Linda’s so-called activism takes a few different forms. She has a website where she informs us that she’s written a couple of books. She has tried speaking in churches, but they apparently didn’t respond with what she considered proper enthusiasm, so she went to the prisons. She seems to have spent much of her life in prisons, either preaching or visiting.
But she also blogs, a little bit.
Her blog had been pretty silent, but she revved it up again in an odd way. She decided to target one particular person, and do a whole series of articles basically defaming her repeatedly.
Much of what she’s had to say can be summarized with “Linda Fossen doesn’t like Beth Murschell.” She just slings mud at her with little to nothing in the way of evidence to support anything she claims, but I’m going to address the last two of these rants and pretty much ignore the others.
The Demon-Haunted World of Linda Fossen
Linda Fossen’s theology embraces what we referred to when I was a Christian as the “charismatic movement.” And not just its fringes. She is immersed in it. Raised a Baptist (at least after her parents got “saved” when she was about six), she dove into the whole speaking-in-tongues getting-slain-in-the-spirit faith-healing world of charismatic Christianity during her first year out of high school.
And all that is fine, I suppose. Believing that you get a special message from “God” in a language you’ve never learned isn’t really very far from believing that a guy walked on water, so I don’t really differentiate between the types of woo that religious people accept, provided that their illusions remain their own and don’t intrude into my life. However…
This kind of emotionally charged religion makes the believer feel special. All religion does that to some extent, but none more so than the charismatic Jesus-gives-me-a-special-language type.
Heady stuff. “I am on a mission from God.” God is sending her to do something special.
God is directing her every step. God is telling her what to say. God is working in her to make sure she has the correct data and that she recognizes it as correct.
And if she’s not sure, she prays and God causes her to speak in a special language, so she knows it’s him talking with her.
How could she possibly be wrong? Ever? About anything?
So, cushioned in this lovely nest of supposed invincibility and omnipotence, it becomes an easy step to deciding that anyone who disagrees with her is necessarily disagreeing with, gasp!, God himself.
After all, didn’t Jesus say this? And isn’t every word of the Bible not only true, but totally applicable to her and to her “mission”?
Who is guiding those people who disagree? The ones who see situations differently, or believe something contrary to what she received directly from God himself? Who could possibly be leading them? After all, everyone is led by someone, isn’t that right?
Oh gee. It’s him. You know. Him.
Scary. The stuff of nightmares. The devil. A devil. A demon.
Or maybe he looks like this.
But no, we’ll ask Linda what he looks like. After all, she knows a whole lot about this. At least, she says she does.
I have laid hands on people and cast out devils from them. I have heard demons speak out loud. I know more than many Christians about demons…
Whew! That’s a good thing. For a minute there, I was scared just a teensy bit.
So, what is a demon like? Well, for starters:
One of the ways that the Holy Spirit leads us in the area of discerning of spirits is that he will give us a warning inside that something just is not right.
Oh yeah. Something is just not right. Like Beth. She wasn’t right. Actually, she didn’t agree with Linda and Cathy Harris, so something was just not right. Linda didn’t agree with Beth, so Linda “lit into her.” And then she knew. Beth was demonic.
And sure enough, there was the proof:
Beth came back and declared that she was on a “mission from God” to stop Cathy before the GRACE report came out.
Well, not exactly. What Beth said was that she was concerned that Cathy would pitch a hissy fit when the GRACE report came out and it didn’t suit her. We don’t know if that will happen or not, since it hasn’t come out yet. [Update: the report came out December 11, 2014, and as of the end of that year, Cathy Harris has been absolutely silent.] Beth is concerned about this. I’m not, since I don’t care about the GRACE report anyway, but all that is not important here.
This. This. This is what got Linda Fossen all riled up. Beth is saying here that she wants to be able to speak her mind. “They are not going to silence me this time,” she says. What does she mean? What she means is that the last time she tried to speak her mind, on her own blog, Cathy, Linda, Camille and company attacked her like pit bulls and ripped her to shreds. Linda decided she was “demonic.”
Did she do like me, and question the integrity of the whole GRACE thing? Nope.
Did she say bad things about the so-called “survivors”, and imply that they are all bad people? Nope.
She seems to have had the gall to suggest that maybe the GRACE report wasn’t the end of the world as we know it, and that maybe, just maybe, life would go on even after it came out.
This, according to our resident demon expert, is absolute proof of demon-possession.
And of course, we have a problem here, because Beth insists that she is “compelled by God” to say this stuff, and Linda is on a “mission from God” to do the exact opposite and keep people so riled up that they are almost apoplectic – and Linda has to be right because she prays in a special language.
And here we have the problem with this sort of black-and-white, demon-haunted world where Linda Fossen lives. There is no nuance here. If you do not agree with Linda Fossen, you do not agree with God himself. And if you are in disagreement with Jehovah, you are a member of Satan’s army. Hence, Beth Murschell is demon-possessed.
And then Linda does something rather astonishing. She preaches a little sermonette about herself. Oh, she keeps referring to Beth and to Jezebel, but she’s describing herself. Over and over again. It goes on for about a dozen paragraphs. She’s just looking in the mirror as she types furiously.
The main characteristic of the Jezebel spirit is an obsessive need for dominance and control of others.
The second main trait of the spirit of Jezebel is an obsessive need to have one’s own way regardless of who gets destroyed in the process.
… they claim to have a religious zeal and think of themselves as a prophet.
They have more wisdom from God, more revelation from God, more power from God.
The Jezebel spirit always has to be right.
They are pathological liars who are skillfully deceptive and very convincing.
The Jezebel spirit shows no remorse. They do not see that they are doing anything wrong.
And then she prays. Long prayer, couple of pretty long paragraphs. Probably bored the hell out of Jehovah, but he doesn’t appear to have said anything.
It must be sad, living in a demon-haunted world where you have to be frightened out of your wits enough to write long screeds about somebody who hasn’t done a thing but disagree with you about something neither of you can control even slightly. You have to be scared of this guy.
He looks peeved, doesn’t he? You would, too, if your name had been dragged through the mud for centuries.
I wonder if Linda would be interested in snake-handling. Some guy in Kentucky got bitten and died not long ago. Maybe Linda knew him.