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January 27, 2017
seeing the words of Scripture play out in living color before our very
eyes every single day now, though the unsaved world can not comprehend
it. With all we have to contend with, it’s easy for us to get distracted,
focusing on the things we see in this physical world every day, and forgetting
about the invisible, spiritual world all around us. But this is where
the REAL war is actually being waged.
abominations we SEE on this earth are actually just the manifestations
of intense warfare being played out in the spiritual realm. Ephesians
6 tells us, “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but...against
the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly places.” There is a whole SPIRITUAL WORLD
“out there” that we do not see while we live in these earthly
bodies, yet it is as just as real as the ground we walk on. And these
“spiritual forces of evil” are working overtime against all
of us. Peter warns us to be aware of this. “Be alert and of sober
mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking
for someone to devour.”
tells us that these last days will be times of great deception and delusion.
People will have seared consciences and reprobate minds -- they will be
unable to think or discern truth any longer, because they have chosen
-- get this: they have CHOSEN to deny God!
may think that “all” I do is publish a Christian newspaper,
and broadcast a Christian commentary program on the radio. I won’t
go into ALL I do, but part of my work includes taking and responding to
prayer requests that we receive here by mail, email, telephone and through
our website. We get a lot of prayer requests, we always have. But now
increasingly, the prayer requests are for matters pertaining to spiritual
warfare, demonic attack, loved ones denying God, following strange religions,
cults and demonic deception. There is a pattern to this and it is increasing
at an alarming, exponential pace.
like to share some of these prayer requests with you here. I am not giving
any names or betraying any trust here, but I want to share some examples
of what I’m talking about. This first one came from a concerned
mother and grandmother in Minnesota: “Please pray for my son and
his son. Please pray against witchcraft attacks through the birth mother
of my grandson. There has been intense spiritual warfare over my grandson
since he was born 15 years ago. His mother is heavily into the occult.”
a young woman in Wisconsin: “Please pray for me. I grew up going
to church but for the past ten years I have been studying a lot of different
religions, mainly practicing Wicca for the last few years. Recently I
have been reading your newspaper and the Bible and have had intense mental
anguish over all this. I feel like the devil is pulling at me with a dark
presence I can’t explain.”
a man in South Dakota: “My wife and I were married in a Christian
church ten years ago, but we haven’t been following God for most
of our marriage. I’ve been more serious than she has, and now I
just really feel like I need to get right with God again and I wish we
could do this together. My wife has been into New Age stuff for a while
now, like earth worship and native American spirits, and she has gotten
more and more hostile to Christianity. She says if I want to be a Christian
that’s fine, but Christianity doesn’t ‘work’ for
her, and she is happy doing her own thing. But the closer I get to God,
the meaner she gets toward me. I even have to hide just to read my Bible
if I don’t want a fight...”
great spiritual battle rages on: it is God, our Creator versus Satan,
the deceiver. Where did it all start? Satan rebelled against God by refusing
to worship Him, and by demanding to be worshiped himself. God cast him
out and so now he seeks revenge. His greatest revenge is achieved by destroying
the lives and souls of God’s precious children -- you and me. He
preys on the ignorant, the weak and vulnerable. He lies, he tempts and
he leads his victims to eternal damnation. The worst thing anyone could
ever do to me would be to hurt one of my kids. Surely any loving parent
would feel the same. How much more must our Heavenly Father be crushed
when His own dear children are led astray and slaughtered.
if you don’t know God and understand Scripture, I’m sure this
sounds as ridiculous, as primitive and superstitious as tales of Greek
mythology. But I assure you, the story is true. And frighteningly real.
In our human arrogance, we think we have “evolved,” that our
intellect has expanded and our knowledge increased. We think we understand
things now, because we’ve opened our minds to an amazing “universal
consciousness,” through the teachings of the New Age.
most everyone believes in a Creator, a higher power. The true atheist
is rare, indeed. But those who practice “New Age Spirituality”
believe that all paths lead to God. Like the spokes of a wheel, leading
to a central point. All peoples of the earth have their own traditions,
their own understandings of who God is. God reveals Himself to all of
us in many different, but “loving” ways, and it is our job
to find, and then embrace the path that “works” for us, ...accepting
that all people are given their own special path to God, the ‘Great
Spirit’ -- and each one is equally valid and true.
judge anyone by the path they choose, because we are all “one,”
we are all on this journey together, and regardless of how we choose to
get there, we will all eventually take our own personal path and arrive
at the center of the “wheel,” as long as we embrace this journey
with love. We will all find God in our own way, and that’s ok.
you heard this before? These are the modern teachings of the “New
Age.” This “New Age” spirituality manifests in many
ways and goes by many names... but the root of all these false teachings
is the same: Lucifer, Satan, the devil. Now, I am sure that statement
sounds terribly narrow minded and exceedingly arrogant. But please, if
you are as open minded and loving as you claim to be, my enlightened New
Age friends, I challenge you to hear me out.
