The Heart of the Matter Part Two

 

Witchcraft and the Jezebel Spirit

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There has been much said and written lately about the Jezebel spirit in the church.  I believe that most of the people that are operating under the Jezebel spirit are unaware that they are in need of deliverance.  Witchcraft is so closely related to the Jezebel spirit that sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.  The Jezebel spirit operates as a witchcraft spirit, but a witchcraft spirit is not necessarily a Jezebel spirit.  Derek Prince said that wherever you see intimidation, manipulation, and domination in the church, there is witchcraft at work.  Legalism is a form of witchcraft because it seeks to control people through a set of rules.  Consider this:

Oh, foolish Galatians!  Who has cast an evil spell on you?  For the meaning of Jesus Christ’s death was made as clear to you as if you had seen a picture of his death on the cross, (Galatians 3:1, emphasis mine).

And I’m sorry to burst your bubble if you believe that everyone is automatically delivered and freed from generational curses at salvation.  It’s simply not true.  At salvation, it’s true that the human body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit.  The physical entrance of the Holy Spirit into the person’s body will cause some of the smaller, weaker spirits to vacate the premises immediately.  But the bigger and stronger spirits, like the Jezebel spirit and the witchcraft spirit will simply bide their time in an out-of-the-way corner until an opportune moment.  Then they will entice the person to say or do something that is not in keeping with the Christian walk.

Typically, they start with something small[1] like listening to gossip.  They think, I’m not going to tell anyone, and it might hurt this person’s feelings if I cut them off or walk out on them.  So they listen to gossip.  When they do that, they quench the Holy Spirit and harden their heart.  From there it’s a small step to spreading gossip.  They may justify it as a “prayer request” on behalf of the victim of the gossip.  The Holy Spirit is further quenched and the heart hardened more.  Step-by-step, the person, has learned all the appropriate “Christianese,” while practicing less and less of the “dying to self” aspect.  In other words, they talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk.

Plus, they spend less and less time reading the Bible and in prayer before the Lord.  They say that they’re too busy.  Come on!  Nobody is too busy for God.  This is just evidence that they have not made God a priority in their life.  Yet, they will continue to attend prayer meetings.  They may even volunteer at church.  So the inner life is dying, while on the outside, they still appear to be Christian.

Eventually the Jezebel spirit “calls” them into a leadership position.  (They are called, and they know it, but it’s not a call from God.)  Usually their calling means that they must get as close to the pastor as they can get.  Sometimes getting close to the pastor means getting rid of the people around the pastor that are standing in their way, including his own wife.  Of course, they justify this, fully believing that God has called them to leadership.  Their methods of getting rid of people include those gossip “prayers” described above.  They may ask for an appointment with the pastor for counseling.  These counseling appointments become more and more frequent, and because the pastor has already invested time in this person, it becomes an obligation to continue the counseling, even giving it priority over other appointments.  Before long, this person has essentially monopolized the pastor’s time, including family time.

Please note that while the Jezebel spirit operates most often in and through women, there have been cases of men with a Jezebel spirit.  This spirit is often associated with a sexual attraction, but not always.  Plus the presence of a Jezebel spirit in a church does not necessarily mean that the pastor has an Ahab spirit, but it is most effective if it is this way.  The Ahab spirit is a spirit of passivity associated with depression.  If the pastor suffers from depression it doesn’t mean that he or she is possessed by a spirit of depression or an Ahab spirit.  The depression spirit can just as easily oppress a person by building a satanic hedge around them to keep them isolated.  This is why we must be diligent to pray for our pastors.

Finally, the person with the Jezebel spirit will feel called to take control of the church away from the pastor.  Of course, they’ve been positioning themselves for this move for a long time.  And all the time they may truly believe that they are doing God’s work, and that this is for the good of the church.

If you recognize yourself in any of this, confess it now.  Repent and submit yourself to the leadership that God has put over you.

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Weird is a witchcraft word.  Where you see graffiti like this, there is probably a coven in the neighborhood.

Recently a pastor wrote to me, asking for prayer about three women that are openly at war with one another in his church.  All three, he said, are in leadership positions.  I told him that I suspect that at least one, if not all three, has a witchcraft/Jezebel spirit.  I suggested that he prayerfully consider suspending their leadership duties until he has more understanding about what it is that he’s dealing with.  Is he going to find it difficult to continue with three holes in leadership?  Yes.  And even more difficult for the fact that he doesn’t speak the language as well as these women do.  But I think the consequences of some gaps in leadership is far less than the consequences of leaving leaders in place that might be operating under the wrong spirit.  Ultimately, I am almost certain that if he suspends their leadership, the ones that are under witchcraft and/or a Jezebel spirit will mount a rebellion against him.  His church may split.  Honestly, there isn’t much hope for this ending well.  This is why Paul counseled Timothy:

Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader, (1 Timothy 5:22).

We’ve got to be wise, even in dealing with people in the church.  Never, never, never assume that everyone in the church is truly born again or is operating under the leading of the Holy Spirit.  But Jesus gave us a way to know what spirit others are operating under:

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.

Not everyone who calls out to Me, “Lord!  Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Only those who actually do the will of My Father in Heaven will enter.  On judgment day many will say to Me, “Lord!  Lord!  We prophesied in Your Name and cast out demons in Your Name and performed many miracles in Your Name.”  But I will reply, “I never knew you.  Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws,” (Matthew 7:15-23, emphasis mine).

Look at what this passage reveals to us:

  • They come disguised as harmless sheep. They look and sound just like the other people around them in the church.  Thoroughly versed in Christianese, they talk the talk—as much as anyone else in the church.
    • They also spend a lot of time at church in virtually every church activity. They want to be seen because this adds to the illusion that they are harmless and sincere sheep.
  • They produce false miracles that look genuine. Don’t forget that Jannes and Jambres produced false miracles that mimicked the genuine miracles of Moses (2 Timothy 3:8):
    • They prophesy.
    • They cast out demons.
    • They perform miracles.
  • They call Jesus Lord, but it is only lip service because they are not submitted and doing the will of the Father in Heaven.
  • We have a way of identifying them, if we will only take a good look:
    • We will know them by their fruit. What are they producing around them?  These are questions we should be asking of anyone that is high up in church leadership.
      • Is there division and discord, arguments and hurt feelings whenever they are in charge of a ministry?
      • Do people feel edified in their faith by them and by their ministry?
      • Do they monopolize the pastor’s time?
      • Do they exhibit true servant leadership?
      • Does their public behavior reveal a rich personal relationship with Jesus?
    • Again, fruit does not mean miracles. Remember that miracles can be faked.

I’m not saying that we need to be throwing around accusations.  In fact, that could be potentially disastrous.  We need to be wise.  The way to deal with someone you suspect of operating under a witchcraft and/or Jezebel spirit is first and foremost prayer.  Pray for wisdom and guidance.  Pray for the pastor, for his or her marriage, and for the church.  Be aware of the delicacy of this situation because when a witchcraft or Jezebel spirit is unmasked, it will cause that person to do everything in their power to split the church.  And the whole time, the person in question will honestly believe that what they are doing is of God.

The best thing of all is to keep your pastor and your church leaders in your prayers.  The defeated enemy has them in his sights and he wants to take them down.  Pray!  And never forget: God is good!

[1] By small, I mean something that seems small to us.  To God all sin is sin, and no sin has any place in a Christian’s life.

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