who is seen as being “out of line” and was publicly “rebuked” by “the man or woman of God.”

Dollar’s behavior in the clip wasn’t merely “rude” or “out of line.” It was evil, cruel, and injurious.

A commenter said this sort of behavior is one of the reasons why many people don’t want to “go to church” and she was right. I have received numerous emails and messages from Believers who were the targets of verbal browbeating during a “sermon.”

When Believers come together for fellowship, it should be a time to share in the grace, mercy, truth, and love of God. It should be a time to receive comfort, encouragement, sound reproof/correction, and admonitions/warnings. No one comes to fellowship to get cut down, bashed, embarrassed, made an example of, and harshly “rebuked” for things that aren’t sinful.

Dollar clearly flipped his lid over something that was very simple, harmless, and innocent. It was a New Year’s celebration and the man was simply enjoying himself and sharing his joy with others by saying Happy New Year.

Dollar’s abusive over-the-top response is indicative of a sociopath. Sociopaths have a grandiose sense of self. In other words, they have an extremely inflated perception of themselves, their importance, power/authority, and abilities.

Due to a sociopath’s grandiose sense of self, when they feel the tiniest bit slighted or criticized, they lose it and respond with rage and arrogance. This is exactly what Dollar did in the clip.

Someone innocently interrupted his message, and he took it personal as if he was being attacked or disrespected.

He’s perfectly fine with people shouting “amen!” during his unbiblical messages, but when someone says “Happy New Year” he unravels and goes slam ham on them. This is extreme, imbalanced, abusive behavior.

Dollar does not want anyone to correct him, yet he claims that he has been “graced” to correct others. Grace? Grace is hardly the word that I would use to describe his hateful condescending diatribe on New Year’s Eve.

If you still support Creflo Dollar in 2016, it’s high time that you re-evaluate the bad fruit of this savagely fierce wolf. Jesus is not an abusive violent tyrant, and neither are His shepherds.

“You put up with it when someone enslaves you, takes everything you have, takes advantage of you, takes control of everything, and slaps you in the face.” (2 Corinthians 11:20)

Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: What sorrow awaits you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the best animals, but you let your flocks starve. You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost. Instead, you have ruled them with harshness and cruelty.” (Ezekiel 34:2-4)

The Agenda To Mainstream Pedophilia [LIVE Podcast THIS Saturday]

The Agenda To Mainstream Pedophilia

Join me LIVE at 9pm EST this Saturday on Spreaker.com to discuss “The Agenda To Mainstream Pedophilia” — Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Choir Director Kareem Abdul Mitchell Receives A Slap On The Wrist For Molesting Three Boys [New Testament Baptist Church, North Highlands CA]

Kareem-Mitchell-jpgBack in February of 2015, Kareem Mitchell, a 43-year-old choir director at New Testament Baptist Church located in North Highlands, California, was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor and booked on multiple charges including sodomy, oral copulation, and other sexually abusive acts with a child.

This was not the first time that allegations of child sexual assault were raised against Mitchell. He was investigated on similar allegations in the past while working as the choir director, however, charges were never filed.

In March of 2015, another victim came forward and filed additional charges of child sexual assault against Mitchell.

To date, it has been established that Mitchell molested three male choir members between 2001 and 2012.

Based on information shared by a family representative of one of Mitchell’s victims, Mitchell intentionally targeted Black American teenage boys from fatherless single mother homes and portrayed himself as a “father figure” to them.

Mitchell would invite young boys from the New Testament Baptist Church youth choir (“The Voices”) to his home for dinners and sleepovers, committing sexually abusive acts disguised as “wrestling matches.”

A family representative of one of Mitchell’s victims believes that New Testament Baptist Church is covering for Mitchell, and the victim’s family has filed a civil suit against the church. I am standing with them in prayer and full support.

