Modern-Day Witchcraft by Reverend Daniel K. Hathorn – Ebook

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Modern-Day Witchcraft: Clean and Prosperous: How You Can Be Made Free


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This book is like reading from a modern-day Jeremiah the Prophet. It is a hard-hitting, in-your-face preaching of the gospel of the kingdom and a warning from God to repent before the coming judgments are poured out on America and the world. It is a call for God’s people to get out of the midst of the apostate church to deliver every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord (Jer. 51:45). This book is a voice of one crying in the spiritual wilderness of today’s Christianity to make straight the pathways in humble repentance before the coming of the Lord. It is a call to extricate those involved with crooked heresies that have twisted and contorted Christianity! The valley of false doctrines, causing souls to suffer and die eternally, shall be filled in with the truth, and the mountains and hills of doctrinal lies oppressing the masses shall be made low, and the crooked and rough ways of false doctrines shall be made straight and smooth in the simplicity of the gospel of the kingdom, that we may SEE Jesus (the Messiah) as our salvation in His atoning sacrifice, but also in the glory of His resurrection (Luke 3:4–6; Isa. 40:3–5). This is a book that will open the eyes of the religiously blind and turn them from darkness to the light of God’s glory, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among them that are sanctified by the faith that is in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death and was not found because God had translated him—for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God (Heb. 11:5). By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness, which is by faith (Heb. 11:7). But now they desire a better country, that is, and heavenly, wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city (Heb. 11:16).

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Modern-Day Witchcraft – Reverend Daniel K. Hathorn

Chapter 1

My Story

The Catholic Church

This is Reverend Daniel K. Hathorn, pastor of Redemption Ground Bible Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. My story starts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I was born the middle child of seven in a family practicing the Catholic religion. I believe my mother saw something spiritual about me, because she set about grooming me to become a Catholic priest. Or maybe she was just trying to save my life, because I was a particularly wild child. I felt more at home in the woods hunting, or out on the waters fishing, than in society. At any rate, she got me to be an altar boy at the local church, where I got to see what went on behind the veil of deception. And from what I saw, I didn’t want anything to do with


I mean, how could I go kneel in a little box and confess my sins to a guy hiding on the other side of a wall whose sins were worse than mine and who ought to be apologizing to me for defiling my eyes? I said to myself, if they are getting to heaven, I don’t need what they are peddling. I can get there on my own. And as soon as I wasn’t forced to go to church, that was it for me with religion.

Been there, done that, got the T-shirt

sort of thing. Now I can move on with my life. What I found out later was that


salvation (being better than the next guy) won’t get you to heaven either. No sins will enter heaven, and no man can forgive your sins except the God-man Jesus Christ. What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. So my assessment of the Catholic church was that all the popes are lying, preaching bastards, leading multiple millions to hell through their lies and demonic spells on the people that follow them. My mother is one of them burning in hell right now because of those lying, preaching bastards.

I was about twelve years old at that time, and I and a friend that I was running with started experimenting with drugs. His single mother was secretary at a Christian church, and she kept trying to get us both to go with her to church. She couldn’t convince me—been there, done that, got the T-shirt. I had a bad taste in my mouth for religion. But she convinced me to take some prayers she had typed up for me (you can see them at the end of the book). She said to pray them every day and it would help me. I started doing what she said: I would kneel by my bed before going to sleep and just read off the prayers out loud from the papers. After about a week, something strange happened—I had my first real encounter with God. While I was kneeling and reading those prayers, a shaft of light came into my room and lit up everything. And a voice spoke out of the Light directly inside of me. He said,

You will marry a girl from the Southern Hemisphere, and at the time of the marriage, it will be the end of the age.

After that, the light faded and went away. (God speaks like that.) I didn’t know what that meant, but like Mary, I kept those sayings in my heart and pondered over them (Luke 2:19, 51).

No Church

Although I was repulsed by religion, what I found out a little later in life was that even though there was no substance to that religion I had experienced, at least the habit and discipline of attending church regularly had, to a degree, a restraining effect on my life. But when I got free from that degree of discipline, I went buck wild. I got off into drugs, fast women, fast cars, witchcraft, etc. I was running down all the dead-end roads as fast as I could go. What I didn’t understand at that time was that I was searching for something to fill the void in my life (that all humans have) that only Jesus Christ can fill.

