Some Thoughts and Prayers

In 2000, I had written on my blog that in 2020, the cult had planned to change things and come into the open more, and they did. Discussion of a “secret cabal”, a “deep state”, an “elite that runs things” is now done openly in the media. With the events of the past few months, I no longer feel that I can be called a “conspiracy theorist” as some label me; if I am, I have plenty of company, including this label being applied to anyone who questions the results of the US election or supports Trump.

 The US is in unrest, because nearly half of the nation believes that there was election fraud – not due to the proclamations of Donald Trump, but due to the evidence mounting regarding its occurrence. But whether or not there was fraud, the greatest concern is the increasing censorship of any discussion, or the unwillingness to even review the evidence (or lack) which in itself fosters division and fear.

Our media has had censorship for years (which I also wrote about years ago; how the cult has attempted to take over media, education, government, finances, science and spirituality in our country, which some Christians are now calling “the seven mountains”). Google changed its algorithms years ago to filter results to those it wants viewers to see first. If there is any doubt, try using an alternative to Google or Bing (which is also filtered), and compare the results when you enter in the names of some well-known conservative leaders, or attempt to research various stories (such as “Italygate”), etc. And both liberal and conservative media have increased the amount of open hostility, disparaging comments and fear to what each considers “the other side”. Our media, on both sides, is fomenting division in this country, and has been for years.

I have known for years, and told close friends, that the agenda for the cult has been civil war; but I believed it would be later (2025). I now question that timeline, which is from years ago, since it appears at least on the surface, that things are happening faster than I was told at the time. I was told that years ago that there would be a Covid phase 2 media campaign, with it supposedly causing deaths in children in order to create greater fear, which has not occurred yet.

The US is in fear, because some of the things which have been done in secret are coming to the light – and our nation has been in denial. For years, survivors have mentioned what is going on, and nobody listened, or believed them. Now, what has seemed unbelievable is now occurring, openly. And people are afraid.

This kind of environment can be unsettling for survivors, especially, who will have internal programs firing off as events occur that validate their concerns about world events and the cult agenda. This is understandable, when events that were formerly only programming scenarios are seen in the daily news. There are end times programs, civil war programs and others that can increase the fear beyond what such events would normally cause.

When this type of fear comes, take time to journal; process with those who are trustworthy, or seek a safe therapist if you don’t have anyone to talk things out with. Be aware that this type of fear and anxiety is normal in a time when it appears that fears that the “new world agenda” is taking over might be coming true. Specific programs to respond in specific ways to specific events or code phrases used when events are described need to be processed and the traumas that instilled them worked through. It is important to realize that an individual does not have to respond to environmental cues or triggers in the ways they were programmed to. That they can create an internal environment that allows a sense of safety and internal control, regardless of what is happening on the outside. This sense of safety can come through internal communication, cooperation, supportive friends, and a strong faith, among others.

Whether you are a survivor or a supporter of survivors, another thing that can help is to meditate on scriptures regarding God’s love, care and protection. There are numerous books out there with scriptures arranged by topic that can be helpful. It is important to remember during times like this that God is still the one in control, not the cult. The main source of the fear is the belief that the cult (or the “bad politicians”) are in control of things. But God is the one who knows the end (He wins!) regardless of the events that man’s free will are bringing about right now. God is not surprised by current events; He predicted them in the Bible, and we can trust Him to help us through this time.

I believe this is the time to turn to God and pray, as never before, for the US. While the cult has an agenda which is being fostered, I believe that God is greater, and that He really can change things. Some prayer points I would like to suggest include:

  • Pray for repentance for a nation that has sanctioned the murder of millions of unborn children (abortion), which the cult has viewed as a sacrifice and used to build up spiritual darkness in the land. God can forgive when we ask His forgiveness, and as a nation, we need to repent for allowing this practice
  • Pray for our lawmakers in both parties; for our judges, to have encounters with the true God who can change hearts and bring about right decisions. Pray for a new wave of Christians to enter the political arena
  • Pray that when things come to the light, that instead of fear or hatred, people will turn to God for the ability to endure and that they will seek Him
  • Pray that the hostility, division and lawlessness promoted by our media will stop
  • Pray for freedom of speech in the US
  • Pray for revival throughout the nation

America at the Crossroads

Nearly 20 years ago, I noted in one of my posts that 2020 would be a year of huge change for the occult world, when the world would be able to see the agenda becoming more public.

