LTRP Note: To understand more about “Mother Goddess Worship,” read John Lanagan and Maria Kneas’ booklet, Goddess Worship in America and How It’s Affecting the Church.
By John Lanagan
The Word Like Fire Ministries
The unclean spirit behind the goddess of The Shack, the novel written by Paul Young, is still at work. It seems more than coincidental that Bethesda NW, a Bethel Redding sister church,* uses Young’s hellish interpretation of El Shaddai; and just like in the novel, the Holy Spirit has also been feminized, addressed in the service as “Mama Ghost.”
Paul Young, author of The Shack, would be proud:
“El Shaddai, the double breasted one.” (Tisha Straup, Bethesda NW sermon on 5/26/19)
“Do you need healing from a Mother? Only comes from El Shaddai.” (Bethesda NW worship leader on 5/12/19)
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:18)
It began on Mother’s Day with the worship team. They sang:
12:58 mark: Mama God, will you talk to us?
(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)