I started running drugs from Mexico, and business started to get pretty lucrative. What I didn’t understand was that I started cutting into other people’s businesses, and they had some people bought and paid for in high places, including the police. Their overhead was a lot higher, their margins a lot thinner than mine. They soon took notice of my operations, which were starting to cut into their profits, and that was the end of my drug-running days. I got caught and was facing ten to twenty-five years but got off on a technicality (illegal search warrant—I think the big boss had a hand in that, going easy on the kid). That scared me enough not to want to mess with their business anymore. It was way out of my league—I was just a young and dumb kid.

I was still using, though, and was holding some wild parties. After one particular party where we started dabbling in witchcraft, something happened to me and my body started shaking. I felt a supernatural strength come on me. I was pretty sure it was not the drugs I was taking, because I had taken them before and nothing like this had ever happened. I went outside and started running in the apartment complex to check out this new strength that I had. It was pretty amazing. I could run a lot faster than I had ever run, and I wouldn’t get tired. Then a car started coming toward me, and for some reason, I took it as a threat and attacked the car head-on. I ran toward the car and jumped into the air and karate-chopped the whole front window into the car and onto the driver, who got out of the car and took off running down the street. Then another car came down the street, and I did the same thing to that car. Then two police cars showed up and I ran from them. Then four more police cars showed up and ten police surrounded me with billy clubs and moved in for the apprehension takedown. I got to test this newfound strength I had, and it was amazing. I started throwing those policemen around like cordwood (this was before Tasers). Then they ganged up and piled on me all at once, and one of them got a cuff on one arm and fastened it to a squad car door handle. I held out for a little while longer, tossing them around with one arm. But they finally subdued me and brought me to a nuthouse, shackled hand and foot, instead of the jail. The doctor came out and shot me up with something, and lights-out. I woke up the next day all full of billy club lumps, in a straitjacket, strapped down on a gurney, and in a padded cell. All my supernatural strength was gone, or at least dormant. I started screaming and yelling for someone to come let me go. I saw a nurse’s face look through the little window on the door, and then she disappeared. In a little while, the door opened and there stood a Catholic priest, who my mother had sent, holding his catechism books. At the first sight of the Catholic priest, my supernatural strength came back. I sat up on the gurney, which broke the straps off from around my chest. I ripped the straitjacket off and pointed my finger at the priest, saying in a deep, guttural voice that was not mine,

I’m gonna kill you.

That priest’s eyes popped out of his head like a cartoon character’s; he dropped his catechism book, ran out the door and down the hall, in utter terror, faster than any rabbit I ever saw run. I guess he never got his exorcism certificate. As the priest was running down the hallway, I was stretching out my hand toward him, and with all the strength I could muster up, I could only manage a whisper. And I said,

Help me.

Well, the doctor came in and shot me up with something, and lights-out again. I woke up with hands and feet handcuffed to a hospital bed in a regular room. And for about a month, the doctors experimented on me with all sorts of lobotomizing drugs. After they were confident in their chemical restraints, they let me loose to roam around the facility. At this point, I was a half-wit, because their drugs deadened about half of my brain. I shuffled around the facility corridors like a zombie. Most of the other tenants were all half-wits like me, except for one older lady. She seemed out of place and normal. She was very lonely and was just looking for someone to talk to. Came to find out her children were drugging her coffee and had her committed so they could take control of her finances and properties, their inheritance.

It is the same thing false preachers do today with their modern-day witchcraft: they drug the masses through the seducing spirits behind their false doctrines; murder Jesus inside of them, if they are saved; and steal their inheritance in Christ, to build themselves mansions and buy planes to spread their poisonous religion around the world (Matt. 21:38–41).

It was very sad that her children would do something like that to the one that brought them into this world. (It is also very sad that the false preachers would do that to Jesus, Who died for them to give them His life.) We got to be very good friends. One day I woke up with a hand on my forehead. My good friend had been praying for me, and I woke up right when she finished her prayer with,

In the name of Jesus.

At the sound of

The name of Jesus,

my body quivered and my mind was back right. From then on, I faked swallowing all the drugs they were giving me and improved so fast I was out of the joint in a week. They thought it was their drugs, but I know it was that lady’s prayers.

