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THE PROBLEMS WITH PORNOGRAPHY

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THE A-B-C'S OF PORNOGRAPHY


A - THE PROBLEMS WITH PORNOGRAPHY

B - THE ANSWERS TO BEING CLEAN AND STAYING CLEAN

C - TESTIMONIALS AND STORIES - LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF OTHERS 

A - THE PROBLEMS WITH PORNOGRAPHY    

 1 THE ADDICTION         

There are three emotional ranges that I describe and teach as: Normal - Imagination Amplified Emotions - Satanic Attachment Emotions 

Normal Emotional Range to Satanic Attachment Emotions - Explained Below

We all have natural curiosity about the people. places, and things that effect our lives on a daily basis.  We all at one time in our youthful experiences and explorations figured out how our bodies work and function.  We all want to know about and are curious to understand things that have interest for us. Being naturally curious is Normal. Then we can take the curiosity of  a thought, image, or video, and Amplify it in our Imagination, wondering what it would be like to experience the actions portrayed on the image or video, etc.  The emotions go up the more we apply our imagination, they also go down as we learn to manage our imagination and turn it and our emotions down, simultaneously.  I am claiming to have figured out or have been taught through insights and inspiration how our imagination works. (It is completely explained in, 'The Emotional Skills and Tools of Positive Mind Management',  book.)  The imagination is a control point over the emotions when we know how to manage it.  

When we go into our imagination and turn inappropriate arousal's all the way up and we start with deviant behaviors, we open ourselves up to Adversarial Evil Spirit Attachments.  When these entities are attached to us they compound our emotions with their additional emotions that we feel from them, because they are now attached to us.  The Devil is strategic in this effort and utilizes evil spirit entities that compound what we are already feeling naturally.   The Devil is hoping to have his attached evil spirit minion become so familiar to us that we are tricked and deceived into thinking, that it is us.  They now 'whisper in our ears', that this is now just the way we are or have become, with these strong overpowering deviant emotions.  These compounded emotions from Imagination Amplification and the Entity Attachment Emotions take our Normal emotions to the level of what is being called the Addiction levels of emotions.  They are strong enough that we may feel tricked into believing that we are hopeless and powerless, two other lies the entities will whisper in our ears along with a myriad of other self-defeating, self-deprecating injected fiery darts of satanic temptation thoughts.   We are tempted to believe that we are less than we are, and that we don't have the power we need to win and no way to obtain it. The devil 'teacheth a man not to pray' and receive additional strength and power that we could obtain and should seek.  We are to ask for Divine intervention and strengthening .  They will whisper that we are too unworthy to pray or have Heavenly Father and Jesus still be interested in us, and so forth.  They whisper lies, trickery, and deceptions!

I have never liked the the word addiction.  I believe it hides the real nature of the problem. If we were to use Biblical and Book of Mormon terms for what is being called addiction to pornography, we would use such words as captivated, trapped, snared, seduced, enticed, vexed, and bound.  These words tie directly back to what I believe is the source of real addictive emotions and mental disturbances, Satanic influences and attachments of evil spirits to us. 

Please read on to find out why.

“Out of the abundance of his heart, Jesus spoke to the poor, the downtrodden, the widows, the little children; to farmers and fishermen, and those who tended goats and sheep; to strangers and foreigners, the rich, the politically powerful, as well as the unfriendly Pharisees and scribes. He ministered to the poor, the hungry, the deprived, the sick. He blessed the lame, the blind, the deaf, and other people with physical disabilities. He drove out the demons and evil spirits that had caused mental or emotional illness.” - “A More Excellent Way” - Howard W. Hunter – General Conference   President Hunter makes it clear what the sources of evil are able to do to cause us what may be identified as emotional or mental illnesses.  Emotional and mental problems cause electrical immune deficiencies and make us vulnerable to dis - eases, or physical diseases.

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Most of us have lived through some traumatic experiences from being a first responder, first on the scene of an accident or have been in a severe accident, or have been abused in various ways, bullied or rejected, and have had painful relationships where we have been betrayed, trust has been broken and destroyed. Some of us have had loss and abandonment issues in being adopted, going through divorces, or grieving for loved ones having problems, and grief  from unresolved deaths. Others are in emotional and physical pain from a myriad of different life's experiences, but all of us want relief and are looking in different places to receive it. Some are seeking the Lord's assistance, kindnesses, and tender mercies. They come to know eventually that if they ask, seek, and knock, that there are divine interventions and directions available to them as they pray and give Father in Heaven the permission and opportunity to get involved in their lives and support them more fully. He will not take away our agency if we choose other hurtful and harmful paths for ourselves. We have to ask for His help, giving Him permission to assist and bless us.  This is one of the reasons the devil teaches a man not to pray, because it leaves the individual more vulnerable to the prompting and attachment influences of the devil.  If we use our agency to choose pornography we are free to do so, but not without consequences and eventual justice if we refuse the Holy Spirits warnings to avoid it and repent.

We are to correct our own thoughts and actions utilizing our personal agency  and choice to change (repent) as directed by Him, through His greater wisdom and knowledge. His wisdom is greater than the cunning and evil designs of misery and destruction, the devil has planned for us.   We can have the atonement applied to us as we repent.  We can be ministered to in lots of ways and from many sources and people. We need to recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives, in all things. We are to always be seeking Father in Heaven's directions and blessings, and receive counsel and guidance from inspired ecclesiastical leaders.  Being able to visit with someone who is understanding of the principles of repentance and knows how to help us have the atonement applied to us, gives us hope in our progress to be clean and stay clean - be free and stay free.

Others often seek relief from these emotional and physical pains from traumatic life experiences in ways that are called self-medicating.  Self-medication comes in many forms, it is like my horse going into fight-flight or seek-avoid responses. He wants to avoid pain, hunger, and he is seeking and thinking about his next bale of hay or bucket of grain for relief.  People are choosing different bales of hay for temporary relief, such as: pornography, self-abuse, sex, street drugs, prescription drugs, food - comfort foods, alcohol, gambling, video game playing, TV watching, and so forth.  Often people involved in pornography, masturbation, and more, are using it as a temporary relief from the pains they are encountering. Maybe the pains of failed relationships,and so forth.  Instead of getting married and being in a healthy committed relationship where they can righteously have spiritual, psychological, and physical needs and desires met in righteous and approved of the Lord ways,, they are afraid of responsibility.  Because, 'what if' it doesn't work out again. They go off in their imaginations and 'what if' themselves into non-action, stuck. They do not exercise their faith, and use their agency to move forward. They are tricked into a false sense security, being alone.  I identify entities by their strongest emotional influence upon us. The evil spirit of Loneliness is one of the strongest of the devil's entities.  People feel lonely in a crowed stadium with this attachment.  The spirits of Loneliness (producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation) and Despair (the complete loss or absence of hope) are winning in many cases and are recognized as national health problems.

So, for relief individual look for distractions away from their problems and they look at people on the pages or in movies of pornography and are tricked into thinking that somehow pornographic encounters are going to fulfill this need of overcoming the feelings of being lonely and so forth.  The people on the pages or in pornographic videos, don’t reject them, it’s not personal. But therefore it’s also not personally satisfying.  So, after the pornographic and self-abuse encounter is over, they feel even more lonely, disgusted, and ashamed 0f themselves for what they just did.  They have guilt and are guilty, and experience further loss of the Holy Spirit.  I believe pornography is a major cause of  people leaving their churches and loosing their faith, and is a major cause in the increased suicide rates that are being currently experienced. The consequences of involvement is loss of Holy Spirit in their lives and weakens them in every possible way. I  believe pornography is one of the Satan's most devious paths to murder and suicide. I have attached a chapter of my new book 'Protocols of Adversarial Resistance' here on this subject because I believe there needs to be more awareness as to what the devil has in mind for those tricked into pornography.

23 And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith,

and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out. D&C 42:23

We are witnessing a lot of people denying the faith. I believe it is in many cases from not having the Spirit 

as a consequence of pornographic involvement!

More on Imagination Amplified Emotions

One of my therapy discoveries or I should say inspired insights, is how the imagination works in relations to emotions.  The Imagination is a powerful driver of emotional content.  The volume of emotions that one feels as the imagination is amplifying an image or pretended personal involvement within one's own mind is increased as the imagination is turned up. The volume of emotional content is turned down simultaneously  as the imagination is turned down intentionally on an image or thought.   The imagination when understood and a person knows how to control it, is a powerful control point over the emotions.  

With additional imaginary involvements of viewing pornography and actual self-abuse, they once again seek further relief from the newly increased emotional and physical pains of their inappropriate choices and actions. Their chosen method of relief (their chosen bale of hay) is they use more pornography and self-abuse.  So, when the encounter is over again, it causes them more pain, and they seek further relief by doing the very thing again, that is creating the personal emotional and physical pain in the first place.  This is the downward spiral identified by some people as the addiction. It is a continual seeking of relief from what is causing the pain in the first place, by using what is causing the pain as the relief, so we have more pain, and then seek more relief, by using the very thing that is causing the pain as our self-medication, and so it goes on and on. 

We usually attribute these downward spiral imagination driven addictive behaviors with pornography to men, however more and more women are being trapped and seduced by the adversary with pornography and self-abuse as well. One of the more extreme clients I've helped overcome these behaviors was a young college girl. She was viewing pornography anywhere from 8 to 12 times a day and masturbating each time she did so. This pattern never stopped until we were able to get down to the root of the problem of the childhood sexual molestation's she had experienced.  We are able to desensitize clients from these types of root experiences with certified clinical hypnotherapy.  Because we gain trance, pondering, or hypnosis access to the subconscious level of the mind where these powerful emotional drivers are housed in our subconscious memories and imaginations.  These types of experiences can be powerful emotional drivers.  These experiences and attached emotions can be identified, understood, challenged, desensitized, and permanently addressed with the Skills and Tool of Positive Mind Management and the Protocols of Adversarial Resistance, and maybe a few sessions of certified clinical hypnotherapy with someone who has been trained in these techniques .  So, once the confusing and painful experiential drivers of the self-medication are dealt with and gone, it is easier to give up the behavior, because the need for relief is no longer needed.  The emotional and physical pains are no longer there as emotional triggers. 

Satanic Attachment Compounded  Emotions  (Addiction)

People caught up in this downward spiral can have their imagination amplified emotions further compounded by attachment of evil spirit tag teams. One tag-team are spirit entities with the  predominant compounding emotions of boredom, loneliness, and isolation.  They will give attached persons their same feelings when they are attached to them compounding their emotions into what I want to call the addiction ranges of emotions.  The adversarial entities whisper in first person deceptive 'I' language, 'I can't stop as this, it is beyond my control', and such statements.  Entities whisper in their ears constant promptings to feel the same way the entities feel, who are attached to them.  The person is tricked into believing that this is just them and just the way they are now.  The ultimate deception is to have an attached evil spirit and its influences being put upon you and you be tricked into believing that its now just who you have become.

Again, the devils ultimate trickery is to have entities attach to us and have us not even discern with awareness  that these entities  are constantly giving us thought promptings and feelings, that are the entities feelings, or emotions   These attached entities become familiar spirits to the person, because they have become so familiar to the them, that they believe their influences upon them is them.  They are being 'tricked'!  There may be attachments promoting feelings of discouragement and depression, and when the individual seeks relief, entities of curiosity and lust move in, prompting them to seek relief by distracting themselves from all of their emotional and physical pains for a time with more pornography, self-abuse, and other deviant behaviors. Once the encounter is over again, they are under attack again from guilt and shame etc. and the cycle begins to repeat its self.  All of this is described in detail in the Educational Package books.  We have also posted some live sessions of the Protocols actually being used with some of my clients so you can figure things out for yourself by listening and learning. These session recordings are actual chapter transcripts in the Protocols of Adversarial Resistance book.   You will learn best by reading along with the actual sessions and take notes in your book of what insights you gain for you as you experience the sessions as though they were your sessions.

I do understand somewhat, of what goes on in the brain and how pornography affects brain chemistry and brain functions.  I get why people want to claim that aberrant brain processes are the conditioned addiction process, and so forth. See the information under Brain Components.

But, the study to my knowledge that has never been done is what  are the brain chemistry effects of these attached evil spirit entities, when attached to us over time?  We experience all of their negative energies being put into us.  It can be  done by the way of negative thought patterns that are negative and dark  electrical frequencies being produced by us with the acceptance of these thoughts as if they were our own thoughts, or negative injected dark energies into us by these attached entities compounding our emotions, which are electrical in the body.  Again, what affect do these entities and their dark influences and powers have on brain chemistry?  This study has never been done to my knowledge, and yet I get to see the immediate effects of how the brain adjusts a clients bodily functions, just as soon as the entities release and flee.  Emotional and Physical Pains many times will be relieved starting immediately with the release of the entity, and many times just go away permanently, as long as the person doesn't go back into sin and become reattached again.  People change and heal just as fast as any Bible descriptions of casting out and healing.  

