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What’s the Lie of 2 Thess. 2:11?

 

In the end times Jesus warned that that many would believe “a lie,” what was that lie? Could it be that the lie is “once saved always saved?” The way it works is that if you say a prayer inviting Jesus into your heart, no matter how you live after that, you’ll bypass God’s Judgment and go to heaven when you die. Could the ‘eternal security’ or ‘once saved always saved’ doctrine be the “lie” of which Jesus spoke?

I think it is, because there are more than 3 witnesses (scriptures) in the Bible which clearly state that if/when one forsakes (abandons) the Lord, He in turn will forsake that person. Here they are —

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

2Ch 24:20  And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you

1Ch 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever

Deu 31:16 – 18   And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods. 

Jdg 10:13 &14  Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. 

Jdg 2:11 – 14  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 

If those verses aren’t enough to convince you, consider that in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent was tempting Adam and Eve, what did he promise them?

He promised them that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would not only gain knowledge of good and evil, but that they would NOT die as Yehovah had warned them —-

Gen 3:1 – 5  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil

Now compare that passage with the following New Testament passage —

2Th 2:2 & 3  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 

2Th 2:7 – 12  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

For the sake of those who don’t know who the Restrainer is (because they don’t read their bibles enough!), it’s Michael the Archangel. Right after Michael is ”taken out of the way” (stops holding back iniquity) that Wicked one will be revealed to the world. Also, notice that the “day of Christ” cannot be “at hand” (immanent!) UNTIL the Anti-Christ is revealed. Once the Anti-Christ is revealed to the world, THEN Christ’s coming is immanent, but not before.

What is the “strong delusion?” Feminine of G4108 (as abstraction); objectively fraudulence; subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety: – deceit, to deceive, delusion, error. [Strong’s] 2a1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion; 2b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting; 2c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

The LIE then has something to do with deceit, fraud (fraudulent teaching perhaps?), wrong opinion re morals or religion, error — AND PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THIS DEFINITION —- and “straying from orthodoxy and piety.

Dear reader, isn’t that exactly where the Church at large is today? Could you honestly say that it hasn’t STRAYED from orthodoxy and piety? Piety is the quality of being religious or reverent.

Orthodoxy is (from Greek ὀρθοδοξία orthodoxía “right opinion”) is adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion. In the Christian sense the term means “conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.” [1]

  1. Adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, especially in religion.
  2. Adhering to the Christian faith as expressed in the early Christian ecumenical creeds. [2] 

Orthodoxy is the belief in the standards of accepted and true doctrines taught in the Bible. That which is orthodox agrees with Biblical teaching and the interpretation of the Christian Church. [3]

Over several decades I’ve seen the Church “stray” from the “reverence” of God and His Word, and from the sound doctrines of the faith, which have been taught and accepted for many centuries. What has brought this about is the “mystery of iniquity” which has been “at work” since the Fall of Mankind in the Garden of Eden. Just what is the “mystery of iniquity?” For those who haven’t studied the Bible, it is the “condition of being without law, because of being ignorant of it, or violating it; it is “contempt and violation of law, also wickedness.” [Thayer’s Greek Def.] From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: – iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness. [Strong’s]

The Church has strayed from orthodoxy by adopting ‘new’ doctrines (beliefs) and practices unsupported by Scripture like employing ‘gay’ ministers and not preaching against ‘sin’ anymore in their services. At the same time, churches show little to no ‘reverence’ for God as they thumb their noses at God’s precious Law – His Torah or teachings in both Old and New Testaments. Actually, there shouldn’t be a demarcation between the two testaments; there should be just one testament with no dividing it in two! It was men who decided to divide God’s Word into two testaments, and it was men who decided to divide it into numbered chapters and paragraphs.  Aside from this, I’ve seen congregants in many churches treat the holy things of God ‘lightly’ which shows irreverence towards them! Real believers show ‘respect’ for God, His true ministers, and for His Word (all of it!). True believers don’t treat the holy things of God lightly but “tremble” at His words and show respect for His Presence in and among them. Yahweh has left many churches because of their stubborn refusal to heed His commands and correction – 

Pro 1:23 – 36  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. 

Now, I will put it all together for you. The “lie” being told believers in these last days, is akin to the lie Satan told Eve in the Garden – that they can disobey God’s law and not die (eternally) as a result! Since the Fall, men are born having a natural bent towards “going their own way” falsely believing that they can live independently from God and not suffer negative consequences for it. Yahweh God makes it very clear throughout the bible, that disobedience to His commands carries penalties, even everlasting death. Men who don’t see this are blinded by their lust.

Gays, lesbians, trans-genders (effeminate) and those who approve of them are in trouble! — 1Co 6:9 -10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God

The following passage describes those who in the blindness of their lusts ARE DECEIVED into thinking that they SHALL HAVE PEACE despite “walking according to the “IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS” —-

Deu 29:19  And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: 

Notice what the LORD says will happen to him who does this —

Deu 29:20  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven. 

Compare with Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Rom 1:24 – 27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 

Notice in the first verse the word “lie” is pertaining to “changing the truth of God” or exchanging that truth for a lie — “changed, change, or changing” From G3326 and G236; to exchange: – change. Also, “to make different” [Strong’s] “truth” 1b) what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth [Thayer’s Def.]

Dear reader, isn’t that what many churches are doing today, changing and or exchanging God’s truth for man-made lies, adopting the doctrines of devils??

1Ti 4:1 & 2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 

In case you were wondering, a conscience seared with a hot iron (or cauterized) is no longer sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction or influence, and is therefore no longer able to distinguish between good and evil – the very promise Satan made to Adam and Eve in the Garden!!

See what a LIAR Satan is? He promised Adam and Eve that if they partook of his forbidden knowledge they would know both good and evil like God did. That word “know” is “yada” which has a broad variety of applications, one of which is to be able to DISTINGUISH between one thing and another!  [Brown-Driver-Briggs Heb. Def.’s] I suggest you look the term up for yourself and get used to doing that, so you can “rightly divide” the Word of God.

Satan LIED big time to Adam and Eve when he tempted them in the Garden of Eden. Satan actually told them two lies, the first being that if they partook of the forbidden knowledge or fruit, they wouldn’t die. The second lie was that not only would they not die, but they would be like God, able to distinguish for themselves (without God’s input) what’s good from what’s evil – (Gen. 3:5).

But you see, when men stray from God’s instructions and persist in going their own way, they eventually become insensitive to God’s voice so they can no longer hear Him. Their consciences become “seared” (cauterized) or hardened so they cannot respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and are lost. This can even happen to a born again believer who “falls away” —

Luk 8:11 – 14  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 

Heb 6:4 – 6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 

Far too many in the church today treat God and His Word “lightly” and in some cases, with disdain. They do this by “changing” or exchanging God’s words with lies, and by making themselves the ultimate authority on what’s right and what’s wrong. In essense, ungodly men end up worshiping themselves (the creature) instead of the Creator – Rom 1:25.

Many have made or are making the fatal choice to “go their own way,” thus rejecting God’s instructions, commands, and laws. They’ve been deceived by their own lusts and by Satan into believing that they don’t need God or His law, that they can go it alone and be just fine.

Dear reader I strongly urge you to take stock of your life in light of God’s holy Word to see if your words and actions line up with its precepts or not. If not, the time to change that is now, not tomorrow, for tomorrow may be too late –  Luk 12:20  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee….

Don’t be fooled by Satan, or blinded by your own lusts, the Day of the Lord’s wrath will come! Don’t wait until that day to repent of your rebellion against God’s law, for it will be too late then – Rev 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. There comes a time when the opportunity for repentance runs out – Luk 13:25  When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 

False dependence on Church privileges –

In the eyes of Him who “seeth not as man seeth,” who readeth the heart and weigheth actions in the balances of the sanctuary, the worker of iniquity is not only the man who disregards religion and commits open wickedness; but also he who, if he avoid certain sins, avoids them not because he fears God or is constrained by Christ’s love, and who, if motives were analyzed, would be found to have regard to the good opinion of the world, rather than to the will and the glory of Him who called him into being.

You must search your hearts. You must see whether God be first in your hearts; whether your great fear be the fear of offending Him—your great desire, the desire of pleasing Him; whether “old things have passed away,” and “new things”—new tendencies, new upon outward privileges. “The kingdom of God is within you.”

I do not depreciate the means of grace. The “workers of iniquity” may be those who delight in sermons and never miss a sacrament.” “There are multitudes who will go a long way towards heaven and then stop short. They will give up everything but one thing for Christ, and therefore are they near heaven; but they keep that one, and therefore must they be excluded at the last. Almost believers upon earth, they are almost guests at the marriage-supper above.

I would that this might warn you; that this might startle you. If there are any of you who are resting on outward duties and privileges, and have not given your hearts to the Lord, oh! do not shrink from self-examination; be not afraid to know the worst. The “Master of the house” hath not yet “risen up and shut to the door.” You may still secure for yourselves admission at the last. (H. Melvill, B. D. ) [The Biblical Illustrator]

Sobering words, I know, but necessary in light of the times we’re living in. I pray you won’t ignore or treat lightly these warnings in God’s Word but will hear them and be saved from His wrath when He comes to judge the whole earth. Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (The meaning here is, that, as Christians are clothed with the garments of righteousness, they should not lay them aside, so that their spiritual nakedness should be seen. – Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible) Heb 10:26&27  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

The “lie” spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 11, is that a person can keep on sinning after receiving knowledge of the truth (God’s Word) and still go to heaven – the eternal security, once saved always saved (false) doctrine! It’s akin to the “lie” Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden, “You shall not die.” Don’t fall for it!

May the FEAR OF GOD return to the Church before the Day of His Wrath comes.

Debra R. Stout ©  April 20, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodoxy

[2] https://www.thefreedictionary.com/orthodox

[3] https://carm.org/dictionary-orthodoxy

Good teachings on the Falling Away — 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAslQqrWpfM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kX8O8OAcJ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bulg4mCHLEs

http://fgcp.org/content/how-identify-false-church

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWeUNoR30_0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2eztrXGLtQ

Are Christians supposed to be grabbing their crotches?  

