Sunday, December 20, 2015

Answering Debi Pearl

Something very odd crossed my Facebook account in the last few days. It was a prayer request by Debi Pearl, wife of Michael Pearl and author of such toxic tomes as 'Created To Be A Help Meet' and 'Preparing To Be A Help Meet'. You know the Pearls, not only have they authored a ton of books and have a ministry named No Greater Joy, but they also advocate disciplining children with a quarter inch thick piece of plumbing line for infractions as slight as being grumpy or daring to have normal childhood needs.
This is where Michelle Duggar got her controversial training ideas about blanket training - putting a six month old baby on a blanket and smacking the baby with a wooden spoon or dowel when it tried to leave the blanket. There have been children who've died of their beatings where the Pearl's child training book 'To Train Up A Child' has been found in the homes of their murderers. Lydia Shatz and Hana Grace Williams are the two most well known cases where the type of dicipline advocated by the Pearls was cited as a factor in the death of the child.
So now Debi is asking for prayer because she claims she, her ministry and her family are being persecuted by various Christians and others.  First she starts with a story about her husband Michael ministering to a family years ago.
About 30 years ago, several times a week, Mike Pearl drove down the old gravel road to where a hippie family was living in an old school bus jacked up on concrete blocks. He sat around their camp fire and shared the good news of Christ with the husband and wife and four children. One afternoon as he walked toward their camp the family’s three big dogs attacked him. The first German shepherd jerked his legs out from under him and the other shepherd and Doberman went for his throat. They were accustomed to killing coyotes and were very efficient at the task. Mike lay on his back with his head to the ground, grabbing for their jaws. His efforts kept them from getting him by the neck, but they tore large gashes in his arms, buttocks, thighs, calves, and ankles. The whole attack only lasted about 20 seconds before one of the daughters ran to his rescue, calling the dogs off. Some of the wounds required stitches and Mike still bears the scars and numbness in his ankles to this day. Needless to say, Mike didn’t share the gospel with them that day.
Though the attack seemed to be a battle of flesh and blood, God says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and the rulers of darkness…evil fallen angels that are warring, stirring, blinding, deceiving, and pitting flesh against us. That time the flesh was dogs.
I begged Mike not to go back to that family. But he knew a spiritual battle when one came his way, so after more than three weeks, when he had healed up enough to walk without a limp, he return to their property.
Much was at stake that neither of us could see. In time the entire family would be saved and TJ would come to be a missionary to an unreached people group, having the glorious privilege to translate scripture and other books into more than one Asian language.
One has to wonder if perhaps the 'hippie' family had simply had enough of the Jesus-blathering from their neighbor and had allowed the dogs freedom to dissuade his visits. Seeing how the family later became involved in scripture translation it's pretty obvious this was no some demonic plot of the enemy or whatever fetid satan fantasies that Debi seems to harbor.
Fast forward 30 years. Today, we are wresting the powers of darkness again. This time it is not canines, but the powers that be, even professing Christians. Secularists make no apology that they hate Christians. They make legal judgments against that fact that we would dare to believe God teaches that a woman should submit to her husband, and that children should be trained according to the Word of God. They are the dogs tearing at anything bearing the name of Jesus. Paul said “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers” Philippians 3:2. Jesus described those who railed upon him as he hung upon the cross as dogs (Psalm 22:16).
Clearly Debi is upset that more and more Christians are realizing you do not have to beat your children to cause them to be properly trained. They've seen the fruit of 'To Train Up A Child' and found it lacking. None of the children of this family has been successful even against the anemic standards of fundamentalism. Living without the basics even the most poor in our nation have isn't success. Being afraid to have likes and dislikes isn't success.
As far as 'Secularists' hating Christians, it's not that they hate ALL Christians, it's the hateful behavior, superstitions, the blaming, the shaming and the general all-around evil pouring forth from extreme Christianity that is hated.
We can ignore the dogs of this world who rail at the Christians, but sometimes the dogs come dressed in sheep’s clothing. It is very sad and troubling when the dogs wear Christian faces. One time Jesus turned to his beloved apostle Peter and said, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (Matthew 16:23). It is a sobering thought that Satan can come at us wearing the face of fellow believers—friend even. But if it was so with Jesus and his apostles, we can expect no less.
Few eyes can see spiritual warfare. Satan’s tactics are so disguised that those that think themselves kind Christians become Satan’s tools and fools. The soft furry covering is kind, gentle, and seems so right, yet it can be inspired by hell. You can’t be a friend of God and a friend of those that stand against HIM. It is important to know that when a believer willingly becomes one in spirit with those who testify against God’s written Word, that person, even if they are an apostle, becomes the enemy of GOD.
