- A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.
- An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.
Megalomania as a mental disorder is defined as:
A delusional state where a person believes that they are superior to others. They may believe themselves to be a god, a famous person or a gifted athlete. They may feel they have great social, political or other powers. It is generally considered a symptom of other manic or paranoid disorders.
It used to be that any person wishing to express a superior standpoint, historically speaking of course, had to first find a public platform. This public platform allowed the person with the ideology (megalomanic or otherwise) to extend an influence over the general public and concurrently allow the public to scrutinize the candidate. It has always been deemed necessary to allow the public access to your life if you seek the privilege of influencing public opinion. Needless to say, due to any public figure coming under rigorous public scrutiny (from Jesus Christ downwards), many people along the course of history who may have had “an epiphany” or “big idea” were compelled to first check their own existence for anything that may be used as a basis for attacking their “revelation”. Pastors, presidents, prophets and publicists have all been subject to such scrutiny and therefore; they aspire to live a life that reflects what they profess. Enter the internet age. The modern-day PC with an internet connection has allowed a myriad of “anonymous” voices to beam even the most warped doctrine, opinion and information without the same public they are trying to influence having the right to examine the source of such communication. Sexual perverts can anonymously crawl the internet and prey on unsuspecting children. Anonymous bloggers are able to publish any form of hearsay or heresy they please without ever having to stand up for what they say. Cowardly people can operate from “behind the scenes” and try to influence their unsuspecting public; all the while resisting the very same transparency they expect from the people they accuse. It is akin to pointing a finger from out of a black hole. We want to see who is behind the hand.
Let’s look at one example of a relationship where the real power lay “behind the scenes”. Ahab and Jezebel. Ahab was a king of Israel by virtue of succession. He married the daughter of a high priest of Baal and turned a spiritual nation into a degenerated political state. His wife, became the De facto ruler of Israel by virtue of the control she had over him as well as the influence she had over various figures that had infiltrated the nation of Israel. One example of her show of force was the assassination of Naboth. Jezebel, who incidentally did not use the laws of Baal to prosecute Naboth, planned this assassination. She used the laws of Israel to accuse the man and facilitate his stoning. This stoning came by way of two false witnesses (as the law of Moses required : “In the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be established”. The Scripture is as follows:
And it came to pass after these things, [that] Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which [was] in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it [is] near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; [or], if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
6 And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee [another] vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, [and] eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed [them] with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that [were] in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And [then] carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
11 And the men of his city, [even] the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, [and] as it [was] written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, [even] against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
Let’s review the sequence of events:
1) Ahab desires Naboth’s vineyard. He’s not willing to sweat it out and plant his own; he wants one the easy way. A ready-made vineyard.
2) Naboth is under no legal obligation to sell out his inheritance, regardless of Ahab’s political standing and refuses to sell.
3) He goes home with a heavy heart and speaks to his idol worshipping bride. (Bear in mind that although Ahab and jezebel were joined together in matrimony that relationship was an ABOMINATION before God). The scripture also mentions that he was “stirred up” by Jezebel, his wife, showing clearly who was influencing the throne of Israel and therefore the policy of the nation.
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It must have been a dreadful morning. It was so hot and dusty, and people was in the street starving, and the earth was so hot it was ready to burn. All this was the reflection of their sins and their moral decay.
You see, Ahab was reigning in–in Israel at the time–or over Israel, and he was the wickedest of all the kings of Israel. There had been no king as wicked as Ahab. For he, being taught and knowed better, he failed not to continue to displease God in everything that he did. Although he had a great military system, and the people had become very prosperous under his reign. But yet, you cannot displease God and expect to get by very long.
And then in his wedding, instead of marrying among his own people, he went over and married a sinner, an idolater, worship of idols. He married Jezebel. And she was not a believer.
And no believer should ever marry an unbeliever, under no circumstances: should always marry believers.
But Ahab had done this evil thing. And no doubt but what Jezebel was a beautiful woman. And he’d fell for what she looked like in the stead of what she was. That’s… So many people make that same mistake to this day.
And she had brought idolatry in the nation, among the people. And the people, the priests, their ministers, had fell victim to this great popular demand.
4) Jezebel, took matters into her own hands on behalf of her weak husband and arranged a feast, signing the letters with Ahab’s own seal.
5) Two sons of Belial (Not Israelites) were used to bring false accusations against Naboth, claiming that he had blasphemed God and the king. They used the law of Israel to stone him but the agents used to exact the accusations had no parts in Israel.
6) Naboth is stoned and Ahab takes possession of it due to intervention of his idolatrous bride.
