Reaching out to ‘Alien’ experiencers
How to help them
D.M. from Canada wrote in complimenting Gary Bates for his book, Alien Intrusion: UFOS and the evolution connection. He asked for more information on reaching out to experiencers in his church.
Hi CMI (and hopefully Gary Bates),
I have just finish reading Mr Bates book Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the evolution connection. I thought that it was great and as soon as I finished it I found a friend who I thought needed to read it. I wanted to thank Mr Bates for all the hard work he put into the book. it has been a real eye opener to nature and depth of the spiritual deception that is going on.
The last chapter hit me hard because I am a board member at my church and I don't know how I would have treated someone who has had experiences with ‘ETs’ before I read the book. I want to better minister to people in my community who might be affected by such encounters but I don't know where to start, Maybe someone at CMI might be able to point me in the right direction.
Anyways, I wanted to say thank you to CMI for all you hard work for the LORD. it has strengthened me and my family a lot over the years. I also wanted to thank Mr Bates for all his hard work.
Thank you so much
Dear Mr D.M.,
Thanks for taking the time to let me know your thoughts. Yes, one of the reasons we deal with this issue which is a subset of the origins issue (despite those Christians who misunderstand our reasoning or simply dismiss it as a side issue), is to help the church reach others. In an age of increasing church abandonment and skepticism, people are more susceptible to a plethora of false ideas and are also more open to direct spiritual deception.
I believe the book is thorough and can give you the tools you need to minister to someone. The DVD version of the movie Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception is available to be ordered or pre-ordered in some countries, and it is a good resource to give to those affected by such experiences to help open them up to more information. But the most important thing, I believe, as I said in the film, is not to deny someone’s experiences, but to let them talk it through. I will not pretend that folks are easy to reach. The experience can be real, and as such it takes on the veil of truth on its own. As such, our attempts to counter it, it can be perceived by the experiencer as if one is denying what is happening to them rather than the nature of it. Now, of course it is deceptive, so the important thing is listen to the details of what messages they may have received or what they believe the purpose of the experience was, and then ask questions that might highlight the inconsistencies in the whole thing (of which there’s lots of if one can recognize them). The experiences tend to continue because people welcome them or are at least open to them due to their experience. So, once we can get them to doubt the nature of the event, they will be less open to it, and hopefully it is the beginning of the end.
Keep in mind that for many it has been a life-changing experience and can even give them meaning and purpose in life. Thus, one needs to tread very carefully. Also, one needs to be covered in prayer. Some of the details are very sordid and disturbing, and it is not for the faint hearted. I pray that more churches and individuals would be open to helping these victims.