The following excerpt is a preview from our upcoming book, CAPTIVITY: Breaking the Chains of Bondage After Cult Abuse...
Prisoners of War: Bondage of the Mind
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."
(George Bernard Shaw)
Photo credit (Mark Bonica Flickr 2010) "Army Combat Medic Statue"
As a combat medic, I can testify to the fact that the biggest hindrance to any mission’s success and the greatest impediment to a functional team is a failure in communication. If I cannot make contact with another member of our team, then we have lost accountability and have become completely uncertain of whether this person is dead or alive, whether they have been captured by enemy forces or the possibility that the entire mission has been compromised. This obstacle can be applied to any mission or team outside of military situations, including the mission of the church, marriage, and our very own faith will fail in the absence of effective and consistent communication. For this cause, one of the major goals of the enemy is to find a way to interrupt and destroy communication amongst any team at all costs.
In some of the most difficult moments of our lives, a person may have been faced with circumstances in which their frequency of communication suddenly changed without even realizing it. As Christians, we should always be tuned in to the frequency of the Holy Spirit, but in times of severe conflict and catastrophe, sometimes we are abruptly switched to another frequency…. Many times, it’s the frequency of a person that we think holds the blueprint to our freedom and assurance. This will inherently lead to a subtle form of idolatry, which is a chief ploy of the enemy who seeks to destroy you for mere sport and pleasure. Sadly, while the enemy has successfully interrupted communication, he takes advantage of the vulnerability by capturing you for imprisonment. Moreover, as a prisoner, one may be susceptible to the development of “Stockholm Syndrome,” in which a captive deliriously grows psychological cooperation, empathy, and affection for their captors, much like the mass admiration for Jimmy from his prisoners in House of Prayer. In a cult, the captives or prisoners are truly free to leave at any time, but they have made an agreement with narcissistic leaders to the point that they don’t leave when they have the chance to do so. They will even resent anyone who attempts to help deliver them from their bondage.
"Since love and fear can hardly exist together; if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved." (Niccolo Machiavelli)
Photo credit (Dysonology 2008) "We Believe In Jim Jones"
They confuse the authoritative control that has them bound for love. If they don’t feel controlled, then they don’t feel loved and have become spiritual prisoners of war. The definition from Encyclopedia Britannica reads, “A prisoner of war is a person (military or civilian) who is captured and held captive by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict.”
The communication frequency has been changed to that of the abusive leader instead of loving communication with the Holy Spirit. When this occurs, any Christians who are still communicating on the Holy Spirit’s frequency are going to have difficulty comprehending this prisoner, and vice versa because they are now listening to two very different frequencies. These people that are not tuned in to the Holy Spirit may not be aware and don’t realize that they are victims of a spiritual captor whose intent is to NEVER free them from bondage. The objective is to keep you listening to the voice of the cult leader so that you never hear the voice of the True Deliverer. This abusive cult leader will never be your friend no matter what lies he tells you.
The Lord desires to free all prisoners, whether they acknowledge they are being held as prisoners or not. We must gaze deeper into people’s eyes and recognize the fear and bondage behind those superficial smiles. The Holy Spirit frequency is one of love, trust, faith, freedom, inclusion, abundance, humility, servitude, fearless, bold, generous, kind, empathetic, compassionate, and full of truth. The Holy Spirit’s frequency is love.
The enemy’s fraudulent frequency is one of survival, mistrust, misunderstanding, cold-heartedness, exclusivity, pride, jealousy, selfishness, people-pleasing, and leads to deception and bondage. This is the frequency of FEAR that your abusive leader uses to communicate and control you. The Lord wants to change your frequency and connect you with the Holy Spirit. He holds the real blueprint to your identity, freedom, joy, contentment, and purpose. Your captor does not hold these keys, so don’t believe the lies, empty promises, and feigned benevolence.
Photo credit (Sparrow17 2020) "Holy Week"
“Army Combat Medic Statue.”Mark Bonica Flickr, 2010, https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrEzODXcpNexyYAixyjzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBtdXBkbHJyBHNlYwNmcC1hdHRyaWIEc2xrA3J1cmw-/RV=2/RE=1586750295/RO=11/RU=https://www.flickr.com/photos/23119666@N03/5242706570//RK=2/RS=tvCkxOnXgjSzpcpjlCj6E92TtkU-.
“Holy Week.”Sparrow17 Twitter, 2020, https://twitter.com/Stewart7Donna/status/1247572277262266368.
“We Believe in Jim Jones.”Dysonology, 2008, https://dysonology.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/jonestown-30-years-later-father-cares-npr-radio-documentary-from-1981-audio/.