 

WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE

CHRIST AS BRIDEGROOMFather God is coming for a church that’s “without spot or wrinkle,” Eph 5:25 – 27  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, [1] or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” [2]

What does this mean? This speaks of a church that’s pure within and without, a church that has overcome sin and is separated from the world, meaning that although it exists in the world, it’s not OF the world. Rev 2:7  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Rev 2:17  “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” 2Co 6:17  “Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate, says Adonai. Touch no unclean thing. Then I will take you in.” 

Every true church is in the process of making itself “pure” and “holy” for without holiness no man shall see the Lord [Heb 12:14]. God means every word He’s ever spoken and it’s the utmost foolishness to think otherwise. This is a huge problem in the Body of Christ today, far too many individual believers mistake God’s patience for liberality – an ‘anything goes’ mentality! And what a BIG mistake it is, for God will not be mocked – Gal 6:7  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal 6:8  “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” 

Contrary to popular opinion, God gets upset about the sin, gross immorality, and corruption that’s overrunning many churches these days – Psa 7:11  “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Sin has consequences – Jas 1:15  “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” which is one reason why God will implement every measure He can to free us from sin.

God the Father gave me a prophetic word-picture (in my mind) of this recently when some food dropped onto one of my favorite shirts which left a grease spot on it. Aghast, I hurriedly wet a paper towel with cold water and rubbed the spot hoping I could remove it, but no luck. So I tried the cold water technique again, along with some laundry detergent, but that didn’t work either. Close to tears at that point, and upset with myself for getting the shirt soiled, I kept rubbing and adding more detergent to the spot. As I was doing this, I heard a familiar Voice from within softly say, “See how diligently you’re trying to remove that spot, and how upset you are that it’s there. Now you know how I feel when I see spots on my Bride’s garment (soul) and how I will do everything possible to remove them so that I may have a spotless bride!”

That’s how God speaks sometimes. It’s a prophetic way of seeing things and events. God may be trying to tell you something through an ordinary happening in your life – are you listening? If you have a listening ear, you’ll hear Him speak. Being preoccupied with the mundane we’re often not paying attention to the spiritual aspects of our lives, so God speaks to us through mundane events to reveal something in a tangible, unforgettable way. While He could have just told me how upset He was to see spots on His Bride’s garment, it was more effective and memorable for me that He used a real-life situation to illustrate the point.

By the way, the spots being referred to in this passage and elsewhere in scripture, are sins which haven’t yet been overcome and forsaken. They could be any kind of sin. Sin has a defiling effect on whatever it touches – Mat 15:19  “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Mat 15:20  “These are the things which defile a man…..” but the Blood of Jesus washes away the sins of those who believe in Christ and receive Him as their Lord and Savior. 1Jn 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

After God spoke to me, I felt humbled and sorrowful for the spots on my garment and repented of all sin in my life that I knew of. After naming and asking forgiveness for each one, I felt clean, as if someone took a brush and scrubbed the inside of me. God’s peace then flooded my soul to the point where I felt I had no need of anything or anyone but Him. Oh glory! There’s no place more beautiful, more holy, more peaceful, more secure, or more satisfying than the presence of Almighty God Jehovah. Let the world pass away and everything in it, the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven has everything I need and want. In the mighty Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ) I pray that everyone who reads this post will find true peace, joy, and life in Jesus who has been given the power to grant eternal life to those who believe in Him – 1Jn 5:11  “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1Jn 5:12  “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 

Seek Him now before the door is shut – Mt 25:10, Luke 13:25!

Debra R. Stout, March 22, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] “spot” = G4695 σπιλόω spiloō; From G4696; to stain or soil (literally or figuratively): – defile, spot.
[2] “without blemish” = G299 ἄμωμος amōmos; From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3470; unblemished (literally or figuratively): – without blame (blemish, fault, spot), faultless, unblameable.

What’s An Abomination Anyway?

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 

‘abomination’ = a foul thing, a detestable thing,1a) of idols and things pertaining to idolatry [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]

‘filthiness of her fornication’ [Thayer’s Greek Def.] = impurity, illicit sexual intercourse, 1a) adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc. 1b) sexual intercourse with close relatives; Lev. 18 1c) sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman; Mar_10:11-12 2) metaphorically the worship of idols, 2a) of the defilement of idolatry, as incurred by eating the sacrifices offered to idols (as in taking of the wafer or ‘host’ of communion in the Catholic church?) Is the communion wafer or host in any way connected to worship of Molech [1] or other false god? A golden cup” = [Thayer Definition] 1) a cup, a drinking vessel 2) metaphorically one’s lot or experience, whether joyous or adverse, divine appointments, whether favourable or unfavourable, are likened to a cup which God presents one to drink: so of prosperity and adversity. 

Jer 51:7  Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, ‘cup’ = often figuratively a lot (as if a potion); also some unclean bird, probably an owl (perhaps from the cup like cavity of its eye): – cup, (small) owl. [Strong’s Concordance] One’s ‘lot’ in life means one’s fate, what one has been handed.

The significance for Roman Catholics today in participating each week in the purely pagan ritual of celebrating the Eucharist of cannibalism offered to demons, has its own special significance. Whether you want to know it or not, Catholics are paying homage to the supreme demonic deities of the Catholic Church, the real gods hidden behind the facades of false worship.” [2] 

God told me very clearly one time after I had communion at a local Catholic shrine, that He didn’t want me doing that, for it was “an Abomination to Him!” In obedience to His Voice, I haven’t partaken of communion since that day God spoke so clearly to me. I wonder why it is that so many Christians don’t seem to have heard this pronouncement. At any rate, it’s clear that this ‘woman’ (a woman in Scripture used in this context is always referring to a church, a religious body) is full of ‘abominations, filthiness, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, and idolatry. Is not the Catholic church rife with these abominations? She is also the same church that persecuted the saints, being “drunken with their blood” – Rev. 17:6 The Catholic church has persecuted and murdered more ‘saints’ than any other entity in all of world history [3].

1Ki 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 

Jdg 19:22  Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (‘know’ = to know a person carnally in this instance)
Jdg 19:23  And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. 
Jdg 19:24  Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. 

‘sons of Belial’ = notice how God calls those who do this ‘vile’ acts are ‘sons of Belial’ – meaning the demonic spirit behind the acts, the demon who moves people to do them, is none other than Belial himself!
‘Belial’ = worthlessness, base, wicked
‘wickedly’ = bad, evil, injurious, displeasing, broken to pieces
‘know’ = in this instance means to know a person ‘carnally’ (or sexually)
‘vile’ = profane and immoral acts, disgraceful [Brown-Driver-Briggs Dictionary]
‘folly’ = same as vile.

We can see that God considers acts of sodomy to be ‘vile’ and ‘wicked,’ and that the demonic influence or demon spirit behind all such acts, be it sodomy or any other sexual perversion, is the principality Belial. 

Leviticus 18:22 – “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 20:13  – “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT ADVOCATE VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND AGAINST GAYS OR LESBIANS, ETC!! I include this verse only to show how seriously offensive this behavior was (and is) to God who gave the Law to Moses, and although we live in an age of Grace, there are still penalties for sin. Continuous illness and other troubles often plague habitual sinners, even Christians suffer in this way due to non-repentance of various sins. In addition, after the second resurrection of the unrighteous dead, Judgment will be meted to those who never repented of their sinning and never turned to Jesus Christ for forgiveness (Rev 21:7  & 28). The ‘putting to death’ of those who committed certain sins under the old covenant was done to keep the rest of the congregation from becoming corrupted. “The purity of God’s people in the Promised Land was vitally important, as was the continuance of bloodlines (one of which would lead to the Messiah). That is why God demanded the death penalty for those who engaged in homosexual intercourse.” [4] God wanted a HOLY people to call His own, and He hasn’t changed His mind about that – all who are called by His Name, are to be holy, as He is holy – Lev 20:26  You are to be holy to Me, for I, Adonai, am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples, so that you would be Mine. [TLV]  1Th 4:7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints. The application for today’s Christian communities, is that within their gates, sin is to be disciplined and eradicated, not accepted as normal! 1Co 5:13  But those who are outside, God judges. Put away the wicked fellow from among yourselves

God takes sin seriously! Homosexuals are not doing right in His eyes, neither are Lesbians – Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature….

Should we as Christians allow ourselves to be swayed by public opinion and the laws of the state that say there’s nothing wrong with Sodomy and other perverse sexual acts, when our Lord and Savior said otherwise? Are we to obey man’s law and thumb our noses at God’s law? 

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Simply put: If you’re a friend of the world then you cannot be a friend of God or of Christ. Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Church at Corinth – 1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 

Definition of reprove = confute, admonish: – convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove. Definition of rebuke = express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions, bring correction, scold. fellowship = From G4862 and G2841; to share in company with, that is, co-participate in: – communicate (have fellowship) with, be partaker of.

Did you get that? Christians are not only to not eat and have fellowship with fornicators, covetous, idolaters, etc., in the Church, but we are to tell them that what they’re doing is wrong in a ‘spirit of meekness’ – Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (God’s desires the full restoration of every soul! 2 Pet 3:9) Instead, what’s happening in most of our churches these days is that all manner of unclean sexual perversions like Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Transgenders and Bisexuals, are welcomed into the church and their sins are accepted as being normal. Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

“judgment” = condemnation of wrong, the sentence of a judge, the punishment with which one is sentenced
“death” = the misery of the soul arising from sin, which begins on earth but lasts and increases after the death of the body in hell
‘have pleasure’ = From G4862 and G2106; to think well of in common, that is, assent to, feel gratified with: – allow, assent, be pleased, have pleasure.

Isn’t that exactly what most Christian churches are doing these days – allowing and assenting to (agreeing with) behavior which Christ condemns in His Word?

2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. *Note that any words you see in the Bible that are in gray italics were added by translators and were not in the original manuscripts.

unclean = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean. [Strong’s Concordance Def.]

