Whether you are a new believer or someone who has been walking with the Lord for a long time, you will find the book 3 Veils to Christ – Becoming the Original You extremely eye-opening. Author, Demetrius Cherry (See bio below), begins the book with Paul’s explanation of veils in 2 Corinthians 3 where he refers to veils as coverings that dull our mind. Then Paul writes that, “Whenever a person turns [in repentance] to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away.”
Cherry then explains the three veils that inhibit us from a full and meaningful relationship with Christ. They are the Veil of Morality, the Veil of Illusion, and the Veil of a Broken Heart.
Cherry’s book made it on to Good Steward Sisters’ Top 100 Books List. We recently took some time to interview Cherry. He is an amazing Man of God who desires for everyone to have a relationship with Christ without these different veils becoming obstacles.
1. After reading your book, you point out so clearly how we are blocked by each one of these veils! Is there one particular veil that you think is the most dangerous and why or why not?
Response: There is not one veil that is more dangerous than the others. They all interrupt you from a true relationship with God. Throughout your life you may walk in all three. When I became a father my perspective on God changed a lot. He became more personal and real. I would be hurt if my children felt they did not need me anymore, if my children failed to know how special they are, or if life threw so much at them they could never let me love them. Some of the veils may perceive to be more dangerous because of the outward presentation they reveal. Like the veil of a broken heart with the pillars that keep that veil in place like addictions and ungodly counsel. All of the veils carry the same size blade to try to divide us from Christ.
2. Looking at the Veil of Morality where do you see the enemy being able to get the biggest foothold?
Response: I feel the biggest foothold comes in the area of pride. Pride is birthed out of the veil of morality. For Christians we try to do our best to study or read the word of God. We may attend church or be a leader in church. All are good and needed in our walk with Christ. The tables turn when we become more concerned with our walk instead of who we are walking with. Christ has come along side us to be with us through every battle and victory. People may often criticize someone else on how they should fellowship with Christ. They present a false path that they do not have the character to complete to make themselves seem holy or further along with God. Omission of the Holy Spirit encourages you to lead the walk.
3. I love the way you explain the Veil of Illusion, especially the part about “perverting” the gifts God has given us. Please explain to our readers how the enemy does this.
Response: The enemy can not create but he can suggest. All he can do is whisper to you thoughts or images. He will often take something that my be your gift or anointing and pervert it. Perverting is distorting the original purpose of something. The enemy wants you to use your gift to glorify you. He has not changed in his tactics since the Garden of Eden. The drive we all have to display our gifts is in us. We get excited when we exercise it or when someone notices it. If you know God’s purpose…God’s original purpose for you the devil can never distort God’s will. Your gifts in God’s hands have a higher purpose and meaning than you or I could ever achieve alone. God gets His glory from you fulfilling your purpose and you become a river, and not a swamp for his anointing to flow.
4. I can see how the Veil of a Broken Heart affects people during the holidays. Why do you think people are so susceptible to this during that time?
Response: Like most people realize the reason for the season has changed. It has become about things and items then celebrating Christ. During this time of the year it is easier to fill those voids in your heart with gifts and presents. People often try self -medicating the pain and sorrowing that life has presented. It is hard to do surgery on yourself and Christ literally died so we all can enjoy what this life has for us. Life is not easy and it will bring great disappointment and fears. The holiday season gives access to so many bandages for our emotions it is often easier to patch a wound than to become healed of one. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us all. He is available at any moment and any time. He needs nothing from you other than your time. He wants to heal that broken heart and give us all such an abundance of joy that we must tell everyone about Him.
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Biography (from Amazon):
Demetrius Cherry was born and raised in Rochester, NY where he excelled in basketball. He earned a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business. After college Demetrius pursued his dream and played professional basketball in Europe. He retired from basketball to concentrate his heart on his family and ministry. Demetrius and his wife are ordained pastors who now live in Tampa, FL where they head up a marriage ministry for their local church. Demetrius is loved and supported by his wife and four children.