After I got out of that nuthouse, I thought it best to move somewhere else. The police were mad that I had escaped their grip with a technicality, and they were hounding me, looking for me to slip up. I moved to Duson, a little town just west of Lafayette. I enrolled at USL College in Lafayette to complete my bachelor’s degree in education. It was there that I met a cousin, Dr. Fred Hathorn, who was a professor of agriculture. He and his wife, Edna, would invite me to their church every Sunday, and a meal afterward. I declined the church invitation (been there, done that, got the T-shirt) but would go eat Mrs. Edna’s home cooking every time they invited me.

The Old Witchcraft

I got back into the barroom scene and met a woman who was a witch and got drawn back into the practice. She was from a small Gulf Coast town. I started going with her to her coven meetings and got deeper and deeper into the dark side. These people were hard-core into the dark side and were doing some things that scared me and turned my stomach. I was just into the drugs and having good times with the women and dabbling on the edge of the dark side. These people were full bore into the depths of darkness and wanted me to come in deeper with them. After seeing some really evil stuff in some of their meetings, I wanted out completely. What I found out was that it was like the

Hotel California

—you could check in, but you couldn’t check out. The coven mother owned a bar that I and my girlfriend hung out at. The evening after I had declared I wanted out, I was hanging out with her, drinking and doing drugs at the bar, but unbeknownst to me, they were putting knockout drops in my drinks, planning on having me as a sacrifice to satan that night. Their drops weren’t working, so they doubled up on them. I still wouldn’t go down, so they put more. Probably, the drugs I was doing were counteracting what they were giving me. (The reason I know what happened is that ten years later after I was saved, the Lord showed me what happened that night in a vision.) At any rate, I got a terrible headache and told my girlfriend I was going home.

On the way, driving home, I felt my heart speed up and stop. I thought to myself, That was a weird feeling, and I did not know that I had died while driving, because I still had consciousness. A ninety-degree turn was coming up in the road, and when I attempted to put on the brakes and start turning, nothing on my body worked or responded. I started yelling in my mind for my legs to put on the brakes and for my arms to turn the steering wheel, but nothing worked or responded to my commands. I crashed through the guardrail in the turn at full speed. I vividly remember the front end of the car crumpling up like an accordion and radiator fluid spraying on the windshield before it cracked up. When the car broke through the guardrail, the smashed-up front sprang back out a little, and it pitched the car over and it landed on the roof down a steep embankment, crushing the roof in. I still had full consciousness, lying in the car. It was at this time that my spirit-man came out of my body and stood on the outside of the car, looking in at the body that was mine. It was at this point that I knew something very bad had happened.

Then suddenly the ground seemed to disappear under my feet, and I began falling down what I would describe as a very dark vertical tunnel. I began to scream and claw out in the darkness to grab onto something to stop my fall. I came to a sudden stop at the bottom of the tunnel, and I was aware of another being near me, but I could not see it because it was so dark. There was a certain amount of light emanating from me, but it only went about a foot from me. The darkness was so thick; it was like it had a physical presence. My screams were silenced when I heard the screams of the damned coming from behind some sort of barrier just in front of me. (Later, I would find out that was the gates of hell [Matt. 16:18]). I could smell a sewer-sulfur type of foul stench coming from behind the barrier, and I could feel the heat. I knew I was about to go in there, and I knew I was guilty. The screams coming from behind that barrier would have curled my bones if they were still present. The eternal hopelessness in the screams of the damned gripped me with a spiritual heaviness and fear that was physically indescribable in human terms. I began to hear some form of language being spoken by the being that was near me. It seemed to be conversing with someone else, but I could not hear the other party speaking. Then, all of sudden, I was drawn back up out of the tunnel, backward, at a high rate of speed by something that seemed to be attached on my back between my shoulders (Eccles. 12:5–6).

I came back into my body, gasped for air like I had been underwater a long time, and began screaming and clawing out like I was still falling down that tunnel. To my amazement, I was at home in my bed and had just clawed all the sheets off my bed. I thought to myself, That was the most vivid dream I’ve had ever had, and I just put it off to a reaction to all the drugs. I ran outside to check my car in the parking lot, and it was all okay. I was confident then that it was just a bad dream. I called my girlfriend at work and asked her if she wanted to go to the bar again that night. She sounded surprised and amazed to hear my voice (because I saw in the vision she had put enough drops in my drinks to knock down an elephant).

She said with a gasp in her voice,

How did you get home last night?

I told her I drove home.

How do you think I got home?

Then I asked her again,

Do you want to meet me at the bar?

She said,

Ah…ah…yeah, I guess I will see you there.

