The Minister Who Has Been Given Over To The Jezebel Spirit
Another trait of Jezebel is:
2) She persuaded Ahab to misuse his office of authority as king of Israel to acquire that which he coveted after, even if it meant destroying another person to do so (1 Ki 21:1-16).
On the other side of the coin, we can see that there are pastors, evangelists, prophets, teachers, and apostles who are taken over by the Jezebel spirit as well. These are ministers who are domineering and who lord it over the flock, always demanding complete submission of his flock.
From our study of Jezebel, we can see that she did things "her way", and demanded submission to her will, and compliance to her rules. These ministers like the titles, and the honor associated with their position, and insist on being referred to as "Pastor" or "Bishop" or some such title. These two traits (abusing their God-given authority and demanding honor and respect from others) generally go hand in hand with one another.
When Ahab couldn't get Naboth's vineyard, Jezebel reminded him who he was. He was the king of Israel. He need not worry…she would give him what he wants. By the way, do you realize that the Word of God refers to all believers as "Kings" and "Priests?" Take a moment to read Revelation 1:5, 6. Why would a king let a king rule over him?
1Ki 21:7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
The minister who has been overtaken by this Jezebel spirit behaves as if he is the ultimate authority on truth, and points a critical finger at any other churches or ministries in his area, and particularly those that are more successful than his. He will constantly harp on everyone's error, joining the Accuser of the Brethren against the Church. His attitude will be to find fault in almost every other ministry out there who doesn't do things exactly like he does. Rather than working toward reconciliation, he will not hesitate to call names and bring the character of other ministries into question.
Jezebel sought to destroy all the prophets of the Lord who did not comply with her beliefs, and so it is with those ministers that she controls.
THE GOAL OF JEZEBEL IS TO KEEP THE WORK OF GOD FROM EFFECTIVELY PROSPERING IN AN AREA.
One of the ways this is done is through divisive teaching, or through ministers that are intent on building their own kingdom and getting a name for themselves at the expense of the Kingdom of God.
There is a well known ministry in a certain city that I have worked in who has a radio program. Instead of focusing on doctrine to edify and build up the body of Christ, they devote an hour and a half to a program that names other ministries and their perceived departure from the gospel message. The pastor of this ministry had fallen into sexual sin several years ago and was exposed for the sin.
Where forgiveness and restoration could have occurred, Jezebel got her hands into his ministry, and the fruit of this is a critical spirit that comes out against men and women of God who don't do things exactly the way he or his wife or his staff thinks they should.
Before he fell, he had a great following of people who looked up to him, and the sin of Pride got hold of him. When he fell, many people fell away, having become disillusioned with Christianity, because they had elevated this man to the position of their savior. To this day on the streets, I meet people who tell me they turned away from Christianity when this man fell.
People still fall away because of this man's ministry and the division and strife that it causes between the body of Christ. The root of bitterness hasn't been purged from his soul, which is very evident if you listen for a while to his preaching, and that bitterness has also taken over his wife and his son, who host the radio program.
I believe that because of the pain and humiliation that they had to undergo through the scandal that involved the man, this woman and her son have been overcome by the spirit of Jezebel and through their "ministry" have defiled many with the same critical spirit that possesses them. They justify the program content by saying that they are contending for the faith, but they are actually defiling many with the same critical spirit that Jezebel has infected them with.
While it is right to contend for the faith, and to expose errant doctrine, the Jezebel that works in a ministry like this seeks to tear down and destroy the name of every person who may have attained some kind of recognition in an area of ministry. While they are occupied in naming names and pointing the finger at these ministers, they end up sowing confusion and discord, and cause many people to fall away from Christianity altogether. Many people on the streets give the divisiveness in the Church as a primary reason for not believing that Christianity is the true Way to eternal life.
Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Ahab's jealousy of Naboth arose out of covetousness for Naboth's vineyard, and Jezebel conspired to destroy the name and the character of Naboth, so Ahab could get the vineyard. In like fashion, ministries that are taken over by that Jezebel seek to destroy the name and the character of any successful minister outside of their own influence in order to steal their sheep, and to profit from the support they get as a result of gaining new members.
Jezebel is about fame, power, recognition, and wealth. There are whole denominations where you can see this aspect of Jezebel at work. They boast that they are unique in ministry in that they preach the "message of the cross", but in their pursuit of other men's vineyards, they actually pervert the message of the cross. The cross is about reconciliation between God and man through the finished Work of Jesus Christ. The cross is about the love of God for humanity, and His desire to see His children to become reflections of that love by being ministers of reconciliation.
Just as it is about the love of God for humanity, the message of the cross is about the children of God walking in love toward one another, as well.
Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Preaching the cross is not about sowing seeds of discord and strife, or pointing the finger and making accusations in order to tear down others.
The cross is not about building a name for ourselves (many ministries influenced by Jezebel are called by the name of the minister that heads it up, like "Ahab and Jezebel Ministries"), but it's about furthering the Name that is above every Name, the Name of Jesus Christ. Jezebel sought to build a name for herself, and she succeeded. Her name is now a byword for every foul thing that opposes men and women of God and those who seek to further His Kingdom.
Mar 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbade him, because he followeth not us.
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40 For he that is not against us is on our part.
This is not to say that we are to embrace errant doctrine, or that we should just ignore it. The Bible has a prescription for this:
Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
The problem is that those who are controlled by Jezebel are just intent in destroying instead of restoring. They are not spiritual, nor are they meek. I have heard the ministers of the radio program I mentioned earlier make reference many times to a person or a group of people as "idiots" or some other degrading name. It is obvious that this is a manifestation of the bitterness that has taken residence in their soul.
There are many people who have bought into their critical ways, becoming bedfellows with this Jezebel, and shutting up the furtherance of the Kingdom of God in their area through perpetrating division and strife among the Body of Christ.
JEZEBEL RESISTS THE FURTHERANCE OF GOD'S KINGDOM, AND SEEKS INSTEAD TO ESTABLISH A MAN CENTERED KINGDOM, CATERING TO THE WILL OF THE FLESH, RATHER THAN THE WILL OF GOD.
In presenting themselves as the standard of truth that people should listen to, they cause the people to look up to them and to give glory to them, in effect causing their listeners to go after other gods (themselves). The Bible refers to going after other gods as fornication or spiritual adultery. In exalting themselves above others, pointing the finger and accusing the brethren in order to gain support from other men's vineyards, they make themselves gods.
God alone is the Righteous Judge, yet these ministers take the Almighty's place and stand in judgment of Individual Christian ministries, causing division and drumming up a following for themselves, like Absalom did when he stood in the gate to counsel those who had a controversy, and eventually stole the hearts of the people from king David.
2Sa 15:3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
Jezebel was about fame, power, recognition, and wealth; and she didn't hesitate to destroy others in her quest for it - and her ministers are about the same thing.
One thing needs to be understood here.
It's not like a minister of the gospel wakes up one day and says, "You know, I think I am going to allow myself to be taken over by Jezebel today." They don't even know they have taken that stronghold on.
Bitterness is generally the root of this stronghold, and unless the root is destroyed through recognition of it as a result of self examination and confession of this root's existence, the strong man called Jezebel will not be effectively bound, and her castle or stronghold will remain, and will manifest herself in some other way, perhaps by going to the other extreme and embracing all religions.
Which brings me to the next area that Jezebel works in…
Which brings me to the next area that Jezebel works in…
JEZEBEL AND THE INTERFAITH MOVEMENT IN THE CHURCH