It’s plain as day that believers in Christ, who Paul was addressing in these passages, are to get away from everything that’s unclean and unholy. God calls Sodomy an “unclean, vile, foul, detestable, idolatrous ABOMINATION! In fact, anything that is worshiped other than the true God, is Idolatry according to the Bible, God’s Word. I guess that would include the holy communion ‘wafer’ which Catholics worship (adore) in the Catholic Mass. No, that tiny wafer is not Christ anymore than a plaster statue of Mary is really Mary. Those bowing down to the Eucharist in adoration are adoring a piece of bread that’s supposed to be the literal flesh of Christ via Transubstantiation [5], which is an Abomination! Sadly, many Catholics don’t read their bibles or have a personal relationship with God but unquestioningly believe whatever their priest tells them. Dear Catholic, if you’re reading this, please read a non-Catholic version of the bible and pray for understanding and for revelation. In the bible you’ll see that no man on earth has greater authority than God, even though the Pope makes such a claim [6] and ONLY God has the power to forgive men’s sins! 

Those who speak out against the LGBT and Rainbow movements are called “haters.” I know some will read this article and accuse me of not being compassionate or loving but which is more loving, telling someone the truth so that their soul may be saved, or keeping quiet so it ends up in Hell? Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Eph 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them. ⇐ Paul was telling Christians not to be partakers with those who commit these sins, and those listed in the following verse. 

Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 

“Same sex sins are listed along with other sins such as fornication, idolatry, covetousness and drunkenness. Same sex sins are dishonoring, repugnant sins but they are still forgivable. Surely, we have all been covetous at some point in our life, but that does not mean we are automatically going to hell. Scripture is not talking about a single event or many acts of sin, but an ongoing pattern of sin. God is talking about those who never come to Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit turn from their sin. We cannot do this on our own. We are totally dependent on God to stop.

1 Timothy 1:10. Same sex sins are not an acceptable, alternative lifestyle either. It is sin. Here is another passage.

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers . . . (NASB) 1 Timothy 1:8-11

It is clear that homosexuality is not the result of biological heredity. It is sin. God did not make these men and women homosexuals from birth. At its root, homosexuality flows out of the sinful nature of the individual given to it. It is a result of a rejection of God at some point in life. [7]

Not only is homosexuality NOT just another sin, it serves in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, as the primary symbol of end-stage rebellion against God triggering the outpouring of His wrath.  Moreover, the challenge to Biblical orthodoxy represented by an increasingly militant pro-homosexual culture serves as a key litmus test for whether believers will stand with God or the Antichrist in the last days.

It is incumbent upon remnant believers to warn the church against the heresy of “gay theology” and to boldly and forcefully advocate for the Biblical worldview on sexuality and the one-flesh paradigm. [8]

Therefore, let’s not allow ourselves to be swayed by men’s opinions. More importantly, let’s not allow ourselves to betray the One who gave His life for us so that we could be FREED not only from our sins, but from enslavement to the opinions of men that go against God’s heart, teachings, and laws. Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Our “liberty” is not the same liberty the world talks about, which is nothing more than license to sin in every way possible! 

Dear reader, if you or someone you know is in bondage to the sin of homosexuality, THERE IS HOPE in Jesus Christ who alone can deliver you from bondage. All you need do is turn to Him in repentance with Faith believing that He can set you free from this and any other sin and ask Him to save you, and HE WILL DO IT – Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 

So, fellow believer, let’s walk in the LIBERTY given to us by Christ by which we’ve been set free from the world and its opinions to follow “every word of God” whereby we have LIFE! – Mat 4:4 ….It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  

May we be BOLD in our witness, and faithfully REPROVE the “works of darkness” until Shiloh (an epithet of the Messiah) comes again! Amen.

Debra R. Stout – February 16, 2019

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.biblelight.net/verita.htm

[2] http://humansarefree.com/2014/10/the-catholic-liturgy-is-satanic-ritual.html

[3] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[4] https://www.gotquestions.org/homosexuality-death-penalty.html

[5] https://www.gotquestions.org/transubstantiation.html

[6] http://www.remnantofgod.org/beastword.htm

[7] https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-studies/topical-bible-studies/the-bible-on-same-sex-relations/

[8] http://www.scottlively.net/2014/12/26/the-forgotten-last-days-warning-about-homosexuality-in-the-bible/

This last link wonderfully rounds out this topic, adding more in depth material from historical and biblical references. I strongly recommend that you read it for a fuller understanding of the history of Homosexuality and its cataclysmic consequences for societies which promoted and practiced it. It is a sin which will bring God’s judgment. ~ Debra Stout

CHURCH ARISE!

Diversions, such as holidays for one (most of which aren’t based in truth to begin with), distract the Church from its calling, which is to bring in a great harvest of souls for God – Luk 10:2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 

The Devil never takes a holiday or vacation! He’s a restless being who ceaselessly roams up and down in the earth – Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…. Not that it’s wrong to take a vacation or have fun, but never at any time should the Church become complacent about its adversary! He loves catching God’s people off guard and strikes when they least expect an attack. This is why the Word tells us to be ‘sober’ – temperate, dispassionate, circumspect; and to be ‘vigilant’ – 1) to watch 2) metaphorically give strict attention to, be cautious, active 2a) to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one [Thayer’s Greek Definitions]. Strong’s Concordance has it as, ‘keep awake, that is, watch, be watchful!’ 

Satan is no fool, he knows how to keep the Church occupied with a lot of nonsense and diversions of various sorts. While the enemy is taking over our cities, towns, and country, the Church acts as though it were powerless against him and thus, does nothing. What a contradiction of all that Christ said about His Church and commanded His Church to be and to do! Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Read also Mark 16:15 – 18)

The Church should be watchful and vigilant so as to be ready to take action at any moment. The Church should always be on guard! Too often I’ve made the mistake of thinking that the war lie up ahead somewhere in the hopefully distant future when all the time it was right in front of me! I pray you won’t make the same mistake. Part of the problem is that church members are programmed to be PASSIVE instead of active. During services they sit quietly, rarely uttering even an Amen, contrary to scriptural injunction for members to share whatever the Lord reveals to them – 1Co 14:26  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Tradition has replaced the Holy Spirit in today’s churches. In place of  fresh revelation from God coming through its members, the Church offers the stale bread of man’s philosophies and dead religious dogmas, rehashed a hundred times over. Most church services are strictly rehearsed beforehand, leaving no room for anything like the Holy Spirit to move or to speak! The leadership doesn’t allow its scripted program to be interrupted, not even by God! What’s the leadership afraid of that it so severely limits the unction of God’s own Spirit within its walls? Could it be afraid of loosing CONTROL over its congregations, of how matters will be conducted? But wait, isn’t that the Lord’s business? Indeed it is.

Some time back I witnessed a pastor halt worship in his church when he saw someone start to heal a disabled person right there in the service. That same pastor awhile later spoke to his congregation, saying that they weren’t ready for God to work healing miracles among them! What made that pastor think to thwart God’s purposes? How audacious! Where’s the trust that God is able to handle what He initiates?! Since when does God need man’s approval before He acts? 

Maybe some don’t understand the seriousness of the battle between good and evil in this world, and how determined the Devil is to overthrow all that is of God. 2Ti 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. How long will the Church remain passive while the harvest rots beneath clods of dead religion and carelessness? How long will the Church sleep while the world withers like a vine beneath a scorching sun? Who will stand in the gap? asks the Lord, and whom shall I send? Eze 22:30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: Isa 6:8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (May every believer in Christ answer the Lord this way!) 

Therefore, I pray that the Lord will send a mighty wind of His Spirit throughout the Church to blow out its dead religious doctrines and works! I pray for the Spirit of God and holy angels to go and break up its clods of control, carelessness, self-seeking, worldliness, love of mammon, and overbearing leadership that’s suffocating its members! I pray that all church leaders who bow to the dictates of Babylon the Great will either fall under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, or be removed from their positions, so that the Church can once again BREATHE in the breath of the Living God! May they be replaced with godly leaders who will allow God to be God and won’t quench God’s Holy Spirit in church assemblies.

Heavenly Father, send forth a loud trumpet blast to arouse your Body from its slumber! Church arise! Awaken from your sleep! The Enemy runs amuck across the land, wreaking havoc, destruction, and spreading wickedness, while the Church sits by on the sideline and watches as though it were watching a show! Church, this is NO SHOW, it’s a SHOWDOWN between God’s Kingdom and the Devil’s kingdom, between the forces of good and evil. [1] Father, call your Church to take up arms and march throughout this land against the kingdom of darkness and as its boots hit the ground may they make such a noise that the earth will shake and the enemy will quake!

Let the sound cause such confusion in the enemy camps that they will run in fear in every direction not knowing which way to go or where to hide! Heavenly Father, cause your army to conquer every foe it finds until NONE are left in the land! Spare not even one who serves Satan and the will of Babylon the Great. Cause every throne of iniquity in this city, state, and country, to be dislodge and replaced with your right rule. Dislodge, dislodge, dislodge – every seat of power and authority which serves Babylon! Dismantle Babylon the Great (the whole system) in our land, brick by brick if need be. Replace wicked leaders in our government with god-fearing ones who will uphold your just decrees and carry out your will throughout this land!

Church of Christ it’s time to ARISE! Arise therefore from your rest slumbering ones, hear the trumpet call and take your place among God’s Church triumphant! 

Debra R. Stout, July 1, 2018

Footnotes:

[1] This comes from the Church sitting idly in their seats during services while only the pastor gets to speak, causing members to take a passive view of their faith. That’s NOT how individual members should see their roles, for they’re to be ACTIVE in every aspect of their faith as the Scriptures profusely point out. There’s an element of passivity in the Church today that would make the early followers of Christ (most of whom were Jews in the beginning) tear their clothes. The tearing of one’s clothes is an ancient tradition among the Jews, and it is associated with mourning, grief, and loss. More important than outward shows of grief are true sorrow for sin and genuine repentance of the heart. The prophet Joel relayed God’s command: “Rend your heart and not your garments” (Joel 2:13). https://www.gotquestions.org/tear-clothes-Bible.html

A Line of Demarcation Being Drawn & Three Powerful Weapons (Rhemas for Ju’ 30)

Revelation 12:11 — And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

God showed me today that I’ve often thought of this verse as being relegated to the Great Tribulation period, when in fact, it’s for NOW!

Now is the time for God’s chosen ones to OVERCOME by the Blood of Christ, and by the word of their TESTIMONY, and by not loving their lives unto death!

NOW is the time for them to SPEAK FORTH their individual and corporate TESTIMONIES!