On September 18th, 2015, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s official website reported that Mitchell pled no contest to two counts of oral copulation with a minor and one count of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Mitchell will be sentenced to 3 years state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.  Sentencing is set for October 21, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 63 before the Honorable Michael Bowman.

As you can probably tell, I am not happy with the sentence. In fact, I am saddened and upset. A three-year prison sentence for child sexual abuse is a slap on the wrist.

It sickens me to no end that sociopaths can sexually abuse and traumatize children, and serve a meager sentence (if they spend any time in prison at all) then be released back into society so that they can go back on the prowl for more victims.

In no time, Mitchell will be back out of prison and free to potentially prey on more young boys.

Now that Pastor Donnie Bryant has been given the left boot of disfellowship at New Testament Baptist Church, I am seriously questioning the current leadership (and the board of directors) at NTBC. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mitchell were welcomed back with open arms after his release.

This has been a very heartbreaking case. I will keep you abreast of Mitchell’s sentencing.

 

 

 

“Apostolic Submission” Or False Tradition? [Demetrius Sinegal]

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The gentleman in the image below is Demetrius Sinegal.

His official website says that he is a “senior prophet,” “senior pastor,” “chief apostle,” and “presiding bishop.”

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On July 29th, 2014, Sinegal posted the following statement on his official Facebook page:

“There should be no greater voice in your life than that of the one who’s covering you profess to be under. You can’t be under one’s covering, and be consecrated/affirmed by another. You can’t be a member of one church yet tithe to another. Submit where you are submitted. Apostolic covering, sonship, and/or relationship does not mean daily conversation, it means daily covering. Something done in the heavens, manifested in the earth. True covenant relationship means you treat those you are in COVENANT with equal to or better than a “big name” you honor or are impressed by. It means KNOWING the value of those you’re in relationship with.”

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Since Sinegal has an on-going series for people who are tired of church, I thought it might be helpful to explain some of the reasons why Believers are tired of church using his own words as an example.

1. Believers are tired of leaders who exalt themselves to the place of Christ.

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There should be no greater voice in your life than that of the one who’s covering you profess to be under.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

This statement would be true if Sinegal were saying that there should be no greater voice in your life than God’sBut that is not what he is saying.

He is saying that there should be no greater voice in your life than his which amounts to idolatry because he is exalting himself to the place of Christ. This goes directly against Scripture which teaches that there should be no greater voice in our life than God’sSee Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 13:4, John 10:27, and Hebrews 3:7-8.

If there is no greater voice in your life than Sinegal’s, then he has successfully usurped the voice of the Lord Jesus in your life which is Antichrist.

The term “Antichrist” not only means an adversary of Christ or an enemy of Christ. It also means “in the place of Christ,” as in someone or something that exalts itself to the place of Christ as a false messiah.

In a church-setting, the spirit of Antichrist masquerades as someone or something very holy, and insinuates itself to a place in your heart that only Jesus should have.

While it is true that we should listen to Biblically qualified elders (Ephesians 4:11-12), their voice is not greater than God’s. Nor is their voice greater than any other Believer’s including your own, because we are all equal as children of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26-28).

To say that “There should be no greater voice in your life than that of” Sinegal’s contradicts the word of God and goes far beyond the Biblical role and authority of elders.

Some of us are practicing a version of Churchianity that is based on the Old Covenant where God primarily spoke to the children of Israel through prophets (Hebrews 1:1-2). It is time to come out of the old and into the new. In the New Covenant, God has filled us with the Holy Spirit and given us the ability and the privilege of hearing Him directly and obeying His voice.

If there is no greater voice in your life than Sinegal’s, not only have you allowed him to become your “personal jesus,” but you have shortchanged yourself of the New Covenant blessing of personally hearing from God.

As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” (John 6:45)

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (John 14:26)

Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the assembly.” (Revelations 2:29)

If you are a leader and you are interested in running off Believers — teach people that there should be no greater voice in their life than yours.