I noted in my book, Breaking the Chain at that time that the goal of the Illuminati and other occultists was to control several sectors of society: finance, religion, education, government, the media and sciences. In recent years, these have been identified as the “7 mountains” or gatekeepers of a culture that have been systematically targeted for control by those who oppose the wellbeing of mankind and Christianity. I believe that we are seeing some indications of the extent of this control in the US, in recenty months.

While I rarely express views on politics, I cannot remain silent about the dangers that I see in what has basically turned into “media wars” on both sides of the political fence. I have been increasingly concerned about the increasing use of hostile, derogatory language, whether the media is Fox, Newsmax, Breitbart, CNN, ABC, or MSNBC. Simply put, our media has shown itself to be incredibly biased, with cries of “they are liars” and inflammatory speech from both parties and viewpoints.

For the average American, it means that they can no longer trust what they are seeing reported on the news, as evidenced by recent polls (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll/half-of-republicans-say-biden-won-because-of-a-rigged-election-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN27Y1AJ) regarding whether there was election fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election  (note: this link does mean that I endorse any particular news site).

Because I believe that both candidates are mind controlled, I don’t believe that “the good guy” got “taken out” by the “bad guys” regardless of who ends up becoming president (although I cannot support a political party that promotes killing unborn children in the womb). I do believe that the reporting on the fraud was designed to create intense hostility on both sides, and to create increasing fear that our society is corrupt (it is). My concern is that amid cries of corruption, politicians, lawyers and others with influence seemingly appear helpless to change anything – which creates despair in a public that is becoming increasingly convinced that our media, our judges, our lawmakers and those who represent us in government are corrupt liars.

The truth about what is going on behind the scenes is being slowly revealed to the American public. But why? That becomes the greater question. Why create this amount of hostility, mistrust and anger on both sides? Who wins when there is less and less discussion, coming to the table and working together to resolve problems? It is not the people, or our nation, or our culture.

I believe the anger, media messages and lack of workable solutions to this issue are meant to lead us towards division in our country; to weaken it and promote increasing violence on both sides of the political fence.

What is the answer in a world where the media reports on Covid, the election fraud or lack of fraud, and other issues impact people’s fear levels?

I believe that as never before, as a nation we need to pray. Specifically:

  • Pray for godly wisdom and discernment for our leadership at all levels.
  • Pray for love for others, regardless of their political stance
  • Reach out to those in influence: How many representatives and senators receive emails saying “I am praying for you” and thanking them for decisions made that reflect a godly agenda?  
  • Pray for judges who will make decisions that our good for our nation, regardless of political party
  • Pray for the ability for the major influencers in both political parties to come together and discuss issues, where honor for one another is emphasized, rather than fear and mistrust
  • Pray that God will show our nation solutions to the issues our country faces at this time

 I believe that God is in charge of our nation, regardless of who becomes President. But I believe that our responsibility is to pray for those who lead, and to take steps to impact our culture in a positive way. We need Christian influencers as never before, since they know the One who truly has the answers to the problems America faces right now.


 

Agreements to not remember and to punish for remembering

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 36 in “Finding Freedom: Helping Survivors of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control to Heal” that I believe could be helpful for those who support survivors in their healing (shared with permission).

Trigger warning: the following information could be very triggering for survivors of ritual abuse or mind control. Please do not read without discussing with your therapist first. This information does not replace work with a licensed professional.

3. Agreements to not know and not remember

Survivors often need to address agreements to not remember and not know anything about the cult, as well as any demonic control over the emotions, information and parts that contain memories. Such agreements are usually coerced through the cult putting parts through horrendous scenarios of pain and terror and/or rejection for ‘knowing’ and ‘remembering’ about the cult, convincing the child that the only way to be safe and stay attached to loved ones is to forget and not know about the cult. These parts serve to remind the front person to not know and not remember the cult. In some survivors, the front person may be the one who has undergone the most severe traumatic conditioning to not know and not remember.

