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Steve Van Nattan







By Steve Van Nattan



We have all watched as Charismatic faith healers and illusionist artists have toyed with the minds of their followers. We groan and feel sorry for the people taken in by the tricks.

In this article I want us to consider the possibility that Baptists and other Bible believers have learned to manipulate the minds and perform illusionist tricks just like the faith healers.

The problem is, our alleged pastors are doing these tricks to make disciples of Christ into slaves of us, our denominations, and of our "standards."

In order for us to get a rational start at this discussion, we need to have a primer in how Charismatic gurus, performers, and preachers play games with the minds of their followers. We may be able to see the thing in principle, but it would be helpful to see this from an observer's perspective graphically.

Thus, I have a video done in the UK by a presenter who is an illusionist by profession. He set out to expose the Charismatic Movement with emphasis on faith healing. He seems to have made a particular effort not to destroy the faith of the victims of the faith healers, but his project is astounding and frightening. We know about this, but we need to see how really treacherous it really is. Then, we will start talking about the tricks we may be playing that totally dishonor God and his Word.


What did we learn in the video?

Faith healers have only ONE thing in their mind-- collect the money from their victims.

Faith healers have no compassion or ethics because they know full well that they are causing physical suffering and maybe death to their victims.

Faith healers do not care if the simple faith of their followers is eventually destroyed.

We can go on to conclude other qualities about these faith healers and all Charismatic preachers who practice their methods or promote faith healers. The kind of man who would use mind games and illusional tricks on people, and the kind of men who would fake healing, knowing that their victims will suffer just as much or worse later, will also be stealing money allegedly used only in "the ministry," and they will be chasing whores and living generally like moral filth.

How does this horrible picture speak to Bible believers?

I submit to you that we have some of the same illusional tricks and charlatan factors in the Fundamental Baptist and other Bible believing groups.

Consider these statements made during sermons and altar calls:

"You claim to be born again, but you are not at the church whenever the doors are open. Why should I believe you are born again?"

Tell me, preacher, where in the Bible are you told it is your job to tell whether people are born again or not? By their fruits ye shall know them. All you can lawfully say, if you are really a Bible believer, is this..... you do not see fruit. So, when you question the salvation of people sitting in front of you based on their conduct as believers, you are entering into unholy ground where you do not belong. You are doing this for only one reason. You are determined to get the response you want, and you do not want to let the Holy Spirit do the ministry of convicting because he does not convict sinners on your schedule.

How about this one? "If you are not a soul winner, God is mad at you. God will punish you if you do not win souls."

Psalms 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

God is not angry with Bible believers. He may chasten them, but he loves them, and his anger and wrath are out of the question. That is saved for the wicked (which may include the magician called a preacher).

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Or, "If you do not witness every chance you have, God will hold you responsible for those people when they go to hell."

An Old Testament reference is used for this. There is no such teaching in the New Testament. Guilt and fear are the motive of the preacher. If he can terrorize the sheep into thinking they are responsible for getting sinners save, then he can grow his church. Of course, his church will be largely filled with people filled with the fear of losing their salvation, and the thing will perpetuate itself until Christ returns and casts the lying preacher into hell.

Here is an old Jack Hyles heresy: "God looks at your works for him, and he looks at your sins. If your soul winning and works are more than your sins, God will have mercy on you." (Taken from an actual sermons preached by Hyles)

This is absolutely heresy. It is slight of hand and messes with the minds of Christians who should be hearing a sermon on sin instead of a sermon on accommodation, which is exactly what Hyles meant. He was in adultery with his secretary for years, but his claims to winning 300 souls to Christ week was his way of conning God into not chastening him. Hyles was not chastened because he was a bastard son, not a son of God. Hebrews 12:8

So, you too may be a bastard son if you teach that God can be conned for any reason. I know for a fact that there are a pretty large number of unsaved preachers playing the devil's tricks on the Lord's Church, and, like the faith healers, they are busy playing mind games at the expense of sound doctrine.

Here is another mind game: "I want everyone here to stand up, every head bowed and every eye closed. Now, if you have absolutely no doubts about how you stand with God, sit down. If you are not 100% sure, please keep standing."

A few may be left standing. "Now, those of you still standing, how many of you would open your eyes and just look at me indicating that you would like me to pray for you?"

This is often done with the emotional music being sung. A hymn that helps people doubt their salvation should be chosen if possible, and there are some in the book.

Now, the killer and mind bender: "Everyone stand with me now. Let us sing (25 verses of) Just As I Am, and I want to give those of you who want prayer to come forward, and I will pray for you."

The mind game here is obvious. The preacher only said he would pray for them, but he did not say when, right? So, they victim thinks that because the eye to eye contact was obviously private, the prayer would be private in some way.

