“For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.”
1 Corinthians 11:18-19
In this article you see a classic demonstration that Pentecostalism and Charismaticism are in fact enemies of each other. The Pentecostal AOG in America condemned the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) (now known as the Charismatic Renewal Movement (CRM) /New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)) for one of six practices:
“RESOLVED, That we disapprove of those extreme teachings and practices which, being unfounded Scripturally, serve only to break fellowship of like precious faith and tend to confusion and division among the members of the Body of Christ, and be it hereby known that this 23rd General Council disapproves of the so-called, ” New Order of the Latter Rain” , to wit:
2. The extreme teaching as advocated by the “New Order” regarding the confession of sin to man and deliverance as practiced, which claims prerogatives to human agency which belong only to Christ.
[Source – pg 26] (Emphasis ours.)
LEARNING FROM THE LAUGHABLE LECLAIRE
Jennifer LecClaire is guilty of operating under this condemned practice:
“After this squid spirit attacked my friend, I went to her home to help her battle it. The attack was severe, but when I laid hands on her and commanded the squid to be bound, the most violent symptoms would cease. Of course, when you stand in the gap, you often take a hit. That squid spirit started stalking me. I ended up with a migraine during the battle—a manifestation of that mind control spirit—and was attacked in my mind for days afterwards.”
Is she deceived enough to believe (alongside her NARismatic brethren) that this is a “sneaky squid spirit”? Or is she arrogant enough to think that she, (just like the Sons of Sceva), had the authority over “the squid to be bound.” She was even more deceived to think she could “stand in the gap,” a concept most Christians have of what Christ did on our behalf on Calvary. So her Messiah-like complex is also a major problem when it comes to exorcism. One only needs to read scripture to see what happened with the infamous sons of Sceva who were tricked by a demon to cast out entities by their own authority.
The scriptures suggest that their sin was turning deliverance into a gimmick, using Jesus’ name as a source of magic summoning power to showcase their own might. This is why the devil asked the Sons of Sceva a ‘trick’ question – he knew they would point to themselves, not Jesus.
If anyone thinks they can cast out a demon, you can expect the same result as these poor men if they think authority comes from them in any which way:
“And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” Acts 19:11-16
If this was a demonic spirit, God expects us to get out of the way so His Word can have the authority to set the person free of the demonic influence. It is His Word that does the washing, the cleansing and the freeing. And it is His Word that binds sin, darkness and the devil. It’s never us. We as Christians can find comfort in that. It is GOD who sets the demoniac free by the power of His Word.
Sadly, it appears LeClaire got her teachings on exorcism from movies.
At best, this entire experience sounds pathetic and laughable. However, if what she said were true, then she put her own life and mental health in danger.
(NOTE: NARismatics believe that Christians can be possessed. However this is an unbiblical belief used by the NOLR/NAR cults so that their ‘Renewed Apostles/Prophets/Evangelist/Shephers/Teachers’ can control their members unethically.
If it was, then that entity treated her the same way it did the Sons of Sceva:
LeClaire: “Of course, when you stand in the gap, you often take a hit. That squid spirit started stalking me. I ended up with a migraine during the battle—a manifestation of that mind control spirit—and was attacked in my mind for days afterwards.”
Sons of Sceva: “And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
If Jennifer LeClaire encountered something demonic, what she experienced was not a victory but a defeat. She was as gullible as the Sons of Sceva and relied on her own authority to cast out a demon. That ‘encounter’ resulted in her being attacked.
LeClaire, being full of pride and deceit, thinks she has the authority to speak on things she knows nothing about.
This makes her incredibly dangerous and she must be silenced.
Was she is so deceived that she convinced herself that she was being attacked? Or in her pride, did she simply decide to boast about how ‘super spiritual’ she is to her readers and followers. (How else can one give the impression they lead with ‘super spiritual authority’ so as to make merchandise of people?)
She may think she was casting out demons by her own authority but it’s not enough, (according to Jesus). She was using the Lord’s name and ministry in vain (like the Sceva’s sons) to make a name for herself. That is a wicked way to exploit people’s fears. To teach that God’s elect can be possessed by darkness only proves that Jennifer is simply trying to bind believers with a false teaching on demonic influence.
We must heed the warnings of the Apostle Paul when dealing with the LeClaire’s in Christ’s Church:
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants
masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Can our readers see why Pentecostals spoke against the dangers of this teaching in the NOLR/CRM/NAR?
Jennifer LeClaire writes,
When the Sneaky Squid Spirit Starts Stalking You
When my friend told me she saw a vision of herself with a big squid lodged atop her head, I knew enough about the unseen world to understand a spiritual attack was underway.