John 5:14 -  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Pornography, like so many other things is a gateway to satanic possession or attachment!  The extreme emotions immediately adjust as the person is freed from the attachments.  We then teach them how to shut down Imagination Amplification, (this is taught in the emotional skills and tools book) which allows them to now be back into Normal ranges of emotions.  I have discovered, or I should rightly give credit, and say that the Lord has taught me how the Imagination works.   Once back into Normal healthy emotional ranges they are to continue to practice The Emotional Skills and Tools of Positive Mind Management and The Protocols of Adversarial Resistance, and keep themselves Clean and FREE!

The books in the Education Package  teach you how to deal with all three emotional levels.  Each book covers another emotional range. This gives you a permanent library of how to manage your mind in these ways, using the principles in Spiritual Mind Management at Normal ranges, and The Emotional Skills and Tools of Positive Mind Management teaches how to deal with Imagination Amplification, and the Protocols of Adversarial Resistance teach you to 'resist the devil sufficiently to have devils flee from you'.  You will learn how to be in full emotional self-control as you utilize and practice your newly learned skills and tools.  If you want to speed up the processes of being clean and free, you may want to consider doing a few hypnotherapy sessions along with your studies. When you Pay for a package of sessions you receive a discount on the sessions and receive another discount on the Educational Package as well.


 2 - SELF-WORTH    

Excerpts from Protocols of Adversarial Resistance

We are to be the children of light, but sometimes we get snared into dark paths.

45 …. let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly: then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God… (D & C| Section 121:45 - 46) 

Let’s learn from this client’s report:

I was very tired the next day after spending the night watching pornography in my hotel room.  I was very distracted from my work.  I knew I was in the state of mind most people want to call or identify as sexual addiction. I was out of control with a craving for more of something that I identified and understood to be very detrimental and a violation of my conscience, commitments, and covenants.  I knew better than to do these things, and there was always the warning voice of the Holy Spirit, letting me know that these things ought not to be. The warning voice of the Holy Spirit would always come, and I had to intentionally ignore it. I was always given a few seconds of a clear mind where the Holy Spirit warned me, ‘Don’t do this, it is not good for you!” 

Personal power is in the commitment to be clean and stay clean. Once you decide to stay clean even for a day it is no longer a fight for that day, because the decision is already made for the day. It can be a fight if you are accepting of the rationalized fiery darts of thoughts, then it is a decision battle for that day. There is no battle when you just make up your mind to be clean and stay clean. This commitment to finally be clean and stay clean is a major part of what it takes to get out of it continuously.  The commitment is to make a solid lifetime decision not just a daily one, to be clean and stay clean. It requires taking back our power of agency and choice and choose again, correctly. We have to do it, not just pretend, as though you are going to do decide to pacify your mind on any given day.  We all prove ourselves repentant and worthy again by making consistent right choices, and actions, anew.

 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning….

21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

NT James 1

 Again, one of the questions I always ask the prospective missionaries that I am working with in my therapy practice to assist in preparing them for their missions is, "Just before you went to look at pornography and you were still in that decision moment for that day, did you not get the warning voice of the Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, warning you, 'No, no, no, this is not going to be good for you?'"  I always wanted to know if their collective experience is the same.  The warning is consistent even in the worst of times.  Invariably, they all acknowledge that they do receive this constant warning from the Holy Spirit and that they make a choice to ignore the warnings, and followed after the rationalized fiery darts of tempting thoughts of the devil.  They make a decision and chose to follow the promptings of the devil, instead of the Holy Spirit, which brings them to a place where they are contending against the Holy Ghost.  That is what I believe is being described in this next verse, when you ignore the warning of the Holy Ghost and take on the influence of rationalizing evil spirits.

 38  That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.

39  Yea, and I also exhort you, my brethren, that ye be watchful unto prayer continually, that ye may not be led away by the temptations of the devil, that he may not overpower you, that ye may not become his subjects at the last day; for behold, he rewardeth you no good thing.  (Book of Mormon | Alma 34:37 - 41)

 Pornographic experiences and denial of the Lord’s warnings will bring one to a point where you lose light, truth, and spirit, and subject yourself to the devil. As you subject yourself to these satanic influences you experience states of self-loathing and depression as you violate your conscience. You may become disgusted with yourself and what you are doing, but the strong arousal feelings of curiosity and lust, being used to numb out the other negative and painful feelings such as loneliness and boredom, still may seem overpowering.  Giving heed to the rationalized mind chatter that constantly bombards one creates negative feelings that can grow into states of anger, hopelessness, and helplessness, feelings of despair and fear of one’s future.  You may have thought bombardments of how unworthy you are, or how unclean you have become.  Pornography turns everyone involved into a liar, using excuses for being distracted and tired all the time. Your self-esteem and self-worth will take a huge plunge as you won’t be the leader you have been, because in fact, you won’t be.

 You may not realize it at the time, because you are distracted with other discouragements, that the Lord's warnings and consequences are coming upon you. Other things may start to go wrong, costing you financial losses, and it may feel that you have been turned over to the Devourer, because you have in deed gotten yourself into a position where blessings are being withheld.  Withheld blessings in the scriptures is called being cursed. In addition, the consequences of D & C 42 will come upon you.

 23 And he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her shall deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out.    (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 42:22 - 23)

We are seeing a lot of people currently denying the faith and leaving the church. They are losing the Spirit and in effect casting themselves out. I think we would be surprised how many of them lost the Spirit first with pornographic involvements. You are denying the faith by not heeding the warnings coming to you as described above, ‘and shall not have the Spirit’. This loss of the Spirit and denying of the faith is a primary goal achievement of the devil in promoting pornography with us.

Self-respect comes out of making right decisions and choices. It is a product of self-discipline, keeping the commandments, and living a righteous life. One of the main ideas of developing high self-esteem is that we care enough about ourselves to protect ourselves from such things. Everything about pornography opens us up to adversarial influences and attachments, or evil spirit possessions. These entity attachments whisper in our ears a constant bombardment of mind chatter. These mind chatter statements are always self-defeating, self-deprecating, self-incriminating, and self debilitating. Our self-worth will be destroyed with involvements in pornography, as we are described and labeled in the Scriptures as the unclean, the filthy, a warmonger, and cursed.  A major goal of the adversary is to get us to lose our identity of who we were in the preexistence and why we are here with a body and the entities are not. They want to destroy our righteous identities in any way they can and pornography in the cycle of addiction as explained under the heading of Addiction can get this done for the devil, if we allow it.


 3 - BRINGS CONDEMNATION  

Excerpts from the book: Protocols of Adversarial Resistance

 27 But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!  (2Nephi 9:27)

 The scriptures give great warnings of condemnations of being caught up in deviant and pornographic behaviors and choices.  The Lord will not spare bringing us to Godly sorrow as sufficient sorrow and suffering brings about a desire to change, repentance.  The Lord will let us know that He expects better of us, because, he whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.   He will let us know that he loves us, but that in choosing pornographic involvements and ignoring His warning voice repeatedly, we become filthy, unclean, a whore-monger, and a liar.

 Here are just a few of the many scriptures we can review for an understanding of how the Lord views these pornographic and self-abuse activities.

 16 ¶ These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.   (Old Testament | Proverbs 6:16 - 19)

 

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.

 

Filthiness

   32 And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual; for the day should come that they must be judged of their works, yea, even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation.

33  Wherefore, if they should die in their wickedness they must be cast off also, as to the things which are spiritual, which are pertaining to righteousness; wherefore, they must be brought to stand before God, to be judged of their works; and if their works have been filthiness they must needs be filthy; and if they be filthy it must needs be that they cannot dwell in the kingdom of God; if so, the kingdom of God must be filthy also.

34 But behold, I say unto you, the kingdom of God is not filthy, and there cannot any unclean thing enter into the kingdom of God; wherefore there must needs be a place of filthiness prepared for that which is filthy.

35  And there is a place prepared, yea, even that awful hell of which I have spoken, and the devil is the preparator of it; wherefore the final state of the souls of men is to dwell in the kingdom of God, or to be cast out because of that justice of which I have spoken.

36 Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous…. Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 15:32 - 36)

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (New Testament | Revelation 22:11 - 12)

 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (New Testament | 2 Corinthians 7:1)

 

 Uncleanliness

 21 Wherefore, if ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment seat of God; and no unclean thing can dwell with God; wherefore, ye must be cast off forever. (Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 10:21)

 7 And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven?  Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins.  (Book of Mormon | Alma 11:37)

 26  But behold, an awful death cometh upon the wicked; for they die as to things pertaining to things of righteousness; for they are unclean, and no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God; but they are cast out, and consigned to partake of the fruits of their labors or their works, which have been evil; and they drink the dregs of a bitter cup. (Book of Mormon | Alma 40:26)

 

Whoredoms 

36 Wo unto them who commit whoredoms, for they shall be thrust down to hell.                      (2 Nephi 9:36)

 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (New Testament | Revelation 21:8)

 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (New Testament | Hebrews 13:4)


 Liar

2 Nephi 34: Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell.

  8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.

9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.        2 Nephi 32:8-9

 

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4 -  DISTRACTIONS  

Excerpts from The Protocols of Adversarial Resistance book.

Familiar spirits

Yes, what we’re saying here is that when these evil spirit entities are attached to us, we feel their emotions as though they were our emotions. If we are not discerning of this happening to us, they become so familiar to us that we, in fact, believe it is us. They have become familiar spirits to us, now attempting to bind us down with their additional fiery darts of thoughts, creating additional negative emotional content. When the person you’re working with has this knowledge and understanding that the fear they are feeling is not even theirs, that it is fears – fear. The lust they have been feeling in an overpowering way is not even their lust, it is lusts – lust. The despair they have been feeling is not even their despair, it is despairs – despair. The light comes on and the entities lose more power, as the person learns more truth. The person you are working with will discern the emotion and entity losing more power and the persons self-confidence that they are winning this battle continues to grow.

Remember, one of the adversaries most powerful controlling emotions upon us is fear. When you start these protocols, if you feel an increase in fear, remember that it is the entities fears of being discovered and eradicated that you are feeling. You are becoming more aware of an entity’s fear of being eradicated, and projecting their fears into you, to scare you, distract you, into not moving forward and taking your power of agency, choice, and freedom back through sufficient resistance.  One of the ultimate deceptions or adversarial trickery is that when we are attached or possessed with an evil spirit, they become so familiar to us that we think their fear or their emotions that we are feeling from them, are us. When you start these protocols, fear within the entities who know they are about to be exposed and eradicated most always increase. Don’t let fear from an attached entity distract and trick you, or any other entities emotions (curiosity, lust, helplessness, hopelessness, despair, the suicidal ideation team) deceive you into not figuring them out and freeing yourself from them.

Distractions That Seek to Destroy Our Souls

I’ve noticed that when I’m plodding along, not doing any apparent harm yet not really doing much good either, things appear to go fairly smoothly.  However, as soon as I make a new commitment to live the commandments with more exactness or decide to influence someone towards Christ, events combine to keep me from being where I should be, doing what my new resolve requires.  It seems that every weakness I have or fear I can develop, is brought into play.

 It seems to be that the greater the resolve we feel to keep our commitments and covenants, the greater the opposition Satan exerts in whatever areas of our lives he can create an opening.  I also believe that when Satan’s minions cannot influence us directly, they begin to use objects, events, and even other people to divert our attention from a righteous endeavor.  For example, my editor remembers that soon when she and her husband had their first child, it was difficult for them to find time to discuss their spiritual progress and insights.  Whenever they planned an hour to do so–no matter the day of the week or the time of day–the same friend would call long distance and say, “You just popped into my mind, so I thought I would call to see how you’re doing.”  Because she lived across country, they felt obligated to spend time with her on the phone, although she mostly complained about her inappropriate and unsatisfactory love life.  These poorly-timed calls happened so often, they became a family joke, but the spiritual and marital growth that was hindered is far from funny.  It is likely that Satan knew that this woman, who was often idle and lonely, would respond to the thought to call at a spiritually distracting moment.  (This example should not be confused with promptings from the Holy Spirit to assist someone.  When I am not sure which voice has suggested I call someone, I find that the tone and direction of the conversation clarifies the source within the first few moments.) 

