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Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)
TITLE: Just One Lie
By Yvonne Leigh
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Such was her reckoning as she prepared for her next class. Deliverance was her specialty. She had had intense training under the leadership of a well-known deliverance minister and author. She had grown her own fledgling ministry. Teaching ordinary Christians, (the majority of them women) how to cast out devils was easy for her. When she had a platform, she shone and deliverance was the going thing now. Her time was now.
Weekly classes demand something to teach and she had found something powerful to teach on. She devised the incredible tale of a devilish contract between Satan and the Founder of Proctor and Gamble in order to ensure the prosperity of his company. She probably meant for it to impress her class with her inside knowledge; maybe she even believed her own lie. In any case, she made the mistake of putting it in writing. In a handout, she encouraged boycotting Proctor and Gamble products in order to prevent having the “accursed thing in your house.” She suddenly found herself on a roll and she kept it rolling.
Within the fringes of limelight, some brains coast in neutral. Normally intelligent people of God stop questioning the extremes of their leader even if they are outside Biblical descriptions of Holy Spirit power; let alone Christian behavior. Such was this case. Sincere, though weak-minded, activist Christians took their flyers into their churches and onto the sidewalks outside grocery stores in a misguided effort to bring down what they thought was a big-business corner of Satan’s kingdom.
In most gossip is a hint of truth. Although the logo of Proctor and Gamble does contain characters common in logos used by those who practice dark arts, it is not an evil logo. It merely is a symbol of the genuine company product to separate it from a copy. By using Satan’s wiles in her methods, rather than defeating Satan, she became his tool.
They all played to the depraved sense of humor of the hellish instigator of gossip. Beginning in Pensacola, Florida, the wicked lie spread nation wide like wildfire. The beleaguered company founder, having no idea why this woman he had never met had been so vicious to him, appeared on televised programs to defend his character. Running amuck, the gossip and subsequent boycott of Proctor and Gamble reached a detrimental level. In order to put a lid on it, the deliverance minister had to be sued.
When I met her, she was living in a camper and teaching another class on deliverance. Not much had changed apparently, except possibly the location of the classes. With hookers making contacts on the sidewalk outside the windows of the shabby office, we met in what would be called at that time, the red-light district. After the hoopla of the period, the glow had faded on the deliverance ministry, but those who insisted on persisting still had followers. Her methods were beyond the boundaries of Biblical fact, and I began to suspect we were in the wrong place in her class. At one point, she admitted she had difficulty telling the truth.
After a private meeting with her, I saw that she was so deeply enmeshed with lies and misled thinking that she had actually become a practicing witch without her knowledge. Our conversation didn’t reveal any way we could be of benefit to one another so I decided to quit the classes. For some reason, I attended one more. Among her handouts that night was one about the evil logo of Proctor and Gamble.
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