Later that day, I was driving toward the bar, and I came to the place where I had driven through the guardrail in my dream. And the guardrail was broken out, just like I had seen in the dream. I stopped and got out to check it out. The paint on the guardrail matched the paint on my car, and there was radiator fluid on it. The place on the ground where the car had flipped on its roof was all scuffed up and indented, like something heavy had fallen there. My mind went reeling. I thought to myself, There is no way. My car is not damaged—there is no way


could have repaired it in one night. Someone else must have driven through the guardrail with the same color paint as my car and I just dreamed about it. I got back into my car and drove to the bar.

When I walked into the bar, the coven mother was serving drinks at a table right near the door. When she saw me, she turned white as a ghost and passed out on the floor, the drinks sprawling all over the place. When she came to, she gasped for air and asked me the very same question my girlfriend had asked:

How did you get home last night?

(She was amazed I was still alive and was able to drive home, because she and my girlfriend had put enough drops in my drinks to knock down an elephant.) I told her,

What is wrong with you people? I drove home. How do you think I got home?

I proceeded to do all the same drugs and drink and smoke that I had done the previous night, but something was very wrong. I could not get high on anything. It was frustrating me to no end because this was my means of escaping reality. It appeared to me that something or someone had changed my reality, and I could not understand what was going on. I started to consider that the


was not a dream and that maybe that was reality and somehow I had escaped the grips of hell. My girlfriend showed up right when I was shooting up a fireball in my car. She looked at me like she was looking at a ghost. The fireball had absolutely no effect on me. We went inside, and I silently said to myself, At least maybe I can make some money out of this situation. I gathered everybody in the bar and put all my money on a wager that I could drink a fifth of tequila and a fifth of Crown Royal and play out a full game of pool. The bartender gathered all the money (no one believed I could do it), a volunteer took a shot of each to verify the contents’ authenticity, and then I guzzled both fifths down and played out the game and won. I took the money, told my girl I didn’t want to see her again, and never returned.

The First Baptist Church in Lafayette

The next day was Sunday, and like clockwork, cousin Fred and Edna called and invited me to go to church with them. This time I said yes. (The seeds of the Word planted and their persistence in prayer paid off.) They were members of the First Baptist Church of Lafayette, Reverend Perry Sanders presiding. Fred and Edna introduced me to the singles Sunday school class that Dr. John Bolin was teaching, and they went off to their class. Dr. John was teaching right out of the Bible, which I had never heard of before. Growing up a Catholic, we had a big family Bible, but no one read it. When I asked why, my mother said it was because we needed the priest to interpret it for us. (I didn’t say anything, but I thought that was really dumb. Why have a book if you are not going to read it? But that is religion for you—stupid is as stupid does.) When Dr. John just started reading out of the Bible, it was hitting me in the midsection. It was like it (the Word) was meant to be there. Then we went to the regular service, and when Pastor Perry preached, it happened again. The words he was preaching were hitting me right in the midsection. It was, like, this was what I had been looking for all my life but I didn’t know it.

The next day, I was waiting for the Bible bookstore to open up, and I got a big KJV Nelson Study Bible and started reading—been reading it ever since. (It is new every morning.) The following Sunday, a guest evangelist, named Jerry Johnston, was preaching. It was one day after my natural birthday, and it was my spiritual birthday. When he was preaching, the words were, again, hitting me in the midsection. Then he made an altar call at the end of the service. He said,

You could be free from the burden [weight] of ALL your sins by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The death of Jesus on the cross and His shed blood paid the price for all your sins.

I thought to myself, What a deal! Count me in! I was thirty-two years old, and I had never heard this before. I had made a mess of my life; certainly, Jesus couldn’t do worse.

I wanted to go forward and give my life to Christ, but that thing inside of me was using that supernatural strength to grip the back of the pew in front of me. I couldn’t break free. Then Reverend Jerry said,

In the name of Jesus, let them go.

I don’t know if God told him what to say or what, but it worked. At the sound of

The name of Jesus,

I felt my body quiver like it had done in the nuthouse when that lady prayed over me, and I broke free and went forward to pray the prayer of salvation. When I prayed the prayer, they led us to pray. I felt something come out as someone came in. I instantly felt a hundred pounds lighter (the burden was gone). I felt free and full of joy that I had never experienced before. I felt accepted and loved by God. I was weeping for all the joy I was full of, and I then realized that all the drugs, the fast cars, the wild women, and the occult were all an attempt to fill the void inside of me that only Jesus can fill and fulfill. As I went back to my seat, I noticed there were wood chips under all my fingernails. When I got to my seat, I looked at the pew in front of me that I had been grasping, and there were claw marks gouged into the wood about a quarter-inch deep, like a wild animal had clawed it. There is no way someone could do that in the natural without their fingernails being peeled back. If the church hadn’t burned down, I could have taken you to the spot and showed you the claw marks.