I believe the adversary also attempts to distract us from spiritual progress by encouraging extremes in behavior.  As we respond to life’s challenges, his followers whisper reactions that keep us preoccupied and render us less able to serve.  For example, I once had a therapy client who was so obsessed with cleanliness that she not only washed her dishes after a meal, but washed them again just before using them after they had been sitting in the cupboard.   [REAL stories for the following EXAMPLES WOULD BE BETTER.  Also, therapy client who cut her hair for more serious example??] For some people it may be a need to account for every cent, spending an extraordinary amount of time and effort to save a few dollars, while for others it may be a feeling they aren’t “the type of person” who can learn to balance a bank statement or live on a budget.  Another common distraction of this kind is spending an inordinate amount of time worrying about health.  Whether we believe it is alright to be grossly out of shape or whether we spend too much time dieting or working out, if we are extreme, we are out of balance.  We should suspect the wrong influence when we feel urged to bring simple health issues like daily exercise or eating differently way out of proportion, using them as an excuse not to do what we know we ought to be doing. 

[AGAIN, A TRUE STORY OF EXTREME BEHAVIOR WOULD HELP, ESPECIALLY TOLD IN FIRST PERSON BY SOMEONE WHO HAS REALIZED THEIR ERROR. Therapy client.]   Of course, the devil isn’t the “cause” of such behaviors.  His followers work with our natural tendencies, exaggerating them until we cannot or will not serve those around us.

 we also need balance in our thoughts and actions.  Most of us have experienced extremes that taught us the truth of a matter.

Any principle of life can be analyzed by viewing its opposite extremes to discover where the balance truly is.  Our behaviors, when we are operating in truth, will be in the mid-range of responsiveness to any given stimulus from our habits and general attitudes to how we choose to spend our time.  Satan tries to distract us by keeping our behavior centered on one extreme or the other.

In particular, Satan’s hosts will tempt us into extreme behavior when what we are doing begins as a good and righteous effort.  This includes using church work as a distraction by urging those of us who are susceptible to spend nearly every available free moment in church service, to the neglect of spouse and children. Satan gets us to rationalize that what we are doing is pleasing to the Lord.  On the other end of the scale, he distracts others of us with feelings of no obligation to be of service to our fellowman, thinking our small part would not make a difference or turning selfishly inward with the question, “What’s in it for me?”  This balance is easier to find as we become more Christ centered.  We may, at times, need to spend more time in church service fulfilling the requirements of our calling, then at other times we may coast in our church service and be more needed at home with our children and family. The spirit will guide and direct us in these situations as we pray for constant direction.  Sometimes this balancing of our priorities is better viewed as juggling, we just may need to concentrate on one spinning plate at a time, get it going, and then go on to another that is starting to slow down.

A particularly powerful form of distraction is one associated with “the devourer” mentioned in Malachi 3:11.  I have noticed that when I become prideful in my pursuits and accomplishments, when I boast in some way about a particular possession, or when I have not recognized the hand of God in an accomplishment in my life, one thing after another suddenly goes wrong, breaks down, or backfires.  Murphy’s Law seems to take over and be in full effect.  The devourer is set free, allowing certain afflictions to humble me.  Usually things begin to get better as soon as I recognize God as the source of all my blessings and repent of what has been out of harmony.

At other times, the devourer is set free upon us to test us as Job.  Job was a righteous man, and nowhere does it say he deserved the losses inflicted upon him.  He was tested in his faith and belief in the blessings of God.  He withstood the test of losing everything he had, yet he held to his testimony, which in the end was made stronger and surer.  He did not become bitter about the losses, “curse God and die” so to speak, but went on to be greatly blessed again after patiently bearing the trial of the devourer.  Satan would have us lose our faith in God as we experience losses in our lives--financial setbacks, loved ones who are taken early, or other tragedies that try us to the core of our capacities.  Our response to these tragedies can be one of patience and faith or one of mistrust in God and rebellion towards him for allowing these things to happen.  Satan would distract us from looking for the divine purpose and will that is being manifest at these times, and thus rob us of the faith-building and strengthening that comes as we pass through such adversities.  Moroni explains:

 

. . . I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.  (Ether 12:6)

 

Some distractions keep us from spiritual progress in general.  We are kept from worthwhile projects because we are “so busy” with things of little eternal value. They keep us from our true priorities.  We may feel we must have a new car or a larger home, which justifies us working two jobs or having our spouse work to help us.  We not only lose the irreplaceable time that should be spent with each other, but also time with our children and time with the Lord.

The adversary may then give us urges to excel above others in numerous ways.  The Lord chastened William W. Phelps thus:

[H]e hath need to repent, for I, the Lord, am not well pleased with him, for he seeketh to excel, and he is not sufficiently meek before me. (D&C 58:41)

 

If he can convince us to center our attention on our dress, education, or social status, we may lose our Christ-centered orientation in the way we view ourselves and others.  Satan knows how easily such distractions can be diverted into layer upon layer of sin.  Once we have obtained these “things,” we may begin to seek prestige among men instead of the honor of God.  If not brought back into a Christ-centered view and focus, by giving thanks and recognizing God as the source of all our blessings, these distractions and urges can compound into Pride.

[THIS WHOLE SECTION, GOING FROM PRIDE TO COMPARISON, ETC. WOULD ALSO BE POWERFUL IF TOLD IN FIRST PERSON BY SOMEONE WHO REALIZED IT.  Story with kids–horse, boat.]

If we accept Pride as our companion, it becomes nearly impossible to avoid further distractions.  Pride tells us that we are better than others because of our things, or our positions, or our station in life.  These become more important than people's feelings, our church callings, Sunday worship, and service to neighbors and community.  Pride smothers emotions like kindness, love, and compassion to the extent that those around us may not even feel these emotions from us.  Pride can thus distance us from the ones we should love and who should feel free to love, care for, and associate with us. It destroys our natural relationships with others and God.

            At this point, another unclean spirit almost always enters.  It is Pride's companion Comparison.  The spirit of Comparison never allows happiness, contentment, or peace.  When we're possessed of this spirit, we tend to compare ourselves with both those who have less than we do and those who have more.  We judge those who have less as not being as good or as worthy as we are.  We lose the happiness and joy that might have come from their friendship and association because these thoughts cannot be hid, and we project feelings that distance us from them.  The uneasiness between us is exactly what Satan hopes to achieve with these distractions, because it helps to tear down the self-esteem and good feelings of others.  Meanwhile, our own self-worth is constantly damaged by comparing ourselves to those who we know have more "things, positions, or a better station in life" than we do.  With both Pride and Comparison as our companions, we can never be at ease with those we feel are looking down at us in the same judgmental spirit with which we have viewed those who have less than we do.

            With these spirits influencing us the only group we are at all comfortable with is our peers -- those who are also seeking to excel beyond the mark of true success.  Though we find a sense of belonging among them, we find no true happiness with this group either since they, no more than we, can give full love and friendship as long as there is an air of competition, spoken or unspoken.  Worse yet, we cannot be either influential or influenced in this condition because Pride prevents us from drawing close enough to anyone to let them assist us in overcoming our weaknesses. We hardly would acknowledge our faults to anyone with whom we feel this spirit of competition, let alone have them openly discuss our weaknesses with us.  Nor would the spirit of Comparison, which wants us (and them) to be judgmental, allow us to receive counsel from one another.  Instead, we allow our peers to flatter us, and we unduly compliment them beyond the mark, thus eliminating trust because everyone recognizes false flattery, (flattery being another great tool of the devil as it distracts us from seeing the necessary changes required for us to get back into true balance).

            If we review the above chain of events, but replace the distraction of "things, position, or station in life" with attractiveness, or intelligence, or education, or athletic ability, or the like, we may be able to identify the source of distancing feelings in our own lives that make us feel uneasy around certain people or cause them to feel uncomfortable around us.  We have, perhaps, accepted the companionship of evil spirits who constantly suggest that we compare ourselves to others.

 

                                Satan Generates Vexations, Both Large and Small

            Another approach the adversary takes to keep us from continual spiritual growth is what I call “vexing.”  He simply attempts to make our lives as miserable as possible through any kind of mental turmoil he can generate.  He tries to discourage and overwhelm us with irritations, small and large, in hopes they will open us to lies about ourselves, the Lord, or others.            

            One ability the adversary has that he uses to vex us is blocking our thoughts.  How many times have we all experienced working on something and needing to go to the shop or another room for a tool or some supplies, and then standing in wonderment when we get there over what we came there for in the first place?  Of course, we can naturally lose our concentration at such a time, but it is worth checking next time to see if there may be another source of those memory lapses.

            In the following story the adversary's vexing influence upon a woman was meant to directly block her from learning truths Satan did not want understood:

 

            I had a personal experience of mind blockage.  It happened as an             acquaintance and I were studying the scriptures one morning.  He had just             read to me about Lazarus being raised from the dead.  Just about then my             telephone rang, and I went to the kitchen to answer it.  Upon          completion of the conversation, I returned to the living room.  As I         looked at him, I wondered what he was doing in the living room and, most                    of all, why was he holding the scriptures?  I couldn”t remember any of our                    previous discussion.  My mind had been totally blocked out.  He said that he              had felt the adversary enter and perceived that spirits were blocking my recall.      Shortly, I commanded the evil spirt to leave me, and my mind became clear                 and we completed our discussion.     

            Vexation can take the form of any irritation that prevents us from spending our time and energy in a worthwhile manner.  For instance, a spirit can bring to our memory the words of a song we have just listened to, repeating it over and over hour after hour.  We would like to stop thinking of the words, yet they are there, keeping us from those things we should be concentrating upon, such as school work, or studying the scriptures.  Or perhaps every time we decide to work on a particularly worthy project, we can’t locate the file (which was where it should be a few days ago).  Even some incidents of “bad luck,” like always purchasing the one appliance, vehicle, or item that is faulty and needs to be returned, may be influenced by an evil source.  I don’t mean to create paranoia; however, when such a pattern of disruption happens far too often to be blamed on coincidence, Satan’s hosts may be trying to wear us down. 

             I used to have to leave work late at night on occasions and was responsible for locking the door to the office behind me. By the time I would get to the car, I would find myself wondering whether I actually locked up.  Many times I would go back and pull on the door to see if I had in fact locked it.  It was always locked.  Then one night, after I had gone back for the second time to check the door, the question came again.   I almost went back to check it for the third time when it dawned on me what the source of this influence had to be.   

 

Another form of vexation is fear.  Fear is, in many respects the opposite of faith.  When we are fearful, we do not have the peace that comes with faith in an all-powerful being who is in control of our circumstances and experiences.  There are many fears:  fear of the unknown (such as being afraid of the dark), fear of failure, (thinking we may just not make the grade), fear of rejection (believing people may not accept us).  Fear of not being good enough is a common root that Satan desires to exploit within our belief systems.

               Satan would have us imagine all sorts of things that are never going to happen. He places thoughts of worry, doubt, and fear in our minds. We can spend much time and energy, needlessly, if we buy into this distracting vexation.

            Satan also attempts to place destructive thoughts of “gloom and doom” in our minds, including fears about the future which encourage us to act hastily and defensively.  By recognizing Satan’s hand in this way of thinking, we can, instead, choose faith and confidence in an all-wise and all-knowing Father, who allows experiences to come into our lives which teach, test, and try us the very best way possible during our mortal probation.  He has said that we will not be given trials and temptations beyond our capacity to overcome:

 

   There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but             God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;             but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to             bear it. (1 Cor 10:13; see also Alma 13:28 and D&C 64:20.) 

            Whenever we are beset with fear, it helps to ask ourselves what is the worse thing that could happen in this instance might be, then face the fear, knowing God is in charge.  We will find that when we have the right attitude of submission to God’s will in faith, fear will leave.  Instead of feeling afraid, we will look for the lessons to be learned in our adverse circumstance.  If, in fact, we do experience our worst fears, they will become our greatest growth opportunities as we face them in faith.

After explaining the worst that could happen to the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord said:

                                                                       

            . . . know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee             experience, and shall be for thy good. (D&C 122:7)

 

            The final counsel the Lord then gave to the prophet is also good counsel concerning our fears:

 

       Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with             thee;    for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years         shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall         be with you forever and ever.  (D&C 122:9)

 

 

 It should be clear by now that all of us have areas of our lives in which we may be deceived, distracted, snared, or vexed.  Often they are the very areas in which we feel our actions are the most “justified” or the areas in which we feel hopelessly tied to bad habits, bad attitudes, or even “bad luck.”  We believe Satan’s lies that we are “just that kind of person” or that life is “just that way.”  Yet, as subtle and pervasive as Satan’s influence is, the Lord has provided a way for us to discover and overcome it.  In the following chapters, we will discuss how to exert our faith in Jesus Christ to recognize the lies we now believe, to repent of the damage already done, and to resist future temptations Satan may have in store for us.

