Dianne Reidy’s Congressional Outburst: A Careful Examination

On Thursday night, the House voted to re-open the Federal Government and raise the debt ceiling.  In a move that was meant to set the public mind at ease about the ability of the government to come together for the benefit of the people, a certain woman’s words seem to be dominating the majority of the headlines.  Dianne Reidy’s congressional outburst has captivated the nation.

A White House stenographer now identified as Dianne Reidy took to the dais at the House floor to deliver a rant that she describes as coming from the Holy Spirit.  After being removed from the House floor, she continued her rant into the hallway until she was ultimately forcibly escorted into an elevator.

While headlines range from naming Dianne as a prophetess to calling her a woman suffering from a psychotic break, I tend to find that the truth is being lost in the shuffle, so I want to examine what we actually KNOW about what happened, to see if we can inject some reason into the discourse.

The majority of reports about Dianne’s proclamations claim that they were recorded on the House floor. This is incorrect. In most all of the audio clips I’ve heard thus far, we are hearing what Dianne said IN THE HALLWAY outside of Congressional chambers, after she was removed from the dais.  Here is a video proving that to be the case:

 

Now, below you will see video of what we know about what was actually said ON the House floor.. which is precisely nothing, because although she methodically approached a microphone at the dais, there was no discernible audio captured.

So to recap, we actually have NO IDEA what Dianne said on the House floor, and the ONLY audio captured was taken from her continuing yelling in the hallway outside of chambers. The majority of mainstream reporting about the audio and timing of the rant and placement of the rant is just plain incorrect as I have just proven.

The closest thing we have to knowing what she said at the dais comes from the Huffington Post report which states:

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) banged her gavel and shouted for order as the well-known and liked Reidy as carted out by security officials, still screaming. Ros-Lehtinen told Fox News that Reidy “came up to the podium area beneath where I was standing and asked me if the microphones were on. I said that I didn’t know. I assumed that perhaps I was chatting too much to the helpful parliamentarians around me. Then she suddenly faced the front and said words like ‘Thus spoke the Lord.’ And, ‘This is not the Lord’s work.’”

Ros-Lehtinen continued, “I hammered to get control and hush her up. She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing and heartbreaking. She is normally a gentle soul.”

According to statements by Dianne’s husband Dan, his wife was given a psychological evaluation and was sent home the same night on administrative leave.

Now then, to the important points.  For the past couple of days since this incident, I’ve seen well meaning Christians proclaiming Dianne to have delivered a prophetic word from God.  Certainly, Dianne and her husband have done nothing to dispel these claims.  In an interview with Rick Wiles on Trunews, Dan Reidy claims that his wife had been receiving messages from the Holy Spirit for four weeks prior to the outburst.  He says that she was awakened every night around 3 am at which point she went downstairs. This was very out of character for her.  He says he knew “something” was going on with her.

Dan boldly claims that this message from his wife was the Holy Spirit speaking through her.  He goes on to say that she has no recollection of what she actually said.  She told him that after the outburst was over she felt as though she had given birth, and that now she was “done”.  Previous to the outburst she was a woman with utmost respect for the decorum of Congress and loved working in those chambers in her capacity as stenographer.

There is some conflict over the actual facts, even as presented by Dan.  In the interview with Rick Wiles, he likens her struggle in the weeks leading up to the incident to that of what Jesus went through in the Garden of Gethsemane.  He says she fought it. She loved and was close to many of the members of the House. The Lord had to break her.. However, this seems to contradict his statement as reported by The Blaze, which had this to say:

“Dan Reidy said Dianne “didn’t want to do it” but had also become “sickened” by the shutdown mess.

“The alliances between people who aren’t really allies. The finger-pointing on the dais, [then] the arms around each other … Where are the people being served in this whole deal?” he said. “She was just like, ‘Gosh, this is not what it’s about.’”

If I’m not mistaken, this seems to imply that she actually was upset with Congress.  This implies that she was personally on a human level becoming distressed with what she was seeing. Who could blame her?  But the conflict here is between whether or not what she did was a prophetic utterance or simply a woman who had “had enough.”  To me, there is quite a difference.

Dan continues in the Trunews interview to say that not only does Dianne not recall what she said, but that he himself has not listened to the entirety of her message.  In fact, he’s avoided it.  But he’s still comfortable declaring it to be God literally speaking through his wife. Now, let me tell you something sincere.   If my husband claimed to have delivered prophecy to the entire nation, as much as I love that man, I would NEED to hear what he actually said before going on to defend it as prophecy.

Please don’t misunderstand me.  I am not saying I necessarily disagree with anything Dianne said.  It is true that Freemasons played a huge role in the founding of our nation and our founding documents, including the Constitution.  It is true that contrary to popular belief, the majority of our founders were not Christian, but were Deists.  It is true that you cannot serve two masters. All of this is true, but does that make it necessarily prophecy?  This is where my hesitation comes in to play.