Additionally, after cult events (including both traumatic and non-traumatic cult events), parts are often made to go through specific rituals for amnesia and denial. The rituals include formal agreements made with the demonic, and often involve covenant meals, sexual activity and sacrifices. Through these agreements, demonic spirits can influence how much a survivor remembers, and also torment them with pain and/or distressing emotions. The survivor remains under this demonic oppression after the ritual is over due to:

• Sin in the rituals that need to be identified, confessed and renounced (repentance).
• Belief that God could never forgive them for the agreements and activities that took place in the rituals to forget
• Belief that Jesus is duplicitous, evil, condemning and untrustworthy
• Belief that the demonic spirits protect them from the trauma of the memory
• Belief that the demonic spirits have the right or power to destroy them or loved ones if they try to remember because of the agreements
• Belief that the demonic spirits are more powerful than God/ God doesn’t care to help

Important truths for addressing demonic hindrance to memory work:

• God is willing and able to forgive all sin committed by the survivor.
• God loves the survivor and does care to help.
• God is more powerful than the demonic.
• Vows, covenants and agreements made with the demonic, whether under duress or ‘freely given’, are NOT permanently binding and can be broken (the demonic do not truly keep their sides of the agreements anyway). They are also sin and should be repented of, renounced and revoked.
• These spirits are easily removed by the true Jesus as the survivor repents and gives Him permission to do so
• The demonic ‘protection’ offered these spirits are harmful to the survivor and his/her loved ones; these spirits do not really protect and are just trying to deceive and control people.

The vow and agreements to never remember or process traumatic memories will commonly manifest as the front parts saying, “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” to any question asked about the event. The survivor is unconsciously repeating the very vow they originally agreed to take. This becomes a continued agreement with the demonic to keep the information buried in the unconscious. When the front person utters the words “I don’t know”, he or she agrees to forget again and nothing is remembered. It is common to find parts in the system with the name and role “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” whose job is to block remembering and healing.

Until front parts in the survivor are ready to challenge vows like “I don’t know” and repent of agreements made with the demonic, memory work will likely be impeded. Like the denial, doubt and unbelief parts, the ‘I don’t know” and ‘I don’t remember’ parts carry out their roles in order to protect the person and his or her loved ones. A helpful question for these parts that can encourage them to explore their fears is often, “What would happen if you did know?”

Just like for the denial, doubt and unbelief parts, it is important for “I don’t knows” to have safe experiences of memory processing, where things end up better because of the processing and the survivor remains safe from the demonic and the cult. They usually then become less afraid of memories returning or being processed. This is one reason why in cult-designed DID, it is important for work on traumatic memories to go slowly at a pace that is led by God. Denial parts, “I don’t know” parts and other parts who have been traumatized into fearing healing may need to dip their toes into the water and test that healing is ok, a little at a time, until they get bolder and their faith in God grows.

  1. Agreements to be punished for remembering and processing traumatic events

In agreements for retaliation, the survivor makes agreements with the cult and demonic that he or she would experience physical, mental and spiritual distress and/or death if he or she should ever try to remember and heal. The results of such agreements can be intense, with survivors experiencing symptoms like sleepiness, debilitating migraines, stabbing pains, confusion, panic attacks, flashing lights in front of their eyes if they try to pray, demonic spirits manifesting in their homes in terrifying ways, etc. The vows and agreements usually invoke one or more of the four fears basic to mind control: the fear of death, the fear of pain, the fear of rejection and the fear of lack. (An example of how the fear of death is used to hinder memory work is given in the next section). Retaliation programming is based upon the punishing (retaliatory) parts believing that if the person remembers, bad things will happen; they run their punishments to stop the person/other parts from healing, in order to prevent these bad things from happening.
The symptoms are usually based on the torture that parts received when the survivor was being trained to retaliate against his or her own remembering and healing. For instance, sleepiness can be a body memory of being drugged or completely exhausted from torture, and the debilitating headache can be from devices placed on the head that inflict horrible pain. A very common retaliation program involves parts that look like loved ones being ‘tortured’ internally, causing the survivor to feel terror and horror. These internal scenarios are usually based on real experiences of watching loved ones being tortured; to stop the torture, the survivor has to agree to never remember, and that the loved ones would be tortured again if he or she ever remembers. Other survivors have shared scenarios of being trained to believe they would ‘go crazy’ or ‘be destroyed’ if they remembered or tried to process trauma. The survivor may not consciously remember that experience or agreement at first but will feel the terror and horror whenever he or she tries to remember and work on traumatic memories.
Addressing retaliation against healing involves very similar processes to addressing denial, doubt, unbelief and “I don’t know”:
• Understanding what the fears about remembering and healing are and replacing lies with truth and comfort.
• Breaking agreements for retaliation against self and loved ones for healing; repenting for any sin involved; removing any demonic spirits over self and ties to loved ones; placing self and loved ones under God’s true protection instead.
• Processing the traumas that have created parts stuck in states of pain and distress so that these parts can heal – this takes the sting out of the retaliation program.
• Praying to stop internal re-enactments of traumatic scenarios, and for parts to be able to distinguish current reality from the training scenarios, and to be able to differentiate internal parts who have taken on identities of cult members, from the real external people.