 

 

I had Jake and even though he was a quick birth, he had the cord around his neck.  I had a fifteen-month-old toddler and a two-week-old baby.  She had bit him a few day before on the finger.  I had laid him on the bed and then gone to the bathroom, a few feet away.  My daughter realized this new thing was taking up all of Mommy’s attention.  Joe left me for the first time at night to play basketball.  I had already been home alone all day and it was completely overwhelming to me.  I still wasn’t physically over the birth.  I couldn’t get my daughter to bed.  I called and asked him to come home.  He came and by the time he arrived, things were calmed down because I knew he was coming.  But he was angry.  He stayed only a few moments and left again.  As soon as he walked out of the door, I burst into tears.  A few days later, he had to work during the evening.  I laid the baby on the couch and said to my daughter, “It’s time to get your pajamas on.”  I went into the bedroom, then noticed she wasn’t behind me.  I felt I should go back, but I rationalized, “It will only take a minute to grab those pajamas.”  As I grabbed them, I heard the baby cry.  I entered the room and realized the baby was no longer on the couch.  That triggered something and the next thing I remember is seeing some maniac screaming at my daughter who was sobbing.  I looked more closely and realized the “maniac” was me!  As soon as I had that thought, I was back in my body.  I saw that the baby was on the floor and my daughter was crying.  I was yelling at her, but I knew I could stop.  My daughter looked at me and said, “Mommy!” as if she suddenly recognized me.

 

I believe that when we consciously decide to act on the temptations of devils, when we cross the line from thought to action, possession can occur.  Evil spirits are then able to remain with us, to take up abode with us and literally dwell with us in our earthly tabernacle.  Often their deceptions become such an accepted part of our everyday thinking that their presence seems natural.  Sometimes, however, we may be aware of a foreign presence and feel that our “real” spirit is being subdued, yet we may not have discovered the key to removing them from their place.  Thus, with possession we enter a battle for the habitation of our bodies and the direction of our souls.

  

5 - DAMAGES RELATIONSHIPS   

Some have experienced rejections in their attempts at relationships and feel vulnerable to attempt making new ones. The people on the pages or videos, don’t reject them, it’s not personal, and therefore it’s not personally satisfying.  So, after the pornography encounter, they feel even more lonely and disgusted with themselves, and these entities once again prompt them to seek further relief by doing the very thing again that is creating the personal emotional and physical pain in the first place.  This is the downward spiral identified by some people as the addiction. It is a continual seeking of relief from what is causing the pain in the first place, by using what is causing the pain as the relief, so we have more pain, and seek more relief from the very thing that is causing the pain, and so it goes on and on.

I now receive referrals from ecclesiastical leaders, doctors, and many parents and grandparents, and I have assisted hundreds of young people to take control of their lives and be prepared to go on missions or get married. I have worked with many who have returned home early from their mission for emotional issues or misdeeds. We will discuss a few of those as well. I also work with individuals and couples in assisting them to understand and overcome pornographic influences and hold their marriages together and take their relationships to new levels of trust, respect, and love again, as these influences are understood and overcome. 

 There are many areas of adversarial influence we could discuss. It would cover the entire range of negative spiritual gifts that evil and unclean spirits possess. But, in this book, I feel to make a major teaching focus of what I observe in helping people with overcoming pornographic and suicidal influences. As you come to understand how to deal with the adversarial influences associated with pornography, you will also know how to deal with most of whatever else the devil is doing with entity attachments that he may have upon you.

 

Satan uses specific strategic tag teams of evil spirits with each attempt to make us miserable, discourage us, create despair, and seek to have us to destroy ourselves. Devils seek any vulnerability they can exploit within us, and any self-incriminating belief we might accept, ‘I am too tall or I am too short’. All of these entity tag teams are employed with those caught up in pornography, however, there are two primary ones, evil entities with the negative emotional spiritual gifts of curiosity and lust. The adversary is using this snare of pornography to trap far too many and to ruin too many marriages and families, by destroying love. Love is a compound emotion made up of trust, respect, gratitude, and appreciation for what the other person does for us in our lives. When we tell someone we love them, we are saying that we trust, respect, and appreciate them. We have gratitude for them being in our life. When pornography is introduced into the relationship, it destroys trust, respect, gratitude and appreciation and they feel it as a betrayal of the relationship. I am not saying that the relationship can’t be rebuilt, I work successfully with couples every day to do this, but sometimes it can take years to ever get back to the levels of trust and respect that were enjoyed before, and sometimes the relationship never recovers.


Excerpts from: Protocols of Adversarial Resistance - Session Transcript

Dennis:            I'm going to tap you on your right knee. I want you to put eleven-year-old you over here, at the first time you saw pornography. You said you moved to Ohio, you had some friends, I'm going to tap you on your left knee. Put your friends and buddies over on your left knee, who got you involved in this. You got it? In this state you can see, hear, feel, and talk to them. I want you with your head against the chair to see the eleven-year-old you out here. You have to teach him some things. First thing I want you to teach him is the fact and the reason why the adversary wants to use pornography to destroy homes and families. But we're going to get really clear with him, because this is the motivational factor to pornography. I'm going to teach you; you’re going to teach him.

 

The first thing I want you to teach him is that love is a very compound emotion. I believe that love is made up of respect, trust, gratitude for the other person being in our life, appreciation for all the things they do for us, love is a very compound emotion. When we tell someone we love them, we are really saying, ‘I trust and respect you’, and so forth. Now here's the adversarial plot, that's very simple, I see it here every day. The adversary wants to keep you dabbling in this, so you could rationalize and say, 'Well, I haven’t done it in six months, it's okay for me to look again, well I'll just look a little bit, just a little, one more time won’t matter.  I've repented so many times, I know I'll repent again.’

 

The adversary wants to bombard us with those fiery darts of stinking thinking thoughts around this issue. 2 Nephi 28:22 says, ‘the devil whispers in our ears’. He whispers in our ears in first person I language. ‘I am no devil, for there is none, thus he whispers in our ears’. He whispers in first person because he is the one who says 'I want to go look for what I may not have seen yet, I wonder what she looks like without her clothes on’. All those ‘I’ language temptation kind of thoughts. They have the power and ability to bombard us with them, but we have the power, ability, agency and choice, to accept or reject them. Now, if the adversary could keep you accepting, if you’re accepting those thoughts and you dabble in pornography from time to time, just as you said, you’re not married, you want to get married, you want to have a family, you want to have this over with before you do, is that true?

 

That is what you told me earlier, but the adversary plot is pretty simple. The plot is if you keep messing around with this, he’s going to set you up for failure. The way he does it is you’re going to get married and you might not mess around with pornography for a couple of years.  Then one night your wife is at a relief society or a young women's function or something, and your home watching the baby or doing your work or whatever, and all of a sudden, you get bombarded.  All of these fiery darts are going into your head, you’re going to get tempted is what it's called, you’re going to get enticed, you’re going to get seduced, all those thoughts are going to come into your head, that you have been use to giving way too. The Devil is a long-term strategic planner and an opportunist. Entities will say, ‘If you want to look now you can, it’s been a long time, you've missed out, you don’t know what you’re not getting to see now, all that kind of crap, and the entities are going to do this temptation thought bombardment at the very time they know your wife's coming home.

 

If you go turn on the computer and your looking, absorbed in what you are doing, and she comes around the corner in perfect timing, because the adversary knows where she is at, he knows how to set all of this up for destruction of love. He's been doing this for thousands of years now. Your wife walks in, she sees you on the computer looking at other naked women, what just happened to the respect?

 

Client:              She's devastated.

 

Dennis:            Yep, what’s just happened to the trust?

 

Client:              It’s broken.

 

Dennis:            How grateful is she all of a sudden, she's married to you?

 

Client:              She's not.

 

Dennis:            And what happens to her appreciation that you’re her husband and you’re supposed to be her long-term eternal companion?

 

Client:              It’s shattered.

 

Dennis:            Now I'm not saying that those things can’t be repaired over time, but sometimes it takes years and decades to repair those kinds of damages. It’s far better to never have to experience it in the first place, do you understand?

 

Client:              Yeah.

 

Dennis:            The whole trap is to destroy love. Meaning respect, trust, gratitude, appreciation. It's no different if you were out at the young men's event and you came home one night and you walk in and she's on a computer and she's sitting there looking at other naked men. How would you feel?

 

Client:              Bad, I wouldn’t like that.

 

Dennis:            No, they don’t like it either. So, as a motivational issue the number one answer is to just make the decision, to be clean and just stay clean. Then you never have to worry about it. When those fiery darts come in, you've got to learn to bounce them out, just reject them, bounce them out. Now we haven’t taught you exactly how to do all that yet, but we will. But it’s pretty simple, you've got to become aware, you've got to discern that some thoughts that come in your mind are not even your thoughts. They are these thoughts of temptation and when you recognize these first-person thoughts of temptation, then you can say in your mind, this isn’t even me, this isn’t even coming from me. The devils are they're attempting to trick me, again. But you already know what these temptation thoughts are, don’t you?

 

Client:              Yeah.

Satan uses specific strategic tag teams of evil spirits with each attempt to make us miserable, discourage us, create despair, and seek to have us to destroy ourselves. Devils seek any vulnerability they can exploit within us, and any self-incriminating belief we might accept, ‘I am too tall or I am too short’. All of these entity tag teams are employed with those caught up in pornography, however, there are two primary ones, evil entities with the negative emotional spiritual gifts of curiosity and lust. The adversary is using this snare of pornography to trap far too many and to ruin too many marriages and families, by destroying love. Love is a compound emotion made up of trust, respect, gratitude, and appreciation for what the other person does for us in our lives. When we tell someone we love them, we are saying that we trust, respect, and appreciate them. We have gratitude for them being in our life. When pornography is introduced into the relationship, it destroys trust, respect, gratitude and appreciation and they feel it as a betrayal of the relationship. I am not saying that the relationship can’t be rebuilt, I work successfully with couples every day to do this, but sometimes it can take years to ever get back to the levels of trust and respect that were enjoyed before, and sometimes the relationship never recovers.





              

 6 - BRAIN  COMPONENTS    


Mr. John Harmer of he Lighted Candle Society, who has been fighting pornography for the past 50 years, learned of W. Dennis Parker and his work in this area while visiting with his editor of one of his books. Dennis was utilizing the same editor at the time on one of his projects.   

Please watch the video of what John has to say about his encounters with Dennis, and then read the documents on Brain studies                     conducted by the Lighted Candle Society on the effects of  Pornography on the brain, below. 



Dr. Donald Hilton:

Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA, and Clark Watts, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, USA,

Pornography addiction: A neuroscience perspective:  Click Here                                           Obtain a PDF copy Here           

PORNOGRAPHY AND THE BRAIN: Understanding the Addiction:  Click Here                        Obtain a PDF Copy Here







7 - OPENS SATANIC INFLUENCES AND ATTACHMENTS    


We have power granted by grace through Jesus Christ’s atonement to alter our lives permanently in every way. We need to recognize the adversary's snares and move forward in faith and cast him out; then no habit or sin can hold us bound, no matter how many times we have previously given up in frustration or despair. The joy such changes can bring are particularly sweet to those who have long struggled with the darkness of serious sin, especially sin that opens us up to adversarial attachments and is defined as addictive in nature.

 

When it comes to drugs, violence, sexual deviance, pornography, and the like, the world has little in the way of cures to offer. Rehabilitation and support programs abound, but their ratio of radically and positively changed lives remains small. In contrast, an understanding of the effects and influences of evil spirits in these situations, and how they can be resisted and cast out through the protocols of adversarial resistance taught here, and with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, can bring about desired permanent changes, repentance, thus creating a new life. No addiction—meaning captivation, being snared, being trapped, being seduced, being enticed, being vexed—is too strong or too deep for the truth to set you free and to enjoy the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

 

Once an improper act takes place, the completed sin opens the door to adversarial entity attachment. We are then open to additional possession by entities. Satan has more power in us, which he uses to bind us securely to our sexual sins by sending additional spirits to inspire feelings of frustration, doubt about ourselves, feelings of not being good enough, anger, despair, hopelessness, degradation, worthlessness, and so forth. These spirits try to magnify the guilt, shame, regret, and remorse that we already feel. They whisper to us that we can’t repent, that there is no hope for us now. They say that no one seems to have the answer, so how can we hope to change?  There is no way to change, they tell us this is just the way I am.                                                                                                                          

 

These degrading spirits try to develop within us a feeling of despair, a feeling that we are lost, and a hopeless feeling that we can never overcome these things. To the extent that we believe and accept these evil thoughts and feelings, we become bound down, one thought upon another, one spirit upon another, with what the scriptures call "the chains of hell."  This downward spiral will continue unabated until we obtain the knowledge, and thus the power, to free ourselves from eventual destruction.

