I had a dream many years ago about false religion and false brethren in the church.
In this dream, I was in a church. They were having a coffee social before the service. Everyone was smiling and chatting, but I noticed it was not normal. The service was about to start, so I went inside.
As the service proceeded, all the people began to swell up and sort of grunt and growl. They continued to swell up until they couldn’t move and could barely breathe. I wanted to run, but they were so swollen I had to edge my way through them as they were all standing up. Though they were snarling at me, they couldn’t get to me.
I got out of the sanctuary and ran towards the door. There were a few people cowering by the door. Then I looked up as a huge snake suddenly raised up its’ head and wagged it back and forth at me, swooping down in my face. I knew I had to get out and help the few people by the door to get out too. So I grabbed the snake around the head, which was like grabbing the neck of a huge bear. It tried to put its’ fangs in my arm, but I didn’t release it until I had the door opened with my other hand and the few captives were freed, then I tossed it aside and got out myself.
When I had this dream, I knew exactly what it meant, so I put a lot of space between me and this python congregation. I had already been invited to attend a new church, which had started up in a home and was wanting to expand, so each member had to bring someone new into the group. I didn’t want to go, but this woman kept asking me until I went. Nothing particular happened, but something wasn’t right. The spirit was quenched. I felt like a bird about to be pounced on.
God gave me this dream to reveal the spiritual nature of my church. I didn’t stick around to get stuck in it, and I learned to say no, not just continue going to get along. Even so, I was hounded for several months after that, first pleading calls followed by angry calls. I remained silent until it passed.
“Our willingness to go along with the masses and put on false garments will end in our demise, even if for a time it might feel right.” ~ Joanie Stahl
He showed me the huge snake because false religion and false brethren are like the python and cobra that mesmerize, weaving cruel messages that can cause a paralyzing fear, which makes it difficult for devoted believers to stand against the crowd.
God will show us what kinds of spirits are operating around us. If you recall the story of the woman that followed Paul around. Although she spoke of GOD, she had a python spirit. Paul and Silas ended up in prison on account of discerning the unclean spirit operating through her for gain.
“Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’ And this she did for many days” (Acts 16:16-17)
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed”. (Acts 16:25-26)
False doctrines have crept into the church unnoticed. The word crept relates to the crab. As you know, crabs move sideways. We talk about things that come in sideways… unawares.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
These are very perilous times that we live in. The death culture abounds as it takes hold of its’ victims and spreads its’ poison. It’s a very weighty matter that we must take seriously, keeping ourselves clean and close to Jesus. We are warned that those who hate God, love death.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (Proverbs 8:36)
It is a life and death situation for us that we stay low and pray, which is to say humble ourselves before the Lord. Not everything is as it seems at first glance, but the Holy Spirit is able to lead us into all truth.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, King James Version)
Author: Karen Sue
Karen Sue started out to become a master teacher in the Child Development field until one day a phone call came that changed all of that. It was a call for help that led her into advocacy for children and victims of violent crime. She believes that is where her education really started. It was during that time she cried out to Jesus Christ and was saved.
Later she worked in skilled nursing with a focus on gerontology. She then moved into dementia care and found her niche with opportunities to counsel and teach in the area of therapeutic activities and activities of daily living. Advocacy in both arenas led her to a closer relationship with the Lord.
She now devotes her time to intercessory prayer and Bible study, often led by dreams that both quicken her and direct her prayer life. Karen has opted not to share her last name.