  1. The fear of death

The fear of death is often used to hinder memory work. Cult programmers often deliberately use parts trapped in the state just before ‘death’ (sometimes it is a staged, fake death, and in other scenarios, the survivor may have been clinically dead and resuscitated) to flood a survivor with horrible sensations, in order to shut down any memory work that might bring healing. This is a very specific type of retaliation or anti-healing program.
Cult programmers who track how the person’s mind is responding to trauma carefully orchestrate the progression of trauma so they can induce parts in the survivor who hold experiences that lead up to the worst moment, those who experienced the worst moment and parts who hold the experiences after the worst moment. For example, in a near death experience at a ritual ceremony, parts are divided into three groups: (1) those from the moments before death, (2) those who believe they died, and (3) those who know they survived. Parts who hold the trauma and torture leading up to “death” would replay those moments over and over again, not knowing how to move beyond the worst moment, the fear of dying. The parts who experienced “dying” (near death or death experience and then revived) continue to believe they are dead. In this “death state”, the parts fear coming back to life because they believe the body is a place of torture. They believe they are in a disembodied spiritual state and feel nothing. If they go back into the body, they believe they will be back in the pain of torture that happened before they “died”. They often have a covenant with the spirit of death to keep them free of pain.
The parts created or in a state after “death” commonly have been “resurrected” from death in Satanic power and are numb. These parts are sometimes told they are ‘zombies’, and are taught to believe have no soul, no conscience and no ability to choose for themselves. Depending on what the cult is trying to achieve, these ‘post-death’ parts may also be told they have ascended and are now stars, celestial beings, immortals (and other similar lies) who are now free from pain and can enjoy bliss, rest and peace. Survivors have also reported, besides zombies and celestials, these parts being given another chance to be ‘reincarnated’, or were ‘sent to hell’ for eternal punishment. The point of whatever post-death storyline the parts were given is to create mindless obedience, a fear of ever returning to the death state or the body, and creating a dissociative barrier that prevents the trauma from being processed.
Healing will involve addressing the conflicts against healing or returning to the body that were created by these deceptions. Each group related to the trauma will have specific conflicts to resolve. Taking the zombies for example, the pre-death group is afraid of dying. The second group is afraid of living again because it means feeling pain again. The last group knows they survived but they don’t want to remember they are human because they will have to face what they did to other victims as unfeeling, demonically controlled ‘zombies’. The ritual is designed to force the parts into agreeing with the demonic to do their deeds in order to survive and not have to be in pain and torture anymore. If these parts resist the cult programmer’s plan, they are put through the rituals repeatedly until they give in. This is a typical way that victim and perpetrator parts are created within the system. The conflict is created between being a victim part or a perpetrator part, and the worst moment (fear of dying) separates the two through a covenant and spirit of death. The cult instills the belief that you must be either a victim or a perpetrator because being neither one is not an option. This causes the internal system to become a divided house with internal perpetrator parts continuing to victimize the victim parts (e.g., re-enacting the trauma memories internally). Both victim and perpetrator parts are still controlled by the demonic.
Sometimes the intense internal conflicts between systems seem impossible to resolve, with the systems staying stuck in their positions. A helpful intervention to bring some relief to these groups is to ask the true Jesus to take authority over the unclean spirits of each group and bring truth to each group as they are ready to receive it. Ask the LORD to stand between the groups to allow the information and emotions to flow together at the right pace and time. For the victim ( pre-death) parts, ask the LORD to move the experience of time while skipping over the worst moment that these parts don’t know how to resolve and ask Him to connect them up with the moments after the worst time to let them know they survived the experience. Once they learn that they actually survived, it often gives enough capacity to get unstuck and go back to the worst moment of ‘dying’ to actually move through the rest of the memory. The “death state” group will need to have the covenant with death removed and then ask the LORD to help them experience the body as it is currently without the torture experienced in the memory. This shows the parts that they can return to the body without feeling the constant state of pain. The zombies will need to know that they were deceived into living out of a false identity. They will eventually come to realize that they are human and can be forgiven.