 When fellow Christians point out that your theology is harmful, extra-Biblical and not the words or intent of Jesus you should likely take a look at why they are thinking this because railing against those Christians being tools of the devil merely makes it seem like you might just be deceived. If you are deceived you don't know it. It takes maturity, openness and humility to at least consider that what someone else says might have at least a grain of truth in it.
No one's perfect, everyone gets something wrong. But the unwillingness to even examine your own thoughts and conscience seems like the sin of pride from here. Not being able to recognize when things you think are wrong and make the appropriate adjustments seems mentally unbalanced. All the while trying to claim anyone that doesn't 100% with you is Satan.
Who is on the LORD’S side? A double minded man (or woman) is unstable in all his ways. God says, Draw nigh to God, and he will draw night to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” God does not value a double mindedness.
There have been many spiritual battles. Most are just memories of victories past. When the present particular spiritual battle was young, God made a statement. There in the gravel driveway of the one who plotted against us we knelt on bended knee and cried out to God, “This one has brought a great delusion that we can’t defeat. Remove him from our lives.” Within hours that one was destroyed. The kind-hearted naysayers looking on spoke in willful blindness, “God didn’t do that, and don’t you say he did, because God is love.” But until now, we said nothing—nothing at all. We were stunned into holy silence. So we silently, behind closed doors, met eyes and fearfully marveled at God’s decisiveness. His answer was more than we asked for, and so completely terminal. The abrupt answer built faith and brought extreme temporary relief in the battle that was waging against us. Now we must face a new enemy and are publicly asking God to make a new statement.
Please tell me that the Pearls didn't pray for the death of someone in that person's driveway only to have them suddenly die? Where in the Bible does it say we're supposed to pray for the death of our enemies? There are passages in the Bible that warn against asking God to release this or that against your enemies because you are giving Him permission to mete out the same to you. All of this goes so against any of the words of Jesus.
We are silent no more. The time has come to declare God’s works so that he may receive honor and glory and praise.
Over the last few years we have seen many of God’s chosen come under spiritual attack. Satan is alive and using the washed-out, tender-hearted, professing believers as his attack dogs. We have seen Christians unwilling to stand with these battle-weary saints. It is one of the signs of the last times. Don’t be the devil’s pawn. Learn to pray fervently, and learn to STAND.
Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? Someday soon there is coming a time when God will send a great delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11) so that if it were possible the very elect will be deceived. The anti-Christ will be wonderful, loving, kind, sweet, gentle, and so capable and wise. He will bring solutions to so many terrible issues that have eluded the best minds. He will be so god-like. Those that have lived their lives on the whelm of sentiment and popular opinion will be deceived.
From where I'm standing the ministries an 'Good Christians' that seem to be going under are all the ones doing evil or acting not very Christ-like, i.e. Ted Haggard and his scandal, Doug Phillips abusing Lordes Torres before closing Vision Forum, the lawsuit brought by the brave women who were abused by Bill Gothard and many others that have gone down due to the evil they themselves brought. If you really believed in the words of Jesus you'd pray for healing for everyone involved in those sad happenings, healing, grace and justice. And then you'd pray for God to reveal to you any wrong things you'd believed and evils you've done so you could repent and correct. I don't hear any of that in your statement, just that thing you and your husband are so damn good at, blaming others and attempting to shame them.
For the last few years, we (Michael Pearl’s family) have been in battle, and we need the prayers of the true Saints of God. The sweet aroma of ten thousand voices lifted up in praise and supplication before God will cause heaven to rejoice and release a mighty answer. Will you stand with us against the principalities and powers of darkness? This is how we need you to pray.
“Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed is your name. You are great, merciful, and holy. We thank you for the victory you are giving. Lord, bring your kingdom soon. We ask that your will be done in our situation as it is in heaven. Lord God, we ask that you step in and bring down the evil that is set against Michael Pearl’s family. Bring to an end all those that testify in lies and deceit. Give us LORD the victory in your name for your sake. Lead us not into the temptation of struggling without your intervention. Deliver us by your HOLY NAME from this terrible evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. We love you LORD GOD Almighty. Amen and Amen.
Names and details have been withheld to protect the guilty. But God knows, and your prayers will be effectual all the same.
Having people pointing out the toxic wrong in your theology is a very far cry from persecution. Please heed all the voices screaming out the obvious, that children and women are not to be treated with abuse at every turn. Where's the mercy, love and grace in what you teach?
One thing I do know, as long as No Greater Joy keeps teaching the noxious stew of beating children with quarter inch plumbing pipe, staying married to child molesters, women as the cause of every problem along with other lies of the Christian Patriarchy Movement we're going to keep shouting the truth about those teachings from the rooftops at No Longer Quivering and everywhere else. We're  not alone. You cannot silence all the voices.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you know this or not, but your ad over on the sidebar, when I surfed in is for Debi Pearl's books....