Are you not having victory in your life? Ask yourself honestly, when was the last time you gave your TESTIMONY to someone??

What we fail to realize is that speaking forth our TESTIMONIES is a POWERFUL WEAPON of warfare against the powers of darkness! It’s a weapon that also helps us gain victory over our flesh and the world. It’s a weapon far too seldom utilized!

We also overcome by APPLYING the BLOOD OF CHRIST to ourselves, our families, and our church. But we must APPLY it, not just SAY it, there IS a difference! We plead the BLOOD over us and situations, but we must also APPLY it to the same by faith, believing that we have what we say, Mar 11:23 – 24 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 

NOT LOVING OUR LIVES UNTO DEATH is another powerful weapon against all the strategies of the wicked! When we value God’s Kingdom and plans ABOVE our own temporal lives, we declare that our priorities are right, but also by doing this we OVERCOME the temptations and plans of the wicked ones who work tirelessly to try and ensnare us in their traps. We must be WATCHFUL of how we’re WALKING!! Ask ourselves, “Am I walking with God, or just doing whatever I want?”

We must take a close look at whether or not we’re walking with God, waiting to hear His voice day by day, and then doing what He leads us to do, and if not, we must change directions immediately!!! We must TURN about face, and run back into Abba Father’s waiting, loving arms!! “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN” (*see below) – we’re either on the Lord’s side or we’re on the Devil’s side! The time for ‘fence sitting’ is OVER! We must choose whose side we’re on! Jos 24:15  And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

These three weapons of our warfare aren’t often talked about, but they are powerful ones, and they are for NOW not just the great tribulation period. For surely the whole Body of Christ is NOW in a spiritual war, one led by Christ who is the Lord of Hosts (angelic armies). He waits for His Church to HEAR His “call to arms!” We must engage in this warfare if not already thus engaged. This holy warfare is to be engaged with CONFIDENCE that the Church of Christ will have COMPLETE VICTORY over the wicked, for the victory has ALREADY BEEN WON in the Lord’s eyes. God sees the “end from the beginning,” so He already knows the outcome of this holy war. Isa 46:9- 10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 

So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, DO NOT BE AFRAID nor SHRINK from hearing God’s call to arms, and DON’T BE AFRAID to take up your armor, find your place and position yourself to wage a good warfare until the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ has become the ONLY kingdom on earth!!! Dan 7:13 – 14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. 

Share your testimonies with other believers and the unsaved! Plead the Blood of Christ over yourselves, your families, your church and the nations, and do these two things constantly. Love not your life in this world, that you may gain life eternal in God’s coming kingdom! Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Mar 8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

Debra R. Stout, June 30, 2018

*As I was awakening from sleep today, I heard this partial word – “A LINE OF DEMARCATION IS BEING DRAWN…” I didn’t hear the rest of it because I woke up, but I had the sense it was about God separating or making a distinction between types of people; between those who serve His purposes (plans/will), and those who don’t, between those in covenant with Him and those who aren’t. Here’s a video in which nearly the exact wording is used as what I heard as I awoke from a dream [1] about half way or more into the video, “a line of distinction is being drawn between those who serve Yahweh and those who do not.” 

Also this youtube video [2] Chuck Pierce (prophet) speaks briefly about God ‘sorting nations’ this year of 2018 between those which align themselves with God’s purposes and those who don’t. The NATIONS will be SEPARATED as ‘sheep from the goats’ – Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: [divideth = From G575 and G3724; to set off by boundary, that is, (figuratively) limit, exclude, appoint, etc.: – divide, separate, sever.] (This Strong’s definition fits perfectly with the meaning of the term “DEMARCATION”) Both video’s confirm this word of knowledge that “a line of demarcation is being drawn” right now, between those who serve Yahweh and those who don’t. 

“Demarcation” = separation or distinction (often in the phrase ‘line of demarcation’) Source: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/demarcation

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-4tQaCwPeU

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12WO6h4_zs

 

A DEN FOR DEMONS

 

Today my heart is breaking for the millions of Catholics and Catholic sympathizers in the world because they have been deceived by the Great Harlot, whose judgment draws near 2Pe 2:3. It’s breaking because I know what hell some of them are enduring for their religion and not for Christ, since Christ would never condone much of what their religion teaches. God’s heart is full of love for mankind; He is generous, kind, considerate, gentle as a dove, holy and just. He won’t tolerate murder and injustice forever; one day soon I hope, He’s going to judge and finally give the Great Harlot what she so richly deserves. The whorish church not established by Christ but by Satan will be burnt with fire for all the wickedness and filthiness of her fornication (her betrayal of Christ’s pure doctrine by mixing it with filthy pagan practices) – Rev 18:2 He cried out with a mighty voice, saying: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a den for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit and for every unclean bird and for every unclean and detestable beast. “unclean spirit” = morally (lewd) or specifically (demonic)): – foul, unclean [Strong’s Concordance]  In the Bible, a “whore” or “harlot” is any church which claims to follow Christ but in reality venerates false gods, idols, and incorporates pagan practices of all sorts into its worship. Revelation 18:3 refers to such as one who “fornicates” with the kings of the earth….

Rev 18:3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the fury of her immorality. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich off the power of her self-indulgence.” (No other church has equaled the Catholic Church in immorality and riches)
Rev 18:4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you participate in her sins and receive her plagues! 
Rev 18:5 For her sins have piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes
Rev 18:6 Pay her back just as she has paid out, and give her back double for her deeds! In the cup she has mixed—mix a double dose for her! 
Rev 18:7 As she has exalted herself and indulged herself in luxury, so give her the same measure of torment and grief! For in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen—I am no widow; I shall never see grief.’ 
Rev 18:8 For this reason her plagues will arrive in a single day—death and grief and famine—and she shall be burned down with fire. For mighty is Adonai Elohim who judges her!”

What’s puzzling to me is how anyone can believe that the Catholic faith/church is good, considering its gross doctrinal errors, pedophilia, and fornication. Strong delusion maybe? 2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie… Many have been taught since childhood to believe that the Catholic Church and its priesthood is “infallible,” but the evidence overwhelmingly refutes that devilish doctrine. While most have heard about priests molesting young boys, it isn’t commonly known that nuns have endured  unimaginable horrors at the hands of priests and other nuns, some of whose testimonies you’ll hear about in this article. It seems strange to me that people express concern for animals and the environment but never say much about human suffering. Are animals more important than human beings? Animal rights and environmental protection have become something of a cult these days. Where’s the empathy for those who have been and are still being molested by priests? Where’s the outrage? Could it be that we’re becoming  indifferent to the feelings and pain of others?

Blinded by the pomp and riches of Catholicism, many have been beguiled into believing the RCC is a holy institution and the one, true church which Christ began, when it was really started by a Roman Emperor named Constantine in 313 AD three centuries after the birth of Christ. Constantine envisioned Christianity as a religion that could unite the Roman Empire, which at that time was beginning to fragment and divide. While this may have seemed to be a positive development for the Christian church, the results were anything but positive. Just as Constantine refused to fully embrace the Christian faith, but continued many of his pagan beliefs and practices, so the Christian church that Constantine promoted was a mixture of true Christianity and Roman paganism. Constantine found that, with the Roman Empire being so vast, expansive, and diverse, not everyone would agree to forsake his or her religious beliefs to embrace Christianity. So, Constantine allowed, and even promoted, the “Christianization” of pagan beliefs. Completely pagan and utterly unbiblical beliefs were given new “Christian” identities. For examples of this watch the following video and go to https://www.gotquestions.org/origin-Catholic-church.html

Many have been deceived by Catholicism’s veneer of godliness and aren’t aware of its true nature. The Whore of Babylon is a pagan sun-worshiping cult whose roots go back to the ancient city of Babylon [see the last two links at the end of this article]. From the beginning, the RCC “fell away” from the faith taught by Jesus Christ by mixing it with pagan customs and beliefs, including fertility rituals and idol worship of pagan gods now called by various saint’s names, whose statues adorn Catholic church walls. The Catholic religion is not the “faith once delivered to us” [Jud 1:3] but is Babylonian paganism in disguise; hence her title, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” [Rev 17:5]. Yahweh God promises to punish this whore for all the blood she has shed – Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. During the Inquisition and Papal crusades millions of Bible believers were tortured to death by Catholic clergymen for what they considered to be heresy against the Catholic church. Read about it at http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/anti6.htm

As followers of Christ, we’re to Eph 5:11 Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Paul’s instructions to the church in Corinth — 

1Co 5:9 I wrote to you in my letter not to mix together with sexually immoral people
1Co 5:10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy or swindlers or idolaters, for then you would have to exit the world. 
1Co 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to mix together with anyone who is being called a brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy or an idolater or a slanderer or a drunkard or a swindler—not even to eat with such a fellow
Eph 5:5 Know for certain that no immoral, indecent, or greedy person—who is really an idol worshipper at heart—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and God. 
Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s judgment comes on the children of disobedience. 
Eph 5:7 Therefore do not be partners with them. 

The Ecumenical and Unity movements are not biblical! Christ followers are not to be joined to a harlot (unfaithful church), nor are they to ‘drink from the cup of devils’!

1Co 6:16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 1Co 10:19  What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils

This great Whore shows no repentance or remorse for her fornication, mixing pagan practices with Christianity, making it a Syncretic religion. Nor has she repented of her blasphemies (claims of equality with God) and crimes against humanity.  Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought [Oxford Dictionaries]. Modern Judaism is itself a Syncretic religion having added pagan doctrines and practices from the Babylonian Talmud to the original Hebrew faith during their captivity in ancient Babylon from 607 to 537 BC. https://www.gotquestions.org/Babylonian-captivity-exile.html

While the Catholic Church puts on a good face, I for one am not convinced that the Pope and his subordinates are sincere about ending child abuse within their ranks. For the most part, the Catholic church has covered up her crimes, denied her victim’s claims and compensation for decades until recently and even then it was a drop in the bucket of what’s actually owed them. Forgive the lying abusive priests? Not until they confess, repent, and FORSAKE their wretchedness and not until the Catholic Church forsakes its non-biblical doctrine of CELIBACY for priests which prevents them from marrying, thus inviting sexual abuse and perversions like homosexuality and fornication among priests and nuns. How can a person defend the Catholic religion which abuses women and children and know Christ who said, Luk 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. To defend a religion, especially one that displays the character of a monstrous beast, makes one a party to and therefore guilty of its crimes [see Revelation 18:4]! Even so, there’s opportunity for the worst sinner to get saved from his sin through confession to God not to a human agent, 1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… and repentance (turning away from sin).