What the Church and Survivors Need from Each Other

During the past few months, I have been helping to edit a book, Finding Freedom: Helping Survivors of Ritual Abuse and Mind Control to Heal. Below is an excerpt from one chapter (shared with permission) that I believe addresses an important issue.

What churches and survivors need from each other

What do survivors want and need from the church? The brief list below gathers a few things we have heard survivors share over the years:

  • A place where their story can be heard, and not invalidated, ‘pre-judged’, ‘categorized’ or ‘evaluated’ before the survivor has had time to sort it out for himself or herself.
  • A place where they can have any distortions, hurts or wrong beliefs about God, Christianity, themselves and the cults heard, sorted out, replaced with truth and comforted without shaming, judgment or condemnation.
  • A place where the rhythms and stages of their healing journey, including times of discouragement, times when the survivor does not understand what is going on in his/her life, or times when the survivor feels like he or she ‘takes three steps forward then two steps back’, is heard, accepted and prayed for without others trying to inappropriately or insensitively analyze, explain or ‘fix’ quickly.
  • A place where they can, together with others, mature in their true identities, persevere through trials, grow in their gifts and purposes, serve and bless others and enjoy life.
  • Relationships, belonging and accountability without manipulation and control.
  • Prayer, inner healing and deliverance provided in a sensitive and Spirit-led manner.

What do churches want and need from survivors? This second list describes a few things we have heard churches and supporters share over the years:

  • Churches want survivors to help them understand what the survivor needs and is going through. Often, they wish that the survivor could explain better (which is very difficult with internal conflicts, dissociation and concerns about not being believed, seen as crazy or attention-seeking, and when the survivor really does not know how to explain what is going on himself or herself).
  • Churches want survivors to be patient with them, to forgive them, and give them another chance to help when they honestly don’t understand, are not skilled to help or do not have enough resources to give, as they do sincerely want to help. 
  • Churches want survivors to know that they are human too, and often make mistakes and hurt without intending too, but this does not mean that they do not care or do not want to help.

3. Challenges to the church helping RA and MC survivors

In our thirty years of ministering to survivors and their supporters, we have found that many survivors run into all sorts of difficulties when they seek help, support or understanding from the church. In some of the most difficult situations we have seen, the church and the cult survivor (despite wanting the relationship to be a mutual blessing) end up deeply wounding each other to the point that the survivor never wants anything to do with any church ever again, and the church never wants anything to do with any cult survivor ever again. In many other situations, the church desires to follow through and persevere in helping the survivor and making him or her part of the community, but is completely perplexed by the survivor’s story, issues and behaviors. Churches and Christian individuals also often, honestly, do not know what on earth to think when they encounter a church member or seeker hinting at or openly disclosing a history of ritual abuse and mind control.

In general, we have never seen a church that does not want to be truly helpful, or a survivor who does not want to be helped and supported, and to contribute to his or her church life in every way he or she can. So what makes it hard? Many things do! In this section, we will briefly list several of these things that churches, prayer ministers, supporters and survivors have shared with us over the years:

1. Uncertainty regarding the very existence of ritual abuse and mind control. Church members and survivors may remember the “Satanic ritual abuse panic” of the late 1990s, where ritual abuse was publicly painted as “false memory syndrome” and ‘debunked’. Survivors were discredited and therapists and investigators trying to help survivors were sued or maligned. Since that time, there has been little public notice or education regarding ritual abuse and mind control, leaving behind the general impression that RA and MC are ‘nonsense’, or simply a pet topic of conspiracy theorists. Most people will need to take the time to learn more about these things before they can decide if they even exist (See Chapter 1 Do satanic ritual abuse and mind control really exist?). If the church does not know that RA and MC are real, then they may attempt to help the survivor instead as if he or she has personality or delusional disorders, or even view him/her as ‘attention-seeking’, ‘suggestible’, ‘deceived’ or ‘demonized’. Survivors themselves often struggle to know what to make of the truth of their own memories, which can be extremely confusing to church members who are trying to be helpful, and reinforce (mis)perceptions that the survivor’s primary issues are mental health-related.