Jesus had delivered me from that devil and made me free (not set me free) (John 8:36). Set is just to move from one place to another. I was made free. That is a creative word. I was a new creature in Christ; old things were passed away, and all things had become new (2 Cor. 5:17). Since then, I have heard some preachers say that Christians can have devils (be demon-possessed). They are liars! No devil can stay in His presence without bowing and quivering in fear. They would rather flee in terror! When Jesus came into my heart, that devil scatted like a cat. I didn’t need some showboating deliverance service. I don’t think anyone in the church even knew that a deliverance took place, except me. I just needed the truth, and He made me free, as He made me into a new creature IN Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The Word tells us in Luke 4:18 that deliverance is preached. Jesus and devils cannot inhabit the same house. If there is a devil there, it means Jesus has departed—plain and simple (Rev. 3:17). A lot of churches are full of people in this state: wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked (of salvation), all because they are Bible dumb! They don’t think they need salvation.

I got that once.

But they have accepted false doctrines somewhere along the way, and Jesus has departed from them (they lost their salvation). They did not maintain (sustain) their salvation. They don’t know the truth, and He does not know them anymore (Matt. 7:23, 25:12; Luke 13:25–27; John 10:27). And if they don’t repent and come back to faith in their baptism of death with Jesus Christ on the cross, they will perish forever, thinking they were Christians but having lost the relationship with Christ.

I realized later what had facilitated my noneventful deliverance at that church. Howbeit, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting (Matt. 17:21; Mark 9:29). Pastor Perry had set up a twenty-four-hour prayer watch at the church. It was the comely, unseen parts of that church that got the honor for that deliverance in heaven (1 Cor. 12:21–25). Thank you, Sister Wilma Goetzmann, and all the prayer team. I also found out later that my cousins had put my name on the prayer list. My friends, prayer works! I am weeping right now in thanksgiving to the Father for all His grace and mercy released to me through those prayers. Praise the holy name of Jesus!

That born-again, new life inside of me was starting to rev up. I had an insatiable desire to read the Word of God continually. The Bible was speaking to me as I was reading, and I was listening to what He had to say to me and for me. I was on fire for Him to do whatever He wanted to do in me, to go wherever He wanted me to go. I was constantly thinking of what a great price He had paid for me, a nobody, and I wanted to give Him all my life. After a while there at that church, I started to notice that they were a little different from what I was reading in my Bible, and I started asking questions about the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I was told that we receive the Holy Spirit when we get saved and that is all the Holy Spirit you will ever need. Then I started asking about the speaking in tongues that I was reading about in the Bible. And I was told that the speaking in tongues was from the devil. Well, that didn’t quite sit right with me, because it clearly was in the Bible and it did not seem to me to be of the devil or to have ended (as revealed in my church history studies). Something was wrong there, and I knew it by the Word that was dwelling IN me. But I did not make a fuss as I was brought into the kingdom there, and I was new at this. I just prayed a simple prayer:

Father, I want all that You have for me unhindered and unshackled by man.

I didn’t know it at that time, but that prayer started to be answered immediately.

Northside Assembly of God Church in Crowley

It started with me getting a new girlfriend who was attending Northside Assembly of God Church in Crowley, Louisiana, presided over by Reverend Lloyd Singley. And a visiting evangelist was running a revival service that week, Reverend Robby Mitchel. My girlfriend said that I just had to come and hear Reverend Robby because he was on fire like me. So I went there with her that evening. We arrived early, and the church was praying before the service started. We had no sooner settled in our seats than something unusual happened for me. A lady stood up and started prophesying just two rows in front of us. I was a new Christian, and I didn’t even know what prophesying was up to this point. But that lady said that there was a man present that prayed to God to give him all that He had for him and He was going to give it to him that night. Then she said,

You will know it is for you because this and that has happened in your past.

I didn’t know that woman and had never seen her before. And there was no earthly way that she could have known about my past or my prayer, because no one knew about what she said but me and God. When that lady spoke those words, I started trembling inside like I was shivering, but I was not cold.