2. Believers are tired of leaders playing God and smothering them with “spiritual covering” dogma.

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Throughout Sinegal’s statement, he referred to “covering.” But he wasn’t referring to the covering of God’s Spirit. He was referring to the “spiritual covering” dogma which exalts a man to the place of God as your “covering.”

Nowhere in Scripture does it directly state or remotely imply that spiritual leaders function as a “spiritual covering” over God’s flock. But instead, the Scriptures teach that God is our covering:

“I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert [covering] of thy wings. Selah.” (Psalm 61:4)

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4)

“O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.” (Psalm 140:7)

And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert [covering] from storm and from rain.” (Isaiah 4:5-6)

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)

“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 16:8)

“I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.” (Ezekiel 16:10)

“And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)

Spiritual leaders can do many wonderful things such as teach, preach, counsel, prophesy, reprove, warn, watch and pray. But they cannot cover your soul.

In order for a person to cover your soul, they must be omnipotent (all-powerful), ever-present (everywhere that you are), and omniscient (all-knowing). Spiritual leaders do not possess these qualities, only God does.

God is the only one who has the ability to cover your soul everywhere that you go, protect you from unseen spiritual forces of darkness, and guide you through every situation because He knows the past, present, and future. Spiritual leaders simply do not have the power and knowledge to cover your soul.

If you believe that Sinegal is your “spiritual covering,” then who was covering you before you met him? Who was covering you when you first got saved? Wasn’t it God?

If God was covering you before you met Sinegal and when you first got saved, then why do you need Sinegal to “cover” you now?

Who convinced you that you need somebody new to cover you? It couldn’t have been God, because His word says that He is our spiritual covering. It had to be a man who convinced you that you “need” him to “cover” you. Oh, and also send him 10% of your income.

God was Adam and Eve’s covering.

God was Abraham’s covering.

God was Isaac’s covering.

God was Jacob’s covering.

God was Joseph’s covering.

God was Moses’ and Aaron’s covering.

God was the prophets’ covering.

God was John the Baptizer’s covering.

God was the apostles’ covering.

Yet modern-day leaders teach Believers that they are our “spiritual covering” and that if we say God is our covering we are in “rebellion.” Well, here is what God has to say about that:

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:” (Isaiah 30:1)

God said “woe” unto those who cover with a covering that is not of His Spirit. He called it a sin, because trusting in the flesh for covering is idolatry.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9)

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:5)

The “spiritual covering” dogma cannot be found in Scripture nor the writings of early Believers. It came from the Discipleship/Shepherding Movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s which tried to make Believers “accountable,” but resulted in cases of spiritual abuse.

While spiritual leaders do serve an indispensable role in the body of Christ, their role is not to function as the “spiritual covering” of God’s flock. That role belongs to the Spirit of God alone.

Many Believers find it offensive and off-putting when we come together to fellowship and worship God and find ourselves dealing with a leader who tries to insert themselves over us as a “spiritual covering.” As if to imply that we were “uncovered” and exposed to the attacks of the enemy before we attended their church.

Who was covering us before we walked through the door? And how on earth can a mere human being cover an entire congregation? Can they project some sort of magical forcefield over everyone and cover our souls everywhere we go? The very idea is mystical, pagan, and unbiblical.

If your goal is to repel Believers, then teach man-made doctrines that aren’t in Scripture like, “You can’t be under one’s covering, and be consecrated/affirmed by another.”

3. Believers are tired of greedy leaders trying to control what we do with our own money.

You can’t be a member of one church yet tithe to another.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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One of the biggest “church repellents” are leaders who contradict what the Scriptures teach about tithing and giving, and dictate how much money Believers “must” give, and where we are and aren’t “allowed” to give our own money.

The false doctrine of “tithing your income” is unbiblical and contradicts the tithing laws in Scripture. It is a mutation of Biblical tithing and violates the New Covenant doctrine of cheerful giving:

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

There is no tithe or 10% in the New Covenant. We each decide how much to give.

