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Article ID: 8695
Age Group: Adult
Posted: August 28th. 2004
Blaming 'Witchcraft's Control'
by Kerr Cuhulain
People like to blame something other than themselves for their problems. Ever since the Inquisition certain Christians have been trying to blame their ills on Witchcraft. A modern example of this paranoia is Pastor Jonas Clark and his Spirit of Life Ministries (http://jonasclark.com/), based in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Part of Jonas's web site is a page with the title Witchcraft's Control (http://sureword.faithweb.com/witchcraftscontrol.html). This is a summary of the contents of his book Exposing Spiritual Witchcraft. The premise of this web page is summed up at the beginning of the first page with the statement: "Witchcraft needs to separate and isolate its victim from the influence of friends and family in order to be most effective. One who is being controlled feels the loss of personal identity and self-esteem. Depression and fatigue quickly follow as the super spiritual controller gives abnormal attention to those she desires to manipulate."
At no point on this web page does Jonas mention the religion of Wicca, nor does he mention any specific person that he feels is practicing what he describes as "witchcraft". Jonas simply uses the term "witchcraft" to describe a nebulous force of evil that causes problems in the lives of Christians. Most of his web page is devoted to listing these "weapons" of this shadowy force of "witchcraft".
Jonas claims that "Isolation is a solid weapon of witchcraft." Jonas blames "witchcraft" for separating people "from your friends, your church, or anyone whom it perceives can speak truth into your life." He claims that Witchcraft achieves this through "the introduction of strife." He doesn't describe what kind of strife nor give us specifics of how this occurs. "People operating in witchcraft are masters at pitting people against one another," Jonas generalizes, "People operating in witchcraft don't want to share your attention with others but want to keep you totally for themselves." I can safely say that seeking to monopolize people's attention is a common characteristic of some of the people that I've written about in this series, all of whom were Christians, not Witches.
Jonas lists "Acting super spiritual" as another tactic of "witchcraft". What he describes as "super spiritual" sounds more like the activities of Charismatic Christians than Witches: "People releasing witchcraft will often get spiritual with you by ending their conversation speaking in other tongues or some super spiritual saying." Jonas claims that "People who walk in witchcraft have an uppity air of spiritual superiority about them. They think that they have it altogether and you don't. If they can get you to lose your composure publicly by putting you on the spot, then they will. They will push you out on the proverbial limb for all to see. They are not necessarily flaky, but they can act super spiritual." I may be wrong, but I get the distinct impression that Jonas is thinking of a specific incident of his own experience when he cites this example.
Jonas then introduces the demonic element that so many of these people blame their problems on. Jonas claims that "The force of witchcraft will cause people to lose their individual identities." Jonas hints at demonic possession. "Witchcraft will make you feel that without the person operating in this demonic spirit (the controller) you have no personal identity of your own," Jonas tells us, "When you find yourself losing purpose and wondering why you feel the way you do that is a sign that witchcraft is trying to steal your identity." Jonas warns us against "drawing your sense of value from someone else other than Christ," and complains that "I have even seen pastors attacked by witchcraft doubt their calling into ministry - even after many years of service,"
Jonas then presents a list of questions "to help you identify if witchcraft has been released at you through the methods we just discussed." This list reads as follows:
"* Do you feel like less of a person at times in the presence of someone else?
"* Do you think that you have no meaning in life apart from your relationship with someone else?
"* Do you feel like you have lost your personal identity?
"* Do you feel like your ministry is insignificant?
"* Have you ever felt that one of your friends or relatives tried to isolate you from other people?
"* Do you know anyone who gets super spiritual with you when you try to have a normal conversation?
"* Is this person always telling you what God told them that He wants you to do?
"* Have you lost close friends because someone began to talk spitefully about them?
"* Has anyone pitted two of your friends against each other?
"* Is there anyone who releases fear at you whenever they want you to do something?
"* Has anyone ever told you something terrible was going to happen to you if you didn't do what he or she said?"
The list certainly seems to me to be describing a person with low self esteem, not demonic possession problems.
Like so many of the others that I've written about in my Witch Hunts series, Jonas blames illness on occult forces, calling sickness the "key weapon of witchcraft." He claims that witchcraft can cause "severe headaches", "choking", "flue-lie symptoms" and respiratory difficulties. He claims that when he experienced a feeling of "someone... standing on my chest" which felt like a "heart attack" he cured himself by praying. Sounds like he should have gone to the ER to have his heart checked. Jonas blames "witchcraft" for fatigue as well, calling it "a much-used weapon of witchcraft." "Witchcraft drains the life (energy) right out of you," Jonas claims, going on to blame witchcraft for depression and stress as well. He claims that when he has been "preaching... subjects like 'Exposing Spiritual Witchcraft,' 'Jezebel Seducing Goddess Of War,'... " he has become the victim of "spiritual retaliations" which he describes as "demonic assignments". He then presents the reader with another list to help them determine if 'witchcraft" has made them ill, including:
"* When you are in prayer, do you get sick or have headaches?
"* Have you ever gotten ill after a confrontation with someone who was spiritually contending with you?
"* Do you feel tired most the time?
"* Are your emotions on a roller coaster?
"* Do you suffer from depression?
"* Have you experienced spiritual retaliations against you?"
Jonas next claims that "Witchcraft controllers spend abnormal amounts of time with their victims." There's that expression "Witchcraft controllers" again. As examples of "Witchcraft controllers" Jonas lists girls monopolizing the time of their friends, boys smothering their girlfriend with attention, fathers picking sons up due to emergencies, husbands keeping their wives busy, teachers doting on students, bosses seeking attention, and "the person who wants to hold a deep spiritual conversation with the pastor right before he approaches the pulpit to speak." From these examples Jonas concludes that "Witchcraft will go out of the way to control and waste your time." This section is followed with more questions which reflect the aforementioned examples, so I won't bore you with it.
Jonas then claims that "Witchcraft is a master at diverting attention away from itself by turning it toward you. It makes others think that you are the one with the problem. People operating in witchcraft are masters at taking the focus off of them whenever they are about to be discovered." He goes on to claim that "Superficial repentance is a common witchcraft deception. Beware of their motives because witchcraft never examines self."
Jonas then tells the reader that "The spirit of witchcraft seeks a legitimate front. To look good, those operating in witchcraft surround themselves with men and women of character. They try to associate themselves with credible people and others with good reputations in an attempt to make it look like they're part of that group."
Jonas next introduces the idea of Witchcraft using "soul ties" to control its victims. He explains that these soul ties are emotional hooks. He classifies them as "natural soul ties and abnormal soul ties." Jonas lists natural soul ties as the sort of bond formed between people who survive a natural disaster. Jonas then tells us that sexual relations in marriage are natural soul ties but "sexual relations outside of marriage create unhealthy soul ties." From this Jonas jumps to another one of his lists of questions to help you identify such "soul ties":
"* Have you ever been emotionally bonded with someone who used that bonding to manipulate you?
"* Have you met the person who tries to make himself or herself look important through the use of other peoples' reputations?
"* Do you know anyone who insinuates that they are part of an organization through namedropping?"
I can think of many examples of the last two points amongst the people that I've written about in this Witch Hunts column over the years.
Articles and web pages such as this simply foster paranoia and fear. Witchcraft isn't the cause of these people's problems: The real problem is that they are looking for excuses rather than taking responsibility for their lives.
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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