 

In a letter published in a “Dear Abby” column years ago, an imprisoned child molester's words indicate how hopeless it feels for one who hasn't found this information that could set him free.

 

He states:  ‘I am now serving a 20-year sentence in a Texas prison for a crime I committed against a 7-year-old boy in Amarillo, where I was on parole after having served time in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona for sex crimes committed on little boys from 2 years old up to 12.

 

I can't count the number of little boys I have violated. I know I am sick and have begged to be locked up and put away so I couldn't repeat this despicable behavior. I have had treatment, and I thought I was cured, but the first chance I got, I did the same thing over again... I hate myself the way I am. I am hopeful I will one day be able to get the kind of help I need so I will be normal and free of this terrible curse.’

 

This man is one of many who wants help, who needs help, but doesn't know where to go to get help. Yes, I am proposing that with ‘The Emotional Tools and Skills of Positive Mind Management to manage our minds in normal ranges, including imaginary ranges, and with ‘The Protocols of Adversarial Resistance’ this man would have the knowledge and truths to use his personal power of his own agency to be set FREE. In overcoming such problems, not only does he need to know how the entity attachments keep driving him into the same these deviant behaviors, he also needs to pray, to call upon God, and rely in faith upon his Lord and Redeemer receiving additional strength and enlightenment. Following the correct principles set forth here, and in the scriptures, he can be freed from these thoughts and feelings. He does not have to continue to live with and accept the presence of evil spirits with their unrighteous desires they are using to bind him to this behavior.  The Truth will Set him FREE!                                                       

Let's take a close look at serious sin and how these principles can open a door for escape where none seemed possible. A discussion of sexual sin reveals the way all addictive sin takes hold of those individuals who yield to temptation.

 

Some professionals call obsession with pornography a disease. I find that the ones who come in to do therapy with me who want to claim it is a disease, are usually the ones who are looking for excuses for failure in advance to keep doing it. "It’s not my fault. What do you want me to do about it?  I have this disease."

           

I teach them that I do not believe in addiction, at least in pornographic addiction. I ask them some questions. "Do you have to sit and look at pornography in Sacrament Meeting? You have your phone in one hand looking at pornography and you are taking the sacrament with your other hand? You just can’t help yourself; you just have to do it?"

           

The answer is always, "Well no, of course I wouldn’t do that."

           

"Well then, do you have to do it at work or at school, on your breaks or lunch hours?"

 

"No, of course not. I would get suspended or fired if I were caught doing those things at work."

           

"Well then, do you have to do it at night around your family while at the dinner table or during Family Home Evening?  You just can’t control yourself. You are this out-of-control addict and you have this disease."

           

"No, that’s silly. I’d never do that either."

           

Then I explain to them that this is not an out-of-control addiction or disease kind of problem. It is a motivational problem. Why are you not as motivated to stay in control the rest of the day as much as you are in those times?  Of course, the answer is that they don’t feel a sense of fear or danger of being caught in those specific times, because there would be huge consequences. Afterwards, I take them through a number of Scriptures proving that they are always in the Lord’s presence; not a hair of their head falls to the ground that our Father in Heaven doesn’t know of it. He knows all things at all times. He knows everything perfectly. There is never a time that He is not fully aware of us. It is not about him becoming more aware of us; it is about us being more aware of his awareness of us. Father in Heaven can tell you what you had for breakfast seven years ago on any day. We are never alone or out of His sight and knowledge of our thoughts and actions.

           

They need to fear God and His future justice upon them should they not repent and then experience the consequences of their choices and actions. Then if fear is a motivator to them, they need to know how real these consequences are and that in the end if they do not fully clear up these things there will be "weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth" as part of their repentance. So, I will go through a number of motivational reasons to give this up as well. We will review them again when we get to the Protocols of Adversarial Resistance.

           

Perhaps we could say more accurately that it is a dis-ease, a disharmony in our spirit’s mind or uneasiness in our intelligence, being in the imagination of the mind as an unrighteousness and unrepentant sin. Above all, pornography totally opens up a person's mind and body to possession by unclean spirits who want to participate in perverted acts and evil spirits who seek the person's final destruction. Like the criminals quoted above, people who have traveled far down the road in these things describe the feelings as urges that overcome them and control them: as influences that overpower them. They recognize the urges as something foreign to them, or even as coming from the pornography itself. Even though they accept the thoughts and feelings planted in them and act them out, there is the strong possibility that, had they been taught the source of such feelings and urges, they could have gained power to take control of their lives and have avoided the terrible consequences of total sin.

           

Most of us will admit that a murderer or serial killer could be possessed by evil spirits. Yet how did he or she descend to such a state?  When did evil spirits take control of their life?  And what actions on their part first allowed entities access to their mind and heart?  Perhaps their path downward is not much different than the one many of us are experiencing right now, except that the murderer has already traveled to the end of the path. Perhaps they have only arrived there ahead of those of us who are still hiding our sins, who are unwilling to repent, and leave behind a path that leads solely to the destruction of ourselves and others.

           

Other people and therapies are worthwhile in these matters only to the extent that they help you overcome deceptions and bring you to the faith in Christ required to gain control over the adversary. Now is the time to stop deceiving yourself and to counsel with your spiritual advisor, someone who understands these principles and has the faith to assist you to bring about righteousness.

           

Was Bundy’s life a total waste?  Maybe not. There have been many people who, upon hearing or reading this interview, have decided to change. He is having a positive effect on many, because his story helps them recognize that they are on the same road he traveled. One such young man heard the Bundy interview and wrote a compelling letter, which was read on K-Talk radio in Salt Lake City, Utah:

           

"It was chilling to me to read Ted Bundy’s involvement in pornography at a very young age, and how it had progressed step by step, because I see a parallel with my own life. If you knew me, you would think I was a normal person, even an exceptionally good and bright person. I have two wonderful parents who taught me right from wrong; always set a good example for me. I had brothers and sisters and nephews and nieces, all [whom I] loved. I had a good job; enjoyed all kinds of summer and winter sports, but I am what I call a pornoholic. And I hate myself for it and the things I have done. I know the total blame has to be my own, but pornography more than helped get me to where I am today and has polluted my mind with filth that I will take with me to the grave.

           

"...People don’t realize, speaking for myself, how much I want to stop. All I hear from others is their hate for me, and from the experts that there is no help for me. Just lock me away and throw away the key. I am a normal kid. I was never abused. I was happy. I started experimenting with masturbation when I was about 12, and found that looking at Playboy magazines was very exciting. Soon, when I was older, I had the courage to purchase my own magazines. The next big step I made was when I went to my first X-rated movie. Going from photos to moving pictures was like going to a hardline drug. Although I have never used drugs, not even marijuana, or drank, for that matter, I can imagine what it must be like. I can understand what it must be like for alcoholics, that they have AA; I have nothing.

           

"I have had opportunities to marry, and I long for a normal relationship with a mature female. But not only am I afraid of ruining somebody else’s life, but after all these years...I find myself avoiding serious relationships and dating. It is much easier to go to a magazine. The problem is, it is never enough. Pornography would arouse me physically, but I had no outlet. I then started exposing myself in public to girls of all ages. It satisfied a sexual need I had. Even though I hated myself for it, I couldn’t stop. Just like Bundy, when the urge comes, it’s like an uncontrollable power takes me over, and all reason and good intention are driven away, and locked behind some great door.

           

"When I started fondling my nieces, I finally went to get help from a therapist who told me that they would have to report it to the police, and I agreed...Since I came forth voluntarily, I was put on probation, and required to pay a fine and do some community service. Only my family knows. But I know that I will never be the same in their eyes. It was so wonderful, finally getting it all out in the open, and starting over again, but it didn’t last. Since that time, I have continued to expose myself in public, to girls both old and young. If I tell or go for help, I will go to Jail. I will break my parents’ hearts, and hurt the people I love again, and so I keep trying to stop on my own... I have been tempted to get my hands on the real hard types of pornography, the kind that is illegal. But I have never done so, knowing inside that I would just be taking one more step, opening another Pandora’s box. After reading Ted Bundy’s words, I would be terrified to do so. And I am more committed than ever to staying away from pornography of any type.

           

"You wanted to know what we could possibly learn from someone like Bundy. Well, then, learn from me. I know. I know only too well. If I am a small minority, the way they say, then why is pornography such a big business?  And who really knows how many are raped each year?  Or how many children abused?  Or how many marriages are broken up, reported and unreported, because of the influence of pornography?  My heart aches for the little ones that I have offended. I am truly sorry for those I have hurt...

           

"Please help, people understand my words. It saddens me to hear them defend these things. They are mistaken. I am glad I will be judged by God and not men, because if I come forward, all I will receive is hate, not justice. Hate, not help. Until this changes somehow, others like myself will be afraid to come forward, and afraid if they don’t. For now, I will keep trying to stop on my own."  (AFRAID AND SO ALONE--From the Nels Crenshaw show, K-TALK Radio)

           

We are proposing that we have the answers that this young man needed and may still need. We are teaching them here in this book.







8 - SLIPPERY SLOPE FROM PORNOGRAPHY TO MURDER                              



I am not saying here that if you get involved in pornography you are going to become a murderer. I am also not saying that you won't!  Because the slippery slope of pornography at the very end of the slide, the devil has in mind murder. He wants you to either become so discouraged, hopeless, helpless, and in despair believing there is no way out, or that you have power to stop that his minion prompt you to seek relief through murdering yourself through suicide.  Or they get you so desensitized from so much of it that you are at the jumping off point of where you want to do what you have been programming yourself to do by all of the pornographic involvements and you rape or start hiring prostitutes, and having affairs. If you rape or hurt others, then he prompts you to destroy the evidence. 

I feel to post the entire chapter here, so that you can understand how pornography has in fact influenced others to such a degree. Remember King David, he went from being one of the greatest warrior, prophet King's in all Israelite history and became a murder in just months after being involved viewing nudity or pornography. He had killed a lion, killed a bear, killed Goliath, and then he got involved in pornography by looking at Bathsheba naked as she bathed.  He then sent for her, laid with her, he impregnated her, and you know the rest of the story, he killed her husband to hide the evidence.  David became an adulterous murderer in a matter of months. 

The following information is somewhat graphic but definitely makes enough teaching points I believe it is worth the time and study. Nothing short of the full truth ever makes us free or sets us free. Understanding Satan's end goal and desires for us, to have us die in our sins or murder someone else assuring our loss of exaltation such as David, is the desired end state of the devil for us.  We need to understand this as one involved in pornography, and have this knowledge be an important part of our motivations to abstain from it.

Protocols of Adversarial Resistance – Chapter Three – Evil Designs – The Slippery Slope, From Pornography to Murder of Yourself or Others 

We have power granted by grace through Jesus Christ’s atonement to alter our lives permanently in every way. We need to recognize the adversary's snares and move forward in faith and cast him out; then no habit or sin can hold us bound, no matter how many times we have previously given up in frustration or despair. The joy such changes can bring are particularly sweet to those who have long struggled with the darkness of serious sin, especially sin that opens us up to adversarial attachments and is defined as addictive in nature.

When it comes to drugs, violence, sexual deviance, pornography, and the like, the world has little in the way of cures to offer. Rehabilitation and support programs abound, but their ratio of radically and positively changed lives remains small. In contrast, an understanding of the effects and influences of evil spirits in these situations, and how they can be resisted and cast out through the protocols of adversarial resistance taught here, and with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, can bring about desired permanent changes, repentance, thus creating a new life. No addiction—meaning captivation, being snared, being trapped, being seduced, being enticed, being vexed—is too strong or too deep for the truth to set you free and to enjoy the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Let's take a close look at serious sin and how these principles can open a door for escape where none seemed possible. A discussion of sexual sin reveals the way all addictive sin takes hold of those individuals who yield to temptation.

Sexual Sin as a Type for All Satanic Induced Enticed Sin - Compound Emotions or the Addiction

The sacred power of procreation has been freely given to all here on the earth. As with other gifts from God, its use is governed by our agency. God allows us to decide what we will do with this sacred power and with our bodies. However, because this power is good, and because it is used to provide physical bodies for God’s spirit children, the Lord has placed strict laws upon its use. The misuse of our procreative power is a sin in the eyes of God second only to that of murder. (See Book of Mormon | Alma 39:5.)