What I didn’t know was that a sneaky squid spirit would soon start stalking me.
Right about now, you might be scratching your head and asking, with all sincerity—or with all mockery—”What in the world is a squid spirit?” Essentially, it’s a spirit of mind control but its affects go way behind what you would think.
In his classic book, Demon Hit List, Eckhardt lists mind control and defines it this way: Octopus and squid spirits having tentacles; confusion, mental pressure, mental pain, migraine.” Sounds a lot like witchcraft, and I imagine that’s what it actually is. There are many expressions—and many manifestations—of witchcraft.
A Natural Examination With Spiritual Implications
In the natural, a squid is a cephalopod with eight short arms and two longer tentacles. Different than an octopus with its big round head, a squid has a long skinny body with fins on both sides.
Like an octopus, the squid has tentacles. Tentacles are essentially what science calls a muscular hydrostat, which works sort of like a tongue. Muscular hydrostats manipulate—catch that word—things around it. People manipulate your mind with their tongues. Squids manipulate your mind with their sucker-laced tentacles.
To be sure, tentacles have lots of “suckers.” The squid’s suckers are even more effective than the octopus’ in capturing prey. P.Z. Myers spells it out on ScienceBlogs.com: “They contain a piston-like structure inside an interior chamber, coupled so that when something tries to pull away from the sucker, it lifts the piston, further decreasing pressure inside and strengthening its grip—like a Chinese finger-trap, the more you struggle, the harder it is to get away.”
Here’s a lesson: We’re not wrestling against flesh and blood. We can’t overcome a squid attack in our flesh. The more we struggle in our flesh, the greater the hold this spirit seems to get on us. The more we get in our heads trying to figure things out, the more ground the squid takes because the squid is attacking our head (our mind).
Squids also have a chameleon persona. Reference.com reveals, “Squid have the largest nervous system in the animal kingdom. They have the ability to change colors because they have translucent skin. The colors come from chromatophores, which are pigment cells that are on the outside of the skin that expand or contract to show colors.”
Spiritually speaking, this chameleon-like characteristic means it can change its behavior or appearance to stay hidden. It’s sneaky! Squids are fast swimmers and some of them can even fly. Again, that’s why you need discernment in any spiritual battle. Internet checklists and articles can be helpful if the Holy Spirit illuminates the truths within them, but we must ultimately wage prophetic warfare if we are going to win the battle.
Conquering the Squid Spirit
After this squid spirit attacked my friend, I went to her home to help her battle it. The attack was severe, but when I laid hands on her and commanded the squid to be bound, the most violent symptoms would cease. Of course, when you stand in the gap, you often take a hit. That squid spirit started stalking me. I ended up with a migraine during the battle—a manifestation of that mind control spirit—and was attacked in my mind for days afterwards.
Fear can open the door to a squid spirit. Of course, unforgiveness is an open door for the enemy. But let’s face it: The enemy doesn’t need an open door to attack. He can strike when we least expect it, which is why we’re to live in a battle-ready state and walk with the Spirit of God who can warn us of impending attacks.
The good news here is a squid’s tentacles do not grow back once severed. If you get discernment that a squid spirit is attacking you, repent for any known open doors, grab some intercessors, and get that sneaky stalker with its manipulating suckers off your mind! Sever the tentacles, in the name of Jesus, and walk free.
A Testimony of Freedom
After that squid skirmish, I was reading Richard Ing’s book, Spiritual Warfare, and he described the spirit of mind control as often seen as a giant squid with 10 tentacles that stick into brains or cover heads. He had a vision one night after praying about this squid spirit:
I saw a man with a wide, ark brown band around his head and around his body. The bands appeared almost black in color and looked like the metal bands that hold wooden barrels together. Suddenly something cut or broke the bands, and they fell off. The man smiled. Immediately, I found myself above the park again. Then, I saw the balloons floating freely up towards and beyond me. It seemed as if the person holding the balloons had let them go. They floated into the heavens.
The very next day, I sat in church discussing the spirit of mind control. The assistant pastor shared that he had received a vision the night before in which he found himself bound up with dark brown bands around his head and body. We went after the spirit of mind control that night, and a number of people received deliverance from that spirit.
Amen, deliverance belongs to you!
Source: Jennifer LeClaire, When the Sneaky Squid Spirit Starts Stalking You, Charisma Magazine, http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/the-plumb-line/32003-when-the-sneaky-squid-spirit-starts-stalking-you, Published 23/02/2017. (Accessed 12/03/2017.)
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