And when we give, we give voluntarily and gladly of our own free will — not because we felt pressured to give.

We give in proportion to our income, which means that those who have more are expected to give more and those who have less are expected to give less, so that no one will be burdened while others have it easier. This brings equality in the body.

Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.  Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.” (2 Corinthians 8:11-14)

If you would like to see examples of cheerful giving in the New Covenant, read Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37.

Notice that in both passages, the saints were not commanded to give a tithe or 10%. No set percentage was given. Instead, they gave in response to their sense of unity and shared life in Christ and in response to the preaching of the Gospel.

The apostles did not tell the saints to “tithe” and tell them that they were “robbing God” and “cursed with a curse” if they failed to do so. They testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is superior to the tithe, the Old Covenant system of Law, the Levitical Priesthood, and Melchizedek. He is greater than the tithe and He produces more spiritual growth and more fruit than the tithe.

When leaders reach back to the tithe, they are going back to something that is inferior to Jesus in order to provide for their organizations, agendas, and lifestyles. Just because a certain method brings in money doesn’t mean that it is the best method, the most effective method, a Scriptural method, or acceptable to God.

Many organizations bring in money, but their methods are not Biblical, do not build up the faith and character of the saints, and do not please and honor God.

Preaching the Good News motivates a higher level of giving than the tithe, because the tithe binds people to 10%, whereas the Good News sets people free to give everything they have for the Kingdom. Leaders will never successfully emulate what happened in Acts 2 and 4 by teaching the false doctrine of “tithing your income.”

Spiritual leaders have authority to teach what the Scriptures teach about giving. They have authority to encourage Believers to give generously and be rich in good works.

They have authority to instruct Believers to provide materially for evangelistic efforts (the local and global preaching of the Gospel), widows and orphans, the sick and shut-in, the elderly, the persecuted and imprisoned, the homeless, and saints who are in need.

They have authority to instruct Believers to provide materially for their own households, pay off their debts, be good stewards of their finances, and leave an inheritance for their children.

Spiritual leaders do not, however, have authority to dictate how much Believers must give. They do not have authority to bind Believers to 10% or any other amount in the name of God. They do not have authority to forbid Believers from giving to another church.

If a Believer regularly fellowships with one church and decides to give money to another church, that is their right to do so. Forbidding them from giving money to another church is divisive, sectarian, greedy, and Satanic.

Nowhere in Scripture does it directly state or remotely imply that if you regularly fellowship with one church, you are not allowed to provide materially for another church. We are all one body in Christ, with one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism. So when we give to a Church, it benefits the same body of Christ that we are all a part of and brings glory to God just the same.

Sinegal sounds like he is attempting to hoard his supporters’ money all to himself by forbidding them from helping other churches. This is a divisive religious mentality and Paul the apostle spoke against it in his first letter to the Church at Corinth.

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)

The apostles encouraged the saints to give generously to different Churches in need. Sinegal does the opposite. He reminds me of a man named “Diotrephes” in 3rd John. Diotrephes forbid the saints in his fellowship from helping Believers outside of their group.

Fortunately, God is using social media to connect Believers around the world and across the nation, and bringing the truth to light through Biblical discussions about tithing, giving, and financial accountability in the church.

From what I am hearing, many Believers are burnt out and fed up with false teachings about “tithing their income,” “sowing a seed,” “firstfruits offerings,” and man-made prohibitions like “You can’t be a member of one church yet tithe to another.”

Leaders who persist in promoting such nonsense at the expense of sacrificing truth and integrity do so to their own detriment and create more Believers who are ‘tired of church.’

If you would like to study about the history of tithing in Scripture and New Covenant giving, click here.

If you would like to discuss tithing and giving, I invite you to join the following Facebook group by clicking here.

4. Believers are tired of leaders using “submission” to control them.

Submit where you are submitted.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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I believe in Biblical submission, which is first rendered unto God, and secondly unto man (e.g., your spouse, fellow Believers including elders, and civil authorities).