It is also one of the most grievous sins to be borne and one of the most difficult to repent of. Adultery, fornication, and other sexual sins are devastating to the individual, to his or her family, and to all parties involved. Satan knows that if he can entice us into inappropriate sexual behavior, he can break down our natural inhibitions to all kinds of sin. In order to get men and women into such a condition that they would misuse the powers of procreation and tamper with the fountain of life, Satan wages an especially sophisticated campaign of deception. Via radio, TV, movies, magazines, books and every other form of media, he sends a subtle but powerful message that because sexual feelings and drives are natural, they can be expressed between consenting individuals without commitment or consequence.  Through a never-ending bombardment of "belief system scripting" messages in the media, he works diligently to break down the marriage covenant, to nullify the sacredness of the home, and to undermine the strength of the family.

Satan, of course, knows that accepted thoughts amplified in our imagination generate emotions, and emotions are the motivation for action. The more he can keep our minds filled with unrighteous imaginary thoughts about sex, the more imaginary amplification of our emotions, and the stronger our inappropriate arousal, if we give way to acting out on those imaginations, it then gives devils their affect with us. His control of us increases as we accept these thoughts as our own and fantasize them. These unworthy imaginings are then further compounded by the influence of evil spirits attaching to us and urging us to act in accordance with our new deviant thinking. Again, they know that thoughts generate emotions and our emotions are the motivations to action. At every opportunity they are bombarding us with some intrusive fiery dart of curious, lustful, sensual stimulus.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Once an improper act takes place, the completed sin opens the door to adversarial entity attachment. We are then open to additional possession by entities. Satan has more power in us, which he uses to bind us securely to our sexual sins by sending additional spirits to inspire feelings of frustration, doubt about ourselves, feelings of not being good enough, anger, despair, hopelessness, degradation, worthlessness, and so forth. These spirits try to magnify the guilt, shame, regret, and remorse that we already feel. They whisper to us that we can’t repent, that there is no hope for us now. They say that no one seems to have the answer, so how can we hope to change?  There is no way to change, they tell us this is just the way I am.                                                                                                                          

These degrading spirits try to develop within us a feeling of despair, a feeling that we are lost, and a hopeless feeling that we can never overcome these things. To the extent that we believe and accept these evil thoughts and feelings, we become bound down, one thought upon another, one spirit upon another, with what the scriptures call "the chains of hell."  This downward spiral will continue unabated until we obtain the knowledge, and thus the power, to free ourselves from eventual destruction.

In a letter published in a “Dear Abby” column years ago, an imprisoned child molester's words indicate how hopeless it feels for one who hasn't found this information that could set him free.

He states:  ‘I am now serving a 20-year sentence in a Texas prison for a crime I committed against a 7-year-old boy in Amarillo, where I was on parole after having served time in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona for sex crimes committed on little boys from 2 years old up to 12.

I can't count the number of little boys I have violated. I know I am sick and have begged to be locked up and put away so I couldn't repeat this despicable behavior. I have had treatment, and I thought I was cured, but the first chance I got, I did the same thing over again... I hate myself the way I am. I am hopeful I will one day be able to get the kind of help I need so I will be normal and free of this terrible curse.

This man is one of many who wants help, who needs help, but doesn't know where to go to get help. Yes, I am proposing that with ‘The Emotional Tools and Skills of Positive Mind Management to manage our minds in normal ranges, including imaginary ranges, and with ‘The Protocols of Adversarial Resistance’ this man would have the knowledge and truths to use his personal power of his own agency to be set FREE. In overcoming such problems, not only does he need to know how the entity attachments keep driving him into the same these deviant behaviors, he also needs to pray, to call upon God, and rely in faith upon his Lord and Redeemer receiving additional strength and enlightenment. Following the correct principles set forth here, and in the scriptures, he can be freed from these thoughts and feelings. He does not have to continue to live with and accept the presence of evil spirits with their unrighteous desires they are using to bind him to this behavior.  The Truth will Set him FREE!                                                      

Pornography—One of Satan's Most Devastating Tools

As with all sin, Satan uses sexual sin to introduce further deviance and to lead us on to more serious related sins. It is becoming more and more evident that one of the deadliest influences of evil spirits, one which leads many to their downfall, is pornography.  I personally believe it is a starting source to suicide with youth.

Pornography begins on a level that does not appear to be particularly harmful. However, a path is entered where more exciting material is constantly needed to attain the same mental and emotional high, as well as physical levels of arousal, until inhibitions are dropped and repulsive acts are committed. Consider the patterns that are evident in the following excerpts from the personal accounts of two well-known serial murderers.                                                                                                          

A letter from a convicted child molester/murderer to his bishop describes clearly the step-by-step path to destruction initiated by pornography:

During my trial, Dr. Victor Cline testified about the adverse effects of pornography. As I listened to his explanations, I could discern how my own life corresponded to these consequences. He stated that as people became addicted to it, their desires escalate, their normal feelings become desensitized, and they tend to act out what they have seen. So it was with me. I am a homosexual pedophile convicted of murder and pornography was a determining factor in my downfall.

Such materials would temporarily satisfy my cravings, but soon I would need pictures that were more explicit and revealing. Some of the material I received was shocking and disgusting at first, but it shortly became commonplace and acceptable...

As I continued to digress further into my perverted behavior, more stimulation was necessary to maintain the same level of excitement. Finding and procuring sexually arousing materials became an obsession. For me, seeing pornography was like lighting a fuse on a stick of dynamite; I became stimulated and had to gratify my urges or explode...

All boys became mere sexual objects, their only purpose being to heighten and intensify my sensual feelings. My conscience was desensitized, and my sexual appetite entirely controlled my actions. The day came when I invited a small neighborhood boy into my apartment, molested him, and then killed him in fear of being caught. Over the next few years I kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered four other boys.

Pornography wasn't the only negative influence in my life, but its effect on me was devastating. I lost all sense of decency and respect for humanity and life, and I would do anything or take any risk to fulfill my deviant desires. If pornographic material would have been unavailable to me in my early stages, it is most probable that my sexual activities would not have escalated to the degree they did.’

Note that when in the grip of these evil spirits promoting pornographic involvements, this man describes feelings of being totally out of control: “I had to gratify my urges or explode.”  “My sexual appetite entirely controlled my actions.”  Yet, when not under the influence of these dark spirits, his own spirit would surface, and he would recognize that what he was doing was wrong. This split in character is typical of people who have spirits influencing them strongly toward pornography. One side of them (the real them) hates what they’re doing and deplores the evil deeds, the evil desires, and the abuse of another human being. Yet, when the other side of them (the demonic spirits) takes control, they go ahead and perform repulsive acts when the opportunity arises, in spite of their guilt. Although they recognize the war that is going on within them, these people are experiencing an eternal battle that is real, that they have not been taught yet, how to win.

  

Ted Bundy's Last Interview

 Now let's look at the story of Ted Bundy who was executed for the murder of a number of women and girls. (The highest estimate I’ve heard is 128.)  Before his execution he requested one last interview to let people know what had gone wrong in his life. Given to Dr. Jamesmes Dobson of the Focus on the Family organization, it is a sad tale of a bright and capable young man being slowly and carefully led down the path of destruction. Dr. Dobson (DD); Ted Bundy (TB).

  DD:      Ted, how did it happen?  Take me back. What are the antecedents of the behavior that we have seen that caused so much grief, so much sorrow, so much pain for so many people. Where did it start?  How did this moment come about?

 TB:     That's the question of the hour, and one that not only people much more intelligent than I have been working on for years, but one that I have been working on for years, trying to understand. Is there enough time to explain it all?  I don't know. I think I understand it though; understand what happened to me, to the extent that I could see how certain feelings and ideas developed in me to the point where I began to act out on them, certain very violent and very destructive feelings.

  DD:      Let's go back, then, to those roots. First of all you, as I understand it, were raised in what you considered to have been a healthy home. You were not physically abused. You were not sexually abused. You were not emotionally abused.

  TB:      No way. That is part of the tragedy of this whole situation, is because I grew up in a wonderful home with two dedicated, loving parents, one of five brothers and sisters. A home where we as children [were] the focus of my parents' lives, where we regularly attended church. True, Christian parents who did not drink, did not smoke. There was no gambling; there was no physical abuse or fighting in the home. I am not saying this was "Leave it to Beaver."

  DD:      They weren't a perfect home?

  TB:      No, I don't know that such a home exists. But it was a fine, solid Christian home, and I hope no one will try to take the easy way out and to try to blame, or otherwise accuse my family, of contributing to this. Because I know, and I am trying to tell you, as honestly as I know how, what happened, and I think this is the message that I want to get across. That as a young boy, and I mean a boy of 12 or 13, certainly, that I encountered outside the home, again in the local grocery store, the local drug store, the soft-core pornography, what people call soft-core. But as I think I explained to you last night, Dr. Dobson, in an anecdote, that as young boys we do explore the back roads and side ways and byways of our neighborhood, and often-time people would dump the garbage, and whatever they are cleaning out of their house, and from time to time we would come across pornographic books of a harder nature; more graphic, more explicit [in] nature than we would encounter at, say, the local grocery store...

  DD:      Those that involved violence then?

  TB       Yes. This is something I think that I want to emphasize is the most damaging kind of pornography. And again, I am talking from personal experience, had real personal experience. The most damaging kinds of pornography are those that involve violence and sexual violence, because the weighting of those two forces, as I know only too well, brings about behavior that is just too terrible to describe.

  DD:      Now, walk me through that. What was going on in your mind at the time?

  TB:      Before we go any further, I think it is important to me, and the people believe what I am saying, to tell you that I am not blaming pornography. I am not saying that it caused me to go out and do certain things. And I take full responsibility for whatever I have done and all the things that I have done. That is not the question here. The question and the issue is how this kind of literature contributed and helped mold and shape the kinds of violent behavior.

 DD:      It fueled your fantasies, didn't it?

  TB:      In the beginning, it fuels this kind of thought process. Then at a certain time, it is instrumental in what I would say crystallizing; making into something which is almost like a separate entity inside. And at that point you are at the verge, or I was at the verge, of acting out on these kinds of things. {Note: What could this "crystallizing"--"separate entity inside," represent?}

  DD:      Now, I really want to understand that. You had gone about as far as you could go in your own fantasy life with printed materials, and video or film photos and what have you, and then there was the urge to take that little step (or big step) over to a physical event?

  TB:      It happens, it happened, in stages, gradually. It doesn't necessarily, not to me, at least, happen overnight. My experience with, say, pornography generally, but [specifically] with pornography that deals on a violent level with sexuality, is that once you become addicted to it, and I look at this as kind of an addiction like other kinds of addiction, I would keep looking for more potent, more explicit, more graphic...

  DD:     More aggressive?

 TB       ...kinds of material. Like an addiction, you keep craving something which is harder, harder, something which gives you a greater sense of excitement. Until you reach the point where the pornography only goes so far. You reach that jumping-off point where you begin to wonder {Notice the "line-upon-line" thought degeneration} if maybe actually doing it will give you that which is beyond just reading about it or looking at it. {Do we see Ted going down the path—being led "carefully," as it were?}

  DD:      How long did you stay at that point before you actually assaulted someone?

  TB:      I would say a couple of years. And what I was dealing with there was very strong inhibitions against criminal behavior, or violent behavior, that had been conditioned into me, bred into me, in my environment, in my neighborhood, in my church, in my school; things which said "no," this is wrong. I mean, even to think of it is wrong, but certainly to do it is wrong, and I am on that edge; and you might say the last vestiges of restraints, the barriers to actually doing something, were being tested constantly {Is this a good definition of temptations?} and assailed through the kind of fantasy life that was fueled largely by pornography.

  DD:      Do you remember what pushed you over that edge?  Do you remember the decision to go for it?  Do you remember when you decided to throw caution to the wind?

  TB:      Again, when you say pushed, I know what you are saying. I don't want to refer again that I was a helpless kind of a victim.

  DD:      I understand.

  TB:      And yet, we are talking about an influence that is the influence of violent types of media and violent pornography, which had an indispensable link in the chain of behavior, of the chain of events, {interesting that he uses the word chains} that led to the behavior—to the assaults, to the murders, and what have you. It is a very difficult thing to describe. The sensation of reaching that point where I knew, it's like, say, "something snapped" that I knew that I couldn't control anymore; that these barriers that I had learned as a child had been instilled in me were not enough to hold me back with respect to seeking out and harming somebody.

  DD:      Would it be accurate to call that a frenzy, a sexual frenzy?

  TB:      Well, yes, that's one way to describe it, a compulsion, a building up of this destructive energy. Again, another fact here that I haven't mentioned is the use of alcohol, {Note: Did alcohol finally remove his own spirit's ability to control the evil spirits which he already had?  Was it the last straw, so to speak?} but I think what alcohol did, in conjunction with, say, my exposure to pornography, was that alcohol reduces my inhibitions at the same time. The fantasy life that was fueled by pornography eroded them further.