Dianne Reidy's Congressional Outburst

The manner in which this outburst took place was very disruptive and disorderly.  It brings to mind a specific passage in the Book of Acts, chapter 16, wherein Paul, Timothy, and Silas are being followed by a woman who utters the following words, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”

Now, did the woman say anything that was untrue?  Did she lie?  These men were servants of the Most High God, and they WERE spreading the Gospel of salvation. What she said was true, but the manner in which she delivered the message annoyed Paul, and he ends up casting a demon out of her.  The full passage from Acts 16: 16-19 is below:

16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days.

But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. 19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.

I do not claim that Dianne Reidy was demon possessed.  I only share this to counter the presumption that everyone who utters a word that is true or invokes the name of the Lord is necessarily delivering a word FROM the Lord.  Just because Dianne’s words ring true, does NOT mean we can with certainty bestow her with the label of prophet, as so many have been doing.

I cannot stress enough that my primary concern is not for WHAT Dianne said, but with the manner in which we’ve subsequently been treating her statements.  Dan Reidy would have us believe that his wife delievered a Holy Spirit inspired prophetic utterance so profound that she herself was unaware of what she was saying, as though some “other” had taken over and that she has since been unable to recollect what she said.  Is there Biblical precedence for a prophet having amnesia about their prophecy?  Not that I can find, but I’m open to correction on that point.

So certain is Dan Reidy that his wife was delivering prophecy, that he says in the Trunews interview that he was relieved to find that their initial psychotherapist on the scene was a Jew (evidenced by his yarmulke) because as a Jew, he has an understanding of Biblical prophets.  Again – this is before Dan has any idea what his wife even said.

There is no gray area as to how the Reidys feel about what happened.  They are boldly proclaiming that this was the word of God Almighty being spoken through Dianne.  So what is the harm in believing this?

1 Corinthians 14:33 plainly states that God is not the author of confusion. Deuteronomy 18:20 shows that some will claim to speak in His name falsely.  1 John 4 reminds us to test the spirits for many false prophets abound.  I am not an anti-supernaturalist and I DO believe that people even in our present time can be bestowed with a prophetic word, but as I research this particular incident, I see so much confusion sewn into the scenario and so many questions remain, therefore I am very hesitant to declare that I find Dianne Reidy to be a prophet or to have delivered a word directly from God.

Is it possible that there are other explanations?  Could she have been simply a woman who’d spent a lot of time deeply ensconced in the political theater of the government closing, Obamacare votes, debt ceiling discussions etc, and as her husband states, she was sickened by what she saw? If that is the case, is it impossible to presume that maybe she’d just had enough of it and decided to loudly proclaim her thoughts on the matter?  Is it possible that there is even more to the story and that this may be some kind of distraction, furthering the notion that Christians are extremists, prone to unruly behavior and wild outbursts, not unlike when a Muslim screams Allahu Akbar! Is it possible that this could be a continuing mission to make Christians look crazy?  I don’t know, but I do think it is possible.

One final note that may or may not be important. Nearly every video of Dianne’s House floor activities start RIGHT at the point when she beings her walk toward the dais. BUT, in the original CSPAN video of the incident, which you can see below, you actually get to see the seconds just before she approaches the mic.  You will see that she is approached by a white haired man who has a brief discussion with her, nods and then she immediately walks away to do her rant.  I don’t know.  Just adds another dimension to the incident.  Click to make this video below full screen and look to the bottom of the screen to see Dianne talking with the white haired man.

Prophetess or Provocateur? I urge you to look at Dianne Reidy’s congressional outburst as I’ve laid it out for you here, and do discuss the issue thoughtfully in the comments section.  I make no claims one way or another.  I write all of this only to say that I urge people to be mindful of declaring anyone to be a prophet without looking at the scenario fully and carefully.  If you come out the other side still feeling convinced that this was a supernatural experience, I’d love for you to share your thoughts.

Dianne Reidy’s Congressional Outburst: A Careful Examination


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  1. Very thought provoking. Thank you for breaking it down the way you have. Coming from New Age then strong Charismatic teachings I tend to agree with you Natalina. Your noting 1Cor 14:33 and Acts 16:16-19 along with who is getting the attention out of this–God or Diane Reidy? The Church has to learn to test the spirits.

  2. Before reading this I was having thoughts that there might be more to the story that meets the eye and this article concisely articulates what I was thinking. I don’t think I could have said it better myself. This scripture came to mind when I was reading this article… “Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill. The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.” (Philippians 1:15-18) This might all have been a set up done to perpetuate the idea that Christians are extremists, thereby “[causing] trouble” for Christians and giving the world a reason to persecute Christians and ultimately get of rid Christians.