Scripture teaches that submission in the body of Christ is mutual and conditional.

Mutual means that our submission is reciprocated. It goes both ways. The attitude that “you have to submit to me, but I don’t have to submit to you” is carnal, worldly, prideful, and contrary to the teaching of Christ. In the body of Christ, we walk in humility and submit to one another.

Conditional means that our submission is based on conditions, certain requirements being met, or certain terms. The conditions or requirements being that we are submitting to the word of God and the will of God.

Our submission to man is conditional, because man is capable of evil, sin, abuse, error, deceit, wandering astray, and rebellion.

If we submit to someone who is in error, we will end up in error with them. If we submit to someone who is a blind guide, both of us will end up in a ditch. If we submit to someone who is in rebellion to God, they will lead us into rebellion. If we submit to someone who teaches false doctrine, we will become a participant in their evil deeds and God will hold us accountable.

If submitting to a person puts us in disobedience to God, we do not submit to that person. “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) 

Submission comes with consequences and God will hold us accountable for who or what we submit to. For this reason, it is critical that we use discernment in our submission and do not blindly submit to anyone just because they are a leader.

The problem is not with Biblical submission. The problem is when the words “submit” and “submission” are intermingled with false teachings and used to control Believers.

The words “submit” and “submission” are trigger words in the minds of many professing Believers. These words are used to provoke or initiate a desired course of action — the action being a slave-like, docile, passive, servile, subservient position of blind unthinking unquestioning obedience to leadership.

As Believers, we must keep our thinking caps on and use discernment at all times. Do not assume that a teaching is Scriptural just because it is sprinkled with the words “submit” and “submission.” If/When a teaching has error in it, do not submit to it. And do not submit to leaders such as Sinegal who promote false teachings and desire to be the greatest voice in your life.

5. Believers are tired of “spiritual father” wizardry.

Apostolic covering, sonship, and/or relationship does not mean daily conversation, it means daily covering. Something done in the heavens, manifested in the earth.” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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I already addressed the subject of “covering.” Man does not possess the ability or authority to cover someone’s soul. Only God does. Putting the word “apostolic” in front of the word “covering” doesn’t magically make it Scriptural. There is no such thing as “apostolic covering” and the original apostles would detest the very idea because it exalts man to the place of God.

Now to address this hocus pocus called “apostolic sonship”. . .

The false apostles of our time promote a bastardized heresy called “apostolic sonship” wherein they elevate themselves as “spiritual fathers” and subjugate their supporters as “spiritual sons” and “spiritual daughters.”

They normally promote this heresy by ripping Scriptures out-of-context from Paul’s letters and mashing them together with Old Testament Scriptures.

The Scriptures overwhelmingly emphasize the Fatherhood of God and our sonship to Him. This is important because one of the reasons why Jesus sacrificed His life was to reconcile us back into peaceful fellowship with God the Father as sons and daughters. Not “apostolic sons and daughters” — but sons and daughters of God.

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become sons of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (John 1:12-13)

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father! The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:14-17)

And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)

 “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father! Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:4-7)

Also see 1 John 3:1-2.

Once again, the Scriptures overwhelmingly emphasize the Fatherhood of God and our sonship to Him. Yet the false apostles of our time overwhelmingly emphasize “apostleship fatherhood” and “apostolic sonship.”

They elevate themselves as intermediaries or “middle-men” through whom we receive our Divine inheritance, anointing, and ministry. This contradicts the Scriptures which teach that there is only one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus, and it is through Him that we receive our Divine inheritance, anointing, and ministry.

This sinful tendency of man to elevate himself above others as an intermediary between God and man through the use of honorific titles such as “apostolic father” is precisely why Jesus rebuked and warned against such behavior:

They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew 23:7-11)

For the most part, the concepts of “apostolic sonship” “apostolic fathers” and “apostolic covering” reinforce an unbiblical caste-system in the church, infantilize Believers, and ‘birth’ illegitimate sinistries ‘ministries.’

