Preparing for the broken soul ministry
Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
the Lord will hear when I call to him.
I will never leave you, nor will I ever forsake you.
I’m not sure that there is a better illustration of how far God goes to keep these promises than in the broken soul. It is true that the broken soul can hold the worst damage and mental suffering there is. But, at the same time, it is also true that part of the broken soul is set apart (reserved) for God, never to be given up.
The broken soul is an amazing, even miraculous means that God has given his children to cope with the worst that this world can do to you without being completely destroyed. You can carry damage as extreme as severe mental illnesses and memories so painful that you cannot bear to remember nor revisit them, yet still have a provision that not only puts limits on the damage, but provides a way to be healed – completely healed.
Because of this, freedom ministries exist that can heal the most damaged people on the planet.
Now I’m not understating the amount of damage that anyone carries. But I am saying that there are limits to the damage, even if you can’t feel them. The damage is not total. It never will be. In the midst of the deepest, darkest, most completely damaged lives, there is a provision that allows healing to happen. That is what the broken soul ministry is all about.
No view of the broken soul is complete without understanding the soul’s broken parts and the spiritual warfare that accompanies them. Both this and the next article on spiritual warfare will be needed to understand the power of a broken soul to cause problems.
What is a broken soul?
There is so little information in Christian circles about the broken soul that many people have no understanding that this is the root cause of their difficulties. A broken soul is literally a soul that exists in more than one piece. In the previous articles, we have seen that Isaiah 61:1 acknowledges that a broken heart/soul is real. The Bible compares it to a clay pot or statue that has been knocked off the table and broken into pieces. This means that our souls can be shattered – literally. Our minds are able to break off separate personalities for the purpose of coping with stress. These personalities are real, and they can live in our souls with a separate identity. Most of them have names. They have an age. They have a personality. And if you have them, you can feel them even though you may not know that they are there. They are you, and they are not you, all at the same time. The most common name used for broken parts is alternate personalities.
I like to understand this by comparing it to the Trinity. (Some people have trouble with this analogy, so please see it as only an imperfect illustration, not doctrine.)
Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are all one
God. They are also three distinct beings. Our God is not three Gods; He is one. Now with that in mind, think of the time in John 14:9 when Philip asked Jesus to show the disciples the Father. Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me,
Philip? … Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father
.” When you see Jesus, you see the Father; when you know Jesus, you know the Holy Spirit. They’re all the same God, have the same heart, etc. Yet, they can be addressed separately. Jesus could pray to God the Father while here on the earth as a man. One God – separate living, functioning personalities.
The broken soul is not altogether different. You and all of your broken parts (alternates) are the same person. You feel all their emotions and act out their behavior. When they hurt you hurt; when you hurt they hurt. It is not as if you have been invaded by something foreign or have created some kind of neurological phenomenon that doesn’t really exist. These parts are real, and they know that you (the core) are there. (Alternate personalities always know about the core personality, but the reverse is rarely true.)
Is there proof?
Do we have factual proof that these alternate personalities exist? Absolutely. Thousands of people have been through freedom ministry and had broken parts carrying tremendous struggles and mental illnesses healed. The mental health profession also knows about this. Their terms for it are Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
and/or Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)
The way the mental health community sees it is that the mind can break off other personalities as a means to dissociate itself from the impact of stress. In other words, dissociation is a coping mechanism. Emotional stress can be separated by the core personality (or “host” as they put it) into separate personalities that can keep things buried, or simply separated, so that the core does not have to constantly carry those problems. Below is a pretty good secular definition of dissociation:
Dissociation is a split in the conscious process in which a group of mental activities breaks away from the main stream of consciousness and functions as a separate unit, as if belonging to another person. (Webster’s New World College Dictionary)
This is about the point where they ways of freedom ministry and mental health therapy for the broken soul part. The mental health community sees this as consisting of a host personality and a set of alternate personalities. It takes them between seven and ten years to heal a typical case of dissociation (a broken soul). However, when our brokenness is brought to the feet of Jesus so that he can do the healing, the majority of a (non SRA) person’s brokenness can be healed in 4 to 8 days of appointments. (Assuming the person is able to freely engage in the process.) We find broken souls in people who have been under the care of psychologists and psychiatrists for years, without having found a hint of the alternate personalities they are carrying. We have read that this can happen because they diagnose the secondary symptoms of a broken soul, such as bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder, etc., as the primary problem. (A secondary symptom is something caused by
the broken soul. Treating a secondary symptom as the problem is the old cliché of treating symptoms instead of the problem.)
We have not worked with anyone carrying a diagnosed mental disorder in whom we didn’t find a broken soul. When their broken soul was healed, their secondary symptoms disappear. We also find broken souls in people carrying stress that is not severe enough to qualify as a mental disorder.
I’d like to make one more thing clear before we explain the parts of a broken soul. In our ministry, I have never met anyone with a broken soul who manifested multiple personalities in their normal conversations. In other words, I’ve never talked to Bob one minute and Jimmy the next – outside of the ministry process.
