Greg Locke, the controversial anti-vaccine, anti-mask, pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, managed to get his name back on Twitter this week after telling parents of autistic children that their children do not have a medical condition but instead are demonized. (The social media giant has banned him for spreading misinformation.)
‘Desperate for Deliverance’ Sermon Series
On Sunday, Locke preached a sermon titled “Desperate for Deliverance” and spoke from the eighth chapter of the book of Jeremiah. “It’s a very unusual passage of Scripture to preach on what I believe the Lord would have me to preach on,” Locke shared, explaining that the sermon was inspired by their recent Wednesday night series about deliverance from demons.
“The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?,” Locke read from the King James Version, starting in Jeremiah 8:9. “Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.”
Locke then said they’d be focusing on verse 11: “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” Locke camped on the word “slightly” throughout the rest of his sermon.
The pastor briefly explained the prophet of Jeremiah’s calling and shared that the passage they read was the introduction of a repentance sermon the prophet would preach for forty years.
Locke Warns Against False Preachers
Referring to the “they” in verse 11 as false teachers, Locke warned the hundreds gathered under Global Vision Bible Church’s large tent that “false teachers are still around today, ladies and gentlemen. They are still around, and be careful who you listen to. Read a Bible. Use your brain. Because not everybody with a bad toupee and a Bible under their arm has been called by the Holy Ghost of God.”
Locke called out denominations in the American church for explaining away the power of God, because it doesn’t fit their denominational narratives. Locke shared that his eyes are being opened to the American church and is seeing that people “have some deliverance—slightly. They have some sanctification—slightly.”
Even people gathered in their tent today have only slightly been set free from their bondage to the past, the pastor informed, saying, “You will never be delivered from what is attacking you and oppressing you until you get desperate for the deliverance that you need from God. Stop looking for it from me and others and start saying, ‘God you are the one that’s going to have to deliver me from this situation that I found myself in.’”
“The Bible says in the last days believers shall give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils,” Locke said. Admitting he had never made that connection, Locke shouted, “Shame on me for not reading the Bible the way it was intended by the Holy Spirit of God to be read and to be preached.”
Locke Explains King James’ Interpretation Regarding Demonic Possession
The pastor preached that today we misappropriate what it means to be emotionally overcome by an evil spirit, which the Bible calls a demon, and shared he has been teaching it all wrong. “I would say things like this, ‘Christians could never have a demon.’ And then I started reading the Bible—Now here’s the problem, we use the word possession in a way that should not be used. We unintentionally, inadvertently do it because the King James uses the word possession,” Locke said.
Continuing to explain his thought, Locke said, “Sometimes, [because of] the pressure of the King and the Catholic Church, they inadvertently used a word that made sense to them that now no longer makes sense to us.” Locke alluded to the fact that whenever most people hear the word “possessed,” they tend to think about scenes from the film “The Exorcist” and envision someone who is completely overcome by a demon.