(Warning: This is for serious Seekers only! This one is a bit concentrated and undiluted.)
I woke up really early on this fine Saturday morning. Really? On a Saturday!?!?!!? (sigh)
I went to praying. I was lead to pray for precious brothers here locally and across the U.S. with whom I relate. I called their names before Father asking Him to bring a deeper revelation of His love for them, as well as specifics that applied to each of them. As I prayed, a couple of other brothers who I knew ‘back in the day’ kept coming to my mind. I thought it was quite odd since I do not have any communication with these two particular brothers. We parted ways and have not stayed in contact due to the “church” situation we were in.
So, as I prayed, they kept coming before me. Eventually, I said a prayer for them and asked God to bless them wherever they are and whatever they are doing.
Later that day, I was up at the Studio waiting for a photographer to finish up her photo session and something occurred to me. My friend “Google” could locate these two brothers and I could find out what they were doing. It wasn’t long before I had found them and discovered what they were up to now. They were doing the same thing………”ministry”…….the same way that the Umbrella Man was doing it back when we were together with him at his ministry. The only difference was that they were doing it on a much smaller scale.
As noted above, an Umbrella Man is the epitome of what the existing church system strives to produce. He’s the Chosen One, the Most Anointed One of All, the Big Kahuna, the Man in Charge who provides the lower spiritual class with spiritual covering. That’s right………for a commitment of loyalty, which always includes your money, you too can share in this man’s anointing and a guarantee of “success” in life and ministry (if you are umbrella man wannabe).
Listen, I am not being critical of those two brothers. They are no less a child of God than I am. Actually, my heart breaks for them. I know them. They are both good guys. They are simply bound by that to which they have submitted themselves. They both preach with the style and rhythmic recitations as does their Umbrella Man. They take up offerings the same as he. Their “vision casting” is extremely familiar. In essence, they are clones and imitations of what was modeled to them as being “successful”.
Let me pull back the curtain just a bit and share a portion of my personal experience. While I was still under the covering of the Umbrella Man, I was portrayed to him as being disloyal through the craftiness of another brother who, well, let’s just say, he disliked me. What was presented to the Umbrella Man was inaccurate and a falsehood. Regardless, when I was called on the carpet, I did not get a chance to explain the truth of the situation. The Umbrella Man felt threatened by what had been presented to him, I had been called into question and had to be dealt with to preserve the order of things.
It wasn’t pretty. I sat there being cursed at, (literally) emasculated and verbally abused in the presence of my wife. While the Umbrella Man was up on the edge of his seat spewing venom at me, I heard the closest thing I have ever experienced to an audible voice of God. In my hearing, the Umbrella Man went into what I call, “Charlie Brown Teacher Mode”. You know, Charlie Brown’s teacher always speaks, “Wah wah wah. Wah wah wah wahhhh.” in the Charlie Brown episodes. I could still see him as he continue railing on me but I could not make out what he was saying any longer. And I heard, “If you stay here and submit yourself to this, this is what you will become. Now, do you want to stay here or do you want what I have for you?”
My answer? “I want what you have for me!” There are more details to the story but I won’t go into them because they are not the point! The point is leaving the (spiritual?) covering of the Umbrella Man.
There are many believers, perhaps the large majority, who have bought into the cunning craftiness and deception of the Umbrella Man stratagem. The implementation of this cunning plan is designed to turn the situation to the Umbrella Man’s advantage and by its very nature CANNOT……I repeat……CAN…..NOT fulfill Father’s purposes in you! It is only designed to perpetuate the Umbrella Man’s existence and, as he sees it, keep him relevant and in control.
I have had the unfortunate privilege of being privy to Umbrella Men who have gone so far as stating that if you “leave their covering” then you risk the inevitable outcome of financial ruin, marital demise, sickness or disease and possibly dying because you are out from under their ability to cover and protect you. Some have even gone as far as stating that they have witnessed the deaths of those who dishonored them and have left their covering.
Simply stated, this is witchcraft and has absolutely nothing to do with Father’s business! Not only is the teaching non-biblical, it denies Christ His pre-eminence.
As my dear brother Stephen Crosby stated,
Love+freedom+relationship+trust has a derivative economy. That which is done motivated from those things is kingdom. Economy minus those things, or God forbid, substituted by others (mandate, law, guilt, duty, etc) . . . is something else. Call it what one may want to, but it is something else.
If you, dear reader, are one who is experiencing the teaching of the Umbrella Man stratagem, my prayer for you is that you tell Father that you desire what He has for you. It is for you that I wrote this post. Father wants you free to pursue Him authentically and enter into what He has for you. You are to share in and be a joint-heir with Christ. You are not called to be protected by another man’s anointing or grace! You are destined to function in the fullness of the measure of Christ’s Grace that He has invested in you. Make a decision to no longer subject yourself to the debilitating falsehood of an Umbrella Man.
Father and the Body of Christ don’t need you to be a clone or imitator of another believer. What is required of you is that you be free, develop in your grace/calling and express Christ purely as only you can do. As you pursue Father in that fashion, He will cause you to be connected to and in relationship with an accurate Body of believers where you will experience the love, safety and security that can only be found in that way.
I do not normally share such details of my personal testimony unless the Spirit urgently directs me to do so. This post carries such an urgency! My prayer is that this post only confirms what you already know and will support your decision to move out of what you have known and move towards Father! If there is anything I can do to assist you, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep your peace!