In retrospect, finding and following Jacob Prasch was almost a natural progression of coming out of Charismania. We had left Charismania completely late in 2007 going into 2008. Not because we realized that it was filled with false teachings but more to do with spiritual burn out; which also is a condition that results in false teaching. We just didn’t know it at the time. In 2009 God was gracious to us and we stumbled across a book called “The Other Side of The River” by Kevin Reeves and our journey began. At that time, we literally didn’t know the depth and level of all the false teaching that was in us. For us to simply walk away we would be carrying a lot of Charismania baggage with us. Deprograming was the hardest thing to get our arms around. Reading and hearing scripture twisted and perverted, through the lens of false teachers, for years, is much more difficult to turn around than we had ever thought. We believed we could just turn it off, after all we now knew the truth, that we had been taught error. False teaching doesn’t wash off very easily, it literally must be purged. We continue to pray for fresh eyes and ears to see and hear the Word.
Our desire was not to walk away but to warn those left in it, those we loved, family and friends. We truly think that this one desire is what God used to start the process of us deprogramming. Warning others required us to be able to understand the Word of God and bring scriptural truth to show the error being taught to those still in it. I’m sure many here know all too well…..that it didn’t go well. We were shunned, ridiculed and rejected; called deceived and much worse. Leadership marked us heretic, sound familiar? However, God really did know what He was doing.
Long story short, by the time we ran across Jacob Prasch in late 2013 or so, God had, perhaps, done a little more work in us than we may have even known at that time. Jacob spoke to our desire to warn others, he also spoke to the hurt and pain that comes with leaving false teaching and warning others. We would listen to his teachings and notice often, not always, that he was a little light on scripture in his preaching and teaching. Also, there were things we certainly didn’t agree with, but we passed it off as “nonessential”. We knew he was arrogant; we own the fact that we did not vet him very well or as much as we should have.
Being pre-wrath was one of the appeals to Prasch; when we first googled him, he flagged out as pre-wrath so that was a plus and another was of course speaking out against Charismania. By late 2014, early 2015 his intraseal teaching was in full swing and honestly it was a confusing quagmire of statements and pieces of scripture strung together. We got the book; it really is a hot mess on many levels. We continued to listen to him but with a little less enthusiasm.
In early 2016 Jacob showed his misogynistic self in a series of attack videos where scripture was twisted beyond recognition and reason. This was no longer “non-essential”, nor was his teachings on intraseal, his abuse and misuse of the scripture is equal to or even surpasses that of the Charismania camp.
Fast forward to today and we are so thankful for already being thick skinned from surviving the exodus of Charismania, so as not to have been hurt or crushed by a man such as Jacob. However, we do know that many have been terrible wounded and shipwrecked by him, for those we continue to pray for healing. We will continue to speak out against Jacob’s teachings. God has also graciously restored/reconnected past relationships and has given us new ones, in the midst of all this ugliness. Wonderful brothers and sisters in the Lord. Don’t think that God is not in the middle of all of this, He certainly is. Always working to bring us closer to Him and His truth.
Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Heb 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.