Much has been written down through the centuries on the Roman Catholic Church and its exploits in books and other historical writings. Everyone should do their own research on this subject even though it’s difficult to read the hellish testimonies of those who’ve been abused by Roman Catholic priests and nuns. Those who’ve lived comfy lives might not be able to identify with such abuse but those who have tasted of that bitter fruit certainly can. My personal recollection of Catholic priests and nuns is that some of them were down right mean at times. My first-grade teacher, a nun, once pulled my cheeks apart so hard tears ran down my face from the pain. She did that because I got caught talking out of turn in her class. One of my cheeks had been badly injured from a fall and though still bruised, that didn’t stop her. Another time she wacked my knuckles with her wooden ruler for poor penmanship and it was no gentle tap I assure you. I was left-handed which made it hard for me to write at a right-handed angle which comes naturally to right-handed people. There wasn’t much, if any, mercy, understanding, or kindness among most of the nuns who taught at my school. A woman I knew was being battered by her husband, and sought advice from her parish priests who told her that if she left him, she would “burn in hell.” She was so indoctrinated into Catholic dogma that taught the infallibility of priests, that she did what they told her to do, despite the damage being done to herself and to her children. Eventually God intervened and ended that awful marriage. No one, unless they experience it themselves, can imagine the pain and long-term impact of living under constant stress and fear.

Don’t be like the Ostrich who buries his head in the sand but take an honest look at the cruelty of Rome. Dare to read the true stories of nuns who have risked their lives to come out into the open about what they have suffered at the hands of priests and mother superiors inside convents. A particularly heartbreaking story is that of deceased nun Charlotte Keckler http://www.theymetjesus.com/documents/charlotte_eng_part_1/charlotte_eng_part_1.htm Hear it in her own words at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVVYtwyCm9E If after hearing her testimony your heart isn’t breaking, something’s amiss with your thinking or with your heart. Turn to Christ immediately and confess your indifference, ask Him to give you a ‘new heart’ and take away your old heart of ‘stone’. Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. When we hear the testimonies of victims of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, may our hearts break and burn with the outrage our holy and just God YAHWEH feels when anyone, especially one of His own, is treated unjustly and cruelly. I’m certain that He weeps for every single one of them and will one day repay those who afflict them.

More testimonies – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAT_BgtnBc&t=1041s  http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/barbara.htm  https://philologos.org/__eb-ttb/sect74.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfLF1fbLhfg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI0996Ny-SA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EclnR63AeRY https://biblestudiesnz.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/the-image-of-the-beast/

Debra R. Stout, February 23, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SET THE CAPTIVES FREE! WHO ME?

The first thing I often hear when I try to expose the devil’s devices to another Christian is, “We shouldn’t be concentrating on demons!” I completely agree, but we have to talk about them if we want to learn how they operate and how to wage an effective warfare against them. Most Christians have been taught by their ministers that since Jesus did everything for them at the Cross, they don’t have to engage in spiritual warfare. Some even teach that demons leave automatically when a person receives Christ as their savior. If that was the case, why then did Jesus teach otherwise? Matthew 10:7-8, “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

So few engage in the Christian ministry of Deliverance, one has to ask, “Why is that?” In this article you should learn something about the long neglected ministry of deliverance, a ministry given by Christ to His Church which is as much needed today as it was two millennia ago. Contrary to popular opinion, the Spiritual Gifts given at Pentecost have NOT passed away, a belief called “Cessationism.” [1] Some content may seem strange to you if you’ve never been exposed to it before, but I pray you’ll stay with it to the end so you won’t miss anything.

IGNORANCE of the Believer’s authority and commission to cast out demons is the first hindrance to obtaining and ministering deliverance to those held in demonic bondage. Jesus’s disciples believed His words and wherever they went they healed people and “cast demons” out of them. Not once did His disciples pray to God the Father or to Christ, to cast them out. The disciples simply gave the command to the demons to come out, using the authority (power) which Jesus had given them.

If Jesus is to be our example, and the scriptures say He is, why then isn’t the Church doing what Jesus did during His earthly ministry? Why aren’t believers laying hands on people and healing them from diseases and freeing them from demonic bondage today? Why aren’t the ministers in churches teaching their flocks about spiritual warfare and deliverance from demons? I can surmise what a few of their reasons might be, among which is that deliverance can be noisy and sometimes messy, which might scare people away, but what about those being oppressed by demons? Should they just be told to seek out a psychiatrist (like many are) who’ll likely fill them with false hope and drugs? Jesus delivered people from all kinds of physical and spiritual disease, and He can still do that through His believers! Some years ago I was a member of a Christian woman’s group which worshiped, prayed and studied the Bible together in each other’s homes. On occasion, our small group was led by the Holy Spirit to cast out demons from one another, which is a great way to learn and to practice if there’s someone there supervising who hears accurately from the Holy Spirt and can get direction from Him on how to proceed, for each person needing ministry is different. In one deliverance session I actually felt a presence come out of the top of my head without making a sound, another time one cried with a loud shriek as it left [see Mark 9:18 & 26 below]. We were all born again believers! Contrary to what many have been told, deliverance is primarily for believers not unbelievers – Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 

Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 

Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation

This is why deliverance is mainly for the Christian who has the Holy Spirit living in his “house” (spirit). In the natural sense, when a person’s “house” is “empty” it means there’s no one there. The same holds true in the spiritual; when a person’s spirit is “empty” it means there’s nothing there to deter or prevent demonic spirits from entering or re-entering (after deliverance) if that person doesn’t get filled and stay filled with the Holy Spirit! Even a Christian may get re-infected with demons if he doesn’t stay filled with the Holy Spirit and lives in (doesn’t repent of) sin!

There are variations of demonic manifestations but the Christian who knows his/her authority in Christ over “all the power of the enemy” doesn’t have to fear them. [Luk10:19]

Sometimes demons growl and howl as they “tear” (claw) their host’s soul when being expelled. Sometimes a person coughs, cries, sneezes or vomits when demons leave. I’ve even witnessed the vomiting of a “demon nest” during a deliverance session. The one I saw looked like a ball of slimy goo. Most believers have been misled by ministers who’ve told them that a believer can’t have a demon living inside them which simply isn’t true! Demons can live inside a believer’s body or soul, but not usually their spirit for that is where the Holy Spirit dwells. It’s like this; every human being has a physical body, a soul, and a spirit. Picture three circles or rings; the outer ring represents the body, the inner ring is the soul, and the innermost ring is the spirit. Because we are tripartite beings, demons can inhabit one or more of these areas but usually not the spirit of a believer because his spirit is indwelt and therefore protected by the Holy Spirit. Thus a believer can have demonic oppression and/or demonization but rarely possession, I say rarely because it’s not impossible. If a believer willfully continues in sin and “falls away” (defects) from the faith, thereby forfeiting the Holy Spirit and His protection, he could become possessed by demons I imagine. Heb 10:26-27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 

Non-believers who haven’t the Holy Spirit indwelling them, can have demons inhabiting not only their bodies and souls, but also their spirits which is demon possession. That’s the difference between demon possession, oppression, and demonization. However, since each part is closely connected [Heb 4:12] if the soul is sick it can affect the body and spirit. When the body is ill, it can affect the soul and spirit, and so on. Our thoughts and emotions have widespread effects on bodily processes like metabolism, hormone release, and immune function.[2] This is why it’s so important to keep a close watch on our thoughts and beliefs as they affect every aspect of our lives – “Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” [2 Cor 10:5]

FEAR is another reason believers and ministers of the Gospel don’t want to deal with demons and/or spiritual warfare. Jesus spoke against fear, He even stated that the “fearful” won’t enter into His Kingdom! [Rev 21:8] Are you aware that there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible? The Fear of Man and Fear of rejection are very common stumbling blocks to one’s seeking deliverance, even though no one has a right to reject those who are “in Christ Jesus” since the Father has accepted them. [Eph 1:6] Many fear what fellow believers might think of them if they openly confess their sins and seek deliverance from demons. Therefore, many suffer in silence while demonic forces wreak havoc in their lives. Jesus told His disciples to “fear not him who can kill the body, but fear Him who can cast both body and soul into hell!” [Mt 10:28] “The fear of man is a snare (trap)…” [Prov 29:25]. Fear of reprisal from demons is another way demons keep believers from casting them out. I would wager a bet that the main reason believers fear demons and their power is that they don’t know their Authority in Jesus Christ. Jesus gives His Authority (power) to believers, which includes the power to heal and deliver men from every form of demonic oppression and possession. All may be delivered through the power of the Blood and the Name of Jesus Christ, but only if they truly want freedom from demonic bondage. God will NEVER violate a person’s free will; it is Satan the Devil who does that. The Devil is forceful and pushy and doesn’t care about your rights or your soul. Jesus came to “set men free” from the Devil’s power and cares deeply about the souls which He created and wants to see in heaven with Him. Satan on the other hand wants your soul in Hell with him because of his jealous hatred of God and all creation. He’s filled with hatred because he knows that he and one third of the angels who rebelled against Jehovah’s rightful rule of the Universe, are eternally damned [Rev 19:20 & 20:10]. Satan’s heart was “lifted up” with Pride which led to his downfall and subsequent judgment yet to be fulfilled [Ezek 28:17]. Another blockage or hindrance to deliverance ministry is pride —

PRIDE convinces believers and non-believers alike that they’re just fine even when they’re not, thus blinding them to their true condition. It requires humility to admit your weaknesses and sins, which is one reason I believe the scripture tells us to “confess our faults” to one another [Jms 5:16], which when practiced, keeps us humble. Yet when was the last time (if ever) you saw this confessing of faults to one another happening in your church? Our flesh nature revolts against that which causes us embarrassment; we don’t like humbling ourselves and acknowledging our inadequacies. Or the reverse may be true where we feel so inadequate that we don’t believe God would or ever could use us in this manner is a type of “inverted pride.” Pride hinders the operation of the Holy Spirit in church because none want to admit that they have weaknesses and sin in their lives. They may know about them, but keep them hidden if possible for fear of being exposed and judged by their fellows, which happens in churches that are poor in Christ’s love.