2. Lack of understanding of how ritual abuse and mind control affects a person (i.e. extreme trauma, dissociation, strong attachments to the abuser group, being raised in an anti-Christian culture, etc.). The lack of understanding usually becomes a problem when the church and/or or the survivor are not aware that there is a lack of understanding. In these situations, deep hurt, confusion, shame and disappointment on all sides can erupt as the church’s practiced solutions or expectations are applied to the survivor’s needs, issues and behaviors without further context or education. For instance, if a church is used to doing deliverance ministry successfully with members who experience demonic harassment, they may be puzzled when the typical deliverance ministry does not ‘work’ with a member also dealing with ritual abuse-induced dissociation. In looking for the ‘roots’ or unconfessed sin still ‘giving ground’ to the enemy, the survivor may end up feeling shamed, unworthy, or very frustrated as he or she really does not know what else to ‘confess’ or ‘surrender to God’ (the information is still dissociated), and the minister may begin to wonder if the survivor is ‘not ready to heal yet’, ‘in rebellion’ or ‘wants attention’.

3. Lack of education, support and resources on ritual abuse, mind control and dissociation. Churches who want to help survivors may not know where to start learning how to help in a skilled manner based on godly principles. Educational resources and training on RA and MC, whether secular or Christian, tends to be sparse. If a church or survivor is wary of ‘secular knowledge’ and strongly prefers only Christian material, the amount of available resources drops. Ministries that focus on helping ritual abuse and mind control survivors are few in number, compared to ministries that focus on other needs. Many of the larger well-established schools of healing do not talk very much about ritual abuse, mind control or dissociation, and only start training their students in these areas, if at all, in the advanced training levels. Usually, only larger churches or individuals specializing in prayer ministry or Christian counseling would have members who have been through the advanced training).

4. Cultural or faith practices in the church that are difficult for or hurtful to survivors. Many churches are (unfortunately) a hotbed of gossip. It is especially hurtful to survivors when gossip is spread under the guise of ‘sharing prayer requests’. It can also be very hurtful to survivors if their ‘testimony’ or ‘answered prayers’ are shared without their permission, or if they are ‘encouraged’ to publicly share before they are ready. Church members who hurt survivors in these ways are often completely unaware of the hurt it would cause the survivor, and are usually well-intentioned! Also, many elements of church services (such as the corporate worship and reading aloud of scripture), Bible studies, Christian symbols (like the cross, dove, flames of fire) are extremely triggering for at least a few parts in many survivors, who may react with fear, confusion, contempt, anger, distractibility or numbness. These reactions are often misunderstood by the church. Often, the survivor does not understand these reactions himself/herself until later in their healing journey and so he or she is not able to help the church to understand. Many simple aspects of church life can also be hard, for instance, a survivor may be deeply ashamed that he/ she can’t ‘pull him/ herself together enough’ to volunteer at church when ‘everyone else does’.  Other church members may sincerely invite the survivor to ‘participate more’ or ‘serve’ without realizing that the survivor is already at capacity.

5. Trauma responses and immaturity in both the church and the survivor. Basically, this means that the church and the survivor do want to get along and help each other, but both have ‘baggage’ that gets in the way. The problem with trauma responses and immature responses in the church is that often, the church is unaware of and unreflective of what is really driving their response to the survivor. Instead, scriptural or ethical reasons are given. For instance, a pastor may push a survivor to heal or change a certain behavior; the real reason is that pastor feels like he himself is a failure at taking care of his flock if a member is not ‘healing’ or ‘growing’. His response is rooted in his childhood experiences with a demanding father who expected high performance, but the pastor may not be aware of his own insecurity and sincerely think that he is just ‘holding the survivor accountable’. The survivor may struggle with similar issues which usually strains his or her relationships with church members. For instance, a survivor may persistently take offense where none is intended and react with aggression or withdrawal without exploring the issue with the other party. Parts in a survivor may deliberately sabotage relationships to ‘prove’ that the church can’t be trusted. Or, a survivor may not know how to tell when another church member is just having a bad day and needs grace, or when the other person is a bully so she or he needs to enforce stricter personal boundaries.