Wrong, this jerkwater evangelist or preacher is trying to coerce the victim to the front of the church for everyone to see. He is forcing a public decision on them. If they go forward, he may even make a big show of them and try to welcome them into the faith. He will whisper some blather to them as the come forward about believing in Jesus, and then this follows: "Folks, I want you to welcome Fred Gazoona into the family of Jesus Christ." Then follows shouting and praise, and the mob of gullible coconspirators will then be invited to come up and shake Fred's hand.

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

This is nothing but mind tricks and illusions. Any psychologist watching would know what he is watching. If you use these tricks you are not doing the work of God, sir. You are doing the work that builds numbers, enhances your resume, and eventually enlarges the cash flow. You are wicked, and you will burn in hell for using the sheep of the Great Shepherd in this way.


So, we now come to the offering plate

There are many tricks used by alleged Bible believers to increase giving. They are totally related to mind tricks and forcing people to part with their cash. There is no other motive, and the life style of the preachers often tells us exactly why that preacher plays his tricks.

Here we go again, ye magik masters: "Do you expect God to bless you if you do not give to the Lord's work?"

This is prosperity Gospel in a thin candy Baptist shell. The message is exactly the same. The saint's blessing in life are thus directly tied to his giving, and he will eventually believe God owes him something because he is double tithing.

The "Lord's work" is all too often the preacher's belly, and the only place to give is into that round brass or wooden plate that passes under your nose.

This extra biblical heresy is taught next:

"You need to do your giving to the local church. God works only through the local church, and you promised when you joined the First Baptist Church of Blusterville that you would give to this church."

All of that statement is a lie. It is not a Bible based teaching, and God works where ever he wishes and how he wishes. You disagree, preacher? Well, what did Jesus say when the woman broke the alabaster box and poured it on his feet. Reverend Judas Iscariat, who graduated from Tennessee Temple Synagogue, said the box should have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. Even Judas did not suggest the proceeds must be given to the temple treasury. Wow, you are a worse heretic then Judas.

Again, "You need to make a vow to God to give from what he blesses you with. You then need to keep your vows like David did."

There is no Bible teaching during the Church age encouraging us to make vows. Paul made a vow, and the end of that one was that he was arrested and ended up under house arrest in Rome. Faith promising God that you will give a fixed amount is pure devilment. We are taught to give according to the blessing we just had from God.

1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

The fact is, Paul and the other New Testament writers said almost nothing about giving, and they especially did NOT use emotional and mind bending tricks to cause the saints to give more. The only reason modern preachers use these tricks and illusions is because they are damned to hell bastard sons who want money, JUST LIKE THE FAITH HEALERS. They will all burn in hell together.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

When you teach and promote alleged truths that are not backed up with the Word of God, you are loving and making a lie, and you will go to hell, whether you are a Reverend or not. In fact, hell will have a very large ministerial society, and they will have only one item on the agenda-- WATER.


Now, we look at another mind game Baptist and Fundamental preachers love:

"Dear brother (or sister for the church secretary), you mean so much to me. I believe that if you were not helping in the Lord's work this church simply could not function."

This then is followed by a list of things the "dear brother" needs to do before the next service. The man has been mind manipulated into thinking the pastor really loves him, and he also deceives himself into thinking that he is indispensable to the local church. If he would like to take his wife to dinner, he will fight off that instinct and go camp in the church basement until 11 PM fixing the plumbing. The pastor could have called a plumber to do the work, but that takes money, and the pastor needs the money to pay for his new Navigator.

This is nothing but slavery, and that is exactly what you saw in the video above. Slavery to faith healers to drive them to empty their wallets on the guru. You, preacher, are no different if you mess with the minds of your men and ladies to simply get cheap labor out of them.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

There you are, preacher. You are making merchandise of your people if you use mind games to get free labor from them. Some of you slow bellies also manage to use flattery to bring them into bondage to work for your personal needs. You are nothing but a church house Raj, the same slobs the British government sent to India during the colonial days. They put the Indians into bondage to them until some of the colonial flunkies in India were living better than Queen Victoria herself.


I have not pulled punches because thousands of the Lord's sheep are being sheered to the skin and then put into forced labor and virtual slavery to fat greedy Baptist and Fundamental preachers. The problem is now worldwide. You slow bellies have even taken your heresies and mind bending tricks to Africa, India, Australia, and Asia. I hear these stories from readers all over the world.

So, a word to you who are concerned about yourselves. Record some of your messages, and sit still and alone somewhere, and listen to your preaching. Stop the recording frequently, and ask yourself this question: "Can I back that statement up with a clear Bible reference?"

I know, some of you slobs can find a Bible verse and twist it better than Charles Tass Russell of the Jehovah's Witnesses could. You are heretics and will burn in hell for your perverse use of God's Word. But, to you who really care about being faithful to the Word of God and to Jesus Christ, please examine your preaching, your offering blather, and your altar calls. If you hear yourself saying things you could not prove Jesus or Paul would say, for God's sake, REPENT.

James 4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.