UNBELIEF Joh 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. If believers hear the Word of God which says that they have the Authority of Christ to “do the works He did” and even “greater,” why don’t they believe it?  I think it’s due to a general lack of knowledge of God’s Word, “My people perish for a lack of knowledge” [Hosea4:6] “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” [Rms 10:17]. Ministers are failing the Body when they neglect to teach and preach the FULL Gospel, which includes demonology and deliverance. I’ve been accused of being “critical” of the Church but here’s what Paul taught members of the Church at Ephesus Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. To ‘reprove’ means to ‘to find fault with, correct, reprehend severely, chide, admonish. Doesn’t Jesus ‘reprove’ his unbelieving disciples in the following passages and commend a woman for believing in His willingness to heal her even though she wasn’t a child of Abraham? 

Mat 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 

Mar 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 

Mar 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter

Mar 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. [2]

Mar 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. 

Mar 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 

Mar 9:18  And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not

Mar 9:19  He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 

Mar 9:20  And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 

Mar 9:21  And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 

Mar 9:22  And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. 

Mar 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 

Mar 9:24  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 

Mar 9:25  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 

Mar 9:26  And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 

Mar 9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. 

Mar 9:28  And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 

Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. 

DISOBEDIENCE (sometimes rooted in stubbornness & pride) is the defiant refusal to obey what we know is God’s will. This isn’t about weaknesses of the flesh, which we all have, but about willfully obscuring the Light we’ve been shown. We neglect reading God’s Word because it exposes our sins of pride, rebellion, unbelief, fear, stubbornness, and inadequacy to keep it, apart from the agency of the Holy Spirit. We like to think that we can live a righteous life without His help, which is utterly impossible. We can always call upon the Holy Spirit within to help us do God’s will as that’s one of His functions. However, not everyone who says they belong to Christ really does. The Word states that if a person doesn’t have the Holy Spirit, he/she doesn’t belong to Christ [Rms 8:9]. God’s Holy Spirit prays on our behalf, convicts us of sin, comforts us, leads us into all righteousness, and empowers us for service or ministry. Holy Spirit works the works of God in and through us if we hear His voice and respond affirmatively.

LUSTS OF THE FLESH The “flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” [Gals 5:17] Within the Church lurks a hideous creature more tenacious than a hungry lion stalking its prey. Our inherited flesh natures from Adam can halt the ministry of Holy Spirit (and revivals) when we don’t understand that it’s been crucified with Christ so we no longer have to obey it in the power of its lusts [Rms 6:6 & 6:12]. Even when we do know it, living in a sinful world and frail bodies, we often find ourselves obeying the dictates of our fleshly lusts instead of heeding God’s Spirit. Thank God the Blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin when we confess and repent of it [1 Jn 1:9]. A quick example of fleshly lust is when members of Christ’s Body try to ‘lord it over’ other members. There’s far too much clamoring for high position in the Church and its temporary glory; members arguing and fighting among themselves as to who’s greatest among them and who deserves a seat of honor. It was no different in Jesus’s day. In one instance He sharply rebuked some of His disciples who were engaging in just such a debate, Mar 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? Mar 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. 

The way of the world is to run over anyone or anything that gets in the way of what you want and decide is best for. Jesus, who is our example in all matters of faith and life, taught his disciples (learners) that if they wanted to be “great” they would have to become “the servants of all.” [Mark 9:35 & 10:44] In other words, taking the lowest place is the way to true greatness and honor in His Kingdom, quite opposite from the way of the world. When we do that, it leaves room for God to raise us to a more prominent place [1 Peter 5:6, Luke 18:14, James 4:10]. When we follow Christ’s example and humble ourselves, we give no place for our flesh to become prideful. While our sin nature was put to death on the Cross with Christ, it needs reminding of that fact when it tries to resurrect itself from that position! We do that by declaring it defeated and nailed to Christ’s Cross, and ourselves “dead” to it. [Gals 5:24, Rms 6:11] This is easier said than done but one reason it seems difficult might be that we’re not recognizing the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit, and being filled with Him daily. “Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh” [Gal 5:16-18, Rms 13:14]. “They were filled with the Spirit daily…” The way of the Christian isn’t always easy, but Christ promises victory to those trusting in His finished work on the Cross, where the sin principle was put to death and defeated. All we have to do now is enforce what’s already been accomplished by Christ using the authority He gave us. That’s not easy either, and there’s spiritual warfare to be waged, but a lack of knowledge of these facts makes it more difficult for us to experience all that Christ achieved for us.

RELIGIOUS SPIRITS in the Church are a common and major hindrance to every ministry of Holy Spirit; not easily detected for they appear to be righteous. People having religious spirits will think they’re better than everyone else –

Mat 9:10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. Mat 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. [KJV]

Religious spirits can halt a move of God in a church, or in a revival because they go berserk whenever Holy Spirit begins doing something they think isn’t the way He should be doing things! In several churches I’ve attended, I’ve seen them in action as they protested to the head pastor about someone giving a prophecy in church, especially if it was a woman who gave it. Don’t you know that women are to remain silent in the Church because Paul said so?! Actually, Paul was addressing a local problem in a church where women were constantly interrupting the speaker asking questions of their husbands sitting on the other side of the temple, so they had to yell over to them. That created a lot of noise and confusion so that no one could hear what the speaker was saying, thus Paul told those women to keep quite. The way he wrote it sounds like a command for all women in all churches for all times, but how can that be when there are examples in the New Testament of female prophets who prophesied? Also men and women alike were filled with the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts which only says that “many of them spoke in tongues and prophesied” nothing there excludes women. What Paul appears to be doing in his injunction for the “woman to keep silent in the church” is to put an end to disorderly speaking. 1Co 14:39-40 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in orderSo unless they’re causing a ruckus and confusion, women should be allowed to give a prophecy, a word of knowledge and wisdom to the general assembly when inspired by Holy Spirit to do so. Some will argue that a woman shouldn’t preach when men are present, quoting 1Ti 2:12 But I suffer not (don’t allow) a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. Please note however, that this verse and passage is Paul giving his personal opinion on the matter; note the “I”. A verse very similar to it is Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 

I can imagine what those controlled by religious spirits would say if someone actually cast out a demon in the midst of a church gathering! Probably something like, “You can’t do that! Casting out demons was ONLY for Jesus’s day, it has passed away and the church doesn’t do that anymore!” Or worse, “You’re possessed with an EVIL SPIRIT!” Mat 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Mat 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 

“What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? These Pharisees had already committed it. They had attributed the works of the Holy Spirit by whose power Jesus wrought his miracles (Mat_12:28) to the devil. That sin was without excuse and would not be forgiven in their age or in the coming one (Mat_12:32). People often ask if they can commit the unpardonable sin. This is the unpardonable sin. Probably some do who ridicule the manifest work of God’s Spirit in men’s lives and attribute the Spirit’s work to the devil.” [Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson]

But let’s not take the extreme opposite stance of being fearful to “try the spirits” which God also commands, 1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1Co 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 1Th 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 1Th 5:20 Despise not prophesyings. 1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. It’s easy to lean to one extreme or the other, so we all need the discernment which Holy Spirit gives.

A good example of a religious spirit in operation which I’ve personally experienced on more than one occasion, is ‘false doctrine’ directed at me. Two people having religious spirits told me that that anyone who prays or sings to the Holy Spirit is “Out of order and DENYING CHRIST!They were referring to the one time I asked the Holy Spirit to come and bless us our prayer time together (not out of order since one of His functions is to help us pray). They immediately rebuked me saying we can only pray to the Father since the Lord’s Prayer begins with the words, “Our father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name…” They concluded from this one verse that we are never to pray or talk to either the Holy Spirit or to Jesus, for that would be “out of the order” given in the Lord’s Prayer. If that’s true, then why did Stephen pray directly to Jesus to “receive his spirit” as he was being stoned to death? – Act 7:59-60 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. There are other examples in Scripture where holy men of God prayed to and made requests of the other two members of the Godhead, Jesus and Holy Spirit. 

What this religious duo didn’t take into account, is that if the Holy Spirit is EQUALLY GOD with Jesus and the Father, why can’t you pray to Him? Surely a two-way relationship requires that both parties speak to one another, at least once in a while. How can we have any kind of relationship with Jesus or Holy Spirit if we never talk with them? Now if the Holy Spirit is just a ‘force’ then I could see why it would be wrong to speak or pray to ‘it’ but that’s not how Holy Spirit is portrayed in the bible, in fact the pronoun “he” or “him” is always used when referring to the Holy Spirit. Religious spirits always make a BIG DEAL out of minor points of the Torah, while neglecting to keep major ones – Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Mat 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. How easily Jesus spotted them, and so can we once we know how they operate.

The Bible says precisely how a person denies Christ, and it isn’t by addressing the Holy Spirit. One denies Christ by “denying that He came in the flesh” (was born as a man) [1 Jn ], by denying His Resurrection [Lk 20:27], by being remiss in doing righteous works [Titus 1:16] by denying that one knows Him [Lk 22:34, Mt 26:34 ] denying that Christ has power to save [2 Tim 3:2-5] and by forbidding men to teach or preach in Jesus’s Name – [Act 4:17& 18] But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of JesusI’ve just given six scriptural ways to deny Christ. As far as I know, there’s nothing in the Bible that says it’s wrong to speak, sing, or pray to Jesus or Holy Spirit. If you find just two witnesses that say so, please let me know? As I’ve already stated, I don’t often address the Holy Spirit, but I do often speak, pray, and sing to Jesus who I sense thoroughly enjoys my doing so! Religious spirits are artful at making you feel guilty and condemned even for things the Bible doesn’t call ‘sin.’ Just remember, Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Religious spirits hate that last part worst of all because they can’t or don’t know how to “walk by the Spirit.” Their right standing with God depends entirely upon keeping a code of ethics and rules to be strictly interpreted and followed. Grace has little or no place in their theology.