Looking at the split in Cloverdale Bibleway it’s easy to draw parallels. The only relationship difficult to type is the one between the anonymous blogger tsanning and the “elders” of the breakaway group.
1) The “elders” desired to take over Bibleway assembly. They were not willing to sweat it out and start their own but wanted one the easy way. A ready-made church.
2) Ed Byskal, under no Scriptural obligation to sell out his ministry, regardless of the “elders’” political standing resists the move.
3) They leave the assembly dejected and according to tsanning she received a copy of a sensitive letter which was sent to Ed Byskal. She/He mentions this in her blog dated November 10, 2010. I quote: “The elders of his church gave him a letter outlining all of the accusations against him. I want to thank the person who sent me a copy of the letter.” NOTE SHE/HE DOESN’T SAY THE PEOPLE BUT SAYS “THE PERSON”.
4) The blogger, who started out as claiming she/he was concerned with the suppression of female rights within the assembly; now proceeds to unleash personal and detailed information about Edward f Byskal’s daughter as well as his supposed mishandling of the case.
5)The outcome of these actions is yet to be seen.
Now; here are my points. Jezebel fit the psychological description of a megalomaniac and thrived in the environment where she could operate “anonymously” and on behalf of Ahab. She ruthlessly arranged the death of Naboth because she could not stand to see the dejection of her LOVER.
Ahab was silent throughout the whole process but reaped the benefit of the ploy as he eventually inherited the vineyard.
Tsanning fits the profile of a megalomaniac from within her “empire”. This “empire” is the blog she/he has created in which she/he is the final word on EVERYTHING. Any comments or posts contrary to her opinions are summarily deleted and/or edited as witnessed by various people who have submitted opinions on the blog.
She/he even goes as far as to say :
“***Deleted – I try not to repeat myself and don’t want to subject anyone else it***”
– response to her January 2 2011 post. (she deleted one respondent’s opinion)
“Also, it looks like Batsi is using a fake address so is banned from further comments. It appears it is probably Mr. Mad with the Bank. So I will ban him as well.I’m really not into the rambling polemics.”
-January 14 2011
Why debate when you can just BAN?!
“I can say what I want about anything I want and no one, particularly in Africa, can tell me what I can or can’t say.”
-January 14 2011
“I will tell warn you to keep your discussions brief and to the point or I will edit them.This is my blog, not yours. If you want a platform, go start your own. I for one am not interested in most of what you have to say.”
-January 14 2011
“Yes, I deleted your 30-some odd comments.”
–January 19 2011
Even though she previously stated, rather untruthfully:
“If you think that I am not reporting, please let me know. I am happy to present your side of the story.”
– November 23 2010
It is quite clear that from within the internet-spawned environment, tsanning exhibits traits of megalomania. Wether these traits are expressed outside of this environment is unknowm as we still do not know who she/he is.
We also do not know what kind of relationship she/he has with the “person” who “sent” her a letter with details of the accusations listed. Now; let’s emotionally detach ourselves for a second and examine this story.
You’re an elder in a church. You’re disgruntled about your pastor’s actions and decide to speak with other elders and eventually approach him about a 20 year old issue. You’re not satisfied with his response and decide to attempt a takeover of proceedings. You fail in your attempt and leave to start your own assembly.
(Here’s where it gets unbelievable) YOU ARE SURFING THE INTERNET AND COME ACROSS A RANDOM BLOG QUESTIONING YOUR FORMER PASTOR’S STANCE ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE ASSEMBLY. YOU AS AN “ELDER” DECIDE THAT IT IS IN KEEPING WITH YOUR OFFICE TO FORWARD A COPY OF THE LETTER YOU WERE INVOLVED IN PRESENTING TO YOUR FORMER PASTOR; DETAILING NAMES AND ACTS THAT ARE VOLATILE TO SAY THE LEAST AND CAN PUT MARRIAGES, MINISTRIES AND YOUR OWN REPUTATION AS AN ELDER AT RISK. YOU SEND THIS “UNKNOWN” OUTSIDER A COPY OF THE LETTER AND SHE/HE RUNS WITH IT.
This is an incredulous sequence of events and wouldn’t make the script of the most far-fetched fiction movie or soap opera. Let’s be sincere. Is that story believable??
Not at all.
My thoughts are as follows: tsanning as we have established; exhibhits megalomanic traits from within the environment of her/his blog. As Jezebel was operating on the behalf of Ahab with ruthless intent, this individual is operating on a person (or persons’) behalf with ruthless intent to destroy the ministry of one Edward F Byskal. There is definitely a relationship between tsanning and the one who supplied the information. The only question is about the NATURE of this relationship. You can ascertain from tsannibg’s tone that there is definitely some emotion fueling her discourse. This emotion; in Jezebel’s case was the desire to please her lover.