  DD:      In the early days you were nearly always about half drunk when you did these things. Was that right?

 TB:      Yes.

  DD:      If I can understand it now, there is this battle going on within. There are the conventions that you have been taught. There is the right and wrong that you learned as a child. There is the unbridled passion, fueled by your plunge into hard core violent pornography and those things are at war with each other. {Is this the good versus evil in us?}

  TB:      Yes.

  DD:      And then, with the alcohol diminishing the inhibitions, you let go.

  TB:      Well, yes. And you can summarize it that way and that is accurate, certainly. And it just occurred to me that some people would say that well, I've seen that stuff and it doesn't do anything to me, and I can understand that. Virtually everyone can be exposed to so-called pornography, and while they are aroused to it in one way or another, and not do anything wrong.

  DD:      Now, addictions are like that. They affect some people more than they affect others. But there is a percentage of people affected by hard-core pornography in a very violent way, and you are obviously one of them.

  TB:      That was a major component, and I don't know why I was vulnerable to it. All I know is that it had an impact on me that was just so central to the development of the violent behavior that I engaged in.

 DD:      Ted, after you committed your first murder, what was the emotional effect on you?  What happened in the days after that?

  TB:      Again, please understand that even all these years later it is very difficult to talk about it, and re-living it through talking about it is difficult, to say the least. But I want you to understand what happened. It was like coming out of some kind of horrible trance or dream. I can only liken it to, I don't want to over-dramatize it, but to have been possessed by something so awful and so alien, {Is this not the truth as spoken out of the abundance of the heart?} and then the next morning wake up from it, remember what happened, and realize that basically in the eyes of the law, certainly in the eyes of God, you are responsible. To wake up in the morning and realize what I had done, and with a clear mind, in all my essential moral and ethical feelings intact at that moment, absolutely horrified that I was capable of doing something like that.

  DD:      You really hadn't known that before?

  TB:      There is just absolutely no way to describe first the brutal urge to do that kind of thing and then what happens is, once it has been more or less satisfied and recedes, you might say, or spent, [in the] sense that energy level recedes and basically, I became myself again. {If he wasn't himself—what was he? Or who was he?}  I want people to understand this too, and I am not saying this prudishly because it is important that people understand this. That basically, I was a normal person. I wasn't some guy hanging out in bars, or a bum. I wasn't a pervert, in the sense that people look at somebody, and say "I know there is something wrong with him, and you can tell."  I was essentially a normal person. I had good friends. I led a normal life, except for this one small, but very potent, and very destructive segment of it, that I kept very secret, very close to myself, and didn't let anybody know about it. And part of the shock and horror from my dear friends and family years ago, when I was first arrested, was that there was just no clue. They looked at me and they looked at the all-American boy. I mean, I wasn't perfect, but I was okay—I was. The basic humanity, the basic spirit that God gave me was intact, but unfortunately, became overwhelmed at times, {What's he saying here?} and people need to recognize that. Those of us who are, who have been so much influenced by violence in the media, in particular pornographic violence, are not some kind of inherent monsters. We are your sons, and we are your husbands, and we grew up in regular families. And pornography can reach out and snatch a kid out of any house today. It snatched me out of my home 20, 30 years ago. And as diligent as my parents were, and they were diligent, and protecting their children as good a Christian home as we had, and we had a wonderful Christian home, there is no protection against the kind of influences that are loose in a society that tolerates ...

  DD:      You feel this really deeply, don't you?  Ted, outside these walls right now there are several hundred reporters that wanted to talk to you. And you asked me to come here from California because you had something you wanted to say. This hour that we have together is not just an interview with a man that is scheduled to die tomorrow morning. I am here, and you are here, because of this message that you are talking about right here. You really feel that hard-core pornography, and the doorway to it, soft-core pornography, is doing untold damage to other people in causing other women to be abused and killed the way you did others?

  TB:      Yes. I am no social scientist, and I haven't done a survey. I don't pretend that I know what John Q. Citizen thinks about this, but I have lived in prison for a long time now, and I have met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence just like me, and without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography. Without question, without exception, deeply influenced, and consumed by addiction to pornography. There is no question about it. The FBI's own study on serial homicide shows that the most common interest among serial killers is pornography...

 What scares me, and let's come into the present now, because what I am talking about happened 20, 30 years ago, that is, in my formative stages. And what scares and appalls me, Dr. Dobson, is what I see, what is on cable TV. Some of the movies, I mean, some of the violence in the movies that come into the homes today, with stuff that they wouldn't show in X-rated adult theaters 30 years ago. This stuff...

  DD:      The slasher movies, which you are talking about?

  TB:      That stuff, I am telling you, from personal experience, the most that is graphic violence on screen, particularly as it gets into the home to children who may be unattended or unaware, that they may be a Ted Bundy; [with] that vulnerability; the predisposition to be influenced by that kind of behavior, by that kind of a movie, that kind of violence. There are kids sitting out there, switching the TV dial around, and come upon these movies, late at night, or I don't know when they are on, but they are on, and any kid can watch them. It's scary, when I think what would have happened to me, if I had seen, I am scary enough. I mean, I just ran into stuff outside the home, but to know that children are watching that kind of thing today, or can pick up their phone and dial away for it or send away for it...

  DD:      Can you help me understand this desensitization process that took place?  What was going on in your mind?

  TB:      By desensitization, I describe it in specific terms, is that each time I harm someone, each time I would kill someone, there would be an enormous amount, especially at first, an enormous amount of horror, guilt, remorse afterwards. But then that impulse to do it again would come back even stronger. {Did he take on more spirits each time?}  Now, believe me, I didn't...the unique thing about how this worked, Dr. Dobson, is that I still felt in my regular life the full range of guilt and remorse about other things, regret and...

  DD:      But you had this compartmentalized?

  TB:      Compartmentalized very well. Focused very sharply, focused [into an] area where it was like a black hole. It was like a crack and everything that fell into the crack just disappeared. Does that make sense?

  DD:      Do you deserve the punishment the state is inflicting upon you?

  TB:     That's a very good question. And I'll answer it very honestly. I don't want to die. I am not going to kid you. I'll kid you not. I deserve certainly the most extreme punishment society has. And I deserve, I think society deserves, to be protected from me and from others like me, that is for sure. I think what I hope will come from our discussion is that I think that society deserves to be protected from itself, because as we have been talking, there are forces at loose in this country, particularly again, this kind of violent pornography, where on the one hand, well-meaning, decent people will condemn behavior of a Ted Bundy, while they are walking past a magazine rack full of the very kinds of things that send young kids down the road to be Ted Bundies. That is the irony. We are talking here, not just about more, what I am talking about is going beyond retribution, which is what people want with me. Going beyond retribution and punishment, because there is no way in the world that killing me is going to restore those beautiful children to their parents, and correct and soothe the pain. But I'll tell you, there are lots of other kids playing in the streets around this country, they who are going to be dead tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and next month, because other young people are reading the kinds of things and seeing the kinds of things, that are available in the media today.

 Is Satan real?  Ted apparently never did consciously give Satan the credit for those overwhelming, “crystalizing” urges that caused his personal spirit’s control to finally “snap.”  But can there be any doubt in our minds that Satan was the source of these destructive urges?  Yet, most people don’t acknowledge the adversary as the source of such problems. Even though Ted Bundy grew up in a “good Christian home,” he obviously wasn’t fully equipped to understand what was happening to him, how to reject the injected fiery darts of temptations and how to combat inappropriate arousal. He should have been taught to have faith in Jesus Christ and how to use his holy name to additionally control those spirits, those urges; had he understood what he was dealing with from the start, his life and many other lives would be different today. Unfortunately, far too few of us receive the instruction in this area that is needed because the Christian world in general is ignorant of the correct principles governing power over Satan. Learning to manage our minds correctly is a big deal.

 

The Time to Overcome Pornography Is Now             

Now consider the awful downward spiral of Bundy and Bishop, and join me in pondering a few questions about what we’ve discussed thus far. It may help to read the confessions of people like Ted Bundy, and to grasp the solution to their problems fairly clearly, but we need to look at our own lives or those of people we know who have problems with pornography and apply the same lessons.

How could Ted Bundy’s life have been different, if he could have fully understood Satan’s deceits, and the compounding influences of evil spirits?  But more importantly how would all of the lives of his victims have been different?

What if someone had taken the time to teach him how to control the evil spirits that tormented him; to overcome his initial deviant urges and ongoing Satanic attacks with such powerful influences? 

What if these destructive behaviors could have been stopped and turned around at an early stage?

 Some professionals call obsession with pornography a disease. I find that the ones who come in to do therapy with me who want to claim it is a disease, are usually the ones who are looking for excuses for failure in advance to keep doing it. "It’s not my fault. What do you want me to do about it?  I have this disease."             

I teach them that I do not believe in addiction, at least in pornographic addiction. I ask them some questions. "Do you have to sit and look at pornography in Sacrament Meeting? You have your phone in one hand looking at pornography and you are taking the sacrament with your other hand? You just can’t help yourself; you just have to do it?"           

The answer is always, "Well no, of course I wouldn’t do that.           

"Well then, do you have to do it at work or at school, on your breaks or lunch hours?"

"No, of course not. I would get suspended or fired if I were caught doing those things at work."          

"Well then, do you have to do it at night around your family while at the dinner table or during Family Home Evening?  You just can’t control yourself. You are this out-of-control addict and you have this disease."            

"No, that’s silly. I’d never do that either."

Then I explain to them that this is not an out-of-control addiction or disease kind of problem. It is a motivational problem. Why are you not as motivated to stay in control the rest of the day as much as you are in those times?  Of course, the answer is that they don’t feel a sense of fear or danger of being caught in those specific times, because there would be huge consequences. Afterwards, I take them through a number of Scriptures proving that they are always in the Lord’s presence; not a hair of their head falls to the ground that our Father in Heaven doesn’t know of it. He knows all things at all times. He knows everything perfectly. There is never a time that He is not fully aware of us. It is not about him becoming more aware of us; it is about us being more aware of his awareness of us. Father in Heaven can tell you what you had for breakfast seven years ago on any day. We are never alone or out of His sight and knowledge of our thoughts and actions.             

They need to fear God and His future justice upon them should they not repent and then experience the consequences of their choices and actions. Then if fear is a motivator to them, they need to know how real these consequences are and that in the end if they do not fully clear up these things there will be "weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth" as part of their repentance. So, I will go through a number of motivational reasons to give this up as well. We will review them again when we get to the Protocols of Adversarial Resistance.             

Perhaps we could say more accurately that it is a dis-ease, a disharmony in our spirit’s mind or uneasiness in our intelligence, being in the imagination of the mind as an unrighteousness and unrepentant sin. Above all, pornography totally opens up a person's mind and body to possession by unclean spirits who want to participate in perverted acts and evil spirits who seek the person's final destruction. Like the criminals quoted above, people who have traveled far down the road in these things describe the feelings as urges that overcome them and control them: as influences that overpower them. They recognize the urges as something foreign to them, or even as coming from the pornography itself. Even though they accept the thoughts and feelings planted in them and act them out, there is the strong possibility that, had they been taught the source of such feelings and urges, they could have gained power to take control of their lives and have avoided the terrible consequences of total sin.             

Most of us will admit that a murderer or serial killer could be possessed by evil spirits. Yet how did he or she descend to such a state?  When did evil spirits take control of their life?  And what actions on their part first allowed entities access to their mind and heart?  Perhaps their path downward is not much different than the one many of us are experiencing right now, except that the murderer has already traveled to the end of the path. Perhaps they have only arrived there ahead of those of us who are still hiding our sins, who are unwilling to repent, and leave behind a path that leads solely to the destruction of ourselves and others.            

Other people and therapies are worthwhile in these matters only to the extent that they help you overcome deceptions and bring you to the faith in Christ required to gain control over the adversary. Now is the time to stop deceiving yourself and to counsel with your spiritual advisor, someone who understands these principles and has the faith to assist you to bring about righteousness.             

Was Bundy’s life a total waste?  Maybe not. There have been many people who, upon hearing or reading this interview, have decided to change. He is having a positive effect on many, because his story helps them recognize that they are on the same road he traveled. One such young man heard the Bundy interview and wrote a compelling letter, which was read on K-Talk radio in Salt Lake City, Utah:             

"It was chilling to me to read Ted Bundy’s involvement in pornography at a very young age, and how it had progressed step by step, because I see a parallel with my own life. If you knew me, you would think I was a normal person, even an exceptionally good and bright person. I have two wonderful parents who taught me right from wrong; always set a good example for me. I had brothers and sisters and nephews and nieces, all [whom I] loved. I had a good job; enjoyed all kinds of summer and winter sports, but I am what I call a pornoholic. And I hate myself for it and the things I have done. I know the total blame has to be my own, but pornography more than helped get me to where I am today and has polluted my mind with filth that I will take with me to the grave.             