For a list of demons that you might find in somebody who has a religious spirit, go to http://www.greatbiblestudy.com/religious_spirits.php

Debra R. Stout © February 12, 2018

Footnotes:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessationism_versus_Continuationism

[2] http://www.health.com/heart-disease/can-negative-thinking-make-you-sick

[3] for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs: as by “the children” are meant the Israelites, who were not only the children of Abraham by natural descent, but the children of God, to whom pertained the adoption, by virtue of the national covenant made with them; so by “the dogs”, are meant the Gentiles, who were reckoned as such by the Jews; and by the “bread”, which it was not fit and proper should be taken from the one for the present, and cast to the other, is designed the ministry of the Gospel; which is as bread, solid, substantial, wholesome, and nourishing; and the miraculous cures wrought on the bodies of men, which accompanied it: now it was not meet and convenient as yet, that these things should be taken away from the Jewish nation, until they had answered the ends for which they were designed, and the Jews should express their loathing and abhorrence of them: which when they did, they were taken away from them, and were ministered to the nations of the world, they contemptuously called dogs. – From John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

 

 

 

WHY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS DON’T WORK

Generally speaking most people don’t have much success with their New Year’s resolutions. Even the strong willed have trouble keeping them and before long, they fail to keep one or more, maybe even all of them. Why is this the case? Well, I’m sure everyone has an opinion as to why, but the purpose of this blog is to focus on the spiritual side of life and to look at things from God’s perspective, as in “what saith the Lord.” 

Thus, from that perspective the reason why resolutions don’t work is because the effort is coming from one’s self, and is dependent upon the strength of one’s will. The human will is part of our flesh nature which is flawed and full of weaknesses. Bad habits ingrained in our flesh nature are difficult to change or remove. This is where the power of God comes in and the secret to overcoming bad habits is not trying harder because your own strength isn’t enough. While we need to make an effort, there are times when our own strength just isn’t enough and we need outside help. 

Rom 7:18  And I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells no good thing; for I have the desire, but I am not able to perform that which is good. 
Rom 7:19  For I do not do the good that I desire; but the evil which I do not desire, that I do. 
Rom 7:20  And if I do that which I do not desire, I am not working, but sin that dwells in me
Rom 7:21  So that, desiring to do good, I find this law: evil is natural unto me. (Get that? Evil is natural to you which is why you need supernatural intervention).

The secret to overcoming anything is not to focus on your faults and flaws, but on Christ. Understand that “It’s not by power, nor by might (human strength), but by My Spirit, saith the Lord” that a mountain shall be removed.” [Zec 4:6] A mountain in scripture can pertain to several things, but in this study and passage, a mountain is a metaphor for a problem that’s bigger than you, something which will require outside help if you’re to remove it from your path.

Many times we just have to lean harder on God and trust Him more to do what we in our own strength cannot do. It is written, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” If we seek Him we will find Him – Luk 11:9  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

To do that you need to turn to Him in utter humility, admitting that you can’t do it by yourself, that you NEED Him to help you. “Without Me you can do nothing,” said Jesus. You continue to seek Him in prayer daily, hourly, if need be, until you get the freedom you desire and that I’m sure God desires for you. Jesus came to set the captives free [Isa 42:7]. A captive is anyone who’s in bondage to sin. You might not be able to stop cussing for example, or smoking, or drinking, etc., etc. the list is endless.

Sometimes, no matter how much asking, seeking, and knocking you do, you still can’t get free. That’s the time you should be asking if you need deliverance from demonic bondage, and/or if you really want to be free from that habit, etc. The sad fact is that we often don’t want to get free from some bad habit because we enjoy it too much! Enjoying sinful habits arises from our sinful flesh nature we’re born with because it’s passed down to all of us from our first parents, Adam and Eve. This is why Jesus had to come clothed in a fleshly body to experience every temptation we’ll ever face and yet never once sinned, thus fulfilling the law of God perfectly. Jesus also came in order to redeem (buy back) our souls from inevitable destruction because of our inherent sinful natures which only His Spirit IN us can overcome! This dear reader is the best kept secret, not that God keeps it from us for it’s plainly written in the Bible, but because many don’t understand it when they read it there. “Christ IN you, the hope of glory” [Col 1:27]. What we need therefore to focus on, is seeking after the things of the Spirit every single day, and putting on Christ as we put off our flesh –

Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Rom 8:13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 
Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 
Col 3:8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth
Col 3:9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 
Col 3:10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 
Col 3:11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. (See that? Christ ought to be our focus, not ourselves and what we think we can do without Him).
Col 3:12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering
Col 3:13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 
Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 
Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (So you see, we’re to do all for His Glory and nothing else).

Can you honestly say that you DO or have done all the admonitions contained in these fourteen verses? It’s a good place to start isn’t it? I believe that there’s enough to work on in just these fourteen verses to keep every believer in the world busy for the entire year. We all far so short in so many ways; if not for the GRACE and MERCY of God, none of us would ever see the Kingdom of Heaven.

Notice the action verbs, “put on” “put off” “let” and “mortify?” I’ll let (pun unintended) you look those terms up in your bible concordance or bible study software (which I strongly suggest you do for further insight), but let me sum this up by saying that it’s not a matter of FAITH versus DEEDS, but a matter of faith AND deeds. James the natural brother of Jesus wrote, Jas 2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Jas 2:18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 

Rules for Christian Households    –
Col 3:18  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. (Uh oh! I can just imagine the women’s libbers gasping for air right now, and sadly there are many in the household of God.)
Col 3:19  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. (Men, your bitter and harsh treatment of your wives is often the cause of your wives being NON-SUBMISSIVE to you!)
Col 3:20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 
Col 3:21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. (Yes! Children are often provoked by their parents to REBEL against their authority through overly harsh and unjust treatment, or through just not being there for them, not listening to them, not giving them the emotional support and direction in life that they need. If this applies to you, then for their sake and yours, seek God and seek outside help as well. Don’t fool yourselves into thinking that you can handle it by yourself, don’t blind yourselves to the truth.)
Col 3:22  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 
Col 3:23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 
Col 3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ
Col 3:25  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. 

Have you ever asked yourself WHO you’re serving? Is it God? Yourself? Someone else? The answer may shock you, or it may not, but the answer is crucial to finding out where you stand. If you don’t know who you’re serving or living for, you’re no better than a blind person who can’t see where he’s going.

One of the keys to overcoming anything is to LIVE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD INSTEAD OF YOUR SELFISH DESIRES! I’ve tested this out in my past and found that when I was living for God’s glory only, everything I thought, said, and did revolved around that singular goal and it made the Christian walk so much easier. I quit smoking cigarettes because I realized that doing so was not only polluting my body (God’s temple) but was DISHONORING to Him when I bummed money from people to help pay for my bad habit! I also prayed to Jesus to help me quit and although it took about a year I did it without wearing a patch or taking man’s drugs. You see, when we struggle in our own strength to overcome some fleshly habit or sin, our focus is all ON those things and NOT on Christ. So when we switch our focus to Christ and to living for His Glory, we begin to naturally do the things that please Him. His Spirit living in us enables us to live by our ‘new nature,’ as it subdues our old, sinful nature – 2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new

Often the problem is that our focus is too much on THIS WORLD. The word of God says –

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 
Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Look at all those action verbs!) 

In closing, I wish all of you a bright future, one that’s founded upon the Cornerstone which is Jesus Christ and not on anything or anyone else. I also want to express my deep concern over what I believe is the biggest oversight in the Body of Christ today, and that is the want of the hearing of God’s Word through extreme lack of regular and in depth study of the Bible. I’ve spoken to many believers in my time who’s knowledge of the Bible is so minuscule it’s a downright shame and they ought to be ashamed to call themselves a Christian because of it. Oddly enough, a few I’ve known personally obstinately boast of how they belong to Christ and are so blessed, yada yada, while they know practically nothing about how God thinks or FEELS about anything because they rarely or never read His Word. They don’t know how it grieves Him when they love this world and their pleasures MORE than Him, which they show by neglecting the reading of His precious words to run after their worldly pursuits and pleasures. Many so called believers are ignorant of God’s ways, His will, and of His instructions (Torah) on how to live right in this world. This is surely a crying shame. It disgusts and even angers me at times, and rightly so for it ought not to be that way among those who call themselves the Body of Christ. If you’re truly a member of His Body, how can you neglect the reading and studying of His words? Truthfully, it’s impossible no matter what you tell yourself. There’s simply no excuse for ignorance of God’s Word for those who can read and have access to a Bible. Excuses for not knowing and not doing God’s will won’t stand on Judgement Day [Mat 7:21-Mat 7:23]. Sorry if this offends your religious mentality but I’m here to tell you the truth, not tickle your ears. Those who care about their spiritual lives will take this to heart; God bless them.

If you feel you must make a resolution for the new year, then make it this ONE THING – TO READ AND STUDY THE WORD OF GOD until you know it backwards and forwards and can quote large portions of it from recall because you read it so often it’s become part of your permanent memory. (Yup, it’s true, you don’t even have to memorize it in the formal sense, but reading it often and meditating on it will write it upon your heart – deposit it into your permanent memory bank.) 

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…. Deu 6:6  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: (Not sparsely, but RICHLY!) 
Deu 11:18  Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. Deu 11:19  And ye shall teach them [to] your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (In other words all throughout the day) 
Jos 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (This isn’t speaking of mere worldly success and prosperity but of spiritual success and prosperity which is far more important.) 

And don’t forget to live for God’s glory instead of your selfish desires. In so doing you’ll make great progress in your spiritual walk.

Debra R. Stout, January 2, 2018

You’re Polluting My Sanctuary with Your Idols!

Idolatrous priests – your idols shall be cast down to the ground, along with your censers with which you burn incense to the sun, moon, and stars! You lead men astray with your deceitful practices and doctrines of demons, worshiping the fallen ones and the hosts of heaven in place of Me! You pretend to be honoring Me while you honor Baal (and other false gods) in my house and in My Name, polluting my sanctuary! Such worship is a foul disgusting stench in My nostrils! Have I not said, “You shall have no other gods before Me”? You hide your wicked deeds behind a facade of righteousness, deceiving many. Your worship of Me is in vain. Behind closed doors you practice lewdness; your light is but darkness, thus darkness is reserved for you and your idols! I will shatter your idols to pieces for I AM Adonai, I will not give my glory to another or receive your false worship. REPENT and return to Me, or I will come at a time you do not expect to demolish your altars whereon you worship your idols. 