In tsanning’s case? She will have to clear that up for us. I wonder, if the curtain is pulled back and that relationship is exposed to the scrutiny of the public she/he/they are attempting to influence, will the “RELATIONSHIP” be acceptable.
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Now, in the day when just at the midnight of Israel’s history… If you notice, King Solomon, in the day of Solomon, Israel was at it’s brightest turning. Then the king of Ahab, time of king Ahab, it was at its darkest. Just at the dark time of Israel, where Ahab married a little old, idol worshiper, and brought idolatry into–into Jewish religion, so did the Holy Ghost church marrying into the world and bringing idolatry in the dark ages: very beautiful type on both churches.
And Ahab was a borderline believer, just a fellow that believed enough to make him miserable. Did you ever see people like that? Well, they have conception that they would like to go to church, and do right; they feel like it’d make them a better social person in their social lives. And maybe for the sake of their children, they think they ought to, maybe, belong to church. If that isn’t the most miserable person I know of. I tell you; that the best of cut loose all shore lines and launch out into the deep, or don’t go at all. Just simply stay home, or either go all the way for Christ. God wants somebody who’ll really go all the way, give all you got, soul, body, and spirit to the service of the Lord.
Now, this borderline believer, as I called him a few moments ago, oh, he kindy had a mental conception of his theology, that he thought, “Well, there is a God, but maybe Baalim is god too, and the others is so forth.” And his wife kindy got him mixed up in that.
You know, boys, I’m telling you tonight, and you young ladies, be careful who you marry; you’ll have a broken home the first thing you know. And it’s not good to–sinners and Christians to marry together. Don’t be unequally yoked together, ’cause that’s what got Ahab. She was pretty little thing, yes, paint all over her face, eyes like a lizard, but she was a… The thing of it was, that…
Did you know what? That’s the truth. That’s the… Ahab just fell for her, because she was, perhaps, pretty, because he couldn’t have fell for her for character, ’cause she was a murderer; she was everything else. That’s right. And Ahab fell for her because she was pretty. And then, he got hisself infatuated with her, and then she just ruled him with her finger.
You know, the wisest man in the Bible outside of Christ died a heathen idolater because of a bunch of pretty women? Solomon. Pulled him away from God. All right.
Don’t yoke yourself up unequally. And I’ve seen many people come to the platform, and be healed, and walk away, and mix up with unbelievers, and their sickness come right back to them again.
The Body if Belivers in Christ is the Spiritual type of the nation of Israel. We as Christians are Israel by Faith. For an Israelite to yoke themselves up with a daughter of Baal is abominable. For an “elder” in an assembly claiming to have the true Revelation of Jesus Christ in this hour to be hiding behind the skirt/pants of some anonymous blogger is a disgrace. I feel for any member of an assembly with an “elder” of that calibre. You may feel that the person who handed the letter over is not the responsible party but rather the one who is transmitting it with a view to influence the public. I’ll point you to the Word as given through Elijah in THAT hour to both Ahab and Jezebel.
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17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which [is] in Samaria: behold, [he is] in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found [thee]: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
22 And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked [me] to anger, and made Israel to sin.
23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all [things] as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
The character and ministry of Pastor Edward F Byskal is currently undergoing an assassination attempt. The accusers are hidden and cowardly. Working in secret and pointing fingers in the dark, they whisper with concealed identities and use the quotes of the same prophet the pastor believes him to bear witness against him. We thank God that if there’s is one thing we are able to do as Believers, is bear witness against such actions. I’m certain some readers of this blog and the other one know the full story. Please be informed that I am in no way connected to Cloverdale Bibleway or Living Faith Tabernacle or any Of the Brothers and Sisters in either assembly but by the Fellowship we share as Christian Brethren. Our belief calls for us to bear our own testimony and I say it’s a shame that a Believer who is reading these posts and KNOWS VERY WELL what the full story behind this furor is including the relationship in question would decide to remain silent! They used to burn Christians for their testimony alone. In 2011, we are even fearful to take a stand on a VIRTUAL PLATFORM! According to the Scripture, the last days must bring the FULL REVELATION of all the things that the people who died for this Gospel wished to know even as they were fed to lions. If they could only take a look at the “Christians” of 2011. Are we ready for the squeeze or are we simply professing things we really know nothing about? Time will tell. God bless you.