When the service started, true to my girlfriend’s words, Reverend Robby was preaching with fire. And just like the preaching when I got saved was hitting in the midsection, so was this preaching, but with something extra that was lifting me to my feet with shouts of joy. Hallelujah! At the end of the service, Reverend Robby made the altar call

tailored for me

(by the Holy Spirit). He called for anyone wanting

more of God

to come forward for prayer. Since I had been falsely taught that I didn’t need the baptism of the Holy Spirit and that speaking in tongues was from the devil, I would not have gone forward had he asked,

If you want the baptism of the Holy Spirit, come forward.

I definitely wanted more of God, so I went forward. Reverend Robby had us form a line, and he went down the line, praying for people. When he got to me and placed his hand on my head, I felt something like an electric shock that loosed the strings of my tongue, and I immediately started speaking in tongues. But because of the erroneous teaching I had received, I shut the tongues down and placed both hands over my mouth, like Tom the Cat on the Tom and Jerry show when the bulldog hit him on the head while he had his tongue stuck out at him. As Reverend Robby went down the line, he told everyone to raise their hands and praise the Lord! When I did, out came the tongues again. And I shut them down again. Then Reverend Robby told all those he just prayed for to pair up and pray for each other. There was a kid about ten to twelve years old next to me, and we laid hands on each other and started praying for each other. And out came the tongues again, but this time something weird happened that has never happened since.

When we laid hands on each other, we could read each other’s mind. We were talking to each other in the spirit realm, praying for each other in our minds, while we were speaking in tongues. It was strange to me, but interesting. After that, we all went back to our seats, the service ended, and my girlfriend and I were at the book counter, getting books and tapes, and that kid and his father came up to me with a Word from God! The father of the kid started telling me what the kid had told him that the Lord spoke to him about me. He basically prophesied out my whole future life with the Lord! It all went way over my head, like a kindergarten child in a college classroom. Almost all of what he was saying that the Lord was going to do through me seemed utterly impossible (mind you, I had just gotten saved). But like Mary, I kept those things and pondered them in my heart (Luke 2:19). I kindly thanked them for delivering the Word and went on about my business. But, friends, every little thing, to the minutest detail, that kid prophesied has come to pass or is still coming to pass. It was like he had read the blueprint for my entire life—it is utterly amazing and mind-blowing! What he prophesied is still coming to pass. Knowing the things yet to come has given me something to cling to during great trials and testing. I am trembling right now as I write this, knowing the great things to come. My friends, we are at the very end of this age, and things will begin to start speeding up. Look up, for our redemption draws nigh.

After receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I found out that what Reverend Robby was saying was not quite technically correct when he said it was receiving


of God. In fact the Baptists were closer to being correct. We do receive all the Holy Spirit IN us when we get saved. Jesus (the Word, Who comes IN us at the new birth experience) IS the fullness of the Godhead (Col. 2:9), which is the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7). The Holy Spirit also tells us in Colossians 1:15 that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Also, the Holy Spirit lets us know in John 3:34 that Jesus has all the Spirit. So at the new birth experience, we receive all the Word, Who contains all the Father and all the Holy Spirit IN us. They are one. What I experienced in the baptism of the Holy Spirit is that God gets


of us; we come IN to Him. Jesus tells us of the Holy Spirit that He will be IN us AND with us (us IN Him) (John 14:17). I heard one preacher explain it using the analogy of a ship that sinks at sea. Initially, the water gets IN the ship, then it sinks and the ship gets completely IN the water. Jesus also presents this idea to us in John 10:38 and 14:10, 20, where He says,

The Father is IN Me, and I am IN Him.

That is a good analogy to explain what I experienced in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When we get saved, the Word (the fullness of God) comes IN to us, but at the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we get completely IN the Spirit (Who is the essence of God). At any rate, however you want to explain it, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is absolutely a necessity (essential) for holy living.

After the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I immediately started operating in the gift of discerning of spirits. I was seeing angels ministering to people and demons tempting people, and I even saw the Holy Spirit convicting someone at the church. The Holy Spirit was nose to nose, in the face of this man, as the pastor was giving an altar call. I could see his facial expression change to darkness as he rebuffed the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit looks like a man of dark-mirrored glass. I am convinced after seeing Him that Paul had a similar experience in seeing the Holy Spirit and was referring to Him in 1 Corinthians 13:12 and in 2 Corinthians 3:18, and possibly, James was referring to Him getting right up in our face with the conviction of our sins (as I saw Him doing to the man at church) in James 1:23. If we don’t DO what the Holy Spirit tells us in repentance, then we forget what we were convicted of, and the consequences of the unrepentant sin clings to our lives.