6. Fear. Churches and ministries may have concerns about being sued by the family members of survivors or have concerns about handling ethical and legal responsibilities when survivors start disclosing criminal activities occurring in their town or city. These concerns should be taken seriously, discussed by the leadership and where appropriate, addressed through consultation with legal professionals and other churches or ministries with experience dealing with these issues. In general, to address these issues responsibly, the church needs a clear understanding of what is reportable to the police (or not), the general attitude towards occult crime by the police and local government in their particular town or city, and what a citizen’s responsibility is regarding reporting of past crimes or suspicion of present crime, particularly when vulnerable victims may be involved and/or when the person disclosing these crimes is dissociative and often unsure about these disclosures.

The church should not react to these concerns by just silencing the survivor (e.g., telling him or her that they do not want to hear anything about ritual abuse or mind control and that he/she only talk about these issues with a mental health professional) or by asking the survivor to leave the church. Or, a church may expel or isolate a member disclosing a ritual abuse or mind control history out of fear of the occult realm, harassment by the cult, or the belief that the survivor is trying to harm the church. Yes, cult-active survivors typically receive assignments against a church, but it does not mean that the church has to bar its doors! The church has been given the love, power and authority to address any weapon of the cult. Excommunicating the survivor out of fear is an embarrassingly poor witness of God’s love and power.

Coronavirus comparison

Coronavirus has been the topic of a lot of media discussion lately. To help bring some balance into the input from media, I thought that I would show side-by-side the death rate from coronavirus as compared to regular flu in the United States over the past few years. While I am not at all dismissive of the concerns or need for health precautions, I do feel that it can be helpful to reduce fear levels to compare the infection and death rates from flu in previous years to the current pandemic.

Again, I am not saying not to take health precautions as advised. I am only saying that instead of fear, let us keep a focus on God while being wise with our health. Anyway, below is some of the data that I was able to find for comparison.

2020- Coronavirus2018-20192017
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html article online on 3/28/20 As of Saturday afternoon, at least 119,525 people across every state, plus Washington, D.C., and four U.S. territories, have tested positive for the virus, according to a New York Times  database, and at least 1,989 patients with the virus have died.   As of March 16, a total of 4,226 COVID-19 cases in the United States had been reported to CDC, with multiple cases reported among older adults living in long-term care facilities (4). Overall, 31% of cases, 45% of hospitalizations, 53% of ICU admissions, and 80% of deaths associated with COVID-19 were among adults aged ≥65 years with the highest percentage of severe outcomes among persons aged ≥85 years. In contrast, no ICU admissions or deaths were reported among persons aged ≤19 years. Similar to reports from other countries, this finding suggests that the risk for serious disease and death from COVID-19 is higher in older age groups.CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, more than 16.5 million medical visits, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2018-2019.html(New York Times article)Oct 1, 2018 – Over 80,000 Americans Died of Flu Last Winter, Highest Toll in … more than in any year since the C.D.C. began tracking pediatric deaths. … More than 80,000 Americans died of the flu in the winter of 2017-2018, the highest … https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5687497/ CDC tracks pneumonia and influenza (P&I)–attributed deaths through the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Reporting System. The percentages of deaths attributed to P&I are released 2 weeks after the week of death to allow for collection of sufficient data to produce a stable P&I mortality percentage. Weekly mortality surveillance data include a combination of machine-coded and manually coded causes of death collected from death certificates. During the 2016–17 season, there was a backlog of data requiring manual coding within the NCHS mortality surveillance data. Work is underway to reduce and monitor the number of records awaiting manual coding. The percentages of deaths attributable to P&I are higher among manually coded records than the more rapidly available machine coded records and might result in initially reported P&I percentages that are lower than percentages calculated from final data. During the 2016–17 season, based on data from NCHS, the proportion of deaths attributed to P&I was at or above the epidemic threshold†††† for 12 consecutive weeks from the week ending December 31, 2016 through the week ending March 18, 2017 (weeks 52–11). Mortality attributed to P&I peaked twice, once at 8.2% of all deaths during the week ending January 21, 2017 (week 3) and once at 8.1% during the week ending February 25, 2017 (week 8). During the 2011–12 through 2015–16 seasons, the peak weekly percentages of deaths attributable to P&I ranged from 8.7% during the 2011–12 season to 11.1% during the 2012–13 season.