"...People don’t realize, speaking for myself, how much I want to stop. All I hear from others is their hate for me, and from the experts that there is no help for me. Just lock me away and throw away the key. I am a normal kid. I was never abused. I was happy. I started experimenting with masturbation when I was about 12, and found that looking at Playboy magazines was very exciting. Soon, when I was older, I had the courage to purchase my own magazines. The next big step I made was when I went to my first X-rated movie. Going from photos to moving pictures was like going to a hardline drug. Although I have never used drugs, not even marijuana, or drank, for that matter, I can imagine what it must be like. I can understand what it must be like for alcoholics, that they have AA; I have nothing.            

"I have had opportunities to marry, and I long for a normal relationship with a mature female. But not only am I afraid of ruining somebody else’s life, but after all these years...I find myself avoiding serious relationships and dating. It is much easier to go to a magazine. The problem is, it is never enough. Pornography would arouse me physically, but I had no outlet. I then started exposing myself in public to girls of all ages. It satisfied a sexual need I had. Even though I hated myself for it, I couldn’t stop. Just like Bundy, when the urge comes, it’s like an uncontrollable power takes me over, and all reason and good intention are driven away, and locked behind some great door.             

"When I started fondling my nieces, I finally went to get help from a therapist who told me that they would have to report it to the police, and I agreed...Since I came forth voluntarily, I was put on probation, and required to pay a fine and do some community service. Only my family knows. But I know that I will never be the same in their eyes. It was so wonderful, finally getting it all out in the open, and starting over again, but it didn’t last. Since that time, I have continued to expose myself in public, to girls both old and young. If I tell or go for help, I will go to Jail. I will break my parents’ hearts, and hurt the people I love again, and so I keep trying to stop on my own... I have been tempted to get my hands on the real hard types of pornography, the kind that is illegal. But I have never done so, knowing inside that I would just be taking one more step, opening another Pandora’s box. After reading Ted Bundy’s words, I would be terrified to do so. And I am more committed than ever to staying away from pornography of any type.   

          

Radio Talk Show

"You wanted to know what we could possibly learn from someone like Bundy. Well, then, learn from me. I know. I know only too well. If I am a small minority, the way they say, then why is pornography such a big business?  And who really knows how many are raped each year?  Or how many children abused?  Or how many marriages are broken up, reported and unreported, because of the influence of pornography?  My heart aches for the little ones that I have offended. I am truly sorry for those I have hurt...           

"Please help, people understand my words. It saddens me to hear them defend these things. They are mistaken. I am glad I will be judged by God and not men, because if I come forward, all I will receive is hate, not justice. Hate, not help. Until this changes somehow, others like myself will be afraid to come forward, and afraid if they don’t. For now, I will keep trying to stop on my own."  (AFRAID AND SO ALONE--From the Nels Crenshaw show, K-TALK Radio)             

We are proposing that we have the answers that this young man needed and may still need. We are teaching them here in this book.


Using Faith to Overcome Captivating Sin

How can someone who has progressed so far down an evil path begin to place faith in Jesus Christ?  How can someone out of control in any sin start the process of change?  For some, the catalyst may have to be the intervention of a friend or loved one. But whether a serious sinner seeks change on his or her own or whether a concerned party intervenes, the same basic process takes place.          

There first needs to be a desire to change. They might need to be asked questions that would help them identify what their own spirit feels. The voice or spirit that deplores what they are doing, that dislikes the wicked involvements they have had. The spirit that is crying out to be free from these involvements is their true spirit, and such feelings indicate that they have a desire to change-no matter how weak or small that voice is. If they were totally evil, that is, if their own spirit was totally evil, there would not be any part of them that would deplore their repulsive behavior. They would be in such a state that they of themselves would do these acts independently, without being possessed or influenced by any other evil spirits. On such persons the devil lays claim and says that "he doth seal them his;" indeed, the people who get into that state are his.          

However, people who have not yet reached that state typically recognize that they have done wrong, that they have committed sin, and they want to change. They just do not understand how to get control of the situation. When evil or unclean spirits move in upon them, they willingly perform whatever debased acts they are prompted to do; they may even seem to find those acts pleasurable or desirable at the time. But, when an evil act is finished, when they withdraw from the situation, their true spirit comes to the forefront and they are overcome with depression, despair, guilt, resentment and so forth. Once such people recognize that the good surfacing in them is the real person and once they feel and appreciate the good in them that deplores the awful actions, they can begin learning how to discern and obey the prompting of that good spirit. They will be able to cast out other spirits or feelings, feeling by feeling, spirit by spirit. One after another, the chains of hell must be broken.             

We sometimes struggle for years with sins which have become habits. Follow, if you can, the sometimes-subtle influence of the adversary in the life of the individual in this story. Your sins (habits) may be different but see if the ultimate conclusion might not be the same.            

As individuals, we can do much to help this situation. We can be our brother’s keeper; we can be a shoulder to cry on, a friend to pray with, and a teacher of truth. When we are involved with people who have become so possessed as to be losing control in these areas, both the afflicted person and ourselves should understand that ultimately the real problem is with Satan, not with the individual. We must be able to separate the sins from the sinner. To do our Christian duty, we must love the sinner while hating the sin. We can hate the actions, but must remember that these are our brothers and sisters. They originally chose Jesus Christ’s implementation of the plan. That’s why they’re here. Christ died for them as well as for us. He can pull them through these things.           

What is the difference in any addiction?  A drug or alcohol addict who has just been through treatment has had all of the drugs and alcohol removed from his system. At that point, can it be attributed to the elements themselves, or is it only in the minds and hearts of the individual?  What is the difference at the point of being chemically free, between a drug addict and a gambling addict and a pornography addict?  What is it that prompts, urges, and entices until one gives up his agency of conscience and proper choice and allows control of himself by these influences?  I submit that the drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling etc. are not the root of the problem, as society views it, but are the outward manifestations of the inner turmoil caused by thoughts and actions which are compounded by the constant influence of evil spirits. Do we see the desensitization, crystallization, and compartmentalization of each of these addictive processes as being the same path downward, just with a different entry of accepted enticement allowing the attachments?              

There are two parts to what we are teaching here in freeing individuals from Satanic influences.  The first one being promoted the most here is a system of resisting the devil and having them flee from us. These processes are what is being called ‘The Protocols of Adversarial Resistance’, described in detail in the next chapter. This is the way the Lord has taught me how to assist clients without crossing the line into priest craft. Priest craft would be to be giving priesthood blessings, using Temple kinds of things, and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to cast out devils for others, and charging them sessions fees while doing it. In other words, I’d be charging money to eradicate evil spirit entities from their lives, and setting myself up as a necessary source in their life creating dependencies. I would be setting myself up as a Light instead of illuminating correct principles, doctrine, and knowledge that is power in these things that an individual can learn to do for themselves.  I am simply acting as facilitator or teacher of such knowledge. There are those who go around and cast out evil spirits and get paid for. This is where some so-called energy work crosses the line, because people become dependent upon another person for their mental, spiritual, and physical well-being or blessings. Everything when done correctly in the gospel is to bring a person to independence, self-reliance, and bring them to Christ for additional blessings.

The second part is to assist others to develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and begin to cast out these urges, cravings, and desires from themselves, through faith in the power and use of His holy name. I believe that there is a literalness in the scripture which says that there is “no other name under heaven whereby men can be saved,” or whereby you can be brought out of these possessions if you will receive it. Rely on Him who is mighty to save. Repent of your wrong doings; cleanse them from your minds and bodies; fill your souls with the light and truth of Jesus Christ, and through faith you will overcome all things. He is the way, the truth and the light, of how to truly be free of carnal, sensual and devilish captivation's. Gain control of your life as you gain control of the urges given you by Satan. Follow the example of our Lord and tell him to “Get thee hence, Satan.”  Other solutions given to these attachment problems may be helpful, but any solution which does not involve sufficiently resisting the devil and having faith in the Lord, and the use of His name in controlling the adversities of one's life, will bring but temporary or dependent results. To be truly free and independent of the influences of this world, is to be dependent on the One who overcame all things and made it possible for us to do the same. 

One Saturday afternoon, just as I arrived home from a youth conference, a young man and his wife came to see me. His mother was a friend of mine and had suggested that they visit with me to see if I could assist them. He explained that he had been a drug addict for several years; in fact, an active user of cocaine and heroin. He had just been released from prison and wanted to quit and straighten out his life and be responsible for taking care of his wife and children. He had been through treatment programs four different times already, and after a time, had always given in to the drugs, as he put it.      

I explained in detail my view that the drugs were the end result of giving into the promptings, urges, and enticements of evil spirits. He listened as I suggested how he could come to some understanding of how this had happened to him. By pondering and by inducing a state of mind where he could recall the circumstances of when he first decided to use drugs, he could go through a process that would allow him to reevaluate that decision and re-decide, this time making a correct choice, hypnotherapy. He was willing to cooperate as he was at a low point in his life and was looking for answers because none of the former things had worked.           

Under hypnosis, he went back in his mind and recalled being in a car at work with some associates. One of them pulled out a marijuana cigarette, lit it, and started passing it around. I asked him, as he remembered the details of this event, if he could hear two voices.            

He asked, "What do you mean?"              

I said, "Listen for one giving you thoughts and feelings that this is wrong, that you should get out of there and not be involved. Look for your real feelings in the situation."  I then asked, "What are you seeing, hearing, or feeling?"               

He replied, "Yes, I know it is wrong and all the feelings and voices as you mentioned are there."           

"What is it saying to you?"             

"It is saying, 'Remember who you are and what you have been taught and believe in.'"               

Then I asked," Is there another voice there?"               

He said, "Yes."           

"What is it saying, prompting, and urging?"             

"It says, 'Go ahead, try it. You will like it!  Don't be chicken!  You want these people to like you, don't you?"                

I asked him, "What did you decide to do?"             

"I smoked the cigarette."              

I then had him view how this decision had developed the present behavior patterns, including the constant feelings, the craving for drugs. I asked, "Can you feel it now?"              

He said, "Yes, strongly."           

I then directed him to identify the spirit whose presence he felt. He was unable to do so at first. With some assistance, he eventually called it "PLEASURE."            

I asked, "In the decision to smoke that cigarette, did you take on this spirit which has had you seeking temporary pleasures and self-indulgences, blocking your perception of long-term happiness and joy?  Is this the deception, the lie, the false belief you have bought into which has given the adversary power with you for so long?"             

He broke down and started to cry as he could see clearly, for once, what had been happening to him. I taught him of the Savior and of repentance, re-decision, changing our minds and hearts, and turning to God. Upon questioning him as to whether he believed these things he said he did. I said, "Then cast this spirit of pleasure out!  In the name of Jesus Christ, command it to depart."  He did so, expressing that the desires and cravings were immediately gone also. I explained to him that if he were to get in a position where he decided to take drugs again, that the spirit would have power to return again and further compound his urges and situation.             

Later he did have more problems due to choosing the wrong friends, and he ended up reincarcerated, going through drug rehabilitation for the fifth time. He writes from prison:  "I thought I'd write you a letter and say Thank You, for all you've done to try and help me... All I do all day is read the Bible. It is the first time in my life I've ever read it, and I love it. I honestly think I've found a new life in it. I read John and it was the most touching, neatest thing I've ever read. I got a high like I've never had before from reading it. I'm turning my life over to God. I love him. I know he has been with me all along. Today I was reading Mark l:25-27 and it talked about Jesus casting out evil spirits... 'And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And, they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, ‘What thing is this?  What new doctrine is this?  for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.'  I wished I'd only known two years ago what I know now. I hope I can talk to you again soon. I have so much I would like to say. Thank you so much for everything."           

I believe this time this young man will make it. He alone is responsible for his choices, but at least now he is aware of the true enemy. It is pretty hard to win a fight when you don't even understand who or what it is you are up against. That is the way Satan wants it. It is called, Lies, Trickery, and Deceptions.            

Lead others to Christ and assist them through your faith, love, and prayers. There is hope for anyone who wants to change and be free from these things, but to do it, they must come to a full understanding and acceptance of these truths. In the words of the Savior: ‘And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ (New Testament | John 8:32           

The prophet Nephi had this vision of our day: 

19 For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with his everlasting chains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish;

20   For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.

21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: all is well in Zion; yea Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance. (Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 28:19-22)

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