I have a righteous indignation against satan for using those in the Body of Christ who call those things by Spiritual names which are really down deep, the desires of the flesh dressed up in Spiritual clothes. Is the Holy Spirit after the things of the flesh or the things of the Spirit? Will he waste His time with working towards beautifying the fleshy part of man or a woman?
There are ministries today who talk about God giving instant weight loss, great prosperity, removal of wrinkles, removal of unwanted hair by His power. I heard one minister call this “Cosmetic Miracles” Can He do it? Of course He can because the Bible says that God can do all things. Why would He do it? Will this help us on our road to knowing Him intimately and dying to the very flesh that we are being duped into believing that God is concerned about beautifying? I have been in meetings where the minister calls out an anointing for instant weight loss and the crowd rises to their feet and grabs a hold of this call to become youthful again, they may even use the Scripture from Isaiah 40:30 about being renewed like the eagle. I heard a minister say, some of you would like to fit into those jeans you wore when you were a teenager, or you ladies who say, “I’d love to fit into my wedding dress again. God wants to renew your youth! This is His program! This is His plan!” This message will fill a lot of churches, but it will not please God!
I heard one minister use Psalm 103:1 where it says, “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”This minister stretched that Scripture where it says, “inmost being” to mean that we should praise the Lord with our body fat. He said ”If you want God to touch you with supernatural weight loss, you get your fat to do the praising.” Why do we call that which is holy, profane and that which is profane, holy? God commanded his priests to teach the people the difference between the holy and profane, did He not in Exodus 22:26 “Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.”
How many times will we be deceived by doctrines of demons? How many times will we run to hear a prophetic word just to stroke our carnal natures? How is this different from fortune tellers in the satantic realm? Have we substituted the ways of satan for the ways of God and called it Christian? Have we become Christian Fortune Tellers? The Bible says that in the end time, the deception will be so powerful that if the time were not made short that even the elect of the church would be deceived. This time of deception is upon us folks. We are not waiting for this time to come upon the church, it is here! We are being stroked in the flesh by demonic doctrines disguised as doctrines of the Lord.
I hear people talking about God anointing secular music and that if we consider that using secular music in church is wrong then we are religious. I know that secular music carries in the seed of it, self-exhaltation, self-gratification, self-indulgence, selfish ambition, sensuality, and sexuality. Basically the theme of the secular music culture is: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. Why would God need to use secular music in the church? Is heaven short of ideas? Has God run out of songs? Have they all been used up? I think not!! I believe the reason that churches use secular music in the church is to stroke and satisfy the fleshy, carnal, animal nature of man. In a nutshell……….We like it!! There are soul ties in some of the music from our pasts that is connected with certain events in our lives and listening to those songs again, brings us back to a time that was not clean in our lives.
One time I went to a church where they had some special music and there was this man who was doing a bunch of Elvis Presley songs which he had changed the lyrics, to reflect Christian themes. He was up there singing with his two daughters. It didn’t feel right to me and as I sought the Lord on it, he showed me it was like taking a painting that was pornographic and painting over it with a scene of flowers and beautiful trees. He showed me that corruption was still soaked into the canvas and the demons of self-idolization were still present behind the nature scene. Basically it was polluted with sensuality, which could not be seen with the natural eye, but the eye of the Spirit detected that there was something unclean about the whole thing. Is God short of canvasses and so He needs to use filthy canvasses to do His holy work? Deception is in our midst! God warns in the O.T. about throwing out the garments that were polluted and dirty, while being careful with mixture. We need to see the difference between the holy and the profane.
‘You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.” Leviticus 19:19
We need to repent for inviting people to come and speak at our churches who we know will tickle our ears with things we want to hear. We need to repent for being excited by a word of prophesy that does not address our sin, but strokes us into believing that we are going to be great rich ministers of God with a worldwide ministry of prosperity and care-freeness. We draw these people to our churches because we want the message that strokes our flesh. REPENT!!
Why do we never ask whether a sign and a wonder in the church is of God, the flesh, or satan? The magicians in the time of Moses when he went before Pharaoh were able to duplicate the first three miracles that Moses did. “So Moses and Aaron came to Pharaoh, and thus they did just as the LORD had commanded; and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called for the wise men and the sorcerers, and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts. For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. (Exodus 7:10-12) So Moses and Aaron did even as the LORD had commanded. And he lifted up(the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. The fish that were in the Nile died, and the Nile became foul, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt.But the magicians of Egypt did the same with their secret arts;and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. Then Pharaoh turned and went into his house with no concern even for this. (Exodus 7:20-23) The Bible says in the end time that satan will draw fire from heaven and do mighty wonders in our midst. “Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish,because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. (2 Thess. 2:8-10)
“And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.”(Rev. 16:13-14)
In Matt. 24, it says if the time were not made short even the elect would be deceived. How much more evidence do we need to see that there is a great deception upon the world and a grand delusion is filling the atmosphere in our churches. We need to ask the Lord for the Spirit of Discernment to see into the realms of the Spirit in this hour.
I used to be very interested in Eastern religions such as Buddism. I was fascinated by some of the supernatural exploits of the priests of those religions. They used to talk of being able to astral travel from place to place at will and go through walls in the spirit. They claimed to be able to travel from one side of the world to the other in a flash through these powers that they had attained in the supernatural. Have you ever heard of any of these things going on in the church of Christ? I have! I heard one minister talking about practicing going through walls at will. He talked about leaning up against the wall and willing himself to go through it. Is this of God? Or is this of the same psychic force that is used by these ungodly priests of Zen and Tibeten Buddism? You be the judge! Why is the question not asked? Is it of God or of the Devil? That is the question! I have a righteous indignation to expose these lies of satan as he dupes my brothers and sisters into accepting his tricks as the things of God. God allows it, because if we were growing in His presence and His word we would be armed to see in the spirit anddiscernthese lies.
God has to be loved above all other things in these last days or we will fall into this deception that is currently invading His church. We have to be lovers of the truth! We are not called to be lovers of the signs and wonders! We are not called to be lovers of our carnal bodies! We are not called to be lovers of mighty ministers! WE ARE CALLED TO BELOVERS OF THE TRUTH! Beware of false doctrines that come clothed in very slick deceptive clothes! Jesus said thatmanywould come in my name but that they would be deceivers! In Matthew 7:15, it says, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you insheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenouswolves.” Do we have any wolves in the church? Maybe these people do not plan to be wolves or would not even believe that they are wolves. When we are deceived, do we know it? Of course not! When we are deceived, we are usually convinced that we are right in the center of the will of God. God called us to be fruit inspectors. Examine the fruit! Our desires will shape our focus and our destiny!
God says out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. What do you talk about when you are not in church? When you talk to your husband or your wife, what kind of fruit comes out of your mouth? When you talk to your best friend on the phone, what takes up your time in conversation? Jesus said that we would we would all be accountable for every idle word that proceeds out of our mouths.
The Bible talks about itchy ears in 2 Timothy 4:3,“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,and that we will just go to people who will speak what we want to hear. Have we fallen into this same trap.Galatians says “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal. 1:1-3)
“Bewitched” is not some cute little sitcom that we have seen on 60’s TV. It means to be the target of brutal witchcraft which has one desire and purpose and that is to take you off of the road towards God’s perfect will for your life into some other direction that will seem right at the time, but will end in destruction. Beware!!