And the sea of glass mingled with fire in heaven like unto crystal

might also be referring to the Holy Spirit (Rev. 4:6, 15:2). It is just a thought. The point is, I started operating in one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit immediately after being baptized in the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4–11). So my question is, If the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not for today, how did I receive it? And if the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for today, how did I start operation in them (Rom. 11:29)? And since that time, I have operated at least once in all nine of the gifts of the Holy Spirit,

as He wills

(1 Cor. 12:11). And always for God’s glory to edify the church and not to lift up a man, denomination, etc. I believe the great apostasy we are in now is due in major part to the church’s rejection of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the lack of His gifts in practice. As believers, we need to seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 16:12–15; Eph. 5:18). I suggest you pray that simple little prayer I prayed:

Father, I want all that You have for me unhindered, and unshackled by man, in the name of Jesus! Amen!

Then be alert for His leading to get you where He can deliver it.

I continued fellowshipping at the Baptist church after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. And the people there did recognize that I was different, more on fire for God than ever before. It was shortly after this that a group from our church attended a national Baptist prayer conference held at the Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. At that prayer conference, while one of the speakers was speaking, I discerned a huge angel standing near the front, focusing his attention on the speaker. He was about fifteen feet tall. He was clothed in white, and a glory light was emanating from him in waves that looked like chiffon cloth waving in the wind. I nudged the guy on my right with my elbow and asked him if he could see something over there. He looked in the direction of the angel and couldn’t see him.

He said,


I said,

Never mind.

I kept watching the angel standing at attention and, after a while, nudged the guy on my left and asked the same as before. He couldn’t see him either, and I said,

Never mind.

After a while of watching the speaker, I glanced back to where the angel was, and I couldn’t see him anymore, nor did I see him the rest of the conference. But I knew he was still there. I don’t know how; I just knew. The next speaker that came up was a missionary from the Philippines. He said some things that didn’t sound right, the unction giving me a check in my spirit. I started searching the Scriptures right then and found it to be unscriptural. When he finished speaking, he held a question-and-answer session, and I confronted him on what he said that was unscriptural and quoted the Scriptures that proved him wrong. It embarrassed him, and he said that he had learned that through experience on the mission field. Then he asked if I had ever been on the mission field. When I said I had just gotten born again, he belittled me, brushed me off, and moved on. When that session finished, we took a lunch break, and my group had headed out to the van ahead of me. After collecting up all my notebooks and things, I followed them, heading out of the building.

On the way, an angry man confronted me. I recognized him as having something to do with the choir. He proceeded to tear into me:

Who do you think you are?

Then he told me that the guy I embarrassed was one of their prominent missionaries. And then he started to enumerate all the missionary’s accolades and accomplishments. It was right then he abruptly stopped speaking and looked up over my head about five feet. His bottom lip started quivering. He fell backward on the floor and started crawfishing backward away from me, constantly looking above my head. When he got about ten yards away, he jumped up and ran out of the building like a scalded dog. I turned around to see what he had been looking at in fear and trembling and couldn’t see anything. But I knew that the angel was standing right there, and I knew that guy saw him. I could feel the angel smiling at me, and I looked up and smiled and waved at him, even though I couldn’t see him. Then I went off to join the rest of the group with joy in my heart.

My friends, we are living in perilous times. You need to know the Word (your Bible) intimately. The churches are full of wolves, witches, and sorcerers ready to devour your souls, along with some well-intentioned people that


they are wise but have become fools, putting experience above the Word. If your experience (or the teaching you are receiving) is contrary to the Scriptures, guess what? It is NOT from God. Search the Scriptures to see if it is the truth (Acts 17:11; 1 Cor. 3:18–21; Col. 2:8; 1 Tim. 1:5–7, 6:20–21; 2 Tim. 2:15–18; Tit. 1:10–16; 2 Pet. 2:9–22). That’s all I have to say about that!

Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in Lafayette

After a little while longer at the First Baptist Church, where they were grounding me in the Word, the Lord spoke to me to go to Gethsemane Church of God in

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