2Ki 17:7  For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods

2Ki 17:8  And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 

2Ki 17:9  And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 

2Ki 17:10  And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 

2Ki 17:11  And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 

2Ki 17:12  For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 

2Ki 17:13  Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. 

2Ki 17:15  And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. 

2Ki 17:16  And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 

2Ki 17:20  And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. 

What I believe Adonai is saying to this generation through the prophecy and these scriptures, is that He’s sick and tired of his people worshiping false idols and gods, and that He’s no longer going to tolerate it! I believe He’s about ready to put a swift end to all of it. I don’t know how or when, just that He will, and will possibly use an Assyrian type oppressor to do it; a ruthless dictator who’ll be the “rod” in His hand to afflict the nation which has turned its back to Him to follow false gods, a nation steeped in IDOL WORSHIP, like America for one.

Upon awakening one morning last week, after dreaming I was somewhere in heaven (in the spirit), I heard one word – “Zephaniah.” I knew that the Lord wanted me to read the book of the prophet Zephaniah, so I read it. It appears to be a confirmation of what I heard in my prayer time a week earlier about God sending a great locust army to “consume” the land and resources of an idol-worshiping nation.

Zep 1:2  I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. 

Zep 1:3  I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks (or idols) with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. 

Zep 1:4  I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; 

Zep 1:5  And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham

Zep 1:6  And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him. 

The strong words directed at idolatrous priests I believe includes Christians who are “kings and priests” of God according to the book of Revelation 5:10 & 1 Pet 2:5-9. Yahweh has issue with believers who attempt to “eat from His table AND from the table of demons” at the same time! [1] This is an abomination to Him. Idols pollute Yahweh’s temple [2] whose temple you are if you’ve been Born Again. So, if you indulge in lewd images in the imagination of your heart, you’re polluting God’s temple! Do you realize that worshiping idols provokes Him to anger? Deu 6:14  Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; Deu 6:15  (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

So you Dispensationalists, you think God has changed? Heb 13:8 Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. [Tree of Life Version]

“Chemarims” were idolatrous priests who worshiped idols or false gods in the name of Yahweh! Strong’s definition: properly an ascetic (as if shrunk with self maceration). Maceration is to cause to waste away by or as if by excessive fasting. The Hebrew root means “black” (from the black garments which they wore or the marks which they branded on their foreheads); or “zealous,” from their idolatrous fanaticism. [Jamieson-Faussett-Brown Commentary] “marks” which they “branded upon their foreheads.” What religious order worships idols in the Name of Yahweh and places black marks on the foreheads of its members at a certain time of year, and where did that practice originate from? There may be no connection, but warrants further study I think.

You say, that has nothing to do with us today? Ah but it does, for many in the Church are doing exactly the same thing today by worshiping Baal in the Name of Yahweh, claiming that they’re doing it to honor His son Yeshua’s birthday. Oh yes dear reader, it’s true! The Church has fallen to the level of the heathen, worshiping Baal every year on December 25, the birthday of the Sun god Osiris (Egyptian) or Apollo in the Greek. The Church puts up Christmas trees (Asherah polls) in their sanctuaries right under Yahweh’s nose, saying they’re doing it in His Name to worship Him.

Israel’s association of Asherah with sacred trees are biblical materials that describe the asherah (singular) or asherim (plural), the cult object(s) that are associated with the goddess Asherah more than thirty times in the Hebrew Bible. These cult objects are generally described as being in the shape of a pole or stylized tree. Like a pole or tree, they can be said to be planted, stood up, or erected. [3] Some Bible teachers say that the modern day Christmas tree finds its origin in the Asherah pole, and I believe that a connection can be made, because the similarities are too many in number. You can very easily go to a number of secular and Biblical encyclopedias (including history channel) and learn that the practice of placing evergreen trees inside of a home was something practiced by the heathens all over the world as a representation of life during the shortest daylight periods of the year, i.e. the time around the winter solstice. It is very likely the origin of what is now called the Christmas tree is the Asherah tree or pole. Do I believe that people who erect “Christmas Trees” in their homes are trying to worship Asherah? No. I believe they are often oblivious to the origin of the custom they are participating in. [4]

That is what the prophet Zephaniah was referring when he wrote that Yahweh would cut off them that “worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham. Malcham (also known as Molech) was the god of the Ammonites and Phoenicians to whom some Israelites sacrificed their infants in the valley of Hinnom. The point here is that the Israelites were swearing (taking an oath) by Yahweh’s name, and doing the same by the false god Malcham. In other words, they were worshiping the true God along with a false god, the same thing Christians do when they display and adorn the fir tree idol in their sanctuaries and homes on December 25, supposedly in the honor of Yeshua (Jesus) when in fact, they’re unknowingly honoring the false god Baal. Baal worship was quite prolific among the Israelites after they left Egypt and fell away from worshiping the true God Yahweh who delivered them from their bondage. You can read about it in the book of 2 Kings, Deuteronomy, Hosea, Ezekiel, and others. Baal means “lord” – he was the supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites.

The word’s Biblical senses as a Phoenician deity and false gods generally were extended during the Protestant Reformation to denote any idols, icons of the saints, or the Catholic Church generally. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_English_Dictionary]  

Jesus and Mary in the Roman Catholic Church are Baal and Ashtaroth. This pagan duo have been redefined and christianized to make paganism both respectable and sellable in the West. Most segments of Protestantism clearly and outwardly reject Mary as the Queen of Heaven, along with her Immaculate Conception doctrine. However, they do, without question, hang onto other Romanized traditions such as Sunday observance, with the importance of emblem reverence being ministered by a cleric, separate from and outside the lay people. Not to forget to mention the likes of Christmas and Easter observance.

Eze 8:13  He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 

Eze 8:14  Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz (Baal, the Sun god). 

Eze 8:15  Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. 

Eze 8:16  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east

Here were the children of God, apparently at the Lord’s altar, gathered by the dictation of the rising sun. With the women folk caught up in emotional, tearful elation, evoking their “God”. At the same time of the men folk doing their morning service thing, apparently for the Lord, but in reality for Baal (Tammuz), the false lord. Yes, they, while being physically present, were spiritually absent, facing elsewhere. Pretty similar to what happens today throughout Christendom; whereas things have just been altered or names christianized, to make it look acceptable and relevant to our culture and “Christian” trend! As you can see from scripture, there is an undeniable connection between Baal, Lucifer, the east star (the sun), Easter and sun worship, Sunday attendance as a tradition or religious compulsion, and the Western term “going to church”. This Baal type of religion hides most effectively behind the christianized version as Sunday (the day of the sun) morning service. [5]

From many ancient writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started the great organized worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod’s untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree.  “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the pagans in their customs]… that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord they God: for every abomination to the Eternal, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods” (Deut 12:30-31). God says plainly in His Instruction Book to us, that He will not accept that kind of worship, even though intended in His honor. To Him, He says, it is offering what is ABOMINABLE to Him, and therefore it honors, not Him, but false pagan gods. God says we must not worship Him according to the “dictates of our own conscience” – a term we often hear. But Jesus says plainly, “God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). [6]

Well, there you have it dear reader. Now you know that I have joined the millions of bible believing, Yahweh-fearing, born again believers who have LEFT Babylon – the entire network of Baal worship with all its idols and false pretense of honoring the one true God Yahweh when in fact, it knowingly or unknowingly honors and worships the Sun god, Tammuz or Baal (a pagan deity). To begin with, there was something about the Christmas holiday that I never felt comfortable about. It almost always left me feeling let down and unsatisfied after the excitement and anticipation were over. Deep down I knew something wasn’t right with it for it never delivered what it promised. Then Yahweh began revealing to me little by little the truth about it, helping me to let go of the many traditions I’d been taught. Now I’m not saying that every Christian knowingly worships idols or false gods by keeping pagan feasts like Easter, Christmas, and Sunday observance (the pagan venerable day of the Sun), but some who know do it anyway. Most are ignorant, some willingly, by refusing to look at this or even consider what the Bible says about it. Some prefer staying in Babylon because they can’t stand the thought of leaving their long held traditions; but what’s more important, one’s traditions or what Yahweh wants? If we say we love Him, shouldn’t we do what pleases Him and not ourselves?  Mat 15:3  But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Perhaps they fear what their family and friends would think or say about them? Beloved, it’s time we do the will of the one true God Yahweh and fear Him only – Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. [KJV] It’s sad that so many professing believers are ignorant of the truth and what excuse will they give since they’ve been given the Bible and the holy Spirit to guide them into ‘all truth’? Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

Lastly, notice in Zephaniah 1:6 that Yahweh ‘cuts off’ those who have “turned back” from following Him – these would be “back-sliders” or those who “fall away” from the faith. He cuts off those who have stopped “seeking Him” or inquiring” after Him. Inquire = A primitive root; properly to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication to seek or ask; specifically to worship: – ask, X at all, care for, X diligently, inquire, make inquisition, etc.

You see, it isn’t enough to come to Yahweh’s table every now and then, or to seek Him just occasionally, mostly when you need something from Him. He wants diligent worshipers and seekers to inquire of Him frequently, who worship Him in Spirit AND in Truth [7].

If you found yourself not where you want to be, there’s still time to change that. Just turn back to Yahweh with all your heart and worship only Him by keeping His commands and feast days. Leave Babylon with all of her idols, pagan feast days, false gods and goddess worship! Get out of her while you still can, before the dreadful Day of Yahweh comes, 2 Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

2Pet 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,… 

Debra R. Stout © September 30, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] 1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 

[2] 1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 

[3]  https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/asherahasherim-bible (Third paragraph)

[4] http://www.ministersnewcovenant.org/uploads/9/1/6/1/9161032/asherah_and_the_christmas_tree.pd

[5] http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/tlamb/BaalWorship.htm *Note that I don’t necessarily agree with everything written in this article. His material on Baal worship and history appear to be correct, but as always, do your own research and study!

[6] http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/christmastree.html

[7] Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.