  3. Vivienne

    The woman may just be over emotional about these issues because she has reflected on them recently but I kind of Wonder how Ezekiel would fare today? How would Christians critique his delivery of a message from God?

  4. Clo

    Was the outburst disrupting?
    Yes.
    Was what she said true?
    Yes.
    Does being ‘disruptive’ negate the word is not from God?
    No.
    When John the Baptizer approached Herod and condemned him publicly for adultery, that was disruptive.
    When Paul preached, in some cases it was disruptive, almost to the point of killing him by stoning.
    When Jesus whipped the money changers and drove them from the Temple, He not only condemned them, but the ‘religous’ establishment of that time, that was REALLY disruptive.
    Can we serve two masters, no.

    But then again, the Churches in fact serve two masters.
    Churches sign for a tax break and some are afraid to preach the word because of the IRS or ‘political correctness’.
    It’s just, we as Christians, like to think the extra money, by not paying taxes, is doing ‘God’s work’.
    Not that we are in fact, ‘serving two masters’ and have negated the command by the Lord Himself.

    “15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

    18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.”

    So they brought Him a denarius.

    20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”

    21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

    And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.”
    Matt 22

  5. Well not all of what you have written is true. While the majority of what she said may have taken place by the elevator, not ALL of what she said did. While at the dais it was also not ALL inaudible because she very clearly states three times, God will NOT be mocked. Three of course being a very significant biblical number stolen by the Free Masons. As, someone above states also a chaotic scene is not necessarily a reason to say God is not speaking. If it were you could basically get rid of many of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministerial life and run in with crowds who wish to stone Him, Pharasiee’s that want Him dead and a crowd screaming for Barabus to be released in place of Jesus. Nothing is more chaotic than many of those scenes with GOD Himself doing the speaking. God is in all things not just the peaceful and organized. And when God speaks in this dark land its the powers that rule here that cause the chaos, not the Father!

    As for the “white haired man” who is to say he was not a friend? She worked here for YEARS and has many friends, I’m sure. I can tell you without any doubt being a Christian woman, if I worked in that demon infested environment I would KNOW who my fellow Christians were. I would not even be surprised if he knew what was happening with her or if he was Christian himself, as clearly as she states she was being visited.

    Why is it always SO difficult for Christians to accept hearing God speak in the now? I know why the non-Christians scoff, its the self professing ones I wonder about. We profess to believe in the bible being a God inspired text, we profess to believe in a LIVING God who actively loves and cares for each one of us dearly, we profess to have an “intimate” relationship with Christ, and yet when someone speaks a message received by the Holy Spirit out come the microscopes and pitch forks! Is it really so hard to believe that our Father would speak a warning to congress and a nation in utter iniquity and sin that rises up to the throne itself, no doubt? Is it really so difficult to believe that this nation, which no longer calls for prayer and turns its back on God in every way, a nation that boasts millions of aborted babies, would be given a message of judgement?

    I believe we have clearly heard a warning as a nation and I am sure that God is not surprised that we have rejected that as well.

  6. I think some messages are ‘mani-fold’. Would YAHWEY use a woman ‘prophetess’ who ‘prophecies’ with her head uncovered? HE ‘can’ use whomever HE pleases, however there is order in HIS kingdom. The way she approached the microphone appeared ‘zombie like’ and even while she was speaking, no one seemed really moved by what she said. The message could be for Christians to ‘walk wisely’ in these days as posers are everywhere and while it is true that no one can serve two masters, I do see how Christians tend to ‘jump’ on the first exciting thing coming out of anyone’s mouths. In America, we have been conditioned to listen to false prophets for too long. I would bare with great patience any examination of anyone’s words from the LORD. On the surface level, I agree with the message. We cannot serve two masters. However, all must be lead by the Holy Spirit of YAHWEY.
    Peace,
    Deirdre

  7. Melonie

    This is interesting. Given that this woman has worked in the government environment for a long time , and if she felt the unction of the HOLY SPIRIT to do this and then turn around and say she doesn’t remember, isn’t that in itself something. Doesn’t the government do things like this. We cry out for the christians that work these jobs to make a stand and say something. Someone does and it’s….

    I would like to actually hear their side, truthfully and off the record. Because if their lives were threatened or anything of the sort they may have went the crazy route.

    If she is MPD, SRA etc . that is explainable as well. Could have been we won’t know.

    The biggest thing I think is speculation. If she had a “Jeremiah” moment and then freaked because of the possible reprocussions ..well

    We know what the Imperials do to truthers right? So maybe she was trying to save her own butt…Maybe she’s a MPD, SRA, we’ll never know if no one goes out there to find out. I would be I have a 9-5 and a kid otherwise I’d be onit

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