Root causes of a broken soul
We have found three root causes of a broken soul:
1) As a result of stress, trauma, or unmet emotional needs.
2) As the result of generational iniquity. In this case, the double-soul is present at birth.
3) As the result of satanic ritual abuse. (Covered in The impact of satanic ritual abuse
The impact of stress
We sometimes find people with only two or three alternates and no signs of a generational inheritance or satanic ritual abuse. Marital problems, such as a spouse’s affair or a husband’s addiction to pornography, have been common causes.
(Some of the most painful emotions we have seen surface in women have been due to their husband’s lust and sexual dysfunction in which addictions to pornography played no small part. The only sexual issue we have seen cause more pain is child molestation.)
An unwanted inheritance
In the majority of our counselees, generational sin is the root cause of the broken soul. Generational sin is sin that is passed down to children from their parents. God shows this in multiple places in scripture including Exodus 20:5:
“… I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.”
Many people have published lists of generational sin. However, there is no specific list of generational sin in the Bible. It is seen in the lineage of major characters though, such as sexual sin in the line of King David.
In our counselees who have broken souls, the most common sin reported in their ancestors is Freemasonry. Additional common traits include things like anger/rage, divorce, addictions, emotional isolation, depression, and sexual sins.
There are three ways that we believe generational iniquities are passed down: 1) Through learned behavior, 2) though DNA, and 3) through the broken soul. When a generational inheritance produces a broken soul, the person is born with their core (or host) personality and an alternate that we will refer to as the “flipside,” that carries the sin pattern of the generational iniquity. This is not in any way the fault of the person inheriting the broken soul. It is the fault of their ancestors. It is their sin that is passed down.
The Lord showed this cause of the broken soul to Joe Allbright fairly early in his ministry. It has held up through nearly 40 years of working ministry.
The flipside is very important in working with broken souls. This is why Joe chose to name it differently than other alternates. (Think of a coin with two sides, the one you’re looking at, and the “flipside.”)
Below is a diagram of the broken soul at birth followed by a more detailed explanation of its broken pieces:
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Personalities in the broken soul
The core personality
The core soul is the one we naturally know as the person. The secular community calls it the “host” personality. It is the one who is set aside from birth and protected so that it is able to receive Christ as Savior. (This is the provision referred to at the beginning of this article.) It is the expression of the person that was thought up by God before the foundation of the world. It is the one who has the authority over Satan and his minions to say, “Stop, no more.” This is an important point. In Christ, the saved core soul has all of the authority necessary to receive full healing of all broken parts (alternate personalities).
If you believe you are struggling with a broken soul, a very good prayer is simply to ask God to keep your core up and in control at all times. When things get out of hand inside, pray, “Lord, if this is in an alternate personality, please calm it down, and shut down everything the enemy is doing in relation to it.”
The flipside personality
James 4:8 refers to the “double-minded” using the Greek word dipsuchos. The word dipsuchos is used only twice in the New Testament, and both times are in the book of James, a book written to Christians. Dipsuchos means both “double-minded” and “double-souled,” or “split-souled.” It shows that God’s people can have a condition in which their souls exist in two primary pieces. Those two pieces are the core personality and the flipside personality. This is the case when a broken soul is inherited. The split-soul/double-soul is present at birth. When a flipside is present, there is also an ancestral demon that has the flipside as its rightful territory. Like the demon in Mark Chapter 9 that would not obey the disciples, the ancestral demon will not be cast out on the basis of the believer’s authority alone.
The flipside personality rarely claims to know Christ as their Savior. That does not mean that the entire soul of a person is not saved. It simply means that some parts are as disconnected from the core’s salvation experience as they are from the core itself. That connection has to be established for each personality before healing can take place. We do that by leading them through the salvation prayer so that they can know for themselves that they are connected to Christ in salvation. Once that happens, healing can progress.
Flipsides often do not have a formal name. The ancestral demon takes on the formal name of the core soul and forces the nameless flipside to live without a sense of who they are. Flipsides are usually are either strong and domineering or weak and withdrawn. They are the most strategic personality in a broken soul because they are 90% of the legal ground that allows the ancestral demon the right to operate in the person’s life. Once the flipside is fused with the core soul, 90% of the demonic resistance to the broken soul’s healing is taken away. After that, the ancestral demon will also lose the territorial part of its right to stay. It may stay on other grounds, though. We explain more about the ancestral demon in Spiritual warfare and the broken soul
and the means to get rid of it in Healing the broken soul
Like the flipside, alternates are personalities that exist separately from the core personality. When alternates are created, they can be broken off from either the core or the flipside. Most alternate personalities fragment from the flipside. Alternates usually have a name. Sometimes it is descriptive of their behavior, like “hate.” Others have a regular name such as “Sally.” Their age is the age of the person at the time they were created. Often they will know the event(s) that led to their creation.
Alternates carry emotions, memories, and behaviors related to the event(s) that caused them to come into existence. Sometimes the core shares memories with an alternate; sometimes it doesn’t. When a counselee has missing periods of memory, those memories are inevitably found in an alternate. The alternate sometimes carries either emotions or behaviors but not both. When alternates have broken off of the core personality, they serve as ground for the ancestral demon to operate from in the core’s personality, causing problems for the core.