New Agers delight to find some secret knowledge, perhaps even “ancient”
wisdom that the world has long forgotten. Perhaps ancient wisdom that
has been suppressed by self-serving religious leaders (namely Christians)
who have hidden this knowledge away to maintain their own power over the
people. Now, New Agers revere all sorts of writings and books, and often
the older a book of knowledge is, the better. Yet they will recoil at
the thought of reading God’s Holy Word, the Bible, which, ironically,
has been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, to be the most reliable
work of antiquity the world has ever seen. Friends, know this: just because
the Bible is freely available and not some “secret, hidden thing”
does not mean it is not true. It simply means that no matter how much
Satan and evil men through the centuries have tried to destroy it, it
is still here. Miraculously and lovingly preserved by God for all generations,
so we can know Him in a personal way, ...if we really want to.
first incidence of Lucifer deceiving mankind was in the Garden of Eden.
There, he approached Eve, the first woman, when her husband was not around.
This is significant. I am not being a “male chauvinist” when
I say that God’s plan for a man included protecting and defending
his wife. Not because women are stupider or more incompetent than men.
Because Satan specifically targets women for abuse and deception. He goes
after them deliberately and intensely because he hates women. Why? Perhaps
it has something to do with the fact that God’s Son, Jesus Christ,
would be born of a woman. Scripture tells us that there is enmity between
Satan and women. He hates them intensely and he targets them directly.
first thing Lucifer did to deceive mankind was to get Eve to question
and doubt God. The lure was the promise of becoming “like God”
with great knowledge and wisdom. This is the same lie that is told today
in the form of “New Age Spirituality” -- some forms of this
religion even promise that you can become your own god when you evolve
high enough spiritually and are reincarnated enough times.
wonder why, in our culture today, it is “cool” to talk about
all kinds of religion and spirituality -- EXCEPT Jesus? The daytime talk
shows are replete with pagan spirituality. Wicca, Transcendental Meditation,
Yoga, Gaia worship, along with channeling, reincarnation, shamanism, occultism.
Anything goes. EXCEPT Jesus. And if they DO speak of Jesus, I guarantee
it will be by a teacher or author with some “new” concept
of God and Christ that goes directly AGAINST the teachings of Scripture.
They will claim to have some profound new way of looking at God, some
brilliant new enlightened insight, but it is a lie. You see, God doesn’t
change, and Satan doesn’t care which god you worship, as long as
it isn’t the real one.
Bible tells us in 2nd Timothy that these false teachers will go after
women specifically, just as Satan does. In Chapter 3, Verses 6 & 7
we have this: “They...worm their way into homes and gain control
over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all
kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge
of the truth.” Once again, I am not bashing women here, nor is God’s
word. But it is significant that Oprah, Ellen and other shows of this
nature are watched mostly by women. And the content of these shows is
often glorifying of New Age, false spirituality, NEVER true Christianity.
This is by design. Because Satan hates women and he targets them purposely.
These women love this stuff, and if you are one of them, I dare say you
find my message today particularly offensive and possibly even cruel.
But just as the Scripture tells us, you love studying these alternative
spiritual practices, don’t you? They challenge your mind and excite
you. You find it fascinating. You can’t get enough. But read the
Scripture again: These false teachers have wormed their way into your
home; they have gained control over your thoughts and your mind so that
you will reject the God of the Bible and believe it is really YOUR idea,
making your own choice; just as the Scripture says, you are “always
learning, but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.” In
short, biblical Christianity “doesn’t work” for you.
You don’t get it.
great lie of the devil is that “all you need is love.” If
your “spiritual path” is done in love, then it is peaceful,
good, pure and right, and all such beautiful paths will take you ultimately
to God. But this is contrary to the Bible. What did Jesus say? “I
am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except
by Me.” Since both concepts cannot be right, one must be wrong.
The seeker sees two options: all paths are equally valid as long as they
are loving. Except the Christian path, which is arrogant. Result: reject
the Christian path... it is not loving or inclusive. Satan is big on counterfeit
love. Currently, he is having a field day with the deception that “love
is love” and that marriage can even be between two men or two women
if that’s what you want; after all, if no one is hurt by it, why
is another satanic deception. The theme of the Wiccan religion is: “if
it hurts no one, do what you will.” Many of those practicing paganism
and Wicca believe they are operating in love and benevolence. They see
themselves as “good” witches, practicing “white”
witchcraft. They really believe and embrace the freedom of, “if
it hurt no one, do what you will.”
have you heard of Aleister Crowley? He is one of the most famous satanists
in history, and the author of the satanic “Book of the Law.”
He channeled the book while on a trip to Egypt with his wife in 1904.
While in a trance, he was given the words by a mysterious spirit who said,
“I am the snake that giveth knowledge. To worship me, take wine
and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet (Crowley)... and ‘Do
what thou wilt’ shall be the whole of the law...”
so here is the serpent, the snake, Lucifer, Satan admitting who he is.
He comes promising to give knowledge. His succinct message: “Do
what thou wilt.” To the Wiccans he says, “If it hurt no one,
do what you will.” To Eve he said, “Did God really say...?”
“You won’t surely die; for God knows that when you eat of
it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and
is still promising to give knowledge and wisdom. He is still promising
you can do as you please, that all paths lead to the same promise of god,
and he even cloaks his demonic claws in a disguise of love. Scripture
tells us he appears to us as an angel of light, so that we will believe
him. If you’re caught up in strange spirituality that goes contrary
to the Word of God, I challenge you to think on these things today. There
is so much more to learn on this subject, and I will continue this teaching
next time. Meanwhile, please, consider this: If what you THOUGHT you knew
about your spirituality turned out to be WRONG, WHEN would you like to
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