They try to justify their doctrine of “apostolic sonship” by paralleling themselves with Paul the apostle and his relationship with Timothy, yet they do not preach the same Gospel that the apostles preached, they are not training anyone to be disciples of Jesus like the original apostles did (they train people to be disciples of themselves), they do not take care of the poor like the original apostles did (they talk more about people taking care of them), they preach themselves not Christ and Him crucified, and they do not risk their lives to bring the Gospel where it has never been heard before and raise up new Churches.

Their sinistry ‘ministry’ websites are full of self-promotional advertisements, glamour shots of themselves, quips, quotes, cliches, and man-made doctrines, NOT the unadulterated doctrine of Christ. They are NOTHING like the original apostles. Nothing.

In the body of Christ, we are all brothers and sisters and sons of God the Father. Our sonship is in Christ Jesus, not in any man or woman with a superiority-complex claiming to be an “apostolic covering, father, or mother.”

6. Believers are tired of bondage created by unbiblical covenants.

True covenant relationship means you treat those you are in COVENANT with equal to or better than a “big name” you honor or are impressed by. It means KNOWING the value of those you’re in relationship with” (Demetrius Sinegal)

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The phrase “covenant relationship” is another trigger word.

This phrase brings to mind an agreement or partnership that is entered into with various commitments and obligations spelled out.

Many leaders use this phrase to bind people to themselves and their organizations, and obligate people to financial commitments and other man-made requirements, rules, and regulations.

In many cases, these “covenant relationships” are used as tools to control what people think, believe, feel, say, do, where they are ‘allowed’ to fellowship, what they are and aren’t ‘allowed’ to listen to/watch/or read, what they wear, where they live/work/attend school/and socialize, who they marry, what they are or aren’t ‘allowed’ to do in their marriage, how they run their own households, whether they are ‘allowed’ to leave or stay in a certain church, and how they spend their money.

In my experience, research, and observation — “covenant relationships’ are legalistic and facilitate the abuse and micromanagement of Believers. Nonbiblical covenants unto leaders and organizations have a tendency to supplant the role of the Holy Spirit and infringe on the blood-bought freedom of the saints.

When leaders speak of “covenant relationship,” use discernment and ask yourself if they are talking about the New Covenant or a marriage covenant, because these are the only 2 covenants spoken of in the New Testament.

The New Covenant was instituted by the shedding of Jesus’ blood. We entered into this Covenant by faith in the Son of God and His redemptive work on the Cross. A marriage covenant is instituted by God and unites a man and woman in holy matrimony.

The New Testament says nothing about entering into “covenant relationships” with leaders and organizations. This is an unbiblical concept.

Our covenant is with God through the shed blood of Jesus. And if you are married, you are in a marriage covenant with your spouse. There are no other Divine covenants instituted and acknowledged by God in the New Testament.

Mr. Sinegal seems to be more concerned about being treated “equal to or better than” the popular pulpiteers of our day. This is not the mentality of a real servant of God and a real apostle, but the mentality of a high maintenance Narcissus.

The fact that he thinks he’s being “mistreated” by people giving THEIR OWN money to someone other than him shows that he has NO IDEA what it means to suffer for Christ.

While true men and women of God suffer persecution overseas, false apostles in America are more concerned about whether their supporters treat them equal to or better than T.D. Jakes.

I leave you with the words of our Senior Pastor and Chief Apostle — no. . . not Demetrius Sinegal — the Lord Jesus Christ.

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

“. . . whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

Saved, Sanctified, & Battling Depression [Podcast]

I apologize for the slight delay, but the awaited episode “Saved, Sanctified, & Battling Depression” is FINALLY here!

The Holy Spirit truly moved in power. We hope that this episode blesses you. Share it on social media and with your local fellowship  🙂

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