While each alternate has its own set of emotions that help define its role in the soul, they all seem to feel and be affected by the emotions and mindsets that the core soul feels. This makes sense when we remember that all of the personalities a person carries are part of one soul – they are one person. They are one and separate at the same time.
Alternates almost never carry out healthy behaviors. They may be angry, shy and withdrawn, carrying an addiction, carrying obsessions, self-destructive, or any number of other things. Most alternates believe that they’re doing something good for the counselee, but they are inevitably doing it in harmful ways. When the counselee has a mental disorder, we usually find it carried in alternates that broke off the flipside. Alternate personalities must be reconciled to Christ, repent of their behavior, and receive emotional healing before they can be fused with the core personality.
Some alternates are caretakers of other alternates. They experience life together with the ones they care for. A caretaker may protect other alternates by helping them hide from difficulties or influencing them to behave a certain way. They may comfort an alternate and help them through difficulties. This is common with abuse victims. Caretakers may act as a spokesperson for their alternates in the ministry process, saving valuable time.
Alternates may also be friends with other alternates, and go through life together them. They help each other cope and actually become friends. Alternates can also be sub-fragmented into multiple alternates. This is most common in satanic ritual abuse victims. Some are so isolated that they do not know of any other personalities in the soul.
It is best to think of alternates simply as people. They may not be the core personality, but they have a mind, emotions, a will, and function just like any other personality. Below is an illustration of a common double-soul with alternates in the core and the flipside.
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Putting it all together
A broken soul can cause seemingly endless frustration and confusion. People with broken souls wonder why they can’t get their emotions and behavior under control. Something like anger may well up inside of them, and they can be helpless to calm it down. It is confusing because if their core soul gets angry, they can choose to settle down and manage their behavior. But when the anger is in an alternate, the core cannot choose to calm down because the alternate is a separate personality, and it functions apart from the core. The person feels the anger as if it’s their own (because it is), but they are unable to calm down until the alternate, which they usually don’t even know exists, decides on its own to calm down.
When an alternate carries something like an addiction, you can also see why the person can have a tremendous struggle trying to manage it. The addiction is mired in a will that is completely separate from the core personality. The core is left to struggle against the will of the alternate in an internal spiritual battle that is fought in the middle of unseen parts of their soul. At best, the core soul can work to assert its dominance over the alternate, and not allow it to express itself. This may
stop the behavior, but it won’t stop the emotions and the pain that drive the addiction in the first place.
Some alternates don’t like the core. In these cases, the person can have behavior that is destructive to himself and others. Those alternates actually want to hurt the core and do so any time they can take control. Thankfully, these hateful alternates are fairly rare.
The impact of double-mindedness
As previously mentioned, James 4:8 talks about the double-minded/double-souled. God’s word is incredibly accurate. People with a double-soul usually have sets of personalities that act out two opposite forms of behavior. In this, they are both double-minded
. The double-soul carries those behaviors in separate personalities with wills of their own – thus the dipsuchos
For example, there may be a strong domineering personality that simply rolls over others, not caring how badly it hurts someone as long as it gets its way. Then there may be an alternate that is very sensitive and easily hurt. This one takes any negative comment very personally, feels its pain, and allows it to damage its self-esteem. The strong alternate may angrily assert itself to push hurtful people away. This only hurts the sensitive alternate and perpetuates the problems that both personalities carry in the life of the core. It’s not hard to see how the enemy will have programmed these two parts for destructive means, attempting to make the double-minded person unstable in all their ways. (James 1:8)
Back to where we began
The article Mark’s story
began with some questions that sometimes described how a person with a broken soul feels. They are:
“Have you ever felt that something inside was broken? Or that part of you wanted one thing and part wanted the opposite? Have you ever felt that your prayers of confession and surrender would only go so far, and then they either hit a wall or ran into something that fought against them? Have you ever felt disconnected from what you were doing, or felt like you were watching yourself talk?”
Hopefully, it is clear that a broken soul can create terrible struggles in the innermost being – where God desires truth. (Psalm 51:6) However, we haven’t yet covered the most destructive parts of this problem. In the next article, Spiritual warfare and the broken soul
, we will try to show why this condition can wreck lives and families, appears behind mental disorders and addictions, and can lead to suicide.
In the final article, Healing the broken soul
, the good news will finally appear. In many cases, the broken soul can be healed in as few as two to three days of intensive ministry. This is cause for deep rejoicing because this cure is available in the body of Christ. Many people have been cured of their broken soul by Christian lay ministers. This stands in stark contrast to traditional clinical therapy which can take years, if ever, to accomplish similar results.
There is considerable debate and scholarship devoted to the definition of and difference between Dissociative Identity Disorder and Multiple Personality Disorder. Since we are going to treat this problem from a Biblical perspective, we will not get mired in the technicalities that distinguish these two mental health conditions in secular therapy.